7.30.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

One’s task as a human being is both to seek to figure out everything, in spite of the patent, absurd impossibility of such an effort, and then at once to act on what one learns and to live with a measure of grace and aplomb despite the at best draconian and Sisyphean effort that must define one’s path if one hopes that one’s life will amount to more than a rushed animal passage through a forest of random blessings and tribulations.

Quote of the Day
typewriter3“(A) writer – well, a novelist at least – often has an uneasy relationship with speech.  Calling to mind the way school lessons distinguish between the written and the oral, a novelist has more talent for written than oral assignments.  He is accustomed to keeping quiet, and if he wants to imbibe an atmosphere, he must blend in with the crowd.  He listens to conversations without appearing to, and if he steps in it is always in order to ask some discreet questions so as to improve his understanding of the women and men around him.  His speech is hesitant because he is used to crossing out his words.  It is true that after several redrafts, his style may be crystal clear.  But when he takes the floor, he no longer has any means at his disposal to correct his stumbling speech. …
Writing is a strange and solitary activity.  There are dispiriting times when you start working on the first few pages of a novel.  Every day, you have the feeling you are on the wrong track.  This creates a strong urge to go back and follow a different path.  It is important not to give in to this urge, but to keep going.  It is a little like driving a car at night, in winter, on ice, with zero visibility.  You have no choice, you cannot go into reverse, you must keep going forward while telling yourself that all will be well when the road becomes more stable and the fog lifts. …
Like everyone else born in 1945, I was a child of the war and more precisely, because I was born in Paris, a child who owed his birth to the Paris of the occupation.  Those who lived in that Paris wanted to forget it very quickly or at least only remember the day-to-day details, the ones which presented the illusion that everyday life was after all not so very different from the life they led in normal times.  It was all a bad dream, with vague remorse for having been in some sense survivors.  Later on, when their children asked them questions about that period and that Paris, their answers were evasive.  Or else they remained silent as if they wanted to rub out those dark years from their memory and keep something hidden from us.  But faced with the silence of our parents we worked it all out as if we had lived it ourselves. …
In this Paris from a bad dream, where anyone could be denounced or picked up in a round-up at a Métro station exit, chance meetings took place between people whose paths would never have crossed during peace time, fragile love affairs were born in the gloom of the curfew, with no certainty of meeting again in the days that followed.  Later, as a consequence of these often short-lived and sometimes shabby encounters, children were born.  That is why for me, the Paris of the occupation was always a kind of primordial darkness.  Without it I would never have been born.  That Paris never stopped haunting me, and my books are sometimes bathed in its veiled light.
And here is proof that a writer is indelibly marked with the date of his birth and by his time, even if he was not directly involved in political action, even if he gives the impression of being a recluse shut away in what people call his ‘ivory tower.’  If he writes poems, they reflect the time he is living in and could never have been written in a different era.”  Patrick Modiano: Nobel Lecture
This Day in History

640px-MatissedanceBlessedly, today is an International Day of Friendship, or Dia del Amigos; in what is now Israel thirteen hundred seventy nine years back, Islamic forces of the largest empire in history to that date, a few generations after the prophet Muhammad’s death, defeated a Byzantine army in present day Israel; a hundred twenty-six years subsequently, in 762, Al Mansur received credit for founding Baghdad; five hundred ninety-six years prior to the present pass, radical Hussites, angry at the corruption within Catholicism, led a crowd to the Prague town council and threw seven of its members through the windows, killing them or leading to their dispatching by the crowd below; eighty-three years subsequently, in 1502, Christopher Columbus landed at islands off Honduras during his fourth voyage; three hundred ninety-six years ahead of today, settlers inaugurated the first English representative assembly, the Virginia House of Burgesses; three hundred thirty-nine years before the here-and-now, a result of that previous development transpired when Nathaniel Bacon released the Declaration of the People of Virginia, effectively beginning Bacon’s rebellion; two hundred four years in advance of this point in time south america latin spanish aztec mexico-Cortez_y_moctezumaand space, Spanish overlords in Mexico executed Miguel Hidalgo, a priest, for leading an insurgency against Spanish rule; seven years later, in 1818, a baby girl was born who would mature to be the future novelist, Emily Bronte; one hundred fifty-eight years ago, the infant who became social economist Thorsten Veblen came into the world; nine years precisely thereafter, in 1866, Louisiana’s Democratic government raided a Republican meeting, killing forty and injuring scores more; ninety-seven years ago, poet Joyce Kilmer died in the carnage of the Western Front; seven years along, in 1925, a baby boy cried out for the first time en route to his life as a controversial and critically acclaimed author, Alexander Trocchi; seven more years after that juncture, in 1932, Walt Disney’s Flowers and Trees—the first Technicolor cartoon—premiered, going on to win an Academy Award; four years hence, in 1936, a baby boy was born who would become the Blues legend Buddy Guy; three years beyond that moment in time, in 1939, a baby girl entered our midst whose destiny was to become feminist activist and thinker Eleanor Smeal; seven decades back, a male infant entered the wartorn Parisian world in the usual way, destined 357px-Eiffel_Tower_during_1889_Expositionto writer novels and win the Nobel Prize in Literature as Patrick Modiano; fifty-seven years ahead of this conjunction, a female child took a first breath on her way to life as the powerful singer and songwriter Kate Bush; seven hundred thirty days later, in 1960, a baby boy joined humanity’s ranks whom destiny had chosen to rise as the filmmaker and screenwriter Richard Linklater; a half-century before the here and now, Lyndon Johnson signed legislation that added Medicare and Medicaid to the Social Security Administration’s quiver; a year less than one decade hence, in 1974, Richard Nixon followed the Supreme Court’s instructions and released transcripts of the Watergate tapes; just three hundred sixty-five days further along the temporal path, near Detroit in 1975, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared, never to be heard from again; eight years ago, filmmaker and screenwriter Ingmar Bergman shot his final scene, as did his colleague from Italy, Michelangelo Antonioni; half a decade nearer to now, in 2012, the acclaimed Irish storyteller and dramatis Maeve Binchy breathed her last; another year still further on, in 2013, the well-known scholar of religion Robert Bellah died.

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BEWARE DISASTROUS GEOPOLITICAL ‘SUCCESSES’

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/yemens-hidden-war-20150730?page=3              A deeply and closely reported account, from Rolling Stone, of what President Obama and others have touted as a shining example of American strategic ‘success’ in Southwest Asia and North Africa, the erstwhile ‘stabilization’ and ‘development’ of Yemen, which unraveled in a miasma of corruption and double dealing that radical Islamists put to flight with a takeover of the State last September, a typical instance of military-industrial political economy, a geopolitical bedrock that has as its foundation the venal and vicious royal families of the Arabian Peninsula, and a response to inevitable collapse that merely launches more of the same murderous mayhem at a hapless people who now join sworn enemies of U.S. hegemony in droves: “For a moment, Yemen seemed like an Arab Spring success story.  Saleh’s relatively peaceful departure was brokered by the U.N., Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council.  In the aftermath of the agreement, Saleh’s vice president, Abdu Rabbu Mansur Hadi, ran unopposed for president and won.  But the hopes of 2011 gradually faded as the country’s political elites dallied and squabbled in the capital, Sana’a.  Under Hadi’s ineffectual reign, corruption and the economy worsened.
Meanwhile, the Houthis, a band of militia fighters based in the northern province of Saada, grew more and more powerful.  Over the past few years, as Yemen’s political order collapsed from infighting, the Houthis expanded their territory through a combination of political bargains and military victories, entering Sana’a last September and finally putting Hadi under house arrest in January.  The next month, he escaped to Aden, where, backed by Saudi funding and weapons, he declared a new temporary capital.  The Houthis marched into the south, Hadi fled to Riyadh, and the Saudi-led bombing campaign and blockade began. …
Our fixer has come down from Sana’a to pick us up, and we begin the long journey north to the capital in the mountains.  There is a fuel shortage because of the blockade, and the highways are empty of traffic.   In the port of Hodeidah, the breakdown in public services is apparent as we drive through puddles of raw sewage and around mounds of trash piled high in the roundabouts.  There has been little or no electricity for months, and in the sweltering June nights, people have taken to sleeping in the streets, where they risk catching dengue fever from the mosquitoes — a major outbreak of the virus has hit coastal Yemen, with more than 8,000 cases reported in Aden alone.
It is night by the time we reach Sana’a. The capital lies in a bowl of mountains at more than 7,000 feet, and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities on Earth.  In the age of camel caravans, it was a trading entrepôt between West and East, and was famous for the rich incenses and perfumes coveted in the temples of ancient Rome.   Yemen’s diaspora of merchants has spread around Africa and Asia, including the construction magnate Mohammed bin Laden, whose son Osama would be raised in his adopted homeland of Saudi Arabia. …

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Saudi Arabia and Yemen might be likened to the U.S. and Mexico.  Deep economic and cultural ties between the two countries have been strained by smuggling and illegal immigration, even as Saudi Arabia is home to a substantial population of Yemeni workers.  And like the U.S. in Latin America, Saudi Arabia has always envisioned a right to intervene in the internal affairs of its poorer southern neighbor, based on its own national security.  Though there is little evidence of direct Iranian military support for the Houthis, Saudi Arabia’s Sunni monarchy has been increasingly concerned with a perceived Shiite threat from Iran, especially in the wake of its successful nuclear negotiations with the U.S. …
Meanwhile, as civilian casualties mount and Al Qaeda thrives on the chaos, the Obama administration is facing a dilemma of its own.  American officials have warned that the U.S. counterterrorism strategy has suffered a setback in Yemen.  ‘Al Qaeda is controlling an important port city, and their safe haven is unmolested by coalition airstrikes,’ says Alley of the Crisis Group.  ‘It’s quite clear that in many Western governments, there’s a growing discomfort with the war.'”

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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THE TIMES CHILDREN’S FICTION COMPETITION 
ENTRY FEE £15.
Deadline December 18, 2015. The winning writer will receive a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a royalty advance of £10,000 (US$15,6000), plus representation from a top children’s literary agent. To enter this competition you must have written a completed full-length novel suitable for children aged somewhere between 7 and 18 years. By full-length the organisers suggest a minimum of 30,000 words and ask that manuscripts do not exceed 80,000 words in length. The competition is open to writers around the world, regardless of nationality or residency status.

ARIZONA ARTIST DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH GRANTS 
Artist Research and Development Grants support individual artists from all disciplines. The purpose of this grant is to aid in the development of artistic work, support the advancement of artistic research and recognize the contributions individual artists make to Arizona’s communities. Artist Research and Development Grants are made to practicing artists who demonstrate strong, original work that impacts both their own artistic practice and the broader community. Deadline September 17, 2015.

The National Parks Arts Foundation is accepting applications for their Fort Union National Monument Artist-in-Residence program in New Mexico. The selected artist will receive lodging and a venue for workshops and lectures at the monument for one month this October.

 The Camden International Film Festival in Maine is accepting applications for their Points North Fellowship, which gives five documentary filmmakers the opportunity to develop their feature-length documentaries-in-progress through industry mentorship, workshops, meetings, and a public pitch session at the film festival this September.

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JOBS

WSB TV Atlanta GA –  Responsibilities: WSB producers create and execute newscasts based on research information and goals. They are show managers who take an aggressive approach to breaking news. Newscasts will have a high story count, with local, significant stories that reach every key county in our viewing area. Producers collaborate directly with reporters on best video and stories. They also understand the importance of fully integrating on-line and broadcast platforms. 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA WRITER, CNBC PRIME

Write & produce high quality, shareable business news content for digital platform. The Social Media Writer for Prime will collaborate with the rest of the Social Prime team to create complimentary content around shows. They must also stay on top of business trends and be able to quickly produce content to add to the conversation. The ideal candidate will comfortably engage with social media as a newsgathering tool and to understand what stories our audience is eager to embrace. The position will coordinate with the Enterprise desk for ongoing coverage of major news, issues and trends.

COPYWRITER – ENTREPRENEUR MEDIA

Entrepreneur Media Inc. is looking for a talented, experienced marketing professional to create clear, concise and convincing copy for a variety of marketing deliverables in support of consumer, sales, brand and internal marketing communications and campaigns. Working with multiple departments, this individual will be responsible developing copy and concepts with consideration to the extension across multiple channels including print, digital and social communities. The right person for the job is creative, highly self-motivated and directed with the ability to work well under pressure, meet deadlines, and be flexible in working on multiple projects simultaneously. A key role within the company, this position will help to expand and add value to the Entrepreneur brand ensuring that the brand voice and tone is represented in everything they do. 

DIRECT MARKETING COPYWRITER Baltimore MD

The company promotes upward mobility… free thinking… aggressive competition… and an entrepreneurial mindset that allows “A-players” to maximize their talent and ideas.

But back to the job I’m talking about…

Currently, we are looking for new direct marketing copywriters at Agora Inc. We write long-form sales letters (generally 20 pages double-spaced) which hit on the biggest investing stories, economic trends, and potential crises in the investment markets.

We write about subjects like the housing crisis, new cancer treatments, tech startups, American debt, and surgical robots.

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING
Protesters gather at the state Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, where they filled the rotunda and spilled out onto the lawn December 11, 2012. Sweeping legislation signed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday will vastly reduce the power of organized labor in a state that was a symbol of union clout for decades. (Fabrizio Costantini/The New York Times)

Unfriendly to Labor

A Truth-Out article that discusses the harm done to workers in Michigan: “With that, the court completed the transformation of this longtime labor stronghold into an anti-labor regime, reminiscent of the Gilded Age US. Back in those days, lawmakers of both major parties said that union contracts bound bosses and workers to a common set of wages and working conditions, and in doing so, unjustly prohibited individual employers from cutting side deals with individual workers. Instead of viewing unions as a collective route to a better life, 19th-century lawmakers sought to portray unions as dangerous conspiracies that subverted individual rights. In response, politicians passed “conspiracy laws” to protect the employee’s “right to work” on whatever terms s/he saw fit.”

Hiroshima Memorial

A Counter Currents posting of poems commemorating the death and immolation of millions of innocent children in Hiroshima: “UNESCO declared 1979 “The International Year of the Child.” Fatefully, I found myself in Hiroshima that spring, surrounded by ghosts…. On the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of civilians in a prostrate, defeated Japan—the greatest act of “terrorism” in history, not to end a war, as has been told, but to establish imperial hegemony– let us look around our world today and consider– to what end?”

Userbox-MG-pro-choiceAbortion Legislation

A Hill article that discusses the dangers lurking for women’s rights core value: “Senate Republicans are turning up the heat on Planned Parenthood, setting up a vote for Monday to defund the organization that is making some of its members squirm.

Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.), the most vulnerable Senate Republican up for reelection next year, signaled Wednesday that he would oppose the legislation, citing the preventive health services that Planned Parenthood provides.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Michael Moore Helps Nemesis

A Daily Kos posting that discusses a selfless but possibly not so selfless, but definitely interesting act of financial altruism: “My thoughts about Michael Moore are somewhat conflicted, but there’s no doubt that he cannot be beat when it comes to these kinds of matters.  A vociferous critic of his was struggling with a problem that is the subject of his next movie.  What better way to show how a more rational health care system can lift people up and give them the ability to succeed that to do this?  It might be used in the movie, it might not.  But it doesn’t matter; it’s illustrative of his entire point while also being completely disarming.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

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“SIG Pro by Augustas Didzgalvis”

Danger of Journalism

A Washington Post posting that demonstrates the dangers present in pursuing truth in journalism when dangers show up: “Six out of seven citizens have little or no access to insightful reporting about their governments even though the Internet has made other types of information ubiquitous, according to organizations that monitor reporting internationally.

Worldwide, the last three years have been particularly hard on those who gather the news: An average of more than one journalist a week has been killed for reasons connected to his or her work, or about 205 journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit organization that investigates attacks on the media.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Kurds in the Middle of Situation in Middle East

A Common Dreams piece that discusses one of the many complex pieces of the puzzle that is the Middle East: “When we mix these two metaphors, we come up with a picture of the Kurds as a large, often ignored, and frequently misinterpreted creature — and all the other beasts of the jungle are either willfully or genetically blind. What could be more ridiculous than the blind leading the invisible?

This is a bad combination even in peaceful times. But it’s especially vexing right now, when the Kurds are at the very center of the most urgent issues facing the Middle East: the rise of the Islamic State, the ongoing fragility of Iraq, the disintegration of Syria, the negotiation of a nuclear deal with Iran, and the democratic future of Turkey.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

 

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

Renewable Energy

A Think Progress posting that discusses the renewable energy progress made in Germany: “According to an analysis by German energy expert Craig Morris at the Energiewende blog, a stormy day across northern Europe combined with sunny conditions in southern Germany led to the new record, the exact figures of which are still preliminary. Morris writes that most of Germany’s wind turbines are installed in the north and most of its solar panels are in the south.

If the figures hold, it will turn out that wind and solar generated 40.65 gigawatts (GW) of power on July 25. When this is combined with other forms of renewables, including 4.85 GW from biomass and 2.4 GW from hydropower, the total reaches 47.9 GW of renewable power — occurring at a time when peak power demand was 61.1 GW on Saturday afternoon. To bolster his analysis, Morris points to early figures from Agora Energiewende, a Germany energy policy firm, that have renewables making up 79 percent of domestic power consumption that day.”

7.29.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

640px-MatissedanceThe human condition flows ineluctably from the human kind, all the suffering and insufferability, all the magic and magnificence, all the monstrosity and malediction, all the drama and dreams and drudgery in support of prosperity and promise, power and portent: and all of it, the malodorous and the fragrant, the despicable and the heroic, the implausible and impossible and miraculous, only exists as a result of humanity’s social propensities, the necessity of intermingling and intercourse and collaboration in anything, so that no one ever, ever, not even for a momentary instant, truly causes anything on his own to transpire without the intervention and assistance of others, whether openly or in shadow, whether allied or inadvertently recruited or altogether duped in their joint agency and mutual enterprise of any particular aspect of hominid life on Earth.

Quote of the Day
“(T)o punish some poor criminal for doing something that civilization taught him how to do so he could have something that civilization taught him how to want…(to say the least) seemed illogical.  It seemed to him as wrong as if they had hung the gun that shot the man. …(As a writer, such thoughts made me wonder about whatever)wild incredible story I was writing.  I thought I was writing realism.  It never occurred to me that I was writing absurdity.  Realism and absurdity are so similar in the lives of American Blacks one cannot tell the difference.”  Chester Himes
This Day in History

siberian_tigerFor all those who love felines or recognize the necessity of predation, today is World Tiger Day; in the Mediterranean, eleven hundred and eleven years ago,Tripoli-led Saracen raiders started their weeklong plunder of Thessalonica; eight hundred sixty-seven years ahead of today, the siege of Damascus crushed Christian crusader’s ability to maintain the Second Crusade; one year less than five and three quarter centuries later, in 1588, English navies defeated a Spanish Armada depleted by weather off of Gravelines, France; two centuries and half a decade hence, in 1793, Englishman John Simcoe initiated the building of a fort and market on the site of present day Toronto; a dozen years nearer to now, in 1805, a male infant entered the world whose destiny was to become the chronicler Alexis Toqueville;one hundred seventy-nine years in advance of our present moment, Parisians inaugurated the Arc de Triomphe; another twelve years more proximate to the present, in 1848, in the midst of blighted potatoes and starvation, Irish nationalists rose up against British rule in Tipperary, only to suffer defeat at the hands of police forces; a decade further along time’s path, in 1858, U.S. negotiators extracted from Japan protocols for japanese-Tokugawa_Ieyasu2‘opening’ ports on the island nation to U.S. trade, with extraterritorial status for U.S. nationals there, a Harris Treaty that guaranteed Western dominance in Japanese relations for a generation or more; eleven years henceforth, in 1869, a baby male took a first breath en route to the existence of the future playwright and fiction writer Booth Tarkington; one hundred sixteen years back, the first Hague International Law Convention came into effect; a year after, as the century prepared to turn in 1900, a Swedish boy uttered a first cry who would become a ‘freedom’ advocate Nobel Literary Laureate in a year when Graham Greene was a more nuanced favorite; half a decade subsequently, in 1905, a baby boy entered our midst in troubled circumstances who would go on to write about life’s trials and tribulations as Stanley Kunitz; four more years further along, in 1909, also into a life of difficulty, a baby boy was born in Missouri who would mature as the imprisoned and then émigré writer, Chester Himes; nine years even nearer to now, in 1918, a baby girl took a first breath who, as writer and thinker Mary Lee Settles, would cofound the Penn-Faulkner Award, and a baby boy was born whose destiny was to document Irish-American life in fact and fiction as Edwin O’Connor; three years after that point, in 1921, Adolf Hitler, with no love for open-minded literature or the

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“Bundesarchiv Bild 183-S33882, Adolf Hitler

Hague’s dictates, assumed command of the National Socialist German Workers Party; four years along, back across the Atlantic in 1925, a male infant first gazed on this life as the future scientist and philosopher and mathematician, Harold Kuhn; seven years later, in 1932, U.S. troops completed their violent dispersal of ‘Bonus Army’ campers in the District of Columbia; sixty-two years ago, a baby boy shouted out for the first time in Ireland on his way to acclaim as the writer and critic and dramatist, Frank McGuinness; four years hence, in 1957, the International Atomic Energy Agency came into being; exactly three hundred sixty-five days further along the temporal arc, in 1958, President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, creating NASA; a half century prior to the present pass, 4,000 paratroopers from the 101st Airborne landed at Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam, and the baby boy was born who would grow up to become iconic Korean American storyteller Chang-Rae Lee; fourteen years thereafter, in 1979, philosopher and psychiatrist Herbert Marcuse died; four years past that conjunction, in 1983, Luis Bunuel, Spanish filmmaker and creator of bizarre scripts had his final scene; nineteen years back, Federal Courts voided the ‘childhood protection’ sections of the Communications Decency Act.

