Public Works

California 'twixt fire and flood

Submitted: Dec 23, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

12-21-17

San Luis Obispo Tribune

Thomas Fire still 65 percent contained after crews withstand wind event

By Lucas Clark

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The petroyuan is coming

Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on. -- Old Arab proverb.

 

12-21-17

Asia Times

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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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Dear California, Happy Armageddon

Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “Climate change is real,” he warned a state Senate committee. “It is a threat to organized human existence. Maybe not in my life. I’ll be dead. What am I, 79?”

Then turning and facing the packed audience, Brown continued:

“A lot of you people are going to be alive. And you’re going to be alive in a horrible situation. You’re going to see mass migration, vector diseases, forest fires, Southern California burning up. That’s real, guys.” -- Skelton, LA Times, Dec. 14, 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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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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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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Some transections of the Middle East convulsion

Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

11-9-17

Washington Post

Saudi Arabia’s arms deals are buying the West’s silence over Yemen, activists allege

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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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