Hellraisers Journal: Mine Disaster at Dawson, New Mexico; 280 Entombed. Striking Miners Join Rescue

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

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Friday October 23, 1903
Trinidad, Colorado - U. M. W. Organizer, Duncan MacDonald followed by gunthugs.

Duncan MacDonald, organizer for the United Mine Workers of America, reports that armed gunthugs hired by the coal operators have followed him wherever he goes in Las Animas and Huerfano Counties. Company spys point out any miner seen greeting him with a friendly handshake, and that miner is summarily fired. The coal operators are paying for the hiring of new deputies in both counties and supplying them with a large arsenals of weapons.

Newspapers across the nation predict that the twenty-thousand coal miners of District 15 will soon be on strike. This reporting from the Springfield Missouri Republican serves as an example:

Trinidad, Col. Oct. 22.-Any efforts by the United Mine Workers of America to induce the coal mine operators of the district union, No. 15, embracing Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, to confer with their miners for the purpose of establishing an 8 hour day, increasing wages and to make a more ample provision for the protection of life and health, have been abandoned and a strike may be called within a week.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones to Governor Ammons, "These women ain't going to bite you."

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

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Thursday October 22, 1903
From the El Paso Herald: "Combine of Miners Numbers 1,000,000"

From El Paso, Texas, comes the good news of peace and co-operation between the Western Federation of Miners and the United Mine Workers of America:


Merger to Combat Owners' Association.-Effort to Settle Difficulty.

Cripple Creek.-The most gigantic combine ever effected will be made in this district within the next week and a half, when the Western Federation of miners and the United Mine Workers of America will form an alliance for the purpose of fighting organized capital, which recently has been organized to combat unions throughout the country. The basis of operation will be perfected this week, when President John Mitchell of the mineworkers and Charles Moyer, president of the Western Federation confer as to the perfection of plans for the operation of the high combine. This gigantic combine takes in nearly a million miners in the United States.

The action by the union people is taken as a result of a meeting of the mine owners' association at Colorado Springs recently, at which it was decided to make their movement a powerful one to fight unionism in the country.

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Gender Prison: A Mother's Defense

 photo BathroomSign_zpsea7ab9db.pngThe mother of the Florence, Colorado transgender teen targeted by conservative media is speaking out in defense of her daughter.

Her child has been accused of harassing behavior in the girls' restroom. It turns out that the "harassing behavior" she is accused of perpetrating is simply using the restroom. The Pacific Justice Institute, which initiated the story, reworded its accusations after trans activist Callan Williams contacted school Superintendent Rhonda Vendetti to fact check the story.

We do have a transgender student at the high school, and she has been using the women’s restrooms. There has not been a situation. All the students of these parents who say they feel uncomfortable just about the fact that the student is allowed to go into the restrooms at the high school, into the stalls, they don’t believe that that’s appropriate, so that’s where it stems from. There has not been an incident of harassment, or anything that would cause any additional concern.

--Rhonda Vendetti

PJI responded to the fact check with the statement that a transgender teenager in the girls' bathroom is "inherently intimidating and harassing."

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Hellraisers Journal: 900 Striking Miners March in Funeral for Luca Vahernick, UMWA Martyr

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

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Wednesday October 21, 1903
From The Indianapolis News: "No statement as to Strike."

President John Mitchell, of the United Mine Workers, said to-day that nothing could be given out in regard to the conference held [Monday] between the executive officers of the organization in regard to calling a strike in district 15, embracing Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico. The miners are still hopeful that a settlement of the trouble with the operators may be reached without having to issue a strike call.

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Economic Populist: A Gerrymander-Free Ohio State Senate

It is something of a cottage industry at the moment to explain "why" gerrymandering is not responsible for the extremism of the Republican party. Take, for example, Nate Cohn at the New Republic, explaining

In fact, partisan gerrymandering usually reduces the number of extremely red districts. Why? Because the point of partisan gerrymandering isn’t to try and maximize the number of safe districts. The goal is to maximize the number of districts that are merely safe enough by packing as many of your opponents' voters as you can into a small number of extremely partisan districts while safely distributing the rest throughout your own districts. In this way, gerrymandering may actually increase the number of moderate Republicans.

