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Court Ruling on Labor Board Harms Workers

RoseAnn DeMoro
San Francisco Chronicle
When the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled Friday to overturn President Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, it handed a huge gift to Wall Street, big corporations and the politicians they control.

Civil Disobedience Needed Against Keystone XL Pipeline

From Walden to the White House - We are watching a global crisis unfold before our eyes, and to stand aside and let it happen -- even though we know how to stop it -- would be unconscionable. We can't afford to lose a single major battle. That's why the Sierra Club's Board of Directors has for the first time endorsed an act of peaceful civil disobedience (two items).

Dispatches from the Culture Wars - Guns & Rosa edition

Published by Portside
America's 10 `Most Hated' Brands; Sundance 2013: Are Filmmakers Vain or Nostalgic?; Science journalism's great divide; What Would Karl and Rosa Say?; How the NRA Became an Organization for Aspiring Vigilantes; Why Old Men Find Young Women's Voices So Annoying; What Downton Abbey Can Tell Us about Class in America Today; Music Exhibit Recalls Another Time For Jews and Blacks

Teacher boycott of standardized test in Seattle spreads

Valerie Strauss
The Washington Post
A boycott of Washington state’s mandated standardized test by teachers at a Seattle school is spreading to other schools and winning support across the country, including from the two largest teachers’ unions, parents, students, researchers and educators.

Nonprofit Spends Big on Politics Despite IRS

Michael Beckel
The Center for Public Integrity
A cadre of wealthy business executives and conservative groups tried to sell California voters on new campaign finance reforms.Couched in lofty rhetoric about the importance of cutting off money from special interests to politicians and other regulations favored by reformers, their proposal sought to ban the practice of using payroll deductions for political expenditures — a popular method of union fundraising: The story of the American Fund and Proposition 32.

Egypt Aflame Over Protests

Carl Finamore
Counterpunch
Late this evening, President Mohammad Morsi declared Emergency Law in three provinces around the Suez Canal that are ablaze in protests. He frankly conceded the government was losing control. ... there is absolutely no doubt that both the military and the Muslim Brotherhood government were caught completely off guard by angry, increasingly intense protests, immediately following what were already massive anti-government actions in Tahrir Square and elsewhere.

Focus Voters' Anger on Corporations, Not Just Republicans

Gordon Lafer
Labor Notes
Now that we're well past the euphoria of election night, it's time to consider what the vote really meant, and how unions can move forward. First, it's clear that we in labor can't dedicate ourselves to "holding the president accountable" because Obama is not, in fact, accountable to us. He raised $1 billion for his re-election, and most of it was not from us.

The Rise of the Permanent Temp Economy

Erin Hatton
The New York Times
Politicians across the political spectrum herald “job creation,” but frightfully few of them talk about what kinds of jobs are being created. Low-wage, temporary jobs have become so widespread that they threaten to become the norm. How did we arrive at this state of affairs?

Still on Strike, a Bus Union Sees a Threat to Its Culture

Al Baker
The New York Times
Each August, just before the start of school, more than 1,000 drivers for the Atlantic Express school bus company gather in a lot in the shadow of Citi Field in Flushing, Queens. For the drivers, it is the event of the year, one repeated at lots all over the city, and is known simply as “the pick.”

Origami: A Blend of Sculpture and Mathematics

Marina Koren
Smithsonian Magazine
The shape of a Pringle, mathematically speaking, is called a hyperbolic paraboloid. Artists have been folding paper into this shape for years. The twist? Hyperbolic paraboloids shouldn’t exist in origami—it’s impossible to make such a 3D shape using only the creases pressed into paper by hand. By that logic, some of Erik Demaine’s artwork shouldn’t exist either.

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