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Verizon strike appears to be on hold.

Verizon wants to bust the union

At the Pride showing, somewhere around the half hour mark, the Nigerian Princess apparently turned to Mr. Comrade and complained "There aren't any black people in this movie!" Somewhere around the hour mark, she had changed her mind and exclaimed "This movie is awesome!"

At one point, I saw Lowell Carpenter dude crying.

At the CAJE meeting, the Coloured Princess, who is a fashion designer, subjected our t-shirts to a withering critique and, later, I noticed that there were periods after "C," "A," and "J" but not "E". [Facepalm] Hey, they were made by Lone Working-Class Black Woman, you go tell her her t-shirts suck!

Supposed to have a CAJE meeting on Tuesday, a first Ain't I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism reader's circle gathering on Thursday, La Principessa finally comes up here (summer's only half f@!%ing over!) on Friday and some kind of branch meeting on Saturday, all the while waiting to see if Verizon goes out. I'm guessing I'm not going to make it to everything.

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Limeylongears wrote:
Kirth Gersen wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
I have also been reading 'Titus Alone' by Maeve Gilmour
I thought Mervyn Peake wrote the original trilogy himself, and his wife only the sequel, Titus Awakes?
He did. I wrote 'Alone'; I meant 'Awakes'

[Mind is blown]

I didn't realize such a thing existed.

[Mind comes back to him]

Eight chapters in, I'm pretty sure I haven't read The Scarlet Letter before. Now that I think of it, I failed Junior English the first time. Hmmm. Anyway, yeah, I like it thus far.

Treppa wrote:
Nobody can Hardy like Hardy. Nobody.

Hawthorne can.

(Amuses self by imagining Hester and Tess teaming up to wreak revenge upon Arthur and Angel and other dickish men.)

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Monday Morning Jazz Brunch

B&&#&es Brew

(or some youtube-ized version thereof)

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Haven't had time to really sit back and websurf, lately, but I did today and found two interesting articles about the Russian Civil War from a post on Facebook by a fellow Paizonian! Huzzah! We're taking over!

No, no. Actually, here, he's not a politroll, have never even run into him on the boards, he mostly lurks up in one of the Adventure Path forums, apparently. He used to run around and comment on pictures of me holding various signs and saying things like "What happened to 'Vive le Galt?'"


A Remarkable Armored Train Fought Its Way Across Eurasia--Zaamurets traveled — and battled — for years


This Tsarist Warlord Became a Modern Genghis Khan--The crazy story of Roman von Ungern-Sternberg—‘The Mad Baron’ of Mongolia

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MeanDM wrote:
"Baby it's Cold Outside" aka the Christmas rape song.

I had an ex- who used to play an Ella (not this one) version a lot.

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
a Lebanese-American working class woman who might be to the left of me and is always inebriated

I thought she was sober but, later, realized that the vitamin supplements I thought she was taking was a cannabis tincture she had cooked up.

Oh yeah, and on the way back, she told us about all her old D&D characters. I swear, sometimes I get the impression that the far left is just a bunch of nerds.

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Limeylongears wrote:

Pinko Bingo rules:

Award yourself points for every LW sect you see on the march/rally you're on. Someone obvious like the SWP, Socialist Party, Green Party and so on gets you 1 point; a more obscure grouplet like Workers Liberty, Socialist Appeal, the CPB, the CPGB (ML) and so on will get you between 2 and 3 points, while a very rare sighting of someone particularly out there like the Sparts, Bordigists, ICC, Hoxhaists and so on can get you up to 5. If you manage to spot all the successor organisations to the WRP in one place, shout "HOUSIE!!!" (or perhaps "HEALY!!!" at the top of your voice and inform your fellow marchers that they're all now obliged to buy you beer.

Anti-KKK rally in Faneiul Hall:

International Socialist Organization (Cliffites) = 1
Socialist Workers Party (Barnesites) = 2
Socialist Alternative (Taafeites) = 1
Workers World Party (Marcyites) = 1
Revolutionary Communist Party (Chairman Bobites) = 2
Communist Party USA = 1
Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) = 1
Revolutionary Organization of Labor-- Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner: 10 points!!
19 points!

