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Northern California fires

Submitted: Oct 09, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The pace of the burn took firefighters by surprise: The fires charred 20,000 acres in about 12 hours, which Cox called “a phenomenal rate of growth.” He said firefighters had “zero percent” containment and warned that, while winds had weakened slightly over the course of the day, “because of heat and low humidity, fire growth is still likely.” -- Kerr et al, Washington Post, Oct. 9, 2017

 

 

10-9-17

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Computer modeling in elections

Submitted: Oct 08, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

One's view toward the computer invasion of another familiar field either with enthusiastic faith in new technology...or with dark laughter. I find the latter is better protection against the new religio-technodogmatics of our times. But we live close enough to Silicon Valley that sometimes its hot breath reaches across the Dumbarton Bridge over the Altamont and through the nut orchards to our door, generating slogans like the one to explain the land-developer boondoggle known as UC Merced as "this high-tech, bio-tech engine of growth!"-- wmh

 

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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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State audit criticizes hiring of boondoggle specialist Gardner for tunnels project

Submitted: Oct 07, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 A biography Gardner submitted to the state says he is an economist with more than three decades of experience in program management, organizational leadership and strategic planning. On Hallmark’s website, he describes himself as a “project-turnaround specialist,” whose accomplishments include overseeing the development of the UC Merced campus in the early 2000s. -- Sabalow, Kasler, Sacramento Bee, Oct. 5, 2017


“They (the state) would have known that years earlier and adjusted the project or the plan accordingly,” Michael said. “To say we have to wait until the end to see who is in and out, it’s bad government.”Breitler, Stockton Record, Oct. 5, 2017

 

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The fish rots from the head down

Submitted: Oct 06, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

10-5-17

CALmatters.org

New law, born of UC scandal, will punish interference with audits

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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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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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Master grifter meets his match at Livingston Happy Food Mart

Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

But, even though the man, apparently an illegal immigrant (though from what country is one mystery) with more than 40 alias, apparently conned the local McClatchy Co. outlet into believing he at least recently came from a place called Stenton, another mystery. We never heard of it and either has Google. But the Sun-Star may have its zip code.

Who knows?

At least the suspect is calling himself Alvarez and not Alvernaz, and he has not apparently claimed any relationship to Sweet Potato Joe. 

--blj

 

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