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MARCH 4, 2021
U.S. Agricultural System’s Deadly Apartheid
BY BRUCE NEUBURGER
U.S. Agricultural System's Deadly Apartheid - CounterPunch.org
The NY Times of March 1, 2021 cited some chilling facts about agricultural workers and Covid 19:
Sidewalk Sketch of the Skipper
(for Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 1919-2021)
From Nothing to Nothing,
Wearing an ironic grin and
A fine hat,
Back straight, naval officer,
The wheel at hand,
The compass within,
A break in bad weather,
But not in artillery.
Back straight at the wheel,
There went a gent whose
Calm heart will be sorely missed,
Always among us
Los Angeles Times
These word cops stand guard to keep language clear and simple
By EVAN HALPERSTAFF WRITER
The crack team of federal specialists proceeded cautiously and deliberately, activating a vast network of experts to avoid missteps.
Skillful guidance was crucial to navigating the vexing case that had gone cold for the organized crime unit of the Mesa, Ariz., police department.
One word or two? Hyphen or no?
In 2020, Valadao won reelection against the incumbent TJ Cox by .9 percent, Cox having defeated him by .76 percent in 2018. The 21st Congressional District of California includes parts of Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties.
Perhaps the razor thin majorities of these elections explain why Valadao voted to impeach Trump. Perhaps it doesn’t. Perhaps it was, as Valadao said, a “vote of conscience.”
Badlands Journal interviewed Lydia Miller, president of the San Joaquin Raptor/Wildlife Rescue Center, about the impact on the environment of the Central Valley of the great Fresno environmentalist/conservationist George Whitmore, who died at 89 on January 1, 2021.
The Covid-10 death count in Merced County is 318; the rate of infection is 14.7 percent. Although some may have had a better experience, the Badlands editor has had a frustrationg, chaotic experience with contant attempts to get vaccine for which he qualifies according to the county Public Health Department website. But, this may not be a death sentence. One health worker I talked to in a clinic office indicated that she might have been skeptical about the vaccine. Meanwhile, the doctors urge strongly that elderly with one or more underlying conditions get vaccinated immediately.
As we begin to take a historical perspective on the Covid-19 pandemic, including its yearlong siege, the change of political regime and the possibility of better government choices in the near future, we begin to look for precedents in the past. AIDS may be to Covid-19 like the Korean War was to Vietnam -- sometimes history at least rhymes -- and some of the leaders are the same and the pathos and fear in the gay community in the 1980s certainly mirrors that of the elderly and vulnerable in the 2020s pandemic. -- blj
The reader of the article below about a plantation of 100,000 pistachio trees in the Mojave Desert should also consider that Ridgecrest is the driest corner in Kern County, in extreme drought at the moment. -- blj
Mojave Pistachios, SVM file lawsuits vs. IWVGA
The Daily Independent
By Lauren Jennings
"IT'S TIME TO GROW UP."
President-Elect Joe Biden, Jan. 15, 2021