Tahrir II: Neoliberal Harder

Remember September 11, 2012 and the embassy attacks?

I'm not talking about the aftermath and controversies over its handling.  I'm talking specifically about September 11, 2012, as events unfolded.

Do you remember what was happening in Egypt?  Do you remember the protests, and reports of people climbing the embassy walls, pulling down an American flag?

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Gender Prison: On being an ally…Revisited

It turns out that I already had an essay entitled On Being an Ally.

Many of you are probably aware that last week a diary of mine encountered a commenter who was upset that any advances in our social, political, and/or socio-economic situation could be taken advantage of by people who only wished to "game the system".

So I was forced to spend some time trying to wrap my head around the concept of the commenters "big hairy linebacker" claiming to be transgender to take advantage of the benefits of being perceived to be one of us.

I guess what I am missing is an enumeration of what those benefits exactly are.

That got me thinking about the allies for transpeople as opposed to those who are our enemies, the transphiles versus the transphobes--and those who fall someplace in between.

Rebecca Kling at Thought Catalog has Four Steps to being a better Trans Ally. The piece was originally written at her personal blog in 2012.

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Hellraisers Journal: "In this boasted land of freedom there are bonded baby slaves," Ella W Wilcox

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

Thursday July 2, 1903
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Today we pause to remember 16,000 children on strike.

The Great Textile Strike in Philadelphia continues. Of the 100,000 on strike, 16,000 are children. We pause to remember them today with this verse:

In this boasted land of freedom
there are bonded baby slaves,
And the busy world goes by and does not heed.
They are driven to the mill, just to glut and overfill
Bursting coffers of the mighty monarch, Greed.
When they perish we are told it is God's will,
Oh, the roaring of the mill, of the mill!

From "The Children of the Mills"
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
From The Cosmopolitan
of November 1902

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Chronic Tonic- Green Pool Blues

Every Summer here at chez triv we put up a cheap above ground pool for me and my boys. The first year we did it, it was only 30 inches high and 12 foot in diameter. I would sit down and be in it up to my neck. Low rent paradise. As the boys grew, so did the pools, until we maxed out at 4 x 15 and I went from sitting on the bottom of the pool to a swimways lounge. And some years we've had problems with the pool taking on a green tinge, we've had to shock and clarify the pool, this usually happens late in the season.This year we put the pool up and it was beautiful.

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Hellraisers Journal: Comrade Fred Merrick on the Betrayal of the West Virginia "Red Necks"

Wednesday July 1, 1903
San Francisco, California - The Electrical Workers' Union No. 6 Supports the Linemen

The Electrical Workers' Union No. 6 was offered a new wage scale today of $4 a day. This an increase of 50 cents per day. However, in spite of this offer, all of the electrical workers have decided that they will remain out on strike until a settlement is reached with the linemen.

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An epidemic of attacks on LGBT people in Washington DC

The District of Columbia has some of the best legal protection for transpeople against discrimination. That results in lots of transpeople moving there in order to transition…and in transpeople being more open about who they are.

Unfortunately that also elevates the level of visibility of transpeople to those who wish to prey upon us…and hence the District has one of the highest rates of crimes with transgender victims.

Violence against LGBT people has been running at near epidemic levels the past ten days, with 6 incidents...four of which had transgender victims.

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Sustainable Real Estate Development is Good for the Economy and Other Growing Things

As a member of the WorldWide Transit Cabal (not to be confused with the Secret Worldwide Transit Cabal, since of course their membership is secret, though at times my blogging is as active as there's), I have long argued that development of sustainable transport will be good for the economy as well as other growing things (to paraphrase the National Lampoon).

Recently, a study by Professor Gary Pivo has been released that demonstrates that this is not just a forward looking statement. Sustainable Transit-Oriented Development is presently good for home values and are associated with lower risk of foreclosure. How good? To quote Ped Shed's summary of the research results:

The second hypothesis was that default risk was reduced by sustainability features (or conversely, risk was increased by unsustainable features). This also turned out to be true. The effect of the variables was substantial:

  1. Commute time: Every 10-minute increase in average commute time increased the risk of default by 45%.
  2. Rail commute: Where at least 30% of the residents took a subway or elevated train to work, the risk of default decreased by 64.4%. New York City was omitted from this calculation because it skewed the results.
  3. Walk commute: Every increase of 5 percentage points in the percent of residents who walk to work decreased the risk of default by 15%.
  4. Retail presence: Where there were at least 16 retail establishments nearby, the risk of default decreased by 34.4%.
  5. Affordability: For properties with some units required to be affordable, the risk of default decreased by 61.9%.
  6. Freeway presence: Where properties were located within 1,000 feet of a freeway, the risk of default increased by 59%.
  7. Park presence: Where properties were located within 1 mile of a protected area, the risk of default decreased by 32.5%.

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Hellraisers Journal: SCOTUS gives a pass to The Boss from Hell

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

Tuesday June 30, 1903
Indianapolis, Indiana - Good news from Indiana on Child Labor!

The Indianapolis News carried this good news item yesterday about a factory inspector who is actually enforcing Child Labor Laws:

Joseph L. Lennon, superintendent of the Indianapolis Tin Can Company, in Cerealinetown, was arrested yesterday on a warrant issued by D. F. Spees, chief deputy factory inspector, charging Lennon with employing child labor. It is alleged that Lennon employed Henry Wick, a twelve-year-old boy, in the factory, without filing in his office an affidavit made by the parents or the guardian to the effect that the boy was fourteen years old. Spees said a crusade would be begun against all the factories where child labor is employed.

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