6.22.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

 

Caspar David Friedrich - Wanderer above the sea of fog
Caspar David Friedrich – Wanderer above the sea of fog

How one can transform impossibility, when in fact it is necessity itself, into the likeliest possibility imaginable is, on the one hand, no easier that imagining how to change the course of a moving train while one is riding in it toward an approaching precipice, and, on the other hand as simple as foretelling the birth of some magical child from the loins of two strangers who have the temerity, despite all evidence to the contrary, to love each other in such beneficence and hope that they know that an infant of destiny will spring forth from their conjunction.

Quote of the Day
TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY.  Not true.  Today is another day.  We have no idea what tomorrow is going to be.  It might turn out to be another day, but we can’t be sure.  If it happens, I’ll be the first to say so.  But, you know what?  By that time, it’ll be today again. …(In a similar way of thinking), (r)eligion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day.  And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do.  And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time!
But He loves you.  He loves you, and He needs money!  He always needs money!  He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money!”  George Carlin
This Day in History
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Jonathan Davis Follow
“It will never end” – Anti-Fascist stencil, Belgrade

Today in El Salvador is Teacher Day, and in Croatia, Anti-Fascist Resistance Day; in a battle, in some ways redolent of contemporary struggle, to determine control of what is now Gaza and parts of Palestine, two thousand two hundred thirty-two years ago, a fourth Egyptian Ptolemy led forces that routed Greek fighters under the aegis of a third, so-called ‘Great,’ Antiochus; not quite half a century afterward, in 168 BCE, Roman troops won the day over the armies of Macedonian King Perseus at the battle of Pydna, thereby at once ending the Third Macedonian War and extending Roman hegemony into the Southern Balkans;half a decade less than seventeen centuries subsequently, in 1527 CE, a Romance-language remnant of Roman imperial imprimatur, Portugal, faced the wrath of indogenous Indomesians, and fled what these people now celebrate as the founding of Jakarta; five years shy of a single century after that point, in 1622,slightly further East and North in Asia, Portugal and Holland battled over control of Macau, the result of which was an extension of Portuguese colonial hegemony; eleven years later, in 1633, Galileo Galilei preferred to keep his head and therefore recanted his accurate representation of the sun’s central place in the solar system, and instead affirmed the erroneous Christian dogma that the earth was at the center of the solar system; a hundred and ninety years prior to the present pass, Britain’s Parliament passed legislation that abolished all feudal relationships in British North America; fourteen years hence, in 1839,  angry Cherokee clan members assassinated three of their erstwhile leaders who had signed the New Echota Treaty, which 395px-AmCyc_Cherokees_-_a_Cherokeejustified the infamous Trail of Tears dislocation; one hundred forty five years before the here and now, in an ironic twist on the travesties of decency and responsibility that took place during Reconstruction, Congress created the Department of Justice; a hundred twenty-eight years ahead of today’s light, an old English aristocratic family ushered in a boy baby who would grow up as the biological thinker and sire of literary genius, Julian Huxley; eleven years after that conjunction, in 1898, American imperial muscle flexed in the initiation of the invasion of Cuba, not to liberate the people there but to change their masters, and across the Atlantic a baby boy was born who went on to write of the horrific carnage of war as Erich Maria Remarque; two dozen years later, in 1922, in the united States homeland an attempt to oppress striking miners with impunity in Illinois ended in carnage, with the death of nineteen strikebreakers and three union miners at the Herrin mine near Carbondale; fourteen years after, in 1936, a male infant uttered his first cry en route to crooning and scribbling success as the songwriter and performer, Kris Kristofferson; three quarters of a century back, France kowtowed to fascist rule with an armistice that established ‘Vichy’ rule in parts of the Southeast; one short year later exactly, in 1941, Germany revealed a fundamental purpose of the Nazi experiment with the invasion of Soviet Russia in Operation_Barbarossa_6_lines_of_attack_Why_We_Fight_no._5Operation Barbarossa;another three hundred sixty five days down the pike, in 1942, on the other side of the Atlantic, in North America, the United States bowed to proto-fascist ‘patriotism’ with the Congressional enactment of a requisite Pledge of Allegianceseven hundred thirty-one days beyond that point in time, in 1944, President Roosevelt ushered in the modern intersection between ‘veterans’ and education with his signing of the so-called G.I. Bill, a ‘readjustment act’ the radical intent of which Congress gutted assiduously; two more years subsequently, in 1946, a Cuban male infant entered our midst whose destiny was to write and sing and produce music as Eliades Ochoa; exactly a year henceforth, a baby girl gulped a first breath who would eventually make a mark as the prolific writer of science fiction and consciousness, Octavia Butler; sixty-two years back, the baby girl was born who would mature as the radical rocker, Cyndi Lauper; seven years further along, in 1960, the female infant came into the world who grew up as environmental and radical lawyer, Erin Brockovich; nine years thereafter, in 1969,half a continent away in Cleveland, the Cuyahoga River caught fire, and the Clean Water Act and the Environmental Protection Agency were partial results of this grim parody of nature’s wonders; twenty-one years even closer to today, in 1990, the closing of Checkpoint Charlie signaled the tearing down of the ‘Iron Curtain’ between the former East Germany and its Marshall Funded Western counterpart; six years ago, iconic critic and gut-wrenchingly hilarious thinker George Carlin took his final breath. From WIkipedia Day in History

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A BALLISTIC BULLSHIT CORPORATE ‘FAST TRACK’ TO DOOM\

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From the genius people’s banker at the Web of Debt Blog, via Global Research, another likely futile plea for sanity and even a modicum of decency and democracy in relation to the corporate coup d’ etat that is now all but a foregone conclusion in relation to new trade treaties, if not this go-round then soon enough in predatory finance capital’s relentless acquisition to own everything in existence for all of eternity despite the fact that even that will not be nearly enough: “Fast-track authority is being sought in the Senate this week for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), along with the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) and any other such trade agreements coming down the pike in the next six years.  The terms of the TPP and the TiSA are so secret that drafts of the negotiations are to remain classified for four years or five years, respectively, after the deals have been passed into law.  How can laws be enforced against people and governments who are not allowed to know what was negotiated?

The TPP, TiSA and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (or TTIP, which covers Europe) will collectively encompass three-fourths of the world’s GDP; and they ultimately seek to encompass nearly 90 percent of GDP.  Despite this enormous global impact, fast-track authority would allow the President to sign the deals before their terms have been made public, and send implementing legislation to Congress that cannot be amended or filibustered and is not subject to the constitutional requirement of a two-thirds treaty vote.

While the deals are being negotiated, lawmakers can see their terms only under the strictest secrecy, and they can be subjected to criminal prosecution for revealing those terms.  What we know of them comes only through WikiLeaks.  The agreements are being treated as if they were a matter of grave national security, yet they are not about troop movements or military strategy.  Something else is obviously going on.

The bizarre, unconstitutional, blatantly illegal nature of this enforced secrecy was highlighted in a May 15th article by Jon Rappoport, titled ‘What Law Says the Text of the TPP Must Remain Secret?’  He wrote:

‘It seems like a case of mass hypnosis. . . .

Members of Congress are scuttling around like weasels, claiming they can’t disclose what’s in this far-reaching, 12-nation trade treaty.

They can go into a sealed room and read a draft, but they can’t copy pages, and they can’t tell the public what they just read.

Why not?

If there is a US law forbidding disclosure, name the law.

Can you recall anything in the Constitution that establishes secret treaties?

Is there a prior treaty that states the text of all treaties can be hidden from the people?’

To Congressmen who say they cannot reveal what is in a treaty that will adversely affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people, Rappoport says:

‘Wrong.  You’re lying.  You can reveal secret text.  In fact, it’s your duty. Otherwise, you’re guilty of cooperating in a RICO criminal conspiracy.'”

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Drop Forge & Tool’s emphasis is on collaborative process and new work development. We prioritize applications for residencies with two or more artists working together. Individual artists are also welcome to apply, although we may ask if you are willing to share the residency space with others. Residencies are available for any length of time, from just a few days to a month. The residency fee is $300 per week to cover direct costs.  That said, we have a lot of needs here at DF&T so please contact us if you do not have the funds to cover the fee. In lieu of a fee, you might teach a class, help us with our social networking and marketing materials, or help us to beautify our spaces. We are open year-round (except December), and are currently taking applications for Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Winter 2016 sessions. Location Hudson, NY,

Little Fiction|Big Truths, a publisher of fiction and nonfiction material, has issued a call for submissions to solicit stories for a forthcoming Technology anthology about our digital lives. This anthology will contain short nonfiction stories, between 1000 and 2500 words, exploring how technology has transformed and become an extension of our lives.

 

Ricepaper, a quarterly Canadian literary magazine published since 1994, has issued a special call to receive submissions for the Fall 2015 issue. The theme for this issue is “roots”–stories that explore Canada as a country with roots that cross the Pacific ocean and across Canadian provinces and territories.  

‘Deserts of Fire’ Anthology Needs Speculative Fiction Stories Skyhorse Publishing (est. 2006) is seeking submissions for an upcoming anthology titled Deserts of Fire, a speculative fiction anthology to be published under the company’s Night Shade Books imprint. The stories in Deserts of Fire will take place in or during the Iraq War … Deadline: 06/01/2015 Pay: up to $200/story 

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Progressive Publishing is seeking an experienced writer/editor to cover the U.S. beef cattle and forage production industries for its national magazines. The candidate must demonstrate proven abilities to write and comprehensively report on topics related to beef and agricultural production. We are seeking a proven communicator who can handle deadlines and multiple assignments from supervising editors, and collaborate with team members on production and content development. Experience with social media and writing content for the web is a plus. This individual would work primarily for Progressive Cattleman and Progressive Forage Grower publications in our Jerome, Idaho office. Send cover letter, resume and references to: show contact info .

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The Orwellian Future is Here

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Laura Loveday flickr

 

A Counter Punch review of Orwell’s work and that of other dystopian thinkers who might have found the current moment even more fearsome than they imagined: “In spite of his vivid imagination, “Orwell never could have imagined that the National Security Agency (NSA) would amass metadata on billions of our phone calls and 200 million of our text messages every day. Orwell could not have foreseen that our government would read the content of our emails, file transfers, and live chats from the social media we use.”[11] Edward Snowden and other critics are correct about the dangers of the state’s infringement of privacy rights, but their analysis should be taken further by linking the issue of citizen surveillance with the rise of “networked societies,” global flows of power, and the emergence of a totalitarian ethos that defies even state-based control.[12] For Orwell, domination was state imposed and bore the heavy hand of unremitting repression and a smothering language that eviscerated any appearance of dissent, erased historical memory, and turned the truth into its opposite. For Orwell, individual freedom was at risk under the heavy hand of state terrorism.”

Pope Joins Social Movements

A TeleSur brief that discusses the pontiff’s true involvement with the people, pointing to the committment expressed in his historic encyclical: “Delegations from over 34 countries have confirmed that they will join Pope Francis at the second World Meeting of Social Movements in Bolivia next month, organizers confirmed this week. Pope Francis gained popularity with social movements this week, after he released his historic encyclical in which he called for “decisive action” on climate change, stopping short of calling it a moral duty.”

"Film strip" by Bart from New Orleans, Louisiana, Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
“Film strip” by Bart from New Orleans, Louisiana,

Working Class Film

A World Socialist Web Site review of a film that seeks to address the realities of working class French, with mixed results: “The film’s concern with the conditions of the working class is a welcome change from the self-obsession of the upper middle class and trivial fodder too often offered up by the French film industry. La loi du marché has had success both at the box office and with critics—though doubtless for somewhat different reasons.Nevertheless, the film adds up to somewhat less than the sum of its parts. The situation Brizé has chosen to represent certainly contains the potential for drama. Yet the filmgoer comes away with little other than a certain elemental anger and frustration from La loi du marché. Its approach, apparently influenced by figures like Britain’s Ken Loach and the Dardenne brothers from Belgium, skates across the surface of working class life.”

Farmworkers in Baja California, Mexico earned $7 to $8 per day—not hour—before the historic strike, making it even more difficult to walk off the job and forgo what little wages they earned. (Peter Haden / Flickr)

Migrant Workers Documentary

An In These Times documentary review that discusses a film that exposes to viewers, almost for the first time, the ghastly struggles of the migrant workers who place the food we all eat on the table: ““This is a tremendously wealthy food system,” Holt-Gimenez says. “Six trillion dollars a year. It’s just very poorly distributed.” It is the nature of the food system, he says, to render workers like Ana invisible. “When you pick up an apple, you don’t see the labor in that apple . . . You walk down the grocery aisle, think about all this phantom labor embodied in all those products. We don’t see it.”

“Invisible Hands” begins to make that phantom labor visible.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Facebook Policy Blunder

A Wired piece that calls facebook to task for its overreaching new ‘security’ attempt: “I am one of many casualties of Facebook’s recently rejiggered “authentic name” policy, wherein anonymous users can report a name as fake and trigger a verification process. Part of the motivation is stopping the proliferation of celebrity imposter accounts and profiles made for pets. But it’s also allowed Facebook to shutter the accounts of real people, based on “authenticity.” What does “authentic” mean, though? It’s both confusing and contextual, because identity itself is confusing and contextual.”

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How To Succeed in Writing Without Really Trying

A tongue-in-cheek Counter Currents posting that discusses the one thing that allows a worst-person-in-the-world writer to achieve literary fame: “For Charles Bukowski, the description above not only added to his “mystique” but was virtually indistinguishable from his art. More than two decades after his death, he remains a revered and widely-read literary legend — known as much for his lifestyle choices as his poetry.

So, to those who wonder: How does one become one of those cool, edgy, infamous, underground writers like Buk?”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Novel Google Projects

A Fortune posting that discusses innovative news, media, and social engagement ventures: “The News Lab at Google, run by former YouTube executive Olivia Ma, launched three interesting projects on Thursday, all of which are focused to some extent on crowd-sourced or networked journalism. The first, known as YouTube Newswire, is a joint venture between the video platform and Storyful, the News Corp.-owned service that specializes in verifying content that comes from social media.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

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“SIG Pro by Augustas Didzgalvis”

Sociopathy Symptom of Larger Sociopolitical Pathology

An Information Clearing House article that draws an interesting parallel between the action of violent hate-crime perpetrators and the larger sociopathic murder instinct prevalent in the imperial militaristic mindset that has defined global policy for decades, if not longer: “Mass murders have increased fourteenfold in the United States since the 1960s, sociologist Peter Turchin wrote two and a half years ago, after the Sandy Hook killings. In his essay, called “Canaries in a Coal Mine,” Turchin made a disturbing comparison: Mass murderers kill the same way soldiers do, without personal hatred for their victims but to right some large social wrong. He called it the “principle of social substitutability” — substituting a particular group of people for a general wrong.

“On the battlefield,” Turchin wrote, “you are supposed to try to kill a person whom you’ve never met before. You are not trying to kill this particular person, you are shooting because he is wearing the enemy uniform. . . . Enemy soldiers are socially substitutable.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

History of Youth Organization

A Library of Congress posting that commemorates a longstanding American institution: “Based on Robert Baden-Powell’s international scouting movement, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was a remarkable institution that expanded rapidly following its introduction into America in 1910. Primary goals of the American movement were to help boys develop the skills, the knowledge, and the “character” required to better serve themselves and their country. The BSA constructed an impressive national program that answered every community’s call for service. One of the organization’s` major success stories, however, was the amazing number of fathers who volunteered to participate. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.”

 

6.19.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

vigilAs often as not, we fetishize our problems, focusing on issues and dynamics that will no more address the real dilemmas that we face than, for instance, obsessing about ‘climate’ will deal with the need to share resources and find ways to work together for mutual benefit that accompany shifting tides and rising waters, or fixating on identity will ever grapple with the inequality and inequity and iniquity that are systemically ubiquitous and therefore require other than an individualistic approach, or any of innumerable other cases of distraction and diversion and displacement that we generally permit mediated portals to proffer in the place of actual engagement and critical thinking and strategic action, which are our responsibility to develop on our own behalf unless we want to devolve in a morass of dissolution and decline that means the practical end of any truly ‘human’ project. 

