A Thought for the Day
Apropos the cusp of a certain holiday, we might note this: What shall we say at the end of the day to guide us along a halcyon way?
Some believe that such a reprieve is more than we shall ever receive;
Still, at the heart of where we may start if we search for such a typecast part
Remain amendments to sacred commandments that merely ask our attention:
1. The Golden Rule Reigns Supreme.
2. All Children Receive Priority.
1. All Who Work Are Welcome.
4. All Who Work Are Equal.
5. All Who Work Have Responsibilities & Rights.
6. All Who Work Receive Benefits & Provide Support for Others.
7. All Who Work Own Everything That Labor Transforms.
8. All Who Work Are Family.
9. All Beliefs, Congruent with the Golden Rule, Are Welcome.
10. All Other Matters Are Negotiable.
We’d hardly need a gentler creed to assist us as we try not to bleed
Away all the joy that comes, bold or coy, if only we’ll make appropriate noise.
Quote of the Day
For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed. Ernest Hemingway
This Day in History
On this day, New Zealand celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Day, while Russia commemorates Journalists Day; in the Eastern Mediterranean and around What is now Istanbul in Turkey precisely thirteen centuries ago, Byzantine naval forces forestalled a crushing invasion by Muslim armadas that may have numbered more than 1,800 ships, putting to use the recently developed incendiary weapon that combatants labeled “Greek Fire” in the process, spraying the secret and ‘waterproof’ formulation onto enemy ships that drew near enough to engage them; MORE HERE
seven hundred thirty-two years thereafter, in 1449,
a different sort of imperial coup occurred when Mongol forces captured China’s emperor at Tumu; another eight decades later, in 1529,
empire’s conflicts resulted in indigenous Argentineans’ destruction of the first Spanish fortification in what is now that nation; three quarters of a century subsequently, in 1604,
Sikh devotees first agreed on what now such advocates call Guru Granth Sahib, the denomination’s holiest text; seventeen decades henceforth, in 1774,
Boston citizens, wary of British impunity and any summary disarmament, rose in protest against plans by forces of the crown to remove and store separately colonial caches of gunpowder; one hundred forty-seven years back,
Prussian forces in the new German nation crushed the French rescue operation for the besieged city of Metz, capturing the entire Frankish army and Napoleon III in the Battle of Sedan; a half decade closer to the current context, in 1875,
a baby boy was born who would convey the character of Tarzan to his audience as Edgar Rice Burroughs; another five years further along time’s road, in 1880,
half a world away in Central Asia, British fighters in the Second Anglo-Afghan War routed local forces to cement English imperial sway in the region; two decades and two years to the day thereafter, in 1902,
creators in France released perhaps the world’s
first science fiction movie, A Trip to the Moon
; four years exactly after that, in 1906,
upper crust attorneys and their business and financial partners and cohorts formed the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys, which continues to exert influence, even hegemony, over the framing and contextualization of patent and other ‘I.P.’ issues to this day; three hundred sixty-five days subsequent to that point, in 1907,
the male child shouted out who would mature as the revered and tough-minded labor leader, Walter Reuther; half-a-dozen years subsequent to that juncture, in 1914,
six thousand miles Northeast in Russia, authorities renamed St. Petersburg as Petrograd; six years even nearer to now, in 1920,
a Texas baby girl entered our midst whose fate was to enchant the world as the political reporter and feminist savant, Liz Carpenter; eighty-three years back
in Rhode Island, textile workers struck against predatory employment practices in a move that would soon involve more than 400,000 wage-earners in the industry nationwide and establish the beginnings of a struggle for an amalgamated international union; five years afterward, in 1939,
Adolf Hitler signed authorization for practicing euthanasia against imperfect or otherwise impure citizens and people, on the same day that the German blitzkrieg inaugurated World War Two; another dozen years later along the temporal arc, in 1951,
halfway round the world, New Zealand and Australia formed the ANZUS treaty organization with the United States; three hundred sixty-six days after that moment in space and time, in 1952,
Ernest Hemingway first published his brief gem, The Old Man and the Sea
; forty-eight years prior to the present pass,
in a coup against neo-colonial stooges in Libya, Muammar Gaddafi first came to power; a year hence, in 1970,
the French Nobel Literary Laureate, Francois Mauriac, took his final breath; thirteen years yet nearer to now, in 1983,
Korean Airlines Flight 007 strayed into Soviet airspace and faced fighters that shot it from the sky; two years afterward, in 1985,
on the other side of the Northern Hemisphere, French and American divers collaborated in first exploring the seven-decade-old wreckage of the Titanic; fourteen years ago,
the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations formed Working America as a way for non-union-member citizens and supporters to show their backing for, and gain tangible contemporary benefits from, organized labor; three years henceforth, in 2006,
György Faludi died, bringing to an end the long life of a Hungarian and frequently expatriate composer of verse and narrative.
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Interesting People Places Things of Note
False Flag Ubiquity
A Global Research Centre look at the ubiquity and provability of false flag attacks: “Presidents, Prime Ministers, Congressmen, Generals, Spooks, Soldiers and Police ADMIT to False Flag Terror
In the following instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admit to it, either orally, in writing, or through photographs or videos.”
General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues
Generally Orwellian Censorship
A Consortium News look at Google censorship regarding alternative and dissenting views in relation to current stories, especially the fake Russian narrative: “The U.S. mainstream media continues to spread its own “fake news,” like the falsehood about an intelligence community “consensus” on Russia-gate “hacking,” as algorithms begin to marginalize dissent, reports Robert Parry.”
General Past & Present Issues
Liberal Views of Historical Populism
An Aeon view of at historical narratives that have defined populism: “No one is more responsible for shaping the way we understand populism than the influential historian Richard Hofstadter, and when influential scholars err, that error can flourish. Writing during the early years of the Cold War, Hofstadter argued in The Age of Reform (1955) that members of the late 19th-century Populist Party were not small farmers losing their grip on independence. Instead, they were aspiring capitalists who, reeling from their loss in status, gave expression to their reactionary political concerns in backward, anti-Semitic and anti-modern ways. Hofstadter was writing at the height of the anti-communist crusade of the US senator Joseph McCarthy, and it’s easy now to see him trying, through his rendering of the Populists, to understand Americans who supported McCarthyism.”