11.30.2015 Daily Links

                  Quote of the Day                       
“Without passion, there is no genius. …(Thus), (h)istory is neither written nor made without love or hate. …(and) (t)he writer of history is perhaps closer to the artist that (to) the scholar. …Image from page 459 of
         (Such insight leads to a conclusion like this): (t)he belief that it is useless to employ partial and palliative means against radical evils, because they only remedy them in part, is an article of faith never preached unsuccessfully by meanness to simplicity, but it is none the less absurd.”  Theodor Mommsen

                    This Day in History                  

The progression of a solar eclipse on August 1, 2008, viewed from Novosibirsk, Russia. The time between shots is three minutes. by User:Kalan
The progression of a solar eclipse on August 1, 2008, viewed from Novosibirsk, Russia. The time between shots is three minutes. by User:Kalan

Around the world, global citizens celebrate Cities for Life Day; in the ancient Mediterranean five thousand three hundred and fifty-five years ago, human beings made the likely first record of having experienced an eclipse; more or less exactly five thousand seven years later, in 1667,the baby boy gave a wild cry who would mature as the wild writer and thinker and skewerer of ‘accepted opinion,’ Jonathan Swift; just four decades past that juncture, in 1707, British attempts to establish themselves in what is now the Florida panhandle failed a second time when the Spanish held out against British forces at Pensacola; just a year less than eight decades subsequently, in 1786, the principality of Tuscany became the first modern polity to eliminate capital punishment; two hundred twelve years before the here and now, authorities of Spain made good on their deal to transfer the Louisiana territory to the Napoleonic French in preparation for the sale of that vast expanse to the young United States; fourteen years precisely closer to the current context, in 1817, a male child entered the world who would rise up as the thinker, editor, organizer, writer, and Nobel Literary Laureate, Theodor Mommsen; eighteen years beyond that pass, in 1835, a baby boy was born who would grow up to fall under Mommsen’s sway as Samuel Clemens, who of course wrote as Mark

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Twain; exactly another eighteen years later, in 1853, a Russian fleet destroyed opposing ships of the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Sinop; just a year nearer to now, in 1854,the baby girl first shouted out who would become a labor champion as Mary McDowell, organizing the first female meatpacker’s local; forty-six years later, in 1900, when he himself was only 46, the redoubtable thinker and writer Oscar Wilde lived out his final scene; just seven years thereafter, in 1907, the boy child came along whose fate was to live more than a century and produce the marvelous historical work of the iconic Jacques Barzun; three hundred sixty-six days onward, in 1908,predatory capital caused the loss of one hundred and fifty miner’s lives at an explosion in Marianna, Pennsylvania; eighty-five years back, the iconic battler for the rights of labor and the working class whom we call Mother Jones, breathed her last; half a dozen years yet later on, in 1936, the male baby joined the race in standard fashion en route to a life as the wild radical and thinker and youth leader,  Abbie Hoffman; seven hundred thirty days more proximate to the present, in 1938, a working class male infant first opened his eyes on his way to a life as a seer of film, Jean Eustache; two years still nearer to now, in 1940, another baby boy was born across the Atlantic who would become the nuanced thinker of modern life, Kevin Phillips; three years further along the temporal arc, in 1943, another American baby male shouted out on his path to work as the popular creator of monumental films and scripts, film movie theaterTerrence Malick; four years henceforth, in 1947, the conflict began in Mandatory Palestine that soon culminated in the creation of modern Israel, and the baby boy gave an initial cry who would grow up as the critic, thinker, and dramatist, David Mamet; four year further along, across the Atlantic in 1951,  twelve thousand agents of Prudential Insurance union went on striketo improve their conditions; two decades beyond that instant in time, in 1967,another British ‘possession’ launched itself on an ‘independent’ trajectory when Yemen gained its nominal nationhood, and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto headed up the formation of the Pakistan People’s Party;  fourteen years past that conjunction, in 1981, the U.S. and the Soviet Union briefly sat down with each other in Geneva to consider limiting intermediate range nuclear weaponry; another year onward and upward, in 1982, Michael Jackson released what would become the largest-selling

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“Oil well” Flcelloguy at en.wikipedia – Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

album in history, Thriller; twelve years later, in 1994, French theorist and philosopher Guy Debord died; four years subsequent to that point, in 1998, capital’s normal operations impelled the merger of Exxon and Mobil to form the world’s largest oil company; three hundred sixty-five days after that, in 1999, in Seattle, protesters and demonstrators turned out in droves to stand up against the globalization protocols of the World Trade organization; half a decade farther along time’s road, in 2004, Ken Jennings finally lost, after a record of 74 wins on the game show, Jeopardy, the longest such streak in the game’s history.

                A Thought for the Day                

The infinite reaches and limitless depths of humanity’s erotic inclinations explore the boundaries and plumb the extent of the entire cosmic egg, providing threads for comprehending and expressing all-that-is and our place in it in ways at once unexpected, ineffable, and irresistible, ineluctable, not to mention more than occasionally twisted, horrifying: to the cretinous idiots whose response to this parade is a charade of ‘just say no,’ ‘promise-keeping,’ and abstinence, the paradox of their having power to ‘enforce’ their moronic views is that predation and insidious horror become even more potent and prevalent, instead of our imagining a social context in which love and lust and hope and trust might coexist so as to make our survival not only more likely but also more joyous and powerful.

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https://consortiumnews.com/2015/11/24/turkey-provokes-russia-with-shoot-down/             In a context of wonder and horror, as the world watches acts of war carried out with impunity against Russia, a tiny selection of assessments from the past week of Turkey’s destruction of a Russian bomber and murder of one of its pilots, in the lead case here an item from Consortium News, one of countless recent analyses of the fact and rationale for this provocation against the world’s second largest nuclear power, which in the event has accomplished more to undermine the Islamic State in Iraq & Syria in a month than the U.S. led ‘coalition’ achieved in two years, a coterie of reports that includes a ‘balanced assessment’ from Atlantic with scores of no-holds-barred comments; a piece from Counterpunch that explores how motivations for such a blatant battery might arise from “competing pipelines;” a briefing from RT that contends that “desperation” over the failing project to force “regime change” in Syria underlies the assault; a trio of articulations–one from Information Clearinghouse, another from Global Research, and a third from Common Dreams–that point out that acts such as these inaugurate the potential for mass collective suicide that could result in human extinction’ a reasoned conclusion that World Socialist Website also reaches in incisive fashion; a legal perspective from The Hill that asserts that Russia has a strong case in international law that Turkey acted illegally; a historical delving of Russia’s and

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Turkey’s longstanding conflicts from The Conversation; and, finally, an explication from a commodities research firm about the black market in oil that has proven to be ISIS’s primary funding mechanism, a trade from which Turkey has benefited in terms of transport and shipping, and in which Bilal Erdogan–the Prime Minister’s son–is quite likely participating through a shipping line that he and other principals have created over the past period of time to participate in oil transport and exchange: “As for the circumstances surrounding the Turkish shoot-down of the Russian SU-24, Turkey claimed to have radioed ten warnings over five minutes to the Russian pilots but without getting a response.  However, the New York Times reported that a diplomat who attended a NATO meeting in which Turkey laid out its account said ‘the Russian SU-24 plane was over the Hatay region of Turkey for about 17 seconds when it was struck, … (making Erdogan’s allegations appear like an absurd lie)…

Erdogan’s government also appears to have dabbled in dangerous provocations before, including the alleged role of Turkish intelligence in helping jihadist rebels stage a lethal sarin gas attack outside Damascus on Aug. 21, 2013, with the goal of blaming Assad’s military and tricking Obama into launching punitive airstrikes that would have helped clear the way for a jihadist victory. …

By shooting down a Russian plane and then rushing to NATO with demands for retaliation against Russia, Erdogan is arguably playing a similar game, trying to push the United States and European countries into a direct confrontation with Russia while also sabotaging Syrian peace talks in Vienna – all the better to advance his goal of violently ousting Assad from power. …

Escalating tensions with Russia also plays into the hands of America’s neoconservatives who have viewed past cooperation between Putin and Obama as a threat to the neocon agenda of ‘regime change,’ which began in Iraq in 2003, (continued with brutal impunity in Ukraine’s proto-fascist putsch), and was supposed to continue into Syria and Iran with the goal of removing governments deemed hostile to Israel. …

But the larger question – indeed the existential question – is whether Obama will continue bowing to neocon demands for tough talk against Putin even if doing so risks pushing tensions to a level that could spill over into a nuclear confrontation.”Consortium News

“(First), (t)he downing of a Russian fighter-bomber by Turkish fighter jets yesterday on the Turkish-Syrian border is a flagrant act of war.  Turkish authorities have seized on the alleged Russian violation of their airspace to launch a monumental escalation of the proxy war in Syria between Islamist opposition fighters supported by NATO and the Russian-backed regime of President Bashar al-Assad.  It threatens to provoke all-out war between Russia on the one hand, and Turkey and the rest of the NATO alliance on the other. …

(T)hat Turkey would have taken a decision against a powerful neighbor, fraught with incalculable consequences, without direct prior approval from the US government…is unthinkable. …

(Second), (A)t a press conference yesterday with French President François Hollande in Washington, Obama endorsed the downing of the Russian jet, claiming that Turkey ‘has a right to defend its territory and its airspace.’  This amounts to a blank check to Turkish forces to attack Russian fighter jets again, should similar circumstances arise.
Obama then bluntly warned Russia not to attack Islamist opposition militias in western Syria that are supported by NATO: ‘I do think that this points to an ongoing problem with the Russian operations in the sense that they are operating very close to a Turkish border, and they are going after a moderate opposition that are supported by not only Turkey but a wide range of countries.  And if Russia is directing its energies towards Daesh and ISIL, some of those conflicts, or potentials for mistakes or escalation, are less likely to occur.’

(Third), (t)he comments of Obama and Burns underscore the fraud of Washington’s claims to be waging a ‘war on terror’ aimed at the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militia.  While claiming to oppose Islamist terrorism, Washington is in fact protecting Islamist militias in the Lattakia mountain areas that include the Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front, as well as Chechen Islamist fighters.  On the pretext of fighting ISIS, Washington is in fact recklessly pursuing its geopolitical ambitions, which in the Middle East currently center on removing Assad from power.”—World Socialist Website

“In locking horns over Syria, Russia and Turkey are playing out the latest chapter in a rivalry that has spanned centuries.
Since the 1600s the two have lurched between conflict and uneasy friendship.  But the war of words that has erupted since Turkey shot down a Russian jet it claims entered its airspace this month has notched tensions up to levels not seen for some time. …

(After emerging as imperial polities in the fourteenth century, for three hundred years the Ottoman Turks were dominant in the region, a pattern that shifted with the Russo-Turkish War of the 1760’s that caused Russia’s gain of Crimea).  The war was the first time the Ottoman empire lost Muslim subjects to a Christian state.  Turkey has been sensitive about the loss ever since – which helps explain the tension that arose after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.
Another important episode was the Russian conquest of the Caucasus in the first half of the 19th century.  After their defeat, about one million Caucasus Muslims migrated to Turkey.  These communities still live in Turkey, which influenced Turkish attitudes to the Chechen wars in the 1990s. …

(After ups and downs in the period from the end of World War One to the end of the Cold War and the current pass of ‘new geopolitics’), (a) golden age followed.  Economic ties were solidified by personal relations between Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Vladimir Putin.  An undersea gas pipeline was built in 2003 and by 2014 Russia had become the top importer to Turkey.  Tourism also emerged as a major link between the two countries, with Russia sending the largest number of tourists to Turkey in the years 2013-14. …

Ankara’s objective (in wrecking this relationship) is to protect the rebel groups it is supporting in Syria – particularly the Turkmen but also Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated groups fighting Assad.  Shooting down the Russian warplane can be interpreted as a way to impose a no-fly zone along the Turkish-Syrian border.  That protects Turkey’s protegés and forces other powers to recognise Turkey’s special status in the region. … (which Russia has shown every inclination to reject without qualification).”—The Conversation


“Ok, so why are we telling you (about a vast black market in Kurdish oil from which the Turks massively benefit)?  Recall that over the past several weeks, we’ve spent quite a bit of time documenting Islamic State’s lucrative black market oil trade.  Earlier this month, Vladimir Putin detailed the scope of the operation in meetings with his G20 colleagues.  ‘I’ve shown photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products,’ he told journalists on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Antalya.  The very same day, the US destroyed some 116 ISIS oil trucks, an effort that was widely publicized in the Western media.  In the two weeks since, Moscow and Washington have vaporized a combined 1,300 ISIS oil transport vehicles (though the U.S. had let the illicit trade flourish for at least the previous fourteen months). …

(According to one reputable industry analysis recently), “it seems that whenever the Islamic State is fighting in the vicinity of an area hosting oil assets, the 13 exports from(the Turkish port of) Ceyhan promptly spike. {ALL EMPHASES IN ORIGINAL} This may be attributed to an extra boost given to crude oil smuggling with the aim of immediately generating additional funds, badly needed for the supply of ammunition and military equipment.’ …

isis Flag.svg(Moreover), ‘(since the ISIS shipments constitute less than five percent of the total black market exchange), the detection of similar quantities of smuggled crude cannot take place through stock-accounting methods.’  In other words, if ISIS oil was being shipped from Ceyhan, it would essentially be invisible. …

At this juncture, we begin to get an idea of what’s going on here.  Kurdish oil is already technically illegal and Turkey is happy to facilitate its trip to foreign buyers via Ceyhan.  What better way for ISIS to get its own oil to market than by moving it through a port that already deals in suspect crude?  Al-Araby al-Jadeed (a London-based media outlet owned by the Qatari Fadaat Media) claims to have obtained a wealth of information about the route to Ceyhan from an unnamed colonel in the Iraqi Intelligence Services. …

(Surveying mountains of evidence, an accusation against Turkey looks more than plausible).  To be sure, all of this is circumstantial and there’s all kinds of ambiguity here, but it seems entirely possible that Erdogan is knowingly trafficking in ISIS crude given what we know about Ankara’s dealings with illegal Kurdish oil. …

(As in any contemplation of arcane and treacherous markets in carbon and violence), (u)ltimately we’ll probably never know the whole story, but what we do know (and again, most of the evidence is either circumstantial, anecdotal, of largely qualitative) seems to suggest that in addition to providing guns and money to the FSA and al-Nusra, Turkey may well be responsible for facilitating Islamic State’s $400+ million per year oil enterprise.”—ZeroHedge



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6FuKhjfvK8&feature=youtu.be       A moving and brilliant Alternative Ted-Talk, from Heidi Hunter, which combines elements at once scientific and spiritual, rational and emotional, both to appeal for an eco-feminist approach to salvaging our tommorrows and to insist that feelings of futility about the future are not only foolish but also in many ways tantamount to the most mortal of sins, the crushing of hope while we have life in our hands and breath in our lungs.


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Collaborative Retreat at the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek

Corvallis, Oregon
Application Deadline:  December 1, 2015

The Cabin at Shotpouch Creek offers two-week residencies to pairs of poets, fiction writers, or creative nonfiction writers from March 5 to March 18, 2016, and March 26 to April 8, 2016, in the Oregon Coast Range. The residency is open to writers who wish to pursue a collaborative project, and whose work takes inspiration from the natural world. Residents are provided with lodging in a two-bedroom cabin and a $250 stipend each. Submit three copies of 8 to 10 pages of poetry or 10 to 20 pages of prose, a one-page project description, and a curriculum vitae by December 1. There is no application fee. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.


National Endowment for the Arts
Translation Fellowships
Deadline:  December 8, 2015

Grants of $12,500 and $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in collaboration, at least 20 pages of translation in digital or print literary publications or in book form between December 1, 2000, and December 8, 2015. Using the online submission system, submit 10 to 15 pages of translation and the original work, a project description, a résumé, justification or retranslation (if applicable), and the résumé of the writer of the original work with proof of eligibility by December 8. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines

Southern California Review is accepting entries for Flash 405, a multi-genre flash competition. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, plays, and screenplays are accepted.  Each entry is $5. A complete story, no more than 405 words.

 Pennsylvania’s Cave Canem is accepting applications from African-American poets age 21 and up for their week-long retreat in June 2016 at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.  Tuition, valued at $1,500, is provided free of charge. Participants are asked to pay a $560 room-and-board fee. Limited financial assistance for room and board is available on the basis of need. Participants are encouraged to seek alternative sources of support— for example, scholarships and grants.
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pascal maramis – flickr


Stanford University
Open Rank Search in Creative Writing, Poetry
Apply to this position at https://apply.interfolio.com/33101 The Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University are conducting a search for a poet to be appointed at the assistant or tenured level. The successful candidate will have a record of distinguished publication, including at least two books of poetry. Candidates should have a strong commitment to teaching, and will be prepared to take an active part in Stanford’s vibrant academic and creative-writing communities.

Western Connecticut State University
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Journalism
School of Arts and Sciences Department of Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process Assistant Professor – Tenure Track Academic Year 2016-17 WCSU’s Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process seeks applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Journalism to begin in fall of 2016. The Department offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing (with concentrations in 1. Journalism and Public Relations, 2. Creative Writing, and 3. Business and Technical Writing) and the Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing.

WonderRoot, an arts organization working to improve the cultural and social landscape of Atlanta, Georgia, is accepting applications for their four-month-long internship program. Interns focus on Facilities and Volunteer Management, Arts Administration and Special Events, Social Media and Marketing and Design, and more.



Userbox-MG-pro-choice women abortionAnti Choice Becomes Hate Crime

A Common Dreams article that contextualizes the hateful rhetoric and acts of the anti-choice movement, a movement whose incipient fascism shows its true colors through these horrific act committed by its members: “”How we talk about abortion matters,” wrote columnist Jessica Valenti at the Guardian on Sunday. “We know it, and anti-choice extremists and politicians know it… Do we really think that there are no consequences to claiming that abortion is murder, or that Planned Parenthood is an organization of money-hungry monsters selling baby parts?””

In The Eye of the Beholder

A QZ piece that illustrates the amusing shenanigans of the artworld, and what can happen when a painting loses its value as a purely delightful artistic object for the sake of the commodifying stamp of approval that’s supposed to make it an ‘investment’: “Shaun Greenhalgh, who was sentenced to four years and eight months for forgery by a British court in 2007, says that he drew La Bella Principessa in 1978, according to The Sunday Times (paywall). Greenhalgh claims—contrary to one da Vinci scholar’s belief that the painting depicts the illegitimate daughter of the duke of Milan—that the sitter was in fact his colleague at a Co-op supermarket in Bolton, UK.”

Was this smile drawn by da Vinci or a British forger? (Wikimedia Commons)

Lagging in Education

A Hechinger Report article that discusses findings by researchers that place U.S. at the bottom of the global educational barrel: , and that documents the obvious reasons why: “The data showing that other nations are investing more than the U.S. in both early childhood programs and advanced degrees comes from a new report released Tuesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The more than 500-page report analyzed the education systems of 46 nations and highlighted long-term trends from preschool to Ph.D. programs.”




moneyTearing Down the Paywall

A Drum article that discusses the paywall that did no good to a prominent UK media outlet, a situation that allowed them to rething their entire strategy so as to hopefully profit while still remaining relevant to readership: “The red top’s paywall hasn’t “worked for us in the right way”, News UK commercial chief Dominic Carter concedes. It’s always been about “scale and being a part of the social fabric of the country”, he continued. And yet setting up a paywall to try and premiumise that proposition was counterintuitive to both those ideals.”



Fundraising for Anonymity

A Verge post that discusses fundraising attempts to establish the touted “only anonymous browser on earth” as an entity more independent of U.S. government funding than it has been of late: “Following up on goals set earlier this year, the Tor Project launched its first crowdfunding project today to expand its donor base beyond the US government and allow for spending flexibility. Although there wasn’t much of an explanation in its campaign announcement, Tor could be seeking to become less reliant on the US government, which typically accounts for 80 to 90 percent of annual funding. Tor said in March it was exploring crowdfunding as a way to bring its Hidden Services to the broader internet and, more specifically, countries whose citizens might benefit from added privacy. The technology allows users to connect to blogs and chats, among other online services, while remaining anonymous.”



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

Investing in Energy

A Mashable post that contextualizes prominent billionaires’ decision to use their vast wealth to invest in a clean energy future, without discussing the challenges that such investments,  profit-driven by design, could have for actual best practices: “Gates identified flow batteries and solar paint among the promising, but high-risk, technologies that are worthy of more private sector investment. If it works, solar paint could one day turn almost any surface into a solar energy panel.

“Humans have changed their energy diets before, but never as rapidly as we need to today. Moving this fast is unprecedented, which is all the more reason to start now,” Gates wrote.”



Left in Portugal

A Dispatch From the Edge posting that discusses strategies and plans of the left in Portugal to set things right by its citizenry: “Greece was forced to swallow the Troika’s medicine, in part because Syriza assumed that the Troika was essentially rational and actually interested in resolving the crisis. It was not, because the Troika saw Syriza’s resistance as the precursor to a continent-wide movement against its austerity policies.

Portugal is charting a somewhat different path than Syriza. Instead of head-on confrontation, the left is trying to maneuver while strengthening its base by improving people’s lives. Disagreements will eventually surface—hardly an unhealthy thing—but the Portuguese alliance has decided to kick that can down the road.”

11.27.2015 Daily Links

                    This Day in History                  

Coeehajo, Chief, 1837, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Coeehajo, Chief, 1837, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Today in the United States is a day of celebration that should occur every twenty-four hours, of indigenous contributions to the culture in Native American Heritage Day; Rome suffered the loss of one of its most brilliant literary voices two thousand twenty-three years ago when Horace exhaled for the final time; in typically nepotistic fashion of ruling classes, one hundred eighty-four years onward, in 176, Marcus Aurellius appointed his son Imperator, which permitted his designation as the Supreme Commander of all Roman legions; just over four and a quarter centuries henceforth, in 602, a combative and impecunious Byzantine offshoot of Rome’s rule, Emperor Maurice, faced the gruesome spectacle of his six sons’ execution before his captors—disaffected soldiers—then cut off his head as well; ninety-two decades prior to the present pass, the second Pope Urban inaugurated centuries—some would say a millennium—of struggle between Europe and Islam with the Council of Clermont’s declaration of the First Crusade; just shy of seven

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hundred fifteen years subsequently, in 1809, a baby girl was born whose destiny was brilliance as Fanny Kemble, a thinker and performer and writer whose life embodied many of the most difficult issues of her day, from slavery to women’s rights; three hundred sixty-five days later, in 1810, Theodore Hook, another of England’s greatest creative geniuses, also capable of larceny and presumptuous that his tricks would never receive punishment, perpetrated the Berners Street Hoax—which paralyzed London for a day or more—in order to win a wager; a quarter century thereafter, in 1835, two hapless English blokes swung from a London gallows for the crime of sodomy, or in other words for choosing to have sex together; four years yet later on, in 1839, across the pond in Boston, the American Statistical Association came into existence; thirteen years past that point, in 1852, the genius offspring of Byron, Annabelle, or Ada, Lovelace, who had made breakthroughs in math and thinking that laid the basis for computation as well as addressing intuition and internal reflection, took her final breath, only thirty-six years old; sixteen years after that and six thousand miles West, in 1868, George Custer led an incursion against a Cheyenne ‘Reservation’ settlement at the Washita River in Oklahoma that slaughtered scores of peaceful people, primarily women and children, in the U.S. Government’s drive to stop attacks on White settlements; just six years further along, in 1874, and over a thousand miles Northeast, a baby boy came into the world en route to a life’s dedication to historical knowledge and analysis of real political economy, as Charles Beard; eleven years beyond that instant in time, in 1895,

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across the Atlantic in Paris Alfred Nobel, with his dynamite billions, made out his last will and testament, in so doing creating a sinking fund to support prizes in various realms of human endeavor, and the playwright and author Alexandre Dumas the younger died; half a dozen years subsequent to that conjunction, in 1901, the United States inaugurated its Army War College with the hope of being even more successfully warlike; eight years even closer to the current moment, in 1909, a male baby started out in standard fashion on his way to a life as the writer and thinker, James Agee; three years past that intersection in time, in 1912, Spain made a late and close-to-home grab in the ‘scramble for Africa’ with the annexation of the Northern portion of Morocco; twenty-one years farther down time’s arc, in 1933, an infant boy was born who would mature as the nuanced historian and teacher, Gordon Wood; three more years down the pike, in 1936, well over a thousand solidaritynascent members of the United Autoworkers sat down on their jobs at the Midland Steel Corporation and won union recognition and more; just one year beyond that instant in time and space, in 1937, a musical review opened for a three-year-plus run on Broadway that touted labor’s imprimatur and featured singers from the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, and the little girl first opened her eyes who would teach the world about the stages of things and more through her writings as Gail Sheehy; a thousand ninety-six days more proximate to the present, in 1940, the male infant cried out whose martial arts and media mastery as Bruce Lee would amaze the world; a further two years onward toward today, in 1942, another male child came along who would rise up as the astounding and iconic performer and wordsmith, Jimi Hendrix; three years yet nearer to now, in 1945, an establishment charitable organization took shape under the rubric of the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe, or CARE, which continues to foster an SOP view of giving in regard to suffering and poverty today; eight years more along the temporal path, in 1953, the biting dramatist Eugene O’Neill, the first U.S. dramatist to receive a Nobel literary laureate, went through his final scene; a year hence, in 1954, Alger Hiss was a free man after having served close to four years for perjury about his communistic affiliations; nine years afterward, in 1963, all of the world’s advanced economies agreed to a Convention on the Unification of Certain Points of Substantive Law onbook hor3Patents for Invention as part of the World Intellectual Property Organization protocols; two additional years along time’s road, in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson announced his intention to lead an expansion of the imperial murder project in Southeast Asia, in the end more than tripling the size of the U.S. military forces there; eight years down the road from that encounter, in 1973, the resignation of the corrupt and venal Vice President, Spiro Agnew, led to the deployment of the 25th Amendment to put Congressman Gerald Ford in his place; half a decade hence, in 1978, across the continent in the Bay Area, a disaffected cohort shot down Harvey Milk and George Moscone, whom he blamed for his loss of status and his position on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and, eight thousand miles Eastward in the Kurdish regions of Turkey, the PKK—or Kurdish Workers Party—came into being; thirteen years to the day beyond that dire day, in 1991, the United Nations Security Council laid the basis for the ‘Balkanization’ of Yugoslavia with its Resolution #721, which led to intervention and the dismemberment of the Yugoslav nation; nine years back, the acclaimed and powerful thinker and writer, Bebe Moore Campbell, lived out her final day; eight years nearer to our moment in time, just last year in 2014, iconic mystery storyteller P.D. James breathed her last.

