7.14.2017 Daily Links

  A Thought for the Day   

Conjoining the concepts of culture and hegemony provides a powerful and plausibly incisive and dispositive tool for pondering the present pass, or any sequence of post-agricultural human movement through time and space for that matter, an intersecting of social process and group power that can explicate and explain almost anything that happens in which the ‘human touch’ plays a part, on our planet now in other words almost everything that transpires: after all, empirical assessment indicates without question that a significant driver in evolution at this time, perhaps the overwhelmingly primary proximate causal agent, is the combination of Homo Sapiens technological and economic activity, both of which only occur as a dynamic of society‘s inner operations, so that ‘natural selection’ itself and ‘survival of the fittest’ in the contemporary sphere depend ultimately on what the observer can only view as cultural influences, aspects of humanity’s material and mental contextualization, especially under the realm of capitalism’s current current, of every single thing in existence close enough at hand to study and seek to turn into a product or a service or a protocol of our interconnections; in turn, of course, to an extent since the intertwining of war and farming and metallurgy, and now in an inescapable dialectic of doing and selling, of proffering and buying, of rationalizing and narrating, what propels the newest gadgets into existence, what induces the production of this entertainment or that supplement or the most au courant innovations of stuff and staging, and so on and so forth, basically without exception, is the way that current rulers seek to maintain, consolidate, and ultimately eternalize their overarching capacity to control and direct everyone, and every thing, of Earth, ideally with a tidy profit, an inherently hegemonic exercise that our collective survival as a species necessitates, somehow and hope against hope, overturning and extinguishing and replacing with something less inequitable and hence in some sense sustainable.

  Quote of the Day  
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859
“Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; – the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!” Commemorating Bastille Day

 This Day in History  

Today in France, and in all places that treasure true liberty, is Bastille Day, whatever the tragic dialectic of empire and terror that might erupt at any given moment; in the relatively populous and prosperous East Asian centers of world civilization at the time, twelve centuries  six decades and a year ago, the An Lushan rebellion in China, which nearly toppled the Tang Empire altogether and resulted in an enormous loss of life—estimates range as high as one sixth of the entire planet’s human population of plus or minus 250 million at that time—impelled the emperor to take flight from the capitol; MORE HERE

     Doc of the Day    

1. Joseph Priestley, 1769.
2. Germaine de Staehl, 1810-1821.
3. New York Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, 1853.
4. Douglas Linder, 1995.
5. Jane Goodall, 2013.

Numero Uno“HAVING said, ‘in my letter to Mr. Venn,’ as much as I think sufficient, by way of reply to his examination of my treatise; I was not willing to omit this opportunity of addressing, to the public, a few general considerations, relating to differences of opinion among christians.  If the nature and spirit of his pamphlet be considered, there are but few persons,I imagine, who will think an answer, addressed to him only, in the least necessary, or expected from me.  Indeed, I never considered the answering of Mr. Venn as my principal object; but I thought it afforded me a fair occasion of exposing the gross misrepresentations, and unworthy cavilling, which not Mr. Venn only, but too many others scruple not to make use of, in order to render those who differ from them, in some speculative points, odious to their fellow christians. MORE HERE

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  Nearly Naked Links  

On Erasmus – http://www.iep.utm.edu/erasmus/

UBI Case Studies –  https://www.economist.com/news/business-and-finance/21723759-experiment-effect-offering-unemployed-new-form

Let THem Eat Cake Politics – http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176299/tomgram%3A_andrew_bacevich%2C_%22there_will_be_hell_to_pay%22/

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 General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues 

Net Neutrality Fuckeries

A Verge look at current net neutrality dramas: “CC chairman Ajit Pai is fond of saying that “the internet was not broken in 2015” when he argues for repeal of our nation’s net neutrality rules. This is particularly funny to me, because in 2014 I literally wrote an article called “The internet is fucked.”

Why was it fucked? Because the free and open internet was in danger of becoming tightly controlled by giant telecom corporations that were already doing things like blocking apps and services from phones and excusing their own services from data caps. Because the lack of competition in the internet access market let these companies act like predatory monopolies. And because our government lacked the will or clarity to just say what everyone already knows: internet access is a utility.”

 Recent Events 

Venezuelan Leadership Violence

A Mint Press News at unfolding VEnezuelan events: “CARACAS — Since becoming the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley has been busy picking up where Samantha Power left off. In recent months, Haley has taken to Twitter to voice Trump administration positions regarding a variety of foreign governments, particularly those of states considered “unfriendly” to U.S. interests, such as Iran, Syria and Venezuela.

Most recently, Haley tweeted regarding the release of Leopoldo López, a prominent figure in the Venezuelan opposition, who was placed under house arrest after three years in prison due to “health concerns.””

 

 General Past & Present Issues 

Reason for Hope

An uplifting post by Ian Welsh: “So now everyone is running around like chickens wit their heads cut off, and I’m the calm one.

Because there is now reason for hope. Large masses of people are now willing to vote for politicians who want to do the right thing. It is too late to avoid much of the consequences of what we have done; it is simply too late. We have methane release in the arctic, we have a great die-off of species, and it’s too late.”