BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW
In a context of assassination and subterfuge, in which the surface never, ever precisely predicts or portrays what lurks beneath, in other words in the positively Byzantine perambulations of society and politics in the Levant, a notice from the ‘paper of record’ about Syria’s official forces’ having attained comprehensive mastery around Aleppo for the first time in many years of what the Times falsely calls a civil war instead of recognizing the interventions that have characterized this process of carnage and catastrophe, more or less programmatic imperial depredations of a ‘Project for a New American Century’ and more, but important news for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens nonetheless, inasmuch as the Assad regime’s survival has ever stayed Russia’s goal while it has remained anathema to the denizens of Langley and Washington, a development that has flowed through the offices of the United Nations and the schemers in Brussels too, like a many-sided monster that could not decide what form to adopt in the end, an announcement, moreover, that appears almost simultaneously as both the assassination in Ankara, which more than occasional level-headed observers have viewed conspiratorially , and the proclamation that the Russians have added their approval to the so-called TurkStream pipeline deal with Turkey.
This Day in History
Today is National Mathematics Day in the Subcontinent, and the final twenty-four hours of Solstice Celebrations around the globe; the third Pope who had taken the name Honorious eight hundred years ago gave his seal of approval to the Conservative order of priests that we know as Dominican; three hundred twenty-three years hence, in 1639, a baby boy came squalling into the world en route to fame as a poet and playwright whom people knew as Jean Racine; in ongoing fighting between Russians and Ottomans, the second Russo-Turkish War, two hundred twenty-six years before the here and now, Russian armies captured Izmail, a Turkish stronghold, via a frontal assault, proceeding to slaughter nearly 40,000 Muslims in what is now Odessa, Ukraine; seventeen years further along, in 1807, Congress passed a general embargo on foreign trade which sought to force France and England, through economic sanctions, both to stop kidnapping U.S. sailors to work on their fighting ships and to end the general plunder of shipping that was about to ‘trade with the enemy’ of these two European powers; exactly a year further on, in 1808, Beethoven performed two of his piano works in Vienna, after this fifth and sixth symphonies had premiered earlier in the program; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
To love life requires seeking knowledge and embracing wisdom; the issue in attempting to manifest such choices, as a matter of course, is how to accomplish such simple and yet seemingly lofty objectives, a process that, given time’s relentless march and our own pitifully brief spans of transit here, can never achieve anything like full fruition in a single life even as the mere choice to orient oneself in such fashion means that fulsome blossoms of insight and sapience will much more likely grow in a particular passage of flesh through space’s expansive and yet encasing cauldron.
“Modern Anthropology has discovered the fact that human society has grown and developed everywhere in such a manner that its forms, its opinions and its actions have many fundamental traits in common. This momentous discovery implies that laws exist which govern the development of society, that they are applicable to our society as well as to those of past times and of distant lands ; that their knowledge will be a means of understanding the causes furthering and retarding civilization ; and that, guided by this knowledge, we may hope to govern our actions so that the greatest benefit to mankind will accrue from them. Since this discovery has been clearly formulated, anthropology has begun to receive that liberal share of public interest which was withheld from it as long as it was believed that it could do no more than record the curious customs and beliefs of strange peoples ; or, at best, trace their relationships, and thus elucidate the early migrations of the races of man and the affinities of peoples. While early investigators concentrated their attention upon this purely historical problem, the tide has now completely turned, so that there are even anthropologists who declare that such investigations belong to the historian, and that anthropological studies must be confined to re- searches on the laws that govern the growth of society.
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TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, & AWARENESS VIDEO
ENGAGING & EMPOWERING ACTUAL OBSERVERS
In an apparently ever-expanding geopolitical arena, where accepted or at least expected protocols are either falling or under attack on a daily basis, a forty-odd minute roundtable discussion from Social Europe, in which four EU parliamentarians discuss the role of Germany as a leading voice, essentially hegemonic in nature, in the development of continental affairs, presentations and contrasting points of view from Spain, France, Estonia, and Germany itself, ideas about the sorts of problems that afflict scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens on this side of the Atlantic at the same time that most such actors here are worse than clueless about the subtle assessments and differing perspectives that hold sway to the East, a useful–perhaps crucial–conversation that in form and importance echoes a much different quartet of grassroots journalists who have recently deconstructed the ‘Fake News’ beat as an embodiment of the present phase of ‘information warfare,’ cognizance that fits precisely with the lack of awareness of folks here about what is transpiring in Europe even as they all too often believe that the ‘fakery’ that is happening in the world is coming from the grassroots rather than on high.
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Marxism & Anarchism: Critique & Congruence – https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/wayne-price-the-marxist-paradox-an-anarchist-critique
The US Naval Institute hosts an annual essay prize. They dare writers “to write in order to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense.” First place is $6,000. The deadline is December 31st. To learn more, read this page.
The editorial team at Valnet Inc. is looking for writers and journalists to contribute list-based articles for one of our sites, TheRichest.com. At the TheRichest, we need writers who are driven to succeed, have a way with words, and keep up with what’s trending. We’re looking for original, informative and eye-catching articles on topics people are craving to read.
A Truth Out piece by an educational advocate who outlines possible concerns for education in the context of cyber charter schools: “Research about cyber charter school performance outcomes paints a dismal picture linked to test-based outcomes. For example, a recent report from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), a policy analysis center based in Stanford University, used a technique to match cyber students to an academic and demographic “twin.” “
A Scholarly Kitchen look at the future of ownership of intellectual property in this rapidly changing world: “Dismayed by the loss of trust in facts, and seeming preference for half-truths that appears to be driving our political present, I decided to catch up on my reading over the weekend. Perhaps sensitized by our nation’s loss of innocence, I was particularly struck by a recent and stimulating article in Publishers Weekly, entitled How to Sell Nearly a Half-Million Copies of a Poetry Book, by Anisse Gross. It’s a great story. Essentially, the story goes that Andrews McMeel Publishing, a publisher best known for comics, humor books, cookbooks, puzzles, and children’s books had a best seller on their hands in the form of Rupi Kaur’s book of poetry, Milk and Honey. The book was originally self-published by Kaur, but has now gone on to sell over 450,000 copies, apparently still selling around 30,000 copies per week.”
Ongoing coverage from Consortium News on the very serious issue of Russian misrepresentation: “The mainstream U.S. media’s gullible acceptance of unproven CIA claims about Russian interference in the U.S. elections is another reason to doubt the media and fear for the future of American democracy, says Joe Lauria.”
A JHI look at the work of a powerful and long-gone writer: “Few living thinkers have been as prolific as the dead Michel Foucault. In the thirty-two years since his death, he has published thirteen book-length lecture courses, four volumes of interviews and papers (totaling over 3,500 pages), and countless bootlegs. Meanwhile, the fourth volume of his History of Sexuality, completed shortly before his death, sits, inaccessible to all, in an archive in Normandy—a rare text to have found no way around his estate’s prohibition on posthumous publications.”