8.22.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

From Ecowatch, a briefing about the sinking costs of solar voltaic electricity, with Chile in the highlighted position, a general trend that enthralls all but the terminally aligned with nuclear options, a report that dovetails with the overall recent proferral  from Countercurrents about a possible “solar transition,” and that matches up with such more specific recent accounts as a New York Times piece  that examines a Danish wind provider’s use of data in its development, or an overview from The Conversation that delves Great Britain’s beginning to exploit its truly vast wind energy potential, or another Ecowatch installment  that looks into coming growth of wind electric generation in New York.

                    This Day in History                  

Celebrating an imperial inauguration three hundred seventy-seven years in advance of today, India commemorates Madras Day in honor of an English purchase of property in order to found that community;on the opposite side of the world, in Northern United Kingdom, one thousand four hundred fifty-one years ago, a saintly and proselytizing visitor to Scotland supposedly stopped a Loch Ness monster from eating a swimmer; three hundred seventy-four years prior to the present pass,King Charles I sealed his fate and began the English Civil War with a statement that labeled Parliament a ‘nest of traitors;’ half a decade forward in time, in 1647, a little baby boy was born who would grow up as Denis Papin and discover the principles of pressure cooking; seven years onward from that, across the wide Atlantic, in 1654, the first known Jewish immigrant to North America arrived in New Amsterdam; one hundred sixteen years subsequently, in 1770, on one of his many exploratory journeys for the empire on which the sun never set, James Cook oversaw his crew’s disembarking and claiming for England the Eastern coast of Southern Australia; twenty-one years further along the temporal arc, in 1791, a different imperial project experienced the uprising of the enslaved and indentured classes in Haiti; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

Simultaneously torturing and tantalizing, at once alluring and daunting, life’s vexatious valleys and undulating ridges solicit the sauntering sojourner to sally forth through occurrences and eventualities that represent at one andRoutinely, if not uniformly, expertise these days mainly adds up to exercises in racketeering: the only mastery worth a damn, except to profiteers, recognizes the inherently collective and inclusive nature of the creation of both socially useful knowledge and wise policy—‘authority’ otherwise always victimizes members of the passive masses, while yet other indentured specialists prescribe what these hapless sufferers must purchase to alleviate the afflictions that stem from multiple cults of self-serving, pseudo-scientific ‘experts.’ the same time seas of struggle and oceans of opportunity.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“As always, one might present the nub of today’s script simply.  One chronicler has stated the matter under consideration like this: ‘The division of labor among nations is that some of them specialize in winning and others in losing.  Our part of the world, known today as Latin America, was precocious: it has specialized in losing ever since those remote times when Renaissance Europeans ventured across the ocean and buried their teeth in the throat of Indian civilization.’  MORE HERE

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  


A compelling hour of conversation and debate, of insight and digging, from Marc Lamont and the crew at Breakfast Club, in an interview and round table that covers elections, ‘lesser evil’ politics, the nature of White Supremacy, the individual struggles with violence and oppression, and many more matters of historical import and contemporary significance, all in a way that is informal and yet rigorous, pointed and yet polite, provocative and inclusive all at once, a very useful experience for any scrappy scribe or stalwart citizen who wants to delve more deeply into matters of color and class, race and ethnicity.


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Columnist – The Commercial Appeal

The Commercial Appeal, Memphis’ 175-year-old brand for local news content, and part of the USA Today Network, plans to add an experienced columnist to provide insight and reported commentary on a wide range of local issues, everything from the city’s efforts to rein in violent crime to its remarkable record as a home for entrepreneurs. If you can report and write confidently about race and demographics, business and economics, government and politics, even sports on occasion, and focus on the city’s inspiring cast of characters working to make Memphis better, we’d like to hear from you.


Still Optimistic About a Less Rigged Electoral Process

A Truth-Out piece that speaks to the potential for third and fourth presidential parties – and nominees – to change the discourse of politics today, which, even if it did not fix the problems we face today, would at least be an improvement: “A debate featuring Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, and Johnson would represent an improvement on what we have seen in recent presidential races.

A debate between Clinton, Trump, Johnson, and Stein would represent an even greater improvement.

Could it happen?”

WRISSFarewell to Gawker

From The Awl, an elegy to an important, challenging, but ultimately doomed media outlet: “Gawker’s biggest lies were the ones it told about itself. But these errors were small in scale when measured up against the pervasive duplicity offered by the other publications Gawker was established to counter. (It is no accident that many of the most heartfelt cheers for Gawker’s demise came from those in the press who had been stung by its appraisals; there is nothing more wounding to someone who has surrendered his critical faculties in exchange for admission to the system than to be reminded of his complicity in its fraudulence.) Gawker was stupid, loud, bullying and ill-informed, and most days it was the only honest thing you could read.”


Battle Training for Journalists

An IJ Net article that looks at a training program for journalists that could save their lives in the current global climate that exists, and which points to how dire things are for journalists and citizens alike: “The simulator contains audio taken from actual battles between drug traffickers and military units in Mexico. Journalists are trained to take cover while they hear the actual sounds of a gun battle. This audio creates a dramatic environment and, from what I’ve seen, reporters appreciate having the chance to practice taking cover.”


Deutsche Bank Financial Scandal

A New Yorker post that looks at a financial scheme among many that Deutsche Bank has had a starring role in, pointing to many such scandals and misleading in many decades: “Scandals have proliferated at Deutsche Bank. Since 2008, it has paid more than nine billion dollars in fines and settlements for such improprieties as conspiring to manipulate the price of gold and silver, defrauding mortgage companies, and violating U.S. sanctions by trading in Iran, Syria, Libya, Myanmar, and Sudan. Last year, Deutsche Bank was ordered to pay regulators in the U.S. and the U.K. two and a half billion dollars, and to dismiss seven employees, for its role in manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate, or libor, which is the interest rate banks charge one another. The Financial Conduct Authority, in Britain, chastised Deutsche Bank not only for its manipulation of libor but also for its subsequent lack of candor. “Deutsche Bank’s failings were compounded by them repeatedly misleading us,” Georgina Philippou, of the F.C.A., declared. “The bank took far too long to produce vital documents and it moved far too slowly to fix relevant systems.””



CIA and American Empire

A World Socialist Web Site review of an excellent, shocking, and informative book that exposes the truths of the imperialistic overreaching of this government’s antics: “The history of the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)—its coups, assassinations, “extraordinary rendition” kidnappings, use of torture, “black sites,” drone executions, dirty wars and sponsorship of dictatorial regimes [1]—not only underscores the bloody and reactionary role of American imperialism, but most especially the ruling elite’s mortal fear of the working class internationally.”