Agriculture

Hail, Emperor, those who are about to die salute you!

Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  We have met the enemy and he is us. -- Pogo

4-5-16

Stanford Report

Populations of early human settlers grew like an 'invasive species,' Stanford researchers find

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2016 Water-Rhetoric Year whines on

Submitted: Apr 07, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Westlands Water District is complaining about the Bureau of Reclamation announcement of a 5-percent water allotment for the year. Putting aside that this will most likely increase as the 2016 Water-Rhetoric Year wars on. -- blj

 

“We cannot permit Westlands to transform itself from heavily subsidized corporate farms into a water broker at the expense of taxpayers and the San Francisco Bay/Delta Estuary,” said Barrigan-Parrilla. -- Lloyd Carter, Chronicles of the Hydraulic Brotherhood, July 27, 2015.

 

 

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That half-cent transpo sales-tax increase still rising like stink off a dairy lagoon

Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  “Our situation here shows how important infrastructure investment is to economic development,” said Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced. He said the effort to complete the expressway must continue. -- Thaddeus Miller, March 3, 2016, Merced Sun-Star

 

A basic standard for professional newswriting and editing is that everything in the story make some kind of minimal sense. This standard used to be applied also to the obligatory quote from the appropriate bigshot. These requirements of the professional newsstory have been known to clash. When they do, they create a momentary blank spot in the minds of readers as they try to follow a narrative of public events.

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Is the USDA a danger to public health?

Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

“Having research published in prestigious journals and being invited to present before the National Academy of Sciences should be sources of official pride, not punishment,” stated PEER Staff Counsel Laura Dumais. “Politics inside USDA have made entomology into a most dangerous discipline.” -- Steve Volk, Portland Press Herald, Oct. 28, 2015

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Adelante con Huerta-Clinton: Icons, sons of icons, and the politics of deceit

Submitted: Mar 18, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

In 1992, Bill Clinton ran a terrific campaign in the San Joaquin Valley. The campaign had a pleasant, hard-working Valley fieldman, abundant campaign materials arrived in headquarters on time, he had active campaign chairs in all the counties, and a dynamite T-shirt with the logo: "Adelante con Clinton." It was one of our favorite memorabilia of that political year.

This year his wife may well repeat that success, but the campaign will not find some who once proudly wore the Adelante T-shirt ready to display it again.

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Not even spit in the wind

Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 "Paper-water bonds"

(with apologies to Billy Rose and Yip Harburg)

 

They're only paper-water bonds

 No more than creative accounting funds.

And the SEC wouldn't have given  a damn

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Ain't we just the powerfulest!

Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The title to this letter to the editor in the print edition of today's paper was "Blame the greenies for higher prices."

It began:

Who causes entanglements to keep their job? Environmentalists became stronger when they realize they never produced a product to sell. They constantly charged fees or taxes on manufacturing businesses, farms and electrical companies in order to keep their job and paycheck.

 

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Fracking damage evolves on schedule

Submitted: Mar 08, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Yet even as many Oklahomans track seismic data on their smartphones and struggle to sleep through the long, rumbling nights, there has been one notable location where people rarely seemed rattled. That is here, in the state capital, where the oil industry holds so much sway that for decades drill rigs have extracted crude from directly beneath the Capitol building.

A Democratic state lawmaker, Cory Williams, said in an interview: “They own the place.” -- William Yardley, Los Angeles Times, March 6, 2016

 

 

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"Innovative?" "State of the art?"

Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

To question the flak generated by Los Banos-based Morning Star Company, what's so innovative about lying to the state water board? Maybe it's getting caught due to neighbors' complaints. The fine is fairly hefty and that will cause Morning Star's lawyers to exert themselves greatly to gain innovative reductions in the amount of at least 30 percent, along the lines of the nearby Hilmar Cheese fine and final settlement.

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has found that Morning Star's Williams plant is a "state of the art" groundwater polluter.

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MIddle finger of free market in water no longer invisible

Submitted: Feb 12, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The animal spirits of capitalism are bathing in the arid West. -- blj

2-9-16

ProPublica

Liquid Assets

Abraham Lustgarten

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