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Canada today marks National Aboriginal Day, while around the globe people commemorate World Hydrography Day, International Yoga Day, World Humanist Day, and, on a more whimsical note, International Go-Skateboarding Day; in the far-Eastern Mediterranean where much of the power of imperial Rome had assumed Byzantine forms fourteen hundred eighty-three years ago, a war fleet embarked from Constantinople, soon to visit Greece and Sicily, ultimately destined to attack the Vandals in what is now Libya and Algeria; seven hundred nine years in advance of today, Kulug Khan ascended the Mongol throne as he also celebrated his coronation as the Yuan’s imperial chief; twelve decades forward from that conjunction, in 1527, the philosopher of power and perfidy, Nicola Machiavelli, spent his final day on Earth; a half century and five years later, in 1582, the most potent Japanese potentate of the Sengoku period face the unpleasant task of killing himself under the threatening oversight of his own general, Akechi Mitsuhide; around the world in Prague thirty-nine years further along, in 1621, close to thirty members of the Czech nobility faced their death sentences for their part in the disastrous Battle of White Mountain, where they sought to defend local rights and Protestant beliefs from the Holy Roman Empire at the start of the Thirty Years War; eighteen years onward from that, in 1639, a baby boy was born into his Protestant family in England, MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
Defining a triumphant life may end up no more possible than calculating the exact parameters of goodness, although one might well say that a ‘victorious life’ revolves around, and evolves from, some enthusiastic capacity that somehow or other the successful person joyously deploys in the ways that he or she most desires; in this vein, the ‘pursuit’ of success suggests at best an anomalous orientation, since accomplishment, like happiness, may actually be more of a choice than an outcome—viewing the question ‘in the most favorable light’ for the interrogator, passionately engaged participants in life’s pageant might say that every day involves glorious opportunities to produce important material that they value and affirm.
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REDS & RADS LEAD FIGHT AGAINST FRANCE’S PRESENT POLICE STATE
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A Common Dreams article that looks at the brave souls who have made up the Bernie Sanders movement, and shows a committment to keep this nascent and timely ‘revolution’ alive and hopefully evolving towards something more robust: “Sunday’s closing ceremony reflected the extraordinary nature of a conference that perhaps was best captured in a comment by Shaun King, a New York Daily News columnist and a Sanders supporter, in a breakout session Saturday. In previous presidential campaigns, the supporters of the losing candidates fold up their tents and move on to other campaigns and issues. “Never before, after a victory or a loss, have people said, ‘I’m not finished,’” he said.”
A thoughtful and interesting Overland post by an insightful commenter who puts consumerism’s infatuation with gadgets and upgrades in an ideological context: “In all three respects, work as realised through a culture of upgrades is moribund. Upgrades deify dead and non-functional things, and produce nothing that is truly needed for the original function of a product if it was made ethically to do what it was meant to do, like a tree producing its fruit. By short-circuiting natural laws of time and development and selling half-baked products with a built-in death wish purely for profit, the upgrade industry benefits from dead things.”
An interesting Brevity blog post for all those who wish to venture out into the wonderful of professional writing or otherwise creating: “A lot of my writing success–such as it is–comes from showing up. Thinking, “Sure, I’ll drive three hours to Chicago to hope my name gets picked out of a hat for The Moth storytelling show.” And when it did, being ready with a winning story. Thinking, “Why shouldn’t I speak at a conference?” and having a wonderful experience both teaching and learning at Hippocamp. I’ve absolutely had big, embarrassing failures, too–when I misjudged my abilities, or got over-extended (like being absent from this blog for four months). But the important part, every time, was showing up. Acting like I had a right to be where I was–even when I didn’t feel it.”
A fascinating Guardian review of a book that crosses many genres but came about as an exercise in exorcising the demons of idleness and irrational love: “I Love Dick is an account of lived events that occurred between 3 December 1994 and 19 September 1995. Everything that happens in it happened first in life, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a memoir. I didn’t set out to write a book, but when I realised that the hundreds of single-spaced pages addressed to Dick ___ during those months might actually be research material, I conceived the novel as a conte, a narrative, a cautionary tale or fable.”
A Rolling Stone discussion of a podcast with an icon of music who properly contextualizes a major problem with monopoly media today, and the utter impossibility of getting things with substance and a message ‘out there’: “”If something happened and we wrote a song about it, there’s no way it would come out,” said Young. “There’s just nowhere to play it … You might not know what happened, because it would never be on the radio, people wouldn’t be talking about it, because radio and TV and all the media and everything is controlled by a certain amount of people and corporations. Before it used to be many, many people doing this, but the Telecommunications Act in 1996 made it possible for corporations to own all the media, so it’s six companies.””
An Activist Post post that looks at the fact that random dissenting voices are not the only ones acutely concerned with US imperial shenanigans and its possible dire consequences: “While NATO is touting this move as training, the Russians are calling it the “summer of provocation,” and a move to reignite the Cold War intended to force Moscow to starve its domestic economy to ramp up its military to meet a growing external threat.
Russia is not alone in their assertion either. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Bild am Sonntag newspaper this week that these ostensible ‘war games’ are little more than warmongering.”
A Common Dreams article that looks at some of the main or major issues that have not been discussed by either the candidates or media, but which are also symptomatic of the unfolding crisis of capital and civilization at large: “With all the ink, time, and opining devoted to the 2016 presidential primaries and the run-up to the party conventions in July, one might wonder why so few proposals for major reforms and redirections for our country are on the political table. Thanks to Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, some issues are being discussed, including trade treaties, free college tuition, and raising the minimum wage. But many issues that voters are interested are barely mentioned by either the candidates or the media. “