                A Thought for the Day                

art-MatissedanceThat solidarity abhors regimentation should appear obvious, inasmuch as the embrace of mutuality and interconnection cannot exist outside of an honestly voluntary choice: in other words, to declaim the camaraderie of honorable cohesion as a mandate guarantees that alienation and ultimately division will win the day, so that in the end the empowerment and ultimately the survival of an oppressed class depends on its members’ recognition that their interests intertwine and that their fates will rise or fall as one.

                  Quote of the Day                       

“I never desire to know anything of the detail of political measures, lest even those which I think best should lose anything of their intrinsic value to me, by seeing what low, paltry, personal motives and base machinery and dirty hands have helped to bring them about. …(So was the case when John Brown died; I thought), ‘The poor wretch is hanged, but from his grave a root of bitterness will spring, the fruit of which at no distant day may be disunion and civil war.

John Brown exhibiting his hangman

The Southern newspapers, with their advertisements of negro sales and personal descriptions of fugitive slaves, supply details of misery that it would be difficult for imagination to exceed.  Scorn, derision, insult, menace – the handcuff, the lash – the tearing away of children from parents, of husbands from wives – the weary trudging in droves along the common highways, the labor of body, the despair of mind, the sickness of heart – these are the realities which belong to the system, and form the rule, rather that the exception, in the slave’s experience.rect3336 space

        (Along these lines), I have sometimes been haunted with the idea that it was an imperative duty, knowing what I know, and having seen what I have seen, to do all that lies in my power to show the dangers and the evils of this frightful institution.  (Still), I cannot help being astonished at the furious and ungoverned execration which all reference to the possibility of a fusion of the races draws down upon those who suggest it, because nobody pretends to deny that, throughout the South, a large proportion of the population is the offspring of white men and colored women. …”  Fanny Kemble:http://www.azquotes.com/author/7874-Fanny_Kemble.

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http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2015/dec/03/hemingway-surprise/           From New York Review of Books, a generous recounting of the labor and intention and practice that lie at the heart of creating magical moments in fiction, in this case by examining the work of–and a recent exhibition about–Ernest Hemingway, one of multiple recent boons that those with a bent toward literature might examine seriously, such as an exemplary novella by Patricia Highsmith; an attempt to explicate a ‘grammar’ of the mystery on the part of Atlantic; an excerpt from an often overlooked masterpiece, in the form of a novel, about ‘success’ and the university; or a review from The Guardian of Spike Lee’s recent adaptation of Lysistrata to film, for purveyors of fiction an abbreviated selection that as a process might easily expand to include innumerable guides and manuals that seek to empower and improve journalists’ efforts, for instance a basic ‘story-improvement-list‘ from Poynter; an immeasurably helpful article from WaPo about techniques and developments that teachers of expository writing, often in challenging environments, now have available; as well as another NYRB offering about the traps of ‘one-percent journalism’ and how to avoid them, all of which guidance and advice occurs in the context of frequent useful, or even critically important critiques of how texts now enter the so-called ‘marketplace of ideas,’ as with this scathing profferal from Salon about sexist predominance, or this similarly situated argument from Tinhouse about pandering to chauvinist readers from which Salon’s item sprung; as developed by this assessment in Hollywood Reporter of contemporary documentary work; and as presented in this look , from The Conversation, at how museums can contextualize our understanding of empire and its depredations, overviews of markets and their development that have called forth stringent, if obviously one-sided, briefings in favor of propertied points of view about such issues as copyright and monopoly and such, at the same time that more nuanced and socially democratic perspectives are also almost omnipresent just now:  “(H)ow far behind Hemingway left America once he went off to World War I and settled in Paris… is often forgotten.  He wrote and fought against the Fascists in the Spanish war; covered D-Day in a landing craft for Collier’s; took part in the liberation of Paris; and declared his sympathy for Castro’s revolution against the dictator Fulgencio Batista.  He felt himself no more a foreigner in Cuba, Spain, or Paris than he was in Key West or Ketchum, Idaho.  Concerning Oak Park he wrote, in a letter to Mary Welsh: ‘Never have been back except to bury my Father that same fall [of 1928].  Since, many time[s], I haven’t gone because it would be rude to go and not see my mother and I can’t stand to see her.’  The respectable middle class in America, so young in its culture and censorious in its demands, was the power he fled his parents to escape; and in the life that followed, he would alienate himself from any system that ventured to limit his freedom. …rect3336 spaceAnd this was always part of Hemingway’s teaching.  Omit the right details and you will get through to the readers who were meant to understand.  The boxing story ‘Fifty Grand’ suppresses the crucial transaction in which the fighter Jack Brennan agrees to throw a fight he doubts he could win anyway.  After the fixers have come and gone from the camp, his decision is telegraphed by nothing but these lines:

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

‘Upstairs Jack sat on the bed with his head in his hands.
‘Ain’t it a life?’ Jack says.’ …To Have and Have Not was Hemingway’s closest approach to a ‘proletarian novel:’ the Communists got interested in him then and could never quite dismiss him.  He wrote about the rich and powerful with a rebellious hatred that sprang from an anarchist germ he never cared to suppress.  But the solidarity Hemingway spoke for was of the most general human sort.  The old word ‘anti-Fascist’ catches the character of his political affiliations more aptly than any positive designation could.  The oblique references to the public works projects of the New Deal in To Have and Have Not are infused with the scorn of the little man against all governments and all institutions.  Hemingway tended to judge political causes by his inference about the characters of fighters on the two sides.  He traced politics to morality and morality to the morale of the person.  It is a simple way of measuring such things, you might say—just one more drastic method of paring away and paring down.  But how sharp his perceptions were, and what integrity they gave to his judgments, after all.  As time goes by, he is not getting smaller.”—New York Review of Booksrect3336 space

          “‘Let us burn this motherf__king system to the ground,’ writes Claire Vaye Watkins, ‘and build something better.’  Readers of the world, get the torches and gasoline. …
And Watkins suggests, ultimately, that all of us shake out the ‘working miniature replica of the patriarchy’ in our minds and ‘make our own canon filled with what we love to read, what speaks to us and challenges us and opens us up, wherein we can each determine our artistic lineages for ourselves, with curiosity and vigor, rather than trying to shoehorn ourselves into a canon ready made and gifted us by some white f__ks at Oxford.’  It’s heady, crackling stuff. …
As the ever astute Jennifer Weiner writes in the Guardian this week, the problem isn’t just limited to books that women write; there’s a ghettoizing of books they read.  Writing on critical scorn for lauded yet unforgivably successful recent novels, she notes, ‘And you, dear (female) reader, are ultimately the object of the Goldfinchers’ ire.  The books you’ve insisted on making popular are bad ones: sentimental, mawkish and manipulative.  You’re a dim bulb, a fumbling, rattle-grasping baby, unable to digest anything but the watered-down pablum that Tartt or Sebold or Yanagihira are serving; incapable, even, of correctly determining whether or not you liked what you read.'”—Salonrect3336 space           “What is truth?  That question was at the center of a heated debate among some of the most admired documentary filmmakers of our times during a roundtable that took place Oct. 29 in New York City — and their answers weren’t always what you might expect. Truth and facts aren’t necessarily the same thing, one argued; and ‘staging’ reality might be OK in the service of a deeper truth, said another.
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“Film strip” by Bart from New Orleans, Louisiana, Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Oscar winners Alex Gibney, 62 (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine), and Michael Moore, 61 (Where to Invade Next, which looks at progressivism abroad), were joined by Amy Berg, 45 (Janis: Little Girl Blue, a Joplin biography, and Prophet’s Prey, an investigation into the Warren Jeffs cult), Kirby Dick, 63 (The Hunting Ground, about campus rape), Liz Garbus, 45 (What Happened, Miss Simone?, which traces Nina Simone’s career), and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 36 (Meru, a mountaineering thriller), in a conversation that ranged historically from Shakespeare’s Henry V to Margaret Thatcher and geographically from a Himalayan mountain range to the halls of the Pentagon.”—Hollywood Reporter

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG3j8OYKgn4    A pair of offerings from Al Jazeera’s absolutely masterful program, “Head-to-Head,” one about ISIS that entails a conversation with U.S. General Michael T. Flynn and one  that deals with what the future holds for Israel’s occupation of and depredations against Palestine, which includes a debate with Oxford’s professor, Norman Finkelstein, both of which are de rigeur for well-informed scrappy scribes.


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Colorado Art Ranch Residency Program –The Colorado Art Ranch offers a residency at Carpenter Ranch in Routt County, Colorado, from September 1 to September 30 for one poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer whose work relates to land and water issues. The resident will be provided with housing and work space, but is responsible for their own food, travel, and other expenses. Submit up to 20 pages of poetry or prose with a $50 application fee by May 15. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.



Dare to Dance Film Contest – Cultural Weekly is calling for short films of 5 minutes or less for their international Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival. Each film must take place in a public space and show random, intentional, or accidental dancing. Each winner will receive a $50 cash prize and have their film featured in Cultural Weekly’s column ScreenDance Diaries. Deadline Dec 10. $10 submission fee. Cash prizes.

carte blanche is calling for submissions of stories in sound. Audio pieces do not need to contain words, but they should have a narrative progression.   At carte blanche we believe there is more than one way to tell a story. Our mandate is to provide a venue for narrative of all forms from fiction and nonfiction, to poetry and photo essays.  We accept original, previously unpublished submissions through our  online submission form ONLY. If you have problems using our submission form, please send us an email.

 Australian Book Review Peter Porter Poetry Prize
Deadline: December 1, 2015
A prize of $5,000 Australian (approximately $3,500) and publication in Australian Book Reviewwill be given annually for a poem. The winner will also receive Arthur Boyd’s etching and aquatint “The lady and the unicorn, 1975.” Luke Davies, Lisa Gorton, and Kate Middleton will judge. Submit a poem of up to 75 lines with a $22 Australian entry fee (approximately $15) by December 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
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Deadline:  December 7, 2015
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by an Appalachian writer. The winner is invited to give a reading in October at Morehead State University. Authors and publishers may submit four copies of a book of poetry or prose by December 7. There is no entry fee. Call or visit the website for complete guidelines.
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HIPR’s recruitment solution department is seeking entry level Legal and Creative Writing Specialists for our client, a rapidly growing law firm with offices nationwide. It is an excellent opportunity for new graduates to receive training and exposure to the field of federal law and work on cases related to the advancement of the interests of the United States. Ideal applicants should be able to work 40 hours every week.

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The Mitchell News-Journal, a weekly newspaper in the heart of the North Carolina mountains, is seeking a general assignment and sports reporter who wants to learn what newspapering is all about. Candidate should be self-motivated, able to hit deadlines, able to juggle multiple stories, good with people, have solid writing skills, and a hunger to learn. Familiarity with Canon digital cameras and Adobe Indesign a plus. Full time position includes benefits: health insurance, 401(k), and paid vacation. Send resumé with clips, references, and salary requirements to: Andy Ashurst, publisher, Mitchell News-Journal, P.O. Box 339, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 or email. Attachments should be in PDF format. No phone calls
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isis Flag.svgWhy ISIS is Strategically Necessary

An RT posting that properly contextualizes the reason why the powers that be rely on a group such as ISIS to manipulate global politics: “The reality is that the forces essentially line up today just as they did at the outbreak of this crisis in 2011: The West, Turkey and the gulf monarchies sponsor an array of death squads bent on bringing down the Syrian government, while Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria (obviously) and Hezbollah resist this project. The rise of ISIS has not fundamentally changed this underlying dynamic. Indeed, the next-to-useless impact of the West’s year-long phony war against ISIS – alongside its relentless funneling of weaponry to militias with an, at best, ambiguous relationship with Al-Qaeda and ISIS – has demonstrated that the Syrian state (or “Assad” to use the West’s puerile personalization) remains the ultimate target of the West’s Syria policy. As Obama himself put it, the goal is not to eliminate ISIS, but rather to “contain” them – that is, focus on weakening Syria and Iraq, and not US allies like Jordan, Turkey or the US’s favored Kurdish factions. In civil wars, there are only ever really two sides. And in the Syrian civil war, NATO remains on the same side as ISIS. In this sense, Putin was entirely correct when he commented on the Turkish attack that it had been a “stab in the back, carried out by the accomplices of terrorists” and asked:“do they want to make NATO serve ISIS?” Or, we could expand, is it that ISIS was created to serve NATO?”

"Cannabis sativa Koehler drawing" por W. Müller
“Cannabis sativa Koehler drawing” por W. Müller

Advance for Rational Drug Policy

A Global Voices post discusses the people and policies involved in a landmark decision that will, if not legalize marijuana right away, does at least open a door for a more rational and humane pot policy to take effect: “The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN), Mexico’s highest judicial authority, approved a resolution presented by Justice Arturo Zaldívar Lelo de Larrea declaring unconstitutional several articles of the country’s Act Respecting Public Health, thereby conferring on four specific individuals the right to grow and consume cannabis for their personal use.

Debate over Zaldivar’s resolution took place behind closed doors in the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court.”

Politicians Actually Doing Their Job

A Fusion article that discusses the great progressive move in Kentucky that will reinstate democracy, thanks to thoughtful politicians who actually are working for the public interest: “[The disenfranchisement of ex-felons] makes no sense because it dilutes the energy of democracy which functions only if all classes and categories of people have a voice, not just the privileged, powerful few. It makes no sense because it defeats a primary goal of our corrections system, which is the rehabilitate those who have committed crimes and return them to contributing members of that society. It makes no sense because research shows that ex-inmates who vote are less likely to go to prison.”

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Alan Reid

Candidate Success Frightening

A Hill posting that demonstrates what a frightening world we live in when a total joke like Trump can actually be a viable candidate, and the way this reality has many in the GOP up in arms: ““The media has twisted and turned through a number of different positions where they tried to explain that it was just a fad — the summer of Trump,” said Craig Robinson, a former political director of the Republican Party of Iowa. “Well, it’s lasted all fall. There is a realization that you are not going to wake up tomorrow and he’s going to vanish.”…

“That is the wishful thinking of the establishment,” he said. “That is what they tell themselves so they can sleep at night. The truth is, Trump has one of the better ground operations in Iowa. Will he turn out every single person who shows up at his rallies? No. But if he turns out a fraction, he will roll over the field.” “

Technology Upsurges

An Unreasonable article that contextualizes the acute changes in technology, energy, and the effects these have on global policy, and spins a wishful-thinking tale whose ultimate conclusion is the rising again of American hegemony, against all odds: “The geopolitical implications of these changes are exciting and worrisome. America will reinvent itself just as it does every 30-40 years; it is, after all, leading the technology boom. And as we are already witnessing, Russia and China will stir up regional unrest to distract their restive populations; oil producers such as Venezuela will go bankrupt; the Middle East will become a cauldron of instability. Countries that have invested in educating their populations, built strong consumer economies, and have democratic institutions that can deal with social change will benefit—because their people will have had their basic needs met and can figure out how to take advantage of the advances in technology.”

WRISSComputer Price of a Latte

Announcing an exciting new development in the world of computers – a $5 computer: “The original Raspberry Pi Model B and its successors put a programmable computer within reach of anyone with $20-35 to spend. Since 2012, millions of people have used a Raspberry Pi to get their first experience of programming, but we still meet people for whom cost remains a barrier to entry. At the start of this year, we began work on an even cheaper Raspberry Pi to help these people take the plunge.”

A Diversity Teaching Moment

A Washington Post article that demonstrates the challenges and opportunities that result from recognizing how race and teaching intersect in the classroom: “But something was missing. If you’ve already forgotten, I’m white. “White” is kind of an uncomfortable word to announce, and right now people may already be unnerved about where this is going. Roughly 80 percent of teachers in the United States today are white. Yet the population of our students is a palette. That means America’s children of color will, for the majority of their school years, not have a teacher who is a reflection of their own image. Most of their school life they will be told what to do and how to do it by someone who is white, and most likely female. Except for a few themed weeks, America’s children of color will read books, watch videos, analyze documents and study historical figures who are also not in their image.”


Copyrights are Property Rights

A Tech Policy Daily posting that discusses the true issues at the hear of the copyright debate: “My recent paper “Can Economic and Historical Analyses End Copyright Law’s Property/Monopoly Disputes?” rejects three variants of claims that copyrights are best understood as dangerous “monopolies.” Last week, we explored the first of these three claims, namely that copyrights are somehow different from other private property rights that tend to generate differentiated competition. This week, I tackle the contentious topic of copyright term.”


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Grisly Murder Symptom of Decaying Place

A World Socialist Web Site posting that paints a portrait of a declining neighborhood damaged by racism, the housing crisis, and the myriad failures of capitalism, and shows how a diseased community spawns terrible things such as the recent death of a toddler at the hands of her brother: “These testimonies—of joblessness, lack of options and harsh financial circumstances—point to the fact that Kelci Lewis’ killing did not occur in a senseless vacuum. They give the lie to the incredulity expressed by the police and the District Attorney’s office in the case. Susan Cloud said that living in East Lake seemed like being “outskirts of society,” a no-man’s land where residents were unimportant or even invisible. The Birmingham Police Department’s dehumanization of this 8-year-old boy—who had no doubt already suffered unspeakable tormentgives a bitter validity to Cloud’s assessment.”GENISS
Spinning the Conflict

A Daily Bell piece that discusses some other unmentioned elements surrounding the conflict in Turkey, and the risks that lie not just beneath the surface, but in direct view of anyone who cares to look: “Let’s recap the recap so we can understand what we’re supposed to believe. This is useful from an investment standpoint because if we can see clearly beneath the surface of a confusing political and military situation, then we can make better decisions about asset allocation and even how to go about implementing additional “lifestyle insurance.”

Toward the end of this article, we’ll look at the commentary of one of the outstanding modern conservative commentators, Patrick Buchanan. Buchanan sees below the surface of the “accepted wisdom” and is deeply concerned that Washington is headed toward a major confrontation with Russia. We’ve mentioned this possibility ourselves.””

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                    This Day in History                  

annie oakley wild west gun womenToday is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women; a Christian leader, and leper, eight hundred thirty-eight years ago, joined Alsatian knights to defend Christian control of Jerusalem, which succeeded in slaughtering a much larger Muslim army; three hundred fourteen years later, in 1491, the siege began of the final Islamic stronghold on the Iberian Peninsula, at Grenada; four hundred fifty-three years prior to the present pass, a baby boy first opened his eyes on his way to a life as the massively prolific dramatist and writer and poet and thinker Lope de Vega; two hundred fifty-seven years ahead of today,British troops captured Fort Duquesne, which formed the basis for the establishment of Fort Pitt, and later Pittsburgh; two hundred twenty years before the here and now, the partition of Poland proceeded to such a point that the last independent King of Poland abdicated and accepted exile in Russia; a baby girl came into the world a year more than a half century subsequently, in 1846, destined to grow up as prohibitionist and general hell-raiser Carrie Nation; eighteen years afterward, in 1864, Confederate agents started a score or more of fires in an attempt to set New York City ablaze and put the town to the torch; eleven years subsequent to that instant, in 1874, after the panic of 1873 had caused profound dislocation in rural and agricultural areas, the Greenback Party formed in 1874, offering a program of fiat money to dispossessed and struggling farmers and small business people; two years further on, in 1876, the U.S. Cavalry, to avenge the massacre at Little Big Horn, undertook a predawn attack on a Cheyenne village near the source of the Powder River, razing the community and killing most of its inhabitants, largely women and children; seven years beyond that passage of plunder, in 1883, an unheralded but noteworthy instance of solidarity took place when upwards of ten thousand Black and White workers marched together in New Orleans to stand for mutual respect and social justice; one hundred years 366px-Einstein_1921_by_F_Schmutzer_-_restorationback, Albert Einstein presented his field calculations in support of the General Theory of Relativity at the Prussian Academy of Sciences; Japan and Germany twenty-one years thereafter, in 1936, signed a pact to aid the other in the event of any attack on either nation by the Soviet Union; Bosnia and Herzegovina seven years hence, in 1943, initiated a drive for Statehood based on their opposition to fascist Germany; ten hundred ninety-six days further along, in 1946, the first U.S. teachers strike began in St. Paul, Minnesota, with demands for better wages and conditions for those whose jobs were to shape and foster clear thinking young citizens; another year subsequently, in 1947, the blacklisting started of the so-called “Hollywood Ten” for its members’ affiliations with communists and so forth, while more than 1,500 typographical union members in Chicago initiated a victorious strike against media moguls there, and, half a world away, New Zealand became an independent country in the British Commonwealth of Nations;
three years onward and upward toward today, in 1950,
the Danish Nobellist died who had produced his work as Johannes Jensen; three hundred sixty-five days past that juncture, in 1951, a male Spaniard baby came along in standard fashion, en route to life as the magnificent writer and storyteller, Arturo Perez-Reverte; another year henceforth, in 1952, Agatha Christy’s play, The Mousetrap, opened, eventually to become the longest continuously presented play in history; eight years still closer to now, in 1960, three sisters who were organizing against Dominican Republic Strongman Trujillo died from assassins’ bullets, their martyrdom the basis thirty-nine years later, in 1999, for the establishment of an international commemoration against violence against women, and at the same time as the earlier tragedy, the baby boy of the man who was about to become President was born, as John Kennedy, Jr. growing to prominence as a journalist and publisher, and a baby girl entered our midst who would mature as the songwriter and performer of love and pain, Amy Grant; another eight years onward, in 1968, the prolific socialist author and social justice advocate and journalist Upton Sinclair breathed his last; a Japanese author, Yukio Mishima, and a compatriot killed themselves two years later, in 1970, in a ritual suicide after their attempt to overthrow their country’s government failed; sixteen years after that hara kiri, in 1986, Attorney General Edwin Meese announced that profits from selling illegal weapons to Iran had funded the provision of illegal aid to so-called Contra rebels who were terrorist opponents of Nicaragua’s legitimate government; Czechoslovakia six years later, in 1992, split into two States, Slovakia and the Czech Republic; another six years more proximate to the present pass, in 1998, the comedic genius and screenwriter and public intellectual, Flip Wilson, went through his final scene.

                A Thought for the Day                

Caspar David Friedrich - Wanderer above the sea of fog
Caspar David Friedrich – Wanderer above the sea of fog

Simultaneously torturing and tantalizing, at once alluring and daunting, life’s vexatious valleys and undulating ridges solicit the sauntering sojourner to sally forth through occurrences and eventualities that represent at one and the same time seas of struggle and oceans of opportunity.

