Cathy Brennan’s TERF group promotes PJI fundraiser

From Trans-Advocate:

November 7, 2013

Reposted with Permission

TERF attorney, Cathy Brennan represents is promoting PJI’s fundraising efforts:

Brennan had previously acted as PJI’s mouthpiece, delivering PJI statements to the TransAdvocate. Additionally, Brennan outed the name of the trans kid during the height of the bullying she was enduring, an act even PJI refused to do.

This fundraising video features individuals PJI asserts are subject to police investigation for possible online criminal activities targeting a trans youth. This video targets the same trans youth who who was recently bullied to the point of suicide. For more information about the fundraising campaign being promoted by Brennan’s TERF group, click here.

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America’s Last Renegades?

From Alternet:

Historian Thaddeus Russell argues the respectable vs. renegade divide is ignored in American history.

By Bruce E. Levine
November 13, 2013

The historic divide between the “respectable” vs. the “renegades” is the subject of historian Thaddeus Russell’s 2011 book A Renegade History of the United States, which argues that when renegade groups gain civil rights and social acceptability, they lose their renegade culture. At least one group of American outsiders, not discussed by Russell, continues to be socially unacceptable, making it easier for them to retain a renegade culture.

Normies is a term you might hear at an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) twelve-step meeting to describe the non-addict world. The non-normie tent also includes others who may not be substance abusers but who are behaviorally noncompliant, do not take most authorities seriously, and have been labeled as “mentally ill.”

Twelve-steppers routinely poke fun at their experiences in non-normie culture, and for many of them, “recovery” means trying to fit into the normie world. However, many ex-mental patients who have become “psychiatric survivors” and “mad priders” question the value of normie culture and see value in their own—this an outlook which puts them in the tradition of Russell’s historic renegades.

A Renegade History of the United States

Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States championed the idea that American history is not just the story of rich people, presidents, and generals but also includes class conflict and ordinary Americans trying to gain economic and social justice. For Thaddeus Russell—“Bad Thad” to his students—American history also includes the conflict between those who seek power to either maintain or reform society vs. freedom-loving, pleasure seekers.

The American mainstream has long been an oppressive culture, valuing alienating work and conformity over pleasure and freedom. For Russell, prohibitions against entry into the American mainstream have historically allowed outsider groups to develop and maintain cultures that had far more pleasure and freedom. So, for example, racism and bigotry toward African-Americans’ and their exclusion from the mainstream resulted in a renegade culture that could celebrate pleasure and freedom, and that could create the blues and jazz.

A Renegade History of the United States has two narratives, one uplifting and one depressing.

Russell’s uplifting narrative is advertised on the book jacket: “Russell demonstrates that it was those on the fringes of society whose subversive ways of life helped legitimize the taboo and made America the land of the free.” These renegades include drunken workers who helped create the weekend, African-American slaves who saved America from Puritanism, financially astute prostitutes and madams who set the precedent for women’s liberation, unassimilated immigrants who ushered in birth control, and a bold gay culture that helped break open sexuality.

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Friday Night Fun and Culture: Dinah Washington

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Mom as the New Face of Anarchy? Police Terrorize Americans Who Object to Right-Wing Lunacy by Using “Anarchist” Label

From Alternet:

Are you now, or have you ever been, an anarchist?

By Lynn Stuart Parramore
November 11, 2013


 Dissent is once again a criminal act in America. People who object to right-wing lunacy used to be called “communists” and treated as enemies of the state. Now “anarchist” is the label of choice used to harass those who disagree.

Just ask my 81-year-old mom. In the state of North Carolina, she is a suspected anarchist for wanting children to go to decent schools.

A new era of protest

America has gone through plenty of protests that have made us stronger and better, from the Revolutionary era and the abolitionists to the sit-down strikes and the lunch-counter civil rights demonstrations.

Now we’ve entered a new distinctive era of protest — the pushback against economic inequality, stagnant wages, attacks on public programs, and two-tiered justice that’s popped up in Wisconsin, the Occupy Movement, and, most recently, North Carolina’s Moral Mondays, a progressive charge against a wave of knuckle-dragging GOP legislation that seeks to turn the state into a Mid-Atlantic Mississippi.

Protests inevitably fire the energy of those who are allergic to change. Many Americans are old enough to recall the Second Red Scare, which blew across the country like poison gas in the 1950s and had everybody from Martin Luther King to Burl Ives branded a communist. Hundreds were locked behind bars and thousands lost their jobs. Blacklists spread not only through Hollywood, but also through schools and universities. If you were a union activist, you were labeled a communist. Gay? Definitely a communist. Feminist? Ditto.  Arthur Miller compared the hysteria to the Salem witch trials in his play, The Crucible.

Now when those in power want to question someone’s patriotism or values, the term “anarchist” comes in handy. The fear of anarchists in the U.S. goes way back to 1870s, when businessmen, religious leaders and editorial writers tried to stoke opposition to dissident railroad workers and again to laborers fighting for an 8-hour-day during the Haymarket affair in the mid-1880s. The same dirty, reckless tactics are deployed now as they were then: Fear-mongering, bending the law, and the red-baiter’s favorite tactic of all, spying.