Quote of the Day
“I have been in many countries and I have found there people examining their own love of life, sense of peril, their own common sense.  The one thing they cannot understand is why that same love of life, sense of peril and above all common sense, is not invariably shared among their leaders and rulers.
Then let me use what I suppose is my last minute of worldwide attention to speak not as one of a nation but as one of mankind.  I use it to reach all men and women of power.  Go back.  Step back now.  Agreement between you does not need cleverness, elaboration, manoeuvres.  It needs common sense, and above all, a daring generosity.  Give, give, give!
It would succeed because it would meet with worldwide relief, acclaim and rejoicing: and unborn generations will bless your name.”  William Golding; Nobel Acceptance Speech
This Day in History

 

Emancipation Day celebration in Richmond, Virginia in 1905
Emancipation Day celebration in Richmond, Virginia in 1905

Today is World Sickle Cell Day and, in an entirely different vein, World Sauntering Day, as well as being, in the United States, ‘Juneteenth,’ celebrating the acknowledgement of slavery’s end in Texas, in 1865; in France seven hundred forty-six years ago, a ninth King Louis ordered that any Jew who failed to wear a yellow identification badge would be liable to a ten livres fine, payable in silver; four hundred and twenty-nine years prior to today, British colonists on Roanoke Island, trying to stave off complete annihilation, left their homes for parts unknown; one hundred and ninety-four years in advance of this moment in time, Ottoman forces temporarily consolidated their control of Hungarian regions by crushing the Filiki Eteria at Drågåsani; four decades and one year subsequently, in 1862, the US. Congress officially outlawed slavery and overturned the Dred Scott decision;fourteen decades back, Herzegovinians rose up against Ottoman rule in an initial rebellion that foretold the coming of World War One; one hundred and two years before the here and now, South Africa’s White supremacist government passed legislation that laid a foundation for apartheid in the Native Land Act; one year past that juncture, in 1914, roughly seven thousand miles Northwest, a East Tennessee baby boy was born who would sing his way to legendary status as Earl Flatt;

 half a decade closer to today, in 1919, a baby girl came along who would mature as the well-known critic and media analyst, Pauline Kael; fifteen years more along time’s arc, in 1934, the U.S. Congress further consolidated monopoly media control with the faux- populist Federal Communications Act; three years later, in 1937, Peter Pan’s creator, J.M. Barrie, made a final exit; eight more years down the road, in 1945, a male child entered our midst who would become the popular short-story writer and memoirist, Tobias Wolff; two more years further on, in 1947, another baby male entered the world as a Subcontinental Muslim, whose fate was to1988_Salman_Rushdie_The_Satanic_Verses become the popular, controversial, and critical composer of fiction and prose, Salman Rushdie; sixty two years in advance of our present pass, the United States government killed Julius and Ethel Rosenberg; twelve years further on, in 1965, in additional ‘Cold War’ barbarity, the United States installed a puppet regime in Vietnam, led by general Nguyen Cao Ky; thirty seven years ago, in an embodiment of the ironic state of mind and thinking, the comic strip Garfield began publication, soon enough to become the most widely syndicated comic in history; four years henceforth, in 1982, bypassers on the Blackfriars Bridge found the body of Vatican Bank insider Roberto Calvi hanging from the end of a rope; eleven years more proximate to the present instant, in 1993, Nobel Prize winning author William Golding breathed his last; just a year shy of two decades after that conjunction, in 2012, Julian Assange sought and received asylum in London’s Ecuadorian embassy for protection from extradition for sexual assault charges that would lead to his indictment for starting WikiLeaksjust one year hence, in 2013, folk and country crooner Slim Whitman died. From Wikipedia Day in History

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FALSE BELIEFS, REAL TERROR: EASY ANSWERS, HARD CHOICES

http://thinkprogress.org/culture/2015/06/19/3671684/charleston-shooting-confederate-flag/        A current opinion essay from Think Progress as impassioned and full of personal insight about the author as it is historically and analytically incomplete and confused, in that it provides on the one hand powerful testimony to the author’s feelings at the same time that in conflates ill-defined and dubious assumptions about ‘race’ and ideology with a ‘liberal’ world view that would more than anything hope and pray that murders like those in Charleston would be easy to fix and prevent without having to deal with any deeply-rooted issues of social construction and how ruling classes rule and oppressed classes overturn that rule, a pattern of pseudo-analysis, unfortunately, that characterizes almost all of the outpouring of pain and grief that has followed in the wake of this most recent instance of socially-promulgated terror in the ‘belly of the beast’ that is contemporary capitalism at the heart of imperial United States venues, apattern that appears in assessments of political responses to this murderous outrage, in feminist paeans to Black women’s oppression, in fatuous reflections on the murderer’s equivalence to ‘White America,’ in media advisories that view this incident and its aftermath as a matter of careful ‘public relations,’ or even in much more nuanced and historically fascinating accounts that are way too brief and inconclusive, or in the untold hundreds of thousands of other links to this contemporary expression of violence and horror and predation and dissolution, some of which shows up as research about such outbreaks of mass murder generally in the U.S.:swamp-169168_640
“As journalists scrambled to unearth more information about Roof on Thursday morning, one piece of damning evidence emerged: A Facebook picture of him on top of his car bearing a license plate with different versions of the Confederate flag.  In case it wasn’t clear, the flags were surrounded by the words ‘Confederate States of America.’
…In the wake of what appears to be a racist hate crime, people are simply asking the obvious: Why does a historic emblem of racial intolerance — which was clearly a beloved symbol for this alleged murderer of African Americans — still have a prominent place in front of South Carolina’s legislative halls of power?
              …(I)f Roof’s senseless rampage tells us anything, it’s that, while the Confederate flag is certainly about heritage, it is and always has been about hate.  By being part of Roof’s constellation of negative influences, the symbol of the Confederacy — and the history behind it — is once again associated with the pointless murder of people of color.  A flag didn’t create Roof’s apparent hostility towards black people, but the state’s obsession with it fomented his hatred with misguided pride.  A flag didn’t guide his hand as he loaded his gun on Wednesday, but it gave him a banner under which to justify his actions.  And a flag didn’t force Roof to open fire on a group of unarmed African American worshippers during a church Bible study, but it was waving all the same — in license plate form — as he drove away from the slaughter.
…The Southern obsession with the Civil War shores up a society that, if not always physically segregated, is clearly ideologically so: According to a 2014 poll commissioned by The State, 61 percent of South Carolinians think the flag should continue to fly, while only 33 percent say it should be taken down.  Things get even worse when you break the results down by race: 73 percent of whites in South Carolina support flying the flag, but 61 percent of blacks say it should be removed.”
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The Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is an annual grant of $1,500 for an emerging writer of color. An unpublished writer is preferred, although publication of one work of short fiction or academic work will not disqualify an applicant. This grant is intended to support the recipient in activities related to crime fiction writing and career development. She or he may choose from activities that include workshops, seminars, conferences, and retreats; online courses; and research activities required for completion of the work.
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Editorial Position (Santa Fe, NM)

compensation: Salary and benefits

 Bella Media, publishers of Santa Fean, NOW and SuCasa Magazines seeks an editorial professional based at our Santa Fe office. 5 years minimum experience generating stories, assigning, writing, proofreading and editing in a team and deadline oriented environment. Interest and knowledge of art, home design, and residential living as it applies to Northern New Mexico region extremely helpful. Full benefits. Send resume, salary requirements and writing samples. No Phone calls.

 

Word Press Development Expert Needed (Stillwater OK)

compensation: 25/hr

We’re a boutique agency that builds top notch, state-of-the-art, gorgeous websites and then do all forms of marketing for those newly built sites (SEO, PPC, Social, Media Buying, etc…) for our clients. We’re looking for smart, fun and interesting people to come join us to help create some truly high end work and have some fun along the way. We’re growing quickly which presents some great career opportunities for you!

Work from Home Part Time Copywriter/Content/SKU Set Up Person (Denver)

Work from Home Part Time Copywriter/Content/SKU set up PersonFounded in 1985, Right Start is a leading retailer of juvenile products for infants through toddlers. We carry a carefully selected assortment of the finest-quality strollers, car seats, nursery and feeding accessories, plus a complete collection of care products and more! Parents have trusted us to offer the most innovative, high-quality, safety-tested products for their children for nearly 25 years. When visiting one of Right Start’s six stores, you will find friendly, knowledgeable sales associates eager to help you with parenting solutions and ideas. Or visit us online where you will find the best products from the brands you know and trust. For more information, visit www.rightstart.com.We’re looking for a part time SKU and content set-up person with copywriting and proofreading skills to work from home 15 to 25 hours a week.

 

Interactive Copywriter (Content, SEO, Marketing) – Freelance (Salt Lake City)

compensation: TBA

In this role you will be working in both digital copy as well as helping formalize proposals and other reports. Specifically you will be responsible for crafting website copy and app language, e-mails, press releases, digital ads, headlines and taglines, copy for marketing material, SEO-friendly website copy and more!The IDEAL candidate will have 3+ years of copywriting experience. Any SEO experience is highly desired.If you consider yourself a versatile copywriter who thinks you have what it takes to join this team, qualified candidates please apply!
ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Unionizing Airport Workers

An In These Times posting that documents successful efforts by contract airport employees to get a fair wage: “After over a year of worker strikes and solidarity from a labor and faith coalition, Philadelphia International Airport contracted workers received assurance that they can form a union without retaliation and will be paid a $12 minimum wage­­—up from rates as low as $7.25 per hour plus tips. This is a major victory for contracted workers across the country whose bosses and workplaces regularly take advantage of indirect employment arrangements to avoid responsibility for workers’ rights and conditions.”

Migrant Injustice

An offering by a photojournalist blogger who studies migration issues, and looks at not only the harsh and sad condition of immigrants, but mentions the reasons that empire creates that drive migration: “This focus on traffickers helps political leaders avoid shouldering responsibility for the conditions that drive migrants from their homes and make migration a necessity for survival. Further, demonizing traffickers has become a tool of foreign policy. The U.S. rates countries on their efforts to stop trafficking, and allies like the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and the Netherlands score at the top, despite widespread economic exploitation and attacks on immigrants. U.S. enemies, from Iran to North Korea, with relatively smaller roles in world migration, conveniently rate at the bottom.”

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Renewal in a Post Industrial Town

A Chief Organizer blog entry that looks at the many organizations and initiatives seeking to breathe new life into one of the most important post industrial towns in the Northeast: “Compared to Youngstown, Detroit, and some other Midwestern US cities, Pittsburgh has a “good press” arguing that they are making the transition from heavy industry and its poisonous smokestacks to something like the clean jobs of big healthcare and high tech. The city has shrunk though the metropolitan area is large. Abandonment is everywhere, just hidden better behind dense trees and hillsides. 

Commemorating Victims of Hate Crime

A Good posting that lends to readers a brief look into the lives of those who tragically died in yet another recent bigoted hate crime: “Nine people died last night when Dylann Storm Roof, a 21-year-old white male, opened fire on their bodies at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in South Carolina. Here are their names:”

solidaritySocialism in the Future

A Monthly Review announcement of a recent conference that seeks to map out the future of the entire political structure of the coming decades: “Among the many panels and plenaries at the Conference of the Society for Socialist Studies, which met in Ottawa June 2-5, was a Book Launch for Marta Harnecker’s latest English-language book, A World to Build: New Paths toward Twenty-First Century Socialism (translated by Federico Fuentes), Monthly Review Press.”

Unions for Interns

A Portside brief that looks at a recent decision to unionize so as to level the playing field and increase access to career advancement for all: “Nobody expects an internship to make one rich — but for many, the entire experience has become simply unattainable.

 
Reynaldo Leal tells NPR doing an internship was impossible. “I was going to school on the GI Bill, and when it came time to look at internships I couldn’t make the pay (or lack of pay) work when it came to providing for my family,” Leal says. “A couple of weeks of not getting paid meant affecting my family’s budget to the point of not paying rent or bills. It seemed like internships were for kids with no major responsibilities.”
 
The debate has been heating up for years. The main argument against internships is that they filter out lower income students who may lack in means what they have in potential. As NPR’s Anya Kamenetz wrote in a 2006 op-ed for The New York Times: “They fly in the face of meritocracy — you must be rich enough to work without pay to get your foot in the door. And they enhance the power of social connections over ability to match people with desirable careers.”
WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS
An abandoned elementary school in south Atlanta. Image by Flickr user Zlatko Unger.

Education Disparity

A Good posting that analyzes the paradox of high illiteracy in one of the most literate cities in the land, a factor attributable to the lack of concern for the poorest citizens: Over 40 percent of high-schoolers in Atlanta do not graduate in four years, double the national drop-out average. (Even those with a high school diploma face the second-highest unemployment rates in the nation, worse only for those in Detroit.) Put simply, if you are born poor in Atlanta, you are highly likely to remain poor. A recent study named Atlanta’s Fulton County among the worst at lifting poor children out of poverty. Of the 2,478 U.S. counties examined, Fulton fared better than only about six percent.”

Social Storytelling

A Journalism article that discusses the success of a social storytelling site that has succeeded through being flexible with the platform and the message delivery: “Now, the reported.ly team has built a community who is constantly engaging in conversation on Facebook and Twitter and, last month, it launched a beta website hosted under parent company First Look Media.

Malachy Browne, managing editor and anchor of reported.ly in Europe, spoke to Journalism.co.uk about how reported.ly has been approaching social storytelling, the importance of engagement and how news organisations should build relationships with their audience.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Future of Journalism

A Nieman Lab posting that looks at some scenarios that, thanks to technological advances as well as consumer demand, show where the business and discipline of journalism are really going: “To go about defining these scenarios, the Dutch Journalism Fund took an unorthodox approach. Using a method pioneered by energy-company Shell, the fund gathered 150 journalists, editors, freelancers, businessmen, scientists, and technologists for a series of conferences, meetings, and interviews. Over the course of the meetings, stakeholders whittled down big picture questions to 70 or so themes of concern to the journalism industry, which they then decided were “certain” or “uncertain” to continue.

This eventually broke down to two key uncertainties — are news readers looking for radical or reluctant change, and how accepting of technology will we be in the future. The possibilities: reluctant vs. radical, and do-it-yourself, vs. do-it-for me, are meant to reflect the tensions at work in the world of Dutch journalism.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

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Uplifting Religious Message

A Counter Currents article that shares with readers the progressive and life-affirming message that also contains much political acuity and an unwavering commitment to reality: With his encyclical “Laudato Si” the Pope has written more than a moral appeal without obligation. He has presented a pioneering political analysis with great explosive power, which will probably determine the public debate on climate change, poverty and inequality for years to come. Thus, the encyclical is also highly relevant to me as a non-Catholic and non-believer; the implications of the encyclical are very apparent through the eyes of a secular person.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Fairer Ice Cream

A Truth Out article that discusses migrant laborers struggles against the ice cream establishment that betrays the loss of corporate culture after the mom and pop ice cream shop got sold to a multinational corporation“Ben & Jerry’s might seem like an unlikely target: with its origin story of two tie-dyed hippies fighting for survival via guerrilla actions against a larger ice cream corporation, fair trade sourcing of ingredients, celebrated treatment of animals in their supply chain, and a social justice verbiage laden mission statement. Many years later, and now under the control of the Unilever corporation, the ice cream company generates nearly $600 million in annual domestic revenue and operates internationally in 25 countries. Yet Diaz is far from the only migrant farmworker experiencing wage theft, overcrowded, unsanitary housing, and poverty wages in Ben & Jerry’s supply chain.”

6.18.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

Of course, the end of the world may happen by accident, and in the fullness of time in all likelihood must come to pass; nonetheless, a greater level of irresponsibility and depredation is hardly imaginable than that arrogant and self-interested self-importance on the part of certain classes of people, elite and to-the-manor-born one and all, induce, well ahead of schedule so to speak, a termination of humanity’s part in this grand experiment of grace that we call life on Earth—the only more monstrous carelessness and willful idiocy that one might conceive would be a passive acceptance of such machinations, which are obviously transpiring now as what amounts to little more than greedy death wishes. 

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Science can only be comprehended epistemologically, which means as one category of possible knowledge, as long as knowledge is not equated either effusively with the absolute knowledge of a great philosophy or blindly with scientistic self-understanding of the actual business of research….The only knowledge that can truly orient action is knowledge that frees itself from mere human interests and is based in Ideas—in other words knowledge that has taken a theoretical attitude.”  Jürgen Habermas

This Day in History

 

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“Noel 2005 Pékin tombeaux Ming voie des âmes” by ofol

Today, of all things, is Autistic Pride Day around the world; in China just three years shy of fourteen centuries back, Li Yuan rose to the imperial throne as the first in a line of three centuries of Tang Dynasty oversight; nine hundred sixty-two years prior to the present pass, Norman expansion Southward into Italy received a big boost when military forces under Norman leadership defeated a combined Papal, Holy Roman Empire, and Byzantine army at the Battle of Civitate; five hundred and eighty six years prior to the present pass, French forces under the leadership of Joan of Arc defeated the English at the Battle of Patay, which marked a turning point in favor of Continental forces in the Hundred Years’ War; two centuries and three years before the here and now, the U.S. Congress declared war on England and its dominions, formally beginning the War of 1812; three years later, in 1815, across the wide Atlantic, Napoleon encountered his literal Waterloo; a decade and a half subsequently, in 1830, the newly reconstituted French monarchy participated in the imperial venture that began with the invasion of Algeria; a hundred and fifty-seven years ahead of today,Charles Darwin received Alfred Wallace’s disquisition on evolution, nearly identical to Darwin’s thinking which induced the publication of Origin of Speciesfifteen years along time’s road, in 1873, over the Atlantic in the United States, Susan B.dollar women susan b anthony Anthony receive a $100 fine for the crime of attempting to vote; a hundred and fifteen years ago, China’s crumbling imperial leadership ordered the slaying of all foreigners in the land, even diplomats and their families, contributing to the outbreak of the Boxer Rebellion; two years further on, in 1902, British poet Samuel Butler had his swan song; six years hence, in 1908,  Japan’s immigration to Brazil. Where the world’s second largest Japanese descent population now lives, started with the arrival of close to 800 travellers; twenty-one years thereafter, in 1929, a baby boy was born in Germany who would mature as the renowned philosopher of democracy, Jurgen Habermas; seven years closer still to now, in 1936, the acclaimed Russian writer, Maxim Gorky, spent his final day alive; half a dozen years beyond that day, in 1942, Mrs. McCartney bore a son into the world who would become a very famous Beatle named Paul; sixty-three years ahead of this moment in time, a revolution in Egypt overthrew aristocratic rule and inaugurated the Republic of Egypt; thirty-three years in front of this day, novelist and critic John Cheever breathed his last, and nearby, the Lost Generation author Djuna Barnes also came to an end; seven hundred thirty days later, in England, thousands of miners in Yorkshire clashed with police during a giant miner’s strike in the United Kingdom; five years afterward, in 1989, establishment critic and journalist I. F. Stone died; twenty one years henceforth, in 2010, the Nobel prize winning Portuguese writer Jose Saramago drew a final breath. From Wikipedia Day in History

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http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/jun/17/highly-trained-respected-and-free-why-finlands-teachers-are-different?CMP=ema_565              An incisive piece of reportage from The Guardian that analyzes the Finnish educational–and teacher-education–model in contrast to the United Kingdom–and by extension the U.S.A.–a juxtaposition in which Anglo methods and approaches do not compare favorably with a tiny nation whose students at all levels perform near the top of world rankings in every subject area, a combination of social democratic intention, localized control, and a fierce commitment to individual expertise among educators themselves: “The high-level training is the basis for giving young teachers a great deal of autonomy to choose what methods they use in the classroom – in contrast to England(or the U.S.), Krokfors says, where she feels teaching is ‘somewhere between administration and giving tests to students.’  In Finland, teachers are largely free from external requirements such as inspection, standardised testing and government control; school inspections were scrapped in the 1990s.
             Teachers need to have this high-quality education so they really do know how to use the freedom they are given, and learn to solve problems in a research-based way,’ Krokfors says.  ‘The most important thing we teach them is to take pedagogical decisions and judgments for themselves.’
             In Britain(or the U.S.), by contrast, academies, private schools and free schools can hire people to teach even if they are not qualified.  Labour claimed in 2013 that becoming a teacher in Britain was now easier than flipping burgers. 
             For a small, agrarian and relatively poor nation, educating all of its youth equally well was seen as the best way to catch up with other industrialised countries, according to Pasi Sahlberg, a Finnish educationist at Harvard who has done much to popularise Finland’s methods abroad.
             The Finnish dream, as he calls it, was for all children, regardless of family background or personal conditions, to have a good school in their community – a focus that has remained unchanged for the past four decades. 
              In the early phase, during the 70s and 80s, there was strict central direction and control over schools, state-prescribed curriculums, external school inspections and detailed regulation, giving the Finnish government a strong grip on schools and teachers.  But a second phase, from the early 90s, consciously set out to create a new culture of education characterised by trust between educational authorities and schools, local control, professionalism and autonomy.  Schools became responsible for their own curriculum planning and student assessment, while state inspections were abandoned.  This required teachers to have high academic credentials and be treated like professionals.”

