12.23.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          


A bit winsome, perhaps, but of possible interest for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens nevertheless, from The Conversation–the English edition, a perusal of the different terms of art, neologisms, and standard vocabulary that different sources and authorities have chosen to represent the depth and complexity, the darkness and mystery, of the conundrums and conflicts and depredations and duplicity that in no small measure define and delineate the interrelations and machinations and concatenations of the present pass, a process of linguistic teasing that, in existing, invites reflection and insight about the whys and wherefores of our current moment in space and time.

                    This Day in History                  

radishes-vegetable foodToday in Oaxaca, Mexico will yield the Night of the Radishes, and in South Sudan is Children’s Day, while secular humanists in the United States mark the Solstice season with the commemoration of Human Light; in North Africa one thousand five hundred thirty-two years ago, Vandal King Gunthamund rose to the throne and ended persecution of Catholics in the realm; in ongoing conflicts between Islamic Arabs and leaders of the Byzantine empire four hundred seventy-eight years later, in 962, Byzantine-Turkish forces succeeded in storming and holding the city of Aleppo, further East in the Mediterranean in present-day Syria; more or less exactly six hundred ten years subsequently, in 1572, a Lutheran radical preacher in Heidelberg, Johann Sylvan, lost his head because he had affirmed the Unitarian godhead, in a context in which the Lutheran hierarchy and the Catholics had established an uneasy truce that revolved around agreeing that a holy trinity held sway; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

pens-keith-williamson-writing writerEvery sentence aspires to manifest a complete thought, every paragraph to develop a single idea, goals that are estimable in their own right and yet obviously impossible as other than merely superficial notions, at best fantastical, potentially a trap: the ultimate reality of the universe is its components’ dense connective tissue, so only in its incompleteness can a sentence express useful conceptualization, while no paragraph ever penned or pecked can ever limit itself to a single supposition, fantasies of precise and incisive contextualization notwithstanding, fancies in fact that if pursued doggedly, or even dogmatically, that can close off the understanding that may blossom in a more fluid and dynamic process.

                  Quote of the Day                       
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.  Clement Clarke Moore
                   Doc of the Day                      
The first MAJOR MYTH, accepted by most people in and outside of the United States, is that the Fed is owned by the Federal government, as implied by its name: the Federal Reserve Bank.  In reality, however, it is a private institution whose shareholders are commercial banks; it is the ‘bankers’ bank.’  Like other corporations, it is guided by and committed to the interests of its shareholders—pro forma supervision of the Congress notwithstanding. MORE HERE on the origins of the Federal Reserve

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SEARCHDAY"big money" OR "central banking" OR "monopoly finance" OR "finance capital myths OR misrepresentation OR distortion OR propaganda communication OR discourse OR dialog OR discussion lacking OR shortage OR inadequate OR dearth analysis OR explication OR deconstruction OR critique OR criticism marxist OR radical = 327,000 Works.

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  

A piece of grassroots satire and explication, at once accessible and intelligent and entertaining, about the political economy–or in the parlance of the trust-funded sets that run things now, the business model–that rules social media and other erstwhile ‘cost-free’ pieces of the virtual world, from search to share, which is to say that the hidden toll of this dynamic is steep indeed and may extract more than the proverbial ‘pound of flesh’ from the adherents to this systematic apparent cornucopia of free lunches and handouts, one response to which is a ‘hands-off’ approach while another policy direction entirely is an even more public and open socialization of media for all and sundry instead of the more limited deployment of socialized benefits for the owners and socialized costs for the users that is now in place, notions of democracy and empowerment that ought to appeal to scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens, even as such a briefing appears to be utterly congruent with diverse, quite varied other assessments of contemporary mediating protocols, occasionally equally au courant as Adam Ruins Everything, for instance in Spy Culture’s Clandestime programming  about the CIA’s producing and otherwise funding joint venture’s with the Top Chef franchise, perhaps more commonly in a more serious and scholarly and policy-wonk vein, as with Patrick Hennignsen’s Phoenix radio and 21st Century Wire productions that parallel his recent hour and a half or so with Consortium News Robert Parry  about ‘mainstream media’s’ most recent ‘meltdown,’ the aggregate of which will, if nothing else, provide plenty of grist for any analyst’s mill who hopes to find her bearings or chart his course in the crazy days of modern times.

