1.31.2017 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

Amid the apparent death spiral of contemporary comity, in which a French Canadian now joins Dylann Roof in seeking to foment a war of all against each, a breaking news report from Common Dreams that details this newest outburst of fascist terror in a Quebec City Mosque, a development to which scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens must pay close attention if they value either their lives or social justice, in so doing, perhaps, coming across a World Socialist Website analysis that delineates the nature of the underlying reality of capital’s reflexive excrescences of horrific responses to ubiquitous crisis, all of which dovetails sweetly with a Global Research announcement about Eva Bartlett’s reality orientation tour of Canada, happening now, in which the courageous journalist provides a witness’ view of the on-the-ground empirical reality of what has really been happening in Syria for the past four years, a series of presentations that completely refute every single aspect of U.S. policy in the region, at least if reason and evidence have parts to play in policy formation.

                    This Day in History                  

On this date, Austria marks its recognition, with Street Children’s Day, of an important and certainly not altogether pleasant aspect of modern existence, the presence of homeless children in our midst; in the unfolding of early modern Europe’s internecine bourgeois conflicts, five hundred thirteen years ago, the kingdom of France ceded to the Iberian Aragon imprimatur control over the Republic of Naples; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

Leonardo da Vinci – The Babe in the Womb, 1511
Leonardo da Vinci – The Babe in the Womb, 1511

One’s longest journey always begins with a conceptual moment, and then gestates a birth, neither of which one has planned or otherwise caused, and then proceeds to a final destination, a death that under normal circumstances one does not invite; between these inescapable commonalities lies a realm of inevitable individual action and potential personal choice—one cannot avoid activity while alive even if of the most rudimentary sort, though all too many of us live lives that never engage the potentiation of willful and conscious behavior—an arena where, just possibly, one may find a purpose that one desires to pursue.

                  Quote of the Day                       
Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. Frederick Douglass
                   Doc of the Day                      
Numero Uno“‘Over the border they send us to kill and to fight for a cause they’ve long ago forgotten.’  These lines of Paul Simon’s recall to Vietnam veterans the causes for which we went to fight in Vietnam and the outrages we were part of because the men who sent us had long ago forgotten the meaning of the words. MORE HERE

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  


From the grounded journalism and meticulous documentation that characterizes The Corbett Report, another installment that both addresses the deeper questions that underlie an issue and presents credible hypotheses about why things happen as they do, in the event in regard to India’s demonetization debacle, an unfolding nightmare that at a minimum intersects with U.S. policies and programs at the same time that it serves the interests of techno-elites with services and ‘apps’ to take care of our need for exchange, in the end a cogent and deeply reported assessment of a phenomenon that corporate media has either misanalyzed or not tried to explicate at all, one more demonstration for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens that capitalism’s crises are reaching something akin to a snapping point, the juncture at which a final straw breaks the beasts’ backs who are the workers in this dystopic ‘disruption,’ a point that none other than Ron Paul, as an InfoWars commentator, makes in relation to the absolutely inevitable financial meltdown that lies just over the event horizon, so to speak, an argument of pending cataclysm that is bursting with useful data, whatever the Libertarian, ‘free-market’ leanings that undergird Paul’s conclusions about all of this.

                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Sunday’s and Monday’s Files

Radical Natural Korean Farming – http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/39166-a-radical-farm-s-roots-stem-from-revived-korean-heritage

Voice of People Commentary – https://consortiumnews.com/2017/01/26/ignoring-the-voice-of-the-people/



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Next weekend, over 12,000 writers are expected to arrive in Washington, D.C. for the Association of Writing Programs’ annual conference, the primary gathering of the entire country’s MFA programs, literary magazines, publishers, small presses and local workshops. At a fraught (to say the least) moment for the nation and for the future of free speech, several groups are planning to take action that week and harness the collective power of a conference whose normal activity consists of panels, readings, and schmoozing at a massive bookfair.


The Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, presented in partnership by Milkweed Editions and the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation, awards $10,000 and publication to an outstanding poet from the upper Midwest. Milkweed is also holding an open reading period for literary nonfiction.


WRISSTips for Avoiding Slush Pile

An Electric Lit piece that’s bound to be of interest to all aspiring scribes who wish to see their work published: “Submitting your work to magazines can be a discouraging process. You work for months on a short story, send it to your favorite magazine, and six month to ten months later, receive a form rejection. Here at Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, where I’m assistant editor, we open submissions for one month at a time a few times a year. Reliably, we receive over 1,000 submissions in under 30 days. For editors, searching for a story to publish in the submissions queue can be like searching for a needle in a haystack: it takes ages to find that needle, but when you do finally grab it, it pricks you to let you know it’s there.”


Google’s New Publishing Bans

A Recode look at the loss of access to over 200 publication, thanks to the recent ‘fake news’ witchhunt: “Google kicked 200 publishers off one of its ad networks in the fourth quarter, partly in response to the proliferation of fake news sites.

The company banned the publishers from its AdSense network, an ad placement service that automatically serves text and display ads on participating sites based on its audience. The ban was part of an update to an existing policy that prohibits sites that mislead users with their content.”


Growing Trade War Tensions

A Naked Capitalism article that looks at the frightening possibility of a harmful tradewar which, of course, would lead to a more harmful war pretty quickly: “Worryingly, Trump and his appointees often appear to see trade as a zero -sum game, implying that the only way for the US to secure its interests would be at the expense of its trading partners. Their rhetoric also implies that the most powerful country in the world has previously negotiated trade deals to its own disadvantage – a view almost no one else agrees with.

Thus, Trump’s belligerent rhetoric threatens trade wars or acquiescence to the US as the only means to change the status quo. But future deals even more favourable to the US can only be achieved with weaker partners, e.g., through bilateral treaties, or those with ulterior motives for accepting even less favourable terms and conditions. “

GENISSThe ‘Left’s’ Death

An apt analysis from a commentator who has never been particularly symphathetic to progressive/socialist causes who nevertheless autopsies the cadaver known as ‘the left:’ “The answer is that the European and American left, which traditionally stood for the working class and peace (bread and peace) no longer exists. The cause championed by those who pretend to be the “left” of today is identity politics.  The “left” no longer champions the working class, which the “left” dismisses as “Trump deplorables,” consisting of “racist, misogynist, homophobic, gun nuts.” Instead,the “left” champions alleged victimized and marginalized groups—blacks, homosexuals, women and the transgendered. Tranny bathrooms, a cause unlikely to mobilize many Americans, are more important to the “left” than the working class “