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As for the levees, without more information, I can't even find anything to debunk. I can point at the wiki entry claiming funding, rather than environmental problems:
Obligatory far-left post:
Hint: The war in Iraq was expensive.
They pop up occasionally in Aptheker's American Negro Slave Revolts. Mostly in the colonial years.
I remember one being mentioned in the very D&D-named Great Dismal Swamp of Virginia/North Carolina. Also, the Black Seminoles of Florida, which apparently were a sore spot in relations between the American Republic and the Spanish Empire, got a lot of mention.
Most of them didn't seem to last very long, for the obvious reasons. Of course, the biggest one in Brazil didn't last more than 100 years, either.
I saw your Facebook post, Sam. Lemme know when you blog about Genovese.
Started by Fabians, though, right? (Not that they were actually commies.)
In my own reading, I am kind of surprised that I don't enjoy Whitman's Civil War poems more. Did about thirty pages of Poe's poetry last night.
My short story reading took a decidedly Vive le Galt!-ish turn with "The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge" in which Sherlock Holmes has to deal with a secret society bent on assassinating a Latin American dictator-in-exile; and Hawthorne's "My Kinsman, Major Molnieux" (sp?), a delightful tale of tar-and-feathering the colonial governor.
In other news, I started re-reading Jane Gaskell's The Serpent. Gonna finish the series this time, I swear.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
"Watch the animated visual from London based Afro-Psych rockers Vodun - 'Minos Army' (Animation: Federico González Camargo /
"The energetic track and video revolve around the the all-female army who fought the French imperialists in 19th Century West Africa."
I first met Professor Zumoff twenty-two years ago at a Harvard picket line against Operation: Rescue when he was a snot-nosed kid from Arizona who wrote drunken letters to Maoist rags defending The Grateful Dead. Now, he's a globe-trotting, book-writing history professor who gets interviewed in Jacobin.
I hate you, Jacob!
"There are 585 registered candidates for president in 2016, including Sydneys Voluptuous Buttocks (independent), President Emperor Caesar (Democrat), Buddy The Cat (Democrat), Crawfish Crawfish (other), Bailey D Dog (independent), Buddy The Elf (write-in) and Lindsey Graham (Republican), none of whom – unlike Deez Nuts – received any support whatsoever in PPP’s North Carolina poll."
No mention of Vermin Supreme, alas.
Man, there doesn't seem like there's been a good politroll thread on here in a while.
Meanwhile, Mr. Comrade and I have become increasingly disgruntled with our particular brand of the Leninist vanguard party. For example, haven't posted a single post about the reelection campaign of Comrade Kshama out in Seattle. Well, she made it through the primaries. Yay.
Was much more excited by the recent debacle of Black Lives Matter-esque activists disrupting Bomber Bernie's appearance in Seattle. #1) As near as I can tell (and I might be wrong) it happened at celebration of fifty years of Medicaid and Medicare or something to which he was invited by Comrade Kshama; i.e., it might have been one of our events (hee hee!); #2) the disrupters were (former?) members of a group called Outside Agitators 206, a group that was joined by one my former comrades, and one of La Principessa's informants, when he got too disgruntled with my particular brand of the Leninist vanguard party (hee hee!).
I know you know, but others might not. Also, finished all 24 issues of Black History and the Class Struggle and I get itchy if I don't get to post black-and-red stuff.
Speaking of...here's their interview with Eric Foner with a picture of DuBois:
Within this mix there was an intense and volatile contention of ideas and clash of forces about the extent and meaning of black freedom and, importantly, black suffrage.
--"New Orleans Racist Atrocity--One Year After: Race, Class and the Fight for a Workers America," Black History and the Class Struggle, No. 20: From Mumia Abu-Jamal to Jena Six--Capitalist "Justice" = Racist Repression
Headed by the Brazilian military, more than 10,000 UN troops and police are imposing "order" on a starving, homeless population, brutally repressing social protest and rebuilding the machinery of repression on behalf of Haiti's imperialist masters.
--"Haiti: Mass Misery Under Imperialist Occupation--All U.S./UN Troops Out!," Black History and the Class Struggle, No. 21: Obama: CEO of Racist American Capitalist System
What they won fell well short of these objectives.