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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HIGHFIELD PRESS – “Picture Worth 1000 Words” SUMMER 2015 ESSAY CONTEST 
$20 ENTRY FEE.
The Highfield Press Summer 2015 Essay Contest is open! We invite writers to submit an unpublished essay (500-1,000 words) inspired by the theme, “Summer Reflections” and the given photo. We love the abstract shapes and colors reflected in the gentle waves of the inspiration photo online. Does it remind you of a romantic lakeside story? A fun pool party? Or an ill-fated day at sea? We’d love to hear your spin on a story inspired by our photo. Submission may be a personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story. Deadline July 15, 2015. $1,000 Grand Prize and online publication. Two runners up receive Highfield Press gifts. Writers retain all rights.

VILCEK FOUNDATION   
The mission of the Vilcek Foundation is to raise public awareness of the outstanding contributions of foreign-born scientists and artists living and working in the United States. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications from young foreign-born theater professionals for the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in theater. Three prizes of $50,000 each will be awarded to young fashion professionals who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Playwrights/book writers, directors, actors, designers (sets, costumes, lights, projections/video, sound, and/or puppetry), composers, lyricists, and choreographers are encouraged to apply. To be eligible, applicants must have been born outside the United States, not be more than 38 years old as of December 31, 2015, be a naturalized citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) of the United States, intend to pursue a professional career in the United States, and not be a past winner or finalist of the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise. Application deadline is June 15, 2015.

Lit Crawl L.A.  is accepting submissions for their October 21, 2015 crawl in the NoHo Arts District of Los Angeles. Restaurants, bars, galleries, and 
other venues will host literary presentations and readings.

2015 Linda Flowers Award – The Humanities Council invites original entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the Linda Flowers Literary Award. Submissions should detail examinations of intimate, provocative, and inspiring portraiture of North Carolina, its people and cultures, bringing to light real men and women having to make their way in the face of change, loss, triumph, and disappointments.

 Glamour Inspiring Contest – Every woman has an inspiring true story somewhere inside her—and we want to hear yours. Is it about the time you overcame an obstacle, tested your courage, met the love of your life, or found your passion? Start writing it now—you could win $5,000 and the chance to have your story appear in GlamourSubmit your real-life essay here. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. For full rules, click here. Begins 03/15/15 at 12:00 noon ET and ends 7/15/15 at 11:59 PM ET. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S./D.C. who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry, except employees of Sponsors, their immediate family members, and persons residing in the same household. Void outside the 50 U.S./D.C. and where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Sponsor: Condé Nast.

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Editor Coordinator (Las Vegas)

compensation: $11.00 per hour

Job Purpose:
Manage all phases of editor onboarding including recruitment and registration.
Coordinate activities of remote editors in accordance with company standards.
Coordinate and communicate with other departments to ensure that we have enough editors and have them registered and trained in a timely manner.
Help train editors and evaluate their editorial work to qualify them to become freelancers for the company. The person in this role will need to work with the team supervisors who are responsible for leading, monitoring and coaching the editors. This position requires constant review and refinement of workflow and processes involved to support our clients’ projects. 

 

Full- Time Copywriter (Farmington Hills, MI)

compensation: Salary
contract job

Copywriter –
Great opportunity for recent college grad or someone early in their career field!GENERAL SUMMARY:Responsible for timely production of copy, social media and product packaging content. Our copywriter will write for a variety of clients and industries at a small but global marketing agency.
Must be able to write for websites, technical brochures, blogs, packaging and everything in between.

 

Technical Writer for Heavy Equipment (Lake Mary, FL)

compensation: Annual Salary Range $30,000.00 to $35,000.00

Pay: Based on Experience and EducationJob Description:
Are you a technical document writer for heavy equipment (some crane experience preferred)? If so, you could be our next Technical Writer.
As a Technical Writer with an NACB Group, Inc. subsidiary, NorAm Production, you will be responsible to write technical materials for Operators, Inspectors, as well as, Training Manuals developed for NACB Group, Inc. subsidiary’s employees and seminar participants.
Reporting directly to the Vice President of Technical Services, this position is based in Lake Mary, FL.
If you’re up to the challenge, the reward is satisfaction . . . and knowing you helped make the work place safe for thousands of individuals on hundreds of customer sites. Join our passionate team and help build something you can be proud of with, pride and satisfaction.

 

Assistant Needed for TV reality/docu series Creator (Phoenix AZ)

compensation: 9+ per hour depending

Job is open now. Start-up Reality/Documentary production company seeks a highly motivated, ORGANIZED and detail orientated assistant who can also act as a writer for dictation, personal assistant, and office manager. Administrative experience is a must, as well as someone who desires to be an assistant long term, with possible room for growth in this groundbreaking company. For the right candidate position can be transitioned into producer overseeing production (catering, film crew, etc) Must have experience working with BIG-idea CREATIVE thinkers and be able to assist in execution and organization. 
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Promising Presidential Candidate

A Common Dreams article that characterizes the history-making elements of a successful Independent presidential win: “Sanders is the longest-serving Independent in U.S. history.  He is well aware that he is no Lone Ranger coming to save the American people, a point to which the above quote, and his entire political life, attests.  Despite Hillary Clinton’s near-universal name recognition and limitless campaign funds, it would be foolish to write off the possibility of a Sanders presidency.    Yet a winning electoral coalition—however far-fetched that idea may appear—is not the same thing as a grass roots mass movement.  In other words, were Bernie Sanders elected President, how he wins would make an extraordinary difference.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Comments and the Internet

An interesting New Yorker piece that analyzes the way that commentary cannot be erased from the web because comments IS the web: “And yet there is something narrow, and basically anachronistic, about this view of “the comments” as a phenomenon restricted to the unconsecrated ground below the line. Because it is possible to think of the Internet itself, in all its incomprehensible vastness, as an exponentially ramifying network of commentary and metacommentary. It’s comments all the way down. Social media, at any rate, and Twitter in particular, are a continually metastasizing accretion of marginalia. A tweet is a comment implicitly calibrated to provoke further comment, by way of replies or retweets or favorites: it is a form of text produced in order not just to be read but to generate the production of further text. (Almost every time I compose a tweet and click send, I become discomfitingly aware that I just made the Internet slightly longer than it already was, which was way too long in the first place.)”

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6.17.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

What in the world we can do, as the future looks black and our feelings turn blue, often enough adds up to an estimate more or less true that every single person on any given day might stick to us like glue because in the end we all have no choice but to see through and through that our fates intermingle, no matter the hue of politics or skin or what we feel is our due. 

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P_Science“Without commitment to a paradigm there can be no science… the study of paradigms is what prepares a student for membership in a particular scientific community.  Men whose research is based on shared paradigms are committed to the same rules and standards for scientific practice.  That commitment and the apparent consensus it produces are prerequisites for normal science, i.e., for the genesis and continuation of a particular research tradition. …scientific revolutions are inaugurated by a growing sense that an existing paradigm has ceased to function adequately in the exploration of an aspect of nature. …Th(e) sort of experience (where) the pieces suddenly sort… themselves out and com(e) together in a new way is the first general characteristic of revolutionary change (in science).  Though scientific revolutions leave much piecemeal mopping up to do, the central change cannot be experienced piecemenal, one step at a time.  Instead, it involves some relatively sudden and unstructured transformation in which some part of the flux of experience sorts itself out differently and displays patterns that were not visible before.”  Thomas Kuhn
This Day in History

 

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“Salvation Mountain folk art”. cc 3.0

Today is the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought; in the Balkans five hundred fifty-three years ago, the third Vlad, an impaler who in some ways modeled Dracula, led an attempt to assassinate Ottoman functionary, Mehmed the Second, forcing his retreat from the Wallachian highlands; a hundred and seventeen years subsequently, in 1579, seven thousand miles away, in what is now California, Francis Drake led an expedition that claimed ‘New Albion’ for England; fifty-two years hence, in 1631, one of the world’s most striking examples of marital love began to unfold with the death of Mumtaz Mahal in childbirth, and the 17-year construction of the Taj Mahal thereafter; three hundred forty-two years in advance of today, two French explorers became the first geographers to begin the process of making a detailed account of the Mississippi river’s course; thirty-six years closer to now, in 1719, back across the Atlantic in England, noted poet, essayist, and playwright Joseph Addison breathed his last; seventy years after that point, in 1789, across the English Channel in a now Revolutionary France, the Third Estate asserted its preeminence in the French National Assembly; a hundred and seventy-six years prior to the present pass, indigenous authorities in the water ocean beach Hilton_Hawaiian_Village_boardwalk_2_Oahu_Hawaii_Photo_D_Ramey_LoganHawaiian Islands, issued a proclamation that Roman Catholic worship was acceptable; one hundred forty-four years before the here and now, a baby boy was born who would rise as the writer and civil rights leader, James Weldon Johnson; half a decade past that point, in 1876,Sioux and Cheyenne fighters under the leadership of Crazy Horse held off invading U.S. cavalry at the Battle of the Rosebud in the Montana Territory;exactly three hundred sixty-five days later, in 1877, a few hundred miles away in Idaho Territory, Nez Perce forces routed U.S. Cavalry at the Battle of White Bird Canyon; eight years henceforth, in 1885, at the far Eastern end of North America, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor; one hundred seventeen years back, a male infant entered the world in the Escher family who would mature as the monumental graphic artist and illustrator, M.C. Escher; two years further along time’s path, in 1900, half a world away in China, Japanese and European troops captured Taku fortresses that Boxer Rebellion forces had used to attack imperialist populations in and around Tianjin; a brief year subsequently, in 1901,the College Board inaugurated the testing program for university admissions that would soon enough lead to the S.A.T.; thirteen years down the road, in 1914, a male infant came along whose fate would include writing such iconic hiroshima war explosion nuke nuclearworks as Hiroshima as John Hersey; sixteen years precisely beyond that point, in 1930, the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act took effect, with disastrous consequences, under the signature of President Herbert Hoover; two years more proximate to the present, in 1932, also in the District of Columbia, an offshoot of that economic dissolution unfolded as at least a thousand Bonus Army veterans gathered in front of Congress to demand relief in the form of promised-World-War-One-service stipends; another year later on, in 1933, a thousand miles West or so in Kansas City, an infamous Union Station Massacre took place as criminal collaborators of escaped, and recently recaptured, bank-robber Frank Nash shot several police officers and the man that they intended to liberate dead with machine guns in the train depot’s parking lot; eleven years after on the dot, in 1944, Iceland gained its independence from Denmark;sixty-four years back, a baby girl came into the world in standard fashion, destined to mature as ecofeminist and environmental activist Starhawk;nine years still nearer to the here-and-now, in 1960, the Nez Perce tribe received a four million dollar award for seven million acres that the U.S. had more or less ‘stolen’ a century before for a few cents an acre; three years more along the temporal arc, in 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court decreed in Abingdon School District v. Schempp that

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“Heiwa elementary school 18” by ajari from Japan – cc 2.0

required religious readings and recitations in public schools were unconstitutional violations of separation of church and state; halfway round the globe four years hence, in 1967, the Chinese government detonated the communist nation’s first thermonuclear weapon; a further four years along, in 1971, Richard Nixon declared ‘War on Drugs,’ one of history’s lengthiest and most perfidious frauds; two decades more down time’s pike, in 1991, South Africa rescinded the Population Registration Act, the ‘racial classifications’ of which provided the legal basis for Apartheid; three years past that conjunction, in 1994, basically ten thousand miles to the Northwest, Los Angeles police arrested O.J. Simpson on suspicion of murder, following one of history’s most bizarre, and low-speed, car chases; across the continent seven hundred thirty-one days afterward, in 1996, the brilliant and provocative historian and philosopher-of-science, Thomas Kuhn, spent his final living day among us; just three short years ago, the victim of police brutality, Rodney King, died at the relatively youthful age of forty-seven. From Wikipedia Day in History

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PRAGMATISM, FANTASY, & ‘JOURNALISM’S’ BLEAK PROSPECTS

http://www.poynter.org/news/mediawire/351109/to-boost-local-journalism-steven-waldman-proposes-an-americorps-for-reporters/            From Poynter’s outside the box and yet completely standard-operating-procedure thought processes, a briefing about an ‘insider’s’ plan to rescue news from its present moribund state, which has been present for at least a decade and in general worsening apace, in the event by forming a Civilian Conservation Corps model, a la ‘Americorps,’ that would permit hard-hitting journalistic ventures to evolve in various local environs, one of multiple recent installments from the media’s obsession with its own bottom line and the political-economic and social future of those who have cast their lots in this realm, including a recent piece about the consolidating frenzy that is boosting ‘efficiency’ on the Internet, another article about engaging journalism students in ways that are both credible and powerful, and a general assessment of how low various public’s opinions are of the entire edifice of monopoly media, all of which induces at the minimum a healthy skepticism towards foundation-funded, ‘community’-based models that are much more apt to be more of the same: “Still, Waldman concedes that there are practical challenges.  He sees Report for America as complementary to the growing group of local and regional not-for-profits, but it could be seen as a competitor for scarce foundation funding.

Also investigative reporting or rigorous accountability coverage of local government and schools could be a tough sell to community donors — and there wouldn’t be much point to supporting light or booster journalism.

While government funding would be a possibility, Waldman prefers to steer clear of that or of making the program a subdivision of AmeriCorps:

‘Report for America should foster controversy.  It should tweak the powerful, whether in government, the private sector or the nonprofit sector. Creating a trouble-seeking corps would endanger the rest of AmeriCorps program, or any government-funded endeavor, no matter how well-intended….

I would [also] be concerned that government funding could cause a journalism-oriented service program to shy away from its most aggressive, challenging projects.’

There’s one more problem.  Waldman developed the idea with a grant from the Ford Foundation.  But his sponsor there, Jonathan Barzilay, left to become chief operating officer of PBS, and Ford, under a new president, is undergoing a major reassessment of its priorities.”

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BEST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL COMPETITION 
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DEADLINE: July 1
PRIZES: Advance against royalties of $10,000
DETAILS: Open to any professional or non-professional writer who
has never been the author of a published “private eye” novel and
who is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a
“private eye” novel. Must be book-length (approx. 60,000 words) in English. A “private eye” novel is defined as: A novel in which the main character is an independent investigator who is not a member of any law enforcement or government agency, and who receives a fee for his or her investigative services.
CONTACT: PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, 175 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010

NCW PERSONAL ESSAY/CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST 
$20 ENTRY FEE.
Northern Colorado Writers is hosting its 5th annual nonfiction competition. You don’t need to be a member or in Colorado to enter. Prizes are 1st: $1,000; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $100. Winners, honorable mentions, and editor’s picks will be published in and receive a free copy of the winners’ anthology, Pooled Ink. This year’s nonfiction judge is Colorado Book Award winner BK Loren. Open to any style, up to 5,000 words. Deadline: June 30.

Creative Nonfiction :  Writing Pittsburgh Fellowship – Interested in learning more about small press publishing from the inside? We’re offering a one-year publishing fellowship. Fellows will work mainly on the Writing Pittsburghproject, but will also have the opportunity to work on other CNF projects including the magazine and other books, and because CNF is a small nonprofit organization, the fellow will also have the opportunity to learn about everything—not just the editorial work—that goes into publishing a book (and magazine), from marketing to distribution to event planning

Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

An annual poetry contest. A chance for your poems to be read by Hunger Mountain editors and guest judges.  One first place winner receives $1000 and publication on Hunger Mountain online. All work published online is also considered for the annual print issue. Two honorable mentions receive $100 and publication on Hunger Mountain online.  The postmark deadline is December 10. If you’re entering electronically, you can wait until the last minute of the last hour of December 10. If you’re using snail mail, your entry should be postmarked by December 10.

Autumn House Press – The annual Autumn House Press Contests award publication of full-length manuscripts in PoetryFiction, and Nonfiction. Each winner also receives $2,500. The postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2015. To submit online please visit our online submission manager. For further questions, feel free to email us.

The 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize

In honor of its 10th anniversary, we’re doubling down: The annual Rattle Poetry Prize now offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote. Additional poems from the entries are frequently offered publication as well. In 2014 we published 22 poems that had been submitted to the contest from almost 3,000 entries.

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Nutrition Blogger – We are looking for an exceptional writer to produce content for our fast-growing blog. We pay well, but have specific requirements. 

 

Digital Trends Portland OR  – Digital Trends is seeking freelance writers with a love of consumer tech and gadgetry. This is a per-assignment gig (telecommute unless you live in NYC or Portland, OR), but it could become a consistent, long-term working relationship (up to several articles per day) if we’re satisfied with your work.

Newsroom Editor (Charlotte, NC)

Business Wire is renowned for both its excellent and unique benefits package. In the US, we offer standard benefits such as health insurance, 401k matching and paid time off. We also offer unique benefits including reimbursement plans for fitness, dental, vision and education classes. Outside the US, benefits are offered according to local regulations and custom, and may vary by country. 

FT – Archivist/Research Writer (Las Vegas)

compensation: $11.00-$12.00 Hourly/Benefits

Small office currently looking to fill full time position for an Archivist/Research writer.The main focus of this position requires you to research and write narratives that are placed onto our direct website for historical and other documents. You will also be responsible for filing and organizing inventory and other tasks.
ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Video Reports

A Chief Organizer posting that discusses how technology to connect folks working on social justice issues: “The reports themselves were a treat. Local 100 United Labor Unions had representatives present from Dallas and Little Rock, easily winning the long distance driving award, and they may still be on the road trying to find home now. Separate meetings of the union including New Orleans were valuable, too! A Community Voice from Louisiana, ACORN International’s newest affiliate in the United States was a welcome addition, making many contributions. ANEW Institute from Pittsburgh intrigued everyone with some of their initiatives. Oh, and did I forget that we also had a Skype report with good video from Maryland from CROP.” 

