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Section 8 Smoker

By mike flugennockThursday - July 27th, 2017Categories: DC Local, Economy, Health Care, liberty

While it’s been legal to possess and consume cannabis in DC since February of 2015, citizens here can still only do it in their private homes, which leaves many rental housing residents — particularly tenants in Federally-subsidized Section 8 public housing — in a rough spot.

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Love Didn’t “Trump” Hate…

By mike flugennockTuesday - February 14th, 2017Categories: Economy, Health Care, Trumpism, environment, liberty

It’s worth noting that in the current wave of protest following the Inauguration, the most effective and inspiring actions have been spontaneous and organic, organized and carried out by real grassroots outfits, many of whom were anarchists and other militant antifascists.

“Pussy Hats”, smarmy focus-grouped slogans, a Facebook group and a 501(c)3 are not “resistance”. Just so you know.

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inspired by the placard in this foto from the recent Berkeley antifascist actions.

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Pretty Vacant

By mike flugennockSaturday - June 25th, 2016Categories: Economy, Globalization

“There’s no point in asking, you’ll get no reply…!”

So, yesterday I’m watching and reading the ongoing coverage of the Brexit vote — watching “Leave” win by something like 4% — but what really got me going was the discussion of the ripple effect through the rest of Europe, as other countries watched the UK bail and thought “Hell, if the Brits can do it, why not us…?”

It’s also worth noting here that the discussion couldn’t really be broken down into a strictly either/or division, despite most media trying to forcibly break it down to “good Lefties vote Remain” and “only Rightist Trumpsters vote Leave”. I started out buying into that because the mainstream US media were beating the living crap out of that riff, but the more foreign and dissident media I read, the more nuances became evident.

In the end, I think it might be a good thing, and that this might actually work out well for our side, simply because I can’t think of a single kind of substantive, revolutionary change that didn’t require chaos, tumult and upheaval — the old “breaking eggs to make an omelet” thing. And man, am I ever hungry for a nice omelet right now.

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