WRECK: Grumpy Old Men
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Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies: no. 278: Grumpy Old Men*
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"One of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the
delusional is no longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe, to
sit in the seat of power in the Oval Office and in Congress. For the
first time in our history,
ideology and theology hold a monopoly of power in Washington."
o Bill Moyers, US TV Journalist
10 January 2005 / 17-19.00
Atlas Epileptic > Pierre-André Arcand 
The Evil Ones > Marcelo Radulovich 
Scan [Theo Loevendie] > Wiek Hijmans 
Melody > Serge Gainsbourg 
Tirade > Freek de Jong 
Round Midnight > Wiek Hijmans 
New Worlds of Old > Gary Lucas & Jozef van Wissem 
From Her to There and No Return > Wiek Hijmans 
Tomorrow Never Knows > Gary Lucas & Jozef van Wissem 
Cargo Culte > Serge Gainsbourg 
Autopsy Plates 1-6 > DJ Singe 
Cold-Hearted Bastard > William Burroughs 
Money Jungle > Ellington, Mingus & Roach 
Il Combattimento > Konrad Boehmer 
Vexations/Satie [exc.] > Dr. Dr. Jazz 
Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!) > XTC 
Lust For Life > Iggy Pop 
Spanish Boots > Jeff Beck 
She's Crafty > Beastie Boys 
Ik Ben Niet Helemaal Goed > Freek de Jong 
Rock Island Line > Mano Negra 
Kneeling Drunkard's Plea > Johnny Cash 
Indios de Barcelona > Mano Negra 
Voila l'Été > Les Negresses Vertes 
Killing Rats > Mano Negra 
Il Combattimento > Konrad Boehmer 
 "Atlas Epileptic" on Ambiances Magnetiques <www.actuellecd.com>.
Embracing the entire sensory world we have glorious post-sensual
 Private Release single. Usually on accretions
<www.titicacaman.com>. Post-coronation revenge blues.
 "Classic Electric" on X-Or <www.xs4all.nl/~xorluc> Wonderful
electric guitar interpretations of Theo Loevendie, Steve Reich,
Thelonious Monk, among others. I knew I'd miss a disc for my top 30.
THIS definitely deserves to be in my Top 30+ for 2004.
 "Histoire de Melody Nelson" Humorous iconoclastic pop genius
creates first atmospheric big-sound pop opera. Take John Barry and
put him on the same sinking ship with Celine [the writer not the
 "De Komiek" on Ariola vinyl. This guy seems to be on TV ALL the
time in the Netherlands. This over-exposure has an inverse affect on
his reputation as a kind of acerbic politically tinged comic. People
are just tired of the guy. Too bad.
 "The Universe of Absence" on BVHaast <www.bvhaast.nl>. Dynamic,
propulsive and yet ambient masterpieces of timeless fusions of old
sentiments [and instruments] with modern sensibilities and
technologies. In my Top 30+ for 2004.
 "Now Then After: The City in the 21st Century" produced by Stuart
Argabright [Voodooists]. Genius and still unreleased sonic
architecture that bids adieu to making sense of our reality.
 "One World Poetry" on Knipscheer / Milkyway / Giorno Poetry
Systems vinyl. Documentation from fourth edition of this great
festival that brought together cutting edge wordsmiths, old geniuses,
grumpy revolutionaries, post-hippie idealism, fluxists, Kesey, Dutch
Beats, Giorno, Ed Sanders, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Bernard Heidesieck,
 "Money Jungle" on Blue Note. Grumpy old geniuse sitting around
creating menacing joy.
 "Position" on BVHaast <www.bvhaast.nl>. Beautiful package of
electronic / electroacoustic composer. Recommended.
 "Vexations" on Party Beach <drdrjazz@...>. Image surf
music in a toaster oven interpreting the heavy-drinking and
sartorially eccentric Satie who produced a lot of vexing music, music
that tries preconception, patience, and pushes us into new realms via
 "Death Disco" on EMI <wwwemicatalogue.com>. Great grumpy
nihilistic dance music for those wrapped in dusty velvet curtains
expecting the apocalpyse to be something of a disappointing fireworks
display and boring repartee. The perfect antidote to the Reagan years
if you do not have a hammer. XTC here making fun of their Slough
environment [recently heard of in "The Office"]. It sounds like
Slough is 2 bits Jersey and 1 bit Long Island...
