Political economy or political ecology?

 Gov. Jerry Brown, reflecting on the fires in northern and southern California last month in light of a recent "dire climate report" for the state, said:

"This is not the new normal. This is the new abnormal. And this new abnormal will continue, certainly in the next 10 to 15 to 20 years. And unfortunately, the best science is telling us that dryness, warmth, drought, all those things, they're going to intensify."  NPR, Steve Inskip, Nov. 20,  2018.

Celebrate the San Joaquin River restoration project!

 Despite the snarky headline some editor threw over the excellent Fresno Bee article on saolmon restoration on the San Joaquin River, Lewis Griswold's story is full of the current scientific information on the project and optimism. Michael Fitzgerald, longtime Stockton Record columnist, celebrates the restoration project 125 miles south of Stockton and shows how fresh water crossing the valley from Friant Dam to the Mendota Pool will freshen the river as it passes by  Stockton.

Huge west side dope bust

The Merced County Sheriff warned farmer Chad Crivelli of Dos Palos not to grow what he claimed was hemp. 
And when it was tested, the Merced Sun-Star reported:
"The THC content of the plants growing on the Crivelli farmland tested eight times the legal limit of what is allowed in hemp, according to Merced County Sheriff Deputy Daryl Allen."

Democrat pulls ahead in the Westlands congressional district

After being declared the loser in his race for the 21st congressional district and election night and for three weeks later,  TJ Cox has pulled ahead of Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford.
The LA Times speculates that the reason for the slow surge is that Cox hung Trump around Valadao's neck. After Kern and Tulare counties' counts were updated Monday, Cox was ahead by 43 votes.
If the count holds it would mean that Democrats will have a 40-seat advantage over Republicans in the House of Representatives.
Appleton, Fresno Bee, Nov. 6, 2018

To Trump re.the Camp Fire


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There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!
12:08 AM - 10 Nov 2018

The sensitive li'l darlings at UC Merced

 This is a crock of the well known substance. Who are these pretentiously green, precious little people? Grade schools and high schools all over the region were open today, but the delicate li'l darlings and their even more fragile professors and their exalted administrators can't go to classes in their brand new ultra-green buildings?

Complexities of the caravan

“You just didn’t want to believe it,” Riofrio said. “We’ve gotten used to living in a certain way. We know that there’s been 14 murders. But we rationalized that it’s them killing their own people. They are not killing the good people.” -- Yesemia Amaro, Fresno Bee, Oct. 19, 2018

Fisk on President Tweet and other language destroyers

The Independent
Take my word for it, the English language is facing destruction
The long, slow decline of our primary method of communication shouldn’t concern only linguistic pedants. We are allowing a perversion of meaning to creep into our language, where words are used for control, rather than persuasion. That’s how dictators operate, says Robert Fisk


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