Hellraisers Journal: "Shot down by gun thugs at the young age of 31."

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

Sunday June 14, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - Restaurant Employers will reopen on Tuesday with scabs.

In an attempt to break the cook and waiters' strike in this city, employers plan to reopen the 84 establishments now being struck with imported strikebreakers. 5,000 workers are on strike at hotel dinning-rooms and other restaurants, but employers have had agents out visiting towns within a 300-mile radius in an attempt to recruit replacement workers. Thus far 1200 scabs have been recruited and quietly brought into the city. Employers now say that they have on hand a sufficient number to break the strike, and are expecting to bring in more scabs during the next three days.

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Hellraisers Journal: Minneapolis Janitors on Retaliation, ¡Ya Basta!

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

Saturday June 13, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - Millionaire Methodists go scabbing on the strikers at Kinsley's.

From the The Inter Ocean:

Millionair Methodists threw aside their religious and financial dignity [Tuesday evening] and in the place of strikers waited on their brethren of the church at a banquet in Kinsley's restaurant. Side by side with men of wealth were men of the cloth, swinging trays and dishes with dexterity of old servitors...

It was, as one member put it, a practical exemplification of the Methodist motto, "The Lord loveth a cheerful giver," and, "God helps them who help themselves."

We hope they had as much fun washing up the dishes!

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Sacrificing Privacy Online: Is it Really a Choice?

I posted this question in triciawyse's diary and I thought I would pose this to the entire community. I've frequently come across a very popular argument in response to the NSA scandal, that we willingly sacrifice our privacy when we sign up for facebook, Google, foursquare, and other email and social networking services. It's true that nobody held a gun to my head when I signed up for facebook and I knew that I wasn't completely anonymous when I came up with the clever nickname for my newest Google account. But in the 21st century, can we really opt out of the internet?

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For The Record


I wish to stress that nothing I write under the BruceMcF moniker should in any way be taken as representative of the National Progressive Populist party organization, the Ohio Progressive Populist party or the Portage County branch. And while I agree with some things some people say, I also disagree with other things some of the same people and also some other people say.

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WE NEVER FORGET: June 10, 1913, Ipswich, Massachusetts

WE NEVER FORGET

Nicholetta Paudelopoulou, 27

On Tuesday June 10, 1913 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, Nicholetta Paudelopoulou left Brown's Essex Mill at the end of her work day and walked down the street to the Ipswich Hosiery Mill. Here she stopped to observe a picket line of I.W.W. strikers. The Industrial Workers of the World had been conducting a strike at this mill for seven weeks. Five hundred of the strikers were Italians, and one hundred were Greeks, perhaps friends of hers. Sadly, five hundred English-speaking workers had chosen to scab on their fellow workers.

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Hellraisers Jouranal: Ipswich Police fire on strikers, one woman killed.

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

Friday June 12, 1903
Morenci, Arizona - Federal troops break copper strike.

Federal troops arrived in Morenci yesterday along with six companies of the National Guard of Arizona. Five local strike leaders were arrested and will be taken to jail in Tuscon. The town is surrounded by soldiers, and the copper miners' strike is broken. The Arizona Republican describes the strike leaders:

Frank Colombo, the Italian leader; A. Salcido, president of the Mexican society; and W.H. Laustaunau, who was a big agitator...is a good talker and a born agitator.. is locked up. The officers here claim he is responsible for stirring the ignorant Mexicans to a dangerous pitch of excitement.

Colonel McClintock has placed his men on the high hills surrounding the mining camp. They are armed with Krag Jorgensen rifles, and have a wide view of the company property. Superintendent Mills states he will be able to resume work at the mines immediately.

Copper Miners of Clifton-Morenci
Copper Miners of Clifton-Morenci

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When You Support George W. Bush's Policies, like Obama, I Get to Call You a Republican

Worse than a Republican; I get to call you a fawning sellout with even less principles than the Republican security soccer moms of 2004 that we all remember before. They really believed back then, and still do, that giving up their rights was worth a sense of (fake) security. And you know what? They were more principled than anyone who writes diaries excusing neoconservative policies from the Obama administration that were unacceptable to them when they came from the George W. Bush administration.

Period. End of story. Why? The RW soccer moms didn't pretend to be outraged about this stuff during the Bush years. They have consistently supported it. So since that is an undeniable fact, I have to ask some of you how it feels to have even less principles than Republican voters who excused and supported some of the worst war crimes in history? How does it feel to enable a Justice Department that has now de facto codified some of the worst war crimes and financial crimes in history? How does it feel now that it is now exposed that, like Republican voters, you need a BS war on terror to feel safe?

How does it feel to repeat the same BS that cretins from the right did in the 2004 election to support their chosen leader? You know that fear mongering bit about "having nothing to hide so then having nothing to worry about?" That came from the RNC, and now that garbage is being recycled by people "who consider themselves Democrats or progressives based mostly on their feelings and nothing more. This similar zeitgeist all started during the run up to the Iraq war after 9/11 when the Patriot Act was passed when almost no one read the Bill in Congress.

Unlike apparently many people who didn't really mean it, I was actually horrified by what went on during those years, and yet those same policies continue under President Obama. I'm also horrified that some of the same people who call themselves Democrats are not horrified anymore.

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Hellraisers Journal: Kalpona Akter of Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity on Democracy Now

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

Thursday June 11, 1903
Morenci, Arizona - Federal troops sent into strike zone.

Federal troops have been sent into this area where the Western Federation of Miners is conducting a strike against the copper interests. The troops were ordered into the strike area by the President in response to this telegram sent by Arizona's Acting Governor:

Three thousand men, mostly foreigners, on strike at Morenci, Graham County, Arizona. Sheriff and Captain Arizona Rangers advise me that strikers are armed and in the hands of professional agitators, and that there is immediate need of a large force to quell riot which is impending. Have ordered out militia, but number small, scattered and undisciplined. No probability of restoring order except by presence of United States troops. Needed there tonight. I respectfully request that troops be sent from Fort Grant and Fort Huachuca immediately.

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