6.03.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

chairAnything old enough ends up dried out and full of holes; still, through desiccation, rot, and collapse, measures of strength and beauty and meaning miraculously remain, or, en Español, Cualquier cosa lo suficientemente vieja, termina seca y lleno de hoyos: sin embargo, por medio de la desicacion y el deteriorio y el colapso, cierte medida de fortaleza y belleza y significado milagrosamente prevalecen. 

Quote of the Day
“If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it?  Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide.  A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us. …(In this regard), I can prove at any time that my education tried to make another person out of me than the one I became.  It is for the harm, therefore, that my educators could have done me in accordance with their intentions that I reproach them; I demand from their hands the person I now am, and since they cannot give him to me, I make of my reproach and laughter a drumbeat sounding in the world beyond.” Franz Kafka
This Day in History

383px-French_opium_denToday in Taiwan commemorates the suppression of Opium, on a day when a century and a half ago, England was seeking to maximize ‘free trade’ in all commodities in the Opium Wars; in Rome sixteen hundred sixty-five years back, suffering the fate of all empires, an imperial usurpation took place when a thug by the name of Nepotianus and his gladiator goons took over the whole Roman show for a brief stint; three hundred sixty-three years subsequently, in 713, in another typical eventuality of imperial cretins, powers behind the throne of Phillippicus of Byzantium had him blinded and exiled so that a ‘leader’ more to their liking could take the helm; eight and three-quarters centuries prior to the present pass, the unlucky lover and famous philosopher, Peter Abelard, faced a guilty verdict for heresy that led to his silencing as a thinker in perpetuity and the burning of his books; just a year shy of four centuries henceforth, in 1539, Hernando de Soto claimed Florida for Spain; sixty-nine years thereafter, twelve hundred miles North in Quebec, in 1608, French explorer Samuel de Champlain finished his third tour of New France; thirteen years afterward, in 1621, the Dutch West India Company incorporated so as to profit from slavery and sugar and rum and the ‘primitive accumulation’ possibilities of early capitalism; thirty-seven years after that point, back in Europe in 1657, the groundbreaking English doctor, William Harvey, took a final breath; a hundred seventy-six years ahead of 

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“Mohn z06” by Zyance – Own work. cc 2.5

now, a political potentate in what was then Humen, China, seized well in excess of a million kilos of British Opium and set it afire to destroy it, thereby providing the English with the excuse to start the so-called ‘First Opium War’ that began the final plunder of imperial China; one hundred fifty-three years back, a huge crowd in Sheffield, England rose up in riots against rumored body-snatching from Wardsend Cemetery; thirteen decades before the here-and-now, the final battle against indigenous people on Canadian territory took place when Cree leader Big Bear eluded the Mounted Police; four years hence, in 1889, also in Canada, workers for corporate interests completed the Canadian Pacific Railways’ girding of North America, and the first U.S. ‘long-distance’ transmission of electricity occurred in Portland, Oregon, using hydropower in the event; ninety-nine years ago, President Wilson signed the National Defense Act, expanding the National Guard by almost five hundred million soldiers; eight years later to the day, in 1924, the still young writer and social critic, Franz Kafka, died; seven years after that precise point in time, in 1931, a baby boy was born who would become accomplished philosopher John Lange, who would also created copious science fiction worlds for legions of followers as John Norman; four years closer to the current moment, in 1935, unemployed Canadian workers by the thousands boarded empty box cars to ride to the nation’s capitol and protest unemployment; three hundred sixty-six days beyond that Mormon_row_barn_grand_teton_national_parkconjunction, back in the U.S. in 1936, a baby Texan boy came into the world who, as Larry McMurtry, would create Lonesome Dove and other iconic literature of ‘the West;’ four years after to the day, in 1940, across the Atlantic in Germany, Nazi leader Franz Rademacher proposes to avoid Hitler’s ‘final solution’ by shipping Jewish concentration camp victims to Madagascar, something that early British Zionists had also suggested; three years further along time’s path, in 1943, back on the West Coast of North America, the so-called Zoot-Suit Riots began in Southern California, in which largely White Marines and Naval personnel savagely attacked and sometimes murdered Mexican, Black, and Native Americans with many of whom the Zoot Suit was in fashion; a year afterward on the East Coast, in 1944, a baby girl entered our midst who would mature as feminist pioneer and editor, Mary Thom; fifty-six years ahead of this dawn, Britain deigned to permit Singapore self-rule without altering its colonial status at all; four years subsequently, in 1963, five hundred miles North in Vietnam, Army of the Republic of South Vietnam soldiers attacked and brutalized protesting Buddhists, initiating a crisis in the U.S. backed territory as it slid toward total war; altogether around the world one years later, in 1964, Finnish Nobel Literature Laureate Frans Sillenpää breathed scumhis last; four years more proximate to the present day, in 1968, the SCUM Manifesto’s promoter and author, Valerie Solanas, shot Andy Warhol three times, an attempt to kill the artist that she hoped would publicize her critique of patriarchy, male chauvinism, and men generally; just a year shy of a decade thereafter, in 1977, iconic Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini’s life had its final frame; seven years later still, in 1984, on the other side of the world in India, Operation Blue Star unfolded, in which Hindu authorities orchestrated attacks on the Sikh hold site, the ‘Golden Temple,’ that ultimately caused five thousand or more deaths; two years back precisely, the trial of whistleblower Chelsea Manning began, and Southern thinker Will Campbell spent his final day alive. From Wikipedia Day in History

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http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/06/03/why-bernie-sanders-is-a-dead-end/             A pull-no-punches briefing from the managing editor of CounterPunch, clearly a writer who has been around the block a time or two with ‘promising’ Democratic Party candidates whose inevitable endgame has been the sellout of workers and the poor and people in need of an empowering process much more so than they need another lecture on ‘hope’ from a sweet-talking politician whose job in life is an election, not a political transformation, in the scheme of all of which Bernie Sanders, at best, would amount to a waste of time and effort, at least in terms of improving people’s lives and reforming the sick and twisted parts of our society to be more just, equitable, democratic, and sane: “Even so, while Bernie may come across as sincere about class politics, make no mistake, he’s is a militarist that isn’t about to challenge U.S. supremacy.  He supported the ugly war on Kosovo, the invasion of Afghanistan, funding for the endless Iraq disaster as well as the losing and misguided War on Terror.  He voted in favor of Clinton’s 1996 Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, which expanded the federal death penalty and acted as the precursor to the PATRIOT Act and just last week voted in favor of the phony USA Freedom Act.
As for Israel, Bernie has been a hawkish advocate that would never halt the $3 billion the U.S. government sends to the country every year.  Last summer he backed Israel’s murderous bombing of Gaza.  He’s even had some nasty words about Palestine’s right to resist.  It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that several former members of Bernie’s staff have also been employed by AIPAC, including Israel apologists David Sirota and Joel Barkin.  His is a disgusting record.  Want to change in the U.S.’s meddling in the Middle East?  Bernie isn’t your guy.
If the Senator’s support for ongoing war and the occupation of Palestine don’t make you squeamish, then you may as well stop reading.  I doubt you’ll grasp the importance of challenging empire by refusing to cast a vote for a party that pumps fuel into the war machine’s tank.  Such an effort requires a willingness to step out on the Democrats, especially at the national level, where they have waged war on workers at home and employed a blood-thirsty foreign policy abroad.”

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Fairy Tale Review Awards in Poetry and Prose

Fairy Tale Review is thrilled to announce our second annual contest, with awards for poetry and prose—Brian Evenson will serve as our judge for prose, and Joyelle McSweeney will judge poetry. The selected winners of the prose and poetry contests will each receive $1,000, and all submissions will also be considered for publication in The Ochre Issue, which will be released in 2016. Reading fee: $10. Submit online or via post to Fairy Tale Review, c/o Kate Bernheimer, Department of English, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ 85721.

Joust: 24h Writing Contest – One Throne Magazine 

“Joust”: this year’s writing contest begins June 27, 2015 at noon PST and lasts exactly 24 hours.

At the start, you will be emailed a first and last sentence. Your story must bridge the two in under 1,000 words and under 24 hours. The best story wins.

All competitors must register in advance. Registration closes 11:59pm PST on June 26.

There is no fee for entry. The first-place prize is $300 and we will publish the story. Only the first-place winner wins a prize.

Midway Journal Submissions 

Minnesota’s Midway Journal is calling for poetry, short stories, and nonfiction for their Monstrosities of the Midway literary contest. The winner gets $1000 and publication. Dorianne Laux is the judge.

 Grant Opp

The City of Santa Ana  California is calling for local artists and art organizations of all mediums, including visual, performing, musical, film, and literary mediums, to apply for their Investing in the Artist grants. Grants will range from $5k to $10k.


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For details, visit https://kindlescout.amazon.com/submit

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Looking for children’s humor writer to write two books of jokes, riddles, and trivia for Minecraft players. Must be familiar with the Minecraft universe and have a strong understanding of what middle-grade kids find funny. 

This is a work-for-hire, flat fee contract job.

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California Event for Education and Social Justice

An invitation to a July event that promises lots of insights, energy, and chances to connect with likeminded folks: “Free Minds, Free People is a national conference that brings together teachers, young people, researchers, parents and community-based activists/educators from across the country to build a movement to develop and promote education as a tool for liberation. We seek to develop ways of teaching and learning both in and out of school that help us to build a more just society. The conference is a space in which these groups can learn from and teach each other, sharing knowledge, experience and strategies.

The first conference took place in Chicago in 2007, the second in Houston in 2009, the third in Providence in 2011, and the last was back in Chicago in 2013. We are looking forward to heading to the West Coast to Oakland in 2015.”


Social Forum Gathering  

A longstanding gathering of folks interested in social justice and building a new tomorrow through various techniques and venues, this event takes place in two venues and offers a chance for interested folk to propose their own workshops: “This years US Social Forum is dedicated to the idea that we need more than just skill shares, panels and discussions. We need to dedicate ourselves to strategic thinking, political organization and collective awareness. We are happy to be hosted in Philadelphia and San Jose, along with a host of other People’s Movement Assemblies across the South from Jackson to SC and more to be announced. On that note, we are looking for creative concepts and innovative thinkers. We are looking for organizations, individuals and collectives from all over the country with a vision for what the world might be, and strategies on how to get there.”

Attack on Journalists

A Global Voices Online article that highlights the plight of journalists who suffer abuse under those who do not want justice and truth to rise to the surface: “Thousands of Pakistani journalists working for BOL have been demonstrating in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore on a daily basis, but coverage of their protests by other media has been scant. Their demands are simple: to stop violations of their rights and allow them to launch the much-hyped and controversial BOL television channel.

Pressure on BOL began on May 18, 2015, when a story broke on the front page of the New York Times titled, ‘Fake Diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani Company Axact Reaps Millions.’

Protest against license cancellation of media group BOL in Karachi. Image credit Stand with BOL


Ukrainian Citizen’s Resisting U.S. Hegemony

A Counterpunch posting that shares with interested readers an interview with a Ukrainian who has allied himself with the cause of justice in the Ukraine: “I served in Odessa way back during military conscription, and then I served in the police in Donetsk and Sumy. [1]

I did not share the so-called values that Maidan proclaimed. It was an aggressive movement of fascist youngsters, proclaiming a Nazi ideology at the state level. Such slogans as “Ukraine is for Ukrainians”, “Glory to the nation – death for enemies” and so on I cannot view as anything but a Nazi ideology.”

Education Reforms Antithetical to Education

A Tele Sur article that highlights the struggles educators are having facing down a negative educational reform bill that caters to market interests and threatens to gut a reasonable educational system in the name of profits: “Thousands of teachers took to the streets Monday to protest an educational bill currently going through congress, launching an indefinite strike called Sunday by the union Teachers’ College. Jaime Gajardo, president of the union, said teachers would hold meetings various times a day during their indefinite strike to explain the movement to the community. Teachers are demanding changes to key aspects of the bill. They are opposed to the implementation of certification exams and are demanding better salaries and working conditions. 

Teachers protest against the government’s bill currently in Congress on June, 1, 2015. | Photo: EFE


A Bounty for Honesty and Openness 

An exciting Truth Out article that discusses new and extreme measures taken by everyone’s favourite whistle blowing site to show the public information regarding a shady multinational deal that the government strives to keep secret: “Despite the Senate vote approving a measure to give President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, opposition to the deal continues to mount ahead of this month’s House vote. Critics, including a number of Democratic lawmakers, oppose the TPP, saying it will fuel inequality, kill jobs, and undermine health, environmental and financial regulations. The negotiations have been secret, and the public has never seen most of the deal’s text. Well, this morning the whistleblowing group WikiLeaks launched a campaign to change that. The group is seeking to raise $100,000 to offer what they describe as a bounty for the leaking of the unseen chapters of the TPP. We speak to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.”

Campaign Battles Continue: Populism or Same Old Crap?

From Chief Organizer blog, one of hundreds of recent mentions of Sanders campaign, highly favourable for the most part, that presents his candidacy as a real change for workers, something that workers themselves need to think deeply about: “There was a “gee-whiz” report from Iowa that Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, running for President as a Democrat, was drawing huge crowds in this early primary state, out pacing all other candidates from either party.   He saw 700 in Davenport, one of the larger cities in Iowa.   He drew 300 to a rally in a small town with a total population of about 250 people.  The message of the story was encapsulated in a report of an Iowa Democratic Party official calling the Clinton campaign and telling them they needed to get their candidate on the ground as fast as possible”


Cool and Useful Writing Tool

Trello   is like a project-based version of
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Josh Larlos Flickr

Great Journalism Search Tools

A Journalism.co.uk post that shares many useful research tools for scrappy scribes who rely in large measure on what social media can provide:Tools have always come from the need to carry out a specific task more effectively. It’s one of the main differences between human beings and the rest of the animal kingdom. We may still be slaves to the same old evolutionary urges but we sure know how to eat noodles in style.

In journalism, an abstract tool for uncovering the most interesting and insightful information about society, we can generally boil the workflow down to four stages: finding, reporting, producing and distributing stories.

So with that in mind, here are a range of tools which will – hopefully – help you carry out your journalism tasks more effectively.”

To Be or Not To Be… a Journalist

Some dour though apt advice from an Awl columnist to a confused and frightened youngster who is frightened about pursuing a vocation in journalism: “I don’t in general have a lot of regrets, because regrets are for losers, but I do wish that I’d accumulated a more sophisticated sense of privilege early on. I would have learned so much more about the world! Some young people are taught that the world is there for the taking. It is our job to teach that to every young person, not just the ones who went to private schools and private colleges. Entry level jobs in sales, business, real estate and even some levels of finance have little barrier to entry, it turns out, even though this is where the 1% hide all their children. The fields are only packed with muttonheads and pearl-clutchers from Trinity-Pawling and Loomis Chaffee because they are told how to get there. The rest of us just need to be informed. The point being, you can take a thousand paths to performing journalism, and being literate in the ways of the world is actually a much better path than being literate in journalism. Journalism is easy to learn. The world is much harder.”



Truth in Journalism

A Global Investigative Journalism  article that analyses the pitfalls of believing witnesses and other principals in breaking news items, citing the recent Rolling Stone rape debacle, an event which led to much soul searching amongst reporters and editors alike: “The Coll review has itself attracted edifying commentary about the pitfalls of narrative journalism and the shaming by “activists” of those who correctly pointed out the story’s glaring holes. Amidst the condemnation of Rolling Stone, there is a sense that this is a learning moment for the profession as a whole. While some of the faults of the piece flow from Erdely’s unique and perhaps even malicious failings as the author, other errors are common to many in the profession. The error that has attracted the least commentary so far is the idea that Jackie’s credibility was legitimately enhanced because her detailed story stayed consistent over its retellings to the journalist and because of her “confident” demeanor during these narrations. Many a reporter has fallen into these two holes before.”

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Community Wireless 

A Route Fifty posting that highlights progress made in providing technology and opportunities for all citizens: “As a former educator and community advocate, I know firsthand how important it can be for communities to tackle the digital divide and provide Internet access to those who may not otherwise have it. That’s why I lead Next Century Cities, a city-to-city collaborative of nearly 90 communities across the country whose leaders seek to ensure that all of their residents have access to fast, affordable and reliable Internet. The communities that make up Next Century Cities have incredible, diverse approaches to ensuring access to high-quality Internet from municipally-owned networks to public-private partnerships.”



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Beverley Goodwin flickr

Exploitative Business Model in Trouble

A Hill piece that highlights some of the many failings of the so-called ‘sharing economy’, especially as it is used to attempt to profit off desperate workers: “A crop of tech startups, including Uber and Lyft, that employ armies of contractors instead of direct employees is drawing scrutiny from Washington, where lawmakers and other officials are raising concerns about the way “sharing companies” are regulated.

Critics from across the political spectrum — from liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to a Republican member of the National Labor Relations Board — are signaling it may be time to overhaul regulations for companies that avoid paying benefits by classifying their workers as contractors.”

Yemen Troubles

A CounterPunch piece that discusses the atrocious acts ocurring in Yemen at the current moment, as Saudi Arabia’s new empire-backed shenanigans lay waste to a potentially thriving region: “The Saudis and their coalition partners—and this includes the US military which is providing intelligence and logistical support—have, in the space of eleven weeks, erased fifty years of progress in Yemen. Airstrikes have destroyed roads, bridges, universities, museums, historical sites, factories, and hundreds of homes and even entire villages. Yet, despite the destruction, many Yemenis are determined not to let their country become another Iraq, Syria, Libya, or Afghanistan, all of which have been on the receiving end of the disastrous interventionist foreign policies of the US and Saudi Arabia.

“Talking is the only way out of this quagmire,” explains a former Yemeni MP. “No one group in Yemen has the power to defeat the other. We have two choices: to go on fighting for the next decade and give the world another Syria, or talk. Our history favors the latter. But I don’t think our Saudi friends have any interest in letting us solve our own problems.”



Backlash Against Affordable Housing 

A CityLab article that discusses moves towards erecting structures meant to house those who can ill afford the hyperinflated prices for basic dwellings, met with opposition from those who never have to consider these problems for themselves if luck and privilege stay on their side: “In a zoning meeting about the development, some people said their children had been bullied when they lived in rental developments and didn’t want that to happen again. Others said there would be too much traffic if the development was built. Still others worried  that they would no longer be able to go into their backyards in their underwear. A young boy complained that the residents of the affordable-housing complex would run over the turtles that sometimes appeared in the neighborhood. Another resident complained that he used the property—which was private—to pick blueberries or race ATVs, and the development would put an end to all of that.

“Some of the things that were said were on the hateful side,” Gagliardi said. “It happens often, it’s the Not In My Backyard Syndrome.””

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Education Needs Massive Overhaul

An AFL CIO video post that addresses questions and answers on how to make education truly a useful tool for everyone: “In the latest video in his “Ideas to Save the Economy” series, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich gives numerous suggestions on how to fix the problems our education system faces, something that would benefit people across the economic spectrum.”


6.02.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

Except for the severing of the mortal coil, which often enough occurs as a sudden sundering that descends like an axe from the blue or a bludgeon from the shadows, but much more frequently happens as a long, slow decline of faculty and flexibility till the desiccated husk of a man or woman who once strutted about like a Spring chicken simply stops functioning, we would have no need either to ‘stay in touch’ or to offer mutual support no matter how inconvenient its provision, for always we might shrug and promise that ‘next time,’ we’d reach out or lend a helping hand: thus, for friends and family and any other acquaintance or comrade with whom we hope to express a sense of mutual interdependence and responsibility, death is the final arbiter of our promises and duties, since we all will both end up one way or another as soil and hope that others will ease our passage through that dank and mysterious, and ultimately miraculous, transformation. 

Quote of the Day
“My weakness has always been to prefer the large intention of an unskilful artist to the trivial intention of an accomplished one: in other words, I am more interested in the high ideas of a feeble executant than in the high execution of a feeble thinker.

          If all hearts were open and all desires known — as they would be if people showed their souls — how many gapings, sighings, clenched fists, knotted brows, broad grins, and red eyes should we see in the market-place!
          The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it.  To some men of early performance it is useless.  To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job.

Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honor as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.”  Thomas Hardy

This Day in History


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Giovanni Paolo Panini (Italian, Piacenza 1691–1765 Rome) – Ancient Rome

One thousand five hundred seventy years ago, Vandal fighters breached the defenses of Rome and proceeded to plunder the city and its surrounding areas for a fortnight or more;five hundred sixty-five years hence, just over a millennium ago in 1010, the martial engagement at Aqbat al-Bakr effected a defeat that foreshadowed the dissolution of the Caliphate of Cordoba and the extension of the Reconquista in the Iberian Peninsula; eighty-eight years after that point, in 1098, Christian crusaders overthrew the city of Antioch’s defenses and entered as its conquerors; extending the metaphor that the cross leads the flag, or at least accompanies it, French missionaries four centuries back to the day arrived in Quebec City as part of the Recollect Order, which subsequently joined the Franciscans; three hundred twenty-three years before the here and now, the trial of Bridget Bishop for witchcraft began in Salem, Massachusetts; two and three quarter centuries ahead of today, a baby boy came squalling into the world en route to a life of dissolute popularity as Marquis de Sade, perfect for aristocrats and other decadent sorts; Pontiac’s rebellion in Michigan unfolded two hundred fifty-two years prior to the present pass when Chippewa warriors used a Lacrosse game as a pretext for entering Fort Michilimackinan, near what is now Mackinaw City, Michigan; eleven years precisely more proximate old american revolution-Declaration_independenceto the present, in 1774, England’s Parliament passed colonial Quartering Acts that fueled anger in America that would soon erupt in open rebellion; eighteen decades ahead of today, P.T. Barnum’s first circus tour of the U.S. started; half a decade hence, in 1840, a baby boy was born whose destiny was to publish literary masterpieces as Thomas Hardy; a hundred sixty-seven years back, in Southern Europe, the first international Pan Slavic Congress, an event of significance in relation to empire, nationalism, and the rise of German and Austrian power, happened in Prague; seven years beyond that point, across Europe and the Atlantic in 1855, Portland, Maine underwent an uprising, or rum riot, in protest at an early version of the corruption and idiotic righteousness of prohibition; eleven years closer to now, in 1866, Irish-American nationalists conducted raids against British Canadian fortresses at Erie and Ridgeway; a decade henceforth, in 1876, Baltic, Slavic, Hungarian national revolutionary died in combat at Stara Planima; two decades more further along time’s radio3arc, in 1896, Guglielmo Marconi applied for a patent for the form of radio broadcasting, more or less, still in use; eleven years more proximate to the present, in 1907, a baby girl entered our midst who would mature as the popular writer of upper-class Black stories, Dorothy West; another decade down the line, in 1917, a female child took a first breath whose life some have called the maturation of the “most underrated novelist” of the twentieth century, Barbara Pym; seven hundred thirty days after that juncture, in 1919, across the Atlantic in the U.S., eight cities experienced bomb attacks, allegedly as a result of anarchist uprisings; half a decade subsequently, in 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signed the legislation that permitted Native Americancitizenship in the lands that they had occupied time immemorial and that European interlopers stole out from under them; sixty nine years ago, Italians voted overwhelmingly to rid themselves of monarchs and become a Republic, exiling their second King Umberto in part because of his cozy connection to fascists and other denizens of reaction; seven years to the day thereafter, in 1953, a male infant uttered an initial cry on his way to a life as popular thinker and writer, Cornel West; nine years after that conjunction in time, in 1962, member of the Bloomsbury circle, Vita Sackville-West, breathed her last; five years in time closer to the present, in 1967, modern mass murderer Shah Muhammad Reza Pahlavi visited Berlin, and thousands protested violently, with one protester a victim of police in this action to bear witness against fascist puppets; two decades more along the temporal roadway, in 1987,legendary classical guitarist Andres Segovia died; nineteen years back, jurors in Denver convicted Timothy McVeigh of murder and conspiracy in the mass-killing of bystanders at the Oklahoma City Federal Courthouse bombing; two years hence, in 1997, Wailers singer-songwriter Junior Braithwaite cried no more, forever; nine years beyond that, in 2008, the popular singer and scribe of the popular song, Bo Didley, took a final breath; four years later, in 2012, Egyptian courts sentenced former President and darling of the military-imperial establishment Hosni Mubarak to life in prison for his role in the violent and lethal suppression of Egyptian popular protests.

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http://www.countercurrents.org/venturini020615.pdf           An absolutely crucial brief monograph–roughly twenty-five thousand words–about the origins and hence the underlying and unshakeable dynamics of U.S. hegemony in North Africa and Southwest Asia–the so-called Middle East–with a particular focus on the relationship between the reactionary murderers of Saudi Arabia and the erstwhile ‘liberals’ and ‘conservatives’ who have always served the same corporate masters in the United States, a necessary tutelage about facts and events that represent the only way possible to be anything other than ignorant and passive about these matters of arguable import in such trivialities as human survival and social justice and more: “Under the Sykes-Picotagreement, the Syrian coast and much of modern-day Lebanon went to France; Britain would take direct control over central and southern Mesopotamia, around the Baghdad and Basra provinces.  Palestine would have an international administration, as other Christian powers, namely Russia, held an interest in this region.  The rest of the territory in question—a huge area including modern-day Syria, Mosul in northern Iraq, and Jordan—would have local Arab chiefs under French supervision in the north and British in the south. Also, Britain and France would retain free passage and trade in the other’s zone of influence.

Thomas Edward Lawrence, an archaeologist and British Army officer renowned especially for his liaison role during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign, and the Arab Revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule of 1916-1918, gained international notoriety as Lawrence of Arabia, a title which was later used for the 1962 film based on his First World War activities.  David Lean’s film, Lawrence of Arabia, describes the cinematic moment in Lawrence’s life, when he hears a description of the Sykes-Picot agreement.

In the  film, Lawrence has come to the office of British General

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Edmund Allenby, better known in history as Field Marshal Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby GCB, GCMG, GCVO(1861-1936), an English soldier and British Imperial Governor—but seemingly not too bright.  Lawrence intends to resign his officer’s commission.

When Lawrence arrives, he finds two other men with Allenby, (of whom one was) Prince Feisal ibn Hussein.  Feisal was born in 1885, the third of four sons of Sharif Hussein bin Ali, Grand Sharif of Mecca and ruler of the Hejaz Arabs, and would later serve as king of the Arab Kingdom of Greater Syria in 1920, and as king of Iraq from 1921 to 1933.  Lawrence had led Arab troops on behalf of Prince Feisal against the Turkish army.  The second man with General Allenby is Mr. Dryden, a British diplomat and political leader, the head of the Arab Bureau, who first enlisted Lawrence for work as a liaison to the Arab Revolt, and manipulated Lawrence and the Arabs to ensure Allied dominion over the post-war Middle East.

(Highly plausible dialog from the film speaks to ignorance and articulation about empire)

ALLENBY: Why?  Are you sure you haven’t heard of the Sykes-Picot Treaty?

LAWRENCE: No.  I can guess.

ALLENBY:Don’t guess. (points to Dryden) Tell him.

DRYDEN:(Speaking slowly as he walks around the room, pausing after sentences)

Well, now, …Mr. Sykes is an English civil servant.  Monsieur Picot is a French civil

servant.  Mr. Sykes and Monsieur Picot met, and they agreed that after the war…

France and England should share the Turkish Empire, including Arabia.  They signed an agreement, (looking at Allenby) not a treaty, an agreement to that effect.

LAWRENCE: (glaring at Dryden) There may be honour among thieves, but there’s

none in politicians.

DRYDEN: And let’s have no displays of indignation.  You may not have known, but

you certainly had suspicions. (pauses).  If we’ve told lies you’ve told half-lies.  And a

man who tells lies, like me, merely hides the truth.  But a man who tells half-lies has

forgotten where he put it.

(All of which underlies the basis of the current pass):The relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United Sates was firmed at a meeting between the soon-to-die President Roosevelt and King Abdulaziz ibn Saud, in February of 1945 on the USS Quincy on Egypt’s Great Bitter Lake.  The meeting was the culmination of a series of events which made the countries’ mutual interdependence increasingly apparent. The American-owned-and-operated California Arabian Standard Oil Corporation—which later became ARAMCO—had begun exploration in the country in 1933 and had struck oil near Dhahran.  While still quite small as a contribution to America’s overall oil supply, the value of the country’s potential oil reserves—not to mention its geostrategic location on the Arabian Peninsula—had led President Roosevelt, deeply absorbed in the war effort, to declare in 1943 that ‘the defense of Saudi Arabia is vital to the defense of the United States.’”


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Open to all writers, worldwide, from new to established. Deadline June 15, 2015. Send between three and five poems per entry. There is no line-limit. Poems may be any length, any style, or any subject. Please, no translations for the contest. First place wins $500 and publication in the July 15th issue of The Tishman Review. Second place wins $100 and Honorable Mention wins $50. All submissions will be considered for possible publication in either the July 2015 or the October 2015 issue of The Tishman Review. By submitting you give consent to publish selected poems in the July or October issue.

Five postgraduate merit scholarships to attend the 37th annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference on Sept. 11-12, 2015, will be offered to women enrolled in graduate school — any age, residing in any state, attending any school, in any degree program, though typically an MFA. To apply, please submit a five-page writing sample postmarked by June 1, along with a cover letter that describes your interest in our event and mentions the writing workshop in which you would like to enroll. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of the director plus one advisor, and awards will be announced by June 15, 2015.

The VCCA is a year-round community that provides a supportive environment for superior national and international visual artists, writers and composers of all economic and cultural backgrounds to pursue their creative work without distraction in a pastoral residential setting. Application deadlines January 15, May 15, September 15. Artists are accepted to the VCCA without regard for their ability to contribute financially to their residency. A contribution is requested, but not required.

The City of Richmond Department of Arts, Culture and Heritage invites professional artists in all disciplines (including writers, composers, visual artists, musicians, theatre artists, video, multi-disciplinary, social practice and performance artists) to submit proposals for an 11-month live-in residency located on Canada’s west coast, in Richmond, B.C. The Branscombe House residency will begin in January 2016 and run until mid-December, 2016. Deadline May 20, 2015.

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A good This Magazine article offers background and context to ongoing national issues, a challenge to the mainstream media perspective, or an important story that hasn’t been told elsewhere. Subject matter includes politics, culture, the arts, social issues, labour, feminism, indigenous issues, and sexuality, with a focus on quality writing and in-depth reportage. Our readership is Canada-wide, so local issues are only covered when they have national interest or implications. International stories must have a strong Canadian angle.

Most material is considered on speculation, which means there is no need to send a query first, simply submit your content for review. We work with very few freelancers. However, we are open to queries and manuscript submissions from professional bird, garden and nature writers, especially submissions that include photos, in which we can negotiate a photo-text package rate. Stories should be under 1,000 words, including sidebars. We prefer personal experience combined with advice, not a piece with all expert quotes. In addition, we will consider stories about attracting birds, gardening for wildlife, garden trends and birder or gardener profiles. Pays up to $400.

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The New Jim Crow

A report from an institute worth knowing for those interested in policy and equality, that looks at the economic and racial schisms in today’s public school system, and which demonstrates the eventual toll on the society at large for ignoring this problem that affects us all: “Why should we be concerned about concentrated poverty? Because high-poverty schools tend to lack the educational resources—like highly qualified and experienced teachers, low student-teacher ratios, college prerequisite and advanced placement courses, and extracurricular activities—available in low-poverty schools. These inequitable educational offerings are compounded by the toll of poverty itself on the physical and psychological development of children. As a result, high-poverty schools are tasked with a tremendous load and are often unable to provide either the quality of education or the additional resources and supports needed to help students in low-income families succeed. This is concentrated disadvantage: the children who need the most are concentrated in schools least likely to have the resources to meet those needs.”

Video Double Standards

An Information Clearing House video posting that shows reader what happens when blacks v. whites do different things, what different results they receive, all as part of the ongoing argument regarding institutionalized bigotry, though the argument quickly becomes hijacked by folks who can’t get past the simple idea of ‘race’: “What happens when a white guy walks down the street with a AR-15 versus what happens when a black guy walks down the street with same gun and same laws.”

Left Forum and Other Events

From Portside, and of note to anyone interested in organizing, and organizations actively doing community and coalition-building work, is this link that shares some events, both past, present, and future: “A number of Portside readers has asked us to share information about panels they are participating in with other readers. (Some of the panel participants include moderators of Portside.)

Again, here is the link for the full conference schedule, but these are panels that some Portside readers will be on: – See more at: http://portside.org/2015-05-28/left-forum-2015-full-conference-schedule-400-panels-events-weekend-new-york-portsiders#sthash.rrlX4sb8.dpuf”
A Common Dreams article that sheds light on the surprising success of self-styled Socialist candidate who is taking the political world by storm, and demonstrating that people are finally willing to at least through their vote demonstrate what they want from their government: “”Sanders—a self-described socialist who many party leaders consider an unlikely standard-bearer—has started to rise in the polls, while O’Malley is hovering in the low single digits,” John Wagner reported for the Washington Post. “At campaign stops in early states and elsewhere, the firebrand from Vermont is drawing enthusiastic crowds that are several times larger than those that gather for O’Malley.”But Sanders is nipping at more heels than just O’Malley’s.”

Thousands turned out in Minnesota this weekend to hear Bernie Sanders speak. (Photo: Bernie Sanders/Facebook)


Workers Memorial

A wonderful and evocative retelling and manifesto from a powerful workers organization, seeking to memorialize a long-ago event the anniversary of which recently transpired: “Regardless of the consequences we must find within ourselves the same kind of spirit, dedication and resolve as those four Anarchists, who gave their lives in the name of social justice and freedom and anarchy. The anti-globalization movement for us must be an anti capitalist movement and an anti state movement, for as this case only too well demonstrates the state is the hand maiden of the rich and powerful.

Let us not forget that the Haymarket Affair was about the struggle of workers for a better life a life free of the bondage of a system of wage slavery. Today the conditions of labor throughout the world are horrendous. Many corporations are now abandoning countries like Mexico, where workers have become successful in forming independent unions, for countries like Marxist-Leninist capitalist China. No need to worry about unions there the Communist Party will take care of any attempt to better the lives of the working class. Today in most of the world being a labor organizer is one of the most dangerous occupations, hundreds are murdered and tortured every year by armies, governments, and death squads.”

bill of rightsReality Regarding the Constitution

A Tele Sur article that asks readers to divest themselves of the illusion that the US COnstitution was created so that democracy – AKA people rule – could exist, when the opposite was fact: “Jefferson, Madison, Adams and other U.S. founders (including even the state-capitalist Alexander Hamilton) would be revolted by the crass commercialism and mass-marketed manipulation that lay at the heart of contemporary major-party U.S. politics. Still, we should not imagine that the founders were champions of anything remotely like popular self-rule. Democracy was the last thing they intended. Drawn from the elite propertied segments of late British colonial North America, the delegates to the U.S. Constitutional Convention shared their compatriot John Jay’s view that “the people who own the country ought to govern it.” 

Labour Conference Invite

A Portside announcement regarding an organizational posting that invites readers to attend a labor conference in late summer in San Diego: “On behalf of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO, I am pleased to invite union members, community partners, and young leaders from around the country to the thirteenth biennial APALA Convention– Organizing In Solidarity, Building One Vision Forward! The convention will be at the Wyndham Bayside in San Diego, CA from August 13-16, 2015.

APALA is pleased to host an intergenerational conference of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workers, activists and our allies. This powerful convening continues the groundwork laid by decades of training programs including the Organizing Institute, our political program Every Vote Counts, and our series of successful immigrant rights hearings and worker congresses across the country.”

Brave Labor Fight 

A Global VOices Online psoting that shows video footage and briefly discusses the courage of Filipino drink bottling workers who are refusing to stand up to exploitation: “Workers who produce popular alcoholic beverages owned by the Philippines’ second richest man are currently on strike, demanding regular jobs and better working conditions. Despite attacks by security guards and thugs reportedly hired by the employers, the strikers have continued their work stoppage for more than a week now.The Tanduay Distillers Inc. plant (which is located in Cabuyao, Laguna, 44 kilometers or about 27 miles south of Manila) hires contractual labor through the agencies Global Skills Providers Multi-Purpose Cooperative and HD Manpower Service Cooperative.”

The banner reads: “Regularize contractual workers!” Photo Credits: ST Exposure


Powerful Political Resolution

A Links posting that shares with readers the lengthy resolution of a Greek political entity that has prevailed against the oppressive powers of austeity and anti democratic practices, and as a party, has much to show political organizers in Europe and beyond: “However, SYRIZA has proven countless times in the past and continues to prove in practice that it disregards propaganda and intimidation, because it has absolute trust in the judgment of the Greek people. It is time thus, for the oligarchs to understand it for good: The time has come for them to dig into their own pockets. The time has come to pay taxes, to pay their bank loans, to pay for the TV frequencies they have been using so long free of charge, to pay just as the law prescribes and just as every single Greek citizen has been paying out of his/her own meager savings. The time has come for them to pay what they haven’t been paying for all these years. Despite their propaganda against us, we will claim our rights and we will bring justice one way or another. We have before us four years minus four months of government to do it.”


Economic Political Podcast

A Truth Out podcast posting of an episode of many by a talented commentator that helps us understand the world we live in a bit more each day: “This episode provides updates on May Day, the Baltimore uprising, the Nepal earthquake and Bud Light endangering women. We also respond to questions regarding different varieties of worker co-ops. Finally, we interview Professor Yahya Madra on Turkey, Capitalism and Islam.”



Small Team Big Projects

A Public Source posting that discusses the merits, strategies, and challenges of a micro newsroom that desires to produce big results, and is a great model of an organizational process to follow: “Fewer people could mean less potential for miscommunication. But it could also mean a greater potential for delays because on a small team, each person takes on multiple roles.

Here at PublicSource, in addition to working on our daily and in-depth stories, we’re each working on one or more investigative projects. We have no visuals team, no app development team, no data team. We have one team. And we do it all.

And while that doesn’t mean we are without structure, it does mean that our structure is fluid, changing based on project and daily workload.”


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social media – jmarketing – flickr

Quality Over Quantity Social Network

A Fast Company post that describes how the social media pendulum continues swinging away from rabld quantity and soundbite complexity to an emphasis of quality and less of, a move that is reflected in incoming social media platforms: “This. is like a social network turned inside out. Its bet is that advertisers care not only that people see their ads, but what state of mind they’re in when they do.

Just as publishers spend time on quality content that, on Facebook and Twitter, flies by in exactly the same way as a post about what its author ate for lunch, there’s not a social network to place the type of ad that might have once gone in a glossy magazine. “I feel as though if we’re trying to solve the problem for high-quality content,” Golis says, “then we’ll have actually solved a pretty important problem for high-quality marketing.”

Commemorating Seminal Writer a Year Later

A TeleSur article that commemorates the life and work and spirit of one of America’s great writers, by reprinting some of her greatest poems: “One year ago today, author, poet, dancer, actress, singer and activist, Maya Angelou died. Born April 4, 1928, she was raised in segregated rural Arkansas, in the U.S. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry. She was also a journalist in Egypt and Ghana and active in the civil rights movement in the U.S. “


swim_with_sharks_1071267336_770Unbalanced Unpublic Media

A great posting from Truth-Out demonstrating what many who read all variety of media have already noted – that public media is anything but public, and certainly not balanced, and mainly adds to the cacophony of meaninglessness offered to folks trying to understand the world around them: “Our public broadcasting voice cannot represent the public in any just and logical way because it sustains the imbalances already in place. Like Hillary, it must lean into the wealth minority. It must probe for answers in a way that converts what is transparently clear into a muddle of indecisiveness. This is done by structuring equal presentation of voices on both sides, as if the matter were being treated objectively and rationally, concluding without prejudice to either view and leaving the whole matter for the viewer to personally choose where he or she stands.”

