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Revolution Live

Whiter Than The Beatles

<-Hey Jude           Back In The USSR->

When I first met Jack he asked what my favourite Beatles track was. Well that changes between about 6 tracks but currently it is Revolution. So I said “Revolution!” As there are 6 versions in the public domain (see below) he asked me “which version?” To which I replied, “the live version.”

Not everyone knows about the “live” version especially in the UK as it was recorded for the Smothers Brothers show in the USA and, unlike Hey Jude on the David Frost show, it was never shown on TV here in the UK at the time. Vevo finally made it available online in 2015. But why Revolution and not Please Please Me, Hard Days Night, I Feel Fine, Drive My Car, Taxman, Strawberry Fields, A Day in the Life, I Am the Walrus or I’ve…

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Workplace bullying and mobbing: Rumination, obsession, and the challenge of getting “unstuck”

Minding the Workplace

Seeking the light

Two weeks ago, I highlighted Janice Gilligan White’s insightful and hopeful writings about recovering and healing from severe workplace mobbing. Among other things, Janice’s recollections of obsessing over the details of her experiences capture what so many bullying and mobbing targets go through:

Getting past my own personal circumstance was very difficult for me. I found myself constantly trying to piece together every last detail of my story.

I had to decide how much more time I was willing to spend on all of it.

There is a truth to workplace bullying / mobbing I had to accept; much of what happened I would never know. The destruction of my career and reputation was done behind closed doors of which I had been denied access.

It’s part of common, larger dynamic that I’ve characterized as the challenge of getting “unstuck”:

One of the biggest challenges…

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Cartoon of the day

Both The Commune And Revolution

To read in conjunction with David Bollier and George Monbiot on the commons as an “asset over which a community has shared and equal rights” and Arthur J Miller’s A Union Vision (2011). Re-read Rich’s Organizing: The Arts and Sciences (2009).

Be Freedom


Also in Counterpunch

The environmental crisis grows ever more dire but we are no closer to a grand political solution because that requires nothing less than a revolution: we must replace corporate power with economic democracy and war with peace. In the US we are caught between the reckless climate denial of the Republican Party and the opiate incrementalism of the corporate Democrats.  One side denies that environmental destruction is real, the other denies that there is much we can do about it. Both serve the insatiable demand for war, power and profit that sends us hurtling toward the cliff.  While we must pursue every means we have to assert democratic control over government and capital we cannot wait for a new day to dawn. We must act in the here and now. Take climate destruction into your own hands; join the commune.

Many Roads to Revolution

The “commune” referred to…

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A Week that Elevated Meaningless Grandstanding to an Avant Garde Form of Surrealist Art

The week before this past week, more of the same. ICYMI and want to catch up on theater — plus a recommendation/introduction to a group blog I think you will enjoy reading and should be following.

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This week was a banner one in Trumpian surrealism, as the big, wet president vowed that even if all the Fake Ass Friends betray him, Kim Jong Un while always open his ever-loving arms.  And a vainglorious “mole” in the White House gave the chattering classes the injection of top-grade Saigon Blonde heroin that they have been jitterily jonesing for for months.

Meanwhile, an arch-Catholic fascist pat of Land-o-Lakes butter is cruising on his way to the Supreme Court, continuing his ceaseless quest to make transvaginal ultrasounds a human right.  Mr. Kavanaugh was not completely undeterred, though.  No, no one could stop Our Fair Haired Boy from Newark, NJ, Cory Booker, from doing his A Few Good Men bit, or Kindergarten Cop, or whatever.

cory booker mad You’ll like me when I’m mad

Strange times indeed. Aretha Franklin, Burt Reynolds, and the Village Voice are gone. The labor movement teeters on the edge…

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Academic Racism: The Repression of Marginalized Voices in Academia

The Activist History Review

by Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre

Several years ago, during a tenure-track search, I asked two questions – two questions which I ask of every scholar applying for a position with our institution. The first is innocent enough: “How important is racial/ethnic diversity in your scholarship and teaching?” Not surprisingly, all enthusiastically answer in the affirmative. Then I ask my second question: “Which scholars and/or books from racial and ethnic minorities do you include on your syllabus and why?” Here is when the squirming begins, revealing the candidate’s lack of academic rigor.

During one particular search, two of the candidates from different Ivy League schools provided problematic responses. The first replied that regardless of a strong commitment to diversity, they were unable to think of any scholar of color at the moment. The second, grasping for straws, offered the name Paul Ricœur, and then proceeded to convince me why…

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Protests, Movement, and Memory: The Chicano Moratorium

Xicana Ph.D.

Protests, Movement, and Memory: The Chicano Moratorium

By Irene Sanchez

Xicana Ph.D

Originally published on

The Southwest Political Report

August 29, 2018

Protests have been used to challenge injustice in society. The freedom to peacefully assemble is part of the first amendment rights of the U.S. constitution. Time and time again these so-called guaranteed rights have been not only violated, but also met with repression.  Today, August 29th, marks the day Chicana/o/x people rose up for social change in 1970 to protest the Vietnam war, that event was called the Chicano Moratorium.

Chicana/o/x people have been struggling to be recognized for generations. We have been struggling for a right to live with dignity and respect in the land that was once a homeland and still is. This land, the Southwest, is also a place where no matter what generation one may come from or country now from Latin America, regardless…

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I have a Ph.D. and I’m a “Failure”.

Xicana Ph.D.

I have a Ph.D. and I’m a “Failure”.

By Irene Sanchez

Xicana Ph.D.

I have a Ph.D. and I’m a “Failure”.

At least this is how it feels for the moment until it didn’t.

I remember when I decided to get a Ph.D. I was on academic probation coming off of academic dismissal (being kicked out of school). I was attending community college again. It was then I had read the statistic that out of all Ph.D. earned in the U.S. every year only .01 percent are earned by Chicana/o/x or those of Mexican decent. I decided right then and there I would defy statistics even though statistically I was already an academic failure.

I defied them, but what did it really mean? Those are things I’m still trying to figure out as I’m constantly reminded:

I’m a failure for finishing and ending up in six digits worth of debt.

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“Don’t class warfare me”

occasional links & commentary

trump slump

Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal is no class warrior. Far from it. But after Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow spent considerable time during a recent interview celebrating the latest statistics about economic growth, jobs, and wages and minimizing the effects of the trade tariffs, Ryssdal was encouraged to challenge him:

Ryssdal: Look, sir, really with all respect that’s easy for you to say sitting here on the second floor of the West Wing of the White House.

Kudlow: Now, don’t class warfare me or anything like that.

OK, let’s not class warfare him. Let’s just do some simple calculations. In June, hourly wages (for production and nonsupervisory workers in the private sector) rose at an annual rate of 2.7 percent. Prices (as measured by the Consumer Price Index) rose at an annual rate of 2.8 percent. That means real wages—workers’ purchasing power—actually declined, by 0.1 percent.

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Cartoon of the day

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