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Dark Money Spending in Key Senate Races 'Shattering' Records

October 21, 2014
http://commondreams.org/news/2014/10/21/dark-money-spending-key-senate-races-shattering-records-report
Common Dreams
The report, "Election Spending 2014: 9 Toss-Up Senate Races", found that outside spending by undisclosed "dark money" groups is on track to "shatter previous records."

Ebola Galvanizes Workers Battling to Join Unions, Improve safety

October 21, 2014
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/21/health-ebola-usa-unions-idUSL2N0S826920141021
Reuters
"Most workers were interested in forming a union before, but there was trepidation," said Anthony Reynolds, who cleans airplanes flown by American Airlines and US Airways, Lufthansa and others. "I think now this might be what puts us over the hump to get everyone on board."

Texas' New Voter ID Law Is Racist

October 21, 2014
http://www.alternet.org/election-2014/justice-ruth-bader-ginsburgs-scathing-dissent-offers-12-reasons-why-texas-new-voter-id?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark
AlterNet
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Scathing Dissent Offers 12 Reasons Why Texas' New Voter ID Law Is Racist. Ginsburg dissent calls out thinly veiled GOP voter suppression.

Freeport-McMoRan Destroys Famous "Salt of the Earth" Labor Union

October 21, 2014
https://lajicarita.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/copper-giant-freeport-mcmoran-destroys-famous-salt-of-the-earth-labor-union-in-southern-new-mexico/
La Jicarita
The local Steelworkers union Shores decertified is the inheritor of Mine-Mill Local 890, a union made famous by the 1954 film “Salt of the Earth”, which dramatized Local 890’s 1951 Empire Zinc strike. A number of members of the creative team behind the film had been blacklisted by Hollywood.

If Not Now, When? A Labor Movement Plan to Address Climate Change

October 21, 2014
http://nlf.sagepub.com/content/23/3/40.full.pdf+html
New Labor Forum
The labor movement has not adequately addressed climate change - primarily employment based, rather than a comprehensive strategy to truly address the problem. The authors argue that unions need to step up and mobilize for a real solution that includes a government program that puts people to work converting to a climate-safe economy.

The Federal Reserve Won't Save the Economy for All

October 20, 2014
http://www.nextnewdeal.net/millennial-pulse/federal-reserve-wont-save-economy-all
Next New Deal
There is no silver bullet in this fight for economic justice. Not one public official, nor one economist, nor one President will solve our mess. A return to democratic principles and a deepening of participatory process is what it will take to uplift the working class.

Immigration Reform, Activism, and Moral Certainty

October 20, 2014
http://talkingunion.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/immigration-reform-activism-and-moral-certainty/
Talking Union
Attacking allies does not move immigration reform forward. And, an argument from a position of moral correctness does not change policy. We need to be on the morally correct side but that is not enough to change policy because political and economic power largely controls this country. We have a political oligarchy- our government is dominated by corporations. We need to understand neoliberal capitalism, then, work to change it.

Union Federation Gets Vocal On Harsh Prison Sentencing: 'It's A Labor Issue'

October 20, 2014
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/10/unions-prison-reform_n_5966612.html
Huffington Post
Mass incarceration is a labor issue because those same people who work for pennies in prison, once they have served their time, find themselves locked out of the job market by employers who screen applicants for felony convictions, declares AFL-CIO President Trumka.

Memory Loss

October 20, 2014
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-f347-Memory-loss#.VETkRSome-d
The People's Daily Morning Star
Stereotypes about German history and about the German Democratic Republic distort history. Simplifications of the past inhibit our ability to understand the nature of fascism and anti-fascism, to understand the complexities of socialism.

Ebola, Capitalism and the Idea of Society

October 20, 2014
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/17/ebola-capitalism-and-the-idea-of-society/
CounterPunch
The U.S.has sent soldiers to West Africa while Cuba has sent emergency health care workers. The difference is fundamental: Cuba sees both public purpose and moral imperative to help those stricken with Ebola and the U.S. sees a threat to profits at ‘home’ and a military exercise to ‘contain’ the spread of Ebola abroad.

US Treasury and Transportation Departments Hold a Privatization Party

October 19, 2014
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/26847-us-treasury-and-transportation-departments-hold-a-privatization-party
Truthout
Despite the warning signs all around us, the Departments of the Treasury and Transportation appear to be running headlong into a crash - and not just the kind of crash that takes place on a highway. The Obama administration appears to have bought into Public Private Partnerships spinning straw into gold.

Your Nose Knows Death is Imminent

October 19, 2014
http://www.theguardian.com/science/neurophilosophy/2014/oct/01/your-nose-knows-death-is-imminent
The Guardian
Losing the sense of smell predicts likelihood of death within five years, according to new research.

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