5.29.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

death skull-Santa-muerte-nlaredo2From well before the unfolding of birth’s ecstatic agonies, life exists in the thrall of death: as fate grooms doom’s grip, however, grace accepts both this ever looming finality and every joyous swoon that breath may proffer. 

Quote of the Day
“The idea that we can just keep growing forever on a finite planet is totally imbecilic…. Julian Simon, a professor of junkmail marketing, and his kind, think technology will solve everything…. We can use up the Earth then we can just jump into spaceships and fly somewhere else…. Technology does nothing to solve problems of biodiversity or living space or arable cropland…. Fresh water and arable cropland are finite resources…. We are already far beyond what we can support sustainably…. The provincial view you get from someone living in some wealthy American East Coast city is wildly different from reality.  Most of the world is tropical, hungry, and poor.  Visit the developing world and southern hemisphere, and you get a very different view of reality.”  Paul Ehrlich
This Day in History
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“BattleOfHoms1299” by unknown – BNF Nouvelle acquisition française 886, fol. 31v[1].
Today is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers; in what is now Iran sixteen and a half centuries and two years back, armies under the leadership of Rome’s Emperor Julian defeated Sassanid forces in the field but failed to breach the enclosure around the capital at the Battle of Ctesiphon; seven hundred forty-five years later, in 1108, as part of Islamic conquest on the Iberian Peninsula, Almoravid fighters defeated an alliance of Castile and Leon that was attempting to retain Christian and local predominance in Spain; three hundred six years more proximate to the present, in 1414, feuding Cardinals gathered for the first time at the four-year-long Council of Constance, which reestablished for a brief period a single Christian rule in Western Europe under Catholic hegemony; five hundred sixty-two years in advance of this moment, Ottoman armies finally dislodged Byzantine rulers once and for all from Constantinople, establishing an imperial force that would remain in place for over four hundred years; two centuries and seven years further along time’s arc, North in the British Isles, a Wenceslas_Hollar_-_Catherine_Howard_(.)_(State_2)second Charles restored Stuart power to the throne from which his father had departed to lose his head; seventeen years closer to now, in 1677, across the Atlantic in England’s Virginia colony, the Middle Plantation Treaty helped Europeans use ‘peace’ to consolidate their control in the mid Atlantic; fifty-six years after that juncture, in 1733, further North in French colonial Canada, the right of Europeans to keep indigenous people in slavery gained approval in Quebec City; two and a quarter centuries ahead of today, Rhode Island ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the thirteenth United States venue; one hundred sixty-seven years before the here and now, Wisconsin became the thirtieth U.S. State as a jurisdiction free of slavery; a hundred fifty-four years prior to the present pass, Hong Kong under British ‘guidance’ established its first modern Chamber of Commerce; three years afterward, in 1864, around the world in North America, the young Austrian ‘Emperor’ and French Stalwart, Maximilian, first visited Mexico on his ill-fated venture there; three more years henceforth, in 1867, the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of that year laid the basis for establishing the empire that would come to pieces four decades later at the end of World War One; another year farther down the road, in 1868, the ever-restive Ottoman Balkans underwent a crisis with the assassination of Serbia’s Prince Michael Obrenovich;another six years further on, in 1874, across Europe and the English Channel, a baby boy was born who would mature as the darling of upper crust scribes, C.K. Chesterton; another half dozen years subsequently, in 1880, back across the Channel in Germany, a male infant took his first breath en route to a life as critic and prognosticator of Western decline, Oswald Spengler; one hundred thirteen years ago, in another instance of Serbian mayhem, assassins targeted and killed both the realm’s King and Queen in Belgrade; exactly a decade thereafter, in 1913, as the world sidled closer to war and mass collective suicide, concert goers in Paris stravinsky-RiteofSpringDancersrioted at the ‘reality-orientation’ that Stravinsky proffered with his Rite of Springfour years hence, in 1917, a male infant voiced his first cry on his way to a life as the prohibition trust-fund politician and national leader, John Fitzgerald Kennedy;seven hundred thirty days after that conjunction, in 1919, across the Atlantic in England, scientists began the process of experimentally proving Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity; ten years more on time’s highway, in 1929, the male baby entered the world who would, as Harry Frankfurt, go on to philosophical renown and the lively little essay, On Bullshitthree years still more proximate to the now, in 1932, a Bonus Army began to gather at an encampment in the District of Columbia that demonstrated how deep America’s crisis-of-capitalism was, and a baby male came along who would mature as population biologist and social critic, Paul Ehrlich; sixty-seven years back, the United Nations assembled its first peacekeeping force, the United Nations guitar music art performanceTruce Supervision Organization; thirteen years later, in 1961, a baby girl was born who would grow into the writer and crooner and relationship-activist Melissa Etheridge; eight years more along time’s arc, in 1969, several thousand miles South in Argentina, a general strike in Cordoba elicited a massive repressive response on the part of the government that bordered on open civil war; four years after that, back on the West Coast of the U.S. in 1973, Tom Bradley became Los Angeles’ first Black mayor;sixteen years still more proximate to the present, in 1989, Egypt and the U.S. agreed to the manufacture of F-16 components in the North African state; three years ago, the iconic singer songwriter and blind genius, Doc Watson, sang his swansong; a year precisely thereafter, in 2013, the priest and philosopher-sociologist Andrew Greeley breathed his last. From Wikipedia Day in History

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SEARCH OF THE DAY
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TOP OF THE FOLD

http://www.routefifty.com/2015/05/creative-superstar-city/113983/       A staid and very middle of the road study that is nonetheless rich in both useful data and provocative analysis about the rise of the vaunted ‘creative economy’ and all which that implies about the political economics of this current moment of crisis and tension, the upshot of which is that ‘creative’ evolution requires an underlying economic superstructure that is much more mundane to support it: “All in all, the study’s authors find that just 19 out all 364 U.S. metros—5 percent of them—have fully formed and sustainable creative economies.  This small group not only outperformed the rest across several key economic measures, but the creative gap between them and the rest grew over the eight years studied.
          Next, the researchers asked: Can a city consciously and purposefully build a creative economy?  The ultimate creative economy is represented in the images below.  In the left-hand image, each white circle represents an occupation. In the right-hand image, creative occupations are highlighted in orange.  Clearly, creative occupations in maximally creative metros are interconnected with other creative occupations, and are generally concentrated in the highly interdependent core.
         But not all occupations in the core are creative.  The white circles, standing in for all other occupations, are sometimes as close as the other creative ones.  As the researchers write, ‘the figure reveals that the occupations closest to a given creative occupation … need not themselves be creative.’ …
         This interconnectedness explains some of the most creative cities’ economic success, the researchers find.  The small group of creative metros, as they put it, ‘follow a general trajectory towards a creative economy that requires them to increasingly specialize, not only in creative occupations, but also in non-creative ones—presumably because certain non-creative occupations complement the tasks performed by related creative occupations.’
         In other words, the places with the most creative economies also have the highest overall diversity of occupations and specialties—by a wide margin.  As the chart below demonstrates, the nation’s most creative metros, denoted by the green dots, generally rate highly on creative and non-creative jobs metrics.”

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Call For Submissions Dave Greber Freelance Writers Book and Magazine Awards for Social Justice Writing There are two separate awards.  There are two separate awards. The book award is set at $5,000 and the magazine award is set at $2,000. Both awards are made available to freelance writers of non-fiction for social justice writing that is exceptionally written, well researched and demonstrates excellence of storytelling. The Book and Magazine awards are unique in that they are generally awarded before the writer completes a book or magazine project for publication.

 

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Useful Craigslist Search Rubric

A wonderful posting by the wonderful Brian Scott who does so much for freelance writers, on how to efficiently search for writing jobs: “A  much easier method is to useGoogle’s Advanced Search Tool—this will let us search all of CraigsList’s job categories in every state. You just need to know a few keywords and a few simple techniques to fine-tune the search. What would normally take you hours now takes you seconds.

I will show you two important search processes to find all freelance writing jobs at CraigsList.”

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Sobering but Predictable Housing Statistics

A City Lab posting that graphically demonstrates the true plight of workers seeking to find an affordable place to live, and showing exactly what one’s paycheck is worth in today’s world: “A new report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition examines how these opposite trends play out regionally. The work maps how much an American worker needs to earn per hour in each state to rent a two-bedroom apartment. It finds that in no state can a person earning minimum wage afford such an apartment at market rent.”

Truth Behind Cuba

A Global Research article that helps to analyze what’s really behind U.S. policy’s alleged thawing towards Cuba: “Everyone, from political pundits in Washington to the Pope in Rome, including most journalists in the mass media and in the alternative press, have focused on the US moves toward ending the economic blockade of Cuba and gradually opening diplomatic relations.  Talk is rife of a ‘major shift’ in US policy toward Latin America with the emphasis on diplomacyand reconciliation.  Even most progressive writers and journals have ceased writing about US imperialism.

However, there is mounting evidence that Washington’s negotiations with Cuba are merely one part of a two-track policy.  There is clearly a major US build-up in Latin America, with increasing reliance on ‘military platforms’, designed to launch direct military interventions in strategic countries. “

Ethan Doyle White Monument to the Unknown Deserters of Both World Wars, seen in Potsdam, Germany, in April 2014.

Memorializing Those Who Waged Peace

A Vox piece that discusses a contrasting though possibly more valuable holiday, or commemoration, to the standard calls for commemorating fighters and conflict participants: “Memorial Day and Veterans Day often get equated, but there is an essential distinction between the two. Veterans Day honors all who have served the American military in wars. Memorial Day honors those who’ve perished. It’s an annual reminder that wars have grave human costs, which must be both recognized and minimized.

Those costs are not inevitable. We ought to also set aside time to remember those throughout American history who have tried hardest to reduce them, to prevent unnecessary loss of life both American and foreign: war resisters.”

 

 

"Atop Bodega Head" by Candy565 - Own work.
“Atop Bodega Head” by Candy565 – Own work.

Fighting Nuclear Imbecility 

A Bay Nature commemoration of a 5-decade old early environmentalist triumph at which scientists and concerned citizens managed to prevent a nuke plant from being constructed atop one of the most dangerous earthquake faults in the world:The fight to kill this project would prove epochal in the history of environmentalism, as that new movement was not yet named. The protagonists, many still alive today, lived this history intimately yet have trouble picking the point at which fate stepped in. The tide of battle turned, but when? They offer this Mojave moment as one possibility: in the middle of the desert, a road-weary geophysicist is jarred wide awake by what he hears on the radio.”

A Plea and a Pitch from a Worthy Organization

A pitch in the context of an incisive critique of current mediation and political economics from people who are doing great work in Canada under the rubric for Global Research: “The very same technological advances that make possible their methods of control and conquest are simultaneously making possible their eventual downfall and failure. While the powerful have the money and are highly centralized, the rest of the world increasingly have the means and remain highly decentralized. And while the powerful are few, the rest are many. The Internet and social media have become effective means through which people are able to empower themselves to struggle against and expose the institutions of power that seek to oppress and control them. Naturally, those same institutions seek to influence – whether overtly or covertly – those very same avenues of social media, they are still effective and available for the struggle for liberation from oppression.

Here at Global Research, we have been able to harness these new communications technologies. We are committed to providing free and accessible information to the many in order to expose the few.”

Supporters attend a “Raise the Wage” rally in New York May 7, 2015. | Photo: Reuters This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/No-Respect-for-the-Poor-Working-or-Not-20150520-0021.html.

Being Poor Means No Respect

A TeleSur  article that properly contextualizes just what a burden it is, not just economically and politically, but also psychologically, to be poor – even if bearing the dubious privilege of being ’employed’: ” Connecting economic oppression to psychological mistreatment in her widely read book, Barbara Ehrenreich guessed in Nickeled and Dimed “that the indignities imposed on so many low-wage workers – the drug tests, the constant surveillance, being ‘reamed out’ by managers – are part of what keep wages low. If you’re made to feel unworthy enough,” Ehrenreich wrote, “you may come to think that what you’re paid is what you’re worth.” It was an important point. Debilitating shame and the related psychological battering of working people in the all-too unprotected, de-unionized, and hidden abode of the workplace is part of how the employer class rules over low-wage workers in “the land of freedom.”

diego rivera work labor Bleak Working Stats

A World Socialist Web Site piece that discusses recent study findings on the precarious conditions of workers’ livelihoods worldwide: “Only one quarter of the world’s working population holds a permanent and stable job, according to a new report published by the International Labor Organization (ILO) Tuesday.

Even as the number of unemployed people worldwide remains significantly higher than before the 2008 crisis, the few jobs that have been created in recent years have been disproportionately part-time, contingent and low-wage.”

Organizing for More Equitable Rent

A link to an organization that seeks, through SOP methods with a hint of popular organization,  to improve conditions for all renters: “The time is ripe to build a mass tenants’ movement in this country. A Renter Nation is growing in numbers and strength. The movement is beginning in our communities and cities through fighting against displacement and high rents. Rooted in our hardest hit areas, predominantly working class and communities of color, we are organizing for just cause eviction and other basic renters’ rights. We will grow in power to win Renters’ Bill of Rights, rent control and a mass expansion of affordable, community controlled housing.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Useful Writing and Research Projects

A Library of Congress posting that discusses novel and new approaches to intellectual work under the rubric of training: “While I definitely took advantage of the time for my own personal professional development — investing time in Python and Ruby on Rails workshops and Harvard’s CopyrightX course, as well as presentations at AMIA, Code4Lib, Personal Digital Archives, NEA and NDSR-NE — the portion of my 20% that I’ve most appreciated is the opportunity to expand the impact of the program beyond the bounds of the immediate NDSR community. With the support of the rest of the Boston cohort, I partnered with my WGBH mentor, Casey Davis, to lead a series of workshops on handling audiovisual analog and digital material for students at the Simmons School of Library and Information Science. It was fantastic to get a chance to share the stuff I’ve learned with the next generation of archivists (and, who knows, maybe some of the next round of NDSR residents!).”

solidarityNewspaper Labor Strike

A Philly article that discusses the conditions under which a strike are possible in a large urban daily, and analyses some of the consequences of this event: “Philadelphia’s two major daily papers — the Inquirer and Daily News, along with their online cousin Philly.com — have survived one calamity after another over the past decade: A radical decline in revenues and circulation, bankruptcy, repeated changes of ownership and repeated airings of dirty laundry.

But can they survive a strike by the Newspaper Guild?

As others have noted, newspaper strikes used to hit this town all the time. But that was back when the newspaper industry was relatively flush. These days? Not so much the case. Yes, employees at Philadelphia Media Network are getting a profit-sharing check this year, but nobody would argue that the business, in Philly and elsewhere, is anything but fragile, and perhaps brittle.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

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A TeleSur posting that documents cyber attacks putting in peril intelligence monitors, and the organization who saved them: “Wikileaks announced Wednesday it had agreed to host a journalism project aimed at collating public information on intelligence personnel. “Just two weeks after its launch, Transparency Toolkit’s ICWatch project, which documents more than 100,000 job profiles associated with the US ‘intelligence community’ has been rehoused at WikiLeaks due to death threats and DDoS attacks on its infrastructure,” Wikileaks said in a statement. The whistleblower website explained, “By hosting ICWatch WikiLeaks can shield the project from censorship and intimidation.” 

RECENT HAPPENINGS

480px-Hrc_logo_red.svgSocial Justice and Tolerance

A Washington Post article that contextualizes the successful fight for gay rights as a bastion for having achieved a higher level of a more tolerant and just society across the board: “As a citizen of a democracy that is still young, allow me to show how proud I am of the level to which Spain accepts homosexuality and to recognize how valuable this acceptance is. Because I do not believe that tolerance can be divided. There is no middle ground between tolerance and intolerance. It is quite often the case that those who reject or are wary of homosexuals feel the same way to some extent about immigrants, those who practice other religions and perhaps women as well. And those who are comfortable with homosexuals tend to be comfortable with other groups. Phobias seem to be contagious, as is tolerance.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

 

"Adderallrx" by FtWashGuy
“Adderallrx” by FtWashGuy

Evil Meds Uncovered

A fascinating thread from a private medical practice’s website that cites incrimating data regarding medications: “Interesting insight into the legal manouverings of Eli Lilly to cover their butts when Prozac’s effects were questioned in U.S. courts. Book is not as well written as it could be but sufficient to provide some insights into the level of corruption in the so-called American Justice system and the ability of those with big bucks to subvert the system to protect their investments, while undercutting the truth and morality as well as dodging legitimate questions about the impacts of some of their medications.”

5.28.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

corcovado_rio_twilight_2Cast upon the shores of space and time by whatever combination of fate and will and randomness rule the universe, each of us has an opportunity—and this unexpected chance is both miracle and duty—to attain a perch from which to ascertain and as fully as possible both to comprehend and to impact the vast intertwining intricacy of all that is. 

