1.30.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

1024px-RiteofSpringDancersAmong Homo Sapiens, even the old and decrepit, or the young and barely formed, can act potently and rigorously in relation to the problems and dangers that attend life on Earth, an expansion of the realm of action among our kind that is only possible as a result of tools that have, in their increasingly mechanized formulation, now begun perhaps to threaten to replace our meat-based and frail and brief ambits along the exciting and bizarre and daunting paths that we follow.

Quote of the Day
“Our Congress passes laws that subsidize corporations, farms, oil companies, airlines, and houses for suburbia, but when they turn their attention to the poor they suddenly become concerned about balancing the budget and cut back on funds for Head Start. …Freedom is never really won.  You earn it and win it in every generation. That is what we have not taught young people, or older ones for that matter.  You do not finally win a state of freedom that is protected forever.  It doesn’t work that way.”   Coretta Scott King: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Coretta_Scott_King.
This Day in History
Anti-war and protest posters: the Political Poster Workshop at the University of California, Berkeley: Peace now (circa 1970) Penn State Special Collection
Anti-war and protest posters: the Political Poster Workshop at the University of California, Berkeley: Peace now (circa 1970)
Penn State Special Collection

In Spain today, a School Day of Non-Violence & Peace is a national event, and India celebrates Martyr’s Day; in Central Europe nine hundred ninety-seven years ago, Polish and Holy Roman Empire opponents concluded the Peace of Bautzen, which permitted the Pole’s subsequent invasion of Ruthenia, as people then called Ukraine; three hundred sixty-seven years back, two treaties between Netherlands and Spain ended the Eighty Years War, very much in Holland’s favor as it sought an early bourgeois distinction from Spanish oversight; just three hundred sixty-six days hence, in 1649, Charles, King of England, lost his head to Puritan and other opposition executioners; also in London three hundred fifty-four years before the here-and-now, proponents of the restoration of the Stuarts and Charles I’s son, also named Charles, dug up Oliver Cromwell’s body and ritually slaughtered it, displaying the corpse’s severed head for the next quarter century on a pike outside Westminster Abbey; six years thereafter, in 1667, the union of Poland and Lithuania ceded to Russia, under the terms of the Treaty of Andrusovo, most of the Eastern half of what is now Ukraine, including Kiev and Smolensk; along the River Tyne in England exactly two and a quarter centuries213px-Titanic_lifeboat ago, boatwrights began tests on a craft that would serve as the first designated lifeboat; in Washington eighteen decades ago a pretty clearly crazy would-be assassin sought to shoot Andrew Jackson in the back, but both of his pistols jammed, and various onlookers and Jackson himself captured the man, Richard Lawrence; twelve years subsequently, in 1847 on the other side of the continent the relatively small village of Yerba Buena became the city of San Francisco in the Bay Area of California; a hundred forty-six years prior to the present pass, the anti-Catholic and yet still popular Irish writer William Carleton died; , one hundred thirty three years back, a healthy baby boy was born who would go on to polio and the Presidency as Franklin Delano Roosevelt; two decades hence, in 1902, just years in advance of Japan’s defeat of Russia in the Russo Japanese war of 1904, England and Japan inked the first Anglo-Japanese Alliance;  six years later, in 1908, elsewhere in England’s 360px-Gandhi_at_Darwen_with_womenwide-ranging imperial efforts, Jan Smuts signed the order releasing Mohandas Gandhi from his term of imprisonment for advocating Indian freedom; just four years later and half a world removed, in 1912, a baby girl entered the world who would go on to a long career as historian and thinker, Barbara Tuchman; nine decades prior to the present pass, newly Republican Turkey exiled the prelate of the Greek Orthodox Church to Greece; eight years beyond that juncture, in 1933, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany; just three hundred sixty-five days further on, in 1934, across the Atlantic from Hitler’s rise, Frank Doubleday, the publisher, died; a year after that, a male infant came along who would grow up as the writer and poet and critic Richard Brautigan; sixty-seven years back, Gandhi died at the hands of a lone assassin in New Delhi; exactly eight years after, in 1956, unknown terrorists firebombed the house of Gandhi adherent Martin Luther King; a half century before this point, upwards of a million Brits attended the funeral of Winston Churchill; three years later and a world away, in 1968, Viet Minh revolutionaries launched the Tet Offensive in South Vietnam; a year down the road, police rooftop_cover1 concert beatlesintervened to break up the impromptu ‘final concert’ of the Beatles atop the roof of their Apple Records headquarters; two years down the road and over the Atlantic Ocean from that, in 1971, Carole King released her Tapestry album, which would become the best-selling female recording in history; and just a year beyond that, in 1972, Pakistan withdrew from the British Commonwealth, a hiatus that lasted seventeen years, until 1989; just then, twenty-six years ago on this day,the United States closed its embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan as the Soviet occupation came to pieces; a dozen years prior to today, Belgium recognized same-sex marriages; three years afterward exactly, in 2006, Coretta Scott King breathed her last; three years further still, in 2009, popular novelist Sidney Sheldon died; two years back, the Republic of Korea launched Naro I, its first orbital space ship.

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http://inthesetimes.com  One of multiple current posts about the brutal realities of contemporary union prospects, what another article termed “a crossroads or the gallows,” what a friendly critic of labor indicated resided in what promulgators of unions “don’t say,” and what the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now indicated had to be a turn to “majority unionism,” and what other critics might readily say had to be a “class consciousness” that insisted on a willingness to struggle for basic alternatives to capitalism itself: “Across many political or strategic differences, many panelists seemed to agree that disruption and, therefore, power relied in large part on mobilizing as organizers many of the millions of already organized workers.  Ultimately labor’s greatest resource, the talents of these members, are all too often untapped. …Here are (just two) of the more promising or provocative ideas presented at the conference:

  • More democracy and class consciousness: Having led the solidarityorganization of 3.5 million workers—who are not members of unions but sympathetic to labor’s goals—into AFL-CIO’s Working America affiliate, Karen Nussbaum said that to make organizing successful (and implicitly to strengthen Working America as well), the labor movement needs to develop among its supporters a view of the world that sharply distinguishes the interests of workers and big business.  Political strategists now call such perspectives a ‘frame,’ but it is also ‘what used to be called class consciousness,’ she noted.  Also, democracy needs to be linked to dues that sustain the organization.  ‘Democracy is a mess,’ she said, ‘but it’s a challenge we have to take on,’ an important internal step if labor’s aim is to redistribute both power and wealth in society at large.
  • Build community: Increasingly, unions need to link with community groups, perhaps becoming more like the 19th century Knights of Labor than the CIO or AFL, suggested Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson.  ‘Community must become the ‘new density’ of American labor movement,’ argued American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, offering an alternative to the metric usually seen as all-important by unions, the percentage of workers in a particular workforce that belongs to a union.  ‘We can’t rely on the workplace alone.’  And Georgetown University history professor Joseph McCartin proposed linking public employee unions and the community in a strategy of ‘bargaining for the common good.'”
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Zoetrope All-Story’s Annual Fiction Contest
has the aim of seeking out and encouraging talented writers, with the winning and runners-up’s work being forwarded to leading literary agents. A first prize of US$1000 is also offered. Stories can be up to 5000 words. Entries open on 1 July and are expected to close on 1 October.

 

A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest
is open to both fiction and creative non-fiction. Stories must be between 1000 and 5000 words and there are no entry fees. Entries are accepted between 1 April and 21 June each year.

PRISM International Short Fiction Contest
offers a CA$2000 (US$1800) first prize for stories up to 6000 words in length. The 2014 prize was judged by novelist Joseph Boyden. Entries close 23 January.

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The Northern Wyoming Daily News, a 5-day per week,  family-owned newspaper located in Worland, WY near the Bighorn Mountains, in the Rocky Mountain West is seeking a community-focused editor who is unafraid to dig into the local news scene. The ideal candidate will be creative, motivated and committed to excellent writing and accurate reporting. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations, you will also have the opportunity to write editorials and cover the local city government. We are looking for someone who cares about community journalism and is a strong leader.

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“Solar panels in Ogiinuur” by Chinneeb – Own work.

Affordable Renewable Energy for All

A Yes Magazine posting about the surprising success of cooperatively-owned and renewable energy utilities in areas of the country others have written off as nonprogressive: “In the United States, there is one state, and only one state, where every single resident and business receives electricity from a community-owned institution rather than a for-profit corporation. It is not a famously liberal state like Vermont or Massachusetts. Rather, it is conservative Nebraska, with its two Republican Senators and two (out of three) Republican members of Congress, that has embraced the complete socialization of energy distribution.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABuilding Things That Matter

A Medium article that discusses the ingredients for building something worthwhile, in terms of producing things that really matter from a venture business perspective: “Since moving to Silicon Valley four years ago, I’ve learned far more from actors in tech and entrepreneurship than any book or course. Here are 10 things that have changed how I think about building things that matter.”

Pete Seeger Commemorative

A TeleSur offering about Pete Seeger’s art and spirit, discussing the attributes that made him an excellent performer, social activst, and human being: “It has been one year of mourning since the loss of Pete Seeger — a year of listening, learning, singing and taking action.

My family were big fans. We listened to his folkways recordings, concerts and songs for kids. His songs were the first ones my kids requested from the backseat of our car. Even when I saw the headline I couldn’t believe it. He was like a grandparent you never thought would die.”

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Journalisms and Social Networks 

A GigaOm posting that discusses a speech with a prominent journalism academic who advocates for social media and journalists coming together: “This is the landscape that Emily Bell, the director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, recently tried to outline in a speech to journalists in Britain given in honor of Hugh Cudlipp, former chairman of the Daily Mirror newspaper group. In a nutshell, Bell — the former head of digital operations at The Guardian — argues that both sides, social platforms and journalists, need each other more than they think.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Internet Archive Expands

A Nieman Lab posting about the Internet Archive that is receiving funding that will help add to the ever expanding media collection: “The Internet Archive is one of 22 projects receiving funding from Knight Foundation through the Knight News Challenge, which is awarding $3 million towards projects the provide new tools and ideas for making libraries more accessible. The Internet Archive will get $600,000 to develop new technology to give users more control over how materials are uploaded, categorized, and curated in the archive. [Disclosure: Knight is a funder of Nieman Lab, though not through the News Challenge.]”

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“SIG Pro by Augustas Didzgalvis”

Massacre Reporting

A Conversation piece discussing the contrasts between the Charlie Hebdo massacre and another dismal massacre in Nigeria, and expressing reasons for the disparity: “The hashtag #JeSuisCharlie trended globally, and world leaders took to the streets to march in support of Parisian resilience.

In northern Nigeria, meanwhile, an army of Islamic extremists razed the village of Baga, killing as many as 2,000 people – mostly women and children who were unable to flee the attacks.

Later in the week, the same army – Boko Haram – introduced a horrific new weapon of war in the nearby city of Maiduguri. They strapped explosives to the body of a ten year old girl and sent her into the city’s main poultry market. The girl was stopped by guards and a metal detector at the market’s entrance, but the bomb detonated and killed at least 19.

There has been no global hashtag campaign or march for the victims of these most recent Boko Haram massacres.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Bitcoin Anonymity Questioned

A Pando Daily analysis of the Silk Road and Bitcoin, which brings into question the claims of anonymity: “What crypto-currency insiders have long known, but much of the media, regulators, and general public failed to grasp about bitcoin – that it is not actually anonymous, but rather is only pseudonymous and, if you can connect a digital wallet address to an individual, you can track very transaction ever made to and from that account – was demonstrated in stark detail in a Federal District Court in Manhattan this week.”

1.29.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

Whereas light, and attendant other energized segments of the electromagnetic spectrum, not only exist but also can transpire as either wave or particle, and matter, in all its meaty weightiness, can always under appropriate circumstances transmogrify into one or another form of energy, and, moreover, motion and space perform a tandem dance that make their mutual existence something that anyone who seeks to do so can grasp, whether time has any reality aside from expressing a function about matter’s energetic motion through space is at best open to question: yet, of all these universal qualities, time is that about which our age obsesses, its ephemeral nonexistence notwithstanding.

Quote of the Day
“A little learning is not a dangerous thing to one who does not mistake it for a great deal. …Reason has never failed men. Only force and repression have made the wrecks in the world.”  William Allen White: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/w/williamall122712.html.
This Day in History

Three hundred twenty-seven years prior to today, a baby boy came into the world to a wealthy family en route to a storied life as philosopher, scientist, and author by the name of Emanuel Swedenborg; two hundred and fifty-two years before this juncture, the acclaimed French Poet Racine breathed his last; two centuries and a year ago, Napoleonic armies defeated a combine of Russian and Prussian forces at the Battle of Brienne; five years later to the day, on the other side of the globe in 1819, British imperial functionary Stamford Raffles first entered Singapore Island, where he founded a key outpost of British Empire there; so-called ‘man-of-the-people’ Andrew Jackson one hundred eighty-one years before

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this day ordered U.S. military to aid in suppressing a strike; Edgar Allen Poe a hundred seventy years back published under his name for the first time, with “The Raven’s” appearance in the New York Evening Mirrorfive years thereafter, in 1850, Henry Clay brought before the House of Representatives what became known as the Compromise of 1850 to forestall possibly lethal sectional conflict over slavery; in what is now Idaho one hundred fifty-two years prior to the present pass, U.S. cavalry and California militia slaughtered Native Americans in the Bear River Massacre; across the Atlanticthree years subsequently, in 1866, a male infant was born who went on to literary fame and a Nobel Prize as Romain Rolland; a hundred twenty nine years ago, Karl Benz received a patent for the first engine to power an automobile with gasoline; one hundred fourteen years from today’s unfolding, a baby boy uttered his first cry on his way to a life of innovation that included obtaining many patents on television technology and starting a TV network as Allen DuMont; one hundred eight years back, Kansas’ legislature selected Charles Curtis as the first Native American U.S. Senator; ninety-nine years before the here-and-now, German USSR_Emblem_1936 russia sovietZeppelins initiated the bombing of Paris; two years hence, in 1918, Red Army agents helped to provoke an uprising against Ukrainian nationalists in Kiev, and divisions of Communist troops approached the capitol from the East; ninety-two years ago, the baby male came along who would grow up as author and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky; four years hence precisely, in 1927, a boy child presented himself, after a time initiating a life as Edward Abbey, author and environmental activist; eighty-two years back,the poet Sara Teasdale took her own life, a couple of years after her consort Vachel Lindsay had also committed suicide; eleven years afterward, in 1944, progressive journalist and publisher William Allen White died; fifty-nine years prior to this exact point, wit and literary master H.L. Mencken breathed his last; seven years later, in 1963, poet-for-the-ages Robert Frost breathed his last; four years further on, in 1967, the guitar musicGrateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and others took part in the Mantra-Rock Dance in San Francisco; twenty-four years ago, Japanese author and poet Yasushi Inoue drew his final breath; five years further on, in 1996, France definitely ended its nuclear weapons testing programs; three years beyond that, to the day, Eric Rudolph quite likely detonated a bomb at a Birmingham abortion clinic that killed one and maimed another; nine years back, China and Taiwan resumed air service between the two places that had not happened since 1949, for fifty-six years; four years hence, in 2009 in Illinois, Rob Blagojevich lost his governorship after a jury convicted him of accepting large bribes to replace Barack Obama in the Senate; two years ago today, popular contemporary author Ferrol Sams died.

