10.13.2016 Daily Links

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A pastiche of pronouncements on the day that Bob Dylan became a Nobel Literary laureate, presenting some of the themes that this giant of folk and rock presented in his work, such as, to start, a piece from Ecowatch about a reactionary bloke who drove his pickup truck into a crowd of Reno, Nevada demonstrators who were picketing in solidarity with the protesters in Standing Rock, and ongoing imbroglio that Ecowatch reports has just resulted in the arrest of a documentarian whose mission has been to record the depredations of police; events about the tentacles of hydrocarbon here in North America that elicit multiple echoes from abroad right about now, for example, an announcement   from Fortuna’s Corner that a likely ISIS drone has killed Kurdish soldiers and some of their French advisors, for example, a briefing from 21stcenturywire.com that introduces the U.S. and Saudi ‘plan’ to let nearly 10,000 ISIS terror troops walk free, for example, pablum  from Global Security in the form of a Department of Defense Press Release about rocket attacks on Yemeni radar installations, a possible Rubicon passage about which the World Socialist Website presents grimly realistic analysis in yesterday’s profferals, and which Mint Press News follows up with a breaking news brief about Iran’s having just dispatched warships to patrol off the Yemeni coast in response, and finally, for example, a presentation from the Washington Post about how Nigeria, one of the world’s wealthiest ‘oil colonies,’ now has a population of some uncounted millions of its citizens who are literally starving to death, an aggregation that delves the intersection of policy and energy and plunder and profit that every scrappy scribe and stalwart citizen should notice and find a way to act on, ‘stat,’ as those in an emergency room situation might state the case.

                    This Day in History                  

new orleans katrina hurricane flood disaster calamity catastrophe storm 2005Today is International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction; in Rome a thousand nine hundred and sixty-two years ago, Emperor Claudius died mysteriously, and his young Nephew, Nero, ascended to the Imperial throne; three hundred fifty-five years subsequently, more or less in 409, Vandals and Alans first crossed the Pyrenees and both plundered and settled parts of Roman Hispania; six hundred eighty-four years before the here-and-now, a Mongol Khagan reigned for nearly two months as an emperor of the Yuan Dynasty; three centuries and seventy-eight years hence, in 1710, in what would be a fateful encounter for Cajun Louisiana far to the South, the capitol of French Acadia fell to British forces; masons eighty-two years afterward, in 1792 laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Executive Mansion, subsequently dubbed the White House; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

Under ‘normal’ circumstances, injunctions against ‘rocking the boat’ might make sense; a move against the modus operandi when society is functioning to serve its members with something akin to justice and fairness, for example, might be treacherous enough to merit the label, ‘treason; at other times, however, as when our common craft is full of holes & sinking or approaching other dire straits, a failure to mutiny amounts to insanity, both tactical & strategic lunacy, since thriving or even survival hinges on ‘Making lots of Waves’ to swamp the status quo’s foundering luxury liner and facilitate smoother sailing for the rowboats that the vast majority occupy and hope to keep afloat.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“In times of stress and danger such as come about as the result of an epidemic, many tragic and cruel phases of human nature are brought out, as well as many brave and unselfish ones.”
William Crawford Gorgas, Sanitation in Panama, appropriate on a day that marks the discovery of the ebola virus
                    Doc of the Day                        
“Born in Alexandria, Louisiana, the first child of a Roman Catholic bricklayer and a Methodist schoolteacher, Arna Wendell Bontemps grew up in California and graduated from Pacific Union College. After college he accepted a teaching position in Harlem at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, and in 1926 and 1927 won first prizes on three separate occasions in contests with other “New Negro” poets. The same years marked his marriage to Alberta Johnson and the start of a family of six children.” MORE FROM Two Accounts of the Life of Arna Bontemps

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SEARCHDAYoppression OR repression OR injustice OR inequities cheating OR rigged OR unfair OR "double standard" "cover up" OR distortion OR hide OR hidden OR obfuscation OR "explained away" OR rationalized systemic OR systematic OR planned OR intentional history OR origins analysis OR investigation radical OR marxist = 3,090,000 Intersections.

