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He lies, he cheats at golf, and he lies about cheating at golf

Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 1-10-18

Esquire

This Was President Trump's 2,000th Lie in Office

What a moment!

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The emperor's old clothes

Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Those who affect to differentiate Trump from the Republican Party are fools selling liberty for one more cozy consensus between the rulers and those who lick their boots. Nothing tells the story quite so clearly as the history of voting rights in America, or, more accurately, the history of voter repression in America and the resistance to it. -- blj

 

 

 

 United States Constitution

Amendment XXIV

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Hand held devices in the wilderness and in the country

Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Yosemite is not Forks of Salmon.

Cell-phone towers in national parks have started a debate between the National Park Service, under the US Department of Interior, and rural regions dominated by national forests, under the US Department of Agriculture. The debate is between two unrelated cultures: urban tourists visiting the national parks vs. the rural residents of mountain regions, mainly on the coast and north of Lake Tahoe, traditionally timber and cattle economies but post-construction bust, now marijuana and cattle economies. These regions used to be called "the country" (as opposed to "the city").

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Growth of population and of wildfires in California

Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Mike De Lasaux, a forester with the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said the state ideally would burn hundreds of square miles of land with surface fuels annually, but he praised any efforts to reduce dangerously overgrown forests. The current plan moved forward following a recent agreement between state and federal agencies along with environmental, logging and recreational interests. -- Weber, Associated Press, Dec. 14, 2017

De Lasaux works in Lassen and Plumas counties, where there is continual tension between private, state and federally managed forests and every time a fire starts, fingers start pointing. While it is possible that his prescription might work under ideal conditions in his region, we don't think much of it as a statewide idea.

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Thomas fire: recent reports

Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 12-26-17

Ventura Star

Thomas Fire stops growing, 88 percent contained

Christian Martinez,

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Recent cogitations on marijuana in Modesto and in the state Capitol

Submitted: Dec 20, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We don’t want to be Amsterdam, or Denver or even Humboldt County. But we don’t want to be left out, either. Editorial, Modesto Bee, Dec. 11, 2017

Following the will of the people of California, it has been -- as they used to say -- a trip watching state and local bureaucracies and hustling entrepreneurs large and small attempting to legalize the production, sale and distribution of recreational marijuana after more than 80 years of illegality and under the cloud of continual federal intransigence on the subject.

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Don't believe your lying eyes

Submitted: Nov 05, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “This is typical Obama-era political science,” Bast said. “It’s all been debunked so many times it’s not worth debating anymore. Why are we still wasting taxpayer dollars on green propaganda?” -- Mooney et al, Washington Post, Nov. 3, 2017

Once in power, the shrill pack of lies of rightwing propaganda changes its tone. It casually dismisses a decade of sincere confrontation and effort to cope with global warming as something that you-know-what president did. Now in power, the Right delivers the propaganda of the deed.

-- blj

11-3-17

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Merced County: Do Angel's Gate foghorns blast for you?

Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

If the public does not have a newspaper that will dig into the county's business life, it will never be able to judge important to our citizens of anything important from the so-called "news." Like so "very, very" (to lapse into Trumpian) articles in this McClatchy Chain outlet, this is nothing more than a press release, pathetically concocted by the newspaper itself for the purpose of pleasing local "leaders."

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Wonderful!

Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Nature Speaking:

Enjoy Julia Roberts as Mother Nature, Harrison Ford as Ocean, Kevin Spacey as Rain Forest, Penelope Cruz as Water, and more ...

https://www.google.com/search?q=julia+roberts+%2Cother+earth&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS583US583&oq=julia+roberts+%2Cother+earth&aqs=chrome..69i57j0.13574j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8Democrats

Copy and paste the address to get this series of short, beautiful spoken essays with great film. -- blj

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Media in the flood tides

Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Although Jerry Mander, a San Francisco advertising man, wrote this 40 years ago, "it doesn't take a rocket scientist" to see that, while he calls the "machine" has been somewhat amplified by computers, it is still performing the same functions much faster of reduction and unification of viewpoint. But now, due to the extreme market analysis that all media employ, this reduction and unification has been miniaturized and fragmented in flood tides of greed for power and profit.

The drive for power and profit drive our media, and on the dark, unacknowledged side, fear of a critical public also drives our media.

But,  operating at different levels in media as in government, there are still good people who believe in reason and analysis. Journalistic integrity is only dead for those who never wanted any.

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