External and internal problems, strengths and setbacks

first_imgLenin in 1923, shortly before his death.Karl Marx was not a utopian — that is, he did not pull out of his head the concept of what an ideal society would look like.Rather, he analyzed capitalism, as well as earlier forms of class and pre-class societies, to understand what gives rise to new social forms and the passing away of older ones.Why did private property and the development of classes take over from the early, communal form of human society, which had existed around the globe for tens of thousands of years?How is it that capitalist development, which has led to a spectacular increase in productivity in pursuit of profits for the ruling class, has also laid the material basis for realizing socialism? By abolishing private ownership of the means of production, socialism is the only system that can carry out plans to use the wealth created by the workers to benefit everyone.Marx also studied revolutions as the necessary catalyst to make such a transformation possible. He wrote that people “make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past.” (The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte)What happened in Russia in 1917, and later in all the nations under the heel of the vast czarist empire, confirmed this important concept of Marx. The revolution came because of unbearable poverty and repression, but it came to the weakest of the capitalist countries, not the most advanced. While the Russian revolutionaries had counted on the revolution spreading in Europe because of the desperate conditions created by World War I, that didn’t happen. There were soldiers’ and workers’ rebellions in several European countries, but they were crushed, leaving the Bolshevik Revolution surrounded by stronger capitalist powers bent on its destruction.Lenin on world revolutionV.I. Lenin, the great revolutionary thinker and fighter, recognized the terrible dangers facing the besieged Bolshevik Revolution. In a resolution for the 7th Congress of the Russian Communist Party on March 6, 1918, he wrote: “The Congress considers the only reliable guarantee of consolidation of the socialist revolution that has been victorious in Russia to be its conversion into a world working-class revolution.”Six weeks later, in a speech to the Moscow Soviet on April 23, he said: “We are a revolutionary working-class contingent that has advanced to the forefront, not because we are better than other workers, not because the Russian proletariat is superior to the working class of other countries, but solely because we were one of the most backward countries in the world. We shall achieve final victory only when we succeed at last in conclusively smashing international imperialism which relies on the tremendous strength of its equipment and discipline.“But we shall achieve victory only together with all the workers of other countries of the whole world. … Our backwardness has put us in the forefront, and we shall perish unless we are capable of holding out until we receive powerful support from workers who have risen in revolt in other countries.”The Bolshevik Revolution survived for another 74 years, a testament to the enormous potential of a workers’ state, even one born out of underdevelopment and devastating imperialist war. But from the beginning it had to make concessions in order to exist.Need for skilled personnelTake the question of personnel to run the new society. In the civil war and invasion by 14 imperialist countries that followed the actual seizure of power by the Bolsheviks, the most advanced workers committed to the revolution rushed to the battle. Many never came back. They died of war wounds, epidemics and even famine. Lost were the most dedicated communists with skills, both political and practical, desperately needed to get production going again and also to win over the masses to enlightened views on women’s rights, the rights of oppressed nationalities, how to collectivize agriculture, how to take over and run the factories and other workplaces under new worker management, etc.Sam Marcy, the founder and theoretical leader of Workers World Party, wrote on this in a pamphlet called “Soviet Socialism: Utopian or Scientific?” The Bolsheviks could not make history out of their own materials, he said, referring to Marx, but had to make do with the conditions that prevailed in Russia.“First and foremost among these conditions,” wrote Marcy, “was that the workers’ state in the USSR only succeeded because of its alliance with the much more numerous peasantry. The alliance was correct, principled and indispensable in the overthrow of czarism. But it presented an enormous problem. The proletariat as a class is supremely interested in the socialization of property and production, which the bourgeoisie has in fact already started. But the peasants are concerned with private property, their private plots. The alliance showed its difficulties right from the start of the revolution. How to keep the loyalty of the peasants?”Wolves in sheep’s clothing“This led to the next problem. It was not a pure workers’ state in the sense that the proletariat was a majority of the population or was able to organize a new social system on its own. The truth of the matter, as Lenin, Trotsky, Bukharin and Stalin all saw and agreed, is that it was necessary to rely to a large extent on the old czarist administrative apparatus — a bitter pill to swallow. This was true even in the military sphere. Former czarist officers were recruited, even though they had to be guarded by communist civilian cadre, the commissars. …“Relying upon elements of the old state apparatus in all fields of life held not only obvious dangers but a hidden one: These elements knew how to show eagerness and servility to the state, as in czarist times. The Communist Party, which they had previously scorned and feared — not to speak of imprisoned and banished — now could become a source of privilege if they showed support for the government and party.