02 Sep 2012

The Marikana Massacre, the Death of the ANC and the fight to complete the South African Revolution

The African National Congress (ANC) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) are largely dominated by the Stalinists of the South African Communist Party (SACP). The ANC was formed in 1912 as a response to the formation of the Union of South Africa (1), a colonialist government dominated

02 Sep 2012

Slaughter, Rinse, Repeat

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. -Churchill Before we can learn from history, we need to know real history — as opposed to the politically-approved narratives of our schooling.  Historians, servants of the establishment, are paid to bury the truth and whistle past the graveyard; so we

02 Sep 2012

Prisoner Support: Some thoughts…

“Zoos are full, prisons are overflowing. My, how the world still dearly loves a cage” -Maude  (Yes, Harold And Maude.) In the early 90’s I started hearing about a man named Mumia Abu-Jamal and his death sentence. I heard the details of his case and why people felt he was

02 Sep 2012

Eastwood’s epic rant cut from RNC video; NYT reports no one on Team Romney vetted the remarks

You’d think that the RNC’s mystery guest would get included in its highlight reel for the convention, but Uncle Clint’s rambling batsh*t rant didn’t make the cut (ABC): A video mash-up of speakers from last week’s Republican National Convention does not include an appearance from the “mystery RNC speaker,” Clint

02 Sep 2012

RNC delegates visit Disney’s EPCOT and are appalled at presence of ‘Mexican’ at American Pavilion

It’s a Small World, After All…apparently not small and white enough for these GOP delegates. They like that small tent, even when at Disney World. During a trip to Epcot at Disneyworld, Pennsylvania delegate Mark Harris and his wife were shocked and offended to find a Mexican employee working at

02 Sep 2012

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Liar

Paul Krugman on the Rosie Ruiz Republican: Obviously nobody cares how fast Mr. Ryan can run, and even his strange marathon misstatement wouldn’t be worth talking about in isolation. What makes this incident so striking is, instead, the way it resonates with the essential Rosie-Ruizness of Mr. Ryan’s whole political

02 Sep 2012

Sunday Late Night: Clint’s Cunning Stunt

It wasn’t the chair that disturbed me, after watching Clint Eastwood’s cunning stunt a second, and then a third, time. It was Clint’s argument with the invisible man in the chair. Our invisible president, America’s first African-American president: Clint made me realize that, for some people — the people in that hall — the past sixty years haven’t been any progress at all.

02 Sep 2012

Audit of Apple’s Chinese Factories Reveals Bandaid Reforms

Apple wants you to know it’s working hard to fix the biggest bruise on its reputation: the treatment of workers in its vast production chain. So for the past several months, the company has partnered with the Fair Labor Association, a mainstream watchdog group, to audit factory conditions at Apple’s most notorious supplier company, Foxconn. FLA says in its “remediation verification” report that Foxconn has tightened oversight of its ultra-efficient machine.

But the changes have mostly aimed to clean up some of the excesses of Apple’s labor system without shifting its fundamental structure.

02 Sep 2012

Melissa Harris-Perry’s Excellent Rant: I’m Sick of the Idea That Being Wealthy Is Risky.

For anyone who has wondered why cable journalists Never call out BS to their guests of a certain ignorant ideology, it happens once in a Blue Moon.