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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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Water collage in shades of gray

Submitted: May 19, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We Californians are known as an artistic people. Those of us of a certain age grew up attending public schools with excellent art programs and these encouraged us toward a variety of expression, which becomes essential when one faces issues like the California Water Problem.

So, in a more experimental vein than usual here on the hopelessly linear-think Badlands, we’ve decided to put  together a small collage of articles – from different angles and different times -- that might explain better than we have been able to, how the current crop of representatives of finance, insurance and real estate in government have lost all sense of the Public Good, even most of the rhetoric of it.

These are not "bad people." On the contrary, they are highly civilized, generous, sociable, concerned citizens at least in some part of their activities, but they have been turned into jerks by their money, their power, and particularly by the combination of the two.-- blj

 

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Wedding bells chime for DWR and Metropolitan -- Oh Joy!

Submitted: May 16, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Rarely does Badlands find such touching examples of real intimacy particularly in today's cold, cruel world of California water politics. But our hearts filled with joy with the news of the loving relationship now revealed in the open between the California Deparment of Water Resources and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Although it is still just an engagement, we, the adoring peasants, are looking forward with joy in our hearts for the blessed nuptuals between these two lordly institutions.  Gov. Jerry Brown, who -- don't forget -- once studied to become a priest in the Jesuit Order – preside over the religious aspects of the actual ceremony while phalanxes of water lawyers will handle the civil aspects of the divine union.

 

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The experience of reading one more article about the California High Speed Railroad Boondoggle

Submitted: May 12, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The experience of reading one more article about the California High Speed Railroad Boondoggle

 

You read along and read along, plowing through the so-called “news” about some new “approval,” which is one piece more in the whole piecemealed project, that is being conducted that way so that the cumulative environmental consequences are as invisible to the public eye as the national phenomenon of inverted totalitarianism.

 

The farce flows into lower graphs, mentioning all the things approved yet not quite started yet. The lawsuits and the funding problems are listed. Not mentioned is that one of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband’s, UC Regent Richard Blum, companies won the bid to build the first section of the railroad – which hasn’t really started yet.

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McClatchy, Keita, Bultena advocate barbarism

Submitted: May 11, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

There are things that degrade a community, and this promotion of cock fighting (1) by McClatchy local outlet columnist Dave Bultena and Modesto Bee’s Joe Keita, “vice president of news” and managing editor, is one of them. These luminaries ought to be sent down to the men’s prison in Corcoran where they can be slapped around, kicked and beat up by real big, stupid men, and get hopped up and all buffed out. Then the guards can send them into that special little yard where they have the gladiatorial contests. The armed guards stand above, betting big wagers, and the prize for the winner is his life (with or without possibility of parole).  

 

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Farley Mowat dies at 92

Submitted: May 10, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 He lived a long, rich life and contributed enormously to the real human culture that will see us through environmental conflict. -- blj

Farley Mowat: the Greatest Canadian?

by PAUL WATSON

Today is a very sad day for me.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/09/farley-mowat-the-greatest-canadian/


The greatest Canadian I have ever known and one of my closest and dearest friends has died.


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She's back!

Submitted: May 09, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

She’s back! No California water shortage would be complete without Felicity Barringer, the New York Times’ fearless San Francisco-based environmental reporter. She established herself with the nation’s “newspaper of record” as the Judith Miller of (Phony) Drought in 2009 with her stories of suffering agribusinessmen, illustrated with superb photos of lean-jawed plutocrats in cowboy hats, smooth hands clutching hoes in the pitiless sun’s mean glare. In the Year of the Phony Drought, Barringer stood shoulder to shoulder with Westlands Water District, Sean Hannity, Paul Rodriguez and the Latino Water Coalition, Kole Upton and Families Protecting the Valley, and representatives Dennis Cardoza, Fairy Shrimp Slayer-Merced, and Devon Nunes, Off His Medication-Visalia.

This year she is taking a more suburban approach with an article on the City of Santa Cruz. Of course, she is too much of a lady and the Times is too polite a newspaper to entertain suggestions that UC Santa Cruz is part of that city’s water woes. Having lost its last attempted land grab in court, UCSC bides its time in a termed settlement with the city.

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Vermont enacts GMO-labeling law

Submitted: May 09, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

5-8-14

RT.com

Vermont governor signs first in US GMO-labeling law to go into effect

http://rt.com/usa/157744-vermont-gmo-labeling-signed/


Vermont will become the first state to enact a law requiring labels on foods with genetically modified ingredients after the governor signed the bill into law on Thursday afternoon. The bill will go into effect in July 2016.


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Global warming: Life v. Oil companies

Submitted: May 08, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 As the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass said, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” What the climate justice movement is demanding is the ultimate abolition of fossil fuels. And our fates all depend on whether they succeed. – Chris Hayes, The Nation, May 12, 2014

 

 

 

5-7-14

San Francisco Chronicle

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Variation on the Valley Whine, or Syrup on the Well Known Substance

Submitted: May 06, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Maybe it's getting to be time to tell David Mas Masumoto that "menos es Mas." Far be it for mere anonymous journalists to dare criticize our latest version of "Father of the Valley." Far be it for us to request that the great spiritus poeticus of Del Rey give us an actual argument, grammatical and everything. But we know that great writers are above the confusions of ordinary readers like us experience in the glare of their brilliance.

 

 

 

 

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