Hellraisers Journal: The Long Reach of Walmart, The Thai Shrimp Industry

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

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Saturday September 26, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Military Arrests Continue, Union Men Remain in Bullpen

Just in case our readers believe that the military bullpen was emptied by the release of the four union men a few days ago, let us state here and now that striking miners and some of their supporters remain in the clutches of the military. General round-ups continue in the area and are so numerous that we are unable to keep track of those arrested, released, and re-arrested.

We list just a few:
Miners Frey, Johnson, Beckman and Poole were arrested last week and released a few days later. Joe Lynch, not a miner, but the marshal of Independence, and deemed too friendly with the union, has been arrested and released. William Dodsworth, president of No. 32 of W. F. of M., was also taken, held without charge, and released. More striking miners have been arrested, and are being held in the bullpen under appalling conditions without charge nor access to counsel.

An attempt was made to round-up the miners of Altman, but the military burst through the door of their union hall only to find it empty. The miners had been tipped-off, and left early before the hall was surrounded by 200 soldiers.

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Hellraisers Journal: Walmart Finally Realizing It Can't Run Stores With Temps Alone

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

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Friday September 25, 1903
Cripple Creek, Colorado - Judge Seeds Orders Military Prisoners Released

Yesterday afternoon, Judge Seeds made his long awaited decision in the habeas corpus case filed on behalf of James Lafferty, C. H. McKinney , Charles Campbell, and Sherman Parker, members of the Western Federation of Miners who were being held without charge by the Colorado military. The Judge ordered the four miners turned over to the civil authorities.


U.S. Senator Patterson

As the decision was read, General Chase rose from his seat and stated his refusal to follow the order. He commanded his soldiers to take the soldiers back to the military camp. However, at about 8 o'clock last evening the prisoners were suddenly released without explanation. Perhaps General Chase was instructed by Governor Peabody to comply with the order of Judge Seeds.

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Hellraisers Journal: Evicted Families Arrive at Ludlow as Rain Turns to Snow

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

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Thursday September 24, 1903
Cripple Creek, Colorado - "This is no longer a constitutional court," General Engley.

Thus, spoke General Engley as he rose in the courtroom of Judge Seeds yesterday on behalf of the four miners who found themselves, yet again, hauled into court bound and shackled and surrounded by soldiers.

On Tuesday, the counsel for the military managed to delay proceedings until the next day. On Wednesday, yesterday, General Chase appeared in Cripple Creek surrounded by his usual display of military might: infantry, cavalry, sharpshooters on rooftops, and a Gatling gun pointed at the train depot.

The four miners, James Lafferty, C. H. McKinney , Charles Campbell, and Sherman Parker, were escorted into the court room, heavily shackled, with a line of infantry on each side. More soldiers followed with their bayonets on full display.

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Hellraisers Journal: In Bangladesh, 200,000 garment workers protesting, factories set ablaze.

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

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Wednesday September 23, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - All Finns Imported as Strikebreakers Have Escaped

All of the Finns who were imported as strikebreakers last week have now managed to escape from the clutches of the military and the mine owners' gunthugs. They worked under the bayonets of the soldiers, and were forced to scab, but, to their credit, these imported strike breakers were not born to be scabs. They have been provided transportation out of the strike zone by the Western Federation of Miners.

Another rebellious worker, however, was not so lucky. Near the Strong Mine a sentry saw movement in the dark and hollered, "halt." When the the movement did not cease as commanded, the sentry opened fire. Soon all hell broke loose as other sentries joined in, firing off twenty-five shots in all. The movement in the dark turned out to be a burro, now quite dead. Bullets also came flying into two nearby houses, but we are relieved to report that none of the occupants were injured. We cannot say whether the burro was trying to make his escape, or only lost and wandering about. But the incident does point to the risks taken by those attempting to escape from the mining camps of the Cripple Creek District.

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Syria & Antibodies to the US Empire

Burning the Midnight Oil for the Arc of the Sun

Over the weekend, I saw a piece on Syria: Now hundreds of Syrian rebels defect to Al Qaeda: 'Civil war within the civil war' weakens the battle to topple Assad

At least two entire rebel brigades are said to have joined the Nusra Front in opposition-held Raqqa, which borders Turkey. One of the groups, the Raqqa Revolutionaries, is said to have about 750 fighters.

