10.30.2015 Daily Links


"Dante Gabriel Rossetti - The Day Dream - Google Art Project" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
“Dante Gabriel Rossetti – The Day Dream – Google Art Project” by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Beauty’s ineffable pangs prick the heart through eye and ear and all the senses, glories of balance and vertigo, of sensory delight that mixes with the swoon of collapse, a grandeur that emanates as easily from a muddy puddle that reflects a moonlit night’s infinite reach toward the stars as from the rushing flow of climactic breath that twines one lover to another, an opportunity to fulfill eternity one moment at a time, drop by drop, throughout the thirty million seconds that speed by each year of an earthly passage around the sun.

“In the absence of an effective general mythology, each of us has his private, unrecognized, rudimentary, yet secretly potent pantheon of dreams. …It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward, in counteraction to those that tend to tie it back.  In fact, it may very well be that the very high incidence of neuroticism among ourselves follows the decline among us of such effective spiritual aid.  We remain fixated to the unexorcised images of our infancy, and hence disinclined to the necessary passages of our adulthood. …(Along these lines), death to the logic of emotional commitments of our chance moment in the world of space and time, this recognition of, the shift of our emphasis to, the universal life that throbs and celebrates its victory in the very kiss of our own annihilation, this amor fati, ‘love of fate,’ love of the fate that is inevitably death, constitutes the experience of the tragic art.”  Joseph Campbell


Full Moon August 29
Full Moon August 29

Tonight is Mischief Night in the United States and around the globe marks International Orthopaedic Nurses Day; thirteen hundred seventy-eight years ago, following the Battle of Iron Bridge, Muslim armies accepted Antioch’s surrender, leading to over three centuries of Islamic rule; a century and twenty-one years hence, in 758, Persians joined Arab pirates in the sacking of Canton, China; the Siege of Tunis and the Eighth Crusade came to an end seven hundred forty-five years before the here and now by the mutual agreement of the combatants’ leaders; precisely seven decades later, in 1340, combined Portuguese and Castilian military forces stopped a Berber beachhead’s formation in the Iberian Peninsula, at the Battle of Rio Salado; Cesare Borgia’s banquet that included scores of prostitutes and courtesans to cavort with guests took place one hundred sixty-one years still later on, more or less to the day, in 1501, the so called Ballet of Chestnuts; thirty-three years

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gabriel saldana – flickr

afterward, in 1534, England’s Parliament passed the law that appointed the King as supreme arbiter of the English church, throwing the pope out for good; more or less exactly a hundred twenty-three years past that juncture, in 1657, British supremacy in Jamaica resulted from the Spanish failure at the Battle of Ochos Rios to retake the Island from the English interlopers; two hundred sixty-four years prior to the present pass, that male infant shouted out whose destiny was to compose popular poems and dramas as Henry Sheridan; Venezuela first experienced Simon Bolivar’s rule a hundred ninety-eight years ago; Nat Turner, fourteen years after that, in 1831, two thousand miles North in Virginia, fell into the hands of his pursuers as the bloody uprising that Turner led near his plantation came to an end; Cecil Rhodes a hundred twenty-seven years back established his Central African presence with concessions from local leaders in Matabeleland, and the baby boy who would grow up to become poet and fascist sympathizer Ezra Pound was born; Czar Nicholas inaugurated Russia’s first constitution a hundred ten years ahead of the here and now, after a period of uprising that bordered on Redcross red crossrevolt; half a decade more proximate to today, in 1910, the noted Swiss activist and philanthropist who founded the Red Cross, Henry Dunant, drew a final breath; a baby boy came into the world another five years subsequently, in 1915, who would mature as journalist and broadcaster Fred Friendly; just a year farther along time’s arc, in 1916, Washington law enforcement thugs sent two score ‘Wobblies’ through a literal gauntlet for the ‘crime’ of speaking up and organizing; the First World War ended in Southwest Asia two years henceforth, in 1918, with the surrender of Ottoman forces to the allies; seven years down the road, in 1925, England operationalized its first television broadcasting facility; a broadcast of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds over the radio another thirteen years thereafter, in 1938, caused a panic among some listeners, who believed that a space invasion had actually begun; just three hundred sixty-five days later, in 1939, the female infant who became the Jefferson Airplane’s lead singer, Grace Slick, took her first breath; two more years along the temporal path, in 1941, Franklin Roosevelt signed the legislation authorizing generous terms for ‘lend-lease’ to England and its allies,

San Francisco Holocaust Memorial Wally Gobetz Flickr
San Francisco Holocaust Memorial Wally Gobetz Flickr

ultimately including the Soviet Union, and 1,500 Jewish residents of Western Ukraine found themselves forced into the Belzec death camp; four years nearer to now, in 1945, Jackie Robinson signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers and broke the color barrier in professional sports; seven hundred thirty days after that, in 1947, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, which held sway for almost half a century, took effect as a way of administering international commerce, in passing laying the foundation for the World Trade Organization; six years past that point in time, in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower signed a National Security Council Directive that stipulated the U.S.’s ongoing commitment to maintaining and expanding its nuclear arsenal; the largest-ever atmospheric nuclear test, a 50 megaton hydrogen bomb, took place over a Russian island at the far Northeast corner of Europe eight years subsequent to that day, in 1961, and Soviet overseers removed Stalin’s tomb from its proximity to Lenin’s remains; four years still closer to now, in 1965, Marines in Da Nang fought off guerilla attacks that amped up the Vietnamese conflict, and establishment historian Arthur Schlesinger died; just two years shy of a decade later, in 1973, construction crews completed their work and opened a bridge across the Bosporus that rejoined Turkey and Europe; just one year hence, in 1974, several thousand miles South the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ prize fight between Mohammad Ali and George Foreman took place in Zaire’s capital city; nine years afterward, in 1983, Argentina held elections for the first time after

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

seven years of junta rule by military terrorists; three years henceforth, in 1986, a different sort of fascist subterfuge unfolded as U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese advised corporate overseers and bosses in general to spy on employees in order to detect drug use; world famous mythologist Joseph Campbell breathed his last a single year after that, in 1987; eight years closer to our moment in time, in 1995, Quebec’s voters for a second time narrowly rejected secession from Canada; two years onward toward today, in 1997, the famed and prolific filmmaker and screenwriter Samuel Fuller died; eight years yet more proximate to our day and time, in 2005, a project in Germany completed the rebuilding of Dresden’s Frauenkirche, one of thousands of structures that burned to ashes in the massive firestorm of the bombing of Dresden during World War Two; another year later, in 2006, the acclaimed cultural anthropologist, Clifford Geertz, live through his final day; at age one hundred one, three years beyond that conjunction, in 2009, the great anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss died; and just last year, Sweden became the first European nation formally to recognize Palestine.

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http://www.fastcocreate.com/3052642/margaret-atwood-on-how-tech-influences-creativity               A pastiche about Margaret Atwood’s work and creative process, from FastCompany, on the one hand a briefing about the latest novel from the creator of A Handmaid’s Tale, this book also a dystopic tour de force, and on the other hand a presentation of how Atwood views creativity, technology, and solidarity in an at best odd and dangerous world, a powerful antidote to cynicism for scrappy scribes that appears in the context of the just released essay from Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists about comics and graphic novels of nuclear holocaust, an examination of possible ecocide that appears less than fantastical in relation to the publication’s simultaneous presentation of a detailed account of a case in 1962 in which eight nuclear squadrons on Okinawa received direct orders, twice, to launch 24 H-bomb armed cruise missiles, a push to immolate the Earth that only failed to transpire because of one leader’s rejection of automatic acceptance of such a dire death-wish for the species: “In the latest thought-provoking, dystopian parable from … Margaret Atwood, society is experimenting with becoming a prison.  The entire population of the unsettling community of Positron, as depicted in The Heart Goes Last, spends half the time as prisoners and half the time as guards.  It does not go great.  Considering that the story also involves sex-robots and other misfit gadgetry, the central premise serves as an apt metaphor for our occasionally adversarial relationship with technology.  Mostly, it seems as though we’re the ones in charge, but sometimes it feels like the other way around. Are we influencing technology or is technology influencing us? …rect3336           (A)s the first contributor to the Future Library project, she’s become a pioneer of writing novels intended strictly for later generations to read.  A master at building future worlds in fiction, Atwood is also doing so in reality. …rect3336           ‘Any new technology or platform or medium is going to influence to a certain extent the shape of what gets put out there,’ Atwood says.  ‘On the other hand, human storytelling is very, very old.  To a certain extent, technology shapes the bite-size of how you’re sending it into the world.  For instance, people put writing on their phone in short chapters.  So Proust would not have done well with that.  We develop short forms because we’re limited in characters but we did that with the telegram.  ‘6:15 Paddington, bring gun, Sherlock Holmes.’  Or better, ‘Holmes,’ actually.’ …rect3336           ‘So the problems in creativity are not how do we get humans to be more creative—people are more creative.  It’s how creative people can actually make a living doing what they do in an economy such as ours that values money above all else.  What is the price, the money value, of John Keats’s ‘Ode To A Nightingale,’ apart from the manuscript, just the poem itself, what is its value?  There isn’t one.  Because it’s not in that economy.'”—Fast Companyrect3336

from Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Essay

“Nuclear weapons have long captured the imagination of writers and filmmakers as a symbol of humanity’s incredible yet terrifying potential, of its intelligence, hubris, and vulnerability.  Much like other technological inventions, such as robots, nuclear weapons allow pop culture to explore the limits of human control over human creations.   The general public might not always view comic books and graphic novels as a serious medium, yet they offer a fascinating perspective on the nuclear age. …rect3336            Seventy years have passed since the world entered into the nuclear age, and nuclear weapons continue to be a source of inspiration in pop culture.  They have allowed authors to reflect on humanity and raise important ethical and philosophical questions.  Comic books and graphic novels provide an interesting and unique platform that allows authors to push barriers and tackle difficult topics.  Art Spiegelman’s monumental graphic novel Maus (1991), which recounts his family’s life during the Holocaust, and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis (2000), which depicts her life as a little girl in revolution-era Iran, are a testament to their potential.  Indeed, comics and graphic novels have provided a means of deep and nuanced thinking about nuclear weapons for decades, raising questions and offering perspectives many readers might still not expect from such a colorful medium.”—Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists





http://cironline.org/reports/the-box-6137      Documentation of two approaches to young people, the one a proto-fascist imposition of prison and isolation, even solitary confinement on children, the other a liberal but lovely experiment in empowerment via free university education available to anyone with a high school degree.


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Wordstock Book Festival
Portland, Oregon
Event Date:
November 7, 2015

The 2015 Wordstock Book Festival will be held on November 7 at the Portland Art Museum in downtown Portland, Oregon. The festival features author discussions, readings, a book fair, and concerts. Admission is $15 for adults and free for high school students and attendees under the age of 17. All attendees receive a $5 voucher that is redeemable at the book fair. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for more information.



Six scholarships are being offered for first-time participants of the 23rd Annual WINTER POETRY & PROSE GETAWAY, January 15-18, 2016 in the Atlantic City area. Recipients may choose from workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, screenwriting and more, including special advanced sessions with Stephen Dunn and Thomas Lux. In addition, the conference also offers open mics, tutorials, talks, sunrise yoga, dancing at the Getaway Disco and writerly camaraderie. Deadlines are Nov. 15 and Nov. 30, 2016.

Film Consortium San Diego is calling for films from professional, independent, and student filmmakers for their 2016 San Diego Film Awards. Submissions are also eligible for screening at their Fall Film Fest, Winter Film Showcase, and other opportunities.

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize which honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year. Three writers are chosen annually by the directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation to serve as judges for the prize, and these judges are asked to select five books (from among the more than 350 works submitted each year) as finalists for the award, making this the largest peer-juried award in the country. Both the eventual winner of the award and all finalists are invited to Washington, D.C. for the PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony and Dinner.  Submissions for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction will close on October 31st, 2015.

The 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize is now open for entries. 

The £30,000 International Dylan Thomas Prize is awarded to the best eligible published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under.  Click here to download The International Dylan Thomas Prize entry form and regulations 2016  Closing date for entries – 2 November 2015.  The winner will be announced at the final awards ceremony in Swansea, Wales, on 14 May 2016.

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pascal maramis – flickr


Centerpoint is looking for a long-term Freelance Junior Copywriter for our creative team. The position will require an estimated 15–20 hours per week, depending on volume of work. You will work with the Creative Director, Copy Supervisor, Art Directors and Designers on multiple projects in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment. Location Chicago, IL.

Researches and writes online content for a company’s Web site. Stays abreast of current industry standards and techniques to ensure effective content that achieves the organization’s goals. Requires a bachelor’s degree in a related area and 2-4 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Location Peoria, IL.  
We are the leader in web development in the Peoria area. We offer custom websites, SEO, PPC, reputation management and more. WebDesign309 started with a goal of offering superior websites at a cost small companies could afford. We have grown to be the #1 development firm with over 200 websites sold in the last 16 months.

Candidate should be a clever and prolific web producer and have at least 2 years professional experience writing, editing and creating web content. Candidate must have experience culling content from social websites such as reddit, tumblr, twitter, youtube, facebook and imgur. Candidate must be creative (as it relates to both idea generation and writing skills), have solid communication skills, be a strong team player, and have the ability to work autonomously and in a fast-paced environment. Location Philadelphia, PA.

The Wisconsin State Journal is seeking a versatile, experienced copy editor for its news copy desk. Candidates must be able, under deadline pressure, to sharply edit stories, write engaging headlines, compile a daily wire report and strive to keep our websites fresh with the latest news. The ideal candidate will be proficient in InCopy and share a strong desire to produce “the perfect paper” every night. Three to five years’ experience at a daily newspaper is preferred, but we will consider candidates with less experience if they have the enthusiasm and drive to excel in this position. If you’re ready to join a veteran, award-winning team of editors, reporters, photographers and web producers, we want to hear from you.

Field Producer Wisconsin Public Television

Primarily responsible for producing compelling video stories about Wisconsin’s unique and intriguing people and places for Wisconsin Life, WPT’s statewide broadcast and online digital media project.  Engaging and creative multi-media short-form storytelling skills mandatory.  Must always maintain factual accuracy and uphold the highest principles of editorial integrity.  Will also contribute stories and reports to a variety of other WPT productions.  On-camera work, within stories, as well as show hosting, is a possibility.  This position reports to the Executive Producer for News and Public Affairs (NPA).

ORGLINKPalestine Stronghold Takes Action

A Tele Sur posting that introduces readers to a powerful group of Palestinian advocates in Chile, a function due to the high level of Palestinians in that region: “The Palestinian Federation of Chile, or FPC, officially requested Thursday that Israel’s Ambassador to Chile, Rafi Eldad, be labeled a persona non grata after he made false statements about the community, according to reports by the Jerusalem Post.

The newspaper alleges that tensions between the Palestinian and Israeli community have been on the rise in Chile in recent weeks since Palestinians in the South American country began protesting the recent spike in violence in the occupied territories.”

Palestinians in Chile, the largest Palestinian population outside of the Arab world, have been active in criticizing Israel and its policies. | Photo: Reuters This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address: “http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Palestinians-in-Chile-Israeli-Ambassador-Persona-Non-Grata-20151029-0007.html”. If you intend to use it, please cite the source and provide a link to the original article. www.teleSURtv.net/english

Struggle for Internet is Struggle for Wellbeing

An Al Jazeera piece that showcases the fine work of a caring New York administration and grassroots groups which seek to bring connectivity to groups most lacking the ability to connect and thus improve their prospects: “Robinson is one of an estimated 2 million New Yorkers without Internet access at home. More than a third of households below the poverty line do not have home Internet access, according to the Center for Economic Opportunity. So for the city’s poorest, paying bills, doing homework and applying for jobs are harder still.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is focusing efforts this year on bridging this digital divide between the technology haves and have-nots as part of his broader agenda for economic justice.

Declaring that Internet access is no longer a luxury but a necessity, his administration announced plans to spend $10 million bringing free high-speed broadband service to five public housing developments in the city.”

"MQ-9 Reaper in flight (2007)" by U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson
“MQ-9 Reaper in flight (2007)” by U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson

Drone Warfare

An Intercept report with multiple chapters that documents in exhaustive fashion the ins and outs of drone warfare, military intelligence, and where everybody’s tax dollars are going: “The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistleblower, offer an unprecedented glimpse into Obama’s drone wars.”

Zombie Invasion of Historic Proportions

An Atlantic piece by an insightful cultural writer who looks at the origins of the zombie idea, while noticing how yet again White privileged culture adopted this powerful symbol of resilience and horror in the face of acute oppression for its superficial entertainment needs: “But the zombie myth is far older and more rooted in history than the blinkered arc of American pop culture suggests. It first appeared in Haiti in the 17th and 18th centuries, when the country was known as Saint-Domingue and ruled by France, which hauled in African slaves to work on sugar plantations. Slavery in Saint-Domingue under the French was extremely brutal: Half of the slaves brought in from Africa were worked to death within a few years, which only led to the capture and import of more. In the hundreds of years since, the zombie myth has been widely appropriated by American pop culture in a way that whitewashes its origins—and turns the undead into a platform for escapist fantasy.”

In the early 1900s, socialists led the movements for women’s suffrage, child labor laws, consumer protection laws and the progressive income tax. (Photo: File)

Socialism Defined or Refined

A Common Dreams article by a distinguished professor of politics who seeks to deconstruct an oft-misunderstood term which ironically represents everything most Americans want for their country: “Although Sanders says that America needs a “grassroots political revolution,” he is actually a reformer, not a revolutionary. His version of democratic socialism is akin to what most people around the world call “social democracy,” which seems to make capitalism more humane.

This is why Sanders says that the U.S. should learn from Sweden, Norway and Denmark — countries with greater equality, a higher standard of living for working families, better schools, free universities, less poverty, a cleaner environment, higher voter turnout, stronger unions, universal health insurance, and a much wider safety net

Sounds anti-business? Forbes magazine ranked Denmark as the #1 country for business. The United States ranked #18.”

Please Learn to Spell, People!

A semi-humorous look from Media Post at inexplicably common grammar and usage errors ubiquitously found in the world of digital publishing: “But lest anyone accuses me of being critical without being constructive, I have an idea I would like to share — and if you should capitalize on it, I hope you will at least give me credit. How about a browser extension or an app that, when activated, scours my content for inglourious basterds, highlights them, and shows a brief definition?

This would give me the opportunity to check discretely weather I maid a misteak.”grammar language english teach

Uncovering Baldwin’s Legacy

A New Yorker piece that, through the lens of examining his property and last effects, seeks to reconstruct the life and influence of James Baldwin, both the negative and the positive: “Now, nearly three decades after his death—as Henry Louis Gates, Jr., predicted and perhaps provoked in a 1992 essay recounting his own visit to Saint-Paul-de-Vence—James Baldwin is having a glorious moment. In numerous palpable ways, he has come to occupy a more hallowed, almost sacrosanct, position in the imagination of black readers and writers than he ever enjoyed among the audiences of his day—eclipsing in the twenty-first century his closest mentors, competitors, and peers. Some of this is surely the result of our culture’s general, unremitting tendency toward nostalgia for all things. But mostly it has to do with the man himself. Where his cosmopolitan, nonconformist interests and way of life rendered him suspect to many in his later years, he now appears prescient, too enlightened for his time. “

GENMEDIPcomma_radio_stationOnline Broadcasting Access

A Library of Congress look at a magnificent project that will make scores of digital artifacts of public broadcasting available to the public: “The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) Project Team at WGBH and the Library of Congress is pleased to announce the launch of the AAPB Online Reading Room, providing access to nearly 7,000 digitized audio and video programs dating from the late 1940s through the present. The AAPB, a collaboration between WGBH Educational Foundation and the Library of Congress, seeks to preserve and make accessible significant historical content created by public media, and to coordinate a national effort to save at-risk public media before its content is lost to posterity.”




Filmmaker Targeted by Fascist Forces

A Rolling Stone piece that looks at the flak caught by a seminal filmmaker for speaking truth to police brutality, oppression, and overreaching: “The Los Angeles Police Department patrolmen’s union has joined the boycott of Quentin Tarantino‘s films after the filmmaker spoke at a rally against police brutality in New York City. Los Angeles Police Protective League president Craig Lally voiced his union’s support of the boycott initiated by the New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association after the filmmaker’s remarks slamming “murdering cops.”

money_flying-transparentSimple Solution to Stupid Problem

An Al Jazeera post that looks at the only rational solution to a stupid problem afflicting the island of Puerto Rico, which has long been the playground of the degenerate, the greedy, and the parasitic: ““If debt was issued in violation of the constitution that debt is illegal and subsequently should not be paid,” said Natal. “It should be put aside, because in legal terms, it’s like it never happened.”

This strategy, called “debt nullification,” has been used elsewhere in the U.S. to address fiscal crises. But in Puerto Rico’s case, it all but promises a legal showdown with Wall Street hedge funds that own a significant portion of the island’s debt — investors that the government is now trying to bargain with.”

GENISSBigoted Roots to Drug Wars

An Op Ed News posting that takes a deeper look at the actual motivations for the long-term, expensive, oppressive, and ultimately useless ‘war on drugs’ that society has been subject to for ages: “The Drug War was officially born June 17, 1971, when Richard Nixon pronounced drugs to be “Public Enemy Number One.” In a nation wracked by poverty, racial tension, injustice, civil strife, ecological disaster, corporate domination, a hated Vietnam War and much more, drugs seemed an odd choice.
In fact, the Drug War’s primary target was black and young voters.

It was the second, secret leg of Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” meant to bring the former Confederacy into the Republican Party.”

10.29.2015 Daily Links


By Hypnotica Studios Infinite from Toms River, New Jersey, USA
By Hypnotica Studios Infinite from Toms River, New Jersey, USA

We honor the dead because we live on their bones, so that to disrespect the dearly departed guarantees the diminution of any potential to garner grace in our own lives, let alone grasping anything grand or everlasting in our brief transit through time and space as beings whose realization, if not consciousness, only has manifested itself because of a chain of those who have lived and died in our creation.


