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Capital grinds on in the Delta

Submitted: Nov 12, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

"If you got the money, honey,

I got the water..."

 The Delta Whiners 

 

Osha Meserve, a lawyer for Local agencies of the North Delta, said delta farmers should be worried.

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Our friendly local Netherlands-based bank in the news

Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Rabobank, a Netherlands-based bank with offices throughout the San Joaquin Valley which presents itself as primarily and agricultural bank, has been involved in recent years in two major financial scandals in which for once the dairy industry doesn't figure at all. They are Mexican drug-cartel money laundering on the US/Mexico border and participation in rigging the London interbank interest-rate offer. The latter, explained below, has been a catastrophe for smaller banks.

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Water: A Multiple Use Resource Forever, by Felix Smith

Submitted: Nov 07, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Felix Smith, who as a US Fish & Wildlife Service biologist was one of the first to recognize the disaster unfolding at the Kesterson wildlife refuge caused by toxic agricultural runoff, recently wrote a long paper, rich in information and richer in reflection, on the history of water in California and on the currently most pressing water issues in the state. We post it here for all who think they are still students of these complex, critical problems and remain more interested in learning than in blaming. -- blj

 

 

Water: A Multiple Use Resource Forever   

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The ABCs of our hollowed out American economy

Submitted: Nov 05, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 


American Business people -- in agriculture and elsewhere -- tend to blame environmentalists for the economic ills of the nation the way their fathers blamed communists. It doesn't really matter who the enemy du jour is or whether the evil doer has been fingered by the chamber of commerce or the farm bureau. The important thing seems to be to avoid accountability, responsibility or blame for the clearly ruinous economic future before us. An enormous amount of money is spent constantly on public relations and lawyers to villify and sue critics, all for the sake of "proving" that it is "Not Our Fault!" What good do you think an economy that grows wealth for a few and unemployment and poverty for the many? What good is this kind of economy? Who do you think you are to treat your fellow citizens this way? Dr. Roberts again lays down the ABCs of this dismal process so that even an unemployed rocket scientist could understand. -- blj 

 

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Federal subsidy for the Last Tango of the Dinosaurs

Submitted: Nov 01, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “If it wasn’t for having crop insurance right now, I would have lost everything three generations of Messonniers have created. If it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t be here. It’s that simple.” ... “This was the first year ever we didn’t do any rice,” (Tom Roduner) said. “Sometimes we have a little bit. It’s so bleak this year, between the water allocation and how dry things were, it just wasn’t feasible to do any.”

-- Calix, Merced Sun-Star, Oct. 28, 2015

 

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Exxon's role in global warming and in its denial -- the Spirit of Valdez lives!

Submitted: Oct 31, 2015
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 10-28-15

The Guardian

Oil

Imagine if Exxon had told the truth on climate change

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Humanity doesn't deserve Nature

Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 Suppose, contrary to nearly universal public opinion, humanity doesn't deserve nature. Man is destroying ecological system after ecological system, extinguishing species after driving them into habitat corrals, constantly encroached upon by agricultural and housing development. The only way the story of the global environmental crisis makes sense is once hope is removed from reflections on it.

Every day is the New Day!

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But are Ryan's ideas any good for the public good?

Submitted: Oct 23, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The Chicago Tribune, clarion voice of the Midwest, calls Paul Ryan, R-WI, leading candidate for speaker of the House of Representatives, a man of ideas. To be exact, the Tribune's editorial board quotes Mitt Romney, whose running mate Ryan was in the presidential election of 2012, "he is a man of ideas who is driven to see them applied for the public good."

But what are the quality of Ryan's ideas? Since they focus on the federal budget, we consulted Dean Baker, an economist, on the subject.  We've listened carefully to Baker ever since he drew our attention to the complete instability of the housing boom and its dangers as early as 2004.

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There are no Crocodile Dundees in the San Joaquin Valley

Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 We are always happy to hear about our state Legislature getting out and getting exposed to educational influences. The poor dears are in the Capitol for so short a time -- thanks to the concerted, successful efforts of California's dominant corporations to impose term limits on legislators -- that it should always be reassuring to all Californians whenever our legislators are getting educated. In the case of their trip to Australia to study how that country has dealt with droughts, we ought to be especially grateful to the funders of this trip, the California Foundation on the Environment and Economy, an organization composed of termed out state legislators and lobbyists (for whom there are no term limits) from the energy and development "communities," and the building trades unions. 

This is a fine example of one of the basic assumptions of California leadership: Every day is a New Day! Why go to the abundant public record that exists on all aspects of the state's water supply and study, or at least have members of your staff study, what California has done in times of drought? How much more glamorous to go to Australia!" And it looks better on the resume than dropping by UC Davis for a workshop.

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Mother Earth is an Indian woman from a high mountain who wears a fedora

Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 10-15-15

Common Dreams

'Capitalism is Mother Earth's Cancer': World People's Summit Issues 12 Demands

The establishment of an independent climate tribunal to hold wealthy nations accountable emerged as a central goal of conference in Bolivia

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