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MIddle finger of free market in water no longer invisible

Submitted: Feb 12, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The animal spirits of capitalism are bathing in the arid West. -- blj

2-9-16

ProPublica

Liquid Assets

Abraham Lustgarten

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California agro-tycoons try to deep rip federal environmental law again

Submitted: Feb 09, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

Throughout a lengthy, tedious and expensive (for the public as well as the special interest) legal proceeding, the battle between Modesto-based Duarte Nursery and the Army Corps of Engineers and the federal Environmental Protection Agency is going to boil down to two issues. First, is there compelling evidence that Duarte deep ripped a pasture containing vernal pools despite his absolute denial? Second, will Duarte's private property rights trump the federal Clean Water Act?

If the case gets to the US Supreme Court, maybe this California agro-tycoon will not make the mistake Angelo Tsakopoulos made with a nearly identical suit when he made his relationship with Justice Anthony Kennedy so public that Kennedy recused himself, tying the vote, 4-4, giving the win to the Army Corps.

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Good time to plant more nuts

Submitted: Feb 06, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

State water bureaucrats are keeping the screws tight on urban water use while a few agro-plutocrats on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley lock in a guaranteed water supply 30-percent larger than the total requirement for Los Angeles and go on planting more almond orchards as the price for the Holy Nut falls. --blj

1-27-16

Valley Public Radio

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Is the Beast having indigestion?

Submitted: Feb 03, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 To us the story of Bernie Sanders' remarkable showing in Iowa and the ongoing civil war in the Middle East, the liberal crowing v. the dirge of wars past, present and to come, put their stamp on early February 2016: a double latte held high above a pool of other peoples' blood.

So far, as Ira Chernus points out, the rhyming between today and an earlier moment is almost perfect. Too perfect. Rather than historical "progress." it's looking like the same-old/same-old/same-old historical vortex.

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Hillary and Bernie in perspective

Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We enjoyed these two lengthy, excellent articles in the New York Review of Books on the top Democratic Party contenders for president because they made some points about both of them in relaxed, accurate language. All we know about the author, Simon Head, is that he holds academic positions at Oxford and NYU, and is a journalist whose latest book is The New Ruthless Economy: Work and Power in the Digital Age (1996). Unlike so many writers on the contemporary political situation, Head seems to be contemporary. In our view many commentators are practically useless, regardless of their sincerity or the strength of their bile, because they don't have sufficient historical distance on the scene to describe the forces at work.

Simon Head is very good at perspective.  -- blj  

 

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"Comandante Cherry Garcia, presente!" and other peculiarities of the season

Submitted: Jan 29, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Coming from the left and the right, critical political thinking and action is in some cases emerging from widespread anger to dominate the debate this year, along with fabulous name-calling, character assassination and all the other elements of what the great United Mine Workers leader John L. Lewis referred to as "the paraphernalia of a political campaign."

Former US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich looks through the dust and sees a clear choice. Reporter and author Ann Jones sees how much better the Scandinavian mixed economy works than ours and wonders if there is anything but the national chauvinism of politicians like Hillary Clinton between us and a better political economic model.

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Heretics for Trump and Cruz?

Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The doctrine these sects preach is Christian heresy. The Christian faith—as in the 1930s under Germany’s pro-Nazi Christian church—is being distorted to sanctify nationalism, unregulated capitalism and militarism. The mainstream church, which refuses to denounce these heretics as heretics, a decision made in the name of tolerance, tacitly gives these sects credibility and squanders the prophetic voice of the church... The retreat from radicalism—in essence the abandonment of the vulnerable to the predatory forces of corporate capitalism—created a spiritual void filled by protofascist movements that have usurped Christian symbols and provided a species of faith that is, at its core, a belief in magic. This Christian heresy is currently on public display at Donald Trump and Ted Cruz political rallies.

 -- Chris Hedges, Truthdig, Jan. 24, 2016

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Bernie in Iowa: socialism, farm subsidies, exported obesity

Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Socialists in Iowa?

 

Iowa, the state that receives the second largest amount of farm subsidies in the nation, $24.9 billion between 1995 and 2012, evidently has a large number of self-identified socialists, pollsters find.

Shocking, particularly when you consider Iowa's foreign policy. T he effect of dumping a great deal of Iowa corn in Mexico via "free trade" sponsored by the North American Free Trade Agreement has been to make Mexico as obese and the Corn Belt. Sharing the fat rather than the burn? Universal brother-and sisterhood washed in sanctified corn syrup? -- blj

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Outbreak of parasites in Yosemite

Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 1-19-16

Los Angeles Times

The corporate grab behind the Yosemite Park trademark clash

Michael Hiltzik

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Miscellaneous current reports of corporate overreach

Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 For Immediate Release, April 29, 2015

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