8.31.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day
Full Moon August 29
Full Moon August 29

When the moon’s fullest pull beckons and the tint of Autumn touches the highest peaks, anything seems possible; unfortunately, such potent hope means no more than the direst despair in terms of effectuating transformation, which in its manifestation requires, in addition to favorable fortune, more or less correct analysis of what is happening, a coordinated collaboration to achieve particular ends, and the courage and fortitude to persist despite insistent calls to withdraw and plenty of slings and arrows that naysayers fire at one’s temerity to boot.

Quote of the Day

“In considering the rise of the Bolsheviki it is necessary to understand that Russian economic life and the Russian army were not disorganised on November 7th, 1917, but many months before, as the logical result of a process which began as far back as 1915.  The corrupt reactionaries in control of the Tsar’s Court deliberately undertook to wreck Russia in order to make a separate peace with Germany.  The lack of arms on the front, which had caused the great retreat of the summer of 1915, the lack of food in the army and in the great cities, the break-down of manufactures and transportation in 1916—all these we know now were part of a gigantic campaign of sabotage.  This was halted just in time by the March Revolution.

For the first few months of the new régime, in spite of the confusion incident upon a great Revolution, when one hundred and sixty millions of the world’s most oppressed peoples suddenly achieved liberty, both the internal situation and the combative power of the army actually improved.  But the ‘honeymoon’ was short.

The propertied classes wanted merely a political revolution, which would take the power from the Tsar and give it to them.  They wanted Russia to be a constitutional Republic, like France or the United States; or a constitutional Monarchy, like England.  On the other hand, the masses of the people wanted real industrial and agrarian democracy.

William English Walling, in his book, Russia’s Message, an account of the Revolution of 1905, describes very well the state of mind of the Russian workers, who were later to support Bolshevism almost unanimously:

‘They (the working people) saw it was possible that even under a free Government, if it fell into the hands of other social classes, they might still continue to starve….

The Russian workman is revolutionary, but he is neither violent, dogmatic, nor unintelligent.  He is ready for barricades, but he has studied them, and alone of the workers of the world he has learned about them from actual experience.  He is ready and willing to fight his oppressor, the capitalist class, to a finish.  But he does not ignore the existence of other classes.  He merely asks that the other classes take one side or the other in the bitter conflict that draws near.”   John Reed: Ten Days That Shook the World

This Day in History

solidarityToday in labor history commemorates both the outbreak of miner’s struggles at Blair Mountain in 1921 and the formation in 1919 of the Communist Labor Party in Chicago under the leadership of John Reed; in Byzantium nine hundred fifty-nine years ago, the Macedonian Empress Theodora on this day died without issue, leading to a regime change that corresponded with imperial decline; six hundred thirty-nine years subsequently, in 1795, another imperial snafu took place as the English took over present day Sri Lanka from Dutch control, in the War of the First Coalition, to forestall its falling to French forces; three years subsequently, in 1798, French conspirators returned the favor, very briefly, in the establishment of the Connacht Republic during the Irish Rebellion of 1798; half a decade later, in 1803, Lewis and Clark’s expedition started out for the Pacific Northwest from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, then near the Western frontier of U.S. settlement; a century and a half and a year back, Union troops began their final assault on Atlanta, sealing the Confederacy’s fate and establishing the basis for the ravages of Sherman’s March to the Sea; three years beyond that point, in 1867, the acclaimed French

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

writer and poet, Charles Baudelaire, breathed out his final verse; three years thereafter, in 1870, to the South in Italy, the baby girl came into the world who would mature as the renowned educator Maria Montessori; fifteen years henceforth, in 1885,the baby boy was born in Charleston who would grow up as the writer and poet and lyricist, DuBose Heyward; twelve years still further along time’s trek, in 1897, Thomas Edison perfected his patent for a first moving film projector, the Kinetoscope; a decade after that juncture, in 1907,England and Russia signed the St. Petersburg Convention and thereby cemented the Triple Entente that would find cause to go to war seven years afterward; three hundred sixty-six days after that moment, in 1908, a male child entered our midst whose fate was to write about and dramatize the world as William Saroyan; five years hence, in 1913, a police attack on workers in the Dublin Lockout killed two strikers and further undermined chances of a union victory; three years nearer to now, in 1916, a boy child took his first breath who would operate in the realm of television journalism as Daniel Schorr; four years more beyond that conjunction, in 1920, the world’s first radio broadcast emanated from Station 8MK Detroit Radio; yet another decade and a half onward, in 1935, the United States passed an initial Neutrality Act, evincing an erstwhile determination to avoid the pending European and Asian wars that loomed just ahead, and the baby gave a first shout who would rise in the world as the militant thinker and activist, Eldridge Cleaver; four years subsequent to those happenings, in 1939, across the Atlantic on the Polish-radio3German border, Nazi operatives faked an attack on a German radio outpost that the fascist government used the next day to justify its planned invasion of Poland; two years even closer to the present pass, in 1941,the iconic and beloved Russian poet, Marina Tvsetsaeva, took her own life after the execution of her husband; six decades before the here and now, the male child was born who would write fiery reportage as the investigative stalwart, Gary Webb; another dozen years past that point in time’s arc, in 1967, the prolific and admired Russian writer and thinker Ilya Ehrenburg took a final bow; thirteen years more proximate still to today, in 1980, labor and national activists in the Polish area of Gdansk succeeded in gaining recognition of their union, Solidarity, from the governmental authorities; just a year more than a quarter century afterward, in 2006, a Norwegian police contingent conducted a raid that recovered The Scream, the stolen painting by National hero and icon, Edvard Munch.

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REALITY-BASED SMALL-PRESS EVALUATION

http://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/small/                           An absolutely essential read for anyone who hopes to publish books, a gift to the writer from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, an offering that provides much of all that a scrappy scribe needs to know about the ins and outs and nuances of having a book published, along with links to other materials, the title of which, Writer Beware! makes clear both the potential for predation or other anti-social behavior on the part of publishers, and the possibility of similarly negative impacts even in the company of good-faith firms that have limited resources and sometimes less experience but whom the digital firmament permits to hang out a shingle and survive in such a way that their contracted producers might suffer: “(In a positive light), (d)igital technology has also driven a huge increase in the number of small presses.  Whether they’re ebook only or a mix of ebooks and print, digitally-based small presses save money up front by eliminating the cost of large print runs and warehousing, making it much less expensive to set up a publishing business.
Smaller publishers play an important role as an alternative to the giant conglomerates.  More flexible than the corporate behemoths and the bigger independents, largely free of the shareholder expectations that drive the major houses in pursuit of profit, they can afford to take on authors and books that the larger houses may overlook or be unwilling to risk.  They can serve niche or specialty markets that aren’t profitable enough for the big publishers to bother with.  They may spend more time on their books and authors, through better staff-to-book ratios or an explicit publishing mission–personalizing the publishing experience in a way the conglomerates often don’t.
(One of many down sides is that), (o)perating on tiny budgets and with limited staff, small presses often don’t have the resources (or the skill) to effectively market their books.  They may rely on their authors as an unpaid sales force, and justify this by claiming that ‘everyone,’ even bestselling authors with the biggest houses, must self-promote.
This is true.  However, the book promotion that authors do–setting up signings and readings, booking appearances, blogging, maintaining websites, writing articles, social media presence, and so on–is intended to be done in partnership with the book marketing the publisher does–sending out ARCs for review, producing catalogs, attending book fairs, advertising.  The author, in other words, doesn’t have to go it alone.
When small presses tell authors they must self-promote, however, they often do mean the author must go it alone, with the publisher’s only responsibility being to maintain a website, see that books are listed with retailers, and process royalties.  Some presses won’t even provide review copies, or write elaborate promotion instructions into their contracts (and penalize authors who they perceive are not doing enough).
Any small press will expect you to actively promote your books.  But the burden of promotion should be shared, and the press should never browbeat you or blame you for poor sales.  It’s a very good idea to find out, before signing up with a small press, exactly what sort of marketing effort it puts behind its books–and what it expects you to do.”
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The Capilano Review Opens Submissions for Fall 2015 Issue – Pays up to $200/story Award-winning Canadian literary journal The Capilano Review (est. 1972) is soliciting submissions for the Fall 2015 issue (no. 3.27). This issue will have an open theme. Writers have the creative freedom to write engaging prose and poetry that ties to the Pacific, written in any style, including contemporary or experimental.

Read more at: http://writingcareer.com/post/120852331501/the-capilano-review-opens-submissions-for-fall
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We have many Chicken Soup for the Soul books in development and we frequently add new titles. If you have a great story or poem you want to submit but it doesn’t fit with any of the topics below, please save it and check this page again in the future to see if we have added a topic that’s a better match.

If you have a story or poem that you think fits two of the topics below, you may submit it to both. Then let us know in the Comments section that you’ve done so. Also, you may submit more than one piece for each book. Deadline: 08/31/2015. Pay: $200/story.

Submission Guidelines

Brain, Child is an award-winning literary magazine for mothers. We publish 20-plus essays per month for our print, online and blog publications. Founded in 2000, our mission is to bring the voices of women of different backgrounds and circumstances together on the page, on our website, and on our blog.

We are excited by great writing. It makes our day when we hear from an established writer or publish an author for the first time. We believe our writers are the lifeblood of our publication and strive to publicize and promote our writers through our website, Facebook (124,000+ fans),  Twitter, and partnerships with Babble.com, The Huffington Post, Mothering.com and others. We respond within eight to ten weeks. We offer competitive pay rates. We welcome follow up emails if by chance you do not hear from us.

Betwixt is closed to submissions as of midnight eastern time on September 1. We will reopen at midnight on October 1.

Genres and Content: Betwixt publishes speculative fiction of all sorts—fantasy, science fiction, speculative horror, slipstream, weird fiction, steam/diesel/cyber/etc.punk, you name it. We particularly like stories that smash genre boundaries to smithereens, but we also love fresh takes on established genres and in-depth explorations of ultraspecific niches. Experiments in form and style are welcomed enthusiastically—but a straightforward narrative with tight, crisp language is just as beautiful. When it comes down to it, we want stories that will amaze us, astound us, provoke our thoughts, and boggle our minds. Payment: We pay $0.03 per word up to $225, payable upon receipt of completed contract and author questionnaire.

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pascal maramis – flickr

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The News-Gazette in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., is seeking an enterprising business reporter to cover local business news and make national economic trends relevant to a local audience.  Please send resume, five to 10 work samples (web links fine) and cover letter to Karen Hampton, Human Resources, The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677, or e-mail the same credentials to humanresources@news-gazette.com. Please put “Business Reporter” in the subject line.

The Dallas Morning News has an opening for an experienced Education Reporter with strong reporting and storytelling skills. The ideal candidate will be a proven digital journalist with demonstrated ability in sophisticated watchdog, spot news and enterprise reporting. The successful candidate will produce diverse stories on education trends and issues of deep interest to parents, teachers and taxpayers.

The Courier-Journal is seeking a digitally savvy journalist to work on digital and print production. The producer will edit copy for print and digital distribution, contribute to social media, search and landing page strategies, tactics and execution. Our team of producers and planning editors take advantage of our capabilities digitally and in print to deliver content that captures new audiences and engages readers.


 

8.28.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day
By 2bgr8 via Wikimedia Commons
By 2bgr8 via Wikimedia Commons

The longing for just a tad more to call one’s own, the desire for increase of at least a tiny proportion, seems at worst an innocuous habit, whether it primarily results in grand fantasies or actual personal gains, yet such an orientation inevitably both taints individual thinking, in that it focuses attention on garnering more stuff instead of exercising collective power, and poisons joint enterprise, in that no such collaboration that reaches outside of the nexus of profit and property will ever appear possible, despite the absolutely incontrovertible fact that the most reasonable source of advance for most people—workers all—is in finding ways to work together to increase the commons and empower the ‘rabble’ rather than in enriching the already plutocratic or any nouveau riche wannabe lucky enough to achieve megabucks glitterati status.

Quote of the Day
“American corporate flag” by Jonathan McIntosh

“In the United States… a handful of corporations centralize decisions and responsibilities that are relevant for military and political as well as economic developments of global significance.  For nowadays the military and the political cannot be separated from economic considerations of power.  We now live not in an economic order or a political order, but in a political economy that is closely linked with military institutions and decisions.  This is obvious in the repeated ‘oil crisis’ in the Middle East, or in the relevance of Southeast Asia and African resources for the Western powers… (Thus), (t)o have peace and not war, the drift toward a war economy, as facilitated by the moves and the demands of the sophisticated conservatives, must be stopped; to have peace without slump, the tactics and policies of the practical right must be overcome.  The political and economic power of both must be broken.  The power of these giants of main drift is both economically and politically anchored; both unions and an independent labor party are needed to struggle effective(ly).”  C. Wright Mills, 1954 & 1948

This Day in History
Nameplate from Scientific American, Series 1, Volume 1, Number 1.
Nameplate from Scientific American, Series 1, Volume 1, Number 1.

Today is a nascent commemoration of the life and condemnation of the murder of Emmett Till, as well as the seventeenth decade since Scientific American began publication; in the mountainous North of the Italian Peninsula one thousand five hundred and twenty-six years ago, Ostrogoth soldiers forced their way into Italy by defeating a Roman army in the Alps; a century and almost three quarters later, in 663, Korean armies forced Japanese invaders who were seeking to reassert their dominance of the Korean peninsula to withdraw; another five hundred and twenty six years later, in 1189, European forces of the Third Crusade Godefroi1099 medieval catholic crusadesbegan the Siege of Acre in what is now again contested territory in Syria; four hundred ninety-four years before the here and now,Ottoman Turks attacked Belgrade, seeking to retain the imperial hold on the Balkans; meanwhile, three years hence across the Atlantic, in 1524, Mayan allies of Spain rebelled against the Spanish invaders who had opportunistically used their help and then turned on them in Guatemala;four and a half centuries prior to the present late Summer days, Pedro Aviles led ships that made landfall near where their occupants founded St. Augustine, Florida, the first lasting European settlement in what is today the Continental U.S.;

City gates. St. Augustine, from Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views
City gates. St. Augustine, from Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views

forty-four years subsequently, in 1609, ships under the command of Henry Hudson entered Delaware Bay; another thirty-six years along the temporal trek, in 1645, Dutch philosopher Hugo Grotius experienced his final thoughts; in a decisive victory, Parliamentary troops; three years thereafter, in 1648, accepted the surrender of Royalist forces, ending the siege of Colchester; two hundred sixty-six years back, the infant who grew up to become Johann Wolfgang Goethe was born; a hundred eighty-five years ahead of this point in time and space, the Baltimore & Ohio steam engine, Tom Thumb, first raced a horse drawn cart cross-country; three years later precisely, in 1833, Queen Victoria assented to the abolition of slavery throughout most of the British Empire; a dozen years henceforth, in 1845, Scientific American published its first issue, so that today it celebrates its 170th anniversary; a hundred thirty-six years ago, British imperial forces captured Cetshwayo, the final King of a more or less independent Zulu nation; twenty years beyond that development, in 1899, six thousand miles North in Russia, a baby boy entered our midst who would mature as the prolific writer and critic, Andrei Platonov; four years later, in 1903, designer and author Frederick Law Olmstead drew his agonal breaths; a decade past that juncture, in 1913,Princess Wilhelmina ironically enough opened the Peace Palace in Belgium, and the baby boy who grew into Canadian author and critic Robertson Davies came into the world; three years nearer to now, in 1916, the infant male who became sociologist and thinker C. Wright Mills gave an initial shout; another three hundred sixty-five days onward, in

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

1917, ten suffragettes in the District of Columbia endured arrest for the crime of demanding of their ‘leaders’ that women receive the right to vote;seven years still closer to the current context, in 1924, Georgia citizens who sought to secede from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics rose against the Soviets; another seven years afterward, in 1931, France and the U.S.S.R. signed a non-aggression pact; a dozen years more along the temporal road, in 1943, Danish citizens and workers conducted a general strike against Nazi occupiers; a decade even more proximate to the present, in 1953, Nippon Television broadcast the first Japanese TV show, replete with advertising; two years later, in 1955, Emmett Till was murdered for the fourteen year-old’s supposed temerity of looking and whistling at a White woman; seven hundred thirty-one days after that, in 1957, meanwhile, Strom Thurmond of South Carolina led a Senate filibuster against

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roberlan deviantart

the Civil Rights Act of 1957; six years later, however, in 1963, in a turn toward humanity, Martin Luther King delivered a speech, “I Have a Dream,” to hundreds of thousands of listeners in the District of Columbia; another year still nearer to our time, in 1964, riots against police violence and White supremacy erupted in Philadelphia; riots against a more generalized political ‘establishment’ continued in Chicago, four years subsequent to that point, in 1968, at the United States Democratic National Convention; twenty-eight years back, actor, director, and screenwriter John Huston died: three years hence, in 1990, Iraq annexed Kuwait; one more year along time’s arc, in 1991, the Soviet Union formally accepted Mikhail Gorbachev’s resignation; three years before our moment in time, activist feminist writer Shulamith Firestone died.

