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In a flurry of outrageous and contradictory developments that ought to fascinate scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens, a report from The Guardian about House of Representatives’ Republicans abortive attempt to do away with that body’s independent ethics panel, a move that caused a predictable hue and cry among Democrats and ‘good government’ aficionados, but that also elicited a strong rebuke from the GOP’s erstwhile standard bearer, Donald Trump, who in the meantime has designated two additional reactionary insiders to positions of authority, the designation of Robert Lighthizer as Trade Representative of possible particular note.
This Day in History
Around the Christian world on this date, celebrants shout Hosannas for the tenth of Christmas’ dozen days, and on a more whimsical note, chocolatiers in the United States promote National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day, while in revels of even wilder and more bizarre whimsicality, mostly naked men cavort with a nearly twenty pound ball in the freezing conditions of the Tamaseseri Festival; in the latter days of Rome’s stalwart rule of rich ‘republicans’, two thousand one hundred twenty-three years ago, the male infant bounced into the world who would grow up as the thinker and speaker and defender of Rome’s stab at ‘democracy,’ Cicero; four hundred ninety-four year ahead of today, the Church of Rome’s tenth Leo leader inaugurated a period of at least a couple of centuries of intra-Christian conflict and bloodletting with the excommunication of the gruff and principled, yet anti-clerical, Martin Luther; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
Beyond merely thinking the unthinkable, the essence of ‘rational establishment policy’ today more and more resembles an enormous, intricate process of actuating mass collective suicide even as the ‘rationality’ of such a move could never rate a ranking higher than a criminalized insanity that sought to serve ruling social classes as its standard operating procedure, a dynamic that, unfortunately or not, actually has become emblematic of governmental and corporate action everywhere that capital’s imprimatur is more or less absolute, for example in the ‘indispensable nation’ that holds itself out as the ‘land of the free and the home of the brave’ simultaneously as its erstwhile leaders and experts stand reason on its head and bring to the fore the madness of profiteering past many a point of no return.
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Nobel 1907 Presentation About Kipling – https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1907/press.html
After a three year intermission, Versal returns to print in June 2017.
During those three years, we began to produce the world’s first live literary magazine, VERSO /, curating original, themed issues with performances and readings for our local community here in Amsterdam. In our print return, Versal renders VERSO / onto the page. Works from featured VERSO / contributors will interact with works from an open call that reaches beyond our local geography.
compensation: $35-$100 per story
employment type: contract
An Op Ed News article by a writer looking out for readers’ personal interests: “Now under the Obama administration, the latest effort to silence dissent, for those of you 62 or older, is someone in the government falsifying jail records to show that you were in jail/confinement for more than 30 days and sending the records to the Social Security Administration. SSA will then stop your monthly Social Security check and will send you a letter stating that you must repay back months of payments for the time you were allegedly in jail — in my case $4,273.60.”
A Poetry Foundation look at the ineffable beauty of poetry, which brings about deep emotions and close to spiritual experiences: “I will never understand why more people don’t appreciate poetry. Even when I am confounded by a poem, my world is changed in some way. Poetry makes me think more carefully about the lyricism and the language I use in my prose. It helps give shape to my writing, helps me bring the reader to the heart of what I want to say. Poetry gives me the strength of conviction to take chances in my writing, to allow myself to be vulnerable.”
A Consortium News look at more developments in the Russian hack scandal, and the foolish media outlets that perpetuate the story: “The Washington Post’s latest folly – falsely reporting a Russian “hack” into Vermont’s electric grid – reflects the paper’s steep decline from the days of Watergate, reports ex-British intelligence officer Annie Machon”
A Mondo Weiss look at recent explosive events in Israel, in relation to timing and business-as-usual politics: “As Elise Labott said last night on CNN, Obama did not push the settlements/Palestinian state issue before the election out of deference to Hillary Clinton. Labott was saying, without saying it, that Clinton was so dependent on the Jewish establishment and large Jewish donors, that she could not “undermine [the] party’s fundraising capabilities” (as the National Journal says) by saying a word against Israel. Today on NPR Daoud Kuttab said very much the same thing: that presidents take these actions in their last months when they are freed of “domestic, political, lobbying” pressures. This is a central truth of our politics that ought to be explored. But NPR promptly brought on Aaron David Miller to refute it; Miller said it was a “myth” that lobbying affects US policy.”
A blog post that discusses the similarities and analogies between the works of the great thinker and the great storyteller: “The writings of J.R.R.Tolkien might seem a somewhat unusual subject for Marxist analysis, and indeed for me. I usually write about visual art or politics rather than literature and when Marxists write about literature they are more likely to focus on issues of method, or on figures from the canon of high culture – Shakespeare, Dickens, Tolstoy etc – or modernism – Kafka, Joyce. Beckett – or with avowed radical politics – Gorky, Brecht, O’Casey, Steinbeck etc. Tolkien fits none of these categories. Indeed he is a writer to whom many Marxists would take an instant dislike, who some would decline to read altogether (as not serious literature) or who, if they did like him, they might be slightly shame -faced about, almost as if they had a private taste for James Bond or Mills and Boon, for if Tolkien is not pulp fiction, he is not quite regarded as high culture either.”