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Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
10:33 pm
Juxtaposition
Yesterday there were some Girl Scouts selling cookies in the student center. Right next to the table they were selling from, was a table advertising the Vagina Monologues.

I don't think it was intentional...

Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
3:13 pm
I am Not Dead
I should maybe try to update this more often. I should also probably try to update Long March of the Penguins again as well.

Anyway, the best way to get me to do work is to give me a topic that I'm actually interested in. Hence one of the reasons why I mentally checked out of the "End of the World" class last year when I found out it wasn't going to be a comparative mythology class. Fortunately, switching from engineering to history meant that I've now become much more interested in what I'm learning. Such as follows:

Paper for International Politics class: the question of Scottish independence!
Paper for Rise of Industrial America class: either the 1894 Pullman strike (Eugene Debs!) or the 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters strike (Farrell Dobbs!)

Current Mood: chipper
Monday, December 10th, 2007
9:43 pm
TMBG and Vermont Politics
Found something interesting while studying (heh) for my history final. Apparently there's this poll on the Vermont Progressive Party to pick the campaign song for their 2008 gubernatorial candidate, and one of the choices was "No!" by They Might Be Giants. Naturally, I had to choose it.

To add your votes, go here: http://www.progressiveparty.org/?page=5&articlemode=showspecific&showarticle=201

Now, I'm not particularly thrilled about the VPP re their relationship the Democratic Party, but this at the very least is worth voting for.

Current Mood: amused
Saturday, December 1st, 2007
10:29 pm
Jacobinism
I find this animation hilarious:

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Is there something wrong with that?

Edit: I think I figured it out; this image looks like claymation, and I tend to like claymation. Now, if only some folks could start working on a history of the French Revolution in clay.

It could be called: "Wallace and Gromit Overthrow the Bourbons."

Current Mood: devious
Thursday, November 15th, 2007
11:18 pm
Snakes on a Soviet Union
Comedy Gold

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Current Mood: awake
Wednesday, November 7th, 2007
12:01 am
Monday, October 29th, 2007
8:55 pm
Ballot Access Requirements
Now, I have this tendency to rage about ballot access and how it serves to perpetuate the two party system by placing prohibitive requirements on third parties and independent candidates, but this is just strange.

Anyway, I got a paper in my school mailbox today inviting me to run for student government (I'm assuming this was sent out to all students that can do so as well.) The requirements to get on the ballot are a statement of what you will do to make the Lafayette experience better along with a resume of your leadership skills, and 150 signatures from the student body.

Doesn't seem like that much, though considering the size of the school it is about 6% of the student body. However, being the political and elections junkie that I am, I also happen to know that, if I intend to run for state assembly in 2009 (which has crossed my mind), I need only 100 signatures to get on the ballot. In an area of much over 100,000 people, let alone the 2,400 that Lafayette has. This just seems odd to me.

However, I'm assuming that students are allowed to sign more than one petition, otherwise signatures would be discounted pretty quickly. Still, odd...

Oh, I guess this means I will be stepping forth for my student council. Earlier today, Chris mentioned that considering my likely path in life, it might be a good idea for me to start building up a profile now. To this I responded, "true, it's never too early to start losing elections."

Current Mood: flabbergasted
Sunday, September 30th, 2007
4:33 pm
Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
11:14 am
More 2008 Elections Wankery
http://www.dehp.net/candidate/index.php: A test that tries to rate primary candidates of the major parties. I don't really know how useful it is, but it is something interesting at least. The set up is that it lets you rank issues in terms of "Support" or "Oppose", and how much weight you give to such issues. As a result, you can actually get a higher result from someone you do have disagreements with, than with someone whom you have none. Also, the areas where you disagree with the candidate (as long as their score is greater than zero) is posted under the name. Anyway:

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Then again, it's not like I'm going to vote for any of these candidates anyway, most likely. I'd need to declare for a party to do that first...
Monday, September 24th, 2007
12:56 am
On the TeeVee
Students for Social Justice, a group I work with at Lafayette College, helped bring the "Eyes Wide Open" exhibit to campus. The first day of it was today, and some folks from the local news came by to film it. I happened to be at the exhibit when they were, so I was asked for a short interview, which wound its way onto the 10 o'clock news.

