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6,636 posts. Alias of Doodlebug Anklebiter.


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Speaking of Australians, I was skimming through the Marvel white privilege thread in the comic book forum, I have no idea why, when Comrade Dingo made me laugh very hard indeed.

Din-go! Din-go! Din-go!


[Clenched fist salute]


I am sorry for your loss, Comrade Dwarf.

I don't know anything about Australian social-democracy, but a comrade was passing around Whitlam's obit on Facebook:

Gough Whitlam dies at age 98


Knocked Down: Cornel West Arrested During Ferguson Protests

Michael Brown Protesters March to Ferguson Police Department

Apparently, he led a march to the police department and was then knocked down when the protesters tried to break through the police lines.

What a f+&$ing nutter.


Not commie per se, but interesting nonetheless:

The War Nerd: Nobody could have predicted Islamic State’s retreat from Kobane (except me)


More Chairman Bob:

You Have a Chance to See “The Jimi Hendrix of Revolution.” Live.


Caineach wrote:
Irontruth wrote:
Caineach wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Cornel West Arrested in Ferguson
I really don't see how a guy going out to get arrested at a protest getting arrested is news.
I'm kind of curious exactly what about this situation you think isn't news worthy.
You have hundreds or thousands of protesters, most of whom are peaceful and not violating the law. One (or I believe a total of 17 IIRC) guy desides to go out and intentionally violate the law so he gets arrested. The story there isn't the handfull of asshats who don't matter in the grand scheme of things getting themselves arrested, it is in the hundreds of peacefully protesting people. The fact that one of these people is well known for getting arrested doesn't matter.

Cornel West isn't an asshat.


Live free or die!


Powerful Photos Capture the Student Protests Barely Anyone Is Talking About

La lucha continua!
Vive le Galt!


Hadn't been over to Counterpunch in a while, got there and found a frightening picture of Chris Hedges extolling their virtues as "the most fearless, intellectually rigorous and important publication in the United States....Its honesty exposes, week after week, the hollow platitudes of our bankrupt liberal elite."

Hear, hear! although it'd be probably be more convincing if Hedges hadn't gotten into a plagiarism dispute earlier this year.

Anyway, a series of articles/vids I read/watched over the past couple of days had a certain synergistic weirdiose continuity, kinda like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon for pinko journalists, so I thought I'd share:

How Alexander Cockburn’s ancestor torched Washington and freed 6,000 slaves

A Smoking Gun That
 Actually Smoked
The CIA and the Art of the “Un-Cover-Up”

James Risen Prepared to "Pay Any Price" to Report on War on Terror Amid Crackdown on Whistleblowers


Why, hello!

I enjoy flattery as much as the next goblin, but Overlord of Socialism is a bit much. You can just call me Chairman Doodlebug.

Anyway, I am unfamiliar with the game you are playing, but I am afraid the only answer is international proletarian socialist revolution. If that doesn't work for game mechanic reasons, I suggest assassinating your Capitalist Fascist leader.

Yours for the revolution,
Doodlebug Anklebiter


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Live From Death Row, Mumia Abu-Jamal's Goddard College Commencement Address

Ona move!
Free Mumia!

From the Headlines:

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Approve Prisoner Censorship After Speech by Mumia Abu-Jamal

In a new case of political retribution involving Mumia Abu-Jamal and constitutional rights, Pennsylvania lawmakers have approved a measure that critics say tramples free speech. The measure authorizes censoring the public addresses of prisoners or former offenders should judges agree that allowing them to speak would cause "mental anguish" to the victim. The measure was approved after Abu-Jamal delivered a pretaped commencement address for graduating students at Vermont’s Goddard College earlier this month. Abu-Jamal’s speech was opposed by Pennsylvania state officials as well as the widow of Daniel Faulkner, the police officer whom Abu-Jamal was convicted of killing. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is expected to sign the measure into law. The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has criticized the measure, calling it "overbroad and vague," and unable to "pass constitutional muster under the First Amendment."


Couple of bits from Comrades Amy, et. al., that I felt like linking:

Iraq Veterans Against the War: Decade-Old Group Grapples with New War, PTSD Epidemic, VA Failures


Anything for a comrade.

In other news, FairPoint Workers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont On Strike

Vive le Galt!


Terquem wrote:
I think the premise of the Matrix is stupid because you can't seem to find a way to make all the electricity you need so you tap into human bodies, however, you seem to have a few thousand gravity defying super strong robots, any one of which lashed to a treadmill would replace your entire human battery population, so wha...?

"Whether you suffer from glacoma or have just rented The Matrix, everyone needs medical marijuana."

--Homer Simpson (I think; also a paraphrase)


I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say justice was done (one of the dudes died in prison, and they're pinning the frame-up on a since deceased officer), but, yes, it's good he finally got out. I hope he's awarded billions.