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“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. …rect3336 space(Thus), (h)e who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt.   He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice.  This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once.  Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action.  It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder. …rect3336 space(In this vein), (t)he release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking…the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind.   If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.”  Albert Einstein


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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/22/world/asia/chinas-nuclear-vision-collides-with-villagers-fears.html         A gem of reporting, for a change, from the vaunted ‘paper of record,’ in which the Times incisively describes the discomfiture and sense of futility that is characterizing China’s imperial embrace of nuclear power, much to the chagrin and against the hopes of its citizens, especially its rural residents and farmers, one of essentially countless examples from the present pass of the way that governments worldwide are fostering nuclear despite citizen loathing of the cancers and war risks that result, and meanwhile resisting vastly more cost-effective, community-beneficent, and generally superior renewable energy methodologies, such as is happening in England right now in particular, all of which is explicable of course as a result of the plutocratic supporters of both politicians like Barack Obama and, come hell or high water, the continuation of the Modern Nuclear Project, an anomaly indeed given as one commentator notes, “accidents will happen,” as an Alternate Ted Talks presenter details, at the same time that she offers a prescription for a different outcome, citizen engagement in favor of each other and our planet and against the continued imprimatur of monopoly plunder and nuclear suicide: “Ask villagers here what they think of the proposed plant, though, and talk quickly turns to the Communist government’s dismal record of industrial accidents, as well as the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan.   Residents in Hubin will be resettled to new homes a few miles away, but many said that they would still feel threatened living so close to a nuclear station. …
China’s authoritarian government, adept at corralling public opinion to get its way, can ram through its plans over the objections of people like Ms. Liu.  But opponents say its closed, secretive political system is ill equipped to manage a rapid expansion of nuclear power, pointing to its struggle to prevent industrial disasters such as the chemical explosions in Tianjin in August that killed 173 people. …
(After almost a quarter century of a promised explosion of nuclear growth), (a) corruption scandal in the nuclear sector in 2009 forced a pause, and after the Fukushima meltdown in 2011, Beijing suspended construction on all nuclear plants, introduced new safety rules and effectively froze plans for inland reactors until the end of 2015.  Now, officials and engineers who support nuclear power have been lobbying for construction of inland plants to resume as part of China’s next five-year growth plan, which begins in 2016. …

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

(Opponents counter with caution), ‘(i)f there’s an accident, the environmental impact from an inland nuclear station will be far more serious than one on the coast,’ said He Zuoxiu, a prominent retired physicist who is China’s most vocal opponent of nuclear energy.  ‘Imagine if the Fukushima accident had happened on the course of the Yangtze River.  Then how many people would have their food and water contaminated?’ …nuclear Palomares_H-Bomb_Incident
‘Those searing lessons(from the Tianjin accident) must never be played out in a nuclear reactor accident,’ Wang Yinan, a researcher at a government think tank and influential critic of the nuclear plans, told the Chinese magazine Caixin last month.  ‘For our political stability, economic development and social order, that would be a weight too heavy to bear.'”—The New York Timesrect3336 space

         “(T)he investors and businesses that took the previous government at its word that the UK was on a low-carbon trajectory … will now feel like mugs.  How much more will the government – the taxpayer – have to pay in order to persuade a new cohort of investors to invest in renewables, when history shows them that any current policy could be torn up at a moment’s notice and previous investors who took it seriously hung out to dry?…

(In addition to multiple cuts to renewable support), (t)he government is even removing tax credits for community energy, which since 2010 have received a mere £7.4m to support 38 projects, a sum that has helped leverage a further £50m in private investment.  Finally, without any kind of consultation, the government has removed the tax exemption for renewables, from the Climate Change Levy.hiroshima war explosion nuke nuclear
In the same breath the government has re-affirmed eye-watering subsidies to build the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, and thrown in some investment guarantees for Chinese investors for good measure.   The 35 years over which these subsidies will run will cost the electricity consumer far, far more than a continuation of the previous renewables policy.  It will probably come to be seen as one of the biggest publicly-backed investment mistakes of the first quarter of this century, just as the last nuclear power programme was described by Dieter Helm, one of Britain’s leading energy economists, as ‘probably one of the biggest investment mistakes since the Second World War.’ …rect3336 spaceJust when renewables are becoming the energy technology of choice worldwide, and with governments due to assemble in Paris in a few weeks for the COP21 climate talks to (hopefully) discuss seriously what steps to take to avoid climate change, the UK government dresses up its ideologically-driven extravagant spending on nuclear power over renewables as a concern for the energy bills of ‘hard-working families.’  You couldn’t make it up.”—The Conversationrect3336 space
         “(In a little publicized accident in North Africa in 1958, and H-bomb came close to a devastating misfiring).  The fire lasted for two and a half hours.  The high explosives in the Mark 36 burned but didn’t detonate.  According to an accident report, the hydrogen bomb and parts of the B-47 bomber melted into ‘a slab of slag material weighing approximately 8,000 pounds, approximately 6 to 8 feet wide and 12 to 15 feet in length with a thickness of 10 to 12 inches.’  A jackhammer was used to break the slag into smaller pieces.  The ‘particularly ‘hot’ pieces’ were sealed in cans, and the rest of the radioactive slag was buried next to the runway.  Sidi Slimane lacked the proper equipment to measure levels of contamination, and a number of airmen got plutonium dust on their shoes, spreading it not just to their car but also to another air base. …
Two weeks after an accident that could have detonated a hydrogen bomb in Morocco, the Department of Defense and the Atomic Energy Commission issued a joint statement on weapon safety.  ‘In reply to inquiries about hazards which may be involved in the movement of nuclear weapons,’ they said, ‘it can be stated with assurance that the possibility of an accidental nuclear explosion . . . is so remote as to be negligible.’

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Less than a month later, Walter Gregg and his son, Walter Junior, were in the toolshed outside their home in Mars Bluff, South Carolina, when a Mark 6 atomic bomb landed in the yard.  Mrs. Gregg was inside the house, sewing, and her daughters, Helen and Frances, aged six and nine, were playing outdoors with a nine-year-old cousin.  The Mark 6 had a variable yield of anywhere from 8 to 160 kilotons, depending on the type of nuclear core that was used.  The bomb that landed in the yard didn’t contain a core.  But the high explosives went off when the weapon hit the ground, digging a crater about 50 feet wide and 35 feet deep.  The blast wave and flying debris knocked the doors off the Gregg house, blew out the windows, collapsed the roof, riddled the walls with holes, destroyed the new Chevrolet parked in the driveway, killed half a dozen chickens, and sent the family to the hospital with minor injuries. …
(Events such as these caused grassroots opposition and Soviet propaganda.  Nevertheless, Strategic Air Command officers insisted on the need for a capacity for pilots to initiate nuclear retaliation on their own).  (The generals were) was unfazed by protest marches in Great Britain, apocalyptic fears, criticism in the press, freak accidents, strong opposition at the AEC [the Atomic Energy Commission], Eisenhower’s reluctance, and even doubts about the idea expressed by [former SAC commander General Curtis] LeMay.  Power wanted an airborne alert.  The decision to authorize one would be made by President Eisenhower.  The phrase ‘fail safe’ had been removed from Air Force descriptions of the plan.  The word ‘fail’ had the wrong connotations, and the new term didn’t sound so negative: ‘positive control.’  With strong backing from members of Congress, SAC proposed a test of the airborne alert.  B-52s would take off from bases throughout America, carrying sealed-pit weapons.  At a White House briefing in July 1958, Eisenhower was told that ‘the probability of any nuclear detonation during a crash is essentially zero.’  The following month, he gave tentative approval for the test.  But the new chairman of the AEC, John A. McCone, wanted to limit its scale.  McCone thought that the bombers should be permitted to use only Loring Air Force Base in Maine—so that an accident or the jettison of a weapon would be likely to occur over the Atlantic Ocean, not the United States.  During the first week of October, President Eisenhower authorized SAC to take off and land at Loring, with fully assembled hydrogen bombs.  The flights secretly began, and SAC’s airborne alert was no longer a bluff.”—Farnham Street Blog


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National Science Foundation Call for Proposals and Webinar – Today, with growing and aging population, we are facing many societal challenges including pressing demands for food, land, energy and water, urgent need for educating students from diverse backgrounds, requirement of security in an increasingly connected world, more effective and affordable healthcare, and sustainable economic growth for employment.

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) seeks EAGER (EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research) proposals with exploratory ideas to design learning frameworks, platforms and/or environments to enable participants to conceive research ideas and questions with potentially transformative outcomes.  A webinar will be held on December 10, 2015 to discuss this DCL and answer questions. Please visit http://www.nsf.gov/eng/efma for more information about the webinar.


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visual submissions can be anything from comics, illustrations, videos, photo essays, cross stitches, polaroids, maps, paintings, etc. – if we can print it, we can publish it. submissions need not be high-res but should we choose them for the issue, we will ask for high-res files. multiple visual submissions will be accepted, but please no more than ten images – and do know that we may pick and choose from each set.

North Carolina Writers’ Network is calling for writers in North Carolina to submit reviews, travel articles, interviews, historic pieces, and more to their Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Contest. The winners will receive up to $1000 in prizes.  North Carolina Writers’ Network is calling for writers in North Carolina to submit reviews, travel articles, interviews, historic pieces, and more to their Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Contest. The winners will receive up to $1000 in prizes.

The Puritan is a literary journal that publishes interviews, essays, reviews, fiction, and poetry. They pay $100 for essays. Submissions are free, but they do charge for submissions to their contest. To learn more, read theirsubmission guidelines. You’ll need to scroll past the contest guidelines to get to the regular submission guidelines.  The Puritan is now seeking submissions to the Fourth Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence. The deadline for all submissions has been extended to Saturday, October 10, 2015.

A Fine Parent accepts submissions on the topic of parenting. Every month they accept essays on a new topic. They have a short submission period every month. They pay $100. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.  We focus on one topic at a time that can help us become better people and better parents. Each week on the blog I publish one in-depth article related to our latest topic.


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Grassroots Jobsource

This employer requests that only candidates within 100 miles of San Rafael, CA apply to this job.

The Marin Conservation League is an environmental non-profit organization with an 80-year history of protecting Marin’s land and natural resources and advocating for sound environmental planning. The Communications Coordinator is a member of MCL’s two-person staff and is principally responsible for managing the internal and external communications that are essential for the organization. The Communications Coordinator must be an administrative generalist with strong organizational skills who is smart, resourceful, and able to communicate clearly. This position works with and supports the staff member principally responsible for events and membership. Both positions report to MCL’s President and Treasurer. This is a part-time, hourly position.

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Job Title: Program Director

Cultivate Kansas City is recruiting to fill three positions, two of which have opened as a result of internal promotions; the third of which is new. Cultivate Kansas City is a non-profit organization working to grow food, farms and communities in support of a sustainable, healthy, and local food system in greater Kansas City.

Position Summary: This is a new position charged with providing strategic, supervisory, and hands-on leadership addressing Cultivate Kansas City’s goals to increase the numbers of urban farms in the KC metro and to grow community-based food projects in support of a healthy, sustainable, and local food system in the Kansas City metro area.

IJNet English and Engagement Editor
International Journalists’ Network (IJNet)

The International Center for Journalists, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., is seeking a full-time English and engagement editor for its International Journalists’ Network (IJNet) website. IJNet keeps professional and citizen journalists up to date on the latest media innovations, online journalism resources, training opportunities and expert advice. IJNet is produced in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

This position encompasses a wide range of duties: Applicants should be comfortable editing a story about the media startup scene in Brazil, creating social content and tracking website analytics in the same day.


ORGLINKBetter Living Through Chemistry

An interesting Motherboard posting that discusses the fascinating if

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controversial properties of ‘microdosing’ on psychedelics to help for therapeutic efforts, and introduces readers to some fascinating people who are exploring these methods: “With microdosing is to take roughly a tenth of a normal dose (about 10-20 micrograms) every four days and then go about your business. Done correctly, there are no hallucinations, no traumatic experiences, not even any sluggishness. Those who do it correctly, Fadiman says, report having better days, feeling less anxious, and sometimes even conquering long-held mental hangups.

“People do it and they’re eating better, sleeping better, they’re often returning to exercise or yoga or meditation. It’s as if messages are passing through their body more easily,” Fadiman told me.”


WRISSThe Vanishing Internet

A fascinating New Yorker report that looks at both the ineffable, evanescent nature of internet data, the perilous consequences of this to any sort of archival or historical purposes, and a profile of one company seeking to save data as much as possible: “The footnote, a landmark in the history of civilization, took centuries to invent and to spread. It has taken mere years nearly to destroy. A footnote used to say, “Here is how I know this and where I found it.” A footnote that’s a link says, “Here is what I used to know and where I once found it, but chances are it’s not there anymore.” It doesn’t matter whether footnotes are your stock-in-trade. Everybody’s in a pinch. Citing a Web page as the source for something you know—using a URL as evidence—is ubiquitous. Many people find themselves doing it three or four times before breakfast and five times more before lunch. What happens when your evidence vanishes by dinnertime?”

Citizen or Journalist

A Harvard Magazine article that looks at the delicate balancing act between being a “unbiased journalist”, and being a citizen, and that wonders if indeed the line can be drawn at all: “After an NPR reporter got hold of the speech three months later, the episode exploded into controversy. Greenhouse was accused of being an activist, of abandoning journalistic objectivity, of crossing an uncrossable line. She disagreed. She still does. Reporters’ opinions don’t belong in the stories they write—and weren’t in hers—she said, but it’s another thing altogether to ask reporters not to have opinions at all. She reminded Tuesday’s audience that her criticism of those “law-free zones” echoed the Supreme Court’s own assessment in 2004, when it ruled in Rasul v. Bush that the administration was wrong to keep Guantánamo prisoners beyond the reach of American courts. Quoting an article in the Columbia Journalism Review, which rose to the defense of another Times reporter, military correspondent Michael Gordon, when he came under fire in 2006 for expressing a personal opinion on the American military buildup, Greenhouse said, “To not allow its reporters to speak out in public forums for fear of letting slip a less nuanced while still honest appraisal of stories they know inside and out betrays a misunderstanding of the role of journalism in the public realm.””



Media Fundraising Venture

A Medium posting that discusses fundraising efforts that point to the ongoing viability and success of podcasting efforts: “Last week, PRX wrapped up its second major fundraiser for Radiotopia, our podcast network, and the results were astonishing. While last year’s Kickstarter brought in an impressive lump sum of money, the goal for this campaign was to obtain sustained monthly support in order to propel the network throughout the year.

Radiotopia often functions like a lab — we mix content, personalities and styles to see what we can produce together. This campaign demonstrated that even when you assemble the perfect components and prove your hypothesis, there are many additional lessons learned along the way.”


Russia and Turkey Hostilities

An Atlantic posting that points to the growing hostilities that are developing in the context of intentional acts of hostilities and the larger imperialistic agenda, a situation that could easily escalate into war: “The response from both nations to the incident has been swift. Turkey, a NATO member, called for an emergency meeting of the organization, which urged both sides to avoid a military escalation. Lavrov canceled a trip to Ankara for bilateral talks scheduled for Wednesday, and said Moscow would rethink relations with Ankara. Russia’s defense minister Sergey Shoygu said Wednesday that the country would send defense missile systems to its airbase near Latakia, Syria, just south of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Neither country wants to go to war, but the crash further strains relations between Moscow and Ankara in Syria, where Russian forces have bombed Turkish-backed rebel groups fighting against the Assad government.”

GENISSU.S. Economy and Refugee Crisis

A YouTube video interview with a former U.S.  government official on the nature and historical background of the refugee crisis: “To get his insight on the state of the US economy and the roots of Europe’s refugee crisis, Boom Bust correspondent Bianca Facchinei sat down with Paul Craig Roberts – chairman of the Institute for Political Economy and former assistant secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Ronald Reagan.”

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Hieronymus Bosch – The Garden of Earthly Delights: Hell

“It has been years since I have seen anyone who could even look as if he were in love.  No one’s face lights up any more except for political conversation.  (Along a similar track), (h)ow can anyone be interested in war? — that glorious pursuit of annihilation with its ceremonious bellowings and trumpetings over the mangling of human bones and muscles and organs and eyes, its inconceivable agonies which could have been prevented by a few well-chosen, reasonable words.  How, why, did this unnecessary business begin?  Why does anyone want to read about it — this redundant human madness which men accept as inevitable?”  Margaret Caroline Anderson: founder and editor of The Little Review


                  A Thought for the Day                

Surely one of the most underappreciated ideas of the past millennium, an assessment that Wilhelm Reich proffered in The Mass Psychology of Fascism, is that no other psychological tool so predisposes an individual to self-abnegating or even genocidal points of view as do mechanisms of sexual repression that emanate from contemporary familial and religious strictures as seamlessly as hunting results from the instructions of feline mothers: the turning against itself of the longing for connection, for kissing, for copulation, for erotic release, so discombobulates anything even akin to a human psyche—attuned for sexual love by tens of thousands of years of evolution—that the result is an affinity for terror and torture and all the attendant gory horror of the Nazi ideology and reactionary thuggishness that, seemingly, have become the raison d’être of contemporary politics.

               This Day in History               

Australopithecusafarensis_skull death archeologyAmong certain cognoscenti, today is Evolution Day, while in Turkey, much in need just now, celebrants mark November 24 as Teachers Day; shortly after his rise to the throne, sixteen hundred thirty-five years ago, the last emperor to rule over both the Eastern and Western Roman Empire, Theodosius, formally entered Constantinople as leader; a millennia and just shy of half-a-century henceforth, in 1429 Joan of Arc began an ultimately unsuccessful siege at La Charite; exactly two centuries and three years subsequently, meanwhile, in 1632, the male infant who matured as philosopher and scientist Baruch Spinoza came into the world; eighty-one years subsequent to that moment in time and space, in 1713, to the West in Ireland, the baby boy came into the world in standard fashion who became the popular and powerful writer and storyteller, Laurence Sterne; the Texas Rangers, essentially a vigilante force of the Texas Provisional Government, first came into existenceanother two hundred three years onward, in 1835, primarily as a means of offering police protection of property and border patrol services; two dozen years later, in 1859, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species; sixteen years nearer to now, in 1875, Samuel Gompers rose to the helm of the Cigarmakers local in New York, en route to many years of leadership in organized labor; two years further onward on time’s arc, in 1877, Anna Sewell’s iconic yarn, Black Beauty, first hit commercial book shelves; nine years more proximate to today, in 1886, a female child first shouted out on her way to a life as publisher and critical thinker, Margaret Caroline Anderson; the baby boy who grew up to become the ‘motivational’ speaker and author Dale Carnegie was born two years after that conjunction; ninety-eight years back, a bomb in front of Milwaukee’s Central police facility killed nine City Policeman in a context of anarchist street clashes with evangelists; a male child was born eight years past that juncture, in 1925, into an upper-crust life that led him to publish the National Review and write many volumes as William F.

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Buckley; seven more years further along, in 1932, the Federal Bureau of Investigation initiated its Scientific Crime-Detection Laboratory; ten hundred ninety-five days still more proximate to the current context, in 1935, a male child opened his eyes in Oakland en route to life as political leader and voice of populist thinking, Ron Dellums; half a dozen years hence, in 1941, the U.S. extended Lend-Lease terms to Free French forces in their struggle against Nazi Germany; Diego Rivera, the famed painter and Communist, died in his native Mexico fifty-eight years prior to this day; the infant girl who became the acclaimed writer, Arundhati Roy, took her first breath four years farther down time’s road, in 1961; the British Broadcasting Corporation’s humorous program, That Was the Week That Was, precisely one year subsequently, in 1962, began its run; a year yet later still, in 1963, U.S. television carried the first broadcast murder when Jack Ruby—soon conveniently to die of cancer—shot erstwhile assassin Lee Harvey

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“SIG Pro by Augustas Didzgalvis”

Oswald on camera, two days after a crossfire had ended the life of President Kennedy; seven hundred thirty-one days afterward, in 1965, six thousand miles Southeast in Central Africa, a perfectly psychopathic puppet of empire seized command in the misnamed Democratic Republic of Congo, soon enough Zaire; a short-lived imposition of an Autobahn speed limit started in the midst of the ‘Oil Price Crisis’ eight years even closer to today, in 1973, not lasting even a month before its termination; three hundred sixty-five days past that instant in time, in 1974, two scientists in Ethiopia exhumed a nearly half-complete female skeleton of Australopithecus Afarensis, which they soon dubbed ‘Lucy,’ a close match to the sought-after missing link; renowned ethicist and philosopher John Rawls died twenty-eight years onward, in 2002; in a slightly different sort of loss to literature and thought seven hundred thirty-one days still more proximate to now, in 2004, popular author Arthur Hailey breathed his last; eight years thereafter, in 2012over a hundred textile workers died in a fire in a grotesquely unsafe but readily profitable factory in Bangladesh; just a year later, in 2013, Iran and its Western disciplinarians signed a temporary nuclear agreement that eased sanctions and reduced the risk of a possibly incendiary war in Southwest Asia.

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An utterly hideous indictment of the ‘land of the free and the home of the brave’ in relation to its brutal impunity in trashing young lives in a vicious and corrupt criminal system of injustice for all but the rich, here in the form of an interview from Salon, part of a typical flow of damning critique of ‘American values’ in regard to children and crime, including an assessment of the insanity of running schools like prisons even before poor kids end up in jail from TruthOut, and analysis from The Conversationof benefits of providing class-based affirmative action that currently barely exists, slices of juvenile life in the present pass that mirror the context of drug wars that are crimes against humanity with only fantasy as their basis for justice, and the ongoing liberal handwringing that begs for ‘better’ sentencing and other paltry reforms, a perfect storm of reactionary attacks on citizens in the name of law that wise and scrappy scribes would notice and address: “(A)recent Op-Ed in the New York Times by Vincent Schiraldi, a senior research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, is well worth your reading.  As well as being a renowned analyst of mass incarceration, Schiraldi is also a champion of reform — and, more uniquely, a former practitioner who served as director of the juvenile corrections in Washington, D.C., as well as commissioner of the New York City Department of Probation. …      rect3336 space         Plenty has been written about sexual abuse of kids in facilities; it is an incredibly uneven power dynamic between kids and staff, and the kids are extremely vulnerable.  So people prey on [them].
What was more surprising to me was the fact that staff was sexually assaulting other staff, and sexually manipulating them into situations where they either performed sexually, lost their jobs, or were vulnerable to attack.  That was a huge surprise. …rect3336 space(As to the reasons for such noisome conditions), I think that when you find yourself in an environment that is as chaotic as that, it starts to erode many of your moral values and normal moral boundaries.  So if you [ignore] somebody beating a kid up, selling him drugs, having sex with him — how much of a leap is it for you to acquiesce?  Or to or perpetrate your own immoral, corrupt behavior? …


All the stuff that goes on in normal total institutions — the bureaucratization and extreme levels of control and power  — add to that a deep societal disapprobation of the inmates.  It’s a pretty deadly mix.rect3336 spaceOver the last 20 or 30 years … that was a terrible period of time in terms of society’s view of young people.  That was when John Dilulio coined the term ‘superpredators;’ in just the ‘90s, 47 states passed laws making it easier to try and imprison kids as adults.  There was pretty widespread approval of harshly punishing kids.”—Salon

“In the context of such viciousness as that displayed recently in South Carolina by ‘Officer’ Ben Fields, plentiful) evidence … back(s) the claim that people of color, people living with disabilities, and people forced into poverty are disproportionately targeted by law enforcement for interaction, abuse and arrest.  They are also subject to unfair treatment in the court system and overrepresented in the prison population.  Despite calls by advocates to decrease interactions between police and community members and end the school-to-prison pipeline, limited effort has been made to ensure that students, especially students of color, and disabled and poor students, are protected from abuses by law enforcement.  As a result, the same abuses of authority and violations of civil rights are carried over from the community into classrooms.rect3336 spaceFor example, according to a joint letter written by the US Department of Education and the Department of Justice, ‘certain racial or ethnic groups tend to be disciplined more than their peers.’  Similarly, the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights reports that Black students are suspended and expelled three times more frequently than white students, and that Indigenous students are also punished disproportionately.  The report also states that students with disabilities ‘represent 12% of the student populations, but 58% of those placed in seclusion or involuntary confinement and 75% of those physically restrained at school…. Black students represent 19% of students with disabilities … but 36% of these students who are restrained at school …’rect3336 spaceThe unfair treatment received by disadvantaged students in the classroom has only been reinforced by law enforcement agencies that also have records of unfairly targeting members of disadvantaged populations in their communities.rect3336 spaceThe National Center for Education Statistics reports, ‘Many safety and security measures tended to be more prevalent in high-poverty public schools … than in low-poverty schools.’  Schools with student populations that are mostly nonwhite have the highest percentages of campus law enforcement in the country.  Over half of the students referred to law enforcement or arrested at school are Latino or Black.  And according to activist and author Leroy Moore Jr., ‘At least one in three students arrested has a disability, ranging from emotional disability such as bipolar disorder to learning disabilities like dyslexia.  Some estimate it’s higher than one in three…. students with emotional disabilities are three times more likely to be arrested before leaving high school than the general population.'”—TruthOut

“How to widen access to universities to include more people from disadvantaged backgrounds is one of those wicked problems that besets highers education systems the world over.  The new interim report on this subject from Scotland’s Commission on Widening Access is both interesting and strikingly familiar.  It is part of a wider picture that is well documented in the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s 2013 review of efforts to widen participation in the Netherlands, US, Australia, South Africa, Norway, and Ireland. …
Because disadvantaged students ‘catch up’ (with rich kids) in this way, the Commission on Widening Access is considering proposing an admissions policy that would admit them to Scottish universities with lower grades than everyone else.  This happens in Australia, for instance, with students from certain secondary schools being given ‘bonus points’ that lift their grades to higher levels to make them more competitive in their university applications. …rect3336 spaceThe Australian studies also found that if students from disadvantaged backgrounds are to do well at university, they need appropriately supportive transition programmes and environments.  This is not simply about targeted support for students who are different from the norm.  Studies in the US have found that universities with more diverse student populations exhibit higher overall levels of academic achievement – provided they use curricula, assessment and teaching methods that value and draw on the range of backgrounds. …rect3336 spaceIf the vision to level the playing field for children from deprived communities is to be realised, the Commission on Widening Access will need to take into account (various) subtleties regarding achievement and aspiration.”—The Conversation

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43466.htm     An offering, from Information Clearinghouse, of a feature length documentary film,What a Way to Go(http://www.whatawaytogomovie.com/), that analyzes and details and emotes the different aspects of multiple intersecting current crises, all of which are systematic and unavoidable without fundamental social transformation–needless to say the watching of which is a useful couple of hours for scrappy scribes to invest.