Of course, the argument is overblown. The primary electorate is, on balance, more extreme than the typical general election Republican voter, the check on that extremism dominating the Republican caucus elected to Congress is the ability of their opposition to take advantage of that extremism to win election against the partisan bias of the district. And in districts with an 8%+ partisan lean, it is it is difficul to recruit effective Democratic candidates. Without effective Democratic candidates, there is much less filtering of the extremism of the Republican primary base electorate.

As noted in The Gerrymander & Wave Election Floodplains, the gerrymander in Ohio created eight 8% Romney districts, so 2/3 of Ohio's contribution to the House Republican Caucus comes from these safe districts.

However, more to the point, Nate Cohn is arguing over secondary impacts of the gerrymander, when the principle impact is given a nod and then forgotten:

Gerrymandering is undemocratic, and it did help consolidate the GOP’s House majority in 2012

We a political party in charge of the House with a majority of the Representatives depsite a minority of the vote due to the gerrymander. This is anti-democratic.

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Hellraisers Journal: Speaking Truth to the Scranton Truth on the IWW and the American Flag

Tuesday October 20, 1903
Indianapolis, Indiana - National Officers of the U. M. W. of A. Consider Strike in Colorado

Meeting in a long conference yesterday the executive officers of the United Mine Workers of America took up the question of calling a strike in Colorado. President John Mitchell, Vice-President Thomas Lewis, and Secretary William B. Wilson were given the authority to call a strike of the Colorado coal miners by the executive board of the miners' union last week. That power was granted to these three officers to become effective at the end of a week which ended last Saturday.

And from the Reading Times comes this encouraging news:

Pottsville, [Pennsylvania], Oct. 18-Ten thousand breaker boys of this district are to be organized by the United Mine Workers. A special order has been secured from President Mitchell by which the initiation fee has been reduce for the purpose.

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Sunday Train: A Train Running A Profit is Charging Too Much

This is a repeat of a Sunday Train that originally ran on 24 January 2010

Note that the statement is abbreviated for the title. The full statement is, a common carrier like a train, bus, or plane that running a profit based on passenger revenue while paying its full operating and capital cost is charging too much for its tickets.

The radical abbreviation of the title is in part because of the radical abbreviation of the lie that is commonly used as a frame. The lie is that a common carrier like a train, bus or plane that is paying for its full operating and capital costs out of passenger revenue ought to run a profit, commonly expressed as a charge of, "SERVICE_XYZ is losing money, it needs to be reformed!", which assumes that Service_XYZ is supposed to be making a profit.

And, of course, in the sense described above, if its a common carrier transport service, of course it shouldn't be making a profit. And further, if under the above conditions, if its making a profit, you're doing it wrong. In the sense given above, PROFIT=FAIL.

This is problematic under our economic system, because under our economic system, running a profit on the full cost of production normally means that you are free to continue without substantial outside interference, while not making a profit implies that you have to go cap in hand begging for money to operate. So if the main assertion is correct, we have a situation where you can be doing it wrong, and be free to continue, or be doing it right, and have to constantly beg for permission to continue doing it right.

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Hellraisers Journal: Tent shredded by machine-gun fire will be shipped to the east from Colorado.

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

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Monday October 19, 1903
Denver, Colorado - Court-Martial of General Chase and Other Officers Begins Today

The court-martial of General Chase and other officers of the Colorado National Guard begins today. These officers have been brought up on charges of neglect and cruelty. Numerous soldiers have been made ill by the bad food and filthy living conditions at Camp Goldfield in the Cripple Creek District. One soldier died while being transported to a Colorado Springs hospital from the military camp. General Bell claims to be fully in charge of Colorado National Guard, yet it is General Chase and the others who are facing court-martial.

And we would further note that, if the soldiers are quartered in filthy and unsanitary conditions, then what must be the conditions under which the prisoners of Camp Goldfield are being held?

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Hellraisers Journal: Gunthugs Attack Forbes Tent Colony with Death Special, Striker Killed

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

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Sunday October 18, 1903
From the Appeal to Reason: Mr. Carnegie's Discovery

Mr. Carnegie says: "The greatest discovery of my life is that the men who do the work never get rich." Oh, that the men who do the work could wake to this discovery! Perhaps they might then ask the question, WHY?

Meanwhile, the workers at the Carnegie Steel Company in Homestead were notified in writing on Friday that a reduction in wages is possible on Jan 1904. Since the strike of 1892 an agreement has been in place which requires a notice of three months, before the first of year, should either side deem it necessary to change the scale of wages. The company claims that the recent depression could make a reduction in wages necessary

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