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Kingpinmaker, Game N+3, Part One

So, the party makes friends with "George" and the Red-Banned Band, prepare funerary rites for poor Toby Poodlecock, etc. The party was pretty concerned that all of the strix tribes had been united under the leadership of a cult of Pazuzu, but then Barbie Ragnarock's player said, "Wait a minute, we're not in Sandpoint anymore, we're in Cheliax, we should just go tell the Hellknights!" but, of course, later, when they were in a position to inform authority figures about the impending winged devil apocalypse, they didn't.

Anyway, more roleplaying (there actually was hardly any combat this game as the loyal reader shall see), Jillian Poodlecock is inconsolate, blah blah blah. With a little prodding from the Dungeon Master, Genny realizes that the strix-and-stirge poo collected at the bottom of Devil's Tor just might be chemically identical to bat guano, and makes arrangements to come back and collect it all to turn into gunpowder. "George" tells the party how he and his Red-Banned braves are going to go gather other members of their tribe and arrange a series of signals ("if you find a pile of white rocks with a black one on top, that means the Devil's Tor is no longer safe; if you find a purple one in the middle of all white ones, that means..." etc.)

The party spends the night in the Devil's Tor and when they wake up the next morning, all of the strix are gone. So they say their last goodbyes to Toby (he was cremated) and resume their journey to Foxglove Manor.

When they arrive at Foxglove Manor, they espy a light on in the upper story and discover three little kids hiding in the wreckage of the stables. Sneaking up on them, they discover that a gang of juvenile delinquents have come up here to drink beer and commit acts of antisocial vandalism. The party decides to teach them a lesson.

They cast euphoric cloud (fog?) on the three hiding in the ruins and start tormenting them with ghost sounds and suggestion. As they were doing that, they noticed that a larger light is coming from the Manor itself, and Giles climbs up the outer face of the Manor and peeks in a window where he discovers Beavis, Butthead and Eric Cartman busy defecating, setting tapestries on fire and spray-painting "Satin Rulez!" in the hallway. More shenanigans involving Giles using prestidigitation to make a suit of armor rattle and impersonating the ghost of Aldern Foxglove, Symoreel flying about casting showy spells and Barbie Ragnarock displaying her prehensile hair to good effect. Beavis and Butthead wet themselves and ran away, put poor Eric Cartman stumbled down the staircase and broke his neck. Thankfully, Buck Rogers was there to save the obese adolescent, and they put a blindfold on him and scared him some more.

Hee hee! Good times.

Anyway, the it might not look like a whole lot on paper (or on screen), but the Haunting of Foxglove Manor was by far the most exciting part of the gaming session, so I will leave off at there for now.

Samnell wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Samnell wrote:

Another obstacle to more reading.

I hope the books will forgive me while I nerdgasm and try not to be too creepy where Eric Foner might see.

I'm not sure what it means, but coolio.
I think it's funny to mock myself over how much I'm into Eric Foner. :) I'm taking an online course "from" him, but it's really lectures he recorded last year.

The latter is what I wasn't sure about. Coolioolio.

Anyone can watch, or you gotta sign up?

Vlad Koroboff wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
The war on ISIS already has a winner: The defense industry

In other news:grass is green.

Remember those bombers that RF supplied to Iraq in a week after signing

No, I don't.

Samnell wrote:

Another obstacle to more reading.

I hope the books will forgive me while I nerdgasm and try not to be too creepy where Eric Foner might see.

I'm not sure what it means, but coolio.

Cinema and the Class Struggle

Speaking of the Brattle I was on their webpage and came across...

Back when I was a wee goblin militant, my comrades, some of whom had been to Britain in '84, would always tell me about how the gay organizations had donated hot pink minivans to the National Union of Mineworkers for flying pickets. This story was always used to illustrate the Marxist trope that "consciousness can change in periods of class struggle" and, indeed, the next year, the NUM sent a sizable contingent to start off the Gay Pride march (or whatever it's called in Blighty). Anyway, point being, my old comrades are the only ones who ever told me this story, and I have happily told it to a variety of trade unionists, lefties and gay rights activists over the past 20 years, but now someone has gone and made a movie about it.

