10.26.2016 Daily Links

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From the ‘ideally-sized’ Icelandic Republic and the locally owned news outlet there, Iceland Review, an aspect of what solidarity and people power might mean if scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens in other jurisdictions had similar wherewithal to stand together, to organize, and to act on their own behalf as do Icelanders, whose women most recently celebrated their insistence on gender justice and equal pay Monday with the forty-first October 24th afternoon walkout, a tradition since 1975, which a Guardian article  some years back summarized nicely and Buzzfeed, meanwhile, updated yesterday, pointing out that the female workers always have departed at the exact minute after which they would be working for free, vis a vis the wages of similarly situated male employees, who, by the bye have tended to support their sisters and mothers and lovers and friends in their goal of garnering social equality in this fashion, which in turn matches perfectly a pronouncement  earlier this month from the City of Reykjavik, reported by Waking Times, that the capital would boycott Israeli products and investments until something akin to social equity was available to Palestinians, both of which instances of backing up progressive convictions, moreover, are also completely congruent with a just-past Common Dreams brief about the tiny nation’s having imprisoned nine bankers for fraud that resulted from practices in capital’s most recent mega-meltdown in 2008, the aggregate of all of which, in addition, parallels the just released news from Mint Press staff that the Pirate Party, socially anarchist and thoroughly democratic and radical, appears to have come close to guaranteeing victory in Iceland’s National elections, the sum total of which happenings, once again, illustrate what is possible when people live in solidarity and have the class consciousness that acting collectively in one’s own behalf requires.

                    This Day in History                  

Pixabay Image 1205921Today in Austria marks the sixtieth anniversary of the nation’s Declaration of Neutrality with National Day, and around the world those with the requisite level of consciousness celebrate Intersex Awareness Day; seventeen hundred ten years ago, Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki met his terrible martyrdom in the Greek Isles; eight hundred thirty-one years prior to today, the feast day of the previously mentioned martyrdom saw the commencement of the Uprising of Asen and Peter, an event that led to the creation of the Second Bulgarian Empire, ruled by the Asen dynasty; six hundred seventy-five years ago, in what is now Turkey and the Levant, a period of vicious civil war began that was to culminate first in the subjugation of Byzantium half a century afterward and the ultimate downfall of Byzantine power a hundred years hence; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

An examination of all available sources of knowledge about ourselves yields simply incontrovertible evidence of several points that utterly contravene the established, which is generally to say the reactionary, beliefs that lie at the heart of what passes as basic awareness regarding human behavior and consciousness: first of all, for example, data that demonstrates beyond doubt that all of our ancestors imbibed consciousness-altering substances to induce ecstasy and ‘passage,’ while today’s ‘leaders’ primarily insist that such actions deserve imprisonment or even death; second of all, annals of one sort and another that prove without question that for at least the first ninety percent or so of human history all our ancestors indulged in erotic congress that would today cause those in charge of adjudicating such matters to recoil in horror at the polymorphous perversity and enthusiastic licentiousness that existed time out of mind; and third of all, and for nowlast of all, the common conjunction of these two realms, as if the common idiom of “sex and drugs and rock-and-roll” was not a proscribed expression of dissolution or demonic tendencies but an apt, and essential, description of how Homo Sapiens operate in a world full of wonder and woe—the aggregate of which flow of idea and insight ought at a minimum to cause citizens now to ponder the putrid pontifications that pass as prescription and proscription and even wisdom about the reality and potentiality of the lives that we lead and want to achieve.

                  Quote of the Day                       
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. Benjamin Franklin
                   Doc of the Day                      

“It is some time since I received the above letters, but I have been too busy till now to think of complying with the request they contain. It might, too, be much better done if I were at home among my papers, which would aid my memory and help to ascertain dates; but my return being uncertain, and having just now a little leisure, I will endeavor to recollect and write what I can; if I live to get home, it may there be corrected and improved.

Not having any copy here of what is already written, I know not whether an account is given of the means I used to establish the Philadelphia public library, which, from a small beginning, is now become so considerable. though I remember to have come down to near the time of that transaction (1730). I will therefore begin here with an account of it, which may be struck out if found to have been already given. MORE HERE from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, pp. 36 et. seq. at first about his work in Paris just after the Revolution and then about his efforts back in Pennsylvania later in the decade.

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SEARCHDAY"katie roiphe" OR "riane eisler" OR "camille paglia" OR "helen fisher" "morning after" OR "sacred pleasure" OR "sexual personae" OR "sex contract" anthropology OR archaeology OR sociobiology goddess OR mother OR "erotic art" OR "erotic symbols" history OR origins OR evolution = 10,300 Results.

