I often wonder why the Transgender Borg glommed onto the Gay and Lesbian Movement like a bunch of parasites looking for a host.
Opportunism I guess.
They grew out of the homophobic heterosexual transvestite movement.
But on top of that at least half of post-op transsexuals are straight and often homophobic while many of us who are lesbian or gay after SRS are just lesbian or gay without much need for the whole transgender schtick.
The entire Transgender Borg political correctness number has become not only tired but stupid and boring.
The homophobic attacks on the Gay and Lesbian Movement regarding people prioritizing marriage equality disgust me.
It feels like a bunch of largely heterosexual people have invaded and colonized the Lesbian and Gay Movements.
It started with the Michigan Women’s Music Festival, which compromised and said post-op women who weren’t there to disturb could attend.
But that wasn’t good enough because according to the Transgender Borg if you claim to have a female identity you are female. Even if you have a beard and fully functional penis and testicles. Even if you have never taken a single hormone.
Now people who enjoy heterosexual privilege of marriages to women get to claim they are married “lesbians” even though I’ve never ever known a lesbian to have a penis that she couldn’t remove and put in a drawer.
I’ve watched the steadily moving political correctness crap about how I’m transgender because they decided to define me as transgender. The angels on the head of a pin debates about the grammatically proper usage of transgender.
I’ve watched the banning of “tranny”, a word that was in use before I came out and which should probably be treated with the caution of usage that other in-group terms for members of various sub-cultures merit. But I’ve also watched how this word is being used to savage anyone who hasn’t gotten the latest proper usage memo issued by the Transgender Borg Collective.
Oddly enough the Transgender Borg Collective is absolutely mute about the Porn Industry and its objectification, abuse and degradation of transgender women. Where is the glitter bombing of transgender porn stars who lend their bodies and names to such forgettable trash as “Tranny Shemales in Heat”? How come they aren’t glitter bombed?
Now I actually like Dan Savage. I don’t expect infallibility from him. But he sure as hell isn’t an enemy, unless you are a total homophobe. When he is mistaken he corrects himself. How many Reich wing Christo-Fascists apologize? Nah… They double down and spew more hate.
Dan is a writer not some sort of great spiritual leader. I happen to like his politics better than I like the politics of a lot of conservative transgender people.
I think the “It Gets Better” campaign is more positive than almost anything the Transgender Borg have ever come up with.
And I think he is 100% correct in what he said in an Advocate Interview last week.
You’ve said that the way trans activists have dealt with this issue, with the glitter bombs, is making people want to talk about trans issues less. Why do you say that?
You can go to Bilerico Project and read the “trans mafia” post. We are reaching a point where no one feels they can get it right. You talk to gay bloggers and they say they are just going to avoid the issue. Because if I get a noun wrong or a pronoun wrong, I am going to get called Hitler and glitter bombed and screamed at. I get letters about trans issues and I think maybe I shouldn’t write about that, maybe I should leave that alone. Is that what they want? I write the most widely read sex column in America, and if I stop writing about trans issues or addressing them or using letters where trans is raised for fear of getting it wrong, then that’s going to add to the trans invisibility problem.
You can’t win. That’s the problem with some of this. It’s not about people who are all on the same side honestly hashing shit out. It’s about a tiny sort of batshit wing of the movement blowing its stack and wanting to be the victimy-est victims in the room by claiming to be victimized by their allies. It’s a stupid waste of time. You know, somebody throws glitter at me and there are 900 people at the event. We still have a great event. We talk about trans issues. I answer some trans questions on top of everything, and all anybody comes away with is, you know, he got glitter bombed. [Laughs]
The whole Transgender Borg victimy-ist victim mob makes it hard at times for me to be bothered with even offering the support of writing letters or signing petitions. I tend to avoid transgender specific demonstrations because of the claiming and demand I embrace the “transgender identity” number.
Tonight I went through the links on my sidebar and deleted those blogs which haven had any new posts in several months. I also got rid of some links to sites that haven’t had any new information in over six months.
This was not done out of malice. I didn’t delete anyone’s blog because I was angry with them.
I simply wished to free up some space to possibly add other links.
If your blog has moved make a comment and tell me. If it is simply on hiatus contact me when you start publishing again.
Prescribed medications kill far more people each year than illegal drugs do.
It is impossible to over-dose on marijuana via any reasonable means of ingestion.
Why are drug companies allowed to kill upwards of a half million people a year while pot dealers get 20 years in prison?
