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The Defense Mapping Agency provides cartography services for the entire U.S. military…

During the invasion of Grenada, the DMA was left out of the loop, because the operation was too secret for them. As a result, U.S. forces were using tourist maps to find their way around. The 101st Airborne Division failed to find the St. Georges Medical School second campus [where American students were supposedly being threatened by the Leninist government] for two days.

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i’m rolling and smoking and smoking and rolling

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joyceanfartboner:

it fucks me up that terfs are such bad bloggers yet im always seein their shit on my dash its a fucking mystery greater than time

afloweroutofstone:

The number of economic cooperatives per capita in the United States. The first map shows worker cooperatives per 1,000,000 residents, and the numbers on the states represents the number of worker cooperatives there. The second maps shows all forms of economic cooperatives identified by the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Cooperatives (consumer, producer, purchasing, and worker) per 10,000 people. Worker cooperatives make up only about 1% of the total economic cooperatives in the U.S.

From a draft paper from Iowa State University.

kuronata:

Guess they thought Windows ⑨ was too dumb

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vicemag:

We Met the World’s Leading Authority on Bootleg Bart Simpson T-Shirts
Back in the 90s, everyone wanted to get their hands on bootleg Simpsons merch. Today, a man in the UK is creating an online archive with all the best Bootleg Bart shirts—including Bart smoking weed, hanging out with LL Cool J, and fighting the Gulf War.

vicemag:

We Met the World’s Leading Authority on Bootleg Bart Simpson T-Shirts

Back in the 90s, everyone wanted to get their hands on bootleg Simpsons merch. Today, a man in the UK is creating an online archive with all the best Bootleg Bart shirts—including Bart smoking weed, hanging out with LL Cool J, and fighting the Gulf War.

Stephen Harper says ISIS mission proposal may include aerial combat   →

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the government will announce “within the next few days” what role he proposes Canada play in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS.

Responding to questions from NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Harper said if the government is planning “any kind of a combat mission, including an aerial combat mission,” the “proposal” will go to the House for a debate and vote.

That decision will come in the next few days, he said.

Harper also suggested ISIS is planning an attack against Canada, although his spokesman, asked for more information, could point only to a report that ISIS named Canada as a country it encouraged followers to target.

"We have at the present time the establishment of a quasi-state, an Islamic caliphate stretching from Aleppo almost to Baghdad, Mr. Speaker, up until very recently operating entirely in the open, planning attacks — not just genocide in the region, but planning attacks in this country."

"We will work with our allies on a counterterrorism operation to get us to the point where this organization does not have the capacity to launch those kinds of attacks," Harper said.

Mulcair took most of the questions allotted to the New Democrats, asking Harper whether the mission would include strikes in Syria and how long he expects the mission to last.

"I don’t think it’s really the power of the prime minister of Canada to determine how long international events will take place or not take place," Harper said, also declining to answer about the possibility of strikes in Syria. […]

(Source: fycanadianpolitics)

i can tell how good an x-files episode was by how much it made me want to play delta green

marxism-leninism-maoism:

And there is something more: the destruction of traditional family-based rural patriarchy brings with it a powerful reactionary male political backlash.

Millions of men are losing “their” women, and “their” jobs, and it’s driving them crazy. Today the main opposition to capitalist globalization comes not from the weakened anti-imperialist Left, or—yet—from working-class women, but rather from militant right-wing men. The anger of male dispossession fuels reactionary populist, fundamentalist and fascist trends in every part of the world. These right-wing movements are typically led by men of the middle classes, furious at losing the privileges they held under the previous male capitalist order. But millions of poor and de-classed men are joining in, forming a kind of united front of misogyny.

[…]

For those of us trying to rebuild a radical anti-capitalist movement, the reorganization of the world economy and the accompanying changes in how women are exploited and controlled have fundamental significance. Because as a result of this transformation, the core of the working class—capitalism’s historical enemy—is also being transformed. This reconfigured working class, with women at its heart, will be the ultimate source of new waves of resistance and revolution. It will spawn new labor movements, new cultures, new parties, new insurgencies, new armies. We are at a major historical turning point, full of promise.

— Exodus and Reconstruction: Working-Class Women at the Heart of Globalization

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Bilateral deal allowing US troops to stay in Afghanistan set to be signed in Kabul   →

So why did the Americans want Ashraf Ghani in the Presidency?

Agence France-Presse reported that the Afghan government remains committed but that a senior minister would instead carry out the formal signing of the agreement. “The BSA will be signed tomorrow, not by the president but by a senior minister,” Daoud Sultanzoy, a senior aide of Ghani’s, told AFP.

The last-minute uncertainty comes after a more than a year of wrangling with former president Hamid Karzai, who refused to sign the BSA at all while in office, but may reflect diplomatic protocol, rather than significant disagreements with Ghani, who has stressed his support for an ongoing US troop presence throughout a fraught electoral process.

State Department officials have expressed hope that Ghani may still also sign the agreement at a later date, perhaps during a trip the US, and hinted that the lack of a senior American counterpart in Kabul such as secretary of state John Kerry was the reason for delegating responsibility.

Fraud and Folly in Afghanistan   →

The runoff round of the Afghan presidential election on June 14 was massively rigged, and the ensuing election audit was “unsatisfactory,” a result of Afghan government-orchestrated fraud on a scale exceeding 2 million fake votes, completely subverting the will of the Afghan people. That is the watered-down conclusion of the press release of the European Union’s yet-to-be-released report detailing its thorough and non-partisan investigation of the entire Afghan election. The report was completed last week, according to sources in Kabul who have seen it, but political pressure has so far resulted in heavy redaction and kept it from public release.

