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[Gets back from the copy shop and making flyers for International Women's Day to hand out to the Black Student Union attendees]

$15.89/hour, UPS, but only part-time, so it gives me plenty of opportunities to peddle socialist newspapers, although, alas, it has totally killed my D&D-playing time.

:(


bugleyman wrote:
thejeff wrote:

It's pretty fair. Democrats are (and have been pretty much since the term came into use) a capitalist party. FDR was a capitalist. Bernie Sanders is a capitalist.

They vary amongst themselves and differ greatly from Republicans on how much much control government should have over that capitalism and how much government should do to help those damaged by it.

We're a capitalist country. Both parties agree on that. Neither are very pure about it, though they are very different in both their rhetoric and their actual practices.

Actually, we're technically a mixed economy, but that's beside the point. I never suggested that both parties weren't, in large part, capitalist. I was suggesting that Comrade was being disingenuous (or perhaps simply misinformed) in his apparent claim that being a capitalist necessarily means supporting school privatization. It hasn't, and doesn't.

Oh, I guess we were talking past each other.


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Odd, all the non-commie, non-Democrat immigrant rights activists disagree.

But I'm sure in twenty years you'll be telling us how Obama's deportations were the smart road to eventual acceptance.

[Vomits]


bugleyman wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

You can call bullshiznit all you want. Won't change my mind and won't change the Dems.

Pelosi: Democrats are capitalists

...and we've reached the talking past each other stage.

I would, however, caution you that your "Give Me Communism or Give Me Death!" stance is totally impractical and doomed to fail. But surely you already know that?

No, I don't.

But since you think we're talking past each other, I should probably get going to the Black Student Union meeting at UML on "Organizing Against Racism: Beyond Black Lives Matter". They got a rival commie from Boston coming up.

Toodle-o!


thejeff wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Yeah, well, that's a common theme among Democrats outraged by Trump, isn't it?

No, that's a common theme among leftist independents and the left purity wing of democrats.

The common theme among Democrats outraged by Trump is, not surprisingly, outrage at Trump.

Frankly, as I've said before here, the future of the Democratic party, at least in the relatively short term, is tapping into that outrage and using the momentum in the streets. Democratic leaders who can do that successfully will be able to ride the wave back to success.
Those who ignore what's happening now and re-fight the primary wars aren't going to.

See anecdote above. You'd have to be some real kind of not paying attention for the last eight years to think "Obama" is a legit answer to "What is sanctuary?"


bugleyman wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
bugleyman wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Yeah, well, that's a common theme among Democrats outraged by Trump, isn't it?

I honestly wouldn't know.

However, the practical choice in 2016 was qualified individual vs. psychopathic demagogue. It's hard to blame the way that went solely on the Democratic party's lack of ideological purity.

I don't know what you mean. Their ideological purity is pretty obvious: they are an ideologically capitalist party.

Sorry, but I'm going to call B.S. on that one. Me not claiming to speak for an entire group of people is not the same as you pretending that my meaning was unclear.

...and you were doing so well, too. :(

You can call bullshiznit all you want. Won't change my mind and won't change the Dems.

Pelosi: Democrats are capitalists


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Yeah, well, that's a common theme among Democrats outraged by Trump, isn't it?

Anyway, it reminds me of an anecdote from a couple months back:

We went to a meeting, "What Is Sanctuary?" held by the Merrimack Valley Project, a local labor/interfaith organization that was laying the groundwork for resistance to ICE raids.

A layer of the city's liberal Democrats, newly energized by Trump's victory, attended. When the presenter, a South Asian woman, was standing by the flipmat, asked the crowd to yell out what "Sanctuary" meant to them (she would then write the answers on the flipmat), one of the liberal Democrats* shouted out "Obama!", the woman made a face, stuck out her tongue, said "I'm not so sure about that," but wrote it down anyway.

*And how do I know they were Democrats? Because they identified themselves as the contigent from the "Greater Lowell Democrats."


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bugleyman wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Yeah, well, that's a common theme among Democrats outraged by Trump, isn't it?

I honestly wouldn't know.

However, the practical choice in 2016 was qualified individual vs. psychopathic demagogue. It's hard to blame the way that went solely on the Democratic party's lack of ideological purity.

I don't know what you mean. Their ideological purity is pretty obvious: they are an ideologically capitalist party.


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Yeah, well, that's a common theme among Democrats outraged by Trump, isn't it?


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Democrats reject her, but they helped pave the road to education nominee DeVos


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No, she isn't a coincidence.

She's the culmination of over a decade of bipartisan attacks on public education.


