Reborn? More Like Invasion of the Country Snatchers

This article is being reposted with the express permission of the author, James Hepburn. Thank you to James.

This important article stands on its own, but for background information, it was written as a response to a response to another article. Granted, this article has references to the linked website above but the message is for all.

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Am I the only one who saw the America "being reborn" diary and it immediately conjured up images from some scifi dystopian movie you probably only saw the trailer for? Like, "It Lives II - The Rebirth"

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones to Speak at Carnegie Hall

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Wednesday May 27, 1903
Philladelphia, Pennsylvania - Four Kensington Textile Mills Are On Strike

The demand is for a 55 hour week, and the strike date had been set for Monday June 1. However, hearing that the textile manufacturers are refusing to grant any concessions, four of the textile mills in Kensington went out on strike today. The Central Textile Workers Union will meet tonight. All of the crafts in the various textile industries will be represented. We can expect that a a general strike call will be issued, and that the date for the strike will be moved up. As many as 100,000 workers could be on strike by the end of this week. Of that number, 16,000 of those strikers would be children under 16 years of age.

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Experiments in a new media economy

The economy that we know is always the economy we used to have. To find out what economy we have and where our economy is heading, we have to look at the tension between technological change in the setting of past-bound rules of the road.

I have been looking at the niche industry of Anime as a kind of petri-dish for changes in the media economy. In the present essay, I am looking at two particular crowd-funding ventures for overcoming hurdles faced by two different types of productions. However, to explain why I find these ventures interesting, first I take a bit of a look at the evolution of the current status quo, and why they are ventures of more general interest in the evolution of our next economy.

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Hellraisers Journal: Congressman George Miller to visit Bangladesh

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Tuesday May 26, 1903
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Big Textile Strike Set for June 1

Executives from fourteen branches of the textile manufacturing industry met recently and decided that they would not negotiate with their employees. Hearing this, the Carpet Weavers held a mass meeting to take up the matter of issuing a strike call. The 1500 men present voted two to one to go out on strike. They set the date for June 1. The strike will close 65 mills in Philadelphia, and will idle about 6000 workers.

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Sunday May 26, 2013: Up with Steve Kornacki Tweets

Today's show was about immigration reform, Oklahoma disaster relief, Apple tax shelters, Apple, Congress, tax law, and corporate taxes. #Uppers is now.

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Weekend Question Open Thread

Ok, well, we'll try not to do a barn burner question like last week, lol, so...

So it's a holiday weekend, so i'll keep it light this week:

It's hotter than hell here now. hard to believe that i was still wearing a sweater in the morning just 2 weeks ago. guess there'll be no real spring... :o

Has summer arrived where you are yet?

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Hellraisers Journal: Dear Consumer, conditions in Bangladesh are your fault as Walmart profits!

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Monday May 25, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - Company seeks court injunction against Teamsters' Boycott

The Kellog Switchboard and Supply Co. of Illinois has been granted an injunction in state court today to stop the boycott declared by the Teamsters' Union against them. 800 Teamsters employed by the firm have been on strike since May 7th. When the company refused to sign a close-shop agreement, the boycott was declared.

The American Anti-Boycott Association has been advising employers on the use of litigation to fight union boycotts. Once an injunction is granted against union activities, then union leaders can be charged with contempt for conducting union business. This includes advocating boycotts through union newspapers, or in speeches.

One would think that freedom of speech would cover advising unionist and union sympathizers on where to shop or not shop. But apparently freedom of speech is not applied equally between the company and the workers. The manufacturer's journals are free to print any sort of diatribe against the union without fear of legal consequences. They are also free to strongly advise their employees not to join a union.

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