8.23.2016 Daily Links

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http://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2016/08/turkey-wedding-suicide-bombing/496802/  –  In the Levant, where the Project for a New American Century projected the takeover of some half a dozen or more sovereign states, further evidence of the fallout of that perspective and the plans and actions that it has brought forth, in the event an apparent ISIS bombing of a wedding party in Southern Turkey that has butchered nearly sixty people, more than half of them under eighteen, according to an account here from Atlantic Magazine, just one of the horrors of daily life throughout the region, an aspect of which, also unfolding at this exact point in time, is the just-announced reneging of Iranian permission for Russian bombers to take off from fields in Iran, at least for now, perhaps the result of discomfiture at Moscow’s having advertised its plans too openly, all of which–and more in addition that might be part of a ‘daily update’ on this arena of battle and bloodshed and imperial ambition–ought to catch the attention of scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens alike, inasmuch as the outcome of such matters could affect the lives, or effect the deaths, of every living human being.

                    This Day in History                  

Today 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; in the ever-volatile Mediterranean two thousand forty-six 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;   MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

In every social, political, and economic arena that one might identify—from agriculture to energy, from ‘medicine’ to media, from Russia to Mexico, from elections to Olympics, and on and on, ad infinitum—more or less total bullshit competes with completely fatuous propaganda and half-truth, a sad and soon enough tragic state of affairs made all the more execrable because actually grappling with reality and wrestling with the challenges of obtaining knowledge and putting it to use brings so much greater joy and passion to a human being than does playing the passive spectator whose only role in an environment that desperately calls out for our attention is to watch screened presentations of the manure and the hypocrisy that both represent, to our masters, the only ‘permissible’ conversations, and, so far as our own interests go, stand so clearly in the way of our either seeing how things work or taking action on our own behalf. 

                  Quote of the Day                       
   Sir,–You have asked me to give a history of the motives which induced me to undertake the late insurrection, as you call it–To do so I must go back to the days of my infancy, and even before I was born.  I was thirty-one years of age the 2d of October last, and born the property of Benj. Turner, of this county.  In my childhood a circumstance occurred which made an indelible impression on my mind, and laid the ground work of that enthusiasm, which has terminated so fatally to many, both white and black, and for which I am about to atone at the gallows.  It is here necessary to relate this circumstance–trifling as it may seem, it was the commencement of that belief which has grown with time, and even now, sir, in this dungeon, helpless and forsaken as I am, I cannot divest myself of.  Being at play with other children, when three or four years old, I was telling them something, which my mother overhearing, said it had happened before I was I born–I stuck to my story, however, and related somethings which went, in her opinion, to confirm it–others being called on were greatly astonished, knowing that these things had happened, and caused them to say in my hearing, I surely would be a prophet, as the Lord had shewn me things that had happened before my birth.  And my father and mother strengthened me in this my first impression, saying in my presence, I was intended for some great purpose, which they had always thought from certain marks on my head and breast.  My grand mother, who was very religious, and to whom I was much attached MORE HERE

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                       In-Depth Look                          


              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  


Though much less a ‘cultural phenom’ than a relatively seldom-watched cat video, a production of transcendent magnificence nonetheless, In the Year of the Pig, by Emile De Antonio, arguably the finest documentary of Vietnam–or even of the entire realm of such work–which contains such treasures for those in search of insight and understanding that its viewing is utterly mandatory, a descent into the viscera of history and empire and resistance that permits the traveler to emerge with an actual comprehension of what took place in Southeast Asia between the early 1950’s and the early 1970’s, an awareness that would have inhibited, if not outright forbade, multiple recent disasters in American adventurism and exceptionalism, at least among the scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens who had opened their eyes and ears and hearts and grappled with the themes and revelations to which De Antonio so generously treated them.




Welcoming Global Creatives in Morocco

Green Olive Arts is an artist residency and collaborative art space in Tetouan, Morocco

Our mission is to resource creative individuals of both emerging and established artistic talent from around the world in seasons of inspiration, production, collaboration and cultural exchange here in Morocco.

pascal maramis - flickr
pascal maramis – flickr


Las Vegas NV:  Clark County education reporter

The Las Vegas Review-Journal is looking for an ambitious, inquisitive, experienced reporter to join its three-person education team — one to cover higher ed and two to cover the Clark County School District. This is a challenging job that focuses on myriad issues surrounding the nation’s fifth-largest district, its 357 schools and 320,000 students, and one that is facing a controversial state-mandated reorganization.

WRISSFailed Political Discourse

A Point article that raises a great point that a lot of political writing in this country flails due to authors inability to truly connect, understand, and acknowledge the socioeconomic realities that exist under their noses: “Maybe the America the letter’s signatories live in isessentially, as opposed to aspirationally, a tolerant, pluralist place, full of enlightened citizens who settle their differences via “principled disagreement.” That would certainly account for the letter’s failure to recognize Trump’s success as an accomplishment of our democracy, as opposed to a subversion of it. And it might also offer an explanation, beyond disinterest or distraction, for why a compelling political novel about the post-9 /11 era has not materialized. For this novel would have to expose not, in the first place, any “lies,” “crimes” or “iniquities,” but rather the increasingly prevalent illusion that it is possible to wall ourselves off from the America that disappoints, frightens or disgusts us.”


Another Swan Song for Gawker Media

A New Yorker analysis of Gawker’s death, which places some responsibility on some of the characteristics of what made Gawker special, but also a liability to itself: “A lively, difficult brand of unevenness was inherent in Gawker’s work, and this still seems to confound people: How could a site seesaw so wildly from the essential to the extraneous, and even the questionable? Why, if it took its work seriously, would it run “some of both the best and worst of 21st century journalism,” as Salon put it, and all under the same name? But the best and the worst were fundamentally linked: the freedom at Gawker is what made the mistakes inextricable from the good, risky work that Gawker took on. The incongruity was a feature, as someone from Silicon Valley might put it, not a bug. A media organization that is founded on hostility to the powerful and is run with almost no internal hierarchy will naturally be irregular. It will be invasive in ways that serve the public interest and in ways that cross a shifting public line.”


Hack Warning

A Mint Press News article that speaks to ongoing hacks and cracks as further evidence of dangerously splintering relations between Russia and the U.S.: “According to whistleblower Edward Snowden, a recent leak of secret NSA hacking tools reflects an escalation in tensions between Russia and the United States. For others, though, it highlights concerns about what, if any, privacy is afforded to the general public.

The NSA whistleblower lit up Twitter on Tuesday with suggestions of “Russian responsibility” in the recent release of the NSA tools, noting that it could be a response to accusations by the Hillary Clinton campaign that Russian hackers leaked internal Democratic National Convention emails.”



Nuclear Power Spells Climate Fail

A Common Dreams look at studies that show that nuclear power is not a solution to climate woes, but might even contribute to the global ills: ““Looking in detail at historic trends and current patterns in Europe, this paper substantiates further doubts,” he continued. “By suppressing better ways to meet climate goals, evidence suggests entrenched commitments to nuclear power may actually be counterproductive,” he said.”