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Media Bits and Bytes – February 7, 2023

What's missing from economics coverage?

John Hopkins Graduate Students Vote To Unionize

Graduate students across three Hopkins campuses voted in a union. Out of 3,335 NLRB-registered voters, 2,053 voted yes and 67 voted no, resulting in a 97% majority and 64% turnout rate.

Is It Forensics or Is It Junk Science?

Dubious forensic techniques have spread throughout the criminal justice system for decades. Here’s what ProPublica has learned about junk forensic science techniques and how they proliferate.

Doctors Demoralized by Profit-Driven Health System

"And many physicians are now finding it difficult to quash the suspicion that our institutions, and much of our work inside them, primarily serve a moneymaking machine."

Three Books the US Military Doesn’t Want You To Read

Several new memoirs from disillusioned military veterans reflect on the horrors of war. They’re essential tools for challenging US empire.

We Need Energy Democracy

Around the country, corporate utility giants like DTE in Michigan are leaving communities vulnerable while impeding progress on decarbonization—and that’s exactly why a transition to community-owned utilities must happen.

The Greenhouse Effect. Here’s How It Works.

How the Greenhouse Effect Really Works.

The Case for Expanding the Scope of Reconciliation

One tool of Senate procedure—the budget reconciliation process—provides a limited end run around the filibuster. The reconciliation process allows a certain subset of legislation to pass with a simple majority.

The Meaning of African American Studies

The discipline emerged from Black struggle. Now the College Board wants it to be taught with barely any mention of Black Lives Matter.

Takeover of Jackson MS Water System

Congress sent $600 million to Jackson to help fix its water system. Some are warning that new legislation could funnel the money out of the city.
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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?"

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.

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.