11.08.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          


On a day when the charade of democracy again unfolds at polling places across the land, a briefing from Vice News about French workers–primarily women–who are taking the ‘wildcat’ road to strike en masse when their day is 85% over, since on average they earn fifteen percent less than men in similar jobs, in their creative and courageous action a beacon for those in the U.S. who are sick to death of bullshit and fakery and pretense when the crises that face us cannot possibly improve unless we are honest and real and down-to-earth in our actions on our own behalf, a reckoning for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens of what is the only action that can save us, which is to say organizing ourselves to take stands and engage activities that contend for power rather than fantasizing that some cabal of corporate crooks will ever serve our purposes.

                    This Day in History                  

Everywhere on the planet today, in ascending order of importance, people mark Intersex Remembrance Day, International Radiology Day, and World Urbanism Day; in the early days of the Islamic, and ultimately the Ottoman, assault on Byzantium, the forces of Constantinople a thousand fifty-six years ago scored a crushing victory over the fighters of the Emir of Aleppo; a year less than fifty-six decades more along time’s trail, in 1519, Moctezuma, with a massive fete and celebration, welcomed Hernan Cortes and his fellow killers into Tenochtitlan, the city at the heart of the empire that they would soon eviscerate; four hundred forty years before this day’s passing, in the Eighty-Years War that served as early capitalism’s first world war, the Pacification of Ghent unfolded in the context of an even greater solidarity and militancy to oppose the Spanish among the Dutch burgers; twenty-six years onward from that junction, in 1602, England’s elites opened the doors of one of the world’s longest standing libraries, Bodlean at Oxford; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

Of all the simultaneously neglected, discarded, irrefutable, and essential truisms of the present pass, perhaps none is more indispensable than the notion that interdependence must replace independence as a summation of society’s fundamental aim, as an expression of what is sacrosanct and fundamentally beneficent in social and natural relations: ultimately, almost all that is most pernicious in the current age—never-ending war, expanding inequality, persistent supremacist and chauvinist viewpoints, imperial imprimatur and its justification, the list is likely endless—has obvious roots in the always facile and clearly fallacious perspective that a particular person or people or nation or ideology is superior to, exceptional in relation to, in a word ‘independent’ from its obvious and inescapable, its fundamental and indispensable, interconnections with every other person, all other peoples and nations and ways of thinking that have resulted from the collective and mutually interactive dance of Homo Sapiens through the earthly arenas of the past hundred thousand years or so of history.

                  Quote of the Day                       
Confusion heard his voice, and wild uproar Stood ruled, stood vast infinitude confined; Till at his second bidding darkness fled, Light shone, and order from disorder sprung. John Milton
                   Doc of the Day                      

Mrs. Salvatore is a little Italian woman who lives down in the Sheapshead Bay region; she has a face like that of Alice Brady, in its uneven prettiness, and a brave little smile that contradicts the struggling expression in her eyes. She said, with the queer smile, that the cost of living did not bother her at all. “You just have to hunt a little longer for cheap stores, and think a little longer for different ways of serving unappetizing, or so-called unappetizing, messes. It’s fun.” But all the while there was that little crucified smile.

“It’s fun;” that was her Americanized way of looking at it.

MORE HERE from  Dorothy Day, four of the dozens of stories that she published for the socialist paper, The New York Call

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                       In-Depth Look                          

Alan Reid
Alan Reid


From among the hundreds of thousands, or more likely millions, of obsessive sifting of the electoral tea leaves as the 2016 Presidential race comes down to cases–the vast majority of which, by the bye, have little or nothing substantive to say, so much non sequitur blather, fiddling while Rome burns–a scattered smattering of materials, with the ever-articulate and passionate and reasonable Chris Hedges in the lead, originally from TruthDig, here via Global Research, noting that something toxic or even lethally poisonous is unfolding as Hillary and Donald wait for results on the morrow, a perspective thatCommon Dreams echoes , albeit with its imprecise and meaningless MORE HERE

              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  

From the openminded and openhearted mediators at TruthDig, a final call from Chris Hedges to stick with a vision of actual transformation rather than, as usual, choosing a ‘lesser evil’ that is not less venal in the end than what we’ve sought to avoid in our unprincipled and opportunistic choices, in this case presenting his case at a rally for Jill Stein, who has zero chance of winning but represents nonetheless “our only chance to overturn corporate power” because she will “not surrender to it,” a beautiful and powerful rhetorical turn that bursts with insights and ideas for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who refuse to forego their commitment to “justice and truth” in favor of “privilege and power,” a performance that will remain apt in the lee of Hillary Clinton’s likely continuing of oligarchy and oppression, since we have no option other than to continue struggling, since even the perquisites of plutocracy cannot stop the annihilation in store if something congruent with socialism does not appear as a result of our efforts, a mandate to quit complaining and organize for our very survival.

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Fascinating New Novel

A Rumpus interview with an engaging, fascinating new author whose work cuts across many lines: “While her website is a beacon of advocacy for mental health awareness and practical tips for all struggling artists, Esmé Weijun Wang’s first novel, The Border of Paradise, is a dark exploration of a multi-generational new American family. The stark contrast between her activism and her writing is evident in both the characters’ self-imposed isolated existence and their desire to truly belong in a world that seems doomed to disappoint them.”


The Big Win in Literary Perspective

A Lit Hub look at the historic Cubs win from the perspective of all the literary milestones that occurred last time this prodigious event took place:  “Well, in literature at least, major philosophers and future legends were being born, Ezra Pound was self-publishing his very first book of poems, and everyone was reading Winston Churchill. It was a banner year for children’s literature, giving us at least two major enduring classics and an installment of (arguably) the most-loved children’s book series of all time. Nobel Prizes were being given out to obscure German philosophers. So it’s safe to say that things have changed.”


Election Reversals

A Hill post that shows the results of the hubristic decisions that are making it now feel the squeeze for its bad decisions: “So far, they are sitting on pin needles and holding their guts.

They cheered as she won Vermont, Connecticut and New York.

But as more and more supporters filed in as the night inched on, they grew nervous. 

For long stretches, Clinton supporters who crowded inside the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Brooklyn went without any good news. 

Virginia, a state they thought Clinton would win handily, remained too close to call.”

GENISSThe Need for Resistance

A Lit Hub offering that contextualizes the need for civil disobedience: “An act of civil disobedience is justified—in fact becomes necessary—when an individual makes the following judgements: his government is behaving wickedly or stupidly beyond the bounds of what he perceives as tolerable; dissent, having been earnestly tried, has proved of no avail; selective resistance to the law is preferable to various slyer or more violent alternatives.

These are subjective judgments, as all decisions based on conscience must be subjective. If war is an extension of diplomacy, civil disobedience is an extension of self-government.”