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Yeah, I remember thinking, "Well, there's only one stone cold racist Boston Irish cop in 1919? Yeah, I don't think so..."

To be perfectly honest subject matter aside, I don't really care for Lehane too much.

Maybe it was the anti-Morrissey joke in Gone Baby Gone...


Although, last time I was in Eastie, the White Hen has been replaced with something else.

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

About to re-read the chapter on poor Louis Fraina and I'm already starting to cry. (In particular the "1919-20 espionage controversy" and "The Mexican Interlude" bits.)

I have a strange urge to re-watch Reds (Don't know if Louis made it into the trailer, but he was played by Paul Sorvino.)

IIRC, Louie made a brief appearance in TGD as well. I don't remember any kiddie [redacted], although, it being a Lehane book, I suspect it's mandatory in his contract.

(I'm also wondering how many pages in a row I can link clips of Diane Keaton.)


Comrade Pravda wrote:


I think someone else mentioned it several thousand posts ago, but I just read The Given Day by Dennis Lehane.

A book about Boston, race and class war? I wonder who might've recommended that?

Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

I'm not a big Lehane fan, but being a proud trade unionist and a communistically-inclined ex-Bostonian, I've got to give a shout out for The Given Day.

Random historical stuff from that book that was sure to turn me into a fan:

Spoiler:
--John Reed and Eugene O'Neill getting into a bar fight

--Babe Ruth striking during the World Series

--The Great Molasses Explosion

--More examples of Boston's sketchy history with race relations

--Boston Police Strike of 1919

--A "War on Terror" style manhunt for Italian anarchists (although as far as I can tell the characters are fictional, they are depicted as followers of Luigi Galleani, whose other followers Sacco and Vanzetti used to meet in a building down the street from where I lived for 12 years that is now a White Hen convenience store.)


Machiavelli was pretty left-wing for a Renaissance-era Italian.

Poor dude writes volumes about the workings of republics and all he gets remembered for is The Prince.

:(


Done with Melville (poor Billy!), Swords and Ice Magic and halfway through The Lost World. Was gonna continue straight on into The Knight and Knave of Swords, but I think I'm gonna have to re-read Comrade Lenin's "Left-Wing" Communism, an Infantile Disorder for the umpteenth time for next weekend's Regional Branch.

[Rest of the post redacted due to democratic centralism]


I always get a kick out of that time the late Mrs. Thatcher's husband complained that the Beeb was run by "poofs and Trots."


Most of my comrades refer to NPR as "National Propaganda Radio." I don't think they mean it as a compliment.

[Shrugs]

Anyway more labor articles from sites with actual left biases:

Public Education Under Nationwide Assault: California Ruling Pits Minorities Against Teachers Unions

Don’t Fall for Democrats’ Campaign Promises: Fight Low-Wage Slavery,
Mobilize Workers’ Power

A strike lit the way at Juno

The whole labor page at In These Times

Don’t Back Down: If Karen Lewis runs for Chicago mayor, she should do so as an unapologetic progressive.

Labor Notes: Putting the Movement Back into the Labor Movement

and, finally, not labor-related, but a shameless plug:

Panel Discussion in NYC: The Climate Crisis: Which Way Out? featuring Kshama Sawant, Chris Hedges, Naomi Klein and Bill McKibbon
Vive le Galt!


yellowdingo wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

I don't really have anything to add, I just wanted to voice my appreciation for Comrade Dingo's powerful and, er, singular vision, both here and in other threads current on the OTD without actually favoriting one of his posts, that way the feds won't be able to prove anything.

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

Like the way I suck the joy from your future worldview?

Every one of your posts is a joy.


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I don't really have anything to add, I just wanted to voice my appreciation for Comrade Dingo's powerful and, er, singular vision, both here and in other threads current on the OTD without actually favoriting one of his posts, that way the feds won't be able to prove anything.