Quote of the Day
“The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it. …(A) prevailing myth…reflects…(the notion) that production technology is no more amenable to human judgment or social interests than the laws of thermodynamics, atomic structure, or biological inheritance.”  Barry Commoner

 

This Day in History
The progression of a solar eclipse on August 1, 2008, viewed from Novosibirsk, Russia. The time between shots is three minutes. by User:Kalan
The progression of a solar eclipse on August 1, 2008, viewed from Novosibirsk, Russia. The time between shots is three minutes. by User:Kalan

More or less precisely twenty-six hundred years ago, as predicted, a solar eclipse occurred on the schedule that Thales projected, thereby providing, with modern exact confirmation, a benchmark for the measurement of precedent and subsequent events; thirteen hundred and ninety four years ahead of today, a Chinese imperial collapse and the Civil War that followed came to a head in the Battle of Hulao which marked the beginning of the Tang ascendancy; four hundred twenty seven years prior to the present pass,the Spanish Armada departed Lisbon in its ill-fated voyage to conquer England; two hundred eight years in advance of the arrival of today, a baby boy was born in Switzerland who would go on to become darling of classificatory studies of ancient life and promoter of creation-science racial categories, Louis Agassiz; one hundred and seventy two years ahead of this point in time, Noah Webster made his final entry in life’s dictionary; six years closer to now,  in

A sketch of Anne Brontë made by her sister, Charlotte Brontë, circa 1834
A sketch of Anne Brontë made by her sister, Charlotte Brontë, circa 1834

1849, the youngest Bronte sister, Anne, died; twelve dozen years before the hear and now, the forces of order and reaction and brutal suppression finally crushed the Paris Commune; twenty one years subsequently, in 1892, sixty five hundred miles away in the Bay Area of Northern California, naturalist and activist John Muir first organized the Sierra Club; a century and seven years back, the male infant entered the world in England who would mature as spy and novelist Ian Fleming; four years later in London, in 1912, another upper crust male infant came along who would win the Nobel Prize in Literature as Australian, Patrick White; four more years after, in 1916, across the Atlantic in North America, a baby boy bounced into our midst who would write popular and critically acclaimed novels under the name Walker Percy; a year more beyond that conjunction, in 1917, a male child was born whose fate was to teach ecology and run for President as Citizens Party candidate, Barry Commoner; three hundred sixty-five days further along time’s path,, as the collapse of the Ottoman Empire proceeded, the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic and the Republic of Armenia became independent entities for the first time; seven years hence, in 1926,several thousand miles west in Portugal, reactionary Ditadura Nacional overthrew leaders of the First Republic; a decade afterward to the day, in 1936, Alan Turing submitted the completed text of On Computable Numbers;three hundred sixty five days after that juncture, in 1937, across the

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Beverley Goodwin flickr

ocean in Germany, Volkswagen went through its initial incorporation as the People’s Car Company, and Austrian psychoanalytic theorist Alfred Adler breathed his last; five years further along time’s arc, in 1942, in nearby Czechoslovakia, Nazis began executing as many as 2,000 people in retaliation for the attempted assassination of puppet leader Reinhard Heydrich; two years closer still to now, in 1944, a baby girl joined humankind who would grow up as popular and provocative songwriter and performer, Gladys Knight;a single year later, precisely, in 1945, a male infant came into the war-weary world whose fate carved out a life as comedian and ‘revolutionary reformer,’ Patch Adams; seven years down the road, in 1952, Greek women first gained the right to vote; half a dozen years beyond that conjunction, in 1958, several thousand miles away across the Atlantic in Cuba, July 26thmovement insurgents, under the ldeadership of Fidel Castro, win an initial victory at El Uvero; three years later, in 1961, in a substitution of the concept of Human Rights for the reality of Democratic Grassroots power, Peter Benenson’s essay The Forgotten

Bob Jagendorf
Bob Jagendorf

Prisoner, inaugurated the formation of Amnesty International; three more years further on, in 1964, in a move more oriented toward bottom-up organizational strength, the Palestine Liberation Organization came into existence; thirty six years ago, Greece entered the orbit of the European Economic Community with the signature of Greek leaderKonstantinos Karamanlis on the treaty of accession of Greek membership;twenty four years before this exact moment, the most recent Ethiopian civil war came to an end with the occupation of Addis Ababa by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Frontseven years henceforth, in 1998,Pakistan brooked India’s recent nuclear weapons tests by calling for sanctions against the Hindu nation; three years after that point, in 2002, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization sought to diffuse conflict ith Russia over NATO’s expansion by declaring the Kremlin a ‘limited partner’ in NATO, and, twenty million miles away, the Mars Odyssey module discovered large ice formations on the red planet; seven years back, Nepal ended its two and a half century monarchy and became a republic; seven years closer to this moment, in 2014, the iconic Maya Angelou left the land of the living. From Wikipedia Day in History

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DIVIDE & RUIN AS IMPERIAL DISRUPTION STRATEGY

http://www.counterpunch.org      An incisive and authoritative account from CounterPunch about U.S.-led imperialism’s machinations in favor of ‘disruption’ throughout Southwest Asia and North Africa as a strategy of political economic crisis management and governance by proxy thugs, by the author of the work Divide & Ruin, which voluminously details this divide-and-rule strategy: “So what explains this sudden stepping up of Western and ‘allied’ support for al Qaeda and co right now?

The answer lies in the increasing disgust at the activities of the death squads across the region. No longer perceived as the valiant freedom fighters they were depicted as in 2011, their role as shock troops for the West’s ‘divide and ruin’ strategy, promising nothing but a future of ultra-violent trauma and ethnic cleansing, has become increasingly obvious.  The period between mid-2013 and mid-2014 saw a significant turning of the tide against these groups.  It began in July 2013 with the ouster of Egypt’s President Morsi following fears he was planning to send in the Egyptian army to aid the Syrian insurgency.  New President Al-Sisi put an end not only to that possibility, but to the flow of fighters from Egypt to Syria altogether.  The West hoped to step in the following month with airstrikes against the Syrian government, but their attempts to ensure Iranian and Russian acquiescence in such a move came to nought and they were forced into a humiliating climbdown.

Then came the fall of Homs in May 2014, as Syrian government forces retook a key insurgent stronghold.  The momentum was clearly with the government side; that is until ‘ISIS’ sprang onto the scene – and with them, a convenient pretext for the US intervention that had been ruled out just a year before.

Meanwhile, in Libya, the pro-death squad parties decisively lost elections for the first elected ‘House of Representatives in June 2014.  Their refusal to accept defeat led to a new chapter in the post-NATO Libyan disaster, as they set up a new rival government in Tripoli and waged war on the elected parliament.  Yet following a massacre of Egyptians by ISIS in Libya last December, Egypt sent its airforce in on the side of the Tobruk (elected) parliament; it is now, apparently, considering sending in ground troops.

Losing ground in Yemen, in Libya, in Egypt and in Syria, the West’s whole strategy for using armed Salafists as tools of destabilisation had been starting to unravel.  The direct interventions in Syria, Yemen and soon Libya, then, are nothing but a means of propping them up – and last Friday’s bombings show they are already paying dividends.”

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

Bitch Magazine Calling all writers: 
“Nerds” deadline extended!

You’ve read Law & Order, you’re about to receive Blue. We’re putting together “Blood & Guts at this very moment. But we’re still gearing up for our Winter 2015 issue, which is themed Nerds. We’ve extended our June 1st deadline for pitches by another week. If you’re a writer, or know a writer, let ’em know we want you to talk nerdy to us about all things feminist and pop culture. Check out our contributor guidelines here and read about what we’re looking for here. Don’t forget, the new deadline is June 8, so get pitchin’!

Orlando Prize for Short Fiction
is for stories up to 1500 words and is open to women writers worldwide. First prize is US$1000 and publication in The Los Angeles Review. Prizes are also offered for creative non-fiction, poetry and flash fiction. There are two entry deadlines each year: 31 January and 31 July.

Manchester Fiction Prize
is a major international literary competition open to anyone aged 16 or over. The winner receives a cash prize of £10,000 (US$15,500). Stories can be up to 2500 words in length. Entries open in April and are expected to close in August.

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ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Thinkers and Writers

A Monthly Review posting that discusses the contributions to dialectical thinking expressed through a celebrated writer and thinker who is commemorated on his birthday: “Someone earlier than Dick — perhaps it was Hegel — remarked that, in contrast to formal logic, which is static, the dialectic is the logic of life.  It was indeed Hegel who gave (in his Phenomenology) the classic example of what the key axiom of formal logic, “A = A,” fails to encompass.  Suppose “A” is a slave.  But a slave is a human being, and the essence of being human is to have freedom.  The so-called “law of identity” thus breaks down.  It clouds reality in a way that, not incidentally, reinforces the status quo.”

US activist and feminist Gloria Steinem (3rd l.) and other members of the WomanCrossDMZ group march with South Korean peace activists along a barbed wire fence near a military check point in Paju on May 24, 2015, after the group crossed the heavily-fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. The international group of women activists crossed the heavily-fortified DMZ on Sunday in what they said was a symbolic act for peace. Lim Byung-Shik/Yonhap/Reuters

Feminists and Protest

A Christian Science Monitor piece that discusses an act that some observers label naive which shows the larger actions that a movement seen largely through an identity politics lens is striving for in the world: “International women activists who crossed the border dividing North and South Korea capped a controversial campaign for peace Monday by presenting the unresolved war as partly a women’s and a feminist issue.

Some 30 activists, including American women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem and two Nobel laureates, joined local peace campaigners in Seoul to discuss the role women could play in officially ending the Korean War.”

Empire in Decline

A fascinating and alarming Tom Dispatch piece by a thoughtful writer worth following up on that captures both the climate and the inevitable decay of a superpower who has overreached one too many times: “Take a look around the world and it’s hard not to conclude that the United States is a superpower in decline. Whether in Europe, Asia, or the Middle East, aspiring powers are flexing their muscles, ignoring Washington’s dictates, or actively combating them. Russia refuses to curtail its support for armed separatists in Ukraine; China refuses to abandon its base-building endeavors in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia refuses to endorse the U.S.-brokered nuclear deal with Iran; the Islamic State movement (ISIS) refuses to capitulate in the face of U.S. airpower. What is a declining superpower supposed to do in the face of such defiance?

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

 

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pfunked Deviant Art

Going Far Afield to Make a Writerly Living

A Poynter piece that profiles a niche writer who made a healthy living working for a newspaper in a far away land, a decision which many others in this jobs-starved nation are prone to make: “Looking back, Elling said he would have made the same decision in electing to take the job in the UAE. He said his family now is in a better place financially thanks to going to the Mideast.

“It was the best solution to what might have been a terminal career situation,” Elling said. “The fact there’s also a half-dozen Americans working over there tells you all you need to know about the state of the industry here.””

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Movies and Journalism

A Columbia Journalism Review that places film squarely into the media debate, in regards to its role in disseminating truth and power: “What makes documentary film a better truth-delivery system than print? The most effective documentaries combine advocacy with immediacy. Film feels in the present tense, while print, striving for objectivity, lingers in the reflective past. “I left still photography because it could not provide the things that I knew films could provide,” said documentary godfather Willard Van Dyke in a 1965 Film Comment interview. “I was excited and interested in film as a pure medium of expression, but I was more interested in using it as a social end.” “

 

 

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drawing by hector gomez

Comments and Reader Participation

A J-Source piece that continues the debate on the vitality, viability, and value of comment section, a platform for reader participation that still holds value even if often overtaken by trash: ““There’s no question that comments sections are often filled with trolls and spam and violent misogynist commentary. I wouldn’t argue with that,” he said. “The question is what you do about it. Do you turn it off or try to spend time and resources making sure those things don’t exist?”

There are good reasons to do so, Ingram said. “The relationship that media companies have with their readers, which comes through things like comments, is one of the most valuable things you have.””

RECENT HAPPENINGS

On Killer Robots

A Just Security article that contextualizes modern death machines in terms of the views of one who has had to train to kill and grapple with the moral and practical dimensions of warfare: “I strongly support that statement by the US head of delegation. While it may be true that prolonged periods of combat can dehumanize soldiers and their commanders, there is no better current or foreseeable way to ensure that the laws of war are rigidly applied than to trust in human judgment. In terms of making life and death decisions in war, there is not a more “perfect” system. In that respect I believe it is a bit like democracy. As Winston Churchill said “democracy is the worst form of government, except all those others that have been tried.””

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

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A Guardian article that discusses a fascinating archeological find that contextualizes murder and forensics, even thousands of years after apparently atrocious acts were committed: “Scientists have pieced together the world’s earliest murder mystery, showing that an ancient human appears to have met their end after being bludgeoned to death and thrown down a cave shaft.

The skull, which has two holes above the left eye, belonged to an early human closely related to Neanderthals who lived around 430,000 years ago. The discovery suggests that violence and murder long predate the emergence of modern humans, around 200,000 years ago.”

5.27.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

A disinterest in why things transpire as they do, unfortunately nearly universal in a society that shies away from disquisition about the causes of things, leads as ineluctably to fatuous non-sequiturs instead of rational understanding as prattling narcissistic nonsense inherently brings about self-centered self-righteousness instead of recognition of necessity’s mutuality and interdependence. 

Quote of the Day
30 Community_garden“I like to define biology as the history of the earth and all its life — past, present, and future.  To understand biology is to understand that all life is linked to the earth from which it came; it is to understand that the stream of life, flowing out of the dim past into the uncertain future, is in reality a unified force, though composed of an infinite number and variety of separate lives. …
If we have been slow to develop the general concepts of ecology and conservation, we have been even more tardy in recognizing the facts of the ecology and conservation of man himself.  We may hope that this will be the next major phase in the development of biology.   Here and there awareness is growing that man, far from being the overlord of all creation, is himself part of nature, subject to the same cosmic forces that control all other life.  Man’s future welfare and probably even his survival depend upon his learning to live in harmony, rather than in combat, with these forces.”  Rachel Carson

 

This Day in History

 Today is Slavery Abolition Day in several West Indian Islands; in China three hundred seventy-one years ago, Manchus defeated Shun Dynasty rebels and gained access to Beijing; not quite six decades later, in 1703, Russia’s Greatest Peter oversaw the founding of the Russian metropolis that still bears his name; just three years less than two centuries ago, a girl child entered the world who would become the staunch advocate of women’s rights and the vote Amelia Bloomer; just three hundred and sixty five days later, in 1819, a female child was born who grew up as renowned poet Julia Ward Howe; one and three quarters centuries before today, the virtuoso composer and violinist Niccolo Paganini played

VIOLINhis final solo; fifty four years more proximate to the present than that, in 1894, a male child came into the world in the usual way who would turn out to produce a tremendous body of mystery and noir stories as Dashiell Hammett, eleven decades prior to the present pass, in developments precedent to Russia’s 1905 Revolution, Russian and Japanese naval forces engaged at the Battle of Tsushima; two years afterward, in 1907, a baby girl entered our midst on her way to a life as powerful environmentalist and author Rachel Carson; one hundred and three years in advance of this exact moment, a baby boy took his first breath who would go on to write novels of the American middle class under the name John Cheever; a century in advance of today’s passage, a male child uttered his first cry who would mature as the centenarian author of historical novels, Herman Wouk; ninety six years before the here and now, the first transatlantic aircraft flight landed in Lisbon after embarking from North America a short time before; six years further down the road, in 1925, a male infant joined the human race on his way to life as the celebrated writer of wonderful mysteries Tony Hillerman; half a decade beyond that point in time, in 1930, a baby boy was born who would grow up as the critically acclaimed novelist and author John Barth; eighty one years in advance of today, in response to fraud and devastation on Wall Street prior to

"New York Stock Exchange 1882" by Hughson Hawley
“New York Stock Exchange 1882” by Hughson Hawley

the Great Depression, the United States began to require registration of publicly traded securities with the Federal Trade Commission; and seven hundred miles West the century of progress exposition opened in the Windy City; two years henceforth, in 1935, the Supreme Court fulfilled its normal function of making progressive legislation more difficult by finding the National Industrial Recovery Act unconstitutional; six years later to the day, in 1941, President Roosevelt proclaimed an unbounded national emergency in relation to World War II; eight years after that conjunction, in 1949, Robert Ripley forced us to believe that he would be around no longer; fifty five years back, militarists in Turkey overthrew the democratically elected government of Celal Bayar; seven hundred

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and thirty days afterwards precisely, in 1962, through the Mediterranian and across the white Atlantic, a mine ignited in Centralia, PA, that burns to this day; three years beyond that juncture, in 1965, all the way around the world in Vietnam, U.S. helicopters and other aircraft ignited a different sort of conflagration by beginning the bombardment of ‘targets of opportunity’ within the borders of the U.S. ally; three years after that point, in 1968, around the globe again in France, many tens of thousands of students met to call for an end to the war and for other progressive measures for humankind; four years ahead of today, the masterful singer songwriter Gil-Scott Heron played his swan song.

