2.01.2017 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          


As scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens ponder with consternation ever intensifying reactionary policies, which after three eight year terms under Messieurs Clinton, Bush, and Obama when our administrative betters sought to outdo their predecessors troglodytic tendencies truly says a lot about just how intense this intensification is likely to be, a deeply reported piece of legal journalism from Vice News that examines how Neil Gorsuch is likely to undermine women’s rights to control their own reproductive lives, a hideous development which, as a new item in L.A. Progressive demonstrates, is only one aspect of the profiteering, police state agenda that Trump’s nominee will bring to the high court, material that in turn dovetails with a just released Informed Comment article about how Mike Flynn, President Trump’s National Security Advisor–one of the Donald’s many staff generals, is making threatening and warlike noises about Iran, despite what Juan Cole shows is a fairly rigorous adherence by Tehran to the nuclear agreement that Flynn and others want an excuse to overturn as a tangible step to the imperial intervention that lies at the heart of American policy now.

                    This Day in History                  

Around the planet, today commemorates an Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery in Mauritius, National Day in Mexico, and the start of Winter Carnival—a seventeen day affair—in Quebec, while in the United States February 1st initiates Black History Month at the same time that it marks, go figure, the beginning of National Pensive Parakeet bird gameBirdfeeding Month as well;  in Northern Africa a thousand, five hundred and thirty-six years ago, a Vandal King facilitated a conference that included Catholic and Arian bishops in Carthage; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

wizard ten new commandmentsWhat shall we say at the end of the day to guide us along a halcyon way?
Some believe that such a reprieve is more than we shall ever receive;
Still, at the heart of where we start when we search for such a typecast part
Remain amendments to sacred commandments that merely ask our attention:
To wit,

1. The Golden Rule Reigns Supreme.
2. All Children Receive Priority.
1. All Who Work Are Welcome.
4. All Who Work Are Equal.
5. All Who Work Have Responsibilities & Rights.
6. All Who Work Receive Benefits & Provide Support for Others.
7. All Who Work Own Everything That Labor Transforms.
8. All Who Work Are Family.
9. All Beliefs, Congruent with the Golden Rule, Are Welcome.
10. All Other Matters Are Negotiable.

We’d hardly need a gentler creed to assist us as we try not to bleed
Away all the joy that comes, bold or coy, if only we’ll make appropriate noise.

                  Quote of the Day                       
Negro writers, just by being black, have been on the blacklist all our lives.  Do you know that there are libraries in our country that will not stock a book by a Negro writer, not even as a gift?  There are towns where Negro newspapers and magazines cannot be sold except surreptitiously.  There are American magazines that have never published anything by Negroes.  There are film studios that have never hired a Negro writer.  Censorship for us begins at the color line.” Langston Hughes
                   Doc of the Day                      

Numero Uno“They say the first sentence in any speech is always the hardest. Well, that one’s behind me, anyway.  But I have a feeling that the sentences to come – the third, the sixth, the tenth, and so on, up to the final line – will be just as hard, since I’m supposed to talk about poetry.  I’ve said very little on the subject, next to nothing, in fact.  And whenever I have said anything, I’ve always had the sneaking suspicion that I’m not very good at it.  This is why my lecture will be rather short.  All imperfection is easier to tolerate if served up in small doses.Contemporary poets are skeptical and suspicious even, or perhaps especially, about themselves. They publicly confess to being poets only reluctantly, as if they were a little ashamed of it. But in our clamorous times it’s much easier to acknowledge your faults, at least if they’re attractively packaged, than to recognize your own merits, since these are hidden deeper and you never quite believe in them yourself … MORE HERE

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SEARCHDAYpoetry OR "creative writing" OR fiction OR literature "social justice" OR "social issues" OR protest OR resistance OR rebellion OR revolution conflict OR opposition OR criticism OR rejection progress OR advance OR benefit OR improvement necessity OR essential OR mandatory history OR origins analysis OR scholarship = 51,800,000 Resources.

