9.27.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/27/495622695/this-afternoon-elon-musk-unveils-his-plan-for-colonizing-mars – In the context of war on three or four or five continents, depending on how one counts the conflicts, several of which could in the course of a sunny afternoon lead to thermonuclear exchanges that would extinguish humankind, a vision–from none other than PayPal cofounder and tech impresario Elon Musk–of a colonial project that would expedite humanity’s planting itself on Mars, which National Public Radio  reports in almost tongue-in-cheek fashion, though The Verge takes the matter much more seriously, noting that attendees at Musk’s press conference today sought to touch his garments and kiss him as if he embodied the iconic elevation of Homo Sapiens, an information nexus that RT offers to scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens with an audio-video portal.

                    This Day in History                  

People around the planet on this date celebrate World Tourism Day, while the United States marks National Gay Men’s HIV Awareness Day; in late Middle Ages Normandy nine hundred fifty years ago, William, who would soon sport the moniker ‘the Conqueror’, embarked with its invasion force from the mouth of the river Somme toward England and unlucky Edward; four hundred eighty-seven years in advance of today’s light and air, Ottomans neared the height of their imperial expansion with a renewed assault on Vienna, albeit one that was ultimately unsuccessful; fourteen decades after that contentious eventuality, in 1669, Ottoman fighters extracted a Venetian surrender at the fortress of Candia which had been under siege for over two decades; two hundred ninety-four years prior to today, a baby boy was born who would mature as the upper class American ‘patriot’ Samuel Adams; fifty-seven years further along the path to the present moment, in 1779, Sam’s cousin and frequent collaborator, John Adams, received an appointment to act as the chief negotiator who would seek a peace deal with the English;precisely forty-two years after that, in 1821, Mexican nationals succeeded in wresting control of their land from Spanish rule; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

Though almost never an easy morsel to digest, its truth is nevertheless incontrovertible, that any soulful sort, or opportunistic angel, who would hope and pray and intend absolutely to rise to the the realm of light and heartfelt, joyous generosity cannot avoid the absolute necessity of lying down in darkness and grappling with all the devils in the universe who ever and always cohabit with the ‘higher’ sorts whom we hope to emulate and accompany forever more.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“Why write a book thirty-eight years after an event? Readers have often asked why I did not tackle the task earlier due to my unique experience of being the first Western journalist in Hiroshima after the Atomic Bomb. There are many reasons, including the fact that within days of having written what I only later understood was an historic dispatch from the nuclear-stricken city, I was transferred to Europe and from there to innumerable other international hot spots. It was not until 1971, a quarter of a century after the first nuclear war was unleashed against human beings, that I returned to Hiroshima.”  MORE HERE from Wilfred Burchett, Preface to Shadows of Hiroshima

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                       In-Depth Look                          

An insistence that historical, political-economic, and social context are all at once inseparable and separately crucial in comprehending a complicate skein of unfolding eventuality such as occurs on a daily basis now in Ukraine–an insistence not any the less central for its being antithetical to the horse manure that passes for corporate media’s reportage–in this case from a longform piece that graced the pages of Contributoria, a perspective and overview that fits seamlessly with a powerfully reported piece from Consortium News about the push toward war on Russia’s ‘Southern flank,’ where NATO is acting with treachery and impunity after the promises of 1991, an account moreover that dovetails nicely with a recent New Yorker article that delves the difficulty of ‘reforming’ Ukraine after the U.S. coup there in 2014; MORE HERE

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From a William Black TED Talk, a presentation of the former regulator’s post mortem on the Savings & Loan debacle as a precursor that gave us all the tools that we needed not to have born the eleven trillion dollar loss of the subprime mortgage crisis, but which we failed to heed, let alone put into place, much to our chagrin and horror over the past eight years, points that in a more recent set of notes Black convincingly presents as a series of indicia of toxicity and fraud that have become fully institutional in nature and that scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens are going to have to confront fully and fiercely if we are not once again to fall prey to the same patterns of theft and depredation in favor of plutocrats that have happened again and again in capital’s past.




