ACORN and O'keefe

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March 16, 2013
"God don't like ugly and the devil is a liar."
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Friday Nite Videos -- March 15, 2013

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March 15, 2013
The man behind the 47% video comes forward. Three good reasons why we should raise the minimum wage. Detroit drivers stage mass civil disobedience to protest disenfranchisement. Movie: Pink smoke over the Vatican.
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Action! SS, Medicare, Back-to-Work Budget

Action! SS, Medicare, Back-to-Work Budget feature image
March 15, 2013
You action is needed to fully protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and to urge action on the Progressive Caucus Back-to-Work Budget.
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Method and Madness in Science and Art

Method and Madness in Science and Art feature image
March 15, 2013
What are the implications for art and science collaborations? Despite popular perception, there are many similarities in the ways that artists and scientists approach their work. Ultimately, the methods and the products may be different, but if there is a mutual interest in, and respect for, the ‘other’ side’s practices, then these sorts of collaborations are likely to succeed. Through this kind of exchange, artists and scientists can learn from one another.
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Heresy Hunters Rule CPAC

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March 15, 2013
Ideological purity! Patriots only! The heresy hunters of this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference sniffed out and rejected those who aren’t ‘suitably’ right wing, like Chris Christie and GOProud. It’ll ensure the same losing result, writes Michael Moynihan.
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BitTorrent Premiers Live Streaming Platform

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March 15, 2013
Bittorrent has just released a new streaming service, BitTorrent Live, to the public. The goal is to make it possible for the public to send video to thousands of people, all over the world. From dissidents reporting on uprisings to soccer moms who want to send video of a game to family and friends, everyone is included. Bittorrent Inc's Justin Knoll says, “We’re aiming for this to be a democratization of streaming technology.”
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Progressive Caucus Back-to-Work Budget

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March 14, 2013
Focus on jobs and restarting the economy, not deficits and cuts to social programs. 'A reminder that we don't need to cut teachers and school lunches when we can eliminate wasteful giveaways to fossil fuel corporations.'
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New Pope and Argentinean Dirty War

New Pope and Argentinean Dirty War feature image
March 14, 2013
Everybody's talking about Pope Francis, but nobody's asking about his role in Argentina's bloodiest war. Critics of new Pope Francis have claimed that he maintained his silence as Argentina's brutal military dictatorship raged a dirty war against left wing activists. Claims were made in the wake of the publication of an interview with Argentina's former military dictator Jorge Videla.
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Tidbits - March 14, 2013

Tidbits - March 14, 2013 feature image
March 14, 2013
Readers Comments on: Wealth Equality; Robert Reich on raising the minimum wage; Unions and evictions; Wither the Socialist Left? - another response to Mark Solomon; LA School Board election and Big Money; Hugo Chavez: Lest We Forget; Guns, the NRA and Newtown; Why not better unions; Philip Bonosky Memorial April 21 in New York; Francisco Aruca R.I.P.; Robin Hood rides again - April 20 - Washington; The Literary Left - Tribute in honor of Alan Wald - March 21 - Ann Arbor
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Kicking Low-Wage Workers While They're Down

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March 14, 2013
President Obama called for a modest raise in the federal minimum wage to $9, and several Democratic legislators have upped his bid with a proposed increase to $10.10. But an insidious effort to lower the wage floor is already underway much closer to the ground - in the state legislatures. Among the proposals are measures to undercut minimum wages for teenage workers, restrict overtime pay and repeal or ban local laws to improve working conditions.
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Portside Culture

‘The Salesman’: Will Academy Members Give it an Oscar To Protest Trump?

Anne Thompson
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar in 2012 for “A Separation” and whose second Oscar-nominated film, “The Salesman” is playing on more than 65 screens and could pass the $1 million mark this weekend, grabbed a lot of press when he canceled his plans to attend the February 26th Oscars ceremony following President Donald Trump’s 90-day visa ban for citizens from seven Muslim countries, including Iran.

The New Deal Meal

Rachel Laudan
Wall Street Journal
During the Depression, a loose coalition of Progressives set out to remake the American diet. Milk was regarded as the perfect food. This tension between scientific advice and traditional preferences can be traced back to the Great Depression, suggest Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe in “A Square Meal.”

