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Maybe others can cover SYRIZA's victory; I, as an incurable sectarian ultraleft, prefer the KKE.

Understanding the Greek Communists

In completely other news,

Manchester residents seeing red over KKK pamphlets

I lived on Harrison Street for a year or so.

Smash the Klan!


Shameless socialist self-promotion:

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

and was proud to debut my "Teamsters Local 25 Member: Labor Must Champion Black Freedom!" sign.

Vive le Galt!


Text of the CPUSA article for the benefit of those that can't access it. Not that it's a terribly exciting article for non-Teamsters.

Spoiler:
NEW YORK - After 26 years, the federal government plans to end its consent decree and its direct oversight governing the Teamsters. But there are still strings attached.

Nevertheless, their agreement, to be officially discussed at a Feb. 11 hearing in Manhattan before Loretta Preska, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Southern New York, marks an historic step for the union. Objectors, if any, could also speak at the session.

The pact also achieves a goal Teamsters President Jim Hoffa stated when he took office in 1999. The government had imposed the consent decree to end mob influence in the union. Hoffa argues the decree works and should be lifted, with control returned to the union.

The George H.W. Bush administration imposed the consent decree in 19890, it said, to ensure honest elections and to root out La Cosa Nostra influence in the Teamsters. Then-U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani, a Republican, used the prosecution of the union to propel himself upwards politically.

"Now is the time to return the union's management and control to the elected leadership of the IBT and the rank-and-file members," the union's executive board declared in its resolution accepting the agreement hammered out between Teamsters General Counsel Brad Raymond and the U.S. attorney's office.

In the court papers filed with Preska, the U.S. attorney and the union jointly agree "there has been significant success in eliminating corruption from within the IBT and in conducting free, open and democratic elections for its international officers and convention delegates."

Those democratic one-unionist one-vote elections - and safeguards - will continue permanently, the new agreement says and the Teamsters board agrees.

But the union and the U.S. attorney also agree "the threat posed to the IBT by organized crime and other corrupting influences, while substantially diminished, persists." So there will be a five-year transition period, to also cover the Teamsters' next elections in 2016 and 2021, and supervisory anti-corruption structures - or variations of them - will remain in place.

And in its resolution, the Teamsters board pledges the union will "ensure the terms of the agreement are adhered to, that the members' right to vote for international union officers shall remain inviolate, and that corrupt elements will never have a place in the IBT."

The new agreement also incorporates a list of former union officials associated with organized crime, bans them from ever having any union role, and bans other Teamsters from contacting or working with them in any way, just as rulings under the consent decree did.

"By entering into this final agreement and order" the government and the Teamsters "re-commit themselves to the original objectives of the consent decree, which remain the objectives of this final order," their 27-page pact says.

"In addition to those objectives, the objectives of this final order are to reduce and ultimately eliminate the government's role in the affairs of the IBT, except as otherwise expressly provided in this order, while, at the same time, preserving the gains achieved by the consent decree."

Other objectives are "continuing to foster and promote democracy in the IBT through independent supervision of IBT elections, continuing the fight against criminal elements, organized crime, and corruption that threaten the IBT today, and preventing the re-emergence of those elements of organized crime and corruption that have been eliminated from the IBT."

And if the government believes the union is backsliding, either in open elections or in allowing returned influence of organized crime, the U.S. Attorney for Southern New York can notify the union of its concerns and then return to court to prove its case by a "preponderance of the evidence" - the lowest standard - the proposed final order warns.

The union board's resolution also agrees to the details of continued anti-corruption oversight which the final order spells out. In the first year of the transition, the independent review board and its structure stays. The IRB is a group of anti-corruption investigators and imposers of discipline the consent decree established. For the following four years, "the IRB will be replaced by two independent disciplinary officers, an independent investigations officer and an independent review officer," the Teamsters board affirms.

"The independent investigations officer will investigate allegations of wrongdoing throughout our union. The independent review officer will monitor the IBT's actions in disciplinary cases," the Teamsters board adds. That review officer must be a former federal or state judge, experienced in labor law and federal union discipline requirements or both.

And if the independent review officer finds any Teamsters body is imposing inadequate discipline on an alleged malefactor, the IRO can demand a justification within 20 days, hold a new hearing, admit more evidence and issue a final ruling in the case, with no appeals.


