Tuesday, March 3, 2020

TDP going on extended hiatus

Maintaining two blogs has just become too daunting so The Dakota Progressive won't be updated until further notice. Follow interested party.

Study fingers cattle industry in devastation of water supplies

So, if domestic livestock grazing really reduces fuel loads why is extreme fire danger still a thing in ranch country?
We find irrigation of cattle-feed crops to be the greatest consumer of river water in the western United States, implicating beef and dairy consumption as the leading driver of water shortages and fish imperilment in the region. We assess opportunities for alleviating water scarcity by reducing cattle-feed production, finding that temporary, rotational fallowing of irrigated feed crops can markedly reduce water shortage risks and improve ecological sustainability. Long-term water security and river ecosystem health will ultimately require Americans to consume less beef that depends on irrigated feed crops.
Read the rest here.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Trump Organization still buying votes in South Dakota

South Dakota Republicans are getting bailouts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and welfare ranchers prone to climate change are getting handouts from the US Department of Agriculture.
The City of Dell Rapids will find out this summer whether FEMA will help pay to remove 10 flood-damaged homes along the Big Sioux River. Homeowners who want to take part in the FEMA buyout have until March 13 to apply. Dell Rapids should find out by mid-July whether the applications are approved. [KELO teevee]

If this were happening under President Obama it would be called socialism or worse.
To shore up support in farm country for his self-inflicted trade war, which has cut many growers off from lucrative export markets, President Trump has directed billions of dollars in bailout payments to thousands of agribusinesses through the Market Facilitation Program, or MFP. These year-after-year farm subsidy recipients aren’t ineligible for payments unless their adjusted gross income tops $900,000 a year – but the rule doesn’t apply if three-fourths or more of their income comes from farming. [Don Carr, AgMag]
At least one climate scientist believes the American Corn Belt will be a dust bowl by 2025.

Why is the cult of Trump so supportive of him? Because the extreme white wing of the Republican Party is willing to destroy the Earth to own the libs.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Rapid City celebrates genocide, obesity, addiction

Tomi Lahren is just one graduate who fled Rapid City the first chance she got.

44 presidential statues already sit or stand on corners downtown Rapid City and the City of Presidents Foundation leaders want to focus on the message the Barack Obama sculpture will send to visitors without invoking the town's long history of bigotry. Fact is: most of the downtown statues depict slave owners, war criminals, figures in history that ordered the murders of American Indians and at least one child raper.
The 8-foot-wide statue sits atop a 9-foot granite base inscribed with the phrase “hot and deliciously juicy” in Latin. The statue is topped with “sesame seeds” 20 times the size of actual seeds sprinkled on Quarter Pounder burger buns. The monument sits outside the McDonald’s at 3919 Cheyenne Blvd., within view of Interstate 90. [Rapid City welcomes a monument to the Quarter Pounder]

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Study: no justification for killing cougars

Sure looks like a cougar in frame 21!

Kill off apex predators like wolves and cougars; spray neonicotinoids, glyphosate and atrazine on everything then wonder why deer and wapiti contract a prion contagion like Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
In sum, our analysis of the records obtained from state and federal wildlife agencies found no evidence that sport hunting of pumas has produced the management outcomes sought by wildlife managers aside from providing a sport hunting opportunity. Consequently, and particularly because other research suggests that sport hunting actually exacerbate conflicts between pumas and humans, we recommend that state agencies re-assess the use of sport hunting as a management tool for pumas. [PLOS ONE]
During one season in the Black Hills a white christian trophy hunter illegally slew a three-month old, fourteen pound cougar kitten. The idiot was cited for a class one misdemeanor improper tagging, which carries a penalty of fines to $1,000, one year in jail and loss of hunting privileges for a year. That particular incident is par for the course in Lawrence County where firearms and alcohol mixed with meth chasers are as common as sibling marriages.

Not wolves, cougars or even coyotes: golden eagles levied a 53% mortality rate on domestic sheep on one ranch in Wyoming.