9.01.2017 Daily Links

  A Thought for the Day   

wizard ten new commandmentsApropos the cusp of a certain holiday, we might note this: What shall we say at the end of the day to guide us along a halcyon way?

Some believe that such a reprieve is more than we shall ever receive;
Still, at the heart of where we may start if we search for such a typecast part
Remain amendments to sacred commandments that merely ask our attention:

To wit,
1. The Golden Rule Reigns Supreme.
2. All Children Receive Priority.
1. All Who Work Are Welcome.
4. All Who Work Are Equal.
5. All Who Work Have Responsibilities & Rights.
6. All Who Work Receive Benefits & Provide Support for Others.
7. All Who Work Own Everything That Labor Transforms.
8. All Who Work Are Family.
9. All Beliefs, Congruent with the Golden Rule, Are Welcome.
10. All Other Matters Are Negotiable.

We’d hardly need a gentler creed to assist us as we try not to bleed
Away all the joy that comes, bold or coy, if only we’ll make appropriate noise.

  Quote of the Day  
For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed. Ernest Hemingway

 This Day in History  

new zealand busOn this day, New Zealand celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Day, while Russia commemorates Journalists Day; in the Eastern Mediterranean and around What is now Istanbul in Turkey precisely thirteen centuries ago, Byzantine naval forces forestalled a crushing invasion by Muslim armadas that may have numbered more than 1,800 ships, putting to use the recently developed incendiary weapon that combatants labeled “Greek Fire” in the process, spraying the secret and ‘waterproof’ formulation onto enemy ships that drew near enough to engage them;  MORE HERE

seven hundred thirty-two years thereafter, in 1449, a different sort of imperial coup occurred when Mongol forces captured China’s emperor at Tumu; another eight decades later, in 1529, empire’s conflicts resulted in indigenous Argentineans’ destruction of the first Spanish fortification in what is now that nation; three quarters of a century subsequently, in 1604,Sikh devotees first agreed on what now such advocates call Guru Granth Sahib, the denomination’s holiest text; seventeen decades henceforth, in 1774, Boston citizens, wary of British impunity and any summary disarmament, rose in protest against plans by forces of the crown to remove and store separately colonial caches of gunpowder; one hundred forty-seven years back, Prussian forces in the new German nation crushed the French rescue operation for the besieged city of Metz, capturing the entire Frankish army and Napoleon III in the Battle of Sedan; a half decade closer to the current context, in 1875, a baby boy was born who would convey the character of Tarzan to his audience as Edgar Rice Burroughs; another five years further along time’s road, in 1880, half a world away in Central Asia, British fighters in the Second Anglo-Afghan War routed local forces to cement English imperial sway in the region; two decades and two years to the day thereafter, in 1902, creators in France released perhaps the world’s moon film early lumierefirst science fiction movie, A Trip to the Moonfour years exactly after that, in 1906, upper crust attorneys and their business and financial partners and cohorts formed the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys, which continues to exert influence, even hegemony, over the framing and contextualization of patent and other ‘I.P.’ issues to this day; three hundred sixty-five days subsequent to that point, in 1907, the male child shouted out who would mature as the revered and tough-minded labor leader, Walter Reuther; half-a-dozen years subsequent to that juncture, in 1914, six thousand miles Northeast in Russia, authorities renamed St. Petersburg as Petrograd; six years even nearer to now, in 1920, a Texas baby girl entered our midst whose fate was to enchant the world as the political reporter and feminist savant, Liz Carpenter; eighty-three years back in Rhode Island, textile workers struck against predatory employment practices in a move that would soon involve more than 400,000 wage-earners in the industry nationwide and establish the beginnings of a struggle for an amalgamated international union; five years afterward, in 1939, Adolf Hitler signed authorization for practicing euthanasia against imperfect or otherwise impure citizens and people, on the same day that the German blitzkrieg inaugurated World War Two; another dozen years later along the temporal arc, in 1951, halfway round the world, New Zealand and Australia formed the ANZUS treaty organization with the United States; three hundred sixty-six days after that moment in space and time, in 1952, Ernest Hemingway first published his brief gem, The Old Man and the Seaforty-eight years prior to the present pass, in a coup against neo-colonial stooges in Libya, Muammar Gaddafi first came to power; a year hence, in 1970, the French Nobel Literary Laureate, Francois Mauriac, took his final breath; thirteen years yet nearer to now, in 1983, Korean Airlines Flight 007 strayed into Soviet airspace and faced fighters that shot it from the sky; two years afterward, in 1985, on the other side of the Northern Hemisphere, French and American divers collaborated in first exploring the seven-decade-old wreckage of the Titanic; fourteen years ago, the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations formed Working America as a way for non-union-member citizens and supporters to show their backing for, and gain tangible contemporary benefits from, organized labor; three years henceforth, in 2006, György Faludi died, bringing to an end the long life of a Hungarian and frequently expatriate composer of verse and narrative.

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 Interesting People Places Things of Note 

False Flag Ubiquity

A Global Research Centre look at the ubiquity and provability of false flag attacks: Presidents, Prime Ministers, Congressmen, Generals, Spooks, Soldiers and Police ADMIT to False Flag Terror

In the following instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admit to it, either orally, in writing, or through photographs or videos.”

 General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues 

Generally Orwellian Censorship

A Consortium News look at Google censorship regarding alternative and dissenting views in relation to current stories, especially the fake Russian narrative: “The U.S. mainstream media continues to spread its own “fake news,” like the falsehood about an intelligence community “consensus” on Russia-gate “hacking,” as algorithms begin to marginalize dissent, reports Robert Parry.”

 General Past & Present Issues 

Liberal Views of Historical Populism

An Aeon view of at historical narratives that have defined populism: “No one is more responsible for shaping the way we understand populism than the influential historian Richard Hofstadter, and when influential scholars err, that error can flourish. Writing during the early years of the Cold War, Hofstadter argued in The Age of Reform (1955) that members of the late 19th-century Populist Party were not small farmers losing their grip on independence. Instead, they were aspiring capitalists who, reeling from their loss in status, gave expression to their reactionary political concerns in backward, anti-Semitic and anti-modern ways. Hofstadter was writing at the height of the anti-communist crusade of the US senator Joseph McCarthy, and it’s easy now to see him trying, through his rendering of the Populists, to understand Americans who supported McCarthyism.”

8.30.2017 Daily Links

  A Thought for the Day   

To envision life as an opportunity for a calling comes easily to most people these days, when the surpluses and options of commodity capitalism produce so much stuff that even regular working folk can imagine that they needn’t attend merely to matters of income’s exceeding outgo and can indulge their dreams, at least so long as these fantasies don’t entail any fundamental challenge to the status quo, altogether a dynamic at once sublime in its permissiveness toward truly personalizing one’s own universe and ridiculous in the at best bizarre presumption that anything other than deeplyrevolutionary persistence can salvage even a small piece of civilized existence from the insistent cataclysm and growing threat of utter holocaust that continued rule by the bourgeoisie, who happily promote all and sundry ‘callings’ of less than fundamental impact, guarantees in the next period of time, a span that might easily be one of days and that can hardly last more than a few decades, or half a century, in the most optimistic plutocratic forecasts.

  Quote of the Day  
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
As the tension eases, we must look in the direction of agriculture, industry and education as our final goals, and toward democracy under Mr Mubarak.
Today’s interpretations of religion are often backward and contradict the needs of civilization. Naguib Mahfouz

 This Day in History  

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CC BY-NC by Nick in exsilio

Today marks an International Day for the Disappeared, apt almost everywhere, while Turkey commemorates its modern founding with Victory Day; demonstrating that internecine rivalries could be as enticing and profitable as ‘crusading’ ventures, seven hundred thirty-five years ago, a regent of Aragon diverted his fleets, which were on their way to attempt a plunder of the Hafsid Kingdom, to a landing in Sicily where he figured to help locals against a rival Anjou leader at the same time that he and his followers looted satisfactory amounts; eighty-one years beyond that, in 1363, rival rebel Chinese armies and navies clashed in the Battle of Lake Poyang, as the Mongol-dominated Yuan dynasty suffered its death throes; more or less exactly four and a half centuries later, in 1813, around the world in what was then the Alabama territory, the mélange of indigenous peoples whom European interlopers called Creek Indians, rose up I violent attacks on gringo depredations and incursions in the Fort Moms massacre, killing upwards of 500 farmers and fighters and families;

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 Interesting People Places Things of Note 

 

Surmising ‘Refugia’

A Conversation look at different ideas for giving agency and dignity to refugees: “My colleague Nicholas Van Hear and I have reviewed most of these proposals and advanced an even more radical plan. Our vision is to create a set of loosely-connected self-governing units we call “Refugia”, brought into being mainly by refugees and displaced people themselves, with some support from sympathisers. Though scattered like an archipelago, Refugia will nonetheless link together many refugee communities – in conflict areas, in neighbouring or transit countries, and in more distant countries of settlement. We are happy to accept the label “utopian” for our scheme, but ours is a more pragmatic idea, a “realistic utopianism” to use a term developed by the philosopher John Rawls.”

 

 General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues 

Facebook’s Customers as Product

An IRB post that everyone with a facebook account should read: “Wu argues that capturing and reselling attention has been the basic model for a large number of modern businesses, from posters in late 19th-century Paris, through the invention of mass-market newspapers that made their money not through circulation but through ad sales, to the modern industries of advertising and ad-funded TV. Facebook is in a long line of such enterprises, though it might be the purest ever example of a company whose business is the capture and sale of attention. Very little new thinking was involved in its creation. As Wu observes, Facebook is ‘a business with an exceedingly low ratio of invention to success’. What Zuckerberg had instead of originality was the ability to get things done and to see the big issues clearly. The crucial thing with internet start-ups is the ability to execute plans and to adapt to changing circumstances. “

 Recent Events 

British Bolshevik Exhibit Review

A World Socialist Web Site article that looks at the skewed view that a recent British museum show takes on Bolshevik artifacts: “The British Library’s centenary exhibition, “Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths,” on display until August 29, includes notable documents and exhibits.

The most poignant items include letters of Lenin and Trotsky, an original tattered Budenovka cavalry cap and a handmade Soviet banner bleached white with time and ceramics.

These artifacts are intrinsically valuable and interesting, but their presentation is fundamentally undermined by an ahistorical—and in some cases directly hostile—presentation of events.”

 General Past & Present Issues 

Memory and the Universe

A Brain Pickings post that introduces the thought of a Lebanese poet who discourses on time, memory, and all the big questions: “The universe is itself the glue that keeps it going, therefore it is memory in action and in essence, in becoming and in being. Because it remembers itself, it exists. Because it exists, it remembers.””

