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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For a limited time only, the blurb of Barbara Ehrenreich plugging CounterPunch has been replaced by photos of Henry Kissinger eating his own boogers!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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Comrade Curtin--'S true; I make a lot of sense. Sorry to hear about that shiznit in the PM. To dust off one of my old slogans, "If you don't hate your boss, you're a stooge of the plutocracy!"

Comrade Dwarf--Thank you for the links.

Citizen Scootalol--Just to let you know that there is a big jump in time in the thread between the post you're responding to (three years ago, I think) and when I relaunched the Red Menace thread (last month).

I'll be back with some shameless socialist self-promotion in a bit...


Pretty Vive le Galt!ish article from Rolling Stone of all places:

Smashy Smashy: Nine Historical Triumphs to Make You Rethink Property Destruction--Flag-burning and property destruction in Ferguson are part of a long, proud history

(although #8 made me bristle* and I'm not quite sure I agree with, or even understand, #5)

(*although it did lead me to this one in Der Spiegel: Homesick for a Dictatorship: Majority of Eastern Germans Feel Life Better under Communism

We've already got the Stasi, might as well get the jobs, health care, and twice the rate of female orgasm!

For workers revolution!!!)


More NYT:

Unable to Meet the Deductible or the Doctor

Down with Obamacare!
For free, quality health care for all!
Or at least employer-paid Cadillac plans!


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

A Smoking Gun That
 Actually Smoked

The CIA and the Art of the “Un-Cover-Up”

Synergistic weirdiosity!

Resurrecting a Disgraced Reporter: ‘Kill the Messenger’ Recalls a Reporter Wrongly Disgraced

Or probably not, actually. I'd imagine the editors of Counterpunch dusted that one off because of the movie.

Regardless, they've changed the celebrity leftist asking you to donate to CP from Hedges to Barbara Ehrenreich. "CounterPunch makes me think. It makes me laugh. Above all it tells me things I didn't know."


Note to friends: Facebook apparently doesn't like it when you post about the PKK.

The Commandant of the Scottish Republican Army was trolling his on-line Turkish acquaintances with quotes from the wisdom of Chairman Apo and has been banned for thirty days.

Mr. Comrade put up a post supporting the right of the Kurds to armed self-defense and FB said he had to change his profile name to his real name.

F~#@ Mark Zuckerburg; for a united, socialist Kurdistan!

Vive le Galt!


Speaking of Australians, I was skimming through the Marvel white privilege thread in the comic book forum, I have no idea why, when Comrade Dingo made me laugh very hard indeed.

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


[Clenched fist salute]


I am sorry for your loss, Comrade Dwarf.

I don't know anything about Australian social-democracy, but a comrade was passing around Whitlam's obit on Facebook:

Gough Whitlam dies at age 98


Knocked Down: Cornel West Arrested During Ferguson Protests

Michael Brown Protesters March to Ferguson Police Department

Apparently, he led a march to the police department and was then knocked down when the protesters tried to break through the police lines.

What a f*&#ing nutter.

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