A Thought for the Day
In the current working class context of barely making ends meet, life’s inevitable collisions often enough cause mayhem—dissolution and homelessness, doom of every horrific sort, so that when such a pass merely brings fiscal strain, financial difficulty, and the emotional morass of Sisyphean losses of ground gained and traction almost manifest, one cannot help both to curse fate at one’s slipping down the slope toward perdition and to praise be that nothing worse transpired.
Around the planet today, people might be celebrating World Environment Day; in Jerusalem nineteen hundred forty-seven years ago, Roman legions under Titus’ generalship broached the central walls of the defenses around the Jewish city, thereby guaranteeing at least a surface imperial victory; one thousand two hundred and sixty-three years ahead of now, pagans in Frisia murdered the Anglo-Saxon missionary Boniface near Dokkum; just three years past five centuries subsequently, in 1257, Krakow, Poland received its rights as a municipality; MORE HERE
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Nearly Naked Links
From Weekend Files
Surrendering Prosperity Fantasy – http://evonomics.com/myth-pros
Russia case – http://www.informationclearing
Interesting People Places Things of Note
A Jacobin look at an impactful thinker’s fall from grace, and the implications: “The truth is that Cornel West is being punished for choosing a genuine commitment to a more egalitarian society over the faux radicalism (and career opportunities) of the DNC and MSNBC black intelligentsia. On an appearance on late-night television a couple years ago, David Letterman pitched him a softball question on the overall improvement in “race relations.” Instead, West chastised Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder for their inaction on police violence: “It’s a question of what kind of persons do you have, not just black faces.” ””
A Lit Hub offering that provides readers and writers with an example of how to make writing shine: “I featured Deford in my book “How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times.” That might surprise readers who knew Deford primarily as a book author and long-form writer for Sports Illustrated. But he was also famous for his pointed public radio essays on “All Things Considered.” He could write long or short; fast or slow; fiction, nonfiction, or memoir. He wrote for newspapers, magazines, radio, television and books.
No matter the topic, length or media platform, his work had a quality essential to good writing in any genre. He had focus. If you want to write with focus, you can do nothing better than to read the work of Frank Deford.”
General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues
A Nieman Lab post that underscores the severe bias folks have towards their chosen media consumption habits, and what this means in regards to journalism in general: “Americans’ trust in media fell last fall to its lowest point since Gallup began polling on the issue in 1972, driven in large part by growing distrust from Republicans. But while a slim percentage of Americans regard “the news media” in abstract as trustworthy, when asked specifically about news outlets they consumed most often, more people had favorable views, according to a new study released Wednesday from the Media Insight Project (a collaboration between the American Press Institute and The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research).”
A World Socialist Web Site moment that describes a tense moment in international politics: “Addressing a Munich beer tent rally on Sunday, Merkel said: “The times when we could fully rely on others are to some extent over—I experienced that in the last few days. We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands.”
General Past & Present Issues
A Fortuna’s Corner look at the dire future that likely awaits us: “When I finished the article, I wondered how much the calculations of American war planners about North Korea have changed. If the Air Force’s targeteers are thinking along the same lines, our policymakers may conclude that the risks of simply taking out Pyongyang’s nuclear sites are lower than they were in the past. They may even conclude that a surprise first use strike is the way to go.