9.30.2015 Daily Links

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The hallucinatory misapprehension, perhaps some mixture of insanity and surreality, that typifies so much of human consciousness these days manifests as all manner of what some people call popular delusions, on the one hand, which are unfortunately easy to indulge but fortunately easy to understand, and as more elite, sophisticated sophistries of ‘expertise’ and ‘leadership,’ the purporting of either one of which under current circumstances is all-too-likely to be a mask for hidden agendas and undisclosed payoffs, a twisted and corrupt dynamic that leers with dire threat for the human prospect if citizens do not have their own authoritative knowledge and capacity to lead themselves.

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“Another sharecropper told of a landlord trying ‘to starve the people into selling the cotton at his own price.  They ain’t allowing us down there room to move our feet except to go to the field.’ …
The death toll(over two hundred lynched because they tried to organize) was unusually high, but the use of racial violence to subjugate blacks during this time was not uncommon.  As the Equal Justice Initiative observes, ‘Racial terror lynching was a tool used to enforce Jim Crow laws and racial segregation—a tactic for maintaining racial control by victimizing the entire African American community, not merely punishment of an alleged perpetrator for a crime.’  This was certainly true of the massacre in Phillips County, Arkansas.
            (A local attorney)agreed to represent the cheated sharecroppers, who also joined a new union, the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America.  Its founder, a black Delta native named Robert Hill, had no prior organizing experience but plenty of ambition.  ‘The union wants to know why it is that the laborers cannot control their just earnings which they work for,’ Hill announced as he urged black sharecroppers to each recruit 25 prospective members to form a lodge.  Hill was especially successful in Phillips County, where seven lodges were established in 1919. …
None of the perpetrators—participants in mass murder—answered for their crimes.  No one was charged, no trials were held, at least not of those who had killed blacks.  In the early 20th century, state-sanctioned collective violence targeting African Americans was a common occurrence in the United States.  1919 was an especially bloody year.  By September, the nation had already experienced seven major outbreaks of anti-black violence (commonly called ‘race riots’).  Riots had flared in cities as different as Knoxville, Omaha, and Washington, D.C.  In Chicago, a lakefront altercation between whites and blacks escalated into a week-long riot that took the lives of 38 men (23 black, 15 white). To restore order, Illinois Gov. Frank Lowden called in thousands of state militia.”  David Krugler, “America’s Forgotten Mass Lynching: When 237 People Were Murdered in Arkansas”
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“BattleOfHoms1299” by unknown – BNF Nouvelle acquisition française 886, fol. 31v[1].
Today is International Translators Day and, for those who decry enforced obeisance, the last day of September is also Blasphemy Day; in always conflict-ridden Central Asia one thousand two hundred seventy-eight years ago, an Ummayad invasion ran into a Turgesh brick wall that maintained Turkic control of the fringes of Tang China; forty-seven decades precisely after that point, in 1207, the infant male who matured to become the famous Persian poet Rumi came into the world; four hundred seventy-four years ahead of now, Spanish plunderer Hernando de Soto led a group of his compatriots into Western Arkansas against tremendous indigenous resistance; the first performance of The Magic Flute opened in Vienna a quarter millennium hence, in 1791, Mozart’s last opera to debut, and Maximilien Robespierre and his cohorts took control of the French revolutionary process; a hundred fifty-four years back, England’s first tram operation opened in Birkenhead on the Mersey River; one of the world’s first electric power plants opened twenty-one years later across the Atlantic, in 1882, under the leadership of Thomas Edison and began producing electricity in Appleton, Wisconsin, and the male infant entered our 381px-Edison_and_phonograph_edit1midst who would grow up as the renowned nuclear physicist, Hans Geiger; ten years hence, in 1892, in Pennsylvania, plutocrat executive of Carnegie Steel convinced Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court to charge striking workers with treason, a tactic that helped to break labor’s work action in this case; seven years after that moment, in 1899,also in Pennsylvania, Mary Harris(Mother) Jones, seventy years old, helped to organize miners’ wives to descend on a strike-bound facility and to agitate there, helping to win the strike; a decade later still, in 1909, the Industrial Workers of the World issued its first Free Speech Call to workers who were willing to risk arrest in order to fight for the right to organize publicly for union representation, which almost everywhere in the U.S. then declared illegal; a half dozen years past that juncture, in 1915, striking railroad workers’ fight for an eight hour day and human rights came to pieces under court-ordered injunctions, strikebreakers’ replacements, and company thugs’ attacks; another four years onward, in 1919, sharecroppers—almost all Black—who were seeking to organize a union faced solidaritymurderous ‘race riots’ in and around Elaine, Arkansas that brought about mass arrests and over a hundred deaths among workers; ninety-one years back, the infant who grew up to become prominent author Truman Capote was born; four years subsequently, in 1928, the baby boy who underwent the Holocaust and became Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel came into the world; seven years afterward, in 1935, the official dedication of Hoover Dam took place on the Colorado River; the League of Nations unanimously, three years hence, in 1938, condemned and outlawed “intentional bombings of civilian populations;” another three hundred sixty-five years onward, in 1939, the National Broadcasting Corporation broadcast the first televised football game; a decade further onward, in 1949, the Berlin Airlift came to an end; another year past that point, in 1950, the baby girl was born whom fate had designated to mature as novelist and screenwriter Laura Esquivel; four years further along time’s road, in 1954, the U.S. Navy launched the world’s first nuclear Palomares_H-Bomb_Incidentnuclear-powered vessel, the submarine that bore the name Nautilus; seven years nearer to now, in 1962, Dolores Huerta and Caesar Chavez and colleagues founded the National Farm Workers Association, the nascent United Farm Workers, and in another civil rights score, James Meredith formally became a Black student at the University of Mississippi; three years later, and half a world away in 1965, the Thirtieth of September Movement attempted a coup in Indonesia that led to reprisals in which over half a million died under suspicion of favoring communism; seven hundred thirty days thereafter, in 1967, back round the world in England, the British Broadcasting Corporation restructured and expanded its radio operations; a decade past that conjunction, in 1977, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration endured

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

budget cuts that forced the abandonment of equipment and research on the moon;three years still closer to the current pass, in 1980, three media and technology conglomerates, Xerox, Intel, and the Digital Equipment Corporation, first issued Ethernet specifications; six years even later on, in 1986, Israel’s intelligence apparatus kidnapped Mordecai Vanunu for the ‘crime’ of revealing his country’s criminal nuclear weapons program to British media; a quarter century ago, Nobel Prize literary laureate Patrick White died; six years yet more proximate to the present, in 1996, the U.S. Congress passed an amendment that prohibited firearms ownership by anyone whose record included a domestic violence conviction; three years subsequent to that, in 1999, Japan’s worst nuclear accident until Fukushima occurred at a Uranium reprocessing facility near Tokyo; three years prior to today, the ecologist and thinker Barry Commoner died.

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SCORNING WOMEN AS POLITICAL SUICIDE(HOPEFULLY)
http://www.newyorker.com/?p=3114537&mbid=nl_150930_Daily&CNDID=20305156&spMailingID=8115406&spUserID=MjUyNDM5Mjg3NTUS1&spJobID=763260450&spReportId=NzYzMjYwNDUwS0         In a context of socioeconomic desperation, fascist attacks from powerful hypocrites on display against admittedly ‘middle-class’ managers of Planned Parenthood, in the lead from New Yorker magazine, with a look at PP’s executive director’s coolness under fire from the aforementioned reactionary thugs who hold Congressional office, one of multiple recent pieces that excoriate these Nazi assaults on women’s rights and health care for poor people, including a comparison of responses of so-called ‘conservatives‘ to financial gangsters by Fusion, and a call to action by Portside Labor, among all too copious ‘balanced’ reportage that fails absolutely to deconstruct these matters in a useful way, along with fairly frequent assessments that do in fact show what is at stake and how the system works and how intersecting issues such as abortion and Bathroom-gender-sign men women sexismhuman sexuality fit in to these vicious attacks, all of which have falsehood and distortion at their roots in any event: “The entire hearing was premised on a series of mischaracterizations.  A group of anti-abortion activists, who had set up an organization called the Center for Medical Progress, spent a couple of years on a sting operation, with hidden cameras and fake companies, attempting to show that Planned Parenthood was running a for-profit operation trafficking in the organs of aborted fetuses. …The activists tried to get Planned Parenthood to break the law by offering staff members prices that were clearly out of line with expenses.  No one seems to have taken them up on it. …
(What Federal funding)means, exactly, has been the source of more mischaracterizations.  ‘We don’t get a big check from the federal government,’ Richards said.  ‘We are reimbursed for services delivered.’  Principally, those are reimbursements for seeing and treating Medicaid patients—about three hundred and ninety million dollars out of a total of four hundred and fifty million dollars in federal funds. …
We provide really, really good health care for Medicaid patients, and we’re proud of that,’ Richards said.  The Congressional Budget Office estimated that three hundred and ninety thousand woman would lose access to preventive health care if Medicaid patients were prevented from going to Planned Parenthood.  In this sense, the hearings were an attack not only on reproductive rights but on the entire idea that government has a role in insuring that the nation’s poorest citizens have access to health care.”  —New Yorker
            “(A Black Democratic Congressman noted,) (t)he chairman just gave you a series of questions, and I just have a few other ones: Ms. Richards I find it extremely hypocritical that Republicans on this committee have criticized the salaries of Planned Parenthood officials when you have violated no laws, especially while these same Republicans completely ignore the CEOs of huge companies that are actually guilty of breaking the law.
Earlier this year, Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and other banks pled guilty to manipulating currency markets and interest rates.  They were fined more than $5 billion for their actions.  Yet Citigroup’s CEO still received $13 million last year, and J.P. Morgan’s CEO received $20 million.  These banks get extensive federal support […] Ms. Richards, do you know if House Republicans made any effort to strip the banks of their federal support that I just talked about?  Well I can tell you, they didn’t.
Johnson & Johnson, another one, was fined more than $2 billion for illegally marketing drugs and paying kickbacks to doctors and nursing homes.  Yet the company’s CEO still received $25 million last year.  Ms. Richards, do you know if the House Republicans conducted an investigation of this company or other drug companies that violated the law?  Do you?  Well, I can answer that for you: no, they didn’t.  And they also never sought to deny them federal funding through Medicaid or block their NIH grants.”  —Fusion
  Userbox-MG-pro-choice          “Every couple of years, anti-abortion extremists launch a new smear campaign against Planned Parenthood, all following the same pattern: Make outrageous claims, heavily edit undercover videos to support them, whip up media attention, and get right-wing politicians to push for investigations.  Every time, the claims fall apart upon closer inspection.  This latest smear campaign claims — falsely — that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue.  The exact same claim was made in 2000, also involving heavily edited undercover videos, sensational media coverage, and congressional hearings.  It was all a lie, as the main witness admitted.  This time, even the heavily edited videos do not show Planned Parenthood engaged in any wrongdoing, and three teams of forensic experts concluded that videos significantly distort and misrepresent actual events.
Every national and state poll that’s been conducted shows that most people support Planned Parenthood, want abortion to remain safe and legal, and want Planned Parenthood to continue to be reimbursed by the government for providing preventive health care services to low-income patients just like other health care providers in this country who serve these patients.
This isn’t an assault on Planned Parenthood.  It’s an assault on every woman whose cancer has been detected early because our nurses were able to see her the same day she found a lump.  It’s an assault on every man who didn’t just get HIV test results, but also got a 30-minute counseling session and connections to follow-up care and support.  And it’s an assault on every woman who decided to end a pregnancy for reasons that are hers and hers alone, and was able to get safe, compassionate abortion services without facing shame or judgment. That’s what at stake in this assault on women’s health.
Dayna Farris-Fisher… .(a PP patient) told me that Planned Parenthood saved her life.  In 2013, her husband lost his job and their health insurance.  Not long after, Dayna found a lump in her breast.  The only two clinics she could find that would take a patient without insurance or much money had two-month waiting lists, so Dayna came to Planned Parenthood for a breast exam.  Our clinician of 21 years, Vivian, guided her through the process of follow-ups and referrals to make sure her treatment was covered.  She called Dayna frequently to check on her as she entered treatment.  Dayna is now cancer free and just started a new job — where she’ll wear a pink shirt today.”  —Portside Labor
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FIGHTING CAPITAL’S TYRANNY, EVEN IN ITS MAGICAL INCARNATIONS

http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2015/09/tony-benns-ten-minute-history-lesson-on.html    An absolutely spellbinding presentation by United Kingdom’s Labour leader, Tony Benn, that brings hope to the most barren despair, which is possible to juxtapose to an Aeon profferal about the 1939 World’s Fair in New York, a tale about capital’s promises for the future in the context of a world of vast poverty and imminent world war, a planet where people wanted hope and possibility no matter what.
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Global Poverty

A Tikkun article that discusses a powerful organization that contextualizes neoliberalism’s distortions in regards to healing poverty and inequality: “However much we would like to believe that governments are on track to end hunger and poverty, a more detailed examination of the available data shows that the received wisdom about our economic progress is largely based on misdirection and exaggeration. The mainstream narrative about how global poverty is being reduced distracts from the need to address its structural causes and diffuses public outrage at what is, in reality, a worsening crisis of epic proportions that demands a far more urgent response from the international community than the SDGs can deliver.”

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A fascinating study that contextualizes humans’ compulsive urge to name-drop, or otherwise associate themselves, regardless how tenuously, with ‘winners’: “Dynamic social impact theory articulates the mechanisms through which local acts of interpersonal influence shape and reshape the attitudes and opinions of entire populations. This happens only because, within any human population, everyone is connected through a series of interpersonal links to everyone else. Because of these Baconesque links, individual actions reverberate through entire populations to exert global consequences. Because of the power of connection, individual psychology creates human culture.”

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A Fusion posting that shares some wonderful and socially affirming comics which feature consumers of scammy for-profit education companies hitting these so-called schools where it most hurts: “According to critics, programs offered by schools like Corinthian and its subsidiaries, scam students into expensive but ultimately worthless degree programs that leave them with high rates of loan default and low rates of graduate job placement. In the comic below, we meet some of these students — and the activists and organizers who support them — who, fed up with the slow response from the Department of Education, found one another online and decided to fight back against such loans…by refusing to pay them back.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Labour Leader in UK

A New Yorker article that contextualizes the popularity of an otherwise curmudgeonly new head of Labour, showing a growing trend towards electing politicians that seem to actually care about constituents than pizzazz: “They kid. But, in the run-up to the conference, the question was not whether Corbyn would ride the podium off the rails but how quickly and spectacularly he would do it. In his few weeks as leader, his speeches have been so shambling, malcontented, and overheated that a meltdown in Brighton seemed as likely as not. There is an opposing camp: the young supporters who have just joined Labour and helped install Corbyn as leader. To them, the man’s grouchiness, his allergy to contrivance and spin, is exactly what recommends him. These are the markers of the New Authenticity, prized in Britain no less than in Bernie Sanders’s and Ben Carson’s America.”

To his young supporters, Jeremy Corbyn, pictured here arriving to deliver his speech to the Labour Party Annual Conference, is attractive for his grouchiness and his allergy to contrivance and spin.
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Syrian Exodus Has No End

A Nation posting that discusses reasons that Syrians choose to keep going, due to the ongoing struggles that have no end: “Despite these issues, al-Kadri feels welcome in Turkey. “Turks have been excellent,” he asserts. “I think they’ve been the best people toward Syrians.” Though he has observed some anti-Arab racism, it is limited to a small minority, he says. “I can say that the overwhelming majority of people treat us with compassion and love. Some people, despite this, they get aggravated by the numbers, and this is only natural. I don’t blame them.”

This anti-Syrian sentiment, along with economic hardship and a growing sense that the civil war will rage on for years to come, helps explain why many refugees are willing to risk everything by leaving Turkey and heading for Europe.”

9.29.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day
J. M. W. Turner, A Disaster at Sea (also known as The Wreck of the Amphitrite), c. 1833–35, 171.5 cm × 220.5 cm, Tate, London.
J. M. W. Turner, A Disaster at Sea (also known as The Wreck of the Amphitrite), c. 1833–35, 171.5 cm × 220.5 cm, Tate, London.

When a crisis truly afflicts a situation, one inherently confronts choices that are all lousy at best, so that two duties of the citizen who is living through times of catastrophe and mayhem ought to be clear, one to engage and collaborate with others to make the most socially just and democratic, and least horrific, choices; and, two, to study the dynamics of history’s yielding the present so as to make future evolution of our kind from today’s conundrums less likely to induce devastation and calamity tomorrow.

Quote of the Day
“True science teaches, above all, to doubt and to be ignorant. …(Thus), (t)he skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches, as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.  The one is the man who studies the problem and the other is the man who gives us a formula, correct or incorrect, as the solution of it. …
(Inevitably then), (s)cience is a cemetery of dead ideas, even though life may issue from them. …(The latter is so because) (a)ll knowledge has an ultimate goal.  Knowledge for the sake of knowledge is, say what you will, nothing but a dismal begging of the question. …Science says: ‘We must live,’ and seeks the means of prolonging, increasing, facilitating and amplifying life, of making it tolerable and acceptable; wisdom says: ‘We must die,’ and seeks how to make us die well.”  Miguel de Unamuno
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In a favorite observance of many scrappy writers, today is International Coffee Day, and for the World Heart Federation, the 28th is World Heart Day; in Persia twenty five hundred thirty-six years ago, in a sign of the longstanding depth of conflict in the region, a ‘Great’ Darius led troops that killed the then usurper of imperial leadership, Gaumata; seven hundred eighty-eight years ahead of now, the Roman Pope excommunicated the Holy Roman Emperor for refusing to play a part in crusading; four hundred seventy-four years prior to the present pass, a boy child came into the world in standard fashion en route to the life of magisterial painter and artist, Caravaggio; the baby boy who would have such a life of adventures that he would conceive Don Quixote six years later, in 1547, first came into the world, with the name Miguel Cervantes; Henry Robinson, a crusader for access to information and communications channels, one hundred two years subsequently, in 1650, opened his Office of Addresses and Encounters in London; two hundred twenty-six years in advance of today, the United States’ honestly named Department of War first established a regular army that consisted of under a thousand troops, and Congress first adjourned; forty years further onward, in 1829, London first established a police force along modern lines for the entire city; for the first time in over two centuries, a hundred sixty-five years prior to the present pass, the Catholic Church

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“Family-bible” by David Ball – Original work. –

reestablished its official presence in England; four years onward, in 1864, in Spain, the male child came along who would mature as the renowned philosopher, Miguel Unamuno;twenty-one years hence, in 1885, the world’s first economically viable electric trolley opened in Blackpool, England; a hundred seventeen years back,the Ukrainian baby who would grow up to become the tricky and false biologist, Trofim Lysenko, was born; three years later, in 1901, the Italian baby who became the monumental scientific thinker Enrico Fermi first took an independent breath; a year beyond that conjunction, in 1902, the estimable French writer and thinker, Emile Zola, drew his final breath; nine years henceforth, in 1911, Italy declared war on Ottoman Turkey; another year onward in Italy, in 1912, a male infant entered the world who would rise as the masterful filmmaker and screenwriter, Michelangelo Antonioni; three years on the dot subsequent to that, across the Atlantic in 1915, the male infant who became the renowned historian, Oscar Handlin, was born; eight years thereafter, in 1923, the British Mandate for Palestine came into force; another eight years hence, in 1931, police forces in Canada murdered three miners by firing indiscriminately into a crowd of strikers; the Munich accords that allowed German occupation of Czechoslovakia took effect seven years past that point, in 1938, though neither Czechs nor Soviets could attend the conference that issued the ‘agreement;’ three years beyond that juncture, in 1941, the Babi Yar massacre started in Ukraine; two years afterward, in 1943, the boy child who became Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech

"China Sputnik 4fen stamp in 1958" by China Post
“China Sputnik 4fen stamp in 1958” by China Post

Walesa was born; six years subsequent to that moment, in 1949, halfway round the world, the Communist Party of China composed the Common Programme for the Peoples Republic of China; Duke played University of Pittsburg on national TV in the first such game two years hence in 1951; three years still later on, in 1954, the European Organization for Nuclear Research formed, which we know by the acronym CERN; half a dozen years nearer to now, in 1960,Soviet Premiere Khruschev angrily interjected comments when he visited the United Nations in New York; two years later, in 1962, Canada launched its first satellite, and the average weekly manufacturing wage in the U.S., adjusted for inflation, was just a few percent less than it is in 2015; five years still more proximate to the present day, in 1967, the lyrical storyteller Carson McCullers died; twenty-three years after China became communist, five years after McCullers’ demise, in 1972, Japan established diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic; three hundred sixty-five days after art roy lichtenstein whaam modern popthat, in 1973,poet W.H. Auden breathed his last; another two years further along time’s path, in 1975, Detroit’s WGPR became America’s first Black-owned television outlet; eighteen years before
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modern artist Roy Liechtenstein died; ten years subsequently, in 2007, England demolished the world’s first commercial nuclear power station at Calder Hall in a ‘controlled’ demolition; exactly a year hence, in 2008, Lehman and Washington Mutual went belly up and the stock market lost plus-or-minus ten percent of its value in a single day.

