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Proto-Israeli Terrorists Tangent

Spoiler:
I haven't had enough time to look into it as much as I'd like, but I did start watching an episode about the Irgun from a show called "International Terrorism Since 1945" that I haven't vetted yet at all.

Still, looks interesting. They claim that, above and beyond Jabotnitsky's and the whole proto-Likud movement's pre-war love affair with Mussolini (which I already knew about), Avraham Stern refused to abide by the ceasefire against the Britishiznoids during WWII and even envisioned an alliance with Hitler to kick them out!

Anyway, I didn't get to finish watching it, so I'm posting it here fore later. Not that it really means anything in relation to the current bombing of Gaza and Hamas, but it's something I'm interested in.

Teevee show


Huzzah for the return of Comrade Knife!


I have no idea how the proto-Israeli terrorists compare with Hamas, but why does your list only include terrorist attacks against the Britishizoid authorities?

List of Irgun attacks as compiled by wikipedia.


Artanthos wrote:
Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:


[Flashes union card]

FMLA works like clockwork at UPS, no problem.

Just sayin'.

Most large companies I've seen run FMLA with no problems.

FMLA works just fine if you work for the government.

But yes, don't try using FMLA if you work retail or food service.

My father stocks shelves at Marshall's (pretty anti-union, for the record) and he just took his FMLA time no problem.


Andrew R wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Shh, quiet Usagi-san, I'm giving him the pitch.
Should we remind them that your "pitch" comes with a price tag and plenty of free baggage......

It's true. You have to pay dues. In return, you get free insurance and pretty damn near free health care, including any kind of (legal) birth control you can think of. And you'll never have to worry about losing your job because you need to go out on FMLA.


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Shh, quiet Usagi-san, I'm giving him the pitch.


Israel-Palestine: Netanyahu government fuels wave of protest

"Extracts and updates from a series of articles on the website of Socialist Struggle Movement, the Israel-Palestine section of the CWI," which I can't read, but I can link it nevertheless.


MagusJanus wrote:
Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
MagusJanus wrote:
GregH wrote:


*hyperbole - I know its more than that, but I don't know the exact number and I do know it doesn't even come close to the 52 weeks we get here in la belle province...
It's not actually hyperbole; it depends on if you're male or female and what the company's policies are. A week is actually pretty high for a male to get; it's not unusual for them not to qualify for leave at all.
Not exactly. Up to 12 weeks of family leave, if your company is big enough to come under FMLA. It's unpaid, though.

And usually made a permanent unpaid vacation by week three. FMLA regulations are regularly abused and ignored, even by large companies, and to date there's not exactly been much people can do about it. That's actually one of the things fueling the masculinism and anti-feminist movements.

If FMLA was more routinely and strictly enforced, it would be different. But as it stands? That law might as well not exist where some situations are concerned.

[Flashes union card]

FMLA works like clockwork at UPS, no problem.

Just sayin'.


David M Mallon wrote:
Freddy Fudd Pucker - "Thieving Goblins"

Racist!


EDIT: Upon re-reading, nevermind.


Oh yeah, since there was all this talk about the transition from the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution:

Shays' Rebellion.

Everything else is bullshiznit.


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Hee hee!

Defiant Hobby Lobby Supporter Inadvertently Recreates Iconic Gaza Jihadist Image


Read the rest of the sentence, Comrade BeeNee.


The migrant farmworkers just showed up in The Cider House Rules, Sherlock Holmes was testing his wits against the Ku Klux Klan in "The Five Orange Pips" and the library called to say that the requested copy of V.I. Lenin's Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism has arrived.

I wonder whatever happened to my old copy...


thejeff wrote:

You know, when I see someone talking about how we started to slip into mob rule in the 60s when we allowed everyone to vote, I start to wonder about who exactly they think shouldn't be allowed to vote. What changed in the 60s anyway? Hmmm.

I was trying to think of a nice way to say that last night before I went to bed.


MagusJanus wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

As opposed to who? Charlemagne? William the Conqueror?

Good question. Wanna borrow my Ouija Board and ask them? I keep getting nothing but endless sobbing in reply.

It wouldn't do any good, alas. I don't speak French.


