Friday, December 29, 2017

Here are the best hits of 2017

Since The Dakota Progressive is taking up most of my blogging time ip is not updated nearly as often although total hit counts are holding up well anyway. Daily counts for each blog usually run neck and neck.

Blogger added a widget to track the most-hit posts in a year so it's easier to compile the list. Totals are for all time but these posts were the most hit for the year in descending order.

Thanks to all who visit!

Krebs Deep Throat for Noem Tryst Post 7,263 hits.
US Air Force dumping hazardous waste over PRTC 873 hits, 2017 post
Corps cancel Spring pulse, acknowledge native fish doomed 863 hits, 2017 post
Rapid City Journal ends racist reader comments 801 hits, 2017 post
Socialized agriculture driving Spring wildfire season 720 hits, 2017 post
Montana cannabis industry evolving 11,567 hits
Bryon Noem considering divorce 3,821 hits
Martinez, NM Dems likely headed toward deal on cannabis, death penalty 532 hits, 2017 post
Disease ravaging western ungulates after red states slaughter apex predators 511 hits, 2017 post
Earth haters blame enviros for wildland fires but ignore poor ranching practices 466 hits, 2017 post

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

New Mexico legislator wants to capitalize on cannabis

State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino (D-Albuquerque) wants all adults in New Mexico to be able to grow, possess, and buy cannabis legally.

His resolution needs a two-thirds majority in both the Senate and the House to get the measure on the ballot for voters to decide bypassing a governor's veto.

New Mexico's opioid overdose rates have been plummeting thanks to the state's therapeutic cannabis program. The state's Department of Health recently announced the therapeutic cannabis program has risen to 45,347 total patients or a 77 percent increase over the same period last year.

Researchers and pharmacologists agree: cannabis is a safe and effective treatment as a bridge to recovery from opioid addiction. University of New Mexico researchers and the Industrial Rehabilitation Clinics of Albuquerque have released findings that showed 71% of patients either ceased or reduced their use of manufactured opioids within 6 months of enrolling in that state's medical cannabis program.

Democrats are keenly aware that to energize millennials and a jaded base radical times call for sensible approaches to reforms of civil liberties for all adults even if it means enduring some feces-throwing from the earth hater Big Food, Big Booze, Big Pharma, NFL set.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Therapeutic cannabis blazing in New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Health's therapeutic cannabis program has risen to 45,347 total patients or a 77 percent increase over the same period last year.
Despite the frequent restatement of data by the NMDOH, the rapidly expanding Medical Cannabis Program continues to exceed projections and show significant year-over-year growth. The program remains on track to reach near 50,000 patients by Dec. 31. [Albuquerque Journal]
Two additional dispensaries, Kure Cannabis and the fourth outlet for Albuquerque-based producer Minerva Canna Group, brings the Santa Fe total to seven.

Researchers and pharmacologists agree: cannabis is a safe and effective treatment as a bridge to recovery from opioid addiction. University of New Mexico researchers and the Industrial Rehabilitation Clinics of Albuquerque have released findings that showed 71% of patients either ceased or reduced their use of manufactured opioids within 6 months of enrolling in that state's medical cannabis program.

On Friday North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved a petition that would let voters decide if cannabis should be legal for all adults.
Jaeger says backers of the ballot measure must gather about 13,500 qualified signatures to put it to a statewide vote next year. [Leafly]
South Dakota's more forward-looking neighbor to the north is already growing interest in cannabis as therapy.

North Dakota voters passed Measure 5 in 2016 and this year the legislature drafted rules then a Republican governor signed it into law.
The North Dakota Department of Health has filed proposed rules to be adopted for the Medical Marijuana Program with the state’s Legislative Council. The NDDoH expects to file all required information no later than February 1, 2018 in an attempt to have the rules presented in March to the legislative Administrative Rules Committee. [Valley News Live]
God might not be enough for northern tier religious states: they lead the nation in anti-depressant use.

Democrats are keenly aware that to energize millennials and a jaded base radical times call for sensible approaches to reforms of civil liberties for all adults even if it means enduring some feces-throwing from the earth hater Big Food, Big Booze, Big Pharma, NFL set.

Monday, December 18, 2017

It's time to remove another war criminal's name from a national forest and a state park



The Legion Lake Fire reminds America that Custer State Park is named for a war criminal.

During the Battle of Greasy Grass George Custer attacked the encampment where the elderly, women and children were hidden and during the Washita Massacre he held a similar contingent as hostages and human shields.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says that if Confederate monuments are taken down, there’s no telling how far America might go —Native Americans could call for the removal of statues commemorating leaders who orchestrated violence against their ancestors. [Huffington Post]
After successes by tribal nations renaming geographical features in Alaska and South Dakota Yellowstone National Park could see at least two name changes.

Hayden Valley memorializes Ferdinand V. Hayden who advocated for “extermination” of tribal people and Mount Doane is named for Lieutenant Gustavus Doane who led a massacre of the Piikani, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy.

According to US Geological Survey officials the Board on Geographic Names has received no official proposal to change the names to Buffalo Nations Valley and First Peoples Mountain.

Senator Lisa Murkowski and the US Park Service are doing what Alaskans are asking of Congress urging the body to approve a name change for North America's highest peak to Denali, an Athabascan name meaning “the high one.”

This blogger has been arguing for Lakota names on South Dakota's geological features for at least twenty years. It is the opinion of this blog now that the mountain was renamed for Nicholas Black Elk, a holy man who rejected the Roman Church, it should be in the Lakota language: loosely translated as Paha Heȟáka Sápa.

Tribal nations and pueblos in New Mexico are also mulling changes to events and geographical places that glorify Spanish colonizers.

US Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren drove thousands from their lands and to their deaths over the Trail of Tears yet Rapid City brazenly displays their likenesses in conspicuous locations downtown.

South Dakota is home to numerous sculptures that idolize genocide visited upon American Indians. Mount Rushmore is the state's premier example of racist ideology. Its sculptor was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Sturgis in Meade County is home to Fort Meade: one of the last outposts supporting the US Army's war against Native forces. Samuel Sturgis and George Meade are both known for slaughtering American Indians.

The South Dakota Board of Geographic Names spent most of their time on the proposal to change the name of Squaw Humper Dam in Oglala Lakota County. The proposed name is Tahc’a Okute Mni Onaktake, which, according to Lakota and internet sources, translates roughly as “blocking water at a place for shooting deer.”

