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May 31 2010 14:45
acronyms

Is there an article, post or what have you for the various acronyms in use. Over time I've interpreted most, but still can't work out what BIROC is.
AFED
SolFed
IWA
IWW
ICC BIROC etc.

I don't suppose I've been alone as a relative newcomer to these forums in struggling over some of these.

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May 31 2010 15:14

BIROC is 'British Isles Regional Organising Committee'

generally i'd just ask on thread if you don't get an acronym. there's no reason you should automatically know them, sometimes people get lazy and use unexplained acronyms forgetting that not everybody reading will know what they mean, so just ask.

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May 31 2010 15:28

Yeah, BIROC is the IWW's (Industrial Workers of the World wink) British Isles Regional Organising Committee - basically the IWW in the UK. There's another ROC in the US.

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May 31 2010 15:51

Okay, what's S&S?

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May 31 2010 16:25

probably 'Strategy & Struggle'

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Jun 1 2010 15:25

ICC is the International Cricket Council.

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Jun 1 2010 18:42
baboon wrote:
ICC is the International Cricket Council.

I did work that one out long ago wink but my first search had it as the International Criminal Court, which I thought was odd.

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Jun 1 2010 21:58

There's an ICC Casino near Geneva airport and the World Trade Centre - working under deep cover, presumably.

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Jun 2 2010 15:45

The ICC also run a photo shop in Paris.

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Jun 3 2010 20:45
Volin wrote:
Yeah, BIROC is the IWW's (Industrial Workers of the World wink) British Isles Regional Organising Committee - basically the IWW in the UK. There's another ROC in the US.

There is no ROC in the US. Australia, Germany and some German Language speaking areas in like Austria, one starting in Canada, but no ROC in the US.

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Jun 3 2010 22:47

They also have their own train station in Berlin.

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Jun 3 2010 23:22

We've got our very own secret headquarters in the midlands...

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Jun 4 2010 10:24
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We've got our very own secret headquarters in the midlands...

Where Alf sits on a dark throne stroking a white cat while telling a hapless Demogorgon how we don't tolerate failure in this organisation ...

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Jun 4 2010 17:35

The secret Midlands HQ of the International Cricket Council, shown in the picture posted by Miles above, is where the ICC discusses things like the laws relating to lbw and the future of 20/20 matches. There is even a department devoted to tennis where they discuss rackets.

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Jun 4 2010 19:45

hahaha, yes and don't forget the EFT (England Football Team) department where we studiously concern ourselves with balls ups, averageness and you-couldn't-make-it-up conspiracy theories...

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Jun 4 2010 19:53
baboon wrote:
There is even a department devoted to tennis where they discuss rackets.

ZING!

baboon
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Jun 4 2010 21:10

McIver pops in occasionally but he mostly wants to talk balls.

baboon
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Jun 5 2010 11:09

I don't think that anyone should mention the word "bats". Although it would be faintly humurous given the connections, I feel that it would be a step too far.

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Jun 5 2010 15:42

Taking our cue from a situationist leaflet about CND ('Capitalism's Non-nuclear Defenders') in 1984ish we had lots of fun filling a mushroom cloud with alternative names and publishing the result. From memory - Calling for Nothing Different, Creating Nice Diversions, Crawling Nicely Downwards, Charles'N'Di, and loads more... It was reproduced in Freedom shortly afterwards (when it was broadsheet-sized) - any uploadable images of it (it looked rather fetching)?

Edit: potential here for mischievous adjustments to other organisational acronyms...

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Jun 5 2010 23:55

People used to call the ANL the Auntie Nancie League

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Jun 6 2010 12:05

On a military front, the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) - stretcher-bearers in the trenches, etc. - was 'Rob All My Comrades'.

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Jun 6 2010 15:18

Ah well if you don´t have to be political, BSA motorbikes stood for Bastard Stopped Again according to my mum.

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Jun 6 2010 17:06

The SPGB's wiki page mentions how they're also known as Simon Pure's Genuine Brand or the Small Party of Good Boys.

