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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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WELCOME BACK TO THE 20TH CENTURY

Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 

 California has an unlimited supply of water.

 

 

West side agribusiness can expand nuts and grapes acreage forever.

 

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If the shoe fits...

Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 ...read it! -- blj

Goodreads

The Origins of Totalitarianism Quotes (showing 1-30 of 160)

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State audit criticizes hiring of boondoggle specialist Gardner for tunnels project

Submitted: Oct 07, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 A biography Gardner submitted to the state says he is an economist with more than three decades of experience in program management, organizational leadership and strategic planning. On Hallmark’s website, he describes himself as a “project-turnaround specialist,” whose accomplishments include overseeing the development of the UC Merced campus in the early 2000s. -- Sabalow, Kasler, Sacramento Bee, Oct. 5, 2017


“They (the state) would have known that years earlier and adjusted the project or the plan accordingly,” Michael said. “To say we have to wait until the end to see who is in and out, it’s bad government.”Breitler, Stockton Record, Oct. 5, 2017

 

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The fish rots from the head down

Submitted: Oct 06, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

10-5-17

CALmatters.org

New law, born of UC scandal, will punish interference with audits

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Please spare us more psychobabble over Puerto Rico

Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 As ideologies right and left contend on the mainland airwaves for the best response to the crisis in Puerto Rico, and the president with his genius for fanning the flames of resentment has managed once again to outrage decency, let us for a moment look for some other explanation than the "fragile ego" or similar psychobabble hornswoggle.

Another hypothesis: the delay is a Wall Street shakedown.

-- blj

 

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Why cometh the truant officer?

Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

How fondly we remember Carole Tomlinson-Keasey, the first chancellor of UC Merced, telling all us locals that, although they couldn't exactly measure it, they found it, nonetheless, universally true that proximity to a UC campus made people more intelligent.

"Proximity is destiny," was the slogan of that hour.  Of course, less interested observers like state Sen. President pro tem described this "destiny" as the biggest "boondoggle" he'd ever seen (and he saw the construction of Candlestick), and Capitol columnist Dan Walters described this "destiny" as "nothing but a land deal."

Presumably, if T-K, the "Cowgirl Chancellor, was correct, Merced children do not have to go to elementary or secondary school because the very air they breathe (at least on healthy air-quality days) fills them with genius.

So is this police overreach or just a return to the old-fashioned truancy officer of yore?

-- blj

 

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Westlands board votes to not support the Delta Fix

Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

“They’ve put two conditions [on the project] that can’t possibly be met,” said Patricia Schifferle of Pacific Advocates, an environmental group.

“They're saying, we’ll participate if you make others pay and give us a free ride on environmental protections. That is a nonstarter.” -- Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 19, 2017

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Rep. Devin Nunes: a study in obstruction

Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 You get some of these boys too far from their mamas' cooking, put them in suits, give them some money and send them to Washington DC, and it's like they get Obstruction on the brain. First, being beloved-tools-for-a-season of San Joaquin Valley agribusiness, they develop the hubris required to imagine stopping the flows of whole rivers, damming, channeling, diverting flows for the greater good of fewer and fewer, larger and larger agricultural enterprises. 

Once they've drunk that wine, obstruction of justice like throwing monkey wrenches into investigations from which they have been recused with some prejudice is duck soup. 

Obstruction of justice is about the only thing his special interests understand.

--blj

 

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California League of Women Voters president opposes Delta "fix"

Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 9-8-17

Mercury News

Opinion: Delta twin tunnel ‘WaterFix’ bad for Santa Clara County, won’t fix anything

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