Looks like your typical Bill Nighy-involved Labour propaganda film (Brassed Off, Billy Elliott, The Full Monty), and I don't see any hot pink minivans, but I'll probably watch it.

Well, we're not going to be able to communicate meaningfully if you misread my posts, that's for sure.

Aubrey the Malformed wrote:
Arguably, we all occupy our own individual parallel universes. On the other hand, I'm pretty sure that dialectical materialism is pretty bogus. So you tell me.

Tell you what?

IIRC from our past encounters, I'm pretty sure we do live in a parallel universe, Citizen Aubrey.

More commie propaganda:

Thousands mobilise to oppose Project Terror in Scotland

Vive le Galt!

The war on ISIS already has a winner: The defense industry

I haven't seen this yet on here, so...

Aye or Die!

Hee hee!

My recreational reading suffered a bit this past week as I had to prepare our branch's "lead-off" (mini-lecture) on The New Jim Crow. I didn't think I did that good of a job, but then I read the very detailed minutes Mr. Comrade sent out and I was like, "huh, I guess I did do a good job."


The New Jim Crow- Doodlebug

War on drugs:
-More black menin jail today then in slavery in 1850
*or vote in 1870
-2.3 million in prison
*Bigger then any city in the US other then NYC
-4th and 5th amendment shredded in the 80's (especially for drugs)

-Plea bargaining leads to being excluded from many things : aid, voting, etc
-Law and order fascist propaganda

-The rebirth of caste
*English, French, Spanish
*White indentured servants
-1689 Bacon's rebellion results in the creation of white to divide uniting toilers
-Post civil war reconstruction
*republicans occupier of south

-Populous movement
*Poor black and white share croppers
*no more slavery? We still need cotton!
*Vagrancy laws, black code
*White supremacy used to break the movement along race lines
-Civil rights
*Mid 60s segregationists used "law and order" speak

* I'm not racist I', pro law!
-Ronald Reagan

*war on drugs 2 years before crack

*states rights= racist appeal

*color blind racism
-Clinton even worse welfare reform
-Black workers 3x more likely to be in unions

-Voters rights attacks
-Slavery and jim crow controlled labor. New Jim Crow doesn't have production for black workers and warehouses then controls them.
-The prison cell is exchanged for the paycheck
-The immunization of racial bias

*Mclesky vs kemp

After the big climate change rally in New York this weekend, which I won't be attending but the rest of my branch will, we're going to do a reading circle on Comrade Reed's Ten Days That Shook the World where I will have the (un?)enviable task of teaching a gaggle of American high school students about the Bolshevik Revolution.

Vive le Galt!

San Francisco stevedores, Minneapolis Teamsters and Toledo rubberworkers? Must be another set of articles about 1934!

1934 Strikes--Class-Struggle Leadership Made the Difference: Then and Now

Part Two

Musical Interlude Included

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People from Denmark are called Danes, not Dutch.

The minimum wage and the Danish Big Mac

Googling indicates that the national median wage for McDonald's employees of 5 to 8 years is $9.15.

According to the article linked, $20 is the base wage for adults as negotiated by the unions (apparently there is no minimum wage in Denmark?) plus five weeks paid vacation. I don't know what the wage goes up to after 5 to 8 years.

Who Pays the Pro-War Pundits? Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Backing Military Action

Progressive Democrats Follow Obama to War in Syria

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There's a pretty good book I'd like to recommend which argues--pretty convincingly, I thought--that the present American racial caste system was intentionally designed to non-racist-ly appeal to the Rule of Law.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Good book. I liked it.