The word 'squaw' is derived from Algonquin and Inyan Kara Peak in the Wyoming Black Hills is the bastardization of American Indian words; but, humper is simply wasicu for any man engaged in the act of copulation.

With the Oglala Lakota Nation as an interested party Chief Arvol Looking Horse has submitted a request to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names saying the words “Devils Tower” are a malapropism.

During the 2016 session South Dakota's Republican legislature voted to usurp the local control of the SD Board in favor of federal command over geographical names.

It's time for the State of South Dakota to abandon Bear Butte State Park that it claimed through colonization and remand it to the tribes for governance so they can restore its name to Mato Paha and for the US Park Service to add the name Mahto Tipila to Devils Tower National Monument.

Meanwhile, another site named for a European known for exploiting American Indians is being upgraded.

Custer’s name is on a peak in the Black Hills National Forest and should be removed. It's time to remove his name from the Custer National Forest, too.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Legion Lake Fire pinnacle of red state failure


Cost to We the People for managing the 2013 Pautre Fire was about $1 million. No livestock were lost and there was minimal damage to fences. 3,519 acres of federal land and 7,160 acres of private property were cleared of invasive grasses.

The US Forest Service knew an advancing cold front would aid the clearing of foot-high grasses and mowed a fire break instead of using a disk to make a fire line so the blaze escaped the planned boundaries. Disturbing soils with implements can allow the growth of weeds introduced by European settlers in the 19th Century. Snow showers ended the fire, there were no injuries and the only structure lost was a derelict rural schoolhouse.
South Dakota Stock Growers Association leaders are questioning what they’re calling an unbalanced response of federal land management agencies to fires that burned public and private land. Representative Lynne DiSanto is bringing forward a bill, on behalf of the Stock Growers Association, that would hold the federal government responsible for their actions. [Today's KCCR]
DiSanto supports the actions of the sleeper cell of armed christianic militants who stormed a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon: a procedure known as "Bleeding the Beast."

Ponderosa pine only reached the Black Hills just over a thousand years ago. When the Custer Expedition came through the Black Hills bringing invasive cheatgrass for their horses stands of ponderosa pine were sparsely scattered but a century and a half of poor ranching and land management practices have created an unnatural overstory best controlled by the mountain pine beetle, prescribed fires and periodic wildfires. After a century of destructive agricultural practices invasive grasses infest most of western South Dakota.
Before humans began suppressing them, wildfires occurred naturally in grasslands and forests. Prescribed burns are sometimes conducted to mimic the positive natural effects of wildfires. Wind Cave officials hoped to stave off a catastrophic wildfire by burning off some of the thick, dry vegetation that wildfires feed on. [Seth Tupper]
Just a hundred and fifty years ago whatever forage was left after the bison migrated south the tribes cleared.

A Republican with an actual background in forest management called the escaped Cold Brook Fire a "roaring success:"
The Wind Cave fire reduced the heavy thatch of dry grass, young junipers and young pine trees that are drowning our forest everywhere, opened up much new grazing ground, increased grazing productivity for buffalo and wildlife, and will turn out to be just what the doctor ordered. [Frank Carroll]
So, after the Cold Brook Fire South Dakota's vulnerable Republican senior senator wants control over the Department of Interior's science-driven prescribed burns.

The Wanblee and Cottonwood Fires were long overdue. The largest post-settlement incident in the Black Hills is the Jasper Fire. It's a hardwood release success story.

But, now the shoe is on the other foot. Governor Denny Daugaard has asked for and received assurances of federal cash to manage the Legion Lake Fire that began on state-owned land and has grown to at least 53,875 acres with 50% containment.

South Dakota is the fourth most dependent in the US but its governor says he hates dependency yet South Dakota is a perpetual welfare state and a permanent disaster area.

Wildfire expert Joe Lowe has called Daugaard incompetent and uninterested in governing.

Commissioners for South Dakota's Game, Fish and Plunder have been briefed about the risks Custer State Park's domestic buffalo face in the wake of the state-caused Legion Lake Fire.
The secretary said the fire burned through a major part of the buffalo range inside the park. He said the park staff doesn’t want to be in competition with the private landowners who have lost hay too.
Read that here.

Buffalo are bison with cattle genes. They have vacated Custer State Park threatening the genetic integrity of the bison at Wind Cave National Park and routinely wander onto highways to injure visitors in the park named for a war criminal.
A livestock owner cannot intentionally allow the animals to wander off his or her property. And if the owner is responsible for the fences that enclose the animals and fail to maintain them, he or she can be held liable for damage caused to another’s property or the cost of medical bills if a person is injured after crashing into a cow on a road. According to the state Department of Agriculture website, the owner of domestic animals such as cattle is not liable for injuries for them being at large unless he or she knows the animals are vicious or should have reasonably anticipated there would be injury from them being at-large on the highway.
Read that story here.

The human-caused Legion Lake Fire represents strategic failures by Black Hills Energy, the State of South Dakota, SDGFP and the South Dakota Republican Party. The absence of prescribed burns and the persistence of invasive cheatgrass in the park are just two more examples of poor planning by GFP. Instead of allowing native aspen to be restored stands of doghair ponderosa pine that grew after the Galena Fire are feeding the current blaze.

Hypocrisy is a Republican value.

Just as the State of South Dakota sued Black Hills Power and Light after the Grizzly Gulch Fire Black Hills Energy should sue the shit out of South Dakota for the Legion Lake Fire for not letting crews cut ladder fuels in a right of way under a power line.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Spearditch to lose Bay Leaf Café

1993 marked the beginning of the end of my marriage but it was also the year Taffy Tucker, her ex-husband French Bryan and his boyfriend, George Huck began rebuilding the old Queen City Hotel.
“Getting the building rehabbed, it was a much bigger undertaking than we ever anticipated,” Bryan said. Even though there were times during the rehabilitation of the building they questioned what they got themselves into, that work remains one of his favorite memories of owning the business. “It was two or three official documents from being condemned,” he said of the rough conditions. The closing date for the pending sale of the building is Dec. 29. It has sold to another restaurateur who declined to elaborate on her plans for the business at this time. [Black Hills Pioneer]
Taffy is a Deadwood girl and Orville Bryan grew up in rural Spearditch, attended Spearditch High School then graduated Black Hills State College. Orville was named "French" after the Sebastian Cabot character in teevee's Family Affair by college classmate Dale Bell of posse comitatus fame. French and Taffy married then with Bill Walsh, Mike Trucano and their wives bought Deadwood's Franklin Hotel. Taffy's dad, Doug, was the Franklin's maître d' for about two decades.

