I filled a field
with blue lamps
and told you it was
my science project
We recently had said to the staff: ‘You’ve raised concerns. Does anyone remain in opposition?’
“Nobody,” he noted, “raised their hands.” — Larry Hagna, a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection spokesman.
The New York Times describes a plan to dump millions of tons of petroleum-contaminated soil on a 125-acre parcel of land in Carteret, New Jersey. Aside from describing the environmental problems that are likely to arise from the project, the piece offers a view into the way in which politics is conducted in Gov. Chris Christie’s New Jersey.
You may remember that in 1851 the New York Herald [sic] Tribune under the sponsorship and publishing of Horace Greeley, employed as its London correspondent an obscure journalist by the name of Karl Marx. We are told that foreign correspondent Marx, stone broke, and with a family ill and undernourished, constantly appealed to Greeley and managing editor Charles Dana for an increase in his munificent salary of $5 per installment, a salary which he and Engels ungratefully labeled as the “lousiest petty bourgeois cheating.” But when all his financial appeals were refused, Marx looked around for other means of livelihood and fame, eventually terminating his relationship with the Tribune and devoting his talents full time to the cause that would bequeath the world the seeds of Leninism, Stalinism, revolution and the cold war. If only this capitalistic New York newspaper had treated him more kindly; if only Marx had remained a foreign correspondent, history might have been different.