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Clinton Surrogate Whines About Having A Democratic Party Challenger

"On February 16, Clinton campaign surrogate, Sen. Claire McCaskill complained that she will likely face a primary challenger in her 2018 re-election campaign. 'I may have a primary because there is, in our party now, some of the same kind of enthusiasm at the base that the Republican party had with the Tea Party,' she said in an interview. 'We are seeing that same—and many of those people are very impatient with me because they don’t think I’m pure. For example, they think I should be voting against all of Trump’s nominees and of course I’m judging each nominee on its own merit.'"

"McCaskill’s tone-deaf response illuminates how clueless she and the Democratic Party are with regards to why primary challengers are running against them. It’s not about purity; it’s about serving the public, especially the working, middle class, and low income Americans. The weak opposition to President Donald Trump’s nominees—McCaskill claimed that 'some of Trump’s cabinet picks have been good'—is just one example of the Democratic Party’s ineptitude."

Man, reading The Observer is a bit of a head f*&!.


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Damn the Democrats. As for leaving the country to an alleged Neo-Nazi (he's not, but anyway); f~&~ that.

Why We Should Strike on May Day


I was pretty tired, sorry.

Anyway, have no idea if this is true or not, but

Standing Rock Will Be Raided Today

I'm afraid with everything else going on, I haven't had much chance to follow the DAPL news of late.


Legal defense fundraiser for Worcester Antifas arrested on Sunday


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Chris Lambertz wrote:
Removed a handful of personally abusive posts, as well as further posts surrounding Milo.

Drats, and I just got home and saw the latest.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
I think the following day's video was released by something called "The Reagan Battalion."

Interesting article about the Reagan Battalion by some website I didn't vet.

Spoiler: They appear to be anti-Trump Republicans who backed Rubio, then McMullin, with possible Dem fundraisers and super PACs involved.

Behind Reagan Battalion: The group that took down EDIT: The Bad Man has ties to Democratic activists


Hee hee!

Just got a weekly email from the NH DSA and their activities this week are:

--Contract rally for newly organized passport workers that I told them about;

--Our "In Honor of Ona Judge: NH Black History" event;

--An organizing meeting for the NH Greens featuring Dr. Jill Stein.

We're totally gonna clean up with these people.


Back to the Running Antifa Subtheme:

As I've said, our young 'uns are all in love with Black Bloc and Antifa and we kept catching them trying to get rides to Worcester on Sunday to attend a joint Antifa/John Brown Militia anti-President's Day event.

We weren't terribly concerned because neither of them have cars, but then they tried to get our black high school student to give them a ride and we had to step in. We didn't exactly use the phrase "white skin privilege" but the implication was heavy, they felt guilty, and, luckily our high school student had better instincts than they and didn't want to go.

Anyway, they went, it was a farce, they narrowly avoided arrest, and they came back saying "You guys were right."

F*!!in' a right, we were.

Protesters who blocked Worcester streets, chanted slogans arrested


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There were plenty of German-Americans fighting on the revolutionary side. There were also Germans from what would later become Germany fighting on the revolutionary side, the most famous probably being the Prussian Baron Frederick William who was commissioned as a Brigadier General by the Continental Congress and died after the failed Canadian campaign.


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Hitdice wrote:
Doodles, I just don't want to hear it right now, let's just shave our bodies clean, dye our skins weird colors and burn buildings down 'cause we're all wacked out on PYRO, okay? :P

Eh, I'm not really into shaving.


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Yeah, that depraved act was reminiscent of Sower's feel of random, urban, omnipresent drug-fueled brutality. By Talents, when Jarret shows up, they're living on a hippie commune.

Too bad she died before she finished the trilogy. I really wanted to see them in space.


Forgive the repost from the Books Thread:

Parable Of The Sower – Not 1984 – Is The Dystopia For Our Age


Well, I don't know if that's an accurate assessment of Irontruth's position, I think he was just filling in a lull in activity on the thread to tell us about what he's been reading up on about hate speech for some paper he's writing.

Although, I do like the idea of using it against politicians using hate speech to contribute to the war on drugs and mass incarceration. Could we do so ex post facto?


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Hmm. Well, that link was private. Not sure I understand the point of a private event page, I mean, I just spent the morning putting it in different groups all over the place, what's the point if they can't even see it?!?!?

To calm myself, a comic about Marx on Jeopardy.


Article I read said that the hate speech thing was Section 130 and the tv host under Section 103.

At first, I figured it was just because it was an article about free speech in Germany, but now I'm wondering if the latter is just a typo. Anyone?

