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Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

More commie commentary:

UPS backs down over firings

Did I miss it? Why was the International mediating instead of being on the side of the members?

Well, I'm not absolutely certain that him mediating wasn't being on the side of the workers, but, quick recap:

Last year (the year before?) there was a three-way race for the top spot in the Teamsters--the incumbent, James Hoffa, Jr.; a breakaway from the Hoffa machine, Fred Gregaire; and the candidate of the Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU--rank-and-file reform caucus), Sandy Pope.

Hoffa won hands down, and promptly began negotiating a new contract with UPS. The latter started with the scare tactic that they were going to ask for substantial concessions in paying for health care (up to $90/week), but this was understood by almost all observers as nothing more than a scare tactic. The union stepped forward and proposed to take UPS Teamster bargaining-unit members who were currently in a company-run insurance plan and bring them into a union-run insurance-plan.

This didn't affect employees in the New England region and the Southern region because we were already enrolled in a union plan, but, apparently, there were increases in co-pays and deductibles in other plans that, rightfully imho, the members didn't want to pay while UPS is raking in $4 billion+ in profits every year.

So, when the national contract was put up to vote, back in August, it narrowly passed because it was solidly backed by the two non-affected regions; but something like a dozen regional supplements were voted down. This means that the national contract was passed, but it hasn't gone into effect, meaning that I've been waiting 7 months for my raise!!! But more importantly than that, there's been 7 months of the company and the union renegotiating the regional supplements and then, usually, the membership voting them down. The Hoffa machine (which includes my local leadership, I'm afraid) have spent a lot of time bad-mouthing the TDU-inspired "Vote No!" campaign, but I have to say, each time they vote "no," the company makes further concessions, so I can't say I blame them. Also, if it keeps up long enough, I'll get two raises at the same time and a retroactive check for all the hours that I worked this past contractual year. (Huzzah!)

Anyway, point being, the rank-and-file at UPS, even those unaffected by the health insurance changes (I don't know whether Queens is or not) are pissed off and even though Hoffa probably isn't pleased with locals wildcatting, he probably was pressured from below to send VP and head of the Package Division (which is UPS), Ken Hall, to NY.

I don't know if that helps any. I'm not a huge fan of TDU, but they've got a decent website that has both a UPS and a Hoffawatch section. Hope that helps.

Well, we're almost done with From Shore to Sea. Much hilarity, much adventure, etc., etc., but not really worth writing up. Except for one thing,

For whatever reason, the party completely avoided the enslaved villagers. In fact, even when they were the last part of the island and there was nothing else to explore, they took one look at them from atop the cliff and opined that "They were probably under someone's mental domination" and that it wasn't worth it to talk to them!!!

That encounter, of course, was the springboard to the rest of the module, and I had to adjust things on the fly (a horde of skum pour out of the natatorium and attack!), but I thought it was funny that they spent so much time investigating the orerry and floating tower library of amorphous blobs and never even figured out what they were for!

Hopefully, they'll meet the aboleth next week. First time I've ever used one of those. Hope I don't blow it.

Former comrades critical of 15 Now--which, btw, has recently been transformed into Vote 15! Can you see how thrilled I am? [Shakes head]

“15 Now”: A Socialist Program and Strategy

One day, hopefully, I'll be able to post about how we were betrayed by the SEIU tops (surprise, surprise!) but I think that is still no-no talk to be hidden behind the screen of democratic centralism. [Sigh]

More commie commentary:

UPS backs down over firings

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Hitdice wrote:
Jeez, Doodles, you almost make it sound like you're in favor of voting. :P

I'm in favor of the democratic rights of voting, I just think voting for the twin parties of the plutocracy is an activity best left for ninnies.

Speaking of France, I've for the past couple of months been amused by the government censorship of black French fascist comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala (what's going on with him, Europaizonians--last I heard he was banned from Britain) at the same time that the French government has been rousting and deporting all the gypsies they can find. It's ironies like these that make me go Hee hee!

Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
KaiserDM wrote:

Hey look! I can google random articles too!

And to your logic, here is an article that proves that..."not all Democrats are alcoholics, but all alcoholics are Democrats.

