8.08.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

For scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who give a damn about their children’s survival, information from the knife’s edge of the cutting conflict that defines contemporary Ukraine, events that threaten to launch a confrontation that could end human life on Earth, as reported by TeleSur, occurrences that one is not likely to find on a first pass through anycorporate media of the so-called ‘free world,’ reports of barbarism on the part of criminal and fascist elements within the Ukrainian military’s ‘adjunct’ forces, rape of young girls and even preschoolers that the assailants own cell phones recorded as trophies, just the newest eventualities of depredation and venality on the part of the preferred ‘friends’ of the United States of America and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, up-to-the-minute reportage that assessments outside of the monopoly-media’s realm--as here  at Contra Corner–also detail as likely to induce “another Sarajevo” or worse.

                    This Day in History                  

Today of late promotes the celebration of Happiness Happens Day; in the annals of science and the awareness of the cosmos four hundred forty years ago, masons and builders set down the cornerstone for Tycho Brahe’s planned observatory, Uraniborg, on the island of Hven, roughly halfway between Sweden and Denmark; three hundred sixty-nine years ahead of today, en route to the full conquest of Confederated Ireland, English forces won out over Irish partisans on this date in the Battle of Dungan’s Hill; three hundred seven years prior to the present pass, a young priest from Brazil, Bartolomeu de Gusmao, demonstrated to the King of Portugal in Lisbon the uplifting potential of the world’s first hot air balloon; eighty-four years hence, in 1793, to the North and West in Lyon, locals rose up against the erstwhile revolutionary National Convention in Paris; a quarter century beyond that, across the English Channel in 1818, the young John Keats returned from a walking tour of Scotland with signs of the tuberculosis that would eventually lay him low; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

One might pray that we fathom that life’s pie permits—if organized with even a modicum of amicability—each participant to cut as big a piece as she needs, as ample a slice as he could hope to consume in a lifetime of excess, but such a fond fancy underestimates social actors’ conditioning to want even the deepest dish’s entire extravaganza of delight, despite how these demented distortions disempower all and sundry save people already in possession of massively disproportionate shares.

                  Quote of the Day                       

garden of edenTHE GARDEN OF EDEN … at some point something must have come from nothing …

Sophie Amundsen was on her way home from school.  She had walked the first part of the way with Joanna.  They had been discussing robots.  Joanna thought the human brain was like an advanced computer.

Sophie was not certain she agreed.  Surely a person was more than a piece of hardware?

When they got to the supermarket they went their separate ways. Sophie lived on the outskirts of a sprawling suburb and had almost twice as far to school as Joanna.  There were no other houses beyond her garden, which made it seem as if her house lay at the end of the world.  This was where the woods began.  MORE HERE

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                       In-Depth Look                        

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Hiroshima–Nagasaki-Seve-by-Jack-Hickey-Bombing_Extinction_Hiroshima_History-150812-877.html – To initiate two days of deeper probing about an issue that demands that we pay attention if we want to live, musings as of this time last year, fromOpEdNews, in an article that establishes five points about what the author calls the Modern Nuclear Project,most of which contentions deal with political economy and history, but the last of which is predictive and prescriptive in nature–or proscriptive, perhaps–to wit that human extinction, or something even more painful, looms ahead if people continue to permit nuclear weapons to exist, so unless mass collective suicide seems appealing, ending the imprimatur or the Nuclear Fuel Fool Cycle ought to be priority number one, a position about which vast quantities of circumstantial evidence at least suggest agreement, a high degree of correlation or congruence, MORE HERE

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For scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who want to take note of a powerful and principled debate about critical concepts and issues of the present pass, a portal from Salon to Bill Maher’s recent interview with Julian Assange, where–possibly following orders from on high–the affable host, who is a big fan of Wikileaks apparently, goes through a list of ‘pointed questions’ to cast doubt, if not aspersions on the recent release of the Democratic National Committee’s hacked e-mails, which proved all that Mr. Assange said that they proved, and then some, so that instead of causing skepticism on the viewer’s part about the WikiLeaks process, any more or less ‘progressive’ observer would have been cheering at the end in regard to Julian’s promise that he and his people’s bureau of investigation colleagues “were working on” hacking Donald’s tax returns.