Also, I'll re-plug Comrade John Reed's Ten Days That Shook the World, a sympathetic American journalist's eye-witness account of the seizure of power by the Russian proletariat led by Lenin and Trotsky's Bolsheviks that was one of the first commie books that the comrades made me read when I was a wee goblin militant and I am now happy to turn around and make kids who are the same age I was when I first became a commie read it, too. It's great.

"With the greatest interest and with never slackening attention I read John Reed’s book, Ten Days that Shook the World. Unreservedly do I recommend it to the workers of the world. Here is a book which I should like to see published in millions of copies and translated into all languages. It gives a truthful and most vivid exposition of the events so significant to the comprehension of what really is the Proletarian Revolution and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat. These problems are widely discussed, but before one can accept or reject these ideas, he must understand the full significance of his decision. John Reed’s book will undoubtedly help to clear this question, which is the fundamental problem of the international labor movement.

N. LENIN.
End of 1919."


Educate Yourself!

Well, that was easy.

This is the Socialist Alternative Publications page that has a lot of online pamphlets. Man, I didn't even know this page was here!


Yuugasa wrote:

Dear Comrade Anklebiter, is there a place online where I can learn about Socialism that explains it in a way someone of limited education can understand? I should like to be able to form my own opinions and contribute an at least semi-coherent spiel to my new SA friends. They are good teachers but their generous alcohol buying nature works against my education when I am with them.

Your fan and perhaps Comrade in waiting, Yuugasa.

Dear Comrade Yuugasa,

The best way to learn about socialism is to join a reader's circle of like-minded comrades, or, anyway, comrades-to-be. You should ask your wife if there is anything like that going on around you.

If not, there are various websites with pedagogical or historical articles that I could recommend, but I don't know about any that have self-tutorials.

Lemme go web-surf for a bit...after I yell at Comrade Longears....


Krensky wrote:
mechaPoet wrote:

Pot: stirred. I didn't expect it to boil over so quickly--silly me.

All I'm saying is that it would be cool to see what effects the steampunk setting would have on, for instance, Indian resistance to the British East India Company. It doesn't all have to be in a whitewashed London.

* Hands you a copy of Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Sterling's The Peshawar Lancers.

I loved how that one started with the hero banging his Indian mistress, who, conveniently enough, is offed somewhere in the beginning so he can settle down with his white girlfriend.

And, IIRC, you have to read The Mysterious Island, or, at least, LXG, to find out that Nemo is Indian.


Orfamay Quest wrote:
mechaPoet wrote:


I think that a steampunk setting that ignores the effects of colonization and imperialism isn't as worth constructing as one that includes those things.

Except "the effects of colonialism and imperialism" aren't actually relevant to a large fraction, perhaps even the majority, of steampunk settings, because colonialism and imperialism are largely affecting The Other.

As a non-steampunk example, colonialism and imperialism were really only relevant to one Sherlock Holmes story (albeit an important one, The Sign of Four).

Of course, almost every other story also mentions Watson's wound from serving in Afghanistan...


Look for the bare necessities?

Last Kipling I read was Captains Courageous when I was wee, but last time we spoke of ol' Ruddy I think I mentioned this comic to you.

Pertinent bit:

Spoiler:
The scope of this issue is bigger than simply Kipling as Carey provides numerous hints about the larger world of “The Unwritten” and the group that is seemingly moving against Tom Taylor. A young Kipling is approached by a man named Locke while in India with the promise that he could be made a well known, successful writer with Locke’s group’s help. They admire Kipling’s belief in the British Empire and wish for him to champion the Empire in his writing. While reluctant, Kipling doesn’t exactly turn Locke away and, quickly, he is the voice of British imperialism -— soon, detractors like Oscar Wilde are disgraced and Kipling sees the sort of men he’s been dealing with. The plot unfolds in starts and stops, skipping years to focus on moments, an effective way to tell this story since its focus isn’t so much Kipling’s life but how his life fits into “The Unwritten.” The culminating scene between Kipling and Locke is powerful, full of harsh truths, and is almost uncomfortable to read.

If you thought “The Unwritten” was an English lit major’s dream comic before, this focus on Rudyard Kipling -- partly a celebration of his writing, partly a damning critique -- solidifies that sentiment. Thankfully, this comic is so much more than just an illustrated essay or biography, it’s a story first and foremost. And it’s a very good one at that.


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Was off to check out some of the seedier sections of the internet before shower and work and my homepage spat this at me:

2 men cleared in 1985 NYC kidnapping, killing

"Huh", I thought to myself as I read the headline, "I wonder if Louis Scarcella features in this story?", but he doesn't. Before his time, I guess.

But then I saw another familiar name, Rubin Carter, and thought, "Yeah, I'll link that."


