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After an early morning solidarity stand-out in front of the courthouse in Lowell, I went to my new favorite ye olde recorde shoppe and traded in a bunch of cd's that I had duplicates of. Although I personally felt that I was low-balled, I can't complain too much because I ended up getting:
Neu!--Neu! '86 which I listened to last night and it was pretty awesome, even with the occasional '80s new wave sounds; and
Moondog and His Honking Geese Playing Moondog's Music which I haven't listened to yet.
Reminds me of one time I was in Brooklyn with La Principessa meeting some of her friends and we were in some overpriced coffee shop. She and her friend started chatting and the friend's husband was cramming to pass the bar, so he had his headphones on which left me with a copy of Asimov's More Soviet Science Fiction eavesdropping on a couple of white, French I think, but what do I know?, maybe they were Belgian or something, hippies arguing with a black hippie about GMO's.
The Euro-hippies were adamantly anti-GMO and the black hippie was all like, "we could wipe out rickets in one generation." "I don't trust science," said Eurohippie. "Science is great" responded black hippie, who was wearing a t-shirt advertising something like Doctor Zang's Electrotherapy Clinic. I figured it was a band or something, but after they left, the law student looked it up and it turned out to be some quack in Bushwick or something who claimed he could use electric shocks to make you stop biting your nails or quit smoking.
True historical capitalism always included strong elements of worker protection (e.g. unions, child labor laws, overtime pay, et cetera)... which would now be called 'socialism'.
I don't even know what that means. In the USA, there was a good eighty or so years where there weren't strong elements of worker protection. Maybe that was false, ahistorical capitalism?
Comrades of Mine in the News
When I first met Comrade Axelbank, I tried telling him about his namesake in "Order of the Stick" but he wasn't particularly interested.
Well, the CAJE and #BlackLivesMatter Cambridge group photo is behind security clearance at the moment, so I guess you'll have to be satisfied with this one of me and the Nigerian Princess holding aloft our "Black Power" banner.
It really takes three people to hold that banner and an elderly couple stepped up to the challenge. They traded off between themselves and at one point the woman, who hadn't seen the front, asked what the banner said. "Black Power," I answered. "Ooh, just like the sixties, how exciting! And what are those sticking out of your coat pocket?" "Why, socialist newspapers, of course." "Socialist newspapers! Harold, Harold, the revolution's finally here, just fifty years later than we thought!"
Freehold DM wrote:
La Principessa is planning on going to the Firefly event.
Probably safest place for her at ComiCon. Won't be tempted to run off to Canarsie.
Kirth Gersen wrote:
I don't think so, unless it's some Free State Project thing that popped up recently. Otoh, I've heard about Vermont's secession movement for a while.
He was responding to Citizen Coriat who, while responding to the alternate timeline premise, widened it out a bit and mentioned slavery in other times and places. Citizen Dunkerson responded about the Dark Ages. He was probably taken aback when you suggested that he had a rose-colored view of post-slavery conditions for black people because he thought he was just talking about the slavery retards technological development trope in general.
Or at least that's how it looks to me and I've been stoned out of my mind for most of this conversation.
Article that showed up on my Facebook feed when Comrade Samnell and a comrade in New York shared it at the same time!
It's pretty long, haven't read the whole thing yet, but it goes pretty well with the chapter discussing "black matriarchy" I just re-read in bell hooks.
Still working on The Dragon (almost done--had an interesting evening in Brooklyn where I read aloud to La Principessa the scene where Cija and Smahil are joined in incestuous union; "That's terrible writing" she commented at one point) and the Irish fairy tale book (from which I learned why salamanders are a monster in Dungeons and Dragons). Finally got around to re-reading Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism, which is just as pleasant as I remember it being. [Shudders]