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          Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127      Cache   Translate Page      
Since we last spoke with Mark Joseph Stern of Slate last week a lot has happened, Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the new Supreme Court justice, the swing vote senators revealed their true colors, and the American Bar Association has reopened an investigation into Kavanaugh. Mark returns to the show today to talk all about these issues and so much more.

California’s congressional district 22, situated in the heart of the Central Valley, has been held by Republican incumbent and Trump ally Devin Nunes since 2002. Fresno County Deputy District Attorney and Democratic candidate for CA-22 Andrew Janz is campaigning to change that, and the Fresno Bee has endorsed him over Nunes, "for the good of the 22nd District and the nation, the choice is clear." He joins me on the show today to talk all about his exciting campaign.

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Valeria Mena, 19, has worked to register young people to vote all summer in Fresno and she has her work cut out for her. California’s Latino population is young, and that makes them less likely to vote. But there’s much more at play.
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[Content Note: Nativism; child abuse; Nazism.]

Donald Trump's war on immigrants — migrants, refugees, undocumented, documented, and naturalized citizens — continues to expand in scope with each passing day and is doing untold harm to countless immigrant families. Here is some of the latest news.

1. Staff at WABC-TV: Fliers from Neo-Nazi Texas Group Call on Residents to Report Undocumented Immigrants. "The signs urge people to report undocumented immigrants to the government, calling it 'civic duty.' The posters are turning up in Sunnyside Queens, an ethnically rich neighborhood in a city full of immigrants. 'We are the home to so many immigrants from so many different countries, speaking so many different languages,' said New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. 'That's what makes Queens so unique and so special.' ...While out on a jog this weekend, Van Bramer says he was shocked to see a flier posted on Skillman Avenue that called on residents to report undocumented immigrants. ...The councilman says he promptly tore down the flier and tweeted the incident. ...The councilman says a white supremacy, neo-Nazi group from Texas has claimed responsibility for the flier."

2. Vivian Yee and Miriam Jordan at the New York Times: Migrant Children in Search of Justice: A 2-Year-Old's Day in Immigration Court.
Though the exact figures are not known, lawyers who work with immigrants said the large number of migrant children now being held in detention has given rise to a highly unusual situation: more and more young children coming to court.

"We rarely had children under the age of 6 until the last year or so," said Ashley Tabaddor, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. "We started seeing them as a regular presence in our docket."

These young immigrants are stranded at the junction of several forces: the Trump administration's determination to discourage immigrants from trying to cross the border; the continuing flow of children journeying by themselves from Central America; the lingering effects of last summer's family-separation crisis at the border; and a new government policy that has made it much more difficult for relatives to claim children from federal custody.

...When Ms. Ziesemer started at Catholic Charities a decade ago, the program for child immigrants appearing in court on their own was so small that it was run by a part-time coordinator, and all their clients could fit in a roughly 10-bed shelter, a small house in Queens. Now there are staff members conducting screenings of seven or eight children a day, trying to coax basic facts out of children who might be too young or too frightened to articulate what had happened to them. There are so many that they sometimes do not meet their clients until the day of their hearings.

Until a couple of months ago, most of the children never would have stayed in a shelter long enough to end up alone before a judge. But the bottleneck in the background-check process means longer stays in custody, and the possibility that some children might have to see a judge multiple times before being delivered to their mother or uncle or cousin. The shelters are now almost full — not because more children are entering the country, immigration advocates say, but because the government has tossed up another obstacle to leaving.
3. Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza at TPM: 'They Told Me I Would Never See Her Again': Deported Parents Lose Kids to Adoption. "The 'zero-tolerance' crackdown ended in June, but hundreds of children remain in detention, shelters, or foster care and U.S. officials say more than 200 are not eligible for reunification or release. Federal officials insist they are reuniting families and will continue to do so. But an Associated Press investigation drawing on hundreds of court documents, immigration records, and interviews in the U.S. and Central America identified holes in the system that allow state court judges to grant custody of migrant children to American families — without notifying their parents. And today, with hundreds of those mothers and fathers deported thousands of miles away, the risk has grown exponentially."

4. Yesenia Amaro and Barbara Anderson at the Sacramento Bee: 'We Don't Know What to Do': Proposed Trump Rule Strikes New Fear in Immigrant Communities. "A proposed Trump administration rule that would make it more difficult for immigrants to become legal residents if they get government benefits has Fresno County immigrants and advocates concerned, while gaining support from fiscal conservatives who say the U.S. should not have to support individuals coming into the country. The proposed changes are making legal immigrants reconsider applying for public benefits that they are entitled to, such as Medi-Cal and food stamps. Undocumented immigrants, who are ineligible for most government programs, are afraid that the few services they are able to receive would prevent them from gaining legal residency."

5. Garrett Epps at the Atlantic: A High-Stakes Immigration Case Hits the Supreme Court. "Nielsen v. Preap may determine whether thousands of longtime residents of the U.S. face indefinite detention without a hearing. ...Nielsen is a class action brought by a group of immigrants in the Ninth Circuit who have been or are being detained under 8 U.S.C. § 1226, a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act. That section authorizes federal authorities to detain any alien who may be subject to 'removal' — the technical term for deportation. That term covers a lot of immigrants — border-crossers arrested after entering the U.S. illegally, tourists or students who have overstayed their visas, and lawful permanent residents who have committed certain crimes."

Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed just in time to cast his vote in a ruling that will have significant consequences for immigrants. And it a virtual certainty that he will cast his vote on the side that harms immigrants.

Make noise. Make your calls. Make a plan. Please support immigrant families, in whatever way you can.
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Show 3187. Victor Davis Hanson America and the World, 2017-18

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America and the World, 2017-18 | Victor Davis Hanson

Hillsdale College

Published on Oct 4, 2018

Victor Davis Hanson, the Wayne and Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History at Hillsdale College, is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of classics emeritus at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Hanson earned his B.A. at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his Ph.D. in classics from Stanford University. In 2007, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal, and in 2008, he received the Bradley Prize. He is a columnist for National Review Online and for Tribune Media Services, and has published in several journals and newspapers, including Commentary, the Claremont Review of Books, The New Criterion, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Hanson has written or edited numerous books, including Wars of the Ancient Greeks, A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War, and his latest book, The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won.

 

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Introduction to the ConstitutionAvailable Now!

This twelve-lesson course explains the principles underlying the American founding as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and secured by the Constitution. The Founders believed that the principles in these documents were not simply preferences for their own day, but were truths that the sovereign and moral people of America could always rely on as guides in their pursuit of happiness through ordered liberty.

 

Theology 101: The Western Theological Tradition

The Western theological tradition stretches back thousands of years to the time of the ancient Hebrews. This tradition has had a profound impact on the development of Western Civilization as a whole. This course will consider the origins and development of Western religious theology from the Old Testament through the twentieth century.

American Heritage—From Colonial Settlement to the Current Day

On July 4, 1776, America—acting under the authority of “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”—declared its independence from Great Britain. The new nation, founded on the principle that “all Men are created equal,” eventually grew to become the most prosperous and powerful nation in the world. This course will consider the history of America from the colonial era to the present, including major challenges to the Founders’ principles.

 

The U.S. Supreme Court

Article III of the U.S. Constitution vests the judicial power “in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.” According to Federalist 78, the judicial branch “will always be the least dangerous” to the liberty of the American people. Yet, judicial decisions have done much to advance a Progressive agenda that poses a fundamental threat to liberty. This course will consider several landmark Supreme Court cases in relation to the Founders’ Constitution.

 

Shakespeare: Hamlet and The Tempest

One of the world’s greatest poets, William Shakespeare is the author of plays that have been read and performed for more than 400 years. A close study of his works reveals timeless lessons about human nature, which offer a mirror for examining one’s own character. In Hamlet and The Tempest, Shakespeare considers those virtues and vices that make self-government and statesmanship possible or impossible to achieve.

 

Public Policy from a Constitutional Viewpoint

The American Founders wrote a Constitution that established a government limited in size and scope, whose central purpose was to secure the natural rights of all Americans. By contrast, early Progressives rejected the notion of fixed limits on government, and their political descendants continue today to seek an ever-larger role for the federal bureaucracy in American life. In light of this fundamental and ongoing disagreement over the purpose of government, this course will consider contemporary public policy issues from a constitutional viewpoint.

 

Athens and Sparta

A study of the ancient Greek cities of Athens and Sparta is essential for understanding the beginning of the story of Western Civilization. Moreover, such a study reveals timeless truths about the human condition that are applicable in any age. This course will consider life and government in Athens and Sparta, examine their respective roles in the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars, and offer some conclusions regarding their continuing relevance.

 

An Introduction to C.S. Lewis: Writings and Significance

C.S. Lewis was the greatest Christian apologist of the twentieth century. He was also the author of works of fiction, including the Chronicles of Narnia, and of philosophy, including The Abolition of Man. This course will consider Lewis’s apologetics and his fiction, as well as his philosophical and literary writings, and their continuing significance today.

Winston Churchill and Statesmanship

Winston Churchill was the greatest statesman of the 20th century, and one of the greatest in all of history. From a young age, Churchill understood the unique dangers of modern warfare, and he worked to respond to them. Though best known for his leadership during World War II, he was also a great defender of constitutionalism. A close study of Churchill’s words and deeds offers timeless lessons about the virtues, especially prudence, required for great statesmanship.

 

The Federalist Papers

Written between October 1787 and August 1788, The Federalist Papers is a collection of newspaper essays written in defense of the Constitution. Writing under the penname Publius, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay explain the merits of the proposed Constitution, while confronting objections raised by its opponents. Thomas Jefferson described the work as “the best commentary on the principles of government, which ever was written.” This course will explore major themes of The Federalist Papers, such as the problem of majority faction, separation of powers, and the three branches of government.

 

A Proper Understanding of K-12 Education: Theory and Practice

The American Founders recognized the central importance of education for the inculcation of the kind of knowledge and character that is essential to the maintenance of free government. For example, the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 states, “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” This course will consider the older understanding of the purpose of education, the more recent Progressive approach that has become dominant today, and some essential elements of K-12 education.

The Presidency and the Constitution

This free, 10-week, not-for-credit course, taught by the Hillsdale College politics faculty, will help you understand the structure and function of executive power in the American constitutional order. The course begins with the place of the president in the constitutionalism of the Founding Fathers and examines how that role has changed with the rise of the modern Progressive administrative state.

Great Books 102: Renaissance to Modern

This 11-week, not-for-credit course, taught by Hillsdale College faculty, will introduce you to great books from the Renaissance through the modern era. You will explore the writings of Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, Austen, Twain, and more. This course will challenge you to seek timeless lessons regarding human nature, virtue, self-government, and liberty in the pages of the great books. 

Constitution 101: The Meaning & History of the Constitution

Taught by the Hillsdale College Politics faculty, this course will introduce you to the meaning and history of the United States Constitution. The course will examine a number of original source documents from the Founding period, including especially the Declaration of Independence and The Federalist Papers. The course will also consider two significant challenges to the Founders’ Constitution: the institution of slavery and the rise of Progressivism.

Great Books 101: Ancient to Medieval

This 11-week, not-for-credit course, taught by Hillsdale College faculty, will introduce you to great books from antiquity to the medieval period. You will explore the writings of Homer, St. Augustine, Dante, and more. This course will challenge you to seek timeless lessons regarding human nature, virtue, self-government, and liberty in the pages of the great books. 

Economics 101: The Principles of Free Market Economics

 

This is a free, ten-week, not-for-credit online course offered by Hillsdale College. With introductory and concluding lectures by Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn, the eight lectures at its core—taught by Gary Wolfram, the William E. Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Hillsdale College—will focus on the foundational principles of the free market. Topics will include the relationship of supply and demand, the “information problem” behind the failure of central planning, the rise of macroeconomics under the influence of John Maynard Keynes, and the 2008 financial crisis.

History 101: Western Heritage, From the Book of Genesis to John Locke

This is a free, ten-week, not-for-credit online course offered by Hillsdale College. With an introductory lecture by Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn, the nine lectures—by members of Hillsdale College's history department faculty—will focus on key aspects of the beginning of Western civilization and its Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian heritage.

Constitution 201: The Progressive Rejection of the Founding & the Rise of Bureaucratic Despotism

This is a free, ten-week, not-for-credit online course offered by Hillsdale College. With introductory and concluding lectures by Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn, the nine lectures—taught by members of Hillsdale College's politics department faculty—are a continuation of Constitution 101 (2012): The Meaning & History of the Constitution. These lectures will focus on the importance of the principles of the American Founding and the current assault on them by the Progressives.

Other Lectures and Programs

Hillsdale Dialogues: A Survey of Great Books, Great Men, and Great Ideas
Weekly series featuring Hillsdale President Larry Arnn, national radio host Hugh Hewitt, and members of the Hillsdale College faculty.

