9.22.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

In regard to a little-reported story, at least on standard corporate media outlets, a news analysis and update from Blacklisted News about the phosphate mining retention pond sinkhole that has threatened wells and leaked radioactive waste water into a Central Florida and Southern Georgia aquifer that provides millions of people, including many in Tampa, with potable water, all of which boils down to another case of placing lower costs and profit over people’s health and safety, and following deeply deceptive coverup protocols in cases of ‘accident,’ something that scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens can put in an ecological context that Mother Jones clarifies  succinctly, to wit that all phosphate production carries with it significant, or even potentially catastrophic, ecological ‘diseconomies’ that when they show up exact a toll from the population at large rather than from those who profited from the mining in the first place, all of which fits in with another breaking-news account from The Free Thought Project, which in a related story  reports that Flint, Michigan is seeking to deny citizens’ ability to sue after the municipality has poisoned and otherwise harmed locals with occasionally willful and almost always grossly negligent actions.

                    This Day in History                  

Today is generally one of Earth’s four most important days, the Vernal Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere, the Autumnal Equinox here in the North, and it is also both One Web Day, a celebration of Internet interconnection and awareness, and Hobbit Day, which always occurs as a part of Tolkien Week; at the conjunction of far South Eastern Europe and South Western Asia, two thousand four hundred ninety-six years ago, Greek sailors and soldiers defeated a Persian fleet at the battle of Salamis; four hundred eighteen years before the here and now, playwright Ben Jonson killed an actor in a duel and faced charges of manslaughter; ninety-four years henceforth, in 1692, the last hangings for witchcraft in British North America, in Massachusetts Bay, took place, although several additional accused died in prison; just before the Equinox just shy of two decades subsequently, in 1711, Tuscarora Indians rose up against depredations by European colonists and initiated the bloodiest colonial war on Carolina soil, from which the British ultimately emerged victorious, with most of the Tuscarora people’s deciding to return to upstate New York in the aftermath; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

Every single bit of nature’s bounty, seemingly distinct and uniformly individual, has a history: this discernible and at least partially comprehensible past connects each and every so-called particular component of almost limitless yesterdays with all the other bits and pieces of Earth’s panoply of interwoven elements; only an understanding of this convoluted pattern of intertwined relationships, an unending jumble of conjunction, can yield anything even vaguely kin to comprehension of one’s own life and times.

                  Quote of the Day                       
This book attempts to clear up the mystery of
money in its social aspect. With the monetary
system of the whole world in chaos, this mystery
has never been so carefully fostered as it is to-day.
And this is all the more curious inasmuch as
there is not the slightest reason for this mystery. This book will show what money now is, what it does, and what it should do. From this will emerge the recognition of what has always been the true role of money. The standpoint from
which most books on modern money are written
has been reversed. In this book the subject is not
treated from the point of view of the bankers
as those are called who create by far the greater
proportion of money but from that of the
PUBLIC, who at present have to give up valuable
goods and services to the bankers in return for
the money that they have so cleverly created
and create. This, surely, is what the public
really wants to know about money. MORE HERE from Frederick Soddy The Role of Money: What It Should Be, Versus What It Has Become

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Leaving aside the necessity to show how and why things happen as they do, a more than two hour experience that insists that the first order of business in any criminal investigation–for example of the murder of ultimately many more than 3,000 people on the eleventh of September, 2001–is to describe accurately what transpired, for example why buildings fell and crushed so many people to death, documentary work that Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth are providing despite the fact that these highly regarded, frequently awarded, extremely well-paid professionals could easily have ‘helped their careers’ more if they had said nothing, looked the other way, or otherwise ignored the absurdities of the official accounts of what took place on that ‘infamous’ day, in other words extremely competent and unbiased testimony that ought to induce every scrappy scribe and each stalwart citizen to reexamine this ‘crime of the new millennium’ very closely indeed, in other words by insisting that a new and independent investigation of these hideous happenings–the origins of both police state and ‘war-on-terror’ protocols–take place, the words of E.R. nurses, ‘STAT!’




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Cursive Learning

A Nautilus post that looks at the views of an educator in regards to a longstanding staple of education and in general that looks at how we teach writing: “To me this symbolizes all that is wrong with the strange obsession shared in many countries about how children learn to write. Often we teach them how to form letters based on the ones they see in their earliest reading books. And then we tell them that they must learn this hard-won skill all over again, using “joined-up” script. Yet there is no evidence that cursive has any benefits over other handwriting styles, such as manuscript, where the letters aren’t joined, for the majority of children with normal development.”

WRISSWriting About the Disabled

A Lit Hub piece that serves to advise writers who may need or choose to write about folks with special challenges and special needs different from their own: “No one can speak for a group unless they have been explicitly elected to do so. I do not pretend to speak for all disabled writers; do not assume all disabled people feel and think the same on this subject. I’ve discussed this with others, of course[1], but in the end these guidelines represent one writer’s opinion—and just a beginning, at that. They are far from complete. Please add suggestions and comments below.”


Collect Rejections

A Lit Hub article that shows you why in order to succeed in writing you must be willing to fail more: “In late 2011, a writer friend was sharing her experiences of having months of uninterrupted writing time at her residencies at the Millay Colony, Ragdale, and Yaddo…. 

I asked her what her secret was, and she said something that would change my professional life as a writer: “Collect rejections. Set rejection goals. I know someone who shoots for one hundred rejections in a year, because if you work that hard to get so many rejections, you’re sure to get a few acceptances, too.””


Digital Currencies

An LA Progressive look at cryptocurrencies and other instruments of finance and how they affect the present pass and could develop in the future when institutions adopt the techology: “Several central banks, including the Bank of England, the People’s Bank of China, the Bank of Canada and the Federal Reserve, are exploring the concept of issuing their own digital currencies, using the blockchain technology developed for Bitcoin. Skeptical commentators suspect that their primary goal is to eliminate cash, setting us up for negative interest rates (we pay the bank to hold our deposits rather than the reverse).”

GENISSPassing the Torch at Eton

A History Channel brief that touches on the brilliant life, history, and influence of the iconic writer of all-too-relevant-to-the-current-moment dystopic novels:  “On this day in 1917, 23-year-old Aldous Huxley, future author of Brave New World is hired as a schoolmaster at Eton. One of his pupils will be Eric Blair, who will later use the pen name George Orwell.”