Journalism

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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The Long War, from UC Merced to Ukraine and beyond

Submitted: Apr 29, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

         

Stirred by the warm breeze of utilitarianism, it is not surprising that technology is more in favor with people than science is. The age of great scientific discoveries had already been left behind before Einstein's time. However, modern man is increasingly inclined to seeing all his dreams come true during his lifetime. This causes him, when betting on his own future, to prostrate himself and expect wonders from technology through a 1000-power concave lens. In this way, technology has achieved startling and explosive developments in a rather short period of time, and this has resulted in innumerable benefits for mankind, which is anxious for quick success and instant rewards. However, we proudly term this technological progress, not realizing that at this time we have already consigned ourselves to a benighted technological age in which we have lost our hearts [2].


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Examining frack hack propaganda in Fresno Bee

Submitted: Jan 05, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

We were intrigued by this “letter to the editor” because it was so obviously not from an ordinary newspaper reader and because its claims for the benefits of fracking even outranked the disproved claims the high speed rail hustlers have made for their visionary predations on public funds. So we began to ask a few questions about the “authorities” quoted by this Dave Quast, (we are sure) quite well paid hack for the frackers. We include the results of our research below, noting that it took about two hours to reveal this piece of oil-company propaganda for what it is. – blj

 

 

 

12-28-13

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Under the Carter microscope

Submitted: Dec 24, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Norman Brownstein, bigshot Denver attorney/lobbyist, who sells himself at "the 101st US Senator," is going to rue the day he took the $20,000/month lobbying contract to represent Westlands Water District, and came to the attention of Lloyd G. Carter, Fresno journalist/attorney.

In the piece below, Carter's latest foray into the Intermontaine Wastelands, he slices, dices, filets, boils, broils and barbecuesa a number of the rare species of twisteed plutocrati in any way associated with Brownstein and the Denver law firm of Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck. Bigshots in Denver may not have taken such a thrubbing since Gene Fowler carved on Bonfils and Tammen.  -- blj

 

Chronicles of the hydraulic brotherhood…lloydgcarter.com

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“Markets are lethal”

Submitted: Nov 03, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

It was reported that the new assemblyman, Adam Gray, and his family (mother Candice, uncle Robin, Gray’s most senior political advisor, and his in-laws the Condit Tribe led by his wife, Cadee, brought a real old-fashioned political dog-and-pony show on fracking to Merced on Friday. The report explains why Gray, why Merced, why now:

 

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Fall water anxiety 2013

Submitted: Sep 25, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The autumnal spate of water-anxiety articles appears in the desert regions of California as the first big rains hit the northern part of the state. The descriptions of “our water problem” become more neurotic and technically sophisticated each year. Our society maintains, despite all indications that it should be most wary, its sublime faith in the power of American engineering know-how and the democratic process in our state Capitol, where finance, insurance and real estate (especially agribusiness) buys the votes proffered by our elected officials for sale in our sacred “decision making process.”

 

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"...that this one will run and run."

Submitted: Aug 29, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

"... The March on Washington teaches us that we are not trapped by the mistakes of history; that we are masters of our fate. But it also teaches us that the promise of this nation will only be kept when we work together. We'll have to reignite the embers of empathy and fellow feeling, the coalition of conscience that found expression in this place 50 years ago. -- President Barak Obama, August 28, 2013, speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.


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The foreclosure crisis is not over

Submitted: Aug 06, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Sacrifice Zones

The double standards in property maintenance lead to an “extremely troubling” trend in home sales: these uninviting neglected houses, disproportionately located in communities of color, are most often being snapped up by investors rather than families. Overwhelmingly, the investor of choice is the Blackstone Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms and now the nation’s largest owner of single-family homes. Since April 2012, Blackstone has spent more than $4.5 billion buying at least 30,000 houses concentrated in cities hard-hit by foreclosure, including Atlanta, Jacksonville, Orlando, Chicago, Charlotte, Phoenix, and urban areas across California. According to local real estate brokers, the company often makes its purchases in cash.

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Fact based revolt against the South

Submitted: Jul 08, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

The attitudes of the Southern United States, the old Confederate States, and wherever else in the nation these attitudes have taken root, are becoming intolerable to ordinary,  decent Americans who are trying to cope with the serious dilemmas of our times – from the ever growing canyon between the rich and the poor to the Keystone Pipeline and fracking. We the People are getting fed up with the white southerners’ slavery to fundamentalism: hypocrisy, racism, and the plastic god that gives them a holy right to bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, self-righteous pious stupidity, ignorance, the extreme arrogance of their oil and cotton plutocracy, and the denial of global warming.

And that is just the beginning for people growing impatient with this whole knuckleheaded approach to life. -- blj


 


7-4-13

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Resistance to the state's bulldozing of public's access to documents and environmnetal law and regulation

Submitted: Jun 20, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The Fresno Bee editors voiced strong opposition to a plan by Gov. Jerry Brown and local governments to weaken the state Pulbic Records Act, which insures the public's right of access to public documents in the control of local governments. The PRA is an important tool for journalists and members of the public with an interest in a project that may impact their environment or property values. 

Now that the filing deadline has past, the lawsuits against the state's Delta water plan are out there for all to see and the Stockton Record describes tyhem and provides links to them for our study. 

-blj

 

6-18-13

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