General Jack D. Ripper: “He said war was too important to be left to the generals.  When he said that, 50 years ago, he might have been right.  But today, war is too important to be left to politicians.  They have neither the time, the training, nor the inclination for strategic thought.  I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion, and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.”rect3336

Dr. Strangelove by DrFoulplay
Dr. Strangelove
by DrFoulplay

President Merkin Muffley{in the phone to the Soviet Premier}: “Hello?… Uh… Hello D- uh hello Dmitri?  Listen uh uh I can’t hear too well.  Do you suppose you could turn the music down just a little?… Oh-ho, that’s much better… yeah… huh… yes… Fine, I can hear you now, Dmitri… Clear and plain and coming through fine… I’m coming through fine, too, eh?… Good, then… well, then, as you say, we’re both coming through fine… Good… Well, it’s good that you’re fine and… and I’m fine… I agree with you, it’s great to be fine… a-ha-ha-ha-ha… Now then, Dmitri, you know how we’ve always talked about the possibility of something going wrong with the Bomb… The *Bomb*, Dmitri… The *hydrogen* bomb!… Well now, what happened is… ahm… one of our base commanders, he had a sort of… well, he went a little funny in the head… you know… just a little… funny.  And, ah… he went and did a silly thing… Well, I’ll tell you what he did.   He ordered his planes… to attack your country… Ah… Well, let me finish, Dmitri… Let me finish, Dmitri… Well listen, how do you think I feel about it?… Can you *imagine* how I feel about it, Dmitri?… Why do you think I’m calling you?  Just to say hello?… *Of course* I like to speak to you!… *Of course* I like to say hello!… Not now, but anytime, Dmitri.  I’m just calling up to tell you something terrible has happened… It’s a *friendly* call.  Of course it’s a friendly call… Listen, if it wasn’t friendly… you probably wouldn’t have even got it… They will *not* reach their targets for at least another hour… I am… I am positive, Dmitri… Listen, I’ve been all over this with your ambassador.  It is not a trick… Well, I’ll tell you.  We’d like to give your air staff a complete run-down on the targets, the flight plans, and the defensive systems of the planes… Yes! I mean i-i-i-if we’re unable to recall the planes, then… I’d say that, ah… well, ah… we’re just gonna have to help you destroy them, Dmitri… I know they’re our boys… All right, well listen now.  Who should we call?… *Who* should we call, Dmitri?  The… wha-whe, the People… you, sorry, you faded away there… The People’s Central Air Defense Headquarters… Where is that, Dmitri?… In Omsk… Right… Yes… Oh, you’ll call them first, will you?… Uh-huh… Listen, do you happen to have the phone number on you, Dmitri?… Whe-ah, what?  I see, just ask for Omsk information… Ah-ah-eh-uhm-hm… I’m sorry, too, Dmitri… I’m very sorry… *All right*, you’re sorrier than I am, but I am as sorry as well… I am as sorry as you are, Dmitri!  Don’t say that you’re more sorry than I am, because I’m capable of being just as sorry as you are… So we’re both sorry, all right?… All right.”rect3336

        Major T.J. “King” Kong: “Well, boys, I reckon this is it – nuclear combat toe to toe with the Roosskies.  Now look, boys, I ain’t much of a hand at makin’ speeches, but I got a pretty fair idea that something doggone important is goin’ on back there.  And I got a fair idea the kinda personal emotions that some of you fellas may be thinkin’.  Heck, I reckon you wouldn’t even be human bein’s if you didn’t have some pretty strong personal feelin’s about nuclear combat.  I want you to remember one thing, the folks back home is a-countin’ on you and by golly, we ain’t about to let ’em down.  I tell you something else, if this thing turns out to be half as important as I figure it just might be, I’d say that you’re all in line for some important promotions and personal citations when this thing’s over with.  That goes for ever’ last one of you regardless of your race, color or your creed.  Now let’s get this thing on the hump – we got some flyin’ to do.”  Dialog from Dr. Strangelove


“Babylon” by Recolax – Own work

Adjacent to the Levant today, two adjacent States celebrate ‘founding’ moments, one ancient and one modern, Iran with Cyrus the Great Day, Turkey with Republic Day; in that vein, more or less two thousand five hundred fifty-four years ago, Persia’s initial emperor, Cyrus, entered a conquered Babylon and gave leave for Jews to return to their homeland; nineteen hundred twenty-nine years later, almost two millennia, Paris’ first trial for witchcraft led to the execution of three hapless residents; Walter Raleigh, just three years shy of four centuries before the here and now, lost his head for allegedly conspiring against England’s King; three and a half centuries prior to the present moment, Portuguese military adventurers defeated indigenous forces in Africa, the Kongo Army, and decapitated the leader of those forces; ten years thereafter, in 1675, the redoubtable genius, Gottfried Leibniz, first used the ‘long S’ to state integration or to stand for the integral in calculus; the baby boy who would grow up to become renowned author and thinker James 295px-1920-Don-Giovanni-BBoswell was born six and a half decades subsequently, in 1740; Mozart’s acclaimed Don Giovanni opera opened in Prague two hundred twenty-eight years ahead of today; the International Red Cross just over three quarters of a century hence, in 1863, first came into existence in Geneva; the Constantinople Convention guaranteed twenty-five years later on, in 1888, that neither war nor other human intervention would close the Suez Canal(HA!); economist and single-tax theorist Henry George completed his lifespan nine years beyond that date, in 1897; thirteen years nearer to now, in 1910, an English baby male entered the world who would rise as the establishment philosopher of positivism, A.J. Ayer; exactly a year onward, in 1911, Hungarian-American media mogul Joseph Pulitzer died; seven years after that point, in 1918, German Sailors initiated a year of revolutionary upsurge in post-war Germany when they mutinied; three years subsequent to that conjunction, in 1921, the Sacco and Vanzetti murder trial began, after a first conviction in a different case issued on an attempted robbery and attempted murder charge; Italy’s King Victor Emmanuel three hundred sixty-National_Fascist_Party_logo.svgfive days past that point, in 1922, appointed Mussolini Prime Minister a day after fascist gangs had occupied government buildings; a year further along, in 1923, with the formal dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey became a Republic; two years even closer to this moment, in 1925, a male child was born whose destiny led to the life of investigative journalist Dominick Dunne;  four years more along time’s path, in 1929, ‘Black Tuesday’s’ market crash inaugurated the ‘official’ start of the Great Depression; sixty-seven years back precisely, Israeli Defense Force soldiers took part in a massacre of civilians at Safsaf, a Palestinian village in Galilee, and the baby Dutch boy drew a first breath en route to a distinguished career as primatologist and thinker, Frans de Waal; a year afterward, in 1949, noted ‘spiritualist’ and esoteric philosopher George Gurdjieff crossed to the other side; half a decade later still, in 1954, a male infant shouted out who would grow up to writer mysteries and thrillers under the pen name Lee Child; two years afterward, in 1956, IDF forces invaded Sinai to initiate the Suez Crisis, and the Tangier Protocol returned the city from Spain to Morocco; a year hence, in 1957, Louis Mayer, the iconic American producer from Belarusia, ended his days on Earth; three hundred sixty five days henceforth, in 1958, popular author, screenwriter, and dramatist

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

Zoe Akins lived through her final scene; Cassius Clay, who would later change his name to Muhammad Ali, fought his first professional bout two years nearer to now, in 1960, in his hometown of Louisville; one year later to the day, in 1961, Syria exited the United Arab Republic, which it had formed with Egypt; half a dozen years still more proximate to the present, in 1967, Montreal’s Expo ’67 ended after fifty million people had attended its run; two years after that, in 1969, the first hard-wired computer network opened, ARPANET, a lineal precursor to the Internet; a National Aeronautics and Space Administration Galileo mission craft twenty-two years more on the temporal path, in 1991, passed close by an asteroid, the first such instance of human investigation of a non-planetary object; four years thereafter, in 1995, the wit and thinker and composer of various sorts of satirical texts—Dr. Strangelove anyone?—Terry Southern drew a final breath; three years yet closer to the current context, in 1998, the Apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission report issued, and John Glenn, at 77, became the oldest astronaut ever to fly a space mission; another six years more down the pike, in 2004, Al Jazeera released a video report in which Osama Bin Laden claimed credit for the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center; just two years past, Turkey’s government began operation of a tunnel beneath the Bosporus that connected Europe and Asia by land in the Mediterranean region.

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         A transcript of a critically important speech, from the co-founder of the Center for Media Justice and liaison with Black Lives Matter, about the present pass in regard to technology, social resistance to depredation, and the awareness of folks about the world around them, an analysis that is particularly critical at the arguably desperate pass through which humankind is passing, a phenomenon that is possible to examine as a general issue of ‘false consciousness;’ or as a particular matter–for example in planning mass protests of a huge conference of police chiefs in Chicago in the context of mass-murder that police carry out–of strategizing resistance , especially among people of color, against predatory capital and its minions in the police state; or as a look at central specific aspects of the State’s vicious and even murderous impunity, again in Chicago, in its relations with working people: “I am honored to represent those who, too often, aren’t called to this table, aren’t heard in these halls.

I’m talking about he 450,000 migrants in U.S. detention centers.  The 2 million people incarcerated in the U.S.  The 9 million under the control of the justice system.  I am talking about the 883 people killed by police this year.  I am here for people like my Uncle Kamou Sadiki, a former Black Panther who will spend the rest of his life in prison for a crime he did not commit.  People like my mom, Janet Cyril, also a Black Panther, who faced the FBI head on when they burst into our house and demanded she testify against the San Francisco 8 in a secret court proceeding. … I’m here for Walter Scott, Eric Garner, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice, whose Black bodies were murdered on video, and still incited zero police accountability.  I am here for the thousands who have taken to the streets in the name of Black Lives Matter.  I’m here for the 200 organizations of the Media Action Grassroots Network.  … Martin Luther King said in 1958, everything we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.  I hope I am a long shadow. …rect3336         On the one hand, this digital age and era of big data holds extraordinary promise for all of us.  It allows us to reach into parts of the world we never could before, learn in seconds what might have taken months or years.  But, while these technological advances may speed and ease what this nation and economy can do, the issue at hand is what we will do.rect3336         For Black people to move about the streets safely in 1700’s America, we needed a pass.  That was the surveillance technology of that time.  A white person had to vouch for you, and every white person was deputized to enforce that system. …


In the 21st century, almost two thirds of incarcerated people and those under the control of the justice system are racial and ethnic minorities.  Over 40% of us are Black.  We live on databases, in ankle bracelets, between checkpoints.  This did not start with the NSA revelations and it will not end with policies that limit the NSA, this is embedded into the structure of this nation– we need more.  Today, we have some new technology doing some very old work. …rect3336         The fourth amendment, for us, is not and has never been about privacy, per se.  It’s about sovereignty.  It’s about power.  It’s about democracy.  It’s about the historic and present day overreach of governments and corporations into our lives, in order to facilitate discrimination and disadvantage for the purposes of control; for profit.   Privacy, per se, is not the fight we are called to.  We are called to this question of defending real democracy, not to this distinction between mass surveillance and targeted surveillance.  I  know people like to claim a difference, but that’s a distinction being made for us by those who would seek to continue this notion that there are those less than human, whose rights should not prevail in a court of law, for whom the constitution should not equally apply.rect3336           But there is no true distinction.  When all or part of a society is eye spy security data informationsurveilled, outside of the scope of a specific investigation and with neither transparency nor legal parameters, without protections of any kind, that is mass surveillance.  Spying on Black people who live in Bed-Stuy because we are Black and live in Bed-Stuy, Muslim communities in New York is mass surveillance.  Spying on entire neighborhoods in Los Angeles because gangs exist there, is mass surveillance.   Spying on migrants in New Mexico or Arizona or Louisiana is mass surveillance.  Spying on low-wage workers at McDonalds and Wal-Mart, is mass surveillance.  The time for distinction between the systems that watch you and those that watch me has long passed.”—The Center for Media Justicerect3336         “Anyone who has ever taken part in a similar conversation (as presented from a novel’s narrative)with fellow workers knows that this fictional account couldn’t be any more real, even over a century later.  While it occurred in an imaginary, 1900-ish English setting, it surely resonates in a 21st-century American reality where collective working-class dissonance – what is referred to in Marxist circles as ‘false consciousness’ – remains ignorant to the casual effects of capitalism.  The conversation is packed with the typically tragic ironies of impoverished, insecure workers searching for any reason to explain their collective plight absent of blaming a system, let alone the faces of that system, which uses and discards them as it pleases.  The lone conscious worker, Owen, does his best to enlighten the bunch.  The main opposition comes from Crass, a character who symbolizes the epitome of false consciousness, not only in his ignorance of the system but perhaps even more so in his ill-informed, emotional pushback, which echoes the misleading narrative so often presented through mainstream channels.  When pressed toward realizing the truth of his existence – and more importantly, the reason for it – Crass’ dissonance hardens into an acceptance of hopeless despair summarized by those fatal words we’ve become all too familiar with – ‘that may be the case, but there’s nothing we can do about it… it’s just the way it is.’rect3336            Such dissonance is expected in a highly divisive and unequal class society, especially when the prospect of a highly-conscious working class represents the single biggest threat to the few that benefit from this artificial arrangement.  The key in forging this collective dissonance is found in turning a blind eye to material conditions and replacing the physical reality created by these conditions with a worldview shaped directly by ruling-class interests, which are accepted as being in line with the interests of all – a phenomenon which Antonio Gramsci referred to as cultural hegemony.  In The German Ideology, Marx emphasized this cultural dynamic which inevitably stems from capitalism:rect3336            ‘The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force.  The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it.  The ruling ideas are nothing more than the ideal expression of the dominant material relationships, the dominant material relationships grasped as ideas; hence of the relationships which make the one class the ruling one, therefore, the ideas of its dominance.  The individuals composing the ruling class possess among other things consciousness, and therefore think.  Insofar, therefore, as they rule as a class and determine the extent and compass of an epoch, it is self-evident that they do this in its whole range, hence among other things rule also as thinkers, as producers of ideas, and regulate the production and distribution of the ideas of their age: thus their ideas are the ruling ideas of the epoch.'”—The Hampton Institute



http://www.epi.org/event/perspectives-on-the-sharing-economy/       From the Economic Policy Institute, an analysis and video that present a thorough debunking of the fatuous fantasies of much that passes for ‘scholarship’ in regard to the purported marvels and miracles of sharing economies and gig protocols.


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Kentucky Book Fair
Frankfort, Kentucky
November 14, 2015

The 34th annual Kentucky Book Fair will be held on November 14 at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Kentucky. The book fair, which promotes literacy and a love of reading in the commonwealth, features symposiums, readings and book signings by approximately 200 recently published authors, and children’s activities. Participating authors include poets Wendell Berry and Frank X. Walker; fiction writers David Joy and Bobbie Ann Mason; and fiction and nonfiction writers Mary Gaitskill and Karen Salyer McElmurray. All events are free and open to the public. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for more information.


Artist Residency Programs Application Information

THE JACK STRAW ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAMS offer established and emerging artists in diverse disciplines an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in our recording studios and participation in our various presentation programs.
NOTE: There are separate applications for all programs. Please make sure you have downloaded the correct form.
DEADLINE: Applications must be hand delivered to Jack Straw or postmarked by Friday, October 30, at 5:00 pm.

Writers’ Conference Scholarships

Six scholarships are being offered for first-time participants of the 23rd Annual Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway writers’ conference.

Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway
January 15-18, 2016
Stockton Seaview Hotel
Galloway, NJ (Atlantic City area)

Recipients may choose from workshops in fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, songwriting, poetry and more. In addition to workshops, the conference also offers craft talks, one-on-one tutorials, a featured reading, open mics, yoga and dancing at the Getaway Disco.

High Country News will consider pitches for well-researched stories on any natural resource or environmental topic, as long as it concerns the American West as a region. We define resources to include people, politics, culture and aesthetic values, not just coal, oil and timber. We are a magazine whose stories include incisive reporting, strong storytelling and intellectual honesty. We divide submissions into front-of-book stories (500 to 1,600 words) and features (2,400 words and up). We pay on publication, between $0.50 and $1.50 per word, depending on the writer’s experience and our experience with the writer. Kill fee is 25 percent.

Each issue celebrates the Georgia lifestyle in word and photo, revealing the spirit of its people and the flavor of its past in a friendly, conversational tone. Feature articles and departments focus on what’s in it for the reader, bringing home the story in a useful, personal way that touches their lives directly. Features start at $500 (including expenses and photography); shorter articles and departments pay $400 to $500.

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pascal maramis – flickr



Assistant Professor, broadcasting

The nationally recognized School of Journalism & Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University is seeking a full-time, tenure-eligible assistant professor with experience in broadcast television production. The ideal candidate will have a passion for live television and skills in multi-camera field and studio production as well as sports broadcasting. Experience in commercial/industrial/promotional video production is also desirable.   We seek a professional television broadcaster who understands the importance of cross-platform storytelling and who is excited to work with our faculty, students and staff to fulfill the School of Journalism & Broadcasting’s mission of preparing students for careers in a changing media environment. Employment begins in August 2016.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Content Manager

Help develop engaging and professional content for publications, web and social media that helps people save places that matter. The Content Manager is responsible for producing content and  managing the dissemination of information flow for leaders within the Historic Preservation movement. This position has primary responsibility for developing, writing, and editing content pieces for use across a variety of media. The full-time position reports to the Director of Publications and Programs.

First Look Media
Editorial Assistant, The Intercept – The Intercept (TI) is seeking an organized, energetic Editorial Assistant to join its New York City team.  TI is a digital news magazine dedicated to producing original journalism across a range of issues, including national security, politics and criminal justice.  Published by First Look Media, The Intercept employs more than two dozen reporters, editors and visual journalists.

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) at CRASSH is seeking to appoint a Research Associate to join the project Managing Extreme Technological Risk, to work on the evaluation of extreme technological risk. Nuclear power, bioengineering, geoengineering and artificial intelligence are all examples of dual-use technology: technology that gives us power to bring great benefits to the world, but that may also pose great risks, whether from accidents or from deliberate misuse. Any reasonable policy regarding these new technologies has to weigh up those benefits against those risks.


“Today’s flood of dark money in federal elections is almost wholly the creation of the Federal Election Commission,” says the coalition, “and the Commission should take responsibility for correcting this problem.” (Photo: 401(k) 2012/flickr/cc)

Cleaning Up Election Funding

A Common Dreams posting that highlights attempts by various civic organizations to make sure that elections candidacies are funded through transparent means, thus preventing shadowy and murky forces place too much influence on alleged democratic elections: “Decrying the unprecedented flow of so-called “dark money” into the U.S. political process, a coalition of civic and religious organizations, environmentalists, and academics on Tuesday submitted comments to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), calling on the agency to—put simply—do its job.

“Since the 2010 Citizens United decision, each election cycle has seen dramatic changes in the campaign finance environment,” the groups declared in comments (pdf) that press the FEC to address critical regulatory shortfalls. “Yet, the rules and regulations of the Federal Election Commission have not kept pace.””

Uneven Retirement Outcomes

A posting by the Center for Effective Government that brings to light the gross inequalities of retirement options for CEOs v. everyone else, which also offers policy-based solutions to the injustice: “According to a study by the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Research at the New School, 55 percent of those aged 50-64 will be forced to rely almost solely on Social Security (which averages $1,233 a month). […] Despite these grim findings, it’s clear that we can rewrite the rules that have been rigged against the middle class for the last 30 years. Together, we can change this and allow for all Americans to be able to retire with dignity.”

Commemorating a People’s Warrior

A Red Pepper posting that commemorates the life of a brilliant and brave activist and advocate for his people who lost his life to international oil interests, but whose legacy lives on far beyond the borders of the country where he lived: “The Nigerian state and Shell thought that if they killed Ken Saro-Wiwa and his comrades the struggle would be over. But instead their blood watered the seeds of the revolution in Ogoniland. Not one drop of oil has been drilled in Ogoniland for more than 20 years. The Ogoni Bill of Rights still provides a road map for the Ogoni people: using a proportion of our oil wealth to rebuild our society is a fundamental demand.”

Protesting Police Carte Blanche 

A Chicagoist posting that documents a protest in Chicago against budget increases to police departments in lieu of actual real civic services, thus protesting the way the police states threatens to swallow everything else up, the way folks have been warning for decades: ““If you are going to invite 16,000 cops to our city after shutting down 49 schools, half of the mental health clinics and allocating 40 percent of the budget to the police…they don’t get to do that and stay quiet,” said Page May, a community organizer and member of the group We Charge Genocide. […] “The Mayor sucks resources necessary for us to thrive out of our community and replaces them with more cops who will do nothing but inflict harm and terrorize us,” said Maxx Boykin, an organizer with BYP100. “We need to fund Black futures, not more cops.””


Allocating Expensive Life Saving Medication

A Conversation piece that looks at the bioethics dimensions of a Hep C drug that is out of reach, price-wise, at the same time that it is necessary to curb the impact of a terrible illness: “This presents a conundrum for policy professionals across the world: if we cannot afford to treat everyone in need immediately, how should we go about allocating the limited number of treatments that we can afford? With direct-acting antivirals now available in virtually all high-income countries, the two main routes available to those in charge of health budgets are as follows.”


Opening Up Legal Archives 

A New York Times article that discusses a grand and noble action that Harvard University, with support of other legal entities, are undertaking to digitize and make freely available their thousands of thousands of legal briefs, judicial decisions, and legal tomes: ““Improving access to justice is a priority,” said Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School, explaining why Harvard has embarked on the project. “We feel an obligation and an opportunity here to open up our resources to the public.” […] While Harvard’s “Free the Law” project cannot put the lone defense lawyer or citizen on an equal footing with a deep-pocketed law firm, legal experts say, it can at least guarantee a floor of essential information. The project will also offer some sophisticated techniques for visualizing relations among cases and searching for themes.”

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How to Find What to Write

A Poynter post, the first in an ongoing series,  that offers sage advise to some of the most common writer’s complaints: “To make better use of the practical wisdom in this book, Poynter has agreed to feature a writing problem a week – with ten solutions – for the next 21 weeks. When you’re through, you’ll have a condensed version of “Help! For Writers,” a strong lifeline for drowning scribes, and an incentive to reach for the News University course, and – to raise the spirits of middle children everywhere – the book.”



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Attacking Dissident Media in Turkey

An alarming post from Poynter regarding combative circumstances in Turkey that all who care about democracy and media ought to think about, for it is the sort of thing liable to occur anywhere: ““I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Today’s Zaman’s Deniz Ergürel told Poynter in an email about the government seizure of Koza-Ipek Holding. “Riot police stormed the headquarters of a TV station on air very early in the morning. The TV station is known to be a critical media outlet. This is a clear attack on press freedom and free entrepreneurship. This is a quite worrisome situation against individual freedoms and the people’s right to know right ahead of the national elections on November 1st.””

Golden Era Film Star Commemoration

A World Socialist Web Site memorial post that documents the life of the long-lived Golden Era film star Maureen O’Hara, who was famous for playing strong-willed heroines aside John Wayne: “More than just the star of Christmas favorite Miracle on 34th Street, Maureen O’Hara was one of the most compelling actresses of her generation. She possessed an extraordinary screen presence. A number of descriptions in recent tributes seem appropriate. She was “fierce,” “tenacious,” “strong-willed,” “tempestuous.” In the words of her friend and frequent co-star John Wayne, who had his own way with a compliment, O’Hara was “big, lusty, absolutely marvelous—definitely my kind of woman. She’s a great guy.”

John Wayne and O’Hara in Rio Grande (1950)



Cat Fights at GOP Debate

A Hill look at the decidedly uncivil and most likely less-than-useful in terms of actual policy discussion presidential candidate debate that was hosted by CNBC, demonstrating the deep schism and uncertainty stressing the Grand Ole Party: “CNBC moderator John Harwood asked Trump if he was running a “comic book” version of a White House candidacy, while Ohio Gov. John Kasich argued Carson and Trump are not fit for the White House.

“My great concern is that we’re on the verge of picking someone who can not do this job,” said Kasich, the first candidate to speak at the debate. “I’ve watched as someone said we should dismantle Medicaid and leave our senior citizens out in the cold. I’ve heard them talking about deporting 10 or 11 [million] people.””

GENISSNeoCon Manifesto Closer to Reality but Not Quite There

An Information Clearing House article that analyses a recent monograph showing the first comprehensive outline that discusses a primary Conservative strategy seeking to define what a Republican foreign policy should look like, a document which manages to at least acknowledge the foolish and tenuous position of the U.S. in the global scheme of things, even if it fails to offer any real solution save the same old pap:  “‘U.S. foreign policy today is failing every test that a great power’s foreign policy can fail. Today, America’s enemies do not fear the United States and America’s friends doubt that they can trust it’. … […] In the same essay, the authors also assert that ‘the first principle of American foreign policy…should be prudence’ given the fact that, among other things, the U.S. economy is not nearly as dominant in relative terms as it was after World War II. ‘Our resources will be finite, and so will be the ability of our leaders to focus on more than a few problems at a time.’ It’s somewhat refreshing there’s no more talk here about being mightier than the Roman or British Empires. But they still believe that the U.S. should be the “guarantor of global order.”

10.28.2015 Daily Links


"Gas mask MUA IMGP0157" by Nikodem Nijaki
“Gas mask MUA IMGP0157” by Nikodem Nijaki

The miracle of life appears all the more phenomenal when one realizes the concatenations of death that commodities deal out in multiple combinations that seem not only possible under the right circumstances but also inescapable on a day-to-day basis, so that the fiery foam of Sulfuric Acid in chlorinated water might yield the strangling grip of chlorine gas and the bitter doom of multiple battlefields a century past, a confrontation with mortality as astonishing as it is unexpected.

“I happened to read recently a remark by the American nuclear physicist W. Davidson, who noted that the explosion of one hydrogen bomb releases a greater amount of energy than all the explosions set off by all countries in all wars known in the entire history of mankind.  And he, apparently, is right. …I remember President Kennedy once stated… that the United States had the nuclear missile capacity to wipe out the Soviet Union two times over, while the Soviet Union had enough atomic weapons to wipe out the United States only once… When journalists asked me to comment… I said jokingly, ‘Yes, I know what Kennedy claims, and he’s quite right.  But I’m not complaining… We’re satisfied to be able to finish off the United States first time round.  Once is quite enough.  What good does it do to annihilate a country twice?  We’re not a bloodthirsty people.'” Nikita Khrushchev



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

In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, today is a moment to remember a Day of the Establishment of an Independent Czecho-Slovak State, and all over the globe is also International Animation Day; Byzantine forces one thousand forty-six years ago captured the outlying fortifications around Antioch, at the border of modern Syria and Turkey, in preparation for occupying the city three days hence; six hundred seventy-one years before the here and now, in another wave of such contention and conflict, Crusaders captured Smyrna, in what is now Turkey; three quarters of a century and one year henceforth, in  1420, Beijing became the Ming Dynasty capitol, more or less simultaneously as Ming builders completed the construction of the Forbidden City there as a seat of government; boats under the command of Christopher Columbus just two years beyond seven decades later, in 1492, first happened upon the islands of Cuba; the first institution of higher learning in the Western Hemisphere opened four hundred seventy-seven years prior to the present pass on the Island that now includes the Dominican Republic and Haiti; nine decades subsequently, in 1628, Huguenots surrendered to French Catholic forces at New Rochelle; eight years thereafter, in 1636, across the Atlantic, Massachusetts Court officials acceded to the founding of the college that became Harvard; three centuries and eleven years ahead of today, John Locke breathed his last; two hundred forty years back, as the American British colonies slid toward open war, England’s military orders forbade residents from leaving Boston; thirty-three years later on, 1818, Abigail Adams, wife of the second President, died; one hundred eighty years before this point in time, Maori indigenous people in New Zealand declared their ‘nationhood,’ impelled by British diplomatic efforts to freeze out French incursions; the first Spanish railroad, with its terminus in Barcelona, started operations during the revolutionary year that took place thirteen years further on, in 1848; in New York Harbor a hundred twenty-nine years back, President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty; the premier performance of Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique symphony took place seven years afterward, in 1893, in St. Petersburg, only nine days before the composer took his own life; another six years closer to the current context, in 1899,  the inventor of the media-and-news-transforming linotype machine, Ottmar Merganthaler, spent his final day among the living; four years still nearer to the present day, in 1903, the infant boy who

"Linotype machine" by Vitold Muratov
“Linotype machine” by Vitold Muratov

grew up to become writer and critic Evelyn Waugh uttered his first cry; a decade and a half subsequent to that instand, in 1918, Czechoslovakia stood on its own on the same day that Poland assumed command of Western Galicia; a single year following that, in 1919, Congress overrode Woodrow Wilson’s veto of the legislation that initiated Prohibition; three years further on, in 1922, Benito Mussolini marched at the head of a fascist mob that took over Italy’s government; a Swiss chemist sixty-seven years ago received the Nobel Prize for his promulgation of DDT as a pesticide; the Cuban missile crisis ended fifty-three years in advance of today’s light and air, when Premier Khrushchev ordered the dismantling and removal of missiles from Cuba; two years later, in 1965, the U.S. denied involvement in bombing North Vietnam, a lie; one year beyond that juncture, in 1966, Pope Paul VI signed a proclamation that forsook holding Jews responsible for Jesus’ crucifixion; sixteen years after that, in 1982, the Spanish government came under the sway of the first socialist party in the modern era, as the Socialist Workers Party took control; seventeen years before today, the husband of Sylvia Plath, the poet Ted Hughes, drew his last breath; eight years more proximate to the present day, in 2006, Ukrainians commemorated the deaths of their forebears at the hands of Soviet executioners outside Kiev; Kristina Kirchner a year subsequently, in 2007, became Argentina’s first female President, a post that she continues to hold till the results of the current election are sure, and the iconic country music star, Porter Wagoner of Grand Old Opry fame, sang his swan song.