Links of Note for Late August

NATO/EUROPE

1922 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/michael-collins-assassinated

ISRAEL/PALESTINE

http://mondoweiss.net/2017/08/supremacy-zionist-exception/

RUSSIA/UKRAINE+

1784 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/russians-settle-alaska

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Crimea-Unveils-Monument-Honoring-Cuban-Hero-Fidel-Castro–20170808-0029.html

http://rogerannis.com/story-charlottesville-written-blood-ukraine/

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/08/15/a-ukraine-link-to-north-koreas-missiles/

1989 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/soviet-hard-liners-launch-coup-against-gorbachev

1941 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/mass-slaughter-in-ukraine

TURKEY+

http://www.publicbooks.org/james-baldwins-istanbul/

 

China

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/emperor-wang-mang-chinas-first-socialist-2402977/

Japan

India/Pakistan

Partition analysis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/08/16/pers-a16.html

https://theconversationuk.cmail19.com/t/ViewEmail/r/24B8CEBF689ABB612540EF23F30FEDED/31A848FFDA1046891D419C9787CC9684Southern Asian Sundering Anniversary

https://theconversation.com/how-the-partition-of-india-happened-and-why-its-effects-are-still-felt-today-81766

 

PHILIPPINES & PACIFIC

Philippine Fascism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/08/10/phil-a10.html

LATIN AMERICA

https://www.juancole.com/2017/08/trained-foreign-officers.html

 

Venezuela

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/346265-trump-does-not-rule-out-military-action-in-venezuela

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Nicolas-Maduro-Pays-Homage-to-Fidel-in-Visit-to-Cuba-20170816-0017.html

Cuba

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Crimea-Unveils-Monument-Honoring-Cuban-Hero-Fidel-Castro–20170808-0029.html

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/7-Farcical-Ways-the-CIA-Failed-to-Assassinate-Fidel-Castro-20161128-0011.html

 

Mexico

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexicos-Beloved-Cartoonist-and-Social-Critic-Rius-Dies-at-83-20170808-0037.html

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47584.htm US Behind Cartels

 

SOUTH+++

https://www.laprogressive.com/deep-south/

http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2017/08/racist-who-pioneered-right-work-laws

 

Carolinas

https://www.facingsouth.org/2017/08/north-carolina-first-enact-controversial-model-bill-sanctioning-campus-protesters

Georgia

http://www.ajc.com/news/local-education/growing-student-debt-danger-georgia-economy/YLla661WVrJ1GvhMhnAogK/?

 

ELECTIONS GENERALLY/REDEMOPUBLICRATICAN

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/riots-in-chicago-fracture-the-cold-war-consensus

 

RULING CLASSES

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/random-house-gives-colin-powell-largest-autobiography-advance-to-date

1940 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/walter-p-chrysler-dies

1972 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/demonstrators-disrupt-republican-national-convention-in-miami-beach

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/08/surprise-1-overrepresented-ivy-league.html

 

POLITICAL ECONOMY GENERALLY

http://www.ips-dc.org/report-reversing-inequality/

1935 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/fdr-signs-social-security-act

https://newrepublic.com/article/144260/stop-gentrification

http://www.ajc.com/news/local-education/growing-student-debt-danger-georgia-economy/YLla661WVrJ1GvhMhnAogK/?

http://portside.org/2017-08-08/china-wages-now-part-us-employment-boom

https://aeon.co/essays/what-if-jobs-are-not-the-solution-but-the-problem

https://aeon.co/essays/what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-man-in-the-age-of-austerity

http://wallstreetonparade.com/2017/08/corporate-media-continues-to-pump-out-fake-news-on-wall-street-crash-of-2008/

https://journalistsresource.org/tip-sheets/municipal-bonds-munis-finance-tip-sheet

https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2017/08/15/trust-falls-new-phase-corporate-research/

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/08/zelikow-system-crisis/536205/

 

UNIONS & ORGANIZING

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/20408/minimum-wage-capital-labor-socialism

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/20395/UAW-union-Mississippi-Nissan-labor-movement

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/10/road-protest-power-rising-tide

http://mailchi.mp/hastac/announcing-the-new-education-2004281

 

WOMEN & SOCIALIZATION/GENDER/FAMILY & SEXUALITY++

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/amanda-knox-on-life-after-wrongful-conviction-w497051

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2017/08/15/sex-robots-evolution-objectification-women/

1917 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/president-woodrow-wilson-picketed-by-women-suffragists

PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX/POLICE STATE

http://coreyrobin.com/2017/08/11/on-marcel-ophuls-the-memory-of-justice/

https://www.facingsouth.org/2017/08/north-carolina-first-enact-controversial-model-bill-sanctioning-campus-protesters

http://www.theroot.com/how-ferguson-changed-america-and-me-1797688845

https://theintercept.com/2017/08/06/chicago-police-mental-health-swat-raids-militarized/

1927 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/sacco-and-vanzetti-executed

Freedom Watch

RACE GENERALLY, DIVIDE & CONQUER

http://hollywoodprogressive.com/whose-streets/

http://www.theroot.com/how-ferguson-changed-america-and-me-1797688845

http://rogerannis.com/story-charlottesville-written-blood-ukraine/

1963 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/meredith-graduates-from-ole-miss

http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2017/08/racist-who-pioneered-right-work-laws

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/reviews/whose-streets-review-portrait-of-ferguson-may-be-the-doc-of-the-year-w497059

 

FASCISTS, ETC.

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/08/11/tyranny-at-nuremberg/

https://shadowproof.com/2017/08/08/judge-rejects-arguments-cia-torture-architects-allows-lawsuit-go-trial/

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/08/unlearning-the-myth-of-american-innocence

http://mondoweiss.net/2017/08/supremacy-zionist-exception/

http://www.ianwelsh.net/nazis-are-not-socialists/

www.ianwelsh.net/on-charlottesville-why-the-center-is-ok-with-nazis-but-hates-the-left/

Charlottesville

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/08/lee-camp-witnessed-charlottesville-terror-attack-heres-video.html

http://mailchi.mp/rutherford/commentary-chaos-in-charlottesville-no-one-gave-peace-a-chance-including-the-police

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/what-happened-during-charlottesville-protests-media-divided-on-narrative/

https://bittersoutherner.com/as-loud-as-a-bomb-charlottesville-terrorist-attack

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/08/14/real-left-wing-instead-poseurs-suck-thumbs-lie/

http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/the-staying-power-of-racism-after-charlottesville

https://www.propublica.org/article/police-stood-by-as-mayhem-mounted-in-charlottesville

https://www.propublica.org/article/a-new-generation-of-white-supremacists-emerges-in-charlottesville

http://mailchi.mp/rutherford/statement-regarding-violence-at-the-august-12-rally-in-charlottesville?e=798f08cf09

www.niemanlab.org/2017/08/a-survey-of-independent-media-in-the-south-asks-if-movement-journalism-can-help-newsrooms-better-cover-social-justice-strife/

http://chieforganizer.org/2017/08/14/white-supremacists-shall-not-rise-again/

http://lithub.com/finding-empathy-in-the-face-of-hate/

https://www.benton.org/headlines/bentons-headlines/august-14-2017-charlottesville

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/08/14/pers-a14.html

www.ianwelsh.net/on-charlottesville-why-the-center-is-ok-with-nazis-but-hates-the-left/

https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-battle-of-charlottesville

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/08/13/dont-know-happened-charlottesville-view-unlikely-hear-media/

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/charlottesville-white-supremacist-rally-erupts-in-violence-w497446

MILITARISM, M.I.C. ++ MILITARISM/MIC/CIA

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/dont-privatize-afghan-war-just-end/

http://www.globalresearch.ca/is-america-trying-to-start-a-world-war-this-is-how-it-would-happen/5603414

http://www.globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-who-is-the-greatest-threat-to-world-peace/5603396

1949 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/truman-signs-national-security-bill

1966 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/congress-investigates-antiwar-demonstrators

1945 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-first-casualty-of-the-cold-war

1969 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ho-chi-minh-responds-to-nixon-letter

Chilcot

1972 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/former-attorney-general-ramsey-clark-reports-on-his-tour-of-north-vietnam

1962 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/kennedy-reports-stalemate-in-vietnam

1969 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-unit-refuses-commanders-order

1914 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/poet-alan-seeger-volunteers-in-french-army

WMD’S

http://lithub.com/now-i-am-become-deathjohn-herseys-hiroshima/

1984 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/reagan-jokes-about-outlawing-the-soviet-union

Hiroshima Must-Read http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47590.htm

http://www.factcheck.org/2017/08/trump-misfires-nuclear-weapons-boast/

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/08/15/a-ukraine-link-to-north-koreas-missiles/

https://theamericanscholar.org/our-nuclear-future/

GEOPOLITICS & EMPIRE

1900 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/peking-relieved-by-multinational-force

http://www.defenddemocracy.press/the-ruthless-neo-colonialists-of-21st-century/

1922 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/michael-collins-assassinated

1962 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/citroen-helps-de-gaulle-survive-assassination-attempt

1968 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/riots-in-chicago-fracture-the-cold-war-consensus

www.ianwelsh.net/book-review-bad-samaritans-by-ha-joon-chang/

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/11/the-tempest-of-american-power/

Brexit

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/08/11/tyranny-at-nuremberg/

IMMIGRANTS & REFUGEES MIGRATION/REFUGEES++

https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/08/meet-the-26-year-old-mayor-taking-on-jeff-sessions/536481/

https://theconversation.com/refugia-a-utopian-solution-to-the-crisis-of-mass-displacement-81136

ENERGY++

Nukes

https://seekingalpha.com/pr/16901340-south-carolina-electric-and-gas-company-cease-construction-will-file-plan-abandonment-new

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/French-Police-Attack-Protest-Against-Nuclear-Waste-Site-20170816-0012.html

Renewables

DRUGS & MENTAL HEALTH

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47584.htm US Behind Cartels

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2017/08/10/new-epidemic-alcoholism-rise-america/

1984 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/los-angeles-jury-clears-john-z-delorean-of-drug-charges

https://aeon.co/essays/there-s-no-emotion-we-ought-to-think-harder-about-than-anger

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-popularity-of-near-death-experience/

 

Opiates

Drug Overdose’s Volcanic Rise http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/08/10/drug-a10.html

 

ENVIRONMENT, TOXINS, GMO’S, AGRICULTURE, ETC.–CLIMATE

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-09/monsanto-was-its-own-ghostwriter-for-some-safety-reviews

STS, EXPERTISE++

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2017/08/10/carl-sagans-eerily-accurate-prediction-demise-america/

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-09/monsanto-was-its-own-ghostwriter-for-some-safety-reviews

https://aeon.co/essays/will-we-ever-understand-the-beginning-of-the-universe

Vaccines

CULTURE, SPORTS, ETC.

