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Male’s Privacy Invaded By F2M Transgender Observation

Male’s Privacy Invaded by F2M Transgender Observation; F2M Transgender Is Still a “Female” Regarding This Interest F2M Transgender Person Invade Male’s Privacy WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 28, 2022) – In a ruling which might have implications regarding the controversial issue of whether transgender persons should be permitted to use restrooms set aside for persons of the opposite […] Male’s Privacy Invaded by F2M Transgender Observation; F2M Transgender Is Still a “Female” Regarding This Interest F2M Transgender Person Invade Male’s Privacy WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 28, 2022) – In a ruling which might have implications regarding the controversial issue of whether transgender persons should be permitted to use restrooms set aside for persons of the opposite biological sex, a federal appeals court ruled that a male’s privacy is invaded if he is required to expose his nude body to a search by a F2M transgender person. if (typeof jQuery == 'undefined') { document.write(''); } .first{clear:both;margin-left:0}.one-third{width:31.034482758621%;float:left;margin-left:3.448275862069%}.two-thirds{width:65.51724137931%;float:left}form.ebook-styles .af-element input{border:0;border-radius:0;padding:8px}form.ebook-styles .af-element{width:220px;float:left}form.ebook-styles .af-element.buttonContainer{width:115px;float:left;margin-left: 6px;}form.ebook-styles .af-element.buttonContainer input.submit{width:115px;padding:10px 6px 8px;text-transform:uppercase;border-radius:0;border:0;font-size:15px}form.ebook-styles .af-body.af-standards input.submit{width:115px}form.ebook-styles .af-element.privacyPolicy{width:100%;font-size:12px;margin:10px auto 0}form.ebook-styles .af-element.privacyPolicy p{font-size:11px;margin-bottom:0}form.ebook-styles .af-body input.text{height:40px;padding:2px 10px !important} form.ebook-styles .error, form.ebook-styles #error { color:#d00; } form.ebook-styles .formfields h1, form.ebook-styles .formfields #mg-logo, form.ebook-styles .formfields #mg-footer { display: none; } form.ebook-styles .formfields { font-size: 12px; } form.ebook-styles .formfields p { margin: 4px 0; } Get The Full Walter Schloss Series in PDF Get the entire 10-part series on Walter Schloss in PDF. Save it to your desktop, read it on your tablet, or email to your colleagues. (function($) {window.fnames = new Array(); window.ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]='EMAIL';ftypes[0]='email';}(jQuery));var $mcj = jQuery.noConflict(true); Q2 2022 hedge fund letters, conferences and more   Although the strict holding of this important decision is limited to the facts of this specific case - a male prisoner with religious objections to being observed in the nude and stripped by a guard who is biologically female but self identifies as a male. The basic principle that the sexual/gender privacy interest depends on the biological sex of a person, and not his or her perceived sexual identity, could have wide ranging implications regarding privacy in restrooms, locker rooms, showers, etc. where people must expose themselves to others. As the court summed it up, " [A] prisoner's right to be free from highly invasive intrusions on bodily privacy by prison employees of the opposite sex—whether on religious or privacy grounds—does not change based on a guard's transgender status," notes public interest law professor John Banzhaf, who has won over 100 sex discrimination cases, and has been called the "Father of Potty Parity." The ruling came despite the fact that federal law prohibits discrimination against the prison guard because of sexual identity: "Everyone agrees that complying with Title VII is a compelling governmental interest…. Title VII makes it unlawful to discriminate in 'terms, conditions, or privileges of employment' against an individual because of his 'race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.' … [Title VII forbids the prison's engaging in] an adverse employment action against its transgender employees." Inmate Privacy The judges recognized a very strong, well recognized, and legally protected interest in not being required to have one's body observed by a member of the opposite biological gender. More specifically it said: "Courts have long recognized that sex is a trait relevant to inmate privacy. '[W]hile all forced observations or inspections of the naked body implicate a privacy concern, it is generally considered a GREATER INVASION to have one's naked body viewed by a MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITE SEX. . . .  'The desire to shield one's unclothed figure from [the] view of strangers, and particularly strangers of the OPPOSITE SEX is impelled by elementary self-respect and personal dignity. That 'basic fact of human behavior' sometimes allows or even requires sex-based adjustments to prison guard duties." [emphasis added] Here the prison sought to justify the invasion of privacy by arguing that "gender" "means something other than biological sex"; in other words, that observation of nakedness and a search by a biological female identifying as male is the same as observation of nakedness by another biological male. But the court rejected that argument, saying that: "The undefined term 'sex' presumably takes its ordinary meaning that refers to male and female biological traits. . . . a prisoner's right to be free from highly invasive intrusions on bodily privacy by prison employees of the opposite sex—whether on religious or privacy grounds—does not change based on a guard's transgender status." If a person's right to privacy, from observation of nakedness by a person of the opposite sex. depends on that person's biological sex and not sexual identify, females would have a legally as well as a logical basis in complaining about having to share a restroom, shower, locker room, etc. with a M2F transgender person. Since this decision is unlikely to be appealed to the Supreme Court, for fear that this conservative body would likely affirm the reasoning and make it the law of the land, it will be controlling law in the states which make up the Seventh Circuit, suggests Banzhaf......»»