Thank you, Citizen K(e)rensky. It reminds me that I should dust off my story of when Comrade Bragg told me to "shut up" as part of my running series "Celebrity Leftists Who Have Told Comrade Anklebiter to 'Shut Up'." Maybe after work.


Hee hee! First time I've ever seen playing rpgs considered "get[ting] a life."


I've probably already linked this in this thread, but Comrade Kate said her first lead-off on the Russian Revolution will focus on the 1903 split in the Russian Social-Democratic Labor Party, and, like all good teachers, she recommended the class watch a video:

Bolshevism on the Beeb; or Jean-Luc Picard as Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov

Also, Great Lenin's Ghost!


Vive le Galt!

(I wonder if we can hook the Final Blades up to steampower?...)


I dont know what it is, but, apparently, in my posts, steampunk goes with The Kinks.


Krensky wrote:
mechaPoet wrote:
Just remember kids, when it comes to steampunk, there's nothing less punk than British imperialism and colonialism.
Except for whinging self flagellation over it.

I don't know what records you kids have been listening to but both whining self-flagellation AND wallowing in the heritage of Britishiznoid imperialism are both wicked punk.

No future for you, indeed.


Army of Darkness

Of Love and Shadows

Didn't make it very far on the latter. Read the book two years ago, looked for it on Netflix (snobby anti-Netflix cineaste article, btw) found it on hold, put it on my queue, two years later it pops up, I jump it to #1, start watching it, and even the prospect of watching Jennifer Connelly (speaking with a bad Spanish accent) and Antonio Banderas doing it while fighting the Pinochet regime couldn't keep me interested. Not that it was terrible; it was just a pale reflection of the book. (Snobby litterateurs are pretty down on Isabel Allende, but I like her.)


While watching Comrade Russell, I was amused to see that among the videos on the right recommended by youtube, is The Kinks' Arthur; or The Decline and Fall of the Britishiznoid Empire


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Despite the pretty narrow focus of the title and accompanying article, Comrade Russell delivers a pretty good version of the Commonwealth Party of Galt (M-L) "Voting is for ninnies!" position.


Changing the subject entirely, this essay by Comrade Leon has recently been added to the syllabus for the NH Commie Club reader's circle on Ten Days That Shook the World:

Three Concepts of the Russian Revolution


Oh, I forgot, Bomber Bernie referred to the USA more than once as an "oligarchy." [Grumble grumble grumble "plutocracy"]


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Bomber Bernie has never told me to "shut up," alas (3:30).

Bernie Sanders speaks on wealthy interest groups at UNH

So, me, Mr. Comrade, and the Commandant of the Scottish Republican Army drove out to UNH to meet with the Commandant's grade school chum who is also interested in international proletarian socialist revolution. We set up on a sidewalk and after half an hour a UNH cop kicked us out. Freedom of speech, my ass.

Anyway, we went to Bomber Bernie's thing, I can't tell you how crappy the video we had to watch was (apparently, all we need to do is mobilize the power of the mythic American people to make some "Few Small Changes" about money in politics and then everything will be fine). Thankfully, Bomber Bernie's speech was nowhere near that terrible. In fact, Mr. Comrade quipped that it sounded like the first speech by a brand new Commonwealth Party of Galt (M-L) member, except, you know, with no mention of socialism.

Anyway, he didn't say a single thing about foreign policy. Also, after talking about how horrible the Republicrats are, he urged every one to become involved in the political process. During the Q&A, Mr. Comrade took the mic and repeated the party line (run independently, don't run as a Democrat) and asked him who we should all vote for if the Repubs and Dems are so bad. Bernie hemmed and hawed for thirty seconds and then basically said: "Lesser evil, yada, yada, yada, I don't wanna be Ralph Nader and run a useless third party campaign, I'd rather be Dennis Kucinich and run a useless Democratic campaign" [Comrade Anklebiter paraphrase]. The next kid up on the mic after Mr. Comrade gave a speech about "the rule of capital", "the racial caste system" and "direct action against the Keystone pipeline." "Oooh," I said, "Someone give him a paper!" but he turned out to be some kinda anarchist.

Anyway, after Mr. Comrade's turn at the mic, all the members of the NH Left popped out of the audience to shake his hand--Big Will from the Iraq Veterans Against the War (as opposed to Old Will from the Vietnam Veterans Agaist the War), Steve K. from the Carpenter's Union and a guy whose name I don't recall but is the head of the Nashua Library workers union and recently got booted off the Nashua Democratic City Council for refusing to support either Hillary or Israel. "He's gonna f#!*in' run as a Democrat" they all complained, congratulating Mr. Comrade.

Anyway, after the event we handed out Ferguson leaflets and back issues of our newspaper. As I like to say to the comrades, we are the best distributors of free back issues in New England.

