6.30.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

All too frequently, a complainant about life’s conundrums

 

Vincent van Gogh - The State Lottery Office
Vincent van Gogh – The State Lottery Office

immediately focuses on how to fix a vile situation, bypassing blithely what in the world has happened to bring about the sinister imbroglio in the first place, a tendency that, practically speaking, guarantees that the solutions that a reformer proffers will have no greater chance of addressing the underlying issues than picking numbers for a lottery ticket, because only through a deeply critical and philosophically and theoretically rigorous description of a situation can anyone hope to have decent prospects of reformulating and improving its evolving expression. 

Quote of the Day
“Into this wild-beast tangle these men had been born without their consent, they had taken part in it because they could not help it; that they were in jail was no disgrace to them, for the game had never been fair, the dice were loaded.  They were swindlers and thieves of pennies and dimes, and they had been trapped and put out of the way by the swindlers and thieves of millions of dollars. …If we are the greatest nation the sun ever shone upon, it would seem to be mainly because we have been able to goad our wage-earners to this pitch of frenzy.”  Upton Sinclair: The Jungle
This Day in History

 

Giovanni Paolo Panini (Italian, Piacenza 1691–1765 Rome) - Ancient Rome
Giovanni Paolo Panini (Italian, Piacenza 1691–1765 Rome) – Ancient Rome

In Rome sixteen hundred sixty-five years back, one usurper unseated and defeated and killed another, as the Constaninian Nepotianus lost out to Magnentius; four hundred and thirteen years after that point, more or less, in 763, the Byzantine successors to Eastern imperial Rome crushed a Bulgarian rebellion in the Battle of Anchialus; seven hundred and fifty-seven years subsequently, in 1520,  across the Atlantic in what would become Mexico, Hernan Cortez and his gang of opportunistic thugs fought their way out of Tenochtitlan to plot further plunder of the socially oppressive Aztec empire; two hundred five years before the here and now, the U.S. Congress first organized the Michigan territory;  fifty-five years henceforth, In 1860,  across the Atlantic in England, a thoroughgoing formal debate first took place about the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace At Oxford; four years later, back across the white ocean, in 1864, in Washington, Abraham Lincoln granted perpetual dominion to California over the use and touring of Yosemite Valley; a hundred and twenty-three hears ago, in Pittsburgh, one of the most important and militant strikes began at the Homestead Steel Works; thirteen years hence, in 1905,  Albert Einstein published his 366px-Einstein_1921_by_F_Schmutzer_-_restorationpaper On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, in which he first advanced the notion of a special theory of relativity; three hundred and sixty five days after that, in 1906, back in the United States, Congress responded to the powerful documentary effort of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle by passing the Pure Food and Drug Act; sixteen years subsequently, in 1922,the United States ended one of its numerous imperial sprees of violence in Latin America with its agreement to withdraw from its current intervention in the Dominican Republic; five years exactly after that conjunction, in 1927, a baby boy was born who would grow up as noted screenwriter and critic James Goldman; seven years later to the day, in 1934, Adolf Hitler revealed the true nature of Nazi dictatorship in the so-called ‘Night of the Long Knives’, in which the Gestapo liquidated with extreme prejudice all other political elements of German politics; seven hundred and thirty days further along the temporal arc, in 1936, Ethiopia’s Haile Selassie unsuccessfully appealed to the League of Nations for assistance in fighting off the Italian fascist invasion; thirty years beyond that juncture, in 1966,  women in the United States created the somewhat radical feminist organization the National Organization for Women; half a decade after that point in time, in 1971, Ohio’s ratification caused the 26th Amendment to take effect and lower the

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“Election MG 3455” by Rama

voting age to 18; in the aftermath of the United States ejection from active combat in Vietnam, three years henceforth, in 1974, legendary scientist of the Atomic age and promulgator of industrial and technological supremacy, Vannevar Bush, died; three years later, in 1977, the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization broke apart; seven years beyond that moment in time, in 1984, noted author and critic Lilian Hellman breathed her last;two years still closer to the here and now, in 1986,  the U.S. Supreme Court held at the end of its term that laws prohibiting sexual relations between consenting adults of the same gender were acceptable, a recently overturned ruling; a quarter century before our current day, East and West Germany unified socially and economically for the first time since 1945; seven years hence, in 1997,  England gave up the rule of Hing Kong that it had stolen from the Chinese in the First Opium War; four years further on, in 2001, iconic country crooner, Chet Atkins, breathed the final stanza of the ballad of his life. From Wikipedia Day in History

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PROPAGANDA, MANURE, & CAPITAL’S ‘DEFENSE’ OF LGBT ‘RIGHTS

https://pando.com/2015/06/29/major-tech-firms-celebrate-gay-marriage-continue-fund-anti-lgbt-politicians/8c23e4ecf760e2855134e63269d7e63655dd2985/      From the newly ‘reader-supported’ and soon-to-be paywalled Pando Digest, a typically incisive and thorough investigation and documentation of the two-faced, self-serving, and self-righteous ‘celebration’ of the recent Supreme Court permission of gay marriage by monopoly-sector corporate behemoths, in this case–Pando’s bailiwick–in particular big tech enterprises: “While publicly telegraphing their support of gay marriage, the fact is several tech giants, including Facebook and Google, have made political donations or offered material support to politicians and political groups that have worked to jeopardize and threaten the rights of gay Americans.

The salad days of corporate expenditures toward political movements in America really began in 2010 after the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEClifted many of the restrictions on campaign spending by companies.  It’s worth pointing out that three of the justices who voted for Citizens United voted against legalizing same sex marriage.  Because, according to Antonin Scalia, the Constitution protects a billionaire’s right to buy an election, but it does not protect a person’s right to marry whomever they like.

Then in 2014, the decision in McCutcheon v. FEC struck down limits on how much cash individuals could contribute to parties and campaign committees.  Given executive paychecks have reached unprecedented heights in America, this meant millions of dollars more flowing from CEOs to the political causes they support.

As companies and CEOs have gotten richer, and as the courts have made it easier than ever to give to committees that support candidates, donations from tech companies also shifted rightward.  According to the Center for Responsive Politics, in 2010 Google’s political action committee or PAC gave $189,500 to Democratic Congressional campaigns and $153,500 to Republicans.  By 2012, that ratio had evened out, with $430,500 to Democrats, and $445,000 to Republicans, and in 2014 Google gave $515,200 to Democrats and $521,800 to Republicans.

This trend follows for a number of major tech firms including Facebook and eBay.  And these more-or-less evenly bipartisan cash hauls run counter to the narrative that tech firms are liberal hippie utopians — and, for that matter, the narrative that Silicon Valley has gone full conservative-libertarian.

Is there anything inherently wrong with giving to a few more Republicans than Democrats?  In most cases, of course not.  But the move toward the right does matter to the extent that, like so many issues in today’s political landscape in America, marriage equality is intensely partisan: Of the 54 Republicans in the Senate, only 4 support same sex marriage (Susan Collins of Maine, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Rob Portman of Ohio).  Republican marriage equality supporters made up an even smaller minority in the House, at 10 of out of 247.  (For the record, zero Democratic senators and four Democratic House representatives oppose same sex marriage).”

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18th STREET RESIDENCY 
Program hosts artists from across the United States and from around the world. There are three, rotating, live/work artist studios at the center where artists are in residence from 1 to 3 months (sometimes longer). This program hosts artists of all disciplines and occasionally invites art curators, writers and musicians. Location Santa Monica, CA

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pascal maramis – flickr

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We are looking for true stories of no more than 1200 words from soldiers who defend and protect our country — both active and retired — and from their families: spouses, children, parents and other relatives. If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it. Deadline November 30, 2015

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“B vitamin supplement tablets” by Ragesoss

Health or Fraud?

An AlterNet posting that looks at the nitty-gritty of health supplements, and navegates the murky waters of overstated health claims and lack of federal approval, which is a very important article to view for all those for whom alternative health is a mainstay of their life and work: “Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said DNA tests his office commissioned for herbal supplements, including Gingko biloba, St. John’s wort, ginseng, echinacea and saw palmetto, found none of the labeled substances in nearly 80 percent of the products, which were sold by GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreen’s. He said many of the products contained contaminants not listed on the label, including rice, beans, wheat and even a houseplant, which he said posed a potential allergy or drug interaction risk.

Schneiderman’s action has raised questions about whether DNA testing was the right tool to investigate herbal supplement quality. Even some of those who support further regulation of the industry question whether that type of test alone was enough to justify the attorney general’s conclusions.”

Powerless Socialist Thinking in West

FromCounterCurrents, a briefing, deeply felt, and incisively argued, about the inanity and inconsequentiality of much that passes for progressive consciousness or reformist thinking in ‘the West,’ where an obsession with various non sequiturs and fetishes characterizes most self-proclaimed ‘leftists’ and other ‘progressives,’ who as a result have little insight into issues that touch on Israel and Palestine and other important conflicts worldwide: “While socialist movements in the south, from Asia, to Africa, to the Middle East to South America took real risks to bring about social equality and political paradigm shifts, many in the West offered ‘solidarity’, yet largely reserved for themselves almost a total hegemony over the socialist political discourse.

They dominated and perfected the language, and dictated the platforms from which ideas – loaded with the right terminology, but vacant of any practical meaning and removed from real-life situations – are imparted.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

typewriter3Post Doctorate Blues

A Chronicle Vitae article that discusses the common uncertainty and recent influx of free time can create a condition of anxiety, aimlessness, or worse: “Having worked so hard for so long on one thing, our identity inevitably begins to revolve around it. And it can be hard for those outside of academia to understand the extent to which our personal sense of self can be wrapped up in the dissertation and the relevant professional context. Thus, finishing – even in the case of a “to be continued” saga of future revisions and an uncertain job market – can be experienced as a profound loss of professional and personal purpose.

If you’re feeling disoriented, bereft, and stuck, know that it’s exceedingly common. And it will pass (or you will need to find a good therapist), as you sort out your future work trajectory– and perhaps consider exciting new options you might not have been open to before.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

Jon Sullivan - public domain
Jon Sullivan – public domain

Media Compromised by Money

A Global Research article that discusses the many ways that mainstream media is compromised by larger moneyed interests: “Former chief political commentator of the Telegraph, Peter Oborne, resigned from the newspaper because it would not publish articles on HSBC for fear of losing advertising revenues. The bank is well-known for its money-laundering for Mexican drug cartels as well as its involvement in tax evasion schemes.

When it comes to powerful lobbies’ influence on media content, the Zionist lobby is very well known for accusing journalists and editors of anti-Semitism and imposing its own propaganda. Even so-called progressive newspapers such as The Guardian are subject to Zionist propaganda.”

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Desk – Bright Meadow Flickr

Greek Crisis as Model for Geek Crisis

A Media Post  article that contextualizes to a frightening degree the similarities between the recent failure of the Greek economy and the entire bloated construct of the tech sector: “We are told we are in a golden age of content and a golden age of ingenuity and a golden age of utility. But we are not. Because, as all those bedraggled 49ers learned the hard way, almost nobody has located the gold.

The definition of a bubble market, I suppose, is the steady increase in price absent appreciation in intrinsic value. The psychology of a bubble is the faith that it will never burst. Like the faith in Greece’s ability to remain solvent, it is tragically misplaced.

Beware of geeks bearing decks. They will get inside your walls and destroy you.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

 

"SIG Pro by Augustas Didzgalvis"
“SIG Pro by Augustas Didzgalvis”

Gun Laws and Bigotry

A Global Research posting that views the recent massacres from the point of view of current broken bigotry and the destroys “Arguments about guns in the United States resemble forays into intense religious debate.  They are doctrinal issues (the “right” to bear arms; the entitlement to protection) that chatter through the various lobbies.  There are purely quibbling legal issues (what regulations are appropriate in terms of controlling access to guns).  There are the broader ethical issues (should people even have guns as a principle to begin with?)

Those left behind in such debates tend to be the silent corpses, littered collateral damage in a rights culture that hyperventilates with each urban massacre.   Fascinatingly, none of these mass killings ever qualifies as a terrorist onslaught, even if inflicted by a person with a dog-breakfast ideology.”

6.29.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

 

Detail of the convex mirror in the Arnolfini Portrait
Detail of the convex mirror in the Arnolfini Portrait

The appearance of any eventuality, as often as not, provides an apparently perfect picture that is nonetheless facile and false, since the way that these seemingly simple expressions, obvious, immutable, irrefutable, of the surface of things come to pass is not only more complex than a superficial view will ever allow one to perceive but also in fact bundles together interconnected factors that stem from causes and inputs that are exactly opposite of what the ‘clearly evident’ portrait of the phenomenon’s façade suggests to be true and actual about cause and effect, correlation and opposition, and so on and so forth. 

Quote of the Day
      “At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.  O! had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, to-day, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke.  For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder.  We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.  The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.

"Slave dance to banjo, 1780s" by Anonymous -
“Slave dance to banjo, 1780s” by Anonymous –

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?  I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.  To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.  There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.
You profess to believe ‘that, of one blood, God made all nations of men to dwell on the face of all the earth,’ and hath commanded all men, everywhere to love one another; yet you notoriously hate, (and glory in your hatred), all men whose skins are not colored like your own.  You declare, before the world, and are understood by the world to declare, that you ‘hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal; and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; and that, among these are, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;’ and yet, you hold securely, in a bondage which, according to your own Thomas Jefferson, ‘is worse than ages of that which your fathers rose in rebellion to oppose,’ a seventh part of the inhabitants of your country.”   Frederick Douglass on the Fourth of July

This Day in History

Today in Ecuador is Engineers Day, of all things; in the Levant eight hundred sixty-six years ago, as part of both the Second Crusade and internecine Islamic rivalries, Raymond of Poitiers and his Hashashin allies suffered an annihilating defeat at the hand of troops under the leadership of Atabeg Nur ad-Din Zangi; just five years less than three full centuries later, in 1444, the opposite result issued forth

“Hodge’s conjectural Globe reconstruction” by C. Walter Hodges – Folger Shakespeare Library

when Ottoman forces suffered a defeat at the hands of Skanderbeg’s troops; four hundred two years before the here and now, the iconic Globe theatre’s playhouse burned to the ground in London; forty six years subsequently, in 1659,  across the European continent, Ukrainian forces fought off Russian hegemony for a brief period; two hundred thirty-nine years in advance of this moment, across the North American continent from revolutionary ferment in the East, Father Francisco Palou founded the Mission that would develop into the city of San Francisco; thirty-one years hence, in 1807, eight thousand miles or so away in the Balkans, Russian naval forces destroyed and Ottoman fleet at Athos in the first Russo-Turkish War; a hundred fifty-four years before this exact moment in time, the iconic poetess of love Elizabeth Barrett Browning, lived out her final stanza; a century and thirty-five years prior to the present pass,  France extended its imperial dominion in ‘paradise’ in Tahiti; eight years beyond that juncture, in 1888, Frenchman George Edward Gouraud made what some authorities considered to be the first permanent audio recording, of Handel’s Israel in Egypt; seven years beyond that point, in 1895, notable biologist Thomas Henry Huxley, from a notable Littleprincefamily of biologists, followed the path of all flesh and breathed his last; five years on the dot afterward, in 1900, a baby boy was born in France whose destiny was to fly and compose the classic Little Prince as Antoine de Saint-Exupery; fifty-nine years back, the United States enacted the legislation that laid the basis for the interstate highway system, interestingly enough an initiative of the Department of Defense; sixteen years henceforth, in 1972, the Supreme Court of the United States ended its term with the case of Furman v. Georgia, which temporarily invalidated homicide by the state as ‘cruel and unusual punishment’; seven hundred and thirty days more proximate to the present, in 1974, dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov

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gabriel saldana – flickr

defected from the Soviet Union while on tour with the Kirov Ballet in Canada; a single year later, in 1975, computer scientist Steve Wozniak began field tests of the prototype of the Apple I computer; a quarter century exactly prior to today, Irving Wallace died, ending his prolific outporing of potboilers; half a decade subsequently, in 1995, for the first time a United States space shuttle docked with the Soviet space station Mir; eleven years closer to today, in 2006, yet another Supreme Court end-of-term case, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, held that the Bush administration plans to try Guantanamo detainees in military tribunals violated the U.S. Constitution and international law; three hundred and sixty five days prior to our current pass, the variously-named Islamic State, a Frankenstinian creature of U.S. imperial policy, declared its ‘caliphate’ in Northern Iraq and Syria. From Wikipedia Day in History

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MONOPOLY MEDIA: DISTRACTION, PROPAGANDA, OUTRIGHT FRAUD

http://www.globalresearch.ca/how-lobbies-intelligence-services-and-advertisers-dictate-mainstream-media-content/5436752         A brief review-essay and an appeal, from Global Research, about recent volumes by journalists and other participants in oligopolistic media outlets, the upshot of all of which is that the necessary components of engagement and participation and democracy will never present themselves outside of a context of truly alternative–which is to say, non-capitalist and community owned-and-operated–news enterprises, all of which is of particular moment for scrappy union scribes as ‘Independence Day’ draws nigh: “Former chief political commentator of the Telegraph, Peter Oborne, resigned from the newspaper because it would not publish articles on HSBC for fear of losing advertising revenues.  The bank is  known for money-laundering for the Mexican drug cartels as well as its involvement in tax evasion schemes.
When it comes to powerful lobbies’ influence on media content, the Zionist lobby is very well known for accusing journalists and editors of anti-Semitism and imposing its own propaganda.  Even so-called progressive newspapers such as The Guardian are subject to Zionist propaganda.  David Cronin writes:
‘I submitted an exposé of how the pro-Israel lobby operates in Brussels. While waiting to find out if the piece would be used, I phoned Matt Seaton, who had taken over as comment editor.  We had a pleasant conversation but Seaton stressed that he regarded the subject as sensitive.
                I then modified the piece to make its tone less polemical.  Still, it was not published.’ …
                 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung‘sformer editor Udo Ulfkotte recently published a book called Bought Journalists: How Politicians, Secret Services and High Finance Control the Mass Media (Gekaufte Journalisten), in which he explains how journalists manipulate the masses for powerful interests:
‘Saying he believes a medical condition gives him only a few years to live, and that he is filled with remorse, Dr. Udo Ulfkotte,      the editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany’s largest newspapers, said in an interview that he accepted news stories written and given to him by the CIA and published them under his own name.  Ulfkotte said the aim of much of the deception was to drive nations toward war. …
Another book stirred some controversy lately, Au service de la République, (Serving the Republic) Roger Auque’s memoirs published posthumously.  Auque, a well-known journalist who worked for major French magazines as well as the French Canadian public network Radio-Canada, admitted: ‘I was paid by the Israeli secret services to lead operations in Syria, using reporting as a cover.’  Le Figaro, one of France’s leading magazines for which he worked, writes that ‘he also offered his services to the DGSE, (the French CIA) before becoming an object of interest for the CIA.'”
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Acadia National Park Service 

The Artist-in-Residence (A-I-R) Program at Acadia National Park offers professional writers, composers, and all visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while surrounded by the inspiring landscape of the park.