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OBJECT LESSON: ORGANIZING & STRATEGY, ORGANIZING AS STRATEGY

http://www.ueunion.org/ue-news/2015/ue-convention-monday-afternoon-all-about-organizing          From the initial outfit that rose to form the Congress of Industrial Organizations, an object lesson in how organizing both depends on strategic analysis and effort and forms itself a bedrock of the development and manifestation of such strategies, from a recent National meeting in Baltimore, at once a tutorial in labor history and a guide to at least some of the steps essential for any union to establish a winning strategy, one of multiple recent pointers about the importance and current possibility of fruitful labor organizing: “Kingsley wound up this portion of his report by discussing UE history.  ‘Even the oldest among us are too young to remember the heyday of UE in the ‘30s and ‘40s when all signs pointed up, when we were the first union chartered by the CIO, when we grew to more than a half a million members.  All of our memories are of UE’s struggle to survive.  A few can still remember how we struggled to survive the attacks by the government, the church and other unions that devastated and decimated us in the ‘50s.  More can remember how we struggled to survive the economic carnage of plant closings in the ‘80s.
All of us know how today we struggle to survive a billionaire-funded barrage of corporate and political attacks aimed at neutering oreradicating us,’ Kingsley continued.  ‘Yet, we’re still standing.  We’re still standing.  More than 50 national unions – half the unions in America – have merged or folded in the years I’ve been doing this job.  We haven’t.  We’ve fought.  We’ve organized 30,000 workers under our banner.  With all the churn and change and closings we’ve experienced, that’s what it has taken just to maintain our early ‘90s membership levels.
But we’re still standing.  Our survival is our success.’  Kingsley credited UE’s survival to its ‘four pillars: aggressive struggle against the boss, a never-ending effort to organize the unorganzied, independent political action and international labor solidarity.  We need them all for UE to be UE.’
‘We know what to do when they do us wrong.  We grab onto their leg like a junkyard dog and we don’t let go until a measure of justice is won.  That’s who we are. That’s why there is hope.'”
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The Dollar Stretcher – A group of publications dedicated to Living Better…for Less. The goal is to provide readers with ways to help them save time and money. Unpublished authors are welcome. Monthly print version pays $0.10 per word.

The Dominion – The Media Co-op is a multi-stakeholder cooperative, which means that we’re run by our reader, contributor and editor members. The more people we have involved in making the co-op work, the more we’re able to provide quality content to our readers in small towns and big cities across Canada and around the world.  If you are a less experienced journalist or community member and are considering writing forThe Dominion (our bi-monthly magazine) or the Media Co-op for the first time, have a look at our writer’s guide, which you can access here. You can learn more about the Media Co-op network’s structure by reading the document at this link. For more general information about the co-op, visit our About page.

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Submissions

Pulp Literature –  Any genre or between-genre work of literature, or visual art (black and white) up to 75 pages in length.  Short stories, novellas, poetry, comics, illustrations — bring it on.  We do not publish non-fiction, memoir, or children’s stories.  Aside from that we want anything entertaining and well written.  We pay up to $0.07 per word for short stories (to 7000 words), $.05 per word between 7000 and 10000 words,  and $0.035 per word for works over 10000 words. Reprints, poetry and illustration at variable rates.  Sequential art (graphic novels and cartoons) and illustrations are at a rate of $25 to $100 per page.

The Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University is accepting articles for its bi-annual magazine, Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine. Launched in 1984 the magazine features a modern, enlightening understanding of everyday life in Appalachia. Fred Sauceman, Editor, and staff are accepting personal narratives, poetry, fiction stories, interviews, and historical pieces– all submissions must connect to Appalachian life & culture and revolve around the issue’s theme. Pays modest honorarium – See more at: http://writingcareer.com/post/120851452331/now-then-the-appalachian-magazine-is-seeking#sthash.kWMzMkdV.dpuf

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Assistant Editor St Petersburg FL – Got editing skills? Comfortable with a fun, informal and bloggy voice? Excited by the idea of building an (already profitable) startup from the ground up? Taylor Media is looking for a full-time, experienced editor to manage editorial strategy and edit blog posts for The Penny Hoarder, a popular blog about interesting ways to make and save money, as well as other soon-to-launch web properties.

Junior Writer St Petersburg FL – Taylor Media is looking for a full-time, entry-level writer for The Penny Hoarder, a popular blog about weird ways to make money, as well as other soon-to-launch web properties.  The ideal candidate is a new or recent college graduate who’s eager to get his/her hands dirty with a variety of tasks, from web production to research to writing blog posts. We’re a startup, so everyone pitches in wherever’s needed! You’ll learn about SEO and best practices for monetizing a website, and have the opportunity to develop a portfolio of blog posts.

Staff Writer/Blogger –  Taylor Media is looking for a full-time, early-career blogger to write for The Penny Hoarder, a popular blog about weird ways to make money, as well as other soon-to-launch web properties. While we’ll expect you to brainstorm lots of ideas for posts, you should also be comfortable executing assignments on topics we choose, including aggregating deals from coupon sites.

Compensation

$35-42K, depending on experiencePerks of joining us include: Full health insurance coverage, 3 weeks vacation time plus 7 paid holidays, unlimited sick days, retirement plan, cell phone & laptop reimbursement, option to work from home one day a week, and occasional travel to relevant conferences like FinCon.

Bonus: We’re partial to bloggers who have contributed to our site, since that gives us a sense of your writing and what it’s like to work with you. If you’d like to contribute a post, here are our guidelines: http://thepennyhoarder.com/contributor-guidelines. Feel free to mention in your pitch that you applied for this position.

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Anti Choice Rhetoric in Women’s Literature

A Daily Kos article that discusses attempts to negate women’s ability to choose by doctoring materials in fraudulent ways, a dirty trick that’s unsurprising considering how far – as far as murder – thse elements will go to spread their doctrine: “Planned Parenthood on Thursday gave congressional leaders and a committee that is investigating allegations of criminality at its clinics an analysis it commissioned concluding that “manipulation” of undercover videos by abortion opponents make those recordings unreliable for any official inquiry.

“A thorough review of these videos in consultation with qualified experts found that they do not present a complete or accurate record of the events they purport to depict,” said the analysis of a private research company. […]”

Auto worker celebrate the victory of the UAW-CIO in the Ford National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election. 1941 – See more at: http://chieforganizer.org/2015/08/28/nlrb-joint-employer-decision-is-huge-for-subcontracted-workers/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChieforganizerBlog+%28Chief+Organizer+Blog%29#sthash.tSVTObQO.dpuf

Decision Benefits Workers

A Chief Organizer blog that discusses a recent labor decision that will greatly affect workers: ”

So who knows when and how this might impact fast food workers other than to make McDonalds and the like liable for unfair labor practices, but, regardless, this is huge for the vast millions of part-time, contingent workers on subcontracts everywhere. – See more at: http://chieforganizer.org/2015/08/28/nlrb-joint-employer-decision-is-huge-for-subcontracted-workers/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChieforganizerBlog+%28Chief+Organizer+Blog%29#sthash.tSVTObQO.dpuf”
WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Peer Review Journalism Site Bites the Dust

The sad coda to a lovely, and to some very generous, chapter in new media, Contributoria announces its official decision to close after slightly more than a year of functioning: “We have been very fortunate to create Contributoria with the support of Guardian Media Group. Our aim was to support freelance journalism through peer review and crowdfunding, and we have enabled 800 pieces of peer-commissioned writing. It has been a fantastic experience for everyone involved and we have learned a lot from this project. We are very proud of what we have achieved, but the team decided that the September issue was the right moment for us to close and become an archive.”

from Contributoria

Prolific Writing and Quality

A useful piece by a famous and prolific writer in his own write from the New York Times offers much food for thought for folks who either struggle with producing lots of work or who doubt their own seemingly unending supply of literary material: “I understand that these writers are painstaking, wanting each sentence — each word — to carry weight (or, to borrow the title of one of Jonathan Franzen’s finest novels, to have strong motion). I know it’s not laziness, but respect for the work, and I understand from my own work that haste makes waste.

But I also understand that life is short, and that in the end, none of us is prolific. The creative spark dims, and then death puts it out. William Shakespeare, for instance, hasn’t produced a new play for 400 years. That, my friends, is a long dry spell.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Pressures of Funding

A BOTHSID.ES posting that seeks and fails to define and differentiate the intricacies and dangers of seed money, funding, and venture capital, all being issues that tie in to funding and financial issues related to media, journalism, and economic ventures in general: “How can it be that over-funding is bad, bad, bad and then the best possible outcome  and what is the inflection point? It’s subjective. I know many inexperienced market prognosticators (see chart above) claim “VC is dead,” “capital is a commodity,” “crowd-source to the finish line” or “stay lean for life” but I’ve seen directly just how much capital can separate the winners from the losers when raised at the right time.”

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Journalists at Risk

A Poynter brief that describes the recent plight of journalists overseas, demonstrating the danger that comes from international journalistic work: Jake Hanrahan and Phil Pendlebury, two journalists on assignment for VICE News, have been detained by Turkish authorities in the southeast region of the country, Seyhmus Cakan and Ece Toksabay reported for Reuters Friday.

Reuters reports the British journalists were covering skirmishes “between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants” and did not have government identification.”

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Taxing War

An OpEd News piece that discusses a novel way of dealing with imperialist warring ambitions in a way that may take the burden off regular people: “Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is demanding that Republicans pay for their proposed $96 billion increase in military spending with a tax increase on millionaires.

In a statement, Sanders said:
Republicans have been telling us for years that because of high deficits we have to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education, nutrition and virtually every program that benefits working families. On the other hand, their concerns about deficits seem to disappear when it comes to war and defense spending.”

8.27.2015 Daily Links

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What the future might deliver is often enough much more in keeping with one’s hopes and needs than the seemingly arcane intricacies and paradoxes of the tumultuous present, all of which of course comes to us from a past that appears inscrutable enough to forestall our investigating it carefully, a truly unfortunate error, since the only way that tomorrow’s light will be likely to shine sweetly in our favor is if we comprehend yesterday well enough both to see the current moment clearly and accurately, and then to set a course for an evolution of today’s reality that this awareness designates as at least plausible, as well as necessary for the fruition of our goals and objectives.

Quote of the Day
“There is always a certain glamour about the idea of a nation rising up to crush an evil simply because it is wrong.  Unfortunately, this can seldom be realized in real life; for the very existence of the evil usually argues a moral weakness in the very place where extraordinary moral strength is called for. …(Thus), (t)here is but one coward on earth and that is the coward that dare not know.”  W.E.B. Du Bois
This Day in History
An anachronistic fifteenth-century miniature depicting the sack of 410
An anachronistic fifteenth-century miniature depicting the sack of 410

Today in Texas is Lyndon Baines Johnson Day; on the Italian Peninsula sixteen hundred and five years ago, the sacking of Rome by Visigoth invaders came to an end; four hundred thirty-eight years ahead of today, the magnificent Italian artist, Titian, witnessed his final lights;three hundred eighty years before this moment in time, the iconic and prolific Spanish writer and thinker, Lope de Vega, lived his final stanza;three hundred twenty-six years before the here and now, Russians and Chinese leaders signed a treaty to establish borders between the two powers and to provide guarantees against encroachment by Russians into Amur or Mongolia or Chinese into the region of Lake Baikal; two hundred forty-five years ahead of today’s dawn, the baby who became German philosopher G.W.F. Hegel was born; just a year less than two dozen years subsequently, in 1793, the royalist leadership of Toulon, France gave up their port to Spanish and British fleets, leading to the Siege of Toulon; two decades later, in 1813, Napoleon’s forces won a victory at the Battle of Dresden against superior numbers under the combined leadership of Austrian, Prussian, and Russian generals; brokered by England,

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Buenos Aires Luis Argerich

fifteen years subsequently, in 1828, a conference in Buenos Aires proclaimed Uruguay independent of both Brazil and Argentina; four years after that, in 1832, Sauk leader Black Hawk surrendered to U.S. forces, effectively ending Black Hawk’s War; one hundred fifty-nine years prior to the present pass, a male infant drew breath in what is now Ukraine who would become his land’s ‘national poet,’ Ivan Franko; three years hence, in 1859, prospectors confirmed the presence of petroleum and soon opened the first commercially viable oil well near Titusville, Pennsylvania; a dozen years beyond that juncture, in 1871, the child who would grow up to write as Theodore Dreiser was born; a hundred sixteen years back, the male child came along who would mature as acclaimed writer and storyteller, C.S. Forrester; nine years after that conjunction, in 1908, the baby boy who became Lyndon Baines Johnson came into the world; ten years henceforth, in 1918, the only World War One battle in North America took place as U.S. war planes Flugzeuge Junkers Ju 87Army troops skirmished with Mexican revolutionaries advised by German officers; three years after that point, in 1921, British imperial administrators installed King Faisal I in Iraq, the son of the leader of the 1916 Arab revolt against the Ottomans;three hundred sixty-five days subsequent to that, in 1922, Turkish armies invaded Greece in the first Greco-Turkish War; half a decade nearer to now, in 1926, five Canadian women directed Canada’s Supreme Court to answer whether they were “persons” under the 1867 Act that created their nation;  another two years further on, in 1928, fifteen nations signed the Kellogg Briand Pact that outlawed war, the forty-six additional countries to do so not enough to stop World War Two’s percolating into mass collective suicide a decade hence; another year further along, in 1929, the baby boy entered our midst who would compose, write, and produce drama and literature as Ira Levin; ten years afterward, in 1939, the child who would publish his historical and critical work as William Least-Heat Moon was born, and German engineers launched the first jet-powered aircraft, with a turbo-jet engine; fifty-nine years ago, Nobel Prize winning physicist and engineer of megadeath, Ernest Lawrence, died, not yet 368px-WEB_DuBois_1918sixty; six years later, in 1962, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched Mariner Two toward Venus; another year closer to the present, in 1963, historian, civil rights leader, and communist W.E.B. Du Bois breathed his last; eight years later still, in 1971, photo-journalist Margaret Bourke-White died; eleven years yet more proximate to the present, in 1982, Armenian activists assassinated a Turkish military attaché in Ottowa, Canada, to protest the lack of acknowledgement of and apology for the Armenian genocide of the early Twentieth Century; twenty-four years back, European Union members recognized Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, which had theretofore been part of the Soviet Union; twelve years ago, Russia, China, Japan, North and South Korea, and the United States met to seek a resolution to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program six years thereafter, in 2009, the well-loved Soviet and Russian storyteller, writer, and critic, Sergey Mikhalkov left our company for good.

