Monday, May 31, 2010

Mavi Marmara : Fight back and defend the ship!

Israel released a video they think justifies them killing people.

There is a word for when your ship is boarded by hostile armed forces in international waters: piracy or terrorism. There is one proper response (which, ironically, the US always seems to encourage against "pirates"): Fight back and defend the ship!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Israel Brutally Attacks Aid Ships

There really is little Israel can do that surprises me. Their systemic brutality is unmatched.

Israel attacked (and continues to attack) the Palestinian territory of Gaza.
Israel has blockaded Gaza making it a prison with almost no resources allowed in. Israel has inflicted malnourishment on Palestine at a level that will affect an entire generation. This collective punishment is illegal under international law and is unchecked genocide.

Recently, a flotilla of ships carrying aid set out for Gaza.
Israel attacked and stormed these ships in international waters. Up to 16 people have been killed, many more have been injured, and communications with the ships have been cut. Israel continues the assault on the aid ships even after they surrendered.

It really is shocking. Almost as shocking as how Israel's lifeline, the USA, allows this bloodthirsty genocidal aggression to go on and on and foot the bill.

AZ, oh stop!

I really am trying to not keep posting about Arizona and American xenophobia but those crazy fucks just make it so tempting...

-AZ Governor, Jan Brewer, wants to seriously militarize the US/Mexico border; with drones and helicopters killing people.

- A brown Puerto Rican American was threatened with deportation... to Mexico!

- Reports are supposedly telling us that immigrants are leaving Arizona. Well, no big surprise there. It is becoming an apartheid state and doesn't want any Brown people.

-Some entertainers boycotting Arizona:
Kanye West, Conor Oberst, Rage Against the Machine, Rise Against, Cypress Hill, Joe Satriani, Sonic Youth, Tenacious D, Street Sweeper Social Club and Michael Moore.

BP+ oil +government

BP's oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has destroyed the region. No need for me to cover that; you can find it everywhere.

HERE is a list of folks responsible (with pics). (However, I take issue with regular folks using gasoline being to blame. What are we supposed to do? Take our trash fueled time machines around town?!)

I would also like to mention that it is real popular to yell about how ineffective BP is and how little the government is doing. Of course, if the government took on the clean up job, they would divert tax money to do so... and probably hire BP's "experts" because the government just let's oil companies run wild and doesn't keep experts on the payroll.
BP execs are also all still rich enough that I doubt this bothers them the way they play like it does.

Link Roundup

California as seen by Paramount in 1927

-Fraudulent rapper (and former C.O.) Rick Ross is being sued by (the real) Ricky Ross. I was wondering when it would come to this. It is one of the most glaring examples of how fake the rap music industry is when a former prison guard can take on the name and persona of perhaps the most famous American drug dealer, start repping Piru, and be acclaimed by his peers as keeping it real.

Only utopians can divorce themselves from the actual conditions confronting them.
— Mao Zedong, On New Democracy

- Tattoos are forever, right? Not if you are rich enough. Pharrell Williams and 50Cent have both recently had their tattoos they oh-so-flaunted removed. Pharrell plans on getting new ones he likes better. Just like changing his shirt.

- Breaking news! People don't trust the government. I guess it would be reason to be excited if people actually trusted each other!

Ceremony x Cat Cafe

While in Japan, Ceremony visited a cat cafe.


Are you a terrorist?

Map of Police Raids

A detailed map of SWAT/paramilitary police raids considered "excessive" or involving the deaths of non-violent offenders/innocents.
(And you can bet there are a lot more not on the map!)

Jamaican Robin Hood?

What if the state didn't provide to your community but a certain man stepped up and provided food, education, and health care? What if that man funded such efforts with money from illegal business?

The USA wanted to arrest and extradite "Dudus" Coke on drugs/weapons charges. Charges in US law. Dudus is in Jamaican. His generous support of very poor communities has garnered him widespread support. It is difficult for any military force to find one man amongst the masses who support him. It turned into full on urban warfare and many civilians died.