Kirby Center Lectures Archive
Hillsdale College's Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.

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          People Moves 10/9: Morning Moves In Tampa & Omaha      Cache   Translate Page      

After over two decades at Beasley Media Country 99.5 WQYK Tampa, morning co-host Veronica Alfaro has exited. Alfaro began her radio career at WQYK as an intern in 1997 before moving up to evening host and then morning co-host. She most recently shared the WQYK morning slot with Marc Jason. Applicants for the position can apply here. NRG Media Hot AC “Sweet 98.5” KQKQ Omaha has made a morning change as Pat Safford and Jill ‘JT’ Hull exit after 16 years at the station. Replacing them are Matt Tompkins and Nikki Oswald’s “Matt & Nikki Have A Show”. Tompkins previously hosted middays at NRG Talk 1290 KOIL and also hosts and produces “Omaha Live” on Saturday nights on WOWT-TV. Oswald joins KQKQ from the Music Director/afternoon host position at NRG Media Country “Froggy 98.1” KFGE Lincoln NE. Thank you for listening to us for the last 16 years…they’ve gone by so fast! @ThatOtherJT pic.twitter.com/v3HCCQj6nR — Pat Safford (@PatisaBoy) October 6, 2018 Cumulus Media Country “Nash-FM 103.3” WKDF Nashville afternoon host ‘Paul Stone’ Longuski exits after three and a half years at the station. Stone joined WKDF in January 2015 from WKXD Cookeville TN and has also worked at WTNR Grand Rapids and WSSL Greenville. His exit marks the second recent departure from WKDF following the move of midday host Heather Davis to WQDR Raleigh as APD/MD last month. Lotus Communications Fresno General Manager Kevin O’Rorke has jumped across town to become VP/General Manager for One Putt Broadcasting’s stations. O’Rorke served as GM for Lotus since January 2009 and now succeeds Josh Riley overseeing One Putt’s cluster in Fresno.

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          Election Roundup: (CA-22) Bad Press for Nunes, (GA-Gov) Kemp and Lynching, Texas Enthusiasm      Cache   Translate Page      

The following stories are examples of this week's Election Roundup of 43 down ticket stories covering Sunday 9/30 through Saturday 10/6.

(CA-22) Fresno BEE recommends Andrew Janz by ybruti

Today, in a hard-hitting editorial on-line For the good of the 22nd District and the nation, the choice is clear: Andrew Janz, the Fresno Bee did something it hasn’t done since before 2002 — it is recommending a candidate for Congress “who is not Devin Nunes.” The editorial will be in the print version tomorrow.

The Bee says Janz will attend to the issues in his district and seek bipartisanship in Washington, D.C.  For example, Janz wants to work with Republicans to develop a new source of water for Valley farms. While Nunes has done some work on water issues….

Nunes has also alienated Democratic representatives with his never-ending name-calling of environmentalists as leftists, socialists, even Communists. With no ground left for compromise, little has been accomplished. Janz will have a better chance of dealing with Democrat peers from elsewhere in the state on the water issue. Nothing will happen without compromise. (More Nunes here and here)

(GA-Gov) Brian Kemp Campaigns at Site of Infamous Lynching by Cole The Philosopher

On April 23, 1899, Sam Hose was tortured, filleted, and burned in front of an audience of 2,000 people a mile from my house in Newnan, Georgia. This was not an unknown event. The Atlanta Constitution (one of the fore-runners to today’s Atlanta Journal and Constitution) covered the story relentlessly- itself stoking the passions of the towns-people. Then, the mob, whipped into a furor, cut off this man’s body parts to keep as trophies or to sell. They tied him to a pine sapling, and lit him afire, on a Sunday afternoon while the entire town watched. Nothing was left of this man.  “Small pieces of bone sold for 25 cents and a bit of liver crisply cooked sold for 10 cents.”  Even the charred stake was taken as a trophy. On a tree pinned nearby was the placard “We must protect our Southern women.” This was the first of three lynchings that day by this mob.

Today, October 2nd, 2018, Brian Kemp, Georgia’s candidate for governor , campaigns on this very spot. He is famous for his commercial where he promises to round up “illegals” in his pickup truck. Of course, he may say this is a joke, but the intent is still there. The purpose of such commercials and rhetoric is to create the conditions for mob action. Kemp may be joking about rounding up “illegals,” but Citizen’s Militias may have different plans. Already, one Kemp Supporter has spewed all over Facebook about how he is going to become a Citizen Deputy and take it upon himself to arrest “illegals” until they can produce ID or ICE picks them up. These are the passions being whipped up in our anti-immigrant fervor. These passions are being whipped up in a land rich in history of mob violence and trees bearing strange fruit.

(TX-Gen) Voter Registration Boom: something is going on in Texas by Davey1107

Probably the best registration metric to use if we want to try to gauge enthusiasm (given the limited data the Texas SoS provides), we probably want to first look at the percent of voting age residents who registered to vote. As with most state, this figure ebbs and flows as elections approach. Presidential years tend to encourage more eligible residents to register than midterm years. But let’s look at past elections:

Percent of VAP (voting age population) registered: 2004: 81.5% — 2006: 78.5% — 2008: 76.5% —  2010: 71.0% — 2012: 74.6% — 2014: 74.2% —  2016: 78.2%
Now: 78.4% (with registrations streaming in)

This seems notable. The Houston Chronicle reports that over 400,000 new registrations came in between March and the state primaries, and election officials are saying that they are buried in registration requests as the deadline approaches. They should be on track to have the highest levels of registered voters since 2004 (when a favored son and no-longer-the-worst-President was on the ballot). 
(More Texas here and here.)

Sunday 9/30 - Saturday 10/6

Stories: (43)
Senate: (5) posts, (3) states
House: (14) posts (9) states (10) districts
State and more: (16)
Polls: (8)

Rescues since 2006 (13,135)

Welcome to Election Roundup, formerly known as Election Diary Rescue. Look for this down ticket collection every Monday through the election. The Roundup team has compiled and linked down ticket stories since 2006.  Archives

Election Roundup gives down ticket stories a second chance for exposure and hopefully encourages people to write about contests that interest them, knowing their stories from the previous week will be listed every Monday. The ER team scans every DK post and republishes applicable stories to our Election Diary Rescues list which only contains down ticket work. We have been republishing since early this year so there is a wealth of writing there, please enjoy.

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Writers can help the ER team and readers by identifying the race in the beginning of the title like this:
(NY-Sen) (FL-14) (GA-Gov) (AZ-StSen) (MN-StHs-07). Readers will be scanning a list of stories and this standard method of quick identification is really helpful.

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          Valley Edition - October 9, 2018 - Valley Fever and Pregnancy, Tulare County Districts, Arsenic      Cache   Translate Page      
Coming up next on Valley Edition: Overcoming valley fever can be tough enough, but what if you get it while you’re pregnant? It affects a small but concerning demographic. Also, a rsenic is in our groundwater, and some studies say it could get more concentrated over time. Water experts from across the state are gathering in Fresno this week to discuss it. E arlier this year, Kern County was sued over its county supervisor districts. Will the same thing happen in Tulare County? We explore what redistricting could mean for Latino voters. Plus: A photo essay documents two Central American families caught in the middle of changing immigration policies.
          Fresno State Symposium To Address Concerning Arsenic Levels in Groundwater      Cache   Translate Page      
In June of this year, the peer-reviewed scientific journal Nature Communications published a research article linking over-pumping of the San Joaquin Valley’s groundwater to rising concentrations of arsenic . The research caught the attention of water leaders from across the state, and on Thursday, October 11, many will be gathering at Fresno State for a symposium to discuss the problem of arsenic in groundwater and workshop solutions to it . The event was organized by Fresno State’s California Water Institute and features speakers from across campus as well as Stanford University, the U.S. Geological Survey, the State Water Resources Control Board, and others. Listen to the audio for an interview with Fresno State Associate Vice President of Water and Sustainability Thomas Esqueda, who dives deeper into the problem and looks ahead to Thursday’s Arsenic Symposium.
          Author Steven Church Talks About His Latest Book, And Why It Is And Isn't "Disturbing"      Cache   Translate Page      
Author and Fresno State professor Steven Church has written several books, many of them as compilations of essays. His latest is called “ I’m Just Getting to the Disturbing Part: On Work, Fear, and Fatherhood ." The essays span Church’s adult life, from jobs he took soon after college to his first few years as a transplant in Fresno. Church sat down with us to talk about how this book differs from his others. He notes that while it might be "disturbing" to some, it’s balanced by humor and levity that he says he developed in his later essays. Listen to the interview for more.
          Fourteen thoughts from Central and Northern California - 247Sports      Cache   Translate Page      

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Fourteen thoughts from Central and Northern California
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After spending a week on the road in Central California and Northern California, stopping by Fresno, Sacramento, the East Bay, the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, there was a lot to unwrap from the Golden State. We saw over 100 different players at nearly ...


          Fresno Tostada Compuesta      Cache   Translate Page      
Just realized you are in the Pampa area, shall keep that in mind the next time we are traveling to Calif. which hopefully will be next summer.
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CA-Zenia, Description Special Programs Nurse Case Manager - must live in California in any of the following locations: San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Glendale, Thousand Oaks, Fresno, Sacramento, Rancho Cordova Your Talent. Our Vision. At Anthem Blue Cross it's a powerful combination, and the foundation upon which we're creating greater care for our members, greater value for our customers
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          Resolución de 28 de septiembre de 2018, del Ayuntamiento de Aldea del Fresno (Madrid), referente a la convocatoria para proveer una plaza.      Cache   Translate Page      
II. Autoridades y personal. - B. Oposiciones y concursos - ADMINISTRACIÓN LOCAL - Personal funcionario y laboral - Referencia: BOE-A-2018-13803 - KBytes: 209 - Páginas: 1
          Radio Bilingüe, Faith in the Valley Co-Host Town Hall in Fresno on Nunes vs Janz Congressional Race      Cache   Translate Page      
Candidate Andrew Janz Confirmed for Oct. 17 Fresno Congressional Race Town Hall hosted by Radio Bilingüe and Faith in the Valley No Response to Date from Incumbent Rep. Devin Nunes
          CSA Hardware F/T - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          CSA L/BM P/T - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          CSA Nursery F/T - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          CSA Electrical P/T - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          CSA Paint P/T - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          ProServices Sales Specialist - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
Position DescriptionServes as the store expert in the ProServices department by providing detailed product information to both customers and peers, promoting...
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          Retail Reset Merchandiser Fresno CA - Signature Retail Services - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Fulfillment Clerk Internet CSA - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
The primary function of the Fulfillment Clerk is to assist customers with all of their shopping needs. This includes assisting customers in the selection,...
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          FSA Janitor Weekends - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Cashier - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Pro Services Loader - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Reset Merchandising Team Fresno CA - Signature Retail Services - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          ‘We don’t know what to do.’ Proposed Trump rule strikes new fear in immigrant communities      Cache   Translate Page      
A proposed Trump administration rule that would make it more difficult for immigrants to become legal residents if they get government benefits has Fresno County immigrants and advocates concerned, while … Click to Continue »
          UPS Package Handler - Part-Time - Entry Level Warehouse Support      Cache   Translate Page      
CA-Fresno, Shift: Sunrise (3:00 AM - 9:00 AM) Twilight (4:00 PM - 9:00 PM) UPS is hiring individuals to work as part-time Package Handlers. This is a physical, fast-paced position that involves continual lifting, lowering and sliding packages that typically weigh 25 - 35 lbs. and may weigh up to 70 lbs. Part-time employees usually work 3 ½ - 4 hours each day and workdays can vary (Monday – Friday) or (Tuesda
          GLENN, DONNIE HAL      Cache   Translate Page      
Donnie Hal Glenn 62 years old. He was born in Fresno California to Father Hal Glenn Jr., and Helen L. Glenn. He attended Central Union High School...
          HALE, DEANNE LEWIS      Cache   Translate Page      
Deanne Marie was born on December 13, 1968, in Fresno, CA, and passed away on September 26, 2018, in Boise, ID. She graduated from Fresno High School...
          Democrats Enter Campaign's Final Stretch Flush With Cash       Cache   Translate Page      
Not so long ago — the administration of President George W. Bush — $1 million could get you elected to Congress. Now, four weeks from Election Day, Democrats say 60 of their candidates raised that much or more , just in the last three months. Fueled by an energetic base of small donors, Democrats are going into the final stretch of the election with a substantial financial advantage, erasing Republicans' typical fundraising edge. The money is flowing to unlikely districts and is frequently tied to Democrats' opposition to President Trump. In Fresno, Calif., prosecutor Andrew Janz, a Democrat, raised an eye-popping $4.1 million in the third quarter. He's out to topple an eight-term Republican, Rep. Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee and a staunch ally of President Trump. Janz said his donor base is widespread. "In many parts of the country and in many parts of our state here, and even locally, people wanted this guy out of office," he said. Other Democratic
          QA Analyst      Cache   Translate Page      
CA-Fresno, Based in Fresno, CA, we are leading Health Technology company that has been experiencing tremendous growth over the last 5 years. We are looking to continue to our growth by adding on a QA Analyst to our team. The ideal candidate will have 2+ years of experience and thrives in an exciting/fast-paced environment. If you have the necessary skill set, and are looking to for a great company to grow wi
          Comment on Caltrain Plans Big Expansion, BART’s Earthquake Upgrade, and Geary Breaks Ground by Jamison Wieser      Cache   Translate Page      
Not everyone rides Caltrain all the way to and from San Francisco. A lot of that new ridership will come from shorter hops, like it does today. A few hundred more people making trips like San Mateo–Sunnyvale starts adding up. The same is true for the High-Speed Rail Project, which is often compared to flying between SF and LA, when the real market is the trips not served by road, rail, or air today. There, more daily riders are expected to be making trips just a station or two, like Fresno and Madera to San Jose.
          New Construction Plumber - Fresno Plumbing & Heating Inc - Prather, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Democrats Enter Campaign's Final Stretch Flush With Cash       Cache   Translate Page      

Not so long ago — the administration of President George W. Bush — $1 million could get you elected to Congress. Now, four weeks from Election Day, Democrats say 60 of their candidates raised that much or more, just in the last three months.

