Tide Turning Against Counterterrorism Secrecy

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May 25, 2013
The ramifications of the Obama speech and Holder letter will be felt in the weeks ahead.
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Disastrous Road from Kabul to Benghazi

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May 25, 2013
The Cold War is ostensibly over but training and arming the bad guys never stopped.
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REWIND - A Week of Quotes and Cartoons

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May 25, 2013
Obama, banks, drones, Apple, Bulworth and more ....
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Newcomers Change Face of Southern Politics

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May 24, 2013
If current trends hold, all Southern states will be transformed in some way by the changing blend of Southerners, new and old.
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Does Raising the Minimum Wage Cost Jobs?

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May 24, 2013
A quick point on whether the minimum wage “costs jobs.” Here is the reality: The minimum wage is now the lowest it has been in decades. In fact, 40% Of Americans Now Make Less Than 1968 Minimum Wage, if that wage had kept pace with productivity increases.
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Boy Scouts: You Can Be Gay Until You Turn 18

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May 24, 2013
The Boy Scouts of America has adopted a new policy, which kicks in January 1, that makes it so that member troops can no longer discriminate against gay youth. But anyone who is gay and over 18 years old still won't be allowed to be a Scout leader or volunteer.
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Bittorrent's Direct to Fan Collaboration

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May 24, 2013
We used to buy music at independent record shops downtown. We shopped the chain mega-stores that took their place. When these moved online, in the form of iTunes or Amazon, we were there, wallets out. For fifty years, the path to purchase has essentially been the same. Go to the physical/digital record store, buy an album. But what if the record store was inside the album instead? Bittorrent Bundle lets people connect directly with their audience, on their terms.
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Friday Nite Videos -- May 24, 2013

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May 24, 2013
'Beginning of End' of War on Terror. 'I Will Surive' Muslim Brotherhood. Flashmob: Verdi. Movie: Twelve Years a Slave. Polio's Moving Target.
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Destroying the Planet for Record Profits

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May 23, 2013
"Terracide." A new word - it's meant to encompass the almost unimaginable -- what the big energy companies are doing on and to our planet right now. Their execs are consciously destroying/melting it for profit and if that doesn't make them terrorists -- or terrarists - what does? And if that doesn't also make the companies themselves the biggest criminal enterprise in history, then how would you define that term?
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Portside Culture

The Coney Island Hot Dog: a Uniquely American Story

Erick Trickey
Smithsonian Magazine
Nathan's may be famous, but it's only part of the Ellis-Island-meets-Coney-Island story. Outside New York, the Coney Island name evokes an entirely different hot-dog tradition.

Life Jacket

Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad
Heartjournalonline
The New York poet Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad offers a soulful Life Jacket to those displaced and forlorn by international tragedies: "remember," she writes, "you were born first/into a province of hope."

Ava DuVernay Thinks Little Brown Girls Should Be Space Travelers, Too

Mattie Kahn
Elle
People seem to think that a movie or a television show or a book is "diverse" when there are "one or two black people or brown people, or one girl or a couple of girls," DuVernay says. "Inclusion is really half—half of the cast, half of the directors, half of the writers are women or girls, half of the room, more than half of the room is of color," she says. "I think we get really satisfied with less.

Portside Labor

Nyack Library Workers Vote to Unionize

Kimberly Redmond
Lohud
Nyack Library workers voted Monday night to unionize, making it among the small handful of Rockland County, New York libraries where employees are covered by unions. They will be joining the New York State United Teachers.

Boston Nurses Are Bringing Back the Strike

Sarah Betancourt
In These Times
Tufts Medical Center nurses went back to work on Monday after launching the first Boston nurses’ strike in more than three decade. Despite the collective action, the roughly 1,200 nurses who walked out still face barriers to a satisfactory resolution.

Solidarity with Palestine is not Hate Speech, says Cosatu

Cosatu
Morning Star
A South African court ruled that the trade union federation Costau is guilty of hate speech and anti-Semitism because of its support of Palestinian rights. The union denounced the ruling as an attack against workers’ rights to offer solidarity, freedom of expression and the struggle for justice and dignity for all.

Big, Brash and Bent on Change; Chief of Local Sees Corruption in City Workers' Union

Steven Greenhouse
The New York Times
Mark Rosenthal died July 15, 2017. He was a rank and file trade unionist who helped change the face of the New York City labor movement in the late 1990's and beyond. He was a founding member of the Committee for real Change in DC 37, AFSCME and former Local 983 President. Steven Greenhouse's article in The New York Times September 30, 1998 is a fitting tribute to Mark Rosenthal

Big, Brash and Bent on Change; Chief of Local Sees Corruption in City Workers' Union

Steven Greenhouse
The New York Times
Mark Rosenthal died July 15, 2017. He was a rank and file trade unionist who helped change the face of the New York City labor movement in the late 1990's and beyond. He was a founding member of the Committee for Real Change in DC 37, AFSCME and President of Local 983. Steven Greenhouse's article in The New York Times in 1998 is the best obituary Mark could have.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on July 21, 2017

Keegan-Michael Key's famous character Luther, Obama's anger translator, rode off into the sunset at the end of the 44th President's second term. Or so we thought...

Posted by Portside on July 21, 2017

Official music video of Mia Paz performing 'Shelter'

Posted by Portside on July 21, 2017

As the Russia story keeps getting worse, we're going to see just how far the network is willing to go to stay on Trump's good side.

Posted by Portside on July 22, 2017

The max speed of a Tyrannosaurus rex was about 12 mph, according to scientists at University of Manchester. 

Posted by Portside on July 22, 2017

Seth takes a closer look at President Trump's New York Times interview, in which he lashes out at his own attorney general and threatens the special counsel investigating him.

Posted by Portside on July 14, 2017

Ezra Klein wondered what it must have been like to live through Watergate. Now he thinks he knows.

Posted by Portside on July 14, 2017

Stand up for what you believe / Resist the 'powers that be' / Preserve the land and save the seas / For the children of destiny