11.28.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          


In an overall context of profound crisis and transformation, when the standout members of another transitional generation are dying in droves, an all-too-easily missed–more importantly, purposefully obscure–announcement from The Free Thought Project about the passage of a House Resolution, at-once nonbinding and indicative of elite, military-industrial-complex sentiment, that commands the imposition of a No-Fly-Zone in Syria, guaranteeing at a minimum intensified conflict and likely war with Russia in the region, a briefing that such other real news outlets as Information Clearinghouse have also reported as suggestive of a future that neither scrappy scribes nor stalwart citizens would choose for themselves are their offspring–a series of tomorrows in which all but a handful of surviving humans, if any lived at all, would exist under conditions of brutal depredation and inequality, with the protocols of the concentration camp, the ethics of the brothel, and the culture of death worship in charge of all social life.

                    This Day in History                  

In the tumultuous times of the later Tang imperial span, in China a thousand eighty years ago, today as the coronation of emperor Shi Jingtang, following a revolt against Taizong of Liao; precisely five hundred and seven years on the temporal arc toward now, in 1443, Albanian rebels succeeded for a time in dislodging Ottoman rule and establishing an Albanian polity after the liberation of Kruja by the forces of Skanderbeg; twenty-seven years later, in 1470, roughly 2,000 miles to the East in what is now Southeast Asia, Vietnamese forces under the command of Emperor Lê Thánh Tông of Đại Việt emerged victorious against the fighters of the South Asian and largely Islamic Champa; a half century onward to the day, in 1520, three ships under the general command of Ferdinand Magellan completed their circuit round the Southernmost tip of the Americas and entered the Pacific Ocean from the Atlantic, the first sailors ever to accomplish this feat; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

Life’s pawns, whether from simple or willful ignorance or some other basis for miscalculation, have an almost universal tendency—quite opportunistically beneficial to their ‘masters and betters’—to blame their cohorts and peers and other common folk for all their woes and troubles and disasters, despite the fact that without noteworthy exception these catastrophes and conundrums flow from the purposeful plans and calculated depredations of the kings and queens of finance and commerce.

                  Quote of the Day                       

Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine. Ludwig van Beethoven

                   Doc of the Day                      
“Before the beginning of the ’sixties, one cannot speak of a history of the family. In this field, the science of history was still completely under the influence of the five books of Moses. The patriarchal form of the family, which was there described in greater detail than anywhere else, was not only assumed without question to be the oldest form, but it was also identified – minus its polygamy – with the bourgeois family of today, so that the family had really experienced no historical development at all; at most it was admitted that in primitive times there might have been a period of sexual promiscuity. It is true that in addition to the monogamous form of the family, two other forms were known to exist – polygamy in the Orient and polyandry in India and Tibet; but these three forms could not be arranged in any historical order and merely appeared side by side without any connection.” MORE HERE from Friederich Engels, Origins of the Family, Private Property, & the State

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                       A Deeper Look                          

From Global Research, an issue that explores the life and legacy and leadership of Cuba’s chief revolutionary strategist, Fidel Castro, who died late Friday a few months into his ninetieth year, a handful of articles that form a part of a vast outpouring—occasionally hateful, from the mouths of fascists and the minds of imperialists, but overwhelmingly ranging from respectful to lionizing about a man who has had as much impact in the potential transformation of modern society as any actor of the past century or so—the upshot of which is that today’s Deeper Look will occur as something of a ‘data dump,’ a hint at the archive of the present moment that is accessible to scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens in regard to the powerful and poignant ideas and actions of a man who has defined for all time how to champion the capacities and possibilities of all working people in the process of seeking and building a democratically socialist society.

              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  

As the level of oppression and violence increases against citizens who dispute or otherwise disrupt maximum profiteering, the most horrifying and obvious example of which just now is unfolding along the Missouri River in South Dakota, an introduction to the historical record of plunder and treachery against the tribal peoples who inhabited this continent prior to Europe’s arrival and the concomitant, in the words of Eduardo Galleano about the process to the South, ‘sinking of teeth into the throat of the indigenous social orders,’ an overview from Who, What, Why? of crimes against humanity in the name of ‘property rights’ that has evolved quite rationally into the monumental racket that is happening at Standing Rock, an articulation that contains a video presentation that in turn briefs scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens about the predatory past that has become a thuggish and brutal present, a current context that threatens all and sundry along with Indian lives and culture, a twelve minute interlude that ought to be mandatory, especially inasmuch as it is easy to follow  to a portal that leads to deeper and more extensive material on the same crucially important topic.

