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This Day in History
Today of course is leap day, a reflection of an improved capacity to calculate on which much of modern life depends, and, apropos to the relatively unusual occurrence of this date, February 29th is also Rare Disease Day, while infants born today receive the designation, “leaplings,” as one or another variation of the folk tradition of ‘Bachelor’s Day’ also takes at this time, an erstwhile opportunity for a woman to reverse roles and propose marriage to a man; on his final sojourn to the ‘New World,’ Christopher Columbus predicted an eclipse that his knowledge of navigation by the stars permitted him to know would occur, the result of which was a capacity to extort needed supplies from Native Americans with whom he was in contact; precisely two centuries later, in the North American version of Queen Anne’s War in 1704, Deerfield Massachusetts suffered a devastating raid at the hands of French marauders and their Native American allies, who not only killed scores of people but also took over 100 captives; ninety-two years subsequent to that juncture, in 1796, the Jay Treaty took effect and initiated ten years of relatively peaceful trading relations between England and her former colonies; another thirty-two years further along, in 1828, a baby girl was born into the world who would live nine decades as the diarist, Mormon activist, women’s right advocate, journalist, and teacher, Emmeline B. Wells; eight decades thereafter, in 1908,
another leap year, another girl child entered our midst who would become the popular historian and thinker, Dee Brown; eight years henceforth, in 1916, South Carolina took the step that the Supreme Court kept disapproving, to require that children younger than fourteen years could not work in factories; twenty-four additional years past that instant in time and space, in 1940, Hattie McDaniel won the first Academy Award given to a Black performer for her role as the maidservant, Mammy, in Gone With the Wind, and up the coast in San Francisco, Lawrence Livermore won a wartime Nobel Prize in physics for his work with particle accelerators; two decades subsequently, in 1960, the baby boy opened his eyes who would rise as the masterful promulgator of tough-love self-help, Tony Robbins; twenty-eight years hence, in 1988, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was one of over 100 clergymen who gladly faced arrest in order to protest the moral and social depredations of Apartheid in their native South Africa; four years afterward, in 1992, La Lupe, the dynamic and beloved and wild songwriter and performer, originally from Cuba, danced her final number; a dozen years further along time’s road, in 2004, Jean Bertrand Aristide confronted a coup, accepted by the United States, that removed him from democratic power in Haiti; fourteen hundred sixty-one days more proximate to the present pass, in 2008, the author of the book, Misha: a Memoire of the Holocaust Years, acknowledged that she had made up the story, which included representations that, upon escaping the Nazis, she had survived by living with a pack of wolves.
A Thought for the Day
The existence of this day represents in several ways a critical aspect of understanding ourselves and the cosmos, at a juncture in which, without such insight, we might very well—unintentionally or on purpose matters little—immolate both ourselves and much of the rest of life on Earth: the first way in which a February 29th is crucial is that it proves that we can improve ourselves, in aggregate immeasurably over past practices; the second fashion in which this particular date is centrally important is that—as did innumerable powerful rulers, who sentenced to death numerous cosmologists who were correct about time and space—in clinging to old ideas and approaches, we can preclude advances on which our survival might depend, not only individually but also collectively, as a group of cousins who have had the good luck and grit and wit to finesse self destruction or ‘natural selection’ up to this juncture; the final case for riotous celebration of this rare twenty-four hour period concerns the desire that so many people have for things to be one way, and never to acknowledge the likelihood, not to mention the necessitythat things will almost always include possibilities outside the standard methodologies, such as for example the notion that “a year has 365 days in it, by God—I know that much for certain!”
(Nevertheless, the European dominance expanded). On the mainland of America, the Wampanoags of Massasoit and King Philip had vanished, along with the Chesapeakes, the Chickahominys, and the Potomacs of the great Powhatan confederacy. (Only Pocahontas was remembered.) Scattered or reduced to remnants were the Pequots, Montauks, Nanticokes. Machapungas, Catawbas, Cheraws, Miamis, Hurons, Eries, Mohawks, Senecas, and Mohegans. (Only Uncas was remembered.) Their musical names remained forever fixed on the American land, but their bones were forgotten in a thousand burned villages or lost in forests fast disappearing before the axes of twenty million invaders. Already the once sweet-watered streams, most of which bore Indian names, were clouded with silt and the wastes of man; the very earth was being ravaged and squandered.
