New Science Shows How Maggots Heal Wounds

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April 7, 2013
From ancient times until the advent of antibiotics, physicians used maggots to help clean injuries and prevent infection. Because the maggots feed solely on dead flesh, doctors did not have to worry about bugs feasting on healthy tissue. The arrival of antibiotics relegated medical maggots to an ancient artifact. Widespread antibiotic resistance, however, rekindled interest in the use of medical maggots, and in 2004 the FDA approved them as a valid “medical device."
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How the Chess Set Got Its Look and Feel

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April 7, 2013
Conceived of as a field of battle, the symbolic meaning of the game changed as it gained popularity. The original chessmen, known as counselor, infantry, cavalry, elephants, and chariots, became the queen, pawn, knight, bishop, and rook, respectively. By the 19th century, chess clubs and competitions began to appear all around the world, it became necessary to use a standardized set that would enable players from different cultures to compete without getting confused.
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Labor Party Time? Not Yet.

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April 7, 2013
The US working class has not succeeded in developing a class-based political party to contend for political power, making working people particularly vulnerable. Wealth and power are concentrated increasingly in the hands of a globalized elite. It's hard to identify a period of US history where the need for a labor-based political party was greater than now. Yet the short-term prospects of an independent, pro-worker political movement emerging are virtually...
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Immigration Reform and American Workers

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April 7, 2013
Employers hope the guest-worker program will prevent low-wage Americans from getting a raise. With any increase in demand, employers can claim a "labor shortage" allowing in more guest workers, driving wages down. Because some 11 million undocumented workers are here, doing much of this work, the only way these undocumented workers can become organized -- and not undercut attempts to unionize legal workers -- is if the undocumented workers also become legal.
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Why Unemployment Hit Black Households Hardest

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April 7, 2013
The average black household that experienced unemployment had zero cash to fall back on. The history of our latest economic recession is full of stories of families who had to cash out their retirement accounts or savings for a child's education to make regular payments on rent and bills. But what about families that didn't even have those options?
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Rewind - April 6, 2013

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April 6, 2013
Social Security, March Madness, McDonald's and more
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British Unions to Strike

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April 6, 2013
Unite and Unison back mass action for the first time since 1926
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World Social Forum - Tunisia

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April 6, 2013
It came at a time when the world has been rocked by grassroots uprisings in the Arab world, but also increasing mobilizations to counter the climate crisis, and massive economic protests from southern Europe to “Occupy” groups in the United States to student movements from Quebec to Chile.
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Latin American Integration

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April 6, 2013
"We need to mentally define what kind of integration we want. Is it to copy the model of the European Union? Is it to build something new? What does every leader have in mind?"
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NCAA - Edge of Sports

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April 6, 2013
No non-profit does buccaneer profiteering quite like the NCAA.
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Portside Culture

Women, The New Social Problem

Meghan Falvey
n+1, Issue 5: Decivilizing Process
The review slams four female writers for misdiagnosing the alienation attendant to contemporary women's roles by urging changes in behavior without analyzing the work/household dynamic and persistent gender inequality, preferring either a retreat into so-called womanly roles or encouraging masculine-style individualism. They ignore redefining attitudes toward care and care workers, and securing for them social recognition and material support.

the middle east is missing

Marwa Helal
Hyperallergic
The Egyptian-born, Brooklyn-based poet Marwa Halal focuses on the absurdity of labeling diverse people inhabiting a certain portion of our global maps as part of the same (misunderstood) "middle east."

How Smart Women Got the Chance: The Ivies' Late Admission of Women

Linda Greenhouse
New York Review of Books
The integration of women students into the elite all-male Ivy League student bodies was a relatively recent (largely late1960s) phenomenon, the product less of a broader consciousness among university trustees and more due to the fact that these universities were losing a share of high-achieving college men to other elite schools that were already co-educational.

Derek Walcott: Poet of Twilight, Poet of the Caribbean

Gabrielle Bellot
Literary Hub
Derek Walcott, one of the finest poets of our times, died March 17 in St. Lucia, where he was born. He was 87 years old. His poetry helped illuminate the interconnections between the natural and the social worlds. Gabrielle Bellot, a staff writer for Literary Hub who grew up in the Commonwealth of Dominica, offers this appreciation.

Get Out: A Real American Horror Story

J. Hoberman
New York Review of Books
Get Out opens with a familiar horror-movie trope. Someone walking alone down a dark street stalked by a mysterious force. That the setting is an idyllic suburb, the someone is a young, increasingly panicked black man, and the predator is driving a white car gives the scenario an unmistakable reality. The scene grows disturbing. You may flash on Trayvon Martin. That the black youth is not shot but rather abducted is a dreamlike condensation of the movie to come.

Portside Labor

An Era of Scorn for Our Government Workforce

Lee Saunders
Governing
The presidency of Donald Trump has ushered in a fresh wave of withering attacks on public employees at the federal level. Just days after taking the oath of office, Trump imposed a federal hiring freeze. And a new bill moving through Congress would eviscerate civil-service protections, making it easier to fire career government employees without due process.

“There is no negotiation whatsoever”: Union leader Douglas Izzo talks about labor rights in post-coup Brazil

Brian Mier
Council on Hemispheric Affairs
No candidate has ever run for the presidency promising to raise the retirement age, end formal employment protection and greatly expand outsourcing. Nobody would ever get elected saying these things. The only way to remove the labor rights that we fought for over the last 100 years was through a coup such as the one in Brazil that forced Dilma Rousseff out of office. Workers have responded by strikes, demonstrations and massive rallies.

Will the Gig Economy Make the Office Obsolete?

Diane Mulcahy
Harvard Business Review
Study after study after study demonstrate that independent, remote workers are more productive, satisfied, and engaged than their office-bound colleagues. Recent surveys find that workers, freed from the constraints of office life, report higher levels of satisfaction and greater productivity. These results aren’t surprising since remote work eliminates the wasted time of commuting and the stress of constant exposure to office politics, interruptions and meetings.

What Does a Moral Economy Look Like for the 99%?

Jonathan Rosenblum
Religion Dispatches
In his first book, Seattle-based union organizer Jonathan Rosenblum recounts the personal stories of clergy, activists and airport workers who mounted the first successful campaign for a $15 minimum wage in the U.S. Here is an interview with Rosenblum.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on March 24, 2017

Senator Bernie Sanders reacts to the death of Trumpcare.

Posted by Portside on March 24, 2017

We hear music in relation to the lowest note. What happens when we turn this relation upside down?

Posted by Portside on March 24, 2017

We watch news coverage of terrorism because we think it'll make us better informed about how to keep ourselves safe. But what if it does the opposite?

Posted by Portside on March 24, 2017

Rachel Maddow looks at how massive, nationwide protest and resistance attached human stories to the consequences of repealing Obamacare

Posted by Portside on March 22, 2017

In December 1950, Woody Guthrie moved to an apartment building in Brooklyn – Beach Haven Apartments. His landlord: Fred Trump, father of Donald Trump.

Posted by Portside on March 17, 2017

Ireland's Taoiseach Enda Kenny used St Patrick's Day to illustrate his thoughts on immigration while visiting US President Donald Trump in the White House.