Friday Nite Videos -- August 26, 2016

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August 26, 2016
Protests at Standing Rock. Van Jones: Trump #KoolAid. Our Revolution Launch. Hillary's Email Scandal Continues. The Exoplanet Next Door.
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Rumble in the Alt-Right Thunderdome

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August 26, 2016
The alt-right is a fringe bolstered by decades of Republican politicians—yes, even those that Clinton has extended a helping hand to—engaging in dog-whistle politics, cozying up to nativist movements, and guilt-tripping the poor and downtrodden.
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Why a Single-Payer System Is Inevitable

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August 26, 2016
The real choice in the future is either a hugely expensive for-profit oligopoly with the market power to charge high prices even to healthy people and stop insuring sick people. Or else a government-run single payer system.
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Anti-Gun Dildo Campaign Begins at UT

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August 26, 2016
Dildos are about as effective as guns when it comes to preventing shootings, protest organizers say.
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Soccer - Celtic Solidarity with Palestine

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August 25, 2016
The defiant display of Palestinian flags in Glasgow last week by Scottish fans of the Celtic soccer team raised over $200,000 in donations online, all marked for two Palestinian charitable groups. Activist fans of Scotland's Celtics soccer team - the working-class, historically progressive community already facing punishment for flying Palestinian flags at a recent game against Israel to protest the Occupation - have launched the fundraiser.
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The Disturbing Dawn Of The Alt-Right

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August 25, 2016
Trump's nationalism is absolutely about ethno-purity and an element of populism as well, although it's clearly a's largely about wounded national pride which has been a potent motivating force on the American right for a very long time. The reason Trump is now playing the conservative anthem "Proud To Be An American" at his rallies is: Good old fashioned jingoism - the one thing that brings the old right, the new right and...
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Why Solidarity Between M4BL and Palestine

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August 25, 2016
Critics of solidarity between the Movements for Black Lives and the Palestinian struggle miss how concepts like apartheid are not meant to apply only when there is perfect equivalence between two situations. They also apply when the experiences of two oppressed groups share common features.
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Turkey in Syria - What it Means - Two Views

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August 25, 2016
The Turks don't want a Kurdish mini-state on their frontier any more than the Syrians want to lose territory to the Kurds (and neither do the Iranians, nor do the Russians want a Kurdish state on their border). And, Turkey is warming up to Russia and Iran in a bid to exit before a total rout of its proxies in Syria. Here Robert Fisk and Vijay Prashad present two nuanced perspectives.
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Tidbits - August 25, 2016

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August 25, 2016
Reader Comments: Douglas and Lochte- Tale of Black and White; Temp Organizing Gets Big Boost; New Memorial Will Honor Victims of Lynching; Black Lives Matter; Progressive Groups Demand Clinton Publicly Oppose Lame-Duck TPP Vote; Henry Kissinger; More response to Portside post on Syria; Announcements: Labor Journalism Award-Apply Now; Thirty-six Views of One World Trade Center; Peace in Colombia - What Can I Do?; Faculty Condemn New McCathyite Canary Mission Blacklist
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Portside Culture


Cortney Lamar Charleston
The The Poetry
This poem is about flowers. Or maybe not only about flowers. Or maybe not. But Cortney Lamar Charleston's poem will make you think twice or even more times if it's about flowers. Or not.

The Genius of James Brown

Geoffrey O'Brien
New York Review of Books
Even in the era of the Beatles and Motown's roster of stars, the brilliant James Brown established a place that was his alone. His was not about magic, it was about power that could not be denied by anyone brought within its field of influence.

Socialism in America

Harold Meyerson
The upsurge in interest in the ideas of Socialism also means a reassessment of its traditions. Jack Ross offers a new, ambitious attempt to come to terms with the history of the Socialist Party in the United States, an organization, and movement, whose story is one of this country's modern legends. In this review, Harold Meyerson, who, as he points out, was a part of this history, takes a look.

In Ixcanul, Guatemala’s First-Ever Oscar Entry

Nikola Grozdanovic
Jayro Bustamante‘s debut feature “Ixcanul” generates its power from an intimate observance of the quotidian. As such, its titular volcano — the translation of Ixcanul in the Mayan K’iche’ dialect spoken in Guatemala — is the least volcanic thing in it. Steeped in a culture rarely observed on screen and filmed entirely in Kaqchikel, Bustamante’s film explores a clash between reproductive rights and tradition.