Fueled by an energetic base of small donors, Democrats are going into the final stretch of the election with a substantial financial advantage, erasing Republicans' typical fundraising edge.

The money is flowing to unlikely districts and is frequently tied to Democrats' opposition to President Trump.

In Fresno, Calif., prosecutor Andrew Janz, a Democrat, raised an eye-popping $4.1 million in the third quarter. He's out to topple an eight-term Republican, Rep. Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee and a staunch ally of President Trump.

Janz said his donor base is widespread. "In many parts of the country and in many parts of our state here, and even locally, people wanted this guy out of office," he said.

Other Democratic challengers have announced similarly stunning dollar amounts for the third quarter, which ran from July 1 to Sept. 30. Sharice Davids, in an eastern Kansas district, raised $2.7 million. Amy McGrath, in central Kentucky, raised $3.65 million. Elissa Slotkin, in southern Michigan, raised $2.6 million.

Good and bad news for Republicans

Spending numbers compiled by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a GOP super PAC aligned with House Republicans, and obtained by NPR, offer Republicans some good news and some bad news.

The good: The Congressional Leadership Fund has spent $90 million on the general-election campaign, versus $51 million by its Democratic rival, the House Majority PAC.

The bad news: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, has outspent the NRCC $64 million to $47 million.

And more bad news: Democratic House candidates, thanks to the outpouring of small-donor contributions, have outspent Republican candidates, $109 million to $60 million.

"The Republican super PACs may not be able to just write a single check to buy a single race because of the massive grassroots fundraising energy behind Democrats this year," said former DCCC chair Steve Israel.

But fundraising success doesn't guarantee Democrats an easy glide path to victory. Most of them are challenging incumbents, who, by definition, have won at least once on the same terrain.

Andrew Janz's opponent, Devin Nunes, was reelected two years ago with a 35-point margin. A poll last week showed Nunes leading Janz by 8 points.

Janz initially focused on building a robust fundraising operation, he said, because "we knew that the national party and the DCCC weren't going to be supporting us."

Triage time

Both parties, but especially the Republicans, are starting the triage process of reallocating super PAC and party funds from candidates who have failed to gain momentum.

"The campaign committees are going to have to decide which races they're going to fund, and which races they're going to pull out of," said Tom Davis, a former Republican congressman who worked two election cycles as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, or NRCC.

For some House Republicans, the race may be virtually over. Reps. Rod Blum of Iowa, Mike Coffman of Colorado and Mike Bishop of Michigan are among those who have lost support as the NRCC and CLF cancel ad buys and shift dollars to other contests with better prospects.

Davis suggested the script for the NRCC chair as he delivers bad news to a colleague in the House Republican Conference: "We thought we'd be able to do a million dollars in TV, but now we have to put that somewhere else because frankly, you're just not performing and we can't afford to waste it to make you feel good."

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

          Democrats Enter Campaign's Final Stretch Flush With Cash       Cache   Translate Page      
Not so long ago — the administration of President George W. Bush — $1 million could get you elected to Congress. Now, four weeks from Election Day, Democrats say 60 of their candidates raised that much or more , just in the last three months. Fueled by an energetic base of small donors, Democrats are going into the final stretch of the election with a substantial financial advantage, erasing Republicans' typical fundraising edge. The money is flowing to unlikely districts and is frequently tied to Democrats' opposition to President Trump. In Fresno, Calif., prosecutor Andrew Janz, a Democrat, raised an eye-popping $4.1 million in the third quarter. He's out to topple an eight-term Republican, Rep. Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee and a staunch ally of President Trump. Janz said his donor base is widespread. "In many parts of the country and in many parts of our state here, and even locally, people wanted this guy out of office," he said. Other Democratic
          He complained about retaliation. Fresno State’s solution cost him his job      Cache   Translate Page      

A professor in the Kremen School of Education is no longer teaching his classes and will soon leave his office for good after settling harassment and retaliation complaints against the university. The California State University system and counseling and rehabilitation professor Dr. Malik Raheem agreed mutually to settle the complaints following a Fresno State investigation. In […]

The post He complained about retaliation. Fresno State’s solution cost him his job appeared first on The Collegian.


          German soccer star finding new home with Bulldogs      Cache   Translate Page      

For senior Marie Berwinkel-Kottmann, Fresno State has given her the chance to epitomize the role of student-athlete and play soccer for a wide, supportive fan base for almost four years. Berwinkel-Kottmann is 5-foot-11 and uses her height to the team’s advantage as a goalkeeper. She was named Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week […]

The post German soccer star finding new home with Bulldogs appeared first on The Collegian.


          Democrats Enter Campaign's Final Stretch Flush With Cash       Cache   Translate Page      
Not so long ago — the administration of President George W. Bush — $1 million could get you elected to Congress. Now, four weeks from Election Day, Democrats say 60 of their candidates raised that much or more , just in the last three months. Fueled by an energetic base of small donors, Democrats are going into the final stretch of the election with a substantial financial advantage, erasing Republicans' typical fundraising edge. The money is flowing to unlikely districts and is frequently tied to Democrats' opposition to President Trump. In Fresno, Calif., prosecutor Andrew Janz, a Democrat, raised an eye-popping $4.1 million in the third quarter. He's out to topple an eight-term Republican, Rep. Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee and a staunch ally of President Trump. Janz said his donor base is widespread. "In many parts of the country and in many parts of our state here, and even locally, people wanted this guy out of office," he said. Other Democratic
          Democrats Enter Campaign's Final Stretch Flush With Cash      Cache   Translate Page      
Not so long ago — the administration of President George W. Bush — $1 million could get you elected to Congress. Now, four weeks from Election Day, Democrats say 60 of their candidates raised that much or more, just in the last three months. Fueled by an energetic base of small donors, Democrats are going into the final stretch of the election with a substantial financial advantage, erasing Republicans' typical fundraising edge. The money is flowing to unlikely districts and is frequently tied to Democrats' opposition to President Trump. In Fresno, Calif., prosecutor Andrew Janz, a Democrat, raised an eye-popping...
          New Construction Plumber - Fresno Plumbing & Heating Inc - Prather, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Retail Reset Merchandiser Fresno CA - Signature Retail Services - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          ProServices Sales Specialist - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
Position DescriptionServes as the store expert in the ProServices department by providing detailed product information to both customers and peers, promoting...
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          Fulfillment Clerk Internet CSA - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
The primary function of the Fulfillment Clerk is to assist customers with all of their shopping needs. This includes assisting customers in the selection,...
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          CSA L/BM P/T - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          CSA Paint P/T - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          CSA Nursery F/T - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          CSA Hardware F/T - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
Position DescriptionResponsible for assisting customers with all of their shopping needs including assisting customers in the selection, demonstration,...
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          CSA Electrical P/T - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
Position DescriptionResponsible for assisting customers with all of their shopping needs including assisting customers in the selection, demonstration,...
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          FSA Janitor Weekends - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
Position DescriptionResponsible for ensuring the cleanliness of all store areas, inside and out, such as bathrooms, break rooms, sprinklers, and parking lots....
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          Cashier - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
Position DescriptionResponsible for responding to customer inquiries, providing support throughout their shopping experience including promoting customer...
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          Pro Services Loader - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
Position DescriptionAssist customers with all of their shopping needs including responding to inquiries and helping customers with locating, carrying, and...
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          CSA L/BM - Lowe's Inc. - Fresno, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Democrats Enter Campaign's Final Stretch Flush With Cash       Cache   Translate Page      
Democratic U.S. House candidate Andrew Janz raised more than $4 million in three months as part of his effort to unseat U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.), part of a wave of record-breaking fundraising hauls by Democratic candidates.

Democratic U.S. House candidate Andrew Janz raised more than $4 million in three months as part of his effort to unseat U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.), part of a wave of record-breaking fundraising hauls by Democratic candidates.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Peter Overby | NPR

Not so long ago — the administration of President George W. Bush — $1 million could get you elected to Congress. Now, four weeks from Election Day, Democrats say 60 of their candidates raised that much or more, just in the last three months.

Fueled by an energetic base of small donors, Democrats are going into the final stretch of the election with a substantial financial advantage, erasing Republicans' typical fundraising edge.

The money is flowing to unlikely districts and is frequently tied to Democrats' opposition to President Trump.

In Fresno, Calif., prosecutor Andrew Janz, a Democrat, raised an eye-popping $4.1 million in the third quarter. He's out to topple an eight-term Republican, Rep. Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee and a staunch ally of President Trump.

Janz said his donor base is widespread. "In many parts of the country and in many parts of our state here, and even locally, people wanted this guy out of office," he said.

Other Democratic challengers have announced similarly stunning dollar amounts for the third quarter, which ran from July 1 to Sept. 30. Sharice Davids, in an eastern Kansas district, raised $2.7 million. Amy McGrath, in central Kentucky, raised $3.65 million. Elissa Slotkin, in southern Michigan, raised $2.6 million.

Good and bad news for Republicans

Spending numbers compiled by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a GOP super PAC aligned with House Republicans, and obtained by NPR, offer Republicans some good news and some bad news.

The good: The Congressional Leadership Fund has spent $90 million on the general-election campaign, versus $51 million by its Democratic rival, the House Majority PAC.

The bad news: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, has outspent the NRCC $64 million to $47 million.

And more bad news: Democratic House candidates, thanks to the outpouring of small-donor contributions, have outspent Republican candidates, $109 million to $60 million.

"The Republican super PACs may not be able to just write a single check to buy a single race because of the massive grassroots fundraising energy behind Democrats this year," said former DCCC chair Steve Israel.

But fundraising success doesn't guarantee Democrats an easy glide path to victory. Most of them are challenging incumbents, who, by definition, have won at least once on the same terrain.

Andrew Janz's opponent, Devin Nunes, was reelected two years ago with a 35-point margin. A poll last week showed Nunes leading Janz by 8 points.

Janz initially focused on building a robust fundraising operation, he said, because "we knew that the national party and the DCCC weren't going to be supporting us."

Triage time

Both parties, but especially the Republicans, are starting the triage process of reallocating super PAC and party funds from candidates who have failed to gain momentum.

"The campaign committees are going to have to decide which races they're going to fund, and which races they're going to pull out of," said Tom Davis, a former Republican congressman who worked two election cycles as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, or NRCC.

For some House Republicans, the race may be virtually over. Reps. Rod Blum of Iowa, Mike Coffman of Colorado and Mike Bishop of Michigan are among those who have lost support as the NRCC and CLF cancel ad buys and shift dollars to other contests with better prospects.

Davis suggested the script for the NRCC chair as he delivers bad news to a colleague in the House Republican Conference: "We thought we'd be able to do a million dollars in TV, but now we have to put that somewhere else because frankly, you're just not performing and we can't afford to waste it to make you feel good."

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Five-star guard Jalen Green — one of the top prospects in the class of 2020 — is the latest basketball recruit to land a scholarship offer from Kentucky. Green — a 6-foot-5 player from Fresno, Calif. — hosted UK coaches for a visit last week and is the No. 2 overall prospect in the class [...]
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Fresno City College got a $1 million boost in state funding for its Career and Technical Education program.

The college celebrated the funding Tuesday morning in an event with Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula, D-Fresno, who helped secure the funds in the state budget.


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          California’s Almond Harvest Has Created a Golden Opportunity for Bee Thieves      Cache   Translate Page      

This story was originally published by Reveal and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

The crime scene was a mess of boxes, some half-assembled, others scattered across patches of dried grass and partially gouged to raw wood. The victims scrambled about looking for food and water. There were thousands of them. Maybe millions.