“The question before the Bolsheviks was how to deal with these layers — the old bureaucracy, the officialdom, remnants of the old educated classes — who now sensing the victory of the revolution tried to find an easy entrance into it.”How to feed the people? During the civil war the Bolsheviks had to requisition grain from the peasants to avert an even greater famine. In 1921, shortly after the counterrevolution was finally defeated, Lenin advocated a temporary return to market relations in agriculture — the New Economic Policy — in order to stimulate food production, which had fallen to a disastrous low. It was another necessary step backward, and one that led some rich peasants, known as kulaks, to become richer while the majority remained poor.Lenin’s death in 1924 was a terrible blow to the party and the revolution. As the acknowledged leader, he had participated in vigorous debate and discussion at every step along the way, usually, but not always, winning over the rest of the party leadership to his point of view.Without Lenin, how to collectivize agriculture became a bone of contention in the party. To win over the poorer peasants and try to neutralize the kulaks, the government needed to supply the collectives with material support. The lives of the peasants would be vastly improved if the collectives could offer them electrification, education and less back-breaking agricultural work by providing at least horses and, even better, tractors and mechanized harvesters.The 15th Congress of the Communist Party in 1927 resolved to proceed with collectivization at a gradual pace and let the peasants join the collectives voluntarily. Soviet industry was still only on the verge of being rationalized by the first five-year plan, which began in 1928. It was not yet producing the machinery needed to run many large-scale collectives.But by the end of 1929, peasants were being forced to join the collectives, many of which had not yet been supplied with either horses or farm machinery. This led to resistance on their part, the slaughter of livestock and destruction of farm equipment, with many peasants abandoning the collectives. Another famine followed in the countryside in 1932-33.Women and gay rights set backOther setbacks occurred in this period. Legal breakthroughs won soon after the revolution regarding the rights of women and gay men were partially rolled back.The Soviet Union had been the first country in the world to remove restrictions on divorce and abortion, as well as same-sex love. But Soviet law was changed in 1936 and again in 1944 to put restrictions on divorce in order to “strengthen the family.” A decree of July 8, 1944, also imposed a fee of at least 100 rubles to obtain a divorce. While the rationale given was concern over the fate of children, the result was to put wives more firmly under the control of their husbands.In 1936, abortions, which had been made free on demand in 1920, were banned except in cases involving danger to the mother’s health. It became a crime for anyone to provide an abortion other than authorized doctors.All restrictions on same-sex love had been removed just months after the 1917 revolution. But on March 7, 1934, a decree was issued criminalizing same-sex love between men and setting a punishment of up to five years of hard labor in prison.Of course, we cannot forget that in even the most advanced capitalist countries, similar and often much more repressive laws were the norm at that time. Where they have been changed since then, it is because of the strength of the women’s and LGBTQ movements and not the enlightened goodwill of the capitalist ruling class.Soviet Union survived and inspiredThese concessions to social conservatism, serious as they were, did not undo the revolution or restore the old ruling classes. In fact, they came at a time when the Soviet Union was pulling ahead in industrial production after the initiation of its first five-year plan. The capitalist world, on the other hand, was in the depths of the Great Depression, a crisis caused by the inner contradictions of the system itself.To millions of workers and oppressed peoples around the world, the Soviet Union remained a beacon of hope. Great communist parties sprung up in both the imperialist countries and the colonies their rulers exploited. Among the latter, the parties in China, Korea and Vietnam eventually managed to carry out socialist revolutions based on both national liberation from imperialism and the struggle of the workers and peasants against class oppression and exploitation.Even the outbreak of another disastrous world war failed to undo the 1917 Revolution. In June 1941, the Nazi regime launched Operation Barbarossa, sending 4 million German troops to invade the USSR along an 1,800-mile front. It was then, and continues to be, the largest invasion the world has ever seen.The Germans captured 5 million Red Army troops in the war that followed. A majority of these POWs never returned alive. The Nazis deliberately starved and killed 3.3 million prisoners, as well as a huge number of civilians, through their “Hunger Plan,” intended to replace the Slavic peoples with German settlers. Nazi death squads and gassing operations also murdered over a million Soviet Jews.But the enormous heroism of the Soviet people in defending the gains of their revolution won the day. The war in Europe ended with soldiers of the Red Army planting the hammer-and-sickle flag on the roof of the Reichstag in Berlin.Next: Revolution in the belly of the beast? 