7.22.2016 Daily Links


                A Thought for the Day                

Were the linguistic legerdemain of humankind to have stopped after we created nouns, to name everything in existence, and adjectives more clearly to describe these nominal devices, and adverbs colorfully to extend our descriptions, people would have acquired in so doing a mighty set of instruments for empowering our humble species toward preeminence; that we added verbs to the mix, however, essentially established the basis for connecting everything in the known universe to everything else at the same time that we might define relationships, establish schemes, solve problems, and do in our minds what we might then carry out in our actions—not to take away, of course, the clever manifestation of the necessary if often almost hidden infrastructure of articles and pronouns and conjunctions and prepositions that make of so many languages the protean tool chests that they are for depicting existence and extending human agency in every direction at once.
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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  

The initial broadcast, from American Freedom Radio, of “Porkins Policy Radio,” a program in the event that examines the role of former Central Intelligence Agency operative Chase Brandon in Hollywood after he retired from his work as a spook, which forms a significant part of how so-called spy-culture inflects, not to say infects, film and television and other aspects of entertainment, infotainment, journalism, and media more generally.




Deadline: June 15, 2016. $1,000 and 50 copies of published book to winner. Length: 28-40 pages of poetry.


Deadline July 31, 2016. Award includes publication by Press 53 of the winning poetry collection as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection, $1,000 cash advance, and a 1/4-page color ad in Poets & Writers magazine. The Press 53 Award for Poetry is awarded annually to an outstanding, unpublished collection of poems. This contest is open to any writer, regardless of his or her publication history, provided the manuscript is written in English and the author lives in the United States

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Bernie and Berners Moving Forward

A Smirking Chimp article that can provide hope and joy to all those who found a home and a way forward thanks to the heraldic Bernie For President movement: “In a recent USA Today interview, Sanders described a three-prong strategy to transform the Democratic Party and the country.

“The Sanders Institute will help raise awareness of “enormous crises” facing Americans. The Our Revolution political organization will help recruit, train and fund progressive candidates’ campaigns. And a third political organization may play a more direct role in campaign advertising,” wrote Nicole Gaudiano.”

WRISSHarrowing Writing Advice to Receive

A Bookhaven post look at what it takes to be a writer, straight from the horse’s mouth: “I’ve read the story carefully and, Frances, I’m afraid the price for doing professional work is a good deal higher than you are prepared to pay at present. You’ve got to sell your heart, your strongest reactions, not the little minor things that only touch you lightly, the little experiences that you might tell at dinner. This is especially true when you begin to write, when you have not yet developed the tricks of interesting people on paper, when you have none of the technique which it takes time to learn. When, in short, you have only your emotions to sell.”


Legitimizing Capitalism Through Words

A Spiked ONline look at the role that thinkers have had in seeking to craft some sort of moral compass to the otherwise volatile, relativistic and clearly amoral sociopolitical system: “A fascinating exploration of the role of liberal intellectuals such as Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek in the rehabilitation of free-market ideology also exposes the crisis of liberalism in the modern era.”


Wednesday, and said Moscow would rethink relations with Ankara. Russia’s defense minister Sergey Shoygu said Wednesday that the country would send defense missile systems to its airbase near Latakia, Syria, just south of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Neither country wants to go to war, but the crash further strains relations between Moscow and Ankara in Syria, where Russian forces have bombed Turkish-backed rebel groups fighting against the Assad government.”