Journalism

Bob Baker, you'll be greatly missed

Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Bob  taught journalism as a high, vitally important practiced in real time on deadline. (What else? He was also a rocking bass player.) No one could teach journalism better. We were immensely lucky to have known him and to have read his magnificent Newsthinking:  Making your Facts Fall Into Place.  He leaves us with the obligation of not letting newsthinking pass with him.

Thank you, Bob, for your passionate curiosity, pursuit of clarity, your bravery, and your magnificent teaching skills.

Bill Hatch

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Just your basic, down home chicken abusers, apologists and employers

Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

7-2-15

Mcclatchydc.com

Animal rights group files complaint against California poultry firm

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De fimo diabolico

Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 In a speech that also touched on the need to rapidly move away from the destructive model of unbridled capitalism—which he described as the "dung of the devil"—Francis went much further than any of his predecessors in accounting for the crimes of the Church while it pursued and perpetuated colonialism and oppression across Latin America and beyond over the last five centuries. -- Jon Queally, CommonDreams, July 10, 2015

 

7-10-15

CommonDreams.com

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Green madonna to visit pope

Submitted: Jul 02, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

"The truth is that we have arrived at this dangerous place partly because many of those economic experts have failed us badly, wielding their powerful technocratic skills without wisdom," she said. "In a world where profit is consistently put before both people and the planet, climate economics has everything to do with ethics and morality. Because if we agree that endangering life on earth is a moral crisis, then it is incumbent on us to act like it." -- Nadia Prupis, CommonDreams, July 2, 2015

 

7-2-15

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It's the principle of the thing

Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 In late October, 2011, during a previous Greek finance crisis, former Prime Minister George Papandreou called for a referendum on the terms of a bailout to the horror of the heads of state of Germany, France and the US, retreated from it and resigned, leaving political and economic chaos in his wake.

The stakes are high. If the Greeks vote to stand up to the "troika" (European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF), the "OXI KREOS" option, they may inspire other peripheral European Union countries to follow suit -- Ireland, Spain, Portugal and, largest of all, Italy.

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Water lawsuits scream overhead

Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 There have been a slew of articles this past 10 days about California water-rights lawsuits following the state's announcement of its intention to "curtail" the rights of senior water-rights holders. There have also been articles that try to explain California water rights. And there have been articles about cities and towns under mounting water-supply stress and about farmers ignoring various orders to stop using various sources of water to which they believe they are entitled. Throughout is stated the generally agreed upon ratio that agriculture uses 80 percent and municipalities 20 percent of California water resources.

 

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A good year for fixing dams

Submitted: Jun 03, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 While dams provide many benefits, they also pose a significant hazard.  Dam owners, individuals living and working downstream, first responders, local and state officials all are encouraged to know the risks and benefits of dams located in their respective communities. -- California Department of Water Resources, May 28,2015

 

Last week, we received  a press release from the state Department of Water Resources announcing National Dam Safety Awareness Day.

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A whiff of oxygen in the presidential race

Submitted: May 29, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

There is controversy among the Badlands Journal editorial board regarding the choice of presidential candidates, as you can imagine among such a disputatious outfit but it is fair to say that we all welcome the arrival of Bernie. Hillary is, of course, once again the adamant choice of the San Joaquin Valley Directorate's Democratic Party Division, and this will of the oligarchs will be transmitted by bagmen emanating from their law offices bearing millions to the Clintons.

Ya, adelante con Clinton! and all that. The Clintons can be expected to at least know where the Valley is. Bernie? Probably not. The authentic voice of labor has been almost completely strangled here, choked out by fear and disgust. Although our English comes with many accents, Brooklyn is not a common one. The idea of a candidate that represents the people against the special interests is a strange idea to us and it makes us uncomfortable.

"Of course, he can't win," we say to one another, our typical excuse for once again not thinking about politics but treating it like a Stateline casino, thus helping to make it even more of one. -- blj

5-26-15

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New outlooks on Memorial Day

Submitted: May 28, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The end of school! Summer job outside and maybe in the mountains. The fruits and nuts and grapes have set. Rivers high and canals still chilled by snow water. Maybe up the Clarks Fork before work starts if its not to high to fish it and too cold and wet to camp.

It's was weekend all the mountain resorts and campgrounds and snowed in stores and taverns open for the Season, when the roads were all two-lane and not all were plowed.  Not many lived year round in the mountains the way they do now, except a few light-eating, heavy drinking caretakers who stayed by the fire except to fetch wood and toss out empty bottles and relieve themselves. A couple of those boys caretaking Vikingsholm on Emerald Bay observed the great slide that took out the highway and much more but reported the following summer that they weren't quite sure what they'd seen at the time but they quit drinking for three days.

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DWR Better Weather Reports Preport

Submitted: May 26, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 As we were looking at the state Department of Water Resources "Reer"leases this morning we had to think about Mark Twain and the weather. No one, however public spirited and desirous of remaining up-to-date on the World Famous California Drought -- dubious a desire as that is -- should have to start their week with a DWR Press Rerlease without at least a short antidotal quote from Twain on one of his favorite topics and the cause for a number of his greatest works long and short, including the blizzard-induced "Cannibalism in the Cars."

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