6.13.2016 Daily Links

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http://www.opednews.com/articles/Cui-Bono-by-Linh-Dinh-Donald-Trump-160612-151.html – ‘Herd mentality,’ extremely enticing especially in times of screaming tension and barely-held-in-check mass murder, especially as random killers seemingly blow people away with ease–still, for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who can overcome their natural skittishness about straying too far from the standard narrative in such circumstances, a pair of profferals, the first a very simple and straightforward request from the brilliant Linh Dinh that observers consider motivation in, and who benefits from, such a dramatic incident of horrific terror, the second a much more prosecutorial approach, from PaulCraigRoberts.com, that starts from the premise that monopoly media outlets have essentially zero integrity, in that not one such organization manages to do its most basic job and investigate even the most rudimentary facts that a criminal enterprise such as this would require, both of which statements of inquiry and opinion will likely be wildly unpopular among those who see the establishment press as more or less upstanding news organizations, but in any event opinions and assessments that are worth pondering, unless, for example, one already knows everything, a dangerous point of view with which to ponder any complicated expression of criminality that includes multiple single-shooter, automatic-weapons homicides, no matter what a pair of skeptical views that one may contrast to the ‘herd-reporting’ that definitely characterizes much of the articulation of this most recent case of annihilation from nowhere, from a Cox Enterprises outpost in Atlanta , from the ‘paper of record’ in New York, and from untold thousands of additional ‘breaking-news-reports’ that the different local renditions of the handful of companies that publish newspapers in America see fit to offer, as well as material from ‘liberal’ periodicals, such as Salon‘s  account of wackiness from Alex Jones, or one of Atlantic Media’s briefings here, or a bit of a background piece from Rolling Stone about the eternal best-seller of Colt Enterprises, the AR-15, altogether a lot to think about as regular folks try to make sense of the whole thing.

                    This Day in History                  

Today in Hungary is Inventor’s Day; in an arguably revolutionary development in human history, and almost certainly in ‘Western’ history, three years more than seventeen centuries ago, Emperor Constantine, the Great, and his co-emperor Licinius signed the Edict of Milan, which putatively granted religious freedom everywhere in imperial Rome; a thousand sixty years subsequent to that momentous occasion, in 1373, the United Kingdom and Portugal initiated the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, which remains in effect today, the longest running such pact in the world; eight years beyond that coalition, in 1381, England’s small farmers and untitled country folk arose in the Peasants’ Revolt, which culminated in the burning of Savoy Palace and some modicum of both butchery and reform; a hundred thirty-three years onward from that, in 1514, the world’s first thousand ton warship glided into the water at England’s Woolwich Dockyard; more here

                A Thought for the Day                

extendhand wood artCanvases or pages for representation or narrative arise everywhere: driftwood, for instance, beaver-bitten, human-hewn, or merely shaped by calamity and gravity and wind and water and stone into the classic shapes of daggers and handles or panels or blocks of one sort or another, these forms are not what most passers-by would consider prepossessing, often stuck in muck, covered with dirt and detritus, or moldy and buggy on the surface, exemplifying nature’s sculpted forms, from beasts to short-swords, in appearance often both common and homely; yet one might beg to differ, since a collection of samples of such items, cleaned, sanded, shaved, developed like made-up faces so as to be more presentable, left to sit and gather their underlying themes, one might listen for what each one has to say until a semblance of sense emerges from a piece and the potential takes tangible form for craft & wisdom, and, just possibly, art.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“You see, we have had too much of this foolishness of race.  I’m not going to attempt to allocate the blame one way or another.  I think more than one political party has been responsible for the crisis of race relations in this country.  I think our leadership has failed us on that score.  I think external intervention was important in bringing the races against each other from the fifties and particularly in the early sixties.  But I’m concerned with the present.  If we made that mistake once, we cannot afford to be misled on that score today.  No ordinary Afro-Guyanese, no ordinary Indo-Guyanese can today afford to be misled by the myth of race.  Time and time again it has been our undoing. more here

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                       In-Depth Look                          


A quartet of articulations to begin, with Michael Hudson and a powerful disquisition on the perfidy and putridity of neoliberalism on Naked Capitalism via the Real News Network, with an InternationalLabor Organization monograph  that details the ‘race to the bottom’ of globalization next, a raw and bitingly sarcastic screed  about work and jobs from Counterpunch to follow, and a powerful briefing  from Dmitri Orlov at Information Clearinghouse to end, with simple advice to pay attention to scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who want either to understand or have a chance to take meaningful action about crisis—all of which fits into a list of materials from the past few weeks, perhaps a tenth of a percent of what might deserve close attention in the realm of political economy, such as MORE HERE

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From the professionals who manage actual journalism on a shoestring at the Real News Network, a lovely debate–full of both disagreement and respect–between RNN‘s Paul Jay and the estimable Abby Martin, the former of whom believes that now Senator Sanders must hold his nose and ‘help forestall a Trump Presidency,’ while the Ms. Martin insists that a third-party run beats any justification for “continued lesser-evilism,’ the inevitable result of which is a steady drift toward war and fascism anyway, a give-and-take that fits perfectly with two recent TruthDig proferrals in the A-V realm, the first a panel discussion about Elizabeth Warren’s Clinton endorsement–a lot of hair-splitting but also some very interesting points–and an interview with TD publisher Robert Scheer, who extols Sanders’ accomplishments and implores a continued movement, all of which, if nothing else, are thoughts worthy of consideration of scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens of every stripe.