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/how-the-new-world-order-globalists-are-dividing-americans/5483941       A general examination, decidedly conspiratorial and likely Libertarian but full of incisive analysis and incontrovertible data, of how United States elites deploy ‘divide-and-rule’ methods as a matter of course, with dire social consequences but reliably ‘establishment-oriented’ political results, in both the current context and as a historical tactic, one of hundreds of articles in the past week or so that convey critical data about how color and caste and manipulated alienation play out in favor of those who rule, including a Truthout reprint of a Progressive Magazine analysis of Southern depredations, a New Rambler Review delineation of a recent monograph on the original hope and current diminution of voting rights expansion, a Portside Labor passalong from Ebony that deals with Blacks and the “Fight-for-Fifteen,” and a TeleSur news briefing about contemporary Caribbean moves in favor of an overall movement for reparations against those who profited from slavery and other genocidal depredations, all of which are central to any consciousness that will enable organizing and empowerment of working people in the current context: “America has a longstanding pattern of racial targeting.  This latest oppression harkens back to J. Edgar’s FBI harassment, infiltration and murder of Black Panther Party members back in the sixties and early seventies.  Both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X were also placed under constant surveillance right up till their assassinations which have both been linked to federal law enforcement.  In addition to targeting high profile African American activists, FBI’s COINTELPRO (1956-1971) singled out a number of other groups deemed potential enemies of the state as well.  Members of the American Indian Movement and anti-Vietnam War protesters like Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) were both infiltrated and targeted for continual harassment as well.
The Garifuna people, an Afro-Indigenous nation descendant of the Arawaks, gather to discuss the challenges facing their people across borders. | Photo: BCIJR This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address: “http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/In-the-Caribbean-What-Are-Reparations-20151027-0038.html”. If you intend to use it, please cite the source and provide a link to the original article. www.teleSURtv.net/english

Shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack, FDR’s executive order rounded up 120,000 innocent US citizens who happened to be Japanese, shamefully placing them in prison camps for the remainder of the war.  And before those atrocities came centuries of genocide against Native Americans and enslavement against Africans and their descendants.Fancy_border_(1) line space
Thus, the US government has a long checkered past history of racism, persecution, torture, imprisonment and mass murder of US citizens perceived by the tyrannical state as either threats or expendables to be exploited and/or willfully destroyed.  From the very start this divide and conquer and exterminate strategy by the ruling elite has been operationalized throughout American history.”—Global ResearchFancy_border_(1) line space

           “The South has continued to fuel this(interstate subsidy) competition, using huge amounts of taxpayer money to entice corporations.  It has had to, because while dirt-cheap wages and a fiercely anti-union environment once attracted a flood of ‘runaway shops’ from the North, the South is now often abandoned by U.S. firms that can find even lower wages, more repressive control over labor, and generous subsidies from Third World governments.  As Mary Frederickson writes in her book Looking South, ‘New [U.S.] South industrialization presaged much of what we are witnessing in the Global South.’Fancy_border_(1) line space
This recent ‘offshoring’ has left the South peppered with dying factory and textile-mill towns that have lost their main employers and face a grim economic future with few prospects of escaping pervasive poverty, Paul Theroux details in his new non-fiction account, The Deep South.abandoned gas station south poverty economy depression
Not surprisingly, the heavy outflow of subsidies produces budget shortfalls that hit low-income African-American families hardest.  ‘The Black Belt [so named because of rich soil] counties, nearly all of them majority African-American, are scattered with dying towns, few job opportunities and bad health, the New York Times reports. ‘Corporate tax breaks are generous and the timber and farming interests that own so much Black Belt land enjoy substantial property tax discounts.  At the same time, households earning far below the poverty level are required to pay income tax, while the local and state sales tax burden is among the highest in the United States.’  The Times reported that state funding cuts means three of the five state parks slated to close are in this region. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
In the words of British writer Colin Leys in Market-Driven Politics, popular democracy is being hollowed out and ‘society is being shaped in ways that serve the needs of capital accumulation rather than the other way around.'”—TruthoutFancy_border_(1) line space
           “In 2012 the Supreme Court, in Shelby County v. Holder, struck down the most powerful provision of the Voting Rights Act, Section 5, which gave the federal government oversight over voting laws in 15 states, and which required preclearance before any covered state could change its election law.  Immediately afterwards, Texas and North Carolina moved to bring back more restrictive measures, including strict voter identification requirements.Fancy_border_(1) line space
Prior to the passage of the Voting Rights Act, just two percent of African-Americans were registered to vote in the entire state of Alabama.  Within months following its passage registration rates among African-Americans had risen considerably.  The Voting Rights Act expanded the federal government’s authority over voting.  Among its provisions, it abolished literacy tests, authorized the attorney general to file suits abolishing the poll tax, and made illegal the denial of the right to vote based on race or color.  The effects of the Voting Rights Act were transformative in a myriad of ways. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
(Gary)May(author of Bending Toward Justice: the Voting Rights Act & the Transformation of American Democracy), devotes the final third of the book to the congressional debate over renewal of the Voting Rights Act and the attempts to weaken the Act, as well as the changing landscape of the debate itself.  The final chapter, ‘The Struggle of a Lifetime,’ explores the most recent controversies in what Richard Hasen calls ‘the voting wars’ — debates over voter identification requirements, early voting, felon disenfranchisement, and other issues.  May argues that the persistence of racial polarization in modern America requires the Voting Rights Act to protect the voting rights of minority voters, asserting that electoral prospects for blacks remains limited and highlighting low levels of support for Obama in the previously covered states under the Section 5. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
Since the 2010 elections and the Supreme Court’s Shelby County ruling, however, the partisan landscape of voting rights has shifted dramatically.  The expansion and contraction of voting rights is now taking place at a dizzying place in state legislatures across the country, not just within the South.  The issues have become more complex too.  Today’s concerns over voting rights policy include early voting periods, felon disenfranchisement, voter registration procedures, voter identification and turnout, not just among African-Americans, but also among Latinos, Asians and Native Americans.  Partisan control of state legislatures is a far better predictor of voting rights policy than region.  May covers some of these issues, but not all, and at far less depth. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
The book is not, as it promises, a full treatment of the ‘transformation of American Democracy’ since the Voting Rights Act.  More books are needed to help explain and elucidate the polarized politics that marks today’s voting wars, and the challenges ahead posed by a fragmented set of policies that vary so widely by state.  But Gary May’s book is a lucid and vibrant account of the struggle to achieve this critically important piece of legislation and of the battles that ensued after its passage.”—New Rambler Review


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SaFTm2bcac&feature=em-share_video_user    A humble and quiet YouTube profferal that takes its viewers and listeners on a deeply reported tour of the ubiquitous utilization of a single drum riff and how it has fueled a creative explosion throughout the music world, none of which would be imaginable in a realm where strict copyright rules applied.


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Algonkian Writer Conference–Write to Market

Corte Madera, California
November 12, 2015

The Algonkian Writer Conference–Write to Market for fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers will be held from November 12 to November 15 at the Corte Madera Inn, approximately 25 miles north of San Francisco. The conference offers lectures and discussions on writing and selling a novel, as well as an agent pitch session. The faculty includes fiction writers Michael Neff, Cary Tennis, and Penny Warner, publishing professionals David Cole and Isabella Michon, and agents Ken Atchity, Elise Capron, Elizabeth Kracht, Michael Larsen, Thao Le, Elizabeth Pomoda, Andy Ross, Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, and Gordon Warnock. The cost of the conference is $595. Visit the website for more information.


Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing

Winner: $25,000; Finalists: $2,500

Deadlines June 10, September 9, November 11 (must be received by these dates). Recommended free contest awards C$25,000 for literary nonfiction books about Canadian politics by Canadian citizens or landed immigrants and first published in Canada during the calendar year. Deadline varies depending on when the book was published: Books published between January 1 and June 9 must be received by June 10; those published between June 10 and September 8 must be received by September 9; and those published between September 9 and December 31 must be received by November 11. Publishers should submit 5 copies of the book, entry form, press kit, and list of titles published by that publisher, to establish eligibility. Sponsored by the Writers’ Trust of Canada and named after Shaughnessy Cohen, an outspoken and popular Member of Parliament from Ontario.

The Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award

Deadline December 1 (must be received by this date). Neutral free contest gives biennial $1,000 achievement award for poets who consistently strive for “cutting edge” and “avant-garde” innovation, which means experimental, innovative, “pushing the envelope” literature. Within the past 5 years, entrants must have published a poetry collection of 48+ pages, or 20+ different poems or pages of poetry in five or more literary journals, anthologies or publications that regularly include poetry as a portion of their format. Up to 16 poems may be in a single volume of poetry of fewer than 48 pages (i.e., a chapbook). This volume, however, may count as only one of the required five places of publication. Online publications may count for no more than 20 percent of the total. Submit 20-page manuscript sample, which may include published and unpublished poems, with documentation of eligibility. Offered in odd-numbered years only. The Tony Quagliano Poetry Fund is a project of the Hawaii Council for the Humanities.


Writers and multimedia storytellers are invited to send pitches for stories about an innovator or activist who is solving a problem, especially stories set in a developing country or emerging market.  Pitches should detail both the basic argument and the proposed narrative arc, as well as provide information as it relates to the reporting approach, the characters to be profiled, etc.
Please send clips of previously published work and indicate 1) whether you will be able to report on the ground (travel compensation is not available) and 2) the type of media you will provide (video, video plus an introduction in writing, photo essay with caption, etc.).  Multimedia storytellers should send a portfolio along with their pitch. Please do not send complete articles.
We will reply with our payment rates and policies.

Washington College Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship

November 1, 2015

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is given annually to a nonfiction writer working on a book that addresses the history or legacy of the American Revolution and the nation’s founding ideas. The fellowship also includes health benefits, faculty privileges, and a residency in a restored eighteenth-century house in historic Chestertown. The fellow is expected to teach a semester-long undergraduate seminar and give one lecture related to his or her work-in-progress. Submit a writing sample of any length, a project description, a brief course proposal, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references by November 1. There is no application fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

South Carolina Arts Commission

Artist Fellowships

November 1, 2015
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Two fellowships of $5,000 each are given biennially to a poet and a fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer. Writers who have been residents of South Carolina for two years prior to the application deadline and are not enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program are eligible. Submit two copies of up to 20 pages of poetry or prose by November 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

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pascal maramis – flickr


Topix Palo Alto CA – We’re looking for a creative, self-starting writer to author slideshows, listicles, and quizzes for our fast-growing new verticals focused on pop culture (offbeat.topix.com and stars.topix.com).

Telecommuting is fine if you live outside of the Bay Area. We’re offering freelance positions that could lead to full-time roles for candidates who are a good fit.

Georgetown University-Qatar (GU-Q) is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for the position of Media Writer. This individual will report to the Associate Director for Strategic Communications and will be responsible for creating, writing and editing all written collateral on behalf of the various departments and programs of GU-Q.

Edgewood Properties SEO Piscataway, NJ – Responsible for improving a company’s organic search results. Creates and launches SEO campaigns, identifies areas of improvement, runs PPC campaigns, and attempts to improve the clients’ sites’ rankings in major search engines.

News10, the ABC affiliate station located in Sacramento, CA and has an immediate opening for a  Executive Producer.
The successful candidate will have a news philosophy that emphasizes story content over story count and knows how to use all available screens to deliver content where and when our customers demand it.   You need to have strong leadership skills, the ability to make quick editorial decisions, solid news judgment, as well as be a great writer and possess the ability to produce great shows.





Delusion and Propaganda

A very moving and truthful Daily Kos article by a very perceptivce writer who looks at the many frightening ways that most Americans are shielded from the actual facts of their own history, somewhat by personal inclination but more aptly, thanks to corporate design: “We do not, in most cases, teach our children the unabridged truth about our actual history, only a sanitized and distorted version of it designed to make them feel good about who we are as a people. We don’t dwell on the negatives or the controversial aspects of our history. We blithely skip over the true depth and horror of centuries of slavery. The impression often created, and there are always exceptions, is that slavery was a blip in our national time line, an unfortunate aberration where for some time some Americans were not so great. The depth, the nearly three-hundred-year duration, the ungodly inhumanity of it or the outrageous persistence of it is usually softened, often to the point of denial.”

money_flying-transparentGovernment Budget

An Atlantic posting that discusses budgetary considerations that are taking advantage of the fact that everybody is getting geared up towards elections next year: “In political terms, the agreement would be a victory for three people in particular. Boehner would succeed in his stated goal of (mostly) clearing the deck of big issues for his successor. Ryan, who hasbarely won the support of hardliners in the House, would be spared the challenge of having to negotiate contentious fiscal agreements within weeks of assuming the speakership. And Obama would walk away victorious in his bid for Congress to relax spending restraints now that the economy has improved and the budget gap has shrunk (at least for the next few years). The president would also get relief in another respect: By removing the shadow of a possible government shutdown or default, he stands a better chance of seeing Congress act on his other priorities—namely criminal-justice reform—in his remaining 14 months in office.”

Rebelling Against Oppression

A UNC-TV posting discussing the work of a historian who has created an outline that helps contextualize both the horrors of chattel slavery as well as grassroots defiance and resistance to the oppressive economic institution:  “Slave owners lived in fear of slave revolts, a fear which was far from unfounded: from the Amistad mutiny to the Underground Railroad, American slaves—led by themselves or with the help of abolitionists—staged many instances of revolt and resistance. Read the timeline below to learn more about the history of slave rebellions.”

"MQ-9 Reaper in flight (2007)" by U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson
“MQ-9 Reaper in flight (2007)” by U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson

U.S. Aided Bombing

A Common Dreams posting discussing the harm that American imperialist actions cause to humanitarian efforts : “A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in northern Yemen was bombed Monday night by the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition.

Tim Shenk, press officer for MSF, confirmed to Common Dreams that the active medical facility, based in the Saada governorate, has been hit. The strike was initially reported by the aid agency’s Yemen bureau, which noted that there were several patients and staff members in the facility at the time of the attack.”

Profiting Off War

A Counter Currents piece by an author who exposes the truth behind the war economy, by underscoring the prime players who benefit from the death of children and civilians:Ethical deprivation and profitable consumption have been the teachings of any war, as history echoes. The object on which the flavours of this crass ethical deprivation is applied,not only suffers an inevitable loss of subjectivity but a collective sense of his identity. How a common man becomes an object of profitable lust and at the same time, the subject via which this lust is fulfilled becomes an interesting psychological triad. While the heart suffers as it witness the death of humanity, the mind is haunted by an inevitable question—Who profits from the death of each?”




Global Educational Project

A Yes! posting that looks at a wonderful initiative bringing learning and expanding the world of students, not just in a global but in a cultural and economic context as well: “Each month, Global Oneness Project features its “Story of the Month”and free supplementary lesson. October’s story is “My Enemy, My Brother.” With this real-life story, students watch, analyze, discuss, and write about two former enemies, Zahed and Najah, who fought in the Iran-Iraq War and later became blood brothers for life. The complete collection of stories and lesson plans, plus a host of films and photo essays, is available on the Global Oneness Project website. “

A young Mongolian herder carries baby goats to a small, heated ger (yurt) during a snowstorm to keep them warm and healthy. Photo credit to Taylor Weidman from Yes!

History of Podcasting

A Nieman Lab article that contextualizes the phenomenom of podcasting, which seems to be blowing up of late: “In other words, I reckon it’ll take us another year to figure out whether this podcast thing is actually a bubble. Whether the medium really presents us with the digital future of radio; whether the industry can validate and justify, with evidence, its higher-than-average CPM rates; whether the companies currently making up the landscape can get their shit together and formalize both the way the industry understands itself as well as the way it presents to the external parties (advertisers, consumers, potential cross-media partners); whether the form can truly bring us to greater frontiers of creativity, art, and, perhaps, journalism.”


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Marcelo Graciolli flickr

European Internet Fail

A Common Dreams posting that discusses recent legislation betrays regressive and anti-democracy leanings in regards to internet access, a move which has wide implications: Wide loopholes in the rules open the door for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to discriminate against networks, speed up or slow down internet traffic, charge companies for faster loading times, and strip users of protections. The legislation passed 500-163.

“Today, Europe took a giant step away from its vision of becoming a world leader in the digital economy,” said Anne Jellema, CEO of the digital rights group World Wide Web Foundation. “These weak and unclear net neutrality regulations threaten innovation and free speech. Now, European start-ups may have to compete on an uneven playing field against industry titans, while small civil society groups risk having their voices overwhelmed by well-funded giants.””




Tricky Situation in China

A World Affairs posting outlining a situation in China that could escalate into a larger conflict which could have potentially disastrous results: “BEIJING – The United States defied China Tuesday by sending a warship close to artificial islands the rising Asian power is building in disputed waters, prompting Beijing furiously to denounce what it called a threat to its sovereignty.

The USS Lassen passed within 12 nautical miles — the normal limit of territorial waters around natural land — of at least one of the formations Beijing claims in the South China Sea.

China’s defense ministry said a destroyer-class ship and another vessel were dispatched to “warn” the U.S. vessel, which Beijing said it had “shadowed.””




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

Lifting Cuban Embargo

A Tele Sur article that outlines the long-standing Cuban embargo, and initiatives and opinions towards ending it: “U.N. Representatives from the Caribbean Community and Common Market, Caricom, and the South American regional bloc Mercosur congratulated the United States and Cuba for reestablishing relations, but also called on the United States to lift the blockade against Cuba.

“The time has come to put an end to this unilateral embargo,” said the Paraguayan representative, speaking on behalf of Mercosur.”

10.27.2015 Daily Links


art-MatissedanceThe past in all its complexity exactly parallels the variegated intricacies that unfold in any given life: interconnections, at once apparently impenetrable and blindingly obvious, abound and invite the onlooker, in the case of the past, or the living, breathing citizen, in the case of the present-day, to grasp hold of the particular intersections that permit one to comprehend the energetic enigmas and dynamical dramas that most clearly and concisely and completely define how and why what happens does so in the cycles and with the patterns that it does, a processing of protocols and operations that all too readily encourages a superficial view, even though the worth of such thinking barely exceeds not conceiving anything at all, since the reality of whatever existence doles out comes from beneath the surface, in interwoven skeins of complicated dialectics that tantalize us to learn and know the sum of paradoxes that create each moment, even as we can never fully do so.

QUOTEDAY“This is the most important thing about me–I’m a card-carrying reader.  All I really want to do is sit and read or lie down and read or eat and read or shit and read.  I’m a trained reader.  I want a job where I get paid for reading books.  And I don’t have to make reports on what I read or to apply what I read. …(Thus), I learned to make my mind large, as the universe is large, so that there is room for paradoxes. …(For example), (h)unger also changes the world—when eating can’t be a habit, then neither can seeing.”  Maxine Hong Kingston


"RIAN archive 181877 Secret service gadgetry exhibition at Czech Center in Moscow" by Dmitry Korobeinikov / Дмитрий Коробейников - RIA Novosti archive, image #181877
“RIAN archive 181877 Secret service gadgetry exhibition at Czech Center in Moscow” by Dmitry Korobeinikov / Дмитрий Коробейников – RIA Novosti archive, image #181877

Today is the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage; thirteen hundred five years back, Sardinia faced an invasion by Saracens from across the Mediterranean; the City of Amsterdam marks today as the seven hundred fortieth anniversary of its founding; not always a venue noted for tolerance, Geneva four hundred sixty-two years before the here-and-now burned scientist, humanist, and polymath Michael Servetus at the stake for the unforgiveable crime of study and knowledge; Philadelphia came into existence a hundred twenty-nine years later, in 1682, across the Atlantic in England’s Pennsylvania colony; two hundred twenty years ahead of today, the young United States and Spain signed a treaty in Madrid to establish borders between the U.S. and Spanish colonies; fifteen years further on, in 1810, the U.S. annexed West Florida; a hundred seventy-seven years prior to the present pass, Missouri’s Governor issued an extermination order which threatened to murder all Mormons who did not leave the State; at the battle of Metz thirty-two years afterward, in 1870, nearly 150,000 French soldiers surrendered to German armies in France’s greatest defeat of the Franco Prussian War; one hundred eleven years ago, the first New

"Interborough Rattled Transit Restored" by Rogers, W. A. (William Allen), 1854-1931, artist. -
“Interborough Rattled Transit Restored” by Rogers, W. A. (William Allen), 1854-1931, artist. –

York transit line that ran underground opened to riders; almost a decade subsequent to that juncture, in 1913, a male infant came into the world who would grow up as the Crow, Indian thinker and leader, Joe Medicine Crow; three hundred sixty-five days hence precisely, in 1914, the baby boy who matured into poet Dylan Thomas was born; half a dozen years after that, in 1920, Philadelphia textile companies fired upwards of 40,000 workers whom they accused of ‘radicalism,’ an act perfectly in tune with Federal policy of Palmer raids and other attacks at the same time; Rhodesia two years henceforth, in 1922, rejected a union with South Africa, and the baby girl was born who would mature as the iconic singer, thinker, poet, and activist, Ruby Dee; eight years beyond that juncture, in 1930, negotiators for five major capitalist powers ‘agreed’ to ‘limit’ naval arms developments; seven hundred thirty-one days thereafter, in 1932, the infant female who wrote the chilling poetry of Sylvia Plath uttered her first cry; four years closer to the current context, in 1936, a male child gave a first cry en route to journalistic prominece—helping to publish the Pentagon Papers—as Neal Sheehan; four more years along the temporal path, in 1940, a female infant took a first breath on her way to prolific output as writer and essayist Maxine Hong Kingston; eight years after that point in time, in 1948, Leopold Senghor assumed leadership of the Senegalese Democratic Bloc with a doctrine that he and others developed as Negritude; three years yet more proximate to the present instant, in 1951, Black leaders in Cincinnati formed the National Negro Labor Council in order to challenge the discrimination and White Supremacy that characterized both the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations; a single year further along, in 1952, the boy infant who became philosopher and teacher Francis Fukuyama and predicted ‘history’s end’ was born, as was the Italian baby who would become the beloved filmmaker and screenwriter Roberto Benigni; only a year after that, in 1953, England conducted its second nuclear weapons test in Australia; eight years hence, meanwhile, in 1961, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration carried out its first launch of a Saturn Rocket; a year later on the dot, in 1962, while flying a U-2 spy plane over Cuba during the Missile Crisis, a U.S. pilot died when a surface to air missile destroyed his aircraft; just two years subsequently, in 1964, Ronald Reagan launched his political career with a speech that extolled Republican Presidential aspirant Barry Goldwater; two years still nearer to now, in 1966, the baby male entered the world in standard fashion who would eventually rock the blogosphere as conservative writer and gadfly, Matt Drudge; just one year onward, in 1967, Daniel Berrigan led a group of four protesters to pour blood on Selective Service records in Baltimore; a Soviet submarine ran money_flying-transparentaground off Sweden thirty-four years prior to the present pass; regulators in London six years past that day, in 1986, radically deregulated financial markets, foretelling several decades of amplified financialization and volatility in the monopoly money arena; Ronald Reagan, toward the end of his second Presidency, a single year later on, in 1987, ordered the razing of the U.S.’s Moscow embassy because of listening devices implanted in its walls; six years hence, in 1993, a gay military radio operator died at the hands of a homophobic comrade, a brutal murder the upshot of which was the policy of “don’t-ask, don’t-tell” in the armed services; ten years back, riots erupted in Paris to protest the killing by police of two Muslim youth; four years ago, famed critic and psychologist James Hillman came to his end; two years later, in 2013, iconic singer-songwriter Lou Reed breathed his last.

