6.13.2017 Daily Links


  A Thought for the Day   

The notion of personal agency, without a cohesive and coherent realization of collective empowerment, appears as so much fetishized chicken shit, that those in charge of things—and therefore not only disinterested in but also completely mortified by any prospect of ‘Solidarity Forever’—promulgate as a plausible chicken salad for the ignorant masses to imbibe as a corrective to the chaotic mayhem and contradictory devolution of war and starvation that class privilege and systemic inequality necessarily entail, especially in the context of the aforementioned diet of idiotic and indefensible individualism.

  Quote of the Day  
 Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?William Butler Yeats the Second Coming

 This Day in History

Today in Hungary is Inventor’s Day; long long ago, in the year 323BCE, Alexander the Great met his end; in an arguably revolutionary development in human history, and almost certainly in ‘Western’ history, four 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; MORE HERE

    Doc of the Day    

1. William Butler Yeats, 1923.
2. Walter Rodney, 1970.

3. Louis Proyect, 2016.

Numero Uno—“I have chosen asmy theme the Irish Dramatic Movement because when I remember the great honour that you have conferred upon me, I cannot forget many known and unknown persons.  Perhaps the English committees would never have sent you my name if I had written no plays, no dramatic criticism, if my Iyric poetry had not a quality of speech practised upon the stage, perhaps even–though this could be no portion of their deliberate thought–if it were not in some degree the symbol of a movement.  I wish to tell the Royal Academy of Sweden of the labours, triumphs, and troubles of my fellow workers. MORE HERE

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From Monday’s Files

Early Scottish Sci Fi Writer – https://theconversation.com/remembering-the-lost-father-of-american-science-fiction-and-his-scottish-roots-78968

Viability of American Communism – http://portside.org/2017-06-08/unexpected-afterlife-american-communism

Prison Abuse – https://theconversation.com/whats-hidden-behind-the-walls-of-americas-prisons-77282


Interesting People Places Things of Note

An Early Woman Crime Scribe

A History look at the life and work of an intriguing early crime writer: “Sayers, whose father was an Oxford teacher and minister, became one of the first women to receive a degree from Oxford. Although the family moved to the country when Sayers was four, she received an excellent education in Latin, French, history, and mathematics from her father and won a scholarship to Oxford. She received highest honors on her final exams in 1915. Although women at the time were not granted degrees, the rules changed retroactively in 1920.”

Writers Tools Issues 

A Writing Well Matters Review

A New Rambler Review take on a recent released book that has much to recommend to readers especially within a political context: “Do I Make Myself Clear? covers entirely familiar ground at a length of nearly 400 pages. It is witty and stylish, as one would expect from Evans, but his directives point only to the usual suspects (including a warning against clichés). The later chapters take up the subtitle – Why Writing Well Matters – but Evans ends up blaming all manner of political and corporate misdeeds on ambiguous language, rather than reckless policies or outright avarice. Evans has surely earned the right to publish his thoughts on writing – in addition to his two best-selling histories, he was knighted in 2004 for his contributions to British journalism – but anyone looking for fresh insights will come away disappointed.”

General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues

Academia’s ‘Changing’ Characterization of ‘News’

A Nieman Lab incomplete at best though interesting characterization of news and journalism’s challenges in the current context: “Things are different, to put it mildly, than they used to be. When we talked over lunch at a 2013 symposium on “Data Crunched Democracy,” organized by Daniel Kreiss and Joseph Turow at the University of Pennsylvania, we could not help but shake our heads at how much had changed since we had started our research into news and journalism. We marveled at how a domain of inquiry that until recently was seen as a somewhat specialized area within the larger field of communication was generating an unprecedented amount of scholarship. All the while, the questions, theories, and methods for studying journalism were also changing, spurred in part by the challenge of the evolving news environment. Yet the frantic pace of knowledge production had somewhat prevented scholars to engage in a collective process of sensemaking about what had been accomplished and what might lie ahead.”

Recent Events

Strangling Education to Pay for Death

A Naked Capitalism look at the abysmal decisions being made in the name of militarism: “This week’s disturbing news that Oklahoma schools are so poorly funded some of them may move from five days a week to four got a lot of people’s attention, including my colleague Richard Eskow, who called this an example of “the Republican party’s sickness of the soul.” Unfortunately, the illness is highly contagious.”

 General Past & Present Issues 

Jobs and Wellbeing

A Boston Review article that contextualizes, through the realities of wind power energy in Spain, the current issues surrounding employment, the psychological elements of working, and the power of technology to remove labor needs: “To agree to that transfer of resources, politicians and the public have to accept a place such as La Zarzuela for what it is. Many in the United States are likely to agree with hard-driving Santiago, the mayor in La Zarzuela, who cannot bear what he sees as idleness. He would prefer that his neighbors load freight, assisted by petroleum, from port of port. One should make something or move something—or, at the very least, perform a service that others value enough to pay for. We have been taught that we earn money “by the sweat of our own brows,” as God allegedly put it at the Fall.”