5.26.16 TOF

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PLENTIFUL PAIN & PROTEST, & STRUGGLE FOR PROCESS, TO OUR SOUTH

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/26/operation-condor-trial-argentina-court-death-squads –  In addition to the fraudulent, slow-motion coup in Brazil and the ongoing miasma of mayhem of Mexico’s militarized police state and the blithely-ignored general-strike of capital against the people in Venezuela, a relativelyhopeful, by comparison, report from The Guardian about recent criminal proceedings against soldiers and murderers in the employ of Argentina’s coup-masters in the 1970’s and 80’s, which have already resulted in many individual convictions but which now may elicit guilty verdicts about criminal conspiMintPressNews racy and widespread U.S. support and involvement, a note from Buenos Aires that fits seamlessly with a briefing about newly elected neoliberal President and billionaire Mauricio Macri’s tens of millions of dollars parked in U.S. tax havens–news from the Southern end of the Southern Cone that meshes with Congressional Research Service SOP assesment of Honduras and its ‘issues,’ a delineation that then matches what Inter Press Service reports as a growing “arms racethroughout Central America between independent administrations and U.S.-backed neoliberal thugs; news, moreover, that amplifies a recent analysis from Information Clearinghouse, via TeleSur of arguments that Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has been promulgating about the need for deepened and extended democratic revolutions in Latin America, a POV that dovetails completely with a TeleSur review of a recent prize-winning documentary that traced assassins’ work against progressives in Peru; news, finally, that complements an essay from England’s ROAR collective about viciousness and depredation in Colombia against activists and those whose purpose and response is to struggle collectively for democracy and human rights, a presentation, in turn, that begs for a clearer focus on whatConsortium News has just released about plutocratic and reactionary Colombian connections with Hillary and Bill and their Clinton Foundation, the sum total of which suggests, as usual, that scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens have ‘work cut out for them’ to understand the reality that lurks beneath the surface of propaganda and aplomb that monopoly media outlets in the United States present as simple fact instead of self-interested, self-serving, and double-dealing deception and treachery: “Operation Condor – named after the world’s largest carrion bird – was devised to eliminate thousands of exiled leftwing activists who had dared confront the military dictators who ruled the continent in the 1970s and 80s.  It was an organised programme of state-sponsored murder in which US-backed regimes conspired to hunt down, kidnap and kill political opponents across South America and beyond.  The exact number of its victims may never be known, but this week judges in Buenos Aires will deliver their verdict on the first court case to specifically focus on the conspiracy.

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Eighteen former military officers – including Argentina’s last dictator Reynaldo Bignone, 88 – will on Friday be sentenced on charges including kidnapping, torture and forced disappearance.  Seven other defendants, includingJorge Videla – the general who headed Argentina’s junta during its bloodiest first three years – have died since the trial began in 2013.

The verdict is also likely to cast a fresh light on allegations that the operation was backed by the CIA – and at least tacitly approved by the then secretary of state Henry Kissinger.  The plaintiffs allege that Operation Condor received support from the US, especially in the form of its communications system, which they say operated through Condortel, a US telex system based in Panama.

According to secret documents unearthed after democracy returned to the region, Operation Condor was originally drawn up at a secret 1975 meeting of intelligence chiefs from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, and later expanded to include Brazil.  The minutes of the meeting were signed for Chile by Colonel Manuel Contreras, the dreaded head of that country’s Dina secret police.  Its purpose was to allow cooperating countries to send death squads into each other’s territory – and sometimes further afield – to monitor, kidnap or kill political exiles.

(Most of the murders and other crimes were against the young activists in the countries themselves.  Their children often ended up with their parents’ executioners). (However), (t)he impact of Operation Condor was not limited to Latin America: one of the most dramatic episodes took place in Washington DC.  In 1976, Orlando Letelier, Chile’s former defence and foreign minister under President Salvador Allende, was killed by a car bomb that detonated in front of the Irish embassy on Sheridan Circle.  US intelligence documents declassified last year show that the order to kill Letelier had come directly from the dictator, General Augusto Pinochet.

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Declassified State Department records show that the month before Letelier’s murder, Kissinger had ordered US ambassadors posted to the six Condor countries to express Washington’s ‘deep concern’ at the possible assassination of ‘politicians and prominent figures’ … . But Kissinger rescinded the order on 16 September, just five days before Letelier’s murder, instructing that ‘no further action should be taken on this matter.'”—The Guardian

By Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
          “The Bolivian president said socialist governments in South America must launch democratic revolutions to counter U.S. plans to regain control.  Socialist governments in Latin America must relaunch ‘democratic revolutions’ in order to combat the strategies in play by the United States to regain control of the region, Bolivian President Evo Morales said in an interview aired Monday night. …with CubaVision.

(T)he plan of the American empire (is) ‘to regain control of Latin America and the Caribbean, and especially in South America, and there surely is an ambition to establish a United States presence in these countries and recover subservient governments as a model, as a system,’ Morales added.  He added, however, that the peoples of the region have a good memory and therefore it is difficult for the onslaught of the right to achieve its objectives.

‘When the right wing returns to power they will remove the socialist benefits and shrink the state, which will generate a reaction.  That is why I think [right-wing governments] are not going to advance this new attack by the United States using oligarchies and the right conservative parties in these countries,’ Morales said.”—Information ClearingHouse

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“‘Colombia has one of the worst distributions of land in the world.  It has some 47 million people, and of them, only 3,000 landlords own 53 percent of that land.  I don’t know another country with such a shocking distribution.  The conflict over land has actually been going on for centuries, but an armed struggle has been going on since the mid-1940s.  It’s not an armed struggle alone — the culture of agrarian resistance started back in the 1930s, so we talk today of an armed and social conflict.  There is an important popular revolutionary movement in the countryside.’

The large landowners use their land very unproductively, for speculation purposes, or because they want to raise crops for export.  Recently, they found that beneath the land, there is a mass of mineral wealth and they are after it, but either way, the rentier mentality is firmly entrenched in this form of capitalism.  For decades they have been forcing small independent farmers off the land, using anything from fraudulent legal methods to naked violence.

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The landlords traditionally wanted to expropriate them, but they tried to keep them around as laborers.  This was hard to do, because the country is so big, and there is always more land in the jungle, so the peasants just move farther into it.  They settle a new piece of land, clear it, work it, and become independent farmers again.

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But once they settle in, the big landowners walk in and claim that they own the land, that they have property rights.  The farmers are driven off once again, and this has been the historical cycle of the land conflict in Colombia.  What can they do?  They can move still farther into the jungle, but that will just reproduce the same cycle.
At times violence spiraled out of control.  So for example in 1946, during a period of violence between Conservatives and Liberals — the two major parties — the Conservatives used massive violence in order to expel small peasants from their land, in areas where majorities were Liberal.  This was done with the support of the Church and the State.  They killed some of them using right-wing paramilitaries.  Sometimes entire families were murdered.  In Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 100 Years of Solitude, there is a part where the children of one of the main characters are systematically executed one after another.  That reflects very well the tragic history of this country. …(which eventually communists and other guerillas have resisted right down to the present day).


(This pattern involved the U.S. insistence that no communist could have amnesty or a voice).  Late 1953, a military dictatorship came to an agreement that if the guerrillas demobilized, they could have amnesty.  But the Cold War was in full swing, and the US intervened and said any amnesty would have to exclude the Communists, who were considered unforgivable.  So the Communists didn’t get the amnesty, and so they didn’t demobilize.  And some Liberal peasants decided to stay in arms too rather than be expelled or killed by the government.  Then, in 1958, the Liberals and Conservatives found a power-sharing formula, and the constant exclusion and proscription of Communists remained in place.”—ROAR

“On June 29, 2009, one day after Honduran military leaders ousted their country’s democratically elected president, President Obama publicly branded the coup illegal and denounced it as ‘a terrible precedent.’  Yet even as he spoke, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was ensuring that U.S. aid continued and that major capitals would recognize the new regime.  Human rights activists have long decried her for abandoning democratic rights and values in Honduras.  But many have overlooked her cozy embrace of the morally compromised Latin American leader who happened to be sharing the White House podium when Obama made his remarks: Colombian President Álvaro Uribe. …

(Both Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates have lauded Uribe as the ‘ideal client’).  Human rights campaigners were aghas t. In an email to Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, a senior aide to Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern cited Gates as an example of what not to do during Clinton’s upcoming visit to Colombia that June: ‘The most important thing the Secretary can do is avoid effusive praise for President Álvaro Uribe, who leaves office in August.’ …

(Despite vast evidence of corruption, misrepresentation, and murderous barbarity, this) advice fell on deaf ears.  Just one week later, Secretary Clinton was in Bogota to affirm the administration’s strong support for a free trade agreement, and underline Washington’s commitment to helping Uribe ‘consolidate the security gains of recent years’ against ‘the insurgents, the guerillas, the narco-traffickers, who would wish to turn the clock back.’

Echoing her friend Bob Gates, she added, ‘because of your commitment to building strong democratic institutions here in Colombia and to nurturing the bonds of friendship between our two countries, you leave a legacy of great progress that will be viewed in historic terms.’  Clinton had nothing to say about the quarter million victims of right-wing paramilitary groups, many of them backed by the military, as reported in a November, 2009 cable from the U.S. embassy in Bogota.  Nor did she have anything to say about the more than 2,700 union members murdered since 1986 (including hundreds under Uribe), making Colombia by far the world’s most dangerous place for organized labor. …

(This pattern began under then-President Bill Clinton’s so-called ‘Plan Colombia,’ a program of murder and profiteering for both ‘local’ elites and multinational capital.  This scenario continued after Clinton’s departure from office, via the Clinton Foundation, as detailed in a recent International Business Times investigation).  When workers at the country’s largest independent oil company staged a strike in 2011, the Colombian military rounded them up at gunpoint and threatened violence if they failed to disband, according to human rights organizations.  Similar intimidation tactics against the workers, say labor leaders, amounted to an everyday feature of life. . .’Yet as union leaders and human rights activists conveyed these harrowing reports of violence to then-Secretary of State Clinton in late 2011, urging her to pressure the Colombian government to protect labor organizers, she responded first with silence, these organizers say.  The State Department publicly praised Colombia’s progress on human rights, thereby permitting hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid to flow to the same Colombian military that labor activists say helped intimidate workers.’ …’At the same time that Clinton’s State Department was lauding Colombia’s human rights record, her family was forging a financial relationship with Pacific Rubiales, the sprawling Canadian petroleum company at the center of Colombia’s labor strife.  The Clintons were also developing commercial ties with the oil giant’s founder, Canadian financier Frank Giustra, who now occupies a seat on the board of the Clinton Foundation, the family’s global philanthropic empire.'”—Consortium News

5.31.2016 Daily Links

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IVY-LEAGUER’S ESCAPE MANIFESTO

http://nypost.com/2016/05/29/why-i-had-to-escape-my-ivy-league-life-and-disappear/ – One of those posts that tears the cover off the prepackaged presumption that success and competition and ‘making it’ are the primary rationale for living, in relation to a Columbia sophomore who ‘vanished’ for a few days because the grind of success made no sense any longer to her and the alienation that she felt from her teachers and fellow students and her work had become insufferable, all of which comes to the foreground in this profile in the New York Post, which could serve as a benchmark of personal liberation in the 21st century for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens and other creative personalities who can’t stand the pretense and arduous bullshit that make up the vast majority of ‘life in the fast lane.’

