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Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine Turns 200

Error-riddled astronomical tables inspired the first computer—and the first vaporware

Colombian Left on the Verge of Winning Power

A popular uprising of millions. A candidate from the social movements. A broad Left electoral front. Colombia’s political ground is shifting.

The Most Important Recent Labor Victory

At this GM plant in Mexico, workers on both sides of the border came together across national boundaries to challenge corporate power.

California Proposes Its Own Bounty Law—Against Guns

If it passes, the Golden State would set up a confrontation with the Supreme Court, which blessed the Lone Star State’s anti-abortion law.

These First Nations Fought Back

A pair of documentaries explore how erasure impacts Indigenous peoples, and the ways two nations are fighting to be seen.

Summit of the Americas in L.A. Next Month

Mexican president is unlikely to attend.

Biden Aims To Destroy a Historic Climate Change Lawsuit

Juliana v. United States is a historic climate change lawsuit seeking to establish a constitutional right to a livable planet. But the Biden administration has indicated it will fight tooth and nail to prevent the lawsuit from ever getting a trial.

Solidarity Is Not a Crime: Support Migrant Justice

In the “war on immigration” waged by European states the victims of criminalization are often the migrants themselves, Why are the same actions taken for Ukrainians, considered criminal when they occur in the Mediterranean?

In Politics, Money Will Always Talk.

The primary problem in a deeply unequal democracy will never be the influence we allow the wealthy to bring to bear on our politics. The primary problem remains concentrated wealth itself, the huge gap between the wealthy and everyone else.

Amazon and the Risks of Big Data

The battle for digital sovereignty, based on a concept of sovereignty that rests with citizens, involves recovering the internet as a network of peers and reversing the oligopolistic trajectory that has produced a handful of billionaires.
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Culture

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Power of Poetry

Amy Meier Veterans of life Write
California poet Amy Meier wrote this poem in memory of Jacob George, a veteran of 3 tours in Afghanistan whose postwar “moral injury” led him to suicide.

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Far Country: Scenes From American Culture

Melissa H. Pierson Barnes and Noble Review
In this short book, an innovative literary critic uses what reviewer Pierson describes as "data-driven or science-based methods not traditionally associated with art appreciation" as tools of qualitative literary analysis and criticism.

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Was Ozark Actually About the Clintons?

Ryan Zickgraf Jacobin
In its last season, Ozark goes beyond family drama. It critiques the insidious ways that capitalism and political power work in America and the self-interested choices elites make to keep climbing the ladder.

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Once

Donna Pucciani
Chicago poet Donna Pucciani depicts Ukraine’s struggle through the colors of its flag and the grief of domestic details.

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How Everyone Got So Lonely

Zoë Heller The New Yorker
The recent decline in rates of sexual activity has been attributed variously to sexism, neoliberalism, and women’s increased economic independence. How fair are those claims—and will we be saved by the advent of the sex robot?

Labor

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Deep South Baristas Strike Starbucks

Kerry Taylor Labor Notes
Starbucks baristas in Columbia, South Carolina, returned to their jobs on Saturday, May 21, following a three-day walkout to protest anti-union retaliation.

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Labor Notes Conference 2022

Alexandra Bradbury Labor Notes
About 4000 people will be attending this years Labor Notes conference.

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Stopping Attacks on Health Care Workers

Tom Conway USW Blog
Attacks on health care workers have reached epidemic levels across the country, exacerbating turnover, turning caregivers into patients and further fraying systems of care already worn thin by COVID-19.

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Dollar General Workers Refuse To Be Silenced

Mike Kuhlenbeck The Progressive
Dollar General is one of the lowest-paying major retail chains, with average wages barely above the $7.25 federal minimum. Low pay is made worse by the lack of hours allotted to workers. In response workers are starting to organize.

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No More “Normal”

The editors of Rethinking Schools Rethinking Schools
Teachers have underwritten the underfunded public school system with their pocketbooks and after-school hours, stealing both time and money from their families to provide for their students. Normal was awful. It is time to be bold.

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Oye Como Va ft. Carlos Santana & Cindy Blackman Santana

The legendary Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman Santana, Becky G, Tito Puente, Jr., Tal Wilkenfeld, Rubén Rada, along with 20 other musicians from around the globe, join together for this energetic, classic, feel-good groove.

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How Your Phone Knows If You’re Getting an Abortion

Roe vs. Wade is under threat. And if abortion is made illegal, people seeking to end their pregnancies will face an adversary that didn’t exist in 1973: mountains of data that can be used to track them.