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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
You can't be neutral on a moving train, as Comrade Zinn said, once upon a time.
Daily Kos article on the same subject, but it's written by a guy going by the name of "Navajo,"so I doubt s/he's completely detached and disinterested.
Haven't had a chance to go through the past two days' posts, alas, but a couple articles on Social Security:
Maybe, without banging-intern scandals, Hillary will be able to pull off what Bill couldn't.
A few of the incredible images taken today as more than 1,000 people joined Harvard dining hall workers on Day 18 of their historic strike. Workers and their allies are needing to take it to the streets to get what they need to survive from the wealthiest university on the planet.
The rain let up just before we got there and didn't come back until the walk back to the car.
Young Gay Autistic Comrade was, once again, verbally attacked by a bunch of idiot student liberals for his outfit. They claimed that he looked "too militant," "fascistic" and that his Soviet military hat made him look like "a Nazi." When I pointed out to them that Nazis and communists were on opposite side of the spectrum, they said they didn't want our support. I then asked them if they were dining hall workers. When they said, no, I then pointed to my Teamsters pin, then pointed over to the flatbed truck from which the union leaders were speaking, and how it read "Teamsters Local 25." Later, my local president gave a pretty good speech (made me feel guilty for voting against him in the national election) and pledged $10,000 to the UNITE-HERE 26 strike fund and the idiot student liberals didn't say anything after that.
There were also sizable contingents from up and down the east coast, including one from Atlantic City with t-shirts reading "Trump Taj Mahal: I Held the Line Against Carl Icahn." They were pretty spirited despite having, as Comrade X reported above, having lost their jobs.
Leftist Bingo-wise, lots of Taafeites, Cliffites and Marcyites, and three Spart sympathizers that I hadn't seen in, oh, 20 or so years. One of them was uncomfortable, one of them asked hostile questions, but the last, who got me a job in an industrial print shop back in the day, stopped and talked to me about old times for awhile.
Anyway, pretty good rally.
Shame! Shame! Shame on Harvard!
Well, I don't know what Citizen Lurker was referring to. It might have been a general question about gridlock, but since it came after my post about Schumer's public and Clinton's private talk about lowering the corporate tax rate so that the kleptocrats will bring their offshore money home, I chose to interpret it in regards to that and was pointing out that Schumer's already citing Ryan that they've got bipartisan support.
Digging through the links, Schumer's been working with Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) for about a year to get a similar bipartisan gift to the American capitalist class off the ground.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
"Revenue-starved Democratic leaders have broadly hinted they are prepared to cave, either for a “holiday” period or permanently.
"In an exchange with CNBC’s John Harwood, Schumer confirmed that the latter is in fact in the works. When Harwood asked Schumer if 'it would be a permanent lower rate, not a holiday rate,' Schumer replied, 'Yes, you can’t do a one-shot deal.'"
When I have some more free time I should look up our previous conversation from years ago, maybe, about the capital strike.
Didn't see any of this one, was at a meeting in Worcester where the comrades were planning their "Who's Afraid of Jill Stein?" public meeting next week, but I did just run into this article:
Orfamay Quest wrote:
You're probably right, but there seem to be quite a few liberals, some in this thread, who have spent a lot of time claiming, for example, that Bernie pulled her to the left, etc., etc.
Four- to eight-more years of neoliberal austerity coming your way, America. Start building your strike funds and community organizations now.
Well, her follow up paragraph is pretty notable, can't say I'm surprised it isn't quoted as often:
"But the other basket -- and I know this because I see friends from all over America here -- I see friends from Florida and Georgia and South Carolina and Texas -- as well as, you know, New York and California -- but that other basket of people are people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they're just desperate for change. It doesn't really even matter where it comes from. They don't buy everything he says, but he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different. They won't wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroin, feel like they're in a dead-end. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well."
(Can't believe I've made a semi-pro Hillary post.)
(Pardon me, Citizen Cursor, for using your post.)
Well this, plus Wikileaks quotes that the Clinton campaign didn't want to run against Jeb because there was little in his economic plan the Clinton campaign disagreed with, bodes pretty ominously for a "progressive" Clinton presidency.
Conservative Anklebiter wrote:
Woah, bro, talking shiznit about me behind my back?
