Misgendering or Malgendering is Inappropriate Language

He is the appropriate pronoun for men  including male identified T to M people.

She is the appropriate pronoun for women including female identified T to F people.

If there is a question go with the person’s name.

If you want to play fucking HBS Bullshit games go elsewhere.

I won’t tolerate that crap here.

The Bigots of the HBS/Classic Transsexual set do not represent me, nor do they represent the vast majority of non-bigoted post-transsexual women and men.

They are a bunch of fucking cowards who hide behind aliases like Klansmen hide behind sheets.

If you want the privilege of commenting regarding posting comments to this blog you will follow my rules regarding the usage of appropriate pronouns.

I don’t give a fuck if you like the person you are referring to or not.

I am not some tight-assed prude when it comes to language.

But I am taking a stand on this one and saying: Comments will be trashed if they contain language that misgenders or malgenders individuals.

If you have something nasty to say to an individual who is also a blogger go to their blog and say it don’t come to my blog, and expect me to let you get away with that bullshit.

Eva Cassidy – Somewhere Over The Rainbow

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America’s shame: 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBT kids

From LGBTQ Nation:  http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2012/07/americas-shame-40-percent-of-homeless-youth-are-lgbt-kids/

Friday, July 13, 2012

LOS ANGELES – About 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBT, and nearly all homeless youth service providers in the U.S. now serve LGBT youth, according to a comprehensive report on LGBT youth homelessness released Thursday.

Nearly seven in 10 (68 percent) respondents indicated that family rejection was a major factor contributing to LGBT youth homelessness, making it the most cited factor. More than half (54 percent) of respondents indicated that abuse in their family was another important factor contributing to LGBT homelessness.

Statistically, LGBT youth make up no more than 10% of that population segment, yet total 40 percent of homeless youth.

“The findings from this survey demonstrate that many LGBT youth are at high risk of homelessness, often as a result of family rejection and abuse. The analyses offer critical insights into the challenges that these young people face when they seek help during a very difficult time in their lives,” said Laura E. Durso, Williams Institute Public Policy Fellow and study co-author.

The data comes from the LGBT Homeless Youth Provider Survey, a web-based survey conducted from October 2011 through March 2012 as a collaboration by The Palette Fund, True Colors Fund and the Williams Institute.

Continue reading at:  http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2012/07/americas-shame-40-percent-of-homeless-youth-are-lgbt-kids/

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Failures of Abstinence-Only Education Lead To Increasing Evangelical Support For Contraception

From Think Progress:  http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/07/13/516255/failures-of-abstinence-only-education-lead-to-increasing-evangelical-support-for-contraception/

By Tara Culp-Ressler
on Jul 13, 2012

Despite the fact that conservative evangelicals are opposed to premarital sex— and, along with it, comprehensive sex education that informs young adults about their reproductive health options — public support for contraception is on the rise in the evangelical community. As growing numbers of evangelicals are facing unplanned pregnancies, evangelical leaders and institutions have begun to consider promoting preventative measures to combat abortion rates.

13 percent of all abortion patients describe themselves as evangelical or born-again Christians, a statistic fueled by the fact that a full 80 percent of unmarried evangelicals are having sex. Of course, failing to fully educate young adults about their reproductive health has been proven to lead to decreased use of contraception and increased rates of unplanned pregnancies.

The Daily Beast details a few examples of the evangelical community’s evolving attitudes on sex education:

  • The largest evangelical organization in the country, The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), sparked controversy when it accepted a grant from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. NAE defended its decision by saying it is concerned about the abortion rate in the evangelical community.

Continue reading at:  http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/07/13/516255/failures-of-abstinence-only-education-lead-to-increasing-evangelical-support-for-contraception/

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USA Olympics: made in China

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Stephen Emmott: overpopulation is at the root of all the planet’s troubles

From The Guardian/Observer UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jul/15/overpopulation-root-planet-problems-emmott

Science has not shouted out about unchecked human expansion. Now, one professor will proclaim its dangers on stage

Interview by
The Observer, Saturday 14 July 2012

Stephen Emmott is a professor of computing at Oxford University and head of Microsoft’s Computational Science Laboratory in Cambridge. His lab is devoted to finding new techniques and ideas for solving key scientific problems. One of his research groups works on small-scale issues including the make-up of living cells and includes immunologists and neuroscientists. Another group is focused on global problems including the carbon cycle and is made up of plant biologists and marine ecologists.

Emmott, who is 52, is also the star of the forthcoming solo theatrical production Ten Billion, a co-operation between himself and distinguished director Katie Mitchell, whose past works have included A Woman Killed with Kindness at the National Theatre. The show opens at the Royal Court in London this week and focuses on the state our planet will be in when its population reaches 10 billion.

