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A whiff of oxygen in the presidential race

Submitted: May 29, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

There is controversy among the Badlands Journal editorial board regarding the choice of presidential candidates, as you can imagine among such a disputatious outfit but it is fair to say that we all welcome the arrival of Bernie. Hillary is, of course, once again the adamant choice of the San Joaquin Valley Directorate's Democratic Party Division, and this will of the oligarchs will be transmitted by bagmen emanating from their law offices bearing millions to the Clintons.

Ya, adelante con Clinton! and all that. The Clintons can be expected to at least know where the Valley is. Bernie? Probably not. The authentic voice of labor has been almost completely strangled here, choked out by fear and disgust. Although our English comes with many accents, Brooklyn is not a common one. The idea of a candidate that represents the people against the special interests is a strange idea to us and it makes us uncomfortable.

"Of course, he can't win," we say to one another, our typical excuse for once again not thinking about politics but treating it like a Stateline casino, thus helping to make it even more of one. -- blj

5-26-15

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New outlooks on Memorial Day

Submitted: May 28, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The end of school! Summer job outside and maybe in the mountains. The fruits and nuts and grapes have set. Rivers high and canals still chilled by snow water. Maybe up the Clarks Fork before work starts if its not to high to fish it and too cold and wet to camp.

It's was weekend all the mountain resorts and campgrounds and snowed in stores and taverns open for the Season, when the roads were all two-lane and not all were plowed.  Not many lived year round in the mountains the way they do now, except a few light-eating, heavy drinking caretakers who stayed by the fire except to fetch wood and toss out empty bottles and relieve themselves. A couple of those boys caretaking Vikingsholm on Emerald Bay observed the great slide that took out the highway and much more but reported the following summer that they weren't quite sure what they'd seen at the time but they quit drinking for three days.

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DWR Better Weather Reports Preport

Submitted: May 26, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 As we were looking at the state Department of Water Resources "Reer"leases this morning we had to think about Mark Twain and the weather. No one, however public spirited and desirous of remaining up-to-date on the World Famous California Drought -- dubious a desire as that is -- should have to start their week with a DWR Press Rerlease without at least a short antidotal quote from Twain on one of his favorite topics and the cause for a number of his greatest works long and short, including the blizzard-induced "Cannibalism in the Cars."

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Bribery follows line of least resistance

Submitted: May 20, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Like brine injected in deep wells, corporate bribery of public officials follows the line of least resistance in Texas, where local ordinances against fracking were banned at the state level. It's easier to round 'em up and pay 'em off once you got 'em corralled up in the State House instead of spread out all over the countryside in them damn little municipalities.

And in Oklahoma, if Badlands were a betting organization we would say the half life of careers of professors who follow the well defined geological research path of noting relationships between injection wells and earthquakes will be short as oil-and-gas tycoons threaten academic administrators with the horrors of withdrawn funds. The coup de grace will probably be delivered by the football coach. -- blj

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The Angel of History, Paul Klee, 1920

Submitted: May 19, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

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Examples of water-resources colonization

Submitted: May 18, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

5-16-15

Stockton Record

Uncharted territory: Delta farmers fear losing water supply

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The astro-buzz, colony collapse disorder and other discontents

Submitted: May 16, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We have come to use the term "astro-turfing," derived from plastic grass replacing real turf on playing fields and lawns, to describe various types of propaganda from political campaigns or corporate public relations campaigns (if they can be distinguished).

This posting compares one of doubtlessly many similar articles propagated by Monsanto and other pesticide manufacturers  to demonstrate their love and care for bees, and the horrifying statistics of Colony Collapse that plod down the years like the footsteps of doom itself.

 

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Felix Smith: The Doctrine of the Public Trust, Managing Natural Resources and other Assets

Submitted: May 14, 2015

Dr. Felix Smith's latest essay on the history of the Doctrine of Public Trust, recent case law and the Doctrine's bearing on current and long-standing California natural resources, habitat, wildlife and fish conservation issues.  -- blj

                      

 The Doctrine of the Public Trust, Managing Natural Resources and other Assets

by Felix Smith

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Lawsuits from Earth and the Astro Plane

Submitted: May 13, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Two environmental lawsuits about water, both including the California Environmental Quality Act,  one from the Earth, the other from the Astro Plane Where Flak Comes From.

Westlands Water District -- who else? -- is the respondent in one and the concealed petitioner in the other. -- blj

 

5-12-15

Maven's Notebook

 

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Brother George tells Gov. Smarty Pants to zip it

Submitted: May 12, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 5-1--15

Contra Costa Times

George Skelton: Delta tunnel plan -- a million hours and still not shovel-ready

By George SkeltonLos Angeles Times columnist

http://www.contracostatimes.com/opinion/ci_28095636/george-skelton:-delta-tunnel-plan--a-million-hours-and-still-not-shovelready

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