6.29.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day


Detail of the convex mirror in the Arnolfini Portrait
Detail of the convex mirror in the Arnolfini Portrait

The appearance of any eventuality, as often as not, provides an apparently perfect picture that is nonetheless facile and false, since the way that these seemingly simple expressions, obvious, immutable, irrefutable, of the surface of things come to pass is not only more complex than a superficial view will ever allow one to perceive but also in fact bundles together interconnected factors that stem from causes and inputs that are exactly opposite of what the ‘clearly evident’ portrait of the phenomenon’s façade suggests to be true and actual about cause and effect, correlation and opposition, and so on and so forth. 

Quote of the Day
      “At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.  O! had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, to-day, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke.  For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder.  We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.  The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.

"Slave dance to banjo, 1780s" by Anonymous -
“Slave dance to banjo, 1780s” by Anonymous –

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?  I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.  To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.  There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.
You profess to believe ‘that, of one blood, God made all nations of men to dwell on the face of all the earth,’ and hath commanded all men, everywhere to love one another; yet you notoriously hate, (and glory in your hatred), all men whose skins are not colored like your own.  You declare, before the world, and are understood by the world to declare, that you ‘hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal; and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; and that, among these are, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;’ and yet, you hold securely, in a bondage which, according to your own Thomas Jefferson, ‘is worse than ages of that which your fathers rose in rebellion to oppose,’ a seventh part of the inhabitants of your country.”   Frederick Douglass on the Fourth of July

This Day in History

Today in Ecuador is Engineers Day, of all things; in the Levant eight hundred sixty-six years ago, as part of both the Second Crusade and internecine Islamic rivalries, Raymond of Poitiers and his Hashashin allies suffered an annihilating defeat at the hand of troops under the leadership of Atabeg Nur ad-Din Zangi; just five years less than three full centuries later, in 1444, the opposite result issued forth

“Hodge’s conjectural Globe reconstruction” by C. Walter Hodges – Folger Shakespeare Library

when Ottoman forces suffered a defeat at the hands of Skanderbeg’s troops; four hundred two years before the here and now, the iconic Globe theatre’s playhouse burned to the ground in London; forty six years subsequently, in 1659,  across the European continent, Ukrainian forces fought off Russian hegemony for a brief period; two hundred thirty-nine years in advance of this moment, across the North American continent from revolutionary ferment in the East, Father Francisco Palou founded the Mission that would develop into the city of San Francisco; thirty-one years hence, in 1807, eight thousand miles or so away in the Balkans, Russian naval forces destroyed and Ottoman fleet at Athos in the first Russo-Turkish War; a hundred fifty-four years before this exact moment in time, the iconic poetess of love Elizabeth Barrett Browning, lived out her final stanza; a century and thirty-five years prior to the present pass,  France extended its imperial dominion in ‘paradise’ in Tahiti; eight years beyond that juncture, in 1888, Frenchman George Edward Gouraud made what some authorities considered to be the first permanent audio recording, of Handel’s Israel in Egypt; seven years beyond that point, in 1895, notable biologist Thomas Henry Huxley, from a notable Littleprincefamily of biologists, followed the path of all flesh and breathed his last; five years on the dot afterward, in 1900, a baby boy was born in France whose destiny was to fly and compose the classic Little Prince as Antoine de Saint-Exupery; fifty-nine years back, the United States enacted the legislation that laid the basis for the interstate highway system, interestingly enough an initiative of the Department of Defense; sixteen years henceforth, in 1972, the Supreme Court of the United States ended its term with the case of Furman v. Georgia, which temporarily invalidated homicide by the state as ‘cruel and unusual punishment’; seven hundred and thirty days more proximate to the present, in 1974, dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov

gabriel saldana - flickr
gabriel saldana – flickr

defected from the Soviet Union while on tour with the Kirov Ballet in Canada; a single year later, in 1975, computer scientist Steve Wozniak began field tests of the prototype of the Apple I computer; a quarter century exactly prior to today, Irving Wallace died, ending his prolific outporing of potboilers; half a decade subsequently, in 1995, for the first time a United States space shuttle docked with the Soviet space station Mir; eleven years closer to today, in 2006, yet another Supreme Court end-of-term case, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, held that the Bush administration plans to try Guantanamo detainees in military tribunals violated the U.S. Constitution and international law; three hundred and sixty five days prior to our current pass, the variously-named Islamic State, a Frankenstinian creature of U.S. imperial policy, declared its ‘caliphate’ in Northern Iraq and Syria. From Wikipedia Day in History