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‘MID-EAST’ QUAGMIRES & LEGACIES OF EMPIRES

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42723.htm          FromInformation Clearinghouse, an assessment of the interrelated phenomena of the so-called ‘Islamic State,’ U.S. and European imperialism, and a pending maelstrom in Libya, the upshot of which will be less stability, further insecurity, increased bloodshed, and pushing the nations of the world toward a martial ‘solution’ to their socioeconomic problems, analysis that such diverse voices as Syria’s President and American ‘progressive’ commentators echo in different ways, all of which exists in the context of the United States’ financing significantly more than half of all of the militarist muscle in the entire world now: “An important pre-requisite to war is to locate an enemy or, if needed, invent one.  The so-called ‘Islamic State’ (IS), although hardly an important component in the country’s divisive politics, is likely to be that antagonist.
Libya is currently split, politically, between two governments, and, geographically, among many armies, militias, tribes and mercenaries.  It is a failed state par excellence, although such a designation does not do justice to the complexity of the Libyan case, together with the root causes of that failure. …
Several major events led to the current stalemate and utter chaos in Libya.  One was the military intervention by NATO, which was promoted, then, as a way to support Libyans in their uprising against long-time leader, Gaddafi.  NATO’s intentional misreading of UN resolution 1973, resulted in ‘Operation Unified Protector,’ which overthrew Gaddafi, killed thousands and entrusted the country into the hands of numerous militias that were, at the time, referred to collectively as the ‘rebels.’ …
              (In the midst of this and other factors), another war is being plotted elsewhere, this time involving NATO’s usual suspects.  The Western scheming, however, is far more involved than Al-Thinni’s political designs.  The London Times reported on August 1st that ‘hundreds of British troops are being lined up to go to Libya as part of a major new international mission,’ which will also include ‘military personnel from Italy, France, Spain, Germany and the United States … in an operation that looks set to be activated once the rival warring factions inside Libya agree to form a single government of national unity.’ …
              (More and more clearly), Libya, once a sovereign and relatively wealthy nation, is becoming a mere playground for a massive geopolitical game and large economic interests and ambitions.  Sadly, Libyans themselves are the very enablers behind the division of their own country, with Arab and Western powers scheming to ensure a larger share of Libya’s economic wealth and strategic value.”
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Calling for More From Candidate

A Common Dreams article that shows attempts to have the most promising candidate make good on imperialistic issues:  ““This petition to Bernie comes under the heading of critical support for his presidential campaign,” Solomon said today. “Bernie has been terrific in this campaign as he eloquently denounces corporate power, economic inequality and ‘oligarchy.’ But he’s not saying much about crucial issues of war, militarism and foreign policy — issues that have a great deal to do with a wide range of concerns that have been central to his grassroots campaign.

Solomon added: “As RootsAction noted in launching this petition campaign, ongoing war and huge military spending continue to be deeply enmeshed with basic economic ills from upside-down priorities. The National Priorities Project has documented that 54 percent of the U.S. government’s discretionary spending now goes to military purposes. We sidestep these realities at our peril.””

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eye spy security data informationSuing over Surveillance Ruse

An AP article that discusses the overreaching committed by government agencies who seek to spy on citizens: “At issue is a 2014 Freedom of Information request seeking documents related to the FBI’s decision to send a web link to the fake article to a 15-year-old boy suspected of making bomb threats to a high school near Olympia, Washington. The link enabled the FBI to infect the suspect’s computer with software that revealed its location and Internet address.

AP strongly objected to the ruse, which was uncovered last year in documents obtained through a separate FOIA request made by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.”

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Blogging Resurgence

A Nieman Lab article that discusses the reintroduction of blogging to a time-honored publication: “Blogging is back at The Atlantic.

Last night, the magazine launched Notes, a new section on its site that’s harkens back to the site’s earliest days when blogs featuring writers like Ta-Nehisi Coates, Andrew Sullivan, and Jeffery Goldberg were among its main draws. With an emphasis on shorter takes, quick-hit news, and reader engagement, The Atlantic is promoting Notes as its return to blogging, but 2015 style.”

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A Hill posting that mentions attempts to help vulnerable workers challenge unresponsive employers “The Obama administration is redefining what it means to be an employer.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Thursday handed down one of its biggest decisions of President Obama’s tenure, ruling that companies can be held responsible for labor violations committed by their contractors.”

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Environmental Paradigms

A thoughtful Common Dreams article that discusses the unintended consequences to the viability of humanity of colonialist and unnatural world views: “Turns out eco-stewardship doesn’t mean simply putting “nature” behind a glass case. Human beings have an active role to play in sustaining, as opposed to merely exploiting, the Earth’s ecosystems. After a century of U.S. occupation and the disappearance of controlled undergrowth burning, Johnson noted, “the Yosemite Valley biodiversity had actually declined, trees were now 20 percent smaller, and the forest was more vulnerable to catastrophic fires than it had been before the U.S. Army and armed vigilantes expelled the native population.””

8/26/2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

nature waterfallAt times, the daunting cascade that we must ford becomes a raging torrent that might swamp all and sundry and carry on blithely to the sea, yet even if we succeed in the crossing and then scale the precipitous heights beyond, we might just as easily encounter a searing scorching landscape of dunes as descend into fecund and clement valley shade beyond; in the end, we can only control our own emotions and thoughts and actions as we make our way toward hoped-for salubrious results.

Quote of the Day
“I believe in non-violent methods of struggle as most effective in the long run for building up successful working class power.  Where they cannot be followed or where they are not even permitted by the ruling class, obviously only violent tactics remain.  I champion civil liberty as the best of the non-violent means of building the power on which workers rule must be based.  If I aid the reactionaries to get free speech now and then, if I go outside the class struggle to fight against censorship, it is only because those liberties help to create a more hospitable atmosphere for working class liberties. The class struggle is the central conflict of the world; all others are incidental.”  Roger Baldwin, before his anti-communist turn
This Day in History
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Today in the United States, in an acknowledgment that should be year round, is Women’s Equality Day, it is also National Dog Day; a decisive early consolidation of Turkish overturning of Byzantine rule occurred nine hundred forty-four years ago at the Battle of Manzikurt; two centuries and thirty-two years later, in 1303, the dictatorial rule of Alauddin Khilji over the subcontinent advanced with the capture of Chittorgarh from Hindu forces; in a momentous moment in military history forty-three years thereafter, in 1346, English military advances, in the form of the longbow, won out at the Battle of Crecy in the Hundred Years War; five hundred seventeen years prior to the present pass, Michelangelo received his commission to carve the Pieta; two hundred seventy-two years ahead of now, the baby boy came into the world in France who would discover chemical marvels as Antoine Lavoisier; two hundred forty-seven years back, James Cook embarked in the Endeavor to explore the world for England;

John Fitch's 1787 oar-propelled steamboat
John Fitch’s 1787 oar-propelled steamboat

twenty-one years hence, in 1789, France’s revolutionary National Constituent Assembly issued the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen; across the Atlantic seven hundred thirty days after that, in 1791,American John Fitch received a patent for a steamboat design; three decades past that point, in 1821, Argentina opened the University of Buenos Aires to students; one hundred forty-two years back, the infant who grew up to invent the audion tube and lay the foundation for amplified audio was born and named Lee de Forest; a hundred thirty-five years prior to this day, a French male infant came along who would mature as the risqué savant, Guillaume Apollinaire; twenty-four years nearer to now, in 1904, an English infant boy first shouted out, en route to a life as the iconoclastic writer, Christopher Isherwood; another six years along time’s arc, in 1910, the renowned thinker William James, philosopher and psychologist, left the world behind; four years later, in 1914, a Belgian baby gave his initial cry who would mature as the Argentinean novelist and critic,

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“Election MG 3455” by Rama

Julio Cortazar; four years more beyond that conjunction, in 1920, women first officially could vote in the United States, as the Nineteenth Amendment came into force; five years henceforth, in 1925, the boy baby who became award winning Ukrainian-Russian director and screenwriter Pyotr Todorovsky was born; five years on the dot after that, in 1930, the actor and screenwriter Lon Chaney made his final exit;seventy-three years before this moment, Germans were rounding up Jews in what is now Western Ukraine to execute if they were young or sick and to send to death camps otherwise; seven years afterward, in 1949, a male child was born who would astonish audiences as the song-writer and performer Leon Redbone; forty-five years back, a Women’s Strike for Equality took place under the leadership of feminist Betty Friedan; seven years afterward, in 1977, the author who gave the world Curious Georgemade his final bow; another seven years onward, in 1984, Roger Baldwin, trade-unionist and cofounder of the American Civil Liberties Union, drew a final breath; three years subsequent to that loss, in 1987,Quebec’s legislature approved a resolution that declared French the province’s primary language; two years hence, in 1989, popular novelist and fictional biographer Irving Stone lived out his final scene; thirteen years before the here and now, one in a series of Earth Summit’s—addressing issues of sustainability and environmental crisis and more—took place in Johannesburg, South Africa; six years ago, U.S. journalist Dominick Dunne died.

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RACISM & ANTI-COMMUNISM AS CONJOINED TWINS

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/08/first-red-scare-civil-war-european-socialists-bornstein-republicanism/          A must read for scrappy scribes who want to have even a minimal prayer of unraveling the complicated skein of race and class and power and conflict that appears in the paradoxes of everything from Black Lives Matter to reflections on Martin Luther King and the Black Panthers, a historical essay from Jacobin that focuses on the pre-Civil War period and how the migration of radical, socialist, and communistic thinking to the U.S. prior to secession played a significant part in both the formation of the Confederacy and the foundations of then-contemporary and later hatred of radical agendas and class-conscious campaigns for power of all stripes: “One of the most fiercely anti-socialist Southern thinkers in the years before the war was South Carolina’s Louisa McCord.  McCord came from the upper echelon of Southern plantation society.  Her father, Langdon Cheves, had served as president of the Bank of the United States, and, in her adult life, she and her husband David James McCord owned land and numerous slaves. …

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

For McCord and many other white Southerners, the preservation of slavery offered the best hope for arresting progressive politics and solving the problems of modern society.  The Southern intellectual George Fitzhugh was among the most prominent thinkers to argue that a society founded on racial slavery would prove superior to one founded upon the ‘wage slavery’ of industrial capitalism.  Fitzhugh infamously asserted that slavery was more humane than free labor because supposedly paternalistic slave owners provided their workers with food, housing, and medical care. …
Confederates took few pains to hide the nature of their revolution.   During the early days of the secession movement, incoming Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens asserted that the new Southern nation would be founded on the ‘truth’ of racial inequality, with its ‘cornerstone’ resting upon the institution of slavery.  Other Southern white politicians denounced the ‘Black Republicans’ who they believed threatened to introduce racial equality to the nation.
In the Southern press, Confederate sympathizers built on Fitzhugh’s ideas.  Some argued that slavery would prove not only better for the working class, but also better for society as a whole.  Enslavement of blacks, some thinkers held, would promote harmony among whites, thereby preventing revolution and class conflict. …
The implication was clear — the establishment of a slaveholding Confederacy would forestall the development of progressive politics in America.  One anonymous editorialist coined a term for the South’s conservative project — ‘White Republicanism.’  The essayist explained that he had chosen ‘the word ‘white’ in order not to be confounded with either the ‘Black republicans’ or the ‘Red republicans.’’  The Richmond Enquirermade the case more bluntly.  Slavery, the paper argued, offered the Confederacy a ‘bulwark against anarchy and socialism.'”

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Women’s Issues Larger Than Single Issue

A Common Dreams posting that discusses the importance of justice for women’s issues: “”This survey tells us that policymakers, community leaders, and movements must change the way we approach problems and issues,” said Ms. Foundation president and CEO Teresa C. Younger. “Women do not lead single-issue lives. For instance, access to birth control and abortion is impacted by income level, racial and cultural bias, gender discrimination and immigrant status. We must implement policies and build movements that address the totality of women’s lives, rather than creating a patchwork of silos.””

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Critique of TED Talks

A Vice  article that skewers the self-important air of a popular education platform: “From my vantage point, swinging from the nether regions of society,  TED (and all other “thinkies”) is the road of least resistance to thought, dishing out toilet stall profundity willy-nilly for those like me whose cognitive ability languishes somewhere between a turtle’s and a slice of bread.

I have watched, I’d wager, 50 videos at least, because a) I have a lot of time on my hands and b) I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. And I’ve concluded that it’s basically having Alain de Botton in your house with a biro scribbling: “AdB woz ere,” on the back of the shitter door and getting applauded for the effort.”

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Under the Wing of a Dwarf Galaxy (NASA, Chandra, 04/03/13)
Under the Wing of a Dwarf Galaxy (NASA, Chandra, 04/03/13)

Chinese Sci Fi

A New Yorker article that helps distinguish good sci fi as it occurs: “Liu Cixin’s writing evokes the thrill of exploration and the beauty of scale. “In my imagination,” he told me, in an e-mail translated by Ken Liu, “abstract concepts like the distance marked by a light-year or the diameter of the universe become concrete images that inspire awe.” In his novels, a black hole with the mass of twelve billion suns is the sort of thing that Chinese engineers might build. They’d do it a billion years from now, after China’s spaceships have spread throughout the universe.”

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ISIS Civilian Toll

A Common Dreams piece that documents the stark realities occurring in the Middle East, in spite of lax press coverage: “However, in a report published this month, a monitoring group called Airwars has documented at least 459 civilian deaths that it says were likely the result of the coalition bombing campaign—a far cry from the two deaths that have so far been admitted. Each of these incidents has been reported by two or more credible sources and occurred in an area where Airwars confirmed there was a coalition airstrike. Many are backed up by photographs, videos, and biographical information about the victims. The revelation is hardly surprising, given the history of civilian deaths resulting from US-led air campaigns. In the first year of the Iraq War, aerial bombing resulted in over 2,000 deaths. In Afghanistan, over 3,000 civilians were killed in the first year of the aerial campaign. What is most surprising about the bombing of ISIS over the past year is that even after widely reported mass-casualty incidents in those previous wars, major media outlets have been slow to challenge the Pentagon’s unrealistic claims.”

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“DreamyWeed” by Psychonaught

Getting High in South America

A Truth-Out piece that documents attempts to liberate a harmless drug from its prison and stigma: “With its proposed changes to Ley 20.000 (Law 20,000), Chile joins a growing list of Latin American countries decriminalizing marijuana. The initiative, which would grant Chileans the right to possess up to 10 grams of cannabis and grow up to six marijuana plants at a time, was passed in Chile’s Chamber of Deputies on July 7 with 68 voting in favor and 39 against. The bill must first be adjusted by a health commission and then passed by the Senate before it officially becomes law, but strong support for cannabis legalization in the country illustrates that legalizing marijuana use appears to be the new norm in the Western Hemisphere and, once again, that the War on Drugs has been a failed campaign.”

8.25.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day
By Allan Ajifo
By Allan Ajifo

Artificial intelligence contains nothing unnatural: on the contrary, all its physical components, streaming electrons, operating algorithms, and so forth bear the unmistakable imprint of human cultural imprimatur; that said, under certain ‘singular’ circumstances, they could manifest such a proverbial quantum jump in capacity in regard to matters social and interactive as to irretrievably alter the course of humanity’s trek through the cosmos, with unforeseeable and not necessarily entirely agreeable consequences.

