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This Day in History
Today 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
Every 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.
"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.
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.
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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
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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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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).”