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DEMOCRACY’S SINE QUA NON = ELIMINATING MASS INCARCERATION

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/32097-formerly-incarcerated-activist-leads-organization-to-mobilize-hearts-and-minds-for-decarceration            A combination of profile and analysis from TruthOut, on the one hand a look at the powerful and centrally important work of former prisoner and stalwart advocate of the imprisoned, Glenn Martin, and on the other hand an investigation and documentation of the way that the political economy and social depredation of prison-nation, police-state tactics eviscerate democracy and guarantee poverty and desolation and misery generally, social ills that themselves initially justify the facile idiocy of ‘tough-on-crime’ policies that then absolutely guarantee their own continuation and worsening: “As the group points out on its website, mass incarceration is ‘the most significant domestic threat to the fabric of our democracy.’  And mass incarceration also exacts a humongous price: $85 billion is spent annually to keep 2.3 million men and women behind bars and another 5.6 million under the correctional supervision of probation or parole. …

‘Eighty-five percent of (a ‘typical’ advocacy) group’s budget comes from government,’ he said.  ‘This can stifle the voice of advocates since you cannot rock the boat.  If you do, you may lose a grant.  I wanted to build something new, something nonpartisan that reflected what I had learned from people closest to the ground.  I wanted an organization that solves problems without people digging in their ideological heels, an organization that is willing to listen to the communities that are most impacted by incarceration.’ …

(Martin’s brainchild)Speak(s) to youth wherever kids congregate, from schools to streets, … a particular priority for JLUSA.  ‘Young people do not want to grow up in a country that incarcerates so many people,’ Martin said.  ‘They are always shocked to learn that the US has 25 percent of the world’s prisoners even though we only have only 5 percent of the world’s population.’ …

Martin notes that the 65 million Americans who have a criminal record represent a huge, untapped political force.  ‘The movement needs people with shared values that cross race, class, political and gender boundaries,’ he said.  ‘The US is often referred to as the land of second chances.  We can show that the criminal justice system destroys communities, families and the American Dream, and since 96 percent of incarcerated people will return home, we have to ask ourselves what we want them to come home to.  We have to ask ourselves if we believe they deserve the same second chances as everybody else.'”

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SPLIT THIS ROCK POETRY CONTEST
$20 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline November 1, 2015. First place $500; 2nd and 3rd place, $250 each. Winning poems will be published on www.SplitThisRock.org and within The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database. All prize winners will receive free festival registration, and the 1st place recipient will be invited to read the winning poem at Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2016. Submissions should be in the spirit of Split This Rock: socially engaged poems, poems that reach beyond the self to connect with the larger community or world; poems of provocation and witness. Submit up to three unpublished poems, no more than six pages total, no more than one poem per page, in any style, in the spirit of Split This Rock.


COLLEGE STUDENTS – APPLY TO BE A USA TODAY COLLEGIATE CORRESPONDENT 
Deadline July 20, 2015. Collegiate correspondents will research, pitch, report and produce one multimedia story per week for USA TODAY College. The program is approximately 17 weeks long with participating students reporting remotely from their respective campuses. Their work will appear on USA TODAY and across Gannett’s nationwide network of 93+ media organizations.

Prairie SchoonerSummer Creative Nonfiction Contest – Each year from May 1 to August 1, Prairie Schooner accepts submissions to the Summer Creative Nonfiction Contest, open to all types of creative nonfiction essays, up to 5,000 words. The entry fee is $18 and gets you a one-year subscription to Prairie Schooner. Winner receives $250 and publication in the following Spring issue. Entries include a cover letter with the submission’s title and your contact information, your name and contact info shouldn’t appear anywhere on the manuscript, and, finally, multiple submissions are encouraged, but an entry fee must be paid for each submission. Guest judge Rigoberto Gonzalez will name a winner and finalist.

Augury Books is accepting manuscripts of poetry and prose, including short fiction and essay collections, for publication in 2016.

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ – a site that allows a person to sell their creative efforts

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Alaska Dispatch News, Alaska’s biggest newspaper and news website, is looking for a sports writer.

We emphasize local and statewide sports — high school, Division II college sports, a minor-league hockey team and lots of recreational sports and outdoor pursuits.

You’d be part of a three-person staff. You would cover games, report news, write features, produce brief packages, answer phones and maintain our calendar of events. You would work nights and weekends, plus some holidays.

Looking for clean energy warrior (ne portland)

compensation: $15-20/hr DOE, part-time
internship
part-time

We are looking for someone who has exceptional writing and communications skills, is flexible and possesses the ability to thrive in a team-oriented environment. You are down for whatever, which is good, since we will always have new surprises for you. 

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Copywriter – (White Papers)

compensation: Up to $25/hr

Position: Copywriter
Location: Portland
Status: Freelance
Estimated Duration: Ongoing
Starts: Within the Week
Rate: Up to $25/hr DOE
Sports Reporter

The Left Hand Valley Courier in Boulder County Colorado has an exciting opportunity for you on our sports team.

We are seeking a part-time sports writer to cover Niwot High School sports for the Left Hand Valley Courier. The  Left Hand Valley Courier is weekly publication in Boulder County serving the communities of Niwot and Gun Barrel Colorado. These communities are located 7 minutes from Longmont and 9 minutes from Boulder.   Qualified candidate must be able to attend 2 to 3 events each week, write well, interview coaches and players, and take photos.

Contact Bruce Warren at lefthandsports@hotmail.com.

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Sun Red Giant – B Jacobs

Climate Change Refugees

A World Watch piece that discusses policies addressing the impact of climate change on folks whose habitats have been destroyed by climate change: “Between 2008 and 2013, some 140 million people were displaced by weather-related disasters; meanwhile, gradual displacements, such as those caused by droughts or sea-level rise, affected the lives of countless others. These “climate refugees” have become the human face of global warming, their very movement seen as a threat to global security. State of the World 2015 contributing author Francois Gemenne exposes the dangers of misrepresenting climate-induced migration as a decision of last resort, rather than as a choice in human adaptation (www.worldwatch.org).”

Meeting Of Musical Minds

A fascinating Library of Congress posting that highlights the meetings of two fascinating and iconic musical lights, from opposing ends of the cultural spectrum: “Perhaps one of the more curious photos that I have encountered reveals a meeting in 1969 between two unlikely individuals: the blues rock singer Janis Joplin and the music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf. Upon first glance I wondered, “Why would these two cultural icons, from seemingly opposite ends of the American art scene, have met together?” Curious, I conducted some research, and the results revealed a fascinating bridge between the worlds of classical and popular music.”

Funding the Right Social Movement

An Inside Philanthropy article that discusses questions of funding movements that could truly have an impact on changing the world: “Are social movements more effective at bringing about large-scale change than social entrepreneurs? And if they are, why are so many funders excited about the latter compared to the former? 

That’s a question worth pondering amid today’s news that yet another global effort has been launched to identify individuals with “disruptive and scalable ideas with the potential to change the world.” This effort, called the Change the World Social Entrepreneurs Competition, is being spearheaded by Forbes with help from a number of foundations. It will award $1 million in cash prizes.”

 

"Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant" by Photorush - Own work.
“Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant” by Photorush – Own work.

Nuclear Cover Up

A Ratical thread that discusses different elements of the Three Mile Island accident, and of nuclear coverups in general: “Since nuclear power is so deadly here, it is deadly wherever it exists — be that Japan, China, Indonesia, France, etc. Clearly it must be abolished. In addition to its inherently murderous nature, the waste problem, possibility of meltdown or excursion due to human error, earthquake [particularly relevant in Japan & Indonesia], war, or storm — nuclear power is felt to be so dangerous that the heart of the accident at 3 Mile Island in 1979 has been and continues to be covered up and lied about to both the USA public and world public. Here are the basic facts. Please act on them by calling your local TV, radio, & newspaper outlets and demand that they investigate and write/tell the truth. Also, call, write, fax, & E-mail former President Jimmy Carter and demand that he finally tell the world the truth about the accident and cover-up at 3 Mile Island. President carter can be reached at:”

Musicians Explore Social Issues

A Good profile of a group of musicians who tackle the difficult questions in a gripping, refreshing way:  “The duo has been collaborating for the past seven years since first meeting in Seattle, weaving social, political, and cultural commentary into their self-proclaimed “funk-psychedelic feminist sci-fi epics.” Currently, they’re split on either side of the U.S.—Irons still in Seattle and Harris-White in Brooklyn—but they make THEESatisfaction work, even amongst their other solo musical and artistic endeavors. Now signed to indie label mainstay Sub Pop, EarthEE is their second child, following their well-received debut album, 2012’s awE naturalE. Irons’ slow-burn raps layered over Harris-White’s jazz-tinged, soulful vocals tip a hat to the musical greats from a host of genres—R&B, hip-hop, neo-soul—while still crafting THEESatisfaction’s own contemporary truth.”

 

Detroit rally against ethnic cleansing on July 21, 2015 at City Hall

Gentrifying Detroit

A Global Research Center piece that discusses the ‘revitalizing efforts’ on the long-decaying ‘motor town’ that alienate and harm African Americans, and that introduces readers to folks organizing to draw attention to multiple injustices occurring: “A rally and march in Hart Plaza and at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (City Hall) on July 21 exposed the false narrative emanating from the corporate media saying that Detroit is being revitalized. The city emerged from a contrived financial emergency and forced bankruptcy late in 2014 with billions stolen from pensioners and residents who witnessed public assets taken over by private interests under the guise of cost-cutting. Over 60,000 households are still facing property tax foreclosures while hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies are being awarded to billionaires such as banker Dan Gilbert and stadium owner Mike Illitch.

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

 

Desk - Bright Meadow Flickr
Desk – Bright Meadow Flickr

Copy Editors A Blessing

A Chronicle posting that demonstrates and illustrates the blessing that it proves to have a good copywriter in one’s academic writing: I am always shocked when academics complain about being copy-edited, as if the marks that come back on their manuscripts were pesky flies that should be shooed away.

My experience of receiving editing, both substantively and line by line, is that it’s like love. Good copy editors see me not just for who I am but for who I want to be, and they help me get there. They point out what I do well, but they also notice my tics and bad habits and try to break me of them.”

Energy Journalism

A Current article that discusses a new energy reporting venture coming out of public media: “In a memo to stations, Bruce Auster, NPR’s senior editor for collaborative coverage, said the network is seeking applications from stations and will select about a dozen reporters to participate. Applications are due by July 31, and reporters will be chosen in August.

“NPR energy and environment coverage has always been a team effort,” Auster wrote in the memo. “Now we want to take another step toward deeper, sustained collaboration on this important topic.””

The letter G in newstands on Monday. (Submitted photo)

Artist Colonizes Newspaper

A Poynter article that discusses a fascinating cultural journalistic collaboration occurring in Massachusetts: “Imagine this, Schuleit Haber said: “Let’s say, I were Jackson Pollock at the height of my career. And imagine I went to propose this idea to, say, The New York Times.”

The Times would probably think it was a great idea. And they’d say no. The front page is off-limits.

“But” Schuleit Haber remembers saying, “the fact is, I am not Jackson Pollock. And you are not, well, The New York Times. And that’s the exact reason why we are able to do this project together. Compared to the Times, you’re a small speedboat. You’re not a big ocean liner of a newspaper. Which means you’re still nimble, and you can say yes to this risk.””

 

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

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

Advertising in Decline

An Ad Age posting that looks at advertising not as the obnoxious commercial intrusion that most media consumers view it as, but as a creative, collaborative process that has lost some of its pizzazz: “At its essence, advertising is a form of content. When we look at the evolution of digital content, things have certainly improved from the first generation of cut-and-paste online experiences. As professional content companies, we continuously experiment with ways to create the kinds of new and engaging experiences that are possible in digital media. And advertising must do the same. We need to set the bar higher to see advertising truly break through on digital. As with all other content, technology offers incredible tools. But tools have never been enough. Creativity is what’s called for.”

Pitfalls of the Sharing Economy

A Pando Daily article that examines the economic difficulties confronting entrepreneurial entities trying to strike it rich with the ‘sharing economy’ bubble, but demonstrating that perhaps the trend has already jumped the shark: “Being “the Uber” of something doesn’t just mean you are doing one thing instantly in a single purpose app– it means you are meaningfully solving a pain point for a large number of people that doesn’t go away and needs to be solved again and again and again.  

And so far, there just aren’t many that do. The only “Uber” of anything is ridesharing.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

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

Affordable Solar Power

A Brookings piece that announces an opening opportunity for those interested in renewable energies: “Obama’s initiative identifies 260 solar energy projects planned to take place in more than 20 states; and, over the next two years, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Minnesota will install a majority of the shared solar projects. There will be much to learn from these case studies; the solar technology itself—as well as its implementation, management, and administration—will undoubtedly be improved upon in the coming years as experts learn from their mistakes and optimize their approaches. By building upon these lessons, the United States may set a global example in its commitments to nationwide sustainability and universal access to modern technology. “

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS
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Cuban Revolutionary Art

As we witness the decline of Cuba into the morass of predatory vulture capitalists, this post from Tele Sur commemorates art created in commemoration of the revolutionary day that sparked the small island nation’s proud heritage: “Obama’s initiative identifies 260 solar energy projects planned to take place in more than 20 states; and, over the next two years, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Minnesota will install a majority of the shared solar projects. There will be much to learn from these case studies; the solar technology itself—as well as its implementation, management, and administration—will undoubtedly be improved upon in the coming years as experts learn from their mistakes and optimize their approaches. By building upon these lessons, the United States may set a global example in its commitments to nationwide sustainability and universal access to modern technology. “

7.28.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

files squareIn a world where assumptions of virtual, and electronic, fungibility are much more prevalent than even the most primitive protocols of actual digital preservation, the humble crinkle and feathery fragility of paper may far outlast the capacity of our computer files to remain accessible as records of our actions, our thoughts, and our fantastical or prosaic hopes and dreams of a better tomorrow, in the event a fairly frightening prospect since this capacity to transmit the past from present to future has long served as a characteristic of social potency adequate to project improvement and progress onto the template of real human societies as they evolve.

Quote of the Day
  “Just look at the internal repression inside the United States, the Patriot Act, which is a repressive law against U.S. citizens.  They have put in jail a group of journalists for not revealing their sources.  They won’t allow them to take pictures of the bodies of the dead soldiers, many of them Latinos, coming from Iraq. Those are signs of Goliath’s weaknesses….
Everyday I become more convinced, there is no doubt in my mind, as many intellectuals have said, that it is necessary to transcend capitalism.  But capitalism can not be transcended through capitalism itself; it must be done through socialism, true socialism, with equality and justice.  I’m also convinced that it is possible to do it under democracy, but not in the type of democracy being imposed by Washington….
The south also exists… the future of the north depends on the south.  If we don’t make that better world possible, if we fail, and through the rifles of the U.S. Marines, and through Mr. Bush’s murderous bombs, if there is no coincidence and organization necessary in the south to resist the offensive of neo-imperialism, and the Bush doctrine is imposed upon the world, the world will be destroyed.”  Hugo Chavez, in his closing speech at the 2005 World Social Forum in Brazil
This Day in History

World Hepatitis Day today celebrates human advance against this disease; in the city of London four hundred seventy-five years back, England executed Thomas Cromwell for treason; one hundred fifteen years later, in 1655, across the English Channel, Cyrano de Bergerac lived out his final chapter; two hundred twenty one years prior to the present pass, both Robespierre and Saint Just lost their heads in Paris; exactly a decade more along the temporal arc, in 1804, a baby boy took a first breath en route to his life as anthropologist and philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach; a hundred ninety-four years ahead of the now, meanwhile, Peru under Jose de San Martin declared independence from Spain; forty-five years subsequently, in 1866, Vinnie Ream became the first female artist to receive a U.S. Government commission for sculpture, for a statue of Lincoln, and the baby girl who became English children’s author Beatrix Potter was born; two years hence, in 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment became law of the land, putatively guaranteeing Constitutional rights everywhere; one hundred eighteen years ago, Miami came into existence as an incorporated municipality; six years thereafter, 1902, the infant who became renowned philosopher Karl Popper was born; half a decade even closer to today, in 1907, a male child came along who grew up to be the man who invented Tupperware, Edward Tupper; another seven years and many thousands of miles further on, in 1914, Austria declared war on Serbia, initiating what we’ve come to call World War One; eighty-three years ago, Herbert Hoover ordered the so-called ‘Bonus Army’ forcibly evicted from their protest encampment in the District of Columbia by troops of the regular armed forces; seven hundred thirty days henceforth, in 1934, Spain and the Soviet Union established formal diplomatic relations; a dozen years more along time’s road, in 1946, a B-25 bomber crashed into the seventy-ninth floor of the Empire State Building, killing fourteen people; nine years after that moment in time, in 1954, the baby boy came into the world who matured as the iconic leader Hugo Chavez; three hundred sixty-five days beyond that juncture, in 1955, an organization formed, the Union Mundial pro Interlingua, and held its first conference in support of an international language; another decade after that conjunction, in 1965, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson authorized the expansion of the U.S. invasion of Vietnam from 75,000 to over 125,000 troops; two years shy of another decade more proximate to the present point, in 1973, a huge rock festival entertained over half a million people at Watkins Glen, New York; eleven years back, the scientific Nobellist and co-discoverer of DNA, Francis Crick, played out his last strand; another year hence, in 1905, the Irish Republican Army ended its three decade armed campaign in Northern Ireland; nine years still nearer the now, in 2014, the writer and journalist and neopagan ‘princess,’ Margot Adler, took her final breath in this realm.

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BETRAYAL, MASS MURDER, & GEOPOLITICAL ‘BUSINESS-AS-USUAL

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/turkey-conflict-every-regional-power-has-betrayed-the-kurds-so-turkish-bombing-is-no-surprise-10420106.html                  A powerful indictment of U.S. and Turkish collusion in a policy of murder and subterfuge against Kurds and Syrians, from the Independent, crossposted in Common Dreams, a piece of reportage that combines history with contemporary observation, an important briefing to accompany other recent analyses of how empire and militarist imprimatur immutably fail to serve the people of Southwest Asia, whatever the rhetoric of freedom and promise of ‘development’ that the likes of Barack-the-Magnificent spout as if such false avowals had any correspondence whatsoever to social reality: “But under the Treaty of Sèvres, in 1920, they got a little nation in what had been Turkey.  Then along came the Turkish nationalist Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who took back the land that the Kurdish nation might have gained.  So the victors of the Great War met in Lausanne in 1922-23 and abandoned the Kurds (as well as the Armenians), who were now split between the new Turkish state, French Syria and Iran and British Iraq.  That has been their tragedy ever since – and almost every regional power participated in it.  The most brutal were the Turks and the Iraqi Arabs, the most cynical the British and the Americans.  No wonder the Turks have gone back to bombing the Kurds.

