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Thanks, Robert.
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2013 on Final election results at 2013 AFM Convention Diary
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The MO debacle may just be the poster child for drastic AFM action. It seems to have had a large effect on the delegates.
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From masturbator deluxe: So Mr. Pomposity (it's ok to use made up names here apparently for those who are anonymous), "Here Blanc tries to put words in my mouth. If I said anything about Beck on this blog, I said it wasn't good for unions." I'm not trying to put words in your mouth. You've made negative comments about Beck so I ask you -- again: was Beck decided correctly or not, and if not why not? I doubt you have any idea but I'll ask anyway to try and keep you honest. Posted by: Rick Blanc | June 22, 2009 at 07:13 PM What a bunch of crap. You should be ashamed of yourself you dishonest creep. Amazing what a low life like you will come up with to try and salvage your own phony integrity and image. You are one pathetic individual. And to the Beck point -- you don't know what the thing is even about but you can't admit it. Scum bag. What I have noticed about you is when you're not making a snide remark or a demeaning comment you really have nothing to say. You, my friend are a moral, intellectual and emotional cripple. Why don't you share your name Pompous Cripple? Let's even the playing field, hypocrite. Posted by: Rick Blanc | June 22, 2009 at 09:50 PM 802 is a shameless, bitter lowlife full of bile and vomit, so we get some on us once in a while. Posted by: Rick Blanc | June 23, 2009 at 08:16 AM From now on I'll call 802 something a little milder: 802disgrace, small 'd' for a small man. Posted by: Rick Blanc | June 24, 2009 at 01:28 PM Like what 802disgrace 'small d for small man?' And what is more obscure than anonymity and vomit? Tell me 802disgrace, do you, in between vomits on your computer, drool down your shirt? Posted by: Rick Blanc | June 25, 2009 at 03:03 PM There he goes again! What a pathetic piece of human debris. Tel me 802disgrace 'small d for small man' when did you lose your integrity -- assuming you ever had any? Posted by: Rick Blanc | July 09, 2009 at 07:17 AM All this from a supposedly erudite person - a veritable cornucopia of vituperation. What a travesty! Meanwhile he has highjacked this website while trumpeting his non-anonymity.
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2009 on The other lawsuit at The AFM Observer
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From masturbator deluxe: And a stupid lie, what would be my motivation? Yes indeed - what would be the motivation of this non-union gadfly? We have here a person who has managed to turn the AFM Observer into the Rick Blanc Observer as we dance like puppets on a string to his unsavory tune, no doubt giving him multiple orgasms. Writing under his own name allows him to see his NAME over and over again. What a self-serving ego!!
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2009 on The other lawsuit at The AFM Observer
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From masturbator deluxe: There he goes again! What a pathetic piece of human debris. Tel me 802disgrace 'small d for small man' when did you lose your integrity -- assuming you ever had any? Coming from a person who gave a false address when joining? the Nashville local and who currently should be posting on a blog entitled "how to repair trombones" instead of on a blog about a union in which he is NOT a member, I can't say much for HIS "integrity." Further, his NEED to see himself published voluminously in cyberspace bespeaks of severe emotional disturbances. How thrilling for him to see a whole thread given over just to him! In reality, "all sound and fury signifying nothing" (he undoubtedly knows the provenance).
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2009 on The other lawsuit at The AFM Observer
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From R. Blanc: Like what 802disgrace 'small d for small man?' And what is more obscure than anonymity and vomit? Tell me 802disgrace, do you, in between vomits on your computer, drool down your shirt? A good deal less than you defecate all over your keyboard while trespassing on a blog that by your own admission you have no stake in.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2009 on The other lawsuit at The AFM Observer
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From R. Blanc: 802disgrace, small 'd' for a small man. Perhaps I should allude to him as "masturbator deluxe" for the thousand upon thousands of words, mostly tangential to AFM problems, sprayed here by a person evidently not currently vested in these affairs. Further, I'll warrant that this "small man" has done more for his fellow musicians during his long AFM membership than a hundred Blancs holding court from the obscurity of non-membership.