FX’s Taboo Is More Fun to Think About Than to Watch

Matt Zoller Seitz
Taboo is about the return of the repressed, but also the suppressed, with the protagonist serving as a vessel for social commentary about the species-wide violence and corruption wrought by imperialism, racism, and capitalism.

GREED, Exercising Noblesse Oblige

Rebecca Foust
Paradise Drive
Tongue-in-cheek, Marin poet Rebecca Foust offers a sonnet about the seven deadly sins, and rich people who have their trickle-down rationalizations.

Politics, Aesthetics and the War Against "Perfectionist Ideology" in Orwell in Orwell

David Trotter
London Review of Books
Much Orwell criticism centers on his politics, not surprising given how it was his predominant subject. The books under review take a slight detour, viewing his work as he frequently judged others. Orwell's writing is chockablock with sensuous material, such as how class discriminations determine not just life chances but personal hygiene, or how bathos in an otherwise serious tract humanizes the literature and guards against "perfect" politics.

Roxane Gay’s Masterpieces of Private Rage

Rafia Zakaria
The New Republic
Rafia Zakaria shows us how Roxane Gay, in this new collection of short stories, explores interconnections between racism, work, love, violence, and sex.

Portside Labor

Union Sues Over Iowa's New Collective Bargaining Law

Grant Rodgers and William Petroski
The Des Moines Register
The new law bans public employee unions in most cases from negotiating over issues such as health insurance, evaluation procedures, staff reduction and leaves of absence for political purposes. Police officers and firefighters are exempted from that portion of the law, a move that AFSCME argues in the lawsuit violates the Iowa Constitution by creating "favored" and "disfavored" groups of government workers.

Workers, Businesses Back Proposal to Stop Wage Theft

Barb Kucera
Workday Minnesota
About 39,000 Minnesota workers suffer from wage theft each year, resulting in $11.9 million in wages owed, and that's only what goes reported. The union-backed Wage Theft Initiative proposes policy changes to give the state Department of Labor and Industry more enforcement tools and an increased budget.

Bank Workers Will Protest to Form Their First US Union — And The Whole World Is Watching

Jack Smith IV
On Tuesday, over 15,000 U.S. bank workers with the Spain-based bank Santander will declare their intent to establish this country's first bank workers' union. They'll deliver petitions, take over corporate lobbies and begin the long struggle to bring collective bargaining to an industry with predatory practices and lots of low-wage workers.

We Can Resist Trump’s Immigration Orders

Duane Campbell
Democratic Left
Immigrant rights activists have developed a strategy to defeat deportations. Those arrested are encouraged to refuse to sign the “voluntary departure," and insist upon having legal counsel. All persons inside the U.S. have a right to counsel (not only citizens). If some 20%- 30% of those arrested begin to refuse to sign, the jails will fill within days – even the private prisons. If those arrested insist on legal counsel, the courts will be overloaded.

Thousands Of Teachers Protest Over Education Funding

Nanea Kalani
Honolulu Star Advertiser
Several thousand public school teachers in Honolulu packed the grounds of the state Capitol on Monday as part of a rally calling on the governor and lawmakers to increase funding for public schools and raise teacher salaries

"A Kick In The Ass" For Labor: A Union Leader Considers The Age Of Trump

Hamilton Nolan
The Concourse
"If the American labor movement thinks that we can just go out there and start and control the organizing that takes place, we’re not going to be successful," says Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. "I think what we can do is create an environment in which organizing takes place... We have to think of ourselves less as an institution, and more as a movement."

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on February 17, 2017

During a no-holds-barred press conference, President Trump lashes out at the media, pushes lies about his Electoral College victory and boasts that he's not anti-Semitic. 

Posted by Portside on February 17, 2017

This song expresses the urgency we all face and offers us wisdom with the words, "War, children, it's just a shot away... Love, sister, it's just a kiss away".

Posted by Portside on February 17, 2017

President Donald Trump's chief strategist believes the West is at war with Islam.

Posted by Portside on February 17, 2017

This is madness that we’re witnessing here

Posted by Portside on February 17, 2017

Donald Trump spreads a lot of false information thanks to his daily consumption of morning cable news. If only we could sneak some facts into the president’s media diet.

Posted by Portside on February 10, 2017

Six New England Patriots are sitting out a visit with Trump after their Super Bowl win. “I just don’t feel welcome in that house. I’m going to just leave it at that.” Supportive fans want the boycott to grow bigger.

Posted by Portside on February 10, 2017



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