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Hank Cluck for governor

Badlands Journal is happy to announce its choice for the upcoming recall election for governor of California. We are supporting, without reservation, Hank Cluck (they/them), because they is the only candidates in the race that is half human (Anglo-x) and half White Leghorn pullet. 
Hank vows to ignore completely drought and water supply and delivery issues and concentrate on culture. -- blj

The damage genetic engineering does

Below you'll find a linked summary of articles on recent research into the damage genetic engineering has done, does, and will do. When Bill Gates and his ilk tell you that's all bunk, remember that Gates is not a scientist anymore than Zuckerberg is or Steve Jobs was. They use science to improve their profits; they don't do science to discover truths. -- blj



Gene editing: Unexpected outcomes and risks

Damaged DNA on fire

The rentier class and the economy of extortion

I apologize for the absence of material on Badlands in recent weeks. I’ve been moving.

I recently asked a learned member of my new community in the desert what “economic rent” was. She had spent her entire career in “Finance,” she said (and you should hear the word as she pronounces it, with a Capital F and italics). She flipped off the following reply to this elementary question: “Payment for the use of something you don’t own.”

For Lawrence Ferlinghetti, founder of City Lights Bookstore, North Beach,. SF

Sidewalk Sketch of the Skipper

(for Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 1919-2021)

From Nothing to Nothing,

Wearing an ironic grin and

A fine hat,

Back straight, naval officer,

The wheel at hand,

The compass within,

Forever approaching

That Beach,

June Sixth,

Nineteen forty-four,

A break in bad weather,

But not in artillery.

Back straight at the wheel,

Into battle,

There went a gent whose

Calm heart will be sorely missed,

Always among us

When gummint does something right


Los Angeles Times

These word cops stand guard to keep language clear and simple




The crack team of federal specialists proceeded cautiously and deliberately, activating a vast network of experts to avoid missteps.

Skillful guidance was crucial to navigating the vexing case that had gone cold for the organized crime unit of the Mesa, Ariz., police department.

One word or two? Hyphen or no?