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"Flash" bloom to hard freeze to drought: a hard year coming

Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 2-9-18

Chico Enterprise-Record

Flash bloom: Warm weather has all almond varieties blooming at the same time

 

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Grand Jury of District of Columbia indictment of 13 Russians: 2/16/2018

Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Sometimes original documents are useful. -- blj

 

 

2-16-18

The Atlantic

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Some Trump un-appointments

Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

These are a few articles concerning some Trump nominations for important, unfilled positions in the government. The first two concern nominations of people whose records show they are opposed to the mission they are being considered to lead. That would be like appointing Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA.

But, of course, Pruitt was appointed to that position.

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Consistent deceit

Submitted: Feb 17, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

When asked about immigration enforcement fears, Perdue told ABC 30 that “ICE are not after the people out here working on our farms.” The Bee reached out Thursday to the Department of Agriculture for clarification, and a spokesperson refused to comment.

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California Water: Trump, Brown, and a Highfalutin Romeo-and-Juliet tale

Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

“One wonders if they couldn’t deliver the project more quickly and more efficiently,” he (Jeffrey Mount, a water expert with the Public Policy Institute of California) said. -- Kasler and Sabalow, Sacramento Bee, Feb. 13, 2018

 “Putting someone who is in charge of DWR who you might say is married to the Metropolitan Water District in more ways than one sort of makes sense if you look at it from the governor’s standpoint,” said George Hartmann, a Stockton attorney who represents Delta farmers. “But is it ethical? I don’t think so. Is it proper? I don’t think so.” -- Sabalow and Kasler,  Sacramento Bee, Jan. 19, 2018

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Mad cowboy congressman haunted by smolts?

Submitted: Feb 06, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Is it frivolous to suggest that the burr under Rep. Devin "Cowboy" Nunes' saddle blanket is the success of the San Joaquin River Restoration Project? Spring-run Chinook salmon are spawning again where they have not been able to for 60 years because most of their river has been diverted down south in a canal to help farmers who had overdrafted their groundwater. There are also towns serviced by the Friant-Kern Canal, which are politically deployed as piteous hostages to the large agricultural interests, in a tradition first recognized by Walter Goldschmidt's late-1940's study of Cutler, Dinuba and Orosi, As Ye Sow: Three Studies in the Social Consequences of Agribusiness.

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Badlands Journal editorial board response to Trump's latest speeches

Submitted: Feb 01, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The United States government is NOT The Trump Organization. 

Republicans think government is just a badly run business that can be improved by corporate practices. They think their party should behave like Devin Nunes's dairy herd. This theory of government is called corporatism,  propounded by Benedetto Croce, an Italian philosopher, and enacted as fascism by the government of Benito Mussolini, il Duce.

In plain American English, we call it authoritarian obstruction of justice. -- blj

 

 

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When government haters govern, things fall through the cracks

Submitted: Feb 01, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 When the Washington administration came to power to cripple the federal government ... when the administration that doesn't believe in global warming is faced with two brutal, immense hurricanes in one season ... when the administration vacilates between personal financial greed and those of its friends and the real, necessary responsibilities of government, even to Puerto Rico ... strange things can happen ...

-- blj

1-10-18

The Guardian

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Trump's stooge from the dairy lagoon

Submitted: Jan 30, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 1-29-18

The Atlantic

The Circumscribed Ethics Investigation Into Devin Nunes

The House Intelligence Committee chair claimed he’d been completely cleared, but the panel probing his conduct never gained access to the intelligence he was accused of divulging.

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