December, 2015

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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Deck the halls with stolen money

Submitted: Dec 28, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

So it goes: The selling off of the Republic, piece by piece. What was it Mark Twain said? “There is no distinctive native American criminal class except Congress.”  Bill Moyers, Huffington Post, Dec. 22, 2015 

 

12-18-15

Huffington Post

Lurking Within That Ominous Omnibus Spending Bill

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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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Perspective on Syria

Submitted: Dec 03, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 From: The rise of the Islamic state: ISIS and the new Sunni revolution, Patrick Cockburn, Verso, 2015, pp. 94-95.


The Syrian crisis comprises five different conflicts that cross-infect and exacerbate each other. The war commenced with a genuine popular revolt against a brutal and corrupt dictatorship, but it soon became intertwined with the struggle of the Sunni against the Alawites, and that fed into the Shia-Sunni conflict in the region as a whole, with a standoff between the US, Saudi Arabia, and the Sunni states on the one side and Iran, Iraq, and the Lebanese Shia on the other. In addition to this, there is a revived cold war between Moscow and the West, exacerbated by the conflict in Libya and more recently made even worse by the crisis in the Ukraine.

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Holy Nut recently venerated in Modesto

Submitted: Dec 02, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

While the government compelled urban residents to let their lawns die and cut back on showers last summer,  California almond growers prevailed upon the same government to subsidize the planting of millions of new trees, all of which needed water. and will need more as they grow.  This led to the phenomenon, especially apparent here in Merced in the heart of the state almond deal, of dusty brown towns and lush green orchards in the country, irrigated with new, deeper wells causing more over-drafting and land subsidence while municipal wells in some towns dried up.

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