Happy St Patrick’s Day

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Zoey Tur: When the Transgender Borg Throw Out the Rules of Etiquette with Regards to Former Names

Heaven help the tran-man or trans-woman who voices an opinion contrary to the agreed upon Transgender Borg Manual of Right thought, Right Speech.

Some months ago two long time trans-activists, Andrea James and Calpernia Addams were on the receiving end of communal abuse for their opinion regarding a word which until very recently was in common usage among various groups of trans-folks albeit trans-folks of the lower socioeconomic classes who were often employed in the profession of dispensing personalized sexual services.

Never mind that dispensing of this word which will not be mentioned left folks with awkward phrase constructions such as  _____ Bars and _____ Chasers.

Political Correctness uber Alles.

I haven’t really followed this story nor have I had the energy to dig into it in anything but a superficial manner.  That’s one of those problems with actually having crises in a real 3D life.  You don’t have the time or energy to get involved in bullshit fights regarding political correctness.

It appears that Zoey Tur’s thought crime against the Pure Thought, Pure speech wing of the Transgender Borg amounted to her suggesting that pre-ops or newly in transition folks show a little fucking common sense when it comes to invading women’s restrooms and locker rooms.

I can’t be bothered arguing about what she said.

That isn’t the point. What is the point is the trashing people are now engaged is vastly worse than any sin Zoey may have committed.

Seems like folks who should know better.  People like Dana Beyer and Monica Roberts are engaged in a contest to see who can hurl the most mud at Zoey Tur.

See:

Huffington Post: Locker Room Frenzy Returns: Planet Fitness, Zoey Tur and the Politics of False Movement Messiahs

TransGriot: The Mounting Problems With Zoey

Why are people who are supposedly serious activists suddenly channeling Jennifer Usher?  What’s with the use of Zoey’s birth name and the seeming willingness to malgender her?

Grow the fuck up.

Why does it seem as though engaging in  ad hominem attacks has become a part of being a trans-activist.

I have already developed a negative bias with regards to self proclaimed professional community activists, thanks for nurturing my negative feelings.

Who Has Abortions?

I have long been bothered by the way in which the transgender movement has disconnected female from woman. Gender, gender, gender clearly oppresses women as it defines them by adherence to social roles. Substituting gender for sex is the antithesis of feminism which attacks the way gender is used to oppress women.

Anyone who doesn’t get that one needs to spend a while wading through Simone de Beauvoir’s “The Second Sex.”

Placating the transgender movement shouldn’t require the redefinition of feminism.

From The Nation:  http://www.thenation.com/article/201289/who-has-abortions#

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Report: Homeopathy Not Effective For Treating Any Condition

From Alternet:  http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/report-homeopathy-not-effective-treating-any-condition

People who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk, says Australian study.

Melissa Davey
March 11, 2015

Homeopathy is not effective for treating any health condition, Australia’s top body for medical research has concluded, after undertaking an extensive review of existing studies.

Homeopaths believe that illness-causing substances can, in minute doses, treat people who are unwell.

By diluting these substances in water or alcohol, homeopaths claim the resulting mixture retains a “memory” of the original substance that triggers a healing response in the body.

These claims have been widely disproven by multiple studies, but the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has for the first time thoroughly reviewed 225 research papers on homeopathy to come up with its position statement, released on Wednesday.

“Based on the assessment of the evidence of effectiveness of homeopathy, NHMRC concludes that there are no health conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective,” the report concluded.

“People who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk if they reject or delay treatments for which there is good evidence for safety and effectiveness.”

An independent company also reviewed the studies and appraised the evidence to prevent bias.

Chair of the NHMRC Homeopathy Working Committee, Professor Paul Glasziou, said he hoped the findings would lead private health insurers to stop offering rebates on homeopathic treatments, and force pharmacists to reconsider stocking them.

Continue reading at:  http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/report-homeopathy-not-effective-treating-any-condition

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How to Become Gluten Intolerant (Funny) – Ultra Spiritual Life episode 12 – with JP Sears

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“My kids were embarrassed that their dad worked at Target”: My American economy nightmare

Some people are more privileged than others. Talking about class is even more taboo than talking about race.

One American Dream used to be owning your own business and working for yourself. It wasn’t having some jerk with an MBA and efficiency studies ride your ass, while you stand for hours on the concrete floor of a big box store.

But the elites of degree bearing  privileged folks have turned that one into hell.

Welcome to the nightmare you folks created.  Bet y’all thought it could never happen to you.

From Salon:  http://www.salon.com/2015/03/15/my_kids_were_embarrassed_that_their_dad_worked_at_target_my_american_economy_nightmare/

Two years, almost 750 job applications. Not one viable offer. This is what the American Dream has been reduced to


Sunday, Mar 15, 2015

Ron Dziuda’s family calls it “the black cloud.’’

 When Ron applies for hundreds of jobs and no one calls back with an offer? The Black Cloud. When his daughter applies for her dream position and someone else gets it? The Black Cloud. Or when he and his wife Sue celebrate their anniversary with a dinner out and they suffer pangs of guilt over the bill?

Sue shakes her head and tries to explain this concept at her dining room table.

“There’s that black cloud again.’’

The black cloud – this nagging sense that things will go wrong and never get quite right again – appeared over the Dziudas’ life in July 2009 when he lost his sales and marketing job at industrial components-maker Misumi USA. At first, it didn’t seem that bad. This father of four had lost jobs before. His experience, smarts and can-do attitude always helped him bounce back.

But this was in the depths of America’s most punishing economic crisis since the Great Depression. Unemployment was rising fast and job-seekers of any age were having the toughest times of their lives finding work. And Ron wasn’t just any age – at 54, he started finding his gray hair and crow’s feet overshadowed his expertise and energy.

So the black cloud moved in to stay. For three years – 33 months, to be exact – Ron endured a drumbeat of humiliations: he lost his job, his savings, his confidence. He and Sue burned down their retirement accounts one by one; they borrowed from their own son to pay the mortgage; they racked up credit card debt to put food on the table. Ron applied for 800 jobs. One night he turned to Sue and confessed he didn’t think he’d ever get back on his feet.

He finally emerged in the spring of 2012 with a position selling sandblasters for Pangborn Group. At last he was out of the woods. But the black cloud barely budged. They shake their heads when I ask if they’ll ever feel secure again.

“Now to rebuild everything I had, and build from there and even try to build for retirement? It’s going to be incredible,’’ Ron says. “I mean all the credit cards are maxed out, so those got to be paid off, and there’s no equity in the house …’’

Sue is blunter.

“I’ll still live in fear,’’ she says. “I don’t know if I’ll ever feel comfortable.’’

Continue reading at:  http://www.salon.com/2015/03/15/my_kids_were_embarrassed_that_their_dad_worked_at_target_my_american_economy_nightmare/

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