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Trash Fight is Sequel to Bloomberg Battle

City Limits - 11 hours 4 min ago
A bill to cap how much city trash each neighborhood has to handle hardens the targets of a policy first approved nine years ago.

The Federal Reserve Won't Save the Economy for All

Portside - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 8:09am
The Federal Reserve Won't Save the Economy for All

October 20, 2014
By Joelle Gamble
Next New Deal (October 9, 2014)

There is no silver bullet in this fight for economic justice. Not one public official, nor one economist, nor one President will solve our mess. A return to democratic principles and a deepening of participatory process is what it will take to uplift the working class. [...]

Democracy Now! 2014-10-20 Monday

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 8:00am
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Immigration Reform, Activism, and Moral Certainty

Portside - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:56am
Immigration Reform, Activism, and Moral Certainty

October 20, 2014
By Duane Campbell
Talking Union (October 2, 2014)

Attacking allies does not move immigration reform forward. And, an argument from a position of moral correctness does not change policy. We need to be on the morally correct side but that is not enough to change policy because political and economic power largely controls this country. We have a political oligarchy- our government is dominated by corporations. We need to understand neoliberal capitalism, then, work to change it. [...]

Union Federation Gets Vocal On Harsh Prison Sentencing: 'It's A Labor Issue'

Portside - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:20am
Union Federation Gets Vocal On Harsh Prison Sentencing: 'It's A Labor Issue'

October 20, 2014
By Dave Jamieson
Huffington Post (October 10, 2014)

Mass incarceration is a labor issue because those same people who work for pennies in prison, once they have served their time, find themselves locked out of the job market by employers who screen applicants for felony convictions, declares AFL-CIO President Trumka. [...]

Memory Loss

Portside - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:46am
Memory Loss

October 20, 2014
By John Green
The People's Daily Morning Star (October 18, 2014)

Stereotypes about German history and about the German Democratic Republic distort history. Simplifications of the past inhibit our ability to understand the nature of fascism and anti-fascism, to understand the complexities of socialism,

Many in Britain would be hard put to think of anything German beyond nazis, jackboots, humourlessness, lederhosen and beer gardens.
Those stereotypes are surprising, because it could be argued that Germany has had, since classical times, more impact on European and even world culture than any other European nation.
Its philosophers, [...]

Ebola, Capitalism and the Idea of Society

Portside - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:31am
Ebola, Capitalism and the Idea of Society

October 20, 2014
By Rob Urie
CounterPunch (October 17, 2014)

The U.S.has sent soldiers to West Africa while Cuba has sent emergency health care workers. The difference is fundamental: Cuba sees both public purpose and moral imperative to help those stricken with Ebola and the U.S. sees a threat to profits at ‘home’ and a military exercise to ‘contain’ the spread of Ebola abroad. [...]

US Treasury and Transportation Departments Hold a Privatization Party

Portside - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:55am
US Treasury and Transportation Departments Hold a Privatization Party

October 19, 2014
By Ellen Dannin
Truthout (October 16, 2014)

Despite the warning signs all around us, the Departments of the Treasury and Transportation appear to be running headlong into a crash - and not just the kind of crash that takes place on a highway. The Obama administration appears to have bought into Public Private Partnerships spinning straw into gold. [...]

Your Nose Knows Death is Imminent

Portside - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:44am
Your Nose Knows Death is Imminent

October 19, 2014
By Mo Costandi
The Guardian (October 20, 2014)

Losing the sense of smell predicts likelihood of death within five years, according to new research.

Until as recently as 1987, British coal pits employed caged canaries as sentinels that alerted miners to the presence of poisonous gases. Being more sensitive to them than we are, the birds would get distressed before the gases reached levels that are dangerous to humans, giving the miners time to evacuate and avoid suffocation.
According to new research, the sense of smell is the canary in the [...]

The GOP Is Winning the War on Voting

Portside - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:36am
The GOP Is Winning the War on Voting

October 19, 2014
By Ari Berman
The Nation (October 15, 2014)

Voters in fifteen states—many with tight races—will face new restrictions at the polling booth for the first time in November.

Since the 2010 election, the Republican Party has waged a long and aggressive war on voting. In 2011 and 2012, at least 180 new voting restrictions were introduced in forty-one states, with twenty-seven election changes passing in nineteen states. The attack on voting rights intensified after the Supreme Court’s June 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision striking down Section 4 of [...]

The Political Economy of Ebola

Portside - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:46am
The Political Economy of Ebola

October 19, 2014
By Leigh Phillips
Jacobin (October 13, 2014)

Ebola is a problem that will not be solved, because it isn’t profitable to do so.

The Onion, as ever, is on point with its “coverage” of the worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, and the first in West Africa, infecting some 1,779 people and killing at least 961. “Experts: Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People Away,” read the cheeky headline of the July 31 news brief.
Our shorthand explanation is that if the people infected with Ebola were white, the problem would be solved. [...]

Black Vote Seen as Last Hope for Democrats to Hold Senate

Portside - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:33am
Black Vote Seen as Last Hope for Democrats to Hold Senate

October 19, 2014
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg
New York Times (October 18, 2014)

The confidential memo from a former pollster for President Obama contained a blunt warning for Democrats. Written this month with an eye toward Election Day, it predicted “crushing Democratic losses across the country” if the party did not do more to get black voters to the polls. [...]

Rincon Bomba

Global Indymedia Newswire - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 1:52am