Yes, you pinkskins do suck.


Have been discussing the Counterrevolution thesis with my dear friend, Omar the Former Arab Terrorist. He came up with most of the same objections as Citizen Gnorc, including the one that there were more Loyalists in the South. Last time I saw him, though, he said he had read through TJ's original draft of the Declaration of Independence and was struck by the following passage, especially the bolded part:

"he has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it's most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemispere, or to incure miserable death in their transportation hither. this piratical warfare, the opprobium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the Christian king of Great Britain. [determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought and sold,] he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce [determining to keep open a market where MEN should be bought and sold]: and that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he had deprived them, by murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another."

While he was reading it to me, it occured to me that the King of England was probably a lot less responsible for bringing slaves to the New World than the merchants and planters that Tommy represented. Man, that Jefferson. What a guy.


MagusJanus wrote:
Edit: Link!

Oh, you want to talk about Tommy again? Okay.

I was flipping through Eric Foner's Tom Paine and Revolutionary America when that thread was active. Found a pretty lengthy exposition comparing James Madison and Tommy. Foner says, and I paraphrase, that of all the FFs, Tommy was the only one who used "democracy" and "republic" interchangeably. Foner thinks it's because of his egalitarianism and belief that mankind could unite in happy harmony. Madison was a bit more sensitive to the conflicts of class interests among people, probably because he owned some.

Another interesting bit in the book is when Tommy is hanging out with radical evangelical Christian artisans in Philadelphia. Foner makes the point that, in the generation before the American Revolution, it was only the Protestant fundamentalists who looked back nostagically to the English Civil War who ever used such words as "republic" or "democracy." No King but God!


MagusJanus wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
MagusJanus wrote:
The ironic thing is that the Founding Fathers viewed Democracy as a bad thing and as a great way for a nation to die... And look at what we ended up with.

Yes, vaccines, almost no one starving to death in bad winters, non hippo ivory teeth, you don't need to be rich to vote, and you're not allowed to own people anymore.

This horsepucky that things were somehow better under the "real america" back in the day needs to stop. Its factually incorrect, harmful, and deliberately engineered as a tool of those with obscene amounts of power and wealth to keep it that way.

I'm pointing out the irony that the United States, a nation that relies so strongly on democratic ideals, was founded by people who hated democracy.

As opposed to who? Charlemagne? William the Conqueror?


Was going through my Facebook feed and found this article which made me think of this thread, even if we haven't talked about her since the days of Mothman.

Lana Del Rey: Why a Death-Obsessed Pop Siren Is Perfect for Late-Stage Capitalist America


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Of possible interest, bookmarking for later:

Boston's Foreclosures and Record Gentrification Aren't Just Random Coincidences


This Kid Made an App That Exposes Sellout Politicians


It all went to shiznit when you couldn't own people anymore...


Quark Blast wrote:
This country was founded as a representative Republic. We are now a Democracy in the sense that Plato warned us about and it shows.

It's too bad we can't live in a world ruled by enlightened aristocratic slaveowners like Plato--and a good portion of the Founding Fathers, come to think of it--wanted.


Fireman Gob Montag wrote:
Build a pinkskin a fire, and he's entertained until it goes out. Set a pinkskin on fire, and he's entertaining for the rest of his life.

I wish I could favorite this multiple times.


LazarX wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Citizen R. wrote:

The fact is that there are metal thieves. the fact also remains that you can gather it from multiple sources without stealing

Freehold DM (paraphrase): Scrapping? Around here, that's vagrancy.

The jeff (paraphrase): Why do I think that anyone making a living from is doing so illegally?

Andrew R.: Around her (MI) people scour for scrap in trash piles during spring cleaning in small towns. in dumpster at apartments. they do not have to steal or vandalize.

Michigan Live: Michigan metal theft crimes nearly tripled between 2011 and 2012, according to the state police. The state ranked 10th in the nation for scrap metal insurance claims in a recent study by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

A church in Jersey City was broken into a couple of years ago and all of it's copper piping was stripped.

For the record, I am not trying to suggest that every one in Michigan who scraps is a thief. I am trying to suggest, however, that the scrapping industry in Michigan looks like it is pretty much the same as it is in the rest of the country.

