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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

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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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New plans-to-make-groundwater-management plans as drought continues

Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 For us to become literate in the present California water dilemma, in addition to reading all the "California Drought" stories in the press, we should devote a certain amount of attention to the topic of "Water Bills," those statements of special interests and political ambition upon which members of the state Legislature and Congress vote.

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Drought update: September 2014

Submitted: Sep 09, 2014
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Badlands Journal

 We haven't found much in the press that mirrors our own view of the drought. We see that it is the third or the second or the whatever-worst drought in a long time. We see the drought is inflicting economic pain. We see the political games being played to extract more water from the Delta for farmers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley -- whose farms are rapidly salting up with heavy metals. We are wondering if the new Farm Bill will deliver more or less funds to impacted farmers and agribusinesses. We hope this additional stress will not inflict too much more pain on the Honey bee population.  We see wells being drilled deeper and deeper everywhere in the Valley and foothills.

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The new, know nothing McCarthy

Submitted: Sep 07, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Almonds, dairy products, table grapes, oranges, lemons, cotton,  pistachios, beef, melons, raisins, pomegranates, and agricultural and oil-drilling related manufacturing are major exports from the south San Joaquin Valley CA district of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, "Scourge of the Import-Export Bank," R-Bakersfield.

But McCarthy, now in third position in Republican House leadership aches with ambition to be the Number One Numbnut Knucklehead Teabagger Ideologist of Them All, leaving them Wisconsin pretenders in the dust. Therefore, having once had the sense of his own district, he now votes against the Import-Export Bank, which, particularly in the case of the small businesses, makes exporting possible with some assurance of getting paid.

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Merced City Council, Aug. 4, 2014: An inconsiderable lease

Submitted: Sep 02, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Merced City Council, Aug. 4, 2014

Item #10 on Consent Calendar would authorize staff to prepare a lease to UC Merced and others for 5,951 square feet of office space in the Parcade office/parking complex next to City Hall for a dollar a year for 10 years.

There were some deferential questions from council members which were met by a steady stream of impenetrable, uninformative "presentation," which we have nicknamed "boosterbabble," from city and UC Merced staff. Mainly they were talking about the deep social need for installing UC and small business sponsored business "incubator" and "accelerator" and "UC administration" space, in one of the deadest commercial spacess on the downtown landscape: the Parcade.       

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