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I forget, are we identical or fraternal twins?


Part of the campaign to rehabilitate Niccolo:

What Would Machiavelli Do?


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How did you escape the Galtan Fun-Timey Reeducation Through Labor Supercenter?

[Takes notes in order to improve Fun-Timey Supercenter]


Also, I haven't really watched MTV in about 20 years, but I do see their Decoded videos occasionally on Facebook and I always enjoy them.

Gonna link the last one I ran across, for shiznits and giggles:

The Weird History of Asian Sex Stereotypes | Decoded | MTV News


Norman Osborne wrote:
My favorite African-American actress is Charlize Theron.

Reminds me of when Comrade Omar (RIP), for reasons that I won't go into here, bought me a dashiki and a kufi. When La Principessa objected to me wearing these items of clothing due to cultural appropriation, Comrade Omar invoked his Egyptian descent to claim African-American status and, thus, not cultural appropriation.

It didn't really fly, but, luckily, the Nigerian Princess stepped in and said it was okay and La Principessa had to maintain a reluctant silence.

Later, during one of our fights, La Principessa informed me that she threw away all my stuff and all the presents I ever gave her (shades of Talia Shire in The Godfather). On my recent visit, I noticed that the books I gave her and Season 2 of Game of Thrones were still on her shelf, but the kufi was missing.

I'll have to make a point of guilt-tripping her.


Freehold DM wrote:
there's a great book called how the Irish became white. Fascinating history.

By New Left Maoist, Noel Ignatiev. Who still taught at Massachusetts College of Arts last time I checked, but he may have retired since then.

His former colleague (now deceased) in the Sojourner Truth Organization, Theodore Allen, wrote a two volume book which might be of interest to those interested in this thread:

The Invention of the White Race

(Article about book by dude I met a couple of months ago when we brought along La Principessa's Single Mother Comrade who used to date dude's union brother back when they were trying to take their postal workers union local back from the mob. Have since learned that La Principessa's Single Mother Comrade also used to have drinks with Laurence Fishburne and, she claims, dated Alec Baldwin for a while and now regrets dumping him.)


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
(you wanna complain about us not sinking links in the local community while you're running off to Albany, NY and lily-white West Roxbury in Boston?)
23 arrested, including Al Gore's daughter, at West Roxbury pipeline protest

Six minutes on Democracy Now!:

Vice President's Daughter Karenna Gore Arrested in the Trenches of a Climate Protest

[Grumble grumble grumble]


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I haven't read the article, but I've been seeing it get passed along, not without its share of detractors.

I enjoyed this bit on DemNow! a couple of days ago which, oddly enough, featured a leftie Remain campaigner (IIRC).

Making Sense of Brexit: Paul Mason on Britain's Growing Economic & Political Crisis


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[Popping moves to the BDP]

Fergie wrote:
Although based on the article Comrade Anklebiter posted, "...Blumenbach rejected racial hierarchy and emphasized the unity of mankind.”"

He doesn't come off looking quite so good the MTV video directly above. She also mentions someone named, I think, Christoph Meiers (sp?).

[Starts breakdancing]


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thejeff wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
An excellent follow-up question would be: why are white people called "white"?
Shouldn't that be "Why are pinkskins called 'white'?"

I realized that I had missed an excellent opportunity to stay in character as I drove off to work. :(


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An excellent follow-up question would be: why are white people called "white"?


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Why Are White People Called Caucasian?


I haven't read it yet, alas. Hopefully tonight.

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Just hope Corbyn survives the "coup."

After a mindblowing display of support for Corbyn, the Labour coup just entered full panic mode


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
(you wanna complain about us not sinking links in the local community while you're running off to Albany, NY and lily-white West Roxbury in Boston?)

23 arrested, including Al Gore's daughter, at West Roxbury pipeline protest


More "coups":

Senate Report Clears Rousseff of Budget Manipulation


Haven't been able to follow the Brexit thread as close as I would like, but from what I'm gathering it could lead to: the unraveling of the European Union; the dissolution of the United Kingdom; the collapse of the Conservative Party.

All sounds good to me.

Just hope Corbyn survives the "coup."


What A Terrible Month

Obituaries: James Green, 71, UMass Boston labor historian and writer


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More Virtual Tributes

Post from a United Electrical Workers top:

A couple of my favorite Omar memories.
I was assigned to share a hotel room with him in Chicago. I walked in to the room and he was already there. No "hi" or "how are ya", his first words to me were "I just took a huge dump, you might want to find a different bathroom to use this week."
And he once said to me that our Union's fight for social justice and worker solidarity and all was "nice", but "I do this job because I like to f@** with the boss."

Post from another UE organizer

Once Omar and I were sharing a hotel room for an organizing retreat. I was cold, so I got under the covers, and turned on the TV. Star Wars was on. He walked into the room, looked at me and said "Are you jacking off to Star Wars? You're one sick f&$% man!"