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STATES UNITED, DEVOTED TO PEACE VS. UBIQUITOUS HIDDEN AGENDAS
http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/the_un_pretending_to_oppose_war_for_70_years_-_an_open_letter_20150928       One of scores, hundreds, or more of journalistic and social scientific analysis and commentary about yesterday’s seventieth anniversary celebration of the opening of the United Nations, in this case a call for the organization to live up to its promise for a change, along with multiple critiques of Barack Obama’s fierce and Orwellian defense of empire and impunity and the United States as an exception to the rule of totalitarian organizations’ ultimate doom, in the context of which readers might also view articles about Russia’s new joint operations with Iraq and Iran in aid to Syria, the chilling ironies of America’s paradoxical belief in its own exceptionalism, breaking news coverage of Putin’s and Obama’s conclave, and a corporate media defense of listening to and engaging with Russia: “This institution was set up 70 years ago to keep nations, rather than a global body, in charge, and to keep the victors of World War II in a permanent position of dominating the rest of the globe.  The UN legalized ‘defensive’ wars and any wars it ‘authorizes’ for whatever reason.  It now says drones have made war ‘the norm,’ but addressing that problem is not among the 17(development) goals now being considered.  Ending war is not among the goals.  Disarmament isn’t mentioned.  The Arms Trade Treaty put through last year still lacks the United States, China, and Russia, but that’s not among the 17 concerns of ‘sustainable development.’ …
(To address such deficiencies, a letter has issued).  Whereas the Kellogg-Briand Pact forbids all war, the U.N. Charter opens up the possibility of a ‘legal war.’  While most wars do not meet the narrow qualifications of being defensive or U.N.-authorized, many wars are marketed as if they meet those qualifications, and many people are fooled.  After 70 years isn’t it time for the United Nations to cease authorizing wars and to make clear to the world that attacks on distant nations are not defensive?” —TruthDig
sniper war attack              “Obama justified all of Washington’s violence against millions of peoples on the grounds that Washington is well-meaning and saving the world from dictators.   Obama attempted to cover up Washington’s massive war crimes, crimes that have killed and displaced millions of peoples in seven countries, with feel good rhetoric about standing up to dictators. …
Vladimir Putin would have none of it.  He said that the UN works, if it works, by compromise and not by the imposition of one country’s will, but after the end of the Cold War ‘a single center of domination arose in the world’—the ‘exceptional’ country.  This country, Putin said, seeks its own course which is not one of compromise or attention to the interests of others. …
What the world is faced with is two rogue anti-democratic governments—the US and Israel—that believe that their ‘exceptionalism’ makes them above the law.   International norms mean Washington’s and Israel’s norms.  Countries that do not comply with international norms are countries that do not comply with Washington and Israel’s dictates. …
The lines are drawn. Unless the American people come to their senses and expel the Washington warmongers, war is our future.”PaulCraigRoberts.org
              “(President Obama’s)threat to promote revolution, coups and violence against any country not deemed a ‘democracy’ (was clear-cut).  In making this hardly-veiled threat, he redefined the word in the vocabulary of international politics.  Democracy is the CIA’s overthrow of Mossedegh in Iran to install the Shah.  Democracy is the overthrow of Afghanistan’s secular government by the Taliban against Russia.  Democracy is the Ukrainian coup behind Yats and Poroshenko.  Democracy is Pinochet.  It is ‘our bastards,’ as Lyndon Johnson said, with regard to the Latin American dictators installed by U.S. foreign policy. …
Given this American re-definition of the political vocabulary, when President Obama says that such countries will not suffer coups, violent revolution or terrorism, he means that countries safely within the U.S. diplomatic orbit will be free of destabilization sponsored by the U.S. State Department, Defense Department and Treasury.  Countries whose voters democratically elect a government or regime that acts independently (or even simply seeks the power to act independently of U.S. directives) will be destabilized, Syria- style, Ukraine-style or Chile-style under General Pinochet.  As Henry Kissinger said, just because a country votes in communists doesn’t mean that we have to accept it.  This is the style of the ‘color revolutions’ sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy. …
(T)o tolerate the present situation any longer is impossible,’ President Putin responded.  Likewise in Ukraine: ‘What I believe is absolutely unacceptable,’ he said in his CBS interview on 60 Minutes, ‘is the resolution of internal political issues in the former USSR Republics, through ‘color revolutions,’ through coup d’états, through unconstitutional removal of power.  That is totally unacceptable.  Our partners in the United States have supported those who ousted Yanukovych. … We know who and where, when, who exactly met with someone and worked with those who ousted Yanukovych, how they were supported, how much they were paid, how they were trained, where, in which countries, and who those instructors were.  We know everything.'”  —CounterPunch
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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

The Arts Innovator Award, funded by the Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, is an unrestricted award of $25,000 given annually to two Washington State artists of any discipline. The award recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice. Examples would be artists who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks, and pushing the boundaries in their respective fields.  Amount Awarded:$25,000

The Journal/OSU Press Wheeler Poetry Prize

Each year, manuscripts by emerging and established poets are screened, in accordance with CLMP guidelines, by volunteer readers associated with The Journal and OSU. Associate Poetry Editor of OSU Press Pablo Tanguay selects semi-finalists and Kathy Fagan, OSU Press Poetry Editor, selects one full-length manuscript of poetry for publication by The Ohio State University Press. This year the final selection will be made by guest editor Marcus Jackson. In addition to publication under a standard book contract, the winning author receives the Charles B. Wheeler prize of $2500

Sonora Review – Sonora Review accepts submissions in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction from September 1 through May 1. We only accept unpublished work. Typical response time is three to six months. Please submit only once every six months. Contributors receive two copies of the issue upon publication. Founded in 1980, Sonora Review is one of the oldest student-run literary journals in the country.  Work originally printed in the Sonora Review has appeared in Best of the West and Best American Poetry, and has won O. Henry Awards and Pushcart Prizes.

Alaskan Adventure Vacations  –  Creative Residency Program

Chulitna Lodge is 180 miles from the nearest road, with fly-in access only.
A historical landmark on the shores of Lake Clark National Park, and home of Dick Proeneke and his famous black and white film ‘Alone in the Wilderness’.
Our Mission: to share a love for responsible exploration of our worlds most remote locations, with the intent of passing forward the value of maintaining such places wild, and to personally reap the benefits of life a world apart.
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pascal maramis – flickr

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Copywriter San Francisco CA – Our client is looking for an experienced web copywriter to join their growing team.  As part of the marketing team, you will create and drive communications on a variety of web platforms. This will involve providing persuasive, engaging content that brings the value proposition to life, working closely with other departments to develop ideas and story outlines, and conducting your own research into new content topics. Every step of the way, you’ll ensure that everything written is appropriate for the audience.

Category: Corporate/Business

We are hiring one or two writers. What’s awesome about working with us – is probably the flexibility. We are an online based company, so you will be working from home.   Our base rate is 25 an hour. And we have 4-6 hours of work per day to start. We’re looking for experienced writers interested in growing and developing with our brand.  You will be in charge of executing content both for inbound content marketing purposes and for our clients.

Full or part-time journalist
Interactive Content ServicesChicago, IL
$12 an hour

Interactive Content Services is a quickly growing digital media company providing editorial content to 30 trade publications and websites across the country. We are seeking a journalist who is a deft writer capable of delivering clear, concise content on tight deadlines for a full-time telecommute contract writing position.

Applicants will preferably be knowledgeable of AP style and be comfortable covering a wide range of topics. Our writers must be deadline-oriented and able to achieve a high degree of accuracy. The ideal candidate excels at conducting all interviews by phone and will be able to quickly writes stories based on source documents alone.

Senior Technical Writer — Remote / Nationwide (01HQT)

Austin, Texas, United States US  We are currently seeking a Senior Technical Writer to write, edit, and support technical documentation and guides for eLoyalty technical teams and clients.  This role provides an opportunity to interact with members of eLoyalty’s Professional Services team and external clients to conduct the full life cycle of technical documentation.  The ideal candidate is a self-starter, who is comfortable working and communicating with both technical and non-technical personnel.
ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING
Breast cancer, scientific uncertainty, and the rise of women’s activism: A detective story

Health Research Making Discoveries

An SEHN announcement of a chat that discusses the findings and work of a very important group that seeks to find answers to health questions through participatory tools: “These tools unfolded from the everyday experience of regular people and communities who knew something was terribly wrong with the cavalier dismissal of pesticides, radiation and radioactivity, food additives, water contaminants, the sedentary lifestyle, too much “screen time” and more. With the extraordinary leadership of the breast cancer community, SEHN has found ways to change the rules of the game. Now communities are changing the rules for fracking, for pipelines, for coal plants, and for other projects that threaten our health, our children, our future.”

Militarism Censoring Journalists

A Truth-Out piece that points to readers just how risky it is in today’s world to be an actual journalist and report on actual news, and introduces readers to an organization fighting the injustice: “”This broad and poorly defined category gives U.S. military commanders across all services the purported right to at least detain journalists without charge, and without any apparent need to show evidence or bring a suspect to trial,” Frank Smyth, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) senior adviser for journalist security wrote in response to the manual. “The Obama administration’s Defense Department appears to have taken the ill-defined practices begun under the Bush administration during the War on Terror and codified them to formally govern the way U.S. military forces treat journalists covering conflicts.””

360px-Gandhi_at_Darwen_with_womenGhandian Leadership True Leadership

A Counter Currents posting by an eloquent writer who seeks to remind readers, and his compatriots, of the true meaning of the great liberator’s stance: “But independent India has given no space for Gandhism in its making. Under the leadership of Nehru we went after big dams and the so called industrial development. And as a result of this ‘development’, the farmers who produce the food grains on which we feed have been killing themselves long since; the Environment that sustains us is being devastated; the wildlife is being eliminated; the poor are being deprived of their livelihood; the Adivasis are being robbed of not only their livelihood means, but also the very lands on which they have been living.”

Nuclear Disaster Still Unfolding

A Global Research Centre posting that discusses the nuclear meltdown and introduces readers to organizations that truly care about the devastating catastrophe that has occurred there: “The plant is known in Japan as Fk-1 (Fuku-ichi. It released an enormous amount of radioactive material. Its effects on living organisms have already begun to be felt in many ways, though it’s been only four and a half year[s]. It may, however, be premature to make a judgment as to the degree of disaster, in light of the fact that the after-effects of the Chernobyl accident of 1986 are still unfolding.

This article discusses some prominent features of the current situation (as of August 2015) in the aftermath of the Fk-1 accident.”

Fighting for Tenants’ Rights

A Chief Organizer blog posting that highlights a victory in a European organizing effort: “The tide hasn’t completely turned for ACORN Italy’s work. We still have much to be done with our allies in the Senate to both nail down tenant protections and restore the comprehensive opportunity to all tenants, but in the meantime we’re gearing up to get the word out throughout Italy to tenants with wink-and-nod verbal leases that their opportunity is knocking and the door is wide open again. Needless to say, head organizer David Tozzo is drawing up major national recruitment plans to scale up ACORN Italy’s work to take advantage of the opportunity and the membership is soaring.”

ACORN Italy’s David Tozzo with the Organizers/ Forum in Warsaw (in the middle in green shirt and glasses)
WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Alternate’ Media Rejects Unionization

An International Business Times’ assessment of Al Jazeera’s so-far stern stance in opposition to its writers’ and other employees who want to unionize, an example of monopolistic approaches by a so-called grassroots media outlet: “After several weeks, the management at Al Jazeera America (AJAM) has decided not to recognize the union drive announced by its digital staffers on Sept. 3, putting into motion an election in which votes will be cast by employees and administered by the National Labor Relations Board, International Business Times has learned from a source with direct knowledge of the matter. “

A man works at a desk in the Al Jazeera America broadcast center in New York, Aug. 20, 2013. Reuters/Brendan McDermid

The Truth About Creative Processes

A James Clear blog post that gives lie to the conventional idea that creative solutions and innovative products come via a random lightning-flash moment of insight, instead discussing that the process is a lot more prosaic and requires forethought and practice: “How can we apply the growth mindset to creativity in practical terms? In my experience it comes down to one thing: the willingness to look bad when pursuing an activity.

As Dweck says, the growth mindset is focused more on the process than the outcome. This is easy to accept in theory, but very hard to stick to in practice. Most people don’t want to deal with the accompanying embarrassment or shame that is often required to learn a new skill.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Student Documentaries

A Poyter article that discusses exciting developments amongst students who appreciate the role of creativity and media in their lives: “Over the past 23 years, the students have produced documentaries for WILL on topics ranging from gender equality in Central Illinois to the experience of African-American women in Champaign County. They’ve learned to write, edit and produce radio. And some — including Jeremy Hobson, now the host of Here and Now, have found careers in media and public media.”

Isandro Malik and Omeed Miraftab-Salo during an interview at WILL. (Photo via Uni/WILL)
RECENT HAPPENINGS

Negative Reaction Shows Divisive Feelings

A Daily Kos posting that discusses the backlash a news anchor faced when stating a mild-mannered and ultimately heartwarming story, and that shows how unbalanced people have become about issues surrounding the police: “Police boosters promptly responded to this good publicity by … losing their collective minds. They flooded Walker’s Facebook page with furious, sometimes openly racist, posts. (The worst have been deleted.)

Among other things, they claimed that Walker was attempting to justify the murder of police officers. They demanded she retract her post and apologize. Walker refused.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS
On Sept. 24, 2005, in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, a school bus is submerged in post-Katrina flooding. Half of the city’s public school infrastructure was damaged beyond repair. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Schooling Woes in New Orleans

An In These Times report that highlights the perils of relying too much on an educational model that does not properly meet the educational needs of students: “But by other measures, the RSD suffers. In These Times received an advance copy of research conducted for the Network for Public Education (NPE) by University of Arizona researchers Francesca López and Amy Olson. The study compared charters in Louisiana, the majority of which are in New Orleans, to Louisiana public schools, controlling for factors like race, ethnicity, poverty and whether students qualified for special education. On eighth-grade reading and math tests, charter-school students performed worse than their public-school counterparts by enormous margins—2 to 3 standard deviations.”

9.28.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day
By Allan Ajifo
By Allan Ajifo

Intellectual effort obviously underpins problem-solving, which can become very painful exercise, decidedly aversive, when no easy solution is available, and such strategic ideation gets positively excruciating when finding any way of resolving a crisis seems elusive or unobtainable; nevertheless, the job of anyone who hopes that rationality and dialog matter is to expend such effort and to engage in such thinking.

Quote of the Day
“Dolt & ass that I am I have lived more than 29 years, & until a few days ago, never made close acquaintance with the divine William.  Ah, he’s full of sermons-on-the-mount, and gentle, aye, almost as Jesus.  I take such men to be inspired.  I fancy that this moment Shakspeare in heaven ranks with Gabriel, Raphael and Michael.  And if another Messiah ever comes twill be in Shakesper’s person. — I am mad to think how minute a cause has prevented me hitherto from reading Shakspeare.  But until now, every copy that was come-atable to me, happened to be in a vile small print unendurable to my eyes which are tender as young sparrows.  But chancing to fall in with this glorious edition, I now exult in it, page after page.”  Herman Melville
This Day in History
CHRIS DRUMM Flickr mad's more snappy answers to stupid questions
CHRIS DRUMM Flickr
mad’s more snappy answers to stupid questions

Today round the planet is Right to Know Day, arguably of note to most writers, as well as a triple celebration of health in World Heart Day, World Rabies Day, & Freedom From Hunger Day, while on this date the U.S. commemorates Ask a Stupid Question Day & Good Neighbor Day; as he tried to land at Alexandria, Pompey the Great encountered his assassins instead of a welcoming party two thousand sixty-three years ago, as he fled from Caesar’s pursuit and the initiation of imperial Rome; two hundred eighty-eight years subsequently, in 235, a temporary Christian Rome’s Pope Pontian found himself exiled to the Sardinian mines where he met Hippolytus and martyrdom; nine hundred forty-nine years prior to the present pass, William, the Conqueror led his forces in the initiation of the conquest of England; a hundred seventy-two years hence, in 1238, further South in Europe, another conqueror, James, led armies that forced the surrender of Muslim fighters of Valencia, in an important part of the Reconquista; three centuries thereafter on the dot, in 1538, a different Islamic force in the form of the Ottoman Empire inflicted a major defeat on the Holy League fleet of Venice at the Battle of Preveza; four years later, and eight thousand miles west, in 1542,  Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first claimed part of what is now California for Spain when he arrived in what is now San Diego; two hundred thirty-four years before the present pass,  colonial forces closed the trap at Yorktown which would lead to the final British old american revolution-Declaration_independencedefeat in the American Revolution; six years henceforth, in 1787,  the U.S. Congress approved the draft Constitution to send to the states for ratification; three years beyond that, in 1791, across the Atlantic, revolutionary France became the first nation on the planet formally to emancipate its Jewish population; thirty-three years further in the future, in 1824, the baby boy drew a breath who would mature as the poet and anthologist Francis Turner Palgrave; four decades afterward precisely, in 1864, Karl Marx and others formed the International Workingmen’s Association as a resource and networking node for wage earners; three years subsequent to that happy event, in 1871, Southwest across the Atlantic in Brazil the legislature passed the initial statutes that led to the manumitting the slaves when it declared all children born of slaves free; twenty years beyond that point, in 1891, the iconic American author, Herman Melville, breathed his last; another decade still later on, in 1901, Philippine guerrillas sprung a surprise attack on Americans on Samar island, and killed 40 soldiers; sixteen

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

years nearer to  now, in 1917, back in North America, Federal agents belied freedom of speech and assembly by arresting over 150 International Workers of the World organizers who were opposing U.S. involvement in World War One; two years onward from that juncture, in 1919, in the middle of the continent, Whites in Nebraska instigated ‘race riots’ against people of color there; nine years afterward, in 1928, East across the Atlantic, England continued what would become a century-long Anglo American ‘drug war’ by prohibiting cannabis, and elsewhere in the British Isles, Alexander Fleming first noticed the propensity of a citrus mold to kill bacteria; two years later, in 1930, the male infant was born who would become the accomplished political sociologist, Immanuel Wallerstein; another seven hundred thirty-one days further forward, in 1932, a male child entered our midst in Chile chile pinochet-Victor_Jara_Nichawho would become the working-class troubadour and martyr, Victor Jara; three years more thereafter, in 1935, William Kennedy Dixon, the actual inventor of the Kinetoscope—though Edison owned the patent—lived out his final scene; three years even more proximate to the current context, a male baby entered our midst whose fate was to make music and songs as a ‘Drifter’ by the name of Ben King; one year afterward, in 1939, the Nazi blitzkrieg of Poland came to a conclusion with Warsaw’s surrender to the Germans; eleven years even closer to this day, in 1950, a baby boy shouted out who would create iconic films of life and labor as John Sayles; a year exactly hence, in 1951, the Columbia Broadcasting System made color televisions available for sale for a brief period before they withdrew all the sets from the market; seven years past that moment in time, in 1958,  France adopted a new imperial constitution that matched the realities of the country’s ‘reduced circumstances’ although it asserted its hegemony in such a way that former colonies such as Guinea rejected the new instruments’ sway; three years later, in 1961, in a related geopolitical and imperial development, the short-lived United Arab Republic that conjoined Egypt and Syria came to an end with a coup in Damascus;

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seven hundred and thirty days further along the temporal path, in 1963, modern artist Roy Lichtenstein’s definite cultural statement, “Whaam!”, went on display at the Leo Castelli Gallery where it remained until October 24th; three years beyond that instant, in 1966, France’s poet and writer and critic Andrê Breton took his final gulp of air; four years subsequent to that day, in 1970, Egypt’s president and diplomatic star Gamal Abdel Nasser died of a heart attack, and Anwar Sadat replaced him, the first of many Anglo American stooges to run Egypt between then and now, and across the Atlantic, the writer and thinker and ‘complicated man,’ John Dos Passos, died; a year after that, in 1971, England further amplified its

"DreamyWeed" by Psychonaught
“DreamyWeed” by Psychonaught

accession to the vicious and stupid ‘war on drugs’ by outlawing even the medicinal use of cannabis; two years beyond that conjunction, in 1973, across the Atlantic in Manhattan, bombs exploded at the ITT corporate headquarters in retaliation for the company’s role in the murderous, CIA-backed coup in Chile; eighteen years subsequently, in 1991, the legendary jazz musician and composer, Miles Davis, played his final improvisation in life; another two years further along the pike, in 1993, writer and editor Peter De Vries died; two years nearer to now, in 1995, a group of African and French soldiers of fortune invaded and took over the Comoros Islands for a few weeks before French Special Forces drove them out; eight years closer still to the current context, in 2003, the director and screenwriter and cultural icon Elia Kazan played out his last scene; half a decade hence, in 2008,SpaceX launched its first Falcon flight for civilian treks outside Earth’s atmosphere.

