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SOMETHING AKIN TO LEADERSHIP FROM SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN
Though the entire brouhaha may end up a ‘tempest in a teapot’ given the current course of things, nonetheless momentous reportage for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens from The Hill, about Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s insistence on impugning the character and capacity of Jeff Sessions as an Attorney General nominee, in the event by reading a letter into the record from three decades back about the bigoted and hateful actions of Mr. Sessions three, a missive that Coretta Scott King had penned, an account to which a new Atlanta Journal Constitution article adds details and local reporting; both of which, in turn, fit neatly with other recountings of the early days of Donald Trump’s Presidency, such as a New York Times briefing about Appeals Court skepticism about the Donald’s immigrant exclusion Executive Order; and such as an overview from Common Dreams about the deeply divided confirmation of school plunderer Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.
This Day in History
In at least a modest expression of historical irony, given the conquest by the United States that followed shortly thereafter erstwhile independence from England, Granadians today celebrate the independence of their country from the direct control of the United Kingdom; in the ever-contested terrain of all parts of the Mediterranean, in the principality of Montesarchio nine hundred fifty-three years ago, a fourth Prince Pandulf fell, mortally wounded, in his fellows’ battles against would-be Norman conquerors; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
Human life could not develop without pain, which serves as a signal or indicator or evidence of dysfunction, of breakdown, of at the least suboptimal operation, indicia that in turn can elicit healing or at least compensating actions that permit continued movement and awareness, in a word coping, in spite of whatever agonies the body and its multiple component parts serve up—paradoxically, perhaps, managing physical discomfort proves much easier than masking or ameliorating psychic distress; the former almost always manifests obvious causes and sources that anyone with an ounce of wit can palpate and soothe, if not with aplomb, then at a minimum with some success and a measure of grace, while the latter arises as if unbidden from subterranean sources of horror and loathing, wells of self-abnegation and alienation and despair that one simply must analyze and address, often enough literally if one is to survive, but without the clear cut guidance of one’s purely physical ailments, a charge to fix things and live joyfully that, again in contradictory fashion, all the hideous ‘medicines’ that established authorities proffer for psychological problems dis-enable and then destroy.
it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief,
it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light,
it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope,
it was the winter of despair, MORE HERE
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TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, & AWARENESS VIDEO
From the masterful mavens at Brain Pickings, a beautiful monument to integrity and fortitude–qualities that every scrappy scribe and stalwart citizen should hold in high regard–that plumbs “literature as the original Internet” to resuscitate a hundred three year old poem that crystallizes the necessity and persistence of protest and witness against perfidy and plunder, here as a chillingly beautiful recording for all to ponder, a chance to fill one’s heart and soul that, in different and more humorous fashion, Dutch television comedy proffers via Information Clearinghouse, in a video skewering of Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ meme, a hilarious send-up that upwards of half a dozen other European countries have advanced in counterpoint to Holland, as here in the case of Denmark—all of which can act as groundwork for nerdy consideration of sixty year old videos of Bertrand Russell that the British Broadcasting Corporation makes available, in the first case a very brief message about the underpinnings of human action in the psychic and ideological spheres, in the second case a much lengthier and very rewarding forty minutes that explicates why the Nobelist, philosopher, and scientist steadfastly refused to consider himself a Christian.
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From Monday’s Files
Coming Conflicts With Europe – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/world/europe/trump-european-union-donald-tusk.html
A Mixed Cousins’ Future – https://aeon.co/essays/the-future-is-mixed-race-and-thats-a-good-thing-for-humanity
Storyknife Writers Residency is currently being developed on ten acres of land outside of Homer, Alaska. We just can’t wait for all six proposed cabins and main house to be built, so the Board of Directors of Storyknife is beginning with a single Storyknife resident who will live in the beautifully appointed cabin on the property. Women writers can apply for a two-week or four-week residency during the months of June, July, August, and September in 2017. The successful candidates will receive a $250 per week stipend at the end of their residency. This money can be used to cover the costs of travel, food, and a rental car if the resident is from out of the drivable area. The resident will need to purchase and prepare their own meals, with the exception of a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner, at the beginning and end of their stay. Deadline January 27, 2017.
$10 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline February 15, 2017. Competitions are open to anyone writing in English, except current Salem Academy and College employees and students. Fiction submissions are up to 5,000 words. CNF submissions are up to 5,000 words. Poetry submissions: three poems; we ask that each poem appears on a separate page and that no single poem is more than 100 lines. Each category awarded $1,000 and an honorable mention of $100.
We’re looking for a versatile editor and reporter who will help direct our coverage of academic innovators (professors, administrators and entrepreneurs) and the students they aim to serve. This means connecting big ideas (think predictive analytics and artificial intelligence) to their impact on teaching and learning.
A Solidarity review of a book that discusses what it takes to build lasting social improvements: “I READ PLENTY of articles, short and long, on all sorts of topics, but — I hesitate to mention this to ATC readers — I rarely read full length nonfiction books. But those by Michael A. Lebowitz, including his recent The Socialist Imperative: From Gotha to Now (Monthly Review Press, 2015), have been an easy exception. It is a pleasure and a relief to read theory that has such practical application to the questions socialists must address in our work to transform the world.”
A Columbia Journalist Review posting that provides great leads to writers and creative professionals: “But there are good gigs, too. CJR asked more than two dozen freelancers about their experiences, with the goal of recognizing publications that value freelancers. We focused on pay, the editing process, turnaround time, and the ability to maintain a relationship with the publication.”
A Falkvinge post that looks at the ways in which the internet has managed to assassinate the fundamental assumptions of ‘intellectual property’ that all modern copyright laws have been based on: “The real meat here lies in understanding that the entire underlying assumption, and justification of this construct, was that publishing was far more expensive than writing. Setting up a print shop required considerable investment and labor in order to distribute works, whereas writing just required pen, paper, and time.”
A Chronicle of Higher Education look at some of the academic responses to the current immigration fiasco: “Stay calm, you’re safe here. That’s the message American colleges have been trying to send to international students in the wake of an executive order, signed Friday night by President Trump, that imposes a travel ban on visitors — including students and other people with valid visas — from seven largely Muslim countries.”