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New UC President Janet Napolitano visits UC Merced

Submitted: Oct 04, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

"Janet N Is Comin' To Town"


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"Mais ou sont les Snowdens d'antan?" -- Catch-22, Joseph Heller

Submitted: Jun 12, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The nattering nabobs of National Security have been at Ed Snowden, who leaked the material about the NSA domestic spying ("all legal, all legal the nabors say) by insult and invective. They have called his behavior traitorous and treasonous and everything else bad that they can possibly imagine.

But the worst thing they have said about Ed Snowden is that he is a high school dropout. 

A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT?

May the Millennial Diety that still rules our scrambled official psyche strike him dead, over there in Hong Kong!!

A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT!!!

It reminded one Badlands Journal editor of a topless dancer joint barker on Broadway in San Francisco who some years ago made his pitch thus: "We got six college coeds and A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT."

Perhaps Mme. Sen. Dianne Feinstein also heard that immortal barker in the local politics phase of her career, back when her hearing was a little better.

A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT!!

There is something "sinful and lewd" about a high school dropout. You just try to say the term without a sneer, every so slight, that reflects your ontempt for anyone who the lacks the formal American education and academic credentials.

Certainly no one of that class ought to have had such enormous responsibilities. A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT, fer Chrissake!!! 

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The "Morning Joe Show"

Submitted: Jun 10, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The historical descent from Country Joe and the Fish to Morning Joe, Mika and Willie has been dizzying, to put it politely.

But, this morning at least they let Glenn Greenwald talk longer than they have any guest in the history of their show without blowhard interruptions to interpret the remarks of intelligent people down to the level of a ditto head. 

But, fortunately, Greenwald has answered the question posed by one of the greatest anti-war novels of all time, Catch-22, which asked, "Mais ou sont les Snowdens d'antan?"

Snowden returned if only to leave us with a prophesy: that without the whistleblowers so loathed by the neocon national security state crowd, America is headed straight for "turnkey tyranny."

-- blj

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HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY, WILLIE!

Submitted: Apr 29, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

THE BADLANDS JOURNAL

EDITORIAL BOARD WISHES

WILLIE NELSON THE

HAPPIEST 80TH BIRTHDAY

EVER CELEBRATED!!

--BLJ

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A question for our "green" government

Submitted: Dec 06, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Dear Green Goivernment,

You never tire of telling us how massive solar projects, the investments of hedge funds and Wall Street banks, must be approved b our local government officials (in charge of land-use decisions in California); you are considering modifications to the California Environmental Quality Act that will not doubt include weakening review of alternative energy projects; and lately we are being told that these projects, at least those on prime farmland, will be "mitigated" through perptetual agricultural easements on nearby farmland (assuming such easements are for sale by willing sellers); and of course all this must be done to lessen carbon dioxide emmissions because they cause global warming (a double plus ungood thing): 

But, what is never mentioned is if these massive solar projects -- there are so many more of them in the pipeline there may not be enough prime farmland left in the state to "mitigate" for all of them -- is the number of polluting gas and coal-fired plants in other states that are being taken off line are a result of the addition of the green and clean energy now available or soon to be available.

This should lead Californians that still have their wits about them to assume the obvious: that the power produced by alternative energy sources will not replace existing power sources; it will merely augment them and provide a comfortable excess of energy available for the next growth boom.

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Cowboys forever, at least in Covelo

Submitted: Nov 26, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

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America the beautiful

Submitted: Jul 27, 2012
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badlands journal editorial board

 

 

 

7-27-12

Associated Press
Turf painting spreads as drought ravages lawns

Green acres: Intrepid homeowners weary of lawns browned by drought break out turf paint


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News from the local Democratic Party slime pit

Submitted: Jul 22, 2012
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badlands journal editorial board

The issue is clear: Adam Gray, his mother, his step-father and his uncle, ethically disadvantaged political fixer Robin Adam, have been lying about the boy's credentials for elective office, as in, he don't have none but we rubes are so dumb we'll go along with it because he's a Democrat.

They have managed to alienate the bC Merced's Bobcatflak office, which has brought us propaganda campaigns too numerous to mention, the main thrust being that by building on the largest contiguous set of vernal pools in the US and rapidly roofing, asphalting and cementing over the heart of the aquifer that supplies fresh water to the City of Merced, not to mention being the anchor tenant for the biggest, most fraudulent building boom in world history, UC Merced is somehow the greenest campus ever constructed in the universe on the unmarked mass grave of 15 endangered species. The Greenest Campus in the Universe was expected to be our "high tech, biotech engine of (economic) growth," as if the creators of the technological weapons of predatory corporate capitalism are of any more use to us than the midieval swordsmith was to the peasants his products chopped up. But a university, especially a public university, paid for by public funds -- what a way to make the money-grubbing business of land speculation Respectable!

Evidently the big crooks resent the little crooks and are swatting them off the trailing end of the UC skirt.

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Loose Cheeks: The old gray adam

Submitted: May 30, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

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By Lucas Smithereen
Loose Cheeks Senior Editor

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Caress of the despots

Submitted: Jan 05, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

12-10-11

Fresno Bee

Bill McEwen: Resnick wants to enhance Valley…

Bill McEwen

http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/12/10/v-print/2645195/resnick-wants-to-enhance-valley.html

Lynda Resnick is a marketing whiz and one of America's richest women. She has mastered the art of moving bottled water, pomegranate juice, oranges and other products off of supermarket shelves.

Now she's tackling a bigger challenge: making a dent in the concentrated poverty that has saddled the San Joaquin Valley with a reputation as the Appalachia of the West.

Resnick might be this generation's highest-profile Valley advocate. She certainly has the connections to make politicians and foundations pay attention to our overlooked region and its daunting problems.

She and husband Stewart own Roll Global and are estimated to be worth $1.8 billion. A good chunk of their fortune has come from the Valley's fertile fields and the success of Paramount Farms.

"What I hope to give is a voice to the whole Valley," Resnick says. "Too many people have no idea about the Central Valley and the wonderful people here that deserve a chance."

The Resnicks, who live in Beverly Hills, long have been major donors to causes in Southern California.

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