Hill House Artist Residencies

East Jordan, Michigan
Application Deadline:
October 1, 2016
E-mail address: yvonne@artmeetsearth.org

The Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology offers year-round residencies of two to four weeks to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers at the Hill House, located near the Mackinaw State Forest in East Jordan, Michigan. Residents are provided with a semi-secluded private cabin with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, work space, a back porch, a full kitchen, and food supplies. For residencies from December to May, submit a writing sample of 10 to 20 pages, an artist statement, and contact information for three references with a $25 application fee by October 1. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.


A prize of £30,000 (approximately $38,700) is given annually for a short story by a writer who has been previously published in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

Gyroscope Review

Accepting submissions for Winter issue: October 1 – December 15

Please submit no more than 4 poems. There are no length restrictions on individual poems.


Oregon Public Broadcasting

OPB is looking for a journalist for our SW Washington bureau to produce enterprise features and daily news stories covering the Washington coast to the east end of the Columbia River. These stories will appear on multiple platforms, including OPB’s radio broadcasts and opb.org. For more information and instructions on how to apply, go to: http://www.opb.org/about/careers/.  OPB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Ethics Essays

A Princeton Press offering by an incisive thinker and academician who has often extolled controversial ways of thinking about real-world ethical questions: “In this book of brief essays, he applies his controversial ways of thinking to issues like climate change, extreme poverty, animals, abortion, euthanasia, human genetic selection, sports doping, the sale of kidneys, the ethics of high-priced art, and ways of increasing happiness. Singer asks whether chimpanzees are people, smoking should be outlawed, or consensual sex between adult siblings should be decriminalized, and he reiterates his case against the idea that all human life is sacred, applying his arguments to some recent cases in the news. In addition, he explores, in an easily accessible form, some of the deepest philosophical questions, such as whether anything really matters and what is the value of the pale blue dot that is our planet. The collection also includes some more personal reflections, like Singer’s thoughts on one of his favorite activities, surfing, and an unusual suggestion for starting a family conversation over a holiday feast.”

WRISSON Breaking Into Podcasting

A Brevity post that suggests and instructs writers on how to get their creative works into podcasting: “Right now, podcasts are a thing. Podcasts about accused murderers, about science, about old Hollywood.And many, many podcasts about personal stories. Ever listen to This American Life or The Moth and thought, I have a story that would be great for that show?

You probably do.

So what’s the process? How does the story get from your head (or the essay you already wrote) to the airwaves?”


Cheapening Education

A Washington Post article that sheds a troubling light into the state of higher education today, as pragmatism, diminished expectations, and substandard educational reforms have led to in regards to college careers: “I was aware, of course, of the drift toward pre-professionalism on college campuses, of widespreadconcern over student debt, of stories about college-educated baristas living in basements, of governors threatening to cut off state funding for French literature and anthropology. Even so, I found it shocking that some of the brightest students in Virginia had been misled — by parents, the media, politicians and, alas, each other — into thinking that choosing English or history as a major would doom them to lives as impecunious schoolteachers.”


Union in Tennessee

A Labor Notes look at ongoing developments in the VW plant that not too long ago voted to keep the UAW out: “Tennessee’s infamous anti-union union is fading away for lack of members. Will Volkswagen’s rationale for keeping out a real union crumble with it?

The American Council of Employees, a business-financed rival to the United Auto Workers at Chattanooga’s VW plant, no longer meets the minimum membership threshold to qualify for meetings with management as part of the company’s so-called “Community Organization Engagement” policy.”


Nudging Fiscal Policy

A Project Syndicate look at new and unusual ways that fiscal policies can address current global financial doldrums without actually radically resolving any of the contradictions of capital:  “As a result, analysts and policymakers have started mooting ideas for unconventional fiscal policy to supplement unconventional monetary policy. In particular, they are debating variations of so-called helicopter money, following a famous thought experiment by Milton Friedman in 1969, in which “one day a helicopter…drops an additional $1,000 in bills from the sky.” Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, among others, has offered influential support for “helicopter drops” to revive flagging economies.”