Category: blogSource: valuewalkSep 30th, 2022

A Major New THIRD Argument Against “Female” Transgender Athletes

A Major New THIRD Argument Against “Female” Transgender Athletes; Serious Injuries Joins Unfair Competition and Sexual/Bodily Privacy A New Argument Against M2F Transgender Athletes WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 25, 2022) – Most of the arguments to date about not allowing M2F transgender athletes – biological males who want to compete as females – has centered around […] A Major New THIRD Argument Against “Female” Transgender Athletes; Serious Injuries Joins Unfair Competition and Sexual/Bodily Privacy A New Argument Against M2F Transgender Athletes WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 25, 2022) – Most of the arguments to date about not allowing M2F transgender athletes – biological males who want to compete as females – has centered around the unfairness of allowing those to whom major changes during puberty has given much greater size, muscular strength, and other advantages in many sports to complete against those without those huge athletic advantages. if (typeof jQuery == 'undefined') { document.write(''); } .first{clear:both;margin-left:0}.one-third{width:31.034482758621%;float:left;margin-left:3.448275862069%}.two-thirds{width:65.51724137931%;float:left}form.ebook-styles .af-element input{border:0;border-radius:0;padding:8px}form.ebook-styles .af-element{width:220px;float:left}form.ebook-styles .af-element.buttonContainer{width:115px;float:left;margin-left: 6px;}form.ebook-styles .af-element.buttonContainer input.submit{width:115px;padding:10px 6px 8px;text-transform:uppercase;border-radius:0;border:0;font-size:15px}form.ebook-styles .af-body.af-standards input.submit{width:115px}form.ebook-styles .af-element.privacyPolicy{width:100%;font-size:12px;margin:10px auto 0}form.ebook-styles .af-element.privacyPolicy p{font-size:11px;margin-bottom:0}form.ebook-styles .af-body input.text{height:40px;padding:2px 10px !important} form.ebook-styles .error, form.ebook-styles #error { color:#d00; } form.ebook-styles .formfields h1, form.ebook-styles .formfields #mg-logo, form.ebook-styles .formfields #mg-footer { display: none; } form.ebook-styles .formfields { font-size: 12px; } form.ebook-styles .formfields p { margin: 4px 0; } Get The Full Henry Singleton Series in PDF Get the entire 4-part series on Henry Singleton in PDF. Save it to your desktop, read it on your tablet, or email to your colleagues (function($) {window.fnames = new Array(); window.ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]='EMAIL';ftypes[0]='email';}(jQuery));var $mcj = jQuery.noConflict(true); Q3 2022 hedge fund letters, conferences and more   Find A Qualified Financial Advisor Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn't have to be hard. SmartAsset's free tool matches you with up to 3 fiduciary financial advisors in your area in 5 minutes. Each advisor has been vetted by SmartAsset and is held to a fiduciary standard to act in your best interests. If you're ready to be matched with local advisors that can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now. Story after story about M2F runners and swimmers who easily beat their biological female competitors - including some who indeed had originally done poorly competing in the same sport as males on men's teams - has stressed the unfairness of the competition. And, more seriously, the lost opportunities for sports scholarships and other benefits for biological female athletes which typically go only to those who are the best. Indeed, some critics go even further, stressing that in many sports the competition between biological males and biological females is not just unfair but inherently unequal. Would a 20-year-old be permitted to compete in the Senior Olympics (> 50) simply because he feels like - or believes himself to be - 55 years of age, and even if he claims that many senior citizens can outperform some 20-year olds? Similarly, would a boxer or wrestler who weighs 240 pounds ever be allowed to even step into the ring or onto the mat in matches for lightweights simply because he sees himself as much lighter, and even if he can show that a few heavyweights might lose to a much lighter but more highly skilled opponent? The reason that the answer to both questions is obviously a resounding "NO" is demonstrated by the Army's standards to be considered for acceptance. Based upon extensive testing and experience with thousands of applicants, the Army has determined that the standards must be very different based upon both age and gender to be fair and not create unfair comparisons and equivalences. Here are the minimum number of pushups applicants in each category must be able to perform to be considered even minimally physically fit: MALES: 17-21 of age = 31 and MALES: 37-41 = 19 In stark and dramatic contrast, FEMALES: 17-21 = 11 and FEMALES: 37-41 = 3 In other words, the difference in this one standard criteria for comparing upper-body strength - which, along with greater height and arm length are key determinants of how hard a volleyball player can spike a ball - is far greater between men and women of the same age than between young and middle-age men. Although most would agree that having 40-year-old men competing against men who are 20 would generally be quite unfair (31 - 19 = 12 pushup difference or a 65% advantage), the difference between males and females is much greater: 20-YEAR OLDS: Male vs Female 31-11 = 20 pushup difference or an 180% advantage 40-YEAR OLDS: Male vs Female 19-3 = 16 pushup advantage or a 530% advantage. New - Risk Of Serious Injury But a recent incident in which a biological male playing as a "female" in a girl's volleyball tournament was able to spike the ball so forcefully that it caused "severe" and possibly permanent injuries to his biological female opponent, who was knocked to the ground and suffered a concussion, raises a new and possibly even more serious argument against permitting biological males to compete as females on girls' and women's sports teams. As a result of his hard-hit spike, the injured girl is experiencing long-term concussion symptoms, such as vision problems, Indeed, her injuries are so severe that she has not yet been medically cleared to return to play, and her school has been forced to forfeit all its games against the school with the biological male volleyball player in order to protect its own girls against similar serious injuries. This adds an entirely new dimension and argument to the controversy over biological males being permitted to play as females, says a law professor who has championed transgender rights, and who also was knocked to the floor while playing competitive volleyball. Swimming and track are non-contact sports where being a biological male usually gives an athlete a major competitive advantage over female athletes, but creates virtually no risk to their health and safety. But in contact sports in which female athletes now compete on girl's and women's teams - such as football, wrestling, boxing, and even basketball - there is also a major risk of serious injury to female players, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf. "I also was knocked on my ass by a hard hit spike, but it took a 6 foot 4 inch Olympic contender to accomplish it, and we were playing with a volleyball set at men's height," says Banzhaf, who notes that the official height of the net in female volleyball competition is a full 7 and 1/2 inches lower (and therefore much easier to hit over) than it is for males [7 feet, 11+ 5/8 inches for boys and 7 feet, 4+ 1/8 inches for girls]. At age 16, boys are also typically more than 4 inches taller than girls, in addition to their additional upper-body strength, longer arms, and stronger leg muscles which enable them to leap higher. If I could play with a 7-inch lower net as the women do, even I could hit a hard spike, quipped Banzhaf, who reminds us that volleyball is generally not considered to be a contact sport. The risk of a concussion or similar serious injury to a female athlete forced to compete with a biological male is obviously much greater in contact sports where muscular strength is even more important, such as football, boxing, wrestling, and even basketball. At his George Washington University, like many other colleges and universities, there is a women's varsity volleyball team but no corresponding men's varsity volleyball team. Male students who may have played and even excelled in high school volleyball, and spent countless hours in conditioning and practice, cannot continue their athletic careers, simply because of their gender. Thus there is a strong incentive for males who want to play varsity volleyball - as well as to be eligible for substantial monetary scholarships - to be able to play as a female, suggests the law professor. Indeed, those biological male students who do not claim to be female will suffer in exactly the same way that biological males claiming to be female will if they are likewise unable to play on a women's varsity team Invasion Of Sexual/Bodily Privacy There's also a third important problem, he suggests. In many situations, biological boys playing on girls' teams are permitted if not required to shower and share locker rooms with female teammates; a situation which arguably violates the sexual and bodily privacy of the remainder of the team. But a federal appeals court recently ruled that a biological man's privacy is invaded if he is required to expose his nude body to a search by a F2M transgender person, and presumable the same would be at least as true if a biological girl or woman were required to expose her body to a M2F student. As the court explained; '[W]hile all forced observations or inspections of the naked body implicate a privacy concern, it is generally considered a greater invasion to have one's naked body viewed by a member of the opposite sex. . . . 'The desire to shield one's unclothed figure from [the] view of strangers, and particularly strangers of the opposite sex is impelled by elementary self-respect and personal dignity." [emphasis added] Thus requiring an entire team of biological girls to undress and be viewed by a biological M2F biological boy would be even more embarrassing and a much greater invasion of privacy because there are many victims, and because they are both much younger and also female, argues Banzhaf. Fortunately, this problem can easily be eliminated by having the biological male shower and change in a separate area; which is exactly what occurs when a girl joins a boys' football team (e.g., as a kicker). But this logical solution is too often not the procedure which has been adopted, since many schools require the girls to undress in a locker room with a biological boy. For example, most members of a high school girl's volleyball team in Vermont have been barred from their own locker room - and also placed under investigation - because they refuse to change in the presence of their biological male teammate. The school’s solution was to tell all the girls who feel uncomfortable to change in the single stall in the restroom, but that reportedly requires some 30 minutes for all the biological girls to change one-by-one in a tiny toilet stall - compared with only a minute or two if all the girls could change at the same time; as they did in the past, and as girls’ volleyball team members at other high schools typically do. Those who oppose this embarrassing arrangement explain that the problem isn’t the transgender athlete’s presence on the team, but in the locker room where the girl's sexual and bodily privacy is being invaded. Banzhaf notes a recent trend to permit biological females to play as members of all-male teams (e.g., as kickers on men's football teams), In such cases, the girl on the teams do not get to shower and change clothing with the boys as M2F athletes often demand, but rather have separate locker room and shower facilities provided for them. Some commentators have suggested that the same procedure should apply whenever a M2F athlete wants to play on a girl's or women's team, since the advantages of all members of a team being able to shower and change (and therefore bond as a team) together is clearly outweighed in both situations by the invasion of sexual privacy. In summary, says Banzhaf, there are now at least three strong arguments against permitting M2F transgender athletes to play and compete on girls' and women's teams: In most sports, biological males have a very significant size and strength advantage over their female competitors which can rob girls and women of opportunities to compete fairly and win, obtain scholarships, and other advantages In contact sports such as football, boxing, wrestling and even basketball, there is a very real danger of serious and possibly permanent physical injuries to biological girls and women Forcing biological girls and women to shower and change clothing with a M2F biological male violates their right to sexual and bodily privacy.....»»