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


Shameless plug for one of my player's Facebook pages.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Hmmm, I need an actual labor story before this thread devolves...oh, hold on...

Omar the Arab Trade Union Rep tells me that his previously unreported campaign to Bring Back Ray!! was a success and Ray has been brought back.

Huzzah!!

Forward to communism!


Bump. (I have no idea what's happened in the meantime.)

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
In Their Own Backyard: MSNBC Hosts Ignore Unionization Effort


BigDTBone wrote:

Anything that Comrade Anklebiter links to will be an actual left organization, aka rag.

Rag peddlars of the world, unite!

Although, to be fair, I sometimes link to rightist newssites, like the New York Times and The Nation.

Hmmm, I need an actual labor story before this thread devolves...oh, hold on...


Part Two

I wrote something up last night, but it appears to have been eaten by the post monster. :(

Well, two things I forgot from the last post:

One--It being the full moon, and Barbie being beset by the calls of her Mother, she spent the night rekindling her romance with "George." Barbie gets around.

[Data point for the "Playing the Other Sex" thread: Barbie's player makes me keep track of her time of the month; I don't think I've ever had a female player even mention their character's menstrual cycle.]

Two--Someone, no names, who has watched too many Dave Chappelle stand-up bits, may have placed a carrot up the unconscious Eric Cartman's butt.

I'll try to fill in the rest later.


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CNN isn't a leftist organization.


It was just last year that WBAI collapsed. :(

Please dig deep, comrades, to make sure that Amy and Juan can keep providing Comrade Anklebiter with fodder for the OTD. Also, Nermeen Shaikh, meow!


There was no way, of course, I'd be able to resist posting Billy Bragg arguing for Scottish independence.

Tear down the Union Jack!
Vive le Galt!


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Kingpinmaker, Game N+3, Part One

So, the party makes friends with "George" and the Red-Banned Band, prepare funerary rites for poor Toby Poodlecock, etc. The party was pretty concerned that all of the strix tribes had been united under the leadership of a cult of Pazuzu, but then Barbie Ragnarock's player said, "Wait a minute, we're not in Sandpoint anymore, we're in Cheliax, we should just go tell the Hellknights!" but, of course, later, when they were in a position to inform authority figures about the impending winged devil apocalypse, they didn't.

Anyway, more roleplaying (there actually was hardly any combat this game as the loyal reader shall see), Jillian Poodlecock is inconsolate, blah blah blah. With a little prodding from the Dungeon Master, Genny realizes that the strix-and-stirge poo collected at the bottom of Devil's Tor just might be chemically identical to bat guano, and makes arrangements to come back and collect it all to turn into gunpowder. "George" tells the party how he and his Red-Banned braves are going to go gather other members of their tribe and arrange a series of signals ("if you find a pile of white rocks with a black one on top, that means the Devil's Tor is no longer safe; if you find a purple one in the middle of all white ones, that means..." etc.)

The party spends the night in the Devil's Tor and when they wake up the next morning, all of the strix are gone. So they say their last goodbyes to Toby (he was cremated) and resume their journey to Foxglove Manor.

When they arrive at Foxglove Manor, they espy a light on in the upper story and discover three little kids hiding in the wreckage of the stables. Sneaking up on them, they discover that a gang of juvenile delinquents have come up here to drink beer and commit acts of antisocial vandalism. The party decides to teach them a lesson.

They cast euphoric cloud (fog?) on the three hiding in the ruins and start tormenting them with ghost sounds and suggestion. As they were doing that, they noticed that a larger light is coming from the Manor itself, and Giles climbs up the outer face of the Manor and peeks in a window where he discovers Beavis, Butthead and Eric Cartman busy defecating, setting tapestries on fire and spray-painting "Satin Rulez!" in the hallway. More shenanigans involving Giles using prestidigitation to make a suit of armor rattle and impersonating the ghost of Aldern Foxglove, Symoreel flying about casting showy spells and Barbie Ragnarock displaying her prehensile hair to good effect. Beavis and Butthead wet themselves and ran away, put poor Eric Cartman stumbled down the staircase and broke his neck. Thankfully, Buck Rogers was there to save the obese adolescent, and they put a blindfold on him and scared him some more.

