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Around the globe today, in descending order of opacity, people mark World Hello Day, World Television Day, World No Music Day, while people in the United States commemorate National Adoption Day; in the land of ancient Palestine and Israel, where long ago the same travails and struggles unfolded as today, two thousand one hundred seventy-nine years ago, a scion of the Hasmonean family, Judas Maccabeus, led his cohorts in restoring the Temple in Jerusalem to Jewish imprimatur; three hundred ninety-nine years on a direct line toward today, in 235, the nineteenth Catholic pope came to power, during a period of intense persecution, en route to his and many other adherents’ martyrdom; eleven and a half centuries plus a single year after that inauspicious development, in 1386, additional imperial depredations took place as the putative heir of Genghis Khan, Timur of Samarkand, led the sacking of the ancient Georgian city of Tbilisi, capturing the leader of the entire people in the process; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
One’s longest journey begins with a birth that one does not plan and, at least in material terms, ends with a death that normally one does not invite; whatever the pain and pleasure or turmoil and triumph or wonder and woe that befalls a sojourner, in between beckons a realm of inevitable action—staying in bed under the covers is doing something—and potential choice—even if most people rarely if ever rise above ‘going with the flow’—where, just possibly, one may find a purpose that one desires to pursue.
In a castle of Westphalia, belonging to the Baron of
Thunder-ten-Tronckh, lived a youth, whom nature had endowed with the most gentle manners. His countenance was a true picture of his soul. He combined a true judgment with simplicity of spirit, which was the reason, I apprehend, of his being called Candide. The old servants of the family suspected him to have been the son of the Baron’s sister, by a good, honest gentleman of the neighborhood, whom that young lady would never marry because he had been able to prove only seventy-one quarterings, the rest of his genealogical tree having been lost through the injuries of time. MORE HERE
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A Back Channel look into the views of a tireless scams and hoaxes researcher who has aptly categorized the underlying dynamics and true problem behind the so-called ‘fake news’ epidemic: “The misinformation crisis, according to Binkowski, stems from something more pernicious. In the past, the sources of accurate information were recognizable enough that phony news was relatively easy for a discerning reader to identify and discredit. The problem, Binkowski believes, is that the public has lost faith in the media broadly — therefore no media outlet is considered credible any longer. The reasons are familiar: as the business of news has grown tougher, many outlets have been stripped of the resources they need for journalists to do their jobs correctly. “When you’re on your fifth story of the day and there’s no editor because the editor’s been fired and there’s no fact checker so you have to Google it yourself and you don’t have access to any academic journals or anything like that, you will screw stories up,” she says.”
A Poynter article that discusses the grave employment issues facing journalists, a group for whom the media circus of the Elections, and its eventual demise, can prove fatal to their careers: “The higher-than-average newsroom budgets associated with election coverage are also contributing factors. Both Bloomberg and Univision waited until after the election to prune staffers, making moves to right-size their newsrooms after a big and lucrative news event had passed. It’s possible, with advertising waning and reporting budgets swollen, news executives might decide to cut back before the new year begins.”
A Daily Bell look at the recent imbroglio over facebook, the recent elections, and ‘fake news’, a post whose argument illuminates the real motivations behind those wanting to censor and pick all news: “A pushback is coming to the Internet’s success in giving the world access to diverse opinions and dissenting information. Politicians, mainstream media and technology giants are taking aim at what they call “fake news,” reports Robert Parry.”
A Guardian look at the implications of the anti-abortion rhetoric that now might scarily turn into fact thanks to this administration: “In his first major interview after winning office, Trump described – truthfully – what might happen to some women if Roe v Wade were overturned. “They’ll perhaps have to go, they’ll have to go to another state,” he said. “And that’s OK?” he was asked. Trump replied, “Well, we’ll see what happens.”
But we don’t have to wait and see what happens. History has already shown us what happens when women in the US can’t access abortion. So has the present day.”
An Activist Outpost piece that gives useful advise to those who might, either through voluntary participation in a social justice movement, or a passive victim of circumstances, finds themselves swallowed up by a riot: “Respectable and non-violent people will want to continue participating in protests and organized events that might escalate tensions among groups of individuals. By all means, people should have the right to stand up for what they believe and make their voices heard. Yet, it is smart to be prepared if you happen to be attending an event that turns violent or are at the wrong place at the wrong time.
So what can an innocent bystander do when caught up in a riot?”