9.23.2016 Daily Links

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A report about one of those litigious moments that actually contains seedlings that could grow into understanding and possible reform of how the world actually works, full of hidden agendas, hypocrisy, and skullduggery aplenty, in the event a briefing from Law Newz about the derisive response from the Democratic National Committee to Bernie Sanders’ class action lawsuit against their operations, a formal reply that seeks a summary judgment dismissal with prejudice–meaning Sanders cannot seek any further relief from the judiciary about the same facts and eventualities–against the Vermont Senator’s complaint, something that one would think that major headlines hither and yon would notice, thought one would be completely errant in such a view, similar in some ways to the happenings in regard to the FBI’s investigation of Ms. Clinton’s e-mails, where the Bureau’s having granted immunity from prosecution to one of Secretary Hillary’s chief aides is now a subject of some contention and fury, though only the briefest of mentions in The Hill has so far made its way into the ‘Mainstream’ palette, matters of a sort that scrappy scribe and stalwart citizens should attend obsessively, at least if they have even the faintest hope that electoral matters will amount to anything other than a distracting sideshow that has no more to do with how the world develops than a children’s fable dictates the outcome of ancient war councils.

                    This Day in History                  

Today, Lithuania remembers the Holocaust with a Memorial Day: in central Asia eight centuries and a year back, a baby boy emerged into our midst who would mature as the great Kublai Khan; six hundred seventy-eight years before the here and now, the first naval engagement took place that involved the use of cannon, at the start of the Hundred Years War; just beyond seven decades later, in 1409, Mongol fighters scored their second major victory over Ming Chinese forces; three hundred seventy-four years prior to just this point in time, Harvard College graduated its first class of matriculants; thirty-three years beyond that, in 1675, the French founder of the Academie Francaise breathed his last; one hundred twenty-eight years hence, in 1803, the Second Anglo-Maratha war commenced between the British East India Company and the Indian Maratha Empire; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

A writer without readers is like an actor among the blind, like a singer in the land where no one has ears to hear, yet in the realm of Facebook and Google and Twitter, almost all ‘netizens’ basically confront such an arena, where all the drips and drops of heart and soul and mundane meaning pass across the virtual screen without more than a pittance of notice, such paltry attention in fact that the naming of the age’s primary disorder posits its deficit as a defining attribute of the entire ‘post-modern’ era; in these environs, both disorientation and delusion, at once narcissistic self-importance and semi-suicidal despair, flourish, so that any scrappy scribe who can keep his wits and keep on plugging away to improve pondering and obtain plaudits in the end surely deserves the breaks necessary to attain those ends.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“My speech is going to be a long journey, a trip that I have taken through regions that are distant and antipodean, but not for that reason any less similar to the landscape and the solitude in Scandinavia. I refer to the way in which my country stretches down to the extreme South. So remote are we Chileans that our boundaries almost touch the South Pole, recalling the geography of Sweden, whose head reaches the snowy northern region of this planet. MORE HERE

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  


From a decidedly capitalistic media outlet, to wit Rolling Stone, and an undeniably ‘middle class’ ‘artist,’ in this case Julian Casablancas of the band, the Strokes, have a discussion together about the realities of politics, the central necessity of treating politics in an educational and organizational way, and in insisting that both compassion and justice remain at the heart of political exchanges, only a dozen minutes from what would be awesome to view at greater length, but enough, enough for any scrappy scribe or stalwart citizen to say that this conversation, no matter that much, much more is necessary as well, is a marvelous contribution to how we must think about ourselves, if those who are now reaching their coming of age are to have even a ghost of a chance of ever meeting their own grandchildren.


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Muse /A Journal (myoo-zay) seeks lyrical, playful, moving, linguistically-inventive, unique, experimental, moving, honest, diction-sensitive, perhaps collaborative, economical, attentive, vested, clever, touching, REAL work. If this describes your work in any way, we’d love to see it.

Alice James Books is accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts to the Alice James Award (formerly the Beatrice Hawley Award) postmarked through November 1, 2016. The Alice James Award welcomes submissions from emerging as well as established poets. Entrants must reside in the United States.