Each year, the park and its partner, the Schoodic Institute, provides housing to participants for two-week to four-week periods. Note: at this time stipends are not available.

The Anderson Center

Named one of the top artistic destination points in the upper Mississippi River region by National Geographic Traveler Magazine, the Anderson Center has served the artistic community and the citizens of Minnesota through artistic leadership, program development, and support since 1995. A national registered landmark, the Anderson Center’s mission is to uphold the unique wealth of the arts in the region; to develop, foster, and promote the creation of works by artists of all kinds; and to provide leadership and services that help to insure a strong, healthy arts community and a greater recognition of the value of the arts in society.

WRITERS’ VILLAGE CONTEST SUMMER 2015 
$24 ENTRY FEE.
$1,600 is the top prize on offer for short fiction in the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award summer 2015. The second prize is $800, third prize $400 and there are five runner up prizes of $80. Ten further Highly Commended entrants will have their stories acknowledged at the site. Everyone wins because every contestant, win or lose, gains feedback on how their stories were graded – plus tips for improvement. Winners will be awarded the title ‘Winner, the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award summer
2015’ and see their work showcased online. Any genre of prose fiction may be submitted up to 3,000 words (no playscripts and poetry). Entries are welcomed world-wide. Deadline June 30, 2015.

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST 
$20 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline August 20, 2015. $1,500 and publication for an exceptional poem in any form. Up to three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Please submit all three poems in a single document.

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pascal maramis – flickr

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PATHWAYS STUDENT INTERN (FOR CURRENT STUDENTS OR RECENT GRADUATES) 
Location Washington DC
This student trainee position is located in the Office of the Administrator, Office of Communications and Legislative Affairs, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), in Washington, DC. The individual selected to fill this position will be provided the necessary supervision, guidance and training in order to prepare for the fulfillment of assignments of this position. The trainee’s primary responsibility is to assist in writing and editing speeches, talking points, remarks, and multimedia presentations for top FRA and Department of Transportation officials relating to FRA programs. He/She will assist the Office of the Secretary in developing DOT speeches and materials relating to FRA programs. The incumbent may also assist with researching responses to incoming questions from reporters in the public affairs office and/or writing messaging that may be used by reporters. Deadline June 18, 2015.

BuddyTV Seattle WA “The TV List Maniac” 

If you love creating and sharing social content on sites like BuzzFeed and PlayBuzz, we are looking for you. BuddyTV publishes some of the hottest trending TV slideshows and personality quizzes on the web. 

If you have a special talent for creating the kind of lists you’d want to pass along to your friends, be sure to let us know in your application and include links to your handiwork!

LeapFrog Enterprises 

We’re looking for a talented individual who can create compelling concepts, headlines, long-form copy and video scripts as part of the Copy team. Specifically, we need someone who can take our products and make them sound simple and inspiring.

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community eat dinnerDwindling Civic Engagement

A Truth Dig posting that discusses the dwindling engagement in civic organizations and other public group activities that the so-called Millennial generation exhibits, which blames the polarizing, commodifying presence of technology, but which is probably more an obvious consequence of the socioeconomic model that is commodity-driven and narcissism-creating: “But it is not just sporting events. Public lectures, church services, labor unions, Veterans of Foreign Wars halls, Masonic halls, Rotary clubs, the Knights of Columbus, the Lions Club, Grange Hall meetings, the League of Women Voters, Daughters of the American Revolution, local historical societies, town halls, bowling leagues, bridge clubs, movie theater attendance (at a 20-year low), advocacy groups such as the NAACP and professional and amateur theatrical and musical performances cater to a dwindling and graying population. No one is coming through the door to take the place of the old members. A generation has fallen down the rabbit hole of electronic hallucinations—with images often dominated by violence and pornography. They have become, in the words of the philosopher Hannah Arendt, “atomized,” sucked alone into systems of information and entertainment that cater to America’s prurient fascination with the tawdry, the cruel and the deadening cult of the self.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

GUIDE TO COPYRIGHT FOR STUDENTS 
A Writers World reposting of a copyright resource of use to students and anyone who is interested in copyrights: “This really should say “for everyone” – it’s a truly comprehensive,
but also comprehensible, explanation of copyright and infringement.
 It clearly spells out what your rights are as a writer, and what
you can and can’t use from other people.”

A Different Dimension

A Kernel first-person account of being submerged in a complete technological virtual world, a medium which would prove revolutionary for storytellers and writers of all stripes:  “Today, I laughed in virtual reality for the first time.

It wasn’t even a good joke—some throwaway jab about the Taylor Swift video that was playing on the VR equivalent of a drive-in movie theater screen—but that didn’t matter. A glossy, glowing, limbless robot avatar named JohnMossey laughed with me. It felt like telling a joke in a foreign language. The point at which your language comprehension tips over into something else and the thing that was unnatural becomes fluid. That’s what laughing in VR felt like.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

"Film strip" by Bart from New Orleans, Louisiana, Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
“Film strip” by Bart from New Orleans, Louisiana,

Truthful Cinema

A World Socialist Web Site posting that discusses a newly-restored Indian trilogy worth noting due to its cinematographic excellence as well as its deep-felt, honest message: “The greatness of these films, however, lie not just in the lyrical cinematography, honesty of the actors’ performances and the intense music of Ravi Shankar, but in the universal themes Ray deals with and his underlying optimism. Despite the extraordinarily tragic moments in the trilogy, and there are many, Ray always provides a sense of hope that no matter how great the difficulties confronting his characters the struggle for genuinely caring human relations can overcome all adversity. Commenting on the initial success of Pather Panchali and Aparajito, Ray declared in 1958: “Personally I have been lucky with my first two films, but what is really important and exciting is not the immediate gain, but the ultimate vindication of the belief that I hold dearest as an artist: art wedded to truth must, in the end, have its rewards.””

RECENT HAPPENINGS

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A Guardian article that discusses the deep economic and social woes visiting Puerto Rico, showing that the damaged American system is crumbling everywhere it reaches: “Viewed during a drive along the northeast region of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean landscape, usually a festival of lush greenery, is dotted with trees withering from a month-long drought. Dust blown from the Sahara in northern Africa has dulled the bright sun with a haze that shrouds everything in uncharacteristic gray.

The darkening skies mirror the bleak outlook of an island that US law calls a unincorporated territory and others call one of the world’s last colonies. Puerto Rico is floundering under $73bn in debt and a rapidly deteriorating ability to pay.

The unemployment rate is hovering at 14%. There has been a surge in violent crime. A health care crisis has seen doctors leave the island at a rate approaching 500 per year and the government is discussing an 11% cut to Medicare and Medicaid services in 2016. There has been a wave of school closures. No wonder, then, that upwards of 200,000 people have left in the last 10 years.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

New Technology for Renewables

An MIT Technology Review article that discusses the need for a renewable energy source to up its power and scope through an improvement in technology: ““The current first-generation biofuels mainly use food crops as feedstock and are either expensive or have modest [greenhouse gas] improvements over petroleum fuels,” concluded a report released in April by the Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy, written by James Stock, a professor of political economy at Harvard’s Kennedy School and a former member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. “The development and commercialization of low greenhouse gas second-generation biofuels—critical to the ultimate success of the program—has fallen far short of the very ambitious goals laid out in the EISA.”

6.26.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

Folksong and folklore and folk wisdom of all sorts have, literally for tens of thousands of years, formed the substance of human persistence and the wisdom on which survival has depended, a notion that must make one tremble in trepidation at the self-interested and self-righteous ‘marketplace’ that has, insidiously and surreptitiously, at once appropriated these timeworn demonstrations of efficacy and understanding even as its ‘capitalization’ has dislodged these earlier forms of common knowledge and competency, stressing instead individual ownership and its attendant fixation on cashing in and cashing out. 

Quote of the Day

“A good novelist, or so I have been taught in China, should be above all else tse ran, that is, natural, unaffected, and so flexible and variable as to be wholly at the command of the material that flows through him.  His whole duty is only to sort life as it flows through him, and in the vast fragmentariness of time and space and event to discover essential and inherent order and rhythm and shape.  We should never be able, merely by reading pages, to know who wrote them, for when the style of a novelist becomes fixed, that style becomes his prison.  The Chinese novelists varied their writing to accompany like music their chosen themes. …The (best Chinese works) are the vindication of that literature of the common people, the Chinese novel.  They stand as completed monuments of that popular literature, if not of letters.  They, too, were ignored by men of letters and banned by censors and damned in succeeding dynasties as dangerous, revolutionary, decadent.  But they lived on, because people read them and told them as stories and sang them as songs and ballads and acted them as dramas, until at last grudgingly even the scholars were compelled to notice them and to begin to say they were not novels at all but allegories, and if they were allegories perhaps then they could be looked upon as literature after all, though the people paid no heed to such theories and never read the long treatises which scholars wrote to prove them.  They rejoiced in the novels they had made as novels and for no purpose except for joy in story and in story through which they could express themselves.” Pearl S. Buck: Nobel Acceptance Lecture

This Day in History

 

Today is an International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and, in an anomalous concomitant celebration, an International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking; in

 

Rome two thousand eleven years back, in complex imperial machinations, Augustus ‘adopted’ his adult stepson, Tiberius, to avoid succession difficulties for the empire; just one year less than thirty-six decades hence, in 363, Rome’s Emperor Julian died in battle in retreat from Persia’s Sassanid Empire, and Jovian rose from the ranks to claim the throne; three hundred thirty-six years later, in 699,a Japanese herbalist and natural healer, whose thinking became the basis for the folk religion Shugendo, found himself banished by ruling elements who rejected his folk connections; seven hundred and seventy-two years ahead of this moment in time, Mongol forces extended their imperial reach by crushing armies of the Seljuk Turks at the battle of Köse Dag; six hundred and six years prior to the present pass, a triple schism for a brief period fractured the Western Christian churches into separate Catholic sects; a century and thirteen years later, in 1522, Ottoman fighters invested a second siege of Rhodes that succeeded in driving out Teutonic fighters from the island; four years less than two centuries hence, in 1718, in similar Slavic machinations of empire and mayhem, Russia’s ‘Great’ Peter lost his son to a mysterious death after he the king had ordered the young man executed for plotting against his father; half a decade beyond that point, in 1723,  in another expansion of Russia’s geopolitical agenda, the empire’s forces extracted a surrender of the defenders of Baku; across Europe and the Atlantic, seventeen years afterward in 1740, free Blacks, indigenous peoples, and rebel Spaniards fought off British troops near St. Augustine, to establish a semi independent presence in what is now Northern Florida; one hundred twenty-nine years before the here and now, Henri Moisson first isolated elemental Fluorine, laying the basis for both the modern aluminum and uranium industries; six years thereafter, in 1892, a prominent family of missionaries and scholars brought a baby girl into the world whose destiny was to win the Nobel Prize in Literature as Pearl S. Buck; thirteen years henceforth, in 1907, across the Atlantic and most of the European portion of the Eurasian land mass, a revolutionary bank robbery occurred in Tbilisi Georgia; three hundred sixty-six days closer to today, in 1908, eight thousand miles away in Chile, a baby boy was born whose fate destined him to become a much loved President, elected as a socialist, whom the CIA had assassinated for his temerity in that regard; seven more years along the temporal path, in 1915, a baby girl entered the world who would live a long life as the poet and children’s writer and publisher, Charlotte Zolotow; eighty one years ago, in a move to support

community banking, President Roosevelt signed the Federal Community Credit Union act; four years subsequently, in 1938, a voice of Black America, James Weldon Johnson, breathed his last; another year along the road, in 1939, the British author of tense domestic scenes and universal human themes, Ford Maddox Ford, died; three years still more proximate to the present, in 1942, more or less five thousand miles Southeast, a male infant was born who became the renowned singer and songwriter and popular political champion, Gilberto Gil; three years henceforth, in 1945, allied and neutral nations signed the charter of the United Nations; three years more proximate to the present, in 1948, iconic storyteller Shirley Jackson published her allegorical dystopian Southern gothic short fiction, “The Lottery’, in the New Yorker, and William Shockley filed the initial patent for a bipolar junction transistor, thereby laying the basis for the ‘solid-state’ era; four years hence, in 1952, a male child of the working class came into our midst who matured as the radical firebrand and lawyer and investigative reporter, Greg Palast; three years even closer to now, in 1955, the African National Congress issued its Freedom Charter at a South African Peoples Congress; four years forward from that point, in 1959, something like eight thousand miles Northwest, the United States opened the Saint Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes region to ocean-going shipping for the first time; yet four years more down the pike, in 1963, John F. Kennedy spoke to a German crowd to declare “Ich bin ein Berliner;” forty-one years ago, the first Universal Product Code scanning took place, of a package of chewing gum in Ohio; a year later, in 1975, a gunfight occurred at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the upshot of which was the still-disputed conviction of Leonard Peltier for the deaths of two F.B.I. agents in that altercation; twenty-two years hence, in 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court found the Communications Decency Act unconstitutionally vague in its attempts to ‘sanitize’ the Internet of pornography; three years past that conjunction, in 2000, Bill Clinton announced the sequencing of the entire human genome; three years after that juncture, in 2003,another end-of-term Supreme Court decision pronounced that same-sex anti-sodomy laws were uncsonstitutional; three years back, the popular and screenwriter and thinker, Nora Ephron, played her final scene; exactly one year after, in 2013, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. From Wikipedia Day in History

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STERILITY, FUTILITY, & THE FETISHIZATION OF ‘LEFT’ POLITICS
http://www.countercurrents.org/baroud240615.htm             FromCounterCurrents, a briefing, deeply felt, and incisively argued with both anecdotal evidence and analytical acuity, about the inanity and inconsequentiality of much that passes for progressive consciousness or reformist thinking in ‘the West,’ where an obsession with various non sequiturs and fetishes characterizes most self-proclaimed ‘leftists’ and other ‘progressives,’ who as a result have little insight into issues that touch on Israel and Palestine and often enough disregard or misunderstand the historical and social realities that are actually at work in Southwest Asia, settling for labels and pretense instead of insisting on thoroughly grounded and nuanced and factual assessments of this complex corner of the current human crisis, in which collaboration and participation must take place if anything other than mayhem and carnage are to reign: “Are local populations so submissive and docile that they are hardly considered a factor in determining the outcomes of any conflict?  What about regional players?  How about the historical context of national and regional conflicts and struggles?  Do ordinary people, when they behave as a collective, matter at all?

This belittling view of any other actor aside from western governments, although sold as if global solidarity, carries a degree of racism, where only the ‘white man’ determines the flow of history and outcomes of conflicts.  Everyone else is either a helpless bystander or a ‘client regime’ that receive a ‘cut’ from the colonial spoils once the bad deed is done.

Which brings me to my final point: The left’s insistence on the ‘client regime’ theory is beyond limiting, yet, many find it impossible to challenge. When some rightfully noted that Israel had much greater sway over American politics than the traditional ‘client regime’ theory suggested, many leftist intellectuals threw a tantrum.  For them, accepting that there might be a need to examine fixed ideas on how power relations play out, meant that the entire discourse is in danger of collapse, from Cuba, to Angola, to Indochina.

In 1984, George Orwell wrote of the ‘B vocabulary’, which ‘consisted of words which had been deliberately constructed for political purposes: words, that is to say, which were intended to impose a desirable mental attitude upon the person using them.’

While conflicts brew throughout the globe, demanding critical thinking, mobilization and action, many in the standardized western left are actively engaging in branding others who dare disagree with them (thoughtcrime).  They resort to the Orwellian ‘newspeak’ and overused dogmas that seem to give them more comfort than true understanding of the world at large, a world that exists beyond the West and its ‘battlefield of ideas.’”

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

ARTHUB 
ArtHub is a new organization that provides four visual and literary artists a chance to concentrate on their creative efforts by offering free space to live and work for three months. Submissions for the September 15, 2015 to December 15, 2015 cycle are due on July 15, 2015. Location Kingman, AZ.

 

BARTLEBY SNOPES CONTEST 

$10 FOR UNLIMITED ENTRIES.
Compose a short story entirely of dialogue. You may use as many characters as you want. Your entry must be under 2,000 words. Your entry cannot use any narration (this includes tag lines such as he said, she said, etc.). These are the only rules. A minimum of $500 will be awarded, with at least $300 going to the grand prize winner. Our five finalists will also appear in Issue 15 of the magazine due out in January 2016. Last year we awarded $2,380 in prize money. For every entry over 50, an additional $5 will be added to the total prize money. Deadline September 15, 2015.

LIGHTSPEED 
Lightspeed is seeking original science fiction and fantasy stories. All types of science fiction and fantasy are welcome. No subject should be considered off-limits, and we encourage writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. Lightspeed pays eight cents per word for original fiction, or 2 cents per word for reprints. Open to stories of 1,500-10,000 words. Stories of 5,000 words or less are preferred. Cuts off
submissions on July 15, 2015.

RESIDENCIES/RETREATS/MEETINGS at AZULE

AZULE, as an emerging art and community-based organization, has been developing a retreat and residency program for artists of all disciplines and craftsmen, writers, architects, builders environmentalists and healing practitioners, academics, educators, social workers or researchers, or anyone who wish to enjoy Appalachia and Azule way of life or wishes to get involved. Following our mission we are encouraging collaborations between residents. We will promote the work of all in our newsletter and may arrange a public presentation or community meeting according to your needs.