 

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Jon Sullivan – public domain

Tax Justice Globally

A TeleSur article that discusses efforts to make more financially just legislation to help shift inequality: “Urgent international tax reforms are needed, say tax justice activists working to make taxes a hot topic during the Global Week of Action for Tax Justice, which kicked off Tuesday.

Actions taking place in several countries aim to raise awareness about tax issues, pressure global decision-makers to create a more fair global tax system, and shine a spotlight on unjust international tax rules that favor wealthy multinational corporations with devastating impacts on the world’s poorest countries.”

PR Moves Not Enough

A Common Dreams brief that discusses desperate namechange attempts to clean a dirty company long sullied by its terrible reputation: ““These name changes are a sign of PR despair,” said Gary Ruskin, co-director of the consumer group U.S. Right to Know. “Monsanto’s name is radioactive, and the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s name isn’t much better.”

“Monsanto and the some parts of the biotech industry face consumer distrust and a political backlash,” Ruskin said. “That backlash is for environmental and health reasons, and it is foolish to think that name changes will bail out their bad PR.””

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

 

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pfunked Deviant Art

Grant Opportunities

A Funds for Writers article that discusses the possibilities for funding available to writers: “Philanthropy is on the rise. Grants are plentiful, offering funding for specific purposes: publishing, research,  workshops, writing, travel, individual/community projects, seminars and more. Grants often require an extensive application process.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

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Anti-war and protest posters: the Political Poster Workshop at the University of California, Berkeley: Peace now (circa 1970)
Penn State Special Collection

Liberating the Arts

A Common Dreams posting that discusses an arts initiative taking place at a famous museum in London that protests dirty money sponsoring the arts: “We arrived at just before noon on Saturday, with the ambitious intention of staying for 25 hours. Performers, all dressed in signature black, made two lines at the bottom of the Turbine Hall slope and donned veils. Selected texts were pulled from bags, and charcoal brought to the ready. On cue, the first line of performers dropped to their knees and began enthusiastically transcribing their favorite passages up the concrete slope in a rising tide. 

The books, all chosen by performers, ranged from classic political text on power and authority, to science fiction books describing dystopian futures of collapsed planetary ecology and society. They all had one thing in common. They all contained useful messages to Tate and Tate Modern’s visitors, to describe the problem with Tate giving support and credence to BP through accepting its sponsorship. “

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

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“2014-02-21 11-04 Euromaidan in Kiev” by Amakuha – Own work. –

Ukraine Troubles

A Hill posting that discusses Ukrainian moves that could affect  outcomes for years to come: “While not the focus of its veto threat, the administration argues that the provision “forces the hand” of President Obama on a foreign policy decision that “should rest with the Executive Branch.”

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), however, has rejected that notion, saying that a decision from Obama on lethal aid “is long overdue.””

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Renewable Hopes

A TruthOut article that discusses the promise of  renewable energy: Stanford researchers released a study just last week that shows how all 50 states can go 100 percent renewable by 2050.

The study shows how each state can adopt its own mix of renewable energy technologies in order to go 100 percent renewable by the middle of the century.

But it also shows how many permanent jobs would be created in each state; how much energy costs would change; and how much would be saved in health outcomes. And it even shows how much land each state would need to use for building out renewable energy sources.”

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A Thought for the Day

window_0780All men and women who hide secrets in the closets of their souls will have basements full of terror in their psyches: thus, to soar our lives to the heights of our dreams, we must, somehow, set our secrets free. 

Quote of the Day
“It’s like a battle, trying to find the right words to say at the right time. …I want, when they see me, They know that everyday when I’m breathing is for us to go further.  Everytime I speak I want the truth to come out.  Everytime I speak I want a shiver.  I don’t want them to be like they know what I’m gonna say because it’s polite.  I’m not saying I’m gonna rule the world or I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee you that I will spark the brain that will change the world.  And that’s our job, It’s to spark somebody else watching us.  We might not be the one’s, but let’s not be selfish and because we not gonna change the world let’s not talk about how we should change it.  I don’t know how to change it, but I know if I keep talking about how dirty it is out here, somebody’s gonna clean it up.”  Tupac Shakur
This Day in History

 

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Charles Tsevis My African star flickr

Today is the International Day of the African Child, and, in South Africa, Youth Day, and, also everywhere on Earth where appreciation of James Joyce is manifest, Bloomsday; attesting to the deep roots of conflict over Persia, Turkey, and the Levant, sixteen hundred fifty-two years back, Rome’s Emperor Julian ordered his army’s fleet of supply ships burned as they began engaging Persian forces in the Italian, Roman imperial bid for expanded hegemony; one thousand three hundred eighty-three years before the here and now, the last pre-Muslim ruler of what is now Iran rose to the Sasanian throne, a mere eight years old Yazdegerd, the third of that name; six hundred eight years ahead of today, Ming Chinese invaders into what is now Northern Vietnam captured the Ho Dynasty king and his son; four hundred twenty-nine years prior to the present pass, Mary, Queen of Scots designated Spain’s second Philip as her formal replacement; two hundred twenty years later to the day, in 1806, a baby boy was born who would grow up as renowned British medical thinker, Edward Davy; another decade along the temporal pathway, in 1816, at a rented villa near Geneva, Lord Byron read his Fantasmagoriana to his fellow writers and storytellers and challenged all of them to come up with credible ‘Ghost Stories,’ which resulted in the creation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Boris_Karloff_as_The_Frankenstein_Monster_from_Bride_of_Frankenstein_film_trailerJohn Polidori’s tale, The Vampyrethirteen years henceforth, in 1829, six thousand miles or so West in the land of the Apache, a male infant uttered a first cry on his way to life as the leader, Geronimo; seven years more down the road, in 1836, the London Working Men’s Association—a central pillar of Chartism and supporter of the 1838 People’s Charter—took shape as a step toward working class engagement under the early auspices of Victorian bourgeois power in Britain; twenty-two years subsequently, in 1858, Abraham Lincoln delivered his House Divided presentation in Illinois’ capitol at Springfield, and around the world in India, the Battle of Morar—one of the final engagements in England’s crushing the first Indian War of Independence—unfolded in Britain’s favor; thirteen years later, back in the imperial center in 1871, Parliament itself passed legislation that removed religious tests as a requisite for entry into universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, and Durham; twenty-two years henceforth, and half a world away in 1893, the United States and Hawaii finalized the former ‘Republic’s’ annexation, which would eventually pave the way to Statehood for the islands; a hundred eleven years ago, James Joyce consummated his love for Nora Barnacle, subsequently using the day as the benchmark for his monumental 374px-JoyceUlysses2tome, Ulyssesseven years subsequently, in 1911, the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company came into existence in New York en route to the manifestation of International Business Machines; eighty-six years ahead of today, a prime mover of the American Studies canon, Vernon Louis Parrington, drew a final breath; four years thereafter precisely, in 1933, the U.S. Congress passed the National Industrial Recovery Act; four further years closer to today, in 1937, the Segal family welcomed a new member, Erich, who would mature as the promulgator of a beloved, if superficial, Love Storythree years still later, in 1940, Lithuania became a Communist country briefly, prior to Germany’s invasion and another brief imposition of fascist dictatorship, and the trust-fund Charlestonian and creator of Porgy, Dubose Heyward, had his final day on Earth; four years after that juncture, across the Atlantic in France, Marc Bloch, the historian who insisted that social and economic assessments were equally as important as political and individual annals, died as a victim of a Gestapo firing squad that executed him for his work in the French Resistance; four additional years more proximate to the present, in 1948,halfway round the globe, another group of resistance fighters rose up in Malaysia, to which the British imperial response was a thoroughgoing terror against any such expression of a struggle for freedom; six decades

Buenos Aires Luis Argerich
Buenos Aires Luis Argerich

ago, in another uprising—this time by reactionary forces in Argentina—hundreds died as a result of air force bombing of a rally for Juan Peron, whom elements in the military were seeking to overthrow; across the Atlantic three years hence, in 1958, Hungarian leaders who had sought to overturn their country’s Communist leadership faced capital punishment for their actions; half a decade later precisely, in 1963, just to the East in Russia, Vostok 6 launched into orbit with the first woman space traveler; eight years beyond that conjunction, in 1971, a radical mother gave birth to her boy child, whose musical and communication talents would soon enough blossom into the work of Tupac Shakur; half a dozen years afterward, in 1977, the Software Development Corporation incorporated on its way to becoming the present-day Oracle firm; twenty-seven years back, the iconic interlocutor of Puerto Rican narrative and drama, Miguel Pinero, drew a final breath; twelve years later, in 2000, Israel withdrew from almost all of the Lebanese territories that it had occupied for two decades in contravention of International Law and United Nations mandates; a decade even more in the vicinity of today, in 2010, Bhutan became the only State completely to outlaw tobacco use. From Wikipedia Day in History

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IF APARTHEID MEANS ECONOMIC SUICIDE, THEN WHY IS IT POPULAR?

http://www.countercurrents.org/cook160615.htm          A briefing from Countercurrents about the shape and underlying rationale for Israel’s present pass, in which a direct course to self-destruction is the order of battle for the day, an anomaly until one probes the social strictures and structures–only a small set of them here, unfortunately–that induce such a trek toward tragedy and dissolution, one of many recent articles that speak to Israel’s brutalization of both its own ideals and Palestine, in a dialectical dance with U.S. geopolitical objectives: “But, while its economists may have found it easy to quantify the benefits of ending the occupation, it is much harder to assess the costs in shekels and dollars.

Over the past six decades, an economic elite has emerged in Israel whose prestige, power and wealth depends on the occupation.  Career military officers earn large salaries and retire in their early forties on generous pensions.  Nowadays many of these officers live in the settlements.

The army top brass are the ultimate pressure group and will not release their grip on the occupied territories without a fight, one they are well placed to win.

Backing them will be those in the hi-tech sector who have become the engine of the Israeli economy.  Many are former soldiers who realised the occupied territories were the ideal laboratory for developing and testing military hardware and software.

Israel’s excellence in weaponry, surveillance systems, containment strategies, biometric data collection, crowd control, and psychological warfare are all marketable.  Israeli know-how has become indispensible to the global appetite for ‘homeland security.’

That expertise was on show this month at a Tel Aviv armaments expo that attracted thousands of security officials from around the world, drawn by the selling point that the systems on offer were ‘combat proven.’

To end the occupation would be to sacrifice all this and revert to the status of a tiny anonymous state with no resources or notable exports.”

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Writing for Communication Arts

Creative industry thought leaders who can contribute well-written opinion columns or reported pieces that cover emerging trends, ethical issues and what it takes to thrive in the fields of typography, photography, illustration, advertising and design for print, digital and interactive media.

We want to improve the way our readers work and think, whether that means introducing a revolutionary technique with dozens of potential applications, challenging disparate disciplines to work together in new ways, or refuting common wisdom about, say, what it means to be creative or successful. If your article can do that, we want to see it.

Get Paid To Write For WomansDay.com!

Have you ever wanted to write for WomansDay.com? Here’s your chance! Join The Mix, our contributor network, and you’ll have the opportunity to write for us, as well as sites like GoodHousekeeping.com,RedbookMag.com and CountryLiving.com. Whether you’re a professional writer, avid blogger or just someone with a great story to tell, we’re interested in sharing your voice with our readers.

If you’d like to be considered for The Mix, you can find more information right here. Every day, you’ll receive an assignment email that includes story topics generated by our editors. You can submit stories on as many assignments as you’d like, and if we publish your work, you’ll get paid!

DigitalOcean wants to publish your tech tutorial!

Help us build a comprehensive collection of beautifully-written tutorials about Linux and FreeBSD cloud hosting. You don’t have to be an experienced writer. If you have technical knowledge and a knack for explaining things, our editors will help with writing and publication. Submit a writing sample to become a DigitalOcean community author, get published on our rich knowledge base with over a million unique page views each month, and make up to $200.

National Parks

publishes articles about areas in the National Park System, proposed new areas, threats to parks or park wildlife, scientific discoveries, legislative issues, and endangered species of plants or animals relevant to national parks. We do not publish articles on general environmental topics, nor do we print articles about land managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, or other federal agencies. Articles for National Parks should be directed to a largely nonscientific but well-educated audience. News articles and smaller departments are 500-1200 words. Features run approximately 1,800-2,000 words. We generally pay 70 cents to $1.00/word—the high end being reserved for our proven contributors. Articles should have an original slant or news hook and cover a limited subject, rather than attempt to treat a broad subject superficially. Specific examples, descriptive details, and quotes are always preferred to generalized information. The writer must be able to document factual claims, and statements should be clearly substantiated with evidence within the article. National Parks does not publish fiction, poetry, or “My trip to…” stories.

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pascal maramis – flickr

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MIT Press Journals – Innovations Stories is a new online publication by Innovations journal, a journal published by MIT Press about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges.  While Innovations is aimed at development professionals and academics, Innovations Stories will be a web-based, jargon-free, multimedia approach to publishing similar content aimed at a more popular millennial audience. Innovations Stories will launch this late summer / early fall, and the editors are currently calling for pitches. 

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Sunset

We’re looking for “take-action” travel ideas within our coverage area that will appeal to a large, general interest audience (70 percent women) that is time challenged, appreciates value, and is more likely to live in the suburbs than San Francisco, Seattle, or Los Angeles. (In other words, we’re not a city magazine.)

We don’t do a lot of vertical subject stories that only appeal to a narrow audience; we like destinations that offer multiple experiences. Our readers are active, but more into “soft” adventures.

Technical Writer/Editor (marietta, ga)

compensation: negotiable

contract job

Perform technical edit/audit on aircraft component operational/maintenance technical documentation (e.g. manuals, service bulletins, supplements) that have been created or revised. Edit technical publications and documents for consistency, level of readability, proper style, format, spelling, grammar, and proper incorporation of customer or engineering source data to ensure that the documentation produced adheres to the expressed desired level of quality. Be knowledge-proficient in the various commercial/defense specifications and ensure that the documentation created/revised by technical writers and technical illustrators adhere to these specifications. Work with internal and/or external users, writers, and support personnel to determine editorial requirements and interpret customer needs.

We are looking for a Technical Writer to join our team in Atlanta, GA!

Responsibilities
• Producing and maintaining technical documentation in a variety of formats for a specific product area.
• Working independently and with subject matter experts (SMEs) to gather information, identify target audiences, and to determine the best ways to organize information
• Publishing documents on schedule
• Working with style guidelines, managing graphics, and communicating complicated material to a wide range of audiences
• Producing documentation in multiple genres, including short instructional videos

EnVeritas Group is always interested in adding contractor or freelance writers, editors and translators to our database. EVG seeks experienced individuals who will work on an as-needed contract basis. EVG freelance writers editorsWriters are expected to produce content that meets and adheres to each project’s style guide and brief. Editors are expected to have ample copy editing experience, and the ability to function within a quick-moving environment. Translators generally work with existing copy to produce content with an authentic voice.

A basic understanding of and experience with SEO is helpful, but not required. The majority of the work will be done online. Completion of assignments within deadlines and project goals is essential.

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Visualize the Racial Divide

An organizational posting that views the racial divide from census tracts of different metropolitan areas, a map that serves to explain or understand racial tensions to this day:  “Each city is made up of tracts from the 2010 Census. Census tracts are pushed away from neighboring tracts based on the change in proportion of white and black populations between each neighboring tract.

Tracts that have a similar racial mix as their neighbors form groups. Spaces occur where there is a significant change in the racial makeup between neighboring tracts. The space is proportional to the change in racial composition between neighbors.”

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Urban Renewal Through Citizen Efforts

A Shareable article that shares the story of a group of women who took things into their hands in order to beautify the landscape around them, and that indicates a path to take for all those who seek more community engagement:  Councilor Luca Rizzo Nervo opened the ceremony with a rousing speech. He said a new day was dawning where “no you can’t” was turning into “yes we can together,” where citizens are self-determining, and where a new, empowering relationship between citizens and city had begun. He said he was tired of the old, pessimistic rhetoric and that the regulation opened up a new, hopeful development path that takes “active citizenship” to the next level. He ended with a vision of Bologna as an entire city powered by sharing and collaboration as part of a global network of other cities on the same path.”

 

"Film strip" by Bart from New Orleans, Louisiana, Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
“Film strip” by Bart from New Orleans, Louisiana

Meaningful Documentaries

A Counter Punch offering that introduces people to a documentary film company that is not afraid to explore  “Loteria Films is an award winning Bay Area film company founded by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway. Their most recent project is the feature-length documentary, El Poeta. In this moving documentary, they utilize the story of Javier Sicilia, world acclaimed poet, to discuss the brutal ramifications of the drug war.

Sicilia’s son was murdered with six of his friends in Cuernavaca, Morelos. This grotesque act spurred him to form the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, leading to a reunion with then President Felipe Calderón, a Caravan for Peace in Mexico and the United States.”

 

Youth Unemployment

A Medium posting of a politician’s advocating for a new act that will aid in employment justice for all – so it is hoped:  “One thing is clear: We are not making the progress that Dr. King called us to achieve in the 1960s. More than one in four African Americans live in poverty, while that figure is less than one in ten for whites. The median income for African-American households is less than 60 percent that of white households. And a recent study from Brandeis University shows that the wealth gap between black and white families has nearly tripled over the last twenty-five years.

There is much that we must do to address these inequities. We need to raise the minimum wage to a livable amount. This is not unreasonable.”

abandoned gas station south0001Poverty in the South

A Think Progress piece that looks at poverty in the South caused by the predatory property arrangements that are holding everything back tothos day: “For over 30 years, Andrew saw the farm as an idyllic, self-contained community. Much of his extended family lived on the plantation, and when Andrew was old enough to have a family of his own, Mr. Peaster worked with him to build a small house for his wife and children right beside the house in which he grew up. Mr. Peaster also ran a general store on the plantation, which carried all the groceries and supplies the families needed, so they hardly had any reason to leave the farm at all. But then a couple of years ago, Mr. Peaster sold his farm to an adjacent plantation owner and gave the families a few weeks’ notice before they had to move out. While tenant farmers like Andrew’s family are given housing as part of their compensation, they don’t have the typical legal protections afforded to property owners and renters—a fact Andrew had to discover firsthand. “

Future of Libraries

A Knight Blog posting that discusses the future of libraries, in a context where technology can be used to expand the role of public knowledge: “The challenge ahead — Palfrey suggested Monday night at Miami Dade College’s Idea Center — is to create a hybrid that embraces both the physical and digital formats while updating the role of public libraries in this new information age.