 

 

 

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http://thehill.com    A superficial assessment, as is commonly the case, from The Hill that nonetheless makes important points about the organizational moves toward a political campaign for President by Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, whose reactionary and even fascistic attacks on labor have excited critique from various progressives and adoration from the established voices in America’s top political tiers: “Walker has long drawn praise from disparate parts of his party, though questions have lingered about his charisma.
  IMG_0159    Hard-line conservatives love his high-profile battles with Wisconsin’s unions and successful push for legislation on a number of their priorities, including lower taxes, tightened restrictions on abortions and loosened ones on guns.
      ‘He seems like a great guy, and he gave a tremendous speech,’ said Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), a leading Tea Party conservative who also spoke at the Iowa confab. 
       Establishment-leaning Republicans love that he’s shown how to govern and win three elections in four years in a state that usually leans Democratic.”

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Eccentric Stories Contest – Take your Chance to be the next Academy Award winner discovered by Eccentric Stories. Eccentric Stories Contest for screenwriters, TV Writers, Playwrights, Novelists and Log Line Writers. Cash prizes; entry fees

Alexander McCall Smith is Chairman of a Judges in the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition 2015. First Prize £800. Open to all over 16 years. Any topic up to 1500 words. Deadline 31 March 2015. Proceeds channelled through the SAC Charitable Trust to support youth participation in the arts. Go tohttp://www.scottishartsclub.co.uk/shortstory2015 for entry details.

Bristol Short Story Prize
is open to  stories up to 4000 words. Entries can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (crime, science fiction, fantasy, historical, romance, children’s etc). Twenty stories will be shortlisted and published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 8. Entries close 30 April.

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Middle Georgia Local News Reporter – Coastal Empire News, publishers of the Savannah Business Journal and Brunswick Business Journal., and founded in 1998, is expanding into Middle Georgia with the Dublin Business Journal and DublinBusinessJournal.com. 

 

Seeking a Reliable Freelance Writer – $12/hr 

I’m a busy freelance writer seeking a junior writer to take overflow jobs. Assignments will include web page content, articles, product descriptions, and other miscellaneous tasks. All work will be performed remotely from your location. 

 

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Currently, our Pharmaceutical division has an opening in the editorial departments of American Pharmaceutical Review and Pharmaceutical Outsourcing, two leading trade publications that offer the most up-to-date pharmaceutical news, trends and commentary to an ever-changing industry via print and online media.

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Controversial Speech and Israel Interests

An Information Clearing House posting about the speech promised by a prominent Israeli politician, demonstrating the uncomfortable and at times fragile alliances that exist within different factions of the American establishment: “January 29, 2015 “ICH” – “Mondoweis” – In the last 24 hours the controversy over the planned speech by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to both houses of Congress on March 3 to rebut the president’s policy on Iran has blown up to a new level. Muted outrage over the invitation has turned into open rage. The opposition to the speech by major Israel supporters across the political spectrum, liberal J Street, center-right Jeffrey Goldberg, and hard-right Abraham Foxman, all of whom say the speech-planners have put the US-Israel relationship at risk by making it a political controversy in the U.S., has been conveyed to the Democratic establishment.”

 

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By Jiuguang Wang (Own work)

Robot Fears

An Inside Philanthropy article that discusses a hefty donation to an organization that proves humans are becoming afraid and ambivalent about the technology the create:   “Now, Musk is putting his money where his mouth is, in the form of a $10 million donation to the Future of Life Institute for a global research program aimed at ensuring artificial intelligence remains safe for humanity. The donation comes in response to an open letter from a number of leading AI researchers, who have voiced the need for more work to be done in this area. Typical of how Musk tends to conduct his philanthropy, the money will be awarded to researchers worldwide through a grant competition.”

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Law Hinders Journalism

A Columbia Journalism Review posting about a new law that threatens proper journalism from occurring, and the steps organizations that are interested in media take to end them. “That’s the case made by a lawsuit filed this month by a coalition of advocacy groups, inmates, journalists, and media organizations. Philadelphia’s City Paper, Prison Legal News, and Solitary Watch are among the plaintiffs, along with individual journalists like City Paper’s Daniel Denvir and the freelance writer Christopher Moraff, who often cover criminal justice stories.”

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“Internet1” by Rock1997 – Own work

Controversial Government Site

A Poynter brief about a controversial and short-lived journalistic venture out of the Midwest: “Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has told the Indiana press corps that he plans to cancel “Just IN,” a proposed state-run news source that some feared would be used as an end-around the press.

Maureen Hayden, Indiana statehouse bureau chief for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., tweeted that Pence ordered the website shut down.”

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 Synthetic Pot Devastates

A TeleSur posting about a drug blight similar to the crack epidemic that burned through Los Angeles in the 80’s, and echoes the same class realities of all Drug Wars: “For several years, “bonzai” — a type of bootleg synthetic cannabis — has been ravaging its way across the lower echelons of Turkish society, leaving little but destroyed lives, addicted youths and shattered dreams in its wake. While the authorities have declared their intention to fight this drug by all means possible, local activists suspect there’s more to this story than meets the eye.”

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More Police Brutality 

A Rolling Stone report about common violence occurring in a Southwestern police department, as yet another symptom of institutionalized fascism: “Boyd’s death conformed to many of the patterns governing deadly police violence in Albuquerque. Living with mental illness, Boyd fit the profile of the marginal Albuquerqueans most likely to find themselves shot to death by the city’s police. The escalation of a low-level encounter to a standoff involving numerous heavily armed officers wasn’t anything new, either. Few were surprised when footage from the lapel camera that Officer Sandy was required to keep running was inexplicably absent. And, as in so many previous officer-involved shootings, Boyd’s death was followed by a press conference by the chief of police, who declared the shooting justified and painted Boyd as a dangerous criminal.”

 

1.28.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

Picture 3If completion is a trick that masks incompleteness, and incompletion is an error that sabotages integrity, then where is the balance that a writer or artist can find to advance work that he finds compelling, to continue effort that she believes useful, perhaps crucial?  Questions without answers need not be useless, pointless, or irritating—perhaps they goose us to accept how delicious is this life full of uncertainty about what we want and certainty about what we think is most fearful.

Quote of the Day
“But then Jonathan said it was something he must do, even if it was dangerous.  ‘Why?’  I wondered.  ‘Otherwise you’re not a human being but just a piece of dirt’ said Jonathan. …Mankind is preoccupied with two great things: death and love; these catch the interest of all ages.  You shouldn’t scare children to the point of anxiety, but just like adults they need to be moved by art.”  Astrid Lindgren
This Day in History

Godefroi1099Worldwide, LOL-ironically to say the least, is Data Privacy Day; nine hundred thirty-eight years ago, the Holy Roman Emperor’s walk through Alpine snow and prostration at the gates of a papal palace lead to the suspension of his excommunication for refusing to turn bishopric investiture over to the Church; four hundred seventy years into the future, in 1547, Henry VIII died and left the crown to his son Edward, England’s first Protestant regent; four hundred forty-two years back, the Warsaw Confederation sanctioned freedom of conscience in Poland; three hundred ninety-one years ago, the British installed their first Caribbean colony, on St. Kitts;three hundred fourteen years before this day, Chinese troops overran Tibetan resistance at Dartsedo and extended Ming dominance of trade and oversight of the two peoples’ relations and trade; two hundred ninety-one years back, Russia’s emperor

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“Church of the Saviour on the Blood at Night, St. Petersburg, Russia” by neil_barman – Flickr.com

Peter(the Great) founded the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg;three decades hence, to the day, in 1754, Horace Walpole invented the neologism, serendipity, in a letter across the Atlantic to Horace Mann; two centuries and two years before the present pass, Jane Austen first published Pride & Prejudice; one hundred sixty-nine years ago in North Central India, British forces won a major victory at Aliwa in their battles to displace the Sikhs; half a world away in Illinois five years following that, in 1851, Northwestern University opened as the first chartered higher education outlet in the jurisdiction; seven hundred thirty days beyond that, in 1953, a baby boy was born who grew up to become the iconic poet and thinker of Cuban liberation, Jose Marti; several hundred miles South and West two years afterward, in 1855, the first run occurred from the Atlantic to the Pacific on the Panama Canal Railway; in Paris one hundred forty-four years back, the siege of Paris ended with the complete crushing of the commune and France; seven years later over the Atlantic, in 1878, the Yale Daily News became the U.S.’s initial college news outlet; a hundred thirteen years prior to the present pass, the Carnegie Institution opened in the District of Columbia with a $10 million gift from Andrew Carnegie; seven years subsequently, in 1909, U.S. military

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By Jialiang Gao www.peace-on-earth.org

forces withdrew from their decade-long war in and occupation of Cuba, with the exception of the garrison at Guantanamo Bay, which continues to be a U.S. base; a century before this moment exactly,the U.S. Coast Guard first came into existence; three years to the day in the future, Finnish rebels, largely Communist, occupied Helsinki; eighty-three years ago,Japanese troops began their assault on Shanghai in China; a year further on, in 1933, Islamic activists in greater-India agreed on the name Pakistan as the national label for their statehood aspirations in the Western portion of that section of the British Empire; two years beyond that, in 1935, Iceland became the first ‘Western’ venue to permit general access to therapeutic abortion; seventy-six years back, iconic poet William Butler Yeats breathed his last; the Lego Corporation fifty seven years agoissued its first colorful construction blocks for consumers to buy; two years after that, in 1960, writer and thinker Zora Neale Hurston died; four years beyond that, in 1964, an East German MIG-19 fighter shot down a U.S. military training jet that had crossed the border; twenty-nine years prior to this juncture, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated after takeoff, killing the entire crew; seven hundred thirty days beyond that, in 1988, Canada made all abortions a matter of patient-physician determination; nineteen years back, Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel ended his days and Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky also died; six years later, in 2002,nonogenarian children’s scribe Astrid Lundgren had her last day.

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40849.htm        An address at once evocative and generous from Fidel Castro to students at Cuba’s over fifty nationwide universities, in which the former premier talks about his life, makes observations about the nature of contemporary life, and poses arguably crucial questions about the future, all in the context of the massive and in some ways almost unbelievable social progress that has occurred in Cuba as a result of its revolution, advances that he is skeptical that the United States fully honors or appreciates or intends to respect: “I was not the son of a worker, or lacking in material or social resources for a relatively comfortable existence; I could say I miraculously escaped wealth.  Many years later, a richer and undoubtedly very capable U.S. citizen, with almost 100 billion dollars, stated – according to a news agency article published this past Thursday, January 22 – that the predominant system of production and distribution of wealth would, from generation to generation, make the poor rich.

book sq6Since the times of ancient Greece, during almost 3,000 years, the Greeks, without going very far, were brilliant in almost all activities: physics, mathematics, philosophy, architecture, art, science, politics, astronomy and other branches of human knowledge.  Greece, however, was a land in which slaves did the most difficult work in fields and cities, while the oligarchy devoted itself to writing and philosophizing.  The first utopia was written precisely for them.

Observe carefully the realities of this well-known, globalized and very poorly shared planet Earth, on which we know every vital resource is distributed in accordance with historical factors: some with much less than they need, others with so much they don’t know what to do with it.  Now amidst great threats and dangers of war, chaos reigns in the distribution of financial resources and social production.  The world’s population has grown, between 1800 and 2015, from one to seven billion inhabitants.  Can this population increment be accommodated, in this way, over the next 100 years, and food, health, water and housing needs met, regardless of whatever scientific advances are made?”

 

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http://www.freelancewriting.com/ – A site that has many contests and other writing opportunities listed – check up periodically

The Sunday Times Short Story Prize
is the world’s richest short story competition with the winner receiving £30,000 (US$47,000). In 2014 the prize was won by Adam Johnson for his story ‘Nirvana’. The longlist for the 2015 Sunday Times Short Story Prize will be announced in February and the winner in April. Entries for the 2016 prize are expected to open in July 2015. The six stories shortlisted for the 2014 prize are available here.

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pascal maramis – flickr

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Blogger/Social Media – Buford GA – Job duties include filling out addresses on envelopes and packing envelopes, running a blog for a popular prank product (must have sense of humor), updating facebook + twitter, being good with crafts and/or developing/testing simply engineered products would be a plus. May also be asked to produce simple product demonstrations and short skits.

Cincinnatti OH –
Your work will touch multiple channels with differing company cultures – this position entails the flexibility to manage content on a daily basis for online properties as well as quarterly properties in print and advertising. Accurate copy management (CMS), editing and proofreading skills are a must and you will employ these daily.

Technical Writer Warren IN – Systems Technology Group (STG) has immediate openings for Technical Writers for our direct automotive client in Warren, MI. Duration is long-term (1+ year). Must have an Associate’s degree and three or more (3+) years of related technical writing experience in electronic user interfaces and controls. 

 

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Seeger and Selma

A Common Dreams piece that discusses the role of Pete Seeger and other notable musicians, who were involved in the fights for social justice in the 60s:  “One of the few missing ingredients in the wonderful new film Selma is the centrality of music during the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama march. A tiny snippet of field recordings from the march can be heard at the very end of the movie’s credits, but otherwise the movie ignores the constant singing that emboldened the marchers during the four-day, 54- mile trek.”

Protesters Against Kissinger

An International Clearing House posting about a protest that tries to make politicians of the past pay for their sins: “Code Pink protesters interrupt the start of the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, and George Shultz. Senator John McCain, Chair of the Committee, has the protesters removed. Watch the complete hearing here: http://cs.pn/1uEQRKp

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A Library of Congress posting that introduces readers to some useful literature “Everyone who writes wants to be understood clearly and use appropriate grammar. If you write with regularity, Garner’s Modern American Usage may very well have a place on your bookshelf, so you can realize that goal of clarity. If you don’t have a copy of Garner’s or some other usage dictionary, you may want to get one after reading Quack This Way: David Foster Wallace & Bryan A. Garner Talk Language and Writing. The book is a transcription of an interview between Garner and Wallace held on February 3, 2006 at the Hilton Checkers Hotel in Los Angeles.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Robot Journalism

A Poynter article that discusses the prevalence of replacing real writers with robots, a troubling idea for all who make a living through the written word: “Since The Associated Press adopted automation technology to write its earnings reports, the news cooperative has generated 3,000 stories per quarter, ten times its previous output. Those stories also contained “far fewer errors” than stories written by actual journalists, according to a press release from Automated Insights, the company behind the automation.”

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"Cannabis sativa Koehler drawing" por W. Müller Wikimedia Commons
“Cannabis sativa Koehler drawing” por W. Müller Wikimedia Commons

Pot Laws

A CityLab posting that analyses the fascinating new world of marijuana businesses, a nascent industry not just for entrepreneurs but lawyers as well: “The messy landscape looked like an opportunity to Dan Harris, a principal at the Seattle law firm Harris Moure. “I [was] at the health club on the stair-climber and reading about the changes in the cannabis laws in Washington,” he recalls. “And I thought, ‘Man, this is becoming a real business. Who is representing these people?'”

A new practice area like this is an “opportunity for young lawyers,” Harris says. For someone who’s already been practicing for 15 years, “it’s difficult to become THE cannabis lawyer.”

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History of War on Drugs

A Politico Magazine article about the racist, classist roots of the War on Drugs, as seen through the intersection with  the world of jazz: One day, Harry Anslinger was told that there were also white women, just as famous as Billie, who had drug problems—but he responded to them rather differently. He called Judy Garland, another heroin addict, in to see him. They had a friendly chat, in which he advised her to take longer vacations between pictures, and he wrote to her studio, assuring them she didn’t have a drug problem at all. When he discovered that a Washington society hostess he knew—“a beautiful, gracious lady,” he noted—had an illegal drug addiction, he explained he couldn’t possibly arrest her because “it would destroy… the unblemished reputation of one of the nation’s most honored families.” He helped her to wean herself off her addiction slowly, without the law becoming involved.”