 Atlantic Center for the Arts provides many residencies and opportunities for writers: “Founded in in 1977 by Doris Leeper, an internationally known sculptor and painter, as well as a visionary environmentalist, Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) is a non-profit multidisciplinary artist residency facility located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Please visit History of ACA and Locations for more information.

ACA organizes many programs for artists of all ages and professional levels. “

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JOBS

Writing/Editing (Memphis, TN)

compensation: $15 to $20 per hour

I am publishing a book profiling leaders in the church community. The project is almost complete. I have utilized freelance writers throughout. Now, in the final days of preparation my editor will be consumed by an out of town emergency. I need an experienced writer/editor to help with the final steps this week. Immediate need. Send resume and writing samplers.

 

Creative Writer for Short Articles

compensation: Negotiable, pay per article

We’re a 12-year-old city magazine looking for an experienced, published, professional writer to produce short, clever articles about businesses in our home city. We have high standards, but once we are all on the same page these evolve into straightforward assignments: Once you have a good hook, then the headline, lede and storyline just fall into place! We need 5-7 stories of about 350-400 words each weekday (you could do some or all) — and we PROVIDE the research, interview transcripts, even ideas. PLEASE send your resume and clips of published articles.

 

 Communication Director (7 Miles south of Eureka Springs, AR)

compensation: Based on skills and experience.
non-profit organization

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is seeking a responsible, self motivated individual to work full time on site. Duties to include:Communications Director
Social Media Manager
Content Creation Development
Sponsorship ManagerWriting skills a must and some photography skills helpful.
Salary based on skill set.
EDUCATION WRITER-EDITOR 
Location Iowa City, IA 
Support communication strategy to targeted audiences through the creative development and delivery of the content. Research, write, edit, proof, and publish information that effectively and accurately supports the communications strategy for the University of Iowa College of Education. May write and publish information aimed at diverse audiences, ranging from the media to the lay public, tailoring the message and content to maximize effectiveness. May be responsible for one or more publications, media relations, social media, marketing materials, or specific projects.

JOFFE BOOKS 
Joffe Books is a leading independent publisher based in Shoreditch, London. Joffe Books is currently accepting submissions from new and published authors. Thrillers, Mysteries, Detective, Romance, Horror, Suspense, and Literary Fiction are their favourite genres.

FreelanceWriting.com 
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FreelanceWriting.com is seeking experienced freelance writers to
contribute to a new editorial feature called “Conversations with
Literary Agents.” The new section will feature 15-20
interview-driven how-to articles that help both published and
unpublished book authors obtain representation with a trusted
literary agent. Each article will address a distinct topic and
incorporate advice, suggestions, and strategies from five to ten
experienced, credentialed literary agents. The new editorial
feature is designed to help authors overcome common and uncommon
problems as they search for a suitable literary agent. This writing
gig is open to U.S.-based part-time or full-time freelance writers
who are skilled at writing top-notch, journalistic articles. Word
length: between 1500 and 2000 words per article.  Payment: $150 per
article issued upon acceptance via PayPal. 

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Police Assaulting and Brutalizing 

A Truth-Out article that talks about the hideous treatment that women of color receive on a consistent basis from law enforcement, a situation that mirrors all that has appeared in the news in regards to recent events: “The assault of Becton is an enraging reminder of the particular brand of sexual terrorism black women routinely experienced in the Jim Crow South at the hands of white law enforcement and ordinary white citizens. In her important book, At the Dark End of the Street, Danielle McGuire chronicles how institutionalized sexual violence informed black women’s civil and human rights resistance. Even as they were eclipsed in the mainstream civil rights movement by charismatic black male leaders, black women activists like Ida B. Wells, Recy Taylor, Claudette Colvin and Endesha Mae Holland drew on their experiences with sexual terrorism to galvanize black women organizers around the nexus of gender, race and class apartheid.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

A PLAGIARISM GUIDE FOR STUDENTS 
From Writers World, a guide that any scrappy scribe who had questions regarding fair use and copyrights generally: “another excellent overview that will benefit any writer, especially
those who imagine that “because it’s on the web, it’s free to use.”
Not.  In addition to issues of copying word for word, this article
explains the concept of plagiarism of “reasoning style” and of
writing style.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

 

In Defense of Comments

A Nieman Lab posting that discusses the actual validity of comments sections, in spite of the fact that many have chosen to pillory and eliminate them: “Journalists who were interviewed for the study said they saw comments as a possible story lead and a democratizer. While few admitted to having taken a tip or getting an expert from the comments, many said they’d received significant help finding source material for an existing story. Moreover, there was a belief that despite the ubiquity of social media, getting in touch with both experts and journalists is harder than it used to be. Said one unnamed journalist: “It is harder to make direct contact with people than it used to be. You tend to have to go through press officers. The civil servant will no longer answer the phone; he will put you back to their press office. So, in other words, information is much more tightly controlled than before. The web, and the comments on the bottom of pieces, makes up for some of that.””

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

Populist Triumph?

A Common Dreams article that analyses the popularity of a presidential contender whose socially conscious message is gaining in the polls: “Released by Bloomberg Politics on Thursday, the results of the new surveys—conducted between June 19-22—are the most recent to show Sanders closing the substantial lead once held by the former secretary of state. The polling in Iowa was conducted by the West Des Moines-based Selzer & Co. and in New Hampshire the work was performed by Washington-area Purple Strategies in cooperation with Saint Anselm College. The results, reports Bloomberg, indicate a “substantive and symbolic support for the socialist, as well as a craving among some Democrats for a Clinton rival to rise.””

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Media, Race, and Crime

A Crime Report brief that discusses a study that looks at racial portrayals during news reports of crime:  “White people were more likely to be depicted as homicide victims (35 percent) on the broadcasts analyzed than to be victimized by homicide according to crime reports (13 percent). Nearly three-quarters of the police officers portrayed on television were white, while just more than half of the officers in Los Angeles County and Orange County are white.

But portrayals of African-Americans on local news have improved, according to the study.

“Black depictions have greatly improved in this investigation compared with prior research. Blacks are accurately portrayed across all roles including as perpetrators, victims and officers,” the study’s author, Travis Dixon wrote. Dixon said the findings were “unexpected (because) African-Americans were greatly overrepresented as criminals” in the 2000 study.”

6.25.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

sick-bannerMedicine and median and media all stem from common linguistic roots, so that the attainment of health, the most likely accurate social measure of central tendency, and the capacity to convey information all flow from some combination of balance and centering and standing between one thing and another, none of which amounts to much in the ordinary course of events unfortunately since almost all standard operational expressions of ministration and accounting and reportage take place for reasons that have nothing to do with meaning or understanding and instead exist only, or at least overwhelmingly, to make a profit for those whose control of all that is central permits health and data and communication to add up to precisely what fits their continued ascendancy. 

Quote of the Day
“The work of an intellectual is not to mould the political will of others; it is, through the analyses that he does in his own field, to re-examine evidence and assumptions, to shake up habitual ways of working and thinking, to dissipate conventional familiarities, to re-evaluate rules and institutions and to participate in the formation of a political will (where he has his role as citizen to play). …There are more ideas on earth than intellectuals imagine.  And these ideas are more active, stronger, more resistant, more passionate than politicians think.  We have to be there at the birth of ideas, the bursting outward of their force: not in books expressing them, but in events manifesting this force, in struggles carried on around ideas, for or against them. Ideas do not rule the world.  But it is because the world has ideas… that it is not passively ruled by those who are its leaders or those who would like to teach it, once and for all, what it must think.”  Michel Foucault
This Day in History

640px-Ameiurus_melas_by_Duane_RaverToday is National Catfish Day in the United States and World Vitiligo Day around the planet; in Augsburg four hundred eighty-five years ago, German Protestant aristocrats presented their ‘confession’ to the Holy Romany Emperor, which laid the basis both for consolidating parts of the Protestant Reformation and for solidifying Christian and European unity against Ottoman incursions; three hundred fifty-seven years in advance of today, English fighters held off a Spanish attempt to reconquer Jamaica and further consolidated England’s colonial presence in the Americas; twenty one years later, in 1678, Eastward across the Atlantic and through the Mediterranean, Elena Cornaro Piscopia became the first woman in history to receive her PhD, at the University of Padua; a hundred eighty three years prior to this 333px-HoffmannLebensAnsichten1855Bd2exact point in time, the storyteller and author E T A Hoffman breathed his final ‘suite’; a hundred thirty-nine years prior to the present pass, George Armstrong Custer and all of his cavalry comrades died at the hands of Sioux forces at the Battle of Little Bighorn; a hundred and fifteen years in advance of this moment,Congress passed the Mann Act, which permitted decades of selective prosecution of individuals for interstate transportation of women for prostitution, and across the pond, Igor Stravinsky’s career attained a higher level with the premiere of The Firebird in Paris; three years after that point, in 1903, a colonial English household welcomed a new male member who would become the critically powerful and narratively dynamic writer George Orwell; eighty-seven years in front of the present, a Belgian family welcomed Peyo, a baby boy whose destiny was to create the storyline and wildly popular series The Smurfs; a male infant uttered his forst cry en route to fame and renown as children book writer Eric Carle; seventy-two years before the here and now, remaining Jewish residents of the Czestochowa ghetto rose up against Nazi brutality and oppression; seen hundred and thirty days beyond that conjunction, in 1945, a baby girl grew up as the crooner and tune creator Carly Simon; two more years subsequently, in 1947, the 4609595373_38f638aa09_zpublication occurred of Anne Frank’s diary further exemplifying resistance to Nazism; three hundred sixty-six days further along the temporal pathway, in 1948, ‘free-world’ air forces begin the Berlin airlift in response to the previous day’s Soviet closure of overland transport between West Germany and West Berlin; two more years more proximate to the present, in 1950, nine thousand miles away in Korea, communist forces invaded the U.S.-allied Southern part of the peninsula and initiated the Korean conflict; fifty-five years back, redolent of today’s Edward Snowden affair, on this day, two National Security Agency cryptographers ‘vacationed’ in Mexico in order to defect to the Soviet Union; sixteen years afterward, in 1976, Missouri formally abrogated its ‘extermination order’ against Mormons and apologized to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and crooner, writer, and Capitol Records cofounder, Johnny Mercer, breathed his last; eight years hence, in 1984, philosopher, historian, and social theorist Michel Foucault experienced his final deconstruction; twenty four years prior to the present pass, Croatia and Slovenia fulfilled ‘Western’ geopolitical objectives in declaring their independence from Yugoslavia; seven hundred swim_with_sharks_1071267336_770thirty-one days closer to now, in 1993, participants in the World Conference of Human Rights adopted the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action; four years after that juncture, in 1997,acclaimed thinker and environmentalist Jacques Cousteau died; exactly another year further along, in 1998, back in North America, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Clinton v. City of New York, rejected the constitutionality of the line item veto that has nonetheless continued to be a primary tactic of executive branch imprimatur since then;eleven years still further along, in 2009, iconic performer and creator Michael Jackson died of a prescription drug overdose. From Wikipedia Day in History

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ANOTHER ‘TAKE’ ON MONOPOLISTIC ‘TRADE’ AGENDAS

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/245928-export-import-bank-braces-for-expiration     A generally superficial but nonetheless important, in its provision of otherwise surface details that would not be available to average readers, report from the aficionados of corporate-backed government at The Hill about the possible lapsing of the Export-Import Bank’s charter and what such a legislative battle might indicate about both the differing agendas of different sections of the ruling class and the depth of the crisis in international trade and currency relations that currently afflicts business everywhere on Earth, in turn of profound import not only to entrepreneurs and silver-spoon participants in enterprise but also to those, some of them union writers, who would like to see a recontextualized, not to say more level, commercial playing field: “Backed by conservative groups, Republican critics of the bank have been fighting to dismantle it and are now closer than ever to reaching that goal.
‘The truth is that most Americans would be surprised to learn the bank employs that many people to steer sweetheart deals to Boeing and Emirates Air,’ said Dan Holler, spokesman for Heritage Action.
         But opponents of the bank are facing blowback from the business community, including the Chamber of Commerce.  They argue the bank’s financing of big businesses like Boeing helps sustain small-business jobs and are pushing GOP leaders to renew the charter.
While most expect the bank’s charter to expire on Friday, Ex-Im’s advocates expect lawmakers to reauthorize it in July, perhaps by attaching the reauthorization to a funding bill for transportation. …
          Pressed about when he might have to develop a plan for winding down the bank, Hochberg said they’re ‘a long way away from having to make any permanent plans.’
Congress, through the appropriations process, tells the bank how much of the fees it charges businesses it can keep in order to operate.  That appropriation language is what guarantees the bank can continue to manage its portfolio through the end of September.
Hochberg said Ex-Im officials periodically send out staff-wide emails whenever they have updates on strategy and developments. …
The vote’s 65-31 tally showed widespread support for the bank in the upper chamber, raising hopes among Ex-Im supporters that a reauthorization bill could move through the chamber next month.
Corker said he still hadn’t made up his mind about whether to vote to support the bank.
‘I don’t know,’ he said.  ‘When I look at the international competition, it really does feel like a race to the bottom to me.'”
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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

2015 RRofihe Trophy  – For an unpublished short story (Minimum word count: 3,500; maximum to 5,000 words) Winner Receives: $500 cash Trophy Announcement & Publication on anderbo.com

The A3 Review  – The Writing Maps Writing Contest is a monthly contest that coincides with the launch of a new Writing Maps product. The two winning pieces each month are published in The A3 Review, a fold-out literary magazine published every six months. The next issue of the journal will appear in September 2015. 
The two winning entries from each month, March till August, will make up the shortlist. From this shortlist, three winning entries will be chosen in August 2015. The three ultimate winners will receive cash prizes: 1st = £150, 2nd = £75, 3rd = £50 (approx $220, $110, $75). 

PRESS 53 AWARD FOR POETRY 
$30 ENTRY FEE.
Winner receives publication by Press 53 of winning poetry collection, $1,000 cash advance, travel expenses to Press 53 headquarters in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for a reading/book launch party weekend in April 2016. This contest is open to any writer, regardless of his or her publication history, provided the manuscript is written in English and the author lives in the United States. Deadline July 31, 2015. Manuscripts should be no less than 60 pages and no more than 120 pages in length.

MADRONO RANCH RESIDENCIES 
At Madroño Ranch, we understand that finding the time and space to work and dream can be extremely difficult. With the goal of inspiring creative people to find new ways to think about and express our relationship to the natural environment, we offer a place and time—two weeks, though we are open to longer residencies under exceptional circumstances—free of charge to writers working in any genre and artists who don’t require a traditional studio space. Location Medina, Texas.

ISO MAGAZINE
New magazine seeks submissions for articles for both the print publication and the online publication. While we do not pay for articles for the website, the print publication pays $0.15 per word. Once this issue is completed, the magazine will be distributed in public areas (grocery stores, metro stations, fitness centers, office complexes, etc) throughout northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland. This is an excellent opportunity for emerging and experienced writers and journalists alike. Please don’t submit if you’re not willing for the article to be published online.
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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

CREATIVE WRITER
Location Denver, CO 
Work with the Artifact Uprising marketing and creative teams to coordinate, research and create content to be distributed across the site, blog, email marketing and social media. Develop editorial content – including interviews, long form essays and more. Review articles, marketing and press materials for accuracy and readability before they are publicly released. Support product and brand marketing through the creative use of copy.

Marketing Writer (Boise, ID)

compensation: DOE

The RDI Marketing team is going after some of the most exciting projects in energy, healthcare, business, and the public sector. We’re looking for a Marketing Writer who can write fresh, engaging, professional copy and assure our proposals are of the highest quality as they go out the door so we can continue winning projects for all of our regional offices.

 

Technical Writer at HP (telecommute)

compensation: DOE
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We are looking for an experienced technical writer to support our client, Hewlett-Packard. The ideal candidate has experience with Customer Communications Management (CCM) technology, including CCM software. The right candidate is an individual with a positive attitude, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work well in a team environment. If you are a strong, experienced technical writer who is not afraid of technology and you enjoy highly technical work, this may be a good fit for you.
ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

 

Organizers say the new NLRB rule is helping prevent employers from stalling unionization elections. Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff – See more at: http://portside.org/2015-06-23/new-rule-speeds-unionization-votes-say-organizers#sthash.b0djTNML.dpuf

Rules Aiding Unions

A  Portside posting that discusses recent successful National Labor Relations Board’s rulings that allow workers to succeed over employers’ usual delaying and sabotaging tactics:  “The new rule eliminates a number of the steps employers loved using to slow things down.

It gets rid of the mandatory 25-day waiting period between a Regional Director’s decision on who’s eligible to vote (after a pre-election hearing) and the election itself.

Now, whenever a representation petition is filed with signatures from at least 30 percent of the unit, the board will automatically schedule a hearing eight days later.

The employer is required to file a “Statement of Position” by noon of the day before the hearing, laying out any challenges to the union’s petition—like which job titles should be included. Issues not raised in this statement cannot be brought up at the hearing.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

 

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Desk – Bright Meadow Flickr

Writing Contest Buyers Beware 

A Writer’s Beware article of fundamental importance to all writers who actively submit their work to different contests, showing reasons to be skeptical of the entire enterprise, but showing concrete things to look out for: There’s also the risk of bad things in the entry guidelines–for instance, the Emerging Writer Awards, where simply submitting constituted a grant of publishing rights. Writers who don’t read the fine print carefully enough may find themselves trapped by such provisions. 

And then there are the contests/awards with a hidden agenda: making money for the sponsor. Such awards aren’t really about honoring writers at all.

