A Thought for the Day
Considering things fully, I am drawn to those who seek the truth but flee, basically in terror, either from anyone who insists that he has delved its utter essence, or from everybody who maintains that her point of view is the only defensible one: such arrogant certainty about intricate complexities that are dynamic and ever-changing must always be wrong inasmuch as total accuracy about All-That-Is can only ever happen if the erstwhile accurate purveyor has a one-to-one identity with the entire cosmos under consideration, not only an obvious impossibility but also a fatuous absurdity the sole operative purpose of which seeks to maximize the reach and lucre and imprimatur of those in command and claiming a monopoly on accurate assessments of the real in the first place.
This Day in History
In what is now Northern Israel eight centuries and twenty-six years 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; MORE HERE
Doc of the Day
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Nearly Naked Links
Catastrophizing Future – https://aeon.co/essays/why-do-we-assume-the-future-will-be-short-blame-the-bible
Israel PR Campaign – http://mondoweiss.net/2017/06/campaign-americans-favorable/
Interesting People Places Things of Note
A Shadow Proof look at a resurgent and exciting movement: “Redneck Revolt recruits predominantly poor and working class white people away from reactionary politics. The organization advances an analysis of their class condition and white supremacy’s role in upholding the wealth and privilege of a small, white elite.”
Writers Tools Issues
A Thrive Global article that shows readers and writers why a thriving journaling or diary habit can help a scribe’s creativity and skill grow: “But you don’t have to be creative, scientist or an innovator for this practice to be worthwhile.
Journaling helps you prioritize, clarify thinking, and accomplish your most important tasks, over urgent busy work.
Thinking in writing has this magical quality of clarifying your thoughts.”
General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues
An American Press Institute look at how new media partnerships between commercial and non profit entities work: “In the last decade, nonprofit news organizations have emerged with a model that depends on creative partnerships. At the same time, most commercial newsrooms have seen deep cuts to staffing and resources, leaving them in search of ways to sustain the quality and depth of their journalism.
These forces are pushing many commercial news organizations to be less concerned with competition and more open to collaboration. Increasingly, they are embracing partnerships so they can access nonprofits’ expertise and do great journalism that would be difficult, if not impossible, otherwise.”
A Tom Dispatch post that looks at the mysterious and unreal quality that war has to folks in this country who are shielded from its ravages by design: “I’ve been teaching college students for over a decade. I now face students who have lived their entire conscious lives in a country we are told is “at war.” … Theirs, then, is the strangest of “wars,” one without sacrifice. It lacks the ration books, the blackouts, the shortages my parents’ generation experienced during World War II. It lacks the fear that an enemy army will land on our coasts or descend from our skies. None of us fears that war will take away our food, electricity, water, or most precious of all, our Wi-Fi. For us, if we think about them at all, that set of distant conflicts is only an endless make-believe war, one that might as well be taking place on another planet in another universe.”
General Past & Present Issues
A fascinating Atlantic look at a fascinating essay that helps explain the evolutioanry basis for all things: “In “The Energy Expansions of Evolution,” an extraordinary new essay in Nature Ecology and Evolution, Olivia Judson sets out a theory of successive energy revolutions that purports to explain how our planet came to have such a diversity of environments that support such a rich array of life, from the cyanobacteria to daisies to humans.”