Federal Government

Nunes, Trump, Bureau of Reclamation

Submitted: Jan 03, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The transaction

Rep. Devin Nunes's district aligns with the majority of the water districts that are members of the Friant Water Users Authority. The authority gets its water from Lake Millerton, behind the Friant Dam on the San Joaquin River, in the foothills east of Fresno. Several years ago, as the result of a federal judge's strong suggestion, the authority entered into an agreement with a number of environmental groups, represented in court by the Natural Resources Defense Council, that would limit the authority's water supply to the extent that the river could flow again for the first time in more than 60 years, which would allow salmon once again to use it.

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Legalization is going to be a trip

Submitted: Jan 02, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 There is just nothing like dope for prophesy.

When it's cold and wet outside, your wood's dry, you have enough kindling, stew on the stove ... light up a dooby and make a prophesy. Or two. Then, as you get into the swing of the evening, make plans. It is very important to make plans in the winter time. Almost as important as forgetting them next summer when the prophesies, which were the basis for these plans, don't pan out.

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Shakespeare on Republican tax "reform"

Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Coriolanus, William Shakespeare

http://shakespeare.mit.edu/coriolanus/full.htm  

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Growth of population and of wildfires in California

Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Mike De Lasaux, a forester with the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said the state ideally would burn hundreds of square miles of land with surface fuels annually, but he praised any efforts to reduce dangerously overgrown forests. The current plan moved forward following a recent agreement between state and federal agencies along with environmental, logging and recreational interests. -- Weber, Associated Press, Dec. 14, 2017

De Lasaux works in Lassen and Plumas counties, where there is continual tension between private, state and federally managed forests and every time a fire starts, fingers start pointing. While it is possible that his prescription might work under ideal conditions in his region, we don't think much of it as a statewide idea.

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The bugs in the mountains

Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “If we get a seriously good precipitation year, perhaps that number can go down in 2018,” she said. -- Griswold, Fresno Bee, Dec. 13, 2017

12-13-17

Fresno Bee

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Unbalanced country, unbalanced city

Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We juxtaposed these two articles to contrast rural and urban concerns. We don't think the contrast is unfair to either section of American society, given the political exploitation of the contrast by that legion of hacks whose rhetoric is so professional it could make a stone resentful. That said, we are loyal to farm country in sickness and health, and we do think there is a lot of intellectual masturbation going on in urban America, which, we think, our second article is exemplary. -- blj

12-7-17

The Guardian

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Thomas fire: recent reports

Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 12-26-17

Ventura Star

Thomas Fire stops growing, 88 percent contained

Christian Martinez,

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Hedges on the permanent, totalitarian lie

Submitted: Dec 25, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 For  Watt now found himself in the midst of things, which, if they consented to be named, did so as it were with reluctance. And the state in which Watt found himself resisted formulation in a way no state had ever done, in which Watt had ever found himself, and Watt had found himself in a great many states, in his day. Looking at a pot, for example, or thinking of a pot, at one of Mr. Knott's pots, of one of Mr. Knott's pots, it was in vain that Watt said, Pot, pot. Well, perhaps not quite in vain, but very nearly. For it was not a pot, the more he looked, the more he reflected, the more he felt sure of that, that it was not a pot at all. It resembled a pot, it was almost a pot, but it was not a pot of which one could say, Pot, pot. and be comforted. It was in vain that it answered, with unexceptionable adequacy, all the purposes, and performed all the offices, of a pot, it was not a pot. And it was just this hairbreadth departure from the nature of a true pot that so excruciated Watt. For if the approximation had been less close, then Watt would have been less anguished. For then he would not have said, This is a pot, and yet not a pot, no, but then he would have siad, This is something of which I do not know the name. And Watt preferred on the whole having to do with things of which he did not know the name, though this too was painful to Watt, to having to do with things of which the known name, the proven name, was not the name, any more for him...

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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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