1973 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/hip-hop-is-born-at-a-birthday-party-in-the-bronx

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexicos-Beloved-Cartoonist-and-Social-Critic-Rius-Dies-at-83-20170808-0037.html

1885 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/edna-ferber-author-of-show-boat-is-born

1979 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/apocalypse-now-released

1984 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/red-dawn-first-pg-13-movie-is-released

1950 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/althea-gibson-becomes-first-african-american-on-u-s-tennis-tour

EDUCATION, ETC.

http://www.ajc.com/news/local-education/growing-student-debt-danger-georgia-economy/YLla661WVrJ1GvhMhnAogK/

http://thehill.com/regulation/administration/346669-devos-charges-ahead-on-school-choice

https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2017/08/15/trust-falls-new-phase-corporate-research/

http://icls.columbia.edu/news/gayatri-chakravorty-spivak-on-teaching-reading/

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/08/surprise-1-overrepresented-ivy-league.html

HISTORY+

http://lithub.com/now-i-am-become-deathjohn-herseys-hiroshima/

1935 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/fdr-signs-social-security-act

1831 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/montana-vigilante-x-is-born

1900 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/peking-relieved-by-multinational-force

1784 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/russians-settle-alaska

1889 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/henry-ford-leaves-edison-to-start-automobile-company

1955 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/diem-refuses-to-negotiate-with-communists

79 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/eruption-of-mount-vesuvius-begins

MEDIA LINKS, ETC.

http://lithub.com/on-living-and-thinking-in-two-languages-at-once/

http://deadline.com/2017/08/picture-motion-social-impact-company-1202137340/

http://www.niemanlab.org/2017/08/ok-i-need-to-do-something-about-this-the-uncharted-journalism-project-is-funding-stories-that-wouldnt-be-told-otherwise/

 

Russia Case

http://rogerannis.com/mass-panic-u-s-russian-political-interference-threatens-progressives/

Mockingbird

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/08/11/face-a11.html Facebook censorships

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/news-articles/journalists-murdered-philippines/167801

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Google%3A_Search_Engine_or_Deep_State_Organ%3F/60236/0/38/38/Y/M.html

1955 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/paul-robeson-loses-appeal-over-his-passport

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/08/21/julian-assange-a-man-without-a-country

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/08/15/america-propaganda-vanquished-truth/

http://wallstreetonparade.com/2017/08/corporate-media-continues-to-pump-out-fake-news-on-wall-street-crash-of-2008/

https://mondaynote.com/google-trouble-ac578f53494d

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/challenge-media-narratives-without-labeled-conspiracy-theorist/

https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n16/john-lanchester/you-are-the-product

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/08/12/russia-gates-fatally-flawed-logic/

http://www.blacklistednews.com/%E2%80%98Deep_state%E2%80%99_memo_that_rattled_McMaster%E2%80%99s_National_Security_Council_finally_released/60267/0/38/38/Y/M.html

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Mozilla_Joins_George_Soros%E2%80%99s_Efforts_In_Launching_A_Strike_Against_%E2%80%9CFake_News%E2%80%9D/60274/0/38/38/Y/M.html

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Cold_War_files_show_CIA_support_for_guerrilla_warfare_inside_USSR/60275/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Literature+

http://www.publicbooks.org/james-baldwins-istanbul/

http://lithub.com/the-useful-dangers-of-fairy-tales/

1912 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/virginia-and-leonard-woolf-marry

1920 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/poet-charles-bukowski-is-born

1920 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/christopher-robins-birthday

1868 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/edgar-lee-masters-author-of-spoon-river-anthology-is-born

1913 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/robertson-davies-is-born

 

IDEOLOGY, RELIGION, ++SOLIDARITY/CLASS

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/08/unlearning-the-myth-of-american-innocence

https://aeon.co/essays/from-philosophy-to-psychoanalysis-a-classic-freudian-move

1954 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/congress-passes-communist-control-act

https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/08/10/etel-adnan-night-memory/

https://hutnyk.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/on-marx-in-algeria-1882/

http://elizabethstokerbruenig.com/2017/08/10/notes-on-locke/

http://elizabethstokerbruenig.com/2017/08/10/notes-on-locke/
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/08/12/brit-a12.html British Bolshevik Exhibit

 

VIDEO

https://forbiddenknowledgetv.net/the-tribal-identity-paradigm-for-the-next-generation/
https://aeon.co/videos/what-to-make-of-a-riot-grrrl-a-snapshot-of-feminism-and-high-school-in-the-1990s
Marcel Ophuls on A Memory of Justice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUPE0LO6fZ8
Pilger @ KPFA http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47588.htm
https://forbiddenknowledgetv.net/the-tribal-identity-paradigm-for-the-next-generation/
https://aeon.co/videos/what-to-make-of-a-riot-grrrl-a-snapshot-of-feminism-and-high-school-in-the-1990s
https://forbiddenknowledgetv.net/10-dogmas-holding-back-science-rupert-sheldrake-ph-d/

8.31.2017 Daily Links

  A Thought for the Day   

Identity politics serves as the ideal form—from a bourgeois perspective—of the primacy of fetishization in all erstwhile advanced capitalist societies’ stages of cultural operation, as crisis and collapse threaten ever more hideous and lethal forms of dissolution and despond: such a systematic and publicly related methodology results in people who swear that their coloration or ‘spiritual’ affiliations or any number of decontextualized and inconsequential opinions separate and distinguish them from their cousins and would-be comrades, thus guaranteeing that solidarity and mutuality and all other organized manifestations of creating civilized existence become highly unlikely if not outright impossible, altogether a toxic dynamic on the deconstruction and transformation of which depend the continued viability, from thriving to survival, of anything worthy of the name of common humanity.

  Quote of the Day  
The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ’The children are now working as if I did not exist.’
Maria Montessori

 This Day in History  

Mining Bituminous Coal in Pennsylvania about 1900
Mining Bituminous Coal in Pennsylvania about 1900

Today in labor history commemorates both the outbreak of miner’s struggles at Blair Mountain in 1921 and the formation in 1919 of the Communist Labor Party in Chicago under the leadership of John Reed; in Byzantium nine hundred sixty-one years ago, the Macedonian Empress Theodora on this day died without issue, leading to a regime change that corresponded with imperial decline; six hundred thirty-nine years subsequently, in 1795, another imperial snafu took place as the English took over present day Sri Lanka from Dutch control, in the War of the First Coalition, to forestall its falling to French forces; MORE HERE

 three years subsequently, in 1798, French conspirators returned the favor, very briefly, in the establishment of the Connacht Republic during the Irish Rebellion of 1798; half a decade later, in 1803, Lewis and Clark’s expedition started out for the Pacific Northwest from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, then near the Western frontier of U.S. settlement; a century and a half and three year backs, Union troops began their final assault on Atlanta, sealing the Confederacy’s fate and establishing the basis for the ravages of Sherman’s March to the Sea; three years beyond that point, in 1867, the acclaimed French writer and poet, Charles Baudelaire, breathed out his final verse; three years thereafter, in 1870, to the South in Italy, the baby girl came into the world who would mature as the renowned

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

educator Maria Montessori; fifteen years henceforth, in 1885, the baby boy was born in Charleston who would grow up as the writer and poet and lyricist, DuBose Heyward; twelve years still further along time’s trek, in 1897, Thomas Edison perfected his patent for a first moving film projector, the Kinetoscope; a decade after that juncture, in 1907, England and Russia signed the St. Petersburg Convention and thereby cemented the Triple Entente that would find cause to go to war seven years afterward; three hundred sixty-six days after that moment, in 1908, a male child entered our midst whose fate was to write about and dramatize the world as William Saroyan; five years hence, in 1913, a police attack on workers in the Dublin Lockout killed two strikers and further undermined chances of a union victory; three years nearer to now, in 1916, a boy child took his first breath who would operate in the realm of television journalism as Daniel Schorr; four years more beyond that conjunction, in 1920, the world’s first radio broadcast emanated from Station 8MK Detroit Radio; yet another decade and a half onward, in 1935, the United States passed an initial Neutrality Act, evincing an erstwhile determination to avoid the pending European and Asian wars that loomed just ahead, and the baby gave a first shout who would rise in the world as the militant thinker and activist, Eldridge Cleaver; four years subsequent to those happenings, in 1939, across the Atlantic on the Polish-German border, Nazi operatives faked an attack on a German radio outpost that the fascist government used the next day to justify its planned invasion of Poland; two years even closer to the present pass, in 1941, the iconic and beloved Russian poet, Marina Tvsetsaeva, took her own life after the execution of her husband; half a decade forward toward now, in 1946, John Hersey published his account of surviving the incineration of Hiroshima, filling the entire issue of New Yorker magazine; exactly another five years en route to the present context, in 1951, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas called for U.S. recognition of the People’s Republic of China, a bow to real-politick that, after fierce and vitriolic ‘debate’ about evil commies, America’s ‘established’ leadership managed to avoid for over twenty more years; six decades and a pair of years before the here and now, the male child was born who would write fiery reportage as the investigative stalwart, Gary Webb, while John Foster Dulles, U.S. Secretary of State and puppeteer in chief, ‘approved’ Ngo Dinh Diem’s refusal to honor the agreement to hold elections, which, in spite of Dulles’ brother Allen’s CIA trickery, the U.S. puppets would certainly lose, at the very same time that automotive engineer William Cobb

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

demonstrated the first solar-powered automobile, a tiny model no larger than a big toy, which nonetheless tolled the eventual end of petrochemical-powered vehicles; another dozen years past that point in time’s arc, in 1967, the prolific and admired Russian writer and thinker Ilya Ehrenburg took a final bow; thirteen years more proximate still to today, in 1980, labor and national activists in the Polish area of Gdansk succeeded in gaining recognition of their union, Solidarity, from the governmental authorities; just a year more than a quarter century afterward, in 2006, a Norwegian police contingent conducted a raid that recovered The Scream, the stolen painting by National hero and icon, Edvard Munch.

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 Interesting People Places Things of Note 

Talking Bullshit to Impoverished People

A Naked Capitalism post by a forthright writer who expresses a lot of the lies of the ideology of up-by-the-bootstraps mentality that is prevalent in some circles that seek to address themselves to the poor: “Earlier this year, an infographic circled around which underscored this fact. Created by a company called InvestmentZen, the infographic showed how to “build wealth on the minimum wage.”

Aside from the fact that it contained numerous logistical issues – it used the federal minimum wage, which isn’t accurate in most states, either because their wage is higher or lower due to tip-crediting – the graphic also seemed to be concerned about moralizing the decisions of poor people and less about actually helping anyone.”

 

 General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues 

Google’s Mockingbird Moment

A Monday Note post that brings to our attention to recent developments in Google: “The so-called “anti-diversity” memo leaked from Google this week has tech commentators (and beyond) in an uproar. One view is Google’s reaction puts it in a no-win situation. Another, more hopeful, is the commotion will force the company to reexamine its ideas and practices.”

 Recent Events 

Releasing Deep State Memos

A Blacklisted News look at deep state memos that has recently been released: ““The administration has been maneuvered into a constant back-pedal by relentless political warfare attacks structured to force him to assume a reactive posture that assures inadequate responses,” the memo stated.

“Having become the dominant cultural meme, some benefit from it while others are captured by it; including ‘deep state’ actors, globalists, bankers, Islamists, and establishment Republicans,” the document reads.”

 

 

 

8.29.2017 Daily Links

  A Thought for the Day   

To envision life as an opportunity for a calling comes easily to most people these days, when the surpluses and options of commodity capitalism produce so much stuff that even regular working folk can imagine that they needn’t attend merely to matters of income’s exceeding outgo and can indulge their dreams, at least so long as these fantasies don’t entail any fundamental challenge to the status quo, altogether a dynamic at once sublime in its permissiveness toward truly personalizing one’s own universe and ridiculous in the at best bizarre presumption that anything other than deeply revolutionary persistence can salvage even a small piece of civilized existence from the insistent cataclysm and growing threat of utter holocaust that continued rule by the bourgeoisie, who happily promote all and sundry ‘callings’ of less than fundamental impact, guarantees in the next period of time, a span that might easily be one of days and that can hardly last more than a few decades, or half a century, in the most optimistic plutocratic forecasts.