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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/10/26/1439414/-The-unreality-of-America-and-the-importance-of-facing-facts?detail=email         Whether in relation to media’s presentations generally, as here, or in regard to the most likely context of surreality–somewhere abroad, somewhere that U.S. finance and business has vested interests, in other words everywhere–multiple examinations of the distortion and duplicity that characterize contemporary reportage, in places like Ukraine, Slovakia, and Syria, among dozens of other cases, where the most specific element of propaganda’s pointed purpose is anti-communism and the more general upshot of all of which is the impossibility of citizenship, let alone stewardship and mutuality, among the peoples of the world who will suffer the most in any instance of war and who will bear little or no direct responsibility for outcomes that are truly catastrophic, or even ecocidal in scope: “Facing facts is not something we’re very good at in America.  In fact our entire society is based on the opposite principle, avoiding the truth in favor of an appealing fortress of contrived fantasy: Disneyland America, Leave it to Beaver America, the America on television, the one where everyone lives comfortable, privileged lives and no one is poor, homeless or insane.  And no one ever goes to jail, loses their house, falls ill and goes bankrupt, goes to war or comes home in a body bag. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
We, as a culture, are in such denial that it is both astonishing and alarming.  History can be thought of as having two meanings, that which actually happened and the stories we tell ourselves about what happened.   Those stories are often in stark contrast, and often intentionally so, to what actually took place.  History is told by the victors to make themselves feel and look better.  Our history is hopelessly bound up in our propaganda and mythology. …
We do not, in most cases, teach our children the unabridged truth about our actual history, only a sanitized and distorted version of it designed to make them feel good about who we are as a people.  We don’t dwell on the negatives or the controversial aspects of our history.  We blithely skip over the true depth and horror of centuries of slavery.  The impression often created, and there are always exceptions, is that slavery was a blip in our national time line, an unfortunate aberration where for some time some Americans were not so great.  The depth, the nearly three-hundred-year duration, the ungodly inhumanity of it or the outrageous persistence of it is usually softened, often to the point of denial. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
Who learns in an American secondary education anything approaching the full story of the centuries-long struggle for workers’ rights against cruel and violent robber barons?  Who learns about how many people have been murdered in this country by the rich and powerful merely for standing up for their rights?  How often is it taught that the first aerial bombardment in history was by the US government against striking West Virginia coal miners?  How many high school students ever heard of General Smedley Butler or the attempted fascist coup by wealthy industrialists that he defeated by exposing it to the world?  Or how none of those wealthy industrialists were arrested, charged with sedition, sanctioned or punished in any way.  Or how little the nature and character of our rich and powerful has changed.  The only difference is that they’ve now decided that if they can’t overthrow the government, they’ll just buy it. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
The biggest and cruelest scam pulled on us by the rich and powerful is illegitimate war for profit.  Wars serve a series of important purposes for the rich and powerful.  They provide an opportunity to take from others by force of arms while creating a lucrative market for armaments and war materiel on both sides of the ‘conflict.’  Wars also create huge lending opportunities for central banks.  It is a highly efficient way of extracting wealth from the national coffers, that is to say, from the people, and depositing it in the pockets of the well-connected few.  Wars also keep the common people fighting and killing each other and not those who have imposed such horrid conditions for nefarious, selfish and Machiavellian gain.”DailyKosFancy_border_(1) line space
            “The governing coalition headed by President Petro Poroshenko is set to maintain control in the west and center of the country.  Vitali Klitschko, a close ally of Poroshenko, won reelection as mayor of the capital city, Kiev.Fancy_border_(1) line space
The exit polls indicate that the pro-Russian Opposition Bloc, which emerged from the collapse of the pro-Russian Party of Regions following the coup, was set to consolidate control in the east.  Hennadiy Kernes, a former backer of Yanukovych, was reelected mayor of Kharkov, the country’s second largest city, in a landslide vote.Fancy_border_(1) line space
Voting in Mariupol was cancelled just 12 hours before polls were set to open, disenfranchising voters in the city of nearly 500,000 people.  Allies of Poroshenko claimed they had discovered flaws in the ballots and had them destroyed the night before the vote, leaving no time for new ballots to be printed. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
While they expressed concern over numerous campaign law violations, including vote-buying, threats and physical attacks on politicians and election campaign workers, as well as the domination of the election by a handful of billionaire oligarchs, observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) also approved the conduct of the voting.”—World Socialist WebsiteFancy_border_(1) line space
            “We object to the Islamophobia and xenophobia accusations.  There are thousands of Muslims along with other minorities living in Slovakia, including half a million Hungarians, half a million Romas, and tens of thousands of Asians from China, Vietnam, and so on.  To refer to Slovakia as a xenophobic nation is insulting.  We should decisively reject any debate that starts by condemning Central Europe as xenophobic as counter-insults condemning the West as imperialistic will follow, ending any rational debate before it’s even started. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
We should be very frank in this case: Islam has a different view of women and sexual minorities compared to the common European stance.  Thus, it is appropriate to talk about protecting our values without degrading Islam in any way.  If the secular left criticises the ultra-conservative values of Christianity (with all respect to believers) and this is rightly labelledprogressive, why is the same, rational criticism of Islam (with all respect equally) usually labelled xenophobic?…Fancy_border_(1) line space
Third, the Left must look for comprehensive solutions and eliminate root causes – that is what the Left has always been about.  We should restrict the arms trade, stop the unfair practices of multinational corporations, and promote fair trade in Africa as well as support stable regions in the Middle East.Fancy_border_(1) line spaceFourth, the Left cannot abandon ordinary people, it must be able to communicate with them and to listen to their concerns: universal solutions from Brussels can be very dangerous: look at working-class voters in France who have started to vote for the far-right Font National, not the socialists.  Wake up, comrades!”—Social Europe


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=14971       Abby Martin’s interview with Noam Chomsky, for The Empire Files from TeleSur, one of those iconic exchanges that any citizen or scrappy scribe who hopes to comprehend the current pass ignores at her peril, disregards to his significant detriment.


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Hedgebrook Master Class Retreat Series

Whidbey Island, Washington
November 13, 2015

Hedgebrook offers the Master Class Retreat Series of weeklong sessions, limited to six to eight women writers each, on Whidbey Island, about 35 miles northwest of Seattle. The program features workshops for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers; one-on-one meetings with master instructors; and time to write. The November 13 to November 20 retreat for creative nonfiction writers will be led by Theo Nestor. The December 7 to December 14 retreat for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers will be led by Julia Cho.


Pushcart Press

Editors’ Book Award
November 15, 2015

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been submitted to but not accepted by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes “worthy manuscripts that have been overlooked by today’s high-pressure, bottom-line publishing conglomerates.” Manuscripts must be submitted with a formal letter of nomination from an editor at a U.S. or Canadian publishing company by November 15. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival 
Brooklyn Nonfiction Prize

November 15, 2015
http://www.filmbrooklyn.org brooklynfa@yahoo.com

A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the borough’s “rich soul and intangible qualities through the writer’s actual experiences.” The winner will also be invited to give a reading at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 2,500 words by November 15. There is no entry fee. E-mail or visit the website for complete guidelines.

University of North Texas Rilke Prize

November 30, 2015

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a book published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. The winner also receives airfare and lodging to give readings at the University of North Texas and the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex in April 2016. U.S. poets who have published at least two previous poetry collections are eligible. The poetry faculty of the University of North Texas will judge. Authors, editors, or publishers may submit two copies of a book published between November 1, 2014, and October 31, 2015, by November 30. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

101 Miraculous Stories of Faith, Divine Intervention, and Answered Prayers. We are looking for personal stories about your feelings of expectation and hope and the extraordinary events that have happened to you. Why did these things happen? Were they answered prayers? Did your positive attitude give you hope for better things to come? Did you find something you had lost long after you had given up hope of finding it? Did something good happen when only bad was predicted? Did a “person” appear in your life and help you and then disappear? Did you listen to an urgent inner voice and avoid disaster? Payment is $200 and ten copies for poems or articles up to 1,200 words. Deadline November 1, 2015.


Highlights for Children is a magazine for kids up to age 12. They accept submissions from freelance writers. Categories include fiction, non-fiction, puzzles, crafts, and “finger plays.” Pays up to $150 for short stories of 500 to 800 words.

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pascal maramis – flickr


Associate Content Writer (Seattle, remote)

Education Labs is looking for an individual with 1+ years of writing/editing experience to join our marketing department as an Associate Content Writer.

This is a remote, full-time entry-level writing position with a salary DOE. To clarify, we are located in Seattle but you can work remotely. The ideal candidate can develop amazing and effective content for online audiences. This person should have a passion for writing about education and college related topics and experience researching data to craft interesting stories.

Healthgrades, a fast-growing Internet Marketing Company located in Raleigh, NC, is looking for a full-time, in-house Medical Copywriter, emphasis on writer. As one of our Copywriters, you’ll be responsible for content development — creating healthcare-focused website copy, blog posts and more. You will be looked to as an expert on writing about technical medical subjects and translating complex subject matter into digestible copy. We’re looking for someone who is comfortable in the medical space and can confidently write about medical symptoms, procedures and service lines from a reliable standpoint. Any SEO writing experience (with keywords, titles, tags, URLs, etc.) is a plus.

Clemson World Assistant Editor/Alumni Writer – North Carolina Serves as primary writer and editor for alumni-related materials as well as an editorial member of Clemson World magazine team. Manages social media accounts for Clemson World, ensuring that messaging supports the University brand. Performs other duties as assigned.

NerdWallet is looking for a contract writer to work with the Shopping team. This position would start immediately and run through the end of November.

Our staff writers and editors have worked at outlets such as ABC, Bloomberg, CNN, Dow Jones, ESPN, the LA Times, MarketWatch, MSN, MSN Money, Reuters, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. We also have staff writers who spent years as successful freelancers. What we have in common: We take initiative. We think strategically. We problem solve effectively. We’re adaptable. We’re highly collaborative.


Creative Commons/DonkeyHotey.
Creative Commons/DonkeyHotey.

For Profit Educational Fraud

A New Yorker posting that discusses the ways that for-profit education corroded the quality of education and pursued a failsafe profit model, at the expense of those their business model was supposed to help: “For-profit colleges have capitalized on our desire to make education more inclusive. Students at for-profit schools are able to borrow huge sums of money because the government does not take creditworthiness into account when making most student loans. The goal is noble: everyone should be able to go to college. The result, though, is that too many people end up with debts they cannot repay. Seen this way, the students at for-profit schools look a lot like the homeowners during the housing bubble. In both cases, powerful ideological forces pushed people to borrow (“Homeownership is the path to wealth”; “Education is the key to the future”). In both cases, credit was cheap and easy to come by. And in both cases the people pushing the loans (mortgage brokers and for-profit schools) didn’t have to worry about whether those loans were reasonable, since they got paid regardless.”

Assad and Disreputable War

A CNN video posting of a political commentator who contextualizes the U.S. role in the conflict in Syria: “Speaking with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Tulsi explains why the US allying with Islamist extremists to overthrow Syrian President Assad is an illegal, counterproductive war that will cause even more human misery in the region and help ISIS and other Islamist extremists take over all of Syria. Instead of once again being distracted by trying to get rid of a secular dictator, Tulsi explains, the US must stay out of counter productive wars and focus on defeating the Islamist extremists who have declared war on America.”

Bursting Tech Bubble

A fascinating Pando article by learned tech industry analysts who discuss the dangers facing the tech VC world, which in the end are no different from all the habitual vices and dangers of capitalism:  “Now nearly everyone seems to have agreed that startups are living in a time of crazy excess and a reckoning is coming. The difference today isn’t whether or not you think we’re in a frothy time. It’s what you call the coming phase. It’s a “correction” if you are a glass half full kind of VC, a “crash” if you’re half empty.”



Correct Information on Wikipedia

A Good posting that discusses the issues inherent in non-Western and other uncommon languages in regards to truth, accuracy, and fairness in reporting, and some possible solutions: “Yet in the case of the Zulu Wikipedia and many others, that belief may be unfounded. Not only are non-English Wikipedias on par smaller, but they also tend to have fewer editors, meaning they run a greater risk of perpetuating questionable information within a society—a situation that doesn’t seem about to change anytime soon. Fortunately, a few new auto-translation apps are coming to the fore to tackle this entrenched transcultural Wiki disparity.  “

typewriter3Collaborative Fiction

A wonderful Medium participatory fiction project that seeks to unleash the creativity in all writers: “I hope for Story Unbound to be what it may for fiction writers who are willing to ‘Unbind’ some of their fiction: a playground to have fun with story; a gym to exercise literary techniques; a lab to experiment with fiction; a cozy, welcoming writing nook to create and share evolving, readable stories with others. And, eventually, a space with literary merit (whatever that means in new media terms)?”

GENMEDIPNews Consumption

A Poynter posting that explores the question of when does a media and news habit commence: “Their answers are great and well worth sharing. They range from people who grew up consuming every morsel of news to those that started – and then stayed — with the comics. But they say something about how childhood habits influence the way we consume news throughout our lives — which then leads to some interesting thoughts. If we’re all on our individual screens, how do we make the news communal and share it with our children?”




Contextualizing Crisis in Middle East

A Global Research Center posting that contextualizes the entire conflict in the Middle East, from the onset of Arab Spring to Russia’s current interventions, as a function of the need for Western nations to get more oil: “That’s the gist of it. First and foremost it is a matter of finances. Transporting gas by pipeline is quicker and far more economic than cooling is down to liquid form to be shipped in specialized tankers. And although Saudi Arabia and Qatar may be working hand in hand to remove Bashar Assad from power, this is where their cooperation stops. Both the Saudis and the Qataris want to control the outcome of the Syrian conflict.”



Cancerous Bacon? The Science Behind the Scare

A Wired posting that contextualizes some of the recent brouhaha in regards to the cancerous levels of bacon or not, by studying the study in question and interpreting it for those who choose to not be too alarmist or won’t give up the pig meat: “The scientific evidence linking both processed meat and tobacco to certain types of cancer is strong. In that sense, both are carcinogens. But smoking increases your relative risk of lung cancer by 2,500 percent; eating two slices of bacon a day increases your relative risk for colorectal cancer by 18 percent. Given the frequency of colorectal cancer, that means your risk of getting colorectal cancer over your life goes from about 5 percent to 6 percent and, well, YBMMV. (Your bacon mileage may vary.) “If this is the level of risk you’re running your life on, then you don’t really have much to worry about,” says Alfred Neugut, an oncologist and cancer epidemiologist at Columbia.”

10.26.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

eye spy security data informationShould one try to determine even a single aspect of contemporary political-economic existence that did not have a conspiracy at its root, one might well spend a lifetime in the search, since from churches to the perch of plutocracy, from bon-bons to hydrogen bombs, secret pacts and hidden agendas rule the roosts of today’s power structures, a fact that those in charge of such cabals have turned against anyone who would point out what would otherwise be a banal truism—that the owners of everything have well-laid and cleverly concealed plans to keep power and profits firmly in their grasp.

Quote of the Day

“We are not simple people who believe in happiness; nor weaklings who crumple to the ground in distress at the first reverse; nor skeptics observing the bloody effort of marching humanity from the lofty heights of a mocking, sterile wit.  Believing in the fight, though we entertain no illusions about it, we are armed against every disappointment. …The major and almost only theme of all my work is the struggle of man with “God”: the unyielding, inextinguishable struggle of the naked worm called “man” against the terrifying power and darkness of the forces within him and around him. …All my life I struggled to stretch my mind to the breaking point, until it began to creak, in order to create a great thought which might be able to give a new meaning to life, a new meaning to death, and to console mankind.”  Nikos Kazantzakis

This Day in History

256px-Australia_stub.svgToday in Austria marks the sixtieth anniversary of the nation’s Declaration of neutrality with National Day, and around the world those with the requisite level of consciousness celebrate Intersex Awareness Day; in what is now Turkey and the Levant six hundred seventy-four years ago, a period of vicious civil war began that was to culminate first in the subjugation of Byzantium half a century afterward and the ultimate downfall of Byzantine power a hundred years hence; two-hundred and fifty-six years subsequently, in 1597, a case of Sino-Japanese conflict resulted in a small Chinese navy’s routing a much huger Japanese force in the Imjin War; twenty-five decades and a year ahead of today, renowned artist and gadfly William Hogarth died; eleven years later, in 1775, England’s King George III declared America’s colonies in rebellion and demanded a military response from Parliament; just three hundred sixty-five days thereafter, in 1776, the redoubtable Benjamin Franklin embarked for France to drum up support from England’s imperial arch-enemy, France, for America’s ‘revolution;’ thirty-five years henceforth, in 1811, Argentina’s rulers decreed

Buenos Aires Luis Argerich
Buenos Aires Luis Argerich

that they would honor freedom of the press; another fourteen years further along, in 1825, water transportation between Albany and Buffalo became possible as the Erie Canal opened; one hundred and thirty-four years before the here and now, Bat Masterson and cohorts took on outlaws in Tombstone, AZ, in the notorious gunfight at the O.K Corral, establishing an S.O.P-orientation in the West to ‘law and order;’ two years after that, in 1883, a baby boy was born en route to a life as darling-of-the-petty-bourgeois author, Napoleon Hill; not quite twenty years thereafter, in 1902, feminist and women’s voting rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton breathed her last, and seven thousand miles to the Southeast, a baby girl first opened her eyes who would mature as the aviator and writer and upper-crust 371px-1827_Finley_Map_of_Scandinavia,_Norway,_Sweden,_Denmark_-_Geographicus_-_Scandinavia-finley-1827bon vivant, Beryl Markham; three more years down the pike, in 1905, Sweden and Norway established their borders as two separate countries for the first time; four years subsequent to that conjunction, in 1909, Japan’s four-time Prime Minister and chief of imperial Korea died at the hands of assassins in Manchuria; three years nearer to now, in 1912, around the globe in Greece, partisans took control of the Ottoman city of Thessaloniki in the midst of the First Balkan War; two dozen years still later on, in 1936, six thousand miles or so West, the first electricity began to flow from generators at Hoover Dam; nine years even closer to the current context, in 1945, a baby male first cried out who would rise up as the popular author, Pat Conroy; two more years along the temporal path, in 1947, England’s partition strategy in south Asia continued as the Kingdom of Kashmir elected to join India; seven hundred thirty-one days beyond that juncture, in 1949, Harry Truman nearly doubled the minimum wage to $.75/hour; eight years yet more proximate to the present, in 1957, Greece’s national philosopher and iconic Zorba creator, Nikos Kazantzakis, closed his eyes for the final time; six years afterward, in 1963, a girl baby gave

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

her initial shout on her way to life as rocker and writer Natalie Merchant; thirty-six years back, Korean spies participated in the assassination of their country’s own president; two decades beyond that instant in time, in 1999,  Britain’s House of Lords voted to eliminate hereditary rights to participate in its routine operations such as voting; seven hundred and thirty days further along time’s pass, in 2001, United States’ leaders increased the police state’s grip by passing the so-called Patriot Act; seven years hence, in 2008, noted author and thinker Tony Hillerman lived out his final day.

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“cia involvement” OR “cia support” OR “CIA machinations” OR “CIA conspiracy” france coup 1961 = 19,100 Hits.

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WORK & CAPITAL NOW: DILEMMAS & HORNS, POSSIBILITY & PROBLEMS http://www.psmag.com/business-economics/the-future-of-work-the-coming-political-storms    A triptych of analyses from Pacific Standard, in the lead position a general assessment of how the political economy of work flows from the machinations of predatory capital in the economic, social, and political spheres, in the same issue of the magazine with a superficial but useful account of the nature and likely evolution of ‘gig economics,’ and a heartfelt and incisive presentation about achieving an empowermenteconomy instead of production in which so-called efficiency–a euphemism for profiteering–reigns supreme, which perspectives show up in the context of a recent report and video from Social Europe, which predicts that Post Capitalism will mark ‘the economies of the future:’  “Truly, ‘a worse time’ to be a worker (is right now).  Over the job_unemployment_biglast 30 years, American workers have suffered declining wages, longer workweeks, eroding benefits, and intense insecurity.  But technology only explains so much.  Government policy and corporate strategy explain much more. The new norm is to live paycheck to paycheck, with little or no savings, and few possibilities of retirement.  In a survey by the Federal Reserve, two-thirds of respondents in households earning less than $40,000 a year could not come up with $400 in case of an emergency.  Half went without medical treatment in the last year because they could not afford it.  And as for retirement, most respondents said they have either no plan to retire or ‘will keep working as long as possible.’ … Unions are in full retreat and corporate lobbyists and their billionaire backers want to finish them off with ‘right to work’ laws and bans on public sector unions.  From this perspective, the future of work looks grim.  But with their fixation on breaking unions, corporations have opened the door to other possibilities.  Most importantly, they have set the stage for fierce political storms over the nature of work. …(This is occurring in relation to pensions, wages, health care, and more). No one can predict the winners and losers in these political conflicts.  Enormous wealth and resources weigh on the side of corporate power.  At the same time, the creative force of social mobilization can be formidable.  Much is at stake, because the outcomes of such political contests have everything to do with the future nature of work.”—“Coming Political Storms”

workjob labor            “Work holds dominion over us.  It’s through work that we exercise our talents and build an identity, though work that we fit ourselves to the world.  Politicians can’t seem to say enough about it:  In stump speeches, the word ‘work’ is used more often than ‘liberty,’ ‘hope,’ and ‘justice’ combined.  There’s good reason for this—the ebb and flow of job numbers steer financial markets, sway voters, and decide elections. … Work has undergone a dramatic shift in the digital age, and history is not a reliable guide to where work is headed.  Those of us born in the 1970s or earlier were raised to think of work and career as one and the same, but today’s gig economy calls for viewing one’s career trajectory less as a steady ascent of an organizational ladder than as a ceaseless struggle to meet the insatiable demands of a fickle global marketplace.  Corporate hierarchies are flattening, and employees are being urged to act as self-directed ‘intrapreneurs’—to become, in a sense, our own ‘boss.’  In theory, this may sound like a very good thing.  But for many, even most of us, this turn toward competitive ‘self-management’ seems less a career strategy than a threat: How do we ‘manage’ something over which we sense so little control? … The modern quest for ‘meaningful work’ underpins a paradox—we are both disengaged from our jobs and terrified of losing them.  We are caught in a trap of our own making.  But there is a way out. … Humans tend to fixate on what we can measure, and for far too long, we have measured things—like efficiency—that reflect only part of the story, and not necessarily the most important part.  We need a new form of measurement, one that balances our demand for ever-higher rates of productivity against the essential human need to be productive.”—“Nice Work If We Can Make It”


Today’s Heart and Soul Video
http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/10/20/jfk-assassination-plot-mirrored-in-1961-france-part-1/     A lengthy article, a must-read for all but the suicidally cynical or the cynically suicidal, a video at the end of which documents some of what was at stake in France for CIA operatives and backers, especially in relation to Algeria.



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The Algonkian Writer Conference–Write to Market for fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers will be held from November 12 to November 15 at the Corte Madera Inn, approximately 25 miles north of San Francisco. The conference offers lectures and discussions on writing and selling a novel, as well as an agent pitch session. The faculty includes fiction writers Michael Neff, Cary Tennis, and Penny Warner, publishing professionals David Cole and Isabella Michon, and agents Ken Atchity, Elise Capron, Elizabeth Kracht, Michael Larsen, Thao Le, Elizabeth Pomoda, Andy Ross, Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, and Gordon Warnock. The cost of the conference is $595. Visit the website for more information.

Hedgebrook offers the Master Class Retreat Series of weeklong sessions, limited to six to eight women writers each, on Whidbey Island, about 35 miles northwest of Seattle. The program features workshops for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers; one-on-one meetings with master instructors; and time to write. The November 13 to November 20 retreat for creative nonfiction writers will be led by Theo Nestor. The December 7 to December 14 retreat for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers will be led by Julia Cho. The cost of each retreat is $2,500, which includes lodging and work space in a private cottage and all meals. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10 pages of poetry or prose, a personal statement, and contact information for two references. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; the priority application deadline is September 14. There is no application fee. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.


The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing  will alternate yearly between accepting unpublished fiction and nonfiction submissions, beginning with fiction in 2015. Fiction submissions can take the form of a novel or a collection of short stories. Nonfiction submissions can take the form of a memoir, a collection of essays, or a book-length work of narrative nonfiction. Candidates must be first-generation residents of the United States. “First-generation” can refer either to people born in another country who relocated to the U.S., or to American-born residents whose parents were born elsewhere. Candidates must not have previously published a book in English. The winner will receive a $10,000 advance and publication by Restless Books in print and digital editions. Deadline December 31, 2015.

The Humanities CouncilSC is pleased to announce a special grant opportunity for undergraduate students in colleges or universities. Student Research Fellowships support research and scholarship of important topics in the humanities. The deadline for applications for Student Research Fellowships is Friday, November 13, 2015.
Twelve writers, selected by an invited curator, create new work during the residency to be presented through live readings, recorded interviews, a published anthology, and as podcasts on our web site. Participants also receive professional training in voice and microphone technique, performance and delivery, and interviews. Deadline October 31, 2015.
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10.23.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day
“Welford Road Cemetery wide view” by NotFromUtrecht –

The incontrovertible fact that we all die alone means, among other things, that no other task supersedes the importance of living in conjunction and interrelation and comity with each other while we can stand and see: only while we breathe will possibility remain definite; after we’ve departed, ‘dearly’ or otherwise, and our agonal staccato ends, we may at best cling to the fabric of faith that something awaits us on the other side, a lovely hope that nonetheless pales in comparison to the real potential to build magnificent monuments to mutual interdependence now.