There’s a complex of red flags that identifies profiteering contest and awards programs.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

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By Jiuguang Wang (Own work)

Robots Age Coming Soon

An Unreasonable posting that discusses a future in which robotic skill and excellence surpass even our wildest imaginations: “But after watching the DARPA Challenge and observing the rapid advances of computing, artificial intelligence, and sensor technologies, I see Rosie being very close to reality. These technologies are all advancing at exponential rates. And exponential technologies can be deceptive. Things move very slowly at first, but then disappointment turns into amazement.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Race and Class and Reality

 

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Edward Hopper

A World Socialist Web Site posting that so far provides one of the most level headed and real discussions of the whole Dolezal fiasco: “The experience of black women in society—in fact, of all people, regardless of their race—varies widely based upon the essential social category, class. An African-American woman working in an auto factory has much more in common with the white man working on the line with her than she does with a black woman who sits in a corporate boardroom.

The media, the political establishment and academia insist ever more shrilly that race is the all-pervasive issue in American life precisely at a time when economic, i.e., class, divisions have become more intense and stark than ever before. The grotesque levels of social inequality, affecting all races and ethnic groups, have become a topic of general discussion and the source of mounting popular anger.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Numbers Lie and Also Don’t

A Naked Capitalism view of statistical data, and an attempt to put what this sort of information can teach us into perspective: “A long standing pet peeve is how the use of figures has been fetishized in political discourse and in our society generally, to the point where many people too easily swayed by argument that invoke data (I discussed this phenomenon at length in the business context in a 2006 article for the Conference Board Review, Managementt’s Great Addiction). And now that what used to be called statistical analysis has now been given mystical powers by calling it “Big Data,” the layperson is going to be subjected to even more torturing of information by people who have incentives to find stories in it, whether those stories are valid or not.”

6.24.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

That arms are weapons seems to transgress the handshake and belie the fervent embraces of our passionate moments; so to that to arm means to gird for mutual slaughter rather than to prepare to make love—but what are we to make of such apparent duality of meaning and design?  

Quote of the Day
“Who never doubted never half believed.  Where doubt is, there truth is–it is her shadow. …(Thus), (a) popular author is one that writes what the people think.  Genius invites them to think something else. …(in which vein one might also say) (i)f you want to read a perfect book there is only one way: write it.”  Ambrose Bierce
This Day in History

llama chile andesIn the Andean Southern Hemisphere today, while various ‘midsummer’ celebrations take place in Northern latitudes, the Winter Solstice Incan ceremony of Inti Raymi occurs in areas of Peru and its environs; in Rome nineteen hundred six years back, Emperor Trajan formally opened the Aqua Traiana, an aqueduct that carried water to the metropolis from over 25 miles away; one thousand nineteen years subsequently, more or less exactly, in 1128, Portuguese independence became much more likely with the victory of Alfonso I against his mother and her lover at the Battle of Moira in the Iberian Peninsula; a century and two years hence, in 1230, the Siege of the Muslim redoubt at Jaén began during the Spanish Reconquista; fifty-four years later, in 1374, five hundred miles Northeast in what is now Germany, an outbreak of riotous twitching occurred that people referred to as St John’s

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Dance, but many contemporary thinkers believe was the result of lysergic acid in rye bread mold; five hundred twenty-eight years prior to the present pass, John Cabot led an expedition to what is now Eastern Canada, the first European to visit there since the days of Viking excursions; forty eight decades ahead of today, one fo the first Protestant upwellings, the Anabaptist city of Münster, came to an end with its sacking by Catholic forces; thirty-six years hence, in 1571, Spanish imperial forces founded the city of Manila in the Philippines; another twenty six years along the temporal road, in 1597, the first Dutch imperial incursion into East Asia occurred, at Bantam; two hundred three years ago, the Napoleonic armies of France initiated their disastrous invasion or Russia when they crossed the Neman River; nine years closer to today, in 1821, the decisive battle unfolded in Venezuela’s struggle for Independence from Spain; twenty one years exactly later on, in 1842, a baby boy was born who would grow up as a humorist, journalist, critic, and thinker of the Devil’s Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce; a century and eight years before now, a Tarkovsky family boy bounced into the world whose destiny was to be the Ukrainian-born Soviet poet Arseny Tarkovsky;  ninety-nine years prior to the present pass,  Mary Pickford signed the first 384px-Mary_Pickford_1916female million dollar Hollywood contract; eighty years ago, the entire nation of Argentina mourned the iconic crooner and actor and thinker Carlos Gardel when he died in a plane crash; three quarters of a century before the here and now, British commandos conducted their first raid into Nazi occupied France; eight years hence, in 1948, Britain’s And America’s erstwhile alliance with the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany broke down definitively as the Russians prohibited overland travel between the Western zone of Germany and West Berlin; two years further on, in 1950, a baby girl was born who would mature as the prolific and popular fantasy author Mercedes Lackey; seven years more proximate to the present, in 1957, across the wide Atlantic ocean, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in Roth v. United States, that ‘obscenity’ did not enjoy the protection of the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights; forty-two years in advance of today’s sun and air, anti-homosexual bigots in New Orleans led an arson attack on the UpStairs Lounge that killed over 30 people; eleven years back, New York’s courts outlawed the barbaric practice of capital punishment as unconstitutional; eight years afterward, in 2012, the last known member of an endangered subspecies of Galapagos tortoises, Lonesome George, came to this end, three hundred and sixty five days further along time’s arc, in 2013, Silvio Berlusconi received a seven year sentence for abusing his office and engaging in sexual activity with an underage prostitute.    From Wikipedia Day in History

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ARISTOCRATIC & FASCIST ‘FRIENDS’ & AMERICA’S EMPIRE
http://www.globalresearch.ca/what-the-saudi-cables-released-by-wikleaks-say-and-dont-say/5457713            A new report from Global Research, which essentially makes plain that the new Wikileaks release of a trove of ‘secret’ Saudi Arabian documents names ‘usual suspects’ and reveals common knowledge about the protofascist cult of clan and ‘blood’ that is the second leg of U.S. empire in Southwest Asia–the other is Israel, obviously–a revelation of the obvious that nonetheless in detail and particularity helps to understand just how vicious and predatory and corrupt one of America’s biggest ‘friends’ is, none of which, however, reduces the need to cast a critical eye on this set of ‘leaks’ just now, when a rapprochement with Russia was in the works even as Riyadh’s notoriously venal and idiotic intelligence services only show up in this case as the way that they obviously are: “The release of the Saudi cables may hurt Saudi Arabia economically and weaken its media strategy, which will lead to both economic and political instability for the Kingdom as it increasingly fails to control more information about the House of Saud’s actions.  Furthermore, the Saudi cables have been released on the eve of important talks and negotiations between Saudi and Russian officials that follow agreements and earlier talks between the Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.  The bilateral talks are set to consolidate a series of agreements made on cooperation and trade between the Kingdom and the Russian Federation that will help boost the besieged Russian economy that Washington is trying to crash.  This is why it is important to think over the origins and motives of the Yemen Cyber Army and ask who is pulling its strings?  Is a genuine Saudi adversary behind the Yemen Cyber Army or an unhappy ally that wants to prevent any rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Russia?

One of the documents that is getting increasing focus is an agreement between Russia and Saudi Arabia to vote for one another to join the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.  Is it a mere coincidence that UN Watch decided to focus on this agreement to criticize Russia and even refers to it as a dictatorship in an article published by Hillel Neuer on June 21,2015?  Conversely, UN Watch has remained silent about the multitude of similar agreements made by the US with the House of Saud and other dictatorships.  What has UN Watch said about Bahrain or Gaza?  Why does it oppose the Venezuelan government?  In reality, the goal of UN Watch has been to use the United Nations Human Rights Council to further the interests of the US and Israel while it undermines the body for criticizing Israeli human rights violations.  UN Watch even helped legitimize the war on Libya by NATO in 2011 and has pushed for a war with Syria.  Now it is targeting Russia.

Although Riyadh could be manipulating Moscow for Washington, joint funds, space cooperation, nuclear agreements, investments, and arms deals all seem  to be in the works.  The last time Saudi Arabia made major deals with the Kremlin nothing came out of them, either because the House of Saud was toying with the Russians or due to orders being sent from the US to Riyadh.

The type of misanalysis that is exemplified by Saudi intelligence analysts is increasingly endemic of intelligence services and the consultative firms that governments around the world, including in the United States, are increasingly relying on.  In this regard, it is worth mentioning that this is actually the second time that I found myself mentioned in a document released by WikiLeaks; the first time was in 2013 when WikiLeaks released a hacked email about the possible whereabouts of Muammar Qaddafi from the Texas-based intelligence consultation company Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor).  Stratfor was also off.  The Texas-based company mistakenly listed me as an employee of the Associated Press inside Libya during NATO’s bombing campaign while it was discussing the situation in the Rixos Al-Nasr and making arguments based on association fallacies.

In regards to the Saudi intelligence memo, it is clear that no real efforts were made to do proper background checks outside of the internet.  It makes one cynically ask if Saudi Arabia’s intelligence structure does much more than police the Kingdom’s local population and if it is the intelligence bodies of the US and other countries, including Britain and Israel, that are doing most the important intelligence work for Riyadh.”

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freeze frame fiction  is accepting submissions of flash fiction, young adult flash fiction, and art.

The Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media  is still calling for screenwriters in Colorado to apply for their Screenplay Mentoring Program. Screenwriters will receive feedback on finished scripts from a film expert, free of charge.

33 Officina Creativa (33OC) Artist Residency  is accepting applications from visual artists, filmmakers, musicians, and writers for their residency in Toffia, Italy.

Brooklyn’s Two Trees, a real estate development firm, is still accepting applications for their Cultural Space Subsidy Program, in which below-market rents are awarded to arts, education, and community-focused groups, including professional artists.

Tokyo International Photography Competition is calling for photographers worldwide to submit photos under the theme of The Human Condition. Selected winners will have their work exhibited in Tokyo, Brooklyn, Guatemala City, Sydney, and additional locations. One grand prix winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Tokyo.

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Falkvinge starts net-generation news service, hiring 682 people.  For each of the 28 countries in the EU, plus Switzerland, Iceland, and Norway, we need 21 writers and one country manager. The job of a writer is to write a three-sentence story once a week. An estimated one-hour job per week, for which writers will be paid approximately €125 per month*. Should be a nice addition on the margin to anybody who’s doing writing anyway.

THE WASHINGTON DIPLOMAT 
The Washington Diplomat is a monthly newspaper that focuses on the diplomatic community in D.C. We’re seeking news writers with expertise in world affairs, U.S. politics and foreign policy. We’re also seeking culture writers who can cover the local arts scene. This is not a full-time position. Freelancers receive about one to two assignments per month, with story lengths varying from 1,000 to 2,000 words and a pay range of $175 to $250 per story for news articles, and about 800 words and $100 for arts stories.

EDITOR/REPORTER – Uintah Basin Standard and the Vernal Express – two award winning weekly newspapers in Northeastern Utah – weekly newspapers with a combined circulation of 9,000 copies – seeks a news driven editor with editing and writing experience.

Our two newspapers covers two counties, including the larger city of Vernal  in Uintah County that is the economic hub for everyone living within 100 miles. Uintah County’s economy is driven by gas production and exploration, Dinosaur National Monument, agriculture, fishing, hunting, outdoor recreation and government. Roosevelt, Utah is the headquarters for the Uintah Basin Standard in Duchesne County. This county’s economy is driven by oil production and exploration, agriculture, hunting, fishing, recreation and government offices. The Ute Native American tribe is located in the middle of our circulation area.

 

The Deseret News is looking for talented writers to produce stories about six social issues: family, faith, education, finance, media/entertainment and solutions to poverty.

Paid, seasonal interns get hands-on experience writing daily stories for web publication, as well as the opportunity to work on several longer-form, original stories alongside seasoned, full-time reporters. They are expected to cover a national beat, keeping up on daily news and participating in national online conversations through their own articles and social media. Interns write primarily for the National Sunday Edition of the Deseret News, a website with more than 4 million monthly visitors (national.deseretnews.com), also available in print as a weekly publication with 60,000 subscribers.

Agora Inc. Delray Beach FL – Natural medicine and health publishing business The Institute for Natural Healing, an affiliate of Agora Inc., is seeking an experienced direct response copywriter. Responsibilities include creating long form sales letters for newsletters, research reports, and nutritional supplements.

This is a full-time, in-office position located just minute from the beach in beautiful in Delray Beach, FL.  Competitive salary, with full benefits and royalties.

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An AlterNet posting that discusses big city interns, aided by a powerful teachers’ union, who are advocating for more livable compensation for all they do: “Interns employed in D.C.’s web of progressive organizations often spend their days fighting for a living wage, but some don’t make even a dime, much less the current minimum wage. Some organizations offer “opportunities” for college credit or a small stipend, which is not sufficient for them to live and eat in one of America’s most expensive cities. Now, thanks to the organizing work of one savvy group of union interns, the tide may be about to turn.”

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Trello from LifeHacker

Data Driven Creativity

A Media Post posting that discusses the many uses of data, one of them that experienced some resistance in the past – that of data driven creativity – but which creatives begin to embrace in spite of its obvious limitations to anything resembling a true creative process:  “Cannes is about creative, but this year the creative conversation is laced with something more than rosé – it’s laced with talk of how data can finally be used to influence the creative process.

Reviewing the presentations and listening to the sidebar conversations around this week, it’s clear everyone is on board the data train.  Media people led this way of thinking, but the creative minds are embracing the idea that creative can be improved when you know exactly who you’re talking to, and when you can prove the value of those conversations during a campaign or after the fact.  “

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

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Student Journalism Hard Hitting

A College Media Matters brief and video posting that introduces readers to the work of a motivated and powerful student managing editor who has suffered reversals due to his powerful stance: “In late April, the North Wind Board of Directors removed NMU assistant professor Cheryl Reed from her faculty adviser role and rejected Williams’s application for editor-in-chief — even though he was the only candidate for the job. Reed and Williams have filed a lawsuit in response that is currently still pending.”

 

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“DreamyWeed” by Psychonaught

Legalized Marijuana  Economics

A Think Progress piece that discusses the falling prices of marijuana, and showing the economic and political reasons as to why this deflation matters: “With numerous other jurisdictions watching what happens in Colorado, though, there’s pressure to deliver on the economic promises of legalization as well as its potential to reshape the criminal justice system. Tax revenues from recreational marijuana sales in calendar year 2014 came in significantly under what was predicted, but the state still netted upwards of $70 million from recreational, medical, and business license taxes in that first year. And the same market evolutions that are dragging prices down for recreational consumers and pushing overall sales revenue up will in turn prove beneficial to state coffers.”

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Sharing Economy Under Fire

A Tech Policy Daily posting that discusses the many pitfalls facing the so-called ‘sharing economy’, the fundamental one which is its inability to provide for the workers, and the legal ramifications of this: “Uber, the ride-sharing giant that over the last several years has revolutionized transportation in many of the world’s major cities, has encountered more pushback to its disruptive impact on transit: a ruling that the drivers participating in its network are actually employees. This ruling should not be taken lightly, as it undermines some of the founding principles for companies like Uber, thereby posing a potential threat to the sharing economy as a whole.

 

While Uber has faced pushback from local governments and legacy taxicab companies, the latest blow came not from elected representatives, but from the California Labor Commission, which ruled that a former Uber driver qualified under state law as a full-fledged employee, not as an independent contractor, as the company considers all of its drivers. The former driver, the commission held, was therefore entitled to more than $4,000 in business expenses and interest. While the damages amount is peanuts to Uber, its implications are huge, as Uber may now be required under California law to pay its drivers overtime, minimum wage, and worker’s comp.”

6.23.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

No matter one’s potential, the actual potency of the potentiation of such latent capacity or possible manifestation must both flower and wither in some measure according to fate and fortune and will and discipline and character and so on and so forth till one takes a final wondering breath at all the amazement and triviality that have coursed through one’s life, through all the ups and downs one’s only responsibility to stand in service to something that is larger than fantasy or cupidity or self-aggrandizement, something that gives a glimmer of hope for a future that is less maniacal with murder and mayhem and collective suicidal impulse than is the wild and monstrous madness that so completely characterizes so much of the sociopolitical and political economic arenas of the contemporary human realm.