French served as Deadwood's mayor for a time but he and Taffy divorced yet stayed close friends after he came out.

Before gambling came to Deadwood in 1989 the Franklin got deeply into debt to Twin City Fruit after one of Deadwood gaming's Founding Fathers, Mike O'Connell, fell over a railing at the hotel and lost the use of his legs. French came to TCF temporarily and worked as our sales manager to help settle arrears.

After gambling came to the Gulch and Twin City Fruit was sold to Sysco French left the area for a time but returned to buy the Queen City Hotel. I ultimately contracted the drywall installation and finish of the building that would become home to the Bay Leaf Café and met the mother of my daughters there. She was working for Bill Walsh at the Franklin part time.

Taffy convinced this blogger to audition then perform six seasons as Mother Ginger in the Black Hills Dance Theater’s production of the Nutcracker.

The Franklin later sold to become part of the Silverado complex. That building is hurting today.

A story about the restaurant is posted at the Rapid City Journal, too.

The above artwork was done by my former sister-in-law Debbie Streeter.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Neighbor Nancy's happy bosque bird-day

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is about 135 miles south of the ranch on I-25 and it's Neighbor Nancy's favorite birthday trip. Click on any image for a better look.


There were tens of thousands of snow geese again this year but the water was more abundant closer to the main channel of the Rio Grande.



Canada goose numbers seemed way down from previous years. The rangers said budget cuts meant fewer people to collect data on counts of each bird species. The Service was conducting a burn of mechanically masticated tamarisk.




We saw two huge flocks of Sandhill cranes and many other smaller groups of them scattered throughout the refuge. There were certainly tens of thousands. We've been hearing them flying over the ranch for at least two weeks. The Rio Grande is about ten miles from the ranch as the crane flies and there might be some water in the Galisteo Dam just a few miles away.



The mule deer had plenty of cover and fields of ear corn. Note the leaves still on the cottonwoods. Several unidentifiable trees had lost their leaves and were already budding.



This red tail and some marsh hawks were the four raptors we saw this year. There are usually bald eagles all over the refuge but not this trip. It was a glorious day and drive with a high temperature of 63 degrees!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Saturday's roundup: a week on cannabis

Minnesotans suffering from autism and obstructive sleep apnea will be able to seek relief with therapeutic cannabis starting next July.
Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger announced the additions following a state and public citizen review of medical research. Ehlinger selected autism and apnea due to "increasing evidence for potential benefits."
Get the story here.
Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns believes the NBA should allow players to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. His girlfriend's nephew is autistic, and Towns has seen how some of the new treatments involving properties of marijuana have helped the young boy and his family deal with the condition.
Read the rest here.

Researchers recently published findings cannabis is an effective therapy for opioid use disorder.

Some Minnesota counties are suing opioid manufacturers alleging a decades-long campaign convinced doctors and patients that opioids were safe and not addictive.

Democratic Minnesota Senator Al Franken has promised to bone up on the law as his state liberalizes its cannabis policy.
Now, the senator is on a bit of a marijuana bill cosponsorship spree, and some observers think it's good politics -- in addition to good policy -- at a time when Franken's name is being floated as a possible 2020 presidential candidate.
Read the rest at Forbes.

An Iowa company will be the first in that state to develop therapeutic cannabis for patients there.

Better late than never, the Moody County Enterprise is rubbing Marty Jackley's nose in his inability to get a conviction in a tribal sovereignty cannabis case.
Jonathan Hunt, 44, was sentenced Nov. 21 in Moody County Circuit Court after having agreed to testify in the case against his boss, Eric Hagen, earlier this year. Hagen, who was president and CEO of Monarch America, was found not guilty in a jury trial. More than a year earlier, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe executive committee had entered into a five-year agreement with Monarch America to design, construct and develop a 10,000-square-foot marijuana grow facility to supply a 15,000-square-foot retail recreational marijuana consumption lounge, according to court papers.
Read the rest here.

Flandreau has a long history of racism and a crooked law enforcement industry.

South Dakota's more forward-looking neighbor to the north is growing interest in cannabis as therapy.

North Dakota voters passed Measure 5 in 2016 and this year the legislature drafted rules then a Republican governor signed it into law.
The North Dakota Department of Health has filed proposed rules to be adopted for the Medical Marijuana Program with the state’s Legislative Council. The NDDoH expects to file all required information no later than February 1, 2018 in an attempt to have the rules presented in March to the legislative Administrative Rules Committee.
Read more here.

A crowd of Montanans heard testimony in Helena on proposed therapeutic cannabis rule changes (pdf) imposed by the repressive Senate Bill 333 on the Department of Public Health and Human Services.
“You guys making these guys jump through more hoops, more laws, more costs to the provider, doesn’t do a patient any favors,” said Will Leishman, a patient from Butte. DPHHS will continue taking public comments on the proposed rules by mail, fax and email. Once the rules are finalized, DPHHS will give providers and patients two months’ notice before putting them into effect. [KTVQ teevee]
God just might not be enough for northern tier religious states: they lead the nation in anti-depressant and meth use.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

GOP's hypocrisy on Indian Health Service coming to a head

Guess who stands to benefit if the Indian Health Service is privatized.
From Indian Health Services emergency rooms that have been shut down because they pose a threat to the health and safety of patients to others that don't meet the requirements established by Medicare and Medicaid, Sen. Mike Rounds says the health system is a disaster.
Read the rest here.

Steve Rounds enjoys an unusual 30-year lease on land managed by a state agency. Rounds got the lease to the Oahe Marina from South Dakota Game, Fish and Plunder while his brother was governor and when his banker, Larry Deiter was named South Dakota Director of Insurance.
“We are obviously concerned about the impact that Wellmark’s decision will have on consumers,” South Dakota Insurance Director Larry Deiter told the Public Opinion this week. “The current environment under federal health care reform is causing companies to either raise premiums, narrow networks, or cease marketing of products.” Lonnie McKittrick, who heads up the Health Department at Fisher Rounds and Associates, echoed those comments. “ACA is just not working,” he said. “People are getting hammered. Everybody on the inside knew this is what could happen. You crossed your fingers and hoped it wouldn’t, but it did. It’s a system that was set up to fail, especially in a small state like ours.” [Looking for health insurance? Good luck]
And:
Forty-three states and the District of Columbia require insurance commissioners to file some kind of personal financial disclosure report. All but two of those jurisdictions — Hawaii and Vermont — make the documents available for public inspection. Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming have no such disclosure requirements. [Drinks, dinners, junkets and jobs: how the insurance industry courts state commissioners]
Here's Mike Rounds' career donor page at Open Secrets.

