6.23.2017 Daily Links

  A Thought for the Day   

So many narratives surround us and inform our own unfolding flowerings that the notion that a single language or culture can facilitate, or even explain, our developing dynamics must seem at best an absurdity: how arch, even ludicrous, in this context is the American Way of ‘English only’ and ‘love-it-or-leave-it,’ a rejection of adaptive moves and guarantor of devolution that must ultimately either undermine our indispensable nation’s thriving or change to a more optimal embrace of multiple linguistic and mythic traditions, all of which in sum adds up to demanding a more fulsome expression of love and loving than will ever be possible in a ‘colonial-settler’ context of conquest and domination and supremacist nonsense that manifests with particular ferocity ‘way down South in Dixie.’

 This Day in History  

Today is International Widow’s Day and United Nations Public Service Day, as well as a moment for traditional Midsummer’s celebration day in multiple traditions, and a Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism in Canada; in the vast chaos of China’s hegemony on much of human culture a thousand seven hundred eighty-eight years ago, a learned and clever young man of power in the Central Yangtze River region, Sun Quan, successfully declared himself as Emperor of the Eastern Wu, a suzerainty that would last well over twenty years; in Japan just slightly more than ninety-six decades later, in 1180, the opening of the Samurai conflict that would ‘militarize’ imperial rule, the Genpei War, unfolded; exactly a century hence, in 1280, the Granadian Emirate for a time forestalled further advances in the Spanish Reconquista with its victory at the Battle of Moclin;  MORE HERE

     Doc of the Day    

1. Alan Turing, 1950.
2. Adele Clarke, 1998.
3. Vint Cerg, 1999.

4. Angelo Falcon, 2007.

Numero Uno1. The Imitation GameI propose to consider the question, ‘Can machines think?’  This should begin with definitions of the meaning of the terms ‘machine’ and ‘think.’  The definitions might be framed so as to reflect so far as possible the normal use of the words, but this attitude is dangerous.  If the meaning of the words ‘machine’ and ‘think’ are to be found by examining how they are commonly used it is difficult to escape the conclusion that the meaning and the answer to the question, ‘Can machines think?’ is to be sought in a statistical survey such as a Gallup poll.  But this is absurd.  Instead of attempting such a definition I shall replace the question by another, which is closely related to it and is expressed in relatively unambiguous words.  MORE HERE

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 Interesting People Places Things of Note 

South Lawn’s ‘Strange Fruit’ Take

An impactful blogger’s take on current crises affecting liberty, race, and police brutality: “When that cop stood there on a cold Minneapolis night and disrespected me so forcefully, every bit of anger and bile inside of me exploded. I yelled. I pounded the roof of my car. I spit. I cried. I punched my steering wheel.

I felt powerless then. And on July 6, 2016, that feeling of powerlessness came flooding back to me as news of a police shooting in St. Paul, Minnesota came flooding through Facebook in graphic detail.”

 

 Recent Events 

Cuban Policy Reversals

A Global Research Centre look at reversals in Cuba: ”

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to fulfill his campaign promise to curtail the 2014 re-engagement deal between Washington and Havana, tightening pressure on Cuba and dashing the hopes of those who had hoped for a thaw in relations between the two neighbors.”

 General Past & Present Issues 

Militarists’ Summer of Love

A Truth Out look at a psychedelic spin on political love: ”

If you tour the exhibit, you might come away thinking that the political concerns of the time were no more than parenthetical bookends to that summer’s real action, its psychedelic counterculture. Only the first and last rooms of the large show are explicitly devoted to political memorabilia. The main body of the exhibit seems devoid of them, which fits well with the story told in so many history books. The hippies of that era, so it’s often claimed, paid scant attention to political matters.”