                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Friday and Saturday’s Files

Defending Reproductive Rights – http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/38523-ensuring-the-right-to-reproductive-health-the-american-public-health-association-takes-a-stand-with-planned-parenthood

Jobs Could Be Problematic – https://aeon.co/essays/what-if-jobs-are-not-the-solution-but-the-problem

‘Fake News’ Biggest Purveyors – http://www.blacklistednews.com/Who%E2%80%99s_the_Biggest_Peddler_of_Fake_News%3F/55440/0/38/38/Y/M.html



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San Francisco, California
Event Date: January 14, 2017
E-mail address: pwlive@pw.org

Poets & Writers Live: Inspiration will be held from January 14, 2017, to January 15, 2017, at the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco. The conference features publishing panels, craft talks, readings, multimedia performances, and a book and magazine fair, as well as small-group sessions in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Ticketholders also receive one free drink at a cocktail reception at the conference hotel on Saturday night.


University of North Texas

Rilke Prize

Deadline: November 30, 2016
E-mail address: lisa.vining@unt.edu

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. The winner will also receive airfare and lodging to give readings at the University of North Texas and the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex on April 12 and April 13, 2017. U.S. poets who have published at least two previous poetry collections are eligible. The poetry faculty of the University of North Texas will judge. Authors, editors, or publishers may submit two copies of a book published between November 1, 2015, and October 31, 2016, by November 30. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.


JuxtaProse Magazine

Nonfiction Editor Intern

JuxtaProse is an Idaho-based literary magazine that publishes literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We pride ourselves on featuring work from emerging writers alongside material from some of the most respected voices in contemporary literature. Previous contributors include Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominees, winners of international awards such as the Griffin Prize, Stakis Prize, and Israel’s Prime Minister Prize, and over two dozen contributors to the Best American series. Material originally published in JuxtaProse has been reprinted in collections published by HarperCollins and Penguin. JuxtaProse currently enjoys a monthly readership of approximately 4,000.


A Stronger Labor Movement

An On Labor article by an insightful labor advocate who outlines some potentially promising opportunities, albeit after a hard struggle, uniquely available to unions in this time of Trump: “With the election of President-elect Donald Trump, labor faces a unique opportunity.  Yes, it will face hostility in all branches of the federal government, and will have to maintain a multi-pronged fight.  Yes, union density numbers are at historically low levels, and the bulwark of public-sector unionism may suffer a major blow at the Supreme Court through a case challenging the constitutionality of fair-share fees in the public sector.  Yes, it will face unprecedented challenges to expand, let alone stay afloat.  But in the midst of all this, labor has the opportunity to reform itself so that it can not only survive a Trump administration, but grow as well.  Perhaps “opportunity” is the wrong word to describe the moment; labor has the existential imperative to reform itself, harness the existing energy, and lead a movement.”

WRISSArguing with Erudition

A Farnam Street guide to millenia-old rules to proper structuring of arguments and speeches, guidelines that help all scrappy scribes: “The structure of a great oral argument has been passed down through the ages, starting with Aristotle. Not only is it an incredibly valuable skill to have, it’s important to know how you’re being persuaded when you’re a part of the audience. So using Sam Leith’s Words Like Loaded Pistols as our guide, let’s discuss Aristotle’s three modes of persuasion: Ethos, Logos, and Pathos.”


Behind the Scenes of the Fake News

A Duran look at the current fake news craze, the anti-Russia hysteria, and analyzes some of the shadow forces behind it all: “Maybe the “good guys” from PropOrNot are funded by the CIA. Maybe they are Soros backed. We can sense that Hillary Clinton has her fingerprints all over this one. The “fake news” coupled with Russian intrigue and Jill Stein voter recounts…the perfect storm to try and wrestle the White House out of Trump’s hands, and into safer, globalist arms. “


Another Luminary Leaves Us

A Guardian obituary that commemorates the life and death of Fidel Castro, who joined many other celebrated luminaries this year in choosing to die this year: “Wednesday, and said Moscow would rethink relations with Ankara. Russia’s defense minister Sergey Shoygu said Wednesday that the country would send defense missile systems to its airbase near Latakia, Syria, just south of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Neither country wants to go to war, but the crash further strains relations between Moscow and Ankara in Syria, where Russian forces have bombed Turkish-backed rebel groups fighting against the Assad government.”

GENISSThe Thwarted Elimination of Castro

A Spy Culture review of documents pointing to the CIA’s many failed attempts to eliminate the august Fidel, who succumbed to no foe save Mother Nature after nine decades: “With the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro I felt this would be a good time to provide a copy of an important but seldom-read CIA memo from 1959 where they discuss and approve the ‘elimination’ of Castro.  Shortly after the Cuban revolution Castro visited the United States, speaking with then Vice President Richard Nixon on friendly terms.  Castro then went home to Cuba while Nixon wrote a memo where he declared that the new Cuban leader was a dangerous Communist.  Within months the CIA were drawing up plans to assassinate him.”