6.27.2016 Daily Links

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http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/36595-supreme-court-victory-for-abortion-rights-is-just-the-first-step – An assessment of the never-certain but always-essential decision in favor of women’s rights to control their own reproductive lives that the Supreme Court just handed down, by TruthOut, that recognizes how tentative a first step–though obviously crucial compared to the alternative–is the holding in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt, in a cultural context in which every feminist gain is under attack by vocal and well-funded and fascist minorities, something about which one can find untold thousands of perspectives, some of the initial points of view and reportage from, for example, the established establishment voices at The Hill, the denizens of the Democratic Party at DailyKos, and the progressive folks at ThinkProgress.

                    This Day in History                  

On this date, the United States marks National PTSD Awareness Day, National HIV Testing Day, and Helen Keller Day, at the same time that Canada celebrates National Multiculturalism Day and Brazil commemorates Mixed-Race Day; in a final horror of Catholic imprimatur in England forty-six decades ago, thirteen Protestants died when authorities burned them alive at the stake as the Stratford Martyrs, events that unfolded near London; two hundred three years past that particular passage, in 1759, in one of the most important battles of the colonial period, the English General James Wolfe led forces in the British siege of Quebec that eliminated most French capacity in Canada; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

Blaming the system is not blaming the victim, though those whose specialty is divide and conquer—having cooked up identity fetishism and micro categories of social complaint and an entire ideology of victimization and revenge—and whose entire purpose is to rule despite remaining a vanishingly small minority with nearly infinite levels of privilege, would certainly like to spin matters in that fashion, making sure to play one social set off another faction or fraction or identifiable group in search of any kind of traction; this highly refined version of divident et vincet, as the Roman originators of the vicious art termed the ploy, complements the other primary means by which plutocratic minorities continue to maintain their imprimatur over the rest of the vast herd of humanity, longing for surcease and simple justice, this secondary methodology a combination of stupefaction and enervation of the pining masses so that they believe that they are powerless and, subjectively if not in reality, consider themselves too ignorant and stupid to make any difference in solving their own problems, which they might easily do, of course, just by uniting in solidarity, recognizing that they already operate the machine that eviscerates them under the ownership of their masters, and assuming the mantle of their own potential greatness.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“I can remember vividly sitting at the dinner table arguing with my father about progress, using upon him all the experience and wisdom I had gathered at the age of fifteen.  Of course we live in an era of progress, I said, just look at cars — how clumsy and unreliable and slow they were in the old days, how sleek and efficient and speedy they are now. MORE HERE

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  

From the folks at Mother Jones who seek to balance capital’s case with the demands of the people for social justice and decent fairness, a tough balancing act, to be sure, an amazing longform read about one of the wiliest of scrappy scribes, who embedded himself in a real job, in the veritably belly-of-the-beast in Louisiana, with the Corrections Corporation of America, whose billion dollar profits are only easily attainable so long as incarceration rates continue to climb and imprisonment remains the primary socialization mechanism for the poor and people of color, in other words those ‘genetically predispositioned’ to need big sticks and massive threats arrayed against them, in the process of which literary and reportorial legerdemain this mensch completely deserving of the moniker of reporter managed to video his coworkers and his workplace with enough guile and consent to produce a six-part series of video briefs to supplement the magnificent text of the story that appears here, all of which are available in their own right here, and which RevealNews from the Center for Investigative Reporting further complements with a lengthier audio documentary about the author’s incredible achievement.


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Bacopa Literary Contest: $1,080 in Prizes

The Bacopa Literary review has a contest for the best poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. They offer a $200 first prize, and a $160 runner-up prize for each genre. That is a total of $1,080 in prizes being handed out.

8 Podcasts and Audio Projects Seeking Your Submissions

Written by Nick Milne

Story-telling podcasts and radio shows have taken off in a big way in recent years, with programs like The Truth, Serial and Welcome to Night Vale captivating millions. While most such podcasts and radio initiatives are strictly owner-created and –presented, some seek contributions from writers who would like to hear their words brought to life. Here are eight such venues that accept such submissions.

