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Anyway,

Back up, back up
We want freedom, freedom
These racist-ass cops,
We don't need 'em, need 'em

I was pleasantly surprised to find that one of the chants ended "We have nothing to lose but our chains!"

Vive le Galt!


How much longer?


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
(Lead story, Comrade Dwarf is about how the CIA ousted your boy Gough.)

No longer the lead story, but I wanted to bookmark it for posterity:

The forgotten coup - how America and Britain crushed the government of their 'ally', Australia

Anyone know anything about this Pilger guy? Seems like I shoulda known he was a filmmaker and not just some dude who wrote for CP.


Two more on Fairpoint:

Local news: Waterville, Augusta FairPoint employees say they’re in it for long haul

Leftie news: FairPoint Workers Strike against Wall Street “Wolves”

Dogs for Fairness@Fairpoint

I am torn between class solidarity and anti-dog hatred.

More local news: FairPoint accuses striking employees of slowing down jobs

"Tuesday the company is accusing striking employees of intimidating replacement workers."

Oh, the poor little scabbies are being yelled at by the big bad union thugs? Oh, boo hoo!

[Throws rocks at scabs]

Vive le Galt!


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Well, living in a hermetically sealed bubble and not watching much television, I don't know how far this shiznit gets disseminated into the general population, so

The Official Michael Brown Autopsy Report Doesn't Say What the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Says It Does

"As of this writing, the story is still up and uncorrected at St. Louis Today. It's headed by the screen cap posted above, from WPIX News in New York. This is despite the fact that Dr. Melinek has disputed their story, saying it was full of "inaccurate and misleading quotes," and gone on television to correct the record. Frankly, I don't expect them to make the corrections. not do I expect the Washington Post or the various other newspapers, websites and blogs to do the right thing. You're going to hear that the autopsy proves Michael Brown was going for Darren Wilson's gun and that he didn't have his hands up. But at least you'll know where the misinformation came from and where you can find the correction."

Which goes to show that you don't need to be lacking a masthead nor a byline in order to commit internet douchebaggery.


Not that I am trying to drum up support for Comrade Dingo's position, but I believe "no ex post facto" is still part of the American Constitution.


More NYT

When I saw the headline for the article it read:

Without Lucrative Market, Potential Ebola Vaccine Was Shelved for Years

But when I click on it the title is:

Ebola Vaccine, Ready for Test, Sat on the Shelf

I'm not sure if that's because I accessed the article through a forum devoted to internet hipster douchebaggery or a feature of NYT clickbait.

Also, I'm kinda surprised the paper of record hasn't thrown up a paywall yet. They usedta, if I read too many articles per month.


More DDR Nostalgia:

Why Did East Germany Go Under?

Which I enjoyed, but, uh, what about the Uprising of '53?

"After the uprising of the 17th of June
The Secretary of the Writers Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts.
Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?"

Thank you, Comrade Brecht.


1) Reminds me I need to read The World Turned Upside Down like I said I was gonna all that time ago.

2) I never realized Comrade Hobsbawm was so ugly.

3) Maybe the MI5 should have been concentrating on Cambridge? Hmmm? Hmmm?

Vive le Kim Philby!

4) "The surveillance intruded into the targets’ relationships. Hobsbawm is recorded in 1952 as having 'difficulties with his [first] wife, who,' an MI5 officer noted, 'does not consider him to be a fervent enough Communist'." Why can't I meet women like that?


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Fairness at Fairpoint: Thank You to All Our Friends

I had heard the picket lines had already come down, but now I guess I should drive up to Manchester.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Have the Socialist Party split, then, or is that a new group? Or a new name for the old one?
Anyway, as far as I know, that's still the Britishiznoid CWI. Haven't heard of any splits over on this side of the pond.

So, I don't think this is news, but apparently, the Britishiznoid CWI section has implemented its own devo-max and the Scottish branches are now the Socialist Party Scotland and the rest are the Socialist Party of England and Wales, which, predictably, our left opponents (probably not just them) refer to as "SPEW".


A video from Comrade Dwarf

One + one + one + one + one = One

U-nion! U-nion! U-nion!

