Introducing Portside 2.0

January 20, 2013
The new Portside: better communication, a more usable web site, hyperlinked text, photos, brighter pages, better typography and formatting, integration with Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
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Leprosy Reprograms Body's Cells

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January 20, 2013
A new study in mice suggests that Leprosy employs a bit of biological trickery to do its damage: It reprograms certain nerve cells to become like stem cells and uses them to infiltrate the body's muscle and nervous systems.
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What Obama’s Gun Plan Means For Mental Health

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January 20, 2013
The consequences for the mentally ill of the gun control push are not yet fully clear, as the full content of the president’s executive actions have yet to be released. And advocates will watch closely as congressional deliberations unfold over the vast parts of gun control that the president can’t do alone. But for now, it appears things are moving forward with some distance between proactive plans to improve mental health care and those to prevent mass murder.
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How to Cut Megabanks Down to Size

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January 20, 2013
Huge banks must be restructured and their access to the safety net scaled back, Mr. Fisher said, because neither regulators nor market participants have proved effective in monitoring risks at these institutions.
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U.S. Health Worse Than Other Countries

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January 20, 2013
U.S. citizens suffer from poorer health than nearly all other industrialised countries, according to the first comprehensive government analysis on the subject, released Wednesday. Of 17 high-income countries looked at by a committee of experts sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the United States is at or near the bottom in at least nine indicators.
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Mali, France, and Chickens

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January 20, 2013
Why are the French once again firing into a continent? First, France has major investments in Niger and Mali. At bottom, this is about Francs (or Euros, as it may be). Some 75 percent of France's energy needs come from nuclear power, and a cheap source is its old colonial empire in the region (that besides Mali and Niger included Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Chad, Algeria, and the Central African Republic).
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The Arab Democratic Uprisings Two Years Later

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January 20, 2013
The Arab democratic uprisings were world-historic, yet their outcome remains uncertain. It is premature to conclude that the rise of the Islamists is necessarily a permanent feature of the politics of these countries. There are, however, certain points to note as we reflect on the results of these uprisings and the road forward.
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REWIND - A Week of Quotes and Cartoons

January 20, 2013
Quotes of the Day and Toons of the Day for the week January 13 - 19, 2013
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Palestinian Citizens Eye Israeli Elections

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January 20, 2013
Polls suggest that on 22 January, Israel's Jewish majority will elect the most right-wing Knesset in Israel's history, returning prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to power in a coalition packed with ultra-nationalists. For Israel's Palestinian citizens, comprising nearly a fifth of the total population, the dilemma has been how to respond to this all- but- inevitable outcome.
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Yoga and the Picket Line

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January 20, 2013
Bad Karma at Hyatt Regency San Francisco
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Portside Culture

How Smart Women Got the Chance: The Ivies' Late Admission of Women

Linda Greenhouse
New York Review of Books
The integration of women students into the elite all-male Ivy League student bodies was a relatively recent (largely late1960s) phenomenon, the product less of a broader consciousness among university trustees and more due to the fact that these universities were losing a share of high-achieving college men to other elite schools that were already co-educational.

Derek Walcott: Poet of Twilight, Poet of the Caribbean

Gabrielle Bellot
Literary Hub
Derek Walcott, one of the finest poets of our times, died March 17 in St. Lucia, where he was born. He was 87 years old. His poetry helped illuminate the interconnections between the natural and the social worlds. Gabrielle Bellot, a staff writer for Literary Hub who grew up in the Commonwealth of Dominica, offers this appreciation.

Get Out: A Real American Horror Story

J. Hoberman
New York Review of Books
Get Out opens with a familiar horror-movie trope. Someone walking alone down a dark street stalked by a mysterious force. That the setting is an idyllic suburb, the someone is a young, increasingly panicked black man, and the predator is driving a white car gives the scenario an unmistakable reality. The scene grows disturbing. You may flash on Trayvon Martin. That the black youth is not shot but rather abducted is a dreamlike condensation of the movie to come.

Chefs Struggle Over Whether to Serve Up Politics

Kim Severson
The New York Times
As immigration dominates restaurant discussions, many chefs who have never considered mixing politics with business are wondering if now is the time to start. The sanctuary restaurant movement involves taking a pledge to prohibit harassment based on factors like religion, sexual orientation or immigration status.