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TOP OF THE FOLD
SLICK & SLY LIES, REPEATEDLY TOLD
https://consortiumnews.com/2015/09/28/the-power-of-false-narrative/        Another must-read piece from Consortium News, that patiently and thoroughly deconstructs the public-relations spinning of murder and mayhem that psychological warfare from the ‘belly of the beast’ practices as a de rigeur response to the social longing for peace and justice that inhibit a free rein in imperial depredation, a process that consciously promotes chaos, backs up its lies and half-truths with repression of soothsayers and whistleblowers, and not only encourages but actively insists on one-sided reporting, the upshot of all of which is a drive to annihilation and mass collective suicide with U.S. monopoly capital in the drivers seat of doom: “That this conformity has not served American national interests is obvious.  Take, for example, the disastrous Iraq War, which has cost the U.S. taxpayers an estimated $1 trillion, led to the deaths of some 4,500 American soldiers, killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and unleashed chaos across the strategic Middle East and now into Europe.
Most Americans now agree that the Iraq War ‘wasn’t worth it.’  But it turns out that Official Washington’s catastrophic ‘group thinks’ don’t just die well-deserved deaths.  Like a mutating virus, they alter shape as the outside conditions change and survive in a new form. …
In 2011, led this time by the liberal interventionists – the likes of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and White House aide Samantha Power – the U.S. military and some NATO allies took aim at Libya, scoffing at Gaddafi’s claim that his country was threatened by Islamic terrorists.  It was not until Gaddafi’s military was destroyed by Western airstrikes (and he was tortured and murdered) that it became clear that he wasn’t entirely wrong about the Islamic extremists.
The jihadists seized large swaths of Libyan territory, killed the U.S. ambassador and three other diplomatic personnel in Benghazi, and forced the closing of U.S. and other Western embassies in Tripoli.  For good measure, Islamic State terrorists forced captured Coptic Christians to kneel on a Libyan beach before beheading them. …
               (Not only in relation to Syria and Iran, but also) during the Ukrainian coup, The New York Times and most other mainstream media outlets played a role similar to what they had done prior to the Iraq War when they hyped false and misleading stories about WMD.  By 2014, the U.S. press corps no longer seemed to even pause before undertaking its expected propaganda role. …
               (This continues in relation to Vladimir Putin recently, of course, whose skillful diplomacy receives only vitriol and distortion from the U.S.)  However, inside Official Washington, there appears to be little thought that the endless spinning, lying and ridiculing might dangerously corrode American democracy and erode any remaining trust the world’s public has in the word of the U.S. government.  Instead, there seems to be great confidence that skilled propagandists can discredit anyone who dares note that the naked empire has wrapped itself in the sheerest of see-through deceptions.”
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LISTENING BEFORE JUDGING JUST MAKES SENSE

By World Economic Forum via Wikimedia Commons
By World Economic Forum via Wikimedia Commons

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42993.htm                  To address the relentless litany of bullshit, the unending deluge ofnonsense, about Vladimir Putin, a noble goal and as easily accomplished as actually checking out what the man has to say, which even 60 Minutes managed to do despite a heavy-handed approach to his questioning, which he sure-handedly dismantled again and again, a calm and reasoned confidence that appears repeatedly in his masterful United Nations presentation as well.

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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EVENTS

Institute for New Economic Thinking – Please join us in the course for more discussion on the role of mathematics and modeling in microeconomics.  Three years ago, we started working on our blog “Reading Mas-Colell” to present critical commentary on “Microeconomic Theory” by Andreu Mas-Colell, Michael Whinston and Jerry Green, a textbook widely used in Ph.D. programs in economics around the world. We are happy to announce that we are now ready to launch our new course “Advanced Microeconomics For The Critical Mind”. The course aims to introduce interpretative and contextual content to provide exposure to microeconomics as a domain of unsettled questions and live debates, rather than just a field of applied mathematics.

OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

Nashville Review is calling for submissions of music, oral storytelling and poetry, flash fiction, short stories, poetry, nonfiction, and comics.  Nashville Review seeks to publish the best work we can get our hands on, period. From expansive to minimalist, narrative to lyric, epiphanic to subtle—if it’s a moving work of art, we want it. We hope to provide a venue for both distinguished and emerging artists. Most importantly, thank you for giving us a chance to read your work. We appreciate it.

GEI announces the Global Energy Essay Contest

Topic: “The Road to Paris 2015:  Vision, Reality, and Solutions for a meaningful Climate Agreement”  Submission Deadline:  October 12, 2015

The American Literary Review is still accepting entries of short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry for their 2015 American Literary Review Awards. The judges are Padma Viswanathan, Jo Ann Beard, and Dan Beachy-Quick, respectively. The winner in each genre receives $1000 and publication.

 

DARK POETRY CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE.
Eldritch Press is passionate about dark poetry and finding new voices in the dense forest of poets out in the world. We will announce the winners on Halloween. Three poetry collections will be chosen for the following prizes: First Place: $1,500 and a three-year publishing contract with Eldritch Press. Second Place: $1,000 and a two-year publishing contract with Eldritch Press. Third Prize: $500 and a one-year publishing contract with Eldritch Press. The winning Poetry Collections will be published in February of 2016. Deadline September 30, 2015. Open to poets who have yet to publish a full-length-book/collection of poetry, including self-published in any genre. Minimum 50 pages to a maximum of 100 pages.
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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Backwoods Home Magazine is a country- and self-reliance-oriented “how to” magazine that specializes in showing people how to build their own home, produce independent energy, grow their own food, and how to make a living without being tied to a city. We also cover related subjects such as health, raising animals, food preservation, country skills, home schooling, arts and crafts, recipes, and book reviews.  Payment ranges from $40 to $200 per article, payable upon acceptance.

Western New York Magazine Thank you for your interest in Western New York Family Magazine, which was founded in 1984 as an 8-page newsletter called “Mother’s Lifeline.” Articles submitted should address current parenting issues with a Western New York tie-in whenever possible. Strong emphasis is placed on how and where to find family-oriented events, as well as goods and services for children, in Western New York (the Buffalo metro area).

Office Manager-Admin & Asst Grant writing (Atlanta)

compensation: Will be discussed after review of experience
employment type: full-time
non-profit organization

We are looking for a FULL time Office Manager/Admin, jack of all trades to oversee the daily needs of our non-profit office. In addition, this position assists in Grant writing for the non-profit. Person needs to be a self starter, trustworthy and RELIABLE with excellent working knowledge of Microsoft word, Excel, OUTLOOK and can trouble shoot a printer. Please contact if you meet these requirements. Grant writing experience a plus but can be taught to the right person.

 

Proofreader – Part Time (Wayne)

compensation: 12.00/Hour
employment type: part-time

We have an amazing opportunity to join a company that is experiencing exponential growth. Since 2003, Focus Forward has been the market research industry leader in nationwide qualitative recruiting and transcription. We have been recognized as a three time Inc. 5000 winner, three time Philly Top 100 winner and a 40 Under 40 winner! Join our team as we work to assist our clients to better understand their products and services.

 

Copywriter Austin TX

compensation: Around $50k/yr, based on 2-4 yrs’ exp.
employment type: full-time

Duties & Responsibilities:
Liaison has a career opportunity for a Copywriter with two to four years’ marcom copy and some tech experience to work with a team of Project Managers, Account Managers, and Creative Directors to deliver product-description pages, site banners and coming soon/family pages, emails, flyers and signage. You’ll be an integral member of our team onsite for our high-tech corporate client in Round Rock.
ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Structure and Community Organizations

A Chief Organizer blog that always provides useful insights to folks looking to organize and mobilize social forces, and in particular, discussing the challenges and promises of organizing efforts in Europe: “Most of the weekend we could see the massive mountain tops of this part of the Alps clearly in the sun, but they rose like the tip of icebergs over a sea of fog and clouds. Perhaps this was a metaphor for the weekend’s work of the Alliance. We could see where we were going, but we couldn’t quite see clearly all the ground below us. Luckily as we drove back down in the evening the fog had passed and city around us was bright and clear. Perhaps that is also an omen for the future of the Alliance Citoyenne.”

from Chief Organizer

Tracking Expenditures

A Government Executive article that discusses a recent initiative article that sought to track government expenses: “On Sept. 21, Internet access was halted at the high-security Recovery Operations Center — the government’s most groundbreaking anti-fraud unit — housed in the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board offices, kitty-corner to the White House.

The board, set up in April 2009 to track itemized spending of what became an $840 billion economic stimulus package disbursed by 29 agencies, will shut its doors for good on Sept. 30.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS
"Cocacola-5cents-1900 edit2" by derivative work: Victorrocha
“Cocacola-5cents-1900 edit2” by derivative work: Victorrocha

Advertising Woes

A Medium article that contextualizes the  ongoing conflict between media consumers and the advertisers who finance the media, through an SOP view that discusses simple ad retooling as the solution: “The moral of the story of adblockers’ success is that the public has taken charge of its next industry — advertising. They have finally had it with irritating, irrelevant, invasive, repetitive, ugly, stupid, creepy, slow advertising and its threat to privacy. They now have the tools to fight back. Their allies are Apple, which wants to ruin the ad business for everyone else, and racketeering adblocking companies.   But nevermind whining about their moral hazards. The answer is not to block the blockers. The answer is to improve advertising, to make it consensual, and then to reconsider the fundamental business model of mass media. That’s what I will start to do here.”

Uncertain Career in Academia

A Chronicle Vitae piece that discusses the challenges, and rewards, of occupying that tenuous position after the PhD and before the hoped-for academic appointment: “I’m doing work I enjoy — almost exactly what I’d have told you that scientists did, had you asked me when I was about 12. Yet it has its costs, too. As I enter my mid-30s, it’s becoming harder to ignore the fact that I could probably have worked my way to more certain prospects of advancement and financial security in the private sector. Also, in fullest disclosure, I have the (ahem) advantage of lacking family or romantic ties as I move from one contingent-on-grant-funding position to another. I cannot imagine how I’d manage with a partner and children to consider.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

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A Poynter post that gives scrappy writers advise on how to access public records: “Have you ever been denied a public record? Or worse, has your request been ignored?

Student journalists at Indiana University dealt with those frustrations this past spring when they put 90 county agencies to the test by asking for digital access to public records. The students found that more than half of the agencies failed to comply with basic requests. One-third never even responded.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Women’s Health Centers In Danger

A Bitch Media posting that discusses more sensible alternatives for defunding government programs that help nobody, as opposed to a fundamental one that helps women: “Defunding Planned Parenthood would mean defunding STD treatment, defunding contraception access, and defunding cancer screenings for millions of Americans every year. That is clearly a terrible idea. Republicans say they want to investigate Planned Parenthood because they’re worried about Americans’ health and safety. There are many, many things that the federal government should consider defunding that would improve the reproductive health of Americans—Planned Parenthood is not one of them. Here’s a short list of four.”

by Sarah Mirk Published on September 21, 2015 at 1:46pm
GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Arab World Collapsing

An Information Clearing House posting that demonstrates the consequence of decades of kowtowing to Western agendas: “In a letter circulated among Saudi princes, its author, a grandson of the late King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, blamed incumbent King Salman for creating unprecedented problems that endangered the monarchy’s continued survival.

“We will not be able to stop the draining of money, the political adolescence, and the military risks unless we change the methods of decision making, even if that implied changing the king himself,” warned the letter.”

9.25.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

art-The_ScreamAs social alienation mushrooms like H-bomb emanations in much of the world, and all of the so-called ‘enlightened West,’ the possibility of ‘pursuing happiness’ or experiencing love seems to diminish to a vanishing point—otherwise how explain the still increasing popularity of grotesquely toxic anti-depressants, that are, nevertheless, very effective at blunting sadness?—the upshot of all of which becomes for anyone who listens to intuition or accepts the Golden Rule to even a small extent that people have two choices, to engage in serving others and thereby overturn their estrangement from themselves and everything else, or accept that mass collective suicide represents our mutual future.

Quote of the Day
“I want to speak here as a writer and a citizen. . . .
My political and social views are well known.  My deep faith in the motion picture as a popular art is also well known.  I don’t ‘sneak ideas’ into pictures.  I never make a contract to write a picture unless I am convinced that it serves democracy and the interests of the American people.  I will never permit what I write and think to be subject to the orders of self-appointed dictators, ambitious politicians, thought-control gestapos, or any other form of censorship this Un-American Committee may attempt to devise.  My freedom to speak and write is not for sale in return for a card signed by J. Parnell Thomas saying ‘O.K. for employment until further notice.’
Pictures written by me have been seen and approved by millions of Americans.  A subpoena for me is a subpoena for all those who have enjoyed these pictures and recognized them as an honest portrayal of our American life.
Thus, my integrity as a writer is obviously an integral part of my integrity as a citizen.  As a citizen I am not alone here.  I am not only one of nineteen men who have been subpoenaed.  I am forced to appear here as a representative of one hundred and thirty million Americans because the illegal conduct of this Committee has linked me with every citizen.  If I can be destroyed no American is safe.  You can subpoena a farmer in a field, a lumberjack in the woods, a worker at a machine, a doctor in his office—you can deprive them of a livelihood, deprive them of their honor as Americans.
Let no one think that this is an idle or thoughtless statement.  This is the course that the Un-American Activities Committee has charted.  Millions of Americans who may as yet be unconscious of what may be in store for them will find that the warning I speak today is literally fulfilled.  No American will be safe if the Committee is not stopped in its illegal enterprise.”    John Howard Lawson: Statement to House Unamerican Activities Committee, never entered into the record
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].
Twelve hundred fifty-three years ago, in an early sign of internecine butchery in Southwest Asia, the Hasanic branch of the Alids revolted against the hegemony of the Persian Abbasid Empire; three centuries and four years later, in 1066, Viking incursions into England effectively ended at the Battle of Stamford Bridge; seven hundred seventy-eight years ahead of today, the Treaty of York fixed the agreed-upon border between England and Scotland; six hundred nineteen years before the here and now, a Christian army suffered a defeat in Greece against forces led by Ottoman Emperor Bayezid I; the initial and only edition of the first newspaper of the British Colonies came out in Boston three hundred twenty-five years back; the just-born United States Congress just short of a full century thereafter, in 1789, passed twelve amendments to the Constitution including the ten whose ratification formed the Bill of Rights;eight and a half decades still later on, in 1874, a baby boy first called out whom destiny marked as Lewis Hine, the unblinking documentarian of exploited working class children; sixteen years beyond that juncture, in 1890, Congress designated an area of the California Sierras as Sequoia National Park; a year after, in 1891, more than half the continent Eastward in Arkansas, two striking sharecroppers died from wounds that their ‘masters’ and their masters’ henchmen inflicted for the ‘crime’ of seeking better lives, part of a regional action against the depredations of sharecropping; three years down the road, in 1894, the male child entered our midst who would become the prolific and peripatetic playwright, author, and screenwriter John Lawson,

Cold War Poster
Cold War Poster

whose refusal to testify to the proto-fascist House Unamerican Activities Committee led to his blacklisting;three years hence, in 1897, a boy child came into the world who would chronicle the South and win the Nobel Prize as William Faulkner; four years further along, in 1901, the baby boy who grew up to become preternaturally French filmmaker Robert Bresson was born; eleven years after that point in time, in 1912, Columbia University opened its School of Journalism; three years later, in 1915, the female baby opened her eyes and cried who would live thirty-eight years as Ethel, marrying Julius Rosenberg along the way, before the United States electrocuted her for espionage; a decade henceforth, in 1926, the League of Nations put into force a convention to end slavery and the slave trade, which continues as an international agreement that now has ninety-nine signatories; three years nearer to now, in 1929, the infant who became journalist and newscaster Barbara Walters was born; one year later exactly, the baby boy who would produce children’s stories as Shel Silverstein came into the world; three years further in the future, in 1933, much beloved journalist guitar music art performanceand essayist Ring Lardner died, and the baby boy was born who would become the beloved radical folksinger and songwriter Erik Darling; sixty-eight years prior to our present plight, the infant male who would become poet Adam Saroyan drew his first independent breath; two years more proximate to the present, in 1949, the male child who grew into iconic Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar was born; seven years more along time’s road, in 1956, the first submarine transatlantic telephone cable became operational; four years even closer to the current context, in 1960, the scribe of the socially apropos, Emily Post, discreetly exited her life; ten years past that moment, in 1970, the great chronicler of war, Erich Maria Remarque, died; two years after that, in 1972,Norway voted not to join the European Union; twelve years back, both historian Edward Said and journalist George Plimpton died; two years hence, in 2005, the popular psychological writer M. Scott Peck died; three hundred sixty-five days precisely beyond that, in 2006, poet and writer John M. Ford breathed his last.

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SEARCH OF THE DAY
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TOP OF THE FOLD
“WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?”–CSR VERSION
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/sep/25/volkswagen-scandal-us-reputation-emissions?CMP=ema_565a        From the Guardian, an up-to-the-minute report about Volkswagen’s ‘oh-how-the-mighty-have-fallen’ moment, one of thousands of recent articles about the car maker’s decision to defraud owners and emissions monitors in upwards of ten million vehicles, a perfect example of the cheat at the central heart of Corporate Social Responsibility according to some analysts, well worth pondering in any event by citizens and scrappy scribes alike: “The disappointment is understandable.  Volkswagen’s green push went beyond mere advertising.  In a sustainability report it released last year, the automaker pledged that by 2018 it would be ‘the world’s most environmentally compatible automaker,’  In the report’s environmental section, it says: ‘The Volkswagen Group has a long tradition of resolute commitment to environmental protection.’
‘Knowing what we now know, every other sentence is cringeworthy,’ Linda Greer, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) health and environment program, said.  ‘The basic upshot of this 156-page report is how much they care and how much they’re doing for the environment.’ …
             ‘(I)t really casts a shadow on the voluntary corporate social responsibility movement,’ she said, adding that Volkswagen’s report read like an extended infomercial.  ‘Putting myself in the shoes of all those VW diesel owners, I would feel utterly deceived.  A lot of people bought those cars because of their fuel economy and emissions.’ …
              (One expert believes that)many brand loyalists would stick with Volkswagen as the scandal played out but that the newer converts would be most turned off by the whole affair.  The real impact the automaker, he said, was in terms of development funds.
‘The money they’re going to be spending on recalls and litigation should be going toward product,’ he said.  ‘That’s going to put them at a competitive disadvantage when other automakers are spending money on product and moving forward.’
Regardless of the manufacturer’s woes, many customers are left with the blue funk of betrayal, and cars of uncertain future.”
TODAY'S HEART, SOUL, & AWARENESS VIDEO

Francisco_pop francisA FRAIL OLD MAN WITH A MESSAGE FOR EVERYONE

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42951.htm      Access to Pope Francis’ presentation to Congress, via Information Clearinghouse, powerful stuff whatever one makes of it.
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EVENTS

How Writers Write Fiction 2015 – In late September 2015, the International Writing Program will open its fourth creative writing MOOC, How Writers Write Fiction 2015. This MOOC will offer an opportunity for the interactive study and practice of writing fiction.

OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

Family Tree Magazine is a special-interest consumer magazine that helps readers discover, preserve and celebrate their family’s history. We cover genealogy, ethnic heritage, personal history, genealogy websites and software, photography and photo preservation, and other ways that families connect with their past.

Three Emerging Writer Awards are presented each year. The Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, theCecelia Joyce Horton Johnson Fiction Award, and the Marianne Russo Award recognize and support writers who possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers.   Applications must be received by September 30, 2015. Award winners will be notified by November 1.

At Winter Tangerine Review, we want the electric. We want the pieces that you have emptied yourself into. We want the imagery that startles us, that stirs something inside of us that we do not understand. We want the strongest analogies, the most devastating characters, the pieces that have us enthralled from the start. If you think you’ve created something that fits this description, please submit.   We accept submissions of poetry, prose, drama, visual art, and short film.

ONE CITY ONE SYMPHONY: FREEDOM CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE.  In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 13th amendment and the legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is holding a poetry contest. The original poem submissions will be responses to the question, “What does freedom mean to you?” Grades 9-12: Grand prize $2,500, 1st place $1,000, 2nd place $500. Adults 18+: Grand prize $2,500, 1st place $1,000, 2nd place $500. Deadline October 1, 2015.

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

CRO Blogger

Experiment Engine, founded early 2014, went through Techstars Austin in 2014, and raised a $1M seed in late 2014. Experiment Engine is an Optimizely Certified Technology partner and our platform helps clients scale their A/B testing program: improving the speed, scope, and frequency of testing.

