5.25.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

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

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

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

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FETISHIZING HAPPINESS, MAXIMIZING NARCISSISM, AVOIDING CHANGE

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

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

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

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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2015 ARIZONA MYSTERY WRITERS CONTEST 
$10 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline June 1, 2015. First prize $200. Second prize $100. Third prize $75. We are accepting mystery, suspense, or thriller stories. 2,500 word maximum length.

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

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

 

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Expert Home Improvement Writer Needed (Remote)

compensation: Based on experience

Major home improvement company is looking for a talented, detailed-oriented writer with expert knowledge in home repair and installation. We are looking for a writer to build a long-term relationship with and offer competitive rates, schedule flexibility, as well as a number of opportunities to enhance your online reputation. This is a remote contract position.

Charleston SC – Freelance Developmental Editor

Advantage Media Group, a publisher of business, self improvement, and professional development books has an exciting opportunity for a talented, dynamic Developmental Editor who can take transcripts from a series of interviews and turn them into a first draft manuscript for our authors.

HAVE A WONDERFUL MEMORIAL DAY EVERYONE!!!!!

 

5.22.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A CRITIC’S CRITIQUE, CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO EXAMINE

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

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

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

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

 

Six Hens magazine Seeks True Stories for Debut Issue  

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

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

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

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

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

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

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

Copywriter (United States)

compensation: Commensurate with experience

contract job  *Contract Role*

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

 

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

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

contract job part-time
non-profit organization telecommuting okay

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

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

compensation: BOE (6 mo. contract)

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

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

 

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING
Sister Megan Rice. (miketreen / CC BY-NC 2.0)

Nuke Protesters Released

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

A New Origin Story

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

NYTMedia and Propaganda

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

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

Commitment to Affordable Education

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

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

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

Representing Student Workers

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

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Welcoming Community to Help Finance Paper

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

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

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Desk – Bright Meadow Flickr

Writing Lessons Via Tweets

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

Check out some of our favorite tips below.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Taking Pulse of Local Journalism

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

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

Lawsuit Seeking Redress for Corporate Murder

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

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Speculation About the Future

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

5.21.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A CLEAR-EYED & CHILLING ASSESSMENT FROM INDIA

http://chieforganizer.org          From the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now’s Chief Organizer’s Blog, a bracing and reality-based analysis of the upper-class and divide-and-conquer agenda of Narendra Modi, whose insistence of a Uranium economy and a thorough-going oppression of the poor are symptomatic of a program antithetical to the poor and working class that extends to every aspect of Indian society: “The message being sent by the attack on NGOs from the Modi government is essentially, shut up or starve.  The clear objective of the government is to silence opposition to development and business wherever possible.  The exceptional inclusion of action against the Ford Foundation is a signal in Shetty’s view to one and all that the government will only approve grants that are pristinely free of anything remotely like advocacy.  Toe the government line or else!
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CAREY INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL GOOD NONFICITON RESIDENCIES 
The pre-application questionnaire is due three months in advance for residencies starting October 15, 2015 through May 2016. The full application is due one month thereafter. Documentarians, journalists and nonfiction writers working at the professional level in their fields are eligible to apply once each calendar year. Particular areas of emphasis relate to the most pressing issues of our day, including, but not limited to: war and conflict; social justice and human rights; science, health, agriculture, environment and technology; biographies, histories and government; education; journalism and the media; and, economics and business. The minimum stay is two weeks; the maximum stay is three months.

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

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

 

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

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

 

Contract Writer/Editor, June- September

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

 

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

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Freelance Blog Writer (San Diego)

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

Freelance Curriculum Writer for Online Tool (Midtown East)

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

 

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Reflections on Life on the Left

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

 

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Media Propaganda Ploy Exposed

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

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

Sin v. Human Values

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

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

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

Winning Strategy

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

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

Empire Trap Analysed

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

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

 

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“SIG Pro by Augustas Didzgalvis”

Brazilian Blogger Brutalized

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

Lukewarm Reception of New Work

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

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

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By 2bgr8 via Wikimedia Commons

Politics and Corporations Meet

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

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

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

Green Activists Crackdown 

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

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Policing Police Efforts Limited

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

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

5.20.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day
Sun and Moon, Hartmann Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493
Sun and Moon, Hartmann Schedel’s Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493

Time enough, in earthly life’s lunar and solar tides of time, will always manifest for whatever nature prescribes, though it may never, ever be adequate to attain the human project that hopeful Homo Sapiens imagine as possible, the difference between the just-right and impossibly deficient scenarios an ineffable amalgamation of intelligence and willfulness, along with perversity and entropy and randomized madness, an at once idyllic and terrifying dance along an arc that cycles between possibility and futility that, for all of its chilling improbability and bracing prayer, is the best that anyone can expect of a life on the planet.

Quote of the Day
“Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than the skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one’s soul; when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood. …(However), (w)e must change the system of education and instruction.  Unfortunately, history has shown us that brotherhood must be learned, when it should be natural.”  Josephine Baker
This Day in History

???????????????Today around the planet is World Metrology Day to commemorate agreed-upon metrics, and in the United States Josephine Baker Day to commemorate the renowned singer and activist’s life; in Nicaea sixteen hundred ninety years back, the Christian faith first took recognizable modern shape at an initial Nicean Ecumenical Council that established common parameters for the various Christian sects that met together in what is now Western Turkey; seven hundred twenty two years before the here and now, Castilian king Sancho IV helped to create an early university prototype at the school of general studies at Alcala; two centuries and half a decade closer to the present moment, in 1498, Vasco da Gama led ships that confirmed his discovery of a sea route to South and East Asia, when he landed in Calicut, India;twenty two years after that, in 1520, Spaniard interlopers revealed their predatory and murderous intentions at the Massacre of Toxcatl, and precluded any cooperation from Aztec leadership in achieving the aims of spanish aztec mexico-Cortes_y_moctezumaSpanish conquest; half a century to the day thereafter, in 1570, the cartographer Abraham Ortelius issued the first comprehensive world atlas; thirty-nine years later exactly, in 1609, another publishing benchmark transpired with the presentation—possibly illicit—of Shakespeare’s sonnets in print;three hundred eighty-four years ago, typifying the rapine and plunder attendant on bourgeois ‘primitive accumulation,’ on the one hand, and the Catholic-versus-Protestant elements of the early capitalist period, on the other hand, Magdeburg, Germany lost over eighty-percent of its citizens to a massacre that invading Holy Roman imperial mercenaries carried out when the city’s walls failed to keep the invaders out after an eight month siege; fourteen years later, around the globe in China in 1645, the originators of the Qing Chinese Manchurian dynasty furthered their program of crushing peasant rebellion and grassroots uprising, in a way redolent of the happenings in Germany in the previous decade, by slaughtering as many as half a million people in and around Yangzhou; twelve decades and three years beyond that point in time, in 1768, a baby girl bounded into the world who would become a commentator and thinker about revolution and politics while she served as ‘First Lady’ Dolley Madison;  just seven years further onward, in 1775, Charlotte, North Carolina issued the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, a precursor to the national document of the same name; not quite a quarter century thereafter, in 1799, East across the Atlantic in France, a baby boy was born who matured as the writer and thinker of vast influence and commercial books french-Balzac struggles, Honore de Balzac; three years more proximate to the present point, in 1802, Balzac’s fellow countryman, Napoleon Bonaparte, overturned the Revolutionary proscription on slavery and reinstituted human bondage, especially in French colonies; across the English Channel four years subsequently, in 1806, another baby male came along who would go on to acclaim and some fame as the political economist and believer in ‘utility,’ John Stuart Mill; sixteen years henceforth, back in France in 1822, the male infant uttered a first cry who would become the far-reaching bourgeois economist and first Nobel Prize winner in the discipline, Frederic Passy; eight more years along time’s arc, in 1830, again in France, a baby male entered our midst who would produce dozens of novels and narratives as the popular author, Hector Malot;thirty-two additional years down life’s pike, in 1862, across the Atlantic in the District of Columbia, Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, which provided opportunities for landless farmers to acquire property; a hundred forty years back, seventeen countries signed the Metre Convention, which laid the basis for an International System of Units of measurement of distance and volume and more; seven years later, in 1882, Austria and Germany joined with the Kingdom of Italy to create a Triple Alliance that would play powerful roles soon enough in war and peace, and a baby girl was born in Norway who became the magnificent storyteller Sigrid 381px-Edison_and_phonograph_edit1Undset; almost a decade later, in 1891, over the Atlantic in the Eastern U.S. Thomas Edison gave the first public viewing of his new moving picture technology, the Kinetescope; just past another decade further along the temporal pathway, in 1902, Cuba attained a sham ‘independence’ with an election that guaranteed candidates friendly to U.S. hegemony; in a related development six years later and halfway round the planet, in 1908, the Budi Utomo movement flowered in Indonesia, a safe and reactionary ‘nationalism’ that allied with imperial commercial and fiscal interests; a dozen years hence, in 1920, back in North America, a Montreal radio station became the first outlet to proffer regularly scheduled programming to its listeners; four years still further along, in 1924, a baby boy was born in Uruguay who would grow up as an uncompromising journalist and investigative reporter, Zelmar Michelini, whom CIA-backed operatives of Operation Condor murdered two days before his fifty-second birthday, and six thousand miles Northeast, in London, another male child took a first breath in a prominent White Russian/Georgian family, whose fate was to write and translate copious narratives while working for U.S. Army Intelligence and then the CIA as David Chavchavadze; three years past that conjunction, in 1927, the United Kingdom’s approval of the Treaty of Jedda laid the basis for the reactionary and potent royal plutocracy of the House of Saud in Saudi Arabia; three quarters of a century prior to the present pass, North seven hundred miles in what had been Poland, a new type of prison camp ‘concentrated’ its first prisoners—mainly communists and Polish nationalists—at Auschwitz, and Swedish Nobel Prize winning writer Verner Van Heidenstam drew a final breath; six years precisely hence, in 1946, across the wide Atlantic, a female infant uttered a musical cry on her way to life as singer and performer and songwriter, Cher; three more years along time’s pathways, in 1949, Congress established the Armed Forces Security Agency, which soon enough morphed into the National Security Agency; seven years henceforth, in 1956, the United States hiroshima war explosion nuke nuclearinstituted Operation Redwing, the first air drop of a thermonuclear weapon over the Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific, and half a world away the bourgeois émigré man-about-town and caricaturist, Max Beerbohm, breathed his last; a year more than a half-century ago, scientists at Bell Labs confirmed that apparently random ‘noise’ in radio signals was in fact Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation which tended to validate the Big-Bang Theory; almost a decade subsequently, in 1983, a French virological team published the confirmation of the existence of a retrovirus that was responsible for Auto Immune Deficiency Syndrome; seven hundred thirty-one days after that juncture, across the Atlantic in 1985, Voice of America began to broadcast to Cuba its seductive mixture of propaganda, entertainment, and horse manure under the rubric of Radio Marti;thirteen years before today, the acclaimed scientist and thinker, Stephen Jay Gould, drew a final breath;three years later still, in 2005, the French establishment philosopher and hermeneuticist, Paul Ricouer, died; another year beyond that point in time, in 2006, almost two million textile workers took part in wildcat strikes in Dhaka, Bangladesh. From Day in History

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BIGOTED FALSE-CONSCIOUSNESS & THE BAMBOOZLE OF RACE

http://www.counterpunch.orgv     A powerfully argued essay-and-analysis from Counterpunch that at once condemns U.S. society’s vicious color prejudices, if for no other reason than that their injustice guarantees human immolation, and rests its arguments on premises that it can never define or locate in the realm of the real–in other words race and racism–and as such could lead to exactly the opposite results from what its passionate analysis hopes to achieve, an assessment that shows up in all manner of other examinations of the roots of discrimination and oppression, not so much racial as related to slavery’s legacy or even a larger social project of divide and conquer and distraction and misdirection: “Social media is one barometer of this entrenched prejudice.  Consider theYouTube video circulating in recent months claiming to show Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown engaged in an assault on another man.  One link to this video (since removed) showed millions of viewers, titled ‘Michael Brown Criminally Assaults and Robs an Older Man,’ and begins by describing what follows as ‘What Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson Don’t Want You to See.’
         The video shows a stocky young Black man physically assaulting an older man outside an apartment complex.  It’s ugly to watch, as the older man can’t do much to defend himself.  Too bad the video is from 2012, was filmed in Woodland, Texas, and the real Michael Brown is nowhere to be seen, as the Christian Science Monitor reports.  This is only one of many slanders against Michael Brown that has gone viral in social media.
          What’s telling about this is not so much the gullibility of those who take cheap slanders as good coin, but the fact that so many people apparently want to believe the lie.  Why?  Indeed, why would people who did not personally know Michael Brown or his family, whose entire knowledge of his shooting by a Ferguson police officer comes from news and social media, be so quick to believe this young man was a law-breaker who basically got what he deserved?
            Some will say video footage taken shortly before Brown was killed that showed him stealing a box of cigarillos from a convenience store, pushing away a store employee who approached him, is evidence he was just another street thug who really did get what he deserved?  In fact, no criminal incident at the convenience store was ever clearly established or proven, nor was Brown’s friend with him in the store that day ever charged with or as an accomplice to a crime.  What is established is the racial context of the many efforts to disparage Brown. As widespread as petty shoplifting is, certainly the middle class white man or woman who pilfers items from Macy’s or Nordstrom’s or The Dollar Store is generally not labeled a ‘thug,’ called an ‘animal,’ or otherwise considered fit to die.”

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SKYROCKET REVIEW SHORT STORY & POETRY CONTEST 
ENTRY FEES $15 Short Stories / $8 Poems (1 to 3).
The Grand Prize Winner will receive $200. In addition, first place for both poetry and short story categories will each receive $50. Winners will be published in the inaugural issue of SKYROCKET REVIEW. All entries will automatically be considered for publication. All genres are welcome. Deadline August 31, 2015. Winners will be notified by November 30, 2015.

FOX DIVERSITY WRITER’S INITIATIVE 
Writers selected will be able to attend master classes with a wide range of FOX showrunners, writers, directors, screenwriters and creative executives. The goal of the FOX Writing Fellowship is to provide the accepted finalists with intensive creative and professional development, exposure and opportunity that would best equip him or her to succeed. Up to ten applicants selected. Submission period September 2015. Open solely to referred writers with professional writing experience in film and/or television, as well as theater and other literary mediums, having an interest in expanding their professional opportunities to include broadcast, film or new media.

