Other views on American white resentment

Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 8-13-17

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Charlottesville

https://www.facebook.com/notes/arnold-schwarzenegger/charlottesville/10155766543359658/

 

I have been horrified by the images of Nazis and white supremacists marching in Charlottesville and I was heartbroken that a domestic terrorist took an innocent life. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Heather Heyer, Lt. Cullen, and Trooper-Pilot Bates.

While these so-called "white nationalists" are lucky to live in a country that defends their right to voice their awful, incorrect, hateful opinions, the rest of us must use our voices and resources to condemn hate and teach tolerance at every opportunity.

My message to them is simple: you will not win. Our voices are louder and stronger. There is no white America - there is only the United States of America. You were not born with these hateful views - you can change, grow, and evolve, and I suggest you start immediately.

Today, I'm sending $100,000 to an anti-hate organization I've worked with for decades - the Simon Wiesenthal Center, named after the great Nazi hunter who I was lucky to call a friend. I have spoken to its founder, Rabbi Marvin Hier, and I know that my contribution can help advance the Center's mission of expanding tolerance through education and fighting hate all over America - in the streets and online. My dream is that all of you will join me in helping your favorite anti-hate organizations in any way you can.

United, we are greater than the hatred we saw this weekend.

 


8-14-17

DailyKos

Angela Merkel shows how a true leader responds to violent racism

Joan McCarter

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/8/14/1689407/-Angela-Merkel-shows-how-a-true-leader-responds-to-violent-racism?detail=emaildkre

 

 

 

 

 

It shouldn't take a German to show an American president how to respond to racial violence, but Chancellor Angela Merkel does it, making Trump's refusal to condemn the Nazi terror attack in Charlottesville stand out as that much more deplorable.

In comments released via her spokesman on Monday, Merkel expressed shock at the "naked racism" seen during clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

"The scenes at the right-wing extremist march were absolutely repulsive—naked racism, anti-Semitism and hate in their most evil form were on display," Steffan Seibert told reporters, AFP reported.

"Such images and chants are disgusting wherever they may be and they are diametrically opposed to the political goals of the chancellor and the entire German government."

Seibert added that Merkel stood with "those who peacefully oppose such aggressive, far-right views."

That's how you condemn murderous Nazi racists. Since the entire world lived through a war over this once before, it shouldn't be hard to figure out that there aren't "many sides" to consider. There is good and there is evil on this one, and every day Trump refuses to issue that strong condemnation his true colors show through clearer and clearer.

 

2017

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York

Age of Anger: A History of the Present

Pankaj Mishra

ISBN: 978-0-374-27478-8

 

...Self-distrust led to more boosting of the Volk, and the fantasy that the people rooted in blood and soil would eventually triumph over rootless cosmopolitans, confirming Germany's moral and cultural superiority over its neighbours. Thus, Germany generated a phenomenon now visible all over Europe and America: a conservative variant of populism that posits a state of primal wholeness, or unity of the people, against transnational elites, while being itself deeply embedded in a globalized modern world.

Self-hatred expanded into hatred of the 'other': the bourgeois in the mirror. In German eyes, the West was increasingly identified with soulless capitalism, and England replaced France as the embodiment of the despised bourgeois world, followed by the United States ...The United States became the 'land without a heart', another heir of the ultra-rational Enlightenment.

