"5:30 A.M. A few seconds after the normal delivery, Maude Callen holds the healthy child as he fills his lungs and begins to cryby W. Eugene Smith. "Nurse Midwife". Life Magazine December 3, 1951.

The Little Black Boy by William Blake

She took me on her lap and kissed me,

And, pointing to the East, began to say :

‘Look at the rising sun : there God does live,

And gives His light, and gives His heat away,

Continued in Literature and Poetry


"Notes on Nationalism" by George Orwell (Full Text)

He may be a positive or a negative nationalist — that is, he may use his mental energy either in boosting or in denigrating — but at any rate his thoughts always turn on victories, defeats, triumphs and humiliations. He sees history, especially contemporary history, as the endless rise and decline of great power units, and every event that happens seems to him a demonstration that his own side is on the upgrade and some hated rival is on the downgrade. Continued in Political Science 

Creating a Wiki Project as a Tool for Collaboration

The idea of collaboration between a group of individuals who specialize or hold certain knowledge communicating with other individuals who hold knowledge still, is fascinating. While we haven’t seen the application utilized between researchers, writers and investigative reporters, the framework for that type of collaboration is available with this sort of tool. Continued in Data and Information 

The Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Agreement

In July, 2016, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the European Union Commissioner announced the approval of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework (replacing the previous EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Framework.) Beginning on April 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce will cease accepting U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor certifications. Continued in Data and Information 

New York Attorney General Reaches Agreement with Citigroup Global Markets Over Investment Account Overcharges

Under the terms of the agreement, the OAG found that the overcharge of fees by CGMI “violated the Martin Act and Executive Law § 63(12)”. In addition to the approximately $20 million dollars in customer reimbursements and interest payments, CGMI agreed to submit quarterly written reports to the OAG for a period of three-years, and agreed to reimburse the State of New York $1 million dollars as monetary penalty.

The Martin Act, codified in New York General Business Law article 23-A, sections 352–353, provides New York’s AG the investigatory and subpoena power, and empowers the AG to “bring an action in the name and on behalf of the people of the State of New York” against the entity, if fraudulent practices are determined to have occurred. Continued in New York News and Politics 

U.S., Canadian and European Bishops Release Communiqué Calling for Justice and Peace for Palestinians

The statement refers to “ill-will on all sides” as a contributing factor to the impasse in a series of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, but the statement’s primary focus is on the humanitarian crisis which has developed during a ten-year blockade against the Palestinians.

The Bishops called for a two-state solution, and referenced Pope Francis’s prior statement in concern to the peace talks, in which the Pope called for “mutually agreed and internationally recognized borders.” Continued in News and Politics 

Quote Card: Church and State in America by Elisabeth Sifton
Quote Card: Church and State in America by Elisabeth Sifton
“The reaction of people of faith to this tendency of democracy to obscure the divine authority behind government should not be resignation to it, but the resolution to combat it as effectively as possible … Continued in Religion 
Quote Card: William Godwin on Oppression versus Suffering.
Quote Card: William Godwin on Oppression versus Suffering.

“I did not hate the author of my misfortunes – truth and justice acquit me of that; I rather pitied the hard destiny to which he seemed condemned … ” Continued in Political Science

"Vive le Amérique", Hsquared Magazine January 31, 2017, Copyright Hsquared Co. + Studio

Vive le Amérique: Rogue Government Twitter Accounts

Employees of several government agencies have created ‘rogue’ Twitter accounts, in defiance of Donald J. Trump’s attempts at censorship of information government offices traditionally release to U.S. citizens. Continued in News and Politics 

Following the rejection of "The Holy Cross", James Joyce self-published and then had copies hand-delivered to the poem's subjects

The Holy Office, published in 1905, was the second professional work published by James Joyce, the Irish poet, author and satirist. (The first, Et Tu, Healy!, was printed when the author was nine years old, and Joyce had editorials published in the student paper at the University College Dublin.)

The Holy Office has been described as Joyce’s embodiment of the writer’s “general attitude toward the nationalistic literati”, who included W.B. Yeats, Padraic Colum, W.K. Magee, and George Russell, – all whom became subjects of Joyce’s stanzas within the poem. Continued in Literature and Poetry 


Edward R. Murrow's Response to Senator Joseph McCarthy, April 15, 1954

Edward R. Murrow and producer Fred W. Friendly produced a one-half hour special episode of See It Now on Senator Joseph McCarthy titled A Report on Joseph McCarthy. Murrow and Friendly paid for advertisements for the special, as CBS would not finance the promotion. The special aired on March 9, 1954. Murrow offered Senator Joseph McCarthy a chance to respond and McCarthy appeared on the program on April 9, 1954. During the program, McCarthy said of his appearance on CBS’s program, “I feel justified in doing so because Murrow is a symbol, a leader, and the cleverest of the jackal pack which is always found at the throat of anyone who dares to expose individual Communists and traitors.” Following McCarthy’s appearance on the program, Murrow produced another segment titled Response to Senator Joseph McCarthy. Continued in Government 

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