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Friday Nite Videos -- July 3, 2015

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Friday Nite Videos -- July 3, 2015

July 3, 2015
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Portside (July 3, 2015)

Feeling the Bern in Madison, Wisconsin. Documentary: Amy. Slandero Gigante. Bree Newsome Exclusive Interview. The Chemistry of Fireworks.

Feeling the Bern in Madison, Wisconsin

 

Last week, Bernie Sanders held the largest campaign event of any candidate in the 2016 Presidential campaign -- 10,000 strong in Madison, Wisconsin. But for those of us who weren't there, this is our chance to taste the excitement of a campaign that is challenging plutocracy, to Feel the Bern. [...]

'Grassroots Movement Working': Bernie Sanders Gains on the Clinton Machine

Portside - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 11:57pm
'Grassroots Movement Working': Bernie Sanders Gains on the Clinton Machine

July 3, 2015
By Lauren Gambino and Ben Jacobs
The Guardian (July 3, 2015)

Sanders’ campaign has evolved from a longshot to a legitimate challenge in a very short time. The senator is drawing the largest crowds of any candidate and is gaining ground on Clinton in polls emerging from across the early voting states. Sanders rails against the “grotesque and obscene” concentration of wealth in America, has refused to have a Super Pac support him and is focused on wooing small-dollar donors. [...]

Stop Killing the Elderly With Kindness

Portside - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 11:36pm
Stop Killing the Elderly With Kindness

July 3, 2015
By Travis Saunders
Public Library of Science Blogs (June 2, 2015)

If you take a healthy 20 year-old, force them to sit all day, and refuse to let them do any physical labor out of fear they might hurt themself, it would cause them to “age” extremely rapidly. We need to promote more, not less physical activity for our elders. The next time you consider telling your grandmother to sit down, think about whether that’s really in her best interest. [...]

The Political One Percent of the One Percent

Portside - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 11:08pm
The Political One Percent of the One Percent

July 3, 2015
By Peter Olsen-Phillips, Russ Choma, Sarah Bryner and Doug Web
opensecrets.org (April 30, 2015)

Just one hundredth of one percent of people in the United States contributed nearly one third of all the money spent in the 2014 elections, a greater proportion than ever before, according to a new study. In the first full midterm since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, the influence of the One Percent of the One Percent continued to grow. Candidates, parties and super PACs depend on the super elite. [...]

Canada’s Oil Country Promises to Become ‘World Leader’ on Climate Change

Portside - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 10:43pm
Canada’s Oil Country Promises to Become ‘World Leader’ on Climate Change

July 3, 2015
By Emily Atkin
Think Progress (June 25, 2015)

Last month, the historically ultra-conservative and oil-rich province of Alberta, Canada, did the unthinkable: It elected a left-wing government. And that new government just made one of its first big moves: It announced a serious clamp-down on climate change, including doubling its carbon tax. [...]

Democracy Now! 2015-07-03 Friday

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2015-07-03 Friday
  • "What to the Slave is 4th of July?": James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass' Historic Speech
  • "This Flag Comes Down Today": Bree Newsome Scales SC Capitol Flagpole, Takes Down Confederate Flag
  • "We Shall Overcome": Remembering Folk Icon, Activist Pete Seeger in His Own Words & Songs

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Socialists and the U.S. Political System

Portside - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:21am
Socialists and the U.S. Political System

July 2, 2015
By Joseph M. Schwartz
DSA - Democratic Socialists of America (June 22, 2015)

Barriers to social change posed by our constitutional structure should not overwhelm us with pessimism. The history of the United States is punctuated by radical reform periods: Reconstruction, the Progressive Era, the New Deal and the civil rights era. Militant social movements can make major gains when ruling elites prove incapable of solving major social crises. During these periods a moderate reform party temporarily controls all three branches of government, [...]

Why We Recommend a NO in the Referendum - In 6 Short Bullet Points

Portside - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:08am
Why We Recommend a NO in the Referendum - In 6 Short Bullet Points

July 3, 2015
By Yanis Varoufakis; Joseph Stiglitz
Yanis Varoufakis (July 1, 2015)

The future demands a proud Greece within the Eurozone and at the heart of Europe. This future demands that Greeks say a big NO on Sunday, that we stay in the Euro Area, and that, with the power vested upon us by that NO, we renegotiate Greece's public debt as well as the distribution of burdens between the haves and the have nots. [...]