From Wikipedia Day in History

 

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‘SHARING’ FOR THE OWNER: SHAFTING FOR THE WORKER

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/    A compilation and analysis from Naked Capitalism that capsulizes the nature of ‘sharing’ ‘disruptors’ such as Uber and Lyft and assesses their deleterious effects on social equality, opportunity, income, and just about all aspects of life for everyone who is not on the ‘network’s’ ground floor, which is to to say everyone who is not either an owner per se or a wealthy enough plutocrat to be able to benefit from ‘rent-extraction’ come what may: “‘What this all means is simple: Uber and its kin Lyft, which is more generous with its drivers but has a similar business model, are remarkably efficient machines for producing near minimum-wage jobs.  Uber isn’t the Uber for rides— it’s the Uber for low-wage jobs.’ …
In case you’d like to depict the Brave New World of more sorta-self employed people (more accurately, what amount to disposable parts for shafting services like Uber) is somehow a boon to them, the data says otherwise.  Over the weekend, Bill Mitchell summarized a new OECD study on inequality that discuses how the shift towards ‘non-standard work,’ as in employment arrangements other than full-time jobs, hurts workers and the economy overall. …
The OECD consider that: ‘… the biggest factor for the impact of inequality on growth is the growing gap between lower income households and the rest of the population.  This is true not just for the very lowest earners – the bottom 10% – but for a much broader swathe of low earners – the bottom 40%.  Countering the negative effect of inequality on growth is thus not just about tackling poverty but about addressing low incomes more broadly.’ …
         (More specifically), ‘(s)ince nearly all job losses, regardless of the type of task, were associated with regular work, while growth in employment took place mainly in the form of non-standard employment, technological advancement alone cannot be the only explanation for job polarisation.  Labour market institutions and policies have also probably played a role …’
         (Maureen Dowd summed up some of the downsides of ‘sharing’ thus): ‘Bribery.  Lies.  Cover-up.  My Uber app turns out to have all the usual Washington vices.'”
JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

Narrative Magazine  –  $4,000 Narrative Prize: The Narrative Prize is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in NarrativeThe deadline for entries for each year’s award is June 15. The winner is announced each September, and the prize is awarded in October. The winner is widely publicized and is cited in an ongoing listing in Narrative. The prize is judged by the magazine’s editors and, in some years, may be divided between winners, when more than one work merits the award.

Emerging Writer Fellowship – We welcome submissions from writers of all genres, backgrounds, and experiences in the following genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Emerging Writer Fellows will be featured at The Writer’s Center as part of a special celebration and reading. Fellows living within a 250-mile radius of the center will receive a $250 honorarium, and all others will receive $500.

QUEST WRITERS CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS 
QWC is very pleased to announce that an anonymous donation has made possible five fully funded scholarships (tuition, room, and board) to the inaugural Quest Writer’s Conference. These five seats are reserved for writers whose voices are less-often heard, and who face significant barriers to conference access. Specifically, the scholarships are intended for First Nation/aboriginal/Native American writers or other writers of color, LGBTQI writers, low income writers, young writers (under 22), and/or writers with disabilities. Deadline May 15, 2015. Conference is June 21-28 in Squamish, British Columbia.

 

 SPORT LITERATE CONTEST 
$25 ENTRY FEE.
“Brevity is the soul of wit,” said William Shakespeare. In honor of Sport Literate’s 20th anniversary, we’re asking you to keep it brief for our “sport shorts” essay contest. You’ll have to bowl us over in 750 words or less.  Said winner receives $500. Enter up to two creative nonfiction pieces (no more than 750 words each) through the Submittable online submission tool on our website. All submissions will be considered for publication.

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.

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
is one of three contests run each year by Boston Review.The winning author will receive US $1500 and have his or her work published in the summer edition of the magazine. First runner-up will be published in a following issue and second runner-up will be published on the Boston Review website. Entries close 1 October.
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pascal maramis – flickr

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SimpleTense is the trusted provider of educational solutions for Chinese college students around the world, we provide content writing, custom writing, essay editing, career coaching and school applications. Since 2011, we have been doing business with the promise of providing top quality, original academic work. We are based out of Dallas, TX and have a staff of hundreds of specialists from around the country who help us fill all orders.

Copywriter Kerrville TX – Job Summary:  Conceive, develop, and produce appealing and informative copy that supports the marketing and advertising needs of the Company in a style that is reflective of the Company’s values and brand identity. Writing duties include, but are not limited to, product descriptions, consumer catalogs and direct marketing materials; emails, websites, social media, content; print, online, and broadcast advertisements; retail signage; as well as presentations and internal communications.

Honest Tea Bethesda MD – The Social Media Copywriter harnesses the voice of Honest Tea to convey the brand’s unique point of view in concise, engaging copy that will be appear on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. On a monthly basis, write creative copy for Facebook, Twitter & Instagram that accompanies provided photos and concepts.

Ghostwriter Ottawa Canada – I’m writing a book about my life and need help finishing it. There’s already quite a bit of work done but with starting a business and limited time to dedicate on it is really frustrating. This isn’t any just other life story it’s very powerful and will help others dealing with spinal cord injuries.
If you’re interested please feel free to contact me for further details.

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

annie oakley wild west gun womenEncroaching on Women’s Futures

A Chief Organizer blog posting that discusses reactionary non-worker friendly legislations that impede women’s ability to work: “In the United States we have become hardened to the code words, “family-friendly,” because too often that is just right wing whitewash for thousands of intrusive policies that attempt to make women into “breeders” as they were called in the current hit, Mad Max on Fury Road.  We like to think women are making progress towards equality, especially mothers, given their vaunted place in American mythology, but then we are confronted by the facts.

The very modest Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 took forever to win, and is notoriously skinny in its benefit allowance, providing twelve weeks of unpaid leave for women workers of larger employers, but now a study reported by the New York Times says that women are “5 percent more likely to remain employed but 8 percent less likely to get promotions than they were before it became law.”  And, US policies in this area are notoriously skimpy compared to European and other countries.”

MH-17 Fakery Follow Up

A Consortium News piece that looks at a follow up of the failed propaganda pitch that Australian mainstream media attempted: “After being caught red-handed presenting misleading video about the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shoot-down, Australia’s “60 Minutes” program could have acknowledged its obvious error and apologized to its viewers. Instead, the program has resorted to hurling insults toward me – for noting the discrepancies – and engaging in more video sleights-of-hand to compound the journalistic malfeasance.”

hiroshima war explosion nuke nuclearNuclear Lies

A Counter Punch piece that discusses the state of nuclear proliferations, and the lies and misinformation that hide obvious facts: “As the UN Review Conference of the NPT was finishing its month-long deliberations in New York last week, the US delegation distracted attention from its own violations using its standard Red Herring warnings about Iran and North Korea — the former without a single nuclear weapon, and the latter with 8-to-10 (according to those reliable weapons spotters at the CIA) but with no means of delivering them.”

A Latin Human Rights Intervention

A Tele Sur posting that discusses attempts to uphold human rights in a context independent of North American hegemonic interests:  “Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa called Sunday for the creation of a Latin American human rights system, which would respects the particularities of the region and where only countries that have ratified the American Convention of Human Rights should participate. “We should see that the Americas, to the north and south of the Rio (Grande), are different,” said President Correa during his annual address to the nation from the halls of the National Assembly. Correa has frequently criticized the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which is affiliated with the Organization of American States, a body that is generally seen as acting in the interests of U.S. foreign policy. The Ecuadorean head of state has taken particular issue with the fact that the IACHR is headquartered in the United States, despite the fact that the U.S. has not ratified its convention and is thus not subject to its jurisdiction. “

 

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

Renewable Energy for All

A Good posting that discusses an initiative that intends to use accessible and inexpensive (in the larger scheme of things) technology to assist folks with infrastructure equality: “According to The SFGate, the initiative will be led by Grid Alternatives, a nonprofit solar power firm based out of Oakland. Using nearly $15 million dollars raised through California’s cap-and-trade laws, which require companies to purchase “credits” for each ton of carbon dioxide they produce, the firm will provide over 1,600 free solar panel systems by the end of 2016, according to a Grid Alternatives release. The program was first introduced by California State Senator Kevin de León, who spoke at a recent solar panel installation event, saying: “

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Journalism and Public Health

A Vox article that views the useful impact that honest journalism can have for public health outcomes and citizenship: “Still, the idea that health journalism is at its end stages is no longer true. We are in the midst of a journalism revolution, and if harnessed for public health, the press can have a greater positive impact than ever before. Web-based publications can use the endless space afforded by the internet to explain the news in a more nuanced and research-driven manner than print media — with its limited real estate — ever could. Stories link back to primary sources and studies so that readers can immediately verify or follow up as part of their news-consuming experience.”

 

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The Art of Fiction

A Paris Review posting of an interview with celebrated writer Eudora Welty: “I met Eudora Welty in her room at the Algonquin Hotel an hour or so after her train had arrived in Penn Station. She had given me the wrong room number, so I first saw her peering out of her door as the elevator opened. A tall, large-boned, gray-haired woman greeted me apologetically. She was admittedly nervous about being interviewed, particularly on a tape recorder. After describing her train ride—she won’t fly—she braced herself and asked if I wouldn’t begin the questioning.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Vets on TV

A Good posting that talks about the efforts undertaken to provide veterans with an opportunity to participate in mainstream media: “Despite being a longstanding, and particularly vocal critic of the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Daily Show host Jon Stewart has long been an equally vocal supporter of those who serve in our country’s armed forces. He’s performed for the troops in Afghanistan, visited wounded vets at military hospitals, and is even the recipient of the United Service Organization’s Merit Award. For someone so publicly opposed to the last decade’s worth of major military action, Stewart has remained remarkably steadfast in his commitment to men and women in uniform. But, while Stewart has never hidden his respect and admiration for this country’s soldiers, the degree to which he has actively supported them– not only as an entertainer, but as a personal mentor and career counselor–is just beginning to be brought to light. “

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

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Bob Jagendorf

Death of Death Penalty

A New York Times posting that discusses abusive and unfair legislation that is falling by the wayside in a seemingly otherwise reactionary state: “Nebraska on Wednesday became the first conservative state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty, with lawmakers defying their Republican governor, Pete Ricketts, a staunch supporter of capital punishment who had lobbied vigorously against banning it.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Bitcoin Anonymity Questioned

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

5.26.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

Inasmuch as the simple fact that today originates in yesterday must likely always remain true, a deeply reported inquiry about how a phenomenon has come to pass must precede any hope of asking how one can fix its troubles and woes, one of those instances of a self evident truth’s serving as a useful tautology for thinkers and doers to consider as they ponder how to parse and affect their own lives and times.

Quote of the Day
369px-Lange-MigrantMother02“While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see. …Seeing is more than a physiological phenomenon… We see not only with our eyes but with all that we are and all that our culture is.  The artist is a professional see-er. …”  Dorothea Lange
This Day in History
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Today in the U.S.A. is National Paper Airplane Day; in Rome nineteen hundred ninety-eight years back, Germanicus returned to Rome as a conqueror of German tribes west of the Elbe river; four hundred and thirty four years subsequently, in 451, the rising Persian Sassanid Empire sent forces to defeat Armenian rebels at the Battle of Avarayr, the upshot of which was the Armenian right to practice Christianity; four hundred seventy seven years prior to the present pass, the leaders of the Swiss canton centered on Geneva exiled John Calvin and all of his ‘protesting’ followers; ninety nine years hence, in 1637, British leaders in New England practiced the fine art of divide-and-conquer by recruiting Mohegan Native Americans to join Colonial troops in slaughtering five hundred or more Pequot villagers in Connecticut; one decade later exactly, in 1647, also in Connecticut, colonial authorities killed the first ‘witch’ in British North America by hanging her for her putative beliefs; a hundred ninety four years before the here and now, Greek rebels constituted the Peloponnesian Senate en route to their successful establishment of an independent Greek state; nine years subsequently, in 1830, across the Atlantic in the Southern United States, the Indian Removal Act took effect, disfranchising and destroying indigenous communities throughout the Southern Appalachians, especially the Cherokee; twenty seven years after that point, in 1857, the estimable former bondsman Dred Scott received his freedom for a brief period before thugs and reactionary courts re-enslaved him; a dozen years hence, in 1869, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts chartered Boston University; a decade down the road from that, in 1879, Russia and England ‘disposed’ of the future of Afghanistan through the machinations of

"New York Stock Exchange 1882" by Hughson Hawley
“New York Stock Exchange 1882” by Hughson Hawley

the Gandamak treaty; a hundred twenty years ago, the baby girl was born who would grow up as insightful photographer and social chronicler, Dorothea Lange; a year beyond that conjunction, in 1896, Charles Dow issued the first compilation of the Dow Jones Industrial Average; another three hundred sixty-five days along time’s arc, in 1897, Bram Stoker celebrated a somewhat different publishing event across the Atlantic with his publication of Draculaeleven years more proximate to the present, in 1908, the first big oil strike in Southwest Asia took place in Persia, which the Anglo-Persian Oil Company instantly claimed as the property of the British Empire; a half-dozen years later still, in 1914, the respected and probing photographer and documentarian, Jacob Riis, drew a final breath; seventy-seven years back, in Washington, the House Un-American Activities Committee held its first session, and six thousand miles away in Russia, a female infant entered our midst who would mature as the acclaimed storyteller, writer, artist, and performer Lyudmila Petrushevskaya; two years subsequent to that juncture, in 1940, back in the U.S. a male child uttered its first cry en route to life as the iconic musical performer and songwriter, Levon Helm; nine years still further on down life’s highway, in 1949, a baby male took an initial breath on his way to becoming Ward Cunningham, the creator of the World’s first Wiki; forty-three years ahead of this precise point, the U.S. and the Soviet Union agreed to the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty; four years further on, in 1976, philosopher of being and time and occasional follower of reaction, Martin Heidegger, was no more; seven years back, filmmaker and screenwriter Sidney Pollack died. From Wikipedia Day in History

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EL CIA & ‘DEMOCRACY’S’ SOUTHERN-CONE MURDER-FOR-HIRE

http://www.telesurtv.net          Another must-read opinion essay and analysis from TeleSur, in this case a recounting of the Operation Condor program of U.S. orchestrated assassinations and terror that aimed to impede or eliminate social protest or other upsurges in support of social justice and social democracy in the Southern parts of Latin America, particularly crucial in light of current moves that aim to shore up empire and capital in Central America and Venezuela and elsewhere: “Condor’s targets were activists, organizers, and opponents of the dictatorships, as well as guerrillas or armed insurgents (all of whom were entitled to due process and freedom from torture).  Exiles were considered dangerous enemies by the regimes because of their powerful influence in the developing global human rights movement.  The Chilean exiles, for instance — some 200,000 Chileans were forced out of the country in the first years after the coup — were pioneers in organizing solidarity and anti-dictatorship groups worldwide, providing information to the U.N. and human rights groups, and transmitting through their music and art the hopes and promise of the Unidad Popular. …
In 1973 or early 1974, before the Condor apparatus acquired its code name and formal structure, the counterinsurgents created the prototype of Condor.  A February 1974 meeting took place in Buenos Aires to plan deeper collaboration of the police of six South American states.  Between 1973 and 1975 cross-border disappearances and forcible, extralegal transfers of exiles (‘renditions’) by multinational Condor squadrons intensified under an unwritten agreement enabling the associated militaries to pursue individuals who had fled to neighboring countries.  This was the essence of Condor, as yet unnamed. …
Under a top-secret agreement known as ‘Phase III,’ Condor also assassinated, or attempted to assassinate, key political opposition leaders exiled in Latin America, Europe, and the United States.  Special teams of assassins from member countries were formed to travel worldwide to eliminate ‘subversive enemies’— political leaders who could organize and lead pro-democracy movements against the military regimes.
One Condor assassination targeted former Chilean Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier, a prominent critic of the Pinochet regime.  He and his U.S. colleague Ronni Moffitt were murdered in a 1976 car bombing in Washington, D.C.  Other targets included constitutionalist Chilean general Carlos Prats and his wife, Sofía Cuthbert, assassinated in Buenos Aires (1974), and two Uruguayan legislators and opponents of the Uruguayan military regime, Zelmar Michelini and Héctor Gutiérrez Ruiz, disappeared, tortured, and killed in Buenos Aires (1976).  Washington and its Latin American allies feared elected leftist leaders as much, if not more, than revolutionary guerrillas in the region, as the plots against Presidents Goulart of Brazil and Allende, among others, demonstrated.”
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Synaesthesia Magazine is calling for music, art, and writing for their upcoming online issue with the theme Hush-Hush. 

Cobalt Contest – 

We are looking for creative non-fiction/essays that come hard and straight down the pipe; fiction that throws us a curveball; and poetry that reinvigorates our love for the game. Any written work (including scholarly essays) on the amazing game of baseball are welcomed! Only entries submitted through this category will be considered for the prize.

Books Ireland – 

Publication and Cash prize for the winners

As we embark on our anniversary year, Books Ireland invite you to enter our inaugural short story competition.

It is open to all writers of any nationality writing in English, with no restriction on style or theme.

 

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Our standard rate is around $80-$250 per post, depending on amount of reporting required.
ZOZI is looking for outdoorsy writers to regularly contribute to our new editorial site, the ZOZI Journal. You don’t need years of reporting experience to apply, but you do need to know how to write in a fun, conversational voice without sacrificing smarts. 

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Location Picatinny Arsenal, NJ
Empployer U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. Performs research, reviews specifications, and uses “hands-on” approach in the preparation, amendment, change or revision of publications in commodity fields such as, weapons and ammunition, as required to produce technical manuals for one-of-a-kind, end item systems.

 

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1933_unemployment_bigTrue Unemployment

An Information Clearing Houseposting that discusses the true state of unemployment in America, showing the true state of affairs in relation to the economy: “How many people are really out of work? The answer is surprisingly difficult to ascertain. For reasons that are likely ideological at least in part, official unemployment figures greatly under-report the true number of people lacking necessary full-time work.

That the “reserve army of labor” is quite large goes a long way toward explaining the persistence of stagnant wages in an era of increasing productivity.

How large? Across North America, Europe and Australia, the real unemployment rate is approximately double the “official” unemployment rate.”