I'm telling mom.
Beats me, but this doesn't sound good:
"On Monday, however, the various issues associated with Clinton's email setup came roaring back. According to emails released by the FBI, Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy asked the FBI to ease up on classification decisions in exchange for allowing more FBI agents in countries where they were not permitted to go. The words 'quid pro quo' were used to describe the proposed exchange by the FBI official."
If the likes of Comrade Anklebiter manage to do their thing correctly, the next major American party might rise on the backs of the (hopefully) vast pool of potential votes that finds the current democratic political entity far too right wing for their tastes.
And here's the speech Clinton gave before signing the NAFTA treaty into American* law.
*Lo siento, "estadounidense".
Anyway, traveled out to Keene, NH, yesterday, ground zero for the Free State Project, to meet up with our new comrade, peddle socialist newspapers and hand out Jill Stein lit.
We were expecting long arguments with libertarians, but were surprised that we kept getting heckled by Hillary supporters. I took a walk down the street at one point and discovered that we were set up a block away from the Dems' campaign office. Mystery solved.
Recruited another Keene-ite, huzzah!
Running Subtheme: Standing Rock
The using-a-different-browser trick works fine. Die, print journalism, die!!
Because Gitmo came up earlier in the thread, recent series in the NYT:
How U.S. Torture Left a Legacy of Damaged Minds: Beatings, sleep deprivation, menacing and other brutal tactics have led to persistent mental health problems among detainees held in secret C.I.A. prisons and at Guantánamo.
Written by a professor at the New School, I note.
For Citizen Seitz:
Most interesting part, for me, was when Mike encourages American voters to read Hegel.
Sunday--Branch meeting on fascism; it went well even though the presidential debate was on in the pub and was very distracting.
Tuesday--attend the first public meeting of the UMass Lowell feminist club; it will supposedly feature intersectionality and chocolate fondue.
Wednesday--Das Kapital reader's circle. Still plodding along.
Thursday--Film showing about Market Basket strike hosted by the labor/leftie prof at UML; should be fun for some polemics
Friday--Field trip! We recently recruited a kid who was hanging around the libertarians; they had him read some Marx in order to argue against commies; he read it and decided he was in the wrong camp. So, now we're heading out to Keene, NH, Free State Project ground zero.
Saturday--Another field trip, this time to the "sleepy west of the wooded east" for Comrade Omar's memorial.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Anyway, Sunday is my Monday, so I can't wait to get back to work and see what my lone Trump-supporting Teamster brother has to say about these last couple of days. Judging from his Facebook page, it's going to be a lot about Juanita Broaddrick.
Alas, we didn't get that far. I started, upon entering the office, by shouting "Grab 'em by the pussy!" but my union brothers and sisters were more interested in why I was wearing a blazer (it was raining and it was still in my car from my trip to Niki's). This was followed up by them asking me about the trans flag I have on my lapel, which quickly led to, once again, them re-telling the tale of how they thought I was gay (not the word they used) when I started working with them. The conversation was then entirely derailed when Puerto Rican Teamster and I got into an argument about which of the two of us was lazier. The whole crew weighed in and, I am happy to say, I was deemed "not the laziest."
Paul Watson wrote:
D'Souza is scum, no doubt about it, but criticism of the Clintons', and their Foundation's, role in Haiti can be found in a wide-ranging array of publications outside of The National Review from Rolling Stone to The Nation. I didn't bother reading the D'Souza piece, so I have no idea what claims he is floating. Thread participants seem to like Politico, so I'll link them:
Last week, I accompanied two Honduran refugees, two Central American solidarity activists and two other gringo supporters to the office of Representative Niki Tsongas to urge her to support the Berta Caceres bill put forward by Georgia's Hank Johnson. The bill, IIRC, calls for the U.S. government to suspend its millions in "security assistance" to Honduras until the latter can clean up its human rights nightmare.
I felt a little icky, because I was essentially lobbying Democrats, and that is not a very revolutionary socialist thing to do, but, anyway, the two refugees testified powerfully about life under the reign of terror there since Hillary, as Secretary of State, legitimized the coup against Manuel Zelaya. Really fun stuff. A 13-year-old getting killed and her arms chopped off by off-duty police officers for participating in a demonstration calling attention to lack of funding in her village's school was probably the high moment.
