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Not even spit in the wind

Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 "Paper-water bonds"

(with apologies to Billy Rose and Yip Harburg)

 

They're only paper-water bonds

 No more than creative accounting funds.

And the SEC wouldn't have given  a damn

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Ain't we just the powerfulest!

Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The title to this letter to the editor in the print edition of today's paper was "Blame the greenies for higher prices."

It began:

Who causes entanglements to keep their job? Environmentalists became stronger when they realize they never produced a product to sell. They constantly charged fees or taxes on manufacturing businesses, farms and electrical companies in order to keep their job and paycheck.

 

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Fracking damage evolves on schedule

Submitted: Mar 08, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Yet even as many Oklahomans track seismic data on their smartphones and struggle to sleep through the long, rumbling nights, there has been one notable location where people rarely seemed rattled. That is here, in the state capital, where the oil industry holds so much sway that for decades drill rigs have extracted crude from directly beneath the Capitol building.

A Democratic state lawmaker, Cory Williams, said in an interview: “They own the place.” -- William Yardley, Los Angeles Times, March 6, 2016

 

 

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The Year of the Smirking Cynic?

Submitted: Mar 04, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

In one of his books, the Uruguayan writer, Eduardo Galeano reported a conversation with Juan Peron. Peron was in Spain in one of his periods of exile from Argentina at the time and in a philosophical frame of mind. Peron, who as military attache from Argentina to Italy during Mussolini's reign, was a careful student of Italian fascism. He used much of what he had learned in Italy to founder his Partido Justicialista, better known as Peronismo, half political party, half movement, and wholly as the creation of its founder.

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"They did not learn then, and have not since, that war breeds only war."

Submitted: Mar 02, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 As we've reported elsewhere in these pages, we were intrigued by a comment written some time ago by Patrick Cockburn, who, along with Robert Fisk, provide consistently the best reporting and reflections on war in the Middle East in the English language. Cockburn has mentioned more than once that Westerners who make bombastic judgments about the Middle Eastern conflicts with characteristic extreme self-righteousness -- the product of superiority in war technology and historical ignorance, the old imperial duo -- ought to read a good history of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648).

It turns out that there are not many to choose from in English, but Cicely Veronica Wedgwood (1910-1997) wrote a magnificent one on the eve of World War II.

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Waiting for The Boss

Submitted: Feb 28, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Americans who believe the nation is exceptional do not like to think about our political corruption. In our fabulously projective way, we believe other countries are corrupt (Mexico is frequently mentioned), but not us.  Until this year; now it is fashionable. But Americans understand that denouncing corruption is just another fad or market trend with the half-life of a new line of sneakers.

But the ongoing activity of political corruption is a little more premanent and defifnitely more complex for easy comprehension of the various factions mobbing for their candidates this season in the unlikely assumption that comprehension is their aim.

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The Hun as prelude to Don Dump?

Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 2-23-16

Truthdig

Is Trump the Sequel to Schwarzenegger?

By Bill Blum

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"Innovative?" "State of the art?"

Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

To question the flak generated by Los Banos-based Morning Star Company, what's so innovative about lying to the state water board? Maybe it's getting caught due to neighbors' complaints. The fine is fairly hefty and that will cause Morning Star's lawyers to exert themselves greatly to gain innovative reductions in the amount of at least 30 percent, along the lines of the nearby Hilmar Cheese fine and final settlement.

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has found that Morning Star's Williams plant is a "state of the art" groundwater polluter.

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Not with a 10-foot pole

Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The Republican presidential candidates debated before a rich, white crowd in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday. They fought with each other, nearly to the point of blows a la the anti-bellum US Congress, to establish who was the Most Anti-Government of All. The mirror of plutocrats in the room thrilled with each of the mounting attacks against regulation and taxes. Against Government.

The contenders for the crown the Most Anti-Government at All included the former governor of Florida, who fixed his state's 2000 presidential election for his brother; the governor of Ohio; two US senators, a New York City developer and TV celebrity; and a surgeon who took early retirement to promote the anti-regulation/tax position of the doctors in every country club in America, most of which would not permit him to become a member due to the color of his skin.

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The Syrian Civil War in pieces of the broken mirror

Submitted: Feb 13, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

“The conflict has become like a Middle East version of the Thirty Years’ War in Germany four hundred years ago. Too many players are fighting each other for different reasons for all of them to be satisfied by peace terms and to be willing to lay down their arms at the same time. Some still think they can win and others simply want to avoid a defeat. In Syria, as in Germany between 1618 and 1648, all sides exaggerate their own strength and imagine that temporary success on the battlefield will open the way to total victory. Many Syrians now see the outcome of their civil war resting largely with the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. In this, they are probably right.” 
 

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