Chronic Tonic: Fun With Fibromyalgia!

Yes! It's Tonic Time Again!

This week I'm dealing with one of those regally crappy oh so much fun aspects of Fibromyalgia, lucky girl that I am!

I am the classic princess and the pea. I can feel every single bump in my mattress, every last wrinkle in the sheets, any bunching of my pajamas - everything. Normally, the biggest problem I have with this is a little soft bruising wherever the "pea" lumpy was, or that my hip joint starts hurting and i have to turn over: wash  rinse repeat.

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Hellraisers Journal: Hunger! the great strikebreaker, 1000 weavers return to work in Paterson

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

Wednesday June 24, 1903
From The New York Times: "Garment Workers Threaten Strike"

About thirty-five thousand members of the Garment Workers' Council threatened a general strike in this city to enforce a demand for a new wage schedule for the summer trade. The unions affected include those of coat tailors, vest makers, and knee breeches makers. A conference will be held in a few days between committees of the clothing manufacturers and the Garment Workers' Council in the interest of peace.

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Coup? Putsch? What the Hell is going on at OutServe-SLDN?

Back on September 20, 2011, when Don't Ask Don't Tell ended, ending the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, many of us wondered what would become of OutServe and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. After all, why would we need to have those organizations anymore?

Beyond the publishing of OutServe Magazine, a bimonthly periodical digital and print publication, what was the organization going to do?

Well, for awhile there were minor problems that the organizations got involved with, such as the ability of spouses of LGB service members to join base organizations for military spouses, to obtain services at base commissaries, etc, but the main function of the organizations had been accomplished.

All except that thorny issue of the fact that transgender people were still not allowed to serve in the military, not by act of Congress, but because of military regulations. Specifically, transgender persons can be prohibited from entering the service because of medical regulations, which disallow service by any potential service member who has had genital surgery, and mental health regulations, because the military considers being transgender to be a mental condition akin to pedophilia, kleptomania, and other conditions which render the individual unsuitable.

Additionally transgender individuals who are already serving in the military cannot seek medical support to transition because those same regulations would call for them to be criminally prosecuted and discharged. And the military also considers cross-dressing to be a violation of violation of uniform and grooming standards which would result in discipline, discharge, and/or criminal prosecution.

In October, 2012, OutServe and SLDN merged. On October 25, 2012, recognizing the new focus that would be required of the organization, the newly merged organization selected Allyson Robinson to be its Executive Director. Robinson became the first transperson to ever lead a national LGBT rights organization that does not have a strictly transgender focus.

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Steel Interstates and Using the Defense Budget to Improve National Security

This is the year that the funding authorization for the Federal Rail Authority expires, and the Obama administration is answering with a bold new plan to invest in this critical piece of any long term sustainable transport system, as described earlier this month at the Transport Polititic:

Total funding for rail activity, both for operating funds and capital projects, would increase from about $1.8 billion in 2013 to more than $6.5 billion in fiscal year 2014. Over the course of five years, about $40 billion would be devoted to rail improvement across the country, a massive expansion paid for with funds “saved” from ending military operations overseas. This would be headlined by a $5 billion “jump-start” stimulus for rail, part of a $50 billion infrastructure package the Administration is hoping Congress will pay attention to.

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Hellraisers Journal: Baldwin Guards Shadowed United States Senator While He Was In West Virginia?!

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

Tuesday June 23, 1903
Lowell, Massachusetts - The Great Textile Strike Defeated

The Great Textile Strike of Lowell, Massachusetts has come to an end. By unanimous vote, the Textile Council has declared the strike off. The strike of 17,000 operatives began on March 30. The mills reopened on June 1, and since then many of the textile workers have been returning to work.

President Conroy gave this statement:

We now worship at the altar of defeat, but later we shall rise again and conquer.

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TransNews Updates

It's time to update some stories which I covered at the time they started. We will be traveling to Hollywood, CA (the assault of Vivian Diego), Albany, NY (the GENDA bill), Dover, DE (the GINA bill), and Johnson County, IA (the arrest of Jodie Jones).

So here is the TransNews…on a roll.

Whether the stories can be classified as positive or negative is in the eye of the beholder...that is, you, the reader. But I'm pretty sure the second stories is bad and the third and fourth are good. The first is dependent on point of view.

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