Quote of the Day
“Marxism constitutes one of the main currents of contemporary thought.  By now, there is no counting the works that set out to expound, combat, or even ‘supersede’ it.   It is already no easy task to find the path that cuts through this mass of polemical works and leads to the texts.  Moreover, there are a great many of these texts.   The (incomplete) French edition of the works of Marx and Engels published by Costes comprises some sixty volumes; that published by Editions Sociales more than twenty; the (incomplete) edition of Lenin’s works includes some twenty volumes; the edition of Stalin’s, some fifteen; and so on …Fancy_border_(1) line space
But the fact that there are so many texts is not the only problem.   The Marxist canon spans an historical period that stretches from 1840 to the present, and raises problems that have fuelled polemics: the nature of Marx’s early works; the problem of the Marxist tradition.  Finally, the very nature of Marxism – a science and a philosophy closely bound up with (political or scientific) practice – represents an additional difficulty, perhaps the greatest of all. If one neglects the constant reference to practice, which Marx, Engels, and their followers insistently call to our attention, one is liable to misunderstand the significance of Marxism entirely, and to interpret it as an ‘ordinary’ philosophy. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
Marx and Engels use the term historical materialism to refer to the science of history, or the ‘science of the development of societies’ established by Marx.  This term may seem questionable: we do not use the term ‘physical materialism’ to designate physics.  In fact, Marx was using the term as a weapon.   His aim was to counterpose his enterprise to the idealist conceptions of history of his day.   He wished to found the science of history, not on men’s ‘self-consciousness’ or the ‘ideal objectives of history’ (the ‘realisation of freedom’, the reconciliation of ‘human nature’ with itself, etc. – see, on this subject, The German Ideology, passim), but on the material dialectic of the forces of production and relations of production, the ‘motor’ that determines historical development ‘in the final analysis’ (see the Preface to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy). …Fancy_border_(1) line space
Yet although they thus reject the dogmatic utilisation of the dialectic along with its philosophical foundations – Marx and Engels retain its ,rational kernel’, the general content of the dialectic (interaction, development, qualitative ‘leaps’, contradiction), which, in their view, constitutes a remarkable approximation of the most advanced positive scientific method.’  This puts us in a position to specify the meaning of the famous ‘inversion’.  It is neither reliance on a particular philosophical system, nor a sort of intrinsic virtue, an absolute ‘logical’ necessity, that makes the dialectic indispensable to Marx and Engels.  The dialectic is validated only by its concrete [positif] utilisation, by its scientific fecundity.  This scientific use is the sole criterion of the dialectic.   It alone makes it possible to speak of the dialectic as method.   Marx, says Lenin, did not ‘plaster’ the dialectic onto reality:Fancy_border_(1) line space
‘Marx only studied and investigated the real process … the sole  criterion of theory recognised by him was its conformity to reality…. What Marx and Engels called the dialectical method – as against the metaphysical – is nothing else than the scientific method in sociology, which consists in regarding society as a living organism in a state of constant development.'”
This Day in History

P_ScienceTo celebrate the joys of introductory chemistry courses everywhere, today is Mole Day in commemoration of the capacity to get basically the same number of atoms of substances in experiments; in the Italian Peninsula a thousand nine hundred seventy-three years ago, Roman Senator Brutus killed himself after his adherents lost the Second Battle of Philippi to the troops of Mark Antony and Octavian; a mere thousand years, four decades, and four years after that, in 1086, Muslim invaders of Spain won out over Castillian King Alfonso VI; two hundred nine years subsequent to that conjunction, in 1295, the first incarnation of the Auld Alliance took place between Scotland and France against England; three hundred seventy-four years ahead of today, a major rebellion broke out in Ireland; for the first time, the Parliament of Great Britain met in session sixty-sixty years hence, in 1707; a couple years under a century beyond that, in 1805, a baby boy who would grow to become historian and renowned wordsmith John Russell Bartlett was born; forty-five years thereafter, in 1850, the National Women’s Rights Convention assembled in Worcester, Massachusetts; Abraham Lincoln suspended rights of Habeas

"Abraham Lincoln O-74 by Gardner, 1863 bw" by Alexander Gardner
“Abraham Lincoln O-74 by Gardner, 1863 bw” by Alexander Gardner

Corpus eleven years after that, in 1861, in any case that related to the rebellion against the Union; nine years past that point, in 1870across the wide Atlantic, the Prussians emerged from peace negotiations with an overwhelming victory against the French during the Franco Prussian conflict; one hundred nine years back, the first heavier-than-air flight in Europe occurred; just five years subsequently in 1911, Italian forces that were fighting Ottoman armies in North Africa’s Turco-Italian War used pilots to observe enemy lines; just four years later still, in 1915, tens of thousands of women marched in Manhattan in favor of suffrage; two years further on, in 1917, meanwhile, Vladimir Illyich declared six thousand miles to the East that the October Revolution had begun; another dozen years nearer to now, the sense of a panic in the stock market, which coincided with a plunge into deflation and depression, took hold in New York; another decade along the temporal arc, in 1939, iconic Western writer Zane Grey spent his last day among his friends and family; three years past that juncture, in 1942, the baby male child cried out who would rise as

"Dinosaur Adventure" by Dave Catchpole - Flickr: Dinosaur Adventure.
“Dinosaur Adventure” by Dave Catchpole – Flickr: Dinosaur Adventure.

the scientific thinker, screenwriter, and author, Michael Crichton; four years more proximate to the present, in 1946, the United Nations met in session for the first time in New York City; three years more on time’s road, in 1949, a male infant drew his first breath en route to a life as the biographer, poet, and critic, Nick Tosches; half a decade beyond that conjunction, in 1954, the baby boy came into the world in Taiwan who would mature as the inspired and beloved filmmaker and screenwriter, Ang Lee; a year later an around the world in Vietnam, in 1955, the U.S. orchestrated the election of the corrupt but pliable Ngo Diem to the presidency of the country that soon became synonymous with imperial depredation; three hundred sixty-five days yet nearer to now, in 1956, the demonstrations that led to an uprising in Hungary against Soviet rule began, subsequently crushed by Russian direct intervention; another nine years henceforth, in 1965, a joint U.S. Airborne and South Vietnamese Army offensive began in Pleiku; seven more years down the pike, in 1972, a five month bombing campaign against North Vietnam, Operation Linebacker, ended in subterfuge and half-truth; a year even later, in, 1973, Richard Nixon

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

agreed to turn over taped recordings of his Watergate scandal conversations, and the United Nations brokered a ceasefire in the Yom Kippur War between Syria and Israel; five years thereafter, in 1978, the iconic ‘Mother’ Maybelle Carter sang her swan song; six years precisely further on, in 1984, two hundred odd Marines died in Lebanon, leading to the U.S. withdrawal of expeditionary forces there; a half decade still closer to the current context, in 1989, the Republic of Hungary replaced Soviet oversight of the country, and six thousand miles away in Pasadena, Texas, a score of workers died and several hundred suffered grievous injuries in a refinery fire and explosion that negligence and impunity caused; just one year hence, in 1990, Frankfurt School thinker Louis Althusser died, according to some sources—others say yesterday—just a week after his sixtieth birthday.

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consciousness OR awareness surface OR superficial versus "in depth" OR comprehensive OR probing necessity OR importance OR "sine qua non" paradox OR anomaly OR dialectic OR dialectical "political economy" analysis radical OR marxist OR "social democratic" OR socialist = 309,000 Citations.

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http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/10/14/new-book-on-cia-master-plotter-dulles-sneak-peek-part-3/                One of what always turn out to be, with a little investigatory work, dozens of recent examinations of the Central Intelligence Agency, in this case a historical piece from WhoWhatWhy that concludes a three-part history series that constitutes a mandatory reading assignment for anyone–especially a scrappy scribe or stalwart citizen–who hopes to comprehend the current context, where ‘intelligence’ operations so often determine outcomes behind the scenes and with budgets and actions not even subject to in-the-light oversight, which fits neatly with a recent eventuality, reported by Common Dreams, that has occurred at the University of Washington’s Human Right Center, where a professor–who has helped Salvadorean victims sue ‘the company’ for its role in death and depredation in Central American environs–has just suffered a break-in at her office that targeted files from the case: “No one can possibly understand the precarious state of American democracy today without scrutinizing the often secret path the country was taken on by those in power from the 1950s to the present. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
(Part One of the series looked at Lee Harvey Oswald’s ties to U.S. Intelligence.  Part Two laid out the role of Allen Dulles, CIA’s director, in the Warren Commission.  Part Three, here, deals with particular aspects of the Warren Commission’s report, and what it left out.)Fancy_border_(1) line space
Despite the chronic tensions between the CIA and FBI, Hoover proved a useful partner of the spy agency during the JFK inquiry.  The FBI chief knew that his organization had its own secrets to hide related to the assassination, including its contacts with Oswald.Fancy_border_(1) line space
Furthermore, taking its cues from the CIA, the bureau had dropped Oswald from its watch list just weeks before the assassination.  An angry Hoover would later mete out punishment for errors such as this, quietly disciplining seventeen of his agents.  But the FBI director was desperate to avoid public censure, and he fully supported the commission’s lone-gunman story line. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
(This excerpt carefully develops some of the key evidence for conspiracy in JFK’s killing, skullduggery that CIA personnel were, at the least, well aware of).  Years later, as the Church Committee began to reveal the darker side of the CIA, (Warren Commission attorney)Slawson came to suspect that (CIA witness) Rocca had not been so ‘honest’ with him after all.  In a frank interview with The New York Times in February 1975, Slawson suggested that the CIA had withheld important information from the Warren Commission, and he endorsed the growing campaign to reopen the Kennedy investigation. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
(Another reason for such a view was the conduct of the Warren Commission with key witnesses).  Instead of being grilled by the commission about why he had withheld records and why his agency was missing in action in Dallas, (Secretary of Treasury, and Secret Service overseer)Dillon was allowed to make a case for why his budget should be beefed up. If the Secret Service was given more money, staff, and authority, Senator Cooper helpfully asked, would it be possible to offer the president better protection in the future? “Yes, I think [we] could,” Dillon replied brightly. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
Soon after the assassination, Dillon and others began circulating the false story that Kennedy preferred his Secret Service guards to ride behind him in motorcades, instead of on the side rails of his limousine, and that Kennedy had also requested the Dallas police motorcycle squadron to hang back — so the crowds in Dallas could enjoy an unobstructed view of the glamorous first couple.  This clever piece of disinformation had the insidious effect of absolving the Secret Service and indicting Kennedy, implying that his vanity was his downfall…”WhoWhatWhy
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            “‘What worries us most is not what we have lost but what someone else may have gained,’ (the professorial witness) said in a statement.  ‘The files include sensitive details of personal testimonies and pending investigations.’Fancy_border_(1) line space
The break-in had ‘suspicious and disturbing’ elements, the Seattle Times reported—including that it coincided with a campus visit by CIA director John Brennan, who gave a speech at the university’s law school Friday. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
The lawsuit, filed by UWCHR and third-year law student Mina Manuchehri, alleges that the CIA hid records that incriminate now-retired Salvadoran Army Col. Sigifredo Ochoa Perez in the massacring of civilians.  It contends that there is ‘ample evidence’ Ochoa Perez’s troops opened fire on unarmed civilians in an attack on the towns of Santa Cruz and El Calabozo, killing hundreds.  He also allegedly helped block humanitarian aid to guerrilla-occupied areas and set up ‘free-fire zones’ in civilian areas that allowed the El Salvadoran military to shoot and bomb at will, despite non-military casualties.Fancy_border_(1) line space
The attacks ‘adhered closely to the United States’ suggested wartime strategy’ of fighting the left-wing Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front attempting to overthrow the government, the lawsuit states.  It also alleges that Ochoa Perez was trained at the Inter-American Defense College in Washington, D.C.”—Common Dreams


http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/50548       A nearly three hour discussion from Russia, the final plenary session of the Valdai Discussion Club, the topical orientation for the Twelfth Annual gathering of which has been assessments of war and conflict and how to limit their impact, here with Vladimir Putin onstage, unscripted, unrehearsed, in a give and take with people who don’t want ecocide, or mass collective suicide, to determine our future, a must-watch for scrappy scribes and hopeful citizens.

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The 2015 Wordstock Book Festival will be held on November 7 at the Portland Art Museum in downtown Portland, Oregon. The festival features author discussions, readings, a book fair, and concerts. Admission is $15 for adults and free for high school students and attendees under the age of 17. All attendees receive a $5 voucher that is redeemable at the book fair. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for more information.

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) Conference will be held from October 28 to October 31 at the Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel in Tucson, Arizona. The annual conference features panels, workshops, readings, a bookfair, and opportunities to meet with editors for translators. The 2015 theme is “Translation and Traffic.” The keynote speakers are translators Jerome Rothenberg and Stephen Snyder. The cost of the conference for ALTA members is $175 before September 28, $200 before October 18, and $225 on site. For non-ALTA members the cost is $275 before October 18 and $300 on site. For students the cost is $50 before October 18 and $75 on site. Editor passes and one-day passes are also available for $100 before October 18 and $125 on site. Lodging is available at the conference hotel for a discounted rate of $149 to $169 per night. Visit the website for more information.


Adelphi University MFA Program

Location: Garden City, New York
Genres Include: Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
Residency: Full
Duration: 2 Years
Program Size: 36
Funding/Employment Opportunities: Creative writing fellowships, which include a full tuition waiver, Teaching assistantships, Internships

South Carolina Arts Commission

Artist Fellowships

November 1, 2015

Two fellowships of $5,000 each are given biennially to a poet and a fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer. Writers who have been residents of South Carolina for two years prior to the application deadline and are not enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program are eligible. Submit two copies of up to 20 pages of poetry or prose by November 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.


pascal maramis - flickr
pascal maramis – flickr


Colgate University

Assistant Professor of English (Fiction Writing)

The Department of English at Colgate University invites applications for a tenure-stream position in fiction writing at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning fall semester 2016. Teaching load of five courses per year includes creative writing workshops and courses in literature. We especially welcome applicants who can teach a course in one or more of the following categories: contemporary African-American, US ethnic, postcolonial, screenwriting, playwriting, non-fiction. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in all-university programs, including the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. Review of applications will begin November 13, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

Writers & Books

Executive Director

Writers & Books is one of the nation’s oldest and most active community-based literary centers, offering more than 300 creative writing classes and workshops for youth and adults each year. The organization also has an extensive schedule of readings, talks, and performances presented in our own facilities and in other locations throughout the community. Writers & Books has a budget of over $600,000, a dedicated staff of twelve, sixty+ contracted teaching artists, and an active and engaged twenty-four person Board.



Disparity in Judgment

A Truth-Out posting that looks at the work of a woman seeking to bring attention to the bigotry and lack of justice operating in the highest echelons of government: “Holly Sterling pleaded with the President to free her husband, noting the disparity between his sentence and the misdemeanor probation given to retired Gen. David Petraeus who admitted to giving highly classified information to his mistress/biographer and lying about it to FBI investigators.

“How do you explain the obvious disparate treatment of General Petraeus?” she asked Obama. “If one strips away the race, financial status, and political clout of Jeffrey and Mr. Petraeus and solely reviewed the alleged crimes of Jeffrey and those pled by the general, it is glaringly obvious this was selective prosecution and sentencing. Mr. Petraeus pled to far more egregious acts than Jeffrey was convicted of, yet Jeffrey is rotting in a prison cell while Mr. Petraeus continues to live his life as he so chooses.””

"Internet1" by Rock1997 - Own work
“Internet1” by Rock1997 – Own work

Internet Reach

A Benton brief that highlights the words of tech experts who do not see the world overcoming connectivity disparities any time soon, contrary to previously optimistic projections: “For every person online, there are two who are not. By the end of the decade, everyone on Earth will be connected.” Does Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman and former CEO of Google, regret his tweet, or was it merely a sales pitch for the Internet? Schmidt was wrong. Although he didn’t flat-out say that everyone in the world would be online by 2020, it was implicit in his statement. Sadly, that’s not going to happen.”


pfunked Deviant Art
pfunked Deviant Art

Generating New Journalistic Forms

An American Press Institute post that describes the process whereby with-it news organizations and media purveyors look for new, exciting, and unusual ways to make content interesting: “The American Press Institute, with the help of Melody Kramer from NPR and Kennedy Elliott from the Washington Post, packed a room at the Online News Association conference for a workshop called “Oops, we broke the article machine. Imagining what comes next.” The interactive session set participants to work on generating ideas. The exercise is liberating and almost always generates new ways of looking at news. What we did is also something you can try in your own newsroom”

Legal Issues for Writers

A Tech Policy Daily posting that shares with scrappy writers a primer on the most important aspects of copyright law, contracts, and other issues that directly impact their earning potential and ownership of their work in a digital context: “In a digital world, however, the carrier medium is intangible electronic impulses which defy attempts to specify ownership rights.  This poses challenges to monitoring and enforcing copyright law. The costs of copying have fallen, the likelihood of copyright breaches has increased markedly, and the ability to detect breaches has also reduced. The economically logical resolution to this dilemma is to dramatically shorten the distribution chain between creators and end consumers – that is, classic disintermediation.  The fewer parties in contact with the copy, the lower are the risks of a breach.”

Desk - Bright Meadow Flickr
Desk – Bright Meadow Flickr

What Your Writing is Worth

A Columbia Journalism Review interview and profile of a writer who created a project that throws the lid of silence off the taboo of discussing different publication’s pay rates for writers, and through that, possibly allowing writers the chance to earn more: “Carney wants to professionalize the basic idea behind the spreadsheet with WordRates, a website where writers can not only share information about freelance payment, but also rate publications and editors they’ve worked with. A section of the site called PitchLab aims to connect writers with mentors, who will represent and pitch writers’ ideas to magazine editors. The basic idea of WordRates, Carney says, is to do for journalism what Yelp did for restaurant-goers.”


police carMusician Murdered by Police

A World Socialist Web Site article that discusses another tragic and unnecessary case of police brutality, a situation which brings the notoriety of such cases up a notch: “Corey Jones, a well-known 31-year-old musician from Boynton Beach, Florida, was shot to death by police officer Nouman Raja early Tuesday morning near the city of Palm Beach Gardens.

Raja, dressed in plainclothes and driving an unmarked vehicle, approached Jones on an Interstate 95 off-ramp as he waited for a tow truck to arrive to pick up his broken down vehicle. After a brief foot chase Raja shot and killed Jones about 30 yards from the car.”


world space planet The_Earth_seen_from_Apollo_17Living on a Young Planet

A fascinating post from Fusion that discusses theoretical studies which peg the earth, and all its inhabitants, as cosmic early bloomers: “Our solar system, NASA explains, was formed 4.6 billion years ago. Our planet is about 4.54 billion years old, and our sun will burn out in 6 billion years. The scientists’ projections show that from the time our solar system started until now, roughly 8% of all Earth-like (or habitable planets) that will ever exist in the universe have been formed. That’s because there’s a lot more of the gas needed to make planets now than there was billions of years ago.”

10.22.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

hiroshima war explosion nuke nuclearPandora taught that secrets won’t stay in their boxes, coming always to light with results quite a fright, so perhaps we may deduce that some billionaires’ slick fantasy, Pandora’s Promise, which altogether disregards the nymph’s lesson, consists of little more than self-serving propaganda and promotion and one-sided manipulation to mandate plutocratic energy in the direction of various iterations of the Nuclear Fool Cycle.

Quote of the Day
“What then did you expect when you unbound the gag that muted those black mouths?  That they would chant your praises?  Did you think that when those heads that our fathers had forcibly bowed down to the ground were raised again, you would find adoration in their eyes?…Every age has its own poetry; in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
          (Along these lines), (e)xistentialism is nothing else but an attempt to draw the full conclusions from a consistently atheistic position.  Its intention is not in the least that of plunging men into despair.  And if by despair one means as the Christians do – any attitude of unbelief, the despair of the existentialists is something different.  Existentialism is not atheist in the sense that it would exhaust itself in demonstrations of the non-existence of God.  It declares, rather, that even if God existed that would make no difference from its point of view.  Not that we believe God does exist, but we think that the real problem is not that of His existence; what man needs is to find himself again and to understand that nothing can save him from himself, not even a valid proof of the existence of God.  In this sense existentialism is optimistic.  It is a doctrine of action, and it is only by self-deception, by confining their own despair with ours that Christians can describe us as without hope.”  Jean Paul Sartre
This Day in History
“Vombatus ursinus -Maria Island National Park” by JJ Harrison

Today is Make A Difference Day in the U.S., Labour Day in New Zealand, and Wombat Day there and in Australia, and a time to celebrate awareness of stuttering around the world, as well as Fechner Day for ‘psychophysicists’; one thousand five hundred and sixty-four years before this point in time, the Chalcedonian Creed declared that Jesus possessed both a divine and a human nature; well over a thousand years later, three hundred eighty-two years ago, Dutch Christians lost out to forces of the Ming Dynasty in seeking to conquer part of China for their commercial purposes; two hundred thirteen years later, in 1746, as the College of New Jersey, Princeton University first came into existence; Russia first founded a colony on Kodiak Island in Alaska two hundred thirty-one years before the here and now; in what would become Indiana, just six years hence, in 1790, Miami Tribe warriors defeated U.S. troops during the Northwest Indian War; seven years after that, 1797, a Frenchman became the first person recorded to have made a parachute jump, from approximately three thousand feet above the city of Paris; fourteen years beyond that moment, in 1811, a baby boy was born who would mature as the composer and musical master, Franz Liszt; a quarter century henceforth, in 1836, Sam

"Piano Andrés Bello" by Jorge Barrios - Own work.
“Piano Andrés Bello” by Jorge Barrios – Own work.

Houston became the Republic of Texas’ first President; in a Great Anticipation eight years subsequently, in 1844, followers of William Miller readied for the second coming of Jesus, which, when it didn’t transpire caused the “Great Disappointment;” twenty-two years further along, in 1866, a popular vote ratified two acquisitions that were the foundation of the nation of Italy; four years more on the way to now, in 1870, a male child drew breath who would mature as the aristocratic writer and opponent of Bolshevism, Ivan Bunin, who would go on to win Nobel Literary Laureates as a “Russian;” Thomas Edison flipped a switch one hundred thirty-six years back that tested and provided ‘proof-of-performance’ of his just discovered invention, the world’s first practical incandescent light bulb; three years subsequent to that intersection, in 1882, a baby male gave a first cry en route to work as acclaimed artist N.C. Wyeth; two years after that instantaneous

"Titanic watch" by Digiblue from UK - Titanic Watch.
“Titanic watch” by Digiblue from UK – Titanic Watch.

‘let there be light,’ in 1884, Greenwich, England became the Prime Meridian, anchoring time-zones around the planet; the baby boy who became John Reed, the radical writer of Ten Days That Shook the World first entered the world three years hence, in 1887; in equities markets two decades beyond that conjunction, the Panic of 1907 began, which necessitated J.P. Morgan’s ‘rescue’ of the U.S. economy, among other evolving hidden agendas of the high and mighty; six years further down the pike, in 1913, a Hungarian baby opened his eyes on his way to a life as the renowned photo-journalist, Frank Capa; another half dozen years still farther along the temporal path, in 1919, the baby girl who would write as Doris Lessing and win the Nobel Prize first came into the world; one year subsequently, in 1920, the male child who grew up to become psychologist and psychedelic intellectual

steve rotman flickr
steve rotman flickr

Timothy Leary uttered his first cry; three years even more proximate to the present moment, in 1923, a Greek coup attempt against a Royalist regime failed, in so doing laying the basis for a second ‘Hellenic Republic;’ Toastmasters International held its first session of speeches and networking  three hundred sixty-six days thereafter, in 1924; in possibly groundbreaking enterprise three years hence, in 1927, Nicola Tesla filed six patents, including one for a single phase electric motor; seven years further down time’s pike, in 1934, Federal Bureau of Investigation shooters killed the notorious—and in some sectors beloved as a “sagebrush Robin Hood”—bank robber ‘Pretty-Boy’ Floyd; two years nearer to now, in 1936, according to many sources, the baby boy who matured into Black Panther founder Bobby Seale came into the world, while other authorities place the birth two days earlier; a decade after that, in 1946, in a parallel operation to the U.S. Operation Paperclip, the Soviets moved German technicians and equipment from East Germany to Russia, and the baby boy who became inspirational author Deepak Chopra was born; eleven years later to the day, in 1957, the first U.S. casualty in Vietnam occurred; half a decade subsequent to that juncture, in 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis continued as John Kennedy ordered a cordon of ships around Cuba to interdict any

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

incoming boats; only two years later, in 1964, Jean Paul Sartre turned down the Nobel Prize in literature; eleven more years in the future from that, in 1975, the Soviet Union landed a spacecraft on the surface of Venus; a single year hence, in 1976, the Food and Drug Administration banned a red-colored food dye, the fourth that it had formerly approved, because it caused bladder cancers in test animals; five years after that juncture, in 1981, the Federal Labor Relations Authority in the U.S. decertified the Air Traffic Controllers Union after its members went on strike, a perfect payback for the union’s endorsement of Ronald Reagan the previous Autumn, almost a year to the day prior to its elimination from existence; twenty-five years prior to the present pass, the social theorist and radical critic, Louis Althusser, live out his final day; five years henceforth, in 1995, English critic and author Kingsley Amis breathed his last; three years later, in 1998, the inimitable stylist and storyteller Eric Ambler lived out his final chapter; three years beyond that point in time’s passage, in 2001, Rockstar Games released the first installments of the game,Grand Theft Auto III; the people of Panama voted over seventy-five percent in favor a half-decade after that event, in 2006, for an expansion of the Panama Canal; two years following that, in 2008,the Indian government launched its first lunar mission; another four years still closer to the current context, in 2012, Native American leader and activist Russell Means died.

