28 November 2019 CE is the 199th Birthday of Friedrich Engles! Engles was the main co-writer for Marx’s work. They are a huge part of history as they helped improve working conditions, and helped spread awesome ideas of freedom. Their ideas were used in created countries which claimed to be Socialist. Even Anarchists like us like what Engles did, as they laid many ideas of what we needed to fix to be free from the bourgeoisie. Engles is often forgotten, but they in many ways were even more important than Marx as they had ideas like “withering away of the state”, which is used by Marxists as a way to finally achieve Communism. We cant wait for Engles’ 200th Birthday.
In 30 October 2019CE, and 2 Days After they were announced, Apple released the AirPod Pros (Officially AirPods Pro), which was supposed to be a new and updated version of the AirPods 2nd Generation, which are a pair of wireless earbuds also sold by Apple. Apple still sells the AirPods 2nd Generation, though I am not sure if they will be a Gen 3. The AirPods Pro are for 250 USD, for reference the original AirPods and Generation 2 Costed 159USD, or 209USD if you also wanted the wireless charging case. For the AirPod Pro you need iOS 13,2 or watchOS 6,1 or tvOS 13.2 or and macOS Catalina 10,15,1 while the original AirPods worked with IOS 10 on iPhone 5. While it does work on devices which are Bluetooth 4, some features only work on iCloud. The design looks like if you took the ear buds from the Euro Store, and then removed the wires and added some weird features. Most of the features in the 1st 2 generations sucked, and they hardly improved, if at all. You still have what I think is by far the biggest problem, they can easily fall out or get lost.
New Features in AirPods Pro
The New AirPods Pro have better noise cancellation and allow you to hear things on the outside. Such as if you were at work and you wanted to hear what a co-worker was saying but still also wanted to hear music, well these have a built in microphone which allow you to do that, though I honestly do not see what stops the sound cancellation and the microphone from conflicting each other. The sound quality has also improved according to Apple. They brought Back an the older style of headphones which were common when the iPod was released in 2001. The case for them has also changed. The new case is wider, and in general larger, but possibly thinner. Apple claims it can hold 24 Hours of charge, and the AirPods Pro can hold about 5 hours, and then can be recharged from the case in 5 minutes. These are bold claims which I honestly doubt are good for the battery. The case also supports wireless charging, which you could also have in Generation 1 and 2 for 50USD more. These were the main features in the AirPods Pro.
Verdict on AirPods Pro
I do not recommend them. They are not innovative ion most ways, just Gimmicks. Noise Cancellation can be found in many traditional computer headphones. You can also get a referbished pair of AirPods on Ebay for 100GB£, or a New Pair for 129GB£, But I Honestly do not see why you would do that when you can just get a knock off which can do almost just as good as normal AirPods For a lower Price. Even if you wanted EarBuds, You can get some for 11GB£ on Ebay
200€ is not a price to pay for some headphones that do not do anything interesting, they are super likely to fall out, and even if you just wanted to look rich by having Apple stuff, you can just sacrifice a little quality and buy knockoffs. The AirPods Pro look awful in my opinion, especially compared to originals. I doubt the average person can really find a big difference in Sound Quality, and many Audio Files and older recordings may not even be able to take advantage of these new features without taking up tonnes of Storage Space or Internet Bandwidth. I just see no benefits to having to pay the price for a product which in a lot is ways is inferior. While you may often see them on sale, its often not that big, and you would be better off with a cheaper option.
Today 20 November 2019 CE, was the first debate for the Democratic party happened in Georgia. This was with 9 Democratic candidates. This was the 5th of 12 debates.