Here is how Mike Rounds took federal money then gave it to SDGOP donors.

From 2015:
Specifically, the CBO determined that maintaining sequester-level cuts would lead to 500,000 fewer jobs and 0.4% less growth in 2016, and 300,000 fewer jobs and 0.2% less growth in 2017. Many Americans have been led to believe the emerging crisis is solely about Planned Parenthood funding, and that may be somewhat true. However, at the rate Republicans love killing Americans’ jobs and retarding economic growth that the CBO warned is the result of not addressing sequester cuts, pundits should consider the real impetus for the looming crisis is the GOP’s rejection of eliminating their precious sequester.
Read that here.
The “unimaginable horrors” comment came from U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., during testimony to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in Washington about his bill to force the Indian Health Service to undergo a wide-ranging audit. The tribe is alleging that the federal government has failed to uphold its legal obligation to provide health care to tribal members, in part by temporarily closing the Rosebud emergency department in 2015.
Read the rest here.

Rounds' donors Sanford, Avera and Rapid City Regional have virtual medical industry monopolies in their markets.

Kinda makes you sick, init?

I like the idea of rolling the funding for Obamacare, TRICARE, Medicare, the IHS and the VA together then offering Medicaid for all by increasing the estate tax, raising taxes on tobacco and adopting a carbon tax. Reproductive freedoms should be included with conditions just like the military does under TRICARE.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pipeline resister: US an apartheid government vs. oppressed minority


After Manape LaMere renounced his citizenship, disenrolled from the Yankton Sioux Tribe, and gave up his Social Security number he joined the resistance to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline at the Wiconi Un Tipi Camp near Lower Brule.
He describes the current state of American-tribal relations as that of an apartheid government toward an oppressed minority. To break free from that dysfunctional relationship, tribes must break free from America completely in order to be treated as equals, LaMere said.
Read the Kevin Abourezk story at indianz.
Launching a $30,000 fundraising drive for a kitchen at Wiconi Un Tipi Camp, the No KXL Dakota Alliance announced a November 21 signing ceremony for the International Treaty to Protect the Sacred Against Tar Sands and the KXL Pipeline. The camp in Lower Brule is strategically located to block the path of a proposed power line that TransCanada Corp. has slated to carry electricity to a pumping station on the Keystone XL tar-sands crude pipeline route through unceded 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory.
Read that here.

Crews from TransCanada shut down its Keystone pipeline after 5,000 barrels of diluted bitumen (dilbit) spilled near Amherst in Marshall County, South Dakota.

An assessment and investigation are underway after the leak was detected around 0600 local time. Hackers with nefarious intent have been stepping up attacks against American infrastructure recently and overloading sensors that control pipeline pressure has not been ruled out.

The Nebraska Public Service Commission has just approved an alternate route for the planet-killing pipeline but anti-KXL leader Jane Kleeb says an appeal of the decision is expected.
Pipeline opponents already had planned to appeal the commission's decision in court. They say the panel's decision on Monday brings up new issues that could be challenged in court. Ken Winston is an attorney representing environmental groups. He says the vote, "opens up a whole new bag of issues that we can raise."
Read more here.

The spill came just days before Nebraska ruled on a permit for the Keystone XL.

Human error is cited as the cause in a Sunday spill in North Dakota that leaked 270 barrels, or 11,340 gallons of saltwater mine waste because crews there failed to close a valve.
The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux have filed court documents urging a federal judge to reject the recent arguments of federal officials and the pipeline developer that the tribes' proposals aren't needed. The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting an additional court-ordered review of the pipeline's impact on tribal interests. While that's done, the tribes want additional protections such as emergency equipment staging at the pipeline's Lake Oahe crossing on the Missouri River, which is their water source. [KSFY teevee]
In 2016 even earth hater South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson said the Keystone XL won’t happen without State Department approval.

Despite the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Excess Pipelines fuel costs in the region are soaring.

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is expected to take up two water rights settlement bills next month.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Chairman Dave Flute said his tribe will stand with other tribal nations and oppose the KXL pipeline.

The same West River geology that thwarts railroad improvements in South Dakota makes KXL untenable.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Despite failure of NE Wyoming aquifers mountaintop-removal mine applies for more water


Ogden Driskill is an obese earth hater Wyoming legislator running cattle near Devils Tower National Monument in the Belle Fourche River watershed.

At his request the Crook County Commission is asking the City of Gillette in neighboring Campbell County to allow access to the Madison water pipeline for landowners whose wells have been depleted or compromised by over a century of livestock grazing, coal mining and other extractive industries.
“We’ve got a number of wells that went dry, we’ve got acid in wells – there’s a problem,” said Driskill. He noted that the wells did not dry up slowly, but that the problem appeared virtually overnight. “The City of Gillette is unwilling, partially for liability reasons,” he said. “These guys are hauling water for cows and hauling water for houses. That’s not right.” Commissioner Kelly Dennis, whose own land sits near the affected area, commented he has heard talk that another well may have run dry near Thorn Divide, several miles from where the problem was initially identified. [Sundance Times]
Thorn Divide is visible as an open green rise in front of Mahto Tipila in the background of the above image.

In January of 2016, the US Forest Service suspended the Draft Environmental Impact Study for a Wyoming Black Hills mountaintop-removal mine that would take rare earth minerals in the Belle Fourche watershed.

Now, Rare Element Resources CEO Randy Scott says its project to strip mine a part of the Bearlodge Mountains just upstream of the South Dakota border has a new investor.
RER announced earlier this month that Synchron, an affiliate of General Atomics, has purchased around 33.5 percent of the company’s issued common shares, a total of 26,650,000, for $4.752 million. “We are looking to complete one or two more steps of that to firm up the further downstream separation of the valuable rare earth elements, those that are used primarily in the production of permanent high strength magnets,” Scott says.
Read more here.

