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Five Years In - How's the Affordable Care Act Doing? A Diagnosis

Portside - 5 hours 12 min ago
Five Years In - How's the Affordable Care Act Doing? A Diagnosis

March 1, 2015
By Carl Finamore
nsnbc (March 1, 2015)

Five years in the ACA still primarily serves as a huge government marketing campaign for private insurance companies, funneling millions of new customers with few if any restrictions on ever-escalating prices. The ACA built upon the flaws of our market-based system and, quite predictably, is failing to contain costs and provide broad access to affordable, quality health care. Corporate interests still trump the common good in U.S. [...]

Turning the European Debt Myth Upside-Down

Portside - 5 hours 27 min ago
Turning the European Debt Myth Upside-Down

March 1, 2015
By Conn Hallinan
Foreign Policy in Focus (February 27, 2015)

The European debt crisis has little to do with poor budgeting and everything to do with crony capitalism.

Myths are dangerous because they rely more on cultural memory and prejudice than facts.

And behind the current crisis between Greece and the European Union (EU) lies a fable that bears little relationship to why Athens and a number of other countries in the 28-member organization find themselves in deep distress. [...]

More Bucks for the Bang

Portside - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 7:55pm
More Bucks for the Bang

March 1, 2015
By Robert Alvarez
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (February 23, 2015)

What good is it to protect ourselves with nuclear weapons if we poison our people in the process? Unfortunately, this sentiment seems to be missing from the Obama administration and Congress, and one of professor Parkinson’s most important lessons—that “delay is the deadliest form of denial”—remains lost on US decision makers. [...]

A Brutal Beating Wakes Attica’s Ghosts

Portside - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 7:46pm
A Brutal Beating Wakes Attica’s Ghosts

March 1, 2015
By Tom Robbins
New York Times (February 28, 2015)

A Prison, Infamous for Bloodshed, Faces a Reckoning as Guards Go on Trial

ATTICA, N.Y. — On the evening of Aug. 9, 2011, one month before the 40th anniversary of the bloody Attica prison riot, a guard in that remote facility in western New York was distributing mail to inmates in C Block, one of the vast tiers of cells nestled behind its towering 30-foot walls.
The prisoners were rowdy that night, talking loudly as they mingled on the gallery outside their [...]

Wrong-Way Obama?

Portside - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 6:44pm
Wrong-Way Obama?

March 1, 2015
By William Greider
The Nation (February 11, 2015)

He may be leading us toward economic catastrophe.

Disregard the happy talk from the Obama White House. The stagnant global economy remains at the precipice of something worse—full-blown deflation. And the so-called US recovery remains shaky, despite good employment numbers. Here and abroad, the governing authorities seem to have forgotten a key aspect of our situation: we live now in a globalized economy, in which one nation’s cold can lead to another country’s pneumonia. Their ignorance is shocking, but also dangerous. [...]

Friday Nite Videos -- February 27, 2015

Portside - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 3:36am
Friday Nite Videos -- February 27, 2015

February 27, 2015
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Portside (February 27, 2015)

Jon Stewart challenges Fox to a lie-off. Beethoven and the epigenome. The evolution of religion. Men in skirts protest violence against women in Turkey. 'Chuy' Garcia for mayor of Chicago.

Better Call Foul

 

Jon Stewart, the most trusted voice in fake news, challenges Fox to a lie-off, starting with a six second Vine with 50 Fox falsehoods. [...]

Truth and Reconciliation Is Coming to America From the Grassroots

Portside - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 2:27am
Truth and Reconciliation Is Coming to America From the Grassroots

February 27, 2015
By Fania Davis
The Guardian (February 28, 2015)

Our country’s bloody history of lynching, slavery and racism cannot be tackled from the top-down. Change has to be initiated organically - from the people.

All over the US, we are witnessing the dawn of a truth and reconciliation movement. There is a rising chorus of voices that is helping us to collectively face an epidemic of racial violence, expose its deep historical roots, and stop it.
At this stage, there’s no centralized national truth and reconciliation body of [...]

The Real Social Security Crisis Is Income Inequality

Portside - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 2:20am
The Real Social Security Crisis Is Income Inequality

February 27, 2015
By Richard Long
Campaign for America's Future (February 26, 2015)

Senator Bernie Sanders senator proposes raising the percentage of income subject to the payroll tax. “You can start at $250,000,” he says, “and what the Social Security Administration has told us, their actuary has told us, is that if you do that, you’re going to make Social Security solvent for the next 40 years on top of the 18 years it’s solvent. “ [...]

Net Neutrality Is Here — Thanks To An Unprecedented Guerrilla Activism Campaign

Portside - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 2:10am
Net Neutrality Is Here — Thanks To An Unprecedented Guerrilla Activism Campaign

February 27, 2015
By Lee Fang
The Intercept (February 26, 2015)

Only a year ago, net neutrality seemed doomed. Companies such as Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and Time Warner Cable, had lobbied furiously against the rule, spending tens of millions on lobbying and on so-called “astroturf” efforts to pay third party groups to support their position. Now net neutrality rules are stronger than ever. The credit for such a seachange, say activists who agitated for the decision, belongs to a mix of online and traditional activism. [...]

