Wal-Mart's 'Invisible Army' of Lobbyists

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July 22, 2013
Last year alone, Wal-Mart spent a staggering $8.68 million on lobbying expenses -- 70 percent of which was spent on its own platoon of internal company lobbyists. In addition to buying lobbyists, Wal-Mart also makes corporate contributions to presidential and Congressional candidates: $9.5 million between 2000 and 2012. Wal-Mart created a political action committee to handle these contributions, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. PAC for Responsible Government.
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The Most Injurious Job in America

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July 22, 2013
A new report put out by Public Citizen found that in 2010, healthcare workers (including hospital staff) reported 653,900 workplace injuries and illnesses. That’s approximately 152,000 more (a 432 percent higher rate) than the industry with the second highest number of injuries—manufacturing—even though the healthcare sector is only 134 percent larger than the manufacturing sector.
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You Can Shove Your Wars!

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July 22, 2013
The play, which ran in San Francisco from May 9th to June 16th, had an all-male ensemble of 10 actors who portrayed the stories and sentiments of many of the soldiers in the much-lauded, 300-year-old Scots Highland Regiment known as “The Black Watch.” The script, by writer Gregory Burke, was faithfully based on his months of interviews – in, yes, pubs – with former Black Watch troops who had completed two tours of duty in Iraq (2003 & 2004) and one in Afghanistan (...
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The War on Public School Teachers

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July 22, 2013
If those who are prosecuting this onslaught against our public schools succeed, they will have made workers more insecure, created a compliant, alienated, and low-wage labour force, and devised new ways to make money – a massive testing industry, for-profit schools, consulting services. They will also have put another nail in the coffin of democracy.
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A Field Guide To Surviving A Mass Extinction

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July 21, 2013
When the Earth caught fire, killing the dinosaurs, fresh water ecosystems did ok.
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North Carolina's Moral Mondays

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July 21, 2013
An inspiring grassroots movement is fighting back against the GOP’s outrageous budget cuts and attacks on democracy.
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Farmworkers Seeking Safeguards

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July 21, 2013
Most workers in the U.S. look to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for standards to protect them from exposure to hazardous chemicals. Protection for farmworkers from pesticides is left to the EPA's authority under the Worker Protection Standard of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act ("FIFRA"), a standard that is far more lenient than OSHA rules and is fundamentally inadequate.
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A Shuffle of Aluminum: to Banks, Pure Gold

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July 21, 2013
By controlling warehouses, pipelines and ports, banks gain valuable market intelligence, investment analysts say. That, in turn, can give them an edge when trading commodities. In the stock market, such an arrangement might be seen as a conflict of interest — or even insider trading. But in the commodities market, it is perfectly legal. In 2011, an internal Goldman memo suggested that speculation by investors accounted for about a third of the price of a barrel of oil.
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Trayvon Martin, Race and Anthropology

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July 21, 2013
Those of us who research race, racism and inequality must continue to name racism without sugarcoating it; to analyze the ways in which racism is maintained and produced inside and outside of our discipline. Most important, we need to interrogate the new hidden forms of structural racism and deconstruct, in the best sense of the word, the ways in which racism expresses itself in the age of "post-racial color blindness."
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'Justice For Trayvon' Rallies Across the U.S.

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July 20, 2013
"We have moved on from the verdict. Of course we're hurting of course we're shocked and disappointed, but that just means we have to roll up our sleeves and continue to fight."
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Deux ex Machina

Sandra Anfang
Portside.org
Chuck and Nancy came to the high priest to cut a deal and think they did, but not everyone believes that the high priest can stick to a deal. And so it goes....

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.

Portside Labor

Union Collaboration a Success for Vice Media

Patrick J. Foote
People's World
Two unions, Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Motion Picture Editors Guild/IATSE Local 700 (MPEG) have announced that approximately 430 VICE Media employees have chosen to go union.

There is Life After Uber

Sam Levin
The Guardian
After London stripped the service of its license, stories from Austin, Alaska and Denmark offer a preview of what could be next for the city’s transportation.

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.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on September 22, 2017

Lewis Black explains why congressional Republicans will never be able to fix America's health care system and offers some grim advice to healthy uninsured millennials.

Posted by Portside on September 22, 2017

Workman on his lunchbreak  plays some amazing boogie woogie at the Public Piano in St Pancras Station, London.

Posted by Portside on September 22, 2017

Study reveals that sleep may have deep evolutionary roots.

Posted by Portside on September 22, 2017

A short documentary film, with music, depicting anti-Irish bigotry in Boston's daily newspapers from the 1880s and 1890s. By Bill Fitzpatrick.

Posted by Portside on September 22, 2017

In this moving, poetic talk, OluTimehin Adegbeye details how government land grabs are destroying the lives of thousands who live in the coastal communities of Lagos, Nigeria, to make way for a "new Dubai."

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 ...