Beloved Community – I’m founder of a nonprofit startup called Beloved.Community. We’re creating menu-driven spiritual exercises that we do together in community to support one another.
You will be writing spiritual exercises and we’ll create a milestone payment for each one of about $25. If you write 30 exercises, you’ll earn $750. Some of the titles of your exercises may include:

Bustle.com is seeking part-time entertainment writers to remotely contribute 2-4 days per week. Writers should have extensive knowledge of TV and film, strong news judgment, a fun and witty voice, and the ability to write quickly and cleanly.  We are looking for writers to cover breaking news, film, TV, and longform so please be specific in your cover letter to which type of writing you are most interested in.  Hourly Rate:: Hourly; commensurate with experience

Creative Circle – Our agency client is in need of a copywriter for upcoming and ongoing part-time, quarterly, freelance project work.

In this role you will be taking technical information and writing bylined articles for executive team members.

The ideal copywriter will have:
– 5+ years of professional writing experience, particularly with a deep-tech tech background
– experience with learning tone and ghostwriting for leadership pieces
– able to write for a variety of styles, from long-form to advertisements, to headlines, etc.

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

Unclean Energy

A Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists article that discusses developments in the nuclear industry, while introducing readers who were not already familiar with this great organization: “For nuclear power, the good news and the bad news in EPA’s final Clean Power Plan are the same: The technology got pretty much what it deserved. The competitive position of all new low-carbon electricity sources will improve relative to fossil fuels. New reactors (including the five under construction) and expansions of existing plants will count toward state compliance with the plan’s requirements as new sources of low-carbon energy. Existing reactors, however, must sink or swim on their own prospective economic performance—the final plan includes no special carbon-reduction credits to help them. During the Clean Power Plan’s 15-year scope, a few will sink; most, especially those in states where existing generators need not compete, will swim.”

Organizing Workers

A Chief Organizer posting that discusses the labor environment in Poland, demonstrating an opening for organizing workers: “Towards the end of the Organizers’ Forum delegations’ meeting with Professor Jan Czarzasty at the Warsaw School of Economics, he mentioned something almost offhandedly about a recent Supreme Court decision in Poland. It seems that the Polish constitution has always been crystal clear that all workers, barring none, have the right to organize and form unions. Given the history leading to this current constitution and the role of workers and unions in making it happen that is hardly surprising.”

Professor Jan Czarzasty Warsaw School of Economics

Ad Blockers and Internet

A Media Post piece that contextualizes ad blockers and the entire internet ecosystem as yet another bubble that will soon burst: “You, dear reader, know this already, of course; anyone reading this column is almost certainly part of the ecosystem. And you’ll almost certainly be well aware of the two-pronged threat this ecosystem is facing: First, that almost nobody can generate enough eyeballs to really make it financially worthwhile to produce anything of quality, and second, that people will happily consume your content while avoiding your ads if this is at all possible.”

When Growth Becomes Cancer

A great Counter Currents piece that discusses the fact that more growth is no longer a good and useful paradigm for what one might call The Human Project, and that introduces readers to a useful thinker: Two years ago when he was 14, my son Matthew grew six inches. Last year he only grew two inches, and this year he has only grown half an inch. Should I be worried?

Of course not. At a certain stage of maturity, quantifiable physical growth slows and stops, and a new mode of development takes over.

Imagine that I did not understand that, and fed Matthew growth hormones in a desperate attempt to keep him growing taller. And imagine that this effort was harming his health and depleting my resources. “I have to find a way to make his growth sustainable,” I would say. “Maybe I can use herbal hormones.””

moon film early lumiereColonizing Space for Capital’s Aims

A Tele Sur posting that introduces readers to capitalists’ attempt to create another bubble so as to maintain their fake capitalist hegemony through exploting the commons: “Like many billionaires, Musk has created his empire with public funds, yet virtually zero public input. “SpaceX, Musk’s space-launch venture is dependent on government contracts (it is the recipient of a US$1.6 billion contract to resupply the International Space Station),” notes Barry Ritholtz. Furthermore, “His car company, Tesla, received US$452 million in government loans; after the company paid them back, Musk suddenly decided that federal investments and/or loans to promote alternative energy was a bad idea.””

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Homework Gap

A Benton brief describing the disparity between student performance that technology creates, and pointing to ways that technology has not increased learning: “Known as the “homework gap,” the issue has been drawing particular attention from federal regulators, with Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel calling it “the cruelest part of the digital divide.” “When you bring technology into the classroom, you can do the lessons in the classroom, but to the extent that students become familiar with the material — it has to be done outside of school,” says Deven Carlson, a political science professor at the University of Oklahoma.”

 

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

You Get What You Pay For in Ad Environment

A fascinating Bloomberg Business report that looks at the other side of the tangled web of deceit, fraud, and dashed expectations which is ad revenue, in a world where bots are taking advertisers out to lunch: “Increasingly, digital ad viewers aren’t human. A study done last year in conjunction with the Association of National Advertisers embedded billions of digital ads with code designed to determine who or what was seeing them. Eleven percent of display ads and almost a quarter of video ads were “viewed” by software, not people. According to the ANA study, which was conducted by the security firm White Ops and is titled The Bot Baseline: Fraud In Digital Advertising, fake traffic will cost advertisers $6.3 billion this year.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

NYT news new york timesDismal News Brand Climate

Another article, from Media Post, that discusses the decline of the news brand, demonstrating that the new media climate is not conducive to brand loyalty:  “This is the result of news company owners hoping for survival: the cheap, endless repurposing of someone else’s content, hosted on someone else’s server, and monetizing that content with the addition of the very smallest veneer of commentary or value.

We’ve now no idea what the editorial brand is, because anything that will get a click is now considered good enough, while the addition of commentary is an unnecessary effort.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Resignation Brings About Results

A Government Executive article that contextualizes the consequences of Boehner’s recent resignation: “Conservative Republicans have long had it in for Boehner, R-Ohio, who they felt was too accommodating of Democrats and the Obama Administration. The so-called Freedom Caucus had threatened to shut down the government if, among other things, Congress failed to cut funding for Planned Parenthood—something Democrats and the White House promised to block.

Tea party Republicans had threatened to oust Boehner if he failed to help them, but his unexpected departure removes that leverage.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Fighting Nuclear Proliferation

A Bulletin posting that reviews a tactic for avoiding nuclear proliferation: “Countering proliferation financing has become an important tool in combating the movement of prohibited nuclear technology and the development of suspect nuclear programs in rogue states. Governments are increasingly calling on financial institutions, manufacturers, and shipping companies to act as the first line of defense by conducting enhanced due diligence on transactions that involve dual-use items or countries or individuals under sanction. This article outlines some of the ways that companies can do so. “

9.24.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day
Follower of Jheronimus Bosch - The Harrowing of Hell
Follower of Jheronimus Bosch – The Harrowing of Hell

When most citizens confront the absolute certainty of human annihilation if certain trends continue, in particular in relation to thermonuclear weapons, they simply shut down both their cognitive functions—“Why worry about Armageddon scenarios when common people have no basis to participate in stopping such events’ unfolding?”—and their emotional or empathic capacities—“I’ve got entirely adequate amounts in my routine life to depress me, so to hell with all this!”—responses that guarantee the likely acceleration and inevitable eventuality of the extinction of the human project on Earth, a crime that ought to condemn everyone who accedes to it to the deepest levels of a hell that doesn’t exist, except as the silent roll of eternity without our presence in it, when a little engagement and sweat equity would likely yield opposite results for humanity’s prospects, a flourishing instead of a final exit.

Quote of the Day
“Liberal whites are the greatest enemy of African Americans. …I considered myself engaged in a war from Day One.  And my objective was to force the federal government – the Kennedy administration at that time – into a position where they would have to use the United States military force to enforce my rights as a citizen. …My answer to the racial problem in America is to not deal with it at all.  The founding fathers dealt with it when they made the Constitution.”   James Meredith
This Day in History
JMW Turner: Decline of Carthaginian Empire
JMW Turner: Decline of Carthaginian Empire

Apropos writers, today is National Punctuation Day in the United States; in Byzantium, eight hundred thirty-five years ago, the death of the last Komnenian emperor foreshadowed the final decline of the Byzantine realm; four hundred sixty five years subsequently, in 1645,a royalist army under King Charles’ direct command suffered defeat at the hands of a roundhead force; just a year less that two decades henceforth, in 1664, New Amsterdam became English territory after the Dutch acceded to English rule; the just-constituted United States two hundred twenty-six years before the here and now passed the Judiciary Act, which created the office of Attorney General and established the composition of the Supreme Court; one hundred sixty-nine years back, forces under Zachary Taylor captured Monterrey in the War with Mexico; twenty-three years thereafter, in 1869, Jay Gould’s and James Fisk’s machinations in the gold market caused a ‘Black-Friday’ panic in the marketplace; twenty-one years later, in 1890, the Mormon Church officially renounced polygamy; six years past that conjunction in 1896,the baby boy who would pour forth novels-of-his-times as F. Scott Fitzgerald was born; two decades and two years further down the temporal road, in 1918, Canada outlawed the

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

International Workers of the World for a year because of the popularity and power that the organization was garnering among working people; Indian leaders such as Mohatmas Gandhi fourteen years afterward, in 1932, ratified the Poona Pact to assign certain legislative seats to ‘untouchables’ and other “depressed classes;” four years beyond that point in time, in 1936, a male infant came along whom destiny touched with the creative genius to imagine the Muppets as Jim Henson; Universal Studios lost its founder three years nearer to now, in 1939, when Carl Laemmle died; six years further along time’s pathways, in 1945, the inventor of the Geiger Counter, Hans Geiger, died; Presidential advisers three hundred sixty-five days later, in 1946, advised Harry Truman that a policy of so-called “containment” would be strategically best in regard to the Soviet Union; two years still more proximate to the present, in 1948, Honda Motor Company incorporated; under orders from President Eisenhower, the 101stAirborne Division nine years subsequent to that juncture, in 1957, went to Little Rock to enforce

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

school desegregation; the United States three years afterward, in 1960, launched the U.S.S. Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier; another seven hundred thirty days more proximate to the present, in 1962, Federal courts ordered the University of Mississippi to admit a Black student, James Meredith; with a service that offered consumers their first chance to send e-mails, thirty-six years ahead of today, Compuserve launched the Internet age; a dozen years later, in 1991, Theodore Geisel, AKA Dr. Seuss, drew his last breath; half a decade onward, in 1996, over seventy nations signed a treaty that banned all explosive tests of nuclear weapons.

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TOP OF THE FOLD
GETTING WHAT ONE PAYS FOR; OR NOT
http://www.countercurrents.org/mahajan230915.htm      A concise lecture, perhaps, from a bighearted and knowledgeable actor in the media sphere, which one can find on CounterCurrents, at once very limited because its only model is ‘the marketplace,’ and an incisive examination of the downgrading of journalistic output, which could soon enough turn into a complete dissolution of the information and ideas on which citizens depend for organizing themselves and their cohorts so as to have even a minimal prayer of sustenance and improvement in the context of monopoly capital’s predations about everything, an argument to which scrappy scribes might reply with possible plans to turn the situation around, which strategic and tactical innovation various recent publications have suggested in regard to ‘smart libraries’ and the possibilities of both real books and e-books, and plenty more besides: “For years I have seen the degradation of journalism world-wide and more broadly, the extent to which the ‘content’ readily available from most sources has become increasingly trivial and below the standard on which any of us should base important decisions.  Though there are notable exceptions –usually the product of heroic and valorous attempts by courageous and under paid people—the preponderance of what we have available is little better than pabulum. …
The race to the bottom continues as serious and deep content developers (authors) are fired from their roles and are forced to factory-farm content simply to feed their families.  They produce ‘by the piece’ and as prices go down and content serves largely as ‘clickbait,’ they have to produce more.  The more a person produces in a day the more the gravity and quality erodes and the race continues until we have clickbait pap as the mode and decent content as the exception. …
But ‘paying for nothing’ is indeed paying for something–something very dear.  While as consumers we should absolutely be willing to pay for content the onus is all the more so if we consider our main incarnation—as citizens.
We all hate ‘being advertised to’ but we invite that fate by being unwilling to part with a few dollars to support the authors and publishers of serious content so that indeed we can avoid being advertised to.  This is an abdication, both an economic and a philosophical one.  And it’s self-destructive to boot. …
Paying for nothing is absolutely paying for something.”
TODAY'S HEART, SOUL, & AWARENESS VIDEO

DOWN-TO-EARTH DATA & ANALYSIS OVER NUCLEAR DEATH-SENTENCE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gd1489LrUA&feature=em-share_video_user   From Canada, a folksy grassroots expert whose knowledge and insight could ‘rock the boat’ away from atomic suicide.
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EVENTS

The theme of this year’s national conference is “From Campuses to Communities, Building a Vision for the Future.” NSJP hopes to continue building with local SJPs to help increase community engagement on the local level. We will also open up a space for students to exchange ideas and further democratize our non-hierarchical national network. The significance of this year’s conference is immense, and students will make tangible plans for both the immediate and distant future. -As the 2015 National Students for Justice in Palestine conference approaches, organizers are calling for support to help to bolster meaningful Palestine solidarity activism on US campuses.

OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

Vermont Studio Center Fellowship – 

VSC holds three annual fellowship deadlines: February 15th, June 15th, and October 1st. We also offer occasional special fellowships at other times. Fellowship applications open approximately 6 weeks in advance of each deadline; during those periods, our current fellowship offerings will be listed on this page.  We accept general (non-fellowship) applications on a rolling basis year-round.

KEROUAC PROJECT RESIDENCY

The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $800 are included. All you are required to do is work on your writing project and give a reading in the house at the end of your residency.

Harlem Arts Alliance – Harlem Arts Alliance is a network based arts service organization comprised of established and emerging visual and performing artists, art lovers, businesses and organizations that serve the arts and culture community in Harlem and the Greater New York City area.   Harlem Arts Alliance, your connection to arts and culture, features its signature Artz, Rootz and Rhythm Series and annual Festival. These highly acclaimed events present more than 300 of our established and emerging visual and performing members, at more than 50 indoor and outdoor venues throughout Harlem.

 

Emerging Writers Awards – Three Emerging Writer Awards are presented each year. The Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, theCecelia Joyce Horton Johnson Fiction Award, and the Marianne Russo Award recognize and support writers who possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers.   Winners receive full tuition support for our January Seminar and Workshop Program*, round-trip airfare, lodging, a $500 honorarium, and the opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar.

pascal maramis - flickr
pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

The Senior Regional Director – Raleigh NC –  will lead strategic initiatives that advance the news operation throughout multiple channels and support the company’s mission of serving our communities by producing quality journalism on multiple platforms.  This position requires business knowledge, leadership ability and a technical understanding of how a news station group operates.  The candidate must understand budgeting, personnel management and the technical aspects of television. He or she must also have solid news judgment.

Paid Internship The Nation – New York – 

Editorial interns experience a comprehensive immersion into The Nation and TheNation.com’s editorial processes. These interns’ primary responsibilities include fact-checking for the magazine and website, providing research support to Nation writers and editors, and assisting bloggers on TheNation.com. Interns are not expected to arrive with fact-checking or digital media experience and will be extensively trained in those areas, though a familiarity with The Nation and the range of issues we cover is essential. These interns are based in the magazine’s New York City offices.

Faculty Position in Journalism

Department of Journalism – The University of Georgia

A successful candidate will have a PhD, MFA or other terminal degree in a communications related field and a minimum of five years of full-time industry experience, will be widely recognized at the national level by industry leaders as a leading authority within their disciplinary practice specialty, and will show the promise of excellence and leadership in instruction and service.

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Anniversary of Publication

A Quartz posting that discusses an anniversary of a successful publication that has taken well to the current digital media climate, and which might show a useful model to all those interested in media: “Three years on, thanks to your readership, Quartz is thriving. We have served 580 million pages to 173 million visitors on qz.com, and this month the website will see its largest audience yet. Millions more people read our stories on apps like Apple News, Flipboard, SmartNews, and Google Newsstand. We’re publishing scores of original pieces every day with intelligent coverage of the global economy, from debunking the Singapore miracle to investigating pilot selfies.”

Quartz’s New York-based staff assembled on our rooftop this week to celebrate turning three. (Quartz/Mia Mabanta)

Media Entity Unionizing

A New York Times article that demonstrates the emerging power of unions in new digital outlets, a development that demonstrates that a growing awareness of democracy and labor justice exists in the new generation: ““We’re a very young newsroom, most in 20s or early 30s, and a lot of us started our careers in the depth of the recession,” Ms. Ollstein said, speaking generally of the industry. “We were hearing this message constantly: ‘You’re lucky to have anything.’ We learned you can’t eat exposure, you can’t pay your rent with experience, as valuable as those things are.”

Now, Ms. Ollstein said, ThinkProgress, like other sites, is hiring and doing well financially. “When our organization profits, employees should profit as well,” she said.

Abusive Drug Law

A Truth-Out posting that discusses unfair and damaging drug enforcement law that seeks more to profit the prison-industrial complex than actually protecting mothers and children: “Yet there’s nothing in the statute to distinguish between an addict who puts her baby at grave risk and a stressed-out single mom who takes a harmless dose of a friend’s anti-anxiety medication. There are no standards for law enforcement officials or judges to follow: Is the presence of drugs in the mother’s body cause for charges if the baby tests clean? What test results are appropriate for medical providers to report and when? Should a mother face charges even when she was using a prescription drug under a doctor’s supervision? Local prosecutors and courts have wide discretion.”

student SATStudent Graduation Rates Disparity

A Pro Publica article that discusses the findings of an organization that studies the graduation rates among different socioeconomic strata, with results that point to the fact that economic stability is a fundamental requisite to getting an education: “The new report comes on the heels of recently released federal education data that has brought new focus on how low-income students fare at college, including how much federal debt they take on and how much they earn after graduation. The graduation rates of low-income students were not included in that data.

The group behind the new report, the Education Trust, collected the graduation rates of Pell Grant recipients — typically students whose families make less than $30,000 a year — for a selection of more than 1,000 colleges across the country.”

National Park Potential Revitalizing 

A Route Fifty article that discusses the attempts of a valiant group trying to revitalize the local economhy through tourism and environmental stewardship, in spite of the reactionary jokes that run the state: “While Bar Harbor prospers, these northern towns have been withering away as mainstay forest products companies shutter their mills.

Could a new national park next to Baxter help to revive the Millinockets? Proponents think so, and they’ve mounted a major drive this summer to overcome resistance from those who cling both to the hope of reviving forestry operations and to their freedom to use the woods for snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and more.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Publishers Digesting

A Nieman Lab posting that discusses new media strategies that news outlets use to make the news more digestible to readers: “Every day, readers are faced with a firehose of news online. News organizations realize this, and they’re trying a bunch of different ways to make the news more manageable — creating chatty summaries of their own stories or publishing extra mobile-friendly content like short Q&As. … I asked these news organizations about their approaches to slimming down a day’s worth of news into manageable forms for their readers. The responses below have been condensed and edited for clarity.

Chilean author Isabel Allende says she still feels “profoundly Latin American.” | Photo: Reuters This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address: “http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Isabel-Allende-Exile-And-Nostalgia-Helped-My-Writing-20150924-0005.html”. If you intend to use it, please cite the source and provide a link to the original article. www.teleSURtv.net/english

Pain and Exile Lead to Creativity

A Tele Sur opinion piece by a famous Latin American writer that discusses how heartache and exile powered her first novel and her entire artistic career – a useful post for scrappy scribes seeking inspiration: ““The military coup came and I had to leave my country. I got to Venezuela where I could not find work as a journalist while all these stories, that I desired to tell, were accumulating. Until I found an out, with a letter from my grandfather, and I wrote my first novel,” she said, referring to her hit debut, The House of Spirits (1982).”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

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A Media Post that discusses how social media outlets are actively advocating for upholding net neutrality rules, by acknowledging that a connected society: “”People have never in history been this extensively and powerfully directly connected to each other and the world,” Yelp and the others say. “All of that is at risk if broadband providers get to block or limit access to those voices they decide to disfavor — and that is exactly what petitioners are fighting for the right to do. That risk must not be taken lightly.””

RECENT HAPPENINGS
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Bankrupcy and Student Loans

A Truth-Out article that can bring much relief to students who have been saddled with endless student loans for decades: “”You see more and more judges siding with debtors for humane reasons,” said Richard Fossey, a professor at the University of Louisiana who studies student bankruptcy cases. “It’s [judges] who are setting a trend with their decisions.”

