4.29.2015 Daily Links

Thought for the Day

Until people have the institutional infrastructure to ‘project force’ in an organized fashion, with definite goals and objectives, all of their outbursts will fail; until cultural producers have a capital base that is independent of monopolized mediation, all of their passionate productions will do little or nothing to support their own lives or achieve the empowerment that their work seeks to facilitate at the community level; until actual grassroots leadership emerges that prioritizes a strategic orientation to manifesting operational political power rather than protest or identity or jobs or other ancillary ‘benefits,’ progress will remain elusive or even impossible: these facts provide clues about how to proceed with the human project in the here and now, with no holds barred, because tomorrow may, literally, be too late to act.


Quote of the Day

“LSD wanted to tell me something… .It gave me an inner joy, an openmindedness, a gratefulness, open eyes and an internal sensitivity for the miracles of creation. …Instead of all this energy and effort directed at the war to end drugs, how about a little attention to drugs which will end war?”  Albert Hoffman

 

This Day in History

Today is International Dance Day, as well as the Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare; in Byzantium, nine hundred and twenty four years ago, the forces of Emperor Alexius I defeated Islamic and opportunist challengers, the Pechenegs, in the volatile region of the world that centers on modern day Turkey; two hundred and ninety five years later, in 1386, hundreds of miles to the North, the Principality of Smolensk fell under the sway of the still expanding Grand Duchy of Lithuania; five hundred and eighty six years before the present pass, Joan of Arc led a contingent of her forces to relieve the siege of the British at Orleans; three hundred and forty eight years before this day, the baby boy came along who would grow up as iconic satirist and scribe, Johnathon Arbuthnot; a century and three years after just that conjunction, in 1770, the English ships under the command of James Cook arrived in Botany Bay, Australia; four decades hence, in 1810, the baby boy came into the world who would grow up as Thomas Trollope, a member of an esteemed and fabulously well-connected and propertied writing family; forty-four more years along the path to now, in 1854, a French male child took his first breath en route to life as math-and-physics wizard, Henri Poincare; one hundred fifty four years back, Maryland arguably saved the Union when it voted not to secede and join the Confederacy; three hundred and sixty five days subsequently, in 1862, the Union armies and navies captured the mouth of the Mississippi from the Confederacy at New Orleans; another year on, in 1863, a male infant gave his first cry on his way to a life as publisher William Randolph Hearst; a single century and half a decade in the past, Britain’s Parliament for the first time passes legislation, the People’s Budget, that intends to redistribute wealth; six years henceforth, in 1916, an entire division of England’s fighters from the subcontinent surrendered to Ottoman forces at Kut, and closer to home, and, closer to home, the rebellion against London’s rule of Ireland came to a temporary end; eighty-two years before this dawn and day, among the baby boys born on the day were a pair of Americans who would both go on to musical and poetic and commercial success, Rod McKuen and Willie Nelson; seventy years before the here and now, Germany’s Italian armies formally conceded to the British allied forces, and to the North, Americans liberated the Dachau concentration camp; three hundred sixty five days later, in 1946, around the world in Japan, U.S. occupation authorities arrest former prime minister Hideki Tojo and 28 of his former ministers and military leaders; five years more proximate to the present, in 1951, to the West in Beijing, Tibetan and Chinese communist authorities signed the agreement that joined the two nations and continues to govern their relationship, and around the world, philosopher and math wizard Ludwig Wittgenstein spent his final day alive; forty eight years ago, the former Cassius Clay, now with the name Muhammad Ali, refused induction into the United States army and lost his boxing crown; a year further down the road from that, in 1968, in a cultural echo of Ali’s defiance of the war, the musical Hair opened on Broadway; six years subsequently, in 1974, Richard Nixon okayed the release of redacted transcripts of taped calls in which he conspired to undermine his Democratic party opposition; exactly a year following that day, in 1975, on the other side of the world, the final evacuees prepared to leave Saigon as the United States abandoned its criminal imperialistic war effort; twenty three years ahead of this moment, ferocious riots erupted in Los Angeles in outrage at the disgusting acquittal of the police assailants of Rodney King; five years down the pike from that, in 1997, the International Convention to End production and Stockpiling of Chemical Weapons – which almost every country on Earth has signed and ratified – came into effect, and sterling, down-to-earth investigative reporter and columnist Mike Royko died; eleven years back, the President and Vice President agreed under protest to testify in secret, with no transcription permitted before the superficial official Commission to investigate the 9/11 attacks; four years closer still to today, in 2008, the Swiss Chemist who first discovered LSD in rye bread mold, Albert Hoffman, at just past a century old, breathed his last. From Wikipedia Day in History

 

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/deadly-disinformation-war-the-mainstream-media-and-the-tragic-death-of-libyan-refugees/5445993      Peeling back the layers of criminal grime and predatory slime that cake the surface of ‘regime-changes’ in Northern Africa and vicinity, a brilliant research essay from Global Research that introduces readers to the sociopolitical and political economic underpinnings–U.S. empire, militarism, arms-sales, and resource grabs–of the idiotically labelled ‘migration crisis’ in the Mediterranean, an analysis that call for something akin to responsibility instead of continued willful ignorance in the service of preators: “In various media reports and political statements the word ‘refugee’ is increasingly being replaced by ‘migrant’… A migrant, according to the UN, is a person who is engaged in (seeking) a remunerative activity in a state of which he or she is not a national.  A refugee is an entirely different person who is outside his or her home country because of having suffered (or feared) persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, or political opinion; because he or she is a member of a persecuted social category of persons; or because they are fleeing a war… Using ‘migrants’ instead of ‘refugees’ takes away our attention from why they flee, from our own complicity in all this and it reduces our responsibility to protect refugees….
Because most of these refugees come from zones where Western military interventions and arms exports have failed miserably their officially stated purposes and caused only more problems.  Like with so many other problems these years, there is a psycho-political denial of the fact that Western militarism is the single most important cause of the problems we are facing.
As incredible as it seems, Western leaders can use the same terrorists for treachery over and over and over again, just by changing their name.  The media will repeat the state propaganda and people will invariably be fooled into wars.  Gaddafi was laughed at when he claimed he was fighting terrorists.  But the ones laughing were the real fools. Abdelhakim Belhadj, the Al Qaeda commander in Libya and NATO’s ally, is now leading ISIS in Libya.”

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4.28.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

working ppl busTo look squarely at how relationships really work and events actually happen must daunt anyone who has even a smidgeon of idealism, inasmuch as basically everything that transpires comes about because of hidden agendas, underlying causes, and the machinations of the well-connected, meaning that nothing whatsoever that is high and fine and beautiful—on any given day, at any given moment, in any given interaction—is going to determine an outcome or result, the perverse upshot of which, given the feelings of despair and rejection that inherently accompany such discoveries, is that one’s job as a human being is to persist in attempting to create work that is authentic and open instead of hidden and hypocritical. 

Quote of the Day
 When I was sixteen, I became a member of the trade union at the match works where I had rejoined my father.  I did so without question. My father’s vigorous example and my own experience led me quite naturally to participate in the worker’s movement.  I had suffered personally from the social order.  My school work, my intellectual gifts, my eagerness to study, had all come to nothing.  I had been brutally compelled to leave the upper primary school and even the vocational training school and to become a wage earner of the humblest order. …  
          (Years later, I participated in the General Labor Federation’s call for peace on Earth, which said in part), ‘The Congress (the motion stated in a somewhat antiquated style) considering all peoples to be brothers and war to be mankind’s greatest calamity, [and]

           Holding that armed peace leads all peoples to ruin through the increase in taxation required to meet the enormous expense of standing armies,

           Declares that money spent on the perpetration of acts suitable only to barbarians and on the support of young, strong, and vigorous men for a period of years would be better used for work serving humanity, [and]

           Expresses the wish that general disarmament take place as soon as possible.”  Leon Jouhaux, French Labor Union Leader and Peace Activist–Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

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

Internationally, today is Workers Memorial Day and World Day for Safety & Health at Work, and in Canada, April 28th marks a National Day of Morning for workers who suffer occupational injury, illness, and death; in Palestine eight hundred twenty-three years back, the Italian Third Crusade leader, Conrad I, recently risen to ‘King of Jerusalem, died at the hands of indigenous Hashshashin; seven hundred sixty-two years prior to this precise point, a Japanese monk first advances the chant that underlies worship of lotus order in the universe, the foundation of Nichiren Buddhism; a quarter millennium hence, in 1503, the first battle that gunpowder enabled armaments won, in Southern Italy, took place at Cerignola when an Italian force half the size of their French and Spanish opponents prevailed; a hundred eight years subsequently, in 1611, Spain’s Catholic prelates established the University of Santo Tomas, which has become the world’s biggest Church-of-Rome university; two hundred sixty-three years ahead of our present day, a baby boy came into the world who would grow up as slaveowner, politician, and President James Monroe; two hundred twenty-six years ago, rebellious sailors aboard the Bounty set ship’s captain Bligh and a score of his followers adrift on the Pacific, before they absconded with themselves and ended up on Pitcairn Island with women and provisions from Tahiti; three years later, in 1792, France’s forces invaded Austria’s dominion in present-day revolution french art-Eugène_Delacroix_-_La_liberté_guidant_le_peupleBelgium and initiated the French Revolutionary Wars; one hundred forty-six years before the here and now, workers on the Central Pacific Railroad, primarily Chinese and Irish, complete ten miles of track in one day, a record still unbroken; twelve years subsequently, in 1881, William Bonney, now known as Billy the Kid, escaped from a lockup in Mesilla, New Mexico;  six years following that juncture, in 1887, across the Atlantic in Prussia, Germany’s Emperor William I ordered the release an Alsatian spy about whom France had threatened war if the alleged agent did not go free; one hundred nine years in advance of today, a male infant was born who would mature as the philosopher and mathematician of uncertainty, Kurt Godel; ninety-five years prior to the present pass, Azerbaijan became a Soviet Socialist Republic; a half-dozen years thereafter, in 1926, a baby girl took her first breath en route to life as writer and thinker, Harper Lee; a further six years down the road, in 1932, American researchers announced the creation of a vaccine against Yellow Fever; seven hundred thirty days more proximate to now, in 1934, a girl child came along in a wealthy milieu that fostered her abilities as writer and storyteller and scribe of scripts, Diane Johnson; sixty-eight years back, a team of adventurers under 1024px-Australia_Present_Vegetation_Mapthe guidance of Thor Heyerdahl made the trip from the South Pacific to South America on a rudimentary raft, to demonstrate that such a route for transit may have been possible hundreds or thousands of years earlier; half-a-decade henceforth, in 1952, Eastward across the Pacific, the U.S. occupation of Japan came to an end as the Treaty of San Francisco took effect; a year later to the day, in Chile in 1953, a boy child uttered his first cry on his way to a life as the thinker, writer, and poet, Roberto Bolano;another three hundred sixty-five days onward, in 1954, five thousand miles Northeast in France, the Nobel Prize winner, union leader, and Buchenwald Concentration Camp survivor Leon Johhaux drew his last breath; a half century ago, the United States orchestrated an invasion of the Dominican Republic to forestall an independent, erstwhile communist government’s taking power on the island;a dozen years beyond that conjunction, in 1977 in Budapest, the World Intellectual Property Organization oversaw the signing of a treaty that governed the protocols for patenting biological materials;nine years still closer to today, in 1986, the detection of elevated radiation levels in Scandinavia induced the Soviet Union to admit that a meltdown had occurred at Chernobyl. From Wikipedia Day in History

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http://www.ebony.com     Of the thousands of mediated outcries about police-state violence in Baltimore, which, along with the tens-of-thousands of expressions of outrage from Baltimore, assert the inevitability of resistance to oppression that persists despite protest, all of which implicitly or explicitly without equivocation condemn those–including this nation’s Black President–who would condemn those who participate in the violence on Baltimore’s streets, an analysis from Ebony that every citizen of the world should read openheartedly and contemplate deeply: “I will admit to being guilty of seeing photos of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake come across my news feed and quietly smiling. …to acknowledge how easy it is for us to get caught up in the idea of Black faces in political spaces as The Solution—even for those of us who’ve long since known it’s not that simple. …
This was made painfully clear when police union president Gene Ryan referred to early peaceful protestors as ‘a lynch mob.’  A lynch mob!  The irony, stupidity and lack of self-awareness is at Jeff Roorda/Ferguson PD levels!­­  When we needed to see this woman in the streets letting her people know that she was them, and that she cared, and that she, too, wanted answers, we instead saw the standard issue calls for calm that put the onus of responsibility on the rightfully outraged. …
If you are more bothered by the images of stolen Enfamil and burned-out squad cars than those of highly militarized police—who were meeting children in the streets donning riot gear before a single store had been vandalized—and people treating tear gas burns, then it’s hard to take seriously the idea that you actually care about the crisis of police violence.
If the events of the last 400 years have not left you with, at the absolute least, a sense of ‘it’s not right, but I understand’ as it relates to the utter despair that leads one to go into the streets with destruction on their mind, then you may want to reconsider the levels to which you actually understand what is taking place in Baltimore and beyond.
           (We might listen to Langston Hughes:) ‘ “‘Negroes, sweet and docile.  Meek and humble and kind.  Beware the day they change their mind!
Continuing to perpetuate the myth of ‘act good, get treated that way’ does nothing to protect us from the reality of police terror and mass incarceration, which work hand-in-hand.  This is not a case for riots, but acknowledgment that they aren’t the work of thugs and ne’er-do-wells, but an SOS call.  The question is, are we willing to listen?  We should, because our people have finally changed their mind.'”
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Progressive Presidential Bid

A Washington Post article that talks about a promising presidential lead for folks to notice in the future, in spite of whatever limitations exist in the current system: “Sanders shares many of the same political stances as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a darling of liberals who has repeatedly said she is not running for president. That means Sanders may end up serving as the most prominent voice for the left wing of the party — particularly voters who are suspicious of Clinton and her ties to Wall Street.

Sanders’s backers said they hope he can serve as a proxy for Warren’s disappointed drafters, helping to animate small-dollar Democratic donors with his brash persona and speeches condemning the “billionaire class.”

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“Heiwa elementary school 18” by ajari from Japan – cc 2.0

Education Gap

A Journalist’s Resource article that discusses that the long-touted achievement gap goes far beyond and before the classroom, and demonstrates why it is important to invest in the wellbeing of all children if we are to strengthen education: “A 2015 study from Harvard and MIT performed brain imaging on a group of 12- and 13-year-olds, and found those from lower-income families had thinner brain cortex around key intellectual areas. Further, a 2015 study published in Nature Neuroscience, “Family Income, Parental Education and Brain Structure in Children and Adolescents,” analyzed brain surface area — a measure different than cortical thickness — of 1,099 persons from ages 3 to 20 and correlated that with socioeconomic status, representing the largest study of its kind to date. More than two dozen researchers, led by Kimberly G. Noble of Columbia University, performed brain imaging and looked at relationships with household income levels, as well as education levels of the subjects’ parents.” 

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Graphic Films with Powerful Message

A Contra Corner posting that describes the emotionally wrenching, powerful, and honest anime films that show the human element of our leaders’ decisions: “Fireflies tells the story of two children who actually paid the “price.” That is why it is such a powerfully anti-war film regardless of the director’s intentions. It tells the story of war realistically from the perspective of its most vulnerable victims, as opposed to just the “derring-do” of fighters. And that is more than enough to inspire any decent human being to curse the name of war upon watching it. More specifically, it will move any heart not corrupted and hardened by nationalism to look on policies like the Israeli blockade of Gaza and US sanctions on Iran as the infanticidal atrocities they are.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Mourning with Rage

A Common Dreams article that contextualizes the riots in Baltimore in a context that just anyone who took the time to understand what is going on would understand: “I attended one of the protests for Gray this Saturday, which began in the same “high-crime area” where he was apprehended, at the intersection of Presbury and North Mount streets in West Baltimore. It then made its way to the Western District police station and on to City Hall downtown. At the starting point, Gray’s acquaintances were invited to the microphone to pay their respects. Among the speakers was a former neighbor with health problems who recalled Gray’s consistent concern for his well-being. Just recently, he said, he told Gray that he would go far in life because he “respect[ed] people.””

