3.06.2017 Daily Links

            A Thought for the Day                

donatello art sculpture italy italian renaissanceOf 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

                  Quote of the Day                       
“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”
Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
                   Doc of the Day                      
1. Pearl Buck, 1938.
2. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1982.
3. Jean Baudrillard, 1983.
4. Dick Gregory, 2005.
Numero Uno“When I came to consider what I should say today it seemed that it would be wrong not to speak of China.  And this is none the less true because I am an American by birth and by ancestry and though I live now in my own country and shall live there, since there I belong.  But it is the Chinese and not the American novel which has shaped my own efforts in writing.  My earliest knowledge of story, of how to tell and write stories, came to me in China.  It would be ingratitude on my part not to recognize this today.  And yet it would be presumptuous to speak before you on the subject of the Chinese novel for a reason wholly personal.  There is another reason why I feel that I may properly do so.  It is that I believe the Chinese novel has an illumination for the Western novel and for the Western novelist.

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                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Friday’s and Saturday’s Files

The Obama’s Cash-Out

Obama Starts To Cash In

Devos’ Christian Alma Mater – https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/03/at-betsy-devoss-alma-mater-a-history-of-fierce-debate/518205/?utm_source=nl-atlantic-daily-030117






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Art Farm offers residencies of two weeks to five months from June 1 to November 1 to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on a working farm in Marquette, Nebraska, approximately 80 miles west of Lincoln….

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Application Deadline: March 1, 2017


Tales from Muslim Worlds seeks diverse perspectives of people of Muslim backgrounds all over the world for an upcoming anthology of nonfiction writing.

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Reminiscing on Underground Movie Sharing Network

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.”



Monopoly Media’s Deep State Role

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 BEA Report

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."

GENISSCritiquing UBI

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. “