10.18.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          



In the context of what could easily serve–if only in retrospect, assuming that some survivors make it through the morass–as the early days of World War Three, a beautifully reported account from National Geographic–brimming with telling details and characteristic expressions of modern conflict’s mayhem and carnage and indiscriminate destruction–about the ‘final offensive’ against the U.S.-created Islamic-State-in-Iraq-&-Syria, or ISIS, an examination that every scrappy scribe and stalwart citizen should read even if the reportage here fails to explicate or ponder responsibilities for this outrage, the interests in play, and so on and so forth, an eerily parallel unfolding of battle as ISIS’s ‘last stand in Aleppo’ also appears to be transpiring only a few hundred kilometers to the West, an evocation of human brutality and imperial depredation about which readers might turn to copious sources for additional insight, in the event here, in any case, an analytical overview from World Socialist Website that focuses on the hypocrisy and imperial agendas on the table, as well as a breaking news item from a few days back in which 21st Century Wire was one of the outlets to note that U.S. agencies and Saudi authorities had broached the option of permitting Uncle Sam’s and Wahabbist terrorists in Mosul to gain free transit to Aleppo, or all places, information that, all things considered ought to interest and perplex those students of life who care about survival until such time as they can adequately explain what and how and why the present pass is evolving in the bitter and horrific way that it is.

                    This Day in History                  

canadaToday, Canada celebrates Persons Day to honor the diversity of the nation, while the giant jurisdiction of Alaska commemorates its establishment as a State; on the Greek Peninsula after a solar eclipse,two thousand three hundred thirty-six years ago, the philosopher Pappus of Alexandria issued a commentary on the experience which he entitled The Great Astronomer; fourteen centuries and two years ahead of today, early Frankish leaders issued what we now know as the Edict of Paris, which served to defend the rights of noble Franks against central authority and against a supreme leader and king at the same time that it prohibited the appointment of Jews to civil posts; a half decade short of four centuries thereafter, and five years more than a thousand years prior to now, in 1009, an iconic Christian church in Jerusalem met a fate of total destruction at the orders of Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, whose forces razed the structures down to bedrock; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

When pundits pontificate and critics complain about matters that have some measure or tinge of Eros or sexuality, either they are likely to be addressing rape and other offensive aspects of the human proclivity to indulge in carnal relations, or they are probably decrying the lack of appropriate standards of morality in relation to our multifaceted propensity to rock and roll, both of which approaches to Homo Sapiens’ inclinations are, at best, absurdly limited and dangerously slanted away from affirming that tendency of ours to feel a hungering need and wild desire to engage in sweet coitus, a necessity in biological terms till quite recently if extinction were not the goal—well might one say that sex, and one could readily use a more Teutonic gerund, is nothing other than the life force—the upshot of which perambulations is that the parameters of the ‘conversations’ that we’re having these days about conjugal conjunction are much more akin to devolving death worship than to a cult of joyous fertility.

                  Quote of the Day                       

In every human Beast, God has implanted a Principle, which we call Love of Freedom; it is impatient of Oppression, and pants for Deliverance….

The world is a severe schoolmaster, for its frowns are less dangerous than its smiles and flatteries, and it is a difficult task to keep in the path of wisdom.

                   Doc of the Day                      
“We are in an age that assumes the narrowing trends of specialization to be logical, natural, and desirable. Consequently, society expects all earnestly responsible communication to be crisply brief. Advancing science has now discovered that all the known cases of biological extinction have been caused by overspecialization, whose concentration of only selected genes sacrifices general adaptability. Thus the specialist’s brief for pinpointing brevity is dubious. In the meantime, humanity has been deprived of comprehensive understanding. Specialization has bred feelings of isolation, futility, and confusion in individuals. It has also resulted in the individual’s leaving responsibility for thinking and social action to others. Specialization breeds biases that ultimately aggregate as international and ideological discord, which, in turn, leads to war.We are not seeking a license to ramble wordily. We are intent only upon being adequately concise. General systems science discloses the existence of minimum sets of variable factors that uniquely govern each and every system. Lack of knowledge concerning all the factors and the failure to include them in our integral imposes false conclusions. Let us not make the error of inadequacy in examining our most comprehensive inventory of experience and thoughts regarding the evoluting affairs of all humanity. MORE HERE FROM  R. Buckminster Fuller, With E.J. Applewhite, Synergetics; from the “Introduction: The Wellspring of Reality:”

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SEARCHDAY"human sexuality" OR "conjugal relations" OR intercourse OR eros OR "erotic affairs" complexity OR complicated OR multisided OR intricacy study OR science OR research necessity OR requisite ignorance OR unwillingness OR repression OR disgust history OR evolution radical OR marxist = 2,050,000 Citations.