The Canidates that were in the debate are Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Tom Steyer, Andrew Yang, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar. There are other democratic canidates running, but none of them were able to qualify for the debate. Biden, Sanders, Harris, and Warren all have about equal percent, 17% according to FiveThirtyEight. Pete Buttigieg has 16%, Tom Steyer with 8%, Andrew Yang with 5%, Booker with 5%, and Klobuchar with 4%. Klobuchar’s appearance was kind of a surprise as they had not been doing that well. You need about 3 percent in order to qualify for the debate. The democrats made strong promises like Free Healthcare and more paid leave.We are honestly unsure if the democrats will be able to keep their promises, as most of them still support capitalism and reform over revolution. Almost all of them talked about climate change and most of them discussed plans on what they would do about it and how they planned to set an example for other countries. Most of the candidates were against continuing relations with Saudi Arabia, or at least wanted to put more pressure on them and to stop selling them weapons. They also supported trying to get Iran and Saudi Arabia to work together and to put pressure on both of them, and in general to create a new foreign policy. Many of them still seemed to have nationalist sentiment, saying how as a nation we should be united. Impeachment was also an issue commonly covered between most of the candidates. Regime changes were generally looked down upon in this debate. Most of the candidates were almost completely Pro-Choice. They were sure to talk about recognising white nationalist groups as domestic terrorists, as well as other racial issues. Voting rights were talked about by people like Sanders and Kolbuchar. This is most of the you need to know about the democratic debate from 20 November 2019. If you want to know more information about what each candidate talked about, we suggest you read this article on the Democratic Presidential Debate 20 November 2019.
The things at the top are called Fasces, and they are often used to Represent Fascism, an authoritarian ideology with many different age and gender roles as well as Racism. The Untied States in my opinion is Neo-Nazi which is an extreme form of Fascism.
In the Middle is the Capitalist Pig commonly known as Capitalist Porky. This is supposed to represent the Pig-Like Nature of Capitalists and How Capitalists are a big part of the United States.
On the Centre Left there are Slave Chains, these represent how the United States was based off of slavery and how still living in the United States is slavery even if they in some ways do not use literal slavery (though it still exists in some ways).
To the Centre Right is a picture of Cecil Rhodes and the Cape-Cairo railway project. This is a symbol commonly used to represent British Imperialism in Africa, but has also been used to represent Imperialism in general. The United States used imperialism alot during its history and still uses in by overthrowing governments and replacing them with ones that the US have influence over. This happened recently in the 2019 Coup of Bolivia.
On the Bottom I have a Picture of Big Brother. Big Brother is popular from the meme “Big Brother is Watching You”, this meme is supposed to relate to the US as the United States spys on its own citizens a lot and it also spys on citizens of other countries a lot, especially of countries that they are enemies with.
This whole meme is in the Shape of a Minecraft Crafting table, Minecraft is a popular game which is played by Millions. The Crafting table is what you use to make stuff.
This meme is free to spread under any condition as long as you do not copyright it.
You a Communist/Socialist, so you should give me half of your stuff right? No, thats not how Communism/Socialism work. I get this question asked to me a lot. People think that me being a Communist means that I want to give half my stuff to some random stranger or person I know. But like most people, they do not know how Communism or Socialism actually work, and say things that contradict what they think Socialism is.
Recognising What Socialism and Communism Actually Are
Communism is the collective ownership of the means of production and resources. In Communism, there are no classes or states, just workers who make the decisions collectively and take only the resources they need. Currency almost never exists and most exchanges between communes are done via trades and Mutual Aid. You retain personal property, but private property is dissolved becomes owned collectively.
Socialism in most cases is just a way to achieve Communism most commonly advocated by Marxists where the workers own the means of production and the state which is run by workers works on improving the infrastructure and nationalises industries (in some cases) and then gives out money evenly.
Know the difference between what you think these things are, and what they are, and know the difference between Communism and Socialism.
Personal vs Private Property
Personal Property is stuff you use for yourself, that cannot be used to exploit workers, things like your toothbrush, everyday clothing, a decent place to live, food, drink, and in most cases your smartphone.
Private Property is stuff that can be used to exploit workers or the environment and make money as well as put someone ahead. These things often include Factories, oil pumps, offices, and machines.
Know the Difference.
People who ask the question “Your a Communist so you have to give me half your stuff” do not seem to know the difference as most people do not have that much private property.
What uninformed people thing Communism and Socialism Are
People who do not know what these things are often have incorrect ideas of what Communism and Socialism are. Most uninformed people think that an authoritarian dictator just makes everyone work and than gives all of them a little money and the workers have no control of the workforce and cant even choose their jobs. People often use examples such as the Soviet Union to justify this. This is incorrect because in Communism the workers own the means of production, and the state is non-existent. Please see my article on The Myth of A Communist Country.