“I wrote this book as a celebration of libraries. The whole point is to make the case for libraries in the digital age,” said Palfrey, speaking before a standing-room-only audience of about 300 at the event sponsored by the Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library, Miami-Dade Public Library System and Knight Foundation, which funds libraries as part of its mission to promote informed and engaged communities.”

 

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

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A Freelance Writing article that shares some tips for writing under deadline:  “IN AN IDEAL WORLD, freelance writers have all the time they need to research, write, and edit each piece they produce to perfection. After all, your clients don’t pay you good money to write half-baked and fluff-filled content, do they? Obviously, we don’t live in an ideal world. We live in a world where deadlines—self-imposed or otherwise—constantly hang above our heads, yet we’re still expected to produce top-notch articles, blog posts, press releases and what-have-you within those deadlines. As professionals who must juggle our work with our personal lives, we’re often forced to choose between submitting our copy on time at the expense of quality, and vice versa.”

Confidential Correspondence

An Open Culture posting that views some confidencial correspondence between a famous author and his wife, and draws atention to the many issues with viewing literature that was meant to be private: ” Writer and artist Alistair Gentry once proposed a lecture series he called “One Eyed Monster.” Central to the project is what Gentry calls “the cult of James Joyce,” an exemplar of a larger phenomenon: “the vulture-like picking over of the creative and material legacies of dead artists.” “Untalented and noncreative people,” writes Gentry, “are able to build lasting careers from what one might call the Talented Dead.” Gentry’s judgment may seem harsh, but the questions he asks are incisive and should give pause to scholars (and bloggers) who make their livings combing through the personal effects of dead artists, and to everyone who takes a special interest, prurient or otherwise, in such artifacts. Just what is it we hope to find in artists’ personal letters that we can’t find in their public work? I’m not sure I have an answer to that question, especially in reference to James Joyce’s “dirty letters” to his wife and chief muse, Nora.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

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pfunked Deviant Art

Journalism Needs New Model

A Columbia Journalism Review posting that analyses opportunities and problems present in new media as well as possibilities that present new directions: “Simply put, on the local level, the ad-based business model does not generate enough revenue to pay enough reporters to do enough reporting. As a result, communities are not being well served by journalistic institutions.

It’s time for a dramatic new approach grounded in community service. In a new report underwritten by the Ford Foundation that will be released tomorrow at Montclair State’s Engage Local conference, I attempt to draw lessons from a world not usually thought relevant to journalism: the three-decades-old movement of national and community service programs such as AmeriCorps, City Year, and Teach for America. A new national service program focused on local reporting would more efficiently deploy philanthropic resources to the media enterprises that need it most, while instilling a new sense of idealism into community-based coverage. It is time to Report for America.”

 

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“Church of the Saviour on the Blood at Night, St. Petersburg, Russia” by neil_barman – Flickr.com

Russia War Possibilities

A Counter Currents posting that contextualizes the sobering possibility of a war with Russia: “The Russian equivalent of America’s Wall Street Journal and Britain’s Financial Times, which is Kommersant (or Businessperson), headlined on June 15th, “US may redeploy heavy weapons to the borders of the Russian Federation,” and reported that, “According to sources in the Russian Government, the implementation of this plan will force Moscow to post on the border with the Baltic countries Russia’s own offensive military capability that can destroy US facilities in the event of a hypothetical conflict.”

The report in the Times had noted that, “The proposal, if approved, would represent the first time since the end of the Cold War that the United States has stationed heavy military equipment in the newer NATO member nations in Eastern Europe that had once been part of the Soviet sphere of influence.” “
GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Nuclear Energy Not an Option

A Safe Energy posting that views the campaigns to eliminate the possibility of nuclear energy being seen as a viable alternative to the global change solution: “Today, seven international clean energy organizations launched a major new campaign aimed at keeping nuclear power out–as in completely out–of all negotiations at the upcoming COP 21 climate talks in Paris in December.

The seven initiating groups are NIRS, WISE, Sortir du Nucleaire, Ecodefense, Global 2000, WECF, and Germany’s Burgerinitiative Umweltschutz. The logos of each adorn the right side of this post. “

6.15.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

Pensive Parakeet bird gameReplacing ideologies of power with ideologies of identity has become one of two or three key tactics of distraction and cooptation that contemporary rulers use to disempower common contemporary citizens, and as such one kind of consciousness, which might permit struggle and transformation, falls by the wayside, and another way of thinking, which encourages ‘individualism’ and narcissistic self-regard, takes its place, so that all manner of protest and motion and activism transpires, but little or nothing happens that promises the strategic links and key steps in the direction of democracy and popular imprimatur. 

Quote of the Day
“Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death. …Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive.  If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.”  Erik Erikson
This Day in History

 

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Wind farm Molgreen

Today is Global Wind Day, for those who favor a sustainable and eco-friendly path toward possible reductions in climate-change’s impacts; in Assyria, present day Syria, two thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight years ago, priests and other close observers of ‘the heavens’ took careful note of a solar eclipse and thereby permitted confirmations of various conjunctions in Mesopotamian history; eight hundred years ahead of this moment, the various noble elites of England induced King John to sign the Magna Carta, putatively guaranteeing them their rights; four years subsequently, in 1219, Danish forces in the Northern Crusades induced Estonian pagans to recognize their rule in the Northern Crusades at the Battle of Lyndanisse; eighty one years hence, in 1300,residents of the Iberian peninsula founded the city of Bilbao; a dozen years later, in 1312, Hungarian king Charles I led forces that for a time drove out the Palatine rule of Amade Aba; six hundred and twenty six years prior to the present pass, Ottoman fighters reversed this earlier Balkan loss by crushing a combined Serbian-Croatian attempt for independence; five hundred thirteen years ahead of this point in time, Christopher Columbus’ fourth expedition to the ‘new world’ went ashore to establish Spanish rule in what is now Martinique; eighteen years after that juncture, in 1520, back in the Mediterranean, a tenth Pope Leo excommunicated Martin Luther for his ‘protesting’ heresies; one hundred and twenty eight hears henceforth, in 1648, North of West across the Atlantic, Massachusetts Bay executed Margaret Jones, in a precursor to the witchcraft trials in Plymouth forty-four years closer to today; three hundred and forty eight years back, the French physician Jean-Baptiste Denys performed the first human blood transfusion;  two hundred sixty 297px-Franklin_lightning_engravingthree years ahead of the present, or at least traditionally so since the exact date is unknown, Benjamin Franklin flew a kite with a key attached to a string and proved that lightning is electricity; thirty three years hence, in 1785, two hapless French balloonists became the first casualties of human flight when their hot air device exploded over the English Channel; just a year less than six decades afterward, in 1844, Charles Goodyear patented a vulcanization process that revolutionized rubber’s ‘hitting the road;’seven hundred thirty days after that point, in 1846, the U.S. and the U.K. agreed in the Oregon Treaty to establish the forty-ninth parallel as the dividing line between Canada and the United States in the Northwest; exactly thirteen years later, in 1859, a homesteader’s shooting of a marauding hog along that line of demarcation involved England and America in a ‘war’ that lasted thirteen years, an oddity of imperial conflict in which the only Pig_at_Middle_Farm,_Sussexcasualty was the pig; one hundred thirty-eight years ago, the U.S. Military Academy graduated its first African American lieutenant, Henry Flipper; a year subsequently, in 1878, across the North Atlantic, Eadweard Muybridge accomplished the stop motion photography that both proved that horses feet all leave the ground and offered a foundation from which to develop motion picture technology; two dozen years henceforth, in 1902, a baby boy was born who would mature as the psychoanalytic theoretician of childhood, Erik Erikson; eleven years more proximate to the present, in 1913, half a world away in the Philippines, U.S. troops under John Pershing’s command annihilated Moro rebels who were resisting U.S. dominance at the battle of Bud Bagsak; three years later to the day, in 1916, Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal 220px-Boy_Scouts_BSA_StampCharter for the Boy Scouts of America, the only such organization to operate in that fashion; four more years further on, close to a thousand miles Northwest in Duluth, Minnesota in 1920, murderous crowds lynched three Black circus workers for a rape that they never committed, and that perhaps didn’t happen; eighty-one years back, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park opened its gates for the first time; three years past that juncture, in 1937, the Jennings family welcomed a baby male among them who would grow up as singer-songwriter and ‘highwayman,’ Waylon; four years after half a century closer to now, in 1991, the Nobel Prize winning development economist Arthur Lewis breathed his last; three hundred sixty-six days beyond that conjunction, in 1992, the U.S. Supreme Court found legal, in United States v. Alvarez-Machain, the practice of kidnapping foreign nationals in order to bring them to trial in the U.S.; two years additional along time’s arc, in 1994, Israel and the Vatican established diplomatic ties. From Wikipedia Day in History

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AS THE SOUTH GOES, SO GOES THE NATION

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/06/15/3669553/tchula-mississippi/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tptop3        A deeply reported special installment from Think Progress about the historical and social dynamics of poverty and color in places like Tchula, Mississippi, where the days of slavery never truly ended, and the ways of servitude and destitution have continued to this juncture, in the midst of untold wealth and plenty among the propertied classes whose fortunes have stemmed from generations of exploitation of Blacks, whose labor is now redundant or at least less essential than once it was, all of which suggests a social morass that either finds a just solution or leads to even further dysfunction or even dissolution: “Following the Civil War throughout much of the south, slavery was abolished but simply replaced by sharecropping, leaving the existing power structure largely intact.  White plantation owners allowed black families to live on their land as tenants in exchange for labor and crops.  What little money these families made from farming was exhausted on bare necessities, such as food and clothing, which were often purchased at stores on the plantation that were run by the landowner.  Over time, conditions on these farms improved, though not dramatically. Some plantation owners, for example, afforded tenants a semblance of ownership over the plot, or ‘cut,’ of land they lived on—though this sense of ownership often was only a figment.
‘There’s over 30,000 acres on this farm, and I can tell you each plot of land based on the family that used to own it,’ Andrew said, driving along the dirt road that wound through the old Peaster plantation.  ‘That’s how we kept track of the farm.  This here’s the Cromwell cut, over there is the Phillip cut, and beyond that’s the Wright cut.’
The plantation, however, wasn’t a community of individual farmers working their plot of land to form one unified farm under Mr. Peaster.   In order to circumvent limitations on federal agricultural subsidies, plantation owners often placed sections of their land under their tenants’ names, which allowed them to collect additional subsidies but didn’t give the tenants any real stake.  These practices became clear to Andrew when he was forced to vacate the home and land that, for years, he had considered his own. …
After being forced off of the farm, Andrew was left with no equity from the home he lived in or the land he tilled.  Additionally, working on the farm provided him with no insurance or benefits, and certainly no severance package after losing his job.  Andrew was completely unprepared to take on life outside of the farm.
‘There were a few farming jobs around here, but I knew none of the owners treated their workers right,’ he said.  ‘If a tractor broke down, they’d cuss at you and maybe even hit you.  And if it rained for a month straight and there was no work on the farm, that was a month without pay.’
Andrew left Holmes County to work on big rigs in Jackson, even though it meant being separated from his wife and children who stayed behind.
‘Luckily, I knew about mechanics from working on tractors and machines on the farm,’ he said.  ‘But I didn’t have any credit, so I couldn’t rent an apartment in Jackson, and I couldn’t get a loan either.  So I had to stay at a motel for $320 a week.  That was most of my paycheck right there.'”
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New Myths, a quarterly online journal of speculative fiction, has opened a two-month reading period to solicit submissions. Editor Scott T. Barnes is open to any style of poetry and fiction and most themes, as long as those stories contain a strong element of sci-fi or fantasy. 

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383px-French_opium_denWar on Drugs Fail

A Kernel report that views the recurring failure of the war on drugs as a consequence of the overall stupidity of the drug policy in this country, an argument that’s excellently put in a recent book: “I went on a 30,000-mile journey across nine countries, and I met an amazing range of people—from a transgendered crack dealer in Brooklyn, to a scientist who feeds hallucinogens to mongooses, to the killing fields of Ciudad Juarez, to the only country to ever decriminalize all drugs.

What I found is that almost everything we think we know about this subject is wrong. Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. The drug war is not what we have been shown on our TV screens for a century. And the alternatives are not what we think they are.”

Union Fights for Teachers’ Rights

An In These Times posting that views the active role that teachers’ unions are taking in the fight against terrible education: “Cries of “this means war!” echoed throughout Chicago’s financial district this Tuesday as teachers demonstrated against the Board of Education ahead of union contract negotiations this summer.

They made for a formidable sight: led by a troupe of black-clad high school percussionists and holding their fists up high, members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and their supporters marched on Chicago’s LaSalle Street yesterday demanding adequate wages, benefits and resources for their students, insisting that the district’s financial woes are actually a case of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) being “broke on purpose.”

The rally, which began in front of Chicago’s James R. Thompson center, served as an unofficial kickoff for the CTU’s campaign to bargain a new contract with CPS’s Board of Education, which represents 400,000 students and the country’s third-largest school district. The current contract expires on June 30.”

Right Wing Mural War

A Workers World article that discusses successful attempts to remove art that commemorates a crusader of civil rights: “Shakur, a people’s hero and icon of the Black Lives Matter movement, is a former Black Panther falsely accused and convicted of killing a cop in New Jersey in 1973. She escaped prison and has been in exile in Cuba for more than 30 years. The U.S. government has a $2 million bounty out on her.

The mural had been on display in the Alumni Memorial Union near the Marquette Gender and Sexuality Resource Center since March. Shortly after the center posted photos of the mural on its Facebook page, a longtime conservative professor, John McAdams, joined a campaign to have the mural removed. McAdams critiqued the center on his blog for “glorifying a black militant cop killer.””

Black Lives Matter To Capitalists

A Counter Punch report that views the level at which black lives matter to the current capitalist context, a reality that has held sway for thousands of years: “Black lives have always mattered to white America primarily as a source of economic exploitation. And white American authorities have never been particularly squeamish about killing and maiming Black Americans in defense and advance of that exploitation. Untold millions of Black slaves were tortured and murdered so that Southern tobacco, rice, sugar and cotton planters could extract vast quantities of surplus value from them. As the historian Edward Baptist has recently shown, the violence that was systematically inflicted on Blacks in the forced labor camps of U.S. cotton slavery generated much of the economic surplus that drove the United States’ emergence as a modern capitalist and industrial state before the U.S. Civil War.”

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Watching Police

A Baffler posting that discusses a citizen group that has dedicated itself to watching and doing surveillance on those who would do surveillance on us: “Last summer, after the killing of Michael Brown, I went to a meeting for Copwatch, which trains people to understand how the police operate. They send volunteers out in well-organized teams to patrol neighborhoods, talk to residents about their rights, and film any police-citizen interactions they see. They also offer aid to people as they’re being arrested (“Should we call someone for you?”). As part of its efforts, Copwatch uses digital media and sousveillance, but these tools are incorporated into a larger program of activism, education, and protest. This is what makes them a civil society group and not just some people with cameras, fascinated by the optics of transparency. If sousveillance is to have any meaning beyond providing fodder for a CNN roundtable or getting an occasional cop fired, it will have to be part of a campaign for systemic change. It’s not enough to watch the watchers; we must figure out how to stop them from watching us in the first place.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Union for Writers Progress

A Poynter posting that discusses an online media venture’s recent decision to unionize: “Then the bargaining committee and union officials of the Writers Guild of America, East sit down with company negotiators.

How long could that take? It might well be months at a minimum. Of course, there’s no assurance of success. The fact that you’ve held a union representation election — and in this case the Gawker Media staff has cast its lot with the Writers Guild — doesn’t mean that an employer will speedily cut a deal on a first contract.”

 

“Peliqueiros de Laza” by Ramon Piñeiro – originally posted to Flickr as “Peliqueiros de Laza” Orense.

 

Writing for a Lay Audience

A Chronicle article that discusses the difficulties that academics find in writing for a popular audience, and that outlines the reasons why: “It is hardly surprising that the market demands ever-simpler caricatures of important topics when the standards have been set by professional sportsmen with armies of researchers tucked away in the small print of their acknowledgments, or amiable television actors whose only qualification is having been in a sitcom set during the historical period in question. It is difficult to sell a fresh perspective on an age-old topic when all it takes to count as a “professional historian” is an undergraduate degree and an uncle who works in the BBC. It is almost impossible to package a sophisticated piece of reasoning for the general public when the widely held impression of “philosophy” is based upon the opinionated fallacies of a Richard Dawkins or the insipid drivel of an Alain de Botton.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

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Desk – Bright Meadow Flickr

Online Media Problems and Opportunities

A Washington Post posting that views the possibilities and problems inherent in new media: “Take a few accomplished journalists, add some venture capital, mix with the Internet — and, voila!, you had the ingredients for a revolution in journalism and business. 

Or so journalists suggested when a wave of news start-ups fronted by “brand-name” reporters crested last year. “We are in a time very similar to the early 1980s, when big cities were finally wired for cable,” wrote the New York Times’s media columnist, the late David Carr, in one of the typical assessments last year. “What followed was an explosion of new channels, many of which have become big businesses today.”

Or maybe not. It’s still early, but the digital-news revolution of recent vintage hasn’t been an unbroken run to glory. Some celebrated new ventures have found tough going; others are experiencing what might charitably be called growing pains. The journalism that has emerged from them has been decidedly mixed.”

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Israel Torture Practices

A Common Dreams posting that highlights Israeli actions that violate human rights: “Force-feeding, which has been compared to water-boarding, involves the painful insertion of tubes and pumping of food and can cause stomach damage and asphyxiation. The U.S. military’s routine force-feeding of peaceful protesters at Guantánamo Bay was condemned by the United Nations human rights office as torture and a violation of international law.

