Hellraisers Journal: "Apple Rocked by Child Labor Claims"

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

Thursday July 30, 1903
Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York - Mother Jones not allowed to see the President.

Mother Jones arrived in Oyster Bay yesterday morning from New York City on the 10:20 train. She came with two union men and three little boys who work away their childhoods in the textile mills of Philadelphia. She made her way to the office of Acting Secretary B. F. Barnes to ask him to arrange a meeting for her with President Roosevelt. Mr. Barnes told Mother that the President would not see her without an appointment, and advised Mother to write a letter requesting such a meeting. Mother Jones agreed to write the letter and left the Secretary's office.

The six Crusaders walked back to the station and took the 11:14 train back to New York City.

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Gender Prison: But Ugly is to the Bone

Know your enemy. That is often good advice. In the case of the battle for marriage equality, we kept an eye on Maggie Gallagher and the other folks at NOM.

There is someone perhaps even more vile at MassResistance. Amy Contrada is the "writer" behind the vomit which issues from that "organization."

I could say something catty about her, like how much she looks like a transwoman in the midst of a transition, but I will resist.

Oops.

Her most recent effort was posted almost a week ago: How state and federal money is "empowering" troubled young men in dangerous lives as "transgenders". In this case the scare quotes are hers.

While others are worried about the school to prison pipeline, she writes about what is, to her, the crime, prostitution, AIDS pipeline.

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Chronic Tonic- Not This Week, I've Got A Headache

Yeah, you read that right. I've been battling this migraine for a week. It seems like it might be dying down, only to come roaring back at me in all it's spiky glory. I've been sleeping crappy, not eating well, I'm nauseous, not really fit company for anybody, and I don't mind telling you, it's beginning to piss me off.

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'The Santiago Train Derailment Could Have Been Prevented with a Euro 6,000 beacon'

This week's Sunday Train reflected on the fatal train derailment in Santiago de Compostela, in Spain, the issue of mortality in both trains and our primary passenger transport system, self-chauffeured automobiles, and the "PTC" technology that can prevent this kind of accident, as well as the fatal rail collision in 2008 between an LA MetroLink commuter train and a Union Pacific freight train.

The Sunday Train reacted to an early account with: "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."

More details have since come to light in the Spanish press, which I have seen as translated by European Tribune user Migeru. They reinforce the picture of a poorly designed transition between high speed rail and conventional rail corridors, a system needlessly exposed to the risk of operator error in braking down from 110mph to 50mph to avoid derailment in the curve.

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Hellraisers Journal: Is your Apple iPhone or iPad made with child labor in China?

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

Wednesday July 29, 1903
Oyster Bay, New York - Mother Jones expected this morning on the 10:20 train.

After the hearty breakfast Monday morning at Senator Platt's expense, Mother Jones and her Army made their way from the Oriental Hotel on Manhattan Beach back to the City. Reportedly, about half of the marches were given the fare to return to Philadelphia. Three boys, the band, and a few union men along with their wives remained in New York City with Mother Jones. They are the guests of the Social Democratic Party of New York.

Meanwhile, at Oyster Bay, President Roosevelt set out on a camping trip late yesterday afternoon with two of his sons and three of his nephews. They left Sagamore Hill, the President's home on Oyster Bay, in two boats, the President rowing one of the boats, and his son, Kermit, rowing the other. They rowed for two hours until they reached Loyd's Neck on Huntington Bay. There they camped over night, sleeping on the bare ground, wrapped in blankets. This is a camping trip which the President takes every year with his boys.

This morning they all awoke early for a breakfast in camp, and then began the trip home to Sagamore Hill. Due to a headwind, they had to row some three hours before arriving home safe and enthusiastic about the overnight adventure.

Mother Jones, two union men, and three little boys who labor in Philadelphia's textile mills are expected to arrive in Oyster Bay this morning on the 10:20 train from New York City.

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Maine theologian calls transpeople a blessing

Anytime I touch on religion or spirituality as related to transpeople or the transgender community, I tend to get some pushback in the commentary, but spirituality is a part of our lives, if only because the people who are the most offended by our existence tend to view themselves as highly religious and use religious themes to denigrate us.

So bear with me, okay?

The Reverend Marvin M. Ellison wrote an opinion essay for the Bangor Daily News on Friday, entitled Transgender people are a blessing.

The essay begins with…

Thank God for transgender persons and their families, who exemplify the amazing beauty of the divine creation in all its complexity and rich diversity.

It is a blessing to share community with our transgender sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, and fathers and mothers and to work alongside them to assure that each and every person, including each and every transgender person, has what they need and deserve: respect and a secure sense of personal dignity and worth, a fair share of resources, a life without fear, and the freedom to live in the world as one’s authentic self.

Those are not words we transpeople hear often from religious folk.

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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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