5.11.2017 Daily Links

              A Thought for the Day                

Every single day of the year marks multiple instances of passing away and coming to be, so much so that the aggregate crop of birth announcements and obituaries for any given rotation of the Earth in its annual solar passage might yield more than the average human population of the planet for the span of humanity’s presence here on this fair orb, all of which means that the comprehensive sense of blessing and mourning for any twenty-four hour period mounts toward an incalculably massive manifestation of both grace and loss, of brothers arrived and sisters long gone, of children anew and elders newly absent; the ultimate upshot of such an outpouring of new arrivals and exiting of dearly departed must ever be the shared fate and mutual congruence of life cycles among all members of the Homo Sapiens tribe, a uniform commonality of existence that implies a fundamental equality so deeply real and immutably true that all societies that tend toward vicious polarity and execrable inequity must always teeter on the verge of meltdown and dissolution, of richly deserved decline and fall and cataclysmic collapse.

                    This Day in History                  

Today is National Technology Day in India and Human Rights Day in Vietnam; in what is now Istanbul sixteen hundred eighty-seven years ago, Byzantine rulers officially renamed their territory Nova Roma, even as most people continued to refer to the entire realm by the name of the chief metropolis, Constantinople; five centuries and thirty-eight years subsequently, in 838, five thousand miles East, Chinese printers produced a block-printed copy of the Diamond Sutra, a Buddhist text that was the world’s first date, printed volume; seven centuries and seven years before the here-and-now,in France, over fifty Knights Templar burned alive for ‘crimes’ of heresy; in a continuing contest for continental dominance in Europe four hundred ten years later, to the day, in 1720, a male infant was born who would become the real-life storyteller Hieronymous von Munchhausen, upon whom writers later based the fictional character;  MORE HERE

                  Quote of the Day                       
  • In this age of specialization men who thoroughly know one field are often incompetent to discuss another. The great problems of the relations between one and another aspect of human activity have for this reason been discussed less and less in public. When we look at the past great debates on these subjects we feel jealous of those times, for we should have liked the excitement of such argument. The old problems, such as the relation of science and religion, are still with us, and I believe present as difficult dilemmas as ever, but they are not often publicly discussed because of the limitations of specialization.
                   Doc of the Day                      
1. Eugene Debs, 1894.
2. Pentagon Papers, 1971.
3. Stanley Elkin, 1976.
4. Camilo Jose Cela, 1989.
Numero Uno“On Friday, May 19th [1894], the employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company, at Pullman [Illinois], struck against a reduction of wages, tyranny, and degradation, and the strike has steadily progressed until it has attained continental proportions.  MORE HERE

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