A Thought for the Day
Whatever a capable intellectual‘s capacity to observe and categorize and rationalize his life, to notice and account for her condition, a capability that is arguably essential both for any expression of responsibility that actually exists and for any tangible or verifiable, and therefore useful, moral code, sooner or later all such credible thinkers realize that randomness and its close cousin entropy influence existence to the point of ruling it outright, so that the only reasonable and ethical response of one who would remain responsible, a character-trait that not only requires persistent engagement and participation but also necessitates an appreciation that change is inevitable, is to stay flexible and adjust one’s course according to what the current context permits, in aggregate an approach that likely dooms any Manichean or ‘totalitarian’ ideation.
This Day in History
In Rome sixteen hundred sixty-seven years back, one usurper unseated and defeated and killed another, as the Constaninian Nepotianus lost out to Magnentius; four hundred and thirteen years after that point, more or less, in 763, the Byzantine successors to Eastern imperial Rome crushed a Bulgarian rebellion in the Battle of Anchialus; seven hundred and fifty-seven years subsequently, in 1520, across the Atlantic in what would become Mexico, Hernan Cortez and his gang of opportunistic thugs fought their way out of Tenochtitlan to plot further plunder of the socially oppressive Aztec empire; two hundred seven years before the here and now, the U.S. Congress first organized the Michigan territory; MORE HERE
Doc of the Day
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Numero Uno—“I. Extract from an unpublished Work on Species, by C. DARWIN, Esq., consisting of a portion of a Chapter entitled, ‘On the Variation of Organic Beings in a state of Nature; on the Natural Means of Selection; on the Comparison of Domestic Races and true Species.’De Candolle, in an eloquent passage, has declared that all nature is at war, one organism with another, or with external nature.
"american exceptionalism" neurosis OR "false consciousness" OR error OR psychopathology ubiquity OR ubiquitous OR prevalence = 200,000 results
Nearly Naked Links
Yucca Mountain’s Grisly Fate –http://news3lv.com/news/local/subcommittee-passes-bill-to-make-yucca-mountain-the-us-nuclear-repository
Harvard Housing Study Dismal Conclusions –https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/06/harvard-joint-center-for-housing-studies-2017-state-of-the-nation-housing-report/530535/
Interesting People Places Things of Note
An Off the Shelf post that looks at the work of an enduring and iconic sci fi writer: “Octavia Butler was the first black American woman science-fiction writer to achieve international acclaim. She was also the first science-fiction writer to receive the “Genius Grant,” better known as the MacArthur Fellowship. Butler began her writing career because of a conviction to see herself in stories that weren’t oppressive or harmful.”
Writers Tools Issues
A Lit Hub paean to long, complex, compound sentences, as practiced by one of literature’s most iconic novelists: “Each time, I’ve marveled at the logic and ease and length (181 words) of the sentence, the hard clausal steps that slowly mount (or is it descend?) to a grammatically wrong-footing conclusion—the dash’s flat fall where we might have expected a “then…” or “so…” I have wondered about the oddity of Woolf’s metaphors—the sentence is mostly made of metaphors—and their unabashed mixture: the lights go up, the lights go down, the patient rises and falls as though in a rickety old elevator, till at last the cage clatters open, slightly missing the floor one wanted. This is the first sentence of Woolf’s 1926 essay “On Being Ill,” and it’s hard to think of a verbal array whose structure better mimics both its subject and the larger text of which it’s part: precisely because, despite its exquisitely shaped adventure, the sentence finally fails to hold itself together.”
A Truth Out look at the recent Putin materials: “The following essay is the foreword from “The Putin Interviews,” a transcript of a series of discussions between filmmaker Oliver Stone and President Vladimir Putin conducted in Russia over nine days between July 2, 2015, and Feb. 10, 2017. The excerpt is reprinted by arrangement with Skyhorse Publishing. The book can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound.”
General Past & Present Issues
An instrumental look at words on apathy, transformation, and love that can help us navigate current times: “May argues that during times of radical transition, when the societal structures we’ve used as external guides begin to fall apart, we are apt to turn inward and rely on our own consciousness. Such times, therefore, become a critical testing ground for how well we are able to wield the complementary forces of love and will. This grand personal responsibility can swell into a source of anxiety which, upon reaching its most extreme and unbearable limit, festers into apathy — when we continually face dangers we feel powerless to overcome, we resort to this final self-defense mechanism of shutting down both love and will. And yet in these two capacities lies the sole mechanism of our salvation and sanity. “