8.19.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

http://www.post-gazette.com/business/tech-news/2016/08/18/Uber-to-use-self-driving-cars-in-Pittsburgh-to-haul-people-in-next-few-weeks/stories/201608180155  –  A briefing from ‘steel-city’s’ own Post Gazette about the coming deployment of a small ‘fleet’ of driverless cars, a step in the direction of taking over the commercial driving sphere more fully, even in relation to ‘big rigs’ that travel long distance, all of which, put together with drone deliveries and other such ‘automation’ and ‘productivity-building’ exercises, had better cause scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens to question patterns of ownership and profit unless they like the idea of being akin to cattle in a suddenly vegetarian land.

                    This Day in History                  

Today around the globe is World Humanitarian Day, and in the United States commemorates National Aviation Day; minions of Roman Emperor Quintus Fabius plus-or-minus two thousand three hundred eleven years ago, dedicated the first temple to the Goddess Venus; two thousand four hundred fifty-nine years behind us, the Roman emperor known as Cesar Augustus compelled the Roman Senate to elect him Consul, thus marking a step ever closer to the end of Roman democracy; eight hundred sixty-three years ahead of today,Baldwin III of Jerusalem took control of the Kingdom of Jerusalem from his mother Melisende; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

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The central paradox of language involves power, the way that on the one hand expression and comprehension, and therefore any sort of strategic action also, depend more or less completely on listening and reading skills, along with speaking and writing aptitude, while, on the other hand, the capacity to manipulate, mislead, obfuscate, or otherwise falsify consciousness—even altogether turning people’s thought processes against their own best interests—also results from clever linguistic capability and ‘silver-tongued’ screeds, among the many key conclusions from which, in regard to life and effectiveness and more, is the recognition that at the core of anything akin to citizenship lies the ability first to read and listen, and then to speak and write, about any issue that affects the body politick, a deduction that in turn supports the absolute necessity that the stalwart citizen have the ability to recite and read aloud ideas and arguments, facts and evidence, to serve whatever position on a topic that individuals and collectives come to believe would most optimally advance their personal or joint concerns and commitments.

                  Quote of the Day                       
Let me again remind you, as I did yesterday in my address of acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize for 1962, that Alfred Nobel wanted to invent ‘a substance or a machine with such terrible power of mass destruction that war would thereby be made impossible forever.’  Two thirds of a century later scientists discovered the explosive substances that Nobel wanted to invent the fissionable substances uranium and plutonium, with explosive energy ten million times that of Nobel’s favorite explosive, nitroglycerine, and the fusionable substance lithium deuteride, with explosive energy fifty million times that of nitroglycerine.  The first of the terrible machines incorporating these substances, the uranium-235 and plutonium-239 fission bombs, were exploded in 1945, at Alamogordo, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki.  Then in 1954, nine years later, the first of the fission-fusion-fission superbombs was exploded, the 20-megaton Bikini bomb, with energy of explosion one thousand times greater than that of a 1945 fission bomb.
This one bomb, the 1954 superbomb, contained less than one ton of nuclear explosive.  The energy released in the explosion of this bomb was greater than that of all of the explosives used in all of the wars that have taken place during the entire history of the world, including the First World War and the Second World War. MORE HERE

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  


From the ever fertile mind of John Oliver and the indefatigable crew of merrymaking muses at Last Week Tonight, an examination of what lurks beneath the surface of the contemporary rigors of reportage, what with declines in staff and cutbacks of thirty percent or more in the ranks of reporters themselves, ramifications that bode ill for more electrified sources of news and analysis–like Mr. Oliver’s work itself, as he is the first to admit–that depend directly on the shoe-leather and intellectual labors of local investigations and assessments that are, literally, everywhere falling and occasionally falling apart, events about which both scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens might hope for additional analytical efforts to accompany the surface depictions that Oliver here brings to the fore, in any event a peek at ‘disruption’ that, if we recollect rightly, we willl recognize as aspects of media’s evolution generally, a point that interlocutors at Scholarly Kitchen make clear in proffering  a program about the ‘search’ for the roots of such phenomena in the life and times of Johann Gutenberg.




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Carnegie Ethics Studio Intern, Fall 2016

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Posted: 07/27/16

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs’ media studio is seeking an intern, whose primary role will be helping with research and outreach for Carnegie Council productions.


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I am looking to hire a Junior Copywriter to take over the majority of work for me. This is a remote job that can be completed from the comfort of your own home. However, this job requires that you are online working and on-call from 9am EST to 5pm EST Monday-Friday. Some days will be busier than others, but there is an organized schedule for the daily completion of tasks. My schedule has become too busy to manage this. I will be there to assist you with questions, but you will be handling the work.If you are able to complete basic writing tasks (quality copywriting) under deadlines AND you are detailed-oriented, then this job is for you.

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compensation: Pay of 14$ per hour
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International advertising agency is looking for writer/proofreader to provide crucial support by writing and/or editing all documentation to ensure proper grammar, spelling, syntax, style, consistency, and client standards. Requires an eye for detail and thorough knowledge of grammatical and stylistic concepts.



Safeguarding Women’s Rights

A Truth Dig look at a documentary by a brave cadre of documentary filmmakers set to safeguard women’s reproductive rights by exposing the corrupt lies of the anti-choice movement: ““A lot of women may not realize if you’re in California or you’re in New York, where your access may not be perfect … it is still a whole lot better than places like Missouri,” said Tragos, who shot much of her film at Hope Clinic in Granite, Ill., where many women from Missouri go for abortions.

The filmmaker, speaking in an interview, added, “Part of this [film’s purpose] is shedding light on what many women in this country face. It’s a wake-up call.””

WRISSExploring Japanese Literature

A Barnes and Noble blog post that introduces literature aficionados to some lesser-known translated Japanese literary jewels: “We love Murakami, and all the cats, jazz, whiskey bars, mysterious women, and glimpses at modern Japanese life that populate his books. But there’s a world of magnificent novels out there by Japanese authors who don’t receive as much U.S. press for their work. If you’ve already devoured Murakami’s story collections (like Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman) and his acclaimed novels (including Kafka on the Shore, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, and IQ84), it’s time to add these contemporary Japanese books to your end-of-summer reading list.”


Copyright Abuses

A Benton brief that contextualizes a recent court decision that will affect consumers irretrievably: “Will Internet providers have to start cracking down harder on their own customers for suspected copyright infringement? That’s one of the big questions being raised in the wake of an obscure court ruling that finds that Cox Communications is liable for the illegal music and movie downloads of its subscribers.”


Winning the South for the Neoliberal Dems

A Portside look at Clinton campaigning in the South, and her attempt to turn around what has traditionally been a ‘red’ state, little though those qualifications mean anymore: “Redirecting $20 million from the roughly $500 million still to be spent by Democrats and progressives can turn the traditionally red states of Georgia and Arizona blue, crush the campaign of Donald Trump, increase the size of the Democratic majority in the Senate, and put in place the cornerstones of a future, practically impenetrable Electoral College fortress anchored in the swelling ranks of voters of color.”

GENISSBeing Black in America

A Medium piece that provides a fundamental primer to all those who truly seek to understand the conditions of being Black in America, from a variety of perspectives: “I have had tearful conversations with dear friends and written painful letters to family about what that’s like. I have shared much of this publicly on how white journalists can respond, read everything I possibly could to get a fuller understanding of what has been happening and its impact on the Black community. And so much has been said, far, far more eloquently than I could ever express.

Many of these I’ve shared on social media, but here’s a round up of some of the pieces I’ve found most impactful.”