5.15.2017 Daily Links

              A Thought for the Day               

At our most mortal peril, we live in realms of pretense about our beastly ways, denying the bloody mayhem of birthing and dying, the connubial conflagration of conception, the mundane murder that cooking and eating has time out of mind entailed, the inevitable risk and filth of digestion and elimination: so long as blood pours from our punctures, sleep descends willy nilly on the overworked and overstressed, the bellows of our lungs thrill to fill with clean air and fight for oxygen when smoky pollution fills the atmosphere, any initiation of consciousness about ourselves must flow first and foremost, without any exception, from acknowledging, understanding, honoring, and serving our essential animality, the wild hares and wily coyotes, the ravenous wolves and skittish sheep, the monkeys and primates and other nearer cousins that metaphorically and in some sense actually live inside every human organism, no matter the sense of accomplishment and aplomb and rational feeling that, especially among those who consider themselves evolved, characterizes people who hold themselves out as separate from the animal natures that in fact are the foundation for all Homo Sapiens life.

                    This Day in History                  

Today around the world is an International Day of Families; in Rome twelve years beyond twenty-five centuries ago, the popular assembly made the dedication of a new temple of the god Mercury a matter of a legionnaire’s oversight rather than the imprimatur of one of the ruling families that ran the Senate; nearly nine centuries closer to today, eight hundred eighty-seven years to be exact, in 392, someone managed to assassinate Rome’s emperor, a second Valentinian, as he led an invasion of Gaul to overturn Arbogast; seven hundred sixty-three years before the here-and-now, in 1252, a fourth Pope Innocent at once allowed at set the limits of the tortures that the Inquisition could use against those accused of heresy and such; four hundred ninety-two years ahead of today, the German Peasants’ War, which pitted Anabaptist insurgents against Holy Roman imperial troops, ended with the defeat of the people’s legions; MORE HERE

                  Quote of the Day                       
  • Nobel lecture (1905)[edit]

    “Radioactive substances, especially radium”, Nobel lecture (6 June 1905) (PDF)
    • If one leaves a wooden or cardboard box containing a small glass ampulla with several centigrams of a radium salt in one’s pocket for a few hours, one will feel absolutely nothing. But 15 days afterwards a redness will appear on the epidermis, and then a sore which will be very difficult to heal. A more prolonged action could lead to paralysis and death. Radium must be transported in a thick box of lead.
      It can even be thought that radium could become very dangerous in criminal hands, and here the question can be raised whether mankind benefits from knowing the secrets of Nature, whether it is ready to profit from it or whether this knowledge will not be harmful for it. The example of the discoveries of Nobel is characteristic, as powerful explosives have enabled man to do wonderful work. They are also a terrible means of destruction in the hands of great criminals who are leading the peoples towards war. I am one of those who believe with Nobel that mankind will derive more good than harm from the new discoveries. PIERRE CURIE
                   Doc of the Day                      
1. Lyman Frank Baum, 1907.
2. Czeslaw Milosz, 1980.
3. John Sutherland, 1986.
4. Ove Bring, 2000.
Numero Uno“‘Turn him over, Tom,’ said I, softly, and the sailor clambered into the canoe and obeyed—rather gingerly, though, for no one likes to touch a dead man.The bearded face and staring eyes that confronted us were those of one of our own race, a white man who had been shot through the heart with an arrow that still projected from the wound.  His clothing was threadbare and hung almost in rags, while his feet were protected by rude sandals of bark laced with thongs of some vegetable fibre.  He was neither a Mexican nor a Spaniard, but I judged him a North American of German descent, if his physiognomy could be trusted. MORE HERE

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                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Friday’s and Saturday’s Files

Ian Welsh on Nature’s ‘Curves’ –

Mediated Mendacities –

‘Vigilance’ in San Francisco’s History – http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/second-vigilante-committee-organizes-in-san-francisco



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