The Knight Foundation  is accepting funding applications from individuals, collectives, nonprofits, and companies for art projects that take place in or benefit St. Paul, Minnesota, for their Knight Arts Challenge. Applications in English, Spanish, and Hmong are accepted.

Each entry must be an original unpublished work of fiction that conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series, and:
  • Contains no overt sex or violence
  • Emphasizes the deductive skills of the sleuth
  • Does not include characters from the original series
First prize: $1,000 and publication in ALFRED HITCHCOCK MYSTERY MAGAZINE

 

 Our Times Canada’s Independent Labour Magazine – We welcome your submissions to Our Times magazine. Below are the writer guidelines for our three main subject areas. Please read our requirements before sending your work to us.

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Computer Engineering — Instructional Writer (Telecommuting)

We have immediate openings for subject matter experts in computer systems and architecture, with knowledge in these areas:
• integer and floating-point representations
• processors
• registers
• compiler optimization
• computer storage (including caching)
• symbol tables
• process control and signals
• virtualization
• dynamic memory allocation
• sockets
• concurrency

PROOFREADER Location Southern Oregon 
The proofreader is responsible for performing light copyediting and basic document QA checks for a variety of print and digital materials from Harry & David and its associated brands. Materials include, but are not limited to, catalogs, product copy, web assets, SEO copy, product packaging, blog posts, press releases, retail signage, social media posts, and miscellaneous advertising.

 

Editors and Ghostwriters Needed (Various, Atlanta Metro Area)

compensation: Base Pay around $11 per hour plus Bonuses for meeting Deadlines and for quality work

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We have an immediate need for ghostwriters and editors to fulfill our growing number of projects. We are looking for writers and editors with experience, creativity, professionalism and a dedication to their craft. All writers and editors must have both a bachelor’s degree and experience in their field.

reporter/photographer (LaFayette AL)

compensation: per article and pic

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Small weekly newspaper seeks a reporter/photographer for Chambers County area Writing experience a must. This is parttime. Paid by article and picture published.
The Courier/Daily Comet 
United States – Louisiana – Houma
City EditorThe Courier and Daily Comet in Houma and Thibodaux, La., are seeking a city editor to lead their local news coverage.You’ll supervise a staff of a dozen reporters and photographers who cover Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes, a fun, vibrant community with Cajun roots about an hour southwest of New Orleans.

Colorado Public Radio 

Come produce and host for CPR’s flagship daily news interview program, Colorado Matters, which reaches a huge swath of this politically fascinating swing state. We’re looking for someone who loves to dig into issues, find the human side of policy debates, and explore a range of topics – environment, energy, education, healthcare, business, politics, and arts and culture. 

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"Vegetarian diet" by Scott Bauer, USDA ARS
“Vegetarian diet” by Scott Bauer, USDA ARS

Sustainable Agriculture Research Sabotaged

A Truth Out interview with an early proponent of organic agriculture who suffered setbacks due to his line of research, especially in regards to industry-friendly GMO’s, which later history exonerated to a large degree: “It was just the first in a series of professional setbacks for Valenzuela, now 54. For the last decade, he has been a specialist in the university’s Crop Extension Service, where his job has been to work with farmers and community leaders around Hawai‘i on issues like sustainability and organic farming. But throughout most of his tenure at the university, the school has been a cheerleader for pesticide-intensive crop biotechnologies, not pesticide-free organic farming.

Five large agrochemical corporations are experimenting with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on farmland throughout the state, and the university’s expansive crop biotechnology program assists with the research.

Valenzuela got in trouble with his superiors, he says, when he provided information to farmers and citizens who were concerned about the potential “contamination of crops, seed supplies, public lands, and native ecosystems by GMOs.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Race Against the Machine

An NPR posting that discusses a fun yet alarming race between human and machine, the result of which is sobering to the future of news: “Even the most creative jobs have parts that are pretty routine — tasks that, at least in theory, can be done by a machine. Take, for example, being a reporter.

A company called Automated Insights created a program called WordSmith that generates simple news stories based on things like sporting events and financial news. The stories are published on Yahoo! and via the Associated Press, among other outlets.

We wanted to know: How would NPR’s best stack up against the machine?”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

comma_radio_stationMedia Collabs

A Nieman Lab article discussing a new way of doing business in terms of online realities: “Moviepilot isn’t the only publication to have realized the benefits of teaming up with a competing outlet to launch a podcast. Because podcasting is a nascent medium with a growing-but-still-latent user base, news organizations and media personalities are finding they can attract a following more quickly if they combine resources and work together to drive listenership. In some cases, this involves informal collaborations, like when comedians sit down for guest interviews on each other’s shows. But other media entities are entering into official partnerships. The New Yorker and and the public radio station WNYC, for example, inked a deal earlier this year to create a one-hour podcast and national radio show.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

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

Euromaidan Revolution

A Truth Out  posting that commemorates recent important events in Ukraine: “In mid-April 2015, Halyna Mokrushyna, a lecturer at the University of Ottawa, took part in a media tour to Donbas, the region of southeast Ukraine that rebelled against the February 2014 coup in Kiev, which overthrew Ukraine’s elected president. This is the first in a series of articles based on observations and interviews gathered during the media tour.

In this introductory article, she explains that Donbas has rejected the nationalist, anti-Russian and pro-European Union orientation of the new Kiev government. Russian-speaking Donbas values its close ties to the Russian economy and to Russian history and culture. Insurgents of the Donetsk People’s Republic are not terrorists and separatists, as Kiev and the West claim. They are defending their right to choose their own future.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Renewable Power

A Fierce Energy posting that brings attention to the viability and future of renewables, in spite of what short-term thinking politicians might think: “At a recent roundtable at the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, Senator Lamar Alexander grilled Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) CEO Bill Johnson on its debt, overhead, and where it will get its power over the next 10 years. As one of the hosts of the roundtable, Alexander called the utility out for its plans to increase reliance on what he referred to as “unreliable, high-cost renewable power.”

5.18.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

In many ways, no doubt, the Japanese practice of measuring the human span from an estimated date of conception, thereby honoring gestation and the long road from womb to suckling infancy, seems eminently rational, at the same time that the Western practice of marking a definite day of labor and struggle, and triumphant and ecstatic birth, with its easier demarcation of gifting and parties and such, also has its advantages. 

Quote of the Day
“All I can do is write my stories for mankind, and rest easy. …There is little pride in writers.  They know they are human and shall some day die and be forgotten.  Knowing all this a writer is gentle and kindly where another man is severe and unkind.”  William Saroyan
This Day in History

331px-Fluzone_vaccine_extractingToday around the world is both International Museum Day and World AIDS Vaccine Day; in Constantinople, sixteen hundred eighty-three years ago, Emperor Constantine the Great proclaimed free food for all the city’s citizens; six hundred and sixty-four years subsequently, in 1096,five hundred miles to the North, a horrifying precursor took place when First ‘Crusaders’ massacred plus or minus a thousand Jewish residents of Worms, Germany; once more with ‘past as prelude’ one hundred seventy-two years later, in 1261, Maimluk Sultan Baibars overthrew the Principality of Antioch in a siege that attacked First Crusade redoubts at the present-day Turkish-Syrian border; another twenty-three years thereafter, in 1291, Christians lost their last substantial hold on the so-called Holy Land of the Eastern Mediterranean when a bloody siege dislodged or killed all the Europeans at Acre, near present-day Haifa, in Israel, in what was then the Kingdom of Jerusalem; a bit less than a thousand miles North, and eleven years after that carnage, in 1302, a centrally important and defining moment at the initiation of capital’s imprimatur in Europe took place when Flemish bourgeois in Bruges massacred as many as two thousand or more French troops garrisoned there to oversee ‘free trade’ in favor of French manufacturers; five hundred sixteen years ahead of this day in time, Spanish explorer-bandit Alonso de Ojeda set out from Cadiz in the first sally of conquest into what is now Venezuela; sixty-six years hence, in 1565, Ottoman fighters initiated the Great Siege of Malta, which sought and failed to conquer the island and expel the Europeans who ruled there; a few years beyond a quarter century closer to now, in 1593, hundreds of miles North in London, the estimable playwright Thomas Kyd, after brutal torture, implicated the brilliant Christopher Marlowe, which led to his arrest on this very day and probably assassination less than a fortnight later; three hundred sixty-three years back, Rhode Island became the first

"1670 virginia tobacco slaves" by Unknown
“1670 virginia tobacco slaves” by Unknown

British Colony to outlaw slavery; a century and four years henceforth, in 1756,one of Europe’s early conflicts that ended up spanning the globe began as the Seven Years War; a quarter century down the road, in  1781,Peruvian revolutionary leader Tupac Amaru breathed his last; sixteen decades prior to the present pass, well North in the United States, a baby boy came along who would grow up as preacher and poet Francis Bellamy, whose ‘Christian socialist’ contribution would include the Pledge of Allegiancefive years after to the day, in 1860, Abraham Lincoln won the Republican nomination for President over William Seward; a dozen years beyond that conjunction, in 1872, across the North Atlantic a baby boy was born to great privilege who would end up as an advocate of peace and social justice and socialism, who would win the Nobel Prize as mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell; one hundred twenty-four years ago, a male infant entered the world who matured as the philosopher and proponent of logical positivism and correspondent of Russell, Rudolf Carnap; four years further along time’s arc, in 1895,Southwest across the Atlantic, a very different male infant uttered his first cry en route to a few decades as an opponent of U.S. empire and proponent of Nicaraguan liberation, Augusto Cesar Sandino; just three hundred sixty six days after that moment, in 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a different sort of oppression from what Sandino fought against in

"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

its Plessy v. Ferguson legitimation of ‘separate but equal;’ one more year down the pike, in 1897, another baby boy took an initial breath in Italy, prior to his stinking steerage passage to America where he gained renown and fortune as director and filmmaker of individualist fantasies, Frank Capra; three years precisely further along the path to the present, in 1900, England imposed a ‘protectorate’ on three quarters of a million square miles of the Pacific, the ‘nation’ of Tonga; a dozen years subsequent to that juncture, in 1912, and roughly five thousand miles Northeast in another ‘corner’ of the British Empire, Indian filmmakers produced the first Hindi movie, a feature that showed up in theaters in Mumbai; half a decade later, in 1917, around the world in the District of Columbia, Congress passed the Selective Service Act, which legalized both military conscription and the repression of those who disliked it; just a year less than a decade afterward, in 1926, across North America in Venice, California, Aimee Semple McPherson vanished from the beach, only to show up weeks later, wandering in the Mexican desert after she supposedly escaped the clutches of kidnappers who may have loathed her sermonizing enough to welcome her departure without any ransom payment; another year more proximate to the present, in 1927, a

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

depressed, pre-SSRI mass murdered killed plus or minus thirty-eight elementary school kids and half-a-dozen or so adults in the Bath School Massacre; six years still later on, in 1933, Franklin Roosevelt signed the legislation that created the critically important Tennessee Valley Authority;seventy-one years back, in 1944, victorious Red Army advances led Soviet authorities to deport Tatar Nazi collaborators, and their entire communities in some cases, from Crimea; four years henceforth, in 1948, a baby Korean boy came into our midst whose father had defected to the North, in spite of which he grew up as acclaimed literature professor and progressive storyteller, Mun-Yol Yi; seven years more along the route to today, in 1955, halfway round the globe in Indochina, Operation Passage to Freedom delivered several hundred thousand soldiers and civilians who were fleeing France’s Dien Bien Phu debacle to Southern Vietnam; almost but not quite twenty years hence, in 1974, in the Subcontinent, India detonated its first nuclear weapon, the so-called Smiling Buddha blast; four years exactly after that day, in 1978, a baby girl was born in America who would grow up as salacious and free-living blogger and gadfly, Jess Cutler; around the world on the Korean Peninsulatwo years thereafter, in 1980, a popular uprising occurred against the Korean government dictatorship that led to the murder by police and troops of over six hundred citizens who began to take up arms to democratize South Korea; just a year afterward, back in the U.S. in 1981, author and thinker William Saroyan died; twenty-three years before the here-and-now, Danish citizens rioted with such intensity against the imposition of European Union protocols that police fired on people for the first time since World War Two and its aftermath. From Day in History

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SEARCH OF THE DAY
games OR gaming OR play competition OR conflict OR contention teaching OR learning OR instructing OR training history OR origins anthropology OR archaelogy study OR analysis = 45,400,000 Results.

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ROUTINIZATION & THE DEATH OF CREATIVITY

http://www.govexec.com/       One of the occasional, just lovely posts from GovExec about management and manifestation, in this case a fairly developed assessment of how day-to-day decisions and choices affect creative potential and actualization: “Essentially, by not following a strict morning routine—and allowing your brain to naturally unwind itself—you’ll also be allowing yourself to carry out your most creative thinking. Additionally, adhering to a strict routine will inevitably result in the buildup of stress.  By creating routines, you’ll feel pressure to meet the demands of these routines, and when you don’t, you’ll begin to feel as though you’re falling short of your own standards.

Let’s say you’re used to a daily routine of working out every day at8 p.m.  On those days when you skip the gym, it isn’t uncommon to feel a bit guilty after doing so.  This break from your normal routine can apply stress to the rest of your day.  Suddenly, you might begin to alter your daily diet in an attempt to compensate.

As (Annie)Paul continues to explain, the stress hormone cortisol can harm myelin, the fatty substance that coats our brain cells.  And damage to our myelin sheaths decreases the frequency of what Paul refers to as Eureka! Moments—in other words, the formation of those quick ‘light bulb’ ideas.  This is why it is important to constantly make revisions to your habits, to avoid becoming too fixated—to the point where you’re almost obsessed with your daily routine.

That’s the downside of too much structure.

According to (Meg)Selig, ‘even good, healthy routines can drag us down if we don’t break them and re-form them from time to time.’  Selig continues to explain how routines can lead to complacency if you’re not actively making changes to them.”

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

student writing arm

OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

London’s Writing Maps is accepting 150-word pieces of all genres for their monthly writing contest. This month’s theme is Tea & Coffee.

Stories of Music  is calling for submissions of music, audio recordings, art, poetry, and creative nonfiction for their upcoming multimedia book.

