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"Almonds and Dust"

Submitted: Jun 01, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 "Almonds and Dust"

(Tune of "Diamonds and Rust," J. Baez)

 Bill Hatch

 

Well I’ll be damned

Here comes your dust again

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DeeDee One-Tune whines on

Submitted: May 30, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Merced County Supervisor Deidre "DeeDee One-Tune" Kelsey is once again leading a chorus of impotent whining, hardly a new song in this Drought-of-Droughts year. She has again mobilized her district klatches against a menace: in 2006, it was the menace of traffic that would be caused by the Riverside Motorsports Park racetrack; today, it is a the menace that would be caused to the groundwater by the Sloan/Smith deal with Del Puerto Water District, which could result in groundwater pumping from the valley floor a few miles northwest of Atwater of up to 23,000 acre feet/day, eight months a year for four years.

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Del Puerto Water District: A problem of demand

Submitted: May 28, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Why not look at the Del Puerto Water District's desperate water situation -- zero allocation from the Bureau of Reclamation from the Delta -- as a demand problem rather than a supply problem? 

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Not in southwest Oregon

Submitted: May 24, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 5-21-14

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Bye bye frackbubble

Submitted: May 24, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 In short, the Moneterey Shale Formation frackbubble was a pile of the well-known substance perpetrated by the same agency, the Energy Information Administration, http://www.eia.gov/, that now, under a new administrator, denies it. The EIA should be renamed PetroFlak, Inc. This one was right up there with the infinite rising of real estate prices, only it ended quicker. It was a bubble on speed.

The only logic in this story, if there is any, might lie in some petrocrats that started a bogus oil boomlet to fleece some gullible investors. We are still wondering about an anti-fracking organization led by MoveOn.org, basically a Democratic Party fundraising apparatus. Were they just trolling for more donors?

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A grain of salt the size of the San Joaquin Valley

Submitted: May 22, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The engineers have spoken. All the flaksters can do is blurble: 

"From the information we've been able to gather, we've not seen evidence that oil extraction in this area is very productive using techniques like fracking," said John Staub, a petroleum exploration and production analyst who led the energy agency's research. ..."The narrative of fracking in the Monterey Shale as necessary for energy independence just had a big hole blown in it," said Seth B. Shonkoff, executive director of the nonprofit Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy. ..."We have a lot of confidence in the intelligence and skill of our engineers and geologists to find ways to adapt," said Tupper Hull, spokesman for the Western States Petroleum Assn. "As the technologies change, the production rates could also change dramatically..."

 5-20-14

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Ivy halls of shame

Submitted: May 21, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 5-18-14

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Unipolar disorder

Submitted: May 21, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 There is a rumor going around professional psychological circles that at last the staid Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), in recent refinements will include what has since the millennium become a psychological epidemic among certain elites in the United States--unipolar disorder. Not to be confused with its sound alike, biopolar disorder, sufferers of unipolar disorder appear to bask passively in the light of the
truths" they imagine they have received. It is a novel and menacing addition to the nation's psychopathologies.

Unipolar disorder seems to be a cross between extreme narcissism and bloviated cartoon-like patriotism. This is harmless when confined to the dittohead set in county-seat barbershops. However, when mixed with any sort of elite credential, a hedge fund, the American cult of leadership, and especially with political and military power, the patient's inner chaos can project out into the world, creating economic depression and what some foreign correspondents are now calling "the Empire of Chaos."

 

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Goal tending

Submitted: May 20, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

President Barack Obama, who next to former President George W. Bush sounded like the greatest orator since Mark Antony, evidently gave away US foreign policy and his fundamental source of metaphor, basketball, to a bunch of neocon hacks who don’t know the difference between diplomacy and their own unipolar disorder or a pivot and a tip off. No wonder the rats are scurrying about in the open and there is no guilt or shame. -- blj

 

 

5-15-14

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Obama drags pivot foot all the way across Eurasia

Submitted: May 19, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

All this talk about foreign policy “pivots” in the last few weeks has completed our disillusionment with President Barack Obama, who claims to be a lifelong lover of basketball. 

There seems to be a total absence of basketball players among the critics of his policies (oh for the days of Sen. Bill Bradley, D-NJ), We say this because Obama has dragged his pivot foot all the way from the Dneiper River to the South China Sea and no one in the native home of basketball seems to have noticed. This is not something he could get away with at the Barkley’s Center in Brooklyn, where Dmitri Prokhorov's Nets, including forward Andrei Kirilenko, play. Even President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping can see a dragging pivot foot leaving a streak all the way across Eurasia.  -- blj

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