 
A video uploaded by activists from Raqqa yesterday showed a massive convoy of fighters on cars and trucks with artillery and machine guns as they waved black flags. The video’s title said it was a newly unified force of Nusra fighters and other rebel battalions which had recently pledged loyalty.

Many Syrian rebels are attracted to radical units because they are generally more effective than the moderate forces which have Western backing but receive only halting military aid.

Shockingly, in a confirmation of Candidate Obama's emphasis on the importance of "soft power" and at least implied critique of President Obama's increasing reliance on "hard power", the evolution of a civil war favors increasing polarization and increasing influence by hard-liners on both sides.

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Hellraisers Journal: Teamsters of Local 117 Picket Walmarts and Sam's Clubs in Seattle Area

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

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Tuesday September 22, 1903
Cripple Creek, Colorado - Gen. Chase Displays Military Might at Court of Judge Seeds

When General Chase was finally forced to answer the writ of habeas corpus granted by Judge W. P. Seeds on behalf of miners Parker, Campbell, Lafferty, and McKinney, he did so with a display of military might that has shocked the nation. Through a series of machinations too numerous to recount, the General was able to delay bringing the prisoners, who have never been charged with any crime, before the court of Judge Seeds. However, with Attorney Murphy of the Western Federation of Miners calling for the arrest of General Chase, and with Lt. McClelland, attorney for General's Chase and Bell, unable to gain any further delays in compliance with the order of the court, the General finally made up his mind to produce the prisoners.

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Hellraisers Journal: Colorado Citizens Chased Down Sidewalks by Military on Lovely Sunday Afternoon

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

Monday September 21, 1903
Victor, Colorado - Citizens Chased Down Sidewalks by Military on Sunday Afternoon


Citizens of the city of Victor had their lovely Sunday afternoon ruined when General Chase and his troops suddenly appeared at a local restaurant with about a dozen imported strikebreakers. A crowd soon gathered out of curiosity. For no apparent reason, the military suddenly charged at the gathering of men, women, and children, driving them up the sidewalks.

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Gender Prison: NOM dumps protecting marriage in order to attack transgender kids

NOM, the self-proclaimed National Organization for Marriage, has decided to branch out. Not content to stand up for the downtrodden Americans who believe in marriage inequality, Brian Brown and his minions have decided they need to interfere with the lives and liberties of transgender students in California.

NOM has decided that treating transgender people equally in public schools just won't do. So they have set their sights on attacking transgender teenagers.

As a 501(c)(4), the organization has to have a mission statement, which is the following:

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.

At least, that was the Mission Statement as recorded in 2010 by PewResearch's Religion & Public Life Project.

While its name may suggest it is a one-trick operation, the National Organization for Marriage has serious range when it comes to being completely awful. Far from just focusing its advocacy and lobbying work to deny gay people equal marriage and adoption rights, NOM also uses its (marginal) political heft to do things like oppose basic protections for transgender teenagers.

--Katie McDonough, Salon

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Sunday Train: Rapid Rail and Pedal to the Metal Climate Change Policy (pt 2)

Last week, I considered the concept of Pedal to the Metal Climate Change policies: the kind of policies that we will now have to pursue if we become serious about Climate Change, because of the 16+ years we will have wasted since 2000 that would have given us the opportunity to pursue a more gradualist approach. At that time, there was a debate that could be characterized as an argument between "incrementalism" and "purism". However, at present, and therefore by the time the current administration will be completed, we have passed the point of asking "how fast should we go", and have passed into "how fast can we go" territory. Hence the Pedal to the Metal approach.

Last week, I did not rehash Micheal Hoexter's overview of a Pedal to the Metal Climate Change policy, but rather looked at the leading edge of that policy package, what I dubbed "front-runner" policies, and looked the Steel Interstate as one example of a front-runner policy for a Pedal to the Metal Climate Change policy package. This week, I am going to turn from Rapid Freight Rail and consider what kind of Rapid Passenger Rail policy would qualify as a front-runner policy for a Pedal to the Metal Climate Change Policy.

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