10.07.2016 Daily Links

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"Cannabis sativa Koehler drawing" por W. Müller
“Cannabis sativa Koehler drawing” por W. Müller


Supporting the notion that, all pretension and fatuous fantasy aside, the United States does not even approximate a state of being even vaguely akin to democracy–which in case anyone wondered ultimately must at least correspond or be parallel with majority rule–an item from the often brilliant anarchists and libertarians and more who inhabit The Free Thought Project, a briefing that points out that–just as scientific surveys have largely shown that obvious majorities of Americans have long supported decriminalizing marijuana–every jurisdiction in which initiatives on pot, which range from legalization to decriminalizing medical usage, are on the ballot in November has well over fifty percent of poll respondents expressing an inclination to follow Colorado’s and Washington’s and other states’ lead and ‘liberalize’ restrictive codes on ‘Mary Jane, analysis that many other outlets are reporting, of course, and to which scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens ought to pay close attention, in any event.

                    This Day in History                  

By Sun Long (孫隆) and Chen Lu (陳錄)
By Sun Long (孫隆) and Chen Lu (陳錄)

Today gives an important city in Japan the opportunity to engage in a vivid celebration of Autumn, Nagasaki Kunchi; in the Levant five thousand seven hundred seventy-seven years ago,  more or less, according to legend and a widely followed “reference date,” the current Hebrew Calendar became the norm; fifty two hundred thirty-eight years later, in 1477, Uppsala University obtained its corporate rights from the Pope and began instruction; six years shy of a century after that instant, in 1571, Italian and Spanish naval forces utterly destroyed the Turkish fleet at the Battle of Lepanto; three hundred twenty-five years prior to the present pass, Massachusetts Bay received its Royal Charter; King George III issued a Royal Proclamation seventy-two years subsequently, in 1763, that forbid European settlement North and West of the Allegheny Mountains, an acknowledgment of indigenous rights that contributed to colonial disaffection with the crown; one hundred sixty-seven years back,    poet and scribe Edgar Allen Poe left the world, to return “never more;” MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

The ability to remain silent and invite an interlocutor’s contribution, even when one very well ‘knows’ already the topic or eventuality at hand, is a key skill in interviewing and relating to people generally, at the very least both because the most surprising and juiciest tidbits from life’s storied feasts result from an interviewee’s not believing that we already know what transpired for all and sundry and because the ‘admissions against interest’ and attempts to cover up transgression or any sort of unseemly insight or feeling that almost all participants in complex transactions possess will likely not appear if an interrogator gives the speaker whose testimony a questioner is soliciting reason to imagine that he has noticed in advance the conflicts of interest and possible peccadilloes that apply to everyone involved in the affair, both of which represent reason enough to remain calm and even a bit disinterested in seeking open-ended witness in a statement or deposition.

                  Quote of the Day                       

“EVEN facts become fictions without adequate ways of seeing “the facts”. We do not need theories so much as the experience that is the source of the theory. We are not satisfied with faith, in the sense of an implausible hypothesis irrationally held: we demand to experience the “evidence”.

We can see other people”s behaviour, but not their experience. This has led some people to insist that psychology has nothing to do with the other person”s experience, but only with his behaviour.

The other person”s behaviour is an experience of mine. My behaviour is an experience of the other. The task of social phenomenology is to relate my experience of the other”s behaviour to the other”s experience of my behaviour. Its study is the relation between experience and experience: its true field is inter-experienceMORE HERE from R. D. Laing, Politics of Experience

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SEARCHDAYjournalism OR "news media" OR "news outlets" "corporate media" OR "monopoly media" "manufactured consent" OR "public relations" OR propaganda "intelligence agencies" OR cia distortion OR "half truth" OR bullshit systematic OR purposeful "social control" OR manipulation = 20,800 Linkages.

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  


A sophisticated and insightful examination of a key element these days in ‘information warfare,’ the creation and deployment of erstwhile legitimate nongovernmental organizations, which tout their grassroots origins but in reality emanate financially and operationally from governments and plutocrats–and from factional elements within both states and corporations–here in the form of a short documentary, an executive briefing in essence, from Southfront, in which the emphasis is on groups in Syria and Ukraine but which could apply to the entire universe of what the creators here aptly term “manufacturing consent,” all in all an absolutely crucial ten minutes for those scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who have even the tiniest glimmer of hope of achieving an independent, somewhat objective, and fact-based understanding of the complex and treacherous world of duplicity and hidden agendas that predominates in social, political, and economic arenas in these times.


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Glamour Magazine is currently hosting an essay contest. The theme: “Every woman has a moment in life that changes everything. What’s that moment for you?” Essays should be no more than 3,500 words. The deadline is November 1st. Learn more here.
Lyric Magazine’s College Poetry Contest is a $500 poetry content for college students in the US or Canada. Poems must be original, unpublished poems, written in a traditional form. The deadline is December 1st. Learn more here.
pascal maramis - flickr
pascal maramis – flickr


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A Long View on Understanding Society

An Understanding Society blog post that discusses the great work of sociologists in Detroit, a city which has undergone many changes of late, while providing useful alternate contexts from which to extrapolate knowledge about man and society in general: “We use the word remnant rather than ruin deliberately, to counter the impression that Detroit is abandoned, empty or vacant, that it is simply a blank slate waiting to be rebuilt or reimagined by entrepreneurial newcomers or self-styled urban pioneers. While Detroit’s open spaces and ghostly buildings with their empty eyes do invite one’s imagination to wander, our on the ground encounters and interviews reveal a city that not only still lives, but struggles and asserts itself even more vigorously against the tide of withdrawn resources that has sucked its neighborhoods in a tightening spiral of disinvestment, neglect, escape and despair. These individuals express a powerful sense of pride in what Detroit has been, as well as a belief in its future potential, though tempered by that weary skepticism borne of hard experience and past disappointments.”

WRISSWriting Color

A useful post for those who want to write outside the color line of their personal experience, with authenticity and respect: “Personally, I grew up for many years getting my hair done with my sisters, my mom waiting in the salon, bringing us fast food and nearby gas station eats to snack on while they tugged and twisted away at our hair. So that became an unintentional tradition of sorts. 

People with little care or understanding can easily weaponize a piece of Black culture into a flat stereotype. Consider, for example, watermelon. It was a fruit Black Americans could make a living off of, a symbol of freedom. Whites used that against us, instead turning this symbol of freedom into a mockery with dehumanizing “art” depictions and jokes and now no one wants to be associated with it.”



Police State Actions Against Senior Citizens

A Free Thought Project harrowing tale of the senior citizen library employee who was beaten up by police for daring to protect anothers’ free speech: “The oppression of rights and free speech was put on full display recently at the Kansas City Public Library, where a senior library staff member was brutally taken down and arrested by police and private security officers — for peacefully intervening in the harassment of a library patron.

The armed guards were present as security detail for Dennis Ross, champion of the Israeli lobby and former Bush official who pushed for the Iraq invasion. Ross was giving a talk called “Truman and Israel.”


GENISSMythos and Society

A Scientific American post that helps us contextualize a framework from which to understand society and the role of myth in the very foundations of our human and social structures: “Folklorists, anthropologists, ethnologists and linguists have long puzzled over why complex mythical stories that surface in cultures widely separated in space and time are strikingly similar. In recent years a promising scientific approach to comparative mythology has emerged in which researchers apply conceptual tools that biologists use to decipher the evolution of living species. In the hands of those who analyze myths, the method, known as phylogenetic analysis, consists of connecting successive versions of a mythical story and constructing a family tree that traces the evolution of the myth over time.”