8.15.2016 Daily Links

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http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/37236-this-is-the-madness-they-spark-uprising-in-milwaukee-after-police-kill-23-year-old-black-man –  In the aftermath of yet another unprovoked police murder of a Black man in Milwaukee, a gripping report from TruthOut, via Democracy Now!, of an insurgency in the city by Black people who are clearly saying that police depredation left little choice other than to revolt in some fashion or other, the official response to which has been to call the National Guard and prepare for even greater upheaval, a momentous occasion that all manner of media outlets, such as a report  from Mint Press News and a breaking news account   from our ‘paper of record,’ the New York Times.

                    This Day in History                  

This date marks centrally important events and commemoration in both North and South Asia, as India celebrates Independence Day in relation to the British Empire and Bangladesh declares a National Day of Mourning for an assassinated founding father, while, much to the North and East, Korea observe Independence Day in relation to Japanese imperialism, while that nation fixes on today the title of End-of-War Memorial Day, in relation to the climax of World War Two, and in parts of Mexico and the Southwestern United States, this is one of the days that notes the dominion of ‘Our Lady of the Sacred Death,’ or the power of Saint Death, Santa Muerte; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

In fostering a ‘community conversation,’ one necessity is to illustrate to participants how their initial approach and conceptualization of their participation could either encourage profound insight and incisive analysis or induce facile nonsense and superficial garbage; even purposefully misguided, manipulated, not to mention altogether partial or even false outcomes would be likely in the latter scenario, diverted both so as to produce results worse than ignorance and to keep people from recognizing reality in a real enough way to claim not only a fair shot at impacting the world but also their own fair share of the power and product that our social congress creates.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“Let no one be offended because we use the divine words read at our mass to shed light on the social, political and economic situation of our people.  Not to do so would be unchristian.  Christ desires to unite himself with humanity, so that the light he brings from God might become life for nations and individuals. MORE HERE

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  


A magnificent and utterly mandatory viewing, a little over an hour, that emanates from the work and integrity of Thomas Ferguson, whose Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Party Competition and the Logic of Money-driven Political Systems historically and creatively provides meticulous documentation that, at least since 1896, different blocs of wealthy voters and monopoly businesses have used public relations, chicanery, and ‘any means necessary’ to make sure that whatever politicians come to power are the creatures of financiers and multinational corporations, a powerful thesis that is completely impossible to disprove and, almost as likely, possible to demonstrate dispositively, all assembled in a beautiful documentary film that every scrappy scribe and stalwart citizen ought to watch at least once aweek or so, an exercise in what the Epilogue calls “Democracy: Myth & Reality” that such other recent productions as a podcast at Smirking Chimp, in this case about the influence of money itself on electoral outcomes, or that such relatively ancient efforts, here preserved by Film Archive, as this twenty-seven year old interview  with Tom Ferguson about the election of 1988 also document and detail in fascinating and important ways.


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Bitch Media, an independent, nonprofit feminist media organization now in its 20th year, is pleased to announce the Bitch Media Fellowships for Writers, a series of three-month intensive writing fellowships whose goal is to develop, support, and amplify emerging, diverse voices in feminist, activist, and pop-culture media. The program will be directed by Bitch cofounder Andi Zeisler.

Cash prizes of $250 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place, including publication in Cultural Weekly. In addition, five finalists will be chosen and awarded $50 each, including publication in Cultural Weekly.


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Roosevelt Institute

Reporting directly to the President & CEO, the Executive Assistant serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the Office of the President. The Executive Assistant serves to enhance the CEO’s effectiveness by providing necessary executive support. … Until economic and social rules work for all Americans, they’re not working. Inspired by the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor, the Roosevelt Institute reimagines the rules to create a nation where everyone enjoys a fair share of our collective prosperity.


Voting Primer

An Op Ed News piece by a thoughtful commentator who introduces readers to useful insights in regards to the coming elections: “Which candidate should progressives support in 2016? It depends a bit on your priorities.

If you care more about socialized medicine than you do about peace, honesty, and civil liberties, vote for Hillary. The rest of this essay is not for you.

If you long to bring back the blue collar heyday of the 1950s by forming a national picket line, and can live with bringing back some of the racism of the 1950s, vote for Trump. The rest of this essay is not for you either.

But if you really care about civil liberties, if you want to end the Drug war, if you want black lives to matter to the government, you need to go third party. The question is which party: Green or Libertarian? Jill Stein or Gary Johnson?”

WRISSLooking Into an Associate Editor’s Mind

A Submittable interview with one of the heads of Catapult magazine, which provides useful insights towards anyone interested in getting published: “Our mission continues to take shape and change form, as all worthwhile missions do, but in short: We publish extraordinary stories by extraordinary people. Some of these people may be what we call “writers” in the professional sense, but extraordinary stories come from all places, from all people. They may not be “writers,” but they too deserve space on our bookshelves and in our daily consumption of online literature.”


Copyright Abuses and Music

A first-part Rolling Stone  report that looks at one of the more sad cases of copyright overreach that has intersected with rock and roll legends in the recent past: “The surviving members of Led Zeppelin defended themselves in courtearlier this year against a claim that they had plagiarized part of their biggest hit, “Stairway to Heaven.” It quickly became music’s biggest cause célèbre since Robin Thicke lost a similar suit last year. The prosecuting attorney, Francis Malofiy, claimed that the band had ripped off the obscure 1968 Spirit instrumental “Taurus,” and his flamboyant presentational styleand frequent clashes with the judge was melodramatic enough to warrant a box of popcorn. Ultimately, Led Zeppelin won the trial, but before the jury delivered the verdict to Malofiy and Led Zeppelin lead counsel Peter Anderson, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones all testified in court.”


Police Stealing

An Atlantic article that looks at the legalized form of stealing that police departments practice, as one of a long list of police overreaching and abuse: “His ordeal is a common one. Earlier this year, the Bronx Defenders filed a class-action lawsuit against New York City that named three plaintiffs: Clavasquin and two other men who were also given the runaround when they tried to pick up their property, including their cellphones, after an arrest. The lawsuit alleges that the city has shown a “policy, pattern, and practice” of unconstitutionally depriving people of their property after an arrest, without due process.”

GENISSDevelopment, Pollution, and Philosophy in China

A fascinating piece from Guernica that explores China’s pollution challenges and other consequences of its industrialization, through the prism of the cultural, philosophical, and historical forces that now interact in various ways to forge a new future: “It seems these Chinese dwellers aren’t so much looking for an alternative life as rediscovering the pleasures of old ways. They are looking for an uncontaminated life, but one that is as environmentally and culturally pure, while also seeking a solution more effective than current Western ways. Evan Osnos described the current revival of Confucianism in China in a New Yorker article as ‘Confucius Comes Home’, a movement quite the opposite to when Mao called to smash old traditions during the Cultural Revolution, leading to the destruction of hundreds of temples and countless cultural artifacts. Nowadays, Peking University and other respected schools have created mid-career courses that promised to reveal “commercial wisdom” in ancient philosophy, while around the country, tourists flock en masse to the few surviving Confucius temples, of which the most famous is in Qufu, his birth place. Osnos traced the budding of this revival to the early 1990’s, when the Communist Party needed an ‘indigenous ideology’ to restore its image after it violently cracked down on the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.”