Preserving Digital News

A Library of Congress brief that analyzes the biggest advantage to digital news archives and digital media, period: “Newspapers are some of the most-used collections at libraries. They have been carefully selected and preserved and represent what is often referred to as “the first draft of history.” Digitized historical newspapers provide broad and rich access to a community’s past, enabling new kinds of inquiry and research. However, these kinds of resources are at risk of being lost to future users.  Networked digital technologies have changed how we communicate with each other and have rapidly changed how information is disseminated. These changes have had a drastic effect in the news industry, disrupting delivery mechanisms, upending business models and dispersing  resources across the world wide web.”

Pensive Parakeet bird gamePersonas Give Way to Data

A Media Post article that eulogizes the hypothetical personae that programmers and marketers used, until a new model has emerged to eliminate persona’s creation: “A few points here are important to note here. “Kathy” was based on input from a real person. The creation of “Kathy” had no particular goal, other than to give Cooper a way to imagine how a customer might use his program. It was a way to make the abstract real, and to imagine that reality through the eyes of another person. At the end we realize that the biggest goal of a persona is just that: to imagine the world through someone else’s eyes.

As we transition from personas to data modeling, it’s essential to keep that aspect alive. We have to learn how to live in someone else’s skin. We have to somehow take on the context of their world and be aware of their beliefs, biases and emotions. Until we do this, the holy grail of the “market of one” is just more marketing hyperbole.”


Discrediting Popular Populist Candidate

A Hill piece that pens the media’s pathetic yet ultimately most likely successful attempt to dampen popular enthusiasm for a presidential candidate who’s most likely the people’s only political ally: “Sanders’s campaign staff tried calming controversy over the article last Thursday once re-printings appeared in the media.

“When Bernie got into this race, he understood that there would be efforts to distract voters and the press from the real issues confronting the nation today,” spokesman Michael Briggs said.

Briggs added that the essay was Sanders’s “dumb attempt at dark satire in an alternative publication” and “in no way reflects his views or record on women.”

soccer ball sportsOlympic Sized Expenses

A Brookings book review that places the importance of understanding the true cost of hosting various giant sports events, and examines some motivations and consequences: “Circus Maximus traces the path of the Olympic Games and the World Cup from noble sporting events to exhibits of excess. It exposes the hollowness of the claims made by their private industry boosters and government supporters, all illustrated through a series of case studies ripping open the experiences of Barcelona, Sochi, Rio, and London.

Zimbalist finds no net economic gains for the countries that have played host to the Olympics or the World Cup. While the wealthy may profit, those in the middle and lower income brackets do not, and Zimbalist predicts more outbursts of political anger like that seen in Brazil surrounding the 2014 World Cup.”




"Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant" by Photorush - Own work.
“Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant” by Photorush – Own work.

Nuclear Cycle Cost Calculator

A Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists calculator that gives readers a faithful idea of the gargantuan costs in going towards a nuclear fuel economy: “Discussions of the future of nuclear power often focus on safety, proliferation, waste storage, and carbon emissions – accepting cost as a given. This tool breaks the cost of investing in nuclear power into its component parts and considers the price of three configurations of the ‘fuel cycle’ – that is, the process that includes everything from the mining and production of uranium fuel to the disposal of spent fuel after it has been used to generate electricity.”

Bitcoin Questions Answered

A Skimm article that devotes some paragraphs to explaining bitcoin to the curious and confused: “A digital currency. But unlike Visa or PayPal, there’s no centralized operation heading it up. Meaning no bank CEO and no issuing authority (think: the way the US government backs the dollar). Instead, transactions happen through a peer-to-peer network. You don’t even have to use your real identity — you could use your middle school screen name if you want. Welcome to the Wild West of the Interwebs.”

6.01.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

books french-Balzac Truly, knowledge should interest people; how ironic— such a mild, neutral, safe term—that all robust and comprehensive investigation and understanding fly so directly in the face of every agenda that society’s self-selected rulers ratify. 

Quote of the Day
“As long as politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance. …(In this vein), (s)urrender of individuality by the many to someone who is taken to be a superindividual explains the retrograde movement of society.   Dictatorships and totalitarian states, and belief in the inevitability of this or that result coming to pass are, strange as it may sound, ways of denying the reality of time and the creativeness of the individual.”  John Dewey
This Day in History


By Christopher J. Fynn (Own work)
By Christopher J. Fynn (Own work)

Today is a Global Day of Parents and International Children’s Day; in China eight hundred years ago precisely, forces under the leadership of Mongol emperor, Genghis Khan, completed their capture of the city and surrounding areas that are now Beijing, thereby furthering Mongol conquest of China; two hundred eighty years subsequently, across the Eurasian landmass, in 1495, Friar John Cor wrote down the recipe for the first known batch of Scotch whisky; three decades later to the day, in 1535, Holy Roman Imperial troops overran Ottoman forces and established European rule in Tunis; three hundred sixty six years prior to the present pass, restive indigenous Filipinos began the Sumuroy insurrection against the Spanish colonial rule; eleven years hence, in 1660, around the world in Massachusetts Bay Colony authorities hanged a woman guilty of the ‘crime’ of being a Quaker in their midst; just a year short of a hundred and twenty years thereafter, in 1779, further South in the English colonies, authorities arrested

An 1865 political cartoon depicting Benedict Arnold and Jefferson Davis in Hell.
An 1865 political cartoon depicting Benedict Arnold and Jefferson Davis in Hell.

Benedict Arnold on suspicion of treason, funneling information to the British about Continental plans;  thirteen years more proximate to the present, in 1792, Kentucky became the fifiteenth United States jurisdiction; four years still further along time’s arc, in 1796, Tennessee followed suit as the sixteenth state; sixteen years still later, in 1812, U.S. President James Madison requested a declaration of war against the British; a hundred and eighty four years back, James Clark Ross increased human understanding of our planetary home with his discovery of the magnetic North Pole;twenty four years beyond that time, in 1855, much closer to the equator in the Western Hemisphere, William Walker led an insurrection that put him in charge of Nicaraguan territory that had been under William Vanderbilt’s sway; seven hundred and thirty one days in the future from that point, in 1857, four thousand miles north east across the Atlantic in Paris, Charles Baudelaire published his affecting and eerie critique of Parisian bourgeois conformity Les Fleurs du Mal; eleven years later, in 1868, six thousand miles back the other way, in the South Western United States, semi-genocidal U.S. policy offered Navajo 640px-Navajo_winter_hoganpeople The Treaty of Bosque Redondo after forcing them to walk  a thousand miles to leave one enforced reservation and enter another; one and a quarter century before the here and now, the United States Census Bureau began using an analog computing machine to tabulate its results;a hundred and two years ago, in a warm-up for World War One, Greece and Serbia cemented a treaty that made a Second Balkan War – from which arch ducal assassinations became inevitable – unavoidable; three years later on, in 1916, the appointment of Louis Brandeis as the Supreme Court justice marked the first Jewish representation on the High Court; half a decade after that juncture, in 1921, across the continent in Tulsa less favorable ethnic relations resulted in the brutal attack of the Black community in a massive ‘race riot;’ a year hence, in 1922,  five thousand miles away in Northern Ireland, Britain established the Royal Ulster Constabulary as an oppressive colonial force against the local Irish populace; four years henceforth, in 1926, a baby boy entered the world who would grow up as the folksy and beloved Andy Griffith, whose acting and storytelling abilities were almost legendary;  three years afterward, in 1929, multiple South American countries’ Communist parties met

Buenos Aires Luis Argerich
Buenos Aires Luis Argerich

to express solidarity and discuss strategy in Buenos Aires; three years later to the day, in 1932, a male infant was born who would grow up as an enemy of narcissism, Christopher Lasch, and a proponent of responsibility both individual and collective; nine years further down the road, in 1941, across the Atlantic and North Africa in South West Asia, a slaughter of Iraqi Jews took place at Baghdad which led to a Diaspora; sixty three years ahead of today,philosopher and educator John Dewey breathed his last; a decade beyond that conjunction, in 1963 a Royal commission in England filed its report that recommended against the commercialization of English Radio and Television and the expansion of American cultural hegemony; five years later, in 1967, the greatest English commercial cultural success since Shakespeare issued its iconic deconstruction of bourgeois values Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Bandfour years hence, in 1971, the incisive thinker about ethics and religion, Reinhold Niebuhr, left the Earthly realm; three more years down the pike, in 1974, Emergency Medicine first published a description of the Heimlich Maneuver; a half dozen years more proximate to the present, in 1980, the Cable News Network first began operation; ten years more along time’s arc, in 1990, Mikhail Gorbachev and George Herbert Walker Bush agreed to protocols putatively to eliminate chemical weapons production; eleven years back, the prolific and respected historian of the American establishment, William Manchester, died; five years to the day closer to now, in 2009, General Motors went bankrupt, becoming the largest such dissolution in history. From Wikipedia Day in History

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http://chronicle.com/article/Wisconsin-Lawmakers-Take-Aim/230545/       Another important analysis from the Chronicle of Higher Education, which in this case examines the coming hammer that Wisconsin’s legislative and executive branches are wielding against most of what have made such campuses as the University of Wisconsin Madison one of the premiere research universities in the world, to wit, collective governance, faculty engagement, and the right to seek the truth, or develop approaches to scholarship, even if its discovery, or their ways of conjoining knowledge, might provoke political discomfort among reactionaries and proto-fascists and bean-counters all: “In addition to eliminating tenure from state laws, the legislative committee approved a measure that would allow the university to lay off tenured faculty members without declaring financial exigency — for example, when the university discontinued an academic program.
While the outlines of shared governance would remain in state statute, lawmakers voted to insert language that would make all faculty, student, and staff advice ‘subordinate to’ the authority of the campus and system leaders.
‘That’s a seismic change,’ said Mr. Radomski, because it would centralize power in the system’s president and Board of Regents and away from other groups that have traditionally shared in the decision-making process.
In addition, the board soon will consider a policy to give its members more authority while limiting the role of faculty members in searches for new campus leaders, according to an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Winning story will be published in January/February 2016 edition of The Saturday Evening Post, and the author will receive a $500 payment. Stories must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words in length. Deadline July 1, 2015.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation administers Individual Artist Award and Fellowship programs on behalf of the state art agencies of Maryland and New Jersey. Applications are now being accepted for both programs.

The categories for 2016 Maryland Individual Artists Awards are Fiction, Theater: Solo Performance, Media/Digital/Electronic Arts, Visual Arts: Painting, and Visual Arts: Works on Paper. The application deadline for the 2016 Maryland Awards is July 23, 2015. New Jersey Individual Artist Fellowship categories for 2016 are Interdisciplinary Performance, Media/Digital/Electronic, Painting, Prose, and Works on Paper. The application deadline for the 2016 New Jersey Fellowships is July 15, 2015.

West Virginia Division of Culture and History  

GOLDENSEAL is a quarterly magazine published by the State of West Virginia, Division of Culture and History. Founded in 1975, GOLDENSEAL documents the state’s rich cultural background and recent history by means of oral accounts, research articles, and old and new photographs. Stories and photographs are submitted by freelance contributors. We welcome non-fiction manuscripts on West Virginia folklife, traditional farming practices, industry and commerce, holiday and community celebrations, immigrants, music, crafts, herbs, architecture, religion, politics, medicine, sports, railroading, women’s history, and similar topics. We strongly prefer stories about living West Virginians, based on recent, direct interviews. We do not publish manuscripts that focus on the pre-20th century era (including the Civil War), out-of-state activities (including foreign military service), genealogy, poetry, or fiction.

CINTAS Foundation Fellowship in Creative Writing

Deadline July 1 (must be received by this date). Recommended free contest awards a $10,000 fellowship to creative writers, living outside of Cuba, who are of Cuban citizenship or direct lineage (having a Cuban parent or grandparent). Submit a 25-page sample of an original novel, play, short story, or poem(s). Proposals also should include three forms, an artist’s statement, a project statement, and two letters of recommendation. All materials may be written in English or Spanish. Sponsor prefers that submissions be made electronically.

Deadline July 1. Highly recommended free contest awards $10,000 for a first published book of poetry by a US citizen or current resident. Books must have been published between July 1 of the previous year and June 30 of the deadline year. Send 8 copies of book, list of previously published works, and entry form from website. Judges seem to favor books that have already won prizes and/or come from the top literary presses.
pascal maramis - flickr
pascal maramis – flickr


DeSoto Magazine, produced by DeSoto Media, is an upscale lifestyles publication focused on stories about life in Mississippi, Memphis and the Southeast. Features – 900 to 1000 words. Essays – 500 to 600 words. Departments – 600 to 800 words. DeSoto Magazine pays $.15/word.

Interpretive Writer Florence MA –  SUMMARY: 
The Interpretive Writer works with the Editor by researching community events and resources in western MA, identifying the embedded learning and writing about them for Hilltown Families communication channels, including: event listings, blog posts and social media.


Grant Writer New York – EXPERIENCED PART-TIME GRANT WRITER. We are a new non-profit helping victims of domestic and social violence, located in LIC. We are seeking an experienced grant writer to assist in its fundraising efforts. The qualified applicant should submit resume, writing sample, salary requirements.. This position permits work-from-home opportunities with flexible hours. Check out our website at www.guardedpassages.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

Research, Education & Advocacy Job Description Seattle WA

The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center is looking for a Justice Education, Research & Advocacy staff with knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching, political systems, web-based technology and commitment to social justice; who can manage all facets of a project, has skills in researching, writing, editing, organizing and presenting.

New Haven CT Digital Journalist/Storyteller – ChatterBlast Media, a Philadelphia-based digital voice agency, is seeking a digital journalist/storyteller for an exciting editorial project in the heart of New Haven, Connecticut. We are looking for creative individuals with strong writing and community-building skills, previous experience in creating content for diverse communities, and a familiarity with the local culture of New Haven. Life-casters, documentarians, photographers, bloggers and writers are all encouraged to apply.



Ferguson Day 6, Picture 12 by Loavesofbread - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons
Ferguson Day 6, Picture 12 by Loavesofbread

Power and Race in Ferguson

An In These Times article that explores the racial dimensions of power and politics in Ferguson, from an electoral angle: “An organization called MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, was started because this mother lost her son, and she set out to change the law to change the circumstances. That’s what you do in a democracy. That’s what rich people do. They change the law. I get phone calls all the time from my white constituents. They say there’s a bill coming up and it’s going to have this kind of effect on me, and I would like you to vote against it or vote for it, whichever way. I don’t get calls like that from African Americans, you know? They don’t track bills. Had [the people of Ferguson] understood living in a democracy, they could have changed things anytime they wanted to—but they didn’t. My town is the same way: 73 percent of the population is black, but the mayor’s white, and only one of the four wards is controlled by blacks. Yet, when I ran for mayor some years back, they didn’t come out and vote.”

Graduates Prospects

An Economy Policy Institute posting from the writers of a report who are well-versed in what the current moment brings to young people and recent graduates: “Due to the progression of the economic recovery and a modest improvement in the unemployment rate, members of the Class of 2015 currently have better job prospects than the classes of 2009–2014. However, the Class of 2015 still faces real economic challenges, as evidenced by elevated levels of unemployment and underemployment, and a large share of graduates who still remain “idled” by the economy. In addition, wages of young high school and college graduates have failed to reach their prerecession levels, and have in fact stagnated or declined for almost every group since 2000.”


Creative Commons/DonkeyHotey.
Creative Commons/DonkeyHotey.

Student Debt Endemic

Another post regarding the plight of young workers, this one posted in Truth Out, that seeks to  explain the similarities, from Wall Street to legislators to preying on the poor, between the soon-to-burst student loan bubble and the recent housing debacle of 2008: “Poor job prospects, as well as mounting costs of basic needs such as health care and housing, mean many college graduates have not been earning enough to pay back their loans. Default rates on student loans have been climbing since 2003. By 2012, student loans registered the worst delinquency rates in consumer credit, worse than even mortgage debts and credit cards. Despite the uneasy relationship between the profitable student loan industry and growing student debt defaults, students continue to borrow to pay for college, and educational loans are the only form of consumer debt to increase markedly since 2008. The industry has grown steadily over the past several decades in lockstep with rapidly rising tuition and fees—and with the government’s prioritization of loan-based funding over grants. To understand the growth of this risky business, we need to first grasp the basic alliance between government and finance in the profitable world of student debt.”


"Election MG 3455" by Rama - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0-fr via Wikimedia Commons
“Election MG 3455” by Rama – Own work. cc 2.0

Promising Elections in Europe

A repost from a prominent socialist Canadian blogger that analyses recent election results in a country that has shown itself capable of regenerating itself from retrograde political moves: “BARCELONA–Once the results of Spain’s May 24 local and regional elections became known the main lesson for the anti-austerity and anti-capitalist left was simply and starkly obvious: the more united and more involving of ordinary people its election campaigns were, the greater its gains and the greater the losses for the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE)—its main rival for the popular and working-class vote—and for the ruling conservative People’s Party (PP).”

solidaritySolidarity Book Review

A Counter Currents review of a book that anyone interested in social justice, communication, or community organizing ought to read: “ It is important to understand that, at different moments in their history, the Zapatistas imagined themselves both as rulers (the First Declaration) and as participants in the rank-and-file population that gives the rulers direction (the Second Declaration). This unique perspective reflects the historical fact that by the mid-1990s the guerrilla movements of Latin America had (with the exception of Colombia) made peace with the armies they confronted, and in several cases social activists, even former guerrilla commanders, were elected as presidents of their countries. That is why Evo Morales, in his inaugural address as president of Bolivia, could say that he too intended to “mandar obediciendo.”

Until the Rulers Obey cannot be understood without recognizing this dialogic or dialectical context of Latin American leftism. It is as if Barack Obama, besides having once been a community organizer, had throughout his presidency been obliged to encounter grassroots organizations of varying character and strength but all intent on reminding the president what he had advocated before his election.”

Adjunct Faculty Woes

A Curriculum Vitae posting that analyzes the plight of the adjunct facullty, many of whom are not even recognized by govenrment reports, in particular drawing attention to women’s unsung role as precarious instructors of higher learning: “If these numbers feel jumbled,it’s because they are. We need current data to understand the contingent workforce better and to increase their visibility. We need to know about their work patterns, their socioeconomic status, and their working conditions across academia.

As editor of the newsletter, Women in Higher Education, I am particularly interested in the extent to which women have come to dominate the ranks of contingent instructors. I’ve received pitch after pitch on that topic for the newsletter. Again and again I would acknowledge to those writers: Yes, contingent labor is a problem that adversely affects women. It’s a feminist issue. “


typewriter3Writing for Vacation

A Curriculum Vitae posting that joyfully announces that summer vacation means time to write, with plenty of healthy tips to help any aspiring scribe reach their goals: “If you’re an academic, you’ve probably set some ambitious summer writing goals for yourself. For months, you’ve fantasized about diving into projects you didn’t have time for during the academic year. Now that grades are in and the break is here, you’ll be free to write at last (and maybe even to relax a bit, too). Of course, come August, you may find yourself wondering where the summer went and why your projects have gone nowhere.”

Attention Spans and Popular Media

A Pocket article that analyses the data obtained from comprehending which topics most are saved to demonstrate that readers and web media consumers very much still do respect and seek out complex, multilayered stories – great news for scribes who prefer to practice depth textuality: “We might enjoy listicles as much as we enjoy a good sitcom, but we found that when people are able to time-shift content to a single place, they spend that time with long-form, thought-provoking, and fascinating stories.

In the Top 500 most-saved articles from the first half of 2015, we found that the average article length is 3,190 words, which would take over 15 minutes to read.

And, in stark contrast to the belief that our attention spans now last no longer than 140 characters, the longest article on this list is a twenty-two-thousand-word piece on treatment for heroin addiction from The Huffington Post. It takes just shy of two hours to read.”

