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WALKING TO ALEPPO FROM BERLIN AS A TREK FOR PEACE
From Mint Press News, a heartening report for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens about a small coterie of committed citizens who have decided to walk from Berlin to Aleppo over the course of several months to foster discussion, share real information as opposed to foisting hopeless propaganda, and generally promote a more generous and hopeful and humane conceptualization of the current moment from the hideous venality that passes for ‘journalism’ on monopoly media platforms, a key if little heralded announcement that fits neatly with a account from The Duran in which a pro-NATO and light-commentary site, Ukraine Today, shut down when its oligarchical ‘sponsor’ lost his sinecure with the government in Kiev.
This Day in History
Other than continuing Solstice/Days of Christmas celebrations, a relatively quiescent day on the annual calendar in terms of specific commemorations; just before the Norman conquest, nine and a half centuries and a year ago, England’s rulers consecrated Westminster Abbey; three years less than five and a half centuries subsequent to that, in 1612, Galileo Galilei first observed Neptune, albeit he classified it as a star rather than an orbiting planet; two hundred and twenty-one years further down time’s pathway, in 1832, across the Atlantic in the young United States, John Calhoun’s Vice Presidential resignation foretold elements of the dissolution of the Union; three years hence, in 1835, in a different sort of dissent, the Seminole leader Osceola and his fierce followers fought the incursions of the United States military in their lands; another three hundred sixty-six days farther along, in 1836, Spain finally recognized the reality of Mexico’s independence; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
Honesty in relation to the workings of the world expresses itself simply in having one’s views and assertions in accord with actual understanding of empirical reality; thus, if one is honest, one cannot name a single ‘thing of value’ or ‘item in any market’ that does not result from the work of human hands and minds, an embodiment of labor in everything that we want or treasure or gather together, from the currency that represents our hours of toil to the caloric agglomerations that nourish our bodies, from the digitized components of ‘artificially intelligent’ machines to the roadways and hiking trails that permit us access to favorite ‘wilderness’ areas—in such an honorable and genuine accounting for matters of every possible consequence, capital is exactly equivalent to and nothing more than an artificial, legal, political claim, all contractually agreed, of course, to own the product of and ‘equity’ from the labor of others that one ’employs,’ like tools, or exploits, like mined metals.
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Sanders Decries Nuclear Death Race – http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/12/24/sanders-says-trumps-dangerous-nuclear-arms-race-talk-must-be-challenged
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Hacking Journalist’s Vow To Continue Resistance
TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, & AWARENESS VIDEO
DAKOTA LEGACIES—ENGAGEMENT & RECONCILIATION
A briefing about one of the little noted but horrific murders that the U.S. government carried out against Lakota Sioux a hundred fifty-four years ago, the mass hanging of thirty odd insurgents who the Minnesota government bullied into rebelling only to crush their outburst and send scores of them to the gallows after a brief and one-sided ‘war,’ a part of the article an hour and a half that every scrappy scribe and stalwart citizen who champions even a modicum of awareness would watch, perhaps along with a much longer and more involved documentary series about the long sweep of indigenous life in the Americas both before the arrival of Europeans and after that watershed moment of genocidal initiation.
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A Naked Capitalism post by someone who would know who discuses the changes confronting capitalism: “Milwaukee-born short-seller Jim Chanos, founder and managing partner of New York-based Kynikos Associates, teaches University of Wisconsin and Yale business students about corporate fraud. During his life and career, he has witnessed seismic shifts in economic thinking and the relationship between labor and capital. Chanos shares his thoughts on the world emerging from the election of Donald Trump and the tumultuous political events of 2016.”
An Electric Literature look at the origins of the popular and iconic genre: “Since the days of Mary Shelley, Jules Verne, and H. G. Wells, science fiction has not just helped define and shape the course of literature but reached well beyond fictional realms to influence our perspectives on culture, science, and technology. Ideas like electric cars, space travel, and forms of advanced communication comparable to today’s cell phone all first found their way into the public’s awareness through science fiction. In stories like Alicia Yáñez Cossío’s “The IWM 100” from the 1970s you can even find a clear prediction of Information Age giants like Google — and when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, the event was a very real culmination of a yearning already expressed through science fiction for many decades.”
A Tech Dirt article that explores politics and technology as part of an ongoing conversation on the relationship between tech companies and law enforcement agencies: “Two bipartisan Congressional committees are the latest to express their opposition to government-mandated encryption backdoors. The House Judiciary Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee have arrived at the same conclusion as the experts FBI director James Comey insists on ignoring: encryption backdoors are a net loss for everyone, no matter what gains might be experienced by law enforcement and intelligence agencies.”
A World Socialist Web Site article that deconstructs recent Trump appointments, and what these mean for following trade relations: “Wednesday’s announcement that President-elect Donald Trump will establish a new National Trade Council signals that his administration will proceed rapidly with its promised trade war measures.
The new office will be headed by Peter Navarro, a University of California professor and prominent member of the Trump campaign and transition teams, who is notorious for his advocacy of aggressive trade policies and war-mongering, directed against China in particular.”
A Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy post that offers a concise and useful primer on the work and thought of Karl Marx: “Historical materialism — Marx’s theory of history — is centered around the idea that forms of society rise and fall as they further and then impede the development of human productive power. Marx sees the historical process as proceeding through a necessary series of modes of production, characterized by class struggle, culminating in communism. Marx’s economic analysis of capitalism is based on his version of the labour theory of value, and includes the analysis of capitalist profit as the extraction of surplus value from the exploited proletariat. The analysis of history and economics come together in Marx’s prediction of the inevitable economic breakdown of capitalism, to be replaced by communism. .”