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Deck the halls with paper water

Submitted: Dec 07, 2016
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 The more water you give agribusiness bully boys, the greedier they become. The more government provides them, the more anti-government they become. The more socially responsible government becomes in making resources available, the more the greedy bully boys scream "Socialist!" at anyone who calls for limits to government largesse to its agribusiness corruptors.

The more private property ownership appears in its mode of a bundle of rights subject to regulations, the more the myth of absolute property rights is asserted by big landowners, their lawyers and bought politicians. And the well drilling goes on until someday, some banks are going to own a lot of choice coyote habitat.

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Army Corps denies pipeline crossing

Submitted: Dec 04, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

12-4-16

U.S. Army

Army will not grant easement for Dakota Access Pipeline crossing

Army POC: Moira Kelley (703) 614-3992, moira.l.kelley.civ@mail.mil

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Baselines #3: Geopolitical, US military, US propaganda

Submitted: Dec 01, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

These articles discuss the present geopolitical situation of the United States as Donald Trump prepares to be the president; the condition of the American military; and the accelerating growth of propaganda and the appearance of "weaponized" journalism. Again, the purpose of this series of baselines is to give readers some basis of comparison between the present and what the Trump presidency might bring. -- blj

 

 

  

11-9-16

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The water gang's all here to welcome Trump

Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  The water gangsters in the San Joaquin Valley act greedier by the year, the public falls silent, and the media constantly repeats the propaganda of special interests and their bought politicians. The environment for man, woman, child and all the flora and fauna of the valley deteriorates at accelerating speed. Maybe University of California scientists are developing a special mathematical derivative to plot that acceleration toward extinction of wildlife and another for increases in respiratory illnesses from asthma to lung cancer in the worst air-pollution region in the nation.

Agribusiness, its profits rendered inviolable by the last Farm Bill, now has Trump as president, the president of all the corporations. Westlands Water District lobbyists have a member of their team leads Trump's Interior Department transition team. This leads to the comic vision of Sarah Palin as Secretary of Interior attempting to understand the California water delivery system.

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The Philippines' pivot?

Submitted: Nov 02, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 At some point, two countries can be so entwined by history, treaties, trade, mutual state visits, military and economic aid that they are more, or something different from, allies or anything else. They are friends. -- W. Scott Thomnpson, New Straits Times, Oct. 25, 2016.

 

 

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Some information about California ballot propositions

Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 When Californians tear themselves away from the spectacle of national moral disgrace at home and abroad, politically, economically and environmentally,  we face a gauntlet of propositions on our ballots. We've gathered some information from the press that we hope will be useful to you.

-- blj

 

10-25-16

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Concerning proposed increases in some rivers' flows

Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Badlands Journal editorial board has come to its position about the proposed changes in the distribution of surface and groundwater in the Delta and San Joaquin Valley.

The new appropriation of river water and regulation on pumping groundwater comes down to a battle between the California executive resource agencies and the money, influence and lawyers a half a dozen northeast valley irrigation districts can muster to defeat it. In other words, lobbyists vs. the bureaucracy, with a supporting chorus of county officials, local newspapers, farm bureaus, etc.

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A letter to Merced City Councilman Michael Murphy and colleagues from a neighborhood

Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Friends of the Badlands editorial board sent us this letter that a group of neighbors wrote to Merced City Councilman Michael Murphy, who made a campaign visit to a house party on their block this weekend.

Murphy is running for mayor.

He graciously received the letter, read most of it and told its bearer that he agreed with several of the issues the letter raises. He appeared open to hearing about the problems of that neighborhood which, we imagine, are not so different from a number of neighborhoods in town.

The neighbors were impressed with him and he may have changed a few votes on the block in his favor. -- blj

 

 

 

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The war-machine's graft exceeds its reach

Submitted: Oct 02, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 It must jar readers of Badlandsjournal.com to find articles on the Middle East when they have come to the site for current information on environmental things in the California Central Valley. Our reply is that US foreign policy affects us here, too, and perhaps even more here than in other parts of California because of our economic dependence on export-led growth, the excellent welfare system for wealthy farmers, and the number of soldiers we contribute to the perpetual war for everlasting peace.

Also, we need to read critical journalism, based in the skepticism that has been journalism's best tradition, because our dominant media have abandoned a critical, skeptical stance in favor of cheerleading. We believe most people feel like round pegs being jammed into holes cut in bizarre polygons.

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