11.10.2016 Daily Links

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In the aftermath of an election in which the neoliberal thieves whose plan is always to plunder workers, in which neoconservative’s murderous impunity that always envisions further martial profiteering, in which the gridlock faction that always wants to shut down any potential for government intervention or collective works, and all the other primary expressions of ‘established order’ putatively embraced Hilary Clinton, a note from The Intercept about ‘protests’ that are apparently spontaneous, springing up all over the nation in ‘Blue States,’ a phenomenon that The Free Thought Project documents  in some ways has resulted from Non-Governmental Organization support from the likes of George Soros, a critique of hidden neoliberal agendas that Paul Craig Roberts echoes n a blog that takes may ‘liberals’ and ‘progressives’ to task for bemoaning the mote in neighbors’ eyes when their own are full of splinters, a point, moreover, that Ian Welsh deconstructs  by looking at likely results of a Trump administration over the next period of time—all of which scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens can consider in more extensive context by examining either a Common Dreams essay about a ballot victory in four jurisdictions that substantially approved boosting minimum wages, or a Chief Organizer’s passage that makes the point that a social movement  will beat a political machine any time and any place.

                    This Day in History                  

Via the United Nations Education, Scientific, & Cultural Organization, today is World Science Day for Peace and Development, while Turkey remembers Ataturk and Panama a Cry for Independence on this date; UNESCO’s commemoration is extant despite the fact—of which thousands similar exist for every hour of every day since Homo Sapiens Sapiens have been ambling about—that eight hundred fourteen years ago, the third Pope Innocent futilely forbade participants in the Fourth Crusade from besieging and conquering a Catholic city that now bears the name Zadar, in Croatia; two hundred forty-two years subsequently, in 1444, a Polish-Hungarian proto-crusader and his army engaged a force of Ottoman Turks at Varna, where Sultan Murad’s soldiers decimated the Christians and killed Vladislaus himself; thirty-nine years thereafter, in 1483, the baby boy took his first breath on the way to becoming radical reformer Martin Luther; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

While infinite aspects of human existence are possible to imagine as valuable in a general or abstract sense—from a personal consciousness of ubiquitous godliness to a particular individual’s honoring of raunchy revelry—for any manifestation of one’s life and times to possess exchange value universally requires only one quality, that of containing social labor in its creation, whether that embodiment of the political economy of work results in access to ‘wilderness’ or to the miles of piles that people wile away time in perusing and handling and purchasing from Walmart or any other vendor of more traditional commodities: even the most highly-priced, and ideologically precious, aggregation of capital itself—from a vast and churning automated factory to any billionaire’s agglomeration of negotiable instruments—has required in its manifestation the presence of some set of proletarians’ toil and sweat and skill.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“A poet makes himself a visionary through a long, boundless, and systematized disorganization of all the senses. All forms of love, of suffering, of madness; he searches himself, he exhausts within himself all poisons, and preserves their quintessences. Unspeakable torment, where he will need the greatest faith, a superhuman strength, where he becomes all men the great invalid, the great criminal, the great accursed–and the Supreme Scientist! For he attains the unknown! Because he has cultivated his soul, already rich, more than anyone! He attains the unknown, and if, demented, he finally loses the understanding of his visions, he will at least have seen them! So what if he is destroyed in his ecstatic flight through things unheard of, unnameable: other horrible workers will come; they will begin at the horizons where the first one has fallen!”
Arthur Rimbaud
                   Doc of the Day                      
Norman Mailer: Discovering the truth is about as simple as getting to know a woman well. It’s close to impossible. Truth is a mystery, you see we approach the truth, we never find it. A dear friend of mine was a compulsive writer, he wrote with enormous difficulty. He was tremendously intelligent, immensely cultivated. And so he had a hard time writing because every time he wrote a sentence he’d been thinking of how Gide or for that matter Cervantes had done a better sentence. MORE FROM Norman Mailer, an interview transcript from shortly before his death

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  

For scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens everywhere, a video triptych from the estimable aggregators and diligent documentarians at Information Clearinghouse, in the event, Barack Obama’s speech about the Presidential contest results, Hillary Clinton’s concession remarks, and Donald Trump’s victory pronouncement, the aggregate total of which ought to be part of political discussion and education for days on end moving forward from here.

                     Nearly Naked Links                  


A Pair, By & About Carl Sagan

Ian Welsh Trump Bullet Points

GENISSFounding Fathers’ Bias Against Democracy

A Public Professor look at the built-in aspects of the constitution and nation’s founders that preclude fair voting: “Here’s the thing.  You probably think you live in a democracy.  Add we Americans can be awfully darned proud of our democracy, bragging all over the world about it.  But Lord help you if the founders heard you talk like that.  They worked very hard NOT to create a democracy.  Instead, they used the Articles of Confederation, and later the Constitution, to fashion a republic.”