I had a nightmare on this Independence Day


I had a nightmare today. It was that two score and seventeen years after Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his I have a dream speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Independence Day, this jingo in the White House vomited down upon us a chunky torrent of militarism complete with special effects (tanks and aircraft) from the same podium.

I awoke from this nightmare and found hope again in Dr. King’s concluding remarks at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, when the country was in the middle of the Civil Rights struggle and at the beginning of the Vietnam War. -- wmh


Happy Fourth of July

Declaration of Independence: A Transcription


Note: The following text is a transcription of the Stone Engraving of the parchment Declaration of Independence (the document on display in the Rotunda at the National Archives Museum.) The spelling and punctuation reflects the original.

In Congress, July 4, 1776.


The current situation with PG&E, Southern California Edison and others

A few articles that give us the basics of the negotiations between the state and the largest shareholder owned electrical utilities at the moment. --blj



Sacramento Bee

Newsom unveils $24 billion plan to tackle wildfires, PG&E bankruptcy

A coalition of wildfire victims said it supports the proposal

By Dale Kasler and Bryan Anderson | Sacramento Bee


Trump a fascist?

Of course, Trump is not alone in this: populist nationalist authoritarian leaders on the rise all over the world win and hold power in ways very similar to the fascists of the inter-war period. What is there in these two eras almost a century apart that would explain this common political trajectory?


Coyote deal on the border, 2019

Bribes are traditionally paid along the route to authorities, but also to organised crime groups that control territory, especially at Mexico's northern border with the US and charge smugglers for each migrant they cross.

Ebrard said Mexico was meeting weekly with governments from Central America's Northern Triangle - Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador - to exchange information about smuggling rings. But he said he also expected cooperation from the US government.


A journal of the federal felony trial of No More Deaths' volunteer Scott Warren in Tuscon AZ



This is a journal that Tracy Taft of Ajo AZ, a neighbor of Scott Warren, kept of this trial, in which a conviction carried up to a 20-year sentence.  Ms. Taft began the journal as a letter to a friend. -- blj


June 1



Powerful voices from a lost America

Two speeches given by the President and Vice President of the United States in the months prior to US entrance into World War II state who we were and why we were going to fight fascism. These ideals and the works that had already sprung from them during the New Deal were hated by the ancestors of the far right kleptocrats now seeking to destroy America for the rest of us.


The death dance of Roundup and GMO corn

The very ugly story of corporate greed and aggression and government and judicial corruption known as corn genetically modified to resist the herbicide glysophate is coming round to the truths so long shouted down by high-paid, soulless flaks, politicians and other rotten grifters riding that grand “high-tech, bio-tech engine for growth” gravy train so deafeningly, vulgarly and lyingly broadcast locally by the University of California, Merced as it browbeat the local population into submission for the benefit of the local finance, insurance, and real estate speculating congregation.


Well, at least it's not LA

But, how do you build a water bank under ground?

LeZotte said Santa Clara is sensitive to farmers’ apprehensions about groundwater getting moved.

A sentiment worthy of UC Merced. -- blj


Sacramento Bee

Thirsty Silicon Valley water agency might buy a Central Valley farm. Why agriculture is worried.

By Dale Kasler



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