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A few characteristics of the season

Submitted: Dec 24, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

12-22-15

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Death Valley still digging out after October flooding

By Henry Brean

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New York Times: A constant wonder

Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 With its patented combination of intellectual sloth and arrogance, the New York Times has once again ventured to the arid West to render the opinion of Wall Street on the California water situation.

We find it fascinating that the ultimate bigshot newspaper in the nation can pretend to cover the water story, focusing on the Friant Dam, without one mention of the San Joaquin River Settlement (see Notes) mandated by federal court and funded by Congress.

It's a wonder!

--blj

 

 

 

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McMalaprop left whimpering in dust

Submitted: Dec 15, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Last week, the famous federal California drought bill fizzled in a pool of bile. Republican Majority Leader of the House, Kevin "Malaprop" McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, and his rural California Republican delegation, condemned the characters of the state's two Democratic senators, Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, both from the Bay Area.

“Sadly,” McCarthy said Friday, “our senators have once again failed to rise and meet the challenge with us.” 

 

Feinstein's complaint was more specific:

 

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Minding the "Watchdog"

Submitted: Dec 11, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Minding the "Watchdog"

Rightwing propaganda is evolving fast these days as the rich consolidate their political power. Heavier doses of propaganda emerge monthly. Aping the global corporations who underwrite it, rightwing propaganda is constantly acquiring new subjects to be merged into the grand conglomerate of its authoritarian view.

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Perspective on Syria

Submitted: Dec 03, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 From: The rise of the Islamic state: ISIS and the new Sunni revolution, Patrick Cockburn, Verso, 2015, pp. 94-95.


The Syrian crisis comprises five different conflicts that cross-infect and exacerbate each other. The war commenced with a genuine popular revolt against a brutal and corrupt dictatorship, but it soon became intertwined with the struggle of the Sunni against the Alawites, and that fed into the Shia-Sunni conflict in the region as a whole, with a standoff between the US, Saudi Arabia, and the Sunni states on the one side and Iran, Iraq, and the Lebanese Shia on the other. In addition to this, there is a revived cold war between Moscow and the West, exacerbated by the conflict in Libya and more recently made even worse by the crisis in the Ukraine.

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Holy Nut recently venerated in Modesto

Submitted: Dec 02, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

While the government compelled urban residents to let their lawns die and cut back on showers last summer,  California almond growers prevailed upon the same government to subsidize the planting of millions of new trees, all of which needed water. and will need more as they grow.  This led to the phenomenon, especially apparent here in Merced in the heart of the state almond deal, of dusty brown towns and lush green orchards in the country, irrigated with new, deeper wells causing more over-drafting and land subsidence while municipal wells in some towns dried up.

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California Farm Bureau gibberish on federal drought bills

Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 This article, which appeared earlier this month in the Farm Bureau's AgAlert magazine, is a masterpiece of the neo-Farm Bureau Gibberish. We say "neo" because whole new generations of young sophists have taken over from older, less grammatical, folksier whining feeders at the government trough.

We would suggest you spend some time with the article, but we also suggest some orienting questions before you leap into the thicket.

(1) Is the federal government a subsidiary of California agribusiness?

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Book review of Right out of California

Submitted: Nov 24, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board
 This is an interesting review of a book, Right out of California, which argues that conflict between growers and migrant farm labor produced the peculiarly authoritarian right-wing element in "modern conservatism" (aka ideology of the wingnuts). For those who are still open enough to behold the core of California agribusiness -- exploitation of migrant labor, often foreign and with as little legal rights as possible -- without which the agro-plutocracy could not rule and its bottomlessly greedy babble about more water for themselves and all the rest of their favorite topics, paranoias, protestations of love for the Mexican people, and acts of threat and political corruption would appear to be what they are: mountains of the well known substance.

Be careful of whose stocking you consider stuffing this book into. It is recommended only for people with a greater ability to reflect than to be ditto heads because it puts into question every sacred cow that has ever ambled beneath Modesto's famous arch: Water Wealth Contentment Health -- to which there can be only reply: "Not! Not now!

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Tales from hothouse fairies: US Middle East policy makers

Submitted: Nov 20, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

And they say these are the smart people. -- blj

 

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know. --Donald Rumsfeld

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