9.28.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

A narrative that, except for those who listen to or read RT or TeleSur orDemocracy Now! or Truthout and such, would basically not exist despite its lively and immediate and evolving unfolding, to wit the largest prison strike in U.S. history as it enters its third week, accessible here via DN! and Truthout, a story that has all the earmarks of mandatory reading and contemplation for scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens, even as inundating cascades of reportage stream forth in regard to either the games of hide and seek, and the machinations of corruption, that underlie supposed threats of government shutdown , or the faux conflict and hidden agendas that characterize the multiplicity of accounts about Congress’ overriding President Obama’s veto of the legislation that have theoretically opened up Saudi Arabia to lawsuits by families of victims of, and other interested parties in relation to, the still unexplained events of fifteen years and seventeen days ago in New York and Washington, the ultimate aggregate of the day’s ‘news’ output a combination of coverup and distraction and sleight of hand, at the same time that more than ever regular people are unlikely to survive if they fail to see and struggle to comprehend what is really going on.

                    This Day in History                  

Today round the planet is Right to Know Day, arguably of note to most writers, as well as a triple celebration of health in World Heart Day, World Rabies Day, & Freedom From Hunger Day, while on this date the U.S. commemorates Ask a Stupid Question Day & Good Neighbor Day; back in ancient China, two thousand five hundred sixty-seven years prior to today, the important teacher, editor, politician and philosopher who helped define the entire Chinese identity, wrote his final words; two thousand sixty-four years ago, as he tried to land at Alexandria, Pompey the Great encountered his assassins instead of a welcoming party as he fled from Caesar’s pursuit and the initiation of imperial Rome; two hundred eighty-eight years subsequently, in 235, a temporary Christian Rome’s Pope Pontian found himself exiled to the Sardinian mines where he met Hippolytus and martyrdom; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

To achieve any modicum of transformation, let alone a thoroughly revolutionary transition, necessitates a combination of multiple factors, each of which is at once central to change and merely an adjunct to all the other critical elements—for example the mandate for empowering common people at work and in governance, or the requirement that a strategy and plan to undermine empire must transpire, or the necessity of educating ourselves about ecology and energy and economics and information and more, or any one of at least half a dozen other requisites the attainment of which are sine qua nons for altering our social landscape—all of which defines how interrelationship and emphasis exist in a dynamic tension that must elicit both a rich and practical understanding and regular and repeated practice in order for any real sociopolitical modification to take place, in order for connections to occur that actually lead to discussion and strategic planning among networks of people who know that they are contending for power and intending to win it.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“I am a rather elderly man. The nature of my avocations for the last thirty years has brought me into more than ordinary contact with what would seem an interesting and somewhat singular set of men, of whom as yet nothing that I know of has ever been written:—I mean the law-copyists or scriveners. I have known very many of them, professionally and privately, and if I pleased, could relate divers histories, at which good-natured gentlemen might smile, and sentimental souls might weep. But I waive the biographies of all other scriveners for a few passages in the life of Bartleby, who was a scrivener of the strangest I ever saw or heard of. While of other law-copyists I might write the complete life, of Bartleby nothing of that sort can be done. I believe that no materials exist for a full and satisfactory biography of this man. It is an irreparable loss to literature. Bartleby was one of those beings of whom nothing is ascertainable, except from the original sources, and in his case those are very small. What my own astonished eyes saw of Bartleby, that is all I know of him, except, indeed, one vague report which will appear in the sequel. MORE HERE from Herman Melville Bartleby the Scrivener

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  


From RT, a slice of an interview with twenty year former CIA operative Michael Scheuer, “chief of the Bin Laden Unit” for a time and now a relentless critic of both U.S. policy and operations throughout North Africa and Southwest Asia, efforts that he views as either lunacy or criminal conspiracy, a perspective that dovetails seamlessly with a recent trailer  for documentary work on the Syrian White Helmets that demonstrates their imperial foundations–started by a British Army officer–their complete identification with NATO and U.S. demands, and their fraudulent claims of being unarmed and non-partisan, a point that a recent English TV segment developed in greater detail, despite the encomiums  that outlets such as Al Jazeera have developed about the same organization, diametrically opposed perspectives that scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens need to ponder carefully and in detail, without coming to conclusions ahead of sifting all the evidence, unless of course they are comfortable being tools for murder and dupes of propagated propaganda of the rudest and most vicious sort.




Brown Foundation Fellows Program

Ménerbes, France
Application Deadline: October 15, 2016
E-mail address: doramaarhouse@mfah.org

The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston offers residencies of one to three months from February 1 through June 30 to midcareer poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France. Residents are provided with travel expenses, lodging, work space, and a stipend of $50 per day, and must participate in one community event during the residency. Using the online application system, submit two work samples totaling no more than 20 pages, a curriculum vitae, a project description, a proposal for a community event, and two letters of recommendation (sent directly to the program by the references) with a $20 application fee by October 15. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.