Detective Isaac Torres watched the action from the air-conditioned safety of his unmarked truck. In five years investigating rural farm crime, he’s seen a lot: stolen construction equipment and copper wire, hay thieves, cargo heists.

“You name it, we pretty much cover it, if there’s any type of ag nexus to it,” he said.

But what he was looking at now, in this scrubby field 10 miles southeast of downtown Fresno, California, was something else entirely.

“What we had here was a chop shop, but of beehives,” Torres said. “You had some beehives that were alive, and you had some hives that were dead. You had hives that were basically cut up: Tops of boxes were over here on this side of the field, and the other parts of the box are on the other side.”

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As a member of the Agricultural Crimes Task Force for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, Torres knew that bees have become big business in California—that they are an essential ingredient in the state’s yearly almond harvest; that three-quarters of America’s domesticated supply is trucked into the state each winter and rented out. He knew how valuable the insects have become—to farmers, yes, but especially to thieves, who in recent years have grown bolder, greedier.

On this hot afternoon in April 2017, he also knew to keep his distance. It’s one thing to inspect stolen property; it’s quite another to get mobbed by it and pumped with venom. And this property was zipping chaotically through the cloudless sky, unhealthy and irate. Even cracking a window surely would have spelled disaster, he said—“like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube.”

Torres had been summoned here by Alexa Pavlov, a Missouri-based beekeeper who sat in her own rental car nearby. Two days earlier, she’d learned that a $50,000 cluster of her hives, recently stolen from a neighboring county, might well be sitting in this very field. She’d dropped everything, boarded a red-eye to California and driven straight from the airport into the state’s agricultural epicenter. She couldn’t afford not to.

Groggy and impatient, she stepped out of her car and set off toward the boxes. Torres watched in horror as she marched into a haze of bees, poking through hives and snapping photos. Before long, she returned with shots of her initials etched onto the bottom of a pallet—proof that her property was here.

Nearby, Pavel Tveretinov, a thin 51-year-old Sacramento man, was moving through the field, tending to hives in a protective suit. Pavlov confronted him, she later said, and he denied stealing anything. Before long, deputies from Madera County, where Pavlov’s bees had first gone missing, arrived on the scene. They doubted Tveretinov’s account and put him in jail that evening.

Word of the discovery, and the arrest, spread quickly through America’s small commercial beekeeping community. In the days that followed, Torres’s department received dozens of calls from across the country. Beekeepers wanted to know whether their hives were among those recovered—at this chop shop or at three others authorities found later, connected to Tveretinov and alleged accomplice Vitaliy Yeroshenko.

“Some of them were like, ‘Well, I had beehives that were stolen three years ago,’” Torres said. “Some five years ago.”

By the time Torres and his team got a handle on the totals, they were dealing with 2,500 hives, worth nearly one million dollars, some stolen from orchards hundreds of miles apart. This was much more than an impulsive theft: It was the largest bee heist any of them had ever heard of. Perhaps the largest in U.S. history.

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Leave any city in the Central Valley, heading in essentially any direction, and it won’t be long before you hit the almond orchards. They stretch for miles, in neat rows of alien emerald, butting up against dust-beaten truck stops and boxy McMansions. Some host campaign signs for local politicians; others are cross-hatched by roads whose names are simply letters because no one, evidently, had the time to get fancy.

California’s total almond acreage has nearly tripled in the past 20 years, a spike due in large part to foreign demand. At the moment, there are about one million acres of nut-bearing trees in the state, with an additional 330,000 on track to start producing over the next four years. The trees produce well over two billion pounds of nuts per year, and they’re sucking down the valley’s aquifers at a rapid pace.

Such growth has driven a near-manic demand for honeybees, which are crucial for what has become the largest managed annual pollination event in the world.

Hives have never been more valuable. Every almond farmer needs two healthy colonies per acre of trees at an average seasonal rental price of around $185 per colony, and that number is expected to climb in the coming years. When everything goes right for a beekeeper, especially one with thousands of well-maintained hives, winter in California presents an enormous money-making opportunity.

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The rental process works like this: Toward the end of January, millions of hives arrive in California from all over the country. The bees live in boxes, which themselves are stored in stacks and covered with finely woven mesh during transit. By the time they reach a staging area—sometimes a large field not far from where the bees will be put to work—they’ve been bumping around on the back of a flatbed for several days. Almond farmers inspect the hives, which are then moved into orchards by beekeepers and “brokers” who help manage the transaction.

There are inherent perils to hanging a business on the collective health of a fragile and disease-prone insect. Bee populations are notoriously unstable, and the animals’ health and population strength are constantly under threat. Even though the total population of domesticated honeybees has increased around 45 percent worldwide since 1961, the proportion of agricultural crops that depend on pollinators is growing at a rate closer to 300 percent, stoking fears in certain scientific circles of a global pollination crisis. Wild bee populations, too, are facing steep declines.

In California, “we’ve had a sufficient supply” of bees thus far for each almond harvest, said Bob Curtis, the Almond Board of California’s associate director of agricultural affairs. “But every year before the bloom, I am personally concerned. Are we walking a fine line here?”

Beekeepers certainly do. On top of larger environmental concerns, the price of maintaining healthy hives can fluctuate wildly, depending on a host of risks, including pesticide exposure, mites, drought, and colony collapse disorder, a mysterious epidemic in which worker bees suddenly abandon their queen, leaving her to die. Dealing with these issues means incurring unexpected, sometimes astronomical costs. During a drought year, when pollen and nectar are in short supply and must be artificially supplemented, it’s possible to spend $200,000 more than anticipated just to keep the bees alive.

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“It’s death by a thousand cuts,” said David Bradshaw, a lifelong beekeeper in the San Joaquin Valley. His base of operations, in a lot behind his home in Visalia, is typical for a commercial apiarist: There’s a small fleet of trucks, tankers of man-made sugar mixtures, and dozens of bee boxes stacked under a patch of sparse shade. Hundreds more, he said, are deposited across the state.

“My wife comes from a background of a CFO of a school district,” he said. “They have budgets, and they have things that tell where you’re supposed to end up at the end of the year. She asked me, ‘So what’s your budget?’ Like I have one!”

Many of the beekeepers who bring hives to California from Louisiana, Florida, and elsewhere live nomadic lives. Their entire year is spent preparing hundreds of thousands of delicate insects for a nonstop, cross-country trek, followed by a monthlong bonanza of hard labor in an unfamiliar environment. The trips are difficult on the animals, which are especially susceptible to heat and sickness during transit. An unexpected fire or truck tipover (of which there are surprisingly many) can wipe out millions of them—along with a beekeeper’s entire livelihood.

The one certainty: “You can’t just leave your bees in one place anymore,” said Denise Qualls, a bee broker who connects apiarists and almond farmers. “The bees come to California for the almonds. They stay for a month or two, then they go to Oregon and Washington for apples. They’ll go to Texas for whatever honey flow is there. They’ll go to Louisiana. They’ll go up to Maine. They’ll end up in North or South Dakota.”

The whole process can be exhausting, repetitive, and expensive.

“You get out of almond pollination, then your major goal for the next 11 and a half months is making sure your bees are healthy enough to go into almond pollination again,” said Charley Nye, manager of U.C. Davis’ Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility.

The almond harvest, he added, is “a weird driver” of market forces—one “that’s kind of pushing everything in one direction. We’re trying to bend the honeybees around it.”

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The economics of stealing beehives is a lot like the economics of stealing any high-value item, such as jewelry or electronics, with the main difference being accessibility. During the almond harvest, hives in California’s orchards rarely are protected by alarms or even fences, and equipping individual boxes with GPS trackers is prohibitively expensive for most. To ensure the best pollination results, beekeepers usually place their boxes just off remote roads, hidden by trees, miles from so much as a streetlight. It’s perfectly common for thousands of dollars’ worth of bees to sit largely unattended for weeks at a time.

The theft itself requires a peculiar combination of nihilism and finicky care. You must be the sort of person who’s willing to disregard a generations-old edict, invoked ceaselessly by lifelong apiarists, that “you don’t steal another man’s bees.” Yet pulling it off perfectly is also a dainty affair. You work quietly, gently, usually at night. You cannot jostle the hives too much, lest you damage the queen, which can cause the bees to lose interest in pollination. And it’s not enough to place the bees in a warehouse somewhere; they need access to a water source and all the typical treatments and feedings (sugar water, pollen patties) a doting keeper would provide.

Their value, after all, lies in their apparent health at the point of delivery to a farmer. Sick bees don’t sell.

It’s for these reasons that many of California’s most lurid and notorious bee heists have been perpetrated by apiarists gone rogue. In 1977, the beekeeper David Allred was sentenced to a minimum of three years in prison for lifting $10,000 worth of hives from another keeper in Tracy, California—and using stolen trucks to move them. A deputy district attorney told the presiding judge that Allred “wanted to be known as the Jesse James of the beehive industry,” according to The Press-Enterprise in Riverside.

It wasn’t Allred’s first brush with the law. The year before, he’d gone to jail for helping another beekeeper, David Graves, poison 15 million bees that belonged to a man who’d recently married Graves’s ex-wife and subsequently kicked Graves’s ass after an escalating series of vandalisms. And a few years ago, Allred was sued for taking $30,000 worth of bees that weren’t his—and tricking local sheriff’s deputies into helping him pull off the score.

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In 2012, the owner of Tauzer Apiaries, not far from Sacramento, noticed that about 80 of his hives were missing. He pulled together a search party, which soon found parts of the bee boxes scattered along a nearby highway; they also found a bucket of green paint. The clues eventually led them to the beekeeper Viktor Zhdamirov, who had mixed the stolen bees in with his own—and painted the boxes the same shade of green that had stained the bucket. He got three years in prison and was forced to pay more than $60,000.

And in early 2014, the Bakersfield-area beekeeper Joe Romance hatched a plan to recover nearly 200 hives that recently had been taken from him. Shortly after his property went missing, an unknown beekeeper arrived in town and began conducting business from Starbucks, a location most locals agreed was profoundly weird and suspicious. Romance asked a friend to pose as an almond farmer interested in leasing bees. Sure enough, his property was found sitting in a chop shop surrounded by razor wire.

This sort of theft has been an intermittent phenomenon across California for years. But recently, the numbers have started to climb. More than 2,700 hives were reported stolen from 2016 to 2017, according to an analysis of police records by Rowdy Jay Freeman, a sheriff’s deputy in Butte County and a beekeeper himself. In the three years before that, the average number of annual reported thefts was closer to 100.

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“It’s very lucrative business,” said Isaac Torres, the agriculture detective. Yet at the same time, “it’s not just some guys who are breaking into cars, or deciding, ‘I’m going to go steal some bees!’ ”

The thieves were cautious and methodical. They likely skipped from orchard to orchard, stacking boxes quickly onto a truck at night. They were familiar with the ins and outs of transporting bees—and keeping them healthy enough to rent out later.

Little else is known about how the thefts were conducted. The 2017 Fresno County case is still working its way through the court system, and officials are limited in how much they can discuss it. Alexa Pavlov, the beekeeper who confronted Pavel Tveretinov last year, has stopped answering calls.

But some have expressed doubt that Tveretinov and alleged accomplice Vitaliy Yeroshenko will face penalties commensurate to the volume of bees stolen. Without an abundance of eyewitness accounts or physical evidence, the two are being charged with 10 counts of receiving stolen property exceeding $950. In July, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office added two grand theft charges.

“They always say in law enforcement, ‘What you know is one thing; what you can prove is another,’” said Andres Solis, a Fresno County sheriff’s deputy who has worked on the case. The evening he first saw the field where Tveretinov was arrested, he’d been on the job roughly a month. Today, he has a deep understanding of what bees, and bee theft, mean to California.

“It’s not just the property itself that they’re out,” Solis said. “It’s also the man hours spent bringing these bees up and making the hive healthy. … You get your bees back and they’re nothing like they were before.”

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One morning before leaving Fresno, I drove an hour east, to one of the sites where authorities discovered hundreds of boxes of stolen hives. I wanted to see firsthand what an illicit bee operation looks like and, a year after the arrest of Tveretinov and Yeroshenko, what had become of the insects they’re accused of stealing.

The field was so remote that it didn’t have a proper address. To point me there, Torres dropped a pin on Google Maps, then recited from memory a short soliloquy of landmarks. I left early in the morning, hoping to evade the heat. But by the time I arrived, it was close to 100 degrees.

The spot was perfect for keeping bees: an overgrown field, about an acre long, nestled between an orchard and a man-made canal. It was close to a main road, but completely hidden if you’re speeding by at 60 mph.