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Also, I've worked with a lot of Spanish-speakers and the only time I ever caught hell for calling a Puerto Rican a Mexican or vice versa (mostly because I'd ask the Spanish-speakers where they were from before referring to them as either a Puerto Rican or a Mexican) was when I was working at the airport with Toro.

He had a tattoo of Tweetie Bird and one time he was flirting with one of the cleaning ladies when we were supposed to be working. "Hey, c'mon, Toro, the plane's here." He made a dismissive hand gesture. "Hey, Toro, Arriba! Arriba! Andele! Andele!"

He got up in my face, poking his hand at me with the pinkie and pointer extended (horns of the bull, he did that a lot, his name was Toro after all).

"Hey, man, I'm not Mexican, I'm Puerto Rican. Don't ever f+#!ing call me Mexican." He then went on a racist rant against Mexicans. Then he smiled. "Ha, ha, El Pussygato!* I'm just f@!*in' with you!"

*I'd explain why he called me that, but it'd involve telling you my real name.

Dude, what are you talking about? Cornel West is the closest I get to mainstream.

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Ooh ooh!

Cornel West and Noel Ignatiev!

Simon Legrande wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Given the titles, I couldn't help it:

Ferguson: The Real Face of Racist Capitalist America
Break with the Democrats!
Build a Revolutionary Workers Party!

Vive le Galt!

Dang it, Anklebiter. Isn’t this topic bad enough without your shenanigans?

Why? 'Cuz I'm a goblin?

You racist.

Given the titles, I couldn't help it:

Ferguson: The Real Face of Racist Capitalist America
Break with the Democrats!
Build a Revolutionary Workers Party!

Vive le Galt!

thejeff wrote:
JohnLocke wrote:
And we will be supporting the rebels fighting ISIL, which will also strengthen them against Assad. We won't go beyond that. No airstrikes against Assad's forces. No troops on the ground. That's my prediction anyway.
I really hope you're right. Maybe I've grown too cynical.

Speaking of NH journalists, Comrade Locke, I wonder if you saw this earlier piece on Counterpunch by Rick Sterling?

Foley & Sotloff’s Reporting Show Why the US Should Stop Its Proxy War on Syria: Both Journalists Documented the Reality of Free Syria Army

Interesting read.

Oil and Erbil

"Obama’s defense of Erbil is effectively the defense of an undeclared Kurdish oil state whose sources of geopolitical appeal—as a long-term, non-Russian supplier of oil and gas to Europe, for example—are best not spoken of in polite or naïve company, as Al Swearengen would well understand. Life, Swearengen once pointed out, is often made up of “one vile task after another.” So is American policy in Iraq."

From The New Yorker, of all places.

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thejeff wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
thejeff wrote:
For the record, while I don't expect this to be quick or easy, I also don't expect it to turn into another occupation
No, I'd imagine not. Obama's all about the lean, mean, drone strike and JSOC assassins machine.
Which is still better than full scale war. I know some people think that drones are somehow especially evil, but I'd far rather see drones and the "JSOC assassins machine" used than a hundred thousand troops.

Yes, all the benefits of high-tech imperialist terrorism, none of the domestic drawbacks of American GIs coming back in body bags.

F$#~ that shiznit.

Smash US Imperialism!

thejeff wrote:
I'm pretty sure the stated goals aren't "to avenge beheaded NH journalists".

Biden's warning to ISIS militants: 'We will follow them to the gates of hell'

thejeff wrote:
For the record, while I don't expect this to be quick or easy, I also don't expect it to turn into another occupation

No, I'd imagine not. Obama's all about the lean, mean, drone strike and JSOC assassins machine.

[I was over in The Ukraine Thingy thread and posted this. As soon as it showed up I noticed that it was under a staff avatar with a blank post. "Hmmm," I thought, "I better copy this quick!" It's probably more appropriate in this thread anyway. Don't know if I would have gone with from NH to Novosibirsk, but whatever.]

So, I guess Obama just announced anti-ISIS airstrikes in Syria?

