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Friday Nite Videos | October 18, 2019

John Oliver | Weather. Rising Up | Bernie 2020. Glory to Hong Kong: A New Protest Anthem. Hosting G7 at Doral Violates the Constitution. The Irishman | Movie.

The Fierce Urgency of Less

The three B’s (Biden, Bloomberg, Buttigieg) of can’t-go-big

Not, 'Is Trump Nuts?' But 'How Did Get Elected?'

To reduce his presidency to a frail mind is to ignore the fact he’s an emblem of free-market, white supremacist nationalism

Salesforce CEO: We Need a New Capitalism

As a capitalist, I believe it’s time to say out loud what we all know to be true: Capitalism, as we know it, is dead.

Mark Zuckerberg Is Not Defending the 1st Amendment

The “Borat” star tore into the Facebook CEO with a metaphor about a restaurant owner and neo-Nazis

How to Resolve the Chicago Teachers Strike?

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is bringing a holistic approach to bargaining to benefit both their members and students. This means bringing common good demands such as affordable housing and sanctuary schools into the contract negotiations...

Left Organizers Should Join the Fight for Impeachment

As Congress returns to Washington, the impeachment proceedings are likely to gain steam. The authors argue the left can't afford to sit this fight out, but should be a part of the broad anti-Trump front working to protect and expand democracy.

Mainstream Media Mantra: Medicare for All Is Impossible

The insinuation that Medicare for All would somehow leave people currently insured under a private company behind elevates a popular right-wing talking point used to dissuade Americans against single-payer health care.

Civil Rights on Chopping Block before Supreme Court

As the Supreme Court moves increasingly to the right with the recent additions of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, we can expect the continued evisceration of civil rights and civil liberties.

Oct. 17, 2019-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: Impeachment and Rule of Law; Sanders, Warren and Trolls; Biden and corruption; Chicago Teachers Strike; Turkey, Kurds, Syria; "Glass Floor"; Housing; Puerto Rico; Resource: Stopping Workplace Sexual Harassment; Announcements (lots)
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Three Flats

Philip C. Kolin
Mississippi poet Philip C. Kolin traces the evolution of his childhood neighborhood in Chicago that went from Czech to Hispanic.


Insular, Controversial Picks for Nobel Literature Laureates

Jennifer Wilson The Nation
Next year, says the reviewer, the Nobel Committee for Literature should look beyond Europe. Despite the differences between awardees Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke, they both reflect a divided Europe as viewed only from within its borders.


'The Irishman": The Ghost of Jimmy Hoffa Won’t Go Away

Steve Early Jacobin
Martin Scorsese’s new film The Irishman continues Hollywood’s obsession with the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. We’re more concerned with what happened to Teamster working conditions under his son, James P. Hoffa.


Noon in a three star restaurant

Marge Piercy Chiron Review
“He does not represent us,” writes poet Marge Piercy about the misogynist Senator, but knows the “clichés that light up brains.”



The G.M. Strike Was the Best and the Worst of the Labor Movement

E. Tammy Kim The New York Times
On picket lines around the country, from Wyoming, Michigan to Rochester, N.Y. to Langhorne, Pennsylvania ---G.M. workers made the strike their own. Their fight is one that all of us, regardless of the work we do, should claim as our own.


Government-Sponsored Retirement Plans for Private-Sector Workers Fall Short

The government-promoted plans let employers completely off the hook and put the entire burden of retirement savings and investment management on workers. They put another nail in the coffin of traditional plans in which employers share the expense.

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John Oliver | Weather

John Oliver discusses the tension between the public and private worlds of predicting the weather


Rising Up | Bernie 2020

The corporate media covers Bernie's campaign while millions of people around the country rise up


Glory to Hong Kong: A New Protest Anthem

After months of peaceful marches and clashes, Hong Kong protesters have begun staging a different type of demonstration - mass singalongs of a new song called Glory to Hong Kong.


The Irishman | Movie

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Full review.