A Thought for the Day
The path between birth—a bloody, painful miracle that gives us breath—and death, another draconian miraculous bloodbath that closes our eyes forever, may be no more a matter of will than the atomic results of fused hydrogen that yield the stuff that makes us, yet an affirmation of human inclination and desire are arguably essential attributes of anything other than shrugs and sighs in response to life’s exigencies.
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This Day in History
Today is the birthday of Rome, and, on the other side of our globe, it is Vietnam Book Day; near the Tiber river in the Italian Peninsula, two thousand seven hundred and sixty eight years prior to today, Romulus founded the City of Rome; one thousand one hundred and fifteen years ago, in what is now known as the Phillippines, the earliest known written document from that area known as the Laguna Copperplate Inscription was created, which records the Commander-in-Chief of the Kingdom of Tondo, as represented by the Honourable Jayadewa, Lord Minister of Pailah, pardoning from all debt the Honourable Namwaran and his relations; eight hundred and seventy three years previously, the French philosopher and theologian Peter Abelard drew his last breath; five hundred and nine years prior to the present pass, the three-day Lisbon Massacre, which massacred almost 2000 suspected Jews, came to a bloody end; three hundred and sixteen years ago, Jean Racine, famous French playwright, met his final reward; two hundred and thirty three years before today, King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke foundedthe city now known as Bangkok; ten years later, in 1792, a revolutionary Brazilian leader was hanged, drawn, and quartered; twenty four years later, in 1816, the baby who would grow up to be Charlotte Brontë, English author and
poet, drew her first breath; one hundred and seventy nine years ago, Sam Houston’s forces defeated Mexican troops in the Battle of San Jacinto; two years after that, in 1838, the infant who would become John Muir, Scottish-American environmentalist and author uttered his first cry; eighteen years subsequently, in 1856, Stonemasons and building workers on building sites around Melbourne marched from the University of Melbourne to Parliament House so as to win an 8 hour day in the Australian Labour Movement; eight years after, in 1864, Max Weber, German economist and sociologist, was born; one hundred and seventeen years prior to today, The U.S. Navy blocked Cuban ports during the Spanish American war; one hundred and five years prior, Mark Twain, American author and creator of Huckleberry Finn, perished; one hundred and three years ago, in 1912, Marcel Camus, French director and screenwriter, was born; one hundred and one years prior to the present pass, a German arms shipment to Mexico is intercepted by the U.S. Navy near Veracruz, Veracruz, in the Ypiranga Incident; only eleven years after that point, in 1925, the Manifesto of the Fascist Intellectuals was published in Il Mondo, establishing the political and ideological foundations of Italian Fascism; eight years later, in 1932, Elaine May, American actress, director, and screenwriter, came to this world; and seven years after that, in 1939, Sister Helen Prejean, American author and activist, was born; sixty eight years prior to the present pass, the
influential economist John Maynard Keynes drew his last breath; two years later, in 1948, Aldo Leopold, American ecologist and author spent his last day on earth; sixty years ago, Secretary’s Day, which is now Administrative Professionals’ Day, was first celebrated; eight years afterwards, in 1960, Brasilia, Brazil’s capital city, was first inaugurated; two years later, in 1962, the Seattle World’s Fair, also known as Century 21 exposition, opens; one year after that, in 1963, a Transit-5bn satellite failed to reach orbit after launch; as it re-entered the atmosphere, 2.1 pounds (0.95 kg) of radioactive plutonium in its SNAP RTG power source was widely dispersed; forty eight years prior to today, anticipating by a few days the general election in Greece, Colonel George Papadopoulos lead a coup d’état, establishing a military regime that lasted for seven years; forty years ago, in the climactic end of the Vietnam War, President of South Vietnam Nguyen Van Thieu fled Saigon, as Xuan Loc, the last South Vietnamese outpost blocking a direct North Vietnamese assault on Saigon, fell; twenty six years before the present moment, the Tiananmen Square Protests begin in Beijing, when approximately 100,000 students gathered in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang; three
years afterwards, in 1992, the first discoveries of extrasolar planets was announced by astronomers Alexander Wolszczan and Dale Frail. They discovered two planets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12; one years later, in 1993, the Supreme Court in La Paz, Bolivia, sentenced former dictator Luis Garcia Meza to 30 years in jail without parole for murder, theft, fraud and violating the constitution; twelve years prior to today, jazz singer and activist Nina Simone met her end; and five years ago, the controversial Kharkiv Pact (Russian Ukrainian Naval Base for Gas Treaty) was signed in Kharkiv, Ukraine, by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Russian President Dimitry Medvedev; it would be unilaterally terminated by Russia on March 31, 2014. From Wikipedia Day in History
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MONOPOLY MEDIA TROLL FLOTILLAS
Reputable Russian news media have not indulged in the unquestioning Western narrative asserting that Russian aggression is the cause of the entire Ukrainian conflict. In other words, the Russian news industry is providing proper journalistic services.