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  


A brilliantly conceived and beautifully written and narrated and edited documentary, Part Three of Counter Intelligence, thanks to the denizens at Twenty-First Century Wire, an absolutely mandatory viewing process for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens, here in the central hour of the quintuple showing, which is also available  in its entirety on YouTube, an explication of a “Strategy of Tension,” essentially the sowing of murder and mayhem via subterfuge and Psy-Ops so as to guarantee that members of the public practically beg to live under police state circumstances in order to make the terror stop that their own governments’ operatives are fomenting under the various guises, as apropos in different periods, of radicals, commies, anarchists, fundamentalists, and so forth, a riveting account straight out of the annals of history and the archives of spooks, material that melds nicely indeed with a newly available istorical society podcast that in one recent case deconstructs the protocols toward writers that East Germany deployed, material that humanizes this program and draws parallels with very different approaches of ‘Western’ agencies that nonetheless yielded some similar repressive results.

                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Tuesday’s Files

King’s Birmingham Church Bombing Eulogy – http://www.drmartinlutherkingjr.com/birminghamchurchbombingeulogy.htm

Marxism, Art, Critical Theory – http://www.redwedgemagazine.com/online-issue/marxism-art-and-utopia-critical-theory-and-political-aesthetics-1

10,000 Square Mile Nuclear Disaster SOP – http://thebulletin.org/when-10000-square-miles-contamination-acceptable-risk-nrc%E2%80%99s-faulty-concept10459



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Wesleyan Writers Conference

Middletown, CT

The 61st annual Wesleyan Writers Conference will be held from June 14 to June 18, 2017, at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.


Hippocampus Magazine and Press is requesting true stories inspired by radio from the pre-digital age for its forthcoming anthology, ‘Air.’


Multimedia Journalist/TV Reporter

MeTV (PMCM-TV: WJLP and KJWP) in New Jersey seeks Multimedia Journalist/TV Reporter with at least three years experience with on air TV reporting, shooting, writing, voicing, editing and feeding news stories. Must have on air experience as field news reporter television station.  Must have professional, smooth on camera delivery, and an understanding of current and local events.  Excellent technical skills needed to produce content for TV stations. Send resume and your best demos showing your on camera skills.  Send resume and your best demos to jobs@pcmctv.com. EOE.


WRISSMuslim Writers

A Lit Hub look at some little-known literary jewels: “What should you read when your president-elect is an unrepentant xenophobe who wants to ban Muslims from America? Well, lots of things, of course, but here’s a more pointed suggestion: read more books by and about Muslims, particularly books written in the last ten years. It’s a small way to understand and empathize with a group of your fellow Americans who desperately need the understanding and empathy of their countrymen and women. (Consider giving them as holiday gifts to relatives who voted for Trump.) It is also important, whenever we can, to amplify the voices of the oppressed. (Consider buying them and donating them to schools.) Oh, and another thing? These books are just good. They are good books, and you will enjoy them, all politics aside.”


CIA Classical Music Impacts

A Duran analysis on the role that the CIA had in perpetuating, but also cursing, the dissemination of classical music for political reasons: “The CCF organised concerts throughout the world featuring the mostly atonal music of the so-called Second Viennese School including composers like Schoenberg, Berg, Webern and latterly Hindemith – in other words the composers whose records never sold much in the free market place compared with the likes of Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Mozart.

So the CIA, in promoting ‘the American way’, were actually promoting music that most people in America shunned.  Instead most people actually preferred the accessible orchestral music promoted by the democratic Soviet ideal!  You really couldn’t make this stuff up.”

Huge Layoffs @ Lordstown

A World Socialist Web Site posting that discusses the dire straits of workers losing their jobs in this wonderful new economy: “January 20 was the last day of work for 1,202 hourly workers and 43 salaried employees at the General Motors Lordstown Assembly Plant in Ohio. The workers who lost their jobs were among 2,000 GM workers laid off in Ohio and Lansing, Michigan on the same day that Donald Trump delivered his Inaugural Address, posturing as a defender of the American worker.”

GENISSMega-Cities Combat Units

A Fortuna’s Corner analysis of frightening possibilities for warfare in urban areas, a look that bring to mind a dystopian urban novel: “Every year, more and more of the world’s population moves into cities. The number of megacities is growing exponentially. Both of these global patterns and their inevitable consequences for military operations are well documented. Yet we still do not have units that are even remotely prepared to operate in megacities. If we want to find success on the urban battlefields the US Army will inevitably find itself fighting on in the future, that needs to change.”