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From Florida’s sunny swelter, a report from National Public Radio about the new State Supreme Court holding that declares the peninsular jurisdiction’s jury protocols in death penalty cases–allowing for judicial murder by mere majorities, rather than requiring unanimity–to be unconstitutional, meaning that the Sunshine State will, at least temporarily, join the civilized world and leave Saudi Arabia–which executed its first ‘Prince’ yesterday–on the other side of the fence, at least for a moment, events in the criminal justice realm that relate to sun-dappled climes that could easily respond positively to a new Air-BNB offer , to pay its mini-hoteliers $1,000 if they’ll install solar panels, bits and pieces of the world’s panoply of madness and delight for the scrappy scribe and stalwart citizen, day or night.
This Day in History
Two thousand two hundred eighteen years ago, Roman forces that Scipio Africanus led drove aside the armies of Carthage that Hannibal Barca headed up; six hundred forty-one years hence, in 439, Vandals attacked and took over Carthage in yet a different conflict between Europeans and North Africans; six hundred thirty years in advance of today, Europe’s currently oldest university opened its doors at Heidelberg; five hundred forty-seven years before the here and now, an upper crust marriage established the basis for the unification of Aragon and Castille, and the creation of modern Spain; twenty-six years subsequent to that, in 1512, in Central Europe, the future chief of ‘protest’, Martin Luther, obtained his Doctor of Philosophy credentials; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
Capital’s globalizing drive has shown up unmistakably since at least the middle of the eighteenth century, when what were to all intents and purposes World Wars began to take place regularly even as the technical capacity to make martial moves around the planet had much less celerity than the weaponry and logistical acumen in place today permit, a primary aspect of which systemic insistence on worldwide development and control has been the easy transferability of cash and currency, an ‘open door’ to money and commodities that has yielded untold dozens of ‘Opium Wars’ and their equivalents over time—thus, the fatuous restriction of laborers’ rights to move, across conveniently and arbitrarily imposed ‘borders,’ as they see fit is merely another exemplary instance of the brutal class war and double standards that those in command have seen fit to mandate in order at once to make their own profiteering ever so much simpler and to forestall working people’s capabilities of organizing and acting in their own behalf, which is to say against global capitalism and its fetishized sanctification of ‘individual rights’ and in favor of the requisite transition away from a barbaric war of all against each and toward international and socialistic relationships of production and distribution.
expansion OR "goals of growth" OR globalization empire OR colonialism OR imperialism concomitant OR accompaniment OR related war OR conquest OR chaos profiteering OR plunder OR "free trade" OR "open door" money OR capital OR currency labor OR migration OR refugees "double standard" OR hypocrisy = 766,000 Connections.
TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, & AWARENESS VIDEO
From the masterful optimists and organizational magicians at Russia’sValdai Club, an hour-long discussion and question-and-answer between a varied and intelligent audience and the likely upcoming Secretary General of the United Nations, who was a Portuguese Prime Minister for six years or so, and who acted as the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Refugees for the last ten years, a conversation about the intersection between migration, economic opportunity, economic desperation, and physical terror that results from warfare and civil conflict and terrorism, a complex situation about which Antonio Guterres has a fluid and deep grasp of analysis and data and humanity, including the recognition that migration is essential for all parties, that the inequality of development opportunities and imperial war and terrorism all drive increases in refugees, who account for roughly one percent of the Earth’s citizens now, and that irrational thinking and counterproductive strategies are widespread if not ubiquitous, a discourse that melds without any contradiction with a recent Mint Press News interview between the well-versed Ben Norton and the advocate for women, children, and the poor, Medea Benjamin, whose special bailiwick now is assisting those inside and near Saudi Arabia who are suffering oppression, either as a result of the ‘Kingdom’s’ internal policies or as a result of its duplicitous and hypocritical support for terror throughout the region–matters of mayhem and murder and depredation and death that actually dovetail with many, perhaps most, other social dilemmas that are currently crucifying our kind, as a Guardian video documents about former felons in Florida, whose most basic civic rights no longer exist, whose economic capacity is at best attenuated, who are, in other words, very much “living like refugees” among real refugees, and for very similar reasons.
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FROM TUESDAY’S FILES
The 13th annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be held from January 16, 2017, to January 21, 2017, in downtown Delray Beach, Florida.
“It’s because I have something I want to say, and I want my voice to be heard!”
That is by far the most common answer when participants in Global Dialogues contests – over 250,000 young people from 80 countries so far – are asked why they took part.
In the Global Dialogues writing contests, young people across the world speak out by creating stories for short films about important social issues.
The contests are a unique opportunity for young people to break the ice on taboo subjects and share their views with others – including members of their own family – often for the first time in their lives
Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship
A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is given annually to a nonfiction writer working on a book that addresses the history or legacy of the American Revolution and the nation’s founding ideas. The fellowship also includes health benefits, faculty privileges, and a residency in a restored eighteenth-century house in historic Chestertown.
FLW Exclusive: River Horse Communications is looking for a Communications Associate- remote
River Horse Communications, a boutique and growing communications firm specializing in writing and editorial services, is seeking a Communications Associate to work with our team. The Communications Associate will be hired on a contract basis, with the opportunity to become a permanent employee.
Writers Hub is looking for a Freelance Writer
We are currently seeking freelance writers of various expertise: if you are well-versed in English and obtain a degree you are welcome to apply. Alleged $2000/week.
A fascinating piece from Blacklisted News by a potent thinker who uncovers some of the underlying threads that have tied together the various capitalist crises of the past, seeing these as the work of corporate puppetmasters and not actually mistakes or catastrophes, as was claimed: “Without a great stretch of ones imagination It goes without saying that the implosion of Deutsche or any of the other big banks with a huge exposure to derivatives will be so devastating that it could send the world into a depression that would last for scores of years. The ravage of this depression threatens to permanently change the financial landscape….
This is the great risk to our lives and future as it stands, but the bankers have Hobson’s choice. This is the great perilous risk that needs to be taken in order to tighten control of the masses through the regiment of a totally new complete version of a cashless society. “
An Electric Lit look at the opening to membership to a prestigious writers organization previously closed to emerging writers: “The new Emerging Writers Membership from the Authors Guild provides an exciting opportunity for committed writers of any age to join the Authors Guild. Developed in partnership with Electric Literature, the Emerging Writers membership does not require prior publication or literary earnings to enroll, but still boasts many of the same benefits as traditional Authors Guild Membership, including marketing and social media training, liability insurance, and website hosting. Additionally, the membership promises access to seminars, workshops, and networking events programmed specifically for emerging writers.”