1.27.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

171px-Columbus_landing_on_Hispaniola_adjThe most devastating psychological trap, into which people stumble as if they were embracing their mothers, revolves around our programmed, utterly genetic proclivity to honor and support and favor our own kin, our own clan, our own kind despite the absolutely incontrovertible fact that every other human being here is a cousin, often a closer true relative than those whose ‘blood’ we fetishize as our own.

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To put it briefly: the evidence is quite overwhelming on this matter.  The Japanese had sent an envoy (Ambassador Sato) to Moscow (still officially a neutral) to work out a negotiated surrender.  An instruction from Foreign Minister Togo came in a telegram (intercepted by American intelligence, which had broken hiro explosion nuke nuclearthe Japanese code early in the war), saying: ‘Unconditional surrender is the only obstacle to peace… It is His Majesty’s heart’s desire to see the swift termination of the war.‘  The Japanese had one condition for surrender which the U.S. refused to meet — recognizing the sanctity of the Emperor.   It seemed the U.S. was determined to drop the bomb before the Japanese could surrender — for a variety of reasons, none of them humanitarian.  After the war, the official report of the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, based on hundreds of interviews with Japanese decision-makers right after the war, concluded that the war would have ended in a few months by a Japanese surrender ‘even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war, and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated.'” Historian Howard Zinn, on the U.S.-instigated first nuclear war.

 

This Day in History

 

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San Francisco Holocaust Memorial Wally Gobetz Flickr

Worldwide, today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day; in Arabia one thousand three hundred fifty-four years back, the ‘Prophet’s’ family’s hold on Islam, via the Rashidun Caliphate’s largest-empire-in-history-to-that-point, ended with the death of Mohammed’s brother; the overseers of Florence seven hundred thirteen years ago exiled Dante Alighieri, who had been serving as one of a half dozen priors in charge of managing the city; six hundred seventy-two years back, the sixth Pope Clement legitimized the inherent corruption of Papal Indulgences, which continued for nearly two centuries before principled challenges threatened to tear the Church apart over such practices; four hundred twenty-two years ago, Church leaders at the Vatican initiated the seven year trial and martyrdom of Giordano Bruno;thirteen years later, in 1606, the trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot began in London; two hundred ninety-five years prior to today, a baby boy came squalling into the world en route to a life as popular playwright Samuel Foote; three dozen years later, in 1756 and across

"Mozart Score of the K550 Symphony" di Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“Mozart Score of the K550 Symphony” di Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

the English Channel, a male infant came into the world who would soon begin composing music as Wolfgang Mozart; the U.S.’s first public university opened its doors to students, two hundred thirty years before the here-and-now at the University of Georgia; across the Atlantic two hundred one years before this point, German Romantic philosopher Johann Fichte breathed his last; eleven years later, in 1825, Congress established the Indian Territory out of current-day Oklahoma, which proved a key component of the Trail of Tears and more; eight years after that, in 1832, the male baby was born who would go on to fame as the writer and fabulist Lewis Carroll; in a last gasp for Samurai hegemony in Japan one hundred forty-six years back, guided by French Advisers, Tokugawa insurgents retreated to what would soon enough be the island of Hokkaido; a hundred twenty-seven years ago, the National Geographic Society formally incorporated in the District of Columbia; intrepid journalist Nellie Bly died ninety three years back; Ibn Saud eighty-eight years prior

"Church of the Saviour on the Blood at Night, St. Petersburg, Russia" by neil_barman - Flickr.com
“Church of the Saviour on the Blood at Night, St. Petersburg, Russia” by neil_barman – Flickr.com

to the present pass took the title King of Nejd; in the Soviet Winter seventy-one years before today, the two and a half year siege of Leningrad came to an end as the Red Army broke through, and the Germans began their final retreat, and several thousand miles away in Ireland, the baby girl uttered her first cry on the way to a life and Nobel Peace Prize as Mairead Maguire; a year later to the day, in 1945, Red Army troops liberated the survivors at Auschwitz; three years subsequently, in 1948, a Soviet boy came along who would grow up as amazing dancer Mikhail Barishnikov; sixty-four years back in the Southwest desert, the Nevada Test Site hosted the first of many atmospheric atomic tests that spewed cancer and disease all round the region; forty-eight years prior to just this juncture, the U.S., the Soviet Union, and other countries formalized the Outer

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“Lspn comet halley” by NASA/W. Liller – NSSDC’s Photo Gallery (NASA)

Space Treaty, which prohibited nuclear weapons in space and designated the moon as a human bastion of peaceful development; six years hence, in 1973, the Paris Accords brought the Vietnam War to its erstwhile conclusion; a decade further on, in 1983, the Japanese successfully joined their two test tunnels in what would soon be the world’s longest undersea tunnel, at over thirty-five miles from start to finish; Germany nineteen years ago first commemorated the Holocaust; ten years precisely after this point, in 2006, Western Union ended its commercial telegraph service for messaging purposes; critically acclaimed author John Updike took his last breath six years back; a year later precisely, in 2010, Howard Zinn’s life came to an end; insurgents in Yemen three hundred sixty-five days thereafter, in 2011, initiated the so-called Arab Spring on the Arabian Peninsula itself; just a short year ago, iconic activist and folksinger Pete Seeger died.

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“Fukushima I by Digital Globe” by Digital Globe – Earthquake and Tsunami damage-Dai Ichi Power Plant, Japan.

http://www.bloomberg.com   A Bloomberg News analysis which reveals some of the underlying issues that accompany Obama’s ‘breakthrough’ nuclear sales agreement with India, an amping up of the Modern Nuclear Project and attempt to dig the U.S. out of the economic doldrums that both sent defense stocks stateside and in the Subcontinent skyrocketing(markets) and suggest an increasing willingness to shrug off mass collective suicide as regards nuclear renaissances around the world: “‘We need to understand what I’ll call the fine print of the insurance,’ (General Electric CEO) Roderick, who says he’s been traveling to India for 15 years trying to promote nuclear power stations, said in a phone interview from New Delhi.  ‘Let’s look at the total package of all the things that the Indian government is talking about now on how they’re going to address nuclear liability.’ …
       India is one of the few nations that doesn’t exempt nuclear suppliers from accident liability.  That stems from the world’s worst industrial accident in the central Indian city of Bhopal, where more than 10,000 people were killed or injured in a 1984 chemical leak from a Union Carbide Corp. pesticide plant.
       Public support for the liability legislation only hardened after the 2011 Fukushima meltdown in Japan, which forced 160,000 people from their homes and will cost an estimated $196 billion to clean up.”

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CSU ESSAY COLLECTION COMPETITION
$28 ENTRY FEE. The winner will receive $1,000, publication, and a standard royalty contract. Deadline March 31, 2015.
Shimmer, a monthly speculative fiction print/digital magazine launched in 2005, has re-opened for submissions of short fiction stories for upcoming issues. 

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CUBAN RESEARCH GRANTS
CRI is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants. The grants can be used to study any of the collections related to Cuba and its diaspora at the Florida International University Libraries. The deadline to receive applications is March 2, 2015. Three research stipends of up to $1,500 each to offset the costs of a minimum one-week stay to use the collections. The current funding cycle will cover research travel during the spring and early summer of 2015.

 

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pascal maramis – flickr

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Pittsburgh PR Agency Our writers have a lot of flexibility and can often choose from different projects and decide how much work they can handle. In many ways, this job is what you make of it, but to give you an idea of what you’re getting into, here are some of the most common responsibilities we give writers. Our writers are paid on a by-project basis (this is a 1099 contract position).

Haymarket Media, Inc. Northbrook, IL – McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, the leading B2B magazine for the post-acute care sector, seeks an ideal candidate with exceptional news writing skills, experience with a variety of social media tools and platforms, and an ability to quickly grasp the nuances of industry-related issues. This person must be able to craft copy that is concise, clear, interesting, and, above all, accurate. Other required attributes include a devotion to meeting deadlines, excellent editing/language skills, a willingness to constantly improve, and a good sense of humor.

OZY Online – Online magazine OZY, a California-based media startup partnered with Axel Springer, CNN, NPR and USA Today, is looking for a full-time writer/editor to help produce the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB). The PDB offers a smart look at each day’s important and intriguing news; it requires fast-paced write-ups and sharp edits. You should be well versed in current events, quick on your feet, able to work remotely (various shifts) and capable of delivering smart copy that’s full of flavor. An online journalism background is a plus, in addition to experience with a CMS and photo editing. We work hard, living by the motto “OZY forward,” and we’re looking for an enthusiastic addition to our team. Send your CV and cover letter to tracy@ozy.com

UK Based Watch E-Commerce Retailer UK Online – The employment will be an self-employed contractor basis.

We are an online watch e-commerce retailer looking for an ongoing blog writer to form an integral part of a new content creation team creating high quality, relevant content. Our goal is to take the level of content on our website to the next level by creating lots of unique engaging content which is not specifically aimed at selling but more to engaging with the wider online internet.

 

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Real Estate Shenanigans

A book review from an Atlanta writer of an account of real-estate name-dropping and development that inadvertently reveals aspects of plutocracy and plunder that so clearly characterize the current window_0780pass: Mitt Romney accused ordinary people of feelings of entitlement when they expect social security and medicare but Mitt was playing to his audience, the true practitioners of entitlement.  But this is not a political book.  The wall street protests are mentioned in passing but its focus is the acquisition of Fifteen Central Park West property, the construction of the outstanding structure and the selling of its units to the aristocracy of money.  That oligarchy ranges from celebrities like Sting and Denzel Washington, Wall Street tycoons, rags to riches immigrant billionaires, heirs, Saudi Royalty, Jewish entrepreneurs and foreigners seeking a stable place to flee should their little dictatorship fall apart.  Mini-bios of the developers, bankers, architects and many purchasers occupies a fair part of the book.

Internet Opportunities

An Atlanta Journal Constitution posting about fast internet opportunities that Google has made available in a metro Atlanta neighborhood: “Google announced Tuesday that it will install fiber that will bring fast connections to homes in Atlanta and eight nearby cities. The move, which comes roughly a year after Google announced interest in the Atlanta area, pits the tech giant against other local dominant providers: Comcast and AT&T.”

 

"Lsdblotter" by DEA Employee.
“Lsdblotter” by DEA Employee.

Psychedelics Lead to Success

A Daily Beast offering that highlights 6 notable individuals who say they owe a grand measure of their success and wellbeing to experiences with psychedelics, further underscoring the idiocy of drug policy in this country: “Don’t do drugs! They’ll lead you down the path to perdition! That’s the message beaten into our heads from our earliest years. But not everybody listens, of course. Some who didn’t listen have gone on to do great things, even after using the most mind-warping drugs of all: psychedelics.

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steve rotman flickr

Magic mushrooms, peyote and ayahuasca all have their aficionados, but LSD is the biggie. Since Timothy Leary turned on a generation in the 1960s, acid has been the Cadillac of psychedelics, and millions of people have used the mighty molecule to blow out the carburetors of their minds. They report not only weird hallucinations, but profound spiritual awakenings and psychic epiphanies.”

A Notable Historian

A Common Dreams retrospective of the work of a fundamentally important historian, on this the anniversary of his death: “Today—Jan. 27—marks five years since the death of the great historian and activist Howard Zinn. Not a day goes by that I don’t wonder what Howard would say about something—the growth of the climate justice movement, #BlackLivesMatter, the new Selma film, the killings at the Charlie Hebdo offices. No doubt, he would be encouraged by how many educators are engaging students in thinking critically about these and other issues.

"Occupy Oakland Nov 12 2011 PM 40" by Mercurywoodrose
“Occupy Oakland Nov 12 2011 PM 40” by Mercurywoodrose

Zinn is best known, of course, for his beloved A People’s History of the United States, arguably the most influential U.S. history textbook in print. “That book will knock you on your ass,” as Matt Damon’s character says in the film Good Will Hunting. But Zinn did not merely record history, he made it: as a professor at Spelman College in the 1950s and early 1960s, where he was ultimately fired for his outspoken support of students in the Civil Rights Movement, and specifically the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC); as a critic of the U.S. war in Vietnam, and author of the first book calling for an immediate U.S. withdrawal; and as author of numerous books on war, peace, and popular struggle. Zinn was speaking and educating new generations of students and activists right up until the day he died.”

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The Future of Books

A Quartz article about the ubiquity of books, in both its traditional and innovative forms: The future of books is more books—books on Kindles, books on iPads, books on laptops, books made of paper (still), books as podcasts, books as apps, books as blogs, books as books. 

Familiar, in other words. But also high-tech. And judging by what we heard at the Digital Book World conference and expo in New York this month, the future of how we will find all these books will feel the exact same way.”

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An optimistic CityLab posting about the lively creative industry burgeoning amidst the ruin of industrial death, which seems to insinuate that this artsy economy is enough to revive the region: “Much of the work at Rust Belt reveals an unrelenting optimism about Detroit’s future. “I’ve been rooting for the city since I was a little kid,” says Wolfe. “I sometimes depict dilapidated factories, but then I put a nice skyline behind them with a sunset.””

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Russian Media Declared Terrorist

A Global Research article that details the dangerous, delusional allegations against a popular, multilanguage media organization, and what this means regarding how threatening Washington finds this news outlet: “Nevertheless, whatever Lack might lack, I doubt he believes his nonsensical statement that RT is a terrorist organization. So what is his game?

The answer is that the Western presstitute media by becoming Ministries of Propaganda for Washington, have created large markets for RT, Press TV, and Al Jazeera. As more and more of the peoples of the world turn to these more honest news sources, Washington’s ability to fabricate self-serving explanations has declined.

RT in particular has a large Western audience. The contrast between RT’s truthful reporting and the lies spewed by US media is undermining Washington’s control of the explanation. This is no longer acceptable.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Autism Research Strides

An MIT Technology Review report that sheds lights on new developments in autism research, which lend credence to the idea that environmental factors could easily play a role in the growing prevalence of autism: “Beginning with a paper in Science in 2007 and culminating with a report published in Nature last October, Wigler’s group and its collaborators have written a dramatically different story about the genetic origins of autism spectrum disorders—a story so unexpected and “out of left field,” as Wigler puts it, that many other genetic researchers refused to believe it at first. Wigler and his colleagues have shown that many cases of autism seem to arise from rare de novo mutations—new wrinkles in the fabric of DNA that are not inherited in the traditional way but arise as last-minute glitches during the process in which a parent’s sperm or egg cells form.”

 

1.26.15 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

Both the point and the paradox of consciousness will always and forever remain the generally thankless and always impossible task of filling wisdom’s cup to the very brim, yet this is never something that anyone can accomplish alone, another apparent contradiction since actually getting people to listen and strive to learn together will never prove an easier task than herding frogs or corralling snow flakes.