And a picture

Omar and Pac


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Thank you.

Some more items for the Virtual Shrine:

Omar's entry on the anti-labor page Union Facts

Rightists at Free Republic complaining about a leaflet he made for UMass Amherst student-workers with racist foreign-baiting comments (he was from Murfreesboro, Tennessee)

EDIT: Should have known, incorrigible internet troll that he was, that Omar found this page and commented on it:

"To the genius conspiracy theorists making the unfounded accusations against me-- I should inform you of two things: 1. I am not a privileged international student. I was not sent here by a foreign government. It is not true that 50% of college students are foreigners from terrorist nations. How did you come up with such a silly statistic anyway? I'm an American citizen-- born and raised. My family and I have worked very hard for everything we have, which isn't much, but we're proud of it anyway. I was a union member long before I came to UMass. I don't expect all of you to understand what being a union member means or why people join unions, but I would expect you not be so ridiculous as to make all union members out to be the antichrist. 2. Not all people with Arab and Muslim names are terrorists. I wouls strongly suggest if I ever have the displeasure of meeting either one of you guys that you have the sense not to try talking that ignorant, racist trash to my face. To the other people who frequent this website-- Please keep an open mind and don't take partisan and sometimes racist ravings and conspiracy theory at face value. Check the facts first. Sincerely, Omar el-Malah UAW Local 2322"

And for this one I had to dig deep. Couldn't find the article I remembered, but found it as text on some anti-fascist archives page. Alas, the accompanying picture of Comrade Omar, bloody but unbowed, has disappeared down the memory hole.

White supremacist speaks in Wallingford, many protest
AP
10 Mar 01

Spoiler:

Protesters opposed to Matt Hale, the leader of the World Church of the
Creator, marched to the rear of the Wallingford Public Library a little
after 1 p.m. Saturday.

The tension mounted quickly as Hale's supporters met them face to face.
With riot police standing by, they exchanged words first, and then the
physical confrontation.

Several members on both sides of the protest broke out in a fist fight.

The protesters ripped and burned the rebel colors, and then stormed the
library in an effort to shut the meeting down.

Police used pepper gas to hold the protesters back.

"They sprayed us with pepper spray or mace, I'm not sure. It's all in my
eyes and my mouth and it burns," says Leah Walsh, Roxbury.

"I got sprayed a little bit, and then in the ensuing rush on the way back, came back, just got slammed to the pavement," says Omar El-Malah, Boston, MA.

Hale spoke as scheduled in the library's crowded Community Room.

"The evidence shows that we are not all created equal. The idea of racial equality is the most absurd idea in the history of this world," says Matt Hale.

But Hale could not escape the hecklers. Police arrested one person in the library, and there were more clashes upon exit.

"Does it bring you pleasure to hurt people like this? We have people in
pain, not enough water, no medical help here. This is a public building.
It is our right to be here. And it is not your right to physically impose your violence and your territorial dictatorship on us," says one protester.

The police were out in force during the day, but it quieted down as soon as Hale was out of the area.

Hale, who is from East Peoria, Illinois, promised to return to Connecticut.

That's leaving aside the million or so articles in little local newspapers from Maryland to Maine about contracts he helped negotiate and strikes he helped organize.


Virtual Tribute from a UNITE-HERE Organizer Who Stayed On My Couch Once Back in the Nineties and We Fought Because He Was in the DSA and Talked Shiznit About the Sparts

"My heart is heavy today. I learned Omar El-Malah passed away tragically last night. Not only was he one of the most intelligent, committed labor activists (UE 4 life), he was like a brother to me. He was the best organizer I've ever known, humble yet courageous, and committed to the global working class to the end.

"I know this post also may not be the best way to tell folks, but I don't also know if folks who knew him will find out and you should know. I also think folks who didn't know him should also take a second an read about him to know he existed, however awkward a FB post may be. My heart goes out to Tarek Elmalah, Mona, and the rest of his family and friends in Boston, Philly, NH, NYC, London, and always Egypt.

"I hope those who knew him can take this time and think about how you can carry his love of the struggle forward in your daily lives. Omar knows you would not want to spend one second grieving for him, but spend that time organizing for what's right and true for this world. That's what we must do, and how we must remember him. Rest in peace, brother.

"PS. Tell Tupac I said "Thug 4 Life" or something like that."

I'm not sure how humble he was, though.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
The Return of Comrade Omar and His Anti-D&D Ways

Was on my way to Lowell Pride when I learned that Comrade Omar passed on to the Great Picket Line in the Sky.

[Clenched fist salute]

Throwback: UE WORKERS END SUCCESSFUL AND MILITANT STRIKE


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Word I'd use is "concession."