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Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope

Quarter Century of Outer Space

A World Socialist Web Site posting that brings to readers views and news of one of the most important space telescopes out there:  “For the past twenty-five years, the Hubble Space Telescope has been one of the most fruitful and versatile astronomical platforms ever launched into space. For more than 9,000 days, the telescope has provided outstanding scientific data in the near ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum on nebulae, globular clusters, galaxies, supernovae, exoplanets, black holes and our own solar system. For a generation, Hubble has inspired and spearheaded a new era of inquiry about the cosmos.”

4.27.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

If one hopes to resist an oppressive condition, one ought, pretty clearly, to elect to begin such a daunting process before one finds a boot on one’s neck and a gun in one’s ear, when, quite likely, resistance comes too late, not only futile but also lethal.

Quote of the Day
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“Heiwa elementary school 18” by ajari from Japan – cc 2.0

The history of education shows that every class which has sought to take power has prepared itself for power by an autonomous education. The first step in emancipating oneself from political and social slavery is that of freeing the mind. I put forward this new idea: popular schooling should be placed under the control of the great workers’ unions. The problem of education is the most important class problem.  Antonio Gramsci

This Day in History
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shah jahan mosque

Thirteen centuries and four years ago, expansive Islamic forces began what would be a many-centuries occupation of much of the Iberian Peninsula; four hundred and seventy six years before the present pass, in what Colombia, Spanish interlopers reestablished a settlement on what would become Bogota; just over a quarter century later, fourty four years after Magellan’s arrival in the region, in 1565, the Spanish Empire established its first outpost in the Philippines at Cebu; one hundred two years later exactly, in 1667, North across the English Channel, a nearly destitute and deathly sick John Milton sells his copyright of Paradise Lost for £10; two hundred seventy eight years ahead of today, a boy baby bounced into the world on his way to a rise and fall as writer and historian Edward Gibbon; twenty two years hence, in 1759,  a female infant was born who would become society darling and feminist pioneer Mary Wollstonecraft; two hundred twenty four years prior to just this point in time, a male child uttered a first cry who would go on to invent the telegraph as Samuel Morse; two hundred and ten years PhiladelphiaAgroundback, the United States extended itself through the Marine Corps to the ‘shores of Tripoli’ in the First Barbary War; half a decade subsequently, across the Mediterranean in 1810, Ludwig van Beethoven completed his composition Fur Elise; a decade past that conjunction, in 1820, a male infant took his first breath who, because of his class and family wealth, had the necessary ‘fitness’ to go onto a life in which he suggested that the sickly and vulnerable poor should all go to the wall; thirty one years thereafter, in 1861,  on the other side of the Atlantic, newly inaugurated President Abraham Lincoln suspended the right, and the writ, of Habeas Corpus as a result of war exigencies; four years more proximate to the present day, in 1865, New York State designates Cornell as its Federal Land Grant University; one hundred and thirty three years before today, promoter of self-reliance and American existentialist Ralph Waldo Emerson ceased to be either reliable or extant; one hundred eleven years before the here and now,  Australia’s Labour Party becomes the first such political entity to gain national power; eighty eight years prior to this precise moment in time, Republic of Chile creates its first national police force, and thirty five hundred miles to the North, a baby girl came into the world who would grow up as Coretta Scott before she married Martin Luther King, Jr.; five years in the future from that point, in 1932, poet and writer of the American West, Hart Crane, took his final breath; four years further down the pike, in 1936,  the United uaw_3636_246256_answer_2_xlargeAuto Workers gained the status of an autonomous labor union, free of the American Federation of Labor; three hundred sixty five days closer to the current dawn, in 1937, Italian Marxist and freedom fighter Antonio Gramsci died in prison; two years on the dot later on, in 1939,Czech mathematical genius and philosopher breathed his last; two years after that point in time, in 1941,  Nazi German invaders occupied Athens after a brief but destructive struggle; four years beyond that date, in 1945,  Italian partisans captured Mussolini as he tried to slink away in the uniform of a common soldier, and thirty five hundred miles away across the Atlantic, a baby boy is born who will grow up as dramatist and thinker August Wilson; another five years down the road, in 1950,  thirty five hundred miles south in South Africa, a slightly less aggressive fascist state further installs the formal machinery of apartheid in South Africa, under the authority of the Group Areas Act; half a century ago, popular journalist and sometimes competent investigator Edward Murrow succumbed to lung cancer; seven hundred thirty days after that point, in 1967, Canada’s first World Fair opening ceremony takes place at the Montreal Expo; thirty four years before now,  Xerox PARC introduced the first fully-functional commercial computer mouse; five years henceforth, in 1986, five thousand miles away in Ukraine, nuclear power’s ‘worst case accident’ until Fukushima happened, forced the evacuation of Pripyat near Chernobyl; nearby, six years later, in 1992,  the brief-lived Federal Republic of Yugoslavia came into existence, and the Russian Republic and twelve other Eastern European jurisdictions all join the International Monetary Fund; two years hence, in 1994,  thirty five hundred miles south back in South Africa, the first national elections occurred in which Black citizens could vote;sixteen years back, anthropologist and mythologist Carlos Castaneda took his last trip. From Wikipedia Day in History

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http://portside.org    A brilliant and class conscious assessment of the nauseating results of the trial of Atlanta teachers for cheating against a stupid, rotten system, the convictions for which local Georgia and national activists have condemned as racist and for which they’ve demanded new trials and mass action and so forth, which given that the producer of this text is PortSide Labor, is definitely something that the writers here would support, especially since in another article  they call for “Free(ing) the Atlanta Teachers,” but even in aggregate which these deep thinkers and heartfelt advocates for kids and communities and educators say is just not enough: “They’re asking the wrong question.  What they ought to ask is why the teacher perp walk is being served up in the first place.  They need to ask, “(W)ho profits from the continuing crisis in public education in black and brown communities?”  The answers are not hard to find.
        The whole thing, from the indictment of Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Beverly Hall, who died before the trial was complete, to the posturing of public officials and corporate media about ‘cheating the children,’ is the latest act of a long, long fake crisis.  Judge Baxter’s histrionics too, in which he called the cheating scandal ‘the sickest thing that’s ever happened to Atlanta,’ were a great contribution to the story our billionaire-owned media wants to paint about public education.
         The one-percenters need us to believe public education in our communities is some new kind of sewer infested with incompetent teachers who are cheating children and the public every week they draw paychecks.  The long, long crisis of public education has been designed, engineered and provoked by powerful bipartisan forces to justify their long game, which is the privatization of public education.  That’s the Big Plan.”

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– Gannett Co. Inc./KPNX-TV 12 News : Anchor-Reporter Weekday Evenings KPNX-TV 12 News (Phoenix-AZ) – 04/16/15
URL: http://www.journalismnext.com/jobdetails.cfm?jid=9034

New Media
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– WSI : Photographer / Videographer (Grand Rapids-MI) – 04/22/15
URL: http://www.journalismnext.com/jobdetails.cfm?jid=9041

Other
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– MLive Media Group : Part-Time Photographer / Videographer (Ann Arbor-MI) – 04/17/15
URL: http://www.journalismnext.com/jobdetails.cfm?jid=9033

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Latin American Economic Forum

A We Forum posting discussing a forum that discusses the future of Latin America: ““Latin America’s leaders are coming together in Mexico to discuss societal, economic and political transformations. They will put forward a proactive agenda to face the current regional challenges deriving from local and international sources, and to sustain economic and social achievements, ensuring long term-growth and social prosperity. The meeting will provide an ideal platform for committed decision-makers to agree on measures to strengthen institutional foundations, renew economic frameworks, and modernize society and business to ensure a better future,” said Marisol Argueta de Barillas, Senior Director and Head of Latin America at the World Economic Forum.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

 

"Internet1" by Rock1997 - Own work
“Internet1” by Rock1997 – Own work

Unions Role in New Media

An In These Times posting discussing union possibilities for new media: “Unions, which were once fairly common in print media, have yet to catch on in new media. Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan hopes to change that. He’s been writing about labor at Gawker for some time now. (And like many of our labor writers noted before we unionized at In These Times last year, Nolan says he’s had no good answer for sources who have often asked him why he’s not in a union.) While most think of the site’s irreverent and occasionally vicious snark as its principal contribution to political and cultural discourse, Nolan has proven a strong voice on the Left alongside the site’s stream of celebrity gossip and annotated YouTube videos.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Ridiculous Film Offensive

A Guardian posting discussing a film that contributes nothing save idiotic racial slurs for the sake of cheap comedy: “About a dozen Native American actors have walked off the set of an Adam Sandler spoof western in protest at its depiction of Apache culture, including characters with names like Beaver’s Breath and No Bra.

The group quit on Wednesday after taking offence at jokes in the The Ridiculous Six, reportedly a satire of The Magnificient Seven which is to be Sandler’s first film for Netflix.

In addition to certain characters’ names, they complained about a female character squatting and urinating while smoking a peace pipe and the inappropriate positioning of feathers on a teepee, according to the Indian Country Today Media Network. “

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Training Nazis 

A Portside posting discussing the role America plays in furthering fascism in the Ukraine: “The US-funded Ukrainian government in Kiev has merged the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion and other battalions (there are several dozen of them) into the Ministry of Defense. Further, the foremost neo-Nazi leader in Ukraine, Dmitry Yarosh, has been made a Special Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Ukrainian Army (see attached photo). And according to the Minister of the Interior, the US Army is now training Azov.Yarosh is the leader of Right Sector, a political movement initiated through the CIA-backed Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) that closely collaborated with Hitler. Through several armed formations (notably the UPA), the OUN killed over a million Jews, Poles, Russians and others during World War II. Right Sector and its military arm, Azov battalion, openly embrace the wartime OUN leaders, Stepan Bandera and Yaroslav Stetsko and the UPA.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

 

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“1670 virginia tobacco slaves” by Unknown

Native Americans and Slavery

A Color Lines posting that talk about a bit of the past not many are aware of: “It’s an obscure part of antebellum history, but members of no fewer than five Native American tribes participated in chattel slavery. Before they were driven from their lands in what’s now known as the U.S. South, the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole nations all had members who bought and sold black people as property.

In 1838 and 1839, when the U.S. government forced the Cherokee, the largest tribe, to relocate from their land east of the Mississippi River to what is now known as Oklahoma, enslaved black people, black spouses of Natives and mixed children joined them.”

4.24.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

480px-The_Earth_seen_from_Apollo_17Seven billion or so cousins, all of whom began by crawling toward some manifestation of humanity and all of whom will drop off the cliff that separates the living from the dead, currently occupy collective spaces here on our fair planet that we can almost only conceive metaphorically—a Petri dish, an ocean, a cosmos, an extended family—since the complex intertwinings of ecosystems and organisms, of phyla and families and orders and species, and so on and so forth are too intricate and vast to express as any simple sort of fact, yet both allusions to our complicated interrelated existence and attempts to delve its objective reality must form a part of conversations about managing our survival and thriving that, unfortunately, we are almost never insisting that we have with each other.

Quote of the Day
  • I tell you there is no such thing as creative hate!
    • Part I, Ch. 9
  • Nothing is far and nothing is near, if one desires. The world is little, people are little, human life is little. There is only one big thing — desire.
    • Part I, Ch. 11
  • Every artist makes himself born. It is very much harder than the other time, and longer

Willa Cather

This Day in History
“Alder trees by the Beaulieu River at Longwater Lawn” by Jim Champion

In one of many celebrations of life now before us, today is Arbor Day in the U.S., as well as, much more bizarrely around the globe, World Laboratory Animal Day, while in Armenia April 24 is Genocide Remembrance Day; at least in traditional calendars, in the territory over which at least a half a dozen world class empires have since passed, three thousand one hundred and ninety nine years ago, the Trojan imperial center at Troy fell to the Greeks; three hundred and eleven years ago, the first regular newspaper in British Colonial America, The Boston News-Letter, was published in Boston, Massachusetts; twenty seven years later, in 1731, the English journalist and spy Daniel Defoe met his end; two hundred and thirty six years prior to the present pass, in 1779, the American minister and academic who founded Dartmouth College and who bore the name Eleazar Wheelock spent his last day on earth; twenty one years after, in 1800, the United States Library of Congress was established when President John Adams signed legislation to appropriate $5,000 USD to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress“; fifteen years later, in 1815, the baby boy who would grow up to be the English author Anthony Trollope, drew his first breath; thirty years after that and across the English Channel, in 1845, the Swiss poet and Nobel Prize laureate Carl Spitteler uttered his first cry; one hundred and thirty eight years previous to the present moment, the Russian Empire declared war on the Ottoman Empire; one hundred and thirty years before the present pass, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show acquiredindex.1the talents of the wily sharpshooter Annie Oakley thanks to the discernment of hiring man Nate Salsbury; one hundred and eleven years ago, Lithuania released a press ban that had been operating for almost 40 years, that same year, in 1904, across the Atlantic, the baby who would become the brilliant abstract painter Willem de Kooning had his first day on earth; exactly fifty two weeks later, in 1905, celebrated writer Robert Penn Warrenwas born; one hundred and one years from the present pass, the Franck–Hertz experiment, a pillar of quantum mechanics, was presented to the German Physical Society; one short year later, in 1915the Armenian Genocide took off with the arrest of 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Istanbul; three hundred and sixty five days beyond that point, in 1916, the Irish Republican Brotherhood led by nationalists Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, and Joseph Plunkett starts a rebellion in Ireland, in what came to be known as the Easter Rising; six years in the future, in 1922, the first segment of the Imperial Wireless Chain providing wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England, and Cairo, Egypt, came into operation; a mere four entire seasons later, in 1923, the paper Das Ich und das Es (The Ego and the Id) by Sigmund Freud was published in Vienna, which outlined Freud’s theories of the id, ego, and super-ego; three years after that point, in 1926, the Treaty of Berlin, where Germany and the Soviet Union each pledged neutrality in the event of an attack on the other by a third party for the next five years, was signed; eighty two years ago, Nazi Germany begun one of its many persecutions by shutting down the Jehovah’s Witnesses  Watch Tower Society office in Magdeburg; seventy five years before the present moment,  Sue Grafton, American author, was born; just two years later, the infant who would become the American singing star Barbra Streisand uttered her first vocalization; half a decade beyond that point, another strong American woman, the writer Willa Cather, told her last tale; sixty two years in the past, the baby boy who would become Eric Bogosian, American actor, playwright, and author, drew his first breath; a mere three hundred sixty five years later, the baby who would have a very interesting destiny, Mumia Abu-Jamal, was born; sixty years ago, the twenty-nine non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa finished a meeting that condemned colonialism,

"Panama Canal Gatun Locks opening" by Stan Shebs. cc 3.0
“Panama Canal Gatun Locks opening” by Stan Shebs. cc 3.0

racism, and the Cold War; two years later, in 1957,  the Suez Canal was reopened following the introduction of UNEF peacekeepers to the region; fifty years into the past, Civil war broke out in the Dominican Republic when Colonel Francisco Caamaño, overthrew the triumvirate that had been in power since the coup d’état against Juan Bosch; forty eight years prior to this day, American General William Westmoreland said in a news conference regarding the Civil War that the enemy had “gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily.”  Three years later, in 1970, the first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, was launched; thirty five years ago, eight U.S. servicemen died in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempted to end the Iran hostage crisis; a decade after that, in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery; six years after that, in 1996, in the United States, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 was passed into law; eleven years ago, in 2004, the United States lifted economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction, and a mere year later, in 2005, Snuppy becomes world’s first cloned dog. From Wikipedia Day in History

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SEARCH OF THE DAY
"united states" "nuclear war" "contingency plans" commentary OR critique OR condemnation = 21,900 Hits.

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MAKING A CASE FOR RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

http://www.theatlantic.com       For readers who can see the sense of generous recompense for the thousands or more whom police state thugs incarcerate for decades, a posting from Atlantic about remuneration from a system thatenslaved millions of people for centuries and then reneged on promises to provide start-up help when that system ended, speaking of course about the United States and reconstruction: “In the 1920s, Jim Crow Mississippi was, in all facets of society, a kleptocracy.  The majority of the people in the state were perpetually robbed of the vote—a hijacking engineered through the trickery of the poll tax and the muscle of the lynch mob.  Between 1882 and 1968, more black people were lynched in Mississippi than in any other state.  ‘You and I know what’s the best way to keep the nigger from voting,’ blustered Theodore Bilbo, a Mississippi senator and a proud Klansman.  ‘You do it the night before the election.’ …
The state’s regime partnered robbery of the franchise with robbery of the purse.  Many of Mississippi’s black farmers lived in debt peonage, under the sway of cotton kings who were at once their landlords, their employers, and their primary merchants.  Tools and necessities were advanced against the return on the crop, which was determined by the employer.  When farmers were deemed to be in debt—and they often were—the negative balance was then carried over to the next season.  A man or woman who protested this arrangement did so at the risk of grave injury or death.  Refusing to work meant arrest under vagrancy laws and forced labor under the state’s penal system.
Well into the 20th century, black people spoke of their flight from Mississippi in much the same manner as their runagate ancestors had.  In her 2010 book, The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson tells the story of Eddie Earvin, a spinach picker who fled Mississippi in 1963, after being made to work at gunpoint.  ‘You didn’t talk about it or tell nobody,’ Earvin said.  ‘You had to sneak away.'”
JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

HIGHFIELD PRESS 
$20 ENTRY FEE. Highfield Press invites writers to submit an unpublished essay (500-1000 words) inspired by the theme, “Spring Fever.” Submission may be a personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story. It must reflect the inspirational photo shown on the website, and theme of the contest. Deadline April 30, 2015. $1,000 Grand Prize and online publication. Writer retains all rights.



