Merced County

Portrait of a tortured river

Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

More than 20 years ago, Jim Nickles, Stockton Record reporter, wrote one of the outstanding newspaper series on California water that we've ever seen. With his dual focus on the Delta and Friant Dam, he captured the central flaw in the federal Bureau of Reclamation's grand Central Valley Project, the largest (and most destructive) irrigation system in the world, like few before or after him.

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Respect for the political competence of the Daca Dreamers' organizers

Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Here are a couple of typical articles, better than most,  about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as Daca, whose enrollees are called "the Dreamers." They report the present political logjam over Daca in Congress and describe the program in detail. The press, mesmerized by the president, sees the Daca story almost completely from what a Californian would call an Anglo point of view. In the midst of the distress over the government shutdown, I cannot find in the press anything that reflects my strongest impression of the centrifugal force of the political situation caused by the existence of the Dreamers. What strikes me most are the decades of community and political organization in the Hispanic communities throughout the nation that lie behind the present situation working quietly in the shadow of racial prejudice. The Dreamers and their allies have created a movement powerful enough to command nearly universal sympathy from the larger community and once again shows the Trump administration to be a collection of knucklehead white supremacists. But, true to the contradictions inherent in the situation, Mexican flags frequently fly beside the Stars and Stripes at rallies, despite the strong evidence that the Dreamers are not dreaming of returning to poor, crime-ridden Mexico.

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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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A water pollution event in Los Banos

Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “I got railroaded,” Areias said, claiming he was paying more per hour for legal fees than he nets in two days with his farm. “It’s highway robbery. What they did to me today, I should have just let all 18 heifers die. It would have cost less money than what I’ll be paying.” -- Shanker, Los Banos Enterprise, Dec. 12, 2017

 

 

 

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“We’ve got a hole that we’re developing..."

Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Sorta sounds like the state budget. -- blj

 

12-13-17

Sacramento Bee

How dry is it? Scientist says California has only slim chance of normal rainfall this winter

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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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Go back to where you can be you

Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 As long as Uncle Sam deems marijuana an illegal, Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act, black market demand for Emerald Triangle pot will remain strong, Leo said. -- Nicholas Iovino, Courthouse News Service, Jan. 7, 2017.

Law enforcement’s stance that marijuana causes crime is based on numbers from the black market, according to Will Skaarup, a consultant for Sister of the Valley, a growing cohort.

“We think a regulated market drives the black market away,” he said. -- Thaddeus Miller, Merced Sun-Star, Nov. 7, 2017

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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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