A Thought for the Day
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.
Quote of the Day
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.
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”
This Day in History
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 midst 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 murderous ‘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-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
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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ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING
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.”
WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS
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.”
GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES
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.”
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.”
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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.”