  Quote of the Day  
Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
If we really want to be full and generous in spirit, we have no choice but to trust at some level.
I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on.  Rita Dove

 This Day in History  

Around the globe on this date conscious citizens mark the passage of the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, while India celebrates its National Sports Day, and Ukraine commemorates its colliers with National Miners Day, and, for something completely different, Catholics note the beheading of John the Baptist with a Saint’s Day on his behalf; in the islands of Japan, thirteen hundred nine years ago, inhabitants of the Land of the Rising Sun first minted copper coins; seventy-nine decades thereafter, in 1498, thousands of miles to the South and West, Vasco da Gama elected to end his stay in Calicut in order to return to his homeland in Portugal; MORE HERE

 twenty-three years subsequently, in 1521, Ottoman expansion into the Balkans continued with the capture of what is now the city of Belgrade, Serbia; half a decade more on the path to the now, in 1526, Ottoman troops under the leadership of Suleiman the Magnificent decimated Jagiellonian defenders of Hungary and Bohemia, killing their kind in the process of victory at the Battle of Mohacs; seven years closer to today, in 1533, a definitely divergent sort of imperial conquest unfolded as conquistador Francisco Pissarro murdered the last Incan Emperor; eight years past that juncture, in 1541, another Ottoman conquest transpired with the capture of the Hungarian Kingdom capital of Buda; ninety-one years later, in 1632, a little baby boy opened his eyes who would rise as an ‘Enlightened’ thinker and champion of social contract, John Locke; a century and a quarter and a single year further along time’s arc, in 1758, English strategists of conquest and genocide came up with the concept of ‘concentrating’ those from whom they stole, in relation to Native Americans in what is now Indian Mills, New Jersey; eleven years down the pike from that, in 1769, Edmond Hoyle died, demonstrating that a life of learning and teaching games and other things was good for nearly a century of active existence; two hundred thirty-one years back, poor farmers and working people of the new United States called out the elites who had led the Revolution for their hypocrisy when they rose up against excessive taxes and other predatory ruling class behaviors in Shay’s Rebellion, primarily in Western Massachusetts and New England; twenty-three years onward from that, in 1809, one of New England’s ‘finer families’ brought forth a male infant who would mature as the medical doctor and thinker and writer Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.; sixteen years henceforth, in 1825, across the wide Atlantic, Portugal acknowledged reality and recognized Brazil’s erstwhile independence; half a dozen years toward today, in 1831, to the North in England, the brilliant, self-taught scientist Michael Faraday first demonstrated conclusively the existence of electromagnetic induction; eleven years afterward, in 1842, halfway round the world, in one of England’s imperial adventures, the British and the Chinese signed the Treaty of Nanking that formally brought to a close the First Opium War, which elevated the principle of free trade to force the acceptance of unlimited sales of narcotics by the British to the Chinese; exactly two decades further along, in 1862, the male infant cried out whom fate had selected to grow up as the poet and thinker and writer Maurice Maeterlinck, who would go on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature; nine years yet later on, in 1871, back round the world in East Asia, Japanese emperor Meiji adopted Western administrative practices and eliminated the Chinese Han system that had prevailed in Japan theretofore; twenty-seven additional years on time’s forward journey, in 1898, investors formed the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company; just short of a decade nearer to now, in 1907, seventy –five intrepid construction workers died when a poorly designed bridge over the Quebec section of the St. Lawrence seaway collapsed catastrophically; three years subsequent to that, in 1910, back round the globe in East Asia again, Japan formalized its already announced annexation of Korea with an exchange of treaty instruments between Tokyo and Seoul; three hundred sixty-five days along the temporal arc from that, in 1911, seven thousand miles or so East in Northeastern California, a final initial North American contact occurs between an indigenous people and the European Americans when a bloke who called himself Ishi came out of the woods and introduced himself; exactly two years henceforth, in 1913, a little baby boy opened his eyes who would rise as the iconic and prolific writer and storyteller, Robertson Davies; a trio of years past that conjunction, in 1916, the United States marked a different sort of conquering ethos in passing the grotesquely-named Philippine Autonomy Act; a single circuit more round the sun onward in time and space, in 1917,feminist suffragists picketed Woodrow Wilson’s erstwhile ‘liberal’ White House to call for immediate establishment of universal suffrage; half a decade onward from that, in 1922, in an altogether different sort of

radio3extractive endeavor, WEAF radio in New York City broadcast the first ever new media advertisement; seventy-six years prior to the present pass, German Nazis in Ukraine, along with their local fascist allies, began the systematic murder of some several tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews, thereby setting the stage for events that led like a crow flies to the Maidan ‘uprisings’ more recently; two years hence, in 1943, Danish anti-fascists and allied collaborators scuttled the entire fleet of Denmark’s Navy to preclude its falling into the hands of the Germans; a year yet later on, in 1944, well over 50,000 Slovak fighters turned against their Nazi overseers and made war on the Germans; an additional three hundred sixty-five days round and round the solar system’s solar center, in 1945, Harry Truman deployed the Navy against striking oil workers, mimicking Nazi tactics against unions; four years still nearer to the here and now, in 1949, in what any brainless idiot could have predicted had to be the result of the United States attempt to monopolize nuclear weapons, the Soviets exploded their first atomic weapon, which was never a secret and was always only a matter of engineering and resources; an additional year along time’s path, in 1950, in a related development in East Asia, British troops arrived to help U.S. soldiers resist communist North Koreans’ incursion into the Southern half of the peninsula, while back in North America an erstwhile cultural impresario, in the employ of the CIA, advanced the claim that the hatred of East Europeans for Soviets justified U.S. distortions and interventions simultaneously; a typical transit’s three hundred sixty-five days yet later on, in 1951, a girl child entered our midst who would grow up as the poet and multi-jurisdictional Poet Laureate, Rita Dove; seven years after that, in 1958, only twelve years after its initiation, the United States Air Force opened its officer training school, the United States Air Force Academy, and in a likely wholly unrelated development, a baby boy opened his eyes who would rise as the estimable lyricist and redoubtable rocker Michael Jackson; half that period in the direction of the here and now, in 1962, acclaimed poet Robert Frost departed the United States for a ‘goodwill’ tour of the Soviet Union; another four years into the future from that juncture, in 1966, the philosopher of radical Islam and reactionary resistance to ‘Western Modernism’, Sayyid Qutb, faced an Egyptian firing squad for his part in plotting Abdul Nasser’s assassination, while roughly 7,000 miles to the West, the Beatles played their final concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco; two years farther along, in 1968, upheaval among protesters at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago resulted in a ‘fracturing’ of what had been the SOP ‘Cold-War consensus’ that both wings of the ReDemoPubliCratiCan Party would support aggressive, imperialist chauvinism as a fallback ‘foreign policy’ position; another seven hundred thirty days beyond those occurrences, in 1970, police depredations against community in East Los Angeles during the Chicano Moratorium on the War killed several people, including prominent journalist Ruben Salazar, injuring hundreds of others and establishing the impunity of the American police state; precisely twenty-one years even closer to the current context, in 1991, an honest businessman in Italy paid with his life for the integrity of refusing organized criminals’ ‘protection’ demands, and, to the North and East in the disarticulating Soviet Union, the legislature stripped the Communist Party of most of its special privileges and powers; an added half a decade toward today, in 1996, roughly 8,000 miles to the West in the Bay Area of San Francisco, a group of workers in the erotic arena formed a Service Employees international Union local and gained substantial material benefits and general empowerment from their prior condition as mere employees; seven hundred thirty days still later, in 1998, Northwest Airline pilots gave up on making concessions to profiteering owners and went on a strike for higher pay; another two years more proximate to the present pass, in 2000, organized workers in Minnesota established the first online labor news service in the United States, workdayminnesota.orgfive more years along the temporal arc, in 2005, Hurricane Katrina’s landfall effected catastrophe in and around New Orleans, killing over 1,000 people and decimating local economies and infrastructure and illustrating the collapse of Federal support in the case of such disasters; two years onward from that devastation, in 2007, an entirely different sort of potential disaster unfolded when an Air Force heavy bomber flew from the Midwest to the Gulf Coast with multiple hydrogen bombs aboard that no one had documented according to Standard Operating Procedure; four years in even greater proximity to today’s dawning light, in 2011, an icon of the Blues, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, sang his swan song as he approached the century mark; three hundred sixty-six days thereafter, in 2012, close to 50 Chinese colliers died or turned up missing after a horrific accident – safety’s loss being capital’s gain –in the Xiaojiawan coal mine, located at Panzhihua in Sichuan Province, China, a single year prior to our own day and time, the progenitor of pop psychology and self help, Wayne Dyer, died.

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 Writers Tools Issues 

A Teaching Reading Disquisition

A look at the art of teaching how to read: “State the questions another way: Do open societies really work better than closed ones? Is a more open and civilized world really safer and better for Americans? If we think yes, then what is the best way to prove that point?”

 

 Recent Events 

Atlantic Examines Systemic Crises

A generally SOP look into how the world is falling apart and what might bring it together again: “State the questions another way: Do open societies really work better than closed ones? Is a more open and civilized world really safer and better for Americans? If we think yes, then what is the best way to prove that point?”

 General Past & Present Issues 

CIA Anti-Soviet War Plans

Historical context into US Russia relationships: “Recently declassified documents from the archive of the Central Intelligence Agency detail financial and material support given by the United States to groups of armed guerrillas in Soviet Latvia in the 1950s. The documents, initially marked ‘Top Secret’ but now declassified, show that the CIA was aware and supported the activities of an anti-Soviet guerrilla army known as ‘the Forest Brothers’. Known also as ‘the Forest Brethren’, the group was formed in the Baltic States in 1944, as the Soviet Red Army established Soviet control over the previously German-occupied states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Soviet Union had previously occupied and annexed the three Baltic countries, in a failed attempt to pre-empt Germany’s eastward military expansion. Groups like the Forest Brothers consisted of the most militant members of anti-Soviet groups in the Baltic States, many of whom were ideologically opposed to Soviet Communism.”

8.28.2017 Daily Links

  A Thought for the Day   

People can no more avoid all chaos than they can, as an act of will, preclude all obesity or bad weather or cancer, which is not to say that we should embrace chaotic calamity, in league with ‘the Joker‘ and ‘Dr. Doom‘ and other cultural exemplars of entropic ascendancy and the gangsters and racketeers who inevitably accompany any and all ‘circling-the-drain’ periods, when discombobulating happenstance becomes a daily occurrence, but to insist that denial and pretense, in other words all views in which individual actors can have any lasting impact short of the manifestation of organized ventures to bring about collective authority and responsibility, weaken and worsen social conditions that cry out instead for mutuality and solidarity in every phase of society’s multiple and intensifying crises, any one of which threatens not only anyone’s particular thriving but also our joint survival.