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http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/10/21/landmark-look-us-charter-system-reveals-waste-fraud-ghost-schools          A new report and analysis from Common Dreams that reveals the truly grotesque results of the ‘movement’ toward Charter Schools–including crushing teachers’ rights, diminishing student educational outcomes, reducing community input into and participation in schooling processes, and increasing corporate profits and plutocracy in SOP education at the same time as these destructive trends are evolving–reportage that introduces readers to a Wisconsin based research outfit’s just-released research monograph on these isssues: “‘What is even more troubling is how difficult it is to find essential information on how some charters have spent federal and state tax dollars, even as governments continue to increase funding for charters while slashing funds for traditional public schools,’ reads the report.  ‘Unlike truly public schools that have to account for prospective and past spending in public budgets provided to democratically elected school boards, charter spending of tax monies is too often a black hole.’ …Fancy_border_(1) line space
              (This so-called) ‘flexibility has allowed an epidemic of fraud, waste, and mismanagement that would not be tolerated in public schools,’ C(enter) (for) M(edia) (&) D(emocracy) states, noting that charters ‘are often policed—if they are really policed at all—by charter proponents, both within government agencies and within private entities tasked with oversight.’ …Fancy_border_(1) line space
              (Among multiple execrable instances of abuse), (i)n Ohio, out of the 88 schools created by planning and implementation grants under the federal Charter School Program’… for state education agencies between 2008 and 2013, at least 15 closed within a few years; a further seven schools never even opened.  These charters received more than $4 million in federal taxpayer money.Fancy_border_(1) line space
And despite that track record, the report reveals, Ohio landed the biggest one-year grant ‘by far’ in the 2015 competition for federal funding—$32.6 million—thanks in part to a glowing endorsement from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), which CMD notes had previously referred to the charter system in Ohio as ‘broken.'”


https://thescene.com/watch/thenewyorker/movie-of-the-week-dance-girl-dance?mbid=email_weeklynl_thescene_horizon_10202015      On the one hand a three-quarter century old black-and-white feature film precis that manages to show the hideous viciousness of sexism and chauvinism and the possibility of resistance, while on the other hand a brand new, very sweetly facile presentation of the mediation of ennui and discomfiture, without a single semblance of potential for its deconstruction, both from New Yorker video profferals and more than well worth a look.

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The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference will be held from October 23 to October 26 at the White House Inn in Wilmington, Vermont, and from November 13 to November 16 and January 15 to January 18, 2016, at the Brandt House Estate in Greenfield, Massachusetts. The conference features evaluation and discussion of book-length and chapbook-length manuscripts with poets, editors, and publishers.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. There is no application fee. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.

The 26th annual Chicago Humanities Festival will be held from October 24 to November 8 at venues throughout Chicago. The theme for the 2015 festival is “Citizens.” The annual event features panel discussions, performances, and readings. Participants include poets Rae Armantrout, Claudia Rankine, and Jacqueline Woodson; fiction writers Chris Abani, Laird Hunt, Marlon James, Chang-rae Lee, Salman Rushdie, and Sarah Vowell; and creative nonfiction writers Jeff Chang, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Meghan Daum, Masha Gessen, Azar Nafisi, and Jon Ronson. Tickets to most events range from $10 to $20. Visit the website to purchase tickets and for more information.


Antioch University MFA Program
Los Angeles, California
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
Residency: Low
Duration: 2 Years
Program Size: 100
Funding/Employment Opportunities: Scholarships, Grants


Arrowhead Regional Arts Council

Career Development Grants

October 30, 2015

Grants of up to $3,000 are given twice yearly to allow Minnesota writers to take advantage of a specific arts opportunity. Poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are U.S. citizens and have lived in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis counties in northeastern Minnesota for at least six months are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit a work sample of up to 10 pages of poetry or 15 pages of prose, a description of the work sample, a project description, a budget proposal, and a résumé by October 30. There is no entry fee. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Washington College

Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is given annually to a nonfiction writer working on a book that addresses the history or legacy of the American Revolution and the nation’s founding ideas. The fellowship also includes health benefits, faculty privileges, and a residency in a restored eighteenth-century house in historic Chestertown. The fellow is expected to teach a semester-long undergraduate seminar and give one lecture related to his or her work-in-progress. Submit a writing sample of any length, a project description, a brief course proposal, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references by November 1. There is no application fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Washington College, Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship, C. V. Starr Center, Custom House, 101 South Water Street, Chestertown, MD 21620.

pascal maramis - flickr
pascal maramis – flickr


University of Mississippi

Professor of English and Fiction Writing

The University of Mississippi wishes to announce a search for a Distinguished Fiction Writer. The University of Mississippi MFA program invites applications from nationally recognized fiction writers. The appointment, which will be made at the rank of Full Professor, includes a highly competitive salary commensurate with professional achievement and the opportunity to live in a newly renovated writer’s residence adjacent to the William Faulkner home, Rowan Oak.  To apply, please visit the UM Human Resources website and complete an online application, attaching letter of application and CV. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Finalists will be contacted for copies of books and letters of recommendation. For more information on this position, please view our webpage.

Wesleyan University

Associate Professor & Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in Creative Writing

The Department of English at Wesleyan University seeks applicants for two full-time creative writing positions beginning July 1, 2016. The first is a tenure-track assistant professorship for a writer who works expertly in or across two or more genres (non-fiction, poetry, fiction, etc.). The second is for a well-published fiction writer at the Associate Professor level, tenured. MFA, or the equivalent in publications, as well as teaching experience required.



Safeguarding Voting Integrity

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

A posting from an organization dedicated to supporting hard- hitting news in the public interest discusses voting donation malfeasance by one of the conservative pseudo non-profits that seeks to flaunt the law in  chasing its aims: “Carolina Rising provided “a vehicle for donors to make unlimited secret contributions to benefit candidates, and that is not permitted under the law,” the organization’s Executive Director Noah Bookbinder argues. “While the public is kept in the dark, the candidate or official almost certainly knows who made the often-large contributions.”

In the complaint, Bookbinder asks the IRS to consider stripping Carolina Rising of its nonprofit status, hitting the group with excise taxes and treating it as a taxable corporation or political group.”

Branding Russell Brand

A Good article that discusses a filmmaker’s attempts to come to grips with a controversial, challenging, and socially conscious performer: “A new film called Brand: A Second Coming documents the man’s mission to reinvent himself as a champion of the common man, bucking his reputation as a frivolous actor and womanizing entertainer. Directed by Ondi Timoner, a two-time Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, the film captures his arduous and often painful journey to change public perceptions of himself and get people to take him seriously. He’s penning op-eds for The Guardian and showing up on the Parliament floor to testify about drug addiction. He’s making documentaries for the BBC and debating with Newsnight hosts about the merits of voting. “

The Truth Regarding Meth

A Vice debriefing that discusses the truth behind the genesis and ongoing predominance of meth, and which in general helps indict the entire farce of The War on Drugs: “The Australian Federal Police intercepted $10 million [$7 million USD] worth of methamphetamine—or ice, as we in Australia like to call it—on Sunday, stashed inside three rather tacky fish statues from China. Investigators intercepted the statues, replaced their contents with filler, and delivered the packages to their intended address in Canberra. A Nigerian national was later arrested after the contents were removed.

This all happened because ice is evil, right? Well, yes and no. Like every other illicit drug on the planet, ice was born out of the legal pharmaceutical industry and only developed its all-pervading stigma in recent years. So for the sake of some record-straightening let’s look at how this happened.”

Anger and Journalism

A Center for  Public Integrity by one of the principals of an organization interested in the integrity of news in the public interest, whose posting looks at how righteous anger at injustice and a strong desire to uncover the truth are great fuel for the best journalism: “Anger can be a pretty good motivation in journalism, or perhaps passion. The Pulitzer-prize-winning series on black lung disease from Jim Morris’ Environment team last year, “Breathless & Burdened” was enough to make anyone angry. To remind you, it exposed how a program at Johns Hopkins unaccountably detected lower levels of black lung in miners than others had.”

Questioning Default White Casting

A Daily Beast article by a savvy media person who deconstructs the hoopla surrounding the choice of racially diverse actors for the newest mega blockbuster flick that explores universal themes that sould be accessible to all races: “The purposeful and active choice that Disney made to populate the new Star Wars reboot with women and with men of color is not “white genocide”—as #BoycottStarWarsVII trolls would have you believe—but instead a relief from the arbitrary limits mainstream culture places on anyone who isn’t white and male. If Harrison Ford could transcend race, gender, creed, and origin to become an international symbol of heroism and independence, there is no reason John Boyega can’t do the same.

So why is it that colorblind casting is still met with contention? Why is it that the presence of people of color in science fiction still provokes such ugly responses?”

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Advice for Journalists

An IFJ checklist from a successful journalist now director of operations who gives advice that all scrappy writers who want to succeed as journalists in spite of the ever-changing landscape ought to read: “As traditional newspapers continue to give way to young, nimble digital media outlets like BuzzFeed, Vox, Gawker and others, Kearns said today’s journalists must be able to perceive sea changes in the journalism industry — and to follow these changes rather than resist them.

“Don’t ever allow yourself to get comfortable,” she said.”

eye spy security data informationDiscussing Encryption Possibilities

As the tech world seeks to become more secure amidst increased technological advances across the digital spectrum, a National Science Foundation post discusses new and promising techniques of data encryption: “Today, modern encryption uses “keys” to keep data on our computers, mobile devices, and communication networks safe. Encryption converts data into digital gibberish, which prevents it from being used maliciously. The data then needs to be decrypted to be processed by a computer or mobile device. To do so, the recipient of the message needs the right keys.

But even encrypted data can sometimes be intercepted and accessed. So how can we keep our data safe?”


YouTube Bullies Creators Over Ad Deal

A Tech Crunch posting that contextualizes YouTube’s recent move that seeks to penalize creators who don’t sign on to its new ad free platform as an aggressive move borne of Google’s general hubris and bullying nature: “In theory, if YouTube presented an offer that made creators more money without a significant loss of control, they’d happily volunteer. But the coercion involved  It sets an alarming precedent about how YouTube and Google might work with creators in the future. Being the defacto video platform of the Internet affords it enormous strength behind its threat of removing their content if they don’t play ball. So what’s to stop it from altering the deal any further?”

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TPP Still Alive and Kicking

An FPIF posting that contextualizes the highly toxic TPP, and shares the one slim chance that it still might not pass, even though it has overcome many challenges: “Already candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley have spoken out against the TPP on the Democratic side. Just as significantly, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Rand Paul have done so on the Republican side. This, coupled with the fact that it’s also a congressional election year, may change the political calculus on the pact.”


Universality in Music

A Media Redef article that explains the frequently controversial but inevitably fascinating quest to search for universal parameters in music: “Over the last two decades, I have found myself gradually forced to abandon the incommensurability doctrine and accept — at first begrudgingly, but over time with a growing confidence and certainty — the existence of a whole host of musical universals, ones that are typically ignored or downplayed in world music studies. My initial reasons for doing so had nothing to do with neuroscience or findings in related disciplines. All that came later. At first, I was simply trying to solve some intractable problems raised in the course of my research into music history. These problems could not be solved under the existing paradigm and forced me to look for answers elsewhere.”

10.21.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

death skull-Santa-muerte-nlaredo2All of us inherently come from others, who generally depart before we do; just so, we all impact others whom we are likely to leave behind when we go; in the fullness of time, all those imaginable beings whose existence springs from us and those from whom we in turn have sprung must themselves come to an end: making peace with all this death must truly seem a monumental miracle, even as only in so doing might we find ways both to master, powerfully, our inherent mutuality and to construct, creatively, our collaborative capacity.

Quote of the Day
“The setting of the trial, in the courthouse opposite the old home of Fisher Ames, furnished a striking contrast to the background and antecedents of the prisoners.  Dedham is a quiet residential suburb, inhabited by well-to-do Bostonians, with a surviving element of New England small farmers.  Part of the jury was specially selected by the sheriff’s deputies from Masonic gatherings and from persons whom the deputies deemed ‘representative citizens,’ ‘substantial’ and ‘intelligent.’  The presiding judge was Webster Thayer of Worcester.  The chief counsel for these Italians was a Westerner, a radical and a professional defender of radicals.  In opinion, as well as in fact, he was an outsider.  Unfamiliar with the traditions of the Massachusetts bench, not even a member of the Massachusetts bar, the characteristics of Judge Thayer unknown to him, Fred H. Moore found neither professional nor personal sympathies between himself and the Judge.  So far as the relations between court and counsel seriously, even if unconsciously, affect the current of a trial, Moore was a factor of irritation.  Sacco and Vanzetti spoke very broken English and their testimony shows how often they misunderstood the questions put to them.  In fact, an interpreter had to be used, whose conduct raised such doubts that the defendants brought their own interpreter to check his questions and answers. …Fancy_border_(1) line space

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

The defense met the Commonwealth’s eyewitnesses by other eyewitnesses, slightly more numerous and at least as well circumstanced to observe the assailants, who testified that the defendants were not the men they saw.  Their testimony was confirmed by witnesses who proved the presence of Sacco and Vanzetti elsewhere at the time of the murder.  Other witnesses supported Sacco’s testimony that on April l5—the day that he was away from work—he was in Boston seeing about a passport to Italy, whither he was planning shortly to return to visit his recently bereaved father.  The truth of that statement was supported by an official of the Italian consulate in Boston who deposed that Sacco visited his consulate at an hour that made it impossible for him to have been one of the Braintree murder gang.  The claim of Vanzetti that on April 15 he was pursuing his customary trade as fish peddler was sustained by a number of witnesses who had been his customers that day. …

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           (In related exculpatory evidence), (t)hese earlier disclosures by Madeiros completely refute the theory that he was led to make his latest confession in 1925 by the hope of getting money.  It is suggested that in November 1925 he had seen the financial statement of the Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee.  But, in the first place there is no proof that Madeiros saw this statement before he made the confession.  Secondly, he could not have had knowledge of this statement before he talked to Weeks and the others and when he attempted the prior communications to Sacco, because it was not then in existence.  It is incredible that a man fighting for his life on a charge for one murder would, in the hope of getting money, falsely accuse himself of another murder.  Madeiros knew the danger of a confession, for his conviction in the Wrentham case largely rested upon confessions made by him.  Why should he be believed and suffer death when he confesses one crime and not be believed when he confesses another of the same character?  Is not his own statement in accordance with the motives even of murderer? …Fancy_border_(1) line space
           (In view of substantial judicial prejudice), (n)o wonder that Judge Thayer’s opinion has confirmed old doubts as to the guilt of these two Italians and aroused new anxieties concerning the resources of our law to avoid grave miscarriage of justice.  The courageous stand taken by the Boston Herald has enlisted the support of some of the most distinguished citizens of Massachusetts. The Independenthas thus epitomized this demand:—Fancy_border_(1) line space
‘Because of the increasing doubt that surrounds the question of the guilt of these men, springing from the intrinsic character of Judge Thayer’s decision, and instanced by the judgment of theHerald editorial writer and other observers whose impartiality is unquestioned, we strongly hope that a new trial will be granted. It is important to note that the appeal is being made on the basis of new evidence never passed on before the Supreme Court.'”   Felix Frankfurter, “The Case of Sacco & Vanzetti;” March, 1927, Atlantic Magazine
This Day in History
Apple Pie
Apple Pie

Today in England is Apple Day as North America celebrates fetishized commodities with International Nacho Day; in the Levant nine hundred nineteen years prior to just this moment, Europe’s “People’s Army,” part of a People’s Crusade that primarily consisted of poor peasants who hoped for a ‘fresh start,’ fighting for Jesus, met the Turks and faced almost total elimination; exactly a year later, in 1097, soldiers from Europe’s first formal crusade invested the siege of Antioch on their way to Jerusalem, spending the better part of a year surrounding the city that lies on the current border of Turkey and Syria; four hundred ninety-five years ago, mariner Ferdinand Magellan led ships that found a passage around the tip of South America; three hundred twenty-nine years exactly ahead of today’s light, a baby boy cried out who rose as the renowned mathematician and thinker, Nicolaus Bernoulli; two and a half centuries and two years hence, in 1772, the infant male who matured into the acclaimed poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge uttered his first cry; two years after that, in 1774, radicals in Taunton, Massachusetts raised the first North American flag to display the word “Liberty” on its banner, defying English prohibitions; thirty-one years afterward, in 1805, British fleets defeated French and Spanish navies at the Battle of Trafalgar; one hundred ninety-one

Battle of Trafalgar JMW Turner reinterpreted on wood by Alicia Araya

years before the here and now, the first patent for Portland Cement issued; nine years henceforth, in 1833, the baby boy who would make a fortune in dynamite and found an annual prize in his name was born; Florence Nightingale and a couple score nurses debarked for the Crimean war twenty-one years later on, in 1854, headed for the “valley of death;” thirteen years onward, in 1867, the Medicine Lodge Treaty provided for the ‘development’ of much of the West by relocating Southern Plains tribes to reservations in Oklahoma; a dozen years farther along the temporal road, in 1879,Thomas Edison created a light bulb that served as a prototype of the first commercially viable incandescent device; a hundred twenty years back, mavens of Japanese empire flexed their muscles mightily with an invasion and conquest of Formosa, now Taiwan; seven years subsequent to that pass, in 1902, a five-month coal strike called by the early United Mine Workers ended with UMWA victory and recognition of the union as bargaining agent; sixteen years more along the pike of life, in 1918, a baby boy entered our midst en route to renown as Milton HImmelfarb, a demographer of American Judaism; Republican Warren Harding three years thereafter, in 1921 became the first U.S. President to speak out against lynching, and massive European demonstrations occurred against the judicial murder of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, with 28,000 police and troops necessary to control the crowds in Paris alone, and Rudolph Valentino first showed up on screen as The Sheik;eight years beyond that juncture, in 1929, the little girl child who became scrappy scribe Ursala Le Guin came into the world; seven hundred thirty days hence, in 1931, fascist militarists in Japan orchestrated a coup attempt that sought to overthrow the government; nine years past that point in time, in 1940, Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls first hit bookstores with its meditation on war and heroism and fascism; three years past that instant, in 1943, a baby boy was born who would grow up as the prolific and redoubtable scribe and thinker, Tariq Ali; two years later still, in 1945,the women of France first had a chance to vote; British soldiers eleven years further down the road, in 1956, captured the leader of Kenya’s Mau-Mau uprising, ending the rebellion for the most part; Dwight Eisenhower signed documents three years nearer to now, in 1959, that transferred Werner von Braun, the former Nazi, from the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; eight years to the day past that conjunction, in 1967, over a 100,000 people marched against the Vietnam War in Draft_card_burning_vietnam warWashington, a demonstration that mirrored huge outpourings against the war in Europe and Japan, and the United Auto Workers leadership evinced a collaborationist mentality with their issuing of a formal statement in support of President Johnson’s war policies;two years further down time’s arc, in 1969, iconic poet and author of ‘Beat’ culture, Jack Kerouac, played out his final stanza; four years exactly beyond that pass, in 1973, John Paul Getty III lost an ear so that a ransom note, which took three weeks to arrive, could hold evidence of his capture; the European Patent Institute came into being four years subsequently, in 1977, bringing European intellectual property law more into alignment with corporate priorities; three years more along the path to today, in 1980, psychologist and theorist Hans Asperger drew his ultimate breath; four years still closer to this moment in time, in 1984, beloved French filmmaker, critic, and screenwriter Francois Truffaut lived out his last scene; two years yet closer to today, in 1986, conspirators in Lebanon, friendly with Iran, captured American writer Edward Tracy, whom they held almost five years; another eight years onward toward now, in 1994, North Korea and the U.S. signed an agreement that ‘ended’ that country’s nuclear weapons program, while the U.S. production of H-bombs continued apace; just three years before now, historian, Senator, and former Presidential candidate George McGovern died; two years henceforth, in 2014, acclaimed journalist and producer, Benjamin Bradlee, breathed his last.

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https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/JVP_Stifling_Dissent_Full_Report_Key_90745869.pdf       An absolutely mandatory read for any scrappy scribe who wants to understand the current context in relation to Israel and Palestine, passed on with incisive additional argument by Mondoweiss, which leads also to the equally powerful and extensive report , The Palestinian Exception to Free Speech, all of which focuses on social dialog, intentional censorship and repression, and the social results of such essentially fascist machinations, which assessments occur as a precursor to Electronic Intifada’s release  of its examination of Israeli government’s downplaying Nazi roles in the Holocaust in favor of blaming Palestinians for such horror, all of which merely reemphasizes the absolutely critical need for citizens, for a change, to pay close attention to these matters: ” Far-right political organizations, like StandWithUs and the Zionist Organization of America, as well as may prominent organizations with much broader communal mandates, such as Hillel International, Jewish Federations…and the Anti-Defamation League, intervent on campuses in efforts to muzzle political criticisms of Israeli policies.  As a result, constitutionally protected speech and academic freedom—essential to learning, teaching, and rigorous inquiry—are under increasing threat. …             Each new complaint, and every campaign against a faculty hire, invited speaker, or student protest succeeds in raising an uproar on campus—and increasing tension and fear around speaking out on issues relating to Israel and Palestine.  Israel advocacy organizations use these efforts to wear down administrators, intimidate faculty, and frighten students.  Students who are already targeted by strict scrutiny and surveillance, particularly those from Palestinian, Arab, and/or Muslim communities, adjunct or untenured faculty, and progressive Jewish students bear the brunt of this bullying. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
(Tactics encompass unconscionable abuse of process in multiple ways). Shurat HaDin/the Israel Law Center, an Israel-based NGO that has received funding and direction from the Israeli government, leads in the use of (a ‘Warning Letter’) tactic.  In September, 2011, they sent out (such a missive) to hundreds of college and university presidents, ‘warning they may be subject to civil and criminal liability and massive damages if they did not protect the rights of Jewish and Israeli students,’ according to the Chronicle for Higher Education.  The letter stated that ‘anti-Israel rallies and events ‘are often expressions of anti-Semitism.’Fancy_border_(1) line space

Among the schools they threatened are all the universities in the Ivy League, 39 of the state university system(s), including the largest and most influential schools…and many of the most prominent liberal arts colleges in the country with large Jewish populations, including Brandeis… Oberlin… Smith… Wellesley… Emory… and George Washington… .The most prominent Historically Black Colleges and Universities…were on their list as well, including Howard University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College.”—Stifling DissentFancy_border_(1) line space

“The tactics used to silence advocacy for Palestinian rights frequently follow recognizable patterns.  Activists and their protected speech are routinely maligned as uncivil, divisive, antisemitic, or supportive of terrorism.  Institutional actors—primarily in response to pressure from Israel advocacy groups—erect bureaucratic barriers that thwart efforts to discuss abuses of Palestinian rights and occasionally even cancel events or programs altogether.  Sometimes the consequences are more severe: universities suspend student groups, deny tenure to faculty, or fire them outright in response to their criticism of Israel.  Meritless lawsuits and legal threats, which come from a variety of Israel advocacy groups identified in this Report, burden Palestinian rights advocacy and chill speech even when dismissed by the courts.  Campaigns by such groups have even resulted in legislation to curtail Palestine advocacy, criminal investigations, and filing of charges against activists. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
(The context for all of this is a combination of Israeli impunity and official U.S. and corporate policy solidly in line with Israel’s stances).  (Nevertheless), (p)ublic support for Palestinian rights does exist outside the political establishment, primarily at a grassroots level—much like the protest movement against South African apartheid in the 1980s.  The Israeli military attack on Gaza in July 2014, like the military campaigns before it, led to a worldwide outpouring of support and solidarity with Palestinians, as tens of thousands protested the Israeli assaults that caused widespread devastation in Gaza.  Credible human rights organizations have carefully documented numerous Israeli violations of human rights and international law—such as the incarceration of around 5,500 Palestinians in Israeli prisons; detention of hundreds of Palestinians, including at least 164 children, without charge or trial; denial of freedom of movement to Palestinians;16 continued construction of settlements on occupied Palestinian land;17 regular military and settler violence against Palestinians; and the second-class status of Palestinian citizens of Israel.  This documentation has contributed to the blossoming of informed, grassroots activism in support of Palestinian human rights over the last fifteen years. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
In addition to the dynamic campus movement, hundreds of grassroots groups and organizations across the country work at the community level to raise awareness about the situation in Israel and Palestine through educational activities and boycott campaigns.  For example, (in)Adalah-NY, a ‘volunteer-only group of concerned individuals that advocates for justice, equality, and human rights for the Palestinian people,’ has engaged in a sustained advocacy campaign against Israeli settlement builder Lev Leviev.  In a demonstration of cross-movement activism, the Block the Boat movement, a joint effort of Palestine solidarity and labor activists, stopped Israeli ships from unloading in Oakland and Los Angeles during Israel’s summer 2014 military campaign in Gaza. …Fancy_border_(1) line space
(The upshot of such activism is, to say the least, chilling).  (i)n reaction to the growing movement for Palestinian rights, a number of organizations that staunchly support Israeli policy have sought to suppress and silence criticism of Israel through a broad range of tactics.  From January 2014 through June 2015, Palestine Legal interviewed hundreds of students, academics, and community activists who reported being censored, punished, subjected to disciplinary proceedings, questioned, threatened, or falsely accused of antisemitism or supporting terrorism for their speech in support of Palestinian rights or criticism of Israeli policies.”—The Palestinian Exception to Free Speech



http://www.socialeurope.eu/2015/10/has-capitalism-seen-its-day/     A feisty British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences lecture about capitalism’s current crises, from Social Europe, that lays out analysis in support of sociopolitical transformation, interestingly enough along similar lines as outlined by Bernie Sanders in a recent interview with an Englishman for Fusion(http://fusion.net/story/216948/bernie-sanders-felix-salmon-interview-economy/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=fusion8&utm_content=3&utm_term=fusion-newsletter-218182).


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Sanibel Island Writers Conference

The 10th annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference, sponsored by Florida Gulf Coast University, will be held from November 5 to November 8 at the BIG ARTS center and the Sanibel Public Library on Sanibel Island, Florida. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as manuscript consultations, readings, panels, concerts, and book signings.  The cost of the conference is $500 ($400 for BIG ARTS members and $300 for full-time students). For a manuscript consultation or workshop, submit up to 10 pages of poetry or prose by September 30. The cost of an individual manuscript consultation is $100; the cost of a small-group workshop is $100. General registration is first come, first served. Lodging is available at area inns and hotels for discounted rates. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.


