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Although, last time I was in Eastie, the White Hen has been replaced with something else.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
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:
A book about Boston, race and class war? I wonder who might've recommended that?
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
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]
Most of my comrades refer to NPR as "National Propaganda Radio." I don't think they mean it as a compliment.
Anyway more labor articles from sites with actual left biases:
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
Every one of your posts is a joy.
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!
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...
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.
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.
The latter is what I wasn't sure about. Coolioolio.
Anyone can watch, or you gotta sign up?
Vlad Koroboff wrote:
No, I don't.
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.
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."
The New Jim Crow- Doodlebug
War on drugs:
-Plea bargaining leads to being excluded from many things : aid, voting, etc
-The rebirth of caste
* I'm not racist I', pro law!
*war on drugs 2 years before crack
*states rights= racist appeal
*color blind racism
-Voters rights attacks
*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!
People from Denmark are called Danes, not Dutch.
Googling indicates that the national median wage for McDonald's employees of 5 to 8 years is $9.15.
According to the article linked, $20 is the base wage for adults as negotiated by the unions (apparently there is no minimum wage in Denmark?) plus five weeks paid vacation. I don't know what the wage goes up to after 5 to 8 years.
There's a pretty good book I'd like to recommend which argues--pretty convincingly, I thought--that the present American racial caste system was intentionally designed to non-racist-ly appeal to the Rule of Law.
Good book. I liked it.
Also, I've worked with a lot of Spanish-speakers and the only time I ever caught hell for calling a Puerto Rican a Mexican or vice versa (mostly because I'd ask the Spanish-speakers where they were from before referring to them as either a Puerto Rican or a Mexican) was when I was working at the airport with Toro.
He had a tattoo of Tweetie Bird and one time he was flirting with one of the cleaning ladies when we were supposed to be working. "Hey, c'mon, Toro, the plane's here." He made a dismissive hand gesture. "Hey, Toro, Arriba! Arriba! Andele! Andele!"
He got up in my face, poking his hand at me with the pinkie and pointer extended (horns of the bull, he did that a lot, his name was Toro after all).
"Hey, man, I'm not Mexican, I'm Puerto Rican. Don't ever f!+$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.
Simon Legrande wrote:
Why? 'Cuz I'm a goblin?
Speaking of NH journalists, Comrade Locke, I wonder if you saw this earlier piece on Counterpunch by Rick Sterling?
"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.
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!
I'm pretty sure the stated goals aren't "to avenge beheaded NH journalists".
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!
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Yup, Professor Snyder gets around.
Found another article by Ambassador Nuland's husband,
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:
I haven't actually, you know, read it yet, but I like the pictures.
Vive le Galt!