Fiscal Footnote: Senate Gift to Drug Make

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January 22, 2013
Just two weeks after pleading guilty in a major federal fraud case, Amgen, the world's largest biotechnology firm, scored a largely unnoticed coup on Capitol Hill: Lawmakers inserted a paragraph into the "fiscal cliff" bill that did not mention the company by name but strongly favored one of its drugs.
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Obama Charts Arc towards Justice

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January 21, 2013
Barack Obama, the president who publicly swore his second oath of office on the Bibles of Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., used his inaugural address to chart an arc of history from the liberation movements of the sixteenth president’s time through the civil rights movements of a century later to the day on which hundreds of thousands of Americans packed the National Mall to cheer for the promise of an emboldened presidency.
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New Cuba: Beachhead for Economic Democracy

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January 21, 2013
The year 2012 may have been the United Nation's International Year of Cooperatives, but 2013 may turn out to be the more historic year for worker-ownership if the Cubans have anything to say about it. ...Cuba's new worker cooperatives will operate pretty much along the same lines as their successful cousins in the capitalist world, including Spain's Mondragon Cooperative Corporation, however they will be free from the distorting effects of capitalist...
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The Gates of Hell Open in Vietnam

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January 21, 2013
In Kill Anything that Moves, Nick Turse has for the first time put together a comprehensive picture, written with mastery and dignity, of what American forces actually were doing in Vietnam. The findings disclose an almost unspeakable truth. Turse discovers that episodes of devastation, murder, massacre, rape, and torture once considered isolated atrocities were in fact the norm,...
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Publisher takes Marx into the Mainstream

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January 21, 2013
Bashkar Sunkara earns praise as the founding editor of the online magazine, Jacobin. Started in September 2010, and buoyed by the Occupy movement, the magazine brings left and Marxist reporting in a new way to a new generation.
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RIP Leo Robinson, Soul of the Longshore

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January 21, 2013
Leo Robinson was a leader of the longshore union in San Francisco. He died this week. For many of us, he was an example of what being an internationalist and a working-class activist was all about.
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Introducing Portside 2.0

January 20, 2013
The new Portside: better communication, a more usable web site, hyperlinked text, photos, brighter pages, better typography and formatting, integration with Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
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Leprosy Reprograms Body's Cells

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January 20, 2013
A new study in mice suggests that Leprosy employs a bit of biological trickery to do its damage: It reprograms certain nerve cells to become like stem cells and uses them to infiltrate the body's muscle and nervous systems.
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What Obama’s Gun Plan Means For Mental Health

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January 20, 2013
The consequences for the mentally ill of the gun control push are not yet fully clear, as the full content of the president’s executive actions have yet to be released. And advocates will watch closely as congressional deliberations unfold over the vast parts of gun control that the president can’t do alone. But for now, it appears things are moving forward with some distance between proactive plans to improve mental health care and those to prevent mass murder.
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How to Cut Megabanks Down to Size

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January 20, 2013
Huge banks must be restructured and their access to the safety net scaled back, Mr. Fisher said, because neither regulators nor market participants have proved effective in monitoring risks at these institutions.
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Portside Culture

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