Journalism

Great journalism lives at the crossroads of facts and imagination

Submitted: Jan 05, 2018
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Great journalism lives at the crossroads of facts and imagination. Bill Boyarsky makes his facts sing and us care about his songs.-- blj

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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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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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Mal de Swamp

Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 11-21-17

POGO

Department of Homeland Security Threatens to Muzzle Its Watchdog from Reporting on Trump’s Travel Ban

Nick Schwellenbach

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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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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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If the shoe fits...

Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 ...read it! -- blj

Goodreads

The Origins of Totalitarianism Quotes (showing 1-30 of 160)

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The fish rots from the head down

Submitted: Oct 06, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

10-5-17

CALmatters.org

New law, born of UC scandal, will punish interference with audits

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