Hah! Nice. But after reading the article, the title is a bit of a tease. I feel safe in saying that Utah, of all places is going to be an outlier in studies like that. And don't let Anklebiter fool you, NH is populated largely by tax-hating, conservative ex-Massachusetts folks. :)

Hmm, let's see, I hate taxes, I'm ex-Massachusetts folk (born in Holyoke, biznitches!), but I'm not conservative. Two out of three ain't bad.

Orfamay Quest wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
I don't support the bourgeois state's right to legislate historical truth, even against Holocaust deniers.
Oddly enough, that's not what "the bourgeois state" is doing with Holocaust denial laws, any more than the Pure Food and Drug Act legislated recipes.

No? Well, if the government were to pass a law which made denial of a historical event a crime, even if it was the Holocaust, and they asked me what I thought, I'd say, "No.".

I don't think it's been brought up so...

Funny thing about that whole shouting-fire-in-a-crowded-theater thingy. It's a line from Justice Holmes's decision in the Schenk case in which the US government prosecuted members of the Philadelphia branch of the Socialist Party for carrying out antiwar propaganda.

I am not a Holocaust denier and I fervently believe the organized workers movement should initiate mass movements to sweep the fascist filth off the streets, but I don't support the bourgeois state's right to legislate historical truth, even against Holocaust deniers.

Also, Bonzo Goes to Bitburg.

Well he is (was?) on Obama's President's Exports Council (or whatever it's called.)

The A-Team Killings

Polk Winner on Afghanistan: Slain Journalists, Ghost Polls & Unresolved U.S. Ties to Deaths, Torture

Sorry, I get bored with all the "Sexy Putin is the most nefarious man on Earth" bullshiznit.

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The mainland of the United States was last invaded in 1916.

Viva Pancho Villa!

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Yesterday morning, the Americans for Austerity and Citizens United held a confab here in lovely New Hampshire, with such luminaries in attendance as Rand Paul, Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee and other assorted plutocrats. There was a protest rally called by the AARP at, of course, 8:30 in the morning, so me and my comrade went to stand on the picket line with 15 Now! signs and peddle socialist newspapers.

Anyway, we weren't allowed to park in the lot of the convention center hosting the event, so we snuck into the parking lot of the abutting Best Western.

Anyway, blah blah blah, talk to the pissed off retirees, talk to pissed of young white kids who staff over at the NAACP (this is New Hampshire, after all), talk to the pissed off Democrat staffers and front group members all dressed in matching sexy soccer mom chic bought straight off the rack at Macy's outfits, etc.

Protest kinda ends when it's time for all the liberals to drive across Manchester to St. Anselm's to see Bernie Sanders speak. Comrade and I go back to the Best Western parking lot where we see four well-dressed men ascending a small staircase leading to a secluded path between the hotel and the convention center.

"Is that Donald Trump?" my comrade asks. I look over and, sure enough, it's Donnie. "Yup," I say. "That's f+~!ing Donald Trump!" my comrade says, rolling down the window. I start the car and begin backing out.

My comrade leans out the car window. "Hey, scumbag!" Donald Trump freezes. "Yeah, hey you, scumbag!" Donald turns around, his face red, and like a good New Yorker, starts to puff up from across the way.

"Hey, scumbag! You're fired!"

I gunned the Doodlemobile and we raced off into great New Hampshire morning, cackling, cannabis smoke pouring out the windows, neither of us wearing our seat belts.

Live Free or Die!
Vive le Galt!

Krensky wrote:

Still not seeing neonazi coup or repression of ethnic russians.

Outside of Pravda RT or conspiracy websites anyway.

'S true.

Things look pretty different when you read theCommittee on Public Information press releases NY Times.

Putin’s Phantom Pogroms

Mostly just posting to learn how to do that slash-thing, but "fun fact" I ran across in some commie rag: Backing fascistic, anti-Semtitic, Ukrainian nationalists is nothing new for the United States. These Svoboda and Right Sector thugs (whom I don't think the CPI even deign to mention in their randomly selected month old op-ed piece) all worship a dude named Stepan Bandera who, alas, survived WWII and continued to lead a guerilla war against the USSR, funded by the CIA and prominently featured on Radio Free Europe, until the KGB finally assassinated him in 1959. Huzzah!

