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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/13/sports/ncaa-moves-championship-events-from-north-carolina.html – In actions that measure the depth of the cultural consensus in favor of respect for identity rights, a hot-off-the-presses report from the New York Times that details some of the consequences of the protofascist North Carolina Legislature’s overturning, by statute, of Charlotte’s explicit affirmation of such matters as higher minimum wages and the explicit acceptance of gays and lesbians and transgendered citizens as fully enfranchised, the upshot of all of which is that, in addition to losing the National Basketball Association All Star Game, the Tarheel State is now facing the loss of several already scheduled National Collegiate Athletic Association events, as well as a proscription of holding such playoffs in North Carolina in the future.
This Day in History
Today worldwide marks International Chocolate Day; in the central portion of the Italian peninsula twenty-six centuries and a single year ago, early Rome’s fourth king, Lucius Priscus, declared a triumphal celebration for his armies’ crushing defeat of the Sabine fighters; seventy-six years along time’s arc, in 509 BCE, as part of the activities that brought a Roman Republic into being, elites and masses alike commemorated the most important house of worship in ancient Rome, the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus that had been three quarters of a century in the making atop the city’s Capitoline Hill; a thousand forty-two years onward toward now, in 533, Byzantium’s Emperor Belisarius led fighters near Carthage in North Africa that decisively defeated the Vandals at the Battle of Ad Decimum; just four years shy of seven centuries hence, in 1229, the second son of Genghis assumed the leadership of the Mongol Empire, before he proceeded to lead its most significant advances in Europe and Eastern Asia; five hundred seventy-nine years back, Portuguese military forces led an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the Algerian citadel at Tangier; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
An awareness that, if we but decided to relate to each other with loving compassion, almost every single child who entered the world in standard fashion could, as a matter of course, expect a decent existence—in which achievement and joy and love and pleasure would manifest themselves in fair due measure—ought to induce our inquiring of ourselves and each other how such a salubrious set of circumstances might come to pass; instead, of course, on any given day roughly half of our lot are preparing to do the other half harm, fulfilling the boast of plutocratic profiteer Jay Gould as he was breaking strikes and screwing workers, a context for our own obviously manipulated and even encouraged patterns of interaction with our fellow laborers in life’s fields that might someday elicit recognition adequate enough to cause us to explore assiduously and relentlessly how to attain a more blessed, even exalted, state of mutuality and solidarity.
“Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and good faith in the fulfilment of the obligations assumed by States in accordance with the Charter,
Affirming that indigenous peoples are equal to all other peoples, while recognizing the right of all peoples to be different, to consider themselves different, and to be respected as such, MORE HERE
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TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, & AWARENESS VIDEO
From the frequent geniuses and providers of lyrical loveliness of TEDTalks, a briefing that every living human should watch once a week or so till the text is memorized, a presentation that summarizes a better part of a century study on the roots of happiness that determines incontrovertibly that quality relationships with plenty of interpersonal giving and taking are the primary source of comfort and equanimity and pleasure, in a word of happiness, despite the fact that substantial majorities think that their goals in regard to fulfillment are in the nature of cash and prizes, an absolute affirmation of solidarity that nestles neatly, in the first place, with a new session of Chris Hedges On Contact in which he explores with historian Adam Hochschild the level of love and commitment that sent upwards of tens of thousands of volunteers to fight–and often die–for Spain’s Republic against Franco’s fascists and their Nazi supporters and financiers and capitalized killers; and in the second place, with a panel of interviewees who include Jill Stein, all of whom insist that the real experience of community and practice of democracy is what would address all of the issues and difficulties of our society, though nothing of the sort will ever likely emanate from monopoly corporate models of investment and profit; and in the third place, with a recent episode of Abby Martin’s Empire Files in which she sits down with economist and public intellectual Richard Wolff to explore how the ideas of Karl Marx, who famously implored that “Workers of the World Unite!” offer a solid foundation for social solidarity and consciousness of how the likes of scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens could manifest the power to make the world a better place for our sorts, along with the plutocrats whom we have to carry kicking and screaming to salubrious ends.
The sixth annual Poets on the Coast weekend writing retreat for women will be held from September 9 to September 11 at the Country Inn in the historic river town of La Conner, Washington. The retreat offers a workshop, one-on-one mentoring, craft classes, and yoga for women poets. The faculty includes poets Kelli Russell Agodon and Susan Rich. Tuition, which does not include lodging or meals, is $395. Lodging is available at the conference hotel for $119 to $179 per night. A limited number of scholarships are available. The registration deadline is July 31. Visit the website for more information.
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A Roar Magazine article by an insightful commentator who recontextualizes a brilliant political thinker’s intellectual career with additional essays: “Rosa Luxemburg’s great work displays extraordinary merits. First, she explained key dimensions of the capitalism of her time in an exemplary application of Marxian economics. Second, she integrated foreign trade and imperialism into economic theory further and with more insight than most economists including Marx had yet done. Third, she showed the powerful insights available by using Marx’s basic value and price concepts: a remarkable testimony to the usefulness of the labor theory of value. Finally, she linked her theoretical work to the strategic concerns and debates of the workers’ movements of her time. …To recognize and honor those achievements in The Accumulation of Capital, first published in 1913, let us carry forward her kind of analysis.”
A Columbia Journalist Review look at a report consisting of interviews meant to gauge the morale and expectations of one of the professions most traumatically hit by the current media moment: “In Reinardy’s new book, Journalism’s Lost Generation: The Un-Doing of U.S. Newspaper Newsrooms, the University of Kansas journalism professor assesses the damage done in that tumultuous decade. In interviews with hundreds of journalists at small, midsize, and large newspapers, and surveys of thousands more, Reinardy collected data on job satisfaction and heard stories of uncertainty, anxiety, and burnout. Tens of thousands of layoffs and buyouts and an evolving, still unsettled business model have created what he calls a “lost generation” of journalists: those who have left the profession, voluntarily or not, and those who are left to pick up the slack in smaller newsrooms and try to forge a new path for the profession..”
A Common Dreams analysis of the Huffington Post queen’s recent resignation as CEO from the faux progressive media outlet, showing that the usual financial dissappointment was a factor : “Huffington, who stepped down as the editor in chief of her namesake news organization earlier this month, built one of the iconic media companies of her generation in the course of a decade. But the profits never quite matched the outsize reputation of the brand. And Huffington’s record never quite lived up to her reputation. This article is the second in a series.”
A Komisar Scoop review of some of the recent offerings at Scotland’s foremost cultural extravaganza: “I spent six days in August at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. Out of the hundreds of plays presented, I sought out those about politics. I’ve divided the best by their themes. Here are several about war and its fallout: “Angel,” “Glasgow Girls” and “Hess.””
A Waking Times post that looks at the tidal wave of change for the better that has come from pot legalization: ““The only people hurt by continued societal acceptance and legalization of cannabis are the cartels and their friends, who have flourished for decades as a result of drug prohibition.
“As legalization spreads across the U.S. and the rest of the world like wildfire, I predict the industry will soon become one of the most dominant and beneficial industries humanity has ever seen.”“