Agriculture

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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California agro-tycoons try to deep rip federal environmental law again

Submitted: Feb 09, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

Throughout a lengthy, tedious and expensive (for the public as well as the special interest) legal proceeding, the battle between Modesto-based Duarte Nursery and the Army Corps of Engineers and the federal Environmental Protection Agency is going to boil down to two issues. First, is there compelling evidence that Duarte deep ripped a pasture containing vernal pools despite his absolute denial? Second, will Duarte's private property rights trump the federal Clean Water Act?

If the case gets to the US Supreme Court, maybe this California agro-tycoon will not make the mistake Angelo Tsakopoulos made with a nearly identical suit when he made his relationship with Justice Anthony Kennedy so public that Kennedy recused himself, tying the vote, 4-4, giving the win to the Army Corps.

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Good time to plant more nuts

Submitted: Feb 06, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

State water bureaucrats are keeping the screws tight on urban water use while a few agro-plutocrats on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley lock in a guaranteed water supply 30-percent larger than the total requirement for Los Angeles and go on planting more almond orchards as the price for the Holy Nut falls. --blj

1-27-16

Valley Public Radio

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Heretics for Trump and Cruz?

Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The doctrine these sects preach is Christian heresy. The Christian faith—as in the 1930s under Germany’s pro-Nazi Christian church—is being distorted to sanctify nationalism, unregulated capitalism and militarism. The mainstream church, which refuses to denounce these heretics as heretics, a decision made in the name of tolerance, tacitly gives these sects credibility and squanders the prophetic voice of the church... The retreat from radicalism—in essence the abandonment of the vulnerable to the predatory forces of corporate capitalism—created a spiritual void filled by protofascist movements that have usurped Christian symbols and provided a species of faith that is, at its core, a belief in magic. This Christian heresy is currently on public display at Donald Trump and Ted Cruz political rallies.

 -- Chris Hedges, Truthdig, Jan. 24, 2016

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Bernie in Iowa: socialism, farm subsidies, exported obesity

Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Socialists in Iowa?

 

Iowa, the state that receives the second largest amount of farm subsidies in the nation, $24.9 billion between 1995 and 2012, evidently has a large number of self-identified socialists, pollsters find.

Shocking, particularly when you consider Iowa's foreign policy. T he effect of dumping a great deal of Iowa corn in Mexico via "free trade" sponsored by the North American Free Trade Agreement has been to make Mexico as obese and the Corn Belt. Sharing the fat rather than the burn? Universal brother-and sisterhood washed in sanctified corn syrup? -- blj

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Hanson's Obesifornia

Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Our valley's reigning pundit on an ever widening range of issues is syndicated columnist Victor Hanson, a Stanford trained classicist from a south valley farming family who is also a long-standing Hoover Institution scholar and, if these were not enough credentials to be expert on almost everything, he helped found a program at Fresno State to teach Latin and Greek. He is also author of Mexifornia, which pretends to be a brave moral stand against Mexican immigration.

One of Hanson's minor themes is the obesity of Mexicans. He goes on and on about the health and economic threats this Hispanic obesity entails for Californians, but never seems the least bit curious about why or how such a situation developed. This leaves us with an assumption that Mexicans suffer from some dietary perversion peculiar to their "race" and if not proactively starved by nutritionally concerned ruling classes, they just get fat.  

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Perseverance in a wrong cause..

Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 ...doesn't make it right.

 

The federal Bureau of Reclamation began delivering water to Westlands in 1967, and up until the mid-1970s constructed some 70 miles of a planned 207-mile drain. Instead of reaching all the way to the Delta, it ended prematurely at Kesterson Reservoir. -- Michael Doyle, McClatchy, Jan. 12, 2016

 And that premature ending gave the public the opportunity to see and experience the horrendous damage caused by a high concentration of heavy metals and what it does to the wildlife that was supposed to have been protected on the federal Kesterson Wildlife Refuge.

 

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