Course on urban reporting open [Brazil]

College students can apply to attend a free course in São Paulo.

Deadline: 08/11/2016


Science journalism contest open [Russia]

Science journalists are invited to submit works on modern biology to this contest organized by website biomolecula.ru.

Deadline: 10/01/2016

Reuters Institute offers fellowship [Middle East]

Journalists from Lebanon, Palestine and Syria can apply for the Asfari Fellowship at Oxford University in England.

Deadline: 09/05/2016

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University of Alabama at Birmingham

WBHM News Director

WBHM 90.3 FM is a listener-supported service of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and also can be heard in North Central Alabama on WSGN 91.5 FM through a partnership with Gadsden State Community College and on 104.7 FM in Fort Payne. More than half of the station’s financial support comes from listeners, with additional support from corporate underwriting and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). WBHM, “Your NPR News Station,” is also home to the Alabama Radio Reading Service, a resource for the blind and print-impaired.

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Education Reporter

The Las Vegas Review-Journal is looking for an ambitious, inquisitive, experienced reporter to join its three-person education team — one to cover higher ed and two to cover the Clark County School District. This is a challenging job that focuses on myriad issues surrounding the nation’s fifth-largest district, its 357 schools and 320,000 students, and one that is facing a controversial state-mandated reorganization.


An Important Journalist 

An IJNet look into the brilliant work of an important Nigerian journalist whose commitment to helping others and the integrity of news can be transforming to her community: ““The course change my perspective on news reporting, especially about business,” she explained. “Through mentoring from one of my trainers, Rose Skelton, I was able to produce a story about the Nigerian lottery.”

We chatted with Ayo-Ariyo about finding and telling underreported stories, pursuing new opportunities and more.”


Cheap and Easy Analyses on Culture

A Chronicle post that warns of the toll in the humanities that sloppy pop culture criticism can have for a field of study that’s already endangered in today’s world: “The internet is not a classroom — however much we like to think it is. When writers for major news magazines misread, misunderstand, and mistake their objects of study, they are not synonymous with students and that situation is rarely a teachable moment. That’s because readers have been conditioned to expect that their news sources present them with accurate information.”


Dead Women and Media

An incisive Jezebel piece that deconstructs the social and political role that dead women play in media, and look at some of the ways that both audiences and media outfits objectify these casualties: “Our own dead women, instead, reflect our own values. Death transforms them into sacrifices to a social order we know to be true, one that we hope we can counteract by naming it; we make political sense of their deaths in order to make them seem less senseless. Through news stories of the immortalized dead, we pay witness to particular kinds of violence, to our own suspicions about gender-based crime, to an inherent knowledge that the world is unsafe for women. “


Missing Money

An Activist Post article that looks at the sloppy book-keeping, to say the least, occurring in Washington, especially in relation to America’s deadly war toys: “A new Department of Defense Inspector General’s report, released last week, has left Americans stunned at the jaw-dropping lack of accountability and oversight. The glaring report revealed the Pentagon couldn’t account for $6.5 trillion dollars worth of Army general fund transactions and data, according to a report by the Fiscal Times.”

GENISSHumanities Keep Us Human

A moving Chronicle of Higher Education personal essay that highlights the importance of maintaining humanities as a valuable discipline, and that looks at the profound loss of giving in to the greater forces that seek to deprive it of its rightful role: “We must not concede to the actuarial ethos of the corporatized university that reduces all discussions of value to questions of profit and loss. Economic arguments for the value of a humanistic education will not save the humanities, and we should stop making them. The value of the humanities as the heart of a university education does not lie primarily in “transferrable skills” nor in the “critical thinking” that employers presumably want. Instead, a core education in the humanities gives students the intellectual space to grapple with questions of enduring importance. The value of knowing how humankind has tackled those questions and taking part in that endeavor can never be measured in dollars and cents alone.”