4.26.2017 Daily Links

              A Thought for the Day                

The predatory hypocrisy of ‘prohibition’ and proscriptive attitudes toward ‘controlled substances,’ with their attendant faux drug wars that turn into forced prescriptive protocols, bring fortune and power to the few and misery and mayhem to the many so regularly that outcomes along these lines must in fact appear intentional, which in turn indicates that whether they emanate from Nixon or Reagan or Clinton or Obama or otherwise, all so-called ‘wars-on-drugs’ and schemes of outlawing spirits and other agents as contraband represent nothing other than fraudulent, self-dealing, murderous, and venal crimes against humanity, matters in other words that merit revolutionary resistance and, if necessary, violent opposition to overthrow completely.

                    This Day in History                  

Today in Belarus marks a Day of Remembrance of the Chernobyl Tragedy, while in a passing of hours of critical import to scribes, this date also inscribes World Intellectual Property Day, as, on a lighter and yet also important note, April 26th is Hug a Friend Day; in the South of bustling England four hundred fifty-three years ago, a baptism took place for a boy who would become the bard of the ages, William Shakespeare, even as his birthday eludes the snares of memory; two hundred thirteen years hence, in 1777, a young woman, Sybyl Ludington, rode over forty miles throughout the night along the New York and Connecticut border to warn of advancing British forces; MORE HERE

                  Quote of the Day                       
  • What a piece of work is a man!
    How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty!
    In form and moving how express and admirable!
    In action how like an angel,
    in apprehension how like a god!

                   Doc of the Day                      
1. David Hume, 1742.
2. Bernard Malamud, 1975.
3. Jim Hickey, 2014
Numero Uno“The material facts in Hume’s life are to be found in the autobiography which he prefixed to his History of EnglandMy Own Life, as he calls it, is but a brief exposition, but it is sufficient for its purpose, and the longer biographies of him do little more than amplify the information which he gives us himself.  The Humes, it appears, were a remote branch of the family of Lord Hume of Douglas.  Hume’s father was Joseph Hume, of Ninewells, a minor Scotch laird, who died when his son was an infant.  David Hume was born at Edinburgh on April 26th, 1711, during a visit of his parents to the Scotch capital.  Hume tells us that his father passed for a man of parts, and that his mother, who herself came of good Scottish family, ‘was a woman of singular merit; though young and handsome, she devoted herself entirely to the rearing and educating of her children.’  At school Hume won no special distinction.  He matriculated in the class of Greek at the Edinburgh University when he was twelve years old, and, he says ‘passed through the ordinary course of education with success;’ but ‘our college education in Scotland,’ he remarks in one of his works, ‘extending little further than the languages, ends commonly when we are about fourteen or fifteen years of age.’  During his youth, Mrs. Hume does not appear to have maintained any too flattering opinion of her son’s abilities; she considered him a good-natured but ‘uncommon weak-minded’ creature.  Possibly her judgment underwent a change in course of time, since she lived to see the beginnings of his literary fame; but his worldly success was long in the making, and he was a middle-aged man before his meagre fortune was converted into anything like a decent maintenance.  MORE HERE

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                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Tuesday’s Files

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Bullshit ‘Progressives’ Who Foment War –

Discovering America From Cuba –

Anthony Trollope Autobiography –



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Contemplating Subcontinental Caste Norms

An Aeon essay by a thoughtful correspondent who analyses the persistence of toxic caste systems: “It is unsurprising that the Patel siblings are unaware that they are, in effect, making a film about caste. Many Indians watching this movie would experience the same blindness. As caste has been globally castigated as a social evil, upper-caste Indian society has found numerous ways to refer to caste without explicitly mentioning it. In everyday language, media and advertising, proxies include ‘community’ and ‘family background’. Endogamous pressure is condoned as vital to Indian society because it preserves the community (few modern Indians would admit to wanting to preserve the caste group). Another linguistic proxy for lower-caste groups is ‘different’. These proxies carry the full range of meanings that caste categorisations do, and are used in a variety of situations, from school and job interviews to a landlord meeting prospective tenants.”


Copyright’s Undermining Human Rights

A Falkvinge post that properly contextualize the harmful effects of copyright laws for creativity, progress, and further human development: “This is consistent with my previous column where I describe how and why enforcement of the copyright monopoly online is utterly incompatible with privacy as we know it – for infringements take place in private communications that may both be used for super-protected communications like leaking evidence of abuse of governmental power to the press under protection-of-source laws, and for sharing music and movies, and if you’re going to make the latter discoverable, you’re also negating the legal protection of the former.”


Manifesting Manufactured Consent

A TNI look at the manufactured nature of our media environment: “Corporations don’t just shape our politics or economics, they also seek to change public opinion to serve their interests. Which corporations play the biggest role in shaping knowledge and news? What do they fund? Who do they represent? What role have they played in the rise of authoritarian populists? This infographic for State of Power 2017 exposes those ‘manufacturing consent’.”


Russia, Ukraine, International Justice

A Duran look at current legal Ukrainian shenanigans: “Ukraine has suffered another blow in the web of legal cases in which it is now involved with Russia.

Following the decision of the High Court in London to grant Russia summary Judgment in the case Russia is bringing against Ukraine for repayment of the $3 billion loan Ukraine owes Russia, the International Court of Justice in The Hague has today declined to grant even on a provisional basis the main part of the relief Ukraine was seeking in the case it has brought against Russia.”

GENISSLegalizing Pot, Dismantling Drug-War Bureaucracy

A Truth Out post that analyses current drug war contradictions, and looks at the future of drug legalization and better management:  “Trump should look at the polls. Marijuana legalization is increasingly popular, including among the young people at the base of Trump’s own party. Voters are wary of mass incarceration and favor medical treatment over jail time. Even establishment politicians such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, along with the former presidents of several Latin American countries, have called for an end to the war on drugs.