A Thought for the Day
Of all the unsavory and disordered aspects of social reality, perhaps none so dismays the ordered thinking of social theorists as the simple fact that the entire melange of human existence appears as little other than a huge mess that only distortion and attenuation can force into orderly channels of analysis and explication; nonetheless, coordinating just this messiness remains the ordained task of anyone who would comprehend the actual jumbles of relationships and intersections and reflections and parallels that constitute the ‘order of battle’ in the sphere of life, an undertaking, moreover at once exhilarating and terrifying inasmuch as such a mandatory endeavor must at once reveal the truest estimate of ourselves and the cosmos that we inhabit at the exact same moment that this entire enterprise reveals both our monstrosity in this arena and our inevitable inability ever to understand the simple totality of the what is of the universe, let alone the how and why of its manifestation in each one of us.
This Day in History
In Europe, today is the Day of the Righteous to commemorate those who have stood up to crimes against humanity despite the risks; anticipating papal protocols, two millennia and twenty-seven years back, Augustus first received the crown of Pontifex Maximus, so that the emperor became the de facto spiritual leader of all Romans; eleven hundred seventy years ago, in its ongoing conflict with Byzantium the Abbasid Caliphate carried out the beheading of forty-odd captives in its conquest of Amorium, who refused to convert to Islam; four hundred ninety-four years before today, Ferdinand Magellan’s ships arrived in Guam on their trek around the globe; half-a-decade shy of four centuries before this moment, a baby boy came into the world who would grow up as writer and thinker and wit Cyrano de Bergerac; … MORE HERE
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A Lenny post that looks at the work of a valiant young filmmaker: “In 1995, at the age of 21, Miranda July started an underground movie-sharing network for women filmmakers. Joanie 4 Jackie (formerly Big Miss Moviola) thrived for more than a decade and connected hundreds of women, including Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (creator of Unreal), artist K8 Hardy, and Essence advice columnist/empowerment coach Abiola Abrams. In January, the Getty Research Institute acquired the Joanie 4 Jackie archive. You can see everything at joanie4jackie.com, a complete digital record of the project.”
A Consortium News post that contextualizes the role of mainstream media in today’s events: “Mainstream U.S. media is proud to be the Deep State’s tip of the spear pinning President Trump to the wall over unproven allegations about Russia and his calls for detente, a rare point where he makes sense, notes Daniel Lazare.”
A new Bureau of Economic Analysis SOP analysis report on the condition of the Gross Domestic Product: Fourth Quarter and Annual 2016: ”
Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 1.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 (table 1), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 3.5 percent."
A Social Europe look at some of the negative possibilities of giving everyone a basic income: “Nevertheless, the basic income is a dead end. The most commonly cited reason for this is, of course, financing. Its costs have not been quantified, but it is certain that they will be high. Just how income and wealth should be taxed to pay for it remains an open question. Radically transforming the social system to a basic income would be the greatest financial gamble in recent history. “