 This Day in History  

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Today is a nascent commemoration of the life and condemnation of the murder of Emmett Till, as well as the seventeenth decade since Scientific American began publication; MORE HERE

 in the mountainous North of the Italian Peninsula one thousand five hundred and twenty-six years ago,Ostrogoth soldiers forced their way into Italy by defeating a Roman army in the Alps; a century and almost three quarters later, in 663, Korean armies forced Japanese invaders who were seeking to reassert their dominance of the Korean peninsula to withdraw; another five hundred and twenty six years later, in 1189, European forces of the Third Crusade began the Siege of Acre in what is now again contested territory in Syria; four hundred ninety-four years before the here and now, Ottoman Turks attacked Belgrade, seeking to retain the imperial hold on the Balkans; meanwhile, three years hence across the Atlantic, in 1524, Mayan allies of Spain rebelled against the Spanish invaders who had opportunistically used their help and then turned on them in Guatemala; four and a half centuries prior to the present late Summer days, Pedro Aviles led ships that made landfall near where their occupants founded St. Augustine, Florida, the first lasting European settlement in what is today the Continental U.S.; forty-four years subsequently, in 1609, ships under the command of Henry Hudson entered Delaware Bay; another thirty-six years along the temporal trek, in 1645, Dutch philosopher Hugo Grotius experienced his final thoughts; in a decisive victory, Parliamentary troops three years thereafter, in 1648, accepted the surrender of Royalist forces, ending the siege of Colchester; two hundred sixty-six years back, the infant who grew up to become Johann Wolfgang Goethe was born; a hundred eighty-five years ahead of this point in time and space, the Baltimore & Ohio steam engine, Tom Thumb, first raced a horse drawn cart cross-country; three years later precisely, in 1833, Queen Victoria assented to the abolition of slavery throughout most of the British Empire; a dozen years henceforth, in 1845, Scientific American published its first issue, so that today it celebrates its 170th anniversary; a hundred thirty-six years ago, British imperial forces captured Cetshwayo, the final King of a more or less independent Zulu nation; twenty years beyond that development, in 1899, six thousand miles North in Russia, a baby boy entered our midst who would mature as the prolific writer and critic, Andrei Platonov; four years later, in 1903, designer and author Frederick Law Olmstead drew his agonal breaths; a decade past that juncture, in 1913,Princess Wilhelmina ironically enough opened the Peace Palace in Belgium, and the baby boy who grew into Canadian author and critic Robertson Davies came into the world; three years nearer to now, in 1916, the infant male who became sociologist and thinker C. Wright Mills gave an initial shout; another three hundred sixty-five days onward, in 1917, ten suffragettes in the District of Columbia endured arrest for the crime of demanding of their ‘leaders’ that women receive the right to vote; seven years still closer to the current context, in 1924, Georgia citizens who sought to secede from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics rose against the Soviets; another seven years afterward, in 1931, France and the U.S.S.R. signed a non-aggression pact; a decade more along the temporal road, in 1941German Nazis in Ukraine, along with their local fascist allies, began the systematic murder of some several tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews, thereby setting the stage for events that led like a crow flies to the Maidan ‘uprisings’ more recently;a pair of years further onward in space and time, in 1943, Danish citizens and workers conducted a general strike against their own Nazi occupiers; a typical eight years’ transits yet later on, in 1951, a girl child entered our midst who would grow up as the poet and multi-jurisdictional Poet Laureate, Rita Dove; a duo of years even more proximate to the present, in 1953, Nippon Television broadcast the first Japanese TV show, replete with advertising; two years later, in 1955, Emmett Till was murdered for the fourteen year-old’s supposed temerity of looking and whistling at a White woman; seven hundred thirty-one days after that, in 1957, meanwhile, Strom Thurmond of South Carolina led a Senate filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1957; six years later, however, in 1963, in a turn toward humanity, Martin Luther King delivered a speech, “I Have a Dream,” to hundreds of thousands of listeners in the District of Columbia; another year still nearer to our time, in 1964, riots against police violence and White supremacy erupted in Philadelphia; riots against a more generalized political ‘establishment’ continued in Chicago, four years subsequent to that point, in 1968, at the United States Democratic National Convention thereby disestablishing the so-called foreign policy meeting of the minds among ReDemoPubliCratiCans; twenty-eight years back, actor, director, and screenwriter John Huston died: three years hence, in 1990, Iraq annexed Kuwait; one more year along time’s arc, in 1991, the Soviet Union formally accepted Mikhail Gorbachev’s resignation; three years before our moment in time, activist feminist writer Shulamith Firestone died.

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 Writers Tools Issues 

Journalistic Funding Opportunities

A Nieman Lab post that examines ways in which journalists seek funding: “What if you got so fed up with the problems of funding journalism that you just got a bunch of people together and decided to fund it yourself?

That’s what Phillip Smith, a senior fellow at Mozilla focusing on misinformation, did with other journalism benefactors in British Columbia. He and a group of eleven other people with ties to the journalism industry recently launched the Uncharted Journalism Fund. A group of trustees commits to each chipping in CAD $100 (USD $78.62) a month for a handpicked project proposed by a local journalist that otherwise wouldn’t be published; chosen projects receive up to $3,000.”

 General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues 

Roger Annis on Russiagate

A look at some of the Russian media stuff out there, and how it harms prospects for future peace: “The following article in Pacific Standard (published by the California-based Social Justice Foundation) is another fine example of a progressive, liberal publication in the United States challenging the anti-Russia prejudice and propaganda which marks the new cold war. In this, the liberal publications stand head and shoulders above left-wing publications that bend or cave to the anti-Russia drive.”

 Recent Events 

Roger Annis on Russiagate

A look at some of the Russian stuff out there: “The following article in Pacific Standard (published by the California-based Social Justice Foundation) is another fine example of a progressive, liberal publication in the United States challenging the anti-Russia prejudice and propaganda which marks the new cold war. In this, the liberal publications stand head and shoulders above left-wing publications that bend or cave to the anti-Russia drive.”

 General Past & Present Issues 

Carl Sagan’s Views on American Prospects

From Waking Times, a genius not just at science and cosmology, Carl Sagan proves his worth again with these predictions: “It was the dumbing down of America that worried Sagan at the end of his life, and in The Demon-Haunted World he offered a rationally prophetic examination of where America was heading. Now, some 20 years later, his words are resonating with those who are paying attention to the changing cultural climate today.”

8.25.2017 Daily Links

  A Thought for the Day   

rolling stone equal gay homosexual equality tongue sex lick tongueThat the tongue is the body’s strongest muscle should surprise no one who pays even a modicum of attention to material reality: after all, the communication function’s development, which without possible refutation marks a key aspect of Homo Sapiens hegemony, corresponds here on our fair planet with the evolution of a larynx to create sound and a lingual organ to give that aural capacity many examples of infinitude in the languages of humanity; the allure of speech in this context of dexterous strength should surprise no one, nor should the equally—and some would say more—compelling quality of the many varieties of kissing that the tongue can manifest, truly giving our mouth’s central motor such multifarious mellifluous mastery, ample aptitude, and monumental muscularity as to make it one of the prime movers of the human condition.

  Quote of the Day  
ALL THIS IS A DREAM. Still examine it by a few experiments. Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature; and in such things as these, experiment is the best test of such consistency.

  • Laboratory journal entry #10,040 (19 March 1849); published in The Life and Letters of Faraday (1870) Vol. II, edited by Henry Bence Jones [1], p. 248. This has sometimes been quoted partially as “Nothing is too wonderful to be true,” and can be seen engraved above the doorway of the south entrance to the Humanities Building at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. [2]  Michael Faraday

 This Day in History  

PARIS Eiffel towerToday, Paris and a significant swath of the rest of the world commemorate French citizens’ and allied soldiers’ liberation of the city from the Nazis; in Italy, one thousand, nine hundred and thirty-eight years back, Roman historian Pliny-the-elder died; two hundred forty-six years subsequently, in 325, the first Council of Nicaea ended, placing control of the development of Catholicism squarely in centralized hands, using doctrinal matters to marginalize critics of such choices; four hundred eight years prior to the present pass, Galileo Galilei demonstrated his telescope for the first time to legislators in Venice; twenty-one years afterward, in 1630, around the world in what is now Sri Lanka, Portuguese forces experienced a setback in colonization plans with a defeat at the hands of fighters from the Kingdom of Kandy;  MORE HERE

two hundred forty-one annual transits ahead of the here and now, English thinker David Hume had his final empirically verifiable living experience; forty-nine years subsequently, in 1825, Uruguay declared independence from Brazil; three years further down the road, in 1828, the baby boy who would become Bret Harte, American author of both Westerns and poetry, came into the world; seven years past that conjunction in 1835, the New York Sun demonstrated both the power of journalism and the human longing for extraterrestrial analogs of ourselves with the publication of the Great Moon Hoax; one hundred forty years ago, English scientist Michael Faraday died; six years hence, in 1883, Vietnam and France signed a treaty that declared a French protectorate over Annam and Tonkin; eleven years beyond that point, in 1894, a Japanese scientist discovered the microbe responsible for Bubonic Plague and published his discovery in the British journal, The Lancetsix years later still, in 1900, German philosopher and pundit Friedrich Nietzsche died; eight years even nearer to now, in 1908, French physicist Henri Becquerel died; four years henceforth, in 1912, the Chinese Nationalist Party Kuomintang came into existence; seven hundred and thirty days afterward, in 1914, German soldiers deliberately attacked the Catholic University Library in Leuven, Belgium, destroying hundreds of thousands of one-of-a-kind ancient volumes and manuscripts; two more years further along time’s path, in 1916, the U.S. National Park Service came into being; another four years after that juncture, in 1920, the early Soviet attempt to take over part of Poland ended in the Red Army’s defeat at Warsaw; three hundred sixty-five days later, in 1921, West Virginia miners asserted their rights against local authorities and mine-company ‘police’ in the first skirmishes of the Battle of Blair Mountain; two years after that moment in time, in 1923, a male infant came along in Colombia whose fate was to be the widely read and popular author and critic, Alvaro Mutîs; seventy-eight years before the present pass, England and Poland declared an alliance of mutual protection, which would in less than ten days see the beginning of World War Two; half a decade hence, in 1944,partisans and allied soldiers completed the liberation of Paris; a year yet closer to the current context, in 1945, Chinese Communists assassinated U.S. Office of Strategic Services agent, and God-fearing Christian, John Birch, whose eponymous society now espouses imperialist reaction as a rational course for U.S. policy; in its first televised hearings, three years after that, in 1948, the House Un-American Activities Committee confronted Alger Hiss with Whitaker Chambers en route to the former Assistant Secretary of State’s perjury conviction; another year onward, in 1949, the boy infants who were to grow into Kiss sensation Gene Simmons and United Kingdom literary genius Martin Amis were both born; one year closer still to the current state of affairs, in 1950, the country’s first ReDemoPubliCratiCan President, Harry Truman, ordered the Army to seize control of the nation’s railroads in order to avert and break a threatened strike; four years down the road from that day, in 1954, the baby boy drew first breath who would sing and write as the rock star, Elvis Costello; two years thereafter, in 1956, noted thinker and sexologist Alfred Kinsey passed away; five years henceforth, in 1961, after sharp unrest in part fostered by U.S. interests, the President of Brazil resigned, laying the basis for upheaval that led two and a half years later to a military coup; fifteen years later, in 1976, the Swedish Nobel Literary Laureate Eyvind Johnson breathed his last; thirty-three years ago, thinker and storyteller Gore Vidal died; seven years afterward, in 1991, Linus Torvalds released the first version of open-source operating system Linux, and the siege of Vukovar began in what ended up being the dissolution of Yugoslavia; six years subsequently, in 1997, a former premier of East Germany faced a conviction for a ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy at the Berlin Wall, and former Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell died; eight years back, Ted Kennedy died; three years later, in 2012, spacecraft Voyager One entered interstellar space, the first human artifact to reach so far from home.