Quote of the Day
Poor people, people of color – especially are much more likely to be found in prison than in institutions of higher education. …Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo – obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other.”  Angela Davis.
This Day in History

1024px-Australia_Present_Vegetation_MapIn Australia, today is Australia Day; a Spaniard, the youngest of three world-sailing brothers who conquered for loot, was five centuries and fifteen years ago the first European to step on land that is now Brazil; four hundred fifty-one years prior to the present pass, the Council of Trent issued its conclusions that precluded meaningful compromise between Protestant nascent bourgeois princes and Catholic overseers of empire, foretelling carnage in Europe for centuries to come; exactly one year afterward, in 1565, on the other side of the world, an Islamic victory in India at the battle of Talikota portended a Muslim predominance on the Subcontinent for some time thereafter; two hundred twenty-seven years back, the so-called First Fleet arrived at what is now Sydney Harbor and initiated an English presence ‘down under;’ a Rum

"Rum display in liquor store" by O'Dea
“Rum display in liquor store” by O’Dea

Rebellion precisely two decades later, in 1808, resulted in the only takeover—albeit brief—of the Australian government; a hundred seventy-seven years ago,Tennessee became the first jurisdiction in the United States to attempt to enforce Prohibition of alcohol; England concluded its de facto takeover of Hong Kong three years hence, in 1841, half a world away, after its ‘victory’ in the First Opium War and prior to China’s formal ceding of the Pearl; one hundred fifty-four years before the here-and-now, Louisiana joined the Confederate States of America and seceded from the United States; in the midst of the resulting Civil War seven hundred thirty days hence, in 1863, the Governor of Massachusetts received permission to raise an African-American militia to fight in the South; a hundred forty-five years back, Virginia rejoined the union, having ‘reconstructed’ itself; fifteen years later, in 1885 and eight thousand miles away in Sudan, Mahdist Islamists overthrew Khartoum and slaughtered the British defenders there, including Lord Gordon, whose head was soon enough on display; a century ago to the day, the U.S. created Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado; three years later, in 1918 in Helsinki, a Communist-led Finnish Civil War began; St.

"Church of the Saviour on the Blood at Night, St. Petersburg, Russia" by neil_barman - Flickr.com
“Church of the Saviour on the Blood at Night, St. Petersburg, Russia” by neil_barman – Flickr.com

Petersburg ninety-one years prior to this point became Leningrad for nearly the next six decades, and sixty-five hundred miles West, the baby boy entered the world who would grow up as cartoonist Jules Feiffer; fifteen years subsequently, in 1939 on the other side of Europe, Fascist troops finally took over Barcelona, ending all Republican hopes in the Spanish Civil War; on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean two years down the road, in 1941, the baby girl was born who would become revolutionary activist Angela Davis; India sixty-five years backinaugurated its modern Constitutional period with the installment of the first non-colonial government under the 206px-1953_Egypt_revolution_celebrationsleadership of Rajendra Prasad; elsewhere in the contracting British Empire two years later, in 1952, Cairo protesters rioted against wealthy English and Egyptian rule; a half century ago, Hindi formally became India’s official language; fifteen years after that day, in 1980, Egypt and Israel exchanged ambassadors and established full diplomatic relations; Boris Yeltsin announced twenty-three years before today that Russia would no longer target U.S. cities with its weapons; three years later on the nose, in 1995, public intellectual and critic-at-large Lewis Mumford died; one year further on, in 1996, meanwhile, the writer Harold Brodkey breathed his last; a dozen years back, the British historian Hugh Trevor-Roper exited this life; five years ago, the chronicler of upper-class life Lewis Auchincloss died.

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http://www.globalresearch.ca   Oh my! A modest and yet telling calling to account from Global Research about the outpouring of facile nonsense and reactionary dribble in regard to the passing of the most recent proto-fascist gangster in charge of Saudi Arabia, a family lineage that reflects the propensities of strings of liberals and neo-liberals in the  U.S. from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama, who will attend the funeral in person, draconian social brutality and ecocidal political monstrosity be damned: “While it would be remiss 5.-King-Abdullah-Bin-Abdulaziz-Al-Saud-e1340178464285to point out that no single leader can dictate the entirety of a political system, it remains difficult to call King Abdullah, by any stretch of the imagination, a great, let alone subtle ‘moderniser.’   Public beheadings, the sentencing of Raif Badawi to a thousand lashes and ten years in prison for being critical of the state, and injunctions on the construction of non-Islamic places of worship within the country, suggest the workings of a distinctly anti-modern entity rooted in firm tribalism. 
         The most striking contradiction of all came in how sworn enemies could also share similar, commemorative ground on the subject of the grovelling eulogy.  The Pan-Arabia Enquirer (Jan 23) noted the similarity between the official statements of both the US and ISIS.   Abdullah was praised for having ‘vision and leadership;’ he ‘had the courage of his convictions’ and ‘constantly strived for unity across borders in the Middle East.’  Unnamed sources claim that ISIS has requested that its representative not be seated next to Joe Biden.

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Award-winning sci-fi print and digital publication Apex Magazine, which had closed its reading period in December, has reopened and is now accepting new submissions via Submittable during its regular reading period – See more at: 

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Arte Público Press, affiliated with the University of Houston, specializes in publishing contemporary novels, short stories, poetry, and drama based on U.S. Hispanic (Cuban American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, and others) cultural issues and themes.

American Carriage House Publishing is interested in your work. We are looking for proposals, both fiction and nonfiction, preferably wholesome topic.

Mountain Playhouse Contest – The submission deadline for the 2016 Playwriting Contest is December 31st, 2015.  All submissions must be postmarked by this date.  Mountain Playhouse will stage a public reading of the winning play before the end of 2016, and the author will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000. In addition, should the Mountain Playhouse decide to present a live production of the play, the author will receive royalties.

 

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Facebook has a very interesting position for a content strategist.

Boston Herald : Senior Editor (Boston-MA) The Boston Herald is seeking a senior editor. This editor will play a key role in assigning staff, developing daily coverage and coordinating  special reports for use across our print, radio and online video platforms.

Tampa Bay Times : Assistant Metro Editor/Breaking News (St. Petersburg-FL) The largest newspaper in the Southeast, the Tampa Bay Times, with its award-winning website, tampabay.com, is seeking an assistant metro editor/breaking news to oversee daily breaking news coverage from the Tampa Bay region and increase the impact of the metro team’s work online

Public Broadcasting Atlanta : Producer Reporter (Atlanta-GA) This is a professional position serving as a producer (primarily) and reporter for WABE 90.1FM. 

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

 

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Thomassin Mickael

Guatemala Human Right Wars

A Truth Out article that describes the ways that Central American right wing thugs use the War on Drugs and American intercession as an excuse to further their antihuman agenda: “Indeed, in Guatemala, the vague language of Washington’s “war on terror” has provided new tools and reinforced old tools used to repress movements and stifle human rights defenders. In Guatemala, these new tools have resurrected the ghosts of past internal armed conflicts by giving new resources to the military and elite.

This strategy fits in with history: Guatemala’s government and right wing have long utilized Washington’s tactics of labeling their enemies and critics as communists, guerrillas and insurgents to discredit their adversaries.”

Capitalism and Gross Inequality

A Truth Out assessment of the recent Oxfam report on growing inequality, that offers an honest analysis of the facts on the table, as well as an obvious solution: “It is hopelessly naive to believe that any of the great problems confronting society can be resolved without breaking the stranglehold of the financial oligarchy. Its wealth must be expropriated; the corporations it controls must be nationalized under the democratic control of the working class, so they can be run in the interests of social need, rather than private gain.”

 

"MQ-9 Reaper in flight (2007)" by U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson
“MQ-9 Reaper in flight (2007)” by U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson

American Sniper Moronic Morass

A Rolling Stones scathing criticism of a recent Hollywood offering that has managed to captivate audiences through its magical ability to completely eviscerate all larger context, meaning, and social responsibility out of a subject fundamental to understand in our times: “The thing is, the mere act of trying to make a typically Hollywoodian one-note fairy tale set in the middle of the insane moral morass that is/was the Iraq occupation is both dumber and more arrogant than anything George Bush or even Dick Cheney ever tried. …

But to turn the Iraq war into a saccharine, almost PG-rated two-hour cinematic diversion about a killing machine with a heart of gold (is there any film theme more perfectly 2015-America than that?) who slowly, very slowly, starts to feel bad after shooting enough women and children – Gump notwithstanding, that was a hard one to see coming.”

 

Pippa Wilson / Flickr
Pippa Wilson / Flickr

Lively Left in Greece

A Jacobin article that introduces readers to the surprisingly active Communist party in Greece, and shows an organization poised to change things, in spite of the negative view that Communism still has: “After all, Syriza is not the only left-wing party in Greece, and by some measures it’s not even the largest. In organizational terms, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) is bigger. Ignoring it, as most of the Left is content to do, means ignoring a force with important roots in the trade union movement and the longest history of all surviving Greek parties.” 

Civil Rights Workshop

A Library of Congress posting of a workshop that any writer, instructor, or anyone interested in history might think of attending. “Apply to attend this one-day in-person workshop for K-12 educators. Library of Congress education specialists will model strategies for using primary sources to engage students, build critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge. Participants will consider and discuss ways to apply the items and strategies with their students, in their classrooms and school libraries.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

 

Desk - Bright Meadow Flickr
Desk – Bright Meadow Flickr

Journalists Rights Under Fire

A Guardian opinion piece about the ill consequences of governments’ attack on WikiLeaks, as consequences tat all journalists should take seriously: “Those are all disgraceful excuses to ignore the government’s overreach: the rights of news organizations everywhere are under just as much threat whether the government reads the private emails of staffers at WikiLeaks, Fox News or the Associated Press. In the eyes of the law, the organizations are virtually indistinguishable, as legal scholars from across the political spectrum have documented for years.”

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A Chronicle of Higher Education thought provoking piece about the transfiguration of all genres and the general tendency for all traditional categories, both of literature and other disciplines, to collapse under the weight of current knowledge: “During the second half of the 20th century, the literary universe was a simple binary: good/bad, highbrow/lowbrow, serious/escapist, literature/pulp. Like Bohr’s atomic solar system, that model has lost its descriptive accuracy. We’ve hit a critical mass of literary data that don’t fit the old dichotomies. Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon, and Jonathan Lethem are among the most obvious paradigm disruptors, but the list of literary/genre writers keeps expanding. A New Yorker editor, Joshua Rothman, recently added Emily St. John Mandel to the list: Her postapocalyptic novel Station Eleven is a National Book Award finalist—further evidence, Rothman writes, of the “genre apocalypse.””

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Vibrant Civic Tech Community

A Government Executive post about the vibrant data community in Chicago, where tech experts and civic minded individuals help make a better city: “During his session, titled “How to Ignite Your Local Civic Tech Ecosystem,” Eder detailed the origins of how Chicago’s civic tech community came together to collaborate on various open data projects and work with the city’s government to improve access to information.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

"Solar panels in Ogiinuur" by Chinneeb - Own work.
“Solar panels in Ogiinuur” by Chinneeb – Own work.

Solar Energy Struggles and Triumphs

A GreenWorld posting about the advances Solar energy is making in a predominantly conservative midwestern state, and the peculiar challenges, as well as allies, that its greenification is likely to encounter: “But it probably isn’t surprising that the state legislature is poised to consider some serious anti-solar legislation. In this case, it’s a bill, HB 1320, introduced by Rep. Eric Koch, a Republican who apparently is related to the Koch Brothers only by ideology. What’s perhaps most annoying about his bill, and his approach to passing it, is that he’s trying to label it a pro-solar bill.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Nuclear Waste Conundrum

An EcoWatch article that outlines the harsh consequences that playing liberally with nuclear energy have wrought: “Among the many other countries that have a serious unresolved nuclear waste problem are the U.S., Russia, China, India, Japan, France, Germany and Canada, as well as a number of eastern European countries that have aging Russian reactors. Only Sweden seems to have practical plans to deal with its nuclear waste, and these are years away from completion.”

1.23.15 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

When disaster strikes a particular actor on the world’s many stages, his or her fellow cast members respond with well wishes and inquiries about ‘help’ or ‘helping,’ the latter questions more often than not inevitably, unfortunately, and all too naturally as well, ‘fingers-crossed’ automatic verbalization that the interrogator hopes mightily will lead to nothing more taxing than, “Nah, we got it covered, thanks!”

Quote of the Day
“(T)he truest writers are those who see language not as a linguistic process but as a living element. …To set out for rehearsals in that quivering quarter-hour is to engage conclusions, not beginnings, for one walks past the guilded hallucinations of poverty with a corrupt resignation touched by details, as if the destitute, in their orange-corcovado_rio_twilight_2tinted back yards, under their dusty trees, or climbing into their favelas, were all natural scene designers and poverty were not a condition but an art.   Deprivation is made lyrical, and twilight, with the patience of alchemy, almost transmutes despair into virtue.  In the tropics nothing is lovelier than the allotments of the poor, no theater is as vivid, voluble, and cheap.”  Derek Walcott.

 

This Day in History

piesToday, praise be, is National Pie Day in the U.S.A.; six hundred forty-seven years ago, the Ming dynasty’s three-century rule of China began with the coronation of Zhu Yuanzhang; four hundred sixty-nine years back, the third volume of Francois Rabelais’ Gargantua and Pantagruel series, Tiers Livre, came out after a hiatus of over a decade; four hundred forty-five years before today, the regent Stewart for the child James VI of Scotland died at the hands of an assassin who used a firearm, the first recorded instance of such a firearms homicide against a political leader; exactly three hundred sixty-five days after that, in 1571 in London, the Royal Exchange opened its doors, a benchmark commercial occurrence in early capital’s development; a century and a decade after Rabelais’ Tiers Livre, in 1656, another French thinker and literary light, Blaise Pascal issued his initial Lettres Provinciales, controversial enough in their skewering of Jesuitical hegemony to need quickly to become an anonymous, underground phenomenon; two hundred thirty-two years prior to the present pass, a baby boy kicked and screamed as he came into the world en route to life as iconic novelist,

"Georgetown Riverview" by Patrickneil - Own work.
“Georgetown Riverview” by Patrickneil – Own work.

Stendhal; Georgetown College, now Georgetown University, opened up for matriculants across the Atlantic six years later, in 1789, the first Catholic institution of higher learning in the new United States; Elizabeth Blackwell one hundred sixty-six years back became the first female Medical Doctor in the U.S. when Geneva Medical College conferred the M.D. degree on her; the first successful bridging of the Mississippi occurred a hundred sixty years ago in what is now Minneapolis; a hundred forty-five years before the here-and-now, U.S. Army detachments slaughtered hundreds of peaceful Blackfeet in a ‘mistaken’ revenge assault to punish indigenous peoples who were both fighting against and cooperating with U.S. development of the Montana Territory; nine years subsequently, in 1879, a colonial slaughter of a different sort 220px-Zuluattackguttended in present-day Kenya, where British incursions into and theft of Zulu traditional lands had led to widespread war that pitted primarily Bronze Age fighting techniques against modern repeating rifles at the hastily constructed English defenses at Rorke’s Drift on the Buffalo River; one hundred seventeen years ago, the baby boy was born who would mature as magisterial filmmaker and screenwriter Sergei Eisenstein; two years hence, in 1900, toward Africa’s Southern tip, another colonial venture by the British ended in bloodshed, this time internecine among interlopers as the Boers won a battle against English forces at Spion Kop; led by the United States a hundred three years ago at the Hague, most of the countries of that time signed the Second International Opium Convention that effectively monopolized legal production of ‘Narcotic Drugs’ and criminalized all other manufacture, sales, and use; three years afterward to the day, a century back in 1915, a baby boy came into the world in St. Lucia who would grow up as the scholar, ‘development economist,’ and Nobel Prize winner Arthur Lewis; five years later, in 1920, the Netherlands refused to deliver Kaiser Wilhelm to Allied authorities for questioning and possible charges; eighty-seven years prior to this point, a baby girl entered the world who would grow up as screenwriter and thinker Jeanne Moreau; seven hundred thirty days later, in 1930, an infant male took his first breath who would grow up as St. Lucia’s second Nobel prize winner, Derek Walcott, honored for his poetry and plays; seventy eight years back in Moscow, a series of trials begin that allege collaboration between Trotskyite forces and assassins intent on killing Soviet leaders; four years after that, in 1941, and seven thousand miles away in Washington, Charles Lindbergh testifies to Congress that the U.S. should have a neutrality pact with Nazism; Duke Ellington two years further on, in 1943, had his first appearance at Carnegie Hall; sixty-five years before this day, Israel’s new Knesset designated Jerusalem as the national capitol; fifty-seven years ago, a reactionary dictator in Venezuela exited his spot at the top of the heap there after riots and protests spread throughout the country and the military offered a replacement puppet for Washington’s approval; further North in the Hemisphere, six years later, in

"Election MG 3455" by Rama - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0-fr via Wikimedia Commons
“Election MG 3455” by Rama – Own work.