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Arts Funding Social Practices

An Inside Philanthropy posting about arts funding that benefits from social engagement: “Social practice has been defined by the Los Angeles Times as “art that requires the engagement and participation of its audience.” Now, if your initial reaction is, “How’s that any different than a creative writing workshop or an interactive art exhibit?” we won’t fault you for your perfectly valid response. But the concept of social practice has some seemingly innocuous quirks that make it stand apart, while simultaneously borrowing from other movements and genres.”

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Scientology Examined

A Rolling Stones article that discusses a recent offering that scrutinizes the strange world of Scientology: “Last night, HBO airedGoing Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Alex Gibney’s documentary exposé of the Church of Scientology and its founder, science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. While much of the information contained within the film isn’t technically new (especially since the doc is based on executive producer Lawrence Wright’s book of the same name), it does forcefully, brutally put faces to many of the stories, and assembles a meticulous, damning case against the church. The organization had taken aggressive action to counterattack (including a full-page ad in The New York Times) after the movie’s premiere at Sundance last January, and now that the film has finally aired on the cable channel, they’re likely to go on the offensive as a whole new audience begins to discuss some of the Scientology’s more terrifying, disturbing practices. Here are 10 of Going Clear‘s biggest talking points.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

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Wind farm Molgreen

Dixie Power

A Route Fifty report that examines the possibilities and challenges of taking advantage of renewable power in a region of the country not traditionally suited for it: A new Department of Energy report suggests that new technology could unlock renewable energy potential in Southeastern states. But building new wind farms will likely involve a mix of practical and political challenges.

Compared to gustier locales in other parts of the country, strong winds don’t blow consistently across much of the Southeastern United States, which is one of the main reasons wind energy developers have avoided the region.

But new technology could help change that.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Inequality as a Right

A thought provoking piece that contextualizes political theory and inequality: “Writing the history of human rights in relation to that of political economy would involve two big stages, with a missed opportunity in between. The first stage, clearly, was the heroic age of the national welfare states after World War II. At that time, human rights reflected a small part of a larger consensus that united the otherwise bitter enemies in the new Cold War.

Human rights, even perfectly realized human rights, are compatible with inequality, even radical inequality.”

5.25.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

The notion of a central organizing principle can serve—and one might say must operate—as more than merely an intellectual hub, acting in reality to permit various efforts to connect with each other; to establish an ‘order of battle,’ as it were; to identify where development or engagement is most necessary or least efficacious; to effect efficiency and prevent overlap, among other salubrious results, even as concurring on such a core component of a campaign or a social movement or a society itself can be about as easily accomplished as agreeing on the exact shape and structure of the face of a God almighty whom some people doubt exists.

Quote of the Day
“After I came home from the 1936 Olympics with my four medals, it became increasingly apparent that everyone was going to slap me on the back, want to shake my hand or have me up to their suite.  But no one was going to offer me a job. …
It was bad enough to have toppled from the Olympic heights to make my living competing with animals.  But the competition wasn’t even fair.  No man could beat a race horse, not even for 100 yards. …
       I realized now that militancy in the best sense of the word was the only answer where the black man was concerned, that any black man who wasn’t a militant in 1970 was either blind or a coward.”” Jesse Owens: http://www.jesseowens.com/quotes/.
This Day in History
Towel Day 2005, Innsbruck, Austria, where, by his own account, Adams got the inspiration to write the Guide.
Towel Day 2005, Innsbruck, Austria, where, by his own account, Adams got the inspiration to write the Guide.

Today is International Missing Children’s Day, &, in honor of the work of Douglas Adams, it is also Towel Day; on the Italian Peninsula two thousand five hundred eighty-two years ago, forces under Servius Tullius moved forward Roman dominance in all of Italy with their victory over Etruscans; nine hundred thirty years prior to the present pass, a reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula began with the forces of a sixth Castillian Alfonso’s taking control of Toledo from earlier Islamic conquerors; four hundred ninety four years before the here and now, Holy Roman Emperor Charles the 5th ended a meeting of the Diet of Worms with the declaration that Martin Luther was a heretic; three hundred thirty four years before today’s passage, iconic Spanish poet and playwright Pedro Calderon de la Barca drew his final breath; two hundred and seventy seven years in advance of today, an internecine struggle among English colonies intense enough to merit the title of a war between Maryland and Pennsylvania came to an end with a treaty and exchange of prisoners; six decades and five year later, in 1803, a baby male entered the world in England who soon enough became poet and essayist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, and on the other side of the Atlantic, a baby boy came along en route to a life as the ‘trascendent’ philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson; six years exactly more proximate to now, in 1809, Peruvian rebels inaugurated llama chile andesSpanish colonial wars of independence with the Chuquisaca uprising; three hundred sixty five days after that point, in 1810,Argentinean insurgents joined the fray by expelling the Spanish Viceroy and declaring Argentina independent; a hundred seventy eight years before this moment in time, another group of colonials, this time in Southern Canada, rebelled against their metropolitan masters, this time in London; twelve decades in advance of today, Oscar Wilde faced a conviction for homosexual acts that led to his imprisonment, and on the opposite side of the planet, European Imperial interests orchestrated the separation of Formosa, now Taiwan, from China; ninety years back, only weeks after his arrest, John Scopes faced indictment for the crime of teaching his students the truth about evolution; two years later exactly, in 1927, a male infant took his first breath who would mature as a popular writer of thrillers Robert Ludlum; eight years hence, in 1935, just a few hundred miles north at the Big Ten Track jesse owens black african american sports olympics& Field Championship, African American athlete Jesse Owens breaks several world records in his performance; a year afterward exactly, in 1936,  American Federation of Labor unions led a strike against the arms manufacturer Remington Rand; seven hundred andd thirty days after that point, to the day, in 1938, a baby boy was born who would grow up as the dour narrator and critic Raymond Carver; sixty two years before today’s light, the U.S. conducted its only open air test of a nuclear artillery device in Nevada, and in a more positive development, Houston TX opened the first public television station in the country; three hundred sixty five days after that point, in 1954, legendary photojournalist Robert Capa breathed his last; seven years subsequently, in 1961, President John Kennedy addressed congress and delivered his speech that promised a man on the moon before 1970; around the world, five years later, in 1966, the Cultural Revolution began to unfold in China with the posting of the first dàzìbàoforty two years ago, Greek sailors rejected the imperially favored fascist 153px-Lightsabersdictatorship installed in their stead in Athens and, during a NATO exercise, dropped anchor in an Italian port and refused to return to Greece; four years along time’s arc, in 1977, George Lucas released the first Star Wars installment, and in a decidedly different expression of cultural evolution on the other side of the world, Chinese authorities effectively ended the so-called ‘Cultural Revolution’ and removed the ban on Shakespeare’s works in the country; four years further down the road, in 1981, aristocratic and reactionary states favored by the United States and Britain, centered around Saudi Arabia, formed the Gulf Cooperation Council; sixteen years before this exact point in time, the U.S. released an investigative analysis, the Cox Report, that detailed Chinese nuclear program espionage; a decade later, in 2009,North Korean authorities allege a second nuclear weapons test; four years back, Oprah Winfrey aired her last network program before she started her own channel. From Day in History

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FETISHIZING HAPPINESS, MAXIMIZING NARCISSISM, AVOIDING CHANGE

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/      An overview of a book excerpt about the ‘inner-directed’ nature of contemporary psychosocial and socioeconomic analysis, at once in terms of intellectual analysis and clinical practice, in which the functional attempt to manipulate and medicate people into that combination of passivity and acceptance that makes both ‘productivity’ and consumption easy to drive guarantees a continued diminution of both psychological health and real well-being or satisfaction, a really powerful briefing that over a hundred comments makes even more impactful: “Yet evidence from social epidemiology paints a worrying picture of how unhappiness and depression are concentrated in highly unequal societies, with strongly materialist, competitive values.  Workplaces put a growing emphasis on community and psychological commitment, but against longer-term economic trends towards atomization and insecurity.  We have an economic model which mitigates against precisely the psychological attributes it depends upon. …

380px-The_Scream           Psychology is very often how societies avoid looking in the mirror.  The second structural reason for the surging interest in happiness is somewhat more disturbing, and concerns technology.  Until relatively recently, most scientific attempts to know or manipulate how someone else was feeling occurred within formally identifiable institutions, such as psychology laboratories, hospitals, workplaces, focus groups, or some such.  This is no longer the case.  In July 2014, Facebook published an academic paper containing details of how it had successfully altered hundreds of thousands of its users’ moods, by manipulating their news feeds.  There was an outcry that this had been done in a clandestine fashion.  But as the dust settled, the anger turned to anxiety: would Facebook bother to publish such a paper in future, or just get on with the experiment anyway and keep the results to themselves? …

In this more general and historical sense, then, governments and businesses ‘created the problems that they are now trying to solve.’  Happiness science has achieved the influence it has because it promises to provide the longed-for solution. First of all, happiness economists are able to put a monetary price on the problem of misery and alienation.  The opinion-polling company Gallup, for example, has estimated that unhappiness of employees costs the US economy $500 billion a year in lost productivity, lost tax receipts and health-care costs.  This allows our emotions and well-being to be brought within broader calculations of economic efficiency.  Positive psychology and associated techniques then play a key role in helping to restore people’s energy and drive.  The hope is that a fundamental flaw in our current political economy may be surmounted, without confronting any serious political–economic questions.”

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2015 ARIZONA MYSTERY WRITERS CONTEST 
$10 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline June 1, 2015. First prize $200. Second prize $100. Third prize $75. We are accepting mystery, suspense, or thriller stories. 2,500 word maximum length.

WYOMING INDIVIDUAL ARTIST PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS 
This grant category provides funding for individual artists who want to take that next step in their career. Successful applicants have received grants to attend conferences, go overseas to install an art exhibition, record a music CD at a professional studio, show a film at an indie film festival, attend an artist residency program or to work with an out-of-state mentor.

Playboy College Fiction Contest – Are you a fiction writer in college? Playboy is calling for entries for their College Fiction Contest. The first-place winner receives $3,000 and publication.

 

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Major home improvement company is looking for a talented, detailed-oriented writer with expert knowledge in 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. This is a remote contract position.

Charleston SC – Freelance Developmental Editor

Advantage Media Group, a publisher of business, self improvement, and professional development books has an exciting opportunity for a talented, dynamic Developmental Editor who can take transcripts from a series of interviews and turn them into a first draft manuscript for our authors.

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5.22.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

 

"6sided dice" by Diacritica
“6sided dice” by Diacritica

Both frightening and astonishing, the realization that randomness truly rules everything, can either—for a spirit that lets intimidation or fear predominate—lead to the sort of insistent blind-faith that inherently stultifies growth and possibility but at least promises an admittedly undeliverable but nonetheless ‘secure’ certainty of something, or—for the incarnation that permits fun and frolic and amazement to remain uppermost—elicit the sort of inquisitive nature from which can result all the ‘Eureka!’ moments than humankind has produced and an infinitely greater number of such miracles, even those that might deliver mastery and destiny and, as much as it is physically possible, an actual eternity of grace for the human line. 

Quote of the Day
“I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.”  Langston Hughes: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Langston_Hughes.
This Day in History

480px-The_Earth_seen_from_Apollo_17Today is International Biodiversity Day; in what is now Western Turkey,two thousand three hundred forty-nine years ago, Macedonian fighters under the leadership of Alexander crushed the forces of a third Darius of Persia at the Battle of Granicus; eleven hundred sixty-two years prior to the present pass, Byzantine naval forces attacked and plundered Damietta, a port at the mouth of the Nile that Byzantium’s rulers had long wish to conquer and control; six hundred thirty-eight years ahead of today’s beginning, an eleventh Pope Gregory issued five pronouncements that denounced the work and ideas of the English Catholic reformer, and predecessor to a Protestant movement, John Wycliffe; two hundred thirty-two years in advance of this moment in time, a baby boy was born who grew up to become the engineer, thinker, and inventor William Sturgeon, who patented an electromagnet and electric motor in England; two centuries and eight years in before the here-and-now, a grand jury agreed to indict the former Vice President, Aaron Burr, for treason; a dozen years hence, in 1819, the first steamship to traverse the Atlantic, S.S. Savannah, left Savannah, Georgia, bound for London; seven years thereafter, in 1826, the iconic H.M.S. Beagle first set sail on an imperial surveying mission to South America, without Charles Darwin yet among the passengers and crew; one hundred seventy-one years back, the upper-class couple Robert and Katherine Cassatt brought a daughter into the world who grew up as the artist and expatriate, Mary Cassatt; four years340px-Mary_Cassatt_-_Portrait_of_the_Artist_-_MMA_1975.319.1 henceforth, in 1848, the Caribbean island nation of Martinique eliminated slavery from its shores; eight years after that juncture, in 1856, in another incident of slavery’s tumult, South Carolina’s Congressman Brooks severely beat and permanently disabled Massachusetts’ Senator Sumner because of the latter’s opposition to chattel bondage in Kansas; in another marker on the same journey,sixteen years beyond that point in time, in 1872, President and former Union General U.S. Grant signed an amnesty for former Confederate rebels that restored full civil rights to all but around 500 previous insurgents; thirteen decades prior to our day, iconic storyteller and moral philosopher Victor Hugo breathed his last; a hundred nine years before this instant, the Wright Brothers received a patent for their “flying machine;” eight years further along time’s arc, in 1914, a baby boy was born who would mature as the journalist and annalist of contemporary life, Vance Packard; eighty-eight years ago, a male infant uttered his first cry en route to a life as writer and thinker and Paris Review cofounder, Peter Matthiesson; nine years more proximate to the present, in 1936,another male child came along who would grow up as the inspirational thinker and writer, M. Scott Peck; six years later, in 1942, the Congress of Industrial Organizations’ Steelworkers Organizing Committee began to call itself the United Steelworkers of America; three years to the day subsequently, in 1945, in the rubble of war’s end in Europe, U.S. Army Intelligence officers began to suggest actions that took shape as Operation Paperclip, the smuggling of Nazi intellectuals, especially rocket scientists, to the West; seven hundred and thirty days nearer to

Harry Truman at Desk Announcing End of WWII By Abbie Rowe, 1905-1967, Photographer
Harry Truman at Desk Announcing End of WWII By Abbie Rowe, 1905-1967, Photographer

now, in 1947, Harry Truman signed legislation that acted as the inception of the so-called Truman Doctrine during the Cold War, of throwing money at nations where a ‘threat of communist insurrection’ loomed large, in this first case the provision of $400 million in loans and credits to Turkey and Greece; eleven years beyond that conjunction, around the globe in 1958, island wide riots in Sri Lanka foretold the ethnic and political battles that would mark the soon-to-be new nation; six years hence, in 1964, back in the District of Columbia, Lyndon Johnson delivered his ‘Great Society’ address, in which he promised a war on poverty and other measures to relieve social distress and increase social equality; three years closer to today, in 1967, the great poet Langston Hughes heaved a final sigh; a quarter century back, North and South Yemen joined their fates to form the Republic of Yemen; a dozen years henceforth, in 2002, seven thousand miles West in North America, an Alabama jury convicted Ku Klux Klansman Robert Cherry of murder in the bombing deaths of four young girls in the 1963 at Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church. From Wikipedia Day in History

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A CRITIC’S CRITIQUE, CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO EXAMINE

http://www.alternet.org      A simple and effective assessment by Noam Chomsky of a series of recent ‘paper-of-record’ reports in the New York Times, each of which is seriously deficient as journalism, reportage, history, and investigation, yet all of which bear the imprimatur of standard-operating-procedure and imperial doublespeak propaganda, as in the case of an article on bombs that remain unexploded in Laos: “Let us now see how these revelations are transmuted into New York Times Newspeak: “’he targets were North Vietnamese troops — especially along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, a large part of which passed through Laos — as well as North Vietnam’s Laotian Communist allies.’
Compare the words of the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission, and the heart-rending drawings and testimony in Fred Branfman’s cited collection.
True, the reporter has a source: U.S. propaganda.  That surely suffices to overwhelm mere fact about one of the major crimes of the post-World War II era, as detailed in the very source he cites: Fred Branfman’s crucial revelations.
We can be confident that this colossal lie in the service of the state will not merit lengthy exposure and denunciation of disgraceful misdeeds of the Free Press, such as plagiarism and lack of skepticism(that recent miscues by Rolling Stone did in the Times).”
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HUMMINGBIRD PRIZE FOR FLASH FICTION 
$15 ENTRY FEE. ($10 BEFORE MAY 15)
Deadline June 15, 2015. Winners published in: Pulp Literature Issue 9, Winter 2016. First Prize: $300. Runner up: $75. Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature. This contest is for previously unpublished short fiction up to 1,000 words in length. Multiple entries welcome. Total entries limited to 300.

KENYON REVIEW FELLOWSHIPS 
This two-year post-graduate residential fellowship at Kenyon College offers qualified individuals time to develop as writers, teachers, and editors. Fellows will receive a $33,150 stipend, plus health benefits. Fellows are expected to undertake a significant writing project and attend regular individual meetings with faculty mentors as well as teach one semester-long class per year in the English Department of Kenyon College, contingent upon departmental needs. Also, assist with creative and editorial projects for The Kenyon Review and participate in The Kenyon Review Summer Programs. Deadline September 15, 2015.

The Southampton Review  is calling for comedic essays for their Roger Rosenblatt Comic Essay Contest. Patricia Marx, staff writer for The New Yorker, is the judge.