University of Iowa Press

Short Fiction Awards

Deadline: September 30, 2016
E-mail address:  uipress@uiowa.edu

Two awards of publication by University of Iowa Press are given annually for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible. Submit a manuscript of at least 150 pages by September 30. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Tigertail presents ScreenDance Miami.

We are inviting dancers, choreographers, movers, and filmmakers from Florida and around the world to submit their screendance for ScreenDance Miami.

ScreenDance Miami highlights Miami-based choreographers and directors who are working with emerging and new concepts in regard to movement and dance on film and dance on camera. The festival has been created to support professionals in this field and to support the development of dance created for the camera. ScreenDance Miami seeks to engage the public and bring to light an understanding of this adventuresome, nascent form.

Online submissions begin July 5, 2016 and end September 30, 2016 at 11:59pm.


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Vote Green

A Truth Dig post by a thoughtful correspondent who shares with readers that can guide voters towards a vote that feels useful and a good alternative to the dogshit presented out there: “So why might a serious left progressive living in a contested state (someone like this writer) consider following the venerable left political scientist Adolph Reed Jr.’s advicethis year to “vote for the lying neoliberal warmonger” Hillary Clinton? Part of it could be that lefty’s sense that it is better for “the U.S. Left” (insofar as it exists) and the development of the dedicated, day-to-day, grass-roots social movement we desperately need in place beneath and beyond the election cycle when a corporate Democrat occupies the White House. The presence of a Democrat in the nominal top U.S. job is usefully instructive. It helps demonstrate the richly bipartisan nature of the American plutocracy and empire. Young workers and students especially need to see and experience how the misery and oppression imposed by capitalism and its evil twin imperialism live on when Democrats hold the Oval Office.”

Talented Sci Fi Writer

An Atlantic piece that introduces readers to the work of a stupendous sci fi writer who also happens to be the first Black writer to win a Hugo award: “The Fifth Season is a stunning piece of speculative-fiction work, and it accomplishes the one thing that is so difficult in a field dominated by tropes: innovation, in spades. A rich tale of earth-moving superhumans set in a dystopian world of regular disasters, The Fifth Season manages to incorporate the deep internal cosmologies, mythologies, and complex magic systems that genre readers have come to expect, in a framework that also asks thoroughly modern questions about oppression, race, gender, class, and sexuality. Its characters are a slate of people of different colors and motivations who don’t often appear in a field still dominated by white men and their protagonist avatars. The Fifth Season’ssequel, 2016’s The Obelisk Gate, continues its dive into magic, science, and the depths of humanity.”



Gripping v. Putdownable Books

A Book Mail post that extols the virtues of books that can be read in installments, and which don’t overexcite readers into a state of frenzy and addiction in a daily life context that does not often allow for full dedication to a book: “Don’t misunderstand me: there’s a lot of good to a good unputdownable book. When you have the time and inclination and focus, that’s exactly what you want. The unputdownables will power you through a readathon, help you get to your book club on time, and make sure you defeat your library fines in one fell swoop. But I have to tell you, whether it’s my age and stage of life or just the particular rhythm of my life right now, the last thing I am able to make time and space for is an unputdownable book.”


Florida Sinkhole Update

An Eco Watch report on the horrifyingly massive radioactive sinkhole that a fertilizer company unleashed on a Florida community, an event that is just one more example of how industry and capitalism is causing the unhealth and ruination of the planet: “The sinkhole, formed below a phosphogypsum stack, has leaked an estimated 215 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into the Floridan Aquifer, posing a potentially serious threat to drinking water. To make matters worse, news reports indicate that the fertilizer giant and state officials knew about the problem for three weeks but failed to notify the public.”

GENISSPsychiatry’s Bollocks

A Mad in America look at the possibly fraudulent and unecessary discipline which has exerted way too much influence for its useless fraudulence, especially in regards to the ‘chemical imbalance’ stuff designed to push pills: “Recall establishment psychiatrist Pies assertion: “In truth, the ‘chemical imbalance’ notion was always a kind of urban legend—never a theory seriously propounded by well-informed psychiatrists.” What Pies omits is the reality that the vast majority of psychiatrists have been promulgating this theory. Were they liars or simply not well-informed? And if not well-informed, were they purposely not well-informed?

If one wants to bullshit oneself and the general public that psychiatry is a genuinely scientific medical specialty, there’s a great incentive to be unconcerned with the truth or falseness of the chemical imbalance theory of depression. Bullshitters immediately recognize how powerful this chemical imbalance notion is in gaining prestige for their profession and themselves as well as making their job both more lucrative and easier, increasing patient volume by turning virtually all patient visits into quick prescribing ones.”