Law

The emperor's old clothes

Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Those who affect to differentiate Trump from the Republican Party are fools selling liberty for one more cozy consensus between the rulers and those who lick their boots. Nothing tells the story quite so clearly as the history of voting rights in America, or, more accurately, the history of voter repression in America and the resistance to it. -- blj

 

 

 

 United States Constitution

Amendment XXIV

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Behind the racist buffoonery

Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 


1-11-18

The Nation

Trump Is On His Way to Record-Setting Defense Spending in 2018

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A well ordered flow of emoluments

Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 1-2-18

mcclatchydc.com

Foreign governments are finding ways to do favors for Trump’s business

Anita Kumar

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Hand held devices in the wilderness and in the country

Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Yosemite is not Forks of Salmon.

Cell-phone towers in national parks have started a debate between the National Park Service, under the US Department of Interior, and rural regions dominated by national forests, under the US Department of Agriculture. The debate is between two unrelated cultures: urban tourists visiting the national parks vs. the rural residents of mountain regions, mainly on the coast and north of Lake Tahoe, traditionally timber and cattle economies but post-construction bust, now marijuana and cattle economies. These regions used to be called "the country" (as opposed to "the city").

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Water hogs, 1 million acre feet: Delta smelt, 2

Submitted: Jan 08, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 “GOOD RIDDANCE! ‘PEOPLE OVER FISH’” prominent Valley farmer Mark Borba said in a Facebook post Monday. -- Kastler, Sabanow, Sacramento Bee, Jan. 2, 2018

 

12-28-17

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Great journalism lives at the crossroads of facts and imagination

Submitted: Jan 05, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Great journalism lives at the crossroads of facts and imagination. Bill Boyarsky makes his facts sing and us care about his songs.-- blj

1-3-18

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Nunes, Trump, Bureau of Reclamation

Submitted: Jan 03, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The transaction

Rep. Devin Nunes's district aligns with the majority of the water districts that are members of the Friant Water Users Authority. The authority gets its water from Lake Millerton, behind the Friant Dam on the San Joaquin River, in the foothills east of Fresno. Several years ago, as the result of a federal judge's strong suggestion, the authority entered into an agreement with a number of environmental groups, represented in court by the Natural Resources Defense Council, that would limit the authority's water supply to the extent that the river could flow again for the first time in more than 60 years, which would allow salmon once again to use it.

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Legalization is going to be a trip

Submitted: Jan 02, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 There is just nothing like dope for prophesy.

When it's cold and wet outside, your wood's dry, you have enough kindling, stew on the stove ... light up a dooby and make a prophesy. Or two. Then, as you get into the swing of the evening, make plans. It is very important to make plans in the winter time. Almost as important as forgetting them next summer when the prophesies, which were the basis for these plans, don't pan out.

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Shakespeare on Republican tax "reform"

Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Coriolanus, William Shakespeare

http://shakespeare.mit.edu/coriolanus/full.htm  

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Growth of population and of wildfires in California

Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Mike De Lasaux, a forester with the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said the state ideally would burn hundreds of square miles of land with surface fuels annually, but he praised any efforts to reduce dangerously overgrown forests. The current plan moved forward following a recent agreement between state and federal agencies along with environmental, logging and recreational interests. -- Weber, Associated Press, Dec. 14, 2017

De Lasaux works in Lassen and Plumas counties, where there is continual tension between private, state and federally managed forests and every time a fire starts, fingers start pointing. While it is possible that his prescription might work under ideal conditions in his region, we don't think much of it as a statewide idea.

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