Category: blogSource: valuewalkOct 25th, 2022

High School Girl"s Volleyball Team Banned From Own Locker Room After Complaining About Trans Athlete

High School Girl's Volleyball Team Banned From Own Locker Room After Complaining About Trans Athlete Female high school athletes in Burlington, Vermont have been banned from their own locker room after making complaints to school officials about the inappropriate behavior of a biological male teammate that identifies as trans.  Conflict among the girl's volleyball team at Randolph High School began after a trans team member was allowed into the girl's locker room, where students say he began to make comments that caused the females discomfort.  Despite aggressive school policies defending the preferences of trans students, the girls decided to make a formal complaint about the locker room arrangement.   Rather than taking them seriously or establishing practical measures including giving the trans team member a private changing area, school officials banned the girls from their own locker room instead, hinting that “bullying and harassment charges” could follow.   “It’s a huge thing. Everyone’s asking, ‘So, why aren’t you allowed in the locker room?’” said Blake Allen, who along with her fellow teammates are currently barred from using the locker room after some of the girls on the team objected to allowing a transgender player in the girl’s locker room. “My mom wants me to do this interview to try to make a change,” Allen said. “I feel like for stating my opinion -- that I don’t want a biological man changing with me -- that I should not have harassment charges or bullying charges. They should all be dropped.” In a bizarre twist, the girls (at least 10 of them) are now required to take turns changing in a single stall bathroom while the trans student is allowed free rein to change wherever he pleases. We cannot have biological boys with penises changing next to our daughters in locker rooms, and then have our daughters scolded by the school. This is so backwards. Shame on Vermont! — Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) October 3, 2022 Randolph High School has a history of decidedly leftist political bias, with the school changing their own logo (The Galloping Ghost) in 2020 after complaints that it could be construed as a "KKK reference."  The school superintendent cited "racial justice" as a rationale for changing the mascot, even though it had no relation to racism. The locker room incident in Vermont is just one in an endless array of “trans rights” in public schools taking precedence over the privacy and safety of the vast majority of other students.  In particular, biological men participating in women's school sports has become a major point of contention as endless accommodations are given to trans athletes.  Trans participants have been consistently breaking women's sports records and crushing any hope female athletes have of gaining recognition or scholarships.   School districts in predominantly blue counties and states have responded to student complaints by going on the attack, with accusations of discrimination and bigotry as a means to silence dissent.  This has created an artificial narrative for the past few years, suggesting that there is very little opposition to the presence of biological men in girl's bathrooms and locker rooms.  This narrative was partly what led to a student claiming to be trans entering a girls bathroom in a school in Loudoun Country, Virginia where he raped a female student.   The trans student was reportedly moved to another school after the incident, where he allegedly raped another female student a few months later.  The trans student was found guilty of sexual assault by the Virginia Juvenile Court.    School boards have proven consistently hostile to parental concerns over trans policies while using intimidation tactics to frighten students who ask for privacy.  They have also ignored the vast differences in physical prowess between male and female athletes and allowed biological males to dominate female sports in the name of so-called “equity.” State and county officials have essentially created a special designation among people that identify as trans.  Far beyond concerns of “equal treatment,” entire school policies and functions now revolve around making trans students happy regardless of the impracticality of their demands or any violations of privacy for other children.    They have become a protected class; with incentives and fake applause and a legal shield from criticism.  Such a large societal shift for such a tiny minority of people can only end badly for everyone.       Tyler Durden Mon, 10/03/2022 - 18:00.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeOct 4th, 2022

Transgender Restroom Rule Blocked – Two Simple Alternatives 

Transgender Restroom Rule Blocked – Two Simple Alternatives; Require “Reasonable Accommodation” or Multi-User All-Gender Restrooms Transgender Restroom Rule Blocked WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 18, 2022) – Federal judge Charles Atchley Jr., a Trump appointee, has blocked a Biden administrative directive which would have permitted boys “who identify as girls” to use restrooms reserved for girls, but […] Transgender Restroom Rule Blocked – Two Simple Alternatives; Require “Reasonable Accommodation” or Multi-User All-Gender Restrooms Transgender Restroom Rule Blocked WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 18, 2022) – Federal judge Charles Atchley Jr., a Trump appointee, has blocked a Biden administrative directive which would have permitted boys “who identify as girls” to use restrooms reserved for girls, but there are at least two simple alternatives which should satisfy the needs of both sides in this long-simmering debate, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf. if (typeof jQuery == 'undefined') { document.write(''); } .first{clear:both;margin-left:0}.one-third{width:31.034482758621%;float:left;margin-left:3.448275862069%}.two-thirds{width:65.51724137931%;float:left}form.ebook-styles .af-element input{border:0;border-radius:0;padding:8px}form.ebook-styles .af-element{width:220px;float:left}form.ebook-styles .af-element.buttonContainer{width:115px;float:left;margin-left: 6px;}form.ebook-styles .af-element.buttonContainer input.submit{width:115px;padding:10px 6px 8px;text-transform:uppercase;border-radius:0;border:0;font-size:15px}form.ebook-styles .af-body.af-standards input.submit{width:115px}form.ebook-styles .af-element.privacyPolicy{width:100%;font-size:12px;margin:10px auto 0}form.ebook-styles .af-element.privacyPolicy p{font-size:11px;margin-bottom:0}form.ebook-styles .af-body input.text{height:40px;padding:2px 10px !important} form.ebook-styles .error, form.ebook-styles #error { color:#d00; } form.ebook-styles .formfields h1, form.ebook-styles .formfields #mg-logo, form.ebook-styles .formfields #mg-footer { display: none; } form.ebook-styles .formfields { font-size: 12px; } form.ebook-styles .formfields p { margin: 4px 0; } Get Our Activist Investing Case Study! Get the entire 10-part series on our in-depth study on activist investing in PDF. Save it to your desktop, read it on your tablet, or print it out to read anywhere! Sign up below! (function($) {window.fnames = new Array(); window.ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]='EMAIL';ftypes[0]='email';}(jQuery));var $mcj = jQuery.noConflict(true); Q2 2022 hedge fund letters, conferences and more Many of their parents, as well as the female students themselves, argue forcefully that permitting anatomical males to use their restrooms is a serious invasion of their privacy - a separation of the sexes for purposes of elimination which has been established for more than 100 years - and makes it easier for boys to sexually molest them, says Banzhaf. In stark contrast, LGBTU+ advocates argue that, because it is wrong to force boys who identify as girls to use a restroom which contradicts their sexual identity, they should be permitted to use any female restroom they desire. But Banzhaf, who has won over 100 sex discrimination legal actions, suggests that there are at least two ways to accommodate the needs of both without being forced to reject the needs of either side. Reasonable Accommodation The first solution is to require that - as with persons with disabilities and those with strongly held religious beliefs, only a "reasonable accommodation" must be made to protect their rights. The second solution - already in use and universally accepted at his law school - is to convert multi-user restrooms (e.g., GWU's has three urinals and an enclosed toilet stall) previously reserved for male students into a multi-user all-gender restroom open to all students regardless of anatomy or gender identity. Legislators should recognize that virtually no legal right - including even those fundamental ones protected by the First Amendment - is absolute and trumps all others, says Banzhaf, who notes that statutes protecting transgender individuals, persons with disabilities, and and those with strong religious beliefs all requite only a reasonable accommodation, not a clear and unfettered response to all interests and demands. Thus, people with strong religious beliefs are protected under Title VII by requiring that there be a "reasonable accommodation" to them. A similar scope of protection is provided by various Religious Freedom Protection Acts [RFPA] which are designed to protect religious interests. Under them, deeply religious persons are not granted absolute freedom to practice their religious identity and beliefs no matter what the consequences; rather, they are entitled to no more than a reasonable accommodation to them. As an even better example, a similar reasonable accommodation standard is applied to protecting the interests of those with disabilities under the Americans With Disabilities Act [ADA]; and the weight of legal authority today recognizes that gender dysphoria - like requiring the use of a wheelchair - is a protected disability under federal disability rights laws. Thus, wheelchair users' fundamental right to enter and use a building is protected, but handicapped students do not have an absolute right to use each and every exit or entrance which may be available to others. Instead, the school need only make a reasonable number of entrances accessible to wheelchair users, notes Banzhaf. Similarly, a school does not have to provide wheelchair access to all classrooms to adequately protect the rights of students in wheelchairs if there are a sufficient number of wheelchair-accessible classrooms to accommodate the small percentage of wheelchair-using students who do need them. Using these examples as analogies, courts may be able to fashion reasonable accommodations for those with gender dysphoria, while at the same time making a reasonable accommodation for those with often contradictory religious views or other concerns, including even sexual privacy. For example, using the same standard and by way of analogy, providing enough single-user restrooms to reasonably satisfy the requirements of the tiny percentage of students who are transgender might adequately protect their rights without opening up all female restrooms to anatomical males who might simply claim to feel female. Similar reasonable accommodations - a balancing of different interests - may well be possible in other LGBTQ+ cases, says Banzhaf. All-Gender Restroom The second solution is simply to change signs now reading 'MEN'S RESTROOM" to "ALL-GENDER RESTROOM." To overcome the twin problems of modesty and safety required to protect anatomical females, while at the same time not requiring transgender students to reveal their biological sex, or to use a restroom inconsistent with their new gender, GWU adopted a simple solution which may be unique, at least on a major university campus. For years the Law School had, at each end of its moot courtroom in which many major events are held (it seats about 100), one restroom for males, and another equal size restroom for females. Then, several years ago, it simply changed the sign on the restroom previously labeled "Men" to "All-Gender," while leaving the nearby similar-sized restroom labeled "Women" unchanged. So the newly-designated all-gender restroom - which contains three urinals, one toilet inside a metal stall, and two sinks - remained available for male students who still largely use the urinals. However, both M2F and F2M students could use the toilet with its privacy stall without revealing any portion of their anatomy, or being forced to use a restroom contrary to - or inconsistent with - their gender identity (as male, female, non-binary, cross-gender, etc.). Male students seem not to object to any invasion of their privacy or bodily modesty which might arise from other users viewing their backs while standing at the urinals, nor do they have any serious concerns about possibly being sexually assaulted by users who might be anatomically female, M2F, or even F2M. Since virtually all other multi-user restrooms in public venues tend to be paired - one labeled "male," and a nearby one labeled "female" - the simple step of relabeling each of the "male" restrooms as "all-gender," and making no other changes, could solve the transgender problem throughout an entire building or school, since everyone could now use a nearby all-gender restroom if they desire. Indeed, this concept seemed to work so well that Fox News reported on it in a piece entitled "Could Male, Female Restrooms Be a Thing of the Past? GWU Tries Out 'All-gender' Restroom." Updated on Jul 18, 2022, 12:12 pm (function() { var sc = document.createElement("script"); sc.type = "text/javascript"; sc.async = true;sc.src = "//mixi.media/data/js/95481.js"; sc.charset = "utf-8";var s = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(sc, s); }()); window._F20 = window._F20 || []; _F20.push({container: 'F20WidgetContainer', placement: '', count: 3}); _F20.push({finish: true});.....»»