FAIRY TALE REVIEW PRIZE 
$10 ENTRY FEE. Deadline July 15, 2015. Simply send your best fairy-tale work along the spectrum of mainstream to experimental, fabulist to realist. For prose, you may submit up to 8,000 words of a single piece or up to three linked flash pieces each under 1,000 words in a single document. For poetry, you may submit up to 5 poems totaling no more than 10 pages.
$1,000 each, for prose and poetry. Ten percent of your reading fee will be donated to Tucson Youth Poetry Slam as part of Fairy Tale Review’s interdisciplinary outreach efforts.

 KNUT HOUSE POETRY BOOK PRIZE 
$15 ENTRY FEE.
A prize of $1,000 and publication by KNUT HOUSE PRESS awarded to an unpublished poetry collection that captures the “(k)nuthouse” spirit authentically. Submit a manuscript (50 to 100 pages) by May 17, 2015 (at 23:59 UT).


BALTIMORE REVIEW CONTEST 
$10 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline May 31, 2015. Yheme: “Crime.” From infractions to misdemeanors to felonies.
Three winners selected from among all entries—poems, short stories, creative nonfiction.
3,000-word limit for fiction and creative nonfiction. (5,000-word limit for non-contest, non-theme submissions.) One to three poems in an entry. All entries considered for publication. Prizes are $500, $200, and $100.

thanks to Funds for Writers for today’s listings
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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

NEW STATESMAN – SCIENCE AND TECH WRITER 
The New Statesman is hiring a science and technology writer, who will work predominantly on the magazine’s website. This a full-time paid job based in our office in London, with a salary to be determined depending on experience.

 Gannett Co. Inc. : Business Columnist (Des Moines-IA) – 04/17/15
URL: http://www.journalismnext.com/jobdetails.cfm?jid=9039

– Gannett Co. Inc. : Photographer (Des Moines-IA) – 04/20/15
URL: http://www.journalismnext.com/jobdetails.cfm?jid=9040

Television
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– Time Warner Cable News : Field Editorial Supervisor – NY1 News (New York-NY) – 04/14/15
URL: http://www.journalismnext.com/jobdetails.cfm?jid=9031

– Gannett Co. Inc./KPNX-TV 12 News : Anchor-Reporter Weekday Evenings KPNX-TV 12 News (Phoenix-AZ) – 04/16/15
URL: http://www.journalismnext.com/jobdetails.cfm?jid=9034

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

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A TeleSur posting that discusses the role of music in Portugal’s revolution, and emphasizing the role of creativity in people’s resistance: “I first heard Música de Intervenção in Porto, a beautiful, half-abandoned town situated along the Douro River and in view of the Atlantic Ocean. It was autumn of 2012, and I had been on my Occupy & Beyond tour which had taken me through most of Europe, into Egypt, and then back across Spain into Portugal. I sat in a sunlit corner of Porto’s autonomous social center Casa Viva with a bunch of anarchists and leftist activists helping prepare signs for the upcoming austerity protests targeting the Troika (The International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, and the European Commission). The demonstrations would end up being the largest protests in the country since the days immediately after the 1974 revolution. ”

Elderly Nun Charged with Sabotage

An Other Words posting that discusses the higher stakes the government takes to penalize innocent folks who protest criminal and hazardous government/corporate acts: “There’s more at stake in this case than the heavy sentences — three years for Sister Rice, five each for her companions — imposed on the three defendants. If the court upholds their convictions, it will vastly increase the definition of “sabotage” to include nonviolent protest against government policies.

A similar redefinition is underway for the charge of “espionage,” which prosecutors have levied against conscientious whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning. In both cases, the government has found new weapons to punish people whose only real crime is embarrassing the authorities.”

Negative Interest Rates

A Global Research article that discusses the bizarre road that global finance is going: ” Now, “interbank” lending has gone into negative interest rates which is beyond lunacy.  Banks which are theoretically run by “smart” people are paying to lend and of course willfully being paid to borrow.  The only explanation I can come up with is that collateral has become so scarce that a short squeeze has resulted.  Any institution that needs collateral is forced to pay the market rate which now includes locking in a guaranteed loss.  Business in Europe has become so poor, no one can, much less wants to borrow anything.  “Debt saturation” is where we came from in 2007-08 and further down the rabbit hole to where we are now, inverted interest rates on ALL levels …now even between “pros”?”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

student SATHomeschooling Problems and Prospects

A Texas Observer report on homeschooling, showing the landscape of this new methodology of spreading dogma and education, with all the problems and prospects hightlighted, especially in a state with little regulation: ““We say that home-schooling parents should have the right to choose how to educate their children, but not the right to choose whether to educate their children,” says Rachel Coleman, who directs the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, a new network of home-school alumni. Coleman was home-schooled as a child as well. Now she works to put more legal safeguards in place to prevent abuse in home schools—physical abuse, but also behavior that’s sometimes sanctioned by religious groups, such as wielding overbearing control of grown children or raising young women only for lives as subservient helpmeets to their future husbands. That puts Coleman’s group in direct opposition to the biggest home-schooling groups, which answer to parents, not children. “Home-school children don’t really have a voice. They can’t really step forward and say, ‘Hey, I’m 14 and I can’t read,’” she says. “What’s in the best interests of the parents is not necessarily in the best interests of the kids.””

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

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“Cocacola-5cents-1900 edit2” by derivative work: Victorrocha

Beholden to Advertising

A MediaPost article that discusses the long arm of advertising,  the powerful usual suspects, and the way these forces taint media: “So what’s the problem? It’s the same problem we always get when too much power is concentrated in too few hands. We lose the robustness, perspective, diversity and choice that come from a vibrantly competitive ecosystem. 

In this case, where the two power players are both content gatekeepers, we also lose visibility into the informational choices that are being made for us. And as Google and Facebook continue their near-total control over what we look at online, this phenomenon only gets worse. Last month, the New York Times reported that Facebook will be partnering with them along with BuzzFeed, National Geographic and others to allow those media companies to publish directly on Facebook.com instead of linking back to their own sites. “

RECENT HAPPENINGS

hiroshima war explosion nuke nuclearNuclear Policies

A  Foreign Policy in Focus posting that questions and challenges the U.S. role in the nuclear danger: “Much of the world holds Washington accountable for this failing, but a credible commitment to convene the meeting as soon as possible would go a long way toward restoring trust, and it would reinforce the framework agreement with Iran. With the Middle East in terrible turmoil, ridding the region of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons needs to be an urgent priority. Perhaps the momentum of the Iran agreement, a rare bright spot in the region’s politics, can be sustained for this broader purpose.

Moreover, the assembled governments must commence negotiations on abolishing the scourge of nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Psychiatry Fails Family of Famous Analyst

A Guardian interview that answers the question of what it can mean to grow up in the shadow of a famous psychiatric thinker and practitioner: “But how on earth could RD Laing, the celebrated psychiatrist whose entire reputation rested on his theories espousing the compassionate treatment of the mentally ill, reconcile his professional position with his personal behaviour? How could he empathise so profoundly with a naked, rocking schizophrenic patient he had never met and yet fail so spectacularly to do the same with his own daughter?

Adrian leans forward, resting his elbows on the stainless steel cafe table. ‘In terms of how he rationalised it… erm… I’m not sure that… I don’t think my father felt he was the cause [of the breakdown] so he wouldn’t feel it was hypocritical.'”

4.23.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

Certainly, building a movement must amount to more than building a network, but playing any profound part in doing the larger creative work must entail leadership that flows from real networked capacity, a qualification that in all too many ways, these days, everything in contemporary patterns of alienation and cynicism works against, which means that despite the draconian drudgery and psychic anguish that networking necessarily involves, it must become a primary priority for those whose ultimate aim imagines both self and social transformation.

Quote of the Day
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts. … What a piece of work is a man!
How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty!
In form and moving how express and admirable!
In action how like an angel,
in apprehension how like a god! William Shakespeare 
This Day in History

book sq6Today is World Book Day(Hurray!!), and at the United Nations April 23rd is English Language Day; during the Battle of Clontarf in the year 1014, Brian Boru defeated Viking invaders, but was killed in battle; five hundred and two years later, in 1516, the Bayerische Reinheitsgebot (regarding the ingredients of beer) was signed in Ingolstadt; one hundred years later, in 1616, the great bard William Shakespeare drew his last breath; nineteen years after that, in 1635, the first public school in the United States, Boston Latin School, was founded in Boston;  two hundred and one years ago, the baby girl who would become Maria Brontë, eldest daughter of the Brontë family, drew her first breath; one year later, in 1815, the second phase of the national revolution of the Serbs against the Ottoman Empire, erupted after the annexation of the country to the Ottoman Empire; one hundred and sixty five years ago, famed poet William Wordsworth spent his last day on this vale of tears; one hundred and fifty seven years prior to today, the infant who would become Nobel Prize laureate in physics Max Planck was born;William_Shakespeare's_medieval  play theater one hundred and five years subsequent to today, American President Theodore Roosevelt made his “The Man in the Arena” speech;  ten years later, in 1920, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) was founded in Ankara, Turkey, and denounced the government of Sultan Mehmed VI while announcing the preparation of a temporary constitution; twenty nine years to the day after that point, in 1949, the Chinese Civil War brought about the establishment of the People’s Liberation Army Navy; a mere two years after that point, in 1951, American journalist William N. Oatis was arrested for espionage by the Communist government of Czechoslovakia; still three years after that, in 1955, the Canadian Labour Congress was formed by the merger of the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada and the Canadian Congress of Labour; fifty four years ago, the Algiers putsch by French generals took place; seven year later, in 1968, students protesting the Vietnam War at Columbia University in New York City took over administration buildings and shut down the university; three years after that, in the Pakistan Army and Razakars massacred approximately 3,000 Hindu emigrants in the Jathibhanga area of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh); twenty three years ago, in 1993, Cesar Chavez, American activist who co-founded the United Farm Workers drew his last breath; ten years to this day, the first YouTube video was uploaded, titled “Me at the zoo”; and two years later, the American journalist, historian, and author David Halberstam breathed his last. From Wikipedia Day in History

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SEARCH OF THE DAY
"political economy" history OR slavery "social relations" OR "divide and conquer" "key elements" OR "key components" OR "key aspects" OR "crucial aspects" "deconstructing race" OR "understanding race" = 349 Links.

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OFFICIAL THUGS, PROFITEERED DRUGS, IMPERIAL HUGS

http://globalvoicesonline.org     A must-read from Foreign Policy in Focus that concerns recent revelations of homicidal impunity and murderous frenzy on the part of Mexican Federal Police, whom investigative journalists in Mexico have called to account despite the virtual and actual threats and risks, both implicit and explicit, for being willing to bear such witness, a call to scrappy writers everywhere to stand in solidarity: “Castellanos’ work was based on the recorded testimonies of 39 people, including survivors, local witnesses, victims’ families and medical staff reports.  They described how federal police, while yelling ‘kill them like dogs,’ started shooting hundreds of members and followers of the State’s Rural Force who were having a sit-in protest in front of city hall. …Hours before the publication, the news site Aristegui Online — lead by journalist Carmen Aristegui — suffered two DDoS attacks that left it down for approximately 12 hours, according to anti-censorship organization Article 19 and several Twitter users. …The reporter herself as well as some netizens wondered if the wave of violence by those who are called to protect the people will continue or if the guilty will ever be brought to justice.  They have good reasons to be wary, considering the level of impunity that reigns within the country.  According to the Global Impunity Index, Mexico ranks second highest in the world.”
JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

Brigantine Media is proud to announce the first publishing contest that rewards both writing quality and marketing muscle. The Publish or Perish contest will reward an author who has both written a great manuscript and developed a strong platform for marketing the book. 

Read more at: http://www.freelancewriting.com/writingcontests/081515-publish-or-perish-contest.php
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Electric Lit Submissions are open for the month of April.

Recommended Reading, a magazine by Electric Literature, publishes one story a week, each chosen by today’s best authors and editors. Though Recommended Reading features original fiction as well as reprints, we will only consider previously unpublished stories during our spring submission period.

Chicken Soup for the Soul

We Welcome Your Stories and Poems!

We have many Chicken Soup for the Soul books in development and we frequently add new titles. If you have a great story or poem you want to submit but it doesn’t fit with any of the topics below, please save it and check this page again in the future to see if we have added a topic that’s a better match.

If you have a story or poem that you think fits two of the topics below, you may submit it to both. Then let us know in the Comments section that you’ve done so. Also, you may submit more than one piece for each book.

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

– The Seattle Times : Sports Columnist (Seattle-WA) – 04/15/15
URL: http://www.journalismnext.com/jobdetails.cfm?jid=9032

– Gannett Co. Inc. : Reporter (Des Moines-IA) – 04/16/15
URL: http://www.journalismnext.com/jobdetails.cfm?jid=9035

– Gannett Co. Inc. : Business Reporter (Des Moines-IA) – 04/17/15
URL: http://www.journalismnext.com/jobdetails.cfm?jid=9036

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

 

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Michael Brown flickr cc 2.0

Racial Inequality Reparations

An Atlantic report that discusses the many injustices, legal, economical, and mortgagewise, that privilege and bigotry have caused, and addressing ways that reparations could occur: “The lives of black Americans are better than they were half a century ago. The humiliation of Whites Only signs are gone. Rates of black poverty have decreased. Black teen-pregnancy rates are at record lows—and the gap between black and white teen-pregnancy rates has shrunk significantly. But such progress rests on a shaky foundation, and fault lines are everywhere. The income gap between black and white households is roughly the same today as it was in 1970. Patrick Sharkey, a sociologist at New York University, studied children born from 1955 through 1970 and found that 4 percent of whites and 62 percent of blacks across America had been raised in poor neighborhoods. A generation later, the same study showed, virtually nothing had changed. And whereas whites born into affluent neighborhoods tended to remain in affluent neighborhoods, blacks tended to fall out of them.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Google Updates Cell Phone Offerings

A Wired posting that shows the ways that Google is muscling into the cell phone market by using technologies the public sold to telecompanies to sell back to us:  ““The unique thing is that you’re no longer tied to a network. You can go from a Sprint tower to a T-Mobile tower and back to a Sprint tower. That’s groundbreaking. It gives customers so much more freedom,” says Robert Schouwenburg, the chief operating officer of mobile hotspot startup Karma, which has negotiated a deal with Sprint similar to Google’s.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

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Thomassin Mickael

Dwindling Journalism Jobs

A Poynter article that contextualizes just how drastically conditions have changed for the worse from a labor point of view and forcing would be reporters to sell out to PR careers: “Washington Post economic policy correspondent Jim Tankersley ran some numbers in an attempt to explain why two of this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners have gone to work in public relations. The answer? There are far fewer jobs in journalism throughout the United States now than there were 10 years ago. And the jobs in journalism just aren’t as lucrative as their public relations counterparts.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Global Power Plays

A Hill posting that addresses global imperialist ambitions in government, without addressing real life consequences for the people of the world: “Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the Ways and Means panel, argued that TPA, also known as fast-track, “gets us a seat at the table to write the rules on the global economy” and said Congress must pass the measure or risk the failure of the ambitious trade agenda. 

