Environment

Ex-Fresno mayor still wrong

Submitted: Sep 17, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

Alan Autry was disastrously wrong when he was the Developer-Fool mayor of Fresno during the boom years, a radio talk-show blowhard forever urging the public to do “the right” thing (wink, wink).

 

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The 99 percent of un-exceptionalists

Submitted: Sep 14, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The military/industrial/cultural complex is engaged in a propaganda campaign to persuade the stubbornly opposed 99 percent of  Americans  to bomb Syria to punish its government for its alleged use of chemical weapons. It is all part of a plan for exceptional people like they suppose themselves to be, to rule the Mideast.

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Merced Fire Chief’s political talent shines

Submitted: Sep 06, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Merced Fire Chief’s political talent shines

"We've been more conservative on our approach of what's considered dangerous,"  Merced Fire Mike McLaughlin was quoted as replying to a question by a Sun-Star reporter about the fire hazard of tall weeds in vacant lots and on the lawns of empty houses left over from the Great Foreclosure.

"We've been more conservative on our approach of what's considered dangerous,"  he said. It is worth repeating the quote because rarely have we seen important words like “conservative” and “dangerous” rendered so meaningless as these coming out of the mouth of this political fireman. If he keeps blathering like this in public he’ll soon be in charge of CalFire, perhaps only a stepping stone toward a federal career.--blj

 

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Plan for Iran, Iraq, Syrian pipeline funded by their state banks

Submitted: Sep 06, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board
The following article discusses a deal for a gasline between Iran, Iraq and 
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Hard times comin' for the Great Reflector?

Submitted: Sep 01, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Jerry Brown, our governor, has been scandalizing California adults for years now with his scathing critiques of environmental law, particularly the California Environmental Quality Act, which he calls “the blob” from which any exemption for development is good, of which any enforcement bad.

He has chosen several instruments not of his making to make his dark vision of CEQA real for his entire, gigantic parish of eligible votes. With his tool in the Legislature, Senate pro tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, he has crafted legislation to “streamline” i.e. gut CEQA. But this craft seems to have broken up on the shoals of sensible opposition, at least for the current session of the Legislature.

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Well ... it's cryin' time again

Submitted: Aug 15, 2013
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This lengthy article by environmental journalist Jeremy Miller about the domination of Kern County land and water by oil companies is a masterpiece of focus on capitalism’s extraction and destruction of the natural resources in the south San Joaquin Valley.

 

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Kill 'em all and pave it over!

Submitted: Aug 09, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 About 15 years ago in Merced, when our leaders were on fire with lust for the UC campus, the Fish & Wildlife Service had declared a critical habitat designation for the endangered species inhabiting vernal pools. Our leaders were outraged, organized rallies, vilified anyone in the region suspected of harboring an environmental thought. Politicians, at the behest of the finance, insurance and real estate special interests, pressured Service staff. Julie MacDonald, a high level political appointee at the Service, cajoled and threatened staff down to the field biologist level, and produced a bizarre “economic study” purporting to show the billions that would be lost to our regional and national economy by this horrible critical habitat designation.

 

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We just won't think about ecological collapse, will we

Submitted: Aug 01, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The primary cause of frog and toad population decline seems to be the spread of the chytrid fungus — probably spread by introduction of non-native African clawed frogs.

Introduction of non-native trout to lakes within the habitat range of these threatened species may be the second most important factor. Recreational activities seem to have far less impact on the success of frog and toad populations, yet seem to be under consideration for limitation according to the information in the Federal Register. – Merced Sun-Star, Aug. 1, 2013

 

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Massive Loss of Endangered Winter Run Salmon

Submitted: Jul 31, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board
Press Release
29 July 2013
For Immediate Release
 
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Monsanto's chair of the Stanislaus Board of Supervisors

Submitted: Jul 25, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

We found this piece of biotech propaganda by Vito Chiesa, the chairman of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, to be an offense to everyone in that county who is not an agribusinessman. He misinforms the local public about a legislative sneak attack on biotech regulation by the industry, the so-called “Farmer Assurance Provision,” stuck on page 78 of a resolution that had to be passed if the federal government was to continue paying its bills. This might be a clue about how Chairman Chiesa practices politics on the Stanislaus board.  

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