September, 2017

Please spare us more psychobabble over Puerto Rico

Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 As ideologies right and left contend on the mainland airwaves for the best response to the crisis in Puerto Rico, and the president with his genius for fanning the flames of resentment has managed once again to outrage decency, let us for a moment look for some other explanation than the "fragile ego" or similar psychobabble hornswoggle.

Another hypothesis: the delay is a Wall Street shakedown.

-- blj

 

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"Gimme, Gimme, Gimme: Kah-ching-ching-ching"

Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “We just haven’t been building enough housing – not just low-income or affordable housing, but housing of any kind,” Uhler said  Angela Hart, Sacramento Bee, Sept. 21, 2017

Developers and the newspapers they advertise in will have had you believe that more housing construction is the answer to all California economic woes from the end of the Gold Rush to Kingdom Come.

But, what one sees all around are developments, final mapped with curbs and wires sticking up beside empty lots. Why not build on those first?

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La Belle NIkki, queen of the ideologies..."words, words, words"

Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 9-14-17

The Independent (UK)

If Nikki Haley doesn't drop her nonsensical pro-Israeli propaganda line at the UN, she could cause real problems for Lebanon

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Master grifter meets his match at Livingston Happy Food Mart

Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

But, even though the man, apparently an illegal immigrant (though from what country is one mystery) with more than 40 alias, apparently conned the local McClatchy Co. outlet into believing he at least recently came from a place called Stenton, another mystery. We never heard of it and either has Google. But the Sun-Star may have its zip code.

Who knows?

At least the suspect is calling himself Alvarez and not Alvernaz, and he has not apparently claimed any relationship to Sweet Potato Joe. 

--blj

 

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Why cometh the truant officer?

Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

How fondly we remember Carole Tomlinson-Keasey, the first chancellor of UC Merced, telling all us locals that, although they couldn't exactly measure it, they found it, nonetheless, universally true that proximity to a UC campus made people more intelligent.

"Proximity is destiny," was the slogan of that hour.  Of course, less interested observers like state Sen. President pro tem described this "destiny" as the biggest "boondoggle" he'd ever seen (and he saw the construction of Candlestick), and Capitol columnist Dan Walters described this "destiny" as "nothing but a land deal."

Presumably, if T-K, the "Cowgirl Chancellor, was correct, Merced children do not have to go to elementary or secondary school because the very air they breathe (at least on healthy air-quality days) fills them with genius.

So is this police overreach or just a return to the old-fashioned truancy officer of yore?

-- blj

 

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Black and Blue

Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Black and Blue

 

Fats Waller, lyrics by Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf, from Broadway musical Hot Chocolates, 1929

 

 

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Another perspective on the Korean Peninsula: Trade rather than nuclear war

Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Pepe Escobar, one of the top foreign correspondents writing in English, lives in Hong Kong and has been covering Asia, with particular attention to its economic development, for several decades.

We brought together three of his recent columns that focus in part or wholly on the Korean Peninsula for the purpose of providing a perspective that appears to be totally beyond the worldview of American media at the moment Trump and his supports are trying very hard to freeze our minds, which makes it doubly important for us to reach beyond their imperial sphere for news and perspective.

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Westlands board votes to not support the Delta Fix

Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

“They’ve put two conditions [on the project] that can’t possibly be met,” said Patricia Schifferle of Pacific Advocates, an environmental group.

“They're saying, we’ll participate if you make others pay and give us a free ride on environmental protections. That is a nonstarter.” -- Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 19, 2017

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Coco and San Andreas earthquake faults

Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

9-20-17

Metro.co.uk

What is the San Andreas Fault and where does it run?

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Trumplomacy and consequences

Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 From President Trump's UN speech, Sept. 19, 2017:

This wealth, which rightly belongs to Iran's people, also goes to shore up Bashar al-Assad's dictatorship, fuel Yemen's civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East. We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program. The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it. Believe me. -- Kelly Swanson, Vox, Transcript of President Trump's UN Speech, Sept. 19, 2017

 

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Chinese auto fuel policy

Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 At this point, the only car companies without major plans to overhaul are the big three U.S. carmakers: Ford, GM and Chrysler. -- Truthdig, Sept. 16, 2017

 

9-16-17

Truthdig.com

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Death toll at 90 from Mexican earthquake

Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 9-10-17

McClatchy DC.com

Death toll now at 90 as aftershocks rattle southern Mexico

Christopher Sherman Associated Press

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article172216347.html

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Klein: The corporate state must deny the consequences of global warming

Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 ,,,Put simply, if the science is true, then the whole economic project that has dominated American power structures since Ronald Reagan was president is out the window, and the deniers know it.

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Oakdale, a well feathered nest for some

Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 In these curious times, let us all take a moment to laugh out loud at Oakdale, home of one of the oldest, most corrupt irrigation districts in California1.; Oakdale, which sat back and watched a juvenile delinquent hedge fund steal its groundwater for miles around, replacing some of the richest seasonal pasture in the country for more nuts2.; Oakdale, once the Ladino Clover Capital of World, once the Cowboy Capitol of the World, now just another nut-case town without identity, with water problems, and represented by a passel of Republicans at the state and federal level and former Minority Leader of the state Assembly Kristin Olsen, its new county supervisor. 3. 4. 5.  But the politically slick Ms.

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Rep. Devin Nunes: a study in obstruction

Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 You get some of these boys too far from their mamas' cooking, put them in suits, give them some money and send them to Washington DC, and it's like they get Obstruction on the brain. First, being beloved-tools-for-a-season of San Joaquin Valley agribusiness, they develop the hubris required to imagine stopping the flows of whole rivers, damming, channeling, diverting flows for the greater good of fewer and fewer, larger and larger agricultural enterprises. 

Once they've drunk that wine, obstruction of justice like throwing monkey wrenches into investigations from which they have been recused with some prejudice is duck soup. 

Obstruction of justice is about the only thing his special interests understand.

--blj

 

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California League of Women Voters president opposes Delta "fix"

Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 9-8-17

Mercury News

Opinion: Delta twin tunnel ‘WaterFix’ bad for Santa Clara County, won’t fix anything

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In news of other nearby disasters

Submitted: Sep 08, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 9-8-17

The Guardian

Mexico

Mexico earthquake kills at least 32 and sparks mass evacuations

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Westlands and Reclamation: an eternal love

Submitted: Sep 08, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Westlands Water District floats like a tumescent turd through the sewers of the Trump administration. -- blj

 

Criticism of Westlands’ cozy relationship with Reclamation ramped up this year when Donald Trump’s administration picked David Bernhardt to be the No. 2 official at the U.S. Department of the Interior, which supervises the Reclamation bureau.

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Is Trump mentally fit to be commander-in-chief?

Submitted: Sep 06, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

6-16-17

Los Angeles Times

 

Op-Ed 

Is Trump mentally fit to be president? Let's consult the U.S. Army's field manual on leadership

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Merced Weed Chronicles, another absurd chapter

Submitted: Sep 02, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

There were aspects of Tuesday's Merced County Board of Supervisors' session on marijuana law that are not covered by the narrow, but laudable focus of the article below. Yes, it should be about the poor and sick and most vulnerable.

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