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From Australia’s hip urban scene, to the heart of its benighted indigenous outback, a first-person examination of the reality of hidden-agenda sugars, so to speak, that enter our bodies in all sorts of allegedly ‘healthy’ foods, which the interlocutor of this amazing documentary electively invites into his own diet for a period of time in order to prove the weight gains, the liver toxicity, the energy depletion, the delusional mania, and other less than salubrious results that follow as almost inevitable consequences of such eating habits, a willfully ignorant approach to self-maintenance that undeniably is a consequence of both profiteering by agribusiness and policies of governments, all of which will provide vastly entertaining interludes for viewers and instructive data and analysis for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who believe that something other than a lunatic methodology of filling our bellies is possible.


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Sirenland Writers Conference

Positano, Italy

The 11th annual Sirenland Writers Conference will be held from April 2, 2017, to April 8, 2017, at Le Sirenuse Hotel in Positano, Italy


The Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is an annual Award given to three English-language literary works for young adults written by Caribbean authors. First place prize is $10,000 CAD.


Newnan Art Rez is a non-profit organization in Newnan, Georgia founded to support established and emerging visual, musical and literary artists in creative residencies and to encourage interaction with and appreciation of the arts within our community. Artists will stay at Gray Cottage in Newnan, Georgia, located one hour south of Atlanta. Stays are two weeks to two months. Expenses paid by artist: Travel, food, supplies. Expenses paid by the Residency: Housing, utilities.


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Chicago Teachers Within STriking Distance

A DNA Info piece that looks at a trend-setting Chicago teacher’s action which sets an example that many others might emulate: “The union released a statement Monday morning saying that a last-ditch bargaining session with Chicago Public Schools would begin at noon and is “expected to go late into the evening.”

The union added, “It is still too early to tell whether or not a strike can be avoided. While labor and school leaders continue to negotiate with the Board of Education, teachers say they must be prepared to walk if negotiations do not garner a fair contract.”

WRISSThe Ultimate Reward for Book Lovers

A Guardian article that will excite those who love books, due to the prize – a free book for life – offered: “To win, readers must nominate the book that has meant the most to them, with the winner chosen at random in a prize draw. The title must have been published in English, or translated into English, after 1936, the year Heywood Hill was founded. The Mayfair shop, which sells a mix of new, old and antiquarian titles, was founded by George Heywood Hill, with the help of the woman who would become his wife, Anne Gathorne-Hardy, on 3 August 1936.”


Zero Coverage of Garland Imbroglio Re Supreme Court

 A Media Matters article that looks at the media’s neglectful, complicit roles in covering up a major gap in the supreme court assignation: “Media Matters conducted a Nexis search of transcripts for the major broadcast networks’ flagship morning, evening, and Sunday news shows for the last six months for any mentions of Garland or the Supreme Court vacancy.During this six-month period, Garland’s nomination or the persistent court vacancy were mentioned in just nine news segments across flagship news programming on ABC, CBS, and NBC. The networks’ morning, evening, and Sunday news programs together spent less than six minutes reporting on or discussing any topics related to Garland or the vacancy.”


The Prison Strike As an Economic Weapon

A Portside piece that looks at the financial ramifications of a recent prison strike: “California forces 5,588 incarcerated workers to labor in exchange for little or no compensation. Another 4,000 earn $2 a day fighting Californian wildfires with inadequate training and equipment. The prison system in California reaped $207 million in revenue and $58 million in profit from forced labor in 2014-15.  Each incarcerated worker in California generates $41,549 annually in revenue for the prison system, or $10,238 in profit. The financial losses to the California prison system were as much as $636,068 in revenue, or $156,736 in profit, for every day of the prison strike. “


DNA Evidence of Ancient Migrations

 An Ars Tecnica piece that offers food for thought to all who love to think about the complex history of ancient mass migrations and to the age-old question of where we all come from: “The Polynesian exploration of sparse islands of the Pacific will remain humanity’s greatest migration until we head for other planets. And it clearly wasn’t just a one-way trip; evidence indicates that trade networks covering thousands of kilometers were maintained for centuries. Now, a new study of ancient Polynesian DNA has indicated that it wasn’t just trade goods that were exchanged. DNA from at least two different sources ended up spreading through the population of Polynesia before European contact.”