For those interested: http://www.wfmz.com/. It's "Eyes Wide Open Exhibit at Lafayette College."
Thursday, September 13th, 2007
9:02 pm
Stolen from maeve66
I probably should not be doing this, as I am still in school and have no idea what I actually intend to do with my life once I leave it (union work? history stuff?) Anyway, this is that careercruising meme. Go to the site, put in "nycareers" as the username and "landmark" as the password, and take the "Career Matchmaker" quiz, then post your top ten results (or more). I shall post results with snark.

1) Archivist (entirely possible. That is something I could see myself doing. I'm somewhat of an informal archivist already, especially when it comes to socialist newspapers and other material.)

2) Actuary (Oh. Dear. God. I can't escape from it! Both my parents are actuaries...)

3) Power Plant Operator (Might mean having to get another degree besides history. Still, that might be interesting)

4) Stationary Engineer (I'm not even sure what that means. Does this mean I'm an engineer that doesn't move around much, or do I design stationary?)

5) Cartographer (That's kind of neat.)

6) Air Traffic Controller (If I ever do become an air traffic control, I must remember to dance on/defile in some fashion Ronald Reagan's grave at some point...)

7) Gunsmith (Awesome!)

8) Anthropologist (Maybe...)

9) Dental Lab Tech (Now I think we're getting into a bit of a reach...)

10) Broadcast Technician (Again, sounds somewhat interesting, but I'd probably need some training in addition to/besides my history degree to get it.)

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Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, September 11th, 2007
4:50 pm
Let us remember the 6th anniversary of September 11, 2001 with honouring those who did their best to rescue people in the World Trade Center, and the courage of those who were able to wrest control of the fourth plane from the hijackers, which subsequently crashed in Pennsylvania.

Oh yeah, let's also hit Rudy Guilani with baseball/cricket bats. Repeatedly.

Current Mood: pensive
1:41 am
New Blog and LOLCommunism
I started a political blog sometime last month. There are only a few entries up so far, and I'm somewhat debating to see how this journal and the Long March of the Penguins (as it is called) will end up interacting. But people should check it out anyway if they're interested: http://www.sovietpenguin.blogspot.com

Also, I came across a site that allows you to make pictures similar to the (in)famous LOLCats. Being the somewhat twisted person I am, I decided to start LOLCommunism. Yeah, I know, it's bad. Anyway, here are a couple of my favourites so far.

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Current Mood: sleepy
Saturday, August 11th, 2007
12:47 am
Montreal
Well, I'm headed off to Montreal in about 8 hours or so. Still have no idea what to see there, though there are a lot of restaurants that look good.

I'll be back the 18th!
Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
10:23 pm
Well, Crap
Apparently a bridge in Minneapolis collapsed about four hours ago. Fortunately, my aunt who lives in St. Paul is fine (she commutes to Minneapolis for work.)

Stephanie, are you all right?

Current Mood: concerned
Monday, July 16th, 2007
4:38 pm
I'll be going back to school in a little over a month; back to progessing towards a history degree that I have no idea what I will do with. I have some plans, but they don't really relate to my degree at all.

Goals!
*try and start a socialist grouping at Lafayette, or the Lehigh Valley in general. While we theoretically have enough people to start a Socialist Party local, I'd be interested in trying to set up a local "socialist alliance" instead, depending on who's active on various campuses, and what socialists we actually have in the Valley.

*apply for (and hopefully get) a summer internship at the TDU headquarters in Detroit sometime before I graduate. Also, go to the Union Semester programme at CUNY, though I may have to wait until after I graduate to do that.

