San Joaquin Valley

Sheer v. Osborn on Democracy Now! -- Vital debate

Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Below is a transcript from a spirited debate regarding the Democratic Party presidential primaries campaign hosted by Democracy Now! last week.

In it the strengths and weaknesses of both candidates show up in their advocates, both veterans of decades of progressive political commitment.

We thought it was important to post DN!'s transcript because there was more to the encounter than could be captured by just watching or even rewatching the video of Friday's show.

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Criollo and churro: heritage breeds from the desert

Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 11-10-14

High Country News

The desert-friendly cow

A rancher and a researcher search for a better bovine — and think they’ve found one.

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The cycle of corruption in state and federal resource agencies in California

Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 It seems like at the end of these semi-automatic 8-year presidential regimes of the best administrations money can buy, there is a scandal in California involving the federal and state resource agencies with responsibility for enforcing environmental laws to protect wildlife species on land, in rivers and the ocean. The current report of misuse of public funds aimed at benefiting fish and wildlife in the Delta, instead using them to benefit irrigators and oil companies reminds us of a similar scandal in the Department of Interior eight years ago arising from a concerted attempt by politicians, business interests and federal resource-agency officials in their corrupt orbit, to destroy the federal Endangered Species Act by foul means, having failed in three attempts in Congress.

No doubt, professional historians could point to numerous examples of these cycles, which we might dub the Cycle of Corruption.

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Hail, Emperor, those who are about to die salute you!

Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  We have met the enemy and he is us. -- Pogo

4-5-16

Stanford Report

Populations of early human settlers grew like an 'invasive species,' Stanford researchers find

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2016 Water-Rhetoric Year whines on

Submitted: Apr 07, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Westlands Water District is complaining about the Bureau of Reclamation announcement of a 5-percent water allotment for the year. Putting aside that this will most likely increase as the 2016 Water-Rhetoric Year wars on. -- blj

 

“We cannot permit Westlands to transform itself from heavily subsidized corporate farms into a water broker at the expense of taxpayers and the San Francisco Bay/Delta Estuary,” said Barrigan-Parrilla. -- Lloyd Carter, Chronicles of the Hydraulic Brotherhood, July 27, 2015.

 

 

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Merced besmirched by High Speed Rail Authority

Submitted: Mar 25, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Down at the Whiners' and Beggars' Hall the other night, the boys on the Merced City Council tuned up and gave a highly harmonious howl and stamped their feet in a veritable clog dance of indignation.

 

What had happened was that after about a decade of brown nosing any and all representatives dispatched to them from the California High Speed Rail Authority so that the city would be sure to get one of the highly prized high speed rail stations smack dab in the middle of downtown Merced, the authority appears to have decided against it.

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Is the USDA a danger to public health?

Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

“Having research published in prestigious journals and being invited to present before the National Academy of Sciences should be sources of official pride, not punishment,” stated PEER Staff Counsel Laura Dumais. “Politics inside USDA have made entomology into a most dangerous discipline.” -- Steve Volk, Portland Press Herald, Oct. 28, 2015

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Adelante con Huerta-Clinton: Icons, sons of icons, and the politics of deceit

Submitted: Mar 18, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

In 1992, Bill Clinton ran a terrific campaign in the San Joaquin Valley. The campaign had a pleasant, hard-working Valley fieldman, abundant campaign materials arrived in headquarters on time, he had active campaign chairs in all the counties, and a dynamite T-shirt with the logo: "Adelante con Clinton." It was one of our favorite memorabilia of that political year.

This year his wife may well repeat that success, but the campaign will not find some who once proudly wore the Adelante T-shirt ready to display it again.

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Not even spit in the wind

Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 "Paper-water bonds"

(with apologies to Billy Rose and Yip Harburg)

 

They're only paper-water bonds

 No more than creative accounting funds.

And the SEC wouldn't have given  a damn

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