The winner receives $2000, book publication, and distribution through Consortium. In addition to the winning manuscript, one or more additional manuscripts may be chosen for publication as the Editor’s Choice.

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Artistic Director Women’s Studio Workshop

Since its inception in 1974, WSW has brought artists from across the globe to work in our printmaking (intaglio, in particular), hand papermaking, letterpress, photography, book arts, and ceramics studios. Over 6,500 Ulster County youth have participated in WSW’s art-in-education program and WSW’s has published more than 200 artist’s book editions, which are collected by major libraries and museums around the world. The new Artistic Director will maintain WSW’s high artistic standards, enhance current and develop new programming, manage a diverse studio staff, and work with visiting artists and teachers. She will also be the public face of the organization with the capacity to present and clearly articulate WSW’s mission and programs at national conferences.
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The nonprofit Urban Institute is dedicated to elevating the debate on social and economic policy. For nearly five decades, Urban scholars have conducted research and delivered evidence-based solutions that improve lives and strengthen communities across a rapidly urbanizing world. Our objective research helps expand opportunities for all, reduce hardship among the most vulnerable, and strengthen the effectiveness of the public sector.



Pavlov Education

A High Times look at the status of education today, and the uncreative, inflexible, and reflexive nature of it, an analysis that begs the question of what the implications are: “Assessing the problems in American public education and academia elicits standard responses that are generally trite and multitude. “Lack of funding,”, or “adequately trained teachers,” often round out the usual replies, yet system-generated solutions to the perceived problems are always external in nature (especially given the problems are themselves system-generated). The diagnosis of the causes are also consistently external, leading to endless debates over appropriation and methodology, ever and always overlooking the actual problem, that academia as an institution no longer functions the way most perceive it. The very presupposition of the modern debates over education are precisely concerned with how to fix a “broken system,” yet I propose the system is functioning perfectly as it was intended: The goal of public education and academia is not education, but socialization and Pavlovian social engineering.”

WRISSGetting Into Lit Mags

A Brevity posting that provides encouragement and facts that pave the way towards the optimism of actually breaking through to a magazine: “Allison Williams, Brevity‘s globe-trotting social media editor, writes often for this blog on issues of dedication, endurance, and inspiration for writers. Some of those blog posts, along with plenty of new material, have been assembled into Williams’ first book, Get Published in Literary Magazines: The Indispensable Guide to Preparing, Submitting and Writing Better.”


Anti Copyright Struggle

A Counter Current look at a recent education and copyright ” In a rare and incredible order on 16th September 2016, the Delhi High Court dismissed the copyright infringement case filed in August 2012 by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor and Francis Group against Rameshwari Photocopy Shop in Delhi School of Economics and Delhi University. Justice R.S. Endlaw in a 94 page long judgment interpreted the educational exception under section 52(1)(i) of the Copyright Act, 1957 as covering the act of photocopying prescribed reading material for university courses.”


Latin America Interventions

An In These Times article that contextualizes the role of America in Latin America in regards to the omipresent War on Drugs: “In 2007, then-president George W. Bush created the Merida Initiative, a security cooperation agreement between the United States, Mexico and Central America, as a regional response to rising drug trafficking and violence in Central America. Furthering this approach, in 2010 President Obama created the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), separating the Central American countries from the Merida Initiative.”

GENISSFinding Knowledge

A New York Review of Books review of books that introduce readers to the courage, conviction, and struggles of some of the most iconic thinkers: “It is fascinating to learn about the concrete historical circumstances under which great philosophical works—works that have become timeless classics—were produced, and about the relation to their own times of the extraordinary individuals who produced them. For those with limited firsthand knowledge of the works this biographical approach can serve as an accessible introduction or reintroduction to the thought of some of the most important creators of our intellectual world. Anthony Gottlieb, a former executive editor of The Economist who is not a philosopher but a philosophical fellow traveler, is writing just such a history of the entire course of Western philosophy. The first volume, The Dream of Reason (2000),* took the story from ancient Greece to the Renaissance. The second volume, The Dream of Enlightenment, ends in the eighteenth century; a third volume will take us from Kant to the present day.”