--Don Cane, "The Grant Administration (1869-1877) and the Rise of U.S. Imperialism," Black History and the Class Struggle No. 22: Race and Class in American History: Colonial America, the Civil War and the Rise of U.S. Imperialism
Along with the intellectuals, lawyers and other representatives if the black petty-bourgeoisie who formed the ANC, the chiefs' main concern was begging the British colonial rulers to grant them a privileged position as black aristocracy within the system of white capitalism rule.
--"Traditional Courts Bill: Dire Threat to Women--South African Government Promotes Reactionary Tribal Leaders," Black History and the Class Struggle, No. 24: 150 Years Since the Emancipation Proclamation--Finish the Civil War! For Black Liberation Through Socialist Revolution!
Thank you, but it's not really a mullet. It's the same length in front and back, just the front is swept back.
Anyway, I've been paying no attention to the rise of one Jeremy Corbyn, but I couldn't resist the following headline...
Verizon strike appears to be on hold.
At the Pride showing, somewhere around the half hour mark, the Nigerian Princess apparently turned to Mr. Comrade and complained "There aren't any black people in this movie!" Somewhere around the hour mark, she had changed her mind and exclaimed "This movie is awesome!"
At one point, I saw Lowell Carpenter dude crying.
At the CAJE meeting, the Coloured Princess, who is a fashion designer, subjected our t-shirts to a withering critique and, later, I noticed that there were periods after "C," "A," and "J" but not "E". [Facepalm] Hey, they were made by Lone Working-Class Black Woman, you go tell her her t-shirts suck!
Supposed to have a CAJE meeting on Tuesday, a first Ain't I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism reader's circle gathering on Thursday, La Principessa finally comes up here (summer's only half f!+!ing over!) on Friday and some kind of branch meeting on Saturday, all the while waiting to see if Verizon goes out. I'm guessing I'm not going to make it to everything.
At my instigation, our Maine comrade wrote an article for one of our NH comrade's websites on the Tulsa bombing.
I didn't write it, but it makes me feel like I accomplished something. Huzzah!
This week was mostly work and moping about La Principessa, who played the whole "I'm mad at you because you can't read my mind" card which led to three days of non-communication before she called up, crying and reconciliatory.
Meanwhile, I see on Facebook that she keeps going to free outdoor movies with her Male-Was-in-a-Polyamorous-Relationship-Which-Just-Ended-Guatemalan-Anarcho- Syndicalist-Aspiring-Playwright friend. Hmmm....
CAJE work has slowed down a bit over the summer, although we did have a table at the Lowell Folk Festival and got t-shirts made! But I don't think we sent anyone to the Boston Sandra Bland demo on Tuesday. But we are having a (not entirely legit) Pride film showing tomorrow night which should roll nicely into the Verizon strike that will most likely be starting Saturday.
Strike! Strike! Strike!
Haven't had time to really sit back and websurf, lately, but I did today and found two interesting articles about the Russian Civil War from a post on Facebook by a fellow Paizonian! Huzzah! We're taking over!
No, no. Actually, here, he's not a politroll, have never even run into him on the boards, he mostly lurks up in one of the Adventure Path forums, apparently. He used to run around and comment on pictures of me holding various signs and saying things like "What happened to 'Vive le Galt?'"
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
I thought she was sober but, later, realized that the vitamin supplements I thought she was taking was a cannabis tincture she had cooked up.
Oh yeah, and on the way back, she told us about all her old D&D characters. I swear, sometimes I get the impression that the far left is just a bunch of nerds.
Anti-KKK rally in Faneiul Hall:
International Socialist Organization (Cliffites) = 1
Interestingly, the latter had an article denouncing the latest GE contract as a sellout. Comrade Omar worked on that contract, albeit for UE whereas the article writer is complaining about the IUE. Hmm.
Also, got my picture taken holding a "Finish the Civil War!" sign standing behind Red Steve Kirschbaum while he was giving a speech about Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th. Sent it to La Principessa, I'm sure she'll be jealous.
Then Mr. Comrade, the Nigerian Princess and I went and played D&D.
The Mad Hermit levelled! Woo hoo!
Looks like Mr. Comrade didn't do much during my vacation, either, except set up his cozy new domestic situation with the Nigerian Princess and play Dragon Age 3. Turns out Nigerian food is wicked spicy, and, apparently, ground dried crayfish is a staple spice. It was pretty yummy, but I could only eat half my plate it was so hot. At one point, Mr. Comrade asked how many hot peppers the NP used and she replied, "Just one. Oh, wait a sec, do you guys consider jalapenos hot peppers?" She doesn't.
