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60% Of New Jobs In 2010 Were In Low-Paying Industries

From Huffington Post:

By Lila Shapiro

January 13, 2011

Following last week’s disappointing job report, investment research group TrimTabs brings us an even sharper picture of an economy not on the verge of an economic recovery. (Hat tip to Zero Hedge.)

TrimTabs drills into the Labor Bureau’s data for new jobs added in last year, to reveal some unsetting details: “Of the 1.1 million private jobs gained in the last year, 650,000 or 60% are jobs that have absolutely no real wealth creation capacity, nor do they provide any real benefits.”

60% of new jobs went to Temporary Help, Leisure & Hospitality and Retail trade. Leisure and hospitality pays an average hourly wage of $13.14, while a retail salesperson brings in an average of $11.84 an hour, according to the BLS’ database. Temporary help services can be slightly more lucrative at the higher end (Registered Nurses earn $32.77 an hour), but packers and packagers only earn an average of $8.62 per hour.

As TrimTabs puts it:

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Justice Department Defends The Defense Of Marriage Act

From Talking Points Memo:

Ryan J. Reilly
January 13, 2011

The Justice Department on Thursday filed a motion justifying the Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, appealing a federal judge’s decision that the part of DOMA which defines marriage as between a man and a woman is unconstitutional.

But the appeal makes clear that the Obama administration doesn’t support DOMA, and that the Justice Department was simply following tradition in defending even those laws the executive branch disagrees with.

“Indeed, the President supports repeal of DOMA and has taken the position that Congress should extend federal benefits to individuals in same-sex marriages,” DOJ writes in the appeal. “But a consensus behind that approach has not yet developed, and Congress could properly take notice of the divergent views regarding same-sex marriage across the states.”

“The Department of Justice has long followed the practice of defending federal statutes as long as reasonable arguments can be made in support of their constitutionality, even if the Administration disagrees with a particular statute as a policy matter, as it does here,” government lawyers write. “This longstanding and bipartisan tradition accords the respect appropriately due to a coequal branch of government and helps ensure that the Executive Branch will faithfully defend laws with which an Administration may disagree on policy grounds.”

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Whenever a post-transsexual person, usually female, has the audacity to say that having a vagina is really a very different life experience than the life  she experienced prior to SRS, even living full time with hormones and all. She is scornfully hissed at by the embracers of Transgender Inc and branded as an “essentialist” or perhaps  a body fascist.

Thus our life experiences are dismissed as trivial, dismissed as divisive.  Called fascistic and on and on.

If we are really lucky the true believers in the ideology of Transgender Inc, which is really the Church of St Virginia Prince will channel Janice Raymond for us.  Janice Raymond/Virginia Prince, when it comes to hatred of post-SRS women there is little difference.

I recently read Max Wolf Valerio’s book,   The Testosterone Files: My Hormonal and Social Transformation from Female to Male. One of the things he observes about the role testosterone plays in his becoming a man is the mirror to the things I experienced on estrogen. The same sorts of things  my girlfriends of the era talked about with me when we were going through the process of changing sex.  We had mostly entered the process within a couple of years of each other and shared notes.

Along with the physical changes we talked about the emotional changes.  We  spoke about feeling more female inside as we feminized our bodies in the same way Max describes feeling more male as he physically changes.

Both Max and sisters who dare to talk honestly about how the physical aspects of changing sex separate them from former peers are terribly “politically incorrect” according to the rule book set forth by Transgender Inc.

After all that separates us from the business man with the stash of clothes in the storage locker, that he takes on road trips along with the “Tranny” porn magazines he whacks off to.

The role of post-op post-transsexual women in Transgender Inc is rather odd.  We are placed on a pedestal and told by so many they would get surgery and be “just like us” but for a thousand different reasons any one of which would sound valid had we not heard them so often from so many people.

But being an idol on a pedestal or a sex object in a magazine for closet cross dressers to jerk off to requires we act like brainless objects with out opinions and if we have opinions we should shut the fuck up least we spoil the fantasy.

The fantasy being that one can in the words of the title of one of Virginia Prince’s infamously misogynistic booklets, “Be a Woman Though Male”.  A book presented as a how to guide as though being a woman was a simple matter of tastefully matching shoes and shirtwaist dresses with gloves and hat, thus crossing the rigidly defined gender barrier that seems to exist in the minds of fundamentalists of all stripes.

We become evil separatists saying nasty things the second we say having a pussy between our legs is different than having a dick there.

We are told, “Oh no, it isn’t” by people who have only had a penis there.  Or we are told, “No one ever sees it.”  A comment I find stunningly in denial of biological basics such as peeing.  Or bathing or even self pleasuring not to mention the mechanics of having sex with another person.

Are we supposed to forget the paranoid negotiations required  of us as pre-ops when our bodies didn’t match the gender we presented as.  Post-SRS people have the advantage in this dialogue.  We were there once upon a time, transgender people whose sex does not match their gender have never experienced both.