1964, the U.S. finally approved a twenty-fourth Amendment that disallowed poll taxes; four years further on, in 1968, half a world away, North Korea seized the U.S. Navy ship Pueblo for what it termed violation of its territorial waters; forty-two years prior to this juncture, Richard Nixon signed accords that effectively spelled the end of the decades-long imperial struggle against nationalism and communism in Vietnam; twenty-nine years back, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame first opened its doors in Cleveland; thirteen years ago, kidnappers in Karachi seized Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, whom they later murdered, and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation escorted John Walker Lindh, ‘an American Taliban,’ back home for trial and imprisonment, and, across the Atlantic, social theorist of contemporary conflicts Pierre Bourdieu breathed his last.

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TOP OF THE FOLD

http://portside.org   From Portside Labor, a compilation of three articles that powerfully and variously critique American Sniper as ‘racist’ claptrap, when what the pieces mean is that the film is imperialist, ethnocentric, and holier-than-thou hypocritical about ‘America’s’ righteousness and decency in the face of a ‘savage’ world that we have no choice but to terminate with extreme prejudice: 218px-061019-A-7603F-151Kyle suffers after his tours of duty, but only, he says, because he wanted to kill more bad guys to save more marines.  He develops a thousand-yard stare, and attacks his own dog at a barbecue.  The message of American Sniper is that Kyle is the real victim of the war.
The Iraqis he shot deserved it, because – as it has established to its own satisfaction – they were savages.  As for non-savage Iraqis who may have reasonable grounds to complain about what happened to their country following the invasion, they must be in some other movie.
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       While the canonization of Kyle on the big screen is appalling, the movie’s whitewash of the US destruction of Iraq and its racist portrayal of Arabs has proven to be far more dangerous.

        The US destruction of Iraq left an estimated one million Iraqis dead, 4.5 million displaced, five million orphaned, some two million widowed and birth defects and cancer rates significantly worse than those seen in the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Japan at the end of the Second World War.  The US war on Iraq also fueled the rise of ISIS.  This immeasurable suffering is completely erased from the narrative presented inAmerican Sniper. ….

        ‘There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves and sheepdogs,’ says Kyle’s father.  ‘Now, some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world. … those are the sheep.  And then you got predators who use violence to prey on the weak.  They’re the wolves.  And then there are those who have been blessed with the gift of aggression, and the overpowering need to protect the flock.  These men are the rare breed that live to confront the wolf.  They are the sheepdog.’  
For the rest of the movie Kyle is the sheepdog, the protector, the hero.  And Iraqis are the evil wolves he must put down to protect the lives of his fellow ‘sheepdogs.’

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

Arsenal Pulp Press is a book publisher in Vancouver, Canada with over 200 titles currently in print, which include literary fiction and nonfiction; cultural and gender studies; LGBT and multicultural literature; cookbooks, including vegan; alternative crafts; graphic novels; visual arts; and books in translation. We are interested in literature that engage and challenge readers, and which ask probing questions about the world around us.

AMACOM is the publishing arm of the American Management Association. Our broad range of offerings help readers worldwide enhance their personal and professional growth and reach into the future to understand emerging trends and cutting-edge thinking. Freelance submissions accepted. 

The Artist’s Magazine, with a circulation of 60,000, is created for artists and art enthusiasts. It showcases the best work—in all media and in all styles—of the best artists working today. With practical lessons in technique, engaging interviews, lively discussions of timely issues and news of exhibitions and events, The Artist’s Magazine inspires, informs, encourages and instructs so that an artist’s creative life will be filled with success as well as pleasure. Freelance submissions accepted. Guidelines here.

Barricade Books – Independent Publisher – We publish virtually no fiction. Furthermore, we do not publish poetry or children’s books. Proposals of this type will not be considered. We look for quality non-fiction manuscripts–preferably with a controversial lean. We are a publicity-driven publisher, and only accept books with authors committed to promoting themselves and their titles. We look for authors who can talk, articulately, about their books on radio, television, and to the press. Please review the titles on this site.

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Care2 Staff Writer Asheville NC – Write three to four compelling stories a day, while juggling more in-depth feature-length stories; Contribute new and engaging story ideas to help shape our editorial calendar; Hunt for exclusive news reports, compelling animal stories and/or trending content that will drive traffic, generate interest and buzz;
Create articles influenced by news stories and trends in a way that adds value and meaning to our members; Edit and optimize articles and their images, headlines and ledes. 

Houston TX – APQC is seeking a skilled writer and researcher to produce APQC research content. The research specialist is responsible for participating in APQC research and creating research-based articles, white papers, case studies, audio/video recordings, and other content. 

Herndon VA – Welcome to Team Velocity Marketing, where ideas reign supreme. There’s no shame in being ambitious here; career growth is a priority for us – we help one another climb, we don’t climb over one another. Clients aren’t just customers, they’re partners. Integrity and a team-driven environment serve as incubators. If you’re ready to be an idea engineer with some of the best collaborators in the industry, let’s see where you can put your talents to work.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Scammy For Profit Education Shenanigans

clipboardA Naked Capitalism update on a recent example of government/private business collusion to predate on the poor, and a useful source of information for those organizing around education issues: “Corinthian Colleges looked to be on the way to a well-deserved demise as a result of CFPB and Department of Education interventions, as well as investigations and lawsuits by state attorneys general in twenty states along with the SEC. That seemed to imply that students were going to come out as well as they could given the abuses they’d suffered.

It turns out we were naive. After all, this is America, where debtors routinely get the short end of the stick even when the lender engaged in fraud.”

Doomsday Clock Spells Doom

hiro explosion nuke nuclearAn International Clearing House posting that announces that, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (a crucial organization to research when organizing around nuclear issues), humans are one whole order of magnitude closer to utter annihilation: “That’s the grim outlook from board members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Frustrated with a lack of international action to address climate change and shrink nuclear arsenals, they decided today (Jan. 22) to push the minute hand of their iconic “Doomsday Clock” to 11:57 p.m.”

Transformative Common Dreams 

30 Community_gardenAn introduction to a powerful writer, via Tikkun Daily, who presents to  us an inspiring idea that is both ancient and ahead of its time: Think Like a Commoner provides a coherent framework that freshly illustrates the enormous losses that have accompanied the transition to capitalism and its continued entrenchment. It does so by making visible the existence of the commons and the devastating effects of markets and states encroaching on the commons, which they have both been doing for the last several hundred years. At the same time, the book is more about hope than about destruction, because it brings us into the rich and complex world of people managing resources together in a collaborative way. The commons, which are a truly collaborative form, were the principal means of managing resources for millennia, and is gaining momentum in this critical time in human history. This fact is what gives me so much hope and excitement the more I learn about it.”

Cash Strapped Paper Crosses Line

A Seven Days Vermont article about another journalistic institution that capitalism has failed, and how it is seeking innovative ways to finance operations, raising questions of the use of public funds for private enterprise. “Twenty-one years after he cofounded the Bridge, editor and publisher Nat Frothingham says the twice-monthly’s finances are so dire, he’s seeking a $27,254 appropriation from Vermont’s capital city.”

America’s Global War

sniper war attackA Global Research introduction to a professor worth noting for his impeccable research and honesty, in an article that discusses his new and profoundly unsettling book: “The United States and its allies have launched a military adventure which threatens the future of humanity. As we go to press, U.S.and NATO forces have been deployed in Eastern Europe including Ukraine. U.S. military intervention under a humanitarian mandate is proceeding in sub-Saharan Africa. The U.S. and its allies are threatening China under President Obama’s “Pivot to Asia”.”

Venezuelan Conspiracies

A TeleSur article that details plans of right wing thugs in Venezuela to repeat the dishonest process that worked to destabilize Chile’s popularly elected government 42 years ago, and introduces folks organizing for social justice in Latin America with pertinent information: “Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro revealed a recording Wednesday during his annual address to the nation that allegedly exposes a plot by members of the right-wing opposition to sow chaos near supermarkets. Venezuelans have faced product shortages and long lines at stores in large part due to deliberate hoarding by companies; the opposition has deliberately worked to take advantage of these shortages in order to cause disruptions.”

Hyperlocal News Succeeds In Chile

laptop1An interesting piece from Street Fight magazine, which introduces anyone interested in community journalism to a workable model: “The initial goal was not to create a business, but to tell the stories from regions outside of Santiago which are rarely heard in Chile — where the limited news coverage that did exist was generally about scandals or crime. After Domínguez, who had a background working on digital communication with non-profits, observed how Korea’s Oh My News was activating residents to tell their own stories, he wanted to do something similar in Chile. He teamed up with Paula Rojo, a designer, and set out to launch Mi Voz in 2005.”

Accessibility and Quality of Education

A Truth Out brief penned by a clearly thoughtful community college professor who voices his reservations to Obama’s new community college program: “Rather than usher in a golden age, I worry it will signal the end of an era – the end of community college. While I welcome a return to the open-access model, in which high-quality higher education is free to the student, the cost of Obama’s proposal may be too high – and I don’t mean in taxpayer dollars.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

typewriter3Chasing Success

A Media Post article that introduces us to working habits that might help scrappy writers be more effective: “One simple habit can completely transform the way you behave, how effective you can be, and how others perceive you. 

If you want to be a highly regarded powerhouse, all you have to do is be a chaser, not a chasee.”

Journalist Sentencing a Blow to Journalistic Integrity

A Truth Out article that spells out the sobering implications of a hacktivist journalist’s recent sentencing: “”We are … upset about the potential precedent [this sentencing] sets on a government that seeks to further and further expand criminality in an effort to control political activity,” said Defense Attorney Charles Swift after Brown’s sentencing. “From a standpoint of going forward, it’s huge, particularly because media lawyers, media counsel, look at … the trend in the law, particularly in an area of little regulation, like the internet.””

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

solidarityArt and Revolution

A New York Times review of a show that features artists who embraced a larger political message in their art, giving comtemporary artists and writers a chance to think about their own purpose for creating: “All artists want to change the world, usually just by making it take special notice of them, but now and then they do so out of a devotion to larger hopes. “The Left Front: Radical Art in the ‘Red Decade,’ 1929-1940,” a fascinating scholarly show at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery, on Washington Square, illustrates the most sustained convergence of art and political activism in American history.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

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“Cannabis sativa Koehler drawing” por W. Müller Wikimedia Commons

Positive Outlook for Legal Marijuana

A The Hill article that examines positive developments for legal marijuana: “Obama said that the federal government was “not going to spend a lot of resources” enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that had decided to legalize the drug. He also noted that the Department of Justice was examining how to shift policies for nonviolent drug offenders. 

In an interview with The New Yorker last year, Obama appeared to tacitly endorse a Colorado referendum that legalized marijuana in the state.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Predatory Healthcare Practices

A Chief Organizer review of a book that shows the extent that healthcare preys on working people: “Kiel has been all over the story of Heartland Hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri, famous as a staging area for exploration of the West during the Lewis-and-Clark Expedition, and not a lot since, and their practices of dunning patients and sending them over the financial cliff, despite their supposedly nonprofit and completely tax exempt status.  Over the last few years they have put some 6000 of their patients in collection procedures that involved wage garnishment collecting about $3 million a year from the process.  “

1.22.15 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

Happy_Halloween!Paradoxically, those who most nearly approximate honest expression often enough elicit deep suspicions about what they proffer, whereas those whose articulation indubitably reflects duplicitous self-interest and hidden agendas receive little or no scrutiny from the same hapless ‘audiences’ that look askance at authentic interlocutors.

Quote of the Day
“Nothing is original.  Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.  Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows.  Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul.  If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.  Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent.  And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it.  In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: ‘It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.'” Jim Jarmusch.

 

This Day in History

Today is Reunion Day in Ukraine; in the Vatican five hundred nine years ago, the first squadron of Swiss Guard take on the regular duty of protecting the Pope and his environs; eleven years further on, in 1517, Ottoman imperial armies succeeded in driving Mamluk

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“BattleOfHoms1299” by unknown – BNF Nouvelle acquisition française 886, fol. 31v[1].
rulers—from Crimea and Georgia—from suzerainty in Egypt; four years to the day following that point, in 1521, the Holy Roman Empire opened a congress in Germany, one of several Diets of Worms over the centuries, at which one of the key tasks was to indict Martin Luther and attempt to nip the Protestant uprising in the bud; four hundred fifty-three years back, a baby boy gave his first cry on his way to a life as thinker and scientist and humanist Francis Bacon; two hundred twenty-seven years prior to this day-in-time, a male infant was born who would go on to the brief intense life of poet, Lord Byron; one hundred ninety-one years before the here-and-now, on Africa’s Gold Coast, Ashanti fighters temporarily held off British incursions by defeating the European invaders; a quarter century later, in 1849, across the Indian Ocean, English troops successfully ended their siege against Sikh combatants at Multan, Punjab, and, half-a-world away from that, a male child came into the world who would grow up as playwright and philosopher-critic August Strindberg; nine years subsequently on the nose, in 1858, a baby girl was born who would become the acclaimed economist and social democrat, Beatrice Webb; in and around present-day Kenya one hundred thirty-six years ago, the Anglo-Zulu war continued with African forces’ costly defeat of British troops on one battlefield and successful garrison defense of a hundred odd English fighters against thousands of Zulu at another

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Victor V Phonograph

location; a decade exactly hence, in 1889, Columbia Phonograph incorporated in the District of Columbia; seven hundred thirty days on from that point, in 1891,a baby boy uttered his first cry at the start of the life of philosopher and radical Antonio Gramsci; just three hundred sixty-five days subsequently, in Ohio’s capitol city, the United Mine Workers came into existence; a hundred sixteen years back, leaders of half-a-dozen Australian colonies gathered to consider confederation; half-a-world away and six years afterward, in 1905, Bloody Sunday in St. Petersburg initiated the 1905 Revolution in Russia; ninety-eight years prior to the present pass, Woodrow Wilson pleaded for “peace without victory” in the carnage that was taking place in Europe; two years hence, in 1919, nationalist Ukrainians declared a unified East and West, which soon enough becomes a Ukrainian Soviet Republic; a year after, six thousand miles away, the male child took a first breath who would grow up to publish the National Review and spout reaction and ‘conservatism’ at every opportunity; four years after that to the day, in 1924, back across the Atlantic in England, Ramsay MacDonald became the first Labor Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; three years hence, in 1927, across the Atlantic, the wealthy, self-taught historian John Ford Rhodes died; eighty-four

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years ago, the baby boy was born who would go on to pen songs and croon them beautifully as Sam Cooke; sixty-nine years prior to the present pass, in the District of Columbia, the Central Intelligence Group first met en route to the formation of the Central Intelligence Agency; three hundred sixty-five days later precisely, in 1947, the first TV station West of the Mississippi came into being as KTLA in Los Angeles;sixty two years back, a baby male came along who would grow up as the counterculture maven and filmmaker, Jim Jarmusch; forty-seven years before the here-and-now, the United States initiated an operation in Vietnam, ‘Igloo White,’ the purpose of which was to intercept and interrupt all communications between Communists in Indochina; three years further on nearby, in 1971, British Commonwealth states approved the Singapore Declaration that outlined a ‘liberal’ orientation for former British colonies, and heir and publisher Harry Frank Guggenheim—founder of Newsday—breathed his last; two years down the road from that, in 1973, the Supreme Court issued its twin decisions—Roe v. Wade & Doe v. Bolton—that for a brief moment guaranteed abortion rights nationally to women in the U.S.; thirty-one years back, Apple first put its Macintosh computers on the market; three years later, in 1987, distraught politico R. Budd Dwyer blew his brains out during a televised interview; five years to the day after that juncture, in 1992, the first Canadian woman who was also the first neurologist took part in a Space Shuttle mission; Evo Morales nine years ago in Bolivia became South America’s first indigenous Chief Executive.

