BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW
KILLING WITH IMPUNITY, AGAIN
Once again in tune with the forms of a concentration camp and the functioning of a fascist police state, an announcement from TeleSur of the decision by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department not to press charges against the officer who shot down a military veteran who may have been wearing an ankle holster with a loaded gun in it, but who no credible evidence reveals as pointing or otherwise brandishing so as to threaten the officers on the scene, an incident that caused days of protest and outbursts of violence in Charlotte last September though it has yet to suggest any official wising up to the murderous butchery that the present system promulgates on scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who happen to find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, as was the case with Keith Lamont Scott, who was not under suspicion or otherwise on police radar at the time of his extrajudicial execution, eventualities that are very much in the media spotlight now, for a minute of two, as a report from the New York Times also illustrates, all of which fits–bizarrely and perversely–with the new breaks in the Dylann Roof story, whom officers apprehended without incident following his having, by all accounts and his own admission, gunned down nine Black parishioners in a Charleston church, acts that have elicited his present death-penalty trial, a happenstance about which Pacific Standard notes that the young Roof has elected to conduct his own defense in Federal Court.
This Day in History
Around the world, global citizens celebrate Cities for Life Day; in the ancient Mediterranean five thousand three hundred and fifty-six years ago, human beings made the likely first record of having experienced an eclipse; more or less exactly five thousand seven years later, in 1667, the baby boy gave a wild cry who would mature as the wild writer and thinker and skewerer of ‘accepted opinion,’ Jonathan Swift; just four decades past that juncture, in 1707, British attempts to establish themselves in what is now the Florida panhandle failed a second time when the Spanish held out against British forces at Pensacola; two hundred thirty-four years past, representatives from the United States and Great Britain signed preliminary articles during the Treaty of Paris; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
While the allure of a Faustian knowledge may seem hard to resist—knowing everything from the past must suggest a similar insight into the present and future and more—such a complete awareness, at the least, would be both thrilling and chilling, as if one were able at once to embody a Great White Shark as it closed on a scrumptious, bloody, living meal and to sense the tuna’s terror and pain as it first felt its killer’s teeth.
It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark
Under the moonlight you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream, but terror takes the sound before you make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes
‘Cause this is thriller, thriller at night
And no one’s gonna save you from the beast about to strike
You know it’s thriller, thriller night
You’re fighting for your life inside a killer thriller, tonight
In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.
The images detached from every aspect of life fuse in a common stream in which the unity of this life can no longer be reestablished. Reality considered partially unfolds, in its own general unity, as a pseudo-world apart, an object of mere contemplation. The specialization of images of the world is completed in the world of the autonomous image, where the liar has lied to himself. The spectacle in general, as the concrete inversion of life, is the autonomous movement of the non-living.
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TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, & AWARENESS VIDEO
Proving for the umpteenth time that debating her is unlikely to yield positive results, a presentation of Elizabeth Warren on the floor of the Senate, where she efficiently skewers the profiteering and hypocrisy at the center of the railroaded CURES Act, in essence a corrupt greasing of the pharmaceutical industry skids without noteworthy necessity or benefit to stalwart citizens and scrappy scribes, a factual delineation that the often enough honest-hearted Senator manages in less than fifteen minutes, an incisive and essentially irrefutable critique that John Oliver foretold last year, in a slightly longer shtick, with slightly more sarcasm and hilarity, all of which manifestation of reportage merely adds to the reality orientation to drug-company racketeering at the common person’s fiscal expense and health detriment.
Nearly Naked Links
Social Media’s Death to Discourse – https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602981/social-media-is-killing-discourse-because-its-too-much-like-tv/
Sanders in GQ Interview – http://www.gq.com/story/bernie-sanders-donald-trump-victory-interview-moty
Demograf, a New York based digital media startup, is looking for staff writers to cover politics and society for a sophisticated audience.
A Duran primer for all who are interested in the subject matter that succintly and accurately breaks down the components and pervasive purpose of propaganda: “When one goes to a church, Marxists or for that matter Hinduism isn’t given a right of reply or ‘equal time’. One goes into a Christian church and the sermon is about Christianity. Sometimes I wonder if those calling everything under the sun ‘propaganda’ realise that the Pope is a Catholic.”
A JHI Blog post that looks at recent works that disagree with a well-established intellectual and philosophical methodology for understanding text: “While the methodologies of Critique might encompass a wide range of particular practices, from Foucauldian genealogy to Freudian analysis to Marxist materialism, Felski believes that the purported radicalism and rigor of these practices derives from a singular premise: that the meaning of a text is not based on its empirical form or content, but the “intentions” of those broader social contexts which produced it. The relevant contexts here might be macro structures as revealed by “standing back” from the text (as Marxists or other structuralists might do) or they might be the hidden motivations of the texts’ producers as unveiled by “digging deeper” into the text (as Freudians and gender theorists have long practiced). In either case, the text – whether it be a novel, a painting, or a statistic – is not assumed to speak for itself.”
A Poynter look at the current impasse on Standing Rock, and the way that the media’s incomplete framing of this event is a disservice to the rest of Americans for whom the Standing Rock issue is much more relevant than framed: “What’s happening now at Standing Rock is a prelude to the environmental issues of pipeline integrity, growth and development that become breaking news when the vessels leak, are damaged, or simply corrode, polluting local elements and posing an immediate, observable threat.
This crisis, like the people at its center, isn’t limited to a single place. Neither it nor the experiences of Native Americans should be reported on as isolated and disconnected from urbanized life.“
A World Socialist Web Site look at the half-century marker of a horrific Welsh mining disaster, caused by a failure of capitalist mine owners and bought government regulators to understand the geological conditions that would inevitably lead to the deaths of hundreds: “As soon as the alarm was raised, firefighters were joined by hundreds of miners from nearby collieries. Shovels in hand, the miners organised themselves into a search and rescue party and fought desperately to rescue the pupils. Many of the children buried under the debris were their own. Crowds of distraught mothers gathered nearby. As the hours went by, more and more bodies of children aged between 7 and 10 were pulled out, dead from impact or suffocation. A total of 116 children, almost half the pupils, perished that day, along with 28 adults, including five teachers.”