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2013 Likely To Be One Of The Hottest Years Ever As Warming Trend Continues, WMO Says

From Huffington Post:

By Alister Doyle and Michael Szabo

WARSAW, Nov 13 (Reuters) – This year is the seventh warmest since records began in 1850 with a trend to weather extremes and the impact of storms such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines aggravated by rising sea levels, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday.

A build-up of manmade greenhouse gases in the atmosphere meant a warmer future was now inevitable, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a statement on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks among almost 200 nations in Warsaw.

The WMO, giving a provisional overview, said the first nine months of the year tied with the same period of 2003 as seventh warmest, with average global land and ocean surface temperatures 0.48°C (0.86°F) above the 1961-1990 average.

“This year once again continues the underlying, long-term trend,” towards higher temperatures caused by global warming, Jarraud said. The WMO said it was likely to end among the top 10 warmest years since records began in 1850.

Among extremes have been super typhoon Haiyan, one of the most intense storms in history that smashed into the Philippines last Friday.

President Benigno Aquino said local officials had overstated the loss of life, which was closer to 2,000 or 2,500 than the 10,000 previously estimated. His comments, however, drew scepticism from some aid workers.

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Pope Francis tells anti-fracking activists he’s preparing remarks about environmental pollution

From Raw Story:

By Travis Gettys
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Pope Francis has expressed his support for another liberal cause.

The pontiff was photographed Monday with environmental activists holding T-shirts with anti-fracking slogans during a meeting at the Vatican.

The pope met with a group of Argentine activists to discuss hydraulic fracturing, a method used to extract gas, petroleum and other underground natural resources that contaminates ground water and creates other environmental hazards.

The activists said Pope Francis told then he was preparing an encyclical — a letter that addresses Catholic teachings – about nature, humans and environmental pollution.

The new pope has upset conservatives with his open-minded comments on social issues, although most American Catholics say they agree with him.

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Fire Rages After Pipeline Explodes in Milford


Pipeline fire may take up to 24 hours to burn out

By Frank Heinz
Thursday, Nov 14, 2013

A fire is raging near the southern Ellis County town of Milford after a Chevron pipeline carrying liquid petroleum gas exploded Thursday morning, prompting a town-wide evacuation.

According to county officials, crews were drilling at the site southeast of Milford along Cosby Road when a 10-inch pipeline exploded.

Chevron has confirmed all employees working at the site are uninjured and accounted for and released the following statement Thursday morning:

At approximately 9.30 a.m. (CST) today, there was an incident at a Chevron pipeline near Milford, Texas. Chevron has initiated its emergency response procedures and is currently responding to the incident. Chevron’s primary concern at this point is to ensure the safety of its employees and the surrounding community. As soon as there are further details, they will be made available.

The cause of the explosion has not yet been revealed. The drill site is in a rural area with no nearby structures threatened or damaged, however there are several vehicles and a drill rig at the site that have been destroyed by the explosion and fire.

Firefighters from neighboring cities were called in to assist battling the fire, but officials decided it was safer to simply let the contained fire burn out.  Officials said late Thursday morning that it may take up to 24 hours for that to happen.

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This Polluter Won’t Pay: US Shirks ‘Climate Justice’ at UN Talks

From Common Dreams:

US ducks ‘moral and legal responsibility’ at UN climate Talks as Global South asks, ‘Where’s the justice?’

Lauren McCauley

The United States is, per capita, both the world’s wealthiest and most polluting nation. But when it comes to facing its responsibility for the calamity of climate change caused in large part by its outsized emissions, many are left asking: Where’s the climate justice?

The idea of “climate justice”—which transfers the well-known “make the polluter pay” principle to the issue of global warming—is that the wealthiest and most industrially advanced nations have also generated the most emissions and thus should contribute the most financially to the mitigation and reparation funds needed to offset the negative impacts of climate change.

However, as the idea of who should pay and how much has once again taken center stage at the UN climate talks in Warsaw, a leaked copy of an official briefing document on Wednesday confirms that the United States is attempting to shirk their “moral and legal responsibility” of making payments to an international relief fund.

According to the Guardian:

US officials fear that international climate change talks will become focused on payouts for damage caused by extreme weather events exacerbated by global warming, such as the category 5 Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines last week killing thousands of people and causing what is expected to be billions of pounds of damage.

An official US briefing document obtained by the Guardian reveals that the country is worried the UN negotiations, currently under way in Warsaw, will “focus increasingly on blame and liability” and poor nations will be “seeking redress for climate damages from sea level rise, droughts, powerful storms and other adverse impacts”.

Such redress was a hot-button issue at COP18 in Doha, Qatar where U.S. representatives lined up against those from the global South whose repeated calls for climate justice in the form of “climate finance” have thus far gone unanswered.

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