Anyway, tomorrow it's:
Good thing we made a "Finish the Civil War!" sign before I went on vaykay.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
even the Sparts, whom, to answer your question, I haven't been a member of in over 15 years, but I still annoy my current comrades by posting their pamphlets and articles on my Facebook page.
For example (even though this isn't Facebook), in honor of today's Google picture:
Speaking of 15 years, Comrade Omar sent me a story that was shared with him by a former rep for the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers, who don't exist anymore. They merged with the United Steel Workers who led the successful (? I actually forget now) oil strike this past year:
So this steelworkers rep who used to be a ocaw rep tells me Dow closed down a plant in 98. They left a 7 man decommissioning crew. They forgot about them. They kept getting pay and raises until just last year when they brought someone by to survey the property they were selling and Dow realized they were still there. Said for 15 years they came in at 8am walked around the building a couple times, ate and watched TV then went home.
U-nion! U-nion! U-nion!
Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
The Bolsheviks crushed the Kornilov coup and very promptly overthrew Citizen K(e)rensky's namesake's government thereafter.
In arcane Marxist jargon, that would constitute "military support" not "critical support." "Critical support" is when you call for voting for someone even though you
'Tis true, it might sound like splitting hairs to the uninitiated, but the speaker was a founding member of the group I am currently a member of, has been involved in quasi-Trotskyist politics his entire political life and should f%%$ing know better. I asked another comrade later if maybe it was an English-as-a-second-language issue, but she said "no, he should f$~%ing know better."
Anyway, I'm not going to go through the various brands of ultraleft sectarian Trotskyism. Suffice to say, though, that the Healyites have an even more disagreeable reputation than the rest of us combined, even the Sparts, whom, to answer your question, I haven't been a member of in over 15 years, but I still annoy my current comrades by posting their pamphlets and articles on my Facebook page. Actually, come to think of it, I think we had a conversation a couple of years ago, Usagi-san, in which you looked up Comrade Healy and were like "shiznit, that guy was a freak!" Because he was.
Didn't see that coming.
Well, I'm back in the Granite State.
Went to a public meeting in Queens before I left. It had been called to celebrate the "Oxi!" vote in Greece but, of course, the whole tenor of the event changed after Tsipras stabbed the Hellenic working masses in the back and confirmed my ultraleft, sectarian opinion that the KKE, with all of their attendant problems, were right all along.
Also couldn't believe my ears when the speaker averred that even the Bolsheviks had offered Citizen K(e)rensky's namesake "critical support" in the face of the Kornilov coup.
No, they f&&%ing didn't!
I'm gonna go look up which brand of ultraleft sectarian Trotskyism Comrade Brust subscribes(ed?) to.
I had never heard of her until a trip to Brooklyn a couple months ago when La Principessa's Single Mother Comrade told me about her while telling me about a book she was reading.
When I saw
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Woopsie; fixed the link.
Also finished More Soviet Science Fiction and last night, while La Principessa was watching a binge-watching Supernatural, I read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander.
More Soviet Science Fiction is fun thus far. Nice seeing the dialectical laws of the universe and Engels's "The Part Played by Labor in the Transition from Ape to Man" cited in stories about man's first contact with alien species.
Found another 50 cent copy of Tess and this one had a map of Wessex in the front, so that's nice.
Watched two more episodes of Game of Thrones and have decided that, as is to be expected, the show is a pale shadow of the book with all of the characters rendered flat, crass and unsubtle. I am actively disliking the show and impatiently waiting for characters to do it. Think I'm going to reverse myself and watch before I read. Hopefully, that will improve matters.
"Any privileged group will inevitably seek to put a brake on progress in order to retain its privileges, while the oppressed section of society is bound to fight all such attempts in order to stand up for its own rights."
--Ivan Yefremov, "The Heart of the Serpent" in More Soviet Science Fiction edited by Isaac Asimov
And all you reformists, Chardonnay socialists and Democratic Party hacks will be pleased to hear that party discipline required that I go to a Bernie Sanders appearance at Nashua Community College. [Shakes fist]
But while my Boston comrades were saying "We agree with a lot of what Bernie says, we just think he should run an independent campaign" I was saying "Join the fight against racist cop terror!" Oh yeah, and wearing my Lenin t-shirt.
There was some murmurs about me being an ultraleft, but f&@~ 'em.