The conflict is a classic example of a hollow state (Jamaica) in conflict with local sources of order (Dudus). Although his gang has more legitimacy than the state, this doesn't necessarily translate into military power, since he maintains a monopoly of force locally.
As long as the conflict was fought via barricades, the government had the chance of winning. If it expanded to include disruption of energy, water, and food to the wider population of Jamaica, the government would have been more likely to lose.

Now Dudus is reportedly handing himself over in New York.

Food Movements

Americans spend a smaller percentage of their income on food than any people in history—slightly less than 10 percent—and a smaller amount of their time preparing it: a mere thirty-one minutes a day on average, including clean-up. The supermarkets brim with produce summoned from every corner of the globe... demanding nothing more of the eater than opening the package and waiting for the microwave... The advent of fast food (and cheap food in general) has, in effect, subsidized the decline of family incomes in America.

The Food Movement is an interesting write up about how the once splintered "food movements" are coalescing around the recognition that today’s food and farming economy is “unsustainable”.
These trends in food consumption present an interesting intersection where the liberal notion of simply consuming different is rightfully displaced by the knowledge that production is what must change. That shifts the emphasis on systemic change and not on personal "responsibility/blame."

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pressvre RIP

One of the best hardcore bands of the past few years is calling it quits this weekend.

bye bye

The Bechdel Test

End Of A Year

Not too long ago, I must have heard someone mention the band End Of A Year because when I came across something of theirs for download, I didn't ignore it. Turns out they are a really good band. I describe their sound to everyone as a sort of contemporary version of Rites of Spring.

I saw End Of A Year play tonight. Good stuff. The singer was apparently delirious from being tired and it made for quite the entertainment. He rambled about "going through some shit" and then went on multiple individualistic rants which were total bullshit but, at least, highly entertaining.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Lost: Done

For years, one night a week has been dedicated to ABC's Lost. Many more hours have been dedicated to figuring it all out (until about half way through the series when I started actively trying to NOT figure it all out). Now it is done.
(minor spoilers below)

I could get upset at all the things that weren't explained or answered. I could get annoyed at the obvious fact that the show did NOT know where it was ultimately headed. I could also be pissed that it took the easy route of veering way off into supernatural religion instead of opting for a more explained (scientific) conclusion. But it was a good ride. Hell, it had to be a great ride to keep me this engaged for so long and in between so many long breaks.

The real reason why Lost's 2.5hr finale works for me is because it kept in the spirit of the entire series. Nothing was clear cut. It still left me scratching my head a bit. There was some closure and it didn't throw out years of character development (except for maybe the back-and-forth and easily forgivable Benjamin Linus). I wish we had more shows that so successfully meld genre/speculative fiction and serial drama.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

AZ: Bring It On!

LA dissed AZ and AZ threatened LA.
I can only hope this is the beginnings of war. For as much as I distaste LA, CA could totally take AZ.

White Arizonians are just scared settlers. Scared of brown babies.

The Phoenix Class War Council have said it best.

The resistance continues to broaden.

In the face of the attack, the twin "trust the politicians"/ "trust the political process" mantras that have been repeated for the last several years have become ridiculous to the point of absurdity.

The forces of reaction, armed and ready, prepare to form up to defend the border again. The National Socialist Movement, who we successfully countered last year, have re-emerged from their holes at long last and are interviewed on television by a complacent, cowardly and pitifully uncritical media afraid to call them the Nazis that they are. Things are in flux and the struggle intensifies. It's too early to call this "Bleeding Arizona", but we do wonder: are we on the verge of an explosion?

The movement leadership here in Phoenix, at least, have failed miserably in their obligation to deliver even the most modest self-defense for migrants in town, not to mention to provide a vehicle for the fight back.

While many people in states outside Arizona bemoan the backward nature of Arizona politics, it's important to note that given this flood of people from other parts of the US, Arizona's politics are not really just "Arizona's politics". They are the politics of the rest of the country, magnified -- smashed together in collapsing now but once overpriced suburbs and set on fire by long commutes to work in the company of hot-headed right wing radio jocks.

In Arizona, white people who have moved two thousand miles in just the last few years to set up their suburban homestead or to secure their cheap retirement denounce the movement of people who may have only traveled a few hundred miles, or who may have migrated back and forth for generations.

Link Roundup

- Sarah Palin thinks it should be law that everyone carry identification and be subject to stops by police.

