Archive for May, 2010

Rouge Forum Update! Paris Commune! Fightbacks, War, $, Betrayals, and More!

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Between May 28 and 30, 1871, the Paris Commune Fell: Yale Class on the Commune:

A Shorter View of the Commune via Art (Hidden History in France):

Karl Marx on the Commune (“does capitalist education teach youth to struggle for justice?”):

In late May, 1989, Students Began the Protests at Tiananmen Square (about 23 years after the “Red Army” smashed the Cultural Revolution, Shot for Singing the Internationale):

Little Red Schoolhouse

White House Appears to Dump Teacher Bailout:
“A $23 billion payout to save thousands of educators’ jobs faltered Thursday — perhaps for good — to election-year jitters among moderate Democrats over deficit spending and only lukewarm support from the White House.”

Adjuncts! File For UCB Now!
“The New Faculty Majority, a national adjunct advocacy group, plans to formally announce on Monday a campaign to push more out-of-work adjuncts to file for unemployment insurance between academic terms and during summer breaks.”

Life is Good in Kalamazoo:
“Jeremiah is a kindergartener in Kalamazoo Public Schools, which is working to create a college-going culture for its students starting as early as preschool. Sparking the district’s effort was the Kalamazoo Promise, a program launched in 2006 by anonymous donors that pays college tuition for high school graduates in the district.”
From The Detroit News:

Schools as Huge Markets:
“Detroit Public Schools on Thursday announced the kickoff of work under the $500.5-million bond that voters approved in November.”

So Long Adjunct! CSU System Down 10% Profs:
“California State University lost 10% of its teaching force in the last year, a result of crippling budget cuts that reduced job opportunities on many campuses…”,0,7299435.story

The CSU System’s Programs: Home to Fear, Secrecy, Racism, Ignorance and Opportunism: The California State University sought dismissal Monday of a lawsuit seeking documents related to a campus fundraising appearance by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, arguing that it has already released more than 3,000 records about the controversial event. The request was in response to a lawsuit filed last month against Cal State Stanislaus and its private foundation by the nonprofit government watchdog group Californians Aware. The lawsuit alleges that campus officials who are state employees are violating the California Public Records Act by withholding documents related to Palin’s June 25 appearance at the university’s 50th anniversary gala. The group and other open-government advocates have been seeking details of Palin’s contract, including her speaking fee.,0,5242734.story

Underground History of the USA by Jim Obrien and Nick Thorkelson (good stuff for teachers):

We Say Fightback:

Puerto Rico Strike Still on and Spreading:
“Monday, May 24 marked the sixth week of a student strike at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) after protests at the main Río Piedras campus began on April 21. Students are protesting $100 million budget cuts, increases in tuition, and changes to the university program. While the student strike was intended to be only a 48 hour stoppage, the university administration was unwilling to negotiate with students, leading to an expansion and prolongation of the strike. The UPR administration shut down the university, which serves 65,000 students, after the April 21 protest at the main campus resulted in a confrontation with the police.”

Michigan School Workers Rally vs Cuts:
“The Legislature wants to steal more with a tax on retirement and give you no guarantee of health benefits when you do retire,” he told the crowd. “What’s your response to that?” prompting another shout of “enough is enough.”

Lori Berenson, Free at Last:

A Michigan Teacher Calls For More than Unionism as Usual: “The MEA leadership even signed on to the Race To the Top Bribery Scheme..”

Chinese Workers Strike Auto Plant: “Strikes have occurred before at Chinese-owned factories and on rare occasions at foreign-owned plants. But the authorities have typically hushed them up and either sought a quick deal or sent in the police. The 1,900 workers at the Honda factory here have been on strike to demand higher pay since early last week, and on Friday there was no resolution in sight…”

Perpetual War Front:

Gore Vidal: Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace

Oops. Sorry About Those Dead Civilians, Again: “Human error was blamed Saturday for a missile and rocket attack by US forces on vehicles in war-torn Afghanistan that resulted in the death of 23 civilians, a military statement said. The incident on February 21 sparked widespread anger at the presence of international troops in Afghanistan, and an apology from the commander of NATO forces in the country, US General Stanley McChrystal.