But, anyway, back to the now: Duelling Imperialist Propaganda Wars: I love it!

Down with Sexy Putin!
Down with EU/US/IMF Bloodsuckers!
Down with Princess Leia and Crazy Assassinated Right Sector Dude and Down with I don't even know who else, I haven't been paying attention!
Workers: Sweep all this crap into the dustbin of history!
Vive le Galt!

A quick scan of other articles keeps showing UPS management saying the union agreed it was illegal and the union keeps saying it wasn't illegal.

Or, I should say, non-contractual.

"But the union also maintained that its Feb. 26 action was legal under its contract with UPS.

"'Under the agreement reached yesterday with UPS, Local 804 acknowledges that the union’s internal procedures for authorizing a strike were not properly followed on Feb. 26 and we have agreed to communicate the proper procedure to all union members,' Local 804 said in a statement. 'The work stoppage ... was legal under the union contract with UPS.'"

Am I not reading close enough?

Well, the union tops should never have ordered them back to work in the first place.

Anyway, they don't say how much they forked over, but I wonder if it was more or less than taking 250 cases to a federal arbitrator (which isn't cheap.)

Short suspensions? We call that a long weekend!

My hetero life partner ran across a bunch of manager meeting notes and one of the bulletpoints was "End the mindset of being 'bulletproof.'"

Keep trying, f*%+ers!

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Got up to the point in Moorcock's The Oak and the Ram where I was so rudely interrupted by thieves last year at Socialist Summer Camp.

Down with the Fhoi Myore!

For workers revolution to smash that punk in upstate in NY who stole my stuff!

Vive Pancho Villa!

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Abolish wage slavery!

For the right to be lazy!

For workers revolution!

Vive le Galt!!!

Quandary wrote:

Yes, and with a drum set solo...

Are you familiar with this pinko outfit in Belgium, PVDA/PTB?

Belgium: The Rise of the PTB/PvdA

I've got 90 friends.

Also, people keep putting pictures of me up.

Don't know if everyone can see, but here I'm taking advantage of a "Hands Off Venezuela!" rally to get close to a hawt Stalinist chick.

Goblins do it in the streets at the demonstration!

(Never mind, I guess only my friends can see it. Too bad, it's hawt...)

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I'll take all the best wishes I can get, thank you Camarade.

Good news is: crisis is over. He was home for less than 12 hours before he demanded to be dropped off at the gun club. Apparently, nothing says "speedy recovery" like the soothing sound of shotguns firing sequentially.


Rallies in cities across US decrying deportation

The one in Nashua, NH wasn't very well-attended, maybe 40 people, maybe 50, but there was still plenty of tears.

Down with Obama!
Stop the deportations!
Workers of the World, Unite!

The Man in the White Suit

Left out of the trailer, alas, is the female labor militant who is introduced enforcing the 15-minute tea break ("We fought for it!") and is continuously ratting Sir Alec out to the union ("Scab labour? Wait 'til the Works Committee hears about this!").

Vive le Galt!

Comrade Anklebiter in the news:

Minimum wage advocates are communists

thejeff wrote:

I'm not convinced that an actual communist overthrow of capitalism is a good idea, but I do think the threat of it is absolutely necessary. So keep trying!

You may get a kick out of this:

Minimum Wage Advocates Are Communists

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Don't have the time to trawl the internet for labor stories this morning due to medical emergenices in the Anklebiter family, but I did get an e-mail from my phlebotomist comrade that UMass Memorial has already violated the agreement and is training their LPNs (?--RNs??, beats me) to do their work and the informational picket for this Monday is back on.

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

Somehow the union forced the hospital to agree to stop the training. So picket line is off again. Until, I imagine, they catch the hospital training scab phlebotomists again, which should be about, oh, anytime now...

thejeff wrote:
Irontruth wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Oh, I know that these are the kinds of things that they always say. Greedy plutocrats have always been greedy plutocrats.