Hmm, I just checked it and it worked for me. Perhaps the NSA is blocking Britishiznoid elves? Stooges!

As it turns out, the notice I saw on Facebook from the Lowell Sun postponing the demo was either conscious disinformation (my favorite theory) or a mistake of one of the organizers (more likely, but we don't know who). Found out at the last minute that the demo was on, got there forty minutes late and still got to rally and march for an hour or so.

Had to stop myself from crying when the black kids took up the chant "You/Can't/Stop the Revolution!" and was proud to debut my "Teamsters Local 25 Member: Labor Must Champion Black Freedom!" sign.

Vive le Galt!


F~&~in' snow.

Lost the vote, alas. Demo postponed for two weeks. I was supposed to go back down to Brooklyn in two weeks!

[Curses more]


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Been a long, long while since I've been over to the website of Comrade Longears's American co-thinkers:

After 26 years, government to end direct oversight of Teamsters


Finally satisfied with our preparations for tomorrow's rally and then I learn we're expecting between 8 inches and a foot of snow.

[Curses in goblin]


True dat.


New Jersey Union Alleges Anti-Labor Activities at Marijuana Dispensary

Organize the unorganized!

[bubble bubble bubble]!


HELP IWW MEMBER JASON BEAT THE FRAME-UP

An injury to one is an injury to all!


Worcester: Police weighing charges in Black Lives Matter protest in Kelley Square

Meanwhile, young high school comrades have saturated the Lowell-area with flyers for our Saturday protest.

Turn up/Tear it down! We do this for Mike Brown!


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Kshama Sawant Gives #SocialistResponse to Obama’s State of the Union Address

Spoiler:
Sisters and Brothers,

Six years ago, Obama was elected on the hope that he would represent the millions, not the millionaires.

When Obama delivered his first State of the Union address, Democrats occupied majorities in both the House and Senate.

Today, after massive disappointment and disillusionment for the American people, he faces Republican majorities in both branches of Congress. Six years later, will millions of Americans finally get the president they voted for?

Some of the proposals Obama made tonight point in the right direction:

On taxing the rich, on providing free community college education, paid sick and maternity leave, and municipal broadband.

But how does Obama plan to overcome the inevitable Republican obstruction?

How will Obama get any serious measure to tax the wealthy or against climate change past the entrenched and undemocratic power of Wall Street and big business?

There is no answer to this from Obama.

He talked about the economic recovery.

But the truth is for the vast majority of us this has been a joyless recovery.
Americans face the highest levels of inequality in almost a century.

Under Obama the gap between rich and poor has only widened.

But the last two years have seen the shaping of the kind of forces that can reverse this stunning inequality – the historic grassroots movements for a $15/hour minimum wage by heroic low-wage workers taking strike action.

And we won a $15 minimum wage in Seattle – the first major city to do so – by building a movement of low-paid workers together with unions, community organizations, 15 Now, and others.

Critical for $15 in Seattle was the election of an independent working class candidate who boldly championed it, which forced the political and business establishment to reluctantly make a concession on this issue.

In contrast, Republican and Democratic politicians, rather than fighting to raise the minimum wage as we did, have instead been taking donations from the same fast food companies that workers are striking against.

Obama is pushing international trade agreements undermining environmental and labor standards that will further fuel inequality and environmental destruction.

This year also saw a $15 ballot initiative passed by a huge margin in San Francisco, and statewide ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage pass by super-majorities, including Republican dominated states.

Our task is clear – we need to continue to build this movement and democratic organizations like 15 Now to make 2015 the year we win 15 across the nation.
Obama spoke about helping the middle class. He spoke about housing issues.

Yet while cities like Seattle have to deal with astronomical rent increases and gentrification, we are simultaneously facing cuts to federal funding for low-income housing.

Here in Seattle I along with public housing tenants and community activists just led a successful battle to stop a 400% rent hike for low-income housing in Seattle.

I hope this example of resistance and struggle can spread nationally where other cities are confronted with similar attacks.

Socialist Alternative, tenants, and I are campaigning for emergency measures like rent control to address this spiraling crisis.

But emergency measures will not be enough. The so called “free market” has miserably failed to provide affordable housing.