 "Nude & Rude" on Virgin. I always thot David Bowie was only
tolerable when working with others but even here this 1990
collaboration does not hold up as well as earlier Iggy solo & with
 "Truth / Beck-Ola" on Epic vinyl. This grumpy young man known
for his fits of hubris and attitude lives like a hermit in some
isolated mansion in the British [?] countryside, living off his past.
Why not Some of his guitar work really holds up. This is real metal
 "Licensed to Ill" on Def Jam, 1986. Still compelling punk hip hop
 "Patchanka" on Boucherie 1988. Le Garçons Bouchers label of
French ethno punk with a danceable edge.
 "Unchained" on American. Produced by Rick Rubin who admired JC
so much he encouraged this comeback. It's not as good as all the hype
made it out to be.
 "Le Grand Déballage" on Virgin <www.negressesvertes.com>. Great
post-clash multi-cultural shambling ethno-punk.
* some are neither grumpy nor very old. You guess which.
Torture Chicks Gone Wild [exc] By MAUREEN DOWD January 30, 2005
"A former American Army sergeant who worked as an Arabic interpreter
at Gitmo has written a book pulling back the veil on the astounding
ways female interrogators used a toxic combination of sex and
religion to try to break Muslim detainees at the U.S. prison camp in
Cuba. It's not merely disgusting. It's beyond belief. The Bush
administration never worries about anything. But these missionaries
and zealous protectors of values should be worried about the American
soul. The president never mentions Osama, but he continues to use
9/11 as an excuse for American policies that bend the rules and play
to our worst instincts.
"I have really struggled with this because the detainees, their
families and much of the world will think this is a religious war
based on some of the techniques used, even though it is not the
case," the former sergeant, Erik R. Saar, 29, told The Associated
Press. What good is it for President Bush to speak respectfully of
Islam and claim Iraq is not a religious war if the Pentagon
denigrates Islamic law - allowing its female interrogators to try to
make Muslim men talk in late-night sessions featuring sexual
touching, displays of fake menstrual blood, and parading in
miniskirt, tight T-shirt, bra and thong underwear? The A.P. noted
that "some Guantánamo prisoners who have been released say they were
tormented by 'prostitutes.'"
Mr. Saar writes: 'A female military interrogator who wanted to turn
up the heat on a 21-year-old Saudi detainee who allegedly had taken
flying lessons in Arizona before 9/11 removed her uniform top to
expose a snug T-shirt. She began belittling the prisoner - who was
praying with his eyes closed - as she touched her breasts, rubbed
them against the Saudi's back and commented on his apparent erection.'
After the prisoner spat in her face, she left the room to ask a
Muslim linguist how she could break the prisoner's reliance on God.
The linguist suggested she tell the prisoner that she was
menstruating, touch him, and then shut off the water in his cell so
he couldn't wash.
"The concept was to make the detainee feel that after talking to her
he was unclean and was unable to go before his God in prayer and gain
strength," Mr. Saar recounted, adding: "She then started to place her
hands in her pants as she walked behind the detainee. As she circled
around him he could see that she was taking her hand out of her
pants. When it became visible the detainee saw what appeared to be
red blood on her hand. She said, 'Who sent you to Arizona?' He then
glared at her with a piercing look of hatred. She then wiped the red
ink on his face. He shouted at the top of his lungs, spat at her and
lunged forward," breaking out of an ankle shackle.
"He began to cry like a baby," the author wrote, adding that the
interrogator's parting shot was: "Have a fun night in your cell
without any water to clean yourself." A female civilian contractor
kept her "uniform" - a thong and miniskirt - on the back of the door
of an interrogation room, the author says. Who are these women? Who
allows this to happen? Why don't the officers who allow it get into
trouble? Why do Rummy and Paul Wolfowitz still have their jobs?
Marx and Makhno Meet McDonalds's: Casualized Workers in Paris Win
Several Strikes, Honorably Lose Another with Combined Union and
Non-Union, Legal and Illegal Tactics
By Loren Goldner <http://info.interactivist.net/>
Over the last several years, a revolving network of militants in
Paris, France, have developed a strategy and tactics for winning
strikes by marginal, low-paid, outsourced and immigrant workers
against international chains, in situations where the strikers are
often ignored by unions to which they nominally belong, or are
actually obstructed by them.