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HangOut on Strategy for Liberation

Please join us for our next national HangOut, which is being jointly hosted by LeftRoots with the former Left Strategies network. Featuring special guests M Adams and Biju Mathew on left strategies for liberation! Together we will discuss what we mean by ‘transformational strategy’, why it is crucial and how we can move forward together to build a movement that wins!


Minetta Review non paying market “We are currently accepting submissions for the Fall 2015 issue until October 31st, 2015.  Submissions received after this deadline will be considered for the Spring 2016 issue.  Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but kindly notify us if accepted elsewhere.”

Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Contest 

The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism. The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $1,000, $300, and $200 respectively. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Ecotone.

LightHouse seeks to publish first person stories and essays by blind and visually impaired writers. They want to hear stories “not merely about blindness, but about what it takes to survive and strive as a human.” They pay $100 for essays published on their blog. They are open to negotiation for more complex pieces.Read their submission guidelines.

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Poppy and Seed

Job Location Venice, CA
Job Requirements We’re off to a strong start, but in order to reach as many health-conscious women with our message of optimizing wellness as possible, we need strong leaders to passionately bring Poppy and Seed to life. A small but talented and hopeful team has built the foundation of our brand, seeded our content, and grown a following for us through our digest and social media presence. So we’re looking for contributors who’d like to share their writing, photography, illustrations, or videos with the site’s growing community.

Industry Internet/Online/New Media
Salary Competitive
Benefits 401K/403B, Dental, Health, Stock/Options
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location Brooklyn, NY
Experience Level 5 years
Job Requirements You’re an experienced writer and editor. You have a passion for helping entrepreneurs and love working in a collaborative environment and can think about the big picture while paying close attention to detail.

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Glowing Political Endorsement 

A Good article plus an electrifying video showing a true committment to the Bernie political cause: “Sanders first earned Killer Mike’s official endorsement in June, after the senator declared plans to reinstate the Voting Rights Act, key sections of which were stuck down by the Supreme Court in 2013. “It’s official,” Killer Mike announced to his nearly 170,000 Twitter followers. “I support @SenSanders! His call 4 the restoration of the voters rights act sealed the deal for me.”

Since then, Render has continued to boost Sanders, but perhaps never as forcefully as this week, when he took the stage at a Sanders rally in his hometown of Atlanta. There, in front of a cheering crowd, Render invoked the spirit of fellow Atlanta native Martin Luther King Jr. “The Martin King post-the Washington March,” explained Killer Mike. “The Martin King against the war machine that uses your sons, and your nephews, to go to other lands and murder.” “

Chicago Murder

A Common Dreams posting that contextualizes, with opinions from leading activists and ruling judges, the fact of serving justice -albeit too late-  in last year’s Chicago murder: “”Here’s the thing: If Laquan’s murder is heinous, unjustified, and illegal today, it was heinous, unjustified, and illegal 400 days ago,” King wrote. “It didn’t randomly take the mayor and city prosecutors more than a year to determine this.”

He continued: “Every single person who saw the video has echoed this for over a year. Emanuel and prosecutors have shape-shifted into pseudo freedom fighters because they’re backed into a corner. They fought tooth-and-nail to have this video concealed, knowing that as long as they did, it would protect Van Dyke from prosecution. Now that it is about to be released, prosecutors have no legal justification for the artificial delay of charges.”

By “artificially delaying justice for 400 days,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other officials have “allowed anger, mistrust and resentment to build up to a fever pitch,” King said.”


       Writers’ Issues & Events & Tools        

Creative Writing is Creatively Macabre

An Atlantic posting that discusses what a valuable and creative path can be taken by instructors trying to breathe new life into lesson plans: ““The motives section lets them get really creative: We’ve had contributions like ‘he hadn’t done his homework,’ ‘he stole my girlfriend,’ and ‘she owed me lots of money.’ It’s also a great way to challenge their vocabulary when discussing things like the murder weapons,” Peake said. Some of the more imaginative items students have suggested: a wooden spoon, a harpoon gun, and a shark tank..”

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Archiving Digital Data

An Internet Archive blog post that points to the importance of setting funds aside to try and safeguard the vast quantities of digital data that the world has produced in only a few decades: “Today, people’s work, and to some extent their lives, are conducted and shared largely online. That means a portion of the world’s cultural heritage now resides only on the Web. And we estimate the average life of a Web page is only one hundred days before it is either altered or deleted.  “The Internet Archive is helping to preserve the world’s digital history in a transformational way,” said Kelli Rhee, LJAF Vice President of Venture Development. “Taking the Wayback Machine to the next level will make the entire Web more reliable, transparent and accessible for everyone.””

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More Police Murders and Potential Riots

A blog posting that contextualizes in an alarming but all to believable way the possible consequence of yet another brutal police murder in the grand city of Chicago: ”  Over the past few years, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray have all become household names because of the way that they died, and now it looks like Laquan McDonald’s name will be added to that list.  But the situation in Chicago is potentially even more volatile what we witnessed in either Ferguson or Baltimore.  More than a million African-Americans live in the Chicago metropolitan area, and the crime rate in the city has already been skyrocketing.  In fact, it is being projected that Chicago’s murder rate will increase by 20 percent in 2015.  This is a city that is always living on the edge of chaos, and now the video of Laquan McDonald’s death could be the spark that sets Chicago ablaze.”

     General Past & Present Issues                   & Developments                                       

Tenuous Family Planning Victory

A Common Dreams posting that, for a change, describes a positive development in the fraught arena of women’s most basic reproductive rights: “Striking down a state effort to “politically interfere” with a woman’s right to choose, a federal appeals court on Monday declared a Wisconsin law unconstitutional in a ruling reproductive rights advocates say is both a “victory” and an important precedent for an upcoming Supreme Court decision.

In his searing rebuke, Judge Richard Posner with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, said the law was a “clear flouting of Roe v. Wade.””

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                  A Thought for the Day                

Leonardo da Vinci – The Babe in the Womb, 1511
Leonardo da Vinci – The Babe in the Womb, 1511

One’s longest journey begins with a birth that one doesn’t plan and ends with a death that, normally, one does not invite: in between lies a realm of inevitable action and potential choice where, just possibly, one may find a path that one feels a true calling to pursue.

                    Quote of the Day                     
“The great mystery is not that we should have been thrown down here at random between the profusion of matter and that of the stars; it is that from our very prison we should draw, from our own selves, images powerful enough to deny our nothingness. …(Thus), (c)ulture is the sum of all the forms of art, of love, and of thought, which, in the coarse or centuries, have enabled man to be less enslaved. …(In that vein), when man faces destiny, destiny ends and man comes into his own.”   Andre Malraux

               This Day in History               

japanese-Tokugawa_Ieyasu2Japan today celebrates Labor Thanksgiving Day, while people around the world hold out for what is an essential development, an International Day to End Impunity; in what is now Greecetwo thousand five hundred forty-nine years ago, Thespis, a performer and writer from Icaria, now in Southern Greece, became the first ‘thespian’ when he characterized another on stage; seventeen centuries and eight years later, across the Mediterranean in 1174, the Sultan Saladin extended the reign of his fighters and backers with the conquest of Damascus; seven hundred sixty-seven years prior to the present pass, Christian forces on the Iberian Peninsula successfully ended their siege of Seville to mark the early stages of the Reconquista; two hundred sixty-two years hence, in 1510, Ottoman troops first carried out campaigns in what is now Georgia, sacking the capital city and extending their control beyond that; not quite a century and three and a half decades subsequently, in 1644, a thousand miles West in England, John Milton published his sweeping Areopagitica, which condemned censorship and lack of rights to publish generally; a year shy of ninety years afterward, in 1733, a massive slave insurrection began on St. John, in the then Danish West Indies; a hundred thirty-nine years before the here and now, the infamous William (Boss) Tweed faced his accusers in New York when the captors who had seized him in Spain delivered him stateside; thirteen years beyond that juncture, in 1889, across the continent in San Francisco, the first jukebox went into operation; fourteen years yet later on, in 1903, almost halfway back across the U.S., lawyers who represented illegally jailed miners near Cripple Creek, Colorado, arrived with writs of Habeas Corpus for six hundred of the colliers, at which the militia leader in charge of depredations against trade unionists responded that he would give the attorneys “post mortems” instead; eleven years thereafter, in 1914, eight hundred miles South in another instance of imperial impunity, the U.S. withdrew the last of its troops from its invasion of Mexico over the Tampico Affair the previous Spring; two decades henceforth, in 1934, the Abyssinia Crisis unfolded in Ethiopia when a British survey team found an Italian outpost on Ethiopian land; three hundred sixty-five days subsequent to that instant in time, in 1935, back in North America, John L. Lewis exited the American Federation of Labor to join up with the Congress of Industrial

Mining Bituminous Coal in Pennsylvania about 1900
Mining Bituminous Coal in Pennsylvania about 1900

Organizations, along with the union that he had long led, the United Mineworkers of America; yet another year further along, in 1936, Life Magazine restarted publication as a primarily pictorial periodical, finding instant success with the format; eight years nearer to now, in 1944, the baby boy was born into the world who would mature as the screenwriter and teacher of film scripting, Joe Eszterhas; seven hundred thirty days after that, in 1946,half a world away in what was then French  Indochina, French Naval forces pounded Hai Phong Harbor in the opening round of Vietnam’s liberation struggle from colonialist and imperialist domination;fifty-six years back, French President Charles de Gaulle delivered a speech that expressed a ‘vision of Europe from the Atlantic to the Urals’ that was decidedly unpopular on the other side of the ocean, especially with the CIA forces that, soon enough, would seek to displace the iconic Gallic leader; under the title “An Unearthly Child” four years past that point, in 1963, the British Broadcasting Corporation opened the longest-broadcast science fiction show in history, which today we call Dr. Who; eight

GWB : 0930-1250 North Atlantic Council (NAC) Summit. Prague, Czech Republic
GWB : 0930-1250 North Atlantic Council (NAC) Summit. Prague, Czech Republic

years more along time’s arc, in 1971, across the Atlantic at the United Nations Headquarters, the Peoples Republic of China first sat in on both General Assembly and Security Council sessions; three years even closer to today, in 1974, popular military historian and writer, Cornelius Ryan, breathed his last; another two years onward, in 1976, the author and critic died who had battled fascism and imperial impunity as Andre Malraux; two years hence, in 1978, Europe’s media authorities inaugurated a General Frequency Plan that determined radio bandwidth and similar protocols on the continent; a thousand ninety-six days still more proximate to the current context, in 1981, Ronald Reagan issued National Security Decision Directive 17, which permitted U.S. forces to murder and intervene against the Nicaraguan government through so-called ‘contra’ butchers; eight more years down the road, in 1990, English author Roald Dahl drew a final breath; two

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years onward from that, in 1992, International Business Machines issued the IBM Simon, the world’s first ‘smart phone,’ and singer-songwriter and impresario of country music, Roy Acuff, lived out his final stanza; another year yet more in today’s vicinity, in 1993, English artist Rachel Whiteread won both the prestigious Turner Prize for best young artists and another award, for twice as much prize money, for the worst artist of the year; two more years along life’s highway, in 1995, acclaimed filmmaker, screenwriter, and documentarian, Louis Malle, went through his last scene ever; eleven years afterward, in 2006, the writer and publisher, Jesus Blancornelos, whom his colleagues described as “the soul of Mexican journalism” and who founded Zeta Magazine, exited our midst; half a dozen years later still, in 2012, workers at Wal-Mart defied their protofascist managers and owners and conducted a nationwide walkout against the anti-union retail establishment.

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http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/nov/17/supreme-court-abortion-case-texas-south-midwest              An article from England’s Guardian, where one is much more likely to find useful investigation and incisive reportage than from any U.S. monopoly media brand, in this instance an analysis of the Supreme Court’s having agreed to hear an abortion case from Texas, which, if the decision goes as many such recent ‘post-Roe’ holdings have, would turn the creep toward fascism in the United States into a gallop, since the attack on women and their reproductive rights is nearly as central to Nazi ideology as is the lowering of certain ‘races’ vis a vis their Aryan masters, one of many assessments of this trend that rue the coming environment in this country, such as an Atlantic installment that notes the vast increase in self-induced abortions since Texas’ statute that requires even rural abortion clinics to have admitting privileges in urban hospitals, all of which is transpiring in a general environment of depredations against women that are worthy of Hitler’s Germany, as Cosmopolitan recently reported in relation to an Oklahoma police officer who stands accused of having raped over a dozen women of color whom he was in the process of arresting: “Johnson can’t quite wrap his mind around that(the likely closing of all other abortion providers in Alabama).  Already, patients travel to Johnson’s clinic, the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives, from across Tennessee, Mississippi, the Florida panhandle and Louisiana.  The clinic is open five days a week, and zoning laws prevent Johnson from expanding the hours any further. …rect3336 space(T)he potential effects of a supreme court ruling extend way beyond Texas’s borders.  A loss for abortion rights advocates would cause a seismic shift in abortion availability throughout the American south and midwest by unleashing powerful abortion restrictions that the lower courts have blocked.  More than 20 abortion clinics across seven states would shut down almost immediately.  Kansas would be left with two abortion clinics, Louisiana and Oklahoma with one. …Bathroom-gender-sign men women sexism
Anti-abortion legislators have passed numerous laws they describe as health measures that abortion providers argue are designed to close their doors.  Federal courts have tended to strike down these laws – a trend the supreme court is now in a position to reverse. …
In addition to closing four clinics in Alabama, a loss for reproductive rights groups at the supreme court would shutter seven other clinics in neighboring states.  In Mississippi, an admitting privileges law currently blocked by a federal court could close the state’s only remaining abortion clinic.  That would make Mississippi the first state without a single abortion clinic since Roe v Wade, the case that established the right to an abortion almost 43 years ago.  And it would close all the abortion providers for 440 miles between Johnson’s clinic and New Orleans.rect3336 spaceJohnson said: ‘It’s going to be a dangerous situation for millions of women’ – and also, he thinks, for abortion providers.  Alabama has some of the country’s most virulent protesters, with hundreds showing up to his clinic on the weekend, even though it’s closed.  ‘This could put a big target on the backs of the few providers that are left.'”—The Guardian
            “Between 100,000 and 240,000 Texas women between the ages of 18 and 49 have tried to end a pregnancy by themselves, according to a pair of surveys released Tuesday by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, a University of Texas-based effort aimed at determining the impact of the state’s reproductive policies. …
(M)ost of the state’s clinics didn’t meet these (new statutory) requirements.  It’s too expensive for them to make the necessary renovations, they say, and there are not enough nearby hospitals for every abortion provider to gain admitting privileges.
As a result, Texas now has just 17 abortion clinics, compared to 41 in 2012, and almost all the remaining clinics are in major cities.  If the Supreme Court upholds the law, seven more clinics will likely close, leaving just 10 in operation for the 269,000-square-mile state. …
The survey authors say self-induced abortions may become more common if more abortion clinics close.  ‘Given that the populations we found to be most familiar with abortion self-induction are among those that have been most directly affected by the closure of abortion clinics in the state,’ they write, ‘we suspect that abortion self-induction will increase as clinic-based care becomes more difficult to access.'”—Atlantic


http://www.socialeurope.eu/2015/11/on-social-justice-and-welfare/        An affecting, repeatedly and unaffectedly honest and real, examination of the issues of social engagement and social justice and human welfare by the forthrightly liberal, bourgeois thinker Anartya Sen, in whose gentle and good-humored brain any hope for the survival of liberal capitalism lives, a very important ninety-minute view whether one believes such an eventuality is possible or not.


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Law Library Will Mark Human Rights Day with a Discussion Centered on Islamic Law

On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, the Law Library of Congress and the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division will recognize Human Rights Day with a panel discussion centered on Islamic law.  The discussion, “Perspectives on Islamic Law Reform,” will feature a panel of distinguished Islamic scholars. The panelists include Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture at the University of Southern California; Issam Saliba, foreign law specialist at the Law Library of Congress; and from Harvard Law School, Intisar A. Rabb, professor of law and co-director of the Islamic Legal Studies program and Kristen A. Stilt, professor of law and co-director of the Islamic Legal Studies program.


The Sun 

A venue worth considering for good payment, which we have listed before: “We pay from $300 to $2,000 for essays and interviews, $300 to $1,500 for fiction, and $100 to $200 for poetry. We also give contributors a complimentary one-year subscription to The Sun. We purchase one-time rights. All other rights revert to the author upon publication.”

Verge Magazine

Verge is the magazine for people who travel with purpose. It explores ways to get out and see the world by volunteering, working and studying overseas. Stories in Verge Magazine should inform and inspire readers by profiling unique individuals and travel experiences that are timely and socially relevant. We look for well-told, engaging stories that inspire readers to follow in the writers footsteps, offering a unique look at the subject at hand, and providing howto information so that readers can find out more about the subject or become involved in the issue covered. If your submission is selected for publication, Verge editors will notify you and provide you with more information, including payment details, set out clearly in a Contributor Agreement letter.


DIALOGIST is not apparently a paying market. It is an online platform for diversity through discourse. Be clear. Be dynamic. Start a conversation. And send us your best. We accept poetry and art/photography/illustration.

Located in Štúrovo in south of Slovakia, on the shores of Danube. It is a small town with 12,000 inhabitants that doubles in the summer season. Host pays accommodation, phone and internet basic fee plus up to 50€ and public presentation expenses. Grant of 350€ per month. Centre supports artists, scientists or any other professionals working on projects with the idea of bringing together, connecting, bridging. Intriguing idea of each resident having a time to “guard” the bridge.

Each issue offers readers a collection of shorts — articles of 500-750 words — that cover timely issues, current trends, interesting people, noteworthy work, enticing food, historical and historic moments, captivating arts and culture, beckoning recreational opportunities, and more. Tackling a smaller piece is a good way to introduce yourself and your skills to us, and to try your hand at speaking to The Iowan’s audience. Features generally range from 1,000–1,500 words (some longer, depending on subject matter and depth) and cover every topic imaginable with only two primary rules: 1) solid storytelling and 2) great photography potential.
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University of Houston

Full Time/Part Time: Full-time


Provides public information to the media regarding the university’s administration, faculty, staff and students. Disseminates material about university research, activities, academic events and awards.

Responds to media queries received via phone, fax and internet from local, national and international news sources; keeps abreast of news development to respond appropriately. etc.

Communications Associate
University of Southern California (USC)

Hiring Range: $17.94 – $20.51 Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: Downtown Los Angeles

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.


Chair, Journalism Department
Bob Schieffer College of Communication, TCU

The Bob Schieffer College of Communication at TCU seeks a dynamic, thoughtful, well-respected leader to serve as chair of the Journalism Department.

The department chair is a nine-month position at a rank commensurate with the candidate’s accomplishments in the field of journalism education and scholarship.  The chair is the executive officer of the department, providing vision and representing the program both on campus and in the community. Duties include budget preparation, course schedule management, handling promotion and tenure cases, and reviewing performance of faculty and staff.


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If you can type 60 words per minute, want extreme job flexibility, casual dress (you can show up in pajamas), freedom to dress how you please (tattoos, piercings, gauges), and an extremely LGBT friendly work environment, apply now! You will be able to work as many hours as you like per week, after your training period is over. 

ORGLINKOrganizing the Poor

A Chief Organizer posting that views challenges and opportunities to organize those who have traditionally had no true organization or representation, and points to voices assenting approval of said move: “The darned poor! They are so exasperating! They won’t get jobs, when there are no jobs to be gotten. They won’t simply abandon their children, when there is no daycare they can afford or place to put them. They still want to eat even when they don’t have enough money for food. They won’t get off the streets, just because they don’t have homes. Perhaps worse, some believe that they’ll always be with us.

And, now some in the chattering class are calling for the poor to rise up and organize and do something about this inequality problem that the rich insisted successfully for so many years was the only way to go.”

Voices of Peace Amid War Cries

A Common Dreams article that describes the dissenting and opposing forces at play within Britain’s political landscape: “As British Prime Minister David Cameron declared from Paris on Monday his desire to escalate the UK’s military campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) in both Iraq and Syria, campaigners are looking to Jeremy Corbyn to see whether the Labour Party leader can temper the nation’s march to war.

Cameron is trying to rally support for a pending parliamentary vote authorizing the Royal Air Force to bomb Syria, joining ongoing airstrikes by the United States, France, and Russia in that country, and the amplified regional onslaught against ISIS following the attacks in Paris earlier this month.”

WRISSMelancholy and Art

A Brain Pickings excerpt from the heartfelt letters written by one of the world’s most beloved composers, an offering that sheds some light on an aspect of the creative process of emotion: ““An artist needs a certain amount of turmoil and confusion,” Joni Mitchell once told an interviewer. Indeed, the history of the arts is the history of the complex relationship between creativity and mental illness. But while psychologists have found that a low dose of melancholy enhances creativity, its clinical extreme in depression can be creatively debilitating.

Few artists have walked that fine line with more tenacity and self-awareness than the great Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (May 7, 1840–November 6, 1893).”

Bigotry and Art

A Salon article delineating the uncomfortable tension between one of America’s most celebrated horror writers and the uncomfortable, hateful views that in part informed his creativity, and the difficult decisions that this conflict engenders: “The tension between these two truths has gnawed at the World Fantasy Awards for years. In 2011, WFA-award-winning writer Nnedi Okorafor wrote a blog post ruminating on Lovecraft’s infamous poem “On the Creation of N***ers” and what it means to receive an honor bearing the author’s likeness. Last year, the Brooklyn-based writer Daniel Jose Older launched a petition demanding the WFA statuette be changed. When news of WFC’s decision broke, Older tweeted “WE DID IT. YOU DID IT. IT’S DONE. YESSSSSSSS.”

Not everyone was as thrilled. On his blog, Lovecraft biographer S.T. Joshi described the removal as a “ridiculous” move “meant to placate the shrill whining of a handful of social justice warriors.” He included a letter he’d written to the WFC board co-chair announcing he would return his WFA trophies and do “everything in my power to urge a boycott of the World Fantasy Convention among my many friends and colleagues.””

GENMEDIPWomen Creating 

An inspiring Global Voices post that discusses the wonderful and creative acts of women in Mexico: “The hip-hop scene in Mexico has been rattled up by the collective Mujeres Trabajando (Women at Work), who, since 2009, have used their music, poetry, visual art, and dance to gain a foothold in an environment where misogyny and male machismo prevail. The multidisciplinary collective arose as the brainchild of Jezzy P and Ximbo. Nowadays, the group is comprised of twelve artists, coming from all across Mexico, who specialize in any one of the basic elements of hip-hop.”

Performance during International Women’s Day and the sixth anniversary of the collective held on March 8, 2015. Photo courtesy of Giulia Iacolutti and taken from the Mujeres Trabajando website with permission.


Criticizing Bigoted Media Coverage

A Salon article that discusses some of the most obvious blunders and bigoted misdeeds of corporate media: ““The lesson that the American media has supposedly learned after the 9/11 attack,” Greenwald began, “was that allowing political and military intelligence officials to make all kinds of claims without scrutinizing and questioning and pushing them back is a really destructive thing to do.”

“It propagandizes the population,” he argued. “It leads to things like torture, Guantanamo, the attack on Iraq based on false pretenses.””

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 Society in Decline

A Common Dreams post that explores the stark signs that our society is in decline, and showing the underlying themes that are leading to our disastrous end: “While Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning and John Kiriakou are vilified for revealing vital information about spying and bombing and torture, a man who conspired with Goldman Sachs to make billions of dollars on the planned failure of subprime mortgages was honored by New York University for his “Outstanding Contributions to Society.”

This is one example of the distorted thinking leading to the demise of a once-vibrant American society. There are other signs of decay. There exists a common theme amidst these signs of societal decay: The super-rich keep taking from the middle class as the middle class becomes a massive lower class. Yet the myth persists that we should all look up with admiration at the “self-made” takers who are ripping our society apart.”

11.20.2015 Daily Links


The temptation exists, in relation to ignorant individuals who conceive themselves as superior either genetically or ‘racially’—a concept that contains equal measures absurdity and hatefulness—to treat such pathetic ignoramuses with scorn and anger, when not only do these sorts deserve only pity and as much compassion as self-defense and the defense of others permits, but also the only ones who truly deserve contempt and fury are the ‘precious few’ who actually ‘run the show,’ ‘rule the roost,’ or otherwise actually own and operate the Earth for their own benefit, and who consciously follow a path that supports the statement, “to hell with any notion of social justice or social equality.”