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UBIQUITOUS TROPES THAT MISUNDERSTAND MATTERS NUCLEAR PERSIST

http://www.counterpunch.org      An absolutely omnipresent contention among ‘progressive energy advocates’ and their ilk, that nuclear power is somehow irrational and that all propositions that promote it are at best insane, here in the form of an essay from Counterpunch that promises what similar assessments have hiro explosion nuke nuclearbeen vowing since before Three Mile Island–to wit that the Modern Nuclear Project in relation to electric power was ludicrous and could not maintain itself, analysis that overlooks repeatedly the real historical, political-economic, and social roots of this form of power in H-bombs and capitalist hegemony, neither of which many nuclear opponents are willing to view as centrally influential in the ‘craziness’ that they otherwise cannot fathom: “Consequently, in a last ditch attempt to belie reality, the nuclear industry endeavors to reinvent itself with a steady parade of better nuclear mouse-traps.  One day it’s the Small Modular Reactor!  Then it’s the Answer to Climate Change!  Or it’s got to be the Fast Integral Reactor!
But the nuclear industry is none of those things.  It’s just over.  It won’t go slowly and it won’t go quietly, and it won’t go without trying to suck up a whole lot more of our tax dollars.  But go it will.  And according to the venerable international investment bank, UBS, that exit will come sooner rather than later.”
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Barrelhouse (est. 2004), which publishes a biannual literary journal and whose stories have appeared in the Best American Nonrequired Reading, has announced an open call to submit stories for a special “riots section” appearing in Issue 15. 

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The Notre Dame Review has opened a three month reading period to curate stories for forthcoming issues. The literary journal, along with its website, publish present-day American and worldwide poetry, fiction, literary commentary, and art. Its purpose is to furnish a breathtaking view of contemporary art and humanities.

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Washington DC – Law360, published by Portfolio Media, Inc. is an online daily newswire that covers breaking legal news for a sophisticated audience of lawyers at firms, corporations and government agencies

Wheatland, WY – If you are passionate about small-town, community journalism and are looking to reside in one of the west’s most open and beautiful areas, we have an excellent job opportunity for you in Wheatland, Wyoming. The Platte County Record-Times, a 1,700 circulation weekly newspaper, is located 70 miles north of Wyoming’s capital city of Cheyenne on Interstate 25. And we’re looking for a new and enthusiastic editor to guide the award-winning newspaper’s editorial content. 

 

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Muslim Response to Paris Attacked

A Tikkun Daily brief that exonerates Muslim authorities and religious institutions of the charge that they have not condemned the Paris attacks enough: “Not only are most Muslim authorities in the Middle East denouncing the al-Qaeda massacres,, but they are engaged in active warfare against extremists and risking the soldiers lives, with hundreds or thousands killed. And those killed by the extremists in Paris included a Muslim policeman named Ahmad and a Muslim copy-editor, a man of broad learning. How many commemorations of the victims mention that they included Muslims?”

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African American History

A Library of Congress resource that assists in studying, writing about, and commemorating African American History month: “Since 1976, February has been designated  as a time to pause and reflect on the experiences and contributions of African Americans. Teaching with the Library of Congress has published many posts that show the impact of African Americans in a wide variety of arenas including the arts, sports,  literature, and politics, with a particular focus on work to ensure equal rights for all. Here is a selection of those posts.”

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The Sad Business of News

A Nieman Lab posting that puts in a grey light the future of newsrooms, and could probably suggest to discerning readers the flaw of trying to run a news organization on a for profit model “Dallas Morning News publisher Jim Moroney makes that point often and succinctly: “How do you deal with all of that? To create a sustainable business model, you have to have growth.” In other words, simply managing decline of the print business won’t get your there. Without new revenue, the sad shrinkage of America’s local news pipeline will continue.”

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A Thought for the Day

The more successfully a plutocratic society develops its capacity to examine and explain what one may imagine as pieces or aspects of phenomena or reality, the more ferociously it fights to forestall any synthetic understanding of any of nature’s ways, whether in social relations or any other sphere, a reactionary and self-destructive tendency that is only remediable by a combination of historical, political-economic, and social-class analyses of every atomized event or compartment of specialized knowledge that those in charge manipulate and distort with impunity as a result of their having successfully sundered the interconnections that are the only basis for a comprehensible comprehension of anything whatsoever.

 

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“Human knowledge is not (or does not follow) a straight line, but a curve, which endlessly approximates a series of circles, a spiral.  Any fragment, segment, section of this curve can be transformed (transformed one-sidedly) into an independent, complete, straight line, which then (if one does not see the wood for the trees) leads into the quagmire, into clerical obscurantism (where it is anchored by the class interests of the ruling classes).” Vladimir Ulyanov(Lenin): https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/quotes.htm.

 

This Day in History

Today is National Hug Day in the United States; in an initiation of thirteen centuries of factionalism, early schisms that followed Muhammad’s death had erupted in civil war and battles throughout the Islamic world, which twelve hundred fifty-two years ago led to a battle in which close relations of the Prophet suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Abbasids who had otherwise consolidated control throughout much of the heart of the Muslim experiment; four hundred ninety years back,the Anabaptist Movement began in Switzerland with a baptism that did not require Church oversight; exactly a decade subsequently, in 1535, in a related development, the Protestant creators of posters the previous November that critiqued Catholic doctrine died in flames in front of Notre Dame; two hundred twenty-six years prior to the present pass, William Brown of Boston published a text that many book hor3consider the first American novel, a tale of adultery and insist and suicide; shortly after his treason trial found him guilty four years later, in 1793, Louis XVI lost his head on the guillotine in Paris; one hundred fifty-four years ago, foretelling the political basis for civil war, Jefferson Davis resigned from the U.S. Senate; three years subsequently to the day, in 1864 half a world away, Maori uprisings began in New Zealand with the Tauranga Campaign; one hundred thirty-one years prior to the present pass, a baby boy was born destined to a long life as author and American Civil Liberties Union co-founder Roger Baldwin; in New York City a hundred seven years back, the City Council passed an ordinance that prohibited women’s smoking in public, a law that the mayor later vetoed; three years later across the Atlantic, in 1911, the first Monte Carlo Road Race took place; ninety one years before today, Vladimir Ulyanov, or Lenin, died in the Soviet Union; a year subsequently, in 1925, Albania first named itself a Republic; seven years later precisely, in 1932, critic and biographer Lytton Strachey drew his final breath; seventy-four years prior to this juncture, a baby girl uttered her first cry en route to a life as a feminist and critic whose married name would be Elaine Showalter; sixty-five years ago, a jury convicted Alger Hiss of perjury in relation to his testimony that he was neither a Communist nor a Soviet spy, both of which charges Whittaker Chambers disputed, though without criminal liability since he was a ‘cooperative witness,’ and across the Atlantic George USSR_Emblem_1936 russia sovietOrwell, chronicler of Big Brother, breathed his last; two years hence, in 1952, a male infant entered the world on his way to a life of ‘comfort’ as an establishment historian and cultural critic known as Louis Menand; sixty-one years ago, Amy Eisenhower broke a bottle of champagne over the hull of the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, the Nautilus, which soon enough would carry megatons of megadeath ready to launch; five years hence, in 1959, director and screenwriter Cecil B. Demille died; three hundred sixty-five days further on, in 1960, the National Aeronautics & Space Administration launched a Mercury spacecraft that carried a Rhesus Monkey on board; forty-seven years before the here-and-now, at Thule Air Base in the Arctic, a giant B-52 crashed, a process that destroyed its four hydrogen bombs as the conventional explosives detonated, initiating a clean-up and accounting for weaponry parts of which have been secret and controversial to this day; thirty-seven years back, President Jimmy Carter issued pardons for all Vietnam War protesters who had evaded the draft and fled the country, mostly to Canada; two decades afterward exactly, in 1997, a House of Representatives vote overwhelmingly censured Newt Gingrich for ethics violations; a Coast Guard interceptor seven hundred thirty days later, in 1999, captured a ship whose cargo was nearly 10,000 pounds of pure cocaine.

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http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/   An absolutely astonishing, ‘can’t make this shit up,’ investigative piece that Naked Capitalism passes on here from Dances With Bears, a richly documented examination of one instance of corruption and venality–all in the name of progress, democracy, IT, and human betterment–that has been sweeping Ukraine with increasing intensity since February, 2014, waves of opportunistic self-dealing and plunder of which Jaanika Merilo’s rise to Ukrainian prominence seems unbelievable despite its tangible veracity: “The case for foreign investment in Ukraine is to be made by a specialist in sado-masochism, cosmetic surgery, and undress. 

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“2014-02-21 11-04 Euromaidan in Kiev” by Amakuha – Own work. –

Jaanika Merilo (above), 35, a member of the Estonian parliament of Ukrainian origin with US and UK training, was appointed the government advisor on foreign investment in Kiev on January 5.  She will report to Aivaras Abromavičius, a Lithuanian and Ukraine’s Minister of Economic Development and Trade since December.  In a press campaign this month which Merilo has authorized, she likens herself to the Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie.
         In London and Brussels, Merrilo has promoted herself as the executive head of the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA), which is backed by Horizon Capital, the US Government-funded operation of Natalie Jaresko, who became the Ukrainian Finance Minister on December 3.  The Warsaw Stock Exchange and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are backers of Merilo’s association, through which she also claims to be a protégé of Sir Richard Branson (below, left), and a “Facebook friend” of Edward Lucas (right).  Lucas is the first e-citizen of Estonia, and is basing his media promotion businessthere. …
          Merilo was asked to clarify the date and purpose of the photographs which she has released on the internet, displaying her in undress, her lips, a knife at her lips, and tasting blood; they were published last week by a website called Peoples Trust Toronto.  Merilo did not reply.  Asked whether funding for the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association has come from government bodies such as the Ukrainian Government, the European Union, EBRD, or the US Agency for International Development, she refused to say.”

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The Colorado Public Radio News Fellowship will develop a new generation of talented, diverse journalists for the public radio system.  CPR News Fellows will be trained in every aspect of public radio journalism – developing story ideas, reporting, writing, producing and editing, for both radio and the web. The fellow will spend time in different areas of the newsroom – newscast/daily reporting, Colorado Matters, beat reporting and digital/social media.

 

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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a major new graduate university focused on becoming a leader in science and technology research and graduate education. Located near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the university’s coastline campus on the Red Sea features high-quality residences, extensive recreational facilities and beach, a multicultural environment, and a high quality of life for employees and their families.

Editorial writer/news feature writer for 25,000 circulation daily newspaper just north of Pittsburgh. This person would assist with the editorial page and write editorials with a moderate point of view, but also would write stories as needed. The county is growing with 3 state parks, 3 colleges in or nearby the county and commercial and resident growth from Pittsburgh. Send a resume and samples of your work to: Mark Mann, managing editor, Butler Eagle, eaglenews@butlereagle.com.

Pace Communications Charlotte NC – If you’re the type of person who geeks out over creating content for digital channels—for whom a great day at work is shaping a lineup of stories, putting together workflow/editorial process, editorial calendars and seeing great ideas come to fruition—this may be the job for you. We’re looking for someone with proven lifestyle editorial chops to assist a fun and growing client with the growth and maintenance of their web site, newsletter program and other digital channels.   

Community Newspapers Inc. Robbinsville NC – Weekly newspaper in the Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina seeking a news/sports reporter with an opportunity to advance in Community Newspapers Inc., with 24 newspapers in North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

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cropped-media-papers-newspaper.jpgMass Surveillance Useless Yet Pervasive

 A Conversation piece that questions the opportunistic deployment of invasive surveillance tactics in wake of Paris attacks: “The French intelligence and security services could not keep track of the Kouachi brothers, known extremists, to a sufficient degree to prevent the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Likewise Amedy Coulibaly who murdered a police officer on the street and four others in a supermarket.

France has blanket electronic surveillance and armed police. It even has the ID cards so beloved (and so tantalisingly out of reach) of Tony Blair and his succession of home secretaries. It has an inquisitorial justice system, the purveyors of the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill’s “prevent duty” seem to be hankering after. It arguably also has a constitution that mass surveillance, at least, offends against.

None of it was enough to stop the Kouchais and Coulibaly.”

 

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Shining Example of Citizen Journalism

A Columbia Journalism Review interview of a fascinating citizen journalist who began his Kickstarter venture after already showing his worth as a DIY ballistics expert, who shares his views on citizen journalism now and in the future: “At the end of The New Yorker piece, Higgins is quoted as saying, about whether others could emulate the model he has established, “Believe me, there are a lot of obsessive people out there who could probably put their passions to a more productive use.” His new project, a website called “Bellingcat,” initially funded via Kickstarter this summer, will give him a chance to prove his point. Higgins, who now publishes under his real name, is its most prolific contributor, but most of the other authors use similar investigate methods. While he says that the site gets as many as half a million visitors on high-traffic days, he adds, “I’m more interested in who reads it than how many.” In this sense, the site’s tagline, “by and for citizen investigative journalists,” is telling: Bellingcat articles are not noteworthy for their literary artistry or for an aspiration to mass digital appeal. They generally are rigorous, evidence-based examinations of extremely specific questions, such as the geolocation of the “June Russian Buk Convoy in Millerovo.”

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Theater and Politics Clash in Peru

A TeleSur brief that tells of the political turmoil that a play that denounced government acts against citizens in the ’70s has caused: “The Peruvian culture minister publicly expressed her support for the play The Captive after the internal affairs minister launched an investigation over suspicion of “apology for terrorism.” 

The culture minister Diana Alvarez Calderon emphasized that the play had also won a competition, with the support of prominent figures from theater and literature figures.”

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Right to Work in Wisconsin

solidarityAn In These Times article that discusses the dire turn that labor policy is taking in Wisconsin: “The potential bill comes on the heels of Gov. Scott Walker’s AB10, which led to massive protests and the eventual crippling of public-sector unions. As it faces this latest threat, Wisconsin labor should ask itself a number of difficult questions:  Can the support of 300 unionized construction firms, which issued a statement expressing opposition to a right-to-work law for Wisconsin, and manufacturers who affirm the value of unions in providing trained workers and raising productivity, be counted on to slow down the anti-union frenzy of Republican legislators, the rest of the business establishment, and the new “astro-turf” group Wisconsin Right to Work with close ties to the billionaire Koch brothers?”

