3.16.2017 Daily Links

                       BREAKING NEWS                         

A critically important deconstruction of contemporary context from the fierce chroniclers at Wall Street on Parade, in the event an article about the oh-so-gentle, at least on bankers, prosecutor, Preet Bharara, whom the Times and other denizens of established monopoly mediation have so fawningly lionized as a people’s advocates against the jackals of finance, when this particular attorney’s bona fides suggest more a creature in the nature of a hyena that is serving plundering lions or marauding coyotes in the service of wolves than a hunter at the behest of the common herd of humanity, a trope of definite distortion and possibly purposeful delusion on the part of our ‘paper of record’ that is very much in keeping with this monopoly media outlet’s ongoing adherence to whatever is the Wall Street line at any given moment, from the repeal of Glass-Steagall to today, a point that scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens should ponder even more seriously in the aftermath of Robert Parry’s most recent skewering  of the providers of ‘all the news that’s fit to print,’ a crushing indictment of the Times as both a news gathering and editorial force in its apparently obsessive drive to paint Donald Trump as a “Manchurian Candidate” of Vladimir Putin and Russia, a wild accusation indeed given the presence of zero insiders to support such an indictment, a lack of evidentiary basis that the estimable Parry contrasts with his own documentation of Ronald Reagan’s likely collaboration with Iranian insurgents in delaying the release of American hostages till after the 1980 election, or that others have demonstrated ineluctably in regard to Richard Nixon’s contacts with North Vietnam to forestall negotiations with the North Vietnamese until ‘tricky Dick’ had secured the vote against Hubert Humphrey in 1968, a pair of historical instances of high-level dealings with ‘enemies’ that people deny at their peril while they cast aspersions against the plutocrat and predator, President Donald, who is arguably no worse and in some measures is an improvement on the likes of one Hillary Rodham Clinton, a contextualization of what the Times calls its “truth” seeking as just another instance of ‘fake news’ and what a from Carnegie Mellon University has termed “information avoidance,” a tendency that those who are ‘crying wolf’ about these matters are often enough much guiltier of promoting than are those whom they accuse.

                    This Day in History                  

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CC BY by JeepersMedia

Today, Lithuania celebrates a holiday worthy of scrappy scribes and free speech advocates, Book Smugglers Day; in what is still the urban habitation that bears the name Jerusalem, two thousand six hundred and fourteen years ago, illustrating that the conflicts in Southwest Asia match the very definition of holding a grudge, Babylonian troops breached the walls of Jerusalem and deposed King Jeconiah for following his father’s rejection of Levantine rule; eight centuries and twenty-seven years prior to this day, one of the worst medieval massacres of Jewish people in England took place, at Clifford’s Tower in York; nuncios from the country; eight years even closer to today, in 1958, the fifty-millionth Ford to come off the assembly line went to the marketplace; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

A key aspect of the here and now, so ubiquitous as to be ‘taken for granted’ when in fact it will ever remain a tenuous expression of privilege, is the proliferation of creature comforts, so that chill air in Summer, heated drafts in Winter, sound roofs above our heads, form-fitting clothing to cover our tender skin, plentiful food with an equal plenitude of salt and pepper and spicy tastiness, and so on and so forth almost ad infinitum, are not only routine but also so commonplace that they now stand outside the realm of what we must ponder and plan for, attributes of a given state of affairs with seemingly no less certainty than dawn in the morning and dusk as the evening begins; whether this context of cornucopia soon enough ushers in fortune or misfortune, triumph or tragedy, without doubt depends: what transpires in this regard in upcoming and ongoing periods of history and development will ultimately prove contingent on how conscious people generally are of their interdependence, of the delicate networks of production and distribution on which indescribable succor and surfeit rely, and, very unfortunately indeed, of both the actual technological knowledge sources from which spring contemporary commoditized profusion and of the ineluctable grip of entropy on all these lovely manifestations of order and well-regulated effort, the upshot of all of which is that social life is arriving at a tipping point, where the paradox of private profit and ownership in relation to socialized actuality will either give way to collective engagement and sharing, or the inevitable collapse of civilization, with the chaos and carnage that such devolution will now unavoidably entail, will unfold in one of numerous, all too horrifying ways.

                  Quote of the Day                       

All humanity inspires me. Every passer-by is my unconscious sitter; and as strange as it may seem, I really draw folk as I see them. Surely it is not my fault that they fall into certain lines and angles.

                   Doc of the Day                      
1. James Madison, 1787.
2. Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850.
3. Selma Lagerlof, 1916.
4. Greg Grandin, 2016.
Numero Uno“To the people of the State of New York:
AMONG the numerous advantages promised by a well constructed Union, none deserves to be more accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction.  The friend of popular governments never finds himself so much alarmed for their character and fate, as when he contemplates their propensity to this dangerous vice.  He will not fail, therefore, to set a due value on any plan which, without violating the principles to which he is attached, provides a proper cure for it.  The instability, injustice, and confusion introduced into the public councils, have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have everywhere perished; as they continue to be the favorite and fruitful topics from which the adversaries to liberty derive their most specious declamations.  The valuable improvements made by the American constitutions on the popular models, both ancient and modern, cannot certainly be too much admired; but it would be an unwarrantable partiality, to contend that they have as effectually obviated the danger on this side, as was wished and expected. Complaints are everywhere heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens, equally the friends of public and private faith, and of public and personal liberty, that our governments are too unstable, that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties, and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority.  However anxiously we may wish that these complaints had no foundation, the evidence, of known facts will not permit us to deny that they are in some degree true.  It will be found, indeed, on a candid review of our situation, that some of the distresses under which we labor have been erroneously charged on the operation of our governments; but it will be found, at the same time, that other causes will not alone account for many of our heaviest misfortunes; and, particularly, for that prevailing and increasing distrust of public engagements, and alarm for private rights, which are echoed from one end of the continent to the other.  These must be chiefly, if not wholly, effects of the unsteadiness and injustice with which a factious spirit has tainted our public administrations. MORE HERE

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  


From the inestimably supportive and useful work that folks at Information Clearinghouse proffer to scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens, an audio file and transcript of a talk by Aldous Huxley fifty-five years back that is as applicable today, and for the foreseeable future, as it was when he delivered it at Berkeley in 1962, a sound presentation that a ThinkPress offering also gives, as does an Archive.org download and a YouTube profferal that includes the question and answer period that nearly equals the forty minutes of Huxley’s lecture; an arguably critical contextualization of the past that absolutely has become more crucial as the decades since then have unfolded, and that acts as at least an interesting counterpoint to more mundane issues of political economy that appear in a Global Research essay about the operation of our fiscal system, with its pretense of public or ‘central bank’ control of currency despite the well-understood, if seldom articulated, reality that ordinary bank loans in aggregate create our money supply, an outcome that both Libertarians and Democratic Socialists  find plentiful reasons to question with vociferous skepticism.

                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Wednesday’s Files

Panther Roots – http://isreview.org/issue/100/roots-black-panther-party

Darrow’s Eye for an Eye – https://www.gutenberg.org/files/54074/54074-h/54074-h.htm

Ivo Andric’s Nobel Speech – http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1961/andric-speech.html





Justice Denied: People’s Power, The Struggle Continues
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