Portside Snapshot - April 13, 2015



The LHC Made Simple

Ethan Siegal
Science Blogs
Having just restarted, the LHC is poised to take our understanding of what’s possible in this Universe to unprecedented heights. Here’s how the magic happens, in five easy steps.

Chicago Progressives’ Mixed Results Against the ‘Money Machine’

David Moberg
In These Times
Even as class appears to play a bigger role in Chicago politics, racial, ethnic and other identities will impact elections as long as keep impacting everyday life. But campaigns like those for Garcia and for many of the council members are already forging a shared progressive politics.

As Encryption Spreads, U.S. Grapples With Clash Between Privacy, Security

Ellen Nakashima and Barton Gellman
Washington Post
“I don’t believe that law enforcement has an absolute right to gain access to every way in which two people may choose to communicate,” said Marc Zwillinger, “And I don’t think our Founding Fathers would think so, either. The fact that the Constitution offers a process for obtaining a search warrant where there is probable cause is not support for the notion that it should be illegal to make an unbreakable lock. These are two distinct concepts.”

George RR Martin Says Rightwing Lobby Has 'Broken' Hugo Awards

Alison Flood
The Guardian
The shortlists for the long-running American genre awards, won in the past by names from Kurt Vonnegut to Ursula K Le Guin and voted for by fans, were announced this weekend to uproar in the science fiction community, after it emerged that the line-up corresponded closely with the slates of titles backed by certain conservative writers.

Castro Remarks at the Summit of the Americas

Raul Castro Ruz
National Network on Cuba
Key Remarks By Army General Raul Castro Ruz, President of the State Council and the Council Of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, at the 7th Summit of the Americas, Panama City, Panama, April 10-11, 2015

Teachers sue to join union without paying for political activities

Howard Blume
Los Angeles Times
Teachers sue to join union without paying for political activities. Unions claim new suit is attempt to weaken them in the name of protecting teacher rights. The firm behind a case that could limit teacher job protections is now taking on issues with union dues. Another in the endless string of anti-union, anti-teacher lawsuits that pretend to protect worker rights.

Game of Thrones and the End of Marxist Theory

Sam Kriss
A critique of Paul Mason's historical materialist prediction “Can Marxist theory predict the end of ‘Game of Thrones’?” for the upcoming seasons of Game of Thrones.




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