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Sep 222020
 

A number of recent articles on this web site have spelled out an overall assessment of the 2020 elections and explained why we consider opposition to the Democratic Party to […] The post How should socialists approach the 2020 elections? first appeared on International Socialism Project.

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Sep 222020
 

Joe Biden wants to have it both ways, issuing bold rhetoric about the climate emergency while refusing to adopt a policy agenda to match. But taking the science of climate change seriously means banning practices like fracking — something Biden has so far refused to do. Cuadrilla fracking site, UK. (@tacac0 / flickr) Last week, the popular science journal Scientific American issued its first presidential endorsement in its 175-year history. Much of the editorial, which…

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Sep 222020
 

The Democratic Party has long made a habit of preemptively surrendering major fights with Republicans before they even begin. They’ll have to change that right now if Democrats want to block a Supreme Court replacement of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have been signaling that they may not use every last bit of power at their disposal to try to block a Trump SCOTUS appointment that could permanently alter American…

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Sep 222020
 

“This is the most useless thing I have ever made”, writes Teenenggr, the creator of this Arduino-powered typewriter carriage for computer keyboards. The carriage uses solenoids to create the physical sensation of typing on a typewriter, and is extremely loud. There is even a bell. The code and parts list is here. We make Arduino/Raspberry…

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Sep 222020
 

There are fewer independent candidates on the November 2020 ballot for U.S. House than at any time since 2004. This is probably mostly due to the health crisis. … Continue reading →

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Sep 212020
 

Andrew “bunnie” Huang has announced a new project called “Precursor”; it is meant to be a platform for makers to create interesting new devices. “Precursor is unique in the open source electronics space in that it’s designed from the ground-up to be carried around in your pocket. It’s not just a naked circuit board with connectors hanging off at random locations: it comes fully integrated—with a rechargeable battery, a display, and a keyboard—in a sleek,…

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Sep 212020
 

I got my first PC in 1996, and the games to get were Civilization 2 and Quake. Quake had the better soundtrack. NINE INCH NAILS’ SOUNDTRACK TO THE LEGENDARY FIRST PERSON SHOOTER FROM ID SOFTWARE. AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON VINYL. REMASTERED 2XLP PRESSED ON 180GRAM VINYL. At $35, it’s a great collector… Read More

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Sep 202020
 

The barriers to organizing a general strike in the United States in response to the myriad miseries American workers are facing are massive. But we can’t move toward such a strike without at least putting the possibility on the table and discussing it — something the AFL-CIO has shown no interest in doing. AFL-CIO Headquarters, Washington, DC. (Matt Popovich / Flickr) Every so often over the past few years, the hashtag #GeneralStrike goes viral, with…

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Sep 202020
 

Published September 18, 2020Once a COVID-19 vaccine is approved for public use, officials around the world will face the monumental challenge of vaccinating billions of people, a logistical operation rife with thorny ethical questions. What if instead of orchestrating complicated and resource-intensive campaigns to vaccinate humans against emerging infectious diseases like COVID-19, we could instead stop the zoonotic diseases that sometimes leap from animals to people at their source? A small, but growing number of…

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Sep 202020
 

A new report estimates that 76 million households will be vulnerable to utility shutoffs by next month. Congress needs to act now to stop these shutoffs — it’s a matter of life and death. A child is seen looking out a window during the coronavirus pandemic. (Darrian Traynor / Getty Images) To an even greater extent than the 2008–9 financial crisis, the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the basic dysfunction that characterizes life in twenty-first-century America…

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Sep 202020
 

The Supreme Court has been a reactionary institution for most of its history, law professor Sam Moyn tells Jacobin. We need to take on its power and fight for real democracy in the United States. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen Breyer arrive at the US Capitol on January 20, 2017 for Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee / Getty Images) After years of ill health and worries…

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Sep 202020
 

An enduring memory for most who used the 8-bit home computers of the early 1980s is the use of cassette tapes for program storage. Only the extremely well-heeled could afford a disk drive, so if you didn’t fancy the idea of waiting an eternity for your code to load then you were out of luck. If you had a Sinclair Spectrum though, by 1983 you had another option in the form of the unique Sinclair…

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Sep 202020
 

By now, most people in the United States recognize that the climate crisis poses the greatest threat to humanity and nature. Faced with a president who continually dismisses the dangers of global warming and has taken numerous measures to expand fossil fuel production, many progressives and even some on the Left have declared the need to vote for Biden as the “lesser evil” in November. Noam Chomsky went so far as to label the Republicans “the most dangerous organization in…

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Sep 202020
 

No one knows how many votes will be cast for president in any state in November 2020. But if one uses the November 2016 vote as a substitute, one can calculate that 72.8% of the voters will use a ballot that has Howie Hawkins’ name. Without the three Democratic Party challenges to him in Montana, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, his percentage would have been 79.8%. The 2020 percentage for him is better than it was for…

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Sep 202020
 

Free & Equal, and Open the Debates, are hosting a presidential debate in Denver on Thursday, October 8. The debate will be live-streamed. The candidates will be in the same room with each other. In order to qualify, candidates must be on the ballot in at least ten states. Rocky De La Fuente, Howie Hawkins, Gloria La Riva, and Brock Pierce have already confirmed. President Trump and Joe Biden are invited, but they are forbidden…

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Sep 192020
 

On September 18, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. No member of the current court was more favorable to minor party and independent candidates and voters than she was. She wrote Buckley v American Constitutional Law Foundation, which struck down state laws requiring petitioners to be registered voters. Also, in the last Supreme Court decision that discussed minor parties, Clingman v Beaver (2005), she joined the dissent of Justice John Paul Stevens which…

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Sep 182020
 

Special thanks to legal intern Ross Ufberg, who was lead author of this post. A group of organizations and individuals are continuing their fight to overturn the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, known as FOSTA, arguing that the law violates the Constitution in multiple respects. In legal briefs filed in federal court recently, plaintiffs Woodhull Freedom Foundation, Human Rights Watch, the Internet Archive, Alex Andrews, and Eric Koszyk argued that the law violates the…

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Sep 182020
 

The perennial make-PACER-free legislation has arrived. If you’re not familiar with PACER, count yourself among the lucky ones. PACER performs an essential task: it provides electronic access to federal court dockets and documents. That’s all it does and it barely does it. PACER charges taxpayers (who’ve already paid taxes to fund the federal court system) $0.10/page for EVERYTHING. Dockets? $0.10/page. (And that “page” is very loosely defined.) Every document is $0.10/page, as though the court…

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Sep 182020
 

In every election, a small percentage of mail-in ballots get rejected. But this election is likely to have a whole lot of mail-in ballots. And in an election where a record number of voters are expected to cast their ballots by mail, you’re likely to hear a whole lot about ballots that don’t count, especially because voters of color have ballots rejected at a higher rate than white voters. It’s already happening. In North Carolina,…

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