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FDA puts lipstick on poultry, swine and livestock antibiotic doping

Submitted: Dec 18, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

When it comes to Big Pharma, Big Food, and Public Health, guess who bats last at the federal Food and Drug Administration. Time to yell and pound on your loudest cooking utensils! -- blj

 

 


 

 

 

12-17-13
New York Times

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The Threat

Submitted: Dec 15, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

   

A dozen years ago, we were watching hopelessly after 9/11 as vendors hawked equipment to protect New Yorkers again gas attacks and as it became clear that the Bush Regime had blown away any sympathy the rest of the world had for the United States in the immediate aftermath. The drums and the lies of war were busy turning sorrow into fear and hatred. Here in this county, two murdered men were found in a canal; they had worn turbans after all.

 

 

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Decision-making by entrepreneurial commodities

Submitted: Dec 12, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The curious thinking of Chip Ashley, managing editor of Community Alliance and second vice-chairman of the Fresno County Democratic Party Central Committee, muddied the case against fracking last week. Too much fracking is ongoing or planned here in the Valley for us to afford petty partisan political bickering..

 

In the letter to the Fresno Bee included below, Ashley asks why, if Fresno Republican Assemblyman Jim Patterson “can’t be bought,” he accepted any money from fracking interests.

 

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News your Mama didn't tell you?

Submitted: Dec 10, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

We weren't able to find news of this in the local papers and stumbled onto it in an unrelated Internet search. It seems that the new big bank in the valley is fitting in nicely with the rest of the finance, insurance and real estate scum that continue to loot the territory.

It doesn't take any character at all to cheat and steal when you are very rich to begin with. It's sort of like shopping to these people, with the !$B fine as the credit card bill. They didn't shop here, of course. - blj

 

 10-29-13

Reuters
Dutch Rabobank fined $1 billion over Libor scandal

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Truth, by Yip Harburg

Submitted: Dec 05, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Truth

by Yip Harburg, Rhymes for the irreverent, FFRF, Inc. Madison, WI, and The Yip Harburg Foundation, 2006

 

Truth is a foreigner

Under every dome,

Truth is a refugee

Looking for a home.

Without flag or passport,

Hounded, plagued, and banned,

Truth must be smuggled in --

It has no fatherland!


Truth is a subversive,

A super counterspy

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Fracking: For Pete’s sake, the issue is not Jerry Brown’s legacy

Submitted: Dec 03, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

“The issue … here is about how Governor Brown wants to be remembered, and his history, and what his legacy is going to be in California,” said Victoria Kaplan, campaign director at MoveOn.org Civic Action. “Is he going to be remembered as the governor who backtracked on his commitment to addressing climate change?” … The industry group posted a response on its website to the letter Brown received from scientists urging a moratorium. The scientists’ argument, the oil association said, “ignores the reality that our economy, our comforts and conveniences, our security, indeed our very lifestyles depend on an abundant and reliable supply of petroleum energy.” David Siders, Sacramento Bee, Dec. 2, 2013.

 

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Scientific masturbation

Submitted: Nov 27, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 In a more vigorous intellectual era -- it takes more historical knowledge than we have to imagine an American intellectual era more flaccid than the present -- we called the sort of exercise described below as "intellectual masturbation." In the case of this circle of scientists (grant hustlers) and special interests (known as "stakeholders"), the problem of course is our old friend, Consensus, that blunt instrument the corporate state has imposed on every "decision-making process" in the land (except the important decisions made in their own boardrooms by anything but "democratic" means). Yet on we must shuffle and jerk if we are to continue in the good graces and the funding streams of finance, insurance, and real estate (always in California including agribusiness) special interests. -- blj


11-20-13

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