When they rebelled against Saddam Hussein in Iraq in the early 1970s, the Americans supported them, along with the Shah of Iran.  Then the US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger engineered an agreement between Iran and Iraq: the Shah would receive a territorial claim and, in return, abandon the Kurds.  The Americans closed off their arms supplies.  Saddam slaughtered perhaps 182,000 of them.  ‘Foreign policy,’ remarked Mr Kissinger, ‘should not be confused with missionary work.’ …

640px-AQMI_Flag.svg             (Nevertheless), when the Iraqi Kurds fought ISIS last year – the Americans deciding again that the Kurds had their uses – Turkey watched impotently as Kurdistan became the vanguard of the West’s battle. Kobani was a mini Stalingrad, and its defence by Kurds of Marxist orientation made Turkey’s humiliation more painful.  The pro-PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) fighters along the northern strip of Syria and Iraq were seen as heroes. …

(Such developments were impermissible to Turkey) Thus when ISIS struck Turkish Kurds seeking help for the reconstruction of Kobani with a devastating suicide bombing in Suruc – followed by PKK claiming responsibility for the murder of two Turkish policemen – Turkey decided to strike at the PKK under cover of an anti-ISIS bombardment.  The Americans were to be kept sweet by the reopening of Incirlik air base – in Turkish Kurdistan – and the world would forget that Islamist fighters have received free passage across the Turkish-Syrian border.”

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

Australia’s Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres seek applications from artists and creatives for studio and office spaces in Canberra.

Alfie Dog Fiction International Short Story Competition 

Closing Date 30th September

1st Prize:

£200 AND Publication of a short story collection of 35,000 – 40,000 words with editorial support for completion

– See more at: http://alfiedog.com/fiction/competitions/writing-competition/#sthash.1Q7PjyvF.dpuf

Who is the Poetry Society of Tennessee Northeast Chapter?

The Poetry Society of Tennessee – Northeast Tennessee chapter represents a group of authors dedicated to the promotion and encouragement of poetry and poetry writing. We strive to perfect our craft and simultaneously bring support through education about poetry to our community. We are a group of people as diverse as the subjects our pens touch upon; all who share our love for poetic language are welcomed into our number. Our poets are dedicated to poetics and encouragement of poetry by 1)studying poetic techniques; 2) critiquing to perfect our craft; 3) presenting poetry programs; 4) sponsoring contests; and 5) discovering markets for our work.

 DOGWOOD LITERARY CONTEST 
$10 ENTRY FEE.
Dogwood welcomes entries in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for its annual contest with a $1,000 grand prize for one winning entry. The grand prize winner will be chosen from winners in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Winners in the other two genres will receive prizes of $250. Submit fiction or nonfiction up to 22 pages. Submit one, two, or three poems (max ten pages). Deadline September 4, 2015.

 BERTON HOUSE RETREAT 
The Berton House Writers’ Retreat is located in Dawson City, Yukon Territory. Professional Canadian writers who have one published book and are established in any creative literary discipline(s) – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, journalism – are all encouraged to apply. The writer will be housed in the Berton House at no cost in rent or utilities. A monthly honorarium is provided to help cover food and other living expenses.

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pascal maramis – flickr

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225 magazine is in search of a staff writer to generate story ideas and produce features for our print and web publications. We’re looking for a strong writer who is as enthusiastic as we are about Baton Rouge food, arts and entertainment, style and people. Our team strives to showcase the most exciting and inspiring parts of living in the Capital City. Our ideal candidate must have the ability to not only find those stories but also think outside of the box to conceptualize creative, fresh ways to present them in our monthly publication. We’re looking for a team player who will fit into our fun yet fast-paced environment.

This is a full-time, salaried position. We offer great benefits plus an annual profit-sharing bonus.

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ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

smartphone twitter social mediaSocial Media Battles

A powerful blog post that brings internecine social media battles among movement builders to the forefront, and confronts questions of what is appropriate, productive discourse and what is just vicious harmful noise: “Throughout this piece, Ajl attempts to have things both ways. He makes sure to condemn the piling-on and viciousness leveled at Rania for nothing more than an opinion, all while validating most of the garbage that was being said.

At the end of the day, I could not care less about people’s personal beefs and proclivities; those are not worth discussing. What I do care about is the fact that stating an opinion can end up with days upon days of filth and untruths directed towards you, and the chilling effect that can have on building social movements. No one deserves that, and either you agree with these tactics or you do not. It is that simple..”

Driving While Black 

A Truth-Out video posting that describes a young African American man’s harrowing experience with law enforcement just three years before the publicized Ferguson attacks: “In this StoryCorps interview, Alex Landau remembers a 2009 encounter with Denver law enforcement when he was pulled over for making an illegal left turn. Landau, an African American man raised by white adoptive parents, hadn’t experienced issues with police until the night he was beaten to within an inch of his life.”

But big business apparently views its tax responsibility as a burden to be avoided at the expense of the rest of us. (Photo: Basheer Tome/flickr/cc)

Education Gutted for Profit

A Common Dreams article that contextualizes the emiseation of public education thanks to greedy corporations that do not pay their way, and that lists some of the worst offenders: “Corporations have reaped trillion-dollar benefits from 60 years of public education in the U.S., but they’re skipping out on the taxes meant to sustain the educational system. Children suffer from repeated school cutbacks. And parents subsidize the deadbeat corporations through increases in property taxes and sales taxes.”

Two Party System

A blog post by an interesting thinker that analyses the history and actuality of democracy and political systems: “The phenomenal success of the two-party system rests in convincing the majority of the people that this is “the democratic process”, rather than representative of capitalist class interest factions. This has been achieved in the name of “nationalism” and “national interest” rhetoric, as the two-party system identifies itself with the nation-state and national interest that it equates with the market economy. At the same time, the two-party system projects the image that a political party representing the working class is outside the constitutional and societal purview of the “national interest”, therefore, it lacks legitimacy. This was as true before the Bolshevik Revolution as it was after when the bourgeois political parties in the US as well as throughout the Western World stigmatized working class political parties as representing labor unions, as though labor unions were an anathema to society and only pro-capitalist political parties enjoyed legitimacy. “

Still image taken from “White People.” (MTV)

White Consciousness 

A Truth Dig view into a documentary that discusses differing White consciousness in a world where a majority is becoming a minority: “The documentary, which airs Wednesday on MTV, provides a platform for the dwindling white majority. The grievances that the documentary’s white subjects express seem trivial compared to what people of color must deal with on a daily basis in a country where African-American communities face rampant police brutality, where immigrants from Mexico and elsewhere face deportation and other major challenges, and where Muslims and others face religious attacks. Even as the viewer is left exasperated at constant failure by the documentary subjects to see past their own navels, one can still hope that this generation will break the cycle of white ignorance.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Hacktivism and Fighting Back

A Nieman Lab piece that highlights the challenges a newsroom must face when attacked by hacktivists who are objecting either to the magazine’s content or other esoteric reasons, and showing how a particular publication rose to the challenge: “What can newsrooms hoping to avoid the kind of day that New York is having today do? Unfortunately not much, says Sauter. “This is like someone buying out the entire print run of New York magazine, for the same reason — that they didn’t want anyone to see the cover. Unfortunately, this is a case where some hacker wanted to do something, and unfortunately it coincided with a day when New York magazine wanted to do something bigger.””

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Truth and Empiricism in Journalism and Science

A Fusion article that analyses the fundamental differences between journalism and scientific inquiry, and discusses how dificult something as simple as approaching the truth can be for both discioplines “Journalism would be greatly improved were it to learn a lesson from empirical science, which is that even the best and most assiduous work can turn out on examination to be deeply flawed. That doesn’t mean the original piece was sloppy, it just means that everybody is human, and that the truth is usually messy, and hard to find, and even harder to encapsulate in a neat story with a compelling narrative. Whenever there’s only one story on any given subject, then relying on that one story is always going to be dangerous. And yet, the way the journalism world works, once there’s one big compelling story, no one else tends to ever go near that area again.

More Journalists Dead

A Guardian brief that discusses the death of  “Abdihakin Mohamed Omar, producer for the Somali Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), and Mohamed Abdikarim Moallim Adam, a reporter for Universal TV, were killed in the explosion on 26 July. Another Universal TV reporter, Salman Jamal, was seriously injured.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

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social media – jmarketing – flickr

Journalist Tools

A Journalism article that discusses some great open source media, image, layout, and collaboration tools for journalists and scrappy writers: “The helpful folks at NPR have released a collection of fully customisable, open source tools to help journalists create visually engaging images for social media.

The tools – called Quotable, Factlist and Waterbug – were announced last night by Brian Boyer, editor of the NPR visuals team, as an easy way “for you to create those fashionable social graphics for your news organisation”.”

 

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

Puerto Ricans walk past a shuttered business in San Juan. The territory’s debt crisis has already led to 100 schools being closed this year. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Putting the Squeeze on Puerto Rico

A Guardian posting that discusses the economic gutting of the island by financial vultures, and shows what a price it has had to pay for its affiliation with the U.S. economic machine:  “The funds are “distressed debt” specialists, also known as vulture funds, and several have also sought to make money out of crises in Greece and Argentina, the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the near collapse of Co-op Bank in the UK.

The report, entitled For Puerto Rico, There is a Better Way, said Puerto Rico could save itself from default if it improves tax collection and drastically cuts back on public spending.

It accused the island, where 56% of children live in poverty, of spending too much on education even though the government has already closed down almost 100 schools so far this year. “

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Ecological Disaster of Bees

A AEON video posting that discusses the serious environmental issues and human consequences of the catastrophe visited on bee colonies lately, an issue that has led many to advocate for a ban of all GMOs: “Created by the Munich-based design studio Kurzgesagt (German for ‘in a nutshell’), The Death of Bees Explained is an unsettling look at the factors that scientists believe might lead to CCD, and the gloomy future humanity could face if we can’t curb the damage soon.”

7.27.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

fire chaos disaster propertyEven the most pleasant surprise, if only because it is unexpected and therefore impossible completely to plumb, contains a hint of dark aromas and toxic potential: just so, even the most monstrous bombshell, if only because it comes from the blue and cannot be perfectly comprehensible, proffers something akin to the possibility of opportunity or beneficence in its mysterious and generally horrifying appearance in one’s existence. 

Quote of the Day
  “Once you had moved back to this country in 1960 and were living in New York City, I found my way to your apartment again and again over the years to talk with you about my own work — to play field recordings for you, show you photographs, discuss the importance of documentation, and also cultural organizing.  You were always challenging — pushing me to think in new ways about what I was trying to do; you were always generous with your time and your knowledge.
Knowing about your work and the work of your family encouraged me to get a good Ampex tape recorder in 1959 and indeed to place myself in the heart of communities rich in cultural traditions.  I first went to live on Johns Island, home of Mrs. Janie Hunter and Moving Star Hall, where Highlander was developing a literacy empowerment program.  When Candie and I met in 1960, we began to follow the exciting events and locations of the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement — Albany, Birmingham, Jackson, Atlanta, Knoxville.  And you would come to see us!
It meant a lot to me and to Candie also that you would come to

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

see us in the Sea Islands and that you would participate in the cultural workshops we organized for civil rights workers in Mississippi and at Highlander in Knoxville.  (We still remember how you taught two-year-old Evan to stamp his foot and shout, ‘Down with fascism!’ when we were together on Johns Island.)   Later you would also visit the Appalachian communities where we had been working in eastern Kentucky and Tennessee.
Many times when we needed it most, you gave public support to our work.  You probably can’t even know how important that was to us.  I know you continue to give support and encouragement to young people today.  Your work with Cantometrics and with the Global Jukebox is creating a new generation of cultural activists.
For all this, and for being the creative and generous, inexhaustible person that you are, Candie and I send our profound thanks.  Please stay well and healthy and please keep in good touch with us.  We need you in our lives.”  Guy Carawan to Alan Lomax

This Day in History

 

Henri Rousseau Sleeping Gypsy
Henri Rousseau Sleeping Gypsy

Today in Finland is National Sleepyhead Day and in Vietnam National Martyrs and Wounded Soldiers Day; in Scotland more or less nine hundred sixty-one years ago, the historical King Macbeth died in battle against English Lord Siward near the Firth of Forth;thirteen and a half decades subsequently, in 1189, fighters of the Third Crusade arrived in Serbia to negotiate their attacks on ‘the Holy Lands;’ thirteen years henceforth, in 1202, nearly one thousand miles Southeast, the then powerful kingdom of Georgia defeated Sultanate incursion at the battle of Basian; at the very end of the same century, in 1299, the nascent Ottoman imperial victory at Nicomedia marked what most scholars consider to be the beginning of Ottoman rule; three more years further along, in 1302, other Ottoman forces confirmed their preeminence with a victory over the Byzantine armies at Bapheus, opening up the conquest of Turkey; three hundred fifty-two years prior to the here and now,  Britain’s Parliament passed mercantilist legislation that locked in monopoly shipping and control of goods bound for British America; four years past that conjunction, in 1667, a baby boy was born in Switzerland who would, as Johann Bernoulli, join his brother and sons and nephews as a mathematical pathfinder in

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Encel Sanchez flickr

calculus; twenty-seven years later, in 1694, Britain furthered the State control of its Colonial bourgeois enterprise by granting a corporate charter to the Bank of England; a century afterward, in 1794,  across the Channel in Revolutionary France, Robespierre demonstrated the dangers of overstepping one’s bounds when he ended up under arrest after overseeing the guillotining of 17,000 ‘enemies of the Revolution’; thirty years nearer to now, in 1824, a famed Dumas storyteller had a son whose destiny also involved prose and drama and acclaim, as Alexandre, fils; eleven years beyond that moment in time, in 1835, to the South in Italy, a male infant entered the world in standard fashion en route to success and popularity as a poet and a fierce critic of the conventional, Giosue Carducci, who would win Italy’s first Nobel Literary Laureate for his troubles; a hundred and thirty-five years before the present pass, English forces that sought to dominate Central Asia received a brutal whipping in Afghanistan at the Battle of Maiwand; a decade after that disaster, in 1890, a more personal and yet still substantial loss occurred when Vincent 380px-Vincent_van_Gogh_-_Self-Portrait_-_Google_Art_Project_(454045)van Gogh shot himself; just a year more than a quarter century hence, in 1916, across the Atlantic ocean and the Appalachians a baby girl gave a first cry near Louisville who would mature as the critic and innovator and founder of the New York Review of Books, Elizabeth Hardwick; precisely three years closer to now, in 1919, just a couple hundred miles away, in the city of Chicago, White people exploded in violence against Blacks in the Chicago Race Riot, which resulted in more than thirty deaths and many hundreds of injuries over a five day period; seven hundred and thirty-one days hence, in 1921, across the Great Lakes in Toronto, researchers proved that insulin regulates blood sugar in mammals; three years on the dot later, in 1924, a male child entered our midst in a well-to-do family who would grow into Vincent Canby, the critical voice of film and theater for many years for the ‘paper of record;’ three more years after that point, in 1927, a California baby male gave a first shout whose fate took him to folk fame and social power as the singer and writer and organizer Guy Carawan; two years still more proximate to the day, in 1929, across the Atlantic, over fifty signatories at Geneva ratified a convention on the treatment of prisoners of war that they and others would soon ignore, and a few hundred miles away in France, a baby boy took a first breath on his way to a life as thinker and critic, Jean Baudrillard; three quarters of a century back, Bugs Bunny

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/bexscar-skill/2593740019

made his debut on A Wild Harefour years still further along the temporal arc, in 1944, a female baby came along who would grow up as the country crooner and tuneful wordsmith, Bobbie Gentry; nine years subsequent to that soulful milestone, in 1953, an armistice brought the brief but brutal Korean conflict to an end; two years hence, in 1955, a female baby graced the world who would soon become Cat Bauer, a prodigal producer of stories and other written work; twenty-one years thereafter, in 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted 2 to 1 to indict Richard Nixon on at least one article of impeachment, for obstruction of justice; thirteen more years further along time’s pathway, in 1987, explorers in the middle of the Atlantic began salvage efforts on the Titanic fourteen thousand feet under the Atlantic surface.

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culture OR tradition knowledge consciousness OR awareness OR understanding foundation OR basis OR predecessor creativity OR genius OR innovation activism OR radicalism OR marxism OR marxist = 1,190,000 Citations.

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DECONSTRUCTING CAPITAL’S STAKE IN ‘ELECTORAL DEMOCRACY’

http://jonkofas.blogspot.com/                     A deeply conceived and engagingly reported historical and analytical assessment of electoral parties, inherently likely to be captive to moneybags, as a stand-in for or faux-equivalent of democracy, in the World Events, Culture, & Civilization blog, crossposted in CounterCurrents, an essential read for scrappy writers and thinkers and activists who want to improvise improvements to ReDemoPubliCratiCan hidden agendas and tricky deceptions: “Whether a country developed a two-party system or a multi-party system, popular rule expressing

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“Election MG 3455” by Rama – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0-fr via Wikimedia Commons

individual rights remained a core value of bourgeois democracy, rather than government taking into account collective interests.  Under the political umbrella of any democratic system that has ever existed, capitalism has been at its core and this means a social order based on hierarchy of capital.  During the 20th century, democracy became synonymous with capitalism not just in the US but in most countries around the world.  One reason for the success of political parties claiming their allegiance to ‘democracy’ is their embracing of a pluralistic value system under an open society where the consumer is synonymous with the citizen.  The US has led the way in the effort to identify democracy with capitalism and the citizen with the consumer.
The phenomenal success of the two-party system rests in convincing the majority of the people that this is ‘the democratic process,’ rather than representative of capitalist class interest factions.  This has been achieved in the name of ‘nationalism’ and ‘national interest’ rhetoric, as the two-party system identifies itself with the nation-state and national interest that it equates with the market economy.  At the same time, the two-party system projects the image that a political party representing the working class is outside the constitutional and societal purview of the ‘national interest,’ (and that), therefore, it lacks legitimacy.  This was as true before the Bolshevik Revolution as it was after when the bourgeois political parties in the US as well as throughout the Western World stigmatized working class political parties as representing labor

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

unions, as though labor unions were an anathema to society and only pro-capitalist political parties enjoyed legitimacy. …
Having no political party to express their interests, the working class in the US and in many countries around the world turned to the two political parties representing capital.  Labeling a political party ‘Labor’ or ‘Socialist’ as many have done in Europe and around the world is of course meaningless because their policies are anti-labor and anti-socialist as much as the policies of the US Democratic Party are hardly ‘democratic.’  The median worth of a US congressman is $1 million and the total cost for the congressional races amounted to $3.7 billion in 2012, campaign contributions mostly from millionaires.  Given the profile of the average US representative in Congress, and considering that a congressman has no chance of making a career unless s/he promotes capital through legislation to the detriment of middle class and workers’ interests how can such a representative claim to be anything other than an agent for capitalists? …
In every election, there are many candidates for president, from serious to the absurd.  The media, however, ignores all political parties, unless it is one that poses no threat to the status quo, such as the Libertarian or Green Party.  By contrast, the Communist Party has usually run a candidate for national office, but no television, radio or print media would cover its issue.  This does not mean that the Communist Party has always been serious about presenting a platform and candidates that would at least carry some political weight.  However, about the only way the Communist Party could possibly receive media attention, even heavily biased one would be if it ran the Pope as a candidate. … 

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Alan Reid

The success of the major political parties in the US as well as in most countries around the world is indeed the co-optation strategy that manages to pay lip service to the middle class and workers but subordinates their interests to capital.  Democracy allows for open access into the system that projects the image of theoretical equal participation by all citizens and political movements when in reality participation is limited to representatives of capital.  Given this reality, a multi-party system or a two-party system amounts to the same thing because ultimately the government will represent capital.  If a government emerges in a country where it tries to compromise the interests of capital, the rest of the world, governments and international financial institutions, make it so difficult for such a government to succeed that it capitulates. …
A political party that is organized ‘top-down,’ instead of emerging from the grassroots is obviously a reflection of the elites that created it to preserve and expand their interests.  When a grassroots movement tries to organize because it feels marginalized in society, the result is that the mainstream quickly co-opts it and de-radicalizes its followers.  This happened in the depression of the 1890s, the Great Depression of the 1930s, and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.”

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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The Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition is calling for the best audio work produced worldwide in English. Winners will be celebrated at an awards ceremony in Chicago, with their stories distributed to public radio stations nationwide in the US.