                    This Day in History                  

Anathema to some small farmers, a few aggregations of capital, and aficionados of nicotine, this date marks World No Tobacco Day; meanwhile, marking ‘great’ advances along the Nile in Egypt three thousand two hundred ninety-five years ago, a second Ramesses ascended the throne to become a pharaoh of all his people in the Nineteenth Dynasty of the long Egyptian imperial sway; seventeen hundred thirty-three years subsequently, in the current era’s year 455, a very different royal fate befell Petronius Maximus when a mob of angry ‘subjects’ stoned him to death as he sought to flee Rome; more here

                A Thought for the Day                

Bloodthirsty wolves, brain-sucking zombies, flesh-feasting megabugs, in fact, the entire panoply of alien horror that flows from our astonishingly alientated existence in the realm of plenty: much more diverting and entertaining are the psychic monstrosities that we manifest than the panoply of the grotesque that we foster or tolerate through ‘rational’ evaluation, such as every flavor of chauvinism, the manifold and ubiquitous tortures of imprisonment, and the varieties of mass collective suicide attendant on modern warfare.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“In the main, the things I shall tell about Cleveland are the things that might be told about any city or state.  The source of the evil; the source of the good; the source of the shame and corruption; the contest between opposing economic interests; the alliance among those identified with the franchise corporations on the one hand, and the unorganized people on the other, is the same everywhere.

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KEY THREADS THAT WEAVE OUR CURRENT DYNAMIC’S SKEIN

On the hundred thirty-seventh anniversary of the Johnstown flood, in which the perquisites of plutocrats outweighed by a substantial margin the mere survival of workers ‘downstream’ from upper class revelry and SOP, a pair of items from World Socialist Website that provide a dandy overview, on the one hand, of the depredation and plausible annihilation that awaits humanity if the epoch of capitalist hegemony continues, and that examine

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  

STILL CHILLING, FIFTY-THREE-&-A-HALF YEARS LATER
Not the most exciting documentary work in the world, but methodical and relentless in building a case, like the attorney at the heart of the show, Mark Lane, would insist was necessary under the circumstances, which were the aftermath of John Kennedy’s assassination and an at best sloppy and woefully incomplete investigatory analysis by the vaunted Warren Commission into this almost certainly conspiratorial homicide, all of which points and more receive the step-by-step approach of lawyer-Lane in the creation of a powerful if not incontrovertible case, which relied on a broad swath of physical, direct, testimentary, and circumstantial evidence, that the official explanation for JFK’s death was not only, as the film’s title states the matter, A Rush to Judgment, but also a deeply cynical cover-up in the form of a deliberately partial and inadequate examination of our thirty-fifth President’s murder.

5.26.2016 Daily Links

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SOLIDARITY, NECESSARY NOW FOR MANY WORKERS’ VICTORIES

From Chicago, via the digital media outlet, Fusion, an on the spot report of the thousands of fast food workers and supporters who showed up in the chilling wind and driving rain of a blustery Spring day on the upper Great Plains to deliver a powerful message to the multibillion dollar  McDonald’s corporation that the demand for a living wage of $15/hour was not going to go away or skulk off into the shadows, while multiple reports, from sources as diverse as Atlantic Magazine and Common Dreams indicate that six weeks of unshakeable commitment and short rations had yielded an agreement-in-principle to come to terms in the Verizon strike, suggesting that the realm of action for workers to gain some traction in their lives still includes direct engagement of various sorts, through unions and other means of organization.

                    This Day in History                  

Today in the U.S.A. is National Paper Airplane Day, while, more soulfully, Australia marks this date as a National Day of Healing; in Rome nineteen hundred ninety-nine years back, Germanicus returned to Rome as a conqueror of German tribes west of the Elbe river; four hundred and thirty four years subsequently, in 451, the rising Persian Sassanid Empire sent forces to defeat Armenian rebels at the Battle of Avarayr, the upshot of which was the Armenian right to practice Christianity;six hundred and eighty-eight years before this point in time, William of Ockham and some of his Franciscan colleagues fled Avignon in anticipation of excommunication or worse from the Pope as schism loomed; two hundred ten years subsequently, in 1538, the leaders of the Swiss canton centered on Geneva exiled John Calvin and all of his ‘protesting’ followers; ninety nine years hence, in 1637, British leaders in New England practiced the fine art of divide-and-conquer by recruiting Mohegan Native Americans to join Colonial troops in slaughtering five hundred or more Pequot villagers in Connecticut; one decade later exactly, in 1647, also in Connecticut, colonial authorities killed the first ‘witch’ in British North America by hanging her for her putative beliefs; more here

                A Thought for the Day                

The absolute necessity to ‘get things done,’ which all but the congenitally deficient feel once in a while, if not much more frequently, implies a plethora of assumptions and given facts about relationships to and connections to and mutuality with ‘things’ other than those that need doing, perhaps most significantly nature and other people and ourselves: not only are these interrelations and interconnections and interdependence—again, with the Earth and our society and our own psyches—crucial to the accomplishment or success of what we would like to manifest, but they are in all but the most extreme exigencies the only aspects of achievement that matter in bringing to pass outcomes that we would call pleasant and acceptable, even dandy and delightful.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“I thank the Prime Minister for advance sight of his statement—it is absolutely a master class in the art of distraction.  I am sure that he will join me in welcoming the outstanding journalism that went into exposing the scandal of destructive global tax avoidance that was revealed by the Panama papers.  Those papers have driven home what many people have increasingly felt: that there is now one rule for the super-rich, and another for the rest.  I am honestly not sure that the Prime Minister fully appreciates the anger that is out there over this injustice.  How can it be right that street cleaners, teaching assistants and nurses work and pay their taxes, yet some at the top think that the rules simply do not apply to them?” more here

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PLENTIFUL PAIN & PROTEST, & STRUGGLE FOR PROCESS, TO OUR SOUTH

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/26/operation-condor-trial-argentina-court-death-squads –  In addition to the fraudulent, slow-motion coup in Brazil and the ongoing miasma of mayhem of Mexico’s militarized police state and the blithely-ignored general-strike of capital against the people in Venezuela, a relatively hopeful,

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  

A BRILLIANT DOCUMENTARIAN’S LAST INTERVIEW: CIA & PAPA BUSH

http://www.activistpost.com/2016/05/declassified-skull-and-bones-records-release.html     – As the National Archives are deigning to make available a trove of documents from Yale’s Skull-&-Bones Society, where ruling class sorts by the name of Bush have held sway for many generations, a posting about both what might be possible to glean from such a rich vein of historical ore and what will likely remain hidden, by the estimable Libertarian sorts at Activist Post, who present here for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens simply an astounding interview with Emile de Antonio, a working class graduate of Harvard who–following his surviving World War Two as a bomber pilot–went on to make some of the most important documentaries of the mid twentieth century, including Rush to Judgment and Year of the Pig, here, just two months prior to dropping dead of an unexpected heart attack in front of his Brooklyn home in December 1989, an interview subject who details the ruling class and Central Intelligence Agency and banking and imperial bona fides of the Bush family, especially, George Herbert Walker Bush, whom the feisty de Antonio decries as a President because he was first the Director of the CIA, a deeply delving and richly nuanced telling that should be on the must-watch-repeatedly list of all who care about understanding and democracy and human survival.

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EVENTS

The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) in association with Pecos National Historical Park of the National Park Service now offers a NO HOUSING RESIDENCY just outside of Santa Fe. There are three residencies in 2016. In April, August, and October. The April residency this year is INVITATION ONLY.

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Prize for Literature

Deadline:
June 15, 2016

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a current resident of Maryland who has lived in the state for at least three years. Books published within the past three years or scheduled for publication in 2016 are eligible. Publishers, institutions, or individuals may submit three copies of a book or manuscript by June 15. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

The Writer’s Center

Emerging Writer Fellowships

Deadline:
June 17, 2016
E-mail address:

judson.battaglia@writer.org

Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receive a $250 honorarium each, and others receive $500 each. Fellows are also invited to give a reading at the Writer’s Center. Writers who have published at least one full-length book but no more than three full-length books in any genre are eligible. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or 16 pages of prose, a curriculum vitae, and a letter of interest by June 17. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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JOBS

KPTV Fox12 in Portland, OR is currently recruiting for the position of News Reporter.   Qualified applicants may apply online via the Meredith Careers page located at:  www.meredith.com.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada’s largest news organization, is seeking an overnight digital editor who will be the heart of the newsroom during the earliest a.m. hours, making major digital editorial decisions after the newspaper has rolled off the press. The successful candidate must exhibit strong news judgment. She/he will monitor social media and scanner traffic for breaking local, national and international news.

 

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Psychedelic Science

An Atlas Obscura article that highlights the work of Soviet scientists in the 60s who sought to experiment with LSD: “Professor Venko Alexandrov, now a respected university teacher and the director of an anesthesiology and resuscitation clinic, was one of the participants in the LSD experiments in the 1960s. Now 71, Alexandrov remembers his first LSD trip as if it were yesterday.”

Refusing to Compromise on Education

An Eco Watch piece that brings to light the courage of a student who quit in protest to his department’s selling out to Koch: “Due to this revelation and since discovering that GMU is unwilling to prove that Charles Koch does not have undue influence here, I decided to switch out of our economics program. Despite my interest in economics, I refuse to pay an incredible amount of money to receive a degree that has, when considering the precedent set at other universities, likely been shaped by our school’s highest bidder.”

Fukushima Shame

A Global Voices post that brings to light the work of a courageous filmmaker who seeks to expose the truth of Fukushima’s toxic conditions: “Independent filmmaker Ian Thomas Ash has uploaded to YouTube a four-part interview with a young woman from Fukushima Prefecture who has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Now 20, the interviewee was 15 years old when, following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex lost power and the ability to cool fuel in the reactors. The lack of cooling caused a series of hydrogen explosions that severely damaged four of the six reactors at the Daiichi complex.”

Hiroshima Shame

A Salon assessment of Obama’s deficiencies when visiting the site of the world’s (so far) only nuclear weapons attack against citizens: “But there’s a gargantuan elephant in the room in the media discourse on Obama’s visit, one that has largely been ignored.

The biggest scandal of all is not that the U.S. refuses to apologize for its atomic bombing of Japan, but rather that the U.S. is planning on spending a trillion tax dollars in preparation to potentially carry out the crime again.