I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there are no enclosures and where everything drew a free breath. I want to die there and not within walls. I know every stream and every wood between the Rio Grande and the Arkansas. I have hunted and lived over that country. I lived like my fathers before me, and, like them, I lived happily.
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In the lead up to the Saturday’s vote, the Sanders campaign had amassed an impressive roster of black surrogates and supporters that included West, Spike Lee, former Ohio state senator Nina Turner and the daughter of Eric Garner, Erica. Additionally, other prominent thinkers of the so-called Black Left like Michelle Alexander and Ta-Nehisi Coates have spoken favorably of Sanders recently. Still, the arguments of such intellectuals could not outmatch the organization and apparent good will Clinton built in the state, awarding her with a stunning 86 percent of the black vote in South Carolina — outdoing even Obama’s showing in 2008.”—Salon
The news media, of course, depending on its particular view, will fawn all over these reprobates, listening to every word that drops from their lips, as if they were statesmen, worthy of respect, and not opportunists selling out to the highest bidder, and basking in the adulation of people who hate anyone who is ‘different.’ In their efforts to install any of these in the White House, they ignore at least one candidate without a track record of lies, distortion and corruption. That candidate is Jill Stein.
(Stein’s platform nonetheless makes brilliant points and necessary, evidence-based sense). But is it possible? Is there any way that a corrupt nation, with grinding poverty on one hand, extreme wealth concentrated on the few, on the other, and a rapidly-shrinking middle class, can, indeed, ever put people over profit? Is this not too difficult a task, one for which the door of opportunity has long since slammed shut? One is referred to Dr. Stein’s website to see that it is, in fact, possible.
(All that need transpire is the miracle of majority rule). In a true democracy, candidates would be provided equal exposure by the press. Some minimum standard would have to be reached, perhaps a certain number of signatures on a petition. Certainly, fringe candidates with little following (one is reminded of Vermin Supreme, a performance artist registered as a Democratic candidate in New Hampshire, who promises a free pony to every U.S. citizen, should he be elected president) would not long have that same exposure. But today, the system is stacked against any but a Republican or Democratic candidate. With all the major media outlets owned by just a few corporations, and the goal of news to be entertainment rather than information, and business always wanting to increase its profits, Dr. Stein’s candidacy will not be much welcomed by the corporate powers that be.”—Counterpunch
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ARTISTIC FEAR & ANGER OVER ISRAELI APARTHEID & ITS DEFLECTION
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/02/28/roger-waters-on-why-more-artists-dont-speak-out-against-israel-theyre-terrified/ – A sublimely brilliant juxtaposition from Veterans Today, now taken down but still available on archive (linked) of the distinct divergence between the response of artists and musicians to South Africa’s Apartheid regime, where en masse the substantial majority of popular performers simply refused to appear, and the situation in relation to Israel’s depredations in recent decades against Palestinians, in which an observer can easily count on two hands the prominent singers and acts that have aligned with a boycott of the Jewish State, a disparate response, according to the author, that is simple to explain, since the word is out in no uncertain terms that ‘stars’ who take such a stance today will face a blacklisting which will eliminate their fortunes if not their talents, much of their chance to reach audiences if not the essence of their capacity to perform.
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The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and Malaria No More have launched a new program called “Covering Malaria Elimination in Africa: A Fellowship for U.S. Journalists.” … The reporting fellowship will take place May 8-13, 2016, though participants should set aside additional time for travel to and from Tanzania. During the tour, participants will visit clinics and treatment centers, meet locals who are most affected, attend briefings with health officials and disease experts, hear from organizations that are working to control or eliminate the disease, and talk with local journalists covering the issue.
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Detour, “the world’s coolest audio guides,” is coming to Chicago this May. We’re looking for producers with experience in radio, television, and film, to help us create immersive walks through Chicago that show what makes it special.
A Global Research Centre article by an incisive commentator that looks at the fiasco which was the newest economic summit, with its SOP conclusions and lack of accountability: “Finance ministers and central bankers from the world’s biggest economies met in Shanghai, China over the weekend to discuss many of the problems for which they alone are responsible. Leading the list of issues, was the steady deceleration in global growth which, to great extent, is the result of experimental monetary policies central banks implemented following the recession in 2009. Surprisingly, the group admitted that their “easing strategies” had failed to produce the durable recovery that they sought, but at the same time, they made virtually no effort to correct their mistake by making the changes necessary to shore up flagging global output.”
A Pacific Standard piece by a thoughtful commentator who looks at the fact that feminism, or equality between genders, has never really received the seriousness or attention it merits, which leads to its breakdown as a consequence: “Feminism is always breaking down. Survey the literature, or read the news, and you’ll learn: It’s needy. It has unending demands. Feminism gets attention mostly when there’s a problem: a generation gap, a schism (and this is just this month). Feminism gets even more attention when feminism is the problem.”
A work of art, as usual, from John Oliver, who not only manages to make fun of Trump but who also discusses very real and very scary facts about him (including his scary ancestral last name) that would make any aware person think twice about voting for him: ““We have mostly ignored Trump on this show,” Oliver prefaced. “But he has now won three states, has been endorsed by Chris Christie, and polls show him leading most Super Tuesday states, which is a big deal.” Oliver noted that “since 1988, every candidate who’s won the most states on Super Tuesday went on to become their party’s nominee.”
“At this point, Donald Trump is America’s back mole,” Oliver explained. “It may have seemed harmless a year ago, but now that it’s gotten frighteningly bigger, it is no longer wise to ignore it.””
A Tele Sur piece that looks at the brave work of some Chilean artists who were awarded an Oscar for their work on the dictatorship: ““Bear Story,” directed by Gabriel Osorio and produced by Pato Escala, is a sad yet profound 3-D animation that tells the story of a lonely bear who builds a mechanical diorama to try to uncover his past living with his family before being torn away from his wife and son to be caged up in a circus.”
A Aeon posting that looks at the work of tireless researchers who analyze the incipient major extintion event soon coming to a planet near you, and look at what draconian steps are necessary to prevent all our deaths: “Unstanched haemorrhaging has only one end in all biological systems: death for an organism, extinction for a species. Researchers who study the trajectory of biodiversity loss are alarmed that, within the century, an exponentially rising extinction rate might easily wipe out most of the species still surviving at the present time.”
A Chronicle article that looks to commemorate the words and mind of a recently-departed gifted and iconic writer: “Because to produce a work comparable to that still-singular first novel — not to mention its six successors, Foucault’s Pendulum (1988), The Island of the Day Before (1994), Baudolino,(2000), The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana (2004), The Prague Cemetery (2010), and Numero Zero (2015) — you needed to be Umberto. That is, impossibly learned. Indefatigably hardworking. Singularly modest and self-critical. Uniquely open to people and culture high, low, and middle. Quick to laugh and joke. Wise to the importance of entertaining readers — with puns, plot, playful Latin, lighthearted examples, exotic hypotheticals — while guiding them.”
A Lit Hub look at the writings of Umberto Eco, and to the way he managed to identify the sort of political animal that Trump is, through his analysis and observation of Mussolini’s fascist state: “In order to make these things clear, I spent more time than anyone should at Trump’s website. What I found was a host of contradictions, endlessly empty rhetoric, and outright fear-mongering. There were times when, reading Trump’s press releases, I began to wonder if anyone on his staff was aware of the basic concept of subject/verb agreement. To be honest, it made me feel dirty, reading it, but in the spirit of intellectual inquiry, here goes.”
An LA Progressive piece that looks at the work of a talented TV show hostess and public intellectual: “For the four years her show was on the air, an African American woman and a public intellectual led a conversation that elevated the public sphere by bringing in new voices to the conversation that most cable news viewers rarely get to hear.”
A Tele Sur post that looks at the alarming development whereby tons of dangerous toxic radioactive materials ended up in the hands of thugs and ne’erdowells: “Mexico’s interior minister has issued an alert for five states after the theft of “potentially dangerous” radioactive materials.
The truck carrying radioactive iridium-192 was stolen on Sunday in the state of Queretaro, an industrial hub located about 200 km from Mexico City.”
A City Lab piece that looks at the benefits we could all experience if measurements of prosperity measured actual prosperity at all levels: “U.S. cities and metro regions have long made jobs and financial competitiveness the center of their economic development strategies—usually by recruiting companies, building high-tech clusters, or attracting talent. Now a new report released Monday by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program calls for a paradigm shift in economic development thinking, away from competitiveness and growth, and toward a more inclusive prosperity.”