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Mexico continues to be most dangerous for journalists


Besides being targeted for assassination, journalists also regularly suffer assaults and threats. Many have fled for their lives to other parts of Mexico or abroad.
Few of those behind the violence ever face justice. More than 95% of crimes against journalists in Mexico go unpunished, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. The relatively few jailed are often low-level triggermen, not the masterminds who ordered the slaying of journalists.



Review of Bright Green Lies

We are grateful to Joe Mitchell for sending this excellent review of Bright Green Lies to us before I'd had a chance to finish reading my copy of the book. There is a great deal that could be said about bright, green lies, by people in and around Merced County in recent years. The polarities exploded around landowners' frenzy for development stimulated by UC Merced,, that great anchor tenant for growth that appeared in the first decade of the new century.

Tocqueville's view revisited


Democracy in America 1832 – 2022
December 18, 2021
Alexis de Tocqueville, the French visitor to the United States 180 years ago, already defined the enduring American character and what would come to pass, writes Micheal Brenner. 

Planning for the other side of the two-front war

Hey kids, and all you young-at-hearts, It's good for us to know that our government is busy planning how to fight a two-front war in the Ukraine and Taiwan.  

Badlands Journal Ukraine and the pipelines: the real Eurasian Deal, Dec. 28,2021

--Uncle Badlands

Asia Times
US and Japan float a plan to defend Taiwan
This is the first report of any joint planning between the US and Japan on potential Chinese attacks on Taiwan
US and Japan float a plan to defend Taiwan - Asia Times

Ideology and the science of vaccination

And how the Democrats’ plans to boost capital-gains taxes may discourage future innovation...The federal government expedited drug approvals and helped to fund the vaccine roll-out. But how were Moderna and BioNTech able to design and deliver highly effective vaccines so quickly — in months, rather than the years it usually takes for vaccines?