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Natalie Portman Acknowledges Annihilation Whitewashing is ‘Problematic’

Jordan Crucchiola Vulture
Portman and her co-star Jennifer Jason Leigh say they only learned about the race of the characters in the film’s source material this week. When asked to comment on the controversy, Portman said, “Well, that does sound problematic, but I’m hearing it here first.” Leigh added, “It’s probably a valid criticism. I didn’t know that.”

food

Name That Orange! The Modern Farmer Guide to Orange Varieties

Dan Nosowitz Modern Farmer
These are a very few of the many varieties of oranges. Oranges were likely first cultivated in southern China (references to the fruit can be found in region’s literature as far back as 314 BC). They’ve since been hybridized, re-hybridized, and altered so much that there are hundreds of orange varieties throughout the world. Can you tell the difference between varieties?

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Marxism as ‘Organized Sarcasm’

Richard Seymour Salvage
Saying Marxism is a science is preface. Add organized sarcasm and we come closer to mocking not so much intimate feelings associated with worldly illusions but their form in a particular perishable world. It aims to give new form to certain aspirations, the better to regenerate them. Yet if Marxist movements are to be effective, they must create new tastes and a new language for struggles to be born. Sarcasm then is about what outrages our sense of what should be.

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Audre Lorde’s ‘Your Silence Will Not Protect You’

Bridget Minamore The White Review
Audre Lorde (1934-1992) was one of the most significant U.S. writers of the last quarter of the 20th Century. She described herself as "Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet." This new collection of her poetry and prose allows readers to remind themselves of her thought and its significance.

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Seven Foundational Cookbooks That Shaped American Cooking

Ali Slagle Saveur.com
America: The Cookbook author Gabrielle Langholtz shares the texts that helped craft the United States’ regional culinary traditions For her book, America: The Cookbook, Gabrielle Langholtz looked at cookbooks as well as narrative and anthropological books to fully explore America’s culinary history—Little House on the Prairie and the Sterns’ many varied books among them.

Labor

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Airbnb Finds a Union It Can Work With After Failed Efforts

Josh Eidelson Bloomberg
The United Auto Workers won a union contract covering nearly 150 cafeteria workers at four Airbnb facilities. It’s the latest development in a unionization trend among tech companies’ sub-contracted staff. Share Better, a group backed by Unite Here, the hotel industry, housing groups and elected officials, said Thursday that the new Airbnb effort doesn’t go far enough.

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Statewide Walkout Announced for W.V. School Teachers and Employees

Caity Coyne Charleston Gazette-Mail
Teachers and public employees have been demonstrating for weeks, including a massive all-day protest at the Capitol on Friday, asking lawmakers to fully fund the Public Employees Insurance Agency and increase pay.

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In Uganda, Unions Are Helping to Drive Transport Workers Into Decent Work

Diana Taremwa Karakire Equal Times
The Uganda transport workers strategy for organising informal economy workers was based on understanding that these workers are often already organised, not within unions, but through credit and savings cooperatives, self-help groups, community-based organisations and associations.

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Florida Shooting: Students Walk Out to Call for Gun Control

Students across the US are walking out of their schools to protest against gun violence and to demand a ban on assault rifles, in solidarity with the survivors of the second deadliest public school shooting in US history.

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How Some Democrats Aided The NRA-GOP Agenda

Controversial historical footage implicates key Democrats in the gun lobby efforts to stop any gun control in congress. Ari Melber’s special report.

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How Tech Giants Feed Off Capitalism's Failures

Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and other successful tech giants are disrupting our everyday lives ... but is all that disruption a good thing? Are they fixing holes in our economy, or just digging a bigger one that's six feet deep?

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Russia Hacks Voter Rolls & Rob Porter Resigns

 
A top-secret report finds that Russia hacked U.S. voter rolls in the 2016 election, and White House staffer Rob Porter steps down amid domestic abuse allegations.