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Neutrinos Linked With Cosmic Source for the First Time

High-energy neutrinos have been traced back to a flaring supermassive black hole known as a blazar. The long-sought link opens the door to an entirely new way to study the universe.

The Vetting of Thurgood Marshall

Marshall had neither a Harvard degree nor wide legal experiences, but he possessed an extraordinary judicial temperament and proved to be an outstanding federal judge. Of his 98 majority decisions on the circuit court, not one was overturned.

Washington State Likely to Vote on Carbon Price in Nov.

“They have a lot of money, we have a lot of people, so our job is to mobilize people.”

The Real Driver of Health Care Spending

An inefficiency gap is boosting costs — and profits

What Does It Mean to Abolish ICE?

Activists and politicians want a total overhaul of immigration enforcement—but do we have a real plan?

Trump Isn't Bothering to Disguise His Racism

Trump: So I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad. I think you are losing your culture.

What’s Behind the Trade War?

Trump’s burgeoning trade war is more about asserting US dominance in the world than helping American workers.

Dem Infighting Erupts Over Supreme Court Pick

Liberal activists, who are closely aligned with the party’s base, are losing patience with centrist Democrats who are on the fence over Kavanaugh, a judge with impressive credentials and the approval of the conservative Federalist Society.

Global Left Saturday - July 14, 2018

French autonomous zone; Mozambique +43; Dalits fight; Latinas insurgent; Hard right vs soft left in Ontario

The Rural South’s Invisible Public Health Crisis

Many rural Southern communities rely on “straight-piping.”
Many poor rural Southern communities lack a decent water and sewage infrastructure; consequently, poverty-related infections, or “neglected tropical diseases,” have been discovered in southeastern Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
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Culture

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The Surprisingly Long History of Racial Oppression in Coffeehouses: Centuries before two Black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks, capitalists met at coffee shops to profit from the transatlantic slave trade.

Tasha Williams Yes Magazine
Traders, bankers, and Lloyd’s merchants also met in coffeehouses in Bristol, England, to enrich themselves with profits from over 2,000 slave ships processed in that city Coffeehouses connected goods and capital streams with seekers, facilitating the very aspect of slavery that amplified capitalism. Enslaved peoples’ bodies were not only bought and sold, but made into part of the processes of of credit and finance.

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The Embarrassment of Being in the World

Kathy Nilsson What Nature: Poems
Massachusetts poet Kathy Nilsson exposes feelings of alienation in the current state of the world: “I don’t recall being American, or even here.”

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Taking on Dirty Power in Richmond, California

Michael Hirsch The Indypendent
A founding member of California's independent Richmond Progressive Alliance pens a memoir detailing how her fledgling group waged its successful electoral and community organizing effort against Chevron, the city’s largest, predatory employer.

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Is Life in a 'Post-Truth' World Sustainable?

Robert Daniel Evers Pop Matters
We now live in a world where "alternative" facts have replaced truth and feelings are now counted as "evidence." How did such a discourse become so widespread? What does it mean? This new book offers some perspective.

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"Ex Libris"- Frederick Wiseman Interview

Claire Armitstead The Guardian
From his debut film about the ‘criminally insane’ to Ex Libris, his latest documentary on the New York Public Library, the award-winning octogenarian is as committed to fighting injustice as ever – especially in the era of Trump.

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The Humble Cabbage Connects History and Cultures

David Bacon Civil Eats
Workers packing cabbage heads coordinate with each other to work quickly Photographer David Bacon shares stunning images of farmworkers harvesting cabbage the old-fashioned way, and writes that the ubiquitous if undervalued vegetable is actually a shared cultural touchstone.

Labor

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OECD Employment Outlook 2018

AFSCME AFSCME Information Highway
In particular, the report shows the United States’s unemployed and at-risk workers are getting very little support from the government, and their employed peers are set back by a particularly weak collective-bargaining system.

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New Hampshire Reacts To Janus Decision

Matt Murray NH Labor News
By joining together and working in union, we will fight the corrupt forces intent on dismantling worker protections and continue the fight for safe jobs with good wages and benefits, dignity and respect in the workplace for all.

Friday nite video

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Green Day - American Idiot (With Lyrics)

Written and performed by British punk rockers Green Day for the George Bush presidency, and appropriately revived for Donald Trump's visit to Great Britain.

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Movie | Sorry to Bother You Trailer

Boots Riley mines his own experience as a telemarketer into compelling storytelling magic about a worklife that millions of Americans have experienced (review). In theaters now.

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Workplace Safety: Gun Edition

While we’re celebrating America, what’s more American than gun violence? Michelle Wolf mocks the NRA’s notion of a good guy with a gun.

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What Is the Tragedy of the Commons?

What happens when individuals each seek to exploit a shared resource without rules that protect the common good? Another story of markets being irrational.