Quote of the Day
(In any event), (r)eason, that which we call reason, reflex and reflective knowledge, the distinguishing mark of man, is a social product. …(Nevertheless, you should) (c)ure yourself of the affliction of caring how you appear to others. Concern yourself only with how you appear before God, concern yourself only with the idea that God may have of you.” Miguel de Unamuno
A Thought for the Day
Allegiance to national flags, lionized as selfless ‘patriotism’ or fidelity to the fatherland amounts to little more than honoring certain sorts of chauvinism, which inevitably means dishonoring mothers and their offspring, our cousins, everywhere else.
Today is the Seventh Day of Christmas in the areas that subscribe to such things, and of course, it is also New Year’s Eve in a related scheme of ‘timekeeping;’ along the Northern borders of Roman rule sixteen hundred nine years ago, Suebian, Vandal, and Alan fighters crossed the Rhine and began their investiture of imperial Gaul; Byzantine forces a century and just short of three decades past that, in 535, completed their conquest of Sicily under the leadership of Belisarius, ousting the Gothic garrison from Palermo; an erstwhile forefather of modern Spain, James I of Aragon just six years shy of seven centuries hence, in 1229, led the troops that completed the reconquest of Majorca from Islamic control; a century and a half and half a decade more proximate to the present, in 1384, the estimable linguist John Wycliffe, who had first translated the Bible into vernacular English, breathed his last; five hundred twenty-four years ahead of this instant, a male child cried out en route to a life as explorer and conqueror, Jacques Cartier; exactly a decade nearer to our day, in 1501, in the first major sea engagement to determine how strongly late Medieval European incursions would take hold, Indians from Calicut and environs sought to entrap four Portuguese warships and prevent their return to the Iberian Peninsula, which the local navies failed to do, though vastly outnumbering the Europeans, since the superior weaponry and tactics of the invaders prevented the application of the South Asians’ superior manpower; three hundred twenty-eight years before the here and now, France dispatched its first Huguenots to the Cape of Good Hope region instead of butchering them at home; thirteen years subsequently to the day, in 1600, England chartered the East India Company to trade in Eastern Indian Ocean; and ninety-one years further on from that point in time, in 1691, the brilliant chemist Robert Boyle died; and just four years down the road from that, in 1695, England imposed a levy on the owners of buildings that taxed the windows in each structure, which caused many owners to brick up these portals to air and light; Arthur Guinness sixty-four years afterward, in 1759, signed a nine-thousand-year lease, for 45-pounds-per-annum, to start brewing what has become the standard stout; two and a quarter centuries in advance of today, Greece’s newspaper Efimeris, began publication, the country’s oldest continuously operating media outlet; six years thereafter precisely, in 1799, Baltimore first incorporated in Maryland; Ottawa, then a thriving logging town far from the main seats of power, one hundred fifty-eight years back, became Canada’s capitol by an edict of Queen Victoria; five years subsequently, in 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the creation of West Virginia into law, sundering the seceded ‘Capitol of the Confederacy’ and adding a new jurisdiction to the United States; Karl Benz sixteen years subsequent to that juncture, in 1878, filed a patent for a two-stroke internal combustion engine that established the basis for one of the planet’s premier automotive companies, and in Uruguay the infant male who matured as the author of the macabre, Horacio Quiroga, came into the world; further North in the Americas or across the Atlantic, as the case may be, three hundred sixty-five days hence, in 1879, Thomas Edison oversaw the first successful public demonstration of an incandescent light, laying the basis for much of modern urbanity in so doing; twenty-seven years later, in 1906, Persian bourgeois and titled families approved a ‘Western’ constitution that served their class interest without interfering too markedly with growing English insistence on controlling the region; just three hundred sixty-five days farther down the pike, in 1907, the first massive New Years Eve celebration in central Manhattan took place in what would soon become Times Square; three hundred sixty-six days thereafter, in 1908, a baby boy was born whose destiny involved surviving the Holocaust and memorializing the grit attendant on such a feat as Simon Wiesenthal;another year further on, in 1909, the Brooklyn Bridge opened to traffic to and from Manhattan and Brooklyn; another twenty-one years onward, in 1930, the baby girl was born who would enthrall the world with her rugged blues as Odetta; a year more on the temporal trek, in 1931, over sixty thousand unemployed workers gathered in Pittsburgh to demand relief, part of the core of James Cox’s Army of the Unemployed; half a decade henceforth, in 