10.14.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

In the “Keeping Up With the Plans of Your Enemies, and Your ‘Friends'” department, a portal from Benton.org that summarizes and contextualizes Barack Obama’s presentation of Federal innovation and prioritization at a ‘Frontiers’ Conference in Pittsburgh, which in essence comes down to the notion that technology will make things better or even altogether fix problems of certain sorts, views that readers can access more fully via the WhiteHouse.Gov URL and that the New York Times documents in a breaking news briefing about plans that the Justice Department has formally to track police violence in a ‘big-data’ fashion, starting next year, all of which should serve as ‘grist for the mill’ of scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens in pondering just what role data and technology can play in achieving goals of more mutuality, justice, and decency in our formal relations with each other, a topic about which we might find background insights in countless places, such as a recent item  in Nautilus that assessed Euclid’s logical and mathematical contributions to the ‘founding father’ thinkers behind the ‘American project,’ as it were.

                    This Day in History                  

Pixabay Image 1509707Today is World Standards Day; nine hundred fifty years ago, King Harold died with an arrow in the eye as the Normans won the Battle of Hastings and took over England; six hundred ninety-four years before the here and now, meanwhile, a little further North, forces of Robert Bruce defeated the English King’s armies at Byland, guaranteeing an independent Scotland; the trial of Mary, Queen of Scots, for conspiracy, began two hundred sixty-four years later precisely, in 1586, the outcome of which was that she lost her head; Puritans in Massachusetts, having come to the new world to escape religious persecution, fifty-eight years after that, in 1644, the male infant of privilege who would mature as the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, uttered his first cry; a dozen years beyond that intersection, in 1656, Massachusetts Bay made membership in the Penn Family’s denomination, the Society of Friends, a crime in their colony; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

Notions of privacy and secrecy at some level express the profound paradox that, on the one hand, unquestionably, the social collective benefits from extending understanding and awareness and insight to as close to all and sundry as is technically feasible, while, on the other hand, also ineluctably, maintaining the privileged access to knowledge and cognizance that closeted facts and hidden agendas permit to the cognescenti works to the obvious, if completely venal, profit of those in the know: nevertheless, few more general truths exist than the truism that almost everyone has material from the staging of their lives that they would just as soon ‘leave on the cutting room floor,’ so to speak, an opposition out of which something like wisdom is possible in knowing when to make all transparent and when to ‘mind one’s own business.’

                  Quote of the Day                       

The principle of my political life …. is, that all ameliorations and improvements in political institutions can be obtained by persevering in a perfectly peaceable and legal course, and cannot be obtained by forcible means, or if they could be got by forcible means, such means create more evils than they cure, and leave the country worse than they found it.

                     Doc of the Day                        
I totally understand your conflicted emotions on these issues, and I’ve kind of lost confidence in the Supreme Court in general, but I’m thrilled with at least this sequence of decisions on marriage equality and very much enjoying the aftermath which over the last few weeks, a whole slew of states have had new court cases filed directly challenging their constitutional amendments and using some of the wording from these cases.  So, I think it’s going to be domino effect now.  I think we’re going to see state marriage equality laws falling left and right. Scalia actually points out in his commentary that it should be seen that this ruling is just going to be used as the foundation for attacks on the state constitutional laws because the arguments still work, just substitute out Federal Defense of Marriages as a violation of equal protection and put in state constitution, and it’s going to be the same argument.  And he’s right for once.  So, yes, I’m actually — I think it’s kind of cool and it’s going to be fun to see the way this shakes out because I think things are going to shift drastically. MORE FROM Katha Pollit from The Humanist

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SEARCHDAYprivacy OR secrecy subterfuge OR "cover up" OR "hidden agenda" power OR hegemony OR rule OR "ruling class" manipulation OR cooptation OR "false consciousness" "mass media" OR "monopoly media" OR "public relations" OR bullshit history OR origins OR evolution OR development analysis OR explanation OR explication marxist OR radical = 665,000 Leads.

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                       In-Depth Look                          

In a year of the least expected, during times of the unanticipated, in an epoch of the unfolding dynamic of paradox and polarity, a dialectical frisson in which one simply cannot predict much with precision any longer, a briefing from Common Dreams about Bob Dylan’s Nobel literary laureates, a development that one can attack or defend but which must count as surprising and intriguing if nothing else, a topic that has already elicited likely tens of thousands of bits and pieces of reportage, such as a tongue-in-cheek piece  from the Jewish Daily Forward, a brief with a pun  for its title from TeleSur, a sense of happy surprise from the Times of Israel, a gleeful hurrah from the Washington Post, and more traditional breaking news reports from all the usual suspects and more–Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast , The Guardian, The New York Times, and Atlantic Magazine –a more or less completely astonishing situation that the first rush of commentators have tended to treat in favorable terms, as an opinion essay  in The Times illustrated, along with accompanying materials from multiple other outlets, like The Conversation, New Yorker, Salon, and The Guardian— MORE HERE

