Public Health and Safety

NY governor bans fracking

Submitted: Dec 19, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

And New York doesn't even have the San Andreas Fault to worry about. -- blj

12-18-14 

Huffington Post 

New York Gov. Gets Kudos, Scorn After Fracking Ban

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN

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Unclogged with either denial or hustle

Submitted: Nov 30, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

Sometimes, we hope we are honest enough to admit, we are struck speechless by just how incapable our "elected" bought-and-sold government is to lead, leaving the comprehension of the situation to the ordinary citizen, who has a bunch of other more immediate matters on her mind. And it's rare to find anything written or broadcast that gives us the real hope only a piece of thought unclogged with denial and hustle can bring.

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Probably not a surprise in Oildale or Taft bars

Submitted: Nov 14, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Not only are fracking economics "dys-economic" (1) but the process -- it can be revealed now for some reason -- is most harmful to the health of its own workers. The great boom in employment promised by all the promoters of this technology, toxic above and below ground, apparently comes at a high price...to the workers.

Note:

(1) "Wells run dry for frackers," Badlands Journal, Nov. 5, 2014

 

 

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Climate-change denial, Washington DC-style

Submitted: Nov 06, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 A good way to deny global warming is to underfund the National Weather Service because, what you don't know can't hurt you, right? A bad weather report might ruin a good congressional prayer breakfast. -- blj

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Valley tourism in a megadrought: Come on down!

Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Various heads of assorted chambers of commerce and Ben Duran, current CEO of Carol Whiteside's Great Valley Center, local fomenter of the greatest real estate boom and financial bust in Valley history, are promoting tourism to the San Joaquin Valley.

Come on down to Megadroughtistan! Feel the land sink as giant pumps suck out deep aquifers! See the mountains rise! See the final, desperate almond blooms! See the dying Honey bee going extinct along with a host of species native to the Valley! See the wells of towns and then cities go dry as almond orchards owned by finance, insurance and real estate corporations pump on and on! Experience pesticide/fertilizer laden dust clouds first hand from inside air-conditioned buses! See the Black bears in Bakersfield and other Valley towns and county seats! See the sick and starving migrating water fowl! Read all the lyric wannabe James Agees, see the photos of all the wannabe Walker Evans, as they chronicle the misery, the misery!

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Prize winning academic women: what do they do?

Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

This is a story about a highly accomplished scientist at California Institute of Technology, Frances Arnold, who in 2013 received a national medal for technology and innovation from President Barack Obama. It is also a story about women in academia, particularly women in the sciences. Last and least, it is a story about DNA engineering, actually the technology to synthesize DNA and "rewrite the code of life."

There is no doubt that gender competition is always a subject worth discussing, whether it is in the restaurant kitchen or the CalTech chemical engineering department.

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Restorative justice in Merced schools?

Submitted: Oct 26, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Fewer suspensions not only benefits students, but translate directly into cost savings for schools because school funding is based on the number of students in attendance. A 40 percent reduction in suspensions would save $120,000 for county school districts. -- Scambray, Merced Sun-Star, Oct. 23, 2014

We are aware that the city is immersed in gang violence and that high schools are deeply affected. We had also heard something recently about a new thing, more a movement than a program, called "restorative justice," but it remained at least for us one of those buzzwords that the smart people throw around -- and requests for definitions are not encouraged.

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Ebola: its political economy and its faith-based treatment in Texas

Submitted: Oct 24, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

 

 

 

 

August 2014

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