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Reducing the Learning Curve

An Entrepreneur posting that discusses how to optimize learning and reducing the learning curve, things that interest scrappy scribes and readers alike: Shortening the learning curve is a topic that’s been studied for many years, and this guide will cover the fundamental core principles of learning faster. Were these principles perfectly in place, you could leverage them to push yourself to learn faster and master any category of learning, including languages, business skills, musical instruments and more. To quote Tony Robbins: “One skill you want to master in this day and age we live in, if you want to have an extraordinary life, is the ability to learn rapidly.


Diverse Economy in City is Best

A Route Fifty piece that deconstructs the belief that a city can be only ‘creative’, citing a wholeness in the economic diversity of a city as conducive both to its economic well-being and its increased creative force: “This interconnectedness explains some of the most creative cities’ economic success, the researchers find. The small group of creative metros, as they put it, “follow a general trajectory towards a creative economy that requires them to increasingly specialize, not only in creative occupations, but also in non-creative ones—presumably because certain non-creative occupations complement the tasks performed by related creative occupations.””

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 An Inclusive Elusive Language

A Verge article that introduces readers to an unconventional language with a long though partly obscure history, which is finding a great resurgence in this age of computer languages and global reach: “its vastly more successful digital cousins — C++, HTML, Python — Esperanto is an artificial language, designed to have perfectly regular grammar, with none of the messy exceptions of natural tongues. Out loud, all that regularity creates strange cadences, like someone speaking Italian slowly while chewing gum. William Auld, the Modernist Scottish poet who wrote his greatest work in Esperanto, was nominated for the Nobel Prize multiple times, but never won. But it is supremely easy to learn, like a puzzle piece formed to fit into the human brain.

Invented at the end of the 19th century, in many ways it presaged the early online society that the web would bring to life at the end of the 20th. It’s only ever been spoken by an assortment of fans and true believers spread across the globe, but to speak Esperanto is to become an automatic citizen in the most welcoming non-nation on Earth.”


Boundary-Pushing Performance Artist

A Guardian Media retrospective on a fascinating and charismatic performance artist, who continues pushing psychic and physical boundaries well into her 60s: “Her art is still deeply anti-materialistic. It is hard to package and sell performance art, which is why she was drawn to it in the first place. The nearest you can get is video or photographic stills of her now iconic shows. In 1974, when she invited the public to use those objects on her frozen figure, Abramović exposed a savagery lurking beneath the surface of otherwise civilised human beings. At first, visitors to the gallery were hesitant to approach her. Then, in a kind of Lord of the Flies scenario, they started subtly to torture her. “There still are scars from where the people were cutting me,” she says. “They were taking the thorn from the rose and sticking it in my stomach. The public can kill you. This is what I wanted to see.””

police carPolice Reform Possible

A Route Fifty posting that discusses the possibility, already in practice in a city previously scarred by negative police community relationships, of creating reforms that cease alienating the police from the community: “The city that once served as a prime example of broken policing now stands as a model of effective reform. Cincinnati’s lessons seem newly relevant as officials call for police reform in the aftermath of the deaths of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Michael Brown in Ferguson and Tamir Rice in Cleveland. Indeed, the recently released report from President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing recommends that departments adopt some of the strategies used by Cincinnati. A task force convened by Ohio Governor John Kasich cited Cincinnati as a model for community-oriented policing and recommended that other law-enforcement agencies in that state develop similar reforms.”



9667710529_ec6f6c8df3_zViolence and Rapacity in the Sub Continent

A Monthly Review look at the sordid realities operating in one of the most violent and contentious places on the globe: “Here, of course, memory takes one on a passage to hell.  You cannot but encounter the demons of violence, the devils of rapacity.  But as one goes through the horror, the grotesque and the macabre, one should never lose one’s capacity to reflect, one’s faculty to be in empathy with the feelings of the Kashmiri people.  In a way, the truth about the Indian Establishment is revealed in Kashmir — cruel, destructive and malicious; the lie of Indian democracy is evident in Kashmir.”

Woman Solved Biggest Physics Conundrum of our Time

A fascinating Ars Technica posting that looks at the brilliant work of a woman whom few know of, as she was never allowed to pursue a mathematics careeer, but whose contribution to modern physics rivals any famous physicist of the past: “Social barriers aside, Noether immediately grasped the problem with Einstein’s theory. Over the course of three years, she not only solved it, but in doing so she proved a theorem that simultaneously reached back to the dawn of physics and pushed forward to the physics of today. Noether’s Theorem, as it is now called, lies at the heart of modern physics, unifying everything from the orbits of planets to the theories of elementary particles.”

5.29.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

death skull-Santa-muerte-nlaredo2From well before the unfolding of birth’s ecstatic agonies, life exists in the thrall of death: as fate grooms doom’s grip, however, grace accepts both this ever looming finality and every joyous swoon that breath may proffer. 

Quote of the Day
“The idea that we can just keep growing forever on a finite planet is totally imbecilic…. Julian Simon, a professor of junkmail marketing, and his kind, think technology will solve everything…. We can use up the Earth then we can just jump into spaceships and fly somewhere else…. Technology does nothing to solve problems of biodiversity or living space or arable cropland…. Fresh water and arable cropland are finite resources…. We are already far beyond what we can support sustainably…. The provincial view you get from someone living in some wealthy American East Coast city is wildly different from reality.  Most of the world is tropical, hungry, and poor.  Visit the developing world and southern hemisphere, and you get a very different view of reality.”  Paul Ehrlich
This Day in History
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“BattleOfHoms1299” by unknown – BNF Nouvelle acquisition française 886, fol. 31v[1].
Today is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers; in what is now Iran sixteen and a half centuries and two years back, armies under the leadership of Rome’s Emperor Julian defeated Sassanid forces in the field but failed to breach the enclosure around the capital at the Battle of Ctesiphon; seven hundred forty-five years later, in 1108, as part of Islamic conquest on the Iberian Peninsula, Almoravid fighters defeated an alliance of Castile and Leon that was attempting to retain Christian and local predominance in Spain; three hundred six years more proximate to the present, in 1414, feuding Cardinals gathered for the first time at the four-year-long Council of Constance, which reestablished for a brief period a single Christian rule in Western Europe under Catholic hegemony; five hundred sixty-two years in advance of this moment, Ottoman armies finally dislodged Byzantine rulers once and for all from Constantinople, establishing an imperial force that would remain in place for over four hundred years; two centuries and seven years further along time’s arc, North in the British Isles, a Wenceslas_Hollar_-_Catherine_Howard_(.)_(State_2)second Charles restored Stuart power to the throne from which his father had departed to lose his head; seventeen years closer to now, in 1677, across the Atlantic in England’s Virginia colony, the Middle Plantation Treaty helped Europeans use ‘peace’ to consolidate their control in the mid Atlantic; fifty-six years after that juncture, in 1733, further North in French colonial Canada, the right of Europeans to keep indigenous people in slavery gained approval in Quebec City; two and a quarter centuries ahead of today, Rhode Island ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the thirteenth United States venue; one hundred sixty-seven years before the here and now, Wisconsin became the thirtieth U.S. State as a jurisdiction free of slavery; a hundred fifty-four years prior to the present pass, Hong Kong under British ‘guidance’ established its first modern Chamber of Commerce; three years afterward, in 1864, around the world in North America, the young Austrian ‘Emperor’ and French Stalwart, Maximilian, first visited Mexico on his ill-fated venture there; three more years henceforth, in 1867, the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of that year laid the basis for establishing the empire that would come to pieces four decades later at the end of World War One; another year farther down the road, in 1868, the ever-restive Ottoman Balkans underwent a crisis with the assassination of Serbia’s Prince Michael Obrenovich;another six years further on, in 1874, across Europe and the English Channel, a baby boy was born who would mature as the darling of upper crust scribes, C.K. Chesterton; another half dozen years subsequently, in 1880, back across the Channel in Germany, a male infant took his first breath en route to a life as critic and prognosticator of Western decline, Oswald Spengler; one hundred thirteen years ago, in another instance of Serbian mayhem, assassins targeted and killed both the realm’s King and Queen in Belgrade; exactly a decade thereafter, in 1913, as the world sidled closer to war and mass collective suicide, concert goers in Paris stravinsky-RiteofSpringDancersrioted at the ‘reality-orientation’ that Stravinsky proffered with his Rite of Springfour years hence, in 1917, a male infant voiced his first cry on his way to a life as the prohibition trust-fund politician and national leader, John Fitzgerald Kennedy;seven hundred thirty days after that conjunction, in 1919, across the Atlantic in England, scientists began the process of experimentally proving Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity; ten years more on time’s highway, in 1929, the male baby entered the world who would, as Harry Frankfurt, go on to philosophical renown and the lively little essay, On Bullshitthree years still more proximate to the now, in 1932, a Bonus Army began to gather at an encampment in the District of Columbia that demonstrated how deep America’s crisis-of-capitalism was, and a baby male came along who would mature as population biologist and social critic, Paul Ehrlich; sixty-seven years back, the United Nations assembled its first peacekeeping force, the United Nations guitar music art performanceTruce Supervision Organization; thirteen years later, in 1961, a baby girl was born who would grow into the writer and crooner and relationship-activist Melissa Etheridge; eight years more along time’s arc, in 1969, several thousand miles South in Argentina, a general strike in Cordoba elicited a massive repressive response on the part of the government that bordered on open civil war; four years after that, back on the West Coast of the U.S. in 1973, Tom Bradley became Los Angeles’ first Black mayor;sixteen years still more proximate to the present, in 1989, Egypt and the U.S. agreed to the manufacture of F-16 components in the North African state; three years ago, the iconic singer songwriter and blind genius, Doc Watson, sang his swansong; a year precisely thereafter, in 2013, the priest and philosopher-sociologist Andrew Greeley breathed his last. From Wikipedia Day in History

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http://www.routefifty.com/2015/05/creative-superstar-city/113983/       A staid and very middle of the road study that is nonetheless rich in both useful data and provocative analysis about the rise of the vaunted ‘creative economy’ and all which that implies about the political economics of this current moment of crisis and tension, the upshot of which is that ‘creative’ evolution requires an underlying economic superstructure that is much more mundane to support it: “All in all, the study’s authors find that just 19 out all 364 U.S. metros—5 percent of them—have fully formed and sustainable creative economies.  This small group not only outperformed the rest across several key economic measures, but the creative gap between them and the rest grew over the eight years studied.
          Next, the researchers asked: Can a city consciously and purposefully build a creative economy?  The ultimate creative economy is represented in the images below.  In the left-hand image, each white circle represents an occupation. In the right-hand image, creative occupations are highlighted in orange.  Clearly, creative occupations in maximally creative metros are interconnected with other creative occupations, and are generally concentrated in the highly interdependent core.
         But not all occupations in the core are creative.  The white circles, standing in for all other occupations, are sometimes as close as the other creative ones.  As the researchers write, ‘the figure reveals that the occupations closest to a given creative occupation … need not themselves be creative.’ …
         This interconnectedness explains some of the most creative cities’ economic success, the researchers find.  The small group of creative metros, as they put it, ‘follow a general trajectory towards a creative economy that requires them to increasingly specialize, not only in creative occupations, but also in non-creative ones—presumably because certain non-creative occupations complement the tasks performed by related creative occupations.’
         In other words, the places with the most creative economies also have the highest overall diversity of occupations and specialties—by a wide margin.  As the chart below demonstrates, the nation’s most creative metros, denoted by the green dots, generally rate highly on creative and non-creative jobs metrics.”


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£5 or £7 ENTRY FEE.
Entry fee entitles writers to a one-year subscription. The first place prize in each category will be £500, second place £250, and £100 for third. Deadline July 15, 2015. The three winning poems and three winning stories will all be published in Issue 222 of Ambit, and the poets and writers will be invited to read with judges Dan O’Brien and Alison Moore at the launch on October 22, 2015 in London. 

Deadline May 25, 2015. Two $500 Diversity scholarships will be offered to men and women of color who show a commitment to creative writing. Two $500 Student scholarships will be offered to students (both undergraduate and graduate, full or part time) who show a commitment to creative writing. Two $500 Writers & Parents scholarships will be offered to men and women who are parents of children under age 18, who show a commitment to creative writing. These amazing scholarship opportunities are to be applied to one of our 2015 summer writing retreats in Paris (July 22-30) or Granada (August 3-10).

Dave Greber Magazine Award 

Call For Submissions Dave Greber Freelance Writers Book and Magazine Awards for Social Justice Writing There are two separate awards.  There are two separate awards. The book award is set at $5,000 and the magazine award is set at $2,000. Both awards are made available to freelance writers of non-fiction for social justice writing that is exceptionally written, well researched and demonstrates excellence of storytelling. The Book and Magazine awards are unique in that they are generally awarded before the writer completes a book or magazine project for publication.


Cottage Life is the magazine for and about water-based cottagers. Although most of our readers are based in Ontario, we welcome stories about cottages and cottaging in other parts  of Canada. We publish six issues a year: Spring, May, Early Summer, Summer, Fall, and Winter.  We run columns and shorter features on subjects such as boating, building projects, cottage design and architecture, nature, personal cottage experience, and environmental, political, and financial issues of concern to cottagers.  The fee varies with the length and complexity of the story, and the writer’s experience. The editor and writer will agree on the fee when the story is assigned.

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pascal maramis – flickr


We seek stories that have to do with contemporary Vermont culture and the Vermont way of life. Standard department rate is $600, feature rate $800.

Location Washington DC 
Research and gather appropriate information and prepare speeches and written products for senior level officials on complex issues relative to the IG. Write news releases; articles and other material based on speeches and IG communications. Provide advice and guidance to the IG and other senior level officials on matters impacting HUDOIG public relations efforts and its overall public relations programs.

Green Action News – If you have a passion for environmental issues and great writing skills, then GreenActionNews might be the opportunity for you.

We are looking for people around the world who can:
• Follow instructions & be flexible
• Write in English with excellent grammar and an engaging voice
• Perform excellent research, fact checking and interviewing skills
• Complete at least 1 ORIGINAL article per week on deadline
• Apply principles of journalistic integrity in all aspects

The Partially Examined Life Blogging

The Partially Examined Life will pay for brief posts pointing readers to content on the Web related to philosophy, culture, and ideas, accompanied by a brief write-up with context and perhaps commentary. We’re especially (but not exclusively) interested in posts pointing users to philosophy-related multimedia content.

To get a good idea of the format we’re looking for, see Open Culture.

If you’re interested, please send an email with a brief bio, writing samples, and a list of sites you think would make good sources of such content to wes@partiallyexaminedlife.com.

Useful Craigslist Search Rubric

A wonderful posting by the wonderful Brian Scott who does so much for freelance writers, on how to efficiently search for writing jobs: “A  much easier method is to useGoogle’s Advanced Search Tool—this will let us search all of CraigsList’s job categories in every state. You just need to know a few keywords and a few simple techniques to fine-tune the search. What would normally take you hours now takes you seconds.

I will show you two important search processes to find all freelance writing jobs at CraigsList.”


Sobering but Predictable Housing Statistics

A City Lab posting that graphically demonstrates the true plight of workers seeking to find an affordable place to live, and showing exactly what one’s paycheck is worth in today’s world: “A new report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition examines how these opposite trends play out regionally. The work maps how much an American worker needs to earn per hour in each state to rent a two-bedroom apartment. It finds that in no state can a person earning minimum wage afford such an apartment at market rent.”

Truth Behind Cuba

A Global Research article that helps to analyze what’s really behind U.S. policy’s alleged thawing towards Cuba: “Everyone, from political pundits in Washington to the Pope in Rome, including most journalists in the mass media and in the alternative press, have focused on the US moves toward ending the economic blockade of Cuba and gradually opening diplomatic relations.  Talk is rife of a ‘major shift’ in US policy toward Latin America with the emphasis on diplomacyand reconciliation.  Even most progressive writers and journals have ceased writing about US imperialism.

However, there is mounting evidence that Washington’s negotiations with Cuba are merely one part of a two-track policy.  There is clearly a major US build-up in Latin America, with increasing reliance on ‘military platforms’, designed to launch direct military interventions in strategic countries. “

Ethan Doyle White Monument to the Unknown Deserters of Both World Wars, seen in Potsdam, Germany, in April 2014.

Memorializing Those Who Waged Peace

A Vox piece that discusses a contrasting though possibly more valuable holiday, or commemoration, to the standard calls for commemorating fighters and conflict participants: “Memorial Day and Veterans Day often get equated, but there is an essential distinction between the two. Veterans Day honors all who have served the American military in wars. Memorial Day honors those who’ve perished. It’s an annual reminder that wars have grave human costs, which must be both recognized and minimized.

Those costs are not inevitable. We ought to also set aside time to remember those throughout American history who have tried hardest to reduce them, to prevent unnecessary loss of life both American and foreign: war resisters.”



"Atop Bodega Head" by Candy565 - Own work.
“Atop Bodega Head” by Candy565 – Own work.

Fighting Nuclear Imbecility 

A Bay Nature commemoration of a 5-decade old early environmentalist triumph at which scientists and concerned citizens managed to prevent a nuke plant from being constructed atop one of the most dangerous earthquake faults in the world:The fight to kill this project would prove epochal in the history of environmentalism, as that new movement was not yet named. The protagonists, many still alive today, lived this history intimately yet have trouble picking the point at which fate stepped in. The tide of battle turned, but when? They offer this Mojave moment as one possibility: in the middle of the desert, a road-weary geophysicist is jarred wide awake by what he hears on the radio.”

A Plea and a Pitch from a Worthy Organization

A pitch in the context of an incisive critique of current mediation and political economics from people who are doing great work in Canada under the rubric for Global Research: “The very same technological advances that make possible their methods of control and conquest are simultaneously making possible their eventual downfall and failure. While the powerful have the money and are highly centralized, the rest of the world increasingly have the means and remain highly decentralized. And while the powerful are few, the rest are many. The Internet and social media have become effective means through which people are able to empower themselves to struggle against and expose the institutions of power that seek to oppress and control them. Naturally, those same institutions seek to influence – whether overtly or covertly – those very same avenues of social media, they are still effective and available for the struggle for liberation from oppression.

Here at Global Research, we have been able to harness these new communications technologies. We are committed to providing free and accessible information to the many in order to expose the few.”

Supporters attend a “Raise the Wage” rally in New York May 7, 2015. | Photo: Reuters This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/No-Respect-for-the-Poor-Working-or-Not-20150520-0021.html.

Being Poor Means No Respect

A TeleSur  article that properly contextualizes just what a burden it is, not just economically and politically, but also psychologically, to be poor – even if bearing the dubious privilege of being ’employed’: ” Connecting economic oppression to psychological mistreatment in her widely read book, Barbara Ehrenreich guessed in Nickeled and Dimed “that the indignities imposed on so many low-wage workers – the drug tests, the constant surveillance, being ‘reamed out’ by managers – are part of what keep wages low. If you’re made to feel unworthy enough,” Ehrenreich wrote, “you may come to think that what you’re paid is what you’re worth.” It was an important point. Debilitating shame and the related psychological battering of working people in the all-too unprotected, de-unionized, and hidden abode of the workplace is part of how the employer class rules over low-wage workers in “the land of freedom.”

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A World Socialist Web Site piece that discusses recent study findings on the precarious conditions of workers’ livelihoods worldwide: “Only one quarter of the world’s working population holds a permanent and stable job, according to a new report published by the International Labor Organization (ILO) Tuesday.

Even as the number of unemployed people worldwide remains significantly higher than before the 2008 crisis, the few jobs that have been created in recent years have been disproportionately part-time, contingent and low-wage.”

Organizing for More Equitable Rent

A link to an organization that seeks, through SOP methods with a hint of popular organization,  to improve conditions for all renters: “The time is ripe to build a mass tenants’ movement in this country. A Renter Nation is growing in numbers and strength. The movement is beginning in our communities and cities through fighting against displacement and high rents. Rooted in our hardest hit areas, predominantly working class and communities of color, we are organizing for just cause eviction and other basic renters’ rights. We will grow in power to win Renters’ Bill of Rights, rent control and a mass expansion of affordable, community controlled housing.”


