Saturday, December 18, 2010

What's Wrong With This Picture?

This is the Saturday, December 18, 2010, Times-Standard newspaper's front page. The headline reads:
Yurok Tribe gets $19 million state (interest free) loan - "Money will be used in 22,200 acre purchase from Green Diamond timber company."

Right next, the second headline reads: Design flaws? "Redesigning California course (at College of the Redwoods) may fall prey to state budget troubles."

This is just an example of how skewed and broken all systems of government are. After years of budget battles in Sacramento with draconian cuts in all kinds of programs, the State of California conveniently finds $19 million dollars of interest-free money. NO money for college courses though. There certainly are DESIGN FLAWS alright. Big Corporations win again.

Lord knows Indian people deserve a break. I am the last one to say that they DO NOT deserve to get back what was and is rightfully theirs. Green Diamond Resource Company could give them back the full 47,000 acres of land and still not cover all that was taken. In many ways, the indigenous peoples are America's own Palestine and Palestinian occupied territories.

If the Yuroks had just a small portion of the old-growth redwoods Simpson Timber Company, Green Diamond's predecessor, working in collusion with the Bureau of Indian Affairs basically took for a song, they wouldn't need to borrow from anyone. But then, that goes right to the very heart of the "design flaws" doesn't it?


Maybe it's a good thing this land and loan deal is going through when it is. With the Republican's taking over governments everywhere this is the projected and planned outcome, at least for California as reported from Calitics:

House Republicans Plan to Force California Into Bankruptcy to Bust Unions

by: Robert Cruickshank

Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 13:30:00 PM PST


This: Coastal turmoil: Cities won't nominate Lovelace for coastal commissioner seat.

Read the comments and see what local people are saying and you will find out in short order the root-cause of the Design Flaws. The system is broken at it's source - the people.

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