100th anniversary of Bolshevik RevolutionPart 1: From Marx’s view of social evolution to Lenin’s ‘Imperialism’Part 2: Social gains in early years of Soviet powerPart 3: ‘Whose state? Our state’ – meaning all nationalitiesPart 4: External and internal problems, strengths and setbacksPart 5: To the 0.001 percent: You are cheering too soonFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Nim’s fruit crisps signs major deal with bakery supplier

first_imgBaked goods supplier Handmade Speciality Products is distributing Nim’s Fruit Crisps products to education outlets and the healthcare sector.Nim’s, which is run by entrepreneur Nimisha Raja, will supply its apple, pear, pineapple and beetroot and parsnip crisps to Coventry-based manufacturing bakery Handmade Speciality Products.A hundred cases have been sold in the first four weeks of the agreement and this figure is set to grow, according to Nim’s, “as more organisations are made aware of the healthy benefits of this alternative to traditional snacking.”“This is a major breakthrough deal for our business and illustrates the growing demand for our air-dried fruit and vegetable crisps,” said Raja.Handmade Speciality Products, with the additional backing of its parent May & Raeburn, is now one of the largest suppliers of individually wrapped baked goods to the UK education market and has also been a listed supplier on the NHS supply chain for the past 18 months.Raja added: “We now have the opportunity to push our products across both of these networks and will be working with them on marketing activities and attending events, such as LACA (the Lead Association for Catering in Education).”James Raeburn, national account manager at Handmade Speciality Products, said: “Within the education sector especially, caterers are constantly under pressure as to what they are allowed to offer children. Nim’s is the perfect fit as a snacking solution.”Nim’s Fruit and Vegetable Crisps are fat, gluten and dairy free, and are manufactured at its bespoke BRC-accredited facility in Sittingbourne, which is capable of producing more than 12 million packs of crisps a year.last_img read more

Biden Faces Early Test With Immigration and Homeland Security After Trump

first_imgThe 23-member transition team announced by Mr. Biden last week indicates he will bolster the other responsibilities of the sprawling department. The team includes at least four former officials with Citizenship and Immigration Services, the legal immigration agency that has been mired in financial struggles. The leader of the team, Ur Jaddou, was a chief counsel for the agency under President Barack Obama and frequent critic of Mr. Trump’s policies. Mr. Warrick’s co-author, Caitlin Durkovich, is on Mr. Biden’s official transition team.The volunteer team has emphasized that change will come not from a drastic restructuring but from personnel. Of the 74 leadership positions at the Department of Homeland Security, 18 are either vacant or held by an acting official. Even those serving in acting capacities have had their appointments questioned by government watchdogs and the courts. As recently as Saturday, a federal judge said Chad F. Wolf, the acting secretary of homeland security, was not serving lawfully when he issued a memo in July suspending protections for immigrants brought to the United States as children.Two advisers involved in the planning meetings said the team was advising the incoming administration to steer clear of all officials who led the agencies overseeing immigration, even those who publicly resisted the White House’s efforts or publicly turned against Mr. Trump.They are “poisoned,” one adviser said.Some transition officials have rallied around Alejandro N. Mayorkas, a former homeland security deputy secretary and director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, to be the next secretary.Mr. Mayorkas’s supporters believe his background as a U.S. attorney for California and as a Cuban immigrant would appeal to both the law enforcement officials in the agency and the immigrant communities in the United States. They emphasized that a decision on the position had not yet been made.But reinstating officials who served under Mr. Obama, who was criticized as the “deporter in chief” and who expanded detentions at the border to respond to a surge of migrants, could cause consternation on the left.