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Today, apropos scrappy scribes, is International Literacy Day, while in Canada and Estonia, today is the first day that Grandparents Day can fall, and in 1966, the first UNESCO International Literacy Day is celebrated; in ancient Palestine more or less precisely nineteen hundred forty-six years ago, Roman legions under the leadership of Titus sacked Jerusalem and effectively eliminated Jewish rule in the region; three years less than five and a half centuries hence, in 617, Sui Dynasty fighters in China suffered a crushing defeat by forces under the command of Li Yuan, which soon enough led to the establishment of the Tang Dynasty; seven hundred fifty-two years prior to the present pass, Polish nobles declared ‘greater Poland’ a place where Jewish people could live freely and safely; six hundred thirty-six years before this moment,Russian fighting forces halted the advance of a Tatar/Mongol invasion at the Battle Kulikovo; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
As much as, day by day and in the standard scheme of things, we must decry death and delay its doomed deletion of all that we’ve seen and felt and recorded and planned as a procession forward in time, without its pitiless and yet also often enough merciful intervention, those of us here and now, not even mentioning those who are to follow along after, would exist in such a quagmire of crowded filth that we would ultimately beg for an exit, or even for the grace never to have had a mother who bore us into the messy morass in the first place, so that, in a tempered and rational view of things, the grim reaper is as necessary to life as are the sun and air and glorious waters of this fair planet that we are so wont to foul with our greedy grasping after ever more, ever more, and evermore.
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A Red Wedge piece that interviews conceptual, radical, and provocative artists who seek to express realities whose fiery insights speak not just to an entire generation, but to the intractable ills that we as a society must overcome: “Jesa Dior Brooks is a musician and artist. Their work positions the individual experiences of anti-racist and anti-capitalist struggle in an art historical context. They are part of the AfroPunk duo Thee Mistakes and a member of the band Meathorse. Brooks will be performing and participating in the inaugural exhibition of the Dollar Art House, “The Hard Times Art Show,” on September 30 in St. Louis. I interviewed them in the lead-up to the event.”
A Lit Hub posting of great power and importance of being a poet and a writer, and the importance of that vocation in a world that so often seems so devoid: “I’ve been trying to unravel what it means to be a poet in the face of violence. If poetry hasn’t always been, to some degree, a softening of the blow. A way to undo the narrative of the impossible—the violence of war, the death of children, the loss of limb or soul or possibility—and render it palatable, a distant memory, like a tree seen through a train window, passed by hours and landscapes ago. The way the Song of Roland, Beowulf, and Homer tell me of war—necessary, inevitable, romantic. Like that tree we passed so long ago. Somewhere in the horizon, a small dot, a reminder of the ugly parts of ourselves turned beautiful.”
A fascinating look from Atlas Obscura into the rivalries and passions incited by libraries in the ancient world, back when repositories of knowledge were valued and not diluted by media distractions: “Much like how athletes are drafted to rival teams in today’s sports, libraries “attracted scholars by offering one better wages than the other kings,” she says. The rivalry “probably stimulated the production of the scholars in both centers, but it was also quite unhealthy meaning that some scholars we know were imprisoned so they couldn’t leave to the other part of the world.”
It’s said that Ptolemy V threw Aristophanes of Byzantium, a grammarian and critic, into prison after hearing rumors that he may leave Alexandria to join the academics in Pergamum, wrote Casson.”
A Think Progress tale of another so-called college that in the end collapsed under its own fraud, uselessness, and predatory acts, a fate that underscores the inevitable fate of for-profit education industry: “Last year, the department put ITT on the heightened cash monitoring list for filing its financial information late and the Securities and Exchange Commission announced fraud charges against two ITT executives. The SEC’s director of its division of enforcement, Andrew Ceresney, claimed that the executives “made numerous material misstatements and omissions in its disclosures to cover up the subpar performance of student loans programs that ITT created and guaranteed.””
An Activist Post look at the way the CIA and other government operations have a finger in every pie in regards to political and social unrest, and how many times, and for grand chessboard reasons, their operatives even train those rebels: “Former Tajikistan Special Forces colonel, Gulmurod Khalimov, defected to the ranks of ISIS last year and publicly declared jihad against the West. After being trained in the United States by private military contractor Blackwater, Khalimov has reportedly been promoted from within the Islamic State organization and has been named the new chief military commander for the global terror group.”