THSC REVIEW is published quarterly in February, May, August, and November. We appreciate authors who are familiar with our magazine and its general content and style. We are interested in curriculum reviews as well as how-to articles that explore different approaches for various learning styles—in particular subject areas such as math, writing, spelling, history, good citizenship, etc. We welcome submissions that seek to encourage and inspire home school families. Note that themes change over time, with assorted deadlines. The ideal length of an article is, for one page is 650 – 750, 1,000 – 1,250 for two pages. Pays $100 for all rights and $50 for partial rights.

About the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction


The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize which honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year. Three writers are chosen annually by the directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation to serve as judges for the prize, and these judges are asked to select five books (from among the more than 350 works submitted each year) as finalists for the award, making this the largest peer-juried award in the country. Both the eventual winner of the award and all finalists are invited to Washington, D.C. for the PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony and Dinner.

Narrative is strongly committed to supporting our authors’ work. Our current rates for work are as follows:

—$150 for a Story of the Week, with $400 each for the annual Top Five Stories of the Week.
—$150 to $350 for 500 to 2,000 word manuscripts.
—$350 to $1,000 for 2,000 to 15,000 word manuscripts.
—Rates for book-length works vary, depending on the length and nature of the work.
—$50 minimum for each accepted poem and audio piece. ($25 for poetry reprints.)
—$200 each for the annual Top Five Poems of the Week.

Two winners will be chosen for the College Undergraduate Poetry (CUP) Competition, one receiving the Edna Meudt Memorial Award; the other receiving the Florence Kahn Memorial Award. For each winner, prizes include: $500 prize, publication of the manuscript as a perfect-bound 6″x9″ chapbook, to be marketed through Amazon.com, 75 free copies of the chapbook, invitation to read from winning work at the 2016 NFSPS Convention, to be held June 9-13 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Also $300 travel stipend, if attending the convention and complimentary registration for the entire convention. Submissions open the first minute of December 1, 2015, and close automatically at midnight, Pacific Standard Time, on January 31, 2016.

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pascal maramis – flickr



The SchomburgCenter for Research in Black Culture seeks to hire two part-time Curriculum Writer for a two-year grant-funded position. The Curriculum Writer will work with the SchomburgCenter’s Education Department and lead consultants to develop a Hip-Hop History Curriculum aimed at increasing historical literacy among high school-aged youth.


We are seeking a researcher-writer who is available immediately to research and write a FabJob “mini-guide” on relationship coaching. The mini-guide will be used in conjunction with the FabJob Guide to Become a Life Coach as texts for a career college certificate course on relationship coaching. You can read more about the course here .

The Washington Post is seeking a mobile and web-savvy Senior Producer to help lead our original video team.

The ideal candidate has a demonstrated history of managing a team of high-performing video journalists and reporters. S/he has innate sense of what drives video views on mobile, tablet, web and OTT. The successful candidate has passion for innovative storytelling and is continually pushing the boundaries of narrative.

The Senior Producer has at least three years experience managing video content creators in a high-pressure, deadline-driven environment. S/he has strong news judgment, impeccable writing skills and an unparalleled ability to construct a video narrative.

The Wisconsin State Journal is seeking a versatile, experienced copy editor for its news copy desk. Candidates must be able, under deadline pressure, to sharply edit stories, write engaging headlines, compile a daily wire report and strive to keep our websites fresh with the latest news. The ideal candidate will be proficient in InCopy and share a strong desire to produce “the perfect paper” every night. Three to five years’ experience at a daily newspaper is preferred, but we will consider candidates with less experience if they have the enthusiasm and drive to excel in this position. If you’re ready to join a veteran, award-winning team of editors, reporters, photographers and web producers, we want to hear from you.

Library of Congress Washington DC – This position is located in the Publications and Media Section, Office of the Director of National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS/BPH). The incumbent conceives, plans, researches, writes, complies, edits, and proofreads publications and informational materials for the Library of Congress free reading program for people who are blind, visually impaired or have a physical disability. The materials redeveloped for program users; a national network of cooperating libraries, consumer groups, and the general public. On a deadline basis, the incumbent applies established guidelines governing publications policy, procedures, precedents, style, design, and production. Critiques and rewrites manuscripts and accuracy, logic, completeness, and effective communication for the intended audience, resolving conflicts in written material so that published items are consistent with organizational mission, administrative policies, objectives, and the total information program of incumbent’s area of assignment.


Family Outing Dissected

A New Yorker piece that discusses the new work of a brilliant playwright who deftly and satirically explores issues of race, ethnicity, class, and family, thus skewering viewers’ perceptions of these interlocking phenomena with wit and delicacy through a fantasy construction that still manages to make sense: “Families make their own realities; rarely do the dynamics change, and, if anyone does succeed in getting out, he’s eyed with distrust or who-does-he-think-he-is contempt. But O’Hara, in two of his earlier plays—“Insurrection: Holding History” (1996) and “Etiquette of Vigilance” (2010)—was able to do something new with family satire: he turned it into fantasy. Like Jonathan Swift, he saw no reason not to indulge in a little time travel to imagined places while skewering contemporary mores. Although O’Hara’s language was somewhat influenced, early on, by that of his fellow-playwrights Adrienne Kennedy and George C. Wolfe, his stories and his viewpoint are his own: he is a gay black man who is interested in the parochialism of the black American family, and in his status as an outsider within it.”

abandoned gas station south poverty economy depressionGhost Town America

An Atlantic article that shows the true cost of international trade agreements, and showcases some of the valiant attempts of various individuals and civic organizations trying to cope with the loss and struggling to bring life back to their gutted communities: ““Hurley, with the Chamber of Commerce, is trying to focus on the town’s small wins. A bank is moving into town, building a brand new branch on the two-lane highway. A Dollar General moved in nearby a few years ago, and there are two convenience stores along the main highway that serve food. The downtowns of Bruceton and Hollow Rock may still be empty, but new construction is reason to be optimistic, he said.

And if optimism doesn’t sit right, then perhaps there’s some consolation in that Hollow Rock, and indeed, Carroll County, are not alone in being left behind.

Voltaire Network

A volunteer, international organisation dedicated to the dissemination of accurate news, timely commentary, and humanist values in a world that often seems to go the other way: “Founded by French intellectual Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Network International is a web of non-aligned press groups dedicated to the analysis of international relations.

Originating from diversified political, social and cultural backgrounds, the members of Voltaire Network collectively adhere to the principles of the 1955 Bandung Conference.


Voltaire Network does not aim to promote a particular ideology or a world vision, but to hone the critical thinking of its readers. It places reflection before belief and arguments before convictions.”

Silencing Dissent and Loss of Democracy

A Counter Currents piece by a well-informed writer who uncovers the frightening situation that dissenters and intellectuals in India who safeguard free speech, reason, and democracy face, an issue which troubles all who can see the ramifications of this oppression worldwide: “With this the circle seems complete. Now a few intolerant individuals will decide what books we will read, what food we will consume and what music we will listen to. And the government will be a mute spectator to such infringement on individual liberty. It shows that the state is giving more space to dangerous elements. It is confused where it stands on higher values and is ready to give up even without a slightest hint of fight. No wonder murderous mobs believe that they can get away with it.”

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The Shackles of Free Trade Agreements

A Tele Sur article that views the multiplying free trade agreements, and that discusses what they mean to the world’s citizens, from employees all the way to the multinationals who benefit the most, while underscoring the role of the current U.S. administration for making them take place: “One of Obama’s dubious legacies therefore will be the recognition that he has been the biggest promoter of free trade in U.S. history — bigger than even his predecessors, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. That dubious legacy depends, however, on the passage of the TPP first. Should it pass in 2016, which is more likely than not, TPP will no doubt serve as the “template” for pending deals involving more than 50 countries, which will quickly fall in line once the TPP is ratified. The fight against free trade is therefore only beginning. Lined up behind TPP are free trade deals with scores of other countries.”

By Allan Ajifo
By Allan Ajifo

Focusing Attention for Higher Productivity

A Tiny Buddha checklist that shows simple and effective techniques for achieving focus and getting more things done, through a simple rubric of refocusing and shaping one’s attention: “I have many interests. If I let myself fully indulge in them, I would be all over the place, spread thin like a French pancake.   Fortunately, I’ve learned to keep them under wraps, like presents that I can open at will. (Although sometimes the wrapping might not hold… I’m only human.)

… Here is the six-step method I refined over the years. With it, I can indulge in many interests and still stay focused to get things done. It gives me quick results and is highly flexible.”

Why Do We Work

A Farnam Street blog post that looks at recent studies that outline all the myriad reasons, beyond mere economic compensation, that we choose to ‘go to work’, whatever that word personally may mean to any of us, and surprisingly showing what little pull the economic motive actually has: “Play at work should not be confused with your people playing Ping Pong or foosball in the break room. For your people to feel play at work, the motive must be fueled by the work itself, not the distraction. Because the play motive is created by the work itself, play is the most direct and most powerful driver of high performance.”


mac-Apple_Lisa computerOf Machines and Men

A Medium posting that contextualizes the role between machines, workers, technology, and what labor will look like in the near future: “We should be very careful about suggesting that X or Y technology is going to put an entire class of people out of business because translation of theory into practice is usually the point at which such assumptions become heavily complicated. We should at least have some consistent and decently well-founded idea of what progress means before making such assumptions, and that’s still an ongoing problem.”


Cross Platform Candidate

An Alter Net reposting of an article that discusses the new appeal that the self-styled socialist candidate now holds for folks supposedly on the other side of the ideological spectrum: ““I’m just helping out my friends because they asked me to help out,” he tells me. He adds that he’s a conservative: “But I approve of some of the stuff that Bernie stands for. Like appealing to more than just the one percent and just trying to give everybody a leg up who’s needing it these days.” Data-driven analysis is only as good as the categories by which you sift the information. If you’ve already decided that “liberals” are the people who prefer locally sourced arugula to eating at McDonald’s, or are the people who don’t watch Fox News, it is a reasonable conclusion that there aren’t enough “liberals” out there to elect Bernie Sanders. Yet political categories shift. One of the things the best politicians do is work to shift them.”


Your Kind Not Welcome Here

Another harrowing tale of police violence and racial injustice, at the intersection of gentrification and the emiseration of the working class in one particular California city, this Buzz Feed article documents the savage act committed at a posh shopping establishment against a poor black citizen: “The timing, and symbolism, of the incident and the subsequent images weren’t lost on those who live in this rapidly changing city. In the very emblem of gentrification — a retailer that has come to symbolize white bohemian affluence, the kind that enjoys the “grit” of an urban neighborhood but not the people already living there — a poor black man was assaulted, ejected, and left to bleed on the ground, personifying the fear of many black residents: Oakland wants them out.”

10.20.2015 Daily Links

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

Were one to attempt to delineate truly radical love—the inclusion of all-that-is in one’s affections, the insistence on seeking and adoring all things down to their roots, or merely the longing and seeking to view ‘the sunny side’ of whatever life throws at us, or more, or less, than all of this—whatever one determined, the conclusion would be almost inescapable that such a potent and deeply felt affection for all of the cosmic twists and turns that add up to a specific life would shift everything in that life, would transform everything that such a passage manifested.

Quote of the Day

“Our position was: If you don’t attack us, there won’t be any violence; if you bring violence to us, we will defend ourselves. …

There’s nothing wrong with being a cop.  There’s nothing wrong with being a white person.  It’s about where your heart is…We’ve got to get everyone beyond the xenophobic isolationism. …We were not talking about the average white person: we was talking about the corporate money rich and the racist jive politicians and the lackeys, as we used to call them, for the government who perpetuate all this exploitation and racism. …Fancy_border_(1)

      (In response to such an overall context), (a) people who have suffered so much for so long at hands of a racist society must draw the line somewhere…. the black communities of America must rise up as one man to halt the progression of a trend that leads inevitably to their total destruction. …(Along these lines), (w)e jumped into the protest of Vietnam before the Black Panther Party ever started, before the Black Panther Party was even thought of.  In fact, it was late 1965 and 1966 that the anti-Vietnam War, anti-draft to the Vietnam War protest started at University of California, Berkeley.

           (In the end), I think the American Dream should be about a greater progressive legislation that allows for what I call a necessary future world of cooperational humanism.”  Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense
This Day in History
© Nevit Dilmen
© Nevit Dilmen

Today is World Statistics Day as well as another interlude to commemorate a disease, World Osteoporosis Day; in the so-called New World four hundred sixty-seven years back, two European monarchs permitted Alonso Mendoza to act as their representative in founding the city of La Paz as an exemplar of Our Lady of Peace; two hundred thirty-four years before the here and now, the Hapsburg Monarchy approved a rudimentary recognition of religious freedom with its Patent of Toleration; twenty-two years later, in 1803, the Senate ratified the Louisiana purchase, a key imperial move in U.S. continental expansion; the forty-ninth parallel became the Northwestern border between Canada and the United States a decade and a half thereafter, according to the Convention of 1818; at the battle of Navarino nine years subsequently, 1827, Russian, French, and British navies defeated a combined Turkish/Egyptian force off the coast of Greece; one hundred fifty-seven years prior to the present pass, the baby boy entered the world who became acclaimed poet Rimbaud; just a year hence, in 1859, the child who matured as philosopher and educator John Dewey was born; a hundred forty-two years ago, three Ivy League schools and Rutgers

“Arizona Football – Nick Foles” by Wcarlisle4

created the first set of rules for American Football; a half century and two years subsequently, in 1925, the baby male who would write wittily and scandalously as commentator Art Buchwald was born; Socialist leader of principle and passion Eugene Debs died exactly a year after that, in 1926, in part because of his imprisonment for the ‘crime’ of calling war butchery in favor of the rich; a year subsequent to that conjunction, in 1927, the infant female came into the world who grew up to become the sexual psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers; the Long March of Mao Tse Tung and his comrades ended eight years afterward, in 1935, permitting the regrouping that laid the basis for Communist victory a decade and a half later; three hundred sixty-six days still farther along the temporal path, in 1936, a baby boy first shouted out en route to his rise as Black leader and founder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, Bobby Seale; another three years further along, in 1939, Pope Pius XII issued an encyclical that denounced cultural chauvinism and totalitarian politics generally, in spite of his soon-to-occur agreement with the U.S. to provide safe harbor for Nazi escapees of Germany’s defeat; five years closer to now, in 1944, liquid natural gas leaked in Cleveland and exploded, killing a hundred thirty people, Douglas MacArthur did ‘return’ to the Philippines, and Soviet armies liberated Belgrade from the Nazis; two years down

the road to the day, in 1946, the Austrian baby girl who grew up as Elfriede Jelinek and won the Nobel Prize in Literature was born; the House Unamerican Activities Committee yet another year closer to the current context, in 1947, began its investigations of Communist activities among creative sorts in Hollywood, and the U.S.-Pakistani alliance started to take shape; three years beyond that moment of paranoia and depredation, in 1950, a baby boy was born who would rock and write as the iconic Tom Petty; another year later still, in 1951, on a football field in Oklahoma, a White player blatantly assaulted a Black player and broke his jaw, without punishment; a year more proximate to today, in 1952, not quite half a world away in Kenya, British authorities declared a state of emergency over the so-called Mau-Mau uprising against colonial depredation, in the police response to which a former Kenya Prime Minister ends up behind bars;four years henceforth, in 1956, a male child entered our midst

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

who would mature as the writer and filmmaker Danny Boyle; exactly five years hence, in 1961, the Soviets conducted their first armed test of an intercontinental ballistic missile from a submarine launching platform; just a year more proximate to the present moment, in 1962, Chinese Communist forces invaded Northern India and began the Sino-Indian war;seven hundred thirty-one days after that point, in 1964, former President and ‘champion’ of so-called conservatism, Herbert Hoover, lived out his final day; precisely six years beyond that juncture, in 1970, six thousand miles Westward in the Horn of Africa, Somalia’s leaders declared it a socialist republic; another year onward, in 1971, a baby boy entered the world in standard fashion who would become the rapper and producer and cultural savant, Snoop Dogg; Richard Nixon initiated the so-called “Saturday Night Massacre” three years past that instant in time, in 1973, firing several officials in search of a Justice Department leader who would fire Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox; four more years along the temporal arc, in 1977, the plane that was transporting the rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd, crashed landed after running out of gas, killing half the band’s members; three years later exactly, in 1980, Ronald Reagan wrote to the head of the Air Traffic Controllers’ Union to seek an endorsement in his race for President, promising support for the union’s demand for better technology and work conditions, a vow that he broke with impunity nine months after the group backed Reagan for President; following another passage of the Earth around the sun, in 1981, two policemen and an armed guard of a shipment of money died in a robbery in suburban New York City guitar music art performanceconducted by the Weather Underground and the Black Liberation Army; after another two year hiatus, in 1983, acclaimed bard and crooner of working class lament and triumph, Merle Travis, sang his swan song; a year further forward toward today, in 1984, important and path-finding mathematician, physicist, and philosopher Paul Dirac died; four years ahead of this moment in time, Libyan rebels whom the United States had supplied, supported, and funded captured and prepared to execute Muammar Gaddafi; a year past that, in 2012, the environmental activist who co-founded Earth Day breathed his last.

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"commons versus property" OR "critique of private property" OR "problems with private property" OR "corruption of private property" OR "alternatives to private property" = 258,000 Results.

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https://theconversation.com/opening-up-access-to-research-and-information-isnt-a-luxury-its-a-necessity-49302       In an overall context of obsessive examination of every aspect of mediation and its ‘consumption,’ to the point that a population group like ‘teens’ gets its own meticulous reportage , an important deconstructive effort–focused on South Africa but embracing everywhere that capitalist media predominate, in other words, everywhere–from The Conversation about the ubiquitous presumption that long-term monopolistic copyright defense and intellectual property protocols generally are both unavoidable and inherently beneficial, this item particularly powerful in showing the harms of ownership of knowledge that at once results from collective and socially supported endeavor and brings about socially critical information that often only wealthy patrons can access, while a recent Shareable report presents one of many possible alternate ways of managing human creativity, production, and text collectively instead of in a for-profit mode, all of which critique and innovation occurs in a context of ubiquitous crisis that hits ‘tech’ and media particularly hard, even as massive mergers and ‘Initial Public Offerings’ continue to be darlings of monopoly finance  in spite of this environment of declining opportunities and crushing competition  and predatory assaults on regular readers and producers as a result of monopoly media’s insatiable appetite for all the money and all the tales that we have to tell: “(Open Access)will encourage lifelong self-learning.  It will spur continued research and innovation.  Access to information can bolster education, training, empowerment and human development. …Fancy_border_(1)
(Otherwise, disparities intensify because of) the richer institutions’ ability to invest in research resources.  They can afford expensive subscriptions to databases which contain a wealth of research – ironically funded by taxpayers’ money.Fancy_border_(1)
The historically disadvantaged and predominantly black universities can’t afford such subscriptions.  Their academics also can’t contribute to such resources, because authors are expected to pay a fee for the ‘privilege’ of being published. …Fancy_border_(1)
This problem is not unique to South Africa.  Research and academic institutions, funders, and governments around the world are beginning to embrace Open Access for publicly funded research.  In the internet age, it is possible to tremendously lower the cost associated with publishing. …Fancy_border_(1)
(Thus, at the least), (a)ll (people) should have access to quality, peer-reviewed, publicly funded research.  How else can the (world) showcase what it has to offer in terms of research?  How else can it increase the impact of this research?  And how else can we inspire future generations of innovators and thinkers to embark on the research that’s needed to solve the (world)’s problems?”—The ConversationFancy_border_(1)
            “Members of Make Shift Boston, which is located in a former radical bookstore in the South End neighborhood, now include writers, filmmakers, developers, designers, playwrights, artists, and more.  Among the social justice issues they’re working on are net neutrality, food insecurity, the prison industrial complex, capital punishment, supporting local fisherman in sustainable practices, black radical projects, political plays, and supporting nonprofits. …
The biggest challenge in collectively running Make Shift Boston is that the members are busy and don’t have as much time as they might like to put into the space.  This means that sometimes things are left undone. But, where consensus decision-making can sometimes devolve into lengthy discussions the members of Make Shift Boston have a good track record for working together to make decisions. …Fancy_border_(1)
‘I hope that more people who feel dissatisfied with the coworking options in their area consider starting their own space in this way because it wasn’t really that hard,’ he says.  ‘Say rent is $3000, you divide it between 15 people.  Don’t sweat it.  Then, once you’re in it, you’ve got this cool space and you get to do all this amazing shit with it that you might not be able to do in a space you don’t own.'”—Shareable


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BGWHW67IiQ         From the Nobel Prize Committee, the complete presentation of Elfriede Jelinek for her Literary Laureates in 1981, a hauntingly beautiful rumination on writing and time and history’s movement as a result of what scribes do both to understand time’s passage and to ponder the loops and whorls of human life.

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Chicago Humanities Festival – The 26th annual Chicago Humanities Festival will be held from October 24 to November 8 at venues throughout Chicago. The theme for the 2015 festival is “Citizens.” The annual event features panel discussions, performances, and readings. Participants include poets Rae Armantrout, Claudia Rankine, and Jacqueline Woodson; fiction writers Chris Abani, Laird Hunt, Marlon James, Chang-rae Lee, Salman Rushdie, and Sarah Vowell; and creative nonfiction writers Jeff Chang, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Meghan Daum, Masha Gessen, Azar Nafisi, and Jon Ronson. Tickets to most events range from $10 to $20. Visit the website to purchase tickets and for more information.



The Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford is pleased to announce the newInterdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts, featuring the Nomad9 Residencies. With dynamic, cross-disciplinary coursework at sites throughout the Americas, this MFA prepares artists to engage with the most pressing issues of our time. The MFA is built around the Nomad9 residencies, which form the heart of the experiential, hands-on curriculum. These sites will explore the Americas from North to South. An ongoing reciprocal relationship is developed with each residency community.


Submission period: September 1, 2015-March 1, 2016. Award-winning literary annual upstreet seeks quality submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry for its twelfth issue. Past issues include interviews with Jim Shepard, Lydia Davis, Wally Lamb, Michael Martone, Robin Hemley, Sue William Silverman, Dani Shapiro, Douglas Glover, Emily Fragos, Robert Olen Butler, and Joan Wickersham.   The best free literary contests with deadlines through November 30.

Human Rights Poetry Award

The Universal Human Rights Student Network (UHRSN) based in Vienna, Austria is organizing its very first human rights poetry contest. Given the plights refugees are facing on a daily basis and the current widespread media coverage of the so-called “refugee crisis in Europe” this year’s theme is

“Refugees and their message to Europe”

UHRSN is convinced that all people should have the right to a life lived with dignity free from fear, persecution and oppression. As widely reported, people in search of this life seeking asylum in European countries are in many instances denied just that – their fundamental rights. UHRSN also aims to utilize the power of poetry and the positive impact words can have to raise awareness for an issue that cannot be ignored.  open from 30th of September until 20th November. Prizes from 100 € to 300 €.


pascal maramis - flickr
pascal maramis – flickr


Reporter Birmingham AL – Starnes Publishing is looking for talented writers to join its growing  family of award-winning  community newspapers.  We are looking for a driven professional with strong hyperlocal news judgment. Applicants must have experience in both writing and editing news and features. This position will require the ability to file multiple stories daily. Candidates must be familiar with online content management systems, social media, copyediting, AP style and basic photography. Adobe software knowledge is a plus.

Copy Editor New Britain, Connecticut – Central Connecticut Communications, parent company of The Bristol Press and the New Britain Herald, seeks a thorough, creative, multitalented copy editor / online editor to join our news desk. The successful candidate will have a deep knowledge of AP style and put it to work; can design inviting pages efficiently (we use InDesign); knows the essential components of a news story (our goal is “tight and bright”); and can meld print and web to improve our digital presentation. This editor will play a leading role in the production of two seven-day newspapers in addition to providing top-notch line editing for our web products. We’re seeking an upbeat editor full of ideas and ambition, who enjoys working on a team to put out a great newspaper that truly serves the community.. The position requires evening and weekend work. Polish speakers/writers are encouraged to apply (Spanish is good, too)

Full Time Writer Pompano Beach, Florida – Cross Catholic Outreach is a Catholic relief and development organization working in more than two dozen developing countries. In addition to providing material aid such as food, clothing, shelter and medicines, Cross Catholic supports ongoing programs that help the poor lift themselves out of poverty and thus break its vicious cycle. We ensure that the aid reaches those who need it the most by working together with local priests, missionaries, and churches around the world as well as the Vatican’s relief agency, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. For more information, visit www.CrossCatholic.org.

Editor Issaquah, Washington – The Issaquah Press Group is looking for an editor to lead publication of our three weekly newspapers; the Issaquah Press, the Sammamish Review, the SnoValley Star and our monthly Newcastle News publication as well as their respective websites.
The editor is responsible for planning coverage for the weeklies and websites, supervising reporters, freelancers and community columnists, representing the weeklies to the public, and ensuring readers are getting what they want and need.

Nikole Hannah-Jones (Shorenstein Center)

Tackling Race and Journalism

A Journalist’s Resource posting that discusses approaches that a thoughtful and talented journalist takes in discussing sensitive and even dangerous issues: “Rather than reporting on the “racist of the week” — simply pointing out that a disparity exists, or covering a breaking news incident — Hannah-Jones said her work takes a deeper dive than most reporting, investigating how “inequality is explicitly and intentionally maintained through social policy.” “Instead of writing a story that says ‘housing is segregated’ you go to a community and you show how it got to be segregated … these officials voted to do this thing, or the federal government decided it would not enforce the Fair Housing Act,” said Hannah-Jones, now a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine.”