 
Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) argued “the world is not standing still” and that economic activity is moving at “a furious pace in Asia and around the world.””
GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

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An Aeon article that discusses the hold that toxic yet economically important coal and energy mines and industrial mills  have on the collective imagination, an always contradictory but powerful tendency: “Thousands of working-class communities around the country lament the shuttering of blast furnaces, coke ovens, mines and factories. This yearning for a vanishing industrial United States, a place in long, slow decline thanks to globalisation and technological change, has a name – smokestack nostalgia. It is a paradoxical phenomenon, considering the environmental damage and devastating health effects of many of the declining industries. Our forebears worked gruelling shifts in dangerous jobs, inhaling toxic fumes and particulates at work and at home. Many lived in neighbourhoods hemmed in by industries that pumped effluent into rivers, streams and creeks.”

4.22.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

When pondering where in the world we are to look for help with life’s exigencies, we can only discover ourselves, yet unless we inherit the cash and other inducements topurchase all the assistance and resources that our projects require, we can only turn to each other in seeking a collective, organized response to the opportunities, woeful or wondrous, that existence proffers.

Quote of the Day
Since Don Quixote de la Mancha is a crazy fool and a madman, and since Sancho Panza, his squire, knows it, yet, for all that, serves and follows him, and hangs on these empty promises of his, there can be no doubt that he is more of a madman and a fool than his master… Time ripens all things. No man is born wise. Bishops are made of men and not of stones.” Miguel Cervantes Isaavedra

 

This Day in History

 

480px-The_Earth_seen_from_Apollo_17  Today is Earth Day, and, appropriately, International Mother Day, while in Brazil, citizens celebrate Founding Day; in the Eastern coast of South America, five hundred and fifteen years ago, Portuguese navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral laid first European claim to what later became Brazil; nineteen years subsequently, in 1519, Hernan Cortez established a settlement at Veracruz, Mexico; ten years after that, in 1529,  Treaty of Zaragoza divides the eastern hemisphere between Spain and Portugal along a line 297.5 leagues or 17° east of the Moluccas; three hundred and ninety nine years before today, the celebrated writer of Don Quixote, Miguel

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

de Cervantes, drew his last breath; six years later, in 1622, the Capture of Ormuz by the East India Company ended Portuguese control of Hormuz Island; three hundred and eight years in the past, the baby who would become the famed English author and playwright Henry Fielding first joined the carnival of life; seventeen years after that celebrated birth, another celebrated birth for philosophy, that of German Philosopher Immanuel Kant,took place; one hundred and fifty one years ago, the U.S. Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1864 that mandated that the inscription In God We Trust appear on all coins minted as United States currency; one hundred and twenty six years prior to the present pass, at high noon, thousands seeking their fortunes rushed to claim land in the Land Rush of 1889, causing the instant formation of the cities of Oklahoma City and Guthrie with populations of at least 10,000; one hundred and sixteen years ago, a Russian infant who would grow up to be the acclaimed writer Vladimir Nabokov had his first day in this world; five years after that birth, in 1904, across the Atlantic, the baby boy who would become the physicist and father of the atomic bombJ. Robert Oppenheimer, uttered his first cry;  seven years after that birth, in 1911, Tsinghua University, one of mainland China‘s leading universities, opened its doors for the first time; one year subsequently, in 1912, Pravda, the “voice” of the Communist USSR_Emblem_1936 russia sovietParty of the Soviet Union, published its first issue in Saint Petersburg; three years later, in 1915, the use of poison gas in World War I escalated when chlorine gas was released as a chemical weapon in the Second Battle of Ypres; eighty five years ago, the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States signed the London Naval Treaty regulating submarine warfare and limiting shipbuilding; six years subsequently, in 1936, the singer-songwriter known asGlen Campbellwas born, and a mere year later, in 1937, the baby boy who would become acclaimed actor, director, producer, and screenwriter Jack Nicholson uttered his first cry; seventy years before the present moment, during World War II, prisoners at the Jasenovac concentration camp revolted; one year after that, in 1946, the infant who would grow up to become cult favorite American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter John Waters, drew his first breath; sixty six years ago, during the Arab-Israeli War, the major port city of Haifa was captured by Arab forces; sixty one years before the present pass, witnesses began the first of many hearing during the fiasco known as the Army – McCarthy hearings; forty five years previously, the first Earth Day was celebrated; two years later, during the Vietnam War, antiwar

Draft_card_burning_vietnam warprotests begun in Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco, as a response to increased brutality of the war; thirty seven years previously, optical fiber was first used to carry live telephone traffic; twenty two years ago, version 1.0 of the Mosaic web browser was released; three years later, in 1996,comedian Erma Bombeck, American journalist and author, drew her last breath; fifteen years ago, in a pre-dawn raid, federal agents seized six-year-old Elián González from his relatives’ home in Miami, and four years later, in 2005, Japan’s Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi publicly apologized for Japan’s role in war atrocities. From Wikipedia Day in History

 

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SEARCH OF THE DAY
"racial categories" OR "racial classification" bogus OR false OR fatuous OR nonsense history OR origins analysis = 139,000 Hits.

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TOP OF THE FOLD

http://blog.wan-ifra.org/        From the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, an absolutely lovely, transfixing–if altogether too brief–profile of a new Spanish grassroots journalism collective the motto of which is “Journalism Despite Everything,” an outfit that focuses on politics and human rights, society and social justice, and that would be a key network partner of a growing and empowered group of scrappy writers whose members concentrated in the U.S. but included folks all over the world: “Some of the key principles that emerged from those months-long protests – honesty, integrity, transparency, community, public service – would go on to mirror those of  eldiario.es, which Sánchez, fellow well-known journalist Ignacio Escolar, and their ‘friends’ would launch in September 2012.
        ‘Traditional media did not know what to do about this movement,’ he said.  ‘It was clear ‘on the streets’ that the stories emerging from lawyers, engineers, doctors, journalists, students there were not being told… You also have to understand the perception of traditional journalism in Spain: it is considered the second-worst profession in the country!’ …
        The news site, which focuses on politics, culture, economics and technology, gives new meaning to ‘starting from scratch’ in terms of funding and infrastructure, but Sánchez considers that an asset. …
        The site is financially supported by its ‘friends,’ he says, ‘our readers who give 5 euros a month.  Yet all of our content is free to everybody.’  The site also contains advertising, but ‘we decide which advertisers we take on board, and they are not giving us as much money as our members.'”

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

student writing arm

OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

TURKEY LAND COVE FOUNDATION
http://www.turkeylandcovefoundation.org/#!about-the-residency/ctt9
Deadline May 1, 2015. Location: Edgartown, Massachusetts. For motivated women who wish to pursue professional, educational and/or artistic goals away from the distractions of daily life. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, at least 21 years of age in order to apply. Our grants for residency cover room and board plus reasonable transportation expenses from most hubs in New York and New England only.



ARQUETOPIA – RESIDENCY IN MEXICO
http://www.arquetopia.org
The Writers Residency is a new program at Arquetopia that offers competitive professional opportunities for emerging or mid-career, national or international writers, journalists, playwrights, translators, and graduate students. As part of Arquetopia’s mission, we promote international experiences in the field of culture by promoting Mexico’s rich and diverse artistic heritage. Deadline April 27, 2015. Emerging or mid-career writers, journalists, playwrights, translators, and graduate students; minimum age 25. Self-directed terms of 3 to 8 weeks during 2015 in either Arquetopia space in Puebla or Oaxaca, Mexico.

 

Matter – Overall, we are looking for multi-disciplinary teams building scalable media ventures ready to move to SF for this 5-month, intense, collaborative experience combining design thinking + entrepreneurship + media. We define media loosely and think of it more like “the connective tissue of society” rather than content. We are a great fit for both pre-seed and seed-stage ventures, and have investment structures that work for each.

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

NOTE: Great opportunities for ground-level entry into The Onion environment. All positions appear to be located in Chicago, IL.

 
WRITING APPRENTICESHIP
The Onion
https://www.smartrecruiters.com/TheOnion/82129104-writing-apprenticeship
Writing Apprentices perform basic organizational tasks to aid The Onion’s editorial process, in addition to contributing jokes and generally assisting The Onion editorial staff in idea generation. Success will be measured by the ability to complete the organizational assignments in a prompt, detail-oriented fashion, and the quantity and quality of the submitted jokes. Publication of material is always contingent on quality.



WRITING FELLOWSHIP
ClickHole
https://www.smartrecruiters.com/TheOnion/82185917-clickhole-writing-fellowship
ClickHole writers work alongside the editing staff to produce content on a similar level as would be expected out of a full-time staff writer. The writers will write multiple drafts per week, produce at least one video (written and directed) per week, assist on the creation of timely content, and will contribute as needed to additional areas such as features, sponsored content, and various special editorial projects. They will submit headline lists daily and attend/participate in all editorial meetings. They are expected in the office from 10:00-6:00 every weekday and all assignments will adhere to strict deadlines. Deadline May 1, 2015.



EDITORIAL FELLOWSHIP
The Onion
https://www.smartrecruiters.com/TheOnion/82129309-onion-inc-editorial-fellowship
Based in our Chicago, IL headquarters. Editorial department position. We are looking for creative, detail-oriented, motivated, and humble individuals interested in contributing to The Onion’s editorial process. Fellows are given the opportunity to aid in the production of Onion content.

 

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ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

hwy fr nature pathCorporate Greenwash Holiday

A critical Common Dreams article denouncing today’s holiday which, instead of promising a more mindful ecological mindset, perpetuates corporate agendas, an inevitable consequence of capitalistic foolishness: “In a piece published in the Washington Post, journalists Justin Moyer and Nick Kirkpatrick question if Nelson himself would even celebrate Earth Day in its current iteration. Noting how the political will to make drastic moves has fallen even as the Earth’s temperature continues to rise, they write: “So, the United States still hasn’t ratified the Kyoto Protocol. The messaging of the day may be lost amid promotional products and greenwashing. But we do have Earth Day T-shirts and hoodies.”

In a tribute to the late muckraking journalist I.F. (“Izzy”) Stone, author and activist Naomi Klein on Wednesday called the celebration of Earth Day a “comfortable party,” and wrote that “the ecological movement will get nowhere if it fails to connect the dots with other overlapping crises facing our society, from racism to militarism to inequality.””

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

 

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Virtual Teaching Replacing Teacher Role

An Atlantic posting that discusses the increasingly alienated role that teachers can soon expect to occupy in a world where the internet provides one-size-fits-all education: “I measured myself against these websites and Internet companies. It seems clear that they already have a distinct advantage over me as an individual teacher. They have more resources, more money, an entire staff of professionals, and they get to concentrate on producing their specialized content, while the teacher is—almost by default—inherently encouraged to transform into a facilitator. Some people might cringe at a “Netflix for teachers,” but it’s almost impossible to deny the inherent advantages Netflix has over a local DVD store, and it’s easy to imagine the potential improvements that could happen to these modern services.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

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Popular Celeb Slavery Past

A Guardian article that discusses the trouble a popular actor has had in coming to terms with his family’s privileged and predatory past: “Ben Affleck has admitted he was “embarrassed” about a slave-owning ancestor and says that’s why he lobbied television chiefs to hide his story in a documentary about his heritage.

The Hollywood star said he regretted trying to influence what went into the programme and was now glad that his family history would be part of the discussion about the impact of slavery in America.

“I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves,” Affleck said in a statement posted to Facebook on Tuesday evening. “I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth.””

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

"DreamyWeed" by Psychonaught
“DreamyWeed” by Psychonaught

420 Celebrations

A Mashable video post that shares with readers some of the diverse folks celebrating a day dedicated to everyone’s favorite controlled substance: “Just a few former police officers chilling out, enjoying some cheeba — legally.

Cut Video‘s clip of grandmothers smoking weed for the first time was adorable, but their latest video of cops smoking up is a euphoric celebration in honor of 420, the stoner holiday. “

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

On Heroic Environmentalists

A Chief Organizer blog profile of an important and heroic environmentalist, amid a group of many, in Russia and elsewhere who are worth getting to know: “The Organizers’ Forum has conducted an International  Dialogue with community and labor organizers and activists in various movements around the world since 2002.  In our first trip to Brazil we almost miraculously stumbled into the wild excitement in Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro around the election campaign of Lula de Silva from the PT or Workers’ Party then.   Subsequently, we have been to thirteen different countries including South Africa ten years after the fall of apartheid  and Egypt right after the ill-fated revolution.  This year we will go to Poland.   Even after all of these years, some organizers will say, “Why Poland?   What can organizers learn there?”  My answer might be Yevgenia Chirikova.”

4.21.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

The path between birth—a bloody, painful miracle that gives us breath—and death, another draconian miraculous bloodbath that closes our eyes forever, may be no more a matter of will than the atomic results of fused hydrogen that yield the stuff that makes us, yet an affirmation of human inclination and desire are arguably essential attributes of anything other than shrugs and sighs in response to life’s exigencies.

Quote of the Day
“What kept me sane was knowing that things would change, and it was a question of keeping myself together until they did…. “You can’t help it. An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.”  Nina Simone
This Day in History
Giovanni Paolo Panini (Italian, Piacenza 1691–1765 Rome) - Ancient Rome
Giovanni Paolo Panini (Italian, Piacenza 1691–1765 Rome) – Ancient Rome

Today is the birthday of Rome, and, on the other side of our globe, it is Vietnam Book Day; near the Tiber river in the Italian Peninsula, two thousand seven hundred and sixty eight years prior to today, Romulus founded the City of Rome; one thousand one hundred and fifteen years ago, in what is now known as the Phillippines, the earliest known written document from that area known as the Laguna Copperplate Inscription was created, which records the Commander-in-Chief of the Kingdom of Tondo, as represented by the Honourable Jayadewa, Lord Minister of Pailah, pardoning from all debt the Honourable Namwaran and his relations; eight hundred and seventy three years previously, the French philosopher and theologian Peter Abelard drew his last breath; five hundred and nine years prior to the present pass, the three-day Lisbon Massacre, which massacred almost 2000 suspected Jews, came to a bloody end; three hundred and sixteen years ago, Jean Racine, famous French playwright, met his final reward; two hundred and thirty three years before today, King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke foundedthe city now known as Bangkok; ten years later, in 1792, a revolutionary Brazilian leader was hanged, drawn, and quartered; twenty four years later, in 1816, the baby who would grow up to be Charlotte Brontë, English author and

pens Keith Williamson Flickr
pens Keith Williamson Flickr

poet, drew her first breath; one hundred and seventy nine years ago, Sam Houston’s forces defeated Mexican troops in the Battle of San Jacinto; two years after that, in 1838the infant who would become John Muir, Scottish-American environmentalist and author uttered his first cry; eighteen years subsequently, in 1856, Stonemasons and building workers on building sites around Melbourne marched from the University of Melbourne to Parliament House so as to win an 8 hour day in the Australian Labour Movement; eight years after, in 1864,  Max Weber, German economist and sociologist, was born; one hundred and seventeen years prior to today, The U.S. Navy blocked Cuban ports during the Spanish American war; one hundred and five years prior, Mark Twain, American author and creator of Huckleberry Finn, perished; one hundred and three years ago, in 1912, Marcel Camus, French director and screenwriter, was born; one hundred and one years prior to the present pass, a German arms shipment to Mexico is intercepted by the U.S. Navy near Veracruz, Veracruz, in the Ypiranga Incident; only eleven years after that point, in 1925, the Manifesto of the Fascist Intellectuals was published in Il Mondo, establishing the political and ideological foundations of Italian Fascism; eight years later, in 1932, Elaine May, American actress, director, and screenwriter, came to this world; and seven years after that, in 1939, Sister Helen Prejean, American author and activist, was born; sixty eight years prior to the present pass, the

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

influential economist John Maynard Keynes drew his last breath; two years later, in 1948, Aldo Leopold, American ecologist and author spent his last day on earth; sixty years ago, Secretary’s Day, which is now Administrative Professionals’ Day, was first celebrated; eight years afterwards, in 1960, Brasilia, Brazil’s capital city, was first inaugurated; two years later, in 1962, the Seattle World’s Fair, also known as Century 21 exposition, opens; one year after that, in 1963, a Transit-5bn satellite failed to reach orbit after launch; as it re-entered the atmosphere, 2.1 pounds (0.95 kg) of radioactive plutonium in its SNAP RTG power source was widely dispersed; forty eight years prior to today, anticipating by a few days the general election in Greece, Colonel George Papadopoulos lead a coup d’état, establishing a military regime that lasted for seven years; forty years ago, in the climactic end of the Vietnam War, President of South Vietnam Nguyen Van Thieu fled Saigon, as Xuan Loc, the last South Vietnamese outpost blocking a direct North Vietnamese assault on Saigon, fell; twenty six years before the present moment, the Tiananmen Square Protests begin in Beijing, when approximately 100,000 students gathered in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang; three