Russian media do not talk blindly about Russia’s ‘annexation of Crimea.’ Russian media have refused to toe the Western media line that, against voluminous evidence, denies the Neo-Nazi character of the Western-backed Kiev regime.
Therefore, the Western reasoning goes, the Russian media are a Kremlin propaganda tool and Moscow has despatched a ‘Troll Army’ to disseminate disinformation. How richly ironic is that?”
JOB & GRANT PROSPECTS, UPCOMING EVENTS & CONTESTS
PRESS 53 AwARD FOR POETRY
This contest is open to any writer, regardless of his or her publication history, provided the manuscript is written in English and the author lives in the United States. The winner of this contest will receive publication by Press 53, a $1,000 cash advance, travel expenses and lodging for a special reading and book signing party in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and ten copies of the book; all prizes will be awarded upon publication. Deadline July 31, 2015.
CRAB CREEK REVIEW POETRY PRIZE
$16 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline May 15, 2015. $500 prize for the winning poem. The winner and finalists will be published in the following volume of Crab Creek Review, and all entries will be considered for publication. Welcomes up to four poems per entry, eight pages maximum.
ST LOUIS REGIONAL ARTS COMMISSION ARTISTS SUPPORT GRANTS
Deadline April 23. $500 to $3,000 awards. These funds can be designated for (but not limited to) equipment and materials, rental space, arts-related travel, conference fees, project completion, salaries, professional and artistic development, training, and other resources for individual artists of all disciplines. Open to artists living in St. Louis City or St. Louis County for at least one year with documentation.
EDWIN WAY TEALE ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE AT TRAIL WOOD PROGRAM
Connecticut Audubon Society is now accepting applications for the 2015 Edwin Way Teale Artists-in-Residence at Trail Wood program. Connecticut Audubon invites writers and visual artists, chosen through a juried process, to spend one week in residence at the former home of Pulitzer Prize-winning naturalist writer and photographer Edwin Way Teale. After the completion of the residency, participating writers and visual artists are invited to attend a follow-up event, Trail Wood’s Under the Harvest Moon festival, held annually on-site in September.
Specifically seeking freelance writers to create articles about outdoor recreation in and around Hilton Head, but we publish detailed profiles of trails, parks, nature preserves and wilderness areas. RootsRated is a media platform that connects users with the best outdoor experiences, hand-picked by local outdoor retailers and their networks of local experts. We are NOT another website full of crowd-sourced trail reviews. We harness the collective expertise of high-level local runners, skiers, riders, paddlers, and climbers. Then we share it through exclusive stories and destination reviews — curated city by city — about the best trails, runs, routes, crags, and more. RootsRated brings people who love the outdoors together, through insights from locals who are most in the know. Some samples follow.
We also offer weekly feature article assignments that pay $125. Pays $70 for destination profiles. Prefers to work with freelances on multiple assignments rather than one and done.
Family Tree Magazine is a special-interest consumer magazine that helps readers discover, preserve and celebrate their family’s history. We cover genealogy, ethnic heritage, personal history, genealogy websites and software, photography and photo preservation, and other ways that families connect with their past. Pays up to $800 depending on length and experience. Pays 25 percent kill fee.