“My hope is people can see some of the errors of their ways,” Ms. Franco said, adding, “We’ll be vigilant.” – Advertisement – But undoing Mr. Trump’s immigration policies will initially dominate.Many of the Trump administration’s policies cannot be immediately undone, and Mr. Biden is likely to face an early test if migration to the southwestern border surges with Mr. Trump’s pending departure.That could be politically fraught, balancing the demands of the Democratic left for more lenient immigration policies, with the concerns of moderates who fear such issues cost the party dearly in House and Senate elections this month. Mr. Trump campaigned on a hard-line immigration agenda when he won the election in 2016 and the policies remain a central appeal to many who have supported Mr. Trump.- Advertisement – “Obviously my members were hoping President Trump was going to win, and they were hoping he was going to win because of what happens with border security,” Mr. Judd said. ““Let’s hope Biden proves us wrong. But we’ve already seen this movie and we expect a replay.” WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has said that one of his first priorities will be rolling back his predecessor’s restrictive immigration policies. To do it, he may have to overhaul the Department of Homeland Security, which has been bent to President Trump’s will over the past four years.The department, created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, has helped enforce some of Mr. Trump’s most divisive policies, like separating families at the border, banning travel from Muslim-majority countries and building his border wall. When the president tried to reframe his campaign around law and order this year, homeland security leaders rallied to the cause, deploying tactical officers to protect statues and confront protesters.- Advertisement – The Trump administration enacted more than 400 changes to tighten or choke off immigration, and while Mr. Biden can roll back the ones issued through executive orders or policy memorandums, rescinding policies that went through the full regulatory process will take time, according to Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst for the Migration Policy Institute.“On immigration, I expect them to stick to things that are high profile, very easy procedurally and come with minimal logistical burden,” Ms. Pierce said. Mr. Biden has also revived the longstanding Democratic goal of creating a path to citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants, but without a Democratic Senate, that is likely impossible. (Control of the Senate rests on two Senate runoff races in Georgia in January.)An expected surge of migration to the southwestern border in the coming months will test Mr. Biden’s ability to balance the demands of the liberal and moderate wings of his party while preventing overflowing border facilities.“We will treat our immigrants with respect and give them due process, which they aren’t having under this administration,” said Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, the chairwoman of the House appropriations subcommittee on homeland security who represented the Biden campaign in platform negotiations with Senator Bernie Sanders. “Will that be enough? Probably no.” – Advertisement – The pandemic is another immediate challenge.A threat assessment released by the Homeland Security Department in October concluded that the coronavirus had exacerbated “underlying economic and political conditions in the region” that have typically fueled migration.Mr. Biden has said he will look to revive a version of a program that allowed children and young adults to apply for refuge in their home country, rather than making the long, dangerous trip to the border to ask for asylum. He has also said he would bolster aid to Central America while deploying attachés from the Justice and Treasury Departments to combat corruption.But at the physical border, Mr. Biden’s plans center more so on what he will stop rather than what he will develop. That includes ending travel bans that restrict travel from 13 mostly Muslim and African countries and halting the Trump administration’s efforts to strip protections for about 700,000 young immigrants brought to the country as children.Mr. Biden also plans to raise the cap on refugee admissions to 125,000, impose a 100-day moratorium on deportations and direct Immigration and Customs Enforcement to focus on violent offenders. But it remains unclear how he will rebuild a deteriorated resettlement system to welcome that many immigrants or the specific details of his temporary halt on removing undocumented immigrants.The new administration will end the national emergency declaration that allowed Mr. Trump to divert billions of Pentagon dollars to the border wall, but an adviser involved in the transition said there were no plans to dismantle the 400 miles of wall already up.Other regulations will prove more challenging to unravel, like the maze of asylum restrictions imposed by the Trump administration and the public charge rule that allows green cards to be denied to immigrants who are deemed likely to use public assistance.Ms. Pierce said the new administration could begin the lengthy process of replacing the Trump regulations or, given that the public charge rule is still being litigated in court, revise that regulation in a settlement. After agents were videotaped hauling demonstrators off the streets of Portland, Ore., into unmarked vans, department critics called for systemic changes to the agency, or even its dismantlement. But the incoming administration is intent on keeping the department intact.Still, change is coming.Interviews with 16 current and former homeland security