Hee hee! Good times.

Anyway, the it might not look like a whole lot on paper (or on screen), but the Haunting of Foxglove Manor was by far the most exciting part of the gaming session, so I will leave off at there for now.


Samnell wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Samnell wrote:

Another obstacle to more reading.

I hope the books will forgive me while I nerdgasm and try not to be too creepy where Eric Foner might see.

I'm not sure what it means, but coolio.
I think it's funny to mock myself over how much I'm into Eric Foner. :) I'm taking an online course "from" him, but it's really lectures he recorded last year.

The latter is what I wasn't sure about. Coolioolio.

Anyone can watch, or you gotta sign up?


Vlad Koroboff wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
The war on ISIS already has a winner: The defense industry

In other news:grass is green.

Remember those bombers that RF supplied to Iraq in a week after signing
contract?

No, I don't.


Samnell wrote:

Another obstacle to more reading.

I hope the books will forgive me while I nerdgasm and try not to be too creepy where Eric Foner might see.

I'm not sure what it means, but coolio.


Cinema and the Class Struggle

Speaking of the Brattle I was on their webpage and came across...

Back when I was a wee goblin militant, my comrades, some of whom had been to Britain in '84, would always tell me about how the gay organizations had donated hot pink minivans to the National Union of Mineworkers for flying pickets. This story was always used to illustrate the Marxist trope that "consciousness can change in periods of class struggle" and, indeed, the next year, the NUM sent a sizable contingent to start off the Gay Pride march (or whatever it's called in Blighty). Anyway, point being, my old comrades are the only ones who ever told me this story, and I have happily told it to a variety of trade unionists, lefties and gay rights activists over the past 20 years, but now someone has gone and made a movie about it.

Looks like your typical Bill Nighy-involved Labour propaganda film (Brassed Off, Billy Elliott, The Full Monty), and I don't see any hot pink minivans, but I'll probably watch it.


Well, we're not going to be able to communicate meaningfully if you misread my posts, that's for sure.


Aubrey the Malformed wrote:
Arguably, we all occupy our own individual parallel universes. On the other hand, I'm pretty sure that dialectical materialism is pretty bogus. So you tell me.

Tell you what?


IIRC from our past encounters, I'm pretty sure we do live in a parallel universe, Citizen Aubrey.


More commie propaganda:

Thousands mobilise to oppose Project Terror in Scotland

Vive le Galt!


The war on ISIS already has a winner: The defense industry


I haven't seen this yet on here, so...

Aye or Die!


Hee hee!

My recreational reading suffered a bit this past week as I had to prepare our branch's "lead-off" (mini-lecture) on The New Jim Crow. I didn't think I did that good of a job, but then I read the very detailed minutes Mr. Comrade sent out and I was like, "huh, I guess I did do a good job."

Spoiler:

The New Jim Crow- Doodlebug

War on drugs:
-More black menin jail today then in slavery in 1850
*or vote in 1870
-2.3 million in prison
*Bigger then any city in the US other then NYC
-4th and 5th amendment shredded in the 80's (especially for drugs)

-Plea bargaining leads to being excluded from many things : aid, voting, etc
-Law and order fascist propaganda

-The rebirth of caste
-White?!
*English, French, Spanish
*White indentured servants
-1689 Bacon's rebellion results in the creation of white to divide uniting toilers
-Post civil war reconstruction
*republicans occupier of south

-Populous movement
*Poor black and white share croppers
*no more slavery? We still need cotton!
*Vagrancy laws, black code
*White supremacy used to break the movement along race lines
-Civil rights
*Mid 60s segregationists used "law and order" speak

