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Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 For Immediate Release, April 29, 2015

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Hanson's Obesifornia

Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Our valley's reigning pundit on an ever widening range of issues is syndicated columnist Victor Hanson, a Stanford trained classicist from a south valley farming family who is also a long-standing Hoover Institution scholar and, if these were not enough credentials to be expert on almost everything, he helped found a program at Fresno State to teach Latin and Greek. He is also author of Mexifornia, which pretends to be a brave moral stand against Mexican immigration.

One of Hanson's minor themes is the obesity of Mexicans. He goes on and on about the health and economic threats this Hispanic obesity entails for Californians, but never seems the least bit curious about why or how such a situation developed. This leaves us with an assumption that Mexicans suffer from some dietary perversion peculiar to their "race" and if not proactively starved by nutritionally concerned ruling classes, they just get fat.  

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US nodding in Afghanistan?

Submitted: Jan 17, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 When we come across first-rate journalism, we are always tempted to post it regardless of its topic because the quality is so rare.

Admittedly, this is a prejudice of people who read larger quantities of journalism than most do.

So, why choose to include an article about Afghanistan based on interviews with "a group of Afghan Pashtuns" written by a Brazilian who lives in Hong Kong? Or an article about Afghanistan written by and Englishman who is a longtime resident of Beirut?

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Perseverance in a wrong cause..

Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 ...doesn't make it right.

 

The federal Bureau of Reclamation began delivering water to Westlands in 1967, and up until the mid-1970s constructed some 70 miles of a planned 207-mile drain. Instead of reaching all the way to the Delta, it ended prematurely at Kesterson Reservoir. -- Michael Doyle, McClatchy, Jan. 12, 2016

 And that premature ending gave the public the opportunity to see and experience the horrendous damage caused by a high concentration of heavy metals and what it does to the wildlife that was supposed to have been protected on the federal Kesterson Wildlife Refuge.

 

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A world of merciless victims

Submitted: Jan 09, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 11-15-15

The Independent

Robert Fisk: 'We remain blindfolded about Isis' says the man who should know

Brian Keenan was held by Shia Muslims loyal to Hezbollah in Lebanon

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Toward a canon of effective political insult

Submitted: Jan 08, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 An Irish journalist who has covered the Middle East for several decades makes a few observations on an important political topic: the insult. -- blj

12-19-15

The Independent

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Cheaper to retire 300,000 acres of toxic land in Westlands

Submitted: Jan 07, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 File this one under "We missed this but better late than never." -- blj

7-22-15

Chronicles of the Hydraulic Brotherhood

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2016: Why?

Submitted: Jan 04, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The Badlands Journal editorial board wishes you a Happy New Year.

We believe that the coming year must be the year of the question.

But, where to begin?

Why are we being constantly told by the half-dozen media conglomerates owned and operated for the interests of a few billionaires that "America is exceptional"? Why would the billionaires who own our media and the politicians who were formerly our state legislators and the members of Congress wish to make us feel high and mighty at the same moment that they ruin our economy and steal our political representation from us?

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Homelessness on the California Central Coast

Submitted: Jan 03, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 A stark indictment of the morals and policies of Silicon Valley yupitos nd their coastal city chambers of commerce about the people that just don't fit the pathological social paradigm of these groups. 

Homeless people all over Santa Cruz and Monterey counties -- The horror! The horror!

-blj

 

1-2-16

Reader Supported News

Driving Out the Mosquitoes: Making Homelessness IllegalBy Dennis J. Bernstein, Reader Supported News

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Water: Kern County concerns; coastal insouciance

Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Ms. Henry, assistant managing editor of the Bakersfield Californian, reports on water issues from the perspective of Kern County, one of the state's largest producers of grapes, almonds, milk and citrus, and of politically influential agribusinesses.

Kern County's fascination with the minutiae of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta politics reflects its dependency on Delta water. Compare and contrast with the rather smug opinions and self-congratulation of coastal Ventura County folk. Aside from some overdrafting in the Oxnard farming area, they appear to be sitting in a catbird seat, including laughable claims to State Water Project paper water and maybe a deal with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California as the county "builds out" and the developer "footprint" enlarges a few sizes.

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