BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW
In a global context of ‘free enterprise’ governments crushing basic press freedoms, a report from Portside Labor that passes on its own ideas as well as material from Rolling Stone and Democracy Now! and The Freedom of the Press Foundation about a North Dakota prosecutor’s abandonment of its hopeless charge of ‘criminal trespass’ against DN! anchor and intrepidly mild-mannered reporter, Amy Goodman, in order to substitute a charge against the journalist, who was busy interviewing Native Americans under attack from police, with a criminal riot indictment, a travesty of justice that should set the blood boiling among scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens alike, especially when they consider that across the wide Atlantic, some ‘unknown’ government agent, according to Mint Press News, has severed Julian Assange’s Internet link, a case that Duran places in the context of multiple new assaults on the tiny but tough RT outlet as clear attempts to undermine, if not destroy, free speech and access to information, which, back in the ‘land of the free and home of the brave,’ the Memory Hole Blog points out, is happening in part as a result of false and pernicious reporting by the likes of CNN, which is insisting that citizens’ access to WikiLeaks materials is illegal, so people have no choice but to listen to what bloviating idiots tell us, all of which paints a dreary picture of corporate media and calls for support for radical and grassroots sources that have at least a modicum of independence and integrity.
This Day in History
All over the world today, decent people commemorate International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, while in the United States fetishistic individualists thump their chests and commemorate National Edge Day; in the context of late imperial Rome’s many meltdowns, fifteen hundred sixty years ago, in a battle near Piacenza, ‘loyal’ Romans defeated an usurper to maintain control of the Imperial project; eight years less than exactly a millennium after that, in 1448,an upshot of that long past slow motion collapse of empire took place when Ottoman Turkish forces defeated Hungarian and other European defenders of the Balkans to consolidate Islamic control at the Battle of Kosovo; one hundred fifty-six years later, in 1604, Johannes Kepler first observed a the light from a long ago supernova the visual notification of which had just arrived in our midst across many light years of time and space; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
A good haircut and a ‘good attitude’ will do little more to effect a powerful, happy life today than did liberal remonstrations to halt Hitler’s Nazi juggernaut, or than will popular ‘gun control’ fads to achieve present-day aims of social justice; as then, so now, sterner measures, more in keeping with the material & political-economic realities that underlie social turmoil, rigorous action stronger than the cosmetically pleasing & the psychically faddish will prove essential in a world turned upside down & inside out.
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COLOR, ETHNICITY, RACE, CLASS: SOLIDARITY FOREVERCONUNDRUMS
From almost exactly half a dozen years ago, an argument from New Labor Forum that incisively and persuasively explores the intersecting terrain of what all too many people describe, without offering a credible definition of just what they are indicating, as ‘race‘ and the more visible and tangible and palpable elements of what social scientists, especially Marxists, present as class, a deconstruction in the form of a warning that the same venue examined from the opposite perspective–that ‘class politics’ had to incorporate ‘race’ somehow or other–more or less at the same moment in time, in November, 2010;
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AMERICA’S UPPER-CLASS TOLERANCE, OR WORSE, FOR NAZIS
As electoral politics run amok, apparently with no rational basis or plausible logical explanation other than complete horseshit like, “well, it’s just a problem with democracy, this fascist eruption,” an absolutely essential brief from Mint Press News of a presentation by Noam Chomsky that correctly, if very briefly and without many details, portrays the ruling class perspectives on Hitler and Mussolini in the U.S. as at best mixed, with loads of erstwhile ‘liberals’–FDR more than once referred to the rotund man in Rome as “that fine Italian gentleman”–expressing acceptance or even admiration of these warmongering, genocidal supporters of corporate rule whose campaigns, often enough, American industrialists and financiers backed to the tune of thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars, assessments of the so-called ‘populist’ past that intertwine with another, longer exchange that Ralph Nader orchestrates as he discusses the current scene with the elder statesman of both linguistics and principled social-justice beliefs—the pair of which portals then mix like whisky and rum with a recent Information Clearinghouseoffering that includes three completely hilarious, terrifying, and brilliant monologues by the ever-incisive and honest George Carlin, the sum of which ought to serve to get the juices flowing of all stalwart citizens and scrappy scribed who still have blood flowing through their veins.
