10.03.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

From Portside Labor via The New York Times a powerful indication that at least one small section of the labor force has decided not to compromise any further with substandard wages, benefits, and treatment at the hands of those in charge, in the event big city symphony orchestras, two of which in Pennsylvania–Pittsburgh and Philadelphia–went on strike on opening night, as the Fort Worth, Texas ensemble has already been walking picket lines for some time, after San Francisco’s classical performers garnered the largest pay raise in the history of such things, an occurrence that takes place simultaneously as Naomi Wolf is insisting that occasionally if not more frequently ‘spectacle’ dominates actuality in ‘the news cycle,’ so that journalists, to maintain credibility, must be more persistently skeptical of government and corporate sources, both of which are transpiring at essentially the same moment as the Colombian vote on a mutual accord between rebels and the government, which, despite lopsided polling in favor of affirming the deal, narrowly lost the balloting of the referendum itself, any one of which describe aspects of the world to which scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens should attend, and the sum total of which create a melange of the strange, the unexpected, and the necessary all at once.

                    This Day in History                  

Today in Peninsular North East Asia, marks Foundation Day for the Republic of Korea; in the heart of Western Europe, in what is today part of France, one thousand sixty-eight years ago, the Battle of Alesia came to an end, and Gaul came fully under Roman suzerainty, as Vercingetorix surrendered to Julius Caesar for the Gaulish people and fighters; more or less exactly a decade past that point of Roman expansion, in 42 BCE, forces under the leadership of Marc Anthony and Octavian delivered a crushing defeat to the legions whom Caesar’s assassins, Brutus and Cassius, were leading at the First Battle of Philippi; whether approximately or exactly, mark antony romedefinitely in the neighborhood of four hundred twenty-four years later, in 382 CE, the then emperor of Rome – four centuries later – concluded a armistice with the Germanic Goths that allowed the fighting between imperial forces and ‘barbarian’ rebels to end and for Gothic peoples to gain access to land and resources to settle in the Balkans; one hundred thirty-three decades beyond that hegemonic exercise, in the 1712 environs of the United Kingdom, um, national leader Duke of Montrose issued and order to arrest in order to apprehend and imprison the Scottish national hero Rob Roy; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

For the first installment of every month, a sober reflection on the current pass might repeatedly yield Ten New Commandments for us to ponder, perhaps to follow:
1. The Golden Rule Reigns Supreme.
2. All Children Receive Priority.
3. All Who Work Are Welcome.
4. All Who Work Are Equal.
5. All Who Work Have Responsibilities & Rights.
6. All Who Work Receive Benefits & Provide Support for Others.
7. All Who Work Own Everything That Labor Transforms.
8. All Who Work Are Family.
9. All Beliefs, Congruent with the Golden Rule, Are Welcome.
10. All Other Matters Are Negotiable.

                  Quote of the Day                       
To the Brown family, to all of the ministers, to all of the officials that have gathered, I want to go to the book of Micah, sixth chapter, eighth verse. “He has shown you, o men, what is good. What does the lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” There has been a lot said in the last few days. This afternoon, Leslie and Michael Sr. will have to do something that is out of order. They will have to lay their son to rest. Order says that children bury their parents. It is out of order for children to be buried by their parents. MORE HERE from Al Sharpton’s Funeral Oration for Michael Brown

book hor2

SEARCHDAY"richard levins" OR "richard lewontin" OR "barry commoner" OR "garrett hardin" OR "rachel carson" OR "jane jacobs" ecology OR ecosystem sustainable OR sustainability critique OR criticism dialectic OR paradox history OR origins OR development radical OR marxist = 29,600 Citations.

book hor

                       In-Depth Look                          

From the stalwart and hopeful denizens of a humanitarian, generally ‘liberal,’ approach to matters thermonuclear, at TruthDig, an account of the critics of and activists against mass collective suicide who have managed to maintain their integrity and risk their freedom in often dramatic protests against the coming nuclear Armageddon, in essence a call for dialog that has in one form or another been persistent for the full seven decades of the nuclear war era, a point which a recent briefing —despite its distorted views of Russia and its general Yankee Supremacist tone–from The Bulletin of AtomicScientists to a degree parallels, with a plea to U.S. leaders and influencers to take a first step toward eliminating the ongoing existential threat of nuclear technology, to wit an if necessary unilateral reduction in so-called strategic weapons stocks, of which we now possess several thousands when a few dozen would be adequate to ‘destroy the world as we know it; MORE HERE

              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  


A ‘Genius-@-Work’ template from Aeon, which in turn called on a recorded lecture from the Royal Society for the Arts and Cognitive Media, a presentation that allowed economist Ha-Joon Chang to demonstrate the breadth and depth of his understanding not only of political economy and so-called ‘economic theory,’ but also to prove beyond dispute the inherently essential corrective that citizen input–in the form of investigation, interrogation, research, and policy proposals–must play if the overall policy outcomes of governmental and corporate know-it-alls–who always and without exception operate in tandem–are not to predominate, forever and ever a development that will enshrine treachery and profiteering in place of anything akin to social progress, all of which makes of this dozen minutes of amazement an absolutely mandatory assignment for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who hope for a future beyond decimation, decline, and various disingenuous ‘races to the bottom’ of the heap for the likes of them.


student writing arm


Millay Colony of the Arts

Late Application Deadline: October 8, 2016.

