Here are four articles about Honey bee colon- collapse disorder, one Russian, one and a partial article American, one Canadian. Scientists actually seem to have found the main cause, a class of nicotinoid pesticides applied to seeds before planting so that they provide protection against later pesticide applications and, incidently, cause serious harm to the nervous systems of bees and other creatures, including humans.Read More »
By the twisted routes that spin is transmitted in the California 21st Assembly District -- if you can believe the informal networking source --Read More »
Politicians and water managers spoke to farmers at the Stanislaus County Agricultural Hall of Paranoia with tongues so forked it's a wonder any coherent sentences broke the fences of their teeth. Flecks of dribbled white foam must have spewed forth from their lips as they cursed the state, the state, the state, before a frightened herd of farmers. The politicians and the water managers have a plan and a hope: they are trying to deflect the attention of the frightened herd of sheep -- I mean farmers -- into a pitchfork bearing mob of farmers headed to the state Capitol -- headed anywhere but at local authority.
It's bad enough that the border between Mexico and the US has become a slaughterhouse due to the nation's appetite for labor in bonded servitude and for narcotics, but the story here includes one of the always foulest corporate enterprises in the US -- the mortuary industry -- and to make it even slimier, a flakperson for a Texas mortuary corporation.
Don't try to read this and eat at the same time. Don't ask questions about the hatred dependency brings. Don't wonder if some day this passion for cut-rate labor will to burn the hands on both sides of the border that just keep on squeezing.-- blj
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We in the Valley, where much of the vaunted Monterey Shale Formation fracking was to occur, fistfulls of money and many jobs and national energy independence were to be squeezed out of the earth by miracles of drilling technology leaving air and water pollution behind, are grateful to Dylan and Jo Murphy for this excellent summary of the government and corporate corruption behind the rapid rise and fall of the California fracking boom.Read More »
Next Tuesday, the final item on the agenda of the Merced County Board of Supervisors will be a letter from the corporate office of Mi Pueblo Food Centers in San Jose, notifying the board according to directives in federal and state law, that it will close its store in Atwater on August 31, terminating the employment of 91 people.
This rude shock to Atwater is made more insulting because Mi Pueblo recently secured the financing it needed to avoid bankruptcy, having filed for Chapter 11 last year, claiming a "very difficult creditor," Wells Fargo Bank, had made the filing necessary.Read More »
The Business Journal
Study: Valley uses highest share of groundwater
http://www.thebusinessjournal.com/news/energy-and-environment/12445-study-valley-uses-highest-share-of-groundwaterRead More »
11 June 2014
For Immediate Release
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The Badlands Journal editorial board, like all Californians we are certain, have been watching with bated breath the progress of the two California drought bills working their way through the upper and lower houses of Congress. The Senate bill, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, and the House bill, sponsored by assorted Central Valley Republicans, have reached the joint Senate-House conference committee for reconciliation. The major issues on the table are the perceived favoritism of the Feinstein bill towards one agribusiness entity in Kern County and the suspension of all water-related environmental law and regulation proposed in the House bill.
We feel certain that with its usual genius our Congress will find a just compromise.Read More »