1936, Miguel Unamuno, the eminent Spanish philosopher and literati, breathed his last while asleep, just weeks after he had stood up to fascists and lost his university post in Salamanca; five years yet further on, in 1941, the baby boy gave his first squall on the way to growing up as singer-songwriter John Denver; Harry Truman another half decade nearer to now, in 1946 announced formally the ending of all hostilities related to World War Two; the United States five years more along time’s arc, in 1951, culminated its $13-billion-plus investment in the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe and forestall Soviet influence; a decade later precisely, in 1961, Irish National Television broadcast its first programming; two years after that moment, in 1963, the Central African Republic ‘fell apart’ to form the more ‘manageable’ configuration of Malawi, Zambia, and Rhodesia; calling itself the Youth International Party five years even closer to the current context, in 1968, a group that others referred to as Yippies first came into existence; a short year hence, in 1969, leadership of the United Mineworkers oversaw the assassination of reformist leader ‘Jock’ Yablonski, along with his wife and daughter; eleven years thereafter, in 1980, esteemed thinker and media theorist Marshall
McLuhan died; three years on, in 1983, the U.S. split up the Bell system phone monopoly into five constituent parts; two years after that moment in time and space, in 1985, popular songwriter and crooner Ricky Nelson’s life ended; the official dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics occurred six years still more proximate to the present pass, in 1991, one day after its sixty-ninth anniversary; exactly one year after that, in 1992, Czechoslovakia underwent its so-called ‘Velvet Divorce’ and broke into two separate states, Slovakia and the Czech Republic; seven years farther along time’s flowing course, in 1999, Boris Yeltsin resigned as Russia’s President, leaving Vladimir Putin in command of Russia, and Panama, ‘officially’ anyway, regained control of its own territory—the canal that joined Atlantic and Pacific commerce; seven years later to the day, in 2006, an authoritative voice of sociology would speak no more, as Seymour Martin Lipset died; seven hundred thirty-one days subsequently, in 2008, the popular and prolific wordsmith of mystery, Donald Westlake, made a final exit; another three years onward, in 2011, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched a rocket that carried two satellites that would successfully orbit the moon for a year and collect detailed data of its geology, gravitational fields, and surface structures.
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Top of the Fold
Maybe it’s counterintuitive, and it’s certainly unpleasant, but it’s true. In those moments, when we refuse to engage in these fights because they feel childish and below the belt, we forget that the majority of people are standing in the middle, wondering what the hell is going on and looking for people they can trust. When those of us who are thinking about power and trying to grow the base don’t step up to that challenge, the folks in the middle assume that the people who are bringing in toxicity are the leadership, and they don’t want anything to do with it. They find no other voices providing leadership they can feel part of. So they go home.
We confuse systems like white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism with individuals we can use as stand ins for them. We use the inevitable fuck-ups of our potential partners as validation that we should stay in our bunkers with the handful of people who make us feel safe instead of getting dirty in the trenches. We imagine identity as static and permanent, instead of remembering that all of us–to borrow terminology from organizations like Training for Change–experience moments of marginalization that can help us support one another, and experiences of being in the mainstream that can help us understand the people we want to shift. We forget that, while identity gives us clues and reveals patterns, it doesn’t fully explain oru behavior, and it certainly doesn’t determine it. We abandon the truth that people can change, that ultimately we all–oppressed and potential oppressors alike(if such frames should even be entertained)–can and must choose sides. So we shirk this ultimate responsibility we have as organizers: to support people in making the hard and scary choices to be on the side of freedom. In all this commotion, we turn inward. We forget the enemy outside and find enemies in the room instead, make enemies of one another.”—Alternet
(Obsessing over goals inevitably crushes whatever makes a person ‘individual’). But don’t misunderstand me. I don’t mean that we can’t BE firemen, bankers, or doctors— but that we must make the goal conform to the individual, rather than make the individual conform to the goal. In every man, heredity and environment have combined to produce a creature of certain abilities and desires— including a deeply ingrained need to function in such a way that his life will be MEANINGFUL. A man has to BE something; he has to matter.