At least 23 prehistoric sites near Devils Tower National Monument, some of which are archaeological treasures eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, are also at risk to an 8000-acre expansion of Australia’s largest US aquifer uranium mining operation.

Monday, November 13, 2017

TDP logs over a hundred posts this November

The Dakota Progressive is burning up the South Dakota blogosphere after posting more than a hundred pieces on red state failure.

South Dakota infrastructure suffers to prop up ret...
Bjorkman calls out culture of abuse in Pierre
Nelson: DWC is fake news
Red ink no surprise to GOP legislators
Ecocide in South Dakota driving districts to share...
Capital Journal sounds alarm on SDGOP
School districts eat TIF risk
Woster returns to RC Journal
Jackley admits Gear Up a 'scandal'
Drinking Liberally: Kristi Noem is a creature of D...
Rapid City homeless population mounts under SDGOP,...
Earth hater Tapio urges lawgivers to keep stigmati...
Little Missouri at risk to oil and gas earth hater...
Whitey threatens violence as South Dakota diversif...
Poor ag, ranching practices still plaguing West Ri...
Sen. Tester offers Veterans Day essay
Belle Fourche watershed still at risk to mountaint...
Senate advances Klobuchar harassment training bill...
SDGOP increasingly desperate to keep white workers...
Jackley is itching to kill
Daugaard still putting South Dakota's tribal membe...
Journal board: legislature a threat to democracy
Ellison working for zero waste, workers rights
Noem at home in the swamp
Giago: Native genocide all too real
Deadline approaching for Cobell payments
Plain Talk: Rounds abandoning science
Superintendent who oversaw Sturgis racism named SD...
Suicides are epidemic in South Dakota
Flight of Democrats, young people from South Dakot...
Revenue crisis highlighting red state failure
Pressure forces SDGFP to rethink hunting cougars w...
Patient belongings: GOP creates unimaginable IHS h...
DWC hosting anti-Muslim hate speech
Tester wants science to stay in forest discussions...
Klobuchar moving to close gun loophole
South Dakotans reminded to sign up for Obamacare
New Deal program puts $16M into South Dakota broad...
Video lootery driving Sioux Falls violence
Thune called out by fellow earth hater
Noem snuggling with serial abuser
South Dakotans racing to their deaths
Today in socialism: Watertown's air subsidy
Pheasant collapse underway
Goss: Trump bad for agriculture
Hubbel accuses Soros of treason
Krebs surprised at drop in concealed carry applica...
Doc: discharge of Aanning political retribution
South Dakota coddles earth hater voting bloc
GOP Brookings blogger thrives on socialism
South Dakota Lt. Governor denies Pierre rape cultu...
Daugaard suspends federal propane rules for Vale B...
Retiring state epidemiologist concerned about obes...
North Dakota finalizing cannabis rules
Cannabis advocates claim victory
Hunting revenues are in the shitter
Obamacare signups surging
Tribes force uranium miners to seek permit in Wyom...
South Dakota bankers not sweating new Trump Organi...
South Dakota lakes are at risk to state law
Refugees are doing the work in South Dakota
Deadwood gaming struggling under Republican contro...
Democratic candidate self-imposes term limits
Aberdeen American calls out SDGOP misogyny in Pier...
Sutton concerned about Pierre's culture of corrupt...
SDDP exec says Dems will field candidate from ever...
TRICARE taking hit from Trump Organization
Gender dysphoria linked to consumer products
Small government Jackley wants to raise taxes
Today in socialism: South Dakota eighth in ag subs...
Abdallah takes job with Bjorkman campaign
Tester polling strong ahead of election
South Dakota media complicit in Pierre's rape, cor...
Quinten Burg blasts Daugaard, SD legislature for l...
Wismer calls out Noem for lying
Franken bashes earth hater tax plan
Bjorkman calls out swamp monster Noem
Sutton posts sappy campaign tweet
Socialism! Red state governors want fed help on in...
Noem donor balking on BHNF plans
Montana Supreme Court voids voter-approved 'Marsy'...
Powers: do as we say not as we do
DC earth haters finally saying #metoo
Blogger's home town school on cutting edge
Dakota Excess sued for damage to farmland
Ganje: uranium mine needs further study
Poor ranching practices still plague West River
South Dakota earth hater: Democrat blogger an agen...
DWC: earth haters crowding AG field
Why do South Dakota winters suck? Because you dese...
Marty Jackley wouldn't know tax fairness if it wro...
SDGOP accuses SDDP of being...smart?
Bullock reminds Montana to get enrolled
KELO: SDDP promises to field more candidates
Al Franken evolving on cannabis
Kristi Noem poses with serial pussy grabber
South Dakota cannabis advocate announces for Distr...
Bjorkman weighs in on health care
Earth hater logging bill DOA

Check it out.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New Mexico close to adding opioid use disorder to medical cannabis rules

Jessica Gelay is the policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance in New Mexico.

She spoke with KSFR radio about treating opioid abuse with cannabis. Her position aligns with the Santa Fe New Mexican's editorial board.
The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board has made the best decision for addicts by recommending opioid use disorder be named a qualifying condition for the use of cannabis. All that needs to happen for patients to get relief is for Department of Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher to listen to experts. [editorial, Santa Fe New Mexican]
Our Cheeto-dusted Führer has issued an edict to address the opioid epidemic spreading through his white voter base but is missing an opportunity to actually fix it.

Researchers and pharmacologists agree: cannabis is a safe and effective treatment as a bridge to recovery from opioid addiction. University of New Mexico researchers and the Industrial Rehabilitation Clinics of Albuquerque have released findings that showed 71% of patients either ceased or reduced their use of manufactured opioids within 6 months of enrolling in that state's medical cannabis program.



Friday, November 3, 2017

Front Range rail service closer to reality

Growth on the Front Range is driving planners to pick up the pace on passenger rail.
"Roads are not enough," said Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace, who chairs the Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission. "… I think congestion on our roads is proof in itself of the need for alternatives." "Our major competitors, particularly Utah and New Mexico, have these (passenger rail systems) and have had them for awhile," said Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, a Steamboat Springs Democrat who leads the review committee, in recognizing the commission's work. [Longmont Times-Call]
As the New Mexico Rail Runner suffers a downturn in ridership Move Cheyenne is studying passenger rail to Denver. Denver is lobbying hard to attract Amazon's second headquarters although Albuquerque has an outside chance.