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

years afterwards, in 1992, the first discoveries of extrasolar planets was announced by astronomers Alexander Wolszczan and Dale Frail. They discovered two planets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12; one years later, in 1993, the Supreme Court in La Paz, Bolivia, sentenced former dictator Luis Garcia Meza to 30 years in jail without parole for murder, theft, fraud and violating the constitution; twelve years prior to today, jazz singer and activist Nina Simone met her end; and five years ago, the controversial Kharkiv Pact (Russian Ukrainian Naval Base for Gas Treaty) was signed in Kharkiv, Ukraine, by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Russian President Dimitry Medvedev; it would be unilaterally terminated by Russia on March 31, 2014. From Wikipedia Day in History

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SEARCH OF THE DAY
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TOP OF THE FOLD

MONOPOLY MEDIA TROLL FLOTILLAS

http://sputniknews.com/columnists/20150420/1021135202.html         An incisive indictment from Sputnik News of the hypocrisy, propagated imperial propaganda, and generally fatuous superficiality and distortion that typify standard outputs of corporate news, culture, and information in the so-called ‘West,’ where ‘free’ markets are all fixed and groupthink reigns supreme: “The multi-billion-dollar Western news media networks are replete with an unquestioning, unwavering anti-Russian agenda.  This agenda is recklessly inflaming international tensions to the point of inciting further conflict and even an all-out global war. …In unison, (corporate outlets) are functioning as a global ministry of propaganda.
Reputable Russian news media have not indulged in the unquestioning Western narrative asserting that Russian aggression is the cause of the entire Ukrainian conflict.  In other words, the Russian news industry is providing proper journalistic services.
Russian media do not talk blindly about Russia’s ‘annexation of Crimea.’  Russian media have refused to toe the Western media line that, against voluminous evidence, denies the Neo-Nazi character of the Western-backed Kiev regime.
Therefore, the Western reasoning goes, the Russian media are a Kremlin propaganda tool and Moscow has despatched a ‘Troll Army’ to disseminate disinformation.  How richly ironic is that?”
JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

student writing arm

OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

PRESS 53 AwARD FOR POETRY 
This contest is open to any writer, regardless of his or her publication history, provided the manuscript is written in English and the author lives in the United States. The winner of this contest will receive publication by Press 53, a $1,000 cash advance, travel expenses and lodging for a special reading and book signing party in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and ten copies of the book; all prizes will be awarded upon publication. Deadline July 31, 2015.

CRAB CREEK REVIEW POETRY PRIZE 
$16 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline May 15, 2015. $500 prize for the winning poem. The winner and finalists will be published in the following volume of Crab Creek Review, and all entries will be considered for publication. Welcomes up to four poems per entry, eight pages maximum.

ST LOUIS REGIONAL ARTS COMMISSION ARTISTS SUPPORT GRANTS 
Deadline April 23. $500 to $3,000 awards. These funds can be designated for (but not limited to) equipment and materials, rental space, arts-related travel, conference fees, project completion, salaries, professional and artistic development, training, and other resources for individual artists of all disciplines. Open to artists living in St. Louis City or St. Louis County for at least one year with documentation.

 EDWIN WAY TEALE ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE AT TRAIL WOOD PROGRAM 
Connecticut Audubon Society is now accepting applications for the 2015 Edwin Way Teale Artists-in-Residence at Trail Wood program. Connecticut Audubon invites writers and visual artists, chosen through a juried process, to spend one week in residence at the former home of Pulitzer Prize-winning naturalist writer and photographer Edwin Way Teale. After the completion of the residency, participating writers and visual artists are invited to attend a follow-up event, Trail Wood’s Under the Harvest Moon festival, held annually on-site in September.

ROOTS RATED 
Specifically seeking freelance writers to create articles about outdoor recreation in and around Hilton Head, but we publish detailed profiles of trails, parks, nature preserves and wilderness areas. RootsRated is a media platform that connects users with the best outdoor experiences, hand-picked by local outdoor retailers and their networks of local experts. We are NOT another website full of crowd-sourced trail reviews. We harness the collective expertise of high-level local runners, skiers, riders, paddlers, and climbers. Then we share it through exclusive stories and destination reviews — curated city by city — about the best trails, runs, routes, crags, and more. RootsRated brings people who love the outdoors together, through insights from locals who are most in the know. Some samples follow.

http://rootsrated.com/chicago-il/trail-running/deer-grove-forest—trail-running
http://rootsrated.com/chicago-il/mountain-biking/kettle-moraine-state-forest—southern-unit—mountain-biking

We also offer weekly feature article assignments that pay $125. Pays $70 for destination profiles. Prefers to work with freelances on multiple assignments rather than one and done.

FAMILY TREE MAGAZINE
Family Tree Magazine is a special-interest consumer magazine that helps readers discover, preserve and celebrate their family’s history. We cover genealogy, ethnic heritage, personal history, genealogy websites and software, photography and photo preservation, and other ways that families connect with their past. Pays up to $800 depending on length and experience. Pays 25 percent kill fee.
today’s listing thanks to Funds For Writers
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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Reporters Without Borders – The Advocacy and Communications Officer will implement, develop and promote the advocacy strategies and campaigns of Reporters Without Borders in the United States, under the supervision of the US Director.  Reporters Without Borders USA (a 501c3 non-profit organization) is the U.S. office of the global organization Reporters sans frontières (RSF), based in Paris, a world leading defender of freedom of information with 30 years of experience.

Job Opening: Managing Editor Tikkun Daily

Do you believe journalism has a crucial role to play in healing and transforming the world? Are you a skilled editor who can move effortlessly from reshaping a news story on the struggle for a living wage to editing a scholarly essay on feminist theology? Tikkun magazine is looking for a full-time managing editor to produce its award-winning print magazine and manage its lively online content.

Gannett Co. Inc. : News and Sports Reporter (Coshocton-OH) – 04/08/15
URL: http://www.journalismnext.com/jobdetails.cfm?jid=9019

– The Seattle Times : Investigative Reporter (Seattle-WA) – 04/09/15
URL: http://www.journalismnext.com/jobdetails.cfm?jid=9024

 

Expert Home Improvement Writer Needed (Maine)

Major home improvement company is looking for a talented, detailed-oriented writer with expert knowledge in both home repair and installation. We are looking for a writer to build a long-term relationship with and offer competitive rates, schedule flexibility, as well as a number of opportunities to enhance your online reputation. Compensation: Rates based on experience.

 

Cannabis Reviews & Culture Writing (Greater Seattle)

We’re a pouplar cannabis new and knowledge website looking to do more pieces on culture and product reviews specific to Seattle. 
For product reviews we will compensate for the cost of the products. Compensation: Per Post Based on Experience / Rate

 

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

 

Bob Jagendorf
Bob Jagendorf

War on Drugs Claims Next Victim

A Truth-Out opinion piece that contextualizes a recent police abuse case that had much to do with the bigoted War on Drugs: “To make matters worse, Baltimore police officials admitted today that the reasons for Gray’s arrest are still “vague,” and that cops probably just thought that he was “immediately involved or had been recently involved in criminal activity.”

In other words, Freddie Gray was probably just guilty of being Black in a neighborhood known for its drug problems.

Thanks to Nixon and Reagan’s war on drugs, this is the reality that millions of people of color live with everyday all across the US.

They live in fear of law enforcement because law enforcement, instead of trying to protect them, acts like an occupying force.”

 

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Posthumous Prize Scorned

A Guardian article that discusses fellow Nigerian author’s scorn and contempt for a posthumous prize for his recently deceased compatriot: “”Let us quit this indecent exercise of fatuous plaints, including raising hopes, even now, with talk of ‘posthumous’ conferment, when you know damned well that the Nobel committee does not indulge in such tradition. It has gone beyond ‘sickening’. It is obscene and irreverent. It desecrates memory,” Soyinka told Sahara Reporters. “This conduct is gross disservice to Chinua Achebe and disrespectful of the life-engrossing occupation known as literature. How did creative valuation descend to such banality? Do these people know what they’re doing – they are inscribing Chinua’s epitaph in the negative mode of thwarted expectations. I find that disgusting.””

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

"Internet1" by Rock1997 - Own work
“Internet1” by Rock1997 – Own work

Local Governments Shaping Wikipedia

A Route Fifty article that discusses an important role that governments could have in making Wikipedia more useful for local governments, and thus increase and improve the updating of information: “For Wikipedia to maintain its current standards—let alone improve—new contributors and new types of participation are needed. In recent years, Wikipedia has built partnerships with museums, libraries and similar institutions, including at the federal level.

So far, local governments have not played a big role in this. But there is good reason to think they can.

From the local government perspective, the argument for participation is simple: constituents are already there, agencies have information to share, and Wikipedia’s stated mission to provide “free access to the sum of all human knowledge” creates possibilities for collaboration. If your organization has something to offer—and is up to the challenge—here are some steps toward getting involved.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Dismantling Nuclear Wreck

A Japan Times article that discusses the research and development effort being undertaken to undo the damage caused by the wrecked nuclear reactor in Japan: “In a ceremony Monday, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency marked the opening of a research center in Ibaraki Prefecture to promote the decommissioning process for the heavily damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

At the ceremony for the state-funded Collaborative Laboratories for Advanced Decommissioning Science, science minister Hakubun Shimomura described the center’s mission.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Loan Difficulties Target Minorities

A Hechinger Report article on the consequences of loan diminutions on minority college-bound populations: “Historically black colleges and universities, where black students make up more than 80 percent of the student body, were particularly hard hit. The number of recipients of federal parent loans fell 46 percent, compared to a 29 percent drop at other colleges that educate students from low-income families*. The steep fall in college loans coincided with a 3.4 percent drop in the number of students enrolled at historically black schools, a loss of almost 100 students per institution on average.”

4.20.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

IMG_0159The institutional gargantuans that rule the current context, inasmuch as such behemoths control practically speaking all the lucre and most of the militarized might that the world now contains, may seem insuperable, yet just as little David overcame mighty Goliath, so too regular citizens—if they can figure out how to unite, in any case—can conquer any counterforce that plutocracy and tyranny put forth.

Quote of the Day
When you stop learning, stop listening, stop looking and asking questions, always new questions, then it is time to die…  Segregation is evil; there is no pattern of life which can dehumanize men as can the way of segregation… for segregation is spiritual lynching.”
Lillian Smith
This Day in History
"Cannabis sativa Koehler drawing" por W. Müller
“Cannabis sativa Koehler drawing” por W. Müller

Today is 4/20 Day, an international celebration of Cannabis culture; in Rome, seven hundred and twelve years ago, Pope Boniface VIII instituted the Sapienza University; five hundred and sixty two years in the past, the last naval battle in Byzantine history occurs, as three Genoese galleys escorting a Byzantine transport fought their way through the huge Ottoman blockade fleet and into the Golden Horn; five hundred and twenty one years previous to the present moment, Johannes Agricola, German theologian and reformer, drew his first breath; four hundred eighty one years prior to the present pass, the explorer and mariner Jacques Cartier begun the voyage during which he first ran into the territory that later European settlers denominated Canada and Labrador; one hundred and nineteen years later, in 1653, revolutionary protestant leader Oliver Cromwell dissolved the parliamentary body that allowed for the execution of King Charles I; four years subsequently, in 1657, the then-city of New Amsterdam granted freedom of religion to its Jewish residents; two hundred and twenty three years back, France declared war against the King of Hungary and Bohemia, an act that brought about the French Revolutionary Wars; two hundred and five years prior to this moment, the governor of Caracas declared independence from Spain, thus shoving off the Imperial yoke; one hundred and eighty seven years ago, Rene Caillie became the first non-Muslim to enter the West African city of

"Caillie 1830 Timbuktu view" by René Caillié (1799-1838) - Caillié, René (1830), Journal d'un voyage à Temboctou et à Jenné, dans l'Afrique Centrale
“Caillie 1830 Timbuktu view” by René Caillié (1799-1838) – Caillié, René (1830), Journal d’un voyage à Temboctou et à Jenné, dans l’Afrique Centrale

Timbuktu; one hundred and fifty three before the here and now, scientists Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard completed the experiment that falsified the theory of spontaneous generation; nine years afterwards, in 1871, the Civil Rights act became law; one hundred and twenty two years ago, the baby who would soon grow up to be the legendary surrealist painter Joan Miro drew his first breath; one hundred and thirteen years prior to the present pass, the scientists Pierre and Marie Curie refined radium chloride; ten years later, in 1912, the Irish author Bram Stoker breathed his last; two years after that, in 1914, a Colorado workers’ strike lead to a tragic encounter with predatory capitalists’ armies, leading to the Ludlow Massacre; seventy six years prior to the current moment, the legendary blues singer Billie Holiday recorded Strange Fruit, what would turn out to be the first Civil Rights song; seventy years ahead of the present moment, the baby who would grow up to be Alistair Cooke, Baron Lexden, noteworthy English historian and author, uttered his first cry; sixty nine years before the here and now, the League of Nations officially dissolved, ceding most of its power to the United Flag_of_the_League_of_Nations_(1939–1941).svgNations; sixty four years before today, the baby who grew up to beLuther Vandross, American singer, songwriter and producer, was born; ten years later, the disastrously embarrassing and fascistic imperial Bay of Pigs invasion took place; thirty three years prior to the present pass, Archibald MacLeish, American poet, passed on to his greater reward; eleven years later, Cantinflas, Mexican actor, producer, and screenwriter, died; sixteen years ago, one of the many SSRI murder sprees took place in Columbine, CO, when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people and injured 21 others; five years previous to today, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, an environmental catastrophe that killed eleven workers and begun an oil spill that would last six monthsFrom Wikipedia Day in History

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SEARCH OF THE DAY
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A THOROUGH DEBUNKING OF ‘JUST-SAY-NO-TO-DRUGS’

https://www.contributoria.com    For readers willing to spend some time reading, an extensive analysis, replete with massive evidence and evident insight, of ‘drug culture,’ drug wars, and the political economy of contraband, “From Heroin to Ritalin”: “We live with the split personality that these lyrics from (“Prohibition Blues”) illustrate.  This affects us spiritually.  It colours our ethics and whatever sense of integrity that people have.  It means that, psychologically, we are both as often as not living against our better selves, and unable to avoid states of deeply experienced, almost insufferable, anxiety and stress and panic—not for nothing is ours ‘the age of terror.’
In no other realm than in relation on the one hand to contraband and on the other hand to so-called ‘medications’ do these tendencies more profoundly express themselves in the contemporary arena.  We live with these contradictions and little hypocrisies about ‘substances’ almost every second that we breathe.
Reports and analyses from sources as diverse as Interpol and the United Nations, on the official side, and private think tanks like the Soros Justice Initiative and the Drug Policy Alliance, on the Non-Governmental Organisation side, detail and document such complicated skeins.  Often enough, scholars who have served to advance agendas of ‘fighting narcotics’ or ‘developing treatments’ have opened their hearts and their files to reveal the venality and profiteering at the root of such duplicitous policing battles and pseudo-scientific ‘healthy-living’ campaigns.
These and many other decidedly suboptimal effects—combining repression and malfeasance—of what lying thugs call ‘The War on Drugs’ or that self-serving ‘authorities’ label diagnostic and therapeutic intervention are not the heart of our problems, however.  This core conflict appears as a three-part dynamic that rules the present moment, an overarching ubiquity that confronts us with a choice either to accept it and live in misery or to face and deal with it and transform the world.”
JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS SHORT STORY CONTEST 
Open to emerging diverse writers from all diverse backgrounds  who have not been published in a traditional print fiction book format, including self-published, independents, small and medium publishing houses, in all genres whether for the children’s or adult market. The winner receives US$1,000 and publication in the “Stories For All Of Us” anthology. Deadline May 8, 2015.

MIDDLE SHELF MAGAZINE’S COMPETITION FOR BEST INDIE CHILDREN & YOUNG ADULT BOOKS
$40 ENTRY FEE. Any independently published book for children or teens in any genre is eligible. The overall winners in each category (children, middle grade, young adult) will each receive $500 and a year’s worth of full-page ads in Middle Shelf Magazine (rate card value $4,500). In addition, more than 100 books deemed by the editors as “notable” entries will be featured in the November/December issue of Middle Shelf Magazine. “Independently Published” books include self-published books and e-books, and/or books and e-books published through small presses releasing less than five titles per year. The competition is open to authors worldwide; books must be in English. Any length book and any publication date is eligible.
Deadline August 1, 2015. The winners will be notified by September 4, 2015.