"DreamyWeed" by Psychonaught
“DreamyWeed” by Psychonaught

War on Drugs Challenged

A well-known mega entrepreneur who has the sense to object to the socially harmful ‘war on drugs’ has reposted a UN document that indicts criminalization and suggests real alternatives, according to Tele Sur, a piece that if nothing else demonstrates that this millionaire is sympathetic to the cause:  “The Virgin founder wrote that the revision was a breath of fresh air from a “body that has shaped much of global drugs policy for decades,” explaining that he chose to broke the embargo for fear that the statement would be withdrawn at the last minute. RELATED: Coca and the Pope: Culture and Misconceptions of a Sacred Plant The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, however, denied that the policy shift was imminent, and that it was an “unfortunate misunderstanding” over the document, written by one of its officials. This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address.”
A Counter Punch by powerful analysts that discuss the role that NGOs play in maintaining the status quo: “There are certainly variations on this theme, but the central point remains: NGOs exist to undermine mass struggle, divert it into reformist dead ends, and supplant it. For example, at many “Fight for $15” demonstrations in Miami, the vast majority of participants were paid activists, employees of NGOs, CBOs (Community Based Organizations), and union staff seeking potential members. Similarly, some Black Lives Matter protests in Miami have been led and largely populated by paid activists who need to demonstrate that they are “organizing the community” in order to win their next grant.”
Sheet City in Haiti. Photo: UNICEF.
A New York Times article that discusses differing viewpoints by various thinkers and writers as to what America would look like with a more equitable taxation structure: “In last week’s Democratic debate, when Bernie Sanders cited Denmark as a role model for the United States to follow, Hillary Clinton was quick to point out that “we are not Denmark.” The exchange ignited a series of discussions about whether the United States could be more like this quasi-socialist Scandinavian country.”

A Priceonomics posting that discusses the racial and class implications of prisons’ placements, and how these affect democracy in an unjust way: “Most prisons built in the last 30 years are located in rural areas, and they mostly incarcerate minorities from urban areas. Since the Census counts prisoners as part of the prison towns, the rural areas seem more populous and enjoy greater political representation. The result is that black prisoners from urban areas boost the voting power of rural, white districts.

That’s a problem a lot bigger than Anamosa. It’s a problem that might prevent America from reining in its gargantuan prison population.”



Hateful Misogyny Online

A harrowing look from Dazed into what many women with an online presence have to experience, from a brave woman who chose to document it all so as to educate the public and allow women a space to commiserate: ” Originally, I actually wanted (and still want) to make a disturbing coffee table book of all the messages. I thought it could be a really entertaining, yet unsettling read—something positive to come out of all the troubled and negative messages, while making people question, “Who does this and why?” I had come up with the idea maybe 5 years ago, which I think was before Instagram, but I never really had the courage to do it.

But the messages never stopped. Anger began creeping in and it gave me the impetus to finally do the coffee table book and I wanted to get a start on it by creating this Instagram account.”

By Jiuguang Wang (Own work)
By Jiuguang Wang (Own work)

Robo Journalists

A Capital New York posting that discusses the role of increasing automation and tech alternatives in journalism, a development that could possibly make person-centered journalism a thing of the past, no matter how much advocates and editor agree to the contrary: “The idea, said Allen, is not to replace journalists, but to create more content more quickly than humans could do on their own, thereby enabling writers and reporters to focus on stories than can’t be automated by a machine.

The AP, for example, used to manually cover about 300 earnings reports each quarter, according to Lou Ferrara, a former AP news executive who worked closely on the Wordsmith implementation. Wordsmith now spits out AP earnings coverage for some 4,700 companies, freeing up the reporters who previously wrote those stories, he said, adding, “I think automation is going to be essential to the survival of media.”


Movie Scrutinizes 60 Minutes

A Media Post article that discusses briefly the controversy surrounding a 60 Minutes segment that CBS is not interested in revisiting: “CBS says it knows the truth about the movie “Truth,” which focuses on a controversial CBS “60 Minutes II” story. The network says there are too many errors in the movie — as well as being a “disservice” to other journalists.

Perhaps to no one’s surprise, CBS isn’t running any advertising for the movie.

Okay, fair enough.  That said, other TV networks have had no problem airing the film’s advertising.  “


Fraudulent Harmful Man Hunt

A TeleSur report that exposes the lies and corruptions at the heart of the alleged search of the Mexican drug kingpin, calling even more to question the entire mess that is the so-called Drug Wars: “The massive and violent alleged hunt for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has left a trail of death, enforced disappearances, homes and vehicles of innocent people torched or riddled with bullets, various communities completely desolate and about 300 displaced people, while the federal government scrambles to explain what is going on in the mountainous region that is the Sinaloa cartel leader’s stronghold.

But not only that, it has left a trail of complicity that exposes corruption at the “highest levels” of government, according to Mexican journalist and organized crime writer Anabel Hernandez.”

Mexican marines cause chaos, panic and destruction in their alleged hunt for the Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. | Photo: AFP This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address: “http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Hunt-for-El-Chapo-Leaves-Trail-of-Death-Missing-Displaced—20151020-0001.html”. If you intend to use it, please cite the source and provide a link to the original article. www.teleSURtv.net/english

Medicare Expansion Split

A Journalist’s Resource posting that highlights one of the contention points of the conservative party, a schism that reflects the reality that when monolithic oligarchic entities hold sway, progress does not happen, in spite of actual political party affiliation: “Our empirical research shows that states where Republicans control the governorship and both chambers in the legislature, or two out of three, have gone one way or another in decisions about Medicaid expansion in significant part because of the balance of capacities and pressures between these two dueling factions. Where mainstream business interests operating through Chambers of Commerce endorsed expansion and commanded the upper hand over the conservative networks, states tended to move ahead. But when businesses stood on the sidelines or were poorly equipped to lobby state governments, the best-established conservative networks with relatively substantial resources have managed to stymie expansion efforts. “

10.19.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day
Jacopo Tintoretto - St Roch in Prison Visited by an Angel
Jacopo Tintoretto – St Roch in Prison Visited by an Angel

Of all the treacherous aspects of predatory capital’s machinations, which all reputedly transpire on behalf of working people, because the profiteers ‘really, really, really want to help the oppressed and downtrodden,’ perhaps the most maddening is the more-than-occasional self-righteous hypocrisy that the forced imprisonment and institutionalized inequality and planned mayhem that afflict the poor are ‘laws of nature’ rather than policies most politic for funneling more lucre and power to those who already own everything.

Quote of the Day
“Our books do not search for a sensationalist or horrifying effect in order to secure a place for us in the republic of letters.  We are human beings linked by blood, geography and life to those hundreds, thousands, millions of Latin Americans that suffer misery in our opulent and rich American continent.  Our novels attempt to mobilise across the world the moral forces that have to help us defend those people.  The mestizo process was already advanced in our literature and in rediscovering America it lent a human dimension to the grandiose nature of the continent.  But this is a nature neither for the gods as in the texts of the Indians, nor a nature for heroes as in the writings of the romantics, but a nature for men and women in which the human problems will be addressed again with vigour and audacity. …

The poetic language which nourishes our novelistic literature is more or less its breath of life.  Novels with lungs of poetry, lungs of foliage, lungs of rich vegetation.  I believe that what most attracts non-American readers is what our novels have achieved by means of a colourful, brilliant language without falling into the merely picturesque, the spell of onomatopoeia cast by representing the music of the countryside and sometimes the sounds of the indigenous languages, the ancestral smack of those languages that flourish unconsciously in the prose that is used.  There is also the importance of the word as absolute entity, as symbol.  Our prose is distinguished from Castilian syntax because the word – in our novels – has a value of its own, just as it had in the indigenous languages.  Word, concept, sound; a rich fascinating transposition.  Nobody can understand our literature, our poetry if the power of enchantment is removed from the word.book hor3
Word and language enable the reader to participate in the life of our novelistic creations.  Unsettling, disturbing, forcing the attention of the reader who – forgetting his daily life – will enter into the situations and personalities of a novel tradition that retains intact its humanistic values.  Nothing is used to detract from mankind but rather to perfect it and this is perhaps what wins over and unsettles the reader, that which transforms our novel into a vehicle of ideas, an interpreter of peoples using as instrument a language with a literary dimension, with imponderable magical value and profound human projection.”    Miguel Angel Asturias, Nobel Acceptance Speech
This Day in History
“Giovanni Battista Tiepolo – Scipio Africanus Freeing Massiva –

Two thousand two hundred seventeen years ago, Roman forces that Scipio Africanus led drove aside the armies of Carthage that Hannibal Barca headed up; six hundred forty-one years hence, in 439, Vandals attacked and took over Carthage in yet a different conflict between Europeans and North Africans; six hundred twenty-nine years in advance of today, Europe’s currently oldest university opened its doors at Heidelberg; five hundred forty-six years before the here and now, an upper crust marriage established the basis for the unification of Aragon and Castille, and the creation of modern Spain; twenty-six years subsequent to that, in 1512, in Central Europe, the future chief of ‘protest’, Martin Luther, obtained his Doctor of Philosophy credentials; two hundred and thirty-four years prior to the present pass, General George Washington accepted the sword and surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, effectively ending British hopes of victory in North America; two hundred seventy years in exactly in the past,  the acclaimed thinker and writer Jonathan Swift had his last laugh; two centuries and three years before now, Napoleon and his armies

“David – Napoleon crossing the Alps

began their historical and disastrous retreat from Moscow; a half-century and two years subsequently, in 1864,  Confederate raiders invaded Vermont from Canada in a brief assault; twelve decades prior to the present instant, a male child entered our midst who would live nearly a century as the philosopher and writer and critic, Lewis Mumford; four years further along, in 1899, three thousand miles South in Guatemala, another baby boy was born, who would rise to maturity as the writer and thinker Miguel Angel Asturias, who would win the Nobel Prize for his work; a single year hence, in 1900, Max Planck further explicated clues about the nature of subatomic reality with his discovery of black-body radiation; twelve years still further along time’s path, in 1912, Italy succeeded in wresting control of Tripoli, and much of the rest of Libya, from the declining Ottoman Empire; a year precisely past that point in time, in 1913, the baby boy cried out for the first time in Brazil who would grow up as paywright, poet, songwriter, and performer Vinicius de Moraes; eight years later, in 1921, democratically selected Portuguese leaders died at the hands of assassins in an Iberian coup; one year thereafter, in 1922,  the male baby first opened his eyes who would see the world as investigative journalist Jack Anderson; almost a decade subsequently to the day, in 1931, a baby boy was born who would write novels and perform espionage as John Le Carre;  another two octopusyears thereafter, in 1933, Germany’s Nazis completed their announced withdrawal from the League of Nations; seven hundred and thirty days later, in 1935, the League of Nations sanctioned fascist Italy for its depredations in and invasion of Ethiopia; three hundred sixty-six days after that eventuality, in 1936, the baby girl who grew up to become semi-psychic gadfly Sylvia Browne came onto the scene; another year hence, in 1937, pathfinding physicist of the Modern Nuclear Project, Ernest Rutherford, took a final breath; five years henceforth, in 1942, a baby boy first cried out who would mature as the attorney for and novelist about abused children Andrew Vachss; a single year further on later still, in 1943, researchers at Rutgers successfully demonstrated both the effectiveness of streptomycin against tuberculosis and their capacity to isolate it for purposes of production; seven hundred thirty-one days after that fact, in 1945, renowned popular artist N.C. Wyeth died, and a baby girl came into the world in standard fashion who would become the powerful feminist thinker and writer, Particia Ireland; half a decade in the future from that day, in 1950, China sent troops across the Yalu

Chinese forces cross the Yalu River
Chinese forces cross the Yalu River

River to join the North Koreans in their war against the South and the United States, and acclaimed poet and dramatist and free-loving feminist Edna St. Vincent Milay lived out her grotesque final scene; a decade subsequent to that conjunction, in 1960, the United States imposed its more than half century long embargo on Cuba because the island nation refused to accept U.S. imposed butchers as its ‘leaders’; twenty years thereafter, in 1980, the textile giant J.P. Stevens gave in to a decades long struggle and signed a contract with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union; seven years later, in 1987, U.S. Naval squadrons attack and destroy Iranian oil platforms in the Persian Gulf, and as an aspect of the multiple meltdowns that have afflicted capital’s ‘marketplaces’ since the 1970s, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped over 500 points, approximately 22%; two decades yet nearer to now, in 2007, noted anti-nuclear activist and social reformer Randall Forsberg breathed her last.

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https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/10/16/new-paper-details-extent-bbt-banks-ayn-rand-inspired-grant-program?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=d5b8358eb0-DNU201510016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-d5b8358eb0-197372529       A fierce and in some ways terrifying look at the current context of university operations, in which hidden sponsorships from corporate sources often enough tilt the bent of scholarship and access and even knowledge itself in the direction of ideas that no more constitute reality than markets constitute social good, one of various recent reports that speak of the way that ideological agendas afflict the very possibility of higher-education’s continuing as a source of learning and teaching, dialog and debate, all of which occurs in the context of deep contradictions between the rights of publishers to own socially produced knowledge and rent out licenses to learn at fees that inhibit, or even prohibit, the transmission of what should be freely available: “By scouring local news stories and university press releases, along with other means, Beets determined that at least 63 colleges and universities received Moral Foundations grants, averaging about $1 million each.

Jon Sullivan - public domain
Jon Sullivan – public domain

The grants typically stipulate that the institution will offer a course featuring Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged — a famously pro-free market novel — and provide even unenrolled students in the relevant department a free copy of the book; in some cases, Atlas Shrugged is the only book on the course syllabus.   The requirements are notable because, even though donors regularly will give support to a given department or field of study, dictating a book to be read would for many professors and others cross a line into inappropriate donor influence. …Fancy_border_(1)A 2011 Western Carolina University advertisement said applicants for its BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism should be ‘at least familiar with, if not actively receptive to, the writings of Ayn Rand.’  Many of the contracts required an Ayn Rand-inspired speaker series, and some specified the series was to appeal to the general public. …

Beets asserts that it wasn’t shared ideology with BB&T’s former chief executive, John Allison, who reportedly made his managers read the book, that led colleges and universities to accept the grants.  Rather, he says it was financial desperation from shifting funding structures.   No longer able to count on public funding, many colleges and universities had to look elsewhere. …

Beets says these grants can have outsize influence, as some states have programs that match corporate donations with public funding.  Beets also points to a major funding overlap with Charles and David Koch, billionaires who have poured millions into conservative causes; some 42 institutions with Moral Foundations programs also had received donations from the Koch brothers’ charities.  Both BB&T and the Kochs also have been major contributors to the Ayn Rand Institute.”—Inside Higher Ed

          “(T)he phenomenon(is again increasing) of the facile canard of accusations of anti-semitism (a silencing tactic par excellence)–leveled against anyone and everyone who wants to approach the topic of Israel/Palestine with a critical eye, or who wishes to speak out against Israel’s use of disproportionate violence against Palestinian civilians year after year, or who wishes to raise legitimate questions about the illegitimacy of Israeli settlements on Palestinian lands which continue unabated to date, in contravention of countless UN resolutions against such occupation. …

(Photo: London Palestine Action)
(Photo: London Palestine Action)

What is particularly troubling about this propaganda tactic—a longstanding one as it is—is that because it enjoys the support of rich donors who can and do, influence the corporate culture of universities (those of us who’ve been around long enough have witnessed the acceleration of the corporatization of US academia over the past several decades), there are increasingly virulent attacks occurring against faculty and students alike who dare to speak out against Israeli state policies. …
At a recent gathering of students and faculty of Columbia University and the general public, Professors Steven Salaita and Rashid Khalidi (the latter is Edward Said chair of Middle Eastern Studies at Columbia), while celebrating the publication of Salaita’s book which chronicles his year since he was unhired/fired by UIUC for an allegedly anti-semitic tweet during august of 2014, provided the standing-room-only audience also with a glimpse into the darkening atmosphere on university campuses which has arisen in the wake of a successful BDS movement (the campaign for Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights), as a means to curtail freedom of speech for those criticizing the Israeli state.  Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.
Beyond (Salaita)’s personal tribulations, then, he discusses the full ramifications of the ‘civility’ argument that has become the official discourse of the corporate university, which he persuasively describes as simply the latest instance of a colonial mechanism aimed at ‘controlling’—i.e disempowering—those professors and students who represent marginalized/colonized groups, and whose scholarship challenges received wisdom or the ‘hegemony’ of the ‘dominant discourse’ that rules the roost.  To be critical of the power apparatus, of the corporatization of academe which routinely silences opposing voices by depriving us of jobs, tenure, promotions, this evil corporatization that has led to the de-funding of departments and programs that challenge dominant knowledge paradigms and the (il)logic of profit over humanity and democratic education, which has led to the infantilizing and punishing of students who wish to organize for their rights—in short, to raise critical voices for justice and for an end to dehumanization, is to now stand accused of ‘uncivility.'”—CounterPunch



http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/video_drone_war_exposed_jeremy_scahill_on_us_kill_programs_secrets_201510       From Democracy Now! via TruthDig, a horrifying quarter hour that is nonetheless a part and parcel component of citizenship and responsibility in the current context, when death rains down from the reign of imperial drones that act with impunity and in our names.

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Valdai Discussion Club to Debate Problems of War and Peace in the 21st Century The Valdai Discussion Club will hold its 12th Annual Meeting in Sochi on October 19-22. The topic of this year’s conference is “Societies Between War and Peace: Overcoming the Logic of Conflict in Tomorrow’s World.”

The Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club serves to play a crucial role in the context of the world intellectual and political elite’s demand for insight into the future of the system of international relations, for forecasting of key trends in the formation of the world order of the 21st century.



FreezeRay: Where poetry and pop culture collide!

Mississippi State University’s Jabberwock Review is calling for all forms and styles of writing, from traditional to experimental.

Little Patuxent Review is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork for their Winter 2016 Myth issue.

thanks to Submittables for today’s postings

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pascal maramis – flickr


Staff Writer, University Administration
Nieman Foundation For Journalism

 The primary work of the position is smart reporting and writing on the evolution of the news ecosystem. That includes traditional news organizations, new online startups, nonprofit outlets, academic researchers, and the technology companies that impact how news is reported, distributed, and consumed. The ability to break news is important; so is a mind agile enough to see unreported angles, connect trends across fields, and go beyond press releases to add to the journalism world’s net knowledge of itself. Along with reporting and writing, the person in this position will also be involved in our social media work, including working on our Twitter account (over 200,000 followers), and other projects and initiatives of both the Lab and the Foundation.






Accessibility in Chattanooga

A Smart Grid News look into the internet infrastructure of a city that offers revolutionary potential in connectivity and usefulness: “Chattanooga’s fiber optic network has produced tangible results. A study recently released by University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Finance professor Bento Lobo shows “the Gig Network” helped the Chattanooga area generate at least 2,800 new jobs and at least $865.3 million in economic and social benefits. The study also found the EPB smart grid, which is the cornerstone application of the utility’s community-wide fiber optic network, has allowed customers to avoid an estimated 124.7 million minutes of electric service interruptions by automatically re-routing power (often in less than a second) to prevent an outage or dramatically reduce outage durations.”

money_flying-transparentQuestioning Capitalism

A Social Europe article by thought- provoking writers that seek to explore the question of the ongoing viability of capitalism for the future of humanity: “Several years after the Lehman Brothers collapse, the crisis of advanced capitalist economies is far from over. Growth is sluggish, debt continues to rise, and social inequality is exploding. As the capitalist global economy is kept alive by unprecedented infusions of central bank money, old questions of the compatibility of capitalism and democracy are returning. The marketization of Polanyi’s three fictitious commodities – labour, nature and money – seems to have hit a limit, and the same may be true for technological innovation. Moreover, persistent public deficits seem to indicate a rising tension between private appropriation and a growing need for collective provision. Professor Struck, in a lecture delivered at the British Academy, asks whether we are facing a systemic crisis of the capitalist social order.”

Palestinian Genocide Continues

A Mondo Weiss posting that points to ongoing atrocities in the Middle East, and pointing to reports written by people who demonstrate great interest and caring in the plight of these oppressed people: “A new report summarizing Israel’s Arbitrary Killings and its System of Structural Violence was released by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor at a press conference in Geneva on Friday. The release included the following video, “Caught on Camera: Israel’s extrajudicial killings,” illustrating the killings of Palestinian civilians involved in political protests during the last two weeks.

The report follows Euro-Med Monitor‘s October 10th Call on International Community to hault Israel’s extrajudicial executions.

Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor press conference in Geneva. October 16,2015 – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/10/extrajudicial-killings-palestinians?utm_source=Mondoweiss+List&utm_campaign=22c9f83b7c-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b86bace129-22c9f83b7c-398526525#sthash.dOsDv1kM.dpuf

Attention Deficit and Advertising

A fascinating thinker explains in a Practical Ethics article the philosophical and ethical dimensions of ad blocking, and why we can all feel good about choosing to block the intrusions: “What I find remarkable is the way both sides of this debate seem to simply assume the large-scale capture and exploitation of human attention to be ethical and/or inevitable in the first place. This demonstrates how utterly we have all failed to understand the role of attention in the digital age—as well as the implications of spending most of our lives in an environment designed to compete for it.

In the 1970’s, Herbert Simon pointed out that when information becomes abundant, attention becomes the scarce resource. In the digital age, we’re living through the pendulum swing of that reversal—yet we consistently overlook its implications.”

Puerto Rico Crisis

A Monthly Review posting that contextualizes the true ills afflicting Puerto Rico, by discussing the organizations and people who are most responsible, inasmuch as the ideology of capitalist consumerism and colonialism interact so as to create a giant stew of strife and malfeasance: “Puerto Rico is in crisis. But the crisis is not about how to pay Wall Street. It is about the impact of centuries-long economic devastation on the men, women, and children—especially children—that live in Puerto Rico. While failure to pay the banks and the vultures makes headlines in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, the human misery caused by five centuries of colonialism does not.”


Writing and Creativity Prompt

A Medium project that gives writers a prompt from which to create creatively, and hopefully chase away writing blocks: “Hello and welcome to The Coffeelicious’s first-ever writing prompt! Since it’s October, we thought it would be high time for us to start our long-awaited writing prompt.

It’s very simple: Continue the sentence below into a short story, no longer than five paragraphs, and submit it as a response to this post. We will feature the best stories and their writers on our next newsletter.”

Desk - Bright Meadow Flickr
Desk – Bright Meadow Flickr

Research Plan

An advice column from Chronicle Vitae that discusses terminology of interest to all pursuing post doc education and relevance in the job market: “In a research statement for a faculty job, you have to explain your research trajectory — past, present, and future — in a balanced way. Begin the statement with a short paragraph of overview of your research themes and topics. Then (assuming you are a relatively recent Ph.D. or A.B.D.), explain your dissertation in greater detail than you could in the cover letter. In one substantial paragraph on the dissertation, describe its title, topic, approach, theory, method, and findings. Devote a sentence or two to each chapter, and mention any funding you received for it. In the next paragraph, explain your dissertation’s contribution to the field in about three sentences. Then write a concise paragraph about the publications resulting from your project: Start with the oldest ones, then describe those you have in the submission phase or under review, and end by describing any further publications that you anticipate. If you are in a book field, mention your plan for the book. Then the research statement should move on to describe your next project. That should be a second, major, stand-alone research project (i.e., if you are in a book field, a second monograph): Sketch the topic, approach, methods, and any potential funding or preliminary publishing/conference papers done on the project. “

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

Ukraine Lies Wearing Thin

A Contra Corner posting that discusses the lies and propaganda continuing in the U/S regarding the situation in Ukraine, in spite of the fact that elsewhere in the world everyone seems to ‘have gotten the memo’, all which indicts the ineptitude and collusion of mainstream media: “In any case, the story was pretty much buried here in the US, with the exception of this space and a few other alternative news sources.

But in Europe, it was a different story: the German public television station ARD carried a report which threw the identity of the Maidan shooters into serious question. And more recently the BBC produced a documentary, “The Untold Story of the Maidan Massacre,” in which eyewitnesses assert that the Berkut were fired on from positions controlled by the ultra-nationalist Svoboda Party, which, along with the neo-Nazi “Right Sector” organization, ran Maidan security.

Still, the story was ignored in the US, but that may not be possible much longer, and the reason springs from an unlikely source: the current Ukrainian government of President Petro Poroshenko.”


School Brutality

A Fusion posting, with video, that discusses the anti-student violence that exists in public schools, as yet another symptom of the crumbling public school education system: “Then, in one instant, the officer turns and violently takes down Tyler with what can best be described as a WWE wrestling move.

The scene is a chilling example of the police violence that occurs inside many public schools. Advocates in the past year have raised flags about what they call the “school-to-prison pipeline,” in which students are pushed into the criminal justice system for minor infractions committed at school.”


The Future of Work

A Pacific Standard posting that conceptualizes the role of labor in a world replete with intelligent machines and smart technology of all sorts: “Experts have previously said, “Don’t worry, automation has always created more jobs than it has destroyed.” But I believe that this time really is different. Yes, more jobs will be created, but I think many of them will be the kinds of jobs that can also be automated—thus no net gain (maybe even a reduction) in human employment. Creating human-level artificial intelligence (HLAI) is still the goal of many AI researchers. True HLAI implies that any task a human can perform a machine will be able to perform also. And business people (in the United States and abroad) will not hesitate to substitute more manageable and lower-cost HLAI for higher-cost human workers. Will enough non-automatable jobs be created for the unskilled and not-sufficiently educated? I think not.”