7.13.2017 Daily Links

  A Thought for the Day   

danae-1643.jpg!LargeThe universal human tendency for formal and long-term coupling and partnering to occur within or between readily related kin groups or clan collectives notwithstanding, throughout many millennia of manifestations of human culture both standard historical evidence—one might imagine Marc Antony with Cleopatra, John Smith with Pocahontas, and all the sires and soirees that have produced the uncounted multihued issue of Dixie’s plantations—and the vast troves of data that mythos and legend contain—Paris’ flight with Helen, the different accounts of Sheba’s Queen in relation to Solomon and others, not to mention the seemingly limitless, not quite immortal, offshoots of the connubial connections of humans and deities—illustrate instances of ‘wild March hares’ and other human beasts that have strayed from managed and mandated courses of copulation and procreation to mate with cousins vastly more varied in background and lineage than the more common denizens who have filled the shallow depths of traditional marriage pools—thus, however powerful the resonance or deeply driven the inculcation of bans on intermarriage, of which American proscriptions against miscegenation are merely a relatively recent example, the urge to merge with what is strange and foreign and truly diverse have won out time and again, so that the granddaughter of a Klan Wizard and the slightly diluted progeny of field slaves and indigenous Americans might find each other so irresistible that maintaining a hands-off attitude would be no more likely than oxygen’s failing to combine with hydrogen in the presence of sputtering sparks.

 This Day in History  

Seven and a half centuries plus seven years ago, the Teutonic Knights of the Livonian Order faced its most crushing defeat at the hands of the Lithuanian Grand Duchy at the Battle of Durbe; two hundred and thirty years before the here and now, the still only ‘Continental Congress’ enacted the Northwest Ordinance which provided rules for the admission of territories as states and set limits on the expansion of slavery; six years subsequently, in 1793, across the Atlantic pond in France, the thinker and activist Jean Paul Marat died at the hands of assassin Charlotte Corday; MORE HERE

     Doc of the Day    

1. Sidney Webb, 19
2. Wole Soyinka, 1986.
3. Nadine Gordimer, 1991.

4. Alex Wellerstein, 2014.

Numero Uno“OF all the intellectual difficulties of Individualism, the greatest, perhaps, is that which is presented by the constant flux of things.  Whatever may be the advantages and conveniences of the present state of society, we are, at any rate, all of us, now sure of one thing — that it cannot last.  The constant evolution of Society. — We have learnt to think of social institutions and economic relations as being as much the subjects of constant change and evolution as any biological organism.   The main outlines of social organization, based upon the exact sphere of private ownership in England to-day, did not ‘come down from the Mount.’  The last century and a half has seen an almost complete upsetting of every economic and industrial relation in the country, and it is irrational to assume that the existing social order, thus new-created, is destined inevitably to endure in its main features unchanged and unchangeable.  History did not stop with the last great convulsion of the Industrial Revolution, and Time did not then suddenly cease to be the Great Innovator. MORE HERE

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  Nearly Naked Links  

How Capitalism Crushes Workers –https://www.usatoday.com/pages/interactives/news/rigged-forced-into-debt-worked-past-exhaustion-left-with-nothing/

Israeli Soldiers on U.S. Campuses –https://electronicintifada.net/content/israeli-soldiers-harass-students-us-campus/20781

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 Interesting People Places Things of Note 

Radical Views of Dylan’s Nobel

A Red Wedge article that looks at the thoughts and words of an interesting correspondent who contextualizes Dylan’s Nobel prize in a way that will be interesting to those interested in social and economic justice: “So Dylan, just before the six month cut-off date sent them a speech that is absolutely brilliant in every way imaginable. And like with probably every great work that he has ever produced – from his renaming a Celtic folk song “Girl from the North Country” and then even stealing from himself by using the same music for “Boots of Spanish Leather,” through to his lack of denial that he cribbed from Civil War poets on his 2001 album “Love and Theft” – he stole, he thieved, he did it in a way that he would obviously get caught. And not just from an esoteric source that some such Hardy Boys would find in the darkness of night. No; it was from the Spark Notes. Like a first year student, he dazzled the bourgeoisie with brilliance and baffled them with bullshit. “

 Writers Tools Issues 

Female Science Fiction Now

An EW look at some great sci fi coming out of women’s brains lately: Here at EW, we’re always looking for the next great sci-fi or fantasy epic. Consequently, a much-maligned National Review article, which dismissed the Bechdel Test and wrote off an absence of women in blockbuster films as a result of the lack of women writing blockbuster-worthy stories, had us raising our eyebrows. The article says, “Have a wander through the sci-fi and fantasy section of your local bookstore: How many of these books’ authors are female? Yet these are where the big movie ideas come from.” Well, actually, quite a lot of the authors are female (and many of them already have sold the film/TV rights to their books)”

 General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues 

Nation’s New Audience Engagement Programme

A Nieman Lab post that looks at a great new program for engaging readers with media: “For the 152-year-old magazine, born out an extension of the abolitionist movement, Take Action Now is decidedly on brand and in sync wth the magazine’s tradition of pushing a progressive agenda, said Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel. “We’re about ideas, but we’re also about instigating actions. Though I believe our role is to seed ideas for the future, you want a journalism that has impact. It’s news readers can use.”

 Recent Events 

Sy Hersh’s Syrian Exposes

A Counter Punch look at a brave correspondent who brings truth to the Syrian situation: “Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, the journalist who exposed the My Lai massacre of Vietnamese women, children and old people by US troops, the Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal in Iraq, and many other critically important stories, has now obliterated the US government’s (and the US media’s) claim that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military killed nearly 100 people with a Sarin nerve gas bombing in April, an incident which prompted President Trump to order a Tomahawk cruise missile attack on a Syrian Air Force base.”

 General Past & Present Issues 

53 in Iran: Another Briefing

A Truth Dig article that looks at formerly expunged records that show what really happened in Iran back then: ““The plot was eventually successful, although knowledge that the CIA had been involved led to widespread popular anger that some have said laid the conditions for the Iranian Revolution of 1979, when the U.S. Embassy was occupied,” teleSUR English says. “The documents reveal the CIA, working closely with [the] U.K., was deeply concerned by their loss of oil hegemony in the country.””