Omar the Arab Trade Union Field Rep once had an online affair with an Australian woman who, under his tutelage, went from being a functionary at an NGO to being a functionary with an Australian union (don't recall which one.) She came over to visit the US for a month and we got to talking and, according to her, the laws and regulations shackling labor are even stronger in Australia than in the United States, hard as that may be to believe.


While mucking about on the Newbury Street Shutdown page, I found another Cliffite:

The Complaint Jar Runneth Over

Hundreds of citizens are waiting—and waiting—for the Boston Police Department to respond to allegations of wrongdoing. Will they ever get answers?

Or ex-Cliffite, anyway. I met him a couple of days before Occupy Boston. He might have been part of that Renewal Faction they expelled this past year though...


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Who's gonna try to track you down, tramping about naked in the mango grooves?


For a limited time only, the blurb of Barbara Ehrenreich plugging CounterPunch has been replaced by photos of Henry Kissinger eating his own boogers!

Donate to CounterPunch today!

(Lead story, Comrade Dwarf is about how the CIA ousted your boy Gough.)


Latest post in the Books thread made me wanna Ancient Rome politroll, but I didn't. Instead, I looked up an old pamphlet that may or may not stand up historically speaking, I wouldn't know. Haven't read it in a long time.

Two Pages from Roman History by Daniel De Leon

Another one that caught my eye by the same authour and may go with Comrade Longears' recent readings in Cocteau:

The Drug Habit

Also, if the "Two Pages" is to be believed, the phrase "Labor faker" was originally "Labor fakir" which, according to wikipedia, is a Sufi ascetic. Which doesn't make much sense to me, but maybe I should actually re-read the pamphlet instead of skimming it.


Limeylongears wrote:

Cross-posting from Faceballs, but don't care.

Yuri Morozov - the Inexplicable

Expect to see it again on Facebook in the near future...


Irontruth wrote:

Ah yes, the super cool cynicism of the anti-voters.

It's like hipsters, but for politics.

Interestingly enough, back when I was a wee goblin militant, there weren't many hipsters on the rev left. In fact, we were mostly a bunch of nerds. In fact, I had to quit rev politics to be a hipster.

Nowadays, there seems to be a bit more "hipster douchebaggery," as I believe Citizen K(e)rensky calls it, among the comrades.

In retrospect, I should have skipped being a commie when I was a teenager, devoted myself more thoroughly to hipster douchebaggery and debauchery (sorry, I'm starting to combine multiple threads) and waited until Occupy to become a commie.

Voting is still for ninnies!

(Unless you live in Seattle, then please consider voting for Comrade Spear.)


Well, the Atlanta Black Star page keeps freezing on me, but if it's not in there, then score one for internet hipster douchebaggery.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
But I'm glad we had this exchange over which articles saying the same things are internet hipster douchebaggery and which are responsible journalism.

Actually, I take it back. I don't think a single one of Citizen K(e)rensky's links mentions Ferguson protestors being arrested for smashing pumpkins.

I'll post and doublecheck.


Something clicked in my memory banks, and I recalled a New Hampshire town motivating its purchase of a BearCat to counter the terrorist threat posed by Occupy New Hampshire and the Free State Project (whom I don't like, but their most terrorist-y activity is going around putting quarters into expired parking meters), but, alas, it turned out to be Concord, not Keene.

Still gonna link it, though.


Fair enough, I always thought that was called something else.

But I'm glad we had this exchange over which articles saying the same things are internet hipster douchebaggery and which are responsible journalism.


Your confusion is understandable, Citizen Niles.

Police 'Tank' Purchase Riles New Hampshire Town

"It's not quite a tank. But the quaint town of 23,000 -- scene of just two murders since 1999 -- had just accepted a $285,933 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase a Bearcat, an eight-ton armored personnel vehicle made by Lenco Industries Inc."


Krensky wrote:

And words and structure so you know what the hell they're talking about. Of course they have those twitter posts, because the articles are about the media presentation of the two events and the twitter posts and whatnot are part of that. Lunzie's link is just some random twitter posts aggregated and presented as news or analysis or whatever its supposed to be.

Oh, you know what the Alternet (and the other pieces I posted have in common) has and that the thing Lunzie posted doesn't?

