2.13.2017 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          


From the friendly technocrats at Just Security, a briefing if not a complete primer from a recent conference on ‘forever wars,’ a topic that every scrappy scribe and each stalwart citizen ought to ponder deeply as collectively we both squander our treasure and risk human survival by insisting that our socioeconomic and political relations must be martial in nature; a middle-of-the-road contextualization that imbues with deeper meaning a new report from TeleSur in which Moscow denies new rumors that it is planning to ‘give up ‘ Edward Snowden in exchange for currying favor with Trump, as well as a contextualization that melds in interesting fashion with a Chief Organizer daily dose  that argues that protest will eventually carve out the social and psychic space for transformation, the aggregate of which provides interesting and useful ideas for all readers who care about human progress and survival.

                    This Day in History                  

Today, in tribute to the Electromagnetic Spectrum and those who have understood and used it, is World Radio Day;  in a model for how ruling classes should conduct war, five hundred fourteen years back, French knights disparaged Italian fighting spirit and ability, causing a thirteen-on-thirteen battle-competition, the loser of which had to pay a steep ransom; Catherine Howard, at 19, Wenceslas_Hollar_-_Catherine_Howard_(.)_(State_2)lost her head four hundred seventy-five years prior to this point at the Tower of London, a tragic end to this ‘wild child’s’ life; French authorities four hundred and forty-two years ahead of our time crowned the likely gay or bisexual Henry III whose dozen years of rule were religiously, politically, and socially fractious and brutal; three hundred eighty-four years before this day, the Inquisition in Rome prepared for the trial of the just-arrived Galileo Galilei; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

house home brownstone urban cityAlmost universally, individuals of so-called ‘middle class’ ways and means, as the multiple intersecting crises of the present pass threaten their vaunted status and privilege, their most paltry preening pretensions and their most daring and dramatic dreams, tend to seek to cope with looming disaster and actual decline by positing and then operationalizing purely partial and inadequate solutions and reforms to the sociopolitical events and dynamics that without exception are in reality threatening not only their lives but the viability of the human project itself, an ongoing and unfolding process in which these petty bourgeois actors advance their roles in life’s play by identifying with the very sectors and operators and aspects of society that are orchestrating and then profiting from their occasionally measured and seemingly temporary, but often enough over time clearly precipitous and obviously permanent diminution to proletarian conditions, the capacity to articulate and recognize such a standard operating procedure itself a precursor of liberation and empowerment if and only if these citizens of a certain sort then seize hold of and activate more thoroughgoing and ‘class conscious’ protocols that address and move to deconstruct the ruling imprimatur of those they had theretofore emulated and fantasized about joining.

                  Quote of the Day                       

I never give my work to somebody else and say, “What do you think about that?” I just don’t trust anybody. If I think it’s funny, or if I think it’s silly, I send it in anyway because I’m just trying to please myself. I never try to please a certain audience. I think that’s disastrous.There’s no way in the world you can anticipate what your reader is going to like or dislike.

                   Doc of the Day                      

Numero Uno“In his second inaugural, in a speech which will be read as long as the memory of this Nation endures, Abraham Lincoln closed by saying: ‘With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations.’

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SEARCHDAYethnicity OR "racial categories" OR race religion OR creed OR spirtuality OR faith OR beliefs difference OR separate OR categorize OR schism OR faction OR sect division OR divide OR manipulate rule OR imprimatur OR governance OR command OR oversight OR power strategy OR purpose violence OR "mass murder" history OR origins analysis OR scholarship marxist OR radical = 13,000,000 Portals.