Probably a rather meaningless one. As I understand it, and I may not, the platform isn't binding on any candidate running under the Democratic Party banner, including the presidential candidate.

But it suggests that Bernie and his (mostly Democratic Party lifer) staffers have a better understanding of how to get their voices heard by the party tops than some others.

The DNC Just Torpedoed the Majority of Bernie Sanders’ Agenda


Portsmouth Pride

Stupidest march I've ever been on. We were all assigned a color of the rainbow and then, instead of marching together the "colors" were each given a separate route that all converged in Market Square. Which might look cool with thousands of people andd aerial photography, but seemed kind of dumb when each color was 50 people at most.

We were "yellow" even though we all wore red. Yellow turned out to be the political groups. There were three: us, PSL and New Hampshire for Hillary.

Also met up with the Greens and did some signature gathering. The Greens all turned out to be undercover members of the Maine branch of the Socialist Party USA, who are running their own candidate for president, so I don't know why they're working on Stein's campaign in New Hampshire.

Anyway, Soltysik/Walker 2016


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Oh they will, unfortunately. Bernie, sheepdog that he is, has pledged every step of the way that he would endorse the Democratic Party candidate, and the highest estimation of Bernie or Bust!ers among his supporters that I ever saw was 30%.

Saw a poll one today claimed Clinton only getst 55% of the Bernie supporters, but it was a pretty small sample.


Smarnil le couard wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

I get that, but the statements I quoted and asked about asserted that the EU kept peace "in Europe" not amongst EU members.

So it sounds like the statement makers, while probably aware of the Yugoslavian/Third Balkan Wars, used sloppy shorthand. Fair enough.

No problem, it's as common as saying "america" for "USA". EU is nowadays the bigger part of Europe, but not all of it : we have still countries to submerge/convert/absorb/blip (Norwway, Swiss, Iceland, etc.).

Also, as most of the neighbours are currently knocking at the door and that being a peaceful democracy is the most basic thing required to be part of the club, it can be said that EU contribute somehow to peace in Europe (ny encouraging good behaviour among neighbours). Maybe it is what your statement maker intended (lack of context, blip).

Although, to be fair, the Paizonian I quoted was more nuanced than the Remain campaigner I saw on tv yesterday.


I get that, but the statements I quoted and asked about asserted that the EU kept peace "in Europe" not amongst EU members.

So it sounds like the statement makers, while probably aware of the Yugoslavian/Third Balkan Wars, used sloppy shorthand. Fair enough.


I don't know. First there was the Croatian War of Independence, in which the newly formed Croatian state fought the rump Yugoslavian state and then there was the involvement, as I recall, of the Albanian state in the Kosovo War.

But it sounds like the answer is that, for a variety of questionable reasons, many (all?) commentators have decided to ignore those wars, whatever name you want to call them, in order to say that the EU has guaranteed peace on the continent.


What about when the US was bombing Serbia? Doesn't that count as state-on-state action?


Kazuka wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
The Raven Black wrote:
The EU was originally created to prevent a new war between its members. It has been so successful at this that its people forgot that war in Europe was even a possibility. Hence this result

So, I've seen this being trotted around; most glaringly, I watched a piece yesterday with Alex Scrivener from the Another Europe is Possible Coalition arguing against a member of the Socialist Workers Party and their Lexit campaign in which the former claimed that "One thing it has definitely done is it's secured peace on this continent since the Second World War."

And, of course, the first thing I thing of is the Balkan Wars in the '90s. Now, I'll grant you, going from lots of wars to only one war in seventy years isn't too bad, but why does it seem like some (many?) people are ignoring them.

Because the Balkan Wars were not in the 1990s. The Second Balkan War was around the same time as World War 1.

You're thinking of the Yugoslav Wars, which were 1990s through to 2001 and included the Kosovo War. There's also some tension between Kosovo and Serbia that remains to this day and only doesn't break out because of repeated UN interference.

Yes, the Third Balkan Wars.


So, one part sloppiness (Europe is short for EU), one part Western European chauvinism?


The Raven Black wrote:
The EU was originally created to prevent a new war between its members. It has been so successful at this that its people forgot that war in Europe was even a possibility. Hence this result

So, I've seen this being trotted around; most glaringly, I watched a piece yesterday with Alex Scrivener from the Another Europe is Possible Coalition arguing against a member of the Socialist Workers Party and their Lexit campaign in which the former claimed that "One thing it has definitely done is it's secured peace on this continent since the Second World War."

And, of course, the first thing I thing of is the Balkan Wars in the '90s. Now, I'll grant you, going from lots of wars to only one war in seventy years isn't too bad, but why does it seem like some (many?) people are ignoring them.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

So when I wrote that, I was thinking of more middle-of-the-road donors like, for example, UPS, which IIRC, goes something like 60% Republican/40% Democrat. When I started googling I found that way more hardcore rightist donors have been dumping into Hillary's warchest.

