Chronic Tonic- Riding The Storm Out

As some of you know, my younger son is on the autism spectrum. One of his big issues is thunderstorms. When he was a toddler, he mostly ignored them, and as he and his brother got older, they would sometimes come sit by me, or come jump in bed with us during a bad storm, but I think most kids do that. Starting last year, Dan started to get really freaked out by storms. He would go into meltdown mode, start worrying a tornado was coming to get him, and there would be hell. I had to figure out a way to get him through the damn things.

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Gender Prison: Transgender Chapter leaves OutServe-SLDN, helps form new organization: SPART*A

Back in June I wrote a piece covering the background of the goings on at OutServe-SLDN. More has gone on since then, with the "resignation" of Allyson Robinson as Executive Director on July 12, the resignation of Josh Seefried as co-Chair of the board on July 8, and the closing of the organization's Wahington office effective July 31 after the declaration that the organization is bankrupt.

The organization did claim that it will continue to exist and offer services in a statement on July 10, a portion of which is included on the inside.

On July 22 a group of transgender veterans and service members announced they were leaving the embattled organization to join a new group that is more explicitly focused on working toward open military service by transgender people.

Since the upheaval at OutServe-SLDN began on June 22, the transgender chapter of the organization has been working to determine where and how we can best fit within the movement. This process has been painful, and strained personal and professional relationships that had previously been strong. The OutServe Transgender Chapter has had to make a clear-eyed assessment of where we stand and what we need.

The deliberations within our 120-member group have been honest, fact-based, and open to all members. The conclusions were reached without animus. The ultimate question we had to answer was where we need to be in order to most effectively move the issue of open service for transgender people forward. Unfortunately, it was the considered opinion of our members that OutServe-SLDN will not be able to represent our interests effectively for the foreseeable future.

--Brynn Tannehill, chapter spokeswoman for the Military Transgender Group

The new group is Service Members, Partners, Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All (SPART*A). The website is still under construction. The group has a Facebook presence here and is on Twitter.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones to President: "See these little fellows" on Children's Crusade

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

Wednesday July 22, 1903
West Hoboken, New Jersey - Mother Jones wants President to meet three little boys.

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What do the Important People think of the (possible) end of capitalism?

(crossposted at Firedoglake)

A lot of what I'm getting over the Internet these days is an attitude that, because I'm asking questions, this means that I have some sort of attitude that they don't like. Let me suggest an alternative option, one more suitable to Internet dialogue. Maybe I just don't know the answer, and you can educate me with your opinions?

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Sunday Train: Net Energy Yield and the Steel Interstate Energy Revolution

In the online support for the April, 2013 Scientific American article on Energy Return on Investment (EROI), Scientific American online interviewed Charles Hall, developer of the EROI concept, on whether Fossil Fuels will be able to maintain economic growth. In one of his answers, Charles Hall responds to the question:

What happens when the EROI gets too low? What’s achievable at different EROIs?

He says:

If you've got an EROI of 1.1:1, you can pump the oil out of the ground and look at it. If you've got 1.2:1, you can refine it and look at it. At 1.3:1, you can move it to where you want it and look at it. We looked at the minimum EROI you need to drive a truck, and you need at least 3:1 at the wellhead. Now, if you want to put anything in the truck, like grain, you need to have an EROI of 5:1. And that includes the depreciation for the truck. But if you want to include the depreciation for the truck driver and the oil worker and the farmer, then you've got to support the families. And then you need an EROI of 7:1. And if you want education, you need 8:1 or 9:1. And if you want health care, you need 10:1 or 11:1.

 
Civilization requires a substantial energy return on investment. You can't do it on some kind of crummy fuel like corn-based ethanol [with an EROI of around 1:1].

 
A big problem we have facing the alternatives is they're all so low EROI. We'd all like to go toward renewable fuels, but it's not going to be easy at all. And it may be impossible. We may not be able to sustain our civilization on these alternative fuels. I hope we can, but we've got to deal with it realistically.

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HIV: A disease, not a crime

 photo CriminaliseHate_Badge_Lrg_EN_rgb_zpsa4714945.pngI am not an expert on HIV/AIDS. But there are related stories that come across my desktop. This diary is a sad attempt at pasting some of those stories together. I apologize in advance for the disconnectedness.

 photo hivcrime_zpsf55e10b1.jpgSo what starts out as a discussion of the results of a survey will morph into the criminalization of of people who are HIV+ and then emerge in the need to reauthorize the Ryan White CARE Act.

In May findings of the National HIV Criminalization Survey, a product of the Sero Project, were presented at the National Transgender Health Summit.

The survey discovered that 58% of transgender or gender nonconforming people feel it is reasonable to avoid HIV testing, 61% thought it was reasonable to avoid disclosing one's status to sex partners, and 48% thought it was reasonable to avoid accessing HIV treatment, all because of fear of HIV criminalization and/or distrust of the US criminal justice system.

 

 

 

 

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Hellraisers Jounal: Child Labor Continues Today in Our Own Backyard

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

Tuesday July 21, 1903
Passaic, New Jersey - Mother Jones and Her Army Arrived in Passaic in the Rain

Mother Jones at her desk.

Mother Jones arrived in Passaic at about 7 o'clock last evening by buggy. The Army came marching into town about a half-hour later. A hard driving rain caused the cancellation of the open-air meeting which had been planned. The Army camped out at a dance hall in the immigrant section of town, while Mother spent the night in a hotel. The Crusaders head on to West Hoboken today where they will be guests of the Socialists.

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GLSEN adopts transgender student support and activism group

 photo TSR_grad_zps9a5d8da8.pngGLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) has thrown their support behind a relatively new student-created support organization called Transgender Student Rights.

TSR was  formed in 2009 in response to the advocacy needs of transgender and gender nonconforming students. Its past accomplishments have included a student rights resolution with a sample district policy, educational resources, direct service, and popular social media pages. In GLSEN, TSR’s leaders see an opportunity to build upon the powerful foundation that they laid, and increase the capacity, sustainability and impact of their organizing efforts.

One of the problems with student organizations is always the fact that students graduate and move on, making it a struggle to keep student interest and find effective leadership.

Where previously TSR was run by volunteers, there will now be full-time GLSEN staff members helping us reach our goals. GLSEN’s strength in policy, research, education and advocacy will do incredible things for trans* and gender nonconforming justice in K-12 education.

--TSR leaders Alex Pratt, Camden Goetz, Eli Erlick and Emet Tauber

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones Speaks at Annual Picnic of Social Democrats on Children's Crusade

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

Monday July 20, 1903
Paterson, New Jersey - Mother Jones takes a side trip to speak to Social Democrats

Mother Jones gave a speech at the annual picnic of the Social Democrats of New York City last evening at Sulzer's Westchester Park. When she was introduced on the platform, she was greeted by wild cheering from the crowd of 4000. She had to wait several minutes for the cheering to cease before she could begin her speech:

I will be here with my children from the textile works Thursday evening, when I will address you at some length. I am too tired to do so now, and as you see, I am very hoarse.

There is one thing I must tell you, and that is that I am going to complete the journey to Oyster Bay with my army to see the President. The newspapers say he will not see me. I am going there to find out if he is the President of the capitalists only, or whether he is the President of the working men too. If he is the President of the capitalists only, he will be wiped out at the next election.

Mother was escorted about the park and she enjoyed the tests of strength very much, especially the sledge hammer competition. She also enjoyed watching the children at their games such as egg racing and rope skipping. She said that she was happy to see them playing in the open air and glad that they had a chance to go to school.

The Industrial Army paraded about Paterson this morning with their drum corps before taking to the road again, headed for Passaic.

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