WRISSJoy and Poetry

A talented poet in Boston Review explains the role of the writing process as a way to cleanse experiences and live a spiritually joyful life:  “I probably turned to poetry because it allowed for a complexity of idea and feeling that I thought religion asked me to avoid. In “Tradition and the Individual Talent,” Eliot says, “the more perfect the artist, the more completely separate in him will be the man who suffers and the mind which creates; the more perfectly will the mind digest and transmute the passions which are its material.” This is what we mean when we talk about loving the writing process. It is offensive to say and impossible to explain, but somehow in the act of writing, the tree, the shoestring, the molestation, the mother, the beating, the burial, and the music all become the same.”

Almost Missing Out

A The Millions book review/pub industry critique that introduces readers to a brilliant new book by a British writer which almost failed to make it to American audiences: “Why did it take this book almost a year to find a publisher? I believe that a combination of industry-specific reasons and more significant cultural attitudes are to blame. The state of American publishing is a problem for any writer without a preexisting mass following.”

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Salon Swan Song?

A sad article from Politico that discusses the abuse that the one semi-mainstream news site that actually is willing to speak truth to power regarding the presidential campaign experiences: ““I think the increasingly strident critiques of Salon have much more to do with its willingness to publish a lot of content outside of the Democratic Party mainstream — especially articles very critical of Hillary Clinton — than it does any supposed concern over the decline of its quality,” he said. “

War Time Literature

A Lit Hub look at books to read while the bombs are falling, which is pretty much any time in the past 60 years: “On this Memorial Day, it is extraordinary to reflect that the generations who fought for us never knew how long it would take, nor how much they would have to endure, nor how deeply the experience would mark them. They committed everything, going all-in, without pacing themselves or measuring their effort. They felt fear and unease that are hard for us to imagine, now that we know how things ended.

So it is fascinating to go back to books that were conceived or written during WWII, and published in its immediate aftermath.”

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Possibility of Sanders Trump Debate

A Mediaite look at the attempts to present a very interesting and not-easily forgotten presidential debate: “Both the mogul and the Vermont senator appeared recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and they have done their respective best to dangle a widely-anticipated debate in America’s face. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, is taking this idea quite seriously, and he says he’s prepared to give $1 million to charity if Trump and Sanders agree to a “clash of the titans” showdown on their network.

GENISSAppetites for Destruction

A Washington Post post that looks at the devastation left in the wake of an epicurean man who found just the right way to breach national security interests – through honey, not vinegar: “In perhaps the worst national-security breach of its kind to hit the Navy since the end of the Cold War, Francis doled out sex and money to a shocking number of people in uniform who fed him classified material about U.S. warship and submarine movements. Some also leaked him confidential contracting information and even files about active law enforcement investigations into his company.”

5.25.2016 Daily Links

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HILLARY’S COMEUPPANCE? INSPECTOR GENERAL’S REPORT FROM STATE

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/26/us/politics/state-department-hillary-clinton-emails.html – Emanating from the redoubtable Department of State that Hillary Clinton led through the manifestation of some of its darkest and direst agendas, a report that in some ways skewers the former Secretary, though the ‘paper of record’ states the matter more elliptically and gently than that, a depiction, however, that many ‘left-of-center’ publications, such as Common Dreams and many others, present in no uncertain terms, offering facts and analysis that cannot help but call into question not only Ms. Killary’s viability as a Presidential contender, but also her fitness.

                    This Day in History                  

Today is International Missing Children’s Day and Geek Pride Day, &, in honor of the work of Douglas Adams, it is also Towel Day, while the African Union marks this date as African Day, and aficionados in the United States celebrate National Tap Dance Day; on the Italian Peninsula two thousand five hundred eighty-three years ago, forces under Servius Tullius moved forward Roman dominance in all of Italy with their victory over Etruscans;

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                A Thought for the Day                

Just as in the North the season of light’s imprimatur draws nigh, so too in the South the darkness increases and the sun retreats; from this cycling and recycling dynamic of polarity, this interdependence of eternal opposition and balanced tensions, one might infer, if one were willing to ponder such matters richly enough, probably a good half or more of all that is necessary for knowledge and wisdom, and, therefore, the likely capacity at least occasionally to manifest magic in our lives, a legerdemain that must flow from this comprehension of the dialectical sequencing that always underlies all that is.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“The chief advantage that would result from the establishment of Socialism is, undoubtedly, the fact that Socialism would relieve us from that sordid necessity of living for others which, in the present condition of things, presses so hardly upon almost everybody. In fact, scarcely anyone at all escapes.  Now and then, in the course of the century, a great man of science, like Darwin; a great poet, like Keats; a fine critical spirit, like M. Renan; a supreme artist, like Flaubert, has been able to isolate himself, to keep himself out of reach of the clamorous claims of others, to stand ‘under the shelter of the wall,’ as Plato puts it, and so to realise the perfection of what was in him, to his own incomparable gain, and to the incomparable and lasting gain of the whole world.  more here

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OF STRIKES & OTHER STRIKING EVIDENCE OF ELITE IGNORANCE & FRAUD
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/05/verizon-strike-bernie-sanders-new-yorker-picket-line-negotiations/ –  In the context of the United States having become a disengaged plutocracy that operates primarily on the basis of plunder and treachery, double-dealing and hypocrisy, an entry from the new Marxist and Democratic Socialist magazine, Jacobin, that advances the simple and quite likely incontrovertible truth–in relation to the ongoing strike among Verizon workers–that policies and protocols that benefit workers must involve the workplace and laborers themselves with some sort of manifestation of power, and if necessary protest, therein, a notion that plenty of erstwhile ‘liberals,’

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FROM A SLAVEOWNER’S FORUM, A SOULFUL RACE-&-JUSTICE APPEAL
http://live.neh.gov/detail/video/4885579259001/2016-jefferson-lecture-with-ken-burns   –  For anyone who hasn’t experienced the incisive beauty and power of prose and story that ‘the world’s greatest documentary filmmaker’ is capable of producing, a rare treat–chilling and thrilling and tearful while the heart swells to bursting–in the form of the complete 2016 Jefferson Lecture from the brilliant and modest Ken Burns, whose social and historical erudition combine with a searing self-examination to yield a soul-shaking assessment of White supremacy and bigotry and the crushing threat that they represent to a viable human future, a tour de force that powerfully complements a fifty-year old piece of network television documentary work from the Columbia Broadcasting System,Hunger in America, that at once evocatively depicts the ‘racial’ cast of starvation in the United States and, quite simply, does not exist any longer ‘on TV,’ even as the rictus face of deprivation has returned to these shores once more, both of which fit neatly with a sort of documentation  that does appear in the here and now, in the form of a Larry Wilmore Comedy Central evisceration of the murderer of Trayvon Martin, who has recently ‘cashed in’ on his barbarity by selling the lethal pistol for a hundred twenty thousand dollars and in the process illustrating Ken Burns’ irrefutable arguments in perfectly hideous fashion.

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Chautauqua Writers’ Festival

The 13th annual Chautauqua Writers’ Festival will be held from June 2 to June 5 at the historic Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, panel discussions, individual conferences with faculty members, open mics, and time to write. The faculty includes poets Stephen Dunn and Dorianne Laux; fiction writers Derek Green and Pamela Painter; and creative nonfiction writers Philip Gerard and Nancy McCabe. The cost of tuition is $475. The fee for lodging in the nearby Athenaeum Hotel, which includes meals, ranges from $343 for college students to $537 for a private room. The registration deadline is May 31. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for more information.

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Iowa Review

Jeff Sharlet Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Iowa Review is given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a U.S. military veteran or an active duty service member. A second-place prize of $750 and three runner-up prizes of $500 each are also given. Phil Klay will judge. Submit up to 20 pages of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by June 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Bard College

A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give at least one public lecture and meet informally with students but is not expected to teach traditional courses. Submit three copies of a published book of fiction, a cover letter, and a curriculum vitae by June 15. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

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The Newspaper Association of America Arlington VA is seeking an experienced and digitally-savvy Manager, Trends & Insights to write, edit and produce multimedia content for the association’s communication platforms. A qualified candidate would meet the requirements listed below, but also would be adept in thinking and writing about data, and grasp how to best tell information-rich stories visually. The position is also responsible for communicating relevant trends and successes to NAA’s membership and to public audiences through articles, newsletters and blog posts, as well as video and/or multimedia projects.

The ABIS Group Evanston IL (www.theabisgroup.com) is an innovative and pioneering company that provides customized online industry intelligence solutions to numerous leading Global 500 companies and is particularly focused on various segments of the global health care industry. The company has been growing steadily for the past 10 years and is emerging as a leader in its field.

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Police Forfeiture Abuse

A Center for Public Integrity look at the big business which is police stealing people’s stuff, as we as a look at the organizations and individuals fighting these tendencies: “In other states, such as Utah and Oklahoma, the fight continues with striking intensity. Four bills died in Oklahoma this year, despite recent scandals involving forfeiture. An assistant district attorney paid part of his student loan with $5,000 of forfeiture funds, according to state audits, while another lived in a house seized during a drug raid without paying rent, instead of selling the house and placing the proceeds in the county fund. The only bill that made it to Republican Gov. Mary Fallin, which she signed, allows owners to recoup attorney’s fees if they win in court.”

On Competition v Cooperation

An Evonomics article by a powerful thinker that contextualizes some long overdue thinking in regards to the role of public and private assets in a society that wishes to thrive: “Despite our culture’s hostility to free riding, the opportunity has always outweighed the problem. Most prosperity we’ve achieved since our days on the African Savannah arose from people copying others’ good ideas, most of which weren’t and shouldn’t have been patented because they didn’t need to be patented to come into existence. Or they were patented and the relevant patents have expired, such as the patent on James Watt’s eighteenth century refinements to piston engines.”

The Wide Gap Between Rich and Poor

A Vox post by a talented graphic artist who chooses to represent the economic reality which has ocurred for the past five decades in a way everyone can understand: “You can see lots of discussion and debate and political fighting over who has wealth in America, and whether that should change. Or, you can look at the the cartoon below to understand how the distribution of wealth has changed in America, and why.”

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Beauty in Failing

A TED Talk video that introduces readers to a powerful novelist whose ideas enrich us all: “To those who feel like they don’t belong: there is beauty in being a misfit. Author Lidia Yuknavitch shares her own wayward journey in an intimate recollection of patchwork stories about loss, shame and the slow process of self-acceptance. “Even at the moment of your failure, you are beautiful,” she says. “You don’t know it yet, but you have the ability to reinvent yourself endlessly. That’s your beauty.“”

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Lost Opps for Creativity in Chile

A sad look from Tech Dirt at the way legislation is curtailing innovation and creativity: “According to Villarroel, the legislation is being promoted by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers — and by Chilean collecting societies. By an amazing coincidence, the new licensing fees will all be administered by the latter. Villarroel first wrote about this move last year, when the legislation was approved in Chile’s House of Representatives. Despite the delay, it is apparently back on the agenda, and will be considered by the Senate, the country’s upper house, soon.”