I think the attempts on the part of Transgender Inc to erase or control the narratives of post-SRS folks is so they can claim sameness with post-sex reassignment people without having to go through surgery.  By erasing the differences a whole alphabet soup of folks who make up the ever shifting and growing lexicon of Transgender Inc can lay claim to things post-SRS people gained through years of struggle that went on before Transgender Inc came into existence.

Transgender Inc claims this long history tracing it’s origins to  Silvia Rivera and Stonewall but really only came into existence 20-25 years ago.  In so doing they ignore both the transsexual movement that grew out of the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot and the heterosexual transvestite movement which grew out of Prince and others.  The whole transvestite is degrading meme is straight Virginia Prince, if you must know.

Those of us in the early transsexual movement realized how changing our bodies separated us form those who did not.  It moved us out of the drag queen ghetto of places like the Tenderloin where those who did not change their bodies spoke of sex reassignment surgery in the exact same derisive terms many in Transgender Inc use today.

The whole ideology of gender theory has never felt right to me.  It has always seemed oppressive and cooked up.  A rat stew to poison second wave feminism, which attacked sex roles and stereotyping. It has always been suspect with me.  Like astrology or the study of the biology of unicorns.

I look at nature shows, we own cats, I grew up near farms, I’ve observed the sex differences and behavior (gender) differences between male and female animals.  Some differences are innate.

Some are hormonal.  Is it pure coincidence that T to M and T to F people both go through a secondary adolescence when starting hormones?

The physical changes from one sex to the other place us in the social tango with sex role/gender role expectations of people growing increasingly female or male in appearance.  The more female or male we become the more we are treated as ordinary members of the sex we are transitioning to instead of the sex we were assigned at birth.

Transgender Inc is generally sexphobic, more willing to talk about gender transformations than sex changes.

Someone responding to a comment I made recently on Pam’s House Blend said something about not liking the word “Transsexualism” because it medicalized the condition.

Great except transsexualism is a medical condition.  It is about changing sex and involves hormone shots and pills along with expensive and often painful surgeries.

And after we finish the process and feel more or less comfortable in our own skins many of us feel the process is over with and it is time to get on with our lives.  Cybele’s knife or sex change surgery removes us from our physical past and makes it”real”.

Making it real is disturbing to those who embrace Transgender Inc. Because it implies we are passing judgment on those who do not get SRS rather than finally feeling at home in our bodies and really ourselves.

We aren’t supposed to even discuss our experiences because saying how different life is after is denigrating those  who are bound up with the ideology of gender.

If thinking there is a difference between having a penis and having a vagina makes me a thought criminal and an “essentialist” then I am either forced to lie or plead guilty.  I choose honesty.

NOAA: 2010 Tied For Warmest Year on Record

From The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

January 12, 2011

According to NOAA scientists, 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year of the global surface temperature record, beginning in 1880. This was the 34th consecutive year with global temperatures above the 20th century average. For the contiguous United States alone, the 2010 average annual temperature was above normal, resulting in the 23rd warmest year on record.

This preliminary analysis is prepared by scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., and is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides government, business and community leaders so they can make informed decisions.

2010 Global Climate Highlights:

  • Global surface temperature anomalies for 2010.

    Global surface temperature anomalies for 2010.
    High Resolution (Credit: NOAA)

    Combined global land and ocean annual surface temperatures for 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest such period on record at 1.12 F (0.62 C) above the 20th century average. The range of confidence (to the 95 percent level) associated with the combined surface temperature is +/- 0.13 F (+/- 0.07 C).*

  • The global land surface temperatures for 2010 were tied for the second warmest on record at 1.73 F (0.96 C) above the 20th century average. The range of confidence associated with the land surface temperature is +/- 0.20 F (+/- 0.11 C).
  • Global ocean surface temperatures for 2010 tied with 2005 as the third warmest on record, at 0.88 F (0.49 C) above the 20th century average. The range of confidence associated with the ocean surface temperature is +/- 0.11 F (+/- 0.06 C).

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Foreclosures exceed 1 million last year, expected to grow in 2011

From The Hill:

By Vicki Needham –


Foreclosures are expected to peak while prices bottom out in 2011 as the nation’s housing crisis trudges into its fifth year.

Lenders repossessed more than 1 million homes in 2010, up 14 percent from the previous year and the most since 2005, according to a report released Thursday by RealtyTrac, a California-based company that tracks the foreclosure market.

“We will peak in foreclosures and probably bottom out in pricing, and that’s what we need to do in order to begin the recovery,” Rick Sharga, RealtyTrac’s senior vice president, said in an interview at Bloomberg headquarters in New York. “But it’s probably not going to feel good in the process.”

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So working people get scammed by lying lenders who get bailed out by the government after they hack the mortgages into little tiny pieces and used them as collateral to gamble with.

Now people are being thrown out of their homes and losing their equity.  the banks once again have cheap homes to sell without paying anyone to build them

The rich get richer the working people get fucked.

Class war, not just for the rich anymore.

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