“Since humans became self-regarding they have sought, as well, explanations for the common phenomena of procreation, death, the cycle of seasons, the earth, sea, wind and stars, sun and moon, plenty and disaster.  With myth, the writer’s ancestors, the oral story-tellers, began to feel out and formulate these mysteries, using the elements of daily life — observable reality — and the faculty of the imagination — the power of projection into the hidden — to make stories. …unicorn myth
Myth was the mystery plus the fantasy — gods, anthropomorphized animals and birds, chimera, phantasmagorical creatures — that posits out of the imagination some sort of explanation for the mystery.  Humans and their fellow creatures were the materiality of the story, but as Nikos Kazantzakis once wrote, ‘Art is the representation not of the body but of the forces which created the body.’ …babiesHor wood art
        (In this vein, then), (p)erhaps there is no other way of reaching some understanding of being than through art?  Writers themselves don’t analyze what they do; to analyze would be to look down while crossing a canyon on a tightrope. …rect3336 space        Any writer of any worth at all hopes to play only a pocket-torch of light — and rarely, through genius, a sudden flambeau — into the bloody yet beautiful labyrinth of human experience, of being.”   Nadine Gordimer: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Nadine_Gordimer.


By Christopher J. Fynn (Own work)
By Christopher J. Fynn (Own work)

Today is Universal Children’s Day around the world, Black Awareness Day in Brazil, Revolution Day in Mexico, and also internationally a Transgender Day of Awareness; in the Italian Peninsula, meanwhile, eight hundred twenty-one years ago, the armies of French king Henry VI conquered the Palermo principality; in Brazil, five centuries and a single year thereafter, in 1695,Portuguese interlopers condemned and murdered the last indigenous leader, Zumbi; two hundred and twenty-six years before the here and now, New Jersey was the first US state to ratify the Bill of Rights; in an event partially responsible for Moby Dick, twenty-seven years further along, in 1816,  a labor action occurred in the United States during which strikers first used the term [scab[; four years henceforth, in 1820, a gargantuan sperm whale attacked a whaling ship 2,000 off the coast of South America; in a European joint-imperial incursion in South America a quarter century later, in 1845, French and English naval forces blockaded the Rio de la Plata in an action against Argentina; thirteen years even closer to today’s dawn, in 1858, the baby girl came into the world in standard fashion who would be the first woman to win the

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By ProtoplasmaKid cc 4.0

Nobel Prize, Selma Lagerlof; one hundred and thirty-one years ahead of now, the male child cried out who would mature as the champion of working people and social democracy, Norman Thomas; just four years later still, in 1888, an intrepid Yankee devised the first punch tome clock, which his brother would put into mass production a year later;another year onward, in 1889, the baby boy who would become astronomer and cosmologist Edwin Hubble came into the world; seven years more proximate to the present pass, in 1896, the female child shouted out whose destiny was to grow up as the anarchist and International Ladies Garment Workers Union leader, Rose Pesotta; an infant born a dozen years on the nose past that point in time, in 1908, grew up to become historian Alistair Cooke; Francisco Madero seven hundred thirty days subsequently, in 1910, denounced Mexican president Porfirio Diaz and initiated revolutionary action in his country with his Plan

Ilya Repin - Tolstoy
Ilya Repin – Tolstoy

de San Luis Potosi, and, 7,000 miles to the North East, iconic Russian writer Leo Tolstoy died; eight years later and half a world away, in 1918, as Russia embroiled itself in revolutionary upheaval and withdrew from World War One conflict, Ukraine for a time became an independent republic before it rejoined the nascent Soviet Union; five years after that instant in time, in 1923, seven thousand miles South in South Africa, the baby girl gave her initial shout en route to a life as the acclaimed and iconic writer and thinker, Nadine Gordimer; two years hence, Northeast across the Atlantic in the United States, the baby boy drew a first breath who would mature as the child of black market privilege, Robert Kennedy; three hundred sixty-five days hence, in 1926, an infant who grew up to become British novelist John Gardner was born; ten years yet later onward, in 1936, Spanish Republican executioners stood Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, the founder of the fascist Falange, against a wall and shot him to rags, and the infant male who matured into acclaimed novelist Don DeLillo drew his first breath; three more years hence, in 1939, the baby who became comedian, thinker, and writer Dick Smothers was born; Hungary three hundred sixty-six days farther down the pike, in 1940, signed the Tripartite Act and joined the fascist Axis; six years subsequently to the day, in 1946, 24 accused Nazis stood in the dock at Nuremberg in the first trials against those fascists who had likely committed atrocities, while across the Atlantic close to half a million coal miners struck against the facilities that the United

Mining Bituminous Coal in Pennsylvania about 1900
Mining Bituminous Coal in Pennsylvania about 1900

States had just seized, as usual in the practice of socialism for the rich, as the miners sought higher wages, safer conditions, better health benefits, and union recognition, and on the same day, a male infant first opened his eyes on his way to a brief life as the iconic rocker and writer, Duane Allman; President Kennedy stopped the blockade of Cuba and ended tie Missile Crisis sixteen years later, in 1962, after Russia agreed to remove its missiles from the island; six years afterward, in 1968, the Farmington mine disaster in West Virginia claimed the lives of nearly four score workers, with the typical explanation that profit had trumped safety; a year past that conjunction, in 1969, Cleveland’s Plain Dealer published photographs of murdered corpses from My Lai, Vietnam, and eight thousand miles away, Native American activists seized control of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, till US law enforcement officials ousted them eighteen months later;  half a decade onward and upward toward the present, in

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1974, the final anti-trust lawsuit against AT&T began, leading to the breakup of the telephone monopoly; two more years along time’s path, in 1976, the Ukrainian biologist and infamous fraud, Trofim Lysenko, breathed his last; Egyptian president Anwar Sadat a single year after, in 1977, became the first contemporary Arab leader to visit the state of Israel; two years subsequent to that moment to the day, in 1981, hundreds of Sunni radicals seized over 6,000 hostages during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, an uprising which Pakistani special forces helped the Saudis to quell; Microsoft Windows 1.0 first issued four years nearer to now, in 1985; twenty-one years back, after two decades of imperially-sponsored bloodletting, the democratic forces of Angola forced an armistice in the wartorn land of Southern Africa; four years subsequent to that event, in 1998, a court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, whose imprimatur flowed from CIA backing for nearly twenty years, found Osama Bin Laden a blameless man in relation to bombings at the World Trade Center and elsewhere, and Russian space authorities seventeen years ago launched the first module on the way to the completion of the International Space Station; eight years closer still to today, in 2006, American director and screenwriter Robert Altman died.

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https://pando.com/2015/11/17/something-scammy-way-comes/         An ‘unlocked’ gem from a still-independent voice in the ‘tech sphere,’ Pando Daily, an incisive explanation about the political economy of scams in general and the dynamics of why such depredations proliferate now, a must-read for scrappy scribes, as are multiple other profferals about media, including a brilliant essay from Consortium News about the monopolization of false narratives and what that implies for democracy and citizenship, as well as a well-spoken blogger’s lesson about “insurrectionist civics,” a development more or less essential in the context of fatuous nonsense in the name of ‘sharing economies,’ till working writers organize even more assiduously than are the yarnsmiths now at Huffington Post or the professors at California State University, though intrepid entrepreneurs continue to solidify models that permit writers to own more, receive more, and find wider audiences with their works: “So what does this explosion in low-level deception mean?  And what are we to make of the attendant rise in generally shitty startup behavior: ClearSlide’s 10 hour day, Indiegogo’s refusal to clamp down on fraud on its platform, Zirtual’s mass layoffs and its investor’s bullshit public solicitation for new money after bad?

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

Ego wants me to believe that the increase in story tips is connected to the fact that Pando is pretty much the only independent voice left in the tech blog world.  Everyone else is owned by Verizon or Comcast or Monsanto or IG Farben or whoever the hell, leaving Pando the only place free to cover wrongdoing in the industry. …rect3336 space          A more likely explanation – and one backed up by others I’ve spoken to who live and work in the tech industry – is that there are just more scams to go around.  That, in recent months, companies have just become more willing to behave in shady ways.  That investors and executives are more willing to let that behavior slide, if it results in more revenue and more users.  And that, thanks to the cult of the founder, there’s less board oversight than ever before to stop shady schemes before they even start.  Fortunately, there also seem to be more employees – or former employees – willing to blow the whistle. …rect3336 space          I know something is bad coming because of the scams.  The fact that so many stakeholders are willing to risk being exposed, and even sent to jail, for just a few extra bucks or a couple of hundred sign ups tell me that they know this is make or break time for a lot of shitty companies.  Either they’ll be out of business in six months, in which case their bad behavior will be forgotten, or they’ll survive long enough to apologize and make things right.  To stand a chance of survival they – as Pincus put it – ‘need revenues, right, fucking, now.’—Pandorect3336 space          “This process(of falsification) could be almost comical – as the many armchair warriors repeat What Everyone Knows to Be True as self-justifying proof that more and more wars and confrontations are needed – but the United States is the most powerful nation on earth and its fallacious “group thinks” are spreading a widening arc of chaos and death around the globe.sniper war attack
(Moreover), (d)espite the catastrophic Iraq War – based on neocon-driven falsehoods about WMD and the complicit unthinking ‘group think’ – the neocons retained their influence largely through an alliance with ‘liberal interventionists’ and their combined domination of major Washington think tanks, from the American Enterprise Institute to the Brookings Institution, and the mainstream U.S. news media, including The Washington Post and The New York Times. …(a narrative that in particular focuses now on controlling the future of Syria, but has also distorted and lied about the Ukrainian coup and its aftermath, the nature of contemporary Russia, and the ecocidal outcome of all-out war with Russia and China). …rect3336 space          At this point, it may seem fruitless – even naïve – to suggest ways to pierce the various “group thinks” and the bubble that sustains them.  But a counter-argument to the fake narratives is possible if some candidate seized on the principle of an informed electorate as vital to democracy.rect3336 space          An argument for empowering citizens with facts is one that transcends traditional partisan and ideological boundaries.  Whether on the right, on the left, or in the center, Americans don’t want to be treated like cattle being herded by propaganda or ‘strategic communication’ or whatever the latest euphemism is for deception and manipulation.”—Consortium News

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          “You may have noticed that we’ve entered our 20-month long election process here in the US, and the front runners – at least in terms of pundit attention – are people who aren’t politicians – Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina – or who are at least very unusual politicians, like socialist Vermont representative Bernie Sanders.  For many years, voters have been telling pollsters that they’re sick of politics – perhaps this is a year that people start voting that way as well. …rect3336 space           I teach civics, so you’re probably expecting me to tell you that this is a national crisis, that we need to figure out how to revitalize a generation of voters so that we don’t lose all that’s miraculous about American democracy, so we can strengthen what’s best in our political system and help emerging democracies in Ghana, Nigeria, India and everywhere else in the world that’s experiencing a crisis in democratic faith.rect3336 space           Unfortunately, I’m not that guy.rect3336 space           Actually, I’m having my own crisis of democratic faith at the moment.  As we head into the 2016 elections, I’m having real trouble getting excited.  Three years after the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook, we seem no closer to passing significant gun control legislation.  We’re seeing unmistakeable signs that our climate is changing, but few signs that our legislators see this as a problem, never mind one that we could and should address.rect3336 space           I have enormous respect and fondness for friends like Eric Liu who are working to revitalize American democracy, appealing to our sense of patriotism and asking us to be part of the change we want to see in the world.  I want them to succeed.  But I’m starting to think that what’s going on in the US right now requires a different approach.  I think we’re at a moment of very high mistrust, not just in government, but in large, powerful institutions as a whole.  And I think if we want to revive our civic life, we need to think about a vision of civics that’s appropriate for an age of widespread mistrust(in a word, a politics of insurrectionism).”EthanZuckerman’sBlog




http://fktv.is/political-author-gearoid-o-colmain-nails-paris-terror-attacks-27434   Analysis at once incisive, brilliant, and persuasive to the point of incontrovertibility, from an Irish journalist and public intellectual whom Forbidden Knowledge TV, via RT’s international desk, has brought to viewers and listeners who have a desire to see the human race survive instead of annihilate itself in wars and other terroristic enterprises that exist exclusively to generate plunder and dominance for the ruling classes that now lead the show.


student writing arm


Pacific University Residency Writers Conference

Portland, Oregon
Event Date: January 7, 2016
Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions

The 2016 Residency Writers Conference, sponsored by the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at Pacific University, will be held from January 7 to January 17 in the coastal resort town of Seaside, Oregon, and from June 16 to June 26 on Pacific University’s 165-year-old campus in Forest Grove, Oregon. The conference features craft talks, workshops, panels, readings, and time to write.


Camargo Foundation

The Foundation’s primary program consists of individual fellowship residencies of one to three months. The Foundation welcomes applications from individuals in the following areas:

  • Scholars and thinkers in arts and humanities should be working in French and Francophone cultures, including cross-cultural studies that engage the cultures and influences of the Mediterranean region. Thinkers include professionals such as curators, artistic and executive directors of cultural organizations, cultural critics, and academic deans
  • Artists, in all disciplines, who are the primary creators of new work

The Camargo Foundation welcomes scholars and artists from all countries and nationalities as well as all career levels.

Langum Charitable Trust

David J. Langum Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction

December 1, 2015

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the previous year. Publishers or authors may submit a book (or bound galleys) published in 2015 by December 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Bronx Council on the Arts

BRIO Artist Awards

December 2, 2015
E-mail address:


Grants of $3,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who reside in the Bronx in New York City. Winners must complete a one-time public service activity as part of the Artists for Community Enrichment program. Students enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible. Submit up to 15 pages of poetry or 30 pages of prose with a résumé and proof of residency by December 2. There is no entry fee. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.


The Reginald S. Tickner Writing Fellowship is an annual writer-in-residence position named in honor of Reginald Tickner, whose 41-year career at Gilman impacted thousands of Gilman students.

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pascal maramis – flickr


Writer, Producer, Editor (Preditor) – NECN
Massachusetts – Newton
**PLEASE APPLY DIRECTLY via NBCUniversal Careers website: http://www.nbcunicareers.com/

The Creative Services Marketing Producer, Writer, Editor, “Preditor” is responsible for strategic conceptualization, compelling writing, and solid editing of a variety of on air and digital station and news promotion.
This position works closely with the Brand Director, Creative Services Director and design department and requires an ability and desire to communicate clear messages in new and creative ways. The ideal candidate will help conceptualize and execute image campaigns, attend daily news meetings, produce daily topical and franchise promotion, and create advertising campaigns for special news and station projects.

EW Scripps/Findly
Multimedia Journalist/Reporter

Full time
United States – Arizona – .Phoenix

ABC15 in Phoenix, Arizona is looking for a qualified multi-media journalist to research, write, capture visual content and edit stories for multiple platforms.

Responsible innovation and extreme technological risk asks what can be done to encourage risk-awareness and societal responsibility, without discouraging innovation, within the communities developing future technologies with transformative potential. What can be learned from historical examples of technology governance and culture-development? What are the roles of different forms of regulation in the development of transformative technologies with risk potential? Relevant disciplines include science and technology studies, geography, sociology, governance, philosophy of science, plus relevant technological fields (e.g., AI, biotechnology, geoengineering), although suitable candidates outside these fields are welcomed.
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ORGLINKSabotaging Leader of Working Class

A Counter Punch article that discusses the political sabotage that assaults a true workingman’s friend in British government, pointing to a learning process for all the citizens who think that mere elections can solve intractable social problems and bring true democracy about: “Moreover most of those Labour MPs who are sniping at Corbyn from the green benches of the House of Commons know which side their bread is buttered. It was Tony Blair who put them there, after all, by imposing short lists of ‘approved’ right wing candidates on local parties.

And now they are at risk in a newly energized left wing Labour Party that has just elected a genuinely progressive, pacifist, environmentalist left wing leader. All the hundreds of new members that have flooded into the party inspired by Corbyn’s combination of compassion, understanding and commitment to social, ecological and economic justice are hardly going to reselect them when the time comes.”

WRISSAds as the Scourge of the Entire Publishing Chain

A Media Post article that describes the toxic nature of annoying advertising and the way it poisons all across the media distribution chain: “Consumers suffer because they have to put up with advertisements that interfere with whatever it is that they are doing.

But what about publishers? Some have pointed out that ad blocking is bad for publishers because it can cut one of their major revenue sources. Others have complained that the publishers’ focus on revenue is at the root of this problem, because in their desperation to generate advertising money, they are pummeling readers with unwanted, intrusive, distracting ads. But ultimately, do the publishers really suffer as a result of annoying ads?

The answer is a resounding “yes.””

GENMEDIPFeature Films with Great Working Class Themes

A compendium of full feature films of various kinds and genres that actually honor the working class and laborers’ experiences in a real and respectful way: “This list of classic labor films is drawn from recommendations by experienced labor film festival organizers; if you have suggestions for additions, please submit them in the comments section below or email them to us at streetheat@dclabor.org


Getting Real about ISIS

An important Global Research Centre article that properly contextualizes the empire-created monster that is ISIS: “Yikes! Those evil, marauding terrorists from ISIS are still at large, but fear not: ISIS can’t escape from the U.S. and our allies for long. And when we get ’em, we’re going to kick their cartoonist/woman/gay/Christian-hating Jihadi butts from here until Sunday.

There’s just one problem. If we’re at war with ISIS, why do we keep supplying them with tanks, weapons, Humvees and shiny new Toyota trucks?”

GENISSFundraising Successes on Campaign Trail

A Washington Post post that analyses the modest amounts of cash that the decidely working class Hillary Clinton has managed to raise, thus drawing attention to a need for honesty in regards to self-representation and funding campaign reforms: ”

Over four decades of public life, Bill and Hillary Clinton have built an unrivaled global network of donors while pioneering fundraising techniques that have transformed modern politics and paved the way for them to potentially become the first husband and wife to win the White House.

The grand total raised for all of their political campaigns and their family’s charitable foundation reaches at least $3 billion, according to a Washington Post investigation.”

11.19.2015 Daily Links


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

The cosmic cradle’s rocking, rarely detected, barely detectable, has incubated the stuff of galaxies and stars, the Earth and us and all the atoms and particles in all that is: the vast span of matter and energy in transit contains nearly infinite reaches of time and space that in turn yield both every strange, unexpected artifact or articulation, and its eventual contemplation.

QUOTEDAY“To strive for less (than) …keep(ing) the peace, foster(ing) progress in human achievement, and enhancing liberty, dignity, and integrity among people and among nations…would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt both at home and abroad….rect3336 spaceCrises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defense; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research — these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel. …
(However), (o)ur military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.rect3336 spaceUntil the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.rect3336 spaceThis conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.rect3336 spaceWe must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.” Dwight D. Eisenhower–Farewell Address

DAYHISTORYnwuFor scrappy scribes, today is an important day indeed, the thirty-fourth anniversary of the founding of the National Writers Union, and around the planet citizens commemorate World Toilet Day and Women’s Entrepreneurship Day; in an early instance of divided Islam, one thousand three hundred and seventy-nine years ago, forces of the Rashidun caliphate won out over their opponents in what is now Iraq; nine hundred twenty years before the here and now, Pope Urban II called a council at Clermont to consider mounting the first Crusade in the so-called ‘Holy Land’; exactly two years shy of four centuries later, in 1493, Columbus went ashore with a party of sailors on the main island of what we now know as Puerto Rico; three hundred one years hence, in 1794, signatories from the United States and the United Kingdom signed Jay’s Treaty, which the Supreme Court Chief Justice had negotiated, in order to forestall open war over predatory trade practices on the part of the British; twenty-two years beyond that juncture, in 1816, across the wide Atlantic, Warsaw University first came into existence; one hundred fifty-two years prior to the present pass,

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

Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous address to the fallen in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; a quarter century advanced from that conjunction, in 1888, the baby boy cried out who would mature as the chess genius Jose Raul Capablanca; nine years further along the temporal arc, in 1897, renowned American poet Emma Lazarus died at the age of thirty eight; seven years henceforth on the dot, in 1904, more than 6,000 Chicago members of the United Garment Workers walked off their jobs in the city; five years after that exact point, in 1909, a male child was born en route to a long life as Peter Drucker, writer and thinker of management fantasies; three years subsequently, in 1912, Serbian soldiers captured Bitola, and terminated over five hundred years of Ottoman hegemony; three years yet later on, a century before today in 1915, industrialists and officials in Utah murdered labor leader, songwriter, and champion of working people Joe Hill for a crime that he did not commit; 365 days hence, in 1916, Samuel Goldwyn and his partner founded what would eventually become Metro Goldwyn Mayer; eighty-two years back, an infant boy drew his first breath on the way to a career as journalist and talk show host Larry King; four years onward toward today, in 1937, a baby girl entered the world who would, as psychologist and writer Penelope Leach, seek to help parents with their children’s lives and times; another year more proximate to present days, in 1938, the infant male opened his eyes on his way to life as trust funded mogul of media and more Ted Turner; at the Battle of Stalingrad four years more proximate to the present moment in time, in 1942, Soviet armies launched counterattacks that turned the tide of World War Two decisively, and, half a world away, the baby girl who became well known poet and critic Sharon Olds was born; exactly one year subsequent to that instant, in 1943, after thousands of Jewish inmates rose against their Nazi prison guards and attempt a mass escape, Nazi forces killed everyone at the Janowska concentration camp in Ukraine; seven years past that particular point, in 1950, in a prelude to his coming executive ascendancy in politics, Dwight Eisenhower assumed supreme command of the North Atlantic Treaty

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Organizations’ forces; Europe’s oldest private TV channel opened four years afterward, in 1954 in Monte Carlo, under the ownership and leadership of Prince Rainier, the small state’s sovereign; a single year afterward precisely, in 1955, National Review issued its first installment; three years after that, in 1958, a baby boy took his first breath whose destiny was to create and compose strange, ethereal films as Charlie Kaufman; nine years further onward, in 1967 around the world, Hong Kong’s first TV broadcasting service began, albeit still under British rule; two years further on, in 1969, during

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

the Apollo 12 mission, two American astronauts became the third and fourth people to walk on the moon; new Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini a decade after that point in time, in 1979, ordered the release of thirteen female and Black captured Americans in the midst of the Iranian hostage crisis; seven hundred thirty-one days subsequently, in 1981, the organization for scrappy scribes came into existence as the National Writers Union; three years nearer to now, in 1984, close to three thousand miles Southwest in Mexico, the Juanico disaster at a Pemex facility caused the deaths of over five hundred Mexican citizens; a single year down the road from that, in 1985, Pennzoil’s litigation against Texaco for tortious interference with contractual relations, regarding Pennzoil’s purchase of Getty Oil yielded a US$10.53 billion judgment, the largest civil award in US history to that point; three years still further on, in 1988, Serbian Slobodan Milosevic claimed that Serbia was under attack as a result of an international conspiracy against the Yugoslav nation; the House of Representatives began impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton a decade henceforth, in 1998, for perjury in relation to his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, interestingly enough, at about the same time that the Central Intelligence Agency admitted that many of Gary Webb’s allegations in Dark Alliance were true; a

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

single year thereafter to the day, in 1999, the People’s Republic of China launched its first spacecraft; three years even closer to now, in 2002, almost halfway round the world, a Greek Oil tanker foundered off Galicia and caused the worst oil spill in Spanish/Portuguese history; three years before today, the innovate science fiction writer and critic, Boris Strugatsky, breathed his last; another year along the pike, in 2013, the acclaimed children’s author, Charlotte Zolotow, had her final day on Earth; just three hundred sixty-five days in the future from that, in 2014, a massive suicide bomb explosion at the Iranian embassy in Beirut killed 23 people and injured scores more, and famed director and screenwriter, Mike Nichols, lived through his final scene.

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SEARCHDAY"college sports" OR "national collegiate athletic association" OR ncaa history OR origins OR roots analysis OR investigation OR documentation profiteering OR "money-making scheme" OR "business enterprise" OR "for-profit enterprise" OR "standard operating procedure" OR sop "political economy" OR radical OR marxist = 78,600 Connections.

