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Pathfinder Society Member. 6,236 posts (16,952 including aliases). 1 review. No lists. No wishlists. 2 Pathfinder Society characters. 27 aliases.


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Irontruth wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

You objected to Meatrace who was objecting to Doug's Workshop.

The words "shining democracy" weren't in the latter's post; they were "only functional democracy in the region."

I was objecting to the implication that Arab's are disenfranchised in the state of Israel. Which is provably false.

Comrade Jeff's reference to a "shining democracy" was in reference to Citizen Workshop's "only functional, etc." Therefore there is no need to quote you referring to Israel as a "shining beacon of democracy."

I didn't even read the rest of your post because I am trying to help you understand the flow of the conversation so that you don't make ridiculous, self-indulgent scenes because you misunderstand what is being said, not because I am making any political point.


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Kajehase wrote:
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
That's the look/That's the look
Shout to the Top

I'm not really sure where to take this next, but I went with the Fun Boy Three.


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I've been neglecting my reading, alas, but in my defense, we've recruited two more people to the Commonwealth Party of Galt (M-L) in the past couple of weeks, and are set to recruit two or three more.

Vive le Galt!

But I did get to the death of

Spoiler:
Dr. Wilbur Larch
and I wept like a baby.

The differences between the book and the movie continue to blow my mind. Did you know Tobey Maguire and Charlize Theron

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have a child? And live with Paul Rudd for the next fifteen years? That wasn't in the movie!
Also, I was tickled pink by the way Melony ended up,
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a butch master electrician in the Bath shipyards.
Irving doesn't say, but I like to imagine she ended up a steward in the IBEW.

I'm not quite done, as I said, but: I don't think I've laughed as much as I did reading other Irving novels, marsupial genitalia aside, but I sure have cried a lot. Also, since I've learned that Irving studied under Vonnegut in the seventies, I keep thinking about an essay the latter wrote about a fan letter that observed that none of his novels have ever had a straight-up villain. Irving doesn't go quite that far, I don't think, but even his not-so-nice characters are usually wrapped in layers of compassion and understanding.

Good night you Princes of Maine, you Kings of New England!

[Grabs the ether can and cries some more]


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I love everybody at Paizo.com!...

Spoiler:
...Except for Dicey the House Goblin who is a disgrace and a race traitor.


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So, uh...who is Selena Gomez?


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I wouldn't bother being so pedantic, but it touches on one of my favorite singer-songwriters:

"Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize."

Who's Next?


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Lord Snow wrote:

Comrade Anklebiter, if you haven't heard about this one yet, you're gonna love it:

Iron Dome is a bluff!

So apparently I live in an Orwellian dictatorship that blinds the masses with one of the more elaborate lies in human history. Hmm.

I'm not really a weapons nerd kinda guy, but I did find a couple more articles I liked:

Why Israel is still afraid of Mordechai Vanunu

Right-wingers beat Haifa deputy mayor during anti-war protest

And an older one that always makes me cry:

Last of Warsaw Ghetto Survivors Calls for Rebellion Against Israeli Occupation


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Mmmm, Gregor Samsa porn.

It reminds me, back in high school, we were assigned to do a "creative report" on The Metamorphosis. I brought in my guitar, performed a cover and then performed a little ditty I composed myself. I don't remember the whole thing, but I do remember one line about Gregor's "anal pleasure."

I got a C. Meanwhile, my girlfriend at the time whipped up some crappy crayon drawings the day it was due at lunch and she got an A.

School sucks.


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If the employer is made to pay an extra amount for the employee to get their own insurance, how it that separating health care from employment entirely?


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Krensky wrote:
Pot is reference to marijuana is a shortening of potiguaya, a Mexican Spanish word meaning cannabis leaves.

Huh, learn something new every day here in the OTD.

[bubble bubble bubble]

[Promptly forgets new fact]

I'm sad to see that I've already been beaten to the punch in pointing out that my favorite North American mayor ("I've got enough pussy to eat at home") is Canadian, alas.

[Fistbumps Comrade Kirth and sharpens his pitchfork]


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What's the Israeli death toll up to now?

One civilian and one cat?


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Male Goblin Druid 4

Cricket points to the ghost.