People often do not seem to know the difference between Socialism and Communism and often seem to lump them together. Though many people often view Socialism as just a less extreme form of Communism, which is not true as Socialism is actually just a transition period between Capitalism and Communism that is often used by Marxists. There are many stages to socialism where many different things happen, and near the end, the workers state which was created near the beginning begins to wither away via Withering Away of The State. And After Lenin Died, the USSR actually had very little in common with any of these.
How this question contradicts with their existing beliefs of Socialism and Communism
Since most people who do not know what Socialism and Communism are think that the State redistributes stuff evenly, then the state would be the one who gave them half my stuff, not me just handing it over.
How This Question Contradicts with what Socialism and Communism actually are
This question implys that people in Communism own lots of Private Property and just give half of their stuff to everyone. What these people fail to realised is that Communists and Socialists are for personal property and in most cases do not believe that that should be collectivised. Which Brings us to our next point.
If things are collectivised, then you would not “give” your stuff to someone else, it would just be mutual ownership.
Also, in Communism, everyone is supposed to be equal, and unless the other person gave you half their stuff as well, it would not be equal. As well as that there are other people you would have to share stuff with, not just that 1 person.
People who use the argument “if you are a communist/socialist, then give me half your stuff” do not know what Communism or Socialism really are. They just use their uninformed ideas of what Communism are to try to attack it.
17th Rabi’ al-awwal (15 November 2019)is the day most Shia Muslims celebrate the holiday Mawlid, which is a holiday used to celebrate the Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, a huge prophet in Islam. Most other Muslims celebrate this holiday on the 12th of Rabi’ al-awwal rather than the 15th. He have an article on the holiday as we already have written it for the other Muslims. Please check out Happy Mawlid/Happy Birthday Prophet Muhammad, Sunni and Ibadi Muslims!
On 11 November 2019, The CIA as well as a few Multinational Lithium corporations, took a big part of a coup in the Plurinational State of Bolivia. The current leader was someone named Evo Morales, who was a democraticly elected president who was about 4 years through his 5 year term. He labelled himself socialist, and was overthrown less than 1 week after stopping trade with Multinational Lithium Companies. He was replaced by a rightist named Jeanine Áñez, who is Anti-Evo Morales.
Why did the Coup Happen and Who was Involved?
The coup happened because Evo Morales stopped trade with multinational Lithium Companies and so the United States could continue their imperialism. The Coup was the result of many right-wing protests which were against the Socialist government in Boliva currently, and the CIA and multinational corporations propped them up and overthrew the fairly popular government, and replace it with one that is far worse and disliked by far more people. The country tried to nationalise fossil fuels and Lithium, and did not like being exploited by Europe for the Lithium which was rightfully theirs.
The United States is not done trying to weak socialist countries.
In the past, the United States has done coups to socialist countries to try to make socialism look bad and use those countries as an example of why socialism is bad. An example of a similar coup was 1954 CE in Guatamala and even a coup that once happened in Bolivia.These coups have continued in many other countries by the United States to try to stop the spread of Socialism. The CIA, Some Multinational Corporations, and some Right-Wing Protesters were the people who carried out the coup.
What does this mean for the World and Bolivia?
Bolivia’s new leader is named Jeanine Áñez, and she was supposedly the most popular successor to Morales, though this is debatable, as her party, the Democrat Social Movement, is not popular, currently only having 1/36 senators and 4/130 members in the Chamber of Deputies. On the contrary, Movement for Socialism, Morales’ party 21/36 Senators and 67/130 Deputies. She is a rightist who is not very popular and possibly very corrupt (she is married to a Colombian politician which would allow for a lot of corruption). She claims to be just a “temporary” president until the next election.
This is a huge loss of indigenous people, as the previous leader and party was a huge supporter of indigenous people, with the party even making the Wiphala one of the official flags.
It is also a loss for people who support the environment, as the previous leader was very pro-environment and the new leader does not seem to care and wants to undo lots of the stuff done by Morales.
Bolivia is one of the more impoverished countries in the Americas, but has been one of the fastest growing due partially due to the Movement for Socialist Party. With a more pro-capitalist party, this is likely to hurt the growth of Bolivia and continue to benefit the Bourgeoisie and Multinational corporations. She has been called a Fascist by some.
Finely, the deal with the Lithium companies will probably be restored.