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2009 on The other lawsuit at The AFM Observer
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From R. Blanc: Thanks keys88, and ironically I have LOTS of Jewish friends, including Israelis, and was named "honorary Jew" on one occasion. Not to mention I'm a STRONG supporter of Israel. 802 was just trying to smear me because he was being exposed. 802 is a shameless, bitter lowlife full of bile and vomit, so we get some on us once in a while. Since in his own mind he embodies all the virtues of the Oracle of Delphi, I'm "exposed." Of course, he himself is all sweetness and light, resorting to the most refined verbiage. Meanwhile, this thread has gone down a long long road re Beck which in the end goes nowhere in particular especially where the AFM is concerned. As Robert points out - there is no right or wrong here, merely opinion.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2009 on The other lawsuit at The AFM Observer
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From Antony Cooke: Once again, Rick Blanc has suffered a personal attack. When posters do this, even if they are on my side of the fence, they do a grave injustice to all of us, and reduce the dialog to a cat fight. It's especially unfair when the attack comes from an anonymous source; Rick Blanc is open with his identity, so this is not an level playing field. Anthony, if you look through this thread you'll see that Blanc attacked first and rather viciously. He posed a question to me about the Beck decision that was a baited trap. As has been posted here, there is no right or wrong answer - any answer I may have given would have generated further endless, debilitating dialog. Moreover, I have yet to use such terms as "Scumbag," "Pompous Scumbag," "pathetic," "Pompous Cripple," etc. - no doubt the mutterings of an intellectual giant. As far as leveling the playing field is concerned, I have not seen him attack keys88 for being anonymous in such a manner. That said, I hope he's enjoying his AFM pension that some of us in the RMA made possible years ago (much of this blog is about the RMA, after all). There will come a time when I post under my real name.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2009 on The other lawsuit at The AFM Observer
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From R. Blanc: So Mr. Pomposity (it's ok to use made up names here apparently for those who are anonymous), I've done some checking on Blanc's sojourn in NY and heard the following: 1. He evoked Nazi sympathies. 2. He wore out his welcome quickly where work is concerned. 3. While working as an AFM member, he exhibited strong anti-union sympathies. was Beck decided correctly or not, and if not why not? That's a can of worms and a baited trap I prefer not to get involved with. The AFM Observer is presumably about the immediate problems of the AFM, not about revisiting 1988 Supreme Court decisions.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2009 on The other lawsuit at The AFM Observer
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From R. Blanc: How could it possibly matter unless you're trying to imply I was run out of town of something. Not run - ran is probably more correct. Why don't you tell me why the Beck decision was wrongly decided 802? Here Blanc tries to put words in my mouth. If I said anything about Beck on this blog, I said it wasn't good for unions. Sounds as though Blanc is a Beck person himself what with his history of resigning from locals. Maybe because you have no idea, and you'd hate to have your pomposity exposed. Asked and now answered. Before throwing such pejoratives around, he should take a good look in the mirror.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2009 on The other lawsuit at The AFM Observer
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From R. Blanc: Given a choice between LA and NY I'd take NY any day, current squabbles included. If so, then why did he leave NY?
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2009 on The other lawsuit at The AFM Observer
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From 88: Case closed. What a hoot! With 88 the case is NEVER closed.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2009 on The other lawsuit at The AFM Observer
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FOR ALL YOU RMA-BASHERS At a meeting in 1974, the RMA NY chapter - the original, now 40 years old - held a meeting concerning the pitiful AFM-EPF investment portfolio that included Pennsylvania RR bonds, and the AFM administration cronies handling the investments. The group decided to sue both the AFM and the Fund under the new ERISA law and quickly amassed over $10,000 (1974 dollars) before the meeting finished. Hearing about the threatened lawsuit, the AFM (the management side didn't seem to care one way or the other) quickly changed investment advisers to a group that had to compete against each other. So, despite the current financial meltdown affecting all financial institutions, the AFM-EPF is relatively healthy (yeah, I know about the new multiplier). I write this message for the IEB, R. Blanc, keys88, and other RMA-bashers vested in the fund who owe the RMA a debt of gratitude like it or not.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2009 on The other lawsuit at The AFM Observer
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From 88: As has been explained to you numerous times and documented on the FMSMF website, FMSMF distributions are deferred wages, not royalties. There's a big difference. The FMSMF website does not even reference the word "royalties" but does, however, reiterate time and time again that these are "wages". And as has been rebutted time and again, Pres. Herman Kenin's 1961 letter of Guild dissolution declared that ROYALTIES & RESIDUALS would thenceforth be pursued in all future AFM media contract bargaining. If, according to 88, sales of films to secondary markets generate "deferred" wages, then do unsuccessful films failing to sell to secondary markets generate non-deferred wages? CA and US tax law as published on the FMSMF website notwithstanding, the INTENT of these funds was to establish ROYALTIES for musicians. 88 also fails to acknowledge his mischaracterization (I'm being polite) of symphonic and rock/jazz musicians as full-time recording players while continuing to excoriate me for verifiable facts that certainly contain more useful data than his hearsay glittering generality rants.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2009 on The other lawsuit at The AFM Observer
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From keys88: And furthermore, your statement IGNORES all the full-time recording musicians like symphonic musicians and rock/jazz players who are still RECORDING MUSICIANS but aren't part of the RMA since the RMA focuses on orchestral electronic media recording musicians. The foregoing is so lacking in sense or logic that I have to wonder who writes his material or if he even lives in the US. NO symphonic or rock/jazz players are full-time recording musicians. The former play concerts that are occasionally recorded for CD or download sales, the latter play live gigs and occasionally record CDs, etc. I have no doubt that the vast majority of AFM MEMBERS would reject the demands of the radical recording musicians, but would love to see it put to a vote of the AFM membership, one-person, one-vote. Let's see - the "demands" of the "radical" recording musicians that they be allowed to ratify agreements that the IEB "promulgates" should be voted on by all those who are not affected by those agreements. Further, taxing those "radical" musicians on money earned as royalties, voted on by the same members who are not affected is fine with 88. Gee, I'd like to vote on the allocation of HIS assets.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2009 on The other lawsuit at The AFM Observer
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GLITTERING GENERALITIES "Now more than ever," New, improved," "Best prices!," and finally, "Vast majority" - all terms from a high school psych 101 course. The term "vast majority" of the AFM as used by 88sock/keys/down/etc. conjures up many thousands of AFM members, all working professional musicians. How disingenuous!! On the other hand, the "vast majority" of full-time recording musicians probably does belong to the RMA contrary to what 88etc. would have us believe. Since there are only two recording centers - LA and Nashville - where a musician can make a living doing recording, that's not a big stretch by any means.
