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A few choice words

Submitted: Aug 04, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

MACBETH

 

Act V, Scene II

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Eine kleine Caenmusik

Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Willie Brown, former California state Assembly speaker (longest serving), former mayor of San Francisco and general bon vivant, used to have lunch on Fridays in the City at a restaurant called Le Central, with several friends, including Herb Caen, legendary Chronicle columnist.

It looks like Willie picked up a few literary pointers over the cassoulet. -- wmh

 

 

 

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Towards a quieter dine-and-dope experience in central Merced

Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Merced City Council members Jill McLeod and Michael Belluomini advocated for quieter trains at last week's council meeting. They targeted the BNSF tracks in the northern part of central Merced because Amtrak adds more trains to the already busy tracks. But when Ms. McLeod, known in some central Merced circles as "Strawberry Jujube," repeatedly said that the area has an "industrial" feeling, we wondered how long before the council would mandate the Strawberry Jujube Aesthetic for our neighborhoods. Would we all be required by ordinance to die our hair orange and wear a pigtail to escape the onus of looking "industrial," the way many working people employed by various industries do look.

We don't think McLeod and Belluomini are going after the worst aspect of the trains. The dirt, the dust, and the grime that both BNSF and Union Pacific trains kick up pose worse problems for health and housecleaning than their noise. And the hazardous materials constantly traveling through town on frieght trains pose potentially catastrophic dangers to public health.

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Preface to President Trump's first address to Congress this evening

Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The past is never dead. It's not even past." -- William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun

 

11-9-1710

The Examiner

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Threats and lies: The Trump Regime, Part 1. Soft threats

Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The thing about lies and threats is that they are meant to intimidate and they often achieve their goals.  Part of the shock involves the recognition that the regime in power actually wants to intimidate you.

Actually, it does. It does it blatantly, as in Trump's lies about the number of illegal votes cast in the last election, who is going to pay for the alleged wall on the southern border,  the size of the crowd at his inauguration.

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Badlands Journal Anthem: L. Breakfast's "California Collapse"

Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                  'California Collapse'

 

by Lance Breakfast 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIQazFRIhZY&feature=youtu.be

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Three of Fisk's stories

Submitted: Jan 04, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 I found some relief from depression about the coming kleptocracy and decade's long daily slaughter in a form of journalism nobody I know does better than Robert Fisk, Middle East correspondent for the Independent (UK), He writes book reviews that are stories in themselves, soaked in the blood and history of the region in which he has been a resident and Arabic speaker for decades.

Whatever the wit and wisdom of that agonized region is, few Westerners seem to grasp it or care to. Perhaps the region's tragedy, above even the lethal, zooming drones and the equally lethal droning of zealots' cries, is only fully seen and felt by the old gods of the Greeks, who are perhaps immortal after all. The Arabs are more hospitable to Plato and Thucydides than are the lords of the Superpower, these days, who don't pause to wonder why the New Testament was written in Greek.

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Let us now praise famous musicians

Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Leonard Cohen  (September 21, 1934 -- November 7, 2016)

Suzanne

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o6zMPLcXZ8

 

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Dylan wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Bob Dylan received the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for his incredible body of work. The Swedish Academy's permanent secretary compared Dylan with Homer and Sappho.

Everybody has their favorites. We especially liked these.

Thanks, and congratulations, Bob -- blj

 

 

 

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Slavery -- it just keeps on going on

Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

One thing Trump's race baiting and Hillary's neocon foreign policies have in common is slavery. Trump's "southern strategy" (copying Nixon in 1968) is based on racial prejudice that goes back to slave days in the USA and the police story has never changed except for the attention or lack of it paid to the shameful truth. Hillary's neocon policy of blowing up the Middle has increased the amount of slavery wherever American ordnance and American soldiers (with or without boots) have landed.

Contemporary literature on the booming slave trade is copious. One recurrent theme is that while you can only sell a particular package of drugs once, you can sell a human being many times over for sex or for work.

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