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How Arctic Warming Can Trigger Extreme Cold Waves

Dennis Brasky
 

Our research reinforces two crucial lessons of climate change: First, the change doesn’t have to occur in your backyard to have a big effect on you. Second, the unexpected consequences can be quite severe.

In this case, large changes in the Arctic are not just a local concern – they also have wide-ranging impacts across North America and parts of Asia. And those impacts are not always what people are expecting. The results highlight another reason to rapidly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving global warming and at the same time the need to develop better strategies for managing extreme weather events, both hot and cold.

https://portside.org/2021-09-03/how-arctic-warming-can-trigger-extreme-cold-waves



The Sixties, Hollywood, and One Man’s Consideration of the Curse of Vietnam

Ron Jacobs <ronj1955@...>
 


Richard Lewontin Leaves a Legacy of Fighting Racism in Science | Grace Huckins | WIRED

Kevin Lindemann and Cathy Campo
 


Re: New SDS

gilschaeffer82@...
 

Glenn, I don't deny that PL/WSA continued to be active and I was disgusted when I learned that Weatherman had engineered a split because of its differences with PL. There were PL members in our chapter at Princeton and, although there were differences of ideology and strategy between PL and the majority of the chapter, there was never any reason for Weatherman to violate SDS's nonexclusion policy. However, when PL came out in early 1969 with its position that all nationalism is reactionary and criticized the Panthers and Black student groups while they were under attack from the police and the courts, well. that created a political divide that really undermined the possibility of continuing joint action. I take the May Day rally in New Haven in 1970 in support of the Panthers as an illustration of where the majority sentiment of the movement was at the time, and PL wasn't part of that.  


Mandela in Cuba | Raymond Suttner | New Frame via Portside

Kevin Lindemann and Cathy Campo
 


Re: New SDS

Glenn Kissack <gkissack@...>
 

With Weatherman and PL gone (which combined probably amounted to 10-20% of the membership at most) the majority of SDS members carried on much as before. 

Gil, I agree with you about SDS chapters carrying on as before, but PL continued to work in SDS after the split, unlike Weathermen. New Left Notes continued to be published and report on SDS activities, including articles written by PL members:


I was surprised that New Left Notes was published until 1974.

Full disclosure: I was in SDS at SUNY Stony Brook from 1967-1971 and was part of the Worker-Student Alliance (PL influenced) section of SDS. We were young, inexperienced and made plenty of mistakes, but we had an active and large chapter that organized protests and building takeovers against military and CIA recruiters and university war research and in support of striking cafeteria workers. We also brought twelve busloads of students and faculty for a huge anti-war march in DC in November 1969:


Glenn


Re: Synergy of Supreme Court and Texas SB8

Michael Meeropol
 

We should all contribute to the Texas underground railroad and dare the fuckers to come after us --- anyone who sues me will get a SLAPP suit right back at them ...

Don't mean to be flip --- this should be an organized response ...

On Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 11:15 PM Andrew Stewart <hasc.warrior.stew@...> wrote:
There’s a few parameters to analyze here

A-Economic impact: How significant would an entertainment industry boycott of Texas actually be were it to materialize? The state has plenty of country western and other indigenous forms of entertainment that have existed there for a long time.

B-Interstate jurisprudence-The Texas law is so broad and open to interpretation that it is fair to wonder whether these lawsuits against people who aid women getting abortion can cross state lines. If I donate to a Texas abortion fund, are they going to lodge a suit against me in RI? And it the subpoena is sent to RI, will the State Attorney General allow it to be served, especially since our state codified Roe in the state law several years ago? Once that chain of events begins, what happens to the interstate laws that underwrite the mandate of the Federal Government?
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Re: New SDS

gilschaeffer82@...
 

