7.19.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

http://wakingtimesmedia.com/russia-decided-ban-use-genetically-modified-ingredients-food-production/ – Depending on one’s point of view a brave instance of leadership or a misguided case of Luddite thinking, in which Russia–as Waking Times reports–has banned all use of genetic modification in food production, an attack on the agenda of monopoly agribusiness in this arena in any event and, moreover, a topic about which not one single corporate media outlet has reported in anything even vaguely resembling thorough, let alone objective, fashion and thus, for any scrappy scribe or stalwart citizen paying even minimal attention, a profoundly interesting and compelling presentation of a ‘different kettle of fish’ from what normally appears on the telly at home.

                    This Day in History                  

Today in Nicaragua, for all true-hearted scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens to commemorate, is Sandinista Day, or, equally apt, Liberation Day; as splits widened in the late Roman empire fifteen hundred thirty-two years ago, the military leader Leontius arrogated to himself the title of Emperor of the East, which some folks in what is now Turkey an MORE HEREd Syria accepted till his beheading four years afterward;

                A Thought for the Day                

The ‘course of human events’ makes necessary many dissolution of political and social and economic bands, a sundering of mutuality and interconnection that, in aggregate or at least in general, cannot help but decrease solidarity and disempower those who would ‘marry their fortunes together’ and gain the strength that unity offers; nevertheless, all too often just such divorces must come to pass, inasmuch as neither amity nor comity remain possible in a context of inadequate conjunction and enervated partnership, the only issue in the aftermath whether some new union of purpose and resolve might arise to replace what has fallen by the wayside, in the event and in any case a requirement of both democracy and grassroots power.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“Does not the threat of an atomic catastrophe which could wipe out the human race also serve to protect the very forces which perpetuate this danger?  The efforts to prevent such a catastrophe overshadow the search for its potential causes in contemporary industrial society.  These causes remain unidentified, unexposed, unattacked by the public because they recede before the all too obvious threat from without – to the West from the East, to the East from the West.  Equally obvious is the need for being prepared, for living on the blink, for facing the challenge.   We submit to the peaceful production of the means of destruction, to the perfection of waste, to being educated for a defense which deforms the defenders and that which they defend. MORE HERE

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http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/hey-kids-stop-asking-noam-chomsky-help-your-homework –  From the fertile imagination and incisive mind of Noam Chomsky, courtesy ofAlternet, a briefing about the decline of knowledge that has accompanied the expansion of so-called ‘social media,’ in the context of which the venerable emeritus professor gets endless calls to help with homework because the Internet is not instantaneous enough, an at once sad and hilarious few minutes that Laura Flanders amplifies in a lengthier interview that also touches on the hideous depredations against learning that transpire as a result of “intellectual property” rules on the trade horizon, and then goes on to explore the ramming of terrorist enterprises down people’s throats in the name of ‘security,’ with a flourish at the finish about Google’s role in contemporary culture and the extinguishing of the commons as a fantasy of property’s prosperous imprimatur, all grist for the mill of scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens.




Communication conference open [Brazil]

Media scholars and professionals are invited to this weeklong event in São Paulo.

Deadline: 08/08/2016


Contest highlights tourism reporting [Brazil]

Journalists with stories about European tourist destinations can compete for an all-expenses trip to Flanders and Monaco.

Deadline: 08/31/2016

First Prize: £1,000. 2nd Prize: £500. 3rd Prize: £250. Deadline July 31, 2016. In addition to receiving cash prizes winners will be invited to read at a special prize-giving event at Winchester Poetry Festival on Sunday, October 9, 2016. Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology to be launched at Winchester Poetry Festival. Limit 40 lines per poem.

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Social Justice and Education

An Atlantic article that contextualizes remarkable gains made by groups and organizations practicing more equitable ways to teach: “Transformative social-justice education is often viewed as a path to more equitable classrooms and cross-racial understanding, at a time when public-school classrooms are increasingly segregated. Most frequently associated with the Brazilian educator and theorist Paulo Freire, it is an approach growing inpopularity and interest nationally. But for students from marginalized and disenfranchised groups—those most in need of upending the status quo—what is the payoff? And how can teachers steeped in this method affect their learning?  “

WRISSPre Writing Coaching

A Poynter post that shows a great model for instructing writers to do their best: “One key moment to coach is after the reporting but before writing. Here are some questions you can ask that will guide the reporter toward a clearer focus on the story and help identify how to make this story different from other coverage of the topic:”

The Lonely Author’s Reading

A Literary Hub article that discusses a writer’s worst nightmare, and what can be done to ameliorate the pain: “I don’t know exactly what I was expecting to find inside that bookstore. I’m not an idiot. I knew that I wasn’t The Beatles getting off that plane in San Francisco. No one was going to be throwing underwear at me or bursting into tears. But, surely someone was going to be there, right? Book people? A Hopkins creative writing class? My coworkers? My friends? “



Nukes in Turkey

A New Yorker piece that describes the troubling arsenal stored, rather insecurely at the moment, in underground Turkish storage facilities: “According to Hans M. Kristensen, the director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, underground vaults at Incirlik hold about fifty B-61 hydrogen bombs—more than twenty-five per cent of the nuclear weapons in the NATO stockpile. The nuclear yield of the B-61 can be adjusted to suit a particular mission. The bomb that destroyed Hiroshima had an explosive force equivalent to about fifteen kilotons of TNT. In comparison, the “dial-a-yield” of the B-61 bombs at Incirlik can be adjusted from 0.3 kilotons to as many as a hundred and seventy kilotons.”



History of a Peruvian Massacre

An MIT Western Hemisphere Project posting that draws attention to the recent anniversary of the discovery of a corrupt Peruvian government conspiracy to torture academics: “But on July 8, 1993, after a certain Mariella Lucy Barreto Riofano, an agent of the Peruvian Army Intelligence Service, had leaked a marked map to a Peruvian magazine, reporters found the brutalized remains of the “La Cantuta 10″ in Cieneguilla, a holiday resort near Lima. Investigation suggested strongly that the Peruvian intelligence services and the Peruvian army were responsible for the torture and murder, and that the actions were approved by the highest levels of the Peruvian government. The case was taken to court in 1994 — and for the first time military personnel had to answer for their official acts.”

Another on La Cantuta

A NACLA post that further contextualizes the government-sanctioned massacre of students and academics in Peru: “ln the early hours of that day, eyewitnesses say that about 30 hooded gunmen burst into the male student dormitory at La Cantuta and forced the 60 students inside into the hallway with threats and blows.
The students were forced to lie face down on the floor. One of the armed men went through the group with a list in hand, ordering that certain students be pulled out. A similiar operation took place in the female student dormitory. The gunmen then proceeded to detain Hugo Munioz in the professors’ residence in front of his wife and a neighboring couple.”