First, I heard, the reintroduction of US imperialist military force into Iraq was to save the Yazidis from being genocided up, but now I guess it's to follow ISIS to the gates of hell to avenge beheaded NH journalists?

([Pours one out for the dead homies])

I just wanna be clear about what the goal is now, before Sexy Putin pulls something else out of his ass and turns the tables on Barry and Kerry again and the whole Obamabot spin machine goes into effect and starts changing the stated goals.

I swear, the longer this thread goes on, the more tempted I am to embrace Sexy Putin.

U.S. Imperialism--World's Biggest Terrorists! Russian Capitalists: Pretty Bad, Too!
From New Hampshire to Novosibirsk: For Workers Revolution!
Vive le Galt!

I counted over five citations in the Mike Whitney article, not including the one from the World Socialist Website.

[Nudges Usagi-san]

Victoria Nuland makes a phone call that gets leaked talking about who should be in the goernment and who shouldn't. Lo and behold, it comes true.

CIA director John Brennan visits Kiev, next day, Potreschenko orders attacks against Luhansk and Donetsk.

Seem like words of truth to me.

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Who Is Provoking the Unrest in Ukraine? A Debate on Role of Russia, United States in Regional Crisis

Amy talks to Ray McGovern of crypto-Putinesque propaganda and ex-CIA conspiracy theory fame and Timothy Snyder of of Yale

Yup, Professor Snyder gets around.

Found another article by Ambassador Nuland's husband,

Superpowers Don't Get to Retire

which is amusing because I read about in a--surprise, surprise--commie newspaper, googled it, found it on the Brookings Institute page, wandered over to Democracy Now! where they ran a story the other day-- Think Tanks as Lobbyists: Exposé Shows U.S. Groups Receive Millions to Push Foreign Nations’ Agendas--which has a screenshot of a very fetching stooge of the plutocracy speaking at a podium underneath a sign reading "Brookings".

I haven't really been paying attention to what you guys have been arguing about, but a new Jacobin piece came across my FB feed that isn't exactly on topic, but goblins have short attention spans:

Timothy Snyder's Lies

I haven't actually, you know, read it yet, but I like the pictures.

Vive le Galt!

Hitdice wrote:
Limey, have you heard of a book called The Iron Dream?

I've had my eye out for that since I read about it in an essay by Ms. le Guin. Must read!

New England Paizonians: I was in the People's Republic of Cambridge this past weekend to attend a lecture at the Center for Marxist Education on the history of the Israeli Socialist Organisation but, alas, we arrived rather late and we missed all of the historical stuff but arrived just in time to have our own organization subtly dissed by the speaker. [Curses] Did pick up some neat-o Soviet published Lenin and Marx for the lit table, though.

But we were able to step into Pandemonium Books in Central Square where they were proudly advertising a collection of sixties and seventies sword-and-sorcerror and sci-fi paperbacks under a sign reading "M.I.T. Science Fiction Club Library"!!!

They were each $3.95 (rent in the People's Republic ain't cheap, you know), and most of the stuff I was interested in I already had, but I still was able to pick up Mistress of Mistresses by E.R. Eddison which, you know, I'll hopefully be able to read someday before I die.

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Once again, there will be a national day of action for fast food workers and $15/hr and a union...while I am at work.

Low Pay Is Not Okay!

Vive le Galt!

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Krensky wrote:
Not enough pickles, huh?

I don't understand what all the pickle references are for, but, seeing as how we're in a thread about Israel, for the record:

Kosher dill is the only way to pickle.

Sweet pickles are gross, but not as gross as Caesar salad.

Learn something new everyday in the OTD!

I still don't like Caesar salads, though.

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I remember one of my Argentine comrades complaining that you can't get a decent Caesar salad in the U.S. because no one uses raw egg yolks anymore.

Personally, I've never liked Caesar salads.

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Hands up! Don't ship!