Yet, Israeli officials have openly referenced the U.S. practice to justify the bill. When advocating for the legislation last year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directly cited the U.S. policies at Guantánamo Bay.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Important Questions

An Unreasonable article that introduces readers to the most important questions that can have an impact in evaluating any investment, in terms of money but also life: “Those four questions are not only at the heart of Kevin’s evaluation model—but are the core of every working business. I highly recommend asking yourself these questions when you look at your business and answer them with complete and brutal intellectual honesty.”

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A Thought for the Day

An obvious question that occurs to almost everyone who pays even minimal attention is something like this: “How can we interest people in taking part and playing a rich role in the construction of the superior world that is so readily accessible if we engage with each other to bring it about?”  One equally obvious reply would be akin to this: “If their own happiness and power, their children’s and grandchildren’s thriving and survival, and a life of wonder and creativity instead of boredom and stultification, do not provide adequate reasons for engagement and struggle as opposed to passivity and alienation and cynicism, imagining what would motivate people to participate is light years beyond far-fetched.” 

Quote of the Day
Othellopainting“We didn’t get married in Washington because we wanted to marry there.  We did it there because the government wouldn’t allow us to marry back home in Virginia where we grew up, where we met, where we fell in love, and where we wanted to be together and build our family.You see, I am a woman of color and Richard was white, and at that time people believed it was okay to keep us from marrying because of their ideas of who should marry whom.  When Richard and I came back to our home in Virginia, happily married, we had no intention of battling over the law.  We made a commitment to each other in our love and lives, and now had the legal commitment, called marriage, to match.  Isn’t that what marriage is?Not long after our wedding, we were awakened in the middle of the night in our own bedroom by deputy sheriffs and actually arrested for the ‘crime’ of marrying the wrong kind of person.  Our marriage certificate was hanging on the wall above the bed.The state prosecuted Richard and me, and after we were found guilty, the judge declared: ‘Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay, and red, and he placed them on separate continents.  And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages.  The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.’  He sentenced us to a year in prison, but offered to suspend the sentence if we left our home in Virginia for 25 years exile.We left, and got a lawyer.  Richard and I had to fight, but still were not fighting for a cause. We were fighting for our love.”  Mildred Loving, on the fortieth anniversary of the decision in Loving versus Virginiahttp://www.freedomtomarry.org/pdfs/mildred_loving-statement.pdf.
This Day in History

Today in the United States is Loving Day, to commemorate the key civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, and, around the our fair planet—in spite of over a century of U.S. Supreme Court opposition from the mid-1800’s to the mid-1900’s—celebrates World Day Against Child Labor; in jolly England six hundred thirty four years back, insurgents in the Peasants’ Revolt gathered together at Blackheath, in contemporary suburban London, in preparation for battle; a hundred twenty-one years subsequently, in 1550, a

“Silja Symphony and icy sea lane South Harbor Helsinki Finland” by Pöllö

Swedish King took credit for founding a city, Helsinki, that now is part of the Finnish nation; a century and half a decade henceforth, in 1665, one result of Anglo-Dutch conflict resulted in the establishment of a British municipal authority in New York City, just a short time before New Amsterdam; another hundred ten years further on, in 1775, British military authorities in Massachusetts declared martial law in response to growing unrest and organized resistance; a year later on, to the South in Virginia in 1776, the still-colonial administration issued its Declaration of Rights that signaled revolution; just a year past a quarter century further along time’s arc, in 1802, the Martineau textile manufacturing family welcomed a baby girl into their midst who would rise as a bourgeois feminist voice of immense reach and substantial popularity in Victorian England; one hundred fifty-five years ago, Russia formed its central bank, the State Bank of the Russian Empire; thirty years thereafter, in 1890, a baby boy was born whose brief but brilliant life as artist Egon Schiele would raise many eyebrows among conservatives and reactionaries and 593px-Egon_Schiele_-_Self-Portrait_with_Physalis_-_Google_Art_Projectpuritanical sorts; eight years closer to now, in 1898, Emilio Aguinaldo led Filipinos to declare independence from Spain, though he did not then foresee the enforcement of a United States replacement of Spanish authority with a Yankee imprimatur; eighty-six years ago, a baby girl entered the world in the usual way who would mature as the young diarist and martyr, Anne Frank; seven hundred thirty days hence, across the Atlantic in 1931, a male infant came along who would grow up as film critic Rodney Whitaker, who wrote popular novels under the pseudonym, Trevanian; three further years down the road, in 1934, the well-to-do Manhattan Jaffes brought a little girl into the world whose fate would be to write cultural commentary and popular fiction as Rona Jaffe; half a decade more proximate to the present, in 1939, Dr. Cyclops became the first film to shoot in three strip Technicolor;three years further along, in 1942, young Anne Frank received a diary as a gift on her thirteenth birthday; the very next year, in nearby Poland in 1943, Nazi soldiers carried out their ‘orders’ to murder close to two thousand Jews in what is now Berezhany; two decades to the day beyond that conjunction, in 1963, a slightly different flavor of fascist, Byron De La Beckwith committed a more singular murder, gunning down civil rights leader

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

Medgar Evers in Jackson, Mississippi; the very next year, in 1964, more or less seven thousand miles Southeast, an additional fascist variation caused Nelson Mandela to receive a sentence of life in prison in South Africa; three years still nearer the now, in 1967, the Supreme Court finally disallowed laws against so-called miscegenation in Loving v. Virginia, and the Venera 4 spacecraft launched on its journey, to Venus, to become the first craft to enter another planet’s atmosphere; a year more along time’s path, in 1968, across the Atlantic in England, the aristocratic anarchist Herbert Read, a poet and critic of some acclaim, breathed his last; twenty-one years back, someone murdered O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her lover, Ronald Goldman; two years subsequent to that bloody fray, in 1996, a panel of Federal judges ruled that a blanket law that censored porn and other ‘libertine’ speech online was unconstitutional; two years still more in today’s vicinity, in 1998, the beloved prophet of love, Leo Buscaglia, had his final loving moments; three years in advance of this point in time, the civil rights activist and leader, Annie Martin, died. From Wikipedia Day in History

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IF ‘TRADE’ = PLUTOCRACY, VULTURE PLUNDER DEFENSES NEEDED

http://www.countercurrents.org/zuesse090615.htm            From an investigative historian in the CounterCurrents fold, a breakdown of what is at stake in today’s ‘trade’ vote, as well as an assessment of how we’ve come to this juncture and how the insidious harms of such a ‘partnership’ will operate in real life, of the thousands of recent posts that have raised alarms over the Trans Pacific Partnership, one that comes a little closer to being real and comprehensive in its analysis, instead of merely pointing out a few risks, or examining legislative log-rolling negotiating in the context of already accepting the TPP as a done deal, or presenting a ‘balanced’ report of the pros and cons of WikiLeaks‘ ‘bounty’ for anyone who provides a copy of this supposedly oh-so-excellent deal, or the tame aggregation of how the deal will harm the Democratic half of the ReDemoPubliCratiCan phalanx that the corporate puppet masters have bought and paid for, or a presentation of the heartfelt but ultimately pointless and powerless complaints of the labor leaders who have bought into the same corporate system as union political sponsors who have blithely betrayed workers again and again: “The system in these ‘trade’ deals does not allow nations to sue international corporations, but it does allow international corporations to sue any signatory nation that, a given suing international corporation alleges, has violated the treaty’s international standard — in other words, that has applied or instituted a standard higher than the international treaty allows.

If subsequent scientific research indicates that a given global-warming matter requires a higher standard than was formerly thought, or that a given product-safety or food-safety standard was actually dangerously low and must be raised, then, that’s just too bad, because there won’t be any realistic way in which the given standard, in any participating country, will be able to be raised.  The international corporations that have lobbied so successfully for Obama’s ‘trade’ deals to get them as far as they already have, will easily be able to block at least one of the participating countries from going along with a treaty-change to enable increasing the then-established set-in-stone international standard.

So: what’s really at issue here is a transfer from national democratic sovereignty to, instead, international-corporate sovereignty, in which international corporations will have locked-in an international dictatorial control over a large portion of what it is that national governments do, and necessarily must do, in order to serve the public good.

The whole thing is a corrupt con-job.

What is at stake here is nothing less than whether the future of the world will be national democratic governments, or instead an international fascist government.  Regardless of whether the old ideal of an international democratic world-federalist government (the old idea of a world government) was a good one, the bringing-about of an international corporate dictatorship is a monstrosity: the very opposite of an international democracy.”

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WRITE THE WORLD 
A posting from Writing World that announces a neat community for young writers: “An online global community for high school students…to publish 
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Lyrics to "Solidarity Forever" from UE song book, 1952 (Helen Quirini Papers)
Lyrics to “Solidarity Forever” from UE song book, 1952 (Helen Quirini Papers)

Activism on a Global Scale

A Z Net posting that affirms a global committment to a new tomorrow, but admonishes that old views of internationalist left must be re-examined in order for the movement to gain speed: “In the second decade of the 21st century, however, our practice of internationalism is confused and stuck in old habits and discourses left over from the era of Third World liberation, beginning early in the twentieth century, and the Cold War of 1945-1991.  Both of those historical periods are now long gone:  the European empires that created the Third World through centuries of exploitation and social engineering are dismantled, while the ideological and political-military struggle between state socialism and U.S.-led capitalism ended with the implosion of the former, and a whimper not a bang. It is high time that the Left rethink what it means to practice internationalism in this new world of collapsing states, extraordinary concentrations of wealth, and technologies that make the U.S.–the one world power, however much in decline—able to track or kill people, anytime and anywhere in the world.”

 

U.S. Admits Nazi Role

A Consortium News article that discusses the truth behind both American involvement and propaganda in Ukraine, an article that serves as a springboard for further discussions regarding these issues: “Last February, when ethnic Russian rebels were closing in on the Ukrainian port of Mariupol, the New York Times rhapsodically described the heroes defending the city and indeed Western civilization – the courageous Azov battalion facing down barbarians at the gate. What the Times didn’t tell its readers was that these “heroes” were Nazis, some of them even wearing Swastikas and SS symbols.

The long Times article by Rick Lyman fit with the sorry performance of America’s “paper of record” as it has descended into outright propaganda – hiding the dark side of the post-coup regime in Kiev. But what makes Lyman’s sadly typical story noteworthy today is that the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has just voted unanimously to bar U.S. assistance going to the Azov battalion because of its Nazi ties.”

Political Triumph in Spain

A Common Dreams article that demonstrates a wonderful political victory in Spain: “Manuela Carmena, a 71-year-old retired judge who ran on an anti-austerity, anti-corruption, anti-eviction platform, is set to become the next mayor of Spain’s capital, Madrid, after her leftist Ahora Madrid protest party on Thursday agreed to an alliance with the Socialist party.

According to Reuters, “The victory of her left-wing alliance in the national capital is another blow to the [Popular Party] after its rout in municipal and regional elections last month when austerity-weary Spaniards abandoned the party in droves.””

 

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A Capital & Main posting that contextualizes the war against teachers and the overall grievous failings of the educational system: “It’s no secret that former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich has some misgivings about the direction of the American economy. But the prolific writer, radio commentator and longtime University of California, Berkeley professor isn’t thrilled about how we are educating our kids, either.

As part of a new project with the activist group MoveOn.org, Reich recently released a video that described our education system as “squashing passion for learning, eroding the love of teaching and grinding up generations of young people.” The critique is accompanied by a set of proposals to reinvent American education – one of 10 planks in a broader agenda titled “10 Ideas to Save the Economy.””

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MY PERFECT PITCH: BOOK PUBLISHERS ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS 
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Another Writing World announcement that discusses another great opportunity for scrappy writers: “NewPages.com is news, information, and guides to literary
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GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

comma_radio_stationThe Power of Podcasts

A Wired article that discusses the power of podcasting media in allowing NPR to remain viable and powerful: “For the first time in six years, National Public Radio, better known as NPR, is on track to break even financially thanks in part to the rising popularity of podcasts.

While the nonprofit’s stations are primarily dependent on federal funding, corporate sponsorship, and individual donations to stay on the air, the company has suffered from deficits and leadership changes in the past few years, leading to cutbacks and layoffs of its talented staff. But not this year. Along with some steps to reduce costs and develop new strategies, the Internet is helping to save the radio star.”

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Whimsical and Uninhibited Displays

A Rolling Stone video posting that weighs in on a new fad that demonstrates the power of letting go and embracing playfulness: “Co-founded by Silver and fellow performance artist Fritz Donnelly in the spring of 2015, looping allows a community of people to participate in something like a free-for-all adult playtime, wearing silly costumes or underwear in broad daylight on the streets of New York City. With wacky props and eccentric make-up or body paint, the participants become an “animal tribe,” focusing on improvised movements and interactions with whomever passes by. “I get to call people on the street ‘mommy,'” looper Took Edelow says just before greeting a welcoming stranger. “I feel like we all created each other just a little bit.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

povertyPoverty and Brain Development

A City Lab posting that demonstrates that poverty can disadvantage a person from earliest infancy, demonstrating at another level how the fiction of equal opportunity fails “Behavioral scientists have made some truly groundbreaking insights into the cognitive costs of poverty in recent years. We now know, for instance, that scarcity puts a huge strain on our mental resources—the equivalent of stripping 13 points off our IQ, or losing a night’s sleep—making it that much tougher to handle daily tasks or decisions. That’s just one of many findings pointing to the same conclusion: poverty literally alters the way you process the world.”

6.11.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

solidarityOutside of participatory efforts from below to reformulate power relations and networks of domination and control, humankind would long ago either have collapsed into a devolutionary cycle of cannibalism and mutual predation, or even have disappeared altogether in a thermonuclear rush: the slender thread on which Homo Sapiens survival depends is the creation of grassroots networks of participatory power, despite the apparent impossibility of this necessity. 

Quote of the Day
“Writers ever since writing began have had problems, and the main problem narrows down to just one word — life.  Certainly this might be an age of so-called faithlessness and despair we live in, but the new writers haven’t cornered any market on faithlessness and despair, any more than Dostoyevsky or Marlowe or Sophocles did.  Every age has its terrible aches and pains, its peculiar new horrors, and every writer since the beginning of time, just like other people, has been afflicted by what (a) friend of mine calls ‘the fleas of life’—you know, colds, hangovers, bills, sprained ankles, and little nuisances of one sort or another.  They are the constants of life, at the core of life, along with nice little delights that come along every now and then.”  William Styron
This Day in History

Theodosius_II_solidus_Constantinople_439_450_gold_4480mgJust one year less than thirty two centuries ago, according to Eratosthenes’ timekeeping, in a relatively early expression of imperial carnage that has many millennia of tradition behind it, Greek forces began and mostly completed the plundering and sacking and burning of Troy;   in China thirteen hundred eighty-four years before the here and now, the second Emperor of Tang China, Taizong, dispatched intermediaries to the Northern hinterlands to negotiate the release of close to a hundred thousand captured Chinese from the conflict over the transition from Sui to Tang rule; a thousand three hundred and fifty-seven years after that point, and over eighteen hundred years prior to this moment, in 173, Rome turned its imperial attentions to a different sector from what is now Turkey and Persia, to the area of contemporary Czech lands in Moravia, where Roman fighters decimated a surrounding Germanic force in the middle of a massive thunderstorm; a half decade more than a century and a half later, in 786, six thousand miles or so Southwest in Arabia, a nascent Shia uprising led ibn Abdallah, a son of Muhammad’s daughter, to flee, when the Abbasids annihilated the insurgency, to Morocco, where he was instrumental in founding the Idrisid Dynasty; just three years before nine hundred years in the past, an Italian Crusader from Salerno, serving as regent of the Christian conquests near Antioch, in present day Syria, led forces that captured Azaz from the Seljuk Turks; sixty-seven decades in advance of today’s unfolding, the titular head of the late Byzantine Navy, Alexios Apokaukos, died at the end of a rope when, toward the end of one of the empire’s civil wars, political prisoners seized and lynched him; four hundred forty-three years prior to the present pass, the Jonson family welcomed a new boy child into the world who would grow up as the second most revered poet and playwright of his book sq6Elizabethan generation, Ben Jonson; precisely twenty-two years subsequently, in 1594, Spain’s second King Philip ‘granted’ indigenous humans half a world away the right to be equal human beings so long as they belonged to the right status groups in the Spanish-conquered ‘Philippines;’ two hundred sixteen years ahead of today, a Honduran infant came along who would mature as the priest, poet, and social reformer Jose Reyes, whose stances in favor of social justice and women’s rights have made him a present-day national hero; a half-decade beyond that on the dot, in 1805, the relatively new city of Detroit two thousand miles or so North suffered the loss of more than half of its building stock in a Michigan Territory fire; another thirty-two years hence, in 1837, a massive riot occurred in Boston in which Irish immigrants were the targets of ‘native’ Bostonians; a century and eighteen years back, Australia’s Limelight Department became one of the world’s first film studios; seven hundred thirty days closer to now, in 1899, five thousand miles or so Northwest across the Pacific, a baby boy came squalling into the world whose whole family would soon enough die, leaving him to write about loneliness and alienation so affectingly that he won the Nobel Prize in literature as Yasunari Kawabata, the japanese herbsfirst Japanese laureate; eleven further years along time’s path, in 1910, around the world in France, a male infant was born who would gravitate to the sea as the renowned writer and environmentalist, Jacques Cousteau; at the U.S. Republican Party National Convention a decade after that juncture, in Chicago in 1920,Associated Press reporters coined the idiom Smoke-Filled-Room to refer to the party’s candidate selection process, and not too far afield, a baby male was taking his first breath who would mature as Irving Howe, an incisive critic of such faux democracy; five years henceforth, in 1925, another baby boy joined our midst on his way to literary fame and social critique as novelist and thinker William Styron; seven years farther along time’s arc, in 1932, roughly seventy-five hundred miles Southeast in Southern Africa, the Fugard clan welcome a new member, the boy Athol, who would end up as one of the world’s great dramatists and social critics; two years more proximate to the present, in 1934, seventy-five hundred miles or so East of North of that, the brilliant psychologist of social relations and learning, Lev Vigotsky, died in the Soviet Union; three hundred sixty-five days after that juncture, in 1935, Westward across Europe and the wide Atlantic, Edwin Armstrong inaugurated the Frequency Modulation radio era with a demonstration in New Jersey; another year on, in 1936, back across the Atlantic in England’s capital, the London International