EDIT: Different EDIT EDIT: sections. One about hate speech and one about insulting foreign leaders.


Well, if you're as rich as Trump, you get to smoke the real good shiznit, I bet.

Anyway, rally for newly organized passport workers who Comrade Omar worked with shortly before passing.

Contract Support Rally Portsmouth, NH. UE Local 228


Running Subtheme: Communist Witches

Article shared by a communist witch about an anarchist witch's feud with another witch, but what kind I don't know, but I'm sure you guys do.

Two Of The Greatest Comic Book Writers Have Been In An Occult War For 25 Years


Hee hee!

I did the same google search, Citizen Freire, and I bet I found the same article. IIRC, he was prosecuted under a different section of the German criminal code abridging speech.


Just got back from the second meeting of the newly formed New Hampshire branch of the Democratic Socialists of America meeting. About thirty people, none of whom I had ever seen before, all of whom had joined since the election. They didn't really have any idea what they wanted to do, and listened, jaws agape, as we rattled off all the stuff going on in the area.

Anyway, we had heard a lot about some fabled "left-wing" of DSA that was anti-Democratic Party, but it wasn't much in evidence tonight. They told us to get involved with our local branches of the DP, any one who shows up can take over, etc., etc. I turned to one of the few people in the room who has been active for more than four months (Green Party, like us, not DSA) and said, "Just walk in and take over the Democratic Party, huh? You ever hear that before, Keith?" "Yeah," he deadpanned. "I've heard that before."

One of their members in attendance, but from Boston, who has been in for six months, piped up and said, "Well, actually, in Boston we don't work in the Democrats, we do other stuff, but in New Hampshire, unique opportunity, blah blah blah" and later returned to some vague, anti-Democrat comments. I ran straight over and threw some names at her and, of course, it turned out that she is a protege of Ex-Mrs. Comrade.

Anyways, it was fun. They all thought we were great, we invited them to our Anti-President's Day Black History Event (it's not even on President's Day, that's how anti it is) and hopefully we'll recruit some of the more promising ones.

I know I've always maintained an anti-anything to do with the Democratic Party position on these boards, but I've changed my mind: All you "take the party back" Democrats should go join DSA so I can recruit your friends.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
In Honor of Oney Judge: NH Black History

Was just contacted by an unpublished author about Judge. Most pertinent fact: her name was "Ona" and that "Oney" was a slave owner's cutesy diminutive.

Have changed event title accordingly.


Also, finished off our mini-game yesterday.

Epic fight against a squad of leveled ratmen. Party is victorious, we go into the next room and find a ratman ritual going on. Big ratman dude tells us that he has just ingested a piece of the Titan Chern, and that the return of the Scourge is nigh.

We are told to go be his emissaries; to let the world know of his coming.

We are all like, "f$~% that" and try to attack, but the DM makes it known that that would be suicide. My characters says, "f$%% it" and leaves. The rest try to put up a fight, but also give up.

Afterwards, the DM is all like, "wasn't that cool? The return of Chern?"

And I'm all like, yeah, I guess that was a pretty cool plot development, but, you know what? Dungeons and Dragons is supposed to be an interactive game where the players help make the story. Robbing the players of agency in order to bring about cool plot lines is kind of anathema to how the game is supposed to be played....and he's all like, "Yeah, but it's the return of Chern! How cool is that?"

Whatever, I got to use the bear traps I was lugging around all game.

(Grimmy if you're out there, hit me up!)


Today, in labor history:

Anniversary of the murder of Karen Silkwood

"It wasn't dying that made Karen Silkwood great - it was how she lived that made her important for us and for the rest of labor.

"She made a conscious decision to place the interests of humanity and of her fellow workers above the interests of her job. And, as some of your officers have pointed out at this convention, that is something that the workers alone can decide to do.

"No politician, no union official can change the world today; only workers can do that...

"So I dedicate this mural to Karen Silkwood - because she showed us how to live and how to extend solidarity in real life, by building her union.

"I present this mural to you, the elected delegates of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union, who represent the great rank and file of this union and those who, in the future, you will organize into its ranks.

"The bosses killed Karen Silkwood, but they can't kill the union, they can't kill our movement - Karen Silkwood will rise again."

(Excerpted from the dedication speech by Mike Alewitz, to the 1994 convention of the Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers International Union)


Readings in Engels' The Peasant War in Germany are fun stuff full of medieval German revolts that I don't know much about. Some I have some vague idea about (Anabaptists, Hussites) some were complete revelations.