THE WRITER’S CENTER EMERGING WRITER FELLOWSHIP 
Deadline: June 20, 2015. Welcomes submissions from writers of all genres, backgrounds, and experiences in the following genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Emerging Writer Fellows will be featured at The Writer’s Center as part of a special celebration and reading. Fellows living within a 250-mile radius of the center will receive a $250 honorarium, and all others will receive $500. Location Bethesda, MD.

ONE STORY 
Deadline May 31. ONE STORY is seeking literary fiction. Because of our format, we can only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone. Pays $500 and 25 contributors copies for First Serial North American rights.  

 

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

WRITER/STORYTELLER
Location San Francisco 
As a writing resource for high-level, high-visibility content, balance strategic insights, fresh ideas, and creative skills to build the corporate and flagship product brands. Develop a broad range of content that informs, clarifies and inspires, including feature articles, interviews and video scripts. Work effectively with cross-disciplinary internal teams in a complex, matrix organization. Drive a creative vision on complex projects with stakeholders from a broad range of divisions – from marketing to engineering.


COPYWRITER
Location New York 
The copywriter writes compelling copy and book descriptions for digital catalogs and online retailers for two or the larger Simon & Schuster imprints

 

 STORE WEB CONTENT EDITOR
Location Columbia, SC 
Muscle & Strength is looking for a new in-house Store Web Content Editor to join the team at our offices in Columbia, South Carolina. The primary duty of the Store Web Content Editor is to add new products to the muscleandstrength.com online store and to keep product information updated using Muscle & Strength’s eCommerce software. This entry-level position in a growing company may be of particular interest to those looking to begin their career in web editing/management and eCommerce.

 

Computer Engineering — Instructional Writer (Telecommuting) 

We have immediate openings for subject matter experts in computer systems and architecture.

Reporter GRAND FORKS, North Dakota – Are you looking for a great community to live while working at a collaborative, innovative and energetic newspaper looking to tell great stories?

If you a talented reporter with a knack for finding people and writing great stories, then the general assignment reporter opening at Grand Forks Herald might be a great fit for you.

Do you enjoy changing story subjects and using alternative approaches to tell the news? Does a newsroom that encourages great ideas, collaboration and innovation appeal to you? Are you interested in joining a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper striving to cover compelling and interesting stories from across the community, region and two states.

Kuno Creative Brand Journalist

Do you frequently debate the value of the Oxford comma, love researching new topics and subconsciously correct improper use of the word “their”? Are you a successful wordsmith and information junkie who has perfected the art of storytelling? And are you ready to use your talents to help companies grow their content strategies?

If your answers to these questions are yes, and you’re seeking a dynamic and creative agency environment to advance your career, we’re looking for you!

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How to Get Better

A Boing Boing posting that gives anyone with a desire to improve one’s game in any aspect of life: “How do you know if you are talented? If you loved it when you were ten years old. If you dream about it. If you like to read about it. Read the below and you’ll know what you are talented at.

Trust me when I say: everyone is talented at many things.

In the past 20 years I’ve wanted to learn how to do some things really well. Writing, programming, business skills (leadership, sales, negotiating, decision-making), comedy, games.

So I developed a ten step technique for learning.  “

 

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

Renewable Energy News

A link to a resource that lists the most recent and newsworthy pieces relating to renewable energy: “Partly due to growing concerns over Climate Change as well as decades of work by supporters around the world, Renewable Energy is starting to make serious inroads as a viable alternative even in the face of vicious attacks by the fossil fuel industry. Here are the stories that make a difference!”

Militarizing Ourselves to Death

A Common Dreams posting that discusses the grave consequences of over-relying on military might at the expense of other fundamental aspects of citizenship and political potency: ““After 30 years of the War on Drugs and a neoliberal restructuring of the state at the local level, which is not a reduction of the public sector but a transformation of the public sector, the only thing local governments had were weapons.”

Parenti’s observation summed up a deep sense of puzzled frustration I’ve been feeling for a long time, which has been growing in intensity since the Reagan era and even more so since 9/11 and the unleashed Bush agenda. Fear, exploited and unchecked, triggers a deep, “rational” insanity. We’re driving ourselves into a new Dark Age.”

solidarityTime to Revolt?

A Truth Dig video posting of an interview with a powerful writer who advocates that powerful, drastic actions must be taken to stem the tide of chaos that is the current moment: “American society has some serious issues. As Boston NPR affiliate station WBUR’s Tom Ashbrook puts it on the latest episode of “On Point,” our country’s problems range “from a ruling oligarch corporate elite to looming environmental catastrophe to an alarming erosion of civil liberties.” What’s to be done?”

Death of Protesters

An Al Jazeera article that discusses the tragic consequences some students experienced after standing up for their rights in the face of popular opposition against educational reforms: “Two students have been killed in Chile amid massive demonstrations across the country against government education policy.

The deaths on Thursday came in the city of Valparaiso, about 125km west of the capital Santiago,  when demonstrators trying to post pamphlets on the outer walls of a home were shot by the son of the owners.

Police said they had arrested the shooter.”

 

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By AERWIN   via Wikimedia Commons
By AERWIN via Wikimedia Commons

Profiting Off Folks’ Desires to Improve

A New York Times expose of a scammy overseas company that capitalizes on folks’ desires to become educated and employed, and that demonstrates yet another symptom of the cheapening of education: “Axact does sell some software applications. But according to former insiders, company records and a detailed analysis of its websites, Axact’s main business has been to take the centuries-old scam of selling fake academic degrees and turn it into an Internet-era scheme on a global scale.

As interest in online education is booming, the company is aggressively positioning its school and portal websites to appear prominently in online searches, luring in potential international customers.”

Optimizing Creativity Through Routines

A Government Executive posting that brings insight into the way we humans can spend our most productive hours of the day, and highlighting how flexibility can be an unexplored virtue so as to optimize creativity: “Essentially, by not following a strict morning routine—and allowing your brain to naturally unwind itself—you’ll also be allowing yourself to carry out your most creative thinking. Additionally, adhering to a strict routine will inevitably result in the buildup of stress. By creating routines, you’ll feel pressure to meet the demands of these routines, and when you don’t, you’ll begin to feel as though you’re falling short of your own standards.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

A print entitled “Chile con Carne” from Guerrero’s exhibition. From In These Times

Revolutionary Artist in Gritty Neighborhood

An In These Times article that describes the powerful work of a courageous, activist artist, whose working-class themes attract folks who appreciate honest art from all walks of life:  “The retrospective, organized by Prospectus director Israel Hernandez, shows Guerrero’s world view, his deep roots in the neighborhood and the way he places local struggles for justice, survival and dignity in a larger context sweeping across the globe and across time. Guerrero’s work celebrates regular people—workers, women, immigrants—oppressed by the evils of capitalism, racism and greed but tirelessly fighting back, defiant and oftentimes victorious in their vision of a better world.

The crowd who filled the gallery on opening night May 8 showed how many people from diverse walks of life have been touched by the work and leadership of Guerrero, along with his wife Margaret..”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

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

Commemorating Natural Child Birth Pioneer

A Portside commemoration of a recently deceased woman who played a powerful role in reframing women’s most fundamental experiences into a more empowering experience:  “The German-born pioneer became interested in childbirth techniques in the 1950s, when women were often heavily medicated and dads were generally nowhere near the delivery room. The cause of her death wasn’t immediately known.

Trained as a physical therapist, Bing taught breathing and relaxation techniques to generations of expectant mothers, wrote several books about birth and pregnancy and encouraged women, and men, to be more prepared, active and inquisitive participants in the arrival of their babies.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Coffee in Orbit

A Daily Dot video posting that might make anyone rethink their morning cup of coffee, and yet makes one proud of humans’ ingenuity: “It sure looks tasty, but the fact that it’s crafted using the astronauts urine means it’s probably easier to just close your eyes and pretend it’s been delivered by an orbiting Starbucks. Before you go writing off your space dreams because of a weak stomach, let’s take a look at just how space pee is converted to water, and eventually to coffee.”

5.19.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

The complicated nuances of social interaction often enough come down to utter trivialities, some combination of non sequiturs and superficiality, of boisterous belligerence and winsome wackiness, all of which can mask the deeper meaning and purpose of how and why people relate to each other as they do, both in individual and collective terms, on the basis of interest and reaction, wanton self-importance and fear, projection and introjection and all sorts of other psychosocial crutches and bludgeons, the comprehension or at least intuition of which is essential—both in an overall conceptual sense and in a detailed descriptive fashion—if one is to swim in the social sea as smoothly and swiftly as a happy seal.

Quote of the Day
“Concerning nonviolence, it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks. …We are nonviolent with people who are nonviolent with us.”  Malcolm X
This Day in History

348px-Malcolm_X_NYWTS_2aToday in Greece is Genocide Remembrance Day, in Vietnam Ho Chi Minh day, and in the United States, Malcolm X Day, the day of the great leader’s birth; in France four hundred and eighty years ago, Jacques Cartier commanded a flotilla of three ships as they embarked for his second voyage for France to the Americas; a century and fourteen years henceforth, in 1649, England’s Long Parliament across the Channel declared the United Kingdom a Commonwealth, a proclamation that held sway for just over a decade; two hundred seventy two years before today’s light,  Jean Pierre Christin first developed the Centigrade scale for measuring heat; half a dozen years hence, in 1749, England’s second King George granted a charter to the Ohio Company for land near present day Pittsburgh that the French also claimed; thirteen years further down life’s highway, in 1762, a baby boy entered the world who would grow up as idealist German philosopher, Johann Gottlieb Fichte; two hundred twenty years prior to the present pass, literary biographer and prominent diarist James Boswell made his final entry, and exit;one hundred eighty seven years in advance of today, then-president John Quincy Adams passed a protective tariff for the wool trade that was antithetical to many commercial interests; two decades thereafter, in 1848, Mexico acceded to treaty terms that ended the war with Alamo_Entrancethe United States and granted the gringos most of the Rocky Mountain West that now accounts for California and nearby territory; sixteen years down the road from that intersection, American literary giant Nathaniel Hawthorne drew a final breath; twelve decades in advance of this moment in time, Cuban freedom fighter and journalist Jose Marti died in battle; a century and four years back, Canada established the first North American National Park System; eight years after that juncture, in 1919, south East across the Atlantic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk led forces in the Black Sea region of Turkey to initiate the nation’s independence struggle against the occupation forces of the ‘allies’ of World War One; two years after that point, in 1921,  back in the United States, Congress passed ‘emergency’ measures sharply restricting immigration; a year later and six thousand miles East in the Soviet Union, in 1922, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union established the Young Pioneer Organization, the Red Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts; eight years henceforth, in 1930, a baby girl was born who would mature as scholar, playwright, and critic Lorraine Hansberry, while a baby boy was also busy being born who would become scholar of slavery and capitalism, the historian Eugene Genovese; seventy four years prior to the present pass, the Viet Minh Revolutionary Organization came into existence in French Indochina, and half a world away, a female infant came into the world who would end up making and writing movies and offering witty commentary on life as Nora Ephron; four years more proximate to now, in 1945, a male baby came squalling among us to guitar music art performanceend up as legendary musician and songwriter, Peter Townshend; a year later, in 1946, writer and dramatist Booth Tarkington had his final scene; four years in advance of that event, in 1950, Egypt temporarily closed the Suez Canal to Israeli ships and commerce; two years more than a half century ago, the New York Post published Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail”, which decried compromise with repression and terror;eight years further on, in 1971, ‘Candy-is-Dandy’ poet and writer Ogden Nash breathed his last; twenty six years ahead of today, estimable Trinidadian journalist and historian C L R James died; seven hundred and thirty days more proximate to the present, in 1991, Croatians doomed Yugoslavia by voting for independence, a decision much heralded by the United States; three years beyond that point, in 1994, French social theorist and philosopher Jacques Ellul hypothesized no longer; three years later still, in 1997, grassroots organizing succeeded in pressuring Mexico to designate the Sierra Gorda region as a protected biosphere; just a year ago, incisive and brilliant social historian Gabriel Kolko drew his final breath. From Day in History

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WILLFUL VICIOUS IGNORANCE ABOUT ISSUES OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE

https://consortiumnews.com      A richly evidenced briefing from Consortium News, and investigative journalist’s overview when he is at his best, sifting evidence and drawing inferences about government actions and agendas that those in charge of the world have done their best to make opaque, obscure, even completely fatuous and false, in the event in relation to the murder of hundreds of passengers and crew in the destruction of an airliner that flew

MH 17 Memorial - By JurgenNL
MH 17 Memorial – By JurgenNL

over Ukraine last July, the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines Flight 17: “Another part of the Australian TV narrative stretched credulity.  If the Russians had somehow snuck a BUK missile system into eastern Ukraine without U.S. intelligence knowing and were moving it back toward Russia, why would the crew stop en route to shoot down a civilian airliner before continuing on the way?  There was no military value in destroying a civilian airliner and it was obvious – in the Western media hysteria then surrounding Ukraine – that Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, would be blamed.
What I was told by a source briefed by U.S. intelligence analysts was that at least some of them – after reviewing electronic intercepts, overhead satellite images and other intelligence – had reached the conclusion that the shoot-down was a provocation, or a false-flag operation, carried out by a rogue element of the Ukrainian military operating under one of the hard-line oligarchs.
However, it was not clear to me whether that was the opinion of just a few U.S. analysts or whether that had become the consensus.  When I sought an updated briefing from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in March, I was told that the U.S. intelligence community had not updated or refined its analysis of the shoot-down since five days after the event, a claim that was not credible given the significance of the MH-17 case to tensions between nuclear powers, United States and Russia.”

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

DCTV

The Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) in New York City is calling for applications for their Work-In-Progress Lab. Emerging filmmakers working on a documentary film or media project can share their work with other filmmakers in a workshop format.

AKRON PRESS COMPETITION IN POETRY 
$25 ENTRY FEE. Each year, The University of Akron Press offers the Akron Poetry Prize, a competition open to all poets writing in English. The winning poet receives $1,500 and publication of his or her book. Submit 48 to 90 pages. Deadline June 15, 2015.

UCROSS FOUNDATION 
The Ucross Foundation provides living accommodations, individual work space, and uninterrupted time to approximately 85 individuals each year. Residencies vary in length from two weeks to six weeks. Residents are responsible for providing their own working materials and for their travel to Sheridan, Wyoming. There is no charge for a residency.