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http://www.countercurrents. org/young171115.htm      From a Canadian pen at Countercurrents, a heartfelt plea for citizens to examine the now almost completely overlooked meeting of imperial overlords and nervous national administrators at the G-20 meeting in Antalya Turkey, a mere five hundred miles as crows fly from Damascus, where the trials and tribulation of the current moment were under review, difficulties of much vaster scope than ISIS or carbon or climate or any other single issue, no matter how weighty, the problems of the present prospect that either citizens master or everyone shrugs as dystopia becomes more and more inevitable, an outreach from a socialist source to pay attention that for the most part primarily other social democratic sources made in tandem, or that other leaders, reviled in the corporate sphere, also cried out for attention to, all of which ought to cause at the least a moment or two of sobering reflection among scrappy scribes on their organizational birthday: “We live in a world of massive inequality and environmental degradation, one dominated by the global 1% and the states that act in their interests.  To maintain their power, in recent decades the U.S. and its allies have engaged in a seemingly endless series of imperialist interventions across the globe, unequal wars that have killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, destroyed societies, created profound animosities between communities, and forced millions of people to flee their homes to seek safety in bleak refugee camps or risk death on land and sea.  Our condemnation of the crimes committed in Paris and Beirut must not blind us to the crimes of imperialism, many orders of magnitude larger, and which create the conditions that have led some to turn to terrorism. …rect3336 space(Unfortunately), (t)he leaders of the G20 who met in Turkey on November 15-16 have made plans to take maximum political advantage of the opportunity that the killings in Paris afford them. …
(Nevertheless), (t)he path of restrictions on democratic freedoms in the name of ‘national security’ is a fraud and a dead end.  Casting suspicion on ‘others’ in our midst who are not like ‘us’ and heightening police surveillance of them – in this case, Muslims – promotes racism and Islamophobia and weakens us all.  Participation in imperialist wars – such as Canada’s lengthy commitment to the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, which left the country in ruins – must be vigorously opposed.”—Countercurrents
“(In a Financial Times article), (u)nder the headline ‘America’s bold voice cannot be the only one,’ Obama gives an absurdly glowing account of the supposed success of his economic policies and lectures Europe, China, Japan and the emerging market countries on similar measures they must take to kick-start their stalling or contracting economies and reverse the global economic slowdown. …rect3336 space(In reality), (t)he G20 heads of government assemble under conditions of slowing growth, intensifying trade conflicts, and a divergence in monetary policy between the US Federal Reserve and the central banks of Britain, the European Union and Japan.  No one seriously believes that the meeting this week will forge a coherent, common policy to address the crisis.money
Last week, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) once again downgraded its projection for world economic growth in 2015 and 2016 and warned of a ‘dramatic slowdown in global trade growth.’  OECD chief economist Catherine Mann said that the projected 2 percent rate of trade growth for 2015 was at a depressed level ‘associated with global recession.’ …
The presentation of the state of the US economy in Obama’s column is a combination of half-truths, distortions and lies.  Obama boasts of having overseen the creation of 13.5 million new jobs and a decline in the unemployment rate to 5 percent.  He leaves out the fact that the vast majority of decent-paying jobs wiped out since 2008 have been replaced by low-wage positions, that a large share of the new jobs are part-time or temporary, and that the labor force participation rate, a far more accurate gauge of the labor market than the official jobless rate, remains at near-record low levels. …rect3336 space(In a context of ‘bailing out’ crisis-ridden monopolists), (d)espite the immense windfall for the banks and corporations and the financial elite provided by Obama’s program, the US growth rate remains extremely low by historical standards.  The average rate of GDP increase under Obama, 2 percent, is about half the rate during previous recoveries and a full percentage point lower than the overall average for the post-World War II period.  This is in large part because the administration’s policies have been geared to boosting the stock market and other forms of speculative and parasitic activity, while the corporations and banks have starved the economy of productive investment.”—World Socialist Website
“(At the G-20 conclave in Southern Turkey, Vladimir Putin spoke).  ‘It’s really difficult to criticize us,’ he said, adding that Russia has repeatedly asked its foreign partners to provide data on terrorist targets in Syria.rect3336 space‘They’re afraid to inform us on the territories which we shouldn’t strike, fearing that it is precisely where we’ll strike; that we are going to cheat everybody,’ the president said.
‘Apparently, their opinion of us is based on their own concept of human decency,’ he added.rect3336 spacePutin told the media that Russia has already established contact with the Syrian opposition, which has asked Moscow not to carry out airstrikes in the territories it controls. …rect3336 spaceDuring the summit, (to journalists, he conveyed), ‘I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) units by private individuals.  This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among them,’ Putin told the journalists.”—Global Research


http://ecowatch.com/2015/11/ 16/youth-sues-north-carolina- climate-change/   From EcoWatch, a marvelous gem in which a middle-schooler, who has been instructing herself about climate issues since she was eight years old, calmly and hopefully and rationally explains why and how we can and, if survival matters, must adopt a renewable energy standard in regard to our relationship with electricity and motive power generally, the upshot of which is that she has sued her home state of North Carolina for its willful negligence in teaching about or acting on these necessities.


student writing arm


A.I.R. Studio Paducah

Paducah, Kentucky
Event Date: February 1, 2016
Application Deadline: November 7, 2015
A.I.R Studio Paducah offers residencies from two weeks to three months to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Lower Town Arts District of Paducah, Kentucky.  Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.


Australian Book Review
Peter Porter Poetry Prize
Deadline: December 1, 2015

A prize of $5,000 Australian (approximately $3,500) and publication in Australian Book Reviewwill be given annually for a poem. The winner will also receive Arthur Boyd’s etching and aquatint “The lady and the unicorn, 1975.” Luke Davies, Lisa Gorton, and Kate Middleton will judge. Submit a poem of up to 75 lines with a $22 Australian entry fee (approximately $15) by December 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Tony Quagliano Poetry Fund
International Poetry Award
Deadline: December 1, 2015

A prize of $1,000 is given biennially to an experimental or avant-garde poet. Poets who have published at least one poetry collection or 20 poems in five or more journals or anthologies are eligible. Submit four copies of 20 pages of poetry and a publication history by December 1. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

SMP Swerve – We are looking for all sub-genres of romance, 25k-100k words. All books should end in a happily ever after or a happily for now (if the characters are continuing in a series.) For heat level and other helpful information please see the individual category guidelines below.

Boulevard Magazine Opportunities

A long-standing lit mag that actually pays for accepted submissions though charges $3 per entry, as well as 2 for-pay poetry/prose contests seen here and here

pascal maramis - flickr
pascal maramis – flickr



Usually I like to post re actual paid opps but this is the sort of opp that many writers might enjoy –Los Angeles Times is calling for applications for their summer internships in reporting, visual journalism, digital editing, and more. Positions in Los Angeles and Washington D.C.”

Tikkun: Managing Editor

Tikkun magazine is looking for a managing editor to produce its award-winning print magazine and manage its lively online content, who is aligned with our goal of contributing to the healing and transforming the world. Ideally, you have prior editorial experience, but we would be open to hiring someone who has the intellectual sophistication without the journalistic training to fill this role. Many journalists are trained to be impartial and detached—but Tikkun is a magazine of ideas seeking the kind of global transformation that would save the earth from environmental destruction and overcome the ethos of selfishness and materialism that have caused so much suffering on our planet.

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Co
Assistant Professor Social Media
Full time
Start Date: Fall 2016
Salary: Depends on Experience
Arizona – Phoenix
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is seeking a tenure-track assistant professor of social media to teach and conduct quantitative research in this growing area.

Columbia University
The Newsday/David Laventhol Visiting Professor

Full time
Start Date: July 1, 2016
New York – New York

The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University is seeking a full-time visiting professor, theNewsday/David Laventhol Visiting Professor. To qualify for this visiting professorship, the candidate must currently hold an appointment at another academic institution. A bachelor’s degree is also required; advanced degree preferred.

ORGLINKOrganizing HuffPo

A Poynter posting that introduces readers to the brave folks organizing HuffPo: “Score another round for the emerging organized labor movement percolating throughout digital news organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

A large cohort of employees at The Huffington Post have made headway in their attempts to unionize the newsroom, as certified by a letter that circulated at the digital news company Wednesday. The letter, a nine-paragraph missive that bears the names of more than 80 HuffPost staffers who’ve signed union cards, cites job security, unity and creating uniform employment standards as justification for joining the movement.”

swim_with_sharks_1071267336_770The Unfortunate Myth of ‘Sharing Economy’

A Truth-Out article that identifies the sad misnomer that is the ‘sharing economy’: “Likewise, the recession pushed significantly more segments of the American workforce into positions where they must string together part-time gigs and find alternative ways to bring in revenue. So a sharing economy, where people can use what they already have to help others, while making some bonus money for themselves, sounds like a perfect solution.

It’s unfortunate then that these companies and the misnamed “sharing economy” are really just fronts for millionaires and billionaires to opportunistically ride off the backs of everyday people, while also exacerbating many economic inequalities.”

Mistaken Narratives

A Consortium News article that delivers important ideas in regards to the defective and delusional ideas behind imperial foreign policy: “One way to view Official Washington is to envision a giant bubble that serves as a hothouse for growing genetically modified “group thinks.” Most inhabitants of the bubble praise these creations as glorious and beyond reproach, but a few dissenters note how strange and dangerous these products are. Those critics, however, are then banished from the bubble, leaving behind an evermore concentrated consensus.

This process could be almost comical – as the many armchair warriors repeat What Everyone Knows to Be True as self-justifying proof that more and more wars and confrontations are needed – but the United States is the most powerful nation on earth and its fallacious “group thinks” are spreading a widening arc of chaos and death around the globe.”





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Desk – Bright Meadow Flickr

Internet Bill of Rights

An academic paper that introduces readers to an attempt to craft an internet bill of rights: The idea of an “Internet Bill of Rights” is by no means a new one: in fact, serious efforts to draft such a document can be traced at least as far back as the mid-1990s. Though the form, function and scope of such initiatives has evolved, the concept has had remarkable staying power, and now — two full decades later — principles which were once radically aspirational have begun to crystallize into law. In this paper, we propose a unified term to describe these efforts using the umbrella of “digital constitutionalism” and conduct an analysis of thirty initiatives spanning from 1999 to 2015. These initiatives have great differences, and range from advocacy statements to official positions of intergovernmental organizations to proposed legislation.”

Protecting Whistleblowers 

A Harvard Law blog post that discusses new developments in the journalistic arena in regards to protecting those brave folks who are willing to give us information in spite of great personal risk:“The Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Yochai Benkler ’94 has written extensively on the “networked public sphere,” including his influential book, “The Wealth of Networks.” He spoke about his proposal for a defense of whistleblowers, his testimony in a trial of a well-known leaker of military documents, and a problem he calls a growing crisis in the country.”

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A Brookings posting that discusses past, present, and future developments that affect the quality of news, media, and journalism: “As Kamarck and Gabriele write, the health of the “fourth branch of government” (as it has been called) is critical to the future of democracy. For that reason, the authors strive to present a picture of the old and the new in journalism, and to provide a framework for others to utilize in examining how changes in media might impact the future of democratic governance. “


Paris Perp Shot Down

An RT article and harrowing video posting that documents the death of one of the suspected principals of the horrific Paris attacks: “His body was found under the wreckage of the building in Saint-Denis, which was stormed in Wednesday’s raid.

“Abdel Hamid Abaaoud has just been formally identified and certified killed during the raid, after comparing fingerprints,” the statement said. “It was the bullet-ridden body we discovered in the building,” Paris persecutor François Molins said.”

GENISSEmoting More Successfully

An Atlantic article that shows readers how to best express and portray honest emotion, for better health and social outcomes: “Emotional intelligence is a skill, and some people are better at recognizing and communicating emotions than others. Among the Big Five personality traits—openness, extroversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness, and neuroticism—several studies have found that people high in extroversion tend to have higher emotional expressiveness, while people high in neuroticism tend to be less expressive.

Like other skills, the ability to communicate feelings can be strengthened through practice, and a big part of it is first recognizing the emotions you’re having, as well as what’s causing them.”

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Jimmy Baikovicius flickr
Close-up Photo of Salvador Dali’s painting ‘The Persistence of Memory”


To think, as is our bounden duty, about any specific series of moments in matter’s coursing through the cosmos, as in, for example, the decades that will have passed during a half-lived life, represents a daunting challenge and hilarious paradox, inasmuch as, on the one hand we cannot possibly have the tools to predict with any certainty the future trials and travails that will follow from the tasks and turmoil of the past, and, on the other hand, we can only reconstruct what has already gone by with even a modicum of completeness and accuracy when the resources available to our investigations approximate the time and matter and energy in the universe subsequent to our finding ourselves swimming in the stream of existence.

QUOTEDAY“Though many non-Native Americans have learned very little about us, over time we have had to learn everything about them.  We watch their films, read their literature, worship in their churches, and attend their schools.  Every third-grade student in the United States is presented with the concept of Europeans discovering America as a ‘New World’ with fertile soil, abundant gifts of nature, and glorious mountains and rivers.  Only the most enlightened teachers will explain that this world certainly wasn’t new to the millions of indigenous people who already lived here when Columbus arrived. …

from Espresso Stalinist
from Espresso Stalinist

A significant number of people believe tribal people still live and dress as they did 300 years ago.  During my tenure as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, national news agencies requesting interviews sometimes asked if they could film a tribal dance or if I would wear traditional tribal clothing for the interview.  I doubt they asked the president of the United States to dress like a pilgrim for an interview.” Wilma Mankiller


An anachronistic fifteenth-century miniature depicting the sack of 410
An anachronistic fifteenth-century miniature depicting the sack of 410

One thousand six hundred and fourteen years ago, Visigothic fighters, having learned their lessons about butchery from Roman Imperial troops, crossed the Alps to enter Italy; a thousand ninety two years later, in 1493, a distant offspring of that earlier invasion continued the tendency to ‘expand’ when the ships under Christopher Columbus’ command first caught sight of what we now know as Puerto Rico; Ottoman imperial troops a century and eight years hence, in 1601, smashed Austrian forces at the Siege of Nagykanizsa; the future Frederick the Great, under house arrest two hundred eight-five years prior to the present pass, gained his freedom from prison after a royal pardon; two hundred twenty-eight years ahead of now, the baby boy was born who would, as Louis Daguerre, lay the foundation for the art and science of photography; a year past a half century along the temporal path, in 1838, a male child uttered a first cry in England en route to fame an fortune as the W.S. Gilbert half of a wildly successful operetta partnership; the future journalist and reformer Dorothea Dix came on the scene as a healthy baby girl twenty-three years thereafter, in 1861; Mark Twain first published “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” four years past that conjunction in 1865, initiating his rise as a literary wit; a decade and eight years past that point, in 1883, corporate railroad giants instituted the time zones that still basically demarcate the time of day in North America; another eighteen years after that moment, in 1901 precisely, the baby boy—what were the chances?—who would become famed statistician and polling wizard George Gallup was born; five years hence, in 1906, a baby male opened his eyes who would mature as the respected biologist, teacher, and social thinker, George Wald; just one more year after that, in 1907, the Cuban infant first sang out who would become the beloved and world famous songwriter and singer, Compay Segundo; two years subsequent to that instant in time, in 1909, the U.S. sent two warships to intervene in Nicaragua after a relatively small force of ‘revolutionaries’ threatened the United-States-installed dictator, Jose Santos Zelaya, and the male child took an initial breath on his way to a life as crooner and record producer, Johnny Mercer; ten years afterward to the day, in 1919, printers in Seattle practice some creative censorship in refusing to produce a page that had an anti-organized-labor advertisement on it; three more years along time’s arrow, in 1922, the renowned novelist and stylist Marcel Proust drew his last breath; George Bernard Shaw refused the monetary portion of his Nobel Prize four years henceforth, in 1926, claiming that the invention of dynamite was more forgivable than the creation of a Nobel Prize for Literature; two years subsequently, across the Atlantic in 1928,Walt Disney released Steamboat Willie, the first cartoon with fully integrated audio, which also marked the ‘birthday’ of Mickey Mouse; John L. Lewis a further ten years nearer to now, in 1938, became the first President of the Congress of Industrial Organizations; a year later to the day, in 1939, a baby girl entered the world who would compose the acclaimed work of Margaret Atwood; half a decade farther onward, in 1944, Cuban young people and their advisers inaugurated the Popular Socialist Youth organization in their country, where the likes of Fidel Castro gained ideas and perspectives that affected their later work; a year subsequent to that passing moment, in 1945, an indigenous North American female infant entered the world who would mature as the tribal leader and innovator for justice, Wilma Mankiller; three hundred sixty-five days further along the road, in 1946, a male child cried out on his first day on his path to working as the prolific writer and creator of science fiction and fantasy, Alan Dean Foster; three years even more proximate to the present pass, in 1949, five thousand miles Southeast in an even more colonially repressive environment, British Colonial Authorities in Nigeria gunned down over twenty coal miners who were seeking to get unpaid wages, in the process of which several score additional miner suffer gunshot wounds; not quite another decade after that day, in 1958, back in North America, over thirty Merchant Marine sailors died in the sinking of the Carl Bradley on Lake Michigan; three more years later on, in 1961, John F. Kennedy authorized the dispatch of 18,000 military advisers to South Vietnam; three hundred sixty-five days onward toward today, in 1962, one of the architects of the Modern Nuclear Project, Niels Bohr, breathed his last; eight years subsequently, in 1970, the same conflict led Richard Nixon to request $150 million in supplemental aid for the Cambodian government; half a dozen years later still, in 1976, legendary

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photographer and stylist Man Ray died; another two years closer to the current context, in 1978, after Jonestown ‘defenders’ assassinated Congressman Leo Ryan, Jim Jones directed his followers to drink cyanide and kill themselves, in a mass murder-suicide that claimed the lives of nearly a thousand people in Guyana, including nearly two hundred children; Ronald Reagan ten years later exactly, in 1988, authorized the death penalty for drug traffickers; five years after that, in 1993, South Africa’s political parties unanimously decreed expanding voting rights and ending White minority hegemony; two years back, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched its MAVEN probe toward Mars, where it has recently arrived and landed.

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http://www.psmag.com/business-economics/the-future-of-work-why-wage-work-cant-solve-the-poverty-problem      From the redoubtable Frances Piven viaPacific Standard, an overview and briefing about why a ‘commitment to jobs’ will not adequately address the multiple intersecting crises that working people, and capitalist society, face, one of several recent installments in the Future of Workseries from the publication that deal with such issues as how to ‘seed’ a non-predatory economic future, in the context of which a recent summary and video segment from Naked Capitalism on inequalities of income and wealth and the structural and action components of understanding and addressing them has much of value to offer, as does, perhaps remarkably, a new summary from Shareable about the role of cities and localities in achieving equity and fairness in ‘sharing’ protocols, a look that gives readers an opportunity to download the whole report, one of many recent analyses or perspectives that grapple with how ‘safety-net’ inequities; preparing youth for digital-economy necessities; formation of student unions; and other specific assessments and approaches can help to foster a transitional moment that is something other than grotesque in this period of upheaval and transformation, an aspect of all of which relates to how labor connects with electoral politics so as to endorse candidates whose union bona fides are ‘up to snuff’ for the needs of scrappy scribes and more, while other components of a global examination of these issues entails learning precisely what government is now doing to ameliorate and address these concerns: “For a very long time, the left and the right have converged on the belief that the preferred cure for poverty is wage work.  The left calls for full employment, and for economic growth because it will create full employment.  The right calls for scaling back social assistance programs because they presumably allow the poor to avoid wage work and the climb out of poverty that work would ensure.  These dual but complementary convictions have crippled our approach to anti-poverty initiatives.   Moreover, whatever plausibility that employment as a solution to poverty has had in the past, in the contemporary economy it no longer makes sense. …
Not only does belief in wage work cripple support for direct assistance to the poor, but current labor market conditions argue that full employment is something of a chimera.  Not only is American manufacturing employment shrinking, while the conditions of service sector work become ever more precarious, but many millions of people from the Southern Hemisphere, displaced by war and climate change, are seeking refuge and employment here and in other northern nations, and this is not likely to change soon. …rect3336 space             Meanwhile, the poverty problem worsens.  The Census reports that 45.3 million people are officially poor, and extreme poverty, defined as households living on less than half the poverty line, has been increasing rapidly.  But there is not much discussion of poverty, or policies to reduce it. We need that discussion.”Pacific Standard; Pivens

“Inequality, insecurity and persistent poverty threaten the economic wellbeing of Americans, and the recent Great Recession and protracted recovery have revealed that the U.S. social safety net is often not up to the task of assisting those in need.  Even in good economic times, the nation’s public social programs fail to serve all disadvantaged families equally.  To get a clear picture of inequalities, we must grasp the differences in the availability and quality of help available depending on where citizens live. …rect3336 space             States, with varied partisan and ideological orientations and uneven fiscal and administrative capacities, play a significant role in most of the key programs like unemployment insurance and cash assistance for poor families.  In recent decades, policy shifts ranging from welfare reforms to the expansion of public health insurance and the growth of state tax credits have pushed more responsibility for the funding and governance of safety net programs to lower levels of government.  In effect, the U.S. has not one but 50 separate and unequal state safety nets.                The average level of benefits in the six programs that provide cash or near-cash assistance vary substantially across programs and states…(always) substantially below the poverty line.  The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program is a good example.  This program provided an average yearly benefit of $3,894 in the middle benefit state in 2013.  This represents 22 percent of the official poverty threshold for a family of three with one adult and two children ($18,769).  However, in the least generous state, the typical poor family received on average $1,873 per year, while in the most generous state a similarly poor family received $7,382 annually. …rect3336 space             Research confirms the existence of major variations in the availability and levels of safety net supports offered across the U.S. states. Even if local administration often make sense, such sharp differences in the availability and level of help undermine America’s social contract and economic future. Citizens and policymakers alike should move to close gaps and make programs more adequate and uniform, no matter where needy families and workers happen to live.”—Journalist’s Resource


“Google ‘future of work:’ there is a dense thicket of writing and thinking on the topic by management consultants and economic futurists, but very few insights from anyone whose view of the economy places workers and their families at the center.rect3336 space             Without the benefit of more diverse contributions, some rarely questioned conventions have taken root: using technology terms as larger metaphors; anticipating massive job losses from automation; picking today’s trends as tomorrow’s dominant business models; and, naturally, envisioning a government that gets out of the way (by, say, pruning the nation’s labor and employment laws).rect3336 space             Expand the conversation, and the future suddenly looks very different.  Take, for example, what some are calling the ‘on-demand economy’—the rise of online disruptors such as Mechanical Turk, TaskRabbit, Homejoy, Lyft, and Uber.  For the business futurist, this is the natural evolution of things; for worker advocates, a cause for concern.  Workers in these platforms are treated not as employees but as independent contractors, responsible for the capital costs of providing and maintaining the essential tools of the trade.  The work itself becomes structured into discrete quanta of activity, and payment is tied to completion without regard for time. …rect3336 space             (In not examining the issue at its political economic core, we miss ‘good old-fashioned wage theft,’ ubiquitous ‘sweatshop conditions,’ and the cancerous and other toxic impacts of not having any occupational safety and health oversight, among other losses).  These omissions matter.  The future of work conversation is a set of prescriptions wrapped up as predictions, its forecasts actually calls to action.  If the future of work is like the future of everything else—in other words, a future we create by the choices we make today—then we need a more thoughtful conversation, a more thorough one.  If we reap what we sow, we need to pick our seeds wisely.”—Pacific Standard; Shull




http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2013/4/11/1200971/-Black-Woman-Poses-As-White-Woman-Suddenly-Job-Offers-Come-Tumbling-In-Video     A briefing that two incisive videos accompany about a Black woman’s clinical proof of discriminatory practice, bigotry, and the blind ‘fortune’ of being able to claim ‘membership’ in the White ‘race,’ especially in relation to crucial matters of remuneration and paying one’s way, even though such practices violate not only all sorts of statutes but also common sense and the Golden Rule.


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$10,000 Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Fellowship

A Room of Her Own is pleased to announce the Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Fellowship, an unparalleled opportunity for a woman playwright living in the United States to hone her craft and develop a new play in the course of a year-long engagement with three world-class organizations. In addition to $10,000 the cash prize, the winner will be awarded a residency with the Hedgebrook community in the spring of 2015, a spot in AROHO’s biennial Retreat for Women Writers at Ghost Ranch in August 2015, and a project residency with the Lark Play Development Center in the fall.


American Library Association
W. Y. Boyd Literary Award
Deadline: December 1, 2015
Website: http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/wy-boyd-literary-award-excellence-military-fiction
E-mail address: cmalden@ala.org
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous year that is set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven copies of a book published in 2015 by December 1.

Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers

Meringoff Awards

December 1, 2015

Three prizes of $2,000 each and possible publication in the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers journal, Literary Imagination, or its newsletter, Literary Matters, are given annually for a poem, a work of fiction, and a work of creative nonfiction. Poets may submit a single poem or group of poems totaling no more than 150 lines; fiction writers may submit a short story or a chapter of a longer work of up to 25 pages; creative nonfiction writers may submit an essay or a chapter of a longer work of up to 25 pages. The entry fee is $50, which includes ALSCW membership. The deadline is December 1.

African Poetry Book Fund

Sillerman First Book Prize

Deadline: December 1, 2015
E-mail address: africanpoetrybf@unl.edu

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal is given annually for a debut poetry collection by a poet who was born in Africa, is an African national or resident, or whose parents are African. The prize is cosponsored by Prairie Schooner.The African Poetry Book Fund editorial board will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 50 pages by December 1.

Arts programs are at the core of The Banff Centre. Programming supports the commissioning and creation of new work by individual artists and arts collectives, and provides resources for collaboration and applied research. Training and professional development is offered at the post-graduate level in more than a dozen art forms including, music, theatre, dance, opera, Indigenous arts, literature, ceramics, print-making, painting, papermaking, photography, sculpture, audio engineering, digital film and video, and new media. The Centre also partners with national and international arts institutions to bring art incubated in Banff to stages and concert halls around the world. Deadlines February 15, 2016, May 15, 2016, and September 15, 2016.

