December 1, 2014 | Posted in:Uncategorized

Chapter Twenty-Six

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Well, hell.  Something is coming of the Chilean piece, come what may.  More to the point of what our job is, we seem to have a context for completion, come what may. 

Alicia’s boosting our calling James rescued my fucking chestnuts—which we don’t manage to buy at Greenlife tonight, by the way.  He comes over, thunks a time or two on the pipe, and ‘Bob’s your Uncle!’  The next thing we know, he’s taken it off and filled a couple of buckets with black slime, and the stove will draw a cigarette or a fire either one. 

Our little snit about Danielle’s ideation—with her mother’s admission that Ms. D. is the issue of her ‘father’s’ son and all that implies—is psychological gold, were we looking for a film.  We eat hotdogs in Black Mountain, and Jimbo is up till five posting a second Victor Jara Draft and more.

A note to Tikkun follows.  “Hey there!


I’ve written something that raises important points that are non-existent, or close to that, in dialogs like this.  If I’m correct that these ideas are crucial, then the agenda for such gatherings as this need to provide a specific and clear place on the agenda for a discussion of these matters.


Here’s a link:  I’d be happy to make a presentation.


However, whatever the case may be in that regard, approaching electoral politics without a comprehension of the actual history and political economy of this sphere of life will lead nowhere that we want to go, except by blind good luck.  Metaphors and ‘strategies’ to advance those metaphors, or the so-called ‘Democrats’ who supposedly embody those metaphors, will prove fruitless in moving the lives of people forward.”

Arturo Araya Peeters – Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre

El Capitán de Navío Arturo Araya Peeters (m. 27 de julio de 1973) fue un marino chileno, edecán del presidente de Chile Salvador Allende. Asesinado a balazos el 27 de julio de 1973 por miembros del grupo de extrema derecha “Patria y Libertad”.


A Thought for the Day

Inasmuch as knowledge matters, then access to literacy and information and the tools to process, analyze, and understand the available data are central to attaining any awareness that is both useful and powerful, as opposed to beliefs—which all too often pass as knowledge but barely qualify as propaganda, since they are so clearly fatuous and false—that merely act as ideological propositions that serve rulers’ agendas and schemes but have nothing positive to add to community or grassroots empowerment or progress.
Quote of the Day

That’s not it.  That’s not it at all.  You always have a tendency to add.  But one must be able to subtract too.  It’s not enough to integrate, you must also disintegrate.  That’s the way life is.  That’s philosophy.  That’s science.  That’s progress, civilization.”  The character, The Professor, in the play, The Lesson, by Eugene Ionesco:


This Day in History

In India, today is Constitution Day; four hundred seven years prior to this day, the male infant who would grow up to preach and found Harvard University took his first breath; James Cook two hundred thirty-six years back became the first European visitor to the Island of Maui in the Hawaiian archipelago; Notre Dame started operation as a Catholic University one hundred and seventy-two years before this day; one hundred fifty-one years ago, President Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving, echoing George Washington’s and Congress’ pronouncements on the same day seventy-four years before, in 1789; just two years hence in 1865, 5,000 miles to the South, Chilean naval operatives used duplicity and expert gunnery to disable and capture a Spanish vessel, effectively establishing the Andean nation’s control of its coasts against Spain; Sojourner Truth drew her last breath a hundred thirty-one years ago, aged eighty six years; a baby boy was born a century and five years back, who destiny tapped as the absurdist dramatist Eugene Ionesco; three years afterward, across the Atlantic, another baby boy came into the world, who would grow up to become acclaimed journalist Eric Sevareid; ninety-two years back, two Englishmen entered King Tut’s tomb, the first human presence there in three millennia, and the first widely released movie to use Technicolor came on the market, and the baby boy was born who grew up as Charles Schulz, the creator of the comic strip, Peanuts; seventy-two years before the here-and-now, partisan anti-fascists held the first Yugoslav-wide meeting in Bosnia to organize operations against Nazi Germany; sixty-five years prior to the present pass, India’s legislature approved the Constitution that prevails to this day; a year later, as U.S. forces approached the Korean border with China, Chinese troops launched a massive counterattack on the American and U.N. forces that put to rest notions of a quick ‘free-world’ victory; twenty-eight years ago, Ronald Reagan, following his Attorney General’s admissions the day before, made the announcement that authorized the formation of a commission to investigate the Iran Contra scandal; Florida’s Secretary of State fourteen years back presented the final results of the 2000 election, certifying George W. Bush as the Presidential victor; five years later, iconic children’s book author Stan Berenstain died; three years back, a North Atlantic Treaty Organization strike force killed twenty-odd Pakistani’s at a border checkpoint that the NATO combatants had attacked by mistake.


beliefs OR opinions OR faith versus OR contradistinction OR juxtaposition knowledge OR understanding OR awareness “human consciousness” evolution dialectic OR polarity analysis = 302,000 Results.



CONCEPTUALIZING RACE, OPPOSING RACISM    A set of curated briefs of recent publications and investigations into matters of color and bigotry and social equality and more: “I attended the #FacingRace14 conference and I’m still processing that experience, but one of the most interesting breakout sessions I attended was about research on language, perceptions and ‘racial anxiety.’  So, I’m using that as a jumping off point to share some related research in today’s research brief.   As always, I note which pieces are freely available on the web, or “open access” with (OA), and those behind a paywall with (locked).”


