"I am the people, the mob"
I AM the people--the mob--the crowd--the mass.
Do you know that all the great work of the world is done through me?
I am the workingman, the inventor, the maker of the world's food and clothes.
I am the audience that witnesses history. The Napoleons come from me and the Lincolns. They die. And then I send forth more Napoleons and Lincolns.
I am the seed ground. I am a prairie that will stand for much plowing. Terrible storms pass over me.
It was reported that the new assemblyman, Adam Gray, and his family (mother Candice, uncle Robin, Gray’s most senior political advisor, and his in-laws the Condit Tribe led by his wife, Cadee, brought a real old-fashioned political dog-and-pony show on fracking to Merced on Friday. The report explains why Gray, why Merced, why now:
"...There was never any more inception than there is now,
Nor any more youth or age than there is now,
And will never be any more perfection than there is now,
Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now ..."
Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself," (1855)
California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA)
State and Federal Water Projects Violate Standards: Delta Fisheries Plunge in Summer of 2013
Regulators look the other way; refuse to enforce the law
California cultivates it. Here, fracking is the new sugar beet. -- blj
Colorado an energy battleground as towns ban fracking
By Keith Coffman
This is a surprisingly good narrative and political analysis of what happened in the California Legislature re. fracking. That it was written by a state Democratic Party leader, chair of its environmental caucus, makes it doubly unusual. At least it confirmed our deeper suspicions about what happened and how. It also confirmed our suspicion that our new assemblyman, Adam Gray, Adam/Medifind Party-Merced, is not worth mention on this issue except in his own press releases.
Chicago Sun-Times Voices
Early and Often
Protestors disrupt Illinois House by sprinkling fake money on lawmakers’ heads
Responding to Climate Change
Speech of Yep Sano, chief negotiator for the Philippines at the UN Climate Change Convention.
Mr. President, I have the honor to speak on behalf of the resilient people of the Republic of the Philippines.
The powerful, durable Filipino community of Delano is “taking action” as the LA Times headline accurately announces, to do what it can to help people, some of them family and friends, hurt by the monstrous typhoon that hit the Philippines last week. As this wonderful article relates, this is one immigrant community in the Valley that has always taken action at the necessary time.
Because we live in The Valley That Feeds the World, we are very poor and need our Social Security. -- blj
Growing Movement: Expand Social Security or 'Pay a Price'
Sen. Warren: 'Social Security is incredibly effective, it is incredibly popular, and the calls for strengthening it are growing louder every day.'
- Lauren McCauley, staff writer
And these are the smart ones! -- blj
Merced County is sinking; researchers blame over-pumping of groundwater…J.N. Sbranti, Modesto Bee. Fresno Bee reporter Mark Grossi contributed to this report.
In a more vigorous intellectual era -- it takes more historical knowledge than we have to imagine an American intellectual era more flaccid than the present -- we called the sort of exercise described below as "intellectual masturbation." In the case of this circle of scientists (grant hustlers) and special interests (known as "stakeholders"), the problem of course is our old friend, Consensus, that blunt instrument the corporate state has imposed on every "decision-making process" in the land (except the important decisions made in their own boardrooms by anything but "democratic" means).
The Climate Disaster Bubbling in the Arctic
Study: twice as much methane as previously thought being released from East Siberian Arctic Shelf
New research reveals that the amount of the potent greenhouse gas methane escaping from an area in the Arctic is over twice the amount previously estimated.