Quote of the Day
“Every man thinks God is on his side.  The rich and powerful know he is. …With God, what is terrible is that one never knows whether it’s not just a trick of the devil. …God is on everyone’s side … and in the last analysis, he is on the side with plenty of money and large armies.” Jean Anouilh
This Day in History

340px-Mary_Cassatt_-_Portrait_of_the_Artist_-_MMA_1975.319.1Today is International Widow’s Day and United Nations Public Service Day, as well as a moment for traditional Midsummer’s celebration day in multiple traditions; in Japan eight hundred thirty-five years ago, the opening of the Samurai conflict, the Genpei War, unfolded; exactly a century hence, in 1280, the Granadian Emirate for a time forestalled further advances in the Spanish Reconquista with its victory at the Battle of Moclin; on his fourth voyage to what is now Canada, Henry Hudson faced a fiercely mutinous crew on this day four hundred four years before the here and now, which resulted in his son and seven loyal shipmates’ accompanying him aboard an open boat, adrift in what is now the frozen waters of Hudson Bay, where they all disappeared without a discernible trace; three hundred thirty-two years ahead of this moment in time, a thousand miles South in the British colonies, leader of Pennsylvania, William Penn, signed a friendship treaty with the Lenni Lenape Indians of that realm; three decades henceforth, in 1713, French Nova Scotians, who called themselves Acadians—hence the moniker, a Cajun—received a year’s notice to swear allegiance to England or abscond with themselves to other parts of the wide world; forty-four year afterward, in 1757, during one of the first worldwide capitalist meltdowns that led to military conflict, a relatively small force of British troops routed a much larger Indian force at the Battle of Plassey; two hundred twenty-one years back, Russia’s Second Queen Catherine deigned to permit Jewish residents to settle in Kiev; eighteen years subsequently, in 1812,Britain sought to forestall war with the United States by equalizing trade relations; a hundred and seventy-nine years ahead of today’s unfolding, the political economist James Mill drew a final breath; twelve years beyond that conjunction, in 1848, across the English Channel in yet another upheaval between aristocratic righteousness and new ways of doing business, the June Days solidarityuprising unfolded in Paris; twelve years hence, in 1860, across the Atlantic and Washington, the United States established the Government Printing Office; eight years later, in 1868, a patent issued in the United States for a workable type-writer; a year more than a quarter century closer to now, in 1894, the Kinsey family welcomed a boy who would become the renowned sexologist, Alfred Kinsey; a century and five years prior to just this juncture, the male infant uttered a first cry who would grow up as the surrealist playwright Jean Anouilh; seven hundred thirty-one days more along time’s arc, in 1912, another baby boy joined his mother and father, the Turings, on his way to life as the math and computer wizard, Alan Turing; the Greeks defeated the Bulgarians in actions that occurred during the Second Balkan War; eighty-nine years ago, the College Board administered the first Scholastic Aptitude Test; three years on the dot after that, in 1929, a baby girl came bouncing into the Carter Family midst whose destiny was to sing and writer as June Carter until she married Johnny Cash; seventy-two years before today, a baby boy was born who would mature as ‘father-of-the-Internet,’ and leader of the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, Vincent Cerf; three years exactly after that point, in 1946, one upshot of World War Two manifested itself as the victory of the National Democratic Front in Indian elections;  three hundred sixty five days later precisely, in 1947, around the world in the United States Senate joined the House of Representatives in helping to crush the U.S. Labor movement with a divide-and-conquer Southern strategy by upholding Truman’s veto of the Taft- Hartley Act; four years afterward, in 1951, a baby boy entered the world who would grow up as Angelo Falcón and found what would become the Latin American Policy Institute; eight more years later, in 1959,convicted spy and traitor Klaus Fuchs got off much easier than the Rosenbergs when he left prison after 9 years to emigrate to East Germany and continue his scientific career; a year after that point, in 1960,  the first oral contraceptive came onto the market; another twelve years down the road, in 1972,  Richard Nixon could’ve used some contraceptive advice when he elected to record his plans with his Chef of Staff to obstruct the FBI investigation into the Watergate break-in, and the Civil Rights Act’s ninth Title first started its prohibition of academic sexual discrimination; one year thereafter, in 2014, the final batch of Syria’s acknowledged chemical weapons shipped out to designated facilities for destruction. From Wikipedia Day in History

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DEALING RATIONALLY WITH ‘RACE,’ NO MATTER HOW DIFFICULT
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/23/pers-j23.html      From World Socialist Website, a deeply analytical and historically and socially contextual assessment of Charleston, White Supremacy, divide-and-conquer, and the faux ‘conversation’ on race that is happening obsessively in every mediated outlet just now, only the tiniest slices of which proffer more than fetish or fantasy about the meaning or implications of how bigotry and color chauvinism have developed and eviscerated class consciousness or working-class power or grassroots democracy at every turn of the screw here in the land of gringos and Yankees and ‘exceptionalist’ thinkers: “The slave-owning class was crushed through a massive social mobilization in the form of the American Civil War, in which, supposed genetic coding aside, 300,000 white people in the North set out to ‘die to make men free, in the words of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

The decades following the Civil War saw economic development at a dizzying pace, including the massive expansion of cities and industrialization on a hitherto unknown scale.  These processes came together with the growth of the workers’ movement and militant strikes.  Many of those who had led the fight against slavery—the great abolitionist Wendell Phillips is one example—became active in the labor movement.

In the South, where sharecropping replaced slavery, the last two decades of the 19th century saw the emergence of populist movements that drew the support of millions of agricultural workers, white and black.

It was under these conditions that legal segregation was enshrined by the Supreme Court (in the 1896 case of Plessy vs. Ferguson) and racist violence was actively encouraged and promoted.  The Ku Klux Klan had as its goal not only the terrorizing of blacks, but—inextricably tied to this—the defeat of all efforts to unify black and white workers on the basis of their common class interests.

The social progress of African-Americans in the subsequent period would have been impossible without the workers’ movement, including the Russian Revolution and the great industrial struggles of the 1930s and subsequent decades.

In the first decades of the 20th century, the socialist-minded workers and intellectuals who spearheaded the organization of the industrial unions courageously fought against the racism that was encouraged by the corporations and the old AFL craft unions.  However, these efforts, particularly in the South, were compromised by the unions’ political alliance with the Democratic Party, at that time the party of segregation and white supremacy.”

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The University of Akron Press  is calling for poetry manuscripts for their annual Akron Poetry Prize. The winner receives $1500 and publication. Carmen Giménez Smith is the judge.

cahoodaloodaling  seeks prose, poetry, and art for their upcoming issue with the theme of Grit by the Glass.

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: THE JOY OF LESS 
There’s a move afoot to simplify our lives, both in terms of material possessions and in commitments of our time. We have to learn to say no! We have noticed at Chicken Soup for the Soul that we have received hundreds of stories over the years about people happily simplifying their lives, cutting back on material possessions, and reducing their time commitments so they can focus on what is important to them and their families. Share your own stories or resolutions about the joy of less! You will receive $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it. Deadline January 15, 2016.

THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE – The Peter Blazey Fellowship

This prize is proudly supported by THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE

The Peter Blazey Fellowship was established to honour the memory of Peter Blazey – journalist, author and gay activist – and has been made available through the generosity of Clive Blazey and Tim Herbert, brother and partner of Peter Blazey. .. The Fellowship is awarded annually to writers in the non-fiction fields of biography, autobiography and life writing and is intended to further a work in progress. Applications will be judged on literary merit, and the winner will be supported in his or her work by a prize of approximately $15 000, and a one-month writer-in-residency at The Australian Centre.

The 2016 Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize is open for entries!

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize is open for submissions April 1 through June 30, 2015. There is NO fee to enter this contest and international entries are welcome.

Please realize that this is a chapbook competition for 20-40 pages of poetry. Entries with fewer than 20 pages will simply be discarded.

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Crain Managing Editor  Detroit MI

-Assist in story ideation
-Suggest qualified writers for stories
-Draft assignment letters and answer writer questions
-Work closely with art director to determine appropriate word counts for stories and assist in assembling bed sheets
-Work with art director to ensure that layout and story themes are aligned and determine article order in publication
-Perform primary edits/re-writes

etc.

Local company seeking: Writer/Blogger (wichita)

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Local company looking for someone to help write content for our website, write blog posts, write neighborhood overviews, sales follow up letters, etc. Some journalistic/writing experience required.

 

News Reporter KRNV-TV Reno NV –

Make your mark in Broadcasting. Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc is one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the nation, programming 162 stations located in 79 geographically diverse markets after pending transactions. Our success is the result of extraordinary employees and an exemplary management team who believes in a vision and is dedicated to making Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc a communications powerhouse. We are advancing the world of Broadcasting and we want YOU to join our winning team!

Federal Times Senior Writer Needed Gannett Government Media 

Staff Writer

Federal Times seeks an experienced journalist to produce great content with a focus on covering technology and management issues within the federal government. We seek someone who can quickly grasp the emerging technology trends of the day as well as the policy, personnel and budget issues of government and explain how they fit into the federal context and affect our viewers/readers.

Journalist of the Future Hickory, North Carolina 

The Hickory Daily Record seeks a hard-charging, enterprising reporter to join its award-winning staff as a staff writer.

The HDR, a 15,000-circulation daily (20K on Sundays), needs a reporter who can cover breaking news, while also digging deeper into enterprise and investigative stories that affect the community. We need a reporter who is comfortable churning out daily copy, as well as in-depth enterprise projects. We need somebody who wants to get the story first AND correct, and who is well-versed in social media and the new digital era of journalism.

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Library New Technology

A Nextgov posting of an interesting new possibility for all interested in technology and archived records: “The Librarian is a surprisingly powerful role. In addition to claiming one of the best titles in government (though The Atlantic’s staff is split on whether “Senate Sergeant-at-Arms” or “U.S. Chief Justice” trump it), the new Librarian assumes considerable powers. This person will not only run the largest library in the world, with thousands of staff of its own, but also oversee the Copyright Office, the department which manages the U.S. copyright system. This gives them the power to declare what constitutes a copyright violation and what doesn’t.”

Standing Up to Prison Abuse 

A Truth Dig posting that discusses prisoners and prison advocate organizations that are taking action to resist the profitable business of exploiting prisoners for underpaid labor: “The men have become symbols of a growing resistance movement inside American prisons. The prisoners’ work stoppages and refusal to co-operate with authorities in Alabama are modeled on actions that shook the Georgia prison system in December 2010. The strike leaders argue that this is the only mechanism left to the 2.3 million prisoners across America. By refusing to work—a tactic that would force prison authorities to hire compensated labor or to induce the prisoners to return to their jobs by paying a fair wage—the neoslavery that defines the prison system can be broken. Prisoners are currently organizing in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Texas, Virginia and Washington. “

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Union Teacher Sacked

A Portside article that talks about the fierce student involvement in the possibly wrongful firing of an excellent teacher who was a union organizer: “Heise, an educator and activist who was active in the recently successful campaign to unionize his school—one of the most prominent charter chains in Chicago, which has recently come under heavy fire for accusations of corruption—was fired earlier this month for reasons the administration has declined to comment on. (The school did not respond to requests for an interview.) But according to students at Tuesday’s protest, Alex Rock, the school’s principal, told students that Mr. Heise was fired for failing to turn in students’ grades and assignments. Other students say they think Heise was fired for showing a Victoria’s Secret commercial to a class during a discussion about how the media influences and distorts teens’ body image and confidence. (Heise declined to comment on his case in light of upcoming legal challenges to his firing.)” 

 

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 Socialist Review of Blockbuster Film

A World Socialist Web Site review of a mega popular blockbuster Hollywood offering that touches lightly on larger points of contemporary political and cultural reality: “The machinations of Hoskins, presented in a very straightforward—one might say simplistic—manner as the villain here, include working with the top scientist to develop dinosaurs especially for use in warfare. More time could have been spent on this, to be sure, but the fact that this element is even presented in a negative light in a blockbuster summer release bears noting.

One would like to consider this a let-up in the relentless drumbeat for war that Hollywood has been only too glad to take part in. That might be premature, though the failure of the mercenaries and their firepower to contain (or survive) their fight against the rogue Indominus, who succumbs to the mighty bites of other resurrected/created creatures instead, seems a step in the right direction.”

480px-The_Earth_seen_from_Apollo_17Ideological Clash Over Pope’s Words

A Naked Capitalism post that discusses what happens when academicians trip over ideological differences without even taking into account the substance of what the other party is saying: “A New York Times article entitled “Championing Environment, Francis Takes Aim at Global Capitalism” quotes a conventional Harvard economist, Robert N. Stavins. Stavins is enraged by Pope Francis’ position on the environment because the Pope is “opposed to the world economic order.” The rage, unintentionally, reveals why conventional economics is the most dangerous ideology pretending to be a “science.” 

Stavins’ attacks on the Pope quickly became personal and dismissive. This is odd, for Pope Francis’ positions on the environment are the same as Stavins’ most important positions. Stavins’ natural response to the Pope’s views on the environment – had Stavin not been an economist – would have been along the lines of “Pope Francis is right, and we urgently need to make his vision a reality.””

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS
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“Internet1” by Rock1997 – Own work
Ad Blocking the Ad Blockers

An Econsultancy article that discusses the emergence of a technology that hopes to deliver more hits to dwindling media companies who still seek to subsist on an arguably outdated revenue method: “While ad blocker blockers are not new, the pedigree of Sourcepoint’s founding team is raising eyebrows and might give hope to publishers desperate for a solution to ad blockers, which by some estimates are now used by more than 100m consumers in the United States.

But even if Sourcepoint’s technology delivers as promised, is it really a panacea for publishers? “

 

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Film Discussing Dystopian Drone Policing Future

A World Socialist Web Site review of an important South African film that examines the intersection of technology, social inequality, and class warfare, albeit possibly failing to reach the mark: “While it is clear from the portrayal of Tetravaal and its CEO that Blomkamp bears no love for the military industrial complex, far from it, what does he make of the majority of the South African population?

And what is the filmmaker’s attitude toward the massive police deployment—human or otherwise—apparently needed to quell a situation described more than once as the “city eating itself”?

One is struck by the wasted opportunities, or only half-developed themes and material, in Blomkamp’s works. The subject matter chosen for his three major films— Elysium, involving issues of social inequality; District 9, with its themes of immigrants and poverty; and now Chappie with severe poverty, crime and a militarized police force—is obviously serious, but it begs for more profound and critical treatment.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Confederate Flag Must Come Down

A New York Times opinion piece that discusses the historical facts of the displaying of a flag that really only stands for the worst sorts of bigotry, which supporters couch it in terms of ‘honoring heritage’: “Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican presidential candidate from South Carolina, who initially said the flag was “part of who we are,” urged the Legislature to remove the flag from the Capitol grounds. He said, “I hope that, by removing the flag, we can take another step toward healing and recognition — and a sign that South Carolina is moving forward.” State lawmakers who must vote on removing it need to do that now and show the nation they understand the pain this symbol of hate and brutality causes to this day.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Adjunct Teaching Woes

A Guardian Op Ed look at the harrowing conditions under which adjuncts are expected to operate – and often do: “Last week, a friend came in to shop, saw me, and exclaimed, loud enough for all to hear: “What are you doing here?” Friends who know I hold two law degrees and teach at a university can’t fathom that my teaching doesn’t cover rent. Some writers have discussed adjuncts waiting tables or bagging groceries alongside their students as though it’s the ultimate degradation. I see things differently. I’m trained by the people who deliver parcels, serve meals and bag groceries and who might, any day, apply to take my courses. I am their equal, and I know it at a level most established faculty members do not. “

6.22.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

 

Caspar David Friedrich - Wanderer above the sea of fog
Caspar David Friedrich – Wanderer above the sea of fog

How one can transform impossibility, when in fact it is necessity itself, into the likeliest possibility imaginable is, on the one hand, no easier that imagining how to change the course of a moving train while one is riding in it toward an approaching precipice, and, on the other hand as simple as foretelling the birth of some magical child from the loins of two strangers who have the temerity, despite all evidence to the contrary, to love each other in such beneficence and hope that they know that an infant of destiny will spring forth from their conjunction.

Quote of the Day
TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY.  Not true.  Today is another day.  We have no idea what tomorrow is going to be.  It might turn out to be another day, but we can’t be sure.  If it happens, I’ll be the first to say so.  But, you know what?  By that time, it’ll be today again. …(In a similar way of thinking), (r)eligion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day.  And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do.  And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time!
But He loves you.  He loves you, and He needs money!  He always needs money!  He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money!”  George Carlin
This Day in History
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Jonathan Davis Follow
“It will never end” – Anti-Fascist stencil, Belgrade

Today in El Salvador is Teacher Day, and in Croatia, Anti-Fascist Resistance Day; in a battle, in some ways redolent of contemporary struggle, to determine control of what is now Gaza and parts of Palestine, two thousand two hundred thirty-two years ago, a fourth Egyptian Ptolemy led forces that routed Greek fighters under the aegis of a third, so-called ‘Great,’ Antiochus; not quite half a century afterward, in 168 BCE, Roman troops won the day over the armies of Macedonian King Perseus at the battle of Pydna, thereby at once ending the Third Macedonian War and extending Roman hegemony into the Southern Balkans;half a decade less than seventeen centuries subsequently, in 1527 CE, a Romance-language remnant of Roman imperial imprimatur, Portugal, faced the wrath of indogenous Indomesians, and fled what these people now celebrate as the founding of Jakarta; five years shy of a single century after that point, in 1622,slightly further East and North in Asia, Portugal and Holland battled over control of Macau, the result of which was an extension of Portuguese colonial hegemony; eleven years later, in 1633, Galileo Galilei preferred to keep his head and therefore recanted his accurate representation of the sun’s central place in the solar system, and instead affirmed the erroneous Christian dogma that the earth was at the center of the solar system; a hundred and ninety years prior to the present pass, Britain’s Parliament passed legislation that abolished all feudal relationships in British North America; fourteen years hence, in 1839,  angry Cherokee clan members assassinated three of their erstwhile leaders who had signed the New Echota Treaty, which 395px-AmCyc_Cherokees_-_a_Cherokeejustified the infamous Trail of Tears dislocation; one hundred forty five years before the here and now, in an ironic twist on the travesties of decency and responsibility that took place during Reconstruction, Congress created the Department of Justice; a hundred twenty-eight years ahead of today’s light, an old English aristocratic family ushered in a boy baby who would grow up as the biological thinker and sire of literary genius, Julian Huxley; eleven years after that conjunction, in 1898, American imperial muscle flexed in the initiation of the invasion of Cuba, not to liberate the people there but to change their masters, and across the Atlantic a baby boy was born who went on to write of the horrific carnage of war as Erich Maria Remarque; two dozen years later, in 1922, in the united States homeland an attempt to oppress striking miners with impunity in Illinois ended in carnage, with the death of nineteen strikebreakers and three union miners at the Herrin mine near Carbondale; fourteen years after, in 1936, a male infant uttered his first cry en route to crooning and scribbling success as the songwriter and performer, Kris Kristofferson; three quarters of a century back, France kowtowed to fascist rule with an armistice that established ‘Vichy’ rule in parts of the Southeast; one short year later exactly, in 1941, Germany revealed a fundamental purpose of the Nazi experiment with the invasion of Soviet Russia in Operation_Barbarossa_6_lines_of_attack_Why_We_Fight_no._5Operation Barbarossa;another three hundred sixty five days down the pike, in 1942, on the other side of the Atlantic, in North America, the United States bowed to proto-fascist ‘patriotism’ with the Congressional enactment of a requisite Pledge of Allegianceseven hundred thirty-one days beyond that point in time, in 1944, President Roosevelt ushered in the modern intersection between ‘veterans’ and education with his signing of the so-called G.I. Bill, a ‘readjustment act’ the radical intent of which Congress gutted assiduously; two more years subsequently, in 1946, a Cuban male infant entered our midst whose destiny was to write and sing and produce music as Eliades Ochoa; exactly a year henceforth, a baby girl gulped a first breath who would eventually make a mark as the prolific writer of science fiction and consciousness, Octavia Butler; sixty-two years back, the baby girl was born who would mature as the radical rocker, Cyndi Lauper; seven years further along, in 1960, the female infant came into the world who grew up as environmental and radical lawyer, Erin Brockovich; nine years thereafter, in 1969,half a continent away in Cleveland, the Cuyahoga River caught fire, and the Clean Water Act and the Environmental Protection Agency were partial results of this grim parody of nature’s wonders; twenty-one years even closer to today, in 1990, the closing of Checkpoint Charlie signaled the tearing down of the ‘Iron Curtain’ between the former East Germany and its Marshall Funded Western counterpart; six years ago, iconic critic and gut-wrenchingly hilarious thinker George Carlin took his final breath. From WIkipedia Day in History

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A BALLISTIC BULLSHIT CORPORATE ‘FAST TRACK’ TO DOOM\

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From the genius people’s banker at the Web of Debt Blog, via Global Research, another likely futile plea for sanity and even a modicum of decency and democracy in relation to the corporate coup d’ etat that is now all but a foregone conclusion in relation to new trade treaties, if not this go-round then soon enough in predatory finance capital’s relentless acquisition to own everything in existence for all of eternity despite the fact that even that will not be nearly enough: “Fast-track authority is being sought in the Senate this week for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), along with the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) and any other such trade agreements coming down the pike in the next six years.  The terms of the TPP and the TiSA are so secret that drafts of the negotiations are to remain classified for four years or five years, respectively, after the deals have been passed into law.  How can laws be enforced against people and governments who are not allowed to know what was negotiated?

