A Thought for the Day
Among 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.
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This Day in History
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 centuries 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 wide-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 intervened 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 organization 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.'”
JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS
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.
Louisville KY – The Courier-Journal is seeking an investigative/enterprise reporter for its police and public safety beat. The successful candidate must be skilled at searching through records, understanding and developing databases, holding public officials accountable and producing strong watchdog work.
ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING
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.”
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.”
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.”
WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS
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
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.]”
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
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.”