Using the Hype-Loop to Understand the California HSR System

On Monday, entrepreneur Elon Musk launched on attack on the California HSR system in the guise of a pie in the sky alternative that he has dubbed the "Hyperloop". Now, I got into this topic from the back end, since I waited for the technical people to download the PDF and chew into it before giving it a serious look, so when I first encountered the notion floated that this is just a car builder (well, an electric car builder) attacking a rival form of transport, I thought that might involve some shaky inference regarding motive for otherwise puzzling statements ...

... but then I read the first paragraph of the blog post where he introduced the proposal, and there really isn't any doubt:

When the California “high speed” rail was approved, I was quite disappointed, as I know many others were too. How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and JPL – doing incredible things like indexing all the world’s knowledge and putting rovers on Mars – would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world? Note, I am hedging my statement slightly by saying “one of”. The head of the California high speed rail project called me to complain that it wasn’t the very slowest bullet train nor the very most expensive per mile.

So this is explicitly a proposal from the guy who made big bucks on an internet payment system, Paypal, showing how the California HSR is old, outdated technology and if he wasn't busy doing other things, why, he could give us an intercity transport system that would knock our socks off.

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Gender Prison: The Right to be Human…in all our glory

I'm sure you have noticed. Whenever there is news about or from the transgender community, the television news media may invite a transgender person to comment. Or they may not. But if they do, then they feel obligated to invite one of our opposition, as if our existence is a matter of debate.

Now that California law protects transgender students, conservatives are pouncing on the opportunity to proudly display their anti-trans positions, and the mainstream media is unfortunately entertaining it.

--Zack Ford, ThinkProgress

The print media often allows the hatred to be spread without comment from any transgender sources. A case in point occurred on August 15 in the Washington Post's On Faith section. Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics (ironic, no?) and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, ventured an opinion: Conservative Christianity and the transgender question.

You can see the hammer looming. What transgender question? Whether or not we exist? Fuck yeah, we exist!

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Hellraisers Journal: Mass Funeral for the Seeberville Martyrs in the Michigan Copper Country

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

Tuesday August 18, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - The Striking Miners Stand Together

The striking miners of Western Federation of Miners are standing firmly together. There has been no break in the ranks in spite of the invitation issued by the Mine Owners' Association for the men to scab on their brothers. The mine owners intended to restart their mines on Monday but were unable to do so.

The El Paso drainage tunnel was nearly complete at the time of the strike, and they are determined to finish it by recruiting scabs for that purpose. They have found a few, such as the Gibson brothers, just home from a prison tour for holdups. They were paroled specifically to help break the strike. Other parolees are filling the ranks of the scabs, some as armed guards.

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Hellraisers Journal: Gunthugs Kill U.M.W. Organizer on Streets of Trinidad, Colorado

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

Monday August 17, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Speech of President Charles Moyer

Charlse Moyer, President of the Western Federation of Miners, also spoke at the union picnic held at Pinnacle Park last Saturday. This is an account of his speech:

The responsibility for the present conditions has been laid by most of the newspapers at my door. I wish to say that I am ready at this time to assume any responsibility in a fight for humanity and living conditions for the miners of the Cripple Creek district. All I ask is that the other people in the state, who are responsible for the present conditions in this, shall be saddled with like responsibility. The facts are that the legislature of 1899 passed an eight-hour bill, the supreme court declared it class legislation and unconstitutional. Notwithstanding this, the representatives of organized labor went before the men who were working twelve hours in the smelters and urged them to wait, and a future legislature would do something for them. The eight-hour constitutional amendment was carried by 40,000 majority, 70,000 votes being cast for the amendment...

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Mother Jones takes up the call for transgender equality

In an essay entitled The Pentagon's Transgender Problem Mother Jones writers Adam Klasfeld and Brett Brownell consider the situation of military service by transgender people and the treatment of transgender veterans. They have subtitled the piece, in very small type:

New studies suggest that transgender civilians are twice as likely to enlist, and transgender veterans are 20 times as likely to commit suicide.

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Hellraisers Journal: "Lend them your cast-off overalls!" Big Bill Haywood

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

Sunday August 16, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Big Bill Haywood, "Lend them your cast-off overalls!"

Big Bill Hywood was one of the speakers at the union picnic yesterday at Pinnacle Park. He poked a little fun at the mine owners, some of whom were in the audience:

The mine owners have said they would finish the El Paso [mine] tunnel themselves. I know there are many of you here who will lend them your cast-off overalls!

He went on to comment on the statement recently issued by the Mine Owners' Association:

I deny the statement signed by the mine owners wherein they assert that the strike in this district was forced or compelled by the heads of the W.F.M. This strike is by members of the unions of this district. It is a strike of the W.F.M. against the inhuman conditions of life imposed upon the men working in the mills, reducing the ores that you produce. Our brothers, the mill men of Colorado City, have used every possible method to induce MacNeil to come to an agreement, or even to live up to his promises made to the commission that was sent to him by Governor Peabody...

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Hate on television

Nothing endangers more transgender people than hate given media airtime.

We have come to expect it from Fox News. Fox and Friends invited Michelle Malkin to help hate on the new law in California which legally entitles transgender students to access facilities and programs appropriate to their gender.

The hosts of “Fox and Friends” are so mad that transgender students in California are now legally entitled to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity. And they are also so confused about what being transgender even means! (No one will explain it to them, either. No one! Not a single segment producer or Fox News intern or even the Internet!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hellraisers Journal: Gunthugs Kill Two Strikers in Michigan Copper Country

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

Saturday August 15, 1903
Cripple Creek, Colorado - Statement of the Mine Owners' Association

This public statement was issued yesterday by the Mine Owners' Association:

A general strike has been called on the mines of the Cripple Creek district by the executive heads of the Western Federation of Miners. At the time this strike was called, and, in fact, ever since the settlement of the labor difficulties of 1894, the most entire harmony and good will has prevailed between the employers and the employed in this district. Wages and hours of labor have been satisfactory and according to union standards, and general labor conditions have been all that could be wished.

Notwithstanding all this, the heads of the Western Federation have seen fit to compel the cessation of all labor in the district, not because of reasons entirely beyond our control. A no more arbitrary and unjustifiable action mars the annals of organized labor, and we denounce it as an outrage against both the employers and the employed...

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