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An interesting conjecture

Submitted: Feb 04, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

In this post, we take the lede from the bottom of the article to the top where it belongs. (Parentheses ours)-- blj

 

This is either really bad lawyering by (California Attorney General Kamala) Harris — or a face-saving way for (Gov. Jerry) Brown to give up on the doomed (high speed rail) project. I believe it’s the latter. – Chris Reed, Cal Watchdog, Jam 30, 2014

 

 

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Usual suspects to debate Stanislaus County groundwater position

Submitted: Feb 02, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 If Jonah, rather than going to Nineveh to preach repentance, had gone to Stanislaus County CA and set up outside the Gallo Center in Modesto, and the county, like Nineveh, had not been destroyed after his fervent preachings, the Lord might have given him roughly the same excuse:  You expected  me to destroy a half a million people and all those nuts?

 

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We are shocked! Shocked!

Submitted: Feb 01, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 1-31-14

Merced Sun-Star

 

Supervisor tries to intervene on behalf of aide stopped by police

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Do agribusiness and oil-company special interests benefit the common good of the San Joaquin Valley?

Submitted: Jan 30, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Have you ever noticed the continual distortion in favor of particular special interests that goes on in debates on “public” policy? There has been a flood of articles about the drought. Diligently following the prevailing propaganda that they call “reality,” editors instruct reporters to interview the special interests that rely on publicly subsidized water to grow publicly subsidized crops and receive publicly subsidized disaster payments and publicly subsidized conservation grants and publicly subsidized reductions in property taxes etc., to record the agonized words of flakpersons for a few agrarian plutocrats. And thus arises the earsplitting howl we have come to call The Great Valley Whine.

 

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Do agribusiness and oil-company special interests benefit the common good of the San Joaquin Valley?

Submitted: Jan 30, 2014
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 Have you ever noticed the continual distortion in favor of particular special interests that goes on in debates on “public” policy? There has been a flood of articles about the drought. Diligently following the prevailing propaganda that they call “reality,” editors instruct reporters to interview the special interests that rely on publicly subsidized water to grow publicly subsidized crops and receive publicly subsidized disaster payments and publicly subsidized conservation grants and publicly subsidized reductions in property taxes etc., to record the agonized words of flakpersons for a few agrarian plutocrats. And thus arises the earsplitting howl we have come to call The Great Valley Whine.

 

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Astrofracking

Submitted: Jan 30, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

As fine and example of open-minded, balanced journalism as ever a newspaper founded on a mining fortune could offer. The question this article raises is: how much like sand is public opinion if it is consistently treated like sand to be molded into more plutocrats' castles? -- blj

 

1-24-14

San Francisco Chronicle

Sustainable Fracking? For Real?...Sara Murphy, The Motley Fool

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The Oxfam income-inequality report

Submitted: Jan 29, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 1-20-14

The Guardian

 

Oxfam: 85 richest people as wealthy as poorest half of the world

As World Economic Forum starts in Davos, development charity claims growing inequality has been driven by 'power grab'

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Rachel Maddow earthquake/fracking link

Submitted: Jan 28, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Wandering beyond our immediate concern with earthquakes near the Monterey Shale Formation, promoted as a new bonanza for hydraulic fracturing well-injection technology, we'd like to refer you to a segment of the Rachel Maddow Show last week that focuses on a small Texas town near Fort Worth wracked by earthquakes that citizens believe are the result of nearby fracking. -- blj

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/shaken-town-eyes-fracking-for-spate-of-quakes-125532739561

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With hypocrisy as deep at a fracking well

Submitted: Jan 23, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

We only drag up this moldy scandal, which began in the 1920's and was finally consumated in a spectacular act of corruption and hypocrisy in the 1990's because is it one of the San Joaquin Valley's own corruptions and, aside from featuring a former vicepresident and candidate for president, includes one of our own, former Rep. Tony "The Auctioneer" Coelho. Not long before this article was published, Coelho was forced to resign as campaign manager of Vice President Al Gore Jr., when the press proved more interested in the dirt on Tony's hands than the wooden eloquence of Gore's rhetoric. 

It's hard to imagine a story that more perfectly illustrates the corporate truism that the best investment money can buy is a well placed politician.

The story is of particular interest today because of the fracking boom, particularly in the former federally owned Elk Hills Naval Reserve, the largest natural gas field in California, owned by Occidental Petroleum since Gore arranged the sale to the company. 

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