The Real Face of Washington (and America)

January 13, 2017
" I deeply believed that our country was simply too special for The Donald, and so his victory sent me on an unexpected journey back into the world of my childhood and youth, back into the 1950s and early 1960s when (despite the Soviet Union) the U.S. really did stand alone on the planet in so many ways."
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‘We Have to Shift the Table of Power’

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January 13, 2017
If we let the election extinguish our inner fire and vision of a just future, then that's worse than anything we lost at the polls in terms of votes or anything coming down the pike in the next four years, said Jill Adams, chief strategist for the Self-Induced Abortion Legal Team.
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What Should Reparations for Slavery Entail?

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January 13, 2017
In the light of the former British Prime Minister’s dismissal of reparations, activists must push the debate further by detailing what reparations should entail. Fundamental to a reparations program must be the fact that we transform the system of capitalism which slavery gave birth to. We must initiate a “trans-Atlantic dialogue on reparations, as well as creating progressive governments and leadership to push for a reparations program.”
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The Sanders’ Campaign: A Local Perspective

January 13, 2017
The Stansbury Forum is proud to publish organizer and labor attorney Peter Haberfeld’s diagnostic of the Bernie Sander’s ground game in Berkeley/Oakland in the run-up to the California primary in June of 2016. Haberfeld contrasts the “organizing” work that he and his comrades attempted to do with the “mobilizing” approach of many in the national Sanders campaign, and their over reliance on social media and barnstorming meetings.
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All Women Deserve Access to Tampons, Period

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January 13, 2017
In the supposedly enlightened United States, millions of women lack proper access to menstrual supplies.
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Exxon-Oil, Climate Denial, America Uber Alles

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January 12, 2017
Rex Tillerson stands a good chance of being confirmed as Secretary of State. His statements about climate change adaptation, whether, hubris, ignorance, or deception talking-it's a dangerous view. It's playing with other people's lives. So why does Rex Tillerson want a job that could easily be seen as a step down in power and influence? He has unfinished business, particularly in Russia, which he likely does not trust the Trump administration to handle.
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Meryl Streep Calls Out Trump

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January 12, 2017
Occasionally entertainment and politics intersect. Sunday Meryl Streep tearfully addressed the stars assembled at the Golden Globes about her anxieties and distress at the advent of the Trump era in the United States. She made the powerful point, which is that no human experience is really foreign to us as human beings if only we can find the tools to understand it, emotionally and intellectually. And Trump does not.
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Rodrigo Duterte: A Fascist Original

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January 12, 2017
Duterte's campaign to rid the Philippines of drug users and pushers through extrajudicial executions elicited shock even among the most hardened observers. And his now legendary cursing of President Obama as a "son of a bitch" - part of an angry farewell to a long-standing alliance with Washington and an embrace of China - upended Asian geopolitics.
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"The Yanks Are Coming!"...back to Germany

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January 12, 2017
Hit that old song again, loud and clear! "Over there, over there, Send the word, send the word, That the Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming." Yes, sirree! Shades of 1918 and the Battle of the Marne! Shades of 1944 and the beaches of Normandy! But no, not just shades and not just words have already been sent. The U.S. is sending significant military assets to Germany, and to countries bordering Russia.
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Tidbits - January 12, 2017 - Reader Comments

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January 12, 2017
Reader Comments: Protests Should Also be Used for Organizing; Another Extreme Trump Nominee to Run National Intelligence; Top Prosecutor in Leonard Peltier Case Urges Clemency; Hidden Figures; Black Women and Civil Rights; It's Time to #TeachResistance: A Toolkit for Educators; Announcements and more....
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My Mother Explains Why She Never Voted

Meryl Stratford
Rattle Poets Respond
"Imagine--a woman in the White House." As Florida poet Meryl Stratford implies about her pre-feminist mother--"It wasn’t worth the argument"-- of just how hard it is to change someone's mind when it comes to voting!

