Christ, I don't know if the Kool-Aid can last another eight days. What would Tommy have done?
Monday, January 29, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
If the traffic to the blog is anything to go by, I'm guessing that tonight's 'Law and Order' was a repeat of their 'Scumwatch' episode.
I wonder what American readers think when they find this old post from the blog, rather than a link to a fictitious website dedicated to outing paedophiles? And why are they looking for it in the first place?
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Via the NYC IWW Newsletter Wobbly City:
Saturday, January 27th @ 71 Troutman St. , Bklyn. , NY .
Doors open @ 8. Music @ 9.
$7 before 10pm. $10 after 10pm.
'Red Card' specials all night!
$2 beers. $3 cocktails.
In an attempt to rise out of sweatshop conditions, local workers in the Brooklyn wholesale food distribution industry have engaged in strikes, protests, and filed lawsuits alleging minimum wage and overtime violations. Over 2 dozen workers from 2 warehouses were fired in the past month in retaliation for their union membership and immigration status. These workers need your support as they struggle to enforce the minimum wage and demand their right to organize.
So… WHERE BROOKLYN AT!?!
It’s time to show your love for the community of which we are all an integral part. Good times, great music, and an even better cause:
Featuring LIVE performances by:
The Set of Red Things the Dynamite Plan Hi Coup Gordo Brega
*** Then dance the night away with DJ Mikey Mike, spinning the best hip hop, R&B, and funk of the past two decades! ***
"A week on Wednesday, I need seven white, four brown . . . A couple of gingers thrown in for half price? OK, but I must insist that they wear bobble hats. No donkey jackets.
Placards, whistles and slogans will be supplied on the day."
Apparently the '68 generation are getting themselves all in a tizzy at the news that professional protestors are hiring themselves out for the day at the going rate of 150 euros. I'm just pissed that the only thing I can come up with in response is that bleedin' quote from Strummer yet again.
I'll get my coat . . . and my petition.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
""At Windsor Park a year earlier,  he scored from a corner again, this time in a 2-2 draw with England. However, he's more remembered for his pre-match chat with his marker Alf Ramsey that day:
"Tully: 'What's it like to be an automatic selection for your country, Mr Ramsey?'
Ramsey: 'It's an absolute privilege, Mr Tully.'
Tully: 'Good, because you won't be one after today ...'"
Tully scored two goals that day, but he was wrong in his prediction for Sir Alf. Sadly for Alf, this was the much more famous game that signalled the end of his international career.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Further to this recent post on the blog, Next Left Notes carries Jim Crutchfield's report of the IWW's marches for Immigrant Workers' rights that took place yesterday in New York on MLK day, which is a public holiday in the States. Thomas Good provides the visuals that accompany the report.
Sadly, I was elsewhere . . . doing a 'Tommy Jackson'. It'll undoubtedly come back to haunt me.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
"In light of the celebrity guest appearance by Sylvester Stallone today on the pitch before our game with Reading FC, David Moyes's nickname for Everton, 'The People's Club', has been revised so that we will now be known as 'The Plastic People's Club'.
Please ensure that there are no naked flames placed near the celebrity fans.
Thank you for your cooperation."
Friday, January 12, 2007
An ongoing series:
Down the Tiny Steps, 'Handstand' (Get While The Getting's Good compilation) Sonic Youth, 'Sunday' (A Thousand Leaves) blaknoisewhitesoul, 'RuleBreaker' Wire, 'French Film Blurred' (Chairs Missing) Dr Who, 'London Town' Down the Tiny Steps, 'Infintea' (Live Radio Scotland session) XTC, 'Helicopter' (Drums And Wires) Superqueens, 'Rat Poison' (Royal Shit) The Rakes, 'Dark Clouds' (B-side to 'Retreat') High Priests, 'Hibernation'
WASHINGTON, DC—Citing a desire to finally make a difference in Iraq, in the past two weeks, more than 800,000 young people from upper-middle- and upper-class families have put aside their education, careers, and physical well-being to enlist in the military, new data from the Department Of Defense shows.
"I don't know if it was the safety and comfort of the holidays or what, but I realized that my affluence and ease of living comes at a cost," said Private Jonathan Grace, 18, who was to commence studies at Dartmouth College next fall, but will instead attend 12 weeks of basic training before being deployed to Fallujah with the 1st Army Battalion. "I just looked at my parents in their cashmere sweaters and thought, 'Who am I to go to an elite liberal arts college and spend all my time reading while, in the real world, thousands of kids my age are sacrificing their lives for our country?' It's not right." READ MORE
Hat tip to Morgan.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
No, not this, this:
"Slowly but surely, though, I [Chic Charnley] started to realise I could make a living out of the game. I was a full-time player and people started to say nice things about me. I can remember at half-time in one game going into the Kilbowie stand at half-time. Andy Roxburgh was the Scotland manager at the time and he came in after me to get a cup of tea. I said to him: "Andy, any chance of a cap?" He replied: "Why? Is the sun in your eyes?" That wasn't bad from him.
Sounds like a Chic Murray special to me, but nonetheless I recommend you check out what is a funny and informative article that passed me by at the time about a player who passed under the radar to all but the chosen few during his stop-start career.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
PLEASE REPOST AND FORWARD
January 9, 2007
Sweatshop Workers Fired En Masse For Organizing a Union
Anti-Immigrant Backlash In Brooklyn Leaves Warehouse Employees Without a Job in the New Year
Brooklyn, NY - Twenty-two Mexican and Chinese immigrant workers at two Chinese food warehouses here, in a fight against sweatshop conditions, have been fired in retaliation for their efforts. Both employers had negotiated contracts with the workers’ union, the Industrial Workers of the World, but repudiated their agreements without warning and fired all of their union employees. The employers told workers that they were being fired for failure to produce legal immigration documents, but when one worker did produce legal documententation, he was ignored. The union believes the sudden demand for immigration documents was a pretext for a concerted attack on a burgeoning organizing campaign in what had been a non-union industry built on callously exploited immigrant labor.
