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Let Feminist Frequency Teach You A Thing Or Two About Women In Video Games [Stuff to Watch]

I’ve got some bad news: video games are traditionally pretty sexist. Shocking as it may be, a medium dominated by the masculine middle classes panders to patriarchal ideals – and it just so happens that video blogger Anita Sarkeesian has noticed. Show More Summary

Back to College -- The Only Gateway to the Middle Class

This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree. They assume that degree is the only gateway to the American middle class. It shouldn't be. For one thing, a four-year liberal arts degree is hugely expensive. Show More Summary

Joe Biden: Take Back America–From Me!

(John Hinderaker) Today, giving a Labor Day speech in Detroit, Joe Biden went full Democrat, unleashing a rant about the middle class. His theme was that America’s middle class is getting a raw deal, and at one point he yelled, “So folks, it’s time to take back America!” I agree that the middle class is, in important respects, getting a bad deal. Show More Summary

This Labor Day, a reminder of what unions really do

This Labor Day, remember: It's not just that workers do better in unions than not, though they do: It's that when union membership declines, the entire middle class does worse: See below the fold for some bonus charts.

Biden: "Unions Built The Middle Class In America"

You didn't build that... Unions did. Vice President Joe Biden gave a 'rousing' Labor Day speech this morning explaining that "Unions did, in fact, build the middle-class... and that built The United States of America as we know it." Seems like the policies since the crash have not been helping... Show More Summary

On Labor Day: The Tale of Generational Struggle for Middle Class Wages

When Fred Redmond, the Steelworkers’ vice president for human affairs, was a child in Chicago, he and a dozen siblings and cousins spent summers picking cotton for their grandparents in Mississippi. Fred’s great, great grandparents had been slaves. Show More Summary

A Labor Day Documentary: 'Brothers on the Line' Tells the Story of the Reuther Brothers -- Founding Fathers of the American Middle Class

Ask most Americans to name the most influential siblings in our nation's history and they'll probably think about politics (the Kennedy and Bush brothers), sports (the DiMaggio brothers and the Williams sisters), and show business (the...Show More Summary

A Labor Day Documentary: 'Brothers on the Line' Tells the Story of the Reuther Brothers -- Founding Fathers of the American Middle Class

Ask most Americans to name the most influential siblings in our nation's history and they'll probably think about politics (the Kennedy and Bush brothers), sports (the DiMaggio brothers and the Williams sisters), and show business (the...Show More Summary

Chess in schools in Florida?

Florida schools make play for scholastic chess curriculumBY ZACHARY FAGENSONFORT LAUDERDALE Fla. Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:06am EDT(Reuters) - Leaning over chess boards in the middle of classes, seven- and eight-year-olds in one of Florida's largest school districts furrow their brows as they plot moves toward a checkmate.It isn't just play. Show More Summary

Cataclysm in suburbia: The dark, twisted history of America’s oil-addicted middle class

How the same things that contributed to the rise of the middle class are also now leading to its downfall

Obama returns to minimum wage focus for Labor Day weekend address

To build a stronger middle class in today’s changing economy, we’ve got to keep fighting. We’ve got to fight for the right to affordable health insurance for everybody. The right to fair pay, family leave, and workplace flexibility.Show More Summary

Saturday PS: Purging the "parasites"

A recurrent feature of life in Third World countries is the insistence by the ruling group that it is allied to the “real people” of the nation in opposition to a “parasitic” middle class. In some contexts, there have been...

Florida schools make play for scholastic chess curriculum

By Zachary Fagenson FORT LAUDERDALE Fla. (Reuters) - Leaning over chess boards in the middle of classes, seven- and eight-year-olds in one of Florida's largest school districts furrow their brows as they plot moves toward a checkmate. Show More Summary

BRIC wall: Brazil's economy slips into a recession

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's economy, once an emerging-market darling, fell into recession, according to government data released Friday, as millions of new middle class citizens tightened their belts and further dampened a credit-driven spending spree.

Labor Day Reality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Strong Unions

On Labor Day Weekend, we bid the summer goodbye. Families picnic; children play hard, knowing the school year is upon them. Politicians pay tribute to workers and to the rewards of hard work. But this Labor Day, workers are struggling to stay afloat. Show More Summary

Michigan Democrats Finally Address Economic Genocide Against Middle Class Homeowners

After four years of burying their head in the sand and with 66 Days left before the November election, Michigan Democrats finally addressed the housing crisis by writing a strongly worded resolution attacking foreclosure mill operator David Trott who is running for congress.

Rebuilding Strong Unions Is Vital To Rebuilding The Middle Class

On Labor Day, families gather, politicians pay tribute to values of hard work, and some workers even get an extra day off. But this Labor Day arrives with working families struggling to stay afloat. Incomes haven’t gone up in the twenty-first century. Show More Summary

Apple's Opportunity In India

By Kyle Spencer: Large populations and rapid economic growth mean China and India will become the juggernauts of middle class consumerism over the next twenty years. Yet while China is well covered by analysts, India is widely ignored. Show More Summary

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