Category: blogSource: valuewalkJul 18th, 2022

The Tucker Carlson origin story

Tucker Carlson's journey from prep school provocateur to Fox News flamethrower, according to his friends and former classmates. Tucker Carlson during a CNN National Town Meeting on coverage of the White House sex scandal, on January 28, 1998.Richard Ellis/Getty Images Tucker Carlson is remembered as a provocateur and gleeful contrarian by those who knew him in his early days. His bohemian artist mother abandoned her young family and cut Tucker and his brother out of her will. At a Rhode Island prep school and at Trinity College, classmates remember him as a skilled debater who could both amuse and infuriate his audiences. On Oct. 29, 1984, New York police killed an elderly Black woman named Eleanor Bumpurs in her own home. Bumpers, who lived in a public housing complex in the Bronx, had fallen four months behind on her rent. When officials from the city housing authority tried to evict her, she refused, and they called the police. Five officers responded by storming into her apartment. Bumpurs, who had a history of mental illness, grabbed a butcher knife as two officers pushed her against a wall with their plastic shields and a metal pole. A third officer fired two shots from his 12-gauge shotgun, striking Bumpurs in her hand and chest.Eleanor Bumpurs' death dominated the city's news for two months and led the NYPD to revise its guidelines for responding to emotionally disturbed individuals.At St. George's prep school, some 175 miles away in Rhode Island, the incident deeply haunted Richard Wayner. He was one of the school's few Black students and had grown up in a residential tower not far from where Bumpurs had lived. He earned straight As and was so admired that in 1984 his peers elected him senior prefect, the prep equivalent of student body president, making him the first Black class leader in the school's 125-year history. Harvard soon beckoned.Wayner was frustrated with how the St. George's community seemed to ignore the conversations about racial justice that were happening outside the cloistered confines of Aquidneck Island. It bothered Wayne that almost no one at St. George's seemed to know anything about Bumpurs' killing. "You had your crew, you put your head down, and you tried to get through three or four years of prep school with your psyche intact," Wayner said of those days.As senior prefect, one of the duties was to deliver an address each week at the mandatory Sunday chapel service. One Sunday, perched from the chapel podium, Wayner described the shooting as a sea of white faces stared back at him. He concluded with the words: "Does anyone think that woman deserved to die?"Near the front of the chapel, a single hand went up for a few brief seconds. It was Tucker Carlson.Eleanor Bumpurs was shot and killed by the New York Police Department on October 29, 1984APThen a sophomore, Tucker had a reputation as a gleeful contrarian – an indefatigable debater and verbal jouster who, according to some, could also be a bit of a jerk. "Tucker was just sort of fearless," said Ian Toll, a St. George's alumnus who would go on to be a military historian. "Whether it was a legitimate shooting may have been a point of debate but the fact was that Tucker was an underclassmen and the culture was to defer to the seniors." Wayner himself never saw Tucker's hand go up, and the two kept in touch over the years. (Note on style: Tucker Carlson and the members of his family are referred to here by their first names to avoid confusion.)  Four decades later, glimmers of that prep school provocateur appear on Tucker's Prime Time show on Fox, which garners an average of between 3 to 4 million viewers a night. His furrowed visage and spoiling-for-a-fight demeanor are all too familiar to those who have known him for decades. In the words of Roger Stone, a Republican political operative, frequent guest, and longtime friend of Tucker's: "Tucker Carlson is the single most influential conservative journalist in America… It is his courage and his willingness to talk about issues that no one else is willing to cover that has led to this development."Tucker's name has even been floated as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2024. "I mean, I guess if, like, I was the last person on earth, I could do it. But, I mean, it seems pretty unlikely that I would be that guy." he said on the "Ruthless" podcast in June, dismissing this possibility.Tucker's four decades in Washington, and his transition from conservative magazine writer to right-wing television pundit, have been well documented. But less well known are his early years and how they shaped him: his bohemian artist mother, who abandoned her young family and cut Tucker and his brother out of her will; the Rhode Island prep school where he met his future spouse; and his formation into a contrarian debater who could both amuse and infuriate his audience with his attention-getting tactics.Tucker declined to participate in an interview with Insider, saying in a statement. "Your level of interest in the boring details of my life is creepy as hell, and also pathetic," he wrote. "You owe it to yourself and the country to do something useful with your talents. Please reassess."California roots Tucker Carlson's West Coast roots burrow as deep as a giant redwood. He was born in San Francisco in May 1969 as the excesses of the Sixties peaked and the conservative backlash to the counterculture and the Civil Rights movement started to take shape. Tucker's mother, Lisa McNear Lombardi, born in San Francisco in 1945, came from one of the state's storied frontier families. Lisa's mother, Mary Nickel James, was a cattle baron heiress. Her great-great-grandfather had owned 3 million acres of ranchland, making him among the largest landowners west of the Mississippi. Her father Oliver Lombardi was an insurance broker and descendant of Italian-speaking Swiss immigrants. Lisa enrolled at UC Berkeley, where she majored in architecture. She met Richard Carlson, a San Francisco TV journalist from a considerably less prosperous background, while still in college. Lisa and Richard eloped in Reno, Nevada in 1967. The couple didn't notify Lisa's mother, who was traveling in Europe with her new husband at the time. "Family members have been unable to locate them to reveal the nuptials," a gossip item published in the San Francisco Examiner dished.Tucker arrived two years later. A second son, Buckley, was born two years after that. As Richard's career began to flourish, the family moved first to Los Angeles and then, in 1975, to La Jolla, a moneyed, beach-front enclave about 12 miles north of San Diego. When Lisa and Richard divorced a year later, in 1976, Richard got full custody of their sons, then 6 and 4. According to three of Tucker's childhood classmates, Lisa disappeared from her sons' lives. They don't recall Tucker talking about her, or seeing her at school events. Marc Sterne, Tucker's boarding school roommate who went on to be executive producer of the Tony Kornheiser Show, says the two didn't talk much about Tucker's relationship with his mother and he got the impression that Tucker and Richard were exceptionally close. When Sterne's own parents split up that year, he said Tucker was supportive and understanding. Lisa spent the next two decades as an artist – moving first to Los Angeles, where she befriended the painter David Hockney, and later split her time between France and South Carolina with her husband, British painter Michael Vaughan. In 1979, Richard Carlson married Patricia Swanson, heiress to the Swanson frozen foods empire that perfected the frozen Salisbury steak for hassle-free dinners. She soon legally adopted Tucker and Buckley.  When Lisa died in 2011, her estate was initially divided equally between Tucker, his brother Buckley, and Vaughan. But in 2013, Vaughan's daughter from another marriage found a one-page handwritten document in Lisa's art studio in France that left her assets to her surviving husband with an addendum that stated, "I leave my sons Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson and Buckley Swanson Peck Carlson one dollar each." A protracted battle over Lombardi's estate involving Vaughan and the Carlson brothers wound up in probate court. The Carlsons asserted the will was forged but a forensic witness determined that Lisa had written the note. The case eventually went to the California Appellate Court, which allowed the Carlson brothers to keep their shares in 2019."Lisa was basically sort of a hippie and a free spirit," said one attorney who  represented the Vaughan family and recalled having conversations about the case. "She was very liberal and she did not agree with Tucker's politics. But she stuck the will in the book, everyone forgot about it, and then she passed away."In a 2017 interview with The New Yorker, Tucker described the dissolution of his family as a "totally bizarre situation — which I never talk about, because it was actually not really part of my life at all." Several pieces of art produced by Tucker's mother, Lisa Lombardi, and her then-partner Mo Mcdermott in the home of a California collector.Ted Soqui for InsiderLisa When Lisa left her husband and two young sons, she was escaping suburban family life in favor of the more bohemian