1.04.2017 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          


From the easy to get along with CIA compatriots at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a PBS Part One conversation with Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan, who promises with gruff chagrin at doubters that the evidence that he is pointedly not providing in this interview, and that his agency has nototherwise provided thus far–of actual, verifiable evidence of Russian hacking–will definitely be forthcoming tonight, in Part Two, which will be interesting for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens to examine inasmuch as the promise of proof is at least four months old without having anything even vaguely resembling verification yet in the public eye, a matter that observers might want to contextualize in relation to Glenn Greenwald’s masterful dismantling  of The Guardian‘s recent front page misrepresentations about Julian Assange–what he said, what his feelings are for Donald Trump, what his connections are with Russia and Vladimir Putin, all of which England’s ‘paper of record,’ not to mention a denizen of monopoly media worldwide, got verifiably wrong in its ‘above-the-fold’ article.

                    This Day in History                  

christmas holiday angelThe dozen days of Nordic Solstice celebration that we now remember as the Twelve Days of Christmas are a day away from ending today; on his way to crossing the Rubicon and eliminating vestiges of democracy from Rome; two thousand sixty-two years ago, Julius Caesar’s forces routed the armies of Titus Labienus at Ruspina; over nine centuries later on, eleven hundred thirty-five years before the here and now, a native English army suffered defeat at the arms of an invading Danish incursion that would soon rule the island; just short of six centuries and two decades subsequently, in 1490, the thirteen year old  ruler, Anne, of the Norman-English outpost of Brittany threatened all and sundry who might side with France’s king with charges of Lese-Majeste, or violation of an aristocrat’s ‘dignity;’ MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

Image from page 176 ofThat many—perhaps the true characterization would be “the vast majority”—fancy themselves plaintiffs before the commanders of the cosmos should come as no surprise, inasmuch as trouble and travail so define human existence that the very idea of story, and also history of course, revolves around some sort of conflict; that a substantial proportion at least of this “many” or “vast majority” blame sojourners even less fortunate than themselves, however, appears at minimum egregiously nonsensical, since the crises and conundrums of any systemic dynamic must axiomatically flow from those who command the process, not from those who are its victims and subjects.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“The true poet, is like a man who’s happy anywhere, in endless measure, if he’s allowed to look at leaves and grass, to see the sun rise and set.”
― Jacob Grimm
                   Doc of the Day                      
“I have no way of knowing whether it was fate that has pushed me onto this dais but as various lucky coincidences have created this opportunity I may as well call it fate. Putting aside discussion of the existence or non-existence of God, I would like to say that despite my being an atheist I have always shown reverence for the unknowable. MORE HERE from Gao Xingjian, “The Case for Literature;”

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SEARCHDAYcapitalism OR "free enterprise" OR "profit system" boundaries OR frontiers OR barriers supersede OR surpass OR overcome OR bypass necessity OR requisite OR aspect OR element analysis OR explication OR deconstruction history OR evolution OR origins "space exploration" OR "mars colony" OR extraterrestrial OR "outer space" OR "moon base" = 344,000 Links.

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  

In exploring the huge component of contemporary human existence that intersects with science and technology, an arena that ought to be of particular interest to scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens, an absolutely rivetingvideo from Aeon about ‘space junk,’ ‘narrated’ by the world’s first little satellite–which now circles the Earth along with 30,000 objects its size or larger, another 30,000 bits from its dimensions down to the size of a coin, and over a trillion pieces of trash bigger than microscopic in scope–the upshot of which is that regularly interacting with portals to space will almost certainly necessitate a cleanup operation of some sort; a mesmerizing interlude that fits well both with a recent Ars Technica profferal about nuclear conflagration and its pendent doom, which also contains a video briefing of dire horror in regard to the Castle Bravo H-bomb test in the South Pacific, and with a Waking Times articulation about the absence of any jet airliner crash at the Pentagon on 9/11/2001, a recounting that in turn contains multiple video assessments, all science-and-evidence based, of this anomaly of the present pass.

                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Tuesday’s Files

Japanese Anti-War Movement – https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/12/japan-abe-constitution-war-peace-diet-nuclear-obama/

Dixie Grassroots Immigrant Support – https://www.facingsouth.org/2016/12/facing-trump-presidency-souths-immigrant-advocates-build-networks-resistance

Chomsky on Vietnam – https://chomsky.info/1972____/


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Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Event Date: April 8, 2017
Application Deadline: January 10, 2017
E-mail address:

Keep St. Pete Lit offers a two-week residency from April 8 to April 24 to a poet, fiction writer, or nonfiction writer at the Crafstman House in St. Petersburg, Florida. The resident is provided with a private room, work space, and a $1,400 stipend. The resident is expected to conduct a master class or workshop for local writers during the residency, as well as give one public reading at its conclusion in conjunction with the Sunlit Literary Festival. To apply, submit 5 to 8 poems totaling 8 to 10 pages or up to 3,000 words of prose, a statement of purpose, and a curriculum vitae with a $20 application fee by January 10. A limited number of application fee waivers are available; request by December 15. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.


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.

pascal maramis - flickr
pascal maramis – flickr


Ecology Project International (EPI) is a non-profit education and conservation organization that offers experiential educational programs to students in a variety of outdoor settings. Students work alongside professional scientists on applied research projects and participate in multi-activity outdoor adventures (camping, whitewater rafting, etc.) in National Parks, forests and nature reserves throughout the western hemisphere. Various jobs.


GENISSPlans to Conquer Russia

A Blacklisted News post that looks at the endgame in regards to Russia that has been informing global policy all this time, a Dr. Strangelove-type of tactic: “This article claimed that the central geostrategic concept during the Cold War with the Soviet Union, Mutually Assured Destruction or “MAD” — in which there is no such thing as the U.S. or the U.S.S.R. conquering the other, because the first of the two to attack will itself also be destroyed by the surviving nuclear forces of the one responding to that attack — will soon be merely past history (like the Soviet Union itself already is); and, so, as the short form of the article said, “nuclear primacy remains a goal of the United States”; and, as the long form said, “the United States now stands on the cusp of nuclear primacy.” In other words: arms-control or no, the U.S. should, and soon will, be able to grab Russia (the largest land-mass of any country, and also the one richest in natural resources).”