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Israel Technology Theft and Spying

An Information Clearing House report about an egregious case of technology theft by Israel and collusion at the higher levels of the educational institutions: “If Troian’s statements below are accurate, they reveal significant subversion of one of America’s most important scientific institutions. They also provide a case study of how U.S. taxpayer funded scientific technology is stolen by Israel. U.S. agencies periodically name Israel as a top espionage threat against the United States.”

 

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A Thought for the Day

community eat dinnerWherever human beings find themselves in the social arena, those who surround particular actors are cousins, unless of course one’s comrades at a specific juncture are even closer kin: this universal fact completely obliterates the logical or empirical basis for viewing humankind as a collection of races, since such a conclusion inevitably implies biological differences that no set of cousins conceivably could display.

Quote of the Day
“It seems to me / the the great bards of the 20th century are in Publicity / those Keatses and Shelleys singing the Colgate smile / Cosmic Coca-Cola, the pause the refreshes, / the make of car that will take us to the land of happiness. …(and yet in reality), Life is Subversive, …You can’t be with God and be neutral. / True contemplation is resistance.  And poetry, / gazing at clouds is resistance I found out in jail.”  Ernesto Cardenal.
This Day in History

In Presidential election years in the United States, today is Inauguration Day, and frequently the State of the Union speech that the Constitution mandates occurs on or around this day as

Lyrics to "Solidarity Forever" from UE song book, 1952 (Helen Quirini Papers)
Lyrics to “Solidarity Forever” from UE song book, 1952 (Helen Quirini Papers)

well, and furthermore, a century ago two days ago, the iconic lyrics for Solidarity Forever first issued from the International workers of the World; in Rome seventeen hundred sixty-five years ago, Decius issued imperial orders to capture and execute practicing Christians, mandates that resulted in the martyrdom of Pope Fabian and countless others; three quarters of a millennium back, the English Parliament for the first time included representatives from large towns and urban areas that did not require blood ties to specified royal or noble families; across the Atlanic three centuries and two years later, in 1567,French imperial hopes in Brazil came to an ugly end as Portuguese forces decisively defeated France’s colonial contingent; the English King, Charles Stuart, three hundred sixty-six years prior to the present pass began the trial for his life for high crimes such asold american revolution-Declaration_independence treason; two hundred thirty-two years back, Great Britain signed a peace treaty with France and Spain that ended the American Revolution; seven hundred thirty days hence, in 1785, on the other side of the globe, Vietnamese forces executed a surprise attack on invading Siamese troops on the Mekong River, annihilating the entire army of the interlopers; a hundred seventy-four years ago, as part of its spoils of victory in its success in forcing Opium on the Chinese in the First Opium War, English forces occupied Hong Kong for the first time in what would end up a century-and-a-half ‘lease;’ one hundred thirty-eight years before the here-and-now, a ‘Great Powers’ conference in Constantinople continued carving up the faltering Ottoman Empire with a compromise disposition of Bulgaria and other parts of the Balkans that represented a compromise between Britain and Russia; a decade subsequently to the day, in 1887, half-a-world away in environs where another empire was flexing its young muscle, the U.S. Navy received permission to lease Pearl Harbor as its Eastern Pacific naval base; ninety-five years ago, the American Civil Liberties Union first came into existence, and the baby boy wasAP1310-eight-8-and-a-half-federico-fellini-movie-poster born who  would grow up to direct and write films as Federico Fellini; a year to the day afterward, in 1921, Turkey adopted its first Constitution, which inaugurated post-Ottoman rule; four years to the day later, in 1925, the male child entered the world who would become poet, priest, and Liberation Theology leader Ernesto Cardenal; In Old Arizona eighty-six years before today became the first completely ‘sound-tracked’ film to appear nationwide in theaters; seventy-three years back, German Nazi leaders at the Wannsee Conference engaged in extensive planning to carry out the so-called ‘final solution,’ exterminating Jewish, Communist, and other ‘undesireables;’ seven years hence across the Atlantic, in 1949, Harry Truman announced in his inaugural address the establishment of a four part plan to aid poor countries with credits, cash, and commodities, an aspect of U.S. imperial plans at that juncture; a year later to the day, in 1950, a baby boy squalled loudly for the first time, eventually maturing into critic and poet Edward Hirsch; forty radio stations four years exactly hence, in 1954, joined to create the National Negro Network to broadcast messages favorable to civil rights and more; three hundred sixty-five days down the road, Pulitzer Prize poet Robert P.T. Coffin breathed his last; fifty-six years ago, a male infant was born who would go on to wildly popular acclaim as a science fiction writer by the name of R.A. Salvatore; another poet, Robinson Jeffers, fifty-three years back died near his home in Carmel, California, where he had for years celebrated nature and self-reliance and opposed war; two years later, in 1964, a baby boy drew his first breath on his way to a life as journalist and accused plagiarist Zareed Fakaria; forty-six years ago, East Pakistan police shot and killed a Bangladeshi activist, inciting uproar at least partially responsible for civil war and the hiro explosion nuke nuclearcreation of the nation of Bangladesh; three years after that, in 1972, Pakistan secretly inaugurated the program that led it to the acquisition of a sizeable thermonuclear arsenal; ‘miraculously,’ within a half-hour of his inauguration thirty-four years ago, Ronald Reagan received ‘credit’ for the release of the remaining hostages that Iran had held after ousting the Shah; five years later on the nose, in 1986, the U.S. first celebrate Martin Luther King Day;another five years hence, in 1991, seven thousand miles away in Sudan, the ruling government practically guaranteed civil war by declaring Sharia Law throughout the country, including in the Christian South; sixteen years back, the China News Service instituted restrictions and penalties against untrammeled Internet access, especially in so-called Internet Cafes.

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http://www.nature.com       An assessment from Nature of how scientists are grappling with defining the parameters of human ecological impact, in particular the likely establishment of a new epoch that reflects such human inputs, with the current favorite benchmark for the initiation of this Anthropocene era the first ignition of nuclear weapons in New Mexico seven decades ago: “Zalasiewicz did the study with 25 other members of a working group that is exploring whether and how to formally define the Anthropocene.   In their paper, the researchers propose that the boundary should be defined by the first A-bomb test in 1945 and the stratigraphic presence of radioactive elements from that blast and the much larger nuclear ones that took place over the next decade.

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         These radionuclides, such as long-lived plutonium-239, appeared at much the same time as many other large-scale changes wrought by humans in the years immediately following the Second World War.  Fertilizer started to be mass produced, for instance, which doubled the amount of reactive nitrogen in the environment, and the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere started to surge.  New plastics spread around the globe, and a rise in global commerce carried invasive animal and plant species between continents.  Furthermore, people were increasingly migrating from rural areas to urban centres, feeding the growth of megacities.  This time has been called the Great Acceleration. …
          Colin Waters, a geologist with the British Geological Survey in Keyworth, and an author on both papers, says that the working group is still exploring a number of ideas.  ‘We’re nowhere near coming to a definition at this stage,’ he adds.
          The working group’s goal is to put out some specific ideas that will provoke discussion, says Zalasiewicz.  In 2016, the group plans to forward a formal recommendation to the Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy on whether and how to define the Anthropocene.  That body will consider the proposal and pass along its decision to the International Commission on Stratigraphy, which has the ultimate authority over setting new geological time units.”

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Dash – Open to submissions of mega short fiction and poetry. The regular reading period is January 1 — March 1. Also offers a $10 poetry contest, deadline March 1.

St Francis College Literary Prize – The biannual $50,000 Literary Prize is sponsored by St. Francis College to offer its support and encouragement to the literary community and mid-career authors who have recently published their 3rd to 5th work of fiction. 

Spirit First is pleased to announce its 6th annual meditation poetry contest. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of Meditation, Mindfulness, Silence, Stillness, or Solitude (we are referring to peaceful solitude – not loneliness). Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished.

Pathfinders (est. 1997) is inviting freelance writers to submit travel destination articles for future issues. – See more at:  http://writingcareer.com/
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The James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence Program offers one 4-1/2 month residency between mid-January and the end of May, and three or four shorter residencies of 2 to 6 weeks during the months between Labor Day and mid-January. In recognition of Merrill’s own contributions to the Stonington community and his longstanding generosity to fellow writers, the fellowship provides living and working space to a writer in search of a quiet setting to complete a project of literary or academic merit.

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Freelance sports writer for Australia – You must have experience in covering at least one of the major American sports, and preferably more, with a preference for opinion writing as opposed to straight news or reportage.

The Billings Gazette needs a tenacious, aggressive reporter who is willing to get into the office at 6 a.m. We’re looking for someone who enjoys a variety of breaking news, spot news and enterprise reporting as we hire our next full-time general assignment reporter. 

Houstonia (Houston, TX) magazine, the top-selling newsstand title in the country’s fourth largest city, seeks a versatile writer/editor to join our editorial staff. 

GEORGIA Magazine (Atlanta GA) – This Associate Editor’s position assists the editor and managing editor in planning and producing GEORGIA Magazine’s monthly print and digital editions.

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Measuring Expenditures in Non Profit Sector

A link from the National Academies Press to a 148 page study on the research and development expenditures in the U.S. Nonprofit Sector.

 

Veteran Newsman Journalism Legacy

A Washington Post retrospective that describes the distinguished career of a news reporter who advocated for public media and the role of journalism in democracy: “After more than 40 years on the air, Bill Moyers has turned off his microphone. While the longtime face of public broadcasting had threatened to retire in the past, this time he has assured us that we have heard his final farewell. His voice and regular presence will be deeply missed, but his legacy, and his impact on public life will surely live on.”

historical strikeRevitalizing a Dwindling Labor Movement

A Jacobin article that discusses the seeming end of the union movement, and offers a solution that hearkens to the past: “The writing is on the wall: unions as we have known them since the 1930s are in their terminal stage, and likely have only a short time left as a social institution of any major political significance. The private sector is essentially union-free, and public-sector unions don’t have the capacity to defend themselves against legislative and judicial assaults, even in states that are supposedly union strongholds (see Wisconsin and Michigan).”

Police State Justified by Hebdo Acts

A Countercurrents offering that looks into one of the obvious and inevitable consequences of the Paris attacks: “Governments throughout Europe have responded to the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in France by moving quickly to push through a raft of anti-democratic measures. They are exploiting the shock and confusion generated by the event in Paris to take actions that have long been prepared, but that have so far encountered resistance.”

Prescient Tupac Interview

A Rolling Stone posting of a telling and powerful interview with Tupac, where he expresses things both true today, and that predicted his own life: “A little over two weeks before his death, Tupac Shakur said he was “in the midst of war” during a junket with his fellow Gang Related actor Jim Belushi. The previously unreleased interview – which took place on August 27th, 1996, 18 days before the rapper was murdered in Las Vegas at the age of 25 – surfaced on a Tupac message board, according to HipHopDX.”

 

"Solar panels in Ogiinuur" by Chinneeb - Own work.
“Solar panels in Ogiinuur” by Chinneeb – Own work.

Greener More Democratic Utilities

A Shareable post that discusses advances in the utility business model, to better reflect the opportunities present in renewables, and how more to optimize utilities: “Among those concerned with the United States’ energy future—including, increasingly, the utility companies themselves—the business model known as “Utility 2.0” appears as a beacon of hope. Utility 2.0 addresses the concerns of both energy watchdogs and conventional electricity utilities by offering the latter financial incentives to adopt greener, more flexible infrastructure. But while this new paradigm presents solutions to many of the problems associated with centralized, fossil fuel-reliant power grids, some argue that it does not go far enough. In a December 2014 report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, John Farrell makes the case for a more radical shift, which he calls “Utility 3.0” or “energy democracy.” By relocating control and ownership from the utilities to their customers, Farrell argues, Utility 3.0 allows communities to take advantage of the economic as well as the environmental benefits of the shift to clean energy.”

MH-17 Case Information Under Wraps

An Information Clearing House article that questions the lack of transparency in the MH-17 case, despite evidence that governments already have which they will not release: “The Obama administration continues to drag its feet on releasing U.S. intelligence evidence on who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 six months ago, a failure that has given the guilty parties time to scatter and has created a new breeding ground for conspiracy theories.”

 

Bob Jagendorf
Bob Jagendorf

Profiting Off Prisoners

A Truth Out posting that calls out of the darkness the companies that most profit from an unjust and inefficient incarceration system: “Many other companies, most of them off the popular radar, are also benefiting from epidemic prison and jail building. Some may even be even operating in your neighborhood. Here we’ll do a quick sketch of five such companies, outline their activities, ponder their deeds of infamy, and reflect a little on how to curtail their profiteering.”

Capitalism v.  Human Survival

A Jacobin assessment of the work of a well known Canadian thinker, and her trilogy that has evolved into a true indictment of capitalism: “This shift centers on both her assessment of the movement — more than ever before, Klein expresses frustrations with the movement she is part of and still sees as fundamental to social change — and her deeper appreciation of capitalism “as the main enemy.” On this latter point, her earlier criticisms of particular aspects of capitalism have now expanded into suggesting — or at least coming very close to suggesting — that capitalism has become the central barrier to human survival and progress.”

 

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

 

Desk - Bright Meadow Flickr
Desk – Bright Meadow Flickr

Perils of Technology and Multitasking

A Guardian article that describes the ways that modern technology enables behaviours and habits that are not optimal to most effective brain function: “But there’s a fly in the ointment. Although we think we’re doing several things at once, multitasking, this is a powerful and diabolical illusion. Earl Miller, a neuroscientist at MIT and one of the world experts on divided attention, says that our brains are “not wired to multitask well… When people think they’re multitasking, they’re actually just switching from one task to another very rapidly. And every time they do, there’s a cognitive cost in doing so.” So we’re not actually keeping a lot of balls in the air like an expert juggler; we’re more like a bad amateur plate spinner, frantically switching from one task to another, ignoring the one that is not right in front of us but worried it will come crashing down any minute. Even though we think we’re getting a lot done, ironically, multitasking makes us demonstrably less efficient.”

Social Media Rules Publishing

A Digiday post that describes the role of social media in the publishing world, and how it can affect the profession of journalism: The New York Times may deny that it’s playing the BuzzFeed game, but there’s no getting around the fact that with the homepage declining in importance as a source of publishers’ traffic, the pressure to use social media to find readers has never been greater.”

 

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pens Keith Williamson Flickr

Solving Unsolvable Problems

A blog post that discusses methodologies intelligent people utilize to solve seemingly unsolvable problems: “Put simply, mental models are the set of tools that you use to think. Each mental model offers a different framework that you can use to look at life (or at an individual problem). Feynman’s strategy of differentiating under the integral sign was a unique mental model that he could pull out of his intellectual toolbox and use to solve difficult problems that eluded his peers. Feynman wasn’t necessarily smarter than the math Ph.D. students, he just saw the problem from a different perspective.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

Good use of time in hospital. Poster, 1919.
Good use of time in hospital. Poster, 1919.

Art from War

A  Library of Congress posting about an initiative after WWI that proved that creative expression can cure the oppressive influence of a devastating war: “On Thursday, January 22nd, Tara Tappert, an independent scholar who has spent the past twelve months as a David B. Larson Fellow in Health & Spirituality at the John W. Kluge Center, will examine how and why medical institutions and social organizations embraced arts and crafts making in the aftermath of war in a talk entitled, “Art from War: Documenting Devastation/Realizing Restoration.” Using examples from her research in Library of Congress visual and textual collections, Tappert will explore how two distinctly different artistic approaches to the experiences of war trauma–documentation and restoration–can be traced to the devastation of World War I.”

