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FDL Movie Night: The Genius of Marian

By: Monday September 1, 2014 4:59 pm

I remember when my mother was dying — or, more accurately, when I realized she was dying. My first thought was that it couldn’t be happening, because life without her wasn’t imaginable. I looked around to hit the STOP button somewhere, but there just wasn’t one. So I resigned myself to the awful fact that I was indeed going to lose her, and all I could think about was how I could fill the time I had left with her with things that were meaningful and express to her all she meant to me.

The Genius of Marian is ostensibly about filmmaker Banker White’s late grandmother, the painter Marian Steele, and his mother Pam’s desire to memorialize her work. But Marian’s art winds up playing a very small (though important) role in the film, which soon becomes a three year study of Pam’s own decline due to early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 61.

Over Easy: Monday Science

By: Monday September 1, 2014 1:20 pm

Fukushima update:

The fuel rod removal from the #4 sfp is going well, about a month ahead of schedule. I may be off base, but something here isn’t computing to me. Some of those fuel bundles just have to be damaged enough to make removal difficult, but there’s no official word of any problems at all.

Worker Solidarity, Eugene Debs and Why Labor Day Isn’t International Workers’ Day

By: Monday September 1, 2014 12:01 pm

Even after 50 years of stagnant wages, union-busting, job outsourcing, and the appalling lapdoggery of politicians in both legacy parties who serve the interests of the modern oligarchs – we are obliged to stand with our fellow workers and acknowledge that our work makes our land. And, remember also that it is not to enrich the selfish wealthy that we work…at least that is what Eugene Debs believed.

Senator John McCain Claims Ukraine President Yanukovich ‘Overthrown Peacefully’

By: Monday September 1, 2014 10:31 am

Perhaps one of the reasons Senator John McCain has been so consistently wrong about world events is that he is living in an alternate reality. Over the weekend Senator McCain told Face The Nation that former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich was “overthrown peacefully by the people of Ukraine.” Regardless of how you feel about Viktor Yanukovich it is flat out wrong to claim he peacefully removed from office – obviously and comprehensively wrong. It is so amazingly inaccurate that in order to to say it you either have to be a shameless liar or mentally defective.

Israel To Take Largest Amount Of Land From West Bank In 30 Years

By: Monday September 1, 2014 9:15 am

Butchering Gaza was not enough. As punishment for the kidnapping and killing of three Israelis, Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank has decided to take a large amount of Palestinian land for a new settlement to be called Gvaot. The land being taken represents the largest land appropriation in the West Bank in 30 years according to Peace Now, a group that monitors Israeli settlement activity. Five Palestinian villages in the Bethlehem area will be effected by the land grab.

Labor Day Reading: The New Yorker on Anonymous, LulzSec and H.B. Gary

By: Monday September 1, 2014 7:58 am

I started to skim the latest cover story from the New Yorker and couldn’t stop reading it. It’s a long but fascinating chronicle of the history of Anonymous, and particularly of Christopher Doyen, a.k.a. “Commander X,” one of the early participants in Anonymous and the Peoples Liberation Front. Aron Barr of H.B. Gary was attempting [...]

NSA Provided Turkey With Intelligence To Kill Kurdish Rebels

By: Monday September 1, 2014 6:45 am

Though today Kurdish rebels are serving on the front lines of the US backed counter-offensive against ISIS, leaked intelligence information reveals a more complicated relationship between the Kurds and the US government. Though the US appears to value its relationship with the Kurds it also wants strong ties with Turkey to the point of betrayal.

Arguments Against Raising Minimum Wage Don’t Hold Up

By: Wednesday August 27, 2014 2:25 pm

The way you functionally subsidize companies paying low-wages to workers– ponying up the difference between what McDonald’s and others pay and what those workers need to live via taxpayer-paid SNAP (food stamps) and other benefits– is a hidden cost in plain sight. You’re already paying higher prices via higher taxes; you just may not know it.

How Congressional Dysfunction Could Help Marijuana Reform in the Nation’s Capital

By: Wednesday August 27, 2014 1:17 pm

The historically unproductive Congress has mostly been a burden on the country but one of the few unlikely benefactors of this dysfunction could be marijuana reform efforts in the District of Columbia.

Savage Capitalism Returns As Recovery Misses Working Class

By: Wednesday August 27, 2014 12:12 pm

Though Thomas Piketty’s book Capital In The 21st Century has proved popular among establishment intellectuals, the research in the book validates one of the most common radical critiques of capitalism – that when unrestrained by governments or social movements capitalism is a reckless and malevolent enterprise. And so after 30 years of Neoliberalism savage capitalism is now back according to David Graeber.

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