- Americans are stupid superstitious and reject science.

- Elvis Costello canceled concerts in Israel:
"It has been necessary to dial out the falsehoods of propaganda, the double game and hysterical language of politics, the vanity and self-righteousness of public communiqués from cranks in order to eventually sift through my own conflicted thoughts. "

- Why are insured women having to pay for medical procedures?! (Free abortions on demand!)

- Americans love to say the government should cut spending but none of us believe it.

"While Barack Obama was making his latest pitch for a brand new, even more unsustainable entitlement at the health care "summit," thousands of Greeks took to the streets to riot. An enterprising cable network might have shown the two scenes on a continuous split-screen - because they're part of the same story. It's just that Greece is a little further along in the plot: They're at the point where the canoe is about to plunge over the falls. America is further upstream and can still pull for shore, but has decided, instead, that what it needs to do is catch up with the Greek canoe. Chapter One (the introduction of unsustainable entitlements) leads eventually to Chapter 20 (total societal collapse): The Greeks are at Chapter 17 or 18."
-douchebag Mark Steyn

- Mishka continue to pillage through and appropriate icons. This type of appropriation is symbolic of a vapid culture that seeks to make true the idea that nothing holds meaning.

Oil and destruction

Oil continues to destroy life and the environment in the Gulf Coast.

The US government continues to let those responsible decide how much they want to accept responsibility. The rightwing powers continue to insist that those who owned, operated, controlled, and benefited from the rig (as well as those who crafted the operating guidelines) are not responsible. (It is interesting that those same powers insist on supposed "personal responsibility".)

Corporate power continues to rule over state power.

Even the shit used to "clean" the oil spill is toxic.

Will all this continue to erode the faith people have in government? How about capitalism?

Clean up may be "impossible" (... unless humans stop their meddling?)

Capitalism cannot protect the environment.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

6.17.10 Santa Cruz

Sunday, May 16, 2010

An Open Letter to Glenn Beck from the AK Press Collective

An Open Letter to Glenn Beck

Hi Glenn.
How’s it going? Since Forbes magazine says your annual earnings are in the ballpark of $32 million, we’re guessing that it’s going pretty well. You can’t put a price on defending the little guy, right?

We are the AK Press collective. In case the word “collective” throws you, it means people who work together toward a shared goal in a democratic manner, without bosses or leaders, and with everyone having an equal say in each decision. For us, that shared goal is publishing and distributing books. If you want, you can learn more about us here:

We’re thrilled that you featured our book
We Are an Image of the Future: The Greek Revolts of 2008 on your May 3rd show. We were, however, a little confused by your description of the book, and the way that it fit into the overall argument you made.

Okay, to be honest, we weren’t sure what your argument was. We watched the clip on YouTube a dozen times, but it was beyond us. Of course, you’re the guy with television, radio, publishing, and Internet empires. We probably spend too much time thinking about rent, food, and health insurance to fully understand the big picture you’re painting.

We do, however, know a few things. We’re anarchists and we publish books about anarchism. We Are an Image from the Future is one of them. Now, we assume that you actually read the books you talk about on your show. Yet you somehow managed to claim that a book written by and about anarchists was “written by communist revolutionaries.” “They are not anarchists,” you claimed, “but they will use anarchy to their favor.”

As you made clear earlier in your show, you know the difference between Communism and Anarchism. We don’t want to split hairs by bringing up the complex history of communism (with a small “c”), which includes both democratic and nasty authoritarian versions. So we’ll stay on your page here and say, yes, when Communists take state power it’s always ugly. But, as you must know, anarchism has always opposed state Communism. State Communism is the ultimate “big government.” You won’t find an anarchist on this planet in favor of that. Not to mention that, historically, when Communists get in the driver’s seat, anarchists are usually the first to face the firing squad. The capitalists usually get cushy managerial positions.

So we asked ourselves: What could account for this guy waving around a book written and published by anarchists, while never quoting a single word from it, and then going on to associate the book with political groups—like the Revolutionary Communist Party and the Workers World Party—that no one in the book, or associated with the book, would endorse? How could he miss something so obvious?