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  



From a powerful podcast from Mefeedia, an introduction to the writings of–particularly Sacred Pleasure–and practical work of Riane Eisler, whose basic thinking posits a “natural bent” toward love and sexuality, with the concomitant vilification of carnality and women, a dynamic in the first place that resulted from ninety-five percent of human existence as something akin to the partnership model and a pattern that has become more prevalent in the second place that resembles a dominator model, all of which fits into matters of social, political, and economic relations but which always also “construct sexuality” in one way or another, in the case of the present pass, as an eroticization of violence, as a condemnation of anything orgasmic or orgiastic, as a linking of sex with domination and passivity as two sides of the same coin, dialectics of the confluence of pleasure and pain that today threaten the very survival of humanity, a give and take about sex and life and pleasure and joy and spirituality and materialism that every scrappy scribe and stalwart citizen needs to examine and imbibe unless they care little about the potential for any sort of transformation that could lead to any sort of humane future, a tomorrow and tomorrow that can only come to pass if the vivifying force within us somehow or other again comes to the fore, a potent discourse that fits neatly with a C-SPAN interview with Camille Paglia, whose Sexual Personae serves as a powerful adjunct to Eisler’s work, a chance to listen to the fast-talking New Yorker who so charmed audiences and the likes of Bill Maher, even as she infuriated ‘politically correct,’ so-called ‘feminists,’ all of which viewers and students might well choose to mix with a more standard scientific take on sexuality, such as Helen Fisher can provide  in such works of hers as The Sex Contract and The Anatomy of Love.

                     Nearly Naked Links                  

A U.N. Attempt to ‘Ban’ Nukes
An Office of Strategic Services Commemoration
A Neocon POV on Russian ‘Disinformation’


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  1. St. Martin’s Minotaur / Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition. This is an annual mystery novel contest with a $10,000 prize. Entries must be longer than 220 typewritten pages, or 60,000 words. This contest is NOT open to novelists who have previously published a novel, unless that novel was self published. Learn more here.


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Hate Rising’s Director on What’s Up

From Fusion, the words of a brave documentarian who exposes the toxic underbelly of the current moment, at times at great personal cost, through his moviemaking:  “The Southern Poverty Law Center estimates that the number of radical groups operating in the U.S. has grown from 784 in 2014 to 892 in 2015; and organizations affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan from 72 to 190. This year, hatred and hate crimes seem to be trending. Over the last six months, I’ve traveled around the country with a team of other journalists and filmmakers to create a documentary called “Hate Rising.” What we’ve found is deeply worrisome.”

WRISSOver 600 Writing Prompts

A New York Times offering likely to be delightfully useful to most scrappy scribes: “Every school day since 2009 we’ve asked students a question based on an article in The New York Times.

Now, seven years later, and in honor of the Oct. 20 National Day on Writing, we’ve collected 650 of them that invite narrative and personal writing and listed them by category below. Consider it an update of a previous post, and a companion to the list of 301 argumentative writing prompts we published in 2015.”


Free Speech Wins of Zionist Bullies

An Electronic Intifada look at a recent triumph over the usual censorship and strong-arm tactics that Zionists use to stifle resistance: “Students have won major victories for free speech on US campuses lately as attempts by Israel lobby groups to suppress Palestine solidarity activism continue to fall flat.

“Israel advocacy organizations driving the suppression cannot succeed in manufacturing facts, even if they try,” Liz Jackson, an attorney with the organization Palestine Legal, told The Electronic Intifada.”


Soldiers Lose Their Bonuses

An LA Times look at a recent horrific development affecting the brave and often wounded who fought for empire just to have what little was given to them taken away: “Nearly 10,000 soldiers, many of whom served multiple combat tours, have been ordered to repay large enlistment bonuses — and slapped with interest charges, wage garnishments and tax liens if they refuse — after audits revealed widespread overpayments by the California Guard at the height of the wars last decade.

Investigations have determined that lack of oversight allowed for widespread fraud and mismanagement by California Guard officials under pressure to meet enlistment targets.”

GENISSSlum Dwellers & Death Plots

A Mint Press News look at the sad fate of urban slum dwellers, whose very existence is offensive to the moneyed few who are plotting how to eliminate them: “About one billion people live in slums. That’s close to the entire population of China, twice that of all world refugees or roughly 550,000 times the number of billionaires. The number will triple by 2050…

City masterminds, who converged this week for the third Habitat conference, held every 20 years, are now catching onto the issue as one that merits discussion. Using a cleaner term, they organized reports and a roundtable on “informal settlements” to plan how to eliminate them in time for the next Habitat conference.”