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Molly'sBlog: CNT-f Faces Eviction

CNT-F FACES EVICTION FROM LONG-TERM HEADQUARTERS

     The CNT-f is the larger of the two anarchosyndicalist/revolutionary syndicalist union federations in France. They have traditionally been called the ‘CNT-Vignoles’ after their headquarters at 33 rue Vignoles in Paris. They have survived a previous attempt to evict them in 1996, but now they are facing a fresh attack from the Mayor of Paris.     The following is their statement on the events. The original French version can be here. You can follow events from either their website or from the site of their newspaper Combat Syndicaliste. These events seem reminiscent of the (Read more…)

Molly'sBlog: Spanish Syndicalism (1) CGT Strike in Unipost

CGT DECLARES UNLIMITED STRIKE IN SPANISH ‘UNIPOST’ OVER HOLIDAYS

      The following is a translation from a Spanish language article at Rojo y Negro, the organ of the Spanish anarcho-syndicalist union the CGT. I have had to rather “freely translate” as the particulars of Spanish labour practices are quite different from here in the Anglosphere. Any mistakes are my own responsibility.

CGT UNIPOST CALLS INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 13-D     The stoppages will be for 24 hours (from 00:00 to 24:00) and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays are not included. The schedule is as follows: December 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, (Read more…)

Molly'sBlog: The sickening first response of government to disaster

THE SICKENING FIRST RESPONSE OF GOVERNMENT TO DISASTER

     Typhoon Haiyan is perhaps the most devastating weather event to ever hit land. More than 10,000 people have been killed, and the full details are still very much uncertain. The Philippines has had more than its share of natural disasters – and man-made ones as well. What I find particularly disturbing and unfortunately quite typical is the first priority of the Philippine government to the events. As quoted in today’s report in Al Jazeera the President of the country used a photo-op visit to one of the areas affected to make (Read more…)

cartoon life: Just say no to 0%

There’s a thread of an idea around this city that every incumbent city councillor needs disposal in the next election. Well, there are a few good ones, and there are some who need removal. The whole ‘throw them all out’ idea needs some sound second thought.

This is my contribution to that.

Filed under: design Tagged: 0%, city, creative city, current events, free to use, Gang of Ate, incumbent, london, no taxes obsession, politics

cartoon life: The #ldnont 2013 budget: Gang of Eight

First: The images were treated in Popsicolor and brought into ProCreate for layering and painting. Two wonderful apps. Second: The images have a Creative Commons 3.0 Copyright. Third: It is surprising how partisan they have become with the addition of the red paint spots.

They said they could get four straight years of 0% tax increase without service cuts. Ain’t gonna happen.

Filed under: art Tagged: budget 2013, city, councillors, current events, Gang of Eight, illustration, ldnont, politics

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Dead Wild Roses: A Grand New Low for Pro-Life sites equating Abortion to Sandyhook Elementary Victims

Hypocrisy is flowing from the anti-choice sites like turds from a overfull diaper. The idea that they are somehow committed to the preservation of life is the weapons-grade bullshite that religious thinking actively promotes. The pious fucks are equating abortion to the recent mass murder at Sandyhook Elementary School.

How dare you?

You (fetus fetishists) purport to have moral standards and then crassly use the murder of children to further your own anti-woman agenda. I’m certainly glad that religion is such a fine moral compass and guide for behaving as a caring empathetic, human being.

An image

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Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-04-12 23:04:00

INTERNATIONAL LABOUR/ANARCHOSYNDICALISM: LATEST SPANISH GENERAL STRIKE A HUGE SUCCESS: March 29th saw a one day general strike in Spain that eclipsed previous general strikes in magnitude if one is to judge by the drop in energy consumption, often the best way of estimating the impact of general strikes on the economy as a whole. According to this measure this strike was much more popular than that of September 2010 being actually the largest in 30 years in Spain. There are actually quite important differences between this event and previous strike protests in Spain. Not only was this (Read more…)

Fusing and Musing: Vetted by Facebook?

In an age where the “online spying” and “indefinite detention” become tools by the government to suppress the population and create fear of dissent, I have become completely convinced that I am being vetted by Facebook. I have recently returned from the beautiful Caribbean coast of Honduras. I visited Copan Ruinas, near the Guatemalan border, a UNESCO world heritage site and had my mind blown open by the complexity and the shear perfection of the Mayan’s stone carving skill! I took a whack of photos and posted a whole album (73 photos), on Facebook. It’s been almost a week and

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Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-02-10 19:42:00

AMERICAN LABOUR:

MORE ANTI-WORKER LEGISLATION IN ARIZONA:

The following item is from the National Public Radio in the USA.

☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼Arizona Lawmakers Target Public Workers’ Unionsby Ted Robbins

February 9, 2012

Labor unions plan to rally in front of the Arizona State Capitol on Thursday afternoon to protest four bills quickly moving through the state Legislature that could make last year’s Wisconsin labor laws look modest by comparison.

Three of the four bills restrict the way unions collect dues and the way workers get paid for union activities. The fourth bans collective bargaining between governments and government workers: state

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CANADIAN POLITICS:

ONTARIO PREMIER’S SPEECH DISRUPTED: What does a politician have to endure these days ? Just for the simple act of bragging in front of one’s numerous rich friends about the devious ways that he plans to increase their (and his own) incomes by offloading hard times onto the poor. Poor Dalton McGuinty found out today as he addressed the opulent gathering of the Canadian Club, a social club for our so-called elites. The world outside came to visit the world of foie-gras and 30 year old Scotch in the personages of protesters from Under Pressure, . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-02-09 20:40:00

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CANADIAN LABOUR QUÉBEC: RIO TINTO LOCKOUT SOON TO ENTER SECOND MONTH:

In the town of Alma Québec the lockout of employees of Alcan will soon be into its second month. 780 members of the United Steel Workers have been locked out since January 1. Management`s demand…simple “destroy the union”; all new workers hired from this point on are to be “subcontractors” rather than permanent employees. Here’s the story from the International Metalworkers Federation.

