6.16.2017 Daily Links

  A Thought for the Day   

Believing that, without diligent and duly enthusiastic dialog, anything even vaguely kindred to democracy can exist approximates hoping for bounteous breath without plentiful oxygen, a lovely garden without adequate rainfall, and such other fatuous fantasies as morons and dolts might concoct, yet rather than providing citizens with anything like robust and engaged social and political forums, where all and sundry respectfully, attentively, and skeptically participate in discussion and then plan to take action on their mutual behalf, current societal dynamics encourage the one-way electromagnetic spectrum mediation of a combination of cant and diatribe that at best yields pretentious non-sequiturs, absurd arguments, and large lies, a situation, in other words, that in the context of nuclear ‘saber-rattling’ positively reeks of ruination, some exterminating emanation of holocaust, mass collective suicide in one form or another.

  Quote of the Day  
Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos. Mary Shelley

 This Day in History

Today is the International Day of the African Child, and, in South Africa, Youth Day, while this date is when Argentina celebrates Engineer’s Day, and, also on this day, everywhere on Earth where appreciation of James Joyce is manifest commemorates Bloomsday; attesting to the deep roots of conflict over Persia, Turkey, and the Levant, sixteen hundred fifty-four years back, Rome’s Emperor Julian ordered his army’s fleet of supply ships burned as they began engaging Persian forces in the Italian, Roman imperial bid for expanded hegemony; in a related development a few centuries on, one thousand three hundred eighty-five years before the here and now, the last pre-Muslim ruler of what is now Iran rose to the Sasanian throne, a mere eight year old boy with the name of Yazdegerd, the third of that appelation; six hundred ten years ahead of today, Ming Chinese invaders, in one of many incursions into what is now Northern Vietnam, captured the Ho Dynasty king and his son;  MORE HERE

    Doc of the Day    

1. Mary Shelley, 1818.
2. Abraham Lincoln, 1858.
3. Eugene Debs, 1918.
4. Daniel Little, 2008
Numero Uno—Letter 1

St. Petersburgh, Dec. 11th, 17—

TO Mrs. Saville, England

You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings.  I arrived here yesterday, and my first task is to assure my dear sister of my welfare and increasing confidence in the success of my undertaking. MORE HERE

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From Thursday’s Files


Writers Tools Issues 

Web Essays to Support Novels

A Lit Hub analysis of the always nauseating task of talking up and promoting your published work: “You should probably write something about your book, now that it’s being published. But you are worried because you don’t have anything left to say about your book. The problem with writing is you haven’t really done it in two and half years, since you finished the book, which emptied you out. The space you entered to write the book now feels used-up and potentially noxious, a place of dormant chemicals you’re forbidden to revisit. You picture Pripyat’s hastily-abandoned rooms, its dry swimming pool, rust and grime.”


Recent Events

Putin’s POV

A Consortium News piece that provides a good counterpoint narrative to all the Putin hysteria out there: “The mainstream U.S. media has assumed the role of protecting the American people from alternative viewpoints, which is why Oliver Stone’s long-form interviews with Vladimir Putin are such a concern, reports Robert Parry.”

 General Past & Present Issues 

Basic Income Overview

A Naked Capitalism view on UBI: “What’s at stake: the concept of a Universal Basic Income (UBI), an unconditional transfer paid to each individual, was prominent earlier this year when Finland announced a pilot project. It’s now back in the discussion as the OECD published a report illustrating costs and distributional implications for selected countries. We review the most recent contributions on this topic.”