2.10.2017 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

From the estimable researchers and thinkers at Pro Publica, a useful and important piece of work for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens about the evolving dynamic of class collaboration with workers that is an undeniable aspect of Donald Trump’s imprimatur, in the event an explication of both the Donald’s having charmed construction trade labor leaders and appointed Labor Department staff whose rationale for existence is the destruction of those erstwhile union officials’ organizations themselves, a contrary set of developments that could easily portend explosive confrontations sooner rather than later, a point the Pro Publica had previously amplified in its delving of Trump’s putative Labor Secretary, whose primary intellectual product in the recent past is a fatuous defense  of how only capitalists can create jobs, and then in an environment of as close to zero regulation as makes survival plausible, points in tandem that meld in interesting fashion with speculation from such sources as Big Picture Report that Herr Trump is ‘mentally ill’ or otherwise lacks the emotional and psychic stability necessary to be the CEO of Amerika, Inc., a conjecture that one commenter neatly skewers with his notation that as a businessman and serially bankrupt entrepreneur, any crazed tendencies from Trumplandia would register like the notes of Aesop, to wit, ‘crazy like a fox!’

                    This Day in History                  

Seven hundred fifty-nine years back, Mongol invaders occupied Baghdad and drove out the last defenders of the Abbasid Caliphate; forty-eight years subsequent to that conjunction, more or less two thousand miles North in Scotland, in 1306, the assassination of John Comyn contributed to igniting revolutionary wars for Scottish independence; another forty-nine years onward, in 1355 near Oxford, an imbroglio at a pub led to an outbreak of essentially civil war against the ‘scholars’ in residence at the university in which sixty or so of them and half as many locals died; exactly four centuries later, in 1755, the brilliant French philosopher Montesquieu died, at the start of the Seven Years War; eight years subsequently, in 1763, a Treaty of Paris accorded England control of French Quebec as part of the deal that ended the Seven Years War and its French-and-Indian component; one hundred eighty years before today, the brief life of genius Russian author Alexander Pushkin came to a close; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

letter writing write ink pen paper cursive calligraphyThe musical tones of any language give a clue, at a minimum, about original melodies and harmonies that quite probably underlay the origins of linguistic legerdemain itself, which includes the metric of flow and pause, of click and wind, of lilt and rasp, that every tongue defines with its own signature despite all of their presences in the present pass’ resulting from a common ancestor, an Ur-source for the entire diaspora of sound that envelops human culture in a babble of translational inference and choice, the ultimate upshot of all of which might include that combination, on the one hand, of ubiquitous and inherent musicality and, on the other hand, of adaptive and inevitable attempts to communicate with and understand each other, the subversion and enervation of which universal qualities unavoidably subverts and enervates, and ultimately destroys, the entire social experiment on which human life ultimately rests.

                  Quote of the Day                       

The theater-goer in conventional dramatic theater says: Yes, I’ve felt that way, too. That’s the way I am. That’s life. That’s the way it will always be. The suffering of this or that person grips me because there is no escape for him. That’s great art — Everything is self-evident. I am made to cry with those who cry, and laugh with those who laugh. But the theater-goer in the epic theater says: I would never have thought that. You can’t do that. That’s very strange, practically unbelievable. That has to stop. The suffering of this or that person grips me because there is an escape for him. That’s great art — nothing is self-evident. I am made to laugh about those who cry, and cry about those who laugh.

                   Doc of the Day                      
Numero Uno“Montesquieu was one of the great political philosophers of the Enlightenment. Insatiably curious and mordantly funny, he constructed a naturalistic account of the various forms of government, and of the causes that made them what they were and that advanced or constrained their development.  He used this account to explain how governments might be preserved from corruption.  He saw despotism, in particular, as a standing danger for any government not already despotic, and argued that it could best be prevented by a system in which different bodies exercised legislative, executive, and judicial power, and in which all those bodies were bound by the rule of law.  This theory of the separation of powers had an enormous impact on liberal political theory, and on the framers of the constitution of the United States of America. …

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  


In what could arguably become a standard weekly dose of sense and insight for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens, from Spy Culture, another Clandestime podcast with Tom Secker, who reports from Yorkshire England’s ‘grassy knolls’ about mediation and ‘intelligence’ operations of various sorts, deconstructing that aspect of the world today that revolves around spectacle and social control and the propagation of critically important propaganda, in the event a historical and conceptual contextualization of the evolution and current role of the ratings system that determines ‘appropriate’ levels and types of violence that viewers of different ages and sensibilities should imbibe, as usual an utterly fascinating presentation that threatens both to make sense of the world and suggest ways for members of the ‘common herd’ to make their impacts on process and protocol more tangible and potent, in the arena of such masterful deconstruction a likely spot for Mr. Secker to view and proffer for his readers an excerpt from a recent Screen Actors Guild award speech by the cast representative of the popular, and now ‘award winning,’ Netflix program, Stranger Things, which in the midst of many powerful and persuasive contentions advocated a pugilistic level of violence against the ‘bad guys’ on the ‘other side,’ without of course making any sense of the political components of ‘good and evil’ or the arguably critical class basis for the ‘sides’ of things at present.

                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Thursday’s Files

Capital on Strike  – https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/02/capital-strike-regulations-lending-productivity-economy-banks-bailout/

Covering Up Animal ‘Nudity’ – https://priceonomics.com/the-hoaxster-who-revealed-sad-truths-about-america/



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The Playwrights Center of San Francisco is holding auditions for their upcoming Spring 2017 reading series.


The New York State Council on the Arts funds electronic media and film grants administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes to support New York State non-profit organizations for in-person presentations by independent media artists.

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