Interestingly, the latter had an article denouncing the latest GE contract as a sellout. Comrade Omar worked on that contract, albeit for UE whereas the article writer is complaining about the IUE. Hmm.

Also, got my picture taken holding a "Finish the Civil War!" sign standing behind Red Steve Kirschbaum while he was giving a speech about Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th. Sent it to La Principessa, I'm sure she'll be jealous.

Then Mr. Comrade, the Nigerian Princess and I went and played D&D.

The Mad Hermit levelled! Woo hoo!

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
even the Sparts, whom, to answer your question, I haven't been a member of in over 15 years, but I still annoy my current comrades by posting their pamphlets and articles on my Facebook page.

For example (even though this isn't Facebook), in honor of today's Google picture:

Ida B. Wells:
A Black Woman’s Fight Against Lynch Terror

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Speaking of 15 years, Comrade Omar sent me a story that was shared with him by a former rep for the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers, who don't exist anymore. They merged with the United Steel Workers who led the successful (? I actually forget now) oil strike this past year:

So this steelworkers rep who used to be a ocaw rep tells me Dow closed down a plant in 98. They left a 7 man decommissioning crew. They forgot about them. They kept getting pay and raises until just last year when they brought someone by to survey the property they were selling and Dow realized they were still there. Said for 15 years they came in at 8am walked around the building a couple times, ate and watched TV then went home.

U-nion! U-nion! U-nion!

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Freehold DM wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Well, I'm back in the Granite State.

this is excellent news!

leaps out of bushes, plays mixtape of la Principessa's favorite songs, grows beard

I'm just like Anklebiter. Except bigger, blacker, and not communist. A win-win, methinks!

La Principessa is a communist activist of eight-years standing. Bigger, blacker, and if successful, beardier may all win you points in her favor, but she likes her men red.

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I don't even like Cheetos.

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An American Healyite?!?

Didn't see that coming.

Tenth anniversary obituary for Steven Brust's mother

Letter affirming Comrade Brust's allegiance to the World Socialist Website

[Sectarian grumbling]

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Hadn't seen this photo from the Charles Cobb and Judy Richardson event until now. Kinda like it.

Man, I hang out with good-looking people.

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Monday Morning Jazz Brunch

Rahsaan Roland Kirk--"The Inflated Tear"

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Well, it's a little early to categorize La Principessa as a "mate," but:

At a comrade's house the night before Thanksgiving. Heavy flirtation occurred over a weekend full of Black Friday protests in front of the Wal-Mart and Ferguson solidarity rallies. Two weeks later, me and Mr. Comrade made a video at a victory rally for striking UE machinists, I catcalled La Principessa and put it on her Facebook page.

She's been mine ever since.

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I'm leaving tomorrow, Freehold, and I have instructed La Principessa to stay far away from you.

As far as other topics that this thread has touched on, La Principessa likes to be spanked.

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Went out to lunch with La Principessa, La Principessa's Single Mother Comrade and La Principessa's Single Mother Comrade's 7-Year-Old ADHD-Diagnosed Son and the latter, for no apparent reason whatsoever, called La Principessa "Big Bra."

Out of the mouths of babes, etc.

He also referred to me as "Big Belly" (shut up, brat!) and, much more worrisome, "Daddy."

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Objectification of women is a terrible, terrible thing, as is societal pressure put upon them to make them conform to some Cosmo-approved standard of beauty.

La Principessa was telling me that she's been putting on weight and that it's all been going to her breasts and buttocks. In fact, she had to stop wearing her 32 DD brassieres and buy 32 DDD brassieres.

I told her it was okay.

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"Any privileged group will inevitably seek to put a brake on progress in order to retain its privileges, while the oppressed section of society is bound to fight all such attempts in order to stand up for its own rights."

--Ivan Yefremov, "The Heart of the Serpent" in More Soviet Science Fiction edited by Isaac Asimov

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I'm not a speed reader; I'm a stoned reader. And, yes, I often forget things quickly.

