5.03.2017 Daily Links

                 A Thought for the Day              

In almost all imaginable ways, in every conceivable context, people struggle with internal psychological and ideological dynamics by projecting onto others the issues with which we are grappling inside ourselves; thus, a productive existence becomes all but impossible, not to mention that joy evaporates and misery lurks at every turn, the end result of all of which is that happy, successful people manage themselves before they even think about managing others.

                    This Day in History                  

This date marks Japan’s acceptance of U.S. political hegemony with that nation’s celebration of Constitution Day, and around the planet, citizens commemorate World Press Freedom Day, a fundamental human right; in post-Roman Italy, five hundred and forty-nine years ago, a male infant bounced into our presence who would mature as the deep thinker and often caricatured schemer Niccolo Machiavelli; three hundred and one years before today’s dawning, in 1715,  a solar eclipse across much of Northern Europe and Asia confirmed new cosmic methods that Edmond Halley had predicted within a few minutes; ninety five years hence, in 1810, the poet Byron swam the Hellespont; MORE HERE

                  Quote of the Day                       
  • I love not man the less, but Nature more.
    If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.
    Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.
                   Doc of the Day                      
1. Eugene Debs, 1883.
2. Jacob Riis, 1901.
3. Diana Bertolini, 2013.
Numero Uno“If all the money in the world were heaped together in one vast pile it would be as powerless to do good for man as is the nerveless hand of death.  Labor is the power that moves the world.  Labor has brought us out of the darkness of the past into the noonday light of the 19th Century.  To labor, our country is indebted for its magical development of the past 100 years.   Labor has built our cities, scooped out our canals, bound ocean to ocean with bands of iron, over which rush the commerce of millions; wiped out time and space by girdling the earth with electric wires, and she has made it possible to send not only the messages, but the very tones of love across continents by means of the wonderful telephone. MORE HERE

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WRISSA Collective Memory Forum

A JHI blog post that looks at the purpose, creatively, educationally, and historically, of a collective effort in regards to literature and history documenting: “In efforts to conceive of the relation between the historical past in its “authentic” experiential immediacy and the consistency of its representation in our living memory, two questions arise which seem to contradict one another: can we ever gain access to an adequate, reliable concept of the past, the way it was “originally” experienced? And on the other hand, can we ever not seek, or even claim to have, such access—either cognitively or psychologically—to an “original,” “authentic,” even “primordial” lost history? “


Mexican Journalists’ Murders

A New York Times look at Mexico’s apparently most dangerous profession: ” The reasons for such killings are often varied: cartel assassins annoyed at aggressive coverage, corrupt public officials targeting critics to silence them, random violence and even reporters crossing over into the criminal worlds they cover.

But according to government data, public servants like mayors and police officers have threatened journalists more often than drug cartels, petty criminals or anyone else in recent years, imperiling investigations and raising questions about the government’s commitment to exposing the culprits. “


Alex Jones Custody Litigation

A Fusion piece that discusses a fascinating case of the current moment: “Who knows. No one found truth in the 419th District Court of Judge Orlinda Naranjo this month. The Jones custody trial was a great opportunity to take stock of Alex Jones on a personal and intimate level as he sits at the height of his powers. Like watching a celebrity take top-billing in a touring company production of The Maury Povich Show, the trial was an irresistible tabloid story told at the expense of the Joneses’ three children. But it was not, as it has been characterized in some quarters, an unmasking, nor will it be the end of a career. The character of Alex Jones, more than two decades in the making, is secure. And the story of the story of Jones v. Jones says more, on the whole, about how we build narratives than he does.”

GENISS1951 Nobel Peace Lecture

A look at a Nobel lecture worth remembering in the current troubled labour context: “I propose now to review the progress of trade-union activity for international peace. To this end I shall disregard all its other aspects, but first, in order to stress by a personal example its positive results with regard to the protection of the workers’ health, let me give you the reasons for the first strike in which I took part. I participated in this strike not simply as a member of the trade union but as its administrative secretary; in other words – to give you an exact idea of my functions and responsibilities in this humble office – I drafted the minutes of meetings of the trade-union council, of the general assemblies, and sometimes of delegations. I do not think that I owed this mark of confidence to my worth as a trade unionist; I owed it, more likely, to my having received a less sketchy education than that of my comrades: the great school reforms of the Third Republic had not yet been in existence ten years.”