Saturday May 11, 2013: Up with Steve Kornacki

The issues discussed today were the death penalty, Innocence project, austerity, Social Security, and taxes. Much better than last week. It was issues based instead of Congress baseball card talk. #Uppers was pretty good today.

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Professional groups and others file amicus brief in Maine equality appeal

 photo maines_zpscff443b4.jpgSeveral social welfare groups have joined an amicus brief in the Case of Doe v. RSU 26 (formerly the Orono School District), which has been appealed to the Maine Supreme Court. The Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Maine Chapter of National Association of Social Workers and the Maine Psychological Association have joined with the Trans Youth Equality Foundation, the Maine Women's Lobby, and the Downeast and Southern Maine chapters of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to file a brief in the case, which involves a transgender girl (now publicly identified as Nicole Maines) who was forced to stop using the girl's restroom at her Orono elementary school in 2007.

When she was in the fifth grade, Susan Doe (as she is identified in the suit), was forced to use a separate, staff-only restroom after the grandfather of another (male) student complained that she was a boy and shouldn't be allowed to use the girls' restroom.

Nicole Maines has identified as a girl from a very young age and dressed, acted, and looked like a girl. She is now 16.

The thought of me being a boy just kind of makes me cringe. I couldn't do it. So I would always wear the turtleneck shirt as long hair. I was always into the girl characters of everything. That's how I rolled. I was like, yeah, I'm a girl. I don't think I could be a boy.

--Nicole Maines, 2011

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Hellraisers Journal: GE Moving Union Jobs from Erie to Texas

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

Sunday May 10,1903
U.S.A. - The Anti-Boycott Association, organized December of 1902

By April of this year, we have learned that this Association has secured 100 charter members. Membership is open only to Manufactures and is kept secret. The Anti-Boycott Association does not confine its activities to fighting union-sponsored boycotts, but plays an important role in the open-shop campaign of the National Association of Manufactures. By securing court injunctions against union boycotts, this Association can see to it that trade union officials and union members are prosecuted in the courts. The courts of the land have shown themselves only too willing to issue broad injunctions against all forms of trade union activity, including the boycott.

While the free-speech of Manufactures to disparage Unions (even to the point of calling for violence against them!) is protected, the free-speech of Unions to call for boycotts of certain Manufacture's products is made criminal.

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Lockdown, USA: Lessons From the Boston Marathon Manhunt

The current historical conjuncture dominated by the discourse and institutions of neoliberalism and militarization present a threat not just to the economy but to the very possibility of imagining an alternative to a machinery of death that now reaches into every aspect of daily life. A generalized fear now shapes American society, one that thrives on insecurity, precarity, dread of punishment, and a concern with external threats. Any struggle that matters will have to imagine and fight for a society in which it becomes possible once again to imagine the project of a substantive democracy.

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Hellraisers Journal: Republic Windows Sit-down strikers of 2008 open Co-op!

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


Jack London

Saturday May 9, 1903
From The Comrade: "How I Became a Socialist"

In the March issue of The Comrade, Jack London was asked to write of his journey to Socialism:

It is quite fair to say that I became a Socialist in a fashion somewhat similar to the way in which the Teutonic pagans became Christians — it was hammered into me. Not only was I not looking for Socialism at the time of my conversion, but I was fighting it. I was very young and callow, did not know much of anything, and though I had never even heard of a school called "Individualism," I sang the paean of the strong with all my heart.

This was because I was strong myself. By strong I mean that I had good health and hard muscles...this optimism was because I was healthy and strong, bothered with neither aches nor weaknesses, never turned down by the boss because I did not look fit, able always to get a job at shoveling coal, sailorizing, or manual labor of some sort...

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones Released from Military Bastille

Friday May 8, 1903
From The Comrade: "How I Became a Socialist"


William Thurston Brown

The Comrade continues its monthly series, "How I Became a Socialist," by featuring Comrade William Thurston Brown in the May issue. Comrade Brown describes the long path which brought him from being a devout Christian minister to leaving the church and becoming a Socialist. We can share only a small portion of that long journey here and refer our readers to The Comrade for the rest of Comrade Brown's story.