 

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pascal maramis – flickr

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The Interpretive Writer works with the Editor by researching community events and resources in western MA, identifying the embedded learning and writing about them for Hilltown Families communication channels, including: event listings, blog posts and social media. COMPENSATION: $12/hour LOCATION: Florence, MA

Climate Interactive (DC) is looking for a program assistant to get our systems thinking tools and methods out to audiences to make a difference on climate change. Successful candidates will be detail-oriented self-starters who can be highly productive working remotely. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to addressing climate change, are readily able to distill scientific analysis into formats that are accessible to people without technical expertise, can learn and troubleshoot unfamiliar digital tools quickly, are strong writers, and can thrive in an environment that values independence, adaptability, and resourcefulness.

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The Bulletin, a 30,000 circulation daily in Bend, Oregon, is seeking an editorial writer to join the two other editorial writers on staff.

We try to make a difference in Central Oregon. We’re looking for someone who can write fairly, engagingly and persuasively. We want writing that will inspire readers to think and do, and to come back for more. It’s important that the person we hire is eager to get out and report.

Reporter Harrisonburg VA – Responsibilities include laying out either A1 or our local section front and jump pages, which entails writing headlines, writing/editing photo cutlines and proofreading stories for correct style, grammar and punctuation. Ideal candidates will be proficient in AP style, Quark and Photoshop, in addition to having graphic design and other related skills. Those with experience with other design software, such as InDesign, will also be considered.

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By AERWIN via Wikimedia Commons

Education as Poverty Machine

A Truth Out offering from a writer who explores the stark realities of education, labor, and society at large in a thoughtful and honest way: “That is, the students will have to do so if they want to qualify for home mortgages and otherwise live free from debt, which historically has always loomed over the subaltern and the serf alike. The parallels between the indebted student and the historical bond-laborer are strong enough to warrant comparison. One trend that especially deserves critical analysis is the outreach of the market to cover students from low-income backgrounds and whether or not such outreach is democratic-a Rawlsian lifting of the boats-or if it is merely predatory in nature and outcome. For, if the state and its lenders are merely financing higher education in order to secure a labor force that will not practice in the professions for which it trained but rather any job available by fiat of the debt-load, then a new reckoning is due of the state of affairs between the working-class young and their educations, the relationship between the state and the private sector, and the ongoing presence of class determinism in the free world.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

NYTAdvertising Killed Journalism

A Digiday article that expresses the level of harm that the discipline of journalism has suffered at the hand of advertisings’ demands: “The hand-wringing class has a parlor game of obsessing over the supposed death of news, often lamenting the cruelties of commoditization at the hands of the Web. But maybe the blame lies more with pusillanimous ad agencies, unnecessarily afraid to place their messages near anything that gives the whiff of “hard news.”

That’s the theory of Jon Steinberg, the BuzzFeed exec who for the past year has served as CEO of North America at The Daily Mail, an entertainment and celebrity gossip site that’s focused on increasing its hard news chops. From Steinberg’s view, far too many agencies balk at running their ads near news like The Boston Marathon bomber’s trial and the aftermath of the Amtrak disaster, preferring instead supposedly safer environs of lifestyle content.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Absolutes Serve No One

A Pando Daily posting that contextualizes the sort of advice that leads nowhere in terms of creating something that lasts the test of time: “What pisses me off is VCs who talk in absolutes. It either telegraphs that the VC has never done this before and doesn’t understand the inherent nuance to building a company, or it telegraphs a VC who worked at one very successful startup — probably coming in later when the early kinks were worked out — and thinks every experience should match the one he thinks he had.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

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A Guardian article that discusses the inherent sexism present in a famous film festival’s proscription of women who don’t kowtow to fashion fetishes: “The red carpet at the Cannes film festival is an elysium of old-fashioned glitz and glamour, but the festival faced controversy on Tuesday after it emerged that it takes the odd bout of tyrannical fashion policing to keep it that way. A group of women in their 50s were turned away from the gala screening of Todd Haynes’s Carol for allegedly not wearing high-heeled shoes, according to industry newspaper Screen Daily. The women, some of whom had medical conditions, were apparently barred entry for wearing rhinestone flats.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Pope on a Better Life

A Government Executive posting that talks about the leadership role that the Catholic pontiff is taking due to his socially real views that inspire others: “In case you haven’t been paying attention, it turns out that Pope Francis is one of the most popular people in the world. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that he has a 90 percent favorability rating among U.S. Catholics and a 70 percent favorability rating among all Americans. Another Pew study at the end of last year found that he has a median favorable rating of 60 percent across 43 nations and only an 11 percent unfavorable rating.”

5.15.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

 

Narcissus by Caravaggio
Narcissus by Caravaggio

Our indulgence of delusion is seldom more potent than when, all petulance and derision, we insist, “I don’t want to change anything; I just want to be left alone”—an avowal that is impossible in the first case because every breath that we take, or fail to draw into our lungs, alters the course of the cosmos, and in the second case because no human life will ever be possible solely under its own power till someone is capable of conceiving, gestating, and bearing oneself independently into the wide world of interrelation and mutual dependency.

Quote of the Day
hiroshima war explosion nuke nuclear“For myself, and I was not alone, all the conscious and recollected years of my life have been lived to this day under the heavy threat of world catastrophe, and most of the energies of my mind and spirit have been spent in the effort to grasp the meaning of those threats, to trace them to their sources and to understand the logic of this majestic and terrible failure of the life of man in the Western world.
          In the face of such shape and weight of present misfortune, the voice of the individual artist may seem perhaps of no more consequence than the whirring of a cricket in the grass, but the arts do live continuously, and they live literally by faith; their names and their shapes and their uses and their basic meanings survive unchanged in all that matters through times of interruption, diminishment, neglect; they outlive governments and creeds and the societies, even the very civilization that produced them.  They cannot be destroyed altogether because they represent the substance of faith and the only reality.  They are what we find again when the ruins are cleared away.”  Katherine Anne Porter
This Day in History

218px-Statue_Hermes_ChiaramontiToday around the world is an International Day of Families; in Rome ten years beyond twenty-five centuries ago, the popular assembly made the dedication of a new temple of the god Mercury a matter of a legionnaire’s oversight rather than the imprimatur of one of the ruling families that ran the Senate; nearly nine centuries closer to today, eight hundred eighty-seven years to be exact, in 392, someone managed to assassinate Rome’s emperor, a second Valentinian, as he led an invasion of Gaul to overturn Arbogast; seven hundred sixty-three years before the here-and-now, in 1252, a fourth Pope Innocent at once allowed at set the limits of the tortures that the Inquisition could use against those accused of heresy and such; four hundred ninety years ahead of today, the German Peasants’ War, which pitted Anabaptist insurgents against Holy Roman imperial troops, ended with the defeat of the people’s legions; eleven years thereafter, in 1536, across the English Channel, Anne Boleyn faced a star-chamber that sentenced her to lose her head, basically for fornicating with other than the sodden and decrepit King; not quite four centuries prior to our current conjunction, three years fewer exactly, Johannes Kepler reaffirmed his Third Law of Planetary Motion, which he had previously advanced and then withdrawn in the belief that it was erroneous; three decades subsequently, in 1648, a different sort of ‘natural law’ came into being, in the form of the Westphalia Treaty’s formulation of the rights of nations to sovereignty and safety from invasion by other states; a half century and three years further on, in 1701, the War of the Spanish Succession proved both that the Westphalian system would not forestall predatory moves by powerful nations and that a ‘balance of power’ was—given enough carnage—possible to maintain; seventeen years later, across the English Channel in 1718, a London barrister patented the first machine gun; two hundred sixty years in advance of now, Spanish settlers first incorporated the Rio Grande Valley development that became old american revolution-Declaration_independenceLaredo, Texas; twenty-one years afterward, in 1776, fifteen hundred miles Northeast, Virginia’s delegation to the Continental Congress received instructions to draft a resolution of independence from England, which Thomas Jefferson soon turned into a Declaration of Independence; two hundred twenty-two years back, a Spaniard, Diego Marin Aguilera, launched a glider that flew for more than a third of a kilometer at a height of five to six meters, one of the first ‘manned flights’ ever recorded; two dozen years thereafter, in 1817, the first mental hospital in the U.S. for those ‘deprived of reason’ in Philadelphia, opened its doors; a hundred sixty-five years before this moment in time, U.S. Cavalry forces murdered untold scores of indigenous Californians at the Bloody Island Massacre; a half-dozen years henceforth, in 1856, a baby boy was born who would grow up as the spinner of yarns, L. Frank Baum; three years more down the road, in 1859, a French male infant gave his first shout en route to a life as scientist and sufferer or radiation induced cancer, Pierre Curie; three more years along time’s arc, in 1862 across the Atlantic in the District of Columbia, Abraham Lincoln signed the paperwork to create the Bureau—soon to be the Department—of Agriculture; seven years further down the road, in 1869, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan Anthony led women in the creation of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association in New York; one hundred twenty-nine years ahead of this curve in time and space, the poet and thinker Emily Dickinson performed her final stanza; four years hence, in 1890, a Texan baby girl came into the world who would mature as the popular and prolific and profound writer and thinker, Katherine Anne Porter; three hundred sixty-five days after than conjunction, in 1891, across the Atlantic in the Vatican, a thirteenth Pope Leo promulgated the Rerum Novarum in erstwhile defense of workers’ rights and actual defense of property’s imprimatur, all of which included the Liberation Theology nodule of a “preferential option for the poor,” and further East in Little Russia, a baby boy entered the world in Kiev who would end up as the ‘masterful’ storyteller, though at odds with Communists, las vegas americana advertising vulgar Mikhail Bulgakov;eleven decades ago, an auction in Nevada of 105 acres formed the nexus around which Las Vegas grew, and a male child entered our midst who would become the businessman and amateur videographer Abraham Zapruder; six years later, in 1911, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Standard Oil was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act, while two thousand miles Southwest, Mexican ‘revolutionaries’ with a decided interest in the nation’s oil carried out a massacre of several hundred Asians at the end of one of the insurrection’s battles in Torreon; four years beyond that point, a hundred years ahead of now, a baby boy took his first breath in 1915 who would rise to prominence and Nobel Prizes as the economist of establishment capitalism, Paul
Samuelson; four years to the day after that, in 1919, North across the Canadian border, the workers of Winnipeg showed the meaning and power of solidarity by carrying out a nearly universally subscribed general strike; half a dozen years more proximate to the present, in 1925, the first communist newspaper written in Arabic appeared; three years later still, insolidarity 1928, Mickey Mouse made his debut on screen; eighty years before today’s dawn, a baby boy uttered an initial cry on his way to decades of shouting out against injustice as the folksinging activist, Utah Phillips; seven years past that day, in 1942, the United States inaugurated the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps; six years later on the dot, in 1948, combat began in the Arab-Israeli War as Mandatory Palestine ended with Israel’s assertion of its nationhood the day before; three years still closer to now, in 1951, Czeslaw Milosz, Poland’s cultural attaché, defected in Paris to go on to literary and critical fame in the West; around the globe six years henceforth, in 1957, England detonated its first Hydrogen Bomb in the Pacific Ocean; a year shy of a decade further down the road, in 1966, internecine fighting among U.S. backed thugs in Vietnam nearly led to an early end to the Vietnamese conflict; three years afterward, in 1969, nine thousand miles across the wide Pacific, hundreds of students participated in Bloody Thursday, protesting the closure of access to common space at Berkeley, which Governor Ronald Reagan, the prototypical ‘friendly fascist,’ had summarily imposed; a year later in Mississippi, in 1970, police shot down protesters at Jackson State University, killing Philip Gibbs and James Green; two years more on time’s march, around the world in 1972, Japan regained jurisdiction over Okinawa a quarter century beyond bloody carnage there; twenty-nine annual solar cycles prior to now, journalist of the high and mighty, Theodore White, breathed his last; two years hence, around the world in Afghanistan in 1988, the Soviet Union began withdrawing its forces from the nation; eleven years later, in 1997, back in the U.S., officials commemorated the ‘secret war’ in Laos during the Vietnam conflict with a memorial in the District of Columbia; six years more toward the present, in 2003, singer and songwriter June Carter Cash had her swansong; nine years thereafter, in 2012 in Mexico, powerful and austere novelist and critic Carlos Fuentes died. From Day in History

 

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article41853.htm       A gut-wrenching on-the-scene report from Information Clearinghouse about the recent quarter-to-half-a-million Muscovites who joined Vladimir Putin earlier this week to commemorate the defeat of Nazism seventy years ago, an event that in hundreds of ways, both subtle and obvious, demonstrated the difference between the plutocracy that is now standard operating procedure here and whatever is happening in Russia, with the second most powerful leader in the world marching with tens of thousands of his fellow citizens with less than a handful of security agents nearby: “Yet the most extraordinary part of the day-long events was not the show of military hardware at a time when NATO is not only rattling sabres at Russia, but even intervening militarily in Ukraine to provoke Russia into some form of war.

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

What was extraordinary about the May 9 Victory Day Parade was the citizens’ remembrance march, a symbolic parade known as the March of the Immortal Regiment, a procession through the streets of Moscow into the famous and quite beautiful Red Square.  The square, contrary to belief of many in the West was not named so by the “Red” Bolsheviks.  It took its name from Czar Alexei Mikhailovich in the mid-17th Century from a Russian word which now means red.  Similar Immortal Regiment parades involving an estimated twelve million Russians took place all over Russia at the same time, from Vladivostock to St. Petersburg to Stevastopol in what is now Russian Crimea.

In an atmosphere of reverence and quiet, some three hundred thousand Russians, most carrying photos or portraits of family members who never returned from the war, walked on the beautiful, sunny spring day through downtown Moscow into Red Square where the President’s residence, the famous Kremlin, is also located.

To see the faces of thousands and thousands of ordinary Russians walking, optimism about their future beaming from their faces, young and the very old, including surviving veterans of the Great Patriotic War as it is known to Russians, moved this writer to quietly weep.  What was conveyed in the smiles and eyes of the thousands of marchers was not a looking back in the sense of sorrow at the horrors of that war.  Rather what came across so clearly was that the parade was a gesture of loving respect and gratitude to those who gave their lives that today’s Russia might be born, a new, future-looking Russia that is at the heart of building the only viable alternative to a one-world dictatorship under a Pentagon Full Spectrum Dominance and a dollar system choking on debt and fraud.  The entire Russian nation exuded a feeling of being good and of being victorious. Few peoples have that in today’s world.