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“The history of medicine proves that in so far as man seeks to know himself and face his whole nature, he has become free from bewildered fear, despondent shame, or arrant hypocrisy.  As long as sex is dealt with in the current confusion of ignorance and sophistication, denial and indulgence, suppression and stimulation, punishment and exploitation, secrecy and display, it will be associated with a duplicity and indecency that lead neither to intellectual honesty nor human dignity.
Bathroom-gender-sign men women sexism…With the right of the scientist to investigate most aspects of the material universe, most persons will agree; but there are some who have questioned the applicability of scientific methods to an investigation of human sexual behavior….It is as though the dietician and biochemist were denied the right to analyze foods and the processes of nutrition, because the cooking and proper serving of food may be rated a fine art, and because the eating of certain foods has been considered a matter for religious regulation. …
Males do not represent two discrete populations, heterosexual and homosexual.  The world is not to be divided into sheep and goats.  Not all things are black nor all things white.  It is a fundamental of taxonomy that nature rarely deals with discrete categories.  Only the human mind invents categories and tries to force facts into separated pigeon-holes.  The living world is a continuum in each and every one of its aspects.  The sooner we learn this concerning human sexual behavior, the sooner we shall reach a sound understanding of the realities of sex.”  Alfred Kinsey
This Day in History

PARISToday, Paris and a significant swath of the rest of the world commemorate French citizens’ and allied soldiers’ liberation of the city from the Nazis; in Italy, one thousand, nine hundred and thirty-eight years back, Roman historian Pliny-the-elder died; four hundred six years prior to the present pass, Galileo Galilei demonstrated his telescope for the first time to legislators in Venice; twenty-one years afterward, in 1630, around the world in what is now Sri Lanka, Portuguese forces experienced a setback in colonization plans with a defeat at the hands of fighters from the Kingdom of Kandy; two hundred thirty-nine ahead of the here and now, English thinker David Hume had his final empirically verifiable living experience; forty-nine years subsequently, in 1825, Uruguay declared independence from Brazil; three years further down the road, in 1828, the baby boy who would become Bret Harte, American author of both Westerns and poetry, came into the world; seven years past that conjunction in 1835, the New York Sun demonstrated both the power of journalism and the human longing for extraterrestrial analogs of ourselves with

"A View of the Inhabitants of the Moon". Illustration from an 1836 English pamphlet, publisher unknown. Note the biped beavers on the right
“A View of the Inhabitants of the Moon”. Illustration from an 1836 English pamphlet, publisher unknown. Note the biped beavers on the right

the publication of the Great Moon Hoax; one hundred thirty-eight years ago, English scientist Michael Faraday died; six years hence, in 1883, Vietnam and France signed a treaty that declared a French protectorate over Annam and Tonkin; eleven years beyond that point, in 1894, a Japanese scientist discovered the microbe responsible for Bubonic Plague and published his discovery in the British journal, The Lancet; six years later still, in 1900, German philosopher and pundit Friedrich Nietzsche died; eight years even nearer to now, in 1908, French physicist Henri Becquerel died; four years henceforth, in 1912, the Chinese Nationalist Party Kuomintang came into existence; seven hundred and thirty days afterward, in 1914, German soldiers deliberately attacked the Catholic University Library in Leuven, Belgium, destroying hundreds of thousands of one-of-a-kind ancient volumes and manuscripts; two more years further along time’s

"Alder trees by the Beaulieu River at Longwater Lawn" by Jim Champion
“Alder trees by the Beaulieu River at Longwater Lawn” by Jim Champion

path, in 1916, the U.S. National Park Service came into being; another four years after that juncture, in 1920, the early Soviet attempt to take over part of Poland ended in the Red Army’s defeat at Warsaw; three hundred sixty-five days later, in 1921, West Virginia miners asserted their rights against local authorities and mine-company ‘police’ in the first skirmishes of the Battle of Blair Mountain; two years after that moment in time, in 1923, a male infant came along in Colombia whose fate was to be the widely read and popular author and critic, Alvaro Mutîs; seventy-six years before the present pass, England and Poland declared an alliance of mutual protection, which would in less than ten days see the beginning of World War Two; half a decade hence, in 1944, partisans and allied soldiers completed the liberation of Paris; a year yet closer to the current context, in 1945, Chinese Communists assassinated U.S. Office of Strategic Services agent John Birch, whose eponymous society now espouses imperialist reaction as a rational course for U.S. policy; in its first televised hearings, three years after that, in 1948, the House Un-American Activities Committee confronted Alger Hiss with Whitaker Chambers en route to the former Assistant Secretary of State’s perjury conviction; another year onward, in 1949, the boy infants who were to grow into Kiss sensation Gene Simmons and United Kingdom literary genius Martin Amis were both born; one year closer still to the current state of affairs, in 1950, the

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

country’s first ReDemoPubliCratiCan President, Harry Truman, ordered the Army to seize control of the nation’s railroads in order to avert and break a threatened strike; four years down the road from that day, in 1954, the baby boy drew first breath who would sing and write as the rock star, Elvis Costello; two years thereafter, in 1956, noted thinker and sexologist Alfred Kinsey passed away; five years henceforth, in 1961, after sharp unrest in part fostered by U.S. interests, the President of Brazil resigned, laying the basis for upheaval that led two and a half years later to a military coup; fifteen years later, in 1976, the Swedish Nobel Literary Laureate Eyvind Johnson breathed his last; thirty-one years ago, thinker and storyteller Gore Vidal died; a decade afterward, in 1991, Linus Torvalds released the first version of open-source operating system Linux, and the siege of Vukovar began in what ended up being the dissolution of Yugoslavia; six years subsequently, in 1997, a former premier of East Germany faced a conviction for a ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy at the Berlin Wall, and former Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell died; six years back, Ted Kennedy died; three years later, spacecraft Voyager One entered interstellar space, the first human artifact to reach so far from home.

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CUBA & EMPIRE: HISTORY & KNOWLEDGE FOR A HUMAN FUTURE

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Silvio-Rodriguez-Open-Wounds-Remain-Between-Cuba-and-U.S.-20150817-0025.html           A provocative presentation from TeleSur that highlights the soulful yet down-to-earth insights of Silvio Rodriquez about the way that the present contains the past–in other words, murder, barbarity, exploitation, and fraud–in relation to the recent rapprochement between Cuba and the United States, one of essentially countless recent accounts of the depredations that the United States has visited on almost all of its Latin neighbors, a pattern that authoritative reporting indicates is still ongoing, especially in relation to Venezuela, a sampling of material that also includes much additional about Cuba, including analysis that extols the democratic lessons from the island for the United States and a recent spiritual and material lesson for all willing to listen from Fidel Castro himself: “‘The reconciliation steps between the two nations put us before a new scene, and also, history cannot be deleted,’ Rodriguez wrote of the recent opening of the U.S. Embassy in the Cuban capital, Havana, by Secretary of State, John Kerry.

‘To listen to John Kerry say that we are no longer rivals, or enemies, but simply neighbors, is incredible,’ he added. …

‘We still bleed from some open wounds that require stitches and treatments.  All that we do in the future will open or close those cuts.  All that we say will provoke pain or relief,’ he said. …

‘I was a man of peace; one of those who wanted to be more than neighbors, but to be friends.  But being just a child, I had to learn to use arms to defend myself from their policies and their armies,’ Rodriguez said, referring to the U.S.” TeleSur.

“Many acknowledge that after three hundred years, capitalism has shown itself to be incapable of promoting human flourishing.  But few refer to this problem as one about what human flourishing means or, better, what ‘human’ means.  Speaking in Venezuela in 1999, Fidel Castro suggested that people are confused by ‘nicely sweetened but rotten ideas … that man is an animal moved only by a carrot or when beaten by a whip.’  They are confused about what it means to be human. …
In the Ebola crisis of 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported: ‘Few have heeded the call, but one country has responded in strength: Cuba.’  Cuba sent more than 450 doctors and nurses, chosen from over 15,000 volunteers, by far the largest medical mission of any country.

By Jialiang Gao www.peace-on-earth.org
By Jialiang Gao www.peace-on-earth.org

It is worth asking why.  Cubans, more than 15,000 of them, saw the fate of West Africans as their own, and volunteered immediately.  The ‘nicely sweetened but rotten ideas’ that human beings are best motivated by material incentives don’t explain how this is possible.  But it can be explained – by ideas predating the Cuban revolution, and even Marx.
They are philosophical ideas expressing the relationship between human beings and nature, implying that one person’s life (causally) affects others’.  It is a view common to various (non-European) cultures, including indigenous peoples.  It is scientific, based in cause and effect, acknowledging, as was clear to Martí, that ‘through the wonderful compensation of Nature whoever gives of himself, grows.’  On such a view we need to engage with and change the worldin order to know it, and its peoples, including ourselves.” CounterPunch.

“”Writing is a way to be useful if you believe that our long-suffering humanity must be better, and more fully educated, given the incredible ignorance in which we are all enveloped, with the exception of researchers who in the sciences seek satisfactory answers.  This is a word which implies in a few letters its immense content. …

(The rise of fascism, the development and use of nuclear weapons, and decades of economic crisis contextualize this essentially ‘literary’ potential and effort.’)
As has been expressed with clarity by Cuba’s Party and government, to advance good will and peace among all the countries of this hemisphere and the many peoples who are part of the human family, and thus contribute to the survival of our species in the modest place the universe has conceded us, we will never stop struggling for peace and the well-being of all human beings, for every inhabitant on the planet regardless of skin color or national origin, and for the full right of all to hold a religious belief or not.
The equal right of all citizens to health, education, work, food, security, culture, science, and wellbeing, that is, the same rights we proclaimed when we began our struggle, in addition to those which emerge from our dreams of justice and equality for all inhabitants of our world, is what I wish for all.  To those who share all or part of these same ideas, or superior ones along the same lines, I thank you, dear compatriots.”  Granma.

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Royal Literary Fund Fellowships offer professional writers the opportunity to work for two days a week in a university helping students to develop their writing skills. The Fellow receives a fee (‘stipend’) under contract from the RLF. For entry in autumn 2015 this is £14,000 (35 weeks).  The RLF runs the scheme in partnership with universities throughout the UK:

 

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EMERGING VOICES FELLOWSHIPS – BASED IN LOS ANGELES
Fellowships to receiving mentoring from PEN Emerging Voices Mentors carefully chosen from PEN Center USA’s membership and from professional writers based in Los Angeles. The Mentor-Fellow relationship is expected to challenge the fellow’s work and compel significant creative progress. Over the course of the fellowship, Emerging Voices Fellows and Mentors should meet three times in person, and be in contact at least once a month. All Emerging Voices Fellows are expected to complete a 25-hour volunteer project that is relevant to the literary community. The fellowship includes a $1,000 stipend, given in $500 increments.
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Politics and Slavery

A Jacobin piece that discusses the ideological challenges and clashes that have existed throughout America’s checkered history: “The defeated Confederate sympathizers proved less enthusiastic. “These reds and forty-eighters are to blame for everything,” remarked one conservative editor.

These admonishments sound as if they might have come directly from the “red scares” of the twentieth century, but in this case they spoke directly to some of the key issues at stake in the ensuing Civil War. Though little recalled today, in the years before the Civil War Americans debated not only the future of slavery but also the future of free wage labor. Americans argued over the merits of socialism, communism, and the meaning of the revolutions that had swept the Western world during the preceding century.

The plantation home of Jefferson Davis located on Davis Island, about twenty miles down the Mississippi River from Vicksburg, MS.
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Education Project Funding Issues

A Common Dreams posting that describes the many faceted political aspects that define what receives funding in education and journalism: “The problem with Education Matters’ promise to create “independent journalism,” however, is that several of the organizations funding it have a direct stake in a very specific education reform agenda. Education reform, as a project, is far from value-neutral: Reformers promote specific policies, ranging from firing teachers based on their students’ test scores to replacing public schools with privately run charter schools. Their rhetoric often directly attacks teachers unions and even public education as an institution, in favor of “market-driven” “school choice” solutions. And the organizations funding the LA Times’ new project are no exception.”

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Modular Touchpad Does it All

A Wired piece that reviews a neat new piece of technology that has the potential to help scrappy writers, artists, and others to whom touch and image matter, seeking a Kickstarter model to get going: “With an iPad-sized device that connects to anything with Bluetooth or a USB port, a startup called Sensel thinks it might be able to combine most of those accessories into a simple modular slate.

Sensel’s little desktop device looks like a trackpad. And sure, you can use it as a trackpad. You can also draw on it with a paintbrush, or you can snap on an overlay and use it as a Bluetooth keyboard. It can sense force, so it registers the urgency of your finger, your pen, or your keypress. This versatility—the device’s ability to accept multiple kinds of input and to decode complex gestures—speaks to the company’s broader goal: to crack the next phase of human-computer interaction.”

Slide: 3 / of 7 . Caption: You can use normal paintbrushes with it, and Sensel says it’s sensitive enough to track the shape of the bristles. The sensors register the location and force of up to 16 different points. Sensel Photo by: Sensel
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Death in Saudi Arabia

A Truth Dig piece that discusses the habitual hideous human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia: “The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has executed at least 175 people in the past year, according to Amnesty International. The rate of beheadings is soaring under King Salman and most of those sentenced to death are beheaded, but some are shot by firing squad. As a new report released by the charity reveals, those killed include children and people with mental disabilities.”

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Law School Oversubscribed and Overpriced

A New York Times opinion piece that looks at the dim job prospects for an expensive, extensive, and ultimately, oversubscribed field which in the past was very lucrative, but now the only profit comes from those still lending money to these legal hopefuls: “Yet as the demand for new lawyers continued to languish from 2011 to 2014, the size of Infilaw’s graduating classes almost doubled, to 1,223. These schools are also among the leaders in creating law student debt. Arizona Summit’s 2014 graduates had average law school debt of $187,792. At Florida Coastal, the average was $162,785. Charlotte’s average was $140,528.”

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A Thought for the Day
The Third of May by Francisco Goya
The Third of May by Francisco Goya

If one hopes to resist an oppressive condition, then one had best act on that wish before one finds a boot on one’s neck and a gun in one’s ear, for at that juncture, with a heel in the back and a knife at the throat, seeking to shrug off repression is almost certainly futile.

Quote of the Day
“Society and civilization are inseparable: the two ideas refer to the same reality. …In Europe from the sixteenth century onwards (and probably earlier), the ultimate phase of civilization wears the emblem of capitalism and wealth. …(However), (w)e have reached a phase where we are discovering both the limited validity of the concept of civilization and the need to transcend that concept…The phase of civilizations is coming to an end, and for good or ill humanity is embarking on a new phase — that of a single civilization which could become universal.”  Fernand Braudel
This Day in History
Rue Richelieu, Odessa, by trialsanderrors, flickr
Rue Richelieu, Odessa, by trialsanderrors, flickr

Today in Ukraine is Independence Day, when the nation declared its complete independence from Soviet control, and this evening in Uruguay is Nostalgia Night; in what is now Algeria, along the Bagradas River, two thousand sixty-four years ago, Roman imperial forces that sought to dispose of Rome’s African colonies as Caesar dictated faced a crushing defeat at the hands of Numidian fighters who wanted to order matters differently; sixteen hundred twenty-one years before the here and now, the last recorded utilization of Egyptian hieroglyphs occurred, in the Graffito of Esmet-Akhom; sixteen years hence, in 410, Visigoth forces accelerated the declining imperial colossus that had been Rome with a pillaging of the city itself; five years shy of half a century thereafter, in 455, Vandal armies agree to spare Roman lives in their looting of much of Rome’s imperial

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

‘treasure,’ itself ‘loot’ from Rome’s conquests; seventy-three decades past that conjunction, in 1185, an evolution of this culture of plunder took place with the Norman overthrow of the redoubt at Thessalonica, along with the sacking of the Sicilian Kingdom’s metropolis and the slaughter of thousands of the city’s populace; forty years further along, in 1215, the Pope invalidated the recently enacted Magna Carta, throwing English ruling processes into flux; six hundred sixty-six years back, meanwhile, Mainz’s citizens joined in a popular response to the spread of the Bubonic Plague, slaughtering as many as six thousand local Jews as somehow bearing responsibility for the pestilence; forty-two years later, in 1391, across Europe in Southern Spain, as many as a thousand Jews faced death as residents of Mallorca, rising up against indebtedness and grasping for Jewish property, rioted violently against Jewish people and those who protected them; sixty-five years past that conjunction, in 1456, early printers finished the Gutenberg_Bible_scanfirst edition of a Gutenberg bible; another six decades henceforth, in 1516, Ottoman Turks completed the conquest of Syria, routing Arabic Muslims in the process of consolidating imperial rule; ninety-two years subsequently to the day, in 1608, English merchants established their first outpost in India at Surat; eighty-two years further onward, in 1690, the consolidation of saltpeter production at a factory in Bengal led both to a significant enrichment of the East India Company and to the manifestation of what came to be the great city of Calcutta; two centuries and one year back,British troops razed and burned much of what was the first incarnation of the United States capitol at Washington; seven years still nearer to now, in 1821, the Treaty of Cordoba established the Mexican nation’s independence from Spain; thirty-six years still later, in 1857, one of the initial worldwide ‘panics’ gripped centers of capital

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

everywhere, in particular destroying wealth and afflicting property in the United States; precisely a quarter century more proximate to the present, in 1872, an upper crust English family welcomed a new son, who would mature as the caricaturist and critic and multifaceted writer, Max Beerbohm; a hundred twenty-four years in advance of this moment in time, Thomas Edison gained the patent for a motion picture camera that was to change the face of culture and human communication; seven years after that juncture, in 1898, a baby boy was born who would grow up as the critic, writer, and editor Malcolm Cowley; three hundred sixty-five years more along time’s path, in 1899, an Argentine boy child gave voice en route to a life as the prolific and peripatetic Jorge Luis Borges; three years hence in France, in 1902, another male infant came along whose destiny was intellectual insight and legerdemain as the historian and philosopher Fernand Braudel;seven years hence, in 1909, Southwest across the Atlantic, U.S. contractors poured the first

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

concrete that went into the formation of the Panama Canal; thirteen years additional along the temporal path, in 1922, the infant male took breath who would gain acclaim and audience as the popular historian, Howard Zinn; seven years beyond that point in time, in 1929, in British mandate Palestine, a massacre of several score Jews took place in Hebron at the hands of Palestinian Arabs who were rioting about immigration and possible plans for a Jewish homeland;another seven years onward, in 1936, the baby girl opened her eyes who would soon enough see her way to write the iconic and disturbing novels of A.S. Byatt; a year after on the dot, in 1937 on the Iberian Peninsula, Basque forces surrendered en masse to fascist Italian volunteers who had been assisting Franco’s forces in the Spanish Civil War; half a dozen years later, in 1943, the French philosopher and mystic-idealist Simone Weil drew here last breath; four years still closer to today, in 1947, the Brazilian boy baby shouted out who would end up the popular and critically acclaimed writer Paulo Coelho; seven hundred thirty-one days onward, in 1949, the formal papers that created the North Atlantic Treaty Organization came into force; another year afterward, in 1950, Edith Sampson became the first Black representative of the United States to the United Nations; another year later still, in 1951, a baby boy opened his eyes on his way toward life as the thinker and storyteller Oscar Hijuelos, and another male infant was born, to the Mormon Card family in Richland, Washington, who would go on to great popularity and critical controversy as Orson Scott propaganda anti communist red commieCard; three years yet nearer to the here and now, in 1954, the Communist Control Act took effect, essentially outlawing the American Communist Party; a dozen years after that, in 1966, the trust fund baby entered our midst who, as Nick Denton, would go on to monopoly media success with Gawker; another year even closer to today’s light and air, in 1967, Abbie Hoffman led Youth International Party activists in raining dollar bills onto the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, setting off a scramble that temporarily halted trading; thirty-two years ago, the iconic thinker and leader, Scott Nearing, took a final breath just after his hundredth birthday; six years hence, in 1989, Colombian drug gangs ‘declared war’ on the central government there; fifteen years later still, in 2004, the renowned thinker and psychologist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross died.