I want to pick up on Michael's emphasis on SDS's decentralized organizational structure, an issue he also raised in his first comment. He suggests that if the national officers of SDS had maintained the central office as the information hub that it had been traditionally, then SDS might not have fragmented and fallen apart. At the same time, he points out that the political movement that was nominally associated with the SDS name did not end with the break up of the national office, citing the national student strike in response to the invasion of Cambodia and the killings at Kent and Jackson States. I would add that SDS local chapter contingents were similarly active in the Moratorium of October 1969, the demonstrations at the Justice Department in support of the Panthers during the November 1969 antiwar march in Washington, and at the 1970 May Day rally in New Haven in support of Bobby Seale and other Panthers charged with murder (which coincided with the invasion of Cambodia and where the call for a nationwide strike got a big boost). With Weatherman having destroyed the national office, how were these ongoing activities organized and coordinated? Easy. SDS was a network of chapters with a long history of local and regional coordination and new avenues of communication were quickly established to replace the function previously carried out in part by the national office. With Weatherman and PL gone (which combined probably amounted to 10-20% of the membership at most) the majority of SDS members carried on much as before. Rather than any particular RYM II faction providing leadership, the Guardian newspaper in New York generally expressed the anti-imperialist, anti-racist, pro-working class politics of the remaining majority. In short, it wasn't an absence of organizational and communication capacity that caused the fragmentation and decline of the New Left, but the de-escalation and ending of the Vietnam war and the inability of any of the Marxist organizations to develop a political ideology and strategy appropriate for the US.


Re: Synergy of Supreme Court and Texas SB8

Andrew Stewart
 

There’s a few parameters to analyze here

A-Economic impact: How significant would an entertainment industry boycott of Texas actually be were it to materialize? The state has plenty of country western and other indigenous forms of entertainment that have existed there for a long time.

B-Interstate jurisprudence-The Texas law is so broad and open to interpretation that it is fair to wonder whether these lawsuits against people who aid women getting abortion can cross state lines. If I donate to a Texas abortion fund, are they going to lodge a suit against me in RI? And it the subpoena is sent to RI, will the State Attorney General allow it to be served, especially since our state codified Roe in the state law several years ago? Once that chain of events begins, what happens to the interstate laws that underwrite the mandate of the Federal Government?


Re: New SDS

Michael Meeropol
 

Thanks for the invitation (see below):

Well for what it's worth, I was always very impressed with the "decentralization" of the pre-Marxist-Leninist SDS --- the national organization provided communication (I thought New Left Notes always had VERY interesting information) and the National Secretary did a lot of travelling around both to LEARN what was going on at various local levels and also to be a conduit of information.

If there ever is a national organization that has the potential of challenging the status quo the way SDS (and the Panthers as well) did in the late 1960s (After Mike Klonsky was elected National Secretary at the 1968 convention he actually got a SLOT on "Face the Nation" --- is that likely to happen with the current leader of DSA?) --- anyway if EVER there is a national organization that can challenge the status quo, it might want to take a page from the decentralized "old" SDS ---

By the way, I think one of the reasons PL was able to make inroads into SDS is that SDS explicitly repudiated the anti-communist heritage that they "inherited" from SLID (Student League for Industrail Democracy) --- Had PL not had such a rigid approach to programs within SDS, they might have made a good contribution.   

The record of the 1968 convention where the origins of the split that ultimately destroyed the organization in 1969 first appeared, might be a useful indicator of what NOT to do when a relatively loosey-goosey organization is challenged by a disciplined sub-group.   The chants of "PL out!  PL out!!" did not help keep the organization "big tent" enough to accommodate PL and the Revolutionary Youth Movement folks --- who a year later became Weatherman.  Instead it promised that at the national level, SDS would be riven by a major conflict -- making the 1969 split virtually inevitable.

On Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 9:25 PM <fkalosar101@...> wrote:

Maybe that's where old guys like you and Meeropol could pass some real insight to young people--as opposed to the dead-end cultism and nostalgia that are currently passing from the scene like the Grand Army of the Republic. 
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842 U of Illinois-Chicago physicians unionize | Kelly Gooch | Becker’s Hospital Review

Kevin Lindemann and Cathy Campo
 


Re: New SDS

Farans Kalosar
 

Mark, I don't know about "your" SDS--as you say, the local orgs were all different--but I'm wondering whether the fault you mention doesn't lie as much with SDS as with eg the SWP.  Would they have been open to the SWP as they were to PL?   How interested were the chapters in anything "old left?"  This looks to me like two not tangoing--a failure of the entire US left, although a complex and many-sided one.  