From The Guardian UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/feb/27/sleeping-pills-increase-risk-death-study
Doctors are calling for a rethink of the use of sleeping pills after a large study showed that the drugs carry a substantially increased risk of death for those who are prescribed them.
Commonly used sleeping pills, or “hypnotics”, such as temazepam and zolpidem, which is prescribed for short-term insomnia, are associated with more than a fourfold risk of death, according to the study published in the BMJ Open journal.
The study was carried out in the US, where up to 10% of the adult population took sleeping pills in 2010. The authors estimate that sleeping pills may have been associated with 320,000 to 507,000 extra deaths in the US that year.
The researchers, led by Daniel Kripke from the Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Centre in La Jolla, California, studied the population served by the largest rural integrated healthcare system in America, in Pennsylvania.
Over a two-and-a-half-year period, they compared the death rates among more than 10,500 people who received sleeping pill prescriptions with those of more than 23,600 others – matched for age, state of health and other factors – who had not received such medication. The average age of the study group was 54.
The scientists in the study found that even at a relatively low rate of prescription – fewer than 18 doses a year – those who were given the pills had a 3.5 times greater risk of death compared with those who were not prescribed them. Individuals who were given pills more frequently – between 18 and 132 doses in a year – were more than four times more likely to be dead at the end of the study. The risk of death for those on the most pills – 132 doses or more a year – was more than five times that of those on no pills.
WASHINGTON — Even as the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said in a new report Friday that Iran had accelerated its uranium enrichment program, American intelligence analysts continue to believe that there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb.
Recent assessments by American spy agencies are broadly consistent with a 2007 intelligence finding that concluded that Iran had abandoned its nuclear weapons program years earlier, according to current and former American officials. The officials said that assessment was largely reaffirmed in a 2010 National Intelligence Estimate, and that it remains the consensus view of America’s 16 intelligence agencies.
At the center of the debate is the murky question of the ultimate ambitions of the leaders in Tehran. There is no dispute among American, Israeli and European intelligence officials that Iran has been enriching nuclear fuel and developing some necessary infrastructure to become a nuclear power. But the Central Intelligence Agency and other intelligence agencies believe that Iran has yet to decide whether to resume a parallel program to design a nuclear warhead — a program they believe was essentially halted in 2003 and which would be necessary for Iran to build a nuclear bomb. Iranian officials maintain that their nuclear program is for civilian purposes.
In Senate testimony on Jan. 31, James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, stated explicitly that American officials believe that Iran is preserving its options for a nuclear weapon, but said there was no evidence that it had made a decision on making a concerted push to build a weapon. David H. Petraeus, the C.I.A. director, concurred with that view at the same hearing. Other senior United States officials, including Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have made similar statements in recent television appearances.
“They are certainly moving on that path, but we don’t believe they have actually made the decision to go ahead with a nuclear weapon,” Mr. Clapper told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
2012 February 27
WorldWide Hippies-Just think about it. It’s 2012. And most of us are living fast food, junk food lives. Oblivious to what’s out there beyond the fast food information sent to us by the big media corporations.
Take our news – most of us get it from the mainstream media – we see only what the big networks want us to hear about what’s going on in the world, the news which is brought to us by, for the most part, big entertainment corporations. They don’t want us to know what’s really going on in the world. And when someone comes in to threaten to take down the junk food vendors (anyone remember Wikileaks?) they’re taken out efficiently and quickly, so everyone believes their seeming discrediting. And what about all the sources, the news you’re missing? The international tragedies going on on a daily basis that don’t involve us, our corporations or oil interests?
Take our music. Who do you listen to? Who the big labels want you to hear. Which is damned few. (And those who look good and, these days, can dance, apparently). How many exceptional artists are there out there that have never and will never hear of because the big labels didn’t buy it and won’t sell it to you?
What do you read? What the big publishers want you to read. That get the reviews in the New York Times Book Review. That have all that advertising and PR money behind it. And how many awesome writers are there out there that you will never read because you never knew they existed?
I could go on and on. How many small merchants have been put out of business by the corporations which keep buying and merging with each other and keep getting bigger and bigger? How many neighborhood hardware stores are left? Independent car makers? Neighborhood bookstores? Neighborhood grocery stores? Damned few, and getting fewer every day. While the big corporations send half our jobs overseas, and the politicians wonder why the unemployment rate is so big.