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GRASSROOTS DEBT UPRISING & THE FUTURE OF OBLIGATION

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42711.htm        Crossposted to Information Clearinghouse from Yes! magazine’s debt issue, an invigorating, radical, even revolutionary call for groups of citizens to review indebtedness and to embrace default or a refusal to pay on the basis of findings of criminal fraud and predatory behavior by the erstwhile rulers of the present social milieu, the monopoly financial institutions that range from banks, to international and national fiscal agencies: “Today a burgeoning debt resistance movement draws from the realization that many of these debts are not fair.  Most obviously unfair are loans involving illegal or deceptive practices—the kind that were rampant in the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis.  From sneaky balloon interest hikes on mortgages, to loans deliberately made to unqualified borrowers, to incomprehensible financial products peddled to local governments that were kept ignorant about their risks, these practices resulted in billions of dollars of extra costs for citizens and public institutions alike.

Creative Commons/DonkeyHotey.
Creative Commons/DonkeyHotey.

A movement is arising to challenge these debts.  In Europe, the International Citizen debt Audit Network (ICAN) promotes ‘citizen debt audits,’ in which activists examine the books of municipalities and other public institutions to determine which debts were incurred through fraudulent, unjust, or illegal means.  They then try to persuade the government or institution to contest or renegotiate those debts.  In 2012, towns in France declared they would refuse to pay part of their debt obligations to the bailed-out bank Dexia, claiming its deceptive practices resulted in interest rate jumps to as high as 13 percent.  Meanwhile, in the United States, the city of Baltimore filed a class-action lawsuit to recover losses incurred through the Libor rate-fixing scandal, losses that could amount to billions of dollars.
And Libor is just the tip of the iceberg.  In a time of rampant financial lawbreaking, who knows what citizen audits might uncover?  Furthermore, at a time when the law itself is so subject to manipulation by financial interests, why should resistance be limited to debts that involved lawbreaking?  After all, the 2008 crash resulted from a deep systemic corruption in which ‘risky’ derivative products turned out to be risk-free—not on their own merits, but because of government and Federal Reserve bailouts that amounted to a de facto guarantee. …
This is part of a context of unjust economic, political, or social conditions that compels the debtor to go into debt.  When that injustice is pervasive, aren’t all or most debts illegitimate?  In many countries, declining real wages and reduced public services virtually compel citizens to go into debt just to maintain their standard of living.  Is debt legitimate when it is systemically foisted on the vast majority of people and nations?  If it isn’t, then resistance to illegitimate debt has profound political consequences.
This feeling of pervasive, systemic unfairness is palpable in the so-called developing world and in increasing swathes of the rest.  African and Latin American nations, southern and Eastern Europe, communities of color, students, homeowners with mortgages, municipalities, the unemployed … the list of those who strain under enormous debt through no fault of their own is endless.  They share the perception that their debts are somehow unfair, illegitimate, even if there is no legal basis for that perception.  Hence the slogan that is spreading among debt activists and resisters everywhere: ‘Don’t owe.  Won’t pay.'”

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Blog Writer Needed For Immigration Law Blog (Chicago)

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Solo practitioner attorney specializing in immigration law seeks blog writer. This will be an independent contractor arrangement and will involve writing of bog posts on immigration law topics (1-2 blogs per week).Please briefly describe your interest in and experience with immigration law. Please also indicate your desired compensation and turnaround time. Include your email address.
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Delusions and Realities of Debt

An Information Clearing House article that contextualizes the realities of over eleven trillion dollars of alleged debt, in the context of inhumane institutions, illegitimate financial practices, and a changing definition or expectation of what debt is in the context of the social fabric of a society: “The perpetrators of these “financial instruments of mass destruction” (as Warren Buffett labeled them) were rewarded while homeowners, other borrowers, and taxpayers were left with collapsed asset values and higher debts.

This is part of a context of unjust economic, political, or social conditions that compels the debtor to go into debt. When that injustice is pervasive, aren’t all or most debts illegitimate? In many countries, declining real wages and reduced public services virtually compel citizens to go into debt just to maintain their standard of living. Is debt legitimate when it is systemically foisted on the vast majority of people and nations? If it isn’t, then resistance to illegitimate debt has profound political consequences.”

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Paranoia and Police State

A Chronicle book review of a sociologist’s brilliant work who risked life and limb to expose the truth of life in urban ghettoes in regards to police intervention, and who discussed the ways these realities shape this world: “Goffman’s book, On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City (University of Chicago Press), is an up-close account of that prison boom told largely through the story of a group of young friends in Philadelphia’s 6th Street neighborhood. (The location and names in the book are pseudonyms.) The study describes how fear of confinement has transformed work, health, and family life, causing men to disengage from the very mainstream institutions that might put them on a better path.

The threat of incarceration has created “a new social fabric,” Goffman writes, “one woven in suspicion, distrust, and the paranoiac practices of secrecy, evasion, and unpredictability.” It has turned ghettos into “communities of suspects and fugitives.””

Userbox-MG-pro-choiceBirth Control, Women’s Rights, and Folk Songs, Oh My

A hilarious Daily Kos reposting of a video by a bravely humorous woman who spells it out in very evocative language, the issues that have come into question again, regarding women’s most fundamental rights: ” And we are sick of your mysoginistic one-liners, we didn’t come from your ribs, you came from our vaginas”

Monopoly Social Media Strikes Again

A Verge article that discusses Twitter’s reprehensible decision to delete sited dedicated to exposing politician’s deleted utterances: “Twitter has shut down a network of sites dedicated to archiving deleted tweets from politicians around the world. The sites — collectively known as Politwoops — were overseen by the Open State Foundation (OSF), which reported that Twitter suspended their API access on Friday, August 21st. Twitter reportedly told the OSF that its decision was the result of “thoughtful internal deliberation and close consideration of a number of factors,” and that the social media site didn’t distinguish between politicians and regular users.”

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Saving Lake from Nuclear Holocaust

A local news item describing a protest seeking to keep nuclear waste away from lake shores: “As the Sept. 1 deadline neared to submit comments on the Deep Geological Repository for low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste proposed for the Canadian shores of Lake Huron, about 200 people and several speakers gathered in Pine Grove Park in Port Huron to protest the plan on Aug. 16.

“It went great,” said Jeremy Whitmore, who organized the rally with Valerie Ann Daggett, both of Port Huron. “All the speakers were amazing.””

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Help for Writers Seeking Best Content Management System

An A-List posting that helps scrappy writers dealing with the complicated issue of what is the best content management system to use: “So how do you figure out what your requirements are and which CMS fits the bill? And what are the benefits and drawbacks of decoupling display from content? Our experienced panelists know how to attack CMSes from every angle, and they have some anecdotes—and antidotes—to share with you.”

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Desk – Bright Meadow Flickr

Podcast Opportunities 

A Nieman Lab article that discusses advertising opportunities for monetizing podcasts, a medium which still seems to be growing in scope: “Since podcasts emerged as a medium in the early 2000s, host-read ads have been one of the primary forms of monetization available to podcasters. Think of it as podcasting’s version of native advertising.

But others are trying to bring another online ad trend into audio: programmatic advertising.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Reporting Ethics and Hacking

A Columbia Journalism Review read that discusses the ethical dilemmas present in reporting on a situation that already stretches ethics: “Without judging the merits of each individual case, it’s clear that reporting on the private data of millions of ordinary Americans that has been stolen by unknown hackers raises serious ethical questions. Reporters are digging through people’s personal email addresses, home addresses, physical descriptions, and preferences, sexual or otherwise. Is this ‘Gawker Christmas’ as one Twitter user put it, a treasure trove of data just asking to be shared? Or should journalists honor users’ privacy, regardless of their questionable morality or naivete? 

“I don’t know if we even know the right questions to ask,” says Monica Guzman, vice-chair of ethics at the Society of Professional Journalists. “This is unprecedented in journalism, the frequency with which information that previously would not have been disclosed is being revealed.” “

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Default Risk for Socially Friendly Country

A Geopolitical Monitor that describes the difficulties faced by a government that has consistently advocated for its citizenry (rest of article behind paywall): “The crux of Venezuela’s problem is a government revenue shortfall caused by a prolonged dip in global oil prices. Like the Chavez government that preceded it, the Maduro administration has presided over massive outlays on food and energy subsidies, state-sponsored construction projects, civil servant salaries, and imports. It has done so under the assumption that Venezuela’s energy wealth would be enough to pay the bills.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS
Cal students in the Doe Library at UC Berkeley. Photo: Alison Yin/Hechinger Report

Failed Education Grants or Failed Education System?

A Hechinger Report post that seems to indict one of the very few grants available to help low income students, while only cursorily paying lip service to the serious systemic issues that make such grants just a drop in the ocean of misery: “There are many reasons students who receive Pell grants never finish. At many universities and colleges, the money doesn’t cover the full cost of tuition, fees, and other expenses, and some students don’t have the resources to pay the rest. Others arrive from low-performing public high schools less well prepared than their higher-income classmates.

Whatever the reason, there’s no central database to consult to know what taxpayers are getting for their $31.4 billion-a-year investment, or for Pell students and their parents to easily compare their likely success at one institution versus another.”

8.21.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day
"Wonderland Walker 2" by kevint3141
“Wonderland Walker 2” by kevint3141

 

Hope, or optimism, can stand in as another name for folly, yet without a fundamentally jolly cast many more of our cousins would cast themselves from bridges or otherwise do themselves in with maximum prejudice and expeditious alacrity, one consequence of all of which is a dynamic tension, so characteristic of a universe that paradox rules, between fatuous belief in patent falsehood in order to maintain a hopeful façade and a rejection of all hope, or even possibility, that things in general can ever be anything other than nightmarish and oppressive, in Hume’s memorable summation, “nasty, brutish, and short.”

Quote of the Day
“What you’re trying to do when you write is to crowd the reader out of his own space and occupy it with yours, in a good cause.  You’re trying to take over his sensibility and deliver an experience that moves from mere information. …(Along those lines, one might imagine a) scene (of) a writer’s study, shabby, drafty but tax-deductible.  The writer is reading the last hundred pages of his work in progress.  For the past fifty or so, a kind of slow terror has been rising in his breast.  All these pages had seemed necessary.  They contain many good things.  Ironies.  Insights.  And yet they seem to have a certain ineffable unsatisfactoriness.  There is a word to describe this quality, the writer thinks, a horrible word.  The B word.   He begins to strike his forehead with a sweaty palm.”  Robert Stone
This Day in History

Theodosius_II_solidus_Constantinople_439_450_gold_4480mgSix hundred eighty-four years back, Serbian internecine rivalry ended with the ascendancy of Dusan Stefan, ‘the Great,’ who led to the most extensive Serb influence and territory in Byzantine and Ottoman lands; just a year less than three and a half centuries subsequently, in 1680, not quite half a world Westward in Hispanic-conquered North America, Pueblo Indians wrested control of Santa Fe from the Spanish in the Pueblo Revolt; nine decades beyond that, in 1770, again half the globe further West and South, James Cook led ships to Australia where he claimed what was to become New 256px-Australia_stub.svgSouth Wales for England; still farther West, eight years hence, in 1778, British imperial interests besieged and conquered France’s primary holdings in the Subcontinent, at Pondichery, an opportunistic retaliation for France’s support for the incipient United States’ rebellion against England; one hundred eighty-four years prior to the present pass, Nat Turner led slaves and free Blacks in an uprising in Virginia that cemented various repressive measures, such as proscription of any education for Blacks; thirty-two years later, in 1863, guerrilla raiders from the Confederacy  destroyed Lawrence, Kansas; not quite a decade after that mayhem, in 1872, across the Atlantic in England, a baby boy took a first breath who would astound viewers and readers as the

poster by aubrey beardsley for the 'yellow book'
poster by aubrey beardsley for the ‘yellow book’

magical artist and author Aubrey Beardsley; sixteen years later, in 1888,William S. Burroughs patented the first workable adding machine; thirteen years henceforth, in 1901, a social democratic institution came into being for a brief time—it fell to pieces as the ‘workers of the world’ disunited in World War One—as the International Secretariat of National Trade Union Centres, in order to allow unionists of different countries to stand together instead of slaughtering each other in warfare; a decade afterward, in 1911, conspirators stole Mona Lisa from the Louvre with the hope of selling it to Italians; eighty-three years ago, the baby boy who grew up to become actor, thinker, screenwriter, and filmmaker Melvin van Peebles came into the world; five years further on, in 1937, the male infant uttered his first cry en route to a life as the novelist and critic Robert Stone;a year even closer to today, in 1938, the boy child was born whom fate would endow with the singing and writing legerdemain of Kenny Rogers;yet another five years subsequent to that, in 1943, another male infant entered our midst, destined to grow as journalist and popular philosopher Jonathan Schell, and Danish Nobel Literature Laureate Henrik Pontoppidan died; another year onward, in 1944, a key step to the founding of the United Nations occurred at the Dumbarton Oaks Conference near Washington, D.C., attended by Soviet, English, American, and Nationalist Chinese representatives; three hundred sixty-five days past that conjunction, in 1945, across the North American continent in Los Alamos, New Mexico, a plutonium ‘trigger’ for a nuclear weapon underwent an accident, nearly becoming super-critical and setting off a miniature a-bomb, but only fatally irradiating a top nuclear

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory flickr
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory flickr

physicist instead, who separated the about-to-explode pieces of plutonium by hand; twelve years further along time’s arc, in 1957, the Soviet Union tested the first Intercontinental-Ballistic-Missile; four years after that juncture, in 1961,Motown released Please Mr. Postman, which would become the label’s first number one hit; another decade nearer to now, in 1971, Black Panther leader George Jackson died in a hail of police gunfire; eleven years after that, in 1982, the first soldiers of a multinational force landed in Lebanon to oversee the withdrawal of the Palestine Liberation Organization from the nation; four years still closer to the current point in time, in 1986, a volcanic lake in Cameroon released tons of carbon dioxide from its depths, causing the deaths of nearly two thousand people from asphyxiation; a half decade beyond that grotesque occurrence, in 1991, in another bizarre and monstrous case, the coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev collapsed; the very next year, in 1992, seven thousand miles West in Idaho, the Ruby Ridge debacle began to unfold; last year, the acclaimed and beloved and multitalented folksinger and student of Celtic culture, Jean Redpath, lived out her final stanza.

