Entertainment

LA: it believes in its own tinsel

Submitted: Oct 20, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 LA lives or dies by its own propaganda except for its fine B movies, its superb detective-story writers, and the incomparable Mike Davis (City of Quartz, Planet of Slums, and much more).

But, is it absolutely necessary that the rest of the state swallow LA propaganda, particularly on the question of how much Northern California water it "deserves" as "fair and equitable" so it can continue to grow? For the benefit of whom (1)  at the cost of the destruction to what (2)?

See answers below. -- blj

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As the Wolf arrives, Merced Agriculture gibbers on

Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 There have been way too many groundwater management plans to make plans in Merced County and they have now come back to bite agriculture's habitual liars you know where. The wolf is here at last and the ag rhetoric is exhausted. 

Representatives of the Merced County Farm Bureau and California Women for Agriculture have been animated by what has come to be called "the Sloan Sale" (26,000 acre feet of groundwater sold to a Stanislaus County water district over two years at a minimum of $500/acre foot). On August 26, they were before the Board of Supervisors again demanding county action on the groundwater situation.

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Mexico's loss to the Netherlands in the World Cup

Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

One of the Badlands editors, in agreement with  a commentator on ESPN, wrote this about Mexico's heartbreaking loss to the Netherlands Sunday. We thought it might be worth sharing here. -- blj 


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Adam Gray's spiteful spinTweets

Submitted: Jun 21, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

By the twisted routes that spin is transmitted in the California 21st Assembly District -- if you can believe the informal networking source --

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Only for true lovers of string quartets

Submitted: Jun 09, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKezUd_xw20

Salut Salon "Wettstreit zu viert" | "Competitive Foursome"

Be there or be quadratisch. --blj

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Oh well, we can always laugh

Submitted: Jun 09, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

These are two monologues by John Oliver. Tfhe first is about net neutrality. The second is about the unbelievably corrupt FIFA, which rules the soccer World Cup, about to start in Brazil. 

Enjoy!

-blj

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpbOEoRrHyU 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/09/john-oliver-fifa_n_5473346.html

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"Almonds and Dust"

Submitted: Jun 01, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 "Almonds and Dust"

(Tune of "Diamonds and Rust," J. Baez)

 Bill Hatch

 

Well I’ll be damned

Here comes your dust again

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Unipolar disorder

Submitted: May 21, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 There is a rumor going around professional psychological circles that at last the staid Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), in recent refinements will include what has since the millennium become a psychological epidemic among certain elites in the United States--unipolar disorder. Not to be confused with its sound alike, biopolar disorder, sufferers of unipolar disorder appear to bask passively in the light of the
truths" they imagine they have received. It is a novel and menacing addition to the nation's psychopathologies.

Unipolar disorder seems to be a cross between extreme narcissism and bloviated cartoon-like patriotism. This is harmless when confined to the dittohead set in county-seat barbershops. However, when mixed with any sort of elite credential, a hedge fund, the American cult of leadership, and especially with political and military power, the patient's inner chaos can project out into the world, creating economic depression and what some foreign correspondents are now calling "the Empire of Chaos."

 

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Goal tending

Submitted: May 20, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

President Barack Obama, who next to former President George W. Bush sounded like the greatest orator since Mark Antony, evidently gave away US foreign policy and his fundamental source of metaphor, basketball, to a bunch of neocon hacks who don’t know the difference between diplomacy and their own unipolar disorder or a pivot and a tip off. No wonder the rats are scurrying about in the open and there is no guilt or shame. -- blj

 

 

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Obama drags pivot foot all the way across Eurasia

Submitted: May 19, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

All this talk about foreign policy “pivots” in the last few weeks has completed our disillusionment with President Barack Obama, who claims to be a lifelong lover of basketball. 

There seems to be a total absence of basketball players among the critics of his policies (oh for the days of Sen. Bill Bradley, D-NJ), We say this because Obama has dragged his pivot foot all the way from the Dneiper River to the South China Sea and no one in the native home of basketball seems to have noticed. This is not something he could get away with at the Barkley’s Center in Brooklyn, where Dmitri Prokhorov's Nets, including forward Andrei Kirilenko, play. Even President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping can see a dragging pivot foot leaving a streak all the way across Eurasia.  -- blj

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