Equip the Rail Runner to connect with Amtrak farther south in New Mexico then on to El Paso and put the Rail Runner into downtown Denver to connect with the California Zephyr, maybe into Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Legal cannabis for New Mexico's adults could help foot the bill for Positive Train Control.

Who's with me?

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Dakota Progressive begins new mission

In a Sisyphean effort to rebuke, rebuff and refute South Dakota War College's steady stream of propaganda, vitriol and hatred for the Earth The Dakota Progressive has found a new mission.

TDP will endeavour to produce a counter post for every press release and hit piece Pat Powers puts up with equal time from Democratic lawmakers or newsmakers from other states because the South Dakota Democratic Party is dead. If by some slim chance a South Dakota Democrat makes news TDP will cover that, too.

Meanwhile, hear mostly from Al Franken, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Jon Tester, Martin Heinrich, Amy Klobuchar, Jared Polis and other progressive leaders within the national Democratic Party.

interested party refuses to publish Powers' volume and brand of cascading packaged sewage here but will continue its in-depth reporting of environmental politics and cannabis news from the Mountain West.

The first set is up. Dissent will be tolerated but the author reserves the right to control dialogue.

Check it out.

More tribes are entering the cannabis industry

Aided by a New Mexico firm the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe has opened a big-box cannabis retail store after the State of Nevada legalized. The NuWu Cannabis Marketplace in downtown Las Vegas boasts prices competitive with white-owned shops.

Under a compact with Nevada the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone is taking steps to build its own facility and dispensary.

The Winnemucca Shoshoni, a Nevada tribe, is suing the San Joaquin, California County Board of Supervisors and the US Drug Enforcement Administration after a local police department defied sovereignty and raided that nation's grow/op.

In northwest Wisconsin the St. Croix Chippewa Nation would be the first of the state’s 11 tribes to enter the cannabis marketplace but other tribes are moving to build similar capacity.

Using seed imported from Canada the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota is preparing to harvest its first crop of cannabis.

Standing Rock tribal member, Chase Iron Eyes, is applying the Necessity Defense after his arrest for protecting the tribe's water resources.
Defense attorneys also have tried the necessity defense when people illegally use marijuana, arguing that it was needed to treat a health problem. A 1976 District of Columbia court decision in favor of a person suffering from glaucoma was the first in the country to recognize the defense in a marijuana case, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. [Chicago Daily Law Bulletin]
Meanwhile, in Eagle Butte, South Dakota to protect the health of its members the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council passed a resolution “to prevent and deter people from ingesting mouthwash as an intoxicant."

Alcohol remains the most often drug abused by South Dakotans but the lion's share of funding for treatment from the Trump Organization is going to the law enforcement industry.

Legal cannabis has been a Democratic plank but lately even earth haters are coming around.

Indian casinos are small banks. Let’s ensure that cannabis cultivation and distribution stay out of the hands of Big Dope. It’s time to enter compacts with the tribes, empower them to distribute on the rez, on off-reservation properties and in Deadwood.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Kristi Noem is hiding her #metoo experiences: why?

Two of South Dakota's earth hater delegation receive their medical benefits from Obamacare. Rep. Kristi Noem has a full ride and Sen. John Thune is on the DC HealthLink Obamacare exchange.

A medical professional viewed a multitude of videos with this interested party. The following is paraphrased from her assessment of Noem's psychological profile and medical history.

There is evidence of collagen injections, botox, and JUVÉDERM® (at an approximate cost to taxpayers in the five figures).

Absences in committee meetings might be evidence of some surgery: her hairline has been lowered possibly to mask scarring. There is evidence of cryosurgery especially around her lips; and, her gums and teeth show some signs of reconstruction.

She presents with symptoms of Histrionic Personality Disorder (now likely treated at taxpayer expense). Lately, her speech is laconic, measured: as if being she is being treated with psychotropics. She is far less confident in her abilities than she was (likely the outcome of meeting people towering above her intellectual limitations). At times, it seems as if she is going to crack from the stress.

Her sometimes uncorrected shrillness reveals palling insecurities; but, she can quickly rein in her emotions (again likely from the benefit of extensive coaching and/or therapy at taxpayer expense).

Remember when the earth haters descended on former First Lady Michelle Obama for baring her shoulders? There has been nary a murmur about Noem doing it let alone calling out Melania Trump for her past as a hooker.

It's not like Noem is unattractive or as obese as Linda Daugaard is.

Noem has never supported the Violence Against Women Act and if her abusers were Democrats she'd be singing like a cardinal. Anyone who believes she's never been a victim of sexual harassment or unwanted touching is delusional.

Kristi Noem is a MILF. Is she compliant, infidelitous, or simply jaded?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Cannabis a missing therapy in Trump's health emergency declaration


As South Dakota struggles with obesity, alcoholism and its worsening opioid crisis former Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White is preaching to New Mexicans about his success with therapeutic cannabis in kicking reliance on pills.
“I got to a point in my life, like many people, that I…taking opiates every day is not quality of life,” he said. “I just wanted to try something different.” Much like the positive changes White said medical marijuana has brought to his life, he has now watched it transform the lives of others. [KOB teevee]
But in the failed red state of South Dakota jails and drug courts are treatments.
At least one overdose patient arriving in the Spearfish Emergency Room per week is not uncommon. Dr. Thomas Groeger of Lead-Deadwood Regional Medical Clinic said that the number one overdose seen in their emergency room is from alcohol. [Black Hills Pioneer]
Alcohol remains the primary substance abused by patients at Lewis and Clark Behavioral Health in Yankton, too; but the lion's share of funding from the Trump Organization is going to the law enforcement industry.
A study done by the Department of Health found that South Dakota had 66 individuals die from drug-related causes in 2015. Twenty-four of those deaths, or 36 percent, were attributed to opioids. It was also reported that, in the same year, enough doses of opiates were prescribed to South Dakotans to medicate every adult in the state around the clock for 19 straight days. [Yankton Press & Dakotan]
Our Cheeto-dusted Führer has issued an edict to address the opioid epidemic spreading through his white voter base but is missing an opportunity to actually fix it.

Researchers and pharmacologists agree: cannabis is a safe and effective treatment as a bridge to recovery from opioid addiction. University of New Mexico researchers and the Industrial Rehabilitation Clinics of Albuquerque have released findings that showed 71% of patients either ceased or reduced their use of manufactured opioids within 6 months of enrolling in that state's medical cannabis program.

