A Thought for the Day
When erstwhile citizens insist that they only desire candied confections to constitute their intellectual fare, especially when such a dietary choice in favor of sugar and fluff takes place in a context of dire predictions of imminent doom, then the only outcomes that can follow are the sorts of catastrophes that are existential in nature and scope—biosphere collapse, nuclear war, fifty-foot higher oceans, to name just a few—the upshot of all of which, the point should be obvious, must include the absolute necessity of embracing and emboldening and activating argument and debate and every single other sort of reasoned discourse.
This Day in History
Internationally, today is Workers Memorial Day and World Day for Safety & Health at Work, and in Canada, April 28th marks a National Day of Morning for workers who suffer occupational injury, illness, and death; in Palestine eight hundred twenty-five years back, the Italian Third Crusade leader, Conrad I, recently risen to ‘King of Jerusalem, died at the hands of indigenous Hashshashin; seven hundred sixty-four years prior to this precise point, a Japanese monk first advances the chant that underlies worship of lotus order in the universe, the foundation of Nichiren Buddhism; a quarter millennium hence, in 1503, the first battle that gunpowder enabled armaments won, in Southern Italy, took place at Cerignola when an Italian force half the size of their French and Spanish opponents prevailed; MORE HERE
Numero Uno—“It will certainly come as no surprise to you when I tell you that one of the most moving, as well as one of the happiest, moments of my life occurred on the evening of Monday, November 5, 1951. A reporter whose initiative I have already commended to the French Broadcasting System, eager to satisfy his professional conscience by extracting a sensational statement from me, came to inform me at a somewhat late hour that the Nobel Peace Prize Committee of the Norwegian Parliament had just bestowed on me one of the most renowned and flattering distinctions that this world can offer.
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Nearly Naked Links
From Thursday’s Files
Moral and Spiritual Dimensions of Capital Punishment – http://dioscg.org/index.php/
Spiritual Political Activism – http://www.sisterhelen.org/
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A Contributoria report by a fearless and tireless writer and public intellectual who deconstructs the historical, social, and economic foundations of the entire ‘war of drugs’ fiasco: “Despite their intricacies, these interlocking and interdependent components are fairly easy to state. First*, a ruination of civic virtue or political comity occurs; second, individual alienation and ennui become widespread enough to appear essentially indomitable; third, and finally, elite representatives intervene to dispense ‘cures’ for our blues*. Though an expansion of this analysis follows, in which multiple subtexts and sidebars proliferate, its rudimentary statement is straightforward enough.”
A Farnam Street blog post that looks at the benefits of literature: “Literature rapidly increases our learning. We learn through experiences, either our own or those of other people. Literature amplifies our exposure to a range of situations and events that would otherwise take decades for us to experience ourselves. For example, we can safely learn what it’s like to get divorced, quit your job and fly to another country on a whim, have an affair, be in love, or kill someone.”
A Defend Democracy brief that details the ways in which monopoly media distorts everything for propaganda aims: “It was a nasty case of bullying but not an attempted murder. A 12-year-old girl had put a rope around the boy’s neck and led him round like a dog, pulling on it hard enough to leave marks on his neck. That was clearly dangerous. But the boy never claimed she had hanged him from a tree. Indeed, he never even claimed that she had tied him to a tree, only that she had tried to. To double check, we spoke to Professor Christopher Milroy, the Home Office pathologist who handled the case. He said: “He had not been hanged. That was not correct and I couldn’t understand why the press were insisting that he was.””
An Inside Philanthropy view on what the recent bailout of an arts institution means for the sake of the future of philanthropy: “News out of Dallas points to the complex interplay between arts funders, city agencies, and corporate donors in a politically charged environment where the arts are under siege and government is in retreat. As such, it illustrates how what initially seems like “good news” can be anything but, depending on who you talk to..”
A Truth Dig look at the dire, non-self-promoting side effects of dedicating your life to social justice and a better world for all: “To resist radical evil is to endure a life that by the standards of the wider society is a failure. It is to defy injustice at the cost of your career, your reputation, your financial solvency and at times your life. It is to be a lifelong heretic. And, perhaps this is the most important point, it is to accept that the dominant culture, even the liberal elites, will push you to the margins and attempt to discredit not only what you do, but your character. When I returned to the newsroom at The New York Times after being booed off a commencement stage in 2003 for denouncing the invasion of Iraq and being publicly reprimanded by the paper for my stance against the war, reporters and editors I had known and worked with for 15 years lowered their heads or turned away when I was nearby. They did not want to be contaminated by the same career-killing contagion.”