November, 2013

Scientific masturbation

Submitted: Nov 27, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 In a more vigorous intellectual era -- it takes more historical knowledge than we have to imagine an American intellectual era more flaccid than the present -- we called the sort of exercise described below as "intellectual masturbation." In the case of this circle of scientists (grant hustlers) and special interests (known as "stakeholders"), the problem of course is our old friend, Consensus, that blunt instrument the corporate state has imposed on every "decision-making process" in the land (except the important decisions made in their own boardrooms by anything but "democratic" means). Yet on we must shuffle and jerk if we are to continue in the good graces and the funding streams of finance, insurance, and real estate (always in California including agribusiness) special interests. -- blj


11-20-13

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Yo, Republicans and Blue Dogs: keep your hands off our Social Security

Submitted: Nov 23, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Because we live in The Valley That Feeds the World, we are very poor and need our Social Security. -- blj

11-2-13

Commondreams.org

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Delano responds to typhoon devastation

Submitted: Nov 17, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The powerful, durable Filipino community of Delano is “taking action” as the LA Times headline accurately announces, to do what it can to help people, some of them family and friends, hurt by the monstrous typhoon that hit the Philippines last week. As this wonderful article relates, this is one immigrant community in the Valley that has always taken action at the necessary time. It was the actions they took in Coachella Valley and Delano in 1965, under the calm, brilliant leadership of Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz and men like them that led the first farm labor strikes (illegal at that time) resulting two years later in the formation of the United Farm Workers and membership in the AFL-CIO. Yet, if you are not Filipino, you almost had to have been there or read Frank Bardacke’s Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers, to have heard of either of these labor leaders who made such immense contribution to California society – from Coachella to the fight to save the International Hotel in San Francisco. Such was the flawed nature of Cesar Chavez that put its stamp on the union.  -- blj

 

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Agony

Submitted: Nov 12, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 11-11-13

Responding to Climate Change

 

Speech of Yep Sano, chief negotiator for the Philippines at the UN Climate Change Convention.

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An effective demonstration against "Liberty and Justice for Sale"

Submitted: Nov 08, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 11-6-13

Chicago Sun-Times Voices

Early and Often

 

Protestors disrupt Illinois House by sprinkling fake money on lawmakers’ heads

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Analysis of defeat of fracking moratorium in California

Submitted: Nov 08, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 This is a surprisingly good narrative and political analysis of what happened in the California Legislature re. fracking. That it was written by a state Democratic Party leader, chair of its environmental caucus, makes it doubly unusual. At least it confirmed our deeper suspicions about what happened and how. It also confirmed our suspicion that our new assemblyman, Adam Gray, Adam/Medifind Party-Merced, is not worth mention on this issue except in his own press releases. It was oil-and-gas money to the Assembly speaker that mattered, but perhaps a few bills floated down to Gray, lying under the table with the wolfhounds. Also, the characterization of Californians Against Fracking as “relatively somnolent,” seems apt from our experience. Although the Center for Biological Diversity has offices in California, its headquarters is in Tuscon AZ, and is primarily a very effective environmental law firm. Although Moveon.org started in Berkeley, it now seems to sort of exist solely on the Internet as a huge fundraising apparatus for the Democratic Party. Plainly, moveon.org was conflicted from the beginning on fracking -- an obstacle to rather than a vehicle for effective resistance.

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Colorado resists fracking

Submitted: Nov 06, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

California cultivates it. Here, fracking is the new sugar beet. -- blj

 

11-6-13

Reuters

Colorado an energy battleground as towns ban fracking

By Keith Coffman

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The "extra" senator

Submitted: Nov 06, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Westlands' 101st Senator

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State and Federal Water Projects Violate Standards: Delta Fisheries Plunge in Summer of 2013

Submitted: Nov 06, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

11-5-13

California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA)  


State and Federal Water Projects Violate Standards: Delta Fisheries Plunge in Summer of 2013 

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"There was never any more ... than there is now"

Submitted: Nov 03, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

"...There was never any more inception than there is now,

Nor any more youth or age than there is now,

And will never be any more perfection than there is now,

Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now ..." 

 

Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself," (1855)

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“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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..in the Disastrous rhythm...

Submitted: Nov 03, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

“Rearmament”

 

By Robinson Jeffers (1934)

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Learn to remember

Submitted: Nov 01, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

    

"I am the people, the mob"

Carl Sandburg

 

 

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