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NIEMAN FELLOWSHIP PENDING    The announcement from the Nieman Journalism Lab about upcoming deadlines–January 15 for U.S. Citizens–for the Nieman Journalism Fellowship and other opportunities: “They have in common a passion for journalism and have brought to Harvard an exciting set of questions they are exploring individually and as a class. And, yes, a mere three months into their work, some have already declared it the best year of their lives. We now start the process that will lead us to next year’s class of fellows.”

WORDPRESS‘ LONGFORM WRITING 201     A course from WordPress that might appeal to at least a few scrappy scribes: “Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post is a four-week course to help those beginning to explore longform writing (or who are frustrated with their past attempts).  Each week, we’ll focus on a different kind of piece, working our way from interviews — one of the easiest ways to get started with longer pieces — through instructional pieces and opinion pieces, ending with a personal essay.  It’s the product of a range of writers and editors, including the founders and editors at Longreads – folks who know a thing or two about high word counts.”


UNION MERGER OF NOTE   In a significant development North of the border, Canada’s Telecommunication Union’s lopsided majority decision to merge with the United Steelworkers, as reported in Rabble.Ca’s weekly labor newsletter, offering a glimpse at a model that might make sense in many contexts of the current moment: “In the face of declining union density, legislative attacks on labour, and increasing financial pressures, union mergers have become a popular tactic for union rejuvenation in the Canadian labour movement, the argument being that there is strength in numbers — and pooled resources.  Last year two of Canada’s largest private sector unions, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP), entered into an historic merger forming Unifor, now Canada’s largest private sector union.  This will become the USW’s 19th merger in recent years, but ‘its not just about numbers,’ said Steelworker’s President Ken Neumann.  ‘For each and every time that we’ve had a merger I can honestly and truly say that we become a better organization for the numbers coming in and the numbers that we represent, and I truly believe that there’s nothing about this merger(that isn’t dandy).  They’re basically in many places where we are and that will help us mobilize even further in those communities.'”


PLAGIARISM’S PROBLEMATIC PRACTICE     An examination from Columbia Journalism Review that conceives of journalism’s issue with plagiarism as a combination of vague definition and very uneven application of rules and punishments and such: “A University of Maryland study found similar ambiguity in 76 newspaper plagiarism cases between 1997 and 2006.  Forty-three of those offenders — 56 percent — lost their jobs, with the rate of punishment steadily increasing from minor to major to repeated infractions.  Perhaps more interestingly, the papers’ word choice in publicly responding to those crimes largely correlated with their eventual sanctions — ‘plagiarism’ typically garnered termination while synonymously described offenses earned lesser punishments.”


HUNGER GAMES TYPOLOGIES     An assessment from Good Magazine of the cultural phenomenon of Hunger Games, arguably an important aspect of present mediation for scrappy scribes, all of which begins with a comparison to Stravinsky’s controversial Rite of Spring: “(P)erhaps … the ballet’s depiction of… ritualistic pagan sacrifice … caused the real unease, especially given the political climate in France and beyond during the slow, scary buildup to the first World War.  Younger attendees, anxious over looming world affairs, may have found themselves a bit too sympathetic to the plight of the young girl being slaughtered—by tribal leaders hoping to appease vaguely explained forces and maintain the status quo.   The Hunger Games, that wildly popular young adult book and film series depicting a futuristic dystopia where a totalitarian power structure televises its brutality of young ‘tributes’ supposedly chosen by chance as a means of preventing any uprisings, features a lead heroine in a similarly sympathetic position.”


ABOUT TO HIT THE FAN IN FERGUSON       A deeply reported update from Ferguson that came out just as the Grand Jury was about to issue its decision not to indict Michael Brown’s killer, in the run-up to which most police forces have become more militaristic and aggressive while the officer with whom Guardian’s reporter is speaking has a more community-oriented and civil libertarian view: “The chats proceeded amid loud chanting and drumming from a crowd fearful that the grand jury, whose decision is expected in the coming days, will decline to charge Wilson, 28, with crimes such as murder or manslaughter.  The jurors, who have been meeting weekly for three months, are due to reconvene on Monday.  Despite the decision of Lohr and several other officers to remain in regular dress, as the protest grew a group of officers from the county and the Missouri state highway patrol emerged in riot gear.  Dozens of demonstrators had spent hours marching through Ferguson in the rain.  Some shouted abuse at the line of armoured officers.  Agreeing that African Americans experienced systematic disadvantages in the US justice system, Lohr warned: ‘I’m not a sociologist, I’m not a psychologist, that wasn’t what I went to college for.’  In fact, Lohr, 41, earned a degree in economics from Vanderbilt University.”


A SCIENCE OF EQUALITY      A research monograph about race that seeks to develop a ‘science of equality’ with which those who’ve committed themselves to social justice can develop tools and approaches to forestall further violence and social devolution that stem from bigotry and supremacist thinking: “Last year, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, honoring the historic struggles for racial equity and justice waged during the Civil Rights Movement.  And yet in the last few years, we have seen far too many killings of unarmed black young people rise to the level of national public consciousness, some within the span of just a few months.  With each death, we’ve committed a new name to memory: Jonathan Crawford III in Ohio; Eric Garner in New York; Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Renisha McBride in Michigan; Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis in Florida; and Jonathan Ferrell in North Carolina.  And the list is growing.  With each new name, we’ve learned their unique personal histories and debated different accounts of what might have happened in each instance.  Mostly, we have mourned the eerily familiar similarity in each of their tragic deaths.”


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