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42685.htm         A crossposting from Information Clearinghouse that eviscerates at once the hegemony of the American university establishment and the ‘sheepishness’ of those U.S. and foreign-born matriculants who aspire to the ‘middle-class’ on the basis of their corporate jobs and the perquisites of serving the ‘masters of the universe’ that control monopoly finance and capital generally, a sobering assessment that scrappy scribes and wannabe ‘servants’ of the ruling class might do well to ponder in the context of a world all akimbo, with war and pestilence and dissolution all apparently omnipotent in their ubiquity: “People are offering their own bowed heads to a complex and protracted act of lobotomy.  In exchange for stamped pieces of papers called diplomas, men and women lose, forever, their ability to think independently, to analyze and to see the world with their own individual set of eyes.  As a reward for their submissiveness, their chances to get prestigious positions in the regime’s elite corporate, academic, and other battalions, dramatically increase.
   

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        The extreme degree of compliance of the majority of men and women living in our societies makes old books like Fahrenheit 451 and1984 only moderately disturbing.  Our reality of ‘2015’ is much more psychedelic, bizarre and appalling… as well as shameful!
             Most of the citizens are now even willing to pay for those ‘educational’ and propaganda brain surgeries from their own (or from their family’s) pocket; they are keen to get into deep debts in order to get thoroughly programmed and indoctrinated.  Several years later, when it’s all over and nothing is left of their individuality, their chests swell with pride, and they frequently cry when they receive that stamped piece of paper, which in fact means only one thing: ‘Passed, accepted and certified – ready to serve and to be used by the Empire and its fascist regime.’
             Millions of foreigners are lining up for this lobotomy too.  Those coming from the colonized and destroyed countries are often the most eager.  Children of the elites are excited to receive the stamp of approval from the Empire, to be molded, to blend with the masses in Europe or North America.  After ‘graduating’ and after returning home,’ they hang their diplomas on the walls, add titles all over their name cards, increase their fees, and demand respect for their Western ways and their intellectual collaboration with the Empire.  Then many of them get busy robbing and further indoctrinating their fellow-citizens on behalf of the West.
             In many countries there is no reason to even leave home. Western brainwashing is readily available through countless private Christian and ‘international’ schools, through churches, ‘cultural institutions,’ and of course, through the ‘entertainment.’ …
             Perhaps the greatest living European filmmaker, Emir Kusturica, recently wrote, sarcastically, that: ‘World War III will start with Pentagon bombing of RT,’ referring to the powerful television network Russia Today.RT commented:
             ‘RT is a real threat to US state propaganda as it reaches Americans in their own homes, in perfect English, better than they use on CNN.’   And that is why, according to the director, Washington could get fed up and seek to silence RT by force – much like NATO did to Serbian state TV in April 1999.
             In turn, Kusturica predicts, Moscow would destroy CNN, which he considers the flag-bearer of pro-American propaganda: ‘CNN in direct transmissions assures that since the 1990s America has been leading humanitarian actions, and not wars, and that its military planes rain angels, not bombs!‘”

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

The New Guard  is accepting submissions for their Machigonne Fiction Contest and Knightville Poetry Contest. Each winner receives $1500 and publication. The judges are Adam Braver and Roger Bonair-Agard, respectively.

The Hudson Review – For a special fiction issue, The Hudson Review is sponsoring a short story competition. First prize is $500, second and third are $250 each. 10,000 words and under. Submissions accepted between 6/1/15 and 9/1/15. No submission fee.

Snake Nation Press: Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry and Serena McDonald Kennedy Fiction Award

Deadline: August 31. Submit electronically or by mail. We congratulate the winner of our 2014 Serena McDonald Kennedy Fiction Award, Misty Urban of Findlay, IL, for her manuscript A Lesson in Manners, chosen by Jacob Appel. The winner of our 2014 Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry is John Paul O’Connor of Franklin, NY, for his manuscript Half the Truth, chosen by Tania Rochelle. Read the judges’ comments.

 

Sixteenth Annual Young Lions Fiction Award Submission Form

Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Young Lions Fiction Award.  Below please find the award’s guidelines and submission form.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Young Lions Office at 212.930.0885 or younglions@nypl.org

Young Lions Fiction Award

To be considered for this prize, the candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • The writer must be age 35 or younger at the time of the book’s publication during 2015.
  • The book must be written for adults (no children’s or YA).
  • He or she must be a citizen of the United States.
  • The work must be either a novel or a collection of short stories published between January 2015 and December 2015.  We will accept submissions in galley form for works to be published after the submission deadline of Monday, August 31, 2015.

 

Talking Writing is a quarterly nonprofit digital magazine that features stories, poetry, and journalism.

 

TW publishes first-person features, essays, poetry, fiction, visual art, photography, and cartoons. We care about writing that’s passionate, personal, and a joy to read—and we seek writers with diverse backgrounds and strong voices. Please visit talkingwriting.com to get a sense of the magazine’s style, TW’s eclectic mix, and the work we like.

Award: $1,000 and publication in Talking Writing.

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2015.

The submission ($3) and contest ($15) fees partially offset our administrative costs. TW has limited editorial resources and a small budget. While we’re aware that submitting payments online is difficult for some writers, managing submissions online helps us to keep publishing.

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ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Organizing Media Workers

A Deadline Hollywood article that discusses the great love of a runner for the Actors Union presidency has for organizing in the media: “A self-described “news junkie,” Richardson said that if elected, she’ll try to organize the broadcast news networks that are not signed to the union’s contract, including biggies CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, CNBC and NBC News, which decertified from AFTRA nearly 10 years ago and whose anchors and correspondents are still not represented by a union.

“We need to fix this,” she told Deadline. “My goal would absolutely be to try to organize them. It’s better for the union and it’s better for them. We have so much to offer them and they have so much to bring to us.””

National_Fascist_Party_logo.svgEconomic Roots of Fascism

A Review posting that analyses the end game of capitalism, and how it has arrived, by looking at historical and economic factors that lead to its rise: “It is not by chance that the very title of this contribution links the return of fascism on the political scene with the crisis of contemporary capitalism. Fascism is not synonymous with an authoritarian police regime that rejects the uncertainties of parliamentary electoral democracy. Fascism is a particular political response to the challenges with which the management of capitalist society may be confronted in specific circumstances.”

Saving the Police Officer

A Daily Kos reposting that shows a young victim of police profiling abuse taking on a heroic role to save the police officer’s life, and speculates whether this piece would ever make bigoted mainstream media: “Something tells me that Bill O’Reilly or Rush Limbaugh will not pick up on this story. All the opportunities for them to tell their audience that any young black ‘thug’ with a record of ‘burglary’ is a monster who obviously needs shot for the protection of society will be missed… and that’s a damn shame.”

A building within the “ecovillage” of Huehuecoyotl in Mexico. (Photo: Scott & Emily www.wegoslow.com/Flickr)

Deep Ecology Haven

A Truth-Out posting that highlights a longstanding and valuable experiment that eludes mainstream media even as it most likely shows a path that humanity may forge successfully ahead: “About an hour south of Mexico City, nestled in an extraordinary range of mountains called the Sierra del Tepozteco, whose fantastical rock formations studded with forest resemble those in ancient Chinese painted scrolls, an experiment in alternative living has been unfolding for more than 30 years now. The self-described “ecovillage” of Huehuecoyotl, where a group of itinerant artists from Mexico and elsewhere came to rest after traveling the world together for 15 years, has become a kind of seedbed for visionary and transformative projects, particularly ecological ones. The multitude of such efforts, their persistence and success, is one of the stories buried under the avalanche of horror that characterizes the mainstream news from Mexico.”

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Better Than Disney

A Chief Organizer post that shares with readers a marvelous attraction by socially conscious and mischievous street artist Banksy that mocks and trascends the commodity foolishness of Disneyworld: “A couple of mornings later I scan a piece in the New York Times about the latest mashup from world famous street and graffiti artist, and Bristol-native, the ever elusive, Banksy. The art community had been wondering what he had been up to during an unusually quiet stretch and suddenly, and in his typical way, secretly it seemed, he had opened a massive thing he called Dismaland on the English seaside. Interesting, I thought and kept on pushing.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Non Profit News Site

An Institute for Nonprofit News article that discusses non profit news sites, their funding challenges, and how their look can contribute or detract from their funding needs: “Essentially, we’ve found that it can be very difficult for nonprofit news sites that rely on donations to distinguish themselves and stand out as distinct from for-profit sites that often rely more on advertising. In fact, some preliminary user testing we’ve done suggests that if nonprofit news sites have advertising AND donation/membership messaging visitors are more likely to assume the organization makes its money primarily through advertising. We have not yet done research with enough sites to definitively confirm this finding or to show that there is a resulting drop-off in donations, but it definitely gives us pause.”

 

Creative Commons/DonkeyHotey.
Creative Commons/DonkeyHotey.

Grad School as Investment

A Quartz article that people who actually do not value education for education’s sake but who view it through the reductive and one-dimensional lens of ‘job market acquisition’ should probably read:: “To be sure, how much money people make doesn’t necessarily lead to happiness or job fulfillment—major reasons why people pursue graduate degrees. But “we want people to go into it with their eyes wide open,” Cagney said. “If you’re absolutely passionate about fine arts, it’s fine, but dont borrow $200,000 to get a degree because you won’t be able to pay it back.””

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Boycotting for Political Reasons

A Mondo Weiss posting that views the boycotting of a pro-Israel performer as a righteous act of protest against an oppressive bigoted force: “Jewish American rapper Matisyahu (the stage name of Matthew Paul Miller) was disinvited from a music festival in Spain because of his support for Israel. Organizers of the Rototom Sunsplash European Reggae Festival say they were pressured to cancel the performance by supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement—an international movement that, through peaceful economic means, seeks to pressure Israel to abide by international law and ends its illegal military occupation of the Palestinians.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS
Hands down amazing: nearly 2 million year-old pinkie bone. M. Domínguez-Rodrigo

Ancient Bone Insight to Human Evolution

A Conversation piece that discusses exciting anthropological and archeological discoveries that highlights some clues into the evolution of mankind’s most useful appendage: “So which species were around at Olduvai at the time that could have had manual dexterity in the palm of its hand? Paranthropus boisei was a very robust ape-like creature, probably adapted to eating the toughest fruits and nuts. Although by no means certain, the evidence suggests this species may have lived at least some of the time in forested environments. Hand bones from Swartkrans in South Africa have been attributed to this species, and some palaeolanthropologists have argued they show the right kind of manipulative ability to make stone tools. But others disagree, so the jury is still out.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

 

Climate Change

A Counter Currents posting that discusses the bleak global prospects in regards to climate change: “While the world dilly-dallies, (all of which new discoveries will be unburnable — a total waste, because this planet won’t tolerate even the burning of all of the oil, gas, and coal, that’s already been discovered and is now in those companies’ undeveloped reserves), the climatological findings become increasingly pessimistic. In other words: the consensus of climatologists is even bleaker now than it has been. This can be said of the recent findings, without even getting into predictions as to what the precise consequences of it will be.”

8.20.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

Not to gloat at momentary triumphs or inspired coups, nor to tear one’s hair at the perils of a point in time or catastrophic error, may, if one wants to adopt a ‘Zen’ attitude toward nature and the cosmos, be the ideal approach to managing oneself—perhaps the Buddhists are correct in this much—but it cannot be an adequate orientation to humanity and history unless mass collective suicide is an appealing prospect: collective responsibility absolutely requires a vision and a strategy and a plan for achieving ways that people can all live together without apocalyptic mayhem, and that requires social justice and democratic engagement, which are inherently much bigger projects than diminishing ones own tendencies toward bragging and despair.

Quote of the Day
“The writer of stories or of novels settles on men and imitates them; he exhausts the possibilities of his characters.  The poet is alone with infinite objects in his own obscure sphere and does not know whether he should be indifferent or hopeful.  Later that single face will multiply; those gestures will become approving or disapproving opinions.  This happens at the publication of the first poems.  As the poet has expected, the alarms now are sounded, for – and it must be said again – the birth of a poet is always a threat to the existing cultural order, because he attempts to break through the circle of literary castes to reach the center. …
          (In this regard), (i)n order to assess the extent of the politician’s power – and here religious power is also included – one need only recall the silence which lasted for a millennium in the fields of poetry and the arts after the close of the classical epoch, or recall the great paintings of the fifteenth century, a period in which the Church commissioned the work and dictated its content. …
The antagonism between the poet and the politician has generally been evident in all cultures.  Today the two blocs that govern the world are fashioning contradictory concepts of freedom, even though it is clear that for the politician there is but one sort of freedom, which leads in a single direction.  It is difficult to break down this barrier which has stained the history of civilization with blood.  There always exist at least two ways of regarding cultural freedom: the freedom found in those countries where a profound social revolution has occurred (the French Revolution, for example, or the October Revolution); and that found in other countries, which resist stubbornly before undergoing any change in their world view.”   Salvatore Quasimodo: Nobel Lecture
This Day in History

A quirky day of celebration today marks World Mosquito Day; Muslim Arabs one thousand three hundred and seventy-nine   years back took control of both Syria and Palestine away from Byzantine rule, in a first wave of post-prophet expansion outside the Arab peninsula; three hundred sixty-four years hence, in the year 1000, Saint Stephen received credit for founding Hungary; seven centuries and seven years subsequently, in 1707, British forces that were besieging Pensacola withdrew, leaving Spain still in control; twenty-four decades ahead of today, Spanish settlers established the Presidio del Tucson in what evolved to become Tucson, Arizona; a year less than two decades later, in 1794, U.S. forces—in at least possible abrogation of treaty obligations—crushed Native American opposition to White Settlement in the ‘old Northwest,’ at the Battle of Fallen Timbers; sixty-four years Pensive Parakeet bird gameafterward, in 1758, Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace co-published theories about processes of evolution that occur through natural selection in the Linnean Society of London Journaltwenty-four years after that conjunction, in 1882,Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture enjoyed its first performance in Moscow; four years henceforth, in 1886, the child who became philosopher and humanitarian Paul Tillich came into the world; another four years further along, in 1890, the infant boy who grew into the horror author H.P. Lovecraft was born; eleven years thereafter, in 1901, the Italian infant uttered an initial cry en route to a life as poet and critic and Nobel Laureate Salvatore Quasimodo; ninety-seven years in advance of today’s light and air, the baby girl took a breath whose fate was to be the wildly popular producer of ‘potboilers,’ Jacqueline Susann; just two years radio3further on, in 1920 the U.S.’s first commercial radio station opened in Detroit, which continues to operate as WWJ; half a dozen years later, in 1926, Japan opened its State-controlled radio network; thirteen years beyond that juncture, in 1939, an assassin under Stalin’s and Russia control mortally wounded Leon Trotsky with a small axe that penetrated the gadfly revolutionary’s brain; seven years after that moment, in 1946, the baby girl came along who would mature as journalist and commentator Connie Chung; two years later, in 1948, a male infant was born into the world who would become the iconic performer and lyrical genius, Robert Plant;fourteen years still closer to today, in 1962, the world’s first nuclear-powered civilian craft, the Savannah, left port on its maiden voyage; four years even nearer to now, in 1966, Soviet and Warsaw Pact troops invaded Czechoslovakia, beginning the unraveling of the so-called Prague Spring; nine years hence, in 1975, NASA launched Viking One, an interplanetary explorer aimed at Mars; seven hundred thirty-one days more proximate to the present, in 1977, in another

Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope

exploratory coup, NASA sent spacecraft Voyager Two toward the outer reaches of the Solar System, and eventually deep space; eleven years past that juncture, in 1988, Iran and Iraq formally ended their eight year bloodletting, in which most of Saddam Hussein’s support came from the U.S. and its allies; three years later, in 1991, upwards of 100,000 protesters massed in Red Square in Moscow to stand against any coup against Mikhail Gorbachev;two years onward, in 1993, Israel and Palestine signed the Oslo Accords, round one, which formally recognized the PLO on the part of Israel and formally recognized Israel’s right to exist on the part of the PLO; half a decade past that point in time, in 1998, Canada’s high court disallowed Quebec’s choice to exit Canada unless the National government first approved such a dissolution; two years before the here and now, iconic crime novelist Elmore Leonard died.

