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Hellraisers Journal: Haywood, Moyer, Pettibone Now Held Together at Ada County Jail in Idaho

There are no limits to which powers of privilege will not go
to keep the workers in slavery.
-Mother Jones

Wednesday March 28, 1906
Boise, Idaho - W. F. of M. Officers Now Confined at Ada County Jail

Ye Shall Know Them By Their Fruits

My title is from the King James Version of the of the New Testament, Matthew 7:15-20, which relates Jesus' parable of the Tree and its Fruits. Here is the full version:

7:15 "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves."

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Prison system theoretically ahead of North Carolina

In case you aren't familiar with it, PREA is the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003.

The National PREA Resource Center has clarified guidelines set in 2012 regarding the treatment of transgender inmates within the prison system, stating Thursday that any policy that houses transgender or intersex inmates based exclusively on external genital anatomy violates PREA standards.

Standard 115.42(c): In deciding whether to assign a transgender or intersex inmate to a facility for male or female inmates, and in making other housing and programming assignments, the agency shall consider on a case-by-case basis whether a placement would ensure the inmate’s health and safety, and whether the placement would present management or security problems.

(e) A transgender or intersex inmate’s own views with respect to his or her own safety shall be given serious consideration.

Think about that: This is a better situation than transgender people are facing in North Carolina in regards to restrooms usage.

Hellraisers Journal: Louis Zancanelli Released After More Than Two Years in Filthy Trinidad Jail

Say, brave boys, say, the star that rose in Bethlehem has crossed the world,
it has risen here; see it slowly breaking through the clouds.
The star of Bethlehem will usher in the new day and new time and new philosophy
-and if you are only true you will be free.
-Mother Jones

Monday March 27, 1916
From the United Mine Workers Journal: Springtime and Freedom for Louis Zancanelli

When you're down and troubled

 photo qq_tgh.gifAnd you need some love and care,
And nothing, nothing is going right...

...then I find myself looking for something...anything...to brighten up even the darkest night.

There is Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, who posted on Facebook about the anti-trans legislation the GOP is promoting in his state.

They are wrong on the issue and wrong on the morality of it in my opinion. I’ll veto it.


My Back Pages - US Government and Corporations Cooperate To Create Your Dystopian Future

I'm slowly bringing some of my old articles over to post here on C99. This is one that I originally published Jun 21, 2013. Now that we are in the midst of FBI vs. Apple wherein the FBI is attempting to compel Apple to become an arm of the surveillance state, some of this seems pretty current in a way.

The US government works closely with thousands of corporations to bring you everything from national security to the drivers of climate change.  The connections between these entities are diverse and often quite opaque making it difficult for citizens to tell who is really in charge.  Is it the corporations with their ultimate responsibility to make a profit for their owners and shareholders, or is it the government with its ultimate responsibility to the electorate that is in charge?  Do the principles of government or business apply to joint decision making processes when government invests in businesses and sits on their boards, or when government agencies have representatives of business sit on task forces and decision making structures?

The economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith wrote, “people of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.”

What happens when the interests of business and government so align, that they are fundamentally, "in the same business?"

I Suppose I Should Not Have Been Surprised

It really didn't take many of the so called 'liberal' blogs to fall in line with the corporate wing of the Democratic party.

They boldly avoid even touching the subject of Hillary's AUMF vote, all is forgiven since she said, oops my bad.

If she hadn't campaigned against people's rights it would have been so much worse, so that one is all good.

If she hadn't campaigned for the prison industrial complex..actually could it be much worse?