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Monday Morning Jazz Brunch

Saw American Hustle the other day and realized I hadn't listened to this one in a long while:

Duke Ellington at Newport 1956

The characters flirted to "Jeep's Blues," but in was "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" that (almost? I forget the details now) started a riot.

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There, there, Lord Snow, there, there. It was printed back in 1960. It had a long, full life, Lord Snow, and is now making friends with overly-verbose 19th-century novels in Biblioheaven. It's okay, let it all out. There, there.

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Huzzah! Comrade Gersen mentioned that to me before, but I haven't found all the Brust books I've been picking up to see if I have them all in order.

As for the Coloured Princess, well, I am no expert in accents or nothin', but she sounded a lot posher than those dudes in Lethal Weapon 2. Maybe she studied in ol' Blighty? Regardless, it was, indeed, sexy.

Comrade Closet, that's a big long question that I may or may not come back to depending on my mood.

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All your conspiracy theories surrounding human-influenced climate change are wrong, you idiots.

We're doing it with with our weather machines and chemtrails.

Humanz, you've had your chance, now get out!
Make way for the gobbos!
Die, pinkskins, die!!!

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Black History and the Class Struggle, No. 13: Fight for Black Freedom! Fight for a Socialist Future!

Up to the issues that were published in the mid-'90s when a young Doodlebug was first coming around. Articles on the war on drugs and mass incarceration fifteen years before The New Jim Crow came out. No wonder I liked that book so much.

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Immensely enjoying going back and forth between Hardy and Brackett.

For example,

"The crooked lane leading from their own parish to Mellstock ran along the lowest levels in a portion of its length, and when the girls reached the most depressed spot they found that the result of the rain had been to flood the lane over-shoe to a distance of fifty yards. This would have been no serious hindrance on a week-day; they would have clicked through it in their high pattens and boots quite unconcerned; but on this day of vanity, this Sun's-day, when flesh went forth to coquet with flesh while hypocritically affecting business with spiritual things; on this occasion for wearing their white stockings and thin shoes, and their pink, white, and lilac gowns, on which every mud spot would be visible, the pool was an awkward impediment. They could hear the church-bell calling--as yet nearly a mile off."

Compared with,

"I shot Laura three times, carefully, between the shoulders."

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Monday Morning Jazz Brunch

Mingus and Dolphy perform a Duke standard live in Norway

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Nigerian Princess as she and Mr. Comrade get ready to go see the Anglo-Ibo singer Nneka:

"I haven't met a white American male who dresses well yet."

Mr. Comrade as he puts on a dress shirt and a pair of shoes that don't have holes:

"What about me?"

Nigerian Princess:

"Oh, it doesn't matter, I love you, baby."

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How could I possibly resist an article entitled

Marxism for Whores?

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The details escape me at the moment, but, recently, a female acquaintance complained that she thought her partner was going to be a better lover because he had read Castaneda. Yeah, I told her, I don't think that's what Don Juan is about. Haven't read the Acid Test since high school. Should probably re-read it.

Anyway, I'm a little terrified of the red inscription across the messageboards home page and worried that, come next Tuesday, I will no longer be able to post on these boards due to computer illiteracy. In case that is true, I love all of you and will miss you dearly and I have started reading Tess.

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Thank you, I will pass the word along, Lord Dice.

He complained that Butler was the only black female sci-fi/fantasy author he could find at the Nashua Barnes and Noble and that Kindred was the only book they had by her. I then cuffed him for thinking that he could find a wide variety of books at the Barnes and Noble.

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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

The other day, on the way to work, I heard Modern Love on two different radio stations at the same time.

I also heard, on two different stations, Refugees within a 20 minute period, and, on the way home, same thing with Smells Like Teen Spirit

Despite liking all three of these songs, the limited playlists of corporate radio still suck!

Was listening to (the corporate) "Boston's voice of new music and independent radio" yesterday and the deejay went

"And that was a new one by Wilco, coming up soon, Weezer with Thursday's Throwback, but first, the latest from Blur!"

and I was, like, Jesus, am I twenty again?

