Comrades - It's exciting to be back. The summer break did me well, and we have some great content to share over the coming weeks, including a special audiobook recording for our subscribers on Ko-fi! Some of you might remember that over the winter, I acquired a copy of the 1970s book "Our Lenin." Now, I'm bringing it to life for you. With one episode already recorded, I'll be working to make this episode available first to our subscribers as a thank you, and later down the line, to the public for all members! This is my way of thanking the community for helping me raise funds to rescue this Soviet/US history. Funding is the only thing stopping us from achieving new heights, so consider subscribing or volunteering today!
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In this week’s news we have some alarming news including an anti-LGBT protest in Georgia, the Hollywood Strike, and Trump claiming to make a dictatorship in his next term.
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I saw this poster and instantly thought it would be perfect for book club. As many of you know, I like to take Soviet posters and modernize them for our needs. This one features a man gesturing welcomingly, inviting comrades to join them on a quest for knowledge. What could be better?
As promised, I made it into a book club invite, and I translated the poster into English, and You can see some of my other modernizations below.
German communist rapper Vizzion teased the release of his new album "Athena" by releasing multiple songs, including "Melancholie," a haunting ballad about the death throes of capitalism. The German lyrics and their English translations (via Google Translate) are provided below. But here’s a sample to get you started:
The melancholy of a generation. Misery and hardship, swimming against the current. Here's where the pensioners are stealing from garbage cans. And they collect taxes to build tanks.
If you’re new to Vizzion’s music, I’ve included a playlist with my favorite songs.
The melancholy of a generation. Misery and hardship, swimming against the current. Here's where the pensioners are stealing from garbage cans. And they collect taxes to build tanks. At 16, before Novoline, stole money. Nike Shox were fake from Tunisia. Here so the longing romance suffocates. And almost every letter from the district court is, Everyone wants freedom here, but it's bleeding. In the quicksand just because mans tried desperately. Melancholy as an expression of Us, an expression of art, We are down for no reason. See the light once, and that at birth, Next to the track, but stay on track. We were born to be used. ...It's called melancholy until we die.
Melancholie einer Generation. Elend und Not, schwimmen gegen den Strom. Hier wo die Rentner aus Mülltonnen klauen. Und sie steuern erheben um Panzer zu bauen. Mit 16 vor Novoline, klaute Geld. Nike Shox waren aus Tunisia gefälscht. Hier so die Sehnsucht Romantik erstickt. Und fast jeder Brief Bruder vom Amtsgericht ist, Wünscht sich hier jeder die Freiheit doch blutet. Im Treibsand nur weil man´s verzweifelt versuchte. Melancholie als ein Ausdruck von Uns, Ausdruck von Kunst, Wir sind down ohne Grund. Sehen ein mal das Licht und das bei der Geburt, Neben der Spur, aber bleiben auf Kurs. Ey wir wurden geboren um verwertet zu werden. ...Heisst Melancholie bis wir sterben.
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BreakThrough News on Instagram: "Workers at a South Carolina Waffle House went on strike this week, calling out the chain for skimping on safety and wages. They say the appalling conditions have become intolerable. #WorkersStrike #LaborStrike #WaffleHouse”
LIVE FROM UKRAINE AND STILL ALIVE on Instagram: "📍Belarus, allegedly. We dunno whether to cry or laugh, but it seems like the Wagnerʼs sturmführer is still alive, allegedly. Is this gesture a combination of S!eg He!l and the Soviet Communist Party greeting? - - - content is distributed for informational purposes only. both @ukrainciaga and @ukrainciaga.international do not condone any aggressive groups and strongly condemn any form of unjustified violence. photo via @rageintel”
btnewsroom: The Puerto Rican gov’t has closed more than 600 public schools in the last 10 years, leaving many rural areas with no nearby educational facilities.
Those buildings were abandoned but communities have “rescued” the closed schools and put them to good use: for organizing. #PuertoRico #puertorico🇵🇷
redstreamnet: A new wave of anti-government protests is sweeping Kenya, triggered by widely unpopular tax reforms backed by the IMF, skyrocketing living costs, and deadly police violence. The Communist Party of Kenya (CPK) has warned, “President Ruto started that war, and he must pay the price for it.”Thousands defied assembly bans this week, resulting in massive police violence, including live fire. Local news report of more than a dozen deaths in the latest wave of protests, and the Kenyan Ministry of Interior confirms several hundred arrests, including 37 members of the CPK.More than half of Kenya’s population thinks the government of President William Ruto has achieved “nothing,” according to a Tifa poll. Meanwhile, the country is drowning in public debt, and essential commodities such as fuel prices are reaching historic highs.#KenyaProtests #Maandamano #Ruto
aplredphoenix: In what can be seen as an act of camaraderie, members of the Screen Actors Guild will join striking Writers Guild of America members on picket lines throughout Los Angeles and across the country. The last time both the writers’ and actors’ unions were on strike simultaneously was in 1960....The endgame according to the bosses is to “allow things to drag on until union members start losing their homes.”...The union is seeking a residual formula that would account for the success of shows, yet the studios have been unwilling to acquiesce to the demands for full disclosure of viewership data. In response, SAG-AFTRA has proposed using metrics from Parrot Analytics, a third party data firm. Furthermore, they are also seeking regulations on the use of artificial intelligence which would require that actors would be paid for any AI-generated use of their likeness.The union addressed its members stating, “As you know, over the past decade, your compensation has been severely eroded by the rise of the streaming ecosystem. Furthermore, artificial intelligence poses an existential threat to creative professions, and all actors and performers deserve contract language that protects them from having their identity and talent exploited without consent and pay.” Talks began on June 7. Drescher, who is also the chair of the negotiating committee, posted a video to members on June 24 expressing that talks had been “extremely productive.”However, negotiations have recently been marred by rancorous sentiments being held between studio executives and all others involved. So much so, that all parties agreed to a proposal to bring in federal mediators to resolve the dispute. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service dispatched a mediator on Wednesday who was in attendance for the final day of talks. The membership of the union has been urging the leadership to assume an unwavering stance to ensure that their demands are fully met. In a letter signed 2 weeks ago signed by more than 2,000 actors, the leadership was encouraged to accept nothing less than a “transformative” deal.To find a picket and rally in LA or NYC: RedPhoenixNews.com
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