Public Health and Safety

Merced ID draws a firm line in mud

Submitted: Oct 08, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Merced ID has tried to do the right thing by developing the SAFE Plan and making settlement efforts. We now urge Merced ID’s stakeholders to support our refocused efforts as we gear up for the impending regulatory and legal battles that await as we continue to work to protect our community’s water supply... We have seen zero evidence the state or environmental groups are receptive to the MID’s SAFE Plan proposal... This is about circumventing the water rights priority system in California and taking our senior storage and water rights to give to junior water rights holders in the name of fish and Delta outflow. Dave Long and Scott Koehn, Merced Sun-Star, Oct. 4, 2017.

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Dynamic score for death and taxes

Submitted: Oct 03, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Why couldn't the apostles of dynamic scoring on tax reform use the same principle to score gun control legislation? If the agents of plutocracy in power believe they can anticipate the economic growth that will result from their massive tax giveaway to the wealthiest, why couldn't they anticipate the decrease in human slaughter that would result from gun control?

Everybody from the bankers to the NRA owns the federal government; everybody but the people. -- blj

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Cadiz, Brackpool's Folly, another one of LA's reckless choices

Submitted: Oct 02, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 On its website, Cadiz called Feinstein’s remarks “irresponsible and not true.”

“The water that Cadiz plans to extract contains numerous contaminants including arsenic and cancer-causing Chromium-6. Left untreated, it could pollute the pristine water of the Colorado River Aqueduct, endangering the health of not only Cadiz’s customers but all 19 million Californians who rely on that water,” Feinstein’s statement said.

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Horizontal rivers of rain menace California now, according to "mounting research"

Submitted: Oct 02, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

9-27-17

San Francisco Chronicle

‘Horizontal hurricanes’ pose increasing risk for California

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Hepatitis A spreading among homeless

Submitted: Oct 01, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 9-25-17

Capitol Radio

Hepatitis A Outbreak Among Homeless Has Sacramento Health Officials On Alert

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Please spare us more psychobabble over Puerto Rico

Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 As ideologies right and left contend on the mainland airwaves for the best response to the crisis in Puerto Rico, and the president with his genius for fanning the flames of resentment has managed once again to outrage decency, let us for a moment look for some other explanation than the "fragile ego" or similar psychobabble hornswoggle.

Another hypothesis: the delay is a Wall Street shakedown.

-- blj

 

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"Gimme, Gimme, Gimme: Kah-ching-ching-ching"

Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “We just haven’t been building enough housing – not just low-income or affordable housing, but housing of any kind,” Uhler said  Angela Hart, Sacramento Bee, Sept. 21, 2017

Developers and the newspapers they advertise in will have had you believe that more housing construction is the answer to all California economic woes from the end of the Gold Rush to Kingdom Come.

But, what one sees all around are developments, final mapped with curbs and wires sticking up beside empty lots. Why not build on those first?

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La Belle NIkki, queen of the ideologies..."words, words, words"

Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 9-14-17

The Independent (UK)

If Nikki Haley doesn't drop her nonsensical pro-Israeli propaganda line at the UN, she could cause real problems for Lebanon

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Why cometh the truant officer?

Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

How fondly we remember Carole Tomlinson-Keasey, the first chancellor of UC Merced, telling all us locals that, although they couldn't exactly measure it, they found it, nonetheless, universally true that proximity to a UC campus made people more intelligent.

"Proximity is destiny," was the slogan of that hour.  Of course, less interested observers like state Sen. President pro tem described this "destiny" as the biggest "boondoggle" he'd ever seen (and he saw the construction of Candlestick), and Capitol columnist Dan Walters described this "destiny" as "nothing but a land deal."

Presumably, if T-K, the "Cowgirl Chancellor, was correct, Merced children do not have to go to elementary or secondary school because the very air they breathe (at least on healthy air-quality days) fills them with genius.

So is this police overreach or just a return to the old-fashioned truancy officer of yore?

-- blj

 

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Another perspective on the Korean Peninsula: Trade rather than nuclear war

Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Pepe Escobar, one of the top foreign correspondents writing in English, lives in Hong Kong and has been covering Asia, with particular attention to its economic development, for several decades.

We brought together three of his recent columns that focus in part or wholly on the Korean Peninsula for the purpose of providing a perspective that appears to be totally beyond the worldview of American media at the moment Trump and his supports are trying very hard to freeze our minds, which makes it doubly important for us to reach beyond their imperial sphere for news and perspective.

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