Understanding Repubican congressmen Nunes and McCarthy

Reading this article about the rapidly sinking Friant-Kern Canal, built in the late 1940's to replenish the water supply to areas in the eastern San Joaquin Valley where farmers had overdrafted the groundwater, should, among other lessons, explain the consistent lunacy of the two congressmen whose districts straddle the canal, Republican representatives Devin Nunes and Kevin McCarthy.  The canal is essential to the largely agricultural economy of the region and to the water supply of a string of farm towns that give Tulare County a charm invisible from SR 99,

Mental health dangers of marijuana


Commercialisation of cannabis has as many dangers as criminalisation.

A new legal market in cannabis might be regulated and the toxicity of super-strength skunk reduced. But the argument of those who want to legalise cannabis is that the authorities are unable to enforce regulations when the drug is illegal, so why should they be more successful in regulating it when its production and sale is no longer against the law?b-- Patrick Cockburn, Unz Review, June 24, 2018

When a dolphin tries to swallow a whale

 If you've wondered why your Merced Sun-Star front page looks so much like the Modesto Bee front page, or wondered whatever happened to the Sun-Star's offices, or, if you're more familiar with local journalism, what happened to the Sun-Star's printing press, if fact, if you're just generally wondering what happened to your local paper about the time UC arrived and McClatchy bought the paper, the following article will give you a better idea about what McClatchy bigshots did and its consequences for you. -- blj

Don Culo does the environment

National Geographic has thoughtfully put together a running account of the damage the regime of Don Trump, il Culo, and his famiglia has done and will do to the environment of the nation and the world. -- wmh
National Geographic
A Running List of How Trump Is Changing the Environment
The Trump administration has promised vast changes to U.S. science and environmental policy—and we’re tracking them here as they happen.

A smooth, new academic generation of developer flak is upon us

Only with a university would Joeville be viable. I’d put mine in the city center, not on the outskirts as was done, mistakenly, with the new UC campus in Merced. I’d also put my university in charge of the local school district—creating a teachers college in the process. Mathews, Zocalo, June 11, 2018


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