The big public land sell-out

(BLM photo by John Ciccarelli)

Source: hcn.org

“The Interior secretary is running a de facto privatization scheme.”

The big public land sell-out

Even without wholesale land transfers, public lands are already being conveyed to industry.

by Jonathan Thompson

Next month, hundreds of corporate representatives will sit down at their computers, log into something called Energynet, and bid, eBay style, for more than 300,000 acres of federal land spread across five Western states. They will pay as little as $2 per acre for control of parcels in southeastern Utah’s canyon country, Wyoming sage grouse territory and Native American ancestral homelands in New Mexico.

Even as public land advocates scoff at the idea of broad transfers of federal land to states and private interests, this less-noticed conveyance continues unabated. It is a slightly less egregious version of the land transfers that state supremacists, Sagebrush Rebels and privatization advocates have pushed for since the 1970s.

Read the rest of this excellent article HERE.

Jonathan Thompson is a contributing editor at High Country News. He is the author of River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine Disaster.

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    Recently, a memory of my son as a small boy came back to me. He was, in those days, terrified of clowns. Something about their strange, mask-like, painted faces unnerved him utterly, chilled him to the bone. To the rest of us, they were comic, but to him – or so I came to imagine anyway – they were emanations from hell.

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  2. Some very good friends of mine were on vacation around the west a few years ago and when they drove into Rock Springs WY the stench of oil was so bad they couldn’t even stop.


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    How to Stop Psychopath CEOs from Looting and Destroying Their Own Companies
    By Mitchell Anderson / The Tyee

    Have bankers gone psycho? It seems hardly a week passes without another example of corporate fraud, rogue traders, rate fixing, and money laundering. Five years after the 2007 economic meltdown that wiped out $14 trillion of U.S. household wealth, the world’s financiers seem to be behaving badly as ever and don’t care who knows it. Perhaps expecting normal human behavior from many of these individuals is unrealistic because they are not normal — they are psychopaths.

    This ancient scourge has likely plagued humankind since the dawn of time, undermining our ability to trust each other and build cohesive societies. While sometimes glamourized by Hollywood as a super power, psychopathy shows little evidence of evolutionary advantage even though the condition has a strong genetic signature. After 100,000 years of human history, only one percent of the general population exhibits this affliction — indicating that it is more parasitic than powerful.

    Some researchers have directly linked the global financial crisis of 2007 to a growing prevalence of psychopaths in senior management of the financial sector. Dr. Clive Boddy believes that increasingly fluid corporate career paths have helped psychopaths conceal their disruptive workplace behavior and ascend to previously unattainable levels of authority. Boddy points out psychopaths are primarily attracted to money, status and power

    In spite of evidence to the contrary, employers often misjudge psychopaths as having strong characters that are “cool under fire.” Babiak’s study concluded, “our finding that some companies viewed psychopathic executives as having leadership potential, despite having negative performance reviews and low ratings on leadership and management by subordinates, is evidence of the ability of these individuals to manipulate decision makers. Their excellent communication and convincing lying skills, which together would have made them attractive hiring candidates in the first place, apparently continued to serve them well in furthering their careers.”



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