officials and advisers involved with Mr. Biden’s transition, and a review of his platform, suggest an agenda that aims to incorporate climate change in department policy, fill vacant posts and bolster responsibilities that Mr. Trump neglected, including disaster response and cybersecurity. “If it looks like they’re just kicking the can down the road, then people will be very angry,” said Marisa Franco, the executive director of Mijente, a Latino civil rights organization, who served on a task force that issued recommendations to the Biden campaign.Mr. Trump measured the success of his homeland security secretaries primarily by the progress of his border wall and the monthly totals of arrests made by his border agents. The group also features multiple former Obama administration officials who focused on cybersecurity, emergency response and transportation security. Mr. Trump had a team of only four transition advisers for homeland security.“If you look at what’s going on in the world now, in addition to border security and T.S.A. airline issues, you have a pandemic and an unprecedented hurricane season,” said Michael Chertoff, a homeland security secretary under President George W. Bush, referring to the Transportation Security Administration. Mr. Biden, he said, will take “a broader-based, more strategic approach.”A team composed mostly of volunteers separate from Mr. Biden’s official transition team has worked for weeks on that approach. Those volunteers, including Mr. Obama’s former director of the Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Muñoz, and his former deputy homeland security adviser, Amy Pope, have focused on infusing climate change research into the decision-making of the next department leadership.While the agency will not become “the department of climate,” one adviser said, the new administration will use the research to shape natural disaster response and resilience to assist the Coast Guard as it patrols the Arctic. The next homeland security leaders could rely on climate science to predict migration from places like Guatemala, where coffee rust has disrupted the crops farmers rely on. “This is something that needs to be a long term priority for D.H.S.,” said Thomas S. Warrick, a former top counterterrorism official in the department and a co-author of a report this year that emphasized the department’s future roles defending against cyberthreats, pandemics and white supremacy. He has said he will stop “metering,” which restricts the number of migrants who can seek protection at border ports. It is unclear if he would pull out of agreements with Central American countries that allow the United States to divert migrants seeking protection back to the region. He would end Mr. Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy that has sent more than 60,000 migrants back to Mexico to await asylum hearings that have been suspended during the pandemic.Mr. Biden’s advisers have discussed rushing asylum officers and immigration judges to the border to process those families and others seeking protection.“The real question is scale. Can they be scaled up quickly enough if there is a surge to the border?” said one official involved in the transition.Mr. Biden has not committed to lifting a public health emergency rule that has essentially sealed the border to asylum seekers. The Trump administration has cited the risk of the pandemic to empower Border Patrol agents to rapidly turn migrants back to Mexico or their home countries without providing the chance to have their asylum claims heard. An adviser to the campaign said the administration planned on consulting with public health officials to discuss the policy.Biden advisers also acknowledged the need to bolster the capacity at the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for sheltering migrant children traveling alone. That will take congressional approval.Mr. Biden has said he would cut funding used to detain migrants and instead rely more on programs that track migrants after they are released into the United States to make sure they appear at immigration court.Brandon Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council, the Border Patrol’s union, said that would mean the return of “catch-and-release,” pejorative shorthand for releasing migrants from detention only for them to disappear. Mr. Trump has argued the policy encourages migration. The Presidential TransitionUpdated Nov. 14, 2020, 12:00 p.m. ETlast_img read more

‘Back the Blue’ street mural painted outside Tampa police station

first_imgA “Back the Blue” mural was painted outside of a Tampa police station over the weekend.On Monday, Tampa police officers were greeted with a message of support.According to Fox 13, volunteers gathered over the weekend to paint a “Back the Blue” mural in front of the Tampa Police Department’s headquarters, even though they did not get the permit approved for the mural to be painted.The project was headed by a group called “Community Patriots,” who said they got permission to paint the message. However, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said the permit had not been approved before the mural was painted.“Any tribute to honor their service is welcome,” Mayor Jane Castor said. “It’s unfortunate they didn’t see the permitting process through so that our community could participate in showing their appreciation for the brave men and women that service our residence every day.”The mural features blue, white and black colors. The mural also features a heart, stars and the U. S. flag.last_img read more

