8.24.2016 Daily Links

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From our ‘paper of record,’ a hot-off-the-presses assessment that Democratic Senatorial candidates are likely to prevail over enough ‘at-risk’ Republicans to make the Dems a slight favorite to regain control of the Senate, to which a scrappy scribe or stalwart citizen, who doubts that a ‘dime’s worth of difference’ separates the operational expressions of our erstwhile ‘two-party system,’ might respond, “And your point is?” since warmongering, worker-shafting, Earth-crushing, plutocrat-plundering, and other horrific policies will continue under either ‘regime,’ a point that could permit one to ponder other up-to-date thoughts on electoral matters, like this article from The Hill in which Jill Stein has the temerity and insight to sing the praises of Wikileaks and whistleblowing as denizens of democracy, if not of Democrats, or like this essay  from Truthout that insists that Dr. Stein and the Libertarians should have the opportunity to participate in all national debates prior to the November elections.

                    This Day in History                  

Today in Ukraine is Independence Day, when the nation declared its complete independence from Soviet control, and this evening in Uruguay is Nostalgia Night; in what is now Algeria, along the Bagradas River, two thousand sixty-five years ago, Roman imperial forces that sought to dispose of Rome’s African colonies as Caesar dictated faced a crushing defeat at the hands of Numidian fighters who wanted to order matters differently; one thousand nine hundred thirty-seven years prior to this moment, some historians state that Mount Vesuvius erupted, levelling the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae in the process; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

debate words talk discussion polemic conversation writingOf all the false dualities and idiotic juxtapositions that characterize contemporary culture, perhaps none so irritates as the query, “Would you rather be right, or would you rather be happy?” as if rectitude and joy lived in such different galaxies that gleeful morons must ever contrast with bitter yet insightful cynics; at the same time, in the surreal imperial ecosystem that holds sway in the faux tribal vibe, prideful and ignorant, of the ‘land of the free and the home of the brave,’ when the optimum result of speaking the truth often enough seems to be persistent trollish encounters, one inevitably sometimes does sigh and long for the dire stupidity of the delighted dolt rather than endure additional futile articulation to those who no more have the capacity to hear and discern than they can walk to the star nearest to our own shining sun, which, in regard to all of these points for instance, watches over us so beneficently and yet mercilessly, given our commitment neither to see nor to act on its potential to illuminate and energize.

                  Quote of the Day                       
What Is Radical History?

“Historical writing always has some effect on us. It may reinforce passivity; it may activate us. In any case, the historian cannot choose to be neutral; he writes on a moving train.  Sometimes, what he tells may change a person’s life.  In May1968 I heard a Catholic priest, on trial in Milwaukee for burning the records of a draft board, tell (I am paraphrasing) how he came to that act:

I was trained in Rome. I was quite conservative, never broke a rule in seminary. Then I read a book by Gordon Zahn calledGerman Catholics and Hitler’s War.  It told how the Catholic Church carried on its normal activities while Hitler carried on his. It told how SS men went to mass, then went out to round up Jews. That book changed my life. I decided the church must never behave again as it did in the past; and that I must not.

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SEARCHDAYenergy OR electricity "nuclear fuel cycle" OR "nuclear power plants" versus OR "compared to" OR "contrasted with" solar OR renewable OR wind cost risk fraud OR corruption OR "influence peddling" OR "hidden agendas" history OR origins analysis = 820,000 Citations.

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  


http://forbiddenknowledgetv.net/used-andamp-betrayed-100-years-of-us-troops-as-lab-rats-27798  –  From Abby Martin’s & TeleSur’s ever incisive and precise and passionate Empire Files, an as always brilliantly researched and reasoned episode, as usual twenty-five minutes or so, that deals in this instance with the vicious opportunism and casual disregard that militarist and corporate America display to “our heroes,” “our boys on the front,” “our patriots who serve,” young working class sorts for the most part who are subject to mutilation, experimental poisoning and torture, operational routines that serve to ‘gather data’ about known toxins and deadly exposures, the result of which predatory and parasitic behaviors are cancers, disease, birth defects, and damaged or stolen lives, not a minute of which draws a laugh or induces a giggle and yet all of which engages and enthralls, and, as different as the surface of the sun from deep space, a segment   of John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight in which he absolutely barbecues the ‘sub-prime’ auto loan industry and skewers finance capital generally, all the while eliciting eruptions of laughter from his studio audience and those who are watching from afar, instructing punctiliously as he plays his part as a clown and a comic.




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ICFJ Reporting Fellowship – DC

Journalists working in North America are invited to apply for a reporting fellowship in New York focusing on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The goals aim to “end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.”


Police State Schooling

An opinion  piece by an astute and compassionate observer of the current educational impasse in this country that analyses the suffering and police abuse that children suffer at the hands of laughable ‘public education’, which has been successfully gutted to serve imperialistic agendas of crowd-control and democracy-squashing: “The lesson being taught to our youngest—and most impressionable—citizens is this: in the American police state, you’re either a prisoner (shackled, controlled, monitored, ordered about, limited in what you can do and say, your life not your own) or a prison bureaucrat (politician, police officer, judge, jailer, spy, profiteer, etc.).
Unfortunately, now that school is back in session, life is that much worse for the children of the American police state.”

WRISSMagnificent Firsts

An Aeon piece that takes a look at what precisely makes a spellbinding, magnificent first sentence: “The first sentence of any novel works as an invitation into a new world. Sometimes that invitation is so powerful that the sentence itself takes on a life of its own. One example: the opening sentence of Orwell’s 1984: ‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’ The sentence is initially unassuming, simply descriptive, but in the startling final detail Orwell achieves estrangement, establishing the alternate nature of the novel’s historical reality with economy and force. Another opening line from near-future speculative fiction is that of William Gibson’s debut novel Neuromancer: ‘The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.’ The startling metaphor seemed to speak with remarkable directness to a world in which new forms of media and mediation had come to define human consciousness.”


Step Away From Sensationalism

An IJ Net article that looks at ways to make journalism on touchy subjects, in specific women’s rape, more respectful: “One of the aims of the CEJ (which isbacked by the International Center for Journalists) is to provide practical training for Pakistani journalists, helping them better engage with audiences. Below are excerpts from IJNet’s conversations with Siddiqi about a common problem facing newsrooms across the globe: producing sensationalist coverage for the sake of attracting clicks. As Siddiqi discusses, this has been particularly evident in Pakistani media coverage of sexual assault cases. “


Recent Report on Student Loan Predation

A Wall Street on Parade glimpse at the difficulties that borrowers face from private student loan sharks, pointing to the ongoing crisis in education and finance: “Last Thursday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Student Loan Ombudsman released a report detailing the hurdles and outright barriers that college students who took out student loans face when they attempt to get Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plans. These plans allow student loan payments to be tied to income. The report found that the debt holders are reporting that they are facing prolonged processing delays and wrongful rejections by their private student loan servicing companies. Some facets of the report suggested that student debt holders are intentionally getting the runaround by the outside servicing company.”

GENISSClinton and Wall Street

A Smirking Chimp posting that looks at the inspiring legacy that the Clinton machine can bring to America: “Rhetoric aside, Clinton is showing her solidarity with the nemesis of the Sanders campaign — Wall Street. The trend continued last week with the announcement that Clinton has tapped former senator and Interior secretary Ken Salazar to chair her transition team.”