Economy

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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Westlands' latest designs on the Trinity River

Submitted: Nov 09, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Westlands Water District's predations against water used by others continue, perversely, and a big water bill in Congress tied to a defense-spending package could be another successful grab by the Colossus of Alkali Flats.  Westlands will take cover wherever it's available, even wrapping itself in the same Stars and Stripes that covers the caskets of soldiers killed in wars in countries their relatives would have a hard time finding on a map.

But in this battle they are up against Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, formerly a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the lead attorneys on NRDC vs. Rodgers,  which resulted in water flowing in the San Joaquin River across the Valley for the first time in 55 years for the benefit of fish. (1)

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Don't believe your lying eyes

Submitted: Nov 05, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “This is typical Obama-era political science,” Bast said. “It’s all been debunked so many times it’s not worth debating anymore. Why are we still wasting taxpayer dollars on green propaganda?” -- Mooney et al, Washington Post, Nov. 3, 2017

Once in power, the shrill pack of lies of rightwing propaganda changes its tone. It casually dismisses a decade of sincere confrontation and effort to cope with global warming as something that you-know-what president did. Now in power, the Right delivers the propaganda of the deed.

-- blj

11-3-17

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The continual power of nonviolent protest

Submitted: Nov 04, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 10-15-17

Truthdig.com

Only Nonviolent Resistance Will Destroy Corporate State

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Co-Option Or The Corporatization Of Activism

Submitted: Nov 03, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

This ugly political phenomenon occurs constantly behind the curtains of some activist organizations and is not specific to Black Lives Matters, the example described here. In fact, most state and national-level public-interest organizations have built a large degree of co-option into their model for success. In this sense, they ape the politicians they constantly seek to rub elbows with.

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Merced County: Do Angel's Gate foghorns blast for you?

Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

If the public does not have a newspaper that will dig into the county's business life, it will never be able to judge important to our citizens of anything important from the so-called "news." Like so "very, very" (to lapse into Trumpian) articles in this McClatchy Chain outlet, this is nothing more than a press release, pathetically concocted by the newspaper itself for the purpose of pleasing local "leaders."

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Wonderful!

Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Nature Speaking:

Enjoy Julia Roberts as Mother Nature, Harrison Ford as Ocean, Kevin Spacey as Rain Forest, Penelope Cruz as Water, and more ...

https://www.google.com/search?q=julia+roberts+%2Cother+earth&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS583US583&oq=julia+roberts+%2Cother+earth&aqs=chrome..69i57j0.13574j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8Democrats

Copy and paste the address to get this series of short, beautiful spoken essays with great film. -- blj

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Big Pharma's bribery and corruption linked to opioid epidemic

Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

10-19-17

The Guardian

How big pharma's money--and its politicians--feed the US opioid crisis

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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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Nothing spells imperialism like O.P.I.U.M.

Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Big Green Pharma Machine losing wars and peddling dope from Chiang Mai to Kandahar:  -- blj

10-5-17

Truthdig.com

No Good Reasons to Continue America’s Longest War

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