Hacker-Proof Code Confirmed

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September 25, 2016
Computer scientists can prove certain programs to be error-free with the same certainty that mathematicians prove theorems. The advances are being used to secure everything from unmanned drones to the internet. However, they're not claiming they are going to prove an entire system is correct, 100 percent reliable in every bit, down to the circuit level. "That’s ridiculous to make those claims."
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New Election Laws

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September 25, 2016
Courts are scrambling to rule on state election laws in time for the elections being held later this year.
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Donald Trump Lied About His Mob Connections

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September 25, 2016
No other presidential candidate has had such an extensive and publicly known record of business deals with mob associates—and of making false and contradictory statements to keep these dirty connections from becoming a major campaign controversy.
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Reclaiming William Morris

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September 25, 2016
Anyone even remotely familiar with Morris’s life and work will understand why it’s a little shocking that the Royal Navy has used his prints in nuclear submarines. A well-known leftist, Morris became highly critical of Britain’s imperialist ambitions during the 1880s and actively campaigned as a communist, speaking at demonstrations and rallies across the country.
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Corporate Profits Way Up, Taxes Way Down

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September 25, 2016
Corporations are stashing billions of dollars offshore to avoid paying taxes.
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The High Cost of Chile's Privatized Water

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September 24, 2016
Promoted by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the Chilean model for the commodification of water has changed the way water is valued and managed globally. But with water availability to Chile’s capital predicted to fall 40% by 2070, Chileans are demanding the government prioritize human and ecological needs over profit and scrap the neoliberal scheme that began with the privatization of the nation’s water under the Pinochet dictatorship.
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Mass. High Court Says Black Men May Have Legi

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September 24, 2016
Matthew Segal, the legal director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, called the decision "a powerful ruling" that demonstrates what role courts can play in addressing community concerns about policing.
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How Racial Disparity Does Not Help Make Sense

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September 24, 2016
I want simply to draw attention to how insistence on reducing discussion of killings of civilians by police to a matter of racism clouds understanding of and possibilities for effective response to the deep sources of the phenomenon.
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Jobs, Justice, and the Clean-Energy Future

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September 24, 2016
The Clean Energy Future will provide many new jobs for each that is lost. There will, however, be fewer jobs in coal, oil, and gas extraction and burning and in nuclear energy. For example, there will be about 100,000 fewer jobs each year in mining and extraction compared to the business-as-usual scenario. The report calls for a "just transition" for the workers who hold those jobs, including "assistance in training and placement in new jobs, or...
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Texas Defied a Court's Voting Rights Order

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September 24, 2016
On Tuesday, Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, the judge overseeing this case, weighed in on Texas' defiance of the court order. And, if the order she issued on Tuesday is any indication, she's pissed.
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Portside Culture

Our Hamburger Hill

Anne Cheilek
"Hamburger Hill," site of a notorious battle in May 1969 in Vietnam, in which American troops made daily frontal assaults on entrenched enemy positions, receiving grisly casualties and causing, for the first time, significant voices of mutiny. On the tenth day, they captured the hill. Then, since it had no military value, the troops were withdrawn. California poet Anne Cheilek succinctly captures the absurdity.

"The Passing of the Great Race" at 100

Noel Hartman
Public Books
A century ago, Madison Grant was one of the most influential racists in the United States. Republican presidents echoed his ideas. He helped shape immigration legislation. His ideas showed up in U.S. literature and popular culture. Adolph Hitler was a fan. In this essay, Noel Hartman focuses on Grant's best-known book and reminds us how some of Grant's ideas have survived and resurfaced in our current presidential campaign.

'Snowden' Isn’t Paranoid Enough

David Sims
The Atlantic
Snowden, Oliver Stone’s new film is a perfunctory biopic about the NSA’s international surveillance programs that lacks his trademark fearlessness. The film feels trite in its efforts to depict America’s ensnarement in the creepy web of online spying.

Welcome to Brazil, Where a Food Revolution Is Changing the Way People Eat

Bridget Huber
The Nation
Latin America is transforming itself into a sort of food-policy laboratory. Some of the reforms they’ve enacted have also been proposed in the United States, but have been thwarted by the food industry and its political allies. Brazil has also made huge progress against poverty and food insecurity while supporting the family farmers who produce 70 percent of the food that Brazilians eat.

Portside Labor

AFL-CIO Constituency Groups Stand with Native Americans to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

Labor Coalition for Community Action
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
We remain committed to fighting the corporate interests that back this project and name this pipeline “a pipeline of corporate greed.” We challenge the labor movement to strategize on how to better engage and include Native people and other marginalized populations into the labor movement as a whole.

Grad Students Who Sign Up To Unionize Are Getting Put On Election Duty

Cora Lewis
BuzzFeed News
The August decision by the National Labor Relations Board to allow grad students to organize is going to help boost the youth vote for Hillary Clinton. The Service Employees International Union is using them for voter registration drives on 45 campuses in 16 states.

In Building Boom Immigrant Workers Face Exploitation

Beth Healy and Megan Woolhouse
The Boston Globe
A Globe investigation found that these workers, eager for a paycheck, are often paid below the prevailing wage and illegally, in cash. They are also the most likely to be subjected to unsafe work conditions, without insurance to cover medical bills or lost pay if they get hurt. And the unscrupulous contractors who employ them are too seldom caught and penalized.

When Labor Laws Left Farm Workers Behind — and Vulnerable to Abuse

Kamala Kelkar
PBS NewsHour
“The original, Southern desire to preserve an exploited, economically deprived non-white agricultural labor force pinned to the bottom of the social and economic hierarchy continues to manifest itself full force,” Law Professor Juan Perea of Loyola University said. “The only difference today is now it’s brown and black people.”

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on September 23, 2016

Reverend Dr. William Barber, President of the North Carolina state chapter of the NAACP, talks about the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and the unrest that has followed in Charlotte.

Posted by Portside on September 23, 2016

Jordan Klepper gets Donald Trump supporters to share their non-reality-based opinions about Hillary Clinton and President Obama.

Posted by Portside on September 23, 2016

Sen. Elizabeth Warren relentlessly demands the meaning of being accountable. Have you resigned? Have you returned one nickel? Have you fired a single senior executive?

Posted by Portside on September 23, 2016

When it opened in 1990, Donald Trump hailed it as the eighth wonder of the world.

Posted by Portside on September 23, 2016

A chilling, Dr. Strangelovian nightmare plays out at a Titan II missile complex in September, 1980. A deadly accident – a falling socket puncturing the fuel tank of an intercontinental ballistic missile  – leads Air Force personnel, weapon designers, and first responders to work feverishly to prevent a calamitous explosion. 

Posted by Portside on September 16, 2016

Senator Bernie Sanders urges his supporters to get over political personalities and take a hard look at issues affecting them before casting a protest vote. 

Posted by Portside on September 16, 2016

Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century.