Saturday’s news links – July 25, 2020

A Lot of Americans Are About to Lose Their Homes The Atlantic

Philly lawyer collects millions evicting people for city courts. She’s married to an eviction judge WHYY

Portland

Huge Portland protest crowds, standoff with feds go on AP

Single Mothers and Their Children Are Taking Over Abandoned Public Buildings In These Times

Corporate Insiders Pocket $1 Billion in Rush for Coronavirus Vaccine NYTimes

GOP Coronavirus Relief Package to Include Romney Bill That Would ‘Fast-Track Social Security and Medicare Cuts’ Common Dreams

Bolivia

Bolivia: Morales Denounces Right-Wing Collusion to Seize Power teleSUR

Labor

‘A Combination of Forces Puts Our Postal Service at Grave Risk’ FAIR

Santa Rosa Hospital Workers Strike to Defend Sick Time and Health Care in Midst of Pandemic Labor Notes

‘Spread out? Where?’ Smithfield says not all plant workers can be socially distanced Reuters

Essential — and Expendable — Mexican Labor Dollars & Sense

On both sides of the border, Mexican workers are now essential — to U.S. corporations.

China

US agents force their way into China’s consulate in Houston as diplomats pack up SBS News

Why Class Formation Occurs in Humans but Not among Other Primates Human Nature

Our goal here is to regard a class as an alliance and use this idea to extend a model of coalition formation among animals (we use “coalition” to refer to social interactions and ‘alliance,’ to long-term relationships; a class is therefore an alliance). Specifically, we aim to show that in animal groups, dominants merely exclude subordinates from critical resources (access to which increases fitness), whereas in humans, the emergence of two or more classes is inevitable in any group in which individuals can profit from exploiting the resources produced or possessed by others, who are prevented from leaving the group.


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