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pascal maramis – flickr


Copy Writer / Social Media Manager (Knoxville)

compensation: 9/hr
employment type: part-time
We’re looking to hire a writer for a part-time position on our marketing department. The employee will write 3 – 4 search engine optimized blog posts per week, assist with social media platforms, help establish a social media strategy and efficiently execute it.

This is an entry-level position, but the ideal candidate would be a skilled writer who has experience using social media professionally.

Stanford University
Open Rank Search in Creative Writing, Poetry
Apply to this position at https://apply.interfolio.com/33101 The Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University are conducting a search for a poet to be appointed at the assistant or tenured level. The successful candidate will have a record of distinguished publication, including at least two books of poetry. Candidates should have a strong commitment to teaching, and will be prepared to take an active part in Stanford’s vibrant academic and creative-writing communities.

Mount Saint Mary’s University
Full-time Faculty Position, MFA Creative Writing Program.

About Mount Saint Mary’s University: Mount Saint Mary’s University is an independent, Catholic, liberal arts university which provides a values-based undergraduate education for women, as well as innovative programs for professional men and women on two historic campuses in Los Angeles. It is nationally recognized for its academic programs, its culturally diverse student body, and its focus on preparing the next generation of citizen leaders. The Mount also offers a supportive, nurturing environment for faculty and staff and prides itself on its quality working environment. Applicants must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States. The University will not assist applicants with any visa matter. A background check will be required.

Experienced freelance writers wanted! (Atlanta)
compensation: Pay will be establsihed in advance
employment type: contract
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Do you love researching and writing? Do you want the flexibility of working wherever, whenever? This is the position for you! We are seeking excellent applicants to join our freelance writing team.

Get paid to research and write approximately 2 to 5 articles a week, with word counts falling between 1k and 3k words for each. Shorter or longer requests may be made on occasion. Articles must adhere to formatting standards established by the company and be fully edited.

ORGLINKPixabay Image 550767The Quest for Human Rights

A New Rambler review of a book by an analytical writer who swiftly yet effectively traces the roots of humanity’s attempts to forge a more egalitarian society, amid its many successes and failures, and potential ultimate failure: “The earliest work often assumed trials served justice and provided some deterrent effect; the next wave offered critical empirical challenges; and now ever more fine-grained analysis has identified a small beneficial effect while some commentators still lament either the irrelevance of international criminal courts or their counterproductive incentives for future actors. While Hopgood refers to these empirical debates, he largely sidesteps them. Instead he explains why he believes the human rights superstructure is systemically likely to fail and uses a few notable incidents to support his thesis. He is at his best when excoriating the hubris of human rights advocates who believe they have created a superstructure that renders their beliefs unassailable and improved outcomes inevitable.”

Sense and Heart out of Horror and Senselessness

A WordPress roundup that shares with readers impassioned, heartfelt, and important perspectives from thoughtful writers and bloggers on the tragic events that have recently unfolded: “Don’t do what ISIS wants you to do. Don’t be who ISIS wants you to be, and to be to Muslims. Be smarter than they want you to be. All it takes is for you to imagine the average Muslim to be like you, than to be like ISIS. If you can do that, you make a better world, and a more difficult one for groups like ISIS to exist in.”

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A New York Times article that highlights the work of one noble clinician who provides acutely necessary women’s healthcare needs which are routinely threatened by repressive forces: “Last year, it took a court ruling to prevent the closure of the last Mississippi abortion clinic; something similar occurred recently in Alabama. Last week, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear a case out of Texas, Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, that would address the many clinic closings in that state because of restrictive laws. The outcome will affect not only Texas but also any state where these restrictive laws have been passed, including Mississippi, where I also provide abortions at that last clinic. If the Supreme Court upholds the Texas law that most notably mandates that abortion providers obtain medically unnecessary hospital admitting privileges, Mississippi could become the first state with no abortion clinic.”


Refugees Still Helped Amid Disaster

A Think Progress article that looks at the refugee crisis situation after the infamous Paris attacks: “French President Francois Hollande promised to honor his commitment to take in tens of thousands of refugees on Wednesday. He said France would do so despite concerns raised by ultra-right nationalist leaders that refugees might pose a security threat to the country.

“Some people say the tragic events of the last few days have sown doubts in their minds,” Hollande said, but added that it is a “humanitarian duty” to help the throngs of refugees who have landed on European shores after fleeing conflict and hardship in countries like Syria and Afghanistan.”

Occupy Wall Street on September 30, 2011. Photo by: Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone
Occupy Wall Street on September 30, 2011. Photo by: Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone

New Radicalism 

A Salon article that discusses the invigorated youth that may be the future to a world becoming increasingly fragmented, dangerous, and anti-human, and shows their fights as very different from the fight of their forebears: “Between the explosion of Missouri-style protests over race relations that have largely (but not entirely) been led by students of color, and the Bernie Sanders socialist revival that has largely (but not entirely) been driven by white students, we have unexpectedly encountered the most energized and radicalized campus population in at least 40 years. As with the Vietnam War movement, and more recently with the campaign to recognize and address sexual assault on campus, the Mizzou moment has spread to different kinds of institutions in all parts of the nation, from bucolic liberal-arts colleges to big land-grant universities to elite Ivy League schools.”



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gabriel saldana – flickr

Role of Arts in Education

In a blow for those who value the humanistic, creative, and soul-enriching powers of an arts education, a new post by Conversation waxes skeptical on the value of an arts education towards a results-oriented, marketplace-oriented traditional schooling environment:  “There is also no evidence that engagement in visual arts, such as painting, drawing and sculpture, can improve academic performance. Effects on other non-arts skills such as creative thinking and self-esteem were also inconclusive.

Because of weaknesses in these studies, and the lack of replication and inconsistent findings across them, the findings must be interpreted with caution. More robust and rigorous evaluations are needed to confirm any causal links.”

More Excuses to Snoop

A Christian Science Monitor post that reviews the increased desire of government officials to tamper and snoop on people’s internet activity, thanks to the age-old if misguided vow to ‘avoid terror’: “But if the terrorists are clever enough to avoid NSA-monitored technology, won’t they be smart enough to avoid future NSA-backdoored cryptography and devices? They will simply switch to non-US software that has more privacy safeguards or is difficult to monitor. The proliferation of communications tools means they’ll never lack for options. From WhatsApp or Telegram to the PlayStation network, easy access to communications tools means terrorists will never lack for options for hiding in the babble of Internet traffic.

Even though backdoors may not advance the fight against terrorism, government access to encrypted communications will come at a great cost.”


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drawing by hector gomez

Freedom of Speech as Overused Excuse

A New Statesman piece that discusses the limits, challenges, and consequences of speech, free speech, and the social justice project that will not shut up in spite of how uncomfortable it makes other people: “Every generation of self-defined progressives has to tackle the fact that progress doesn’t end with them. Every generation of liberals has to deal with its own discomfort when younger people continue to demand liberation.

Instead of doing that hard, important work, today’s liberals – particularly older, established white male liberals – are dismissing the righteous activism of today’s young radicals as petty “outrage”. They are rephrasing critique of their positions as ‘censorship’ so they don’t have to contemplate the notion that those critics might have a point. They are enraged that they are being challenged, and terrified, at the same time, of being deemed regressive.”


Puppetmasters and Terrorist Attacks

A thought-provoking post from Global Research Centre that properly contextualizes the recent terrorist attacks in France, demonstrating the tragic event to be a necesary piece in a larger puzzle of world domination: “Washington is no sorcerer’s apprentice, unable to control the forces it set in motion. It is the driving force of a strategy that destroys entire states, causing a chaotic chain reaction of division and conflict to be used according to the old method of “divide and rule.”

The terrorist attack in Paris, performed by an unskilled laborer convinced to strike a blow against the hated West, occurred with perfect timing just as Russia, intervening militarily, had blocked the U.S./ NATO plan to destroy the Syrian state and announced military countermeasures to the growing expansion of NATO to the East.”

GENISSBlatant Racial Discrimination

A Daily Kos posting with a video that gives blatant and impossible to brush off evidence of acute ethnic bigotry against competent and capable employment candidates that most businesses employ: David Packman, along with is own personal story of discrimination, reports on a story of a young black woman who experienced racial discrimination during a two-year job search. Yolanda Spiviey, applied for 300+ jobs, to no avail. With ten years of experience in the insurance industry, she decided to go back to college and finish her degree thinking that would help. Still nothing. So Yolanda Spivey decided to try something different. She decided to apply — as white woman”

11.17.2015 Daily Links


art light darknessThe oddest, castoff bit of flotsam or jetsam may excite imaginative play that in turn can ignite insight about happenstantial corners of the universe or ourselves, a random dynamic that reflects in passing the innate human drive to ponder and explicate all that matters in the cosmos.

QUOTEDAY“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. …(In that regard), (w)hen we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed.  But when we are silent, we are still afraid.  So it is better to speak. …When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. …(Toward the same ends, since) (t)he master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. …(r)evolution is not a onetime event: Audre Lorde


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

Today is International Student Day; six centuries and a decade ago, in the islands of Malay habitation, the first Caliphate there came into being, called Sulu; five hundred twenty-three years before the here and now, iconic Persian poet Jami died; just short of twenty years later, in 1511, England and Spain formed an alliance against France in an important phase of the Italianate wars; Queen Elizabeth came to power four hundred fifty-seven years ahead of today; the Continental Congress transmitted the Articles of Confederation to the thirteen United States in the midst of war with England two centuries and, again, just shy of twenty years thereafter, in 1777; eight years further down the pike, in 1785, the first labor organization in the U.S., the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, took shape in New York City; another five years yet later on, in 1790,the male infant entered our midst who would mature as the mathematical and philosophical genius, August Ferdinand Möbius; in an urban sector formed from swampland ten years hence, in 1800, Congress first met in the District of Columbia; Chile’s founding junta assumed command of the country eleven

Claudio Garrido Flickr Por Chile
Claudio Garrido Flickr
Por Chile

years past that conjunction, in 1811, five thousand miles to the South in the Western Hemisphere; both Ecuador and Venezuela separated from Gran Columbia two decades subsequently, in 1831; a quarter century beyond that moment in time, in 1856, four years prior to the Civil War, the United States established Fort Buchanan in Southern Arizona to provide the basis for civil authority in the territory of the Gadsden purchase from Mexico; two years past that instant, in 1858, six thousand miles away in England, the Welsh socialist thinker and social reformer, Robert Owen, breathed his last; the Suez Canal linked the Mediterranean with the Indian Ocean for the first time eleven years and twelve hundred miles South, in 1869, in the Sinai region; two years subsequently and back in North America, in 1871, the National Rifle Association obtained a corporate charter in New York State; the baby boy entered the world a hundred nineteen years back who would become psychologist and philosopher Lev Vygotsky; half a decade afterward, in 1901, in ‘Little Russia,’ the Ukrainian-American baby who grew up to become dramatic theorist and teacher Lee Strasberg was born; seven hundred thirty days more along the temporal arc, in 1903, the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party split into two factions the ‘majority’ or Bolshevik section and the ‘minority’ or Menshevik group; thirteen more years nearer to now, in 1916, the child who turned out to write history as Shelby Foote was born; eighty-three years prior to the present pass, the groundbreaking storyteller and author, USSR_Emblem_1936 russia sovietCharles W. Chesnutt, came to his final chapter; the United States concluded the process of formal recognition of the Soviet Union another year onward, in 1933, which was sixteen years after the revolutionary government’s first iteration; five years subsequent to that point, in 1938, the infant male who matured into singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot came into the world; one year later, in 1939, Nazis executed eleven Czech students for their role in leading anti-Nazi demonstrations, with over a thousand deportations of students to concentration camps to follow, all of which established the basis for International Students Day today; three years past that juncture, in 1942, the baby boy who grew to become director and screenwriter Martin Scorcese uttered his first cry, and Ben Reitman, the iconic anarchist, organizer, and battler for workers, as well as the scribe responsible for Boxcar Bertha, lived out his final day; the Screen Actor’s Guild added an anti-Communist clause to its loyalty oath another half decade along time’s path, in 1947, and a pair of Bell Laboratory researchers recognized the basis for transistors in the surface electrical qualities of Silicon, and the Russian—Ukrainian-Polish, actually—novelist, historian, and activist Victor Serge died in Mexico; in a televised address to the nation, President Lyndon Johnson announced, two decades yet later on, in 1967, that U.S. forces were “making progress” in Vietnam; two years henceforth, in 1969, negotiators of the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics first gathered in Helsinki for an initial round of Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty talks, attempting to limit the number of nuclear weapons in the countries’ respective arsenals, which by the bye continue to threaten human extinction today; a year after that, in 1970, the trial of Lieutenant William Calley for the My Lai massacre in Vietnam began, and the Soviet Union Luna

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Full Moon August 29

Program landed the first remote controlled device to rove the surface of the moon; thirteen years more proximate to today’s light and air, in the Winter of 1983-84, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation first initiated operations in Mexico; another half dozen years further along, in 1989, Czech students began the protests that led to the end of Soviet dominance in Czechoslovakia; a thousand ninety-six days hence, in 1992,the acclaimed poet and critic and activist for civil rights and human rights, Audre Lorde, played out her final scene; the operation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, authorized two years earlier, first received Congressional imprimatur one year even closer to now, in 1993; Peru’s President Alberto Fujimori faced ouster from his seven years thereafter, in 2000; in London another thirteen years onward, in 2013, Nobel Literary Laureate Doris Lessing breathed her last.

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http://fas.org/pir-pubs/nuclear-war-nuclear-winter-and-human-extinction/     In a general environment of mayhem and carnage, where bloodletting and childish fantasies that unfortunately carry with them the capacity to launch ecocidal weapons of truly ingenious foolishness, another sobering warning from the Federation of American Scientists about the aftermath of such an eventuality, a document available in downloadable form, one of literally hundreds or perhaps thousands of cassandra-like warnings that has been forthcoming of late, such as often appear in these pages on the Daily Links, with two recent items that convey multiple citations about the hypocritical and self-serving monstrosity that corporate media are now conveying to their audiences in the aftermath of ‘Paris,’ profferals that are out of context and without any logic other than the rationalizations of divide and conquer and maximum profit in their favor, an altogether unfortunately ideal foil for the Christian and Islamic and other fundamentalist purveyors of Apocalypse who often enough stand very close to, or even hold in their hands, the reins of power that might soon deliver extinction rather than the blossoming transformation of which our kind are capable if we could ever “get our heads on straight” and ally ourselves with our cousins and fellow workers around the planet instead of following blindly, like stunned sheep, in the lee of our lying ‘leaders’ who are leading us to slaughter: “Following the detonation (in conflict) of US and/or Russian launch-ready strategic nuclear weapons, nuclear firestorms would burn simultaneously over a total land surface area of many thousands or tens of thousands of square miles.  These mass fires, many of which would rage over large cities and industrial areas, would release many tens of millions of tons of black carbon soot and smoke (up to 180 million tons, according to peer-reviewed studies), which would rise rapidly above cloud level and into the stratosphere. …

Once in the stratosphere, the smoke (predicted to be produced by a range of strategic nuclear wars) would rapidly engulf the Earth and form a dense stratospheric smoke layer.  The smoke from a war fought with strategic nuclear weapons would quickly prevent up to 70% of sunlight from reaching the surface of the Northern Hemisphere and 35% of sunlight from reaching the surface of the Southern Hemisphere.  Such an enormous loss of warming sunlight would produce Ice Age weather conditions on Earth in a matter of weeks.  For a period of 1-3 years following the war, temperatures would fall below freezing every day in the central agricultural zones of North America and Eurasia. …
Global nuclear famine would ensue in a setting in which the infrastructure of the combatant nations has been totally destroyed, resulting in massive amounts of chemical and radioactive toxins being released into the biosphere.  We don’t need a sophisticated study to tell us that no food and Ice Age temperatures for a decade would kill most people and animals on the planet.   Would the few remaining survivors be able to survive in a radioactive, toxic environment? …rect3336 space(Another apt question:) (w)hy has the existential threat of nuclear war been effectively omitted from public debate?  Perhaps the leaders of the nuclear weapon states do not want the public to understand that their nuclear arsenals represent a self-destruct mechanism for the human race?  Such an understanding could lead to a demand that nuclear weapons be banned and abolished.
Consequently, the nuclear weapon states continue to maintain and modernize their nuclear arsenals, as their leaders remain silent about the ultimate threat that nuclear war poses to the human species.”—Federation of American Scientists

           “Unfortunately, (along with the current neo-nazis who claim the mantle of the party of Lincoln but have never read the Second Inaugural Address), much of the press seems to have decided to reprise their role in the run-up to the Iraq war and cheer on calls for military invasion while criticizing anyone who suggests that everyone take a breath before deciding that it’s time to invade more countries in the middle east.  One such object of their ire was President Obama who held a press conference on Tuesday and, in their view, failed to offer up the satisfyingly bellicose saber rattling they apparently needed to hear. …

            (A) well documented (fact is)that during the run-up to the Iraq war there was tremendous pressure coming from the executive suite of the news networks to cheerlead for the administration.  Those who resisted were marginalized and fired if they refused to go along.  It’s unlikely that the word went forth on Saturday that reporters should get on a war footing and issue demands that the president use ‘the greatest military in the world’ to ‘take out these bastards.’  But they don’t have to say it explicitly do they?  Everyone knows the drill.rect3336 spaceThere is no doubt the Republicans are getting ready to launch a full blown campaign of paranoid bloodlust which, if successful, would have devastating consequences.  The media were willing recruits in their cause fifteen years ago.  Let’s hope they gather their wits about them before they take us down that dangerous road again.”—Salon

“For centuries, citizens of France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, Portugal and other Western nations were staring at the battle ships leaving their shores, sailing towards Asia, Latin America and Africa … Mouths open wide; they were pretending that they did not really know what horrors these ships were going to spread.  When the ships returned, packed with slaves and unimaginable booty, they shut down their brains, claimed ignorance once again, attributing thriving of their cities and states to some ‘Western ingenuity, enterprising spirit and hard work,’ but definitely not to terror, rape and appalling plunder of the world.

What Germans did, gazing at the chimneys of the concentration camps that were regurgitating thick smoke of the victims of Holocaust and then claiming that ‘they did not know,’ was exactly what all Europeans did for centuries and millennia, when their troops and ‘investments’ into all sorts of Crusades, were looting and brutalizing everyone on the surface of our Planet. …

Can this planet be entrusted to those who watch crap on their television screens, day after day – both Hollywood propaganda production, and news propaganda briefings?  Can anything that comes from the West be taken seriously, after centuries of lies and murder? …

I will not speculate about some ‘insider job’ of the Empire, although I have some strong suspicions; of course I do!  For now I will only stick to facts that I can prove.

And the facts are simple and horrendous: the Empire has been murdering tens of millions of people on our planet.  The Empire, and that self-perpetuated ignorance, fundamentalism, and blindness of its indoctrinated citizens!”—Global Research




https://theintercept.com/2015/11/15/exploiting-emotions-about-paris-to-blame-snowden-distract-from-actual-culprits-who-empowered-isis/   From the conclusion of a just-masterful Glenn Greenwald explication of the fatuous, occasionally fascist, remonstrations against whistleblowers like Edward Snowden–that such as the NSA tattletale have caused Paris’ recent encounter with terror–a half hour or so video from Head-to-Head that forces the conclusion that ISIS resulted from, if it was not a key aspect of, U.S. policies in Iraq and Syria, and plenty more about the lethal depredations of empire as a guarantee that more terror will emanate from all fronts.


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Webinar on Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems

November 23, 2015 2:30 PM  to
November 23, 2015 3:30 PM
NSF Headquarters

NSF invites you to attend a webinar introducing the new solicitation (NSF 16-508) for the Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems program (NSF-NCS). To participate in this webinar, register here.

The NSF-NCS solicitation describes the second phase of an NSF program to support transformative and integrative research that will accelerate understanding of neural and cognitive systems. NSF seeks exceptional proposals that are bold, potentially risky, and transcend the perspectives and approaches typical of disciplinary research programs.


The Hudson Review is sponsoring a short fiction contest open to all.

First prize is $500. Second and third prizes are $250. Winning stories will be published inThe Hudson Review. All entries will be considered for publication and payment at our regular rates.
Submit an original piece of unpublished fiction (no more than 10,000 words)

The UNT Rilke Prize

The prize is named after the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), a writer whose work embodies the qualities of ambition, intellectual and imaginative scope, and technical mastery we seek to recognize.  An annual award of a $10,000 award recognizing a book that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision written by a mid-career poet and published in the preceding year.

Greed! Announcing Econ4 Video Contest

The Econ4 network of teachers, professors, practitioners, students and others are working to shift how economics is understood, taught and practiced. Together with our partners at Softbox, we have made a number of well-received videos ranging from housing to healthcare to jobs to the link between diminishing marginal utility and tax policy – and more.

We are now launching a video contest to crowd source as many short, 3 minute videos about “Greed” as possible. We will distribute many of these across our network and beyond. Indeed, Yves has kindly offered to run the contest winners here at Naked Capitalism.

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The editorial team at Valnet Inc. is looking for journalists and writers to contribute list-based articles for TheRichest.com. We need writers who are driven to succeed, have a way with words and are passionate about viral trends. Write original, informative and eye-catching articles on topics people are craving to read about. Our Pay-Per-View program lets YOU cash in on articles that go viral!

Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Orion magazine , Great Barrington, MA

Orion magazine, a nonprofit bimonthly about nature and culture, seeks a Communications Coordinator to join our creative and hard-working team.

The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for Orion’s outreach and digital communications, performing a wide range of duties related to promotion, publicity, partnerships, social media, and web. The goals of this position are to increase Orion’s paid circulation, raise Orion’s profile with new potential readers, and create partnerships with other organizations that can support Orion financially or in other meaningful ways.
Cultivate Kansas City , Kansas City, KS
Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Cultivate Kansas City is recruiting to fill three positions, two of which have opened as a result of internal promotions; the third of which is new. Cultivate Kansas City is a non-profit organization working to grow food, farms and communities in support of a sustainable, healthy, and local food system in greater Kansas City.   The Communications and Outreach Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing Cultivate Kansas City’s marketing and communications plan and for developing and managing a wide variety of community engagement activities, including public education events and volunteer engagement programs. He/she coordinates the annual Urban Grown event, the annual Farmers & Friends Meeting, and other events designed to introduce the public to urban agriculture and urban food systems and to the organization.

Education Coordinator 
Galveston Bay Foundation , Webster, TX

GBF’s Education Coordinator works as a member of the Education team to provide meaningful, hands-on educational experiences related to Galveston Bay to local youth with the goal of cultivating life-long stewards of the Bay. With the Director of Education and Environmental Education (EE) Instructors, the Education Coordinator works to ensure the integrity and growth of GBF’s education programs. This position delivers in-field and in-class experiences and provides resources and support for program participants and partners.

ORGLINKpovertyGlobal Inequality Explored

A Naked Capitalism video posting of two important thinkers who explain and address the sociopolitical realities of global inequality: “This discussion between Marshall Auerback of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and Branko Milanovic of the Luxembourg Income Study Center offers a great historical primer on income inequality. Well-trod ground for anyone who follows Milanovic’ work – such as the concept of the “global middle class” and the relationship to wage stagnation – but a fine catch-up for the unaware and worth watching for the sharpness of the explanations. Milanovic believes we are living in the “second Kuznets cycle,” a period of rising inequality, due to technological change, rent-seeking from elites and a movement in richer countries from manufacturing into services. Lots of talk on financialization here as well.”

Research Into Background Issues Surrounding Recent Attacks

A useful resource from Journalist’s Resource that distills the most salient facts, figures, and stories underlying recent terrible Paris events, as well as all such events past, present, and future: “Like other European nations, France has a long and complicated relationship with the Muslim world and its own immigrant population, many of whom have been in the country for generations. French Muslims are highly diverse, and some are secular while others are observant. One of the policemen killed in the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Ahmed Merabet, was Muslim. Some are at the center of society — soccer player Zinedine Zidane, born in Marseille to Algerian parents, led France to a World Cup victory in 1998 — but large segments of the population remain excluded. Research from INSEE, France’s national statistical agency, indicates that in 2013, the unemployment rate for all immigrants was approximately 17.3%, nearly 80% higher than the non-immigrant rate of 9.7%, and descendents of immigrants from Africa have a significantly more difficult time finding work. The report found that the education and skill levels only explained 61% of the difference in employment rates between descendents of African immigrants and those whose parents were born in France.”

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

Using Current Events to Justify Own Evils

An Electronic Intifada article that monitors a predictable outcome – Israelis using the current Paris tragedy to its own inhumane ends: “For decades Israel has tried to sell its colonial conquest of Palestine as a war on Islamic terrorism. Indeed, the “war on terror” doctrine has long been pushed by Israel to justify atrocities against Palestinians. But it wasn’t until after 2001 that this framing really stuck. 

Speaking at Bar Ilan University in 2008, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted that Israel was “benefitting” from the 11 September 2001 al-Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, which he credited with having “swung American public opinion in our favor.” 