While some of these methods benefit from aspects of French labor law
that are more favorable to strikers than one finds in the backward
U.S. of A, the overall strategy can certainly find its uses in other
countries. The group, which calls itself simply Collectif de
Solidarite (Solidarity Collective) slowly emerged as a network from
the ferment and upswing in struggle following the 1995 near-general
strike in France over pension "reform". Their composition ranges from
casualized workers to people with steady jobs, people who want to
fight and who see no perspective for doing so within a traditional
union framework. Experience taught them that initially isolated
strikes of marginal workers employed by big chains, in the worst
possible conditions, can win if they are turned into city-wide
actions by militants from "outside" the workplace (but hardly
"outside" the increasingly downsized and outsourced work force), and
- equally important - militants who are not members of vanguard
groups coming mainly to fish in troubled waters for their own
recruitment. The strategy could not be farther from the timid
"corporate campaigns" as developed by the likes of Ray Rogers,
politely asking stockholders to sympathize with workers, but instead
involve direct action to shut down businesses with a mixture of legal
and "extra-legal" (in the grey area between legality and illegality)
tactics. The network also makes use, where and when it can, of
better-known methods of creating embarrassing publicity for
well-known corporate logos.
The current wave of activity took off in 2002 in a victory for a
McDonald's strike in the heart of Paris. Five employees were
arbitrarily fired, accused of stealing from the cash register. A
strike of 115 days ensued, with regular support actions from other
McDonald's and fast food restaurants around Paris. In this strike,
one organizer from the restaurant department of the largest French
union, the C.G.T. (Confederation Generale du Travail), sensing an
opportunity for some publicity, did help the strikers (who were
members of the C.G.T.), against the indifference or hostility of the
rest of the union. But the actions of the Solidarity Collective
were indispensable in keeping up picket lines, turning away customers
and explaining the strike to them, and occasionally shutting down
other McDonald's locations around Paris. After nearly four months,
McDonald's management caved, rehired the fired workers, and granted
The committee then turned its attention to a struggle that became its
greatest success to date, the 10-month strike of African immigrant
maids at ACCOR, the third-ranking multinational hotel chain. ...
The Senegalese and Malian women involved were often barely literate,
spoke little or no French, had never been informed of what rights
they had under French labor law, and were subjected to killing piece
rates based on the number of rooms cleaned. Further, their jobs were
outsourced to a cleaning company, Arcade, with completely arbitrary
scheduling based on the amount of work available from week to week.
Most of the women developed work-related physical conditions after a
couple of years on the job, which were not recognized as workplace
injuries. They did belong to the small alternative union SUD
(Solidarity-Unity-Democracy), but even this union mainly walked away
from the strike early on.
In spite of these obstacles, the Solidarity Collective was able to
keep the strike alive with unceasing "pin-prick" tactics, disrupting
hotel lobbies with leafleting twice a week, explaining the strike to
hotel guests and putting pressure on customers and other hotel
employees to support the strike; these and and other highly visible
interventions placed ACCOR and Arcade management on the defensive.
Their main object was a (successful) attempt to disrupt the smooth
impersonal functioning of the hotels and to expose the outrageous
conditions of the maids to public view. As in the McDonald's strike,
the Solidarity Collective provided the decisive forces that on
occasion kept the strike alive even when most of the strikers were
demoralized and close to giving up, while always being careful not to
substitute themselves for the strikers. Benefit concerts made the
strike more widely known and raised money. After 10 months,
management again caved, most importantly on the crucial issue of
piece rates, the pressures of which were significantly reduced.
Further concessions were made in the introduction of regular
scheduling, rehiring of fired strikers, and a payment of 35% of wages
for the time struck.
The experience of this strike in turn set the stage for further
involvement in a renewed strike at MacDonald's in Paris. As soon as
management thought they could get away with it, they moved to fire
and harass employees involved in the original strike. As a result,
the struggle erupted anew in early March 2003.
On May 3, 30-40 members of the Solidarity Collective held a meeting
in the occupied McDonald's restaurant in the Strasbourg St-Denis area
of downtown Paris. We then marched to the nearest Frog restaurant
about 10 minutes away. The strike of Tamil workers had begun in
reaction against the firing of a Tamil assistant manager but that
question was quickly overshadowed by demands over outrageous working
and sanitary conditions and numerous violations of labor law. The
boss assigned people their vacation time when it suited him; the
dishwashers had to work with cold water; there was no extra pay for
overtime; people getting off at 1 AM had to be back at 8 AM, (whereas
legally there are supposed to be at least 11 hours between shifts).
The Frog manager had told one Tamil worker: "I'm pleased with your
work. A European wouldn't do it for even an hour."
The pleasure of participation was heightened because a fair number of
the Frog clientele were arrogant yuppies, many of them Brits, as was
the manager quoted above, who became apoplectic. On this second
intervention, the Solidarity Collective did not fool around. Here a
certain "strike culture" specific to France came into play, one not
easily transposable to American conditions. People marched into the
pub and immediately one spokesman started shouting through a
bullhorn; within minutes the main door was blocked and covered by a
15-foot tape with strike slogans in 10 languages and a detailed
leaflet in French and in English.
Then the police showed up and a bizarre ballet began. (One can only
imagine the response of the NYPD or the San Francisco TAC Squad in a
comparable situation.) They treated the strikers and strike
supporters with kid gloves (it was generally assumed they were under
orders to do so, in order to avoid episodes creating bad publicity
for the right-wing Chirac government, just then gearing up for an
attack on public sector workers), huddling with the strike supporters
over a legal restraining order saying that pickets could do this, but
not that, etc. We could block the main entrance, but not be inside
persuading the customers to leave, and so forth. Periodically one of
the strikers set off a bullhorn that sounded like a police siren,
adding to the generally unravelling atmosphere.
Then we marched to another MacDonald's that was also on strike. It
was packed but it was shut down in about five minutes by the same
tactics. We were turning people away at the door telling them the
place was closed and 90% left immediately. It was particularly
interesting to see lots of scruffy "hip hop" types taking note of the
strike. At 6:30 PM the same day, a second action was undertaken
at another Frog location in the very upscale St-Germain des Pres
neighborhood, on a little side street. For all the complications that
later emerged between the strikers and the CNT (Conferation Nationale
du Travail) , the anarcho-syndicalist union they had joined, it was
initially an upper to turn the corner and see the Tamil pickets with
their red and black banners CNT banners, somehow symbolic of a real
internationalism. Most of the Tamils barely spoke French and at times
it was difficult to tell (through the lone interpreter) what they
made of all the factional politics swirling around them, not to
mention (as it later turned out) their own factional politics (cf.
below) Nonetheless, as union members in the anarcho-syndicalist CNT,
they were protected by all kinds of labor laws that don't exist or
are a dead letter in the U.S.: they couldn't be fired for striking,
they couldn't be permanently replaced by scabs (but could be replaced
by temps during the strike itself), and if they returned to work they
would be protected by their open-ended contract.
The locale was hardly a "proletarian" scene, with mainly upscale
foreign tourists and French bourgeois passing by. The Solidarity
Collective managed to get a fair number not to cross the picket line,
and some of us were explaining the strike to people in English,
French, German and Spanish. With an old shoe box, we started
collecting money and raised about 30 euros ($35) in 2 hours. This is
a great crash course in sociology, seeing who responds and who
doesn't. It was also interesting because even people who were
obviously indifferent or hostile were polite. I imagined similar
types in the U.S. telling me they were damn well going to eat where
they pleased. That said, it must be pointed out that the specific
climate leading up to the imminent showdown over public sector
pensions in May-June 2003, definitely increased sympathy for the
strike among passers-by and potential patrons.
The Solidarity Collective has developed these tactics in 5-6 strikes
of the most exploited immigrant and young French workers in the Paris
region and the tactics often work. The collective is made up of a
Paris-wide network of militants who see the need to go beyond
workplace-organizing; the decisive elements in winning such strikes
are 30-40 people from outside the workplace who give, or try to give
the strikers the forces they need for all the aspects of waging a
strike that gets into trouble, above all through isolation.