A masthead.

What are you talking about? It says Revolution News! in the top left corner with a picture of the planet.

But the Swedish comrade, I'm guessing not as English-language media savvy as the Democratic Party functionary, posted a link without a byline. Clearly, this is a job for Citizen K(e)rensky to denounce internet hipster douchebaggery.


You know what the articles that you linked also have?

The same rundown of pictures and tweets that Comrade Lunzie had in her internet hipster douchebaggery piece.


Krensky wrote:


No it's not. It's a collection of twitter posts pretending to be journalism. It's internet hipster douchebaggery and click bait

He says, and then links Alternet.


Live free or die!


The Sharing Economy’s ‘First Strike’: Uber Drivers Turn Off the App

Karen Lewis’ Replacement at the CTU Has a Message for Rahm Emanuel

Commie watchers take note, Brother Sharkey is (was?) a Cliffite, who weren't tankies, not even a little bit.

And, finally, one that makes me proud of my half-paisano heritage:

Never mined: Italian worker plays hooky for 35 years, receives full pension

For the right to be lazy!

Vive le Galt!!!


[Enters a frothing rage and pulls out a knife]

Die, horse, die!!!!


Comrade Dwarf,

Can't believe I didn't brag about this before, but I was going through my Facebook feed and thought of a question you asked a while back concerning aboriginal rights. Pretty awesome right-wing article attacking Comrade Kshama and Seattle in general:

Columbus Day arbitrarily renamed by Socialist Seattle


Guardian:

At that point, the planned programme fell apart and the focus shifted. Some younger black speakers demanded to know whether the people on the stage had a plan of action.

“All those speeches before, you’ve heard them all before. That’s not going to change, right?” said one. “I was hoping for a plan from our elders and I was disappointed,” said another.

A young man used more graphic language. “I’ve been out there since motherf*@!ing August 9,” he told the various preachers. “If you don’t turn up at the protest get the f*$! out of here.”


I did some further research (i.e., I went over to my Facebook feed) and found more articles about Brother Cornel and the [crosses fingers] burgeoning new revolutionary struggle for black liberation in the United States of America. Vive le Galt!

More Huffington Post: Young Activists Challenge NAACP President At 'Ferguson October' Event

The Guardian: St Louis protests: Ferguson activists reject religious leaders’ platitudes

LA Times: 'Ferguson October' rally highlights divide among St. Louis activists

Initial impressions: Far from asshattery, lynch mob ho-dom, or any other crazy ass shiznit you pinkskins can come up with to slander my burning hunka Revolutionary Christian man-love, it looks to me like Brother Cornel was reacting to

Spoiler:
(Suspicious ultraleft orthodox Trotskyist thought: trying to contain?)
the raw, seething anger of the youth.

Either way, he still has biznitchin' hair.


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JurgenV wrote:
They should not stop others from doing their business or robbing and destroying the property of others. That makes them NEED to get some extra police attention

I have a question for you, Citizen V. I noticed you came on board five days after Citizen R. disappeared. Are you Citizen R.?


[Bumps more of Brother West]

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

I haven't, alas, been able to follow the news as closely as I would like this past week--busy with Anklebiter clan shiznit mostly--so I hadn't yet seen any Cornel West commentary.

Cornel West on Missouri: "Obama reeks of political calculation not moral conviction" - Newsnight

Hee hee! I haven't even finished watching it yet and I already love it. Had me at "Obama reeks."


I can't remember if I posted this in a Ferguson thread before, or in one of my own commie threads, so please forgive me if I am repeating myself:

Love Me, Ferguson, I'm a Liberal

(More fun for commie watchers: the comrade referred to in the article, Greg "Joey" Johnson, is the same comrade whose American flag-burning antics back in the nineties led Bush I to contemplate an anti-flag burning Constitutional amendment.)

Also, if you're in NYC in the middle of November, Brother West is going to be debating Chairman Bob, or, as I shall refer to him from hereonin, the Jimi Hendrix of Revolution.

You Have a Chance to See “The Jimi Hendrix of Revolution.” Live.


Caineach wrote:

The headline "dude no one outside of protest circles has heard of get arrested" doesn't help them, especially when the article talks about how he went there to get arrested. It will just as likely drive people away from their cause as help it.

