Gary MacLennan | 1 Apr 01:06 2011
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Re: Millions of Syrians Rally for Syria and Bashar

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Now Luko

I did not think that you would sink to that.  Give me some credit comrade. I
mulled over whether there would be someone one who would equate "dictators"
with "dictatorship of the proletariat".  I thought no not possible on this
list.

How could you even begin to go from my opposition to figures like Qadhdhafi,
Ahmadinejad, Mugabe and Bashar Assad etc to say that means I am opposed to
the "dictatorship of the proletariat"?

Do I detect a certain departure from sobriety (political of course) on the
part of a good comrade in Germany?

comradely

Gary
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Gary MacLennan | 1 Apr 01:25 2011
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Angry Arab on Syria

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<http://www.blogger.com/share-post.g?blogID=5785362&postID=8320988637909004445&target=buzz>
    I would urge comrades to follow the link below to the source.  Abu
Khalil has an elitist thing going about Arabic etc but that apart he is spot
on about the Assad dictatorship.  He also is very clear on the nature of
those who are coming to the fore in the Libyan rebel camp.  He calls them
'lousy'.  Moreover he is very aware of the role of the Muslim Brotherhood
which he also describes as 'lousy'.
Abu Khalil used to be a Marxist but now describes himself as an anarchist.
Personally if I read much more of MRzine and those comrades who think it is
somehow wrong to use the word 'dictator'  abuot the likes of Assad, I might
well end up in the Anarchist camp myself.

comradely

Gary
Asad's speech (II): distasteful and
repugnant<http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2011/03/asads-speech-ii-distasteful-and.html>
 Here is my take on the speech: first, he is probably the best speaker among
all Arab leaders, and has by far the best command of the Arabic language
(although he does not use that old-fashioned style of flowery expressions).
 As my mom says about him: he is the best educated among Arab leaders (many
of whom are illiterate) and it shows.  Secondly, the expectations were high
by virtue of the statements by Faruq Ash-Shar` and Buthayna Sha`ban: his own
aides.  But personally, I don't think that you should have expected much.
 The Asad's school of Ba`thist repression in Syria is that you never show
weakness and that you deny facts that are contrary to your interests.
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Lajany Otum | 1 Apr 03:18 2011
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Re: Energy and the Tsunami

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David W writes:

> Secondly, on the issue of 'what they knew about tsunamis'. On the
> nuclear list I'm on, contacts in the industry as just now getting
> information from their Japanese counterparts as to the issue of
> problamatic risk assemsent (PRA). Here is one informal reply we go
> this morning (this from a former GE BWR safety engineer): [NISA
> mentioned is their version of the NRC]
> 
> "I've not been personally engaged in discussions with the Japanese
> authorities, but through my work with my counterparts in Japan and
> supporting their efforts to move to more accurate modeling methods have
> insight into NISA approaches.
> 
> "In general the Japanese licensing authority has remained very conservative
> in their approach. By conservative, I mean unwilling to look at  new
> techniques or approaches to analysis. While they like more accurate modeling
> techniques, actually using them for licensing basis has proven a long hard
> acceptance process. For some analysis, they were still relying on methods
> developed in the 60's and 70's.
> 
> They have remained very deterministic in their approach and unwilling to
> consider probabilistic risk."
>
> So...while a few experts *may* have raised the question of tsunamis,
> clearly it was never a serious issue or raised to such a degree that
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DW | 1 Apr 03:36 2011
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Re: Energy and the Tsunami

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Lajany, you wrote:

 "His specious attempts at technical wonkery aside, anyone who speaks,
as DW, does
of the alleged technical "conservatism" of the Japanese regulators,.."

That was not me but an engineer who was writing about the
'conservatism' of the regulators there. I merely re-posted it because
I thought it informative. Glad "I can clear that up".

TEPCO got half-nationalized today:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/31/us-japan-tepco-idUSTRE72U7QH20110331

DW

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Lajany Otum | 1 Apr 04:19 2011
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Re: Energy and the Tsunami

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DW writes:
> 

> That was not me but an engineer who was writing about the
> 'conservatism' of the regulators there. I merely re-posted it because
> I thought it informative. Glad "I can clear that up".
>

Well, you thought wrong. By posing the issues of industry regulation in terms of 
specious technical wonkery, while completely eliding the actual material 
interests of the Japanese bureaucracy and the historical role of the Japanese 
state -- particularly that of the MITI/METI/TEPCO nexus who have the greatest 
direct culpability in the present crisis -- the excerpt you posted was far more 
misinformative than anything else. 