Fossey said he believes that in cases involving student debtors, courts are becoming more compassionate and leaning toward the original driving force behind bankruptcy: a fresh start. “You see the judge saying, in his ruling: An honest but unfortunate debtor should not have to lie awake at night worrying about 25 years of debt,” he said.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS
Friends and family, and online community condemning the murder, shared victims' photos following the incident [Facebook]
Friends and family, and online community condemning the murder, shared victims’ photos following the incident [Facebook]
Bigotry and Fear

A Daily Kos posting that brings attention to the fact that many must live in fear of reprisals and persecution: ” We met today and I was startled to hear him talk about how he feels and what his fears are for the future. Startled, because he is the quintessential optimist and because we both live in New York where religion is not usually an issue. Startled, moreover, because although I have followed the current wave of gratuitous Islamophobia on display in the GOP field (see my diary here) I had not realized how far things have gone and because, frankly, only Muslims know the many ways in which they feel threatened or degraded by what is occurring.”

9.23.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

 FoodApplePieOne might pray that people fathom that life’s desserts permit each participant—if folks organize production and distribution amicably—to cut as big a piece as he needs, as ample a slice as she could hope to consume, but such a fond fancy clearly underestimates social actors’ conditioning to want the entire pie—at least for those of their ilk, despite how these demented distortions disempower everybody save those already in possession of massively disproportionate shares.

Quote of the Day
“(M)y countrymen (may) also possess a greater ability to understand poetry than any other people. …, a result of the history of the Czech people over the past 400 years – and particularly of our national rebirth in the early 19th Century.  The loss of our political independence during the Thirty Years’ War deprived us of our spiritual and political elite. Its members – those who were not executed – were silenced or forced to leave the country.  That resulted not only in an interruption of our cultural development, but also ih a deterioration of our language.  Not only was Catholicism reinstituted by force, but Germanization was imposed by force as well.

“Vltava in Prague” by che – Own work.

From that comes the relatively great importance of poetry in our cultural life.  There lies the explanation of our cult of poetry and of the high prestige it was already being accorded during the last century.  But it was not only then that poetry played an important role.  It burst into sumptuous blossom in the beginning of this century as well and between the two world wars – subsequently becoming our most important mode of expressing our national culture during World War II, a time of suffering for the people and of threat to the very existence of the nation.  Despite all external restrictions and censorship, poetry succeeded in creating values that gave people hope and strength.  Since the war, too – for the past 40 years – poetry has occupied a very important position in our cultural life.  It is as though poetry, lyrics were predestined not only to speak to people very closely, extremely intimately, but also to be our deepest and safest refuge, where we seek succor in adversities we sometimes dare not even name.”  Jaroslav Seifert, Czech Nobel Laureate’s Acceptance Speech, 1984

This Day in History

Today, Lithuania remembers the Holocaust with a Memorial Day: in central Asia eight centuries back, a baby boy emerged into our midst who would mature as the great Kublai Khan; six hundred seventy-seven years before the here and now, the first naval engagement took place that involved the use of cannon, at the start of the Hundred Years War;just beyond seven decades later, in 1409, Mongol fighters scored their second major victory over Ming Chinese forces; three hundred seventy-three years prior to just this point in time, Harvard College graduated its first class of matriculants; a hundred sixty-one years hence, in 1803,the Second Anglo-Maratha war commenced between the British East India Company and the Indian Maratha Empire; three years subsequently, in 1806, Lewis and Clark returned to St. Louis 640px-Lewis_and_Clark_1954_Issue-3cfrom their perambulations throughout the upper Western United States; thirty-two years thereafter, in 1838, the baby girl who grew up to run for President and advocate free love as Victoria Woodhull had just entered the world; seven years beyond that juncture, in 1845, the first team began to play baseball under recognizably modern rules as the Knickerbockers Baseball Club; twenty-three years further along time’s path, in 1868, a Chicago labor press published The Other Side, perhaps the first novel of working class life in the U.S., written by the President of the Cooper’s Union; eighteen years afterward, in 1886, Illinois Knights of Labor members and allies formed the United Labor Party, which soon elected seven Assemblymen and one Senator to the State legislature; three further years down the pike, in 1889, Nintendo came into existence as a commercial entity to market Japanese playing cards, and the infant child who grew up to become renowned journalist Walter

"Vltava in Prague" by che - Own work.
“Vltava in Prague” by che – Own work.

Lippman was born; Jaroslav Seifert, Czech poet and journalist and Nobel Laureate, a dozen years after that moment in time, in 1901, was a just-emerged infant boy; eight years henceforth, in 1909, Phantom of the Opera first appeared in serialized form in Gaulois Magazine; eighty-seven years ago, Chile’s leading voice for feminism, Maria Larrain de Vicuna breathed her last; two years closer to today, in 1930, a baby boy was born who grew up to become the legendary Ray Charles; under U.S. and British guidance seven hundred thirty-one days past that instant, in 1932, two small Arabian Peninsula kingdoms formed the basis of Saudi Arabia; the soon-enough activist and Black Panther leader George Jackson nine years beyond that point, in 1941, was a just-emerged Black infant; two years hence, in 1943, across the Atlantic in Spain, a male child drew an initial breath en route to a life as the singer and songwriter, Julio Iglesias; eight years subsequent to that conjunction, in 1949, back in the United States, another baby boy called out whose destiny was to croon and compose and scribe as the rocker Bruce Springsteen; two years yet later on, in 1952, Richard Nixon

Richard M. Nixon campaign 1968
Richard M. Nixon campaign 1968

delivered his denial of corruption accusations in a televised presentation of what people soon called the “Checkers Speech;” seven years nearer to now, in 1959,an Iowa farmer hosted Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in a visit; forty-two years prior to the present pass, the female infant destined to blog and write as Ana Marie Cox entered the world; a year after that, in 1973,Juan Peron returned to power in Argentina, and Chilean Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda died after fascists consolidated control of his country; eight years even more proximate to the present, in 1981, the Canadian performer, poet, and Native American Activist Dan George released his spirit from the Earth; fifteen years ahead of today’s light and air,journalist and commentator and activist Carl Rowan died, two more years down the temporal road, in 2002, Mozilla released the first iteration of Firefox.

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CURRENT CONTEXT OF THE LEVANTINE HEART OF IMPERIAL CONFLICT
https://consortiumnews.com/2015/09/22/will-us-grasp-putins-syria-lifeline/        Another powerful contextualization from the investigative staff–often former CIA agents and others with ‘inside’ knowledge of U.S. empire–at Consortium News, in this case an examination of the ‘Russian wrinkle’ in Syria’s grave pass, which only an idiot or a thug or a terrorist or a plutocrat would see as anything other than a golden opportunity to reduce carnage and increase humanity, meaning of course that monopoly media’s outlets all line up with the U.S. government in demonizing the only power in the entire region that has effectively combated terror and the Islamic State in Iraq & Syria, which in the event is the nation of Syria under Bashir Assad’s leadership, one of various articles from the past few days that present similar or related arguments, or that point out contradictions and perfidy in U.S. policy: “Assad’s early complaint about ‘terrorists’ having infiltrated the opposition had a basis in fact.  Early in the disorders in 2011, there were cases of armed elements killing police and soldiers.  Later, there were terrorist bombings targeting senior Syrian government officials, including a July 18, 2012 explosion – deemed a suicide bombing by government officials – that killed Syrian Defense Minister General Dawoud Rajiha and Assef Shawkat, the deputy defense minister and Assad’s brother-in-law.
By then, it had become clear that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and other Sunni-ruled countries(all American ‘allies) were funneling money and other help to jihadist rebels seeking to oust Assad’s regime, which was considered a protector of Christians, Shiites, Alawites and other minorities fearing persecution if Sunni extremists prevailed. …
The D(efense) I(ntelligence) A(gency) analysts already understood the risks that A(l) Q(aida in) I(raq) represented both to Syria and Iraq.  The report included a stark warning about the expansion of AQI, which was changing into the Islamic State or what the DIA referred to as ISI.  The brutal armed movement was seeing its ranks swelled by the arrival of global jihadists rallying to the black banner of Sunni militancy, intolerant of both Westerners and ‘heretics’ from Shiite and other non-Sunni branches of Islam. …
              (In any clear and honest accounting), much of the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition actually has been involved in financing and arming many of the same jihadists that the coalition is now supposedly fighting.  If you take into account the lost billions of dollars that the Bush administration dumped on Sunni fighters starting in 2006, you could argue that the U.S.-led coalition bears primary responsibility for creating the problem that it is now confronting. …
Yet, the Times editorial on Monday blamed Putin for a big chunk of the Syrian mess because Russia has dared support the internationally recognized Syrian government in the face of vicious foreign-supported terrorism.  The Times casts no blame on the United States or its allies for the Syrian horror. …report(ing) that President Barack Obama ‘considers Mr. Putin a thug,’ though it was President Obama who boasted just last month, ‘I’ve ordered military action in seven countries,’ another inconvenient fact that the Times discreetly leaves out.  In other words, who’s the ‘thug?'”
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EVENTS

Global Investigative Journalism Conference –  Welcome to GIJC15! We have more than 160 panels, workshops, and special events planned for the conference. Be sure to register with Sched so you can create a personalized schedule and better network with your colleagues.

OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

Knight Cities Challenge – Now, you have an opportunity to win support for your idea as Knight Foundation launches the second round of the Knight Cities Challenge. We’ll award $5 million to fund new ideas to make the 26 Knight communities more successful by advancing talent, opportunity and engagement. The challenge will be open for applications from Oct. 1-Oct. 27 at knightcities.org, and we’ll announce winners early next year.

Three Emerging Writer Awards are presented each year. The Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, theCecelia Joyce Horton Johnson Fiction Award, and the Marianne Russo Award recognize and support writers who possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers.

Winners receive full tuition support for our January Seminar and Workshop Program, round-trip airfare, lodging, a $500 honorarium, and the opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar.

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JOBS

NBCUniversal  – The Investigative Executive Producer must be a dynamic leader who can motivate a skilled team of reporters, producers and photographers. The EP manages the day-to-day news that demands an investigative angle as well as work the “big-get exclusives” and long-term projects.   The EP works with the Assistant News Director & News Director and leads the I-Team’s editorial content, branding and production. The position also works closely with the Digital lead to make sure the I-Team’s stories are seen across multiple platforms.

PERSONAL FINANCE BLOG WRITER
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For this contract position, we’re looking for candidates who have previous publishing credits in the area of personal finance (articles, books, etc.). In rare cases, we will consider an unpublished candidate with a CFP or equivalent certification. After a probationary period, in which we would pay $100 per article for sound, thoughtful, and well-written articles, we would intend to sign a contract (which entails higher base pay per article plus incentives) with a successful applicant.

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ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Socialism Capitalism Differences

A Counter Currents posting by a journalist who analyses the difference between the most important paradigms in politics in the past two centuries: This “corporate measure” of the social contract in modern society is to the exclusion of the misery index in what Frantz Fanon once called “The Wretched of the Earth”, referring to the manner that imperialism determines social class in Africa and the masses’ reaction to create a more socially just society. The conditions Fanon described pertaining to Algerian struggle against French colonialism pertains today to conditions that capitalism universally creates and perpetuates as it always has since its nascent phase in the 15th century when European colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade began. An African-American youth shot by the police in the ghetto in 2015 is just as much a victim of the same class formation that capitalism creates as an Algerian youth fighting against French colonial rule in the 1950s.”

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Creative Commons/DonkeyHotey.

Debt Collapse Scenario

A Counter Punch article by a Green Party candidate that makes a progressive assessment of the crisis of capital and offers sound social democratic approaches to addressing that crisis but which grounds its analysis in social speculation that is at best fantasy: “Besides city, county and state collapses, there will also be school debt collapses, hospital debt collapses, government authority debt collapses, individual bankruptcies, corporate debt collapses and finally the nationwide debt collapse of the USA. If change cannot be brought about fast – like increasing revenue (e.g. raising taxes on the rich) or cutting spending (e.g. ending endless war, cutting military/intel spending) or both – then, the best way forward may be to evacuate. Get away from the places about to collapse as quickly as you can. If you find your home is burning to the ground, as I discovered one Sunday evening in New York City in the Summer of 2011, what are you going to do? Evacuate.”

Bob Jagendorf
Bob Jagendorf

Debtor Prison Revisited

A Think Progress piece that looks at what essentially is the emerging debtor prison system, and introduces readers to organizations intent on stopping the injustice: ““Caging people when they’re too poor to afford to pay court debt…is ubiquitous, it’s happening in all 50 states,” said Alec Karakatsanis, co-founder of Equal Justice Under the Law, which brought a case against Montgomery. There is no hard and fast data on how many towns engage in these practices, nor how many people are jailed on any given day. “But I go around the country…and see it all over,” he noted.

One motivating factor is that municipal courts have become a cash cow in terms of government revenue. “It’s actually very lucrative for cities to do this,” Karakatsanis said. “These policies allow cities to take advantage of the fact that they also control the police force and jails and to extort money out of people.””

Death of Democracy in West

An Information Clearing House opinion piece that posits the end of a democracy that barely existed in the Western world: “Here we have the incongruity of Washington and London bringing democracy to others through what Vladimir Putin calls “airstrike democracy,” while tolerating a democracy deficit themselves. The safest conclusion is that democracy is a cloak for an aggressive agenda, not a value in itself to the US and UK elites, who rule and who intend to continue to rule these countries for their personal benefit.”

 

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

privacy-policy-security dataDanger for Bloggers in Reactionary Place

A Guardian posting that discusses the peril that many writers who dare voice opposing viewpoints in a context of reactionary and repressive leadership: “The list will raise fears that Islamic militant violence within the unstable south Asian country could take on an international dimension.

The targets in the list include nine bloggers based in the UK, seven in Germany, two in the US, one in Canada and one in Sweden. Some are Bangladeshi citizens living overseas. Others are dual nationals or citizens of the western nations.”

Social Network Tools Primer

An Elsua article that helps readers elucidate the purpose and use of different social media tools: “Every year Jane Hart does this absolutely wonderful exercise of putting together the Top 100 Tools for Learning (here’s the list for 2015 as a highly recommended read), and while I won’t be listing my Top 100 I will definitely try to put together some thoughts as to where I usually hang out nowadays, what I stopped using and why, and what I’m currently working on, specially, a very specific experiment that’s caused quite a stir over a month and a half ago, although that would be the story of the next blog post… “

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Gutenberg_Bible_scanRevolutionary Type

A Journalism and Media Studies Class aggregation that discusses the amazing thing which was the long-ago invention of movable type, an invention that truly revolutionized all human learning: “he experts agree: The metal movable type printing press was one of the most significant inventions in human history. …The innovations of nearly every single person that follows all relied upon Gutenberg’s press or its derivatives.”

Marketplace of Data

A Exchange posting that discusses the value of data in an internet world: “Data is the oil of the 21st century. For all of its value, oil is useless thick goop until it’s refined into fuel. Big Data’s version of refined fuel – proprietary algorithms that solve specific problems that translate into actions – will be the secret sauce of successful organizations in the future.”

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Deadly Peanuts

A Truth-Out posting that discusses the peanut outbreak that cost a greedy corporate leader his liberty, and gives a constitutional background on the causes of greed: “As District Judge W. Louis Sands explained about the case: “these acts were driven simply by the desire to profit and to protect profits notwithstanding the known risks [from Salmonella]. This is commonly and accurately referred to as greed.”

And that shouldn’t be surprising to anyone – for-profit corporations exist first and foremost to make money.”

(Photo: Peanuts via Shutterstock)
GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Arab Awakening

A Just Security article that discusses the current situation in the Middle East, and the chaotic political circumstances that result from meddling and imperial pursuits: “Four years is a very short time. It is far too early to say what the outcome of the Arab Awakening will be, whether we are experiencing an inevitably painful period of transition to a more stable, just, and democratic order, or an unraveling of order altogether. But the stakes have become clear. From the turmoil of the Arab Awakening, two new models of governance have emerged — one represented by Tunisia and one represented by Daesh (the Islamic State). We have a profound interest in seeing the first of these models succeed, and ensuring that the second fails.”

Nuclear Fallout

A CounterPunch posting that clearly contextualizes some of the lies surrounding the nuclear accident sites, and provides good data to folks interested in issues of public health and nuclear energy: “Dr. Mousseau made many trips to Chernobyl and Fukushima, making 896 inventories at Chernobyl and 1,100 biotic inventories in Fukushima. His mission was to test the effects of radiation on plants and animals. The title of his interview (above) handily serves to answer the question of whether radiation is positive for animals and plants. Without itemizing reams and reams of study data, the short answer is: Absolutely not! It is not positive for animals and plants, period.”

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A Thought for the Day

The past lives inside us—father’s hungry nose and grandma’s lusty lip, and outside us as well—the hanging tree so full of ghosts just up the hill, the quilt on the wall from auntie’s stint at the mill: the present, a kiss or a cry, a caress of a sigh, palpates our bones with its daily miracle of cackles and groans, but hidden behind a cosmic curtain, the future’s signals, though far from certain, seem to suggest that we take steps to create something more potent and honorable and graceful than we have heretofore imagined as possible.

Quote of the Day
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Hieronymus Bosch – The Garden of Earthly Delights – Hell

“‘We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye.  We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards.  America’s chickens are coming home to roost.  We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns and the training of professional killers. … We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God. … We conducted radiation experiments on our own people. … We care nothing about human life if the ends justify the means. … And!  God!  Has got!  To be sick!  Of this shit! …(Thus), (t)o say ‘I am a Christian’ is not enough.  Why?  Because the Christianity of the slaveholder is not the Christianity of the slave.  The God to whom the slaveholders pray as they ride on the decks of the slave ship is not the God to whom the enslaved are praying as they ride beneath the decks on that slave ship.”  Jeremiah Wright

This Day in History

main_solstices_equinoxesToday is generally one of Earth’s four most important days, the Vernal Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere, the Autumnal Equinox here in the North, and it is also both One Web Day, a celebration of Internet interconnection and awareness, and Hobbit Day, which always occurs as a part of Tolkien Week; at the conjunction of far South Eastern Europe and South Western Asia, two thousand four hundred ninety-five years ago, Greek sailors and soldiers defeated a Persian fleet at the battle of Salamis; four hundred seventeen years before the here and now, playwright Ben Jonson killed an actor in a duel and faced charges of manslaughter; ninety-four years henceforth, in 1692, the last hangings for witchcraft in British North America, in Massachusetts Bay, took place, although several additional accused died in prison; just before the Equinox just shy of two decades subsequently, in 1711, Tuscarora Indians rose up against depredations by European colonists and initiated the bloodiest colonial war on Carolina soil, from which the British ultimately emerged victorious, with most of the Tuscarora people’s deciding to return to upstate New York in the aftermath; Nathan Hale died in a noose for his patriotic treason two hundred thirty-nine years ahead of this moment in time;  the United States, a decade after that to the day, in 1786,established the office of Postmaster General, and a Russian-led combined Austrian-Russian army of about 20,000 crushed an Ottoman force near the Rymnik River in present-day Romania, killing half of them, and expelling the Turks from most of Austria-Hungary; one hundred forty-six years back, Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold premiered in Vienna; eleven years afterward on the dot, in 1880, across the English Channel, a baby girl was born whom fate anointed as the feminist activist, Christabel Pankhurst;National Geographic one hundred twenty-seven years prior to the present pass, initiated its continuous publication till the present day; two decades later, in 1908, Bulgaria ratified its independence from the crumbling Ottoman Empire, as other ‘Great

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Ottoman Empire postage stamp Double M flickr

Powers’ plotted taking over different additional pieces of the Turkish realm; two years later, in 1910,England’s first ‘moving-picture-house’ opened in Brighton, and across the Atlantic in Chicago, an eighteen year old garment worker led a spontaneous walkout to protest arbitrary wage-cuts, bullying, and brutally long shifts, which in days had grown to a strike by 40,000 workers in the ‘Windy City;’ nine years subsequent to that incident, in 1919, a steel strike in Pennsylvania rapidly spread to the entire United States before the U.S. called out the National Guard to crush the action; three hundred sixty-six days afterward, in 1920, the boy baby who later founded Amnesty International as Eric Baker was born; two years after that, in 1922, Federal and local forces finally repressed Mingo County, West Virginia coal miners’ actions in their own behalf; nine years nearer to now, in 1931, the girl child who grew to become the popular author Faye Weldon came into the world; three years later, in 1934, a collier explosion in Wales killed two hundred sixty-six miners, in one of the worst industrial accidents in the history of the United Kingdom, and the United Textile Workers called wage-solidarityearners back to their jobs in the U.S., although Southern owners continued to brutalize and oppress unionists, especially in the Carolinas and Georgia; another year beyond that pass, in 1935, coal miners in Appalachia walked off the job 400,000 strong; three years beyond that juncture, in 1939,  Red Army and Nazi troops parade together in triumph through the streets of Brest-Litovsk after the conquest of Poland; SS Einsatzgruppe C seven hundred thirty-one days still more proximate to the present, in 1941, slaughtered six thousand Jews and Communists near Vinytsia, Ukraine, on Rosh Hashanah, completing the murder of nearly 30,000 people over the course of a week, and over the wide Atlantic in Chicago, a baby boy entered the world who would rise as the radical preacher and community leader, Jeremiah Wright; sixty-two years back, the American Federation of Labor expelled the International Longshoreman’s Association because of ILA’s racketeering activities; two years hence, in 1955, British television channel ITV first broadcast its signal; Frederick Soddy died precisely a year further along, in 1956,after a lifetime of nuclear chemistry

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory flickr

and political economy; two years more along the temporal arc, in 1958, the female infant who became the song-writer and singer Joan Jett was born; seven years hence, in 1965, the 1965 Indo-Pakistani War ended after the United Nations declared a ceasefire; thirty-six years ago, the so-called Vela Incident took place, a suspected nuclear test may have occurred near Antarctica, conducted by Israel, South Africa, or both, about which many of the investigative documents remain classified; a year later still, in 1980, Iraq invaded Iran to begin many years of bloodletting in which the U.S. armed and provided intelligence support to both sides; eleven years even closer to today, in 1991, the Huntington Library made the Dead Sea Scrolls available for public viewing for the first time; exactly eight years later, in 1999, George C. Scott died.