Solidarity Collective people are NOT a vanguard group fishing for
members in troubled waters; they come as equals in the recycled labor
market. Beginning in May, 2003, the Frog Pub strike began to be
transformed by the large public sector strikes that began in March
and continued until the end of June. For weeks, Paris saw one (mainly
controlled) mass demonstration after another. The main issues (which
can only be dealt with in the most summary way here) were the
government's (ultimately successful) attempt to increase the work
requirement for full retirement benefits for public employees to the
37 years already in effect for the private sector, and to attack
teachers with a series of educational "reforms" aiming at large-scale
layoffs of non-academic personnel and the reorganization of
curriculum in accordance with the "local" job market. The Frog
strikers, many of whom were cooks by profession, hit upon the idea of
selling drinks and sandwiches to the passing demonstrators from
strategically-located sites along the demo route, combined with the
aggressive publicity for the strike and fund-raising which the
Solidarity Committee was conducting in every demo already. This
tactic netted the strike fund a much-needed boost, and just as
importantly made the strike against the "patrons negriers"
(slave-driving bosses) known on a scale unimaginable in its initial
At the same time, it must be said that the series of mass
demonstrations, mass meetings and occasional confrontations with the
police totally dwarfed the forces of the Solidarity Collective, and
created a situation in which the traditional leftist vanguards, above
all Lutte Ouvriere, could successfully carry out their systematic
takeover and manipulation of the mass assemblies. In spite of
numerous independent rank-and-file initiatives, the unions and the
leftist groups ultimately were able to to their work of
demobilization well. Even before the mass movements faded away,
however, several factors began to weigh on the Frog pub strike, and,
in contrast to the successes of the initial Macdonald's strike and of
the African maids against ACCOR and Arcade, set the stage for a
defeat, one for which, however, Frog management paid a steep price on
The first unfavorable turn of events was an internal crisis of the
CNT which directly undermined the Frog strike. Little enough is known
outside the union about this internal crisis, which unconscionably
turned the strike into a factional football among CNT
mini-bureaucrats, except that at its culmination it led to the
summary replacement of the head of the CNT's restaurant section.
Instead of largely ignoring the strike (as the CGT, with one notable
exception, had done with Macdonald's) or walking away and then
claiming responsibility for the victory at the end (as SUD had done
with the African maids' strike), the CNT initially ran the strike
with little attempt to involve the strikers, presenting themselves as
"professionals" who would made short shrift of Frog management in a
few weeks.(2) The upshot of this method, when this bravado was
revealed for the empty pretension it was, led the strikers to see as
their only reliable allies the Solidarity Collective, which latter
the CNT was treating as nothing but an organizational rival,
projecting their own gate-receipt mentality onto the Collective's
intentions. In the final months of the strike, only a handful of CNT
militants continued to work seriously with the strikers and the
Taking a similar destructive toll was the discovery, in mid-summer,
that 7 of the strikers were members of the nationalist Tamil Tigers.
One of the two Frog Pub managers had managed to contact the Tigers,
who constitute a sort of shadow government for the 15,000 Tamils
living in the Paris region, much as the North African Islamic
fundamentalist groups attempt to impose themselves on the North
African population in France. Through whatever deal or payoff, the
Tamil Tigers not only pulled their own members out of the strike but
threatened the life of one of the strikers who refused to give up.
By mid-summer, the public sector and teachers' strikes had largely
been defeated, except for the ongoing actions of the intermittents du
spectacle (3) which continued sporadically into the fall.
Nonetheless, the work of the remaining 7 strikers and of the
Solidarity Collective began to bite, particularly at the largest Frog
pub at Bercy, whose clientele had seriously diminished in sympathy
with the strike, a situation prevailing well into the fall. As a
result, in spite of the fadeout of the CNT and the "intervention" of
the Tamil Tigers, the Frog managers were still keen to settle.
Finally, in October 2003, the remaining strikers accepted a lump sum
payment of 5000 euros each in exchange for being laid off (which
would qualify them for further unemployment benefits). Transposing
these tactics to U.S. conditions will obviously have to take account
of the significantly rougher terrain they will confront. But I am
aware of no other approach, in confronting the employer offensive now
underway for more than three decades, which has had anything like the
Solidarity Collective's small, but still impressive successes.
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