 

Six Hens magazine Seeks True Stories for Debut Issue  

Six Hens, a new publication debuting June 2015, will feature true stories by women about the moments that define and redefine. Writers bring us to the places and events that changed what they believe in, changed how they see their place in the world, and changed them. Through their narration, they change us. – See more at: http://writingcareer.com/post/115858917376/six-hens-magazine-seeks-true-stories-for-debut#sthash.Gnu0P1VE.dpuf

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Writer’s Digest’s Short Short Story Competition
has been running for 15 years. The competition is for stories up to 1500 words in length. The winner receives US$3000, publication in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City. There are also many runner-up prizes. Entries are expected to open in November.

Danahy Fiction Prize
is an annual award with a prize of US$1000 and publication in Tampa Review. Judging is by the editors of TR, and all entries will be considered for publication. They generally prefer manuscripts between 500 and 5000 words but stories falling slightly outside this range will also be considered. Entries close in November.

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Philadelphia PA – The Taylor & Francis Philadelphia journals production department is seeking a production editor to work on a diverse list of academic journals. 

The ideal candidate should have a minimum of 1-2 years of experience producing academic and/or technical material from manuscripts to finished product. The position requires overseeing production of multiple articles and journal issues, including extensive interaction with our authors and outside editors.

Parade Magazine TN – Athlon Media Group seeks an Associate Editor for a full-time staff position at Parade, a weekly magazine with a readership of 54.1 million that is distributed in more than 700 of the country’s newspapers, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times and The Washington Post.

Copywriter (United States)

compensation: Commensurate with experience

contract job  *Contract Role*

Position SummaryThe Copywriter will have extensive experience delivering copy that accurately portrays a brand’s image while motivating a target audience to take action. The Copywriter will work with the creative team to develop content that meets brand and marketing objectives for a combination of print and digital campaigns.

 

Cover Letter editing/writing services offered (Rhode Island, South Eastern Connecticut)

compensation: $30/hr for a minimum of two hours work (base rate $60)

contract job part-time
non-profit organization telecommuting okay

I have extensive writing and editing experience for various newspapers, magazines, and news outlets along with three years experience working for the University of Rhode Island Career Services.Cover letters are probably the hardest part of the job search but I have a lot of experience writing and editing cover letters for various clients. With extensive experience with vocabulary, punctuation, and sentence structure, I can help your cover letter bring out the best in your employment, education, and life experiences that a particular job description is looking for.

Technical Writer (Disaster Recovery/Crisis Response) (Corning, NY)

compensation: BOE (6 mo. contract)

Manufacturing organization seeks Technical Writer with experience in crisis response, business continuity and disaster recovery communications.Will be responsible to create, develop, plan, write, and edit operational, instructional, maintenance or test procedures for paper, multimedia or web-based publication.Will conduct interviews with various users and technical staff to gather data for documentation.Will research and translate technical information into manuals and/or web-based documents for nontechnical users.Will be responsible for requesting existing documents and evaluating the quality, content in which guidance will be provided on this assessment.

Example: Determining a disaster evacuation plan and whether this plan is suitable for company security requirements.

 

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Sister Megan Rice. (miketreen / CC BY-NC 2.0)

Nuke Protesters Released

A Truth Dig brief that talks about the surprising release of a nun put away for the simple act of protesting nukes, a situation that offers a glimpse into the complex legalities of protest and citizen engagement: “Sister Megan Rice and two Christian pacifists have spent the past few years of their lives in a federal prison for peacefully demonstrating at Tennesee’s Y-12 National Security Complex in 2012. And as The New Yorker puts it, “the legal decisions that freed them [on May 16] were as unprecedented and surprising as the break-in that put them behind bars.”

A New Origin Story

An Edge article that discusses ideas of cohesive cultural and spiritual meaning that can be derived from a properly nuanced ‘origin story’, one to update the antiquated ones provided by the culture:  “In modern science, and I include the humanities here, science in a German sense of science—rigorous scholarship across all domains—in modern science we’ve gotten used to the idea that science doesn’t offer meaning in the way that institutional religions did in the past. I’m increasingly thinking that this idea that modernity puts us in a world without meaning—philosophers have banged on about this for a century-and-a-half—may be completely wrong. We may be living in an intellectual building site, where a new story is being constructed. It’s vastly more powerful than the previous stories because it’s the first one that is global. It’s not anchored in a particular culture or a particular society. This is an origin story that works for humans in Beijing as well as in Buenos Aires. “

NYTMedia and Propaganda

An Alter Net posting that discusses the views of a prominent thinker and which everyone with an interest in understanding what media truly is saying to you ought to read: “True, the reporter has a source: U.S. propaganda. That surely suffices to overwhelm mere fact about one of the major crimes of the post-World War II era, as detailed in the very source he cites: Fred Branfman’s crucial revelations.

We can be confident that this colossal lie in the service of the state will not merit lengthy exposure and denunciation of disgraceful misdeeds of the Free Press, such as plagiarism and lack of skepticism.”

Commitment to Affordable Education

An Al Jazeera America article that discusses a presidential hopeful’s committment to affordable education: “Sen. Bernie Sanders’ plan for making public college tuition more affordable is relatively straightforward: He wants the government to pay for it. All of it.

On Tuesday, the Democratic presidential candidate and independent senator from Vermont introduced legislation intended to eliminate tuition fees for undergraduates at all public colleges and universities. Annual tuition costs at those institutions add up to roughly $70 billion, according to a fact sheet from Sanders’ office. The proposed legislation would require the federal government to compensate for two-thirds of that sum, with the states making up the additional third.”

Graduate students march in New York City. Apparently the New York Times has never heard of them. (GEO-UAW)

Representing Student Workers

An In These Times posting that discusses the representation hopes for important university workers, and mentions the shoddy job media outlets have done in making sure that their voices are represented: “Given the rich history of student-worker organizing—in and around the New York metropolitan area and around the country, in addition to the highly-publicized, vibrant organizing of private-sector universities challenging the 2004 NLRB decision that has been ongoing in the region for the last two years—we find it disturbing and frustrating that the New York Times failed to interview a single graduate student-worker for its recent op-ed series “Room for Debate” on the graduate and contingent labor movement.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Welcoming Community to Help Finance Paper

A Nieman Lab article that introduces readers to a clever program that manages to help finance a local paper while integrating the community: “Media companies around the world are busy developing event strategies on all levels, and while Arizona Storytellers has helped the Republic create new lines of revenue, it has also created stronger ties to the community. The program has not only put the paper in front of new audiences, but created new relationships with businesses, the local NPR affiliate, and the local community college.

“Storytellers opened our eyes to the bigger opportunities and broader opportunities to build those personal, face-to-face connections with both our existing audience and exposing us to new audiences,” said Randy Lovely, senior vice president for news and audience development at the Republic.”

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Desk – Bright Meadow Flickr

Writing Lessons Via Tweets

A Mashable mashup of witty, timely, but always brief advice on how to hone one’s craft: “Inspired by the #TwitterFiction Festival, a celebration of digital storytelling for amateur and experienced writers, we’ve thought about new ways to start writing. So our social book club MashableReads asked for your best advice for new writers.

Check out some of our favorite tips below.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Taking Pulse of Local Journalism

A Weekly Wonk posting that introduces readers to a university program that seeks to study how to maintain local media, due to its importance to the health of civic society: “Studying a community’s news as an ecosystem incorporates and recognizes some of the changes to journalism in the digital age, including producers of relevant information beyond traditional news outlets. Our ecosystem model also includes digital-native news producers and the social media platforms by which local news and information are increasingly disseminated—with the ultimate goal of better understanding the content they produce and the interconnections that exist between them.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS
Angelica Choc discusses her lawsuit with Truthout. (Photo: Jeff Abbott)

Lawsuit Seeking Redress for Corporate Murder

A Truth Out article that discusses the valiant acts of an indigenous woman who will not take the abuse suffered both personally and to her community sitting down: “In 2010, Choc and her supporters filed a lawsuit in Canadian courts against Hudbay and two of the firm’s subsidiaries, HMI Nickel and CGN, for the wrongful death of her husband at the site of their Fenix mining project near La Union, in the municipality of El Estor. The lawsuit claims that Hudbay acted with negligence in its operations in Guatemala, and failed to provide protocols for its security forces, which were already known for excessive use of force. Hudbay and other mining firms utilize private security guards to protect the properties of the mine, but all too often these forces in Guatemala have taken on a paramilitary like structure due to the presence of former soldiers employed as security guards. Choc’s suit seeks $2 million in damages and $1 million in punitive damages.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Speculation About the Future

A fascinating Aeon piece that discusses the at times outlandish but always fascinating views that people can have about future technology: “The stories we tell ourselves about technology – typically, optimistic ones from would-be innovators, pessimistic ones from their critics – are usually too simple. Making them more complex can support a richer discussion about where a technology might be going, and the kind of futures it could open up. That calls for a kind of realism in the depiction of technical possibilities that is inspiring a new cadre of practitioners of design fiction, or critical design. In the cookbook, for example, that realism comes from using a familiar recipe format to take the reader into unfamiliar worlds. The future facts are imagined, but not fanciful in the context of current research. They might never happen, but they could.”

5.21.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

BooLake natureWith luck, the cosmic kiss that lights a life simultaneously ignites a soulful flame that cooks up the joyous struggle for meaning and purpose that an individual existence can seek to discover. 

Quote of the Day
“These young people accomplish little toward the solution of this social problem, and bear the brunt of being cultivated into unnourished, oversensitive lives.  They have been shut off from the common labor by which they live which is a great source of moral and physical health.  They feel a fatal want of harmony between their theory and their lives, a lack of coördination between thought and action.  I think it is hard for us to realize how seriously many of them are taking to the notion of human brotherhood, how eagerly they long to give tangible expression to the democratic ideal.  

         These young men and women, longing to socialize their democracy, are animated by certain hopes which may be thus loosely formulated; that if in a democratic country nothing can be permanently achieved save through the masses of the people, it will be impossible to establish a higher political life than the people themselves crave; that it is difficult to see how the notion of a higher civic life can be fostered save through common intercourse; that the blessings which we associate with a life of refinement and cultivation can be made universal and must be made universal if they are to be permanent; that the good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”  Jane Addams
This Day in History

panel meeting dialog sessionToday is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialog and Development; just hundreds of miles from Rome, eleven hundred thirty-seven years ago, Muslim invaders moved a step closer to conquering Sicily as an emirate with the capture of the city of Syracuse on the island; just a year further on, in 879, an eighth early Pope John issued a recognition that continues to act as a ‘blessing’ for assertions of Croatian nationhood; four hundred seventy years further on to the day, in 1349, Serbian leader Dusan, the Mighty, issued a codification that still serves to support Serbian statehood;fifty-four years later, in 1403, a third Castilian King Henry broached the potential for Castile and Timur to align against the Ottoman Empire; sixty-eight years closer to today, in 1471, a baby boy came along who grew up as acclaimed artist, thinker, and math innovator, Albrecht Dürer; three hundred and twenty-seven

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Albrecht Durer Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

years ahead of this moment in time, a male infant uttered his first cry on his way to a life as renowned poet and narrator, Alexander Pope; two hundred ninety years before the here-and-now, Catherine the Great ordered the institution of an Order of St. Alexander Nevsky, soon enough overturned till the Soviet Union reestablished it in 1942, in the midst of its fight for survival against the Nazis; one hundred sixty-four years prior to the present pass, Colombia altogether abolished slavery; half a decade hence, in 1856, pro-slavery vigilantes eight-hundred or so miles North in the U.S. captured and burned and plundered Lawrence, Kansas; seven years henceforth, in 1863, the Seventh Day Adventist Church formed in Battle Creek, Michigan;  three hundred sixty-six days afterward, in 1864, Russia ended its Circassian War with the expulsion of many of the residents there, resulting in an ongoing Day of Mourning; seven years exactly beyond that juncture, in 1871, the French Army and National Guard began their operations against Communards in Paris, which resulted in 20,000 or more fatalities and roughly twice that many captives over the next week or so; eight years subsequently, in 1879, Chilean ships began the decisive battle of Iquique in its successful bid to strip Peru of access to the sea in the War of the Pacific; two years further along time’s path, in 1881, Clara Barton led the founding of the Redcross red crossAmerican Red Cross; one hundred eleven years back, a baby male shouted out en route to his life as the popular musical performer and innovator, Fats Waller; seven years after that juncture, in 1911, Porfirio Diaz consolidated control of the ‘Mexican Revolution’ with his signature on the treaty of Ciudad Juarez; five years further down the road, in 1916, a male child entered our midst who would mature as the master of the potboiler, Harold Robbins; eighty years before today’s dawn, the founder of Hull House and passionate advocate of reform and ‘middle-class’ values, Jane Addams, took her final bow before her exit; two years later, in 1937, as the Solstice approached the North Pole, Soviet Union established a research station on the Arctic Ocean pack ice; not quite a decade later, in 1946, a Los Alamos nuclear weapons core experiment went ‘critically’ awry, lethally irradiating one scientist after he heroically reaches in and stops a super-critical explosion; a half decade thereafter precisely, in 1951, a baby boy took his first breath on his way to the days and times of the entertainer, writer, and politician, Al Franken; another

"Selma to Montgomery Marches" by Peter Pettus - Library of Congress.
“Selma to Montgomery Marches” by Peter Pettus – Library of Congress.

decade on time’s arc, in 1961, Alabama’s leaders declared Martial Law because of Civil Rights protests; just eleven more years down the pike, in 1972, a baby boy was born whose brief life as the Notorious B.I.G. rocked the rap world; twenty four years back, a female suicide bomber killed herself, Prime Minister Rajiv Ghandi and others in an Indian terrorist incident; three years hence, in 1994, the two parts of Yemen nearlly sundered from each other in a precursor of future troubles; four years later still, in 1998,  vicious fascist acid attacks occurred at five Miami abortion clinics; three years further on, in 2001, France recognized the slave trade as a crime against humanity; five years subsequently, in 2006, dancer and scholar Katherine Dunham died; half a decade before this moment in time, Japan’s aerospace agency deployed a solar sail in space in preparation for its sun powered flyby of Venus later in the year; two years hence, in 2012, the hundred and nine year old preacher and survivor of the Tulsa Race Riots breathed his last. From This Day in History 

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A CLEAR-EYED & CHILLING ASSESSMENT FROM INDIA

http://chieforganizer.org          From the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now’s Chief Organizer’s Blog, a bracing and reality-based analysis of the upper-class and divide-and-conquer agenda of Narendra Modi, whose insistence of a Uranium economy and a thorough-going oppression of the poor are symptomatic of a program antithetical to the poor and working class that extends to every aspect of Indian society: “The message being sent by the attack on NGOs from the Modi government is essentially, shut up or starve.  The clear objective of the government is to silence opposition to development and business wherever possible.  The exceptional inclusion of action against the Ford Foundation is a signal in Shetty’s view to one and all that the government will only approve grants that are pristinely free of anything remotely like advocacy.  Toe the government line or else!
JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

CAREY INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL GOOD NONFICITON RESIDENCIES 
The pre-application questionnaire is due three months in advance for residencies starting October 15, 2015 through May 2016. The full application is due one month thereafter. Documentarians, journalists and nonfiction writers working at the professional level in their fields are eligible to apply once each calendar year. Particular areas of emphasis relate to the most pressing issues of our day, including, but not limited to: war and conflict; social justice and human rights; science, health, agriculture, environment and technology; biographies, histories and government; education; journalism and the media; and, economics and business. The minimum stay is two weeks; the maximum stay is three months.

PROUD TO BE: WRITING BY AMERICAN WARRIORS 
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Deadline June 1, 2015. Created by the Missouri Humanities Council, the Warrior Arts Alliance, and Southeast Missouri State University Press, this series of anthologies preserves and shares military service perspectives of our soldiers and veterans of all conflicts and of their families. It is not only an outlet for artistic expression but also a document of the unique aspects of wartime in our nation’s history. Pays prize of $250 and publication for each of five categories: short fiction, poetry, interview with a warrior, essay, and photography.

Litquake , San Francisco’s Literary Festival, is calling for authors and literary organizations to apply to participate in their main festival and Lit Crawl in October.

 

Power for Living, a weekly take-home Church paper for Christian adults, is open for submissions of feature articles and poetry. The publication contains uplifting articles and stories about widely-recognized and ordinary Christians whose experiences attest to following Christ and reveal the power of Christ in their lives. – See more at: http://writingcareer.com/post/119535055856/power-for-living-accepting-prose-and-poetry-pays#sthash.qFUhPK8N.dpuf

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Qu, a contemporary literary journal which recently published its second issue, is currently open for submissions of prose and poetry for future issues. The journal, edited and published by faculty and students of the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte, is reviewing fiction, essays, script excerpts, and poetry until Monday, August 31st. – See more at: http://writingcareer.com/post/119533159681/qu-literary-journal-opens-for-prose-and-poetry#sthash.Lp0ECnN1.dpuf

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JOBS

Three Ships, a growing digital marketing agency in Raleigh, NC, is seeking an SEO Copywriter to join our team.  We are an analytics-focused, innovation-driven organization creating opportunities for clients and our team on the leading edge of Digital Marketing.

