11.17.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          


An at-least-on-the-surface heartening piece of news from Minnesota, where Philando Castile’s killer, a suburban ‘peace officer’ in the Minneapolis area, is now facing a felony second-degree manslaughter indictment for the brutal slaying of a citizen who was doing nothing wrong and lost his life to a cop whose fear and negligence led him to shoot the young Castile multiple times without provocation, both a briefing from LawNewz and an account from the Times in the event providing an overview of the developing case, all of which should represent a priority story for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens to follow over the next period of time, especially in the context of a murderous police-state training and operations regime–as reported  in a TruthOut news analysis–that practically guarantees vicious depredation and murderous impunity against those whom such legal forms supposedly exist to protect.

                    This Day in History                  

Today is International Student Day; six centuries and eleven years ago, in the islands of Malay habitation, the first Caliphate there came into being, called Sulu; five hundred twenty-four years before the here and now, iconic Persian poet Jami died; a mere two years hence, in 1494, the Italian philosopher and author Giovanni Pico della Mirandolla met his maker; just short of eighteen years later, in 1511, England and Spain formed an alliance against France in an important phase of the Italianate wars; Queen Elizabeth came to power four hundred fifty-eight years ahead of today; the Continental Congress transmitted the Articles of Confederation to the thirteen United States in the midst of war with England two centuries and, again, just shy of twenty years thereafter, in 1777; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

When those who daily are skirmishing with similar daunting prospects elect to join with others both to petition for redress and to demand reforms that might ease the burdens that the vast majority of folks these days are struggling to bear, they had better make as certain as is possible that their contextualizations of their common problems are both incisive and accurate, both comprehensive and honest, both historically rooted and politically based, or the process of protest and petition not only will not yield tangible benefits or noticeable improvements to their wretchedness and travails, but also will positively worsen their plight, both objectively and subjectively, since their assessments and analysis will be fatuous or fantastical, nonsensical or ludicrous, and will thereby guarantee both the lack of viable solutions to misunderstood problems and the increased enervation and ennui that must accompany scurrying attempts to fix things in ways that will never work because they are absurd or not grounded in the verifiable reality of the universe as it actually operates.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“”Those of us who stand outside the circle of this society’s definition of acceptable women; those of us who have been forged in the crucibles of difference — those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are Black, who are older — know that survival is not an academic skill. It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. And this fact is only threatening to those women who still define the master’s house as their only source of support.”” Commemorating the great Audre Lorde, who died on this date in 1992 
                   Doc of the Day                      
1: The Nature of the Crisis

Lately more and more voices are heard proclaiming that the problem of general psychology is a problem of the first order. What is most remarkable is that this opinion does not come from philosophers who have made generalisation their professional habit, nor even from theoretical psychologists, but from the psychological practitioners who elaborate the special areas of applied psychology: psychiatrists and industrial psychologists; the representatives of the most exact and concrete part of our science. The various psychological disciplines have obviously reached a turning point in the development of their investigations, the gathering of factual material, the systematisation of knowledge, and the statement of basic positions and laws. Further advance along a straight line, the simple continuation of the same work, the gradual accumulation of material, are proving fruitless or even impossible. In order to go further we must choose a path. MORE FROM Lev Vygotsky, The Historical Meaning of the Crisis in Psychology

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  

From intrepid and underappreciated investigator and digital journalist George Webb, via Forbidden Knowledge TV, a must-view for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens, in the nature of an utterly mesmerizing twelve minute interlude that examines former Clinton Foundation staffer Eric Braverman’s almost month-long disappearance, an evolving eventuality that transpires in the arena of Braverman’s having overseen truly epic levels of corruption and profiteering from his perch among the connected cognoscenti, with initial deals in Afghan opiates, followed by illicit ‘terror-network’ oil purchases that find their way to market through the likes of Recip Erdogan’s son and multiple CIA and military contractors and personnel, a situation that could conceivably impact former Secretary Clinton’s and President Bill’s liberty if the obvious explanations for such skullduggery turn out to be verifiable, to wit, that the two-time POTUS and his one-time Senator and five-year Secretary-of-State wife have been operating an extortion and drug, oil, and weapons racket that spans the globe and has raked in untold hundreds of millions, or even billions, of tax free ‘non-profit’ funds, speculation that could easily turn into indictment, as the producer’s portal  makes clear in the case of multiple additional filings.