RECEV

Puerto Rico’s Woes

A Salon post that looks at Senator Sanders views on how to resolve Puerto Rico’s woes, an opinion that, as usual with Sanders, calls attention to the hypocrisies and harmfulness of the financial system and the federal policies that coddle it: “Sanders sees a double standard at the central bank in how they handle crises. “The Federal Reserve must be just as creative in finding solutions to help the 3.5 million American citizens in Puerto Rico as it was in rescuing the largest financial institutions in this country and throughout the world in 2008,” Sanders told Salon in a statement.”

GENISS

Imminent Nuclear Danger

A Public Integrity look at the dangerous situations we all in this country should face in regards to the hazards of nuclear contamination: “Ninety-six aboveground, aquamarine pools around the country that hold the nuclear industry’s spent reactor fuel may not be as safe as U.S. regulators and the nuclear industry have publicly asserted, a study released May 20 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine warned.”

5.24.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

FROM THE BUTCHER OF MILLIONS OF VIETNAMESE, ‘SUPPORT
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/24/obama-backs-vietnam-in-south-china-sea-dispute-with-beijing
A bona fide breaking-news report from Guardian Media about President Obama’s presence in Vietnam and the uptick in militarism that this visit purveys, what with lifting all qualifications on arms sales to China’s neighbor in the context of ‘support’ for the nation where U.S. imperial ventures slaughtered some two or three million mainly civilian victims, ‘support’ in the event against China, a country about which–guess what?–the United States is far from ‘neutral,’ let alone fair, a situation about which World Socialist Website proffers  a bit more background and useful analysis for those scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who have trouble nodding and saying yes when the powers that be state unequivocally how the world is and how we ought to think about it, perspectives and mandates that monopoly media basically follow without question.

                    This Day in History                  

Just two years shy of eight centuries ago, as if the past were truly merely prologue, the Fifth Crusade left its occupation headquarters in Acre, now in Syria, for an invasion of Egypt; three and a quarter centuries further along the temporal arc, in 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus, a monumental scientist and typically ‘modern’ gadfly of reactionary views of the world, breathed his last; in another portent of the current context, fifty-two years subsequently, in 1595, Leiden University’s library issued the first printed catalog of such an institution’s holdings; a dozen years onward from that juncture, in 1607, across the wide Atlantic, plus-or-minus one hundred colonists left their conveyance from England behind to set foot in what they would call Jamestown, Virginia; just short of two decades past that point, in 1626, the Dutchman Peter Minuit ‘bought’ Manhattan from its indigenous occupants for a ‘mess of pottage,’ or beads, as the case may be; six decades precisely henceforth, in 1686, a little baby boy bounced into the world who would grow to become the inventor and thinker Daniel Fahrenheit; more here

                A Thought for the Day                

Memorializing the start of things obviously originates in part with the music to one’s ears that a wholehearted rendition of “Happy Birthday” elicits, that warm lumpy feeling in the midsection that emanates from the notion that people care enough, at least, to perform this song that we give to each other once a year; more fundamentally, one might delve more deeply and reflect more intently about the actual nature of whatever real beginning brought a particular one of us into being, the love—and if not love, what was it?—for each other of a specific man and woman, an affection and connection that yielded, after an appropriate span of gestation—and how was that period, anyway? what was the world showing to the pair who would soon be parents?—a little howling, mewling mass of needy infancy who would mature successfully enough to merit again the annual paean to birth and its aftermath, a life that has continued through then to now.

                  Quote of the Day                       
As you are reading this letter, the young men and, women shown above are in Mississippi performing an act of faith and courage that is so extraordinary that I find myself struggling for words to describe my feelings toward them.  They are some of the more than 1000 volunteers who have come from all over our country to spend this summer in the most terror-stricken area of the south – Mississippi, where 900, 000 Negroes live in feudal conditions unimaginable to the outsider. ” more here

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A FILM ANNIVERSARY THAT REVEALS AMERICA’S REACTIONARY SEXISM

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/05/thelma-louise-holds-up-wella-little-too-well/484121/ – In a context in which, more than ever, the powers-that-be depend on division and selective victimization and blaming victims and using blame to divert attention from real culpability, a lovely review essay from Atlantic Magazine about the twenty-fifth anniversary of Thelma & Louise’s release, a story which examined issues of rape and sexist presumption and brutality as its central premise and which concluded that homicidal sprees and suicidal leaps might be the only choices available other than submission, subjugation, the bowed head and subtle nod of the routinely sodomized; more here

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A CULTURAL BLAST FROM THE PAST; A CURRENT SALLY OF SALVATION

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL-ZoNhUFmc&feature=youtu.be
From two dozen years ago, the genius, and insistent common sense of Tupac Shakur, whose voice appeals to reason and scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens to recognize the toxic morass of death and destruction that predatory capital and its commitment to ‘profit-uber-alles’ has visited on “the world, and I don’t mean the ideal world,” in Tupac’s words, but the gritty, everyday reality of human social existence that all we need to do to transform is stand in solidarity with each other, in the context of which sublime appeal from a generation past an up-to-the-minute presentation from TruthOut, via Democracy Now! echoes Tupac’s geniality and lightheartedness from a position much more daunting and dire, in the event a solitary confinement cell in an Alabama maximum security prison where prisoners receive pennies-per-hour, more or less, to slave away for the super-profits of the world’s richest individuals and organizations while their health, safety, and well-being have no greater priority than does the comfort of rats and other rodents, a condition that if we continue to permit it without protest, we deserve ourselves in precisely the same measure, the fate and fare of concentration camps that thrive in our midst.

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The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Summer in Barcelona and South of France Writing Retreat will be held from July 18-26, 2016. After our exciting trips toParis and Granada last year, we decided to combine and do a retreat that takes place in both Spain and France this year.

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THE CAMBRIDGE WRITERS’ WORKSHOP SCHOLARSHIPS

For student writers, diversity fellows, and writers who are parents. Join the CWW 2016 Summer in Barcelona and South of France Writing Retreat (July 18-26, 2016) and Summer in Granada, Spain Writing Retreat (July 28-August 5, 2016). Limited scholarships of $500-$1,500 are available for each program. Scholarships are available for student writers (for undergraduate or graduate students in literary fields), diversity fellows (for writers of color and writers from marginalized communities), and for writers who are parents. Deadline June 10, 2016.

TWOPLUSTWO MAGAZINE

The Two Plus Two Internet Magazine accepts articles on any topic related to poker or gambling. Articles should be about 1,000-2,000 words. If accepted, we will pay a fee of $200 (per article) by the end of the month after the article appears on www.twoplustwo.com.

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Blue Corona Charlotte NC

As a Digital Content Specialist, you’ll be creating web content for various types of B2C businesses. Although the type of content you write will vary, it will typically include everything from basic web pages and informational blog posts to email newsletters and social media posts. Our clients require QUALITY content, so your skills must extend far beyond the ability to write a coherent sentence.

Atlanta GA Bookbright Media

has immediate need for onsite freelance proofreaders for a wide range of social science books and digital materials in topic such as criminal justice, education, business, sociology, current events, law, economics, area studies, social work, and political science.  A 1-week, onsite temporary position is currently available.

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Cultural Crisis at Progressive Places

A fascinating New Yorker article that looks at the cultural divide tearing asunder the very cultures inside liberal arts institutions, and looks at some of the lives that define these moments of culture clash: “But élite colleges don’t educate commonweal-size populations. A guiding principle of today’s liberal-arts education—the gold-filter admissions, the seminar discussions, the focus on “leadership” and Emerson and exposure to difference—is the cultivation of the individual. And students like Eosphoros are where the inclusive-élite model gets tested. If students’ personal experiences are beside the pedagogical point, then diversity on campus serves a cosmetic role: it is a kind of tokenism. If they’re taken into account, though, other inconsistencies emerge. “As far as what people talk about liking, you have to listen to the absence,” Eosphoros said. “I’m actually still trying to reconcile how unhappy I’ve been here with how happy people were insisting I must be.”.”

 

WRISSIncreasing Writerly Productivity

A Make a Living Writing post that looks at a process that can help a writer get out of an unproductive funk: “Over the years, I’ve come up with some contrarian approaches to productivity out of necessity, as a staff writer who *had* to file 3-4 stories a week or lose my job.

If you feel like you’re spinning your wheels, and it takes all day to get one tiny thing accomplished, I have five ideas for you to try out”

 

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Lost Opps at Festival

A critical look from Who What Why at the legendary media festival of Austin, TX: “This annual mega-festival is one of the most talked-about cultural phenomena in the world. Tens of thousands come to imbibe a vast range of offerings from the frontiers of music, film and technology. And to be completely surrounded by stimulating sights, sounds, ideas, and conversation about what’s trending and why.

Instead of boldness and breakthrough, though, I found a corporate-dominated fun-fest for those who like whatever is cool at the moment, and wish to get a leg up in one’s industry.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.23.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

COULD SAUDI ARABIA BE GOING DOWN THE DRAIN?  LIKE NOW?!

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-05-18/saudi-arabia-admits-full-blown-liquidity-crisis-will-pay-government-contractors-ious –  Actually a few days old, a citation from the Libertarian-themed investment site, Zero Hedge, that announces powerfully important news–as the G-7 crowd consider currency conflicts and capital’s collapse–in the event that Saudi Arabia is struggling so with the ‘pedal to the metal’ production and price reduction protocols that it launched against Russia and Iran–and possibly also, or possibly with the assistance of, the United States–that it will no longer be able to honor its short term obligations with cash but will instead issue I.O.U.’s, while the Binladin Group is planning to lay off 50,000 employees, a quarter of its global workforce, all of which suggests that matters are more and more serious and that scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens should take them seriously.

                    This Day in History                  

Today over much of the Earth marks World Crohn’s and Colitis Day, as well as World Turtle Day, while Mexico celebrates Students’ Day and Germany commemorates its Constitution; on the Iberian Peninsula eleven hundred seventy-two years ago, the Battle of Clavijo, purportedly because of a ghostly saint’s intervention, favored a significantly outnumbered force of Christian Asturians who were fighting the troops of the then-ascendant Emir of Cordoba; almost a decade and a half less than four centuries subsequent to that conjunction, in 1430, Joan of Arc, whose rebellion in a later, more internecine, European struggle threatened both the Church’s rule in and the crowned heads of Europe, fell into the hands of Burgundian captors as she led troops to relieve Compiegne; more here

                A Thought for the Day                

That with very few exceptions we all like to complain amounts to no substantial revelation—we all know this to be true among those of our acquaintance and in our own experience and performance of ourselves as well; though the fact of such a plaintive cast to human experience merely manifests the mundane, however, unraveling what lies behind this trait, as common as corn and as hearty as grass, proffers information about both the social and the psychic realms to which we should attend closely, at least if equanimity or excellence means much to us, as really both peace and quality should: this then is at least one aspect of the dynamic that underlies this universal expression of human emotion, that something irresponsible or inauthentic in our own orientation is present, in particular that we have foresworn or avoided or otherwise neglected to form the sorts of relationships with others that permit, or even promise, that a collective strength will be available to manage or negotiate whatever miseries or injustices or misfortunes that fate and fractiousnesss have in store, a stalwart readiness that thereby precludes the necessity of grievance and grumbling and angry railing against God and cosmos.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“Folk music isn’t owned by anybody.  It is owned by everybody, like the national parks, the postal system, and the school system.  It’s our common property.  There is nobody’s name on it.  Nobody can make money on it. It’s not copywritten.” more here

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SUPERDELEGATES, SUPERFRAUD, DEMOCRACY’S DEMISE, & MORE

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2016/05/how-the-democratic-party-became-undemocratic-the-history-of-the-superdelagates.html

One of those articles that takes a willing scrappy scribe or stalwart citizen behind the screen where the wizard pulls his levers and manipulates the way the world turns, in this case, via Democracy Now! from Naked Capitalism, in which host Amy Goodman and reporters from In These Times and other political observers examine the way that the so-called ‘Super-Delegate’ process came into being, how it happened, and why Party regulars are so committed to its continuation,

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HONESTY, ACCURACY, NECESSITY: LISTENING TO ANDREW WAKEFIELD

http://www.globalresearch.ca/weaponizing-the-term-conspiracy-theory-disinformation-agents-and-the-cia/5524552  – For those scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who are capable of reading, and hence listening to reason, a chance to learn about an area of contention that not a single corporate media source has covered reliably, let alone extensively, the so-called ‘vaccination-and-autism controversy’ that Dr. Andrew Wakefield not only understands comprehensively but also explains intelligibly in just over an hour of biological science and political-economic analysis, here as part of a general assessment from Global Research about omnipresent accusations that criticism and dissent constitute ‘conspiracy theorizing,’ perhaps the most hideous excrescence of hypocrisy from the powers-that-be that is afloat in the current context, which, given the way that the entire realm of human existence now is awash in self-righteous horse manure is saying a lot.

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MEXICO RESIDENCIES
Arquetopia is an international award-winning, Mexican official nonprofit foundation run entirely by artists. Has many opportunities for those in the arts, to include writers, with deadline of May 29, 2016.

AUSTRALIAN INDIVIDUAL ARTIST GRANTS
Deadlines June 7 and October 4, 2016. If you are applying as an individual or group, you must be a practicing artist or arts worker and an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident. Applications for funding to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander panel must come from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals or groups.


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WELL FAMILY – THE NEW YORK TIMES
A new blog for news about parenting, child health and relationships, with advice also from experts to help every family live well. Pays $100.

UPWORTHY
Upworthy reaches a massive audience with meaningful stories every day, and we’re looking for original stories that support our mission of creating a better world. Pays up to $200 for 500-word pieces.

ORGLINK

Trying to Fix an Education Mistake

A Hechinger Report look at the fiasco which was Common Core for students of Kentucky, and a look at the institutions and individuals seeking to remedy that divisive effort at educating the state’s youngsters: “In spring 2015, in the elementary grades, 33 percent of black students were proficient in reading, versus 58 percent of white students; in math, the breakdown was 31 percent to 52 percent, according to Kentucky Department of Education figures.

And those gaps, in many cases, have widened, according to an analysis of state testing data by The Hechinger Report and the Courier-Journal.”

Digital Robin Hood

A fascinating New Yorker tale that recounts the brave exploits of one of the digital security folks responsible for exposing the tax-evading frauds that have been relying on fraud and complacence ages: ” To the Swiss government, Falciani was merely a thief, but the French saw him differently. “I would characterize him as a bit messianic,” Montgolfier told me. “There was the context of the world crisis, provoked by finance and all these big banks enabling tax evasion, and this guy just wanted to set the world free of those behaviors.” In a memoir recently published in Europe, “Earthquake on Planet Finance,” Falciani writes of his motives: “I wanted a different world for my daughter. I didn’t want her to grow up in a reality where money rules, where the abuse of power and the constant bypassing of the rules was the norm.””

Racist Software Ruins Lives

A Pro Publica look by attentive researchers that looks at the serious distortions in software largely used to predict future crimiminal behaviours that not only is deleterious to innocent Black folks, but also de-emphasizes who the true criminals are: “We obtained the risk scores assigned to more than 7,000 people arrested in Broward County, Florida, in 2013 and 2014 and checked to see how many were charged with new crimes over the next two years, the same benchmark used by the creators of the algorithm.

The score proved remarkably unreliable in forecasting violent crime: Only 20 percent of the people predicted to commit violent crimes actually went on to do so.”

 Clintons Charity Fraud

A Wall Street on Parade look at a man who is seeking to finally eke out just desserts for yet another of the Clintons’ many greedy, antisocial acts: “In a 9-page letter dated yesterday and posted to his blog, Ortel calls the Clintons’ charity the “largest unprosecuted charity fraud ever attempted,” adding for good measure that the Clinton Foundation is part of an “international charity fraud network whose entire cumulative scale (counting inflows and outflows) approaches and may even exceed $100 billion, measured from 1997 forward.” Ortel lists 40 potential areas of fraud or wrongdoing that he plans to expose over the coming days.”

WRISSLiterary Masterpieces of Global Reach

A Global Voices look at the work of a talented, self-taught translator who helps bridge gaps in the literary world: “The book’s prose holds up in English, but it also passes a much harder test: Smith says that people who speak both fluent Korean and English cannot tell that a non-native speaker did the translation. “Nobody has really commented on that from having read it,” she says. “People certainly talk about it from hearing my story from other channels. But the strength of the translation and the skill of a literary translation is how well you know the target language, not really how well you know the source language.””

Idols of the Mind

A Farnam Street blog post that looks at the fundamentally important contributions to the mind that the legendary Francis Bacon imparted upon humanity: “Most importantly, hundreds of years before the advent of modern psychology, Bacon understood clearly that the human mind doesn’t always reason correctly, and that any approach to scientific knowledge must start with that understanding. Over 400 years before there was a Charlie Munger or a Daniel Kahneman, Bacon clearly understood the first-conclusion bias and the confirmation bias.”

GENMEDIP

Old and New Media

A Bloomberg look at the interlocking relationships of the old standard media purveyors and the new companies, all whom often are more related than folks think: “Many of the popular digital news and entertainment newcomers like BuzzFeed, Fullscreen and Vice are backed or owned by some of the media dinosaurs they’re trying to usurp. For example, Comcast’s NBCUniversal or the company’s venture-capital arm have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in BuzzFeed, Vox Media and Tastemade, a network of food-oriented websites. “

Not a Good Film

A scathing review from World Socialist Web Site of a recent blockbuster Hollywood offering: “In any event, the issues and dilemmas facing the characters, the gestures in the direction of “psychology,” are mere scaffolding for a large-scale money-making operation. What passes for film criticism is so prostituted in the US at this point that hardly anyone can state the obvious: that this is a bloated, pointless and dull film, which simply kills (truly murders!) a few hours in the viewer’s life.”

RECEV

Humanitarian Summit

A Conversation article that looks at a first, if as yet ineffective, summit meant to address the worst problems of mankind: “Creating a dialogue between a variety of humanitarian actors is to be applauded but not lauded. What could an innovative global humanitarian summit result in? Providing more flexible funding to organisations working in very dangerous areas, reforming the United Nations financing system and its inefficiencies, and extra support for the refugee-led initiatives are all realistic … but sadly are unlikely to be realised.”

GENISSAustere Austerity

A Social Europe glimpse at the theories and errors of the failed economic policy: “If you understand why monetary policy can normally stop fiscal consolidation leading to austerity, but cannot when interest rates are stuck near zero, then you are a long way to understanding why austerity was a mistake. Fiscal consolidation in 2010 was around 3 years too early. A section of the paper is devoted to showing that the idea that markets prevented such a delay in consolidation is a complete myth.”

5.20.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

-pro-choice women abortionOKLAHOMA’S CHIEF EXECUTIVE BLINKS ON FASCIST LAW

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/280744-oklahoma-governor-vetoes-bill-to-ban-most-abortions
From The Hill, often ‘Johnny-on-the-spot’ with its political coverage, the announcement that Oklahoma’s Governor has bit the bullet and vetoed the Nazi-era statute that the State’s erstwhile ‘representatives’ had delivered to her, a bill that would have criminalized abortion in almost all circumstances as a felony that required hard prison time, a development about which Washington Post has also filed a brief, an eventuality that is at once a relief and a symbol of the excrescence that rules among reactionaries now, that to attack women and their bodies and their sexuality and their most basic and sacred rights of self-rule is not only acceptable but also de rigeur, a horrifying devolution about which LawNewz makes a heartfelt plea  for surcease that all scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens should carry close to their hearts.

                    This Day in History                  

Today around the planet is World Metrology Day to recognize the import of agreed-upon metrics, and in the United States Josephine Baker Day to commemorate the renowned singer and activist’s birth, while European Maritime Day marks a celebration of the importance of seafaring in the region; in Nicaea sixteen hundred ninety-one years ago, the Christian faith first took recognizable modern shape at an initial Nicean Ecumenical Council that established common parameters for the various Christian sects that met together in what is now Western Turkey; more here

                A Thought for the Day                

television tv media propagandaIf half a century in advance of today, a fair and accurate characterization of monopoly media’s televised landscape was of a “vast wasteland,” what would an astute and evenhanded observer today have to offer—at once analytical and descriptive; anecdotal and empirical; nuanced and general—about the ever-more-concentrated realm of video materials that emanate from broadcast and Internet and otherwise distributed content ‘brands?’

                  Quote of the Day                       
“All my days I have longed equally to travel the right road and to take my own errant path. …(In this vein), (i)t’s a good thing when you don’t dare do something if you don’t think it’s right.  But it’s not good when you think something’s not right because you don’t dare do it. …I’ve done many things that I thought I would never dare to do because they were sins.  But I didn’t realize then that the consequence of sin is that you have to trample on other people.”

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THE KNOWLEDGE OF OURSELVES THAT MUST UNDERLIE VIABLE MEDIA
http://evonomics.com/can-modern-capitalism-survive-without-the-commons/ –  A bit more than the standard handful today, as on every Friday items that deal with mediation and power and life, a greater number than usual but still just the paltriest selection of all the ideas and insights that scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens ought to ponder ‘in these days of modern times,’ as the satirists would state the matter, in this instance material that delves the political economic and social and, for lack of a better term, intellectual description and contextualization of the media arena, in the event a compilation in this case that pairs or groups links that readers and thinkers and actors might best consider together–

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ROUSSEFF, STILL PRESIDENT, LEADS WITH HEART & MIND
A tutorial for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who are willing to confront the reality of empire and its depredations, in the event an interview–from a humble, almost childlike, Glenn Greenwald–from Information Clearinghouse, via The Intercept, with the ever-more-incredible Dilma Rousseff, who speaks of the oppression and struggle of politics with such clarity and facility, who shows with such ardor and precision the exact nature of what is at stake in the imperial assault on her leadership in Brazil, in the face of which “injustice,” which only physical torture or murder exceeds as a painful circumstance–when one finds oneself trapped like a bug in a spider’s web–she joyfully maintains that she will fight to the end and that Brazil’s people will fight with her, so that she won’t even at this point countenance “what if” inquiries that require her to imagine her losing this battle.

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THE PAZ PRIZE FOR POETRY
http://thecenteratmdc.org/site/programs/paz_prize_intro.html
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The award recognizes a previously unpublished poetry book written in Spanish by a poet residing in the U.S. The winning book will be published in a bilingual edition by Akashic Press, and its author will receive a $2,000 cash prize. Deadline June 15, 2016. Length of approximately 48 pages.

I MUST BE OFF CONTEST
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It’s that time of year again: time to type up those travel articles, travel anecdotes and travel reflections. If it’s about travel, we want to read it. We want to read about that place that changed you.We want to read about the experiences you can’t wait to share with other travelers. Maximum 1,200 words. Deadline July 31, 2016. Up to three photos may be submitted with your entry. Photos not necessary to win. The top essays will be published at I Must Be Off! (Authors retain copyright.) Second place prize: $50. First place prize: $200. Readers’ Choice Award ($50) based on unique hits and comments tallied on September 30, 2016.

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The Out of the Binders Scholarship Program is designed to increase diversity by offering free admission to up to 25 promising writers who might not otherwise be able to attend due to financial hardship. Diversity includes but is not limited to: age; racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; sexual orientation; gender identity; marital and parental status; disability. The scholarships include free attendance to all the events on Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30, networking opportunities to meet agents and editors, and a ticket to the VIP party, but do not include airfare and/or accommodations, or food.  Deadline May 31, 2016.

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ORGLINK

Pot Revenues

A Pacific Standard posting that discusses the failed opportunity for states who insist on criminalizing weed: “According to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation, federal, state and local governments are missing out on some $28 billion in annual tax revenues by not making weed legal. While some $7 billion would flow to the federal government, most of this revenue would go to states through direct sales of marijuana products (think Amsterdam’s famous coffeeshops or Colorado’s nascent pot dispensaries), as well as income and payroll taxes levied on workers in a “mature” marijuana industry.”

Urban Development and Elections

A Benton look at the future in regards to technologies and presidencies: “My topic today is Cities, Technology, the Next Generation of Urban Development and the Next Administration.

It’s a challenge, as we cannot know who will be the next President. One could look to prediction markets or polls but this campaign is as predictable as a game of basketball pitting the best offense in baseball versus the best defense in football. Both major party candidates will be playing in a different game than the one that got them to the final round.”

Last Days of Marilyn

A Forbidden Knowledge video look at Marilyn’s last days: “This is a documentary about the making of the unfinished movie, starring Dean Martin, Cyd Charise and Marilyn Monroe, ‘Something’s Got To Give’.

It contains rare footage of Marilyn and others doing takes on the set of this film, which was shut down just weeks before Marilyn’s untimely death.”

WRISS

First Amendment Research

A Nieman Lab article that discusses exciting new research into constitutional rights: “The Knight Foundation and Columbia University are partnering to launch a new organization focused on First Amendment research and litigation. Knight and Columbia will each commit $5 million in operating funds and $25 million in endowment funds (for an initial total of $60 million) to a new nonprofit affiliated with the university called the First Amendment Institute. (Disclosure: Knight is also a supporter of Nieman Lab.)”

GENMEDIP

Informative Films

A Conversation article that discusses five films that everyone who wants to understand the Middle East should see: “A number of catastrophic events have afflicted the Arab world in recent years. Western news reporting and Hollywood cinema tend to present these crises through disaster footage or stories about Western protagonists in which local people are merely extras. Film from the Arab world is often more complex and nuanced.”

RECEV

Protesting Broken System

A Common Dreams look at recent protests in France that point to the need for radical reform in global economics and politics: “Similar to the Occupy Wall Street, Indignados and the Gezi Park movements, #Nuitdebout (“Night on our Feet”) is part of a new global movement that seeks to challenge the rule of the 1 percent by taking back public space. Thousands gather every night in Place de la République to discuss and debate how to construct a more participatory form of politics.”

GENISSDeconstructing Ignorance That Imperils Women

A Laws Newz posting that tells it like it is in regards to harmful and ignorant legislation meant to create hardships for women and men: “I’m bracing myself for the whiny and ridiculous arguments that the Oklahoma law doesn’t conflict with Roe, because it’s about the doctors and not about the women. That’s the pro-life rhetoric du jour: “abortion laws protect women.”   Bulls***.  Abortion laws like these prevent abortions.  That’s the point.   And it’s perfectly reasonable for people to want to prevent abortions. It’s just not legal to actually legislate to do so.”

5.19.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY MISTAKES & OTHER BULLSHIT

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/16/stunning-cia-admits-mistakenly-deleting-copy-senate-torture-report

From Common Dreams, one of the multiple jaw-dropping assessments about news from Langley, Virginia, that the denizens of U.S. ‘intelligence’–in slightly less believable fashion than the earnest sixth grader who insists that “the dog ate my homework”–are maintaining that the CIA has lost its copy of the torture report, to which journalists and other stalwart citizens have been seeking to gain access in order, one can only suppose, to support something that at least vaguely resembles a functioning democracy in the United States of America, something that has been missing for many decades now, at the very least.

                    This Day in History                  

Today in Greece is Genocide Remembrance Day, in Vietnam Ho Chi Minh day, and in the United States, Malcolm X Day, the day, respectively, of both the great leaders’ births; in the Summer palace, among the extensive imperial holdings of early Tang Dynasty China a thousand three hundred and sixty-seven years ago, recently subjugated and restive Turks joined in a small faction that sought to overthrow the emperor, a sally that the Tang forces quickly suppressed but which showed both the geopolitical fault lines of Asia and the fractures that characterized extensive empire then as now; four hundred twelve years onward in time, in 1051, France’s king, in looking for a new wife not too closely his cousin, married Anne of Kiev, whose brilliance and fire made her a historic queen whose lineage laid the basis for all subsequent French rulers;

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                A Thought for the Day                

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We all on occasion embrace delusional ideation: how else explain the ubiquity of scams and spam and “wham, bam, thank you ma’am?” at the same time that our survival as a species quite likely requires that, individually and collectively, we ‘get our heads on straight’ in relation to a plethora of topics about which we think bizarrely, about which we reason chaotically, about which we conceptualize only in terms of the propaganda that we imbibe, the greedy grasping grandiosity that we take as our right, and the ‘faith-traditions’ that we’ve shouldered from our kin that have little or nothing to do with spirituality and nothing whatsoever to do with any almighty being that could conceivably be in charge of things in this crazy cosmos that we inhabit.

                  Quote of the Day                       
(The bombing of my house last night) isn’t something that made me lose confidence in what I am doing, because my wife understands and I have children from this size on down, and even in their young age they understand.  I think they would rather have a father or brother or whatever the situation may be who will take a stand in the face of any kind of reaction from narrow-minded people rather than to compromise and later on have to grow up in shame and in disgrace. …”

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http://thinkprogress.org/health/2016/05/17/3778531/planned-parenthood-political-army/ –  In relation to the avalanche of State action against women’s reproductive rights–which are tantamount, without possible argument, to women’s rights to control their own bodies–a select few reports from recent weeks about the issue of abortion and the fascist attacks against it that are emanating from various jurisdictions of late—in lead position a briefing fromThinkProgress about how the intrepid actors at Planned Parenthood are creating a ‘Freedom Army’ to stand up for women’s free exercise of their humanity and sexuality and reproductive choices; and then from LawNewz, about Oklahoma, which has just today passed legislation that effectively makes providing an abortion, except “to save a woman’s life,”

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TERROR AS A DIRECT CONSEQUENCE OF IMPERIAL HISTORY

http://www.mintpressnews.com/100-years-later-sykes-picot-agreement-continues-shape-middle-east-unrest/216472/

A brilliant precis from Mint Press News about the generally hidden and yet phenomenally important Sykes-Picot Agreement, which during World War One assumed ‘Allied’ victory and planned to divvy up the entirety of Southwest Asia, formerly Ottoman, as French and British possessions, the upshot of which was the promulgation of Zionism and the guarantee of an entire region riven by mayhem and butchery, a briefing that contains two powerful mini-documentaries, one proffered by TeleSur, the other provided by Khan Academy, which break down the ruling class bona fides of Mark Sykes and the backroom deals that he and his French counterpart promulgated to lay the basis for Israel and terror to this day, an understanding of the past that either scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens will make their own, or an ineluctable continuation of chaos and murder in a region around which world history has often revolved.

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Jeff Sharlet Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Iowa Review is given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a U.S. military veteran or an active duty service member.

American-Scandinavian Foundation
Translation Prizes

A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction written in a Nordic language
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Newsday.com is looking for a Social Media Moderator to help manage our Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and overall social media strategy from our headquarters in Melville, Long Island. The ideal candidate is a sharp, hardworking and flexible journalist who lives and breathes social media 24/7.

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

A Denver news startup is hiring a city reporter. Ideal applicants will be accurate, efficient, creative and open to experimentation.

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New President Promises

A Vice article that introduces readers to a new president in the Philippines who offers a surprisingly progressive agenda: ““We ideally want to follow Justin Trudeau’s cabinet in Canada,” Peter Lavina, spokesperson for Duterte, said during a press conference.

Like the famously liberal Trudeau, Duterte, who at 71, will be the Philippines’ oldest president, plans to fill his cabinet with the “young and brilliant.” Like Trudeau’s cabinet, in which a Sikh and an Afghan refugee hold office, Duterte is seeking to include ethnic minorities and people from diverse social backgrounds.”

 

WRISSTwitter Grows

A Poynter look at the reception from journalists to the expectation of having a few more words to play with on the social media platform: “The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person who asked not to be named because the decision isn’t yet public. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them. The company declined to comment.”

 

GENMEDIP

On Beauty and Modeling

A Hyperallergic review of a book that discusses the storied career of an artist’s muse: ““That which is the immodesty of other women has been my virtue — my willingness that the world should gaze upon my figure unadorned,” Audrey Munson, the favorite nude model of the Beaux Arts movement in the United States, once proclaimed. And that openness to posing in often freezing artist studios completely naked, in uncomfortable poses with swayed legs and hair held back with bended arms, such as for Adolph Alexander Weinman’s “Descending Night” (1914), or practically on tip toes for Alexander Stirling Calder’s “Star Maiden,” endlessly duplicated at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, earned her incredible acclaim.”

RECEV

Labor Victory

A Washington Post post that tells of a recent labor victory for workers seeking overtime pay: “The regulations, which were last updated more than a decade ago, would let full-time salaried employees earn overtime if they make up to $47,476 a year, more than double the current threshold of $23,660 a year. The Labor Department estimates that the rule would boost the pockets of 4.2 million additional workers.”

GENISSProtesting French Labor Law

A World Socialist Web Site look at the ongoing pressure-cooker situation unfolding in France: “Despite the imposition of the reactionary labour law by the Socialist Party (PS) government in the National Assembly last week, using emergency clause 49.3 of the French constitution, protests against the law are continuing this week across France.”

5.18.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

SENDING A MESSAGE TO SAUDI FASCIST ‘ALLIES’
A breaking news briefing from The Hill about the just-passed Senate Bill 2040, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act , which, for anyone not paying attention, removes the sovereign immunity bar for suing foreign nations, such as, in pertinent point, Saudi Arabia, a font of terror at the highest levels that in all likelihood played some role, and perhaps key roles, in facilitating the 9/11 attacks, a supremely uncomfortable truth for the likes of the Bush family, whose historic friendship with such ‘players’ in this realm as the Bin Laden Group makes biting such a profitably feeding hand unpleasant, as well as for the likes of Barack Obama, whose task is now to carry out the empire’s orders, which have always been to cozy up to the house of Saud and ignore any inconvenient facts that suggest that these ruling class denizens are not only inimical to their own people but also enemies of the United States, at least of America as anything other than an aggregation of oil companies–altogether a thorny thicket of thuggish problems that scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens should consider, inasmuch as the President promises to veto this legal sally and, as the capable reporters at Consortium News robustly document, this particular issue is less than the proverbial ‘tip of the iceberg’ in regard to damning evidence of perfidy, treachery, and deeply buried agendas in the background to the events that laid the basis for the ‘war on terror’ and the twenty-first century itself.

                    This Day in History                  

Today around the world is both International Museum Day and World AIDS Vaccine Day, and Syria celebrates Teachers’ Day on this date in May; in Constantinople,sixteen hundred eighty-four years ago, Emperor Constantine the Great proclaimed free food for all the city’s citizens in order to ameliorate hunger and general crisis; six hundred and sixty-four years subsequently, in 1096, five hundred miles to the North, a horrifying precursor of solutions final and barbarous took place when First ‘Crusaders’ massacred plus or minus a thousand Jewish residents of Worms, Germany; more here

                A Thought for the Day                

In critical areas of human experience—one might include in such a list the nature of human kinship, in which only one human race exists; the ‘realism’ of attaining a carbon-free/nuclear-free energy mix, which is so obviously possible that to argue otherwise is at best self-serving horseshit; the ‘necessity’ of ‘maintaining a strong defense posture,’ which is nothing other than a ludicrous euphemism for death-dealing and profiteering for a select group of moneybags; and fifty or sixty other arenas in which idiocy and standard operating procedure threaten the continued viability of the Homo Sapiens project—trolls and gangsters, though often enough in the guise of experts and know-it-alls, control the mediation and flow of almost all the information and thinking about these matters; how to engage with each other to build community dialog, to have the conversations that we need to have, from the bottom up, and then act on that discourse, therefore represents the primary set of issues that presently faces the aggregation of families and networks and communities that constitute the overwhelming majority of the seven billion cousins who, instead of talking strategically with each other about what in the world to do about crises to the left and right, are on the verge of immolating themselves and each other in numerous ways.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“In the tragic situation which confronts humanity, we feel that scientists should assemble in conference to appraise the perils that have arisen as a result of the development of weapons of mass destruction, and to discuss a resolution in the spirit of the appended draft.  We are speaking on this occasion, not as members of this or that nation, continent, or creed, but as human beings, members of the species Man, whose continued existence is in doubt.  The world is full of conflicts; and, overshadowing all minor conflicts, the titanic struggle between Communism and anti- Communism.”

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CRIME & PUNISHMENT & ITS APPLICATION TO UPPER CLASSES

http://www.smirkingchimp.com/node/67271
In relation to a bureaucratic situation, the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server, an unfolding administrative and legal drama that many observers feel is unfolding with somewhere between zero transparency and a small degree of accessibility above that null point, an incisive examination from The Smirking Chimp, viaReader Supported News, about the possible interpretations and underlying meanings of this chapter in the history of empire and its management by the likes of this former “Goldwater Girl” and contemporary member, by any measure, of an established inner circle, so to say, of capital’s ‘ruling class, the stakes of which investigative eventuality could hardly be higher since they clearly include who is likely to be the next President of the United States,

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MANDATED ‘MEDICAL’ POISON; DEMONIZED, CRIMINALIZED TRIPPING

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-lingering-legacy-of-psychedelia

From the New Yorker, a very cautious and conservative psychiatric, and research-based endorsement of hallucinogenic therapy, in the event in relation to psilocybin field trials that are demonstrating a massive positive impact on depressive and other ‘mental health conditions’ that psychopharmacological protocols now ‘treat’ with some of the most deleterious and dangerous ‘medications’ since arsenic and lead were preferred ways of dealing with syphilis, an analysis that is ultra careful not to suggest any favor or potential utility for an individual right to ‘trip the light fantastic’ for any reasons whatsoever, despite the fact that some tens or hundreds of millions of Homo Sapiens, or more, do just that, with profoundly positive effects for the most part, a sober look at a new potential ‘treatment’ that contrasts starkly with an ActivistPost update about a Detroit mother’s battle(http://www.activistpost.com/2016/05/mom-faces-down-swat-team-and-mrap-for-refusing-to-give-daughter-deadly-antipsychotic-drug.html)to end the State’s forcing her to dose her daughter with noxiously toxic ‘antipsychotic’ pills, a juxtaposition that every scrappy scribe and stalwart citizen should ponder seriously in these times of creeping fascism and bought-off expertise.

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Deadline:
May 23, 2016
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Grants of up to $1,500 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are residents of Washington State. Students enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible. Submit a writing sample of up to 12 pages with a project description, synopsis, budget, and résumé by May 23. There is no application fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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Iowa Review

Jeff Sharlet Award

Deadline:
June 1, 2016
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iowa-review@uiowa.edu

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Iowa Review is given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a U.S. military veteran or an active duty service member. A second-place prize of $750 and three runner-up prizes of $500 each are also given. Phil Klay will judge. Submit up to 20 pages of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by June 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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5.17.16 TOF

HEMISPHERIC UPHEAVAL IN WHICH GRASSROOTS MAY YET PREVAIL

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/16/mexico-drug-cartels-famous-female-leader-sandra-avila – A selection of materials today about the parts of the Western Hemisphere that lie to the South of the United States, Latin America in common parlance, where roughly twice the population and two thirds of the economic output of the U.S. reside, in circumstances of late that in most of the region appear, at the very least, highly volatile and full of social risk–from The Guardian, about Mexico and an articulate, intelligent, and just-released-from-drug-war-prison woman ‘narco lord’ who sees herself as something other than a gangster and her country as something else than an outpost of a fraudulent ‘war-on-drugs;’ from Information Clearinghouse, about Cuba and the ‘rumored’ demise of communism and social democracy on the island, which the author considers  so much excrement, based on actual reporting from multiple places in the country rather than on press releases from ideologues and U.S. agencies; from Common Dreams, about Puerto Rico and the plunder  of the island by so-called ‘vulture’ hedge funds, which as a precedent threatens workers throughout the United States and not just in San Juan, a point that Bernie Sanders made  eloquently earlier this week; from RT, about Brazil, another masterful turn by Pepe Escobar about Brazil and the “Hybrid War Hyenas” who have the magnificent President, Dilma Rousseff in their clutches, a turn of events that Noam Chomsky briefly examines  as well for Democracy Now! concluding that while the Workers Party has in fact practiced corruption for which punishment is due, Rousseff herself is free of even a hint of double-dealing, profiteering, bribery, kickbacks, or other forms of theft of public goods and public funds, meaning that she is, in Chomsky’s words, “being impeached by a gang of thieves;” from World Socialist Website, about Venezuela, a harsh critique of the fraud and abuse that the media outlet accuses Nicolas Maduro’s government of purveying to people as the social and economic crisis craters the economy there to the point that services are collapsing and even fundamentals like food and emergency medical care are often enough absent to the point of non-existence, a situation that TruthDig portrays  as emanating from an environment in which U.S. actions are playing, to say the least, an unhelpful role in Caracas’ multiple cascades of intersecting cataclysms; an overall context, in other words, in which imperial and geopolitical concerns ‘trump’ other factors and agendas, though at the base of such legitimate observations and criticisms lie, always, the desperation of capital for plutocratic profits and absolute control, an overall assessment that fits neatly with a recent release from MintPressNews about how The Intercept’s just-announced addition  to the publicly available materials of Edward Snowden, an expansion of the archive, so to say, is a presentation that reveals graphically how intelligence agencies and corporate headquarters coordinated so as to manipulate, undermine, and sabotage any Latino attempts at social progress: “(Sandra) Ávila has spent the last seven years in prison for money laundering, including two years in solitary confinement.  Now free, she gave an exclusive interview, her first in nearly a decade, from her home near Guadalajara, in which she lashed out at Mexican politicians’ corruption, mocked the futility of drug prohibition and celebrated the escape of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán.


(A daughter of narco-aristocracy, who wanted to be an investigative journalist but whose suzerainty as a businesswoman of contraband was subtle and successful, this woman had to fight for space and power as a woman in a murderous boys gangland environment).  Her life became full-time cartel.  An astute learner, she rose fast through the ranks and was coveted by men every step of the way.  However, Ávila made a point to never use cocaine herself.  ‘If you do it, the men think you are just another disposable woman, you won’t be respected,’ she said.  Women in this world, she explained, are abused, discarded, and tossed out with little more concern than a child abandoning a Barbie doll.  Narco leaders would keep a harem of up to 10 women and this sexual freedom, she emphasized, does not extend to their female counterparts.  Women, she said, are looked at as objects, adornments or a necessity but ‘never as a fighting being, or a person made of triumphs and achievements.’


(She lived a charmed life, but as the inevitable ‘bad luck’–her son’s kidnapping, and the ‘most-wanted’ upshot of her paying the $5-million ransom–intensified, she moved underground, chancing identities and location dozens of times in a year if necessary, a position from which arrest was almost a relief).  She also learned to survive in solitary confinement, where she was dumped for nearly two years.  Ávila passed her time in isolation by reviving her journalist dream: she imagined she was a correspondent, writing and broadcasting newscasts.  Listening to the radio in her cell, she ‘covered’ elections in Venezuela and both Obama campaigns.  ‘I would listen to the newscasts, then make predictions about the results.’  Scribbling in notebooks, she avoided the monotony of months without human contact.  Released in February 2015, she has been slowly recovering her contacts and composure.  Her fortune is mostly buried, and she and a bevy of lawyers are now furiously fighting to recoup approximately 15 homes, 30 sports cars and an estimated 300 jewels.  ‘Camaros, Trans-Am, Mercedes, Audi, I had them all,’ she said, remembering her favorite, a Bentley.