Yes. It is a Promise: Endless War: “For the next “five to 10 years,” the U.S. military likely will remain engaged in the same kinds of conflicts it has been fighting since 2001, said Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright.”

Crow Hopping to Iran: U.S. Expands Base in Afghanistan: “A U.S. plan to upgrade its airbase in southwestern Afghanistan just 20 miles from Iran’s border will likely rile the Islamic regime, bolstering suspicions the West is trying to pressure it with military might, analysts say. The Defense Department is requesting $131 million in its fiscal year 2011 budget to upgrade Shindand Air Base so it can accommodate more commando helicopters, drone surveillance aircraft, fuel and munitions.”

Poway Ca. Company Wins Drone Contract: War Means Work: “there is no question that the Predator has been the technological star of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan”

Rats! The Afghans are Still in Marja!
“Barack Obama’s plan to begin pulling American troops out of Afghanistan in July 2011 is colliding with the realities of the war. There aren’t enough U.S. and Afghan forces to provide the security that’s needed to win the loyalty of wary locals
Read more:

Obamagogue’s Assassins Still on the Loose (shhh! Secret!):
“sending of American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to gather intelligence and build ties with local forces. Officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate….as American troops assume roles far from traditional combat, they would be at risk of being treated as spies if captured and denied the Geneva Convention protections afforded military detainees.”

War Vitalizes Capitalism: “KIRCHNER: I said that a solution for the problems right now, I told Bush, is a Marshall Plan. And he got angry. He said the Marshall Plan is a crazy idea of the Democrats. He said the best way to revitalize the economy is war. And that the United States has grown stronger with war.”

Solidarity Forever Front:

Former NEA Boss Reg Weaver Brags About NEA Support for the demagogue, Obama:

What did Weaver Get For This? $686,949 (strangely, about $264,000 more than any other NEA boss, past or present):

Convict Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick and Convict Paramour Beatty

Thug Mayor Of Detroit Sentenced (Second Round, Third Follows):

Goon Detroit Mayor Whines At Sentencing Hearing (Video):

Detroit’s Gangster Mayor Sentenced to 5 Bullets: “- Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 18 months to five years in prison today by Wayne Circuit Judge David Groner, who said the former mayor engaged in “contemptible behavior” by hiding assets from the court in violation of his probation.” From The Detroit News:–loses-job#ixzz0oyKf2pQ6

Judge Explains Sentence to the Racists’ Favorite Mayor, Kilpatrick:

Bad Week for Mayors: Cancun’s Busted: “The charges against Mayor Gregorio Sanchez, who is on leave to run for governor of the state of Quintana Roo, add new force to worries that organized crime groups have infiltrated Mexican politics at all levels and are undermining the country’s fragile moves toward a real democracy”,0,1967342.story

Sellout UAW Hack Ron Gettlefinger ($157, 750 in 2009 per his LM2–UAW spent $9.7 Million on Political Action in 2009) on His Devotion to the Auto Bosses: “Outgoing United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger said it is a “fair question” whether the $14-an-hour starting wage for new workers at Detroit’s Big Three automakers is enough so they can buy the cars they will build.” From The Detroit News:—We-did-what-we-have-to-do–to-save-UAW-jobs#ixzz0pCDdRIxv

UAW Lost 76,000 Members in 2009, Down to 355,000: How the Corrupt Unionites Stay on Top: “disgruntled UAW members recently filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards, charging top union officials with using their offices to give friends and family members jobs…”

More on UAW Goonsters: “I once had a friend who was elected as a convention delegate to represent our plant. The night before the convention he was given a slate of candidates spelling out whom and what he was to vote for. Once inside the convention hall, the officials in charge of the proceedings took total control. Any delegate who raised an objection was shouted down and told they were out of order. If the delegate persisted, he was physically removed from his seat by security for disrupting the meeting,” Bowman said.”