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Jun 6 2010 19:01

In Spain people call the Socialist Party, the Socialistas, "sucio listos" - dirty and cunning.

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Jun 9 2010 00:44

Ha ha ha Baboon, you certainly exhibit much cheek, like baboons do, the witty and intelligent one-liner gushing out in between.

You mention balls, you therefore reveal yourself as part of the troop who burgled ICC oppositionists and me in 1981. Being ballsy is a requirement in such predations.

Some of the younger troopers, like 'before-my-time' Devrim and Soyonstout612, at least have had the decency of expressing regret at the antics of baboons like you. I don't expect anything resembling regret from the original surviving pack, including the Alfa baboon. So we remain opponents and shall always be. Still, one has to be a special baboon, a Bolshevik hybrid perhaps, to joke like you do on this thread.

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Jun 9 2010 14:09

I'm pleased to have given you a laugh McIver.

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Jun 9 2010 22:05

Sorry, try again Baboon.

You didn't admit belonging to the snarling troop that burgled oppositionists homes in London, Manchester and threatened ex-members in northern English cities and Aberdeen. So maybe you didn't give them a laugh either. Who exactly were the other hominids will be established one day. The reports of the time mention baboonish banter and laughter, as ex-members were pushed around and surrounded like prey, hostage material valued, files ransacked and phone lines cut. Why Chirik transported himself to the UK to direct the hunt, when the Lille section was the evil centre of a global parasitic conspiracy, was never questioned by the troopers. Another mystery to solve.

I hope you never lose your sense of humour, an important Bolshevik quality, sometimes misinterpreted as mere sadism.

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Jun 10 2010 12:18

Along with patience, an important quality indeed.

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Jun 11 2010 07:59

Humour and patience indeed, important Bolshevik qualities as you remind us, Baboon.

They were essential for Lenin's DSE, Department of Social Extermination. He though this was a more spot-on acronym for the early Soviet Department of Justice (Werth). Never truer words spoken in jest. Your secret Department of Tennis and Rackets (mentioned above) is undoubtedly an amateurish imitation of it. Burglarising flats and slandering opponents as informers and stooges of world imperialism is not as hilarious as splintering their bones and executing hostages in batches. Also, burglarising opportunities present themselves only every 20 years or so in the ICC calendar, so hardly an occupational bonus. More like Mayan end days. Maybe that's why you reminded me of the importance of patience. Point taken, but you should still keep in top shape for la prochaine. I'm sure comrades Fabienne and Krespel are aware of this, even if cricket and tennis aren't probably their thing.

Your old-boy network in-jokes about the ICC acronym were disappointing. Only 'International Cricket Council', 'International Criminal Court' (too near the bone, Cobbler!)? Devrim's favourite, cunt, could also be creatively used. Think of something witty, like 'icy sea'. But this acronym won't do, coming from a demi-parasite. Incidentally, now that 'racket' has been admitted in the repertoire of in-jokes, why not 'parasite'? That would show that you take your humour seriously, that latter-day Bolsheviks aren't so icy really, a bit human. It would also please the Rodman's silly Teutonic sense of fair-play.

Last, I do suggest reading Freud's insights into jokes and the unconscious. The ICC posts above would give any good psychotherapist plenty of case material. So keep on joking.

Ah, and enjoy Bulgakov, a more adult writer, and better fare than La Fontaine's fables. His short Diaboliad is a hilarious take on the early Bolshevik bureaucracy and their acronyms. Written not long after Kronstadt. It teaches more about what went on in the 'proletarian bastion' of 1921-22, than the loyal rants of Bolshevik 'left communists'.

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Jun 12 2010 08:23
mciver wrote:

Your old-boy network in-jokes about the ICC acronym were disappointing. Only 'International Cricket Council', 'International Criminal Court' (too near the bone, Cobbler!)? Devrim's favourite, cunt, could also be creatively used. Think of something witty, like 'icy sea'.

It's been done.

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Jun 12 2010 17:00
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What the fuck is going on?

Some ridiculously passive aggressive showdown.