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Friday Nite Videos | February 3, 2023

Marjorie Taylor Greene Accidentally Humiliates Herself. The Science of Racism. Brett Kavanaugh Documentary Debuts At Sundance. Jordan Klepper Crashes Trump's First 2024 Campaign "Rally." Do You Need a Brain To Sleep?

The Culture Wars Look Different on Wikipedia

The site is tackling more controversial edits, the results of which can reverberate across the internet.

Insulin Is Too Expensive. California Is Making Its Own.

Insulin’s cost crisis is spurring states to pursue a public version of an essential medication.

The Collapse of the Vertical

A top-down society is extremely brittle. Vertical control is easier; it eliminates the need to convince anyone. But it is far less effective. The number of errors and the cost of correcting them increase sharply.

Tyre Nichols and America’s Systemic Failure

Proposed reforms at the federal level would not have saved the life of Tyre Nichols. Only the fundamental transformation of systems of punishment that have been normalized in American society and culture can do that.

DeSantis’s Attack on Black Studies - Proto-Fascism

Florida’s unapologetically racist governor, Ron DeSantis, has effectively declared war on the Black freedom movement.

When My Song Went Viral, It Didn‘t Make Me Rich

If making a fortune is your goal, a career in music will take you a long way—in the wrong direction. Working in the music industry today is attempting to thrive in a hostile environment. Only the very lucky, well-connected, or well-funded survive.

How Rising Temperatures Are Becoming a Labor Story

Labor reporters are increasingly focusing on how extreme heat kills workers — and what should be done about it. They could focus on industry opposition to creating federal heat regulations, whether from agricultural employers or warehouse companies.

Nuclear Weapons and Nationalism: An Incendiary Mix

The first UN General Assembly's first resolution set up a commission to bring back proposals to eliminate atomic weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction and to control atomic energy. That was seventy-seven years ago.

Feb 2, 2023 - Reader Comments, Announcements, Cartoons

Reader Comments: Tyre Nichols Murder; Ilhan Omar; Rent Control; Climate Disaster; David Crosby; Making Sense of the Ukraine War and confusion on the Left; Medical Debt; Reconstruction; Antisemitism; More Announcements; Cartoons;
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Culture

poetry

UnAmerican Activities

Gerry Sloan
Arkansas poet Gerry Sloan speaks to global absurdity (think Ukraine) “weapons of mass destruction place…victory out of reach…”

books

Making Sense of the Ukraine War

Eric Draitser Tempest
In a critical assessment of this new book, reviewer Draitser challenges some widely-held views and assumptions about the Russia-Ukraine war.

film

The Responsibility of Watching

A.O. Scott The New York Times
The Responsibility of Watching the video of Memphis police beating Tyre Nichols challenges public complacency — and complicity. What are our duties as citizens and as human beings?

food

Cacao Makes a Comeback in Puerto Rico

Jen Ruiz Modern Farmer
In the 1900s, tax incentives lured major pharmaceutical corporations to the island. Puerto Ricans left the land for the office. But gourmet crops like cacao have enticed islanders to return to agriculture, building a burgeoning chocolate hot spot.

tv

‘Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches’ Will Ask ‘How Should Women Use Power?’

Danielle Turchiano Metacritic
Spaulding noted that there are two clear paths someone could take: finding new ways to wield the power or modeling the patriarchy. The central question of the show, which she added will get "answered in various ways over the course of each episode and this season and beyond" is, "As female power emerges, how should a women use power?"

poetry

Big Bird Died for Your Sins

Martín Espada Virginia Quarterly Review
The poet Martín Espada recounts a childhood encounter of death, mourning the loss of baseball’s Puerto Rican star, Roberto Clemente.

books

The Problem of Democracy

Jonathan Freedland The Guardian
In this book, author Hamid writes about what he calls a "democratic dilemma" facing U.S. policymakers, who, he says, "want democracy in theory but do not necessarily want its outcomes in practice.”

Labor

labor

Fear and Loathing Among the Union Busters

Julia Rock The Lever
The tactics suggested by "union avoidance" consultants, such as “old-fashioned captive audience [speeches],” remain the same, with a slightly different twist to match the moment.

labor

Most Schools in England Affected by Strikes

Hazel Shearing BBC
Teachers in England and Wales were among thousands of workers taking action during what was said to be the biggest strike day for a decade.

labor

Picket Crosses Worker Lines

Hanna Raskin The Food Section
Workers on picket line. The newly formed Union of Southern Service Workers holds its first strike.

labor

How We Began To Bring the Mail Back

Jamie Partridge Labor Notes
In the 1980s and 1990s, after we secured local contract language against delivery in the dark (“both inefficient and unsafe”), carriers in Portland would bring the mail back, instead of delivering in the dark.

Friday nite video

video

Do You Need a Brain To Sleep?

You might think you need a brain to sleep, but organisms with super simple neural networks can still "sleep" sort of like we do.