For a similar reason, if I were among the protesters I would ask Al Sharpton to shut up and go away, since he is a more divisive figure than anything else.

Well, all I can say is that was only one of many articles about the weekend's resistance. I chose to link that one because I have had a man-crush on Brother West since he was kind to me when I was a wee young goblin militant.

(I was a little disappointed that he went ga-ga for Citizen K(e)rensky's boss [are you still an active Democratic Party hack, Alex, or was that a past gig?], but he has made up for that by becoming the most vocal black critic of Barack "The Global George Zimmerman" Obama.)

Btw, those protesters that told Sharpton (and Jackson) to shut up and go away? Those were the angry young ones that Brother West was referring to when he said "We have failed you."


Krensky wrote:
Just because the Ferguson police are jack-booted asshats does not mean that Dr West isn't an asshat as well.The asshatterey of the involved parties are not mutually exlusive.

And what does Brother West's asshattery consist of in your opinion, Citizen K(e)rensky?


More cursory googling:

Activists Smell Publicity Stunt As State Senator Arrested at Ferguson Protest Monday Night

Although, the page keeps freezing and I've only been able to read half of it.


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No, Rosa just travelled across town with the intent to get arrested in a local protest.


I haven't been able to find the full speech that Brother West gave at the Interfaith meeting, but Mr. Comrade, I guess, watched it somewhere and basically, according to Mr. Comrade:

Church leaders said all the stuff that church leaders say. Young people in the audience were like, "This is bullshiznit!" Brother West took the mic and said "I know, I know. We have failed you. Tomorrow we're going to do some Moral Monday shiznit. I didn't come here to give a speech, I came here to get arrested."

More asshats

---

More cursory googling: Cornell West: Q&A on Ferguson Arrest


[Refrains from launching a gun control derail]


[Supposed to go after response about Nasheed]

I guess that's what I was trying to say, Comrade Jeff, just not so directly.

Down with gun control!, btw.


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The reports you saw are at variance with the ones I saw. Any links?

Also, do you think Martin Luther King, Jr. was an asshat?


Heaven knows that I hate the Democrats and gun control, but...

Just Guess What Ferguson Police Found on Missouri Democrat Who Has Sponsored Several ‘Anti-Gun’ Bills…

Those anti-gun bills?

"The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action has dubbed several pieces of legislation sponsored by Nasheed “anti-gun,” including an amendment that would require gun owners to report a firearm stolen within 72 hours.

"Nasheed also reportedly pushed for a bill that would have required any 'parent or guardian of a child who attends a public, private, or charter school shall notify, in writing, the superintendent of the school district, or the governing body of a private school or charter school, that such parent or guardian owns a firearm within thirty calendar days' of enrollment."

I linked to The Blaze because it was one of the few far right websites I could find that didn't refer to Senator Nasheed as "a lynch mob ho" or some other disgusting slur.

One of those websites did, however, have a link to something called Vote Smart which appears to detail her anti-gun voting record. Looks like she voted against school employees being able to carry on school property; stand your ground; prohibiting federal enforcement of firearms regulation; something about state employees being able to keep guns in their cars.

Just the results of some cursory--and, I stress, cursory--googling, and, again, I hate the Dems and gun control, but unless there's something I'm missing, her "anti-gunness" seems a little overblown.


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Yes, we also require pickles and [bubble bubble bubble].


From Ferguson: Socialist Alternative: The Whole System is Guilty: How Socialists Fight Systemic Racism

From Minneapolis: Airport Workers Spark Wage Raises

From Seattle: Jess Spear & J. Glenn Evans: Panorama Apartment Evictions

(Comrades, if you live in Washington state, please consider voting for Comrade Spear)

If you're in Boston this Saturday, come meet Comrade Anklebiter and shut down Newbury Street!

If you're in Boston next Tuesday, well you won't meet Comrade Anklebiter because he will be at work, but you can demonstrate with my comrades for abortion rights...in Ireland!


Live...from Ferguson...it's revolutionary socialism!

Socialist Alternative: The Whole System is Guilty: How Socialists Fight Systemic Racism

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