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Last Week: February 10-16, 2013

Submitted: Mar 05, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board



Merced water management group eyes state funding 2-11-13

You bet it does! But there are two reasons the Merced Integrated Regional WAter Management Plan group meets. The IRWMP, pronounced "Ear-Wimp" meets because the state Department of Water Resources has bond money to spend and entities like the Merced Irrigation District, the City of Merced and Merced County have the desire and the credentials to qualify to spend it.
The decision making group consists of those entities. The rest of the group, known as "advisors" or "stakeholders," are the usual group of powerless members of the public who come because on the one hand they are invited as democratic window dressing and to keep tabs on what the big shots are saying.
Having decided flood control was important, MID has proposed some flood control projects and dam automation for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Disadavantaged communities are so important to the state that the Planada Community Services District has proposed water metering, always a boon for la gente. Actually the entire area of the "Mear-Wimp," basically equivalent to the MID district boundaries -- the east side of the county -- qualifies as one grand disadvantaged community, another kudo for the wealthe distribution created by American agribusiness. Curiously Stevinson, described by one of its illustrious

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Our Delta, displaying the national heritage of destruction of the natural environment

Submitted: Feb 07, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The state is going mad again. It is happening more frequently these days as it is necessary for the rulers to grasp at evermore absurd propaganda campaigns to mask their purposes. You can't even blame Jerry Brown. It is just the system, grinding on and on.

One of the dipbleep campaigns is to name the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta a "national heritage area," as plans move forward to excavate huge tunnels underneath it to take most of its fresh water supply from the Sacramento River above the Delta to the big north-south canals below the Delta.

Whoop de do! National heritage and all that entails. Puts us right up there with the Mississippi Delta Heritage Area, which claims:

Much of what is profoundly American -- what people love about America -- has come from the Delta, which is often called 'the cradle of American culture.'

Yes, oh yes, how fondly we recall all the the Mississippi Delta has brung us. Now touting itself as a tourist destination, once it was another kind of destination, expressed in the common American expression, "sold down the river."

Home of the blues. Yes, indeedy. And, of course, the blues is worth so much more than all the suffering that went into its creation, down there in the "cradle." Art hurts, after all.

The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area -- home of the fabled Parchman Farm., where slavery went on and on so long after the visit by Grant and Sherman to Vicksburg.

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Water anxiety grips state press

Submitted: Jan 31, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

DESPAIR!!

Once again, as She does every year now, since its population hit 30 million, Mother Nature is betraying California by not providing enough rainfall to allay the anxieties of the finance, insurance and real estate special interests. The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite is only 1150 percent of normal capacity for this time of year; Shasta Lake is only 111 percent of normal; and lesser reservoirs are above or at 100 percent capacity.

It's just awful. -- ed

1-30-13
Merced Sun-Star

Hopes for a wet year are drying out…San Jose Mercury News
http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2013/01/30/v-print/2787530/hopes-for-a-wet-year-are-drying.html


When it comes to rain and snow in California, this winter began with great promise. But hopes for a bountiful year appear to be evaporating.

The Sierra Nevada snowpack is at 93 percent of the historical average for the end of January, according to the state Department of Water Resources survey completed Tuesday afternoon.

That's not bad -- but a month ago, it was 140 percent.

What happened? Huge storms in early December dumped lots of snow across the Sierra, and rain filled reservoirs all over the state. But there has been almost no rain or snow in January.

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To reiterate ...

Submitted: Jan 12, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

But there's a practical lesson in those stats on why it's smart to hit the books: The estimated median annual earnings for someone with a bachelor's degree is around $50,846, almost double the $26,834 of someone with a high school diploma. -- Merced Sun-Star editorial board, 1-12-13.

 

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The public banking movment is growing

Submitted: Dec 26, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Included are: an article by Pam Martens on public banking: AB 2500, a public banking bill in the California state Legislature; and an analysis of AB2500 The bill was introduced by Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-Chula Vista, who withdrew it from a committee hearing in April of the 2011-12 session. We don't know if he will reintroduce it in the 2013-14 legislative session.  

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Marx makes the news cycle ...

Submitted: Dec 12, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

...but will we remember his name in February?

Big Media controlled by the plutocracy (the rich people who own everything from the land to the elected officials representing the people who live in the land) is so confident of its absolute grip on American opinion that it has begun -- in a liberal and generous way -- to attack itself. In the minds of trained economists like liberal and Nobel Prize-winning Dr. Paul Krugman, the name Marx appears on the inner flash card (kinda like "civil unrest" produces the flash card "Bolshevik").

In the vast and largely successful experiment with the mental enslavement of the American people in the name of Freedom that has been conducted by Rupert Murdock and his few remaining competitors, something called "Marx" gets brought up, "discussed" on televised babblefests and on the idiofascist fadio talk shows until Joe Scarborough and Rush Limbaugh are told to move on, taking the multitudes with now permanently impaired memories perhaps better called, Orwellingly, "memory holes," with them to the next topic du jour, Schopenhauer perhaps. And whenever something like essential criticism is detected, however faintly, by the Total Opinion Monitoring System, the subject for the next news cycle becomes education and Very Smart People warn us that we are not educated enough to compete against Chinese workers (with far less education) being paid a fifth the salary we need to live. Or Mexicans, Bengladeshis, etc. und so wieder.

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World Bank predicts drastic global warming by end of century

Submitted: Dec 04, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

In this hideous age of plutocracy and religious bigotry, there are very few writers who can maintain and expand their level of care for humanity and the planet the way Chris Hedges continues to do in a stream of books and articles on our most serious themes: perpetual war; relgious hypocrisy; consumer madness; and indigenous fascism, to name a few.

Below, Hedges reviews the World Bank's latest, most drastic report on global warming

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A particularly stupid McClatchy editorial

Submitted: Nov 26, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

We defy the gentle reader to discern from this vapid "opinion" offered in the McClatchy Chain's Merced outlet what a carbon offset is, what an auction of them is, what cap-and-trade might be, and above all, what these carbon-offset auctions mean for us.

First, we have California Air Resources Board chairwoman Mary D. Nichols quoted as saying the first such auction was a success.

AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, "commits the state to reducing, by 2020, California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels. The act charges the Air Resources Board (ARB) with monitoring and regulating the state’s sources of GHGs and establishes a timeline by which ARB is to complete various specified actions." (Legislative Analyst's Office, "Analysis of 2007-08 budget")

The CARB was charged specifically with coming up with the "market based solution" of carbon-offset auctions. Nichols, who served in the Gov.Gray Davis administration as Secretary of Resources, was appointed to head CARB in July 2007, so led design and implementation of the auction.

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