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2009 on The other lawsuit at The AFM Observer
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From R. Blanc: I fully support Mr. Beck for example........I oppose RMA litigation because it is radical, destructive and costly, not because of access. Blanc supports the Beck ruling which is potentially more destructive and costly to union business than litigation being brought by individual members of the AFM who are trying to preserve their right to ratify agreements. Huh??
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2009 on The other lawsuit at The AFM Observer
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From keys88: The AFM cannot and should not bow to a tiny minority of disgruntled members,... It's the "tiny minority" of full-time professionals in the player conferences that pay the freight. While putting their photos on the cover of the IM, the AFM administration otherwise relegates them to the back of the bus.
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2009 on The other lawsuit at The AFM Observer
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From keys88: The vast number of AFM members are satisfied with the current administration and its policies,... The "vast" number of AFM members are so clueless about AFM politics that they might as well be on the moon.
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2009 on The other lawsuit at The AFM Observer
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From Antony Cooke: Would [it] also be OK if Levine were to choose to shut down the blog? I wouldn't blame him if he did. I wouldn't, either. That said, Robert provides a very valuable service in trying to inform a broader membership about the inner workings of the AFM - for too long known only by far too few. "Knowledge is power."
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2009 on The handmaiden’s lament at The AFM Observer
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From MidtownMadness: Please, there is nothing for you to accomplish here. Try to spend your time more constructively if you really want to do something that benefits working musicians. Why didn't he express those same sentiments when Chuck Fernandez, the alleged head of the COMMITTEE for a resp. 47, was published in 802's journal Allegro a while back. Tino finds out who I am, He confronts me face to face, and Tino gets his ass kicked. Now that's what I call real "concern" for his fellow musician.
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2009 on Something afoot in 802 at The AFM Observer
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From R. Blanc: Any organization that effectively and deliberately denies individual liberty and opportunity and instead, in a self-serving arrogant fashion, attempts to impose a Soviet style top-down control of an industry and market is a problem according to my principles. Gee, what an apt description of the AFM administration......
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From R. Blanc: 802, who's taking cheap shots now? And you use the word "hate." Since in your own words, it's an act of desperation not to support a local containing an RMA chapter (including leaving) it certainly isn't love. Further, your wanting "to be instrumental in ensuring future [RMA] defeats as necessary" isn't too warmly collegial either. Gee, have I somehow mischaracterized you? Cheap shots, or paraphrasing your own words?
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From midtown madness: To hear middle aged divorcees with children get up and lambaste the current administration, knowing they are benefiting from better health coverage negotiated by that administration is mind boggling. Both the NYC Ballet & Opera orchestras have negotiated their way out of 802's "better health coverage." B'way players are now taking off less often so that they can stay on the "better health coverage" plan, leading to less B'way sub work which causes the subs to fall off the "better health coverage" plan. NY Philharmonic subs no longer have wage parity (something they always had) because Landolfi negotiated part of their wages into paying more for this "better health coverage." No matter what happens within the union, they will ultimately be dismissed in a court of law.. Don't bet on it. Disrespectful hardly begins to describe them as they spoke out of turn, interrupted speakers who had the floor... It's difficult to respect officers who don't follow Roberts Rules by allowing people to keep speaking after the question has been called, a Parliamentarian who inserts himself into the "facts" of an issue instead of just informing the chair of proper procedure and finally, an officer who refuses to step down from the podium and recuse himself when he is the subject of charges. As one speaker implied, the affected union employee will simply put his belongings in a box and take a cab to his new office at 1501 Broadway. This was not about one Executive Board/employee, but about curing an overall conflict of interest for the good of 802's future.
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2009 on Something afoot in 802 at The AFM Observer
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