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Puerto Rico’s Future Clouded Under New Debt Restructuring Plan

Ed Morales OpenDemocracy
Puerto Ricans participate in a silent protest in New York.
Last month, Puerto Rico’s federally imposed Fiscal Oversight and Management Board announced its debt-restructuring plan that predictably will expand draconian austerity measures while ignoring policies that would promote economic sustainability.

Making ‘The Moment’ Now

Gwen McKinney The Washington Informer
"Moments come and moment pass. But you cannot freeze them if you do not seize them," is the theme of Gene Bruskin's musical exploration of Reconstruction when this nation had the chance to do the right thing. Like then, the moment is still now.

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.”

Friday Nite Videos | October 11, 2019

Portside
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Speaks at Global Climate Summit. Joker | Movie. Why Do Prime Numbers Make These Spirals? Elizabeth Warren's Simple Response to a Marriage Equality Question. Giuliani Associates Arrested as Support for Impeachment Rises.

The Radical Guidebook Embraced by Google Workers and Uber Drivers

Noam Scheiber The New York Times
Technology and ride-hailing workers embrace lessons from a book based on ideas associated with a labor group, the IWW, from the early 20th century. The book has provided a blueprint for organizing collective power without a formal union.

Why Deep-Learning AIs Are so Easy to Fool

Douglas Heaven Nature
Brilliant at what they do, taken into unfamiliar terrain Deep Neural Networks are fundamentally brittle. AI researchers say they are making progress in fixing the flaws, but acknowledge that they’re still groping for new techniques.