Then it dawned on us: you’re afraid of anarchists. You’re not afraid of the fake media portrayal of anarchists as bomb-throwing maniacs: that’s your bread and butter. You’re afraid of real anarchists, the actual ideas they espouse, the real work they do.

We don’t blame you, Glenn. When we sift through your rants, we realize that there’s a lot of overlap between you and anarchists. The difference is that anarchists are more honest, aren’t part of the same elites they criticize, and they make a lot more sense. They see you, and raise you one.

Like you, we believe that people’s lives would be much better off without government intervention. Centralized power suppresses individual and community initiative and keeps people from achieving their full potential. Like you, we don’t think the solution to our current economic crisis lies in socialized industry or new layers of well-paid government bureaucrats. And, like you and many of your tea party pals, we agree that bankers and fat-cat corporate elites aren’t exactly concerned with our best interests. As you put it, it’s time to take down the folks who “line their pockets with wealth gained from enslaving a whole group of people.” And, although you seemed a bit confused on this point, that means putting “people before profits,” which is pretty much the central concern of the protesters in Greece right now. And we mean all people, regardless of income, race, gender, sexuality, or immigration status.

You’re right: we’re revolutionaries. But aren’t you? Remember the part of the Declaration of Independence that says that when a government starts screwing with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, “it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it”? As anarchists, we’re dedicated to the idea of abolishing the state and capitalism altogether. We believe that without the coercive relations and competition imposed by governments and markets, people would be free to create a more just society in which resources are controlled collectively and decisions are made by the people who are affected by them. We don’t want a government (revolutionary or otherwise); we want a society based on cooperation and common sense instead of arbitrary power and exploitation.

From what sense we can make of your show, you seem happy with “altering” rather than “abolishing” a screwed-up system. For you, replacing the old boss with a new one (Sarah Palin?) is good enough. We understand that you’re confused–these are confusing times. But, deep down, you and the tea partiers know that you can’t trust any politician, or banker, or corporate hack, or union bureaucrat…or anyone who makes their living sucking power and profit from ordinary people. Which, unfortunately, probably includes multi-millionaires like you.

So, Glenn, we’re guessing that’s why you’re so afraid of us. We don’t fit neatly into your black-and-white formula. You simply borrow some of the best ideas from our 150-year-old anti-authoritarian tradition. We take those same ideas and not only run with them, but improve on them. We follow the logic to its ethical conclusion. And we include corporate media moguls like you in our Hall of Infamy.

But we’re reasonable folk. We understand that you find it scary to think about what will happen when ordinary people realize that they actually have the power to make their own decisions and take control of their own lives. So, here’s what we suggest:

Just admit you’re afraid of us. Admit that your passionate and convoluted rants are a nervous dance around your inability to support real freedom (anarchism) over unbridled power (Communism and capitalism). And then use your massive wealth and power for the forces of good.

The AK Press Collective

Let's Talk Anarchy

The Riot Or The Attack is an excellent critique of the current trends in anarchy and the MayDay related riots. The writing defines the differences between riots and attacks. It also correctly comments on the strong need for communication.

anarchists in the US no longer need to be so desperate for a riot that they are willing to throw everything away just to get their game on. Less combative anarchists have intuited a weakness in this new direction, a potential for isolation and repression, but unfortunately for everyone they couched it in the tired old terms of a fetishization of violence.

We had to come to this point. And if we back off now rather than charge across this line, we will deflate, putter around a laberinth of invective and disconnected bicycle repair workshops for a few more years, and then once we regain lost steam only have to face this challenge again... let's spread lessons, or we'll only retreat and have to come this way again.

A riot expands. It is spontaneous, or it takes hold amidst a backdrop of social struggle.

The attack is good because it gives us strength and confidence, it helps us manifest as a material force in the social conflicts, it illuminates the rage and dissension brewing in the ranks of capital,it disrupts the illusion of democratic peace even at times of lower social tension, and it communicates that we have an enemy, and this enemy is easy to attack.

Does a disdain for populist mass movements mean that we want to be alone in our struggle? That would certainly be a caricature of the insurrectionary. If the strongest motion of capitalism is the movement towards alienation, than the strongest attack would be the one that communicates, the one that connects us, the one that mixes us, the one that overcomes isolation.