**************************Canadian Rio Tinto lockout nears one monthOn January 1, 2012, Rio Tinto’s aluminium subsidiary Alcan locked out 780 members of United Steelworkers . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-01-26 20:49:00

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CANADIAN LABOUR LONDON ONTARIO:

COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR LOCKED OUT CATERPILLAR WORKERS:

Time ticks on until this Saturday’s mass demonstration in solidarity with workers at the Electro-Motive Diesel plant in London Ontario. While this is being planned the local community in London Ontario is rallying behind the workers affected who are supposed to have their wages cut by 50% as per the company’s offer. There has been much discussion about the culpability of the federal government in allowing a foreign purchase of this enterprise insofar as it was “in the interests of Canada”. Obviously it is not, and the federal

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CANADIAN POLITICS:

THE REAL LAST MAN STANDING:

It turns out that I was wrong about Winnipeg being the last Occupy camp in Canada. Recently the authorities have evicted a camp in Fredricton New Brunswick. This leaves one more still up and running ie Occupy Newfoundland in St. Johns. The Newfoundland authorities say that they have no plans to move on this encampment.

Sighhhhh ! My local patriotism is shot to hell. Still it is gratifying to learn that at least one group continues to brave the Canadian winter. The weather here on the prairies has been weirdly balmy, but it is . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-01-07 13:46:00

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-12-18 23:26:00

POLITICAL HUMOUR:

WAR IN IRAQ ENDS AS US FORCES LEAVE UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS:

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-12-14 12:30:00

CANADIAN POLITICS:

CONSERVATIVES ATTACK UNIONS ONCE MORE:

Well, this probably counts as non-news as nobody should be suprised that a Conservative Party wants to gut the power of organized workers to fight back. The following articles (English and French) from the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) warns of this desire. I think the most significant point made below is that union books are already open to members, the only openness that should count. The government, of course, sees this as merely an opening salvo in a long term campaign to deprive the NDP of union support. Now I’m . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-12-14 12:30:00

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CANADIAN POLITICS:

THE RICH GET RICHER:

Oh my, is this “news” ? During good times the rich pull ahead as they manage to grab the fruits of expansion. In bad times guess what ? They keep pulling ahead. Good or bad they will get their paws into the till. Here’s an interesting item about the widening of inequality here in Canada.

*************************Canada’s wage gap at record high: OECDtavia grantFrom Monday’s Globe and MailPublished Monday, Dec. 05, 2011 5:00AM ESTLast updated Monday, Dec. 05, 2011 7:56AM ESTThe gap between Canada’s rich and poor is growing amid shifts . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-12-06 00:25:00

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FEMINISM/ CANADIAN LABOUR:

EQUAL PAY LAWSUIT SETTLED IN FAVOUR OF WORKERS- 28 YEARS LATER:

Here’s an interesting item from the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) about a lawsuit initiated 28 years ago demanding equal pay for equal work at Canada Post. I heard about this decision while driving about the city for work today. The internet and print reports add little to the initial report. Basically a 28 year lawsuit was recently settled over different wages paid to women as opposed to men decades ago. Well thanks guys ! There is a lot to be said both pro and con . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-11-17 21:44:00

Are We Equals?

In celebration of International Women’s Day: A bit cheesy with the 007 theme, but I really appreciated the statistics on women performing 2/3 of the world’s work but receive only 10% of pay and own only 1% of land. Bookmark It … . . . → Read More: Are We Equals?

Dear Assange: please shut the fuck up!

Is there an award for being the most insensitive, arrogant, misogynist asshole in the world? Because if there is, I have a candidate. And if there isn’t, I’m about to start up this award and mail a larger-than-life sized trophy in the shape of a cunt to Julian Assange. I think I may even declare [...] . . . → Read More: Dear Assange: please shut the fuck up!

Julian Assange thinks I’m “valueless and inane”.

A vehement supporter of freedom of information, I’ve been defending Assange whenever the hot topic of his arrest comes up. Today was the first time I’ve questioned my support for the Wikileaks founder. In an attempt to defame the world famous outlaw, journalists have been on a mad hunt for anything they could use to [...] . . . → Read More: Julian Assange thinks I’m “valueless and inane”.

National Gender Inequality Rankings – We Should Be Doing Better

The World Economic Forum has released its Global Gender Gap Report, in which it ranks countries according to gender equality measures. Canada came in 20th. 20th. This is even behind a country in which 40% of men admit to having raped a woman (South Africa). According to the WEF: [The] Global Gender Gap Report assesses [...] . . . → Read More: National Gender Inequality Rankings – We Should Be Doing Better

Why Angelina’s Film is Likely to Cause Offense

Last week, celebrity gossip news made the mainstream with the announcement that the Bosnian government was revoking permission for Angelina Jolie’s new film project. Originally sold to the government as a “love story” about “a couple that meets on the eve of the war”, controversy has erupted with rumours that the film is actually about [...] . . . → Read More: Why Angelina’s Film is Likely to Cause Offense

UN Confirms: Genocide Committed in Eastern Congo

A draft of a forthcoming UN Panel of Experts report has accused the Rwandan army and its allied rebel groups in the DRC (including the AFDL) of committing genocide against Great Lakes-region Hutus between 1993 and 2003. The findings are seminal for confirming the long-debated existence of a genocide against ethnic Hutus occurring at the [...] . . . → Read More: UN Confirms: Genocide Committed in Eastern Congo