So, why is this all happening? And how did we get to the point where we live McLives, experiencing life only through a bunch of mirrors and lights, experiencing only an illusion of what the world is really like? Because we’re busier than ever trying to make it, trying to survive. . Because we are spoon-fed by Big Media to buy what they’re selling. (It’s in their interest that we buy what they sell.) We don’t have time to sift behind the surface of what we’re fed on a daily basis. To question what they feed us. To go searching for the fuller, greater world out there of words, products, and ideas. Dammit, we’re all too busy trying to keep our heads above the surface to do much more than stumble home, flop down on the couch with our frozen TV dinners, open a Budweiser or glass of box wine, and turn on the Tube to relax, to rest our weary, worried minds.
From Natural Resources Defense Council: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kknowlton/insuring_a_climate-ready_futur.html
by Kim Knowlton
Monday, February 27, 2012
2012 kicked off with an unusually warm January across most of the US: fifteen states had “much above normal” temperatures, in the top 10% of warmest Januaries on record.
For many folks across the nation, the extreme weather of 2011 still haunts us with vivid images of the havoc wreaked on people’s lives. Today, NRDC is releasing an updated version of our Extreme Weather 2011 map, which now includes the whole year’s worth of extreme weather events.
A total of 3,251 monthly records were broken in 2011, including records for temperature, rainfall and snowfall. This includes a few zingers: the temperature in Truth or Consequences, NM on February 28th hit a scorching 99°F, breaking the prior record of 54°F by a whopping 45 degrees. In Elizabeth City, NC, the mercury also hit 99°F but on June 23rd, which broke the prior 2010 record temperature of 78°F by 21 degrees. And rainfalls in 2011 were also stunning: on May 29th, El Cajon, CA broke its prior monthly record by 9.22 inches, when nearly 10 inches (9.99”) of rain poured down in one day—but the previous record less than an inch (0.77”). The updated Extreme Weather 2011 map also links back to NRDC’s Climate Change Threatens Health website, where you can zoom in on these and other effects where you live.
These events have impacts that are manifesting in our daily lives. For example, because of the costs of the 2011 events, homeowner’s insurance rates are now rising nationally by up to ten percent in 2012, as reported recently by NPR. A webinar offered earlier this year on 2011’s “Natural Catastrophe Year in Review” by re-insurance giant MunichRe demonstrates the severity and scale of extreme weather events that are affecting the reinsurance industry as well.
The insurance industry isn’t known for being alarmist, but rather, for trying to protect their interests and their investments. Worldwide, the insurance sector does $4.3 trillion worth of business every year. And after the experiences of 2011, the global insurance industry is increasingly and seriously concerned about climate change. Companies like MunichRe insure the insurers, so you could say they’re doubly concerned.
MunichRe maintains the world’s most comprehensive database of natural catastrophes. And according to Munich Re, in 2011, these catastrophes across the world -—everything from earthquakes and tsunamis to hurricanes and floods -— cost the global economy the biggest price tag ever recorded: $380 billion. [Note that in their accounting, there’s no ledger column for pain, suffering, lives destroyed, and health-related costs.]
Continue reading at: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kknowlton/insuring_a_climate-ready_futur.html
From Rainforest Action Network: http://understory.ran.org/2012/02/27/create-food-democracy-occupy-our-food-supply/
by Vandana Shiva
Monday, February 27, 2012
The biggest corporate takeover on the planet is the hijacking of the food system, the cost of which has had huge and irreversible consequences for the Earth and people everywhere.
From the seed to the farm to the store to your table, corporations are seeking total control over biodiversity, land, and water. They are seeking control over how food is grown, processed, and distributed. And in seeking this total control, they are destroying the Earth’s ecological processes, our farmers, our health, and our freedoms.
It starts with seeds. Monsanto and a few other gene giants are trying to control and own the world’s seeds through genetic engineering and patents. Monsanto wrote the World Trade Organization treaty on Intellectual Property, which forces countries to patent seeds. As a Monsanto representative once said: “In drafting these agreements, we were the patient, diagnostician [and] physician all in one.”
They defined a problem, and for these corporate profiteers the problem was that farmers save seeds, making it difficult for them to continue wringing profits out of those farmers. So they offered a solution, and their solution was that seeds should be redefined as intellectual property, hence seed saving becomes theft and seed sharing is criminalized. I believe that saving seeds and protecting biodiversity is our ecological and ethical duty. That is why I started Navdanya 25 years ago.