We need urgent public investment to build new affordable housing for working families.

I am working on a plan for the Seattle city government to build thousands of high-quality publicly owned houses to rent at below market rates.

But to win any of this, tenants and homeowners need to build their own housing justice movement, acting locally, but connecting nationally.

Obama´s pledge to say No to Keystone XL and to cap methane emissions are necessary first steps.

But let’s be clear: he has utterly failed to take on the power of the 90 companies who are responsible for almost two thirds of the climate emissions in history.

Instead he brags about being the “Fracking President.”

As Naomi Klein said, this is about capitalism versus the climate.

We need to act here and now. But we can only deal with climate change if we break the power of the giant oil and car companies who are determined to extract every drop of oil from the ground.

Addressing climate change means organizing society around the interests of the 99%, rather than around profits and fiercely competing nation states.

We need a democratic socialist society based on international cooperation.

Real progress is only won by millions stepping into action. We saw that with the tremendous People´s Climate March which had half a million people rallying in New York City. We need to take this forward and demand concrete action. In Seattle, we are pushing forward to ban oil and coal trains from passing through the city.

Last year saw the beginning of the most important movement against racial injustice in decades.

Every 28 hours, a Black person is killed by police or vigilantes in this country.

We live in the age of mass black incarceration.

The age of unindicted, unprosecuted, widespread police brutality against black people.

This is the age of economic racism, where the average income of a black person is one third less than a white person.

After hundreds of thousands of Black workers and youth campaigned to elect Obama, he has provided no vision to address racism in our society.

Why can’t Barack Obama say “Black Lives Matter”?

Black people, people of color, indigenous people deserve action.

They deserve action now:
•For full prosecution of all acts of police brutality like those against Mike Brown and Eric Garner!
•For an end to economic racism, for a $15 / hour minimum wage nationally.
•To finally address the gaping income inequalities that define race and gender in the U.S.

The Republicans elected in the mid-terms last fall would like to think they have a public mandate.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The pro-corporate, right-wing agenda of the Republicans is being roundly rejected in poll after poll. This was also evident with the many progressive voter initiatives that passed in the same election that gave Republicans their majority.

The only reason Republicans won is that working people, youth and people of color are deeply disappointed after years of the Democrats doing the bidding of corporations.

This is why millions stayed home with the lowest voter turnout since the 2nd World War!

Is Obama now prepared to challenge Republicans and big business?

I fear not.

Unfortunately, the financial aristocracy that funded Obama’s election campaigns and promoted him to the presidency have their tentacles firmly wedded in to every nook and cranny of the White House.

Let us not forget Obama has carried out unprecedented unconstitutional spying, drone strikes, and a ferocious crackdown on brave whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning.

This is why independent working class challengers will be needed.

Candidates who refuse corporate donations, who are financially and politically independent of big business and their two parties.

We need to build our own political voice, a mass political party for working people.

Despite Obama’s speech today, bitter experience has shown we cannot rely on him to deliver.

We must work to build independent movements of working class people, of young people, of women and people of color, and the LGBTQ community.

To fight towards affordable cities, health care and education for all.

Towards a society based on economic justice, equal rights, compassion and an end to racism.

To challenge the domination of the 1%.

Solidarity!


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
a) did a bunch of childcare for a comrade's rambunctious son that I had met earlier in the week; this was a bit disturbing because I only met the kid once and he came running right over and sat in my lap and started tugging on my beard and trying to steal my nose; la Principessa later beamed that the kid never does that with people that he's just met. The disturbing part is that now la Principessa is running around, beaming, thinking kids love me. Great.

Kid frickin' out-Bolsheviked me today!. While I was lazing, rolling around with la Principessa, he was out trying to smash racist police terror.

For communist youth leadership!

Young comrade out with other of la Principessa's friends


IBEW-CWA Solidarity Fund

I might be off by a bit, but I think today is Day 91.

---

Dear friends,

As week 14 of our strike begins, we wanted to share a quick update on our progress. We are incredibly grateful and appreciative of every person and organization who has contributed to our Solidarity Fund. We continue to update the Thank You page on our website, http://fairnessatfairpoint.com/thank-you-from-fairnessatfairpoint/

Picketing Continues
Despite the sub-zero temperatures, members continue to hold the line and demonstrate a heroic commitment to our fight for a fair deal. Picketing continues across the three states and we encourage you to join us on the lines. We always appreciate warm beverages or snacks, but more than anything we welcome your fellowship. You can see a list of picketing locations at http://fairnessatfairpoint.com/picketing-locations/.