She ate it!

[Cricket's player, being half Italian, bristles at the racist insult.]


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Hee hee!

It's just something that crosses my mind when people tell me their horror stories about being in line at the grocery store behind someone who is using their food stamps in a way the story-teller feels is inappropriate: Maybe they bought it off some wino in the parking lot? Maybe they're just some hard-working, god-fearing, 'Murican with kids to feed and they're supposed to say no to someone offering them Juicy Juice and Hamburger Helper for pennies on the dollar? Whatever happened to smart shopping?!?


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I don't know. In the version of "The Grasshopper and the Ants" that I remember, the ants all take pity on the grasshopper in the end and let him play music for his supper.

The Grasshopper was always kinda one of my role models, actually.


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Dicey the House Goblin wrote:
Doodles, I didn't even do anything

[On the radio to the Free NH Goblin Resistance headquarters]

Red Squirrel to Nest, come in Nest. Red Squirrel to Nest, come in Nest.

Wassup, my brother? Yeah, so, the behavioral modification implants are working like gangbusters. Yeah, it was a piece of cake, Dicey's always spouting nonsense anyway, so, no, nobody noticed. Yeah, there was some blowback for the eunuch, but nothing he's not used to. Anyway, yeah, the prototype works fine, begin the preparations for Operation: Manchuria.

Red Squirrel out. Vive le Galt!


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Well, you certainly made it further than I did in Hebrew, which never progressed beyond the kiddie level with the vowels added in. But let's stick with this for the moment:

Lord Snow wrote:
She looks kind of terrifying in that picture.

[Hand moves to pommel]

What sayest thou, varlet?


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Kirth Gersen wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Kirth Gersen wrote:
If the homeless man or employee was showing murderous intentions, and you just shrug and say "Oh, well, murderers gonna murder," and handed over the cash, I don't think you can totally shirk a bit responsibility there.
I don't think anyone does that.
I do exactly that every time I pay U.S. taxes, so that more unasked-for overseas military invasions can take place, so that more of our own citizens can have their lives destroyed as casualties of the "war on drugs" and "war on so-called sex offenders" and "war on pirates" and finally "war on everyone left after that." So, yeah, the horrible things that Uncle Sam does with some of that money are, to some extent, on my head, too.

I was at a peace confab held at the local Catholic university a whiles back, some anniversary for some encyclical or something, vainly trying to peddle socialist newspapers to what turned out to be a strange assembly of nuns, libertarians, and vegans. I didn't find anyone that was all three, but I didn't talk to everyone.

Anyway, I made the round of the other tables and found mysel in front of some group with a name like War Tax Resisters League or some such. And I looked through their brochures, and it was going on about not paying your taxes to support the imperialist war machine like Thoreau or something and I thought "How does that even work? UPS sends my taxes directly to the government before I even get a chance to see them." At that exact moment, my local comrade buddy came along and I asked him. "How does this work?"

"Oh," he replied, "It's petty-bourgeois bullshiznit. Who gets to decide whether they're going to pay their taxes or not? Lawyers and dentists, that's who. Not the f$@$ing working class, that's for damn sure."

Two things I can recommend:

1) A life of poverty, such as my humble own, in which you only end up giving them like six hundred bucks, which doesn't even cover an FBI agent's salary for a week;

or, if that doesn't seem attractive,

2) joining a local anti-capitalist organization and dedicating your life to smashing American imperialism through international proletarian socialist revolution. At the very least, they'll have to spend some of your tax money monitoring you and maybe give some substance abuser, so-called sex offender and/or pirate a chance to get away.


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Drejk wrote:
Youths of Gaza manifesto.

"F%+& Hamas. F!@! Israel. F~&* Fatah. F~~# UN. F!~@ UNWRA. F+!+ USA!"

You know, that's the kind of program I can get behind.

Vive le Galt!


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[Continues to smoke from the bong, making me immune to all kindsa stuff]


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I realized one day, deep in self-analysis, that I am a bibliophile because I received so much praise for reading when I was a child and I spent so many summers with my mother in the school library alphabetizing and shelving books.

I also realized why I like having a [redacted] jammed up my [redacted], but that's probably a story for another time.