"This is horrible--we make him money and now he tosses us into the street like we're garbage," said Pedro Hidalgo Campos, a fired union worker, referring to Handyfat owner Dennis Ho. "Just because we asked for fair wages and decent treatment."
In an attempt to rise out of sweatshop conditions, workers at the two companies, Sunrise Plus Corp. (formerly EZ-Supply Corp.) and Handyfat Trading Inc., have engaged in strikes and protests, and have filed lawsuits complaining of systematic minimum wage and overtime violations. The firings come shortly after the companies, which supply food and supplies to many popular Asian restaurants in New York City, hired a new lawyer known for a no-holds-barred approach. Workers in the United States must be paid the minimum wage and have a right to organize regardless of immigration status.
"You think you can kill us but you can't," said IWW organizer, Billy Randel. "We're a scrappy bunch and we're used to fighting. This union is not going to go away."
In addition to filing anti-retaliation legal actions, the union is picketing the employers and has called for a march on Martin Luther King Day against EZ-Supply, Handyfat, and two other recalcitrant food warehouses where workers have joined the union seeking to better their very difficult working conditions.
Retail Workers Union IWW IU/660
Monday, January 08, 2007
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
An ongoing series:
The Mystery Jets, 'Ageless' (Eel Pie Island EP) The Reindeer Section, 'Where I Fall' (Son of Evil Reindeer) The Long Blondes, 'Giddy Stratospheres' Flowers, 'After Dark' The Long Blondes, 'Autonomy Boy' George Michael, 'Shoot The Dog' (Patience) Mull Historical Society, 'Barcode Bypass' (Loss) The Reindeer Section, 'You Are My Joy' (Son of Evil Reindeer) Morrissey, 'Life's A Pigsty' (Ringleader of the Tormentors) Terry Hall, 'Sonny And His Sister' (Laugh)
Thursday, January 04, 2007
The best thing that Van Morrison has done in years.
Hat tip to Mike at his ickle red page.
A few minutes is a long time in Wikipedia publishing.
There has got to be a connection between Le Guen getting the boot, Davies (probably) being touted as his possible successor, and the wee bit of editing of Billy Davies entry on Wikipedia. Look under 'playing career'.
I've provided a screen grab 'cos no doubt the entry will be corrected quicker than you can say: 'Rangers: Glasgow's third team'.
A few days is a long time on the dark side.
Only yesterday, speculation was rife that Ferguson was heading south, despite the fact that he flattered to deceive at Blackburn previously, but was as it Le Guen stripping Barry Ferguson of the captaincy that was his undoing?
Nope, it was results like this, this, and this - amongst others - that was his downfall. A pedigree of three titles with Lyon ensured that if Rangers were getting the results, Le Guen could have given Nacho Novo the captaincy and no one would have batted an eyelid. However, when a team is on its uppers, then that's when the rose tinted spectacles of 'tradition, history and past success' - and all that sickly sweet bullshit - kicks in. Celtic's been prone to the same sort of footballing spin in the past, and one shouldn't be too surprised that the same (re)invention of tradition has now befallen Rangers and its supporters.
My tip is that Billy Davies - currently at Derby - will be the next manager of Rangers. He's proven himself at both Preston and Derby, coupled with the fact that he is one of their own, will make him a favourite of both the fans and the press. I also think that a lack of immediate transfer funds, and the fact that the job currently looks like a bit of a poisoned chalice, will mean that Murray won't be looking at the continent for the next manager of Rangers.
Nice quote that caught my eye in the obituary for Seymour Martin Lipset that appeared in today's New York Times:
"In that article, he [Lipset] wrote about meeting Gen. Colin L. Powell, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a cocktail party and telling the general that they had both been born in Harlem, grown up in the Bronx and graduated from City College.
“I did not add what was more relevant, that he joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps, while I joined the youth section of Young People’s Socialist League, Fourth International,” wrote Mr. Lipset, who remained a socialist through graduate school . . ."
Great minds thinking alike - and all that jazz - has meant that other members of the 'World Socialist' tradition have also been using the internet to dust down old articles from the revolutionary press to bring to a wider audience.
The following links are to articles from the Socialist Standard that are appearing on the internet for the first time. Apologies to the non-British readership for the heavy slant towards British and Irish politics but hopefully, in time, there will be reprints from such old socialist journals as 'The Western Socialist', 'Socialist Clarion' & 'Fulcrum', to name but three journals published in North America down the years.
As a point of information, the International Socialists, the group referred to in the articles from the Socialist Courier blog, are the modern day British Socialist Workers Party.
Hope people find the articles of interest.
Recent reprinted articles posted on the Mailstrom blog:
Recent reprinted articles posted on the Socialist Courier blog:
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Thought George Michael was a hero for doing this, but I now think he's a wanker for doing this. And I don't care if he does donate the $3m to charity. What makes it worse is this info from the same article:
"Not everyone is for hire though. U2 have said they will only perform in front of ordinary fans."
Christ, looks like 2007 is going to be a conflicted year.
Monday, January 01, 2007
Reviews, Letters, Meetings & Obituaries
Voice From The Back