2.24.2017 Daily



From our ‘paper of record,’ an in many ways typical assessment of ‘evil Trump’ forces that berate, stigmatize, and otherwise cast aspersions at media monopolies, which in turn excoriate the new President’s bad, really bad, awful tendencies, all of which takes place in a context of ‘fake news’ accusations and an unwillingness about, or total ignorance of, the key issues of our time, altogether a report to which scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens should at once pay attention generally and ponder more deeply and richly than either the denizens of Donald or the troubadours of the Times would willingly proffer; in the context of which conclusion, just a mere surface scratching of the vast swath of unreported, underreported, and misrepresented narratives from the present pass, for example, from CounterCurrents, a briefing (http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/02/24/dapl-opponents-vow-to-rise-from-ashes-of-oceti-sakowin-and-keep-fighting/) about the promise of Dakota Access Pipeline opponents to ‘keep on fighting,’ or, for example, also from CounterCurrents, a horrifying story (http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/02/24/an-indian-software-engineer-shot-dead-in-usa/) about an Indian software engineer’s murder because of his national origins, or, for example, from Vice News, an examination  of the new Attorney General’s actions in favor of private prisons and the further identification of the police state with profiteering capitalists, for example, once again from Vice News, a semi-serious slice of life about how to handle one’s phone number’s appearance in a seized drug-dealer’s cellphone, and, finally for now, for example, an international news analysis from Atlantic about the meaning both implicit and explicit of Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother’s murder with a top-secret, only-available-to-spooks-and-agents toxin so lethal that many commentators characterize it as a ‘weapon of mass destruction,’ in sum an aggregate of the moment that makes the discussion of fakery all too apt and completely bizarre at the same time.

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From the resident genius at the YouTube channel, Game Theory, a conceptualization of many elements of the business difficulties and creative conundrums and social venality of much that happens on and through YouTube itself in these times, a straightforward, and yet layered and dense, deconstruction of a central aspect of culture now that unfolds in under fifteen minutes, a bracing analysis that scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens ought all to find irresistibly interesting and completely utilitarian at the same time, and, moreover, that match up very well with other recent profferals along similar lines, such as a brilliant dismantling  of the poetry of a stand-up artist like Louis CK, whose premises are always clear and carefully crafted, so as to aim the joke itself at the heart of the listeners’ and viewers’ psyches; such as in relation to a powerful segment about the propriety, or lack thereof, of developing shticks about offensive, verboten, or otherwise discomfiting topics–like the child molestation riff that appears here; such as a bit more than ten minutes from an interview in which the estimable Bill Maher introduces Milo Yiannopoulis to his audience and thereby touches every single politically correct nerve-ending and demands an accounting about such matters that certainly does not appear here and arguably could not take place on Maher’s show in any event; such as the latest installment of Clandestime‘s podcast, via Spy Culture, in which Tom Secker and his friend Pearce Redmond take apart one of Hollywood’s seamier recent thriller movies, the noir and creepy Nightcrawler, the discourse about which could serve as an instruction manual about how we might converse about such matters in the light of a more thoroughgoing examination of mediation in the current moment itself.


An Interview on ‘Left’s’ Rise

A Telesur interview that highlights the thoughts and words of a socially conscious writer who sees good things coming from the current morass: “In the last decade, Sarah Jaffe has zigzagged across the United States, covering social movements from inside a church hall in Ferguson, Missouri, to picket lines in Midwestern fast food chains, to the doorsteps of organizers in the heart of Queens, after Hurricane Sandy.

In her new book, titled “Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt,” she argues that it was the 2008 financial crisis that spurred the rise of recent activism in the country, politicizing everyday citizens and instilling a class consciousness that has seen the ranks of movements such as Black Lives Matter rise to the forefront.”

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A James Clear post whose useful information can potentially help all scrappy scribes read, and therefore communicate, in a more effective way: “In recent years, I have focused on building good reading habits and learned how to read more. But the key is not simply to read more, but to read better. For most people, the ultimate goal of reading a nonfiction book is to actually improve your life by learning a new skill, understanding an important problem, or looking at the world in a new way. It’s important to read books, but it is just as important to remember what you read and put it to good use.”


Pro-Marijuana Copyright Student Case

A positive development coming from Tech Dirt, on the successful use of the courts to uphold constitutional rights in regards to copyright and marijuana advocacy: “Specifically, the court decided that the school’s decisions to refuse NORML’s applications and designs were based on the political push-back it received from state politicians, making it a clear violation of free speech rights. Which is a pretty stunning thing for a public university to have done, if you think about it. State reps from one party from one state got a public university made up of students from all over the country to attempt to silence a perfectly valid political position by a student organization. Whatever such action is, it certainly isn’t in the interest of, ahem, higher education.”

Gigs Predominate in Europe Too

A New York Times look at the labor reality in Europe which can be every bit as temporary and precarious as it is elsewhere: “After graduating with degrees in accounting and finance from a university in Finland, Ville Markus Kieloniemi thought he would at least find an entry-level job in his field. He studied potential employers, tailoring his applications accordingly.

He wound up churning through eight temporary jobs over the next three years. He worked variously as a hotel receptionist and as a salesman in men’s clothing stores, peddling tailored suits and sportswear.

“It’s hard to manage your finances or even get housing, let alone start a career,” said Mr. Kieloniemi, 23, who added depth to his résumé by accepting unpaid office jobs and internships in New York and Spain, mostly at his own expense. “You feel pressure all the time.”

Meet the new generation of permatemps in Europe.