4.20.2017 Daily Links

                A Thought for the Day                

Even the most rudimentary accuracy is missing in describing the surface of things today, in and of itself of course not that different from whatever standard narrative has prevailed at any given moment since the initiation of civilization and culture and mediation plus or minus ten thousand years back but nonetheless especially worrisome now since the dandied denizens who produce and distribute this contemporary nonsense are more insistent than grand inquisitors have ever been that their awkward and implausible reifications of reality factually represent something accurate and honest, even in their arrogant waywardness truthful, about the true workings of the universe: should the all-too-actively passive masses not only actually accept this storytelling with a wink and a nudge, ‘oh, yeah, right, whatever you say,’ but also really believe that these fairytales correspond to correct assessments of the real deal, then one lethal consequence for human viability would likely be that the ruling class’ suicidal plans for mass collective homicide would pass from theoretical possibility to manifest monstrosity without a single hitch of strategic resistance or powerful protest, since such witness and attempts at redress depend on the descriptive knowledge that is absent, meaning that any meaningful chances of Homo Sapiens survival would over time approach the horrifying prospect of zero opportunities for our future presence on this fair planet, where miraculous webs of water and light and air brought us into existence in the first place with, one cannot but hope, something other than wasted legacies as the only available end result.

                    This Day in History                  

The United Nations during this twenty-four hour span marks Chinese Language Day, as many hip sorts around the planet celebrate 4/20 Day in recognition of cannabis’ cultural and medicinal role in human affairs; in Rome of the late Middle Ages, meanwhile, the Pope oversaw the inauguration seven hundred thirteen years ago of the Sapienza University of Rome; precisely one and a half centuries henceforth, in 1453, rescue ships with manpower and relief supplies from Genoa and a Byzantine blockade runner forestalled the pending collapse of Constantinople by fighting their way through the cordon of Ottoman ships surrounding the besieged city; MORE HERE

                  Quote of the Day                       
I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.
The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.
Throughout the time in which I am working on a canvas I can feel how I am beginning to love it, with that love which is born of slow comprehension.

Joan Miro

                   Doc of the Day                      
1. Fidel Castro, 1961.
2. Kathy Acker, 1989.
3. Johann Hari, 2015.
Numero Uno“The people know a great deal about the events which have taken place as a result of our special reports, the newspaper accounts, and the interrogation of prisoners.  The people know about the invasion, the details of its organization, and the way in which it was crushed.  MORE HERE

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"identity politics" fetish OR diversion OR deflect OR deflection OR "divide and conquer" = 76,300 Citations.

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  

INFINITE RICHES, BURSTING BUBBLES, & COMMUNICATING INTELLIGIBLY arguments convince one of their truth, stories of their lifelikeness.  The one verifies by eventual appeal to procedures for establishing formal and empirical proof.  The other establishes not truth but verisimilitude.

                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Wednesday’s Files

Oklahoma City Anniversary – http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/04/19/oklahoma-city-bombing-22-years/

Darwin Online – http://darwin-online.org.uk/content/frameset?itemID=F1700&viewtype=text&pageseq=1

Great Daphne DuMaurier Books – https://theculturetrip.com/europe/united-kingdom/articles/the-5-best-books-by-daphne-du-maurier-you-should-read/



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At the confluence of the West and the East, Hourglass Literary Magazine proudly announces its second international writing competition for:

  • Best Short Story
  • Best Poem
  • Best Essay


Submissions are open for Ad Stories! We close on April 30.

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Scipes on Strategy & Organizing

A Green Social Thought post that looks at true strategies that can be used during these troubled times: “It’s time that we take a few minutes to think about how we want to proceed, because there is no way that I can see us sustaining this level of mobilization.  We have to think strategically about what we want to do.

What I propose herein is not some “final” plan or something like that, but I advance it to get others to think about what is being proposed, appreciating what makes sense and rejecting what does not, and to advance our thinking further:  I see this as a collective project moving forward.”

WRISSDeconstructing Persuasion

A Naked Capitalism look at the powers and processes of persuasive speech and writing: “We are complicated beasties. For one thing, we often like to think we are not beasties – that we can use our minds to escape the limitations of our animal natures.

But there is no escape. We are creatures of both reason and feeling, both cooperative and competitive. Anyone who claims superiority on the basis of elevating any one aspect of human nature over another is either lying to themselves, to you, or both.  Often, they are not merely incorrect, they are dangerous. Ignoring or devaluing fundamental elements of what it means to be human leads not just to failures of ideas, products, relationships and societies, but to cruelty and exploitation.”


Monopoly Media Collapse

A Paul Craig Roberts article that looks at the consequences to monopoly media for its various bad decisions: “Just as the Washington Post and the Harvard Library made themselves look ridiculous and had to put some distance between themselves and the lists that they publicized, Le Monde will also. Not only was I a columnist for leading French newspapers, such as Liberation (Paris) in the late 1980s and for Le Figaro (Paris) in the early to mid-1990s, but also I was awarded the French Legion of Honor by the President of France in 1987. The honor was personally presented to me at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., by the French Minister of Economics and Finance, and later Prime Minister, Edourad Balladur, at a grand party at which top level Reagan Administration officials attended bearing a letter from the President of the United States congratulating France for recognizing my contributions.”

The Alabama Police State

A Techdirt look at some of the atrocities currently committed towards prisoners: “There appears to be corruption all over the place in Morgan County, Alabama. But it all starts with a bad law state lawmakers are in no hurry to take off the books. Despite multiple federal lawsuits stemming from sheriffs’ starve-and-skim tactics, the incredibly perverse incentive remains intact. There are probably plenty of taxpayers who don’t like the idea of their money being used to food and house convicted criminals, but I doubt any of those taxpayers are happier knowing they’re padding sheriffs’ bank accounts and investing in shady businesses.”

GENISSRuling Class Survival Plans

A Foreign Policy look at reasons why the rulers of the world are not so concerned about the consequences of their actions:  “Carter and his White House were interested in more specific questions. If the presidency could survive after a nuclear war, what exactly would it do afterward? How could the surviving commander in chief be identified? Who would identify him? How would he fulfill the three main functions of the presidency: to be the chief executive of the government, the head of state, and the commander in chief of its armed forces?

Carter’s answers came in the form of Presidential Directive 58, which was issued in the final months of his presidency; Ronald Reagan amended those plans with his own presidential directive in 1983. Their contents inform the continuity of government plans that remain in effect for the Trump administration. They have been the object of a multibillion-dollar pastiche of programs and a magnet for conspiracy theorists around the world.”