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CSPA and allies battle Delta exports and bad science

Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Press Release

11 June 2014

For Immediate Release

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Congressional genius for compromise will prevail in California drought bill

Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

 The Badlands Journal editorial board, like all Californians we are certain, have been watching with bated breath the progress of the two California drought bills working their way through the upper and lower houses of Congress. The Senate bill, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, and the House bill, sponsored by assorted Central Valley Republicans, have reached the joint Senate-House conference  committee for reconciliation. The major issues on the table are the perceived favoritism of the Feinstein bill towards one agribusiness entity in Kern County and the suspension of all water-related environmental law and regulation proposed in the House bill.

We feel certain that with its usual genius our Congress will find a just compromise.

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Three Big Lies

Submitted: Jun 08, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 These are stories, "narratives" as our elite educated government flaks and the cowards in the mainstream press call them, have become propaganda lines, whole processes of deception, some older than others, but all following a pattern of contempt for the public, which, according to the General Lie, they are supposed "to serve." 

Read at your own risk. You won't enjoy these articles but they come from reputable sources: Paul Craig Roberts, Ray McGovern, and writers published by Counterpunch and Global Research (Canada). -- blj

 

6-7-14

Global Research

Fake Employment Statistics: More Phantom Jobs Created in America, All In The Wrong Places

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The Merced County water saga goes on, Part 2

Submitted: Jun 07, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 On Tuesday, the Merced Board of Supervisors debated long and hard -- with help from legal, planning and executive staff -- about how they could stop Steve Sloan, former chairman of the county Planning Commission,  and an adjoining landowner, from selling more than 20,000 acre feet of groundwater to Del Puerto Water District, based in Stanislaus County. County leaders, except Supervisor Gerry O'Banion, in whose district the transfer would take place, with a mixture of desperation and exaspiration, reached for some means of stopping Sloan and his neighbor from making the millions the desperate Del Puerto growers are willing to pay to keep their almond orchards alive. Everything from an emergency  moratorium to doing nothing was discussed

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Water collage in shades of gray

Submitted: May 19, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We Californians are known as an artistic people. Those of us of a certain age grew up attending public schools with excellent art programs and these encouraged us toward a variety of expression, which becomes essential when one faces issues like the California Water Problem.

So, in a more experimental vein than usual here on the hopelessly linear-think Badlands, we’ve decided to put  together a small collage of articles – from different angles and different times -- that might explain better than we have been able to, how the current crop of representatives of finance, insurance and real estate in government have lost all sense of the Public Good, even most of the rhetoric of it.

These are not "bad people." On the contrary, they are highly civilized, generous, sociable, concerned citizens at least in some part of their activities, but they have been turned into jerks by their money, their power, and particularly by the combination of the two.-- blj

 

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Wedding bells chime for DWR and Metropolitan -- Oh Joy!

Submitted: May 16, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Rarely does Badlands find such touching examples of real intimacy particularly in today's cold, cruel world of California water politics. But our hearts filled with joy with the news of the loving relationship now revealed in the open between the California Deparment of Water Resources and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Although it is still just an engagement, we, the adoring peasants, are looking forward with joy in our hearts for the blessed nuptuals between these two lordly institutions.  Gov. Jerry Brown, who -- don't forget -- once studied to become a priest in the Jesuit Order – preside over the religious aspects of the actual ceremony while phalanxes of water lawyers will handle the civil aspects of the divine union.

 

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Farley Mowat dies at 92

Submitted: May 10, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 He lived a long, rich life and contributed enormously to the real human culture that will see us through environmental conflict. -- blj

Farley Mowat: the Greatest Canadian?

by PAUL WATSON

Today is a very sad day for me.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/09/farley-mowat-the-greatest-canadian/


The greatest Canadian I have ever known and one of my closest and dearest friends has died.


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State Sen. Darrell Steinberg, our railroad baronet

Submitted: Apr 25, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 One could have a terrible sense that the whole California high speed rail scam was designed finally to end in this: Sen. Darrell Steinberg, High Speed Rail Baronet-Sacramento, and President Pro Tem of the state Senate, proposing to "securitize" cap-and-trade auction funds, generated through the authority of Prop. 32, the Greenhouse Gas Initiative, to fund a project neither courts, private investors, the major railroad companies, or the public wants. A project that has been a scam from gross overcalculations of ridership, of roadbed rights-of-way and widths, to endless games on routes to awarding the contract for the first leg to be built -- from nowhere to nowhere in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley -- to a company owned by US Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband, Richard Blum, a UC Regent and past chair of the Regents popular in the Valley for his strong promotion of that other outstanding local boondoggle, UC Merced.

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An unbalanced era

Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 President Barack Obama recently visited our Central Valley and blamed our meteorological drought on global warming. Has radical environmentalism gone wild, or is this a leftist political agenda being pursued under the frauds of drought, global warming and Delta smelt? – John Michelena, Modesto Bee, April 15, 2014

Although far be it from the Badlands Journal editorial board to judge intemperate utterances of any kind, we’re not sure if Michelena is playing with a full deck, as sincere no doubt as his outrage is over the drought.

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Any funds for repair and maintenance of dams?

Submitted: Mar 29, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 During California Gov. Gray Davis's administration, a study of California's 1,250 public and private dams found that only a handful were fully compliant with safety regulations. In this year of drought panic, there are nearly countless bills in some Western state legislatures and in Congress, the main thrusts of which are to override environmental law and regulation to provide more water for farming and municipal use. We've done a survey of them in too many news articles to mention and have found reference in only one bill to "upgrades" to groundwater and surface water storage facilities -- state Sen. Lois Wolk's modest $6.8-billion bill to create a proposition for statewide vote this November. (1) This would represent the adult view, albeit Wolk represents the Delta and has an interest in protecting the communities and farms in this richest-of-all farmland regions in the state.

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