The VST development project was first conceived of in the 1990s, when the trust property was pledged to a burgeoning UC Merced. The university, which opened in 2005, was built on the trust land… In total, more 2,400 jobs and $8.9 million in city revenue is projected to come from the project, according to Merced Planning Manager Kim Espinosa. Merced City Council’s action on Monday gave support to the potential annexation of the VST development project. representing a critical step in a vision that is still decades in the making. – Merced Sun-Star, Nov 17, 2021
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Address on Iraq, by Dominique de Villepin, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the UN Security Council
New-York, February 14, 2003
Capitalism has become so desperate for profits, any profits, that it is escalating the pace at which it devours society, government, and ultimately itself. -- blj
Mail delivery slowdown: USPS to slow delivery starting October 1
BY AIMEE PICCHI
Mail delivery for many Americans will slow starting on Friday, part of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's blueprint for overhauling the U.S. Postal Service in order to slash costs. But critics say the slower delivery standards could cause problems such as late bill delivery while more broadly undermining the public's faith in the USPS. Almost 4 of 10 pieces of first-class mail will see slower delivery, according to Paul Steidler, senior fellow at the Lexington Institute and an expert on the postal service. That "means mail delivery will be slower than in the 1970s,"
The hijackers who carried out the attacks on 9/11, like all radical jihadist groups in the Middle East, spoke to us in the murderous language we taught them. I was in Times Square in New York City shortly after the second plane banked and plowed into the South Tower. The crowd looking up at the Jumbotron gasped in dismay at the billowing black smoke and the fireball that erupted from the tower. There was no question now that the two attacks on the Twin Towers were acts of terrorism. The earlier supposition, that perhaps the pilot had a heart attack or lost control of the plane when it struck the North Tower seventeen minutes earlier, vanished with the second attack. The city fell into a collective state of shock. Fear palpitated throughout the streets. Would they strike again? Where? Was my family safe? Should I go to work? Should I go home? What did it mean? Who would do this? Why?
That this could be put effectively in an essay so short is in itself the best indication of the American crisis -- a nation ferociously marching to the tune of its own gravediggers. -- blj
Democracy, as bourgeousified in the post revolutionary era, would reveal itself to Tocqueville as likewise inadequately endowed with concern for the political but, unlike aristocracy, it threatened to become over-generneralized. Democratic equality is one way of promising commonality, but bourgeois individualism can undercut equality while bourgeois competitiveness destroys both equality and solidarity. The consequence is the perversion of generality and the prelude to democratic despotism. That dire condition is immanent in the democratic form of apartness, individualism, an over-particularization that withdraws from the public domain and thereby allows power to generalize itself, to extend its rules without encountering differences. Where traditional societies included distinctions of wealth, birth, and status within the political, democratic societies attempted a separation of the public and the private realms with social distinctions forbidden in the one and sanctioned in the other.--Sheldon Wolin, Tocqueville between two worlds (2003), p.160.
Protecting the natural world means creating tomorrow’s ancient habitats.
By George Monbiot
We have a slow food movement and a slow travel movement. But we’re missing something, and its absence contributes to our escalating crisis. We need a slow ecology movement, and we need it fast.
How far down the water has descended, how salty it’s become, isn’t something farmers like to advertise. Angell, with the support of his wife and his son and a Stanford graduate student who’s crunching the data, knows he’s taking a risk by going public. “Every well we work on, we’re measuring the standing water level. If I can get a farmer to listen, I tell him we can’t keep on doing this. It’s not going to last. Another dam won’t solve this. Another flood won’t solve this.”
The Climate Stat We Can’t Afford to Overlook: CEO Pay
If top U.S. corporate execs are still pocketing jackpots a decade from now, our environment has no shot, writes Sam Pizzigati.
By Sam Pizzigati
Ace researchers dropped two blockbuster reports on us last week. The first — from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC — hit with a worldwide thunderclap.
It is sometimes terrible to realize how much more intelligent some earlier Western Americans were than our present leaders are; but that feeling is part of the prolonged tragedy we are living through long after the prophets have come, spoken, and gone, and Manifest Destiny has won such an impressive victory over science.