Sunday Train: Traveling to Our Death and The Fatal Santiago Train Derailment

At the time that I start writing, the death toll from the train wreck that took place in Santiago de Compostela in Spain has risen to 79. According to an account shortly after the crash (sp):

Alternating AVE segments with segments of conventional track or of lower specifications occurs at other points of the line. The Alvia train between Madrid and Ferrol, the fastest going through Santigo, travels on different tracks. Between Madrid and Olmedo (Valladolid) it takes advantage of the AVE track. Then, between Olmedo and Ourense it returns to a conventional track, waiting for the completion of the AVE works already underway. Finally, between Ourense and Ferrol it again joins the AVE line, which at the entrance to Santiago goes alongside the old track.

 
At that moment, the train must brake and when it reaches the tight bend where the accident took place it must leave it speed at barely 80km/h. The velocity drop at that point is very steep: form 200 km/h to 80 in a short time span.

 
The causes of the excessive speed are still not known. The line where the accident occurred is still not within the ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System), a rail traffic mnagement system preventing a train from exceeding the established speed limit or disobey stop signals, very similar to the automatic alert systems already installed in many European countries. This system is the one deployed, for instance, on the Madrid-Barcelona AVE line in october 2011. (translation by Migeru at the European Tribune)

The statement "the cause of the excessive speed are still not know" is referring to the proximate cause, since the ultimate cause is stated directly after: the line is not within the version of Positive Train Control signal system used in Europe, the ERTMS.

30 July: Also see this UPDATE at Voices on the Square: The Santiago Train Derailment Could Have Been Prevented with a Euro 6,000 beacon

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones, an Elephant , and a Senator on the Children's Crusade

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

Tuesday July 28, 1903
New York City, New York - Senator Platt makes his escape from the Industrial Army.

Mother Jones and the Industrial Army set out from Bostock's Wild Animal Show yesterday morning at about 7:00 o'clock. They headed for the Oriental Hotel at Manhattan Beach, where Mother said she had an appointment with United States Senator, Thomas C. Platt. One of Bostock's elephants lead the way, a mahout sitting on his neck, and the fife and drum corps in the howdah. Behind the elephant came the Textile Army, lined up behind Mother Jones and Marshal Sweeney.

The Army made its way up Neptune Avenue to Sheepshead Bay and across the bridge to the Oriental Hotel. They soon were at the front of the building with the band playing a lively marching tune. As Mother was headed up the front steps, the Senator made his escape out the back door. The Senator hoped to conceal himself in the 8:23 morning trolley, but the elephant found him. Crouching down on the tracks, the big beast began throwing sand at the Senator's car delaying his departure for New York City by 5 minutes. This was not enough time for Mother to find him, however, for by the time she reached the trolley station, the Senator was gone.

Mother later told the story of how the Army got their breakfast at the hotel:

I asked the manager if he would give the children breakfast and charge it up to the Senator as we had an invitation to breakfast that morning with him. He gave us a private room and he gave those children such a breakfast as they had never had in all their lives. I had breakfast too, and a reporter from one of the Hearst papers and I charged it all up to Senator Platt.

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Let's see some optimism around here, eh?

This diary is of course a response to a previous diary, which was on the Rec List at Kos when I woke up Thursday morning. "What happened to the energy of hope here at DailyKos?" AntonBursch said Thursday morning. Of course, there was the follow-up diary on Saturday -- but that one didn't seem to add much to the first one.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones, "Hear the wail of the children." Never a chance to go to school.

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

Monday July 27, 1903
Coney Island, New York - Mother Jones: "Hear the wail of the children."

The Bostock Building was filled to capacity yesterday afternoon as the wild animal show roared to a close and Mother Jones with her Industrial Army made an appearance. The stage was set for Mother with the scenery of a Roman Colosseum. Two Roman emperors stood at the front, thumbs down. In front of the emperors were the empty animal cages with their iron bars. Into these cages Mother placed her little textile laborers. The children clung to the bars while Mother spoke. The aristocracy of the employers reminded her of this scene, she told the audience, for they stand above "with their thumbs down to the little ones of the mills and factories." She also criticized the public for "sitting dumbly by."

The speech continued:...

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A Soldier's Journey to East Berlin

I have heard the argument that the US is not on the path to totalitarianism.  But what creates the environment that allows for the creation a totalitarian state?  Hitler held the belief that nationalism and socialism should be identical.  Other historical voices tell us how there was a need for Germans to feel a real sense of community during the period following World War I.  It seemed to some that solidarity and comradeship might create a feeling of community that could facilitate the rebuilding of Germany.  My experiences tell me that a shared sense of isolation and danger can aslo creat

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Another dead transwoman of color…this time in Philadelphia (again)

Diamond Williams is described as someone who had a big personality and even bigger heart.