New Approach South Dakota expects voters to drain that state's Policing for Profit swamp.

Get involved.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Today's intersection: earth haters in South Dakota crow while crickets chirp in New Mexico

This morning's trip through South Dakota's media sites was littered with glowing stories of Republicans doing wonderful things.

Mike Rounds is scrambling to be relevant, John Thune is flip-flopping like a carp on the beach, Kristi Noem is flashing some cleavage appealing to her basest base, Denny Daugaard is still hiding his affair with Melody Schopp and Marty Jackley is revisiting his relationship with Gene Abdallah: a former legislator, cop, serial drunk, sex abuser and Roman Church dupe.

In stark contrast to South Dakota's earth hater party New Mexico's earth haters are persona non grata.
Most Republicans interviewed for this story didn’t want to talk on the record about the state GOP’s lack of bench strength. But privately, some say their problems are at least partly due to the controversies surrounding President Donald Trump, which some fear will drag down Republicans across the country next year. Even U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, the only Republican running for governor, conceded in a recent interview that Trump is less popular in New Mexico today than he was last year. [Santa Fe New Mexican]
Former New Mexico governor, Gary Johnson has thrown in the political towel citing disgust with America's current president.
“This could be the end of the republic as we know it. I think the Republican Party’s done for,” he said, “at the end of Trump’s tenure.” Why did he think that, given that the party had done fairly well in elections all year? Because of the “crazies,” the people he’d mentioned before. [Albuquerque Journal]
To address Pierre's culture of corruption a task force of four South Dakota Democratic legislators, four Republicans and three people representing Republicans have voted to tighten provisions that currently allow gifts to public officials but the SDGOP earth haters prevailed in blocking lower campaign limits.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Trump withholds dox that implicate his father's role in JFK assassination

Citing “potentially irreversible harm” to national security our Cheeto-dusted Führer is holding out on information that implicates his father in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

About halfway through his film of the conspiracy to murder Kennedy, Francis Richard Conolly named most of the thirty people who paid the eight shooters descending on Dallas that day in 1963 including then-Vice President Lyndon Johnson and a guy named Richard Nixon. Conolly has a still photo of former Central Intelligence Agency employee George HW Bush standing guard outside the Dallas Book Depository where Lee Harvey Oswald was planted.

G. Gordon Liddy murdered Officer JD Tippit in Dallas in a botched plot to replace President John F Kennedy's body to hide the evidence of multiple shooters and nearly every member of the Dallas Police Department was in on the conspiracy.

JFK's fatal head shot was fired from a storm gutter at nearly point blank range.

Led by conspirator Frank Sturgis the Watergate plumbers were searching the hotel for evidence that the Democratic Party knew about the Dulles/CIA plot to murder Kennedy.

Fred Christ Trump was a member of the Ku Klux Klan and in 1927 he marched with the KKK to protest Protestants being assaulted by the Roman Catholic police of New York City. Trump, Sr. was investigated by a Senate committee for misusing public funds and supported Jewish causes in direct conflict with JFK's father Joseph Kennedy, Sr. He hated American Negroes and knew the Kennedy brothers supported civil rights. It's not impossible he had a hand in the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, too. Israeli press has pushed the lone gunman screeds ever since.

George W Bush spent nearly the entire month of August, 2001 in Texas preparing for the false flag narrative to follow the next month. The two Georges, Jeb and Marvin Bush are directly responsible for the events of 11 September, 2001. Why? Because the business of war is in their blood.

W's veiled attack on Trump is pure projection and Trump is the master of projection blaming all others for the blood on his own father's hands.

Donald Trump is America's Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Kids Count: South Dakota sucks for American Indian kids

"AMERICAN INDIAN CHILDREN IN SOUTH DAKOTA ARE FURTHER AWAY FROM OPPORTUNITY THAN ANY RACIAL GROUP IN ANY STATE"

South Dakota, Montana, Arizona and New Mexico are at the bottom of a list of Kids Count results just published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. If 1000 is perfect South Dakota comes in dead last with a score of 220. The average score for the United States is a dismal 413 although African American kids fare even worse.

Read the rest here.

Montana is at least doing something about American Indian dropout rates. Great Falls Public Schools has developed an immersion program that includes a bison hunt.
The students like immersion school so much that several asked to continue it for three weeks over the summer. Antonio, who before the program was using drugs and dropped out of school, was one of the students who did credit recovery over the three-week summer program. [Great Falls Tribune]
Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota is sending some genetically pure bison to Arizona to build a new herd there.

More than 5 million children in America are separated from a parent because of a prison sentence. Eight percent of South Dakota's kids or about 17,000 children are affected by the state's repressive law enforcement industry. Exacerbating prison population and hopelessness, personal income in South Dakota has plummeted under Republican Governor Denny Daugaard according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. The state is addicted to gambling creating staggering homelessness and despair. Rapid City and Pennington County brag about their Native mass incarcerations.

In South Dakota white people steal money slated for American Indian education and murder their families when the jig is up then place a complicit attorney general at the head of the investigation. A so-called "South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations" led by earth haters plots new ways to take advantage of and siphon resources from the nine tribal nations trapped in the red moocher state.



Monday, October 23, 2017

Pheasant phorecast: phowl phucked


Introduction of the Chinese ring-necked pheasant to South Dakota is one of most destructive examples of ecoterrorism in US history.

Not only has it heralded the eradication of habitat for native wild turkeys and grouse species this year's near extermination of pheasants is bringing an unsustainable hunting demand on waterfowl in the Prairie Pothole Region.
Staggering habitat losses have put at risk the state’s reputation as a ringneck Mecca. South Dakota lost 1.8 million grassland acres between 2006 and 2012, a sizable portion of which came from the federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which pays producers to idle marginal cropland. As a result, pheasant numbers tumbled 30 percent from the 10-year average. Hunter participation and hunter harvest also have nose-dived. [Star-Tribune]
A decade ago CRP acres were about 1.5 million in South Dakota but that number has plummeted as it has throughout the US.
If they initially qualified for CRP contract by plugging some wetlands, those wetland could qualify as mitigation acres, if the farmer doesn’t take the plugs out when the CRP contract expires. [Profit from wetland rules: Offer mitigation acres]
The CRP program was thirty years old last year.

