12.01.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

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Inasmuch as psychotherapists as diverse as Humphrey Osmond and R.D. Laing have long promoted psychedelics for their therapeutic potential, an offering from Vice News about the coming Stage Three Clinical Trials to gauge the potential benefits or risks of permitting mental health practitioners to prescribe MDMA, or ecstasy, for those who are suffering from what we loosely call Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder, with other possible applications ahead as well, as the folks at Collective Evolution make clear, all in keeping with our ‘paper of record’ also in possession of a briefing  on this topic now, the aggregation of which ought at least to tempt scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens to ponder these matters of altering consciousness and mental health in the context of what is becoming more clearly each day a more precipitous slide in the direction of a fascist police state, the instantiation of a ‘war of all against each’ that must end really badly, if not utterly catastrophically.

                    This Day in History                  

Today in Panama is Teacher’s Day and in Costa Rica Military Abolition Day, and people everywhere else have the opportunity to recollect the ravages of the HIV virus as part of World AIDS Day; during the tumultuous post Roman years in Europe, twelve hundred sixteen years back, Charlemagne’s position as a judge of Pope Leo suggested an advancing state of secular political leadership; in the Iberian Peninsula eight centuries and four decades subsequently, in 1640, the Iberian Union dissolved, terminating the joint rule of Portugal and Spain and the Philippine Dynasty; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

What shall we say at the end of the day to guide us along a halcyon way?
Some believe that such a reprieve is more than we shall ever receive;
Still, at the heart of where we start when we search for such a typecast part
Remain amendments to sacred commandments that merely ask our attention:
To wit,
1. The Golden Rule Reigns Supreme.
2. All Children Receive Priority.
3. All Who Work Are Welcome.
4. All Who Work Are Equal.
5. All Who Work Have Responsibilities & Rights.
6. All Who Work Receive Benefits & Provide Support for Others.
7. All Who Work Own Everything That Labor Transforms.
8. All Who Work Are Family.
9. All Beliefs, Congruent with the Golden Rule, Are Welcome.
10. All Other Matters Are Negotiable.
We’d hardly need a gentler creed to assist us as we try not to bleed
Away all the joy that comes, bold or coy, if only we’ll make appropriate noise.

                  Quote of the Day                       
You work your butt off and somebody says you can’t have your record played because it offends them. Tyrants are made of such stuff…
I believe the ability to think is blessed. If you can think about a situation, you can deal with it. The big struggle is to keep your head clear enough to think.
                   Doc of the Day                      
On April 17, 1964, in Harlem, New York City, a young salesman, father of two, left a customer’s apartment and went into the streets. There was a great commotion in the streets, which, especially since it was a spring day, involved many people, including running, frightened, little boys. They were running from the police. Other people, in windows, left their windows, in terror of the police because the police had their guns out, and were aiming the guns at the roofs. Then the salesman noticed that two of the policemen were beating up a kid: “So I spoke up and asked them, ‘why are you beating him like that?’ Police jump up and start swinging on me. He put the gun on me and said, ‘get over there.’ I said, ‘what for?’ ”

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  

From England’s The Conversation, generally safely liberal but capable of actual socially democratic or even democratically socialist thinking, a listing of five short encounters with different, affecting and engaging and creative, aspects of the world today, well worth a scan by all scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens, if only as a way of seeing what the current cultural context proffers in the way of instruction or entertainment, evocative and provocative as necessary.


                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Wednesday’s Files

Ian Welsh’s Warning Not to Underestimate Trump

Maybe It Is Time To Stop Underestimating Trump?

An Opium Eater’s Biographical Essay

De Quincey: So Original, So Truly Weird

Fascist SOP Border Protocols




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Writing by Writers Tomales Bay Workshop

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The Writing by Writers Tomales Bay Workshop was held from October 19 to October 23 at the Marconi Conference Center in Marshall, California.


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Pushcart Prizes

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines or small presses.

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A Male Feminist’s Trump Critique

A Truth Dig opinion piece by a valiant professor singled out by a conservative fascist warning list, a list that any thinking writer, communicator, teacher, could only be proud to be listed on: “That quote is supposedly “evidence” for why I am one of those college professors who, according to the watchlist’s mission statement, “discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” …

This rather thin accusation appears to flow from my published work instead of an evaluation of my teaching, which confuses a teacher’s role in public with the classroom. So, I’ll help out the watchlist and describe how I address these issues at the University of Texas at Austin, where I’m finishing my 25th year of teaching. Readers can judge the threat level for themselves.”

WRISSRisk of History’s First Draft

A thoughtful piece from Process History that instructs and contextualizes the challenges and rewards of trying to, in one’s writing, predict history’s unfolding: “There are other sources that can help us fill the void left by archival absences: more quickly available records of congressional hearings and court cases, oral histories and press interviews with key participants, election results, polling data, the deep dives of investigative journalists and studies by scholars in fields more attuned to the present, including sociology and political science. While some historians are skilled at using such tools of social science, for many it can prove to be unfamiliar territory. We need to tread carefully.”

GENISSThe Uber Bubble

A Naked Capitalism look at the economics of ride shares: “As transportation industry expert Hubert Horan will demonstrate in his four-part series, Uber has greatly oversold its case. There are no grounds for believing that Uber will ever be profitable, let alone justify its lofty valuation, absent perhaps the widespread implementation of driverless cars. Lambert has started digging into that issue, and his posts on that topic have consistently found that the technology would be vastly more difficult to develop and implement that its boosters acknowledge, would require substantial upgrading in roads, may never be viable in adverse weather conditions (snow and rain) and is least likely to be implemented in cities, which present far more daunting design demands that long-distance transport on highways.”