BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW
PREDICTABLE CHINA-SEA GEOPOLITICAL ‘LAW,’ & CHINA’S RESPONSE
And, one might add, more!! on a day with a lot new that is newsy or at least newish in the news; a breaking-news analysis from The New York Times to start, about the ruling from the Hague that found in favor of the Philippines, and against China, an account that The Hill follows up with a presentation that relays U.S. hopes that ‘all parties will remain calm and do as they’re told by higher authorities’ whose jurisdiction the Chinese Government disputes; while from a spot a thousand miles or so West comes fresh reports from Kashmir, according to Global Voices of dozens of deaths at the hands of Indian military there against protesters in the volatile territory; at the same time that, as today’s Washington Post offers one of the hundreds of announcements of the long-expected endorsement of Hillary Clinton by the purported ‘revolutionary,’ Bernie Sanders.
This Day in History
In what is now Northern Israel eight and a quarter centuries ago, the European fighters of the Third Crusade, the so-called ‘Leaders’ Crusade’ to reconquer Jerusalem and more, accepted the surrender of Saladin’s troops at the city of Acre; just shy of twenty-eight decades forward in time, in 1470, another instance of Mediterranean butchery, warfare that appeared religious but always boiled down to power and plunder, unfolded as Ottoman forces captured the island of Euboea off of Greece, from which they administered much of their control of Greece for the next three hundred sixty years;
A Thought for the Day
With few exceptions among the elite scions who have arrogated rule to their families and associates, the ‘expansion’ of Europe has led, in the name of commerce and profit, to a license to kill on a case by case basis—from Cortez to John Smith to—that has repeatedly elicited a wider murder and mayhem, concomitant with the collapse of whatever African or Asian or American order preceded the European arrival, a legerdemain of carnage and chaos that had depended, over and over and over, on subtle schemes of divide and conquer to maintain command over the far reaches of far-flung imperial dominions.
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TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, & AWARENESS VIDEO
A POWERFUL, PEOPLE’S SUMMIT PRESENTATION
From a co-founder of Black Lives Matter and Special Projects Coordinator of the Domestic Workers Alliance, one of those presentations that every scrappy scribe and stalwart citizen ought to watch and hear, even as a more engaged back and forth on the issues here raised might powerfully criticize some of the prescription and a substantial amount of the presumption that courses through this brilliant profferal from a potent grassroots leader.
The Algonkian Writer Conference–Write to Market for fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers was held from November 12 to November 15 at the Corte Madera Inn, approximately 25 miles north of San Francisco. The conference offered lectures and discussions on writing and selling a novel, as well as an agent pitch session. The faculty included fiction writers Michael Neff, Cary Tennis, and Penny Warner, publishing professionals David Cole and Isabella Michon, and agents Ken Atchity, Elise Capron, Elizabeth Kracht, Michael Larsen, Thao Le, Elizabeth Pomoda, Andy Ross, Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, and Gordon Warnock. The cost of the conference was $595. Visit the website for more information.
Three prizes are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer to honor their first published books. The winners are also invited to visit several of the 13 GLCA colleges, where they will give readings, meet with students, and occasionally lead discussions and classes; travel expenses and an honorarium of at least $500 is provided for each visit. Faculty members of the GLCA colleges will judge. Publishers may submit four copies of a book published between Spring 2015 and Spring 2016 by July 25; each submission is limited to one title per category. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.
Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and Emerging Artist Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Delaware poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in Delaware for at least one year prior to application and who are not enrolled in a degree-granting program. Submit 15 to 20 pages of poetry or prose by August 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Th high-impact print and digital communications that enhance the bond between the University and its audiences by portraying, through a diversity of viewpoints and opinions, the experience of the University of Dayton achieving its mission. Primary responsibilities include: managing editor of University of Dayton Magazine (quarterly, 114,000 circulation); editor of UDQuickly (news blog); and manager of student workers.
A City Lab look at a metrics that really matter to working families insofar as it measures their ability to afford life: “A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics helps us better understand the real wages and living standards of workers and families across America’s metros, providing detailed data on “regional price parities” (RPPs)—the metro equivalent of purchasing power parity—which look at what workers’ wages can actually buy compared to the national standard. RPPs above 100 indicate that goods and services are more expensive than the national average, while RPPs below 100 indicate that they are less expensive. San Jose, for example, has an RPP of 122, so the wages of its workers fall from an average of $75,770 to $62,107 based on its RPP.”
A Library of Congress interview with America’s poet laureate: “The occasional poem is a poem of direct emotional power: it is accessible, and it fosters a public relationship. It is the place were we all can meet—to offer our words, the news, and the heart of our lives—in a time of crises. I have dedicated my life to these endeavors. What else is there? As Poet Laureate, I can knock on the doors of our national house, visit for a moment or two and sit with families in pain and suffering. Seven months into the year, I have made many “poetry visits” such as these—perhaps too many.”
A New Yorker look at the work of an iconic writer as it has manifested through the years: ” Dreiser’s reputation has always been vexed, and the long debate over his stature has been accompanied by a secondary debate—a malignant shadow of the first—devoted to the question of whether he could write at all. In a groundbreaking appreciation published in 1916, H. L. Mencken, although he was Dreiser’s friend, nevertheless referred to the “mirthless, sedulous, repellent manner” of the author’s work, and, throughout his reviewing career, Mencken made gleeful lists of Dreiser’s blunders. The year after “Tragedy” came out, Edmund Wilson wrote, “Dreiser commands our respect; but the truth is he writes so badly that it is almost impossible to read him.” F. R. Leavis remarked in passing that Dreiser wrote as if he did not have a native language, and Lionel Trilling, in the influential essay “Reality in America,” saw the critical “indulgence” of Dreiser (there were many champions besides Mencken) as a case of American hostility to intellect itself.”
A Fort Russ video posting that shows what increasing numbers of prominent people think about America’s role in Syria’s unrest: “It should be noted that the mass media machine is seemingly losing its effect, as more and more prominent and senior figures (e.g Robert Fisk) are calling a spade a spade, or a “moderate” a terrorist. It just goes to show that you can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but never all of the people all of the time.”
An interesting American History piece that looks at the discovering, and regulating against, a disease: “During an autopsy of an Italian barometer maker in a London hospital in January 1835, doctors found what they termed “spiculae of bone” in his muscles. James Paget, a medical student at that hospital, examined these objects with a magnifying lens and found that many were cysts with “a small worm coiled up” inside. Richard Owen, an older and wealthier scientist who could afford a powerful microscope, examined these worms and named them Trichina spiralis (later changed to Trichinella spiralis). In time, other scientists found these parasites in raw or under-cooked pork. And others showed that they caused trichinosis, an often fatal disease.”