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Ornette Coleman, Jazz Innovator, Dies at 85


Sextet live in '78

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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
Also, a big shout out to Comrade Curtin who gave Mr. Comrade and I a car full of books. We have yet to divy them up, but once we do, never fear, fellow Paizonians, I'll write up a list.

Brian Aldiss—Supertoys Last All Summer Long

David Brin—The Postman
A.S. Byatt—Ragnarock
Glen Cook—She Is the Darkness
--The Swordbearer
--Lord of the Silent Kingdom
--The Tyranny of the Night
--Soldiers Live
--Surrender to the Will of the Night
--Water Sleeps
--A Cruel Wind

L. Sprague de Camp—The Goblin Tower
--The Clocks of Iraz
--The Unbeheaded King

L. Sprague de Camp/David Drake—Lest Darkness Fall/To Bring the Light
Philip Jose Farmer—More Than Fire
--The World of Tiers, Volumes 1-2
The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

Joe Haldeman—The Forever War
The Complete Poems of Keats and Shelley

Ursula K. Le Guin—The Other Wind*
--Tales from Earthsea*
--The Telling
--The Birthday of the World and Other Stories

Ira Levin—The Boys from Brazil
George R.R. Martin—A Game of Thrones***
--A Clash of Kings**
--A Feast for Crows*
--A Storm of Swords**
--A Dance with Dragons**
--Fevre Dream

Michael Moorcock—The Fortress of the Pearl**
--The Revenge of the Rose**
--The Eternal Champion
--The Quest for Tanelorn
--The Champion of Garathorm**
--The Ice Schooner

Larry Niven—Protector
--The Ringworld Engineers
--A Gift from the Earth
--Man-Kzin Wars IV

Kim Stanley Robinson—Green Mars
David Alexander Smith—Future Boston
--In the Cube

Neal Stephenson—Snow Crash
James Tiptree, Jr.—Her Smoke Rose Up Forever
A.E. Van Vogt—The Voyage of the Space Beagle*
T.H. White—The Book of Merlyn*
W.B. Yeats—Irish Fairy & Folk Tales
Roger Zelazny—Manna from Heaven
--Trumps of Doom

*Denotes an upgrade (usually from paperback to hardcover) of a book I already have
**Denotes a book I already have and will now have to get rid of
***Denotes a book I already have but gave to La Principessa because she lent it to a friend who left it out in the rain while camping

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Monday Jazz Late Dinner

Albert Ayler Trio--Spiritual Unity

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Did someone say psychedelic? Now that's my kind of science!!!

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There's allegedly somewhere over 60 users of this avatar, but I think half of them are just me.

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Also...half-dozen chapters to go in The Whispering Swarm. Hope to finish it today.

To quote from a Facebook post earlier today:

"Coming in on the end. Enjoying it quite a bit. Was a bit worried, for the past couple of chapters Moorcock has teamed up with Prince Rupert of the Rhine, Claude Duval and the Three Musketeers to rescue Charles Stuart from Cromwell's headsmen. Happily, though,

they fail.

"Remember the fate of Charles I!"

Later surprise twist reading revealed that the traitor was...well, the traitor was pretty easily guessable, but what wasn't really guessable was that the traitor turned out to be

Andrew Marvell!

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La Principessa was upset because her vice-principal reamed her out for not getting her grades in. Then she told me about the following (quoted from Facebook):

"So today I did the lesson I got from [redacted] (it's also available on the Zinn Ed Project site). In it, we're trapped in the classroom forever and I own the machine that makes the only food. They were divided into workers and unemployed. Five minutes after I used the unemployed to drive wages down and brought out the anti-union contract, the class decided to 'stab me to death with a pencil' and take over the means of production. The kid who had the plan got $1 more a day, but otherwise, everything got split evenly.

"I'm proud of the understanding of social unity and concerned about the bloodthirstyness at the same time. They didn't even TRY to imprison me!

