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For the Love of Marx! Bernie Sanders Will Not Save the Working Class!

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“Bourgeois democracy, although a great historical advance in comparison with medievalism, always remains, and under capitalism is bound to remain, restricted, truncated, false and hypocritical, a paradise for the rich and a snare and deception for the exploited.” — V.I. Lenin

Everywhere the people are exuberant, excited; the youth press themselves together and whisper in tones shielded from conservative parents: “Are you voting for Bernie Sanders? Have you heard? He’s a…SOCIALIST!” How dangerous, how freeing! Truly these newly minted radicals stand ready to storm the halls of Congress and Wall Street and take what rightfully belongs to the people!

Only…they aren’t. Instead they are voting for what has been strangely called “Democratic Socialism.” What is this new economic theory from the great Comrade Sanders?

“Although what European democratic socialists have advocated has varied, they have not generally rejected capitalist institutions so much as advocated taming them to be just as well as efficient.

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100 Plus Studies Concur – Cannabis Beats Cancer, Yet It’s Still Not Legal

Phillip Schneider via Waking Times:

In 1996, California was the first state to legalize the use of Cannabis for medicinal purposes. Since then, the past decade has been ripe with research into the potential medicinal benefits of Cannabis. During this time we have learned that Cannabis can potentially treat such an enormous list of illnesses that the justification for its status as a schedule 1 illegal drug is being called into question.

Proponents of medical marijuana claim that cannabis can be used to treat over 150 different ailments such as sleep disorders, anxiety disorders, back pain, shingles, epilepsy, seizures, Chrohn’s disease, restless leg syndrome, PTSD, MS, autoimmune disease, autism, alcoholism and much more. Because of this, cannabis is being dubbed the ‘miracle drug’ by many, including the parents of children who have suffered from seizures and other debilitating diseases, only to be saved or seriously aided by the use of cannabis compounds.

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Insurrection and Utopia, Part 1: “We are Eating From a Trashcan; This Trashcan is Ideology.”


Via Gods & Radicals:

It all started innocently enough. A friend asked me a question on facebook:

“How can you advocate anarchic revolution when your political vision is so far in the minority?”

The underlying premise was a good one: In a country of 300+ million, how can you call for the upheaval of society, the breaking of societal and political bonds, when so few would readily identify as Anarchists/Socialists/Communists/Leftists/Anti-Capitalists/What-have-you? It’s a question often thrown at the Left and unfortunately many haven’t fully wrapped their heads around it.

In a way it’s a watermark. For an ideology or political vision to go from outright dismissal and laughter to being asked to provide real world examples of what would be done if it came to pass is a sign of growth; it is a signal, an omen, that the winds are beginning to blow in our favor and many want to know what might lie ahead.… Read the rest

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These Mean Streets

These Mean Streets

It’s dark. It’s early. It’s Monday.

And my new “medicine” didn’t keep me from a sleepless night.

Still, I am cabbie. And this is San Francisco. There are paratransits, dregs and (yyyaaawwwnn) suits all in need of transport across this great city. (And a landlord in wait of rent.)

I shall persevere!

Stumbling in through the lot of ‘ol Citizen’s Cab, I’m headed towards Kojak in the office. However, en route, I spot a grey Nissan Altima over by the hose sporting a suction-cupped smartphone and tell tale “U” sign adhered inside of its windshield. There’s an older black man with a SF Giants baseball hat – with the price tag still dangling on the brim – washing down the tax… er, his car.

Hey! It’s Crooks! (Sometimes taxi driver, sometimes Uber scab.)

“Hey, Crooks! Can’t you read? That sign behind you says it’s a $50 fine for washing personal vehicles!… Read the rest

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Sports Military Worship Propaganda Exposed

Bernie Suarez via Activist Post:

A Senate oversight report just blew the lid on the U.S. military worship ceremonies we all see at sporting events all over the United States. We see this military worship all the time at college and professional sports events. These staged ceremonies are designed to psyop young men and women into joining the military. They are also designed to sell war and make young adults think that the road to honor goes through a military lifestyle. Sports fans have no idea they are being bombarded with lies and propaganda bankrolled by the Pentagon and the National Guard. The recent Senate report blowing the lid on this psyop campaign labels the paid for propaganda as “inappropriate and frivolous.”


The report reviewed contracts between the Pentagon (and National Guard) and sports teams and admittedly labels two thirds of the contracts as “paid-for-patriotism.” Yeah, I’ll say. Every trick from flag ceremonies, national anthems, ceremonial first pitches, puck drops, color guard presentations even reenlistment ceremonies have been quietly paid for to deceive the sports fans into wanting to join the military.

