Taking the "Con" Out of Economics

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April 21, 2013
A recent “Spreadsheet Scandal” has rocked the economics world. It has eliminated the last remaining technical argument in support of the President’s “chained CPI” Social Security cut. Earlier this year the IMF admitted they had made errors in their modelling of expenditure multipliers. Now, the darlings of the austerity cultists – Rogoff and Reinhart – has been exposed for errors in spreadsheet coding. Who is ever going to take responsibility for these travesties?
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Before Housing Bubbles, There Was Land Fever

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April 21, 2013
Since 1997, we have lived through the biggest real estate bubble in United States history — followed by the most calamitous decline in housing prices that the country has ever seen. Fundamental factors like inflation and construction costs affect home prices, of course. But the radical shifts in housing prices in recent years were caused mainly by investor-induced speculation. Previous events were fundamentally different from the recent housing bubble.
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The Organizing Model-As American as Apple Pie

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April 21, 2013
Unions have looked to the US for ideas about how to fight back. They adopted "The Organizing Model," an approach to organizing first developed by the AFL-CIO in the 1980s that is now a core principle in virtually every major labor organization in the US, Europe, Australia, and parts of Asia. While the shift to an "organizing" orientation is more than necessary, it is also less than sufficient to revive the labor movement and it's shortcomings...
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Bahrain Protests

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April 20, 2013
Thousands take to streets to highlight pro-reform demands skirmish with security forces ahead of Formula One car race.
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Austerity error

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April 20, 2013
A team of economists at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at UMass Amherst broke a huge story this week that was promptly picked up by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, and newspapers around the globe. The economists proved that the essential underpinning "of the intellectual edifice of austerity economics," as Paul Krugman put it, is based on sloppy methodology and spreadsheet coding errors.
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Rewind 4.20.13

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April 20, 2013
Pension Funds, Egypt, Inequality, Torture Crimes and more...
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Robin Hood Tax

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April 20, 2013
Nurses - 'critical new revenue for such critical needs as jobs, healthcare, education, and the international fight against HIV/AIDS and climate change.'
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Chechen Terrorists and the Neocons

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April 20, 2013
The revelation that the family of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings was from Chechnya prompted new speculation about the attack as Islamic terrorism. Less discussed was the history of U.S. neocons supporting Chechen terrorists as a strategy to weaken Russia.
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Friday Nite Videos -- April 19, 2013

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April 19, 2013
Scientists create a see-through brain. Boston Marathon suspect interrogation may answer many questions. Lewis Black on the moocher class. Brubeck's 'Take Five' with sitar and tabla. Glenda Jackson's 'tribute' to Baroness Thatcher. Documentary film: Ain't I a Person?
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'Terror Returns' -- But When Did It Go Away?

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April 19, 2013
The fact that journalists assigned to cover this story could fail to remember that political violence has been part of the United States landscape for the past decade and more is testament to a narrow definition that dismisses right-wing domestic violence as not really terrorism–and to a will to believe, for partisan or psychological reasons, that George W. Bush "kept us safe" after 9/11. The reality is not so comforting.
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Portside Culture

Shh! These Quiet Food Videos Will Get Your Senses Tingling

Clare Leschin-Hoar
The Salt
A whole new genre of food videos, focusing on specific intense sounds like crinkling, chopping, sautéing and stirring, is becoming popular. These eating sounds trigger pleasing tingling sensations in the brains of viewers who experience ASMR, which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.

Not Our Tribe

Jed Myers
Seattle poet Jed Myers speaks of the fear of strangers, how our eyes assess and judge newcomers, searching for the glimmer that makes them one of us.

A Memoir of Life as Che Guevara’s Kid Brother

Peter Canby
New Yorker
Che’s youngest sibling, Juan Martin Guevara, remembers his revolutionary brother and the family's travails after his murder by the Bolivian military with the aid of the CIA.

Portside Labor

McDonald's Labor Abuses and the GOP

Thor Benson
Working In These Times
If successful, the bill would mark a historic shift in labor law. Millions of low-wage workers across the country would be directly impacted, losing a key mechanism to protect their rights on the job, while corporations which regularly escape liability would gain protections.

Dolores – A Film Review

Duane Campbell
Democratic Left
That Dolores Huerta is not better known in the nation provides a commentary on how little the mainstream media, and much of the Left, know about the growth of Latino power in the labor and feminist movements.

Hospitality Workers Union Gains a Foothold at New Orleans' Largest Hotel

Richard Thompson
The New Orleans Advocate
Earlier this year, hundreds of workers at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, the city's largest hotel, voted to unionize, a rare development locally that labor leaders think could give them a long-sought foothold in the city's mostly low-wage but critical hospitality industry, which employs nearly 80,000 workers.

Friday Nite Videos

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Almost Like Praying,” featuring a variety of artists, was written and recorded to benefit hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico with proceeds benefiting The Hispanic Federation's Unidos Disaster Relief Fund. Download and stream here.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

Seth takes a closer look at how powerful men in entertainment and politics - from Harvey Weinstein to Donald Trump - abuse their power to silence, bully or coerce.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

The Try Guys take on the immigration system and find out how hard it really is to become a US citizen.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

The President called for 'anti-Trump' late night host(s) to give him 'equal time' on their show. Stephen can only think of one person to help play, excuse the phrase, devil's advocate.

Posted by Portside on October 12, 2017

Eminem is back! And he's in classic bar-for-bar form blasting at Donald Trump from his Detroit home. The cyphers went crazy too. Peep.

Posted by Portside on October 6, 2017

John Oliver discusses the way the NRA not only works to prevent gun control, they work to prevent an informed discussion about gun control.

Posted by Portside on October 6, 2017

On 4 October 1936 antifascists of London came out en masse in what became known as The Battle of Cable Street to confront Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists as they planned to march through the East End.