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Hillary the NeoCon

A Salon post by a thoughtful correspondent who informs us of HIllary’s true colours: “Wall Street has thrown its weight behind Hillary Clinton. Some of the biggest names in the U.S. right-wing establishment have also expressed support for her.


Another neocon added his name to the pro-Clinton list on Thursday. James Kirchick penned an op-ed in The Daily Beast titled “Hillary Clinton Is 2016’s Real Conservative — Not Donald Trump.””

More Military Excess

A Common Dreams look at the increased bellicose actions of our current administration, by a fearless reporter: “Despite a vow to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by 2017, President Barack Obama this week veered the opposite direction, widening the U.S. military’s role in the entrenched, 15-years-long conflict.

The Washington Post reported on Thursday evening that the Obama administration’s new measures “authorize U.S. troops, stationed in Afghanistan on a dual training and counterterrorism mission, to begin accompanying conventional local forces on the battlefield in a way that now occurs only with elite Afghan forces.””

Crazy Bug Bots

A National Science Foundation blog piece that looks at some scary amazing robots: “Biological inspiration for robot locomotion, control and design may save lives in disasters”

Helicopter Money

A Fusion look at a brave new experiment in managing the many problems of capitalism without having to resort to changing the means of production, and at the lucky recipients of the trial:  “Universal basic income—the proposal that everyone be paid a flat wage by the government, regardless of their economic status—is getting lots of attention these days thanks to the looming threat of mass job losses to automation. This week, start-up incubator Y Combinator announced plans for a pilot program, in which it’ll give basic income to a test set of people in Oakland to see how it goes. Also this week a small collective in San Francisco raffled a one-year basic income package of $1,250 per month to a single winner, a man in Florida.”


Wharton Novella

A fascinating Melville Books piece that captures some of Wharton’s genius and literary contributions: “I feel bad about spending so much of this piece on Wharton talking about James. Hermione Lee, in her biography of Wharton, spends some pages exploring Wharton’s relationship to the older writer, suggesting that she often inverted or critiqued his plots and situations; she points out, for instance, that The Touchstone “turned The Aspern Papers on its head” in terms of the gender of the dead letter writer and the “publishing scoundrel” who seeks to expose them. This may be true, so far as situation and plot are concerned, but Lee doesn’t really address the question of style, which is where Wharton, it seems to me, is flat-out imitating James – and failing to reach his heights.”

Algorithm Creation

An Ars Technica look at a fascinating new media product that pushes the boundaries of what’s possible yet again in regards to AI and creativity: ” You know it’s the future because H (played with neurotic gravity by Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch) is wearing a shiny gold jacket, H2 (Elisabeth Gray) is playing with computers, and C (Humphrey Ker) announces that he has to “go to the skull” before sticking his face into a bunch of green lights. It sounds like your typical sci-fi B-movie, complete with an incoherent plot. Except Sunspring isn’t the product of Hollywood hacks—it was written entirely by an AI. To be specific, it was authored by a recurrent neural network called long short-term memory, or LSTM for short. At least, that’s what we’d call it. The AI named itself Benjamin.”


Teh Interwebz Makes U Dumb

A Salon look at studies that condemn the internet and digital media in regards to perpetuating dismal reading and writing skills: “The study found students who consume primarily digital content (such as Reddit and Buzzfeed) had the lowest writing complexity scores, while those who often read literature and academic journals had the highest levels of writing complexity.”

Media Security

A New York Times post that looks at what it takes to ensure the security of the internet: ““We are living in the middle cyberage, the dark ages of cyber,” said Mr. Kaspersky, whose modest corner office with glass walls overlooks a stretch of canal and a boat club. He has longish salt-and-pepper hair, a trim beard and a ruddy, tanned complexion. “Right now, it is more functionality, more technology, more services, but not enough security.””


The End of Truly Independent Media

A Fusion look at the sad consequences for raw, honest, fearless media in regards to the recent bankrupcy of Gawker: “By filing for bankruptcy and announcing a stalking-horse bid from Ziff-Davis, Gawker has started the clock on an auction of all of its assets, which will be overseen by a bankruptcy court looking to maximize proceeds. In other words, this isn’t like Don Graham selling the Washington Post to a friendly Jeff Bezos, or Chris Hughes selling The New Republic to a friendly Win McCormack. This is a raw capitalist sale to the highest bidder, whomever that bidder might be; the court will pay no regard to whether or not the bidders are aligned with Gawker’s existing editorial policy.”



On Lehman Brothers Collapse

A Wall Street on Parade posting that looks at some of the things that occurred during the financial meltdown which are not widely known: “A little noticed 2008 email from former Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, raises serious questions about his official narrative on the collapse of Lehman Brothers. We’ll get to the email in detail, but first some necessary background. “