7.18.2017 Daily Links

  A Thought for the Day   

Depredation fosters predation in any sort of societal ecosystem as surely as sycophants induce parasitism in the social fabric, so that the naked and bestial meaning of present shakedowns of the already down-and-out become clear as an organic fact, a biological denial of life and sustenance to those who are struggling merely to make ends meet, to bring a spoonful of nourishment from hand to mouth, while those who already own close to a hundred percent of everything of value arrogate to themselves the option of taking not only the flesh and sweat and labor of the working class and its vast army of ‘disposable’ poor but also demand, with a completely self-satisfied and arrogant certainty, that they have the right to the blood and bones and organs of the disfranchised proletariat, whom they call indebted and encumbered and indentured on the basis of a system that sucks the lowly dry and cares not if they live or die, so long as they pay and pay and pay, the final upshot of all of which is the ultimate engagement of a class war in which the unwashed masses either meekly dry out their desiccated husks as mandated, expiring ahead of schedule like the rotten products that have caused their arrears in the first place, or instead rise up, a sociological tsunami of outrage for justice, to overthrow and if necessary annihilate the putrid plutocrats who fatuously and idiotically hold themselves out as betters and masters.

  Quote of the Day  
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
It always seems impossible until it’s done. 
Nelson Mandela

 This Day in History  

More apropos than ever, today is the commemoration of a great fighter for freedom in Nelson Mandela International Day; and then, in pre-Imperial Rome, long before Caesar crossed the Rubicon and other anti-Republican events occurred, two thousand four hundred and seven years ago, Gaulish interlopers had the gall and strength to overcome the Republic’s forces and thoroughly sack the city of Rome; four and a half centuries and four years later, in 54 CE, while allegedly Nero played his fiddle, the Great Fire of Rome destroyed much of the Imperial city; MORE HERE

     Doc of the Day    

1. Jane Austen, circa 1786-1793.
2. William Makepeace Thackeray, 1852.
3. Thomas Kuhn, 1962.
4. Hunter S. Thompson, 1970.

Numero UnoLETTER the FIRST From ISABEL to LAURA

How often, in answer to my repeated intreaties that you would give my Daughter a regular detail of the Misfortunes and Adventures of your Life, have you said ‘No, my freind never will I comply with your request till I may be no longer in Danger of again experiencing such dreadful ones.’

Surely that time is now at hand.  You are this day 55.  If a woman may ever be said to be in safety from the determined Perseverance of disagreeable Lovers and the cruel Persecutions of obstinate Fathers, surely it must be at such a time of Life.  MORE HERE

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  Nearly Naked Links  

Rebecca West –  https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-judgment-of-rebecca-west/

Drone Warfare –  https://consortiumnews.com/2017/07/16/moral-corrosion-of-drone-warfare/

Afghan Recruits – portside.org/2017-07-15/trump-aides-recruited-businessmen-devise-options-afghanistan

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 Writers Tools Issues 

Jane Austen’s First Stories

A Gutenberg look at a novelists first storied attempts: “Altho’ I cannot agree with you in supposing that I shall never again be exposed to Misfortunes as unmerited as those I have already experienced, yet to avoid the imputation of Obstinacy or ill-nature, I will gratify the curiosity of your daughter; and may the fortitude with which I have suffered the many afflictions of my past Life, prove to her a useful lesson for the support of those which may befall her in her own. Laura”

 General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues 

Union Group Got Media

A Sun Times article that looks at a promising new media development: ““A great group has come together and made sure that a genuine voice with honest and good reporting that connects with working men and women thrives,” Eisendrath said shortly before the deal closed.”

 Recent Events 

European ‘De-Cashing’ Resistance

A Naked Capitalism analysis of Europe’s recent economic actions: “In January 2017 the European Commission announced it was exploring the option of imposing upper limits on cash payments, with a view to implementing cross-regional measures as soon as 2018. To give the proposal a veneer of respectability and accountability the Commission launched a public consultation on the issue. Now, the answers are in, but they are not what the Commission was expecting.

A staggering 95% of the respondents said they were opposed to a cash ceiling at EU level.”

 General Past & Present Issues 

Yankee Ideology

A Aeon look at the underlying ideology that has defined the current era for some time: “And that was not the only political pressure on philosophy at the time. Another, more intellectual, came from the philosophical attractiveness of Marxism, which was rapidly winning converts not only in Europe but in Africa and Asia as well. The view that class struggle in Western countries would inevitably lead, via the pseudoscientific ‘iron laws’ of thesis, antithesis and synthesis, to worldwide communist domination was foreign to Marx himself. But it provided a ‘scientific’ veneer for Soviet great-power interests, and people all over the world were accepting it as a coherent explanation for the Depression, the Second World War and ongoing poverty. As the political philosopher S M Amadae has shown in Rationalising Capitalist Democracy(2003), many Western intellectuals at the time did not think that capitalism had anything to compete with this. A new philosophy was needed, one that provided what the nuanced approaches of pragmatism could not: an uncompromising vindication of free markets and contested elections.”