Inside a perimeter of rusty barbed wire, hundreds of bee boxes sat in squat stacks. Just like the ones Torres described, these were painted a variety of colors. I stood near the perimeter, watching as thousands of bees launched from their hives, cutting through the scorching air.

Near the boxes was an abandoned van, a couple of bicycles, a flatbed, and an old Coachmen RV. A year after Tveretinov’s arrest, some beekeepers still had not retrieved their hives. It is, after all, quite costly to ship bees across the country with no guarantee they’ll arrive in the condition you’d delivered them. For some, getting their property back wasn’t worth the gamble.

Up an embankment just yards away, cars roared past on a two-lane highway. A curious driver could easily have pulled over and peered into the field, spotted the makings of an alleged criminal enterprise whose size and peculiarity would be virtually unprecedented in California. One deputy said he’d sped past this field dozens of times on his way to headquarters. He’d never stopped.

“There’s bees there,” he said. “But you don’t think nothing of it. It’s bees. It’s pretty common to see beehives.”

I got as close as any bee novice probably should. Watched the stolen property zip through the air, folding in and out of kaleidoscopic clouds. Then I headed back to my rental car and began the long drive home, through miles and miles of almond trees.

This story was published in collaboration with The Journal of Alta California. Read more at altaonline.com.

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Utah State Athletics will officially honor three championship football teams from the 1978, 1993 and 2013 seasons, respectively, when the Aggies host UNLV on Saturday, Oct. 13.
 
Players and coaches from those three teams will be in Logan on Saturday for a reunion honoring each of their feats. The 1978 team was coached by Bruce Snyder and tied for first in the PCAA; the 1993 team was coached by Charlie Weatherbie and tied for first in the Big West; the 2013 team was coached by current head coach Matt Wells, who led the Aggies to the Mountain Division title in their inaugural season in the Mountain West.
 
Saturday's contest against UNLV is the Aggies' annual Homecoming game and will kick off at 2 p.m. Utah State is seeking its fifth consecutive victory.
 
Snyder guided the Aggies for seven seasons, capturing back-to-back PCAA titles in 1978 and 1979. Led by the likes of quarterback Eric Hipple and running back Rick Parros, the '78 team finished with a 7-4 overall mark, including 4-1 in league play. It marked USU's first conference title since the 1961 campaign.
 
Under Weatherbie's guidance, Utah State won its final six games of the 1993 season to capture a share of the Big West title with a 5-1 record in league play. The Aggies concluded the year at 7-5 overall after beating Ball State 42-33 in the second-ever Las Vegas Bowl – USU's first bowl victory in five tries. Quarterback Anthony Calvillo was tabbed the game's MVP after completing 25-of-39 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns against the Cardinals.
 
Wells, who was a member of the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl team, coached the Aggies to the 2013 Mountain Division title of the MW with a 7-1 league mark (9-5 overall). USU clinched a spot in the inaugural Mountain West title game with a 35-7 win over Wyoming, limiting the Cowboys to 190 total yards. After falling to Fresno State in the MW championship game, Utah State capped its season with a 21-14 victory over No. 24 Illinois in the SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl.
 
If you were a part of one of these teams but have not yet RSVP'd to USU Assistant Director of Development Sarah Landes, please email her at sarah.landes@usu.edu or give her a call at 435-797-0143. Team members from those three championships team who do not have a ticket to the Homecoming game can purchase tickets at a special discounted rate. Contact Landes for more details.
 
For Aggie football ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
 
Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics.


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Benjamin Corey is a prominent evangelical religious figure-- but not in the way most of us think about evangelicals, especially since the so much of the evangelical movement has sold itself to Trump. Corey is an outspoken critic of American Nationalism within the Christianity and writes that Christians should pledge their loyalty only to God, and never to a government . A few months ago, he wrote a post on his very popular and influential blog, Patheos, 10 Signs You’re Actually Following TRUMPianity Instead of CHRISTianity that takes on Trump and his followers directly.
In the Era of Trump’s America, I must admit that I hardly recognize the very people who raised me. I was brought up by the Religious Right, and went on to become a faithful foot soldier for the cause of conservative Christianity and right-wing politics until my mid 30’s. However, long gone is their commitment to the values they tried to instill in me, and so much else that once consistently encompassed their collective identity.

Sadly, my old tribe seems to collectively struggle to realize they’ve done exactly what they spent the entire Left Behind series warning me not to do: they have fallen in line behind a worldly leader who arose to power during a time of “wars and rumors of wars,” who did so by falsely pretending to be a Christian, but who would ultimately lead them to follow an entirely new religion.

To help my former right-wing family out, here’s the top 10 signs you’re now following TRUMPianity instead of CHRISTianity:

10. You spent 8 years criticizing every move of Obama, but the minute Trump was sworn in you started telling everyone that “Christians should respect the president” and that being “divisive” is a sin.

Remember the you of two years ago? That’s okay, because I do-- and you certainly didn’t seem to believe that Christians should “respect the president” or that being politically divisive was any sort of sin.

Here I am recalling you taught me that, “sin is always sin” and doesn’t change just because culture changes. Huh!

9. You think, “but we’re a nation of laws” somehow trumps biblical teachings on how immigrants are to be treated.

You didn’t expect me to forget all of those years where you taught me that the Bible is the “final authority for all matters of living,” did you?

Good, because I didn’t-- but it certainly sounds like you did. I’m reminded every time you dismiss what the Bible teaches about the treatment of immigrants with, “But, but… we’re a nation of laws!”

I thought you’d said, “We have a responsibility to follow God’s law, not man’s law!” just a few weeks ago. Silly me!

8. Your church is planning a “patriotic worship service” for the 4th of July.

Let me simplify this for you: there’s no such thing as “patriotic worship” unless you’re willing to simply admit you’re worshipping your own country.

You were the ones who taught me that if God isn’t the focal point of our worship, that it’s sinful idolatry. Surely you remember Jesus saying, “It is written: worship the Lord your God and serve him only”?

Apparently there’s now room for two. Strange!

7. You instinctively applaud when Trump threatens to “bomb the shit” out of people, but quickly push back if someone quotes what Jesus taught about violence and enemy love.

Jesus commanded we love our enemies, and that we never repay evil with evil but instead repay evil with good. I mean, it’s right there in the red words. I still have it underlined from 1984.

But now when I quote that in response to your thinking that it’s all cute when Trump wants to “knock the crap” out of a protestor or nuke a country, you tell me that I’m twisting scripture.

Sorry, but I think siding with Trump over Jesus is… as Trump would say: Sad!

6. You think that having a filthy mouth and boasting about sexual immorality is a sign of being unsaved, but when it comes to Trump you all of a sudden have a “Who am I to judge?” attitude.

I mean, c’mon. I grew up under your guidance and I think we both know that neither one of us ever thought we’d see the day when you became an advocate of not judging. You told me that if I had sex before marriage or used the F-word that it would be evidence I was never saved to begin with.




Doesn’t it seem odd to you that it was Trump, and not Jesus who got you to (selectively) soften up on the whole judging others thing? Interesting!

5. You think it’s God-honoring to refuse to bow to a national statue, but that you should be fired from your job, kicked out of the country, or even charged with treason for refusing to stand for the flag.

Let me get this straight: When everyone obeyed the king and bowed down to the national statue and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused-- under the pain of death-- to pledge their allegiance to anyone except God, they were the good guys of the story...

But fast forward to present day America, and the good guys are actually the ones who want to force everyone to pay respect to the national symbol? Plot twist!

4. You want the nation to return to "biblical values"... except for all those socialist sounding biblical things like caring for the poor, welcoming the stranger, giving food to the hungry, etc.

So you really want the nation to return to “biblical values”? You do realize that when Israel lived under God’s law (which you love to quote when talking of same sex marriage) also included laws that mandated the rich be taxed, even down to the food they had, and that the wealth was to be redistributed to the poor and immigrants, yes?

Or is this the one situation where you’d rather not remember that you keep saying, “But God’s law never changes”? Confused!

3. Your church spends one month a year celebrating the story of refugee family who fled their violent homeland and secretly crossed the border to safety, only to return home years later where their son became another unarmed person of color killed by the state’s violent security forces because they “felt threatened”...

Yet you spend 11 months of the year missing the obvious. Ironic!

2. You claimed Barack Obama’s election was the result of evil forces, but the minute Trump was sworn into office you started quoting verses about how “God picks a nation’s kings and queens.”




For real, how does this work? Did God only get involved and start deciding elections with the past election cycle, or did you just start quoting this verse after the black guy left?

There’s a lot in this world I don’t know, but I do happen to know the answer to that one. Easy!

1. You spent the 90’s saying “character counts” but now say, “We don’t vote for a national pastor.”

Ahh, my absolute favorite sign you’re following Trumpianity instead of Christianity.

Version of you from today, I’d like you to meet the version of you from the Clinton administration. You were supposedly so morally outraged that you coined the term, “Character Counts” to explain why you felt Clinton was unfit for office. The version of you from today? My, my… as I listen to you explain that “We don’t vote for a national pastor…” I am keenly aware of how having the political power changes things. Totally!





So you’re a loyal Trump supporter and a loyal Christian?

I’m not so sure.

You might want to take a more self-critical look and make sure you’re following Christianity, and not Trumpianity. Really!

That brings us right to the Vote Common Good "Flip The House" bus tour. Yesterday Newsweek reported that while evangelical Christians have traditionally stuck by the Republican Party, a group of them who are anti-Trump enough to hit the road ahead of the midterm elections to convince their peers to ditch the GOP. They want to help flip Congress so the Democrats have control.
With the message that Republicans have fallen short of pushing for the beliefs of core Christians, the "Vote Common Cause" bus tour is traveling to 30 congressional districts where Democratic challengers seek to defeat conservative incumbents. The tour will visit 14 states. It began last week in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and is slated to wrap up two days before the November midterm elections in Fresno, California.

"The need to flip Congress has some of us behaving in ways we have never had to before,” Minneapolis pastor Doug Pagitt, the executive director of Vote Common Good, told the Huffington Post Monday.

“These times call for a response that matches the outrageous nature of what’s happening," Pagitt said. "This is not a typical partisan conversation.”

The tour is unusual since white evangelical Protestants have traditionally backed the GOP for its conservative approach to abortion and LGBTQ equality, among other social issues. In the 2016 presidential election, a whopping 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump, according to FiveThirtyEight.

"We need candidates who would not turn their back on the poor and the sick, who would not separate children from their parents, who support liberty and opportunity for all people,” Arkansas pastor Robb Ryerse, the political director for Vote Common Good, said in a statement to the Huffington Post.

“What we’re doing is trying to give courage to people whose hearts are already opened, whose beliefs have already shifted, to say that they can vote and act according to their own beliefs,” Pagitt said.

Vote Common Good claims it is nonpartisan and backs candidates based on how their platforms match with evangelical values. This year, the group is solely supporting Democratic candidates. The tour is scheduled to stop for six days in Texas to push for Democratic Representative Beto O'Rourke, who seeks to unseat Republican Senator Ted Cruz.


The tour kicked off in eastern Pennsylvania and the Vote Common Good rally for Susan Wild seems to have done some good. According to WFMZ-TV a brand new poll of district voters from DeSalles University shows Wild crushing her right wing opponent, Marty Nothstein, 50.0% to 31.2%.. 80% of Democrats, 8% of Republicans and 39% of independents say they plan to vote for Wild, while just 67% of Republicans, 3% of Democrats and 16% of independents plan to vote for Nothstein. Tomorrow the Vote Common Good tour bus pulls up to the Grandview Park Bandshell on Grandview Blvd in Sioux City, Iowa to help introduce congressional candidate, progressive Democrat J.D. Scholten, to evangelical voters. Aside from J.D., speakers include Frank Schaeffer, Doug Pagitt, Samir Selmanović and Brian McLaren.


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DISENGAGED: How journalists repel the American audience, and how reporters can win them back

CLUELESS: How journalists missed the story of their own demise

VILLAGE OF THE DEAF: Elite media in a vernacular nation

Draft—Bob Calo

Journalists, by and large, regard the ‘crisis’ as something that happened to them, and not anything they did. It was the internet that jumbled the informational sensitivities of their readers, corporate ownership of news organizations that raised suspicions about our editorial motives, the audience itself that lacked the education or perspective to appreciate the work. Yet, twenty years of polling is utterly clear about one thing: the decline in trust and the uneasiness of the audience with the profession and its product began well before technology began to shred the conventions of the media. 72% of Americans expressed confidence in the news in 1976. Everyone knows the dreary trend line from that year onward: an inexorable decline over the decades.  [i]And if we fail to examine our part in the collapse of trust, no amount of digital re-imagining or niche marketing is going to restore our desired place in the public conversation. 

