8.10.2016 Daily Links

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https://theintercept.com/2016/08/09/as-temer-weakens-sanders-denounces-brazils-impeachment-as-undemocratic-calls-for-new-elections/  –  As the combination of nationalism, bravado, individualist ferocity, and hyper-disciplined narcissism that characterize the Olympics combine and percolate every day in Rio, with the mediating mavens of the monopoly outlets there to capture every moment, an article from The Intercept, which has already released magnificent reportage about Brazil’s recent difficulties, in this case with an almost astonishing report from the United States Senate, where Bernie Sanders, stepping outside the normal ‘domestic comfort zone’ that impedes his conversing about foreign policy matters, forthrightly and fiercely championed Dilma Roussef, whose railroading by her land’s oligarchs has been one of the tragedies of the past year, demanding that the legislature in Brazilia return her to her rightful place or call immediate elections, a courageous stand that mirrors his consistent cognizance of the inequality and brutality so characteristic of American life now, lethal levels of inequity that, as a new report in Waking Times makes crystal clear, are ripping Brazil asunder just now, even as the rich and famous, and their well fed pet athletes, ‘compete’ as if the starvation and mass homicide in the surrounding favelas were merely a dark dream, an unfortunate confirmation of the destitution and dire danger in poor neighborhoods as accessible as a lengthy research report  in the New York Review of Books that clearly contextualizes what is beginning in the world’s fourth largest nation as war.

                    This Day in History                  

All over the planet, today is World Biodiesel Day; in what is today the area where Germany’s and Austria’s borders meet, a thousand sixty-one years ago,Holy Roman imperial troops dealt a crushing blow to Magyar incursions into the Western reaches of Europe, essentially ending Hungarian attempts at far-flung conquest; one thousand twenty-five years prior to the present pass, during the proud era of Vikings and as different European tribal factions struggled for dominance, a band of inland-raiding vikings defeated the English near Maldon, Essex; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

The Modern Nuclear Project will in its massive apparently mandatory imprimatur seen inexorable, inevitable, unstoppable till we realize that ruling classes do on occasion change, and a different set of powers-that-be could easily come to a conclusion different from the attitudes of the bourgeoisie, a choice, then, not to conceptualize and then implement individual plutocratic lucre in perpetuity, even if the result is total annihilation, but to create the technically readily accessible means for families and communities and collectives everywhere to live comfortably within the limits that life on Earth requires, with the light and air and water that we have, rather than seeking to unleash the forces of the atomic nucleus that the sun’s operation created but which social life cannot abide.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“As soon as I’m in the trees, I retrieve a bow and sheath of arrows from a hollow log.  Electrified or not, the fence has been successful at keeping the flesh-eaters out of District 12.  Inside the woods they roam freely, and there are added concerns like venomous snakes, rabid animals, and no real paths to follow.  But there’s also food if you know how to find it.  My father knew and he taught me some before he was blown to bits in a mine explosion.  There was nothing even to bury.  I was eleven then.  Five years later, I still wake up screaming for him to run. MORE HERE

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http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/08/06/why-the-modern-nuclear-project-will-persist-at-least-until-we-focus-action-on-why-it-is-persisting/  –  A second day of reflections about the legacies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and what the Modern Nuclear Project guarantees for humankind if Homo Sapiens permits it to continue–which is to say, extinction–a set of seriously mandatory notes for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens to attend if they care about survival for complicated organisms such as we are, to begin with a personal essay from CounterCurrents, after which a pair of pieces appear,

              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  


http://whowhatwhy.org/2016/08/07/podcast-russ-baker-deep-state-elites-democracy/  –  Another mandatory podcast, this time from Who What Why? which engages documentarian and investigative reporter Russ Baker, to delve what he develops in his monograph, Family of Secrets: the Bush Dynasty, America’s Hidden Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years, which amounts to a directly and circumstantially proved case that the Bush banking family interests have a deeply rooted and powerfully manifested role in running American society from behind the scenes, a power-brokerage that has lasted since at least the late nineteenth century, through Brown Brothers Harriman, through the financing of Nazi rise to power in Germany, and tons and tons more that scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens ought to put in their pipes to smoke about how the world really works.




ICFJ seeks Knight International Journalism Fellow [Worldwide]

Senior journalists with experience in the Global South and a deep knowledge of technology can apply to help spearhead the Code for Africa data journalism initiative in four “hub” countries: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania.


CBS News offers internship program [US]

College students interested in broadcast journalism can apply for a paid internship in New York or Washington.

Deadline: 10/31/2016

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Five Thirty Eight

Social Media editor

FiveThirtyEight is hiring a social media editor who will be responsible for the site’s social promotion, in addition to helping other editors write headlines and produce the website. We’re looking for someone who appreciates our data-driven approach to covering the news and who has expertise in using social platforms to promote journalism and build audience engagement with that work. The role will also include developing platform-specific multimedia content.


Organizing for a Better Future

A Common Dreams look at the dwindling relevance of traditional political institutions in this country, who highlights the emerging or long-standing institutions that are seeking greater power and relevance in today’s political conversation: “As the campaign of Hillary Clinton ponders how best to deploy its billionaire backers, leftists are organizing for a better future in a nation in which 15 percent of the population lives in poverty, according to official Census Bureau statistics. And the reality, notes Paul Buchheit, is “actually much worse.”

WRISSEngaging With Storytelling

An IJ Net posting that looks at software and tactics that can engage audiences and deliver what media they want: “However, entrepreneur and radio journalist Jennifer Brandel is trying to help newsrooms see there’s more to audience engagement than that. Her startup, Hearken, lets the public work with journalists in pitching and assigning stories. This will result in stories that audiences already find “personally relevant” and are more eager to share with their social media networks, according to Hearken’s website. “


JOurnalism and Race

An SOP offering from Voice of America that deconstructs the conflicts and points in common when it comes to covering hot button racial issues in the context of multiply-intersecting identity politics issues: “Gittens and colleagues had begun covering the case prior to her death when a video surfaced of her in a physical altercation with police.

After covering Bland’s story and her funeral, “it did weigh on me because it was heavy to tell that story and for it to end that way,” he said. “When I first pitched that story to my editor, I never thought it was going to end with her being dead so it had an emotional toll on me at the end.”

That type of emotional investment can make the job of a neutral reporter difficult.”


Hush Hush Drone Program Exposed

A Truth Dig article on the release of information that exposes to citizen scrutiny it’s nations inhuman, lethal drone strategy: “Three years and thousands of deaths later, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama late Friday finally made public its guidelines for conducting lethal drone strikes.

The release of the Presidential Policy Guidance (PPG), also known as “the Playbook,” came in response to a lawsuit filed last year by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seeking the framework—which Obama said at the time was created in the interest of greater transparency and oversight over the expansive targeted killing program.”

GENISSOn Randomness

A highly interesting post from Quanta that focuses on recent study on, well, randomness, which is in the end an attempt to bring mathematical models to things existing in the daily world that had up to now have eluded quantification: “There are varieties of random paths, random two-dimensional surfaces, random growth models that approximate, for example, the way a lichen spreads on a rock. All of these shapes emerge naturally in the physical world, yet until recently they’ve existed beyond the boundaries of rigorous mathematical thought. Given a large collection of random paths or random two-dimensional shapes, mathematicians would have been at a loss to say much about what these random objects shared in common.”