Part Deux

Vlad Koroboff wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
The United States appears to think so
They do not have the reputation for much forward-thinking in the last few decades)

Perhaps not, but that isn't really a counterpoint to the constant refrain of "Modi is moving closer to the United States" that I saw in all the leftie press after he was elected.

The United States appears to think so. For example, they have removed the ban on his entering the country that was declared after the Gujarat massacres.

United States looks forward to Narendra Modi's visit, growing economic ties with India

I was under the impression that India, under the newly elected neoliberal Hindu chauvinist and murderer Modi, was going to be moving closer to a rapprochement with U.S. imperialism.

Once again, there will be a national day of action for fast food workers and $15/hr and a union...while I am at work.

Low Pay Is Not Okay!

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I don't know. Sounds practical to me.

Working-Class Challenges to Big Business Democrats

meatrace wrote:

Hey Gobbo!

Since this thread is basically goblin territory now, I figured I'd ask you here.

Yesterday, when I was walking to lunch, there was a socialist pamphleteer on the corner with a bunch of hand-made signs, one of which read something along the lines of "labor marches in support of Michael Brown" and I was thinking "that's cool." Then on the way back, on the other side of his kiosk, there was a sign that said "Crimea is Russian, end US Imperialist involvement in Ukraine."

I just thought that was odd. I mean, I get that Russia is ostensibly communist *scoff* but let's face it, they're every bit as imperialist as the US.

What are your thoughts on the issue?

The only people that I have seen use the phrase "Crimea Is Russian" are my old comrades in the Spartacist League. Maybe the Spart splits in the Internationalist Group.

I've already posted their articles and many of my thoughts, including a lengthy discourse on the Leninist definition of "imperialism" over in The Ukraine Thingy thread, so I shall direct you in that direction.

And, to go completely off-topic again:

Solidarity with Greek cleaners

And, even further off-topic, a fun piece I watched on Vice News today:

The March on Islamabad, Part One which is, alas, a bit behind.

Gallo wrote:
@Comrade - the famine did indeed affect more of the Soviet Union than just the Ukraine. The Soviet regime's response/actions/inaction in the Ukraine is what made the event(s) into a genocide. The fact that terrible things happened in many parts of the Soviet Union does not in any way lessen what happened in the Ukraine.

Wikipedia again:

"Scholars disagree on the relative importance of natural factors and bad economic policies as causes of the famine and the degree to which the destruction of the Ukrainian peasantry was premeditated on the part of Joseph Stalin.[10][20][21][22] Using Holodomor in reference to the famine emphasizes its man-made aspects, arguing that actions such as rejection of outside aid, confiscation of all household foodstuffs, and restriction of population movement confer intent, defining the famine as genocide; the loss of life has been compared to the Holocaust.[by whom?] [23] If Soviet policies and actions were conclusively documented as intending to eradicate the rise of Ukrainian nationalism, they would fall under the legal definition of genocide.[24][25][26][27][28] In the absence of absolute documentary proof of intent, scholars have also made the argument that the Holodomor was ultimately a consequence of the economic problems associated with radical economic changes implemented during the period of liquidation of private property and Soviet industrialization."

No expert, but I find it hard to believe that "rejection of outside aid, confiscation of all household foodstuffs, and restriction of population movement" only applied to Ukraine.

Soviet famine of 1932–33

I'm still having a hard time envisioning the Holodomor as an act of genocide when the famine, apparently, stretched all the way to Siberia.


JohnLocke wrote:

Duly noted, comrade. I use a variety of text codes in the long-running PbP I have going on these very boards. Thanks, though....

Wait a second ... a goblin is correcting my form on these boards? Bloody hell, how far I've fallen!

Sorry, didn't realize you were a messageboards veteran. Just trying to help, which, of course, is what we goblins are all about: being friendly and helping people out, no matter what those foul racists at Paizo say.

I didn't realize the Britishiznoid Independent was owned by a Russian. That's where I get all my Patrick Cockburn and Robert Fisk articles from (when they're not reprinted at Counterpunch)!

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