4.21.2017 Daily Links

               A Thought for the Day                  

The arrogant hubris and bigoted ignorance of upper crust presumption may soon enough impose a mass collective suicide from on high on the hapless sojourners of Homo Sapiens, at least in so much as the masses remain passive in pondering the spectacles of bombastic bullshit and self-serving hypocrisy that pass for information , or ‘entertainment, ‘from monopoly media’s privileged bastions of slick production and subtle distortion and beautifully-streamlined lies and horseshit and non sequitur: in very real senses of the idea of necessity, no other aspect of what is now essential for humankind takes precedence over the twin needs to engage people, on the one hand, in studying and comprehending reality and then, on the other hand, to manifest the miracle through which they begin acting on their discoveries to rescue their futures on their own behalf.

                    This Day in History                  

Today Vietnamese people celebrate Vietnam Book Day, Kenyans National Tree Planting Day, Rastafarians Grounation Day, Texans the martial laurels of San Jacinto Day, Mexicans the bitter dregs of defeat of Heroic Defense of Veracruz Day; in the most ancient and murkiest initial period of what we might now recognize as an Italian people, two thousand seven hundred and sixty-nine years ago, the legendary abandoned twin and scion of wolves, Romulus, founded the city of Rome; one and a half millennia, one and a half centuries, and three years later, in 900, halfway round the globe, a local leader of the Kingdom of Tondo in what is now the Philippines issued the first known written inscription from the islands, a debt-forgiveness instrument, a pardon, for another elite family; MORE HERE

                  Quote of the Day                       
I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.
Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.
It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
Charlotte Bronte
                   Doc of the Day                      
1. Max Weber, 1897.
2. Jean-Francois Lyotard, 1979.
3. Helen Prejean, 1997.

4. Jim Hickey, 2014.

Numero Uno“There is no absolutely ‘objective’ scientific analysis of culture – or put perhaps more narrowly but certainly not essentially differently for our purposes – of ‘social phenomena’ independent of special and ‘one-sided’ viewpoints according to which – expressly or tacitly, consciously or unconsciously – they are selected, analysed and organised for expository purposes.  The reasons for this lie in the character of the cognitive goal of all research in social science which seeks to transcend the purely formal treatment of the legal or conventional norms regulating social life.  MORE HERE

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                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Thursday’s Files

Facebook Murderhttp://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/facebook-and-the-murderer

Fighting Drugs With Bad Weapons – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2017/04/18/incarceration-is-the-wrong-way-to-fight-opioid-overdoses/

Syria Skepticism – https://consortiumnews.com/2017/04/18/nyt-mocks-skepticism-on-syria-sarin-claims/



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Participation Not Populism

A great Red Pepper argument whose ideas can breathe new life into our democracy: “To achieve the necessary structural break, liberating democracy from liberalism, an understanding is required of citizenship as social, economic and situated. This is the ‘socialisation’ of politics that Natalie Fenton describes [in an article titled Digital, political, radical in the latest edition of Red Pepper magazine]. In today’s societies, it implies an engagement with electoral politics while at the same time strongly challenging with collective power what has become of the universal franchise: an abstract, formal political equality in a society that is fundamentally unequal. This implies a political party or a political leader that engages supportively in economic and social struggles directly challenging inequalities hidden by the political system, at the same time as championing the wider societal changes that these struggles require in electoral politics.”


A Writer’s Reading List

A Medium compendium that introduces readers and writers to ten books that will forever change their approach to the language: “I love borrowing books. But there are some books that a writer really should have in their own personal for-keeps libraries. These are the books that you’ll keep coming back to, over and over, through your career.

Here are my top ten writing craft books. Some of them I’ve owned for twenty years or more. Some are new to me. Some are classics that you might already own. Maybe there are some that will be new to you.”


Deconstructing Essays

A Lit Hub humorous look at the ubiquity and pervasiveness of the essay: ” I hope I do not simply palm one gauche purity and substitute an even less polluted impurity. First, more than any other literary medium, the essay possesses an unusual function—that is to say, it possesses a function. Many essays can be right or wrong. And they can possess means by which to be morally or politically accountable. Can a poem be right or wrong? Second, the essay possesses a more direct and unmediated relationship to content. The novel and the poem gaze at the actual world through a lens that has been greased with auteurship, non-argumentation, and fictiveness. The aesthetic is that which possesses no function or content—the beautifully useless. When we aestheticize the essay, we staunch its utility and its reality. The literary essay rarely includes criticism or scholarship, since both possess an object and the literary essay must be its own object. The aestheticized essay is the fossil text—the essay at the end of time.”


An Interesting Houston Development

A Guardian report on promising drug policy developments in Houston: “Ogg is part of a wave of local leaders – many newly elected – who are barrelling ahead with plans to reform the criminal justice system at the local level, even as Sessions has expressed his desire to reintroduce harsher sentences for drugs and other nonviolent crimes. In Texas, Ogg is also contending with state Republican leaders prepared to fight against progressive reforms at every turn.”

GENISSGrace Paley on Illegal Abortion

A Lit Hub essay that details what’s at stake in regards to outlawing abortion: “Grace Paley is the most intelligent, generous, incorruptible writer I ever knew. Her daughter says, “I learned from her that precision requires a warm eye, not a cold one,” and so did we all.  Keen wit and real modesty seldom occur in such happy alliance. Who she was is what she writes. She never shows off, never bullies. She asks us, “what do you think about this?” and is interested in our answer. She takes nothing for granted and everything as worth rethinking. Her writing on social issues remains timely because it was never superficial; she held understanding more useful than judgment. Very few writers can match the offhand voice, with its unmistakable oral cadence, in which her poignant, funny short stories are told. “