Israeli leaders hope the Paris attacks can play a similar role. “

Preying on the Young

A Salon interview with a true champion for criminalized and marginalized youth, whose work exposes the gross abuses suffered by kids in the hands of institutions: “There were two surprises. One was that I came ready to slug it out with the staff — and I did, to some degree; we certainly disciplined and fired an enormous number of people there — but there were a lot of people, who were just, you know, decent people; who had just come into the field to work with kids.

What happens over time is that the system either grinds you down, or you leave. So the folks who [hadn’t] left stopped asking questions and stopped seeing abuse. Some were definitely perpetrating that abuse, but I think most of them weren’t and had clearly acquiesced to it.”


Scammy Internet Ventures and Truth

A Pando post which wonders at the proliferation of scammy garbage in internet-land, and contemplates its role as exposer of lies: “A more likely explanation – and one backed up by others I’ve spoken to who live and work in the tech industry – is that there are just more scams to go around. That, in recent months, companies have just become more willing to behave in shady ways. That investors and executives are more willing to let that behavior slide, if it results in more revenue and more users. And that, thanks to the cult of the founder, there’s less board oversight than ever before to stop shady schemes before they even start. Fortunately, there also seem to be more employees – or former employees – willing to blow the whistle.”

WRISSLove and Literati

A Guardian piece that discusses a remarkable piece of writing by an iconic feministthat documents her passion for a famous writer, a document that contextualizes the thin edge between personal writing and what the public expects to become part of the literary canon: “But Greer has objected to the notebook being published in book form, even though it was among her personal archives of diaries, manuscripts and letters she handed to the university. She has let it be known that the notebook was never intended for publication and that she is concerned about the privacy of those named in it.

For Simons, the decision is disappointing because the diary has “real literary worth”.

“It’s just a beautiful piece of writing,” she told Guardian Australia. “It sheds light on Greer herself and also on the time she wrote it.

“Amis and Greer were at the centre of the changes that the world was going through and it’s an extraordinary window about what it was like to be alive at that time, as one of the most famous people in the world.”

Teaching Where Kids Are

A Benton brief that distills the conclusions of citizens that care about creating an educational environment that works: “Beyond these fundamentals lies the urgent need to meet students “where they are” in their networked adolescent lives. I don’t mean we should join them on Snapchat, but rather that we should embrace a shift in pedagogy that takes advantage of the best aspects of new media to improve teaching and learning.”


GENMEDIPFCC Trials Due to Profit

A Broadcasting Cable posting that contextualizes what greed and not listening to constituents means for all those seeking internet accessibility: “Add the governors of Tennessee and South Carolina and attorneys general from Alabama and Tennessee to the list of those siding with state legislators (and cable operators) in opposing the FCC’s preemption of laws limiting municipal broadband buildouts, which has become a battle over states’ rights.

That came in letters to the House Communications Subcommittee Republican and Democratic leadership in advance of an FCC oversight hearing scheduled for Dec. 17.”


Health of Borders and Economy Amid Chaos

A Naked Capitalism posting that contextualizes the grave sociopolitical consequences of the circling-the-wagons reaction to recent events in regards to open borders in Europe: “But play this out a bit more. Could the dissolution of Schengen be a pathway to the breakup of the Eurozone itself? After all, it’s hard to continue to argue for more fiscal integration while assembling border crossings. The accompaniment to such border closures would likely be a rise in right-wing, Euroskeptic nationalism across the continent, and subsequent tensions could spark exits.”

GENISSInevitable if Unnecessary Islamophobia Ensues

A New York Times article that looks at the inevitable backlash against Muslims ocurring in France and elsewhere after the attacks, an overwhelming sentiment that plays on energies and forces that already existed under the surface and were waiting for an excuse to emerge: ““We know, and it is cruel to say it, that on Friday it was French who killed other French,” Mr. Hollande told a rare joint emergency session of Parliament on Monday. “There are, living on our soil, individuals who from delinquency go on to radicalization and then to terrorist criminality.”

Similar words, references to France’s “enemy within,” recently have provoked an uproar, particularly on the left. But this time Mr. Hollande’s speech was met with universal applause, a singing of the national anthem and some rare praise from the far-right National Front leader, Marine Le Pen.”

11.16.2015 Daily Links


Whysoever one type of people—brown or pink; Abrahamic or Hindu; one kind of organized gibberish versus another; and so forth—would consider themselves superior to another sort of folks, such a POV ought to provide rich material for comedy routines: after all, contradiction and deeply felt absurdity have always yielded productive veins for humor and play-acting, as in, “I’m sorry, I don’t come from other life forms; I come straight from God,” or, “I believe in English because it’s such a pure language, you know, it made its own self up,” or, “sex must be nasty and dirty because that’s how we’re still here, and this shit here is some dirty, nasty shit,” or other similar riffs.


“We have to create culture, don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR.  Create your own roadshow.  The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you’re giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y.  This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking.  That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears.  And we are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral.  ‘Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.’  And then you’re a player, you don’t want to even play in that game.  You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world. …
       (In this vein), (p)sychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window.  Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing.  They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong. …rect3336If the words ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ don’t include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn’t worth the hemp it was written on.”    Terence McKenna

DAYHISTORYHandsToday around the globe marks a commemoration of an International Day for Tolerance; as a member of an invasion force and Ninth Crusade, England’s Prince Edward became putative King of the Realm when a Third Henry died, though Edward did not come home for two more years; In Central Spain near Avila five hundred twenty-four years prior to the present pass, a famous case of a child’s purported sacrifice by Jewish occultists led to the murder of Hebraic and converso locals whom official inquisitors tortured prior to their crucifixion; just over four decades subsequently, in 1532, Spaniards under the direction of Francisco Pizarro capture an Incan Emperor en route to carrying out genocide and enslavement in pursuit of precious metals and other plunder; two hundred and twenty-two years in advance of today, ninety reactionary Catholic clerics suffered execution by drowning in Nance at the hands of agents of the Revolution; fifty-six years later, in 1849, the Russian Czarist court sentenced a rebellious young Fyodor Dostoevsky to death, though thankfully the authorities commuted that judgment before the world lost this genius; forty years hence, in 1889, the baby boy was born who would grow up as the playwright and theater impresario, George F. Kaufman; one and a half decades in the future, in 1904, British technologists defended their patent for a thermionic vacuum tube, thus establishing the basis for a viable electronics mass communication industry and many related consumer appliances; three years subsequently, in 1907, five thousand miles to the Southwest, the state of Oklahoma came into being as a conglomeration of ‘Sooner’ land and Indian territory, and a male infant first shouted out en route to a career as the long-lived and well-loved performer, screenwriter, and filmmaker, Burgess Meredith; seven years henceforth, in 1914,  the financial class consolidated its rule over U.S. money and kalefiscal policy with the formal opening of the Federal Reserve; eight years in the future from that conjunction, in 1922 in Portugal, a baby male entered our midst whose destiny entailed a late start in writing iconic novels that won him the Nobel Prize; half a decade more beyond that moment in time, in 1927, America’s Bituminous Coal Association obtained an injunction in attempting to crush organizing and action by rebellious mine workers; ten hundred ninety-six days more proximate to the present, in 1930, five thousand miles Southeast in Nigeria, the male child entered the world in standard fashion who would mature as the voice of a people and storyteller for the world, Chinua Achebe; thirteen years further along the temporal arc, in 1943, U.S. strategic bombers destroyed a heavy water facility in Norway that was crucial to Nazi plans to create a nuclear weapon; seven hundred thirty-one nearer to now, in 1945, the United Nations formed its educational scientific and cultural organization; another year more down the pike, in 1946, the baby boy took a first breath who would rise up as the

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ethnobotanist and fiery opponent of ‘wars’ on plants Terence Mckenna; two additional years after that, in 1948, a baby girl was born into a classical music family who would become the famed and talented crooner, lyricist, and musical genius, Chi Coltrane; forty-three years back, the renowned thinker and critic Alan Watts played out his final scene; one year later still, in 1974, the Arecibo Radio Telescope array in Puerto Rico beamed a message to possible neighbors twenty-five thousand light years away; eight years even closer to our moment in time, in 1982, the National Football League Players Association led gridiron professionals on a nearly two month strike against a system in which only owners had any power to act or expectation of profit; precisely seven more years thereafter, in 1989, U.S.-trained death squad leaders instruct their troops to murder six Jesuits at El Salvador’s Jose Simeon Canas University.

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http://theconversationuk.cmail19.com/t/ViewEmail/r/093CB212B90688D52540EF23F30FEDED/31A848FFDA1046891D419C9787CC9684     One of practically innumerable, generally ‘progressive,’ aggregations that provide analysis, compassion, outrage , and ideas about what the carnage in Paris means, a question the full contextualization of which might help to unravel the tangled web of contemporary politics and social-economic conundrums, inquiry moreover that must include near the top materials from the region that has remained in the crosshairs of imperial depredation for more than a century now, the so-called ‘Middle East,’ as well as offering analyses that compare responses, as if a double standard were extant that no one wanted to discuss, to different sorts of terrible terror events, as well as more generally comprehensive overviews that seek to make sense of what has transpired, the upshot of all of which is that people must gawk and pontificate less and pay a much greater and more sophisticated sort of real attention to the woes and wonders of the world, an attentive orientation form which real discourse and grassroots action flows–that is, if survival matters to the gawkers and pundits or any of us at all: “Entertaining a climate of fear and paranoia could have serious consequences.  Emergency measures are indeed necessary at present, but they must remain emergency measures.  If they become permanent, they will send France down a deeply dangerous road.
French politics has become deeply cynical, and the electorate has lost faith in its leaders.  Many politicians will attempt to profit from this climate.  Nicolas Sarkozy has already called for more drastic measures to be put in place.   Some will also promise salvation by closing borders.  They will call for a return to a mythical, good old peaceful France, overwriting the country’s history and its constant and violent flux between reaction and revolution. …no trespassing signThis would be playing right into the hands of the terrorists themselves.   A war of civilisations is the very fantasy IS and its ilk are trying to construct.  They seek to enshrine divisions between an imagined ‘us’ in the West, standing together for a loosely defined version of democracy, and ‘them,’ attempting to appear a united force in an area torn apart by years of war.”The Conversationrect3336
         “Some observations about the carnage in Paris
2) Western governments: US and France in particular along with their Saudi,Qatari, and Turkish allies are directly responsible for the rise and expansion of ISIS through their policies in Syria which cuddled and nurtured ISIS and its sister terrorist organizations.
3) there is no way on earth to stem the menace of ISIS and Al-Qa`idah like organizations without going to the source, in Saudi Arabia which is the official headquarters of the Ibn Taymiyyah’s terrorist interpretation of Islam. …rect33365) Western governments AND media have been rather cynically silent about victims of ISIS terrorism if the civilian victims happen to be categorized as ‘enemies.’  Western governments AND media (look at the dispatches from Times and Post over the last 4 years about Syria) have consistently ignored and even cheered sectarian massacres of Syrian and Lebanese civilians if see(n) as being perpetrated by foes of the Syrian regime.isis Flag.svg
6) Just as ISIS and Al-Qa`idah brought terrorism to the heart of the West, Western governments have also been exporting death and destruction to the Middle East and North Africa: from Mali to Libya to Egypt to Sudan to Somalia to Syria to Iraq to Pakistan to Afghanistan.  Terrorism has been inflicted on people in those countries by the terrorism of ISIS and Al-Qa`idah and by the bombs and rockets and drones of Western governments.
And 26 more.—Angry Arab News Servicerect3336

         “Europe is the opposite of united: it is falling apart.  Even before theFriday the 13th horror, the EU’s economy showed clear evidence of renewed stagnation and even a return to recession as world trade falters.  The Eurozone limps along as home to a common currency, still likely to crumble.  Britain, already halfway out, may lead a rush to the exit door.rect3336The sheer scale of the refugee crisis has rent asunder core elements of integration: Schengen and the Dublin Agreement.  The crisis is so acute one leading Brussels insider has given the EU just five months to save itself.  Of the 160,000-strong redistribution quota agreed in the summer just 147 refugees have gone to other countries inside the Union. …rect3336But it is Europe that is (outside the Middle East itself) bearing the biggest brunt of the US-led decision to invade Iraq in 2003 – the source of much of today’s continuing destructive instability on both sides of the Med.  In the intervening period it is still dithering and divided about how it should respond to conflicts within and outside its borders.   Friday the 13th is a clear historic watershed: either Europe bows to the angry, intolerant clamour of the Right and makes itself an authoritarian, xenophobic fortress or it re-asserts republican values of openness, tolerance, equality – while protecting all its citizens.  Angela Merkel, German chancellor and protagonist of the latter option, rightly so, may be weakened by the bloody events in Paris but her sense that only a united Europe (‘we need more Europe, not less’) can solve these immense problems remains correct.  It’s what most if not all of those predominantly young victims of the assaults on our shared values believed in.”—Social Europe

Reuters/Pascal Rossignol

         “(M)any layers of hypocrisy (exist) in the public reaction to the tragedy that must be sorted through in order to understand the larger context in which these horrific attacks are situated — and, ultimately, to prevent such attacks from happening in the future. …
In a disgrace to the victims, a shout chorus of reactionary demagogues exploited the horrific attacks to distract from and even deny domestic problems.  They flatly told Black Lives Matter activists fighting for basic civil and human rights, fast-food workers seeking liveable wages and union rights, and students challenging crippling debts that their problems are insignificant because they are not being held hostage at gunpoint. …rect3336(In the default Fascist’s blaming of Islam for this butchery), (a)lthough enemies, both groups share a congruence of interests.  The far-right wants Muslims and refugees from Muslim-majority countries (even if they are not Muslim) to leave because it sees them as innately violent terrorists.  Islamic extremists want Muslim refugees to leave so they can be radicalized and join their caliphate. …rect3336Demonstrating how right-wing and Islamic extremist logic intersect, ISIS actually favorably cited the black-and-white worldview shared ironically by both former President George W. Bush and his intractable foe, al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.  ISIS wrote: ‘As Shaykh Usamah Ibn Ladin said, ‘The world today is divided into two camps.  Bush spoke the truth when he said, ‘Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.’  Meaning, either you are with the crusade or you are with Islam.’ …
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“BattleOfHoms1299” by unknown – BNF Nouvelle acquisition française 886, fol. 31v[1].
(In the standard, ‘Western’ kneejerk response to this mayhem and barbarity), (n)ever interrogated is why exactly are so many refugees fleeing the Middle East and North Africa.  It is not like millions of people want to leave their homes and families; they are fleeing violence and chaos — violence and chaos that happens to almost always be the result of Western military intervention. …rect3336
(Yet), (t)he imperialist West always try to dislocate the blame.  It’s always the foreigner’s, the non-Westerner’s, the Other’s fault; it’s never the fault of the enlightened West.rect3336Islam is the new scapegoat.  Western imperial policies of ravaging entire nations, propping up repressive dictators, and supporting extremist groups are conveniently forgotten.rect3336The West is incapable of addressing its own imperial violence.  Instead, it points its blood-stained finger accusingly at the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims and tells them they are the inherently violent ones.”—Salon



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ihxh_stP1as     From George Carlin, one of the final series of his best-of performances, a masterful unspinning of his critiques of patriotism, chauvinism, and the identity politics that keep us divided and therefore a safe bet for conquest by the corporate lords and masters who profit from our false consciousness, ignorance, and general belligerence.


student writing arm


North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference

Asheville, North Carolina
November 20, 2015
Application Deadline:
Rolling Admissions
Website: www.ncwriters.org
E-mail address ed@ncwriters.org
The 2015 North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference will be held from November 20 to November 22 at the Doubletree Asheville–Biltmore Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina. The conference features workshops and master classes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures and panels on publishing and finding an agent. The faculty includes poets Tina Barr, Nickole Brown, and Katherine Soniat; fiction writers Robert Beatty, Tommy Hays, and Lee Smith; and creative nonfiction writers Christine Hale, Jeremy B. Jones, and Catherine Reid.


Deadline December 31, 2015. 1st prize: $300. 2nd prize: $150. 3rd prize: $50. In addition, the winning poems will be displayed on our website. We suggest that you write about real emotions and feelings and that you have some special person or occasion in mind as you write.

SU-CASA is a community arts engagement program that places artists and organizations in residence at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. The program provides selected artists with a stipend in exchange for the creation and delivery of arts programming for seniors.  The program will support a total of 101 residencies for individuals and organizations at senior centers across the City’s 51 Council districts, with 20 of those residencies based in Manhattan. Deadline November 30, 2015.

AZULE, as an emerging art and community-based organization, is developing a retreat and residency program for artists and craftsmen, writers, architects, builders and environmentalists, academics, educators, social workers or researchers, or anyone who wish to enjoy Appalachia and Azule way of life or wishes to get involved. In the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. Hot Springs is seven miles away; Asheville is 50 miles away.

pascal maramis - flickr
pascal maramis – flickr


MIEL, a micropress based in Belgium, is looking for an assistant editor for 2016. compensation is a €200 honorarium, books, training, and support. Applicants may be based anywhere in the world as long as they have a reliable Internet connection. Deadline November 30, 2015.

WRAL-TV / Capitol Broadcasting Company
TV Anchor Reporter

Full time
North Carolina – Raleigh

WRAL-TV is looking for a seasoned journalist to anchor live morning newscasts and report.   As an anchor, the individual will be called upon to communicate news and information to viewers during newscasts, special reports, continuous coverage, and other types of news programs.  This will include interpreting news events, ad-libbing, and communicating breaking news effectively when scripts are not available.   Anchoring duties also involve gathering and writing stories.   As a reporter, the individual must analyze and interpret events, issues and trends, conduct interviews, and creatively produce television reports that communicate the news in a clear, imaginative manner.   A WRAL reporter is expected to generate original, local stories on a regular basis.   Embracing and effectively using social media is essential to succeeding in this job.

NBCUniversal- KNBC
Promotion Producer – KNBC

Full time
California – Universal City

NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks.

Western Connecticut State University
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Journalism
School of Arts and Sciences Department of Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process Assistant Professor – Tenure Track Academic Year 2016-17 WCSU’s Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process seeks applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Journalism to begin in fall of 2016. The Department offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing (with concentrations in 1. Journalism and Public Relations, 2. Creative Writing, and 3. Business and Technical Writing) and the Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing.


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

Holding Educational Schemes Accountable

A World Socialist Web Site posting that looks at the work of one organization that is intent on exposing the lies and corruption at the heart of the charter school business model: “An aptly named yearlong study titled “Charter School Black Hole” has revealed an astonishing level of incompetence, mismanagement and outright criminality within the American charter school industry.

The Center for Media and Democracy, a liberal watchdog group, sponsored the first in-depth 20-year look at the federally allocated finances of the charter school industry. The study shows that since 1995, $3.7 billion has essentially disappeared into the hands of charter schools with almost no accountability. The authors of the study were astonished at “how little is known” about the chain of responsibility from the federal government on down.”

Terrorism Chronicles

A Tom Dispatch piece with a thought-provoking contextualization that brings to readers’ minds the many assaults and terroristic acts that people in war-torn areas of the world habitually suffer at the hands of Western forces: “Again, try to imagine the reaction here if multiple wedding parties were being wiped out repetitively, always in more or less the same way. I hardly need tell you what a hullabaloo would result…. Even after all these years, what still seems strange to me, however, is that we — Washington, the media, the public — seem so cold-bloodedly unfazed by horrors repetitively committed in our name in distant lands.

All of this came to my mind once again when TomDispatch regular Laura Gottesdiener filed her latest piece and in it I could feel — and identify with — her frustration over the attention we regularly don’t give those we kill in our war zones.”

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The Importance of Narrative

A Guernica interview with a powerful narrator and academician who emphasizes the fundamental role of narrative in our very evolutionary survival: ” Literature often gets taught nowadays as a record of the sins and shortcomings of the past. I see literature and the arts very differently: as essential to being human and to human progress, individual and collective. Literature and the other arts play with pattern—our brains understand our world by recognizing patterns—and with possibility. The arts harness our sharpest senses, sight and sound, and our richest ways of understanding, in language and narrative. They were our first schools before schools were ever invented. They develop our imaginations, extend our possibilities, and deepen what we can all share.”

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

Protecting Journalists 

A Columbia Journalism Review posting that looks at how both public accolades and personal armaments can be a viable solution to journalists who bravely risk their lives everyday reporting in war-torn and conflict-ridden areas: “In recognition of his fearless reporting, Figueredo will receive the Committee to Protect Journalists’ International Press Freedom Award at a gala dinner this month in New York. He will be honored alongside journalists from Syria, Ethiopia, and Malaysia who, like him, have put their life and liberty on the line to bring people the news.

Part of the rationale behind the CPJ award is that honoring frontline reporters like Figueredo actually makes them more secure by giving them international visibility, subjecting their attackers to public scrutiny and scorn.

The strategy works, but also has its limitations.”

New University President Tackles Old Problems

A Daily Kos article that discusses the acts and words of the new interim president at a recently conflict-ridden university campus:  “At a packed news conference to announce his appointment, Michael Middleton, 68, a retired longtime administrator at the university, spoke bluntly about “systemic racism” he saw on campus.

“It crossed my mind that my 30-year career here had been a total failure,” he said of watching protests this semester.

Middleton, who said he was not seeking the permanent job of president of the system’s four public universities, promised to work with black campus activists to confront issues surrounding racial inequality at the system’s flagship campus in Columbia.”

Overestimating Social Media 

social media - jmarketing - flickr
social media – jmarketing – flickr

A thought-provoking posting from Conversation that looks at the negative consequences of excessive bubble-chasing and social media investment, and in general is an article of great importance to all those who consider the role of social media in their own lives and business models: “It’s an investment billions of us make every day – not a financial one, but an investment of time and effort into expressing our opinions on things we are sympathetic to, and those we detest. We pay respect, and expect a return – in terms of “likes” on a recently posted selfie.

We are investors in social media, trading likes for likes all the time, and without much market research. Of course social media is awash with what the finance world would call liquidity – there is no shortage of likes, upvotes, posts and retweets. But too much liquidity can poison a financial market, leading prices to far inflate beyond their fundamental value – what we call a bubble. And perhaps it can also poison a market in which we invest opinions and expressions rather than money.”

Improving Video Projects

A useful list of really good yet simple effects for taking a video project to the next level from Shutterstock: “Picking the perfect stock footage is only the first step. If you want your footage to blend seamlessly into your video project you will need to do a few extra things. Here are seven tips for perfectly blending your stock footage into your video project.”

What Comes Post Doc

A useful piece from Curriculum Vitae that gives sound advise to all those searching for the next steps after receiving their degree: “During grad school — no matter what your advisers are telling you — try to pursue a variety of opportunities to gain training in research, teaching, and applied work. Serve as a research assistant and a teaching assistant (and teach your own classes if possible), but also seek out internships and opportunities to gain experience outside of your university.

In the spirit of sharing advice that I had to learn the hard way, I’d like to offer some tips for finding the career path that feels right to you. If you’re 100 percent certain of the path you wish to pursue, good for you! But if you’re conflicted, as I was, then testing out other options along the way is a must, and will make you a more well-rounded academic. How else are you going to make an informed decision?”


sick-banner cancer healthFilmic Development Amid Health Crisis

A World Socialist Web Site posting that looks at the recent and past work of a talented filmmaker who has been grappling with health issues: “Having a liver transplant was an extraordinary experience and one that was too amazing to let go. I have a quite rare blood group and for a while it looked like I wouldn’t survive. I waited for seven and a half months, slowly going down the drain, and then on Christmas Day, during Christmas dinner, I received a phone call and was told that there was a donor. It was only a few weeks before I was supposed to die.

I wrote Tales from the Cancer Ward, which somebody read when I was at Cannes about a year later and they said I had to make the film. I began writing a script but couldn’t get any finance for the film. Someone having a transplant is not exactly regarded as hot material by the bean-counters.”


Hacktivist Retribution Promised

A Mediaite posting that discusses a new Anonymous video promising retribution against ISIS for the Paris attacks: “The hacktivist collective known as Anonymous posted a video to their YouTube account on Saturday, where they condemned and swore vengeance on ISIS and its supporters for the terror attacks that devastated Paris.

Appearing in the group’s preferred Guy Fawkes mask, Anonymous’ spokesman gave a video in French saying that the hackers have declared war against the extremist group. A translation from Towleroad says that the message warns ISIS to expect “massive cyber attacks” and that members from all over the world would join the effort against them.”

GENISSHealth in a Parasite-Free World

A fascinating Conversation article that looks at the surprising role that parasites might have in, if not promoting health, at least eliminating allergies and auto-immune disorders: “We know from animal experiments and a few preliminary studies in humans that helminths can inhibit not just allergies, but also other chronic inflammatory disorders that are increasing in parallel with allergies, such as multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes and Crohn’s disease.

Helminths calm the immune system, then, but not only those mechanisms used by the immune system in allergic responses. They calm entirely different mechanisms involved in the other chronic inflammatory disorders too. When it comes to helminths, there is a lot going on.”