12.06.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

A breaking news analysis from the pages of Washington Post about the reactionary denizens of the Grand Old Party in North Carolina, where defeated Governor Pat McCrory has just thrown in the towel in his contest against former Attorney General, Roy Cooper, whom McCrory and his conservative cohorts had sought to hold off with a variety of litigious and other strategies  that in turn were a last-ditch attempt to achieve the outcome that these so-called upholders of moral values had hoped to elicit via various forms of altogether finessing voting rights, attributes of Dixie dogfights to which scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens should pay attention, inasmuch as they lead to the sorts of results that McCrory almost managed and that a different setting in South Carolina has just demonstrated, in a juror’s willingness to support a murdering cop and thereby forestall this ‘law officer’s’ conviction for the killing that, unwittingly, he had committed on camera, at almost the same time that, also reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the adjacent ‘Peach State’ took the lead in judicial murder by putting to death its ninth victim  in 2016.

                    This Day in History                  

Across the broad swath of Canada citizens take note that this date is a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, and Southeast across the Atlantic in Spain, today is Constitution Day;at the fringes of what we would call Eastern Europe seven hundred seventy-six years ago, Mongol fighters under the leadership of Batu Khan successfully initiated a partial conquest of the territories of Rus, including storming the city of Kiev in Little Russia, or what we now call Ukraine; just six years short of three centuries onward from there, and then, in 1534,Spanish colonial adventurers on the West coast of South America established the long-lived city of Quito, Ecuador; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

Education, which inevitably expresses the need to foster the transformation of infants into functional members of whatever tribe has brought them into the world, is no more optional—at least if survival matters more than its random likelihood—than is the need to plan a harvest during any span when we wish to eat; unfortunately, however, ranging from ironic to lethal in its effects, all too many who praise learning confuse its promulgation with schooling, which is akin to equating health to the capacity to visit hospitals when one is at death’s door, a distinction of subtle manifestation and critical import if societies hope to avoid the interrelated evils of indoctrination, ignorance, and the mass mayhem that emanates from the equation of didactic instruction with actually discovering how and why the world unfolds as it does.

                  Quote of the Day                       
I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use — silence, exile and cunning. ~ A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
                   Doc of the Day                      
“HISTORY teaches us clearly that the battle against colonialism does not run straight away along the lines of nationalism. For a very long time the native devotes his energies to ending certain definite abuses: forced labour, corporal punishment, inequality of salaries, limitation of political rights, etc. This fight for democracy against the oppression of mankind will slowly leave the confusion of neo-liberal universalism to emerge, sometimes laboriously, as a claim to nationhood. It so happens that the unpreparedness of the educated classes, the lack of practical links between them and the mass of the people, their laziness, and, let it be said, their cowardice at the decisive moment of the struggle will give rise to tragic mishaps.

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SEARCHDAYcolonies OR "colonial possessions" OR "settler colonial states" "indigenous populations" OR "native peoples" OR "original inhabitants" genocide OR "crimes against humanity" OR "mass murder" empire OR imperialism plunder OR profiteering resources OR "land hunger" resistance OR reparations OR reconciliation history OR origins analysis OR explication = 19,700 Citations.

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                       In-Depth Look                          


Amid thousands–likely actually tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands or more–of more or less virulent rejections of the Thanksgiving poison-pill article that the Washington Post disingenuously–not to mention libelously–posted on Thanksgiving night, a selection of a few that will likely remain indispensable reference points for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who have about as much desire to be dupes for profiteering pundits as they would hope to serve as flacks for genocidal promotions of ‘security,’ in the title position an item by Global Research that establishes the indisputable point that nothing else in the world today comes close to the ‘fakery’ that is both the raison d’ etre and the standard operational procedure of intelligence networks that are akin to ‘stringer pools’ for monopoly media— MORE HERE

