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About thebluefood

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    April 3, 1991
  1. @Larry: on point response. I've hard people say Trump's election to the White House was a meme that went too far and while I think there's truth to that, I do wonder how many people voted for him simply because he was entertaining. Everything from the announcement of his candidacy to the present has been like some sort of surrealist (borderline dadaist) interpretation of a reality show and maybe that's why he's gotten as far as he has. Maybe we are we so jaded and desensitized as a society that we need something like this to keep us entertained.
  2. You know for as crappy as its been to be a 'Skins fan lately, the Vikings haven't even gone to a Super Bowl since Gerald Ford was President. And they've lost in every way possible in the NFC Championship Game since. Remember that time they got shut out by the Kerry Collins led Giants? Brutal.
  3. Is Tiger Woods washed up?

    Guess who's back...back again...
  4. Taking a page right out of Dutere's playbook. It's almost like they have some kind of mutual admiration or something. Sure would be a bad look on both of them if that were the case.
  5. To answer your questions to the best of my ability, I'm going to cite this essay I stumbled upon - which is a transcript of an essay written in 1984 by the Vancouver, B.C. branch. Regarding training or risk or necessity as a factor for wages (i.e. the neurosurgeon vs. the ice cream truck driver) I'll also add that while it may take more training and certain skills to be a neurosurgeon vs. an ice cream truck driver which makes them more rare and in our current system more "valuable" - let's not forget that the cost of schooling (as well as a number of other socio-economic factors - including access to a decent, healthy breakfast every morning) often serve as gatekeepers and is probably causing a false scarcity of physicians, surgeons, and other medical personnel. I imagine that's a bigger factor here in the States than it would be for our neighbors to the north since a university education is far less expensive up there than it is down here. Anyway - continuing: Regarding our belief the wage system is not only unfair and hazardous but undemocratic (as well as why anti-capitalists, including Wobblies, often have harsh words for bosses on all levels of the economy): To interject again, I will admit anti-capitalists could stand to have a little more nuance when discussing business owners. The current system pits us against each other (alienation) and in order to "make it," exploration is almost inevitable, especially if you're a business owner. It is "dog eat dog," even though there are plenty to go around for all of us to survive and thrive if we cooperate instead of competing against each other. This is the only system many of us really know and there are plenty of "rags to riches" stories of people who got to the top - from Andrew Carnegie to Steve Jobs to Oprah Winfrey. What we are proposing is a re-calibration of society the whole "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps" mantra is unnecessary. No one's going to stop you from trying to make bold new advances in science or literature or industry - you just can't do it at the expense of other people or the Planet on which we live. Which brings me to the centerpiece: what a "wageless society" is and what it could look like: I know this is pretty vague but you have to understand the IWW is not a vanguard party like the Bolsheviks or the July 26th Movement were. Personally, I'm distrustful of vanguards which is why I'm not a Marxist-Leninist or a Maoist - though perhaps that's why they've been more successful than more Libertarian-Socialist and Anarchist experiments (though hopefully Rojava and its political/economic model will be the exception). As a Union, we're not proposing a single path to our goals (including the abolition of the wage system). We don't have a platform - we have an outline because we believe (and I certainly believe) that the path to our goals takes on many paths. I don't believe an individual or a party can lead the way to sustainable liberation for working folks across the globe. Not only would it look different from country to country but even state to state here in the U.S. I don't think socialism could look the same in California as it would in Rhode Island or Mississippi or Pennsylvania. This is going to require a complete upturning of society - not only economically but socially and politically. And that brings be back 'round to the topic at hand (and thank you @brandymac27 and everyone else for enduring this long-winded sidebar). I know Lefties like myself can be sort of cavalier and I know my reply a couple days ago was flippant. I'm aware that, albeit marginally from my perspective (which is, and I cannot emphasize this enough, from an anti-capitalist point of view), Sec. Clinton would have be preferable to the current President.The current administration is a toxic, draconian, dysfunctional hive led by what appears to be a deeply troubled, incompetent, and bigoted man. Along those lines, Secretary Clinton and her party are the preferred choice to the current administration and his party. I'm not doubting that. It's why I'll at least vote Democrat down ballot and why I may very well vote for a Democrat in the 2020 election (though the Dems are gonna have to do better than John Kerry or Bernie 2.0 - that's a whole different matter) But right now the country and the world-at-large is like a car sitting on a high cliff that's rapidly crumbling to dust. Under the current congressional and executive leadership, the car is going in reverse at 70 MPH. Chances are if Democrats were behind the wheel, they'd apply the breaks and put the car in neutral which is preferable but we're still not moving and that cliff is giving way. I'm trying to do my part to put the car in drive and get us off this damn cliff altogether before anyone else needs to get hurt. Sea levels are rising, age expectancy is dropping, cost of living is soaring and by and large, wages are staying stagnant. All that has been the case under both Democratic and Republican leadership. This isn't a matter of tightening a few bolts or or unjamming a cog or two - this is a systemic issue and it needs to be addressed as such. Legislation isn't going to solve it. Politicians making big speeches isn't going to solve it. Performative, state-sanctioned demonstrations aren't going to solve it. Even more radical actions like #J20 alone aren't going to solve it. What's going to really get the ball rolling, as far as I'm concerned, can be summed up in one phrase by one of the IWW's founders, Bill Haywood. Once again, I'm sorry for taking up so much space. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.
  6. What we are saying is that no one should have more or less access to the fruits of their labor or the means of existence just because of their occupation. Under the current system, our access to even the bare necessities depends on our wage and, by extension, it puts an artificial value on our contribution to society and our lives. That's one of the reasons why we organize along industrial lines instead of by trade. You mentioned a neurosurgeon- someone who works in the health-care industry. How many different occupations or trades make up that industry? Aren't they all interconnected and dependent upon one another in some capacity? What good is the most brilliant surgeon if they don't have a team of nurses helping them or orderlies to ensure they have the right equipment at their fingertips or janitorial staff to ensure a clean, safe working environment or even beyond that - transportation personnel to ship the equipment to the hospital to begin with (and so on and so forth). To quote the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer instead of Marx (which has been more influential in shaping my ideology thus far): "our common life depends on each other's toil." For me or anyone else to say one is more important than the other is at best shortsighted. No one should be deprived of anything - bread or roses - because of their occupation. Not only is it ghoulish and exploitative but it is wholly unnecessary. And you mentioned "business owners" as well. The IWW is not only an industrial union but an anti-capitalist outfit as well and always has been. The current version of the preamble expands on that and proposes three additional goals along with the abolition of the wage system. One of them is common ownership of the means of production - the abolition of private property. There is no "business owner" because no one individual (or individuals) own the business. Wobblies (and most anti-capitalists) demand and strive for democracy in every facet of life - including the workplace. This, too, is a Marxist principal but Marx (and his disciples) weren't the only ones to propose it. There's a whole different stream of anti-capitalist thought with it's own figure heads (Bakunin, Kropotkin, etc.). Now as far as communism being the opposite of capitalism that's a whole different kettle of fish and I've already derailed the thread quite enough for one day. Suffice it to say the One Big Union is far from achieving its goals here in the States and in most places so as it stands now, we try to offer our support for working folks the best we can - whether it's helping a fired worker get their job back or organize a shop for better wages or support folks on the picket line with our money and our presence (which we did most recently in West Virginia during the education strike). I'd go into more detail but I'm on my phone at present and my thumbs are starting to get sore.

