Welcome To Badlands Journal

Air-quality pablum journalism

“You feel dizzy, everything starts getting like dark, the lights dim, the voices echo all around, you see everything in slow motion. When it’s really bad you can’t breathe, your heart feels like it’s going to pound out of your chest, your fingertips get really cold, you sweat a lot and your nails start getting really purple,” Pasillas remembers. “If you want to feel an asthma attack go under water and try to breathe, your inside burns.” --  Aguilera, CALmatters, January 25, 2019

Water outlook, June 2021

Heading south from the tributary rivers feeding the cities and irrigation districts in the north San Joaquin Valley the situation gets progressively worse, culminating in the catastrophe on the Colorado River, gathering force for the past 25 years. -- blj


Hank Cluck for governor

Badlands Journal is happy to announce its choice for the upcoming recall election for governor of California. We are supporting, without reservation, Hank Cluck (they/them), because they is the only candidates in the race that is half human (Anglo-x) and half White Leghorn pullet. 
Hank vows to ignore completely drought and water supply and delivery issues and concentrate on culture. -- blj

The damage genetic engineering does

Below you'll find a linked summary of articles on recent research into the damage genetic engineering has done, does, and will do. When Bill Gates and his ilk tell you that's all bunk, remember that Gates is not a scientist anymore than Zuckerberg is or Steve Jobs was. They use science to improve their profits; they don't do science to discover truths. -- blj



Gene editing: Unexpected outcomes and risks

Damaged DNA on fire

The rentier class and the economy of extortion

I apologize for the absence of material on Badlands in recent weeks. I’ve been moving.

I recently asked a learned member of my new community in the desert what “economic rent” was. She had spent her entire career in “Finance,” she said (and you should hear the word as she pronounces it, with a Capital F and italics). She flipped off the following reply to this elementary question: “Payment for the use of something you don’t own.”