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Also, Tommy Ramone, R.I.P.


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Charlie Haden, R.I.P.

The Shape of Jazz to Come


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The other thing about John Irving novels is they always have some interesting facts and lessons for the youth. In the past, I've posted about how The Water-Method Man taught young Doodlebug to keep his genitalia clean; everything I know about the hijras of India, I learned from A Son of the Circus; etc., etc.

This time I learned about marsupial anatomy. Spoilered for incredible vulgarity, obscenity, and the misclassification of hamsters as marsupials:

Spoiler:
Bucky had lately seized on the fact that marsupials have paired vaginas.

"Twin t&!+s! Can you believe it?" Bucky asked Homer.

"Right" said Homer Wells.

"Is that all you can say?" Bucky asked. "Don't you get it? If you was a hamster, you could f*&% another hamster with your buddy!"

"Why would I want to do that?" Homer asked.

"Two c!&&s!" Bucky said enthusiastically. "You got no imagination....."

[Later] "Look at it this way," Bucky whispered to him, near the end of class. "If Debra Pettigrew had two t#*~s, she might let you into one of them."


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Hitdice wrote:
Samnell wrote:
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:


And the screenplay was written by John Irving, which makes it all the more disappointing.

Confession:

I enjoyed the movie...and not entirely because of my unending lust for Tobey Maguire. Michael Caine was also great, if not sexually appealing. I clapped my hands in delight at what I immediately dubbed ** spoiler omitted **.

As soon as we met those characters I got the vibe, but kept telling myself that they wouldn't go that way. Then they did!

Also really appreciated the positive portrayal of abortion.

Samnell: Dude, you want The Hotel New Hampshire; That's the Irving book (or movie for that matter; it's no wonder Rob Lowe's life was ruined by a sex tape!) you want to read.

As I said in the Author is Dead thread, reading John Irving is like reading Charles Dickens, but with a bunch of perverts (he prefers the term "sexual outsiders") thrown in for good measure.

Anyway, Sam, if you liked the movie, just imagine there being a sullen, overweight female orphan who is searching Maine for Homer, gets attacked by two orchard workers intent on

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raping her whom she beats the shiznit out of, gives one a concussion, uses his belt to whip the other one in submission, and then parleys with the foreman to get a job for the season.

Vive le Melony!


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Shh, quiet Usagi-san, I'm giving him the pitch.


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Hee hee!

Defiant Hobby Lobby Supporter Inadvertently Recreates Iconic Gaza Jihadist Image


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thejeff wrote:
Not that there wasn't always plenty of unmarried sex, but it simply wasn't an openly accepted thing.

Yeah, you were supposed to do it on the dl in the slave quarters.


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Of possible interest, bookmarking for later:

Boston's Foreclosures and Record Gentrification Aren't Just Random Coincidences


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Andrew R wrote:
Around her (MI) people scour for scrap in trash piles during spring cleaning in small towns. in dumpster at apartments. they do not have to steal or vandalize.

It's fun to pick random Citizen R. statements and factcheck them.

Michigan seeks to crack down on metal theft with new law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder


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I didn't even follow the Hobby Lobby decision, I was too busy pouting over Harris v. Quinn.

Actually, when it comes to female reproductive rights cases, I was a bit more touched by the striking down of Massachusetts' buffer zone law. Not that I ever really particularly cared for that law--No Reliance on the Capitalist State! For Mass Mobilizations to Defend the Clinics!--but one of the first things I did as a young goblin militant was attend a picket line demonstrating against an Operation Rescue confab at Harvard. A couple of months later, John Salvi, who, IIRC, was in attendance at the confab, walked into a couple of clinics in Brookline and murdered Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols. I did a lot of clinic defense that year.


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Zeugma wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Didactic materialism?
Dialectical materialism.

Vive le Galt!