‘The Walking Dead’ brings hometown to life for Angels’ Cam Bedrosian

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The quaint slice of rural America in and around Senoia is home to Bedrosian, his father Steve (the 1987 National League Cy Young Award winner), Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Will Smith, and many of the filming locations for the hit AMC series “The Walking Dead.”The first episode of the series aired in October 2010. Recently, AMC renewed it for a seventh season. Now, Bedrosian watches every week. So does Smith.“Halfway through the first or second season you go, ‘This is unbelievable’,” Smith said.Like the good studio insiders they are, Bedrosian and Smith know some industry people. Bedrosian’s friend is Ryan Childs, a former catcher from Middle Georgia College who is now part of the show’s lighting crew.“His mom actually owns The Walking Dead Café shop,” Bedrosian said of Childs. “She sells all the props from the studio that they use in the show. When they’re done they give ’em to her, and she gets to sell ’em.”Two of Smith’s friends were cast as extras, one a zombie and the other a soldier.“My mom wants me to do it,” Smith said. “I’m like, ‘No, Mom, I’m not going to be an extra in ‘The Walking Dead.’’”When Bedrosian goes home for the winter, he said the filming activity has usually died down. Equipment trucks and portable sets have been replaced by tour buses, carrying tourists from around the world who have come to see The Prison, Hershel Greene’s farm, and other familiar scenery from the show.Among locals, Bedrosian admits the reaction could have skewed negative. Senoia is the sort of place one goes to escape tour buses and souvenir shops, right?“It seems like everybody there’s pretty happy with it so far,” he said. “They haven’t brought in any bad crowds or anything like that.”Angels rotation hurtingAngels pitchers Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson find themselves headed in opposite directions.Weaver met with a spine specialist Monday. According to the team, the tests confirmed mild degenerative changes in Weaver’s cervical spine compared to his most recent MRI. Weaver will continue throwing “as tolerated” and he will continue to focus on adding flexibility and strength.Meanwhile, Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters left-hander C.J. Wilson will be limited to throwing on flat ground. Wilson experienced discomfort in his left shoulder when he threw off a mound Saturday. He hasn’t faced live hitters all spring and will begin the season on the disabled list.Dodgers, Angels make cutsDodgers manager Dave Roberts will have eight fewer names to remember in the clubhouse. Pitcher Jharel Cotton was optioned to the club’s minor league camp, while another seven players were reassigned: Lisalverto Bonilla, Chase De Jong, Caleb Dirks, Jacob Rhame, Chris Anderson, Alex Hassan, Kyle Farmer.The Angels optioned pitcher Victor Alcantara to their minor-league camp.Players who are on the 40-man roster must be optioned.AlsoDodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu threw 20 pitches, all fastballs, in his first bullpen session since he was restricted to throwing on flat ground earlier this month. The left-hander, who’s rehabbing conservatively from shoulder surgery last year, reported no pain. … Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir allowed five hits and hit two batters in his first three innings of a “B” game against the Chicago White Sox. The left-hander came back to retire the final six batters in order, a 69-pitch effort that left him feeling upbeat. He’s scheduled to start against the White Sox in a Cactus League game Saturday. … Justin Turner played four innings at third base, went 1-for-1 with a walk and a double, and scored two runs in his Cactus League debut against the Milwaukee Brewers. Turner had been restricted from the outset of camp following off-season knee surgery. … Yasmani Grandal caught Kazmir’s game and is expected to return Wednesday from a bruised forearm. … Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is leaving the club Wednesday to participate in a World Baseball Classic with Team Mexico in Mexicali. He’ll return to the Dodgers Sunday night, Roberts said.The gamesAngels 10, Cincinnati 2The Angels (7-6-1) racked up 15 hits, led by Johnny Giavotella, who finished 2 for 3 with a triple. Cliff Pennington, Rafael Ortega and Todd Cunningham also had two hits apiece. Huston Street, Javy Guerra and Jose Alvarez threw scoreless innings in relief of spot starter Nate Smith. Dodgers 6, Milwaukee 2Trayce Thompson hit his second Cactus League home run and Mike Bolsinger tossed four scoreless innings for the Dodgers (9-2-2). J.P. Howell, Pedro Baez and Louis Coleman each threw a scoreless inning out of the bullpen, while Kenley Jansen was touched for one run by the Brewers (6-6-1).center_img This is a Hollywood story that takes place in a Georgia town called Senoia, population 3,307. When Angels pitcher Cam Bedrosian was growing up there, he remembers two things in downtown Senoia: a Mason lodge and a redneck café called Redneck Café. “Now it’s got its own little main street,” he said proudly.Bedrosian blames his town’s transformation on zombies. They’re everywhere.last_img read more