December, 2017

Jean-Paul and the hollow persons

Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
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12-26-17

OpEdNews

In an age of Hollow Men and existential angst, re-read Sartre

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Shakespeare on Republican tax "reform"

Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Coriolanus, William Shakespeare

http://shakespeare.mit.edu/coriolanus/full.htm  

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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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The bugs in the mountains

Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
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 “If we get a seriously good precipitation year, perhaps that number can go down in 2018,” she said. -- Griswold, Fresno Bee, Dec. 13, 2017

12-13-17

Fresno Bee

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Unbalanced country, unbalanced city

Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We juxtaposed these two articles to contrast rural and urban concerns. We don't think the contrast is unfair to either section of American society, given the political exploitation of the contrast by that legion of hacks whose rhetoric is so professional it could make a stone resentful. That said, we are loyal to farm country in sickness and health, and we do think there is a lot of intellectual masturbation going on in urban America, which, we think, our second article is exemplary. -- blj

12-7-17

The Guardian

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Thomas fire: recent reports

Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
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 12-26-17

Ventura Star

Thomas Fire stops growing, 88 percent contained

Christian Martinez,

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Hedges on the permanent, totalitarian lie

Submitted: Dec 25, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 For  Watt now found himself in the midst of things, which, if they consented to be named, did so as it were with reluctance. And the state in which Watt found himself resisted formulation in a way no state had ever done, in which Watt had ever found himself, and Watt had found himself in a great many states, in his day. Looking at a pot, for example, or thinking of a pot, at one of Mr. Knott's pots, of one of Mr. Knott's pots, it was in vain that Watt said, Pot, pot. Well, perhaps not quite in vain, but very nearly. For it was not a pot, the more he looked, the more he reflected, the more he felt sure of that, that it was not a pot at all. It resembled a pot, it was almost a pot, but it was not a pot of which one could say, Pot, pot. and be comforted. It was in vain that it answered, with unexceptionable adequacy, all the purposes, and performed all the offices, of a pot, it was not a pot. And it was just this hairbreadth departure from the nature of a true pot that so excruciated Watt. For if the approximation had been less close, then Watt would have been less anguished. For then he would not have said, This is a pot, and yet not a pot, no, but then he would have siad, This is something of which I do not know the name. And Watt preferred on the whole having to do with things of which he did not know the name, though this too was painful to Watt, to having to do with things of which the known name, the proven name, was not the name, any more for him...

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California 'twixt fire and flood

Submitted: Dec 23, 2017
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12-21-17

San Luis Obispo Tribune

Thomas Fire still 65 percent contained after crews withstand wind event

By Lucas Clark

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The petroyuan is coming

Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
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 The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on. -- Old Arab proverb.

 

12-21-17

Asia Times

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A water pollution event in Los Banos

Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “I got railroaded,” Areias said, claiming he was paying more per hour for legal fees than he nets in two days with his farm. “It’s highway robbery. What they did to me today, I should have just let all 18 heifers die. It would have cost less money than what I’ll be paying.” -- Shanker, Los Banos Enterprise, Dec. 12, 2017

 

 

 

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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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Dear California, Happy Armageddon

Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
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 “Climate change is real,” he warned a state Senate committee. “It is a threat to organized human existence. Maybe not in my life. I’ll be dead. What am I, 79?”

Then turning and facing the packed audience, Brown continued:

“A lot of you people are going to be alive. And you’re going to be alive in a horrible situation. You’re going to see mass migration, vector diseases, forest fires, Southern California burning up. That’s real, guys.” -- Skelton, LA Times, Dec. 14, 2017

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“We’ve got a hole that we’re developing..."

Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Sorta sounds like the state budget. -- blj

 

12-13-17

Sacramento Bee

How dry is it? Scientist says California has only slim chance of normal rainfall this winter

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The Holy Nut and the "Interest Charge - Domestic International Sales Corporation"

Submitted: Dec 14, 2017
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As the Republican so-called "tax-reform" bill lurches forward, the Valley, specifically the Almond Industry, gives it the Ol' Valley Whine because the bill cuts the Interest Charge-Domestic International Sales Corporation.

It's going to be a sad Christmas in the Church of the Holy Nut if that ain't fixed before voting time. (For all we know, it has already been fixed, but, then, we, citizens of the nation, will be the very last to know what's in that bill.)

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The egg and the fate of the republic

Submitted: Dec 12, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 I had been asked frequently, because I was presumed to understand politics by those who want to know, to predict who was going to win in Alabama: the child molester or the Democrat. If you think that is not an appetizing question to accompany your morning coffee, I would agree with you.

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Mal de Swamp #3

Submitted: Dec 09, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Inspector General John Roth, who left the position last week, made the case for adequate resources. He noted that, “money can always be used as a weapon to diminish our ability to conduct the active and independent oversight that Congress and the public deserve.” Peter Tyler, POGO, Dec. 4, 2917

 

 

12-4-17

POGO

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Trump's disruption of Jerusalem

Submitted: Dec 07, 2017
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 11-6-17

Counterpunch

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Christmas Carol 2017

Submitted: Dec 05, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 A carol for Christmas, 2017

(Sing to the tune of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen")

God damn ye Trumped Republicans,

Who wallow in your swamp,

We must recall you and your president,

On this our Christmas month,

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Consequences, shwonsequences

Submitted: Dec 01, 2017
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 11-30-17

Vox

The case for normalizing impeachment

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