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Friday Nite Videos | September 18, 2020

'Heat Rays,' Blue State Deaths and Sedition Charges. Old Man Fibber | Roy Zimmerman. Kajillionaire | Movie. Trump Eviscerates Trump. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87.

The Super-Rich Are Raking in Billions

For each additional dollar you earned in 2018 compared to 2016, each of the Platinum-Premiere crowd got an additional $2,215.

Environmental Founders: Don't Vote for the Green Party

They spearheaded the breakthroughs in the ’70s; saw the damage of the ’80s; witnessed Nader’s role in ’00 and Jill Stein’s in ’16. Now, they have thoughts to share.

‘Extreme Option: Overthrow Allende’

Fifty Years Ago, President Richard Nixon ordered the CIA to organize a coup against Chile's elected President Salvador Allende. Here is the story, with the just-declassified documents recording the genesis of this infamous directive.

How One Planetary Scientist Imagines Life on Venus

This summer, before this week's announcement of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus, planetary scientist Sara Seager and co-authors published a speculative sketch of what life on Venus could look like. And it's beautiful.

The Case for Consequences - Lock Him Up?

Defeating Trump in November will not be enough. For the Republic to survive Trump’s presidency, he must be tried for his crimes. Even if that sparks a constitutional crisis of its own. The rule of law must bind everyone, just as it protects everyone

Many Police Are Indistinguishable From Racist Vigilante

Under Trump, the collaboration of armed white supremacist Trump supporters and police is an explosive mix of violence aimed at communities of color.

Secret Recording Reveals Oil Executives’ Private Views

At a meeting last year, industry leaders contradicted public claims that emissions of climate-warming methane are under control.

Which Way Germany?

Germany could veer left or right, when countless jobs are gone, small businesses vanish, evictions multiply. Some omens foreshadow grave differences.

Sept 17, 2020-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: Could Trump Win-Is He Planning a Coup?; Women Given Hysterectomies Without Consent by ICE; There Cannot be Peace without Freedom-Thoughts on the "Peace Deal"; Scourge of Racism; Use Art to Raise Antiracist Kids; Lots of Announcements
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Culture

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Ode to SARS-CoV-2

H.C. Palmer
Kansas City poet H.C. Palmer puts the blame on Trump (where it belongs): “For the past 8 months, the president watched with indifference as hundreds of thousands of Americans died and tens of millions were disabled from COVID-19."

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The Wages of Whiteness

Hari Kunzru The New York Review of Books
A deep dig into the literature on white supremacy shows how even such salient insurgent movements for social justice and racial equality as Black Lives Matter can be transmuted by corporate manipulation into instruments of ruling class stability.

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White Women Were Avid Slaveowners

Parul Sehgal The New York Times
This new book offers new insight into how deeply slavery defined the lives of the enslavers and their families. It gives us new data regarding the scope of control that white women and girls, as well as males, had over the enslaved.

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The Secret Life of Groceries

Beth Dooley SF Chronicle
A new book researching the grocery business reveals the unsustainability of American shopping.

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The Labor Abuses of Ellen DeGeneres

Eileen Jones Jacobin
Ellen DeGeneres’s reputation as the kindest celebrity in America has finally been shattered. But it’s not just her “mean streak” that’s the problem — it’s that she’s an exploitative boss, who cheated her employees at the height of the pandemic.

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Abe & Jack, Milt, Moe, Dave...

Peter Neil Carroll Chiron Review
Marking re-dedication of the San Francisco monument to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade on Saturday 9/12/20, poet Peter Neil Carroll reflects on his friendship with the US veterans who fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War.

Labor

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Organized Labor and the “Cold Civil War”

Bill Fletcher, Jr. & Jose Alejandro La Luz
The present is explosive because of the fusion of crises. In this situation, organized labor has been inconsistent; sometimes paralyzed; other moments outspoken. Left unaddressed is the "cold civil war," created by political polarization.

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AFSCME, NAACP Launch Historic Partnership to Mobilize Black Voters

rtmadminadw Atlanta Daily World
AFSCME, NAACP launch historic partnership to mobilize Black voters. This partnership kicks off with a joint four-state presidential radio buy on African American radio stations in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan and North Carolina.

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Striking in the Coronavirus Depression

Jeremy Brecher Labor Network for Sustainability
This article is part of a series on how workers are organizing in response to COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Depression.

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Transit Workers Are Still Dying—With No End in Sight

Marcia Brown The American Prospect
Though they’ve kept working in some of the most dangerous jobs, they’re now facing the prospect of furloughs and layoffs if there’s no more federal funding for transit.

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'Heat Rays,' Blue State Deaths and Sedition Charges

With President Trump blaming "blue states" for coronavirus deaths and Attorney General William Barr calling for sedition charges against protestors, you might have overlooked the revelation that the U.S. has a secret heat ray weapon and considered using it against demonstrators in Washington DC.

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Old Man Fibber | Roy Zimmerman

With another Supreme Court nomination looming, Old Man Fibber is back in the headlines. "Ol' Man River" music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, parody lyrics by Roy Zimmerman and Melanie Harby

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Kajillionaire | Movie

From acclaimed writer/director Miranda July comes a profoundly moving and wildly original comedy about con-artists Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins) and their only daughter, Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood) who to swindle, scam, and steal at every opportunity. Release on September 25.

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Babylon | Los Pinguos

“Babylon” is the first single from Los Pinguos' new album, Hummingbird. It bridges the gap between roots reggae and a contemporary Latin sound.