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  

A trio of just under an hour conversations with various geniuses who are seeking context and comprehension in regard to key elements of contemporary reality videos and transcripts that Edge makes available to scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who want to delve such matters deeply and diligently, in the leading spot a discourse with Paul Dolan about the way that we narrate our lives and tell stories, which provides one sort of data about matters, even as other methods for obtaining information lead to contradictory conclusions–about happiness, engagement, concern, all manner of psychic states and action choices–an assessment that leads naturally to another piece (https://www.edge.org/conversation/stuart_russell-defining-intelligence)
from the same publication in which Stuart Russell grapples with the protocols and problems of defining intelligence in intelligent fashion, both of which in turn dovetail in interesting ways with another Edge exchange, this time with Elaine Pagels on “The Politics of Christianity,” a vital and vibrant deconstruction of political and social eventualities that are particularly pertinent in the here and now—the sum total of which then melds in plausibly useful ways with a brief podcast  from the Chief Organizer blog about how bearing witness and taking stands can in and of themselves lay a basis for social transformation, an absolutely central expression of the notion that changing things is the reason that we seek understanding in the first place.

                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Friday’s and Saturday’s Links

A 1940 Historical Immigrant Mapping – http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/map-monday-america-a-nation-of-one-people-from-many-countries

LSD, Psilocybin, Ayuhuasca Compare – http://www.businessinsider.com/differences-magic-mushrooms-lsd-ayahuasca-2017-2



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Mar 12 – Clearwater, FL Writers Conference – all day

Experience C. Hope Clark at the Kapok Events Center in Clearwater, Florida, Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the Safety Harbor Writers & Poets Conference: Solving the Mystery of Writing. This one-day event will feature Hope as keynote speaker along with Edgar award recipient Lori Ross, Thriller author Jeff Strand, Memoirist Julie Riddle and more. Tickets $89 and include a catered boxed lunch. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.safetyharborwritersandpoets.com


The 7th Annual New Orleans Loving Festival is looking for 50 great stamp designs to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision.

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Atlas Obscura Deputy Editor

Atlas Obscura is looking for an exceptional Deputy Editor to help lead our editorial team and guide our daily coverage online. You’ll work with a team of staff writers, editors, and contributors to create original content about history, science, geography, exploration—any subject that’s filled with wonder and surprise. You’ll assign and edit articles, but also collaborate on video series concepts, podcasts, events, and more. This role reports directly to the editor-in-chief, and will be based out of our offices in Brooklyn, NY.


Helping At Teens Risks

An Barrelhouse article that describes an organization whose work creates literary opportunities for those at risk and who has received a recent award: “Girls Write Pittsburgh serves teen girls in the Pittsburgh region through the craft of creative writing, encouraging self-empowerment, growth, and discovery. The organization was launched in 2016 and works with underserved and at-risk teen girls aged 13 to 18 throughout 12 of Pittsburgh’s South Hills neighborhoods through weekly meetings, quarterly immersive workshops, and yearly readings and publications. You can learn more about Girls Write Pittsburgh at girlswritepittsburgh.com.”

WRISSBlack History Month in Literature

A Poetry.org offering that helps all literati properly commemorate Black History in the world of literature: “To celebrate Black History Month in February—and the rich tradition of African American poetry all year long—browse essays on literary milestones and movements, find important books on black history and poetics, look for lesson plans for Black History Month, read archival letters from classic African American poets, and search poems about the African American experience by both classic and contemporary poets.”


DAPL’s Lack of Fiscal Viabillity

A Naked Capitalism that contetualizes how desperate and useless the pipeline project is, and why it is not even defensible in economic terms: “The Numbers The Dakota Access Pipeline is a bad deal for America, and should be resisted. Our findings indicate that the burden of pollution associated with oil passing through the pipeline amounts to $4.6 billion a year—a number none of us should accept. This was arrived at using conservative estimates, and numbers provided by Energy Transfer Partners and the EPA.”

GENISSDepression, Suicide, Evolution, Reification

A Nautilus look at the possible social and evolutionary purpose of one of the most toxic and useless emotional states that flesh has been heir to: “Some psychologists, however, have argued that depression is not a dysfunction at all, but an evolved mechanism designed to achieve a particular set of benefits. I’ve certainly considered whether it’s done that for me, both in high school and later in life. If they’re right, it means that our thinking about depression needs an intervention too.”