It cannot be said that in leaving the church I became an atheist, for the reason that from the very first it was ethically and intellectually impossible for me to have any God, unless he were at least as good as the best man or woman I knew. I am waiting for human society, organized under the impulse of love and for the ends of highest individual unfolding and personal freedom, to furnish me with a deity whom I can worship. Meanwhile, I shall have to worry along with the help of such friendship and fellowship and love as life affords.

Comrade Brown speaks of his love for the working class struggle without romanticizing the laboring classes:

Ideals are the soul of society, the inspiration of life. But only such intellectual perverts as "Mother" Eddy make the mistake of ignoring its material bases. A considerable number of people can be maintained in comparative luxury for years to come, I have no doubt, upon the superstition and ignorance of the people — witness the persistence of churches, faith healers, mental healers, Christian Scientists. Elbert Hubbards, and so on. On the other hand, one may well doubt whether the great working class is yet competent to produce a permanent social order. The sordidness of its factional strifes, the almost fiendish brutality of some of its internal struggles, and the absurd superstitions of which it is such an easy prey are enough to make one doubt whether our social hopes are to find fulfilment in the impending industrial revolution.

And yet, the working class seems to me the only hope of better things morally, politically or individually. The emancipation of the working class means the end of individual exploitation of every sort. It is a class struggle and must be a class triumph. There can be no such thing as one man's gain at the expense of another man's loss, in this struggle. The working class rise together or fall together. And with their rise or fall all the best interests of mankind rise or fall.

Fellowship and freedom — these are the two things which make life worth living; self-expression through labor in fellow ship and freedom. It was only literal truth that John Ball spoke when he said: "Fellowship is life, and lack of fellowship is death; fellowship is heaven and lack of fellowship is hell." The working class stands for fellowship, whether it knows it or not, fellowship of the most fundamental sort — the comradeship of toil. And as soon as it sloughs off the superstitions which priestcraft has fostered and which fakirs of many kinds cultivate, it will also stand for freedom.

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Denying the Data Today Won't Make President Obama's Austerity Go Away

That's right. Remember my last diary where I did prove without a shadow of a doubt that the austerity that this administration has put forth right now, and in effect right now, does not make this President a Keynesian? I provided a lot of reference material on Keynes proving each point I made, because that's what we encourage on this site. That's called backing up one's assertions with facts and data. I did.

The same facts were put forth by economist Jared Bernstein who used to work for VP Joe Biden and is now a senior fellow at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. As a Post Keynesian MMT proponent, I don't have the same outlook on economics, to say the least, as the CBPP on a number of things, especially on public debt and deficits. However, there's no reason to doubt the data in this paper from Richard Kogan; it is clearly well sourced from the CBO and the President's own Office of Management and Budget analyzing the Budget Control Act of 2011 signed into law by the President.

CONGRESS HAS CUT DISCRETIONARY FUNDING BY $1.5 TRILLION OVER TEN YEARS: First Stage of Deficit Reduction Is In Law

This proves without a shadow of a doubt that anyone who shows up in every thread and types that "cuts only happen in the future" must not be very intellectually curious. After all, as most can see with thier own eyes, the 70% of recommended cuts from Bowles Simpson going into effect this year, the year 2013, occurring until the start of fiscal year 2023 actually happen every year accumulating up to 1.5 trillion in real cuts. These are the indisputable facts.     

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Chronic Tonic at VOTS - Trouble

We've all got trouble sometimes, but when it's trouble with your kid, well it messes with you in ways I can't even describe. Last week there was an incident at school, the details aren't that important, Danny tried to hurt himself and we can't have that. We already had the name of an excellent child psychologist who specializes in kids on the spectrum and he was willing to clear some time to do an emergency risk assessment and see Dan right away.

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Gender Prison: Transwoman denied service at bridal store in Canada

 photo bride_zpsd7e3724e.jpg Rohit Singh Peace and Colin Peace got married in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on April 29.

It was wonderful, a big wedding.

--Singh Peace

But it is not as if nobody tried to ruin it. No indeed. Events leading up to the wedding were definitely not ideal.

 

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