2.06.2017 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          


As the multiple pathways to human destruction, ultimately arguably cases of self-destruction, continue to unfold in amplified and horrifying fashion, a powerfully researched analysis for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens of grotesque levels of radiation at Fukushima, albeit emanating from a likely hostile ideological source, which the estimable investigators at End of the American Drive demonstrate, without doubt, menace huge swaths of humanity and possibly represent an overall existential threat in worse case scenarios, an assessment that Activist Post backs up with a briefing on the record amounts of radiation that are in play and the mediated coverup or refusal to report on these matters; matters moreover that both establish and emanate from international agendas and engagement, which, in decidedly different sorts of eventualities, additional new reporting examines, as in a Waking Times update on now truly massive protests against corruption among so-called leftists in Romania, which suggests something very akin to a popular uprising at the heart of Eastern Europe; as in a Technocracy News research article that investigates how a newly appointed National Security Council member also serves on the elite and central-to-finance-capital Trilateral Commission, a posting that accompanies the new candidate’s membership on the Council on Foreign Relations to boot, a suggestion of plutocratic influence on government that ought to be of intense interest; as in The Duran’s news account  of President Trump’s meeting a few days back with Ukrainian opposition leader Yulio Tymoshenko in the context of worsening military, social, and political conditions among the ‘neoconservative’-backed Ukrainian government officials and operations.

                    This Day in History                  

Internationally, today is a Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation; Scotland’s Parliament three hundred sixty-eight years ago declared Charles Stuart, Jr. King, a few days after English revolutionaries had beheaded his father; in England’s North American colonies two hundred sixty-one years prior to this juncture, a baby boy came squealing into the world who would grow up as politician and conspirator Aaron Burr; two hundred twenty-nine years back, treaties between France and the insurgent British colonies of North America constituted a recognition of the United States by the French; a hundred ninety-seven years prior to the present pass, the American Colonization Society dispatched the first eighty-odd former slaves to Liberia; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

seat auditorium event sports solitude psychology alienation isolationTwo noxious nostrums, neither one of them valid except as a foil to illustrate absurdity, form the hinges of one of history’s most pointless false dualities: the first contention errs with a crass materialism that essentially posits that the entire cosmos is like a determined, and hence a predetermined, clock that can no more yield differential results than four o’clock can follow midnight an hour hence, a reasonable enough deduction with a grandfather timepiece but laughably inept in relation to the vast whorls of randomness in the cosmic concatenations of all that is; the second approach mistakes the beautiful mental fancies of which we’re capable as real rather than ideal and thereby holds that this same massive swirl of crazed chance and unfolding content is the product of any particular individual’s mental mastery and projection, a pleasant enough facade for one’s ‘opium dreams’ or other addled assumptions but hardly a credible contention about everything in existence otherwise–only a recognition that a complex interplay between ideas and materiality always exists, in which a dialectical push and pull yield all of our paradoxical magic of thought, when at once we experience the fulsomeness and inadequacy of ideation, is likely to ground narrating humans’ storytelling capacity in a web of possibility and actuality as the universe evolves among the parameters of its unfathomable potential.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“A guy needs somebody―to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t make no difference who the guy is, long’s he’s with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick.”
John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men
                   Doc of the Day                      

“Theodore Roosevelt wrote to a friend in the year 1897: ‘In strict confidence . . . I should welcome almost any war, for I think this country needs one.’

The year of the massacre at Wounded Knee, 1890, it was officially declared by the Bureau of the Census that the internal frontier was closed.  The profit system, with its natural tendency for expansion, had already begun to look overseas.  The severe depression that began in 1893 strengthened an idea developing within the political and financial elite of the country: that overseas markets for American goods might relieve the problem of underconsumption at home and prevent the economic crises that in the 1890s brought class war.