existence as an artist. One of Tucker and Buckley's former teachers said their mother's absence "left some sour grapes." "I felt they sided with the father," Rusty Rushton, a former St. George's English teacher said. After the divorce, Lisa returned to Los Angeles and tried to break into the city's thriving contemporary art scene. She befriended Mo McDermott, an LA-based British sculptor, model, and longtime assistant to David Hockney, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. A few years before he met Lisa, the scene was captured in Jack Hazan's 1974 groundbreaking documentary "A Bigger Splash," which followed Hockney and his coterie of gay male friends idly lounging around the pool in his Hollywood Hills home."When love goes wrong, there's more than two people who suffer," said McDermott, playing a slightly exaggerated version of himself, in a voiceover in the documentary.Lisa and McDermott became a couple and Lisa won admission into Hockney's entourage. Hockney lived a far more reclusive lifestyle than his pop art compatriot Andy Warhol but some four dozen or so artists, photographers, and writers regularly passed through his properties."She was more like a hippie, arty kind of person. I couldn't ever imagine her being a mother," said Joan Quinn, the then-West Coast editor of Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine, who knew Lisa during those years and still owns several of her works. "She was very nervous all the time… She was ill-content."The pair were often seen at Hockney's Hollywood Hills home and at Friday night gallery openings on La Cienega Boulevard. They collaborated on playful, large-scale wood sculptures of animals, vegetables, and trees. A handful of their pieces could be seen around Hockney's hillside ranch."Hockney had me over to meet them. He wanted a gallery to handle their work," said Molly Barnes, who owns a gallery in West Hollywood and gave the pair shows in 1983 and 1984. "They were brilliant and David loved Mo. He thought they were the best artists around.""She was quiet and intellectual and somewhat withdrawn," Barnes said. "She had come from a lot of money and that reflected on her personality. She wasn't a snob in any way but she had the manners of a private school girl and someone who was fighting the establishment."A sculpture by Tucker's mother, Lisa Lombardi, and her then-partner Mo Mcdermott in the home of a California collector.Ted Soqui for InsiderNone of them recall Lisa discussing her two sons. McDermott died in 1988. After his death, Hockney discovered that McDermott had been stealing drawings from him and selling them. Hockney said the betrayal helped bring on a heart attack. "I believe I had a broken heart," Hockney told The Guardian in 1995. (Hockney did not answer multiple inquiries about Lisa or McDermott.)In 1987, Lisa met Vaughan, one of Hockney's peers in the British art scene known as the "Bradford Mafia." They married in February 1989 and for years afterward they lived in homes in the Pyrenees of southwest France and South Carolina's Sea Islands.Lisa continued to make art, primarily oversized, wooden sculptures of everyday household items like peeled lemons and dice, but she exhibited her work infrequently. She died of cancer in 2011, at which point Carlson was a decade into his media career and a regular contributor on Fox News. Richard In contrast to Lisa's privileged upbringing, Richard's childhood was full of loss. Richard's mother was a 15-year-old high school girl who had starved herself during her pregnancy, and he was born with a condition called rickets. Six weeks later, his mother left him at an orphanage in Boston called The Home for Little Wanderers. Richard's father, who was 18, tried to convince her to kidnap the infant and marry him, but she refused. He shot and killed himself two blocks from her home.A Massachusetts couple fostered Richard for two years until he was adopted by a wool broker and his wife, which he described in a 2009 reflection for the Washington Post. His adoptive parents died when he was still a teenager and Richard was sent to the Naval Academy Preparatory School. He later enlisted in the Marines and enrolled in an ROTC program at the University of Mississippi to pay for college.In 1962, Richard developed an itch for journalism while working as a cop in Ocean City, Maryland at the age of 21, and the future NBC political correspondent Catherine Mackin, helped him get a copy boy job at the Los Angeles Times. Richard moved to San Francisco three years later and his career blossomed. He started producing television news features with his friend, Lance Brisson, the son of actress Rosalind Russell. They filmed migrant farm workers in the Imperial Valley living in cardboard abodes in 110 degree weather, traipsed the Sierra Nevada mountains to visit a hermit, and covered the Zodiac Killer and Bay Area riots (during one demonstration in 1966, they sent television feeds from their car where they trapped for four hours  and a crowd roughed up Brisson, which required four stitches under his left eye). Another time, they rented a helicopter in search of a Soviet trawler but they had to jump into the Pacific Ocean when the chopper ran low on fuel near the shore and crashed.In 1969, Richard and Brisson co-wrote an article for Look Magazine that claimed San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto had mafia ties. Alioto sued the magazine's owner for libel and won a $350,000 judgment when a judge determined the article's allegations were made with "actual malice" and "reckless disregard for whether they were true or not." (Richard was not a defendant in the case and has stood by his story. Brisson declined an interview.)Richard moved back to Los Angeles to join KABC's investigative team two years later. One series of stories that delved into a three-wheeled sports car called the Dale and the fraudulent marketing practices of its founder, Geraldine Elizabeth Carmichael, won a Peabody award in 1975. The series also outed Carmichael as a transgender woman. (Richard's role in Carmichael's downfall was explored in the HBO documentary "The Lady and the Dale.") Soon after arriving as an anchor for KFMB-TV, San Diego's CBS affiliate, Richard ran a story revealing that tennis pro Renee Richards, who had just won a tournament at the La Jolla Tennis Club, was a transgender woman."I said, 'You can't do this. I am a private person,'" Richards, who years later would advise Caitlyn Jenner about her transition, urged the television journalist to drop his story, according to a 2015 interview. "His reply? 'Dr. Richards, you were a private person until you won that tournament yesterday.'" By the time he left the anchor chair in 1977 to take a public relations job with San Diego Savings and Loan, Richard had soured on journalism. "I have seen a lot of arrogance and hypocrisy in the press and I don't like it," he told San Diego Magazine in 1977. "Television news is insipid, sophomoric, and superficial… There are so many things I think are important and interesting but the media can be counted on to do handstands on that kind of scandal and sexual sensation."Years later, Richard said that he never tried to encourage his eldest son in politics or journalism, but that Tucker had a clear interest in both from an early age. "I never thought he was going to be a reporter or a writer. I never encouraged him to do that," Richard told CSPAN of his eldest son in 2006. "I actually attempted not to encourage him politically, either. I decided those are the things that should be left up to them."A LaJolla, California post card.Found Image Holdings/Corbis via Getty ImagesA La Jolla childhoodAfter the divorce, Richard and his boys stayed in La Jolla in a house overlooking the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. Friends of Tucker's would later say that the trauma of their mother's absence brought the three of them closer together.  "They both really admired their dad. He was a great source of wisdom. He's one of the great raconteurs you'll ever meet. They loved that glow that came from him," said Sterne, Tucker's boarding school roommate. "They both looked up to him, it was clear from my eyes."In an essay included in his book "The Long Slide: Thirty Years in American Journalism," Tucker described Richard as a kind parent who imbued family outings with a deeper message.One of Tucker's earliest memories, he writes, was from just after the divorce, when Tucker was seven and Buckley was five: the brothers gripping the edge of a luggage rack on the roof of his family's 1976 Ford Country Squire station wagon, while their father gunned the engine down a dirt road."I've sometimes wondered what car surfing was meant to teach us," Tucker wrote. "Was he trying to instill in us a proper sense of fatalism, the acknowledgement that there is only so much in life you can control? Or was it a lesson about the importance of risk?... Unless you're willing to ride the roof of a speeding station wagon, in other words, you're probably not going to leave your mark on the world."More often, the boys were left unsupervised and found their own trouble. Tucker once took a supermarket shopping cart and raced it down a hill in front of their house with Buckley in its basket. The cart tipped over, leaving Buckley with a bloody nose. He also recalled