The TPP, TiSA and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (or TTIP, which covers Europe) will collectively encompass three-fourths of the world’s GDP; and they ultimately seek to encompass nearly 90 percent of GDP.  Despite this enormous global impact, fast-track authority would allow the President to sign the deals before their terms have been made public, and send implementing legislation to Congress that cannot be amended or filibustered and is not subject to the constitutional requirement of a two-thirds treaty vote.

While the deals are being negotiated, lawmakers can see their terms only under the strictest secrecy, and they can be subjected to criminal prosecution for revealing those terms.  What we know of them comes only through WikiLeaks.  The agreements are being treated as if they were a matter of grave national security, yet they are not about troop movements or military strategy.  Something else is obviously going on.

The bizarre, unconstitutional, blatantly illegal nature of this enforced secrecy was highlighted in a May 15th article by Jon Rappoport, titled ‘What Law Says the Text of the TPP Must Remain Secret?’  He wrote:

‘It seems like a case of mass hypnosis. . . .

Members of Congress are scuttling around like weasels, claiming they can’t disclose what’s in this far-reaching, 12-nation trade treaty.

They can go into a sealed room and read a draft, but they can’t copy pages, and they can’t tell the public what they just read.

Why not?

If there is a US law forbidding disclosure, name the law.

Can you recall anything in the Constitution that establishes secret treaties?

Is there a prior treaty that states the text of all treaties can be hidden from the people?’

To Congressmen who say they cannot reveal what is in a treaty that will adversely affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people, Rappoport says:

‘Wrong.  You’re lying.  You can reveal secret text.  In fact, it’s your duty. Otherwise, you’re guilty of cooperating in a RICO criminal conspiracy.'”

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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DROP FOGE & TOOL RESIDENCIES 

Drop Forge & Tool’s emphasis is on collaborative process and new work development. We prioritize applications for residencies with two or more artists working together. Individual artists are also welcome to apply, although we may ask if you are willing to share the residency space with others. Residencies are available for any length of time, from just a few days to a month. The residency fee is $300 per week to cover direct costs.  That said, we have a lot of needs here at DF&T so please contact us if you do not have the funds to cover the fee. In lieu of a fee, you might teach a class, help us with our social networking and marketing materials, or help us to beautify our spaces. We are open year-round (except December), and are currently taking applications for Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Winter 2016 sessions. Location Hudson, NY,

Little Fiction|Big Truths, a publisher of fiction and nonfiction material, has issued a call for submissions to solicit stories for a forthcoming Technology anthology about our digital lives. This anthology will contain short nonfiction stories, between 1000 and 2500 words, exploring how technology has transformed and become an extension of our lives.

 

Ricepaper, a quarterly Canadian literary magazine published since 1994, has issued a special call to receive submissions for the Fall 2015 issue. The theme for this issue is “roots”–stories that explore Canada as a country with roots that cross the Pacific ocean and across Canadian provinces and territories.  

‘Deserts of Fire’ Anthology Needs Speculative Fiction Stories Skyhorse Publishing (est. 2006) is seeking submissions for an upcoming anthology titled Deserts of Fire, a speculative fiction anthology to be published under the company’s Night Shade Books imprint. The stories in Deserts of Fire will take place in or during the Iraq War … Deadline: 06/01/2015 Pay: up to $200/story 

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Copywriter (Topeka, Kansas)

compensation: Not Disclosed

Adecco is recruiting for a Copywriter for an 8 — 10 week assignment in Topeka, KS with 1 — 2 days per week in Kansas City. Mileage and parking will be paid for the commute to the Kansas City office.

 

Resume Help (Rio Rancho NM)

compensation: TBD

I am looking for an experienced writer for help with updating and creating a standout resume and cover letters.Rio Rancho area preferred, so we can meet in person.Must excellent at selling oneself and be familiar with industry standards.

 

Copywriter Job#15-0071 (Meridian, ID)

compensation: DOE

JOB SUMMARY:

We are looking for a COPYWRITER to support internal and external communication efforts producing copy for online and print materials relevant to the appropriate target audiences. Our ideal candidate will be a self-starter who is willing to take initiative, work in an environment with changing priorities and have the ability to generate well-crafted content and marketing solutions with reverence to Western States Cat Vision, brand voice and product/service offerings. 

 

Writer / Editor (Twin Falls Idaho)

compensation: Depends upon experience
Progressive Publishing is seeking an experienced writer/editor to cover the U.S. beef cattle and forage production industries for its national magazines. The candidate must demonstrate proven abilities to write and comprehensively report on topics related to beef and agricultural production. We are seeking a proven communicator who can handle deadlines and multiple assignments from supervising editors, and collaborate with team members on production and content development. Experience with social media and writing content for the web is a plus. This individual would work primarily for Progressive Cattleman and Progressive Forage Grower publications in our Jerome, Idaho office. Send cover letter, resume and references to: show contact info .

need creative writer / script writer for educational video project (Walla Walla WA)

compensation: Hourly rate or sum total compensation for satisfactory delivery of final script.

Company seeking writing skills for the development of course material for an educational video. Packaged in a story line providing entertainment as well as valuable content.

Screenplay Writer (Greeley CO)

compensation: Let’s discuss and see what works for both of us
contract job

I am looking for a partner to work with to produce a script to produce my 1st feature film.
I’ve been working on a script for a while now based on a concept but writing is not my gift, hopeful it’s yours! 
ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

The Orwellian Future is Here

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Laura Loveday flickr

 

A Counter Punch review of Orwell’s work and that of other dystopian thinkers who might have found the current moment even more fearsome than they imagined: “In spite of his vivid imagination, “Orwell never could have imagined that the National Security Agency (NSA) would amass metadata on billions of our phone calls and 200 million of our text messages every day. Orwell could not have foreseen that our government would read the content of our emails, file transfers, and live chats from the social media we use.”[11] Edward Snowden and other critics are correct about the dangers of the state’s infringement of privacy rights, but their analysis should be taken further by linking the issue of citizen surveillance with the rise of “networked societies,” global flows of power, and the emergence of a totalitarian ethos that defies even state-based control.[12] For Orwell, domination was state imposed and bore the heavy hand of unremitting repression and a smothering language that eviscerated any appearance of dissent, erased historical memory, and turned the truth into its opposite. For Orwell, individual freedom was at risk under the heavy hand of state terrorism.”

Pope Joins Social Movements

A TeleSur brief that discusses the pontiff’s true involvement with the people, pointing to the committment expressed in his historic encyclical: “Delegations from over 34 countries have confirmed that they will join Pope Francis at the second World Meeting of Social Movements in Bolivia next month, organizers confirmed this week. Pope Francis gained popularity with social movements this week, after he released his historic encyclical in which he called for “decisive action” on climate change, stopping short of calling it a moral duty.”

"Film strip" by Bart from New Orleans, Louisiana, Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
“Film strip” by Bart from New Orleans, Louisiana,

Working Class Film

A World Socialist Web Site review of a film that seeks to address the realities of working class French, with mixed results: “The film’s concern with the conditions of the working class is a welcome change from the self-obsession of the upper middle class and trivial fodder too often offered up by the French film industry. La loi du marché has had success both at the box office and with critics—though doubtless for somewhat different reasons.Nevertheless, the film adds up to somewhat less than the sum of its parts. The situation Brizé has chosen to represent certainly contains the potential for drama. Yet the filmgoer comes away with little other than a certain elemental anger and frustration from La loi du marché. Its approach, apparently influenced by figures like Britain’s Ken Loach and the Dardenne brothers from Belgium, skates across the surface of working class life.”

Farmworkers in Baja California, Mexico earned $7 to $8 per day—not hour—before the historic strike, making it even more difficult to walk off the job and forgo what little wages they earned. (Peter Haden / Flickr)

Migrant Workers Documentary

An In These Times documentary review that discusses a film that exposes to viewers, almost for the first time, the ghastly struggles of the migrant workers who place the food we all eat on the table: ““This is a tremendously wealthy food system,” Holt-Gimenez says. “Six trillion dollars a year. It’s just very poorly distributed.” It is the nature of the food system, he says, to render workers like Ana invisible. “When you pick up an apple, you don’t see the labor in that apple . . . You walk down the grocery aisle, think about all this phantom labor embodied in all those products. We don’t see it.”

“Invisible Hands” begins to make that phantom labor visible.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Facebook Policy Blunder

A Wired piece that calls facebook to task for its overreaching new ‘security’ attempt: “I am one of many casualties of Facebook’s recently rejiggered “authentic name” policy, wherein anonymous users can report a name as fake and trigger a verification process. Part of the motivation is stopping the proliferation of celebrity imposter accounts and profiles made for pets. But it’s also allowed Facebook to shutter the accounts of real people, based on “authenticity.” What does “authentic” mean, though? It’s both confusing and contextual, because identity itself is confusing and contextual.”

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How To Succeed in Writing Without Really Trying

A tongue-in-cheek Counter Currents posting that discusses the one thing that allows a worst-person-in-the-world writer to achieve literary fame: “For Charles Bukowski, the description above not only added to his “mystique” but was virtually indistinguishable from his art. More than two decades after his death, he remains a revered and widely-read literary legend — known as much for his lifestyle choices as his poetry.

So, to those who wonder: How does one become one of those cool, edgy, infamous, underground writers like Buk?”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Novel Google Projects

A Fortune posting that discusses innovative news, media, and social engagement ventures: “The News Lab at Google, run by former YouTube executive Olivia Ma, launched three interesting projects on Thursday, all of which are focused to some extent on crowd-sourced or networked journalism. The first, known as YouTube Newswire, is a joint venture between the video platform and Storyful, the News Corp.-owned service that specializes in verifying content that comes from social media.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

"SIG Pro by Augustas Didzgalvis"
“SIG Pro by Augustas Didzgalvis”

Sociopathy Symptom of Larger Sociopolitical Pathology

An Information Clearing House article that draws an interesting parallel between the action of violent hate-crime perpetrators and the larger sociopathic murder instinct prevalent in the imperial militaristic mindset that has defined global policy for decades, if not longer: “Mass murders have increased fourteenfold in the United States since the 1960s, sociologist Peter Turchin wrote two and a half years ago, after the Sandy Hook killings. In his essay, called “Canaries in a Coal Mine,” Turchin made a disturbing comparison: Mass murderers kill the same way soldiers do, without personal hatred for their victims but to right some large social wrong. He called it the “principle of social substitutability” — substituting a particular group of people for a general wrong.

“On the battlefield,” Turchin wrote, “you are supposed to try to kill a person whom you’ve never met before. You are not trying to kill this particular person, you are shooting because he is wearing the enemy uniform. . . . Enemy soldiers are socially substitutable.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

History of Youth Organization

A Library of Congress posting that commemorates a longstanding American institution: “Based on Robert Baden-Powell’s international scouting movement, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was a remarkable institution that expanded rapidly following its introduction into America in 1910. Primary goals of the American movement were to help boys develop the skills, the knowledge, and the “character” required to better serve themselves and their country. The BSA constructed an impressive national program that answered every community’s call for service. One of the organization’s` major success stories, however, was the amazing number of fathers who volunteered to participate. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.”

 

6.19.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

vigilAs often as not, we fetishize our problems, focusing on issues and dynamics that will no more address the real dilemmas that we face than, for instance, obsessing about ‘climate’ will deal with the need to share resources and find ways to work together for mutual benefit that accompany shifting tides and rising waters, or fixating on identity will ever grapple with the inequality and inequity and iniquity that are systemically ubiquitous and therefore require other than an individualistic approach, or any of innumerable other cases of distraction and diversion and displacement that we generally permit mediated portals to proffer in the place of actual engagement and critical thinking and strategic action, which are our responsibility to develop on our own behalf unless we want to devolve in a morass of dissolution and decline that means the practical end of any truly ‘human’ project. 

Quote of the Day
“I have been in many countries and I have found there people examining their own love of life, sense of peril, their own common sense.  The one thing they cannot understand is why that same love of life, sense of peril and above all common sense, is not invariably shared among their leaders and rulers.
Then let me use what I suppose is my last minute of worldwide attention to speak not as one of a nation but as one of mankind.  I use it to reach all men and women of power.  Go back.  Step back now.  Agreement between you does not need cleverness, elaboration, manoeuvres.  It needs common sense, and above all, a daring generosity.  Give, give, give!
It would succeed because it would meet with worldwide relief, acclaim and rejoicing: and unborn generations will bless your name.”  William Golding; Nobel Acceptance Speech
This Day in History

 

Emancipation Day celebration in Richmond, Virginia in 1905
Emancipation Day celebration in Richmond, Virginia in 1905

Today is World Sickle Cell Day and, in an entirely different vein, World Sauntering Day, as well as being, in the United States, ‘Juneteenth,’ celebrating the acknowledgement of slavery’s end in Texas, in 1865; in France seven hundred forty-six years ago, a ninth King Louis ordered that any Jew who failed to wear a yellow identification badge would be liable to a ten livres fine, payable in silver; four hundred and twenty-nine years prior to today, British colonists on Roanoke Island, trying to stave off complete annihilation, left their homes for parts unknown; one hundred and ninety-four years in advance of this moment in time, Ottoman forces temporarily consolidated their control of Hungarian regions by crushing the Filiki Eteria at Drågåsani; four decades and one year subsequently, in 1862, the US. Congress officially outlawed slavery and overturned the Dred Scott decision;fourteen decades back, Herzegovinians rose up against Ottoman rule in an initial rebellion that foretold the coming of World War One; one hundred and two years before the here and now, South Africa’s White supremacist government passed legislation that laid a foundation for apartheid in the Native Land Act; one year past that juncture, in 1914, roughly seven thousand miles Northwest, a East Tennessee baby boy was born who would sing his way to legendary status as Earl Flatt;

 half a decade closer to today, in 1919, a baby girl came along who would mature as the well-known critic and media analyst, Pauline Kael; fifteen years more along time’s arc, in 1934, the U.S. Congress further consolidated monopoly media control with the faux- populist Federal Communications Act; three years later, in 1937, Peter Pan’s creator, J.M. Barrie, made a final exit; eight more years down the road, in 1945, a male child entered our midst who would become the popular short-story writer and memoirist, Tobias Wolff; two more years further on, in 1947, another baby male entered the world as a Subcontinental Muslim, whose fate was to1988_Salman_Rushdie_The_Satanic_Verses become the popular, controversial, and critical composer of fiction and prose, Salman Rushdie; sixty two years in advance of our present pass, the United States government killed Julius and Ethel Rosenberg; twelve years further on, in 1965, in additional ‘Cold War’ barbarity, the United States installed a puppet regime in Vietnam, led by general Nguyen Cao Ky; thirty seven years ago, in an embodiment of the ironic state of mind and thinking, the comic strip Garfield began publication, soon enough to become the most widely syndicated comic in history; four years henceforth, in 1982, bypassers on the Blackfriars Bridge found the body of Vatican Bank insider Roberto Calvi hanging from the end of a rope; eleven years more proximate to the present instant, in 1993, Nobel Prize winning author William Golding breathed his last; just a year shy of two decades after that conjunction, in 2012, Julian Assange sought and received asylum in London’s Ecuadorian embassy for protection from extradition for sexual assault charges that would lead to his indictment for starting WikiLeaksjust one year hence, in 2013, folk and country crooner Slim Whitman died. From Wikipedia Day in History

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FALSE BELIEFS, REAL TERROR: EASY ANSWERS, HARD CHOICES

http://thinkprogress.org/culture/2015/06/19/3671684/charleston-shooting-confederate-flag/        A current opinion essay from Think Progress as impassioned and full of personal insight about the author as it is historically and analytically incomplete and confused, in that it provides on the one hand powerful testimony to the author’s feelings at the same time that in conflates ill-defined and dubious assumptions about ‘race’ and ideology with a ‘liberal’ world view that would more than anything hope and pray that murders like those in Charleston would be easy to fix and prevent without having to deal with any deeply-rooted issues of social construction and how ruling classes rule and oppressed classes overturn that rule, a pattern of pseudo-analysis, unfortunately, that characterizes almost all of the outpouring of pain and grief that has followed in the wake of this most recent instance of socially-promulgated terror in the ‘belly of the beast’ that is contemporary capitalism at the heart of imperial United States venues, apattern that appears in assessments of political responses to this murderous outrage, in feminist paeans to Black women’s oppression, in fatuous reflections on the murderer’s equivalence to ‘White America,’ in media advisories that view this incident and its aftermath as a matter of careful ‘public relations,’ or even in much more nuanced and historically fascinating accounts that are way too brief and inconclusive, or in the untold hundreds of thousands of other links to this contemporary expression of violence and horror and predation and dissolution, some of which shows up as research about such outbreaks of mass murder generally in the U.S.:swamp-169168_640
“As journalists scrambled to unearth more information about Roof on Thursday morning, one piece of damning evidence emerged: A Facebook picture of him on top of his car bearing a license plate with different versions of the Confederate flag.  In case it wasn’t clear, the flags were surrounded by the words ‘Confederate States of America.’
…In the wake of what appears to be a racist hate crime, people are simply asking the obvious: Why does a historic emblem of racial intolerance — which was clearly a beloved symbol for this alleged murderer of African Americans — still have a prominent place in front of South Carolina’s legislative halls of power?
              …(I)f Roof’s senseless rampage tells us anything, it’s that, while the Confederate flag is certainly about heritage, it is and always has been about hate.  By being part of Roof’s constellation of negative influences, the symbol of the Confederacy — and the history behind it — is once again associated with the pointless murder of people of color.  A flag didn’t create Roof’s apparent hostility towards black people, but the state’s obsession with it fomented his hatred with misguided pride.  A flag didn’t guide his hand as he loaded his gun on Wednesday, but it gave him a banner under which to justify his actions.  And a flag didn’t force Roof to open fire on a group of unarmed African American worshippers during a church Bible study, but it was waving all the same — in license plate form — as he drove away from the slaughter.
…The Southern obsession with the Civil War shores up a society that, if not always physically segregated, is clearly ideologically so: According to a 2014 poll commissioned by The State, 61 percent of South Carolinians think the flag should continue to fly, while only 33 percent say it should be taken down.  Things get even worse when you break the results down by race: 73 percent of whites in South Carolina support flying the flag, but 61 percent of blacks say it should be removed.”
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HOWLING BIRD PRESS FICTION AWARD 
$25 ENTRY FEE.
The competition is open to all writers in English, whether published or unpublished. Author of the winning manuscript receives a cash award of $1,000, which serves as an advance, with book subsequently published by Howling Bird Press under a standard book contract. Deadline June 30, 2015. Manuscripts may be a collection of short stories or a short novel. The collection of short stories may include a novella. Manuscripts should be 40,000–60,000 words.

