Be careful of whose stocking you consider stuffing this book into. It is recommended only for people with a greater ability to reflect than to be ditto heads because it puts into question every sacred cow that has ever ambled beneath Modesto's famous arch: Water Wealth Contentment Health -- to which there can be only reply: "Not! Not now!Read More »
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And they say these are the smart people. -- blj
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There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know. --Donald Rumsfeld
Sometimes when the Blood of the West is Up and we've got wogs in the gunsights, it's good to sit back a moment and read.
I remember a lecture I received from a bespectacled scholar of about 11 one morning when I was splitting firewood for his family in return for a night's lodging in the hills out of Grenoble. My little professor, a Sartre in short pants, with great dignity and extreme seriousness, told me all about Charles Martel and the Battle of Tours, which stopped the Arab advance into France in the 8th century. I have again been reading about the grandfather of Charlemagne tonight, more than 50 years later.Read More »
American Business people -- in agriculture and elsewhere -- tend to blame environmentalists for the economic ills of the nation the way their fathers blamed communists. It doesn't really matter who the enemy du jour is or whether the evil doer has been fingered by the chamber of commerce or the farm bureau. The important thing seems to be to avoid accountability, responsibility or blame for the clearly ruinous economic future before us. An enormous amount of money is spent constantly on public relations and lawyers to villify and sue critics, all for the sake of "proving" that it is "Not Our Fault!" What good do you think an economy that grows wealth for a few and unemployment and poverty for the many? What good is this kind of economy? Who do you think you are to treat your fellow citizens this way? Dr. Roberts again lays down the ABCs of this dismal process so that even an unemployed rocket scientist could understand. -- blj
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“If it wasn’t for having crop insurance right now, I would have lost everything three generations of Messonniers have created. If it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t be here. It’s that simple.” ... “This was the first year ever we didn’t do any rice,” (Tom Roduner) said. “Sometimes we have a little bit. It’s so bleak this year, between the water allocation and how dry things were, it just wasn’t feasible to do any.”
-- Calix, Merced Sun-Star, Oct. 28, 2015
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Suppose, contrary to nearly universal public opinion, humanity doesn't deserve nature. Man is destroying ecological system after ecological system, extinguishing species after driving them into habitat corrals, constantly encroached upon by agricultural and housing development. The only way the story of the global environmental crisis makes sense is once hope is removed from reflections on it.
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The Chicago Tribune, clarion voice of the Midwest, calls Paul Ryan, R-WI, leading candidate for speaker of the House of Representatives, a man of ideas. To be exact, the Tribune's editorial board quotes Mitt Romney, whose running mate Ryan was in the presidential election of 2012, "he is a man of ideas who is driven to see them applied for the public good."
But what are the quality of Ryan's ideas? Since they focus on the federal budget, we consulted Dean Baker, an economist, on the subject. We've listened carefully to Baker ever since he drew our attention to the complete instability of the housing boom and its dangers as early as 2004.Read More »
'Capitalism is Mother Earth's Cancer': World People's Summit Issues 12 Demands
The establishment of an independent climate tribunal to hold wealthy nations accountable emerged as a central goal of conference in BoliviaRead More »
The proposed "Palma" map for City-Council district elections, pushed by a number of speakers at last week's Merced City Council meeting, was rejected by the council. Council members inquired why South Merced residents would want a district map that included two South Merced districts, each of which bulged across the highway and railroad tracks into Downtown Merced.
Mayor Stan Thurston pointed out that it could defeat the alleged purpose of the district maps to distribute council seats equally among different parts of the city and that South Merced could end up being represented by two council members from downtown or central Merced.Read More »
...and Hill rolls down to the Plain of Oblivion.
Golden State's Love for Sanders Grows as Support for Clinton DwindlesRead More »