Statement By Bree Newsome: "Now Is The Time For True Courage"

Portside - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:47pm
Statement By Bree Newsome: "Now Is The Time For True Courage"

July 2, 2015
By Brittany "Bree" Newsome
Blue Nation Review (June 29, 2015)

White supremacy has dominated the politics of America resulting in the creation of racist laws and cultural practices designed to subjugate non-whites. The emblem of the confederacy, the stars and bars, in all its manifestations, has long been the most recognizable banner of this political ideology. It's the banner of racial intimidation and fear whose popularity experiences an uptick whenever black Americans appear to be making gains economically and politically. [...]

"From Worker Education Center to Hedge Fund and State Department Cabal: An Open Call to Struggle Against an Obscene Transformation"

Portside - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:33pm
"From Worker Education Center to Hedge Fund and State Department Cabal: An Open Call to Struggle Against an Obscene Transformation"

July 2, 2015
By John Alter
Committee of Concerned Students, Alumni, Faculty, & Staff (June 24, 2015)

The struggle to save Worker Education continues. This battle is an integral part of the defense against the class warfare waged on unions, public education and institutions, the working class and those who work toward a democratic society, and human rights and opportunity for the oppressed, not hedge funders and warmongers. We have deeply disturbing developments to report about management's recent actions. [...]

Tidbits - July 2, 2015 - Condition of Black Life - Our Real Problem with Race; Take Down Your Flag; Black Churches Being Burned; Greek Referendum; Columbia Divests From Prisons; more...

Portside - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:18pm
Tidbits - July 2, 2015 - Condition of Black Life - Our Real Problem with Race; Take Down Your Flag; Black Churches Being Burned; Greek Referendum; Columbia Divests From Prisons; more...

July 2, 2015
By
Portside (July 2, 2015)

Reader Comments: The Condition of Black Life...Our Real Problem with Race; Take Down Your Flag 140+ artists post videos; Black Churches Being Burned; Greek Referendum; Columbia Divests From Prisons; Naomi Oreskes and Changing Climate; World War II Chemical Experiments Tested Troops By Race; Iran Nuclear Deal; About George Soros and the Ukraine...More Comments;
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Democracy Now! 2015-07-02 jueves en español

Democracy Now! Podcast en Español - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 12:00pm
Democracy Now! 2 de Julio de 2015
  • Estados Unidos y Cuba reabren embajadas y restablecen vínculos formalmente
  • Negociaciones de Grecia se estancan previo al referéndum del domingo
  • Puerto Rico cumple obligaciones de deuda por el momento
  • Egipto: Más de 100 muertos en enfrentamientos en Sinaí
  • ONU: Número récord de migrantes cruza el Mediterráneo en lo que va de 2015
  • Filipinas: Docenas de personas mueren en accidente de ferry
  • Indonesia: Al menos 140 personas murieron en accidente de avión
  • Bree Newsome habla después de haber retirado bandera confederada de Carolina del Sur
  • NASCAR ofrecerá cambiar bandera confederada por bandera de Estados Unidos
  • Tennessee: 5.000 evacuados tras descarrilar tren que transportaba químicos
  • Estados Unidos investiga aerolíneas por posible conspiración en relación a tarifas
  • Sanders reúne a multitud sin precedentes de 10.000 personas para marcha en Wisconsin
  • Macy's corta sus vínculos con Trump tras comentarios sobre inmigrantes mexicanos
  • Documentos de Snowden revelan nuevos detalles acerca del "Google de la NSA"
  • WikiLeaks publica esencia del texto del cuantioso acuerdo de comercio TISA
  • Juez deroga prohibición a transgénicos impuesta en el condado de Maui, Hawái
  • Jóvenes Exploradoras rechazan 100.000 dólares porque donante prohibía destinar el dinero a transexuales y recaudan el triple
  • Arrestan nuevamente a Ramsey Orta, quien filmó el fatal estrangulamiento de Eric Garner

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