Useful Writing and Research Projects

A Library of Congress posting that discusses novel and new approaches to intellectual work under the rubric of training: “While I definitely took advantage of the time for my own personal professional development — investing time in Python and Ruby on Rails workshops and Harvard’s CopyrightX course, as well as presentations at AMIA, Code4Lib, Personal Digital Archives, NEA and NDSR-NE — the portion of my 20% that I’ve most appreciated is the opportunity to expand the impact of the program beyond the bounds of the immediate NDSR community. With the support of the rest of the Boston cohort, I partnered with my WGBH mentor, Casey Davis, to lead a series of workshops on handling audiovisual analog and digital material for students at the Simmons School of Library and Information Science. It was fantastic to get a chance to share the stuff I’ve learned with the next generation of archivists (and, who knows, maybe some of the next round of NDSR residents!).”

solidarityNewspaper Labor Strike

A Philly article that discusses the conditions under which a strike are possible in a large urban daily, and analyses some of the consequences of this event: “Philadelphia’s two major daily papers — the Inquirer and Daily News, along with their online cousin Philly.com — have survived one calamity after another over the past decade: A radical decline in revenues and circulation, bankruptcy, repeated changes of ownership and repeated airings of dirty laundry.

But can they survive a strike by the Newspaper Guild?

As others have noted, newspaper strikes used to hit this town all the time. But that was back when the newspaper industry was relatively flush. These days? Not so much the case. Yes, employees at Philadelphia Media Network are getting a profit-sharing check this year, but nobody would argue that the business, in Philly and elsewhere, is anything but fragile, and perhaps brittle.”


privacy-policy-445153_640Wikileaks Hosts US Intelligence Monitor

A TeleSur posting that documents cyber attacks putting in peril intelligence monitors, and the organization who saved them: “Wikileaks announced Wednesday it had agreed to host a journalism project aimed at collating public information on intelligence personnel. “Just two weeks after its launch, Transparency Toolkit’s ICWatch project, which documents more than 100,000 job profiles associated with the US ‘intelligence community’ has been rehoused at WikiLeaks due to death threats and DDoS attacks on its infrastructure,” Wikileaks said in a statement. The whistleblower website explained, “By hosting ICWatch WikiLeaks can shield the project from censorship and intimidation.” 


480px-Hrc_logo_red.svgSocial Justice and Tolerance

A Washington Post article that contextualizes the successful fight for gay rights as a bastion for having achieved a higher level of a more tolerant and just society across the board: “As a citizen of a democracy that is still young, allow me to show how proud I am of the level to which Spain accepts homosexuality and to recognize how valuable this acceptance is. Because I do not believe that tolerance can be divided. There is no middle ground between tolerance and intolerance. It is quite often the case that those who reject or are wary of homosexuals feel the same way to some extent about immigrants, those who practice other religions and perhaps women as well. And those who are comfortable with homosexuals tend to be comfortable with other groups. Phobias seem to be contagious, as is tolerance.”



"Adderallrx" by FtWashGuy
“Adderallrx” by FtWashGuy

Evil Meds Uncovered

A fascinating thread from a private medical practice’s website that cites incrimating data regarding medications: “Interesting insight into the legal manouverings of Eli Lilly to cover their butts when Prozac’s effects were questioned in U.S. courts. Book is not as well written as it could be but sufficient to provide some insights into the level of corruption in the so-called American Justice system and the ability of those with big bucks to subvert the system to protect their investments, while undercutting the truth and morality as well as dodging legitimate questions about the impacts of some of their medications.”

5.28.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

corcovado_rio_twilight_2Cast upon the shores of space and time by whatever combination of fate and will and randomness rule the universe, each of us has an opportunity—and this unexpected chance is both miracle and duty—to attain a perch from which to ascertain and as fully as possible both to comprehend and to impact the vast intertwining intricacy of all that is. 

Quote of the Day
“The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it. …(A) prevailing myth…reflects…(the notion) that production technology is no more amenable to human judgment or social interests than the laws of thermodynamics, atomic structure, or biological inheritance.”  Barry Commoner


This Day in History
The progression of a solar eclipse on August 1, 2008, viewed from Novosibirsk, Russia. The time between shots is three minutes. by User:Kalan
The progression of a solar eclipse on August 1, 2008, viewed from Novosibirsk, Russia. The time between shots is three minutes. by User:Kalan

More or less precisely twenty-six hundred years ago, as predicted, a solar eclipse occurred on the schedule that Thales projected, thereby providing, with modern exact confirmation, a benchmark for the measurement of precedent and subsequent events; thirteen hundred and ninety four years ahead of today, a Chinese imperial collapse and the Civil War that followed came to a head in the Battle of Hulao which marked the beginning of the Tang ascendancy; four hundred twenty seven years prior to the present pass,the Spanish Armada departed Lisbon in its ill-fated voyage to conquer England; two hundred eight years in advance of the arrival of today, a baby boy was born in Switzerland who would go on to become darling of classificatory studies of ancient life and promoter of creation-science racial categories, Louis Agassiz; one hundred and seventy two years ahead of this point in time, Noah Webster made his final entry in life’s dictionary; six years closer to now,  in

A sketch of Anne Brontë made by her sister, Charlotte Brontë, circa 1834
A sketch of Anne Brontë made by her sister, Charlotte Brontë, circa 1834

1849, the youngest Bronte sister, Anne, died; twelve dozen years before the hear and now, the forces of order and reaction and brutal suppression finally crushed the Paris Commune; twenty one years subsequently, in 1892, sixty five hundred miles away in the Bay Area of Northern California, naturalist and activist John Muir first organized the Sierra Club; a century and seven years back, the male infant entered the world in England who would mature as spy and novelist Ian Fleming; four years later in London, in 1912, another upper crust male infant came along who would win the Nobel Prize in Literature as Australian, Patrick White; four more years after, in 1916, across the Atlantic in North America, a baby boy bounced into our midst who would write popular and critically acclaimed novels under the name Walker Percy; a year more beyond that conjunction, in 1917, a male child was born whose fate was to teach ecology and run for President as Citizens Party candidate, Barry Commoner; three hundred sixty-five days further along time’s path,, as the collapse of the Ottoman Empire proceeded, the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic and the Republic of Armenia became independent entities for the first time; seven years hence, in 1926,several thousand miles west in Portugal, reactionary Ditadura Nacional overthrew leaders of the First Republic; a decade afterward to the day, in 1936, Alan Turing submitted the completed text of On Computable Numbers;three hundred sixty five days after that juncture, in 1937, across the

Beverley Goodwin flickr
Beverley Goodwin flickr

ocean in Germany, Volkswagen went through its initial incorporation as the People’s Car Company, and Austrian psychoanalytic theorist Alfred Adler breathed his last; five years further along time’s arc, in 1942, in nearby Czechoslovakia, Nazis began executing as many as 2,000 people in retaliation for the attempted assassination of puppet leader Reinhard Heydrich; two years closer still to now, in 1944, a baby girl joined humankind who would grow up as popular and provocative songwriter and performer, Gladys Knight;a single year later, precisely, in 1945, a male infant came into the war-weary world whose fate carved out a life as comedian and ‘revolutionary reformer,’ Patch Adams; seven years down the road, in 1952, Greek women first gained the right to vote; half a dozen years beyond that conjunction, in 1958, several thousand miles away across the Atlantic in Cuba, July 26thmovement insurgents, under the ldeadership of Fidel Castro, win an initial victory at El Uvero; three years later, in 1961, in a substitution of the concept of Human Rights for the reality of Democratic Grassroots power, Peter Benenson’s essay The Forgotten

Bob Jagendorf
Bob Jagendorf

Prisoner, inaugurated the formation of Amnesty International; three more years further on, in 1964, in a move more oriented toward bottom-up organizational strength, the Palestine Liberation Organization came into existence; thirty six years ago, Greece entered the orbit of the European Economic Community with the signature of Greek leaderKonstantinos Karamanlis on the treaty of accession of Greek membership;twenty four years before this exact moment, the most recent Ethiopian civil war came to an end with the occupation of Addis Ababa by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Frontseven years henceforth, in 1998,Pakistan brooked India’s recent nuclear weapons tests by calling for sanctions against the Hindu nation; three years after that point, in 2002, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization sought to diffuse conflict ith Russia over NATO’s expansion by declaring the Kremlin a ‘limited partner’ in NATO, and, twenty million miles away, the Mars Odyssey module discovered large ice formations on the red planet; seven years back, Nepal ended its two and a half century monarchy and became a republic; seven years closer to this moment, in 2014, the iconic Maya Angelou left the land of the living. From Wikipedia Day in History

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http://www.counterpunch.org      An incisive and authoritative account from CounterPunch about U.S.-led imperialism’s machinations in favor of ‘disruption’ throughout Southwest Asia and North Africa as a strategy of political economic crisis management and governance by proxy thugs, by the author of the work Divide & Ruin, which voluminously details this divide-and-rule strategy: “So what explains this sudden stepping up of Western and ‘allied’ support for al Qaeda and co right now?

The answer lies in the increasing disgust at the activities of the death squads across the region. No longer perceived as the valiant freedom fighters they were depicted as in 2011, their role as shock troops for the West’s ‘divide and ruin’ strategy, promising nothing but a future of ultra-violent trauma and ethnic cleansing, has become increasingly obvious.  The period between mid-2013 and mid-2014 saw a significant turning of the tide against these groups.  It began in July 2013 with the ouster of Egypt’s President Morsi following fears he was planning to send in the Egyptian army to aid the Syrian insurgency.  New President Al-Sisi put an end not only to that possibility, but to the flow of fighters from Egypt to Syria altogether.  The West hoped to step in the following month with airstrikes against the Syrian government, but their attempts to ensure Iranian and Russian acquiescence in such a move came to nought and they were forced into a humiliating climbdown.

Then came the fall of Homs in May 2014, as Syrian government forces retook a key insurgent stronghold.  The momentum was clearly with the government side; that is until ‘ISIS’ sprang onto the scene – and with them, a convenient pretext for the US intervention that had been ruled out just a year before.

Meanwhile, in Libya, the pro-death squad parties decisively lost elections for the first elected ‘House of Representatives in June 2014.  Their refusal to accept defeat led to a new chapter in the post-NATO Libyan disaster, as they set up a new rival government in Tripoli and waged war on the elected parliament.  Yet following a massacre of Egyptians by ISIS in Libya last December, Egypt sent its airforce in on the side of the Tobruk (elected) parliament; it is now, apparently, considering sending in ground troops.

Losing ground in Yemen, in Libya, in Egypt and in Syria, the West’s whole strategy for using armed Salafists as tools of destabilisation had been starting to unravel.  The direct interventions in Syria, Yemen and soon Libya, then, are nothing but a means of propping them up – and last Friday’s bombings show they are already paying dividends.”


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Bitch Magazine Calling all writers: 
“Nerds” deadline extended!

You’ve read Law & Order, you’re about to receive Blue. We’re putting together “Blood & Guts at this very moment. But we’re still gearing up for our Winter 2015 issue, which is themed Nerds. We’ve extended our June 1st deadline for pitches by another week. If you’re a writer, or know a writer, let ’em know we want you to talk nerdy to us about all things feminist and pop culture. Check out our contributor guidelines here and read about what we’re looking for here. Don’t forget, the new deadline is June 8, so get pitchin’!

Orlando Prize for Short Fiction
is for stories up to 1500 words and is open to women writers worldwide. First prize is US$1000 and publication in The Los Angeles Review. Prizes are also offered for creative non-fiction, poetry and flash fiction. There are two entry deadlines each year: 31 January and 31 July.

Manchester Fiction Prize
is a major international literary competition open to anyone aged 16 or over. The winner receives a cash prize of £10,000 (US$15,500). Stories can be up to 2500 words in length. Entries open in April and are expected to close in August.

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pascal maramis – flickr


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Thinkers and Writers

A Monthly Review posting that discusses the contributions to dialectical thinking expressed through a celebrated writer and thinker who is commemorated on his birthday: “Someone earlier than Dick — perhaps it was Hegel — remarked that, in contrast to formal logic, which is static, the dialectic is the logic of life.  It was indeed Hegel who gave (in his Phenomenology) the classic example of what the key axiom of formal logic, “A = A,” fails to encompass.  Suppose “A” is a slave.  But a slave is a human being, and the essence of being human is to have freedom.  The so-called “law of identity” thus breaks down.  It clouds reality in a way that, not incidentally, reinforces the status quo.”

US activist and feminist Gloria Steinem (3rd l.) and other members of the WomanCrossDMZ group march with South Korean peace activists along a barbed wire fence near a military check point in Paju on May 24, 2015, after the group crossed the heavily-fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. The international group of women activists crossed the heavily-fortified DMZ on Sunday in what they said was a symbolic act for peace. Lim Byung-Shik/Yonhap/Reuters

Feminists and Protest

A Christian Science Monitor piece that discusses an act that some observers label naive which shows the larger actions that a movement seen largely through an identity politics lens is striving for in the world: “International women activists who crossed the border dividing North and South Korea capped a controversial campaign for peace Monday by presenting the unresolved war as partly a women’s and a feminist issue.

Some 30 activists, including American women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem and two Nobel laureates, joined local peace campaigners in Seoul to discuss the role women could play in officially ending the Korean War.”

Empire in Decline

A fascinating and alarming Tom Dispatch piece by a thoughtful writer worth following up on that captures both the climate and the inevitable decay of a superpower who has overreached one too many times: “Take a look around the world and it’s hard not to conclude that the United States is a superpower in decline. Whether in Europe, Asia, or the Middle East, aspiring powers are flexing their muscles, ignoring Washington’s dictates, or actively combating them. Russia refuses to curtail its support for armed separatists in Ukraine; China refuses to abandon its base-building endeavors in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia refuses to endorse the U.S.-brokered nuclear deal with Iran; the Islamic State movement (ISIS) refuses to capitulate in the face of U.S. airpower. What is a declining superpower supposed to do in the face of such defiance?



pfunked Deviant Art
pfunked Deviant Art

Going Far Afield to Make a Writerly Living

A Poynter piece that profiles a niche writer who made a healthy living working for a newspaper in a far away land, a decision which many others in this jobs-starved nation are prone to make: “Looking back, Elling said he would have made the same decision in electing to take the job in the UAE. He said his family now is in a better place financially thanks to going to the Mideast.

“It was the best solution to what might have been a terminal career situation,” Elling said. “The fact there’s also a half-dozen Americans working over there tells you all you need to know about the state of the industry here.””


Movies and Journalism

A Columbia Journalism Review that places film squarely into the media debate, in regards to its role in disseminating truth and power: “What makes documentary film a better truth-delivery system than print? The most effective documentaries combine advocacy with immediacy. Film feels in the present tense, while print, striving for objectivity, lingers in the reflective past. “I left still photography because it could not provide the things that I knew films could provide,” said documentary godfather Willard Van Dyke in a 1965 Film Comment interview. “I was excited and interested in film as a pure medium of expression, but I was more interested in using it as a social end.” “



drawing by hector gomez
drawing by hector gomez

Comments and Reader Participation

A J-Source piece that continues the debate on the vitality, viability, and value of comment section, a platform for reader participation that still holds value even if often overtaken by trash: ““There’s no question that comments sections are often filled with trolls and spam and violent misogynist commentary. I wouldn’t argue with that,” he said. “The question is what you do about it. Do you turn it off or try to spend time and resources making sure those things don’t exist?”

There are good reasons to do so, Ingram said. “The relationship that media companies have with their readers, which comes through things like comments, is one of the most valuable things you have.””


On Killer Robots

A Just Security article that contextualizes modern death machines in terms of the views of one who has had to train to kill and grapple with the moral and practical dimensions of warfare: “I strongly support that statement by the US head of delegation. While it may be true that prolonged periods of combat can dehumanize soldiers and their commanders, there is no better current or foreseeable way to ensure that the laws of war are rigidly applied than to trust in human judgment. In terms of making life and death decisions in war, there is not a more “perfect” system. In that respect I believe it is a bit like democracy. As Winston Churchill said “democracy is the worst form of government, except all those others that have been tried.””


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A Guardian article that discusses a fascinating archeological find that contextualizes murder and forensics, even thousands of years after apparently atrocious acts were committed: “Scientists have pieced together the world’s earliest murder mystery, showing that an ancient human appears to have met their end after being bludgeoned to death and thrown down a cave shaft.

The skull, which has two holes above the left eye, belonged to an early human closely related to Neanderthals who lived around 430,000 years ago. The discovery suggests that violence and murder long predate the emergence of modern humans, around 200,000 years ago.”

5.27.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

A disinterest in why things transpire as they do, unfortunately nearly universal in a society that shies away from disquisition about the causes of things, leads as ineluctably to fatuous non-sequiturs instead of rational understanding as prattling narcissistic nonsense inherently brings about self-centered self-righteousness instead of recognition of necessity’s mutuality and interdependence. 

Quote of the Day
30 Community_garden“I like to define biology as the history of the earth and all its life — past, present, and future.  To understand biology is to understand that all life is linked to the earth from which it came; it is to understand that the stream of life, flowing out of the dim past into the uncertain future, is in reality a unified force, though composed of an infinite number and variety of separate lives. …
If we have been slow to develop the general concepts of ecology and conservation, we have been even more tardy in recognizing the facts of the ecology and conservation of man himself.  We may hope that this will be the next major phase in the development of biology.   Here and there awareness is growing that man, far from being the overlord of all creation, is himself part of nature, subject to the same cosmic forces that control all other life.  Man’s future welfare and probably even his survival depend upon his learning to live in harmony, rather than in combat, with these forces.”  Rachel Carson


This Day in History

 Today is Slavery Abolition Day in several West Indian Islands; in China three hundred seventy-one years ago, Manchus defeated Shun Dynasty rebels and gained access to Beijing; not quite six decades later, in 1703, Russia’s Greatest Peter oversaw the founding of the Russian metropolis that still bears his name; just three years less than two centuries ago, a girl child entered the world who would become the staunch advocate of women’s rights and the vote Amelia Bloomer; just three hundred and sixty five days later, in 1819, a female child was born who grew up as renowned poet Julia Ward Howe; one and three quarters centuries before today, the virtuoso composer and violinist Niccolo Paganini played

VIOLINhis final solo; fifty four years more proximate to the present than that, in 1894, a male child came into the world in the usual way who would turn out to produce a tremendous body of mystery and noir stories as Dashiell Hammett, eleven decades prior to the present pass, in developments precedent to Russia’s 1905 Revolution, Russian and Japanese naval forces engaged at the Battle of Tsushima; two years afterward, in 1907, a baby girl entered our midst on her way to a life as powerful environmentalist and author Rachel Carson; one hundred and three years in advance of this exact moment, a baby boy took his first breath who would go on to write novels of the American middle class under the name John Cheever; a century in advance of today’s passage, a male child uttered his first cry who would mature as the centenarian author of historical novels, Herman Wouk; ninety six years before the here and now, the first transatlantic aircraft flight landed in Lisbon after embarking from North America a short time before; six years further down the road, in 1925, a male infant joined the human race on his way to life as the celebrated writer of wonderful mysteries Tony Hillerman; half a decade beyond that point in time, in 1930, a baby boy was born who would grow up as the critically acclaimed novelist and author John Barth; eighty one years in advance of today, in response to fraud and devastation on Wall Street prior to

"New York Stock Exchange 1882" by Hughson Hawley
“New York Stock Exchange 1882” by Hughson Hawley

the Great Depression, the United States began to require registration of publicly traded securities with the Federal Trade Commission; and seven hundred miles West the century of progress exposition opened in the Windy City; two years henceforth, in 1935, the Supreme Court fulfilled its normal function of making progressive legislation more difficult by finding the National Industrial Recovery Act unconstitutional; six years later to the day, in 1941, President Roosevelt proclaimed an unbounded national emergency in relation to World War II; eight years after that conjunction, in 1949, Robert Ripley forced us to believe that he would be around no longer; fifty five years back, militarists in Turkey overthrew the democratically elected government of Celal Bayar; seven hundred

«Centralia Warning Sign 2» de Lyndi & Jason

and thirty days afterwards precisely, in 1962, through the Mediterranian and across the white Atlantic, a mine ignited in Centralia, PA, that burns to this day; three years beyond that juncture, in 1965, all the way around the world in Vietnam, U.S. helicopters and other aircraft ignited a different sort of conflagration by beginning the bombardment of ‘targets of opportunity’ within the borders of the U.S. ally; three years after that point, in 1968, around the globe again in France, many tens of thousands of students met to call for an end to the war and for other progressive measures for humankind; four years ahead of today, the masterful singer songwriter Gil-Scott Heron played his swan song.