Morales just today received Asylum in Me´xico and officially resigned power today as well.
Fake Twitter Accounts Denying the Event
Today, people from the United States have made fake Twitter accounts that look like they are from Bolivia which deny the coup ever happening. This is most likely and attempt of hiding United States Imperialism . They say how Bolivia is still great and how the coups never happened.
Corbyn had been the leader of the Labour Party of the United Kingdom since 2015. His goals were to try to make the Labour Party party for the working class again. Though the Labour party had almost never been a true Worker’s Party, as they have always done their fair share of helping corporations and banks and not helping the working class. While all this was happening, Corbyn stayed loyal to the Labour Party.
About the Labour Party
The Labour Party of the United Kingdom is a political party which is similar to the United States Democratic Party (though in some ways a little more left). They are a centrist political party with a tilt to the left. They claim to support things like workers rights, social justice, and better infrastructure. They are often considered an alliance with Social Democrats, Democratic Socialists, and Trade Unionists. Their biggest competitor is the Conservative Party of the UK (Which is like the Republican Party of the US). Rather than improving by revolution, they try to improve by reform, which is just patching up the existing Neo-Liberal system that currently exists. This is why the Labour Party can be more accurately described as a Neo Liberal Party than a socialist party, they just try to take capitalism, and improve it a little so people think its getting better when in reality it is not much better and capitalism itself is an obsolete ideology which needs to be replaced.
Who is Jeremy Corbyn?
Jeremy Corbyn is the current leader of the Labour Party. He identifies as a democratic socialist. He has a history of activism in SOME cases. He protested the apartheid and even got arrested, he was openly for nuclear disarmament, and even had parts in Anti-Fascist Action Protests. But whenever his party does something, even if it is something he disagrees with, like the war in Iraq, he still remains loyal with the same party. He joined the Labour party when he was 16 years old in 1965CE. 1 year later, the party announced a wage freeze, and 3 years after that, they created a foundation for a set of rules under the name In Place of Strife. These rules would do things like limit rights for workers to go on strike. In 1976CE the Labour Party brought austerity, which is a system of taxing, which later lead to the Winter of Discontent in 1979CE, which was mass strikes from workers who demanded better wages and working conditions. This is very hypocritical for a party which aims to be the party for the working class, but while there had been parts of the party who had rebelled to these new taxes, those councils were expelled from the party, while Corbyn was still in the party and seemed to be ok with what was happening. They introduced Poll taxes in the 1980s and 1990’s CE, and enforced them on a local level, and when the Early 2000’s came along, The Labour Party even helped the UK get into war with Afghanistan and Iraq (Corbyn was against this), and when the Financial Crash of 2008 happened, the Labour Party was the party to bail out the banks and keep the bank owners and bourgeoisie in power. During all this, he stayed in the party. In Fact, he was in the party for over 50 years.
His Weak Plans to Make the Labour Party more Left
Corbyn wants to make the Labour Party more left, but does not want much revolution and is trying to do it through reform. He is trying to reform a party which has betrayed the working class many times and just trying to improve it. In a large and bureaucratic party like the Labour party, I do not think that this will happen that fast. Corbyn remains loyal to a party which did many things against the working class, and we are not sure if he will actually try to improve the party that much, as the party has done many bad things that he has been supportive of, at best what I think will happen is he will try to change some of the policies that are passed through the government and try to make them a little more leftist, but that will only be a few at a time, not many new ideas. At best his efforts would just be patching up Neo-Liberal Capitalism rather than bringing socialism or any decent leftist ideology, which is just increasing the ticking time bomb of eventual revolution.
Other Good Resources on the Topic
Today is the Day Ibadi and Sunni Muslims celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. 12 Rabi’ al-awwal is the date on the Muslim Calendar, which in 2019 is the equivalent to November 10 (Muslim Calendar is different than Gregorian Calendar, and is a little shorter). This can be considered a tiny bit like Christmas for Muslims. Muhammad was a huge historical figure to the opinion of most people who study history, and to some the most important religious figure. I am going to try to make a secular article explaining who the Prophet Muhammad is. I will also make an article on 17 Rabi’ al-awwal, which is when the Shia Muslims celebrate it. And to my comrades from the US, no, he is not all bad.