building makeshift hand grenades with hydrochloric acid and aluminum foil – using a recipe from their father's copy of "The Anarchist Cookbook"  and tossing them onto a nearby golf course."No one I know had a father like mine," Tucker wrote. "My father was funnier and more outrageous, more creative  and less willing to conform, than anyone I knew or have known since. My brother and I had the best time growing up."Richard sent Tucker to La Jolla Country Day, an upscale, largely white private school with a reputation as one of the best in Southern California, for elementary and middle school. In his book, "Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution," Tucker described his first grade teacher Marianna Raymond as "a living parody of earth-mother liberalism" who "wore long Indian-print skirts," and sobbed at her desk over the world's unfairness. "As a conservative, I had contempt for the whiny mawkishness of liberals. Stop blubbering and teach us to read. That was my position," he wrote. "Mrs. Raymond never did teach us; my father had to hire a tutor to get me through phonics.""I beg to differ," Raymond countered in an interview, saying that she was also Tucker's tutor during the summer after first grade and was even hired again. "I'm a great teacher. I'm sure he liked me." For her part, she remembered Tucker as a fair-haired tot who was "very sweet" and "very polite." (When The Washington Post reached out her her, she said Carlson's characterization had been "shocking.")  Friends from La Jolla remember that Tucker loved swimming the mile-and-a-half distance between La Jolla Shores Park and La Jolla Cove, jumping off cliffs that jut out into the Pacific Ocean, riffing on the drums, and playing Atari and BB gun games at the mall with his friends. "He was a happy kid. We were young, so we used to go to the beach. We did normal kid stuff," said Richard Borkum, a friend who is now a San Diego-based attorney. When they weren't at the beach or the mall, Borkum and another friend, Javier Susteata, would hang out at the Carlson home listening to The Who, AC/DC, and other classic rock bands. Borkum said the adults at the Carlson household largely left them alone. "I'm Jewish and Javier was Mexican and I'm not sure they were too happy we were going to their house," Borkum said.Another friend, Warren Barrett, remembers jamming with Tucker and going snow camping at Big Bear and snorkeling off Catalina Island with him in middle school."Tucker and I literally ate lunch together every day for two years," Barrett said. "He was completely the opposite of now. He was a cool southern California surfer kid. He was the nicest guy, played drums, and had a bunch of friends. And then something must have happened in his life that turned him into this evil diabolical shithead he is today."LaJolla is a upscale beach community outside of San Diego. Carlson and his family moved their in 1975.Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesSan Diego's next mayorRichard, meanwhile, was exploring a second career in public service. By 1980, he had risen to vice president of a bank headed by Gordon Luce, a California Republican power broker and former Reagan cabinet official. The following year, Richard's public profile got a boost when he tangled with another veteran television journalist, CBS's Mike Wallace. The 60 Minutes star had interviewed Richard for a story about low-income Californians who faced foreclosures from the bank after borrowing money to buy air conditioners without realizing they put their homes up for collateral. Richard had his own film crew tape the interview, and caught Wallace saying that people who had been defrauded were "probably too busy eating their watermelon and tacos." The remark made national headlines and Wallace was forced to apologize.Pete Wilson, the U.S. Senator and former San Diego mayor, encouraged Richard to run for office. In 1984, Richard entered the race to challenge San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock's re-election. "He was a very well-regarded guy," Hedgecock told Insider. "He had an almost Walter Cronkite-like appearance, but because he was in local news he was all about not offending anybody. He didn't have particularly strong views. He was nice looking, articulate, and made good appearances, but what he had to say was not particularly memorable other than he wanted me out of office."Sometimes Tucker tagged along for campaign events. "He would always show up in a sport coat, slacks and a bowtie and I thought that's really nice clothing for someone who is a kid," Hedgecock remembers. He was a very polite young man who didn't say much."Five days before voters went to the polls, Hedgecock went on trial for 15 counts of conspiracy and perjury, an issue that Richard highlighted in his television campaign ads. Richard still lost to Hedgecock 58 to 42 percent despite pouring nearly $800,000 into the race and outspending Hedgecock two to one. (Hedgecock was found guilty of violating campaign finance laws and resigned from office in 1985 but his convictions were overturned on appeal five years later.)People are seen near a beach in La Jolla, California, on April 15, 2020.Gregory Bull/AP PhotoPrep school In the fall of 1983, a teenaged Tucker traded one idyllic beachfront community for another.At 14, Tucker moved across the country to Middletown, Rhode Island, to attend St. George's School. (Buckley would follow him two years later.) The 125-year-old boarding school sits atop a hill overlooking the majestic Atlantic Ocean, and is on the other side of Aquidneck Island where Richard Carlson went to naval school. The private school was known as a repository for children of wealthy East Coast families who were not as academically inclined as those who attended Exeter or Andover. Its campus had dorms named after titans of industry, verdant athletic fields, and a white-sand beach.Senators Claiborne Pell and Prescott Bush graduated, as did Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, and poet Ogden Nash. Tucker's class included "Modern Family" actor Julie Bowen; Dede Gardner, the two-time Oscar-winning producer of "12 Years a Slave" and "Moonlight"; and former DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson. Billy Bush – "Extra" host, and cousin to George W. Bush – was three years behind him.Tuition at St. George's cost $13,000 per year in the 1980s (it's now up to $67,000 for boarding school students) and student schedules were tightly regimented with breakfast, classes, athletics, dinner, and study hall encompassing each day. Students were required to take religion classes, and attend chapel twice a week. Faculty and staff would canvass the dorms on Thursdays and Sundays to ensure no one skipped the Episcopal service. Tucker impressed his new chums as an hyper-articulate merrymaker who frequently challenged upperclassmen who enforced dorm rules and the school's liberal faculty members."He was kind of a California surfer kid. He was funny, very intelligent, and genuinely well-liked," said Bryce Traister, who was one year ahead of Tucker and is now a professor at the University of British Columbia. "There were people who didn't like Tucker because they thought he was a bullshitter but he was very charming. He was a rascal and a fast-talker, as full of shit as he is today."Back then Tucker was an iconoclast more in the mold of Ferris Bueller than preppy neocon Alex P. Keaton, even if his wardrobe resembled the "Family Ties" star. Students were required to wear jackets, ties, and khakis, although most came to class disheveled. Tucker wore well-tailored coats and chinos, pairing his outfit with a ribbon-banded watch and colorful bowtie which would later become his signature. "He was always a very sharp dresser. He had a great rack of ties. He always knew how to tie a bowtie but he didn't exclusively wear a bowtie," said Sterne, Tucker's freshman year roommate. "He always had great clothes. It was a lot of Brooks Brothers." Their crew crew held court in each others' dorm rooms at Auchincloss, the freshman hall, kicking around a Hacky Sack and playing soccer, talking about Adolph Huxley, George Orwell, and Hemingway, and dancing to Tom Petty, the Grateful Dead, and U2 on the campus lawn. Televisions weren't allowed so students listened to their Sony Walkman swapping cassette recordings of live concerts. Tucker introduced several bands to his friends."He loved classic rock and he was and still is a big fan of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead," said Sterne, who saw a Dead show with Tucker at RFK Stadium in 1986.Sometimes the clique got slices at Aquidneck Pizza and played arcade games in town, hung out in history instructor William Schenck's office, and smoked pot and Marlborough Red cigarettes on a porch in the main building's common room that faced the ocean, according to multiple sources. When the school administrators banned smoking indoors the following year so they congregated behind the dumpster behind the dining hall. Vodka (often the brand Popov) mixed with Kool-Aid was the drink of choice and students stockpiled bottles under their beds.Tucker was an enthusiastic drinker, half a dozen classmates recall. In his book, "The Long Slide," Tucker credits Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" for enticing him to try