(Upon release, as well, she has begun to assess the society of which she was once a ‘drug queen,’ a system that can as easily be bought as one purchases insurance).  Asked what kind of collaboration from crooked officials (Joaquin) Guzmán would have needed, she said: ‘It has to be help from the highest levels of government.  The federal prison system is tough.  To be able to buy that system?  It has to be from up high, not the director of a prison.  Nor the guards.  It has to be at the cabinet level.’  So what single measure would she take if she were president of Mexico, and interested in eradicating drug violence?

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‘First you have to attack poverty.  Poverty is what causes violence.  You start to be a delinquent and then become violent,’ she said.  Is it about opportunity, then?  ‘Narco trafficking is a business that has not been legalized,’ says Ávila.  ‘It is a business like alcohol [during prohibition] which was not legal … In those days an alcohol salesman was considered a bad person but when they legalized it, the people who sold it became respectable.  I don’t see that alcohol or tobacco salesmen feel guilty.  You go to a restaurant and a bar and the owners don’t feel guilty.'”—The Guardian

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“I know, admire and love Cuba.  It is an exceptionally strong, determined and resilient nation.  Reading all the alarming reports (that Cuba’s destiny was to fall to pieces), I decided to return and to speak to the Cuban people directly.  I visited Cuba again. This time in between my work in war-torn Middle East and South America, a continent suffering vicious assaults by toxic counter-revolutionary cliques loyal to Washington and Europe.  This time I decided to drive, to visit remote villages and historic revolutionary sites, as well as the area surrounding the territory stolen from Cuba by Western imperialism – Guantanamo Bay.  I drove for over 1,000 kilometers, in the East and West of the country.  I worked in Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, Havana, Bay of Pigs, Playa Giron and in one of the most remote (and before the Revolution the poorest) areas of the country – Cienaga de Zapata.


My conclusion is clear and decisive: ‘No!  Cuba is not falling.  Cuban people know; they are well aware of what is most likely behind the sweet talk of the US President.  They will not yield, and they will not betray the Revolution.’  The danger from the West is real; it is there.  It is always there, as it is real.  Coercions, tricks, Machiavellian politics – all will be used in attempt to derail, even to destroy the Cuban Revolution.  But do not think for one second that the Cuban people don’t see what the Empire is trying to achieve.  Cuba is standing, where it has been for decades.  It is doing better than before.  It is also stronger than ever.  I’m convinced that it is going to prevail.Pixabay Image 948603
Before I continue, I have one suggestion to make to those who are thinking otherwise and who are genuinely worried: go to Cuba and help if you think that the country is now facing unprecedented danger.  Travel there, talk to people, work, write, film, photograph.  Support Cuba abroad.  Buy its products, listen to its music, watch films, read books.  Spend money there, instead of in Thailand, the Virgin Islands or Egypt, if you need some sun.  Do something real, something concrete.  Cuba is the most internationalist country on Earth.  It has been showing solidarity with dozens of oppressed and needy countries.  It has already done so much for the others – the rest of the world.  Now do something for Cuba, instead of prophesying its collapse!  Do it if you worry about its future, and do it even if you don’t.


(One reason for Cuba’s stalwart character is that its revolution truly transformed this society).  Like Salvador Bahia in Brazil, Santiago de Cuba gave the world some of the finest musicians.  Now, in legendary Casa de la Trova and in many other clubs, cabarets and music halls of the city, mixed couples of all races are dancing to the upbeat rhythms of son and salsa.  In Cuba, racism is a foreign unknown factor.  During my visit, on the second floor of Casa de la Trova, a young Chinese man was exchanging love notes with a black girl, while several local mixed couples were dancing cheek-to-cheek on an old parquet floor right in front of a brilliant, euphoric band.  Here, no ‘political correctness’ is needed.  Nothing is forced.  Racial and gender equality come naturally, instinctively, as a logical ‘by-product’ of the Revolution.


(Imperial subterfuge and treachery are an assumed aspect of empire itself; yet people neither panic nor defect, for the most part).  Ignacio Guerra Batancour, a mathematician from Santiago de Cuba, is a determined supporter of the Revolution and the Cuban Communist system: ‘Of course people are afraid of Obama and his motives for recently visiting Cuba.  Did he come just in order to normalize relations between our two countries?  I doubt it!  But fortunately, Cuban people have plenty of revolutionary blood left circulating in their veins.  And they are smart!  Most of them don’t want to become a colony again, and they don’t want capitalism.  Here we just want to improve our economic situation a little bit, but otherwise the great majority of people are happy with what they have. I am 64 years old…’  He looks at most 50…’I remember how things used to be before the Revolution.  It was tough, humiliating… We had to live with malnutrition, ignorance, and exploitation… Things totally changed when Communism arrived.  Now I’m not rich either.  Not at all!  My wife and I have worked hard throughout our entire lives.  She used to be a member of the international medical brigade.  And all our family members got very good education.  My wife is a doctor; our son is a neurosurgeon.  We don’t have much but we have enough; we have what we really need.  And all of us are living meaningful lives.'”—Information Clearinghouse

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“(Brazil’s elites have disappeared 54 million voters).  This is the culmination of a drawn-out process that started even before Rousseff won re-election in late 2014 with over 54 million votes.  I have described the bunch of perpetrators of what Brazilian creativity has termed ‘golpeachment’ (a mix of coup – ‘golpe’ in Portuguese – and impeachment) as Hybrid War hyenas.  Sophisticated golpeachment – supported by what amounts to an Electoral Inquisition College – has propelled Hybrid War to whole new levels.

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Hybrid War as applied to Brazil exhibited classic elements of a color revolution.  Of course there was no need for no-fly zones or humanitarian imperialism to ‘protect human rights’ – not to mention provoking a civil war.  But considering the high resistance level of the victim state, where civil society is very dynamic, Hybrid War designers in this case bet on a mix of capitulation – and betrayal – of local elites, mixed with ‘peaceful protests’ and a relentless mainstream media campaign.  Call it ‘Civil War Light.’

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That carried with it a fabulous cost-benefit ratio.  Now the (immensely corrupt) Brazilian political system and the current executive/legislative/judiciary/mainstream media alignment can be used by the usual suspects for their geopolitical agenda.  Welcome to regime change light – politics, in a nutshell – as war by other means on the BRICS.  A new software, a new operating system.  Carrying a pathetic corollary; if the US is the Empire of Chaos, Brazil has now gloriously reached the status of Sub-Empire of Scoundrels. …
(And truly, thugs and scammers rule the roost today).  When golpeachment reached the lower house of Congress – an appalling spectacle – Rousseff was eviscerated by Hybrid War hyenas of the BBC variety; ‘BBC,’ in English, stands for ‘bullet,’ ‘bible,’ and ‘cattle,’ where ‘bullet’ refers to the weapons and private security industry, ‘bible’ to pastors and evangelical fanatics, and ‘cattle’ to the powerful agribusiness lobby.  The ‘BBC’ hyenas are members of almost all Brazilian political parties, paperboys for major corporations, and – last but not least – corruption stalwarts.  They all benefited from millionaire political campaigning.  The whole Car Wash investigation ultimately revolves around campaign financing, which in Brazil, unlike the US with its legalized lobbies, is a Tarantino-worthy Wild West.


(Predictably Wall Street and neoliberals love this stuff; after all, National Security Agency and other spying gigs provided much of the factual basis for the indicting the President in the first place).  Of course, the current stage of a very sophisticated Hybrid War strategy has been accomplished.  But there are countless cliffhangers ahead.  The Car Wash investigation – currently in slow motion – will pick up speed as a rash of dodgy plea bargains is already in store to create the conditions to criminalize for good not only Dilma Rousseff but the key piece in the chessboard: Lula.  Game over?  Not so fast.  The anti-golpeachment front does have a strategy: to imprint, especially in ‘deep Brazil,’ the vast masses of the working poor, the notion of illegality; to rebuild Rousseff’s image as the victim of a profound injustice; to re-energize the progressive political front; to make sure the Brutus 1 government will fail; and to create the conditions for the man who will come in from the cold to win the 2018 presidential elections, (Lula himself).”—RT

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“Venezuela was placed under a nationwide ‘State of Exception and Economic Emergency.  Monday as its government continued to face both social unrest created by the country’s economic meltdown and a drive by the political right to oust President Nicolas Maduro.  While the Venezuelan president said that the decree was necessary to confront ‘international and national threats against our fatherland,’ including both military intervention from abroad and a coup at home, the most pressing challenge to his government is coming from Venezuelan workers and poor who are unable to live under conditions of massive poverty, soaring prices and growing unemployment.


‘We are officially declaring May as the month that [widespread] hunger began in Venezuela,’ said Oscar Meza, Director of the Documentation Center for Social Analysis of the Venezuelan Federation of Teachers.  Meanwhile the state-run health care system is in a state of collapse.  Venezuelan government figures cited by the New York Times show that the mortality rate among infants under a month old has increased by more than a hundredfold since 2012, while there are five times as many deaths of mothers giving birth in hospitals.  These death rates reflect a lack of basic medicines and supplies as well as the effects of continuous daily blackouts that shut down incubators and other equipment.  Workers throughout the country have suffered devastating cuts in real wages, with inflation pegged at 700 percent this year and projected to rise as high as 1,642 percent next year.


(In this context, Maduro essentially has declared martial law; he blames outside agents for seeking to use MUD, in Spanish the Democratic Unity Roundtable, to oust an elected president). The collaboration between the MUD and US government agencies is undeniable, with the American embassy openly supporting its activities and outfits like the National Endowment for Democracy funneling money to the political right.  Support for ousting the Maduro government, however, has spread far beyond the MUD’s well-heeled upper middle class constituency, with polls showing the president’s popularity rate plummeting to anywhere between 15 and 25 percent.


(Under these circumstances, turning to a military option has all the appearances of an attack on the people themselves, who in poor neighborhoods have been suffering unprecedented violence at the hands of the police for more than a year now). The right-wing corporate media internationally has gloated over the deepening crisis of the Maduro government and the growing hunger and misery of the Venezuelan masses, proclaiming both a manifestation of the ‘failure of socialism.’ This is a lie.  While the late Chavez and his successor Maduro proclaimed their policy to be that of ‘Bolivarian socialism’ or ‘Twenty-first century socialism,’ they have led a capitalist government that has defended private property in an economy in which a greater share of production was in the hands of the private sector than before Chavez became president.  The limited social assistance programs initiated under Chavez served, as he himself boasted, to protect the rich by reducing the immense class tensions in what historically has been one of the continent’s most unequal nations.


(The entire facade of ‘democratic socialism’ depended on high-priced oil).  As the present crisis demonstrates, the government failed to either develop vital infrastructure or diversify the national economy to reduce its dependence upon oil exports, 40 percent of which went to the US market.  With the collapse in oil prices, the ability to maintain social programs and subsidized imports has evaporated, and the full weight of the crisis is being imposed upon the backs of the working class. …(The “concern” about this of the White House) is so much eye wash.  Washington views the intense crisis in Venezuela, Brazil and elsewhere on the continent as an opportunity to reassert US hegemony in Latin America, counter the growing influence of China and inflict blows against the working class.”—World Socialist Website