Return to Negotiations
On Sunday, January 4th, leaders of our bargaining team returned to the table under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Negotiations are continuing, and neither side will make comments to the press or discuss the details of negotiations until they conclude.

Solidarity Fund
Thanks to the generosity of organizations and individuals all over the world, we’ve received more than $200,000 in donations to the Solidarity Fund. These donations help striking members pay for heating oil, emergency health care, and housing and car payments.

Each state has a committee of rank-and-file members who administer the fund and review requests for aid. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to help so many of our members, and we are thankful for the time and energy they volunteer to manage the Fund.

You can donate to the Solidarity Fund by sending a check to:

IBEW-CWA Solidarity Fund
℅ IBEW Local 2327
21 Gabriel Drive
Augusta, ME 04330

Or you can give online at this link: www.gofundme.com/IBEW-CWA-Strike-Relief. Please spread the word and share this link. Every little bit helps.

You can continue to stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook at facebook.com/fairnessatfairpoint/ and visiting our website, FairnessAtFairPoint.com.

Thank you for standing with us in our fight for good jobs and quality service for New England.

In Solidarity,
F@F


Still there, Brother Kretzer. I'd be looking for a new job in the city (or, at least investigating the possibilities of getting a "hardship transfer") except la Principessa has insisted that I stay up in New Hampshire for a while because of "all the great [commie] work you're doing."

[Beams with pride and the love of a good commie woman]

But I will be back soon, and often.


Communist Practical Jokes


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And like a good communist, I don't look at the news, I start reading an article from over 50 years ago:

The revolutionary answer to the Negro problem in the United States

A report delivered by C. L. R. James in presenting the draft resolution on the Negro Question to the Thirteenth Convention of the Socialist Workers Party (US), July 5, 1948


In the f$~@ing Guardian actually...

Boston protesters 'united against racism' shut down highway during rush hour

MLK Day Week should be fun, huh?

Finish the Civil War!
For communism!


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Rally Against Police Brutality and Racial Discrimination Lowell

While I was down here dallying with my lady fair in Brooklyn, the NH comrades are at it, as busy as bees. For communism!

A young high school comrade appeared on right-wing Lowell talk radio where he appeared alongside some racist [redacted] who is apparently organizing a Lowell-area pro-cop rally. Whether in direct reaction to our demo, I don't know, but I like to think so.

Anyway, I guess there was some big deal with protesters blocking I-93 this morning. Beats me, I haven't been paying attention. One of my comrades, though, a freelance photojournalist, got his pix picked up and spread around the internet, so that's always fun. Don't really know what's going on, otherwise. I suppose I should stop having sex all the time and start following the news again. Or...


"'Another trifling error of my life has been, that I have always expected to secure the favor of the whites by tamely submitting to every species of indignity, contempt, and wrong, instead of nobly resisting their brutal aggressions from principle, and taking my place as a man, and assuming the responsibilities of a man, a citizen, a husband, a father, a brother, a neighbor, a friend,--as God requires of every one (if his neighbor will allow him to do it); but I find that I get, for all my submission, about the same reward that the Southern slaveocrats render to the dough-faced statesmen of the North, for being bribed and browbeat and fooled and cheated, as Whigs and Democrats love to be, and think themselves highly honored if they may be allowed to lick up the spittle of a Southerner.'"

--John Brown, "Sambo's Lament," quoted in W.E.B. DuBois's John Brown

Now, that's what I call a sentence!


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At Nashua Labor Council meeting:

Former (? I think) Democratic state representative talks up NH Rebellion "get-money-out-of-politics"/lame-ass/Lawrence Lessig bullshiznit;dances around the issue that last year (?) they gave money to local Libertarian candidates or something. "Yeah, there's some people in there I don't like, but, you know, unity..." [Paraphrase]

Labor Newsletter Editor: [Paraphrase] I'm kinda skeptical. I mean, yeah, I want to get money out of politics, too, but when they start talking about the SEIU, I get real mad.

