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Today in the Incan tradition was a time to honor the God of Thunder; in what is now Italy a thousand seven hundred and ten years ago, the Emperor who would in many ways define the operation of imperial Rome as a positive process, the first Constantine, accepted his ascension to the throne at the behest of his troops; five hundred fifty-eight years beyond that celebratory moment, in 864, a Frankish leader, whom people knew as Charles the Bald, announced various defensive measures against marauding Vikings; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
Wherever one focuses one’s attention these days, one encounters a more or less complete, and completely cavalier, abdication of any sense of collective liability for causing carnage and chaos—Americans shrug about the slaughter by drone forces, for instance, or the even greater massacres that have resulted from conventional forces, that such murder and mayhem is not their problem, a ‘political’ eventuality that is outside their purview—at the very same time that the erstwhile ‘forces of order’ who operationalize these mass killings insist ever more strictly that American society must maintain the highest standards of individual accountability: in the event, the former evasion is inevitable since every aspect of the culture operates to stupefy and distract citizens from the capacity to think, the access to real sources of information, and even the merest semblance of how or in what way grassroots power might ever manifest itself, and the latter fantasy is not even vaguely attainable because of the systematic destruction of the very notion of social responsibility—an unfortunate conundrum indeed as the thermonuclear minute hand edges ever closer to a final midnight.
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The 54th annual Cape Cod Writers Center Conference will be held from August 4 to August 7 at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis, Massachusetts. The conference features workshops and craft classes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as mentoring sessions with editors and agents. Fiction writer Peter B. Abrahams will deliver the keynote.
PLAYA, in south central Oregon, is a retreat for creative individuals who are committed and passionate about their work and who will benefit from time spent in a remote location. PLAYA offers seclusion and quiet in a natural environment and the opportunity for interaction, if desired, with a cohort of residents and the local rural community. A residency provides the time and space to create substantive work or to research and reflect upon one’s creative or scientific processes. PLAYA’s residencies are open to artists, scientists, naturalists, and individuals engaged in forms of creative research. Residencies are awarded for two to eight weeks and include housing, work or studio space, and twice weekly group dinners at no cost. There is a $35 application fee for individuals ($70 for collaborative teams). Deadline September 1, 2016.
Individual Artist Fellowships are awarded to practicing New Jersey artists through an anonymous, competitive application process to help them pursue their artistic goals. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation provides administrative support and organizes application review for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships program. Deadline July 15, 2016.
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Bank for International Settlements Overview
GMO’s & Rural Decline
Death Squad Discoveries
A Portside article that looks at some of the issues related to police abuse and race: “Our narratives and debates about good cops and rogue cops, better training and community policing are important but entirely insufficient. No doubt the patty rollers of the 1850s could have been trained to reign in their brutality. Given the gloriously diverse dispositions of our human family, patrollers likely ranged from the breathtakingly cruel to the queasily reluctant enforcers of patent injustice. All that is, at bottom, beside the point. Whether cruel or kind, restrained or rogue, their job was to police – and by policing, maintain – a barbaric system.”
A blog post that describes a useful process for all those who require use of their creativity at all times: “Anyone can learn to be creative by using these five steps. That’s not to say being creative is easy. Uncovering your creative genius requires courage and tons of practice. However, this five-step approach should help demystify the creative process and illuminate the path to more innovative thinking.”
A New York Magazine article that contextualizes the “For decades, the pollsters at Gallup have been asking Americans if they trust their media. In 1974, the year Woodward and Bernstein brought an end to Richard Nixon’s presidency, 69 percent of them did. In a poll released last year, that number was at a historic low. Today, the only institutions Americans have less faith in than television news (21 percent) and newspapers (20 percent) are Congress and “big business.” That’s pretty damn low — humiliatingly low, especially for a group of people who fancy themselves members of “the Fourth Estate.””
An Activist Post which should serve as a warning to all, even the most mild-mannered citizens: “Obviously, this state of affairs can’t continue indefinitely. There is a flashpoint somewhere down the road, when the people of the world reach their breaking point, and the elitists who run their societies will do everything they can to hold onto their power. It’s going to be ugly, and it’s going to be global in scope.
The governments of the world clearly know what’s coming. That’s why they’re stocking up on riot gear at an unprecedented rate. We know this because globally, sales of riot gear are rapidly growing.”
A Waking Times article that looks at the possibly unlikely ally of those who care about wholesome food access: “Russia has announced a game-changing move in the fight against Monsanto’s GMOs, completely banning the use of genetically modified ingredients in any and all food production.
In other words, Russia just blazed way past the issue of GMO labeling and shut down the use of any and all GMOs that would have otherwise entered the food supply through the creation of packaged foods (and the cultivation of GMO crops).”