A Thought for the Day
Often enough, the ability to accomplish many things comes down to a willingness to forego standards and protocols and elect to make things up as one goes along, accepting that perfection stands in opposition to achievement when events cascade like a rushing waterfall.
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This Day in History
Around the world, today is Polar Bear Day; Roman co-emperors sixteen hundred thirty-five years ago issued edicts ‘requesting’ all citizens to covert to ‘trinitarian’ Christianity; forty-five years hence, in 425, the daughter-in-law of one of those imperial masters helped to found the University of Constantinople; four hundred fifty-five years back, England’s rulers and the Lords of the Congregation of Scotland validated the Treaty of Berwick to expel the French from Scotland; two hundred thirty-three years before the here and now, Parliament voted against further funding of war with America’s colonies; two hundred fourteen years prior to the present pass, the District of Columbia by law came under the direct jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress; six years later, in 1807, a baby boy was born who grew up as popular poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; another half-decade afterward, in 1812, Manuel Belgrano first raised the flag of an independent Argentina, and Lord Byron delivered his first House-of-Lords speech, a defense of
Luddite protests in Nottinghamshire; one hundred fifty-five years ago, Abraham Lincoln delivered his controversial-but-acclaimed speech at Cooper Union in New York, which many credit for his subsequent election to President; three hundred sixty-six days subsequently, in 1861, Russian troops fired on Polish protesters who demanded independence from Moscow rule; two years further on, in 1863, a baby boy came into the world who would mature as philosopher and academic George Herbert Mead; another half-decade further on, in 1868, a female infant uttered her first cry en route to a life as environmental and occupational health scientist and advocate Alice Hamilton; two decades thereafter, in 1888, the baby male came along who would become popular and academic historian Arthur Schlesinger; a hundred eighteen years back, the baby girl who would become world-famous singer Marian Anderson was born; three years thereafter, in 1900, the British Labor Party came into existence; two years closer to the present, in 1902, the baby boy took a first breath who would grow up to win the Nobel Prize in literature as John Steinbeck; a decade hence to the day, in 1912, across the Atlantic in French Africa, a male child gave his first cry on his way to a life as acclaimed novelist Lawrence Durrell; ninety-four years before this precise moment, the International Working Union of Socialist Parties came into existence in opposition to the Bolshevik’s dominance in the Third International; a year later exactly, in 1922, the Supreme Court upheld female suffrage as promulgated by the Nineteenth Amendment; eleven years after that point, in 1933, the German Parliament building, the Reichstag, burned in a stepping-stone to Nazi dominance of German politics; just a year afterward, in 1934, across the Atlantic, two baby boys entered the world, the first to grow up as activist, lawyer, and author Ralph Nader, the second to become thinker and writer of Native American matters, N. Scott Momaday; seventy-nine years ago, Russian Nobellist Ivan Pavlov died; three years later, in 1939, the Supreme Court fulfilled its standard function of ruining the rights of workers with its declaration that sit-down strikes were illegal; three hundred sixty-five days beyond that, in 1940, two scientists at Berkeley discovered the radioactive isotope of Carbon that revolutionized the dating of ancient artifacts; two years nearer the present pass, in 1942, a girl infant took her first breath on the way to becoming, as Charlayne Hunter-Gault, the first African American to attend the University of Georgia, ultimately becoming a working journalist; a year beyond that juncture, in 1943, across the Atlantic in Germany, the Rosenstrasse protests against interdicting German Jews who had married German women unfolded; forty-two years back, American Indian Movement activists occupied Wounded
Knee, South Dakota in protest at ill-treatment and historical crimes against indigenous Americans; sixteen years later, in 1989, 3000 miles south in Venezuela, riots against repressive rule, the Caracazo upheaval, began against the government there; eleven years before this point, the initial report from John Jay College, commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, came out with its damning conclusions about sexual abuse on the part of priests, and Marxist economist and thinker Paul Sweezy took his final breath; four years after that day, in 2008, ‘conservative’ thinker William F. Buckley enjoyed his final day on Earth.
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TOP OF THE FOLD
http://www.theguardian.com A Guardian news briefing about the most recent fascist outpourings from Wisconsin, in which the Reichsfuhrer Walker compares trade-unionists to Islamic State in Iraq & Syria killers, while saying his attacks on the former would prepare him to fight the latter, thereby at once conflating his ignorance of the world with his blustering viciousness at the same time that he illustrates the kinds of class warfare that many other articles have noted in regard to Wisconsin’s ‘right-to-work-for-nothing’ legislation, in stark contrast to a recent small-town news outlet in the ‘Cheese State’ that has thrived with a city-subsidy for its operations, much more so in keeping with Wisconsin’s social democratic traditions that the likes of Walker are arrogantly insisting that they will successfully subvert: “‘I want a commander-in-chief who will do everything in their power to make sure the threat from Islamic terrorists will not show up on our soil,” Walker said. ‘If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.’ …While Walker has formed a committee to explore a presidential run, he has not declared his candidacy. Yet he did not seek to a correct a questioner who asked him what he would do to take on Isis ‘should you become commander-in-chief.’ …He said he did not regret his statement.”
JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS
Flash Fiction Online – We publish stories from 500 to 1,000 words in length.
They’re very short, but they are still stories. That means the best ones have strong, interesting characters, plots, and (to some extent, at least) settings.
Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition – Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 84th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. Early-Bird Entry Deadline: May 4, 2015
Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards = Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 23rd annual self-published competition–the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition, co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors.
Early-Bird Deadline: April 1, 2015
PHOEBE CONTESTS – Deadline March 1, 2015. Accepting submissions for the annual fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry contests. $17 ENTRY FEE. Fiction limited to 5,000 words. Prize $850 and publication in Phoebe 44.2 (online issue).
Poetry limited to four poems and ten pages. Prize $850 and publication. Creative fiction limited to 5,000 words. Prize $850 and publication.
– The Virginian-Pilot : Editor-Special Sections (Norfolk-VA) – 02/13/15
– Reading Eagle : Reporter (Reading-PA) – 02/17/15
– Reading Eagle : Business writer (Reading-PA) – 02/17/15
– Journalismnext.com : test (Windsor-CA) – 02/18/15
ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING
A Democratic Socialists of America posting that commemorates the life and work of a very influential socialist leader: “He had another best-seller in 1972 with the unlikely title of Socialism, which sold over 100,000 copies in paperback and influenced many readers with its argument that the “real Karl Marx” was a radical democrat, not a would-be dictator. His last book, Socialism: Past and Future, came out shortly before his death. He was an editor of Dissent, a commentator on National Public Radio, a frequent contributor to leading opinion magazines like the Nation and the New Republic. As a public intellectual and a moral tribune, in the 1970s and 1980s, he had few equals on the left, or indeed across the political spectrum. Harrington, Senator Ted Kennedy would write, “has made more Americans more uncomfortable for more good reasons than any other person I know.””
An In These Times article that introduces readers to a mayoral race that encapsulates the social and economic tensions alive today: “It’s widely accepted that money and influence rule politics. But yesterday, all Emanuel’s money and connections didn’t snag him a victory. Recent moves like raising the minimum wage, apologizing to victims of police torture and protecting single-room-occupancy affordable housing did not persuade Chicagoans alienated by Emanuel’s closing of public schools and mental health clinics, slashing of city jobs and services, attacking teachers and patronizing parents.”
A useful World Socialist Web Site article that reviews, critically at times, the offerings of a Berlin film festival “This is the fourth in a series of articles on the recent Berlin international film festival, the Berlinale, held February 5-15, 2015. The first part was posted February 19, the second part February 21 and the third part February 25. …
Freedom of artistic expression, the film’s central focus, while certainly important, is treated as separate from questions of social inequality and poverty. The isolated, abstract manner in which the struggle for “freedom” is addressed has allowed the film to gain some dubious and even despicable admirers.”
WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS
An Inside Philanthropy posting about arts funding that benefits from social engagement: “Social practice has been defined by the Los Angeles Times as “art that requires the engagement and participation of its audience.” Now, if your initial reaction is, “How’s that any different than a creative writing workshop or an interactive art exhibit?” we won’t fault you for your perfectly valid response. But the concept of social practice has some seemingly innocuous quirks that make it stand apart, while simultaneously borrowing from other movements and genres.”
GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES
A Poynter piece that discusses a hilariously outdated humbug view of the internet, particularly poignant because each point was proved wrong: “So why did Stoll so dramatically misjudge the dynamism of the Internet and its potential to produce innovations?
Hard to say: Stoll gave no reply to several entreaties I sent him while I researched the 1995 book.
But clearly, his timing was exquisitely bad. Major change was afoot in the digital world at the time he wrote and he minimized the vitality that defined the then-emergent digital world.”
An Al Jazeera article that describes a mosque in Texas that met the attack with disarming kindness: “When Facebook user Barour Bob Hammer said, “I don’t know why, but I suddenly feel like throwing severed pig-heads at every Muslim on my path,” Zahid replied: “We are sorry you feel that way. Perhaps we can one day settle our differences and move forward towards a more perfect Union and World. Thank you, sir.”
Oso Osorio, another Facebook user, also focused on the Muslim prohibition on eating pork, writing, “I can donate some bacon sandwiches and a bible if you all want!”
Zahid accepted the offer: “We would gladly take you donation. Knowledge is something we can never have enough of. And we may feed the homeless in our area with the sandwiches. You are such a thoughtful human being!”
GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS
A Smithsonian posting about carbon dating, a technology that revolutionized the study of the past: “February 27, 2015, marks the 75th anniversary of the discovery of the radioactive carbon isotope, carbon-14, by Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben at the University of California Radiation Laboratory. Willard Libby would later win a Nobel Prize for developing a method for dating archaeological materials using carbon-14. To celebrate, we chat with Modern Physics curator Roger Sherman about two carbon-14 dating apparatuses in our collection, one from Libby himself and another from Charles Tucek, who went into business dating carbon-14 samples for archaeologists.”