Another interesting read is Sound-bite Vandalism.

This writing seems to be written for a non-anarchist audience and does a nice job of communicating what anarchy is / can be and some of the current manifestations.

Coming out of Asheville (as did Sound-bite Vandalism), Eli Scott attempts to explain that anarchy has a long history of successful social struggle. While I would characterize some of Scott's tone as liberal, it does point to an important idea.
Social war is a long and protracted struggle. Anarchists can't expect to see utopia in their lifetime and shouldn't consider everything lost when they don't. Anarchists have contributed to major progress in society. It is a dangerous road to discredit this and accept the only victory as absolute destruction of this social order.

Fight Xenophobia

America's xenophobic/nativist settler parade continues.

In addition to requiring everyone in Arizona to carry identification, the fake interim Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill banning ethnic studies.
This ethnic studies ban is coded in the most insanely backwards way. These Whites in Arizona are convinced that they are a persecuted minority fighting for their racial survival/purity. The measure prohibits classes that "advocate ethnic solidarity, that are designed primarily for students of a particular race or that promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group".

State schools chief Tom Horne said he believes the Mexican-American studies program wrongfully teaches Latino students that they are oppressed by white people. Uh... I think THAT is pretty fuckin evident by the laws you keep passing!

So first AZ strips segments of Latinos of the right to vote, then subjects them to having to provide ID at the whim of racist cops, and now the state rewrites the history books by excluding their historical contributions in schools.
And this is hugely popular in the state!

These boycott calls for Arizona has the state very worried. Phoenix, which already has suffered convention cancellations because of Arizona's new immigration law, risks losing as much as $90 million in hotel and convention business over the next five years because of the controversy, according to city estimates.

This paranoia is reaching far beyond Arizona. Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Scott Brown (R-MA), along with Congressmen Jason Altmire (D-PA) and Charlie Dent (R-PA) have introduced a Bill that would allow citizens to be stripped of citizenship before convicted of any crime. These steps are always taken under the guise of expelling evil foreign elements from the USA but they always affect all dissidents.

The Phoenix Class War Council provides the excellent example of Luigi Galleani and the anarchists of Barre.

top 10 myths about immigration

Link Roundup

Link Roundup: Music

- Crawdaddy Magazine has an interesting article with Lyle Preslar (most famously known for playing guitar in Minor Threat).
Preslar is now a lawyer and offers some interesting details on punk in the very early 80's and the origins of Samhain.

- The LA Weekly does an AMAZING job of tracking down everyone in the cover shot of 1987's NWA And The Posse.
Not only do we find out where they are now and that everyone hates Candyman (yes! Mr. Knockin Boots is in the photo!) but the article shows how crafted NWA's image was.

- Crusher is a band from Boston. They rock pretty hard with some grinding grooving hardcore mixed with more chaotic sounds. What caught my interest is their song entitled "I Am Marion Delgado." Marion Delgado was a five-year-old boy who put a slab of concrete on a railroad track and derailed a passenger train. He reinforced the potential damage that the small can inflict on the powerful and was often invoked by Weather Underground.

"I Was A Teenage Anarchist"

Against Me! | MySpace Music Videos

- Tom Gabel of Against Me! wrote his explanation of what the song "I Was A Teenage Anarchist" is about. He describes the police brutality that politicized him and how he became a teenage anarchist. Then, just as in the song, he goes on to describe the anarchist milieu as too rigid and, I guess, too critical.
In the end, he comes off as some privileged kid whose anarchy was more akin to "don't tell me what to do" than any idea of social transformation. While I don't necessarily care about his personal definition so long as he is still committed to anarchy in some of the ways he does describe it (but is he?!), releasing "I Was A Teenage Anarchist" as a single without the context he provides in his writing just makes the song sound like it is anti-anarchy.

Brandon Darby Is a Rich Snitch

Egomaniacal snitch and agent provocateur Brandon Darby is now fashioning himself a respectable rightwing pundit. What a great path to making money.