On the flip side, up until, what? March of this year?, she was in favor of deporting Honduran child refugees.
I guess it's nice to have dreams, though.
I'm not telling him how to feel and I am not offering an apology for anything I did. I am offering condolences that he feels that way.
I wasn't misinterpreting anything, deliberately or otherwise; I was translating it.
In that previous conversation, I believe we established that every president arms Saudi Arabia, and government routinely helps out the captains of industry. I believe we (or at least I) were specifically talking about Boeing, who (I still haven't checked the timelines) are trying to bust their union and relocate to open shop South Carolina, and General Electric, who are synonymous with outsourcing and tax evasion. Should have included "tax evaders" in my list.
Frankly, the Clinton speech excerpts are overall much better than I expected. There were only a few positions I found objectionable, all of which were already known issues, and several where I was pleasantly surprised that she'd make such an argument... especially considering the audience.
They're almost exactly what I expected*. Praise for austerity measures (the Simpson-Bowles plan), talk about how the financial parasites are innovative and create jobs, soothing backrubs about how there's a "bias against people who live successful lives," we need Wall Street insiders to fix Wall Street, how it wasn't 100% true that Wall Street had rigged the economy, etc., etc.
All to people who, five to seven years prior, helped to tank the economy.
Oh yeah, and she's in favor of single-payer because "it keeps costs down" but we'll never, ever get it.
In the Chicago Police Department, If the Bosses Say It Didn’t Happen, It Didn’t Happen
Four-part article about corruption, drug trafficking and cover-ups in the CPD. Will probably be up all night reading it.
But I got the Paizo Golem when I clicked your link.
Think I fixed it in my quote.
EDIT: Seems to work. Huzzah!
Couldn't make it to the Harvard lines today, alas.
This morning was a downer. We didn't end up meeting with Niki Tsongas, we got one of her aides instead. Everybody spoke Spanish except me, so they didn't bother translating the refugees' speeches, which I was fine with. I took Spanish in high school so I understood enough of it to know that I didn't really want to understand more. "Muerte" was said a lot, and, at one point, one of the women, whose son had been killed, said "brazos" while making chopping gestures at each of her shoulders. One of the Spanish-speaking gringos had to leave the room and I was tearing up and I could only understand, like, every sixth word. Later I was informed that the speaker was talking about a 13-year-old who was killed and mutilated for demonstrating to draw attention to underfunded schools in their village.
Anyway, it was a bummer, but earlier, when we all met at the coffee shop, Second Generation Semi-Celebrity Leftist Heartthrob Alex Early was making introductions between the refugees (one of whom was the former head of the Honduran teachers union) and the gringos and she asked me what kind of activism I was involved with. "Uh, unions, anti-racism, socialism." She turned to the refugees and said "Sindicalismo, something something, socialismo." "Socialismo?" one of them repeated, and then they got animated, smiled at me and gave me the clenched fist salute. They spoke rapidly amongst themselves and then started laughing. "No," Ms. Early said in English, "We probably shouldn't bring up Castro or Chavez when we meet with Representative Tsongas."
Later, when we took photos, one of the refugees corrected me when I posed with my right fist in the air and told me it should be my left one.
Time to revive the spirit of the Battle of Cable Street.
Off by a day:
EDIT: With a video!
In three days: 100th anniversary of the Standard Oil strike in New Jersey
Harvard dining hall workers strike started off alright, if Facebook pictures can be believed. I'll take the commie club down there tomorrow night.
Tomorrow morning, go with Honduran refugees to Niki Tsongas's office. Here's the article the organizers sent me, but I haven't read it yet:
Friday, Bernie comes to Nashua to shill for Hill at the community college. Can't believe it's been over a year since I peddled papers to his fans there last summer. This time, I'm bringing the BLM NH women to meet up with the Jill Stein fans and we'll all protest the Democrats. Huzzah!
Next weekend, trek out to the leafy western end of Massachusetts for a final goodbye to Comrade Omar. [Sniffles]
Was just gonna post this in my commie thread, but then I decided it deserved a wider audience: