Where the Brain Lights Up When You Dream

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April 15, 2017
Experts say findings are ‘astounding’ and could help understand the purpose of dreams and predict whether people are dreaming
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April 29 March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice

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April 13, 2017
Everything we have struggled to move forward in the United States is in peril. Our loved ones feel under siege, and those in power in Washington are advancing a dark and dangerous vision of America that we know is untrue. To change everything, we need everyone. First we resist. Then we build. Together, we rise.
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Tidbits - April 13, 2017 - Reader Comments

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April 13, 2017
Reader Comments: White House Explains the Holocaust - Just in time for Passover and Easter; Trump and Syria - What We Know...and Don't - Take Action Now; A Nation Made By War - A Veteran's commentary; the Frayed Alliance Between Unions and Progressives; Sanders Bill To Make Public Colleges Tuition-Free - San Francisco's Example; Free Resources - Resources: Mapping the Left in EU, Canada and USA from Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung - New York Office;...
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On Trump, McCarthyism, and the Russia Hacking

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April 13, 2017
One legacy of the McCarthy era is the cloud of suspicion that still hangs over anything connected with the former Soviet Union. If Trump or his associates were indeed guilty of collaborating with the Russians by interfering in the American election, then they broke the law and should be held accountable. But in a world threatened by nuclear weapons, ISIS, and climate change, it seems to me more important than ever that we talk to our adversaries and work toward détente.
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Airline Passenger Abuse - United Not Alone

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April 13, 2017
The videos of security cops dragging a bloodied physician down the aisle of a United Airlines plane clearly shocked millions of people. United Airlines found itself at the center of public condemnation this week, after a horrifying video of a doctor being forcibly removed from a coach class seat on one of its planes went viral.
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May Day: A Day Without Immigrants

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April 13, 2017
For years our community has marched, voted, and gone through the courts. We've won some battles, but we're losing the war. Striking will show the public that this country cannot function without us and help us win protection, dignity and respect. Cosecha is organizing a series of strikes that will culminate in a week without immigrants. It all starts on May 1st. STRIKING REVEALS OUR TRUE POWER - MAY 1ST IS JUST THE BEGINNING.
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The Destruction of War

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April 12, 2017
The US missile attack on Syria took place on the anniversary, one hundred years ago, of the United States’ entry into World War I. Writing in The Progressive in June 1917, Senator La Follette said that the war party, "justifies entrance into the conflict on the ground that it is in the interest of democracy. If there is no sufficient reason for war, the war party will make war on one pretext, then invent another, possibly more effective, pretext after war is on....
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The Syria Catastrophe

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April 12, 2017
The response required at this late, desperate stage is neither anti-Assad nor anti-ISIS nor even anti-imperialist — it is antiwar.
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The Working Class at the Oscars

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April 12, 2017
Fences was not alone among Oscar nominees this year in representing working-class life in uncharacteristically sympathetic and insightful ways. Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, and even Hell or High Water all have extraordinary moments of insightful observation like this. Though each falls under more common rubrics, each is alive to the complexities and bravery of living life within insuperable limits.
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Portside Culture

Where Will You Go When Things Get Worse?

Susan Cohen
portside
Our ship of state, writes Berkeley poet Susan Cohen, may be facing extinction, but there's no practical escape that will suffice; alternatively, we may resist.

The Stubborn Optimist: Following the Persevering Example of the Writer and Activist Grace Paley

Nicholas Dames
The Atlantic
Writer, poet, college teacher, political activist, peace agitator and feminist,Grace Paley was a well-known and highly respected commodity to those of us active in left protest during the 1960 and much later. This new collection of her writings should remind us of what we justifiably admired most, not just her talent as a writer but her commitment to the struggle and the long haul.

The Revelatory Horror of The Zookeeper’s Wife

Jacob Soll
New Republic
The Zookeeper’s Wife shows the Holocaust was not an easy existential battle fought between a massive evil machine and good, tough men. It was also made up of unrecorded domestic crimes, often of sexual aggression and abuse. What Caro makes clear is that a society that overlooks these transgressions is in dangerous territory. In attempting to understand these crimes and how to counter them, Caro challenges us to look closer to home, into the finer grain of the horror.

How Lunch Became a Pile of Bologna

Amy McKeever
Eater.com
How we feel about bologna reveals something about ourselves. The history of such seemingly mundane food can be fascinating, as is consideration of its future.

Lament

Debra Marquart
New Letters
Earth Day on our minds, what can be more rueful than what's happened to the once-ignored state of North Dakota, fracked to its core? Poet Debra Marquart sings a lament.

Portside Labor

The Price for Killing Workers Must Be Prison

Leo Gerard
AlterNet
Nationally, at all workplaces, one employee is killed on the job every other hour. Twelve a day. These are not all accidents. Too many are foreseeable, preventable, avoidable tragedies. With the approach of April 28, Workers Memorial Day 2017, the USW is seeking in America what workers in Canada have to prevent these deaths. That is a law holding supervisors and corporate officials criminally accountable and exacting serious prison sentences when workers die on the job.

Local 33 Members Begin Hunger Strike

KEVIN SWAIN
Yale News
Eight members of the graduate student union Local 33 began an indefinite, collective fast in front of University President Peter Salovey’s home on Tuesday in an effort to persuade Yale to begin collective bargaining.

America’s manliest industries are all competing for women

Danielle Paquette
The Washington Post
The Iron Workers want to attract and retain more journeywomen, who tend to quit at a higher rate. The demographic represents a huge opportunity for growth, a way to bolster the future dues-paying membership. But recruiting women into a historically male space - and keeping them around - isn't as easy. Almost 9 in 10 female construction workers have dealt with sexual harassment on the job, aLabor Department study found.

Harvesting Union Rights in the Field

Sonia Singh
Labor Notes
Unlike most guestworkers, many in North Carolina have a say in their working conditions and seniority rights because they belong to a union, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner hold an incredible amount of political power. That's troubling considering their incredibly small amount of political experience.

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017

 

Starting with Carlos Varela in Havana and featuring over 75 Cuban musicians around the world, from Havana and Santiago to Miami, Barcelona and Tokyo. 

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017

On Earth Day, April 22, Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” spoke in front of large crowd in Washington DC, declared "Science must shape policy." Official March For Science website.

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017

Donald Trump (Anthony Atamanuik) of The President Show explains how he'll pay for his U.S.-Mexico border wall, reform taxes and make Comedy Central great again.

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017

Variety: "The complex story of how McVeigh came to be the righteous and violent sociopath he was. He saw himself as a freedom fighter going to war against the evils of big government." 

Posted by Portside on April 21, 2017

Even though he doesn't identify as a member of the party, Senator Bernie Sanders is on the road with DNC Chair Tom Perez.

Posted by Portside on April 22, 2017

The presidential election in France could determine the political future of Europe. John Oliver visits an excessively French bistro to deliver an urgent message to voters.