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PROTEST, REPORTAGE, & JOURNALISM AMID POLICE-STATE JIHAD

http://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/wesley_lowery_ryan_reilly_ferguson.php      From the generally solidly ‘liberal’ commentators at Columbia Journalism Review, a thorough briefing on the inanity, or criminal insanity, of the charges against reporters who were committing the crime of being reporters at Ferguson a year ago, a powerful indictment that occurs, moreover, in a context of outpourings of outrage against police state depredations: against authorities who brutalize and kill Black and White unarmed youth; against the court system that only indicts fewer than one percent of police murderers, the vast majority of whom then go free or receive a ‘slap on the wrist;’ against the military industrial complex that now labels reporters as ‘unprivileged belligerents’ or spies; against a culture that examines upsurges of violence from below without noting the real innovations that such resistance creates, all of which sets a stage for profound reflection and necessary action to achieve democracy and people power upon which ‘press freedoms’ will always ultimately depend: “(The fast food joint where the original

"Bulgogi burger" by Alan Chan
“Bulgogi burger” by Alan Chan

arrests happened), McDonald’s has said it didn’t ask for the journalists to be arrested, and the local manager, who is listed as a government witness, reportedly said the charges are a ‘waste of time.’  I’d add that they’re bullshit and highly misguided (see my earlier statement, a nod to a scene from My Cousin Vinny).  The arrests seem to have been deliberate and unjustifiable attempts to interfere with the press, and the charges, perversely, memorialize and magnify that interference. …
News Guild President Bernie Lunzer called the charges ‘a gross abuse of power’ and a ‘vile assault on the First Amendment.’  Society of Professional Journalists President Dana Neuts said county officials ‘have learned nothing in the last year about the … rights of journalists to cover the news without interference or threats.’  And Committee to Protect Journalists Deputy Director Robert Mahoney said he was ‘appalled’ and that ‘US authorities have no business hauling reporters into court for doing their jobs, especially on a world story like Ferguson.’…

           (In the overall context of little likelihood of probable cause and total excuse of compelling public interest), I can’t fathom how it’s in the public interest to file charges against two journalists who reported richly and persistently from the site of an international news story—even if you assume, for the sake of argument, that probable cause existed.  Reilly and Lowery revealed abuses of government power, they gave voices to all manner of protestors and police officers, they investigated the interminable issues of race and class in American communities—and how peopleengage in collective grieving….
Beyond that, what harm was caused by the alleged offenses?  The police chief, after all, released Reilly and Lowery as soon as he learned they had been arrested and the reason.  They hadn’t caused a hazard or contributed to one, the restaurant hadn’t demanded their removal, and, again, they were in the process of complying with the officers’ orders when they were arrested.  I agree with The Washington Post’s assessment that the journalists endangered nothing ‘except the egos of the officers involved.’
With that in mind, consider the disproportion of the authorized punishment in relation to the offenses.  A trespassing charge and an interference-with-a-police-officer charge each carries a penalty of one year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.  To be clear, that’s one year in prison for not leaving a McDonald’s restaurant quickly enough, while trying to comply with the officers’ orders—and otherwise producing public-service journalism.  That’s absurd.”
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Hating on the Poor

A Common Dreams posting that highlights pervasive negative attitudes about people who don’t have material things: “Now, more than a decade into my career in social justice advocacy, I have grown accustomed to social policy proposals being based on the assumption that people experience poverty because of their own failures. For example, when national leaders rail against the nation’s largest anti-hunger program and slash its funding in the name of reducing “dependency”—a dependency that in fact doesn’t exist—they are really saying that people in poverty are lazy and should be forced to fend for themselves. It is still acceptable, even popular, to ascribe moral weakness to people in poverty rather than to examine the economic and social structures that hold them there.”

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New Freelance Program

A Poynter posting that discusses new freelance opportunities: “Earlier this year, Upworthy announced it was hiring New York Times Deputy Editor Amy O’Leary to be its editorial director, part of a broader effort by the viral news site to produce more original work.

O’Leary, widely regarded as a digital innovator at The Times, wrote at the time that her departure stemmed from a desire to “make sure the most impactful ideas reach real people” and cited an ambition to merge traditional storytelling methods with the power of metrics for maximum results.”

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Death of Murder Investigator

A Rolling Stone article that discusses the demise of a journalist storyteller who discussed some famous political and musical deaths: “Poole investigated the Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace murder for approximately a year, and with his findings, pushed a theory that Suge Knight orchestrated the rapper’s drive-by shooting death following a Soul Train Awards after-party. Poole believed that Knight, with the help of LAPD officer David Mack and another associate, was responsible for B.I.G.’s death as “retaliation” for the murder of Tupac Shakur a year earlier. However, as Poole said in Nick Broomfield’s 2002 documentary Biggie & Tupac, he also believed the Death Row mogul staged the Shakur shooting to avoid paying the rapper millions of dollars in royalties.

Russell Poole, the former LAPD detective who was the main investigator in Notorious B.I.G’s murder, passed away Chris Walter/WireImage Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/russell-poole-notorious-b-i-g-murder-investigator-dead-20150820#ixzz3jQHO3gHf Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook
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Iran Coverage 

A Common Dreams article that draws attention to all the flaws inherent in the reporting of the situation in Iran: “An Associated Press exclusive report on the Iran nuclear program, published to much hoopla on Wednesday afternoon, appears to have been at best unintentionally misleading and at worst knowingly inaccurate, according to analyses of the reporting on Thursday.

“Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work,” the AP’s George Zahn wrote, setting off backlash from conservatives who oppose the nuclear agreement between Iran, the U.S., and five world powers. “

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Anti Semite Lynching in the Past

A Forward article that discusses the tumultuous burial of a man whose death represented many things to many people: “Less well known is the journey Frank’s body took after it was cut down from an oak tree in Marietta, Georgia, and transported to New York City, where, on August 20, 1915, as the Forverts reported, “softly in a soundless dawn his body was lowered in a wooden coffin, into the deep grave.”

It was to be a tumultuous journey. Frank’s corpse was displayed and celebrated like a trophy by the thousands who reveled in his murder. In New York City, thousands more turned out to mourn or to catch a glimpse of Frank’s casket, his bereaved parents or his widow.

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hwy fr nature path roadWhither we turn must depend on whither we would go, at the very same moment that turning away from our goals as often as not is the only way in the end to have a hope to achieve them, an aspect of the interwoven, tangled skein of paradox that is every human existence, at least until antidepressants or some similar prophylaxis to experience takes over one’s particular pirouettes across life’s stage and makes of one an automaton of the mundane and meaningless.

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 “‘All men are created equal.  They are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.’  This immortal statement was made in the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America in 1776.  In a broader sense, this means: All the peoples on the Earth are equal from birth, all the peoples have a right to live, to be happy and to be free.  The Declaration of the French Revolution made in 1791 on the Rights of Man and the Citizen also states: ‘All men are born free and with equal rights, and must always remain free and have equal rights.’
Th(e)se are undeniable truths. …
            (In this vein, the Vietnamese), (a) people who have courageously opposed French domination for more than eighty years, a people who have fought side by side with the Allies against the Fascists during these last years, such a people must be free and independent.
For these reasons, we, members of the Provisional Government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, solemnly declare to the world that Vietnam has the right to be a free and independent country and in fact it already has been so.  The entire Vietnamese people are determined to mobilise all their physical and mental strength, to sacrifice their lives and property in order to safeguard their independence and liberty.”  Ho Chi Minh: Vietnamese Proclamation of Independence–https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Ho_Chi_Minh.
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"First flight2" by John T. Daniels
“First flight2” by John T. Daniels

Today around the globe is World Humanitarian Day, and in the United States commemorates National Aviation Day; minions of Roman Emperor Quintus Fabius plus-or-minus two thousand three hundred ten years ago, dedicated the first temple to the Goddess Venus; four hundred three years prior to the present pass,, one of the most famous witch trials in English history put three women from Lancashire on trial for their lives; three hundred fifty-three years before the present,mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal died; three decades subsequently, in 1692, authorities in Salem, Massachusetts executed five women and one man as witches; two hundred two years ahead of today, upper class power broker Gervasio Posados joined the Second Triumvirate to rise in Argentina, which ended up in bed with the English and attuned with the debt-for-bribes empire that continues to this day; twenty-six years hence, in 1839, France declared Louis Daguerre’s early photo processing method as a gift to humankind; just short of a decade after that, in 1848, New York papers began to break California’s gold rush, which had actually begun in the snows of the previous January; half a dozen years henceforth, in 1854, the First Sioux War started when Army personnel

from Espresso Stalinist
from Espresso Stalinist

killed Chief Conquering Bear and all died in a slaughter thereafter; another eight years further on, in 1862, as the Civil War exploded further East, Lakota Sioux rose up against American incursion and attacked settlers, killing scores of farmers and families; eight years even nearer to now, in 1870, the male infant who grew up to become financier Bernard Baruch was born; one hundred thirteen years back,the boy baby who ended up being Ogden Nash came into the world;thirteen years later, one century precisely before this moment in time, the child who turned into writer Ring Lardner was born; four years afterward, in 1919, having fought off the British repeatedly, Afghanistan gained full independence in the treaty of Rawalpindi, and the infant who became publisher Malcolm Forbes came into the world; four years hence, in 1923, theNational_Fascist_Party_logo.svg acclaimed and controversial economist Vilfredo Pareto, both a prophet of the mechanics of inequality and a theoretician beloved by fascists, took a final breath and departed; seven years further along the temporal arc, in 1930, the baby boy first gulped air who would charm the world with his teaching and his stories as Frank McCourt; six years past that conjunction, in 1936, across the Atlantic in Spain, Federico Garcia Lorca faced a death squad and gave his final verse in favor of human liberation; seven years on the dot subsequent to that point, in 1944,the city of Paris, aided by allied troops, rose up against German occupiers and forced them to retreat; three hundred sixty-five days further along the temporal road, in 1945, Viet Minh forces under Ho Chi Minh took control of Hanoi; another year onward, in 1946, the baby boy who matured to become President Bill Clinton was born; seven years beyond that to the day, in 1953, the government of Mohammed Mossadegh fell apart, as a result of CIA-and-British-Intelligence-supported conspiracies and attacks; four years more down time’s pathway, in 1956, a baby boy was born into an upper crust Central American publishing family, who would go on to clash with U.S.-backed juntas and start new grassroots publications as Jose Ruben USSR_Emblem_1936 russia sovietZamora; another three years closer to the current context, in 1960, the Soviet Union sentenced U-2 pilot to ten years imprisonment for spying in his overflight of Russian territory; thirty-eight years back, Groucho Marx died; four years later still, in 1981, U.S. fighters destroyed two Libyan fighters over the Gulf of Sidra; a decade closer to the here and now, in 1991, a coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev resulted in his house arrest in Crimea; three years afterward, in 1994, Nobel Prize winning chemist Linus Pauling died; twelve years ago, a Hamas-orchestrated attack on a city bus killed 23 Israelis; seven years later, in 2010, ‘Operation Iraqi Liberation’—damn, I mean ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom,’ Freedom—officially came to its supposed ‘end,’ with the withdrawal of the final combat contingent from the U.S. until new soldiers would prove necessary to dispatch.

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ADDITIONAL EVIDENCING OF ATOMIC EVISCERATION

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/19/after-hiroshima-and-nagasaki-a-third-nuclear-atrocity-the-corruption-of-science/           From Counterpunch, reposted from RT, an assessment on the one hand of the real physical and ecological impacts of the world’s first nuclear war seventy years back at Hiroshima and Nagasaki and on the other hand of the corruption of inquiry into how dangerous and lethal the technologies that the U.S. spawned and unleashed have been, both in the interim and the current moment, one of various recent calls to account for U.S. nuclear depredations, focusing on reparations, attacks on and vindication of nuclear whistleblowers, or a general climate of denial and falsification about ‘victory’ over Japan, all of which do not preclude monopoly media’s fatuous and insidious insistence, which still convinces most Americans, that Hiroshima and the Nuclear Fool Cycle are acts of policy and war instead of monstrous profiteering and plutocracy: “A whole issue (of the Medical Journal, Lancent) present(s) wacko accounts of the health consequences of Hiroshima, Chernobyl and Fukushima through articles (at least partly) written by those who hold the reins of the I(nternational) C(ommission on) R(adiological) P(rotection) chariot.  The key issue is accurately described at the start:
‘The linkages between Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukushima are thus more than just symbolic, having shaped current health
management practices, and the institutions that run them, as well as public responses to these events.’
However, these current health management practices are wildly in error. …

Hiroshima public domain
Hiroshima public domain

(Especially pertinent in this regard is that) the economic system and power relations between countries encourages those taking big decisions to think in terms of geopolitical strategies that include the use of nuclear weapons. …The Russians have massive nuclear capability and are being baited on their borders in Ukraine by NATO and those who control NATO. …
In all the high level strategic thinking that is associated with this nuclear warmongering, the post attack population death yields from fallout are computed according to the ICRP risk model.  But that Hiroshima model is a chimeric construction, built in the Cold War to back up the atmospheric testing. …
The evidence from real studies of the offspring of the test veterans, and the soldiers and civilians exposed to Depleted Uranium, is that a nuclear war will be the end of life on earth as we know it.  The test veterans have a 10-fold excess risk of children with birth defects, 9-fold in the grandchildren.  Although millions will be blasted away, the real outcome will be global sterility, cancer and malformation.  All the Mad Max stuff but worse: Hollywood got it right. …
Those exposed(specifically to Uranium): Uranium miners, Gulf Veterans, Test Veterans, DU civilians, Nuclear Uranium workers, Nuclear Site downwinders, all suffer chromosome damage, cancer, leukemia, heart disease, the works.  All this is published, as are the results of laboratory and theoretical studies showing mechanisms.  But in the Lancet: nothing.
S L Simon and A Bouville who wrote the article on the health effects of the nuclear testing did not even mention Uranium there, nor in their epic 2010 study of the Marshall Islands exposures.  The Nevada site data that they used for their baseline calculations ignored it totally. …
In the future, Hiroshima should … be remembered not just for the destruction of its inhabitants, but also for being the flag for the epidemiological cover-up of the biggest public health scandal in human history, whose victims number hundreds of millions – in cancer deaths and miscarriages, infant deaths, loss of fertility and the introduction of genomic instability to all creatures on Earth.
Let us pray that it will not be allowed to sanction the final nuclear exchange, on the mistaken prediction that such an event will be winnable.”

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Hostility Towards Journalists

A Consortium News posting that further discusses the danger faced by journalists seeking to uncover the truth: “The manual’s new language reflects a long-term growing hostility within the U.S. military toward unencumbered reporting about battlefield operations as well as a deepening interest in “information warfare,” the idea that control over what the public gets to hear and see is an important way of ensuring continued popular support for a conflict at home and undermining the enemy abroad.”

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Mega Storage Device

A Wired news piece that would be of interest to all researchers or scrappy writers who require large, stable storage solutions: “The Samsung drive, called PM1633a, was first reported by Golem.de and announced at last week’s Flash Memory Summit in California. While its size is impressive, it’s all the more astonishing for being a solid state drive—comprising flash memory chips—as opposed to more conventional (and affordable) hard drives that rely on magnetically coated spinning discs.”

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Chile’s Take on Entrepreneurial Startup Culture

A Brookings news piece of interest to tech folks, which contextualizes entrepreneurial and start up culture that is at least partly social democratic and lead to more diversity, inclusion, innovation: “Five years ago, the Chilean government posed a question: “What would happen if we could bring the best and brightest entrepreneurs from all around the globe and insert them into the local ecosystem?” The result was Start-Up Chile, an entirely government-funded initiative to revitalize Santiago’s economy by attracting new tech startups. The goal was to position Chile as the innovation and entrepreneurship hub of South America. So far the program has yielded positive effects for Santiago, now dubbed “Chilecon Valley”, prompting other Latin American countries to take note. “

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Nothing Changes with Police in Missouri

A World Socialist Web Site article that demonstrates that nobody learned anything in Ferguson, or elsewhere: “The rapid police suppression of this minor protest in St. Louis reveals the advanced state of decay of democratic rights in the United States. When a crowd gathers to express anger and protest, the response of the state is increasingly to send in heavily armed, militarized police to intimidate protesters and quell social opposition.”

