6.08.2017 Daily Links

  A Thought for the Day   

The social meaning of spending fifty billion dollars a year on fine-tuning and ‘upgrading’ thermonuclear mass-collective suicide astounds the senses of anyone who retains the capacity to think critically: it substitutes the perfection of death and destruction for the optimization of life and creation that must pulse at the heart of any sustainable manifestation of the human project: in other words, continuing such collective behavior guarantees the annihilation of Homo Sapiens from Earth, which will be a tragic outcome indeed, at once evil and execrable and well-deserved.

  Quote of the Day  
None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.  Muhammad

 This Day in History

Today is World Oceans Day, and in keeping with the Nuclear Fool Cycle’s enforcement of a Uranium Economy, World Brain Tumor Day ; in Rome, meanwhile, one thousand nine hundred and forty-nine years back, the Senate eviscerated any pretense of ‘democracy’ by proclaiming Galba the Emperor; a century and a half beyond that juncture, in 218, the Battle of Antioch unfolded in the Levant where Syrian imprimatur over Roman leadership became the case with the victory of Elagabalus over Macrinus; one thousand three hundred and eighty-five years prior to the present pass, Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, died, succeeded by his father-in-law, Abu Bakr, as the first Caliph of early Muslim expansion; twelve hundred and twenty-four years ahead of today’s first light,Viking raiders attacked and sacked the coastal island monastery at Lindisfarne in Northeast England, thereby initiating the Scandinavian invasions of England; MORE HERE

    Doc of the Day    

1. James Madison, 1789.
2. George Sand, 1901.
3. Abraham Maslow, 1943.
4. Tim Berners-Lee, 1999.
Numero Uno“First.  That there be prefixed to the Constitution a declaration, that all power is originally vested in, and consequently derived from, the people.That Government is instituted and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people; which consists in the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the right of acquiring and using property, and generally of pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.

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From Wednesday’s Files

Malware & Its Real Sources –
http://mailchi.mp/rutherford/commentary-americas-reign-of-terror-a-nation-reaps-what-it-sows?e=798f08cf09

Nukes & Social Collapse –
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/nuclear-weapons-power-Chernobyl-Fukushima-danger/blog/59326/

Korean Truth Commission – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47061.htm

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Interesting People Places Things of Note

Calling for Latino General Strikes

A TeleSur interview with a valiant social justice warrior doing his part to stoke fires in Latin America: “Luiz Gonzaga Gegê da Silva is a historic figure on the Brazilian left. A member of the MR-8 resistance movement during the military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985, he spent time behind bars as a political prisoner and later became a founding member of the Partido dos Trabalhadores (Workers’ Party, PT), running for national party president in 2005, representing the Socialist or Barbarism internal current. Despite being a founding member of the party, he has never run for public office and never accepted a government job. Instead, he’s dedicated the last 30 years of his life to political organizing in squatter’s movements in São Paulo and the national Afro-Brazilian rights movement.”

Writers Tools Issues 

Improving Improvisation

An Aeon look at a skill that can help folks improve in life, in education, but especially in their creative work: “The bad improviser makes moves that are maladaptive. And the single greatest predictor of quality improv is simply experience. But there’s nothing simple about experience. A great jazz improviser such as Miles Davis had thousands of hours of practice and problem-solving underneath every one of his improvisational flights. This kind of experience makes good improv highly intuitive in a biological sense, not a mystical sense. It taps into the subtle systems of animal awareness, mostly unconscious, that we all possess, such as body-awareness (proprioception), personal space (proxemics), and arousal states such as fight or flight. Muscle memory is loaded with this kind of intuitive wisdom.”

General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues

Al Jazeera’s Cooptation

A Mint Press News look at the eventual fate of all media organizations unless they are very vigilant: “ As Middle East geopolitical analyst and former Al Jazeera contributing writer Sharmine Narwani told MintPress News:

“Al Jazeera [English] was largely successful because it was viewed as an alternative network that challenged the stale narratives of mainstream corporate media. […] This was a huge departure from major satellite news networks that were barely differentiable from each other. And I think that altered the news industry and drew in more discerning viewers.”

Recent Events

An A.I. Update

An Aeon look at the role of artificial intelligence in the present and future: “Despite this long record of failure, AGI must be possible. And that is because of a deep property of the laws of physics, namely the universality of computation. This entails that everything that the laws of physics require a physical object to do can, in principle, be emulated in arbitrarily fine detail by some program on a general-purpose computer, provided it is given enough time and memory. The first people to guess this and to grapple with its ramifications were the 19th-century mathematician Charles Babbage and his assistant Ada, Countess of Lovelace. It remained a guess until the 1980s, when I proved it using the quantum theory of computation.”

 General Past & Present Issues 

Frankfurt School Diagnostics

An Aeon presentation of the philosophical school that dared to name the source of society’s discontents with the paradigm  it thought would fix humanity’s ills: “A key point of disputation for this generation of thinkers arose from the notion that society, in its progress from barbarism to civilisation according to the narrative of the European Enlightenment, had been increasingly founded on the principle of reason. Where mythology once held sway, the rationalistic sciences now reigned supreme. Among the Frankfurt School’s most provocative contentions was that Western civilisation had unwittingly executed a reversal of this narrative. The heroic phase of the 18th-century Enlightenment purported to have freed humankind of antique superstition and the demons of the irrational, but the horrors of the 20th century gave the lie to that triumphalism. Far from humane liberation, 20th-century Europeans had plunged into decades of savage barbarism. Why? The Frankfurt School theorists argued that universal rationality had been raised to the status of an idol. At the heart of this was what they called ‘instrumental reason’, the mechanism by which everything in human affairs was ground up.”