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BUDGET’S CULTURAL BROUHAHAS & WOMEN’S PLANS
In what will in coming days and weeks be all-too-typical, an overview from The Hill of Donald Trumps’ plans to ‘streamline’ official cultural engagement by privatizing such operations as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and cutting to the point of elimination such stalwarts of official arts and humanities spending at the National Endowments for those arenas, prospects that clearly will especially impact scrappy scribes as they also reduce the capacity of stalwart citizens all and sundry, matters that Common Dreams assesses with appropriately horrified tones, while another piece in The Hill points out Democratic Party plans to resist such decimating protocols, all of which is at the least interesting to examine in regard to women’s leadership in opposition to such proposed evisceration of democratic norms, something that the Chief Organizer’s Blog notes in presenting a Resistance Manual that the Women’s March and allied organizations have produced.
This Day in History
In Presidential election years in the United States, today is Inauguration Day, and frequently the State of the Union speech that the Constitution mandates occurs on or around this day as well, and furthermore, a century ago two days ago, the iconic lyrics for Solidarity Forever first issued from the International workers of the World; in Rome seventeen hundred sixty-seven years ago, Decius issued imperial orders to capture and execute practicing Christians, mandates that resulted in the martyrdom of Pope Fabian and countless others; more or less a millennium and fifteen years afterward, in 1265, the English Parliament for the first time included representatives from large towns and urban areas that did not require blood ties to specified royal or noble families; across the Atlantic three centuries and two years later, in 1567, French imperial hopes in Brazil came to an ugly end as Portuguese forces decisively defeated France’s colonial contingent; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
At times, the primary if not the sole apparent purpose of our capacities for culture and communication might seem to circumscribe our struggles to define what is real, what is true, what in any event is important as we fancy ourselves learning about and managing our dance toward oblivion on any given day in which we inaugurate some seemingly new transition: in this way, humanity’s distinctive manifestations of linguistic ability, and more particularly our multidimensional literary outpourings of the past five thousand years or so, highlight perhaps the supreme paradox of human history, that in a context in which no individual, nor even the most technically and theoretically astute aggregations of networked groupings of expert and authoritative actors, can hope to have more than an infinitesimally tiny awareness of the cosmic entirety of existence, the job of becoming an exemplary human being will nevertheless ever and always remain the seeking of just this comprehensive knowledge that must eternally remain at best an illusion, a fierce and frantic pursuit of a desire that can never become more than an elusive dream.
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TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, & AWARENESS VIDEO
An utterly mandatory article and recorded snippet for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens, here in the form of a profferal from Activist Post that centers around a half hour or so segment from Edward Snowden about the history of humans rights abuse and other depredations against citizens who care on the part of so-called intelligence agencies, presenting in some detail the reining in of such activities in the aftermath of the Church Committee hearings and their massive resumption after the police-state ‘wishlists’ for free rein came to pass in the Post-9/11 Patriot Act, all of which speaks to horrifying impacts on citizenship, witness, protest, and more in the coming period, matters that are possible to explore further in several ways, such as by venturing to the YouTube portal for this astounding thirty-three minutes, or such as by examining a little more of an hour of Snowden and some of his colleagues, or such as by taking the four hours necessary to imbibe the entire program, the aggregate of which puts into a definite perspective, both appreciative and with necessary critical distance, such parliamentary developments as Elizabeth Warren’s and Bernie Sanders’ grilling of likely soon-to-be Secretary of Education, and privatizer-in-chief, Betsy DeVos.
Nearly Naked Links
From Thursday’s Files
Hillary Russian Uranium, Silence – http://www.blacklistednews.com/Russian_agent%3A_who_gave_US_uranium_to_Putin%2C_Trump_or_Hillary%3F/56330/0/38/38/Y/M.html
Credibility Problems @ Davos – http://www.blacklistednews.com/A_Major_Problem_Emerges_For_The_Davos_Elite/56336/0/38/38/Y/M.html
The deadline for the Sweden residency has been extended to January 15, 2017. The writer chosen for the Baltic Writing Residency in Sweden receives $1,000, and a free stay in a furnished cottage, based on a completed application. One residency is in poetry, and the other in fiction/creative nonfiction/playwriting. They are more than open to genre writing (YA, sci-fi, romance, thriller, crime).
This is a full time, 12-week position (June-August) that includes on-farm housing. The farm and food justice educator is responsible for facilitating youth programs, Black and Latinx Farmers Immersion, Community Farm Days, Uprooting Racism Immersion and other on- and off-farm programs. Position open until the right person is found. Priority deadline is February 1, 2017.
A Truth Dig post that looks at the work of a courageous social commentator who risked a loss of reputation to expose the false face of the current administration: “Obama afforded other opportunities for Americans to abandon his party. And they did, including political independents, the working class and the spirited left. West provides an accounting.
“A few of us begged and pleaded with Obama to break with the Wall Street priorities and bail out Main Street,” West wrote in The Guardian. “But he followed the advice of his ‘smart’ neoliberal advisers to bail out Wall Street. In March 2009, Obama met with Wall Street leaders. He proclaimed: I stand between you and the pitchforks. I am on your side and I will protect you, he promised them. And not one Wall Street criminal executive went to jail.””
An EPI post that has a lot to offer those who care about writing, creativity, and education generally, especially in regards to the greater social good: “These patterns of change (or lack of change) could have important implications for what is happening in American society in general and in U.S. schools in particular. Sustaining our democratic values and improving our education system call for a host of more coordinated and widespread education, economic, and housing policies—including policies to raise curricular standards, tackle insufficient funding for schools with a large share of low-income students, promote access to education resources from early childhood to college, improve dual language programs, provide economic support for families, and create more integrated schools and neighborhoods.”
An LA Progressive look at how 24 hour cable news fails to deliver journalism or anything of actual importance, instead setting the table for the sublimely ridiculous: “Trump wins when commentators parse every tweet. Trump wins when experts debate—always with a Trump supporter or two in the bunch. Trump wins when broadcast and print commentators ridicule him. He responds via Twitter and those tweets always make news.
It goes on and on. But the irony is this: Trump isn’t a magician. He didn’t do any of this all by himself. He’s taking advantage of a table already set—the devolution of the mass market media—infotainment in broadcast news, especially. And that media slide has been going on for years.”
A Waking Times article that looks at new damning evidence implicating Monsanto’s main product with rampant liver disease: “Researchers at King’s College London have discovered that the popular weedkiller Roundup causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The two-year study performed on rats tested the effect of real-world glyphosate doses currently permitted by regulators. This is the first time that science has shown a direct causal link between the consumption of an extremely low dose of Roundup and a serious disease.”
A Conversation look at the circumstances and mechanisms of the current economic system that are destined to create a race to the bottom society, that also suggests some potential remedies: “Enough said. As world leaders from business and politics prepare to meet at the World Economic Forum in Davos, what should be done? Two cautions. Because the money and power in the system is controlled by the looters, every ameliorating action will be fought tooth and nail. And, there is no magic cure; the most we can aspire to is to make things incrementally, but materially better.”