6.21.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

From Mint Press News, an update from the breaking story so surreal, and yet in some way expected, that it might easily form a basis for interpreting much of contemporary existence, in the event the issuance of criminal indictments against prominent Orthodox Jewish businessmen in New York who stand accused of having paid out hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars to ‘New York’s finest’ in return for police favors and services whenever such as that–the closing of a bridge, the overlooking of vigilantism, the availability of personal bodyguards, and plenty more–might serve the purposes of a prominent and other ‘orthodox’ man of commerce.

                    This Day in History                  

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.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“Here are some observations about politicians as actors.  Since some of my best friends are actors I don’t dare say anything bad about the art itself.  The fact is that acting is inevitable as soon as we walk out our front doors into society; I am acting now; certainly I am not speaking in the same tone as I would in my living room.  It is no news that we are moved more by our glandular reactions to a leader’s personality, his acting, than by his proposals or his moral character.  To their millions of followers, after all, many of them highly intelligent university intellectuals, Hitler and Stalin were profoundly moral men, revealers of new truths.  Aristotle thought man was by nature a social animal, and in fact we are ruled more by the arts of performance, by acting in other words, than anybody wants to think about for very long. MORE HERE

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SEARCHDAYjournalism OR "mass media" OR broadcasting OR "monopoly media" OR "corporate media" cia OR "central intelligence agency" subversion OR manipulation OR "contract agents" or plants OR infiltration influence OR hegemony OR oversight OR payment OR payroll = 1,010,000 Hits.

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                       In-Depth Look                          

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/17/distorting-fascism-to-sanitize-capitalism/ – The most compelling query of the moment–“what in the hell now?” or words to that effect–in many flavors today, with a purposefully ideological assessment to initiate the fray, a look at the absolutely critical point for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens to confront, that capitalism has barely operated for the benefit of its rulers for half a century, all the while bringing more and more misery to those below some more less ‘median-line,’ and that things are about to get a lot worse, and–key now, listen up!–this is precisely how the system must perform, the upshot of which is that dark and venal viciousness is on the minds of some substantial portion of our lords and masters, in a word, fascist skullduggery, a perspective that has evidence and reason and clarity to recommend it, albeit no ‘middle-class’ wannabe or petty-bourgeois poser would let themselves seriously entertain such a notion for a heartbeat, all the more reason for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens to take it very seriously indeed, in the event a POV that matches, for instance, almost seamlessly the as-usual spot-on analysis of Chris Hedges in his TruthDig report which argues cogently,  MORE HERE

              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  


Ensconced in a transcript and several dozen insightful comments, a ten minute presentation here that Naked Capitalism passes on from Shimone Peres at Real News Network, in the event a chance for a young organizer of the coming French general strike to present critical facts and analyses for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens here who might otherwise tend to rely on monopoly media reports in which such clarity as here appears only shows up in fits and starts, a clear eyed view that Roar Magazine also conveys  with gritty grassroots footage and photographs.


student writing arm


A no-pay but no-fee lit mag sub call: “We are currently reading for an all-creative nonfiction issue, edited by Katie Jean Shinkle and Muriel Leung.
Please submit through our submissions manager.Please do not submit previously published work. This includes personal blogs.”

Please submit up to 6,000 words of a single prose piece for our consideration, or up to three flash pieces of prose each under 1,000 words. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, paginated, and in 12 pt. font unless the form of the piece dictates otherwise. We consider fiction, nonfiction, and drama along with scholarly, illustrated, and hybrid works. Please remove any identifying information from the manuscript. $10 reading free

Submit up to 5 poems that do not exceed 10 pages in total length. Please query before submitting anything outside these guidelines. Please remove any identifying information from the manuscript.

Traci Brimhall will serve as final poetry judge for the contest. Those with a personal or professional connection to the judge should not submit due to potential conflict of interest. Queries about what constitutes a connection with potential conflict of interest can be directed to ftreditorial@gmail.com.

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Washington DC – Health Journalist

The American Diabetes Association seeks a Health Journalist for Diabetes Forecast Magazine, published since 1948 and with a circulation of more than 500,000. This position also develops related content for the association’s websites, special issues, and educational and marketing materials.

Boston Staff Writer

The full time writer/journalist will be joining our editorial team as an integral part of the soon-to-launch Built In Boston. Built In Boston will be the online hub for the local tech industry, uncovering the high-level of tech activity throughout the Boston area; acting as the resource for the latest news, events, and talent opportunities within the local tech industry. We currently have communities in Chicago, LA, NYC, Austin and Colorado. See BuiltIn.com for more info.


Keeping the Fires “Berning”

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.”

Questioning ‘the Upgrade’

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.”

WRISSGet in the Kitchen and Face the Heat

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.”

Mad Love 

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.”


Protest Music Goes Unheard

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.””


Slouching Towards Armageddon

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.”



Important Issues

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. “