8.23.2017 Daily Links

  A Thought for the Day   

Wherever one looks at people’s panoramas, with their attendant political economic components, one sees at work the deadening hand of entropy, which can easily strangle social viability with its relentless grip, which seems irresistibly to strengthen over generations of populations in relation to each other: whether this maddening entropic amplification manifests as bedbugs resurgent or microorganisms that can resist all manner of erstwhile ‘miraculous‘ antibiotics, or in some other way, is a matter of chance; whether this heightened tendency to apply Murphy’s Law to everything shows up as a terrifying and species threatening tsunami in Fukushima, Japan, or as a public health menace in Hot Springs, North Carolina, courtesy of a failed septic backwash pump, is also a question of happenstance and randomness—therefore, ineluctable logic leads naturally to the conclusion that a primary issue of import in human affairs concerns how we relate to each other so as to decelerate the tendency both for everything to go wrong and for the energy available to redress such cycling downwards to decrease, meaning, of course, that practically all elements of contemporary class society express, more or less simultaneously , crimes against nature and threats to survival.

  Quote of the Day  

In 1921, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, both Italian-Americans, were convicted of robbery and murder. Although the arguments brought against them were mostly disproven in court, the fact that the two men were known radicals (and that their trial took place during the height of the Red Scare) prejudiced the judge and jury against them. On April 9, 1927, Sacco and Vanzetti’s final appeal was rejected, and the two were sentenced to death. Felix Frankfurter, then a professor at Harvard Law School, was considered to be the most prominent and respectable critic of the trial. He was appointed to the Supreme Court by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1939

 Atlantic Case of Sacco and Vanzetti

 This Day in History  

slavery racism brutalityToday is an International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition, as well as representing—for twenty-odd years now—Internaut Day to commemorate those who use the Internet often and well, while a European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism & Nazism unfolds on this date, and Iran honors medical doctors with Physicians Day;  MORE HERE

