Agriculture

Systemic political lying

Submitted: Jun 26, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The greatest threat to political democracy -- from Athens to the US "war on terrorism," -- has always been elites. Since the 18th century, democracy has arisen in step with its competition and nemesis, capitalism. Today's American elite has converted political bribery and lies into "campaign finance contributions" -- the "free speech" of money -- "spin," the political descendant of advertising. However, bribery and deceit remain what they are, fatal to democracy.

Today, we offer two comments on lying, spin and propaganda, the first from politician scientist Sheldon Wolin, the second from investigative reporter Robert Parry. Both are veterans and have personal as well as scholarly perspective on the changing forms of political lying in our culture. Wolin describes the structure of the culture that is producing systemic  political lying in America today. Parry paints a portrait of a practitioner of the form, Richard Stengel, under secretary of state for public diplomacy. Perhaps viewers of "Morning Joe" will remember "Rick" when he was a top Time Magazine editor presenting the Time cover of the week. Butter doesn't melt in Stengel's mouth. -- blj

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Still pathetic after all these years: US and Honey Bee colony collapse

Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Here are four articles about Honey bee colon- collapse disorder, one Russian, one and a partial article American, one Canadian. Scientists actually seem to have found the main cause, a class of nicotinoid pesticides applied to seeds before planting so that they provide protection against later pesticide applications and, incidently, cause serious harm to the nervous systems of bees and other creatures, including humans.

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Blunt Pitchforks' photo op in Le Grand

Submitted: Jun 21, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The problem with Le Grand's water supply is not drought; it is the large number of huge wells that have been installed for the last decade to irrigate thousands of acres of almonds and grapes planted on seasonal pasture. Politicians at the local, state and federal levels did everything money can buy to stop any opposition to these plantings, which are totally destructive to the natural habitat of 15 endangered species and which have robbed the region of much groundwater besides. And the latter will continue as rural landowners continue to mill aimlessly about in public water gatherings like the state-sponsored and funded Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, known as "Ear-Wimp" perhaps because the participants are incapable of reading anything and only listen to each others' mythological misinformation.

 

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Forked tongues and blunt pitchforks

Submitted: Jun 21, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 

Politicians and water managers spoke to farmers at the Stanislaus County Agricultural Hall of Paranoia with tongues so forked it's a wonder any coherent sentences broke the fences of their teeth. Flecks of dribbled white foam must have spewed forth from their lips as they cursed the state, the state, the state, before a frightened herd of farmers. The politicians and the water managers have a plan and a hope:  they are trying to deflect the attention of the frightened herd of sheep -- I mean farmers -- into a pitchfork bearing mob of farmers headed to the state Capitol -- headed anywhere but at local authority.

 

 

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California groundwater pumping by region

Submitted: Jun 13, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 6-12-14

The Business Journal

Study: Valley uses highest share of groundwater

http://www.thebusinessjournal.com/news/energy-and-environment/12445-study-valley-uses-highest-share-of-groundwater

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CSPA and allies battle Delta exports and bad science

Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Press Release

11 June 2014

For Immediate Release

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Congressional genius for compromise will prevail in California drought bill

Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

 The Badlands Journal editorial board, like all Californians we are certain, have been watching with bated breath the progress of the two California drought bills working their way through the upper and lower houses of Congress. The Senate bill, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, and the House bill, sponsored by assorted Central Valley Republicans, have reached the joint Senate-House conference  committee for reconciliation. The major issues on the table are the perceived favoritism of the Feinstein bill towards one agribusiness entity in Kern County and the suspension of all water-related environmental law and regulation proposed in the House bill.

We feel certain that with its usual genius our Congress will find a just compromise.

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Three Big Lies

Submitted: Jun 08, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 These are stories, "narratives" as our elite educated government flaks and the cowards in the mainstream press call them, have become propaganda lines, whole processes of deception, some older than others, but all following a pattern of contempt for the public, which, according to the General Lie, they are supposed "to serve." 

Read at your own risk. You won't enjoy these articles but they come from reputable sources: Paul Craig Roberts, Ray McGovern, and writers published by Counterpunch and Global Research (Canada). -- blj

 

6-7-14

Global Research

Fake Employment Statistics: More Phantom Jobs Created in America, All In The Wrong Places

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The Merced County water saga goes on, Part 2

Submitted: Jun 07, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 On Tuesday, the Merced Board of Supervisors debated long and hard -- with help from legal, planning and executive staff -- about how they could stop Steve Sloan, former chairman of the county Planning Commission,  and an adjoining landowner, from selling more than 20,000 acre feet of groundwater to Del Puerto Water District, based in Stanislaus County. County leaders, except Supervisor Gerry O'Banion, in whose district the transfer would take place, with a mixture of desperation and exaspiration, reached for some means of stopping Sloan and his neighbor from making the millions the desperate Del Puerto growers are willing to pay to keep their almond orchards alive. Everything from an emergency  moratorium to doing nothing was discussed

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DeeDee One-Tune whines on

Submitted: May 30, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Merced County Supervisor Deidre "DeeDee One-Tune" Kelsey is once again leading a chorus of impotent whining, hardly a new song in this Drought-of-Droughts year. She has again mobilized her district klatches against a menace: in 2006, it was the menace of traffic that would be caused by the Riverside Motorsports Park racetrack; today, it is a the menace that would be caused to the groundwater by the Sloan/Smith deal with Del Puerto Water District, which could result in groundwater pumping from the valley floor a few miles northwest of Atwater of up to 23,000 acre feet/day, eight months a year for four years.

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