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Buzzfeed – Aspiring writers who want to build a successful writing career are encouraged to apply for BuzzFeed.com’s Emerging Writers Fellowship. Along with ongoing mentorship and editorial support, each fellow receives a $12,000 stipend for financial support.Copyright © WritingCareer.com – used with permission
Commonwealth Short Story Prize Prize
is an annual award for unpublished short fiction open to citizens of the 53 Commonwealth countries. The prize covers the five Commonwealth regions: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and Pacific. One winner will be selected from each region, with one regional winner to be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5000 (US$8200) and the remaining four regional winners receive £2500. Entries for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize are expected to open in October 2015.

 

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest
is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish a book. Fiction entries must be under 6000 words. The winner in each genre will be awarded US$1000 and publication. Entries close 15 May.

Tupelo Press: Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry  Deadline: April 30. The Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry includes a cash award of $3,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 20 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. We suggest submitting a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages of poems, but all manuscripts will be read and considered with full respect, regardless of length.

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Seeking Experienced Wine, Yoga, Astronomy, and Astrology Writers Are you a published writer with experience writing about one of the subjects mentioned above? Callisto Media is a startup publishing company of best-selling non-fiction.

The details:
• We provide meticulous book outlines and project requirements
• A typical project takes 60-100 hours (30,000-40,000 words) to complete and pays $3,000-$4,000
• Writers who work successfully on our titles have the opportunity to complete multiple projects each year

 

Atlanta magazine is looking for a writer, whose role will consist primarily of enhancing the daily news coverage at atlantamagazine.com. The ideal candidate will be a news junkie with insatiable curiosity and deep knowledge about one of the most fascinating metro areas in America. Areas of expected coverage will include, but aren’t limited to, politics, growth, transit, and the changing demographics of an increasingly international city.

 

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology COPYWRITER / CONTENT MARKETING SPECIALIST

We are currently seeking a Copywriter / Content Marketing Specialist to be responsible for the written representation of the ETD (Economic & Technology Development) department’s mission and brand, primarily through the development of branded messages and communications materials. They will also responsible for researching, writing and editing articles and publications and translating scientific and technical ideas in simple language for a general audience.

 

 

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS WRITER  Strategize and write original highly distinctive and competitive content for a range of communications materials, including web content, brochures, ads, tradeshow displays, scripts, etc. to support branding and growth objectives across CACI markets with specific focus in the healthcare market area of a solutions and services IT company serving the U.S. federal government. Recommends overall organization, editorial standards, quality control, continuity of message, and publication methods.

Editorial Development Associates Editorial Development Associates seeks an experienced writer/editor for the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies, a Catholic K-8 religion curriculum, published by Pflaum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard Inc. Writer/Editor is responsible to develop, create, write, copy, edit, and proof age-appropriate stories, features, activities, prayer services, reader-response features, and teaching guides. Option of part time hours can be considered

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

 

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Jon Sullivan – public domain

Charitable Works of Famous Writer

An Inside Philanthropy inside look at the philanthropic work of a well-respected popular writer who has populist leanings and Southern background: “Many of Grishman’s novels have populist themes, hinting at the author’s liberal worldview. All have sold well. Grisham’s net worth has been estimated at upwards of $200 million and Grisham and his wife Renee have a rather long history of giving money away.

The Grishams channel much of their philanthropy through the Oakwood Foundation Charitable Trust, which has given away between $2 and $4 million annually in recent years. The couple’s philanthropy mainly focuses on Mississippi and Virginia, two states where they have residences. But money goes further away, too. Here are a few things to know about Grisham philanthropy.”

Child Shooting Sparks Outrage

A World Socialist Web Site report that discusses a protest spurred by brutal military attacks, and showing the ways that people power is increasing:  “The latest killings triggered a series of angry protests, which were first met with renewed police violence, including the use of stun grenades and pepper spray against protesters, several of whom were beaten and arrested. Protesters retaliated with rocks and bottles.

Images of the body of the 10-year-old child sprawled in a pool of blood at his family’s doorstep triggered widespread outrage, sparking protests in other nearby favelas and a march for “peace” in the wealthier beachside neighborhood of Copacabana.”

 

Desk - Bright Meadow Flickr
Desk – Bright Meadow Flickr

 Hispanic Organization Media Conference

A link to an event that gathers media makers from Hispanic backgrounds: “Two weeks ago, Happiness Engineers Karen Arnold, Marjorie R. Asturias, and Jamil Abreu, as well as Code Wrangler Damian Suarez, attended the sixth annual Hispanicize conference in downtown Miami, Florida. The event, which took place from March 16-20, is billed as the “largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in journalism, blogging, marketing, entertainment, and tech entrepreneurship,” drawing over 2,000 attendees. Marjorie shares her experience meeting and getting to know some of the most influential bloggers in the Latino community. “

Teaching Grant Writing

A Library of Congress announcement of new grant opportunities for those interested in media and education: “Today, the Library of Congress announced the availability of $950,000 to support the development of engaging web- and mobile-based applications, for classroom use, on Congress and civic participation.

The Library seeks to identify one or more educational partners who can help the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program develop online interactives and mobile apps on Congress and civic participation, designed for use in K-12 education. The selected partners will be expected to use and incorporate not only the Library’s online primary sources, but also the many other resources available online from the Library of Congress”

guitar music art performanceStory of Protest and Oppression

A TeleSur article that discusses the tragic life of a protest song legend from the 70s who documented an acute moment of hope alongside a terrible moment of dissappointment in South America: “One of the greatest protest musicians in American history took his life exactly 39 years ago. Driven into a deep depression by both his own demons and the demoralization that faced radical leftists in the mid-70’s, Phil Ochs in many ways died with the movement. This week, I wanted to write about a lesser-known story from Phil’s life, and of his run-ins with another significant part of the history of that time period.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

NYTNon Profit News

A Columbia Journalism Review article that discusses prognoses for non profit news outlets: “If the report were a weather forecast, the prediction for nonprofits would be partly cloudy with a chance of sun. Most of the 20 news organizations it examines aren’t sustainable yet, though a few are, and Knight argues that a handful of others are on their way.

But beyond that optimistic framing, the details of the report point to continuing problems. Of the 14 nonprofits included in both this report and the last one, published in 2013, only three have been able to grow, while four have cut staff, and the other seven have held steady. Web traffic gains have been modest, once we account for traffic inflation across the internet. And finding a revenue model to keep the lights on remains a daunting challenge.”

Media Fact Checking Growth Industry

A Poynter posting that discusses some opportunities for academics and scrappy writers in a field of journalism that is actually thriving: “As some wring their hands about a decline in newsroom resources and quality, there’s a “huge growth” in fact checking in the coverage of politics, according to a new academic study.

Several thousand papers were delivered at the Midwest Political Science Association conference, including, “Where and Why Do Journalists Fact-Check.” The paper contends that reporters now fact-check politicians more than ever. One co-author describes it as an “explosion” that coincides with an obvious growth in the coverage of national politics.

“Every single elite organization engages in visible fact checking of politics,” Lucas Graves of the University of Wisconsin told a small audience on Thursday as he sketched the study’s preliminary findings.”

 

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

smartphone twitter social mediaTwitter for News Campaigns

A Nuclear Free California posting that describes the ins and outs of utilizing twitter as a powerful tool for activists: “One of the most valuable tactical tools for Twitter is during public events when the media is covering the issue.  The Nuclear Industry has long been prepped at using the twitter feed to promote its side of the issue during these events and can be counted on to show up.  By collecting the best stories and content and feeding them rapidly onto the feed during the event, you can counter the industry’s spin and influence reporters that will more than likely be watching the live twitter feed.  A good place to collect hot tweets you want to use for such an event is with the “Favorite” option that will allow you to quickly find yours or other folks best posts.  Being at the event makes it a bit tricky to do, but if you have a live video stream of the event, then you can monitor tweets and the events.  A best practices strategy for this is to prepare well in advance and contact your techies for content they may think is appropriate. “

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Kenya Massacre U.S. Connection

An international politics blog post that discusses the possible ramifications of U.S. imperialist actions in Africa: “The systematic murder of 147 Kenyan university students by members of the Somalia-based Shabab organization on April 2 is raising an uncomfortable question: was the massacre an unintentional blowback from U.S. anti-terrorism strategy in the region? And were the killers forged by an ill-advised American supported Ethiopian invasion that transformed the radical Islamic organization from a marginal player into a major force?”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

 

 

"DreamyWeed" by Psychonaught
“DreamyWeed” by Psychonaught

A New Weed Seller on the Horizon

A Rolling Stone article that discusses a famous rock star’s foray into the world of selling weed: “Rolling Stone recently caught up with Nelson on his bus backstage near San Antonio, Texas, where he discussed the product. “I will make sure it’s good or it won’t be on sale,” the singer says. “There should be a menu just like in a restaurant because there’s so many different kinds of pot that do many different things. It’s a good idea to have everything labeled for what it does, what it don’t do [and] how powerful it is.””

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A Thought for the Day

 

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hector gomez

A casual use of terminology—describing political sensibility in terms of ‘left’ and ‘right;’ speaking of “middle class” as an actual descriptive category; arguing about the effects of “race” as if some such analytical descriptor really applied to humans—certainly makes conversation easier, since neither do participants have any responsibility for their arguments, which are inherently devoid of meaning, nor do disputants have much more to disagree about than that they “believe” one thing or another at variance with some ultimately trivial notion that somebody else “believes:” however, such superficial and easygoing attitudes toward language and content also guarantee that all of our discourses will add up to zero, or maybe in the end slightly less, inasmuch as we will often enough surmise that we’ve talked about something of substance when, manifestly, that is not the case.

Quote of the Day
“Fiction has helped my journalism because it has given it literary value.   Journalism has helped my fiction because it has kept me in a close relationship with reality. …In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work.  In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work.  That’s the only difference, and it lies in the commitment of the writer.  A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in it.”  Gabriel Garcia Marquez; “The Art of Fiction:” 
This Day in History

Today is World Hemophilia Day, and, in Syria, Evacuation Day, celebrating the end of French Rule from across the Mediterranean; in Persia six hundred sixty-six years ago, the almost seven century reign of the Bavand Dynasty in what is at this point contemporary Iran came to a close; just two years less than

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Chaucer ellesmere

half a century later, in 1397, England’s bard Geoffrey Chaucer performed The Canterbury Tales for the first time at the King’s court, supposedly exactly a decade following his original departure on a pilgrimage to the archbishopric there; half a decade shy of a century hence, in 1492, Italian navigator Christopher Columbus and Spain’s rulers signed the agreement that would govern his trip to the ‘Indies’ in search of ‘spices;’ four hundred ninety-one years before this exact moment in time, Martin Luther went on trial for his teachings before the Diet of Worms, which process, though it frightened him, led to his ultimate break with the Catholic Church; three years subsequently, in 1524, the Florentine seaman Giovanni da Verrazzano, in the employ of France’s king, reached the central part of North America from Europe, at New York Harbor, for the first time since the Norse crossings many centuries passed; four hundred twenty-nine years before today’s passage, a baby English boy was born who would mature as prominent writer and playwright, John Ford; a hundred nine years thereafter, Southeast across the Atlantic in 1695 Mexico, the genius nun, poet, and thinker Juana Inez de la Cruz died from a plague infection that likely resulted form her ministering to other victims; two and a quarter centuries 468px-Benjamin-Franklin-U.S.-$100-billback, Benjamin Franklin’s long and productive life came to an end; seven years after that juncture, in 1797, in the Caribbean, the British general Ralph Abercromby led ten thousand soldiers, including German mercenaries, in an opportunistic attempt to dislodge the Spanish from Puerto Rico, an effort which failed, and, across the Atlantic in Verona, Italy, ‘leading’ citizens started an uprising against France’s revolutionary occupation there that also did not succeed; one hundred fifty-four years prior to the present pass, Virginia’s legislature voted to become the eighth former U.S. State to join the Confederacy; twelve decades before the here and now, Japanese victors in the First Sino-Japanese War forced a treaty on China that ceded the Korean Peninsula, parts of Taiwan, and other islands to Japan’s hegemonistic expansion in the region; seven hundred and thirty-one days later, in 1897, an American baby boy uttered his first cry on his way to a life as writer and gadfly Thornton Wilder; eight years precisely beyond that point, the U.S. Supreme Court vitiated human rights and democracy and decided in Lochner v. New York that any legislation that interfered with property’s contractual plunder of workers or others was a violation of sacrosanct ‘liberties;’ two years beyond that juncture, in 1907, the Ellis Island immigration-processing facility in New York City had its

"USA-NYC-Statue of Liberty" by Ingfbruno - Own work
“USA-NYC-Statue of Liberty” by Ingfbruno – Own work

busiest one-day through-flow, of nearly twelve thousand newly arrived residents; half a decade hence, six thousand miles away in Siberia in 1912, Russian troops shot down a hundred fifty or more protesting miners, an incident that helped to cause the sort of outflow that led to Ellis Island’s through-flow; eighty-seven years ago, a baby girl from a different Russian diaspora was born in New York who would mature as the storied crafter of prose, Cynthia Ozick; sixty-nine years before this moment in time, modern Syria first gained its independence from French ‘protection’ and colonial predation; three years after that conjunction, a couple thousand miles North in 1949, Ireland formally sundered all but its Northern Irish portion from the United Kingdom; a dozen years henceforth, and four thousand miles Southwest in 1961, Central Intelligence Agency trained, financed, and directed terrorists invaded Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in an operation as inglorious as it was unsuccessful; six years yet more proximate to the present, in 1967, a girl child took her first breath on her way to a life as feminist, radical, popular crooner and rocker, Liz Phair; on the opposite side of the globefour years later, in 1971, the nation of Bangladesh first came into existence as a formally separate entity from Pakistan; around the world again two years to the day after that juncture, in 1973, George Lucas began composing his film treatment for what would become the StarWars franchise; just three hundred sixty-five days back, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Kepler program first discovered a planetary body of roughly Earth’s size more or less a similar distance from its guiding star, and the conscious spirit of Gabriel Garcia Marquez exited his dying frame bound for who knows where. From Wikipedia Day in History

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SEARCH OF THE DAY
journalism propaganda "monopoly media" OR "establishment media" OR "mainstream media" OR presstitute OR "corporate media" facts context OR history complexity depth lack OR missing OR ignorant OR ignorance"political economy" = 91,600 Hits.

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HONEST ISRAELI H-BOMB BACKGROUND

http://www.i24news.tv    An Israeli media outlet’s overview of the initiation of Israel’s nuclear weapons development, a fact about which the Jewish State still maintains an attitude of ‘plausible deniability,’ a complex, decades-long process in which multiple nations played a part, which clearly reveals the hypocrisy of railing against Iranian ‘nuclear plans(),’ and about which the U.S. has recently released copious formerly classified documents: “‘[Prime Minister David] Ben-Gurion believed in nuclear energy,’ Peres said.  ‘At first we tried to get a nuclear reactor from America.  In America they told us, ‘without supervision, we have nothing to talk about.’  President Eisenhower had an aid plan to use the nuclear reactor to create isotopes for medical purposes.  Those who participated in the plan got $500,000 and a small reactor that was capable of producing several grams of enriched uranium.’

         Israel accepted the offer, Peres recalled: ‘We decided to take it and we built it in Nahal Sorek. But since we were against supervision, we build the additional reactor in Dimona at the same time –we did that with the French.’

Peres was summoned then by President John Kennedy, who suspected the Dimona reactor was being built despite lacking US approval.

Peres remembered that fateful day in the White House. ‘I took (then) Ambassador Abe Herman with me and we climbed the steps to the back door.  We came in the room; Kennedy was sitting on his rocking chair and started asking questions.  Suddenly he asked, ‘do you have nuclear weapons?’  I told him, ‘Mr. President, Israel will not be the first to bring nuclear weapons into the Middle East.’ When we left, Ambassador Herman yelled at me, ‘Who let you say such a thing?’  I said, ‘What do you want me to do?  To tell Kennedy I was going to call (then prime minister) Eshkol and ask him?’ Several weeks later it became the official Israeli policy.  In my conversation with Kennedy, I outlined the ‘nuclear ambiguity’ policy.’