Each year Millay Colony invites over 64 visual artists, writers and composers to our campus for a residency inclusive of private bedroom and studio as well as all meals. No fees are charged for these residencies. Residents are chosen anonymously by a panel of jurors.


The Loft Literary Center is pleased to announce the 2017 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers, made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation. McKnight also funds artist fellowship programs in ceramic arts, choreography and dance, music composition, music performance, playwriting and theater arts, screenwriting, and visual arts. Five $25,000 fellowships are awarded. McKnight Fellows are also entitled for additional reimbursement of up to $3,000 to attend a writing conference within their fellowship year. One Award in Children’s Literature alternates annually between writers for children under the age of eight and writers for older readers. Four fellowships alternate annually between writers of poetry/spoken word poetry and writers of creative prose. The awards this year are in Creative Prose and Children Older Than Eight.

Deadline October 31, 2016. Entries must capture the nuances of the cultures and consequences of war; the topic is not limited to military matters, but includes social, political and cultural subjects. All entries will be considered for publication. Each story must not exceed 15 double-spaced pages in 12-point font.

pascal maramis - flickr
pascal maramis – flickr


Location Fort McNair, DC

Deadline October 7, 2016. Employer National Defense University. The primary purpose of this position is to perform and coordinate complex duties associated with the editing and production of postgraduate-level publications in the fields of national security strategy, defense policy, and national military strategy. The incumbent edits manuscripts at all levels, from basic copy-editing to substantive editing/rewriting – depending upon their condition, complexity, format, intended audience, distribution, and production schedule.

Through the voices of bestselling authors, buzz-worthy newcomers and seasoned editors, we offer everything writers need to stay inspired, to improve their craft, to understand the unique challenges of publishing today and to get their work noticed. We consider completed manuscripts on spec as well as queries. For manuscripts, we pay 30–50 cents per word, on acceptance, for first world rights for one-time print use and perpetual electronic use. Should we want to reprint anything we’ve purchased from you in anything other than electronic format, we’ll pay you 25 percent of the original purchase price per use.



Rethinking Mental Illness

A Nautilus article that pushes previously viewed boundaries in regards to mental illness and the human experience, as seen through the lens of one family’s decision to pursue a more integrative explanation and solution to a severe mental condition: “After returning from Jamaica back home to Boston, Frank kept in touch with Malidoma by phone. He and Dick traveled to the homes and clinics of various alternative healers, who met Frank’s delusions with warmth and encouragement. Dick started to encourage his son more, too. When Frank asked Dick to include some of his thoughts in the memoir he was writing, including the idea that “one additive to beer is molten dolphin sweat,” Dick dutifully complied. Rather than provoke more delusional behavior in Frank, Dick says, these experiences have had a “grounding effect.” They show him he has friends and family who respect who he is and all that he’s capable of. “If some of [Franklin’s] dreams exist only in the imaginative realm, so be it,” Dick wrote in his memoir, My Mysterious Son: A Life-Changing Passage Between Schizophrenia and Shamanism. “I’ve learned the importance of this for him.””

WRISSFree Audiobooks

A Book Riot resource that all scrappy writers and avid readers will love: “We love audiobooks on Book Riot. We love listening to ’em on our commutes. While we’re cleaning the house. While we’re running. Or, even while we’re cooking. It’s a lot of time for audiobook listening. Thankfully, these 11 websites offer thousands and thousands of free audiobooks online, with many that you can access any time and anywhere. Thousands and thousands. That’s a lot of books. Get to listening.”



Creating Love of Reading Model

A Bustle article that looks at a wonderful community-based model for increasing love of literacy and reading in Chile that seems to be working: “Combined, the rising price of books, increased access to the internet, and a falling number of bookstores outside large cities support Hizout’s and the Biblioteca Libre’s founding assumption that books are not easily accessible for many Chileans. It makes sense that young readers would turn to free digital texts if physical books are too expensive or too difficult to find. Yet, what I found as soon as I stepped into La Biblioteca Libre is that the average Chilean may not spend much time in bookstores, but they’ll go out of their way to browse through old paperbacks when they can find them.”



Protecting Women’s Rights

A Tele Sur article that looks at women’s struggle in Poland to prevent the evisceration of their most basic human rights: “Clad in black from head-to-toe, and waving black flags, thousands of women poured into streets of Warsaw Gdańsk, and across Poland Monday for a second consecutive day to protest a new law that would effectively restore a ban on abortion in the Catholic nation.”

GENISSTime Travel and Consciousness

A Brain Pickings offering that elucidates the collective fascination with time travel and puts it into a philosophical perspective: “Time is the two-headed Baskerville hound chasing us as we run for our lives — and from our lives — driven by the twain terrors of tedium and urgency. Toward what, we dare not think. Meanwhile, our information-input timelines are called “feeds.” We feast on time as time feasts on us. Time and information, if they are to be disentwined at all, dictate our lives. Is it any wonder, then, that we would rebel by trying to subjugate them in return, whether by formalizing them with our calendars or by fleeing from them with our time travel fantasies?”