* I'm not racist I', pro law!
-Ronald Reagan

*war on drugs 2 years before crack

*states rights= racist appeal

*color blind racism
-Clinton even worse welfare reform
-Black workers 3x more likely to be in unions

-Voters rights attacks
-Slavery and jim crow controlled labor. New Jim Crow doesn't have production for black workers and warehouses then controls them.
-The prison cell is exchanged for the paycheck
-The immunization of racial bias

*Mclesky vs kemp

After the big climate change rally in New York this weekend, which I won't be attending but the rest of my branch will, we're going to do a reading circle on Comrade Reed's Ten Days That Shook the World where I will have the (un?)enviable task of teaching a gaggle of American high school students about the Bolshevik Revolution.

Vive le Galt!


San Francisco stevedores, Minneapolis Teamsters and Toledo rubberworkers? Must be another set of articles about 1934!

1934 Strikes--Class-Struggle Leadership Made the Difference: Then and Now

Part Two

Musical Interlude Included


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People from Denmark are called Danes, not Dutch.

The minimum wage and the Danish Big Mac

Googling indicates that the national median wage for McDonald's employees of 5 to 8 years is $9.15.

According to the article linked, $20 is the base wage for adults as negotiated by the unions (apparently there is no minimum wage in Denmark?) plus five weeks paid vacation. I don't know what the wage goes up to after 5 to 8 years.


Progressive Democrats Follow Obama to War in Syria


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There's a pretty good book I'd like to recommend which argues--pretty convincingly, I thought--that the present American racial caste system was intentionally designed to non-racist-ly appeal to the Rule of Law.

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

Good book. I liked it.


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Also, I've worked with a lot of Spanish-speakers and the only time I ever caught hell for calling a Puerto Rican a Mexican or vice versa (mostly because I'd ask the Spanish-speakers where they were from before referring to them as either a Puerto Rican or a Mexican) was when I was working at the airport with Toro.

He had a tattoo of Tweetie Bird and one time he was flirting with one of the cleaning ladies when we were supposed to be working. "Hey, c'mon, Toro, the plane's here." He made a dismissive hand gesture. "Hey, Toro, Arriba! Arriba! Andele! Andele!"

He got up in my face, poking his hand at me with the pinkie and pointer extended (horns of the bull, he did that a lot, his name was Toro after all).

"Hey, man, I'm not Mexican, I'm Puerto Rican. Don't ever f!+$ing call me Mexican." He then went on a racist rant against Mexicans. Then he smiled. "Ha, ha, El Pussygato!* I'm just f+&!in' with you!"

*I'd explain why he called me that, but it'd involve telling you my real name.


Dude, what are you talking about? Cornel West is the closest I get to mainstream.


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Ooh ooh!

Cornel West and Noel Ignatiev!


Simon Legrande wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Given the titles, I couldn't help it:

Ferguson: The Real Face of Racist Capitalist America
Break with the Democrats!
Build a Revolutionary Workers Party!

Vive le Galt!

Dang it, Anklebiter. Isn’t this topic bad enough without your shenanigans?

Why? 'Cuz I'm a goblin?

You racist.


Given the titles, I couldn't help it:

Ferguson: The Real Face of Racist Capitalist America
Break with the Democrats!
Build a Revolutionary Workers Party!

Vive le Galt!


thejeff wrote:
JohnLocke wrote:
And we will be supporting the rebels fighting ISIL, which will also strengthen them against Assad. We won't go beyond that. No airstrikes against Assad's forces. No troops on the ground. That's my prediction anyway.
I really hope you're right. Maybe I've grown too cynical.

Speaking of NH journalists, Comrade Locke, I wonder if you saw this earlier piece on Counterpunch by Rick Sterling?

Foley & Sotloff’s Reporting Show Why the US Should Stop Its Proxy War on Syria: Both Journalists Documented the Reality of Free Syria Army

Interesting read.


