NRA Defends Right to Own Politicians

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February 1, 2013
“Politicians pose no danger to the public if used correctly,” says NRA spokesperson Wayne LaPierre, who claims to have over two hundred politicians in his personal collection.
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Friday Nite Videos

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February 1, 2013
The Yes Men Are Revolting * No Fracking Way * 'They Do Not Like You, Barack Obama' * Newtown ER Doctor Speaks Out
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The Equation: Obama's Climate Legacy

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February 1, 2013
Fifty or a hundred years from now, the fiscal cliff, the current tensions with Russia, and many other issues that now seem pressing will be remembered dimly, if at all. What will be remembered is whether, as then-Senator Obama said in June of 2008, “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” It was an inspiring call to action then; in the wake of the droughts, the wildfires, and hurricane Sandy, it’s even more so now.
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Football, Body and Mind

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February 1, 2013
A sportswriter looks back on his history with America's favorite pastime.
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Dog Tails: The Long and the Short of It

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February 1, 2013
Dogs may not have voices, but they have very active tails, and they rely heavily on these furry appendages to communicate. These tail movements provide important clues about how a dog is feeling–especially to other canines that may be sharing the same sidewalk or dog park.
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Syria: How We Can End The Bloodshed

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January 31, 2013
Israel's attack on Syria shows how volatile this conflict is. A political solution is now urgent.
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Government is Hurting the Economy

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January 31, 2013
In light of the report that the economy contracted in the last quarter of 2012 due partly to cutbacks, Ezra Klein notes that one man's big government socialism is another man's premature and destructive fiscal retrenchment.
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Immigrants' Rights are Workers' Rights

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January 31, 2013
Various plans to reform America's broken immigration system are working their way through Congressional debate. The primary reason people come to the United States from other nations is the potential for good work. It's not enough for immigrants to have legal status to stay here. They must have legal rights as employees to speak out against wage theft and abusive working conditions -- and to exercise their freedoms to associate and engage in collective...
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Democracy Imperiled in Greece

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January 31, 2013
Most Greeks want an end to austerity; they also want real reform. The worst outcome for Greece would be the further rollback of workers' rights and the social safety net without a purge of the corrupt elites and their clients in the media, in business and in the unions-a nightmare of exploitation policed by the lads from Golden Dawn. Greece,
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Stand Up for Julian Assange

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January 31, 2013
Mairead Corrigan Maguire, 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work for peace in Northern Ireland, calls for support for Julian Assange. His only crime is that he embarrassed the U.S. and other powerful governments with WikiLeaks' release of documents in which the U.S. military appear to have deliberately killed civilians.
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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.

Chefs Struggle Over Whether to Serve Up Politics

Kim Severson
The New York Times
As immigration dominates restaurant discussions, many chefs who have never considered mixing politics with business are wondering if now is the time to start. The sanctuary restaurant movement involves taking a pledge to prohibit harassment based on factors like religion, sexual orientation or immigration status.

Portside Labor

“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.

How Democrats Lost Union Workers

Chuck Jones
Huffington Post
A map of Indiana can show you what went wrong for the Democratic Party and what’s going wrong for the country.

Friday Nite Videos

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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.