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DIGITAL MEDIA’S TOPSY-TURVY UP-TO-THE-MINUTE VOLATILITY

http://www.themediabriefing.com/article/robo-journalism-the-future-is-arriving-quickly        From the Media Briefing, an assessment of the short and medium range prospects for more bot-scribes to take the place of flesh-and-blood writers, which implies that many journalists and other paid wordsmiths might begin to feel a sense of discomfiture in the next one-to-five years as automated programs take over more general purpose reporting and analysis work, an aspect of what Naked Capitalism recently described as the way that competitive workplaces bury options for competition, and of what Editor & Publisher views as one of the many downsides of ‘big-data’s’ driving journalism, at the same time that automated protocols can also improve collaboration on complex, multitfaceted projects according to Medium and an openness to ‘self-invention-while-traveling’ can spark empowering innovation in media spaces, like Detroit, otherwise under the gun, none of which either proves or disproves the primary point, that a revolution in work is under way that workers must develop a strategy to deal with or they’ll find themselves ‘holding the proverbial bag,’ as it were: “The number of UK employed journalists has declined by 6,000(9%) since 2013 as publishers have had to cut costs.  However, (this) means they are cutting content creators at a time that they are demanding more content creation.  Some experienced writers have been replaced by younger, cheaper ‘digital-natives,’ but publishers will increasingly use robo-journalists instead(as well). …
                (Automata) don’t, of course, knock on doors, burn shoe leather or make contacts and phone calls.  However, they can do the same tasks as the increasing proportion of journalists set to re-packaging news or making sense of the increasingly digitised data that informs the news.
After algorithm creation there’s slow fine-tuning.  This is human labour-intensive process of re-programming but it is coming on apace. The Associated Press once checked everything machines produced but now they put the majority of it on the wire directly. …
               (Machines)translate between languages by comparing decades of EU and UN reports, expensively translated into multiple languages by humans.  When asked to translate a sentence they scan these translations to find a close match or a few fragments they can add together.
Similarly, that newsbrands publish to the open web means machines can compare how publishers cover the same story.  They learn alternative phrases, different approaches, narratives, tones and house styles.  It (also) means they can be set to write with a particular skew: in support of a sports team or against a political party. …
Machines are adept at investigating data sets.  Publishers have set them to tax records, homicide data, meteorological reports and more – looking for patterns and describing them.  They’re thorough, not prone to error and they’re fast. …
Robo-journalism will be of interest to the advertising department.  They’ve built native advertising units to write copy for advertisers – and charge a premium.  Personalisation means bigger premiums.
On the flip side, what if robo-journalism technology got into advertiser hands?  They already plan to buy native at scale across many sites.  What’s missing is the ability to speedily and cost-effectively re-write content to suit different publishers’ environments.  If technology enables it, they can force prices down.”

 

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Tigertail Productions is calling for dancers, choreographers, and filmmakers to submit short dance films and videos for ScreenDance Miami, a festival of workshops, panel discussions, and screenings in Miami this January.

 

Atlantic Center for the Arts

Founded in in 1977 by Doris Leeper, an internationally known sculptor and painter, as well as a visionary environmentalist, Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) is a non-profit multidisciplinary artist residency facility located in New Smyrna Beach.  Master Artist in Residence Program; scholarship available

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pascal maramis – flickr

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The award-winning Quad-City Times, on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, seeks an Editor with a passion for local news and the ability to grow audience in our expanding and competitive market of eastern Iowa and western Illinois (pop. 300,000). The successful candidate must have experience in the best ways to present news on all platforms – print, web, mobile and tablet — and must be an effective leader with excellent hands-on management and mentoring skills. Experience in using analytics to help guide coverage is a plus. The position requires a degree in journalism, 7+ years experience in newsroom management, exceptional verbal and written skills, knowledge of newsroom budgeting, and, of course, passion for our  profession.

azcentral.com com is seeking a Senior Social Media Producer who can grow our audience through smart social strategies and by curating and developing unique social content. The senior producer will also be expected to identify social trends and new platforms, utilize social listening tools and monitor analytics. We’re looking for someone who likes to experiment, but who can separate passing folly from best practice, and be a social champion for our staff. We put a premium on personal integrity, teamwork, problem solving, a strong work ethic, accountability and winning.

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Ideology Examined

A great blog by a writer worth following, and with a recent interesting article regarding ideology: “What is important about ideologies goes beyond which ones are more accurate than others but how ideological clashes might help explain political conflict. As the long and painful presidential election season unfolds, it is useful to analyze the three competing ideologies that dominate current debate. Each has its adherents. Each represents interests. Each explains how the world works in a different way. And each has a different vision of a better future.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

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A Nieman Lab posting that perfectly adequately deconstructs the problem with ebooks, subscription models, publishers, and what are the challenges present in terms of actually monetizing reading: “Any claims that Oyster failed because it didn’t have enough good content to read miss the point. Oyster had plenty of good content to read (even if it wasn’t brand new), but it was too good a deal for the publishers (and for customers who read a lot) to be a sustainable business. Ebook subscription can work, maybe, if it’s done the way Amazon is doing it: With tiny payments for authors, backed by a giant company that can actually also afford to take a loss on the program (though we have no proof that Amazon is taking a loss on Kindle Unlimited). But it appears that it can’t be done in a way that is particularly attractive to publishers of big well-known titles.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES
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Marcelo Graciolli flickr

Bad Ad Outlet

A Media Post posting that discusses legal action sought by advertisers given a bum deal by Google ad program: “The lawsuit stems from Google’s “parked domains” and “errors” programs, which often serve ads on sites that aren’t fully developed, and typo sites that people visit accidentally.

Several pay-per-click marketers — including law firm Pulaski & Middleman and retailer RK West — alleged in a class-action lawsuit that ads on Google’s AdSense for Domains and AdSense for Errors programs result in fewer purchases than ads on Google’s search results pages. The marketers also claimed that ads on parked domains “could damage their brands.””

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Labor Role in Car Industry

A Portside posting that takes a look at labor relations in Mexico, and discusses the view that labor relations have much to bear on the economy at large: “It raises the question: Is Mexico to be feared as a low-cost producer that steals jobs? Or is it the low-cost producer best-suited to assemble lower-profit vehicles, freeing up money to pay U.S. workers higher wages to build trucks and utility vehicles in the U.S.?

It’s an odd quirk of labor relations that unionized workers at Fiat Chrysler in the U.S. have a say in this aspect of the company’s global corporate strategy.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Educational Videos 

An SOP posting from Inc.  that extols the virtue of TED Talks, and impugns upon them a very inflated perspective on what they are able to achieve: “In today’s business world, leaders are emerging at all ranks. The role of the leader is not exclusive to executive-level positions.

But being a great leader doesn’t have to mean going to management school. You can emerge as an effective trailblazer in your office by being true to yourself and constantly learning from the information that is at your fingertips. Start by watching these short lectures and embodying their lessons.”

9.21.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

japan mask theater theatre 17th_century_Noh_maskNo matter how fair and equable, even the most pleasant, seemingly placid, façade contains mad complexity, and at least a dose of daunting darkness, beneath the surface; a successful pursuit of happiness wrestles with what lies in these deeper regions and ignores facile fantasies of easy ‘eternal bliss.’

Quote of the Day
“Can I be blunt on this subject?  If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.  Simple as that. …The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor. …Let’s get one(more) thing clear right now, shall we?  There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun.  Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up. …(A related point is that) (s)ometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.”  Steven King
This Day in History

swamp-bayou treeIn anticipation of tomorrow’s Equinox, Argentina celebrates Spring Day, Brazil Arbor Day, and Bolivia Students Day, and around the globe this twenty-four hour period is an International Day of Peace; in ancient Rome, more or less two thousand thirty-four years ago, the iconic poet and scribe Virgil breathed his last; in an early phase of European maneuvering in regard to how rule would work as Rome’s empire came closer to dissolution, almost but not quite four and three quarter centuries later, in 455, upper-class Senator, Avitus, entered Rome at the head of a Gallic army to consolidate a cosmopolitan imperial approach for a brief period; seven centuries and fifteen years subsequently, in 1170, English and Irish nobility led their forces successfully against the Norse-Gaelic rulers who had been occupying and administering the Emerald Isle from Dublin; five hundred six years hence, in 1776, English invaders burned part of the settled areas of Manhattan near the outset of the American Revolution; sixteen years thereafter, in 1792, across the Atlantic in Paris, the French revolutionary government abolished absolute monarchy and proclaimed France to be a republic; four decades after that fact, in 1832, the beloved English

A replica of the Victoria, one of Magellan's ships, in the Museo Nao Victoria, Punta Arenas.
A replica of the Victoria, one of Magellan’s ships, in the Museo Nao Victoria, Punta Arenas.

poet Walter Scott experienced his final verse; eleven years henceforth, in 1843, shortly after what would become its Independence Day, Chilean authorities claimed suzerainty over the Magellan Strait; one hundred fifty-five years back, troops from England and France crushed Chinese forces at the end of the Second Opium War in the Battle of Palikao, and back in Europe philosopher and critic Arthur Schopenhauer died; half a dozen years after that conjunction, in 1866 eight thousand miles away in England, a child of privilege entered the world who would grow up as a voice of both reform and social democracy and fabulous fantasy, H.G. Wells; thirty-years even later, in 1896, the soon-to-be butchered Lord Kitchener led British imperial forces to a temporary victory in Sudan, and across the globe in the Rocky Mountains, officials in Colorado unleashed State Militia on striking miners in Leadville, Colorado; sixteen years hence, in 1912, the

Mother Jones, American labor activist.
Mother Jones, American labor activist.

‘Miner’s Angel,’ Mary Harris (Mother) Jones led a march of colliers’ kids through the streets of Charleston, West Virginia to publicize their plight to the world; another six years subsequent to that point in time, in 1918, a male infant entered our midst who would both be a mighty mind for the exploration of atomic physics and a stalwart voice that critiqued the inherently deadly and duplicitous nature of nuclear industries; eighty-one years before the here and now, the male child cried out whose voice would move billions as Leonard Cohen; three years afterward, in 1937, J R R Tolkien first published his iconic story, The Hobbit; five years past that conjunction, in 1942, across Europe in Western Ukraine, Nazis condemned over 1,000 Jews to death on Yom Kippur, and further East, fascist forces slaughtered almost 3,000 Jews and communists; five years closer jude jewish holocaust genocideto the current context, in 1947, a male infant in Maine shouted out en route to life as the iconic and beloved Steven King; three years later yet, in 1950, a baby boy was born who would rise as the acclaimed performer and screenwriter, Bill Murray; seven years past that point in time, in 1957,  the baby boy first cried out who would rise up as the acclaimed and frightfully powerful director and screenwriter Ethan Coen; seventeen years later on, in 1974, Jacqueline Susann lived through her final chapter; two years nearer to now, in 1976,Chilean refugee and scholar Orlando Letelier lost his life in an assassination carried out by Chilean fascist spies in Washington DC, a murder that also killed his just-married assistant Ronni Moffitt; the very next year, in 1977, in a much more positive expression of human proclivities, 15 nations signed an initial version of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty; fourteen years subsequent to that point, in 1991, the soon-to-terminate Soviet Union granted Armenia independent status as a nation, and a five-union strike began against a major Las Vegas las vegas americana advertising vulgar casino that would finally lead to victory only six and a half years later, with not a single striker’s having scabbed; four years prior to the present pass,Georgia carried out its death sentence against the accused police killer Troy Davis, even though he was innocent; seven hundred thirty-one days further onward, in 2013, 7,000 miles away in East Africa, terrorists in Kenya orchestrated an attack on a popular mall that killed scores of people in the former British colony.

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CRITICISM EQUALS NEITHER REJECTION NOR REFUSAL TO SUPPORT

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/The-Truth-About-Chavez-Bernie-Sanders-Is-Wrong-20150920-0016.html             Regarding a truly bizarre statement about Hugo Chavez’s purported status as a “dead communist dictator,” an incisive and essential criticism of Bernie Sanders from Venezuela’s critically important media outlet, Telesur, in a general context of welcome for Sanders’ arrival as a candidate by no less an avatar of legitimacy than Stephen Colbert, as well as very rational and persuasive calls, from sources as diverse as evangelicals and radicals of various stripes and flavors, to stop nitpicking and factionalizing about a candidate who may in fact not be a complete sell-out on global imperial issues and in any event is clearly articulating indubitably social democratic themes in his increasingly potent and popular campaign: “Dear Bernie!
Like millions of Americans, I’ve been watching your campaign with growing excitement.  You’re spot on about the pernicious effects of rising inequality and absolutely correct that the United States now resembles an oligarchy more than a democracy.  I applaud your willingness to directly and repeatedly denounce the billionaire class that runs this country.  And I wholeheartedly support your call for universal health care. …
So I was surprised and dismayed to see you label the late Hugo Chavez a ‘dead communist dictator’ last week.  I would expect this from candidates like Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, or Hillary Clinton — not from someone who supported the Sandinistas in the 1980s and accepted discounted heating oil from Chavez for low-income Vermont residents. …

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“Election MG 3455” by Rama – Own work

(Among the reasons to reconsider your false allegations are these).
Chavez won these(five) elections by massive margins.  He prevailed in the 1998 presidential election with 56 percent of the vote.  He was reelected in 2000, netting 60 percent of votes cast.  In 2004, Chavez won a recall referendum with 59 percent.  In 2006 he was again victorious, receiving a whopping 63 percent of the vote.  And in the 2012, while dying of cancer, he still triumphed, this time garnering 55 percent. …
The reason Chavez was so successful politically is because he implemented some of the same sorts of policies you support.  After Chavez took office, the Venezuelan state more than doubled spending on health and education.  (Sure this was made possible by the high price of oil from 2003 to 2008, but it was also possible because of Chavez’s success in reasserting state control over the oil sector, which was quasi-privatized in the 1990s.) …
While you haven’t declared that you want to build ‘twenty-first century socialism,’ Chavez’s Bolivarian Revolution bears at least some resemblance to the type of ‘political revolution’ you claim to favor.  In 1998, when Chavez was first elected, turnout was just 63 percent, one of the lowest percentages in Venezuela’s democratic history.  In Chavez’s last election, it was 81 percent — the highest percentage since 1988, when voting in Venezuela was still mandatory.  In December 2013, 59 percent of registered voters went to the ballot box for local elections — a higher turnout than every U.S. presidential election since 1968.” Telesur

             “He was convicting the Christian leaders and the religious leaders in that university, and calling us out for being complicit in the abandonment of those who suffer, the least of these, and siding with the powerful and rich, the masters of this world.  And he was convicting us and calling us out, and we scorned him, and we stared him down; and, with sour faces, we thought, ‘Who is this wacko, and why do all these people seem to follow him, seem to like him – this wild-haired Jew, crying out from the wilderness of the political left, in his hoarse voice?’ …
As I heard Bernie Sanders crying out to the religious leaders at Liberty University, in his hoarse voice, with his wild hair – this Jew – and he proclaimed justice over us, he called us to account, for being complicit with those who are wealthy and those who are powerful, and for abandoning the poor, the least of these, who Jesus said he had come to bring good news to.  And in that moment something occurred to me.  As I saw Bernie Sanders up there, as I watched him, I realized Bernie Sanders for president is good news for the poor.  Bernie Sanders for president is Good News for the poor.  Bernie Sanders is gospel for the poor.  And Jesus said ‘I have come to bring gospel’ – good news – ‘to the poor.’ …
And I realized that we … . absolutely shun those who would attempt to find nuance and twisted and tortured interpretations of scripture that they would use to master all other broader interpretations, to find some kind of big message that they want to flout.  We absolutely scorn such things, and yet somehow we commit to the mental gymnastics necessary that allows us to abandon the least of these, to abandon the poor, to abandon the immigrants, to abandon those who are in prison, (those whom Sanders embraces and calls us to embrace.”  DailyKos
             “In this presidential summer of our discontent, the radical left has been fighting hard—not chiefly against capitalism and its galloping calamities, it seems, but against . . . Bernie Sanders. Scarcely a day passes without an ominous recitation of Sanders’s manifold political shortcomings—Sanders exposés (read examples{in the original piece}) seem to have become a thriving cottage industry for the far-left commentariat. …
Ten parts bellowing grandiosity to zero parts real influence, the far left fails a litmus test more important than any it applies to Bernie Sanders: Marx’s call not merely to interpret the world but to change it.  So we must ask: at this moment of gathering darkness for our species and planet, in this pivotal presidential campaign season, who is making greater strides toward triggering the mass enlightenment that is the key to empowering the oppressed: Sanders or his left critics?  If politics is the art of communication, then Sanders must be judged the winner, hands down.” TruthDig via Counterpunch
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Millay Colony for the Arts invites composers, visual artists, and writers to apply for residencies at their seven-acre campus in Austerlitz, New York. Residents receive private rooms, studio space, and all meals.

Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD) CTD’s annual Pen 2 Paper (P2P) creative writing competition seeks pieces of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and comics that treat the topic of disability. Whether or not you have experience as a creative writer; whether or not you have a disability, we want to hear your voice!

REAL SIMPLE LIFE LESSONS ESSAY CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE. Must be a US resident. Theme: Would your world now be completely different — even unthinkable — if, at some point in the past, you hadn’t made a seemingly random choice? Tell us about it. Prize $3,000 and publication in Real Simple magazine. Deadline: September 21, 2015. Limit 1,500 words. The second-place winner will receive $750. The third-place winner will receive $500.
KATHY FISH FELLOWSHIP
NO ENTRY FEE.  Deadline October 15, 2015. The winner of the 2016 Kathy Fish Fellowship will be considered a “writer in residence” at SmokeLong (note: position is virtual) for four quarterly issues (March, June, September, and December 2016). Each issue will include one flash by the Fellowship winner. The winner of the Fellowship will also receive $500, to be paid as follows: $100 on announcement of the winner, and $100 upon publication of each of the four issues in 2016.
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pascal maramis – flickr

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WSI Reporter – 

The Reporter will report and produce news stories for various platforms, and act as a statewide expert and discussion leader on high-value topics, meeting audience demand for immediacy, depth and engagement.

Test Prep Writing – Higher Learning Technologies (HLT) is accepting applications for contract writers and reviewers with strong subject matter expertise. Resume and work sample required for consideration as an item writer. Item writers will be paid $80 per passage set (passage plus five test items). Content reviewers will be paid $45 per passage set. Generally, we anticipate our writers will also serve as content reviewers of other writers’ passage sets.

A List Apart – Yes, you. We’re always looking for new authors. If you’ve got an idea that will challenge our readers and move our industry forward, we want to hear about it. But you don’t need to wait for an idea that willredefine web design. Just aim to bring readers a fresh perspective on a topic that’s keeping you up at night. $200 per article

 

Madden Media – Locally owned Madden Media is recognized nationally as a leader in print and online marketing for the tourism industry. Sharpen your skills in a company that is evolving as rapidly as the travel landscape. We are seeking an experienced Web Application Developer to join our team. This position will have an essential role in developing industry‐leading applications for both the mobile and web marketplaces.

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Deathly Injustice Overturned

An ACLU announcement of a triumph of justice in the successful overturning of a severely unjust and uncalled for instance of capital punishment: “Montez’s jurors did not want him to die. They voted 10-2 to sentence him to life, but the trial judge who presided over his first trial, Judge Gloria Bahakel, overrode their decision of life in prison and sentenced him to death, in a process known as “judicial override.”  More than 20 percent of the men on Alabama’s death row have been sent there by Alabama judges, even though their juries voted for life. While Florida and Delaware still have judicial override on the books, only Alabama continues to use it with disturbing frequency. And Alabama judges almost never use override to reverse a jury’s death verdict to impose life. In fact, since 1976, death-to-life overrides have only happened nine times — and only once in the last 10 years — compared to 99 times the Montez way.”

