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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
pretty close to our life expectancy if not better.

Which reminds me: article to trot out during the next outbreak of white skin privilege theory arguments--

The Middle Age White Male Die-Off: When Skin Privilege is Not Enough


With Kshama Sawant Claiming Reelection Victory, Seattle Doubles Down on Socialism


'KKK get out of town,' marchers chant

"Union Workers Against the KKK!" I'm jealous.


Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Anyway, again, similar to Comrade BeeNee up above at the beginning of this exchange, I am amused that you've spent years denying that I exist and then ask me questions as if, you know, I exist.

To be fair when i tell people i get history tips from a poly-amorous pansexual pyromaniac goblin socialist I tend to wind up with a tranq dart sticking out of my but in short order.

Alas, La Principessa would do very nasty (nasty as in bad, not nasty as in good) things to me if I were polyamorous.

But..but...the kidnapping..the new life in Brooklyn..the lack of a cell phone/weed...if this isn't polyamory, what is?!?!!


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I know, right? She's a little hypocrite.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:


I believe they still have the program where doctors go around to every house and do preventative care which is how they get those stats even though antibiotics and other medicines are pricey and largely unavailable.

I wonder if that would change if the American embargo was scrapped? Beats me.

They still have that program. They visit once a week for the first month, and then once a month for the first year. I've been living in St. Petersburg since January 2014, and one of my friends here has two daughters. She says it's a little intrusive, but really helpful. Also, if you have some sort of a communicable illness and need to see a doctor, they make house calls, though it's usually just a nurse. My friends were sort of appalled at the idea of sick people going to the doctor's and spreading the germs around.


Activist Friends and Comrade of Mine in the News

Boston pipeline protesters renew West Roxbury site fight

A couple of CAJE members basically took this movement, which was started by a comrade in Boston, over. Looks a little white, middle-class, NIMBY to me, but, [shrugs] good for them.

Of course, them having their big rally on the 98th anniversary of the Russian Revolution meant that there wasn't anyone left in Lowell to attend our #SocialistRising event at the Lowell Public Library.

[Grumbles]


Activist Friends and Comrades of Mine in the News

Northeastern students block Green Line in rally for adjunct professors

Too many Fight for $15 articles to post, so I'll just link the page for 15 Now NJ because I saw something on Facebook with my NJ high school comrade speaking at Jersey City City Hall and because I'm in the picture on the homepage.


I'll weigh in...

Are all aspects of socialism good? No.

It is important to note that the US has socialist programs. We have the police, we have the fire department, those are both socialist programs.

Personally I think that we should have universal healthcare. I don't think that people should suffer or die from preventable medical conditions because they cannot afford life-saving things like antibiotics. To note, for those who may say that doesn't happen, it sadly happens every single year.

I don't think anyone should die because they cannot afford a $50 prescription.

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HWalsh wrote:
It is important to note that the US has socialist programs. We have the police, we have the fire department, those are both socialist programs.

It is also important to note that all of these socialist programs are in danger of being eliminated;

US military (vs 'private security contractors')
Public education (vs corporate run schools)
Fire department (vs 'private fire departments')
Police (vs 'private police forces')
Public utilities (vs 'utility corporations')
Public prisons (vs 'privatized prisons')
Social Security (vs 'privatized version')
Medicare (vs 'vouchers')

Et cetera. There has been an assault on virtually every 'socialist' element of US society over the past two decades. We led the way in developing many of these programs and they were instrumental in the growth of US power. Now their funding is being cut to levels which make them unmanageable and the resulting failures touted as excuses to switch to privatized versions that only serve those who can afford to pay.


Comrades of Mine in the News

WSU, Clark students in Million Student March fight for free education


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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
When I first met Comrade Axelbank,

Comrade Axelbank on RT America.

You can play a fun game of Pinko Bingo with the signs.


But only if I remember to provide the link:

Million Student March: Students across US walk out of class over rising tuition costs


Peak came early this year. Not even Thanksgiving yet and there's unlimited overtime.

Huzzah!

See you guys in January!


Are you off to Candy Mountain again?


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Candy Mountain doesn't pay time and a half.