Ordinary working people no longer see media as a partner in their lives but part of the noise that interferes with their lives. People will continue to muddle through: voting or not voting, caring or not caring, but they are doing it, as they once did, without the companionship of the press. Now elites and partisans don’t have this problem, there are niches aplenty for them. But if the US was full of only elites and partisans, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

If we accept that journalism has lost trust then we ought to think about how to win it back it again. That’s hard. For too long, we have thought the value of what we do was obvious to everyone. Turns out, it’s been primarily obvious to us. The public ranks us just a touch above Congress in terms of trust and reliability—and Congress is way down the bottom of the list. [ii]And if our response is “change nothing” because we are “essential to democracy” then we lose, and continue to be marginalized. So we have to begin to do something that we’re not very good at. We have to question everything: story forms, editorial sensibilities, our own motivations, our own unchallenged assumptions about the role of the press.  We are not throwing reporting overboard:  far from it. Reporting will always be the true center of what we do, and it is what the public values, when they see it. Trust flows from value and utility. The problem at its essence is this: how do we make reporting more engaging to the imaginations of Americans as they are? This is entirely a creative challenge, rather than an intellectual one.  I’m not questioning the value of what Alex Jones calls the ‘iron core,’ [iii]but rather  seek to make that core present in the daily lives of ordinary Americans. So what I’ll be trying to describe in this paper is an authentic mechanism for reaching that part of the population, neither partisan nor elite, (formerly known as ‘your readers’ or ‘your audience’) that no longer enjoys the companionship of the press.  I’ll also argue that as with most dilemmas, there’s an opportunity: to facilitate some kind of public commons, to crusade, even, for a public commons, at a time in our social and political history when that kind of real estate is quite rare.  Most, but not all, of my references will be to broadcast and digital video, since that’s where I’ve spent most of my reporting life, but the cultural impediments that get in the way of clear thinking about how to connect with Americans hold true for all media.

AN ESTABLISHMENT PROFESSION IN A VERNACULAR NATION

In the 60’s and 70’s an autodidact named J.B.Jackson burst on the scene of American architecture and design.  A maverick philosopher, he challenged the prevailing opinion of university trained designers and architects who stood aghast at the American landscape.  Mid-century professionals looked to European ideas of planned towns and rational planning as the solution to the vulgar and disorganized condition of the American landscape. Jackson, who enjoyed nothing more than poking European sensitivities in the eye, worked tirelessly through a series of brilliant articles and books[iv] to argue for a different way of looking at the American scene, that something of the national spirit was represented in the trailer parks, roadside businesses that elites saw as blight. That the way ordinary people, working people, organized space spoke of a set of values that ought not to be ignored. He defended the mid twentieth-century roadside landscape against the self-appointed arbiters of good taste and righteous living. These critics objected both to the “tawdry” and “tasteless” visual pyrotechnics of roadside architecture and to the disturbing tendency of the uneducated masses to embrace the automobile and the new American roadside as sources of entertainment, commerce, and social interaction.”[v] 

“In the late 50’s urban planners, in love with European ideas of planning cities and rational architecture couldn’t understand why Americans, newly empowered with family cars, drove “around with no apparent goal or destination, jockeying for position in endless lines of traffic, and migrating across the country on gas-guzzling vacations. The answer simply put, was that people liked to drive. Motoring en masse appeared to fulfill a common human need for recreation and social display. The act of driving and the sense of moving smoothly and effortlessly along the modern highway also allowed ordinary Americans to indulge in formerly elitist experiences of mobility.”[vi]

Jackson later became a highly respected lecturer at both Harvard and Berkeley and introduced cultural geography into the American academy. He posited that there were two different ways of looking at the American landscape: Establishment and Vernacular.

The establishment, he argued, is composed of serious people, concerned with serious things. They are the protectors of permanent culture and physical institutions. “The establishment has permanence, which has some philosophy or method back of it. It’s carefully thought out in terms of its future. It has an order that has an aesthetic quality. There is order there, a permanent order. We want it to serve the future. We want it to be used by others but we know how it should be.  And “we” are people of education, thought and of conscience and people of taste who feel that the world has to be ordered, as indeed it does”[vii]

The vernacular is demotic, day to day, changeable, haphazard as perceived by the establishment, but home to most working people. It is a world of labor striving for human dignity. This is ordinary daily life, pretty much unchanged from the way it was described in Middletown, the famous study of life in Muncie, Indiana in 1924: “This study proceeds on the assumption that all the things that people do in this American city may be viewed as falling under one or another of the following six main-trunk activities: getting a living, making a home, training the young, using leisure in various forms, engaging in religious practice, engaging in community activities.”[viii] The establishment abhors and avoids the public sphere. It spends its time (both leisure time and work time) in private, behind gates and inside well-appointed parlors, or in the best boxes at the symphony. If you prefer sports metaphors, the establishment sits in the corporate suites, with their controlled access and privacy. The vernacular sits in the bleachers. The vernacular works and lives in public, more dependent on neighbors and community.

What does this have to do with journalism and its discontents? Everything, because at the core of contemporary disengagement is a problem of translation. The establishment press speaks one language, its vernacular clients, or readers and viewers, another.

In 2010, researchers at the University of Maryland conducted a survey to examine how Americans dealt with information, and misinformation, related to the mid-term elections. The researchers were particularly interested to see the effect of the Citizens United decision, which opened the financial spigot on ‘political speech.’ The results were dispiriting. The poll found “strong evidence that voters were substantially misinformed on many of the issues prominent in the election campaign, including the stimulus legislation, the healthcare reform law, TARP, the state of the economy, climate change…”[ix]

            The poll certainly described the effects (admittedly with many variables) of the propagandistic elements of contemporary media culture, but it also is a measure of journalism’s inability to counter that culture. It is a measure of failure.  Whatever we were doing in our reporting, whatever we thought we were doing, it isn’t working. Critic Christopher Lasch suggested that it’s the exclusion of the public  (by an elite press which doesn’t respect them) from journalistic discourse that may be responsible:

In the “age of information,” the American people are notoriously ill informed. The explanation of this seeming paradox is obvious, though seldom offered: Having been effectively excluded from public debate on the grounds of their incompetence, most Americans no longer have any use for the information inflicted on them in such large amounts.[x]

One question that journalists should be asking themselves: if there is a profound mismatch between our view of ourselves and our audience; if our audience is not receiving, or rejecting the information that we have chosen to provide them, how can we not be humbled?

As Vito Corleone famously says, as he tries to stop a destructive war of attrition between Mafia families in the gangster epic ‘The Godfather,’ “How did things ever get so far?”

AN ESTABLISMENT PRESS IN A POPULIST NATION

Contemporary journalism emerged from the progressive movement of the early 20th century, which itself had deep roots in the populism that began in the late nineteenth century and dominated American political and cultural conflict up through the second world war.   Michael Kazin defines populism as having: “ a language whose speakers conceive of ordinary people as a noble assemblage not bounded narrowly by class, view their elite opponents as self-serving and undemocratic and seek to mobilize the former against the latter.”

Journalism and populism have had an uncomfortable relationship since Walter Lippmann.  Embedded in the modern code of journalists is that it provide a counterforce to the populism of the American public. That counterforce has been valuable, but increasingly, elite journalism has come to stand against populism, which leads to a serious problem.  Populism is part of the American DNA, and while its nativist strand frames one edge of its spectrum, there is also within it a deep desire against political corruption, for economic justice  and democracy. So while populism fueled the rise of Huey Long and Father Coughlin during the depression, it also played a role in the creation of the labor movement and the New Left. Populism moves right, then left, but never, as we shall see, disappears completely. And just as the establishment holds the vernacular at arms length, so do elites disdain the populist impulse in American society.

And so the problem of ‘disengagement’ goes two ways: we’re quite comfortable with the idea that the public has become disengaged from journalism; we’re less ready to admit that journalism is also disengaged from the public. Lippmann himself, of course, became quickly aware of the dilemma. The code expressed in “Liberty and the News, ” that the press was “the bible of democracy, the book out of which a people determines its conduct,”[xi] gave way, in less than two years, to the cynicism of “Public Opinion.”

“Even if the press were capable of providing an accurate picture of the world, the average man had neither the time nor the ability to deal with a perplexing barrage of information. The Enlightenment conception of democracy—based on the assumption that every man had direct experience and understanding of the world around him—was totally inadequate to a mass society where men had contact with only a tiny part of the world on which they were being asked to make decisions.”[xii]

It must have seemed, in the 50’s and sixties that none of this would ever matter again, as two generations of post-war prosperity (for the public and the news industry) and rising aspirations, covered up  populist dissatisfactions.  But things begin to change in the seventies. By then three decades of an exuberant and profitable journalism culminated with the August 1974 resignation of President Richard Nixon, perhaps the ultimate speaking-truth-to-power moment in the history of the American press. The reporter-as-hero-of-democracy became a familiar cultural trope. Thousands of young Americans, most of whom opposed the Vietnam War (and the draft) began careers in journalism. Salaries, at the broadcast networks and major newspapers, begin to rise. But at the same time, a return of economic insecurity restarted a murmur of dissatisfaction that quickly reasserted the populism embedded in the American spirit. Paddy Chayefsky caught the zeitgeist with his brilliant and prophetic parody “Network” with its deranged news anchor shouting, ‘I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.’ And civic engagement begins to ebb. The ‘End of History’ never is. The country begins a fundamental change.

 “Beginning nearly thirty years ago, the people of this country unwittingly began a social experiment. Finding cultural comfort in “people like us,” we have migrated into ever-narrower communities and churches and political groups…We have replaced a belief in a nation with a trust in ourselves and our carefully chosen surroundings. And we have worked quietly and hard to remove any trace of the “constant clashing of opinions” from daily life.”[xiii]

And as ordinary Americans start to pull back from a common civic culture, the journalism establishment acquires power. Michael Kazin, referring to Kevin Phillips:

 “The Establishment –which Phillips defines as “Wall Street, The Episcopal Church, the great metropolitan newspapers, the US Supreme Court and Manhattan’s East Side—had opposed FDR. But now it was composed of genteel liberals who disdained the conservative wave that “has invariably taken hold in the ordinary (now middle-class) hinterlands of the nation.”[xiv]

It’s at this point where journalism, until then running roughly parallel to American middle-class aspirations begins to take a divergent,, and ultimately costly path. After the Nixon resignation, it ascends to a position of power, gains a seat at the table, become a player in an ideological battle for the American soul. It gets its hands on the levers of power, begins to attract people who want their hands on the levers of power.  And it begins to talk to itself, finding validation from within.  Embracing the dispassionate skepticism of Lippmann, it finds politics a charade, so increasingly it portrays it that way; it has little in common with the working class, so it ignores it; it has little interest in stories of inspiration and hope, and it ceases to cover them;  it’s uncomfortable about religion and faith, and pretends they do not exist.

Just as professional architects and designers shook their heads over the vulgarity of the vernacular landscape, professional journalists came to disdain the thoughts and the lives of ordinary Americans. In the provocative and brilliant book, “The Revolt of the Elites,” Christopher Lasch argues that Lippmann-inspired journalism, with its lack of faith in the American people, had the effect of choking off public argument and public debate, thus creating a self fulfilling prophecy of a disinterested public.

“arrogant and insecure, the new elites, the professional classes in particular, regard the masses with mingled scorn and apprehension. …Middle Americans as they appear to the makers of educated opinion, are hopelessly shabby, unfashionable, and provincial, ill informed about changes in taste or intellectual trends, addicted to trashy novels or romance and adventure and stupefied by prolonged exposure to television.”[xv]

So not only have elite journalists come to live in a world where the actions and beliefs of ordinary Americans have become more opaque to them, they get peeved that their worldview is not persuasive.  In the “The Death of The Liberal Class,” former New York Times reporter Chris Hedges describes his life as journalist:

“The sermons preached from my father’s pulpit, the study of literature, history, theology, the classics, and moral philosophy in college and graduate school, gave me a language to make sense of the world and define my place in it. It was journalism that permitted me to roam the world for two decades, .every new foreign assignment the equivalent of another undergraduate degree. The languages I speak, the cultural literacy I possess, the grasp I have of political and economic systems, would not have been possible without these liberal institutions”[xvi]

It would be difficult to better portray the establishment life, with  its freedom, its global sensibility, its confident elitism; it would be difficult to describe a life more different than the ordinary working American. Wounded pride aside, there’s a lot at stake when we try to wish populism away.

