9.29.2016 Daily Links

          BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW          

A briefing from TeleSur about developments in the increasingly tense and disputatious relationship between Manila and Washington, in particular in relation to Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement from Hanoi that the upcoming military exercises that the Philippines have annually conducted with U.S. Special Forces will be the last such engagement during the present President’s term of office, an eventuality about which Al Jazeera also reports  in some depth, including the presentation of Duterte’s perspective that he is preparing to ‘cross the Rubicon’ in regard to America’s prior colonial and current neocolonial imprimatur over the archipelago, a key indicator of imperial power and conflict that scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens will attend closely if they know what’s good for them, as it were.

                    This Day in History                  

coffee pie cake dessertIn a favorite observance of many scrappy writers, today is International Coffee Day, and for the World Heart Federation, the 28th is World Heart Day; in Persia twenty five hundred thirty-five years ago, in a sign of the longstanding depth of conflict in the region, a ‘Great’ Darius led troops that killed the then usurper of imperial leadership, Gaumata; two thousand seventy-seven years before today, Pompey the Great celebrated his third triumph for victories over the pirates and the end of the Mithridatic Wars on his 45th birthday; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

Whenever we have about the ways of the world a complaint or a desire that views or conceives the present pass as wrong or deficient or, despite all advice to ignore such issues, unfair, a multitiered process must develop if we ever hope to have a positive impact on society’s affairs in this and related arenas, at a minimum the first of which involves locating our own complicity in what we disparage or despise and the second of which entails noticing, and redressing, how we ignore or undermine the possibilities for mutual service and enriching interdependence in managing our relations with this and similar matters.

                  Quote of the Day                       
“CLAUDE was passing in front of the Hotel de Ville, and the clock was striking two o’clock in the morning when the storm burst forth. He had been roaming forgetfully about the Central Markets, during that burning July night, like a loitering artist enamoured of nocturnal Paris. Suddenly the raindrops came down, so large and thick, that he took to his heels and rushed, wildly bewildered, along the Quai de la Greve. But on reaching the Pont Louis Philippe he pulled up, ragefully breathless; he considered this fear of the rain to be idiotic; and so amid the pitch-like darkness, under the lashing shower which drowned the gas-jets, he crossed the bridge slowly, with his hands dangling by his side. MORE HERE from Emile Zola’s His Masterpiece Ch. 1

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SEARCHDAY"political economy" OR "leading indicators" OR "socioeconomic conditions" crisis OR collapse OR stress deflation OR depression OR decline "monetary conflict" OR "currency war" OR "trade war" history OR cycle OR "cyclic development" analysis OR explanation marxist criticism OR deconstruction = 21,200 Connections.

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              TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, &                                  AWARENESS VIDEO                  

Dr. Strangelove by DrFoulplay
Dr. Strangelove
by DrFoulplay


From one of YouTube’s myriad providers, a fully operational clip of the entirety of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, which in farcical exchanges and deadly dead-pan tells of the lunacy that would end human life in the form of thermonuclear warfare, a film that for decades militarists and so-called ‘strategists’ treated derisively and dismissively as propagandistic fantasy that had zero basis in reality, but which recently declassified documents prove ineluctably, about which a two year old New Yorker article delivers a briefing that scrappy scribe and stalwart citizens should read very carefully indeed if anything other than mass collective suicide is their lifestyle choice, a contextualization of the actuality of the military industrial complex’s necessities that one might examine in relation to Evo Morales’ recent speech at the United Nations and its warnings to all humanity, imprecations that echo what Fidel Castro said in the same venue fifty-six years ago  when he too demanded that the death sentence of empire and war would eventually, one day, truly execute humankind unless the world’s peoples, and at least some of the world’s leaders, stood up for and showed a willingness to fight for a different set of eventualities, choices that, like it or not, we still face today.




Other Words Literary Conference

Saint Augustine, Florida
Event Date: November 3, 2016
Application Deadline: October 15, 2016
E-mail address: rcamp427@gmail.com

The Other Words Literary Conference, sponsored by the Florida Literary Arts Coalition (FLAC), will be held from November 3 to November 5 on the campus of Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as panels and readings. This year’s theme is “Writing Funny: The Literary Art of Humor.” The faculty includes poets Kenneth Hart and Michelle Boisseau; fiction writers Ron Cooper and Suzanne Heagy; and nonfiction writers Dawn S. Davies and Bob Kunzinger. The cost of the conference is $50 for FLAC members and $80 for nonmembers. The registration deadline is October 15. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for more information.


