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The right wing wants monopoly control of your mind

Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 ...There is also something else going on in societies defined by the equality of conditions. Claiming to be meritocratic and egalitarian, they incite individuals to compare themselves with others and appraise themselves in an overall hierarchy of values and culture. Since actual mobility is achieved only by a few, the quest for some unmistakable proof of superior status and identity replaces the ideal of success for many. Consequently, the pitiless dichotomy of us-versus-them at the foundation of modern nationalism is reinforced.

People seek self-esteem through a sense of belonging to a group defined hy ethnicity, religion, race or common culture. Mass media, popular culture and demagogues fulfill and manipulate their need for psychological dependency, and fill up their imaginative lives with a range of virtual enemies: immigrants, Muslims, liberals, unbelievers and the media itself. Professional groups, such as doctors, lawyers, small businessmen, once categorized as the petite bourgeoisie, are particularly prone to thinking of themselves as besieged... --Pankaj Mishra, Age of Anger: A history of the present; 2017, p. 270.

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Computer modeling in elections

Submitted: Oct 08, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

One's view toward the computer invasion of another familiar field either with enthusiastic faith in new technology...or with dark laughter. I find the latter is better protection against the new religio-technodogmatics of our times. But we live close enough to Silicon Valley that sometimes its hot breath reaches across the Dumbarton Bridge over the Altamont and through the nut orchards to our door, generating slogans like the one to explain the land-developer boondoggle known as UC Merced as "this high-tech, bio-tech engine of growth!"-- wmh

 

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Adios, Harry Dean, ya te vas al tierra del sol

Submitted: Oct 02, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

I happened by sheer chance to meet Harry Dean Stanton twice, in the winter of 1966-67, once in a large meeting hall in Stockton, again, a couple of months later in a small hotel room in Mexico City. In both places, he seemed to fade into the background in favor of more outgoing fellow actors. In both cases he was on a break from filming on location and it was as if he was just resting his entire personality. It was almost as if he was saving any impression of himself you might have had for the screen. It was, if you think about it, a dramatic accomplishment in itself. 

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A few choice words

Submitted: Aug 04, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

MACBETH

 

Act V, Scene II

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Eine kleine Caenmusik

Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Willie Brown, former California state Assembly speaker (longest serving), former mayor of San Francisco and general bon vivant, used to have lunch on Fridays in the City at a restaurant called Le Central, with several friends, including Herb Caen, legendary Chronicle columnist.

It looks like Willie picked up a few literary pointers over the cassoulet. -- wmh

 

 

 

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Towards a quieter dine-and-dope experience in central Merced

Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Merced City Council members Jill McLeod and Michael Belluomini advocated for quieter trains at last week's council meeting. They targeted the BNSF tracks in the northern part of central Merced because Amtrak adds more trains to the already busy tracks. But when Ms. McLeod, known in some central Merced circles as "Strawberry Jujube," repeatedly said that the area has an "industrial" feeling, we wondered how long before the council would mandate the Strawberry Jujube Aesthetic for our neighborhoods. Would we all be required by ordinance to die our hair orange and wear a pigtail to escape the onus of looking "industrial," the way many working people employed by various industries do look.

We don't think McLeod and Belluomini are going after the worst aspect of the trains. The dirt, the dust, and the grime that both BNSF and Union Pacific trains kick up pose worse problems for health and housecleaning than their noise. And the hazardous materials constantly traveling through town on frieght trains pose potentially catastrophic dangers to public health.

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Preface to President Trump's first address to Congress this evening

Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The past is never dead. It's not even past." -- William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun

 

11-9-1710

The Examiner

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Threats and lies: The Trump Regime, Part 1. Soft threats

Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The thing about lies and threats is that they are meant to intimidate and they often achieve their goals.  Part of the shock involves the recognition that the regime in power actually wants to intimidate you.

Actually, it does. It does it blatantly, as in Trump's lies about the number of illegal votes cast in the last election, who is going to pay for the alleged wall on the southern border,  the size of the crowd at his inauguration.

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Badlands Journal Anthem: L. Breakfast's "California Collapse"

Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                  'California Collapse'

 

by Lance Breakfast 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIQazFRIhZY&feature=youtu.be

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Three of Fisk's stories

Submitted: Jan 04, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 I found some relief from depression about the coming kleptocracy and decade's long daily slaughter in a form of journalism nobody I know does better than Robert Fisk, Middle East correspondent for the Independent (UK), He writes book reviews that are stories in themselves, soaked in the blood and history of the region in which he has been a resident and Arabic speaker for decades.

Whatever the wit and wisdom of that agonized region is, few Westerners seem to grasp it or care to. Perhaps the region's tragedy, above even the lethal, zooming drones and the equally lethal droning of zealots' cries, is only fully seen and felt by the old gods of the Greeks, who are perhaps immortal after all. The Arabs are more hospitable to Plato and Thucydides than are the lords of the Superpower, these days, who don't pause to wonder why the New Testament was written in Greek.

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