1.16.2017 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          


For all scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who intend to comprehend the current context, a little blessing from EcoWatch about just-enacted legislation in the jurisdiction that, happenstantially, happens to be far and away the nation’s largest coal producer, a briefing about a new Wyoming statute that effectively seeks to tax renewable energy into submission and thereby, in fact if not in name, outlaw the wind energy that in this part of the world represents such a threat to the purveyors of carbon and fission based electrical grids, a series of ideas and insights about empirical reality that fit all too neatly with what The Hill has just proffered, that Donald Trump’s ‘new’ administration will offer its adherents among monopolists particular beneficence in the matter of the so-called ‘mega-mergers’ that so characterize our contemporary crises and advance oligopolistic interests.

                    This Day in History                  

The United States today marks a holiday that is as likely to subvert as fervent to promote, National Religious Freedom Day; in an event that Caesar’s rubicon-crossing foretold two decades prior, two thousand forty-four years ago, the Roman Senate affirmed its privilege and class orientation by handing over the keys to the kingdom to Rome’s first emperor, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus; four centuries and half a decade onward, in 378, in the as-yet ‘undiscovered’ Americas, the human proclivity to conquest and empire played out, a different tune with a markedly similar theme, when early Aztec chieftain Spearthrower Owl continued his consolidation of power when his army conquered Tikal; fourteen hundred sixty-seven years ahead of our present dawning day, back in Europe, Ostrogothic forces furthered this ongoing multifaceted saga with the overthrowing of Roman rule through bribery and other treacherous means; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

empathy love emotionIf radical love revolutionizes everything, which ought to ring true since rooted connections could address most of what troubles us, then we need to promulgate such practice pronto inasmuch as cascading catastrophic crises threaten every second now to crush the human project, either by swamping our common craft’s—the Earth’s—ability to tolerate our presence or through more dynamic and explosive means of extinguishing our presence here in this realm of beauty and grace and glory that on any given day we seem intent on ruining or razing or otherwise destroying in outbursts of venality and sin that make Biblical descriptions of evil seem tame by comparison.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“The truth may be stretched thin, but it never breaks, and it always surfaces above lies, as oil floats on water.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
                   Doc of the Day                      
THIS lecture, which I now bring before the notice of a larger public, was delivered by me before the Vienna Law Society on January 23, 1889. It then bore the title: “Of the Natural Sanction for Law and Morality.” This title I have changed in order to bring its general purport more clearly into prominence; otherwise I have made scarcely any further alteration. Numerous notes have been added, and an already published essay: “Miklosich on Subjectless Propositions” appended. In what way it bears upon inquiries apparently so remote will be evident in the sequel. MORE HERE

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  

From the wit and wisdom of the ineffable Tom Decker and his Clandestime ‘brand,’ an interlude that looks at the career of, and various intelligence, political, and cultural intersections in, the life of Sterling Hayden, who famously played General Jack Ripper in Stanley Kubrick’s warning against annihilating thermonuclear agendas, Dr. Strangelove, a character who in many ways summarized threads in Hayden’s own life–militaristic, conspiratorial, communistic-and-anti-communistic, bellicose, and paranoid–a skein that included stints in the Office of Strategic Services, a membership in the Communist Party of the United States, A-list Hollywood gigs, testimony against fellow reds before the House Unamerican Activities Committee, sworn statements that his CIA-agent psychiatrist encouraged, all of which observers can view, and parse in interesting and nuanced fashion, when Hayden gave French journalists a later-in-his-life interview , a portal to matters of State and the spooks and agencies that lie beneath such matters that meld more or less seamlessly with a new Jimmy Dore diatribe against the shadowy official forces that have uniformly served as Barack Obama’s marionettes and promise to continue that role in a new administration mere days from its inception.

                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Friday’s and Saturday’s Files

Anti-Abortion Bills Springing up Everywhere – https://news.vice.com/story/at-least-46-anti-abortion-bills-are-already-in-front-of-state-legislatures-in-2017

Dialogic Roots of Logic – https://aeon.co/essays/the-rise-and-fall-and-rise-of-logic

Chicago, Violence, America – https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/08/racial-segregation-chicago-ills-america-too





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Palooka is seeking unique fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and graphic narrative submissions for its eighth issue. They are also hosting a chapbook contest.

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Imagining Asylum Universities

A Philosophical Salon post whose writer looks inward at the implications of choosing the academic career: “Implicitly, we came to the university seeking refuge from utilitarianism, functionality, market logics, banality, tradition, conformity, consumerism, capitalism, patriarchy or the racial state. Perhaps our lives weren’t threatened, but the life of the mind that we develop while we are here could not be sustained outside its hallowed walls.

Scholarly excellence has led to a sort of dependence on the university; specialisation in academia and little else renders us reliant on this asylum for our income and our identity. The winners of the intellectual game are rewarded financially, but cannot really leave the game.”

WRISSPatreon’s Impacts

A self-congratulatory though impactful post that shows how Patreon can be a great site for creatives and scrappy scribes:  “2016 was the best year, in the history of humans, to be a creative person. Over the last 10-15 years, the pipelines to audiences have been unlocked and free distribution channels have bloomed. If you have something to say, then fucking say it, because in 2017, no one can stop you.”


A Rational Liberal ‘Fake-News’ POV

A Politifact look at all the fake news and all the misrepresentations that have occured in this past tumultous year: “Each year, PolitiFact awards a “Lie of the Year” to take stock of a misrepresentation that arguably beats all others in its impact or ridiculousness. In 2016: where to start? With such a deep backlash against being truthful in political speech, no one person (though there are world-class frontrunners) and no one political claim perfectly stands out as the dust settles from an extraordinary campaign.”

Mourning Udo Ulfkotte

A Paul Craig Roberts commemoration of a recently passed European journalistic voice: “Ulfkotte had been an editor at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitzung. He published a courageous book in which he said that the CIA had a hand on every significant journalist in Europe, which gave Washington control over European opinion and reduced knowledge of and opposition to Washington’s control over European heads of state. Essentially, there are no European governments independent of Washington.”

GENISSBirthing Empire

A Nation look at a volume that provides some important perspectives on this country’s history: The process through which the American nation-state emerged and then grew into an empire is the subject of A Nation Without Borders, a compendious new work on America’s 19th century by New York University historian Steven Hahn. The third entry in the Penguin History of the United States, A Nation Without Borders takes us from the Jacksonian dawn of American “democracy” to the First World War.”