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"Regulations are only as good as their enforcement," said Andrew Grinberg, California oil and gas manager for the environmental group Clean Water Action. "Unfortunately, DOGGR has already shown that they are unable to enforce existing laws."

The agency is working to "strengthen compliance and enforcement," said state oil and gas supervisor Steve Bohlen.

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Why only the UK ambassador's emails were leaked

A Badlands Journal Scoop

Our intrepid investigators in Washington DC have informed us that, although the ambassadors of several other nations admit publicly to have sent the same sort of emails to their governments as the UK ambassador sent to his, the reason none of these other emails were revealed was because there is no one in the Trump administration who can translate them.

-- blj

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Where Trump is as steady as a rock

"We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept," Darroch wrote in one memo. "We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept," Darroch wrote in one memo. – Katz, AP, July 7, 2019

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I had a nightmare on this Independence Day

 

I had a nightmare today. It was that two score and seventeen years after Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his I have a dream speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Independence Day, this jingo in the White House vomited down upon us a chunky torrent of militarism complete with special effects (tanks and aircraft) from the same podium.

I awoke from this nightmare and found hope again in Dr. King’s concluding remarks at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, when the country was in the middle of the Civil Rights struggle and at the beginning of the Vietnam War. -- wmh

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Happy Fourth of July

Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

 

Note: The following text is a transcription of the Stone Engraving of the parchment Declaration of Independence (the document on display in the Rotunda at the National Archives Museum.) The spelling and punctuation reflects the original.

In Congress, July 4, 1776.

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The current situation with PG&E, Southern California Edison and others

A few articles that give us the basics of the negotiations between the state and the largest shareholder owned electrical utilities at the moment. --blj

 

6-23-19

Sacramento Bee

Newsom unveils $24 billion plan to tackle wildfires, PG&E bankruptcy

A coalition of wildfire victims said it supports the proposal

By Dale Kasler and Bryan Anderson | Sacramento Bee

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Trump a fascist?

Of course, Trump is not alone in this: populist nationalist authoritarian leaders on the rise all over the world win and hold power in ways very similar to the fascists of the inter-war period. What is there in these two eras almost a century apart that would explain this common political trajectory?

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Coyote deal on the border, 2019

Bribes are traditionally paid along the route to authorities, but also to organised crime groups that control territory, especially at Mexico's northern border with the US and charge smugglers for each migrant they cross.

Ebrard said Mexico was meeting weekly with governments from Central America's Northern Triangle - Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador - to exchange information about smuggling rings. But he said he also expected cooperation from the US government.

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A journal of the federal felony trial of No More Deaths' volunteer Scott Warren in Tuscon AZ

 

 

This is a journal that Tracy Taft of Ajo AZ, a neighbor of Scott Warren, kept of this trial, in which a conviction carried up to a 20-year sentence.  Ms. Taft began the journal as a letter to a friend. -- blj

 

June 1

 

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