How Many Jobless People Last Month? Who Knows

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October 12, 2013
All of this could be avoided with legislative action but there seems be little likelihood that the current Tea Party strangled Congress will do anything that might relieved the economic pressure on the nation’s working people.
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Mexico Teachers Struggle Continues

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October 12, 2013
Today the fight is against the education reform law, but also over the broader political agenda of Pena Nieto, and neither side seems prepared to back down.
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Friday Nite Videos -- October 11, 2013

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October 11, 2013
Shutdown: 'Not Some Damn Game'. Robert Johnson -- Crossroad. Our Story in Two Minutes. Pete Peterson's 'Grand Bargain' Hoax. Flashmob in Madrid Unemployment Office. Movie: Let the Fire Burn.
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Missing Workers: The Other Unemployment

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October 11, 2013
The official unemployment rate drastically understates the weakness of job opportunities due to the existence of a large pool of “missing workers”
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The Not-So-Noble Past of the Nobel Prizes

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October 11, 2013
The Nobel Prize has had its controversies, and its combination of science and politics can create unusual relationships.
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Why Can't My Shel Silverstein Bio Quote Him?

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October 11, 2013
Why can’t my biography of Shel Silverstein quote the works of Shel Silverstein? His censorious estate.
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How Domestic Workers Won Their Rights

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October 11, 2013
After decades of exclusion, home care workers are finally covered by federal minimum wage laws. Anyone who works for social change can learn from how they did it.
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Tidbits - October 10, 2013

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October 10, 2013
Reader Comments- Teachers Protests in Brazil and Mexico; Shutdown and Social Security; , GOP Playbook; Two Countries in 2014; Koch Bros. Monster Out of Control; Ghost of McCarthy; Lessons from Germany; Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap; Mission Accomplished? More Responses; Annnouncements- Trans-Pacific Partnership Forum - New York-Oct 25; Concert Celebration for Jon Fromer - New York-Oct 26 Social Cost of America's Race to Incarcerate - Chicago-Nov 7; Shorts, Job Announcement
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Chained CPI: Zombie Benefit Cut Still Walks

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October 10, 2013
The chained CPI has risen to walk among us again in the muttering and jawboning around the government shutdown/debt limit standoff and the search for an exit. We're hearing again about a "grand bargain" on the government deficit -- never mind that the deficit is falling, not rising.
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McDonald's Worker Arrested, Can't Buy Food

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October 10, 2013
"It's really hard for me to feed my two kids and struggle day to day,Do you think this is fair, that I have to be making $8.25 when I've worked for McDonald's for ten years?" (Nancy Salgado addressing McDonald's USA President Jeff Stratton's speech at the Union League Club of Chicago.)
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Portside Culture

What Is Great about Ourselves

Pankaj Mishra
London Review of Books
Five books by neoliberal authors extolling glories that never were, the essayist eviscerates a state of mind that flatters a cosmopolitan liberal tolerance that has been more at home with nationalism, imperialism and even racism and a worldview that presupposes a chasm between civilized whites and uncivilized nonwhites. even accusing leftists of enabling racism by such affronts as squashing alleged dissimilar people together on buses, trains and subway cars.

What Is The Healthiest Way to Cook Vegetables

Markham Heid
TIME Health
Boiled down, there are a few simple rules when it comes to the best way to eat your vegetables. Just as eating a variety of vegetables is a good idea, enjoying them in a variety of ways seems to maximize their health benefits.

Return to Sender

Julayne Elle
Cultural Weekly
Southern California poet Julayne Elle explores the injustices of a US law involving the adoption of children from foreign countries who remain exposed to deportation.

FIFA and Soccer’s Culture of Corruption

Simon Kuper
The New York Review of Books
In 2015, FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, was brought down by allegations of industrial-scale bribes, kickbacks, money laundering, racketeering and tax evasion. Its corruption extended from the decision to send the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar to cases of embezzlement worldwide. The author even interviews its bent former president Sepp Blatter.

Portside Labor

New York Teamsters Stand For Sanctuary

Tim Goulet
SocialistWorker.org
TEAMSTERS JOINT Council 16, representing 120,000 Teamsters in 27 locals across the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Long Island, the Hudson Valley and Puerto Rico, has declared itself a "sanctuary union."

How Hurricane Harvey Is Affecting Houston’s Restaurant Employees

Amy McCarthy
Eater
Hospitality union UNITE HERE represents more than 3,000 restaurant and hotel employees in the greater Houston area, and around 250 of its members have experienced “catastrophic losses,” according to Texas organizing director Danna Schneider. UNITE HERE arrived soon after Harvey made landfall, and the organization has since been delivering groceries and checking up on its members.

From 'Labor for Bernie' To 'Labor for Our Revolution'

Rand Wilson and Peter Olney
Organizing UpGrade
For the first time in anyone’s memory (and for that matter for the first time since Eugene Debs in 1920) a self-identified Socialist rallied large numbers behind an explicitly anti-corporate, anti-Wall Street, pro-working class platform.

Labor’s Southern Strategy

Chris Brooks and Gene Bruskin
Dollars & Sense
It was clear to us in the Justice@Smithfield campaign that you could not win relying solely on worker meetings and house visits or relying on solidarity in the community. We had to had to build visible activity inside the plant. Having workers see one another in collective action, not being fired and even winning things is how the union takes on a living presence.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on September 15, 2017

The New York Times reports that President Trump wanted to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions after hearing of Mueller's appointment as Special Counsel. Ari Melber breaks it down.

Posted by Portside on September 15, 2017

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick hasn't been signed by any team in the NFL because they can't tolerate his silent public protest of police killings. But here's what the NFL does tolerate ...

 

Posted by Portside on September 15, 2017

Christian Picciolini describes how he became a neo-Nazi, why he stopped being one, and what he's doing to help people leave hate groups.

Posted by Portside on September 15, 2017

Haitian Raoul Peck ('I Am Not Your Negro') directs an indie biopic that narrates the early stormy development of communism through the prism of the Marx-Engels partnership. In select theaters.

Posted by Portside on September 15, 2017

 

 

Dave Van Ronk ('The Mayor of Macdougal Street'), performs a tragic ballad about drugs, poverty and domestic violence.

Posted by Portside on September 8, 2017

The shameful role of eugenics in U.S. immigration policy in the 1920s and Jeff Sessions' praise for those policies as an example of their resurgence in the Trump administration.

Posted by Portside on September 8, 2017

Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker produced compelling combinations of jazz-infused guitar and elusive lyrics. Sound from the 1972 studio version, video from the 1973 Midnight Special. RIP 1950-1917.