7.27.2016 Daily Links

                A Thought for the Day                

At the heart of the contemporary human project—which is to say for at least the last couple hundred years or so—lies a dynamic at once so bleak and so sorrowful that the wonder is that almost everyone in a place like Amerika is not struggling with terminal depression: more often than not, we find ourselves more or less totally alienated from whatever might become magnificent or sublime in ourselves at one and the same time that estrangement rules our relations with those of our fellow cousins whom we must engage if we are to discover and manifest the only viable, reliable sources of either personal transformation or social improvement that are possible on Earth, the meaning of all of which is tantamount to a call for mutuality and collaboration and every expression of solidarity that we can manage if what we want is a future that is not quite so in the thrall of ennui and enervation as the present putrid pass than many people now experience.

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democracy participation "sine qua non" OR "necessary component" OR "central element" = 2,550,000 Results.

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  

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“Oil well” Flcelloguy at en.wikipedia – Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –


http://www.ecowatch.com/big-oil-not-big-tobacco-wrote-public-skepticism-playbook-1935479546.html  –  A gold mine for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who want to be able to handle the slippery flacks whose job descriptions entail creating confusion and percolating doubt, embedded in a short article from EcoWatch that introduces the Center for International Environmental Law, which has developed chillingly damning documentation against a phalanx of big oil and monopoly tobacco companies, firms that have worked together for decades to make implementing policy reform as difficult a task as they could manage via obfuscation, public relations, science-for-sale, and statistical sleight-of-hand, in the event a narrative that parallels perfectly the responses that Black Lives Matter and community activists proffer during a spontaneous interview that followed a Berkeley screening of another documentary marvel, Vaxxed: From Coverup to Catastrophe, the unifying themes of which are corrupted expertise, routine racketeering, and arrogant impunity in regard to public health and well being.


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Writer’s High Retreat

Event Date:
September 9, 2016
Application Deadline:
August 10, 2016

The Writer’s High Retreat will be held from September 9 to September 11 at the Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa in Young Harris, Georgia. The retreat features workshops for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers, as well as readings and talks. Participating writers include poet Clifford Brooks III, fiction writers Joshilyn Jackson and Michael Morris, and nonfiction writer Jessica Handler. The cost of the retreat, which includes lodging and all meals, is $754 for a single room and $559 for a double room until June 30, and $779 for a single room and $586 for a double room thereafter. The registration deadline is August 10. E-mail or visit the website for more information.



Deadline August 31, 2016. The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. The contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives.


Deadline August 8, 2016. Author will receive $1,000 and the winning story will be published on the Gival Press website and in a future anthology of short stories. Submissions of a previously unpublished original (not a translation) short story in English must be approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words of high literary quality.

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pascal maramis – flickr


The Las Vegas Review-Journal is seeking a star reporter to cover Clark County government, one of the most important beats at Nevada’s largest news organization. This position covers the Clark County Commission and its related agencies, which have combined budgets of more than $1 billion per year and jurisdiction over the Las Vegas Strip, a metropolis unto itself.

Denverite Social Media Journalist 

The new position is for someone who loves social media and wants to help find new ways of telling complete stories on social media platforms, especially Instagram, but including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and others. While there may be the occasional opportunity to report a story in a traditional sense, this is truly a position focused on social media and forming whole Denverite products on social media platforms with the support of the rest of the editorial team.




Exposing Nukes Through Advertising

A Cross Cut article that looks at the work of a valiant anti-nuke organization that has taken extreme ends to draw attention to the fact of the huge nuclear arsenal in Seattle’s doorsteps: ““This is a wake up call,” says Ground Zero’s Leonard Eiger. “Why do these nuclear weapons exist 70 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Why do we continue to not only deploy them but why are we maintaining them and planning for a new fleet that could run over $100 billion? What are the economic, political and social costs?””




Writers Voice

A Writers Digest post that provides advise to all those looking to find their best way for self-expression through their writing: “There is a lot of writing advice out there, some good, some not so good, and I’ll try not to repeat it. I’m only going to talk about what works for me, and I hope it can provide some guidance and help for you as you develop yours. So with that caveat in mind, let’s talk about Voice.”


Nuclear Propaganda

An EcoWatch article that exposes some of the false propaganda mainstream media puts forth about nuclear energy: “The New York Times published an astonishing article last week that blames green power for difficulties countries are facing to mitigate climate change.

The article by Eduardo Porter, How Renewable Energy is Blowing Climate Change Efforts Off Course, serves as a flagship for an on-going attack on the growth of renewables. It is so convoluted and inaccurate that it requires a detailed response.”




Volatile Weapons

A Tom Dispatch post that contextualizes the arms race as it continues today: “And, oh yes, then there’s that other business, the one that actually makes things that go boom in the night.  I’m talking, of course, about the weapons trade.  As TomDispatch regular Bill Hartung, author of Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex, points out today, it has an almost monopolistic grip on its global market and, like Hollywood, regularly has cheery news to offer about the billions of dollars it pulls in from countries at war or fearing future conflicts.  In fact, for a business that — bottom line — kills people rather than simply thrilling them with bloody mayhem, it, too, has a remarkably upbeat sense of itself.”





Afghanistan Shames

A Common Dreams article that analyses the shameful acts that hurt civilians:  “”Every single casualty documented in this report—people killed while praying, working, studying, fetching water, recovering in hospitals—every civilian casualty represents a failure of commitment and should be a call to action for parties to the conflict to take meaningful, concrete steps to reduce civilians’ suffering and increase protection,” stated Tadamichi Yamamoto, the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA.”