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Anyway, today's story from peddling socialist newspapers on the mean streets of Lowell:

Middle-aged, portly, moustached white guy comes up to the table. I go into my pitch and before I get very far he hands me a dollar and takes the new issue of the paper. "I've been watching you guys for the past month," he says, ominously. "Oh yeah?" I ask, "Are you interested in socialism?" "I'm a revolutionary!," he replies. "Oh, that's great!" I exclaim. "Yes, I am going to take over the United States and become the dictator of America! Keep your eyes out for me, I'm gonna be huge!" "Oh, okay, that's great, but, uh, if I'm gonna keep my eyes out for you, what's your name?" "I am the Antichrist!" "Woah, no shiznit, the Antichrist, huh?" "Yes," then he recited some Biblical-sounding stuff. "I will come unannounced!" "But you just announced yourself." "What?" "Well, you just told me you're the Antichrist, so, now you're announced." He gave me a look that announced he was in no mindset to play, so I bid him adieu and wished him good luck in taking over the United States. He then wished me good luck in taking over the United States.

Lowell's awesome.


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As I mentioned above, I recently read Michael Harrington's The Other America, the book which is credited with spurring the War on Poverty (although Harrington was not a big fan of the War on Poverty as waged) back in 1962. And over and over again, throughout the book, the thousands and tens of thousands of workers who were thrown into poverty by the loss of jobs due to automation and factory relocations kept coming up.

And that was fifty years ago.

Any single individual, of course, may have the potential to rise above the morass of state dependence (that is, of course, assuming they are able-bodied), but where are they all going to go?


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Hee hee!

I went trawling through the archives, couldn't find exactly what I wanted, so maybe I'm mixing up Citizen R. and Citizen Aretas, but I could've sworn there was one day that Citizen R. was going on about how nobody wants to talk about or do anything about crime in the urban neighborhoods despite all the statistics showing that blacks commit more crime because that would make them a racist, and then, after Obama gave his (imho, quite crappy) Brother's Keeper speech, Citizen R. was all like "That's racist!"


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I was wondering how many people bought $20 worth of cookies with their welfare assistance last night, Citizen R.?

Also, how many children did you hear saying "I can't wait to be old enough to get my own EBT card?" yesterday?

I've decided to start a running tally.


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And now Doritos aren't food.


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I am going to take this rare opportunity to fistbump Citizen R. and favorite his post.

I might be feeling warm and fuzzy because I am stoned.


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My local comrade buddy is entering a contest on Michael Moorcock's website to write Eternal Champion fan fiction. I think. Apparently, you can compose your story on the website and then others (Michael Moorcock?) can comment on them as you write, but he isn't brave enough to try that.

At one point, my local comrade was planning a series of fan fiction about Stormbringer's sibling, Mournblade (right?), but that has been set aside for the moment so that he can write a story about Pax Tetchup, a transgendered communist Eternal Champion in a world ruled by techno-arcanists.

He has written seven pages thus far in which Pax has sex with a farmgirl, gets chased away by transophobes, and gets caught in the throbbing purple vines of the Tangled Mistress, Elemental Queen of Plants. In the first seven pages.


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I have a brief program that I should like to implement in the United States that should make everybody here happier.

1) I know, you think it's going to be international proletarian socialist revolution. But it isn't. Not this time.

2) Kick everybody off of welfare. All of them. The moochers and the drug addicts and the mentally retarded*, all of them.

3) With no one left on EBT, SNAP, TANF, whatever, there will be nobody left to buy Fiji waters and cherry blunts at three o'clock in the morning from Citizen R.

4) With the loss of his clientele, Citizen R.'s employer regretfully informs Citizen R. that he is going to cut costs and no longer run an overnight shift. He gives Citizen R. two weeks' severance pay.

5) Citizen R., of course, never files for unemployment because that would be parasitical and anti-freedom. So, he looks for a job, but, alas he can't find one because he is now competing with every former moocher, drug addict and mentally retarded person who every sucked from society's teat.

6) Unable to find work, Citizen R. moves himself and his wife into the hinterlands of Montana where he happily lives in a prepper's paradise, off of the grid, enjoying the bucolic, pastoral life, eating healthy, avoiding the government, frolicking with the prairie dogs, etc., etc., etc., and, most importantly, not logging on to Paizo.com.

Anyone wanna sign that petition?

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*Me and my local comrade were peddling socialist newspapers on the mean streets of Lowell this past week when a middle-aged Puerto Rican man in paint-spattered clothing and smelling a bit like the demon weed approached the table. "Help raise the minimum wage? Check out a socialist newspaper?" I ask indicating the wide array of communist literature on display on our portable table.