The key point is this: Ashraf Ghani did not win the election. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) concluded in July that it was mathematically impossible for Ghani to win, given Afghan demographics and the initial 46 percent to 32 percent first-round vote spread, according to a U.S. government source familiar with the analysis. According to the source who reviewed the private report, the top experts in statistical analysis in the United States used every known computer model of election balloting and concluded that a Ghani victory was scientifically impossible. In simple terms, there is no mathematical doubt that Abdullah Abdullah won.

The fraud perpetrated on the Afghan people this time was on an epic scale. In 2009, Abdullah bowed out of a runoff election against outgoing President Hamid Karzai after a heavily rigged first round, with the explicit promise he would be given a fair chance to win in 2014. During the 2014 campaign, he barely escaped assassination. It was not the Taliban who tried to kill him; there was no customary claim of responsibility by any anti-government group.

On the night of June 14, 2014, after all polling places had closed, European Union observers estimated that no more than 6 million Afghans had voted. Within hours, Karzai’s handpicked Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials jumped the number to 8 million votes, adding more than 2 million votes to that total — all of them for Ghani. (Two million just happens to be, by sheer coincidence, the number of votes required to overcome a purely ethnic voting split in the outcome given a 30 percent turnout.) The European Union report notes that “the audit procedures … have been at times inconsistently and hastily applied under high political pressure.” Caught on audiotapes conspiring to stuff ballot boxes across the south of the country, the head of the IEC, Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhil, soon resigned. Ghani originally claimed he had never met with Amarkhil, but Abdullah’s campaign announced it had a video of Ghani and Amarkhil meeting at a house in Kabul owned by a Ghani supporter, according to sources with access to the video. The Afghan people, for their part, are more disillusioned than ever with the notion of democracy.

In this debacle, the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) consistently supported IEC decisions. Half a dozen foreign diplomats in Kabul I spoke with privately admitted that UNAMA clearly favored fellow technocrat Ghani. The UNAMA “100 percent” audit was a complete misnomer. In no way were “all votes” audited — only full ballot boxes were considered. Either side could only challenge full boxes and the great majority of those challenges were rejected by the Karzai-appointed IEC. In fact, less than 1 percent of the actual paper votes were even touched by anyone during the process, according to multiple sources who observed the process. Abdullah’s observers called the audit a “sham.” “The audit did not catch the industrial-scale fraud that plagued the runoff elections,” an American official who was among the senior observers of the audit told the New York Times, adding: “It’s hard because we’re going to say that in our final report, which is not going to be released publicly.” There were no complaints about IEC and UNAMA decisions from the Ghani camp. Res ipsa loquitur.

Seldom has the moral high ground been so clear. Instead of taking it, however, and supporting the will of the majority of the Afghan people, the United States again took the easy path of expediency and quick fix. Instead of upholding democracy, diplomats kicked the can down the road a few weeks or months by creating the bizarre, extra-constitutional position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and forcing an unworkable “unity government.” A unity government, however, is in many ways the worst possible outcome. At best, it is magical thinking. Recent Afghan history is sadly overcrowded with examples of catastrophically failed unity governments, several of them involving many of the very same actors on the stage today. Among the most recent of these are the Islamabad and Peshawar Accords, attended by Abdullah, Ghani’s vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum, Tajik leader Mohammed Atta, and many others in both camps (Ghani himself sat out the last 30 years of Afghan horror in the United States, Lebanon, and Europe). This muddling, unprincipled path was followed even though senior U.S. leaders know that Afghanistan, as former CIA analyst Paul Pillar recently noted, lacks the necessary social underpinnings to make such an agreement work. In fact, no unity government in Afghanistan has ever resulted in anything other than assassination, civil war, and chaos.

then the article gets really realistic about america’s prospects in afghanistan:

When things go sideways in Afghanistan in the coming months and years — and they will — the United States will need a group of Afghans to assume the role of the Kurdish peshmerga in Iraq today: a well-organized and reliable group who our special forces can work with. When the Taliban inevitably takes control of the southern half of the country after the withdrawal of U.S. forces (the Afghan National Army is one-ninth the size of the Army of the Republic of South Vietnam (ARVN), has four times as much territory to defend, and has no more faith in its national government than the ARVN had), we are going to need secure territory from which to operate against the Taliban and fly drones against terrorist bases in northern Pakistan and southern Afghanistan.  

In 2001 in Afghanistan, that group was the Northern Alliance of Abdullah, who has the support of 55 percent of the Afghan population, the entire Ministry of Defense, and more than 85 percent of Afghan National Army officers at the battalion commander level and above, according to senior U.S. government analysts I spoke to. Our future Afghan peshmerga will certainly not be Ghani’s scattered Pashtun supporters in dangerous and virtually inaccessible bits of southern Afghanistan. In five years, at most, the United States is again going to need a secure base from which to operate and a partner in Afghanistan to keep terrorists at bay in South-Central Asia. As Winston Churchill once noted, “America will always do the right thing, but only after exhausting all other options.” We can only hope we haven’t completely alienated our vital allies when that time comes.

love it when americans acknowledge their own dirty tricks, although i don’t know why the author adopted the term peshmerga when proxy force is right there.

"Labour” is the living basis of private property, it is private property as the creative source of itself. Private property is nothing but objectified labour. If it is desired to strike a mortal blow at private property, one must attack it not only as a material state of affairs, but also as activity, as labour. It is one of the greatest misapprehensions to speak of free, human, social labour, of labour without private property. “Labour” by its very nature is unfree, unhuman, unsocial activity, determined by private property and creating private property. Hence the abolition of private property will become a reality only when it is conceived as the abolition of “labour"

—Karl Marx, Draft of an Article on Friedrich List’s book: Das Nationale System der Politischen Oekonomie (via craftbeerhallputsch)

(Source: class-struggle-anarchism, via craftbeerhallputsch)