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Philadelphia today commemorates ENIAC Day, while the U.S. as a whole celebrates Susan B. Anthony Day; in what is now Istanbul thirteen centuries and eleven years ago, a now noseless Justinian, returning to his seat atop the Byzantine Empire for a few years, placed his foot on the necks of two of his opponents before having them beheaded in front of a crowd of tens of thousands at the Hippodrome; four hundred seven years subsequently, in 1113, a second Pope Paschal mandated the recognition of the Order of Hospitallers, a military organization to help assert Christian hegemony over the ‘Holy Land;’ thirty-eight decades onward from that instant, in 1493, Christopher Columbus composed an ‘open letter’ that boasted of his findings in the ‘new world’ and justified European rule and depredation in perpetuity; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
Simultaneously torturing and tantalizing, at once alluring and daunting, life’s vexatious valleys and undulating ridges solicit the sauntering sojourner to sally forth through occurrences and eventualities that represent at one and the same time seas of struggle and oceans of opportunity.
In this age of specialization men who thoroughly know one field are often incompetent to discuss another. The great problems of the relations between one and another aspect of human activity have for this reason been discussed less and less in public. When we look at the past great debates on these subjects we feel jealous of those times, for we should have liked the excitement of such argument. The old problems, such as the relation of science and religion, are still with us, and I believe present as difficult dilemmas as ever, but they are not often publicly discussed because of the limitations of specialization.
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This contest is an excellent opportunity for those who have never encountered Falun Gong before to research and learn about it, and through poetry, raise awareness among others who have not heard about the practice and its persecution in China. Submit one or two poems of no more than 50 lines each. Poems must encompass at least one of the following themes: Advocate for Falun Gong practitioner’s fundamental human rights; Expose the crimes against Falun Gong perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party; or Share in the beauty, peacefulness and good nature of Falun Gong. Traditional poetry with rhyme and meter is recommended but all styles and forms are welcomed. No profanity please. Poems should be submitted as a word file or PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2017, midnight EST. Adults: first prize $500, second prize $250, third price $100. College: first prize $250, second prize $100. High school: first prize $100, second prize $50.
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A Pro Publica update from a corrrespondent up to date on labor issues in the current context: ““What does it mean that we are putting people in charge of the Department of Labor, which is meant to be the strongest advocate for workers within the administration, who built their careers around advocating dismantling protections for workers?” asked Karla Walter, director of the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank.”
A lovely Aeon article about the role of mathematics in the very fibre o things, with many things to provide food for thought for scribes and creative individuals: “The world is full of mundane, meek, unconscious things materially embodying fiendishly complex pieces of mathematics. How can we make sense of this? I’d like to propose that sea slugs and electrons, and many other modest natural systems, are engaged in what we might call the performance of mathematics. Rather than thinking about maths, they are doing it. In the fibres of their beings and the ongoing continuity of their growth and existence they enact mathematical relationships and become mathematicians-by-practice. .”
A Common Dreams look at recent alarming trends in the media and political landscape: “In a press statement, Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS, condemned the moves, describing the as “equally short-sighted and destructive.”
“These actions don’t just threaten scientists—they threaten everyone in the country who breathes air, drinks water, and eats food,” said Rosenberg. “These agency scientists carry out research in support of policies that protect our health and safety and help farmers, and it makes no sense to put up walls between them and the public, or unilaterally halt the work they do.”
A New York Times article that discusses something that those concerned about the attrition of public education and inaccessibility of higher education have known for years in regards to working people’s basic incapacity to do jobs: ” Fixing tractors and grain harvesters now requires advanced math and comprehension skills and the ability to solve problems on the fly. “The toolbox is now a computer,” said Andy Winnett, who directs the company’s agricultural program at Walla Walla Community College in Washington.
These are the types of good-paying jobs that President Trump, blaming trade deals for the decline in manufacturing, has promised to bring back to working-class communities. But according to a study by Ball State University, nearly nine in 10 jobs that disappeared since 2000 were lost to automation in the decades-long march to an information-driven economy, not to workers in other countries.”