Workers Give Boss Gettlefinger a Valentine:

Rank and Filers at 2007 UAW Conference Warn About Health Care Shift–Silenced:

NUMMI UAW is a Crock of Shit But Members Have No Voice (watch the thugs work):

Turncoat Lyrics: Anti-Flag:

Criminal with protection of the Law
Criminal with protection of the law! The law!

Criminal with protection of the law!

What Should be Done With Quislings?:

Oops There Goes the Economy:

On to 140! 73rd US Bank Fails in 2010 (nice map too): “Regulators seized Pinehurst Bank, based in St. Paul, Minn. Friday. The failure brought the number of U.S. banks closed this year to 73. That’s double the 36 banks seized last year at this time. The number of bank failures is expected to peak this year and to be slightly higher than the 140 that fell in 2009…Regulators have closed 238 banks since 2008.”

Obamagogue: “Stim Me! Stim Me! But Not Unnecessarily!” :”centrist Democrats, or those representing marginal districts, might vote against the spending measures, which include more loans for small businesses, an extension of unemployment insurance and aid to states to prevent hundreds of thousands more teachers from being laid off. The move comes at a time when last year’s $787bn stimulus is wearing off.

UCB Extension to be Killed by Democrats? “benefits are about to expire again. This time, the fight’s going to be harder. Now it’s not just between the.”

Emerging Fascism

Bob Herbert in the NYTimes on the current Capitalist State: “This is the bitter reality of the American present, a period in which big business has cemented an unholy alliance with big government against the interests of ordinary Americans, who, of course, are the great majority of Americans. The great majority of Americans no longer matter.”

Cops Attack Students in Puerto Rico:

Obmagogue Sends 1200+ Troops to Border (How About to BP?): “Obama will send 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said Tuesday, pre-empting Republican plans to try to force votes on such a deployment.”

Detroit’s Killer Cops are Costly: “As Michigan State Police investigators sort out the shooting of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, one aspect is clear: Detroit taxpayers will pay. Legal experts say the family’s lawsuit against Detroit surely will result in a multimillion-dollar payout. And for the financially strapped city, that would only add to the more than $39 million paid out in police lawsuits between July 2006 and June 2009…”
From The Detroit News:

Spy vs Spy

New York Times Photo Exhibit of Operation Condor (leaves out the Central Role of the USA):

CIA Fantasizes About Saddam–Resurrect J. Edgar Hoover! : “create a video purporting to show the Iraqi dictator having sex with a teenage boy, according to two former CIA officials familiar with the project.”

The Heavens Weep:

Is There Some Reason Beheading is Wrong?

Oil Spill Booming School 101 (not for the kiddies):

Top Kill and Gulf Murder: ” BP has abandoned its most recent “top kill” effort to contain its runaway oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, a company official announced Saturday evening.”After three full days, we have been unable to overcome the flow,” said the company’s chief operating officer, Doug Suttles at a news conference in Robert, La. “. . . This scares everybody, the fact that we can’t make this well stop flowing, or the fact that we haven’t succeeded so far.” Video Follows Read more:

Obamagogue (BP Funding Recipient) on Deepwater Drilling March 31 2010: “That’s why my administration will consider potential areas for development in the mid and south Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, while studying and protecting sensitive areas in the Arctic.  That’s why we’ll continue to support development of leased areas off the North Slope of Alaska, while protecting Alaska’s Bristol Bay. There will be those who strongly disagree with this decision, including those who say we should not open any new areas to drilling.”

Obamagogue and BP: “BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Donations come from a mix of employees and the company’s political action committees — $2.89 million flowed to campaigns from BP-related PACs and about $638,000 came from individuals. On top of that, the oil giant has spent millions each year on lobbying — including $15.9 million last year alone — as it has tried to influence energy policy.”
Read more:

The Near Seamless Interaction of Government and Corps as Fascism Emerges: “Federal regulators responsible for oversight of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico allowed industry officials several years ago to fill in their own inspection reports in pencil — and then turned them over to the regulators, who traced over them in pen before submitting the reports to the agency

BP Takes the Fifth: “WASHINGTON — A top BP worker who was aboard the Deepwater Horizon in the hours leading up to the explosion declined to testify in front of a federal panel investigating the deadly oil rig blowout, telling the U.S Coast Guard he was invoking his constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination.” Read more:

John Bellamy Foster on Capital and the Ecological Crises: “The most serious ecological threat is of course global warming, which is inducing widespread, multi-faceted climate change, with disastrous implications for life on earth. But in a wider sense, the global environmental crisis involves manifold problems and cannot be reduced to global warming alone. These multiple hazards have a common source in the world economy, including: the extinction of species, loss of tropical forests (as well as forest ecosystems generally), contamination of and destruction of ocean ecology, loss of coral reefs, overfishing, disappearing supplies of fresh water resources, the despoliation of lakes and rivers, desertification, toxic wastes, pollution, acid rain, the approaching exhaustion of easily available crude oil resources, urban congestion, the detrimental effects of large dams, world hunger, overpopulation, etc. Together these threats constitute the greatest challenge to the survival of humanity since its prehistory.

Hey Look! Magic!

Bother Not the Rapists–Investigate Those Nuns! “They’ve taught legions of Detroit-area Catholics. They’ve taken on major corporations. They are watchdog nuns who have urged U.S. companies to be socially responsible. But to the Vatican, the Adrian Dominican congregation of 850 progressive nuns may be a problem, especially under the conservative papacy of Pope Benedict XVI.” “The secularized culture has penetrated into the minds and hearts of some consecrated persons and some communities, where it is seen as an opening to modernity and a way of approaching the contemporary world,” said Rodé, in a talk this year.

Are We, Like, Totally “Lost?” Ya Know What I’m Sayin’?” Whatever: “But you have to think that the gauzy, vaguely religious, more than a little mawkish ending of ‘Lost’ – “Touched by a Desmond” — will not sit well with a lot of the show’s fans. Many of them will have thought that things were going pretty well for the first two and a quarter hours of the final episode, as the producers treated them to a series of montaged moments in the sideways reality world, in which the main characters regained their memories of the island. But then came the ending, in which most of the main cast members gathered at a church for the big reveal: they were all dead.” Ah, like, so was the audience…


We’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad:

“Subordination is a cardinal principle of organized labor—subordination to the employer, subordination to each other according to rank and natural precedence. It is based upon a just conception of the rights of men in their relation to property. All men, however, are entitled to justice and humane treatment.

The discipline of corporate forces is as absolute as that of a man of war. Obedience to superior authority is unqualified. It is, however, the privilege and duty of every subordinate in emergencies, when an order is given, to make such suggestions as the circumstances of the case demand. Here his responsibility ends, except in criminal cases.

An order once given, must be obeyed. Absolutism such as this involves grave responsibilities. It presupposes skill, accurate knowledge and appreciation.” (1896 or in school today?)

Thanks to AG, The Joes, Tony, Adam, Gina, Candy, Manuel, Sherry, Marc, Happy Birthday Beau!, Paul M, Rick P, Mike L, Doug, Perry and Kathy, Mintia, Marisol, Donna, Don and Betty, TC, Doug and Connie, Crystal, Sherry, Marc and Bonnie, Bill B, Greg and Katie, The Susans, George and Sharon, Billy P, Frank L, Arturo, Ruben, Edgar, Daniel, Monica, and Jennine.

In memory to those millions who died fighting fascism, racism, nationalism, sexism, and irrationalism of all kinds.

Good luck to us, every one.