From Wikipedia Day in History


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http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/    A compilation and analysis from Naked Capitalism that capsulizes the nature of ‘sharing’ ‘disruptors’ such as Uber and Lyft and assesses their deleterious effects on social equality, opportunity, income, and just about all aspects of life for everyone who is not on the ‘network’s’ ground floor, which is to to say everyone who is not either an owner per se or a wealthy enough plutocrat to be able to benefit from ‘rent-extraction’ come what may: “‘What this all means is simple: Uber and its kin Lyft, which is more generous with its drivers but has a similar business model, are remarkably efficient machines for producing near minimum-wage jobs.  Uber isn’t the Uber for rides— it’s the Uber for low-wage jobs.’ …
In case you’d like to depict the Brave New World of more sorta-self employed people (more accurately, what amount to disposable parts for shafting services like Uber) is somehow a boon to them, the data says otherwise.  Over the weekend, Bill Mitchell summarized a new OECD study on inequality that discuses how the shift towards ‘non-standard work,’ as in employment arrangements other than full-time jobs, hurts workers and the economy overall. …
The OECD consider that: ‘… the biggest factor for the impact of inequality on growth is the growing gap between lower income households and the rest of the population.  This is true not just for the very lowest earners – the bottom 10% – but for a much broader swathe of low earners – the bottom 40%.  Countering the negative effect of inequality on growth is thus not just about tackling poverty but about addressing low incomes more broadly.’ …
         (More specifically), ‘(s)ince nearly all job losses, regardless of the type of task, were associated with regular work, while growth in employment took place mainly in the form of non-standard employment, technological advancement alone cannot be the only explanation for job polarisation.  Labour market institutions and policies have also probably played a role …’
         (Maureen Dowd summed up some of the downsides of ‘sharing’ thus): ‘Bribery.  Lies.  Cover-up.  My Uber app turns out to have all the usual Washington vices.'”

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Narrative Magazine  –  $4,000 Narrative Prize: The Narrative Prize is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in NarrativeThe deadline for entries for each year’s award is June 15. The winner is announced each September, and the prize is awarded in October. The winner is widely publicized and is cited in an ongoing listing in Narrative. The prize is judged by the magazine’s editors and, in some years, may be divided between winners, when more than one work merits the award.

Emerging Writer Fellowship – We welcome submissions from writers of all genres, backgrounds, and experiences in the following genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Emerging Writer Fellows will be featured at The Writer’s Center as part of a special celebration and reading. Fellows living within a 250-mile radius of the center will receive a $250 honorarium, and all others will receive $500.

QWC is very pleased to announce that an anonymous donation has made possible five fully funded scholarships (tuition, room, and board) to the inaugural Quest Writer’s Conference. These five seats are reserved for writers whose voices are less-often heard, and who face significant barriers to conference access. Specifically, the scholarships are intended for First Nation/aboriginal/Native American writers or other writers of color, LGBTQI writers, low income writers, young writers (under 22), and/or writers with disabilities. Deadline May 15, 2015. Conference is June 21-28 in Squamish, British Columbia.


“Brevity is the soul of wit,” said William Shakespeare. In honor of Sport Literate’s 20th anniversary, we’re asking you to keep it brief for our “sport shorts” essay contest. You’ll have to bowl us over in 750 words or less.  Said winner receives $500. Enter up to two creative nonfiction pieces (no more than 750 words each) through the Submittable online submission tool on our website. All submissions will be considered for publication.

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest
is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish a book. Fiction entries must be under 6000 words. The winner in each genre will be awarded US$1000 and publication. Entries close 15 May.

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
is one of three contests run each year by Boston Review.The winning author will receive US $1500 and have his or her work published in the summer edition of the magazine. First runner-up will be published in a following issue and second runner-up will be published on the Boston Review website. Entries close 1 October.
pascal maramis - flickr
pascal maramis – flickr


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annie oakley wild west gun womenEncroaching on Women’s Futures

A Chief Organizer blog posting that discusses reactionary non-worker friendly legislations that impede women’s ability to work: “In the United States we have become hardened to the code words, “family-friendly,” because too often that is just right wing whitewash for thousands of intrusive policies that attempt to make women into “breeders” as they were called in the current hit, Mad Max on Fury Road.  We like to think women are making progress towards equality, especially mothers, given their vaunted place in American mythology, but then we are confronted by the facts.

The very modest Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 took forever to win, and is notoriously skinny in its benefit allowance, providing twelve weeks of unpaid leave for women workers of larger employers, but now a study reported by the New York Times says that women are “5 percent more likely to remain employed but 8 percent less likely to get promotions than they were before it became law.”  And, US policies in this area are notoriously skimpy compared to European and other countries.”

MH-17 Fakery Follow Up

A Consortium News piece that looks at a follow up of the failed propaganda pitch that Australian mainstream media attempted: “After being caught red-handed presenting misleading video about the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shoot-down, Australia’s “60 Minutes” program could have acknowledged its obvious error and apologized to its viewers. Instead, the program has resorted to hurling insults toward me – for noting the discrepancies – and engaging in more video sleights-of-hand to compound the journalistic malfeasance.”

hiroshima war explosion nuke nuclearNuclear Lies

A Counter Punch piece that discusses the state of nuclear proliferations, and the lies and misinformation that hide obvious facts: “As the UN Review Conference of the NPT was finishing its month-long deliberations in New York last week, the US delegation distracted attention from its own violations using its standard Red Herring warnings about Iran and North Korea — the former without a single nuclear weapon, and the latter with 8-to-10 (according to those reliable weapons spotters at the CIA) but with no means of delivering them.”

A Latin Human Rights Intervention

A Tele Sur posting that discusses attempts to uphold human rights in a context independent of North American hegemonic interests:  “Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa called Sunday for the creation of a Latin American human rights system, which would respects the particularities of the region and where only countries that have ratified the American Convention of Human Rights should participate. “We should see that the Americas, to the north and south of the Rio (Grande), are different,” said President Correa during his annual address to the nation from the halls of the National Assembly. Correa has frequently criticized the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which is affiliated with the Organization of American States, a body that is generally seen as acting in the interests of U.S. foreign policy. The Ecuadorean head of state has taken particular issue with the fact that the IACHR is headquartered in the United States, despite the fact that the U.S. has not ratified its convention and is thus not subject to its jurisdiction. “


"Solar panels in Ogiinuur" by Chinneeb - Own work.
“Solar panels in Ogiinuur” by Chinneeb – Own work.

Renewable Energy for All

A Good posting that discusses an initiative that intends to use accessible and inexpensive (in the larger scheme of things) technology to assist folks with infrastructure equality: “According to The SFGate, the initiative will be led by Grid Alternatives, a nonprofit solar power firm based out of Oakland. Using nearly $15 million dollars raised through California’s cap-and-trade laws, which require companies to purchase “credits” for each ton of carbon dioxide they produce, the firm will provide over 1,600 free solar panel systems by the end of 2016, according to a Grid Alternatives release. The program was first introduced by California State Senator Kevin de León, who spoke at a recent solar panel installation event, saying: “


Journalism and Public Health

A Vox article that views the useful impact that honest journalism can have for public health outcomes and citizenship: “Still, the idea that health journalism is at its end stages is no longer true. We are in the midst of a journalism revolution, and if harnessed for public health, the press can have a greater positive impact than ever before. Web-based publications can use the endless space afforded by the internet to explain the news in a more nuanced and research-driven manner than print media — with its limited real estate — ever could. Stories link back to primary sources and studies so that readers can immediately verify or follow up as part of their news-consuming experience.”


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pens Keith Williamson Flickr

The Art of Fiction

A Paris Review posting of an interview with celebrated writer Eudora Welty: “I met Eudora Welty in her room at the Algonquin Hotel an hour or so after her train had arrived in Penn Station. She had given me the wrong room number, so I first saw her peering out of her door as the elevator opened. A tall, large-boned, gray-haired woman greeted me apologetically. She was admittedly nervous about being interviewed, particularly on a tape recorder. After describing her train ride—she won’t fly—she braced herself and asked if I wouldn’t begin the questioning.”


Vets on TV

A Good posting that talks about the efforts undertaken to provide veterans with an opportunity to participate in mainstream media: “Despite being a longstanding, and particularly vocal critic of the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Daily Show host Jon Stewart has long been an equally vocal supporter of those who serve in our country’s armed forces. He’s performed for the troops in Afghanistan, visited wounded vets at military hospitals, and is even the recipient of the United Service Organization’s Merit Award. For someone so publicly opposed to the last decade’s worth of major military action, Stewart has remained remarkably steadfast in his commitment to men and women in uniform. But, while Stewart has never hidden his respect and admiration for this country’s soldiers, the degree to which he has actively supported them– not only as an entertainer, but as a personal mentor and career counselor–is just beginning to be brought to light. “



Bob Jagendorf
Bob Jagendorf

Death of Death Penalty

A New York Times posting that discusses abusive and unfair legislation that is falling by the wayside in a seemingly otherwise reactionary state: “Nebraska on Wednesday became the first conservative state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty, with lawmakers defying their Republican governor, Pete Ricketts, a staunch supporter of capital punishment who had lobbied vigorously against banning it.”


Bitcoin Anonymity Questioned

A Pando Daily analysis of the Silk Road and Bitcoin, which brings into question the claims of anonymity: “What crypto-currency insiders have long known, but much of the media, regulators, and general public failed to grasp about bitcoin – that it is not actually anonymous, but rather is only pseudonymous and, if you can connect a digital wallet address to an individual, you can track very transaction ever made to and from that account – was demonstrated in stark detail in a Federal District Court in Manhattan this week.”

5.26.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

Inasmuch as the simple fact that today originates in yesterday must likely always remain true, a deeply reported inquiry about how a phenomenon has come to pass must precede any hope of asking how one can fix its troubles and woes, one of those instances of a self evident truth’s serving as a useful tautology for thinkers and doers to consider as they ponder how to parse and affect their own lives and times.

Quote of the Day
369px-Lange-MigrantMother02“While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see. …Seeing is more than a physiological phenomenon… We see not only with our eyes but with all that we are and all that our culture is.  The artist is a professional see-er. …”  Dorothea Lange
This Day in History
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pfunked Deviant Art

Today in the U.S.A. is National Paper Airplane Day; in Rome nineteen hundred ninety-eight years back, Germanicus returned to Rome as a conqueror of German tribes west of the Elbe river; four hundred and thirty four years subsequently, in 451, the rising Persian Sassanid Empire sent forces to defeat Armenian rebels at the Battle of Avarayr, the upshot of which was the Armenian right to practice Christianity; four hundred seventy seven years prior to the present pass, the leaders of the Swiss canton centered on Geneva exiled John Calvin and all of his ‘protesting’ followers; ninety nine years hence, in 1637, British leaders in New England practiced the fine art of divide-and-conquer by recruiting Mohegan Native Americans to join Colonial troops in slaughtering five hundred or more Pequot villagers in Connecticut; one decade later exactly, in 1647, also in Connecticut, colonial authorities killed the first ‘witch’ in British North America by hanging her for her putative beliefs; a hundred ninety four years before the here and now, Greek rebels constituted the Peloponnesian Senate en route to their successful establishment of an independent Greek state; nine years subsequently, in 1830, across the Atlantic in the Southern United States, the Indian Removal Act took effect, disfranchising and destroying indigenous communities throughout the Southern Appalachians, especially the Cherokee; twenty seven years after that point, in 1857, the estimable former bondsman Dred Scott received his freedom for a brief period before thugs and reactionary courts re-enslaved him; a dozen years hence, in 1869, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts chartered Boston University; a decade down the road from that, in 1879, Russia and England ‘disposed’ of the future of Afghanistan through the machinations of

"New York Stock Exchange 1882" by Hughson Hawley
“New York Stock Exchange 1882” by Hughson Hawley

the Gandamak treaty; a hundred twenty years ago, the baby girl was born who would grow up as insightful photographer and social chronicler, Dorothea Lange; a year beyond that conjunction, in 1896, Charles Dow issued the first compilation of the Dow Jones Industrial Average; another three hundred sixty-five days along time’s arc, in 1897, Bram Stoker celebrated a somewhat different publishing event across the Atlantic with his publication of Draculaeleven years more proximate to the present, in 1908, the first big oil strike in Southwest Asia took place in Persia, which the Anglo-Persian Oil Company instantly claimed as the property of the British Empire; a half-dozen years later still, in 1914, the respected and probing photographer and documentarian, Jacob Riis, drew a final breath; seventy-seven years back, in Washington, the House Un-American Activities Committee held its first session, and six thousand miles away in Russia, a female infant entered our midst who would mature as the acclaimed storyteller, writer, artist, and performer Lyudmila Petrushevskaya; two years subsequent to that juncture, in 1940, back in the U.S. a male child uttered its first cry en route to life as the iconic musical performer and songwriter, Levon Helm; nine years still further on down life’s highway, in 1949, a baby male took an initial breath on his way to becoming Ward Cunningham, the creator of the World’s first Wiki; forty-three years ahead of this precise point, the U.S. and the Soviet Union agreed to the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty; four years further on, in 1976, philosopher of being and time and occasional follower of reaction, Martin Heidegger, was no more; seven years back, filmmaker and screenwriter Sidney Pollack died. From Wikipedia Day in History

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http://www.telesurtv.net          Another must-read opinion essay and analysis from TeleSur, in this case a recounting of the Operation Condor program of U.S. orchestrated assassinations and terror that aimed to impede or eliminate social protest or other upsurges in support of social justice and social democracy in the Southern parts of Latin America, particularly crucial in light of current moves that aim to shore up empire and capital in Central America and Venezuela and elsewhere: “Condor’s targets were activists, organizers, and opponents of the dictatorships, as well as guerrillas or armed insurgents (all of whom were entitled to due process and freedom from torture).  Exiles were considered dangerous enemies by the regimes because of their powerful influence in the developing global human rights movement.  The Chilean exiles, for instance — some 200,000 Chileans were forced out of the country in the first years after the coup — were pioneers in organizing solidarity and anti-dictatorship groups worldwide, providing information to the U.N. and human rights groups, and transmitting through their music and art the hopes and promise of the Unidad Popular. …
In 1973 or early 1974, before the Condor apparatus acquired its code name and formal structure, the counterinsurgents created the prototype of Condor.  A February 1974 meeting took place in Buenos Aires to plan deeper collaboration of the police of six South American states.  Between 1973 and 1975 cross-border disappearances and forcible, extralegal transfers of exiles (‘renditions’) by multinational Condor squadrons intensified under an unwritten agreement enabling the associated militaries to pursue individuals who had fled to neighboring countries.  This was the essence of Condor, as yet unnamed. …
Under a top-secret agreement known as ‘Phase III,’ Condor also assassinated, or attempted to assassinate, key political opposition leaders exiled in Latin America, Europe, and the United States.  Special teams of assassins from member countries were formed to travel worldwide to eliminate ‘subversive enemies’— political leaders who could organize and lead pro-democracy movements against the military regimes.
One Condor assassination targeted former Chilean Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier, a prominent critic of the Pinochet regime.  He and his U.S. colleague Ronni Moffitt were murdered in a 1976 car bombing in Washington, D.C.  Other targets included constitutionalist Chilean general Carlos Prats and his wife, Sofía Cuthbert, assassinated in Buenos Aires (1974), and two Uruguayan legislators and opponents of the Uruguayan military regime, Zelmar Michelini and Héctor Gutiérrez Ruiz, disappeared, tortured, and killed in Buenos Aires (1976).  Washington and its Latin American allies feared elected leftist leaders as much, if not more, than revolutionary guerrillas in the region, as the plots against Presidents Goulart of Brazil and Allende, among others, demonstrated.”

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Synaesthesia Magazine is calling for music, art, and writing for their upcoming online issue with the theme Hush-Hush. 

Cobalt Contest – 

We are looking for creative non-fiction/essays that come hard and straight down the pipe; fiction that throws us a curveball; and poetry that reinvigorates our love for the game. Any written work (including scholarly essays) on the amazing game of baseball are welcomed! Only entries submitted through this category will be considered for the prize.

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Publication and Cash prize for the winners

As we embark on our anniversary year, Books Ireland invite you to enter our inaugural short story competition.

It is open to all writers of any nationality writing in English, with no restriction on style or theme.


pascal maramis - flickr
pascal maramis – flickr


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1933_unemployment_bigTrue Unemployment

An Information Clearing Houseposting that discusses the true state of unemployment in America, showing the true state of affairs in relation to the economy: “How many people are really out of work? The answer is surprisingly difficult to ascertain. For reasons that are likely ideological at least in part, official unemployment figures greatly under-report the true number of people lacking necessary full-time work.

That the “reserve army of labor” is quite large goes a long way toward explaining the persistence of stagnant wages in an era of increasing productivity.

How large? Across North America, Europe and Australia, the real unemployment rate is approximately double the “official” unemployment rate.”


Arts Funding Social Practices

An Inside Philanthropy posting about arts funding that benefits from social engagement: “Social practice has been defined by the Los Angeles Times as “art that requires the engagement and participation of its audience.” Now, if your initial reaction is, “How’s that any different than a creative writing workshop or an interactive art exhibit?” we won’t fault you for your perfectly valid response. But the concept of social practice has some seemingly innocuous quirks that make it stand apart, while simultaneously borrowing from other movements and genres.”


Scientology Examined

A Rolling Stones article that discusses a recent offering that scrutinizes the strange world of Scientology: “Last night, HBO airedGoing Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Alex Gibney’s documentary exposé of the Church of Scientology and its founder, science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. While much of the information contained within the film isn’t technically new (especially since the doc is based on executive producer Lawrence Wright’s book of the same name), it does forcefully, brutally put faces to many of the stories, and assembles a meticulous, damning case against the church. The organization had taken aggressive action to counterattack (including a full-page ad in The New York Times) after the movie’s premiere at Sundance last January, and now that the film has finally aired on the cable channel, they’re likely to go on the offensive as a whole new audience begins to discuss some of the Scientology’s more terrifying, disturbing practices. Here are 10 of Going Clear‘s biggest talking points.”



Wind farm Molgreen
Wind farm Molgreen

Dixie Power

A Route Fifty report that examines the possibilities and challenges of taking advantage of renewable power in a region of the country not traditionally suited for it: A new Department of Energy report suggests that new technology could unlock renewable energy potential in Southeastern states. But building new wind farms will likely involve a mix of practical and political challenges.

Compared to gustier locales in other parts of the country, strong winds don’t blow consistently across much of the Southeastern United States, which is one of the main reasons wind energy developers have avoided the region.

But new technology could help change that.”


Inequality as a Right

A thought provoking piece that contextualizes political theory and inequality: “Writing the history of human rights in relation to that of political economy would involve two big stages, with a missed opportunity in between. The first stage, clearly, was the heroic age of the national welfare states after World War II. At that time, human rights reflected a small part of a larger consensus that united the otherwise bitter enemies in the new Cold War.

Human rights, even perfectly realized human rights, are compatible with inequality, even radical inequality.”

5.25.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

The notion of a central organizing principle can serve—and one might say must operate—as more than merely an intellectual hub, acting in reality to permit various efforts to connect with each other; to establish an ‘order of battle,’ as it were; to identify where development or engagement is most necessary or least efficacious; to effect efficiency and prevent overlap, among other salubrious results, even as concurring on such a core component of a campaign or a social movement or a society itself can be about as easily accomplished as agreeing on the exact shape and structure of the face of a God almighty whom some people doubt exists.

