Sunday Train: A Nation of Cycleways and Level of Service

Sacramento Kings fans rejoice! The California State Legislature has passed and Governor Brown has signed a measure paving the way for a new downtown Sacramento Arena, potentially keeping the Kings from high-tailing it to Seattle!

What does this have to do with sustainable transport? More than someone would think who only read the headlines. The bill as passed involves several changes to the evaluation of projects that will benefit sustainable transport projects, including:

Provisions of SB 743 will:

 
--Remove parking and aesthetics standards as grounds for legal challenges against developments in urban infill areas near transit stops.

 
--Modernize the statewide measurements against which traffic impacts are assessed and resolved, allowing developers to offset the impacts by building near mass transit stations.

 
--Expand an exemption from CEQA litigation for mixed residential/commercial projects located within transit priority areas where a full environmental impact review has already been completed.

The first of these three reforms reduces the opportunity to block a project on the grounds that it does not provide sufficient subsidy to motorists in the form of parking. The third of the three reforms reduces one of the disadvantages that mixed-use Transit-Oriented-Development faces compared to greenfield sprawl development.

But it is the second of the three reforms that is the real lede: within a half mile of a transit service that meets a quality of service threshold, it is no longer necessary to prove that the project maintains the same "Level of Service" to automobiles alone as an aspect of "Environmental Quality".

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Hellraisers Journal: "Sometimes the path to victory seems long, but we are well on our way."

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

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Saturday October 3, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - All Civilian Prisoners Released from Military Bullpen

Charles Kennison and W. F. Davis have been turned over to the civil authorities by the military. These were the last of the civilian prisoners held captive in the bullpen at Camp Goldfield. Kennison is the president of Miners' Union No. 40, and has endured many arrests and releases at the hands of the military. His latest arrest occurred on September 18th. His wife was not allowed to see him while he was held captive by the military.

Meanwhile, General Chase has been summoned to Denver. It seems that all is not well between the two generals, Chase and Bell. There are rumors of various scandals that swirl about the head of Chase. Some say there are problems concerning money matters, and others say that a woman may be involved in some way. These are only rumors, however, and no official word has been released as to why Governor Peabody has recalled General Chase from the strike zone.

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Hellraisers Journal: 1300 Men, Women, and Children Establish a New Village at the Ludlow Tent Colony

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

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Friday October 2, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Woods Investment Forced to Close the Gold Coin

The Woods Investment Company has been forced by virtue of their membership in the Mine Owners Association to close the Gold Coin Mine. Mr. Woods has long been satisfied with work of the union miners employed there, however, the Mine Owners Association now requires all those affiliated with the Association to work their property with employees who are not members of the Western Federation of Miners.

Just this past Wednesday evening, Mr. Woods, himself, met the miners as they ended their shift at the Gold Coin Mine. He explained to them that each of them would be required to drop his membership in the W. F. of M. in order to remain employed at the mine.

Not one single miner would agree to become a scab, and the Gold Coin Mine was shut down. A committee of the miners was sent to the Economic Mill, also owned by Woods. The men working there, when informed of events at the Gold Coin, promptly walked out. Not one remained behind.

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Sociologists on Transgender

The journal Human Nature has a recent publication by Doug P. VanderLaan, Zhiyuan Ren, and Paul L. Vasey entitled Male Androphilia in Ancestral Environment.

The abstract for the paper is, of course, highly filled with jargon.

The kin selection hypothesis posits that male androphilia (male sexual attraction to adult males) evolved because androphilic males invest more in kin, thereby enhancing inclusive fitness. Increased kin-directed altruism has been repeatedly documented among a population of transgendered androphilic males, but never among androphilic males in other cultures who adopt gender identities as men. Thus, the kin selection hypothesis may be viable if male androphilia was expressed in the transgendered form in the ancestral past. Using the Standard Cross-Cultural Sample (SCCS), we examined 46 societies in which male androphilia was expressed in the transgendered form (transgendered societies) and 146 comparison societies (non-transgendered societies). We analyzed SCCS variables pertaining to ancestral sociocultural conditions, access to kin, and societal reactions to homosexuality. Our results show that ancestral sociocultural conditions and bilateral and double descent systems were more common in transgendered than in non-transgendered societies. Across the entire sample, descent systems and residence patterns that would presumably facilitate increased access to kin were associated with the presence of ancestral sociocultural conditions. Among transgendered societies, negative societal attitudes toward homosexuality were unlikely. We conclude that the ancestral human sociocultural environment was likely conducive to the expression of the transgendered form of male androphilia. Descent systems, residence patterns, and societal reactions to homosexuality likely facilitated investments in kin by transgendered males. Given that contemporary transgendered male androphiles appear to exhibit elevated kin-directed altruism, these findings further indicate the viability of the kin selection hypothesis.

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Hellraisers Journal: Rockefeller's Man in Colorado Claims Mother Jones was Former Brothel Madame

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

Thursday October 1, 1903
Victor, Colorado - Work Force of the Victor Daily Record Released from Bullpen

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Gloria Steinem does a 180

 photo MonicaR11_zpsc5b732e7.jpgIn late September TransGriot writer Monica Roberts took Gloria Steinem to task for her writings in the 1980s about transpeople.

You long time TransGriot readers know I'm not a feminist and I cringe when I hear Black women even say the term because of its history of marginalizing women of color to the point they left the movement.

And don't even get me started on its outright hostility to trans women, which is why I identify as a womanist.

And yes, it's time to unmask another one of the feminist icons, Gloria Steinem as a transphobe.

