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Data as divinity, drivel or in between?

"The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about,” said Oscar Wilde. That's what I kept telling myself as I tried to meditate my blood pressure down after reading a recent …

On Monday June 3 the the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress declared an open-ended general strike to resist the government’s neoliberal policies that have wrecked the economy and …

Mental health: it takes a precinct

The best ideas often stand the test of time, but frequently contain the seeds of their own destruction. The doomsday gene insinuates itself and attaches to the DNA of the original thought, taking it …

In April, two NYC Legal Aid Society lawyers filed suit claiming their right to not pay union agency fees. Although they work for a nonprofit, they argue that since their employer is funded by …

Solidarity strikes can end the genocide in Gaza

My father thought God had abandoned us Jews during World War II. He survived the Holocaust as a teenager in a forced labor camp in Romania.    Today, the Palestinians may suspect they …

Debate and tolerance

We'd play rough in the dirt, pick our noses, snack on Devil Dogs with unwashed hands, leave our prints on escalator railings and a hundred other grubby communal surfaces and hardly ever get sick. It …

Watch the closing doors, and the broken windows

Largely unnoticed in the recently enacted state budget is a short passage that in essence bars the MTA from using facial recognition software to catch fare evaders. “There has long been a concern …

Whistlestops

If you want to be taken seriously as a whistleblower in most workplaces these days, your best bet may be as a football referee.  But even though your revelations may be dismissed, the sound of …

Tear 6

By banning the MTA from using "biometric identifying technology" as a tool to combat fare beating, which costs taxpayers three-quarters of a billion dollars annually, New York State has bought into …

Wag the dog dogfights

An accident waiting to happen is not good enough. The city will not install a traffic light until an intersection has racked up a certain number of per capita fatalities. That's when the optics are …

Equal time for unequal convictions

When expressing personal opinions during these polarized times, it is necessary to attach a disclaimer or "spoiler alert" if you are willing to fight for equal time to air views with which you …

The new issue of Labor Notes magazine includes an article by labor scholar Kim Moody about how global corporations are abandoning the “just in time” (JIT) model of production which they adopted …

The last time New York City had the level of antisemitic hatred it is dealing with today was way back in August of 1991 when Crown Heights erupted after a young Black boy was killed by a car being …

Billionaires and grave worms

During the time between two beats of a world-class sprinter's racing heart, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's net worth compounds to a dollar amount greater than the daily pay of a conscientious …

An embarrassment of faults

It was Parent Nature's fault: Mr. and Mrs. Ramapo Fault. The recent earthquake was not a nothingburger, even though there were no casualties and only a couple of buildings were damaged beyond repair. …

Defeating the boss’ counter-attack

  Last week, The Chief reported that UPS is planning to automate 200 facilities in New York City and six other states. According to Nando Cesarone, a senior vice president and the president of …

April Fools’ Day, observed

When passion-corrupted battles rage between two irreconcilable points of view, victory will not be assured or much advanced by the inherent persuasive power of truth. Facts and moral authority are …

Compressed energy

The owners of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory would be proud of those opposed to Senator Bernie Sanders' proposal for a 32-hour work week. Back in 1911, those entrepreneurs locked the exits so that …

Tammany’s echoes

It’s hard to believe today, but there was a time when politicians and police officers shared a very cozy relationship. This close bond was of particular concern to political reformers in the early …

City must rein in anti-union nonprofits

This week, a toddler named Elio had his birthday a month after he lost his health insurance. Hospitalized with leukemia, Elio’s parents lost their health insurance when their employer, the nonprofit Mobilization For …

Tennessee workers deserve better from NYC corporation

Across our country, workers are demanding changes following years of pandemic uncertainty and unprecedented cost of living increases. According to the Cornell University’s Labor Action Tracker, …

The hunted

Lockstep agreement with the philosophy or actions of a public figure should not be a precondition for their being treated respectfully. In theory, the Constitution is the final authority, and whoever …

There's no excuse for presidential pardons

Throughout American history, presidents have granted clemency to about 250,000 people.   Article II, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution reads in part that the president “shall have …

Every year, politicians, lobbyists and advocacy groups congregate at the New York State Association of Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislators’ “Caucus Weekend” to network and cut …

Hochul's Five Points: None too sharp

Five Points was the name of a squalid, crammed and lawless 19 th century New York City slum. It was the setting of the film Gangs of New York, in which Daniel Day-Lewis portrays the brutal lowlife …

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