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September 2015, Week 3

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          Mississippi Taxpayers Subsidize Howard Industries
    
          September 14, 2015
    
           Politicians and local editorial writers love Howard Industries of Laurel, Miss. Politicians shower the producer of electrical transformers with money—taxpayers’ money--to the tune of at least $60 million in local and state subsidies so far, plus a $20 million bond issue from the county. The only thing politicians asked of company CEO Billy Howard was that he use the money to create more jobs.  And there’s the rub. What kind of jobs?
    
          https://portside.org/2015-09-14/mississippi-taxpayers-subsidize-howard-industries
  
  
          How the US Set Sail on a Sea of Red Ink
    
          September 14, 2015
    
          A majority of Americans struggle daily to stay afloat on a sea of red ink, perpetually threatened by wave after wave of debt. This hasn't always been the case. The phenomenon can be traced back to 1978, when the US economy was sailing into dire straits.
    
          https://portside.org/2015-09-14/how-us-set-sail-sea-red-ink
  
  
          Tiny Guam, Huge US Marine Base Expansions 
    
          September 14, 2015
    
          August 29, 2015, the United States Navy signed the Record of Decision (ROD) for the implementation of one of the largest "peacetime" military build-ups in US history. This will cost between $8 and 9 billion, with only $174 million for civilian infrastructure, which Congress has not released yet. A central aspect of the United States' foreign policy "Pivot to the Pacific," the build-up will relocate thousands of Marines and their dependents from Okinawa, Japan, to Guam.
    
          https://portside.org/2015-09-14/tiny-guam-huge-us-marine-base-expansions
  
  
          One Map Shows Just How Expensive College Can Be for Students Making Minimum Wage
    
          September 14, 2015
    
          College is becoming a gamble.  For a certain subset of prospective college students, the risk can seem especially daunting.
    
          https://portside.org/2015-09-14/one-map-shows-just-how-expensive-college-can-be-students-making-minimum-wage
  
  
          #Blacksexworkerslivesmatter: White-Washed ‘Anti-Slavery’ and the Appropriation of Black Suffering
    
          September 14, 2015
    
          Claiming to be modern-day anti-slavery ambassador is a highly profitable cause that is increasingly popular in Hollywood circles. Most recently, hundreds of celebrities endorsed an open letter to derail Amnesty International’s draft policy to decriminalize consensual adult prostitution, equating it with "slavery". What does this say about the value placed on Black lives that fighting ‘slavery’ is only popular when it is whitewashed of any Black-led struggles for justice?
    
          https://portside.org/2015-09-14/blacksexworkerslivesmatter-white-washed-%E2%80%98anti-slavery%E2%80%99-and-appropriation-black-suffering
  
  
          The Fate Of The Union
    
          September 14, 2015
    
          Open Source Radio has produced a three-part series about American work: what it is, what it could be, and where we’re all going together. Follow the link to hear the show and to read more about the content. The show features guests Steve Fraser: labor historian and author of The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power; and Hamilton Nolan: writer, editor, and union organizer at Gawker.
    
          https://portside.org/2015-09-14/fate-union
  
  
          The Puppetmasters of Academia (or What the NY Times Left out)
    
          September 14, 2015
    
          The Times buried the real story: active collusion between the agribusiness and chemical industries, numerous and often prominent academics, PR companies, and key administrators of land grant universities for the purpose of promoting GMOs and pesticides.
    
          https://portside.org/2015-09-14/puppetmasters-academia-or-what-ny-times-left-out
  

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