    Welcome, officially, to the club brother. D.C.'s had a nasty habit of chewing up QBs and spitting them out lately. Hopefully you'll be the exception. Or win a Super Bowl elsewhere. Or become a U.S. Congressman. Those have happened, too.
  8. Lets keep laughing at the Browns, while we can

    If the Browns get good and win a league title in the near future, they need to make a ring for Joe Thomas. Ol' boy put up with so much nonsense and was the only good, consistent thing the New Browns have had.
  9. (Also Helen Keller was a member so, you that going for us. Which is nice.)
  10. Here's our website Here's the preamble to our Constitution Here's a link to our Wikipedia page As far as "communism" is concerned, we're a non-sectarian outfit so no, we're not really communists in the normal sense of the word - quite the opposite. We're usually associated with Syndicalism like the CNT in Spain - the folks who fought Franco in the Spanish Civil War (we're even in a partnership with them). We've got Marxists and Leninists and even a few Maoists here and there but most Wobblies you meet aren't really too fond of having a boot on their neck of any kind.
  11. The poor man gave is all (perhaps literally) to an awful Cleveland Browns team. He's already losing memories and by the sounds of it, his body is giving up on him, too. He absolutely should be a first ballot HoF. Not only an incredible player but beloved in Cleveland.
  12. As solid a QB as D.C.'s had in my lifetime, I reckon. Had some of the best moments of the Snyder-era with him under center - from coming in from the bullpen to get that overtime win against the Ravens in 2012 to "You Like That" and the division title run in 2015. I wish Kirk nothing but the best going forward. If he's the one that can finally get the Vikings over the Super Bowl hump, I'll be as happy as can be for him and their fans.
  13. RIP Stephen Hawking

    On the anniversary of Marx's death and Einstein's birth, no less - three men I've come to admire for their own reasons. I remember watching a program Hawking produced on the Discovery Channel back when I was in college: "Into the Universe." I very much enjoyed it. I'll have to see if it's been uploaded on YouTube or something.
  14. What's your favorite sports teams???

    Actually, if I may add a few - International soccer: don't get a chance to watch it much but I'm pretty fond of Liverpool FC and Celtic FC - winning clubs, storied histories, and (from what I can tell) very inclusive cultures with anti-racist leanings.
  15. Why are any of you surprised? What on Earth would have led you to think I'd give anything more than reluctant, begrudging support to anything related to the Democratic Party or any party or organization like it? For God's sake, I'm a member of the Industrial Workers of the World. How in the World is this coming as a shock to any of you? I've made my social, economic, and political views abundantly clear on this forum and elsewhere - even as they've shifted through the years. If you prefer the agenda and platform of the Democratic Party, then by all means, vote for their candidates. Hell, I'll probably hold my nose and vote Democrat in the midterms and even down ballot every four years (if there isn't a preferred candidate else where). I have my reasoning for my positions and you have your reasoning for yours. I don't expect us to come to many agreements.