Newspaper Guild: [Paraphrase] F!&* them. They are liars and scabs. I will never work with them again.

Mr. Comrade: F*!! them. Shills for the Free State Project.

Democrat Hack: [Shamefacedly] Yeah, okay...

LNE: [Paraphrase] Yeah, f&&~ them. I mean, I want to get money out of politics, too, [rambles] "...and get back to what this country originally stood for, you know, where everybody gets a voice."

Me: "Yeah. And slaves."

[Table laughs with varying levels of nervousness, except for Racist Raytheon Grammie who narrows her eyes and shakes her head]


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A couple of events that I will be attending/organizing over the next two weeks:


Black Power Mixtape showing and Potluck Fundraiser

Pretty decent flick if you haven't seen it.

The following week should be fun as Lowell, Massachusetts gets its first Black Lives Matter-esque event, complete with commies and anarcho-syndicalists on the steering committee. I was still in Brooklyn for the first planning meeting (and will be returning to Brooklyn this week and will also miss the second one) but Mr. Comrade assured me that it was wicked exciting and there was even an undercover cop. Makin' a name for ourselves, woo hoo!

Rally Against Police Brutality and Racial Discrimination Lowell

Also attended a meeting of the Nashua Labor Council last night. It was fun, rubbing shoulders with various labor bureaucrats and Democratic party shills and nearly avoiding a meltdown with the head of the IBEW local of Raytheon workers over police brutality. It was rather comical, she was trying to make some comment about her son being a cop and then she blended Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamar Rice and two or three other incidents into one account. "He was killed by a black cop. How come no one knows about that case?" "You mean the case that everyone at this table just said they knew about?" "Yeah, but they didn't know he was killed by a black cop." "But he was still killed by a cop, right?" "Yeah, but it was a black cop. There are more black racists than white racists, you know." I'm about to explode when Mr. Comrade comes back from the bathroom. (Mr. Comrade is always going to the bathroom because he drinks, like, 4 liters of Diet Pepsi a day.) "What the hell did I walk into?" "You don't wanna know."

Anyway, ran into the Newspaper Guild dude I impressed with my tale of yelling at UPS supes for my love at the FairPoint rally in Concord; turns out he is dating the IBEW retiree who always hails me as "Commie [Doodlebug]" and is now trying to arrange giving us her former mentor's books about Eugene Debs and whatnot. I'm convinced they're all secret commies.


Necromancer wrote:
The fifth Horseman, Socialism, actually comes first and doesn't present itself with a horse. It hides the horse immediately after spawning and carries two coconut halves. It bangs these together and truthfully says that it is a Horseman. Then it proceedes to tell everyone else that they have horses of their own. Many believe this and collect improvised percussion that mimics the sound of hooves. Following this nonsense, Socialism tells the Patsies that they are now mounted cavalry units. Once this insane mob has been blooded sufficiently, Socialism mounts its horse and insists that nothing has changed. Afterwards begins the great "false equine cleansing" where the mob murders any surviving horse for commiting the heresy of existence, thus paving the way for the other Horsemen.

When I'm President Everyone Gets A Free Pony (2:55)


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Haven't been up to much commie shiznit, alas. Was supposed to go to a rally for postal workers this past Friday, but it was snowing in NYC and it was cancelled the day prior. Went to a Branch Meeting in Queens but,

a) did a bunch of childcare for a comrade's rambunctious son that I had met earlier in the week; this was a bit disturbing because I only met the kid once and he came running right over and sat in my lap and started tugging on my beard and trying to steal my nose; la Principessa later beamed that the kid never does that with people that he's just met. The disturbing part is that now la Principessa is running around, beaming, thinking kids love me. Great.

b) We had to leave early in order to get me on the Chinatown bus and back to New England.

Sounds like the NH comrades were busy while I was gone, going to Black Lives Matter-esque events, making more contacts with NH labor types and getting into squabbles with Comrade Longears' American co-thinkers.