Artsmith’s 2015 Culture, Environment, & Travel Writer Residency in Laredo, Texas

 

Viva Laredo! December 3-6, 2015Spend three glorious days soaking in the rich, Spanish colonial history and culture of Laredo, Texas. The residency, designed for culture and travel writers, will be an intense, three-day cultural immersion for up to five selected fellows to join travel writer Tiffany Owens, photographer Bob Johnson, and Artsmith director and writer Jill McCabe Johnson as they explore the city and its environs.The selected fellows will receive three nights’ lodging at the landmark La Posada Hotel, full breakfast each morning, plus most other meals, and van transportation to planned activities. Fellows are responsible for their own transportation, tips, alcohol, and all other incidentals. The hotel shuttle is available for Laredo Airport transfers and for fellows to explore other sites during free time.

 

St Mary’s Artist House

The Artist House was established in 2003 as a residency program for artists, art historians, critics, curators and writers sponsored by the Departments of Art & Art History and English. Situated on a secluded part of the St. Mary’s College of Maryland campus, the Artist House provides a retreat environment for two residents at a time. Each resident fellow is given a private bedroom and a separate office or studio workspace. Residents share bathroom and kitchen facilities plus living room, dining room, screened porch and peaceful grounds. Residents are responsible for travel arrangements and expenses, and purchase and cook their own food. Residents have access to all of the college’s amenities.

 

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

SEO Content Writer – MedExecs is seeking an experienced freelance SEO Content Writer with experience writing SEO Optimized Content, preferably writing job descriptions. This is a part time 1099 position, paid by flat fee per post, not hourly or salaried. If qualified, please include your resume with applicaiton for immediate consideration.

Mario’s Cigar World Blogger – Looking for a freelance writer(s) with experience in copy writing and article content creation. 

All of this content will revolve around articles that have to do with Cuban cigars. This will mainly be a Cuban cigar information portal and review site. The reviews will be done by me and my team and article content will be created by the person that fills this position. 

These articles will be ghost written by you and published by the brand. 

Content Marketing Assistant

Virtual Position – Summerville, South Carolina, United States

HackerFreelancing has an immediate need for a long-term, offsite, contract Content Marketing Assistant – social media and digital marketing focused. This is a virtual assignment. HOWEVER, if located in the Greater Charleston area, then project is onsite 1-4 days per month.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

 

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Driving While Black

A Root opinion piece that discusses the feelings of anxiety and lack of safety that living in the current world can bring out even in the ‘best’ citizens, giving lie to the idea that if you play by the rules you have nothing to fear, as is shown in the case of the most recent police brutality case: “We tell lies to ourselves so that we feel safe. That if you just obey the laws, you’ll be safe. That if you are just polite to the police officer, you will be fine. That if you dress conservatively, you won’t get sexually harassed. That if you just go about being a good citizen, don’t curse, behave yourself, mind your manners, never get mad, don’t lose your temper, always be perfect, you will be safe.

But that’s not even how your own brain works. That’s not how anyone’s works. One person’s polite refusal is another’s “insubordination.” Curse words erupt under duress without consciousness. We’re all one bad police officer from getting tossed to the ground. But you tell yourself, “I’m in control. I choose my fate.””

Driving While White

A Tikkun piece showing a contrasting experience and a thoughtful, heartfelt posting from a writer who has come to finally understand the rubric of double standards and privilege operating in his life, but sadly lacking in the lives of others: “The majority of white people in this country are not racists in that they don’t actively hate. However, the majority of white people are also astoundingly ignorant, so much so that they might come off as bigoted when confronted about black lives mattering. (This includes those who reply, All lives matter.) But initial reactions change over time when more information is internalized, when more uncomfortable truths are revealed, when more unsettling images are seen.

And as reactions change, so too do voting patterns and priorities. I admit that mine have. Because, honestly, before the advent of Twitter and smart phone cameras, livestreams and liveblogs, I was mostly in the dark. I had no idea. I was just like most white Americans: a blithering idiot when it came to what black people experience in America.

In all likelihood, I still am to a degree.”

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An IDEAS piece that discusses the merits of the field of philosophy in terms of its intrinsic value to the educational process, though it falls in danger of being too esoteric and irrelevant to daily life: “The best philosophy teachers are the ones who are able to model this virtue. They show their students, à la Socrates in at least the early Platonic dialogues, how the right kind of conversation can bring to consciousness the utter preposterousness of something that one has always taken for granted and then how to survive finding oneself turned around in one’s shoes. Epistemic humility sometimes takes the form of humbleness, but not always. It can be intensely empowering for people who have always assumed that the systematically poor way the world treats them is fundamentally the way they deserve to be treated.”

Orwellian Government

An Information Clearing House review of a book that properly contextualizes many of the decisions made by the U.S. government in the past century at least, and shows to be great reading for all those trying to understand the world we live in today: “And have no doubt: This is a book about corruption.

There’s no other word that better describes how in little more than a decade, the Pentagon and the intelligence community and their legions of contractors have mutated into a shadow government that is the antithesis of what the United States is supposed to stand for: an open, democratic nation that understands there are limits to the power it wields at home and overseas. But these wolves don’t dress themselves up as sheep, but as shepherds protecting the American people from the predators that would devour them if their vigilance ever faltered.”

 

Bob Jagendorf
Bob Jagendorf

Fight Against Torture in Prisons

A Common Dreams article that introduces readers to an activist and former prison-profiteer employee who has blown the whistle on hideous conditions for workers: “People incarcerated at the facility have reported harrowing conditions beyond those López described, including being severely underpaid for their labor at $3 a day, forced to drink water contaminated by fracking waste, denial of their legal rights, and subjection of children to mentally and physical harm. Women have also alleged sexual abuse and assault from prison guards and staff, prompting community protests outside the facility.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Search Engine for Journalists

A Poynter article that discusses a great tool for scrappy writers and journalists: “Stavros Rougas and Ebrahim Ashrafizadeh created a site a few years ago to help journalists find academic experts. Originally called Media Spot Me, the site is now Expertise Finder.

I spoke with Rougas, a former journalist, via email about why he helped create the site and what you’ll find there.”

comma_radio_stationCommunity Radio Reach

A Tikkun article that discusses the promising proliferation of community radio stations: “KNSJ is one of hundreds of new community radio stations launched in recent years—the biggest addition to FM airwaves in decades. While some, such as KNSJ, are the brainchild of dedicated activists, others simply aim to eke out some space on the airwaves for local voices and viewpoints—which until recently was just about impossible….

That all started to change in January 2011 when President Obama signed the Local Community Radio Act. The law eased the “buffer” rule between stations and made low-power FM frequencies available to ordinary citizens for the first time in decades. The change came after years of activism and advocacy pitting grassroots activists against the FCC, the National Association of Broadcasters, and even public media like NPR. The victory has the potential to radically change the local media landscape in communities across the country.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

Condemning Those Who Give Rightful Access to Information

A Tech Dirt piece that highlights the indictment of a hero who, somewhat like Aaron Swartz, was simply trying to make available what already was, by right, meant to be accessible to all: “Two years ago, we wrote about the state of Georgia ridiculously threatening to sue Carl Malamud and his site Public.Resource.org for copyright infringement… for publishing an official annotated copy of the state’s laws. This followed on a similar threat from the state of Oregon, which wisely backed down. Malamud has spent the last few years of his life doing wonderful and important work trying to make sure that the laws that we live by are actually available to the public. The specific issue here is that while the basic Georgia legal code is available to the public, the state charges a lot of money for the “Official Code of Georgia Annotated.””

RECENT HAPPENINGS

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A Rolling Stone article that highlights a documentary about a brilliant musician’s life and career: “Director Alex Winter, whose early acting roles in the Bill and Ted movies and The Lost Boys have given way to directing tech-based documentaries (Deep Web, Downloaded), will helm the film based on his own script. “There has yet to be a definitive, authorized documentary on the extraordinary life and work of Frank Zappa,” the director said. “I am beyond thrilled to be embarking on this journey. Our tale will be told primarily in Frank’s own words; he will be our guide through this journey.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Deserters as True Heroes

A Truth-Out posting that highlights some interesting, nuanced, and downright heroic instances of the Confederacy’s past: “In addition to glossing over the blatant and destructive white supremacy that governed the Confederacy, official histories disappear examples of internal resistance. There were some Confederate soldiers who thought differently than their leadership. Like any war, the Civil War had defectors – soldiers on both sides who chose not to fight for their preselected regiments.”

7.24.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

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Quote of the Day
    “Before discussing professional standards in English poetry, which are the general topic of these lectures, let me emphasize an important point.  Unlike stockbrokers, soldiers, sailors, doctors, lawyers, and parsons, English poets do not form a closely integrated guild.  A poet may put up his brass plate, so to speak, without the tedious preliminaries of attending a university, reading the required books and satisfying examiners.  Also, a poet, being responsible to no General Council, and acknowledging no personal superior, can never be unfrocked, cashiered, disbarred, struck off the register, hammered on ‘Change, or flogged round the fleet, if he is judged guilty of unpoetic conduct.
typewriter3The only limits legally set on his activities are the acts relating to libel, pornography, treason, and the endangerment of public order.  And if he earns the scorn of his colleagues, what effective sanctions can they take against him?  None at all.
This difference between the poetic profession and others may seem platitudinous, but I shall insist on it all the more strongly; because what English poets have always been free to enjoy, if they please, is the privilege of not being formally enrolled as such.  Where is there any official roll of poets, analogous to the Army and Navy Lists, the Medical Register, or Crockjord?  This general privilege, as I understand it, implies individual responsibility: the desire to deserve well of the Muse, their divine patroness, from whom they receive their unwritten commissions, to whom they eat their solitary dinners, who confers her silent benediction on them, to whom they swear their secret Hippocratic oath, to whose moods they are as attentive as the stockbroker is to his market.”  Robert Graves: The Crowning Privilege
This Day in History

 

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Beer cans by Visitor7

Today in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia is Simon Bolivar Day; in Netherlands, five hundred twenty-eight years ago, aficionados of beer and free trade struck against a ban on imported beer and ale; three years less than half a century subsequently, in 1534, explorer Jacques Cartier claimed the Gaspe Peninsula in present-day Canada for France;three hundred fourteen years before the here and now, another Frenchman took credit for founding a trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which became the city of Detroit; eighty-two years later, in 1783, East across the Atlantic and almost all of Europe, the Kingdom of Georgia and the Russian Empire signed the Treaty of Georgievsk; two hundred thirteen years prior to the present pass, novelist and writer Alexandre Dumas was

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Robert flickr Alexandre Dumas – The Count of Monte Cristo – Easton Press Edition

born; twenty-one years henceforth, in 1823, Chile abolished slavery; one hundred sixty-eight years back, Brigham Young led almost 150 Mormons into the Salt Lake Valley, on the site of today’s Salt Lake City;  ten years subsequent to that juncture, in 1857, a Danish baby boy entered our midst who would mature as the Nobel prize winning writer and storyteller Henrik Pontoppidan;  a hundred forty-nine years prior to the present,Tennessee became the first Confederate State to reenter the union under the terms of Reconstruction; not quite three decades afterward, in 1895,a baby boy was born who became British writer and critic Robert Graves;seven hundred and thirty-one days beyond that, in 1897, a baby girl came into the world whose fate was to become the tragic adventuress of aviation, Amelia Earhart was born; three years further along time’s road, in 1900, the infant female who grew up to become Zelda Fitzgerald came into the world near Birmingham, Alabama; yet another year hence, in 1901, the soon-to-be acclaimed author O.Henry completed his three years prison sentence for embezzlement; seven years precisely thereafter, in 1908, noted Salvadorean poet Vicente Acosta died on his 41st birthday;

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three years later still, in 1911, Hiram Bingham rediscovered the ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu; ninety-three years ago, the Council of the League of Nations approved a draft of the British Mandate of Palestine, which came into full effect just over a year later; seven years nearer to now, in 1929,ten years before the formal outbreak of World War Two, the Kellogg-Briand multilateral treaty took effect, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy; eight years even more proximate to the present, in 1937, Alabama dropped rape charges against nine young Black men—the Scottsboro Boys—whom it had been trying to execute for sexual assault against two White women; sixty-five years ahead of today’s640px-Atlas_V_551_at_Launch_Pad_41 light and air, Cape Canaveral first began operation as a center of rocketry; two years beyond that conjunction, in 1952, a male baby drew his first breath en route to a successful career as filmmaker and screenwriter Gus Van Sant;nine years later than that, in 1959, Vice-President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev participated in a ‘kitchen-debate’ at the opening of an American exhibition in Moscow;  a decade and a half closer to today, in 1974, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon could not retain his secret tape recordings concerning the Watergate break-in and its aftermath, no matter how dapper he appeared in the kitchen debates; twenty-four years back, Nobel literary laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer drew a final breath; twenty-two years later, in 2013, acclaimed thinker and sexologist Virginia Johnson had her last gasp.

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"collective ownership" OR "the commons" capitalism undermining OR destroying OR impossible essential OR necessary "social justice" OR "social democracy"  = 130,000 Results.

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WAR ON DRUGS & HUMANITY: BOTH IDIOCY & CAPITAL’S OPPORTUNISTIC PREDATION

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/wife-murdered-cop-wakes-prison-system-drug-war-and-how-it-led-her-husbands-death?akid=13331.279476.anLMY4&rd=1&src=newsletter1039872&t=9       A powerful posting fromAlternet, albeit in need of some extensive editorial assistance, about the experience of the surviving spouse of a murdered police officer, who died when he sought to arrest a drug offender “on probation,” who “wasn’t going back to jail,” a story that reveals the power of reflection and analysis in the widow’s coming to terms with society’s–and even her own–complicity in and promulgation of the exact results that we all say that we detest, in order to feed a monstrous system that thrives on incarceration, division, and prohibition, all the more horrifying given that the number of outright wrongful convictions is simply “astonishing” in its own right: “Astonishingly enough, Wilson, whose husband was a cop, gunned down in the line of duty, was able to free her mind from the shackles of the prison industrial complex. Wilson opened her eyes and was able to see how this flawed system of mass incarceration creates more criminals than it stops. …
Instead of focusing on why people ‘reenter’ the prison system, Wilson brought up the innovati(ve) notion of ‘no entry.’ Wilson proposed a radical but logical idea ‘that people never enter the system, that we stop feeding this system of mass incarceration.  Stop punishing people for self-medicating trauma with drugs and alcohol, stop punishing people for mental illness.  These policies don’t work,’ Wilson said.  ‘The promise of public safety has not helped.’
Wilson’s words are based in sound science.  Study after study shows the harmful effects of a society with such a high rate of incarceration.”
JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts is open to submissions of compressed poetry of 75 words or less and compressed fiction and nonfiction of 600 words or less.

The Southern Documentary Fund is proud to announce our filmmaking grants for documentaries made in or about North Carolina, funded with generous support from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.

The next application round will open on June 1, 2015. Applications will be accepted through July 31, 2015. Grant awardees will be announced in October 2015.

 ARTELLEWA ART SPACE 
artellewa offers artists-in-residence the opportunity to live and work in Ard El Lewa for a period of one to three months. Artists-in-residence integrate with the local community of Ard El Lewa and respond to the local situation in their work. artellewa specifically seeks artists who integrate social action into their artistic practice and who propose projects that incorporate creative strategies for social change in Egypt.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS 
A bimonthly magazine that promotes more self-sufficient, financially independent and environmentally aware lifestyles. Fillers/tips pay $25 to $100. Most of our feature articles are written by our Contributing Editors. We sometimes assign articles to freelance writers, particularly those who have experience with our subject matter (both firsthand experience and writing experience).

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Marketing & SEO Copywriter for SimplePart (Inman Park)

compensation: Salary $30,000 – $40,000 DOE

SimplePart is seeking a creative, tech-savvy Marketing & SEO Copywriter with a passion for creative writing and a love of all things automotive. The ideal candidate is a team-oriented individual who can write concisely, clearly and without hesitation about a wide variety of automotive and powersports brands and related industry subjects. As the Marketing & SEO Copywriter, you will be responsible for understanding the marketing strategy of our clients and communicating to car and motorcycle owners across all platforms, no matter what the make of their ride might be.

 

Proposal Coordinator Wanted (Galleria Area, Houston TX)

***Bachelor of Arts degree in English or related field required (or close to completion). Please DO NOT apply without this.***

Roles and Responsibilities:
• Identify all requirements and criteria for evaluation and prepare the detailed proposal outline
• Take an active hands-on role in all facets of developing proposals, working with subject matter experts (SME) and stakeholders in the following areas: business development, finance, IT, contracts, and HR
• Maintain professional and courteous communication and timely responsiveness with internal and external customers via telephone and email

Ecommerce Copywriter for Women’s Shopping Website (Ft Lauderdale)

compensation: 12-15/hr. DOE

We are a national Ecommerce company specializing in larger sized women’s bras, swimwear, costumes and lingerie. We have been in business since 1998.We are looking for someone who can help us add value to our website and search engine optimization efforts by writing CREATIVE, ORIGINAL, INTERESTING AND COMPELLING content. This includes website content, category descriptions, product descriptions, blog posts, social media posts, scripts, and any other writing projects that come along. This is a perfect opportunity for a college English major or someone looking to expand their knowledge of women’s fashion and lingerie.

copywriting content and blogs (broomfield)

compensation: 13.00 – 15.00 hour
contract job
internship
telecommuting okay

We are a small gift & jewelry manufacturing company with a new web site. Looking for a person to do content writing and daily blogging for our web site. You need to have writing and search information skills, posting to the web is a must. Self starter, motivated, creative. Small office, mellow environment.
Willing to discuss a variety of possibilities and ideas for this position, as long as we get it done.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

A Documentary Filmmaker’s Journey to Justice

A Columbia Journalism Review article that analyses the recent lawsuit filed by a harrassed documentary filmmaker from the point of view of what truly is worrisome about the situation: “It’s an important story with profound implications for the press. Yet lost in the narrative was the legal spine of her case, a second threat to journalism in this country: the worrisome way the federal government handles FOIA requests.

Poitras’ lawsuit does not seek damages for harassment, as some news outlets and blogs mistakenly claimed and/or implied. She just wants to know what information the government has on her. She filed a series of FOIA requests in 2014—all of which were either caught in the backlog or denied. More than a year later, after making no progress, she filed the complaint that’s now in the news cycle. Delayed responses, silence, and rejected FOIA requests are problems US journalists encounter far more often than government bullying in airports, as chilling as the latter may be.”

Warmongering Nation

A Project Syndicate post that touches on the long-standing issues in regards to American policies abroad: “Viewed through the lens of history, the main job of US presidents is to be mature and wise enough to stand up to the permanent war machine. Kennedy tried; his successor, Lyndon Johnson, did not, and the debacle of Vietnam ensued. Jimmy Carter tried; Reagan did not (his CIA helped to unleash death and mayhem in Central America throughout the 1980s). Clinton mostly tried (except in the Balkans); George W. Bush did not, and generated new wars and turmoil.

On the whole, Obama has tried to restrain the warmongers, yet he has given in to them frequently – not only by relying on weaponized drones, but also by waging covert wars in Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and elsewhere. Nor did he truly end the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; he replaced troops on the ground with US drones, air strikes, and “private” contractors.”

Workers’ strike in Milwaukee in January of 2014. (Photo: Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association/flickr/cc)

Workers Rights On The Line

A Common Dreams reposting of an article that analyses what workers really need to do in order to guarantee fairer rights for all: “Instead of ceding our collective power to city councils and corporate offices, we need to broaden and radicalize the movement for a living wage, embracing more powerful tactics that today’s union leaders have dismissed. It’s not simply about the outcomes of reform; it’s about how we win it. That’s what teaches us how to fight. That’s what builds a movement. Without a movement, we have no hope for real, sustainable change. We have no hope of getting rid of capitalism.”
As part of an ongoing series of articles in the world that have detailed the emiseration of those who seek to pass on the torch of education to the newer generations, this newest addition by Pacific Standard highlights efforts that struggling but well-meaning adjuncts are undertaking to make life better for their comrades: “Today, 75 percent of the academic workforce is contingent, meaning that those teachers are part-time, adjunct, or not on a tenure track. In contrast, 40 years ago, 24 percent of academics were adjuncts and 45 percent were either tenured or on the tenure track. As has been widely reported over the past few months, many exquisitely trained and educated teachers are doing the same teaching work as tenured professors, often have the same credentials, and are still financially desperate.