As I see it then, the formula runs something like this: a man must choose a path which will let his ABILITIES function at maximum efficiency toward the gratification of his DESIRES. In doing this, he is fulfilling a need (giving himself identity by functioning in a set pattern toward a set goal), he avoids frustrating his potential (choosing a path which puts no limit on his self-development), and he avoids the terror of seeing his goal wilt or lose its charm as he draws closer to it (rather than bending himself to meet the demands of that which he seeks, he has bent his goal to conform to his own abilities and desires).”—Farnham Street Blog
As a result of the assignment and its most peculiar fallout, all 29 schools in the district, impacting some 10,000 students, were closed for a day, and all weekend extra-curricular activities were cancelled.
This writer is a Christian, active in the religion he embraced in his twenties. He hopes that his local schools are introducing students to Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Information about Hinduism and Buddhism should be included. He hopes that these students are learning at least the basics of the Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopal and Baptist religions, along with some knowledge about the differences of Orthodox, Reformed and Conservative Jews. Further, he hopes that students are gaining a basic understanding of Shias and Sunnis. He hopes that these students are being ‘indoctrinated’ to these various and diverse faiths the same way they are being ‘indoctrinated’ to algebra, world history and a foreign language.
This writer should know better(than to imagine a limit to the delusions of which ignorance are capable in America). He should know that his imagination cannot equal the alternate reality that is the religious right. He should not be surprised at the bizarre ravings that seem to be the typical response to mundane events such as homework assignments designed to expand young minds. But apparently he doesn’t; because, once again, when first learning about this non-incident in Virginia, his first thought was ‘Now I’ve heard everything’. He does not look forward to whatever tomorrowmight bring.”—Counterpunch
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A Book Talk with Professor Richard Hasen
Thursday, January 21, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Campaign financing is one of today’s most divisive political issues. The left asserts that the electoral process is rife with corruption. The right protests that the real aim of campaign limits is to suppress political activity and protect incumbents. Meanwhile, money flows freely on both sides. In , Richard Hasen argues that both left and right avoid the key issue of the new Citizens United era: balancing political inequality with free speech. (Yale University Press)
Join the Brennan Center for a candid and engaging discussion with the author of this eye-opening new book.
Learning from Nature Deadline Feb 1st – The Biomimicry Center at Arizona State University will award $5,000 for best essay, and Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for runner-up. All essays will be considered for publication in a special “Learning from Nature” issue of the magazine to be published in fall 2016.
Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. Multiple submissions are welcome, as are entries from outside the United States.
Industry Internet/Online/New Media, Magazine Publishing
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location Princeton, NJ
Job Requirements DiversityInc, the nation’s leading business-diversity web site and magazine, seeks a Senior Business Writer. The person, who will work out of our Princeton, N.J., headquarters, must have at least 5-7 years of business journalism experience. Background in web writing preferred. The position involves interviewing high-level officials in large corporations, understanding complex corporate-diversity strategies, excellent knowledge of and use of statistical data and analysis, and a strong commitment to diversity. The writer will be asked to produce daily and weekly content plus conduct video interviews. Duties include writing business-diversity management features for the web and print, producing weekly newsletters, analyzing and understanding data to support content, and story-idea generation.
Association for Talent Development
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location Alexandria, VA
Job Requirements Duties
•Manage columns and departments for two monthly publications, including the association’s flagship magazine.
•Write articles (columns, departments, and features) on trends and emerging research in the talent development industry, including leadership development, organizational development, training, learning technology, and instructional design.
•Work with outside writers and subject matter experts.
•Proofread and edit copy.
•Provide editorial support for other communication, press, and marketing projects.
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