I know a guy who is a semi-pro scrapper. Goes out in his truck and trailer after UPS and goes hunting in the southern New Hampshire area. Another of our co-workers even said there is a rival team of scrappers he competes with, a couple of brothers I think. Anyway, my union brother claims that he abides by the Code of the Respectable Scrapper, but he also lived in public housing, so I doubt his word can be trusted.


Kingpinmaker, Game N-2

The deaths the party suffered in the previous game had two immediate effects. The first was that the zombie strix that had been carrying Urzzak's little boy follower went rogue and attacked the Rovagugite. The second was that one of the nameless, faceless slave NPCs suddenly glowed with divine light and underwent a transformation changing her into a PC named Sym Singha. She just happened to be the twin sister of the recently departed Sinhandra Singha and, for shiznit and giggles, was instantly aware of her sibling's untimely demise. Anyway, she and Buck Rogers were able to take out the zombie and they were even able to save the kid cultist, which I didn't expect.

They realized shiznit must have gone down in the Ruins of Rachikan, so they ran to catch up with the rest of the party. When they got to the crevasse, Buck was surprised when Sym wrapped her arms around him and flew to the bottom.

They got pretty close to where the rest of the party was still hiding and cowering from the recent drubbings they had received. They were still licking their wounds when they heard the sounds of a man's naked feet slapping the pavestones, coming towards them. They peeked through the cracks and saw a 6'8" Mwangi dude, giant muscles everywhere, wielding a double axe. Sym and Buck were down the street, hiding in an alley, also watching. Sym, of course, recognized him as one of the Mack Daddy's top aides who, I delicately indicated, might have taken liberties with the slaves in the past. Sym's eyes gleamed with hatred. Make a Perception check, Sym. [Fails] Never mind.

Anyway, this fight was four weeks ago, so I'll cut to the chase. Dude effed them up. I think he was an eighth-level barbarian or something, I took him out of the NPC Codex. The party was covered in blood and eviscera, some of them had urinated in their pants already, when the Mack Daddy's man went down...and then an intellectual devourer jumped out of his head and attacked them! Hee hee! Anyway, I'm not sure I really used an i.d. as effectively as it could be, but, whatevs.

Party proceeded to the last encounter which was exactly as written in the Fingerprints of the Fiend, except that instead of [redacted] and [redacted] [redacted] it had charau-ka and the Mack Daddy. I had spent a lot of time re-tooling the BBEG into a Demoniac of Anghazan, looked up some kick-ass spells for him to use and was looking forward greatly to summoning a fiendish girallon to kill the party, but it turns out the party has been getting a little bit better tactically while I wasn't looking. In fact, they took down the Mack Daddy pretty handily. In the first round, his summoning spell was disrupted by a hand grenade (stupid wealth by level and starting out as 6th-level characters) and when he ran back into the Temple-Foundry to try another spell that would have killed them all, Sym cast a fireball into it.

Basically, party kicked their ass. They were standing around, high-fiving each other, congratulating themselves on not dying and taking the Mack Daddy's loot, when I chased them out of the Ruins of Rachikan with

Spoiler:
a horde of morlocks

Oh yeah, somewhere in there, Buck Rogers was heartbroken to discover that his brother, Eldris, had been [redacted] [redacted] [redacted]. Fortunately, Buck is 1) connected with the Bellflower Network, so he can keep busy with the ex-slaves; 2) no longer a PC so we don't have to spend much time on his tears.

The game ended with the Sym flying the party one by one, up the crevasse.


I agree. Television is a waste of time. You pinkskins should do what your disgusting ancestors did after a hard day's work (we goblins, of course, prefer to take from others) and watch the fire.

Fire is pretty.


Citizen R. wrote:

The fact is that there are metal thieves. the fact also remains that you can gather it from multiple sources without stealing

Freehold DM (paraphrase): Scrapping? Around here, that's vagrancy.

The jeff (paraphrase): Why do I think that anyone making a living from is doing so illegally?

Andrew R.: Around her (MI) people scour for scrap in trash piles during spring cleaning in small towns. in dumpster at apartments. they do not have to steal or vandalize.