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 Interesting People Places Things of Note 

DOD Student Recruitment Protocols

A Truth Out post that looks at how the Department of Defense recruits new members: “Ominous developments in three states this summer — Oregon, Texas, New Jersey, and one city — Chicago, provide a glimpse into the Pentagon’s new playbook to recruit soldiers from high schools across the country. In brief, the military has been engaged in a robust lobbying campaign to lower academic standards to make it easier to recruit youth. ”

 Recent Events 

CIA Torture Litigation Results

A Shadowproof look at a recent lawsuit against the CIA due to torture practices:  ““This is a historic day for our clients and all who seek accountability for torture,” declared ACLU attorney Dror Ladin. “The court’s ruling means that for the first time, individuals responsible for the brutal and unlawful CIA torture program will face meaningful legal accountability for what they did. Our clients have waited a long time for justice.”

In reviewing the facts, Quackenbush noted [PDF] Mitchell and Jessen were involved in “actual interrogations of certain individuals, including Rahman, which occurred in foreign, secret, locations.”

 General Past & Present Issues 

Hiroshima Must-Read Analysis

An Information Clearing House post that is very necessary for all who cling to the outmoded idea of the necessity of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks: “ Seventy years later, it’s still deeply embedded in public memory and school textbooks, despite an ever-growing pile of evidence that contradicts it. Perhaps it’s time, so many decades into the age of apocalyptic peril, to review the American apologia for nuclear weapons — the argument in their defense — that ensured we would never have to say we’re sorry.”

8.24.2017 Daily Links

  A Thought for the Day   

The easiest thing in the world is often enough to imagine that the bounty of our current standard operations justifies proceeding on our present path, at once promising plenty from science and technology and undermining all critique, from the most esoteric and erstwhile spiritual caviler to the most materialistic and purportedly dialectical complainant: indeed, much of the public relations industry operates to affirm how simple pretending and make believe are to sell; on closer examination, quickly and obviously in the event, the relentless physical toxicity of the present pass first of all clearly guarantees a Fukushima or Hiroshima sort of meltdown if we continue on this course of producing more and more and more of everything except the useful items and healing relations that we need, while second of all the psychic and emotional toll of today’s SOP promises ever more blunting of the life force, whether these blunt force impacts take the form of hypermedicated masses or suicidal individual behavior that increases over time in extent to the extent that anyone at all might immolate himself, or annihilate herself, at any moment of any day—in manifesting this subversion of abundance, this visceral evisceration of the altogether natural longing for ‘security’ and adequacy in terms of basic necessities, contemporary political economies and sociopolitical interactions inevitably seem perverse and cruel even as people daily struggle to find a way out of the trap toward each other in a fashion that rewards mutuality and mandates collectivity.

  Quote of the Day  

Dying is something we human beings do continuously, not just at the end of our physical lives on this earth.

 This Day in History  

eggs ukraine easter craft artToday in Ukraine is Independence Day, when the nation declared its complete independence from Soviet control, and this evening in Uruguay is Nostalgia Night; in what is now Algeria, along the Bagradas River, two thousand sixty-six years ago, Roman imperial forces that sought to dispose of Rome’s African colonies as Caesar dictated faced a crushing defeat at the hands of Numidian fighters who wanted to order matters differently; more or less a century and twenty-eight years after that bloody set of facts, in 79, the volcano Vesuvius erupted to catastrophic effect on the other side of the Mediterranean; MORE HERE

 sixteen hundred twenty-three years before the here and now, the last recorded utilization of Egyptian hieroglyphs occurred, in the Graffito of Esmet-Akhom; sixteen years hence, in 410, Visigoth forces accelerated the declining imperial colossus that had been Rome with a pillaging of the city itself; five years shy of half a century thereafter, in 455, Vandal armies agree to spare Roman lives in their looting of much of Rome’s imperial ‘treasure,’ itself ‘loot’ from Rome’s conquests; seventy-three decades past that conjunction, in 1185, an evolution of this culture of plunder took place with the Norman overthrow of the redoubt at Thessalonica, along with the sacking of the Sicilian Kingdom’s metropolis and the slaughter of thousands of the city’s populace; forty years further along, in 1215, the Pope invalidated the recently enacted Magna Carta, throwing English ruling processes into flux; six hundred sixty-eight years back, meanwhile, Mainz’s citizens joined in a popular response to the spread of the Bubonic Plague, slaughtering as many as six thousand local Jews as somehow bearing responsibility for the pestilence; forty-two years later, in 1391, across Europe in Southern Spain, as many as a thousand Jews faced death as residents of Mallorca, rising up against indebtedness and grasping jude jewish holocaust genocidefor Jewish property, rioted violently against Jewish people and those who protected them; sixty-five years past that conjunction, in 1456, early printers finished the first edition of a Gutenberg bible; another six decades henceforth, in 1516, Ottoman Turks completed the conquest of Syria, routing Arabic Muslims in the process of consolidating imperial rule; ninety-two years subsequently to the day, in 1608, English merchants established their first outpost in India at Surat; eighty-two years further onward, in 1690, the consolidation of saltpeter production at a factory in Bengal led both to a significant enrichment of the East India Company and to the manifestation of what came to be the great city of Calcutta; two centuries and three years back,British troops razed and burned much of what was the first incarnation of the United States capitol at Washington; seven years still nearer to now, in 1821, the Treaty of Cordoba established the Mexican nation’s independence from Spain; thirty-six years still later, in 1857, one of the initial worldwide ‘panics’ gripped centers of capital everywhere, in particular destroying wealth and afflicting property in the United States; precisely a quarter century more proximate to the present, in 1872, an upper crust English family welcomed a new son, who would mature as the caricaturist and critic and multifaceted writer, Max Beerbohm; a hundred twenty-six years in advance of this moment in time, Thomas Edison gained the patent for a motion picture camera that was to change the face of culture and human communication; seven years after that juncture, in 1898, a baby boy was born who would grow up as the critic, writer, and editor Malcolm Cowley; three hundred sixty-five years more along time’s path, in 1899, an Argentine boy child gave voice en route to a life as the prolific and peripatetic Jorge Luis Borges; three years hence in France, in 1902, another male infant came along whose destiny was intellectual insight and legerdemain as the historian and philosopher Fernand Braudel; seven years hence, in 1909, Southwest across the Atlantic, U.S. contractors poured the first concrete that went into the formation of the Panama Canal; a half decade farther down time’s road, in 1914, U.S. Poet Alan Seeger, a classmate of John Reed’s at Harvard, volunteered for the French Foreign Legion, learning prior to his being shot to pieces two years hence that modern industrial warfare had little or nothing of glory and elan in it; eight years additional along the temporal path, in 1922, the infant male took breath who would gain acclaim and audience as the history book glasses education learnpopular historian, Howard Zinn; seven years beyond that point in time, in 1929, in British mandate Palestine, a massacre of several score Jews took place in Hebron at the hands of Palestinian Arabs who were rioting about immigration and possible plans for a Jewish homeland; another seven years onward, in 1936, the baby girl opened her eyes who would soon enough see her way to write the iconic and disturbing novels of A.S. Byatt; a year after on the dot, in 1937 on the Iberian Peninsula, Basque forces surrendered en masse to fascist Italian volunteers who had been assisting Franco’s forces in the Spanish Civil War; half a dozen years later, in 1943, the French philosopher and mystic-idealist Simone Weil drew here last breath; four years still closer to today, in 1947, the Brazilian boy baby shouted out who would end up the popular and critically acclaimed writer Paulo Coelho; seven hundred thirty-one days onward, in 1949, the formal papers that created the North Atlantic Treaty Organization came into force; another year afterward, in 1950, Edith Sampson became the first Black representative of the United States to the United Nations; another year later still, in 1951, a baby boy opened his eyes on his way toward life as the thinker and storyteller Oscar Hijuelos, and another male infant was born, to the Mormon Card family in Richland, Washington, who would go on to great popularity and critical controversy as Orson Scott Card; three years yet nearer to the here and now, in 1954, the Communist Control Act took effect, essentially outlawing the American Communist Party; a dozen years after that, in 1966, the trust fund baby entered our midst who, as Nick Denton, would go on to monopoly media success with Gawkeranother year even closer to today’s light and air, in 1967, Abbie Hoffman led Youth International Party activists in raining dollar bills onto the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, setting off a scramble that temporarily halted trading; seven hundred thirty-one daily passages round the sun farther along, in 1969, a different sort of ‘protest’ against empire transpired when an entire U.S. Army Company‘s soldiers refused their commanding officer’s order to continue a punishing and likely fruitless attempt to reach a downed helicopter; thirty-four years ago, the iconic thinker and leader, Scott Nearing, took a final breath just after his hundredth birthday; six years hence, in 1989, Colombian drug gangs ‘declared war’ on the central government there; fifteen years later still, in 2004, the renowned thinker and psychologist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross died.

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A New Fetish

A Philosophical Saloon article that looks at the newest commodity fetish that seeks to solve a problem through the commodity nexus: “Fidgeting may indeed make workers and students more efficient, but only if their work and learning requires only attentiveness in place of creative thought. Cleaning up code and mining data sets, responding formulaically to formulaic emails, memorizing lists of science-textbook information: these tasks, since they demand us to abandon originality in favor of robotic accuracy, are most easily imperiled by any distractedness in the worker. And by reducing the stress we (understandably) feel when we’re reduced to performing such mechanical tasks, fidget toys can help us stay happier and healthier for longer. I’d say it’s a win-win for the managerial class, but they’re probably busy fidgeting away their despair and frustration as well.”

 Writers Tools Issues 

Critical Realist Epistemics

An Understanding Society look at an intensive philosophical workshop that can be of interested to scrappy scribes: “The critical realism network in North America is currently convened in Montreal in a three-day intensive workshop (link). In attendance are many of the sociologists and philosophers who have an active interest in critical realism, and the talks are of genuine interest. A session this morning on pragmatist threads of potential interest to critical realists, including Mead, Abbott, and Elias, was highly stimulating. And there are 29 sessions altogether — roughly 85 papers. This is an amazing wealth of sociological research.”

 General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues 

Corporate Innovations in Dominating Universities

A Scholarly Kitchen look at the role of corporate money and agendas on research: “Fast-forward a decade or more and many changes in how academic research (and academia itself) is funded, how government supports scientific researchers, and how tenure tracks and academic lifestyles are managed, and we find an environment in which 65.2% of funding of research comes from business, according to the 2016 Science & Engineering Indicators from the National Science Board, with 26.7% of research funding comes from government. This represents a slow reversal over the past 40 years, where the two lines intersected as business’ share of R&D expenditures climbed and government’s fell. Now, business funds nearly 3x as much research as the government.”

 Recent Events 

Hypothesizing Renewed White Supremacy

A Pro Publica post that contextualizes recent tragic events in Charlottesville: “Hate crimes and bias incidents are a national problem, but there’s no reliable data on the nature or prevalence of the violence. We’re collecting and verifying reports to create a national database for use by journalists, researchers and civil-rights organizations.” 

 General Past & Present Issues 

Another Hiroshima Essay

A Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist essay that looks at the ongoing significance of the tragic bomb deployment against the citizens of Japan: “The design for the first atomic bomb was frighteningly simple: One lump of a special kind of uranium, the projectile, was fired at a very high speed into another lump of that same rare uranium, the target. When the two collided, they began a nuclear chain reaction, and it was only a tiny fraction of a second before the bomb exploded, forever splitting history between the time before the atomic bomb and the time after.”

