Hellraisers Journal: Rockefeller's Man in Colorado Claims Mother Jones was Former Brothel Madame

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

Thursday October 1, 1903
Victor, Colorado - Work Force of the Victor Daily Record Released from Bullpen

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Gloria Steinem does a 180

 photo MonicaR11_zpsc5b732e7.jpgIn late September TransGriot writer Monica Roberts took Gloria Steinem to task for her writings in the 1980s about transpeople.

You long time TransGriot readers know I'm not a feminist and I cringe when I hear Black women even say the term because of its history of marginalizing women of color to the point they left the movement.

And don't even get me started on its outright hostility to trans women, which is why I identify as a womanist.

And yes, it's time to unmask another one of the feminist icons, Gloria Steinem as a transphobe.

--Roberts

Steinem wrote at the time, "At a minimum, it was a diversion from the widespread problems of sexual inequality." She writes that, while she supports the right of individuals to identify as they choose, she claims that, in many cases, transsexuals "surgically mutilate their own bodies" in order to conform to a gender role that is inexorably tied to physical body parts. She concludes that "feminists are right to feel uncomfortable about the need for and uses of transsexualism."

--Roberts

Steinem concluded the article with the famous quote:

If the shoe doesn't fit, must we change the foot?

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Galbraith: Government Doesn't Have to Borrow to Spend

James K. Galbraith in Government Doesn’t Have to Borrow to Spend quite clearly and without economic jargon explains why the debt ceiling debate is puppet theater:

The debt ceiling was enacted in 1917 for one purpose: to fool the rubes back home. Just as Congress started running up debts to pay for the war, they voted in the ceiling to pretend otherwise. And that is why whenever reached, it must be raised.

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In the modern world, when the Treasury writes you a check, your bank credits your account. That's how money creation works. The Treasury then issues bonds to absorb that money. Banks like this because bonds pay more interest than reserves. But there is nothing economically necessary about the bonds. This is obvious since the Federal Reserve buys back many of them, leaving the public with the cash it would have had in the first place.

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Under present law, Jack Lew could even pay off public debt held by the Federal Reserve by issuing a high-value, legal-tender coin – so long as the coin happened to be platinum. A coin is not debt, so that simple exchange would retire the Fed's debt holdings and lower the total public debt below any given ceiling.

James Galbraith admits that this is a gimmick ... but then, so is the debt ceiling, so it would be one gimmick fixing the fact that one faction of one political party is holding the faith and credit of the US government hostage over what was originally and has always been since a gimmick.

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Gender Prison: Erasing transgender

The Privacy for All Students campaign is inappropriately named because transgender students are excluded from the "all." But the group, which began in California to fight for the repeal of AB 1266 (a bill passed to ensure education equity for transgender students) and has already gained the support of the National Organization for Marriage, is gaining more support around the country from conservative groups around the country. Most recently throwing their support behind the repeal is the Pennsylvania Family Institute.

Brandon McGinley of the PFI has penned a screed entitled Saving Our Locker Rooms, in which he details the dangerous "[e]fforts to remove gender distinctions from public facilities".

In my home state of Pennsylvania, official legal guidance published by the city of Philadelphia on its gender identity ordinance declares that discomfort with sharing personal facilities with those of the opposite biological sex stems from “unsubstantiated fears and discriminatory attitudes” that employers are bound by law to attempt to “eliminate.”

--McGinley

So McGinley proposes what he claims are "cogent, rational arguments against non-discrimination laws" that would benefit transgender people. I do not think the word "rational" means what he think it means.

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Hellraisers Journal: Military Raids the Victor Daily Record, Work Force Held Captive in Bullpen

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

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Wednesday September 30, 1903
Victor, Colorado - The Victor Daily Record, Voice of the W. F. of M. Raided by Military

At 11:05 last night the Victor Daily Record, the official voice of the Western Federation of Miners within the strike zone, was raided by the military. The entire work force of the paper was kidnapped and taken to the bullpen. Major Tom McClelland led the charge through the door followed by heavily armed soldier with bayonets fixed.

All within in the office were busy at the task of getting out the paper, but were forced to leave that work as McClelland informed them, "You're all prisoners of war!." Those seized were F. W. Langdon, Linotype Operator, Charles G. Langdon, Linotype Operator, George E. Kyner, Managing Editor, W. L. Sweet, Circulator, and H. J. Richmond, Foreman.You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

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Wednesday September 30, 1903
Victor, Colorado - The Victor Daily Record, Voice of the W. F. of M. Raided by Military

At 11:05 last night the Victor Daily Record, the official voice of the Western Federation of Miners within the strike zone, was raided by the military. The entire work force of the paper was kidnapped and taken to the bullpen. Major Tom McClelland led the charge through the door followed by heavily armed soldier with bayonets fixed.

All within in the office were busy at the task of getting out the paper, but were forced to leave that work as McClelland informed them, "You're all prisoners of war!." Those seized were F. W. Langdon, Linotype Operator, Charles G. Langdon, Linotype Operator, George E. Kyner, Managing Editor, W. L. Sweet, Circulator, and H. J. Richmond, Foreman.

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Hellraisers Journal: Bangladesh garment factories agree to raise wages!

