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This Day in History
On this date every year, Cuba celebrates a Day of the National Rebellion to commemorate the launching of the 26th of July Movement under the aegis of Fidel Castro; on the Arabian Peninsula, meanwhile, a thousand three hundred and fifty nine years ago, the factional and fractious fighting of the early post-Prophet period of Islam continued with the Battle of the Siffin, where the forces of so-called “Rightly-Guided,” or Rashidun Caliphs clashed with the supporters of the ‘Sons of Umayya,’ or nascent Umayyad Caliphs; a thousand ninety-six years ahead of today, in the Islamic incursions into Europe via the Iberian Peninsula, an utter rout of Christian forces occurred at Pamplona, laying the basis for nearly complete Muslim dominion over what is now Spain;
A Thought for the Day
From conception’s hopefully joyous miracle through youth’s florid flower, we can pray for the fortune and search for the grit to lay the basis for the power of a prime from which will spring whatever propagation that we have to proffer, thereby preparing, with a modicum of luck, a smiling decline into dotage, and eventual exit to where all our achievements are finally and eternally beyond either our ken or control, which is why our choices while conscious determine whatever memorial that we merit.
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The Commercial Appeal, Memphis’ 175-year-old brand for local news content, and part of the USA Today Network, plans to add an experienced columnist to provide insight and reported commentary on a wide range of local issues, everything from the city’s efforts to rein in violent crime to its remarkable record as a home for entrepreneurs. If you can report and write confidently about race and demographics, business and economics, government and politics, even sports on occasion, and focus on the city’s inspiring cast of characters working to make Memphis better, we’d like to hear from you.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada’s top print and online news organization, is looking for a pair of smart, aggressive, experienced reporters to cover the tourism/gaming and real estate/economy beats for its Business section. Tourism and gaming are the dominant industries in Las Vegas, and the Review-Journal needs someone with big shoulders to cover the action. We are looking for a reporter who can quickly turn around a breaking news story for online, then beef it up with the necessary context and perspective for print.
A Tele Sur article that discusses the ways the Chilean people mobilize to demonstrate their displeasure at the privatization of retirement benefits: “The rally was organized by trade unions and received support from the country’s secondary and post-secondary students, who have organized their own large-scale mobilizations against the government of Michelle Bachelet in recent months. Smaller rallies were also held in a dozen other cities and towns.
The Bachelet government expressed a willingness to review the country’s pension system, which is dominated by private providers known as AFPs. The system was created in 1981 during Chile’s right-wing dictatorship.”
A Monday Note post that breaks down the uncomfortable relatioship between media sites and the famous networking site: “June 29 2016 should have been a bad day for several news publishers’ stocks. That day, Facebook announced a significant change in its algorithm. In short: to the detriment of news contents, more family and friends-related material will show up in the users’ newsfeed. This is a statement of priorities for the social network that serves 1.65 billion people across the world.
For the first time, Facebook stated explicitly that it didn’t care too much about news.”
A Atlantic look at the failure of education in regards to teaching proper ethical standards: “I was satisfied that students were clearly thinking about tough issues, but unsettled by their lack of experience considering their own values. “Do you think you should discuss morality and ethics more often in school?” I asked the class. The vast majority of heads nodded in agreement. Engaging in this type of discourse, it seemed, was a mostly foreign concept for the kids.”
As we wrote last weekend, “With “Stock Valuations At Extremes” Goldman’s Clients Are Asking Just One Question“, namely how much longer can the rally continue. This followed another Goldman warning from two weeks ago, where as we noted before, “Goldman Warns Of A Sharp Plunge In Stocks In “Next Few Months.”
A Counter Currents posting that contextualizes the history of Israel, and how many aspects of it have little to do with an actual Jewish movement: “Zionism is primarily a Christian Protestant enterprise that has little to do with Judaism. This explains why US Christians are the most ardent Zionists and the most powerful supporters of Israel. The largest opposition to Zionism came initially from the rabbinical elite, which viewed it as heretical and an aberration of the Jewish faith. Zionism represents a break with Jewish tradition and historical continuity. Israel has to be seen in terms of European nationalism, colonial expansion, and geopolitical interests rather than as the divine fulfillment of biblical prophecies or even a culmination of Jewish history.”