How Much More Environmental Injustice

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October 24, 2016
It is with deep concern that I write to address the ongoing travesty inflicted on the residents of one small, impoverished community: Uniontown, Perry County, in Alabama's Black Belt. My family has lived in Uniontown for many generations and, as a longtime resident, I have observed with sadness the harmful effects, distress, and heartache Uniontown citizens have experienced since the establishment of Arrowhead Landfill.
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Riskes: Oil Refinery Merger in California

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October 24, 2016
In a region known for being among the worst nationally for its air quality, plans are marching briskly forward on a proposed integration project that will combine operations at two sprawling oil refineries near Southern California's Long Beach area, expanding it into the single largest oil refinery by far on the nation's West Coast.
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Public Sector Pensions Under Attack

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October 24, 2016
Call it the tale of two pension crises. In June, the Los Angeles Times’ business pages looked at the looming retirement savings disaster caused by the nearly 40-year transition from traditional employer-sponsored defined-benefit pensions to individual 401(k) plans — a sea change in retirement insecurity, it noted, that “has been a failure for all but the wealthiest Americans.”
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Hurricane Matthew: Reparations to Haiti

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October 24, 2016
One week after Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti, many on social media are suggesting it's time for France to repay its debt to the country.
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ALBA's Vitality vs Neoliberal Living Dead

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October 24, 2016
The ALBA countries outperformed the wealthiest countries in the region during the world’s most serious economic crisis in nearly a century.
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Nurses Are Caretakers, Not Scientists, Wrong.

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October 23, 2016
In fact, they've been doing scientific research since the days of Florence Nightingale
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Sympathy for the Devil?

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October 23, 2016
The numbers will be clear: downscale whites are a big pool of untapped votes. Yet if a cordon sanitaire is placed around that demographic territory and hung with the notorious label, “Trump Vote,” the Democrats will be even more likely to let the party system drift down its current path: into the culture-war politics of the reactionary Tammany-versus-Klan 1920s, rather than the class-based politics that followed.
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Why Trump's Male Chauvinism Appeals to Some

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October 23, 2016
Assuming that not even Donald Trump can destroy American democracy, the real challenge begins for whoever is sworn in as president on January 20 2017. Americans need more economic security for their enlightened sides to shine through again. This means more good jobs at living wages for men as well as women. Only then can the country begin to close the social chasms revealed and fueled by Trump’s campaign.
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When the Election Is Over, It Won't Be Done

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October 23, 2016
What to expect if Trump loses? More attempts at gridlock, and more anger, and an ever-widening opening for the extremist right to dig their heels further into the GOP.
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Voter Suppression Is the Real Problem

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October 23, 2016
Trump’s rigged election lies distract from the real threat to American democracy. You’re more likely to be struck by lightning than impersonate another voter at the polls. The real danger to American democracy stems from GOP efforts to make it harder to vote.
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Portside Culture

Food Preferences Learned in Social Contexts

Jim Logan
A main finding from this research is that babies learning about food is fundamentally social. When they see someone eat a food, they can use the person’s reaction to the food to learn about the food itself, such as whether it is edible, and also to learn about the people who are eating the food.

You Do Not Have the Right to Remain Silent (a Rant)

Terry Adams
World of Change edited by David Madgalene
Poet Terry Adams lives in the house formerly occupied by the hipster Ken Kesey, famous for his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the influence of the latter on the former may give a clue for understanding the style and point of Adams’s poem dealing with the rights and wrongs of the universe.

The Realest Thing You've Ever Seen

Robert Christgau
Barnes and Noble Review
With this book, Springsteen has joined the ranks of those musicians who have also produced first-rate autobiographies. Indeed, the musician's biography has developed into its own literary genre. Long-time music critic Christgau offers a detailed appreciation of this important memoir.

Developing Foods for Millennials

Lauren R. Hartman
Food Processing Magazine
Millennials value freshness, authenticity, daring flavors and atypical eating occasions (like snacking). Food & beverage developers capitalize on the food buying behaviors, influences, nutritional concerns and vast eating potential of this age group.

Portside Labor

Women in Iceland to Leave Work at 2:38 PM

Vala Hafstad
Iceland Review
Women in Iceland strike over the gender pay gap. The first Women's Day Off was held on October 24, 1975. While the gap is closing, it would take another 50 years at the current pace in order to achieve parity.

Argentine Women March in Black Against Gruesome Gang Rape

Tens of thousands of women rallied across Argentina in response to a call for a national strike against gender violence. The labor strike also aimed to emphasize the crucial role of women in the country's economy as well as highlight the fact that they have been the first victims of massive layoffs by the current right-wing government. Organizers highlighted the link that makes poor and disadvantaged women more vulnerable to sexual violence.

Two Federal Unions Cling to Trump, Despite Everything

Joe Davidson
The Washington Post
If his racist, misogynistic, narcissistic campaign does win, two unions representing thousands of federal law enforcement officers will have been accomplices. Even as dozens of Republican stalwarts flee Trump, no longer able to stomach the latest vulgar demonstration of his character, the National Border Patrol Council and the National ICE Council remain in his throng.

Supporting Guyana’s Sugar Workers

Kevin Brice-Lall
The history of the sugar workers in Guyana and their union GAWU is one of international solidarity. Today, however, many of the ties which once united unions in Canada, Britain, and the US to Guyana have disappeared. The current struggle against closures and privatization of the sugar industry in Guyana are an opportunity to rebuild solidarity in the fight against austerity everywhere.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on October 21, 2016

Third party candidates want to be serious contenders, so John Oliver considers them seriously as potential presidents.

Posted by Portside on October 21, 2016

Music video by Leonard Cohen performing You Want It Darker. 

Posted by Portside on October 21, 2016

The difference between complexity and entropy, and how complex things like life can arise from disorder. 

Posted by Portside on October 22, 2016

The Park of Friendship in Tijuana gives separated families a chance to talk across the border

Posted by Portside on October 22, 2016

Stone flakes made by capuchin monkeys look remarkably similar to stone tools made by early humans 2-3 million years ago, raising questions about the archaeological record.

Posted by Portside on October 14, 2016

In a speech for the history books, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama forcefully denounced the words, actions, and candidacy of Donald Trump.

Posted by Portside on October 14, 2016

Already at 22, Dylan rasps out images in A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall that are elliptical, prophetic, apocalyptic and uncompromising. If this isn't poetry, what is?