Journalism

TRUMP: what's in a name?

Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

3-29-17

Online etymological dictionary

TRUMP

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=trump

 

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Under normal circumstance, the liar is defeated...

Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Under normal circumstances the liar is defeated by reality, for which there is no substitute; no matter how large the issue of falsehood that an experienced liar has to offer, it will never be large enough, even if he enlists the help of computers, to cover the immensity of factuality. The liar, who may get away with any number of single falsehoods, finds it impossible to get away with lying on principle,This is one of the lessons that could be learned from the totalitarian experiments and the totalitarian rulers' frightening confidence in the power of lying -- in their ability, for instance, to rewrite history again and again to adapt the past to the "political line" of the present moment or to eliminate data that did not fit their ideology. Thus, in a socialist economy, they would deny that unemployment existed, the unemployed person simply becoming a nonperson...Hannah Arendt, "Lying in Politics," in Crises of the Republic, 1969; p. 7.

Nonpersons like the majority of voters who voted against Trump in the presidential election? Or the 14 million fewer with medical insurance by 2018, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office? Or the press? Undocumented immigrants?-- blj


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Another chapter in Trump's authority problem

Submitted: Mar 05, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 It seems inadequate on many levels to try to select news articles regarding the president's on-going authority issues that are of interest to our readers and that might not have already read. This was struck us because it went beyond the mere event of FBI Director James Comey's request to the Justice Department to a discussion of the short, lurid history of Trump's term in office. Trump attacked the New York Times, making it the poster child for the "very, very dishonest press."

The Times, evidently feeling cornered as well as aggrieved, has come out fighting with perhaps the last weapon in its arsenal, accurate reporting laced with skeptical questions. No more Judith Miller and Jayson Blair for the moment at least, or so it seems.

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Free market liberalism and California water, fresh and salt

Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We have prefaced Dan Bacher's latest, excellent article on the San Joaquin Delta water war with this piece on neoliberalism by noted environmentalist George Monbiot because Bacher uses the term to describe the political culture of the interests who will destroy the Delta if not successfully opposed. Monbiot defines this powerful, nearly anonymous creed well and he helps us see familiar faces in a different light and understand the motives and deception more clearly.

 Bacher adds a dimension by linking the Delta "plan" with the off-shore "marine protection areas" that cause even more harm to the coastal fishing economy yet seems to protect and encourage off-shore drilling and fracking.

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Serious water critique from LA ...

Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

...which has much drinking water to lose if things go wrong in Northern California. On the one hand, these are very sober, penetrating articles that reveal major issues in the state's water-development policies. On the other hand, they don't ask more fundamental questions: Is the size of California's population good? Has population growth brought more happiness to more people" Has it created better citizens? Is California a safer place to live than it was when the Oroville Dam was built in 1968 when we had half as many people, 20 million, than we do today at 40 million? -- blj

2-20-17

Los Angeles Times

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Do the crime and beg forgiveness?

Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

The worst thing about this journalistic foul is that everyone who subsequently acknowledged, recognized, or realized that they had violated the privacy and endangered the futures of these young students did not know what they were doing when they did it and have no idea of the harm they have caused, the anxiety and fear they have raised; they have no idea of the damage they did. For their different motives, they were all willing to violate these kids.

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The name for it

Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
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 "...He doesn’t seem to care about the institutions and the laws except insofar as they appear as barriers to the goal of permanent kleptocratic authoritarianism and immediate personal gratification. It is all about him all of time, it is not about the citizens and our political traditions.” -- Timothy Snyder, Alternet.com  

 

2-14-17

Truthdig.com

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Arrogance and anger do not make good foreign policy

Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

12-26-17

Al Jazeera

What went wrong? A withering West

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Terrorist attacks in the US by immigrants from Trump's target countries

Submitted: Feb 06, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The Badlands Journal editorial board asked a question many others have asked about the immigrant-ban executive order: how many immigrants from these seven nations have committed acts of terrorism in the United States?

We read several articles but preferred this one above the others because it contains a dialogue with some disagreement but doesn't vilify. It is an understandable disagreement occurring in a moment of high political and legal pressure.

Another aspect of this story not often covered in the media is the number of terrorist attacks foiled by good intelligence.

Altogether, we thought this short interchange between a hard-working politician with an extraordinarily diverse district and Politifacts, a respected source of factual corrections in the media, except if you believe Matt Shapiro of The Federalist (Dec. 16, 2016) who asserts the Politifact has an anti-conservative bias.

The poor dears. -- blj

 

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What many San Joaquin Valley people hear and say about Trump

Submitted: Feb 02, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “Trump also seeks a return to the past,” Slim said. “Like a friend said, to a ‘regressive utopia.’ ” Franco Ordonez, Modesto Bee, Jan. 27, 2017

 

1-27-17

Modesto Bee

Trump may find he’s facing a master negotiator in talks with Mexico

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