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Bob Baker, you'll be greatly missed

Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Bob  taught journalism as a high, vitally important practiced in real time on deadline. (What else? He was also a rocking bass player.) No one could teach journalism better. We were immensely lucky to have known him and to have read his magnificent Newsthinking:  Making your Facts Fall Into Place.  He leaves us with the obligation of not letting newsthinking pass with him.

Thank you, Bob, for your passionate curiosity, pursuit of clarity, your bravery, and your magnificent teaching skills.

Bill Hatch

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Water skirmishes increase, intensify between agribusiness and state

Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

In light of this week's skirmishes in court over agricultural rights to river water, it is a good time to look at the call, heard from a growing number of voices, for an overhaul of California water rights that is swelling under the increasing flow of lawsuits and the decreasing flow of surface water, the shrinking aquifers and subsiding land.

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The Greek fiddle

Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The problem is with democracy. If democracy cannot express illusions and crazy hopes; if it cannot contain narratives of emotion and ideals, it dies. By countermanding first the landslide victory of an elected government and then a 61% plebiscite majority, the EU functionally vetoed the outcomes of Greek democracy. If the democratic spirit now dies in Greece – and it might – we had better hope that phenomenon too does not go viral. -- Paul Mason, The Guardian, Julhy 13, 2015

The leaders of Syriza are revolutionaries of a kind – but their revolution is the perverse, familiar appropriation of social democratic and parliamentary movements by liberals groomed to comply with neo-liberal drivel and a social engineering whose authentic face is that of Wolfgang Schauble, Germany’s finance minister, an imperial thug. -- John Pilger, The Saker, July 12, 2015 

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Raising water rates v. Prop. 218

Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 All one has to do is take a drive out of any town in the Central Valley, pass brown lawns in town verging into parched horse lots next to ranchettes on the periphery to the green green orchards and vineyards and flowing canals of the agribusiness zone, to realize just how rotten this state government and congressional delegation really is.

The water board wrings its hands and retired top water bureaucrat, Less Snow, who headed every agency in the last 25 years that helped destroy the Delta, mildly mouths a plea to "reform" Prop. 218, an unlikely course of state-government action. But the water board hides behind Prop. 218, and has the vapors rather than risking a challenge from the redoubtable -- but not always right -- Jonathan Coupal and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association's legal raiders, a very, very Eighties coterie  of  private property selfies that needs to be extirpated along with the endangered species its obstructions would help crash this summer.

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What is the issue?

Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 All one has to do is take a drive out of any town in the Central Valley, pass brown lawns in town verging into parched horse lots next to ranchettes on the periphery to the green green orchards and vineyards and flowing canals of the agribusiness zone, to realize just how rotten this state government and congressional delegation really is.

The water board wrings its hands and retired top water bureaucrat, Less Snow, who headed every agency in the last 25 years that helped destroy the Delta, mildly mouths a plea to "reform" Prop. 218, an unlikely course of state-government action. But the water board hides behind Prop. 218, and has the vapors rather than risking a challenge from the redoubtable -- but not always right -- Jonathan Coupal and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association's legal raiders, a very, very Eighties coterie  of  private property selfies that needs to be extirpated along with the endangered species its obstructions would help crash this summer.

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Cheers for Willie

Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 7-9-15

Mcclatchycd.com

Willie Nelson wins Gershwin Prize

BY MARIA RECIO

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Just your basic, down home chicken abusers, apologists and employers

Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

7-2-15

Mcclatchydc.com

Animal rights group files complaint against California poultry firm

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De fimo diabolico

Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 In a speech that also touched on the need to rapidly move away from the destructive model of unbridled capitalism—which he described as the "dung of the devil"—Francis went much further than any of his predecessors in accounting for the crimes of the Church while it pursued and perpetuated colonialism and oppression across Latin America and beyond over the last five centuries. -- Jon Queally, CommonDreams, July 10, 2015

 

7-10-15

CommonDreams.com

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Say it ain't so, Magnum

Submitted: Jul 09, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Entertainment Weekly reported on July 6 that the Calleguas Water District has sued Tom Selleck and his wife for stealing truckloads of water from hydrants to irrigate their 60-acre avacado orchard.

According to court documents, the actor or his workers began to steal water from hydrants in 2013 and resumed in March 2015. Calleguas is asking for $21,000 for damages, court fees and costs, and a "preliminary or permanent injunction" against Selleck and his workers from stealing more municipal water. The Selleck estate is located in Westlake Village, near Thousand Oaks, on the Los Angeles-Ventura county line. 

Calleguas is a water wholesaler supplying 18 retail municipal districts in northwestern Southern California, from Simi Valley to Oxnard.

In recent years Selleck has achieved his Hollywood rightwing apotheosis as the star of the TV series "Blue Bloods" as New York Police Commissioner Francis "Frank": Reagan. -- blj

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A hero economist inside the gates

Submitted: Jul 07, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 "And I shall wear the creditors’ loathing with pride."

--Yanis Varoufakis

 

7-6-15

Yanis Varoufakis

thoughts for the post-2008 world

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