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TEDxHavana Speech 2015 by Tom Hayden

Tom Hayden
Democracy Journal
Speech broadcast Saturday, Nov. 14, to the TEDxHavana conference on the Cuba-United States normalization process. More than two thousand attended.

The Savory Science of Umami

Lynn A. Kuntz
Food Product Design
In the 1980s and 90s, science rediscovered the existence of umami and in 2002 identified its taste receptor. And, as they say, the rest was history. Not only has umami been universally recognized in sensory science, it’s become the darling of professionals looking to enhance the taste of savory foods. Umami can be leveraged, not just for tastier foods, but for healthier ones.

Equity, Growth and Community

Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor
Equity, Growth and Community, a new book by Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor

Almost a Century Ago, another Democratic Socialist Ran for President of the United States—from His Prison Cell

Lawrence S. Wittner
LA Progressive
In response to the Congressional declaration of war in April 1917, delegates at a Socialist party convention declared their “unalterable opposition” to it. The federal government began prosecuting Socialist Party leaders. Socialist Congressman Victor Berger, convicted under the Espionage Act, was expelled from the House of Representatives, re-elected by the voters, and then expelled again. Debs responded with a blistering speech at a party rally in Canton, Ohio.

In Arbitration, a 'Privatization of the Justice System'

Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Michael Corkery
New York Times
Over the last 10 years, thousands of businesses across the country -- from big corporations to storefront shops -- have used arbitration to create an alternate system of justice. There, rules tend to favor businesses, and judges and juries have been replaced by arbitrators who commonly consider the companies their clients, The Times found.

Who Benefits From A Post-Paris “Clash of Civilizations”?

Tom Englehardt
ISIS (and al-Qaeda) is engaged in a global “danse macabre” with the U.S. and its allies. ISIS attacks, spreading death, chaos, panic, and alarm in our world at next to no cost at all. Washington and its allies respond with big-budget versions of the same, including intensified air campaigns that wreak death and havoc on civilian populations and infrastructure. Each is committed to creating a world where there are no gray zones, only a “clash of civilizations.”

Shouldn't Social Security Recipients Get A CEO-Sized Raise?

Dave Johnson
Common Dreams
Seniors, disabled veterans and others will receive no COLA adjustment next year. This is because the method of measuring living costs – the Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers – is not weighted toward seniors. For example, it counts the decrease in gasoline costs for commuters and not the big cost increases in the pharmaceuticals seniors need.

Carhaulers Vote Down Awful Deal

Alexandra Bradbury
Labor Notes
"The IBT Carhaul Division has instructed all carhaul locals to hold meetings to ask members why they rejected the concessionary first offer. These guys are so out of touch, they need to be told the obvious: Teamsters are tired of concessions and want to protect their jobs and make reasonable gains in this boom year of auto sales." Teamsters for a Democratic Union