A Thought for the Day
Procrastination both manifests the quiet desperation of life’s ever-mortal exigencies and assists anyone’s creative processes to percolate more powerfully, at once a case of the wanton crack-addict who gives in repeatedly, doggedly, despite any and all ‘negative feedback loops,’ and the artist who is straightening out her head, the editor who is clarifying his real mission, or any other producer who is in process of production, so to say; that the irresistible allure is electronic rather than chemical matters little in terms of immediate outcomes, though the chemistry is harsh and will ruin the soundest body in the relatively short run—the upshot of the entire account of which is further affirmation that paradox reigns everywhere, our job in the event to assign it useful and powerful meaning.
This Day in History
Vermont on this date commemorates Bennington Battle Day; when an early Han Emperor, Ai of Han, died without issue, Wang Mang began the process of seizing control by two thousand eighteen years ago having his supporters declare him Marshal of State; three hundred thirty-nine years ahead of today, the English poet, author, and bon vivant Andrew Marvell exited the earthly scene; twenty-seven years later, in 1705, the estimable mathematician and natural philosopher Jacob Bernoulli, from a well-known family of numbers geniuses, solved his final theorem; eighty-seven more years along the temporal arc, in 1792, Maximillien Robespierre made a bit to consolidate his control of legislation and administration with his demand for the establishment of a Revolutionary Tribunal; the very next year, in 1793, the National Convention in Paris decreed a Levee en Masse to conscript soldiers for a revolutionary army; MORE HERE
three years on time’s amble toward today, in 1958, a girl child gave voice who would end up as the monumental rocker and writer whom we now know as Madonna; four years afterward, in 1962, France and India formally ratified the transfer of France’s colonial holdings that, in practice, took place eight years before;two years onward, to the East in Vietnam in 1964, a coup unfolded, orchestrated from the U.S. Embassy, that resulted in a military government and a more imperially favorable Constitution; an addition seven hundred thirty days en route to the present, in 1966, halfway round the world in Washington, the House Un-American Activities Committee held hearings to examine the growing protest, and movement, against the increasingly bloody and unpopular intervention in Vietnam; seven further years along time’s trail, in 1973, across North America in 1973, during a march in support of the second grape boycott that the United Farmworkers conducted against both the growers and what the UFW viewed as a sellout contract by the Teamsters, a grape picker died of gunshot wounds that a strikebreaker inflicted; eleven years hence, in 1984, one of history’s stranger trials ended when a Federal Court jury acquitted automaker John Delorean of all the cocaine trafficking charges against him; five years advanced from that passing moment, in 1989, a large solar flare caused a geomagnetic storm that caused a complete collapse of functionality in the Toronto stock market; an additional four years further along, in 1993, the Debian, open-source Linux operating system first became available for use; a dozen years still nearer to our day and time, in 2005, the estimable fiddler and performer and songwriter Vassar Clements breathed his last; seven years after that, in 2012, more or less eight thousand miles South and East in South Africa, police opened fire on striking miners, wounding nearly eighty of them and outright killing thirty-four; two years more on time’s merry way, in 2014, the German journalist and adventurer Peter Scholl-Latour lived out his final paragraphs.
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General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues
A Blacklisted News look at the deep state: “From my own personal research and observations, Google has become very much a willing part of this deep state, with Eric Schmidt being the primary driving force that has propelled the company into its contemporary role not just as a search engine monopoly, but also as a powerful and undemocratic tech arm of the shadow government.”
A World Socialist Web Site article that contextualizes the current rise of drug addictions in a context of pharma company depredations: “Drug overdose deaths in the United States are rising sharply, the National Center for Health Statistics reported Tuesday. For the year-long period ending January 2017, total US drug overdose deaths totaled 64,070, up 21 percent from 52,898 for the previous year. This is equivalent to 175 people dying every day from drug overdoses.”
General Past & Present Issues
A Defend Democracy contextualization of current depredations in the Middle East and beyond: “The start of current decade revealed the most ruthless face of a global neo-colonialism. From Syria and Libya to Europe and Latin America, the old colonial powers of the West tried to rebound against an oncoming rival bloc led by Russia and China, which starts to threaten their global domination.