Environment

It's been hot back East

Submitted: Aug 10, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Tt was not so long ago when Carol Tomlinson-Keasey, the Cowgirl Chancellor of UC Merced, in deference to finance, insurance and real estate profiteers using the campus as the anchor tenant for the absurdly destructive building boom, said she refused to use the term "global warming," and, induer administration orders and using the "best science," called it "climate change" instead.

That was before a great deal of research funding was made available to study the problem. Now, all public spirited Mercedians are global warming affirmers at least in public even if in private everybody who is anybody in this town and county is praying not for rain but for another housing bubble.

Hopefully high powers are not in the same rut.

Today, global warming can be felt by the skin throughout the Midwest and Southeast and researh funds re growing. So, woila, it exists, especially in the universities, right beside that "high-tech, bio-tech engine of growth causing -- Voila again -- global warming. 

You cannot get there on the magic carpet of empirical science. There must be a commitment deep in the society against doing more harm to the environment we share with all the other creatures. American society is incapable of making that commitment.  

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"It is almost outrageous ..."

Submitted: Aug 03, 2012
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8-2-12

The Business Journal

Farmers petition feds to end endangered status of whales

Business Journal staff

http://www.thebusinessjournal.com/news/agriculture/2800-farmers-petition...

“It is almost outrageous that killer whales out in the ocean reduce our water,” said Joe Del Bosque Jr., president of Empresas Del Bosque in a conference call

Or is what is really outrageous is that any old knucklehead farming a couple thousand acres out in Heavy Metal Flats can hire lawyers to help extirpate an entire species of wildlife?

Put an orca in that man's swimming pool.

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America the beautiful

Submitted: Jul 27, 2012
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7-27-12

Associated Press
Turf painting spreads as drought ravages lawns

Green acres: Intrepid homeowners weary of lawns browned by drought break out turf paint


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Sacramento Rally to Save the Delta, Wednesday, July 25

Submitted: Jul 22, 2012
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badlands journal editorial board
Sacramento Rally to Save the Delta, Wednesday July 25
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Water Wealth Contentment Health

Submitted: Jul 17, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Our colleague, Steve Burke, founder of Protect our Water (POW), Vance Kennedy and Al Brizard -- two other veteran public activists in Stanislaus County -- joined forces to produce a very convincing argument against Modesto Irrigation District's proposed water transfer to San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. They write from the authoritative view that MID is a local public utility created by the Wright Act of 1887, written by C.C. Wright, state assemblyman from Modesto at the time. The act was the first in the US to create publicly governed irrigation districts to combat private water pirates like Henry Miller of Miller Lux Cattle Company, who bought riverfront land wherever he could, gaining control of the river's water through the law of riparian rights.

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The insult added to the injury

Submitted: Jul 12, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The injury is economic depression, mislabeled constantly as "recession." But "constantly" is the problem because it has gone on too long and every prediction for turnaround has proved false. The doom sayers, the negative thinkers, the skeptics and the doubters have all been correct. So much for the injury.

The insult is the politics, from City Hall to the White House. It is bad enough to feel the economy -- one's future -- sliding out to sea like sand under one's toes as the wave recedes. What is intolerable is the lying politics. And at the top of the list of the political goon squad is the superPACs, founded on the utterly cynical belief backed by tons of cash (proving there is still a helluva lot of money in America) that the public (you and me) can be steered, directed, and sent down the chute to the butcher's sledge hammer.

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A short note on God, Nature and man in Spinoza's Ethics

Submitted: Jul 05, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Immediately on finishing, in fact while still reading this appendix to the first part of Baruch Spinoza’s Ethics, we couldn’t help thinking of the many fine religious people, especially political leaders and decision-makers, who ‘paved paradise and put up a parking lot,’ often  in the name of the same god who had so guided man’s wisdom that he had created the greatest tool in history: an eternally rising real estate market.

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So, how’s your philosophy?

Submitted: Jul 02, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

We are all dimly aware, even out of the political campaign war zone here in California, that something extraordinary is taking place as the result of the Citizens United decision by the US Supreme Court, and how it recently upheld itself in its decision by striking down a century-old Montana law barring corporate contributions to political campaigns.

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On the fruit flies dying locally for pure research

Submitted: Jun 23, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The posting of this 1933 essay by Peter Wessel Zapffe is dedicated to the idiot at UC Merced performing serial neurosurgery on cadaveres Drosophilarum as lovingly extolled in the McClatchy Chain local outlet, the Sun-Star: "Do flies hold clues to alcoholism; US Merced researchers are seeking answers" http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2012/06/23/2394844/uc-merced-researchers-seek-answers.html

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It's the environment, stupid?

Submitted: Jun 20, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

"It's a small step," Denham said. "We need thousands of jobs in the Central Valley, and we need many more projects like this."

The bill would allow the Merced Irrigation District to raise New Exchequer Dam spillways, temporarily expanding Lake McClure some years into a part of the river currently protected as free-flowing by federal law. -- Merced Sun-Star, June 20, 2012

DAMAGING THE ENVIRONMENT=MORE JOBS?

WRONG.

On a more prosaic level, how does raising a dam produce any jobs except one or two the irrigation district might create to count the money it will make selling the water to Los Angeles or Westlands Water District.

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