Oil and Erbil

"Obama’s defense of Erbil is effectively the defense of an undeclared Kurdish oil state whose sources of geopolitical appeal—as a long-term, non-Russian supplier of oil and gas to Europe, for example—are best not spoken of in polite or naïve company, as Al Swearengen would well understand. Life, Swearengen once pointed out, is often made up of “one vile task after another.” So is American policy in Iraq."

From The New Yorker, of all places.


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thejeff wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
thejeff wrote:
For the record, while I don't expect this to be quick or easy, I also don't expect it to turn into another occupation
No, I'd imagine not. Obama's all about the lean, mean, drone strike and JSOC assassins machine.
Which is still better than full scale war. I know some people think that drones are somehow especially evil, but I'd far rather see drones and the "JSOC assassins machine" used than a hundred thousand troops.

Yes, all the benefits of high-tech imperialist terrorism, none of the domestic drawbacks of American GIs coming back in body bags.

F~!~ that shiznit.

Smash US Imperialism!


thejeff wrote:
I'm pretty sure the stated goals aren't "to avenge beheaded NH journalists".

Biden's warning to ISIS militants: 'We will follow them to the gates of hell'

thejeff wrote:
For the record, while I don't expect this to be quick or easy, I also don't expect it to turn into another occupation

No, I'd imagine not. Obama's all about the lean, mean, drone strike and JSOC assassins machine.


[I was over in The Ukraine Thingy thread and posted this. As soon as it showed up I noticed that it was under a staff avatar with a blank post. "Hmmm," I thought, "I better copy this quick!" It's probably more appropriate in this thread anyway. Don't know if I would have gone with from NH to Novosibirsk, but whatever.]

So, I guess Obama just announced anti-ISIS airstrikes in Syria?

First, I heard, the reintroduction of US imperialist military force into Iraq was to save the Yazidis from being genocided up, but now I guess it's to follow ISIS to the gates of hell to avenge beheaded NH journalists?

([Pours one out for the dead homies])

I just wanna be clear about what the goal is now, before Sexy Putin pulls something else out of his ass and turns the tables on Barry and Kerry again and the whole Obamabot spin machine goes into effect and starts changing the stated goals.

I swear, the longer this thread goes on, the more tempted I am to embrace Sexy Putin.

U.S. Imperialism--World's Biggest Terrorists! Russian Capitalists: Pretty Bad, Too!
From New Hampshire to Novosibirsk: For Workers Revolution!
Vive le Galt!


I counted over five citations in the Mike Whitney article, not including the one from the World Socialist Website.

[Nudges Usagi-san]


Victoria Nuland makes a phone call that gets leaked talking about who should be in the goernment and who shouldn't. Lo and behold, it comes true.

CIA director John Brennan visits Kiev, next day, Potreschenko orders attacks against Luhansk and Donetsk.

Seem like words of truth to me.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Who Is Provoking the Unrest in Ukraine? A Debate on Role of Russia, United States in Regional Crisis

Amy talks to Ray McGovern of crypto-Putinesque propaganda and ex-CIA conspiracy theory fame and Timothy Snyder of of Yale

Yup, Professor Snyder gets around.

Found another article by Ambassador Nuland's husband,

Superpowers Don't Get to Retire

which is amusing because I read about in a--surprise, surprise--commie newspaper, googled it, found it on the Brookings Institute page, wandered over to Democracy Now! where they ran a story the other day-- Think Tanks as Lobbyists: Exposé Shows U.S. Groups Receive Millions to Push Foreign Nations’ Agendas--which has a screenshot of a very fetching stooge of the plutocracy speaking at a podium underneath a sign reading "Brookings".


I haven't really been paying attention to what you guys have been arguing about, but a new Jacobin piece came across my FB feed that isn't exactly on topic, but goblins have short attention spans:

Timothy Snyder's Lies

I haven't actually, you know, read it yet, but I like the pictures.

Vive le Galt!

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