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.