Anyway, due to a dearth of commie postings in this thread of late, I bopped around my archives to find the first mention on these boards of Principessa Francesca:

Irontruth wrote:


Here's the thing about "not all cops": I don't care.
There are too many bad cops. Maybe you didn't see them where you worked, maybe there weren't any. I still don't care.
As long as there are bad cops, cops get to deal with a reputation that includes their bad actions. If you want a clean reputation, go Serpico on their asses.
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:

A comrade of mine is a member of the New York UFT local. The UFT endorsed Sharpton's march against police brutality in the wake of the killing of Eric Garner, which, apparently, provoked quite a storm of outrage among New Yorkers in general, and the rank-and-file in particular.

Anyway, a lot of her co-workers gave her crap along the lines of "Why are you so anti-cop? My brother-in-law is a police officer, he's a good guy, why are we going to an anti-cop march?" To which she responded, "This is a march against police brutality. If, in your mind, anti-police brutality equals anti-police, which of us has the lower opinion of police officers?"

Which was clever, I thought.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Haven't really done any commie shiznit lately, alas. Going to a lecture in Boston on the POUM and their betrayals tomorrow, though.

My senorita's rose was nipped in the bud

From Barcelona to Brooklyn: Down with Collaboration with the Bourgeoisie!

For workers revolution here, there, and everywhere!!!

Vive le Galt!

[Cries]


"Unhappy the land that has no heroes!"

"No, unhappy the land that needs heroes."

Vive le Brecht!


Haven't really done any commie shiznit lately, alas. Going to a lecture in Boston on the POUM and their betrayals tomorrow, though.


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Love among the Ultra-Lefts

After spending the week in the basement with my hawt multi-orgasmic commie NY schoolteacher girlfriend, I have come to mistrust pc feminist codes of sexual etiquette even more than I did before. I'll spare you the gory details, but after one session of rutting on the futon mattress I said to her, "Baby, don't get me wrong: that was really f$*!ing hawt. But, uh, maybe you should talk to your therapist about this?" She looked at me, moaned softly and purred "I don't need to talk to my therapist, I only need you."

I'm sold.

Anyway, back when la Principessa was young, she was a big Star Wars fan. She bought the "Star Wars D&D" book, memorized it, found a group in her school that played, asked them if she could join, was subjected to a Star Wars trivia quiz in which she did better than any of the other participants and was still refused a seat in the game because she was a girl. :(

Tonight we're driving up to Goffstown to play We Be Goblins.

Yay commie nerd love!!


David M Mallon wrote:
I'm starting to realize that the night shift at UPS is full of music people, for some reason.

Finally got around to listening to my union brother's band's cd which he gave me a couple of weeks ago, but I've been busy.

The Shallow End Divers--Melting Skies

Kinda Doors-y with a more garage-y vibe. 'S alright.


GeraintElberion wrote:

Being trapped by the system and stepping outside it to have self-realisation and self-actualisation.

I always thought.

Yeah, like I said, Bolshevism.


David M Mallon wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
I'm starting to realize that the night shift at UPS is full of music people, for some reason.
Teamster Power!
Yeah, the power of taking large sums of money out of my paychecks and making them disappear.

Yeah, well, if you stay your insurance will be free. If you don't, thank you for your generous contribution to my pension.


David M Mallon wrote:
I'm starting to realize that the night shift at UPS is full of music people, for some reason.

Teamster Power!

In other news,

Coalminers

Vive le Galt!


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Los Estatounidenses normalized relations with Cuba?

Didn't even know, until the ride to Concord, that the last of the Cuban Five had been released. Huzzah!

Random commie article, although I suspect it's a little soft on the Raulistas: The release of the Cuban 5 and the shift in U.S.-Cuba relations

Either way, huzzah! Free all class-war prisoners!

The Concord rally was much more demoralized and subdued than either of the other two that we went to. But in other ways it was more fun. There were a few of the same faces from the UE rally, including a woman who hailed me again as "Commie [Doodlebug]!" and then introduced me to a Chief Business Agent for one of the locals (forget which now) who, prepped I'm sure, thanked us for our generous donation to the strike fund (it was only a hundred bucks). Mr. Comrade was interviewed by the local press. I listened as he gave the interview, it was pretty awesome, but, alas, the reporter (who, btw, was smoking hawt) pared it down to one sentence.