Quote of the Day
“After I came home from the 1936 Olympics with my four medals, it became increasingly apparent that everyone was going to slap me on the back, want to shake my hand or have me up to their suite.  But no one was going to offer me a job. …
It was bad enough to have toppled from the Olympic heights to make my living competing with animals.  But the competition wasn’t even fair.  No man could beat a race horse, not even for 100 yards. …
       I realized now that militancy in the best sense of the word was the only answer where the black man was concerned, that any black man who wasn’t a militant in 1970 was either blind or a coward.”” Jesse Owens: http://www.jesseowens.com/quotes/.
This Day in History
Towel Day 2005, Innsbruck, Austria, where, by his own account, Adams got the inspiration to write the Guide.
Towel Day 2005, Innsbruck, Austria, where, by his own account, Adams got the inspiration to write the Guide.

Today is International Missing Children’s Day, &, in honor of the work of Douglas Adams, it is also Towel Day; on the Italian Peninsula two thousand five hundred eighty-two years ago, forces under Servius Tullius moved forward Roman dominance in all of Italy with their victory over Etruscans; nine hundred thirty years prior to the present pass, a reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula began with the forces of a sixth Castillian Alfonso’s taking control of Toledo from earlier Islamic conquerors; four hundred ninety four years before the here and now, Holy Roman Emperor Charles the 5th ended a meeting of the Diet of Worms with the declaration that Martin Luther was a heretic; three hundred thirty four years before today’s passage, iconic Spanish poet and playwright Pedro Calderon de la Barca drew his final breath; two hundred and seventy seven years in advance of today, an internecine struggle among English colonies intense enough to merit the title of a war between Maryland and Pennsylvania came to an end with a treaty and exchange of prisoners; six decades and five year later, in 1803, a baby male entered the world in England who soon enough became poet and essayist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, and on the other side of the Atlantic, a baby boy came along en route to a life as the ‘trascendent’ philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson; six years exactly more proximate to now, in 1809, Peruvian rebels inaugurated llama chile andesSpanish colonial wars of independence with the Chuquisaca uprising; three hundred sixty five days after that point, in 1810,Argentinean insurgents joined the fray by expelling the Spanish Viceroy and declaring Argentina independent; a hundred seventy eight years before this moment in time, another group of colonials, this time in Southern Canada, rebelled against their metropolitan masters, this time in London; twelve decades in advance of today, Oscar Wilde faced a conviction for homosexual acts that led to his imprisonment, and on the opposite side of the planet, European Imperial interests orchestrated the separation of Formosa, now Taiwan, from China; ninety years back, only weeks after his arrest, John Scopes faced indictment for the crime of teaching his students the truth about evolution; two years later exactly, in 1927, a male infant took his first breath who would mature as a popular writer of thrillers Robert Ludlum; eight years hence, in 1935, just a few hundred miles north at the Big Ten Track jesse owens black african american sports olympics& Field Championship, African American athlete Jesse Owens breaks several world records in his performance; a year afterward exactly, in 1936,  American Federation of Labor unions led a strike against the arms manufacturer Remington Rand; seven hundred andd thirty days after that point, to the day, in 1938, a baby boy was born who would grow up as the dour narrator and critic Raymond Carver; sixty two years before today’s light, the U.S. conducted its only open air test of a nuclear artillery device in Nevada, and in a more positive development, Houston TX opened the first public television station in the country; three hundred sixty five days after that point, in 1954, legendary photojournalist Robert Capa breathed his last; seven years subsequently, in 1961, President John Kennedy addressed congress and delivered his speech that promised a man on the moon before 1970; around the world, five years later, in 1966, the Cultural Revolution began to unfold in China with the posting of the first dàzìbàoforty two years ago, Greek sailors rejected the imperially favored fascist 153px-Lightsabersdictatorship installed in their stead in Athens and, during a NATO exercise, dropped anchor in an Italian port and refused to return to Greece; four years along time’s arc, in 1977, George Lucas released the first Star Wars installment, and in a decidedly different expression of cultural evolution on the other side of the world, Chinese authorities effectively ended the so-called ‘Cultural Revolution’ and removed the ban on Shakespeare’s works in the country; four years further down the road, in 1981, aristocratic and reactionary states favored by the United States and Britain, centered around Saudi Arabia, formed the Gulf Cooperation Council; sixteen years before this exact point in time, the U.S. released an investigative analysis, the Cox Report, that detailed Chinese nuclear program espionage; a decade later, in 2009,North Korean authorities allege a second nuclear weapons test; four years back, Oprah Winfrey aired her last network program before she started her own channel. From Day in History

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http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/      An overview of a book excerpt about the ‘inner-directed’ nature of contemporary psychosocial and socioeconomic analysis, at once in terms of intellectual analysis and clinical practice, in which the functional attempt to manipulate and medicate people into that combination of passivity and acceptance that makes both ‘productivity’ and consumption easy to drive guarantees a continued diminution of both psychological health and real well-being or satisfaction, a really powerful briefing that over a hundred comments makes even more impactful: “Yet evidence from social epidemiology paints a worrying picture of how unhappiness and depression are concentrated in highly unequal societies, with strongly materialist, competitive values.  Workplaces put a growing emphasis on community and psychological commitment, but against longer-term economic trends towards atomization and insecurity.  We have an economic model which mitigates against precisely the psychological attributes it depends upon. …

380px-The_Scream           Psychology is very often how societies avoid looking in the mirror.  The second structural reason for the surging interest in happiness is somewhat more disturbing, and concerns technology.  Until relatively recently, most scientific attempts to know or manipulate how someone else was feeling occurred within formally identifiable institutions, such as psychology laboratories, hospitals, workplaces, focus groups, or some such.  This is no longer the case.  In July 2014, Facebook published an academic paper containing details of how it had successfully altered hundreds of thousands of its users’ moods, by manipulating their news feeds.  There was an outcry that this had been done in a clandestine fashion.  But as the dust settled, the anger turned to anxiety: would Facebook bother to publish such a paper in future, or just get on with the experiment anyway and keep the results to themselves? …

In this more general and historical sense, then, governments and businesses ‘created the problems that they are now trying to solve.’  Happiness science has achieved the influence it has because it promises to provide the longed-for solution. First of all, happiness economists are able to put a monetary price on the problem of misery and alienation.  The opinion-polling company Gallup, for example, has estimated that unhappiness of employees costs the US economy $500 billion a year in lost productivity, lost tax receipts and health-care costs.  This allows our emotions and well-being to be brought within broader calculations of economic efficiency.  Positive psychology and associated techniques then play a key role in helping to restore people’s energy and drive.  The hope is that a fundamental flaw in our current political economy may be surmounted, without confronting any serious political–economic questions.”


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Deadline June 1, 2015. First prize $200. Second prize $100. Third prize $75. We are accepting mystery, suspense, or thriller stories. 2,500 word maximum length.

This grant category provides funding for individual artists who want to take that next step in their career. Successful applicants have received grants to attend conferences, go overseas to install an art exhibition, record a music CD at a professional studio, show a film at an indie film festival, attend an artist residency program or to work with an out-of-state mentor.

Playboy College Fiction Contest – Are you a fiction writer in college? Playboy is calling for entries for their College Fiction Contest. The first-place winner receives $3,000 and publication.


pascal maramis - flickr
pascal maramis – flickr


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5.22.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day


"6sided dice" by Diacritica
“6sided dice” by Diacritica

Both frightening and astonishing, the realization that randomness truly rules everything, can either—for a spirit that lets intimidation or fear predominate—lead to the sort of insistent blind-faith that inherently stultifies growth and possibility but at least promises an admittedly undeliverable but nonetheless ‘secure’ certainty of something, or—for the incarnation that permits fun and frolic and amazement to remain uppermost—elicit the sort of inquisitive nature from which can result all the ‘Eureka!’ moments than humankind has produced and an infinitely greater number of such miracles, even those that might deliver mastery and destiny and, as much as it is physically possible, an actual eternity of grace for the human line. 

Quote of the Day
“I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.”  Langston Hughes: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Langston_Hughes.
This Day in History

480px-The_Earth_seen_from_Apollo_17Today is International Biodiversity Day; in what is now Western Turkey,two thousand three hundred forty-nine years ago, Macedonian fighters under the leadership of Alexander crushed the forces of a third Darius of Persia at the Battle of Granicus; eleven hundred sixty-two years prior to the present pass, Byzantine naval forces attacked and plundered Damietta, a port at the mouth of the Nile that Byzantium’s rulers had long wish to conquer and control; six hundred thirty-eight years ahead of today’s beginning, an eleventh Pope Gregory issued five pronouncements that denounced the work and ideas of the English Catholic reformer, and predecessor to a Protestant movement, John Wycliffe; two hundred thirty-two years in advance of this moment in time, a baby boy was born who grew up to become the engineer, thinker, and inventor William Sturgeon, who patented an electromagnet and electric motor in England; two centuries and eight years in before the here-and-now, a grand jury agreed to indict the former Vice President, Aaron Burr, for treason; a dozen years hence, in 1819, the first steamship to traverse the Atlantic, S.S. Savannah, left Savannah, Georgia, bound for London; seven years thereafter, in 1826, the iconic H.M.S. Beagle first set sail on an imperial surveying mission to South America, without Charles Darwin yet among the passengers and crew; one hundred seventy-one years back, the upper-class couple Robert and Katherine Cassatt brought a daughter into the world who grew up as the artist and expatriate, Mary Cassatt; four years340px-Mary_Cassatt_-_Portrait_of_the_Artist_-_MMA_1975.319.1 henceforth, in 1848, the Caribbean island nation of Martinique eliminated slavery from its shores; eight years after that juncture, in 1856, in another incident of slavery’s tumult, South Carolina’s Congressman Brooks severely beat and permanently disabled Massachusetts’ Senator Sumner because of the latter’s opposition to chattel bondage in Kansas; in another marker on the same journey,sixteen years beyond that point in time, in 1872, President and former Union General U.S. Grant signed an amnesty for former Confederate rebels that restored full civil rights to all but around 500 previous insurgents; thirteen decades prior to our day, iconic storyteller and moral philosopher Victor Hugo breathed his last; a hundred nine years before this instant, the Wright Brothers received a patent for their “flying machine;” eight years further along time’s arc, in 1914, a baby boy was born who would mature as the journalist and annalist of contemporary life, Vance Packard; eighty-eight years ago, a male infant uttered his first cry en route to a life as writer and thinker and Paris Review cofounder, Peter Matthiesson; nine years more proximate to the present, in 1936,another male child came along who would grow up as the inspirational thinker and writer, M. Scott Peck; six years later, in 1942, the Congress of Industrial Organizations’ Steelworkers Organizing Committee began to call itself the United Steelworkers of America; three years to the day subsequently, in 1945, in the rubble of war’s end in Europe, U.S. Army Intelligence officers began to suggest actions that took shape as Operation Paperclip, the smuggling of Nazi intellectuals, especially rocket scientists, to the West; seven hundred and thirty days nearer to

Harry Truman at Desk Announcing End of WWII By Abbie Rowe, 1905-1967, Photographer
Harry Truman at Desk Announcing End of WWII By Abbie Rowe, 1905-1967, Photographer

now, in 1947, Harry Truman signed legislation that acted as the inception of the so-called Truman Doctrine during the Cold War, of throwing money at nations where a ‘threat of communist insurrection’ loomed large, in this first case the provision of $400 million in loans and credits to Turkey and Greece; eleven years beyond that conjunction, around the globe in 1958, island wide riots in Sri Lanka foretold the ethnic and political battles that would mark the soon-to-be new nation; six years hence, in 1964, back in the District of Columbia, Lyndon Johnson delivered his ‘Great Society’ address, in which he promised a war on poverty and other measures to relieve social distress and increase social equality; three years closer to today, in 1967, the great poet Langston Hughes heaved a final sigh; a quarter century back, North and South Yemen joined their fates to form the Republic of Yemen; a dozen years henceforth, in 2002, seven thousand miles West in North America, an Alabama jury convicted Ku Klux Klansman Robert Cherry of murder in the bombing deaths of four young girls in the 1963 at Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church. From Wikipedia Day in History

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http://www.alternet.org      A simple and effective assessment by Noam Chomsky of a series of recent ‘paper-of-record’ reports in the New York Times, each of which is seriously deficient as journalism, reportage, history, and investigation, yet all of which bear the imprimatur of standard-operating-procedure and imperial doublespeak propaganda, as in the case of an article on bombs that remain unexploded in Laos: “Let us now see how these revelations are transmuted into New York Times Newspeak: “’he targets were North Vietnamese troops — especially along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, a large part of which passed through Laos — as well as North Vietnam’s Laotian Communist allies.’
Compare the words of the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission, and the heart-rending drawings and testimony in Fred Branfman’s cited collection.
True, the reporter has a source: U.S. propaganda.  That surely suffices to overwhelm mere fact about one of the major crimes of the post-World War II era, as detailed in the very source he cites: Fred Branfman’s crucial revelations.
We can be confident that this colossal lie in the service of the state will not merit lengthy exposure and denunciation of disgraceful misdeeds of the Free Press, such as plagiarism and lack of skepticism(that recent miscues by Rolling Stone did in the Times).”

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$15 ENTRY FEE. ($10 BEFORE MAY 15)
Deadline June 15, 2015. Winners published in: Pulp Literature Issue 9, Winter 2016. First Prize: $300. Runner up: $75. Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature. This contest is for previously unpublished short fiction up to 1,000 words in length. Multiple entries welcome. Total entries limited to 300.

This two-year post-graduate residential fellowship at Kenyon College offers qualified individuals time to develop as writers, teachers, and editors. Fellows will receive a $33,150 stipend, plus health benefits. Fellows are expected to undertake a significant writing project and attend regular individual meetings with faculty mentors as well as teach one semester-long class per year in the English Department of Kenyon College, contingent upon departmental needs. Also, assist with creative and editorial projects for The Kenyon Review and participate in The Kenyon Review Summer Programs. Deadline September 15, 2015.

The Southampton Review  is calling for comedic essays for their Roger Rosenblatt Comic Essay Contest. Patricia Marx, staff writer for The New Yorker, is the judge.


Six Hens magazine Seeks True Stories for Debut Issue  

Six Hens, a new publication debuting June 2015, will feature true stories by women about the moments that define and redefine. Writers bring us to the places and events that changed what they believe in, changed how they see their place in the world, and changed them. Through their narration, they change us. – See more at: http://writingcareer.com/post/115858917376/six-hens-magazine-seeks-true-stories-for-debut#sthash.Gnu0P1VE.dpuf

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Writer’s Digest’s Short Short Story Competition
has been running for 15 years. The competition is for stories up to 1500 words in length. The winner receives US$3000, publication in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City. There are also many runner-up prizes. Entries are expected to open in November.

Danahy Fiction Prize
is an annual award with a prize of US$1000 and publication in Tampa Review. Judging is by the editors of TR, and all entries will be considered for publication. They generally prefer manuscripts between 500 and 5000 words but stories falling slightly outside this range will also be considered. Entries close in November.

pascal maramis - flickr
pascal maramis – flickr


Philadelphia PA – The Taylor & Francis Philadelphia journals production department is seeking a production editor to work on a diverse list of academic journals. 

The ideal candidate should have a minimum of 1-2 years of experience producing academic and/or technical material from manuscripts to finished product. The position requires overseeing production of multiple articles and journal issues, including extensive interaction with our authors and outside editors.

Parade Magazine TN – Athlon Media Group seeks an Associate Editor for a full-time staff position at Parade, a weekly magazine with a readership of 54.1 million that is distributed in more than 700 of the country’s newspapers, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times and The Washington Post.

Copywriter (United States)

compensation: Commensurate with experience

contract job  *Contract Role*

Position SummaryThe Copywriter will have extensive experience delivering copy that accurately portrays a brand’s image while motivating a target audience to take action. The Copywriter will work with the creative team to develop content that meets brand and marketing objectives for a combination of print and digital campaigns.


Cover Letter editing/writing services offered (Rhode Island, South Eastern Connecticut)

compensation: $30/hr for a minimum of two hours work (base rate $60)

contract job part-time
non-profit organization telecommuting okay

I have extensive writing and editing experience for various newspapers, magazines, and news outlets along with three years experience working for the University of Rhode Island Career Services.Cover letters are probably the hardest part of the job search but I have a lot of experience writing and editing cover letters for various clients. With extensive experience with vocabulary, punctuation, and sentence structure, I can help your cover letter bring out the best in your employment, education, and life experiences that a particular job description is looking for.

Technical Writer (Disaster Recovery/Crisis Response) (Corning, NY)

compensation: BOE (6 mo. contract)

Manufacturing organization seeks Technical Writer with experience in crisis response, business continuity and disaster recovery communications.Will be responsible to create, develop, plan, write, and edit operational, instructional, maintenance or test procedures for paper, multimedia or web-based publication.Will conduct interviews with various users and technical staff to gather data for documentation.Will research and translate technical information into manuals and/or web-based documents for nontechnical users.Will be responsible for requesting existing documents and evaluating the quality, content in which guidance will be provided on this assessment.

Example: Determining a disaster evacuation plan and whether this plan is suitable for company security requirements.


Sister Megan Rice. (miketreen / CC BY-NC 2.0)

Nuke Protesters Released

A Truth Dig brief that talks about the surprising release of a nun put away for the simple act of protesting nukes, a situation that offers a glimpse into the complex legalities of protest and citizen engagement: “Sister Megan Rice and two Christian pacifists have spent the past few years of their lives in a federal prison for peacefully demonstrating at Tennesee’s Y-12 National Security Complex in 2012. And as The New Yorker puts it, “the legal decisions that freed them [on May 16] were as unprecedented and surprising as the break-in that put them behind bars.”

A New Origin Story

An Edge article that discusses ideas of cohesive cultural and spiritual meaning that can be derived from a properly nuanced ‘origin story’, one to update the antiquated ones provided by the culture:  “In modern science, and I include the humanities here, science in a German sense of science—rigorous scholarship across all domains—in modern science we’ve gotten used to the idea that science doesn’t offer meaning in the way that institutional religions did in the past. I’m increasingly thinking that this idea that modernity puts us in a world without meaning—philosophers have banged on about this for a century-and-a-half—may be completely wrong. We may be living in an intellectual building site, where a new story is being constructed. It’s vastly more powerful than the previous stories because it’s the first one that is global. It’s not anchored in a particular culture or a particular society. This is an origin story that works for humans in Beijing as well as in Buenos Aires. “

NYTMedia and Propaganda

An Alter Net posting that discusses the views of a prominent thinker and which everyone with an interest in understanding what media truly is saying to you ought to read: “True, the reporter has a source: U.S. propaganda. That surely suffices to overwhelm mere fact about one of the major crimes of the post-World War II era, as detailed in the very source he cites: Fred Branfman’s crucial revelations.

We can be confident that this colossal lie in the service of the state will not merit lengthy exposure and denunciation of disgraceful misdeeds of the Free Press, such as plagiarism and lack of skepticism.”

Commitment to Affordable Education

An Al Jazeera America article that discusses a presidential hopeful’s committment to affordable education: “Sen. Bernie Sanders’ plan for making public college tuition more affordable is relatively straightforward: He wants the government to pay for it. All of it.

On Tuesday, the Democratic presidential candidate and independent senator from Vermont introduced legislation intended to eliminate tuition fees for undergraduates at all public colleges and universities. Annual tuition costs at those institutions add up to roughly $70 billion, according to a fact sheet from Sanders’ office. The proposed legislation would require the federal government to compensate for two-thirds of that sum, with the states making up the additional third.”

Graduate students march in New York City. Apparently the New York Times has never heard of them. (GEO-UAW)

Representing Student Workers

An In These Times posting that discusses the representation hopes for important university workers, and mentions the shoddy job media outlets have done in making sure that their voices are represented: “Given the rich history of student-worker organizing—in and around the New York metropolitan area and around the country, in addition to the highly-publicized, vibrant organizing of private-sector universities challenging the 2004 NLRB decision that has been ongoing in the region for the last two years—we find it disturbing and frustrating that the New York Times failed to interview a single graduate student-worker for its recent op-ed series “Room for Debate” on the graduate and contingent labor movement.”


