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Matadero fronterizo

Submitted: Jun 21, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 It's bad enough that the border between Mexico and the US has become a slaughterhouse due to the nation's appetite for labor in bonded servitude and for narcotics, but the story here includes one of the always foulest corporate enterprises in the US -- the mortuary industry -- and to make it even slimier, a flakperson for a Texas mortuary corporation. 

Don't try to read this and eat at the same time. Don't ask questions about the hatred dependency brings. Don't wonder if some day this passion for cut-rate labor will to burn the hands on both sides of the border that just keep on squeezing.-- blj


6-21-14

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Drilling, fracking and oil-transport political corruption

Submitted: Jun 19, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We in the Valley, where much of the vaunted Monterey Shale Formation fracking was to occur, fistfulls of money and many jobs and national energy independence were to be squeezed out of the earth by miracles of drilling technology leaving air and water pollution behind, are grateful to Dylan and Jo Murphy for this excellent  summary of the government and corporate corruption behind the rapid rise and fall of the California fracking boom.

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Mi Pueblo es no mas su pueblo en Atwater

Submitted: Jun 14, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 Next Tuesday, the final item on the agenda of the Merced County Board of Supervisors will be a letter from the corporate office of Mi Pueblo Food Centers in San Jose, notifying the board according to directives in federal and state law, that it will close its store in Atwater on August 31,  terminating the employment of 91 people.

 

This rude shock to Atwater is made more insulting because Mi Pueblo recently secured the financing it needed to avoid bankruptcy, having filed for Chapter 11 last year, claiming a "very difficult creditor," Wells Fargo Bank, had made the filing necessary.

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California groundwater pumping by region

Submitted: Jun 13, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 6-12-14

The Business Journal

Study: Valley uses highest share of groundwater

http://www.thebusinessjournal.com/news/energy-and-environment/12445-study-valley-uses-highest-share-of-groundwater

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CSPA and allies battle Delta exports and bad science

Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Press Release

11 June 2014

For Immediate Release

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Congressional genius for compromise will prevail in California drought bill

Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

 The Badlands Journal editorial board, like all Californians we are certain, have been watching with bated breath the progress of the two California drought bills working their way through the upper and lower houses of Congress. The Senate bill, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, and the House bill, sponsored by assorted Central Valley Republicans, have reached the joint Senate-House conference  committee for reconciliation. The major issues on the table are the perceived favoritism of the Feinstein bill towards one agribusiness entity in Kern County and the suspension of all water-related environmental law and regulation proposed in the House bill.

We feel certain that with its usual genius our Congress will find a just compromise.

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Only for true lovers of string quartets

Submitted: Jun 09, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKezUd_xw20

Salut Salon "Wettstreit zu viert" | "Competitive Foursome"

Be there or be quadratisch. --blj

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Oh well, we can always laugh

Submitted: Jun 09, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

These are two monologues by John Oliver. Tfhe first is about net neutrality. The second is about the unbelievably corrupt FIFA, which rules the soccer World Cup, about to start in Brazil. 

Enjoy!

-blj

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpbOEoRrHyU 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/09/john-oliver-fifa_n_5473346.html

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Three Big Lies

Submitted: Jun 08, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 These are stories, "narratives" as our elite educated government flaks and the cowards in the mainstream press call them, have become propaganda lines, whole processes of deception, some older than others, but all following a pattern of contempt for the public, which, according to the General Lie, they are supposed "to serve." 

Read at your own risk. You won't enjoy these articles but they come from reputable sources: Paul Craig Roberts, Ray McGovern, and writers published by Counterpunch and Global Research (Canada). -- blj

 

6-7-14

Global Research

Fake Employment Statistics: More Phantom Jobs Created in America, All In The Wrong Places

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The Merced County water saga goes on, Part 2

Submitted: Jun 07, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 On Tuesday, the Merced Board of Supervisors debated long and hard -- with help from legal, planning and executive staff -- about how they could stop Steve Sloan, former chairman of the county Planning Commission,  and an adjoining landowner, from selling more than 20,000 acre feet of groundwater to Del Puerto Water District, based in Stanislaus County. County leaders, except Supervisor Gerry O'Banion, in whose district the transfer would take place, with a mixture of desperation and exaspiration, reached for some means of stopping Sloan and his neighbor from making the millions the desperate Del Puerto growers are willing to pay to keep their almond orchards alive. Everything from an emergency  moratorium to doing nothing was discussed

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