University of Massachusetts Press
Juniper Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a novel or novella

 Rockland Residency

Rockland is a creative residency designed to support dedicated artists and writers seeking a private space in an urban environment to generate new ideas, complete projects, or make artistic connections in Seattle, WA, USA.

We will be accepting applications July 1-October 1, 2016


Fulltime Editor – Social Justice Online Magazine hide this posting

compensation: $55-60K
employment type: full-time
telecommuting okay

Daily Progressive is seeking a full-time Editor, based in the United States, who will help manage all stages of our online magazine’s publication process.The Editor will be supervised by the Publisher and will manage freelance contributors and staff writers. This position is compensated with a $55,000-$60,000 annual salary with benefits. As we become more financially sustainable, we are committed to making this and other salaries at Daily Progressive more competitive. Since we are a virtual organization, the Editor works from home and attends meetings via Google Hangouts or conference call.rect3336 space

Creative Circle New York

An international technology company is looking to bring on a Product Copywriter to work directly with product managers in creating product descriptions for digital and print.

In this role you will be responsible for writing B2B content on products for the company website, brochures, powerpoints and supporting product launches.


Economics as an Evolutionary Science

An Evonomics piece by a powerful thinker who places the discipline of economics into an evolutionary framework that actually has something value to offer the viability of humankind: “In my 2004 book entitled The Evolution of Institutional Economics, I outlined what I called “the principle of evolutionary explanation”. This is the idea that any behavioural assumption, including in the social sciences, must be capable of causal explanation in evolutionary terms, or at least be consistent with a scientific understanding of human evolution. This principle is found in Veblen’s work.”

WRISSMoonlighting With  Another Job

An LA Review of Books offering that extols the virtues of ‘keeping your day job’, not just for the sake of financial and emotional stability, but so as to have experiences that help improve a writer’s craft: “While having a day job is clearly good for your financial well-being and mental health, I would argue that it can also be good for your art. Because my writing is separate from what I do to make a living — because no one expects it, or assesses it for promotion or retention purposes — it makes the writing itself an escape, and a joy. Without the burden of external pressure, I can take all the time I need to get it right.”


Arts Participation v/ Reading

A Melville House posting that releases results to a National Endowment of the Arts posting that looks at the dismal state of reading in America in the context of general arts and culture consumption: “As one might imagine, there’s good news and bad news regarding the cultural health of America’s body politic. The good news is that, after a decade of striking decline in gallery, theater, and live music attendance, things seem to have leveled off. In 2015 American adults went to museums, art exhibits, and concerts at roughly the same rate as in 2013.

The bad news is that nobody is reading. The survey shows that across all populations, the percentage of adults who read “literature” (defined as poetry, plays, short stories, or novels) fell from 47% in 2012 to a shade over 43% in 2015.”


Toxic Trade Deal Leaked

A Common Dreams post that looks at some of the unsavoury circumstances inside of a recently leaked trade deal document: “Greenpeace Netherlands exposed the threats to democracy and climate action contained within the little-known Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) on Tuesday with new leaks divulging several chapters of the clandestine global trade agreement. 

“It’s a sad day for democracy when ordinary people are dependent on leaks to learn about the far-reaching consequences of toxic trade deals that are being cooked up behind closed doors,” said Nick Dearden, head of the U.K.-based Global Justice Now.”

GENISSFinancially Induced Ruination

An Atlantic report on the fact that our entire civilization is victim to the cancer of finance capital from a fairly establishment, if liberal, media outlet: “These two towns have different fates in part because of two distinct dynamics in the American economy. Yet there are economists who believe that there is a link between the improving prosperity of the wealthy and the eroding bank accounts of everyone else. The reason? It’s two-fold: First, there is the rise of the financial industry, which has fueled extraordinary wealth for a very few without creating good jobs down the line, and, second, a tax policy that not only fails to mitigate these effects, but actually incentivizes them in the first place. It’s probably not surprising, then, that the 10 states with the biggest jumps in the top 1 percent share from 1979 to 2007 were the states with the largest financial service sectors, according to the Economic Policy Institute analysis.”