Welcoming Community to Help Finance Paper

A Nieman Lab article that introduces readers to a clever program that manages to help finance a local paper while integrating the community: “Media companies around the world are busy developing event strategies on all levels, and while Arizona Storytellers has helped the Republic create new lines of revenue, it has also created stronger ties to the community. The program has not only put the paper in front of new audiences, but created new relationships with businesses, the local NPR affiliate, and the local community college.

“Storytellers opened our eyes to the bigger opportunities and broader opportunities to build those personal, face-to-face connections with both our existing audience and exposing us to new audiences,” said Randy Lovely, senior vice president for news and audience development at the Republic.”

Desk - Bright Meadow Flickr
Desk – Bright Meadow Flickr

Writing Lessons Via Tweets

A Mashable mashup of witty, timely, but always brief advice on how to hone one’s craft: “Inspired by the #TwitterFiction Festival, a celebration of digital storytelling for amateur and experienced writers, we’ve thought about new ways to start writing. So our social book club MashableReads asked for your best advice for new writers.

Check out some of our favorite tips below.”


Taking Pulse of Local Journalism

A Weekly Wonk posting that introduces readers to a university program that seeks to study how to maintain local media, due to its importance to the health of civic society: “Studying a community’s news as an ecosystem incorporates and recognizes some of the changes to journalism in the digital age, including producers of relevant information beyond traditional news outlets. Our ecosystem model also includes digital-native news producers and the social media platforms by which local news and information are increasingly disseminated—with the ultimate goal of better understanding the content they produce and the interconnections that exist between them.”

Angelica Choc discusses her lawsuit with Truthout. (Photo: Jeff Abbott)

Lawsuit Seeking Redress for Corporate Murder

A Truth Out article that discusses the valiant acts of an indigenous woman who will not take the abuse suffered both personally and to her community sitting down: “In 2010, Choc and her supporters filed a lawsuit in Canadian courts against Hudbay and two of the firm’s subsidiaries, HMI Nickel and CGN, for the wrongful death of her husband at the site of their Fenix mining project near La Union, in the municipality of El Estor. The lawsuit claims that Hudbay acted with negligence in its operations in Guatemala, and failed to provide protocols for its security forces, which were already known for excessive use of force. Hudbay and other mining firms utilize private security guards to protect the properties of the mine, but all too often these forces in Guatemala have taken on a paramilitary like structure due to the presence of former soldiers employed as security guards. Choc’s suit seeks $2 million in damages and $1 million in punitive damages.”


Speculation About the Future

A fascinating Aeon piece that discusses the at times outlandish but always fascinating views that people can have about future technology: “The stories we tell ourselves about technology – typically, optimistic ones from would-be innovators, pessimistic ones from their critics – are usually too simple. Making them more complex can support a richer discussion about where a technology might be going, and the kind of futures it could open up. That calls for a kind of realism in the depiction of technical possibilities that is inspiring a new cadre of practitioners of design fiction, or critical design. In the cookbook, for example, that realism comes from using a familiar recipe format to take the reader into unfamiliar worlds. The future facts are imagined, but not fanciful in the context of current research. They might never happen, but they could.”

5.21.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

BooLake natureWith luck, the cosmic kiss that lights a life simultaneously ignites a soulful flame that cooks up the joyous struggle for meaning and purpose that an individual existence can seek to discover. 

Quote of the Day
“These young people accomplish little toward the solution of this social problem, and bear the brunt of being cultivated into unnourished, oversensitive lives.  They have been shut off from the common labor by which they live which is a great source of moral and physical health.  They feel a fatal want of harmony between their theory and their lives, a lack of coördination between thought and action.  I think it is hard for us to realize how seriously many of them are taking to the notion of human brotherhood, how eagerly they long to give tangible expression to the democratic ideal.  

         These young men and women, longing to socialize their democracy, are animated by certain hopes which may be thus loosely formulated; that if in a democratic country nothing can be permanently achieved save through the masses of the people, it will be impossible to establish a higher political life than the people themselves crave; that it is difficult to see how the notion of a higher civic life can be fostered save through common intercourse; that the blessings which we associate with a life of refinement and cultivation can be made universal and must be made universal if they are to be permanent; that the good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”  Jane Addams
This Day in History

panel meeting dialog sessionToday is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialog and Development; just hundreds of miles from Rome, eleven hundred thirty-seven years ago, Muslim invaders moved a step closer to conquering Sicily as an emirate with the capture of the city of Syracuse on the island; just a year further on, in 879, an eighth early Pope John issued a recognition that continues to act as a ‘blessing’ for assertions of Croatian nationhood; four hundred seventy years further on to the day, in 1349, Serbian leader Dusan, the Mighty, issued a codification that still serves to support Serbian statehood;fifty-four years later, in 1403, a third Castilian King Henry broached the potential for Castile and Timur to align against the Ottoman Empire; sixty-eight years closer to today, in 1471, a baby boy came along who grew up as acclaimed artist, thinker, and math innovator, Albrecht Dürer; three hundred and twenty-seven

Albrecht Durer Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Albrecht Durer Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

years ahead of this moment in time, a male infant uttered his first cry on his way to a life as renowned poet and narrator, Alexander Pope; two hundred ninety years before the here-and-now, Catherine the Great ordered the institution of an Order of St. Alexander Nevsky, soon enough overturned till the Soviet Union reestablished it in 1942, in the midst of its fight for survival against the Nazis; one hundred sixty-four years prior to the present pass, Colombia altogether abolished slavery; half a decade hence, in 1856, pro-slavery vigilantes eight-hundred or so miles North in the U.S. captured and burned and plundered Lawrence, Kansas; seven years henceforth, in 1863, the Seventh Day Adventist Church formed in Battle Creek, Michigan;  three hundred sixty-six days afterward, in 1864, Russia ended its Circassian War with the expulsion of many of the residents there, resulting in an ongoing Day of Mourning; seven years exactly beyond that juncture, in 1871, the French Army and National Guard began their operations against Communards in Paris, which resulted in 20,000 or more fatalities and roughly twice that many captives over the next week or so; eight years subsequently, in 1879, Chilean ships began the decisive battle of Iquique in its successful bid to strip Peru of access to the sea in the War of the Pacific; two years further along time’s path, in 1881, Clara Barton led the founding of the Redcross red crossAmerican Red Cross; one hundred eleven years back, a baby male shouted out en route to his life as the popular musical performer and innovator, Fats Waller; seven years after that juncture, in 1911, Porfirio Diaz consolidated control of the ‘Mexican Revolution’ with his signature on the treaty of Ciudad Juarez; five years further down the road, in 1916, a male child entered our midst who would mature as the master of the potboiler, Harold Robbins; eighty years before today’s dawn, the founder of Hull House and passionate advocate of reform and ‘middle-class’ values, Jane Addams, took her final bow before her exit; two years later, in 1937, as the Solstice approached the North Pole, Soviet Union established a research station on the Arctic Ocean pack ice; not quite a decade later, in 1946, a Los Alamos nuclear weapons core experiment went ‘critically’ awry, lethally irradiating one scientist after he heroically reaches in and stops a super-critical explosion; a half decade thereafter precisely, in 1951, a baby boy took his first breath on his way to the days and times of the entertainer, writer, and politician, Al Franken; another

"Selma to Montgomery Marches" by Peter Pettus - Library of Congress.
“Selma to Montgomery Marches” by Peter Pettus – Library of Congress.

decade on time’s arc, in 1961, Alabama’s leaders declared Martial Law because of Civil Rights protests; just eleven more years down the pike, in 1972, a baby boy was born whose brief life as the Notorious B.I.G. rocked the rap world; twenty four years back, a female suicide bomber killed herself, Prime Minister Rajiv Ghandi and others in an Indian terrorist incident; three years hence, in 1994, the two parts of Yemen nearlly sundered from each other in a precursor of future troubles; four years later still, in 1998,  vicious fascist acid attacks occurred at five Miami abortion clinics; three years further on, in 2001, France recognized the slave trade as a crime against humanity; five years subsequently, in 2006, dancer and scholar Katherine Dunham died; half a decade before this moment in time, Japan’s aerospace agency deployed a solar sail in space in preparation for its sun powered flyby of Venus later in the year; two years hence, in 2012, the hundred and nine year old preacher and survivor of the Tulsa Race Riots breathed his last. From This Day in History 

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http://chieforganizer.org          From the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now’s Chief Organizer’s Blog, a bracing and reality-based analysis of the upper-class and divide-and-conquer agenda of Narendra Modi, whose insistence of a Uranium economy and a thorough-going oppression of the poor are symptomatic of a program antithetical to the poor and working class that extends to every aspect of Indian society: “The message being sent by the attack on NGOs from the Modi government is essentially, shut up or starve.  The clear objective of the government is to silence opposition to development and business wherever possible.  The exceptional inclusion of action against the Ford Foundation is a signal in Shetty’s view to one and all that the government will only approve grants that are pristinely free of anything remotely like advocacy.  Toe the government line or else!

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The pre-application questionnaire is due three months in advance for residencies starting October 15, 2015 through May 2016. The full application is due one month thereafter. Documentarians, journalists and nonfiction writers working at the professional level in their fields are eligible to apply once each calendar year. Particular areas of emphasis relate to the most pressing issues of our day, including, but not limited to: war and conflict; social justice and human rights; science, health, agriculture, environment and technology; biographies, histories and government; education; journalism and the media; and, economics and business. The minimum stay is two weeks; the maximum stay is three months.

Deadline June 1, 2015. Created by the Missouri Humanities Council, the Warrior Arts Alliance, and Southeast Missouri State University Press, this series of anthologies preserves and shares military service perspectives of our soldiers and veterans of all conflicts and of their families. It is not only an outlet for artistic expression but also a document of the unique aspects of wartime in our nation’s history. Pays prize of $250 and publication for each of five categories: short fiction, poetry, interview with a warrior, essay, and photography.

Litquake , San Francisco’s Literary Festival, is calling for authors and literary organizations to apply to participate in their main festival and Lit Crawl in October.


Power for Living, a weekly take-home Church paper for Christian adults, is open for submissions of feature articles and poetry. The publication contains uplifting articles and stories about widely-recognized and ordinary Christians whose experiences attest to following Christ and reveal the power of Christ in their lives. – See more at: http://writingcareer.com/post/119535055856/power-for-living-accepting-prose-and-poetry-pays#sthash.qFUhPK8N.dpuf

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Qu, a contemporary literary journal which recently published its second issue, is currently open for submissions of prose and poetry for future issues. The journal, edited and published by faculty and students of the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte, is reviewing fiction, essays, script excerpts, and poetry until Monday, August 31st. – See more at: http://writingcareer.com/post/119533159681/qu-literary-journal-opens-for-prose-and-poetry#sthash.Lp0ECnN1.dpuf

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pascal maramis – flickr


Three Ships, a growing digital marketing agency in Raleigh, NC, is seeking an SEO Copywriter to join our team.  We are an analytics-focused, innovation-driven organization creating opportunities for clients and our team on the leading edge of Digital Marketing.


Contract Writer/Editor, June- September

at Birchbox  We are looking for a freelance beauty writer/editor to support our women’s content team three days a week while our senior editor is on maternity leave. In this role, you will be responsible for writing stories about beauty products, trends and tutorials, editing stories, generating ideas for our content lineup and helping conceptualize creative for those stories. We pride ourselves on producing dynamic, engaging content on our site and across social channels, and want someone with beauty know-how who is excited to contribute to it, and will bring fresh ideas to the team. Please note: There is flexibility with working from the office or at home.


Desk - Bright Meadow Flickr
Desk – Bright Meadow Flickr

Freelance Publicist = R C Holdings Seeking an energetic, results oriented individual that can get stories fast!
Immediate need for a pr professional with strong contacts for women in business / women entrepreneur stories. This is an independent contractor position. Please send in your hourly rate and why you feel you are right for the position. We are looking for someone – if given a good story – can get real results, fast!

About the Company
Over the past 28 years, Victory Healthcare Communications has established the reputation for providing the right creative approach to develop successful strategies in healthcare marketing. Today, we are positioned at the center of an evolving healthcare landscape. Through innovative strategies and creative tactics, Victory has become a leading voice in the discussion of healthcare reform and the developing role of managed care. Our expertise in the field transforms everyday conversations into informed discussions about the challenges faced by providers and patients in this changing healthcare environment

Freelance Blog Writer (San Diego)

compensation: Payment per piece / invoiced monthly

contract job

We are looking for an experienced creative freelance writer for our storage industry blog. We require a minimum of two blog pieces per month, and a maximum of four per month (in order to establish a backlog of material for future publication.) Must conduct research topics and provide high caliber, fun and engaging original content. 

Freelance Curriculum Writer for Online Tool (Midtown East)

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Curriculum Writer

Project Timeline — May — Mid Aug.Voki (voki.com) is an educational tool that allows users to create their own talking character. We are working to build a library of K-2 lesson plans inspired by common core curriculum. We are looking for tech savvy educators who can repackage the curriculum into our presentation tool called Voki Presenter. Our goal is to be able to provide teachers with turn-key lesson plans and presentations that are common core approved while still engaging and enjoyable!



Reflections on Life on the Left

A thoughtful TeleSur piece that discusses the ins and outs of living a life dedicated to fomenting solidarity and a better world: “Working on the left is an interesting experience. As with any group, community, organization or society, there are positives and negatives to constantly organizing with leftists. Over the years, I’ve noticed that people will often talk about issues in very dichotomous ways, sometimes missing important nuances and potential discussions. Here, I hope to contribute some of my reflections to the ongoing and never-ending discussions concerning organizing and political alternatives.”


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Braun HF 1

Media Propaganda Ploy Exposed

A Consortium News posting that discusses the good work  done in exposing the media tricks that mainstream outfits pull to feed the public inaccurate propaganda, and invites readers to make up their own minds regarding the facts at hand:  “The Australian news show “60 Minutes” has angrily responded to my noting discrepancies between the footage that it used to claim it found the spot in eastern Ukraine where a BUK missile launcher passed after the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shoot-down last July and the video taken that day.

Earlier in the “60 Minutes” broadcast, the show made a point of overlaying other video from last July 17 with its own footage to demonstrate that it had found the precise locations passed by a truck suspected of hauling the missile battery eastward before the shoot-down.”

Sin v. Human Values

A Counter Currents article that analyses the path between what one might consider ‘sin’ v what is in actuality the difference between a predatory and intolerant ideology v. one that embraces all humanity and hopes to improve conditions for all people: “The article in question is by an ultra-right political “journalist” Charlotte Allen and was published on May 1 on the op-ed page of The Wall Street Journal: “Modern Sin: Holding On to Your Belief.” What is the belief at issue? Socialists and other progressives don’t usually think in terms of “sin.” The term “politically incorrect” is the one that we prefer. To hold on to, and act upon, discredited beliefs such as racism, sexism, fascism, xenophobic nationalism, chauvinisms of all kinds including religious chauvinisms, and certain kinds of behaviors that are dishonest, socially destructive of people’s well being, and many more too numerous to list here are considered not to be politically correct [PC].

So the question to be addressed by the WSJ article should really be what beliefs are people holding on to, and acting upon, that are not PC and, in religious jargon, are “sins” against other human beings and hurtful to them. If your notion of the deity includes the idea that It wants you to act in a hurtful way to other human beings, attacking their rights and happiness in order to make you feel better about your own, my article will hopefully convince you that you are wrong and have a false notion of what “sin” is all about. “

Protesters at a Fight for 15 action last September. Michael Courier

Winning Strategy

A Jacobin posting that would be a useful read to anyone undertaking organizing or social justice work: “This approach is not a magic bullet for movement success. There are many components to a successful organizing strategy, and external conditions also matter. Corporate responses to activism vary by industry and by company, depending on the targets’ links to other companies, among other factors. Progressive movements must take these into account in crafting a strategy.

But the historical record is replete with examples that show the effectiveness of targeting the institutions (usually, but not always, corporations) that backstop the political resistance to progressive policies.”

Empire Trap Analysed

A review of a book that many who are interested in empire and current events might be interested in reading: “Maurer’s wonderful book is a story about this tension. It is not about Greece and the Troika; rather it is a historical treatment of how US governments from the 19th century up to the current day have dealt with foreign governments that welshed on deals with US citizens who have invested abroad. A popular narrative, particularly within the US, is that it has through history, despite its great power over the last century, been averse to being a colonial power in the fashion of the great European powers such as Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and so on. The uplifting official story was that Americans, having suffered under the yoke of the colonial powers themselves, have never wanted to exploit others in the same fashion that was done to them.”



"SIG Pro by Augustas Didzgalvis"
“SIG Pro by Augustas Didzgalvis”

Brazilian Blogger Brutalized

A Committee to Protect Journalists posting that describes the brutal end of a Brazilian blogger, whose chosen subject matter hits on plenty of official as well as hidden motives for wanting him dispatched: “Metzker, 67, wrote a blog called Coruja Do Vale, which focused on general political news and official wrongdoing in the impoverished north and eastern parts of Minas Gerais, one of Brazil’s biggest states. The blog reported news such as arrests made at police roadblocks, parking violations by local authorities, and community interest stories, according to CPJ’s review of its content.”

Lukewarm Reception of New Work

A Guardian review of recent work by a prominent screenwriter that indicates a less than satisfactory result from a writer who has often been accused of not being in tune with his characters, especially women: “LaBute has his strengths — realistic-sounding dialogue, provocative situations, a way of saying things out loud that most of us keep to ourselves. But he has his weaknesses, too, chiefly an unbreakable habit of writing about characters who are less intelligent and wildly less eloquent than he is — The Way We Get By being a case in point.”



By 2bgr8 via Wikimedia Commons
By 2bgr8 via Wikimedia Commons

Politics and Corporations Meet

A Pro Publica that discusses recent events pointing to ongoing corporate corruption and intervention in local politics: “Emails stolen by hackers from Sony Pictures Entertainment have been fodder for a steady stream of gossipy Hollywood scoops. But the trove also contains a hidden and more consequential story about how corporations can try to influence local politics and advance their executives’ pet projects.

Messages reviewed by ProPublica and The Los Angeles Times show that the top executive at the entertainment company, who also sits on the board of trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, last year directed a $25,000 Sony contribution to a state super PAC. The politician who founded the PAC later cast a crucial vote backing millions of dollars in public funding for the museum’s expansion.”

Greenpeace activist Brikesh Singh holds a month-long tree-house sit-in in Maharashtra state, India to protest coal mining. Government officials have frozen seven of Greenpeace India’s bank accounts as part of the government’s campaign to silence NGOs that threaten the nation’s fossil fuel and economic development. Credit: Sunny L/Greenpeace

Green Activists Crackdown 

An Inside Climate News posting that analyses the troubles that folks who care about the environment face in India, in a context of seeking economic growth: “The actions come just seven months ahead of international climate treaty talks in Paris in December, and are inspired by fear that foreign interests are trying to curb the nation’s economic growth. India is the world’s third largest emitter of carbon dioxide, behind China and the United States, and home to millions of the world’s people most vulnerable to global warming impacts such as flooding, extreme heat and sea level rise. As a result, India will play a crucial role in the negotiations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed in recent international speeches that his nation must take a leadership role in the “pressing global problem” of climate change.”


Policing Police Efforts Limited

A Crime Report article that studies not-entirely-successful efforts to curb police misconduct in various communities, and discusses some reasons why these efforts seldom meet with success: “While statistics on police misconduct are notoriously hard to pin down, the available data suggests federal efforts to make police more responsive to community interests have had only limited impact on the street. And they’ve done nothing to increase the average American’s trust in police – which, according to a Gallup poll, was at the same level last year even before Ferguson that it was the year COPS was launched.

Despite measurable reductions in violent crime, citizen complaints of police misconduct rose by double digits between 2002 and 2006, according to data gathered by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), and more of these complaints were substantiated than in previous years. Over the same period COPS hiring grants put thousands of new officers on the street.”

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