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Friday Nite Videos -- September 26, 2014

September 26, 2014
The Redskins' Name -- Catching Racism. Johnny Cash -- Hurt. Forward 13: Waking Up the American Dream. Emma Watson at United Nations: This Is Feminism. John Oliver: Miss America Pageant.

Sugar Substitutes Linked to Obesity

September 26, 2014
Researchers noted a correlation between clinical signs of metabolic disorder — such as increasing weight or decreasing efficiency of glucose metabolism — and consumption of artificial sweeteners. The findings could cause a headache for the food industry.

The NFL’s Concussion Problem Still Has Not Gone Away

September 26, 2014
Over the past two seasons, 306 players have suffered a combined 323 concussions, according to team injury reports. As Concussion Watch kicks off for a third straight season, 15 players have already been added to the list for head injuries from the preseason and Week 1.

The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

September 26, 2014
Bloomberg View
The Fed encourages its employees to keep their heads down, to obey their managers and to appease the banks. That is, bank regulators failed to do their jobs properly not because they lacked the tools but because they were discouraged from using them.

Hyatt to Pay Ousted Workers $1m in Boycott-Ending Deal

September 26, 2014
Boston Globe
Five years ago, Hyatt Hotels in Boston fired workers after making them train their replacements. HERE Local 26 has backed these non-union workers in their fight. After five years they have won.

Burning Ideas: Celebrating Banned Books Week

September 25, 2014
Banned Books Week, the annual end of September "celebration of the freedom to read," brings to light the fact that around 11,300 books have been challenged since a consortium of literary-minded sponsors established the event in 1982. Challenges are defined as attempts to remove the title from libraries or schools, and in 2013, 307 were reported to the American Library Association's (ALA) Office of Intellectual Freedom.

For Muslim New Yorkers, a Long Path from Surveillance to Civil Rights

September 25, 2014
The Nation - September 29, 2014 edition
For years, Muslim New Yorkers have been spied on, not heard; now they're finding their political voice. As the gears of federal government have ground to a halt, a new energy has been rocking the foundations of our urban centers. From Atlanta to Seattle and points in between, cities have begun seizing the initiative, transforming themselves into laboratories for progressive innovation. This is the latest in the The Nation's series, Cities Rising.

How to Talk Occupation at a Rosh Hashanah Dinner and Make it Out Alive

September 25, 2014
+972 Magazine
What were you thinking? Everyone in the family noticed that anti-war status you posted this summer, and the hasbara video they sent that you didn't `like.' Tonight they are going to air it all. The keyword of the evening: ISIS. You're going to hear it a lot. Because the Israeli leftist is a specimen: an object to identify, educate, and if that doesn't work, to chop up and make meatballs out of.

Ungrateful Ants: A Response to Chelsea Manning's Strategy to Leave `Self Contained' Enclaves for IS to Rule

September 25, 2014
Women Living Under Muslim Laws
A response to Chelsea Manning's strategy to leave `self contained' enclaves for IS to rule - it is a crude, self righteous, inhuman lack of consideration for the populations involved, on the ground, and for what they want for themselves. (Response to original piece in The Guardian and re-posted on Portside.)

Tidbits - September 25, 2014 - Lots of 'em

September 25, 2014
Reader Comments - People's Climate March, Greening of the Labor Movement, What Next; ISIS, Syria, Iraq, Muslim Fundamentalism; Ongoing War in Middle East; Elizabeth Warren and Israel; Theodore Roosevelt; Emmett Till, Michael Brown - Ongoing Struggle for Racial Justice; Guns and the Southern Freedom Struggle; Texas School Text Books; Military Weaponry in Schools - WTF?; Socialism, Worker Cooperatives; Today in History; Abraham Lincoln Brigade celebrations

Work in the Age of Anxiety

September 25, 2014
The rise of precarious labor in Canada, combined with the deliberate creation of fear through constant surveillance, the security apparatus and the demonization and criminalization of dissent, starts to answer the question of why there is no militant resistance to savage capitalism or even sustained social solidarity.

L.A. City Council Votes for Minimum-Wage Hike to $15.37 at Big Hotels

September 24, 2014
Los Angeles Times
The higher hotel wage was the product of two years of organizing by a coalition that included labor unions, more than a dozen neighborhood councils, the ACLU and other nonprofits, which billed the measure as a critical step in addressing poverty.

Unions In The Firing Line

September 24, 2014
Morning Star
In the last few years trade unions have led the fight against cutbacks in Greece. These fights, although not stopping these cuts, have changed the political scenery of the country.