              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  

THE PLIGHT OF MAINTAINING INTELLECTUAL INTEGRITY & HOLDING A JOB – http://truthfrequencyradio.com/real-politik-with-james-tracy-67685/

A podcast that concerns one of those cases in which unpopular opinions–and in some views, perhaps, execrable beliefs–on the part of academics can lead to what happened to Ward Churchill or Steven Salaita, in this instance from the producer of this program, James Tracy, a professor who contends that the Sandy Hook massacre and other terroristic events have occurred as staged or partially staged–in a word, false flag–operations, which may or may not be true in any given instance, but which are incontrovertibly correct allegations in regard to the history of such convenient ‘rallying points’ in history–so that ‘remembering the Maine’ must mean something very different now from what it did in 1898 if humanity is to avoid crucifying itself–in this particular three quarters-of-an-hour exchange a ‘mutual interview’ between Tracy and an adjunct teacher at a small Colorado campus that obtained a restraining order against this instructor when, after the institution sacked him, he began to reveal the actual administrative attributes of the college in his documentary work and blogging, in aggregate an utterly fascinating look at the conundrum of seeking to remain intellectually honest and willing to state the parameters of possibility in the this age of collapsing empire and the concomitant rise of fascistic hegemonistic practices to salvage or resuscitate the barbaric financial rule that is the ruling class’ preferred alternative to social equality, social justice, and social democracy, the sum total of all of which ought to catch the ears and minds of scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens everywhere, at least if they want a world to exist where freedom of conscience and speech and petition actually exist.


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Writers Omi International Residency at Ledig House

Omi, NY

Residencies of two weeks to two months are offered from late March to early June and from mid-September through early November


New York Encounter is sponsoring a poetry contest on the theme “Reality as Never Betrayed Me.”  The theme is inspired by Pope Benedict’s claim that “the intelligence of faith has to become the intelligence of reality.” The prizes are $300, $200, and $100. The deadline is November 1st, 2016.

The Audeamus journal is open to high-caliber undergraduate students across the nation.  Although Audeamus is an Honors journal, our eligibility requirements reflect our journal’s meaning, which is, “Let us Dare.” (1) Submitters must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time or part-time in any 2 or 4 year undergraduate institution in the United States of America.

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On Student Loans and Policy

A Pacific Standard look at the work of a heroic educator who advocates for low income students and who many credit with being behind some of the most progressive college funding ideas of our time:Last month, Goldrick-Rab released a new book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream. Based on years of exhaustive data collection on low-income students at Wisconsin’s various post-secondary institutions, Paying the Price describes in devastating detail the financial challenges facing many low-income students. Qualitative interviews with a subset of those students reveals exactly how such difficulties lead many to drop out of school, left with unpayable debts and no useful degree.”


WRISSProphetic Words

A Guardian look at prophetic, sci fi, and fantasy writers at large during the London LIterature Festival: “Science will never know it all’: Richard Dawkins, Margaret Atwood and others predict the future …

As the 2016 London Literature festival begins, this year exploring the theme ‘living in future times’, science and sci-fi writers share their visions of humanity’s future.”



Truthers in Sandy Hook

A Gawker offering that looks at those who have put out there a surprisingly popular conspiracy theory regarding recent tragic event, which demonstrates the power and role of media in mediating reality: “Like many of his fellow conspiracists Johnson, who describes himself as “the New Age Messiah” and “the only person in the world to solve LOST” — the TV show — cites the confusion around the initial reports as a reason to believe his conspiracy. “There were early reports [Peter Lanza] was killed, and that is an impossibility, that such a thing would be randomly falsely reported. So, there has to be an unseen hand (unnamed law enforcement officials) feeding disinformation and misinformation, maybe to form an incomprehensible web to dissuade or confuse investigations?” There’s an odd but unsurprising overdetermination to this line of thought — if early reports are conflicting, it’s evidence of a conspiracy of misinformation; if everyone agrees on the story, it’s a cover-up.


Renewable Energy’s Unifying Reality in Yemen & Dubai

A Truth Dig piece which offers a positive, sustainable development in a part of the world otherwise ravaged by war and many contradictions: “There is big news on the solar energy front, with the price of panels and installation falling rapidly and popular adoption of it for novel purposes.  It occurred to me after I made this list that two of the stories, about Yemen and Dubai, concern countries at war with one another. They are very different, with the United Arab Emirate one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and Yemen one of the poorest. Both are going solar, the UAE top-down and Yemen from the bottom up. Both stories point to a solar future.”


Ideological Denial of Rights

A Free Thought piece that deconstructs the religious ideology behind the actions that went to become the genocidal federal law: “Virtually all American school children are taught about Columbus’ “discovery” as some type of mythical adventure. However, few are aware of the religious doctrine that underpins his taking “possession” of the newly arrived upon land, which has come to be known as the Doctrine of Discovery.

Fewer yet are aware that currently – over five hundred years later – the U.S. government still uses this doctrine to uniformly deny Native Americans’ their rights.”