Bu the main embodiment of Western moral degeneracy and treachery was the Jew. Whether capitalist modernization boomed or went into crisis (which it did severely in Germany in 1873), the Jews were to blame.  Anti-Semitism, not withstanding its long historical roots, served a frantic need to find and malign 'others' in the nineteenth century; it acquired its vicious edge in conditions of traumatic socio-economic modernization, among social groups damaged by technical progress and capigtalist exploitation -- small businessmen, shopkeepers and the artisan classes as well as landlords -- and then condescended to by their beneficiaries. This was no traditional Jew hatred in a new guise, as the first generation of Zionists, all assimilated and self-consciously European Jews, recognized, if much too slowly. ... pp. 208-209

 

 

 

 

 

...and finally, a great article on a small town in Germany, Wunsiedel, birthplace and burial place of Rudolf Hess, one of Hitler's top Nazi officials, and what the townspeople did to protest the annual neo-Nazi pilgrimage to the site. -- blj

8-17-17

New York Times

How to Make Fun of Nazis

Moises Velasquez-Manoff

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/17/opinion/how-to-make-fun-of-nazis.html

 

 

 

| »

Sisters of Perpetual Ambiguity farm pot in Merced

Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 ....but rushing in to the county to guide the Sisters is one of the state Capitol's leading political geniuses, Will "If you print my name I'll have to kill you" Skaarup, formerly the Democrats' go to registration ace. Skaarup, like the Sisters, has BIG plans for Merced, including a warehouse for overnighting big Humboldt Bud loads bound for LA. Wouldn't it fit in nicely with the Gateway Project at Mission and 99?

-- blj

 

7-21-17

 Read More »
| »

The old "nameless accountant" ploy

Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The violations were errors made by bookkeepers and not made directly by Gray, according to Mike Lynch, Gray’s campaign manager. “They’re bookkeeping errors,” he said. “We have taken steps to fix those.”

The treasurer and accountant in charge of the bookkeeping at the time no longer work for Gray, Lynch said. “Adam takes full responsibility for it,” Lynch said... Gray and his committee also accepted $13,200 from IBEW Local Union 1245, which exceeds the $4,100 limit allowed at the time, according to the FPPC.

 Read More »
| »

The plague of hand held devices

Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 

 

 The plague of hand held devices grows more toxic every financial quarter as their manufacturers calculate the profits. Below is a thorough discussion of the sociology of the problem from The Atlantic and, from Merced County, a story of an auto accident. Together, they describe different aspects of the plague:  suburban generational neuroses  vs. post-cow-county homicide.

 Read More »
| »

Gateway to a ghost (down)town and other city council foibles

Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 There is nothing quite as revolting as watching a land-use planning authority rejoice in the anticipation of spending millions in the taxes they're going to get from some commercial development project they just approved on a piece of dirt in the outskirts of their town. It's a wet dream.

In the case of the City of Merced, we have a city manager, Steve Carrigan,  former director of economic development for bankrupt Stockton, who has more need for public-management redemption than most of the others, although Frank Quintero and Mike Conway, two of Carrigan's ethically challenged assistants, could use a little new luster, too.

 Read More »
| »

Valley Fever

Submitted: Aug 06, 2017
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 There's no vaccine, no cure, and no state funding for awareness or research.

7-20-17

Bakersfield Californian

Valley fever cases spike statewide, making 2016 the worst year for the fungal disease in decades

Harold Pierce

 Read More »
| »

Valley fires

Submitted: Aug 06, 2017
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 

7-28-17

Fresno Bee

Some of the biggest fires in central California happened in the last five years

Aleksandra Konstantinovic

http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article164269617.html

 Read More »
| »

A few choice words

Submitted: Aug 04, 2017
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 

MACBETH

 

Act V, Scene II

 Read More »
| »

Brown engineering

Submitted: Aug 04, 2017
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 

There is no state in the union or place in the world more dependent on hydraulic engineering than California, which is why the wave of doubt caused by the very serious problems with the Oroville Dam is so unusual that it is nearly unthinkable.

For generations, California universities have been producing engineers to develop every aspect of the natural environment of our state for the profit of those with the capital to take advantage and transform the landscape to unimaginably ugly-scapes of urban wastelands and industrial agribusiness -- deteriorating tracts and cows knee-deep in their own manure.

 Read More »
| »

Pwning* democracy

Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 *pwn

Pronounced "pon"

verb

informal

 Read More »
| »

More Articles-->

To manage site Login