October 2013

How growth paid for itself

Los Banos grew by 42 percent between 2000 and 2010, to a population of 37,000. Over the same period bankrupt Stockton grew 22.2 percent to reach a population of 298,000.
Throughout the epoch when Great Boom that turned into the Great Bust, creating a major Economic Depression in the nation, worst of all in the northern San Joaquin Valley, city officials, staff, developers, landowners, bankers, realtors, corporate newspaper chains and chambers of commerce argued continually at the top of their collective lungs that “RESIDENTIAL GROWTH PAYS FOR ITSELF.”

New UC President Janet Napolitano visits UC Merced

"Janet N Is Comin' To Town"

You better watch out 
You better not think 
You better not shout 
I'm telling you why 
Janet N is coming to town 
Janet N is coming to town 
Janet N is coming to town 

She's making a list, 
Checking it twice; 
Gonna find out who's naughty or nice. 
Janet N is coming to town
Janet N is coming to town 
Janet N is coming to town 

She sees you when you're sleeping 
She knows when you're awake 
She knows if you've been bad or good 
So be good for goodness sake 

Resounding No on draft Delta Plan

 A letter written by environmental opponents listed below of the latest draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to representatives of NOAA Fisheries Service, Department of Interior Fisheries, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish & Wildlife Service. -- blj

Although concussed, we still try to read

 What follows is a small gathering of expressions from across the Great Water of contempt for the United States. It is interesting to note how opinion of the US appears to have deteriorated among the tiny remaining corps of  unembedded, English--writing foreign correspondents today. Perhaps it is merely an illusion in our own foggy minds, but it seemed to us that during the “run-yup” to the invasion of Iraq there was dismay and anger. Once the slaughterhouse got going full blast the tone turned to disgust and despair.

VIVE LA FRANCE! and how 'bout them Bulgarians

The United States Energy Information Agency estimates that there are 137 trillion cubic feet of “technically recoverable” gas in France, equivalent to decades worth of national consumption. Without significant exploration effort, though, those numbers are just guesswork, Mr. Schilansky said. -- David Jolly, New York Times, Oct. 11, 2013

Not just another Foster Farms story

Most people you talk to around Merced County--except students and faculty of UC Merced, of course--have a story or two about Foster Farms chicken plants. These stories are never good. In fact, they are a mordant local art form. But that's the production side. Here is a story from the consumer side that deserves a place among the best Foster Farms tales.-- blj
Bognar said she called a customer service hotline and a Foster Farms employee laughed at her -- Brandon Lowrey, NBCLA, Oct. 15, 2013


Three stories this week stuck in the editorial craw here at Badlands.

Wolves and their hunters

This article ought to appear in every anthology of the finest environmental writing in English. -- blj
Obama's War on Wolves and the Endangered Species Act
Sacrificial Wolves