              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  

From the banks of the Missouri River at Standing Rock, a grassroots portrait–since high-priced monopoly media couldn’t abrogate their petrochemical company patrons’ interests in order to be present to document this historic moment–of one of the thousands of veteran intervenors who had sworn to act as a human shield between water-advocates and the predatory practices of the local police, in the event former soldier, Wesley Clark, Jr., kneeling at the feet of Sioux spiritual leader, Leonard Crow Dog, after the vet had led a contingent of his fellows to “beg forgiveness” for the imperial crimes against humanity that other troops, in many of the same units as these fighters represented, had for more than two centuries carried out against Indians in the name of the United States and for the enrichment of the business and landed elites who have ever guided this country’s policies, a poignant passage that scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens can also view as one of a queue  of related videos on YouTube.

                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Sunday and Monday’s Files

Learning From Cuba – http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/The-World-Must-Learn-From-Cuba-20161203-0019.html

A Canticle: Soy Fidel! – http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/I-Am-Fidel-Cubas-Youth-Deepen-Commitment-to-Revolution-20161204-0009.html

Dignity & the Minimum Wage – http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/15/dignity-4

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Coming Era of American Repression

A Counterpunch article that highlights some of the more disturbing elements of social control present in American society, a view that looks at both manufactured populace consent as well as plain old brute force: “I’ve long been taken aback by the readiness of some leading left intellectuals to downplay the role of state violence in the enforcement of social hierarchy and class rule inside the United States. Perhaps you know the argument: thanks to the relative strength of the free speech tradition, outwardly democratic politics, and the related heroic struggles of activists from the abolitionists of the 19th century through the trade union and Civil Rights militants of the last century, the American power elite relies less on force than on “the manufacture of consent” to keep to the citizenry down.”

WRISSDesigning Metaphors For Rhetorical Impact

An Aeon essay that helps scrappy scribes and all who wish to make impact with their words: “Can metaphors be designed? I’m here to tell you that they can, and are. For five years I worked full-time as a metaphor designer at the FrameWorks Institute, a think tank in Washington, DC, whose clients are typically large US foundations (never political campaigns or governments). I continue to shape and test metaphors for private-sector clients and others. In both cases, these metaphors are meant to help people to understand the unfamiliar. They aren’t supposed to make someone remark: ‘That’s beautiful.’ They’re meant to make someone realise that they’ve only been looking at one side of a thing.”


Fake Reality, CIA-Backed Media

A Global Research look at the phenomenom of monopoly media, and explores the reasons why it is not credible: “In fact, the earliest days of mass print media were erected on a famous fraud known as the “Great Moon Hoax” of 1835 – something researcher Chris Kendall has long called attention to – wherein the “educated,” “elite” widely accepted the mainstream publications’ claim bat people inhabited the lunar surface.

In our day, a similar hoax still reigns, as mainstream media is literally as credible as Weekly World News’ Bat Boy story.”

‘Authoritarian’ Democracy’s Proclivities

A Dissent Magazine article that examines some of the consequences of an authoritarian president, and what this means for democracy: “One way to anticipate what Trump’s no-holds-barred style may bring to the United States is to look abroad. A number of constitutional democracies from Turkey to the Philippines have recently turned towards leaders with a taste for authoritarianism. In fact, perhaps the clearest parallels of the types of tactics Trump might use come from the world’s largest democracy, India, where in the face of violence in Muslim-dominated Kashmir and sharp criticism of his government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently imposed something akin to Emergency rule in the country without ever actually declaring an Emergency.”

GENISSPaying For Universal Basic Income

An Evonomics look at the interesting idea that would allow for the amelioration of some of capitalism’s gravest ills without forcing plutocrats to relinquish control, and discusses how to pay for it: “The idea finds support across America’s ideological spectrum in an era when hardly anything else does. Liberals, or at least some of them, like it as a way to preserve our middle class when jobs no longer pay enough. Conservatives, or at least some of them, like it as a way to reduce depend­ence on our byzan­tine maze of welfare programs.”