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

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Tuesday September 29, 1903
Teller County, Colorado - Democratic Party of Teller County Censures the Military

The Democratic Party of Teller County held their convention last Saturday. Candidates for county offices were nominated, and a resolution regarding the military presence was adopted. The resolution reads in part:

Under the Democratic banner is the natural place for the common people. An object lesson is found at our threshold. The Democratic party gave the state [Governor] Orman, and the threatened trouble at Telluride and other places in the state was averted without bloodshed and in justice to operators and miners alike. The Republican party, aided by a few mercenary masqueraders in workingman's garb, gave the state a [Governor] Peabody, who, in a little over eight months, has called out the National guard twice to aid his plutocratic friends...

The Democratic party of Teller county, being in a position to know, hereby solemnly declares, for the benefit of those who have been misled by false statements sent broadcast, that this is, and has been a peaceable community: that the presence of the military was not necessary, and that the foulest sort of slander upon the good name of the district was resorted to in an attempt to justify the call to arms; that there have been no crimes committed here that the civil authorities have not been capable of handling, and we denounce the many acts of the military officers, who, in their recent martial display on the public streets and in the courts, have outraged public decency, and offended the dignity and intelligence of all fair-minded citizens.

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Sunday Train: Unleashing the Political Power of Bio-Coal

One point that constantly comes up when the push to 100% sustainable, renewable power is raised is the problem that "renewable power sources cannot be relied on to deliver power 24/7". This is a talking point pushed by the propagandists for Big Coal in particular, since the biggest challenge to their long term existence as an industry in the United States is the threat that we begin to get serious about tapping our abundant Wind Power resources on-shore in the Great Plains and Mountain West and off-shore on the Great Lakes and Atlantic Coast. When the wind is blowing, it substantially undermines the market for fossil-fuel "Baseload Power" (see (The Myth of Baseload Power).

After all, consider two scenarios, one in which a power source replaces half of the power from coal by replacing half the power, all of the time, and a second, in which a power source replaces all of the power, half the time. The second is a greater threat to coal-fired power, since it swings the advantage to natural-gas fired power. Natural-gas fired power is presently killing off coal-fired plant construction, and a sufficiently large and volatile supply of Windpower would make that permanent.

So of course Big Coal spreads the idea that all sustainable power is volatile and if its volatile, it can't provide all of our power.

This present essay is not about answering that argument rationally. That was the topic of The Myth of Baseload Power. This present essay is about attacking the political foundations of Big Coal.

After all, propaganda about "Clean Coal" and spreading the myth that there is this special kind of power called Baseload power that sustainable energy has impact because of the political influence of Big Coal in Coal Country. And this is a particularly pernicious influence, since it runs on a cycle of:

  • Coal production provides export base employment in an area.
  • Coal production also diverts a majority of the value-added from production out of the production area;.
  • which helps assure that the Coal production areas are, on average, lower income economies than elsewhere in the country;
  • which undermines the area's capability to diversify its economy, helping to assure that the jobs in Coal production are valued jobs in the local area, which increases local political support for "supporting" Big Coal;
  • And with a less diversified economy, there are fewer resources available to contest the political power and influence of Big Coal.
  • With its political power, Big Coal ensures that the rules in place continue to ensure that a majority of value-added is drained out of the production area

This essay is about undermining that political power at its base, by creating more jobs from a direct rival to coal production than Big Coal can offer. Once a better deal is made available, with more employment, more value-added circulating locally, and no destruction of people's health through the hauling up of poisonous by-products from underground, the foundation on which Big Coal's political power is based is in a position to fracture.

What is that direct rival to coal production? Bio-coal production.

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Hellraisers Journal: Labor Groups Moving Forward Together With Moral Monday Protests in Raleigh

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

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Monday September 28, 1903
Ely, Nevada - Three Union Men Gunned Down by Superintendent

We are hearing reports that three union men have been gunned down in cold blood by a company official in Ely, Nevada. The union men were chosen by their fellow workers as a committee to present the demands of the union to the company. They were shot down and killed as they approached the office in an effort to seek a meeting. The superintendent used a Winchester rifle to murder our three unarmed brothers. The superintendent fled the scene and no attempt has been made to apprehend him.

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While Transwomen > 0, Transwomen = Transwomen - 1; If dead_transwoman == true, misgender();

The scenario is so well known, almost anyone could write a computer program for it. You know the routine. You've seen it before and you will see it again.

Just in the past two months, I've written these: The anti-transgender violence goes on and on, The Cheapness of our Lives, Coming to Rest, Again and Again.

This time it is in my own backyard. That hasn't been the case since all the way back in 2010, when Victoria Carmen White was shot to death in Maplewood.

Eyricka Morgan was murdered in New Brunswick, NJ on Tuesday. She was stabbed to death by a man name Devonte Scott, who lived in the same boarding house. Scott was arrested on Tuesday shortly after Morgan was declared dead at 9pm at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Scott is being held on $1 million bond.

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Assumptions

Assumptions can be dangerous to people who are habitually marginalized. One of the big assumptions that people make about the concept of "transgender" is that transgender is a subset of homosexual. It is not. I do not have data to turn to, but I have heard, as I shared in a diary last week, that about 1/4 of transgender people are gay or lesbian, 1/4 are heterosexual, 1/4 are bisexual and 1/4 are asexual.

What exactly that says about the influence of the normalized control of gender and sexuality by our culture is something I'll let other people discuss.

But the assumption has a large impact on the everyday lives of gender-variant people. Even scientists studying sexually-transmitted diseases jump to the conclusion that transgender women are "men who have sex with men." And even direct evidence to the contrary often does not dissuade people from adopting the assumption.

Tonight I have two cases in point.

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