When the television cameras zoomed in on President Vladimir Putin who was also marching, he was walking freely and open amid the thousands of citizens, holding a picture of his deceased father who had served in the war and was severely wounded in 1942.  Putin was surrounded not by bulletproof limousines that any US President since the assassination of Kennedy in 1963 would have, were he even to dare to get close to a crowd.  There were three or four presidential security people near Putin, but there were thousands of ordinary Russians within arm’s length of one of the most influential world leaders of the present time.  There was no climate of fear visible anywhere.”

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RICEPAPER’S FICTION CONTEST 
$25 ENTRY FEE.
Ricepaper’s Annual Secret Ingredient Fiction Contest is a 500-words-max flash fiction contest. The piece of work must include the mystery ingredient selected by Ricepaper’s editorial staff. What’s the secret ingredient topic? RAMEN. When is the deadline? July 1, 2015. You also get a one-year subscription upon entry. First place $250, publication in issue 20.4 winter 2015, online publication, contest winner announcement at and free registration for the 2015 literAsian Festival. Second place Asian Canadian literary prize pack and online publication. Third place online publication.



FAUST SONNET CONTEST 
NO ENTRY FEE.
Sonnets may be written in Shakespearean, Petrarchan, Spenserian or Non-traditional form. Only previously unpublished sonnets are eligible. There is no entry fee and each entrant may submit one to three sonnets, maximum, with sonnets to be received no later than June 1, 2015. Cash prizes total $2,000.

 421 Atlanta is taking nominations for writers whose books you want them to publish. You may not nominate yourself or tell the writer you’re nominating them.

SPS STUDIOS POETRY CARD CONTEST 
DEADLINE: June 30
PRIZES: $300, $150, $50 and publication on website
DETAILS: Write a poem for publication in a greeting card, rhyming
or non-rhyming.

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Freelance Item Writers (Science) Measured Progress is searching for highly qualified, independent contract/freelance item writers (currently focusing on the subject of Science) to develop test items for large-scale assessment programs (including alternate assessments, performance tasks and formative item banks) covering elementary, middle and secondary school levels. Freelance item writers work off-site and are usually paid on a per-item basis.

 

Freelance Science and Sci-Fi Writers Wanted (Chelsea)

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radio3Radio Project Give Voice to Women

A podcast series that offers a glimpse into the dehumanizing and unjust treatment that women of color suffer on a regular basis: “On this week’s show we’re exploring how some women have been dehumanized to the point of indifference.

We’ll learn how one community is undoing the silence around the violence women of color face. We’ll also hear about how serial killers were able to hunt down mostly Black women for three decades in South Los Angeles. Then we’ll take you to the Yucatan where pregnant indigenous women struggle under a health care system failing to provide proper medical care.”

Slashing Education

A World Socialist Web Site posting that analyses the gutting that higher education has suffered over the past few years, as another manifestation of the general war of attrition on quality education that has been occurring for decades: “Decades-long cutbacks in state and federal funding for higher education have been used to justify massive increases in tuition, combined with budget cuts to educational and other services at public colleges and universities.

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

The CBPP report highlights the cumulative impact of this process, noting, “In 1988, public colleges and universities received 3.2 times as much in revenue from state and local governments as they did from students. They now receive about 1.1 times as much from states and localities as from students.””

Police Slaughter with Bombs

A The Root report that introduces readers to one of the most horrific yet unknown police attacks on citizens to have ever occurred: “That decision to “let the fire burn” allowed the blaze to roar into a firestorm.

The inferno incinerated 11 inside the bombed building, including five children ages 7 to 13. That inferno also destroyed 60 other homes in the West Philadelphia neighborhood, leaving 250 people homeless. All of those killed in that inferno ignited by police were black, as were those left homeless by the inferno’s destruction.

Today many Philadelphia residents, particularly those under 30 years old, are unaware of that history-staining 1985 police attack on members of MOVE, an anti-establishment group founded in 1972. Authorities deemed MOVE a radical organization. The 11 people incinerated were MOVE members, including the organization’s founder, John Africa.”

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A City Lab posting that contextualizes practices that can only be described as socialistic in nature managing to radically improve longstanding civic problems: “At Moore Place, it costs around $14,000 per year to house someone. About 30 percent of this cost comes from tenant incomes. The rest is covered by donations and public funding, the new report explains.

The positive returns have been quite dramatic. A study team led by Thomas surveyed Moore Place tenants four times: right when they moved in, then at six months, a year, and two years later. They found that, after two years, 81 percent of tenants who participated in the survey remained in permanent housing. Before they’d moved into Moore Place, these tenants had been homeless an average of 7 years.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Social Justice Film Festival in War Torn Zone

A Global Voices Online brief that points to a recently occurring film festival in one of the most destroyed areas of the world, an act which points to the great resilience of the residents: “It is highly symbolic for Shuja’iyya, also spelled Shejaiya, to be chosen to host the Karama Gaza Film Festival. One of the poorest and most-crowded neighborhoods in the enclave, Shuja’iyya was the scene of a brutal massacre during Israel’s military operation in Gaza last summer. The massacre killed at least 90 Palestinians on July 20, 2014.

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The Karama (Arabic for ‘Dignity’) Festival, which started yesterday and ends today, describes itself as “a platform that utilizes screen arts that involve human rights and justice issues as their subject matter in order to create a cross-cultural platform for the wider general public together with filmmakers, artists, activists and other stakeholders, in order to raise public awareness and encourage their engagement in actions that would eliminate violations of Human Rights.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Design and Social Justice

A City Lab article that talks about a design conference meant to bring awareness to social issues in urban design, a fundamental issue that is not properly addressed by academia and which these individuls seek to remedy: “Bryan Lee, NOMA’s 2014 “Member of the Year” and place + civic design director for the Arts Council of New Orleans, has been working to elevate these kinds of issues since he was in college—where he split undergrad time in between Florida A&M University, a historically black college, and Ohio State University. Neither school experience broached the topics of race, justice, and the built environment within his core curricula, he says.

“The issue is an ideology that finds its roots in architectural modernism, which eliminates ethnocultural and even sociocultural conditions from the variables that define quality architecture,” says Lee. “When we eliminate these essential considerations, we lose the ability for architecture to respond to the colloquial design languages of the people it serves.””

RECENT HAPPENINGS

War on Drugs Fumigation Program Halted

A Common Dreams posting that discusses a recent move in Latin America to halt one of the many pathetic and invasive American proscriptions that have damaged the health of residents in half witted attempts to curtail the fraudulent War on Drugs: “The Colombian government on Thursday night said it would halt the toxic fumigation of coca plant fields, defying a U.S.-backed program that has been in place for decades.

In announcing the decision, Colombian health minister Alejandro Gaviria cited concerns that the active ingredient in the herbicide—glyphosate—causes cancer. The World Health Organization reported in March that the weedkiller, widely used in Mosanto’s Roundup products, was “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Football as Barometer of Ugliness 

A wonderful Rolling Stone reprint of a powerful and typically scathing piece by a legendary journalist who became famous for his book-length screed against Las Vegas, who pits football and all its tawdry banalities with the political spectrum: “And what kind of sick and twisted impulse would cause a professional sportswriter to deliver a sermon from the Book of Revelations off his hotel balcony on the dawn of Super Sunday?

I had not planned a sermon for that morning. I had not even planned to be in Houston, for that matter. … But now, looking back on that outburst, I see a certain inevitability about it. Probably it was a crazed and futile effort to somehow explain the extremely twisted nature of my relationship with God, Nixon and the National Football League: The three had long since become inseparable in my mind, a sort of unholy trinity that had caused me more trouble and personal anguish in the past few months than Ron Ziegler, Hubert Humphrey and Peter Sheridan all together had caused me in a year on the campaign trail.”

5.14.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

463px-Les_Demoiselles_d'AvignonWhen dreams both bizarre and plausible course through the sleeping mind, what transpires among their all-too-real dangers and surreal happenstances matters less than why they are taking place in the slumbering psyche, more precisely how one might relate to these eventualities in a useful, productive fashion that accounts for both the state of mind and action that one desires to manifest in life and the manifold ways that most of us impede our own attainment of any such blessed state.

Quote of the Day
“My friends, I tell you that hitherto you have been prevented from even knowing what happiness really is, solely in consequence of the errors — gross errors — that have been combined with the fundamental notions of every religion that has hitherto been taught to men.  And, in consequence, they have made man the most inconsistent, and the most miserable being in existence.  By the errors of these systems he has been made a weak, imbecile animal; a furious bigot and fanatic or a miserable hypocrite; and should these qualities be carried, not only into the projected villages, but into Paradise itself, a Paradise would no longer be found! …
       I was forced, through seeing the error of their foundation, to abandon all belief in every religion which had been taught to man.  But my religious feelings were immediately replaced by the spirit of universal charity — not for a sect, or a party, or for a country or a colour — but for the human race, and with a real and ardent desire to do good.”  Robert Owen
This Day in History

Theodosius_II_solidus_Constantinople_439_450_gold_4480mgToday in ancient Roman practice was the second day that commemorated Argei, after an initial date near the Vernal Equinox, a practice that, though they continued to celebrate the day and its activities, the later Romans no longer understood, its gathering of bodily icons possibly connected to human sacrifice; in England seven hundred fifty-one years ago, barons and other nobility restive at taxation and royal imprimatur captured a third King Henry and forced him to sign a document, the Mise of Lewes, that promised to invest lesser nobility with ongoing powers that the Magna Carta decades before had already set in stone; four hundred eight years before this moment in time, settlers founded England’s first North American colony at Jamestown, Virginia; a year hence back in Europe, in 1608, dissidents founded the Protestant Union in Auhausen to forestall the reimposition of Catholicism among German principalities; two hundred forty-four years in advance of this exact day, a baby boy was born who would rise to prominence as mill owner and utopian socialist Robert Owen; two hundred twenty-eight years prior to the present pass, wealthy and otherwise upper-class delegates assembled to constitute themselves as a Constitutional Convention over which George Washington, the richest man in America according to some, presided; nine years thereafter, in 1796, Edward Jenner first administered a smallpox vaccination in his native England; eight years further down the road, in 1804, the participants in Lewis and 640px-Lewis_and_Clark_1954_Issue-3cClark’s historic sojourn to the Pacific set out up the Missouri River; seven years henceforth, in 1811, three thousand miles South, independence advocates begin the process of overthrowing the Spanish government in Paraguay; one hundred fifteen years away from today’s light and air, a male infant came along would mature as nature writer and popular chronicler of the outdoors, Hal Borland; a century and three years back, fierce social critic and dramatis August Strindberg gave his final bows; the next year, across the Atlantic in 1913, the governor of New York took a donation of $100 million from John D Rockefeller to complete the incorporation of the Rockefeller Foundation; a dozen years closer to the present, in 1925,  Virginia Woolf first published her novel Mrs. Dalloway, and the baby girl came bounding into the world who would grow up as the ingénue and loyal wife of Charlie Chaplin, Oona O’Neill, who committed the sacrilege of destroying all her personal diaries and correspondence upon her death; half a dozen years further on, in 1931, Swedish soldiers opened fire on unarmed trade union demonstrators in Adalen; nine years later, in 1940, social anarchist and revolutionary Emma Goldman died; four years thereafter, in 220px-Star_Wars_Logo.svg1944, a baby male drew first breath who would mature as the filmmaker and storyteller, George Lucas; six decades and three years ago, a male child entered our midst who would rise as the iconic songwriter and music maker David Byrne; three years subsequently, in 1955, the Soviet Union and seven Eastern European countries agreed to the Warsaw Pact mutual defense treaty; six years later, in 1961, and four thousand miles Southeast, fascist terrorists in Anniston, AL, firebombed a Freedom Riders bus and attacked and beat the Civil Rights activists; a dozen years thereafter to the day, in 1973, the united States launched its first SkyLab space station; six years down the road from that intersection, in 1979, storied writer and woman of the world, Jean Rhys, took her final look at the world before her final exit; twenty-two years ahead of this moment, the trust-fund journalist William Randolph Hearst, Jr. merited an obituary; a half decade beyond that, in 1998,  environmentalist and author Marjory Stoneman Douglas drew her final breath; eight years after that point in time, in 2006, centenarian poet Stanley Kunitz breathed his last; a year back, young cancer-activist and blogger Stephen Sutton died in Great Britain. From Wikipedia Day in History

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THE INTERNATIONAL NEXUS OF ALL LOCAL REPRESSION & BRUTALITY

http://www.countercurrents.org/cooke140515.htm           One of essentially innumerable daily reports, here from CounterCurrents, that testify to the predation, promotion of fascism, imprimatur of the police state, and divide-and-conquer viciousness that characterize the policies of the United States and its allies, in this case a presentation about the set-to-explode mayhem in Syria that U.S. hegemons and their Saudi and Turkish henchmen have on various levels instituted to improve imperial dominance no matter the bloodbath or even human annihilation that results as a consequence: “In 2013 when Obama announced that he would be bombing the Syrian government in response to a supposed gas attack, the U.S. media asked for no evidence of the allegation, and strove to buttress Obama’s argument for aggression.

And when Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh wrote an article exposing Obama’s lies over the aborted bombing mission, the article didn’t see the light of day in the U.S. media.  Critically thoughtful voices were not welcome.  They remain unwelcome. …

As the Syrian war creates fresh atrocities the Obama administration will be pressured to openly support his Saudi-Turkish allies, just as he came out into the open in 2013 when he nearly bombed the Syrian government.

History is repeating itself.  But this time the stakes are higher: the region has already been destabilized with the wars in Iraq, Libya, and Syria, and the regional conflicts have sharpened between U.S. allies on one hand, and Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Russia on the other.

Such a volatile dynamic demands a media willing to explain the significance of these events.  The truth is that Obama has been a proxy war president that has torn apart the Middle East as badly as his predecessor did, and if the U.S. public remains uninformed about developing events, an even larger regional war is inevitable.”

JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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MARY BALLARD POETRY CHAPBOOK PRIZE 
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DEADLINE:  June 30
PRIZE: $500 and publication of chapbook
DETAILS:  Submit a poetry chapbook, either one long poem or a
collection of poems. All poems must adhere to a theme. Submit 20-40
pages of poetry.



