PJ Torokvei, 1951-2013

 photo PJ_torokvei_zps0f7fb0b2.jpgPJ Torokvei was an alum of Second City and SCTV where she worked with John Candy. She later became producer and head writer of WKRP in Cincinnati, a situation comedy that ran from 1979 to 1982 and is no doubt still appearing in reruns across the nation. PJ and her colleagues won two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series.

PJ also cowrote the films Real Genius, Back to School, Caddyshack II and Guarding Tess.

PJ transitioned from male to female in 2001. On July 3 she died of complications from liver failure.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones, "I have seen children maimed and torn." 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 14, 1903
New Brunswick, New Jersey - Mother Jones: "I have seen children maimed and torn."

Mother Jones and her Army remained in this city yesterday. She continued to make speeches while the little Industrial Band of fife and drums paraded the streets raising money for the march to New York City and for the textile strikers of Philadelphia. The following is an example of a speech by Mother Jones:

Child Labor

I have seen some children killed by slow starvation and others maimed and torn. What is to become of the next generation when this generation is being torn from the cradle to be thrown into the factories. Statistics show that out of every ten hours of labor, the laboring man is paid for two, while the other eight are stolen by the capitalist...There are three ways of making a living-working for it, begging it and stealing it. And the capitalist steals it from the working man.

The Industrial Army left New Brunswick this morning bound for Rahway by way of Metuchen.

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Transgender in Southeast Asia

A Malaysian legislator became the first to appoint a transgender political secretary in what is hoped is a step forward for transpeople in that country.

Teh Yee Cheu of the Democratic Action Party has selected Hezreen Shaik Daud, 33 to push for the welfare of the transgender community in the Malaysian state of Penang after a proposal to set up a committee was approved last week. The opposition party has of course warned that the existence of the committee could lead to (horrors!) same-sex marriages.

Since 2009, I have been asking for the committee be set up to handle issues related to this community to show that we are an open government.

--Teh

 photo Hezreen_Shaik_Daud_zps8de255d3.jpgHezreen speaks Malaysian, English, Mandarin, and Hokkien and formerly was employed as project offer for an NGO. She says that companies have refused to hire her because of the fear that she would not fit in with their male employees.

I am grateful to [Teh] for offering this job to me and I am looking forward to the challenge.

It is difficult for us to be hired by companies so I hope that with my appointment, we can show that we are as capable in our work as others.

--Hezreen

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones, "God help the children." Preacher no help to Children's Crusade.

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

Monday July 13, 1903
New Brunswick, New Jersey - "God help the children," Mother Jones

An open air meeting was held Sunday evening in this city. The Industrial Band paraded about town and money was raised to assist the Army's march to New York City. Mother Jones gave a speech and related this encounter with an area preacher. She said that when she approached the clergyman and requested aid for the little children who toil in the textile mills, he referred her to the politicians. Mother replied:

God help the children when the churches turn them over to the politicans.

The Industrial Army has been camped on the banks of the Raritan while Mother Jones and the other women stay in a hotel. Rain and mosquitoes have plagued the army causing a few disgruntled members to complain to The New York Times before returning to Philadelphia. The Times reports these few defections with great glee. But never a word of sympathy for the little children who are plagued with long hours of toil in dirty, dusty, hot factories. No decent member of the Industrial Army should begrudge their aged leader a bed in a hotel.

The local Federation of Labor has been assisting the Army while they are in New Brunswick. The plan had been to push on to Metuchen this morning, but it now appears that the Army will spend one more night in New Brunswick.

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Party On The Square- How Does It Feel?

Hey there, Party People! This week at the Party it's all about feelings. Tunes that have the word feel, feeling or a particular feeling in the title or lyrics. You can even go with tunes that evoke a certain feeling just for you! You know my roolz, play what you like~.

Baby You're A Rich Man

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ENDA: Doom in the future

 photo Kristin-Beck-615x345_zpsca0d500a.jpgBack in June I wrote about Kristen Beck, who was came out as transgender after a career as a Navy Seal. She shares the process in her memoir, Warrior Princess: A US Navy SEAL's Journey Coming Out Transgender.

Kristen is back in the news after having spoken out about ENDA. She has the current platform to speak about our issues (i.e. reporters are going to listen to her for awhile when she speaks).

In a country where workers can be fired for expressing their gender identity, people are not free.

--Kristin Beck

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones Gives Lesson on Economics at Princeton on The Children's Crusade

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

Sunday July 12, 1903
Princeton, New Jersey - Mother Jones Gives Lesson on Economics at Princeton

The Industrial Army had a difficult day of travel yesterday, but finally reached Princeton, drenched from rain and weary from the hot and dusty road. At noon the Army took refuge from the heat at Stony Brook, three miles from Princeton. There they ate lunch, and at two o'clock pushed on. They were soon overtaken by a fierce rain storm.

Again they sought shelter and were taken in by the caretaker of the estate of former President Grover Cleveland. The Clevelands are away on holiday, but the Industrial Army was given shelter, and invited to spend the night in the big cool barns of the estate. A Princeton hotel donated a large meal which was thoroughly enjoyed as the Army dried out.

Mother Jones gave a speech before a great crowd of professors and students of Princeton University. Mother offered this description of her speech:

I told them that the rich robbed these little children of any education of the lowest order that they might send their sons and daughters to places of higher education. That they used the hands and feet of little children that they might buy automobiles for their wives and police dogs for their daughters to talk French to. I said the mill owners take babies almost from the cradle. And I showed those professors children in our army who could scarcely read or write because they were working ten hours a day in the silk mills of Pennsylvania.

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Is Gleeful Slaughter of Children a "Red Flag"?

All this is plenty disturbing on its own, but in a sense it distracts from the larger question: is gleefully murdering civilians, journalists, and children a red flag of sorts? Is there any room in our criminal justice system for addressing such behavior? Is there any money to spare for a program aimed at training people to identify potential war criminals within the military and the government? Would it make sense to criminalize neglecting to report activity that might lead someone to suspect a fellow soldier as a potential rapist or war criminal?

To focus on one contrasting example, fewer than 5% of rapes within the military are reported, less that a third of those reported result in imprisonment, and the terms of imprisonment are generally quite short. The war crimes revealed by Bradley Manning and others have resulted in no charges being filed. The government's record on arresting, sometimes torturing, prosecuting, and convicting whistleblowers is much stronger. The quaint word "values" comes to mind.

Would it be threatening for me to suggest that a few million dollars should be spent training government employees in basic constitutional gurantees so that behavior which threatens to undermine the constitution may be reported promptly before too much damage is done? I would favor such a program even if it sometimes happened to help the underdog. (I can say this without fear of being reported only because I don't work for the FBI.) Obviously, the aim of Insider Threat is precisely the opposite of this: to nip in the bud attempts to reveal the ways in which the USG, in partnership with its corporate sponsors, has declared permanent war on the world, including most of its own citizens.

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