7.05.2016 Daily Links

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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/05/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-us-consulate-kuwait.html – In what could well turn out to be the beginnings of a crucial geopolitical transition, an account of purported Islamic State in Iraq & Syria bombers who detonated three explosions inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as briefings from both New York Times and Washington Post  make clear that such happenings represent a widening and possible significant amplification of the crises in the ‘seed beds’ of ISIS, both Saudi Arabia and Turkey, the implications of all of which could include a sooner-rather-than-later sea change in imperial power politics.

                    This Day in History                  

For aficionados of the Church of the Sub-Genius, this day marks ‘X-Day,’ while in New York City, residents celebrate Emancipation Day for the date in 1827 that freed all slaves in the jurisdiction, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union commemorates the depredations against its members of ‘Bloody Thursday;’ in what now forms the riverine barrier between Romania and Bulgaria a thousand six hundred eighty-eight years ago, Roman laborers and architects celebrated the opening of Constantine’s Bridge over the Danube; twelve hundred sixty-six years later, in 1594, Portuguese ‘adventurers’ tried to expand imperial holdings in South Asia with an unsuccessful invasion of the Kingdom of Kandy in Sri Lanka; sixteen years beyond that colonial action, in 1610, a more ‘settled’ group of 40 Englishmen departed Bristol for the initial settlement of Newfoundland; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

For the first installment of every month, a sober reflection on the current pass might repeatedly yield Ten New Commandments for us to ponder, perhaps to follow:

1. The Golden Rule Reigns Supreme.
2. All Children Receive Priority.
3. All Who Work Are Welcome.
4. All Who Work Are Equal.
5. All Who Work Have Responsibilities & Rights.
6. All Who Work Receive Benefits & Provide Support for Others.
7. All Who Work Own Everything That Labor Transforms.
8. All Who Work Are Family.
9. All Beliefs, Congruent with the Golden Rule, Are Welcome.
10. All Other Matters Are Negotiable.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“Fellow Citizens, I am not wanting in respect for the fathers of this republic.   The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men.  They were great men, too, great enough to give frame to a great age.   It does not often happen to a nation to raise, at one time, such a number of truly great men.  The point from which I am compelled to view them is not, certainly, the most favorable; and yet I cannot contemplate their great deeds with less than admiration.  They were statesmen, patriots and heroes, and for the good they did, and the principles they contended for, I will unite with you to honor their memory
…Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day?  What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?  Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? and am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us?  MORE HERE

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From the podcast, THKelly67, an interview about the influence of the Rand Corporation on ruling class protocols and projects, in the event with the author of Soldiers of Reason: the Rand Corporation & the Rise of American Empire, whose pro-bourgeois perspective did not forbid his findings that Rand corrupted government, advocated the rationality of total nuclear war, believed that slow escalation of murder in places like Vietnam would ‘win the day,’ and so forth, with a profound impact both on administrative procedure at the highest levels and the launching of the careers of some of the most powerful fascistic, neoconservative actors in the upper strata of ‘Western’ ruling classes.


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First Prize: £1,000. 2nd Prize: £500. 3rd Prize: £250. Deadline July 31, 2016. In addition to receiving cash prizes winners will be invited to read at a special prize-giving event at Winchester Poetry Festival on Sunday, October 9, 2016. Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology to be launched at Winchester Poetry Festival. Limit 40 lines per poem.


Knock us out in 1,000 words or less. $1,000 grand prize, $100 second prize, four honorable mentions of $25. Deadline August 1, 2016.

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Prison and Punishment

A Truth-Out look at some important works by seminal thinkers who examine the issues of imprisonment, inequality, and criminal justice: “A new literature on mass incarceration is emerging. Drawing on earlier works by Michelle Alexander, Ruthie Gilmore and Angela Davis, a fresh generation of scholars — largely people of color — is bringing forward new and deeper perspectives on this key freedom struggle of our time. Truthout has recently highlighted one of these volumes: Slaves of the State by Dennis Childs. Now we have two more wonderful additions to this body of work: Elizabeth Hinton’s From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime and Alexes Harris’ A Pound of Flesh.”

WRISSRote Poetry

A Guardian post that looks at the surprising role that poetry and rote learning may have in mental development: “What can you recite by heart? Your times tables? German verb formations? The Lord’s Prayer? Salman Rushdie thinks it should be poetry. Speaking at the Hay Festival, the novelist described memorising poems as a “lost art” that “enriches your relationship with language”. But doesn’t learning poetry by rote make children learn the words but lose the meaning?”


Immortalizing Tweets

An Atlantic look at what happens to the social media output of a deceased luminary, as a larger commentary on the transcience of contemporary media expression: “Eventually, Twitter will delete Prince’s account—although a representative from the company couldn’t provide specifics as to how long any inactive account lasts before permanent removal. When this happens, it won’t just be the words of the 740 tweets Prince posted that get lost, but traces of his social-media behavior and routine. Any record of communications he sent or received will vanish. Deleting a known figure’s—or anyone’s account—erases an extension of themselves, part of what makes up their online footprint.”


Russia’s Vulnerability

An Information Clearing House piece that looks at the situation unfolding in Russia, as a reflection of ongoing geopolitical strife: “What became clearer to me in the course of the three days of discussions in St Petersburg is precisely how vulnerable Russia is. Her Achilles Heel is the reigning ideology that controls every key economic post of the Government of the Russian Federation under Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Under the terms of the Russian Constitution adopted in the chaos of the Yeltsin years and enormously influenced, if not literally drafted, by Russia’s foreign IMF advisers, economic policy is the portfolio responsibility of the Prime Minister and his various ministers of Economics, Finance and so forth. The Russian President, today Vladimir Putin, is responsible for defense and foreign policy.”



Trapped in Debt

A Reveal News look at the many faces of folks whose lives are challenged by seemingly insurmountable debt: “Krowen realizes now that she had no idea what she was doing when she took out loans, and lenders didn’t clue her in. It shouldn’t be that way, she says.

“I didn’t understand how much money a loan could accrue,” she says. “It didn’t make sense to me.”

“I can’t plan for an actual future,” she says. “I feel I kind of ruined my life going to college.”