The Scandal of Pentagon Spending

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October 10, 2017
How do you spell boondoggle? It's clear, it spells Pentagon and it goes directly to private corporations and much of it is then wasted on useless overhead, fat executive salaries, and startling (yet commonplace) cost overruns on weapons systems and other military hardware that, in the end, won’t even perform as promised.
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Left Strategy in Challenging Times

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October 9, 2017
How do we convert the energy we see in the streets to electoral power? How do we fight racism and defend immigrants while setting a strong class pole? What are effective tactics for conducting the fight against corporate Democrats on Democratic Party terrain? And how do we do this while building the broadest possible front against Trump and Trumpism?
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Systematic Racialized Voter Suppression

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October 9, 2017
I’m very concerned that while we should focus on the Russian hacking, but that we’re missing that the greatest hacking of our system was racialized voter suppression. Let me give you some numbers for your audience.
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Hope and Revolution in the Age of Duterte

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October 9, 2017
In these times of economic crisis, escalating war and rising fascism, we can all find hope in revolutionary struggle.
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MR: Quick to Identify Sharp Neofascist Turn

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October 9, 2017
MR has argued: to combat the new right-wing resurgence, it is necessary to combat capitalism itself. There is no other way.
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Trump’s Latest Restrictions: Muslim Ban

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October 9, 2017
Several pieces on Trump's latest Muslim Ban. “The administration is once again making cosmetic adjustments to the Muslim ban in hopes that it will pass the barest possible definition of anything else; but they’ve failed again.”
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Ancient Viruses Are Buried in Your DNA

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October 8, 2017
Early embryos may have come to depend on the tricks viruses use to manipulate them.
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New $1.5 Trillion Nuclear Weapons Complex

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October 8, 2017
The militarized Trump White House is pursuing plans for a trillion-dollar rebuild of the entire US nuclear weapons complex.
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Schools Are Still Short 327,000 Educators

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October 8, 2017
The number of teachers and education staff fell dramatically during the Great Recession and has failed to get anywhere near its prerecession level,
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FBI: "Black Identity Extremists' Pose Threat"

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October 8, 2017
Leaked report, citing concerns of retaliation over ‘perceptions of police brutality against African Americans’, prompts fears of crackdown on activists
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Portside Culture

"Roman J. Israel, Esq." Review – Denzel Washington Captivates In Unusual Legal Drama

Benjamin Lee
The Guardian
The film is a haunting and timeless American tragedy that feels ever prescient given the current administration’s foggy understanding of morality. It might prove to be a tough sell thanks to an awkward title and a strange plot trajectory, but Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a richly rewarding drama blessed with one of the best, most lived-in performances of the year. 

Shh! These Quiet Food Videos Will Get Your Senses Tingling

Clare Leschin-Hoar
The Salt
A whole new genre of food videos, focusing on specific intense sounds like crinkling, chopping, sautéing and stirring, is becoming popular. These eating sounds trigger pleasing tingling sensations in the brains of viewers who experience ASMR, which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.

Not Our Tribe

Jed Myers
Solstice
Seattle poet Jed Myers speaks of the fear of strangers, how our eyes assess and judge newcomers, searching for the glimmer that makes them one of us.

A Memoir of Life as Che Guevara’s Kid Brother

Peter Canby
New Yorker
Che’s youngest sibling, Juan Martin Guevara, remembers his revolutionary brother and the family's travails after his murder by the Bolivian military with the aid of the CIA.

Portside Labor

Canadian, U.S. Unions Push for Wage Hike Amid NAFTA Talks

Ginger Adams Otis
New York Daily News
Labor leaders in the U.S. have made it clear they are supportive of a NAFTA overhaul — but only if it helps eliminate the wage gap with Mexico and includes Canada’s long-shot demands for labor reform.

McDonald's Labor Abuses and the GOP

Thor Benson
Working In These Times
If successful, the bill would mark a historic shift in labor law. Millions of low-wage workers across the country would be directly impacted, losing a key mechanism to protect their rights on the job, while corporations which regularly escape liability would gain protections.

Dolores – A Film Review

Duane Campbell
Democratic Left
That Dolores Huerta is not better known in the nation provides a commentary on how little the mainstream media, and much of the Left, know about the growth of Latino power in the labor and feminist movements.

Friday Nite Videos

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Almost Like Praying,” featuring a variety of artists, was written and recorded to benefit hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico with proceeds benefiting The Hispanic Federation's Unidos Disaster Relief Fund. Download and stream here.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

Seth takes a closer look at how powerful men in entertainment and politics - from Harvey Weinstein to Donald Trump - abuse their power to silence, bully or coerce.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

The Try Guys take on the immigration system and find out how hard it really is to become a US citizen.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

The President called for 'anti-Trump' late night host(s) to give him 'equal time' on their show. Stephen can only think of one person to help play, excuse the phrase, devil's advocate.

Posted by Portside on October 12, 2017

Eminem is back! And he's in classic bar-for-bar form blasting at Donald Trump from his Detroit home. The cyphers went crazy too. Peep.

Posted by Portside on October 6, 2017

John Oliver discusses the way the NRA not only works to prevent gun control, they work to prevent an informed discussion about gun control.

Posted by Portside on October 6, 2017

On 4 October 1936 antifascists of London came out en masse in what became known as The Battle of Cable Street to confront Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists as they planned to march through the East End.