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/how-lobbies-intelligence-services-and-advertisers-dictate-mainstream-media-content/5436752         A brief review-essay and an appeal, from Global Research, about recent volumes by journalists and other participants in oligopolistic media outlets, the upshot of all of which is that the necessary components of engagement and participation and democracy will never present themselves outside of a context of truly alternative–which is to say, non-capitalist and community owned-and-operated–news enterprises, all of which is of particular moment for scrappy union scribes as ‘Independence Day’ draws nigh: “Former chief political commentator of the Telegraph, Peter Oborne, resigned from the newspaper because it would not publish articles on HSBC for fear of losing advertising revenues.  The bank is  known for money-laundering for the Mexican drug cartels as well as its involvement in tax evasion schemes.
When it comes to powerful lobbies’ influence on media content, the Zionist lobby is very well known for accusing journalists and editors of anti-Semitism and imposing its own propaganda.  Even so-called progressive newspapers such as The Guardian are subject to Zionist propaganda.  David Cronin writes:
‘I submitted an exposé of how the pro-Israel lobby operates in Brussels. While waiting to find out if the piece would be used, I phoned Matt Seaton, who had taken over as comment editor.  We had a pleasant conversation but Seaton stressed that he regarded the subject as sensitive.
                I then modified the piece to make its tone less polemical.  Still, it was not published.’ …
                 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung‘sformer editor Udo Ulfkotte recently published a book called Bought Journalists: How Politicians, Secret Services and High Finance Control the Mass Media (Gekaufte Journalisten), in which he explains how journalists manipulate the masses for powerful interests:
‘Saying he believes a medical condition gives him only a few years to live, and that he is filled with remorse, Dr. Udo Ulfkotte,      the editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany’s largest newspapers, said in an interview that he accepted news stories written and given to him by the CIA and published them under his own name.  Ulfkotte said the aim of much of the deception was to drive nations toward war. …
Another book stirred some controversy lately, Au service de la République, (Serving the Republic) Roger Auque’s memoirs published posthumously.  Auque, a well-known journalist who worked for major French magazines as well as the French Canadian public network Radio-Canada, admitted: ‘I was paid by the Israeli secret services to lead operations in Syria, using reporting as a cover.’  Le Figaro, one of France’s leading magazines for which he worked, writes that ‘he also offered his services to the DGSE, (the French CIA) before becoming an object of interest for the CIA.'”

student writing arm


Acadia National Park Service 

The Artist-in-Residence (A-I-R) Program at Acadia National Park offers professional writers, composers, and all visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while surrounded by the inspiring landscape of the park.

Each year, the park and its partner, the Schoodic Institute, provides housing to participants for two-week to four-week periods. Note: at this time stipends are not available.

The Anderson Center

Named one of the top artistic destination points in the upper Mississippi River region by National Geographic Traveler Magazine, the Anderson Center has served the artistic community and the citizens of Minnesota through artistic leadership, program development, and support since 1995. A national registered landmark, the Anderson Center’s mission is to uphold the unique wealth of the arts in the region; to develop, foster, and promote the creation of works by artists of all kinds; and to provide leadership and services that help to insure a strong, healthy arts community and a greater recognition of the value of the arts in society.

$1,600 is the top prize on offer for short fiction in the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award summer 2015. The second prize is $800, third prize $400 and there are five runner up prizes of $80. Ten further Highly Commended entrants will have their stories acknowledged at the site. Everyone wins because every contestant, win or lose, gains feedback on how their stories were graded – plus tips for improvement. Winners will be awarded the title ‘Winner, the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award summer
2015’ and see their work showcased online. Any genre of prose fiction may be submitted up to 3,000 words (no playscripts and poetry). Entries are welcomed world-wide. Deadline June 30, 2015.

Deadline August 20, 2015. $1,500 and publication for an exceptional poem in any form. Up to three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Please submit all three poems in a single document.

pascal maramis - flickr
pascal maramis – flickr


Location Washington DC
This student trainee position is located in the Office of the Administrator, Office of Communications and Legislative Affairs, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), in Washington, DC. The individual selected to fill this position will be provided the necessary supervision, guidance and training in order to prepare for the fulfillment of assignments of this position. The trainee’s primary responsibility is to assist in writing and editing speeches, talking points, remarks, and multimedia presentations for top FRA and Department of Transportation officials relating to FRA programs. He/She will assist the Office of the Secretary in developing DOT speeches and materials relating to FRA programs. The incumbent may also assist with researching responses to incoming questions from reporters in the public affairs office and/or writing messaging that may be used by reporters. Deadline June 18, 2015.

BuddyTV Seattle WA “The TV List Maniac” 

If you love creating and sharing social content on sites like BuzzFeed and PlayBuzz, we are looking for you. BuddyTV publishes some of the hottest trending TV slideshows and personality quizzes on the web. 

If you have a special talent for creating the kind of lists you’d want to pass along to your friends, be sure to let us know in your application and include links to your handiwork!