*run for NJ state assembly at some point, either 2009 or 2011. The earliest I could theoretically run is 2009, but since I'll still be at Lafayette at
that point, it might not be particularly pratical to do so. So we shall see.

*figure out what I'm going to do after college.

Anyway, my schedule for the next semester seems fairly promising.
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Friday, July 13th, 2007
1:29 pm
Filler Post!
I know, I know, I haven't finished the post of my exploits down south yet. I'll get around to it, don't worry.

Right now, I bring to you a a blog: http://squirrelcommunism.blogspot.com/. There are a couple different contributors, both of whom are members of the Scottish Socialist Party and (as far as I can tell) Trotskyists. The blog itself is a good mix of political analysis, poking fun at Tommy Sheridan, and other (generally humourous) sectarianism.

Might this inspire me to start a political blog of my own? Perhaps, but I'm not sure. I use LJ for such things when I have something political to post. Still, we shall see.

Anyway, I promise I'll have my tales from the south up soon!
Saturday, June 23rd, 2007
8:23 am
Falling Off the Internet
Today will probably be my last day with guarranteed internet access for about a week. I'm going to Chattanooga Tennessee for YPSLCON 2007 from Monday to Tuesday/Wednesday, and will be at the US Social Forum in Atlanta Georgia from the 27th to the 1st at the lastest. I'm not entirely sure when I'll be hope, but probably some time between the 1st and 3rd of July. I'm not bringing my laptop with me, and don't know if I'll be able to access the internet at all while I'm gone. However, I will still have my cell phone, so if people need to get into contact with me for some reason, that option's available.

I think this is going to be a very fun week. YPSLCON is not quite as organised as I might have liked it to be (reasons for this mainly my own fault), but it's probably going to be good nonetheless. And USSF is going to be awesome. It'll be a good way to spend my birthday (the 28th, which falls on the second day of the Social Forum.)

In quasi-related news, I wish I could go to the Scottish Socialist Youth's summer camp and the FI's youth summer camp. But, alas, both would require much planning and money. I'm thinking about submitting a proposal to form a cross-party American delegation to the FI summer camp in 2008. Would probably focus on interested people in YPSL (never know who might be interested, or a dirty Trot in disguise), Solidarity (because of the FIC and all that) and Socialist Action/YSA (being an FI "sympathiser.") Hell, might even get in contact with ISO folks, since they are a "permanent observer". But this is just preliminary musings, and I'd have to start talking with other organisations ASAP.

Right. So I think that about covers most of my immediate plans. Be back in a week!

Current Mood: hungry
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
2:18 pm
Random Items Before Disappearing
Well, the internship offer ended up falling through. I wasn't able to give a definite answer in time, and TDU ended up going with someone else. Oh well, it happens. At least this way I can actually get information about the internship, and apply next summer. On the plus side, this means I'll be in New Jersey for (most of) the summer, but it means I have to go look for a job here. The fact that I still can't drive yet limits my options in that sphere. Anyway...

The past couple days have been interesting. First of all, several of my friends have either graduated from college, or are going to do so rather soon. It's an odd feeling, that several people that I've known for four or five years (plus more who I only got to know in this past year) have actually left the education system (for the most part, at least). I wish them luck.

I've started listening to music by David Rovics. It's pretty fun stuff; kind of folk-y and very political. So far, my favourite songs are "Paul Wolfowitz" (pay your debts or say goodbye!), "RPG" (an ode to those annoying police helicopters), "Halliburton Boardroom Massacre" (kind of self-explanatory).

Finally, I'm going to be dropping off the face of the internet for a bit. I'm going up to New England for the Dawn Dance in Brattleboro (plus other dances, but not all of the IRON DANCER CHALLENGE). I'll have my phone with me if people still need to get in contact for some reason. If you need or want my phonenumber for some reason, let me know.

Current Mood: bouncy
Tuesday, May 15th, 2007
2:29 pm
BBC News: US Evangelist Jerry Falwell Dies
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6659457.stm

This week keeps getting better and better.

Current Mood: hopeful
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