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Career Development Grants
Grants of up to $3,000 are given twice yearly to allow Minnesota writers to take advantage of a specific arts opportunity. Poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are U.S. citizens and have lived in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis counties in northeastern Minnesota for at least six months are eligible.
We accept all forms of writing for this contest, including essay, fiction, humor and poetry. $50 prize.
That’s right, piece(s)! We will accept up to five submissions from each contestant. There is no fee to enter. Please send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with Halloween Contest Submission in the subject line of your email. The Deadline is Wednesday October 26, 201
Bard College is seeking a poet of distinction for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair in the Humanities, to begin in 2017. The chair holder will be expected to contribute to the cultivation of the Written Arts Program and to the intellectual life of the college by developing relationships to other academic disciplines and programs
Ends in 4 days, 9 hours
All materials should be submitted online by October 21, 2016.
The position focuses on the critical study and theorization of documentary cinema and media and will be in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University. We are particularly interested in candidates with scholarly expertise in expanded media, networked, interactive, and hybrid documentary forms, as well as international and transnational documentaries.
A Memory Hole posting that documents the trials and tribulations of a professor being crucified for his convictions: “Over the past week MHB has been covering the defamatory false flag techniques employed by powerful anti-free speech of Canada against University of Lethbridge Professor Tony Hall that resulted inDr. Hall’s October 5 suspension without pay by Lethbridge administrators. That action has since been condemned by the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association.”
Sources of Creativity
A Brain Pickings post that looks at the creative process as seen through the eyes of the iconic poet Mary Oliver, whose words have a lot to teach those of us who would fly too close to the creative sun: “Of this there can be no question — creative work requires a loyalty as complete as the loyalty of water to the force of gravity. A person trudging through the wilderness of creation who does not know this — who does not swallow this — is lost. He who does not crave that roofless place eternity should stay at home. Such a person is perfectly worthy, and useful, and even beautiful, but is not an artist. Such a person had better live with timely ambitions and finished work formed for the sparkle of the moment only. Such a person had better go off and fly an airplane.”
An interesting assessment from the Guardian that properly contextualizes what most folks in this country who fail to understand the current political situation, by explaining the obvious media misrepresentations meant to keep the monopoly class’ hands clean while misrepresenting the actual value and values of the downtrodden working class:’ “In seeking to explain Trump’s appeal, proportionate media coverage would require more stories about the racism and misogyny among white Trump supporters in tony suburbs. Or, if we’re examining economically driven bitterness among the working class, stories about the Democratic lawmakers who in recent decades ended welfare as we knew it, hopped in the sack with Wall Street and forgot American labor in their global trade agreements.”
An alarming bit from Free Thought that looks at the dire straits we will all soon face as citizens of the world if the Syrian situation continues to escalate as seen: “Yesterday, Russia’s flagship, and only aircraft carrier — the Admiral Kuznetsov — left the port of Severomorsk en route to the eastern Mediterranean – off the Syrian coast, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.
The carrier will bolster the Russian anti-terror campaign in Syria and serve as a hedge against U.S. aggression, and is to be escorted by the battle cruiser Peter the Great, the Vice-Admiral Kulakov destroyer, the anti-submarine vessel Severomorsk, and four other naval vessels from Russia’s Northern fleet.”
A Hyperallergic look at the work of a talented and strong female artist who was unappreciated in her day: “A feminist, Stettheimer understood the provocative nature of basing her compositions on the rarely seen female point of view as well as the significance of her choice to create an overtly feminine style. She was confident enough of her artistic mastery to repudiate it in order to develop a new, unique style of painting. Decades before other artists, Stettheimer depicted a number of challenging subjects that remain controversial and relevant today. Yet more than one hundred years after she painted the first ever full-length nude self-portrait by a professional woman artist, she continues too often to be described as an eccentric spinster, so disheartened by not selling her work at an early exhibition that she stopped exhibiting publicly and only showed her work to friends at her private salon.”