Her own bleak situation, and the unexpected comforts from strangers, convinced Bolin that she needed to create something more formal. Along with two friends—a former adjunct named Joe Fruscione, and Kat Jacobsen, who currently teaches at a few colleges—she put together a non-profit devoted to aiding impoverished professors by way of cash donations. To conjure the financially precarious situation, they called it PrecariCorps, and set up a website to solicit funds.”

Breakthrough Listen is the largest ever scientific research program aimed at finding evidence of civilizations beyond Earth. Image via Breakthrough Listen.

Search for Extra Terrestial Intelligence

An Earth Sky posting that discusses attempts of millionaire capitalists to desperately find yet another venture: “Billionaire Milner plans to spend the $100 million over the next 10 years to back a radio search using the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the Parkes Telescope in Australia – plus a search for laser signals by the Lick Observatory’s Automated Planet Finder Telescope in Northern California. The Greenbank Telescope announced on July 20 that it will receive significant funding – approximately $2 million per year for 10 years – to participate in this project.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

NYTBig Media Outfits Not Linking Out

A Nieman Lab article that out calls large media outfits on not linking to original sources of articles, and outlines a few reasons why this might be: “In her post, Sullivan acknowledges that the Times is still consistently inconsistent when it comes to linking out to sources. More than a year ago, standards editor Philip B. Corbett told Sullivan that the Times should “routinely be linking to background information, to other news reports, to stories our competitors broke,” not just because crediting properly is just good practice, but because readers “want and value those links.”

For professional newsrooms, settling on the “right” standards for linking out can be a bit of a tug-of-war between the culture of web-based writing (which strongly encourages it), a news site’s desire to keep reader traffic within its site, and in some cases the constraints of a janky CMS.”

Places to Learn Code

A Tech Republic article that points scrappy writers to a place where they might learn to become competent, if not proficient, in computer languages: “If you’ve recently gotten the bright idea to learn to code, you’re not alone. The facts are that there exist more jobs than talent to fill them in the tech sector, and if you’re willing to dig in and build your skillset and portfolio, you could have a career before long.

But where to start? There are many options out there. Some choose to go back to school, some sign up for for-profit bootcamps, others for workshops and seminars. If you’re not ready to commit a ton of time and money just yet, one of these 10 free resources might be just what you need to get started learning to code. “

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

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By 2bgr8 via Wikimedia Commons

Revenue of Media Ventures

A Nieman Lab article that shares with readers which are the local news sites who generate significant revenue: “Pulled from the survey data, here’s the full listing, broken down by revenue level. (Street Fight’s Tom Grubisch also has some detail on the top tiers.) To distinguish between different kinds of local news sites, I’ve bolded those sites who said producing “investigative or watchdog journalism” was the site’s “primary focus.” I’ve italicized those who said that sort of work is something they produce “occasionally.” A site that is neither bold nor in italics said investigative or watchdog journalism is something they produce either infrequently or not at all. (All such statements are self-reported; I’m sure some might quibble with some of them.)”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Winning and Math

A Motherboard posting that discusses how to win at poker, geek style: “The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the premier engineering schools in the country, is finally putting math to good use: teaching students how to be better poker players.

MIT has opened up the course “Poker Theory and Analytics” for free to the public this summer, including videos of class lectures, the syllabus, and PDFs of course notes. This course is part of MIT’s OpenCourseWare initiative, which seeks to make certain courses at the school available for free, even for non-MIT students.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

 

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“Adderallrx” by FtWashGuy

Drugs and Murder

A Daily Bell article that indicts drugs for most of the unexplainable violent deadly outburst over the past few decades, but they are not the same drugs everyone has been known trained to fear and hate: “The phrase “War on Drugs” just doesn’t seem accurate in reference to American drug culture. “The War on Certain Drugs,” a phrase given to us by Noam Chomsky, far better explains the predicament the United States is currently mired in when speaking of the self-medicating tendencies of its citizens, because we as Americans really do love our drugs, and we love them so much that we give them to our children. Not marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or meth, which are the targets of the Drug War, but the much more benign-sounding pharmaceuticals that are sold to us during commercial breaks on daytime television, online and in magazine ads.” 

7.23.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

 

Aitor Calero Flickr Stop complaining
Aitor Calero Flickr
Stop complaining

Many times, reactions to contemporary events embody complaint, something between discomfiture and fury via a mixture of disdain and condemnation; unfortunately, even as the analysis of what is ‘wrong’ is most often lacking, and the occasional rational dissection focuses overwhelmingly on description, the only path to improving those things of which people disapprove follows a careful analysis of what is with proposals for shifting from this contextualization to one that is more salubrious for the complainants, so to say.

Quote of the Day
“Writing fiction has developed in me an abiding respect for the unknown in a human lifetime and a sense of where to look for the threads, how to follow, how to connect, find in the thick of the tangle what clear line persists. …(Thus), Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience, of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer’s own life.  …(In this vein), Greater than scene is situation.  Greater than situation is implication.  Greater than all of these is a single, entire human being, who will never be confined in any frame.”  Eudora Welty
This Day in History

 

Kate Hopkins Flickr Hot Dog with Onions
Kate Hopkins Flickr
Hot Dog with Onions

Today in the U.S.A. is National Hot Dog Day, believe it or not; in the Eastern Mediterranean six hundred and ninety-six years before today, a crusading force of Hospitaller knights routed Aydinid fighters at the Battle of Chios; one hundred ninety-four years ago, Greek partisans in their war for independence from the ottomans forced the relocation of Turkish residents of the area of Monemvasia Castle to Asia Minor; eight years subsequently, in 1829, a patent issued to William Burt for the typographer, which was a precedent technology to the typewriter; a hundred seventy-five years ahead of this moment in time, the Province of Canada came into being; one hundred twenty-seven years ago, mystery writerThe-Big-Sleep-by-Raymond-Chandler-free-ebook Raymond Chandler was born; one hundred twelve years prior to the present, Ford Motor Company sold its first car; one hundred one years back, Austria Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia about the killing of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife, a rejection of one of the demands of which led to a declaration of the start of World War One less than a week later; eighty-nine years before the current YouTube moment, Fox Film bought the Movietone patents, which lay the basis for ‘talkies’ and the present day; three hundred and sixty-five days thereafter, in 1927, India’s first Indian Broadcasting System station goes on-air in Bombay; two more years closer to the present, in 1929, Italy’s fascist government bans the use of foreign terms; seven years later, in 1936, the Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia joined socialists and communists against the fascist plotters in Spain; six years even further along, in 1942, the Nazis opened an extermination camp for Jews and other ‘undesirables’ at Treblinka in Poland; six years beyond that moment, in 1948, the film pioneer and champion of White supremacy D W Griffith had his life’s final scene; sixty-three years back, the Free Officers Movement, with Gamal Nasser its founding member, overthrew the English-backed King of Egypt; fifty-four years before this point in time, the Sandinista National Liberation Front formed in Nicaragua, and a baby boy was

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born who would grow up as a performer and compañero by the name of Woody Harrelson; a year henceforth, in 1962, Telstar broadcast Walter Cronkite on both sides of the Atlantic, the first such commercial programming; three years more along the tremporal arc, in 1965, a male child came into the world whose destiny was to write and sing and win young maiden’s hearts as Guns N’ Roses performer, Slash; two years more proximate to the present, in 1967, riots began in Detroit that killed almost fifty people, caused billions of dollars in damage, and became one of the worst such instances of civil outrage in U.S. history; one year later, in 1968, a shootout occurred in Cleveland between the police and a militant group, following which another violent outburst of rioting took place that would last five days;  three years nearer to now, in 1971, a baby girl came into our midst whose destinyguitar music art performance was to write and sing as Alison Kraus; one year later, in 1972, the U.S. launched the first Earth-resources satellite, Landsat 1; four years hence, in 1976, one of a trio of sisters was born who would achieve unprecedented familial chess mastery as Judit Polgar;twenty-six years before the here and now, critic and journalist Donald Barthelme died; a dozen years after that, in 2001, novelist, essayist, and storyteller Eudora Welty died; three hundred and sixty-five years more proximate to today’s unfolding, in 2002, storyteller and rabbi Chaim Potok breathed his last; another seven years beyond that point, in 2009,renowned liberal journalist Daniel Schorr died; four years ago, iconic singer Amy Winehouse overdosed and breathed her last.

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NEOLIBERAL CAPITAL, ‘SHARING,’ PREDATION, ENGAGEMENT

http://lareviewofbooks.org/review/company-of-one-the-fate-of-democracy-in-an-age-of-neoliberalism          From the Los Angeles Review of Books, a Canadian’s exposition about Neoliberalism as the apt manifestation of contemporary capital, with all that implies about economic dislocation, inequality, and social engagement or alienation, depending on one’s point-of-view and ideological propensities and such, a work that speaks to all ‘freelancers’ and all citizens who care about finding alternatives to the bullshit and mayhem of ‘sharing’ and ‘freedom’ and other Libertarian fantasies that seek to substitute false consciousness for working class empowerment: “The neoliberal pathology has been the same in both European and American countries: governments cannibalize their political spaces, advance privatized markets in all aspects of society (see the Affordable Care Act), and export their manufacturing base to the developing world.  The consumer is not, as in a previous era of liberalism, a purported equal trader on a market — leaving aside the problematic basis for thinking this ever came about — but a ‘capital’ among others, an entrepreneur most often providing free labor that creates value for others.  If the laborer in the factory was the paradigm of alienation in a previous era, today in the West s/he is the freelancer: signing up for one project at a time, often free of charge in order to gain experience or ‘clips’ and without the social safety net of a pension or guaranteed healthcare coverage.  We are each a company of one, committed to doing what used to take whole enterprises: we provide our own customer service, do our own investments and taxes, act as our own travel agencies, and, for those lucky enough to have 401(k)s and healthcare, pick and choose among competing options that we once left to the experts. ‘There’s an app for that!’ also means ‘you’re on your own.’
It’s not just that corporations have speech, as Justice Kennedy argued in Citizens United, a case Brown cites as a prime example in her book.  Those who do speak think of themselves more and more as corporations in a do-it-yourself culture.  Make bad investments?  Choose the wrong healthcare plan?  Buy a home on which your bank is owed more than the house is now worth?  This is just the risk that comes with newfound economic freedoms.  But as we spiral in student loan, credit, and mortgage debts, we are decidedly unprofitable companies of one.  The corporations take all the profits; we take all the risk. …
The upshot of Brown and Lazzarato’s books is to demonstrate just what an outlier neoliberalism is, not least since it is relatively new in terms of the long history of capitalism.  Traditional liberalism held that one entered into contracts with others, even the implicit contracts of buying bread at the local market, for the sake of one’s interests: one trades wood to build a house for warmth, etc.  This trading was to have a communal benefit: trading individually, capitalism provided an ‘invisible hand’ whereby goods were more widely and cheaply available.  Whatever the problems with this model — it assumed human beings on the market were rational actors more or less equal with one another — neoliberalism’s basis in financial capitalism, not manufacturing, means economics has no other end than itself.  There are simply no values outside of this — no ‘interest’ one would have other than maintaining one’s own market efficiency.  The emblem for this is the internet economy, where companies that have never produced a profit (and never will) are famous for being famous, valued for being valued, and thus trade at stock prices well ahead of those dinosaur companies still producing widgets.  Uber had its IPO in December valued at $40 billion, even if it plans to profit from entrepreneurs ‘liberating’ the value of their cars by driving them as taxis.  No matter — Uber’s early investors will largely have cashed out by the time institutional investors, such as pension plans, are left on the hook for its future negligible value.”
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North Carolina’s Orison Books is accepting spiritual writing for the Orison Anthology Awards in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Each winner receives $500 and publication.

GOLDEN QUILL WRITING AWARDS 
ENTRY FEES $15-$20.
Theme: TRANSFORMATION. Each entry must depict the theme, interpreted as you like. Short Fiction: 1,000 to 1,200 words. Poetry: Up to 40 lines. Flash Fiction: Up to 500 words. Short Fiction and Poetry: First Place $1,000, Second Place $500, Third Place $100. Flash Fiction: First Place $500, Second Place $100, Third Place $50. Deadline July 15, 2015.  


CRAZYHORSE SHORT-SHORT FICTION AWARD 
Deadline July 31, 2015. $1,000 and publication. Three runners-up. All entries considered for publication. Submit one to three short-shorts of up to 500 words each.

 

ARTELES CREATIVE CENTER 
Location Finland. Welcoming over 100 selected visual artists, musicians, writers, performance artists, photographers, designers, architects per year. It is an inspiring place to produce original work and collaborate with other energetic and ambitious artists and creative professionals for a concentrated period of time from one to three months.

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Creative Loafing Staff Writer, Atlanta GA –  Salary under $45,000 The news staff writer for Creative Loafing tackles politics, urban policy, social justice, and transportation reporting, among other areas. The news staff writer is responsible for daily blogging, weekly feature writing, and longform cover stories (about 10 a year) and contributing to special issues. Knowledge of social media is required. The position is focused on news writing but someone with range who’d love to cover other passions and interests such as food, arts, or music is encouraged.

WRITER-EDITOR 
Location Rosslyn, VA 
Serves as a writer-editor in the office of the Director of Congressional Affairs. Trade and Development Agency. Handles speeches, talking point, briefing materials and documents. Pays $52,668 to $99,296 depending upon experience.

 

Real Estate Marketing Copywriter
Josh Evans Realty – Stony Brook, NY 
Looking for a copywriter to produce content for real estate website. Weekly newsletters, email marketing, follow up, etc. Experience preferred but not required. Please call/text me at 516-655-5000.Can work in the office or remotely.Salary: $50,000.00 /year
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Announcement of a trend-setting event that seeks to bring creative, innovative minds together from an SOP pro-business POV:  SXSW Eco creates a space for business leaders, investors, innovators and designers to drive economic, environmental and social change.”

 Important Book About Current Reality

A Truth-Out review of an excellent book that everyone should read but probably few will: “But can we save ourselves? In his new book, Green Capitalism: The God that Failed, Richard Smith argues compellingly that “sustainable production is certainly possible but not under capitalism” and even more forcefully, “capitalism and saving the planet are fundamentally and irreconcilably at odds.” To this central question, Smith brings an impressive command of economics and an engaging conversational style of writing. He explains and illustrates with devastating clarity the key mechanisms of capitalism that force it to grow unendingly, and these explanations are supported with a broad array of examples of corporate and national economic practices from around the world.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

 

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Cory Doctorow flickr
F&SF rejection letter, Terry Bisson, With a Little Help

Taking Rejection Ungracefully

A Submittable blog post that discusses some of the less-than-gracious response that some writers concoct as a response to a rejection of their work: Let’s focus on the third type of response, the one we remember the most. You’d be amazed at what writers are willing to say in the privacy of an email, especially to someone who has told them their work isn’t good enough for publication (which is almost never what a rejection actually says). My personal favorite rejection response used “fuck” more times than a 2 Live Crew album. It was so filled with hate that I wondered briefly if I needed to watch my back during the day and sleep with one eye open at night.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

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A Rolling Stone posting that discusses an iconic new book by a fellow who’s familiar with the dark heart of the web:    “The man who just published one of the best novels ever written about the Internet has spent less time online than almost anyone else his age. After graduating from college in 2001, Joshua Cohen lived in Eastern Europe for six years, writing fiction, filing overseas dispatches for The Jewish Daily Forward and generally avoiding the Web — he didn’t even have a dial-up connection. When Cohen returned to New York in 2007, everyone suddenly had smartphones and Facebook accounts. He found the Web’s unrelenting creep so unnerving that he considered going back to Europe. “I realized I didn’t have enough money to buy a ticket,” says Cohen, 34, drinking whiskey and smoking cigarettes at a bar near his home in Red Hook, Brooklyn, one recent afternoon, “and I had shipped all my stuff home on a boat.””

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Imperial-Backed War in Yemen

A Global Research posting that discusses yet more violence approved of, of not downright aided by, U.S. interests:  “The bombing of mosques, political offices and residential areas are designed to not only kill large numbers of people but to also foster sectarian animosity between Sunni and Shite Islamic adherents. Parallels between developments in Yemen and what is taking place in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen are designed to perpetuate a divisive political atmosphere providing a rationale for ongoing intervention by Washington and its allies in the region.

Efforts to achieve a ceasefire for humanitarian purposes have failed due to the political intransigence of the U.S.-backed military and para-military forces operating in the theater of Yemen’s war. Unless there is a halt in the fighting soon, the humanitarian situation in Yemen will worsen as well as the further regionalization of the war.”

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Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. July 2015.

Museum of Enterprise

A Library of Congress posting that contextualizes the giddy history of America’s peculiar brand of culture, society, and economics: “A new exhibit at the Smithsonian – American Enterprise in the Innovation wing of the National Museum of American History – is telling the history of American business and innovation.   According to the Smithsonian, this exhibit “chronicles the tumultuous interaction of capitalism and democracy that resulted in the continual remaking of American business–and American life.” It is organized into four chronological eras: the Merchant Era (1770s -1850s), the Corporate Era (1860s -1930s), the Consumer Era (1940s – 1970s) and the Global Era (1980s – 2010s) and will, according to the press release, “convey the drama, breadth and diversity of America’s business heritage along with its benefits, failures and unanticipated consequences…””

7.22.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

Negotiating one’s way through the dire exigencies of the current prospect, self-evidently, can only begin with where things now stand, at the very same time that anything except radical shifts in perspective and action can only yield, in effect, more of the same present dissolution and devastation that at some point soon will add up to ecocidal eventualities, a conundrum or paradox that sits at the center of any decent chance for human  thriving, even survival.

Quote of the Day
“There are some people who can receive a truth by no other way than to have their understanding shocked and insulted. …Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen. Every blunder behind us is giving a cheer for us, and only for those who were willing to fail are the dangers and splendors of life.  To be a good loser is to learn how to win.  I was sure there are ten men in me and I do not know or understand one of them.  I could safely declare, I am an idealist.  A Parisian cynic says ‘I believe in nothing. I am looking for clues.’  My statement would be: I believe in everything — I am only looking for proofs.”  Carl Sandburg
This Day in History

 

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INgrid Truemper Flickr Karni Mata Temple

Today is Pi Approximation Day around the world, and on a more whimsical note in Hamelin, Germany, it is Ratcatcher’s Day; in what is now Iran, eleven hundred seventy-seven years ago, Byzantine forces suffered a rout at the hands of Abbasid fighters in the Battle of Anzen, in present day Turkey, one of many clashes in centuries of Byzantine-Arabic warfare; nine hundred and sixteen years ahead of today, Godfrey of Bouillon became the first Christian interloper officially to oversee Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre after the First Crusade; five hundred fifty-nine years prior to the present pass, Ottoman imperial incursions into the Balkans

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Ottoman Empire postage stamp Double M flickr

encountered a roadblock with the defeat of their armies by troops under John Hunyadi in Belgrade; a hundred and thirty-one years later, in 1587, the second group of English settlers to attempt to settle off the coast of North Carolina arrived at Roanoke Island; three hundred nine years back, Scotland and England formed the United Kingdom; two hundred twenty-two years prior to the present pass, Alexander Mackenzie reached the Pacific and completed the first European transit of Canada; fifty-six years afterward, in 1849, a baby girl uttered a first cry en route to poetry that included the call to immigrants of Emma Lazarus; thirty-three more years further along, in 1882, the male child first breathed whose destiny was to paint the spare and astonishing canvases of Edward Hopper;eleven years subsequently, in 1893, a baby boy was born who would soon enough become psychiatrist Karl Menninger; half a decade later on, in 1898, a baby male entered the world in standard fashion who would compose the poetry of Steven Vincent Benet; ninety-nine years prior to the present, unknown parties exploded a bomb in downtown San Francisco at a “Preparedness Day Parade,” killing ten people; eighty-one years back,FBI agents shot and lethally wounded John Dillinger; two years hence, in 1936, a male infant entered our midst who matured as popular novelist Tom Robbins; three hundred sixty five days later, in 1937, the Senate refused FDR’s move to add more Supreme Court justices to the nine already sitting;a half decade past that Ride_with_hitlerconjunction, in 1942, World War Two gasoline rationing began in the U.S.; four years thereafter, East across the Atlantic and Mediterranean, in 1946, Irgun, part of the Zionist underground in Palestine, exploded a bomb at the King David Hotel, killing almost one hundred people; seven hundred thirty-one days further along the temporal path, in 1948, a little girl drew a first breath on her way to prolific storytelling of S.E. Hinton’s native Oklahoma; sixty-four years before the here-and-now, the Soviet Union sent two dogs into the world’s first ‘embodied’ sub-orbital flight; forty-eight years back, Carl Sandburg died; nine years henceforth, in 1976, Japan completed its last reparations to the Philippines for war crimes; fourteen years later, in 1990,Argentinian narrator and thinker Manuel Puig breathed his last; two years hence, in 1992, ‘drug-lord’ Pablo Escobar, concerned that extradition to the U.S. was pending, fled his upscale imprisonment; twelve years ago, U.S. Special Forces killed two sons and one fourteen year-old grandson of Saddam Hussein; eight years past that point in time, in 2011, a Norwegian fascist murdered eighty-seven attendees at a Social Democratic summer camp near Oslo.