in the ever-volatile Mediterranean two thousand forty-seven years ago, the wealthy military leader Octavian, soon to become Rome’s first emperor, followed up the successful conquest of Egypt by murdering Marc Antony’s eldest son and also executing Caesarian, Egypt’s last Ptolemaic King and only child of Julius Caesar and Cleopatra; almost but not quite exactly a century and a decade later, in 79, supposedly on a day honoring the fire god Vulcan, the volcano near Vesuvius began to show signs of the eruption that would destroy many of the surrounding communities; exactly three times one hundred nine years after that, in 406, Roman imperial mercenaries, having defeated Gothic uprising, executed King Radagaisus; seven decades later, in 476, in a ‘what goes around comes around’ moment, German leader Odoacer assumed the title of King of Italy; seven hundred seventy-two years ahead of today, further evidencing regional tendencies to conflict, fighters of the Khwarezmian Empire successfully overthrew the Tower of David Citadel of Jerusalem; just past six decades beyond that battle’s end, in 1305, England’s rulers oversaw the brutal execution of William Wallace for his rebellious leadership;seventy-seven years subsequent to that barbaric pass, in 1382, armies under the leadership of Golden Horde potentate Takhtamysh laid siege to the Muscovite capital city; five hundred three years back, in what is now Iran, forces of the early Ottoman Empire crushed the troops of the Safavid Empire at the Battle of Chaldiran; fifty-eight years onward from there, in 1572, to the North in France, ‘toleration’ came to a bloody end as Huguenot Protestants faced the slaughter of the St. Bartholomew Day Massacre; precisely two decades hence, around the world in Northeast Asia in 1592, Japanese invaders began their siege of the Korean stronghold at Yeongwon Castle; twenty-two years more along the temporal arc, in 1614, mobs in Frankfurt, under the guidance of city leaders, gutted the Jewish quarters and began the Fettmilch uprising expulsion of all the cities’ Torah worshippers; an additional one hundred nine years into the future from that, in 1723, the early colonial Puritan leader and zealot, Increase Mather, went to meet his God; fifty-two years thereafter, in 1775, in relation to the descendants of Mather’s followers, King George of England issues a proclamation that declared the colonies in open rebellion against the Crown; nine years further along, in 1784, now American settlers near the Appalachian Massif punctuated the end of the Revolution by declaring themselves independent of the state of North Carolina, establishing the short-lived state of Franklin; a decade and a half beyond that moment in time, in 1799, across the wide Atlantic and through part of the Mediterranean, Napoleon departed from his battles in Egypt on his way to seizing imperial power in France; thirty-two years henceforth, in 1831, the short-lived insurrection of Nat Turner and his comrades came to an end as the authorities crushed the outbreak of violence against the slaveocracy;eight additional years in the direction of today, in 1839, halfway around the world at the mouth of the Pearl River in China, the English reacted to Chinese destruction of British traitors drugs-French_opium_denopium by seizing the island that is now Hong Kong in preparation for three years of punishing warfare that we now know as the First Opium War; twenty-two years further along time’s road, in 1861, back in the United States, Union authorities apprehended one of the first Confederate spices in the District of Columbia, Rose Greenhow; five years yet later on, in 1866, across the Atlantic In Central Europe, Austria accepted the generous terms—a Bismarck ploy—of the Peace of Prague that ended the Austrian-Prussian War with merely Vienna’s having to concede Venice to the Italians; a two year stretch toward the future, in 1868, a baby boy was born who would grow up as the masterful poet and dramatist and writer, Edgar Lee Masters; twenty-eight years afterward, in 1896, as organizing and resistance against Spanish rule accelerated in the Philippines, the Cry of Pagun Lawin—now Quezon City—drew nigh, and Filipinos now commemorate the initiation of their revolutionary struggle for independence on this date; one thousand four hundred and thirty days only along time’s forward march, in 1900, a little baby girl opened her eyes who would rise as the singer and performer and songwriter and stalwart champion of social justice, Malvina Milder Reynolds; a single year after that, in 1901, back in Manila, five hundred ‘Thomasite’ teachers arrived to instruct Filipinos in practical subjects such as how to be good servants of the United States; eight years yet nearer to the present pass, in 1909, around the world in McKee’s Rock, Pennsylvania, International Workers of the World strikers responded to a sheriff’s firing on them by killing him and starting a gun battle that claimed ten or more additional lives; partially in response to extreme violence such as this, the result of the ‘American style’ of oppressive class warfare, three years subsequently, in 1912, the President appointed a Commission on Industrial Relations that would document the depredations and depravity of capital in search of higher profit; eleven years more on the temporal arc, in 1923, a female child emerged among us in Iraq who would, as Nazik al-Malaika, become the first Arabic language poet to use free verse; three additional cycles of the sun on the path to the here and now, in 1926, the male infant entered the world in standard fashion who matured as Clifford Geertz, a social scientist and a founding father of Cultural Anthropology; the next year, in 1927, the State of Massachusetts put to death two men, Nicolo Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, whose trial was a travesty of justice and at least one of whom was verifiably