Wealthy Cruz Donor’s Firm Pours Millions Into Clinton Campaign

And it appears to have been going on for quite a while:

Hillary Clinton Is Backed by Major Republican Donors

Whether this will become a more general trend, I couldn't say.

Business Leaders Line Up to Endorse Hillary Clinton

"Meanwhile, a number of business leaders have come out backing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Among her backers are Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Warren Buffett, as well as the CEOs of General Motors, Delta Air Lines, Airbnb, AT&T and Boeing."


We printed up a couple hundred of these to distribute tomorrow at our local Pride events:

END HATE, WAR, AND POVERTY – SOCIALIST ALTERNATE PRIDE 2016 STATEMENT

And while I'm here,

4,800 NURSES ON STRIKE IN THE TWIN CITIES – SOCIALIST ALTERNATIVE SOLIDARITY STATEMENT


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thejeff wrote:
Most of the outraged supporter came around long before November. I suspect the same will be true of Bernie Bros. Most of his supporters already have.

Oh they will, unfortunately. Bernie, sheepdog that he is, has pledged every step of the way that he would endorse the Democratic Party candidate, and the highest estimation of Bernie or Bust!ers among his supporters that I ever saw was 30%.

Got word from the party tops today that the Jill Stein campaign asked us to help get her on the ballot, so it looks like I'm going to spend the next month petitioning the electorate of New Hampshire on her behalf. Normally, my ultraleft instincts would make me gag at collecting signatures for a petty-bourgeois party like the Greens, but a) it will give us a chance to reconnect with the Occupy kids-turned-Bernie campaigners we know who are more disgusted with the Democrats than they've ever been; and b) they just adopted an explicitly anti-capitalist plank into their program.

Not that I expect much to come of it, but it'll give us something to do over the summer.


I enjoyed this article from The New York Review of Books:

The Magic of Donald Trump

Tl;dr: Trump's appeal is that he's been a tv game show host for the past decade. Americans like game show hosts.


Anyway, in 2016 I think the Democrats will win again.


Kryzbyn wrote:
I'm ready to go Houston Derek and not vote.

:(

Searching through HoustonDerek's posts reveals that he has voted quite a few times.

I, on the other hand, have never even been registered to vote.

Yeah, some people don't like it, but I think it's worth never being called for jury duty.


More Brooklyn

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Instead tagged along with La Principessa to a planning meeting for a March Against Gentrification, Racism and Police Violence being held by a nice little group she met called Equality for Flatbush.

Community remembers Shantel Davis


Apartment Building Across the Street from La Principessa's Apartment Building in the News, Albeit Last Year

This Brooklyn Super Wears A Body Camera While Allegedly Carrying Out A "Reign Of Terror"

I sometimes hang out in front of Michelle Williams's home in case she ever decides she'd like to try interspecies love.


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Speaking of Britishiznoid chauvinism, funny photo of a newspaper blurb making the FB rounds:

"A scene of modern Britain played out on a rail replacement bus serivce in Newport yesterday. A woman in a niqab was chatting to her son in another language. After five minutes, a man suddenly snapped: 'If you're in the UK, you should speak English.' At this, another passenger turned round and explained: 'We're in Wales. And she's speaking Welsh.'"


Well, I meant to head back to New England four days ago but I've just lingered on and on here in Brooklyn, despite cigarettes costing twice as much as they do in New Hampshire. Missed the UMass picket line and god knows how many Orlando vigils while I've been down here, but it sounds like Mr. Comrade and the Nigerian Princess have got it covered, handing out flyers, rocking the mic, attending meet-ups and going to drag shows.

Coming up this weekend:

March in Portsmouth Pride w/ the Socialists


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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
To those giving Bernie crap for not completely giving in to the now-familiar manipulative bullying....

Yeah. Standard I-hate-Bernie-and-Democrats disclaimer aside:

Thought experiment: if this was a union negotiation, all the "quit, Bernie, quit!" types would have us cave at the first proffered contract.


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And more

Comrades of Mine in the News

'It's an act of defiance': Drone delivers abortion pills to women in Northern Ireland

(Took me a couple sweeps around the internet to confirm that Labour Alternative is our sister group in Northern Ireland.)


More Chavista propaganda:

Elite US-Funded Honduran Army Unit Had Caceres on Hit List


Thank you. I've been distracting myself, despite racial antipathies, with walking La Principessa's dog in Prospect Park.


thejeff wrote:
You want to influence a party, join it. Don't just pay attention to the big ticket presidential race. Get involved in primaries and campaigns for state and local politicians. That's where things can change. That's where the big national candidates come from

Yeah, Fergie, maybe next year you can stop voting for Howie Hawkins and vote for one of those 6700 candidates that dick Bernie stirred up.

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