PCS-WORDS COMPETITION 
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DEADLINE: June 30
PRIZES: £75, £50, £25 and publication in Words Magazine.
DETAILS:  Submit a short story on the theme of murder, max. 2000
words.  No limit on number of entries; all entries will be
considered for publication in the magazine.
ONLINE/ELECTRONIC ENTRIES: Submit entries to june15@wordsmag.com

Vital Narrative Press is calling for short stories, plays, essays, poems, novel excerpts, and creative nonfiction for their first annual issue of The Essential Summer Reader. The theme is elements.

Arkansas-based Nude Bruce Review is accepting submissions of poetry, nonfiction, short and flash fiction.

ARRAN THEATRE POETRY COMPETITION 
£5 ENTRY FEE.
Poems should be no more than 80 lines and can be in any style and on any subject. Each poem should have a title. You may enter any number of poems. This is an international competition, open to all. First prize £1.000. Second prize £300. Third prize £100, Six Commendations of £25. Deadline June 30, 2015.

 TAIPEI ARTIST VILLAGE 
Artist-in-Residence Taipei is managed by the Department of AIR, Taipei Culture Foundation and operates in two places, Taipei Artist Village and Treasure Hill Artist Village. Deadline June 4, 2015. Artists-in-residence must be able to converse in English. Students are not eligible to apply. Location Taipei: Taiwan.

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Zozi – Contributing Writer – 

The ideal ZOZI writer loves to travel and regularly participates in one or all of the following activities: surfing, kayaking, running, rock climbing, cycling, backpacking, hiking, yoga, sailing, snowboarding, and skiing. We’re also looking for gear nerds who can write knowledgeably about the gear and technical apparel that we sell.

Contributing writers will produce three to four posts a month. We don’t have hard and fast word limits, but most of our stories are 500-1500 words long. Our standard rate is around $80-$250 per post, depending on amount of reporting required.

Amazing Newsletter and Social Media Writer (Greenbrae, CA)

part-time
non-profit organization telecommuting okay

Looking for a terrific freelance writer for senior living community. Must be creative and deadline oriented, with experience and maturity to interview older adults for articles. Use your social media skills to repurpose newsletter content for our website, Facebook page and eventual blog. Use your creativity to come up with article and posting ideas. Write clearly, succinctly, and quickly. Extra points if you know what a CCRC is or are willing to learn.

 

The Palm Beach Research Group, a division of Agora, Inc., is seeking a proofreader for our growing financial newsletter business in Delray Beach, Fla.

We publish breakthrough ideas in our newsletters, which help our customers improve their finances, businesses, relationships, and health. You’ll proofread all the content we produce to make sure it’s error and typo free and adheres to our styling guidelines.

The right candidate for this position will need a great attention to detail, organization, the ability to multitask, and a strong work ethic. A passion for reading, writing, and thinking about current events and polices that drive the world are a plus.

 

 TravelMag.com is looking for three talented freelance writers.

You would write travel features about destinations that you have visited. Additionally, you could write a number of more commercial articles on subjects such as hotels, B&Bs or tour operators. 

Working hours are highly flexible, the remuneration would be $100-$300 per article.

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A Think Progress posting that looks at how an organization succeeded in beating back useless and dangerous curriculum in California public schools: ““This is the first time that abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula have been found to be medically inaccurate,” Phyllida Burlingame, the director of reproductive justice policy at the ACLU, told the San Francisco Chronicle. She added that the ruling should send a strong message to other schools that “young people need complete, accurate health information required by law.”

Political Meeting in Chicago

A Portside posting that discusses giant coalitions taking place as an overture to further citizen political participation seeking alternatives to the garbage ‘parties’ available today: “Some 200 political activists from a variety of independent political organizations, as well as individual activists, carried out a rich discussion and an amicable debate about how to collaborate in the work of building a large political alternative to the left of the Democratic Party. Participating in the Future of the Left/Independent Politics Conference, in an unprecedented spirit of cooperation, national, state, and local candidates and activists, as well as elected officials from the Green Party, the Peace and Freedom Party, the Richmond Progressive Alliance, Socialist Alternative, and the Vermont Progressive Party discussed the challenges of campaigning and the difficulties of actually holding office while trying to both build movements and push progressive policies. Also at the conference were members of Progressive Democrats of America and the Justice Party.”

 

Creative Commons/DonkeyHotey.
Creative Commons/DonkeyHotey.

Debt Aid or Advise

An AFL-CIO brief that addresses alternatives for students weighed down by debt: “It’s likely you answered “yes” to at least one of these questions. And if so, you’re in good company—as of last year, more than 40 million Americans owed money on student loans. And in an economy where wages are low and unemployment is high, the money owed on loans could go a long way toward helping working families. That’s why the AFL-CIO has partnered with The Borrowers Hotline to offer student loan assistance to anybody who needs it.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

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A Pando Daily posting that views the issues with being a reporter who exposes the truth, in a context where the powers that be don’t want the truth to emerge: “Hersh has pissed off some very powerful people and institutions with this story, and that means the inevitable media pushback to discredit his reporting is already underway, with the attacks on Hersh led by Vox Media’s Max Fisher, CNN’s Peter Bergen, and even some on the left like Nation Institute reporter Matthieu Aikins. Yesterday Slate joined the pile-on, running a wildly entertaining, hostile interview with Hersh.

Such attacks by fellow journalists on a Sy Hersh bombshell are nothing new—in fact, he used to relish them, and probably still does. He got the same hostile reaction from his media colleagues when he broke his biggest story of his career: The 1974 exposé of the CIA’s massive, illegal domestic spying program, MH-CHAOS, which targeted tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of Americans, mostly antiwar and leftwing dissidents.”

 

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

Succession Difficulties for Celebrated Paper

A Yahoo News piece that discusses the difficulties experienced by a highly regarded French newspaper, in the context of flagging sales and all the other difficulties found by media outlets in current times: “In a vote Wednesday evening, the paper’s current editorial second-in-command, Jerome Fenoglio, failed to garner the 60 percent of votes among staff needed to secure the job.

The 46-year-old longtime Le Monde reporter, who was nominated to succeed acting editorial director Gilles van Kote by Le Monde’s three businessmen owners — industrialist Pierre Berge, telecoms billionaire Xavier Niel and banker Mathieu Pigasse — fell five points short of the tally.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Humbling Memorial as Contrast

A powerful and thought-provoking piece from International Clearing House that contextualizes the true spirit of camaraderie and citizenship available elsewhere than here, as demonstrated during a world war memorial: “I shed tears being deeply moved by what I saw in those ordinary Russians and tears for what I felt had been destroyed in my country. We Americans have lost our sense that we are good or even perhaps again could be. We have accepted that we are bad, that we kill all around the world, that we hate ourselves and our neighbors, that we fear, that we live in a climate of race war, that we are despised for all this around the world.

We feel ourselves to be anything but good because we are in a kind of hypnosis induced by those narcissistic oligarchs to be so. Hypnosis, however, can be broken under the right circumstances. We only have to will it so.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

The Good of the Bad

A Good article that finally discusses the potential benefit of strong shadow emotions and energies that most in this society would rather ignore or medicate away: “I was surprised to hear people diminish themselves in explanation: maybe they’d offended the person, or the acquaintance was mad at them for reasons unknown, or perhaps they looked horrible that day so the person decided to ignore them, and so on.

Later, I told my friend that my instinctive response would have been, “Fuck you, I didn’t want to talk to you, anyway!”

And my friend said to me, “That’s why you’re not depressed.”

If my rage is a defense against debilitating depression, I bow to it deeply. If it is my moral compass—something is wrong, wrong, wrong—I honor it as a guide.”

5.13.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

no trespassing signIn relation to such absolute necessities as shelter, safe and affordable manifestations of which the hapless working class citizen in the U.S.A.’s belly of the beast might seek in vain, a couple of observations about marketplaces and how they operate seem apt, first of all that the assignment of the surface of the Earth to owners inherently serves as an arbitrary exercise in self-serving predation by denizens of power, and second of all that whatever benefits a truly free and open market might display, none of its erstwhile advantages can come to pass in today’s realm of universal monopoly without a socially democratic filtering process.

Quote of the Day
“Simply because one is Black or Latino or lesbian or gay or whatever does not guarantee the person’s fidelity to a body of politics that empowers the particular constituency that they supposedly represent.  The number of black elected officials has risen from 100 in 1964 to more than 9000 today.  The number of African Americans who were in congress 30 years ago was about five; today it is over 40, an 800 percent increase.   But have Blacks experienced an 800 percent increase in real power?  It hasn’t happened.  So, I think the emphasis of this liberal notion of social change by working solely within the established electoral system is just fatally flawed.” Manning Marable
This Day in History
By Allan Ajifo
By Allan Ajifo

Six hundred forty-two years back, a prioress in Norwich, England, undergoing a profound illness, underwent hallucinatory visions, which she later transcribes as the first book written in English by a woman, Revelations of Divine Lovethree hundred sixty-seven years prior to the present pass, half a world away in the Subcontinent, Delhi’s khan potentate oversaw the construction of the Red Fort that would be the putative center of Muslim rule in Hindi and imperial India for two centuries or more; two hundred thirty-six years before the here-and-now, a final ‘diplomat’s spat,’ war to advance aristocratic agendas only, came to an end as Russian and French negotiators resolved differences between Prussia and Austria over the control of Bavaria; three hundred sixty-six days subsequently, in 1780, across the Atlantic and over the Appalachians in Tennessee, male sojourners signed the Cumberland Compact, a predecessor to Tennessee’s State Constitution; seven years beyond that juncture, in 1787, a flotilla under the command of Arthur Phillip left Portsmouth with a human cargo largely consistent of convicts, bound around the world to Australia; two hundred eleven years ahead of this point in time, U.S. forces that had intervened against pirates in present-day Libya withstood an attack by Tripolian Troops that sought to dislodge them from Derna; just a year past a quarter century later, in 1830, Southwest across the Atlantic and half the South American continent, Ecuador established its independence from Gran Colombia; a century-and-a-half and four years before today, Britain issued its “Proclamation of Neutrality” in relation to the formation of the Confederate States of America, which refused to ‘take sides’ in the Civil War but granted belligerent rights to the South; one year hence, in 1862, escaped slave Robert Smalls stole a ship from Confederates and delivered it to Union forces, leading immediately to his appointment as the sloop’s Captain in the service of the United States; a hundred thirty-

David Wright CC 2.0
David Wright CC 2.0

five years ago, Thomas Edison oversaw the first test of an electric rail vehicle at his labs in New Jersey; eight years henceforth, in 1888, three thousand miles South in Brazil, slavery finally came to an end under the aegis of the “Golden Law;” just a year less than two decades afterward, in 2007, a baby girl was born who grew up as writer and storyteller, Daphne du Maurier; nine years beyond that conjunction, in 1916, the pseudonymous Yiddish-American script-writer and bard, Sholem Aleichem, breathed his last; seventy-six years back, the first Frequency Modulation radio station came on the air in Bloomfield, Connecticut; four years later, in 1943, East across the Atlantic and through the Mediterranean, Italian troops and Nazi Afrika Corps forces surrendered en masse to Allied fighters in North Africa; a year after that to the day, in 1944, back again over the wide Atlantic, a male infant took his first breath on his way to a life as author and screenwriter Armistead Maupin; four years subsequent to that moment, in 1948, back in the Mediterranean, a massacre of civilians and soldiers took place at Kfar Etzion in Palestine, a day before Israel’s announcement of statehood; two years afterward, in 1950, once again in the U.S.A., two African American babies came into the world, one who would mature as songwriter and soulful crooner, Stevie Wonder, the other who would go on to fame as intellectual powerhouse, Manning Marable; eight years hence, in 1958, in Venezuela, protesters against U.S. imperial imprimatur attacked the car that carried Vice President Richard Nixon in Caracas, and, in Algeria, French Officers staged a coup in Algiers to seek to force France to fight harder to maintain its colonial administration in the restive region; two years precisely past that point-in-time, in 1960, in the Bay Area of California, hundreds of protestors inaugurated Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement in Draft_card_burning_vietnam warprotest of a campus visit of the House Unamerican Activities Committee; three years more proximate to the present, across the continent in 1963, the Supreme Court in the case of Brady v. Maryland gave putative rights for defendants to know of exculpatory evidence that prosecutors held; six years beyond that juncture, half a world away in 1969, riots that targeted ethnic Chinese in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia exploded in violence that may have claimed hundreds of lives; four decades ago, legendary Texas Swing artist Bob Wills swung his last time; ten years after that, in 1985, Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on the radical organization MOVE’s house, igniting a fire that killed eleven and destroyed over 250 nearby homes and buildings; thirteen years thereafter, in 1998, almost three decades after similar violence in Malaysia, anti-Chinese riots broke out in Jakarta Indonesia that may have also killed hundreds; two years prior to this exact point, Dr. Joyce Brothers took her final breath; a year afterward, in 2014, at least three hundred coal miners died in a horrific explosion and fire at the Soma Complex in Turkey, and the occult spiritualist and counterculture leader, Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart, cast her final spell before exiting the world. From Wikipedia Day in History

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OPRAH’S ROLE IN UNDERMINING CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS

http://www.theguardian.com/       An incisive and even-handed piece of reportage from The Guardian, which arguably all the more powerfully indicts the elevation of ‘brands’ and empathic, emotional yarnspinning, in place of radical analysis and grassroots action to achieve transformative development of today’s inequitable and vicious social dynamics and political structures: “Oprah is one of a new group of elite storytellers who present practical solutions to society’s problems that can be found within the logic of existing profit-driven structures of production and consumption.  They promote market-based solutions to the problems of corporate power, technology, gender divides, environmental degradation, alienation and inequality.
Oprah’s popularity stems in part from her message of empathy, support, and love in an increasingly stressful, alienating society.  Three decades of companies restructuring their operations by eliminating jobs (through attrition, technology, and outsourcing) and dismantling both organized labor and the welfare state have left workers in an extremely precarious situation. …
Janice Peck, in her work as professor of journalism and communication studies, has studied Oprah for years.  She argues that to understand the Oprah phenomenon we must return to the ideas swirling around in the Gilded Age.  Peck sees strong parallels in the mind-cure movement of the Gilded Age and Oprah’s evolving enterprise in the New Gilded Age, the era of neoliberalism.  She argues that Oprah’s enterprise reinforces the neoliberal focus on the self: Oprah’s ‘enterprise [is] an ensemble of ideological practices that help legitimize a world of growing inequality and shrinking possibilities by promoting and embodying a configuration of self compatible with that world.’ …
Oprah recognizes the pervasiveness of anxiety and alienation in our society.  But instead of examining the economic or political basis of these feelings, she advises us to turn our gaze inward and reconfigure ourselves to become more adaptable to the vagaries and stresses of the neoliberal moment.
Oprah is appealing precisely because her stories hide the role of political, economic, and social structures.  In doing so, they make the American Dream seem attainable.  If we just fix ourselves, we can achieve our goals.  For some people, the American dream is attainable, but to understand the chances for everyone, we need to look dispassionately at the factors that shape success.”
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REMINDER – Maria Faust Sonnet Contest expires June 1st

Cash prizes, totaling $2,000, will be awarded in a number of categories, including:wh

  • • Best Overall
  • • Best Youth (High School & Younger)
  • • Laureate’s Choice
  • • Local Area (Winona and adjacent counties)
  • • Honorable Mention

Sonnets may be written in Shakespearean, Petrarchan, Spenserian or Non-traditional form.

