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Well, In These Times seems to think it was a victory. Good enough, I guess. Four for four, baby!
[Reads first section]
Man, what a shiznitty contract.... :(
Vive le General Ludd!
Pfft. I've been posting about The Wire my entire time here. Came up in the first politroll conversation I ever entered, back with Comrade Derek back in '0whatever.
As for Wire, the band, c'mon, Comrade Meatrace. I've got ten years working in used record stores under my belt.
I'm cooler than all of you!
Was bippin' and boppin' around Facebook and ran into an article that might be of interest to those who remember the Bou Bou Phonesavanh thread:
Which doesn't have any actions listed, but I'm pretty far away and am sure there's stuff going on, I just don't know where.
Get involved! Get organized!
Reinstate Kip Hedges!
Same, babe. *3*
He won't. Employing internet douchebaggery to point out hipster internet douchebaggery is kind of a point of pride for Alex.
Which puts it somewhere in between the liberal hipsters at the Daily Kos (serves me right for branching out from my regular communist propaganda websites) and Citizen K(e)rensky's Democratic Party hackdom. For example, I don't see anything about earning time off of sentences, but maybe I have to dig deeper.
Anyway, I was thrilled to death to meet Steve Gillis and Andre Francois (two of the School Bus 5) this morning in the freezing cold outside of the Somerville District Court for the I-93 protestors court appearance. "You're doing a rally up in Lowell?" smiled Brother Gillis. When I offered to distribute leaflets to pack the court on March 3 for Red Steve Kirschbaum's next court appearance he smiled even wider and said "That's great! Now's the time to be meeting people and making contacts!" I almost died of joy!
Mayor Marty Walsh, pro-capitalist ex-labor bureaucrat that he is distanced himself from them during his campaign run because he would rather serve the interests of State Street than stand up for working people. I wouldn't be surprised if he and Citizen K(e)rensky run in the same circles.
Up real early to get things going for the last day of prep for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X rally and just saw this:
No details yet, but hopefully it's some kinda win.
Partly for selfish reasons: One of Comrade Longears's American co-thinkers (and an SEIU organizer) made a comment a whiles back that my local commie branch is kinda like a good luck charm for strikes; thus far, with a record of three for three (Insomnia Cookies, Lifelinks, Weir Valve), any picket line that we visit wins.
It'd be nice if that kept being a thing.
One day longer/One day stronger!
A lot of that advocacy also comes from young up and coming Randian Libertarians as well. I knew quite a few of this type at Rutgers who were my own (the) age of 19 something. Like the group you mentioned, they tended to feel insulated from the consequences of what they were fond of proposing.
Um, while that's true, this has been pretty bipartisan for a long time.
Will have to remember to share this one with La Principessa, who is thinking of running for Chapter Leader (UFT jargon for shop steward) this spring:
Not much time before I have to go meet the local activists helping build the Malcolm X anniversary rally and distribute flyers throughout Lowell, but...
Chicago: How To Sell Off a City
Break with the Democrats!
It's been a while, I admit, since I've carried a sign that read "For Open Admissions, Free Tuition and a Living Stipend for All Students!" but I have been encouraging my hawt commie NY schoolteacher girlfriend to start an "opt out of Common Core testing" campaign.
It's either that or listen to her scream "Why won't they let me teach!!!!" every time I go down to Brooklyn.
I haven't really been paying attention, Citizen Blast, but did you mention cars in the post Citizen Coriat quoted from? I was under the impression that they were using oil for other things before the birth of the automobile industry. Which might be what Citizen Coriat was getting at.
Flipped through the appendix entitled "Karl Marx" in A Social History of Greece and Rome. Seemed (and still seems) kinda weird to have such an appendix in such a book, but I guess he had some axes to grind. Anyway, found this interesting footnote:
"The slave revolts against Rome were sometimes presented by Soviet text-books as 'tactical failures' but great moral victories all the same. Preobrazhensky was put to death for his critical review of Misulin's book glorifying Spartacus's uprising, but V.V. Vinogradoff understood that the rebellion did not impede the slave-owners' growth."
I remember reading in an anti-Marxist appendix to some Michael Grant volume that the only ancient Roman figure that was widely known in the Soviet world was that gladiator turned crusader played so memorably on the screen by Kirk Douglas.
To which, of course, I say:
Went to a NY branch meeting where, apparently, there was quite a row.
I didn't notice 'cuz I was too busy doing childcare which consisted of acting out tales from In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World.
Most amusing bit was when he was Zeus and I was Pandora and he invited me up to hang out with him in the clouds. "Why would Pandora go and hang out with Zeus?" I asked. "We have a playdate!" he shouted gleefully. "Yeah, I hear Zeus has a lot of playdates..."
Second most amusing bit was reading a story from the Kono people of Guinea about Sa and Alantangana and he shrieked with mock terror, ran into the meeting and, when approached by La Principessa, confided that there was a "terrible old skullface in the hallway."
"In the beginning, there was chaos and darkness. And then there was death!"
"What were you doing to that poor boy?" she asked afterwards.