          Peres also explained how he managed to recruit the French for the job. …

(A year or so later)…(d)uring a helicopter ride over the northern Negev in the summer of 1960, American Ambassador Ogden Reed asked Adi Cohen of the Israeli Finance Ministry for an explanation regarding the extensive construction work in the area.  Cohen, the documents explain, was aware of the difficulties that were being encountered at the Israeli Finance Ministry over funding for the nuclear reactor.

Cohen was also concerned over a loss of American aid to Israel and the prospect that the tax-deductible status of American Jewish contributions to Israel would be eliminated.

He knew that Jerusalem architect Rudolf Trostler was planning industrial facilities in the Negev, including ‘Dimona Fibers’ so he used it as a cover story: ‘It’s a textile factory,’ Cohen told the ambassador on the spot.”

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

ROUNDEL POETRY PRIZE 
£3 ENTRY FEE. First Prize: £200. Second Prize: £100. Third Prize: £50. Deadline May 31, 2015. Open to anyone aged 18 or over. Poems are welcome on any subject. There is no limit to the number of entries per person. Must be written in English and no longer than 40 lines.



BEECHER’S 
$12 ENTRY FEE. Our contests in nonfiction, poetry, and fiction are now open until April 15, 2015. The first place winner in each category will receive $200 and publication in the print edition of Beecher’s 5. Runners-up may also be considered for publication in Beecher’s 5. Fiction and nonfiction submissions must be 4,000 words or less. Poets may include up to three poems per submission. All writers are welcome to submit more than once, but only one story or up to three poems per submission. All entrants will receive a copy of Beecher’s 5.

INKSHARES – CROWDFUNDING 
March was a big month for the Inkshares community! We launched new features (Inkshares Credits), announced new partnerships (Girl Friday Productions), redesigned our homepage, and saw some incredible books hit the platform. We hope you’re enjoying the crowdfunded book publishing journey as much as we are. Our model is simple: Authors pitch, readers fund, we publish.


THE PARIS REVIEW/STANDARD HOTEL WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE 
Deadline: April 8, 2015. Three weeks in a hotel at no cost. For the month of July. Applicants must have a book under contract. Applicants judged by editors of The Paris Review and Standard Culture. Open to prose or poetry, fiction, or nonfiction

INDIEGOGO – CROWDFUNDING 
The second largest crowdfunding resource on the web. Has a category like Kickstarter, with less fees, where it’s an all-or-nothing agreement in which you receive enough pledges for what you budgeted, or nothing. Another category lets you receive all the pledges regardless, with a higher administrative fee.

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Technical Writer (Contract) Hopkinton MA  
Create software/hardware documents including: release notes, user guides, and operator’s manuals for complex scientific instruments, with a strong emphasis on installation and maintenance procedures.
-Gather information through independent research interfacing with scientific, engineering, marketing, and service disciplines. 

 

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT FOR NATIONAL SAILING MAGAZINE (Middletown, RI)

Blue Water Sailing Media has a position open for an in-house, part-time editorial assistant. Qualified applicants should have a BA, a working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, a keen eye for proofreading and knowledge of sailing, boats and marine terms.

 

News Editor/Reporter opening (Colchester)

The Essex Reporter and Colchester Sun, two family-owned newspapers in Vermont, are looking for a full-time editor/reporter with a proven track record of sound news judgment, solid editing and reporting experience and excellent time-management skills to join our growing weekly newspaper team. Sports experience a plus.

 

Blog Writer for Health/Fitness Food (Montreal)

A new fitness food brand launching this summer is looking for an experienced blog contributor who can write with a fun and edgy voice. The content will be geared towards health/fitness-enthusiasts and athletes. 

 

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING
"Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant" by Photorush - Own work.
“Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant” by Photorush – Own work.

Documentary on Nuclear Power

A Common Dreams posting that talks of a new documentary that delves into the grave historical issues surrounding nuclear power: “It delves specifically into the story of Gregory Jaczko, who was chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) when Japan’s Fukushima power plant suffered a major meltdown in 2013. The film alleges that Jaczko—an advocate of tightening safety controls at America’s aging nuclear facilities after the Fukushima disaster (his was the only dissenting vote on plans to build the first American nuclear plant in 30 years)—was ousted from the NRC by pro-industry forces who thought he was being “too aggressive” in his efforts to protect the public.”

Killer Robots

A Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists posting that discusses the many frightening implications of semi-autonomous destructive weapons: “But consensus about definitions is not the main problem; the heart of the matter is the need to prevent the loss of human control over fateful decisions in human conflict. The US military has been grappling with this issue for decades, because it has long been possible to build weapons that can hunt and kill on their own. An example is the Low-Cost Autonomous Attack System, a small cruise missile that was intended to loiter above a battlefield searching for a something that looked like a target, such as a tank, missile launcher, or personnel. The program was canceled in 2005, amid concerns about its reliability, controllability, and legality. But the winds have since shifted in favor of such weapons, with increasing amounts of money spent on research and development on robotic weapons that are able to seek out and hit targets on their own, without human intervention.”

U.S. DEPRESSION BREAD LINENational Labor Relations Board Dues 

A Chief Organizer post that discusses  the ramifications of recent decisions in union issues of dues or fee obligations for nonmembers in private sector employment: “Nonetheless, here’s the contradiction involved in right-to-work states under the current practice and operating assumptions of the National Labor Relations Act.  When a union is certified after an election or by demonstrating a clear majority of support from the workforce and achieving voluntary recognition from an employer, the only thing a union
really “wins” are the rights to attempt to bargain a contract over a twelve-month period, if done in good faith, and the fact that the employer cannot legally challenge the union’s majority for that period.  The union under US labor law is the “exclusive representative” of all of the bargaining unit workers.All individual deals that an employer might try to cut with a worker, no matter how favorable, are illegal, because of the exclusivity of the union’s representation.  Any issue involving wages, working conditions or terms and conditions of employment must be exclusively handled through the union.”

Funding Journalists

A Inside Philanthropy article that discusses the realities of funding for journalistic ventures, in the wake of a dwindling viability of for-profit media options:  “Nonprofit news has been booming over the past decade, as funders and entrepreneurial journalists have rushed to fill a void left by the decline of for-profit media. As they got going, some of these new ventures talked a good game about becoming self-sustaining over time by finding viable business models. 

That hasn’t happened. Rather, it seems, funders have acquired a bunch of new mouths to feed for the foreseesable future and, in turn, nonprofit journalists remain locked in financial relationships that are problematic in ways. “

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A TeleSur brief that announces the existence of a powerful student group in South America  that has made great strides in securing quality education for all: “Chilean students will take to the streets of Santiago on Thursday in defense of education reform as a legislative proposal they support is currently being discussed in Congress.   The government of Michelle Bachelet has committed to providing universal higher education by 2016 in response to massive student protests over the last few years demanding serious reforms to the country’s education system.”

Right To Health Care Declaration Blocked

A Global Research article that discusses the imperialist obstructions that the U.S. has imposed on a pan American economic summit, showing once again a desire to interfere at everyone’s cost:  “Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has blamed U.S. President Barack Obama for the failure of the recent OAS (Organization of American States) Summit of the Americas to issue a final declaration, and he says that a major sticking point for Mr. Obama was Obama’s opposition to a provision in the proposed declaration that would have said that health care is “a human right.” Mr. Obama insisted that it’s instead a privilege, access to which must be based primarily upon an individual’s ability-to-pay, as is the case in the United States. 

Said Mr. Morales: “One point (in the drafted declaration) was important: health as a human right, and the U.S. government did not accept that health should be considered a human right … President Obama did not accept” that concept.”

 

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

Addressing Inequality Through Capitalism

A Social Europe posting that discusses the imperative need to do something regarding global inequality, but only putting forward SOP ideas to do so: “Does this mean that current levels of inequality are inevitable and can only continue to deepen? The answer is no. The historical process is not quite as deterministic as implied in these pessimistic scenarios. As recognised by Piketty, models of capitalism are not set in stone. Social and political forces are dynamic and do change direction. There have been two seismic shifts of political economy over the last century: the first, the shift from the pre-war classical market model to the post-war era of regulated, egalitarian capitalism; then, another fundamental turning point, triggered by the stagflation crisis of the 1970s, ushered in the era of inequality-biased market fundamentalism. That model is still largely in place.

Narrowing today’s yawning income gaps will require a similar dose of transformative politics. Tinkering here and there through minor changes on tax and the level of the minimum wage, slightly more generous doses of redistributive welfare and the like – will not be enough to turn the rising inequality tide.”

diego rivera work labor Working Class Blog Studies Reality of Work

A blog that addresses working class perspectives from five different writers, who analyze the fisssured workplace of today: “I was thinking about that experience reading David Weil’s book The Fissured Workplace, a thoughtful and thought provoking reflection on the contemporary US workplace. By ‘fissured’ Weil means the wide range of ways in which work has been desiccated. Where traditional work was stable and intelligible, increasingly one is never sure who is responsible for the product supplied or service purchased. Weil outlines a number of types of fissuring, from subcontracting to outsourcing to franchising. Weil persuasively groups together a range of diverse strategies through which ownership and control are exercised through layer upon layer of intermediaries. The book offers a litany of corporate attempts to squeeze more profit from the bottom-line by laying-off risk and responsibility, citing examples from industries as diverse as cell phones, hotels, and coalmining. Fissuring is about saving money and restricting liability, ideally removing it all together.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Compensation Conversation

A Poynter article that cleverly used the example of pies in jars to illustrate techniques for having the sorts of conversations that can lead to better compensation for “Neville-Rehbehn led a session with Meredith Artley of CNN on compensation during the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media this week at Poynter. Here are five tips from Neville-Rehbehn on expanding the pie, getting what you want and having the compensation conversation.”

 

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social media – jmarketing – flickr

Twitter Too Fast

A Mediaite posting that discusses one person who has acknowledged that Twitter is not an ideal form of communication: ““I don’t think the speed helps dialogue. I think it’s why everything is kind of fucked up and polarizing, because people are going too fast, they’re trying to react too quickly,” C.K. mused, before going after the dangerous #hottake and the Twitter users mad that he only used the site to promote his shows (“That’s what the fuck it is!”)”

Piracy and Apps

A Wired article that discusses issues of piracy and copyrighted content in the wake of all the apps that allow information to be shared: “Yes, piracy is bad, and HBO is fully justified in protecting its lavish Daenerys and Dragons spectacle, as is Periscope in swiftly responding to valid, copyright-related takedown requests. But there are wildly varying degrees of bad in this world, and devoting serious resources to Periscope and Meerkat piracy is like swatting away a ladybug in a room full of vipers. “

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Politically Deconstructing a Popular Trope

A clever critique from Baffler of a much-ballyhooed book-to-TV series which demonstrates some of the common prejudices and SOP mentality as validated by the shows’ writers and fans: “The language here is more or less indistinguishable from a Tony Robbins seminar. And that’s not an accident. Every character in Game of Thrones lives in an environment of brutal, amoral, unceasing competition, where anyone can and will betray anyone else, where values and ideals are worthless because they prevent one from cultivating a properly sociopathic ambition, and where the audience’s focus and sympathy is encouraged to stay with the most effective sociopaths, who stand around in nice outfits plotting to attain more power and/or complaining that they don’t have enough of it, all while the vast, anonymous masses suffer and starve in filthy, background-filling anonymity.

Fantasy? Hell: this is corporate America in a codpiece.”

 

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Braun HF 1

Native Advertising Problems

A Digiday post that analyzes the efficacy v. intrusiveness of native advertising, with the consequences of compromised true content: “Brands love to buy native advertising on popular news websites because it makes them look like not advertisers but part of the website, “part of the conversation.” Every organization involved is trying its God darnedest to not even call it the “A” word. Native advertising has even influenced the style of more traditional advertising. See: the aforementioned Dove campaign where the brand has bluntly, repeatedly crammed itself into a woman’s internal conversation about self-worth, a tactic that has apparently sold a lot of soap. But has it dirtied the brand, long-term? Check those numbers five years from now.

What nobody, including BuzzFeed, has been able to prove yet is whether native advertising sells one bit of product. I’ve argued no in the past. But is native advertising a good thing for news websites? Of course! It generates big money for BuzzFeed, Huffington Post and even legacy news sites such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. But how is it affecting the news brands of these sites?”

 

RECENT HAPPENINGS

318px-J_Gundlach_California_Vintage_1889Fighting Big Wine in Northern California

A Counter Currents article that discusses a recent meeting of sustainable agriculture and small farms advocates meeting to discuss the problem of giant monopoly wine producers, whose excesses are particularly egregious during this time of drought: “Sonoma County currently has 70,000 acres (and growing) of wine grapes and only 12,000 acres of food crops. As grapegrower Bill Shortridge says, “We’ve gone from an agriculture that benefitted all, to a monoculture that benefits a few.” Modifying an old statement, “One cannot live by wine alone.”

So what’s the beef? Big Wine controls around 80% of the market in Sonoma County. They take more than their fair share of the water we all need to survive, garden, hydrate our families, pets, plants, and farm animals.”

An Environmentally Damaging Project Gains Speed

A Radio Project posting that discusses a canal project in Central America that seems to be moving forward in spite of its terrible environmental effects: “Officially opening in 1914, the Panama Canal connected the Atlantic and Pacific creating a short-cut for ships. It was the biggest infrastructure project of its time. But originally the United States wanted to build the canal in Nicaragua. The plans shifted largely after French engineer Philippe-Jean Bunau-Varilla convinced U.S. lawmakers otherwise.

Well now the Nicaragua canal plans are back on the table. Nicaragua plans to build a $50 billion canal to connect the Caribbean and Pacific. Supporters argue it will create more than 250,000 jobs. But small farmers and environmentalists say the project will destroy Lake Nicaragua.”

 

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Radical Human Burial Ideas

A Care2 brief that discusses a radical but unexpected solution being posed as an answer to the eternal question of what to do with human remains: “Surely, you don’t want your body’s final act on earth to be further polluting the planet. So is there a better way?

Katrina Spade, founder of the Urban Death Project in Seattle, seems to think so. She believes that human bodies can be composted, just as some farmers do with livestock, at a fraction of the cost and in a way that will benefit the environment. In fact, she estimates this service would cost only about $2,500 — a fraction of the cost of a traditional burial. The idea is that the human body can be broken down into basic nutrients — like nitrogen and phosphorous — if given the proper circumstances. As it breaks down into life’s basic building blocks, the resulting compost can be used to nourish the soil and encourage new plant growth. It’s the same idea as composting fruit peels. Spade hopes to create a building with a 3 story core to accommodate grievers laying their loved ones to rest while initiating and overseeing the composting process.”

 

Mine Free Zone

Nueva Trinidad is the third municipality in El Salvador to hold a consultation on mining. (Photo: Sandra Cuffe)
A Truth-Out posting that discusses a recent triumph by citizen organizers in a Central American nation that has resisted mining, in spite of many setbacks and troubles: “The population of Nueva Trinidad voiced its resounding opposition to mining in an official municipal consultation process on March 29. In seven community voting centers, 99.25 percent of participating registered voters cast their ballots against metallic mining in Nueva Trinidad. The third consultation of its kind in the country, the local exercise in participatory democracy is the latest manifestation of the thriving national movement against mining in the small Central American nation. 
“We defend the territory by any means necessary here,” said Ana Dubón, youth secretary of CCR, the Association of Communities for the Development of Chalatenango.”

4.15.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

no trespassing signAs often as not, or in fact probably much more often than not, self-monitored censors that our parents and our priests and our proctors have inculcated over the years preclude our having anything even resembling a conversation that is at once full and frank and, most crucially, from all sides in its presentation.