Sesame Street Isn’t Just for Affluent Kids

Gene B. Sperling and Danielle Lazarowitz
The Atlantic
Trump’s proposed budget would eliminate funding for public broadcasting, which has a proven record of helping kids in poor families.

American Eagle

Sam Friedman
Portside
What's the future of our environment? A poisonous wasteland, says Sam Friedman, offering a bleak view of what's imminent.

Union Power: The United Electrical Workers in Erie, Pennsylvania

Frank Emspak and Paul Buhle
Portside
One consequence of the rough times unions are facing today is a loss of institutional memory and history. This new book seeks to preserve that memory, and the how-to-be-a-militant-union knowledge that goes with it, by focusing on how one United Electrical Workers local union was built, and how it fared during the McCarthy years and afterwards.

Portside Labor

“There is no negotiation whatsoever”: Union leader Douglas Izzo talks about labor rights in post-coup Brazil

Brian Mier
Council on Hemispheric Affairs
No candidate has ever run for the presidency promising to raise the retirement age, end formal employment protection and greatly expand outsourcing. Nobody would ever get elected saying these things. The only way to remove the labor rights that we fought for over the last 100 years was through a coup such as the one in Brazil that forced Dilma Rousseff out of office. Workers have responded by strikes, demonstrations and massive rallies.

Will the Gig Economy Make the Office Obsolete?

Diane Mulcahy
Harvard Business Review
Study after study after study demonstrate that independent, remote workers are more productive, satisfied, and engaged than their office-bound colleagues. Recent surveys find that workers, freed from the constraints of office life, report higher levels of satisfaction and greater productivity. These results aren’t surprising since remote work eliminates the wasted time of commuting and the stress of constant exposure to office politics, interruptions and meetings.

What Does a Moral Economy Look Like for the 99%?

Jonathan Rosenblum
Religion Dispatches
In his first book, Seattle-based union organizer Jonathan Rosenblum recounts the personal stories of clergy, activists and airport workers who mounted the first successful campaign for a $15 minimum wage in the U.S. Here is an interview with Rosenblum.

How Democrats Lost Union Workers

Chuck Jones
Huffington Post
A map of Indiana can show you what went wrong for the Democratic Party and what’s going wrong for the country.

Will Trump's Plan to Roll Back Fuel Economy Regulations Help American Autoworkers?

Frank Hammer, Andrew Linhardt, Kim Brown
The Real News Network
Well, I think that the auto companies typically complain every time they're required to make either their cars safer, or in this case safer for the environment, by having better fuel efficiencies, and they will complain bitterly how expensive if it is. But we have to realize that General Motors, has been making billions of dollars a year, and that's with the introduction of the electric car, with higher efficiencies mandated by the Obama administration.

Still Getting 'It' Wrong

William Spriggs
AFL-CIO Now
Thoughts that huge tax cuts to high-income households will offset a downturn in automobile sales, cuts in public spending, rising college tuition or a dismantling of the health sector are irrational. If theFed raises interests rates, it will threaten a more fragile economy than appears at the moment. The drive to be “normal” in a world that is clearly not normal, may put us in danger of a downturn that will be difficult to recover from.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on March 22, 2017

In December 1950, Woody Guthrie moved to an apartment building in Brooklyn – Beach Haven Apartments. His landlord: Fred Trump, father of Donald Trump.

Posted by Portside on March 17, 2017

Ireland's Taoiseach Enda Kenny used St Patrick's Day to illustrate his thoughts on immigration while visiting US President Donald Trump in the White House. 

Posted by Portside on March 17, 2017

Are you brave enough to tell jokes? Tickling Giants is the story of Bassem Youssef, who created a comedy show that celebrated freedom and won an audience of tens of millions in Hosni Mubarak's Egypt. For show times and other information, click here.

Posted by Portside on March 17, 2017

The Republican health care bill could leave many Americans without affordable coverage. Last Week Tonight's catheter cowboy returns to morning cable news to explain that to Donald Trump.

Posted by Portside on March 17, 2017

 

Stephen discusses Trump's border wall plans and costs with an architect, an engineer, an interior designer and a concrete guy.

Posted by Portside on March 17, 2017

Seth takes a closer look at President Trump's latest travel ban block, the debunking of his wiretapping claims and his drastic new budget plan.

Posted by Portside on March 10, 2017

After Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson refers to African slaves as "immigrants," Trevor gives him a lesson in semantics.