3.20.2017 Daily Links

              A Thought for the Day               

The utter absurdity of conformist, prudish thinking about human sexuality appears in starkest contrast when one considers human origins, when for plus or minus ninety thousand years of humanity’s plus or minus hundred thousand years of eking out existence in Africa and beyond, our common ancestors more or less universally practiced group marriage, only to cast aside such lavish licentiousness for castration, slavery, and mass concubinage among the rulers of the ‘civilizations’ that agriculture permitted, an environment in which even the eunuchs were wanton and fiery, and almost all freeborn women or men sought encounters with each other because of how nature had made us, in thrall to pleasure and available for sex contracts of various sorts, so much so that the notion of chastity much past the menarche or a young man’s first spill made no more sense than would voluntary fasting in rich pastures by cattle or a forbearing mercy toward the slower sheep among the wolves and lions: to deny such bestial bounty inevitably guarantees mental sickness and physical distress among the well-endowed for luscious love who constitute the overwhelmingly vast majority of Homo Sapiens.

                    This Day in History                  

This year, today is one of the four important marking points that occur every year, in the Northern Hemisphere the Vernal Equinox, not surprisingly a font of dozens of other celebrations, such as World Sparrow Day, International Day of Happiness, World Storytelling Day, and World Astrology Day, among others; in Rome two thousand sixty years ahead of the present moment, possibly to the day, a baby boy was born who would become the great poet, Ovid; also on the Italian Peninsula, seventeen hundred eighty-two years ago, the first non-Roman took the imperial throne in a period when the empire’s adherents were all on the verge of cannibalizing each other and their plots to plunder the Earth; four hundred fifteen years before the here-and-now, merchants in Holland formed the Dutch East India Company; fourteen years further on, only a year less than four centuries before now, in 1616, Sir Walter Raleigh gained his liberty after thirteen years imprisonment in the Tower of London; MORE HERE


                  Quote of the Day                       
“A lot of times we censor ourselves before the censor even gets there. …I ain’t Martin Luther King. I don’t need a dream. I’ve got a plan.”  Spike Lee
                   Doc of the Day                      
1. Ovid, circa 18 BCE.
2. Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1852.
3. V. S. Pritchett, 1947.
4. H. Rap Brown, 1969.

Numero Uno“WHO is it that can tell me why my bed seems so is hard and why the bedclothes will not stay upon it?  Wherefore has this night–and oh, how long it was!–dragged on, bringing no sleep to my eyes?  Why are my weary limbs visited with restlessness and pain?  If it were Love that had come to make me suffer, surely I should know it.  Or stay, what if he slips in like a thief, what if he comes, without a word of warning, to wound me with his cruel arts?  Yes, ’tis he!  His slender arrows have pierced my heart, and fell Love holds it like a conquered land.   Shall I yield me to him?  Or shall I strive against him, and so add fuel to this sudden flame?  Well, I will yield; burdens willingly borne do lighter weigh.  I know that the flames will leap from the shaken torch and die away in the one you leave alone.  The young oxen which rebel against the yoke are more often beaten than those which willingly submit.  And if a horse be fiery, harsh is the bit that tames him.  When he takes to the fray with a will, he feels the curb less galling.   And so it is with Love; for hearts that struggle and rebel against him, he is more implacable and stern than for such as willingly confess his sway. MORE HERE

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                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Friday’s and Saturday’s Files

Naked Capitalism on Vault Seven – http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/03/gaius-publius-explosive-wikileaks-release-exposes-massive-aggressive-cia-cyber-spying-hacking-capability.html

Berlin’s Film Festival & Contemporary Life – http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/03/09/berl-m09.html

Deconstructing Russian Devil Bullshit

The United States and the Russian Devil: 1917-2017



student writing arm


Lansing, MI, United States
Event Date: April 8, 2017
Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions
E-mail address: arallyofwriters@att.net

The 30th annual Rally of Writers Conference will be held on April 8 on the West Campus of Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan. The conference features workshops, craft and publishing talks, and author readings in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Participating writers and publishing professionals include poet Terry Wooten; fiction writers Landis Lain, Steven Piziks, and Jess Wells; nonfiction writer Andrea King Collier; and agent Alice Speilburg (Speilburg Literary). Fiction writer Lori Nelson Spielman will deliver the keynote. The cost of the conference is $85 ($60 for students) in advance, and $100 ($70 for students) on-site. Visit the website for more information.


March 20, 2017
Entry Fee: $20
Cash Prize: $10,000

A prize of $10,000 is given occasionally for an essay. Two $2,500 runner-up prizes will also be awarded. The winning essays will be published in Creative Nonfiction. The theme for the Winter 2018 issue is “Dangerous Creations: Real-life Frankenstein Stories.” Submit an essay of up to 4,000 words with a $20 entry fee (waived for current subscribers), or $25 for a subscription to Creative Nonfiction, by March 20. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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Wide Open Country is looking for Contributors – remote

We’re looking for writers who can consistently create articles on country music and lifestyle topics with an engaging, but informative tone to be published on Wide Open Country…

Company: Wide Open Country
Payment: TBD
Skills: Writing
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WRISSHuxley on Propaganda’s Allure

A Reason to Stand view of why propaganda is so endlessly appealing:  “So I suppose the question for those of us who recognize our society’s noticeable and definite shift towards being almost exclusively controlled by propaganda (mostly through means of entertainment) is this; How far are we willing to go to persuade our fellow countrymen to step back from the precipice and prevent a “Brave New World” from occurring here in America?”



LOC’s New Copyright Blog

A new Library of Congress blog that informs readers to the inner workings of the copyright office: “With roughly 400 employees across eight divisions, the Copyright Office represents myriad perspectives, backgrounds, and interests. We are current and former musicians, writers, and software developers; we’ve performed in children’s theater, at Carnegie Hall, and at the Vatican. We have acted in popular TV shows, played on a nationally ranked rugby team, and crafted anti-terrorism training for developing countries. We have worked in the public and private sectors, in academia and at nonprofits, for content companies and technology companies. Altogether we have worked in at least fifteen different federal agencies and speak languages as varied as Swahili, Mandarin Chinese, Dutch, Marathi, and ancient Greek.”


A Possible CIA Journalistic Murder

A Mint Press News article that contextualizes a recent violent murder: “The untimely and violent death of award-winning journalist Michael Hastings sparked rumors for years that the CIA was somehow involved in the car crash that claimed his life. Now, Wikileaks’ “Vault 7” revelations have shown that the CIA has long had the ability to remotely hijack vehicles in order to conduct “undetectable assassinations.””

GENISSNuclear War Victory Fantasies

A Consortium News view of some of the dangerous games we’re playing with nukes: “Official Washington’s anti-Russian hysteria has distorted U.S. politics while also escalating risks of a nuclear war as U.S. war planners dream of “winning” a first-strike attack on Russia, reports Jonathan Marshall.”