Agriculture

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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Cheaper to retire 300,000 acres of toxic land in Westlands

Submitted: Jan 07, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 File this one under "We missed this but better late than never." -- blj

7-22-15

Chronicles of the Hydraulic Brotherhood

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Homelessness on the California Central Coast

Submitted: Jan 03, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 A stark indictment of the morals and policies of Silicon Valley yupitos nd their coastal city chambers of commerce about the people that just don't fit the pathological social paradigm of these groups. 

Homeless people all over Santa Cruz and Monterey counties -- The horror! The horror!

-blj

 

1-2-16

Reader Supported News

Driving Out the Mosquitoes: Making Homelessness IllegalBy Dennis J. Bernstein, Reader Supported News

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Water: Kern County concerns; coastal insouciance

Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Ms. Henry, assistant managing editor of the Bakersfield Californian, reports on water issues from the perspective of Kern County, one of the state's largest producers of grapes, almonds, milk and citrus, and of politically influential agribusinesses.

Kern County's fascination with the minutiae of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta politics reflects its dependency on Delta water. Compare and contrast with the rather smug opinions and self-congratulation of coastal Ventura County folk. Aside from some overdrafting in the Oxnard farming area, they appear to be sitting in a catbird seat, including laughable claims to State Water Project paper water and maybe a deal with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California as the county "builds out" and the developer "footprint" enlarges a few sizes.

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A few characteristics of the season

Submitted: Dec 24, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

12-22-15

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Death Valley still digging out after October flooding

By Henry Brean

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New York Times: A constant wonder

Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 With its patented combination of intellectual sloth and arrogance, the New York Times has once again ventured to the arid West to render the opinion of Wall Street on the California water situation.

We find it fascinating that the ultimate bigshot newspaper in the nation can pretend to cover the water story, focusing on the Friant Dam, without one mention of the San Joaquin River Settlement (see Notes) mandated by federal court and funded by Congress.

It's a wonder!

--blj

 

 

 

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McMalaprop left whimpering in dust

Submitted: Dec 15, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Last week, the famous federal California drought bill fizzled in a pool of bile. Republican Majority Leader of the House, Kevin "Malaprop" McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, and his rural California Republican delegation, condemned the characters of the state's two Democratic senators, Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, both from the Bay Area.

“Sadly,” McCarthy said Friday, “our senators have once again failed to rise and meet the challenge with us.” 

 

Feinstein's complaint was more specific:

 

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Minding the "Watchdog"

Submitted: Dec 11, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Minding the "Watchdog"

Rightwing propaganda is evolving fast these days as the rich consolidate their political power. Heavier doses of propaganda emerge monthly. Aping the global corporations who underwrite it, rightwing propaganda is constantly acquiring new subjects to be merged into the grand conglomerate of its authoritarian view.

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