But, per Blankfein, there's plenty of money and plenty of investment opportunities, but they're not going to do it until they get a better deal. Or, as Krauthammer put it, we are having a capital strike.

So how are you going to break the strike?

Yeah, I don't think capital is on strike. If one rich guy stops investing, his neighbor who keeps investing will make more money (even if it's less than before), meaning he is accumulating wealth faster and be able to use it to buy more influence and power than the guy who stopped investing.

They don't stop investing, they just change where they invest it.

Yeah it's more structural than that. Currently the best place to invest, in terms of short term financial returns, is the casino, not in anything that actually builds the larger economy.

The strike talk is just to keep everyone thinking that if we're just a little nicer to them they'll give us jobs again. It's PR. Or blackmail if you will.

So, walk me through this, because I don't read Forbes unless I have to:

The plutocrats dump trillions into offshore accounts because, allegedly, the tax rates are too high. There's nowhere to invest the money that's going to give them rates of return that they're going to like, except the high muckety-muck world of financial gambling. They're not on "strike" per se, because the capitalist class doesn't go in for the whole class solidarity thing unless they're all in danger, but all that money is just sitting there doing nothing. Someone else should be coming along and investing to take advantage of this, but, to my knowledge, no one has.

Miraculously, this year, the Democrats retake the House, keep the Senate, and every new Congressperson is to the left of Elizabeth Warren and they pass a higher capital gains tax rate. Where's all those off-shore trillions of dollars going to go? And who's going to make up the slack for that money not being invested?

Klaus van der Kroft wrote:
Man, Comrade, my best wishes and prayers for you, your dad, and your family.

Thank you, Comrade van der Kroft.

The latest news is: He probably had a heart attack up to three years ago and never even noticed, which, apparently, isn't uncommon with diabetics; he had a stroke up to three days before he got into the car accident; my mother is suffering from all kinds of guilt because she didn't notice any difference in his behavior (how could she? all he does is come home, sit in the lazy boy and watch ESPN) even though his co-workers and his friends at the gun club did; his blood sugar levels upon admittance were somewhere in the 500-600 level which means nothing to me, but someone healthy blood sugar levels are way down between 50-120 or something.

Most amusing conversation thus far was when my mother started crying because she thought it was her fault because she nagged him to take his meds too much which caused him to ignore her and stop taking his meds. My mother's superpower is to think that everything is her fault.

Or sometimes, I trawl the internet:

22 arrested at UC Santa Cruz strike; Protest continues Thursday

Although I don't think it actually talks about the dude in the video.

Beats me. I just pick them off my Facebook feed and post them. (Yes, Comrade Freehold, I broke down.)

thejeff wrote:
It may surprise you, but I agree with basically all of that.

It may surprise you, but it doesn't surprise me at all. I do try to read all of your posts. Well, the ones in threads I am interested in, anyway.

See you on the barricades! (I'll bring my dice so we can play D&D during the lulls.)

Oh, I know that these are the kinds of things that they always say. Greedy plutocrats have always been greedy plutocrats.

But, per Blankfein, there's plenty of money and plenty of investment opportunities, but they're not going to do it until they get a better deal. Or, as Krauthammer put it, we are having a capital strike.

So how are you going to break the strike?

On the one hand, I think your prognosis is too optimistic. The postwar American bubble was fuelled by such factors as rebuilding Europe, building the highway system, military production. The plutocrats were willing to put with up much higher taxation rates because, even after paying the government and their unionized workforce, they were still rolling in it. America's position vis-a-vis the rest of the world's economy could afford the additional expenditures. This seems to have come to an end with the '74 crash.

On the other hand, I think you are missing the key difference between post-'29 and post-'08: the level of class struggle. Red-dominated or -influenced industrial unions running around having general strikes and sit-ins. The plutocrats were willing to put up with much higher taxation rates and expenditures on labor because it was either that or workers revolution. Thanks in large part to the Communist Party's newly found patriotism once the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, the plutocrats were able to enforce a war-time ban on stikes, but as soon as the war was over, the American working class embarked on, IIRC, the largest strike wave this country has ever seen. The plutocrats responded with McCarthyism and Taft-Hartley, but, still, it took awhile before they completely shackled the unions.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not opposed to a higher capital gains tax rate and would welcome any reform that shifts the burden of shouldering the losses from the working class and the poor to the plutocrats. But I think the idea that the Democrats are ever going to do this without hard, class struggle from below is delusional no matter what Clinton's former Secretary of Labor says. And then, of course, once you've got the reform, the plutocrats are just going to take it away as soon as the class struggle simmers down. And if, the ghost of Marx willing, the class struggle does ever boil up again, I'm just going to argue for overthrowing capitalism.

