Merced County

Westlands and Reclamation: an eternal love

Submitted: Sep 08, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Westlands Water District floats like a tumescent turd through the sewers of the Trump administration. -- blj

 

Criticism of Westlands’ cozy relationship with Reclamation ramped up this year when Donald Trump’s administration picked David Bernhardt to be the No. 2 official at the U.S. Department of the Interior, which supervises the Reclamation bureau.

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Merced Weed Chronicles, another absurd chapter

Submitted: Sep 02, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

There were aspects of Tuesday's Merced County Board of Supervisors' session on marijuana law that are not covered by the narrow, but laudable focus of the article below. Yes, it should be about the poor and sick and most vulnerable.

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California water politics is not a graduate school seminar

Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

My own ideological affiliation?  “More research is needed.”  My ideological heresy? We don’t need all that much money for research if we work and communicate earnestly, and often collectively, to make research relevant and useful. -- Jay Lund is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California – Davis, where he is also Director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.

 

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Sisters of Perpetual Ambiguity farm pot in Merced

Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 ....but rushing in to the county to guide the Sisters is one of the state Capitol's leading political geniuses, Will "If you print my name I'll have to kill you" Skaarup, formerly the Democrats' go to registration ace. Skaarup, like the Sisters, has BIG plans for Merced, including a warehouse for overnighting big Humboldt Bud loads bound for LA. Wouldn't it fit in nicely with the Gateway Project at Mission and 99?

-- blj

 

7-21-17

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The old "nameless accountant" ploy

Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The violations were errors made by bookkeepers and not made directly by Gray, according to Mike Lynch, Gray’s campaign manager. “They’re bookkeeping errors,” he said. “We have taken steps to fix those.”

The treasurer and accountant in charge of the bookkeeping at the time no longer work for Gray, Lynch said. “Adam takes full responsibility for it,” Lynch said... Gray and his committee also accepted $13,200 from IBEW Local Union 1245, which exceeds the $4,100 limit allowed at the time, according to the FPPC.

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Brown engineering

Submitted: Aug 04, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

There is no state in the union or place in the world more dependent on hydraulic engineering than California, which is why the wave of doubt caused by the very serious problems with the Oroville Dam is so unusual that it is nearly unthinkable.

For generations, California universities have been producing engineers to develop every aspect of the natural environment of our state for the profit of those with the capital to take advantage and transform the landscape to unimaginably ugly-scapes of urban wastelands and industrial agribusiness -- deteriorating tracts and cows knee-deep in their own manure.

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Detwiler Fire, Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The big smudge in the southeast is the Detwiler Fire -- a big, spreading wildfire fueled by tall grasses and manzanita east of Lake McClure and now descending on the City of Mariposa, driving crowds of cabin and ranchette owners before it. Fire trucks from the Inland Empire are lined up along Yosemite Parkway.

The fire doubled in size, from 11,600 acres to 20,000 acres in 24 hours.

We hope for the safety of the firefighters, residents and wild and domestic animals caught in the path.

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Regulation and its absence

Submitted: Jul 05, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The dismal dialectic between government and business may be approaching the trough, even if it has not bottomed out yet. From this vantage point, the velocity of bribery having slowed from the sheer volume of the current bribes, something almost like a calm prevails. And in this calm it is possible to see why government regulates on behalf of the people and why business reacts and works to undermine and destroy every governmental regulation. Out of the latter motive comes such idiotic slogans as "The business of America is business," (Pres. Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929), and all subsequent slogans in this vein, like the immortal chamber of commerce chesnut, "Government should be run like a business."

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