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Impossibility for Retirement

A sad Contra Corner piece to those who believe that all should be helped in society, and to benefit from the fruits of their lives’ work, instead of being scammed out of them by greedy punks: “Of course since then, we have found out about junk bond scandals, mutual fund fees that make loan sharks look conservative, and of course the financial shenanigans of giving people toxic mortgages that were essentially ticking time bombs of destruction.  This was the industry that was put in charge of helping you plan for your future.  We are now a generation out from those slick ads and the results have been disastrous for most Americans.  A recent analysis found that half of US households 55 and older have no money stashed away for retirement.”

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A Thought for the Day

 

Under the Wing of a Dwarf Galaxy (NASA, Chandra, 04/03/13)
Under the Wing of a Dwarf Galaxy (NASA, Chandra, 04/03/13)

In all developments, any endeavors, all realms of action, the mandate for our consciousness and action, as well as the guidelines for our visions and strategies and plans can only seek to embody and encompass that unexpected and ineffable and yet ineluctable corollary to the Second Law of Thermodynamics: “All that is not forbidden is compulsory; all that is not compulsory is forbidden.”

Quote of the Day
“It is better to die for an idea that will live, than to live for an idea that will die….Even today, we are still accused of racism.  This is a mistake.  We know that all interracial groups in South Africa are relationships in which whites are superior, blacks inferior.  So as a prelude whites must be made to realize that they are only human, not superior.  Same with blacks.  They must be made to realize that they are also human, not inferior. …(Thus), (t)he basic tenet of black consciousness is that the black man must reject all value systems that seek to make him a foreigner in the country of his birth and reduce his basic human dignity.”  Steve Biko 
This Day in History

"BattleOfHoms1299" by unknown - BNF Nouvelle acquisition française 886, fol. 31v[1].
“BattleOfHoms1299” by unknown – BNF Nouvelle acquisition française 886, fol. 31v[1].
Thailand today commemorates National Science Day; in an ongoing and all-too-frequent occasion of Syrian conflict thirteen hundred thirty-one years ago, Ummayad battlers solidified their control of the region in a precursor to Shiite and Sunni factionalism, in which Ibn al-Zubayr lost his life and control over what is now Syria to his clan’s enemies; five hundred forty three years after that point in time, in 1227, a male infant came into the world in Mongolia who would soon enough lead conquests far afield as Genghis Khan; twenty-six decades subsequently, in 1487, Christian Spanish forces under the leadership of the Marquis of Cadiz successfully completed

"La rendición de Granada" by Francisco Pradilla Ortiz
“La rendición de Granada” by Francisco Pradilla Ortiz

the Siege of Malaga and laid the basis of the consolidation of the Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula; four hundred forty-three years in advance of this moment, a Huguenot King and Catholic Princess wed, a la the magnificent film Queen Margot, so as to attempt to divert bloody conflict between religious factions; eighteen years hence, in 1590, John White returned from England to the Roanoke settlement of which he was leader, on what would have been his granddaughter’s third birthday, to find the encampment utterly deserted; twenty-two years after that, in 304px-Witches-Northampton1612, infamous English witch trials started at Lancaster Assizes; three twenty-two more years further on, in 1634,  Urbain Grandier, convicted of sorcery, burned at the stake in France; two hundred forty-one years before now, the male child who became explorer Meriwether Lewis came into the world; one hundred sixty-seven years prior to the present pass, an upper-class Argentinean woman—Camila O’Gorman—who was eight months pregnant, and her priest consort died at the hands of a firing squad for morals violations; seven hundred and thirty days later, in 1850, French author Honore de Balzac died; one hundred forty-seven years back, a French astronomer discovered helium; fifty-two years closer to now, in 1920, the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution occurred and women throughout the

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

U.S. could vote; thirteen years beyond that juncture, in 1933, the baby who grew into controversial director and filmmaker Roman Polanski was born; sixty-five years before the here and now, assassins murdered the chairman of the Dutch Communist Party; eight years afterward, in 1958, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita first hit U.S. bookstores to both accolades and controversy; three years further along time’s road, in 1961, the child who became television journalist Bob Woodruff uttered his first cry; two years hence, in 1963, James Meredith graduated from University of Mississippi as its first Black alumnus; eight years still nearer to now, in 1971, Australia and New Zealand withdrew their troops from Vietnam; a half dozen years more proximate to the present, in 1977, anti-Apartheid activist Steve Biko fell into the hands of South African police thugs, who proceeded to beat him to death over the next few days; four years further along, in 1981, the long-lived screenwriter, Anita Loos, who had adapted the comic, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, drew her final breath;eight years later, in 1989, assassins gunned down Colombian Presidential hopeful, Luis Galan; seven years back, Pakistan’s President Musharraf resigned under threat of impeachment; six years ago, American journalist Robert Novak died.

 

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ALABAMA, THE SOUTH, & AVOIDING A ‘RACE TO THE BOTTOM’

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/18/steel-a18.html                A bracing look  at a horrific blow to industrial workers in Alabama, which illustrates the truism that whatever travails face people in the U.S., they are worse–often horribly worse–in ‘Dixie,’ one of several recent assessments along these lines, including layoffs in Alabama’s journalism enterprises and the hideous educational performance of Southern public schools, none of which, unfortunately, make the necessary historical or analytical connections necessary not only more fully to understand these patterns of impoverishment, disempowerment, and predation but also to develop any sort of strategic orientation to planning for a better future, in spite of which lack the awareness of the patterns will remain an essential step to achieving the necessary comprehension of these regional issues and their worldwide impact and implications: “With two weeks before the September 1 expiration of labor agreements covering 30,000 steelworkers in the United States, US Steel announced Monday that it would permanently close the blast furnace and most of the flat-rolled finishing operations at its Fairfield Works near Birmingham, Alabama.
The move, which will eliminate 1,100 out of the 2,000 jobs at the steel mill complex, is the latest provocation by steel industry executives aimed at blackmailing workers into accepting sweeping wage and benefit concessions in the next contract.  On Saturday, specialty manufacturer Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI)—which, like US Steel, is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania –locked out 2,200 workers at 12 factories in six states. …
US Steel executives, under the relentless whip of Wall Street, are engaged in a ruthless restructuring plan, which includes idling blast furnaces and laying off workers in Gary, Indiana; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Lorain, Ohio; Granite City, Illinois; Pine Bluff, Arkansas and the Houston, Texas area. Hundreds of taconite miners have also been laid off in Minnesota’s Iron Range. …
The USW will do nothing to defend the jobs of the Alabama workers.   USW International Vice President Tom Conway told local media that the USW has been aware of the impending shutdown and was ‘counseling our members regarding their options under the labor agreement and related benefits agreements and will expand our existing Career Development programs to assist those who may need training and want to explore educational opportunities…’
The abandonment of the threatened workers, along with the USW’s isolation of the Allegheny Technologies workers has only encouraged US Steel and ArcelorMittal to escalate the attack on workers.  According to the USW, the two companies ‘are demanding dramatic increases in the amount that workers pay for health insurance, concessions in contract language around overtime, safety and job security, and cutbacks in retirement security.'”
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The Ucross Foundation Residency Program offers the gift of time and space to competitively selected individuals working in all artistic disciplines. The Foundation strives to provide a respectful, comfortable and productive environment, freeing artists from the pressures and distractions of daily life. Residents are responsible for providing their own working materials and for their travel to Sheridan, Wyoming. There is no charge for a residency. Deadline October 1, 2015.

Southern Fast Track

Southern Fast Track Touring grants are aimed at performing arts and literary arts presenters with annual operating budgets of $150,000 or less to support engagements by guest artists from outside the presenter’s state. The project must include both a publicly accessible performance/reading and an educational component which provide opportunities for people to participate in the arts.  This grant program will be redesigned for the 2016-2017 grant cycle. Check back for new details!

International Living is Looking for Writers… We know from experience that there are a host of places around the world that are cheaper, healthier, safer and freer than you ever thought possible.  Can you write about them for us? You read about one side of the world in your daily paper, you see it on TV newscasts. Murders. Wars. Airplane crashes. Politics. But there is another side of the world…one you can’t find out about by reading the paper, certainly not by watching TV. It is a world of delightful opportunities for fun…pleasure…financial security and profits…romantic discoveries…adventure… It is a world full of things you can do to make your life more fun—and more profitable.

 

THE HODDER FELLOWSHIP

The Hodder Fellowship will be given to writers and non-literary artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the academic year. Potential Hodder Fellows are writers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, performance artists, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have “much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts”; they are selected more “for promise than for performance.” Given the strength of the applicant pool, most successful Fellows have published a first book or have similar achievements in their own fields; the Hodder is designed to provide Fellows with the “studious leisure” to undertake significant new work.

The application cycle for the 2016-2017 round of Fellows is now open, with a submission deadline of September 14, 2015, 11:59 p.m. ESTClick here to apply to the Hodder Fellowship …

pascal maramis - flickr
pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Staff Writer, Foreign News vox.com – 

 

Vox.com is a user’s guide to the news, helping readers make sense of everything from ISIS to the Baltimore protests to Game of Thrones. We want to create the single best resource for news consumers anywhere. To build that resource, every day we move quickly to deliver the best context, reporting, and analysis to the news that matters most for our readers.

Foreign news coverage is an important part of Vox.com’s editorial mission. We are looking for a staff writer to work in our DC office to contribute daily to that coverage.

 Nebraska Educational Telecommunication – 

Provides leadership, management and administration for NET broadcast content production. Will work closely with AGM-Digital & Multimedia and other appropriate staff in developing short and long term goals and strategies for broadcast content creation and distribution. This senior management position is responsible for the development and execution of local and national content, ensuring that each production works towards the strategic vision of the station.

View requisition aat  http://employment.unl.edu/postings/45345 for additional details and to apply

Okey-Panky magazine is Open for Short Prose and Poetry – Pays $100/submission Electric Literature has opened submissions to Okey-Panky, the nonprofit organization’s weekly online zine of short, darkly comic, paradoxical, and speculative fiction, expositions, poetry, and graphic narrative. Every Monday the publisher posts a new short creative work. – See more at: http://writingcareer.com/post/125862562771/okey-panky-magazine-is-open-for-short-prose-and#sthash.PHT7Ya9Y.dpuf

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FREELANCE WRITER Barnes & Noble

What we’re looking for right now: We’re looking for bloggers who can make book reviews both informative and fun to read. We’re not interested in reviews that say more about the vocabulary of the blogger than they do about the book: we want reviews that make us itch to buy the book, reviews that make us excited to read, read, read.

We’re also looking for bloggers who can do roundups on assignment. While we love taking pitches, we’d prefer to work with bloggers who are also open to covering specific books as required.

What we need from you: Please send a brief email to editors@book.com describing your relevant experience and why you’re a great fit for us. Please provide links to at least three writing samples, a rundown on what genres you like to read and are willing to cover, and at least two ideas for posts you might like to write for us.

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

 

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

Oath in Schools

A Common Dreams article that discusses a peculiar and somewhat alarming development in Nebraska schools that hearken back to a dicatorial mood: “While on the books for over half a century, this year is the first time in recent decades that public school administrators have asked teachers to sign the pledge. Hastings Public School Superintendent Craig Kautz is requiring teachers to sign the pledge after first learning about earlier this year, according to an interview with the Lincoln Journal Star. “So, for the first time in my working career we basically asked our staff to do that—our teaching staff—the minimum required by statute,” said Kautz.”

From Protest to System

A fascinating Nation article that contextualizes a transition between the social unrest and demand for true social justice that current political systems are not delivering, and the creation of a system that might come to develop a better system: Put another way, only massive uprisings can create the disruptive energy to shake the political establishment’s foundations to its core. Movements throughout history—understood as uprisings, revolts, riots or otherwise—have been the brute force that creates the fissures in our political systems necessary for transformative shifts. Conversely, only political power—state power—can reconstruct political institutions toward popular ends, and consolidate the rabble’s disruptive energy into long-lasting, egalitarian victories. So how can today’s movements wield state power?”

Protesters gather on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington on November 25, 2014, after a Missouri grand jury refused to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Final Competition With Machines

A Common Dreams piece that discusses the terminal triumph of machines over mankind, a fear that true science and technology titans actually worry about: “Last December, in an interview with the BBC, Stephen Hawking, through his computer-generated voice, warned that “the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race… It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate.” Hawking, a big thinker, noted that “humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”

Self-restraint is not a characteristic of the companies developing robotics for businesses that want to replace tens of millions of both white collar and blue collar jobs. Look at the latest factories, refineries and warehouses to illustrate what is coming fast. Even the work of lawyers is being automated.”

False Consciousness, Propaganda, and Consequences

A powerful and truthful brief from International Clearing House that highlights the depths of American and Western ignorance regarding the actual state of the world: “The corruption of public discourse in America, indeed throughout the West, is total. There are no reliable reports, not from public or private institutions. The economic reports are propaganda to keep alive the image of a successful America. The reports about Russia, Ukraine, and Muslims are propaganda designed to inculcate fear in the gullible, fear that ensures more power and profit for Washington and the military/security complex.”

 

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Podcasting News

A Nieman Lab article that discusses the ultimate news source for all the exciting new developments in the vibrant world of podcasting: “If this is the first time you’re encountering Hot Pod, now that it’s on Nieman Lab and everything, hello and welcome and I’m glad you’re here! Before we begin, here’s a quick disclaimer which should also serve as a primer on how to read this: it’s crucial you should know I’m not an unbiased observer. I do audience development work for Panoply, the new podcasting company launched by the Slate Group, which is to say, I’m have both emotional and financial stake in the affairs covered here. That being said, I do work pretty hard to be as fair and clear as possible in my attempt to make sense of the space. But if my position bothers you, I recommend reading this newsletter less as a column and more as…field notes. Dispatches from the ground. Something like that. Or you can just roll with it, y’know what I’m sayin’?”

Wikipedia Breaking News

A Wikimedia blog posting that discusses the process that leads Wikipedia entries to update with breaking news, and which follows a famous recent example: “For almost fifteen years, the scope of topics that Wikipedia covers has grown steadily. Now, the free online encyclopedia covers everything from music, film and video games to geography, history, and the sciences. It also contains articles on topics trending in the news, updated by tens of thousands of volunteer editors as swiftly as the news breaks.

To investigate aspects of this phenomenon, such as the speed with which breaking news is covered on Wikipedia, the verifiability of information added over time, and the distribution of edits among Wikipedia’s editors, I selected an article for further analysis in the form of a dissertation.[1]

Wikipedia is capable of covering news like any news agency. Photo by Kai Mörk, freely licensed under CC BY 3.0 (Germany).
GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Media Group Cuts Jobs

A Poynter article that discusses cutbacks at yet another media group: ““We know many of you will say goodbye to trusted colleagues and friends,” Holmes wrote. “We wish the best for those who leave our organization today and thank them for their dedication and good work.”

In a release, Alabama Media Group said the cuts will be accompanied by an increased focus on core areas of coverage including breaking news, high school and college sports and Alabama culture. It also notes the company is committed to producing video and hiring staffers who can create “original programming.””

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Rental Doldrums

An Alter Net article that exposes the wrong that comes to renters in today’s economy, in the wake of the still-recent though mostly forgotten real estate crisis of 2008: “According to a new report by the online real estate database Zillow, rents have never taken up this much of the American paycheck. Mortgage prices have remained relatively stable over the last several years, while rent has skyrocketed. A Bloomberg article points out that the cost of homeownership is actually at a historic low, while the rate of homeownership is also lower than it has been in years. With home ownership is at its lowest rate in five years, apartment living has become increasingly competitive and some landlords appear to be taking advantage of the situation.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS
Cells with a nucleus (labelled blue), were originally human fibroblasts, some of which have been converted to neurons that produce serotonin (green) while others have been converted to produce another neuron-specific protein. Yellows, greens and other colors result from overlapping labels. Credit: Jian Feng, UB.

Neurons in a Petri Dish

A Medical Xpress posting that discusses novel technology that can be both used for wondrous medical benefits and horrid Frankenstinian creations: “The researchers say that their findings are applicable to generating many other previously inaccessible human cell types, providing a boon to medical research and drug discovery.

“Our work demonstrates that the precious serotonin neurons hidden deep inside the human brain can now be created in a petri dish,” said lead author Jian Feng, PhD, professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Feng also has an appointment at the Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System in Buffalo.”