LeapFrog Enterprises 

We’re looking for a talented individual who can create compelling concepts, headlines, long-form copy and video scripts as part of the Copy team. Specifically, we need someone who can take our products and make them sound simple and inspiring.


community eat dinnerDwindling Civic Engagement

A Truth Dig posting that discusses the dwindling engagement in civic organizations and other public group activities that the so-called Millennial generation exhibits, which blames the polarizing, commodifying presence of technology, but which is probably more an obvious consequence of the socioeconomic model that is commodity-driven and narcissism-creating: “But it is not just sporting events. Public lectures, church services, labor unions, Veterans of Foreign Wars halls, Masonic halls, Rotary clubs, the Knights of Columbus, the Lions Club, Grange Hall meetings, the League of Women Voters, Daughters of the American Revolution, local historical societies, town halls, bowling leagues, bridge clubs, movie theater attendance (at a 20-year low), advocacy groups such as the NAACP and professional and amateur theatrical and musical performances cater to a dwindling and graying population. No one is coming through the door to take the place of the old members. A generation has fallen down the rabbit hole of electronic hallucinations—with images often dominated by violence and pornography. They have become, in the words of the philosopher Hannah Arendt, “atomized,” sucked alone into systems of information and entertainment that cater to America’s prurient fascination with the tawdry, the cruel and the deadening cult of the self.”


A Writers World reposting of a copyright resource of use to students and anyone who is interested in copyrights: “This really should say “for everyone” – it’s a truly comprehensive,
but also comprehensible, explanation of copyright and infringement.
 It clearly spells out what your rights are as a writer, and what
you can and can’t use from other people.”

A Different Dimension

A Kernel first-person account of being submerged in a complete technological virtual world, a medium which would prove revolutionary for storytellers and writers of all stripes:  “Today, I laughed in virtual reality for the first time.

It wasn’t even a good joke—some throwaway jab about the Taylor Swift video that was playing on the VR equivalent of a drive-in movie theater screen—but that didn’t matter. A glossy, glowing, limbless robot avatar named JohnMossey laughed with me. It felt like telling a joke in a foreign language. The point at which your language comprehension tips over into something else and the thing that was unnatural becomes fluid. That’s what laughing in VR felt like.”



"Film strip" by Bart from New Orleans, Louisiana, Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
“Film strip” by Bart from New Orleans, Louisiana,

Truthful Cinema

A World Socialist Web Site posting that discusses a newly-restored Indian trilogy worth noting due to its cinematographic excellence as well as its deep-felt, honest message: “The greatness of these films, however, lie not just in the lyrical cinematography, honesty of the actors’ performances and the intense music of Ravi Shankar, but in the universal themes Ray deals with and his underlying optimism. Despite the extraordinarily tragic moments in the trilogy, and there are many, Ray always provides a sense of hope that no matter how great the difficulties confronting his characters the struggle for genuinely caring human relations can overcome all adversity. Commenting on the initial success of Pather Panchali and Aparajito, Ray declared in 1958: “Personally I have been lucky with my first two films, but what is really important and exciting is not the immediate gain, but the ultimate vindication of the belief that I hold dearest as an artist: art wedded to truth must, in the end, have its rewards.””


water ocean beach Hilton_Hawaiian_Village_boardwalk_2_Oahu_Hawaii_Photo_D_Ramey_LoganTroubles in Paradise

A Guardian article that discusses the deep economic and social woes visiting Puerto Rico, showing that the damaged American system is crumbling everywhere it reaches: “Viewed during a drive along the northeast region of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean landscape, usually a festival of lush greenery, is dotted with trees withering from a month-long drought. Dust blown from the Sahara in northern Africa has dulled the bright sun with a haze that shrouds everything in uncharacteristic gray.

The darkening skies mirror the bleak outlook of an island that US law calls a unincorporated territory and others call one of the world’s last colonies. Puerto Rico is floundering under $73bn in debt and a rapidly deteriorating ability to pay.

The unemployment rate is hovering at 14%. There has been a surge in violent crime. A health care crisis has seen doctors leave the island at a rate approaching 500 per year and the government is discussing an 11% cut to Medicare and Medicaid services in 2016. There has been a wave of school closures. No wonder, then, that upwards of 200,000 people have left in the last 10 years.”


New Technology for Renewables

An MIT Technology Review article that discusses the need for a renewable energy source to up its power and scope through an improvement in technology: ““The current first-generation biofuels mainly use food crops as feedstock and are either expensive or have modest [greenhouse gas] improvements over petroleum fuels,” concluded a report released in April by the Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy, written by James Stock, a professor of political economy at Harvard’s Kennedy School and a former member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. “The development and commercialization of low greenhouse gas second-generation biofuels—critical to the ultimate success of the program—has fallen far short of the very ambitious goals laid out in the EISA.”