WRITERS OMI AT LEDIG HOUSE 
We welcome published writers and translators of every type of literature. International, cultural and creative exchange is a foundation of our mission, and a wide distribution of national background is an important part of our selection process. Location Ghent, New York. Application deadlines July 15, October 20. No fees and no stipends.

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M Literary Residencies  is still accepting applications from writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama for residencies in Shanghai, China, and at Sangam House near Bangalore, India.

Pilgrimage welcomes previously unpublished creative nonfiction, fiction, translation, and poetry year-round via Submittable and snail mail. We generally feature one artist per issue with full color artwork on the covers and black and white artwork in the magazine’s interior. Send what you think might fit, regardless of whether or not it matches an upcoming themed issue. Simultaneous submissions are fine, provided you notify us if the work is accepted elsewhere. Our response time is approximately 8-10 weeks after the closing of an issue’s theme.
The Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is an annual grant of $1,500 for an emerging writer of color. An unpublished writer is preferred, although publication of one work of short fiction or academic work will not disqualify an applicant. This grant is intended to support the recipient in activities related to crime fiction writing and career development. She or he may choose from activities that include workshops, seminars, conferences, and retreats; online courses; and research activities required for completion of the work.
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Unionizing Airport Workers

An In These Times posting that documents successful efforts by contract airport employees to get a fair wage: “After over a year of worker strikes and solidarity from a labor and faith coalition, Philadelphia International Airport contracted workers received assurance that they can form a union without retaliation and will be paid a $12 minimum wage­­—up from rates as low as $7.25 per hour plus tips. This is a major victory for contracted workers across the country whose bosses and workplaces regularly take advantage of indirect employment arrangements to avoid responsibility for workers’ rights and conditions.”

Migrant Injustice

An offering by a photojournalist blogger who studies migration issues, and looks at not only the harsh and sad condition of immigrants, but mentions the reasons that empire creates that drive migration: “This focus on traffickers helps political leaders avoid shouldering responsibility for the conditions that drive migrants from their homes and make migration a necessity for survival. Further, demonizing traffickers has become a tool of foreign policy. The U.S. rates countries on their efforts to stop trafficking, and allies like the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and the Netherlands score at the top, despite widespread economic exploitation and attacks on immigrants. U.S. enemies, from Iran to North Korea, with relatively smaller roles in world migration, conveniently rate at the bottom.”

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Renewal in a Post Industrial Town

A Chief Organizer blog entry that looks at the many organizations and initiatives seeking to breathe new life into one of the most important post industrial towns in the Northeast: “Compared to Youngstown, Detroit, and some other Midwestern US cities, Pittsburgh has a “good press” arguing that they are making the transition from heavy industry and its poisonous smokestacks to something like the clean jobs of big healthcare and high tech. The city has shrunk though the metropolitan area is large. Abandonment is everywhere, just hidden better behind dense trees and hillsides. 

Commemorating Victims of Hate Crime

A Good posting that lends to readers a brief look into the lives of those who tragically died in yet another recent bigoted hate crime: “Nine people died last night when Dylann Storm Roof, a 21-year-old white male, opened fire on their bodies at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in South Carolina. Here are their names:”

solidaritySocialism in the Future

A Monthly Review announcement of a recent conference that seeks to map out the future of the entire political structure of the coming decades: “Among the many panels and plenaries at the Conference of the Society for Socialist Studies, which met in Ottawa June 2-5, was a Book Launch for Marta Harnecker’s latest English-language book, A World to Build: New Paths toward Twenty-First Century Socialism (translated by Federico Fuentes), Monthly Review Press.”

Unions for Interns

A Portside brief that looks at a recent decision to unionize so as to level the playing field and increase access to career advancement for all: “Nobody expects an internship to make one rich — but for many, the entire experience has become simply unattainable.

 
Reynaldo Leal tells NPR doing an internship was impossible. “I was going to school on the GI Bill, and when it came time to look at internships I couldn’t make the pay (or lack of pay) work when it came to providing for my family,” Leal says. “A couple of weeks of not getting paid meant affecting my family’s budget to the point of not paying rent or bills. It seemed like internships were for kids with no major responsibilities.”
 
The debate has been heating up for years. The main argument against internships is that they filter out lower income students who may lack in means what they have in potential. As NPR’s Anya Kamenetz wrote in a 2006 op-ed for The New York Times: “They fly in the face of meritocracy — you must be rich enough to work without pay to get your foot in the door. And they enhance the power of social connections over ability to match people with desirable careers.”
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An abandoned elementary school in south Atlanta. Image by Flickr user Zlatko Unger.

Education Disparity

A Good posting that analyzes the paradox of high illiteracy in one of the most literate cities in the land, a factor attributable to the lack of concern for the poorest citizens: Over 40 percent of high-schoolers in Atlanta do not graduate in four years, double the national drop-out average. (Even those with a high school diploma face the second-highest unemployment rates in the nation, worse only for those in Detroit.) Put simply, if you are born poor in Atlanta, you are highly likely to remain poor. A recent study named Atlanta’s Fulton County among the worst at lifting poor children out of poverty. Of the 2,478 U.S. counties examined, Fulton fared better than only about six percent.”

Social Storytelling

A Journalism article that discusses the success of a social storytelling site that has succeeded through being flexible with the platform and the message delivery: “Now, the reported.ly team has built a community who is constantly engaging in conversation on Facebook and Twitter and, last month, it launched a beta website hosted under parent company First Look Media.

Malachy Browne, managing editor and anchor of reported.ly in Europe, spoke to Journalism.co.uk about how reported.ly has been approaching social storytelling, the importance of engagement and how news organisations should build relationships with their audience.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Future of Journalism

A Nieman Lab posting that looks at some scenarios that, thanks to technological advances as well as consumer demand, show where the business and discipline of journalism are really going: “To go about defining these scenarios, the Dutch Journalism Fund took an unorthodox approach. Using a method pioneered by energy-company Shell, the fund gathered 150 journalists, editors, freelancers, businessmen, scientists, and technologists for a series of conferences, meetings, and interviews. Over the course of the meetings, stakeholders whittled down big picture questions to 70 or so themes of concern to the journalism industry, which they then decided were “certain” or “uncertain” to continue.

This eventually broke down to two key uncertainties — are news readers looking for radical or reluctant change, and how accepting of technology will we be in the future. The possibilities: reluctant vs. radical, and do-it-yourself, vs. do-it-for me, are meant to reflect the tensions at work in the world of Dutch journalism.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

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Uplifting Religious Message

A Counter Currents article that shares with readers the progressive and life-affirming message that also contains much political acuity and an unwavering commitment to reality: With his encyclical “Laudato Si” the Pope has written more than a moral appeal without obligation. He has presented a pioneering political analysis with great explosive power, which will probably determine the public debate on climate change, poverty and inequality for years to come. Thus, the encyclical is also highly relevant to me as a non-Catholic and non-believer; the implications of the encyclical are very apparent through the eyes of a secular person.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Fairer Ice Cream

A Truth Out article that discusses migrant laborers struggles against the ice cream establishment that betrays the loss of corporate culture after the mom and pop ice cream shop got sold to a multinational corporation“Ben & Jerry’s might seem like an unlikely target: with its origin story of two tie-dyed hippies fighting for survival via guerrilla actions against a larger ice cream corporation, fair trade sourcing of ingredients, celebrated treatment of animals in their supply chain, and a social justice verbiage laden mission statement. Many years later, and now under the control of the Unilever corporation, the ice cream company generates nearly $600 million in annual domestic revenue and operates internationally in 25 countries. Yet Diaz is far from the only migrant farmworker experiencing wage theft, overcrowded, unsanitary housing, and poverty wages in Ben & Jerry’s supply chain.”

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A Thought for the Day

Of course, the end of the world may happen by accident, and in the fullness of time in all likelihood must come to pass; nonetheless, a greater level of irresponsibility and depredation is hardly imaginable than that arrogant and self-interested self-importance on the part of certain classes of people, elite and to-the-manor-born one and all, induce, well ahead of schedule so to speak, a termination of humanity’s part in this grand experiment of grace that we call life on Earth—the only more monstrous carelessness and willful idiocy that one might conceive would be a passive acceptance of such machinations, which are obviously transpiring now as what amounts to little more than greedy death wishes. 

Quote of the Day
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Science can only be comprehended epistemologically, which means as one category of possible knowledge, as long as knowledge is not equated either effusively with the absolute knowledge of a great philosophy or blindly with scientistic self-understanding of the actual business of research….The only knowledge that can truly orient action is knowledge that frees itself from mere human interests and is based in Ideas—in other words knowledge that has taken a theoretical attitude.”  Jürgen Habermas

This Day in History

 

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“Noel 2005 Pékin tombeaux Ming voie des âmes” by ofol

Today, of all things, is Autistic Pride Day around the world; in China just three years shy of fourteen centuries back, Li Yuan rose to the imperial throne as the first in a line of three centuries of Tang Dynasty oversight; nine hundred sixty-two years prior to the present pass, Norman expansion Southward into Italy received a big boost when military forces under Norman leadership defeated a combined Papal, Holy Roman Empire, and Byzantine army at the Battle of Civitate; five hundred and eighty six years prior to the present pass, French forces under the leadership of Joan of Arc defeated the English at the Battle of Patay, which marked a turning point in favor of Continental forces in the Hundred Years’ War; two centuries and three years before the here and now, the U.S. Congress declared war on England and its dominions, formally beginning the War of 1812; three years later, in 1815, across the wide Atlantic, Napoleon encountered his literal Waterloo; a decade and a half subsequently, in 1830, the newly reconstituted French monarchy participated in the imperial venture that began with the invasion of Algeria; a hundred and fifty-seven years ahead of today,Charles Darwin received Alfred Wallace’s disquisition on evolution, nearly identical to Darwin’s thinking which induced the publication of Origin of Speciesfifteen years along time’s road, in 1873, over the Atlantic in the United States, Susan B.dollar women susan b anthony Anthony receive a $100 fine for the crime of attempting to vote; a hundred and fifteen years ago, China’s crumbling imperial leadership ordered the slaying of all foreigners in the land, even diplomats and their families, contributing to the outbreak of the Boxer Rebellion; two years further on, in 1902, British poet Samuel Butler had his swan song; six years hence, in 1908,  Japan’s immigration to Brazil. Where the world’s second largest Japanese descent population now lives, started with the arrival of close to 800 travellers; twenty-one years thereafter, in 1929, a baby boy was born in Germany who would mature as the renowned philosopher of democracy, Jurgen Habermas; seven years closer still to now, in 1936, the acclaimed Russian writer, Maxim Gorky, spent his final day alive; half a dozen years beyond that day, in 1942, Mrs. McCartney bore a son into the world who would become a very famous Beatle named Paul; sixty-three years ahead of this moment in time, a revolution in Egypt overthrew aristocratic rule and inaugurated the Republic of Egypt; thirty-three years in front of this day, novelist and critic John Cheever breathed his last, and nearby, the Lost Generation author Djuna Barnes also came to an end; seven hundred thirty days later, in England, thousands of miners in Yorkshire clashed with police during a giant miner’s strike in the United Kingdom; five years afterward, in 1989, establishment critic and journalist I. F. Stone died; twenty one years henceforth, in 2010, the Nobel prize winning Portuguese writer Jose Saramago drew a final breath. From Wikipedia Day in History

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http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/jun/17/highly-trained-respected-and-free-why-finlands-teachers-are-different?CMP=ema_565              An incisive piece of reportage from The Guardian that analyzes the Finnish educational–and teacher-education–model in contrast to the United Kingdom–and by extension the U.S.A.–a juxtaposition in which Anglo methods and approaches do not compare favorably with a tiny nation whose students at all levels perform near the top of world rankings in every subject area, a combination of social democratic intention, localized control, and a fierce commitment to individual expertise among educators themselves: “The high-level training is the basis for giving young teachers a great deal of autonomy to choose what methods they use in the classroom – in contrast to England(or the U.S.), Krokfors says, where she feels teaching is ‘somewhere between administration and giving tests to students.’  In Finland, teachers are largely free from external requirements such as inspection, standardised testing and government control; school inspections were scrapped in the 1990s.
             Teachers need to have this high-quality education so they really do know how to use the freedom they are given, and learn to solve problems in a research-based way,’ Krokfors says.  ‘The most important thing we teach them is to take pedagogical decisions and judgments for themselves.’
             In Britain(or the U.S.), by contrast, academies, private schools and free schools can hire people to teach even if they are not qualified.  Labour claimed in 2013 that becoming a teacher in Britain was now easier than flipping burgers. 
             For a small, agrarian and relatively poor nation, educating all of its youth equally well was seen as the best way to catch up with other industrialised countries, according to Pasi Sahlberg, a Finnish educationist at Harvard who has done much to popularise Finland’s methods abroad.
             The Finnish dream, as he calls it, was for all children, regardless of family background or personal conditions, to have a good school in their community – a focus that has remained unchanged for the past four decades. 
              In the early phase, during the 70s and 80s, there was strict central direction and control over schools, state-prescribed curriculums, external school inspections and detailed regulation, giving the Finnish government a strong grip on schools and teachers.  But a second phase, from the early 90s, consciously set out to create a new culture of education characterised by trust between educational authorities and schools, local control, professionalism and autonomy.  Schools became responsible for their own curriculum planning and student assessment, while state inspections were abandoned.  This required teachers to have high academic credentials and be treated like professionals.”

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HIGHFIELD PRESS – “Picture Worth 1000 Words” SUMMER 2015 ESSAY CONTEST 
$20 ENTRY FEE.
The Highfield Press Summer 2015 Essay Contest is open! We invite writers to submit an unpublished essay (500-1,000 words) inspired by the theme, “Summer Reflections” and the given photo. We love the abstract shapes and colors reflected in the gentle waves of the inspiration photo online. Does it remind you of a romantic lakeside story? A fun pool party? Or an ill-fated day at sea? We’d love to hear your spin on a story inspired by our photo. Submission may be a personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story. Deadline July 15, 2015. $1,000 Grand Prize and online publication. Two runners up receive Highfield Press gifts. Writers retain all rights.

VILCEK FOUNDATION   
The mission of the Vilcek Foundation is to raise public awareness of the outstanding contributions of foreign-born scientists and artists living and working in the United States. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications from young foreign-born theater professionals for the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in theater. Three prizes of $50,000 each will be awarded to young fashion professionals who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Playwrights/book writers, directors, actors, designers (sets, costumes, lights, projections/video, sound, and/or puppetry), composers, lyricists, and choreographers are encouraged to apply. To be eligible, applicants must have been born outside the United States, not be more than 38 years old as of December 31, 2015, be a naturalized citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) of the United States, intend to pursue a professional career in the United States, and not be a past winner or finalist of the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise. Application deadline is June 15, 2015.

Lit Crawl L.A.  is accepting submissions for their October 21, 2015 crawl in the NoHo Arts District of Los Angeles. Restaurants, bars, galleries, and 
other venues will host literary presentations and readings.

2015 Linda Flowers Award – The Humanities Council invites original entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the Linda Flowers Literary Award. Submissions should detail examinations of intimate, provocative, and inspiring portraiture of North Carolina, its people and cultures, bringing to light real men and women having to make their way in the face of change, loss, triumph, and disappointments.

 Glamour Inspiring Contest – Every woman has an inspiring true story somewhere inside her—and we want to hear yours. Is it about the time you overcame an obstacle, tested your courage, met the love of your life, or found your passion? Start writing it now—you could win $5,000 and the chance to have your story appear in GlamourSubmit your real-life essay here. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. For full rules, click here. Begins 03/15/15 at 12:00 noon ET and ends 7/15/15 at 11:59 PM ET. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S./D.C. who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry, except employees of Sponsors, their immediate family members, and persons residing in the same household. Void outside the 50 U.S./D.C. and where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Sponsor: Condé Nast.

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Editor Coordinator (Las Vegas)

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Job Purpose:
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Full- Time Copywriter (Farmington Hills, MI)

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Copywriter –
Great opportunity for recent college grad or someone early in their career field!GENERAL SUMMARY:Responsible for timely production of copy, social media and product packaging content. Our copywriter will write for a variety of clients and industries at a small but global marketing agency.
Must be able to write for websites, technical brochures, blogs, packaging and everything in between.

