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Good time to plant more nuts

Submitted: Feb 06, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

State water bureaucrats are keeping the screws tight on urban water use while a few agro-plutocrats on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley lock in a guaranteed water supply 30-percent larger than the total requirement for Los Angeles and go on planting more almond orchards as the price for the Holy Nut falls. --blj

1-27-16

Valley Public Radio

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Heretics for Trump and Cruz?

Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The doctrine these sects preach is Christian heresy. The Christian faith—as in the 1930s under Germany’s pro-Nazi Christian church—is being distorted to sanctify nationalism, unregulated capitalism and militarism. The mainstream church, which refuses to denounce these heretics as heretics, a decision made in the name of tolerance, tacitly gives these sects credibility and squanders the prophetic voice of the church... The retreat from radicalism—in essence the abandonment of the vulnerable to the predatory forces of corporate capitalism—created a spiritual void filled by protofascist movements that have usurped Christian symbols and provided a species of faith that is, at its core, a belief in magic. This Christian heresy is currently on public display at Donald Trump and Ted Cruz political rallies.

 -- Chris Hedges, Truthdig, Jan. 24, 2016

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Outbreak of parasites in Yosemite

Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 1-19-16

Los Angeles Times

The corporate grab behind the Yosemite Park trademark clash

Michael Hiltzik

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Perseverance in a wrong cause..

Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 ...doesn't make it right.

 

The federal Bureau of Reclamation began delivering water to Westlands in 1967, and up until the mid-1970s constructed some 70 miles of a planned 207-mile drain. Instead of reaching all the way to the Delta, it ended prematurely at Kesterson Reservoir. -- Michael Doyle, McClatchy, Jan. 12, 2016

 And that premature ending gave the public the opportunity to see and experience the horrendous damage caused by a high concentration of heavy metals and what it does to the wildlife that was supposed to have been protected on the federal Kesterson Wildlife Refuge.

 

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Cheaper to retire 300,000 acres of toxic land in Westlands

Submitted: Jan 07, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 File this one under "We missed this but better late than never." -- blj

7-22-15

Chronicles of the Hydraulic Brotherhood

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2016: Why?

Submitted: Jan 04, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The Badlands Journal editorial board wishes you a Happy New Year.

We believe that the coming year must be the year of the question.

But, where to begin?

Why are we being constantly told by the half-dozen media conglomerates owned and operated for the interests of a few billionaires that "America is exceptional"? Why would the billionaires who own our media and the politicians who were formerly our state legislators and the members of Congress wish to make us feel high and mighty at the same moment that they ruin our economy and steal our political representation from us?

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Water: Kern County concerns; coastal insouciance

Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Ms. Henry, assistant managing editor of the Bakersfield Californian, reports on water issues from the perspective of Kern County, one of the state's largest producers of grapes, almonds, milk and citrus, and of politically influential agribusinesses.

Kern County's fascination with the minutiae of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta politics reflects its dependency on Delta water. Compare and contrast with the rather smug opinions and self-congratulation of coastal Ventura County folk. Aside from some overdrafting in the Oxnard farming area, they appear to be sitting in a catbird seat, including laughable claims to State Water Project paper water and maybe a deal with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California as the county "builds out" and the developer "footprint" enlarges a few sizes.

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Deck the halls with stolen money

Submitted: Dec 28, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

So it goes: The selling off of the Republic, piece by piece. What was it Mark Twain said? “There is no distinctive native American criminal class except Congress.”  Bill Moyers, Huffington Post, Dec. 22, 2015 

 

12-18-15

Huffington Post

Lurking Within That Ominous Omnibus Spending Bill

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New York Times: A constant wonder

Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 With its patented combination of intellectual sloth and arrogance, the New York Times has once again ventured to the arid West to render the opinion of Wall Street on the California water situation.

We find it fascinating that the ultimate bigshot newspaper in the nation can pretend to cover the water story, focusing on the Friant Dam, without one mention of the San Joaquin River Settlement (see Notes) mandated by federal court and funded by Congress.

It's a wonder!

--blj

 

 

 

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McMalaprop left whimpering in dust

Submitted: Dec 15, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Last week, the famous federal California drought bill fizzled in a pool of bile. Republican Majority Leader of the House, Kevin "Malaprop" McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, and his rural California Republican delegation, condemned the characters of the state's two Democratic senators, Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, both from the Bay Area.

“Sadly,” McCarthy said Friday, “our senators have once again failed to rise and meet the challenge with us.” 

 

Feinstein's complaint was more specific:

 

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