Louisiana Oil, Gas Industry: Coast Shrinking

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January 2, 2017
The Louisiana coast loses a football field’s worth of land every 38 minutes. This staggering rate of land loss has been brought on by climate change and coastal erosion accelerated by human activities, including water diversion projects and damage done by the oil and gas industry. Moderator's Note: Go to original source for mind-boggling photos of criminal devastation.
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Trump and South's Immigrant Resistance

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January 2, 2017
Immigrants have been the target of hateful rhetoric and actions since President-elect Donald Trump launched his campaign over a year ago. Galvanizing his base with promises to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and to ban Muslim immigration, Trump has dramatically shifted the tone of the national conversation on immigration and raised fears that he'll follow through on his harshest campaign promises.
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Weapons of Math Destruction

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January 1, 2017
In theory, mathematics is neutral – two plus two equals four regardless of what anyone wishes the answer was. But in practice, mathematical algorithms can be formulated and tweaked based on powerful interests.
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Sovereignty and the State of Emergency

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January 1, 2017
The U.S. government, following the 9/11 attacks, expressed no intention of reforming its Constitution. It was left free of any procedure for exception or emergency. This does not mean that the United States has remained a more democratic country than France. Attacks against privacy, civil rights, and, above all, habeas corpus have proven even more virulent in the United States than in Europe.
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The Public Evidence Russia Hacked the DNC

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January 1, 2017
The U.S. routinely attempts to intercept the communications of heads of state. It’s possible that the CIA or the NSA has proof. Granted, these intelligence agencies will be loath to reveal any evidence that could compromise the method they used to gather it. In times of extraordinary risk, with two enormous military powers placed in direct conflict over national sovereignty, we need an extraordinary disclosure. The stakes are simply too high to take anyone’s word for it.
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Tyrus Wong, Artist Thwarted by Racial Bias

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January 1, 2017
Mr. Wong died on Friday at 106. A Hollywood studio artist, painter, printmaker, calligrapher, greeting-card illustrator and, in later years, maker of fantastical kites, he was one of the most celebrated Chinese-American artists of the 20th century. But because of the marginalization to which Asian-Americans were long subject, he passed much of his career unknown to the general public.
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Judge Stopped the Republican Coup in NC

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December 31, 2016
The restraining order was filed in response to a lawsuit filed by Governor-elect Roy Cooper, who said the new law would limit voters’ access to the ballot box.
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Relegating the One State/Two State Debate

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December 31, 2016
Is the two-state solution for Israel-Palestine still viable? Perhaps it is time to admit, in the spirit of Voltaire, that the two-state solution was never about two states, nor was it a solution, nor could it ever be viable.
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Russia Hysteria Infects WashPost Again

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December 31, 2016
Is it not very clear that journalistic standards are being casually dispensed with when the subject is Russia?
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Lisa Allen Ortiz
Guide to the Exhibit
Extinction: Lisa Allen Ortiz, child of Mendocino county, California knows a thing or two about birds and about how precarious are the lives of many species, speaks of our impending "civic sorrow."

Antonio Gramsci Jr: On Remembering His Grandfather

Antonio Gramsci, Jr.
New Left Review
Through the use of family archives and other new sources, the grandson of Italian revolutionary Antonio Gramsci seeks to reconstruct the cultural and political saliance of his grandfather's contributions to building and defending the Italian working class movement and international socialism in the face of Stalinist distortions, capitalist enmity and today's reactionary Russian regime.

When Labor Fought for Civil Rights

Rich Yeselson
Dissent
In reviewing two new books on the 20th Century's intertwined histories of labor, the Democratic Party, the Civil Rights movement, and the African American people, Rich Yeselson offers a nuanced and deeply informed assessment of this complicated tale.

Review: Fences Is an Acting and Directorial Feast Fit for August Wilson's Words

Nsenga K. Burton Ph.D.
The Root
Washington’s and Davis’ reprisals of their superb 2010 Broadway performances, do not disappoint. Washington takes us on an episodic journey through love, pain, betrayal and redemption, and with such heavy topics, the audience will struggle through it. With performances that will literally take your breath away, Fences is a must-see film offering a timeless critique of a family trying to determine who should be on each side of the fence, one fence post at a time.

My Dinners With Harold

Daniel Duane
California Sunday Magazine
Daniel Duane examines how a shy Ph.D. in English literature revolutionized the science of cooking and became revered in the most famous kitchens in the world.

Portside Labor

Collective Bargaining Can Still Work

Andrew Strom
On Labor: Workers, Unions and Politics
Some critics, including some in the labor movement, suggest that unions have to abandon collective bargaining and pursue other strategies for worker gains, such as winning higher wages through legislation. But collective bargaining can still work, and it is still necessary.

In the Fantasy Land of Labor Theorists: Andy Stern’s Latest Contribution

Jay Youngdahl
In These Times
As inequality and its consequences mount, even more struggles and progressive formations will emerge. They are likely to be imperfect and messy, but from them useful ideas as to the future of collective worker action will become clearer. One thing is sure, though: Such a vision will not come from Andy Stern.

Boeing's North Charleston S.C. Workers to Vote on Union Representation

David Wren
Post and Courier
"Labor and community groups supporting the efforts by Boeing workers to form a union will also be in attendance," the IAM's announcement states. Evans, the IAM's lead organizer in North Charleston, and Ken Riley, the longtime president of the local longshoremen's union, are scheduled to speak at Friday's event.

MLK's Advice on Strike Strategy Still Relevant Today

Rand Wilson
Stansbury Forum
King’s strategic advice to the striking Memphis sanitation workers is still useful: winning requires placing the struggle in a larger context that challenges elected officials and government at every level to make America a better nation!

New York Unions Are Packed And Ready For Women’s March On Washington

Ginger Adams Otis
New York Daily News
Many New York unions are joining the Women's March on Washington including District Council 37, the United Federation of Teachers, the New York State Nurses Association, the National Writers Union, Writers Guild of America East, United Food and Commercial Workers 1500, New York State United Teachers and 32BJ SEIU.

The Revolt of Working Parents

Alexia Fernandez Campbell
The Atlantic
Mothers—and some fathers—are increasingly suing employers for discriminating against working parents. They are succeeding.

Puzder Confirmation as Labor Secretary Pushed Back after Worker Protests Ignite

Janet Sparks
Blue MauMau
The confirmation hearing for Trump's Secretary of Labor nominee, Andrew Puzder, was scheduled to start January 17 but has been pushed back and may not happen until next month. It may be that worker protest is having an impact. Critics have revealed that Puzder's company has frequently violated wage and hour, and safety and health laws.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

On President Obama's last day Stephen's conservative pundit identical twin cousin, Stephen Colbert, stopped by to wish him farewell.

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

Song not heard at Trump inauguration: 'Poor people gonna rise up / take what's theirs'

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

You may need to Trump-proof your life. Follow our seven easy steps.

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

We travel to Whitley County in Kentucky to find out why people who benefited most from Obamacare would vote for Donald Trump. 

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

The waters are rising. Baba Brinkman breaks it down in language that even Donald Trump can understand.

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.