Public Works

California Water: Trump, Brown, and a Highfalutin Romeo-and-Juliet tale

Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

“One wonders if they couldn’t deliver the project more quickly and more efficiently,” he (Jeffrey Mount, a water expert with the Public Policy Institute of California) said. -- Kasler and Sabalow, Sacramento Bee, Feb. 13, 2018

 “Putting someone who is in charge of DWR who you might say is married to the Metropolitan Water District in more ways than one sort of makes sense if you look at it from the governor’s standpoint,” said George Hartmann, a Stockton attorney who represents Delta farmers. “But is it ethical? I don’t think so. Is it proper? I don’t think so.” -- Sabalow and Kasler,  Sacramento Bee, Jan. 19, 2018

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Mad cowboy congressman haunted by smolts?

Submitted: Feb 06, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Is it frivolous to suggest that the burr under Rep. Devin "Cowboy" Nunes' saddle blanket is the success of the San Joaquin River Restoration Project? Spring-run Chinook salmon are spawning again where they have not been able to for 60 years because most of their river has been diverted down south in a canal to help farmers who had overdrafted their groundwater. There are also towns serviced by the Friant-Kern Canal, which are politically deployed as piteous hostages to the large agricultural interests, in a tradition first recognized by Walter Goldschmidt's late-1940's study of Cutler, Dinuba and Orosi, As Ye Sow: Three Studies in the Social Consequences of Agribusiness.

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Badlands Journal editorial board response to Trump's latest speeches

Submitted: Feb 01, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The United States government is NOT The Trump Organization. 

Republicans think government is just a badly run business that can be improved by corporate practices. They think their party should behave like Devin Nunes's dairy herd. This theory of government is called corporatism,  propounded by Benedetto Croce, an Italian philosopher, and enacted as fascism by the government of Benito Mussolini, il Duce.

In plain American English, we call it authoritarian obstruction of justice. -- blj

 

 

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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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Dam projects rejected by state

Submitted: Jan 25, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 A number of dam proposals were submitted to the state Water Commission last week and the commissioners rejected all of them because they didn't provide enough public benefit for recreation or environmental improvement.

We've collected articles from various parts of Northern California to show different responses -- from Silicon Valley to Hanford to Tulare and Fresno counties to Sacramento. The latter's concerns at the moment illuminate a point never made by promoters of dams: their danger. But cities living downstream from the Oroville Dam have lived in anxiety and fear since one of its spillways disintegrated last year.

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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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He lies, he cheats at golf, and he lies about cheating at golf

Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 1-10-18

Esquire

This Was President Trump's 2,000th Lie in Office

What a moment!

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The emperor's old clothes

Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Those who affect to differentiate Trump from the Republican Party are fools selling liberty for one more cozy consensus between the rulers and those who lick their boots. Nothing tells the story quite so clearly as the history of voting rights in America, or, more accurately, the history of voter repression in America and the resistance to it. -- blj

 

 

 

 United States Constitution

Amendment XXIV

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A well ordered flow of emoluments

Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 1-2-18

mcclatchydc.com

Foreign governments are finding ways to do favors for Trump’s business

Anita Kumar

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