Agriculture

Fimrite: a glimmer of light in drought-gloom journalism

Submitted: Jan 21, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Peter Fimrite is better than most, like his father, Ron, was. Good at finding odd angles like, in the present story: “Why not look at the drought from the historical perspective of the state’s environmental movement, in other words, a critical perspective, at least an intellectually respectable one?

It makes for a fine article, built on an interview of veteran California environmentalist, Jonas Minton. But, as far as his drastic either/or choice for public investment, we'd like to add a third: why not take this moment to strengthen the existing dams which, according to a study made of them during the Gray Davis administration are all -- except three -- out of compliance?

 

 

 

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Now our drought is official

Submitted: Jan 19, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Some environmental groups expressed concern that fine print in Friday’s drought declaration could lead to disruptive changes in how water is distributed. For instance, the drought declaration directs the State Water Resources Control Board to “immediately” consider petitions that would consolidate “places of use” for water diversions now held separately by the State Water Project and the federal government’s Central Valley Project.

Ronald Stork, a senior policy advocate at Friends of the River in Sacramento, said that if “place of use” is consolidated, federal water such as that held in Folsom Reservoir could be sent to Disneyland to keep the roller coasters operating. Currently, most of that water is designated for agriculture.

“That’s a titanic shift of purpose for the federal water project,” Stork said. “I think the water board needs to think this one through very carefully before they give the go-ahead to consolidating these two very different projects.” 

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California plumbing in drought ... again

Submitted: Jan 09, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The two articles below discuss the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the Colorado River. We will link the two by recalling a comment made about a decade ago by Bill Jennings, then the head of Deltakeepers. Former California Gov. Gray Davis had recently announced “peace on the river,” a new arrangement for sharing out all the water in the Colorado River before it gets to Mexico, but one that gave a little more to upstream states and less to Southern California. This rearrangement put immediate pressure on the Delta, which has experienced ever since record amounts of water pumped southward for urban and San Joaquin Valley agribusiness, both constantly recklessly expanding with no heed to water supplies except to set lawyers to figuring how to steal it from someone else. Jennings remarked a couple of years after the historic truce on the Colorado that “it didn’t take a rocket scientist” to understand why Delta fish stocks were crashing. It was the best use of that hackneyed term in the decade because there were legions of “rocket scientists” – water experts working ceaselessly to study the decline with the greatest objectivity modern science allows while the ruinous trade in acre feet just kept on going on wherever the dark backrooms are.

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The Midas touch

Submitted: Jan 06, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

"midas of the west"

 

the anastazi no longer plague us

the rat pack's left las vegas

but what are we to do

as midas turns our water into goo?

--blj

 

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California Democrats and the environment in a drought year

Submitted: Dec 29, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 It was uncharacteristically candid, at least a PR faux pas:  a state water official actually stating that it was not possible for the government to make it rain. And this despite the governor’s profound concern for west side farmers  in an election year. The times probably make Jerry nostalgic for his youth, during which bags bulging with cash came from the west side to his father in return for road and water projects. They don’t call the canal carrying State Water Project water the ‘Edmund ‘Pat’ Brown” canal for nothing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Under the Carter microscope

Submitted: Dec 24, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Norman Brownstein, bigshot Denver attorney/lobbyist, who sells himself at "the 101st US Senator," is going to rue the day he took the $20,000/month lobbying contract to represent Westlands Water District, and came to the attention of Lloyd G. Carter, Fresno journalist/attorney.

In the piece below, Carter's latest foray into the Intermontaine Wastelands, he slices, dices, filets, boils, broils and barbecuesa a number of the rare species of twisteed plutocrati in any way associated with Brownstein and the Denver law firm of Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck. Bigshots in Denver may not have taken such a thrubbing since Gene Fowler carved on Bonfils and Tammen.  -- blj

 

Chronicles of the hydraulic brotherhood…lloydgcarter.com

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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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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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