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Chapter Four: The Country of the Houyhnhnms
The Houyhnhnms Notion of Truth and Falshood.
We have met the enemy and he is us. -- Pogo
Populations of early human settlers grew like an 'invasive species,' Stanford researchers findRead More »
“Our situation here shows how important infrastructure investment is to economic development,” said Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced. He said the effort to complete the expressway must continue. -- Thaddeus Miller, March 3, 2016, Merced Sun-Star
A basic standard for professional newswriting and editing is that everything in the story make some kind of minimal sense. This standard used to be applied also to the obligatory quote from the appropriate bigshot. These requirements of the professional newsstory have been known to clash. When they do, they create a momentary blank spot in the minds of readers as they try to follow a narrative of public events.Read More »
The title to this letter to the editor in the print edition of today's paper was "Blame the greenies for higher prices."
Who causes entanglements to keep their job? Environmentalists became stronger when they realize they never produced a product to sell. They constantly charged fees or taxes on manufacturing businesses, farms and electrical companies in order to keep their job and paycheck.
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The animal spirits of capitalism are bathing in the arid West. -- blj
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State water bureaucrats are keeping the screws tight on urban water use while a few agro-plutocrats on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley lock in a guaranteed water supply 30-percent larger than the total requirement for Los Angeles and go on planting more almond orchards as the price for the Holy Nut falls. --blj
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Ms. Henry, assistant managing editor of the Bakersfield Californian, reports on water issues from the perspective of Kern County, one of the state's largest producers of grapes, almonds, milk and citrus, and of politically influential agribusinesses.
Kern County's fascination with the minutiae of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta politics reflects its dependency on Delta water. Compare and contrast with the rather smug opinions and self-congratulation of coastal Ventura County folk. Aside from some overdrafting in the Oxnard farming area, they appear to be sitting in a catbird seat, including laughable claims to State Water Project paper water and maybe a deal with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California as the county "builds out" and the developer "footprint" enlarges a few sizes.Read More »
So it goes: The selling off of the Republic, piece by piece. What was it Mark Twain said? “There is no distinctive native American criminal class except Congress.” Bill Moyers, Huffington Post, Dec. 22, 2015
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Las Vegas Review-Journal
Death Valley still digging out after October flooding
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