Darby from Conservative Blog Watch

Chatting with G Gordon Liddy

Darby's recurring column on BigGovernment

Darby also loves to tow the 'I used to be one of them so listen to all my lies' line.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Hardcore/Punk Excitement

It has been a long time since I have been excited (or even mildly interested) in any new hardcore/punk to come out.
At the end of last year I even tepidly nominated Blacklisted's "No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me" as a fave of 2009. Almost six month's later and I realize how quickly I grew bored of it.

I recently found some excitement in hardcore again with two songs:

-Lion Of Judah - "18" from Number-rology ep
Really all three songs on the Number-rology comp are great. The have a good mix of 80's hardcore with elements of Rites of Spring and Fugazi. This ep was released in late 2009 by YoungBlood Records and I think the label and band failed big time as far as getting the word out or having any significant web presence.
(I would provide a link to purchase but can't find one in stock.)

-Ceremony - "Sick" from Rohnert Park ep
Ceremony was my favorite band after their first 7'' but I couldn't listen to any of their other releases all the way through. With every 30 seconds of greatness, one had to wade through a minute of ambient droning noise. I think Ceremony's new recorded material are heading in a different direction and I love it. This song "Sick" is a lot more rock n roll than chaotic punk and just jams on and on. The lyrics get a thumbs up as well. I am excited to hear more of the new stuff.
(Buy here)

I am sure you can find the songs/ep's for free download easy enough. I did. If you do, I highly suggest supporting these bands in some form... Buying music is dead but going to shows or buying t-shirts isn't!)

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Will Smelko vetoes Israel Divestment

On 18 March 2010, the Student Senate approved a bill (SB118A) to divest from companies that provide military support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine. UC Berkeley's Zionist student body president Will Smelko vetoed SB118A a week later, and the bill was voted on again on 14 April and 28 April was the last debate considering the bill. However, the count was one vote short of the two-thirds majority (14 votes) needed to override the veto.

I cannot fucking believe that after all the hard work and the vote in favor of divestment, one shitty dude derailed the process. So much for any facade of democracy. The Zionists involved AIPAC (and AIPAC's money) and had Hillel issued ultimatums with undertones of intimidation.

More Failure Strategy

I have touched on "Failure Strategy" HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Faisal Shahzad's smoking car in Times Square provided yet another excellent example of failure strategy and still no one realized it.

It was interesting how, initially, the scale of damage capable of the "bomb" was downplayed. As if to assure the public there was nothing to fear... Until fear became a useful tool. Now keywords ("fireball" "hundreds of people") are being used to describe what could have happened but even the media itself is presenting the shortcomings of the bomb.

They caught dude. Apparently he was on a watch list but not the no fly list. What are these lists?!?!?!? They love to tell us that would-be terrorists have been caught using these lists. They calmly tell us that maybe these lists aren't perfect and just need to be more encompassing. Show us the criteria for these lists! If every Muslim or radical is on the list then, of course, whoever they end up catching would be on the meaningless list!


And now apparently anyone can report anything as "suspicious" in Times Square and shut the whole place down. Excellent.

AZ Immigration Law is Racist. Surprise!

The Immigration Law Reform Institute (ILRI) helped draft AZ's new law allowing the law to demand identification from anyone.
ILRI was established by The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

The founder, chief ideologue and long-time funder of FAIR [John Tanton] is a racist. Key staff members have ties to white supremacist groups, some are members, and some have spoken at hate group functions. FAIR has accepted more than $1 million from a racist foundation devoted to studies of race and IQ, and to eugenics - the pseudo-science of breeding a better human race that was utterly discredited by the Nazi euthanasia program. It spreads racist conspiracy theories.

FAIR/ILRI are pushing racist shit in other states including California. They also get paid to train Sheriff Joe Arpaio's men on how to round up Brown people.


Arizona State Senate Majority leader Chuck Gray, a proponent of the recent immigration bill, was following 2 Nazi organizations' feeds on Twitter... until he was called out this past week.

Link Roundup

Blackwater Rules The World

Real gangsters don't appear on film.

An audio recording of a recent, private speech delivered by Erik Prince, the reclusive Christian warrior and founder of Blackwater/Xe, has been obtained by The Nation. It provides a glimpse into his views and future plans and reveals details of previously undisclosed activities of Blackwater/Xe (which we, the USA, fund).