Pheasants don't eat grasshoppers but wild geese and turkeys sure do while the pesticide industry that greases Republican politicos don't give a shit about anything but profits. The reasoning is hardly mysterious: it's all about the money hunting and subsidized grazing bring to the South Dakota Republican Party depleting watersheds and smothering habitat under single-party rule.

South Dakota's experiment introducing an exotic species has just not been able to keep up breeding a bird unable to adapt to the state's brutal weather and climate science-denying legislature.

During the past weekend social media images of grinning white people with several thousand dead pheasants told a story of an industry on the wane even as some announced the sale of former ag land to out of state buyers promising wildlife restoration. Even children have been enlisted to remove the non-native bird from South Dakota grouse habitat.

Add the extirpation of apex predators, the resulting rise of mesopredators, increasing numbers of domestic dogs and cats then stir in a melange of industrial chemicals and climate change and voila! Red state collapse on parade.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Front Range rail service depends on Denver's future

As the New Mexico Rail Runner suffers a downturn in ridership Move Cheyenne is studying passenger rail to Denver.
The Action & Advocacy Committee of The Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce met on October 10, 2017, in Cheyenne. Chamber CEO/President, Dale Steenbergen, shared more on the Move Cheyenne initiative that focuses on solutions for the I-25 corridor. "Our businesses need accessibility to/from Denver. Rail and road are our primary areas of focus to achieve this." stated Steenbergen. The partnership of Chambers of Commerce along the Front Range works to strengthen the advocacy related to the Move Cheyenne initiative. This collaboration will help provide regional solutions for regional issues. Wyoming Wranglers, the program funding a Lobbyist at the Federal Level, is also focusing on transportation and will work to drive the budget towards supporting a regional project, such as this. [Move Cheyenne]
Denver is lobbying hard to attract Amazon's second headquarters although Albuquerque has an outside chance.
Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins, chairwoman of the Rio Metro board, said she expects Rail Runner ridership to bounce back as the economy improves. Public transportation is important to economic development efforts, she said, as shown by Amazon’s desire for a strong mass transit system wherever it builds its new headquarters. And, of course, some people already rely on the Rail Runner to get to work, she said. [Albuquerque Journal]
A bi-annual survey found 86 percent of regular riders of the New Mexico Rail Runner rate the service very high. 77 percent of the passengers believe price structure is good or excellent.

About 126,000 boardings and departures by Southwest Chief riders are made each year in New Mexico. Amtrak says it employs 57 New Mexicans and total wages were about $5.2 million in 2014.

Denver International Airport is Hell to fly into and then finding a way back into the city complicated and expensive. If the political will existed the Rail Runner could access the Lamy spur from Santa Fe and go directly into Denver serving Colorado communities along the way.

Equip the Rail Runner to connect with Amtrak farther south in New Mexico then on to El Paso and put the Rail Runner into downtown Denver to connect with the California Zephyr, maybe into Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Anyone with me?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

New Mexico learning lesson of South Dakota's red state failure


New Mexico is one of only 13 states to have implemented some kind of public financing system and the cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe have adopted the rules. State Auditor Tim Keller, a Democrat, is leading in Albuquerque's mayoral race.

The state's legislators are unpaid and it’s one of just eight states without an independent ethics commission.
In November 2016, for example, South Dakota voters passed Initiated Measure 22, which provided for an overhaul of the state’s campaign disclosure laws and other major reforms, including tough new rules on lobbying and ethics and the creation of a new state ethics commission. Two Koch-backed groups—Americans for Prosperity (AFP) and Concerned Women for America—spearheaded a campaign called Defeat22, with AFP providing $590,000 of the roughly $610,000 raised. Although the campaign failed to stop the ballot measure, which passed with 52 percent of the vote, it was apparently enough to persuade the state legislature to step in. Invoking an “emergency” clause, legislators repealed the changes that the voters had just approved, undoing the much-needed reforms. [The Fight Against Dark Money in New Mexico and Beyond]
To address Pierre's culture of corruption a task force of four South Dakota Democratic legislators, four Republicans and three people representing Republicans have voted to tighten provisions that currently allow gifts to public officials but the SDGOP earth haters prevailed in blocking lower campaign limits.

Supporters of IM22 in South Dakota have collected some 50,000 signatures to put an analog measure on the 2018 ballot so voters can have another chance to overturn the whims of that state's Koch-mad reactionary electioneers.

Steve Pearce, an earth hater running for his party's nomination for governor has sued New Mexico's Democratic secretary of state to release campaign funds Pearce raised as US representative from his district.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

New Mexico cannabis grower's collaboration with Israeli firm is deeply troubling


In March Israel-based Panaxia Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and New Mexico-based Ultra Health opened a facility in Bernalillo to manufacture cannabis oil, oral tablets, suppositories, pastilles, transdermal patches and topical creams.

The collaboration comes on the heels of a University of New Mexico resolution demanding the school divest from corporations that profit from human rights violations both in Palestine and at the US-Mexico border. It was later rescinded.
Last year, Human Rights Watch urged that all corporations had to end all business in or with settlements in order to comply with their human rights obligations, and that governments are responsible for taking steps to discourage settlements. “Settlement businesses unavoidably contribute to Israeli policies that dispossess and harshly discriminate against Palestinians, while profiting from Israel’s theft of Palestinian land and other resources,” Arvind Ganesan, director of the group’s business and human rights division, said. There is also a growing consensus among international legal scholars that trade in settlement goods violates international law. [The Electronic Intifada]
New Mexico is struggling with its own colonial past.
When it comes to Native American history, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is out to squash every superstition, lie, and rumor. Remember, it was a papal bull that gave permission for the Portuguese to colonize Africa, for the Spanish to colonize the Americas. It was taken up by British Protestants, too — it essentially became international law — the right to colonize non-Christian peoples. Thomas Jefferson supported this doctrine, and under Andrew Jackson, it was codified into law as the U.S. sought the subjugation of Indians west of the Mississippi River. That follows us to this day,” Dunbar-Ortiz said. [Pasatiempo]
Ultra Health has just opened its ninth dispensary, this one in Silver City, inching it closer to a virtual monopoly in New Mexico's lucrative cannabis industry. Ultra Health CEO Duke Rodriguez has praised the state for blooming sales and is showering Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Michelle Lujan Grisham with campaign dollars.

How condoning the loss of local control and colonial brutality both in Palestine and in New Mexico looks good to Democratic voters remains a mystery.