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You Talkin’ To Me?


Tricking Passengers,

Your driver spent the week working on a treat, getting San Francisco TAXI: Life in the Merge Lane… (Book 2) out the door. (See cool promo vid at end of this blog!) Thus, please indulge as we ride along with a Halloween scare of yore…



I call-in to Citizen’s to let whomever know I’m coming in. I’m on the schedule today, but with no assigned medallion.

Bryce answers the driver’s line and sounds frazzled. I write it off to the busy time of the morning – getting day drivers out on the road while at the same time processing incoming night drivers’ keys, medallions, and gate money, etc.

So, Bryce tells me I “can sleep-in and have a cab later… or come in now and screw someone”.

Only half-awake I return all groggy,

“Wait. What are my options?”

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Who Lost the CNBC Republican Debate? Answer: I Did

IMG_0363After watching the CNBC Republican debate, I went on a three day bender that ended with me waking up on the floor of the ladies’ room in a nearby McDonald’s.  My Chuck Taylor’s were crusted with dried vomit and someone had pissed in my jeans.  Not for the first time, I was forced to ask a lot of hard questions about some of the decisions I have made in my life. 

Not about the drinking, though; several doctors have told me that I have a rare disease that requires at least a bottle of red wine a day to keep me on steady ground.  Rather, I had to ask why I ever decided to write about politics, why I couldn’t seem to stop, and what it would do to me if I couldn’t quit this horrible addiction.  Waking up in a puddle of piss is, while not a traditional way to regain consciousness, the least of the terrible fates that lay in store for people who can’t get the monkey off their backs.Read the rest

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Taking the High Road

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It’s 11:30am on Thursday and I’m cruising the Haight for flags, $24 into the green…

I’ve been good about not drinking or abusing nighttime cough syrup over the last week to get to sleep at night. This is due to a jaunt to go see my mom “back east” in D.C., to get help finishing up Book 2 – San Francisco TAXI: Life in the Merge Lane… (Stay tuned y’all!) Anyway, Ma and my older brother gave me crap about my belly while I was there; which is, um, “respectably pronounced”. Aside from my sedentary vocation, this is due in good measure to drinking at night. And the subsequent tipsy feast just prior to bed. Needless to say, my family’s brand of Jewish/Irish-Catholic guilt is VERY potent! Hence, the abstinence.

So, I was clearing out my Facebook notifications last night and smoking a bowl before going down. As I was perusing the San Francisco Taxi Drivers Group, I came across a report from Barry Korengold, one of the leaders of the SFTWA – the pseudo San Francisco taxi drivers union.… Read the rest

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Who Really Won The Democratic Debate? It’s Complicated (Duh)

Pop quiz: who is Frank Luntz?  If you answered “someone who answered most of his phone calls in November of 2012 by first taking the gun out of his mouth,” you get half a point.  If you answered “someone sloppily sculpted from a wad of dough,” I’ll give you three points for being unnecessarily mean. But if you answered “one of several GOP pollsters responsible for the warped view of reality under which the 2012 Romney campaign was operating for the last legs of the 2012 presidential race,” then congratulations, you win! You’re a politics nerd! Either that or you’re actually Frank Luntz, in which case you should just navigate away from this page now because some people have already started drinking and they’re only gonna get meaner.


I mention Frank Luntz because he’s the guy who ran the Fox News focus group that examined the recent Democratic Party debate. This focus group came to the conclusion that, contrary to what the overwhelming majority of popular pundits reported, Bernie Sanders came out victorious over Party favorite Hillary Clinton.Read the rest

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A Carnival of Militarism and the Enucleation of San Francisco

Aaron Dames writes for Divided Core:

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Beyond Vietnam

The annual Fleet Week event took place in San Francisco last weekend.  For this event six U.S Navy ships (a guided-missile destroyer, frigate, and cruiser, a Coast Guard Cutter, and two amphibious assault ships, whose collective costs exceeds $4 billion) were docked along the Embarcadero piers for civilians to climb aboard and tour the vessels which were constructed at tax-payer expense and presumably for their defense, while six Blue Angels fighter jets ($21 million apiece, unweaponized) tore through the skies above San Francisco.  Flying at over 650 miles per hour, the jets screamed over the city, setting off car alarms as they performed their synchronistic aerial acrobatics before soaring away over the Pacific Ocean only to curve back around toward the city and execute their maneuvers and stunts yet again. … Read the rest

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