The August Complex/Mendocino National Forest Fire in other words

Anthony Peak, Stonyford, Fiddlers Green, Alder Springs, Dogtown, Etsel Ridge, Black Butte River, Sunnyside, Log Spring Ridge, Chicken Ridge, Mexican Ridge, Hammer Horn Mountain, Middle Fork Eel River, Soldier Ridge, South Yollo Bolly Mountains, Red Mountain, Yuki Wilderness Area, Round Mountain, Kneecap Ridge, Little Round Mountain, Brushy Camp Ridge, Noel Spring Ridge, Bowman Ridge, McGill Ridge, Sanhedrin Ridge, Rattlesnake Ridge, Grindstone Creek, Shepherd Ridge, Salt Gulch, Hardin Ridge, Copper City, Lone Star, Daves Ridge, Valley View Mountain,  Digger Ridge, Heifer Ridge, Hall Ridge,

Virus note: September 9, 2020: possible local improvement


MERCED (BLJ) – On September 9, the Merced County Public Health Department reported 125 deaths (5 new) from Covid-19, and a radical drop in the percentage of positive test results, from nearly 18.27 percent down to 7.5 percent. The difference is due to the larger figure being a cumulative amount while the smaller amount represents only those tested in the last seven days. Nevertheless, it appears to be an improvement.

California reported 13,990 deaths (147 new).

What does moral journalism look like?

What does moral journalism look like?

In a word: WikiLeaks.

What is to be done about it?

Now, its founder, the Australian Julian Assange, is being torn apart by a lion in the zoo and a Bald eagle.

Who among journalists defends Assange?

Fellow Australian John Pilger. Consortium News published Pilger's defense.  Damn few others have had the courage to either write or to publish defenses of Julian Assange during his years' long, epic captivity and fight for freedom. -- blj



Consortium News

UC Merced's win-win public-private partnership: who gets bilked?

UC Merced’s newest chancellor, Juan Muñoz, told the Merced Sun-Star on August 23, that about 500 students will be returning to dormitories owned by third parties, in the university's win-win public-private partnership for growth with the Australian developer, Plenary, and other national and international corporations.

A community response to UC Merced's new chancellor and its dubious 2020 LRDP

“The university used to be a ‘grazing land,,’ Chancellor Juan Muñoz said, and seeing the campus now “the word that comes to mind is ‘transformation.’

“You come up Lake (Road) or Bellevue (Road), and you see the campus. Everyone has the same reaction,” he told The Bee during a Zoom interview. “It’s sort of like coming out of the tunnel, and you see Yosemite for the first time. It emerges like the city out of a prairie.” -- Monica Velez, Merced Sun-Star, August 23, 2020



Three cheers for Colin Kaepernick

Four years to the day after Colin Kaepernick first sat out the National Anthem on the 49ers bench, the NBA began a series of playoff boycotts, which spread to other sports including for a day or two Major League Baseball and tennis star Naomi Osaka. Kaepernick and the other athletes, or Civil Rights workers 60 years ago, were all protesting the same issue, the oppression of African-Americans, which gone on in this country in one form or another since the beginning of slavery.

On basketball: A Dull-Witted Boy story

A Dull-Witted Boy story, for your entertainment only.

From the offices of the Badlands Journal editorial board.

On Basketball 

It was Wednesday afternoon and four masked boys were playing basketball at the last public basketball court in town that didn’t have lids on the baskets. Somebody in Parks and Rec thought the whole idea of fitting lids on basketball hoops was baloney.


Virus notes: August 25, 2020 -- You'd never know it from the Republican Convention

MERCED (BLJ) – One August 25, the Merced Public Health Department reported 106 total deaths, an increase of seven for the day.  We aren’t sure of the numbers on the rest of the departmental “statistical dashboard.” We believe that the deaths have been recorded by more responsible agencies.

California reported 12,257 deaths, an increase of 123 for the day.

The United States reported 180,375 deaths, an increase of 640 for the day.

The global total deaths is 814,354, an increase of 1,332 for the day.


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