“The desire to transcend populism … ignores the very persistence of the language, rooted in the gap between American ideals and those institutions and authorities whose performance betrays them. That continuity occurs for a good reason. At the core of the populist tradition is an insight of great democratic and moral significance. No major  problem can be seriously addressed, much less nudged on a path toward solution, unless what an antebellum politician called the ‘productive and burden-bearing classes”—Americans of all races who work for a living, knit neighborhoods together and cherish what the nation is supposed to stand for—participate in the task[xvii]

It is important to note that it was always citizens that “knit neighborhoods together.” The press was part of it to be sure, but it was never the only factor in a sense of social cohesion. A common sense of prosperity and a general feeling of progress, trust in civic institutions, schools, the local police force, a healthy judiciary—all had as strong a claim as the local newspaper. Given that we’ve never had strong metrics (for newspapers) in terms of how direct the effects of reporting were on the lives of its readers, it’s been primarily journalists who have claimed the centrality of the press to such idealized versions of American community life. And of course, many–people of color, the poor, gay men and women–were omitted from the narrative during these golden years. After Watergate, the press began acting just the way that vernacular people expect the establishment to act: with arrogance.

 “During the Watergate era, critical journalism had been a means by which the press could hold politicians accountable. Now it was an end in itself. Criticism was the starting point in the search for and crafting of news stories. It was also the path of advancement. Coveted appearances on network and cable talk shows were granted to journalists adept at sharp-edged commentary….the nation’s “fourth branch” was now as entrenched as the officials it covered. Journalists had established themselves as a counter-elite operating within the tidy confines of Washington, as insular as the politicians they criticized for having lost touch with the public they serve.”[xviii]

If elite journalism treated politics and public service with deep cynicism, they often treated working people as villains, ignoring high crimes and obsessing over misdemeanors. During the nineties when network newsmagazines enjoyed huge and engaged audiences, investigative reporters, often using sophisticated hidden cameras and other surveillance technology spent their time, and their editorial resources, trapping hourly wage employees who may or may not have been padding repairs bills. In one celebrated segment[xix] of ABC News Primetime Live, a show where I worked as a producer, a hapless repairman in his work overalls, under the scrutiny of numerous hidden cameras, is confronted by the sudden appearance of a dapper and hair-sprayed correspondent who was hiding in another room. The dialog goes like this:

Chris Wallace: I’m Chris Wallace

Repairman (surprised and confused:) I’ve been watching you!

Chris Wallace: Well, we’ve been watching you!

In another magazine show[xx] about bicycle theft in Chicago, an elaborate sting, using hidden cameras, hidden locating devices, and an entrapment scheme ends only after the police, well-informed by NBC producers, chase the alleged bicycle thief (it only this story had the compassion of the Italian neo-realist classic of the same name) out a second story window. As he lays on a stretcher with a shattered ankle, in the custody of the police, the handsome correspondent speaks with high moral dudgeon:

Chris Hansen: Can you tell me why you took that bike, sir? Sir?

Alleged thief: …(Censored by station)…

His unprintable response may have been the only honest word in the broadcast. In the years since, those news magazines that traded in the humiliation of working people too often descend  into  a Grand-Guignol melodrama where the only thing newsworthy that happens in Middle America…is child abuse and murder.

As the public votes with its indifference, a strange thing happens. The less respect journalists get from their audience, the more they hold themselves in high esteem. During the 40 years of steady decline of audience trust and engagement, the journalism profession drapes itself with self-congratulatory awards.

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In a single issue of the Columbia Journalism Review[xxi], bold ads for seven awards, [xxii]and in a recent conference on investigate reporting, there were 123 mentions of the word ‘award’ ‘prize’ or ‘award-winning’ on the web page that listed its accomplished panelists.[xxiii]

What passes for ‘political discourse’  becomes a semi-private conversation between the cultures of political journalism and politicians. An ingrained deference to power from the mainstream press is a central aspect of that conversation. The public is allowed to watch, but not take part, in the conversation. It all has the effect of re-affirming a status quo. And reporters know it. It one of the common private complaints one hears. This from a current news executive:

“I’ve evolved into thinking big “J” journalism is entirely reactionary… Watching (facilitating, if I’m honest w/myself) up-close the day-to-day decision-making is a ghastly experience. The entire enterprise is an exercise in reconfirming bourgeois preconceptions and steering real dissent, and therefore creative and imaginative reform, into the margins.”[xxiv]

So given these trends—the transformative societal changes away from a single common civic language, the erosion of moderation in our political parties, the surging return of populism, the indelible mark of elitism in the ‘old’ journalism—what would a new narrative look and sound like? If the answer is change nothing, because we are so convinced about the rightness of the role of journalism in society, then that by itself will be of great service, because the news crisis can be declared over, and everyone can settle into the (diminishing) cubbyholes of reporting to serve their very well known audiences. The New York Times will work to become a single national news organization with its close political and cultural ties to governing elites. ABC, NBC, and CBS will serve the greatest generation to their dying day (circa 2020,) FOX news, aligning itself expertly with the current strain (and nimble enough to pivot on a dime) of American populism,  will build its ratings dominance in the cable news world, The New York Review of Books will continue to publish their weekly erudite outrage  over the vulgarity of American political (and cultural) life, wealthy benefactors will fund non-profit campaigns for investigative reporting until they lose interest or find a more worthy toy, satirists and comedians will delight us with their insights into hypocrisy, but leave us feeling bereft when the joke fades.  This may well be a potential future, but one anyone who still believes in the power of good reporting ought rue. As niche media gets more and more targeted, more carefully aligned with the end user, what incentive would there be for that user to come back to a journalistic culture that strives to be part of a public commons?[xxv] Indeed, what incentives would there be for a news organization to continue to make the kind of investment required to accomplish that?

And we don’t yet know whether these niches taken together might form a new synthesis that works more or less well than the one we have. James Fallows, in a recent article about digital futures for reporting acknowledges the potential for some new kind of synthesis, but worries, “Perhaps we have finally exhausted the viable possibilities for a journalism that offers a useful and accurate perspective. If so, then America’s problems of public life can only grow worse, since we will lack the means to understand and discuss them.”[xxvi] It’s precisely that problem of public life that is at issue here.  As Alex Jones asks, “We may be headed for a world in which there is a yawning disparity in accurate knowledge just as there is in wealth. The elite will be deeply informed, and there will be a huge difference between what they know and what most Americans know. We could be heading for a well-informed class at the top and a broad populace awash in opinion, spin and propaganda.”[xxvii]

A slightly more optimistic forecast comes from Dan Gillmor, an observer of digital culture:

 “As we are flooded with more and more information, much of which is garbage, we’ll see a strong move toward trusted sources. This will take many forms. One will be a classic retreat to quality, as the best news providers retain or earn positions of trust. Another will be progress toward increasingly sophisticated combinations of human and machine intelligence, where aggregation and curation are melded so that people and communities can sort out what they need and want based on quality, popularity and reputation.”[xxviii]

A fragmented media landscape may mirror a sorted society, but any hope for a journalism that aspires to be an essential part of a democracy for ordinary Americans will be hanging in the balance.  

LEARNING TO SPEAK IN THE VERNACULAR

Why haven’t we been able to react and develop creative approaches for our reporting? For the last ten years or so, reporters have been forced to take a back seat to engineers, web developers and marketers in a desperate attempt to keep up with the frantic developments in digital culture. The question is, how do we, as reporters, get back to the table where creative ideas that engage the audience come from?

We haven’t been particularly successful in thinking our way out of the fix we’re in. Journalists, despite their generally progressive ideological sensitivities are quite conservative about their profession.  Conservative in that there’s not much we think we ought to change. The ‘standard model’—disinterestedness, accuracy, objectivity or neutrality—is part of our canon, enshrined in the memoirs of hundreds of famous journalists, romanticized in popular films like “All the President’s Men” and “State of Play.” (Contrast those ‘reporter-as-hero-of-democracy’ narratives with the more populist and self-critical comedy of “The Front Page,” written in 1931) It’s a bit too much to give up. The cultural value of being a journalist, within the social circles in which we live, is a kind of social capital we’re unwilling to part with. To think creatively about disengagement requires humility, not always a strong suit of journalists. We’re also narrowly skilled. Expert in reporting, writing or producing stories we like and feel important, but often far less talented as entrepreneurs, designers, artists. [xxix]

The embrace of the vernacular has clearly worked its way into American media over the last few years, but primarily in pure entertainment or ‘soft-news’ settings. But consider how many of these television shows deal with work, class, economic disparity and anger with the establishment. Shows like “Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers”, “Coal” are reality shows that put actual work, and the drama of manual labor on the screen, a profusion of shows about pawn shops and  foreclosed goods stuffed in abandoned storage facilities. All these programs  circle the issue of a broken American dream. Then there’s the fiction-as-fact category, notably former Baltimore sun reporter David Simon’s legendary “The Wire” that many see as a more accessible, and somehow ‘truer’ version of decades of reporting about race, crime and American cities. Add to this the phenomena of the “The Daily Show,” which, particularly during the Iraq war (for anti-war Democrats and progressives) was seen as a more honest version of the nightly news.

In each case there’s this conceptual frisson about the ‘official’ story as reported by journalists as opposed to the “non-news’ version that feels more authentic, valuable and worth of trust. We need to begin thinking about new narratives that favor the vernacular, and respect the populism of the American audience in our reporting.

In this section I’m going to offer a few approaches that speak in the vernacular, based on fact-based reporting on serious issues, have a populist sensibility and have engaged audiences and readers. It must be said that the vernacular lends itself more readily to media platforms where we can hear the sound of American speech. So most of the following examples come from and documentary, radio and digital bricolage. Documentary, of course, frequently commits its own sins of haughty irrelevance, but for the thoughtful writer, it has possibilities.

JOURNEYS WITH GEORGE Alexandra Pelosi  HBO

During the 2000 presidential election, NBC producer Alexandra Pelosi shot hundreds of hours of behind the scenes footage with a cheap video camera. The result, which ultimately was broadcast by HBO, was a departure from most political documentaries. While it tracked for a year and a half the progress of the Bush campaign, there was no breathless tone, nor urgent drama. Instead, it portrayed the utter predictability of campaign coverage, with a focus on a bored group of professionals, almost ashamed of the inertness of the work they were doing. It presents a decidedly non-heroic picture of political reporters and campaign professionals. It was ruthlessly transparent, dealing with Pelosi’s personal life, as well as her unique relationship with the Republican candidate. They both were children of powerful politicians, and both used that as best they could, for leverage with each other. It also clearly notes the divide between the establishment world of the press and the vernacular world of regular Americans, otherwise known as ‘voters.’ In an early scene, Pelosi interviews a stewardess working on the charter plane that’s ferrying reporters from town to town:

Pelosi: Would you ever want to be a journalist?

Flight attendant: No never.

Pelosi: why not?

Flight attendant: Should I be honest?

Pelosi: Go ahead.

Flight attendant: You guys are just too high intensity for me. Life is too short to be that stressed out.  I’m a mid-western girl, I don’t have any inclining for that.

Flight attendant: Oh my god, that’s Ted Koppel.

Near the end of the grueling campaign, this from a reporter who would later (because of his visibility during the dramatic year) become a well known author and political pundit on American politics, describing a post-debate spin room:

PELOSI: What’s going on in this room?  We have to try and break this down.

RICHARD WOLFFE: What’s going on in this room is a lot of really well paid people trying to convince a lot of other really well paid people that we know what’s going on in ordinary people’s minds.  I mean it’s a joke.  

In short, Pelosi shared a vivid depiction of American political campaigns as they actually are, not as the establishment press feels compelled to make them. It’s almost as if there are two political stories, the one that is ‘officially’ told, and the ‘real’ story, a story that reporters often keep to themselves, or share with each other as savvy and cynical observers to their delight. And of course, absent from this picture are the people. What are their hopes and fears?  Mainstream political reporters, by relating a simplistic, predictable, redundant, flat story to their audience they are at best, patronizing, and worse, dismissive. What we do know is that they are boring their audience with this false depiction of political life. Ironically, the reporters are more interesting, and their words more valuable,  when they drop the veil of disinterestedness and objectivity and tell us how they really feel. For her trouble, Pelosi was ostracized, not by the campaigns, but by her news colleagues, for ‘breaking the rules.’

PLOT 60 Jon Alpert HBO

In 2007, filmmaker Jon Alpert and Matt O’Neill spent 4 months in one section of Arlington National Cemetery, Section 60, reserved for American casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan. Alpert has spent 40 years on the outskirts of television news, pioneering a singular, and vernacular approach to reporting the news. Never really welcomed by the mainstream press, his stories often bring a creative verite approach in which his presence is only noted off-camera, occasionally inserting  a simple question or wry comment. There’s a Dickension quality to his work, often focused on people who rarely ‘make the news.’. One protracted series, “Life of Crime” patiently and inexorably follows three heroin addicts over a period of ten years.  In Plot 60. There are no reporters, no larger political frame, no crafted introductions. The speakers are ordinary Americans in extraordinary situations, coping with the loss of sons, husbands, wives, fathers and mothers. The language, and the interweaving of tragedy and humor is credible because it is real.

            FEMALE VOICE:

I can’t believe he’s under here.

