Gravity's Rainbow

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April 14, 2014
by sarcozona

Desperate people were not waiting for the government to help them; they were helping themselves, acting directly. Aunt Molly Jackson, a woman who later became active in labor struggles in Appalachia, recalled how she walked into the local store, asked for a 24-pound sack of flour, gave it to her little boy to take it outside, then filled a sack of sugar and said to the storekeeper, “Well, I’ll see you in ninety days. I have to feed some children … I’ll pay you, don’t worry.” And when he objected, she pulled out her pistol (which, as a midwife traveling alone through the hills, she had a permit to carry) and said: “Martin, if you try to take this grub away from me, God knows that if they electrocute me for it tomorrow, I’ll shoot you six times in a minute.”

1933. From Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States

April 7, 2014
by sarcozona

Local authorities passed laws to stop them [the IWW] from speaking: the IWW defied these laws. In Missoula, Montana, a lumber and mining area, hundreds of Wobblies arrived by boxcar after some had been prevented from speaking. They were arrested one after another until they clogged the jails and the courts, and finally forced the town to repeal its antispeech ordinance.

Early 1900s. From Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States

April 1, 2014
by sarcozona

When your meds make you fat

I like to think of myself as accepting of all body types, not discriminating based on someone’s size or shape. Then I started taking flunarizine in an attempt to get my migraines under control. A side effect of flunarizine is weight gain. (Some research suggest it does so by causing leptin resistance.) My doctor told me it would likely cause significant weight gain and to “watch my appetite.”

So I carefully managed how much I was eating and started exercising more, but the weight started piling on. I began to berate myself – calling myself lazy or greedy. As even my biggest period pants become constricting, I feel frustrated with how my clothes fit and how I look.

I know I’m not doing anything wrong and am in fact my lifestyle is incredibly healthy, but I can’t translate that knowledge yet into feeling good about myself. It looks like I’ve got a long way to go before I truly get past size-ism in myself.

I went on medical leave this semester because of my migraines. As I get ready to go back to work, I have some advice for others who are going on medical leave over on Tenure, She Wrote. It might also have some useful tidbits for people who are struggling in their program and want to use a vacation to get back on track.

March 31, 2014
by sarcozona

Despite the growing evidence of brutality and the work of the Anti-Imperialist League, some of the trade unions in the United States supported the action in the Philippines. The Typographical Union said it liked the idea of annexing more territory because English-language schools in those areas would help the printing trade. The publication of the glassmakers saw value in new territories that would buy glass. The railroad brotherhoods saw shipment of U.S. goods to the new territories meaning more work for railroad workers. Some unions repeated what big business was saying, that territorial expansion, by creating a market for surplus goods, would prevent another depression.

1901. From Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States

March 27, 2014
by sarcozona

While you’re waiting for the bus

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March 24, 2014
by sarcozona

In the Senate, Albert Beveridge spoke, January 9, 1900, for the dominant economic and political interests of the country:

Mr. President, the times call for candor. The Philippines are ours forever. … And just beyond the Philippines are China’s illimitable markets. We will not retreat from either. … We will not renounce our part in the mission of our race, trustee, under God, of the civilization of the world. …

The Pacific is our ocean. … Where shall we turn for consumers of our surplus? Geography answers the question. China is our natural customer. … The Philippines give us a base at the door of all the East. …

My own belief is that there are not 100 men among them who comprehend what Anglo-Saxon self-government even means, and there are over 5,000,000 people to be governed.

It has been charged that our conduct of the war has been cruel. Senators, it has been the reverse. … Senators must remember that we are not dealing with Americans or Europeans. We are dealing with Orientals.

1900. From Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States