Portside Snapshot - September 15, 2015



Mississippi Taxpayers Subsidize Howard Industries

Joe Atkins
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?

How the US Set Sail on a Sea of Red Ink

JP Sottile
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.

Tiny Guam, Huge US Marine Base Expansions

Sylvia Frain
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.

The Fate Of The Union

Christopher Lydon
Radio Open Source
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.

The Puppetmasters of Academia (or What the NY Times Left out)

Jonathan Latham, PhD
Independent Science News
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.




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