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MORE POLICE STATE MAYHEM, IN ALABAMA
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/15/poli-j15.html      An overview of incidents of police violence, two of them in Alabama, that local media have also covered to some significant extent, the multiple cases the work of World Socialist Website, which presents these matters as contextualization of police state violence and murderous impunity that afflicts working people, most especially people of color, at the hands of authorities whose ‘duty’ is to ‘serve and protect,’ not maim and murder, the upshot of all of which in this case has been litigation against an established order that fosters mayhem and intimidation in the course of a standard operating procedure that truly only serves propertied interests at the expense of anything else whatsoever: “The lawsuit states that at this point(when her mother was suffering Tasering), the daughter ‘attempted to raise her head,’ prompting officers and a venue employee to restrain her by pinning her down violently.  An officer then shocked her with a Taser three times on her chest while she was ‘face down with her arms secured behind her,’ inducing yet another seizure that rendered the youth unconscious.
After the teenager slipped out of consciousness, she was driven to Gadsden Regional Medical Center and her mother was arrested for disorderly conduct.  The suit alleges that, while at the hospital, police made jokes about the teenager and threatened to commit her to a mental hospital.
The allegations presented in this lawsuit are a damning indictment of the police immediately involved.  Their collaboration in brutalizing the woman and her daughter indicate the increasingly sadistic, gang-like character of police in America.
             (In another case in which a young Tuscaloosa Black man died), Ware was the 604th person killed by police in the US this year.  In the four days since his death, 16 additional people have been killed by American police, twice as many police killings as in Germany in 2013 and 2014 combined, (where eight citizens’ lives have ended in police custody).”
JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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LGBTQ Literary PreserveAudre Lorde & Frank O’Hara Prize for Poetry

PANK is calling for blog content in the form of one-offs and column pitches.

RATTLE POETRY PRIZE
http://www.rattle.com
$20 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline July 15, 2015. $10,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a poem. A Reader’s Choice Award of $2,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Submit up to four poems of any length with entry fee, which includes a subscription to Rattle, by July 15. All entries are considered for publication.

GOLDEN QUILL AWARDS
http://www.thegoldenquillawards.com/
$15-$20 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline July 15, 2015. Three substantial prizes up to $1,000 in three different categories, plus ten finalists awarded in each category.

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pascal maramis – flickr

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Initially, you will work on a per-project basis and/or under a monthly retainer fee, in projects that includes social media & website content copy, brochures & commmercial prints, researchs & white papers, video scripts, etc.-

Candidates should live in Miami.

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police carPolice Brutality Continues Apace

A World Socialist Web Site article that discusses three recent examples of police brutality, one including an attack on a teenager having a seizure, that show the great risk Americans face from their own police force than from terrorists: “A woman from Etowah County, Alabama, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of herself and her teenage daughter, alleging that Rainbow City and Gadsden police repeatedly fired Tasers at both women while the daughter was suffering from grand mal seizures. Their names were not made public.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Substance Loses in Profitable ‘Writing’ Niche

A Hustle posting that glorifies cheap market interests that dominate the commodity universe that Amazon Kindle made possible: “So there’s a group of people who make a living churning out dozens of lowbrow Kindle books a month. I call them Kindle Gold Rushers. Some of them make hundreds of thousands of dollars selling ebooks on niche categories.

In this week’s story, we hear from one of the top selling Kindle Gold Rushers. He’s 26 years old, sells 6,000 books a month, and nets $150,000+ a year.

On the surface it’s a badass story of success: a young professional quits his job, becomes a self-published author, and earns six figures per year. Except for one thing: he doesn’t actually write the books he publishes. Instead, he has a team of outsourced writers and creatives who pump out dozens of books a year to game Amazon and dominate various book categories.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

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Marcelo Graciolli flickr

Investing in Internet Access

A Benton brief that discusses the vast investment by government agencies on internet infrastructure: “You might think that the money is coming from some telecommunications-related agency like the Federal Communications Commission. It’s not. Instead, it’s coming from a surprising source: the US Department of Agriculture. “We’re trying to live up to the president’s commitment on [broadband],” said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “Focus on the areas that don’t have it today or on those who don’t have many telecom facilities at all. People are surprised we do home loans,” Sec Vilsack added. “People are surprised we build schools and hospitals, and that we equip them.” But despite its lower profile on broadband, the USDA, along with other federal agencies such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development, are taking on a bigger role in expanding Internet access. That seemingly random agencies are becoming increasingly involved in Internet access is a reflection of how unevenly broadband access is distributed in the United States.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Poster Child of Anti-Citizenship

An almost funny Counter Punch ‘where are they now’ profile on McCain’s poster child of ‘everyman American’ who was a perfect specimen of the sort of citizen who, armed with ignorance and bravado, votes against his own best interests and thus is the poster child of the republodemocrat paradigm: “In 2011, Joe had enthusiastically spoken in favor of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s busting of the state’s public sector unions. It was a speech Joe was more than willing to give because, deep-down, he had always been anti-union (plumbers’ logo notwithstanding), seeing organized labor as one further step on the road to socialism.

But in 2014, things picked up. Joe was finally able to land a decent job—one with livable wages and benefits. He got hired on at a Jeep plant. Alas, it was a union plant, represented by the United Auto Workers. Joe the Plumber—the rugged individualist and self-made man—is now a member of the UAW. Who would’ve thunk it?”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Profiting Off Others’ Misery

An Alternet posting that discusses another uber rich family that profited off others misery: “Say hello to the Sacklers, the newest members of Forbes’ 2015 List of Richest US Families, who collected a fortune from a national opioid addiction epidemic. Worth $14 billion, they’re the 16th richest family in the country. Although they’re richer than the Mellons, the Busches, or the Rockefellers, you’ve probably never heard of them.

But you’ve almost certainly heard about the product that put them in the 1% of the 1%. The Sacklers own 100% of Purdue Pharma, the Stamford, Connecticut-based company that makes Oxycontin, the opiate analgesic that helped spark a new generation of pain pill and heroin addicts.”

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A Thought for the Day

extendhand woodThe clement crescent of our true relations of love and friendship serves as a stout wedge that supports solidarity and undercuts error or dissolution, a social phalanx of potent interrelationship that can rarely assume its potent form in the glare of a television’s tricky deceptions and hidden agendas. 

Quote of the Day
“Not that she’s a political animal, she’s just an ordinary woman, but as a woman she’s of the view that you don’t bring children into the world to have them shot. ..As it was, we all acted alone, we were caught alone, and every one of us will have to die alone. But that doesn’t mean that we are alone. …It doesn’t matter if one man fights or ten thousand; if the one man sees he has no option but to fight, then he will fight, whether he has others on his side or not.”  Hans Fallada, Every Man Dies Alone.
This Day in History

othello interracial painting shakespeareToday in Singapore is Racial Harmony Day; unaccountably, in Ephesus, two thousand three hundred and seventy-one years back, arsonists destroyed the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; three hundred seventy years ahead of the current moment in time, in Qing Dynasty China, the royal regent mandated that all Han Chinese men both remove any hair that covered their foreheads and braid the rest of their locks so as to mimic Manchu comportment and fashion;exactly three years less than three centuries ahead of today’s dawning, Austrian, Venetian, and Ottoman functionaries signed the Treaty of Passarowitz, which, portentiously, placed Serbia in Austrian hands; just a year beyond a half century and a half decade subsequent to that parlay, in 1774, Russian and Ottoman

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Ottoman Empire postage stamp Double M flickr

representatives ended the Russo-Turkish War with an agreement that left open the potential of Russian intervention in favor of persecuted Christians in Ottoman territory and declared Crimea an independent region; twenty-two years henceforth, in 1896, Scotland’s ‘national poet,’ Robert Burns, ‘went…astray’ one final time; two decades closer to now, in 1816, a German baby boy was born into the world who would migrate to England as Paul Reuter and open the world’s first newswire service that took his name as its moniker; a century and a half precisely prior to the present pass, ‘Wild’ Bill Hickok killed an opponent in an open gunfight in Springfield Missouri’s central square, the first recorded incident of this ‘wild West’ and contemporary U.S. pattern;eight years hence, in nearby Adair Iowa in 1873, the James-Younger gang orchestrated the first successful train robbery in history; four years subsequently, in 1877, further diego rivera work labor East in the U.S. Pittsburgh workers struck in sympathy for Maryland railroad employees whom ‘National Guard’ goons had murdered for daring to form a union, which action in Western Pennsylvania also elicited vicious retaliation from the State’s ‘protective’ forces; a hundred twenty-two years ago, a German family brought an infant boy into our midst whose fate would be to see and write about the cruelties and epiphanies of fate as Hans Falluda; half-a-decade later, in 1898, Western Virginia’s Carter clan welcomed Sara into the fold, who would mature as an iconic singer and songwriter of the Carter Family Singers; three hundred sixty-five days afterward exactly, in 1899, one male infant came along whom destiny designated to win the Nobel Prize in

"Oldmansea" by Source.
“Oldmansea” by Source.

Literature as Ernest Hemingway, while another boy took his first breath on his way to poetic and narrative acclaim as Hart Crane; three years past that juncture, in 1902, workers and technicians in the employ of Willis Carrier launched modern climate control with the first prototype of an air conditioner; North in Canada nine years still further along the temporal road, in 1911, a baby boy uttered his first cry en route to a life of criticism and insight about media as Marshall McLuhan; ninety years prior to the present pass, John Scopes received the verdict of his jury—that he was guilty of the crime of teaching evolution and would face a hundred dollar fine as a result; eight years beyond that conjunction, in 1933, a male child entered the world in typical fashion who would grow up to become storyteller and critic, John Gardiner; eleven years later on, in 1944, Klaus von Stauffenberg and his co-conspirators against Hitler’s life faced their executioners in Germany, while a boy child was born who would grow up to champion human rights and social justice as the all-too-shortlived Senator Paul Wellstone; four years more proximate to the present pass, in 1948,another baby boy came forth, in this case bound for a life of drawing and humor as Garry Trudeau; the next year, in P24031-09a.jpg1949, the U.S. Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty and set the stage for much of the following six and a half decades of politics and empire; five years further down the road, in 1954, the United Nations partitioned the recently war-torn Vietnam half a world away into a communist North that had defeated their French occupiers and a neocolonial South, with many dire implications for the lives of Indochinese residents over the course of the next two decades; two years later, in 1956, a baby boy shouted out for the first time on his path to a life as the mystery writer, Michael Connelly; three years more adjacent to present day wonders, in 1959, President Eisenhower commissioned the Nuclear Ship, Savannah, that has since become a floating, irradiated shell that doles out to visitors a year’s worth of radiation dosage in a day or so;eight years yet closer to our moment in time, in 1967, South African Nobel Peace Prize recipient Albert Lutuli exited this sphere with an agonal gasp; three years subsequently, in 1970, Egyptian workers completed the final pieces of the Aswan High Dam puzzle on the Nile River; another further three years after that, in 1973, Israeli Mossad agents murdered a waiter in Lillehammer, Norway, whom they falsely identified as one of the killers who had afflicted Israeli athletes at Munich the year before; four years beyond that travesty, in 1977, Egypt and Libya indulged in four days of mass murder under the guise of warfare; three years ahead of today’s ticking clocks, journalist and thinker Alexander Cockburn exited the world, additional evidence, as if it were necessary, that time waits for no one.

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MAKE-BELIEVE TORTURE & REAL-WORLD BRUTALIZATION

http://www.psmag.com/books-and-culture/philip-zimbardo-revisits-the-stanford-prison-experiment           Another nuanced and brilliant assessment from Pacific Standard, in the form of both a precis about an upcoming film that concerns the erstwhile ‘infamous’ Stanford Prison Experiments and an interview with the emeritus professor who oversaw that dress-rehearsal for Abu Ghraib, the upshot of which is a sobering assessment of ‘social science’ in the academy, a topic that other thinkers also dissect in a critical way for the same publication, though not with the gripping dramatic je ne sais quoi of an exchange with the subject of a docudrama about the Stanford deal: “It’s a complex portrait that will leave some viewers with a dubious impression of the professor, especially in Billy Crudup’s singleminded yet enigmatic portrayal.  Yet the real-life Zimbardo is a vocal champion of the movie.  He even collaborated and campaigned with a screenwriter for years to get it made.  Why does a man who comes off so ambivalently decide to champion this particular adaptation?  We caught up with Zimbardo last Friday to ask about his motivations for supporting a docudrama adaptation, how faithful the film is to the original experiment, and why he believes this movie matters now.
‘The first thing was that(differentiated this project

Dr. Philip Zimbardo, played by Billy Crudup. (Photo: IFC Films)

was that) I worked very closely with Tim Talbott, the screenwriter, for the last six or eight years.  He was hired as a consultant because they [then-production company Maverick Films] didn’t have a production team.  I was sending him the chapters that I was writing for my book The Lucifer Effect.  A big chunk of that book is what actually happened in the Stanford prison study, which I went back and re-visited by looking at all the video tapes we had made and making type scripts.  All of the dialogue between the prisoners and the guards in the movie is exactly transcribed from the study.  [Tim had] different people say some dialogue, and he doesn’t use all of it, and makes changes in the sequencing.  But the movie ends up being a very faithful recreation of what actually happened in that experiment.  Of course, it’s crunching six days down to two hours, so a lot of the dramatic events in the real study could not be put into the movie.

                (The feature film approach) (i)s really a very important new realm.  I’m a researcher, but essentially I’m an educator.  Shortly after the study, I produced for college teachers a set of A-slides with a tape recording that was synchronized that many teachers showed in class.  When it became possible to do a video, we made The Quiet Rage.  Again, my audience was primarily college teachers [who could] use it in class.  It’s clear it’s a documentary.
But here, what happens—and what you don’t get in my bookThe Lucifer Effect—is that the audience is watching as if they were voyeurs, looking in on this evil thing emerging.  At the first level, they’re observing me and my staff—Craig Haney, Curtis Banks, David Jaffe—as we are observing the prisoner and guards dynamic.  And now, we step back: They are observing us.  The audience is in a special, privileged viewing position that you don’t get from reading the book, and you don’t get from seeing the documentary.  It’s what makes the movie riveting and what makes it emotionally distressing—which it is.'”
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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

Eldredge Books is seeking submissions for Fashionably Late, a collection of stories by gay, bisexual, and transgender men who came out later in life.

The UK’s For Books’ Sake is calling for young adult fiction written by women. They’re looking for short stories featuring teenage characters that have a theme of empowering young women, especially stories focusing on marginalized voices.

The Nashville Film Festival is calling for feature-length, short, and teleplay scripts for their screenwriting competition. Selected winning scripts will be offered to industry executives and studios. The awards presentation will be held at the April 2016 film festival in Tennessee.

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ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

sniper war attackLaws of War

A New Rambler review of a book that seeks to look at the issue of war treaties, and how they affect both outcomes and rules of engagement, a book that is very useful to all interested in history and politics: “Through both quantitative and qualitative analysis, Morrow finds support for his hypotheses. Most important, Morrow finds that joint ratification of treaties on the laws of war between two countries increases the likelihood that they will restrain themselves during conflict, while also increasing the likelihood that there will reciprocal violations when restraint fails. Based on these findings, Morrow concludes that although the laws of war do not dictate the ways that countries fight, they do shape the ways that countries behave because of the shared expectations that they create.”

 

Japanese Nuclear Legacy

A Counter Currents posting that looks at the Fukushima disaster as a small link in a larger context of indecencies and injustices visited upon Japanese society since at least the first unplanned and unwanted nuclear event in 1945: “Visible in the post-war nuclear developments of Japan is the fact that an energy as complex as nuclear simply does not exist without a history unto itself, or the people involved in its adoption and maintenance. The global history, the economic ruin wrought on Japanese society by neoliberalism, and the current impacts that environmental degradation and catastrophe has on the poor all matter. The impacts of a pollution with global effects hits the poor the hardest, which is why ecological manifestos like Laudato Si are so relevant.”

"Fukushima I by Digital Globe" by Digital Globe - Earthquake and Tsunami damage-Dai Ichi Power Plant, Japan.
“Fukushima I by Digital Globe” by Digital Globe – Earthquake and Tsunami damage-Dai Ichi Power Plant, Japan.

 

Greece Sold Out

A Global Research article that contextualizes the depths of the betrayal occurring in Greece that mirrors similar betrayals of colonial neoliberalism ocurring in Eastern Europe, the Pacific, South America, and elsewhere: “For six months Tsipras and the recently discarded finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, shuttled between Athens and Brussels, Berlin and the other centres of European money power. Instead of social justice for Greece, they achieved a new indebtedness, a deeper impoverishment that would merely replace a systemic rottenness based on the theft of tax revenue by the Greek super-wealthy – in accordance with European “neo-liberal” values — and cheap, highly profitable loans from those now seeking Greece’s scalp.”

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Inside Content Mills

A fascinating Ars Technica first person account of participating in a content mill, an article that shows what can happen when that shows the dark and seamy underbelly of internet online creation: “This kind of text—the equivalent of fast food or hangover-friendly TV—is the preserve of content mills, an Internet subculture where for-hire workers are tasked with writing vast amounts of online copy for a pittance. Today, when more media outlets and self-publishing tools exist than ever before, such word factories somehow continue to exist.

How do I know? I used to contribute. Between September 19, 2011 and February 24, 2012, I wrote 533 “articles” for an online content mill. And recently, for Ars, I took an exploratory return trip. While I wanted to see if I could still hack it at the pace required for a passing wage, my content mill comeback carried an ulterior motive. Why, in a world where everyone is keen to broadcast their opinions on many topics at various lengths for free, do we still rely on poorly written and paid filler text?”

Ukraine Mess

A Consortium News posting that discusses the ongoing mess in Ukraine in a way that readers can understand the damning role of imperial interventions and short-sighted American interests in stoking those fires: “Any mention of that sordid reality was deemed “Russian propaganda” and anyone who spoke this inconvenient truth was a “stooge of Moscow.” It wasn’t until July 7 that the Times admitted the importance of the neo-Nazis and other ultra-nationalists in waging war against ethnic Russian rebels in the east. The Times also reported that these far-right forces had been joined by Islamic militants. Some of those jihadists have been called “brothers” of the hyper-brutal Islamic State.

Though the Times sought to spin this remarkable military alliance – neo-Nazi militias and Islamic jihadists – as a positive, the reality had to be jarring for readers who had bought into the Western propaganda about noble “pro-democracy” forces resisting evil “Russian aggression.””

Democracy’s Problem

A Social Europe interview that introduces readers to an erudite political commentator who discusses the perils of democracy that is seeking to operate within the limits of capitalism: “The institutions and organizations of representative democracy necessarily will continue to bear the main burden of our political community. That includes political parties as well, although they may never again regain the importance they had in their heyday, the twentieth century. They must become more open and differentiate themselves more sharply from one another. That is especially true of the mass parties. In our book, Demokratie und Krise: Zum schwierigen Verhältnis von Theorie und Empirie (Springer VS), we were able to show that few differences remain in the programs of the major parties of the OECD world, particularly when it comes to questions of finance and tax policies. The left parties, after having been preoccupied with cultural issues since the 1970s, finally should refocus on the question of distribution. Our citizens have become apathetic, but they could be re-politicized if substantive issues were put on the table again. That would be the case if political conflicts revealed clear differences among the antagonists, if the privileges of the rich and super-rich were questioned in public debates, if the United States were criticized for once by democratic governments, if the de-politicizing notion of »practical constraints« were banished from public discourse, and if we could talk again about the nationalization of banks.”

