Occam’s Tazer

Occam’s Tazer.

Published in: on September 19, 2012 at 11:23 am  Leave a Comment  

The Communist Daily

I’ve kind of had it with lefties. I really have. So consider this my rant on the subject.

Anarchists, communists, “progressives”, socialists and the like: Attention. I’m calling you all out. I am sick to death of the death of intellectualism on the left. I am sick to death of the cowardice. I am sick of the petty fights and the factionalism. I am sick of the ignorance and sick of those who do nothing but uphold the status quo. I am sick of those who quote from Marx but don’t have an original thought in their heads. I am sick of those who defend everything that a so called socialist state does without any regard whatsoever to the actual material conditions, geopolitical situation, or the actual policies of said socialist country or government. I am sick of the dogmatism and sick of the myopia. Sick of the nationalism and…

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Published in: on August 23, 2012 at 6:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

You cannot continue to push a machine to its limits without something eventually breaking.

The Communist Daily

Savas Metoikidis is the 45-year old teacher who hanged himself as a form of political protest in the evening of April 21 in his hometown of Stavroupoli, in northern Greece. What follows is a translation of a text he had penned for the uprising of December 2008 (greek original).

“Who are, after all, the hoodlums?

Violence is to work for 40 years for crumbs and to wonder whether you will get to retire.

Violence are the financial bonds, the looted insurance funds, the stock exchange scam.

Violence is to be forced to take out a mortgage which you end up paying as if it was made out of gold.

Violence is your boss’ right to sack you at any moment they please to do so.

Violence is unemployment, precarity, the 700 euros [monthly wage] with or without insurance contributions.

Violence are the labour “accidents” because bosses cut down their running…

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Published in: on April 30, 2012 at 7:32 am  Leave a Comment  

Trayvon Martin’s Death and What it Says About Race, Privilege, and Homicide

Trayvon Martin’s Death and What it Says About Race, Privilege, and Homicide.

Published in: on April 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hoodies – your choice of color


your choice of color


Published in: on March 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Kids in Hoods Scare Me, Too

Kids in hoods scare me, too

Kids in hoods scare me, too

Published in: on March 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The folks on the right, are not too bright… Deep in the Heart of Texas

you know all those mountains of text – letters, published opinions, books, obscure documents like the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution – written by our country’s founders that decry the establishment of a state religion, and take great measures to ensure churches and states did not mix? Yeah, that stuff won’t be in Texas (and many national) textbooks. Who’s teaching your kids again?

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clipped from education.change.org
As one of the largest states and thus largest education systems, Texas textbook standards are hugely influential. Textbook companies design textbooks based on the standards that the larger markets put out.
This means that the republican, religious, majority-focused, conservative standards being pushed in Texas will show up in classrooms all around the country.
conservatives on the Texas State Board of Education have been busy writing and passing amendments that will significantly change the content of K-12 textbooks to reflect their bias.
Christian ideas and influences play a much more important role in the establishment and development of the United States. For instance, the board gets rid of the idea of separation between church and state.
Republicans on the board believe current textbooks are too liberally biased
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Published in: on March 16, 2010 at 10:20 am  Leave a Comment  

man up, or shut up

Carville… didn’t he make cakes?
clipped from punkrockhr.com
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities

We never have honest discussions as Americans. If we did, we would talk about how the system is rigged. We are fooled into fighting over divisive cultural issues that aren’t all that divisive to anyone under 40, but we are never asked to weigh in on important issues like national security and foreign policy. We can’t get a fair shake and be involved in shaping our own economic destinies because the people in power have us arguing amongst ourselves over a smaller & smaller piece of the economic pie.

The change we seek won’t come from Obama, the GOP, or anyone on television who profits from the status quo. The revolution will come from you
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Published in: on January 14, 2010 at 11:45 am  Leave a Comment  

Dear Politician: (an open letter you may cut & paste)

Dear Elected Member of the Democratic Party:

I probably voted for you in the past election. Not because I like you, but because the other candidate most likely to win was an option I would not be able to tolerate.

I won’t make that mistake again.

I could have voted my conscience, but we both know picking any other candidate would have the same ultimate effect of writing in someone I actually I thought could represent me. I chose, instead, to vote against the one I thought would do the most harm, by casting a ballot for the one whom I believed would do less harm, but would prevent the worst from happening.

It was akin to voting on which finger to get cut off. (Go ahead, pick.)

I usually say, “it’s like being told you’re getting a vote on getting a sharp stick in the eye, and showing up and finding the choices are ‘right’ and ‘left.'”

But I feel in this case it’s finding out they’re holding a vote on cutting off one of your fingers, and you’d really like to say, “pinky,” because you don’t play piano and can count on one hand anyway, but you find the vote is open to a lot of other people, and most of them are voting either “thumb” or “index.”

I’m sure they have their reasons for their choices – maybe they dislike the way you point your index finger at them, or the things to which you give your thumbs up, and maybe they all think it’s the other fingers that are necessary, for observing marriage, rational discourse and having something you can extend whilst sipping tea – but, damnit, if you had to pick just one of those two, you’d really rather it was one and not the other.

And so you try to influence the decision in whatever small way you can.

I’m a registered Republican. Mostly because whenever I try to talk sense to someone who cannot see reason, and they counter logic with name-calling, staring in with, “you whinny, liberal, socialist…” I can say, “what do you mean? I’m a Republican.” I do believe in small, responsible government. I don’t like a government that wastes the funds its given, nor violates the trust of protection of its citizens. That is why I cannot vote for most of the candidates in the current Republican Party. They are not interested in a republic, they are fascists.

I believe this country is made up of resources, and for it to remain strong, those resources need to be protected for future generations. One of the country’s strongest resources is its people, for a country is nothing if not the people that make it up. They need protecting as well.

That is why we have governments – to protect people from those that would do them harm.

I’m changing my party affiliation to Democrat. Again, not because I like you. So I can make whatever small gesture I can to ensure you, and people like you, represent the real will of the people – more that you have the interests of the people in mind – when you do the job you are being paid to do, or you will find yourself out of a job.

As I said, I cannot vote for those who have corrupted the party of Lincoln and Roosevelt, creating a circus of hatred and anti-intellectualism, all to obscure their giving of the country itself away to corporate greed. To the extent that you continue to work with them, I cannot vote for you, either. I’m changing my affiliation so I can vote against you in the next Democratic primary.

No amount of special interest cash-funded ads will dissuade me that you’ve sold my interests to them. You may think you’re getting more votes by getting their support, but you sure as hell are losing mine.

Published in: on January 13, 2010 at 2:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

what’s wrong with mergers?

if it’s so bad, why haven’t we read anything about it?
clipped from www.salon.com

Sure, NBC’s Hulu is awesome — but now Comcast is set to own Hulu. And free television online is not part of Comcast’s business model. And Comcast is how 16 million American households connect to the Internet.

Comcast is determined to prevent the watch-whatever-you-want-free future.
massive cable companies that control broadband access to the Net for millions of Americans actually can affect the variety of options available to entertainment consumers

Do only idiots pay for cable?

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Published in: on December 7, 2009 at 10:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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