Quote of the Day
“Mental illness, of course, is not literally a ‘thing’ — or physical object — and hence it can ‘exist’ only in the same sort of way in which other theoretical concepts exist.  Yet, familiar theories are in the habit of posing, sooner or later — at least to those who come to believe in them — as ‘objective truths’ (or ‘facts’). During certain historical periods, explanatory conceptions such as deities, witches, and microorganisms appeared not only as theories but as self-evident causes of a vast number of events.  I submit that today mental illness is widely regarded in a somewhat similar fashion, that is, as the cause of innumerable diverse happenings.  As an antidote to the complacent use of the notion of mental illness — whether as a self-evident phenomenon, theory, or cause — let us ask this question: What is meant when it is asserted that someone is mentally ill?
           In what follows I shall describe briefly the main uses to which the concept of mental illness has been put.  I shall argue that this notion has outlived whatever usefulness it might have had and that it now functions merely as a convenient myth.”  Thomas Szasz, from The Myth of Mental Illness 
This Day in History

cedar solidarity wood art wall of flameToday is both World Art Day and a Universal Day of Culture, while in the United States, Tax Day is also Jackie Robinson Day; at the Roman Lateran Council twelve hundred and forty-five years ago, attendees considered the fifth Byzantine Constantine’s oversight of the earlier Hierian gathering’s rejection of the use of mediating images in eighth century culture, rejecting in turn practically all of what the former convocation had abjured about much of what was then—and now—possible to accomplish in representation; three centuries and two years subsequently, in 1071, in a more tangible manifestation of the Eastern-Western Roman imperial contention, the Byzantine’s gave up all claim to Bari in Southern Italy; six hundred twenty years prior to the present pass, in internecine rivalries among Mongol leaders, the forces of Timur crush the armies of Tokhtamysh of the Golden Horde and force their leaders absconding with himself to Lithuania; a half century and half a decade henceforth, in 1450, France wound down the Hundred Years’ War, another case of internecine rivalry, with a devastating victory over the British, forever ending English pretensions of dominion over Northern France; seven hundred thirty days after that moment in time and space, in 1452, an Italian baby boy came squealing into the world who would grow to become

Da Vinci Codex
Da Vinci Codex

the redoubtable genius, Leonardo da Vinci; exactly three centuries and another three years beyond that conjunction, in 1755, Samuel Johnson published the first edition of A Dictionary of the English Language in London; two hundred thirty-two years back, the new United States and the United Kingdom both ratified initial agreements to end the American war for independence; just two years short of two centuries before the here and now, Thomas H. Gallaudet and collaborators oversaw the foundation of the first college for the deaf in Hartford, Connecticut; just a year past a quarter-century thereafter, in 1843, an English male child was born whose destiny was to compose strange tales as the American writer Henry James; a decade and a half later still, in 1858, a baby boy came along on the other side of both the Atlantic and the English Channel to cry out as the child who would mature as renowned sociologist and theorist, Emile Durkheim; a hundred twenty-six years prior to this precise point in time, two U.S. baby boys entered our midst who would grow up as working class stalwart A. Phillip Randolph, on the one hand, and upper crust painterly genius, Thomas Hart Benton, on the other hand; just three years hence, in 1892, in a consolidation that foretold the coming depression, General Electric first existed as a corporate ‘person;’ eight years after that moment, in 1900 on the other side of the world Filipino rebels rose up to reject U.S. oversight, laying siege to American troops for the first time at Catubig; two decades on the dot closer to now, in 1920,two security guards died in a shootout and robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts, for which deaths the anarchists Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco eventually died from State-sanctioned electrocution, and across the ocean and part of the European landmass in Hungary, a baby boy took an initial breath on his way to a life as radical psychiatrist and social critic Thomas Szasz; two years afterward, in 1922, back in the United States a male infant cried out who would eventually lead Chicago as Mayor Harold Washington; three hundred sixty-five days after that conjunction, in 1923, insulin first became the treatment of choice for diabetes; another year further onward, in 1924, Rand McNally

A Rand McNally map appended to the 1914 edition of The New Student's Reference Work.
A Rand McNally map appended to the 1914 edition of The New Student’s Reference Work.

published its first road atlas; eighty-four years ago, a Swedish baby boy  was born who would go on to great acclaim for his poetry, up to his 1911 Nobel Prize as Tomas Transtromer, just a few weeks deceased; four years later, across the Atlantic in the District of Columbia in 1935, the members of the Pan American Union signed the Roerich Pact, a little known yet influential agreement for the protection of scientific research and cultural production and historical artifacts in the signatory countries; another leap year subsequently, in 1936, across the Atlantic in the Eastern Mediterranean, Palestinian Arabs rose up in civil war against Jewish immigration to Mandatory Palestine, intense region-wide combat that ultimately failed to forestall the coming of Israel but about which very few contemporary citizens are even aware; nine years after the initiation of that four years of carnage, in 1945, British troops liberated the handfuls of survivors of the Bergen Belsen concentration camp; two more peaceful years after that point, in 1947, Jackie Robinson ‘broke the color line’ and debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers; fifty-five years ago, at historically Black Shaw University, Ella Baker oversaw a conference that led to the formation of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee; two decades after that point, in France in 1980, the both beloved and despised Nobel Laureate, Jean Paul Sartre, breathed his last; near Rome four years later, in 1984, the first World Youth Day took place in Vatican City; two more years more proximate to this time of ours, in 1986, back in France, working class hero and writer of multiple genres, Jean Genet, died; two years back, the Boston Marathon underwent a bombing that instituted martial law and has resulted in a just-completed trial of the Chechen immigrant convicted of responsibility for that carnage. From Wikipedia Day in History

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Murderous Impunity Again and Again and Again

http://www.washingtonpost.com       From WaPo, something that the Post does better than any U.S. media outlet at this juncture, which is to say analysis–meaning, by the bye, taking apart the data and putting together a narrative that accounts for it–in this case about the waves of protofascist police-state violence that overwhelmingly are afflicting people of color now, having resulted in literally uncounted thousands of deaths of unarmed civilians in the past decade alone, roughly one out of a hundred of which result in any prosecution whatsoever of police, in turn one of thousands of accounts from recent times about this issue, including a Guardian report about a mentally ill, naked Georgian vet’s recent murder, a Common Dreams assessment about recent waves of protests against police predation in dozens of cities, a DailyKos article about the murder of a handcuffed, shackled woman in a suburban Virginia District of Columbia jail cell, aThinkProgress news-analysis of the vicious beating that resulted in a National Basketball Association player’s broken legs at the hands of New York’s finest, a Chief Organizer’s Blog post about the convicted teachers in Atlanta, and a pair of pieces of particular import to writers about citizen rights to record such incidents or obtain government-created recordings, all of which supplement the Post account of a litany of impunity that currently attends police violence against unarmed citizens whom they’ve arrested or are seeking to arrest: “In Cleveland, Officer Michael Brelo, who is white, was indicted for killing a pair of black suspects after a grand jury reviewed a wide range of evidence, including nearly two dozen video recordings from dashboard cameras, traffic cameras and surveillance cameras mounted at businesses and a school.

The deadly encounter began when the pair, Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, drove past the Cleveland police headquarters on a November night in 2012 and their Chevy Malibu fatefully backfired.  Officers mistook the sound for gunfire and went in pursuit.  Soon, 62 police vehicles were chasing the Chevy through city streets at speeds of up to 110 mph.

The cameras captured the furious pursuit with officers’ Dodge Chargers rocketing past repeated red lights and weaving through traffic at breakneck speed, tires squealing as panicked drivers peeled onto the shoulders.

The suspects, later found to be under the influence of drugs, came to a stop in a middle school parking lot.  Eleven officers got out of their cars and formed a semicircle around the Chevy, court records show.  Although two police radio broadcasts had reported that the pair was unarmed, according to transmissions compiled by state investigators, the officers opened fire, shooting 139 times.

Brelo himself fired 34 shots at the car and then climbed onto the hood of the Chevy and fired 15 more times ‘at close range’ through the windshield, state investigation records show.”

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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LAST CALL FOR OUR FICTION & ESSAY CONTEST
23rd Annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest
Two top prizes of $1,500 each. 10 Honorable Mentions of $100 each. Winning entries published online. Accepts published and unpublished work. Fee: $16 per entry. Final judge: Arthur PowersSubmit online by April 30.

Nimrod Poetry Prize – Deadline: April 30. It’s time to enter the 37th annual Nimrod Literary Awards: The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. The Awards offer first prizes of $2,000 and publication, and second prizes of $1,000 and publication. Winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October. All finalists will be considered for publication. For complete rules, visit Nimrod’s website: www.utulsa.edu/nimrod

 

Sequestrum Reprint Award – 2015

Deadline: April 30. The 2015 Editor’s Reprint Award at Sequestrum offers $200 and publication in the Summer ’15 issue for one previously-published selection of fiction or nonfiction, and a minimum of one runner-up will receive publication and payment at our usual rates (plus a little extra). Finalists listed on the website. Enter online. No length or theme restrictions.

SilkWords (est. 2013) has updated its submission guidelines and is inviting authors to write for its line of short, interactive romance and erotica books. A typical Silkwords book blends the concepts of romance and gaming–it allows readers to decide different paths in the story’s plot, thus creating a new story direction and experience each time. $500 advance.
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Love Hurts Anthology – Pays $200 –  Independent fiction publisher Meerkat Press is seeking submissions for Love Hurts, a planned anthology of short stories that revolve around broken love. The editor welcomes stories of cheats, scandals, love triangles, weird relationships, dating hazards, etc. Copyright © WritingCareer.com – used with permission

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

– Gannett Co. Inc. : Our Celebrities & What’s Trending Reporter (Cincinnati-OH) – 04/08/15
URL: http://www.journalismnext.com/jobdetails.cfm?jid=9018

The Associated Press : News Editor (Kansas City-MO) – 04/07/15
URL: http://www.journalismnext.com/jobdetails.cfm?jid=9021

– The Commerical Appeal : Football Beat Reporter (Memphis-TN) – 04/09/15
URL: http://www.journalismnext.com/jobdetails.cfm?jid=9023

Greeley CO – Are you a recent grad looking for a week long assignment at a college in Greeley? Up to $20 an hour.  We are looking for individuals that have great grammar and communication skills to help new students in the process of applying, getting student ID’s, register for classes, etc. 

Part-time Test Reader / Scorer (Longmont, CO)

 Requirements
– Bachelors degree completed (able to verify with transcripts) OR 48 completed college credit hours 
– Ability to sit for 5 hours per day
– Strong attention to detail
– Ability to follow directions
– Computer skills 

compensation: $11.50/hr

 

Web Content Writer (North Mankato MN)

Love getting your hands on new toys before your friends? Do you like dressing up like a superhero? Is Hello Kitty one of your best pals? Do you know an insane amount of information about Star Wars, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, and every other pop culture property out there (like, way too much knowledge for your own good)? If you answered “Heck yes, I do!” to these questions, then we might have a place for you on our Web Content team at Fun.com. compensation: $11/hr

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

 

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“Heiwa elementary school 18” by ajari from Japan – cc 2.0

Educational Scandal

A Chief Organizer blog about the issues brought up through the issues inherent in the Atlanta educational testing scandal, showing the deep gaps in justice in the education system: “The teaching and testing travesty in Atlanta has been a bitter indictment of almost everything that is off the rails in the US educational system.  When mandatory testing becomes the only measurement of teaching and educational standards, and the testing itself is seen as biased, unfair, and unjust, the temptation for administrators to see an unwritten exemption from normal rules and moral hazards is ever present. In Atlanta, in a vast conspiracy, it seems to have been irresistible.”

 

Bob Jagendorf
Bob Jagendorf

Notes from the Oppressed

A moving poignant reprint on Common Dreams from a brave woman in Federal Prison for participating in anti-drone protest: “We could awake into the world, build affinities between the suffering people locked in Atwood Hall and its managers, between the struggling rural community of Clinton and the urban desperate they wait to see bused in. Just about everyone longs to raise their children in a world where drought, storms, and brutal want won’t loom as insoluble, inevitable catastrophes. Working together we could reclaim misspent resources and correct misguided policies. Our fear and isolation from each other, aiming to get a step up above our neighbors, our reluctance to live in a shared world, may be worse than the other storms we face.”

Police Corruption

A Daily Kos repost about a police officer implicated in conspiring to put others in jail through planting and intimidating: “Fifteen years later, an FBI case revealed a different Jeffrey Walker, then a member of the Narcotics Field Unit. Busted in a sting in May 2013 – the FBI caught him stealing money from a drug dealer – Walker pleaded guilty and began cooperating with federal investigators.

Walker, who is in federal custody awaiting sentencing for his February 2014 guilty plea in federal court, faces a maximum of life behind bars.

In the meantime, he is expected to be a star witness this week in the federal trial against six Philadelphia narcotics officers arrested with his help: Thomas Liciardello, Perry Betts, John Speiser, Michael Spicer, Linwood Norman – Walker’s longtime partner on the narcotics unit – and Brian Reynolds, Walker’s old “Robin.””

 

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By JKMMX (Own work) cc 3.0

New Impactful Film

An EcoWatch article that announces a film that discusses one of the many dire straits facing the world: “This Earth Day, a new film, The OceanMaker, will debut on YouTube. Austin-based animation studio Mighty Coconut is releasing the 3D animated short film which highlights how precious our water resources are. The film, which has appeared in many film festivals including SXSW, is set in a dystopian future where the seas have vanished and a young female pilot has to battle sky pirates for the last of the remaining water residing in the clouds. The 10-minute long film contains no dialogue, only music provided by a live orchestra and 60-person choir.”

Gender Equality and Pay

An Economic Policy Institute that discusses problems with pay inequality that persist: “April 14 is Equal Pay Day, a perfect opportunity to reflect upon the fact that women in our country still earn less than men. The figure below shows hourly wages in 2014 for men and women across the wage distribution. At every decile, men out-earn women. At the median, women’s hourly wages are only 83 percent of men’s hourly wages.”

 

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Investing in Journalism

A Poynter posting that talks about ongoing investment in journalism and new technology by a long standing journalism foundation: “Now, in honor of NewsU’s 10th birthday, Knight is making a new investment of $195,000 in the leading online training site for journalists, educators and anyone interested in the craft and values of journalism. Knight funding will support the first phase of the most ambitious rethinking and retooling of Poynter NewsU since it was launched in April 2005.

“This grant will expand NewsU’s capacity as the leader in online training that shapes the transformation of journalists worldwide and allows them to experience Poynter everywhere,” said Poynter President Tim Franklin. “We are grateful that we can continue Knight’s partnership to help us reach NewsU’s full potential across new platforms with new tools and technologies.””

 

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“Cocacola-5cents-1900 edit2” by derivative work: Victorrocha

Advertising Incubation Attempt

A Media Post article that discusses attempts to incubate programs that can heal the financing woes of those who seek to profit off writing: “Some of ad technology’s biggest players started in a garage. Now one of the sector’s biggest is flipping the model and launching a “garage.” In an effort to accelerate innovation and growth for new players to enter the audience exchange marketplace, publicly-traded Rubicon Project today will unveil its latest project, aptly named The Garage. The unit, which has been secretly in development for months, is basically a research and development arm designed to kickstart innovative new solutions for players on all sides of the audience supply chain. Not surprisingly, its first two initiatives service the demand- and supply-sides respectively, and are designed to enable new entrants to come to market.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Ludicrous Contextualization of Police Abuse

A DailyKos reposting of a ridiculous but typical ‘blame the victim’ contextualization from the proto fascist news outlet we all know and love: “Jeanine punctuates that with the end of her pointer finger! Through the dead and poisoned tissue of her face, Jeanine says, “I agree.”

Larry makes a good point. All of the police officers who keep murdering unarmed citizens need some of your empathy. Seriously, those dead guys are dead. They’re in hell or heaven or wherever. They don’t care anymore, but the police officer has to plant evidence and work for hours in the mirror making sad and scared faces for his inevitable statement and/or video-taped interview.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

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pens Keith Williamson Flickr

Math Stumper Solved

A Mashable posting of a challenging math problem’s answer that students in Singapore were expected to respond, and which demonstrate the quality of education that students are receiving… elsewhere in the world: “Just when you thought math couldn’t get any harder.

A TV presenter in Singapore recently brought up a math problem that has been driving the Internet crazy.

At first, the problem seems impossible to solve. But once you use some logic, the solution is actually rather simple. Rattle your brain — or phone a friend —before you look at the solution below the picture.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

 

David Wright CC 2.0
David Wright CC 2.0

Terrorism and Electric Grid

A National Press Academies listing of a book that could be of interest to anyone studying issues of energy, terrorism, and the general mayhem that threatens to erupt at any given moment: “The electric power delivery system that carries electricity from large central generators to customers could be severely damaged by a small number of well-informed attackers. The system is inherently vulnerable because transmission lines may span hundreds of miles, and many key facilities are unguarded. This vulnerability is exacerbated by the fact that the power grid, most of which was originally designed to meet the needs of individual vertically integrated utilities, is being used to move power between regions to support the needs of competitive markets for power generation. Primarily because of ambiguities introduced as a result of recent restricting the of the industry and cost pressures from consumers and regulators, investment to strengthen and upgrade the grid has lagged, with the result that many parts of the bulk high-voltage system are heavily stressed.”