For example, the Taborites, a radical Bohemian Hussite sect that apparently seized the gold mines around the city of Tabor and led a primitively communist society for almost a generation until crushed in 1437 at the Battle of Cesky Brod by another Hussite sect who had already capitulated to the Emperor Sigismund.

Or something like that. It's kind of hard to keep track of them all.

Haven't even gotten to the actual Peasant War the book's supposed to be about and it's already full of secret peasant leagues called cool shiznit like "The Union Shoe" or "Poor Konrad."

Anyway, I was looking for more about the stuff above and found an old Kautsky book on the internet that I wanted to look at later so am linking here, Communism in Central Europe in the Time of the Reformation.


Ice-T on the Class-Identity Politics Synthesis

Body Count, ‘No Lives Matter’ – Exclusive Video Premiere


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Got my book back last night. Huzzah!


Professor Bob and one half of the Kindred Project made a video:

Black History In Lowell


I thought only Russia did stuff like that?

I'm shocked, shocked, gambling, etc.


Dear Comrade Seas,

I agree with the above brothers and sisters that Milani would best represent Liberation Theologists.

But that's probably because that's who I have under my deity tagline.

La lucha continua y Vive le Galt!!!


...And NH House rejects so-called "Right to Work" 200 to 177.

Takes the sting out of the South Carolina Boeing defeat.

Well, not really.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Here's a 1917 centenary website.

John Riddell is a pretty well-established Canadian Russian Revolution scholar, mostly known for his collections of original documents, e.g., his The Communist International in Lenin's Time of which, I think, I only have the volume covering the Congress of the Peoples of the East in Baku.

Anyway, he's got a weekly feature on his website reprinting centennial commie leaflets, so that's pretty cool.

#1: Appeal to revolutionary students, December 1916 (Bolshevik)

#2: ‘The day of the people’s wrath is near’ (Social Democratic Interdistrict Committee [Mezhrayonka])

#3: ‘Only a provisional government can bring freedom and peace’ (Menshevik)

#4: ‘For a provisional revolutionary government of workers and poor peasants’ (Bolshevik)


This form of heresy was joined in by the dream visions of the mystic sects, such as the Scourging Friars, the Lollards, etc., which in times of suppression continued revolutionary tradition.

--Frederick Engels, The Peasant War in Germany

The SFs and the Lollards each get their own footnote, that between them take up two pages.


Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

I saw an interview with Comrade Kshama on Al-Jazeera that our party ranks have increased by 30% since the election.

It means you got 5 more people to join? :)

We've gotten 5 more people to join in our little backwater branch. I believe we had hit a thousand before the election, so I'm guessing about 300?

Kshama Sawant: Anti-Trump protests a 'historic' chance


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Well, I don't know what Citizen Moonrunner's on about, but there was a union-busting angle to "workfare" that was much commented upon at the time, at least by us reds. Seems to have gotten into the NYT at least once:

Many Participants in Workfare Take the Place of City Workers


thejeff wrote:
I don't know. It sounds like some here will still be on the "destroy the Dems, build a pure third party" bandwagon.

I saw an interview with Comrade Kshama on Al-Jazeera that our party ranks have increased by 30% since the election.

Meanwhile, our "let's-reform-the-Democrats" trendjumper rivals over at DSA are reporting a growth spurt taking them up to 15k.

Anyway, I prefer to call it jumping on the socialism train.


DM Klumz wrote:
Scythia wrote:
Brexit vote ended in a victory for the nativist, anti-Islam, right wing position

Really? I mean, really???

Scores on the left voted for Brexit, simliar numbers on the right voted to remain. Most MPs, irrespective of their party, were in the remain camp. Our current PM was pro remain, and the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, did not come out and offer much support for the EU. Brexit cannot be described as a victory for the right or left in British politics.

The "Lexit" position didn't get much airtime on this side of the pond.


Scythia wrote:

So to summarise thus far, Democrats need to:

1) Stop using the language of social justice.
2) Focus on economic issues.
3) Embrace the far left.
4) Give a different message to every region.
5) Lie to coal and manufacturing workers.
6) Support unfettered free speech, even involving ideas that are harmful, blatantly incorrect, or meant to encourage violence/harassment.
7) Completely dump free trade for fair trade.
8) Maybe stop talking about civil rights.
9) Cut all corporate ties and go full socialist.

Sounds pretty doable...

11) Be swept into the dustbin of history.


Yeah, that's him. Two things I took away from all the reviews when that book came out:

1) Despite the title, Piketty has never read Marx.

2) A little bit of income inequality is good and spurs growth, but there's too much right now and something must be done.

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