 

Technical Writer for Heavy Equipment (Lake Mary, FL)

compensation: Annual Salary Range $30,000.00 to $35,000.00

Pay: Based on Experience and EducationJob Description:
Are you a technical document writer for heavy equipment (some crane experience preferred)? If so, you could be our next Technical Writer.
As a Technical Writer with an NACB Group, Inc. subsidiary, NorAm Production, you will be responsible to write technical materials for Operators, Inspectors, as well as, Training Manuals developed for NACB Group, Inc. subsidiary’s employees and seminar participants.
Reporting directly to the Vice President of Technical Services, this position is based in Lake Mary, FL.
If you’re up to the challenge, the reward is satisfaction . . . and knowing you helped make the work place safe for thousands of individuals on hundreds of customer sites. Join our passionate team and help build something you can be proud of with, pride and satisfaction.

 

Assistant Needed for TV reality/docu series Creator (Phoenix AZ)

compensation: 9+ per hour depending

Job is open now. Start-up Reality/Documentary production company seeks a highly motivated, ORGANIZED and detail orientated assistant who can also act as a writer for dictation, personal assistant, and office manager. Administrative experience is a must, as well as someone who desires to be an assistant long term, with possible room for growth in this groundbreaking company. For the right candidate position can be transitioned into producer overseeing production (catering, film crew, etc) Must have experience working with BIG-idea CREATIVE thinkers and be able to assist in execution and organization. 
ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Promising Presidential Candidate

A Common Dreams article that characterizes the history-making elements of a successful Independent presidential win: “Sanders is the longest-serving Independent in U.S. history.  He is well aware that he is no Lone Ranger coming to save the American people, a point to which the above quote, and his entire political life, attests.  Despite Hillary Clinton’s near-universal name recognition and limitless campaign funds, it would be foolish to write off the possibility of a Sanders presidency.    Yet a winning electoral coalition—however far-fetched that idea may appear—is not the same thing as a grass roots mass movement.  In other words, were Bernie Sanders elected President, how he wins would make an extraordinary difference.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Comments and the Internet

An interesting New Yorker piece that analyzes the way that commentary cannot be erased from the web because comments IS the web: “And yet there is something narrow, and basically anachronistic, about this view of “the comments” as a phenomenon restricted to the unconsecrated ground below the line. Because it is possible to think of the Internet itself, in all its incomprehensible vastness, as an exponentially ramifying network of commentary and metacommentary. It’s comments all the way down. Social media, at any rate, and Twitter in particular, are a continually metastasizing accretion of marginalia. A tweet is a comment implicitly calibrated to provoke further comment, by way of replies or retweets or favorites: it is a form of text produced in order not just to be read but to generate the production of further text. (Almost every time I compose a tweet and click send, I become discomfitingly aware that I just made the Internet slightly longer than it already was, which was way too long in the first place.)”

MORE LINKS TOMORROW!

 

6.17.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

What in the world we can do, as the future looks black and our feelings turn blue, often enough adds up to an estimate more or less true that every single person on any given day might stick to us like glue because in the end we all have no choice but to see through and through that our fates intermingle, no matter the hue of politics or skin or what we feel is our due. 

Quote of the Day
P_Science“Without commitment to a paradigm there can be no science… the study of paradigms is what prepares a student for membership in a particular scientific community.  Men whose research is based on shared paradigms are committed to the same rules and standards for scientific practice.  That commitment and the apparent consensus it produces are prerequisites for normal science, i.e., for the genesis and continuation of a particular research tradition. …scientific revolutions are inaugurated by a growing sense that an existing paradigm has ceased to function adequately in the exploration of an aspect of nature. …Th(e) sort of experience (where) the pieces suddenly sort… themselves out and com(e) together in a new way is the first general characteristic of revolutionary change (in science).  Though scientific revolutions leave much piecemeal mopping up to do, the central change cannot be experienced piecemenal, one step at a time.  Instead, it involves some relatively sudden and unstructured transformation in which some part of the flux of experience sorts itself out differently and displays patterns that were not visible before.”  Thomas Kuhn
This Day in History

 

"Salvation Mountain folk art". cc 3.0
“Salvation Mountain folk art”. cc 3.0

Today is the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought; in the Balkans five hundred fifty-three years ago, the third Vlad, an impaler who in some ways modeled Dracula, led an attempt to assassinate Ottoman functionary, Mehmed the Second, forcing his retreat from the Wallachian highlands; a hundred and seventeen years subsequently, in 1579, seven thousand miles away, in what is now California, Francis Drake led an expedition that claimed ‘New Albion’ for England; fifty-two years hence, in 1631, one of the world’s most striking examples of marital love began to unfold with the death of Mumtaz Mahal in childbirth, and the 17-year construction of the Taj Mahal thereafter; three hundred forty-two years in advance of today, two French explorers became the first geographers to begin the process of making a detailed account of the Mississippi river’s course; thirty-six years closer to now, in 1719, back across the Atlantic in England, noted poet, essayist, and playwright Joseph Addison breathed his last; seventy years after that point, in 1789, across the English Channel in a now Revolutionary France, the Third Estate asserted its preeminence in the French National Assembly; a hundred and seventy-six years prior to the present pass, indigenous authorities in the water ocean beach Hilton_Hawaiian_Village_boardwalk_2_Oahu_Hawaii_Photo_D_Ramey_LoganHawaiian Islands, issued a proclamation that Roman Catholic worship was acceptable; one hundred forty-four years before the here and now, a baby boy was born who would rise as the writer and civil rights leader, James Weldon Johnson; half a decade past that point, in 1876,Sioux and Cheyenne fighters under the leadership of Crazy Horse held off invading U.S. cavalry at the Battle of the Rosebud in the Montana Territory;exactly three hundred sixty-five days later, in 1877, a few hundred miles away in Idaho Territory, Nez Perce forces routed U.S. Cavalry at the Battle of White Bird Canyon; eight years henceforth, in 1885, at the far Eastern end of North America, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor; one hundred seventeen years back, a male infant entered the world in the Escher family who would mature as the monumental graphic artist and illustrator, M.C. Escher; two years further along time’s path, in 1900, half a world away in China, Japanese and European troops captured Taku fortresses that Boxer Rebellion forces had used to attack imperialist populations in and around Tianjin; a brief year subsequently, in 1901,the College Board inaugurated the testing program for university admissions that would soon enough lead to the S.A.T.; thirteen years down the road, in 1914, a male infant came along whose fate would include writing such iconic hiroshima war explosion nuke nuclearworks as Hiroshima as John Hersey; sixteen years precisely beyond that point, in 1930, the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act took effect, with disastrous consequences, under the signature of President Herbert Hoover; two years more proximate to the present, in 1932, also in the District of Columbia, an offshoot of that economic dissolution unfolded as at least a thousand Bonus Army veterans gathered in front of Congress to demand relief in the form of promised-World-War-One-service stipends; another year later on, in 1933, a thousand miles West or so in Kansas City, an infamous Union Station Massacre took place as criminal collaborators of escaped, and recently recaptured, bank-robber Frank Nash shot several police officers and the man that they intended to liberate dead with machine guns in the train depot’s parking lot; eleven years after on the dot, in 1944, Iceland gained its independence from Denmark;sixty-four years back, a baby girl came into the world in standard fashion, destined to mature as ecofeminist and environmental activist Starhawk;nine years still nearer to the here-and-now, in 1960, the Nez Perce tribe received a four million dollar award for seven million acres that the U.S. had more or less ‘stolen’ a century before for a few cents an acre; three years more along the temporal arc, in 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court decreed in Abingdon School District v. Schempp that

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

required religious readings and recitations in public schools were unconstitutional violations of separation of church and state; halfway round the globe four years hence, in 1967, the Chinese government detonated the communist nation’s first thermonuclear weapon; a further four years along, in 1971, Richard Nixon declared ‘War on Drugs,’ one of history’s lengthiest and most perfidious frauds; two decades more down time’s pike, in 1991, South Africa rescinded the Population Registration Act, the ‘racial classifications’ of which provided the legal basis for Apartheid; three years past that conjunction, in 1994, basically ten thousand miles to the Northwest, Los Angeles police arrested O.J. Simpson on suspicion of murder, following one of history’s most bizarre, and low-speed, car chases; across the continent seven hundred thirty-one days afterward, in 1996, the brilliant and provocative historian and philosopher-of-science, Thomas Kuhn, spent his final living day among us; just three short years ago, the victim of police brutality, Rodney King, died at the relatively youthful age of forty-seven. From Wikipedia Day in History

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SEARCH OF THE DAY
ideology paradigm "belief system" OR "world view" always OR inherently OR inevitably inadequate OR partial OR incomplete purpose OR objective "of research" OR "of knowledge" OR "of investigation" recombination OR reconstruction OR deconstruction OR synthesis = 173,000 Results.

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TOP OF THE FOLD

PRAGMATISM, FANTASY, & ‘JOURNALISM’S’ BLEAK PROSPECTS

http://www.poynter.org/news/mediawire/351109/to-boost-local-journalism-steven-waldman-proposes-an-americorps-for-reporters/            From Poynter’s outside the box and yet completely standard-operating-procedure thought processes, a briefing about an ‘insider’s’ plan to rescue news from its present moribund state, which has been present for at least a decade and in general worsening apace, in the event by forming a Civilian Conservation Corps model, a la ‘Americorps,’ that would permit hard-hitting journalistic ventures to evolve in various local environs, one of multiple recent installments from the media’s obsession with its own bottom line and the political-economic and social future of those who have cast their lots in this realm, including a recent piece about the consolidating frenzy that is boosting ‘efficiency’ on the Internet, another article about engaging journalism students in ways that are both credible and powerful, and a general assessment of how low various public’s opinions are of the entire edifice of monopoly media, all of which induces at the minimum a healthy skepticism towards foundation-funded, ‘community’-based models that are much more apt to be more of the same: “Still, Waldman concedes that there are practical challenges.  He sees Report for America as complementary to the growing group of local and regional not-for-profits, but it could be seen as a competitor for scarce foundation funding.

Also investigative reporting or rigorous accountability coverage of local government and schools could be a tough sell to community donors — and there wouldn’t be much point to supporting light or booster journalism.

While government funding would be a possibility, Waldman prefers to steer clear of that or of making the program a subdivision of AmeriCorps:

‘Report for America should foster controversy.  It should tweak the powerful, whether in government, the private sector or the nonprofit sector. Creating a trouble-seeking corps would endanger the rest of AmeriCorps program, or any government-funded endeavor, no matter how well-intended….

I would [also] be concerned that government funding could cause a journalism-oriented service program to shy away from its most aggressive, challenging projects.’

There’s one more problem.  Waldman developed the idea with a grant from the Ford Foundation.  But his sponsor there, Jonathan Barzilay, left to become chief operating officer of PBS, and Ford, under a new president, is undergoing a major reassessment of its priorities.”

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

BEST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL COMPETITION 
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DEADLINE: July 1
PRIZES: Advance against royalties of $10,000
DETAILS: Open to any professional or non-professional writer who
has never been the author of a published “private eye” novel and
who is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a
“private eye” novel. Must be book-length (approx. 60,000 words) in English. A “private eye” novel is defined as: A novel in which the main character is an independent investigator who is not a member of any law enforcement or government agency, and who receives a fee for his or her investigative services.
CONTACT: PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, 175 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010

NCW PERSONAL ESSAY/CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST 
$20 ENTRY FEE.
Northern Colorado Writers is hosting its 5th annual nonfiction competition. You don’t need to be a member or in Colorado to enter. Prizes are 1st: $1,000; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $100. Winners, honorable mentions, and editor’s picks will be published in and receive a free copy of the winners’ anthology, Pooled Ink. This year’s nonfiction judge is Colorado Book Award winner BK Loren. Open to any style, up to 5,000 words. Deadline: June 30.

Creative Nonfiction :  Writing Pittsburgh Fellowship – Interested in learning more about small press publishing from the inside? We’re offering a one-year publishing fellowship. Fellows will work mainly on the Writing Pittsburghproject, but will also have the opportunity to work on other CNF projects including the magazine and other books, and because CNF is a small nonprofit organization, the fellow will also have the opportunity to learn about everything—not just the editorial work—that goes into publishing a book (and magazine), from marketing to distribution to event planning

Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

An annual poetry contest. A chance for your poems to be read by Hunger Mountain editors and guest judges.  One first place winner receives $1000 and publication on Hunger Mountain online. All work published online is also considered for the annual print issue. Two honorable mentions receive $100 and publication on Hunger Mountain online.  The postmark deadline is December 10. If you’re entering electronically, you can wait until the last minute of the last hour of December 10. If you’re using snail mail, your entry should be postmarked by December 10.

Autumn House Press – The annual Autumn House Press Contests award publication of full-length manuscripts in PoetryFiction, and Nonfiction. Each winner also receives $2,500. The postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2015. To submit online please visit our online submission manager. For further questions, feel free to email us.

The 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize

In honor of its 10th anniversary, we’re doubling down: The annual Rattle Poetry Prize now offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote. Additional poems from the entries are frequently offered publication as well. In 2014 we published 22 poems that had been submitted to the contest from almost 3,000 entries.

pascal maramis - flickr
pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Nutrition Blogger – We are looking for an exceptional writer to produce content for our fast-growing blog. We pay well, but have specific requirements. 

 

Digital Trends Portland OR  – Digital Trends is seeking freelance writers with a love of consumer tech and gadgetry. This is a per-assignment gig (telecommute unless you live in NYC or Portland, OR), but it could become a consistent, long-term working relationship (up to several articles per day) if we’re satisfied with your work.

Newsroom Editor (Charlotte, NC)

Business Wire is renowned for both its excellent and unique benefits package. In the US, we offer standard benefits such as health insurance, 401k matching and paid time off. We also offer unique benefits including reimbursement plans for fitness, dental, vision and education classes. Outside the US, benefits are offered according to local regulations and custom, and may vary by country. 

FT – Archivist/Research Writer (Las Vegas)

compensation: $11.00-$12.00 Hourly/Benefits

Small office currently looking to fill full time position for an Archivist/Research writer.The main focus of this position requires you to research and write narratives that are placed onto our direct website for historical and other documents. You will also be responsible for filing and organizing inventory and other tasks.
ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Video Reports

A Chief Organizer posting that discusses how technology to connect folks working on social justice issues: “The reports themselves were a treat. Local 100 United Labor Unions had representatives present from Dallas and Little Rock, easily winning the long distance driving award, and they may still be on the road trying to find home now. Separate meetings of the union including New Orleans were valuable, too! A Community Voice from Louisiana, ACORN International’s newest affiliate in the United States was a welcome addition, making many contributions. ANEW Institute from Pittsburgh intrigued everyone with some of their initiatives. Oh, and did I forget that we also had a Skype report with good video from Maryland from CROP.” 

 

Jon Sullivan - public domain
Jon Sullivan – public domain

Tax Justice Globally

A TeleSur article that discusses efforts to make more financially just legislation to help shift inequality: “Urgent international tax reforms are needed, say tax justice activists working to make taxes a hot topic during the Global Week of Action for Tax Justice, which kicked off Tuesday.

Actions taking place in several countries aim to raise awareness about tax issues, pressure global decision-makers to create a more fair global tax system, and shine a spotlight on unjust international tax rules that favor wealthy multinational corporations with devastating impacts on the world’s poorest countries.”

PR Moves Not Enough

A Common Dreams brief that discusses desperate namechange attempts to clean a dirty company long sullied by its terrible reputation: ““These name changes are a sign of PR despair,” said Gary Ruskin, co-director of the consumer group U.S. Right to Know. “Monsanto’s name is radioactive, and the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s name isn’t much better.”

“Monsanto and the some parts of the biotech industry face consumer distrust and a political backlash,” Ruskin said. “That backlash is for environmental and health reasons, and it is foolish to think that name changes will bail out their bad PR.””

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

 

pfunked Deviant Art
pfunked Deviant Art

Grant Opportunities

A Funds for Writers article that discusses the possibilities for funding available to writers: “Philanthropy is on the rise. Grants are plentiful, offering funding for specific purposes: publishing, research,  workshops, writing, travel, individual/community projects, seminars and more. Grants often require an extensive application process.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

Anti-war and protest posters: the Political Poster Workshop at the University of California, Berkeley: Peace now (circa 1970) Penn State Special Collection
Anti-war and protest posters: the Political Poster Workshop at the University of California, Berkeley: Peace now (circa 1970)
Penn State Special Collection

Liberating the Arts

A Common Dreams posting that discusses an arts initiative taking place at a famous museum in London that protests dirty money sponsoring the arts: “We arrived at just before noon on Saturday, with the ambitious intention of staying for 25 hours. Performers, all dressed in signature black, made two lines at the bottom of the Turbine Hall slope and donned veils. Selected texts were pulled from bags, and charcoal brought to the ready. On cue, the first line of performers dropped to their knees and began enthusiastically transcribing their favorite passages up the concrete slope in a rising tide. 

The books, all chosen by performers, ranged from classic political text on power and authority, to science fiction books describing dystopian futures of collapsed planetary ecology and society. They all had one thing in common. They all contained useful messages to Tate and Tate Modern’s visitors, to describe the problem with Tate giving support and credence to BP through accepting its sponsorship. “

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

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

Ukraine Troubles

A Hill posting that discusses Ukrainian moves that could affect  outcomes for years to come: “While not the focus of its veto threat, the administration argues that the provision “forces the hand” of President Obama on a foreign policy decision that “should rest with the Executive Branch.”

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), however, has rejected that notion, saying that a decision from Obama on lethal aid “is long overdue.””

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Renewable Hopes

A TruthOut article that discusses the promise of  renewable energy: Stanford researchers released a study just last week that shows how all 50 states can go 100 percent renewable by 2050.

The study shows how each state can adopt its own mix of renewable energy technologies in order to go 100 percent renewable by the middle of the century.

But it also shows how many permanent jobs would be created in each state; how much energy costs would change; and how much would be saved in health outcomes. And it even shows how much land each state would need to use for building out renewable energy sources.”