 

Contract Writer/Editor, June- September

at Birchbox  We are looking for a freelance beauty writer/editor to support our women’s content team three days a week while our senior editor is on maternity leave. In this role, you will be responsible for writing stories about beauty products, trends and tutorials, editing stories, generating ideas for our content lineup and helping conceptualize creative for those stories. We pride ourselves on producing dynamic, engaging content on our site and across social channels, and want someone with beauty know-how who is excited to contribute to it, and will bring fresh ideas to the team. Please note: There is flexibility with working from the office or at home.

 

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Desk – Bright Meadow Flickr

Freelance Publicist = R C Holdings Seeking an energetic, results oriented individual that can get stories fast!
Immediate need for a pr professional with strong contacts for women in business / women entrepreneur stories. This is an independent contractor position. Please send in your hourly rate and why you feel you are right for the position. We are looking for someone – if given a good story – can get real results, fast!

About the Company
Over the past 28 years, Victory Healthcare Communications has established the reputation for providing the right creative approach to develop successful strategies in healthcare marketing. Today, we are positioned at the center of an evolving healthcare landscape. Through innovative strategies and creative tactics, Victory has become a leading voice in the discussion of healthcare reform and the developing role of managed care. Our expertise in the field transforms everyday conversations into informed discussions about the challenges faced by providers and patients in this changing healthcare environment

Freelance Blog Writer (San Diego)

compensation: Payment per piece / invoiced monthly

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We are looking for an experienced creative freelance writer for our storage industry blog. We require a minimum of two blog pieces per month, and a maximum of four per month (in order to establish a backlog of material for future publication.) Must conduct research topics and provide high caliber, fun and engaging original content. 

Freelance Curriculum Writer for Online Tool (Midtown East)

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Curriculum Writer

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Project Timeline — May — Mid Aug.Voki (voki.com) is an educational tool that allows users to create their own talking character. We are working to build a library of K-2 lesson plans inspired by common core curriculum. We are looking for tech savvy educators who can repackage the curriculum into our presentation tool called Voki Presenter. Our goal is to be able to provide teachers with turn-key lesson plans and presentations that are common core approved while still engaging and enjoyable!

 

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Reflections on Life on the Left

A thoughtful TeleSur piece that discusses the ins and outs of living a life dedicated to fomenting solidarity and a better world: “Working on the left is an interesting experience. As with any group, community, organization or society, there are positives and negatives to constantly organizing with leftists. Over the years, I’ve noticed that people will often talk about issues in very dichotomous ways, sometimes missing important nuances and potential discussions. Here, I hope to contribute some of my reflections to the ongoing and never-ending discussions concerning organizing and political alternatives.”

 

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Media Propaganda Ploy Exposed

A Consortium News posting that discusses the good work  done in exposing the media tricks that mainstream outfits pull to feed the public inaccurate propaganda, and invites readers to make up their own minds regarding the facts at hand:  “The Australian news show “60 Minutes” has angrily responded to my noting discrepancies between the footage that it used to claim it found the spot in eastern Ukraine where a BUK missile launcher passed after the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shoot-down last July and the video taken that day.

Earlier in the “60 Minutes” broadcast, the show made a point of overlaying other video from last July 17 with its own footage to demonstrate that it had found the precise locations passed by a truck suspected of hauling the missile battery eastward before the shoot-down.”

Sin v. Human Values

A Counter Currents article that analyses the path between what one might consider ‘sin’ v what is in actuality the difference between a predatory and intolerant ideology v. one that embraces all humanity and hopes to improve conditions for all people: “The article in question is by an ultra-right political “journalist” Charlotte Allen and was published on May 1 on the op-ed page of The Wall Street Journal: “Modern Sin: Holding On to Your Belief.” What is the belief at issue? Socialists and other progressives don’t usually think in terms of “sin.” The term “politically incorrect” is the one that we prefer. To hold on to, and act upon, discredited beliefs such as racism, sexism, fascism, xenophobic nationalism, chauvinisms of all kinds including religious chauvinisms, and certain kinds of behaviors that are dishonest, socially destructive of people’s well being, and many more too numerous to list here are considered not to be politically correct [PC].

So the question to be addressed by the WSJ article should really be what beliefs are people holding on to, and acting upon, that are not PC and, in religious jargon, are “sins” against other human beings and hurtful to them. If your notion of the deity includes the idea that It wants you to act in a hurtful way to other human beings, attacking their rights and happiness in order to make you feel better about your own, my article will hopefully convince you that you are wrong and have a false notion of what “sin” is all about. “

Protesters at a Fight for 15 action last September. Michael Courier

Winning Strategy

A Jacobin posting that would be a useful read to anyone undertaking organizing or social justice work: “This approach is not a magic bullet for movement success. There are many components to a successful organizing strategy, and external conditions also matter. Corporate responses to activism vary by industry and by company, depending on the targets’ links to other companies, among other factors. Progressive movements must take these into account in crafting a strategy.

But the historical record is replete with examples that show the effectiveness of targeting the institutions (usually, but not always, corporations) that backstop the political resistance to progressive policies.”

Empire Trap Analysed

A review of a book that many who are interested in empire and current events might be interested in reading: “Maurer’s wonderful book is a story about this tension. It is not about Greece and the Troika; rather it is a historical treatment of how US governments from the 19th century up to the current day have dealt with foreign governments that welshed on deals with US citizens who have invested abroad. A popular narrative, particularly within the US, is that it has through history, despite its great power over the last century, been averse to being a colonial power in the fashion of the great European powers such as Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and so on. The uplifting official story was that Americans, having suffered under the yoke of the colonial powers themselves, have never wanted to exploit others in the same fashion that was done to them.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

 

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“SIG Pro by Augustas Didzgalvis”

Brazilian Blogger Brutalized

A Committee to Protect Journalists posting that describes the brutal end of a Brazilian blogger, whose chosen subject matter hits on plenty of official as well as hidden motives for wanting him dispatched: “Metzker, 67, wrote a blog called Coruja Do Vale, which focused on general political news and official wrongdoing in the impoverished north and eastern parts of Minas Gerais, one of Brazil’s biggest states. The blog reported news such as arrests made at police roadblocks, parking violations by local authorities, and community interest stories, according to CPJ’s review of its content.”

Lukewarm Reception of New Work

A Guardian review of recent work by a prominent screenwriter that indicates a less than satisfactory result from a writer who has often been accused of not being in tune with his characters, especially women: “LaBute has his strengths — realistic-sounding dialogue, provocative situations, a way of saying things out loud that most of us keep to ourselves. But he has his weaknesses, too, chiefly an unbreakable habit of writing about characters who are less intelligent and wildly less eloquent than he is — The Way We Get By being a case in point.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

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By 2bgr8 via Wikimedia Commons

Politics and Corporations Meet

A Pro Publica that discusses recent events pointing to ongoing corporate corruption and intervention in local politics: “Emails stolen by hackers from Sony Pictures Entertainment have been fodder for a steady stream of gossipy Hollywood scoops. But the trove also contains a hidden and more consequential story about how corporations can try to influence local politics and advance their executives’ pet projects.

Messages reviewed by ProPublica and The Los Angeles Times show that the top executive at the entertainment company, who also sits on the board of trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, last year directed a $25,000 Sony contribution to a state super PAC. The politician who founded the PAC later cast a crucial vote backing millions of dollars in public funding for the museum’s expansion.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS
Greenpeace activist Brikesh Singh holds a month-long tree-house sit-in in Maharashtra state, India to protest coal mining. Government officials have frozen seven of Greenpeace India’s bank accounts as part of the government’s campaign to silence NGOs that threaten the nation’s fossil fuel and economic development. Credit: Sunny L/Greenpeace

Green Activists Crackdown 

An Inside Climate News posting that analyses the troubles that folks who care about the environment face in India, in a context of seeking economic growth: “The actions come just seven months ahead of international climate treaty talks in Paris in December, and are inspired by fear that foreign interests are trying to curb the nation’s economic growth. India is the world’s third largest emitter of carbon dioxide, behind China and the United States, and home to millions of the world’s people most vulnerable to global warming impacts such as flooding, extreme heat and sea level rise. As a result, India will play a crucial role in the negotiations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed in recent international speeches that his nation must take a leadership role in the “pressing global problem” of climate change.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Policing Police Efforts Limited

A Crime Report article that studies not-entirely-successful efforts to curb police misconduct in various communities, and discusses some reasons why these efforts seldom meet with success: “While statistics on police misconduct are notoriously hard to pin down, the available data suggests federal efforts to make police more responsive to community interests have had only limited impact on the street. And they’ve done nothing to increase the average American’s trust in police – which, according to a Gallup poll, was at the same level last year even before Ferguson that it was the year COPS was launched.

Despite measurable reductions in violent crime, citizen complaints of police misconduct rose by double digits between 2002 and 2006, according to data gathered by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), and more of these complaints were substantiated than in previous years. Over the same period COPS hiring grants put thousands of new officers on the street.”

5.20.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day
Sun and Moon, Hartmann Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493
Sun and Moon, Hartmann Schedel’s Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493

Time enough, in earthly life’s lunar and solar tides of time, will always manifest for whatever nature prescribes, though it may never, ever be adequate to attain the human project that hopeful Homo Sapiens imagine as possible, the difference between the just-right and impossibly deficient scenarios an ineffable amalgamation of intelligence and willfulness, along with perversity and entropy and randomized madness, an at once idyllic and terrifying dance along an arc that cycles between possibility and futility that, for all of its chilling improbability and bracing prayer, is the best that anyone can expect of a life on the planet.

Quote of the Day
“Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than the skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one’s soul; when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood. …(However), (w)e must change the system of education and instruction.  Unfortunately, history has shown us that brotherhood must be learned, when it should be natural.”  Josephine Baker
This Day in History

???????????????Today around the planet is World Metrology Day to commemorate agreed-upon metrics, and in the United States Josephine Baker Day to commemorate the renowned singer and activist’s life; in Nicaea sixteen hundred ninety years back, the Christian faith first took recognizable modern shape at an initial Nicean Ecumenical Council that established common parameters for the various Christian sects that met together in what is now Western Turkey; seven hundred twenty two years before the here and now, Castilian king Sancho IV helped to create an early university prototype at the school of general studies at Alcala; two centuries and half a decade closer to the present moment, in 1498, Vasco da Gama led ships that confirmed his discovery of a sea route to South and East Asia, when he landed in Calicut, India;twenty two years after that, in 1520, Spaniard interlopers revealed their predatory and murderous intentions at the Massacre of Toxcatl, and precluded any cooperation from Aztec leadership in achieving the aims of spanish aztec mexico-Cortes_y_moctezumaSpanish conquest; half a century to the day thereafter, in 1570, the cartographer Abraham Ortelius issued the first comprehensive world atlas; thirty-nine years later exactly, in 1609, another publishing benchmark transpired with the presentation—possibly illicit—of Shakespeare’s sonnets in print;three hundred eighty-four years ago, typifying the rapine and plunder attendant on bourgeois ‘primitive accumulation,’ on the one hand, and the Catholic-versus-Protestant elements of the early capitalist period, on the other hand, Magdeburg, Germany lost over eighty-percent of its citizens to a massacre that invading Holy Roman imperial mercenaries carried out when the city’s walls failed to keep the invaders out after an eight month siege; fourteen years later, around the globe in China in 1645, the originators of the Qing Chinese Manchurian dynasty furthered their program of crushing peasant rebellion and grassroots uprising, in a way redolent of the happenings in Germany in the previous decade, by slaughtering as many as half a million people in and around Yangzhou; twelve decades and three years beyond that point in time, in 1768, a baby girl bounded into the world who would become a commentator and thinker about revolution and politics while she served as ‘First Lady’ Dolley Madison;  just seven years further onward, in 1775, Charlotte, North Carolina issued the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, a precursor to the national document of the same name; not quite a quarter century thereafter, in 1799, East across the Atlantic in France, a baby boy was born who matured as the writer and thinker of vast influence and commercial books french-Balzac struggles, Honore de Balzac; three years more proximate to the present point, in 1802, Balzac’s fellow countryman, Napoleon Bonaparte, overturned the Revolutionary proscription on slavery and reinstituted human bondage, especially in French colonies; across the English Channel four years subsequently, in 1806, another baby male came along who would go on to acclaim and some fame as the political economist and believer in ‘utility,’ John Stuart Mill; sixteen years henceforth, back in France in 1822, the male infant uttered a first cry who would become the far-reaching bourgeois economist and first Nobel Prize winner in the discipline, Frederic Passy; eight more years along time’s arc, in 1830, again in France, a baby male entered our midst who would produce dozens of novels and narratives as the popular author, Hector Malot;thirty-two additional years down life’s pike, in 1862, across the Atlantic in the District of Columbia, Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, which provided opportunities for landless farmers to acquire property; a hundred forty years back, seventeen countries signed the Metre Convention, which laid the basis for an International System of Units of measurement of distance and volume and more; seven years later, in 1882, Austria and Germany joined with the Kingdom of Italy to create a Triple Alliance that would play powerful roles soon enough in war and peace, and a baby girl was born in Norway who became the magnificent storyteller Sigrid 381px-Edison_and_phonograph_edit1Undset; almost a decade later, in 1891, over the Atlantic in the Eastern U.S. Thomas Edison gave the first public viewing of his new moving picture technology, the Kinetescope; just past another decade further along the temporal pathway, in 1902, Cuba attained a sham ‘independence’ with an election that guaranteed candidates friendly to U.S. hegemony; in a related development six years later and halfway round the planet, in 1908, the Budi Utomo movement flowered in Indonesia, a safe and reactionary ‘nationalism’ that allied with imperial commercial and fiscal interests; a dozen years hence, in 1920, back in North America, a Montreal radio station became the first outlet to proffer regularly scheduled programming to its listeners; four years still further along, in 1924, a baby boy was born in Uruguay who would grow up as an uncompromising journalist and investigative reporter, Zelmar Michelini, whom CIA-backed operatives of Operation Condor murdered two days before his fifty-second birthday, and six thousand miles Northeast, in London, another male child took a first breath in a prominent White Russian/Georgian family, whose fate was to write and translate copious narratives while working for U.S. Army Intelligence and then the CIA as David Chavchavadze; three years past that conjunction, in 1927, the United Kingdom’s approval of the Treaty of Jedda laid the basis for the reactionary and potent royal plutocracy of the House of Saud in Saudi Arabia; three quarters of a century prior to the present pass, North seven hundred miles in what had been Poland, a new type of prison camp ‘concentrated’ its first prisoners—mainly communists and Polish nationalists—at Auschwitz, and Swedish Nobel Prize winning writer Verner Van Heidenstam drew a final breath; six years precisely hence, in 1946, across the wide Atlantic, a female infant uttered a musical cry on her way to life as singer and performer and songwriter, Cher; three more years along time’s pathways, in 1949, Congress established the Armed Forces Security Agency, which soon enough morphed into the National Security Agency; seven years henceforth, in 1956, the United States hiroshima war explosion nuke nuclearinstituted Operation Redwing, the first air drop of a thermonuclear weapon over the Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific, and half a world away the bourgeois émigré man-about-town and caricaturist, Max Beerbohm, breathed his last; a year more than a half-century ago, scientists at Bell Labs confirmed that apparently random ‘noise’ in radio signals was in fact Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation which tended to validate the Big-Bang Theory; almost a decade subsequently, in 1983, a French virological team published the confirmation of the existence of a retrovirus that was responsible for Auto Immune Deficiency Syndrome; seven hundred thirty-one days after that juncture, across the Atlantic in 1985, Voice of America began to broadcast to Cuba its seductive mixture of propaganda, entertainment, and horse manure under the rubric of Radio Marti;thirteen years before today, the acclaimed scientist and thinker, Stephen Jay Gould, drew a final breath;three years later still, in 2005, the French establishment philosopher and hermeneuticist, Paul Ricouer, died; another year beyond that point in time, in 2006, almost two million textile workers took part in wildcat strikes in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 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BIGOTED FALSE-CONSCIOUSNESS & THE BAMBOOZLE OF RACE

http://www.counterpunch.orgv     A powerfully argued essay-and-analysis from Counterpunch that at once condemns U.S. society’s vicious color prejudices, if for no other reason than that their injustice guarantees human immolation, and rests its arguments on premises that it can never define or locate in the realm of the real–in other words race and racism–and as such could lead to exactly the opposite results from what its passionate analysis hopes to achieve, an assessment that shows up in all manner of other examinations of the roots of discrimination and oppression, not so much racial as related to slavery’s legacy or even a larger social project of divide and conquer and distraction and misdirection: “Social media is one barometer of this entrenched prejudice.  Consider theYouTube video circulating in recent months claiming to show Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown engaged in an assault on another man.  One link to this video (since removed) showed millions of viewers, titled ‘Michael Brown Criminally Assaults and Robs an Older Man,’ and begins by describing what follows as ‘What Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson Don’t Want You to See.’
         The video shows a stocky young Black man physically assaulting an older man outside an apartment complex.  It’s ugly to watch, as the older man can’t do much to defend himself.  Too bad the video is from 2012, was filmed in Woodland, Texas, and the real Michael Brown is nowhere to be seen, as the Christian Science Monitor reports.  This is only one of many slanders against Michael Brown that has gone viral in social media.
          What’s telling about this is not so much the gullibility of those who take cheap slanders as good coin, but the fact that so many people apparently want to believe the lie.  Why?  Indeed, why would people who did not personally know Michael Brown or his family, whose entire knowledge of his shooting by a Ferguson police officer comes from news and social media, be so quick to believe this young man was a law-breaker who basically got what he deserved?
            Some will say video footage taken shortly before Brown was killed that showed him stealing a box of cigarillos from a convenience store, pushing away a store employee who approached him, is evidence he was just another street thug who really did get what he deserved?  In fact, no criminal incident at the convenience store was ever clearly established or proven, nor was Brown’s friend with him in the store that day ever charged with or as an accomplice to a crime.  What is established is the racial context of the many efforts to disparage Brown. As widespread as petty shoplifting is, certainly the middle class white man or woman who pilfers items from Macy’s or Nordstrom’s or The Dollar Store is generally not labeled a ‘thug,’ called an ‘animal,’ or otherwise considered fit to die.”