--Roberts

Steinem wrote at the time, "At a minimum, it was a diversion from the widespread problems of sexual inequality." She writes that, while she supports the right of individuals to identify as they choose, she claims that, in many cases, transsexuals "surgically mutilate their own bodies" in order to conform to a gender role that is inexorably tied to physical body parts. She concludes that "feminists are right to feel uncomfortable about the need for and uses of transsexualism."

--Roberts

Steinem concluded the article with the famous quote:

If the shoe doesn't fit, must we change the foot?

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Galbraith: Government Doesn't Have to Borrow to Spend

James K. Galbraith in Government Doesn’t Have to Borrow to Spend quite clearly and without economic jargon explains why the debt ceiling debate is puppet theater:

The debt ceiling was enacted in 1917 for one purpose: to fool the rubes back home. Just as Congress started running up debts to pay for the war, they voted in the ceiling to pretend otherwise. And that is why whenever reached, it must be raised.

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In the modern world, when the Treasury writes you a check, your bank credits your account. That's how money creation works. The Treasury then issues bonds to absorb that money. Banks like this because bonds pay more interest than reserves. But there is nothing economically necessary about the bonds. This is obvious since the Federal Reserve buys back many of them, leaving the public with the cash it would have had in the first place.

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Under present law, Jack Lew could even pay off public debt held by the Federal Reserve by issuing a high-value, legal-tender coin – so long as the coin happened to be platinum. A coin is not debt, so that simple exchange would retire the Fed's debt holdings and lower the total public debt below any given ceiling.

James Galbraith admits that this is a gimmick ... but then, so is the debt ceiling, so it would be one gimmick fixing the fact that one faction of one political party is holding the faith and credit of the US government hostage over what was originally and has always been since a gimmick.

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Gender Prison: Erasing transgender

The Privacy for All Students campaign is inappropriately named because transgender students are excluded from the "all." But the group, which began in California to fight for the repeal of AB 1266 (a bill passed to ensure education equity for transgender students) and has already gained the support of the National Organization for Marriage, is gaining more support around the country from conservative groups around the country. Most recently throwing their support behind the repeal is the Pennsylvania Family Institute.

Brandon McGinley of the PFI has penned a screed entitled Saving Our Locker Rooms, in which he details the dangerous "[e]fforts to remove gender distinctions from public facilities".

In my home state of Pennsylvania, official legal guidance published by the city of Philadelphia on its gender identity ordinance declares that discomfort with sharing personal facilities with those of the opposite biological sex stems from “unsubstantiated fears and discriminatory attitudes” that employers are bound by law to attempt to “eliminate.”

--McGinley

So McGinley proposes what he claims are "cogent, rational arguments against non-discrimination laws" that would benefit transgender people. I do not think the word "rational" means what he think it means.

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Hellraisers Journal: Military Raids the Victor Daily Record, Work Force Held Captive in Bullpen

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 30, 1903
Victor, Colorado - The Victor Daily Record, Voice of the W. F. of M. Raided by Military

At 11:05 last night the Victor Daily Record, the official voice of the Western Federation of Miners within the strike zone, was raided by the military. The entire work force of the paper was kidnapped and taken to the bullpen. Major Tom McClelland led the charge through the door followed by heavily armed soldier with bayonets fixed.

All within in the office were busy at the task of getting out the paper, but were forced to leave that work as McClelland informed them, "You're all prisoners of war!." Those seized were F. W. Langdon, Linotype Operator, Charles G. Langdon, Linotype Operator, George E. Kyner, Managing Editor, W. L. Sweet, Circulator, and H. J. Richmond, Foreman.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 30, 1903
Victor, Colorado - The Victor Daily Record, Voice of the W. F. of M. Raided by Military

At 11:05 last night the Victor Daily Record, the official voice of the Western Federation of Miners within the strike zone, was raided by the military. The entire work force of the paper was kidnapped and taken to the bullpen. Major Tom McClelland led the charge through the door followed by heavily armed soldier with bayonets fixed.

All within in the office were busy at the task of getting out the paper, but were forced to leave that work as McClelland informed them, "You're all prisoners of war!." Those seized were F. W. Langdon, Linotype Operator, Charles G. Langdon, Linotype Operator, George E. Kyner, Managing Editor, W. L. Sweet, Circulator, and H. J. Richmond, Foreman.

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Hellraisers Journal: Bangladesh garment factories agree to raise wages!

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 29, 1903
Teller County, Colorado - Democratic Party of Teller County Censures the Military

The Democratic Party of Teller County held their convention last Saturday. Candidates for county offices were nominated, and a resolution regarding the military presence was adopted. The resolution reads in part:

Under the Democratic banner is the natural place for the common people. An object lesson is found at our threshold. The Democratic party gave the state [Governor] Orman, and the threatened trouble at Telluride and other places in the state was averted without bloodshed and in justice to operators and miners alike. The Republican party, aided by a few mercenary masqueraders in workingman's garb, gave the state a [Governor] Peabody, who, in a little over eight months, has called out the National guard twice to aid his plutocratic friends...

The Democratic party of Teller county, being in a position to know, hereby solemnly declares, for the benefit of those who have been misled by false statements sent broadcast, that this is, and has been a peaceable community: that the presence of the military was not necessary, and that the foulest sort of slander upon the good name of the district was resorted to in an attempt to justify the call to arms; that there have been no crimes committed here that the civil authorities have not been capable of handling, and we denounce the many acts of the military officers, who, in their recent martial display on the public streets and in the courts, have outraged public decency, and offended the dignity and intelligence of all fair-minded citizens.

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