innocent of anything in relation to the charges that led to their judicial murder; seven hundred thirty-one days even closer to the current context, in 1929, Palestinians who opposed the British Mandate rose up in riotous rebellion in Hebron, killing plus or minus seventy Jewish people and driving most of the rest from the city; in a different outburst of violence, at once divergent and similar, plus or minus eight thousand miles to the Northwest four years beyond that conjunction, in 1933, vigilantes in and around Yakima, Washington attacked two hundred or more migrant workers; half a dozen years farther down the pike, in 1939, back in the Eastern Hemisphere, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed a ‘non-aggression’ pact that both fully intended to violate quite quickly, and the author and screenwriter Sidney Howard gave a final gasp; half a decade afterward, in 1944, Romania switched sides from the fascists to the allies, and in one of the worst instances of accidental military carnage, a B-24 American bomber crashed into a school in Feckleton, England, resulting in more than sixty deaths, mostly children; a mere year later, in 1945, Soviets laid the basis for using Japanese Prisoners of War as laborers in Manchuria; a thousand ninety-six days more along time’s path, in 1948, the World Council of Churches came into existence; another year onward from that propitious happening, one of America’s fiercest feminists, Helen Churchill Candee, an upper crust designer and writer and thinker, sang her swan song before departing forever; nine years still more proximate to the present pass, in 1958, a second instance of a serious potential for war shaped up in the Taiwan Straits as Peoples Liberation Army forces bombarded positions of the Nationalists; five years more down time’s current, in 1963, the boy child first gazed about him on his way to life as the screenwriter and filmmaker Park Chan-wook; three years hence, in 1966, a Lunar Orbiter took the first photograph of Earth from such a distant vantage point; four further years toward today, in 1970, back on terra firma, the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee started the Salad Bowl Strike, the largest work action among agricultural laborers ever; three years even more in proximity to our own point in time, in 1973, across the continent and over the ocean in Stockholm, a bank heist flailed so badly that many employees and customers ended up hostages, who in the course of their tense and tenuous experience, often came to sympathize with their captors and thereby have a ‘syndrome’ that bears the name of their location; sixteen additional years on time’s forward path, in 1989, the brilliant humanist and psychiatrist, R.D. Laing played out his final scene; a year thereafter, in 1990, Saddam Hussein sought to armenia, truck, military, war,forestall Gulf War escalation by appearing on television with ‘Western friends’ who were his hostages; three hundred sixty-five days still nearer to now, in 1991, Tim Berners Lee officially inaugurated the World Wide Web and thereby established the Age of the Internet; two years again moving toward today, in 1993, the Galileo spacecraft discovered the first case of an asteroid around which another object, or moon, rotated; three years henceforth, in 1996, Osama Bin Laden issued a ‘Declaration of War’ against the infidel nation that occupied Islam’s holy places; another thousand ninety-five days onward along time’s pathway, in 1999, in a development similar to recent viral events, New York City reported the first confirmed case of a West Nile Virus infection; two years over the hump and after the dawn of the new millennium, in 2001, the true-crime and spy-craft narrator and general stalwart of journalism, Peter Maas, came to the end of his road; eight years after that precise passage, in 2009, William Glasser died the psychological innovator whom some would label rebel; two years past that conjunction, across the Atlantic in 2011, the reign of Muammar Gaddafi came to an end in fire and terror and blood and death; an extra two year trek toward today, in 2013, a Bolivian prison riot ended in the deaths of over thirty inmates and their guards.

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 General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues 

Seeing Ourselves As Others Do

An interesting story that shows Americans how they really are: “When she was 30,  left the US for Istanbul – and began to realise that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does”

 Recent Events 

NC’s New Protest Proscriptions

A Facing South current look at fascistic anti-protest laws that will affect free speech and will spread everywhere: “The version of the “Restore/Preserve Campus Free Speech” bill filed in the N.C. House and Senate on March 29 resembled the Goldwater Institute’s model legislation in that it prevented public universities from disinviting controversial speakers and required them to “strive to remain neutral … on the public policy controversies of the day.” The bill also called for the creation of a “Committee on Free Expression” to be elected from the majority-Republican UNC Board of Governors to publish an annual report on the state of free speech on UNC campuses.”

 General Past & Present Issues 

Chicago’s Police State Model

An Intercept look at a Chicago police state mental health model: “Such deployments are picking up pace. In the four months after Donald Trump won the election last November, SWAT teams were deployed at least 10 times in response to suicide threats or attempts. As of this spring, 2017 is on track to see more than twice as many mental health-related SWAT raids as the annual average over the past four years. The figures in the documents likely undercount the number of SWAT deployments in response to mental health crises, because not all cases are logged as such in police records.”