Michigan Live: Michigan metal theft crimes nearly tripled between 2011 and 2012, according to the state police. The state ranked 10th in the nation for scrap metal insurance claims in a recent study by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.


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Andrew R wrote:
Around her (MI) people scour for scrap in trash piles during spring cleaning in small towns. in dumpster at apartments. they do not have to steal or vandalize.

It's fun to pick random Citizen R. statements and factcheck them.

Michigan seeks to crack down on metal theft with new law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder


Vod Canockers wrote:
Really? There is no one in the US living "the high life" on "free money." Funny, I know a guy that refuses to get a job. He claims disability, but has 'worked' as a volunteer receptionist at a charitable organization. He gets Section 8 housing, SNAP, Social Security, and any other money he can weasel out of the Government. He has had major surgery, (stomach bypass of some sort for his obesity), full dentures, etc. He mooches off his better off friends, and generally does nothing. When a...

Hee hee!

I know a guy like that. He's a total mooch, lived with my local comrade buddies, actually. After a couple of years, they really couldn't stand him, and they're both communists. I never really pried into the details of his arrangements, but he got something like a grand a month from the state. Every now and then the state would get him a job, but they never seemed to stick. At one point, I believe, he was running some kind of Kickstarter to fix his car, doing odd jobs off Craigslist AND volunteering at a local gaming store and getting paid in store credit which he would then use to satiate his Magic: The Gathering addiction. Last part's funny, actually: the gaming store owner is some kind of secular, pot-smoking, Libertarian small business owner, and I guess he's got three or four of these "volunteers," at least one of whom is a welfare leech.

Anyway, he's since moved on--local comrade buddies started being icier when the moochy time of the month started, and he found another person to go live off (I think they're getting free landscaping out of him or something)--and we sometimes indulge at jokes at his expense, but I guess he used to work in a nursing home and was almost beaten to death by a mentally ill patient, was in a coma for a while, and is diagnosed with ptsd.

[Shrugs]

I think in a just and sane world, society would give him some useful function, like working retail in a gaming store or as a receptionist at a charitable institution and assure him access to, as Comrade BeeNee put it, the high life of an apartment and teeth. But, of course, we don't live in one of those worlds.


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Zeugma wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Didactic materialism?
Dialectical materialism.

Vive le Galt!


Woops, it's Yum! Brands. Whether that excites you more or less, you vile trafficker in green flesh, I couldn't say.


Also, held a Skype chat last night (woah, the future, huh?) between our NH branch and a comrade from Brazil who talked about the last year in Brazilian class struggle. "There have been a whole lot of strikes, this past year, but I'm only going to talk about the most important: the subway strike which lasted for five days."

Later, "Hi, Joana, my name is Doodlebug. Here in the United States, we aren't really used to seeing waves of mass, militant strikes. I know that you focused on the subway workers because it was the most dramatic, but could you maybe talk about some of the other strikes?"

"Sure." [Deep breath] Sao Paulo teachers, Rio teachers, Rio sanitatation workers during Carnival," (!!!) "public metallurgical workers who make guns for the army," (!) "public universtity strike, etc., etc., etc."

I was quite jealous.


Dude I helped recruit to revolutionary socialism gets published in Salon.com:

SCOTUS’ real lesson this week: The law is not your friend


Andrew R wrote:
Business are part of the gaming the system, they know they do not HAVE to pay more because the gov will pick up the slack

"'Taxpayers do have a choice,' the research director at the Employment Policies Institute said in a statement responding to the NELP report. 'They can either provide partial support to less-skilled employees who have difficulty finding employment at higher wage rates, or they can provide a 100 percent subsidy when these employees lose their jobs due to an unrealistic wage mandate.'"


Didactic materialism?


Usagi Yojimbo wrote:

So... Can you do me a favor and start scaring The Man a bit more so He'll be willing to up the wages of class traitors such as myself?

For your sake, Usagi-san, I shall try harder.


