6.17.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          


https://www.benton.org/headlines/npr-gives-false-equivalence-critics-court-ruling-upholding-fcc-net-neutrality-rules – From the longstanding aggregators at Benton.org, a portal to multiple assessments of a feature story on National Public Radio that reported as equally valid positions the unified support for Net Neutrality among grassroots media activists and their Federal Communications Commission allies and the decidedly scattered, and far from unanimous, rejection of Net Neutrality as undermining innovation, a point of view that did not in any way characterize a consistent, let alone a unanimous, position among monopoly media platforms, publishers, and so forth.

                    This Day in History                  

Today is the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought; in the relatively youthful days of thirteenth century Paris seven hundred seventy-two years ago, authorities in the French capital followed the directives of bigoted prelates and incinerated two dozen carriage loads of hand-written Jewish and Talmudic manuscripts; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

The definite roots of writing in spoken sounds likely mirror the probable origins of language in musical expression, a way of pondering the adaptive evolution of the Babel of tongues on Earth that removes linguistic examination from reified protocols and presents students and scholars and anyone else who finds human communication and survival interesting topics with a potent, material ‘creation-story’ for this powerful perquisite of Homo Sapiens existence.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“Friends and fellow citizens: I stand before you tonight under indictment for the alleged crime of having voted at the last presidential election, without having a lawful right to vote.  It shall be my work this evening to prove to you that in thus voting, I not only committed no crime, but, instead, simply exercised my citizen’s rights, guaranteed to me and all United States citizens by the National Constitution, beyond the power of any state to deny. MORE HERE

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                       In-Depth Look                          


From the fusillades of incoming in regard to the trials and treacheries, the undergirdings and skullduggery, of mediated life, a scattershot compilation that begins with a briefing from The Guardian that issued almost three years prior to Muhammad Ali’s demise and concerned the ongoing active interest of the National Security Agency in monitoring the ‘Champ,’ one of the multiple, intersecting ways that the police state targeted and harassed not only Ali–whose troubles MintPress News documents in a pair of brief posts  that reveal assassination threats, illegal snooping, and more–but also all manner of other ‘cultural risks,’ as a review of a recent  monograph about the Bureau in the NewPol blog makes clear, MORE HERE

              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  


Not quite a half hour of mandatory attention on the part of any scrappy scribe or stalwart citizen who cares about understanding the bizarre and treacherous currents that, currently, flow through our world, fromInformation Clearinghouse, via Abby Martin and Telesur, a presentation of the Empire Files that incisively and of necessity terrifyingly examines the roots of public relations and how the purported ‘democracies’ of the self-styled ‘West’ propagandize and deceive and betray at least as much as, and arguably more than, the most repressive and monstrous dictatorships that have ever existed.


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