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AB1242 Gray, D-Merced: All business and no good faith

Submitted: Apr 24, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The drought in the San Joaquin Valley -- let's call it the Great San Joaquin Valley Drought ,,, no, we should call it The Greatest Drought in World History, because we like to have the biggest things in the world here -- biggest cheese plants, biggest almond crops, biggest winery, biggest land subsidence, greatest destruction of bees, biggest air-quality problems, and our water quality was recently the subject of a genuine United Nations investigation on behalf of the farm workers, mostly citizens of another country, which must have been the reason the UN got involved because, you know, being citizens of another country, they aren't exactly our responsibility, at least you could argue that people without the proper paperwork to be here don't really have a right to safe water supplies and sewer services. They're just farm workers, after all, you have to draw the line somewhere,, and where water is concerned, that line has to be clearly drawn because our sacred San Joaquin Valley economy is based on Irrigated Agriculture. And this year farm workers are cheaper than water and a sewer in compliance with state and federal regulations.

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Where's all the Ladino clover at? The cowboys is all gone nuts.

Submitted: Apr 22, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Badlands editors ran into this poiuted, 2-sentence public utterance in the Modesto Bee yeterday. We thought we'd pair it with a sample of the flak from the Trinitas website. We marvel at how much money the hedgefund doubtedless paid for the presentation of so much lack of information in such expansive, high-class fontage. We spared you the pictures of "our team," which may be real or may be additional expenses from Central Casting.

All is definitely not well in the former "Ladino Clover Capital of the World." The cowboys is all gone nuts. -- blj

 

4-21-15 

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Some things going on in the rest of the world

Submitted: Apr 18, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

Hey, we've got enough worries right here in the Valley, the Garden of the Sun, the California Cornucopia, without looking outside for more trouble than the worst drought in 1,200 years,  right? Our economy is about agriculture and our main interest in foreign policy is more trade and better terms. Right?

 

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Water, the state,the city and UC Merced

Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 • Several central San Joaquin Valley communities may be required to conserve 35% of their residential water use under proposed state conservation goals. -- Robert Rodriguez, Fresno Bee, April 8, 2015

In Merced County, both Merced (279.6 gal. daily per-capital home water use) and Los Banos (228.2 gal.) will be asked to reduce water use by 35 percent by the State Water Resources Control Board.

We don't know what the problem in Los Banos is but suspect it is related to its development as a bedroom community for Silicon Valley.

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Drought battle lines forming

Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
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Badlands Journal

To put this version of the California 2015 Drought Story in some perspective, there will be litigation by agribusiness and the damage from over-pumping groundwater is not something the Governor and his perpetually upwardly mobile functionaries want to think about. However, the state may be operating at its legal limits and probably costly litigation will verify that.

Meanwhile, agribusiness and the remaining farmers with permanent crops, which water districts with junior rights like Westlands have long encouraged its growers to plant, will have to decide how to use their private property rights to groundwater.

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A gallon a nut

Submitted: Apr 07, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 This morning we found two letters to the editors of the Modesto Bee from April 2 that express a growing public sentiment, likely to get more pointed as the drought wears on through the summer: Almonds are not good for the Valley; they are good for the very few Valley residents and some people who are not Valley residents who grow them, but they aren't good for us.

The almond industry will spend millions on public relations to persuade public opinion that using a gallon of water to produce on almond is an excellent public investment, but that's the problem: even though the grower "has the right" to the water under his land, this drought is reminding the public that it too has "a right" to groundwater, at least the right to protect it from being exploited by almond growers to the point where neighboring wells run dry, municipal wells run dry or are threatened and entire aquifers collapse.

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Gov. SmartyPants.gap does drought

Submitted: Apr 04, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 At the usual place and time, Echo Summit at the beginning of April, the Immortal Snow Doctor, Frank Gehrke (chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey Program), one end of his long, hollow wand quietly resting on dirt beside his feet, stood mostly silently beside the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, who spoke at some length about the drought crisis without once using the political cliche du jour, "we must move forward."

We think he might have sensed that his audience of nearly 40 million California residents of would prefer moving back to a time when no global warming threatened to turn the California Dream into The Century of the Buzzard. The drama of the occasion (the LA Times and San Francisco Chronicle reports are below) seemed to dull reporters' minds to some questions that arise at this distance.

 

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The limitless disaster that looms

Submitted: Apr 02, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 The intensity of Washington’s propaganda war is driving the world to destruction... Americans, and the populations of the American puppet states, desperately need to understand that Washington is incapable of speaking the truth about anything. Washington is an evil force...-- Paul Craig Roberts, PaulCraigRoberts.org, March 30, 2015

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