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SKYROCKET REVIEW SHORT STORY & POETRY CONTEST 
ENTRY FEES $15 Short Stories / $8 Poems (1 to 3).
The Grand Prize Winner will receive $200. In addition, first place for both poetry and short story categories will each receive $50. Winners will be published in the inaugural issue of SKYROCKET REVIEW. All entries will automatically be considered for publication. All genres are welcome. Deadline August 31, 2015. Winners will be notified by November 30, 2015.

FOX DIVERSITY WRITER’S INITIATIVE 
Writers selected will be able to attend master classes with a wide range of FOX showrunners, writers, directors, screenwriters and creative executives. The goal of the FOX Writing Fellowship is to provide the accepted finalists with intensive creative and professional development, exposure and opportunity that would best equip him or her to succeed. Up to ten applicants selected. Submission period September 2015. Open solely to referred writers with professional writing experience in film and/or television, as well as theater and other literary mediums, having an interest in expanding their professional opportunities to include broadcast, film or new media.

The Knight Foundation  is accepting funding applications from individuals, collectives, nonprofits, and companies for art projects that take place in or benefit St. Paul, Minnesota, for their Knight Arts Challenge. Applications in English, Spanish, and Hmong are accepted.

Each entry must be an original unpublished work of fiction that conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series, and:
  • Contains no overt sex or violence
  • Emphasizes the deductive skills of the sleuth
  • Does not include characters from the original series
First prize: $1,000 and publication in ALFRED HITCHCOCK MYSTERY MAGAZINE

 

 Our Times Canada’s Independent Labour Magazine – We welcome your submissions to Our Times magazine. Below are the writer guidelines for our three main subject areas. Please read our requirements before sending your work to us.

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Computer Engineering — Instructional Writer (Telecommuting)

We have immediate openings for subject matter experts in computer systems and architecture, with knowledge in these areas:
• integer and floating-point representations
• processors
• registers
• compiler optimization
• computer storage (including caching)
• symbol tables
• process control and signals
• virtualization
• dynamic memory allocation
• sockets
• concurrency

PROOFREADER Location Southern Oregon 
The proofreader is responsible for performing light copyediting and basic document QA checks for a variety of print and digital materials from Harry & David and its associated brands. Materials include, but are not limited to, catalogs, product copy, web assets, SEO copy, product packaging, blog posts, press releases, retail signage, social media posts, and miscellaneous advertising.

 

Editors and Ghostwriters Needed (Various, Atlanta Metro Area)

compensation: Base Pay around $11 per hour plus Bonuses for meeting Deadlines and for quality work

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We have an immediate need for ghostwriters and editors to fulfill our growing number of projects. We are looking for writers and editors with experience, creativity, professionalism and a dedication to their craft. All writers and editors must have both a bachelor’s degree and experience in their field.

reporter/photographer (LaFayette AL)

compensation: per article and pic

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Small weekly newspaper seeks a reporter/photographer for Chambers County area Writing experience a must. This is parttime. Paid by article and picture published.
The Courier/Daily Comet 
United States – Louisiana – Houma
City EditorThe Courier and Daily Comet in Houma and Thibodaux, La., are seeking a city editor to lead their local news coverage.You’ll supervise a staff of a dozen reporters and photographers who cover Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes, a fun, vibrant community with Cajun roots about an hour southwest of New Orleans.

Colorado Public Radio 

Come produce and host for CPR’s flagship daily news interview program, Colorado Matters, which reaches a huge swath of this politically fascinating swing state. We’re looking for someone who loves to dig into issues, find the human side of policy debates, and explore a range of topics – environment, energy, education, healthcare, business, politics, and arts and culture. 

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"Vegetarian diet" by Scott Bauer, USDA ARS
“Vegetarian diet” by Scott Bauer, USDA ARS

Sustainable Agriculture Research Sabotaged

A Truth Out interview with an early proponent of organic agriculture who suffered setbacks due to his line of research, especially in regards to industry-friendly GMO’s, which later history exonerated to a large degree: “It was just the first in a series of professional setbacks for Valenzuela, now 54. For the last decade, he has been a specialist in the university’s Crop Extension Service, where his job has been to work with farmers and community leaders around Hawai‘i on issues like sustainability and organic farming. But throughout most of his tenure at the university, the school has been a cheerleader for pesticide-intensive crop biotechnologies, not pesticide-free organic farming.

Five large agrochemical corporations are experimenting with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on farmland throughout the state, and the university’s expansive crop biotechnology program assists with the research.

Valenzuela got in trouble with his superiors, he says, when he provided information to farmers and citizens who were concerned about the potential “contamination of crops, seed supplies, public lands, and native ecosystems by GMOs.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Race Against the Machine

An NPR posting that discusses a fun yet alarming race between human and machine, the result of which is sobering to the future of news: “Even the most creative jobs have parts that are pretty routine — tasks that, at least in theory, can be done by a machine. Take, for example, being a reporter.

A company called Automated Insights created a program called WordSmith that generates simple news stories based on things like sporting events and financial news. The stories are published on Yahoo! and via the Associated Press, among other outlets.

We wanted to know: How would NPR’s best stack up against the machine?”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

comma_radio_stationMedia Collabs

A Nieman Lab article discussing a new way of doing business in terms of online realities: “Moviepilot isn’t the only publication to have realized the benefits of teaming up with a competing outlet to launch a podcast. Because podcasting is a nascent medium with a growing-but-still-latent user base, news organizations and media personalities are finding they can attract a following more quickly if they combine resources and work together to drive listenership. In some cases, this involves informal collaborations, like when comedians sit down for guest interviews on each other’s shows. But other media entities are entering into official partnerships. The New Yorker and and the public radio station WNYC, for example, inked a deal earlier this year to create a one-hour podcast and national radio show.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

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Euromaidan Revolution

A Truth Out  posting that commemorates recent important events in Ukraine: “In mid-April 2015, Halyna Mokrushyna, a lecturer at the University of Ottawa, took part in a media tour to Donbas, the region of southeast Ukraine that rebelled against the February 2014 coup in Kiev, which overthrew Ukraine’s elected president. This is the first in a series of articles based on observations and interviews gathered during the media tour.

In this introductory article, she explains that Donbas has rejected the nationalist, anti-Russian and pro-European Union orientation of the new Kiev government. Russian-speaking Donbas values its close ties to the Russian economy and to Russian history and culture. Insurgents of the Donetsk People’s Republic are not terrorists and separatists, as Kiev and the West claim. They are defending their right to choose their own future.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Renewable Power

A Fierce Energy posting that brings attention to the viability and future of renewables, in spite of what short-term thinking politicians might think: “At a recent roundtable at the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, Senator Lamar Alexander grilled Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) CEO Bill Johnson on its debt, overhead, and where it will get its power over the next 10 years. As one of the hosts of the roundtable, Alexander called the utility out for its plans to increase reliance on what he referred to as “unreliable, high-cost renewable power.”

5.18.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

In many ways, no doubt, the Japanese practice of measuring the human span from an estimated date of conception, thereby honoring gestation and the long road from womb to suckling infancy, seems eminently rational, at the same time that the Western practice of marking a definite day of labor and struggle, and triumphant and ecstatic birth, with its easier demarcation of gifting and parties and such, also has its advantages. 

Quote of the Day
“All I can do is write my stories for mankind, and rest easy. …There is little pride in writers.  They know they are human and shall some day die and be forgotten.  Knowing all this a writer is gentle and kindly where another man is severe and unkind.”  William Saroyan
This Day in History

331px-Fluzone_vaccine_extractingToday around the world is both International Museum Day and World AIDS Vaccine Day; in Constantinople, sixteen hundred eighty-three years ago, Emperor Constantine the Great proclaimed free food for all the city’s citizens; six hundred and sixty-four years subsequently, in 1096,five hundred miles to the North, a horrifying precursor took place when First ‘Crusaders’ massacred plus or minus a thousand Jewish residents of Worms, Germany; once more with ‘past as prelude’ one hundred seventy-two years later, in 1261, Maimluk Sultan Baibars overthrew the Principality of Antioch in a siege that attacked First Crusade redoubts at the present-day Turkish-Syrian border; another twenty-three years thereafter, in 1291, Christians lost their last substantial hold on the so-called Holy Land of the Eastern Mediterranean when a bloody siege dislodged or killed all the Europeans at Acre, near present-day Haifa, in Israel, in what was then the Kingdom of Jerusalem; a bit less than a thousand miles North, and eleven years after that carnage, in 1302, a centrally important and defining moment at the initiation of capital’s imprimatur in Europe took place when Flemish bourgeois in Bruges massacred as many as two thousand or more French troops garrisoned there to oversee ‘free trade’ in favor of French manufacturers; five hundred sixteen years ahead of this day in time, Spanish explorer-bandit Alonso de Ojeda set out from Cadiz in the first sally of conquest into what is now Venezuela; sixty-six years hence, in 1565, Ottoman fighters initiated the Great Siege of Malta, which sought and failed to conquer the island and expel the Europeans who ruled there; a few years beyond a quarter century closer to now, in 1593, hundreds of miles North in London, the estimable playwright Thomas Kyd, after brutal torture, implicated the brilliant Christopher Marlowe, which led to his arrest on this very day and probably assassination less than a fortnight later; three hundred sixty-three years back, Rhode Island became the first

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“1670 virginia tobacco slaves” by Unknown

British Colony to outlaw slavery; a century and four years henceforth, in 1756,one of Europe’s early conflicts that ended up spanning the globe began as the Seven Years War; a quarter century down the road, in  1781,Peruvian revolutionary leader Tupac Amaru breathed his last; sixteen decades prior to the present pass, well North in the United States, a baby boy came along who would grow up as preacher and poet Francis Bellamy, whose ‘Christian socialist’ contribution would include the Pledge of Allegiancefive years after to the day, in 1860, Abraham Lincoln won the Republican nomination for President over William Seward; a dozen years beyond that conjunction, in 1872, across the North Atlantic a baby boy was born to great privilege who would end up as an advocate of peace and social justice and socialism, who would win the Nobel Prize as mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell; one hundred twenty-four years ago, a male infant entered the world who matured as the philosopher and proponent of logical positivism and correspondent of Russell, Rudolf Carnap; four years further along time’s arc, in 1895,Southwest across the Atlantic, a very different male infant uttered his first cry en route to a few decades as an opponent of U.S. empire and proponent of Nicaraguan liberation, Augusto Cesar Sandino; just three hundred sixty six days after that moment, in 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a different sort of oppression from what Sandino fought against in

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“Film strip” by Bart from New Orleans, Louisiana

its Plessy v. Ferguson legitimation of ‘separate but equal;’ one more year down the pike, in 1897, another baby boy took an initial breath in Italy, prior to his stinking steerage passage to America where he gained renown and fortune as director and filmmaker of individualist fantasies, Frank Capra; three years precisely further along the path to the present, in 1900, England imposed a ‘protectorate’ on three quarters of a million square miles of the Pacific, the ‘nation’ of Tonga; a dozen years subsequent to that juncture, in 1912, and roughly five thousand miles Northeast in another ‘corner’ of the British Empire, Indian filmmakers produced the first Hindi movie, a feature that showed up in theaters in Mumbai; half a decade later, in 1917, around the world in the District of Columbia, Congress passed the Selective Service Act, which legalized both military conscription and the repression of those who disliked it; just a year less than a decade afterward, in 1926, across North America in Venice, California, Aimee Semple McPherson vanished from the beach, only to show up weeks later, wandering in the Mexican desert after she supposedly escaped the clutches of kidnappers who may have loathed her sermonizing enough to welcome her departure without any ransom payment; another year more proximate to the present, in 1927, a

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“SIG Pro by Augustas Didzgalvis”

depressed, pre-SSRI mass murdered killed plus or minus thirty-eight elementary school kids and half-a-dozen or so adults in the Bath School Massacre; six years still later on, in 1933, Franklin Roosevelt signed the legislation that created the critically important Tennessee Valley Authority;seventy-one years back, in 1944, victorious Red Army advances led Soviet authorities to deport Tatar Nazi collaborators, and their entire communities in some cases, from Crimea; four years henceforth, in 1948, a baby Korean boy came into our midst whose father had defected to the North, in spite of which he grew up as acclaimed literature professor and progressive storyteller, Mun-Yol Yi; seven years more along the route to today, in 1955, halfway round the globe in Indochina, Operation Passage to Freedom delivered several hundred thousand soldiers and civilians who were fleeing France’s Dien Bien Phu debacle to Southern Vietnam; almost but not quite twenty years hence, in 1974, in the Subcontinent, India detonated its first nuclear weapon, the so-called Smiling Buddha blast; four years exactly after that day, in 1978, a baby girl was born in America who would grow up as salacious and free-living blogger and gadfly, Jess Cutler; around the world on the Korean Peninsulatwo years thereafter, in 1980, a popular uprising occurred against the Korean government dictatorship that led to the murder by police and troops of over six hundred citizens who began to take up arms to democratize South Korea; just a year afterward, back in the U.S. in 1981, author and thinker William Saroyan died; twenty-three years before the here-and-now, Danish citizens rioted with such intensity against the imposition of European Union protocols that police fired on people for the first time since World War Two and its aftermath. From Day in History

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ROUTINIZATION & THE DEATH OF CREATIVITY

http://www.govexec.com/       One of the occasional, just lovely posts from GovExec about management and manifestation, in this case a fairly developed assessment of how day-to-day decisions and choices affect creative potential and actualization: “Essentially, by not following a strict morning routine—and allowing your brain to naturally unwind itself—you’ll also be allowing yourself to carry out your most creative thinking. Additionally, adhering to a strict routine will inevitably result in the buildup of stress.  By creating routines, you’ll feel pressure to meet the demands of these routines, and when you don’t, you’ll begin to feel as though you’re falling short of your own standards.

Let’s say you’re used to a daily routine of working out every day at8 p.m.  On those days when you skip the gym, it isn’t uncommon to feel a bit guilty after doing so.  This break from your normal routine can apply stress to the rest of your day.  Suddenly, you might begin to alter your daily diet in an attempt to compensate.

As (Annie)Paul continues to explain, the stress hormone cortisol can harm myelin, the fatty substance that coats our brain cells.  And damage to our myelin sheaths decreases the frequency of what Paul refers to as Eureka! Moments—in other words, the formation of those quick ‘light bulb’ ideas.  This is why it is important to constantly make revisions to your habits, to avoid becoming too fixated—to the point where you’re almost obsessed with your daily routine.

That’s the downside of too much structure.

According to (Meg)Selig, ‘even good, healthy routines can drag us down if we don’t break them and re-form them from time to time.’  Selig continues to explain how routines can lead to complacency if you’re not actively making changes to them.”

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London’s Writing Maps is accepting 150-word pieces of all genres for their monthly writing contest. This month’s theme is Tea & Coffee.

Stories of Music  is calling for submissions of music, audio recordings, art, poetry, and creative nonfiction for their upcoming multimedia book.

THE WRITER’S CENTER EMERGING WRITER FELLOWSHIP 
Deadline: June 20, 2015. Welcomes submissions from writers of all genres, backgrounds, and experiences in the following genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Emerging Writer Fellows will be featured at The Writer’s Center as part of a special celebration and reading. Fellows living within a 250-mile radius of the center will receive a $250 honorarium, and all others will receive $500. Location Bethesda, MD.

ONE STORY 
Deadline May 31. ONE STORY is seeking literary fiction. Because of our format, we can only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone. Pays $500 and 25 contributors copies for First Serial North American rights.  

 

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WRITER/STORYTELLER
Location San Francisco 
As a writing resource for high-level, high-visibility content, balance strategic insights, fresh ideas, and creative skills to build the corporate and flagship product brands. Develop a broad range of content that informs, clarifies and inspires, including feature articles, interviews and video scripts. Work effectively with cross-disciplinary internal teams in a complex, matrix organization. Drive a creative vision on complex projects with stakeholders from a broad range of divisions – from marketing to engineering.


COPYWRITER
Location New York 
The copywriter writes compelling copy and book descriptions for digital catalogs and online retailers for two or the larger Simon & Schuster imprints

 

 STORE WEB CONTENT EDITOR
Location Columbia, SC 
Muscle & Strength is looking for a new in-house Store Web Content Editor to join the team at our offices in Columbia, South Carolina. The primary duty of the Store Web Content Editor is to add new products to the muscleandstrength.com online store and to keep product information updated using Muscle & Strength’s eCommerce software. This entry-level position in a growing company may be of particular interest to those looking to begin their career in web editing/management and eCommerce.

