10.11.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

In the aftermath of a day that commemorated one of history’s more bigoted and prolific thieves and murderers, from a news service that now celebrates independent media in a place that Columbus himself ‘discovered,’ in other words from TeleSur, an opinion editorial that approves heartily of the growing trend among HIspanics to reject Columbus Day in favor of a broader memorialization of the indigenous peoples whose exploitation and slaughter Columbus in some ways initiated, and in general whose degradation and enslavement Columbus justified as mete and proper, reporting that occurs in the context of a more widespread recognition of how colonial and imperial depredations against the America’s original inhabitants have persisted, as a briefing from In These Times makes clear, right down to the current moment of oversight by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, a more overarching account of Columbus and his day that also transpires in the presence of historical documentation of the vicious disparities that continue to mark Indian life, more or less as they always have, a matter that one can find a vast scientific literature to document too, particular and more broadly based portals to understanding, that, in the pursuit of comprehending their own lives and times, all scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens ought to ponder closely much more frequently than on or about the second Monday in October.

                    This Day in History                  

"Camille Cabral pour les Trans" by Kenji-Baptiste OIKAWA
“Camille Cabral pour les Trans” by Kenji-Baptiste OIKAWA

On those parts of the planet where ‘identity’ is most au courant, today represents Coming Out Day, and more generally around the world, this date also marks International Day of the Girl Child; in a natural disaster that illustrated the variety of conflicts and difficulties that the Levant has historically experienced, eight hundred and seventy-eight years ago, a massive earthquake struck Aleppo, Syria, causing vast damage and carnage; four centuries and two years prior to the present pass, a group of Amsterdam merchants demonstrated the monopolistic proclivities of colonial and imperial ‘adventurers’, when they petitioned the States General for exclusive trading rights for the New Netherlands seizures, which soon enough would be Manhattan in New York; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

The circle, or the wheel, represents an almost ideal metaphor for existence in the Cosmos: it is merely nearly perfect because, however striking are correspondences between past & present, no cosmic revolution returns all-that-is precisely to any prior point of origin, wherein lies a fair measure of hope for those who imagine the possibility of revolutionary change that could conceivably usher in such almost miraculous beneficence as social equality, inclinations toward mutuality, and power-to-the-people, all of which depend on the movement necessary to overturn our current relations of power and production and distribution and interconnection.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“The hills and river clifts which we passed today exhibit a most romantic appearance. The bluffs of the river rise to the hight of from 2 to 300 feet and in most places nearly perpendicular… the soft sand clifts woarn into a thousand grotesque figures . . . with the help of a little immagination are made to represent the eligant ranges of lofty freestone buildings… collumns of various sculpture both grooved and plain… with the help of less immagination we see the remains of ruins of eligant buildings.” Montana Quote about Eagle Creek in Chouteau County, Montana on May 31, 1805″  
                      Doc of the Day                      
“Many of my decisions, I don’t know where they came from. I can’t really place them-all of a sudden I know what I’m going to do. I was young, and faced with the question of how I was going to maintain myself on the planet. I had to earn my own living; my mother was a librarian, taking care of myself and my brother and seeing us through, and the family thought that the quickest way for a woman to earn a living was to go into teaching, which I didn’t want to do at all. I didn’t argue it; but my mother and grandmother used to use the phrase, “But it’s something to fall back on,” you know. And that, I think, is a detestable phrase for a young person. I decided, almost on a certain day, that I was going to be a photographer. I thought at the time that I could earn my living without too much difficulty.”

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                       In-Depth Look                          

In the context of a strike at the heart of the slave-labor regime that contemporary capital embodies, actions around the country that involve tens of thousands of prisoners and more than a few handfuls of guards and other outside supporters, assaults on a corrupt system, moreover, that practically no monopoly media outlets are covering in even the most rudimentary fashion, a report from Chris Hedges in TruthDig that provides pertinent summaries of the ‘facts on the ground’ as well as incisive political explanation and analysis of how this series of eventualities fits into the overarching scheme of empire and profit in the current moment, a gift to readers that fits neatly with a much simpler assessment from Priceonomics that refutes the notion that ‘mass incarceration’ is magically on the decline after forty years of steady growth;

              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  


From the godsends to humanity at Information Clearinghouse and the thinkers and producers to whom Tom Feeley and his crew give voice, two compilations of the irresistible logic of George Carlin’s discourse and the wild willingness to be real in comic routines, followed by a powerful political show that he gave toward the end of his days, all of which–about the class war, the “illusion of choice,” the guaranteed collapse that is coming, and plenty more–proffers to those who will listen, and more especially to those scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who will act on what they hear, a balm for the heart and ammunition for the brain in thinking how in hell we’ll manage to get from here to a future in which regular people have a prayer.


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Writing by Writers Tomales Bay Workshop

Marshall, CA

The Writing by Writers Tomales Bay Workshop will be held from October 19 to October 23 at the Marconi Conference Center in Marshall, California.


 The Betty Trask Prize and The Betty Trask Awards are open to citizens of the British Commonwealth (UK, Australia, Canada, etc.)  The contest is for a published or unpublished first novel by an author under 35 years of age. The total prize money starts at 20,000 British Pounds.  Learn more here.
The winning author will receive a prize of $250 along with publication in the January 2017 issue of Pithead Chapel. Deadline October 31, 2016. The submitted story must be less than 4,000 words.
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pascal maramis – flickr


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Challenging Writer

A Wicked Banshee Press interview with an iconic writer of our day who challenges limits and conventions: “Rose’s poetry will navigate you through a moral gray area and cause you to confront your own body and outlook on sex, love, and estrangement.”

WRISSFreelancing for Local News

A useful guide to all those freelancers who would like to write for their local news rags: “The key to freelance journalism is to keep plugging away with quality work so that the editor will always have time for you. To get a foot in the door of your local newspaper, a freelancer should know four things – the news, the editors, the newsmakers and the follow-ups.”


Fetishizing Mediated Meltdowns

A Columbia Journalism Review look at the current pass as reflected by conflicts occuring in journalism and democracy: “Thirty years later, with the revelations of the media’s blindness to and sometimes complicity with the lies that led America into the Iraq War, journalists joined politicians in the space of detention into which public opinion puts those figures who betray the people’s trust. From that point on, America, once dubbed the oldest young country in the world by Gertrude Stein, began to experience the historical version of a senior moment. It began to undergo a Weimar moment.”


Hillary Clinton War President

A Consortium News look at the dire consequences of allowing the Democratic machine to continue unabated: “The U.S. political/media establishment only permits the propaganda version of the Syrian conflict – and Hillary Clinton fully embraced it in her belligerent comments in the second presidential debate, writes Daniel Lazare.”

GENISSCaste Lives Matter

A Pacific Standard piece that looks at one of the far-flung consequences of the Black Lives Matter, a movement to change eons-old discrimination and injustice in India: “The Una affair has forced some questions into the mainstream. How long can India ignore the exclusion, discrimination, and human rights violations propagated by the centuries-old caste system? The seeds of Una were planted earlier in the year, in January, when Rohith Vemula, a Ph.D. student at the University of Hyderabad, committed suicide after facing caste discrimination in campus. His last words, “My birth is my fatal accident,” inflamed the conscience of a nation.”