                     Nearly Naked Links                  

Stress-Test Placebos Foretell Collapse

Learning From Berlusconi’s Italy

Critiquing Unions’ Trump Stances



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Hated ‘Obamacare’ & Trump

A Fortuna’s Corner look by an insightful commentator at some of the symptoms of the political disease that spawned the current presidential administration: “This kind of stinging defeat would have sent anyone in POTUS Obama’s shoes — back to the drawing board — and, forced some reflection on what went wrong.  But, not this POTUS.  He kept insisting, as the Warden in Cool Hand Luke did, that he knew what was good for us.  And, he publicly insisted that it wasn’t his policies the public rejected; but, he needed to do a better job of explaining, and messaging.  In essence, we were stupid, and if he could just get the right explainer-in-chief, we would all jump on the bandwagon.  For those of us who thought Obamacare was doing a terrible disservice to our health care industry, this was a bitter pill to swallow.  Things were not going to change.  The POTUS was not going to reflect on whether or not there was a better way forward — though he insisted he welcomed Republican input, at least publicly — while in the background insisting that his bill was the only way.  So, the anger among those who saw government overreach, and a POTUS unwilling to compromise, the anger would continue to build.”


Imagining a Masters-of-Poetry-Administration World

A Public Books post that looks at a fascinating and prestigious poetry prize available in India, a phenomenom whose results point to a fascinating and probably necesary relationship with literature demonstrated by our Southeast Asia cousins: “Prakash is a member of the Bharat Bhushan Agarwal Prize committee. The prize is awarded annually to a single poem, by a young writer who has not yet published any books or poetry collections. Each prize-winner is selected by a single member of the prize committee, and this year it was Prakash’s turn to pick (Prakash won the prize himself in 1980, the year after it was established in honour of Bharat Bhushan Agarwal, a pioneer of Hindi’s Nayi Kavita movement). Though Prakash’s choice was probably intentionally provocative, a fuller understanding of the controversy created by Shree’s poem requires a deep look into the history of Hindi literature.”


An Interesting Digital Business Model

A Tedium article that looks at one way to capitalize on media, and profiling the work of a successful video venture from the past, and what it can show us about ‘making it’ today:  “Home computers and infomercials were always meant to go together. Here were these devices, arguably the most complex products ever to enter homes in Middle America, and they needed a lot of explaining at first. (Not complicated explanations, mind you. Simple ones.) Enter Video Professor. For two decades, John Scherer made millions by selling educational products to the public, mostly through late-night infomercials and on home-shopping networks like QVC. Video Professor the company isn’t with us anymore—these days, you’re more likely to get a DNS error from VideoProfessor.com than a lesson—but in today’s Tedium, I talk to John about the business that made him famous and what he’s doing these days. “


Elite ‘Populism’ & Neoliberal Collapse

A Social Europe look at the new era that the Trump presidency promises to bring, an impasse whose responsibility lies squarely on the shoulders of those on the neoliberal agenda who failed to address the human woes the program brought: “One of the paradoxes of this period is that discontent and uncertainty amongst the working class has been most successfully co-opted by the right. The right has understood the extent of the fury, the fear of loss of standing, the anxiety about ‘others’, and the need to blame something or someone else. While some figures on the left such as Bernie Sanders have grasped this and tried to interpolate the anger and frustration into a progressive movement, the liberal establishment has been behind the curve and failed to offer a cathartic political vision for the future. One reason for this is that the liberal centre typically focuses on the complexity of policy issues ahead and has failed to match its policy prescriptions with political instinct and acumen; its professionals and experts want to dwell on the evidence which justifies their positions but fewer and fewer voters are in the mood to listen as the appetite for fact is replaced with emotion and a call to arms. There is wide gap between policy and politics. The centre-left establishment has been preoccupied with governance and the specifics of policy; whilst the right has embraced protest politics too often void of substantive policy, railing against the ‘establishment’ at every turn.”

GENISSCulturally Fetishizing ‘Outsider’ Status

A Atlantic look at films and other cultural offerings that allow the normal mortals trapped within their economic, social, and psychological limits to vicariously live through ‘outsider’ and ‘extreme’ figures, especially in regards to idealized political figures: “He has a point. And it’s a point that bleeds over from pop culture into political culture. Governing is dirty work: It demands compromising and selling out and never being, fully, satisfied. “Politics as usual” may be the only way for government to work; “as usual,” though, is neither inspiring nor gratifying.