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  1. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security over 1 year ago

    @rgwalther… yes, and that means if the Waltons would accept 86 less profit on each item, they wouldn’t even have to charge more. They wouldn’t even notice a few $ billion less.

  2. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security over 1 year ago

    From a statement by Batay Ouvriye (Workers Fight), Haiti: http://www.batayouvriye.org/

  3. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security over 1 year ago

    These are hardy, tall bushes that are fairly tolerant of salt and drought. They produce a lot of fruit, which has a purple skin, white flesh, and a large seed. They are slightly sweet, without a lot of flavor.

  4. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security over 1 year ago

    FNT, you may be thinking of durian, vis-a-vis the smell.

  5. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security over 1 year ago

    Jackfruit trees produce huge fruits that taste like a combination of bananas and bubblegum. (“Juicyfruit” gum is based on this flavor). The pulp is very filling, and one fruit is good for many meals. Open them up outside, as the juice is incredibly sticky and will stain walls and floors if you do it inside. You can also roast and eat the seeds.
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    Many jackfruit flowers never become fruits. When you see the flowers (which are also called unripe fruit – they look like tiny fruits) begin to turn brown, that means it won’t become a fruit. Then you can pick it and eat it as a ripe flower.
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    Moji bhorta (mashed jakfruit flowers)
    (recipe by Swapan Majhi)
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    Jackfruit flowers – thinly sliced
    A dash of mustard oil
    Diced hot green chili or dried red chili bits (roasted)
    Onion – finely chopped
    Salt to taste
    Mash everything together. Use your hands.
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    It tastes kind of bitter and spicy, and makes your tongue feel dry.

  6. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security over 1 year ago

    “Colo” — from Proto-Indo-European: “to move, to turn (around).” In Latin, the verb evoked meanings that included “cultivate,” “inhabit,” “protect,” “nurture,” and “worship/honor.”
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    I use “colo” as the name of this series in order to assert the intersubjectivity of all beings. Other life forms (plants, animals, other humans) are not objects for our use; they are organisms with whom we are in relationship. These relationships should be built on reciprocity and respect. The highest manifestation of relationship is love, which advances mutual thriving. If we don’t love (or even know) the beings who feed us, and if we don’t nurture/cultivate/feed them in return, then eating becomes a superficial, sterile, commercial transaction that can’t possibly meet the deepest needs of anyone involved.

  7. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security over 1 year ago

    The fundamental contradiction of capitalism is capital vs. wage labor, a social relationship between the classes involved, capitalists and workers (also known as the bourgeoisie and the proletariat). The relationship is one of domination and subordination. Domination is perpetrated economically, ideologically, and politically. And the working class resists in all three fields. The class struggle is constant and antagonistic. It can only be resolved by social transformation, by the end of capitalism.

  8. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security over 1 year ago

    If the retailer is a monopoly, it can use its market power to dominate capitalists, to set its purchase price below the actual value of the commodity. This is one manifestation of imperialism, a way that surplus value is extracted from dominated countries. This puts pressure on the capitalist, who in turn intensifies pressure on the workers. Often, their wages are pushed below the amount required for survival. We see this happening with giant multinational retailers such as Walmart and Gildan.

  9. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security over 1 year ago

    The capitalist then sells the product at its value. The profit is already in the product, generated in the process of production itself. It’s realized at the point of sale. If it’s bought by a retailer, an additional amount is added on to the retail price. This is not additional surplus value, but instead is the imposition of an unequal exchange between the merchant and the customer. The customer is paying more than the actual value of the commodity, because of the greater market power of the retailer.

  10. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security over 1 year ago

    Because the capitalist owns the means of production, the worker doesn’t have the right to keep the product; the capitalist essentially rents the worker and takes what the worker produces. The amount of wages and of surplus value is contested, and can fluctuate according to the relative power of the contending classes.