So what exactly is the play about?

It’s not really a play. I don’t know how to describe it. I have been calling it The Thing so far. In effect, the set – at the Upstairs theatre at the Royal Court – is a recreation of my office, which is a dump full of papers and piles of old journals. And there is a whiteboard, I will be drawing a lot on that. You could call it a discourse on the biggest experiment ever carried out by humans.

We made a great deal of fuss about the discovery of the Higgs boson. It has been described as the greatest scientific experiment of all time. But it is nothing compared with the experiment humanity is now carrying out on our own planet. Our numbers are set to reach 10 billion – at a very conservative estimate – by the end of the century. Those swelling numbers are destroying ecosystems, polluting the atmosphere and the sea, raising temperatures and melting ice caps and we have no idea what the outcome will be. That is some experiment.

Continue reading at:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jul/15/overpopulation-root-planet-problems-emmott

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Heat Leaves Ranchers a Stark Option: Sell

From The New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/16/us/heat-forces-ranchers-to-sell-herds-to-cut-losses.html

Published: July 15, 2012

TORRINGTON, Wyo. — As a relentless drought bakes prairie soil to dust and dries up streams across the country, ranchers struggling to feed their cattle are unloading them by the thousands, a wrenching decision likely to ripple from the Plains to supermarket shelves over the next year.

Ranchers say they are reducing their herds and selling their cattle months ahead of schedule to avoid the mounting losses of a drought that now stretches across a record-breaking 1,016 American counties. Irrigation ponds are shriveling to scummy puddles. Their pastures are brown and barren. And they say the prices of hay and other feed are soaring beyond their reach.

“If we’re running out of grass and we’re not growing enough feed crops to feed them the other six months of the year, what do you do?” asked R. Scott Barrows, director of Kansas State University’s Golden Prairie District extension office. “You liquidate.”

So, in the latest pangs of a withering heat wave that has threatened crops and sparked furious wildfires, ranchers are loading up their cattle and driving to towns like Torrington, an old byway on the Oregon Trail near the Nebraska border. They come, reluctantly, to sell.

On a normal summer Wednesday, the Torrington Livestock Markets would be quiet, and cows and their calves would be out on waving fields of buffalo grass, gaining weight for the autumn. But it is doing four times as much early-season business as usual, driven by parched conditions. Last month, 17,144 head of cattle were auctioned off, compared with 3,336 in June 2011.

“They’re getting frustrated, and they’re at a loss for what to do with their cattle,” said Michael Schmitt, an owner of the livestock market. Many cattle producers are selling off less-profitable animals with the hopes of holding onto part of their herd. But the smaller the rancher, the deeper their troubles, and the more they are cutting.

Continue reading at:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/16/us/heat-forces-ranchers-to-sell-herds-to-cut-losses.html

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Hey Monsanto — I Want My Tomatoes From Nature, Not Your Labs

We bought a couple of locally grown organic tomatoes this week.  They didn’t look a plastic model pretty as the tomatoes we usually get but they tasted like real tomatoes and not pulpy water.

From Alternet:  http://www.alternet.org/food/156262/hey_monsanto_–_i_want_my_tomatoes_from_nature%2C_not_your_labs/

The biotech industry is willing to tamper with our food supply, our kids’ minds and our basic consumer rights.

By Jim Hightower
July 15, 2012

Some people are too smart for your own good.

Food geneticists, for example. These technicians have the smarts to tinker with the inner workings of Momma Nature’s own good foods — but not the smarts to leave well enough alone.

In fairness, much of their scientific tinkering has been beneficial. But during the past half-century, too much of their work devolved from tinkering into outright tampering with our food. This is mostly the result of money flowing to both private and public research centers from big agribusiness corporations that want nature’s design altered in ways that fatten their bottom lines. Never mind that the alterations created by these smart people are frequently not good for you and me.

Take the tomato, truly a natural wonder. Agribusiness profiteers, however, wanted it to do unnatural things, so — voila! — the genetic tamperers in the 1960s and ’70s dutifully produced the Amazing Industrial Tomato. It’s a techno-marvel made to endure long-distance shipping, be harvested while green and then artificially ripened to appear tomato-y red and last an ungodly amount of time without rotting.

But taste? Forget it. There’s more flavor in the carton. This led to the “Upchuck Rebellion” — a grassroots movement of consumers, small farmers and local food artisans. In the last couple of decades, they’ve spurred phenomenal growth in farmers markets and stores that offer nature’s own locally produced and heirloom varieties untouched by the smart ones.

But, look out, the tomato tamperers are back in the lab! They’ve discovered that a mutated gene they had bred into the corporate tomato switches off other genes that would cause the fruit to develop flavor. The answer, they say, is not less technology, but more.