Disclaimer: THESE ARE NOT MY RELIGIOUS VIEWS, I AM JUST EXPLAINING WHO MUHAMMAD IS AND WHAT PEOPLE THINK, THESE ARE NOT MOSTLY MY IDEAS, I AM JUST EXPLAINING THE HOLIDAY AND PERSON.
Who was the Prophet Muhammad?
Muhammad was the founder of Islam. He was Born Around 570CE under the name Muḥammad ibn ʿAbdullāh in the city of Mecca. His parents died when he was 6, then he was raised by paternal grandfather and then later his uncle. When he grew up he was a merchant for a while. He was born into a clan of the Quraysh Tribe, one of the richest tribes in Arabia. He had a pretty normal life until around the age 40, he claimed being visited by Gabriel, an important religious person who gave him “his first revelation with Allah”. 3 Years later, he started spreading his words in 610CE. This was a time when his tribe was mostly polytheistic, and disagreed heavily with the things Muhammad said. When he started to get a bug following, he was expelled from Mecca, and went to a city named Medina in 622CE. This marks the beginning of the Islamic Calendar. At the time there were lots of Jews in the city, but most of the non-Jews converted to Islam pretty quick. He fought Meccan tribes occasionally until in December 629CE, he had an army of over 10 000 people who marched their and took the city with little conflict. While they were taking the city, some of the soldiers went around the Kaaba 7 times, this lead to the holiday Hajj, which is a pilgrimage to the Kaaba that all Muslims must take if they are able to. After the conquest, Muhammad went into the Kaaba, which is a building where they stored religious idols, and was disgusted, he hated how there were multiple gods, and thought that there was only 1 god, Allah, who could not be idolised. So he and some of his soldiers destroyed all of the statues of the other gods. After Mecca fell, the Muslims sent an ultimatum to all the other Arabic tribes, saying to either join, or that they would fight, most joined. Muhammad left Mecca 632CE, and died a few Months Later. There are no reliable depictions of him, as Islam is against idolisation. By the time he had died most of the Arabia was part of his empire. He then had 3 successors and it became known as the Rashidun.
The Rashidun would eventually after a power struggle become the Umayyad Caliphate, which would end up taking all of Persia, Arabia, The Middle East, Egypt, Northern Africa, and Most of Iberia. The biggest achievements was how easily they defeated the Persian and Roman Empires. The Roman Empire Still existed, but was severely weakened, while the Persian Empire was completely invaded. The Umayyads had significant scientific advances and were ahead of their time in many ways. After a civil war, the Abbasid Caliphate, and many smaller Muslim states arose (The Umayyads still remained in Iberia). This empire lasted a long time until Mongol Conquest , but was revived in Egypt after the Mongols declined and lasted until the 1500’s CE. The Seljuk Turks were another Muslim Empire, while not a caliphate, that played a big role. They were able to conquer much of Anatolia from the Romans. After the Seljuk Turks were conquered by the Mongols, they split up, and one of the states that came out of the Split up would eventually become known as the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire is considered a Caliphate as well, and they played a big role as they were able to finally conquer the Roman Empire. The Ottoman Empire was eventually after Centuries of Decline, broken up after the end of the Great War and became the Republic of Turkey, which still exists today, although the term Caliphate is no longer used by them. They were a big part of the trading that happened from Asia to Europe. The Islamic State also claims to be a Caliphate, though this is heavily debated and hardly recognised by anyone outside of the Islamic State. Today Over 1,9 Billion people are Muslim, and they are expected to Beat Christianity as the largest religion by 2100CE. The Muslims for almost a Millennium were some of the most scientific and advanced, and Islam brought together many tribes of people.
Ignorance and Later Hate from the West
As Muslim states started to decline, they were not quite as relevant and not talked about or taught about in schools. Most people in the west had little idea what Muslims were until 911. After 911 and the eventual war on terror, many people had a negative view on Islam. Islam started to be associated with terrorism rather than a religion like it really is. Islam is not a hateful religion, there are just people who do violent acts under the name of Islam, people did things the same under Christianity. Christianity is no better than Islam in that it is not a violent religion. Muslims are just like any other people, they just like to worship their religion like any other people, but some people take it to the extreme and do violent stuff that they do not need to do to spread their religion.