A Thought for the Day
Just as only very rarely, if ever, might one encounter a person who elects to wear the same precise suit of clothes for life, so too will one very seldom indeed meet a human who happily purveys the same exact consciousness day in and day out over the course of a lifetime: one obvious upshot of such an observation, flying fiercely in the face of established ‘management’ practice and political protocols, is that all ‘wars on drugs’ represent blatant assaults on humanity as a whole, inasmuch as the prototypically human addiction to shifting one’s point of view, to tinkering with one’s awareness and frame of reference, is without reasonable question an adaptiveresponse to reality and as such an ineluctable and hard-wired necessity for individual representatives of the species—unfortunately, of course, this sort of discourse has little or no conversational context in the hyper-mediated and constrictingly controlled environs that typify the present pass, where profiteering and plunder at the behest of hidden agendas make irresistible for those in charge pretentious nonsense about protecting innocent and powerless people from erstwhile external forces that are actually inevitable human choices to be criminal in the face of the expert-imposed class warfare that has become the ubiquitous monstrosity of an insidious and invidious imperial machine.
4. Slavoj Zizek, 2001.
Numero Uno—“ISuch obscenities as the forthcoming trial of the Tennessee evolutionist, if they serve no other purpose, at least call attention dramatically to the fact that enlightenment, among mankind, is very narrowly dispersed. It is common to assume that human progress affects everyone — that even the dullest man, in these bright days, knows more than any man of, say, the Eighteenth Century, and is far more civilized. This assumption is quite erroneous. The men of the educated minority, no doubt, know more than their predecessors, and of some of them, perhaps, it may be said that they are more civilized — though I should not like to be put to giving names — but the great masses of men, even in this inspired republic, are precisely where the mob was at the dawn of history. They are ignorant, they are dishonest, they are cowardly, they are ignoble. They know little if anything that is worth knowing, and there is not the slightest sign of a natural desire among them to increase their knowledge. MORE HERE
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DAY IN HISTORY
South Africa on this date marks Human Rights Day, while multiple worldwide events occur on March 21, which is the critically significant Vernal Equinox, as well as the occasion of an International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, International Forestry Day, International Poetry Day, International Puppetry Day, and a commemoration of Down Syndrome; in and around the City of Rome one thousand four hundred eighty years ago, after returning Byzantines had displaced him from within the City walls, Vitiges led the recently gathered Ostrogothic forces that had been administering the Italian Peninsula against the walls of the city, ultimately without displacing the again ascendant Byzantine fighters under Belisarius; MORE HERE
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For Sunday’s and Monday’s Files
Ireland’s Strike For Reproductive Rights – https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/03/ireland-womens-strike-abortion-illegal-strike4repeal/
Considering Lukacz Once More – https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-never-ending-lukacs-debate/
Feminism, Zionism, and Nakba – http://portside.org/2017-03-14/zionism-nakba-and-feminism
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A Poynter article that looks at useful models for journalistic success that highlights the importance of keeping it local: “Jonathan Alter, a prominent journalist-author and Montclair resident, says, “The first few issues of the new Montclair Times sucked late last year (it’s getting somewhat better).”
But can the town support something new, even better, he wonders? He hopes so.
“We started talking about a local paper,” says Choxi, whose background is not media but robotics and artificial intelligence research. “I then started working on a rough business plan and it seemed doable.””
A Consortium News look at the ongoing explosive situation in the Middle East: “During the Syrian army’s offensive to retake the eastern part of Aleppo from the insurgent opposition, the Western media portrayed the assault as if Russia and Syria were carrying out a campaign primarily aimed at killing and harming civilians. The humanitarian crisis dominated headlines while key facts, such as Al Qaeda’s domination of the opposition forces and the way in which the militants had brutally conquered the city’s civilians, were marginalized or not reported at all.”
A Guardian look at the darkest time of humanity: “Even to mention the 1930s is to evoke the period when human civilisation entered its darkest, bloodiest chapter. No case needs to be argued; just to name the decade is enough. It is a byword for mass poverty, violent extremism and the gathering storm of world war. “The 1930s” is not so much a label for a period of time than it is rhetorical shorthand – a two-word warning from history.”