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Thailand today commemorates National Science Day; in an ongoing and all-too-frequent occasion of Syrian conflict thirteen hundred thirty-two years ago, Ummayad battlers solidified their control of the region in a precursor to Shiite and Sunni factionalism, in which Ibn al-Zubayr lost his life and control over what is now Syria to his clan’s enemies; five hundred forty three years after that point in time, in 1227, a male infant came into the world in Mongolia who would soon enough lead conquests far afield as Genghis Khan;twenty-six decades subsequently, in 1487, Christian Spanish forces under the leadership of the Marquis of Cadiz successfully completed the Siege of Malaga and laid the basis of the consolidation of the Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
Admittedly in some ways as a part of a process of inculcation and indoctrination, Americans love their heroes, occasionally miraculous and almost superhuman in the vein of Lincoln, much more frequently a cardboard cutout of greatness, a mere representation of integrity and intelligence rather than its embodiment, in the end a commingling of the necessary charisma and certainty to induce otherwise decent folks to accede to operations and policies that as often as not eviscerate and exploit their own humble lives and almost always viciously victimize alien others, distant enemies whom the powers that be of the real ruling classes, standing out of sight behind the designated mighty leader, the new ‘Fuhrer,’ have selected to bear the brunt of imperial wrath and opportunistic plundering, courtesy of the steady direction and potent persuasion of the elite’s chosen champion for the masses to follow.
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An Electric Literature posting by an editorial assistant of an iconic lit prize who sheds light on the publishing, editing, and short story process: “This is obvious, but WOW, a ton of people are writing short stories! And a ton of magazines are devoted to publishing them. Which means there are people willing to read and select and edit them and there are universities and private entities and donors willing to fund their publication. For a form whose death is continually prophesied, the story is doing pretty damn well.”
An IJ Net article that contextualizes a nexus for successsfuly navegating infrastructure and other challenges when journalists seek to collaborate with journalists in Africa: “The dramatic increase in mobile phones and internet connectivity across Africa in recent years has created new opportunities for reporters to collaborate on cross-border projects like the Panama Papers. But despite these new opportunities, Africa continues to pose unique challenges to journalists.”
An Alternet article that discusses recent developments that bode ill for all those seeking to benefit from nature’s perfect remedy, in regards to pharma’s efforts to manipulate it, most likely with ill effect, for their own gains: “While much ink has been spilled over the last few days regarding DEA’srefusal to recognize marijuana as a medicine and its unwillingness to reclassify it under federal law, far less attention has been paid to a separate decision by the agency to create, for the first time, a “clear legal pathway” for pharmaceutical companies to engage in cannabis-specific “drug product development.””
A 21st Century Wire look at a movie that in many ways represented the acme of Cold War paranoia through a masterful use of different psychological, philosophical, and filmic techniques: “In using the term ‘occult’ I refer to it’s original meaning of ‘intentionally hidden’, while the term ‘plot’ does not refer to script, but to the structure of an act the motion picture imitates. The ‘act’ denotes meaningful action or interconnected set of actions. Therefore, to assimilate the act means to mimic the inner logical structure of real or possible events caused by intelligent agents.
Furthermore, this analysis is not concerned with praise or the critique of the original film nor the sequel. The scope is, in a way, both broader and more focused. It has a twofold aim: firstly, to depict meaningful patterns Carpenter employed to create unique sense of dread and bleakness and, secondly, to point out some of the implications such approach to motion picture creation can have – and indeed has – for media filtered reality of contemporary society; the society which more or less perceives itself as a picture in motion.”