Computer Inhibiting Learning

A Hechinger Report article that takes a look at a study by an important organization dedicated to ferret the truth regarding best learning and teaching practices which brings alarming results: “The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) looked at computer use among 15-year-olds across 31 nations and regions, and found that students who used computers more at school had both lower reading and lower math scores, as measured by PISA or Program for International Student Assessment. The study, published September 15, 2015, was actually conducted back in 2012, when the average student across the world, for example, was using the Internet once a week, doing software drills once a month, and emailing once a month. But the highest-performing students were using computers in the classroom less than that.”

Brain Damaging Vocation

A Mashable posting that looks at the work of an important health advocate for football players, and at a study that indicts the career choice as secretly damaging: ““People think that we’re blowing this out of proportion, that this is a very rare disease and that we’re sensationalizing it,” Dr. Ann McKee, who is running the collaborative CTE study, told Frontline.

“My response is that where I sit, this is a very real disease. We have had no problem identifying it in hundreds of players.””

New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis is checked for concussion symptoms during last season’s AFC Championship Game.

Legendary Labor Activist

A Daily Kos article reposting a podcast that looks at events commemorating a woman who played a seminal role in labor rights and the solidarity movement: “Mother Jones, the “grandmother of all agitators” continued her fight for working people.  

Mother Jones’ trial helped spotlight coal miners’ low wages, long hours and dangerous working conditions.  

One of her most remembered quotes is:  “Pray for the dead but fight like hell for the living.”

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Use Only As Directed

A Pro Publica article that looks into an impactful lawsuit pinning a medicine behemoth against consumers harmed by inappropriate dosing recommendations, all in the name of bigger profit: “The previously unreported lobbying campaign was disclosed as part of a trial scheduled to start today in Atlantic City that promises to draw new scrutiny to McNeil’s efforts to protect its painkiller from additional regulation and disclosures about the full extent of its risks.

The Atlantic City case is being watched closely as it is the first to come to trial of more than two hundred lawsuits currently pending in state and federal courts that allege McNeil knew its drug was potentially dangerous while promoting its safety.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Perils of Writing

A Chronicle brief that discusses a book that highlights the exhilarating and troubling existence that one commits to when one commits to the writing life: “Ms. Dillard explores the perils of writing, of setting out into pure potentiality, venturing everything for a deeply uncertain result. Without melodrama, she recounts the agony of the craft, and its necessity. Of course, this is just what our students so often experience in their own writing, though rarely at her level, and often with melodrama aplenty.”

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pfunked Deviant Art

Newsroom Collaboration

A Nieman Lab article that discusses innovations in a popular newsroom’s organizational structure that permits more successful news delivery and increases production capacities: “With so much reporting going on, it can often be difficult for staffers to know for sure what’s going on in other parts of the organization. But as part of a larger effort to promote better communication and streamline how information is shared across its newsrooms, the company this summer released NewsConnect, a centralized platform that lets staffers throughout the organization share information and story updates. An average of 900 NBCUniversal News Group employees now use NewsConnect every day. “

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Access to Stellar Journalism 

A Poynter post that discusses tactics utilized by one of the more prestigious news companies out there that seeks to increase accesibility to some of the best pieces published: “The New York Times on Monday lifted its paywall for some of the paper’s best journalism published during the last four years, part of a larger celebration marking the Times’ recent 1 million digital subscriber milestone.

The articles, op-eds and videos were selected by masthead editors and represent a tribute to the work enabled and sustained by digital subscribers, said Clifford Levy, an assistant masthead editor at The New York Times. The list runs 50 items and spans the breadth of the Times’ work, including foreign correspondence, opinion writing, cultural reporting and investigative journalism. “

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

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Forgiveness and Succor in Face of Gross Injustice

A New Yorker report that looks at the central role of the Black church in the souls of Black folks, providing spiritual and emotional support, at times to the detriment of social change and necessary outrage: “James H. Cone, an exponent of black-liberation theology whose books include “Martin & Malcolm & America” and “The Cross and the Lynching Tree,” grew up in rural Arkansas and in the A.M.E. Church. The forgiveness shown by the relatives of the Emanuel Nine was hard to understand for anyone “who hasn’t had to cope with that kind of powerlessness,” he said. “It’s victory out of defeat. It is the weak overcoming the strong. It’s ‘You can’t destroy my spirit. I have a forgiving spirit because that’s what God created me to be. You are not going to destroy that.’ When they forgive, it is a form of resistance, a kind of resilience. It is not bowing down. That is misunderstood by a lot of people, even black people, and even some black ministers. It’s part of that tragic experience of trying to express your humanity in the face of death and not having any power.””

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

End of Pacifism

A Geopolitical Monitor posting that looks at the sad demise of an intentionally pacifistic political and cultural mindset, now sadly rare in the world of today: “Against a backdrop of protests on the streets of Tokyo and in the embassies of various East Asian nations, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has taken a big step towards Japan’s “normalization” in international relations. It took hundreds of hours of debate and even a few scuffles on the floor of parliament, but his landmark security law has passed and Japanese forces can now be deployed overseas for the first time since World War II.”

9.18.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

babiesHor wood artNaysaying a fierce, even fanatical, commitment to social justice because such a stance might offend certain ‘paying customers’ or other ‘preferred’ relations simply guarantees that no wide-ranging, inclusive, grassroots, organization will ever be possible, let alone a movement that benefits the benighted working people of our fair planet in their prayers and plans for more equitable and equal opportunities and arrangements.

Quote of the Day
“We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny.  But what we put into it is ours.Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for. …(However), (d)o not seek death.  Death will find you.  But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment.  Life only demands from you the strength that you possess.  Only one feat is possible; not to run away.”  Dag Hammarskjold
This Day in History
Claudio Garrido Flickr Por Chile
Claudio Garrido Flickr
Por Chile

Today is National Day in Chile, in celebration of the founding in 1818 of the country’s first junta independent of Spain; in Columbus’ last voyage, five hundred thirteen years back, he and his sailors were the first Europeans to set foot in what is now Honduras; a hundred thirty-three years later, in 1635, Austria’s Holy Roman Empire declared war on France; another forty-four years onward, in 1679, New Hampshire became a County of the Massachusetts Bay Colony; three decades thereafter, in 1709, the baby boy who became Samuel Jonson entered the world; the Treaty of Belgrade another thirty years later on, in 1739,ceded the city and its Yugoslavian surrounds to the Ottoman Empire; two hundred twenty-two years prior to the present pass, George Washington personally oversaw the placement of the Capitol Building’s first cornerstone; a grassroots movement both bourgeois and working class one hundred seventy-seven years ago emerged as the Anti-Corn-Law League, lobbying parliament for free trade legislation; a dozen years henceforth, in 1850, the Fugitive Slave Law took effect, an attempt to ameliorate

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

secessionist factions in the South that feared Abolitionists and the tide of history; the ‘paper of record’ issued its first edition three hundred sixty-five days afterward, in 1851, as the New York Daily Times; a hundred forty-two years ago, the ‘Panic of 1873’ initiated one in a long string of ‘Great Depressions’ to afflict Capital and its adherents; Hull House, an embodiment of ‘progressive’ social work and community organizing opened its doors sixteen years hence, in 1889, in Chicago;seven years later, in 1896, in Atlanta, Booker T. Washington delivered his ‘bootstraps’ speech , the so-called ‘Atlanta Compromise,’ which eschewed political or social equality in favor of economic activity; over 25,000 protesters gathered on the streets of Amsterdam a hundred five years ago to demand universal suffrage; in Kiev a year later in1911, ‘terrorists’ detonated a bomb that killed Russian premier Stolypin, whose ‘neckties’ had been responsible for the deaths of untold thousands of Ukrainian activists and revolutionaries; eighty-eight years before this point in time, the radio3Columbia Broadcasting Corporation began operations; four years further along, in 1931, on the pretext of defending itself, Japan invaded and annexed Manchuria; two years nearer to now, in 1933, the baby boy who went on to become country sensation Jimmie Rodgers was born; seventeen years after its formation, the Soviet Union joined the United Nations three hundred sixty-five days subsequent to that juncture, in 1934; a half decade farter down time’s road, in 1939, the British expatriate known as Lord Haw-Haw began broadcasting for the Nazis; in Minsk, four years later still, in 1943, German and local fascist forces began the extermination of the city’s Jews and Communists; Douglas MacArthur two more years down the road, in 1945, moved his headquarters to Tokyo; seven hundred thirty days yet closer to the current context, in 1947, the Air Force became a separate branch of the military, and the National Security Act formed the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency; seven years past those eventualities, in 1954, an infant boy destined to become cognitive scientist Steven Pinker was born; the male child who would grow up to become fierce political analyst and social justice advocate Chris Hedges entered the world two years later still, in 1956; Fidel Castro led a Cuban delegation to the United Nations four years subsequently, in 1960, charming most New Yorkers whom he met; one more year onward, in 1961, U.N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold died in a plane crash as he sought to mediate conflicts in Central Africa; fifty-one years before this moment in time and space, North Vietnamese forces first

US flag reflexion on Vietnam Veterans Memorial 12 2011 000124 by Mariordo Mario Roverto Durán Ortiz - Own work
US flag reflexion on Vietnam Veterans Memorial 12 2011 000124 by Mariordo Mario Roverto Durán Ortiz – Own work

started obviously to infiltrate South Vietnam; six years after that conjunction, in 1970, halfway round the world Jimi Hendrix overdosed and passed away; five years past that moment, in 1975, FBI agents arrested Patty Hearst after she had spent a year on the most-wanted-list, following her conversion to the Symbionese Liberation Army; three years later, in 1978,Teamster Union critics of corruption and impunity in their organization created Teamsters for a Democratic Union at an Ohio convention; another couple of years more proximate to the present, in 1980, popular journalist and critic Catherine Anne Porter died; a year even later than that, in 1981, France’s National Legislature abolished the death penalty;one year thereafter, in 1982, Christian militias in Lebanon began to execute over six hundred Palestinians; billionaire media magnate Ted Turner eighteen years back donated a billion dollars to the United Nations;P24031-09a.jpg a single cycle of the Earth’s transit around the sun later, in 1998, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers first formed; another year onward, in 1999, a Federal arbitrator declared an almost two year lockout by Kaiser Aluminum illegal, causing the company to face rehiring its workers, paying millions in back pay, and firing scab replacements; one more decade closer to our time, in 2009, the final episode of the serial melodrama, The Guiding Light aired after a radio and TV run of over seven decades; five years henceforth, last year in 1914,Scotland voted against seceding from the United Kingdom.

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PROPAGANDA, LIES, BULLSHIT: MONOPOLY MEDIA’S RUSSIAN ‘NEWS’

http://blackagendareport.com/freedom_rider_anti-russian_propaganda           A powerful and richly informed piece of reportage fromBlack Agenda Report, in which the author explains not only what has been happening in the U.S. oligopolistic ‘journalism’ about Russia, but also why such smear tactics and falsehood and propaganda have constituted the overwhelming majority of ‘news’ output, parroting official U.S. Government perspectives that are nothing except a thin veneer in support of monopoly money and the military industrial complex in their joint moves for complete imperial imprimatur over the entire planet, one of multiple recent ‘alternative media’ investigations of the situation now unfolding toward more misery and potential Armageddon in Syria, including a complete video interview, and its transcription, with Bashir Assad from Information Clearinghouse and RT, an update about the U.S. longstanding strategy to overthrow Bashad, from Counterpunch, and another Counterpunch report, especially critical, about Vladmir Putin’s staunch refusal to abandon Syria’s experiment in social democracy to the U.S. and its vulture allies in Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and so on: “The Obama administration now believes that regime change is within its reach.  Yes, they know it will require some back-up from US Special Forces and Turkish combat troops, but it’s all doable.  This is why Obama has shrugged off Russia’s plan for a transitional government or for forming a coalition to defeat isis Flag.svgISIS.  The US doesn’t have to compromise on these matters because, after all, it has a strategically-located airbase from which it can protect its proxy-army, bomb cross-border targets, and control the skies over Syria.  All Obama needs to do is intensify the war effort, put a little more pressure on Assad, and wait for the regime to collapse.  This is why we should expect a dramatic escalation as we begin Phase 2 of the conflict.
Russian President Vladimir Putin knows this, which is why he’s sending more weapons, supplies and advisors to Syria.  He’s signaling to Washington that he knows what they’re up to and that he’ll respond if they carry things too far.  In an interview with Russia’s state Channel 1, Putin said, ‘We have our ideas about what we will do and how we will do it in case the situation develops toward the use of force or otherwise. We have our plans.’
               (To this, the basic U.S. response is bluster and carnage and alliance with the ‘terrorists’ whom it has used to justify decades of mayhem in the region.  A huge conflict is quite possibly unavoidable).
               This is the basic plan: To seize major cities and large parts of the countryside, disrupt supply-lines and destroy vital civilian infrastructure, and to progressively undermine Assad’s ability to govern the country.  The ultimate goal is to break the state into a million disconnected enclaves ruled by armed mercenaries, al Qaida-linked affiliates, and local warlords.  This is Washington’s diabolical plan for Syria.  It is strikingly similar to the Zionist plan to ‘effect the division of the whole area into small states by the dissolution of all existing Arab states.’ (“The Zionist Plan for the Middle East”, Israel Shahak)  In fact, it is virtually identical. …
But it’s not going to happen.  Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are prepared to defend their ally Assad and stop Washington dead-in-its-tracks.  Obama will have succeeded in destroying another sovereign nation and scattering its people across the Middle East and Europe.  But the US mission will fall short of its original objectives.  There will be no regime change in Syria.  Putin, Nasrallah and Khamenei will make sure of it.”–Counterpunch(“Putin’s Line in the Sand”)
               “While the United States has repeated and very publicly stated its intention to bring down the Assad government in Syria, the Russian Federation has declared its intention to protect it.  Russia uses air space over Iran and Iraq as a route to send equipment and advisers to Syria.  Both nations have given permission for these flights to take place and that should be the end of any questions.  But the American press hysterically follow Obama administration talking points and claim that none of these nations has rights that the United States need respect.  Facts are omitted from so-called journalism if they call official narratives into question. …
The idea that this country has a free press, that is to say free of governmental influence, is accepted as an indisputable truth.  Yet every day, the corporate media demonstrate just the opposite.  They show their allegiance to whomever occupies the White House or to the conglomerate of corporate owners who allow them to print or to stay on the air. …
               (F)or Americans to remain so ignorant of world affairs…is exceedingly dangerous, but their lack of knowledge is a direct result of media complicity with the state. … Every report is intended to belittle or demonize and make it easier for the United States government to do what it wants without risking resistance.  Any nation strong enough to counter American imperialism must be vanquished and that is much easier if it is feared and or hated.  (This is the present plan)…
               A better alternative is to speak up against the mendacity and to be in solidarity with people fighting it all over the world.  Our friends are often in other countries and our enemies are at the top of the heap here at home.  We would do well to remember that when the next manufactured outrage about Russia hits the front page headlines.”–Black Agenda Report

 

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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

The Hill House Artist Residency supports talented artists with a two, three or four week stay in a semi-secluded log cabin near East Jordan, Michigan. It includes a well-stocked kitchen, a selection of instruments and some basic recording gear, as well as opportunities for community exchange through performance, readings and workshops (by request). Emerging musicians are offered a small stipend to aid in professional development.

Drop Forge & Tool’s emphasis is on collaborative process and new work development.  We prioritize applications for residencies with two or more artists working together.  Individual artists are also welcome to apply, although we may ask if you are willing to share the residency space with others, to give as many artists as possible the opportunity to spend time with us!

Word Riot Inc. – We are currently accepting applications from small press writers for $100 to $500 travel grants. In the small press world, a little funding can make the world of difference in a project’s success. Word Riot Inc. travel grants will help offset the costs a writer incurs participating in readings and literary events around the country.

The Millay Colony for the Arts offers one-month or two-week residencies to visual artists, composers and writers between the months of April and November. Residents artists get private rooms, studios and all meals during their stay at our pastoral campus. For lots of information about our residency program and how to apply, visit ourResidencies page. The Colony also has a workshop series, with five-day workshop-retreats in writing, art, music and more. You can find out more about the workshops and how to apply here. And we offer public programs in Columbia County and beyond. We invite you to check out all of our programs, join us for a few, and call or email us if you would like more information about any part of who we are and what we do…

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Catalog Copywriter

Lelands.com is the first and most respected Sports Auction House in the world. We are currently looking to add to the team and we are in search of a hard-working, smart, innovative individual located in the close to Bohemia, Long Island. The position is for a part-time freelance copywriter (starting immediately), which can possibly lead to an ongoing role. The ideal candidate should possess the ability to interface with all the departments and executives, be self motivated, and work within deadlines. Having a good sense of humor and being sports-minded is definitely a plus too.  Collectibles experience is extremely helpful.  

We’re Looking for Our 2016 Editorial Fellows

Pacific Standard and the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy offer a one-year paid editorial fellowship, running from January through December. We are currently accepting applications for 2016.

Senior Copywriter Seattle WA

POP is always looking for freelance Senior Copywriters for future opportunities to help drive creativity on our accounts. You will develop content direction for the customer experience, while vigorously protecting the client’s voice and tone. You are imaginative, collaborative and comfortable working within a project team to concept and develop exceptional digital experiences.

Freelance Writers / Content Writers, Toronto
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TorontoJobs.com is the Greater Toronto Area’s newest career hub, bringing together job seekers and Toronto employers. While offering thousands of job postings in the GTA, we also have a strong focus on providing Toronto job seekers with fresh, relevant, and inspiring content.

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Frankenfoods Banned

An EcoWatch article that introduces readers and those organizing or writing about food issues to two nations that have banned genetically modified foods: “Russia and France have joined the growing list of European countries crusading against genetically modified (GMO) food and crops.

According to RT, Russia is stamping out any GMOs in its entire food production.

“As far as genetically-modified organisms are concerned, we have made decision not to use any GMO in food productions,” Russia’s Deputy PM Arkady Dvorkovich announced at an international conference on biotechnology in the city of Kirov.”

Labor and Corporations

A Truth-Out podcast by a very learned researcher that discusses economic issues in regards to production and labor: “This episode provides updates on the GM settlement and GE moving jobs overseas. We also respond to questions on the Fed’s agonies over interest rates and how capitalism mishandles unemployment. Finally, we give an in-depth critical analysis of capitalist corporations.”

Students Strike Out Against Bigotry

A Daily Kos posting that introduces to readers a brave group of students who were not willing to put up with bigoted anti Muslim rhetoric: “Columbia Heights students standing up against racism.

Grant Nichols is a Columbia Heights School Board member and on September 6th, he posted an outrageously offensive comment via Facebook on a Minneapolis Star Tribune article (screen grab of the now deleted comment can be seen below.)”

Columbia Heights students standing up against racism.

Drug War Redux

A New Yorker posting that introduces readers to the work of a talented filmmaker who seeks to uncover truths long covered over by lies: “As filming continued, Heineman faced a problem common among documentarians: how to end the movie. The gang battles of the drug wars are ongoing. In a meth-cooking scene that bookends “Cartel Land,” a man wearing an Autodefensas uniform says, “We as the cooks gotta lay low, now that we’re part of the government.” He adds, “It’s just a never-ending story.” All along, the Autodefensas were enmeshed with people cooking meth in Michoacán. In creating the Rural Defense Corps—many of whose members, Heineman estimates, were former and current cartel members—the Mexican government funded the formation of yet another cartel.”

hiroshima war explosion nuke nuclearNuclear Future

A Bulletin podcast that all who care about the fate of the planet as defined by what will happen with all the nukes that threaten all life on earth ought to hear: “A Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists teleconference featuring arms control expert Henry Sokolski of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center and moderated by Bulletin executive director Rachel Bronson. In this teleconference, Sokolski discusses his new book, Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future and dangerous trends in regard to nuclear weapons, fissile materials, and nuclear doctrine around the world.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

cropped-media-papers-newspaper.jpgUnspinning Media from the Web of Profit Driven Deceit

An IJNet posting that details a provocative new project that seeks to uncover just how much Big Media censors in order to not alienate necessary advertisers: “But now openDemocracy is developing a major project called Media UnSpun. We’ll investigate commercial interference in editorial decisions – without asking journalists to risk their livelihoods. We plan to pilot this project in the US, the UK and at least one non-western country, which we’ll decide on the basis of the strongest leads we can gather.”

Specializing in Journalism

A Nieman Lab posting that discusses ways that a journalism school seeks to breathe new life into the field by creating flexible, freelance, experienced journalists out of topic-specific experts: “It’s the hope of creating more Gawandes that brought a diverse group of professionals — several doctors, lawyers, an art curator, and the director of a human-rights education NGO — to Toronto this month to start an eight-month-long program at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs to be trained as reporters. The school’s Fellowship in Global Journalism was developed in response to cutbacks in traditional outlets that have often shrunk the numbers of beat reporters who are truly specialists in their area of coverage.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES
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Marcelo Graciolli flickr

Ad Wars Continue Unabated and Revenue Suffers

A Media Post article that briefly touches on consumers’ ongoing revulsion for advertising and how it affects publishers’ bottom line, while failing to touch on any solution to the ongoing problem of how to finance media when publishers seek profit and consumers want nothing to do with the outdated advertising model: “In response, the IAB is considering a number of strategies, from getting the top 100 sites to block users using ad blockers, to suing the pants off ad blockers. 