Evening turned sour as Big Will told Mr. Comrade about another IVAW activist--I never met him, but Mr. Comrade did--who recently killed himself in despair after Obama relaunched the Iraq War with little-to-no-protest from the American people ("Strike Poverty, Not Syria!").

To lighten the mood, I'll link to the FB page of yet another schizophrenic that we ran into while peddling socialist newspapers.

"My name is Eugene Tillock. By fate alone I am part of a truly amazing coincidence that I discovered in my family tree. My sister married a Chinese man in the year 2000, the year of the new millennium mind you. Originally from the Yellow River region and XI'AN the cradle of civilization in China his family has 4 brothers named Eugene-Stephen-Paul-Michael in that exact order. I Gene am the first of 3 brothers also Eugene-Stephen-Paul and the very next son and first grandson of the next generation is Michael.

"Now what are the odds of this event ever occurring in the natural. correct me if I am wrong space scientists but Eugene(10,000 to 1) times Stephen(1000 to 1) times Paul(1000 to 1) times Michael(100 to 1) times the odds that any two people especially these two from polar opposite ends of the earth CHINA and AMERICLE would wed(1 BILLION to 1) equals a BILLION TRILLION TO 1 or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 to 1 LONG SHOT. The coincidences if you want to call them that only gein with this and are truly mind-boggling and enlightening to say the very least. What does it all mean? Who sent me? Why did this all happen? Where does it go from me? When will it all happen??? China (Syndrome) are you listening!!!!"

He was distributing this leaflet and even gave the last one to the Commandant's UNH schoolchum because "you're Asian," although, sadly, not Chinese.


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Fergie wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Is that a kosher dill pickle or a sweet pickle?
Want me to tell you where the pickle/goblin connection comes from? - minor runelords spoiler...

Is it the pickle thieves from Thistletop? Because those were some righteous goblins. In fact, when I ran Rise of the Runeplutocrats we had a TPK at Thistletop and that was the end of that campaign.

Or is it something else?


Is that a kosher dill pickle or a sweet pickle?


Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:

NYTimes.com: "When the Guy Making Your Sandwich Has a Noncompete Clause"

Way to go, Jimmy Johns. I guess hunting endangered & threatened wildlife is getting boring, so The Most Dangerous Game with ex-employees is next?

myFOXDetroit.com: "Woman looking for work after Subway enforces non-compete contract"
Woman takes off time for needed surgery, Subway fires her for it, then enforces its non-compete clause to sue her when she gets another crappy fast food job.

I don't know who Jimmy Johns is but he sounds like a plutocratic piece of shiznit.


Limeylongears wrote:
Half a million UK health workers in strike over pay

Vive le Galt!


Limeylongears wrote:
Town Crier of Galt wrote:

Repel Islamic State and imperialism! For democratic workers’ defence and Kurdish self-determination!

** spoiler omitted **

Vive le Galt!!!

I agree, but they got one thing wrong - the Yazidis aren't Christian...

Have the Socialist Party split, then, or is that a new group? Or a new name for the old one?

Excellent catch, Comrade Longears.

I was talking to Omar the Former Arab Terrorist about the Yazidis back when they were in the news and, you know, I heard about them for the first time.

"You don't know the Yazidis?" asked Omar, who spends a lot of time looking up obscure shiznit on wikipedia. "They're one of those syncretic religions who also happen to be one of the few peoples who still publicly stone people to death." Man, the Middle East is awesome.

Anyway, as far as I know, that's still the Britishiznoid CWI. Haven't heard of any splits over on this side of the pond.


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And when he does, there will be Comrade Anklebiter, linking it somewhere on Paizo OTD.


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I don't see why half the shiznit I see on the news is news.

But, my understanding is that civil disobedience isn't really effective if nobody notices.


Despite the pretty narrow focus of the title and accompanying article, Comrade Russell delivers a pretty good version of the Commonwealth Party of Galt (M-L) "Voting is for ninnies!" position.


stealthy redhead wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

...I should have replaced my "Strike Poverty Not Syria" (I still don't care for that slogan much--Defeat U.S. Imperialism Through Workers Revolution!) with one reading "Vive le Galt!"

While the idea of using military strikes for the purpose of having less poor people must be appealing to some, it strikes me as a very non-socialist thing.

I agree.

In addition, I fear that it's kind of wishy-washy on the nature of rapacious American imperialism ("Oh," Bomber Bernie exclaimed at UNH, "Think of what we could do with just one-third of the war budget!" [Comrade Anklebiter paraphrase]).

But I didn't make the sign; my signs always look like crap. :(


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Part 5: Unrest at Big Brown

Part 6: Changing shape or shaping change?

And, not part of the series, but recent news about the killings in Alabama:

Why isn't UPS on trial?

Part 7: An UPSurge at the package king

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