Journalism

“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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"Mais ou sont les Snowdens d'antan?" -- Catch-22, Joseph Heller

Submitted: Jun 12, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The nattering nabobs of National Security have been at Ed Snowden, who leaked the material about the NSA domestic spying ("all legal, all legal the nabors say) by insult and invective. They have called his behavior traitorous and treasonous and everything else bad that they can possibly imagine.

But the worst thing they have said about Ed Snowden is that he is a high school dropout. 

A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT?

May the Millennial Diety that still rules our scrambled official psyche strike him dead, over there in Hong Kong!!

A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT!!!

It reminded one Badlands Journal editor of a topless dancer joint barker on Broadway in San Francisco who some years ago made his pitch thus: "We got six college coeds and A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT."

Perhaps Mme. Sen. Dianne Feinstein also heard that immortal barker in the local politics phase of her career, back when her hearing was a little better.

A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT!!

There is something "sinful and lewd" about a high school dropout. You just try to say the term without a sneer, every so slight, that reflects your ontempt for anyone who the lacks the formal American education and academic credentials.

Certainly no one of that class ought to have had such enormous responsibilities. A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT, fer Chrissake!!! 

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The difference between slander and slur in the west side water wars

Submitted: Apr 28, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

We preface the thorough coverage of Westlands WAter District Chairman Mark Borba's foul, racist mouth with an ariicle written by the Central Valley Safe Environmental Network defending Lloyd Carter, author of the article on Borba, when he came under concerted, organized attack for an allegedly racial comment during that last drought/PR campaign by Westlands in 2009. we will add to the CVSEN remarks at the time that we had already witnessed Michael Dimmock, a so-called "value-free facilitator", nearly assault a Hispanic woman with whom he disagreed during a public meeting on the possible establishment of a streamlined mitigation plan for UC Merced that he was facilitating in his "value-free" fashion. 

CVSEN was the only environmental group in California that defended Carter.

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The narcissism (or something) of the local press

Submitted: Mar 13, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

In its annual article of self-congratulation called "Sunshine Week," the McClatchy Co. local outlet, the Merced Sun-Star finished with the following errant graphs:

 

Acknowledging local efforts

In Merced County, government agencies generally do a good job of getting out the word about public meetings and posting agendas on websites, even making printed copies available in a timely way.

Law enforcement agencies also make a solid effort to get out information about crime and other incidents in the various communities, especially if they deem such information important for public safety. The district attorney's office goes the extra mile to honor requests for public records about court cases.

When it comes to public records requests, government agencies generally respond within the allotted time -- often, but not always, providing the desired documents or records.

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