Ten weeks in, striking FairPoint workers, supporters rally on State House lawn

I had noted in another thread, that Paizo.com has helped me develop my lethal skills in the arts of seduction (The Crimson Masque would be so proud!), I also noticed another benefit from my years on these boards:

I was walking the picket line next to guy I recognized from the UE rally. Older, reticent, wallflower-y type. He asks where I work. I say UPS. I ask how his week was. He says it was good, asks in return. I go for it, and tell him an abbreviated version of the latest tale of disgusting goblin love that I spun over in the Charlie Manson thread. When I get to the "mild mouse...raging lion...Holy s!%@, kid, etc." he's laughing his ass off. Later, Mr. Comrade talks to him some more and comes back. "He's in the Newspaper Guild! Holy shiznit, you made another labor contact!" "It's all because of the love of la Principessa," I reply....[derail into more disgusting goblin love]

Anyway, find an old Occupy NH comrade, kind of weird dude, quiet and awkward, used to be a yogic monk or some shiznit, now is a staffer at the AFSC, and I regale him with stories of snubbing Al Gore and other tales from my sordid past. He friends on me Facebook. Later, I realize that if I shamelessly self-promote at picket lines and leftie meet-ups and tell funny stories, people think that we are cool and interesting and friend us on Facebook and then we get access to even more people to tell funny stories to and infect with revolutionary socialism.

Anyway, point is, I often find myself re-telling stories that I've posted on Paizo, so, I guess, in its way, even this den of imperialist stooges can be used to prepare for the class war.

Vive le Galt!


Alright, class struggle fans, sorry I've been away, but, uh, can't really say I'm sorry.

Anyway, as near as I can tell the strike at Weir Valve was an almost complete success* with attacks against seniority and subcontracting being warded off. The economic gains were modest (5%, 3%, 3%) but, I think, only by ultra-left standards, and, as the striking workers stressed over and over to everyone who would listen, it was never about the money, it was about the language.

The history of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (UE) can best be illustrated, I think, in the following anecdote:

I was standing at the rally, beaming, being introduced to 150 New England union activists as "Commie [Doodlebug]" when Comrade Omar pulls out his smartphone and laughs. "Some right-wing troll just buzzed the 279 page. She's goin' on about 'Did you know your union was kicked out of the CIO during McCarthyism because they were led by Communists?' And Jimmy McBagodonuts just writes back 'Hail Mother Russia!'"

Anyway, in other news, I have no f@@$ing idea what's going on in the world. The CIA raped boys in Abu-Ghraib? Los Estatounidenses normalized relations with Cuba? DiBlasio turned out to be a right piece of shiznit, like Comrade Anklebiter predicted? I have no idea, I've been up all night four nights running talking to la Principessa.

But I am going to a FairPoint rally in Concord today.

One day longer!/One day stronger!
For workers revolution!

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*Ultra-left quibble: The workers accepted increases in health care. As they spun it, they "successfully controlled" increases in health care. Normally, I wouldn't be so pedantic, but: When I initially announced victory via union-rally/catcall video on Facebook, the contract hadn't officially been signed yet. It was done so later in the week, but before that, a certain comrade may have scoffed at the strike, adding, "It sounds like they didn't really win anything." When this was relayed to me second-hand, I fumed and shouted "Oh yeah?!? Go do another f+*#ing non-binding ballot referendum, [redacted redacted redacted]!"


Rally For Striking Weir Workers UE(United Electrical) Local 279

(No fears, no goblin courtship dances in this one.)

If anyone's got any cool articles/vids of Ferguson protests this weekend, please, feel free.


Went to the UE rally to find out it was a victory rally! Who are we? UE!

Vive le Galt!

Was overjoyed to be introduced around the 100-150 person rally as "Commie [Doodlebug]," met the Commandant's parents and brother, directed a Facebook video that started with Comrade Omar speaking to the rally, did a pan around as the crowd chanted "We'll be back" and ended with me flirting with Female Comrade and then posted it on her page; it made her blush. (A shout out to Mr. Comrade's natural skill as a cinematographer.)

Today was pretty cool.


Not much this week, comrades. Spent yesterday hanging out with the Commandant. He has started referring to Comrade Omar as Uncle Omar and Mrs. Comrade as Tia Stefanie, which is the cutest thing evah.

Doin' up the Weir Valve rally in a couple of hours. Who are we? UE! Who are they? Liars!