8.23.2017 Daily Links

  A Thought for the Day   

Wherever one looks at people’s panoramas, with their attendant political economic components, one sees at work the deadening hand of entropy, which can easily strangle social viability with its relentless grip, which seems irresistibly to strengthen over generations of populations in relation to each other: whether this maddening entropic amplification manifests as bedbugs resurgent or microorganisms that can resist all manner of erstwhile ‘miraculous‘ antibiotics, or in some other way, is a matter of chance; whether this heightened tendency to apply Murphy’s Law to everything shows up as a terrifying and species threatening tsunami in Fukushima, Japan, or as a public health menace in Hot Springs, North Carolina, courtesy of a failed septic backwash pump, is also a question of happenstance and randomness—therefore, ineluctable logic leads naturally to the conclusion that a primary issue of import in human affairs concerns how we relate to each other so as to decelerate the tendency both for everything to go wrong and for the energy available to redress such cycling downwards to decrease, meaning, of course, that practically all elements of contemporary class society express, more or less simultaneously , crimes against nature and threats to survival.

  Quote of the Day  

In 1921, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, both Italian-Americans, were convicted of robbery and murder. Although the arguments brought against them were mostly disproven in court, the fact that the two men were known radicals (and that their trial took place during the height of the Red Scare) prejudiced the judge and jury against them. On April 9, 1927, Sacco and Vanzetti’s final appeal was rejected, and the two were sentenced to death. Felix Frankfurter, then a professor at Harvard Law School, was considered to be the most prominent and respectable critic of the trial. He was appointed to the Supreme Court by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1939

 Atlantic Case of Sacco and Vanzetti

 This Day in History  

slavery racism brutalityToday is an International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition, as well as representing—for twenty-odd years now—Internaut Day to commemorate those who use the Internet often and well, while a European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism & Nazism unfolds on this date, and Iran honors medical doctors with Physicians Day;  MORE HERE

in the ever-volatile Mediterranean two thousand forty-seven years ago, the wealthy military leader Octavian, soon to become Rome’s first emperor, followed up the successful conquest of Egypt by murdering Marc Antony’s eldest son and also executing Caesarian, Egypt’s last Ptolemaic King and only child of Julius Caesar and Cleopatra; almost but not quite exactly a century and a decade later, in 79, supposedly on a day honoring the fire god Vulcan, the volcano near Vesuvius began to show signs of the eruption that would destroy many of the surrounding communities; exactly three times one hundred nine years after that, in 406, Roman imperial mercenaries, having defeated Gothic uprising, executed King Radagaisus; seven decades later, in 476, in a ‘what goes around comes around’ moment, German leader Odoacer assumed the title of King of Italy; seven hundred seventy-two years ahead of today, further evidencing regional tendencies to conflict, fighters of the Khwarezmian Empire successfully overthrew the Tower of David Citadel of Jerusalem; just past six decades beyond that battle’s end, in 1305, England’s rulers oversaw the brutal execution of William Wallace for his rebellious leadership;seventy-seven years subsequent to that barbaric pass, in 1382, armies under the leadership of Golden Horde potentate Takhtamysh laid siege to the Muscovite capital city; five hundred three years back, in what is now Iran, forces of the early Ottoman Empire crushed the troops of the Safavid Empire at the Battle of Chaldiran; fifty-eight years onward from there, in 1572, to the North in France, ‘toleration’ came to a bloody end as Huguenot Protestants faced the slaughter of the St. Bartholomew Day Massacre; precisely two decades hence, around the world in Northeast Asia in 1592, Japanese invaders began their siege of the Korean stronghold at Yeongwon Castle; twenty-two years more along the temporal arc, in 1614, mobs in Frankfurt, under the guidance of city leaders, gutted the Jewish quarters and began the Fettmilch uprising expulsion of all the cities’ Torah worshippers; an additional one hundred nine years into the future from that, in 1723, the early colonial Puritan leader and zealot, Increase Mather, went to meet his God; fifty-two years thereafter, in 1775, in relation to the descendants of Mather’s followers, King George of England issues a proclamation that declared the colonies in open rebellion against the Crown; nine years further along, in 1784, now American settlers near the Appalachian Massif punctuated the end of the Revolution by declaring themselves independent of the state of North Carolina, establishing the short-lived state of Franklin; a decade and a half beyond that moment in time, in 1799, across the wide Atlantic and through part of the Mediterranean, Napoleon departed from his battles in Egypt on his way to seizing imperial power in France; thirty-two years henceforth, in 1831, the short-lived insurrection of Nat Turner and his comrades came to an end as the authorities crushed the outbreak of violence against the slaveocracy;eight additional years in the direction of today, in 1839, halfway around the world at the mouth of the Pearl River in China, the English reacted to Chinese destruction of British traitors drugs-French_opium_denopium by seizing the island that is now Hong Kong in preparation for three years of punishing warfare that we now know as the First Opium War; twenty-two years further along time’s road, in 1861, back in the United States, Union authorities apprehended one of the first Confederate spices in the District of Columbia, Rose Greenhow; five years yet later on, in 1866, across the Atlantic In Central Europe, Austria accepted the generous terms—a Bismarck ploy—of the Peace of Prague that ended the Austrian-Prussian War with merely Vienna’s having to concede Venice to the Italians; a two year stretch toward the future, in 1868, a baby boy was born who would grow up as the masterful poet and dramatist and writer, Edgar Lee Masters; twenty-eight years afterward, in 1896, as organizing and resistance against Spanish rule accelerated in the Philippines, the Cry of Pagun Lawin—now Quezon City—drew nigh, and Filipinos now commemorate the initiation of their revolutionary struggle for independence on this date; one thousand four hundred and thirty days only along time’s forward march, in 1900, a little baby girl opened her eyes who would rise as the singer and performer and songwriter and stalwart champion of social justice, Malvina Milder Reynolds; a single year after that, in 1901, back in Manila, five hundred ‘Thomasite’ teachers arrived to instruct Filipinos in practical subjects such as how to be good servants of the United States; eight years yet nearer to the present pass, in 1909, around the world in McKee’s Rock, Pennsylvania, International Workers of the World strikers responded to a sheriff’s firing on them by killing him and starting a gun battle that claimed ten or more additional lives; partially in response to extreme violence such as this, the result of the ‘American style’ of oppressive class warfare, three years subsequently, in 1912, the President appointed a Commission on Industrial Relations that would document the depredations and depravity of capital in search of higher profit; eleven years more on the temporal arc, in 1923, a female child emerged among us in Iraq who would, as Nazik al-Malaika, become the first Arabic language poet to use free verse; three additional cycles of the sun on the path to the here and now, in 1926, the male infant entered the world in standard fashion who matured as Clifford Geertz, a social scientist and a founding father of Cultural Anthropology; the next year, in 1927, the State of Massachusetts put to death two men, Nicolo Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, whose trial was a travesty of justice and at least one of whom was verifiably innocent of anything in relation to the charges that led to their judicial murder; seven hundred thirty-one days even closer to the current context, in 1929, Palestinians who opposed the British Mandate rose up in riotous rebellion in Hebron, killing plus or minus seventy Jewish people and driving most of the rest from the city; in a different outburst of violence, at once divergent and similar, plus or minus eight thousand miles to the Northwest four years beyond that conjunction, in 1933, vigilantes in and around Yakima, Washington attacked two hundred or more migrant workers; half a dozen years farther down the pike, in 1939, back in the Eastern Hemisphere, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed a ‘non-aggression’ pact that both fully intended to violate quite quickly, and the author and screenwriter Sidney Howard gave a final gasp; half a decade afterward, in 1944, Romania switched sides from the fascists to the allies, and in one of the worst instances of accidental military carnage, a B-24 American bomber crashed into a school in Feckleton, England, resulting in more than sixty deaths, mostly children; a mere year later, in 1945, Soviets laid the basis for using Japanese Prisoners of War as laborers in Manchuria; a thousand ninety-six days more along time’s path, in 1948, the World Council of Churches came into existence; another year onward from that propitious happening, one of America’s fiercest feminists, Helen Churchill Candee, an upper crust designer and writer and thinker, sang her swan song before departing forever; nine years still more proximate to the present pass, in 1958, a second instance of a serious potential for war shaped up in the Taiwan Straits as Peoples Liberation Army forces bombarded positions of the Nationalists; five years more down time’s current, in 1963, the boy child first gazed about him on his way to life as the screenwriter and filmmaker Park Chan-wook; three years hence, in 1966, a Lunar Orbiter took the first photograph of Earth from such a distant vantage point; four further years toward today, in 1970, back on terra firma, the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee started the Salad Bowl Strike, the largest work action among agricultural laborers ever; three years even more in proximity to our own point in time, in 1973, across the continent and over the ocean in Stockholm, a bank heist flailed so badly that many employees and customers ended up hostages, who in the course of their tense and tenuous experience, often came to sympathize with their captors and thereby have a ‘syndrome’ that bears the name of their location; sixteen additional years on time’s forward path, in 1989, the brilliant humanist and psychiatrist, R.D. Laing played out his final scene; a year thereafter, in 1990, Saddam Hussein sought to armenia, truck, military, war,forestall Gulf War escalation by appearing on television with ‘Western friends’ who were his hostages; three hundred sixty-five days still nearer to now, in 1991, Tim Berners Lee officially inaugurated the World Wide Web and thereby established the Age of the Internet; two years again moving toward today, in 1993, the Galileo spacecraft discovered the first case of an asteroid around which another object, or moon, rotated; three years henceforth, in 1996, Osama Bin Laden issued a ‘Declaration of War’ against the infidel nation that occupied Islam’s holy places; another thousand ninety-five days onward along time’s pathway, in 1999, in a development similar to recent viral events, New York City reported the first confirmed case of a West Nile Virus infection; two years over the hump and after the dawn of the new millennium, in 2001, the true-crime and spy-craft narrator and general stalwart of journalism, Peter Maas, came to the end of his road; eight years after that precise passage, in 2009, William Glasser died the psychological innovator whom some would label rebel; two years past that conjunction, across the Atlantic in 2011, the reign of Muammar Gaddafi came to an end in fire and terror and blood and death; an extra two year trek toward today, in 2013, a Bolivian prison riot ended in the deaths of over thirty inmates and their guards.

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 General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues 

Seeing Ourselves As Others Do

An interesting story that shows Americans how they really are: “When she was 30,  left the US for Istanbul – and began to realise that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does”

 Recent Events 

NC’s New Protest Proscriptions

A Facing South current look at fascistic anti-protest laws that will affect free speech and will spread everywhere: “The version of the “Restore/Preserve Campus Free Speech” bill filed in the N.C. House and Senate on March 29 resembled the Goldwater Institute’s model legislation in that it prevented public universities from disinviting controversial speakers and required them to “strive to remain neutral … on the public policy controversies of the day.” The bill also called for the creation of a “Committee on Free Expression” to be elected from the majority-Republican UNC Board of Governors to publish an annual report on the state of free speech on UNC campuses.”

 General Past & Present Issues 

Chicago’s Police State Model

An Intercept look at a Chicago police state mental health model: “Such deployments are picking up pace. In the four months after Donald Trump won the election last November, SWAT teams were deployed at least 10 times in response to suicide threats or attempts. As of this spring, 2017 is on track to see more than twice as many mental health-related SWAT raids as the annual average over the past four years. The figures in the documents likely undercount the number of SWAT deployments in response to mental health crises, because not all cases are logged as such in police records.”

