January 2019

Essay on the environment

  • 14 January 2019
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The environment is that which surrounds us.
It is on our skin, warm, cold, wet, dry, still, windy...
We touch it: smooth, rough, spiderwebs, sand, rock, our beloveds, horses, water, tools, trees and sticks ... we touch it all the days of our lives, from our mother's breast with tiny hands till soiled bed sheets with scrawny old backs...
It is in our ears: loud, soft, melodic, dissonant, a familiar voice, a strange cry, a dog, a bird, a drum, piano, leaf blower, saxophone, tractor ...

Water: new year, same-old same-old problems

  • 11 January 2019
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California water is still rushing madly uphill to money. Gov. Jerry Brown "brokered a historic agreement" but no environmentalists were at the table, the state water board was unmoved by the agreement, Merced Irrigation District has sued the water board on its proposal to take more water out of the Merced River, and Westlands Water District's former top lobbyist, David Bernhardt, is about to become the new Secretary of the Department of Interior.

The Trump Fib Bucket

  • 10 January 2019
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In olden days (before the younger generation was even conceived), parents used to require their children to put a nickel in the Swear Jar every time they said a naughty word. Childlike men's service organizations used to require a dollar or more per cussword.
Badlands Journal Editorial Board has i\begun a Trump Fib Bucket, diameter to stretch from sea to polluted sea and over all the genetically modified golden grains, and to be as tall as Pike's Peak.

Lo, poor Yosemite

  • 4 January 2019
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1-2-19
Fresno Bee
It’s not just trash — money lost during shutdown could have long-term effects at Yosemite
By Rory Appleton
https://www.fresnobee.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blog...
As reports of trash and human waste flooding some of the country’s most beautiful land have trickled out since the U.S. government shut down, deeper problems – and a few volunteer-powered solutions – have also begun to surface.

Christmas Day in Yosemite

  • 1 January 2019
  • Badlands Journa...

Reporting from Mundo Antiguo Network, pencil to paper from Yosemite, where you order your coffee and pastry at an electronic kiosk. Everyone else has a hand held device to record in stills and video the iconic nature of Yosemite Park.
I always feel archaic here around people because I am an English speaker. We are a minority this morning at the coffee shop. Japanese and French are preferred within my earshot.