In other news, Mrs. Comrade has arranged for Female Comrade to come back for Christmas. She is the best Branch Organizer evah!

In related news, I didn't weigh in on that Affirmative Consent thread from a whiles back, but we talked about it (and tons of other feminist issues) when Female Comrade was in town. My new line on AC is:

I gave [Female Comrade] affirmative consent, and she didn't do anything with it. Feminism sucks!


MILLIONS MARCH BOSTON

Which is at the exact same time as the UE rally. :(


Woop woop!


Kelsey Arwen MacAilbert wrote:
The thing is, this isn't just an issue of shootings. It's an issue of the entire policing approach in America. That policing approach does have racial issues, such as the fact that it tends to be blacks stopped and frisked much moreso than whites. Blacks don't use more pot than whites, but blacks are WAY more likely to actually get arrested for it. Where I live, a white or Asian kid or light-skinned latino is caught with pot? Probably just gets it confiscated if he isn't selling. This is urban California. It's not that big a deal. A black kid? Not getting the same chance, because suddenly it's a problem that needs to be addressed because Broken Windows Theory, and every offense has to be slammed on. It's like having two totally different policing standards. Available data suggests a stop of a black man is 21 times more likely to end with him shot than a stop of a white man. Once you get into the justice system, that continues. A black man and a white...

Woah, Mama Kelsey, I like the way you're developing! Influence of college, life, or your anti-slavery halfling paladin?

Either way, [hands Mama Kelsey a back issue of the paper and some leaflets]

Vive le Galt!


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They get away with it because of the reinforced racial divisions in the estadounidense working class, as these threads amply demonstrate over and over.

It's also why we don't have a Labo(u)r party.


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The 8th Dwarf wrote:

While you guys seem bogged down in race - The central core of the matter is why is it so acceptable for police in the US to kill so many Americans?

Why so many Americans?

You are at war with yourself...

From the Economist "British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014 the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period."

If you are interested, Comrade Dwarf, I think this book does a pretty good job of explaining why the rampant brutality of estadounidense police is rooted in race even when its victims are white:

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

Here is a summary on ESPN of all places, but I haven't watched it yet, just saw it while I was googling: Why black folks can't breathe by Jason Whitlock

Mrs. Comrade, through the powers of the internet, has gotten into contact with a bunch of young black comrades in Chicago and I am supposed to give another class on The New Jim Crow in two weeks. Which is kinda weird, seeing as how New Hampshire is a 95% white state.

Finish the Civil War!
For black liberation through socialist revolution!


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For Comrade Fergie and other northeastern estadounidenses, maybe some Canadians:

Day of Anger: Millions March NYC

Which I won't be able to attend, even if it would bring me in close physical proximity to dearly beloved Female Comrade. Have to go to a UE rally instead, :(


Tried to go to work earlier today and after the Doodlemobile slipped off the road twice (also, I'm not a very good driver) I said "F$&$ this, I'm going home. That's what union membership's for." Anyway, I should probably go check outside and see if the ice has melted off the roads yet. Or maybe I shouldn't...


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Juda de Kerioth wrote:
The world is in crisis, and we stills do nothing to help at all.

Waited until now before interjecting some shameless socialist self-promotion:

Spread the Protests!
Labor must champion black freedom!
For workers revolution to smash police terror!
Alas, I don't know any commie slogans in Latin!

Estadounidenses: Find a Black Lives Matter action near you!

Mexican Brethren: An article about the disappeared Ayotzinapa students; you can probably find a better article somewhere, but this one was written by a high school student comrade in New Jersey and her first article in the paper and we're all so proud of her. For the development of communist youth leaders!

Other Americans: You're on your own.

For workers revolution from the Yukon to the Yucatan! And everywhere else, too!


Got in touch with another of my old high school friends. He's got some music-technology project he's working on, Slyde, I don't really understand what it is or what it does, but the video uses our old garage band from high school, The Spam Rockets, as an example.

Made me laugh. We did covers but we did write one original, "I Love Drugs More Than My Family." I don't think any of us had even smoked weed yet.


I didn't copy and paste your non-link, Farael, because I am lazy.

I do, however, recommend the following for the interested:

M.I. Finley--The World of Odysseus

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