Vive le Galt!

[I'm pretty tired and didn't re-read the posts, pages apart, so it's quite possible I straw manned some stuff.]

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Thank you, Comrades and Citizens all.

Fortunately, the doctor said that it happened in an "unimportant part of the brain." One of the benefits of goblin physiology is an oversized head, and, consequently, many, many, many unimportant parts of the brain.

Lloyd Blankfein--"There is more than a trillion dollars of cash that is sitting on the balance sheets of U.S. nonfinancial companies. With certainty about tax rates, companies will increase their capital expenditures (currently at anemic levels), contributing to a virtuous cycle of jobs and growth."

Charles Krauthammer--"So, in every area, there's going to be an increase in uncertainty, you know the increase in regulation. And when you don't know what's going to happen, you don't invest. We are having a capital strike."

Steve Wynn--"Everybody complains about how much money is on the side in America. You bet....And I'm telling you that the business community in this company is frightened to death of the weird political philosophy of the president of the United States. And until he's gone, everybody's going to be sitting on their thumbs."

Of course, the idea that Obama is anything but the handmaiden of the plutocracy is absurd, and they are kinda old quotes, maybe the capitalists have changed their minds. I don't follow the business press as closely as I should.

And, for fun, a bunch of revisionist Marxist-Keynsians on the turn towards finance to get out of the stagflation of the seventies that I'm not even going to pretend to understand:

Monopoly-Finance Capital and the Paradox of Accumulation

Maybe they don't fit together exactly as I thought they did in my earlier question to Comrade Pravda, but I still think I'm on to something. Or maybe I'm just high. [Shrugs]

Make the bosses take the losses!
For workers revolution!
Vive le Galt!

Doug's Workshop wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Thank you for the response, Comrade Pravda.

I admit that I may have muddled a bunch of concepts together, as usually happens whenever I contemplate the world of high muckety-muck finance.

The pot had to affect something.

Yeah, well, I still know Murray Rothbard invented anarchocapitalism.

Kirth Gersen wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Also, I hope nobody minds if I cry a little bit. New England men aren't very emotional (unless that emotion is anger), even when it turns out their fathers had a stroke, but, thankfully, I have a goblin avatar here on and goblins aren't nearly as reserved.
Wishing Goblin Sr. a speedy and full recovery.

Thank you. [Cries some more]

Limeylongears wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Also, I'm not a people, I'm a goblin!!!

Fill your hand, elf!

En garde! Foutez le camp! Zut Simms! L'honneur de la Troisième Internationale doit rester intacte!

Oh, that's right, I forgot, you actually know how to swordfight. Um, nevermind.

Also, I hope nobody minds if I cry a little bit.

New England men aren't very emotional (unless that emotion is anger), even when it turns out their fathers had a stroke, but, thankfully, I have a goblin avatar here on and goblins aren't nearly as reserved.


Ah, that's better.

houstonderek wrote:
If that money were going to the American working class and poor to improve their lives, I'd be quite happy with my tax contribution.

Otoh, I'm still pissed I don't get to be in the 47%.

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Limeylongears wrote:
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:

I was rewatching it over my comrades' house last night. Not a "higher rate" but "twice the rate" of female orgasm.

Ladies, if you're interested, we're recruiting.

Talk about Stalinian deviations, as I believe you people like to, there they are.

For the record, I have never, not even once, used the word "Stalinian" in all my life. Also, I'm not a people, I'm a goblin!!!

Fill your hand, elf!

Thank you for the response, Comrade Pravda.

I admit that I may have muddled a bunch of concepts together, as usually happens whenever I contemplate the world of high muckety-muck finance.

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