Mind Control from Business Interests

A Public Integrity posting that shows the depth business will take to push their interests: Trade groups like the American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent more than $1.2 billion on contractors for advertising, public relations and marketing services from 2008 to 2012. That dwarfs what they spent on top lobbying contracts.

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Fascist Group in Germany

A Z Communications article about an alarming new trend in Europe: “Pegida started around 13 Weeks ago with marches of several thousand people, but these marches grew very quickly. There are obviously fascist and right-wing extremists in this movement, but they managed to attract many “ordinary” people with right-wing tendencies from the middle class and even from the lower classes. It is actually a right-wing grass-roots movement, that was organized through the internet and social network sites – and it grew steadily by not only regional, but also countrywide mobilizations.”

 

By Lev. Anthony (Own work)
By Lev. Anthony (Own work)

Paris Massacre More than Meets the Eye

A Countercurrents post that states the suspicious facts about the Charlie Hebdo attacks: “We begin by saluting the people of France for not surrendering to xenophobia and fear and for standing united at a moment of a grave national crisis. The ‘March for Unity’ has shown the way as to how nations should respond to mass psychosis and fear that are generated after massive terror attacks that are increasingly becoming the norm. … The following our detailed facts that have been garnered from various sources. The following Five Facts prove that Paris was a False Flag terror operation.”

 

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

 

"Adderallrx" by FtWashGuy
“Adderallrx” by FtWashGuy

Drug Use Trends

A Crime Report posting that shows that heroin usage is on the rise:

Prescription drug abuse may be on the decline in the U.S. after two decades of steady growth, according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine, but researchers caution that some users may have shifted to heroin use.

Researchers examined data from five drug abuse monitoring programs that combined assess hundreds of thousands of drug abuse patients.”

Poverty in Public Schools

A Marketplace brief about the rising rate of poverty in public schools: “We’ve passed a sobering milestone in this country. For the first time in at least 50 years, the majority of students in public schools are considered poor. That’s according to a new report from the Southern Education Foundation, which found that more than half of students in 2013 qualified for free and reduced-price lunch at school. Eligibility for free or reduced lunch is a widely-used, if imperfect, measure of poverty.”

1.19.15 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

False witness and the Golden Rule are more clearly incompatible than a pearly early morning light and the howling blackness of the Northern pole at midnight on the Winter Solstice, yet the articulations of contemporary difficulties by those who own the Earth almost universally express a blaming of one or another—or all—of those who have little or nothing to work with in the realm of the here and now, a more profound instantiation of ‘false witness’ than any other characterizing of others than is otherwise imaginable, since censuring those without power represents a fundamental violation of the physics of political reality, that responsibility is only possible in the presence of authentic authority.

Quote of the Day
“My New Year’s Eve Toast: to all the devils, lusts, passions, greeds, envies, loves, hates, strange desires, enemies ghostly and real, the army of memories, with which I do battle — may they never give me peace. (New Year’s Eve, 1947)”  Patricia Highsmith.

 

This Day in History


In addition to the general U.S. celebration of Martin Luther King Day, a few jurisdictions—such as Texas and Mississippi and other bastions of White Supremacy—also celebrate Robert E. Lee or Confederate Heroes Day of something similar; a thousand six
Theodosius_II_solidus_Constantinople_439_450_gold_4480mghundred thirty-six years ago, Flavius Augustus became the last Roman Emperor to oversee both the Eastern and Western sections of the empire; more or less a millennia and four decades subsequently, in 1419, Henry V’s soldiers captured Rouen and with it reinstituted British control of Normandy; three hundred fifty-three years back, Thomas Venner, a skilled craftsman recently returned from two decades in New England died by hanging, drawing, and quartering for his part in leading a rebellion in London against Cromwell and the accession of Charles II; two hundred eighty six years ago, British playwright and wit William Congreve died; seven years later, in 1736, a male infant came into the world who matured to be scientist and inventor James Watt; two hundred fifty-one years before the here-and-now, writer, Radical Bourgeois, libertine, and Member of Parliament John Wilkes lost his seat on charges of seditious libel; twenty-four years after that, in 1788, the second part of the initial British fleet to claim Australia dropped anchor in Botany Bay; a decade hence exactly, in 1798, a boy child was born who would grow up as thinker and theorist Auguste Comte;  two hundred nine years ago, England first occupied the Cape of Good Hope, initiating more than a century of dominance of South Africa; three years later on, in 1809, and plus—or-minus eight

Benjamin Haas flickr
Benjamin Haas flickr

thousand miles away, a baby boy was born who would grow up to create marvels as Edgar Allan Poe; crossing the Andes from Argentina a hundred ninety-eight years prior to the present pass, plus or minus 5,500 soldiers under the leadership of Jose San Martin succeeded in separating first Chile and then Peru from Spanish suzerainty; one hundred eighty-six years back, Goethe’s first installment of Faust had its premier performance in Berlin; a decade later exactly, in 1839, a small detachment of Royal Marines secured Aden for the British East India Company, and eventually for British imperial and British Petroleum imprimatur, rule that would officially cover the next thirteen decades and in effect manifest hegemony through the present moment; three hundred sixty five days afterward, in 1840, in the height of the Southern Hemisphere Summer, Charles Wilkes finished a circumnavigation of Antarctica that caused him to claim the entire continent for the United States; a hundred forty years ago, Georgia became the fifth Southern State to secede from the United States, portending bloody Civil War; four years to the day hence, in 1865, French thinker Pierre Proudhon died across the Atlantic; with a victory at St. Quentin in the Parisian suburbs one 381px-Edison_and_phonograph_edit1hundred forty-four years ago, Prussian forces moved closer to crushing the French in their war; a dozen years into the future, in 1883, Thomas Edison oversaw the first urban use of overhead wires to deliver electricity in Northern New Jersey; one hundred sixteen years back, the United Kingdom’s colonial project elicited the formation of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan; one century ago on the nose, German Zeppelin’s initiated a century of bombing of civilians from the air, and neon first entered the marketplace as signage; five years hence, in 1920, the U.S. Senate rejected U.S. entry into the League of Nations; a year later exactly, in 1921, a baby girl uttered her first cry en route to a life as novelist Patricia Highsmith; seventy-two years back, a baby girl was born who would write and belt out songs as Janis Joplin; sixty-nine years prior to this point, Douglas MacArthur initiated War Crimes Tribunals against Japanese war criminals; three years further on, in 1949, Cuba recognized Israel; four years subsequently, in 1953, nearly three-quarters of U.S. televisions tuned to Lucille Ball’s birth pangs on her show with husband and Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz; fifty-five years ago, Japan and the U.S. swore allegiance to each other in a formal declaration; Iran and the U.S. thirty-four years back agreed to arrangements to release the remaining hostages whose incarceration had followed on the ouster of the Shah of Iran’s police state; seven hundred thirty days along from 480px-Apple_Lisathat juncture, in 1983, Apple Computer issued its first personal work station, the Lisa, and authorities arrested Nazi Klaus Barbie in Bolivia; three years later precisely, in 1986, the first ‘wild’ computer virus entered the virtual ecosphere from Pakistan; both the Czech Republic and Slovakia entered the United Nations as full members twenty-two years back; the National Aeronautics & Space Administration nine years ago, in 2006, launched its first New Horizons explorer that NASA intended as a vehicle to explore Pluto and the outer Solar System; a half-dozen years after that, in 2012, Megaupload went down in Hong Kong as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies closed in.book hor2

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RIGHT TO WORK FOR LESS IN WISCONSIN

U.S. DEPRESSION BREAD LINEhttp://inthesetimes.com  From In These Times a news analysis of likely forthcoming moves North of Chicago to make Wisconsin an ‘open shop’ bastion in the industrial heartland, in other words a reactionary hotbed of anti-union programs and protocols: “Can labor and its allies re-frame the fundamental issue as that of restructuring the economy to raise living standards for the vast majority?  Or will Wisconsin use a new ‘right-to work’ law to further disenfranchise working people?  Is labor ready to fully mobilize its members who have sustained a series of political defeats since the massive 2011 rebellion—AB 10’s enactment,  Walker turning back an historic recall effort in 2012, and his reelection on Nov. 4?  Are union members—long accustomed to automatic dues check off and often viewing their membership as a kind of ‘insurance policy’ upon which they can passively rely to protect their interests—fully aware of what ‘right-to-work’ means and ready to fight it?
With the right-to-work legislation now being drafted before the 9next legislative session begins January 14, labor faces a set of rabid opponents—including top Republican legislative leaders and the central corporate lobby—even though Gov. Scott Walker is urging his Republican allies to adopt a go-slow approach while he focuses public attention on his budget plans.  However, while Walker (who is increasingly viewed as a GOP presidential hopeful) seemingly wishes to avoid the image of inciting one massive conflict after another, labor leaders have said they think he would sign a right-to-work bill if it was passed through the state’s legislature.  Walker sponsored a ‘right-to-work’ bill almost as soon as he entered the legislature in 1993.
The anti-labor alliance wants to make Wisconsin the 25th ‘right-to-work’ state in the U.S., joining Indiana, which passed it in 2011, and Michigan in 2012 as one-time Midwestern union bastions being transformed into union-hostile, low-wage right to work states.  Republican legislators, now almost uniformly hardline anti-union conservatives, hold overwhelming (and shamelessly gerry-manderedmajorities in both the State Senate  (18-15) and Assembly (63-36 ).”

 

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

The Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships are unrestricted $7,500 awards given to Kentucky artists who have achieved a high level of excellence and creativity in their work. Who’s eligible? Professional Kentucky artists who are responsible for creating their own work. Deadline February 15, 2015.

 

Using a positive attitude to improve your life. We are looking for true stories of no more than 1,200 words about how you changed your life, solved a problem, or overcame a challenge because you used your positive thinking and put your best efforts into achieving your goals. Pays $200 and ten copies of the book. Deadline April 30, 2015.
IOWA ARTUP!
http://www.iowaartscouncil.org/programs/artups/iaartups.shtml
ArtUps are free professional development events presented by the Iowa Arts Council for Iowa’s artists, arts organizations and communities. ArtUps provide online and in-person learning and networking opportunities to enhance the quality and capacity of the arts field in Iowa.
PLANNING
Planning is published 10 times a year by the American Planning Association. It offers news and analyses of events in planning (including suburban, rural, and small town planning, environmental planning, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, social planning, and urban design). Pays $100-$1,000 per article, depending on length, quality, and topic.
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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Web Writer/Editor – International association is seeking a Web Writer/Editor with a degree in economics. This newly created position will be responsible for expanding general understanding of economics as a discipline in order to reach a larger, more diverse audience and to inform and support key membership audiences with specialized content: news, analysis, and research summaries and highlights.

Verisk Analytics seeks an experienced writer, editor, and communications project manager to join our corporate communications team. 

Billings Gazette (MT) – We’re not just looking for a reporter who can tell us what’s happening in law enforcement and the courts. We’re looking for someone to explain why those things are happening. We want a reporter who will see the trends and tell the story of the people whose lives are affected by what happens in the court system and law enforcement. We’re looking for our next justice reporter (cops and courts, primarily). 

The Free Press of Kinston (NC)  is seeking an energetic general assignment reporter whose primary responsibilities include covering education in a three-county area.

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Web Annotation 

An MIT Technology Review article that discusses a startup that begun as an annotation place for rap music, which is clearly spreading to all aspects of culture: “The collaborative annotation tools offered on the Genius website have been used to enhance documents including works by Kanye West, Jane Austen, and the U.S. Supreme Court. The company and its big idea have attracted $57 million in investment and a recent flurry of media interest after it hired the New Yorker’s music critic to help annotate song lyrics. Yet in some ways Lehman’s vision for the future is also ancient history.”

 

"Solar panels in Ogiinuur" by Chinneeb - Own work.
“Solar panels in Ogiinuur” by Chinneeb – Own work.

Renewables in Sunny Cuba

An Eco Watch offering that sheds light into the renewable revolution occurring in Cuba: “While Cuba is an island full of sun, rivers and windy coasts, only four percent of the island’s electricity is generated from renewable energy. The island hopes to soon change that, with a goal of generating 24 percent of its energy from renewables by 2030, and Granma is leading the way.”

New Quarterly Left Magazine

A new quarterly journal and review of interest to anyone interested in alternatives to the current narratives in politics: “Potemkin is a quarterly left magazine on current political, economic and intellectual issues, edited by an international group of researchers bound together by a common commitment to radical Enlightenment values, revolutionary left causes and an internationalist orientation. At a time of growing popular unrest, which nonetheless does not guarantee a progressive future, especially in the face of the imminent threat of reactionary forces rallying populations behind their agendas, we strive to contribute to a much-needed revitalization of left viewpoints.”

 

By 2bgr8 via Wikimedia Commons
By 2bgr8 via Wikimedia Commons

Inequality and Wealth Consolidation

A British Social rights organization briefing that studies the nature of  wealth concentration as a consequence of unrestricted greed and policy-aided consolidation of power: “This briefing explains Oxfam’s methodology and data sources and updates key inequality statistics, such as Oxfam’s frequently cited fact in 2014: ‘85 billionaires have the same wealth as the bottom half of the world’s population’”

‘We Can’ – Party of the People in Spain

A Nation piece that talks about a powerful emerging new party in Spain it would do everyone good to keep an eye on: “Left and right, he added, are metaphors that are no longer “useful in political terms”: “the fundamental divide now [is] between oligarchy and democracy, between a social majority and a privileged minority.” Or, as Podemos likes to put it, between la gente and la casta, the people and the caste.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

guitar musicFoundation for Arts

An Inside Philanthropy article that introduces us to a new foundation that assists artist not only in regards to project funding, but also kickstarting career development: “But what if there was a foundation that merged the best of both words, providing artists with immediate start-up funding while coupling it with long-term financial assistance? Well, we wouldn’t have posed this question if the answer wasn’t in the affirmative. The foundation is Creative Capital, and it just awarded $4,370,000 to 46 moving image and visual arts projects.”

Once Upon a Midnight Dreary

A Library of Congress posting that takes us down  the journey that Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous poem has taken: “Today, January 19th, we celebrate the 206th birthday of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe was an American writer, poet, and critic during the romantic era and is perhaps best known for his stories of mystery and horror. He published many short stories during his career and is said to have invented the genre of detective fiction. One of his most famous works, the poem “The Raven,” was first published 170 years ago, in January 1845.””

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

193px-PikiWiki_Israel_32304_The_Internet_Messenger_by_Buky_SchwartzInternet and Metaphors

A Verge article that examines the way that most of the internet consists of the extensive use of metaphors that seek to connect tangible things to the intangible reality of the web: “The internet is everywhere now, so it’s harder to use totalizing metaphors that describe the it as a separate space. The division between physical space and the internet posited by “cyberspace” — digital dualism, as Nathan Jurgensen calls it — was always dubious, but it’s especially hard to maintain when you use Google Maps, Yelp, Uber, and other apps to navigate and interact with the world. People stumbling into things while looking at their phones is both a measure of them being “elsewhere” and a measure of how present the internet is in the physical world.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

Thomassin Mickael
Thomassin Mickael

Rebellion and Self Rule in Mexico

A Guardian posting that introduces us to the waves of self-empowerement and political unrest unleashing through Mexico: “Over the past three months, dozens of town halls across Mexico’s southern state of Guerrero have been taken over by members of an amorphous movement calling for “popular government”. The protesters – some of whom have been armed – have also called for the army to close its bases and leave the region.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Psychology Idealizing Denigrating

A posting from an online psychology/philosophy series that introduces viewers to different thinkers: “Melanie Klein was a great psychotherapist who teaches us how to stop either idealising or denigrating others.”