            FEMALE VOICE 2:

I don’t even feel bad sitting on top of him.  He used to make me walk on his back to crack his back.  (LAUGHTER) Even when I was fat pregnant.  And I said, “I’m too fat for this."  And he goes, "No, it feels good."  So, that’s what I thought of yesterday the first thing.  And I stepped on it and I thought, "You always ask me to step on your back."  (LAUGHTER)

            FEMALE VOICE:

Yeah.  I don’t know about you.  But, the first thing when I do when I wake up every morning is check my e-mail.  He didn’t write me that morning.  But, I thought, "Well, I bet he just got back late from a mission and he’s tired.”

                        FEMALE VOICE:

I didn’t know.  And there I was painting.

FEMALE VOICE 2:

I can’t believe this happened.

            FEMALE VOICE:

I hate this. 

            FEMALE VOICE 2:

I miss him.  What a year?  My 25th year.  I think that’s supposed to be a year your car insurance goes down and that you fully become an adult.  People say 25.  And I was 25 and had Eva . And then, a month later, I closed on our house.  And then, four months later, my husband was killed.  And is it better that we didn’t have 50 years together?  I don’t know how this is supposed to go.

            FEMALE VOICE:

Guess  we’re not the only ones, you know?

            FEMALE VOICE 2:

Everybody’s heart just breaks.

            FEMALE VOICE:

We’re not the first and we’re not going to be the last, which sucks.  ‘Cause I would rather us be the last.

FEMALE VOICE 2:

Me too.  I don’t ever want anybody– any other wife to go through this.

            FEMALE VOICE:

I don’t.

            FEMALE VOICE 2:

Maybe we should go over and see when he died.  Maybe he just died.  Do you wanna go see?

            FEMALE VOICE:

Could be.

            FEMALE VOICE 2:

Do you think we can leave our stuff here?

            FEMALE VOICE:

Yeah, if someone steals something from us–

            FEMALE VOICE 2:

From a—-cemetery?

            FEMALE VOICE:

Really, how worse could our lives get?

            FEMALE VOICE 2:

I know.  Right?  (LAUGHTER)

            Of course, American war fatalities were heavily covered in a fashion, but dispassion does not really create a real conversation about what is at stake, for a grieving family, or for the nation.  A long war of attrition against American speech has castrated most television news.  Where did we get the idea that Americans were not eloquent? Plot 60 could be a model for a new kind of reality show, that puts the human sacrifice of war in plain view for its viewers, and unlike most reality shows, respects and values its heroes—ordinary families dealing with tragedy.

            Online, American speech is displayed with more irreverence, and with less patience for journalistic traditions. California Is A Place[xxx] presents a  series of short, highly visual web videos that connect place and people. In one, a group of skateboarders from Fresno, California dissect and discuss the foreclosure crisis, which has resulted in plenty of empty pools for them to skate in. The language, including language that would generally be expunged by a proper editor, is purely vernacular:

Shots of empty pools, sounds of skateboards

MALE VOICE I:  The best of the times for us, the worst of the times for all these fuckin’ poor people, you know?  America lied to everyone—you can have ‘this,’ you can have ‘this,’ you can have ‘this’—and tricked everybody into like, what—what we’re going through. 

CLOSE-UP OF ‘NOTICE AND ORDER TO SUBMIT VACANT BUILDING PLAN AND REMOVE PUBLIC NUISANCE VIOLATIONS’]

MALE VOICE II:  Sometimes I feel bad, but I think like, a lot of the people had shitty jobs.  They took stupid loans that, if they would’ve sat down and thought about it for fuckin’ two seconds, they would’ve realized that it was out of their budget, and it was just people trying to live out of their means, buying houses that they couldn’t afford, and it’s their bad that they lost them.  I don’t feel bad for them.  I feel glad for me—skating pools.  It’s awesome.

            Digital culture has displayed a different set of values about trust. In digital culture, transparency, opinion and irreverence is valued and trusted because there is no pretense to objectivity. The Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins writes a Sunday blog covering the network political talk shows ‘so you don’t have to.’ Note the tone:

My name is Jason, and the staggeringly trivial nature of these political shows, where I’m supposed to believe America’s political horse race is the most important thing in the world (SPOILER ALERT: NO ONE WINS, IT JUST KEEPS GOING FOREVER) is never in starker relief than it is on days like today. [xxxi]

            On this particular day, his post generated nearly a thousand comments, most of them from highly engaged readers. In addition to heaping scorn on the slippery syntax of public officials, he adds much reported fact to his posts. Irreverence is not bad manners when its backed up by fact. One simply wonders why the highly paid hosts of the Sunday talk shows are incapable of doing the same thing. Similarly, the brilliant Politifact web  feature[xxxii], which simply tells readers if the statements politicians make are true, half-true, false, or (everyone’s favorite) ‘pants-on-fire.’  To its credit, ABC News’ Sunday show ‘This Week’ has begun to partner with Politifact  to provide a reality check on the Sunday verbiage.

As he received the Oscar for his film ”Inside Job,”, producer Charles Ferguson leaned into the microphone and reminded the audience no one has been prosecuted for the 2008 economic meltdown. The film, in which the off screen journalist can barely conceal his point of view, or his irritation, attacks both parties as pawns of a plutocratic culture in which the ordinary American serves only as the witless victim. It’s old fashioned muckraking in the purest sense: demanding answers from a cabal of elite politicians and plutocrats. The unspoken accusation “you lie!” hovers behind every question. There’s little ‘objectivity’ here, although in a nod to traditional journalism, the writer notes that this or that banker or company declined to be interviewed. But fact-based anger is a powerful narrative and delivers what is essentially advocacy, but a trusted narrative nonetheless:

 “They will tell us that we need them and that it was too complicated to understand. They will tell us it won’t happen again. They will spend billions fighting reform…”

One needs to resist the temptation to say too much about the popular radio series This American Life. After all, The Onion had a point with this fake  headline: 'This American Life’ Completes Documentation Of Liberal, Upper-Middle-Class Existence.”[xxxiii] But that radio series, along with a close relative, the science show “Radiolab,” have both demonstrated how changing the style of a narrative can allow reporting to be valued, shared and appreciated.  They both share a transparency and openness that audiences value. There is much self-deprecation and humor, even as part of the most serious story. Mixing the serious and the humorous is an apt litmus test for some varieties of vernacular reporting. The reporter’s back story and motivations are almost always included, even celebrated. The reporter can sometimes be the fool. And there is an element of curiosity and surprise in the storytelling, forbidden in the elite media canon. Radiolab is broadcast on public radio, but enjoys much wider distribution online as a hit podcast. Host Jad Adumrad explains its broad appeal: “But do you want to know why ‘Radiolab’ has worked beyond public radio?” he asked. “Because it sounds like life.”[xxxiv] Realism is a vital component of a new narrative.

Citing print examples of vernacular reporting is problematic. On any given day, reporters write stories that have a vernacular or populist sensibility. They’ve been doing it since Charles Dickens, and of course during the heyday of the muckraking era. So the model is there. [xxxv]But beyond talking about ‘good’ writing versus bad, there’s not much more to say other than there should be more of it. The word “vernacular’ itself refers to the spoken language of everyday people. So in one sense, print is by definition a thing apart. And as Lasch passionately argues, journalism has mistaken ‘providing information’, for a more vital mission: enlarging the public forum.

“People lost the capacity to use language precisely and expressively or even to distinguish one word from another. The spoken word models itself on the written word instead of the other way around, and ordinary speech begins to sound like the clotted jargon we see in print. Ordinary speech begins to sound like “information’—a disaster from the English language may never recover.”[xxxvi]

In  terms of finding a mechanism to re-engage the alienated, most of the platforms suited to vernacular reporting will be in non-print platforms: In addition to the examples above there is the intimacy and humility of hyper-local reporting; television documentaries and specials that straddle the line between news and ‘reality shows,’ well-curated and well written blogs, transparently non-objective but fact-based websites, fact-based drama like the HBO series “The Wire, ” and as always, the timeless effectiveness of investigative reporting; creatively framed books about science, food and politics.  Arguing for a more vernacular reporting that respects populism does not deny the value of a traditional reporting. But without the rebuilding the trust between journalists and their audience, it will all become moot… because no one will be reading it.

Here’s a list of strategies that ought to lead to more vernacular reporting and storytelling.

o   High crimes first, misdemeanors second

o   Realism. Describe things the way they really are.

o   Be vulnerable as a reporter, Be transparent, share your methods

o   Don’t be afraid to express curiosity and surprise

o   Mixing humor and serious reporting

o   Be conversational.  Write for your audience, not your peers

o   Include everyday voices, but not as a prop

o   Be irreverent toward authority; be respectful to ordinary people.

o   Tell your audience what you really think.

o   Object to stupidity and hypocrisy wherever you find it, without fear of being labeled biased. In fact, that’s a bias one could crow about

o   Report on the vernacular: working people, military families, local stories

o   Trade access to power for access to people

o   Refuse the stenographic role the political parties would prefer you have. One day a candidate will refuse to take part in the presidential debates because of inane questions that get asked. One day a network will refuse to televise a nominating convention, because there is no news to report.

o   Report on Class, just don’t use the word.

o   Cover the challenge to American democracy embedded in the demographic separation of people, find out what we have left in common

o   Bring a Dickensian voice to reporting: meticulously detailed, realistic, compassionate

o   Don’t go it alone. Build collaborative reporting projects with your audience.

o   Consider that you may have chosen the wrong career. If you want to punish the guilty, become a prosecutor. If you want to see the world, join the Navy. If you want to lecture others about how they should live, become a preacher.

o   If you want to enlarge  the public commons of the American conversation, if you have enough faith that your neighbors, and  people who are not your neighbors, can–through argument and debate—find common ground, consider journalism. Better yet, consider reporting.

To continue to insist on a cloak of exceptionality leads to only one end: irrelevance. The alternative is much more appealing:  encourage a real public conversation by engaging the American imagination, rather than our own.  Explore, through our reporting and storytelling, the threads of commonality that still exists in a 200 year old democracy and use craft, reverence for fact, truth and story, and respect for our audience,  to help bind those threads together. One comes to see to the opportunity: we attend to the contemporary social reality of an increasingly divided nation and our problems of trust and engagement at the same time. It actually might be the purpose that we are most suited for. Journalism only has a future if stands together with other everyday aspects of democratic living. If we stand apart, we stand alone.

In a village of the deaf, the town crier must learn sign language.



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[iv] J.B Jackson, American Space, The Necessity of Ruins, Landscape in Sight

[v] Timothy Davis, Everyday America p63

[vi] Timothy Davis, Everyday America

[vii] JB Jackson and The Love of Everyday Places

[viii] Middletown, A Study in American Culture, Lynd, Robert and Lynd, Helen, New York, Harcourt Brace, 1929

[ix] World Opinion Poll http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/pdf/dec10/Misinformation_Dec10_rpt.pdf

[x]  Christopher Lasch, The Revolt of the Elites, Norton, 1995

[xi] Walter Lippman, Liberty and the News, 1920

[xii] Ronald Steele, Walter Lippman and the American Century, Little Brown, 1980.

[xiii] Bill Bishop, The Big Sort. New York, Houghton Mifflin, 2008, p. 302

[xiv] Michael Kazin, quoting Kevin Phillips in The Populist Persuasion

[xv] Christopher Lasch, The Revolt of the Elites

[xvi] Chris Hedges, “The Death of the Liberal Class,

[xvii] Michael Kazin, The Populist Persuasion, Basic Books, 1995, p. 286

[xviii] Thomas Patterson, The Vanishing Voter

[xix] Date of broadcast PTL

[xx] Date of broadcast  Dateline bicycle

[xxi] CJR Nov/Dec 2010

[xxii]

[xxiii] Berkeley conference website

[xxiv] Private email, name withheld

[xxv] Matt Baum

[xxvi] James Fallows, “Learning to Love the New Media” Atlantic April 2011

[xxvii] Alex Jones, Losing The News,

[xxviii] Dan Gillmor, blogpost

[xxix] NYU Professor Jay Rosen offers a different take on the internal culture of journalism in a widely read blog post http://pressthink.org/2010/06/clowns-to-the-left-of-me-jokers-to-the-right-on-the-actual-ideology-of-the-american-press/

[xxx] Californa is is a place website

[xxxi] Jason Linkins, Huff Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/13/tv-soundoff-sunday-talkin_42_n_835025.html

[xxxii] Politicfact website

[xxxiii] <http://www.theonion.com/articles/this-american-life-completes-documentation-of-libe,2188/>

[xxxiv] http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/10/magazine/mag-10Radiolab-t.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&sq=radiolab&st=cse&scp=1

[xxxv] For an example of what I mean by Dickensian reporting, see Jim Dwyer’s story, “Descent Into Slavery, And Then a Ladder to Another Life,” NYT June 23 2010

[xxxvi]Revolt of the Elites, p175




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