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Drought dementia

Submitted: Jan 27, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Agriculture is of great economic value in Merced County. With average age of 29, six years younger than the state average, there just aren't many people in the county who remember when there was a large population of small farmers, less than half the total population of today, and harvesting was a community event with help from migrants. Today, farmers are few, the only survivors were the beloved of their bankers, and farm labor was criminalized in the mid-Sixties.

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One more way to profit from misery on the US Mexican border

Submitted: Jan 26, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Some milestones in border history: 

Bracero Program ended, 1965

Maquiladora Program started, 1965

Massive loans at up to 25% interest, 1970's

Loan Defaults

Peso destabilized, steady rounds of devaluation

Plan de Ayala excised from Mexican Constitution. 1980's

Poorest rural villages redlined, 1980's

Rise of drug cartels, late 1980's

US dumping feed corn in Mexico, 1980's

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Washington DC: The American Necropolis

Submitted: Jan 22, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

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TomDispatch.com

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Washington's Walking Dead
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Global warming and your lawn

Submitted: Jan 22, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 


1-21-15

Vice News

Your Well Manicured Lawn Is Contributing to Climate Change

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To cowboy

Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 A descendant of cowboys, provoked by the misuse of the word, reflects on the vocation beneath the myth.--blj

July 2008

Texas Monthly

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Groundwater in a nutshell

Submitted: Jan 18, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Merced Sun-Star

1-15-15

Letter to the editor of Merced Sun-Star:

Pat and Gerry Westfall: Water table has fallen 200 feet, stop drilling now!

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Farm Bill subsidized insurance scam and California groundwater

Submitted: Jan 14, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board


The 2013 Senate and House farm bills add costly new subsidy programs. These new programs would go well beyond providing a safety net for farmers by protecting them from virtually all risk. Some of the programs, allegedly designed to cover major losses, are so generous that they would effectively provide guaranteed payments to some farmers. Many of the cost assumptions for the new programs are based on commodity prices staying at or near record highs. If these prices come down to their longer-term averages, the costs to taxpayers could be astronomical. Congress is gambling taxpayer money on risky assumptions. -- The Heritage Foundation, June 2013  

 

 

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Debt: Enriching the Very, Very Few

Submitted: Jan 14, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  Here in the midst of Moca Almond Bubbleland with an official floor unemployment rate of 15 percent (double it for the real rate and blame it on seasonal agricultural labor, our embarassment), we don't think much about manufacturing. Nevertheless, it's useful from time to time to glance over at the thinking emanating from the rusty regions of the nation that once drove the national economy. 

Manufacturing once controlled finance; now finance controls manufacturing, government and much more. As far as finance, insurance and real estate (FIRE) interests are concerned, industrial agriculture is just another kind of manufacturing, except that it's easier to manipulate and has the best labor situation in the country because it's dominated by undocumented workers who must live their lives in the US in the legal shadows. 

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Merced Development Rodeo: Ol' Hoss calls out the Mayor

Submitted: Jan 08, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Greg Hostetler remarks to Merced Mayor Stan Thurston

Oral Communications 

Merced City Council Meeting

January 5, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZU8RDMQd7E

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Moyers' last interview: in the Public Trust Doctrine

Submitted: Jan 08, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 It was typical of Bill Moyers, the guy who always got it, to end his magnificent career of public broadcasting with an interview on the environment, specifically how the great American environmental law, once the envy of the world's environmentalists, has been largely corrupted -- Badlands has done some documentation on that topic -- and that the whole environmental legal edifice needs to be regrounded in  Public Trust Doctrine. Moyer's guest, Mary Christina Wood, a legal scholar from the University of Oregon, has published a book on the topic, Nature's Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age, Cambridge University Press, 2013. -- blj

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