Maybe there are some new currents. What about the young people who organized George Floyd solidarity marches not so long ago?  I don't know whether you are familiar with Bucyrus, Ohio, but there was a march there with more than a hundred people and not a single Oath Keeper or Boogaloo with an assault rifle. It took some pretty adroit organizing to make that happen--believe me it was a big surprise.  There must be some pretty advanced people in that Trump-loving "stronghold."  Who is going to reach out to them?  AFAIK they aren't necessarily students--a second SDS might not reach them.  

Maybe that's where old guys like you and Meeropol could pass some real insight to young people--as opposed to the dead-end cultism and nostalgia that are currently passing from the scene like the Grand Army of the Republic. 


Marjorie Cohn : SCOTUS Ruling Allows Texas to Deputize Citizens as Anti-Abortion Police

Charles Keener
 


Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, and a member of the bureau of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and the advisory board of Veterans for Peace.




Re: What We Actually Know About Waning Immunity - Reports of vaccines’ decline have been greatly overstated.

Farans Kalosar
 

This is good to know.


What We Actually Know About Waning Immunity - Reports of vaccines’ decline have been greatly overstated.

Dennis Brasky
 

Right now, some forms of vaccine effectiveness are slipping, but the most important ones aren’t. Unless that changes, widespread boosters in already vaccinated countries are likely to provide diminishing returns, like topping off a drink that’s already on the verge of spilling over. In the meantime, billions around the globe have yet to take a sip at all.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/09/waning-immunity-not-crisis-right-now/619965/



Re: New SDS

Mark Lause
 

Just to throw in my two cents as a member of the old SDS.

In my opinion, the decision of the currents of the far left to abstain from the SDS was one of the worse of the 1960s.  Contrary to how it generally seems to be getting discussed here, the SDS was not a disciplined cadre organization.  Pretending that this or that current that was in the SDS WAS the SDS is simply a misunderstanding of the reality.  In practice, much of it paid very little attention to "the leadership" in the national office. 

The political level was abysmal, and the dominant belief that somehow the Democratic party would managed to muddle through into some new radical manifestation was groundless and silly.  And some disciplined socialists could have done wonders about that.  Then, too, over the past thirty years, I found the political level of some socialist cadre organizations to be not that much higher, and the hardly free of some of the same silliness.  And I'm not talking about the DSA, which obviously inherited much of this.

Why a more coherent socialist current hasn't emerged as a more active force within the DSA also eludes me.

In the end, the choice between participating in an overtly socialist current within a mass organization of radical young people or throwing everything into spending thirty years turning a group of 6-8 people into a group of 6-8 slightly different people seems to me to have been a no-brainer.  Even on the most pragmatic level, I think that the organization would do better all around as a current of some influence in a significantly larger organization.

I am unfamiliar with the new SDS beyond seeing it as not the old SDS, despite similarities.

Cheers,
MAL


Re: New SDS

Farans Kalosar
 

For the record, I've never claimed tenure, which I do not have. Any statement to the contrary is false and IMO either knowingly so or the product of a lamentable mental lapse. My education was paid for by scholarships and loans, which I paid back out of my earnings as a worker. Like Louis, I spent more than thirty year in IT, primarily as a technical writer, after subsisting in the gig economy as a teaching assistant, lecturer, instructor, and library clerk. My experience is common to many workers both inside and outside the university.  

Those who disrespect that work or knowingly spread lies about the academic underclass and knowledge workers in general have no claim to speak on behalf of the working class at any time or under any circumstances. 


Re: New SDS

Farans Kalosar
 

This kind of entirely personal smear attack was explicitly forbidden by Louis P.  It has no place on the list going forward.  Where are the moderators?

Nothing could more perfectly illustrate the bankruptcy of the SDS cult in today's dangerous political and environmental situation. This is what it comes down to in all too many cases and why we have to leave it behind.

Really, Marxmail.  We can do better than this kind of childish flamebait. The place for that is the SDS/Sixties list on Facebook, not here.


Re: Synergy of Supreme Court and Texas SB8

Farans Kalosar
 

Denands re abortion are IMO key, but should be art of a broader defensive organizing agenda.


Re: Synergy of Supreme Court and Texas SB8

Farans Kalosar
 

the fragility of the human web of science and its discourse is terrifying

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