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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  

In absolutely centrally important presentations for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens, material that deconstructs equally critical aspects of contemporary reality, in first place a twenty minute or so report from Forbidden Knowledge TV, via TruthStream Media, that shows the complicity of Donald Trump’s administration in warmongering and long-established ruling class plans and that reveals the ongoing commitment to amplifying and extending such agendas; in second place an utterly brilliant exchange  from Spy Culture between Julian Charles of The Mind Renewed and Tom Secker about the nuances and realities of so-called ‘false-flag’ operations and the seemingly frequent presence of actual government exercises during ‘terrorist outbreaks,’ training processes moreover that mimic the purported ‘terrorism’ in play; in final position a more prosaic but nonetheless useful and compelling review-essay from The Conversation of relatively current feature films that folks ought to watch in pondering the new deepening of anti-immigrant sentiment and policy under Donald Trump, the sum total of which ought to inform and fascinate viewers for several hours or more.

                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Friday’s and Saturday’s Files

Langston’s “Adventures As a Social Poet” – http://www.lem.seed.pr.gov.br/modules/conteudo/conteudo.php?conteudo=170

Du Bois’s Souls of Black Folk, Chapter Three – http://www.bartleby.com/114/



student writing arm


Judged by Khadijah Queen, The University of Arizona Poetry Center Summer Residency Program is open to poets at any stage in their career.



We offer a writing competition whose theme is climate change, “One Life, One Earth,” in recognition of the written word’s unique role in celebrating and nourishing our little blue planet. We want to know what cries out inside of you, our artists, our most sensitive chroniclers of civilization and wilderness, as this crisis looms. The best, original works of 1,000 words or fewer in any literary genre of prose or poetry will win cash prizes, plus publication online and in print. $300 First Prize. $200 Second Prize. $100 Third Prize. Deadline January 31, 2017.


Ensure manuscripts are in standard scientific English and in accordance with specific instructions/conventions. Requires a Post Doc/PhD/Master’s or expertise in Psychology and Psychosocial Healthcare. Freelance. Remote opportunity.


Objectivity’s ‘Welcome’ Death

An important offering from a journalist who has much to say about the coming moment, as well as having very pointed truths about journalism to offer: “ One of the diciest issues as we reconsider our role as journalists in this moment is that of “objectivity.” Some argue that if we abandon our stance of journalistic neutrality, we let the “post-fact” camp win. I argue that our minds — and our listeners’ and readers minds — are stronger than that, strong enough to hold that we can both come from a particular perspective, and still tell the truth. And I have the sense that this distinction is important in this moment, because we are going to have to fight for and defend what it means to serve the public as journalists.”


Fiction’s Risks

A Conversation look at the risks and rewards of when fiction and memoirs intersect: “Life-writing has always been a potentially dangerous act of exposure. Rousseau knew it when he wrote his Confessions. However, in the past few decades, authors have experimented further with the disclosure of private events in the public domain.”



Print Media’s Persistence

A Politico article that looks at the persisting importance of print media in this world of digital media: “Guardian readers spend 43 minutes a day on the print version and only 0.68 minutes on the online version. Readers of The Mail spend 39 minutes on print versus 2 minutes to the online edition. And so on down the list. “U.K. national newspaper brands engage each of their online visitors for an average of less than 30 seconds a day, but their print readers for an average of 40 minutes,” Thurman writes.”

An Obama Cashout Analysis

A World Socialist Web Site look at the last few days of the Obama regime, an analysis that looks at the great benefit that the presidency was for them: “The great question the study addresses is whether the Obamas will outdo the Clintons in amassing wealth after leaving the White House. “Could the Obamas equal or even exceed the Clintons’ $75 million in their 15th year out of office? That seems likely. President Obama leaves office with two best-sellers already to his name to add to the estimated $40 million in book fees he and Michelle will receive. Add $3 million in pension income and about 50 speeches a year at a conservative $200,000 apiece and you’re already close to $200 million before taxes. Enough to put the Obamas high up on the list of wealthiest former first families.””