Agriculture

Serious water critique from LA ...

Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

...which has much drinking water to lose if things go wrong in Northern California. On the one hand, these are very sober, penetrating articles that reveal major issues in the state's water-development policies. On the other hand, they don't ask more fundamental questions: Is the size of California's population good? Has population growth brought more happiness to more people" Has it created better citizens? Is California a safer place to live than it was when the Oroville Dam was built in 1968 when we had half as many people, 20 million, than we do today at 40 million? -- blj

2-20-17

Los Angeles Times

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Do the crime and beg forgiveness?

Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

The worst thing about this journalistic foul is that everyone who subsequently acknowledged, recognized, or realized that they had violated the privacy and endangered the futures of these young students did not know what they were doing when they did it and have no idea of the harm they have caused, the anxiety and fear they have raised; they have no idea of the damage they did. For their different motives, they were all willing to violate these kids.

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What does the Border think of Trump?

Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
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“We can’t get industry to relocate to South Texas because there’s not enough water,” Hinojosa told HuffPost. “We can’t get industry to relocate to South Texas because there’s not an interstate highway. And we’re wasting our money building a freaking wall that nobody needs or wants?” -- Roque Planas, Huffington Post, Jan. 25, 2017

“Donald Trump is one thing, but it’s another when your own president is screwing the country,” said Jorge de la Cruz, a mechanic. -- David Agren, The Guardian, 1-23-17

 

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Crown prince of radicchio whines to the Times

Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Maybe it's the drinking water. Could it be the worst air quality in the country? What kind of pesticides do they spray on radicchio? Whatever it is, it's hard to imagine why any farmers, particularly the Marchinis with their operations spread out over several prime rowcrop regions: Le Grand, Kettleman City, Watsonville, Salinas, and Yuma, would bite the hand that gorged them with the 2013 Farm Bill?1.

No. The Crown Prince of Radicchio tuned up a wondrous California Ag Whine for the reporter ladies from New York and Los Angeles because he could and because that was what they wanted to hear.

You've got to hand it to Trump. He has done what even the foul state Proposition 187, in 1994 failed to do, even though it turned kindergarten teachers into Border Patrol personnel: he has flushed out the growers of the San Joaquin Valley and made them speak up about their workforce. Perish the thought that there should come a day when no surplus of undocumented Mexicans are wandering the Valley, the Central Coast and Yuma looking for farmwork! 

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Standing Rock in the balance

Submitted: Feb 07, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Maybe there is both rhythm and rhyme to history instead of the tedious "repetition" people talk about. The Indians of the Northern Plains are leading again. The government is trying to tear up the little land left to them, destroy natural resources, threaten tribal sovereignty (can you imagine what Trump thinks of tribal sovereignty?), destroy sacred sites, threaten pollution of a major American river, termination and relocation. And the Sioux are rallying the tribes to defend Native rights, even if, at the moment, they are trying to disperse demonstrators, who have themselves become an ecological problem.

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The alt-reality of agriculture

Submitted: Feb 04, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The latest spokesperson for the Merced County Farm Bureau appears to have been encouraged by the fabulously successful example of Kellyanne Conway to achieve an unusually high level of the dumb-dumbs, which, considering her predecessors, is actually quite a trick.

Surely, these truths are self-evident:  that the well-known substance flows downhill; and that alt-facts are just a subspecies of agribiz-facts. -- blj
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2-2-17

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What many San Joaquin Valley people hear and say about Trump

Submitted: Feb 02, 2017
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 “Trump also seeks a return to the past,” Slim said. “Like a friend said, to a ‘regressive utopia.’ ” Franco Ordonez, Modesto Bee, Jan. 27, 2017

 

1-27-17

Modesto Bee

Trump may find he’s facing a master negotiator in talks with Mexico

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President Black Jack Trump rides the borderline

Submitted: Feb 01, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Reporter: How will Mexico pay for the wall?

President Trump: "It will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form."

Reporter: Will it be as complicated as your tax forms?

--blj

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The developer president to rescue the banks

Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 What does a developer want? Happy bankers. And if you are a developer who happens to be the president of the United States,  you can make your bankers very happy by dismantling the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Dodd-Frank was a pale sister of the Glass-Steagall Act, which the Great Depression Congress passed to prohibit commercial banks from engaging in investment. The repeal of Glass-Seagall in the last year of the Clinton administration was one of the main causes of the real estate bubble and global financial collapse of 2008.

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President Xerxes does global warming

Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

They then began to build bridges across the Hellespont from Abydos to that headland between Sestus and Madytus, the Phoenicians building one of ropes made from flax, and the Egyptians building a second one out of papyrus. From Abydos to the opposite shore it is a distance of almost two-thirds of a mile. But no sooner had the strait been bridged than a great storm came on and cut apart and scattered all their work.

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