Agriculture

McClatchy, Keita, Bultena advocate barbarism

Submitted: May 11, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

There are things that degrade a community, and this promotion of cock fighting (1) by McClatchy local outlet columnist Dave Bultena and Modesto Bee’s Joe Keita, “vice president of news” and managing editor, is one of them. These luminaries ought to be sent down to the men’s prison in Corcoran where they can be slapped around, kicked and beat up by real big, stupid men, and get hopped up and all buffed out. Then the guards can send them into that special little yard where they have the gladiatorial contests. The armed guards stand above, betting big wagers, and the prize for the winner is his life (with or without possibility of parole).  

 

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Farley Mowat dies at 92

Submitted: May 10, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 He lived a long, rich life and contributed enormously to the real human culture that will see us through environmental conflict. -- blj

Farley Mowat: the Greatest Canadian?

by PAUL WATSON

Today is a very sad day for me.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/09/farley-mowat-the-greatest-canadian/


The greatest Canadian I have ever known and one of my closest and dearest friends has died.


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Global warming: Life v. Oil companies

Submitted: May 08, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 As the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass said, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” What the climate justice movement is demanding is the ultimate abolition of fossil fuels. And our fates all depend on whether they succeed. – Chris Hayes, The Nation, May 12, 2014

 

 

 

5-7-14

San Francisco Chronicle

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Variation on the Valley Whine, or Syrup on the Well Known Substance

Submitted: May 06, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Maybe it's getting to be time to tell David Mas Masumoto that "menos es Mas." Far be it for mere anonymous journalists to dare criticize our latest version of "Father of the Valley." Far be it for us to request that the great spiritus poeticus of Del Rey give us an actual argument, grammatical and everything. But we know that great writers are above the confusions of ordinary readers like us experience in the glare of their brilliance.

 

 

 

 

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Almonds and Dust

Submitted: May 05, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Stanislaus County didn't make much of a fuss about the thousands of new acres of almond plantings going in on the east as well as the west side. But then some hedgefund whippersnapper bought a few thousand acres east of Oakdale, started planting and sinking those huge wells farmers use these days, and Pulbic Opinion was heard opposing it. But for years, almonds have been encroaching on pasture land throughout both sides of the San Joaquin Valley, causing a huge increase of dust particularly at harvest time. This great boon to export-led growth of almond cultivation here is also reportedly responsible for the complex of factors causing the unprecedented increase in the deaths of Honey bees. 

But, Gee, it's always GREAT to be Number One, even if Water and Wealth is not bringing either Contentment or Health (except maybe for the bloated healthcare system), to Stanislaus County. -- blj

5-3&4-14

Modesto Bee

Online environmental tool places Stanislaus and Merced counties among the worst areas in California...Garth Stapley...5-3-14

http://www.modbee.com/2014/05/02/3322038/online-environmental-tool-places.html?sp=/99/1623/1618/

Sometimes it’s good to be bad.

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The Bear don't want no GMO's either

Submitted: Apr 30, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Following the lead of several California counties, the Russians are joining other wimpy nations of the earth in rejecting genetically modified organism seeds and the pesticides that are created to resist, mainly RoundUp. Michael Meachum, former environmental minister in the UK at the outset of the massive invasion of GMO maize in Canada and the US, praised the citizens of North America for their courage in planting and eating these genetically engineered foods without adequate health studies in advance (because Monsanto et al had bought the FDA and its lawyers and flacksters savagely attacked anyone with the temerity to raise a critical voice), he Britons, however, Meachum said, lacked that kind of  courage and would study GMO's more completely than the Canadians and Americans had.

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The Long War, from UC Merced to Ukraine and beyond

Submitted: Apr 29, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

         

Stirred by the warm breeze of utilitarianism, it is not surprising that technology is more in favor with people than science is. The age of great scientific discoveries had already been left behind before Einstein's time. However, modern man is increasingly inclined to seeing all his dreams come true during his lifetime. This causes him, when betting on his own future, to prostrate himself and expect wonders from technology through a 1000-power concave lens. In this way, technology has achieved startling and explosive developments in a rather short period of time, and this has resulted in innumerable benefits for mankind, which is anxious for quick success and instant rewards. However, we proudly term this technological progress, not realizing that at this time we have already consigned ourselves to a benighted technological age in which we have lost our hearts [2].


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An unbalanced era

Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 President Barack Obama recently visited our Central Valley and blamed our meteorological drought on global warming. Has radical environmentalism gone wild, or is this a leftist political agenda being pursued under the frauds of drought, global warming and Delta smelt? – John Michelena, Modesto Bee, April 15, 2014

Although far be it from the Badlands Journal editorial board to judge intemperate utterances of any kind, we’re not sure if Michelena is playing with a full deck, as sincere no doubt as his outrage is over the drought.

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The Great Khaganess is screwing around with our poultry and grain prices

Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The neocon Khaganess of the State Department, Victoria "F**k th EC" Nuland Kagan, remains at her post. Why?

Evidently she is in charge of a neocon cabal in the State Department, the Khaganate of Nulands, intent on realizing a bizarre Khazarian Ravanche campaign to reconquer Ukraine, in part to sell the former Breadbasket of Eurasia to Cargill for the production of Monsanto's genetically modified wheat (which has never been approved in the US), and perhaps alos to make the whole country safe for the construction of Fiddler-On-The-Roof Shtetl Casinos and Retirement Communities (TM) and Last Adventure Tour-Chernobyl geriatric cancer clinics. 

Our point, lest we belabor it with satire, is that the US does not belong there regardless of the agenda of neocons in the federal government. 

Meanwhile, back in that poor, battered and despised world known as Historical Reality, for a number of reasons caused by the Great Khaganess, US grain and poultry producers are beginning to suspect that they've been had again and in a new, different way by the neocon corporatist gummint. Also, Russia is signing gas deals with China instead of the West. -- blj


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History in Agrobizistan

Submitted: Apr 12, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board
 
The fundamental raison d'etre of public relations, without which corporations could not survive a public with normal memory capacity,  is that "perception is reality." The reality is that Hilmar Cheese has destroyed the groundwater in Hilmar, was finally, after 15 years bribery and political intimidation failed, exposed by the state water quality board and fined, and "fixed" the problem by drilling deep injection wells for its enormous quantities of daily waste, and are now regulated only by the federal EPA. Presumably, the company's influence is still working in Washington DC. 
 
Last week, Hilmar Cheese received awards from various national "green building" groups for its new headquarters and "innovation center" in Hilmar. At the center of this little soap opera of success and righteousness, was a quote by the Chairman: 
 
Richard Clauss, chairman of the Hilmar Cheese Company board of directors, opened the dedication explaining, “LEED demonstrates our continuing commitment to stewardship and sustainability. Our owners and employees live here and we strive to do what is right – for our employees, the dairy farmers that supply us milk, the community and our natural resources.”
 
As the Swiss say: a large manure pile means the owner is wealthy.
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