Andrew R wrote:
Getting a job might not be enough to get rich but if i work at mcdonalds and my buddy works at taco bell together we can get an apartment without stealing. Maybe we can rent a house and garden for some of our food, hunt and fish for some. is it living high on the hog? no but it is living honestly

Study: Low-Paid Fast-Food Employees Cost Taxpayers $3.8 Billion A Year

According to this, McDonald's employees receive $1.2 billion in "estimated annual cost of public assistance".

Yum Brands! (owner of Taco Bell) employees receive $648 million.


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Anyway, today's story from peddling socialist newspapers on the mean streets of Lowell:

Middle-aged, portly, moustached white guy comes up to the table. I go into my pitch and before I get very far he hands me a dollar and takes the new issue of the paper. "I've been watching you guys for the past month," he says, ominously. "Oh yeah?" I ask, "Are you interested in socialism?" "I'm a revolutionary!," he replies. "Oh, that's great!" I exclaim. "Yes, I am going to take over the United States and become the dictator of America! Keep your eyes out for me, I'm gonna be huge!" "Oh, okay, that's great, but, uh, if I'm gonna keep my eyes out for you, what's your name?" "I am the Antichrist!" "Woah, no shiznit, the Antichrist, huh?" "Yes," then he recited some Biblical-sounding stuff. "I will come unannounced!" "But you just announced yourself." "What?" "Well, you just told me you're the Antichrist, so, now you're announced." He gave me a look that announced he was in no mindset to play, so I bid him adieu and wished him good luck in taking over the United States. He then wished me good luck in taking over the United States.

Lowell's awesome.


MagusJanus wrote:
Irontruth wrote:
MagusJanus wrote:

It is. I pointed that out a few pages ago and the discussion didn't go anywhere.

Pretty much, that's the entire problem with the current system; it is not about helping people. That's why it is the U.S. is throwing the equivalent of entire GDPs at the problem and not making one single bit of difference. The U.S. spending on aid in this area exceeds that of the total economy of entire nations; there is no excuse for the problem not getting better and for the fact it keeps getting worse.

I disagree. I think people want to help, but it's just done ineffectually.

We also have a culture that abhors failure. If you're in charge of a program, it's not in your interests to report that it failed. Even though that would be useful information and help better inform future attempts to solve the issue. Reporting that you failed is how you get fired.

I see a difference between the people and the system. The people do want to help... but the system itself is what is causing it to be so ineffective. The issue of failure reporting is part of the system itself.

...

I know, I know, the quotes tab is all f+!%ed up.

I tend more towards Citizen Janus's position. Harrington was pretty disappointed in both his '72 and '82 afterwords that his call for national action, centering on a federal works and housing program, was watered down into food stamps and relief handouts.

And sometimes I cynically think we only got those because, kinda like Utah is allegedly discovering, it is cheaper to hand out free money than to pay for burning slums.


thejeff wrote:

Grinding poverty has been common for the working class for most of history. It takes a good deal of counter pressure to structure a society any other way.

Vive le Galt!


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As I mentioned above, I recently read Michael Harrington's The Other America, the book which is credited with spurring the War on Poverty (although Harrington was not a big fan of the War on Poverty as waged) back in 1962. And over and over again, throughout the book, the thousands and tens of thousands of workers who were thrown into poverty by the loss of jobs due to automation and factory relocations kept coming up.

And that was fifty years ago.

Any single individual, of course, may have the potential to rise above the morass of state dependence (that is, of course, assuming they are able-bodied), but where are they all going to go?


thejeff wrote:
Bread & Roses

[Clenched fist salute]


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Hee hee!

I went trawling through the archives, couldn't find exactly what I wanted, so maybe I'm mixing up Citizen R. and Citizen Aretas, but I could've sworn there was one day that Citizen R. was going on about how nobody wants to talk about or do anything about crime in the urban neighborhoods despite all the statistics showing that blacks commit more crime because that would make them a racist, and then, after Obama gave his (imho, quite crappy) Brother's Keeper speech, Citizen R. was all like "That's racist!"


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I was wondering how many people bought $20 worth of cookies with their welfare assistance last night, Citizen R.?

Also, how many children did you hear saying "I can't wait to be old enough to get my own EBT card?" yesterday?

I've decided to start a running tally.

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