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Trump's Cabinet Wealthier Than One-Third of US Households Combined
In addition to uber-wealthy, Huffington Post notes Trump's cabinet "is shaping up to be the least diverse in recent history"Read More »
Public trust doctrine requires that natural resources like water be shared equitably. That means there must be diverse use of the water by the various interests that comprise the public. -- Jody Hallstrom, Modesto Bee, Nov. 25, 2016
Ms. Hallstrom's mention of the centrality of the Public Trust Doctrine is most timely, considering the recent federal water bill, which favors agribusiness over vital environmental interests.Read More »
Free markets in whatever commodity, water or members of Congress for example, always favor the highest bidder while the press keeps making real interesting stories out of the auctions. -- blj
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Trump: a “category five hurricane” for the Mexican economy--- former Mexican Central Bank official
How the Close U.S.-Mexico Partnership Could Unravel Under TrumpRead More »
The more water you give agribusiness bully boys, the greedier they become. The more government provides them, the more anti-government they become. The more socially responsible government becomes in making resources available, the more the greedy bully boys scream "Socialist!" at anyone who calls for limits to government largesse to its agribusiness corruptors.
The more private property ownership appears in its mode of a bundle of rights subject to regulations, the more the myth of absolute property rights is asserted by big landowners, their lawyers and bought politicians. And the well drilling goes on until someday, some banks are going to own a lot of choice coyote habitat.Read More »
Army will not grant easement for Dakota Access Pipeline crossing
Army POC: Moira Kelley (703) 614-3992, firstname.lastname@example.orgRead More »
The Trump presidency, its cabinet shaping up to be a plutocracy, is likely to become the most corrupt executive the United States has ever seen. This entry in our Baseline Series concerns only the president-elect's conflicts of interest, not those of the rest of his cabinet-of-the-wealthy. The exception to The Donald's plutocrat law is a retired US Marine general, who he chose for his secretary of defense. The selection of Genl. James Mattis shows Trump's contempt for the law excluding the general from serving in that position for seven years. It is one more example of that general contempt for the law and adds to the pattern of lawlessness this regime was elected to represent.
The appearance of corruption is an important principle established by several US Supreme Court decisions. Donald Trump must do whatever he can to stomp that principle into historical dust in order to continue on his merry way. The media, as it has been from the beginning with Trump, focuses on Mattis's nickname because it is always important to divert the attention of the children.Read More »
These articles discuss the present geopolitical situation of the United States as Donald Trump prepares to be the president; the condition of the American military; and the accelerating growth of propaganda and the appearance of "weaponized" journalism. Again, the purpose of this series of baselines is to give readers some basis of comparison between the present and what the Trump presidency might bring. -- blj
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“Nowhere is this more evident than in California’s Central Valley, where intensive land development and use has threatened or extirpated dozens of native plant and wildlife species,” McConnell said. -- Central Sierra Audubon Society, Union Democrat, Nov. 11, 2016
And right here in the North San Joaquin Valley, the University of California built a brand new campus on top of endangered species habitat, which stimulated the biggest building boom in regional history. But now UC scientists are poised to closely study the extirpation of species in the region.
Extirpation is technocratic euphemism for wipe out, obliterate, or utterly destroy. -- bljRead More »