Lajany Otum
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Juan Fajardo | 1 Apr 05:11 2011
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Re: new penguin edition

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On 3/31/2011 3:20 PM, CallMe Ishmael wrote:
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> The Norton Critical Edition is still the best, I think.
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>> of the Communist Manifesto. Review FYI.
>> http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/138097-the-communist-manifesto-by-karl-marx-and-friedrich-engels/
>

You might be interested to check the MIA's edition, and support a great 
resource along the way:

http://www.erythrospress.com/store/manifesto.html

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- Juan

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mark harris | 1 Apr 05:25 2011
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Re: new penguin edition

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Huh?
MIA versions of the Manifesto are found at the following links:
English:
http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/index.htm
German:
http://www.marxists.org/deutsch/archiv/marx-engels/1848/manifest/index.htm
<snip>

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> You might be interested to check the MIA's edition, and support a great
> resource along the way:
>
> http://www.erythrospress.com/store/manifesto.html
>
>
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> - Juan
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Greg McDonald | 1 Apr 11:34 2011
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Re: Fidel Castro

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This guy's a fucking moron.

On Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 1:03 PM, Lüko Willms <lueko.willms <at> t-online.de> wrote:

>> On 03/31/2011 07:31 AM, Lüko Willms wrote:
>> > Discussion has not happened, since the friends of the imperial attacks
>> > on  the Arab revolution like to slander seasoned revolutionary leaders
>> > as Fidel  Castro, but do not take up his real arguments.
>>
>> Lou:  look, this has got to stop or we should shut marxmail down.
>
>   What is "this"? The slander thrown at seasoned revolutionary leaders like
> Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez, the slander thrown at me and other participants
> which dare to differ with the official line spread by CNN etc? Or what?
>
>   If you think that I should not have stated the fact that many people, even
> some participating on this list, actually do welcome the military attack by
> Imperialism on Libya, but that this would imply that you feel yourself be
> attacked, then you should say the same about other people's slander spread
> again and again on this list. E.g. the slander contained in the Subject line
> "Hugo Chavez and Israel agree on one thing at least".
>
>   Equal rights for everyone, or? Dictatorship of opinion, which excludes
> voicing support for independence for the country so long colonized,
> oppressed, plundered by the USA and the European colonialists?

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Suresh | 1 Apr 12:10 2011
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Fidel Castro

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Greg McDonald: This guy's a fucking moron.

Suresh - A brilliant contribution, I'm sure. I have to confess, I'm still 
utterly baffled at the support or even barely disguised neutrality I'm seeing 
from self-professed Marxists about the imperialist war against Libya. I will 
happily return to lurking once this bizarre interlude ends.

One thing does seem striking, however. It seems apparent that if this 
intervention was being led by the Bush administration (or by a Cheney or even 
McCain regime) then it would be receiving much more than the half-hearted token 
opposition it is getting now. After everything's said and done, even the 
class-conscious left retains certain illusions in the Democrats and the Obama 
administration!

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Greg McDonald | 1 Apr 13:22 2011
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Re: Fidel Castro

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They're popping up like mushrooms after a long spring rain.

On Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 6:10 AM, Suresh <borhyaenid <at> yahoo.com> wrote:

> Greg McDonald: This guy's a fucking moron.
>
> Suresh - A brilliant contribution, I'm sure. I have to confess, I'm still
> utterly baffled at the support or even barely disguised neutrality I'm seeing
> from self-professed Marxists about the imperialist war against Libya. I will
> happily return to lurking once this bizarre interlude ends.
>
> One thing does seem striking, however. It seems apparent that if this
> intervention was being led by the Bush administration (or by a Cheney or even
> McCain regime) then it would be receiving much more than the half-hearted token
> opposition it is getting now. After everything's said and done, even the
> class-conscious left retains certain illusions in the Democrats and the Obama
> administration!

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