"Maybe next year I'll do it BEFORE we read Animal Farm."

Personally, I think it shows that La Principessa is an awesome teacher and instilling her kids with good class instincts.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:

Yes and no.

Whites commit crime on whites at roughly the same levels that blacks commit crime on blacks. This isn't a matter of learned behavior, it simply drops out of the defacto segregation we have in this country which concentrates african americans in cities where ALL that's around them is other african americans. If you're a criminal you'd statistically have to commute a fair distance into unknown territory to commit crimes , and the vast majority of violent crime is a crime of opportunity.

Was re-reading The New Jim Crow where she points out that, like everything else in America, drug crimes are rather segregated. Blacks sell to blacks and whites sell to whites. I know I usually get mine off of fellow ofays.

Anyway, commie article:

Break with the Democrats! For a Multiracial Workers Party!

Baltimore: Racist Cop Terror and Capitalist Decay

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Yeah, DuBois was a soft red. I've still got to read Black Reconstruction one of these days.

The leftie book club has decided to speed through the rest of The New Jim Crow (I think everyone in the group has already read it). We were taking suggestions for the next one and I was surprised how many people didn't get it and suggested novels.

Best recommendations thus far were James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son and bell hooks, Ain't I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism. Already read the latter, but wouldn't mind reading it with a group.

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We're working on it.

After I took back being adamant about not moving to New York, she agreed to consider thinking about not being adamant above not leaving New York.

Anyway, she went back to her expensive, non-insurance covered behavioral therapy to learn how to deal with her anger management and other emotional outbursts, so, you know, she's trying.

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Growing a grass-roots anti-racist group and having an emotionally unstable long distance girlfriend reallys takes away from your reading time, lemme tell you, but I am happy to report that Mr. Comrade and the Nigerian Princess have moved on from flirting over Patrick Rothfuss to flirting over Michael Moorcock. Mr. Comrade got her to read her first Elric novel; she loved it.

She's wicked into intersectionality so it was only a matter of time before the subject of black sci-fi/fantasy authors came up. I got to look pretty f%&%ing cool when I introduced them to Samuel R. Delany. (Thanks, Lord Dice!)

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Dementrius wrote:
Super Battleship Yamoto

The Black Goblin made me watch this one, one afternoon. Later, he made me watch the cartoon. It was fun.

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I've been meaning to get in touch, Comrade Curtin. My car should (I stress should) be roadworthy soon and, then, yes, I would like to come down and, vulture-like, take all of your books.

Then I will roll around in them, naked, dreaming of singularities and broadswords...

[Rest of the post redacted for common decency]

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David M Mallon wrote:
Consider me impressed.

Woah. I've heard this song a couple of times on the radio and made (feeble) unsuccessful efforts to figure out who it was.

Shoulda checked here.


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Did indeed read a great big chunk of The Whispering Swarm on the ride down to Brooklyn. I can see how the undevoted might not care, but I'm loving this shiznit. Whole bunch of name-dropping that would thrill readers of this thread ("I went to lunch with John Wyndham and Alfred Bester and we talked about Fritz Leiber..." runs a part that I just made up) mixed in with a good dose of class war (at one point he and his fictional girlfriend/muse hold up a train full of executive wage packets to give to the union so that their families won't go hungry during a strike). Had to put it down when I got to the part (autobiographical, I'm guessing) about his inability to console his clinically depressed first wife, which hit a little too close to home as La Principessa went from exultation that I was coming down a day early to sobbing depression to barely suppressed irritability within the course of three phone calls over the span of three hours. [Sigh]

Anyway, mixed it up with a book by dissident Marcyites called China: Revolution and Counterrevolution which is much too soft on Chairman Mao but, at the same time, makes me incredibly jealous because at least they're not running around saying the PRC is "state capitalist". [Shakes fist]

Anyway, I think this is the first time I've been left in La Principessa's apartment while she's at work when there hasn't been snow on the ground, so I'm thinking of going out to a park and drinking some cider and reading some more Moorcock. Hopefully, I won't get Broken Window-ed.

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