The Captive Aliens Who Remain Our Shame

Annette Gordon-Reed
New York Review of Books
The author argues that a key factor in unifying the fractious 13 colonies in opposition to British rule during the Revolution was the patriots' effort to link British oppression to extant colonial fears about insurrectionary slaves and homicidal Indians.

Art in the Age of Masculinist Hollywood: Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land”

Morgan Lee Davies
Los Angeles Review of Books
La La Land is not, in the end, so very different from Whiplash (an earlier Chazelle film) for all their tonal differences. Above all, the vision they paint of the artistic life is masculine. In Damien Chazelle’s movies, men have power, and they get (almost) everything they want... And women? All they get to do is listen.

The gluten-free diets: Fad or fact?

Dr Shona Jacobsberg
New Food Magazine
With coeliac disease and wheat allergy affecting only 1.2% of the population, why is it that an estimated 15% of UK adults and an astonishing 29% of US adults are trying to avoid gluten?

The Troublesome Women of Sherlock

Sophie Gilbert
The Atlantic
The BBC show seems to have difficulty fitting female characters into its universe. But it isn’t Arthur Conan Doyle’s fault.

Portside Labor

Universal Basic Income Experiment Begins in Finland

William Rogers
Left Labor Reporter
When masses of workers start to lose their jobs to automation, workers will find it even more difficult to pay for the social insurance that provides them with a safety net. Therefore says Varoufakis we need another way to protect workers and another way to pay for it.

What Labor Should Learn from Trump’s Victory

Michael Hirsch, Saulo Colon, Murray Schneider, Lois Weiner
New Politics
The form of political action that Clinton defenders in labor advocate is a suffocating loser. It seeks accommodation when confrontation is required. It is more concerned with the longevity of the union as an institution – an important consideration for labor, but one that demands a more courageous vision – than with the overall strength of its members vis a vis their employers, which in fact is the only guarantor of institutional survival.

AFSCME To Accept Wage-Freeze, Higher Health Costs

Doug Finke
Gatehouse Media Illinois
According to the article AFSCME would agree to a four-year wage freeze in an attempt to get get the Rauner administration back to the bargaining table". AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said, "Employees would pay more for health insurance in three of the four years...".

Donald Trump Collected a Massive $168,000 Union Pension. Will He Fight for Yours?

Andrew Joyce
Policy.Mic
As recently as 2015, Donald Trump was still collecting a $168,000 pension — and maybe more — from the Screen Actors Guild for playing himself in The Apprentice. Now that Trump is about to be president, the most important question is: What is Trump's plan to save the system that is designed to protect millions of union pensions like his own?

Local 150 Lawsuit Strikes Down Local "Right to Work" Law

IUOE Local 150
IUOE Local 150
In a decision issued on January 7th, United States District Judge Matthew Kennelly found that the local "right to work" law passed by the Village of Lincolnshire, Illinois in 2015 is pre-empted by federal law, and that only states and territories have the authority to such laws.

When George Wallace Came to Town

Joe Allen
Jacobin
The notorious southern bigot George C. Wallace came hunting for votes and found a ready-made audience among blue-collar workers.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on December 30, 2016

Chris Hayes examines the parallels between Donald Trump and Nixon with the author of Nixonland.

Posted by Portside on December 30, 2016

"A Better Man" video recorded and filmed live outside on Keb' Mo's back porch.

Posted by Portside on December 30, 2016

Baba Brinkman and Greydon Square rap about how to approach the world morally without religion.

Posted by Portside on December 30, 2016

Is cloning possible? Not cloning as in Dolly the sheep, but cloning as in a Star Trek transporter? Here is the real science of it.

Posted by Portside on December 30, 2016

Tay Zonday's take on the Seuss classic has obvious relevance this holiday season.

Posted by Portside on December 24, 2016

A two-minute guide to President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed cabinet. Already the richest in modern history, his picks include an array of the super wealthy, big business executives and climate change deniers

Posted by Portside on December 23, 2016

 

 

Patti Smith is overcome with emotion singing It's a Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall at the Nobel ceremony