8.05.2016 Daily Links

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With ample ongoing indicia of the import of the attempted coup in Turkey, at least some of which, one might infer, results from the C.I.A.-backed mediation of its rebellion-boosting actions and agendas, a pair of items of the thousands that one might chronicle, first of all from Amnesty International, a ‘Johnny-on-the-spot’ quick report about allegations of and data about torture in Turkey that the Non Governmental Organization says must elicit ‘independent monitors’ of Turkish police practices, and then, from our ‘paper of record’ in New York City an announcement  that Recip Erdogan’s government has officially issued an arrest warrant against Fethullah Gulen that alleges his planning or orchestration or involvement in the recent botched attempt to overthrow Turkey’s government.

                    This Day in History                  

One thousand nine hundred ninety-one years ago, Guangwu claimed the throne as emperor, restoring the Han dynasty after the collapse of the short-lived Xin dynasty; one thousand one hundred and six years ago, the last significant Danish Viking force to attack England lost the battle of Tettenhall and withdrew in defeat; not quite three decades subsequently, in 939, as part of the Islamic challenge for the Iberian Peninsula, Islamic forces won a big victory near Cordoba; seven hundred thirty-eight years ahead of today, Christian forces suffered a defeat at Algeciras in their efforts to reconquer Spain at the hands of the Granadian Emirate; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

Because time represents but the function of the interaction of two physical realities, the movement of matter through space, one can, if one recognizes this often easy-to-mistake conjunction, gain a new sense of possibility and purpose in relation to the ‘times of one’s life,’ which are in effect merely the peremptory perambulations of a body through the obstacles and opportunities that are themselves, in turn, also manifestations of certain shifting mélanges of molecules in motion, a sort of complex dervish dance of limitless quantities, the aggregate outcome of all of which will nonetheless always express itself as a more or less knowable probability of one set of developments over another, so that a positioning of any peregrinators in relation to more likely coming events will yield the potential to respond with more grace and aplomb and aptitude than if one is merely ‘watching the clock’ and waiting for bells to toll.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay.  Want more
of everything ready-made.  Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more.  MORE HERE

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  


A not inconsiderable documentary coup–that inevitably could easily also be a propaganda weapon–that here appears as a result of Forbidden Knowledge TV but which Breitbart News also made freely available with that services toxic mix of innuendo, selective prosecution, and divide-and-conquer, an hour nevertheless mandatory for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens to consider, about a seemingly unending stream of circumstantial connections between huge donations to the Clinton Foundation–in which multiple cases of a hundred million dollars or more appear in incontrovertible detail–and subsequent policy choices by Bill and Hillary in their various political roles, lobbying muscle on the part of the Foundation itself, and other transactional-boosting interventions in favor of the again indisputable agendas of the donors who’ve been parting with their collective billions, choices, lobbying, and interventions, in the event, that either undercut common decency, contradicted previous positions of Bill and Hillary, or simply broke laws or transgressed moral codes, all of which puts into a decidedly different light the e-mail scandal of Ms. Clinton, as well as the hacking interlude in regard to the Democratic National Committee–especially in terms of Russia’s reputed involvement in the latter, inasmuch as the Clinton Foundation helped to smooth the way, according to convincing evidence, for Russia’s ownership or control of much of the U.S.Uranium mining and processing industry, an opening of the eyes that, in turn, paves the way for pondering Julian Assange’s recent criticism of patterns of Clintonian criminality in an additional profferal  from Forbidden Knowledge TV.


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One World Media hosts workshop on international reporting [UK]

Journalism professionals, students and recent graduates interested in the processes and problems of delivering international content can attend this event in London.



For the spring 2017 issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re looking for original essays about teaching—whether in a traditional classroom or online; in summer camp or college; in preschool or in a prison; in the woods or in a workshop. Deadline August 29, 2016. Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up, and all essays submitted will be considered for publication. Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words.


Deadline September 2, 2016. A two- to three-week residency for three women writers at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home. Each resident will receive a work space at The Mount, a $1,000 food and travel stipend, and lodging for the duration of their residency. Residents must provide their own transportation. The principal responsibility of each resident is to spend time further developing her creative work. In addition, residents are required to produce a short piece of public writing (essay, article, blog post, etc.) about their time at The Mount and offer a public reading of their work at The Mount. Residencies will be held in February or March each year. Residents will complete their residency at The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts.

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Wick Communications has several reporter positons posted on our web site at www.wickcommunications.com. We will consider new graduates with Journalism degrees and prior internships or writing experience. Please visit our site and explore the career possibilities with a company that is committed to the community newspaper business.


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Accredited Language Services, a leader in communication and international business support, seeks to fill the position of Staff Proofreader. The successful candidate will have experience in proofreading. Knowledge of another language is a strong plus!



Saving Lives and Heritage

A Counter Punch article that highlights the heroic work of Russians and Syrians who have outsmarted ISIS and other enemies, protected lives and cultural artifacts: “The dangerous work of clearing the unexploded ordnance was performed by many to date unsung heroes; among them are 100 Syrian and 200 Russian unexploded ordnance specialists and 11 Russian explosive detecting dogs. Some robots were all deployed as part of the massive around clock bomb clearing operation.

At the end of the intense 30 days of heroic work, which claimed the lives of two soldiers and wounded others, no fewer than 4000 booby-trap bombs were defused and removed from among our cultural heritage ruins at ancient Palmyra.”




Visual Narratives

An IJNet posting that gives advise to writers who wish to incorporate more visuals into their written stories: “Today, a story’s visual components are more important than ever. Audience attention is limited, and an arresting photo or an aesthetically pleasing series is a powerful way of pulling a reader into a piece. But with time demands, how do you create a compelling visual narrative in under five minutes?”


Harming Libraries

A Tech Dirt post that looks at new harmful legislation that can eviscerate public access to media, data, and that harms libraries: “It’s no secret that the US Copyright Office has been acting pretty nutty lately. For decades, the office has basically carried the water of the legacy copyright/entertainment industries, but at least they would sometimes try to appear marginally balanced. Now it appears that all caution has been thrown to the wind and the entire office is actively looking to suppress and attack user rights and innovation. In just the past few weeks and months, we’ve pointed out a series of really bad ideas on reforming the notice-and-takedown safe harbors of the DMCA, a separate plan that would effectively strip tons of websites of their DMCA safe harbors by requiring them to remember to keep re-registering, and a disturbing willingness to totally misrepresent the copyright issues at play with regards to the FCC’s set-top box proposal.” 




Contextualizing Democrats Fraud

A Counter Punch piece that contextualizes the fraud and lies inherent in the democratic parties, and shows how even a data leak is not enough to bring these career criminals into account: “How do the party leaders caught with their pants down respond? Not even bothering to pull them up, they point a finger. Russia hacked us. Putin is trying to influence the U.S. election in favor of Trump.

It’s a wise (and maybe the only) political move available to these scumbags. The alternative would be to say, “Well, sure, DNC officials had their private preferences and mentioned them in emails. But she got more votes, she got Sanders’ endorsement in the end, and the content of those emails is irrelevant now. Why make trouble? It’s done. Let’s move on.”