                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Thursday’s Files

Boas on Anthropology & History – https://archive.org/stream/101484863.nlm.nih.gov/101484863_djvu.txt

Dostoevsky’s Crime & Punishment & Politics – https://theconversation.com/crime-and-punishment-is-150-and-its-politics-are-more-relevant-than-ever-69259

Students’ Inequality Higher Than Ever – https://theconversation.com/the-gap-between-rich-and-poor-students-going-to-university-has-reached-record-levels-63967





Andrews Forest Writers’ Residency

Andrews Forest Writers' Residency
Blue River, OR

The Spring Creek Project offers one- to two-week residencies to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in March, April, and May at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest


Published a war novel in 2016? You may be eligible to enter the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction. The novel must be set in a period when the U.S. was at war. The award is “$5,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement.” To learn more, read this page.

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pascal maramis – flickr



Niche magazine covering New York City co-op and condo boards is seeking a digital journalist to produce one story a week – either video, audio, print, or a combination of platforms. You must be able to shoot video, capture audio, edit video or audio, and write. We will publish your weekly package on our website and in social media. This is a great opportunity for a multi-media reporter to produce fun and interesting stories about building life in New York City’s co-ops and condos.


Fighting Back

A Global Voices article that introduces readers to the valiant work of Peruvian dissenters and writers whom social warriors should ge to know: “This article was adapted from a text originally published on the blog, Perdido en Ítaca. The text is based on declarations by the organization Provea (The Venezuelan Program for Education and Action in Human Rights, coordinated by the author and other members), which described the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro as “dictatorial,” following the suspension of a presidential recall referendum. Global Voices publishes an edited version this text below, with the author’s permission.”


WRISSAll Work and No Play

A useful and friendly infographic from Net Credit that may inspire scrappy scribes and entrepreneurs when the urge to work is low or nonexistent: “So rather than beginning what feels like yet another day’s work, splitting your work into separate tasks and defining today’s workload as a discrete project can create a feeling of purpose. This is just the dawn of your new start — our new infographic provides a raft of further scientifically-tested methods to get you working when procrastination keeps on getting the best of you. Find the solution that works for you, and your productivity should rise as fast as your morale.”


Cooking With Spooks

A Spy Culture look at how even the most apparently pedestrian of television genres is not out of reach of the secret police states’s hands, and how everything and anything can be used as propaganda: “The CIA finally jumped on the cooking-themed reality TV propaganda bandwagon in 2010 when they hosted an episode of Top Chef. This week we take a look at the episode in question, how it flattered the CIA, and how Top Chef has involved numerous government agencies and departments. We round off looking at some of the reasons why cooking programmes make for effective propaganda.”


Republic of California?

A fascinating Vice look into a new, possibly paradoxical, inevitable, and most likely fatuous attempt by largely liberal Californians to move forward after this recent electoral blow: “The first foreign outpost of California’s slapdash secessionist movement, Yes California, opened here on Sunday. Housed in a research institute in northwestern Moscow, the offices are described as an “embassy” by the group’s founder and president, Louis Marinelli, a stocky, unassuming 30-year-old with grey-flecked hair.”

GENISSToxicity of Sugar

An Aeon posting for all those interested in their health and longevity: “This alternate hypothesis implies that sugar has unique effects in the human body leading directly to both diabetes and obesity, independent of the calories consumed. By this way of thinking, refined sugars are indeed toxic, albeit over the course of years or decades. We get fat and diabetic not because we eat too much of them – although that is implied tautologically merely by the terms ‘overconsumption’ and ‘overeating’ – but because they have unique physiological, metabolic and hormonal effects that directly trigger these disorders. If all this is right, then thinking of obesity as an energy-balance disorder is as meaningless as calling poverty a money-balance problem (caused, of course, by earning too little or spending too much, or both).”