A Thought for the Day
Unparalleled riches result from people’s productive activities, more than enough for ten billion—or maybe seventy billion—souls just from what profiteers and plunderers now waste, either literally in that commercial establishments and households throw away half the produced foodstuffs, for example, or figuratively in the plus or minus fifteen to twenty percent of the world’s gross production that creates death machines and prisons and other material output that yields revenue without serving a single human life in the process; yet instead of deploying our energies and ideas in order to live better than any Homo Sapiens ancestors ever did, we verge on annihilating each other, a disgusting tragedy of incalculable proportions and a surreal satire on what our lives could be if we transformed the competitive fantasies of individual supremacy and the attendant death wishes that lurk in our psyches into an energetic evolution of mutuality and cooperation that would, in the bargain, be much more joyous and fun, not to mention a whole lot sexier and vastly more satisfying.
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TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, & AWARENESS VIDEO
A CLEAR WINDOW ON THE WISDOM & SPIRIT OF TURKEY’S GRASSROOTS
http://forbiddenknowledgetv.net/behind-the-cia-s-failed-coup-in-turkey-was-it-only-a-dry-run-27761 – From James Corbett and the Corbett Report, just a marvelously humble and insightful assessment–roughly fifty minutes that ought to be required viewing for all scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens–of the complicated uncertainties and brutal hidden realities of Turkish life in the context of a coup and the various actors’ responses to it, with the lead role reserved for the Turkish people themselves, apropos the highlighted performance of one of the nation’s most passionate journalistic voices, whose apt analysis and incisive insight rise to the level of peroration on occasion, though always with a grounding in the real and the empirical, in the blood of sacrifice and the dangers of death and destruction that characterize the present pass in this centrally important geopolitical context.
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A Hechinger Report look from an insightful commentator on the fundamental role that students must have in vanquishing society’s ills: “Communities should not worry if youth will mobilize around tragedy and racial injustice. Instead, they should fret over how adult school leaders move during strife. How schools respond to unrest, particularly police violence against black communities, reveals and predicts how that institution serves current and future students.”
A New Yorker article that celebrates the world of a foremost philosopher who explores the real and often ignored dimensions of human experience: “Unlike many philosophers, Nussbaum is an elegant and lyrical writer, and she movingly describes the pain of recognizing one’s vulnerability, a precondition, she believes, for an ethical life. “To be a good human being,” she has said, “is to have a kind of openness to the world, the ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control that can lead you to be shattered.” She searches for a “non-denying style of writing,” a way to describe emotional experiences without wringing the feeling from them. She disapproves of the conventional style of philosophical prose, which she describes as “scientific, abstract, hygienically pallid,” and disengaged with the problems of its time. Like Narcissus, she says, philosophy falls in love with its own image and drowns.”
An Atlantic view that gives indie presses their due: “But when editors and publishers feel they need to fight for every moment of planned reading, and readers are experiencing a shrinking cultural attention span, it’s surprising that large books inherently make the most market sense. With this pattern of investment behavior, major presses are inadvertently helping foster an environment where American indie presses can thrive by doing the very thing they’re best at: being small and, by extension, focusing on creativity and originality over sales.”
A New Yorker article that looks at the background behind the recent coup: “The confrontation was a long time coming. When Erdoğan first became Prime Minister, in 2003, he was the Islamic world’s great democratic hope, a leader of enormous vitality who would show the world that an avowedly Islamist politician could lead a stable democracy and carry on as a member of NATO, too.”
A harrowing look from Pro Publica at some of the abusive and dangerous conditions prisoners face in transport, pointing to many of the things that criminal justice reform needs to address: “Raines was one of some 50 current and former guards who spoke to Hager and Santo for “Inside the Deadly World of Private Prisoner Transport,” a devastating examination of the for-profit van companies used by prisons to transport inmates. The reporters found that a dozen prisoners died in such vans in the last 16 years; a dozen more suffered serious injuries; at least 60 managed to escape, and many alleged sexual and physical abuse at the hands of drivers and guards. This week the reporters join the ProPublica podcast to tell us how their effort grew from a tip on one prisoner who was beaten to death to a full and rare examination of a dangerous, virtually unregulated industry.”