She was so full of life. She was funny and we used to laugh. And I remember just acting silly with her and I just miss her because we had a lot of great times.

She was a very loving, caring, and creative person. We were family. We were like sisters and she loved her sisters. No one should ever have to die the way she died.

--Rachel Rose

Williams, 31, was killed last week after having sexual relations with Charles Sargent, 43. Sargent allegedly dismembered her in his apartment and then dumped her body parts in a field in North Philadelphia.

I don’t care if he knew or he didn’t know. Nobody deserves to die like that. That’s someone’s life that (you) just brutally murdered and dismembered and threw her parts in a field.

--Rose

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Hellraisers Journal: Report Finds Forced Child Labor Is On The Rise!

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

Sunday July 26, 1903
Coney Island, New York - The Textile Army Guests of Animal King, Frank C. Bostock

Since yesterday, Mother Jones and her Industrial Army of textile strikers have been the guests of the famous animal trainer, Frank C. Bostock. Known far and wide as the "King of the Animals," it is said that Bostock's lion act, featuring Bonavita and his 27 African lions, is the greatest in the world. In spite of the dangers to himself and to the delight of the public, Bonavita enters the ring each evening to faces the snarling teeth and giant claws. He has been injured more than once.

There is Mme. Morelli, "queen of the jaguars." She is the world's most famous woman animal trainer. On one occasion, she was bitten right through the shoulder, yet has not given up her act. We can also find Clyde W Powers with his trio of elephants, Brandu, the snake charmer, a grizzly bear, pumas, tigers, and more-some 25 acts in all.

The children slept last night in the loft of the Bostock Building, and will sleep there again tonight. They seem delighted with their accommodations.

Mother Jones will address the crowd at 4:30 this afternoon.

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Hellraisers Journal: Tall Annie of Calumet Leads Parade of Striking Copper Miners with Massive Flag

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

Saturday July 25, 1903
New York City, New York - More on Thursday Night's Meeting & Speech by Mother Jones

After Benjamin Hanford made his controversial speech, Mother Jones was introduced by Col. Geiger to the cheers of the 30,000 New Yorkers assembled to hear her. She spoke from the back of a truck with her arms around the shoulders of two of the youngest textile strikers. She said that she had marched 92 miles with her band of little slaves and:

We are quietly marching toward the president's home. I believe he can do something for these children, although the president declares he cannot. Congress last year passed a bill giving $45,000 to fill the stomach of an old prince, and he endorsed that, and if he could do that he surely could tell congress to pass a bill that would take the children out of the God-accursed mills and put them in the schools

Later Mother expressed disapproval of the speech made by Benjamin Hanford, stating that she had not realized that he would make such a violent speech. Regarding Hanford's strong criticisms of the Acting Police Commissioner, Major Ebstein, and the New York City Mayor, Seth Low, Mother made this statement:

Both Mayor Low and Major Ebstein treated me with all possible courtesy. I could not ask for better treatment from any one. The Mayor was in every way a perfect gentleman in his dealings with me.

For his part, Major Ebstein said that he would certainly allow Mother Jones to have another meeting, "why shouldn't I?"

And indeed she did hold another meeting last night at the corner of Twenty-fourth Street and Fourth Avenue. She was escorted there by Capt. O'Connor of the West Thirtieth Street Police Department and his reserves . She spoke to a crowd of 1,500 for about an hour on the subject of child labor. She also praised the policemen and advocated shorter hours for them.

Since their arrival in the City, the Crusaders have been swimming in the East River and enjoying the hospitality of the Socialist at their headquarters on East Fourth Street.

The Secret Service has reportedly been to see Mother Jones in an effort to get her to give up her plan to march on the home of President Roosevelt at Oyster Bay. Mother continues to insist that the Army has every intention of going to Sagamore Hill:

Oh, yes, I shall certainly go to Oyster Bay but I will take only these three little boys with me, to see the President. If he refuses to see the boys, why, I will not see him, that's certain. But I think he will see us. Why shouldn't he. We are law-abiding American citizens.

The Army has plans today to visit Coney Island where they will be the guests of Frank Bostock, the owner of a wild animal show.

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Departments of Education and Justice weigh in on restroom, locker room usage for trans students

Arcadia, CA is situated in Los Angeles County, in the San Gabriel Valley, 13 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. It is probably best known for being the site of the Santa Anita racetrack, although it is also home to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

In 2010 Bloomberg named Arcadia as one of the Best Places to Raise Your Kids for the second straight year. I guess that was "unless your kid is transgender."

On Tuesday the Arcadia school board unanimously passed a resolution to accept an agreement with the US Departments of Education and Justice to end an investigation into allegations of discrimination against a transgender student in a complaint filed in October 2011. The resolution agreement is here.

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