A Thought for the Day
The course of human events, from one perspective, has yielded a ‘petri dish’ situation where available supplies of resources to support the life processes of contemporary populations approach hard limits that, fantasies of Martian relocations notwithstanding, mean that our common thriving and survival depend on limiting reproduction and attenuating growth, even as, for reasons both exploitative and selfish, at once vicious and venal, the standard operating procedures of the present pass’ overseers and erstwhile owners is to boost the expansion of consumers and their consumption forever more, world without end; from other points of view, quite naturally in light of life experiences and expectancies that the wayfarers and trekkers among the common cast of our tribal past recall, the issue is not one of how much we produce but of how decently and lovingly and fairly we husband and distribute the copious cornucopia of nature’s magnificent bounty and magisterial outpouring of everything necessary to foster life for any future that is foreseeable by any standard of human time.
This Day in History
In Malaysia, this date commemorates teachers; maintaining its importance in matters geopolitical one thousand seven hundred ninety-nine years ago,the Syrian royal matriarch Julia Maesa returned to her native land after the assassination of her nephew Caracalla, in the process declaring her grandson emperor or Rome against murderous pretenders; one thousand three hundred and nine years later, in 1527, a different Italian imbroglio unfolded with a popular early bourgeois Florentine uprising against Medici rule that reestablished Florence as a republic; MORE HERE
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Nuclear Death on Horizon – https://consortiumnews.com/2017/05/15/gorbachev-warns-of-growing-danger/
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A Nieman Lab look at a Texas organization that is providing a very new and exciting service for the community: ““We’re seeing a gradual but obvious sea change in the kinds of culture people are interested in. We felt that if somebody doesn’t grab this moment, that would be kind of a shame,” Raja said. In the weeks leading up to the launch of the site, she had met at length with various community members — “I was extremely overcaffeinated” — from rabbis to advocates to try to unearth noteworthy work that might be going on under the radar around town. “There are huge swathes of the city that feel unseen and unheard by existing outlets. Something we’ve been wrestling with — do we call ourselves ‘progressive,’ for lack of a better word? That’s not exactly how we identify, but we’re also hearing that those are the kinds of stories people are hungry for.””
An Electric Literature look at a genre that has informed and defined much of the current era: “We’re in the midst of a curious era for nerdy subculture, which is something I’ve been involved with since I started taking the subway to Saturday D&D clubs when I was 9 years old. Back then, it was *really hard* to find other people who found genre sensibilities satisfying. The covers of paperbacks on buses became a recognition semaphore (“I see you are reading a John Wyndham novel; I too, have read of the Triffids!”) Networked communications brought subcultures together — counterculture fashion identities like goth and punk; out-of-mainstream political identities from anarcho-syndicalism to intersectional feminism to (alas) neo-fascism.”
A richly-researched and pointed look from this site’s creators as to the wonder and woe of the copyright system: “The economic nightmare associated with contemporary copyright is also a windfall of course. I.P. has for some time been the prime source of exports for the oligopolistic media-and-technology establishments. However, for law students and other such strivers; for high school pupils in less-than-prosperous neighborhoods; for writers and creators who don’t have sixty-five bucks—now only $35 through the new eco portal–to invest every time they write something and thus will never be able to ‘remedy’ infringement; for communities here and elsewhere who desperately need access to information that they can only obtain in a legally ‘monopolized market’ of often exorbitant prices; and for many others, both scribes and citizens, the operation of the current copyright regime is, at best, suboptimal and at worst a disaster. ”