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Sun and Moon, Hartmann Schedel’s Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493

Surrealist Exhibition started, where Salvador Dali would nearly suffocate while delivering a lecture from inside of a deep-sea diving suit; six years still nearer the here and now, in 1942, the United States deigned to extend its Lend-Lease policies to communists in the Soviet Union, on whom capital had sicced Hitler’s hordes in the first place; fifty-nine years back, the first Tamil ethnic riots took place in Sri Lanka, precursing today’s violent tensions there; seven years hence, in 1963, around the planet in Alabama, George Wallace ‘stood in the schoolhouse door’ to promise ‘White-forever’ policies in education, and John F. Kennedy announced the need for a Civil Rights Act on national television, and back around the world, much closer to Sri Lanka, a first Buddhist monk publicly doused himself with gasoline and ignited the fuel in protest over Vietnam’s discriminations against Buddhism; eight years even more in the vicinity of today, in 1971, U.S. interveners forcibly removed Native Americans who were occupying the Federal Prison at Alcatraz; seven years to the day thereafter, in 1978, Altaf Hussain led the founding of the All Pakistan Muhajir Student’s Organization, to advocate for the rights of Pakistanis whose families had originated in India, as part of one of the British Empire’s premium divide-and-conquer tricks; two decades later, in 1998, what was then the largest merger in history transpired when Compaq Computers acquired the Digital Equipment Corporation for the now paltry sum of $9 billion; another ten years on time’s path, in 2008, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper took an erstwhile unprecedented step and apologized to indigenous communities for the abuse that their children had suffered at the behest of the nation’s school systems and other institutional structures; one year ago,iconic civil rights legend Ruby Dee, singer and songwriter and progressive thinker at once, took her final breath. From Wikipedia Day in History

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MONOPOLY MEDIA’S IMPERIAL COMPOST ON UKRAINE

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/06/11/wpost-plays-ukraines-lapdog/         Another incisive lesson in the political economy and social relations of imperial media, from Consortium News, that argues in part that , one of hundreds of pieces from recent weeks that considers events in Ukraine in terms of such issues as human survival’s requiring resistance, the U.S.’s having played the leading role in eviscerating Europe in driving to war, the necessity of listening to Russian voices and their rationality vis-a-vis American propaganda, and the on-the-ground likelihood of civil war in the Ukraine itself, all of which exists in the environment of Consortium News’ observed “lapdog” behavior on the part of the manufactured consent sector itself: “Wouldn’t it have been interesting to ask Yatsenyuk about his pre-coup contacts with Nuland and U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt and what their role was in fomenting the ‘regime change’ that ousted elected President Viktor Yanukovych and hurtled Ukraine into a civil war?  Sure, Yatsenyuk might have ducked the questions, but isn’t that the role that journalists are supposed to play, at least ask? [See Consortiumnews.com’s “What Neocons Want from Ukraine Crisis.”] Or why not question Yatsenyuk about the presence of neo-Nazis and other right-wing extremists who spearheaded the violent coup and then were deployed as the shock troops in Ukraine’s ‘anti-terrorism operation’ that has slaughtered thousands of ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine?  Wouldn’t that question have spiced up the interview? [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Wretched US Journalism on Ukraine.”] And, since Ukraine’s Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko was at the editorial board meeting as well, wouldn’t it have made sense to ask her about the propriety of her enriching herself while managing a $150 million U.S.-taxpayer-financed investment fund for Ukraine over the past decade?   What kind of message does her prior work send to the people of Ukraine as they’re asked to tighten their belts even more, with cuts to pensions, reduction of worker protections, and elimination of heating subsidies?
How would Jaresko justify her various schemes to increase her compensation beyond the $150,000 limit set by the U.S. Agency for International Development and her decision to take court action to gag her ex-husband when he tried to blow the whistle on some improprieties?  Wouldn’t such an exchange enlighten the Post’s readers about the complexities of the crisis? [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Ukraine Finance Minister’s American ‘Values.’”] …
On Thursday, the Post combined a news article on the visit with an editorial that repeated pretty much as flat fact what Yatsenyuk and Jaresko had said.  So, after Yatsenyuk alleged that Russia had 10,000 troops on the ground inside Ukraine, the Post’s editorial writers simply asserted the same number as a fact in its lead editorial, which stated: ‘Russia … has deployed an estimated 10,000 troops to eastern Ukraine and, with its local proxies, attacks Ukrainian forces on a near-daily basis.’
Though both assertions are in dispute – with many of the cease-fire violations resulting from Ukrainian government assaults around the rebel-controlled Donetsk Airport – the Post had no interest in showing any skepticism, arguably one of the consequences from the failure to impose any accountability for the Post’s similarly biased writing prior to the Iraq War.”
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A Thought for the Day

queue workers DEPRESSION BREAD LINEFor at least most of the last century, the primary purpose of the façade of contemporary dialog and discussion has remained the evisceration of participation by society’s masses, its working and struggling and impoverished classes, whom those who have appointed themselves masters and authorities insist must watch and listen, sitting down and shutting up and doing as their orders indicate rather than daring to offer opinions or ideas, let alone directives for action or expressions of necessary effort or, most feared by the upper crust of all, attempts to organize themselves to take by force their rightful place in social conversations about how to proceed to deal with our dilemmas. 

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“Women think in [Douglas] Sirk’s films.  Something which has never struck me with other directors.  None of them. Usually women are always reacting, doing what women are supposed to do, but in Sirk they think.  It’s something that has to be seen.  It’s great to see women think.  It gives one hope.  Honestly. …(In a similar vein), I detest the idea that love between two persons can lead to salvation. All my life I have fought against this oppressive type of relationship.  Instead, I believe in searching for a kind of love that somehow involves all of humanity.” Werner Rainer Fassbinder
This Day in History

 

“Oumijingu rokoku” by KENPEI – Own work.

More or less two thousand three hundred thirty eight years in the past, the conqueror Alexander died at age 33 during a campaign in Southwest Asia; thirteen hundred forty-four years ago in Japan, technological innovators there developed a Rokoku, a water clock that successfully noted the passage of hours in the day, which Emperor Tenji had placed in the capitol of Ötsu; eight and a quarter centuries in advance of this moment in time, the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick ‘Red-Beard’ drowned in a Turkish River while leading armies on a Third Crusade to Jerusalem, which resulted in the dissolution of much of the military muscle in the operation; a hundred thirty-nine years later, in the same region in 1329, the Byzantine defeat at Pelekanon resulted in the permanent ouster of Greek and other European forces from Ottoman-controlled Turkey; two hundred twenty-two years in advance of today’s passing, Jacobins attained more or less untrammeled control of the Committee of Public Safety, which boded ill for the lives and fates of the just-arrested Girondin leaders who favored accommodations with the monarchy and other ‘moderation’ in the course of revolution, and what became the world’s first public zoo opened in Paris as siberian_tigerthe Jardin des Plantes; a dozen years hence, in 1805, in an event that related to the Revolution through geopolitical and social channels, Tripolitanian leaders made peace with the invading U.S. forces about Mediterranean piracy; a century and sixty-one years ahead of the current context, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis graduated its first class; twelve dozen years back,U.S. Marines landed for their initial invasion of Korea, to enforce trade relations that the peninsular rulers resisted; in an early outbreak of anti-imperial populism in the Balkans half a dozen years subsequently, in 1877, the so-called League of Prizren formed to advocate and act for Albanian interests that the Congress of Berlin—an early version of the G-7—had subsumed in ‘larger’ geopolitical agendas; in further imperial plunder twenty-one years later, in 1898, U.S. Marines first landed in Cuba to ‘liberate’ the island from its own people’s unseating of Spanish colonization; precisely a century before the here and now, a baby boy was born whose destiny entailed his becoming the storyteller and Nobel Literary Laureate Saul Bellow; three hundred sixty-six days thereafter, in 1916, across the Atlantic and through the Mediterranean, Arab independence partisans rose in revolt, as part of the Anglo-French plan to dominate the region through aristocratic families, under the leadership of T.E. Lawrence; eight years henceforth, in 1924, on the Northern side of the Meditteranean, fascist thugs in Italy murdered the Socialist leader, Giacomo Matteotti; just a year closer to today, in 1925, across the Atlantic in North America, the Hentoff family welcomed a new male member, who would become a popular and prolific writer and commentator under the rubric of Nat

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Hentoff; three years further on, in 1928, a baby male uttered his first cry en route to a life as the narrative and illustrative children’s literary stalwart, Maurice Sendak; another year still more proximate to the present, in 1929, Mobile’s Wilson clan brought a boy child into the world who would go on to fame and fortune as the social biologist and thinker and writer, Edward O. Wilson; six years still more in proximity to the current day, in 1935, Dr. Robert Smith swore to drink no more and simultaneously founded Alcoholics Anonymous; half-a-decade beyond that, in 1940, Black Nationalist leader and self-promoter Marcus Garvey breathed his last; just a year shy of a decade more along time’s path, across the wide North Atlantic, Nobel Prize winning author and anti-fascist resistance leader Sigrid Undset died; fifty-seven years ago, back on the American side of the ocean, the dramatist and thinker of the Harlem Renaissance, and niece of the abolitionist leader of the same name, Angelina Grimke had her final exit;five years afterward to the second, in 1963, the Equal Pay Act became law—but never fact—as John Kennedy signed the legislation at the White House; another year later, in 1964, further reform ‘victories’ transpired with the end of the Senate filibuster of the Civil Rights Act, which led soon to the bill’s passage into the U.S. Code; nine years after that point in time, in 1973, the dramatic bard of the Midwest, William Inge, played his final scene; another four years hence, in 1977, Apple Computer released one of the first desk top stations, in the form of the Apple II; three years more along the 480px-Apple_Lisatemporal arc, in 1980, and eighty-five hundred miles Southeast, the African National Conference publicized the call to resistance that Nelson Mandela had composed in prison; two years more, and six thousand miles North in Germany, in 1982, the brief and prolific life of film and theater prodigy Rainer Werner Fassbinder came to a close; six years beyond that, back in North America in 1988, iconic novelist of the West, Louis L’Amour, said his final howdy before riding into the sunset for the last time; thirteen years back, in England, cyborg-and-artificial-intelligence researcher Kevin Warwick conducted the initial experiment in wiring humans to communicate by their natural electrochemical impulses; exactly another year in the direction of today, in 2003, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched the Mars Rover craft that in six months would land tens-of-millions of miles away, ready to send back pictures and data to Earth from the Red Planet; one additional year past that juncture, in 2004, beloved songwriter and performer, Ray Charles, drew his final breath. From WIkipedia Day in History

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MONOPOLY FINANCE, NATIONAL MONIES, & HUMANITY’S FATE

http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2015/patnaik090615.html           A not altogether simple–but thereby neither simplistic or simple-minded–political economic analysis about current contradictions in money markets, foreign exchange relationships, central banking, and more, the upshot of which is that capital’s crisis will almost certainly worsen markedly very soon, again, despite all manner of evasion and attempts to blame what is not blameworthy and avoid anything that examines monopoly money’s imprimatur as the prime mover of both plunder and collapse, of both plutocracy and oppression, that it undeniably is and must remain till some force from below rises up strong enough to meet and oppose it: “This shift however will further aggravate the world capitalist crisis.  It may be thought that since other currencies are declining vis-à-vis the dollar, this would help these countries to expand their exports; even if this were true, since this export expansion would be at the expense of the US, there would be no necessary increase in the world demand as a whole and hence no alleviation of the crisis for the capitalist world taken as a whole.  Additionally however long before the effects of any such currency depreciation have made themselves felt, the outflow of speculative funds stimulated by such depreciation (and in anticipation of further depreciation) can become a torrent, bringing these countries to acute financial crisis.  To stem the prospects of such an eventuality, countries then adopt contractionary measures, not just in the fiscal sphere, where ‘austerity’ is rampant anyway, but even in the monetary sphere where interest rates are jacked up to prevent the outflow of funds.  An exchange rate depreciation paradoxically then brings forth a policy response of inducing a contraction of the economy.  And if this happens over the rest of the world as a whole, then there will be an overall contraction in this segment because of the wealth-holders’ flocking back to the US.

At the same time, within the US itself the increase in the interest rate that the Fed is promising to effect will nip whatever little recovery there has been.  Taking the world as a whole therefore the prospect is one of a deepening of the crisis.  Put differently, the rise in US interest rates will necessarily cause an increase in interest rates all around the world, which would only compound the world recession.  Since fiscal means for stimulating the world economy are out in the current era of ‘austerity,’ there are no offsetting factors against this compounding of recession.

But then the question will be asked: why is such a policy stance being adopted?  American radicals tend to blame the Republican Party for it, attributing this stance to the stupidities and prejudices of that Party.  And it is true that the increase in interest rate that the Fed has announced, that it would effect as a means of preventing inflation, is quite unwarranted at present because inflation in the US is far below the Fed’s own ‘inflation target’ of 2 percent.  There is undoubtedly therefore an element of ideological conservatism underlying the current moves to push the world economy towards a deeper recession.

At the same time however it simply would not do to put the blame solely on ideological conservatism.  The fact is that with the enormous build up of finance, which some authors have called ‘financialisation,’ the strength of the rentier interests has increased to an extent unprecedented in the entire history of capitalism, and with it also the power of the fear of inflation, which brings down the “real” value of money and of all financial assets that are denominated in terms of money.  ‘Inflation targeting’ itself is a reflection of this.  And the truncation of a recovery that has barely got going, for fear that it would cause inflation, is also a reflection of this.”

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New England Review is accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, translation, and art.

Do you want a house for keeps? Write A House is still accepting applications from writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction for their residency, in which writers are each given a home in Detroit.

 Film Consortium San Diego  is calling for films from professional, independent, and student filmmakers for their 2016 San Diego Film Awards. Submitted films are also eligible for screening at their Fall Film Fest, Winter Film Showcase, and other opportunities throughout the year.

 The Noisy Island is calling for high-school age musicians and writers to submit original songs and creative writing for their journal.

The Richard J. Margolis Award of Blue Mountain Center combines a one-month residency at Blue Mountain Center with a $5,000 prize. It is awarded annually to a promising new journalist or essayist whose work combines warmth,  humor, wisdom and concern with social justice. The award was established in honor of Richard J. Margolis, a journalist, essayist and poet who gave eloquent voice to the hardships of the rural poor, migrant farm workers, the elderly, Native Americans and others whose voices are seldom heard. He was also the  author of a number of books for children. Blue Mountain Center is a writers and artists colony in the Adirondacks in Blue Mountain Lake, New York.

Emerging Voices is a literary fellowship that aims to provide new writers, who lack access, with the tools they will need to launch a professional writing career. The eight-month fellowship includes:

PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP: Emerging Voices Mentors are carefully chosen from PEN Center USA’s membership and from professional writers based in Los Angeles. The Mentor-Fellow relationship is expected to challenge the fellow’s work and compel significant creative progress. Over the course of the fellowship, Emerging Voices Fellows and Mentors should meet three times in person, and be in contact at least once a month. In these three meetings, Mentors will offer written feedback on the Emerging Voices Fellows’ work in progress. Authors who have been mentors in the past include Ron Carlson, Harryette Mullen, Chris Abani, Ramona Ausubel, Meghan Daum, and Sherman Alexie.

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Healthy Psych – Progressive and practical psychology website looking for writer for very part-time freelance/contract position (telecommuting).  Responsibilities: write approximately 2 quality articles / month + interact on social media. 

Part-Time Remote SEO Freelancer Needed (Huntington Beach, CA)

compensation: $15-$35/hour

part-time
telecommuting okay

Vital Interactive, a boutique interactive marketing agency in Huntington Beach, is looking for an SEO Strategist to work remotely to supplement our team.Our ideal candidate is a self-starter that is driven to generate high quality traffic through their SEO efforts. We are looking for someone who is familiar with the latest “white hat” SEO techniques and understands the value of creating long-term SEO strategies that will persist through changes in the search engine algorithms.

Experienced blogger with B2B Marketing Experience

Nelio A/B Testing is looking for a long-term contributor with experience in writing about advanced marketing strategies for eCommerce, Publishers, and B2B SaaS businesses. You should be familiar with concepts like content marketing, growth hacking, conversion rate optimization, A/B Testing, and so on.  

Resume Writers (Virtual)

compensation: By Project

telecommuting okay

Summary
You will write and edit resumes and optimize LinkedIn® Profiles using customers’ existing resumes or questionnaires if the customer does not have a resume. Most of the correspondences will be via email but may require phone calls.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

diego rivera work labor Studies on Social Innovation

A Smithsonian historical posting that discusses social innovation as a place where diversity and tolerance exist: “When you combine the right people and a mix of useful resources in a special place, invention and innovation often result. Here at the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, we’ve been studying this phenomenon and can’t wait to share it with you in Places of Invention, opening July 1. The new exhibition uses six case studies from different time periods, industries, and places around the U.S. to demonstrate the breadth and diversity of invention. I’d like to introduce you to a few of my favorite objects from three of these inventive hot spots. (Yesterday I shared three others from Hartford, Hollywood, and Medical Alley.”

Global Organization Shows Solidarity

A TeleSur article that shows the solidarity movements going through Europe that side with Venezuela, even in a context that is still hostile to the country:  “As Latin American, Caribbean and European leaders gather in Brussels for the II EU-CELAC Summit, a parallel People’s Summit has brought together social movement organizers and speakers from across the world in the Belgian capital to exchange lessons from resistance struggles and the first statements were in solidarity with Venezuela and in dissent with European media they said has been hostile against the South American country.

“We convey our solidarity with Latin America,” said a Spanish participant solidarity from the Venezuela Solidarity Group. “The media are very aggressive regarding what is happening in Venezuela , Ecuador and Bolivia.””

