A Thought for the Day
Among the plethora of contemporary relations that seem to express cruel and vicious jokes on the hapless lasses and bemused blokes who experience these gag’s upshots and exigencies, perhaps none is so sickeningly, gaggingly, hilarious as the combination of ‘War-on-Drugs’ rhetoric and its attendant repression with the prescriptive insistence that more or less everybody—and in particular anybody with even the slightest inclination to a critical bent about the present system’s maniacal injustices and lunatic brutality—manifests so-called ‘mental illnesses,’ in most cases one form or other of erstwhile depression, that require treatment with toxic sludge that those who rule term medicine, a manic dynamic that expresses itself tens, or even hundreds, of millions a time a year as regular, and empirically demonstrable, prescriptions for murderously stupid antidepressants, the impotent side-effects of which in turn necessitate insidious reliance on chemical manipulation of masculine arousal in such a way as to make permanent erectile damage inescapably likely, meaning that routine medical protocols create ‘customers for life’ among strapping lads who can henceforth only express their animal needs with drug cocktails that ruined their capacity in the first place.
The United States on this date celebrates Flag Day, while Armenia commemorates Day of Memory for Repressed People, and people around the planet mark World Blood Donors Day; in China, in a particularly complex Chinese development, seven hundred and forty-one years ago, Song Dynasty leaders, in retreat from advancing Mongol forces, held the coronation for a new young emperor; just shy of two decades subsequently, in 1285, the Second Mongol Invasion of Vietnam resulted in a crushing defeat of Mongolian navies; just seven hundred thirty days onward in space and time, in 1287, Mongol emperor Kublai Khan, at the other side of his extensive empire, consolidated rule by defeating more ‘traditionalist’ Mongolian interlopers with his newly more ‘Sinofied’ approach; MORE HERE
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Invasion of Paris – http://www.history.com/this-da
Interesting People Places Things of Note
A Sex-Work Disquisition
A curious, open-minded, and informative look from Hazlitt at the world’s oldest profession: “I had relatives and friends who were or had been in the sex trade. …. When it came to their jobs, they were like labouring human beings all over the world. They wanted safe working conditions, good healthcare, and legal protection of their basic human rights. Some of them had been hurt by their clients, or their families, or the police; some of them had never met an abusive client and had worked quietly out of condo buildings their entire careers. One thing they had in common was how profoundly tired they were of other people’s disrespect, hatred, and miscomprehension when it came to them and their livelihoods. All of them supported complete decriminalization of sex work.”
A Fast Co Design post that gives hope to those who wish to pursue literary skills v. programming chops: “Learning how to write isn’t just an important skill for the future: It’s applicable right now. Trends in digital design emphasize clean lines and few words–giving language itself more weight. “Art direction and copywriting are as fundamental to the user experience as the UI,” as Paul Woods, COO of the digital design firm Edenspiekermann,wrote here on Co.Design. “Sure, you can have a beautiful UI/frame, but once you have that (we all know a great UI is an invisible UI), all the viewer cares about is what’s inside: the artwork, the story.”
General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues
A Monday Note look at the war against invasive advertising, with a look at possible consequences: “Next year, will see a major offensive from Google and Apple against the worse parts of the advertising world. It will be tricky for Google, bound to appear as judge and jury. Expect many casualties. But the entire ecosystem will benefit from these initiatives.
To put it bluntly, the ad community has less than a year to clean up its mess before browsers take matters in their own hands.”
A World Socialist Web Site update as to the ongoing carnage in the Middle East: “The Turkish government has given a clear sign that it is siding with Qatar against diplomatic and trade sanctions and the threat of military intervention by five Arab countries: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen. They have accused Doha of supporting terrorism and having a “soft” attitude toward Iran. The Gulf sheikdoms had previously recalled their ambassadors from Qatar in 2014, over its support for the Muslim Brotherhood.”
General Past & Present Issues
A Portside look at the persistence, or resurgence, of an idea whose time has come and that possibly never really went away: “The power of the radical agitator — homegrown as well as outsider — has always been the ability to expose the gap between the narrative of American greatness and the realities of people’s lives. What American Communists, at their best, pioneered was to show how effectively grass-roots movements can challenge the racism, state violence and economic exploitation that people face in their daily lives, and connect those fights to a broader vision of a just world.”