7.25.2016 Daily Links

        BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW         

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/25/sports/olympics/rio-russia-ban-doping.html –  From the paper of record over the weekend, a scoop about the still unfolding story of how Olympic authorities have responded to U.S. insistence that Russian athletes have no chance to compete in Rio, in the event with stern reprimands but far short of a total prohibition, with requisite individual necessity to show that a particular performer is drug-free in order to enter the fray.

                    This Day in History                  

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                

"MQ-9 Reaper in flight (2007)" by U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson
“MQ-9 Reaper in flight (2007)” by U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson

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.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“Poetry is not the proper antithesis to prose, but to science.  Poetry is opposed to science, and prose to metre.  The proper and immediate object of science is the acquirement, or communication, of truth; the proper and immediate object of poetry is the communication of immediate pleasure.  This definition is useful; but as it would include novels and other works of fiction, which yet we do not call poems, there must be some additional character by which poetry is not only divided from opposites, but likewise distinguished from disparate, though similar, modes of composition.  Now how is this to be effected?   MORE HERE
                                 In Depth Look                              
http://www.wakingtimes.com/2016/07/25/the-chilling-history-of-monsantos-rise-to-power/ –  A short historical overview of Monsanto, whose predatory, parasitical, and relentless activities to increase profit and market share no matter the consequences mirrors the so-called “super-pests” that the wanton application of the company’s killing chemicals nurtures and induces, here in the form of a briefing from Waking Times, a tale that Abby Martin also conveys in a recent episode of her Empire Files, “Monsanto, America’s Monster–a specific focus that in turn matches such accounts as an In These Times agricultural investigation portrays when it delves into the way that capital intensive pesticides and other corporate farming applications, MORE HERE

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                AWARENESS VIDEO                


http://www.mintpressnews.com/global-war-terror-created-heroin-epidemic-us-afghanistan/218662/ –  From Mint Press News, two essential views for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who give even half a damn about democracy and any potential for a humane and joyous existence in the increasingly fascistic police state that predominates in Amerika, in the headline position an historical and contemporary demonstration of the fact of U.S. imperial complicity in enabling international drug operations, most recently in Afghanistan but over the past century and a half as a profitable and insidious methodology for carrying out all the necessary but not necessarily ‘dirty-work’ of empire, beginning with English monopolies over poppy crops and processing in early-to-mid-nineteenth-century India and the promulgation of twin Opium Wars to bring China down soon thereafter, and in a more intimate and horrifying illustration of how this explicit policy of hypocrisy and depredation afflicts us right here at home, a twenty-minute cell phone footage of militarized police in Alexandria, Virginia who invade a townhouse full of innocents who only manage to hold on to their lives and their liberty because they had more moxie and calm than ninety percent of the rest of the population, a homeinvasion that transpires because some snitch phoned the police and reported the “smell of marijuana” coming from somewhere.




Cape Cod Writers Center Conference

Cape Cod Writers Center Conference
Hyannis, Massachusetts
Event Date: August 4, 2016
Application Deadline: July 22, 2016

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.


Local Radio News Reporter – KDWA FM 97.7 & AM 1460 – P/T 20 hrs/wk (Hastings) hide this posting

compensation: $800/mth

employment type: part-time

KDWA AM 1460/FM 97.7 is looking for a part-time news reporter.In this exciting position, you’ll be responsible for collecting breaking news and following stories that matter to the local community. We need someone with great writing skills and a desire to learn how radio and the news business work.

Cannabis Website Seeks Writers (The Internet) hide this posting

compensation: Pay negotiable but generally at about 5cents/word.
employment type: contract

Sprout.News is looking for writers for one or more weekly pieces.
Our website is about all things Cannabis with a tendency to focus on Business, Laws, Activism and Culture. We are looking for both news stories and original content. We need writers who can keep their fingers on the pulse of marijuana in the news and on social media to report the newest and rarest stories without repeating what all of the other websites have already done.
Subject experience, writing skills and WordPress knowledge will be the foundation of this gig.

              TODAY’S NAKED LINKS            

A Viable Way to Rebuild Capital
Real Resistance, 1940’s
Tomgram’s View on Warmongering & Such
Afghanistan, Empire, Vietnam
9/11’s Real Deal?
Police State Deconstruction
Battling for a Seat at the Table
Club Orlov’s Transcript of Widely Ignored Putin Presentation
Fetishizing Competition
Fighting Debtors’ Prisons


Bank for International Settlements Overview

Munich, & Norway’s Sorrowful Anniversary
NATO & Nukes
A Rising Insurgency in Puerto Rico
So Much for Demilitarizing Police


Hiroshima’s Scout

GMO’s & Rural Decline

A Gonzo Journalist’s FBI File


Deconstructing Individualism

Armageddon on the Horizon
CIA’s Ongoing ‘Murder, Inc.’


Deconstructing Israel

The ‘Gulen Is Guilty’ Thesis


Fukushima FUBARS

Design & the Expression of Insane Rational Discourse


Death Squad Discoveries

A History of Data of a Certain Account
Plutocracy’s Multiple Plunderings


Rogue Coppers and History Lessons

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.”

WRISSUnleashing Creativity

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.”


Trust in Media

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.””


Spreading of Riot Gear

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.”



Russia Against GMOs

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).”