Yes, O'Reilly's Fabrications Are Damaging Fox News

Portside - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 1:57am
Yes, O'Reilly's Fabrications Are Damaging Fox News

February 27, 2015
By Eric Boehlert
Media Matters for America (February 27, 2015)

Year after year, newsroom embarrassments like O'Reilly's undermine Fox's credibility to the point where it seems more and more journalists today start with a working assumption that Fox is not a legitimate news operation. That represents a major shift from President Obama's first year in office and it's a key reason why O'Reilly's fabrications matter. [...]

Big Soda’s New Campaign to Buy Silence and Inaction

Portside - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 7:35pm
Big Soda’s New Campaign to Buy Silence and Inaction

February 28, 2015
By Casey Hinds
BeyondChron (February 23, 2015)

Fearing the federal government’s new recommendations against added sugars will embolden cities to adopt soda taxes, Big Soda is using tobacco industry tactics to stop cities like Seattle from regulating their products. Seattle was one of six cities awarded a grant from the American Beverage Association (ABA) and the U.S. Conference of Mayors to fight childhood obesity, which is like getting a grant from the tobacco industry to fight cancer. [...]

On-Demand Taskers: Expanding the Ranks of the "Precariat"

Portside - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 7:20pm
On-Demand Taskers: Expanding the Ranks of the "Precariat"

February 28, 2015
By Guy Standing
Working-Class Perspectives (February 16, 2015)

Revolutionary changes are taking place in the global labor process. Observers predict that within the next decade, one in every three labor transactions will be done online, carried out by “taskers” with no job security, low and fluctuating incomes, perpetual uncertainty, and no control over time. British social scientist Guy Standing describes the role of these taskers, who are expanding the ranks of the “precariat” in the so-called “sharing” economy. [...]

Israel’s Peace Now: Illegal Settlements Designed to Make Two-State Solution Impossible

Portside - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:55pm
Israel’s Peace Now: Illegal Settlements Designed to Make Two-State Solution Impossible

February 28, 2015
By Al Akhbar English
MintPress News (February 24, 2015)

The number of homes under construction in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank rose last year by 40 percent, the Israeli anti-settlement group Peace Now said Monday. Peace Now said the construction of 3,100 “residential units” began last year in illegal West Bank settlements, while 4,485 tenders for construction there and in annexed East Jerusalem settlement districts were launched in 2014 — “a record high for at least a decade.” [...]

China’s Grand Vision of New Silk Roads Across Eurasia

Portside - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:42pm
China’s Grand Vision of New Silk Roads Across Eurasia

February 28, 2015
By Pepe Escobar
TomDispatch (February 22, 2015)

The extent and complexity of China’s myriad transformations barely filter into the American media. Stories in the U.S. tend to emphasize the country’s “shrinking” economy, or its role as a military “threat” to Washington and the world. The U.S. media has a China fever, which results in typically feverish reports that don’t take the pulse of the country or its leaders. In the process, so much is missed, including the vast scope of China’s plans for the future. [...]

State Lawmakers Launch Concerted Assault on Women's Rights

Portside - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:21pm
State Lawmakers Launch Concerted Assault on Women's Rights

February 28, 2015
By Deirdre Fulton
Common Dreams (February 20, 2015)

As part of a clear national strategy, an array of anti-choice legislation is being rolled out in state houses around the country, putting women's health at risk. Already, 57 percent of American women of reproductive age live in states that are considered 'hostile' or 'extremely hostile' to abortion rights. That percentage could go up if recent proposals are enacted into law, and U.S. [...]

Democracy Now! 2015-02-27 viernes en español

Democracy Now! Podcast en Español - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:00pm
Democracy Now! 27 de Febrero de 2015
  • FCC aprueba normativa histórica para un Internet abierto
  • Congreso pospondrá batalla por el DHS por tres semanas
  • CAGE: “Jihadista John” “radicalizado” por agencias de seguridad británicas
  • ONU descubre tortura en instalaciones militares estadounidenses en Afganistán
  • Tribunal Europeo: opositor a la guerra de Irak debe presentar evidencia de crímenes de guerra para obtener asilo
  • Gobernador de Wisconsin, Scott Walker, compara manifestantes sindicales con combatientes del Estado Islámico
  • Argentina: juez rechaza caso del fiscal fallecido contra presidenta
  • Samantha Power y Susan Rice, diplomáticas estadounidenses, asistirán a AIPAC
  • Oxfam: reconstrucción de Gaza llevaría 100 años bajo bloqueo israelí

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Democracy Now! 2015-02-27 Friday

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2015-02-27 Friday
  • Headlines for February 27, 2015
  • "A Historic Decision": Tim Wu, Father of Net Neutrality, Praises FCC Vote to Preserve Open Internet
  • Antiquities Scholar: Islamic State's Destruction of Museum & Library is Cultural & Ethnic Cleansing
  • 17 Shots: Police Killing of Unarmed Mexican Farmworker in Washington State Sparks Protest
  • Republican Presidential Contender Scott Walker Compares ISIS Fighters to Wisconsin Protesters

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