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Baseline #4: Conflicts of interest

Submitted: Dec 03, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The Trump presidency, its cabinet shaping up to be a plutocracy, is likely to become the most corrupt executive the United States has ever seen. This entry in our Baseline Series concerns only the president-elect's conflicts of interest, not those of the rest of his cabinet-of-the-wealthy. The exception to The Donald's plutocrat law is a retired US Marine general, who he chose for his secretary of defense. The selection of Genl. James Mattis shows Trump's contempt for the law excluding the general from serving in that position for seven years. It is one more example of that general contempt for the law and adds to the pattern of lawlessness this regime was elected to represent.

The appearance of corruption is an important principle established by several US Supreme Court decisions. Donald Trump must do whatever he can to stomp that principle into historical dust in order to continue on his merry way. The media, as it has been from the beginning with Trump, focuses on Mattis's nickname because it is always important to divert the attention of the children.

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Baseline #2: State of the species

Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “Nowhere is this more evident than in California’s Central Valley, where intensive land development and use has threatened or extirpated dozens of native plant and wildlife species,” McConnell said. -- Central Sierra Audubon Society, Union Democrat, Nov. 11, 2016

And right here in the North San Joaquin Valley, the University of California built a brand new campus on top of endangered species habitat, which stimulated the biggest building boom in regional history. But now UC scientists are poised to closely study  the extirpation of species in the region.

 Extirpation is technocratic euphemism for wipe out, obliterate, or utterly destroy. -- blj

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Welcome to Developer Nation

Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 People who have stood up for the environment, better air quality, water quality, and for endangered species and their habitats, against irresponsible development, became familiar years ago with the mentality of our president-elect, who is busy leaving his footprints all over the US Constitution. 

 

 

11-14-16

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Some information about California ballot propositions

Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 When Californians tear themselves away from the spectacle of national moral disgrace at home and abroad, politically, economically and environmentally,  we face a gauntlet of propositions on our ballots. We've gathered some information from the press that we hope will be useful to you.

-- blj

 

10-25-16

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Concerning proposed increases in some rivers' flows

Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Badlands Journal editorial board has come to its position about the proposed changes in the distribution of surface and groundwater in the Delta and San Joaquin Valley.

The new appropriation of river water and regulation on pumping groundwater comes down to a battle between the California executive resource agencies and the money, influence and lawyers a half a dozen northeast valley irrigation districts can muster to defeat it. In other words, lobbyists vs. the bureaucracy, with a supporting chorus of county officials, local newspapers, farm bureaus, etc.

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A letter to Merced City Councilman Michael Murphy and colleagues from a neighborhood

Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Friends of the Badlands editorial board sent us this letter that a group of neighbors wrote to Merced City Councilman Michael Murphy, who made a campaign visit to a house party on their block this weekend.

Murphy is running for mayor.

He graciously received the letter, read most of it and told its bearer that he agreed with several of the issues the letter raises. He appeared open to hearing about the problems of that neighborhood which, we imagine, are not so different from a number of neighborhoods in town.

The neighbors were impressed with him and he may have changed a few votes on the block in his favor. -- blj

 

 

 

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The war-machine's graft exceeds its reach

Submitted: Oct 02, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 It must jar readers of Badlandsjournal.com to find articles on the Middle East when they have come to the site for current information on environmental things in the California Central Valley. Our reply is that US foreign policy affects us here, too, and perhaps even more here than in other parts of California because of our economic dependence on export-led growth, the excellent welfare system for wealthy farmers, and the number of soldiers we contribute to the perpetual war for everlasting peace.

Also, we need to read critical journalism, based in the skepticism that has been journalism's best tradition, because our dominant media have abandoned a critical, skeptical stance in favor of cheerleading. We believe most people feel like round pegs being jammed into holes cut in bizarre polygons.

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Crisis R USA

Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

The plain truth is that we are in the longest war of our history, looking more and more like a prelude to the next world war; our income is more unequally distributed than any industrial nation in the world; we are in an economic recession nearly as long as the war, and in an environmental disaster signaled by mass extinctions and global warming.

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Slavery -- it just keeps on going on

Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

One thing Trump's race baiting and Hillary's neocon foreign policies have in common is slavery. Trump's "southern strategy" (copying Nixon in 1968) is based on racial prejudice that goes back to slave days in the USA and the police story has never changed except for the attention or lack of it paid to the shameful truth. Hillary's neocon policy of blowing up the Middle has increased the amount of slavery wherever American ordnance and American soldiers (with or without boots) have landed.

Contemporary literature on the booming slave trade is copious. One recurrent theme is that while you can only sell a particular package of drugs once, you can sell a human being many times over for sex or for work.

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