Navdanya is a movement to occupy the seed. We have created 66 community seed banks, saved 3000 rice varieties, stopped laws that would prevent us from seed saving, and fought against biopiracy.
Corporations like Monsanto have created a seed emergency. This is the reason I am starting a global citizen’s campaign on seed sovereignty. I hope you will all join. The lawsuit that 84 organizations, including Navdanya, have filed against Monsanto in New York through the Public Patent Foundation is an important step in reclaiming seed sovereignty.
Continue reading at: http://understory.ran.org/2012/02/27/create-food-democracy-occupy-our-food-supply/
From RH Reality Check: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/02/26/why-religious-liberty-claim-is-nonsense
by Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check
February 26, 2012
Nancy Scola has a piece at Salon on the Republican delusion that the newly loud anti-choice war on contraception can somehow be repackaged as “religious liberty” and sold to the public, accomplishing the real goal–undermining women’s fundamental right not to just basic health care but also to make their own sexual and family decisions–and dressing it up as a fight for freedom. The strategy is to cast “religious liberty” as such a broad right, held only by fundamentalist Christians, that it actually extends far past their noses and right into your face and beyond, into your uterus. In this view, women securing equal rights to fair compensation from employers and to comprehensive basic health care coverage is framed as a violation of the right of religious misogynists to control and punish them. It’s a bold tactic, and while many liberals, who are used to rolling over for the right and letting them have whatever they want, fear it’s going to work, there’s reason to be skeptical.
Well, some reason to be skeptical. It is true that if we roll over and let the right define religious liberty as the right to interfere with other people’s personal and religious choices, then we will lose. But if we fight, we can win. We just need to be clear on the arguments here. So I put together a quick rundown of how to argue for women’s basic right to equal protection under the Constitution in light of these new HHS regulations.
1) Women’s right to be sexual beings is protected under the First Amendment’s religious liberty clause. Yes, Catholic bishops and their teeny group of avid followers have a right to believe that God wants women to either be virgins or non-stop baby factories. But women have a right to believe that God has a different plan for them—or to not believe in a God at all. Women have equal rights to their own religious beliefs around sex and reproduction. The Catholic bishops demanding the right to force women not to be able to go directly through insurers for contraception coverage—in essence, giving them extra-governmental power to levy a fine against women for being sexual—is a direct violation of a woman’s religious freedom. These employers cannot require women to attend Catholic mass as a condition of their employment, so why should they be able to require women to pay what amounts to a penance for what the church teaches is a sin as a condition of their employment? Religious liberty exists for all Americans, even women.
This is not a problem we can solve by going vegetarian or vegan, or buying organic and fair trade.
By Christopher D. Cook
February 26, 2012
It is no longer news that a few powerful corporations have literally occupied the vast majority of human sustenance. The situation is perilous: nearly all of human food production, seeds, food processing and sales, is run by a handful of for-profit firms which, like any capitalist enterprise, function to maximize profit and gain ever-greater market share and control. The question has become: What do we do about this disastrous alignment of pure profit in something so basic and fundamental to human survival?
It is time — now, not next year — to de-occupy Walmart. And Archer Daniels Midland. And Tyson Foods. And Monsanto. And Cargill. And Kraft Foods. And the other large corporations that decide what ends up on our plates. Take all our money out, public and personal, from our shopping dollars to school district lunch contracts to the corporate subsidies that uphold these firms’ grip on our food supply, and invest it in a new system that’s economically diverse and ecologically sustainable.
These corporations’ stranglehold over food has wreaked havoc on the environment, our health, farmers, workers, and our very future. It is time for an end to Big Food, and a societal shift to something radically different. We all deserve a future where what we eat feeds community and land, instead of eroding soils, polluting water and air, and tossing away small farmers and immigrant workers as if they were balance sheet losers.
“Occupying the food system” has emerged as a rallying cry as activists and movements across the country, from Willie Nelson to more than 60 Occupy groups are turning up the heat on “big food” in nationwide actions today. Across the US, online and offline, thousands will be protesting icons of corporate control over food such as Monsanto and Cargill, and literally occupying vacant lots and tilling long-ignored soils in a mass-scale rejuvenation of community-led food production. (Find out more about the day of action here.)
“We want to ignite a robust conversation about corporate control of our food supply,” says Laurel Sutherlin, communications manager for Rainforest Action Network, a lead organizer in this growing coalition of food system occupiers. “Occupy has opened a national dialogue about inequality and the dangers of surrendering our basic life-support systems over to corporate control.”