This Day in History
Japan today, as Spring draws night, marks “Girl’s Day,” while five thousand miles East, Lebanon celebrates Teachers Day; in Japanese islands twelve hundred ninety-three years ago, an empress gave up her thrown in favor of her nephew’s leadership; in the green isles of Great Britain fifty-six decades in the future from that, in 1284, England incorporated Wales by statute into its borders; two hundred ninety-one years past that moment in time and space, in 1575, Mughal forces defeated a Bengali army in battles for hegemony on the Subcontinent; ten years henceforth, in 1585, the Olympic Theater opened in Northern Italy, the oldest proscenium-arch dramatic forum still in existence; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
Gathering together, to learn and listen on the one hand and to speak and teach on the other, fundamentally facilitates and especially exemplifies the evolutionary adaptations of Homo Sapiens, so much so that to congregate in many ways aggregates all human potential, a ‘nutshell’ expression of social potentiation that as a result ought to be as common as corn, a de rigeur response to both our problems and our prospects, to put our heads together and come up with solutions and strategies, in one way to obviate our difficulties and in similar fashion to foster our promise, whatever it may be on a give occasion: instead, of course, all too frequently, we only assemble ‘as one’ by plugging into apps and otherwise attending mediated experiences at the same time but without ever communicating with either the programmatic promulgator or other audience members in the event, a decidedly suboptimal and plausibly tragic manifestation of what might very well be our greatest strength—this capacity to brainstorm and collaborate—but in the current context accomplishes almost nothing tangible in relation to this natural mutuality and necessary collectivity.
2. Leslie Garis, 1991.
3. Elisa Perez-Selsky, 2013
4. Jim Hickey, 2015.Numero Uno—“There are two ways of considering society. According to some, the development of human associations is not subject to providential, unchangeable laws. Rather, these associations, having originally been organized in a purely artificial manner by primeval legislators, can later be modified or remade by other legislators, in step with the progress of social science. In this system, the government plays a pre-eminent role, because it is upon it, the custodian of the principle of authority, that the daily task of modifying and remaking society devolves.
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From Thursday’s Files
Feminists & Childbirth, Circa 1914 – http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/twilight-sleep-childbirth-1910s-feminists
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A Lit Hub article that reminds writers to mine the depths of their experience, if not strictly their geographical setting, to find their most winning work: “One semester, I taught a quiet student who was not doing well in the course and whose personal fascination was needlepoint. I suggested she use that to shape the story, and she delivered a great tale about two sisters who entered an embroidery contest. The convincing details of complex needlework styles she included functioned as a kind of doorway into the motives of the sisters. As the handwork became more ambitious, it mirrored the psychological problems of the young women, transforming the competition into something as intense as Beowulf fighting with Grendel.”
A Journalism.co look at a promising new interactive subscription model that welcomes readers’ input: “The post also outlined three areas the outlet will be focusing on in 2017: continuing to build trust in journalism by working with its audience, giving readers a way to build their reputation on the platform and experimenting with “more sustainable” formats beyond traditional articles.
“Trust in journalism is at a historical low, so we should start listening to our readers, and that philosophy of closing the gaps between journalists and readers has really been the core of our work,” Maaike Goslinga, international editor at De Correspondent, told Journalism.co.uk.”
A Free Thought Project look at the criminal and deadly actions of Big Pharma: “Insys Therapeutics, the company who makes insane profits from a drug behind one of the worst overdose epidemics in the nation’s history, fentanyl, is in hot water — again.
According to Reuters, six former Insys Therapeutics Inc executives and managers were arrested on Thursday on charges that they engaged in a nationwide scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a drug containing the opioid fentanyl, U.S. prosecutors said.
Along with the executives, Michael Baich, the former CEO, was also charged in an indictment filed in federal court in Boston this week.”
A Conversation article that looks at the already unremitting burden of radiation we have to live under: “The era in which we live is now officially described as an atomic Anthropocene or the “age of humans”, an epoch defined by humans’ impact on the planet – and one of its most distinctive features is radiation. The fallout (both literal and figurative) from international nuclear weapons testing, nuclear energy and nuclear disasters are embedded in our environment, but also in our society. And this year, they’ve all suddenly become rather more noticeable, confronting us with some alarming questions we never thought we’d have to answer.”