No, alas. I changed shifts two Januaries ago and no longer have access to Candy Mountain.

Earlier this year, however, my former co-Candy Mountaineer was fired for allegedly stealing $50,000 in cellphones. The Black Goblin and I find occasions to wander over there and, if there are any supervisors around, yell, "Where's Bill XXXXX?!?"


And while I've been busy running around Lowell, it seems that my union brothers have been finding plenty of opportunities to get into trouble:

Teamsters charged with threatening, obstructing “Top Chef” filming

F+*+ Top Chef!


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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

No, alas. I changed shifts two Januaries ago and no longer have access to Candy Mountain.

Earlier this year, however, my former co-Candy Mountaineer was fired for allegedly stealing $50,000 in cellphones. The Black Goblin and I find occasions to wander over there and, if there are any supervisors around, yell, "Where's Bill XXXXX?!?"

I'm going to *guess* that Bill XXXXXX was no Joe Hill, nor a dues-paying member of the local proletariat representation organization?


He was a dues-paying member of the Teamsters. I wonder if he got his withdrawal card before he went to prison.


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Eeee-ow. Yeah, that didn't do the proletariat any favors. Surprised he didn't end up 'missing' rather than 'jailed'?

Scarab Sages

So, Comrade Anklebiter, I feel I must ask:

What's your opinion of the capitalist Goblins of the Warcraft universe (World of Warcraft in particular, since that aspect of them isn't as prominent in the other games, if they show up at all)?


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I'm not familiar with them, but they sound like race traitors.

Anyway, a Christmas comic:

A Visit from St. Marx

Scarab Sages

Probably asked-and-answered long before now, but:

Do you carry a card? ^_?


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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

I'm not familiar with them, but they sound like race traitors.

Given that they use such charming quotes as:

'Time is Money'

'Can I show you my wares?'

'Ah, potential customer'

'Can I lighten up that coin purse for you?'

'Cha-Ching!'

'Can I interest you in a payment plan?'

AND they do the 'writing' in 'books' thing, yeah... they'd probably fit what you said above.

May the downtime of the bourgeoisie allow a restful hour in one's home!


I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:

Probably asked-and-answered long before now, but:

Do you carry a card? ^_?

I do. There it is, right next to the one that claims I'm willing to donate my corpse to necrophiliacs should I die suddenly.


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{wheels out enormous cake}


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{sultry whisper:} Happy... Birthday,... Mr. Anklebiter.


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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!]


Enjoy your day. And the cake, seasoned as it is with Revolutionary Goblin Zeal.

{a voice offstage} Psst! You mean drool, not zeal!

Eh, same thing.


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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"


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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.

!!!BLACKOUT!!! Donald J. Trump at the Paul E. Tsongas Center

Gonna have to make a "Break with the Republicans and Democrats! For a Workers Party!" sign.


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Old business settled

"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.
Last night the membership, 400 + standing room, unanimously and jubilantly ratified the tentative agreements negotiated by the Team Solidarity leadership and International representative, Joe Carlson, which includes a new 4 year contract (fully retroactive) with improved wages and benefits and protects 40 years of collective bargaining progress and union rights, the immediate reinstatement of illegally fired President Andre Francois, Vice President Stevan Kirschbaum, Financial Secretary Steven Gillis and Grievance Chair Garry Murchison! Also Agreements to resolve the backlog of nearly 700 grievances as well as an Agreement to protect the integrity of the pension and a Job/Union Security Agreement from the City to 2019 guaranteeing full union and contract rights regardless of who manages school bus transportation (another Vendor or the City itself). USW 8751 and our fighting rank and file have defeated Veolia/Transdev/City union busting and have emerged stronger than ever!

"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!"

Huzzah!

Scarab Sages

What I'd want to do, if I can possibly figure out how to manage it, when Trump comes to my part of the country, is to sneak into the campaign's A-V headquarters just before The Man of the Hour is set to take the podium, and replace the CD to his chosen theme song with this just before they were set to play it.

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

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.

!!!BLACKOUT!!! Donald J. Trump at the Paul E. Tsongas Center

Gonna have to make a "Break with the Republicans and Democrats! For a Workers Party!" sign.

