BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW
A huge, very much developing, story that is breaking primarily because very few monopoly media outlets are giving it the ‘time of day,’ as it were, here from Bloomberg, via the good offices of Paul Craig Roberts, in the form of an overview of Department of Education actions to collect on delinquent and defaulted student debt that–with an emphasis on the fraudulent activities of the now defunct Corinthian College programs that targeted poor and unemployed workers–the administrators in the Federal bureaucracy know are eligible for debt reduction or even cancellation because of misrepresentation or other predatory activity on the part of the ‘schools’ that sucked them in, an account of hypocrisy and injustice that all scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens should trumpet from the ramparts, perhaps at the same time that they also point out that–at the same time that Barack Obama has pardoned more people than the past seven Presidents combined–this ‘hope-for-change’ administration has not followed through on its implied commitment to ‘reform criminal justice’ with its most recent pardon 231 inmates yesterday.
This Day in History
This date in French Guiana serves as the Abolition of Slavery Day, while people around the world appropriately enough celebrate International Human Solidarity Day; as the most predatory period of the Roman empire accelerated one thousand nine hundred forty-seven years ago, one of Nero’s henchmen, and hatchetmen, Vespasian, assumed the imperial throne in Rome; one hundred forty-eight years onward in time, in 217, the early Catholic Church evinced similar proclivities to factionalism and internal strife with the replacement of Pope Zephyrinus with Pope Callixtus I, with an immediate result of accusations against the new pontiff that he lacked ideological rigor about the nature of the Holy Trinity; eight and three quarter centuries later, in 1192, after England’s first King Richard – with his ‘lion heart’ – had negotiated an end to the Third Crusade, he faced imprisonment for a time by the Austrian crown on his way back to England; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
The importance of optimism, of finding a way to hope that the problems that we have created for ourselves are also difficulties that not only can we solve satisfactorily and salubriously and insightfully but also that we can in the process enjoy doing, as we grapple and struggle to make sense of and improve things, as much an expression of our ‘true natures’ as opposable thumbs or the positioning of the skull at the top of the spines, an aspect of our adaptability and fitness in other words that more than merely significantly contributes to our personal and collective survival, in relation to which overall issue, one might readily add, no single individual, or even separated organisms one-by-one, can ever evince a prayer of powerful impact alone, a conclusion that establishes a foundation for any actually rational positive outlook, which is to say that it recognizes its dependency on mutuality and collectivity.
“Slavery is such an atrocious debasement of human nature, that its very extirpation, if not performed with solicitous care, may sometimes open a source of serious evils. The unhappy man who has been treated as a brute animal, too frequently sinks beneath the common standard of the human species. The galling chains, that bind his body, do also fetter his intellectual faculties, and impair the social affections of his heart… To instruct, to advise, to qualify those, who have been restored to freedom, for the exercise and enjoyment of civil liberty… and to procure for their children an education calculated for their future situation in life; these are the great outlines of the annexed plan, which we have adopted.[For the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, 1789]”
― Benjamin Franklin,
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A Revealing Hortense Calisher Interview – http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/2576/hortense-calisher-the-art-of-fiction-no-100-hortense-calisher
Detroit’s Plundered Schools – https://news.vice.com/story/school-choice-detroit-betsy-devos
The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire, invites applications for a six-to-eight-week residency in poet Robert Frost’s former farmhouse, which sits on a quiet north-country lane with a spectacular view of the White Mountains, and which serves as a museum and conference center. The residency period begins July 1 and ends August 31, and includes an award of $1,000 from The Frost Place and an award of $1,000 from Dartmouth College. The recipient of the Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place will have an opportunity to give a series of public readings across the region, including at Dartmouth College. There are no other specific obligations. We hope that the residency offers space and time for significant poetic work. Deadline January 5, 2017
Writers & Illustrators of the Future has a regular writing contest with prizes of $1,00, $750 and, $500, plus an annual grand prize of $5,000. They accept submissions of science fiction, fantasy, and dark fantasy. The word limit is 17,000 words. It is not open to professionally published writers. Learn more here.
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An IN These Times look at the film of a talented and worth-following Chilean filmmaker whose subject matter addresses many concerns of interest to creatives, history buffs, and the politically aware: “In Neruda, director Pablo LarraÍn and scriptwriter Guillermo Calderón astutely zero in on 1948 and 1949, beginning with Neruda (Luis Gnecco), a national celebrity poet and now a Communist senator, gearing up to dress down President Gabriel González Videla over worker suppression and concentration camps in the famous “I accuse” speech. It’s a savory opening, as the camera follows a foul-mouthed Neruda through the Senate’s crowded halls and into the vast marble bathroom, equipped with its own lavish bar and thick with communing politicians, the pro- and anti-Neruda camps in a state of near-combat.”
A Capital and Main post that brings to readers and all those invested in education a view on one of the failings of the charter system, which many tout as the only solution to the educational crisis in this country: “Conflicts reached a boiling point in 2015, with staff leaving en masse – either fired, pushed out or stressed beyond their limits. The school also ran afoul of the Los Angeles Unified School District, which oversees the city’s charter schools, for financial mismanagement and other shortcomings. With enrollment dwindling, Jefferson announced that SEA would have to move to another facility for the 2017-18 academic year. If these obstacles weren’t enough, in its last year the fledgling charter school was led by a former professional football player with no teaching background and little administrative experience, and who, along with the academy’s board of directors, would throw the academy and students under the school bus once the going got tough.”
A Truth Dig look at the current monopoly media shenanigans that demonstrate that the evidence to these accusations is slim to say the least: “This investigation of the “PropOrNot blacklist case” was conducted independently by political reporter Bill Boyarsky. It underwent routine editing. Boyarsky is a Truthdig columnist, a former city editor of the Los Angeles Times, the author of several books, a former lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California and a former member of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission.”
A sobering glimpse from Bulletin of Atomic Scientists into the possible destruction that the continuing rift in relations in Russia could cause: “Amid increasing tensions between Washington and Moscow over Syria, Ukraine, cyber hacking, and military maneuvers in the Baltics, the Kremlin’s systematic termination of nuclear cooperation with the United States has gone relatively unnoticed. Both countries embraced such cooperation as a shared global responsibility after the end of the Cold War. A return to nuclear confrontation now sets the clock back, putting both countries at enormous risk and endangering global stability.”
A Dissent magazine article that looks at the sad inevitability of a political result that once again favours those who were already on top, a circumstance that points to the probable need for a new rulebook: “The election of Donald Trump, and the daily infliction of another huckster, ideologue, paranoid, or unrepentant one-percenter cabinet appointment, has upended the politics of inequality. The defining issue of our time, not an insignificant source of Trump’s victory, is disappearing from the national political radar. So it is dismally appropriate, in the days between the appointments of Ben Carson at Housing and Urban Development and Andrew Puzder at Labor, that Thomas Piketty and colleagues have released updated and revised estimates of the share of national income going to top earners.”