 

London protesters take part in a day of action against the TTIP in July 2014. (Photo: Global Justice Now/cc/flickr)

 

Death of Democracy in Europe

A Common Dreams posting that introduces readers to groups attempting – and not succeeding – in keeping retrogressive and socially harmful laws from routing democracy in Europe:“To date, more than 145,500 people have signed a petition calling for the exclusion of the ISDS mechanism, which establishes a parallel legal system enabling corporations to sue governments if public policy harms their profits. Further, 2.3 million people are backing a European Citizens Initiative to end TTIP negotiations altogether. In April, a global day of action against the deal saw tens of thousands of protesters across the European continent.

Opponents of the pact say it will undermine important health, food, labor, and environmental protections in favor of multinational interests and, following the vote, expressed dismay over the failure of their elected representatives to protect their citizens.”

window house Affordable Housing

A Truth Out article that discusses a study that demonstrates the unaffordability of housing in the South, and introduces readers to organizations hoping to address that: “Stagnant wages, ballooning rental costs and the shrinking supply of affordable housing are heaping an ever-growing burden on low-income families. “Out of Reach,” a new study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, found minimum-wage workers can no longer afford an average one-bedroom apartment in any state in America. Since 2009, the federal baseline wage has remained stagnant, but rents have jumped 15.2 percent.”

Prisoner Advocate Treated Like Criminal

A Crime Report posting that demonstrates the stigma that ex cons face even when they’ve served their time and risen above their problems, showing the inequities present all around: “Although he was invited to the meeting, along with a select group of advocates, scholars, elected officials and law enforcement authorities, he was treated as a security risk.

“The staggering symbolism of the ordeal was not lost on me, Mr. President,” Martin wrote in the June 25 letter to Obama and Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy.

“In a country where 65 million people have a criminal record on file, being selectively barred from entering the White House for a discussion about those very same people was as insulting as it was indicative of the broader problem.”

The White House declined to comment on Martin’s treatment, but a spokesperson pointed to the creation of the Federal Interagency Reentry Council — a Department of Justice initiative focused on prisoner reentry policy established in 2011 — and other reform efforts, such as inviting formerly incarcerated individuals like Martin to the White House.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

 

Credit: Patricia Kuhl, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, University of Washington

Language Experiences of Infants

A National Science Foundation article of interest to all interested in education and cognitive sciences that discusses the learning processes of infants: “Kuhl’s research, funded by the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, showed that hearing speech syllables at 7 and 11 months of age activates the systems in the brain needed to speak, even before infants are capable of saying complex words or sentences.

When exposed to “parentese”–the talking style adults employ with babies involving long, slow enunciation of words–infants learn to program the motor movements needed to speak their native language and pay less attention to nonnative sounds.”

guitar music art performanceThe Day The Dream Died

A Washington Post article that discusses an iconic song, the role it played in the culture at large, and the greater message it portrayed: “American Pie is the accessible farewell to the Fifties and Sixties,” Guardian music critic Alexis Petridis wrote in the catalogue. “Bob Dylan talked to the counterculture in dense, cryptic, apocalyptic terms. But Don McLean says similar ominous things in a pop language that a mainstream listener could understand. The chorus is so good that it lets you wallow in the confusion and wistfulness of that moment, and be comforted at the same time. It’s bubblegum Dylan, really.” (Perhaps of note: Dylan’s manuscript of “Like a Rolling Stone” sold for $2 million in June, besting McLean’s measly $1.2 million.)

Mobile Web Interfaces

A Verge posting that discusses the many problems that web designers working for cell phones face: “The overall state of the mobile web is so bad that tech companies have convinced media companies to publish on alternative platforms designed for better performance on phones. Apple doesn’t allow anyone else to build a new browser engine for the iPhone, so Facebook’s Instant Articles is really just Facebook’s attempt to sidestep that restriction by building an entirely new content rendering system — Facebook’s major stated motivation for Instant Articles is an attempt to bring down the 8-second average loading time for mobile web pages. You will note that Facebook hasn’t built an app for desktops, or tried to roll out Instant Articles for the desktop; the web works just fine when the browsers actually work.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Divorce of Internet Titans

A Mashable report that discusses the eventful separation of two companies that have essentially defined the dot com era for decades: “Donahoe’s presentation that day, which he also made to many investors, went to waste. After earning kudos for one of Silicon Valley’s successful turnarounds, Donahoe will step down from his job on July 20 as eBay and PayPal officially separate in the biggest tech divorce of this decade. On Monday morning, investors will be able to buy stock in an independent PayPal that will be worth $40 billion, and eBay will be left to find some new way to compete with rival Amazon. In the past year, the pairing took a beating as eBay and PayPal were plagued by culture clashes, executive departures, and a very public pummeling by one of the wiliest wolves of Wall Street. The result is that, after 13 years together, eBay’s separation from PayPal is now a story of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, a cautionary tale for all innovation-obsessed Internet darlings who forget their other master: Wall Street’s insatiable demand for growth.”

Media Venture in Rustbelt

An inspiring Nieman Lab story that describes a new, diversifying media company that seeks to fill both an economic and cultural void in a rust belt town: ”

As Jay Allred, the site’s publisher, describes it, Fernyak was inspired to start Richland Source after participating in a Chamber of Commerce leadership program that asked participants to go out into the community and learn what was impeding growth in Mansfield. Many of the people Fernyak talked to wanted an improved media ecosystem.

“He really made the decision that day,” Allred said. “He said, ‘We need something that tells the story of Mansfield in a more complete way.’”

Allred joined the company in May 2013, and the site began publishing that June. ”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

War Not Chivalrous

A Just Security opinion piece that rightly examines the joke of attributing noble characteristics to war and plunder: “I have to admit I had a visceral negative reaction to the new Defense Department Law of War Manual’s emphasis on honor and chivalry. The last time I checked, knighthood and the Crusades weren’t shining examples of humanity, the principle that is the driving force behind jus in bello. For good reason, most of the world refers to jus in bello as international humanitarian law (IHL). While consistent adherence to this legal regime’s rules helps promote disciplined forces and contributes to a more lasting peace, the primary driver behind the modern jus in bello is humanitarian in nature — IHL is meant “to mitigate the evils inseparable from war, to ameliorate the lot of the war victims, and to put an end to unnecessary hardships.” Overtly embracing the humanity that the law of war recognizes doesn’t turn soldiers into kumbaya-singing pacifists. Instead, it allows them to professionally execute the horrible tasks we as a nation give them, while letting them return with their souls intact.”

annie oakley wild west gun womenWild West Murderous Displays

A Daily Kos posting that discusses with shock and horror the new heights that knee-jerk reactionary gun culture has taken, in terms of incorporating ordnance into civil and religious ceremonies: “The firing-of-their-guns seems to happen at the same point in their outside wedding ceremony as the lighting-of-the-unity-candle does in more traditional ones, with pastor standing by and reading as they fire — although since the video is only a clip, I have no idea how, exactly, the pastor explained the whole “two become one” thing using bullets rather than flames; or, for that matter, what role the parents of the bride&groom played. Rather than lighting two candles at the beginning of the ceremony to represent the two families, maybe they carried in the “family guns.” Who knows?

What I do know is how horrified I am to see the “gun worship” I’ve so often bemoaned in America becoming literal by slipping into religious ceremonies . . .”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Pollution is Price Tag of Progress

A Truth Out article that discusses the alarming health and environmental impacts of an ongoing air pollution problem in South America, which shows up as a theme in many other developing or industrial nations: “As an industrial revolution booms in Chile, the country’s air has been flooded by toxic emissions. Urban cities face the worst of the pollution, as factories are booming and urban centers are growing. The main contributors towards the accumulation of PM2.5 are cars, buses and trucks, thermoelectric power plants, boilers, industrial processes, foundries, metallurgic processes, biomass combustion, firewood heating, agricultural burning, and ammonium emissions from agricultural processes—all a result of increased industrialization in Chile’s main cities, especially Santiago.[5] Winters exacerbate air pollution as the continued reliance on wood-burning stoves, used to heat homes, produces large emissions of small particles into the air. In addition, constructions zones, agricultural fields, and dirt roads produce detached sediment particles that are transported to the streets in cities like Santiago. The particles dry out and are swept into the air through vehicle and wind turbulence, thus augmenting PM2.5 pollution.[6]

Santiago, Chile. (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

Physics Discoveries

A Portside article that discusses new and fascinating developments in particle physics: “All of the particles we knew of were built using either two or three quarks. But there was nothing in our theories that prevented larger assemblages having even more quarks. Discovery, however, lagged well behind the initial proposal, which came in the 1970s. A buzz of excitement about a five-quark particle came and subsided after other accelerator teams couldn’t reproduce the result.

Just two years ago, however, two different teams announced evidence for a tetraquark particle, which picked up the name Zc(3900). And now, an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has come up with evidence of a five-quark behemoth.”

 

7.20.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

 

Cold War Poster
Cold War Poster

To pretend that life is anything except a constant struggle is at best absurd, albeit the joy of indulging these exertions can combine the most sublime epiphany and the most transporting bliss; perhaps the most common, and at the same time most inane, propensity of those who detest their own necessity to battle themselves and each other is to displace onto others the ‘blame’ for the problems with which we all must grapple, a dynamic that if nothing else accounts for the truism that, “truly, projection is the most primitive form of coping strategy.” 

Quote of the Day
   “Your book, written in our mother tongue and published, I presume, during your early years, has fallen into my hands, I know not whence or how.   If I told you that I had read it, I should deceive you.  It is a very big volume, written in prose and for the multitude.  I have been, moreover, occupied with more serious business, and much pressed for time.   You can easily imagine the unrest caused by the warlike stir about me, for, far as I have been from actual participation in the disturbances, I could not but be affected by the critical condition of the state.  What I did was to run through your book, like a traveller who, while hastening forward, looks about him here and there, without pausing.   I have heard somewhere that your volume was attacked by the teeth of certain hounds, but that you defended it valiantly with staff and voice.  This did not surprise me, for not only do I well know your ability, but I have learned from experience of the existence of an insolent and cowardly class who attack in the work of others everything which they do not happen to fancy or be familiar with, or which they cannot themselves accomplish.  Their insight and capabilities extend no farther; on all other themes they are silent.
My hasty perusal afforded me much pleasure.   If the humour is a little too free at times, this may be excused in view of the age at which you wrote, the style and language which you employ, and the frivolity of the subjects, and of the persons who are likely to read such tales. I t is important to know for whom we are writing, and a difference in the character of one’s listeners justifies a difference in style.   Along with much that was light and am using, I discovered some serious and edifying things as well, but I can pass no definite judgment upon them, since I have not examined the work thoroughly.
Francesco di Stefano Pesellino - Episode from the Story of Griselda
Francesco di Stefano Pesellino – Episode from the Story of Griselda

As usual, when one looks hastily through a book, I read somewhat more carefully at the beginning and at the end.  At the beginning you have, it seems to me, accurately described and eloquently lamented the condition of our country during that siege of pestilence which forms so dark and melancholy a period in our century.  At the close you have placed a story which differs entirely from most that precede it, and which so delighted and fascinated me that, in spite of cares which made me almost oblivious of myself, I was seized with a desire to learn it by heart, so that I might have the pleasure of recalling it for my own benefit, and of relating it to my friends in conversation.  When an opportunity for telling it offered itself shortly after, I found that my auditors were delighted.  Later it suddenly occurred to me that others, perhaps, who were unacquainted with our tongue, might be pleased with so charming a story, as it had delighted me ever since I first heard it some years ago, and as you had not considered it unworthy of presentation in the mother tongue, and had placed it, moreover, at the end of your book, where, according to the principles of rhetoric, the most effective part of the composition belongs.   So one fine day when, as usual, my mind was distracted by a variety of occupations, discontented with myself and my surroundings, I suddenly sent everything flying, and, snatching my pen, I attacked this story of yours.   I sincerely trust that it will gratify you that I have of my own free-will undertaken to translate your work, something I should certainly never think of doing for anyone else, but which I was induced to do in this instance by my partiality for you and for the story.”   Petrarch, in a letter to Boccaccio about the former’s translation of the latter’s Story of Griselda

This Day in History

 

"Buzz salutes the U.S. Flag" by NASA   Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons
“Buzz salutes the U.S. Flag” by NASA

Today in different realms, many people commemorate the first humans to set foot on the lunar surface in 1969; two thousand three hundred and seventy-one years ago, more or less to the day, a baby boy was born whose royal fate was to rise as the greatest of Alexanders, an imperial kingpin; in Jerusalem four and a quarter centuries, plus one year, thereafter, in 70 CE, Roman imperial forces, in seeking to overthrow the Jewish fortress near the Temple Mount, ended up in dire street fighting with the so-called Zealots; one thousand two hundred and thirty-four years later, in 1304, a male child entered the world in the usual way who would grow up as one of history’s greatest poets and storytellers, Petrarch; just two years shy of a century onward, in 1402, in another clash of civilizations in the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean and Southwest Asia, Timurid fighters under the leadership of Tamerlane, or Timur, routed Ottoman forces at the Battle of Ankara; four hundred twenty-three years in advance of today,Japanese legions temporarily captured Pyongyang as part of their invasion of Korea; two hundred eight years before the here and now, Napoleon’s intellectual property clerks issued a patent to a French citizen for the first successful internal combustion engine;three years hence, in 1810, four thousand miles Southwest across the Atlantic, citizens of Bogota, now Colombia, declared their independence from Spain; a dozen years henceforth, in 1822, a male infant took a first breath en route to a life as a monk and scientist by the name of Gregor Mendel; another forty-two years along time’s roadway, in 1864, a baby boy came among us who would end up a brilliant Swedish poet and Nobel Laureate, Eric Karlfeldt; a century and a dozen years back, Ford shipped its first mass produced automobile; fourteen years subsequently, in

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Ford Europe flickr

1917, imperial imprimatur and World War One came together in the Corfu Declaration, which established the basis for Serbia to be a central part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia; half-a-decade hence, in 1922, the League of Nations showed that its mandate was also imperial, in granting France and the United Kingdom control and erstwhile ownership of entire African regions, Togoland and Tanganyika, respectively; three hundred sixty-five days closer to now, in 1923, more or less seven thousand miles away in Mexico’s arid highlands, Pancho Villa fell to an assassins bullets; two years still further along, in 1925, an infant male took a first breath on his way to a life as the renowned thinker about empire and oppression, Frantz Fanon; another seven years after that juncture, in 1932, across the Atlantic in the belly of the beast, police attacked Bonus Army protesters in the District of Columbia with tear gas and baton charges; another year later, in 1933, a baby boy was born whom fate would endow with the magical storytelling prowess of Cormac McCarthy;a year later still, in 1934, police and National Guard forces attacked and killed Teamster strikers in Minneapolis solidarityand gassed and assaulted longshoreman who were demanding their rights in Seattle; seven hundred thirty-one ‘leap’ days afterward, in 1936, Turkey successfully appealed to international bodies to fortify the two choke points that guaranteed access from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, specifically in the adoption of the Montreux Convention, and, seven thousand miles away in Canada, a young male uttered his initial cry on his path toward fame and fortune as the narrator, Alistair Macleod; two more years more proximate to the present, in 1938, the U.S. Department of Justice brought a Sherman Act antitrust action against Hollywood film impresarios that ten years later elicited a consent order to pretend to demonopolize the movie business; sixty-six years back, the newly formed State of Israel and Syria signed a truce in their year-and-a-half conflict; a year precisely after that juncture, back through the Mediterranean and across the Atlantic in 1950, Harry Gold pled guilty to being an atomic information broker for the Soviet Union, a key component of the coming of the nuclear age and the so-called Cold War; eleven years hence, in 1961, back in the Mediterranean, French troops and Special Forces managed to turn back the Siege of Bizerte in Tunisia; thirteen more years subsequent to that eventuality, in 1974, further East in the Mediterranean, Turkey invaded Cyprus to forestall dictatorial Greece’s machinations on the island; another three years further on, in 1977, the Central Intelligence Agency released documents to a Freedom of Information Act request that proved its collusion in mind control and drug experimentation, the so-called MK Ultra program; four years ago, establishment art-darling Lucian Freud breathed his last; one year after that moment in time, in 2012, a brazen mass murder occurred at a Batmanpremier in Colorado, as usual the connection with psychopharmacology completely covered up.
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GEOPOLITICAL & IMPERIAL REALITY & THE IRAN AGREEMENT

http://www.countercurrents.org/roberts200715.htm            A briefing, bracing and ugly but as beautifully compelling as logic ever is, from paulcraigroberts.org, via CounterCurrents, about at least some of the likely rationale for the Iran nuclear agreement, which has little or nothing to do with the bloviated outpouring–tens of thousands of articles during the past period of time alone–that has characterized this present pass, an explication that looks at three factors–the U.S. imperial necessity to attack Russia and China, which makes dividing them from Iran essential; the capacity to enlist Iran as a proxy against Islamic State depredations that the U.S. initiated and cannot now easily control; the replacement of ‘lost,’ or ‘sanctioned,’ Russian oil and natural gas supplies–as key components of what lies behind the surface brouhaha and superficial posturing that most mediation reports as if it were more than mere fluff: “The explanation I have provided is realism, not cynicism.  All that the agreement with Iran means is that Washington has belatedly realized that the concocted Iranian and Muslim threats are using up time, energy, and resources that Washington needs to apply to Russia and China.  Moreover, there were too many threats for the American people to know which was paramount.
           One of the reasons that Greece has to be destroyed is to block the entry of Russian natural gas into Europe from the Russian pipeline into Turkey.
           Washington has US troops in Ukraine training the Ukrainian military how to subdue the break-away provinces, and the stooge Ukrainian government has taken no steps to comply with the Minsk Agreement.  Clearly Washington intends that peace is not in the cards in Ukrainian-Russian relations.
           At some point Russia will have to accept defeat or else stop contributing to its own defeat.  On more than one occasion when the Russian break-away provinces had the Ukrainian military totally defeated, the Russian government intervened and prevented the collapse of the Ukrainian military.  For its consideration, Russia has been rewarded with more demonization and with US aid to the Ukrainian military.  When hostilities resume, which they will, Russia and the break-away Russian provinces will find themselves in a worsened position.
          The Russian government cannot pursue peace when Washington is pursuing War.”

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Write Along Radio Needs ‘Home at Sea’ Stories – Pays $150/story – Write Along Radio, a podcast for writers on the love, art and business of writing, is producing an episode called Home at Sea: Sentimental Stories from an Ocean in Crisis and is actively seeking writers from the Ottawa, Canada community to contribute. The purpose of this project is to increase interest of an ocean in need, by sharing stories and associating this concept to personal experience Copyright © WritingCareer.com – used with permission Maple Tree Literary Supplement Needs Prose and Poetry Maple Tree Literary Supplement (MTLS) has opened submissions to submit stories for Issue #20 of the online issue. The triannual cultural arts journal focuses heavily on Canadian writers and their prose and poetry … Deadline: 07/25/2015 Pay: $30/piece – See more at: http://writingcareer.com/call-for-poetry-submissions#sthash.ak0xGnOU.dpuf

Copyright © WritingCareer.com – used with permission Chicken Soup for the Soul is Seeking Stories about ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ Chicken Soup for the Soul (CSS) announced a new call for submissions to contribute to a future anthology about “Random Acts of Kindness.” This anthology asks writers to submit first-person nonfiction stories about kind things you’ve done for strangers or people close to you or kind things other people have done for you … Deadline: 07/31/2015 Pay: $200/story – See more at: http://writingcareer.com/call-for-anthology-submissions#sthash.m4tvzjac.dpuf

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Imperialism and Foreign Policy

A Counter Currents article that contextualizes the decisions made so far overseas, and a useful read for all those seeking to understand the world we live in:  “If you can free yourself from the brainwashing from the presstitute media, three BIG reasons jump out at you. One is that the neoconservatives’ perception of the threat has shifted from “Muslim terrorists” to Russia and China. Unlike Muslim terrorists, both Russia and China are constraints on Washington’s unilateralism. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Washington has grown accustomed to being the Uni-Power, able to exercise its will unchallenged in the world. The rise of Russian strength under Putin and Chinese strength under the new policy has destroyed Washington’s Uni-Power privilege. Washington wants the privilege back.”