-Blackwater/Xe operates 4 Forward Operating Bases in Afghanistan.
-Blackwater/Xe operates in Pakistan (which contradicts the official public Blackwater/Xe and US government line that Blackwater/Xe is not in Pakistan).
-Blackwater/Xe operative took down the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W Bush in Baghdad.
-Blackwater/Xe forces were the first military force to act in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
-Blackwater/Xe tried to invade Haiti after the earthquake but were held back by lawyers.

Prince has also been railing against government spending... Except, I guess, when all that fuckin money goes into his own pockets. He says the biggest threat to the USA is the US government.

What does it mean when the strongest mercenary military force on the planet positions itself as an adversary of the US? 90% of Blackwater/Xe's funding comes from the USA. Could this private army be bleeding its adversary dry while making a profit? Perhaps Blackwater/Xe is positioning itself to take over from a weakened USA.

Teenage Anarchist?

"I Was A Teenage Anarchist"

Against Me! | MySpace Music Videos

uh... I still wanna set the world on fire.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Happy Birthday Marx

Today is the birthday of Karl Marx; born in 1818.

Marx is probably the most important and most revolutionary "philosopher" and writer in modern history. His analysis of class, criticism of capital, and exploration of socialism were unlike any that had come before, more in depth than most sense, and still provide an essential foundation to understanding society.

“the philosophers have only interpreted the world, the point is to change it”

Glenn Beck Loves Anarchist Books.

Glenn Beck launched into a 10min nonsensical tirade telling us that American unions are using communist revolutionaries to destroy the USA. His proof is random photos and anarchist literature.

I don't know that I can even encourage you to watch the clip.
It makes no sense at all. Basically Beck does his usual listing of names, organizations, and ideologies as if by saying them all at once, they are magically connected in some master conspiracy.

I am sure his viewers ate it up. Maybe they will keep giving us money by buying anarchist books.

(Does he purposely misconstrue fundamental politics or is he seriously have the political education of a 4 year old?)

Monday, May 03, 2010

Santa Cruz Knows How To Get Down

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Finally getting what was coming

BANA Beatdown

As SF celebrated MayDay, several xenophobic groups held a counter-protest against immigration. Among them was BANA, a group of Nazis masquerading as anarchists... Because apparently nothing says anarchy like racism and supporting laws explicitly enforcing national borders.

These BANA frauds got a piece of their due. As they left their protest, they had their asses handed to them. Unfortunately, the ass kickers had been tailed by undercover pigs protecting the Nazis. Reports have said that the BANA fuckers carried weapons so they must have feared an attack.

The best part is BANA's apparent glee at the chance to tell their story to any media outlet who will listen. Don't they know real anarchists don't talk to journos?

Vegan Bakesales on the rise

... will suppression follow?

I knew that vegan bakesales raising funds for various local charities have become popular. I didn't know they had become popular enough for CNN to pay attention. Are they popular enough for the law to pay attention?

By The Time We Get To Arizona (continues)

USA's goose-step towards a fascist White homeland (for the descendants of imperialist settlers) continues. It is like a contest between these devils to see who can outdo the next.

Pat Bertroche, Republican in Iowa, suggests we round up foreign citizens, implant tracking devices on them against their will, and track their movement.

Teachers in Arizona must have a White American accent in order to teach.

Alabama douchelord Tim James

Behind all this blatant racism in places such as Arizona is a calculated mentality to enforce White dominance on communities in the Latino desert. If you can't instruct Spanish speakers in Spanish or provide them social services in their language(s), you are ensuring their status as second class citizens/workers. Work has already been done to block Latin votes.

Link Roundup

Gulf Grey Area

If you are unaware that a BP oil rig has destroyed the Gulf of Mexico, get caught up.

This spill is, of course, catastrophic. It goes along with an idea I have had for a while; That areas of the planet will just become "grey zones" due to events such as these. Grey zones will not be able to sustain much life and will be essentially 'dead.'
The same Gulf Coast region was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and we still see the effects of that... and how it disproportionately affects those without money, resources, and/or mobility.

The blood is on the hands of the oil industry and all the pocketed politicians who allow their unchecked actions.

Aren't a lot of the marshlands of that region created by humans anyway?