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More synergistic Facebook weirdiosity:
Video of James Heartfield (author of the Party Animals review) lecturing on Afro-Caribbean Marxists and slavery just came across my feed.
Not that it matters, but Williams's From Columbus to Castro: A History of the Caribbean may have been the most boring book I've ever read.
Speaking of the RCP (USA), Libertarian (American-style) website reviews recent book about "the FBI's secret war" on the Chairman Bobites.
I was driving around with the Nigerian Princess in the passenger seat, listening to Fela. She's pretty immersed in intersectional feminism, so I thought I'd be provocative and start talking about his 200+ wives. She didn't take the bait; simply replied, "My dad listens to him."
Poor Fela. He's been reduced to Nigerian dad rock!
I don't know. He doesn't frequent the same threads as I.
Former St. Louis Cardinals offensive lineman and left Shachtmanite.
Closer to home, we've got a public forum tonight, I was on college radio yesterday (visions of Christian Slater in Pump Up the Volume--"...wearing only a cock ring!") and, oh yeah, CAJE got an office, which came with bookshelves, which I can fill with my books! Huzzah!
Finished The City last night. Books have no come complete circle, with Cija back with her mother in the town from which it all started, with Zerd (who didn't appear in this book at all) coming back to reclaim his lost bride.
Anyway, book's all kindsa messed up. For example, when she finally comes face to face with her High Priest father, who wants to kill her because he's supposed to be celibate and not have children, it turns out that there's a loophole in the High Priest's code of celibacy.
Turns out he's allowed to have an alligator paramour.
Like I said, these books be all kindsa messed up.
Activist Friends of Mine in the News
Gordon Davis is the husband of the grandmotherly black woman who turned out to be a lifelong member of the Progressive Labor Party that I met a couple of years ago. We're going down to Worcester tomorrow, but, alas, nothing as sexy as this, just another f!%#ing meeting about Bernie f%@%ing Sanders.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY BREAKFASTS HAVE BECOME THE PRETTY FACES FOR THE LIBERALS – THE FACE OF STRUGGLE WITHOUT THE STRUGGLE … OR: THE MARCH TO KELLEY SQUARE, THE NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
[Shrugs] It was a birthday party for one of La Principessa's friends. When the bill came I almost fainted, but she picked up the tab. Union teachers in NYC make a shiznitload.
Anyway, in the immortal words of "Big Bill" Haywood when mocked for his taste in cigars and suits, "Nothing's too good for the working class."
And one from Pakistan before I get off the computer:
An injury to one is an injury to all!
I was on the outside. It was f!*!ing cold. There's some footage at the end, but it's at the end of the debate when the crowd had dwindled to about forty or fifty. At its height, I'd guess it was about 200 people.
Excellent speeches by Mr. Comrade and Comrade Who Was Published in Jacobin, as well as a great speech by a dude from near-by Lawrence, Massachusetts' ROGUE. I have no idea what that stands for, but they appear to be a similar CAJE-style organization that we weren't even aware of until a month or so ago. Two speeches by Party of Socialism and Liberation (PSL) members, one speaking for the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition, a Methodist preacher, a 16-year old #BLM Cambridge member who was recognized by the police and ejected before she even got through the doors and a 350 member. Completely a propos of nothing, the young PSL members were all extremely hawt, even the dude. Also were a couple of elderly Revolutionary Communist Party USA (Chairman Bobites) members, one of whom was eager to meet us because he had recently retired to the area and, I must imagine, it's quite boring for a retired Maoist in suburban northern Massachusetts.
What else? It was a bit discouraging to watch 9,000 people file by to see Trump, but I am consoled a bit by the knowledge that there were at least some among the crowd who were there just to see the spectacle for themselves. Most common taunt from the Trump supporters was "Hillary sucks!" to which we usually replied "We know!"
Best non-commie sign on our side was one held by a young lesbian that read "I'd Bang Her, Too...If She Wasn't Your Daughter!" Runner-up was an allusion to The Big Lebowski: Shut the F%*& Up, Donny!"
Was told he was disrupted more in Lowell than he's been at any of his appearances thus far.
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
Don't forget The Searchers.
Hating things because other people like them does not make you cool.
Saw it on Christmas with my family, Mr. Comrade and La Principessa.
My family loved it, La Principessa liked it, Mr. Comrade and I didn't. Wouldn't say I hated it, but I got bored pretty quick and wondered why they couldn't come up with a plot that wasn't just a reboot of Episodes IV and VI.
"Dec 23, 2015: After over two years of hard fought battle our militant fighting rank and file, USW 8751, Boston School Bus Union, with solidarity from the Community and forces in the labor and political movements, have won a stunning historic VICTORY.
"Thanks to all who extended true “Solidarity in Action” to us during this historic fight. You have lived the time tested union motto that “An Injury to One is an Injury to All” and proved that a victory for one is a victory for all!"
I take a month off for work, go to the CAJE meeting and discover that we're allied with #BLM Cambridge and (possibly) the Massachusetts Coalition Against Police Brutality in welcoming Donald Trump to Lowell next Monday.
Gonna have to make a "Break with the Republicans and Democrats! For a Workers Party!" sign.
Best Facebook birthday greetings, from Comrade Longears:
"What a myriad of dins! What shouts, roars and clamours echo down Lev Lane and up Bronstein Boulevard! What's the occasion - has Klistomerces a new mistress? Are the Mingols invading? Has Sanders announced that he's joining the Ray O. Light group and changing his name to Barbara?" Fafhrd rested Graywand on one burly shoulder and glared quizzically down at his small friend.
"No, you great glacier-brained lumpkin", replied the Mouser, amiably. "It's [Doodlebug's] birthday, and a very Happy one too, with any luck. Here, take this jug and have a swig - a good one, mind! - in his honour"
Thank you very much, Marilyn Toenibbler!
[Stuffs face with cake and turns to Citizen Closet]
You know, [chomp chomp], I don't think I was ever issued a membership card in my current party. If I root through my attic [chomp chomp] I might be able to find my membership card for the Boston Spartacus Youth Club. [chomp chomp]
This cake is great, Pillbug!
[Ulp, La Principessa's off the phone. I'm outta here!]
Christmas Book Presents, Part One (?)
For La Principessa--"Left-Wing" Communism, an Infantile Disorder by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
For The Nigerian Princess--
From Mr. Comrade and the Nigerian Princess--
Less book related, Mr. Comrade also gave me a quarter ounce of a headie called "Gorilla Glue." [bubble bubble bubble]
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard--"It's All Going to Pot"
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.
Sounds great, but if more subsistence farmers and small peasants are driven off of their lands because of increased concentration of industrial agribusiness...
I don't know. Sounds more and more like a situation comparable to the original Luddites.
But, whatever. God knows I ingest enough toxic shiznit on a daily basis, what do I care?
Bring on the Frankenfoods!
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.