The WHO conducts a training program in Liberia to strengthen the health system, which, it says, “virtually collapsed” during the Ebola epidemic. WHO/M. Winkler – See more at: http://portside.org/2015-07-18/little-confidence-plan-save-world-health-organization#sthash.5oicbKzZ.dpuf

 

World Health Organization

A Portside posting that discusses a report of interest to folks interested in global health and epidemics: “The Panel’s recommendations are clear and forthright. Although WHO was severely criticised, Stocking argues that the agency should still take the lead for emergency health responses. But to do so, WHO must undergo “significant transformation”—not least, adequate funding and a change in culture. It must provide costed plans for establishing core public health capacities as set out in the IHR (2005). It should establish a new WHO Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response, with an independent board that publishes a report on Global Health Security annually. WHO country and regional offices should be strengthened. The agency should take its role in accelerating the research and development of diagnostics, vaccines, and medicines more seriously. And WHO should do more to coordinate its activities with other parts of the humanitarian community. The IHR Review Committee should examine the value of an intermediate alert for a public health emergency, lowering the threshold at which the world can be warned of a new health risk. And sanctions against countries that violate the IHR should be considered. “

Memorializing a True Teaching Vocation

A Truth Dig  commemoration of a beloved professor whose legacy really demonstrates a true vocation for passing on culture and knowledge: “Education is not only about knowledge. It is about inspiration. It is about passion. It is about the belief that what we do in life matters. It is about moral choice. It is about taking nothing for granted. It is about challenging assumptions and suppositions. It is about truth and justice. It is about learning how to think. It is about, as James Baldwin wrote, the ability to drive “to the heart of every matter and expose the question the answer hides.” And, as Baldwin further noted, it is about making the world “a more human dwelling place.””

A Tele Sur posting that contextualizes brutality of women in Mexico with government malfeasance and corruption:  “A state legislator said that during the present administration of Governor Mario Lopez Valdez 358 femicides have been reported. Femicide in the violent state of Sinaloa has increased by over 110 percent in the last two decades, lawmaker Maria del Rosario Sanchez denounced Sunday, according to local newspaper RioDoce. She said the present administration of Sinaloan Governor Mario Lopez has registered 358 femicides since he took office in 2011. Lopez is also accused of protecting the Sinaloa cartel, particularly Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.”
Graffitti reads “No more femicides.” Femicides in Mexican state of Sinaloa up by over 110 percent in the last few decades. | Photo: EFE This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Femicides-in-Mexican-State-of-Sinaloa-Rise-by-Over-110-20150720-0005.html. If you intend to use it, please cite the source and provide a link to the original article. www.teleSURtv.net/english
A Washington Post brief posting by a writer who cares about social justice and criminal justice issues who shares other stories that highlight the injustice done to the poor: “Here’s a roundup of stories and studies on a theme we’ve been covering here at The Watch, the criminalization of poverty.”
A Common Dreams posting that views the most recent brutal and incredibly suspicious death of an African American woman, one which is at least being investigated: “During the same interview, Bland’s friend Cheryl Nanton said, “I do suspect there was foul play, and I believe that we all are 100 percent in belief that she did not do harm to herself.”“We’re very suspicious,” added another friend, LaVaughn Mosely. “And we’re a very tight community, and we’re very upset that this is happening, and it seems like there’s nothing really being done about it.”The call for justice was amplified after cell phone footage emerged showing a portion of Bland’s arrest and brutal treatment by Texas state troopers.In the video, Bland can be heard telling her arresting officer, “You just slammed my head into the ground, do you not even care about that? I can’t even hear! You slammed me into the ground and everything!” As the officer takes her to the patrol car, Bland thanks the bystander who filmed her arrest.”

 

world space planet The_Earth_seen_from_Apollo_17Planetary Death and Despair

A Counter Punch posting that highlight the invisible yet pressing danger that all earth’s inhabitants face, even though at  level that most folks are unaware of and uninterested in: “Signals of planetary stress are literally off the charts, meanwhile the world continues spinning like always, as people go to work, drive cars, go out to dinner, and watch TV, some read books but not much these days.

Those routines of going to work, out to dinner, and so forth maintain an equilibrium, a daily pattern on the same freeways, the same faces, the same workplaces. By itself, life seems very normal, nothing much to worry about other than making monthly car payments.”

Justice for Police Murder Sought

A Common Dreams posting that discusses the justice system’s inability to pave over the grave injustice done to black victims of police violence with cash: ““They deserve to be prosecuted. They treated my husband like an animal,” Esaw Garner, reportedly said of the police officers who were involved.

One of Garner’s children, Emerald Snipes, added: “Justice is when somebody is held accountable for what they do.”

“No amount of money is going to heal our pain…we’re just in search of justice,” Eric Garner’s daughter Erica said Monday night, as she led a rally on Staten Island to protest her father’s death.

The New York Times reports that on Saturday, Garner’s family will lead a rally outside the Brooklyn offices of the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York to call for a federal case to be brought against the officers involved in Garner’s death.”

At the Millions March in New York City last December, protesters held up eight panels depicting Eric Garner’s eyes, created by an artist known as JR. (Photo: The All Nite Images/flickr/cc)

Filmic Harrassment

A Common Dreams posting that discusses tactics sought to address the harassment that a documentary filmmaker who was trying to expose the truth regarding government malfeasance suffered: “”The government used its power to detain people at airports, in the name of national security, to target a journalist whose work has focused on the effects of the U.S. war on terror,” said David Sobel, EFF senior counsel. “In refusing to respond to Poitras’ FOIA requests and wrongfully withholding the documents about her it has located, the government is flouting its responsibility to explain and defend why it subjected a law-abiding citizen—whose work has shone a light on post-9/11 military and intelligence activities—to interrogations and searches every time she entered her country.””

Greece Sells Out

A pessimistic Global Research opinion piece that views the depths of despair that writers who care about the state of the world face when they see potentially promising political movements or candidates giving in to the same old garbage that’s poisoning everything alive: “Greece is again occupied, a Troika controlled colony, its sovereignty lost. Tsipras is a modern-day quisling – selling out to monied interests disgracefully. He’ll be remembered for agreeing to a Greek Versailles.

This time financial predators are villains – force-feeding pain and suffering their way. Human need and welfare are sacrificed for unrestricted profit-making the old-fashioned way – pillaging an entire nation, wrecking its economy more than already.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Kafka Remembered

A Guardian piece that remembers what is possibly the most interesting short piece of fiction of all time: “Kafka’s tale of a man who wakes to find he has changed into a giant insect still has the power to shock and delight a century after it was first published. Many regard it as the greatest short story in all literary fiction”

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A Monday Note article that discusses the disadvantages of news sites making technological decisions without taking readers’ benefit into account, vis a vis other marketing, data, etc considerations: “Quite often, these are contraptions are used to conceal professional shortcomings that range from an inability to devise good ads formats that won’t be rejected by users (and better, clicked on), to a failure to provide good journalism that will naturally finds its way to users without needing titillating stimuli. This troublesome trend also reveals a leadership failure: As no one is given the final authority over performance, a web site (and sometimes an app) ends up as a disorganized pile of everyone’s demands. Lack of choice leads to anarchy. In the process, publishers end up sacrificing a precious commodity: SPEED. “

"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,

Perils of Documentary Filmmaking

A Columbia Journalism Review article that views the dangers that new opportunities and the proliferation of documentaries can present to movie creators:  “Cheaper and more accessible filmmaking technologies, the emergence of new distribution platforms and funding sources, and the rising popularity of the genre with viewers have combined to create an ever-richer offering of nonfiction films over the past 15 years. Filling the void created by dwindling print journalism budgets, many of these films take the form of cinematic long-read investigative reporting. As they take on these journalistic functions, documentary filmmakers should adopt the model of the press freedom community to protect themselves and their sources from threats both old and new.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Trackers and Nasty Code

A Monday Note posting that analyses the many different sorts of trackers and cookies and nonsense that different news sites use and which can make viewers’ experiences difficult to say the least: That’s the smell of silicon snake oil. Evidence shows that vendors are better off than their customers at defining what’s needed… This kludge of trackers reflects more desperate moves than thoughtful strategies. Traditional publishers tend to stuff their sites with all they can think of: in the ranking above, you’ll notice that native media companies (Vox, Vice, etc. or even Buzzfeed with only 11 trackers) are much more selective in their choices of tracking systems than old media (Politico might be a fantastic editorial pure player, but when it comes to analytics it behaves like an old-media.)”

  privacy-policy-445153_640Right to Be Forgotten by Internet

A Global Voices Online article that discusses recent Russian legislation that guarantees privacy rights, as well as shows the seriously insidious downside in terms of transparency and justice: “President Vladimir Putin has signed into law the “right to be forgotten” legislation that makes it possible for individuals to force Internet search engines to delete links to certain kinds of information about them. According to the law, content links to which should be removed upon a user’s request includes false information about the individual’s life, or information that has “become outdated due to later events or actions of the individual.””

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Indigenous Agitators Sabotage Government

A TeleSur article that discusses the negative acts of a fringe group of indigenous Ecuadoreans seeking to destabilize a democratically-elected government: “Conaie’s actions are meant to coincide with protests called by right-wing leaders and a “national strike” by opposition-aligned trade unions. President Correa recently warned the recent spat of protests is part of a broader strategy in the region to sow instability in countries run by leftist governments. He has repeatedly warned that opposition groups are seeking to be permanently mobilized in order to “try to wear down the government” ahead of elections and possibly provoke an undemocratic rupture.”

 

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Dwindling Education

A sobering article from Chronicle that discusses the dismal consequences when ignorant and careless politicians gut citizens’ educational resources and cheapen all enterprises with their free-market garbage: “When Walker introduced his budget, in February, he caught flak for redefining the system’s mission statement, making “training the workforce” ascendant and eliminating the “search for truth” as the institution’s guiding principle. Walker was rightfully accused of seeking to eliminate the “Wisconsin Idea” — the vision, traced back to the UW president John Bascom and the Wisconsin-born progressive movement of Sen. Robert La Follette, that the role of our great state university should be, above all, to seek the truth and apply the knowledge gained therein for the benefit of students, state, and society as a whole.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Negative Mental Habits

A Truth Dig article that analyses the way that our minds set certain pathways that can lead to everything from bad habits to actual depression: “A tendency to get stuck in a pattern of negative thinking is common to the depressed person, writes Guardian opinion editor David Shariatmadari in a long consideration of the affliction. Shariatmadari explains the phenomenon by way of neuroscientist Marc Lewis. “Any set of thoughts that is repeated builds synaptic pathways,” Lewis explains. “Thoughts that are repeated over and over build structure into the brain and therefore increase their own likelihood.” “

“Refoulement/Depression,” by Antonio Pedro, 1936. (Pedro Ribeiro Simoes / CC BY 2.0)

No Voting Away the Ills

A hard hitting opinion piece from Counter Currents that discusses what a small and sad band aid elections are from the perspective of what’s truly ocurring in the world in general and in our political system in particular: “Our way of life means 93 percent of the large fish in the ocean are gone. It means 78 percent of the old growth forests are gone. It means the breast milk of every mother on Earth contains dioxins. It means every square mile of ocean contains 46,000 pieces of floating plastic. It means each day, 13 million tons of toxic chemicals are released across the globe; 200,000 acres of rain forest are destroyed; 150 to 200 plant and animal species go extinct.

I could, unfortunately, go on and on and on… but let’s sum up for the Bernie fans: Our way of life means white supremacy, male supremacy, and class supremacy. It means ecocide.

Reminder: You can’t vote away white supremacy, male supremacy, class supremacy, or ecocide.”

7.17.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

 

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Rockefeller Family Tomb Sleepy Hollow Cemetery NY

The labels that we affix to each other—for instance, capitalist and worker—can only briefly obscure our fundamental commonality on most indices that we might use for comparison: no one can escape eating, breathing, elimination, nor do many fail to appreciate procreation and socializing and such; yet real differences do accompany categorical differentiation, even if they are subtle or only noteworthy in aggregate, so that, for example, in relation to the common trait of Homo Sapiens to practice a certain amount of predation, the primary demarcation between proletarians and bourgeoisie is that the latter tend to be much more disciplined and organized in carrying out their extractive or exploitative activities than are their employees, thereby supporting profiteering, plutocracy, the bottom line, and other standard operating procedures of ‘free enterprise.’ 

Quote of the Day
  “Men speak of God’s love for man… but if providence does not come in this hour, where is He then?  My conclusion is simple.  The Semitic texts from Bronze Age Palestine of which Christianity is comprised still fit uncomfortably well with contemporary life.  The Old Testament depicts a God capricious and cruel; blood sacrifice, vengeance, genocide; death and destruction et al.  Would He not approve of Herr Hitler and the brutal, tribalistic crusade against Hebrews and non-Christian ‘untermensch?’
One thing is inarguable.  His church on Earth has produced some of the most vigorous and violent contribution to the European fascist cause.
corcovado_rio_twilight_2It is synergy.  Man Created God, even if God Created Man; it all exists in the hubris and apotheosis of the narcissistic soul, and alas, all too many of the human herd are willing to follow the beastly trait of leadership.  The idea of self-emancipation and advancement, with Europe under the jackboot of fascism, would be Quixotic to the point of mirthless lunacy.” Daniel S. Fletcher: Jackboot Britain(describing the Spanish Civil War)
This Day in History

 

By Emmanuel Huybrechts from Laval, Canada
By Emmanuel Huybrechts from Laval, Canada

Everywhere on Earth today is the World Day for International Justice; in a related development one thousand eight hundred thirty-five years ago, a dozen residents of Scillium, a Numidian Roman province that is likely currently Tunisia, became martyrs when they die at the hands of authorities for the crime of practicing Christianity; showing the flexibility of their aims, eight hundred twelve years in advance of now, members of the Fourth Crusade diverted their attention from the Holy Land to storm Christian Constantinople and take sides in one of Byzantium’s conspiratorial, internecine rivalries;five hundred eighty-six years before the here and now, a seventh King Charles ascended to the French throne thanks to a successful campaign that Joan of Arc had led in his behalf; just two years less than three centuries prior to the present pass,England’s first King George rode a barge full of musicians down the Thames to participate in the premier of George

Georg Frideric Handel (left) and King George I on the Thames River, 17 July 1717. Painting by Edouard Hamman (1819–88).
Georg Frideric Handel (left) and King George I on the Thames River, 17 July 1717. Painting by Edouard Hamman (1819–88).

Frederic Handel’s Water Musictwo hundred twenty-five years ahead of today’s dawn, the political economic thinker and critic Adam Smith took a final look around before departing this realm; three hundred sixty-five days later, in 1791, the recently appointed Lafayette ordered his French National Guard detachment to fire on radical Jacobins in Paris, killing plus or minus fifty unarmed people in the process; three years hence, in 1794, sixteen Carmelite practitioners, mainly nuns, sang sacred hymns as they marched up the stairs to the guillotine that took off their heads near the end of ‘the Reign of Terror;’ six years less than a century thereafter, in 1888, a baby boy was born in Ukraine who would mature as the Israeli Nobel Literary Laureate Shmuel Yosef Agnon; a year further along the temporal path, in 1889, across the Atlantic in the U.S. a male infant entered our midst whose destiny was a career in law and narrative as Perry Mason creator Erle Stanley Gardner; and five years subsequently, in 1899, Japanese businesses participated in incorporating NEC as the first joint venture with outside capital; ninety-seven years back, in a bloody hail of bullets, Bolshevik operatives executed many members of the extended family of Russia’s royal clan, the Romanovs; fourteen years after that bloodbath, in 1932, Communist and Nazi operatives battled n the streets of Germany prior to Hitler’s ‘election’; four years further on, in 1936, toward the Western end of Europe, fascist Spanish militarists rebelled against the Republican government and initiated the civil war on the Iberian Peninsula; eight years beyond that point in time, in 1944, the United States first deployed napalm in bombing runs in France, and hundreds of war workers died in massive 640px-Bundesarchiv_Bild_183-H27035,_Potsdamer_Konferenz,_Churchill,_Truman,_Stalinexplosions at Port Chicago near Oakland, California; a year later, in 1945, the ‘Big Three’ leaders , Truman, Stalin, and Churchill, met at Potsdam, Germany, to ‘order’ the future of Europe and elliptically threaten the Soviets with the newly confirmed power of atomic weapons; a decade further along life’s path, in 1955,  seven thousand miles away in Southern California, Walt Disney opened his first paean to consumerist fantasies at Disneyland; four years still more proximate to the present day, in 1959,  iconic singer and songwriter and promoter of social equality Billie Holiday breathed her last;three years subsequent to that conjunction, in 1962,  the United States conducted its last atmospheric nuclear weapons test in Nevada; six years exactly later, in 1968,seven thousand miles southwest in Iraq, Ba’athist rebels first took charge of the government there; in another anti colonial development eleven years further along, in 1979,  Sandinista rebels drove Anastacio Somosa from power in Nicaragua to a temporary refuge in his second home in Miami; half a dozen years still nearer to now, from now, in 1985, Northeast back across the Atlantic in Europe, France and Germany inaugurated the formation of the ‘neoliberal’ market-driven EUREKA network to improve European competitiveness; eleven years afterward, in 1996, Portugal and its former colonies established a network of Portuguese speaking nations; seven hundred and thirty days later on, in 1998, the International Criminal Court established worldwide jurisdiction to try  genocide and other crimes against humanity;  eight years to the day henceforth, in 2006, Mickey Spillane, the popular spinner of mystery yarns, had his last day on Earth; eight years still closer to the current moment, in 2014, thus-far unapprehended killers shot a Malaysian Airlines flight out of the sky over Eastern Ukraine.

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RESISTING WHITE-SUPREMACIST SYSTEMS
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Update-on-Operation-Ghetto-Storm-Part-2--20150715-0033.html      From the truly groundbreaking folks at TeleSur, a thorough and yet incisive deconstruction of White Supremacy as an ideological substrate to U.S. imperialism, Part Two of a three-piece series, Operation Ghetto Storm, one of multiple recent takes on such issues as the “Black Lives Matter” movement and the gangsterism inherent in contemporary police protocols and processes, all of which are de riguer reading for any citizen who wants to be able to ponder and participate in current dialog on hosts of issues, from ‘race’ to the rise of the police state stateside, so to say: “Since George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin two years ago, at least 600 Black people have been killed by police, security guards and vigilantes.   An unknown number of the parents and other loved ones of those who died have had to endure legalistic contortions and media campaigns that blame the deceased for their own deaths.    
             This is the second of a three-part series to investigate the forces behind the unending war waged primarily by police against Black people.  Here we focus on the ideological and political structures that perpetuate ‘Operation Ghetto Storm.’  The sickening pattern of vicious violence and humiliation by police that is now on full display in social media leaves no doubt. 
              Police personnel departments throughout the country attract, recruit and maintain men and women who hold Black people in utter contempt.  Yet their white supremacist convictions are not the primary cause of the chronic epidemic of police killings.  A panel of expert psychologists could screen out all police recruits who display white supremacist leanings and it would hardly improve the rates of police killing of Black people.  The acquittal of Zimmerman and failure to charge all but 10 of the officers who killed hundreds of Black people in 2012 is a pattern that persists today with the exoneration of Darren Wilson and other high-profile killers. 
              This pattern is by design.–TeleSur” 
              “Any deviation from this business as usual, any resistance - the threat of force displayed in massive protests after Garner’s death, or any displacement of state power whatsoever - by those lower on the hierarchy upon those higher is met with brutal repression.  This is why cops are always present at protests.  It is NOT to ‘Keep the peace.’  We have seen their ‘peace’ - tear gas, rubber and wooden bullets, mace, riot gear, sound cannons, and thousands of brutal cops leaving dead bodies.  They are not there for peace, but rather to maintain at all times the explicit reminder of America’s power hierarchy through the brutalization of black and brown bodies above all others.
              This is why de Blasio offered worthless platitudes to Eric Garner’s family instead of outrage or solidarity.  To him, as heinous as choking an unarmed black person to death is, it was business as usual.–TruthOut
              “The flustered moderator then let a ‘Black Lives Matter’ leader who identified herself as Patrisse Cullors address O’Malley.

              ‘Let me be clear – every single day people are dying, not able to take another breath,’ she said.
              ‘We are in a state of emergency,’ she added.  ‘If you do not feel that emergency, then you are not human.  I want to hear concrete action plans.’–The Hill
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Posit is calling for submissions of poetry and innovative prose and hybrids of no more than 1000 words.

London’s Litro Magazine is calling for short fiction, flash fiction, and nonfiction for their upcoming September issue with the theme Missed Connections.

The Chicago International Film Festival is accepting films in a wide variety of styles and genres, including feature-length, short, documentary, narrative, and student films, for their October 2015 festival.

Please Hold Magazine is accepting submissions of sounds, music, podcasts, art, and writing for their Fall 2015 issue. The theme for the issue is Glitch.

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