In addition, perhaps the industry could appeal directly to consumers — who don’t seem to appreciate the business models that support their favorite publications. According to a recent survey of roughly 2,000 British adults by Teads, consumers just don’t realize how detrimental ad blockers can be to publishers’ bottom lines.

Of course, that’s assuming that consumers would care.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS
A U.S.-coalition aircraft attack in Syria. CREDIT PHOTO BY VELI GURGAH / ANADOLU AGENCY / GETTY

Bad Decisions Create Bad Consequences

A New Yorker posting that details the difficult admissions U.S. ‘leaders’ must make in regards to those policy decisions that have created abysmal results in the Middle East in general and Syria in particular: “But both Democrats and Republicans expressed distress about the U.S. program. “I’ve been a member of the committee for nearly thirty years, and I’ve never heard testimony like this—never,” John McCain said. “Basically, General, what you’re telling us is that everything’s fine, as we see hundreds of thousands of refugees leave and flood Europe, as we’re seeing now two hundred and fifty thousand Syrians slaughtered.””

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Politics and Cannabis

A smartly titled article from Rolling Stone that discusses political and election issues from a standpoint of being pro-marijuana, or at least anti-War on Drugs: “At the CNN Republican debate Wednesday night, Rand Paul led a hearty conversation about the 10th Amendment and candidates’ hypocrisy as smokers-turned-prohibitionists. His comments were the latest to highlight the question many pundits and voters have been asking: How would the presidential candidates respond to marijuana legalization in states like Washington and Colorado? And which ones have themselves admitted to smoking? “

9.17.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day
Narcissus by Caravaggio
Narcissus by Caravaggio

Radical love revolutionizes everything: though our survival depends on the conscientious manifestation of such an unexpected consciousness, we cannot help but ponder, “Will the likes of us overcome the divide-and-conquer machinations of our rulers and our own sad, wounded psyches that mistrust not only most everyone else on the planet, but most especially, and tragically, ourselves?”

Quote of the Day
Why do we live?  Most of us need the very thing we never ask for.  We talk about revolution as if it was peanuts.  What we need is some frank thinking and a few revolutions in our own guts; to hell with what most of the sons of bitches that I know and myself along with them if I don’t take hold of myself and turn about when I need to — or go ahead further if that’s the game. …It’s a strange world made up of disappointments for the most part.  I keep writing largely because I get a satisfaction from it which can’t be duplicated elsewhere. It fills the moments which otherwise are either terrifying or depressed.  Not that I live that way, work too quiets me.   My chief dissatisfaction with myself at the moment is that I don’t seem to be able to lose myself in what I have to do as I should like to. … The job of the poet is to use language effectively, his own language, the only language which is to him authentic. …Poetry demands a different material than prose.  It uses another facet of the same fact … the spontaneous conformation of language as it is heard.”   William Carlos Williams
This Day in History

bill of rightsToday in the United States is Constitution Day; eight hundred thirty-nine years ago, Turkish Muslims at the Battle of Myriokephalon Pass dispositively removed the threat of a Byzantine reconquest of Central Anatolia; four hundred one years subsequently, in 1577, Catholic King of France Henry III concluded the Peace of Bergerac with Huguenots; a half century and three years later across the Atlantic, in 1630, the city of Boston came into being; Antonie van Leeuwenhoek wrote the Royal Societyanother fifty-three years hence, in 1683, about his discerning ‘little animals’—protozoa—under his microscope; Marquis Condorcet, the mathematician and political philosopher, grew from a boy baby born six decades past that point, in 1743; thirty-three years further on, in 1776, across the continent, Spaniards founded the Presidio of San Francisco in the Bay Area; the U.S. Constitution came into effect with formal signatures from Conventioneers eleven years afterward, in 1787; what has since become Finland twenty-two

"Silja Symphony and icy sea lane South Harbor Helsinki Finland" by Pöllö
“Silja Symphony and icy sea lane South Harbor Helsinki Finland” by Pöllö

years after that conjunction, in 1809, became part of Russia in a treaty concession by Sweden; Francis Scott Key added finishing flourishes to his Defense of Fort McHenry half a decade thereafter, in 1814; Harriet Tubman one hundred sixty-six years back escaped from her enslavement to help lead the United States to abolish this crime against humanity; not quite a decade later, in 1858, the slave Dred Scott, whose legal legacy has defined the social meaning of slavery, died at age sixty-three; four years later still, in 1862, a massive explosion at the Allegheny arsenal killed seventy-five workers, more than half of them young women; six years henceforth, in 1868, Susan B. Anthony—at the National Labor Congress—advanced a resolution from committee to give women the vote and “equal pay for equal work;” fifteen years afterward, in 1883, a baby boy first cried out en route to his life as the medical doctor and acclaimed poet, William Carlos Williams; in the Philippines a hundred fifteen years back, rebel forces defeated an American detachment in a major battle, and more than a hundred thousand Pennsylvania coal miners struck against predatory owners, whose depredations included raising the ‘weight’ of a ton of coal to 4,000 pounds or more; eight years beyond that moment in time, in 1908, a passenger flying with

"First flight2" by John T. Daniels
“First flight2” by John T. Daniels

Orville Wright became the first fatality of the age of mechanized flight; a mere eight further years after that, across the Atlantic in Europe in 1916, Baron Richthofen on this day participated in the first aerial dogfight, on his way to becoming World War One’s greatest ‘ace, and across the English Channel the infant girl who became author Mary Stewart was born;’ seven years past that point, in 1923, a baby boy came into the world who grew into the iconic country music writer and singer, Hank Williams; three hundred sixty-five days subsequent to that juncture, in 1924, the newly formed nation of Poland created its ‘defense corps’ against Soviets who were infiltrating the country in order to raise a ruckus, a few years after the defeat of the Pole’s invasion of Ukraine en route to taking over Moscow from the Reds, which didn’t quite work out; six years yet nearer to now, in 1930, South into Turkey, a fierce uprising of Kurds against the Turkish authorities came to an end in a rain of bombs against the last holdouts of the Ararat Rebellion; four years afterward, in 1934, solidaritytextile employers in the Carolinas and Georgia, as well as Alabama and Mississippi, met in Greenville, North Carolina in an attempt to forestall the consolidation of upcoming strike actions by a show of force of 25,000 National Guardsmen and gun thugs, which in the event failed as well over 400,000 wage-earners walked off their jobs the next day; a year still closer to the current context, in 1935, the boy-child who became beat-and-counterculture author Ken Kesey drew his first independent breath; another four years along time’s path meanwhile, in 1939,Russia invaded Eastern Poland as the Nazis took the nation from the West in the first Blitzkrieg; nine years after that, in 1948, to the South in Palestine, the so-called Stern Gang—including future Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir—assassinated Swedish United Nations mediator Folke Bernadotte, who was seeking to facilitate Palestinian-Jewish dialog; just three years over a quarter century past that point, in 1976, the first space shuttle, Enterprise, flew its inaugural mission; 364px-Jerusalem_Erlöserkirche_um_1900both Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization two years hence, in 1978, signed the Camp David Accords; after weeks of wildcat strikes in Gdansk, Poland, another seven hundred thirty-one days further on, in 1980, the organization Solidarity formed, and assassins murdered deposed Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza in Asuncion, Paraguay; nine years henceforth, in 1989, coal miners in Pennsylvania conducted perhaps the most successful strike of the 1980’s, although monopoly media more or less fully ignored the story of the struggle and ‘occupation’ of Pittston Coal; two years after that, in 1991, the first version of Linux became available for use, via the Internet; three years even more proximate to the here and now, in 1994, philosopher and conservative activist Karl Popper died;another three years further onward, in 1997, beloved clown and comedian and critical thinker Red Skelton had his final shtick; four years subsequent to that juncture, in 2001, the stock market reopened after its 9/11 hiatus; a decade later, in 2011, Occupy Wall Street started up.

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TYPICAL MONOPOLY TOXINS MAKE CANCER MORE & MORE LIKELY

http://ecowatch.com/2015/09/16/glyphosate-linked-to-cancer/?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=95d23bc9b6-Top_News_9_17_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-95d23bc9b6-85925037             A report from Ecowatch that both examines a recent assessment from the World Health Organization’s cancer watchdog, that Monsanto’s use of glyphosate in Roundup weed killer makes the product a likely carcinogen, and delves more deeply into the chemical-industrial-complex’s production and defense of such substances, thereby detailing data about the political economy and monopoly hegemony of death from environmental poisons that primarily exist precisely as they do to serve the purposes of profiteering: “(C)ancer-causing chemicals have friends in high places.  Monsanto is the world’s leading producer of glyphosate, with annual sales of Roundup netting about two billion U.S. dollars.  Unsurprisingly, the company quickly fired back with a statement on how the company is ‘outraged’ at IARC’s ‘agenda-driven bias’ in its ‘irresponsible’ decision-making.  [As a side, since IARC announced its decision, a group of U.S. citizens have filed a class action lawsuit against Monsanto for falsifying safety claims and a group of Chinese citizens files square writing datahave filed a lawsuit against the Chinese government for hiding Monsanto’s toxicity studies from the public].
In Europe, if a chemical is linked to cancer, then absolutely none of the chemical is allowed to remain as residue on our food. Zero tolerance. That seems reasonable—like zero tolerance for cancer. So, J(oint)M(eeting on) P(esticide) R(esidues) has assembled a task force to reevaluate IARC’s assessment and advise whether or not JMPR’s assessment from 2011 should be revised.  Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and colleagues sent a letter to JMPR raising two main concerns. …(JMPR is out of line to seek alteration of IARC findings, first; JMPR members have financial ties to monopoly agriculture).
               Our concerns are further detailed in our letter, which was mailed to the WHO and shared with the public (see press release) on June 29.  Unfortunately, our concerns seem to have fallen on deaf ears.  The WHO sent us a five paragraph response letter that does little more than acknowledge the receipt of our letter and remind us that the WHO systematically ‘evaluates any declared interest carefully.’  No explanation was given to us as to whether or how our particular concerns were taken into consideration. …
Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide that kills any plant it comes into contact with, regardless of whether it is a weed or a crop.  ‘Roundup ready’ crops, including soy, corn and cotton have been genetically modified to tolerate glyphosate, meaning that farmers can apply as much of the herbicide as they want without worrying about hurting their crops.  As a result, glyphosate use has increased tenfold since it was last approved by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the early 90s.  With the use of glyphosate steadily increasing, it is imperative that JMPR acts to protect the public from being exposed to this probable human carcinogen in their food.”
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EVENTS

The 2015 Parker Lecture will be held on October 20th, 2015, 8:00am at the First Congregational Church in Washinton DC. Buy Tickets Here.

The Annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture and Awards Ceremony is sponsored by the Office of Communication, Inc. (OC, Inc.) of the United Church of Christ.

OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

Today the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation announced the next call for proposals to its Artist as Activist Fellowship program. Applying lessons from the inaugural round of fellowship applications, the foundation will use an alternating thematic frame to guide its open call for proposals. During the 2016 and 2017 fellowship cycles, the thematic frame is racial justice through the lens of mass incarceration. Artists with ambitious projects that tackle this critical issue are invited to seek up to $100,000 in support. Applications to the 2016 cycle are due 5:00pm (EST) on December 7, 2015.

Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House The Brown Foundation Fellows Program, based at the Dora Maar House in Menerbes, France, provides residencies of one to three months for mid-career professionals in the arts and humanities to concentrate on their fields of expertise.

2016 Kathy Fish Fellowship

4925681287_234217468b_bSubmissions are open! Click here to enter.

SmokeLong Quarterly is currently accepting submissions August 15 through October 15, 2015 for its 2016 Kathy Fish Fellowship for new and emerging writers. The fellowship honors Kathy Fish, a former editor here at SmokeLong, a fantastic writer and a continuing champion of new and emerging writers.   The winner of the 2016 Kathy Fish Fellowship will be considered a “writer in residence” at SmokeLong (note: position is virtual) for four quarterly issues (March, June, September, and December 2016). Each issue will include one flash by the Fellowship winner.   The winner of the Fellowship will also receive $500.00, to be paid as follows: $100.00 on announcement of the winner, and $100.00 upon publication of each of the four issues in 2016.

Interested in seeing your work appear on Scary Mommy? Wonderful!

If you’re interested in submitting to Club Mid on Scary Mommy, click here.  For general Scary Mommy pieces, please agree to licensing terms below, and e-mail your submission to samantha@scarymommy.com.   Scary Mommy will pay $100 per original piece of content (see terms below.) On the last day of the month that your piece(s) appeared, please invoice billing@somespider.com. (Invoice template can be found here if you need one.)

Island Hill House Residency – The Hill House Artist Residency supports talented artists with a two, three or four week stay in a semi-secluded log cabin near East Jordan, Michigan. It includes a well-stocked kitchen, a selection of instruments and some basic recording gear, as well as opportunities for community exchange through performance, readings and workshops (by request). Emerging musicians are offered a small stipend to aid in professional development.

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Dallas Morning News Al Dia Metro – Al Día, the largest Spanish-language news organization in North Texas, seeks an experienced Metro Editor to lead its digital and print coverage of the Hispanic community in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.   The Metro Editor supervises local news produced by staff reporters, plans assignments to freelancer and coordinates coverage with The Dallas Morning News metro editors.

Topeka Capital-Journal – Wanted: Dynamic leader to be assistant copy chief at an award-winning newspaper and robust website in a Midwest capital city. The Topeka Capital-Journal is the No. 1 news source in northeast Kansas thanks to its 40 energetic journalists. If you’re the right candidate, you’ll be a skilled wordsmith with an eye for cutting-edge design. You’ll be a strong communicator who can share your vision, and you’ll question holes in stories. You’ll be able to help us improve our editing, design, reporting and writing. We ask that you have three years of experience at a daily newspaper. Send resume and references to editor Tomari Quinn at tomari.quinn@cjonline.com.

Freelance Writer – Sports Commentary
Sports from the BasementMinneapolis, MN

Sports from the Basement is a sports company focused on representing both statistics and subjective opinions through the lens of the casual viewer.   We are currently looking for freelance writers to do analysis and commentary for a variety of sports.

Content Manager
ServiceMaster Restoration Services – Yuma, AZ
$39,000 a year

Overview : As a contents manager/estimator, your responsibilities are to estimate, coordinate crew on cleaning, pack outs and or move back assignments. Handle customer’s personal belongings with care and providing high expectations of excellent customer service. Assisting technician in cleaning, inventorying customer personal contents, pack outs and move backs. Willingness to take assignments and present Master Moments to home owner.

Expert Home Improvement Writer Needed (Remote)

compensation: Based on experience
employment type: contract
telecommuting okay

Redbeacon, a Home Depot company, is looking for a talented, detailed-oriented writer with expert knowledge in home repair and installation. We are looking for a writer with whom we can build a long-term relationship. This is a remote contract position with scheduling flexibility that offers you an opportunity to enhance your online reputation.
ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Teachers Organizing

A Common Dreams article that discusses the fact that teachers and students are not just putting up with the status quo that’s choking education anymore, and that introduces readers and researchers to folks interested in change: “As labor reporter Sarah Jaffe recently argued, the Seattle strike is part of a growing nationwide education justice movement, from Chicago to New Jersey, in which parents, teachers, and community members are “schooling government on how to improve education.”

And indeed, concerns over student-punishment practices and recess policies were central to the strike. In addition, teachers are calling for adequate psychological and specialist support at underprivileged schools; an end to over-testing; and fair teacher evaluation and compensation.”

A picket line of striking Seattle educators from September 10, 2015. (Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP)

Syria Crisis Mismanagement

A Consortium News posting that discusses the imperialistic desires of America being thwarted by actions in Russia, and in general the lack of acute analysis that could be the recipe for disasters: Exclusive: America’s neocons are so wedded to their “regime change” plans for Syria that they even flirted with embracing Al Qaeda. They are now furious over Russia’s expanded engagement in support of Syria’s secular government because it frustrates long-held neocon desires, reports Daniel Lazare.”

Refugee Crisis

A useful Mondo Weiss article with many graphs and data to support the work of many who are doing true work with the refugee crisis: “The US has fueled the conflicts in all five of the nations from which most refugees are fleeing, and it is directly responsible for the violence in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.

The US’ over a decade-long war in and occupation of Iraq resulted in the deaths of at least a million people, greatly weakened the government, brought al-Qaeda into the country, and led to the rise of ISIS. Over 3.3 million people in Iraq have been displaced because of ISIS.”

CREDIT: UNHCR

Art That Matters for Lives That Matter

An I/D posting that introduces readers to the work of a very interesting and culturally incisive artist: “”Where were the conceptual artists when the hoses were being turned on people in Birmingham in the 60s?” asks artist Adam Pendleton from his Manhattan studio. This thought led Pendleton to create the multimedia installation of paintings on canvas and large-scale vinyl works that repeated the phrase “Black Lives Matter” all over the walls of the Belgian Pavilion at the 56th annual Venice Biennale. “I began by writing the language in very discreet ways on pieces of paper in my studio,” explains the artist. “I was trying to see how this movement could exist within my work.””

Young Activists At Work

A Portside article that introduces readers to the work of very powerful and young activists who bring hope that future generations will succeed: “From Ferguson, Mo., where the “Black Lives Matters” movement took off, to the South Side of Chicago, where Fearless Leading by the Youth launched the trauma center campaign, young people are leading the call for justice. And increasingly across the country, they are strategically amplifying their message to get results”

Veronica Morris-Moore of Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY) Marc Monaghan – See more at: http://portside.org/2015-09-16/young-activists-getting-results-chicago-across-nation#sthash.g4qyijPs.dpuf

Capital Punishment Brought to Light

A link to a dedicated organization that tracks death penalty data, and underlying consequences, in all U.S. states, which proves to be a very useful organization for all those organizing around capital punishment issues: “Then there are the states that are still actively executing inmates on death row. Many operate under the cover of secrecy laws and despite a nationwide shortage of lethal injection drugs. The de facto leader by count alone is Texas, a state that has executed people since 1976. In all, there are nine states that have executed people since 2013: Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia, Florida, Missouri, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio and Arizona. We are also watching Arkansas, which plans to resume executions after a 10-year hiatus.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS
Doug Stephens Flickr jfk, stalin, and stripers oxford comma
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Grammar and Comma

A Poynter article that discusses the infamous Oxford comma, and its role in writing: “Though I embody these two language traditions in equal amounts, I have preferences, and some of them are passionate, even about the little things. So I say with the certainty of inevitable contradiction that when it comes to the serial comma, sometimes called the Oxford comma, the literary folks have it right, and the journalists have it wrong. The reader needs that final comma before “and” in a series. I need it.”

Simple Language Learning Tips

A great article from Quizz Club that will provide invaluable tips to anyone interested in learning a foreign language: “We are living in the epoch of globalization and many people come to realize that it’s necessary to know more than just one language. But for grown-ups to learn a foreign language is not always an easy task. Here are several tips from polyglots who know the secret of mastering any language in a short time.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Book Inspires Change

A Portside posting that highlights the power that a simple book can have to galvanize an oppressed population, a phenomenom which contextualizes the establishment’s desire to squash or censor opposition: “Sometime between 2008 and 2009, Ashker managed to get his hands on “Nothing But an Unfinished Song: Bobby Sands, the Irish Hunger Striker Who Inspired a Generation.” Sands, an Irish political prisoner, died in 1981 after a 66-day hunger strike protesting British rule in northern Ireland. The following year, despite being kept in separate 11-by-7 foot cells, Ashker discussed the idea of a hunger strike and the rights of man with others along the prison’s corridor.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Turkey Civil War

A Conversation guide to the untenable situation in Turkey, as a reflection of the ongoing instability in the region: “While public discussion has largely focused on questions of whose fault it is and why the country has suddenly descended into violence, one thing everyone agrees is that the country is passing through an extraordinary period in its history. While the current crisis has much deeper roots, the developments of the past year provide us sufficient clues about why the spiral of violence is likely to continue.”

The funeral of police officers Fehmi Sahin and Ali Koc. Reuters/Umit Bektas
GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Ruins in Memory

A thoughtful Library of Congress posting that contextualizes the brutal murder of priceless artifacts in Syria, and discussing the importance of at least photographic archives: “I explained that primary sources are not only proof that we are not the first humans on Earth, but they are also invitations–or perhaps, challenges–for us to learn about past human endeavors and achievements. And I sadly acknowledged that when the evidence is gone or destroyed (like the ancient ruins in Palmyra), collective human memory suffers, as does our ability–and the ability of future generations–to learn from those who came before us.”