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HUH? Letters between two members of the BLJ editorial board

Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Huh? 

Hi Lucky,

This is about the time I reach out to you for some calm and reasonable analysis of whatever the situation du jour is. But, to get that reassuring analysis, I first have to come up with a serious question or at least a poem or something. 

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Some transections of the Middle East convulsion

Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

11-9-17

Washington Post

Saudi Arabia’s arms deals are buying the West’s silence over Yemen, activists allege

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Don't believe your lying eyes

Submitted: Nov 05, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “This is typical Obama-era political science,” Bast said. “It’s all been debunked so many times it’s not worth debating anymore. Why are we still wasting taxpayer dollars on green propaganda?” -- Mooney et al, Washington Post, Nov. 3, 2017

Once in power, the shrill pack of lies of rightwing propaganda changes its tone. It casually dismisses a decade of sincere confrontation and effort to cope with global warming as something that you-know-what president did. Now in power, the Right delivers the propaganda of the deed.

-- blj

11-3-17

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The continual power of nonviolent protest

Submitted: Nov 04, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 10-15-17

Truthdig.com

Only Nonviolent Resistance Will Destroy Corporate State

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Merced County: Do Angel's Gate foghorns blast for you?

Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

If the public does not have a newspaper that will dig into the county's business life, it will never be able to judge important to our citizens of anything important from the so-called "news." Like so "very, very" (to lapse into Trumpian) articles in this McClatchy Chain outlet, this is nothing more than a press release, pathetically concocted by the newspaper itself for the purpose of pleasing local "leaders."

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Signs and portents

Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 10-23-17

Vanity Fair

Melania Resumes Doomed Effort To Curb Her Husband’s Favorite Pastime

A spokeswoman for the First Lady insisted her anti-cyberbullying campaign is not ironic.

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Adam Gray's water bill shot down by Brown

Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

“The bureaucrats at the State Water Board have lost any and all credibility with the communities I represent. I will continue to pursue every avenue at my disposal to promote greater public transparency and expose this out of control kangaroo court of an agency.” -- Assemblyman Adam Gray press release, Oct. 17, 2017

We've never seen as clear a statement that this legislator does not represent the environmental community in his district than this. He represents agribusiness and its parasitic water and irrigation districts and, like his predecessor and mentor, Dennis "The Shrimp Slayer" Cardoza, is terrified of the environmentalists in his district. --blj

 

10-17-17

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Media in the flood tides

Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Although Jerry Mander, a San Francisco advertising man, wrote this 40 years ago, "it doesn't take a rocket scientist" to see that, while he calls the "machine" has been somewhat amplified by computers, it is still performing the same functions much faster of reduction and unification of viewpoint. But now, due to the extreme market analysis that all media employ, this reduction and unification has been miniaturized and fragmented in flood tides of greed for power and profit.

The drive for power and profit drive our media, and on the dark, unacknowledged side, fear of a critical public also drives our media.

But,  operating at different levels in media as in government, there are still good people who believe in reason and analysis. Journalistic integrity is only dead for those who never wanted any.

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The right wing wants monopoly control of your mind

Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 ...There is also something else going on in societies defined by the equality of conditions. Claiming to be meritocratic and egalitarian, they incite individuals to compare themselves with others and appraise themselves in an overall hierarchy of values and culture. Since actual mobility is achieved only by a few, the quest for some unmistakable proof of superior status and identity replaces the ideal of success for many. Consequently, the pitiless dichotomy of us-versus-them at the foundation of modern nationalism is reinforced.

People seek self-esteem through a sense of belonging to a group defined hy ethnicity, religion, race or common culture. Mass media, popular culture and demagogues fulfill and manipulate their need for psychological dependency, and fill up their imaginative lives with a range of virtual enemies: immigrants, Muslims, liberals, unbelievers and the media itself. Professional groups, such as doctors, lawyers, small businessmen, once categorized as the petite bourgeoisie, are particularly prone to thinking of themselves as besieged... --Pankaj Mishra, Age of Anger: A history of the present; 2017, p. 270.

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WELCOME BACK TO THE 20TH CENTURY

Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 

 California has an unlimited supply of water.

 

 

West side agribusiness can expand nuts and grapes acreage forever.

 

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