2015 SELTI Short Story Contest

featuring the Huntsville, Alabama region

Official Rules

      • story must be set in a tourism attraction of the Huntsville, Alabama metro area
      • story must use creative angle to encourage readers to visit Huntsville area
      • maximum word count: 2,000
      • no entry fee
      • entry deadline: May 31, 2015
      • projected announcement of winner: July 1, 2015

Chicken Soup for the Soul – We Welcome Your Stories and Poems!

We have many Chicken Soup for the Soul books in development and we frequently add new titles. If you have a great story or poem you want to submit but it doesn’t fit with any of the topics below, please save it and check this page again in the future to see if we have added a topic that’s a better match.

If you have a story or poem that you think fits two of the topics below, you may submit it to both. Then let us know in the Comments section that you’ve done so. Also, you may submit more than one piece for each book.

ERIC HOFFER AWARD FOR PROSE  
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QUARTERLY DEADLINE: June 30
PRIZES: $250
DETAILS: Open to short works of fiction and creative nonfiction, to
10,000 words, unpublished (do not submit if published online).
ONLINE/ELECTRONIC ENTRIES: Yes, required
CONTACT: The Eric Hoffer Award, P.O. Box 11, Titusville, NJ 08560, info@hofferaward.com


L. RON HUBBARD’S WRITERS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST 
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DEADLINE: June 30 (given quarterly)
PRIZES: $1,000 first prize awarded each quarter; one of those
winners also receives the $5,000 annual “Gold Award” grand prize.
DETAILS:  17,000 words maximum short story. All types of science
fiction, fantasy and horror with fantastic elements, are welcome.

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pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

The Chattanooga Times Free Press is seeking a news editor to lead our staff of 14 news reporters and assigning editors.
We’re not just looking for a top-notch journalist. We’re looking for someone who can carry out a vision of excellence and achievement. Our newsroom has a shared ambition of being one of the best mid-sized papers in the country and we need a creative, enthusiastic, organized and talented editor to be a part of an award-winning team to work toward that goal.

Whole Foods Austin TX Copywriter – 

Whole Foods Market® is the world’s leading retailer of natural and organic foods with more than 400 stores in the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Brand Content Team is part of the larger Global Marketing and Communications Team and develops the company’s external marketing and consumer communications.

Writers on the Brand Content Team collaborate, research, consult, write, modify, condense, organize, correct, review and proofread with the intention of providing correct, consistent and complete customer-facing communication that represents the Whole Foods Market® brand. This copywriter will report to an Editorial Team Leader and focus specifically on writing and editing marketing copy.

At UrbanBound, we pride ourselves on innovative technology and outstanding service. UrbanBound is growing at a rapid pace and is looking for Freelance writers to add to our catalog of hyperlocal content. We are looking to make history and you can help UrbanBound achieve greatness by contributing to a plan for global reach by 2015. Conpensation unlisted

At Basilica Press, we are dedicated to new and emerging authors and want to make their stories the best they can be. If you’re a stellar editor, proofreader, and all around freelancer for short stories, poems, and longer pieces, we’re looking for you. All work is done from the comfort of your own home wherever you are and you can set your own schedule and workload.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

 

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

New Political Possibility on Horizon

A Washington Post article that introduces readers to a new conception of problems, platforms, and agendas in politics, and one that comes closest to addressing the actual problems experienced by people everywhere: “Not surprisingly, these offerings differ in analysis, emphasis and specific reforms. But more striking is their scope of consensus.

All agree that our extreme inequality is not the inevitable result of globalization or technology. It is the result of policy and power. The rules have been rigged. No one reform offers an answer; broad reforms are needed. “

Honest Pope

A Government Executive brief that looks at views expressed by the radical pontiff, including a chart that illustrates the point: “Pope Francis was sharply critical of the global arms industry in a speech at the Vatican this week, telling thousands of children in Rome that weapons manufacturers are money-hungry opponents of peace.”

Defending the Commons

A Counter Currents posting that analyses the phenomenom of private property v. the commons, and shows how folks who most benefit from this time-proven arrangement are resisting: Shared access, reliance, use and governance of natural resources is a common form of tenure in the world, North and South, rural and urban. The specific rules and institutions that govern common property are very diverse, developed by communities groups on their own direct experience and reflecting their priorities. Where well managed, such systems have proven capable of preserving the long term health of the resources and sustained benefits to the community relying on them. Common spaces are under increasing threat – their resources are grabbed for private interests, mined and degraded for short term gains. “

 

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Jon Sullivan – public domain

Seeking Fairer Taxation

A Capital & Main piece that looks at organizations successfully putting forth efforts to effect legal changes unseen in decades that will seven out the large fiscal inequalities existing in the state of California: “Make It Fair” is proposing a critical change to the state’s tax law: closing loopholes that have allowed commercial properties to be taxed at nearly the same level as they were in 1975 (tax rates for residential property would remain unchanged). The coalition claims that California could gain an additional $9 billion a year if these loopholes are eliminated – revenue that could be used for schools, social services, affordable housing and a range of other needs that have been starved of funds since Prop. 13 went into effect.

But advocates are also proposing tax relief for small businesses, a move that could drive a wedge between large corporate interests that want to keep things the way they are and individual business owners who feel the system is unfair. “Make It Fair” estimates that 90 percent of businesses will get property tax relief under the group’s proposal.”

Media and Race

A Truth Dig article that discusses the often uncomfortable interactions between the media and members of the African American community, a tension which has only worsened since the recent demonstrations: “While Fox and CNN were telling you what to think about black Baltimoreans’ response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, The Real News Network convened a town hall discussion in which members of the community were free to speak for themselves.

“Generally speaking,” one young man said in response to a question about the curfew instituted by city officials, “my problem with news coverage—the mainstream media coverage—is that people always want to moralize on black folk when we destroy property in the face of injustice, but no one moralizes on the police officers who kill black people.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Citizen Journalist Jailed and Abused

A Truth-Out piece that looks at the punishment that a random videographer faces after exploring the aftermath of the most recent case of police brutality, a situation that demonstrates the institutionalization of bigotry at play: “Faulkner ended up in an alley recording a police chase; eight officers ran after a kid who appeared to have been looting in the mall. The kid scaled a fence and got away, but Faulkner, who had been standing next to some police officers in the alley for a while, simply stepped back out of the way, he said. “I’m continuing to take video,” he said. “I’m not hindering them. I just moved to the side and put my hands in air and expected them to run past me. But one of the guys in riot gear kicks me in legs. ‘You wanna kill cops?’ he says and he hits me. Then he hits me again. I said ‘What’s your name?’ He says, ‘Shut the fuck up.’” Faulkner said the officer threw him to the ground, put his knee into his back, cuffed him, and stepped on his hand to kick his phone out of the way sending it skittering into the bushes. Faulkner was put into a police van with seven others and taken to Central Booking.”

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Josh Larlos Flickr

 Charming Free Literature

A Shareable brief and video that explores a phenomenom most readers have most likely already encountered, that of impromptu community-building, reading-encouraging book exchanges: “By now, you’ve probably heard about Little Free Libraries. Maybe you’ve read about them or just seen one pop up in your neighborhood. Whether shaped like a house, a boat, a train, a barn, a phone booth, a VW bus, a school, or countless other designs, Little Free Libraries are becoming fixtures in neighborhoods around the world. In fact, there are now over 25,000 of them in 70 countries.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

 

"Bitola 2007" by Revizionist - Own work.
“Bitola 2007” by Revizionist – Own work.

Cradle of Creativity

A City Lab article that discusses recent studies that analyze the sorts of environments that foster creativity, increasingly demonstrating thta places on a human scale and well connected are more prone to creative exchanges: “A new study published in the journal Regional Studies by my Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI) and University of Toronto colleague Greg Spencer takes a detailed look at the kinds of neighborhoods that are home to high-tech industries versus those that foster vibrant arts, cultural and music scenes. He focuses on Canada’s big three city-regions: Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Spencer defines high-tech or “science-based” industries as spanning computer, software, pharmaceuticals and medicine, as well as research and development, while “creative” industries include film and video, music, radio and television, and design, as well as independent artists, writers and performers. (This is narrower than my own occupationally-based definition of the creative class).”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Trip Smells Like Corruption

A Washington Post article that looks at a suspiciously funded trip that congress members undertook, an action which puts into question their overall integrity and commitment to representing their constituents: “The state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan secretly funded an all-expenses-paid trip to a conference at Baku on the Caspian Sea in 2013 for 10 members of Congress and 32 staff members, according to a confidential ethics report obtained by The Washington Post. Three former top aides to President Obama appeared as speakers at the conference.

Lawmakers and their staff members received hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of travel expenses, silk scarves, crystal tea sets and Azerbaijani rugs valued at $2,500 to $10,000, according to the ethics report. Airfare for the lawmakers and some of their spouses cost $112,899, travel invoices show.”

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Userbox-MG-pro-choiceAbortion Under Attack

A The Hill posting that looks at fierce attempts to eliminate women’s rights by whittling down Roe v Wade: “Republicans are ramping up their attack on Roe v. Wade with a House vote Wednesday on a bill banning late-term abortions.

While it’s unlikely to pass the Senate and reach President Obama’s desk, Republicans say they are playing a long game.

They hope that, over time, support for prohibiting most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy will become widespread.

Anti-abortion groups compare the issue to the fight over legislation halting partial-birth abortions, which was a victory for conservatives.”

5.12.2015 Daily Links

A Thought for the Day

 

"Lspn comet halley" by NASA/W. Liller - NSSDC's Photo Gallery (NASA)
“Lspn comet halley” by NASA/W. Liller – NSSDC’s Photo Gallery (NASA)

In the fullness of time, all that is may appear as an instantaneous flash, while when fully experienced, even the briefest temporal interlude may feel like an eternal duration: indeed, both of these expressions of matter’s arc through space may quite probably be paradoxically and simultaneously accurate.

Quote of the Day
“Death in itself is nothing; but we fear
To be we know not what, we know not where. …
When I consider life, ‘t is all a cheat.
Yet fool’d with hope, men favour the deceit;
Trust on, and think to-morrow will repay.
To-morrow ‘s falser than the former day;
Lies worse, and while it says we shall be blest
With some new joys, cuts off what we possest.
Strange cozenage! none would live past years again,
Yet all hope pleasure in what yet remain;
And from the dregs of life think to receive
What the first sprightly running could not give.”  John Dryden
This Day in History

331px-Fluzone_vaccine_extractingToday is both International Nurses Day and International Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day; in Rome a thousand seven hundred and eleven years ago, Emperor Diocletian amplified his war on Christianity with an order to behead a fourteen year old convert, whom now we know as Pancras; six hundred three years afterward, in 907 in China, the Tang Dynasty came to an end as the forces of Zhu Wen drove Emperor Ai to abdicate; a decade and a half subsequently, in 922, back in Central Europe, an Islamic traveler, Abbasid, made his way to the Volga Bulgars, Vikings of the Balkans; four centuries and six years still closer to now, in 1328, Poland’s first ever university, Jagiellonian, opened to students; just two years less than two and a quarter century later, in 1551,Peruvian Spaniards founded the National University of San Marcos, the first institution of higher learning in the Americas; not quite a century and a half more proximate to the present, in 1700, the esteemed playwright and poet, John Dryden, breathed his last; in revolutionary France’s first sally abroad with Napoleon at the helm, two hundred eighteen years back, French fighters conquered Venice; twenty-three years

"Dante Gabriel Rossetti - The Day Dream - Google Art Project" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
“Dante Gabriel Rossetti – The Day Dream – Google Art Project” by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

henceforth, in 1820, a baby girl was born in England who would go on to statistical legerdemain as she founded the modern practice of nursing as Florence Nightingale;eight years after that juncture, in 1828, a male infant came into the world, also in Great Britain, who would mature as the artist and writer and cultural savant, Dante Gabriel Rossetti; one hundred thirty-four years in advance of today’s unfolding, Tunisia first became a French protectorate, as a precursor of the wider ‘Scramble for Africa;’ four years beyond that conjunction, in 1885, across the Atlantic in Northwestern Canada, Metis mixed-ethnicity rebels suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Canadian national forces; ninety years ago, lyrical poet Amy Lowell spent her last day among the living; exactly three hundred sixty-five days afterward, in 1926, Eastward across the Atlantic, a brief but widespread general strike in England came to an end; seven years hence to the day, in 1933, back in the U.S.A., Congress passed the Agricultural Adjustment Act, which modified any pretense of ‘free markets’ by paying farmers not to ‘overproduce;’ seven hundred thirty days later, on the dot, in 1935, the inception of Alcoholics Anonymous transpired in a conversation between Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith; another two years down the road, in 1937, a baby boy came along who would grow up as the comic genius and critic, George Carlin; four years further forward, in 1941, Nazi German engineers introduced the world’s first completely programmable computer, the Z3; three years later in Italy, in 1944, the pseudonymous and prolific writer, Max Brand, died from shrapnel wounds that he incurred reporting from the front lines, a job for which he had volunteered; back across the Atlantic three years later still, in 1947, a baby boy was born in Canada who would grow up to academic imprimatur and political success as Michael Ignatieff; a year precisely after that juncture, in 1948, South in the U.S., a male infant took his first breath en route to life as songwriting musical maven Steve Winwood; another year further down the road, in 1949 in Germany, the Soviet Union lifted USSR_Emblem_1936 russia sovietits blockade of Berlin; next year, North and West in Ireland in 1950, a male child gave his first cry on his way to a life as actor of stage and screen, Gabriel Byrne; four years thereafter, in 1954,demonstrating familial affinity, a baby boy entered our midst in a family of writers who would become high-school dropout and prolific scribe, Rafael Yglesias; across the Atlantic a year later in Central Europe, in 1955, the decade long occupation of Austria by allied forces officially ended; three years beyond that point in time, in 1958 in North America, the U.S. and Canada agreed to establish the North American Aerospace Defense Command; forty-five years back, German Nobel Literary Laureate Nelly Sachs breathed her last; a dozen years hence, in 1982, security guards in Portugal prevented a bayonet attack on Pope John Paul II, whom the would-be assailant viewed as “an agent of Moscow;” another twelve years closer to today, in 1994, the iconic chronicler of youth, psychiatrist Eric Erikson, spent his last moments alive; eight years still further along time’s arc, in 2002, Jimmy Carter became the first U.S. President to meet with Fidel Castro since the Cuban Revolution’s inception. From Wikipedia Day in History