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  


In the context of a death wish large enough to countenance mass collective thermonuclear suicide, a riveting conversation in Poland between Katha Pollitt, the down-to-Earth and utterly winning author of Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights and her Polish interlocutor about women and abortion and mutuality and the irrefutable reality of abortion’s longstanding presence in human culture and the idiocy, leaving the fascist reaction aside, of arguing otherwise and seeking to criminalize this absolutely inevitable cultural practice, the prevalence of which increases whenever sex is taboo or religious strictures and Thanatos triumph over more loving relations and Eros, a completely requisite hour and three quarters for all scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who have not sold their souls to some fascistic fantasy, a documentary link, moreover, that blends, with chilling power and authenticity, in with all sorts of storytelling since the dawn of Mythos, more recently including, first of all, the enthralling and terrifying narratives  of Chan-Wook Park, whose heroines are without exceptions powerful and capable of anything; second of all, the ‘I-don’t-give-a-fuck’ master works of Larry Clark, whose Kids savagely and grittily deconstructed  the sexual and erotic libertinism of upper crust youth in 1980’s New York City, at the height of the ‘AIDS pandemic’ no less; and third of all, the now very controversial yarn that Nate Parker has produced out of the reality of rapine and plunder under slavery that Nat Turner resisted with murderous courage and brutal rejection of servility, the official Birth of a Nation trailer  for which by itself discomfits and reorients any viewer’s consciousness about matters of history and power and horror, the aggregation of all of which, and plenty more too one can be absolutely certain, indicates the stupidity and futility of romanticizing our carnal connections and the seamy, steamy pasts that every human alive shares with ancestors who were rarely noteworthy for their practice of abstinence or their living inside of romantic bubbles of nonsense that so many critics of sexual excess now want to impose on all and sundry.


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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

Event Date: April 2, 2017
Application Deadline: October 31, 2016


PEN/Faulkner Foundation
Award For Fiction

A prize of $15,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the current year. Four finalists will each receive $5,000.

The Conium Review 2016 Innovative Short Fiction contest is open for submissions through May 1st. The winner receives $500, publication, five contributor copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. There is a $15 entry fee.

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University at Albany

Director, New York State Writers Institute

About the University at Albany: Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany’s broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,300 students in eight schools and colleges across three campuses. The University at Albany is a major public research university where students and faculty collaborate to conduct life-enhancing research and scholarship in a wide range of disciplines. Located in Albany, New York, New York State’s capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

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Abolishing Slavery, Force-Feeding Empire

A Conversation piece by a thorough commentator who calls Britain to task for its ongoing excesses of empire and injustice: “Britain’s Anti-Slavery Day should remind us that – despite the country’s abolition of the slave trade in 1807 – the global trafficking and enslavement of people is still very much with us. When the country celebrated the bicentenary of its abolition of the slave trade in 2007 the government explicitly linked the celebration with reminders of the continuing problem of slavery and human trafficking. … When you take a closer look, Britain’s humanitarianism was part of the very fabric of imperial expansion – and reflected all its ambivalence.”

WRISSDiversity in Publishing

A Melville House look at measures a large publishing company is taking to procure more diversity in publishing: “There has been plenty of discussion about the embarrassing lack of diversity in publishing this year. Sadly, solutions have been hard to come by. Penguin Random House UK—that nation’s largest publisher—is looking to change that. They’ve been talking the talk on diversity for almost a year now, and are making the moves to walk the walk.  Specifically, they’ve announced a new initiative, dubbed #WriteNow, which aims to bring “new writers with different stories to tell” into the UK publishing scene.”


De-Banking RT in England

A New York Times look at the challenges of the media outlet that actually dares speak another narrative separate from sanctioned Western monopoly media: ” Russia’s main English-language satellite network complainedon Monday that its British bank was abruptly closing its accounts. The network, which reported on the decision, called it a British-government-sanctioned attempt to interfere with freedom of speech.”


GENISSRevealing ADHD Fraud

A Waking Times look at the controversial realities of the oft-pushed ADD medication which studies are showing does not even help: “Many of the symptoms, such as being easily distracted, squirming and fidgeting, are seen in virtually all children at some point or another and, should they become problematic, may be better dealt with via lifestyle changes and psychotherapy than powerful stimulant drugs.

Any parent considering drug treatment for a child with ADHD must carefully weigh the benefits versus the risks, and new research suggests the purported benefits do not extend to improvements in school.”