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Scientific Research Shouldn’t Sit behind a Paywall

The public pays taxes to support research; they should be able to access the results

Why No African American Won Statewide In MS in 129 Year

What are some of the barriers to minority candidates running for/winning office?

Focus on Growing the Progressive Base

The very last thing we need is for the two strongest left/progressive candidates and their supporters to tear each other apart for the next eight months.

Against Polling

The polling industry claims to offer live snapshots of what the public thinks. Yet the obsession with polls is reducing politics to market research.

Kansas Picks 1st Winner of the Democratic Primary

Kansas Democrats are using ranked-choice voting for the 2020 primary election, hoping to increase voter participation and to create fairer voting systems.

What Milwaukee Can Teach the Democrats about Socialism

The Democratic Party didn’t choose Milwaukee for its 2020 convention because of its radical past. But the city’s history shows how socialism worked in the United States—and could work again.

Still Manufacturing Consent: An Interview With Noam Cho

Alan MacLeod interviewed Noam Chomsky via Skype on March 13, 2018, for MacLeod’s new book Propaganda in the Information Age: Still Manufacturing Consent.

American Historical Amnesia Behind Pompeo’s Claim of ‘4

From a CIA coup and supporting the Shah’s brutality to enabling chemical attacks, shooting down a civilian airliner and training terrorists,‘aggression’ between the US and Iran is overwhelmingly one-sided.

The Green New Deal: Whither Capitalism?

The public discourse, therefore, should be directed toward one that challenges the political legitimacy of the capitalist system in its capability to tackle the climate change crisis.

Gerrymandering and the US Anti-Abortion Movement

Women protest Texas anti-abortion legislation.
Opinion polls say a majority of voters support legal abortion; yet Republican-controlled legislatures continue to pass laws banning it. One key reason for the minority rule displayed in this recent flurry of anti-abortion measures is gerrymandering.
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Culture

poetry

To a Stranger

Walt Whitman Whitman Archive
Pride Flag Waves Over San Francisco's Gay Pride Parade In this season of gay pride and the varieties of love, Walt Whitman speaks to us on the 200th anniversary of his birth.

books

The Impossibility of Impeachment

Michael Kazin The New Republic
For reviewer Kazin, the failure of the effort to remove President Andrew Johnson from office, a story that is brilliantly recounted in this book, deserves careful study as we review today's political environment.

film

Scorsese’s Rolling Thunder Energy

Sam Adams Slate
Martin Scorsese blends fact and fiction for a playfully experimental film about the most freewheeling tour Bob Dylan ever did. The true shock of Rolling Thunder Revue is in how good, how alive, Dylan is on stage.

food

You Will Never Smell My World the Way I Do

Heather Murphy The New York Times
New research provides evidence of how extraordinarily different one person’s “smellscape” may be from another’s. It’s not that some people are better smellers; it’s that any one person might experience certain scents more intensely than their peers.

Labor

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IKEA Workers Vote To Join Machinists union

Staff Fightback News
A group of 186 distribution center workers at IKEA distribution centers in Joliet and Minooka, Illinois voted June 19 and 20 to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).

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Portside Labor Awarded Labor Communicator of the Year

Carl Ginsburg; Kurt Stand; Jay Schaffner Portside
Metro New York Labor Communications Council held its annual convention on May 10 at IBT Local 237. The Communicators of the Year award was presented to the Portside Labor collective. Portside Labor has been a vital resource for the labor community.

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BuzzFeed News Is Part of a Union Wave at Digital Media Outlets

Marc Tracy The New York Times
Expertise in the language of the internet is part of what has made BuzzFeed a digital giant. Now members of the website’s news staff are using their fluency in digital culture to pressure their employer to come to the bargaining table.

labor

America Has a Permanent Temp Worker Problem

David Van Arsdale The Indypendent
worker loooking at computer screen Over the last few decades, the employee-employer relationship has been hollowed-out...by the staffing industry and businesses that want to “hire” workers without the regulations and obligations that come with officially employing them.

Friday nite video

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Impeachment | John Oliver

With a national conversation underway about the possibility of impeachment, John Oliver discusses whether the benefits outweigh the potential risks

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Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Opening Statement on Reparations at US House Hearing

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates told lawmakers at a House committee hearing that the debate over reparations is “a dilemma of inheritance.” Coates called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for saying a day earlier that reparations were not “a good idea” because no one who is currently living is responsible. Coates told lawmakers that many of the inequalities created by slavery persist today, including in the form of economic and health disparities.

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Our Ignorance About Gravity

This video is about how little we know about the behavior of gravity at short length and distance scales and constraints on Newton's inverse square law at the human and microscopic and atomic scales. Only on solar system scales or larger do we have good constraints on Newton's law of gravitation.

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When White Supremacists Overthrew a Government

In November 1898, in Wilmington, North Carolina, a mob of 2,000 white men expelled black and white political leaders, destroyed the property of the city’s black residents, and killed dozens--if not hundreds--of people. For decades, the story of this violence was buried, while the perpetrators were cast as heroes.

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Protest Music in the Era of Trump

From Woody Guthrie to the tumultuous 1960s, musicians have responded to the times with music. Musicians across multiple genres are once again responding to the political climate.