Reporters Without Borders – The Advocacy and Communications Officer will implement, develop and promote the advocacy strategies and campaigns of Reporters Without Borders in the United States, under the supervision of the US Director. Reporters Without Borders USA (a 501c3 non-profit organization) is the U.S. office of the global organization Reporters sans frontières (RSF), based in Paris, a world leading defender of freedom of information with 30 years of experience.
Do you believe journalism has a crucial role to play in healing and transforming the world? Are you a skilled editor who can move effortlessly from reshaping a news story on the struggle for a living wage to editing a scholarly essay on feminist theology? Tikkun magazine is looking for a full-time managing editor to produce its award-winning print magazine and manage its lively online content.
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– The Seattle Times : Investigative Reporter (Seattle-WA) – 04/09/15
Major home improvement company is looking for a talented, detailed-oriented writer with expert knowledge in both 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. Compensation: Rates based on experience.
We’re a pouplar cannabis new and knowledge website looking to do more pieces on culture and product reviews specific to Seattle.
For product reviews we will compensate for the cost of the products. Compensation: Per Post Based on Experience / Rate
ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS & NETWORKING
A Truth-Out opinion piece that contextualizes a recent police abuse case that had much to do with the bigoted War on Drugs: “To make matters worse, Baltimore police officials admitted today that the reasons for Gray’s arrest are still “vague,” and that cops probably just thought that he was “immediately involved or had been recently involved in criminal activity.”
In other words, Freddie Gray was probably just guilty of being Black in a neighborhood known for its drug problems.
Thanks to Nixon and Reagan’s war on drugs, this is the reality that millions of people of color live with everyday all across the US.
They live in fear of law enforcement because law enforcement, instead of trying to protect them, acts like an occupying force.”
WRITERS' ISSUES & EVENTS & TOOLS
A Guardian article that discusses fellow Nigerian author’s scorn and contempt for a posthumous prize for his recently deceased compatriot: “”Let us quit this indecent exercise of fatuous plaints, including raising hopes, even now, with talk of ‘posthumous’ conferment, when you know damned well that the Nobel committee does not indulge in such tradition. It has gone beyond ‘sickening’. It is obscene and irreverent. It desecrates memory,” Soyinka told Sahara Reporters. “This conduct is gross disservice to Chinua Achebe and disrespectful of the life-engrossing occupation known as literature. How did creative valuation descend to such banality? Do these people know what they’re doing – they are inscribing Chinua’s epitaph in the negative mode of thwarted expectations. I find that disgusting.””
GENERAL MEDIA & 'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY' ISSUES
A Route Fifty article that discusses an important role that governments could have in making Wikipedia more useful for local governments, and thus increase and improve the updating of information: “For Wikipedia to maintain its current standards—let alone improve—new contributors and new types of participation are needed. In recent years, Wikipedia has built partnerships with museums, libraries and similar institutions, including at the federal level.
So far, local governments have not played a big role in this. But there is good reason to think they can.
From the local government perspective, the argument for participation is simple: constituents are already there, agencies have information to share, and Wikipedia’s stated mission to provide “free access to the sum of all human knowledge” creates possibilities for collaboration. If your organization has something to offer—and is up to the challenge—here are some steps toward getting involved.”
A Japan Times article that discusses the research and development effort being undertaken to undo the damage caused by the wrecked nuclear reactor in Japan: “TOKAI, IBARAKI PREF. – In a ceremony Monday, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency marked the opening of a research center in Ibaraki Prefecture to promote the decommissioning process for the heavily damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
At the ceremony for the state-funded Collaborative Laboratories for Advanced Decommissioning Science, science minister Hakubun Shimomura described the center’s mission.”
GENERAL PAST & PRESENT ISSUES & DEVELOPMENTS
A Hechinger Report article on the consequences of loan diminutions on minority college-bound populations: “Historically black colleges and universities, where black students make up more than 80 percent of the student body, were particularly hard hit. The number of recipients of federal parent loans fell 46 percent, compared to a 29 percent drop at other colleges that educate students from low-income families*. The steep fall in college loans coincided with a 3.4 percent drop in the number of students enrolled at historically black schools, a loss of almost 100 students per institution on average.”