'The Get Down' is the Queer Hip-Hop History We've Been Waiting For

Jamilah King
Hip-hop has always been queer. Some of its very first hitmakers were part of, if not closely adjacent to, queer communities, and some of its first musical and technical innovations premiered at gay clubs. But it's not the history fans usually read.


Joshua Clover
Red Epic
Haecceity is derived from a medieval philosophical word meaning the "property" of something that makes it unique to itself--in the case of Joshua Clover's poem, the meaning of the word and principle of "Revolution."

Portside Labor

Socialists Should Aspire Beyond Labour’s Post-War Consensus

Matt Widowson
Morning Star
By all means, look to the past. Learn and be inspired, but do not try to turn the clock back. The ultimate aim of socialism should be the abolition of capitalism — anything less than this is reformism in the service of capital. Socialists may disagree about the pace of transition, or the means of enacting revolutionary change — but their ultimate aim must be the end of capitalism.

Race and Beyond: Why Black Women’s Equal Pay Day Matters

Gabrielle Bozarth and Naomi Kellogg
Center for American Progress
"Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which observes the amount of time it takes the average black woman to earn the same pay that the average white man earns in one calendar year." Black women only make 60 percent of what white male counterparts make. This is a clear example of the importance of race and gender in determining salary.

U.S. Labor Board: Graduate Students at Private Colleges Can Unionize

Robert Iafolla
The National Labor Relations Board's decision on Columbia University graduate students seeking to unionize only applies to private colleges. Organizing rights for graduate students at public colleges depend on each state's labor laws. Graduate students have formed unions in more than a dozen states.

California’s $15 Minimum Wage Earthquake!

Martin J. Bennett
The California minimum wage earthquake is shaking up state and national politics. There is a powerful lesson from the $15 minimum-wage campaign: only a grassroots movement from below based upon a bold vision for structural reform can change public opinion and pressure government to act.

Workers School Lifts Up Southern Organizing

Dante Strobino
Workers World
The Southern Workers Assembly has been building the Southern Workers School as an important institution to train and develop rank-and-file workers to organize the South. The school has held eight sessions since March tackling issues and basic organizing skills such as learning how to map your workplace and tips for one-on-one discussions with co-workers.

Uber and Lyft Want to Replace Public Buses

Joshua Brustein
Chicago Tribune
In Uber's early days, it said it wanted to be "everyone's private driver." Now the company and its main U.S. competitor, Lyft, are playing around with the idea of becoming the bus driver, too.

For Unions, Sometimes a Lockout Is Better Than a Strike

Peter Olney
Labor Notes
Whether you’re expecting a strike or lockout, the steps are similar—and there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Union-busting law firms pass around the same employer playbook. Our side has rich experience in preparation. Ask for advice and help from combatants who’ve been through a strike or a lockout and emerged victorious.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on August 26, 2016

Lawrence O'Donnell explains why a protest by Native Americans in North Dakota reminds us of the history America always tries to forget.

Posted by Portside on August 26, 2016

CNN correspondent and Dream Corps founder Van Jones rants about the Trump #KoolAid. If you're not with the Donald, you're just plain evil. 

Posted by Portside on August 26, 2016

Bernie's said from the very beginning that no one person can alone accomplish what must be done to turn our country around. We all must do our part.

Posted by Portside on August 26, 2016

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at recent developments in Hillary Clinton's email about the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and access to the State Department.

Posted by Portside on August 26, 2016

Astronomers have discovered evidence of a small, rocky planet orbiting our nearest star. Could Proxima b ever sustain life? The little planet orbits our sun’s nearest neighboring star, Proxima Centauri.

Posted by Portside on August 19, 2016

A dynamic new memorial to lynching victims seeks to inspire local efforts to make the history of racial terror in America more visible and tangible, challenging each county where a racial terror lynching took place to permanently install a memorial to the victim.

Posted by Portside on August 19, 2016



An Equal Justice Initiative project is engaging hundreds of people to collect soil at lynching sites and to create community remembrance projects that tell the stories of lynching victims.