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Recent cogitations on marijuana in Modesto and in the state Capitol

Submitted: Dec 20, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We don’t want to be Amsterdam, or Denver or even Humboldt County. But we don’t want to be left out, either. Editorial, Modesto Bee, Dec. 11, 2017

Following the will of the people of California, it has been -- as they used to say -- a trip watching state and local bureaucracies and hustling entrepreneurs large and small attempting to legalize the production, sale and distribution of recreational marijuana after more than 80 years of illegality and under the cloud of continual federal intransigence on the subject.

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Dear California, Happy Armageddon

Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “Climate change is real,” he warned a state Senate committee. “It is a threat to organized human existence. Maybe not in my life. I’ll be dead. What am I, 79?”

Then turning and facing the packed audience, Brown continued:

“A lot of you people are going to be alive. And you’re going to be alive in a horrible situation. You’re going to see mass migration, vector diseases, forest fires, Southern California burning up. That’s real, guys.” -- Skelton, LA Times, Dec. 14, 2017

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The Holy Nut and the "Interest Charge - Domestic International Sales Corporation"

Submitted: Dec 14, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

As the Republican so-called "tax-reform" bill lurches forward, the Valley, specifically the Almond Industry, gives it the Ol' Valley Whine because the bill cuts the Interest Charge-Domestic International Sales Corporation.

It's going to be a sad Christmas in the Church of the Holy Nut if that ain't fixed before voting time. (For all we know, it has already been fixed, but, then, we, citizens of the nation, will be the very last to know what's in that bill.)

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Kleptos (Gr.) = Thief : Kleptocracy = Government of, by, and for thieves

Submitted: Nov 18, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

We might ask when will this end, but we think we are at the beginning of the Kleptocracy's project of destruction of environmental law and regulation for the profits of a very few. But, given the ease with which the gang of thieves has taken control, we begin to doubt there is enough environmental consciousness of any useful depth to be found anywhere in the nation. And, as the Project on Government Oversight points out re. the Whitefish contract in Puerto Rico, legal means of plundering the federal government already had been well established in anticipation of the real pros taking over the White House.

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HUH? Letters between two members of the BLJ editorial board

Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Huh? 

Hi Lucky,

This is about the time I reach out to you for some calm and reasonable analysis of whatever the situation du jour is. But, to get that reassuring analysis, I first have to come up with a serious question or at least a poem or something. 

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Westlands' latest designs on the Trinity River

Submitted: Nov 09, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Westlands Water District's predations against water used by others continue, perversely, and a big water bill in Congress tied to a defense-spending package could be another successful grab by the Colossus of Alkali Flats.  Westlands will take cover wherever it's available, even wrapping itself in the same Stars and Stripes that covers the caskets of soldiers killed in wars in countries their relatives would have a hard time finding on a map.

But in this battle they are up against Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, formerly a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the lead attorneys on NRDC vs. Rodgers,  which resulted in water flowing in the San Joaquin River across the Valley for the first time in 55 years for the benefit of fish. (1)

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Don't believe your lying eyes

Submitted: Nov 05, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “This is typical Obama-era political science,” Bast said. “It’s all been debunked so many times it’s not worth debating anymore. Why are we still wasting taxpayer dollars on green propaganda?” -- Mooney et al, Washington Post, Nov. 3, 2017

Once in power, the shrill pack of lies of rightwing propaganda changes its tone. It casually dismisses a decade of sincere confrontation and effort to cope with global warming as something that you-know-what president did. Now in power, the Right delivers the propaganda of the deed.

-- blj

11-3-17

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Co-Option Or The Corporatization Of Activism

Submitted: Nov 03, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

This ugly political phenomenon occurs constantly behind the curtains of some activist organizations and is not specific to Black Lives Matters, the example described here. In fact, most state and national-level public-interest organizations have built a large degree of co-option into their model for success. In this sense, they ape the politicians they constantly seek to rub elbows with.

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Merced County: Do Angel's Gate foghorns blast for you?

Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

If the public does not have a newspaper that will dig into the county's business life, it will never be able to judge important to our citizens of anything important from the so-called "news." Like so "very, very" (to lapse into Trumpian) articles in this McClatchy Chain outlet, this is nothing more than a press release, pathetically concocted by the newspaper itself for the purpose of pleasing local "leaders."

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