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HISTORICAL DISTORTION & THE PURPOSES IT SERVES

http://www.davisenterprise.com       A must-read essay from a nongovernmental organization employee in 1970’s Vietnam who elected to remain behind as almost all other U.S. citizens–along with many of their collaborators in and around Saigon–scurried for the exits when the North Vietnamese Army overran the pathetic outpost of empire that South Vietnam represented without the U.S. to prop it up and back its depredations against its own citizens in the service of empire, a collapse of hegemony and dominance that pundits widely predicted and claimed would yield a bloodbath in payback for decades of imperialism, an eventuality, according to this eyewitness account, that never came close to coming to pass: “As the South Vietnamese government began to crumble, we fled to Saigon.  But we learned later that the transition(near My Lai) had been peaceful.  In fact, the Liberation Front had entered the town 24 hours after the South Vietnamese officials had already left.
We decided not to leave, and to see the change in Saigon for ourselves.  So when the Americans were putting people on helicopters at the embassy, we stayed.
Of course, there was danger.  It was a war. There were bombs, rockets, artillery and random rifle fire by scared soldiers in the last days.  America also was testing other less conventional weapons until the very end.
A few weeks before the end of the war, the South Vietnamese dropped an American CBU 55 bomb on civilian Vietnamese, killing everyone and every creature in range that breathed oxygen.  The United States also tested agent orange and white phosphorus on the Vietnamese population.
We dropped carpet bombs and cluster bombs and, of course, planted hundreds of thousands of land mines.  And there was the C5A aircraft that was packed with children, but unbalanced, that crashed in mid-April 1975, killing 138 people.
Saigon’s population had been mostly shielded from the war until the end, while those who lived outside the city suffered for years and years.  In April 1975, the danger and the war reached Saigon and the residents panicked.
We spent the night of April 30 in a little house on a little alley.  The next morning, the streets of Saigon were jammed with relieved people, out sightseeing and curious to meet the arriving soldiers.  Many of the arriving busloads and tanks carrying the soldiers were stuck in traffic.  We saw people throw flowers and cigarettes to the arriving soldiers.  Everyone was taking pictures.
South Vietnamese soldiers in Saigon discarded their uniforms, turned in their weapons at improvised collection centers, and joined the crowds.  North Vietnamese soldiers camped in the city parks, washing laundry and hanging it on clotheslines strung between trees.”
JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS

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OPPS/SUBS/CONTESTS

GRAIN MAGAZINE 
An internationally acclaimed literary journal that publishes engaging, surprising, eclectic, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists. Deadline May 31, 2015. Pays $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus two copies of the issue in which their work appears.



NEW MEXICO MAGAZINE 
New Mexico Magazine is about the power of place — in particular this place: more than 120,000 square miles of mountains, desert, grasslands, and forest inhabited by a culturally rich mix of individuals. The magazine is an enterprise of the New Mexico Tourism Department, who strives to make potential visitors aware of our state’s multicultural heritage, climate, environment and uniqueness. Pay is roughly 35-40 cents per word.

 

ALCS AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL WRITING (UK)
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DEADLINE: June 30
PRIZES: £2,000
DETAILS: Given to an outstanding example of traditionally published non-fiction that enhances teaching and learning. Celebrates books that encourage students to read widely and build up an understanding of the subject, rather than only mirroring
examination specifications. See listing for target age group, which
varies from year to year. The award this year is for books
published during 2013 and 2014 for the 5-11 age group. The award
will be given to an outstanding example of traditionally published
non-fiction (with or without illustrations) that stimulates and
enhances learning.
ONLINE/ELECTRONIC ENTRIES: No
CONTACT: Paula Johnson, Awards Secretary, The Society of Authors,
84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB, UK,
pjohnson@societyofauthors.org

DRUE HEINZ LITERATURE PRIZE 
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DEADLINE: June 30
PRIZES: $15,000
DETAILS: Open to writers around the world who have published a
book-length collection of fiction or a minimum of three short
stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals of
national distribution. Online publication does not count. Submit a
manuscript of short stories; one or more novellas (a novella may
comprise a maximum of 130 double-spaced typed pages); or a
combination of one or more novellas and short stories. Novellas are
only accepted as part of a larger collection.
CONTACT: Send submissions to: Drue Heinz Literature Prize,
University of Pittsburgh Press, 7500 Thomas Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA
15260 (For UPS, FedEx, use zip code 15208), info@upress.pitt.edu
ONLINE/ELECTRONIC ENTRIES: No

Baltimore Review – Please review the editors’ preferences and tips to writers. We may not be able to completely pin down what we want—and we do want to be taken pleasantly by surprise—but you may find the quotes helpful.

When you submit your work, please include a brief bio to introduce yourself.

If your work is accepted for publication, we ask only for the right to publish it for the first time, on the Web and in print. Please do not submit work that has been published elsewhere. All rights revert to the author after publication by The Baltimore Review. All accepted work will be archived on the website.

pascal maramis - flickr
pascal maramis – flickr

JOBS

Blogger Job – We are looking for someone to write posts twice a month for our blog (https://www.arcutel.com/blog). Experience writing about IVR and Voip technologies. This is a pay-per-post contract. About 400-600 words per article. We can suggest topics and post-titles.

WRITER/STORYTELLER
Location San Francisco 
As a writing resource for high-level, high-visibility content, balance strategic insights, fresh ideas, and creative skills to build the corporate and flagship product brands. Develop a broad range of content that informs, clarifies and inspires, including feature articles, interviews and video scripts. Work effectively with cross-disciplinary internal teams in a complex, matrix organization. Drive a creative vision on complex projects with stakeholders from a broad range of divisions – from marketing to engineering.



COPYWRITER
Location New York 
The copywriter writes compelling copy and book descriptions for digital catalogs and online retailers for two or the larger Simon & Schuster imprints

 

Technical Writer/HTML (Atlanta)

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.

 

EatingWell Magazine: Associate Nutrition Editor (Shelburne, VT)

The Associate Nutrition Editor is a key player in producing the front-of-book section. Because you will participate in all facets of editorial planning, you must be a team player and love healthy food and get EatingWell’s approach to food and health. 

The successful candidate will be ambitious, detail-oriented and have a minimum of 3 years of experience writing or editing food and nutrition for magazines or major, mainstream websites. You should be comfortable reading studies, finding and interviewing experts and distilling information into a concise, accessible, fun way. You should be able to think visually and know how to package content. A registered dietitian or post-graduate nutrition degree is strongly preferred. 

ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING

Powerful Book Selection

A book publisher’s posting that discusses a socially progressive book club that is examining a potent working class and social inequality novel as one of its selections: Passion’s Pride shows the protagonist’s existential pain over slavery and its long, enduring legacy in America, while holding onto the promise of equality and understanding. At a time when Americans are beginning to talk openly and honestly about racism and social inequality, Wright-Lewis’s book makes an important contribution to this vital American discussion.”

 

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

Election Un – Promises

A Common Dreams piece discussing the problems and possibilities of putting into office someone who actually stands for socially real values, in the context of a promising but probably doomed candidate: “Is Bernie Sanders a more progressive presidential candidate than Hillary Clinton? Undoubtedly. Will he single-handedly catalyze a united left front in the United States? Probably not.

Unchallenged, Hillary Clinton is likely to run a campaign chock-full of populist optics, but thin on any real engagement with the issues that make progressives most nervous about her bid: foreign policy, welfare, corporate influence and more. Sanders, a registered independent, who caucuses with Democrats yet identifies as a democratic socialist, has been unafraid to talk about class inequality, even — heaven forbid — capitalism. He’s even started bringing a long-taboo word back into mainstream American political conversation: socialism.”

Music Expressing Political and Spiritual Realities

A Counter Currents article that discusses the powerful role that art can play in the political soul of a people, and discusses the particular ferocity and resiliency that has not been seen in many Western nations for a while: “In reality, Shostakovich suffered from doubts about his political purity. Understandable in those still revolutionary and brutal times of upheaval and the construction of a new society. Even after his many successes, he too had made many ideological sacrifices along the way. No wonder his skepticism and his doubts about his loyalty since he was sometimes referred to as music’s Kandinsky who finally abandoned Soviet Russia in 1921. Compliment or warning, the latter? Fact is in reality and in the long run, Shostakovich’s Seventh was to be identified artistically with the struggle of the Soviet people against the forces of fascism.

Listening to the Leningrad today I prefer to believe he retained his doubts about a balance about his political correctness and his art, doubts that have largely gone missing in Western intellectuals, academics and journalists in the new millennia along with the moral corruptness of the political caste. Doubts we hope—though we do not really expect—will somehow be reborn and soon rise and re-flower in America like the long-lived Phoenix bird rising from the ashes.”

First Person Account of Previous Injustice

A Truth Out piece written by the woman who became the poster child of media abuse, poverty, and an unjust system for single mothers trying to do her best, who  accounts for her experiences of the past year in a context where these sort of tragedies are all too common: “At no point have I attempted to say I did nothing wrong. I made a bad choice out of a set of bad options, which included much worse options than the one I chose. If I had other options that day, I would have chosen differently.

I often come across stories of those with privilege receiving lesser consequences for much more detrimental actions than mine, and I find them very difficult to read. They only reinforce the fact that my being a poor, Black, single mother is counted against me.”

from Chief Organizer blog

Organizing Very Underrepresented Marginalized Workers

A Chief Organizer post that looks at organizing efforts in one of the lowest sectors of the economy in subcontinental Asia: “There are probably 200 markets in Bengaluru, a city of 8 million, known in the West allegedly as a tech-center, the Silicon Valley of India or in the famous novel, White Tiger, as a place where any Indian can be lost forever and reinvent themselves anonymously and invisibly.  We don’t know anything about any of that.  We primarily organize hawkers and street sellers in Bengaluru where we have 15,000 members in 30 of the markets here.

If it can be sold, it can be sold on the street.  If it can be sold on the street, it can be hawked.”

WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS

Solution Journalism Promises and Problems

A Washington Monthly post that analyses the emergence of a very seductive thing known as ‘solution journalism’, which imposes as much as it promises, but which in any event seems to promise solutions to the intractable social problems that make up the news: “But is solutions journalism helping readers better understand what’s really going on in education than traditional journalism, or is it a heavy-handed attempt by outside funders to promote a specific policy agenda and hide problems and mistakes? Or, is amazing when done right — as in (I’d argue) Kate Boo’s 2006 Swamp Nurse story — but too hard for most reporters and editors to pull off with any regularity?

I don’t think we really know yet.”

Swamp Journalism

Data Collaboration for Civic Ends

A PBS posting that describes a recent project meant to expand citizenship and democracy through data tools and technology: “Call it “Mission Improbable.”

Assign teams of journalists, digital developers, designers, civic leaders and students – most never having worked together — to produce data-driven tools and stories tackling some of the toughest issues facing Portland and Oregon. And get it done in 72 hours.

After three days and a few missteps, mission (pretty much) accomplished.

The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication’s Agora Journalism Center event in Portland, March 26 to 28, was billed as a “Storytelling with Data Build-a-thon.” Five civic topics were addressed: housing, education, earthquake preparedness, campaign finance and economic innovation.”

GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES

comma_radio_stationPodcasting Going Strong

A Poynter article that discusses the ongoing viability and vitality of podcasting as a medium to produce and inspire communities and individuals: “Radiotopia, an initiative from PRX that got its start in November 2013 with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, was an early entrant to a growing field of companies that seek to bring high-quality audio storytelling to a vast audience. And today, the company is set to expand its offerings with the help of a $1 million investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The money will be used to help the network add to its portfolio of shows and hire an executive producer who will provide editorial guidance to producers across the entire network.”

RECENT HAPPENINGS

 

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

Renewable Energy Transport

A Climate Progress posting that discusses a breakthrough thoroughfare that is producing even more energy than expected, and which shows what renewable energy is possible in a country not bogged down by retrogressive politicians and corrupt market interests: “In its first six months of existence, the world’s first solar road is performing even better than developers thought.

The road, which opened in the Netherlands in November of last year, has produced more than 3,000 kilowatt-hours of energy — enough to power a single small household for one year, according to Al-Jazeera America.

“If we translate this to an annual yield, we expect more than the 70kwh per square meter per year,” Sten de Wit, a spokesman for the project — dubbed SolaRoad — told Al Jazeera America. “We predicted [this] as an upper limit in the laboratory stage. We can therefore conclude that it was a successful first half year.””

GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS

Infant and Mother Mortality Symptom of Inequality

A Truth Out posting that looks at the stark reality for many impoverished families in urban areas, and includes a final note regarding a developing country that has begun to address the problem: “Positively, the report has also uncovered some successful solutions found by governments to reduce maternal and infant mortality, and close the inequality gap between rich and poor children in their own countries. The most successful countries are Ethiopia (Addis Ababa), Egypt (Cairo), Guatemala (Guatemala City), Uganda (Kampala), Philippines (Manila) and Cambodia (Phnom Penh).”

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