Continue reading at:  http://www.alternet.org/food/156262/hey_monsanto_–_i_want_my_tomatoes_from_nature%2C_not_your_labs/

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Small Business Baloney

From Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting:   http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=4580

GOP tax claims should be factchecked


Barack Obama’s July 9 announcement that he would extend the Bush tax cuts for income below $250,000 prompted the expected response from Republican politicians and presidential candidate Mitt Romney: This is a tax increase on “small businesses.”

That is false. But most news reports won’t say so.

The New York Times (7/10/12) told readers that Obamasaid that 98 percent of households and 97 percent of small businesses would receive a tax cut under his plan. But Republicans said the president’s proposal would amount to a broad tax on small businesses because many business owners report their profits as personal income.

In the Washington Post (7/10/12), readers learned that Republicans “charged that the president’s plan would raise taxes on small-business owners.” That point was illustrated by quotes from House Speaker John Boehner and and a representative for the Romney campaign, which were balanced with the statement that “Obama said his plan would cover 98 percent of the working public and 97 percent of small-business owners.”

The headline of a USA Today story (7/10/12) captured the same spirit: “Obama Seeks to Extend Tax Cuts for Middle Class; GOP Critics Say Plan Will Hurt Small Business.”

On ABC’s Good Morning America, Jonathan Karl (7/10/12) reported, “Romney says raising taxes on those with higher incomes means raising taxes on small businesses.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=4580

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2012 NAACP Convention – Joe Biden

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The Selling of American Democracy: The Perfect Storm

From Robert Reich:  http://robertreich.org/post/27128864190

By Robert Reich
Friday, July 13, 2012

Who’s buying our democracy? Wall Street financiers, the Koch brothers, and casino magnates Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn.

And they’re doing much of it in secret.

It’s a perfect storm:

The greatest concentration of wealth in more than a century — courtesy “trickle-down” economics, Reagan and Bush tax cuts, and the demise of organized labor.

Combined with…

Unlimited political contributions — courtesy of Republican-appointed Justices Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Kennedy, in one of the dumbest decisions in Supreme Court history, “Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission,” along with lower-court rulings that have expanded it.

Combined with…

Complete secrecy about who’s contributing how much to whom — courtesy of a loophole in the tax laws that allows so-called non-profit “social welfare” organizations to accept the unlimited contributions for hard-hitting political ads.

Put them all together and our democracy is being sold down the drain.

Continue reading at:  http://robertreich.org/post/27128864190

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This global financial fraud and its gatekeepers

From The Guardian UK:   http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jul/14/global-financial-fraud-gatekeepers

The media’s ‘bad apple’ thesis no longer works. We’re seeing systemic corruption in banking – and systemic collusion

guardian.co.uk, Saturday 14 July 2012

Last fall, I argued that the violent reaction to Occupy and other protests around the world had to do with the 1%ers’ fear of the rank and file exposing massive fraud if they ever managed get their hands on the books. At that time, I had no evidence of this motivation beyond the fact that financial system reform and increased transparency were at the top of many protesters’ list of demands.

But this week presents a sick-making trove of new data that abundantly fills in this hypothesis and confirms this picture. The notion that the entire global financial system is riddled with systemic fraud – and that key players in the gatekeeper roles, both in finance and in government, including regulatory bodies, know it and choose to quietly sustain this reality – is one that would have only recently seemed like the frenzied hypothesis of tinhat-wearers, but this week’s headlines make such a conclusion, sadly, inevitable.

The New York Times business section on 12 July shows multiple exposes of systemic fraud throughout banks: banks colluding with other banks in manipulation of interest rates, regulators aware of systemic fraud, and key government officials (at least one banker who became the most key government official) aware of it and colluding as well. Fraud in banks has been understood conventionally and, I would say, messaged as a glitch. As in London Mayor Boris Johnson’s full-throated defense of Barclay’s leadership last week, bank fraud is portrayed as a case, when it surfaces, of a few “bad apples” gone astray.

In the New York Times business section, we read that the HSBC banking group is being fined up to $1bn, for not preventing money-laundering (a highly profitable activity not to prevent) between 2004 and 2010 – a six years’ long “oops”. In another article that day, Republican Senator Charles Grassley says of the financial group Peregrine capital: “This is a company that is on top of things.” The article goes onto explain that at Peregrine Financial, “regulators discovered about $215m in customer money was missing.” Its founder now faces criminal charges. Later, the article mentions that this revelation comes a few months after MF Global “lost” more than $1bn in clients’ money.

Continue reading at:   http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jul/14/global-financial-fraud-gatekeepers

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