A Thought for the Day
Inevitably, every thoroughgoing reform or revolutionary movement will include members of the upper crust—those whose apparent vested interest would be a continuation of things as they are, ad infinitum—who recognize and resist continuing relations and patterns—standard operating procedures, “how it’s done round here”—that, despite being self-serving and profitable in the here and now and the past, nevertheless for reasons of rationality or ethics or survival seem to promise the creation of suboptimal conditions or even the crashing dissolution of the entire human project in the foreseeable futures that loom just ahead, which as a whole forces some people to elect to work against their supposed class interests in order to make less likely the extinction of the species altogether.
This Day in History
Today among aficionados of mathematics is a date to dispute Pi and argue the superiority of a different measure – the ratio of the circumference to the radius instead of to the diameter — of a circle circumference to its size, in Tau Day; in the territory that still serves as the most fertile grounds on Earth for imperial murder and profiteering plunder of different sorts, nine hundred nineteen years ago, the ‘knights’ of the First Crusade routed the fighters of Kerbogha of Mosull in what is now Iraq; twenty-six decades and two years subsequent to that conjunction in the Levant, in 1360, at the other end of the Mediterranean, another outbreak of erstwhile Islamic Christian conflict erupted in the final years of Islamic control over much of the Iberian Peninsula, as Muhammed VI murdered his brother-in-law to take control of the flailing imperial presence; four hundred and forty years in advance of today, the male infant first regarded the world on his way to becoming the brilliant and beloved artist Peter Paul Rubens; MORE HERE
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Nearly Naked Links
Clinton Facebook – http://www.activistpost.com/20
Bank-Ruled Democracy – http://www.paulcraigroberts.or
Interesting People Places Things of Note
An internet society post that brings to people’s minds the ideals behind the internet: ”
The Internet can facilitate democratic practices in unexpected ways. Did you know that proxy voting for stock shareholders is now commonly supported on the Internet? Perhaps we can find additional ways in which to simplify and expand the voting franchise in other domains, including the political, as access to Internet increases.”
Writers Tools Issues
A Naked Capitalism look at what we have learned from the Roman empire: ”
A striking image, a catchy phrase, shocking material – these are the bread and butter of propaganda. It turns out these tactics stretch right the way back through history. From etchings in caves to the Bayeux Tapestry, pushing out messages that seek to persuade and influence – the basic definition of propaganda – is as old as mankind. There was one figure, though, who really cracked it.
“Augustus is probably the supreme master of the art of propaganda in the entire history of the West. No one has rivalled him and everyone has since been in his shadow,” said historian Tom Holland, author of bestselling books on Rome, in an interview with Index on Censorship magazine.“
General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues
A Collective Evolution post that discusses the various secret programs and how they intersect with media: ”
Though MK Ultra ended in the 70s, many whistleblowers have come forward stating that a classified program called Monarch Mind Control (MMC) continued on, which included many children as test subjects. MMC is noted as a mind control technique that combines occult rituals, psychology, and neuroscience to create an alter ego within a desired subject. It is believed by many that once fully programmed, monarch slaves are then used on demand by an elite group to carry out rituals, performances, deliver messages, etc. to achieve a desired outcome.”
A Capital & Main look at the perfidy of programs that prevent citywide sanctuary actions against the fascistic larger forces: ”
A fight over sanctuary cities is brewing in one of them — tiny Cudahy, located in Southeast Los Angeles County. Anti-immigrant groups hope to choke off municipal funds to punish the city, even if the Trump administration fails in its attempts to do so.
“We believe we can defund these sanctuary cities by targeting the utility users tax,” Joseph Turner of American Children First, said in a video posted on Facebook. “We can’t wait for the federal government to act. I’m a firm believer in bottom up activism,” Turner later told Capital & Main. He hopes Cudahy residents will vote to repeal the utilities tax needed for city services, if offered a chance through a ballot measure.”
General Past & Present Issues
A GWU look at an important and still relevant event from the past: ”
The most enduring phrase summing up the Cuban Missile Crisis—the climax of the Cold War and the closest the world ever came to nuclear Armageddon—belongs to Secretary of State Dean Rusk: “We’re eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked.” Thus was born the myth of calibrated brinkmanship—the belief that if you stand tough you win, and that nuclear superiority makes the difference in moments of crisis. This myth, midwifed by the Kennedy family and its hagiographers, had untold consequences for the planning of the Vietnam War and the nuclear arms race.”