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  A Thought for the Day   

The Homo Sapiens inclination to nest, a deeply-rooted adaptation with indisputable instinctual elements inscribed in social practice and individual psyche, counts as one of the key, naturally-selected, aspects of humanity’s powerful impacts on and erstwhile rule over Earth’s biome, a hegemony that is much more a manifestation of appearance and pretension than it is people’s actual biological predominance in our fair planet’s multiple ecosystems—in fact, our very commitment to aggrandizing, or otherwise feathering, our nesting spots, both collective, and, especially, individually—an oxymoron full of falsehood and doom—has become so pestilent in its standardized production protocols in favor of profit over all else, as well as logistically moronic in its willfully ignored inefficiency—a debilitation that blossoms into fetid marketable commodities—that the various components of the domiciliary instinct, which includes the longing to construct, the willingness to defend, and the inclination to fortify home bases of greater or lesser size and scope, have themselves become such virulently toxic processes that, among literally countless other ills of greater or lesser extent, vast swaths of humankind go without homes, or confront encampment life essentially similar to historical ghettos, or try to live like refugees, on the run and desperate for any kind of resources, all of which suggests that the human manifestation of a Malthusian moment will be self-induced, avoidable but for its ruling-class approved, bourgeoisie-mandated SOP status.

  Quote of the Day  
I had a vision – and I saw white spirits and black spirits engaged in battle, and the sun was darkened – the thunder rolled in the Heavens, and blood flowed in streams – and I heard a voice saying, ‘Such is your luck, such are you called to see, and let it come rough or smooth, you must surely bear it.’ Nat Turner

 This Day in History  

india, temple, hinduCelebrating an imperial inauguration three hundred seventy-eight years in advance of today, India commemorates Madras Day in honor of an English purchase of property in order to found that community; on the opposite side of the world, in Northern United Kingdom, one thousand four hundred fifty-two years ago, a saintly and proselytizing visitor to Scotland supposedly stopped a Loch Ness monster from eating a swimmer; three hundred seventy-five years prior to the present pass, King Charles I sealed his fate and began the English Civil War with a statement that labeled Parliament a ‘nest of traitors;’ MORE HERE

 half a decade forward in time, in 1647, a little baby boy was born who would grow up as Denis Papin and discover the principles of pressure cooking; seven years onward from that, across the wide Atlantic, in 1654, the first known Jewish immigrant to North America arrived in New Amsterdam; one hundred sixteen years subsequently, in 1770, on one of his many exploratory journeys for the empire on which the sun never set, James Cook oversaw his crew’s disembarking and claiming for England the Eastern coast of Southern Australia; twenty-one years further along the temporal arc, in 1791, a different imperial project experienced the uprising of the enslaved and indentured classes in Haiti; seven years onward from that, in 1798, other French forces went to the aid of the Irish uprising by landing troops in Kilcummin harbour during the course of the United Irishmen’s Irish Rebellion; thirty-three years after that, across the wide Atlantic, in 1831,a similar sort of rebellion began just after the stroke of midnight in Southampton County,

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Virginia, as Nat Turner and his fellow insurgents rose up against the brutal depredations of the slaveocracy; seventeen years later, in 1848, the same ‘land of the free home of the brave’ that crushed Turner’s uprising claimed the vast territory of New Mexico as spoils for the invasion and conquest of the Mexican nation; moving on a mere year, in 1849, across the wide Atlantic belligerent forces of Austria’s empire lofted unmanned balloons against Venice in history’s first ‘air raid;’ thirteen additional years in the direction of now, in 1862, Abraham Lincoln responded to Horace Greeley’s plea for emancipation with the circumscribed contention that the Union, and not slavery, was at issue here, even as he acceded to a willingness to end slavery if that were necessary to save the union that he cherished; two years more, and back across the sea in 1864, diplomats for a dozen nations acceded to the Geneva Accords that would purport to govern the ‘law of war;’ eleven years thereafter, in 1875, Japanese and Russian representatives both signed the Treaty of Saint Petersburg, which exchanged Sakhalin for the Kuril Islands; on this date sixteen years after that, meanwhile, in 1891, the acclaimed poet, writer, and journalist of Czechoslovakia, Jan Neruda, lived out his final chapter; seven hundred thirty-one days in the future from that, in 1893, Samuel Gompers and a delegation of labor leaders pleaded with New York City’s Mayor for a relief program to provide jobs for unemployed workers; half a decade farther down the pike, in 1898, the Texas Rangers gave a telling ‘temporary’ appointment to hired killer Jim Miller to carry out an ‘assignment’ for the Lone Star State, and the baby boy was born who would become the accomplished ‘modern’ artist, Alexander Calder; four years henceforth, in 1902, Cadillac Motor Company first incorporated itself, and across the Atlantic, a female infant shouted out en route to life as a performer, propagandist, and Filmmaker, Leni Riefenstahl; two subsequent years on time’s forward march, in 1904, the brilliant and controversial writer, Kate Chopin, drew her final breath; halfway round the world a half dozen years yet later on, in 1910, Japan proceeded to annex Korea and rule and plunder it for the next three and a half decades; another five years in the direction of today’s light and air, in 1915, an infant boy arrived on the scene who would grow up as James Hillier, an inventor of the electron microscope; an extra seven hundred thirty-one days afterward, in 1917, across the Atlantic in America, another baby boy opened his eyes who would rise as the esteemed performer and rocker and writer, John Lee Hooker; three years again on the temporal road, in 1920, the male child first gazed round about who would become the creative genius and beloved storyteller, Ray Bradbury; just seven hundred thirty days subsequently, in 1922, Michael Collins suffered the fate of assassination at the hands of his own party’s ‘extremists,’ who were of course colluding with British agentsanother ten years on the path to now, in 1932, the British Broadcasting Corporation first experimented with television broadcasting; a further thousand ninety-five days ahead of that passage, in 1935, the female child entered our midst who would mature as the estimable thinker and skillful scribe, Annie Proulx; six years along the path to now from there, in 1941, back in Europe, Nazi forces arrived at the outskirts of Leningrad, opening up one of the most horrifying and important sieges in history; three hundred sixty-six days subsequent to that juncture, in 1942, thousands of miles Southwest over the Atlantic, Brazil declared war on Germany and Italy; three years even closer to the current context, as the carnage of world war came to an end in 1945, fifty-five U.S. airline employees formed the Airline Stewardesses’ Association to fight against sexist practices in employment; a pair of years further along, in 1947, a girl child bounced into our presence on her way to life as the singer and

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songwriter and Grateful Dead mainstay, Donna Jean Godchaux; a trio of years further along, in 1950, Althea Gibson became the first African Woman who competed against White players; eighty years after that, in 1958, Nobel Literary Laureate Roger Martin du Gard said his final goodbyes; four years still more proximate to the present pass, in 1962, Charles de Gaulle, somewhat miraculously, survived an assassination attempt that three generals with very close ties to U.S. intelligence sought to carry out, at almost the exact same instant that President John Kennedy announced the Vietnamese ventures of empire to be in a ‘stalemate,’ a euphemism for acknowledging that U.S.-backed puppets in the region were failing to contain the growing possibility of ‘losing’ Vietnam to communism as a first ‘domino’ among many others thereafter; a single year on the road forward from there, in 1963, back in the U.S., the girl child cried out who would grow into the rocker and

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writer Tori Amos; three years more along time’s travels, in 1966, the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee took shape out of the consolidation of two earlier drives to unionize in the agricultural sector; an exact year additional around the sun, in 1967, the scientist who initially formulated a birth control pill, Norman Pincus, spent his final day alive; four years hence, in 1971, J. Edgar Hoover and John Mitchell announced the arrest of twenty of the so-called Camden 28, Catholic antiwar activists who broke into a Draft Board and destroyed files; three hundred sixty-six days later, in 1972, the International Olympics Committee expelled Rhodesia, while protesters disclaimed the Vietnam ‘peace policy’ of Nixon’s government at the Republican National Convention in Miami; another year thereafter, in 1973, Chile’s Legislature issued a resolution condemning Salvador Allende’s government and calling for his resignation; five years farther in today’s direction, in 1978, forces of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, despite U.S. support for their fascist oppressor, consolidated their control of Managua and took over the National Palace, and the respected journalist and founding father of modern Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta, breathed his last; three hundred sixty-five days later than that, in 1979, renowned storyteller James T. Farrell died; another year still more in proximity to the present point in time, in 1980, the American Clothing and Textile Workers Union leader Joyce Williams became the first female member of the AFL-CIO Executive Committee; twenty-eight years back, the estimable thinker and activist Huey Newton breathed no more; seven years beyond that passing, in 1996, the faux ‘progressive’ President, Bill Clinton, signed a bill that gutted human services in the United States and essentially declared war on poor people; an additional seven years in time’s tidal pull to today, in 2003, Alabama’s Supreme Court Chief Justice faced a suspension from duty because he refused to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments in front of the State’s judicial building; the very next year, in 2004, across the Atlantic and North Sea in Norway, thieves at an Oslo museum absconded with The Scream and The Madonna, two of Edvard Munch’s most popular paintings; three years nearer still to today, in 2007, a Storm botnet program successfully hijacked e-mail accounts and sent out nearly sixty million bogus messages, and the poet and critic and short story master Grace Paley sang her swan song.  

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 Interesting People Places Things of Note 

Ian Welsh Analyses Fascism

An Ian Welsh definition that is very important to read at this time: “Th above idea, because they were called National Socialists, tends not to die.

The Nazis reduced wages and shattered unions. Being a socialist got you sent to a camp.”

 Writers Tools Issues 

Bilingual Ruminations

A Lit Hub post that views the consequences that possessing multiple language skills has on writing: “Now, I’m not saying that the way I found to put this distance between me and my family was to write in a foreign language, but I can’t honestly say that it wasn’t, either. I really don’t know. I don’t like imagining my mother dead, but it’s true that I don’t like imagining her reading my stuff either. Yet there’s no way around it. She has me on google alert. She will read this before I know it went up. She will have to read it in English, though, and that will put a distance between her and the French daughter she raised. I want my mother to live a long and healthy life, and I also want to write unencumbered by a fear that she might hate what I’ve written, so maybe writing in English is my way to go around that. A screen. If something bothers her, I know she’ll have an excuse to believe that maybe she didn’t fully understand it.”

 General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues 

Fake News About Real Capitalism

A Wall Street on Parade look at the role of Wall Street with fake news: “What is happening ever so subtly over time is that the unprecedented greed, corruption and unrestrained manufacture of fraudulent securities by iconic brands on Wall Street that actually caused the crash are getting a gentle rewrite. The insidious danger of this is that Wall Street is never reformed or adequately regulated – that it remains a skulking financial monster with its unseen tentacles wrapped tightly around every economic artery of American life, retaining its ever present strangulation potential.”

 

 General Past & Present Issues 

India Pakistan Partition Analysis

A World Socialist Web Site article that looks at a seminal event in India’s history: “Seventy years ago this week, on August 15, 1947, South Asia’s British colonial overlords transferred power to an “independent” Indian government headed by the Indian National Congress of Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi.”

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