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Historical perspective on California megadroughts

Submitted: Oct 13, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

How might the historical grasp of the frequency of megadroughts in California influence our decision on the water bond, with its funds for the construction of tunnels beneath the Delta to ship the fresher Sacramento River water to the great north-south canals?

For some, it make make the bond even more imperative than it already is for them. At any cost to the environmental and -- increasingly -- to the society, capitalism in California must continue following the path to the greatest return on investment -- real estate development, either residential or -- also increasingly -- in agribusiness. Another player in the merry dance of natural resource destruction in the state is hydraulic fracturing drilling for oil and gas, which uses enormous quantities of water and pollutes groundwater wherever it is established.

Others, perhaps more thoughtful people, and those who possess some connection with Nature not entirely committed to commercial exploitation and destruction, might take a different view.  Or, simply that that portion of the vast majority of Californians that don't have much of any connection to Nature, exploitive or otherwise, but who are just not subject to being bullied by the fear mongering of the usual financial, insurance and real estate special interests. 

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Hawk downs drone

Submitted: Oct 11, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Hawk 1, Drone 0: Bird of prey attacks quadcopter, takes down from skies (VIDEO)

Published time: October 11, 2014 08:27 
RT/com

 

 

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Tulare citrus industry drinking its workers

Submitted: Oct 10, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 

 

10-2-24

New York Times

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NIMBY elite demands Merced City Council stop plans for bridge on Parsons Ave.

Submitted: Oct 05, 2014
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The Right Sort of People live along Parsons Ave. and the mayor knows it. -- eds.

The Merced City Council held a kangaroo court hearing in front of a lynch mob on September 15, starring Mayor Stan Thurston as the mob's lead attorney.  In an unprecedented 15-minute display of  litigation in a legislative body, 

Mayor Stan Thurston gave the opening statement for the plaintiffs, The Right Sort of People Who Live Along Parsons Ave.  The Right Sort are the mayor's clients against The Wrong Sort of People, including but not limited to: City staff; Council members that disagree with the mayor and his clients; Everyone who has supported and/or voted for the Parsons Ave. Project for the last 55 years; and The citizens of East Palo Alto.

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The billionaire and the surfers: a Peninsula tale

Submitted: Oct 03, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Twenty-five years ago a resident of Silicon Valley and friend of a Badlands Journal editor wrote a congressman he knew with a novel proposition. While the new rich of Silicon Valley were busily fencing off many old haunts of Peninsula folk, he proposed that Congress construct a fence around Silicon Valley to keep its denizens in and to protect the rest of the nation from them.

At least someone tried. -- blj

 

10-2-14

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A doctor's view

Submitted: Oct 03, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

10-2-14

The Guardian

Alternet.net

Has Neoliberalism Turned Us All Into Psychopaths?

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Dead lawns and itchy people

Submitted: Sep 26, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 It is late September and we were talking over coffee this morning about the San Joaquin Valley water situation the way valley residents will do when fire fighters on the King Fire above Placerville are worried about flash floods and all we see is vague overcast composed of many substances as well as some water vapor. Mothers wearing winterish jackets are taking their children, also in jackets, to school.

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The march and the mainstream media

Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  While even the Wall Street Journal quoted the figure of 400,000 that the climate-change march organizers announced, the babble-ocracy on almost all the rest of the mainstream media kept to the safe topic of More War.

The Pentagon is the largest consumer of petroleum in the world.

There is nothing more environmentally destructive than war.

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Some environmental comments from Mark Twain

Submitted: Sep 21, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 As the drought crisis grows and the flood of scientific-technological fixes flow through the media, we thought to consult Mark Twain on the nature of a relationship between humanity and water, which is the opposite of the one we Far Westerners are experiencing at the moment.

Mark Twain returned to the Mississippi River where he had been a steamboat pilot after a 21-year absence. We meet him on the packet Gold Dust a few miles upstream from Memphis about to listen to an oration about the river and the Army Corps of Engineers projects on it after the Civil War. Uncle Mumford is second officer on the Gold Dust. -- blj

 Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain,(1874)  pp. 234-238

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