 

By Allan Ajifo
By Allan Ajifo

The Maze of So Called Mental Illness

A  harrowing AlterNet account that discusses the pitfalls of relying on the mental health institutions for anything other than misdiagnosis or predation, and of use to all organizing around mental health issues: ” My story is unique, as is the story of every person diagnosed with mental illness. The stakes for me and so many others were not just about mental wellness. They were also about both my economic and educational future. I am still grappling with the financial consequences of misdiagnosis. My psychological maelstrom meant I lost my substantial academic scholarship. I was forced to pay hefty tuition costs after leaving American. I was ultimately shuffled into inpatient psychiatric care, which can cost as much or more than a private university. My credit score is abysmal from unpaid medical bills. Falling behind in school means having to wait longer to find a full-time job in my field. While some of my high school peers are finishing up their second or third degrees, I am just finishing up my bachelor’s. My monetary future at times seems bleak.”

Anti Union Shenanigans

A The Atlantic posting that shows the depths of depravity a notorious multinational corporation does to avoid the possibility that its workers be empowered: ” Early last year, Anonymous, a network of hacker activists, leaked two internal Walmart PowerPoint slideshows. One was a “Labor Relations Training” presentation for store managers that echoed the “Manager’s Toolbox” in suggesting that unions were money-grubbing outfits caring little about workers’ welfare. “Unions are a business, not a club or social organization—they want associates’ money,” the PowerPoint read. (Walmart confirmed the PowerPoints’ authenticity.) “Unions spend members’ dues money on things other than representing them,” it added.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

 

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Braun HF 1

America Media for Non English Audience

A Columbia Journalism Review posting that discusses attempt to branch out to other countries’ media: “Mainstream media organizations have long produced foreign-language editions (the Times launched its Chinese edition in 2012), apps, and special issues to reach broader audiences, but such initiatives are typically separate versions of flagship publications, with their own brands and audiences. Bi- or multilingual publications and media organizations tend to build an identity around their multicultural focus, which separates them from mainstream media.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

Jon Sullivan - public domain
Jon Sullivan – public domain

New Financing Model for Media

A Business Insider posting that views a successful app that is making the rounds in Germany, and points to a new, successful method that media outlets can receive profit: “Blendle, the Dutch startup that allows users to pay small micropayments for individual newspaper and magazine articles rather than having to sign up to digital subscriptions, has just signed up all the major German national newspapers to its service.

Not just some of them — all of them. Eighteen dailies and 15 weeklies. The app now has an almost complete lock on national news in Germany.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Failed Nuclear Conference

A TeleSur article that discusses the many failed attempts to resolve grave global issues, a failure that will cost many dearly: “The inability of the NWS, the US in particular, to bring Israel to the negotiating table disappointed many, and it demonstrated the fragile state of the NPT regime. The lack of meaningful progress on this issue paved the way for the failure of the the 2015 RevCon. The US delegation, however, put the blame for the problems of this year’s conference on Egypt for making “unrealistic and unworkable” demands. The US representative Rose Gottemoeller further maintained that the language in the document was “incompatible with our long-standing policies.” Gottemoeller blamed certain states for trying to “cynically manipulate the RevCon — to advance their narrow objectives at the expense of the treaty, or of our shared long-standing principles.” 

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Profitability of Going Organic

A Quartz article that contextualizes the economic feasability of more environmentally sound practices in agriculture: “Despite the many environmental benefits of organic farming—it’s better for soil, water, air, and climate change—it’s often written off as economically unfeasible for farmers. That’s largely because the same patch of land will produce less food when farmed without the synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other tools used in conventional agriculture.

But according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, organic farmers can make more money than their conventional counterparts, even with their lower yields, because consumers are willing to pay more for organic foods. (Consumers pay extra, apparently, even whenthey don’t know what “organic” means.)”

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A Thought for the Day

 

Draft_card_burning_vietnam warJust as in war, so too in life, engagement means battle: the notion that our goal should be to reduce or avoid conflict stems from an insidious combination of cowardice on the part of common people, understandable but ultimately futile, and vicious manipulation on the part of those in charge, who know that failing to resolve through debate and struggle the very real contrarieties and disputes that characterize our lives means that elites will continue to impose their self-serving and self-righteous predatory plunder in ‘marketplaces’ that they have constructed and controlled, maintaining that these social choices are laws of nature. 

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“The job of the novelist is to make visible the invisible with words. …I am the red apple of the Bird of Paradise, the lie in all that is real, and the truth in all that is fictional.”  Miguel Asturias
This Day in History

 

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Parthenon Fredric Edwin Church

Twenty-four and a quarter centuries ago, a brief coup against Athenian ‘democratic’ governance established an oligarchy in place of Greece’s very limited majority rule; twelve hundred and ninety four years ahead of today, fighters under the ldeadership of Odo of Aquitaine defeated a Moorish invading force at Toulouse; just a year more than a quarter century later, in 747, further unrest in the Mediterranean Levant occurred when Abu Muslim Khorasani rose up against the Umayyad rule as part of the Abbasid revolt; four hundred eighty one years prior to the present pass, the expedition under the command of Jacques Cartier became the first set of modern Europeans to explore the Saint Lawrence River; a hundred and sixteen years subsequently, in 1650,  slightly South in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the first incorporation occurred as the Harvard Corporation whock of course continues to this day; two hundred eighty three years before the here and now,James Oglethorpe received another corporate charter to establish a penal colony in Georgia; three decades henceforth, in 1762, the rising British empire besieged

By Jialiang Gao www.peace-on-earth.org
By Jialiang Gao www.peace-on-earth.org

Spanish forces in the colony of Cuba at Havana; exactly two centuries back, the Congress of Vienna wrapped up its recontextalization of the post-Napoleonic European environment, with one upshot’s being Luxemburg’s independence from France; a hundred seventy-two years away from this very day, a down-at-the-heels aristocratic Austrian family brought a baby girl into the world, who would marry into a wealthy family and then win a Nobel Prize in literature as Bertha von Suttner; one hundred forty-five years in front of now, the iconic Charles Dickens heaved a final sigh; fifteen years closer to now, in 1885,  the ‘European Imperial Project’ scored another coup against the rest of the world in France’s takeover of much of Indochina under the auspices of the Treaty of Tientsin that ended the Sino French war;half a dozen years henceforth, in 1891, the baby boy was born who would mature as the well-loved composer and songwriter, Cole Porter; nine years closer to now, in 1900, around the world in India, a champion for poor and landless laborers in the Subcontinent, Birsa Munda, died in the custody of the British Raj under ‘mysterious circumstances;’ eight years later, a male infant became a part of the Kutner clan, destined to grow up as Luis Kutner and lead human rights activists in the founding of Amnesty International; exactly another seven years thereafter and a century ago, in 1915, William Jennings Bryan showed the stern commitment to nonviolence of which populism was capable when he resigned his position of secretary of state over President Wilson’s handling of the Lusitanian incident; two years more along time’s arc, in 1917, an Egyptian-English family bore a babe into the world who became the renowned thinker and historian, Eric Hobsbawm; another half dozen years down the road, in 1923, across the Mediterranean in Bulgaria, military leaders forestalled democracy and any hint of socialist inclinations with a coup; seven years afterward, in 1930, Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle died at the hands of an assassin, allegedly for failing to repay a $100,000 gambling debt to Al Capone; seventy-two years back, a male child came into the world in the unsual way further to the East, whose destiny was to become the Army veteran writer of war and science fiction novels, Joe Haldeman; precisely three hundred sixty-six days after that juncture, across the Atlantic in 1944, Resistance killings of German soldiers by the Maquis du Lamousin, resulted in German reprisals that hung as many as a hundred people from lampposts and killed hundreds more in more prosaic fashion; four years subsequently, in files square1948, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, & Cultural Organization oversaw the creation of the International Council on Archives to foster cooperation in the safeguarding of human records and documentation of varied sorts of social significance; six years later, in 1954, during the Army-McCarthy Hearings, Joseph Welch called Joseph McCarthy a cruel and reckless person and questioned whether he had any ‘decency left,’ and a baby boy was born who would become the novelist whose specialty was the reinterpretation of iconic texts from different points of view, which he did for The Wizard of Oz and other tales as Gregory Maguire; two years more proximate to the present, in 1956, a baby girl came into the world in favorable circumstances who would end up the crime fiction specialist and Grand Old Party stalwart, Patricia Cornwell; three years closer in time to the current context, in 1959, America launched U.S.S. George Washington, the world’s first submarine capable of inflicting thermonuclear destruction via ballistic missiles; eight years afterward on the dot, in 1967, Israel inflicted a military beating on Syria when it occupied the Golan Heights in the final day or two of the Six Day War; forty-one years ago, the Nobel Literary Laureate from Guatemala, Miguel Asturias, drew his final breath; exactly a quarter century further on time’s path, in 1999,the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Yugoslavia culminated the Kosovo War with a treaty.  From Wikipedia Day in History

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THERMONUCLEAR IMPERIAL WAR STRATEGIES AT THE BRINK

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/09/ukra-j09.html         A typically sober and bracing analysis and argument from World Socialist Website about the meeting of so-called G7 powers–Russia made it a Group of Eight till its ouster for not playing according to imperialist rules–where a ‘solid front’ appears on the surface to up the pressure and raise the stakes in pushing Russia at its borders, in Ukraine and elsewhere, moves that might seem necessary to capital in crisis even if the end result is a few billion dead or mass collective suicide in nuclear war: “‘The G7 is making it clear that if necessary we stand ready to impose additional significant sanctions against Russia,’ Obama declared.

An official communiqué released by the G7 powers—the United States, Japan, Germany, Britain, France, Italy, and Canada—reaffirmed Obama’s anti-Russia comments.  It warned that the assembled powers would devise ‘further restrictive measures in order to increase cost on Russia.’

The hypocrisy and recklessness of Obama and his G7 counterparts is breathtaking.  They are denouncing Russian ‘aggression’ in Ukraine, which they plunged into civil war by backing a fascist-led putsch last year that toppled a pro-Russian government.  Now, US and NATO armed forces are conducting air, sea and ground exercises all along Russia’s borders.  In Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Scandinavia, the Baltic Sea, and the Black Sea, the US and its allies are rehearsing the opening stages of an all-out war with Russia.

Last week, US defense officials testifying before the US House of Representatives indicated that the Pentagon is considering launching pre-emptive strikes against Russian targets, including with nuclear weapons … .  These statements are no doubt now being carefully studied by the Russian military.

NATO’s recently-formed Rapid Response Force, which has been assembled to serve as the spearhead of a NATO ground war against Russian forces, is set to conduct military exercises in Poland starting today.  The so-called ‘Baltops’ exercises are to involve thousands of US-NATO troops and will take place simultaneously in Sweden, Germany, and the Baltic Sea.

A quarter century after the Stalinist dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the ‘Cold War,’ Washington is preparing new forward-deployments of its nuclear arsenal to Europe.  In an interview with the BBC given the preceding day, British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond made clear that plans for new US nuclear deployments to Europe are far advanced.”

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

The Baltimore Review  is calling for submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and videos.

Book Baby Prize – The number of titles self-published every year in the US is nearing half a million. Getting attention for your book requires the skilled use of time and money. Our new North Street Book Prize for self-published books will award $1,500 to each of the top three winners. But just as important, publicity expert Carolyn Howard-Johnson will read each of the winning books and prepare a personalized marketing analysis, discussing it with the author in a one-hour phone consultation. Ms. Howard-Johnson is the author of The Frugal Book Promoter. Her decades of experience can open up new opportunities for your book while helping you avoid expensive promotions that lack impact.

Unfinished Chapter Anthology Contest – The competition to discover the best stories for inclusion in the anthology (slated for publication in Fall 2015) is open to writers 18 years and older. Authors of the top three entries submitted will respectively receive $200, $100 and $75 and will be given a feature interview on this site when the book is published. Each contributor whose essay is selected for publication will have his/her bio included in the credits section and receive a free copy.  See Submission Rules for details. Contest deadline: July 1, 2015. To participate in the Unfinished Chapters anthology competition, you must be 18 years or older. Although your home address can be anywhere in the world, you must have a verified PayPal account in order to submit your contest fee and – if you’re one of the top three writers – to receive your prize money in the amount of $200, $100 or $75 USD.

Frieze Writer’s Prize

Deadline for Entries: 21 July 2015

Frieze Writer’s Prize, the annual international award to discover and promote new art critics, is now open for entries. The winner will be commissioned to write a review for frieze and will be awarded 2,000 GBP.

This year the prize will be judged by Paul Teasdale, assistant editor of frieze; the London-based Mexican author Chloe Aridjis; and Hamza Walker, co-curator of ‘Made in L.A. 2016’.

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

This person will report to me directly. They will be in charge of ensuring there are four articles/posts published each week.

 

Course Writer- Subject Matter Expert (Contract)  (SHA00002X) 

Description West Coast University is an industry leader in helping individuals pursue their educational and professional dreams. We are currently seeking a Course Writer- Subject Matter Expert for our Online division. This is an outstanding opportunity for a professional individual to join a growing organization.

Seeking: Freelance Copywriter to assist in developing regular content for websites. Blogs, fresh page content, landing pages, etc.

Ability to write across a wide spectrum of topics with a strong knowledge of Healthcare is preferred.

The amount of work available now is still fairly light (8-9 blogs and news articles a month on average), but will continuously develop as new clients are added.

If you're looking for a consistent stream of work on a monthly basis, then please send me your information and writing samples.

Rates will commensurate with experience.

The Economist Careers Network—a division of The Economist Group—is seeking to add a freelance writer to our team to pitch and ghostwrite weekly blog posts. The freelance writer will report to our blog manager who supervises a network of blogs that provide insight and advice on the following topics: GREGMATcareer advice, and Higher Education Digital Marketing (B2B).

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

 

"Church of the Saviour on the Blood at Night, St. Petersburg, Russia" by neil_barman - Flickr.com
“Church of the Saviour on the Blood at Night, St. Petersburg, Russia” by neil_barman – Flickr.com

Russian War Possibility Escalating

A World Socialist Web Site article that discusses the historical setup and potentially dangerous fallout of current imperialist decisions against Russia: “An official communiqué released by the G7 powers—the United States, Japan, Germany, Britain, France, Italy, and Canada—reaffirmed Obama’s anti-Russia comments. It warned that the assembled powers would devise “further restrictive measures in order to increase cost on Russia.”

The hypocrisy and recklessness of Obama and his G7 counterparts is breathtaking. They are denouncing Russian “aggression” in Ukraine, which they plunged into civil war by backing a fascist-led putsch last year that toppled a pro-Russian government. Now, US and NATO armed forces are conducting air, sea and ground exercises all along Russia’s borders. In Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Scandinavia, the Baltic Sea, and the Black Sea, the US and its allies are rehearsing the opening stages of an all-out war with Russia.”

Trade Agreement Not Progressive

A Counter Currents posting that analyses the true ramifications of the most recent ‘trade agreement’ that seeks to eviscerate labor and transfer more wealth to the rich: “The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is formally described as a trade and foreign investment agreement between 12 nations — Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. The White House is now pressuring Congress to Fast Track through the TPP. Fast Track authority, a Congressional procedure to limit time for debate and prohibit amendments to proposed legislation, has already passed in the Senate, although only after an unexpectedly rough ride.”

police carPolice Brutality Against Native People

A Counter Punch article that exposes the brutal abuse bordering on genocide that is almost institutional in scope, and is something worth knowing for anyone organizing for social justice: “Indian Rolling is another word for lynching, and it’s a part of everyday life in Indian Country. According to a 2004 report by the US. Department of Justice, Native people experience violence at rates twice that of the rest of the population. The vast majority of this violence, more than 70%, is committed by persons of a different race. This is particularly true in New Mexico where, according to a 2003 study by the New Mexico Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Native people experience “acts of ethnic intimidation; threats of physical violence, assaults, and other potential hate crimes” as part of everyday life in border towns like Gallup, Farmington and Albuquerque.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

typewriter3Collaboration Tool 

A Writing World posting that shares with scrappy writers useful tools for collaboration: The flowchart and
mindmap templates can be customized for plotting purposes, and the office layout templates can be used to make floor plans for
blocking scenes (can’t afford to buy your characters a new house?
Draw them a virtual one instead!). The free account allows you to
share each diagram with 15 users and each shared folder with 3
users. You can invite friends to your diagram by email or by giving
them the relevant URL. Cacoo’s diagrams also come with a chat
function so you can discuss changes with your collaborators in real
time.

Tools for Modern Storytellers

A Medium posting that shows great tools that can be used for storytelling:

  • Hemingway: An app that helps you write better.
  • Grammarly: A smart grammar checker.
  • ZenPen: The minimal writing tool of web.
  • Draft: Easy version control and collaboration”
GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

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Desk – Bright Meadow Flickr

Online Media Conference

A Nieman Lab posting that discusses the results of a conference dedicated to new media, showing highlights: “I spent this past weekend in Philadelphia at the Local Independent Online News Publishers conference with local journalists and publishers from around the United States. Speakers discussed everything from online audience trends, revenue generation ideas, and how to deal with prickly legal issues. Josh Stearns, director of journalism and sustainability at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, put together a great Google Doc of notes summarizing the conference, but here are a few highlights. If you want to read more of what was discussed, check out the hashtag #lion15 on Twitter. “

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Obama Frustrated with Courts

A Hill posting that views clashes between the judicial and executive functions in this day in age: “In some of his toughest and bluntest comments to date, Obama said the Supreme Court should not even have accepted a case challenging his signature healthcare law. 

“This should be an easy case; frankly it shouldn’t have even been taken up,” Obama said during a news conference in Germany at the Group of Seven (G-7) summit of leading industrial democracies.

The King vs. Burwell decision, expected later this month, could deliver a lethal blow to ObamaCare by ruling that federal subsidies, granted to nearly 6.4 million people to purchase insurance, are illegal. “

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

 

By Jiuguang Wang (Own work)
By Jiuguang Wang (Own work)

Robots and Human Interactions Challenging

An MIT Technology Review report that views the challenges of creating robotic technology: “At the DARPA Robotics Challenge, a contest held over the weekend in California, two dozen extremely sophisticated robots did their best to perform a series of tasks on an outdoor course, including turning a valve, climbing some steps, and opening a door (see “A Transformer Wins DARPA’s $2 Million Robotics Challenge”). Although a couple of robots managed to complete the course, others grasped thin air, walked into walls, or simply toppled over as if overcome with the sheer impossibility of it all. At the same time, efforts by human controllers to help the robots through their tasks may offer clues as to how human-machine collaboration could be deployed in various other settings.”

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