7.21.2017 Daily Links

  A Thought for the Day   

Whether one listens to a master creator like Gabriel Garcia Marquez when he states that ‘all writing is carpentry,’ or to a humble instructor of scribes who points out that of the four components of a text—content, usage, style, and structure—construction amounts to more than the rest of the pieces put together in many instances, or returns to the lessons of Aristotle’s rhetoric to affirm that, indeed, the beginning, middle, and end of all narrations are essential elements in the mix, one can only conclude that a key query for every reader or listener or viewer must remain, “How exactly is this thing built?” a point that perfectly fits in an introduction unless a particular author or speaker or media maker intends for his or her followers to figure this key point out as they go along, page by page, frame by frame, or spoken word by spoken word.

  Quote of the Day  
“Not that she’s a political animal, she’s just an ordinary woman, but as a woman she’s of the view that you don’t bring children into the world to have them shot. ..As it was, we all acted alone, we were caught alone, and every one of us will have to die alone. But that doesn’t mean that we are alone. …It doesn’t matter if one man fights or ten thousand; if the one man sees he has no option but to fight, then he will fight, whether he has others on his side or not.”  Hans Fallada, Every Man Dies Alone.

 This Day in History  

Today in Singapore is Racial Harmony Day; unaccountably, in Ephesus, two thousand three hundred and seventy-three years back, arsonists destroyed the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; three hundred seventy-two years ahead of the current moment in time, in Qing Dynasty China, the royal regent mandated that all Han Chinese men both remove any hair that covered their foreheads and braid the rest of their locks so as to mimic Manchu comportment and fashion; exactly one year less than three centuries ahead of today’s dawning, Austrian, Venetian, and Ottoman functionaries signed the Treaty of Passarowitz, which, portentiously, placed Serbia in Austrian hands; MORE HERE

     Doc of the Day    

1. Robert Burns, 1780, 1781.
2. Albert Lutuli, 1961.
3. Paul Wellstone, 2003.
4. Alexander Cockburn, 2012.
5. Tim Miller, 2016.
Numero Uno” What you may think of this letter when you see the name that subscribes it I cannot know; and perhaps I ought to make a long preface of apologies for the freedom I am going to take; but as my heart means no offence, but, on the contrary, is rather too warmly interested in your favour,—for that reason I hope you will forgive me when I tell you that I most sincerely and affectionately love you.  I am a stranger in these matters, A—-, as I assure you that you are the first woman to whom I ever made such a declaration; so I declare I am at a loss how to proceed.  MORE HERE

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  Nearly Naked Links  

McGovern Convention Speech – http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=25967

Herbert Marcuse –  https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/marcuse/works/historical-materialism/index.htm

Latin American Militarization – http://fpif.org/the-militarization-of-u-s-policy-on-latin-america-is-deepening-under-trump/


 Interesting People Places Things of Note 

Melding Possible Capitalist, Socialist Relations

A Tele Sur post that looks at views of possible future economic arrangements: “When the world had two political poles, a statement that sounded obvious was sometimes made: “Let’s unite the best of capitalism and socialism in a single system.” If both have their defects and virtues, why not just discard what doesn’t work? The idea is attractive, it would be an idyllic society. But what prevents this? Why are we still talking about socialism and capitalism? Behind the apparently self-evident concept lies another: you can’t extract the best of capitalism as if it were a damaged spot on a piece of fruit. The virtues of this system are based on its defects.”

 Writers Tools Issues 

Postmodernism’s Inherent Authoritarianism

A Quillette look at the incipient qualities of the philosophical school: “Largely, the most raucous elements of far-left authoritarianism are part of fringe group. However, there is some cause for greater concern. According to a Pew Research poll, 40% of U.S. Millenials think the government ought to have some hand in policing speech offensive to minorities. To a degree, these trends reflect different strains of authoritarian impulse, but they do share a common feature. They all trace their intellectual roots – insofar as they have any – to postmodernism. Which raises the question: Is postmodernism inherently authoritarian?”

 General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues 

Writing Webinar

A free writing webinar of interest to writers: “I’m excited to announce that on Monday, July 17th, we’ll be hosting a webinar to give you a sneak peek of our course, The No B.S. Course on Freelance Writing.”

 Recent Events 

G-20’s Fractured Hegemony

A Naked Capitalism look at the recent meet: “The strangest aspect of the G20 communiqué, and the part that has dominated media coverage, is the section on the Paris climate agreement. The strangeness arises not because of the topic—the G20 has always played second fiddle to the UN on climate issues—but because, for the first time, a whole paragraph is devoted solely to one member, the USA, explaining why it doesn’t agree with the others, followed by a paragraph by the others explaining why they will go ahead without the USA anyway, including through agreeing a “G19” action plan on energy and climate for growth.”

 General Past & Present Issues 

Key Saudi History Lessons

An Information Clearing House look at Saudi Arabia, historical realities: “BEIRUT — The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed — and horrified — by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, “Don’t the Saudis understand that ISIS threatens them, too?”