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Positions Available with Local New Jersey Magazine

“A one of a kind magazine featuring everything we love about the New Jersey boroughs.”

Dallas Magazine Digital Journalist

A people friendly, business savvy magazine with a focus on high standards in various contents,resources and ads. From Food, Fashion, Interviews, Travel, Real Estate, Education– the opportunities are endless! If these words speak to you and describe you to a tee– then we are looking to hire you!

This is a new position and pioneering opportunity for a skilled writer/editor to design her/his own job, with support from our senior editorial team. You must be ambitious and capable of shifting gears at a moment’s notice, and you must also be able to work with us to develop your own editorial strategy. And if you’re brilliant with video and social, we need you.



Nuclear Contamination

A New York Times article that explores the damage suffered by veterans thanks to H Bomb contamination: ““There was no talk about radiation or plutonium or anything else,” said Frank B. Thompson, a then 22-year-old trombone player who spent days searching contaminated fields without protective equipment or even a change of clothes. “They told us it was safe, and we were dumb enough, I guess, to believe them.””

German Militaristic University

A     WSWS article that explores some of the ways that universities sell out: ““Will the universities remain centres of scholarship and free criticism? Or will they once again become state-directed cadre-training centres for right-wing and militarist ideologies, as previously in German history?” asks the forward to the book, Scholarship or War Propaganda, which deals with the role of Berlin’s Humboldt University in the remilitarization of Germany.”


NPR offers reporting fellowship [US]

Journalists can apply for a US$24,000 fellowship to conduct a reporting project abroad. “Sponsored by the John Alexander Project and NPR, the Above the Fray Fellowship is designed to give a promising journalist the opportunity to cover important underreported stories from abroad.

The selected individual will spend three months filing on-air and online stories for NPR.”


Accessing Human Knowledge

A Benton article that contextualizes just how much knowlege is available for everyone: “Imagine, for a moment, if it were possible to provide access not just to those books, but to all knowledge for everyone, everywhere. In fact, we don’t have to imagine: it is possible today, thanks to the combined technologies of digital texts and the Internet. The former means that we can make as many copies of a work as we want for vanishingly small cost; the latter provides a way to distribute those copies to anyone with an Internet connection. The global rise of low-cost smartphones means that “anyone with an Internet connection” will soon include even the poorest members of society in every country. We have the technical means to share all knowledge, and yet we are nowhere near providing everyone with the ability to indulge their learned curiosity.”


Recent Thoughts on Brexit Vote

A Portside look at the recent vote that looks to be a negative game changer: “Those leading the push for Brexit are no friends of working people, however. Boris Johnson’s personal credo – “I am pro having my cake and pro eating it” – should have been their battlebus slogan. They are pitching Britain’s exit from the EU as all gain and no pain. They promise the masses that everything they like will be better and everything they hate will be gone, when in truth what will be gone are the last vestiges of the welfare state that their grandparents built. For the leave campaign is driven by libertarians who seek to create, in the name of free enterprise, an even more precarious economy than that which has left so many of the English working class insecure and disillusioned.”



Humans as Capital

An Alter Net look at the creative funding possibilities for college, and the way they take advantage of students’ plight: “Income-sharing agreements (ISAs) may be the future of student lending, but they’re rooted in ideas that date back more than half a century. In 1955, economist and father of libertarianism Milton Friedman proposed that investors might “‘buy’ a share in an individual’s earning prospects,” underwriting schooling and training “on [the] condition that he agree to pay the lender a specified fraction of his future earnings.” With that founding principle, ISAs turn students into assets deemed high- or low-yield based on estimated career profitability and the graduating college’s track record in producing high earners. That means a Dartmouth business school senior is likely to get investors salivating in a way a puppetry major from the University of Connecticut would not.”