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It takes a lot of water to store a lot of data

Submitted: Aug 01, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

“People are still choosing to go with designs that are more water-intensive because of the cost of construction,” he says. -- Sarah Shemkus, The Guardian, July 20, 2015 

 

Because, of course, these "people" and government regulators have less social conscience than a cockroach. How much Delta water via the San Luis Reservoir and Santa Clara Water District goes to cool data in Silicon Valley? The geniuses behind deregulation of California electricity are at it again, this time with water. 

-- blj

7-20-15

The Guardian

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The whole enchilada on our front porch

Submitted: Jul 02, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 An editor of Badlands Journal was once studying agricultural economics at a great UC campus established firmly on the back of California agriculture. One night, shortly before leaving these studies, the future Badlands editor looked up from his equations, gazed out into a hot summer night, and formulated the one scientific thought he had ever had: The San Joaquin Valley of California is the greatest laboratory in the world to demonstrate all that is wrong with agribusiness.

As usual, his thought was puny compared to the onrushing reality. -- blj

 

 

 

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Citizen Yee cops plea

Submitted: Jul 02, 2015
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But will he sing?

 

 

After delighting in the rich aroma of political corruption, we decided to scan the press to see if there was more to the story of the downfall of state Sen. Leland Yee, D-SF, than his connection to Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, the colorfully named alleged Chinatown gangster or blameless import-exporter, depending on who you talk to.

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It's the principle of the thing

Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 In late October, 2011, during a previous Greek finance crisis, former Prime Minister George Papandreou called for a referendum on the terms of a bailout to the horror of the heads of state of Germany, France and the US, retreated from it and resigned, leaving political and economic chaos in his wake.

The stakes are high. If the Greeks vote to stand up to the "troika" (European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF), the "OXI KREOS" option, they may inspire other peripheral European Union countries to follow suit -- Ireland, Spain, Portugal and, largest of all, Italy.

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Thanks, guys, for your rendition of "I hear that huge, old suckin' sound"

Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Thanks guys, for another rendition of that same-old/same-old Country favorite, "I hear that huge, old suckin' sound"(the Trans-Pacific- Partnership version). Thanks for all the bribery and corruption enabling  our cowardly, venal and crooked members of Congress to vote to blind themselves from what's in the trade agreement.  Thanks for all the lies and corporatist "rules" of secrecy. Thanks for helping further close the American mind -- what's left of it -- for your profits. Thanks for shrugging your shoulders about Global Warming. Special thanks in advance for all the jobs this trade "agreement" will cost the US -- surely many entrepreneurs and dues-paying members of the Chamber of Commerce will arise from all that involuntary leisure.  Thanks for your treason, all bunted up in the red, white and blue.

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The pope and the water gurus

Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The world's water challenges are technical, economic, political, and social issues, but the Vatican Encyclical reminds us that ultimately they are ethical and moral issues as well. This is a valuable and timely reminder. -- Dr. Peter Gleick, Huffington Post, June 18, 2015

 

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Finest young minds confront California drought

Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences recently developed a tool to quantitatively evaluate these water management options. Working with the Nature Conservancy, we designed the model to assess strategies for restoring populations of native fish on Mill Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River. -- Jenny Ta, Joshua Viers, California Water Blog, June 14, 2015

 

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The astro-buzz, colony collapse disorder and other discontents

Submitted: May 16, 2015
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 We have come to use the term "astro-turfing," derived from plastic grass replacing real turf on playing fields and lawns, to describe various types of propaganda from political campaigns or corporate public relations campaigns (if they can be distinguished).

This posting compares one of doubtlessly many similar articles propagated by Monsanto and other pesticide manufacturers  to demonstrate their love and care for bees, and the horrifying statistics of Colony Collapse that plod down the years like the footsteps of doom itself.

 

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Hogwash, flattery and 2 million acre-feet

Submitted: May 07, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Politicians striking poses in the face of natural disaster is older than the pharaohs. It is easier to imagine a tree falling unseen and unheard in a forest than it is to imagine a disaster without politicians crawling all over it flattering their own efforts and the strength of "their people."

"Heck of a job, Brownie"...etc.

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Water, the state,the city and UC Merced

Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 • Several central San Joaquin Valley communities may be required to conserve 35% of their residential water use under proposed state conservation goals. -- Robert Rodriguez, Fresno Bee, April 8, 2015

In Merced County, both Merced (279.6 gal. daily per-capital home water use) and Los Banos (228.2 gal.) will be asked to reduce water use by 35 percent by the State Water Resources Control Board.

We don't know what the problem in Los Banos is but suspect it is related to its development as a bedroom community for Silicon Valley.

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