Geese, I must need time off.

It took me a good minute or two to realize that "welcome" was meant sarcastically.


Activist Friends of Mine in the News

Two attendees at the last CAJE meeting, although, one of them only Skyped in.

Comrade Nino: Boston protest targets Tamir Rice decision, police brutality

Sister Alexis: We will continue to fight for your King Tamir


And, speech by Minnesota comrade at the #Justice4JamarUnity march.


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The Sudden But Well-Deserved Fall of Rahm Emanuel

Democrats: The other party of racist scumbag plutocrats

Scarab Sages

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

The Sudden But Well-Deserved Fall of Rahm Emanuel

Democrats: The other party of racist scumbag plutocrats

Largely because of this guy, it sounds like. Now I know why I never liked him. He's like the Co-Pilot from Wall-E: There from the beginning to oversee the f$#&ing-up of everything.

Political Justice is like the Purple Onion of Rocky Horror fame: He NEVER makes it in time!


Not Really Activist People That I'm Not Actually Friends With On Youtube

So, I have never met him, but Lowell-area rapper D-Tension has been all over the Facebook page for the anti-Trump rally. Apparently, Ex-Mrs. Comrade used to work with him in the studio. Anyway, here's some tunez from over the years:

Los Wunder Twins Del Rap--"The Feast of Steven"

D-Tension--"Why I Love You"

D-Tension--"Retro Futuristic Backpacker Special"

D-Tension featuring Ad Frank--"Can You Stand It?"

He makes funny videos, even when the music's not so great.

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

The Sudden But Well-Deserved Fall of Rahm Emanuel

Democrats: The other party of racist scumbag plutocrats

Eh. There are racists, scumbags, and plutocrats in both major US political parties. However, it is not accurate to describe the totality of both parties as being all three of these things. For example, while plutocrat pretty much IS a requirement for a national GOP politician, it remains optional for Democrats (e.g. Bernie Sanders). 'Racist' is subjective enough that by some definitions it can be applied to the whole human race. Including Rahm Emanuel in the positive set doesn't go QUITE that far, but is a wide enough reading of the term that again nearly all Republicans and many Democrats would qualify. Scumbag is, of course, completely subjective.


CBDunkerson wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

The Sudden But Well-Deserved Fall of Rahm Emanuel

Democrats: The other party of racist scumbag plutocrats

Eh. There are racists, scumbags, and plutocrats in both major US political parties. However, it is not accurate to describe the totality of both parties as being all three of these things. For example, while plutocrat pretty much IS a requirement for a national GOP politician, it remains optional for Democrats (e.g. Bernie Sanders). 'Racist' is subjective enough that by some definitions it can be applied to the whole human race. Including Rahm Emanuel in the positive set doesn't go QUITE that far, but is a wide enough reading of the term that again nearly all Republicans and many Democrats would qualify. Scumbag is, of course, completely subjective.

Eh. While I am not wedded to the idea that the Democratic Party is comprised, in totality, of plutocrats (as opposed to serving plutocrats, an idea which I am wedded to), I am not sure citing a guy who's been a member of the party for, what?, three months?--and who joined said party to wage a, imo, quixotic campaign to inspire a grassroots rebellion to "take the party back" from the plutocrats--is very good evidence.


The upcoming protest has been covered in all the local bourgeois press, Mr. Comrade gave an interview to al-Jazeera today, there was an undercover cop at the civil disobedience training yesterday, the Party of Socialism and Liberation sent up three of their organizers from Boston and New York and our Facebook event page is attracting legitimate fascist trolls. Woo hoo! CAJE is coming up in the world!


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Donald Trump repeatedly interrupted by protesters in Lowell

Was told he was disrupted more in Lowell than he's been at any of his appearances thus far.

Yay us!


And...it's back to Brooklyn to finish my vacation week which was so rudely interrupted by the Donald.


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RT footage

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!"


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"You're out of your element! -- When do we bowl?"


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Kullen wrote:
"You're out of your element! -- When do we bowl?"

"It's like Lenin said..."


"I am the walrus."

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"I could be the walrus. I'd still have to bum rides off people."

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