We have a good conversation, you know, the usual, racism, capitalism, both parties suck, bosses suck, the rich suck, politicians suck, etc., etc. We get on to the subject of welfare and he starts going on about how they just slashed food stamps but they can find $500 million (billion? I don't recall) to train Syrian rebels, etc., etc. At some point he kept coming back to "and they're gonna b+&@& about some woman with six kids who gets five hundred bucks a month?!? They don't want to talk about that, do they?" as a rhetorical resting point before launching into some other bullshiznit aspect of American life. "And they're gonna b+#@$ about some woman, etc., etc. They don't want to talk about that." And then it got weird.

"And you know what else they don't want to talk about? Do you know any people who have, uh, special needs? No, well, you're lucky. I know a few. And you know what they get? They get a bus that picks them up. That costs money." He starts ticking off points on his fingers. "Someone drives that bus. That costs money. That bus needs gas. That costs money. They get driven to the recreation center. That costs money." Etc., etc. "These special needs people get hundreds of thousands of dollars of tax-payer money and they're never ever going to contribute to society and they're gonna b##&# about some woman with six kids who gets five hundred bucks a month?!? They don't wanna talk about that, do they?!?"

No, they don't. Nor did we. We smiled uncomfortably and the next time he wound down we didn't prolong the conversation.


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The first four letters in "sociology" are the same as in "socialism."

Hmm. Seems suspicious.


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Also,

F*&# the Supreme Court!!!


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[Smacks Dicey for good measure]


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I was going to fling poo at Lord Dice, but instead, I decided to link one of my all-time favorite moral philosophers.


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Andrew R wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:


But, yes, I totally support giving away free apartments.

As long as someone else is paying just like any commie

"In 2005, Utah figured out that the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail stays for homeless people was about $16,670 per person, compared to $11,000 to provide each homeless person with an apartment and a social worker. So, the state began giving away apartments, with no strings attached."

Other people are paying either way. Would you rather they pay more or less?


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Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater


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Ah, memories...

I was living in East Boston with two guys I knew from UMass Boston, Nazi Doodlebug* and Omar the Former Arab Terrorist. Nazi Doodlebug told me about how his friend, Lord Blackmoore, had been reduced to homelessness and needed somewhere to stay. I had already been burned by Lord Blackmoore, but I have a weakness for strays. He moved in. Lots of drama, but, eventually, Nazi Doodlebug moved out to go to law school and Omar the Former Arab Terrorist got a job in Connecticut, trying to organize Foxwoods (I don't think it worked) and I was left with Lord Blackmoore.

Lord Blackmoore had been forced to turn on the charm when he first moved in, and he was quite charming when he wanted to be, like most sociopaths. But eventually, his socipathy got the better of him, he became an a~!~!&* again, came into some money, decided to embark on an exciting journey into the world of oxycontin addiction. It was around that time that I decided to move on myself.

Anyway, as I said, Lord Blackmoore had come into some money. His father, sadly, had passed away, and he inherited quite a bit, so I felt no guilt whatsoever about giving him 30-days notice and bailing. I moved elsewhere in the neighborhood and began living with my now hetero life partner. I kept getting phone calls from the previous landlord and I kept explaining to him that "I'm sorry that you haven't gotten your rent yet, but as I explained to you in the letter of XX/XX/XXXX and in innumerable phone calls since then, I no longer live there. Bye!"

Point being, I knew Lord Blackmoore was on the verge of being evicted. I still had a key, and my hetero life partner kept yelling at me about certain pieces of property that I had left in the old apartment and that if Lord Blackmoore was getting kicked out, we should go grab them. So, eventually, we did.

When we let ourselves into the old apartment, we were amazed. The place had been destroyed. All the doors were ripped out of the jambs, somebody had set the bathroom on fire, etc., etc. We marvelled at the destruction, grabbed some things, and split.

