BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW
From the darling ‘rebel’ of monopoly media, also known as Vice News, a fairly detailed briefing about today’s decision by an English High Court, its appellate division, that the new Conservative Prime Minister’s government cannot proceed with its own plans–as if it would want to–for exiting the European Union as majority votes earlier this year had mandated, an assessment that a new piece from Common Dreams echoes with a summary that includes noting Jeremy Corbyn’s take on these affairs, a pair of reports that in mild enough fashion heave a sigh of relief for, at least, the delay of erstwhile ‘dangerous populist sentiments,’ in stark contrast to the daily Express‘ analysis that, contrary to anticipated results, Britain’s economy has been growing since June, which the paper’s business section trumpets in all capital letters, none of which cases of reportage, unfortunately, fulfill a cardinal obligation of decent journalism, which is to say to contextualize, accurately and helpfully, for the likes of scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens, what is transpiring in the eventualities under consideration, a deficiency that, at least in some ways, an essay from Social Europe corrects in making clear that June’s “Leave” vote was, overwhelmingly and fundamentally, a rejection of neoliberal celebrations of profiteering no matter the expense, a primary lesson of the entire imbroglio that must be the first order of business to clarify in any other recounting or accounting.
This Day in History
Today is Culture Day in Japan, and in Panama the celebration of Separation Day, the U.S.’s skimming the land away from Colombia, and yesterday was an International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, declared by the United Nations right now as the first year of its existence; nineteen hundred seventy-seven years back more or less exactly, an acclaimed poet who had conspired to overthrow Nero, Lucan, only twenty-five years old and under duress, cut open his arm and bled to death, supposedly while reciting his own poetry; six centuries and five years beyond that point, in 644, a Persian slave rose up against the Umar, Islam’s Second Caliph, and assassinated the Arabian hegemon in Medina; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
Many a technical discourse becomes quite heated; participating in these types of conversations and recognizing what is at stake, as well as what the unstated assumptions and protocols are, requires that an onlooker and erstwhile participant be familiar with and capable of recognizing the intellectual underpinnings of scientific work, in which, essentially, we are ever dealing with two interrelated questions, “What are the conflicting perspectives that underlie this present attempt to acquire new knowledge?” and “How can a common citizen, like this author or other regular blokes, come to grips with these ideas?” eventualities unlike the more common occurrence when less complex matters come from our mouths—”My name is Jim, the sky is blue, I can add numbers, and I like your shoe…”—happenstance of such common sense commonplaces that, at least for most of us, exist prior to any ‘epistemological moment,’ during which we must ask ourselves, “How can we prove or accept the truth of something that we deem crucial?” or, “How can we best undertake to understand something thoroughly that seems important to investigate and comprehend?” this more intricate and difficult encounter one where many assertions about such matters may seem factual and reasonable, but we must ponder, “How can we ascertain the veracity of one, the plausibility of another, and the falsity of a third?” matters about which, clearly, for many people still, and for the vast majority of our ancestors about whom we know something, mythic and religious approaches have predominated in dealing with things on a case by case basis, teleological thinking, in other words, that resists logical or deductive elimination or falsification; after all, astrologers’ could never make a living otherwise, superstition would altogether dry up, and the spiritual realm would appear less vibrant and essential than it arguably does for the vast majority of humankind, even in this age of relentless rationalism and calculation, an admission, nevertheless, in relation to which we must accept that religious thinking provides at best a paltry basis for understanding science: dismissing ‘materialism’ is no more analytically acute than rejecting mythic canons as voodoo, while, on the other hand, science opens up a rich vein for a deeper comprehension of our spiritual geist, as many scholars of comparative and analytical religion attest, a fact that suggests what observers have noted is an apparently universal applicability of scientific methods, which ultimately flows from the basic approaches of science toward knowledge—critical seeking, experimentation, organizational acuity, theoretical richness, all that we might associate generally with the scientific mind, whose common sense aspects of analytical attitudes in turn emanate from, and arguably came into being at, humankind’s epistemological turning point, which many now term an Age of Enlightenment, whatever the lack of wisdom of its contemporary adherents.
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A Vice look at the work of a seminal filmmaker: “The idea of Werner Herzog in North Korea kind of sells itself, but the legendary renegade filmmaker’s Into the Inferno delivers on so much more than that concept. Herzog’s latest documentary sees him journeying inside the isolated, notoriously guarded dictatorship among other far-flung locales like Indonesia, Iceland, Ethiopia, and Antarctica to explore volcanoes and the cultures, mythologies, and scientists that surround them.”
A New Republic look at the work of an enigmatic author: “One of my first memories of the publishing industry is the story of a friend who was asked to provide an author photo to help sell the international rights to her debut novel. My friend is not a person who thinks particularly of her looks—she has always focused on her writing. She submitted a photo of herself standing in a doorway wearing a winter coat. The Italian rights sold, the French did not. Her agent, also a woman and a veteran of the industry, joked that perhaps the French would have gone for the rights if the photo had been more revealing. “The lesson I took,” my friend told me, “was that I was being vetted for physical attractiveness”—not the value of her novel.
A Jacobin look at the phenomenom of Bernie’s continued popularity: “The general election campaign between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has gone pretty much as everyone expected: a months-long carnival of the absurd and the grotesque, culminating in Trump’s self-destruction and Clinton’s methodical march to power.
Quietly, though, something less predictable has happened. Bernie Sanders has become — by a considerable margin — the most popular politician in the United States.”
A Conversation piece delineating how just one little metaphor can fire up our emotions in a charged and dysfuctional political landscape: “Losing his cool in the face of a mocking little metaphor, Trump slipped into a much more literal style that bogged him down for the rest of the debate. Clinton, meanwhile, kept her cool in the face of his every attack. And tellingly, she began to speak more and more figuratively as their exchange wore on, condemning Bush-era policies that “slashed taxes on the wealthy” who “took their eyes off Wall Street” and “created a perfect storm”.”