 

Computer Engineering — Instructional Writer (Telecommuting) 

We have immediate openings for subject matter experts in computer systems and architecture.

Reporter GRAND FORKS, North Dakota – Are you looking for a great community to live while working at a collaborative, innovative and energetic newspaper looking to tell great stories?

If you a talented reporter with a knack for finding people and writing great stories, then the general assignment reporter opening at Grand Forks Herald might be a great fit for you.

Do you enjoy changing story subjects and using alternative approaches to tell the news? Does a newsroom that encourages great ideas, collaboration and innovation appeal to you? Are you interested in joining a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper striving to cover compelling and interesting stories from across the community, region and two states.

Kuno Creative Brand Journalist

Do you frequently debate the value of the Oxford comma, love researching new topics and subconsciously correct improper use of the word “their”? Are you a successful wordsmith and information junkie who has perfected the art of storytelling? And are you ready to use your talents to help companies grow their content strategies?

If your answers to these questions are yes, and you’re seeking a dynamic and creative agency environment to advance your career, we’re looking for you!

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How to Get Better

A Boing Boing posting that gives anyone with a desire to improve one’s game in any aspect of life: “How do you know if you are talented? If you loved it when you were ten years old. If you dream about it. If you like to read about it. Read the below and you’ll know what you are talented at.

Trust me when I say: everyone is talented at many things.

In the past 20 years I’ve wanted to learn how to do some things really well. Writing, programming, business skills (leadership, sales, negotiating, decision-making), comedy, games.

So I developed a ten step technique for learning.  “

 

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

Renewable Energy News

A link to a resource that lists the most recent and newsworthy pieces relating to renewable energy: “Partly due to growing concerns over Climate Change as well as decades of work by supporters around the world, Renewable Energy is starting to make serious inroads as a viable alternative even in the face of vicious attacks by the fossil fuel industry. Here are the stories that make a difference!”

Militarizing Ourselves to Death

A Common Dreams posting that discusses the grave consequences of over-relying on military might at the expense of other fundamental aspects of citizenship and political potency: ““After 30 years of the War on Drugs and a neoliberal restructuring of the state at the local level, which is not a reduction of the public sector but a transformation of the public sector, the only thing local governments had were weapons.”

Parenti’s observation summed up a deep sense of puzzled frustration I’ve been feeling for a long time, which has been growing in intensity since the Reagan era and even more so since 9/11 and the unleashed Bush agenda. Fear, exploited and unchecked, triggers a deep, “rational” insanity. We’re driving ourselves into a new Dark Age.”

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A Truth Dig video posting of an interview with a powerful writer who advocates that powerful, drastic actions must be taken to stem the tide of chaos that is the current moment: “American society has some serious issues. As Boston NPR affiliate station WBUR’s Tom Ashbrook puts it on the latest episode of “On Point,” our country’s problems range “from a ruling oligarch corporate elite to looming environmental catastrophe to an alarming erosion of civil liberties.” What’s to be done?”

Death of Protesters

An Al Jazeera article that discusses the tragic consequences some students experienced after standing up for their rights in the face of popular opposition against educational reforms: “Two students have been killed in Chile amid massive demonstrations across the country against government education policy.

The deaths on Thursday came in the city of Valparaiso, about 125km west of the capital Santiago,  when demonstrators trying to post pamphlets on the outer walls of a home were shot by the son of the owners.

Police said they had arrested the shooter.”

 

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By AERWIN via Wikimedia Commons

Profiting Off Folks’ Desires to Improve

A New York Times expose of a scammy overseas company that capitalizes on folks’ desires to become educated and employed, and that demonstrates yet another symptom of the cheapening of education: “Axact does sell some software applications. But according to former insiders, company records and a detailed analysis of its websites, Axact’s main business has been to take the centuries-old scam of selling fake academic degrees and turn it into an Internet-era scheme on a global scale.

As interest in online education is booming, the company is aggressively positioning its school and portal websites to appear prominently in online searches, luring in potential international customers.”

Optimizing Creativity Through Routines

A Government Executive posting that brings insight into the way we humans can spend our most productive hours of the day, and highlighting how flexibility can be an unexplored virtue so as to optimize creativity: “Essentially, by not following a strict morning routine—and allowing your brain to naturally unwind itself—you’ll also be allowing yourself to carry out your most creative thinking. Additionally, adhering to a strict routine will inevitably result in the buildup of stress. By creating routines, you’ll feel pressure to meet the demands of these routines, and when you don’t, you’ll begin to feel as though you’re falling short of your own standards.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

A print entitled “Chile con Carne” from Guerrero’s exhibition. From In These Times

Revolutionary Artist in Gritty Neighborhood

An In These Times article that describes the powerful work of a courageous, activist artist, whose working-class themes attract folks who appreciate honest art from all walks of life:  “The retrospective, organized by Prospectus director Israel Hernandez, shows Guerrero’s world view, his deep roots in the neighborhood and the way he places local struggles for justice, survival and dignity in a larger context sweeping across the globe and across time. Guerrero’s work celebrates regular people—workers, women, immigrants—oppressed by the evils of capitalism, racism and greed but tirelessly fighting back, defiant and oftentimes victorious in their vision of a better world.

The crowd who filled the gallery on opening night May 8 showed how many people from diverse walks of life have been touched by the work and leadership of Guerrero, along with his wife Margaret..”

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By Christopher J. Fynn (Own work)
By Christopher J. Fynn (Own work)

Commemorating Natural Child Birth Pioneer

A Portside commemoration of a recently deceased woman who played a powerful role in reframing women’s most fundamental experiences into a more empowering experience:  “The German-born pioneer became interested in childbirth techniques in the 1950s, when women were often heavily medicated and dads were generally nowhere near the delivery room. The cause of her death wasn’t immediately known.

Trained as a physical therapist, Bing taught breathing and relaxation techniques to generations of expectant mothers, wrote several books about birth and pregnancy and encouraged women, and men, to be more prepared, active and inquisitive participants in the arrival of their babies.”

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Coffee in Orbit

A Daily Dot video posting that might make anyone rethink their morning cup of coffee, and yet makes one proud of humans’ ingenuity: “It sure looks tasty, but the fact that it’s crafted using the astronauts urine means it’s probably easier to just close your eyes and pretend it’s been delivered by an orbiting Starbucks. Before you go writing off your space dreams because of a weak stomach, let’s take a look at just how space pee is converted to water, and eventually to coffee.”

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A Thought for the Day

The complicated nuances of social interaction often enough come down to utter trivialities, some combination of non sequiturs and superficiality, of boisterous belligerence and winsome wackiness, all of which can mask the deeper meaning and purpose of how and why people relate to each other as they do, both in individual and collective terms, on the basis of interest and reaction, wanton self-importance and fear, projection and introjection and all sorts of other psychosocial crutches and bludgeons, the comprehension or at least intuition of which is essential—both in an overall conceptual sense and in a detailed descriptive fashion—if one is to swim in the social sea as smoothly and swiftly as a happy seal.

Quote of the Day
“Concerning nonviolence, it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks. …We are nonviolent with people who are nonviolent with us.”  Malcolm X
This Day in History

348px-Malcolm_X_NYWTS_2aToday in Greece is Genocide Remembrance Day, in Vietnam Ho Chi Minh day, and in the United States, Malcolm X Day, the day of the great leader’s birth; in France four hundred and eighty years ago, Jacques Cartier commanded a flotilla of three ships as they embarked for his second voyage for France to the Americas; a century and fourteen years henceforth, in 1649, England’s Long Parliament across the Channel declared the United Kingdom a Commonwealth, a proclamation that held sway for just over a decade; two hundred seventy two years before today’s light,  Jean Pierre Christin first developed the Centigrade scale for measuring heat; half a dozen years hence, in 1749, England’s second King George granted a charter to the Ohio Company for land near present day Pittsburgh that the French also claimed; thirteen years further down life’s highway, in 1762, a baby boy entered the world who would grow up as idealist German philosopher, Johann Gottlieb Fichte; two hundred twenty years prior to the present pass, literary biographer and prominent diarist James Boswell made his final entry, and exit;one hundred eighty seven years in advance of today, then-president John Quincy Adams passed a protective tariff for the wool trade that was antithetical to many commercial interests; two decades thereafter, in 1848, Mexico acceded to treaty terms that ended the war with Alamo_Entrancethe United States and granted the gringos most of the Rocky Mountain West that now accounts for California and nearby territory; sixteen years down the road from that intersection, American literary giant Nathaniel Hawthorne drew a final breath; twelve decades in advance of this moment in time, Cuban freedom fighter and journalist Jose Marti died in battle; a century and four years back, Canada established the first North American National Park System; eight years after that juncture, in 1919, south East across the Atlantic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk led forces in the Black Sea region of Turkey to initiate the nation’s independence struggle against the occupation forces of the ‘allies’ of World War One; two years after that point, in 1921,  back in the United States, Congress passed ‘emergency’ measures sharply restricting immigration; a year later and six thousand miles East in the Soviet Union, in 1922, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union established the Young Pioneer Organization, the Red Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts; eight years henceforth, in 1930, a baby girl was born who would mature as scholar, playwright, and critic Lorraine Hansberry, while a baby boy was also busy being born who would become scholar of slavery and capitalism, the historian Eugene Genovese; seventy four years prior to the present pass, the Viet Minh Revolutionary Organization came into existence in French Indochina, and half a world away, a female infant came into the world who would end up making and writing movies and offering witty commentary on life as Nora Ephron; four years more proximate to now, in 1945, a male baby came squalling among us to guitar music art performanceend up as legendary musician and songwriter, Peter Townshend; a year later, in 1946, writer and dramatist Booth Tarkington had his final scene; four years in advance of that event, in 1950, Egypt temporarily closed the Suez Canal to Israeli ships and commerce; two years more than a half century ago, the New York Post published Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail”, which decried compromise with repression and terror;eight years further on, in 1971, ‘Candy-is-Dandy’ poet and writer Ogden Nash breathed his last; twenty six years ahead of today, estimable Trinidadian journalist and historian C L R James died; seven hundred and thirty days more proximate to the present, in 1991, Croatians doomed Yugoslavia by voting for independence, a decision much heralded by the United States; three years beyond that point, in 1994, French social theorist and philosopher Jacques Ellul hypothesized no longer; three years later still, in 1997, grassroots organizing succeeded in pressuring Mexico to designate the Sierra Gorda region as a protected biosphere; just a year ago, incisive and brilliant social historian Gabriel Kolko drew his final breath. From Day in History

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WILLFUL VICIOUS IGNORANCE ABOUT ISSUES OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE

https://consortiumnews.com      A richly evidenced briefing from Consortium News, and investigative journalist’s overview when he is at his best, sifting evidence and drawing inferences about government actions and agendas that those in charge of the world have done their best to make opaque, obscure, even completely fatuous and false, in the event in relation to the murder of hundreds of passengers and crew in the destruction of an airliner that flew

MH 17 Memorial - By JurgenNL
MH 17 Memorial – By JurgenNL

over Ukraine last July, the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines Flight 17: “Another part of the Australian TV narrative stretched credulity.  If the Russians had somehow snuck a BUK missile system into eastern Ukraine without U.S. intelligence knowing and were moving it back toward Russia, why would the crew stop en route to shoot down a civilian airliner before continuing on the way?  There was no military value in destroying a civilian airliner and it was obvious – in the Western media hysteria then surrounding Ukraine – that Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, would be blamed.
What I was told by a source briefed by U.S. intelligence analysts was that at least some of them – after reviewing electronic intercepts, overhead satellite images and other intelligence – had reached the conclusion that the shoot-down was a provocation, or a false-flag operation, carried out by a rogue element of the Ukrainian military operating under one of the hard-line oligarchs.
However, it was not clear to me whether that was the opinion of just a few U.S. analysts or whether that had become the consensus.  When I sought an updated briefing from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in March, I was told that the U.S. intelligence community had not updated or refined its analysis of the shoot-down since five days after the event, a claim that was not credible given the significance of the MH-17 case to tensions between nuclear powers, United States and Russia.”

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DCTV

The Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) in New York City is calling for applications for their Work-In-Progress Lab. Emerging filmmakers working on a documentary film or media project can share their work with other filmmakers in a workshop format.

AKRON PRESS COMPETITION IN POETRY 
$25 ENTRY FEE. Each year, The University of Akron Press offers the Akron Poetry Prize, a competition open to all poets writing in English. The winning poet receives $1,500 and publication of his or her book. Submit 48 to 90 pages. Deadline June 15, 2015.

UCROSS FOUNDATION 
The Ucross Foundation provides living accommodations, individual work space, and uninterrupted time to approximately 85 individuals each year. Residencies vary in length from two weeks to six weeks. Residents are responsible for providing their own working materials and for their travel to Sheridan, Wyoming. There is no charge for a residency.

 

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

The Interpretive Writer works with the Editor by researching community events and resources in western MA, identifying the embedded learning and writing about them for Hilltown Families communication channels, including: event listings, blog posts and social media. COMPENSATION: $12/hour LOCATION: Florence, MA

Climate Interactive (DC) is looking for a program assistant to get our systems thinking tools and methods out to audiences to make a difference on climate change. Successful candidates will be detail-oriented self-starters who can be highly productive working remotely. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to addressing climate change, are readily able to distill scientific analysis into formats that are accessible to people without technical expertise, can learn and troubleshoot unfamiliar digital tools quickly, are strong writers, and can thrive in an environment that values independence, adaptability, and resourcefulness.

Seeking: Editorial writer

We’ll pay you to get into an argument.

The Bulletin, a 30,000 circulation daily in Bend, Oregon, is seeking an editorial writer to join the two other editorial writers on staff.

We try to make a difference in Central Oregon. We’re looking for someone who can write fairly, engagingly and persuasively. We want writing that will inspire readers to think and do, and to come back for more. It’s important that the person we hire is eager to get out and report.

Reporter Harrisonburg VA – Responsibilities include laying out either A1 or our local section front and jump pages, which entails writing headlines, writing/editing photo cutlines and proofreading stories for correct style, grammar and punctuation. Ideal candidates will be proficient in AP style, Quark and Photoshop, in addition to having graphic design and other related skills. Those with experience with other design software, such as InDesign, will also be considered.

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By AERWIN   via Wikimedia Commons
By AERWIN via Wikimedia Commons

Education as Poverty Machine

A Truth Out offering from a writer who explores the stark realities of education, labor, and society at large in a thoughtful and honest way: “That is, the students will have to do so if they want to qualify for home mortgages and otherwise live free from debt, which historically has always loomed over the subaltern and the serf alike. The parallels between the indebted student and the historical bond-laborer are strong enough to warrant comparison. One trend that especially deserves critical analysis is the outreach of the market to cover students from low-income backgrounds and whether or not such outreach is democratic-a Rawlsian lifting of the boats-or if it is merely predatory in nature and outcome. For, if the state and its lenders are merely financing higher education in order to secure a labor force that will not practice in the professions for which it trained but rather any job available by fiat of the debt-load, then a new reckoning is due of the state of affairs between the working-class young and their educations, the relationship between the state and the private sector, and the ongoing presence of class determinism in the free world.”

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NYTAdvertising Killed Journalism

A Digiday article that expresses the level of harm that the discipline of journalism has suffered at the hand of advertisings’ demands: “The hand-wringing class has a parlor game of obsessing over the supposed death of news, often lamenting the cruelties of commoditization at the hands of the Web. But maybe the blame lies more with pusillanimous ad agencies, unnecessarily afraid to place their messages near anything that gives the whiff of “hard news.”

That’s the theory of Jon Steinberg, the BuzzFeed exec who for the past year has served as CEO of North America at The Daily Mail, an entertainment and celebrity gossip site that’s focused on increasing its hard news chops. From Steinberg’s view, far too many agencies balk at running their ads near news like The Boston Marathon bomber’s trial and the aftermath of the Amtrak disaster, preferring instead supposedly safer environs of lifestyle content.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Absolutes Serve No One

A Pando Daily posting that contextualizes the sort of advice that leads nowhere in terms of creating something that lasts the test of time: “What pisses me off is VCs who talk in absolutes. It either telegraphs that the VC has never done this before and doesn’t understand the inherent nuance to building a company, or it telegraphs a VC who worked at one very successful startup — probably coming in later when the early kinks were worked out — and thinks every experience should match the one he thinks he had.”

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Bathroom-gender-sign men women sexismFashion Nazis

A Guardian article that discusses the inherent sexism present in a famous film festival’s proscription of women who don’t kowtow to fashion fetishes: “The red carpet at the Cannes film festival is an elysium of old-fashioned glitz and glamour, but the festival faced controversy on Tuesday after it emerged that it takes the odd bout of tyrannical fashion policing to keep it that way. A group of women in their 50s were turned away from the gala screening of Todd Haynes’s Carol for allegedly not wearing high-heeled shoes, according to industry newspaper Screen Daily. The women, some of whom had medical conditions, were apparently barred entry for wearing rhinestone flats.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Pope on a Better Life

A Government Executive posting that talks about the leadership role that the Catholic pontiff is taking due to his socially real views that inspire others: “In case you haven’t been paying attention, it turns out that Pope Francis is one of the most popular people in the world. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that he has a 90 percent favorability rating among U.S. Catholics and a 70 percent favorability rating among all Americans. Another Pew study at the end of last year found that he has a median favorable rating of 60 percent across 43 nations and only an 11 percent unfavorable rating.”