A month or so later, I ran into Lord Blackmoore on the mean streets of Eastie. "I dropped by the old place, man, wtf?!? Were you whacked out of your mind or did you do that to spite the landlord?" He smiled, and then frowned. "I'm hurt that you would think me so unimaginative," he said and then went on to explain that when he had gotten the eviction notice, he had taken what he wanted, moved out, and then went down to where the local homeless people hung out. He, of course, knew them pretty well from all kinds of nefarious activities, and informed them if that were looking for a place to stay, 477 Sumner Street #1 was open for business and gave them the keys.

So...that's the story of Lord Blackmoore, who didn't wait for the government to help out the homeless. Go forth, Paizonians, and be like Lord Blackmoore.

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*

Spoiler:
His real name isn't Doodlebug, of course. He has the same name that I do, and to distinguish us, our friends took to referring to us as Commie Doodlebug and Nazi, or Fascist, Doodlebug. This, of course, upset Nazi Doodlebug, because he wasn't a Nazi.

We went to a party in Harvard Square once, where we were both introduced to some hawttie Radcliffe girl.

"This is Commie Doodlebug..." "Hello" "Hi!" [Waggles eyebrows]
"And this is Nazi Doodlebug." "Nazi Doodlebug?!?"
"I'm not a Nazi." "Why do they call you Nazi Doodlebug?"
"I'm not a Nazi, I'm a Republican." "Republican?!?"
[Nazi Doodlebug points to me, exasperatedly] "He's a f~!&ing communist! How come you aren't giving him a hard time?"
(I waggle my eyebrows some more)
"I've met some nice communists before," she answers without missing a beat, "I've never met a nice Republican!"

Hee hee! Joke's on me, though, 'cuz he made out with her later that night, whereas I just got a knife pulled on me by a Harvard undergrad, which was pretty funny, actually.


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I give homeless people money for drugs and beer.

It's what I'd want someone to do for me.


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Scanning through the thread again, I am all in favor of: nationalized health care; quality, integrated public housing; free rehab programs; free drugs; pretty much anything Comrade Dingo has ever proposed, ever; and that article about giving away free money.

That last one in particular, IIRC, seemed to work pretty well for Wall Street and General Motors.


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National Coalition for the Homeless 2009 Factsheet

I have no idea about their methodology or how they gather "facts". One can quibble with them, but I'm just going to quote from the Factsheet:

--in 2003, 39% of all homeless people were less than 18 years of age.

--in 2006, severe mental illness represented 26% of sheltered homeless people

--Persons Suffering from Addiction Disorders: this one takes full quoting, methinks:

Spoiler:

Surveys of homeless populations conducted during the 1980s found consistently high rates of addiction, particularly among single men; however, recent research has called the results of those studies into question (Koegel et al., 1996). In Summary, the studies that produced high prevalence rates greatly over represented long-term shelter users and single men, and used lifetime rather than current measures of addiction. While there is no generally accepted "magic number" with respect to the prevalence of addiction disorders among homeless adults, the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ number in 2005 was 30%, and the frequently cited figure of about 65% is probably at least double the real rate for current addiction disorders among all single adults who are homeless in a year. Among surveyed homeless people 38% have an alcohol problem, and 26% report problems with other drugs (National Health Care for the Homeless Council). For more information, see our fact sheet on Addiction Disorders and Homelessness.

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The bit in Spanky's Cracked article about rich neighborhoods getting twice the amount of housing subsidy dollars than poor ones coincides greatly with my recent readings in Michael Harrington's The Other America: Poverty in the United States which was published in 1962 and made similar points, even back then, about America's piss-poor welfare state: it mostly benefitted the rich and well-off and didn't do much to address the concerns of the actually impoverished. For example, even back when the U.S. was bound by a 1949 law to provide housing for all Americans, they tended to destroy more housing for poor people than they put up, and more housing subsidy dollars went to provide for the middle and upper classes than they did for the poor.

Remember those videos that you've seen of government agents during the Depression destroying milk and piglets in order to keep agricultural prices up? Well, eventually somebody had the brilliant idea that giving surplus product to the poor would also help stabilize prices and, voila!, the predecessor of food stamps was born.

The more I read about the shiznittiness of the American welfare state, the more I can sympathize with poor right-wingers' anti-gov't stance, but I, of course, draw opposite conclusions.

Expropriate the expropriators!
Smash capitalism!
For workers revolution!


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Ennio, again

This time for Eli. R.I.P.

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