drugs in 10th grade, The experience gave him "double vision and a headache." By the time he got to college, Tucker writes, "I switched to beer."By the late 1990s Tucker stopped smoking. He eventually cut alcohol too in 2002 after drinking so much while covering George W. Bush in New Hampshire during the 2000 primary that he accidentally got on the wrong plane, according to a friend.Most of Tucker's fellow students remember him best as a skilled speaker."He was always eager to take the less palatable side of the argument and argue that side," said Mahlon Stewart, who attended prep school and college with Tucker and is now a geriatric specialist at Columbia University. "Back then it was comedic. I thought it was an act.""His confidence was just amazing. He could just put out some positions and be willing to argue anything no matter how outlandish," Keller Kimbrough, a former classmate who's now a professor at the University of Colorado. "We were talking about politics and religion one time Tucker pulled this card out of his wallet and said, 'Well actually I'm an ordained minister, I'm an authority on the subject.' This was a stunt. He could literally play the religion card." "When he got the job at Fox I just thought 'Wow that's perfect for him, that's exactly what he can do.'"Their dorm room discourses were never serious. Tucker would pick a side in a debate between whether the color red or blue were better, and the crowd would erupt whenever he made a good point, friends said.  "Even at age 15 he was verbally dexterous and a great debater," Ian Toll said. "His conservative politics was fully formed even back then. He believed in strong defense and minimal government."His teachers saw a pupil who was primed for law school."Language and speaking came naturally to him. He took pleasure in it," said Rusty Rushton, Tucker's former English teacher. Tucker's politics, though, "seemed fluid to me," Rushton said. "I don't think of him as a deeply ensconced ideologue."He ditched soccer after sophomore year to act in a school theater production of Ayn Rand's courtroom thriller "Night of January 16th" (Julie Bowen starred as the prosecuting attorney. Tucker played a juror). But Tucker found his voice in competitive debate when he eventually joined the school's debate club. The team traveled to other private school campuses to compete against schools like Andover, Exeter, and Roxbury Latin in tournaments."He won some debate and basically did a victory lap afterward and got in the face of all the faculty there," one alum from a rival school who debated against Tucker said. "After defeating the student team, he started challenging the faculty, and said, 'Do any of you want to take me on? Are any of you capable of debating me?'"SusieIn the fall of Tucker's sophomore year, a new headmaster arrived at St. George's, Rev. George Andrews II. Andrews' daughter, Susie – who Tucker would eventually marry – was in Tucker's class. According to school tradition, a rotating group of underclassmen was charged with serving their classmates dinner and, one night in late September, Tucker and Susie had the shift at the same time. "They were sitting at a table at the far end of Queen Hall just leaning in, talking to each other," Sterne recalled. "You could see the sparks flying, which was cool."Susie floated between the school's friend groups easily. When she was seen mingling with Tucker, some questioned what she saw in him."People were saying, 'Come on Susie, why are you dating Tucker?' He's such a loser slacker and she was so sweet," Traister said. The pair started dating at the age of 15 and quickly became inseparable. Tucker gained notoriety on campus for repeatedly sneaking into Susie's room on the second floor of Memorial Schoolhouse, the school's stately administrative office that housed the headmaster's quarters. He had less time for his dumpster buddies now that the couple hung out on the campus lawn, attended chapel and an interdenominational campus ministry organization called FOCUS. His senior yearbook included a photo of Tucker squinting in concern to a classmate, with the caption "What do you mean you told Susie?While Susie was universally liked within the St. George's community, her father was polarizing.Andrews led the school during a turbulent period – it was later revealed – when its choirmaster Franklin Coleman was accused of abusing or having inappropriate conduct with at least 10 male students, according to an independent investigation by the law firm Foley Hoag in 2016. (Two attorneys representing several victims said 40 alumni contacted them with credible accounts of molestation and rape accusations at the hands of St. George's employees between 1974 and 2004 after a 2015 school-issued report detailed 26 accounts of abuse in the 1970s and 1980s. (Coleman was never criminally charged and he has not responded to Insider's attempts to reach him.) Over his eight-year tenure as school music director, from 1980 to 1988, Coleman invited groups of boys to his apartment for private parties. Sometimes he shared alcohol and pot with some of them, gave them back and neck rubs, showed pornographic videos, traveled with them on choral trips and stayed in their hotel rooms, and appeared nude around some of them, the report found. Several of Tucker's classmates and former faculty said they had no reason to believe he would have been aware of the accusations. "There were rumors circulating wildly that Coleman was bad news. The idea was he would cultivate relationships with young men," Ian Toll, a St. George's alum, said. "Anyone who was there at that time would have likely been aware of those rumors."Andrews told Foley Hoag investigators he was not aware of any complaints about Coleman until May 1988 (by then, Tucker had finished his freshman year in college) when school psychiatrist Peter Kosseff wrote a report detailing a firsthand account of misconduct. But Andrews acknowledged to investigators the school could have been aware of "prior questionable conduct" before then, the report said. Andrews fired Coleman in May 1988 after the school confronted Coleman with allegations of misconduct and he did not deny them. According to the investigation, Andrews told students Coleman resigned due to "emotional stress" and that he had the "highest regard and respect for him." On the advice of a school attorney, Andrews did not report the music teacher to child protective services. He also knew that his faculty dean wrote Coleman a letter of recommendation for a job at another school, according to investigators. Andrews left the school a few weeks after Coleman departed. By September 1989, he was named headmaster at St. Andrew's School in Boca Raton, Florida which he led for 18 years. (Andrews declined to speak about Tucker or his tenure at either school.) St. George's, meanwhile, reached an undisclosed settlement with up to 30 abuse survivors in 2016. Coleman found work as a choir director at Tampa Preparatory School in Tampa Bay, Florida before he retired in 2008. Tucker Carlson attended St. George’s School, a boarding school starting at age 14.Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe via Getty ImagesTrinity In the fall of 1987, Tucker enrolled at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, where Rev. Andrews had also attended.Nearly two-thirds of Trinity's student body back then originated from private schools and many came from wealthy backgrounds. Tuition in 1987 cost $11,700 plus an additional $3,720 for room and board—around $27,839 in today's dollars."When the Gulf War broke out" in 1990, one Trinity alum who knew Tucker recalled, "there was a big plywood sign in front of the student center that read, 'Blood for Oil,' and someone else threw a bucket of paint on it."The posh campus was situated in the middle of Hartford, Connecticut, the state's capital and one of its poorest cities. Discussions about race and inequality were sometimes at the forefront of campus politics, but many students avoided engaging in them entirely."There were issues about whether black students should only date other black students, that kind of thing," said Kathleen Werthman, a classmate of Tucker's who now works at a Florida nonprofit for people with disabilities. "My sophomore year, for new students, they had a speaker talking about racism, and one of the students said, 'I never met a black student, how are you supposed to talk to them?' And the idea that only white people can be racist was challenged too."Susie was at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. His brother remained in Rhode Island and other prep school friends had fanned out across the East Coast. Tucker moved into a four-bedroom dormitory overlooking the main quad. One suitemate, Neil Patel, was an economics major from Massachusetts who played intramural softball. (They would co-found the Daily Caller together two decades years later.) Other roommates played on the varsity soccer team and they formed a tight-knit group."I remember being struck by him. He was the same way he is now," said Rev. Billy Cerveny, a college friend of Tucker's who's now a pastor at Redbird Nashville. "He was a force of nature. He had a sense of presence and gravitas. You might get into an argument with him, but you end up loving the guy."Tucker often went out of his way to amuse his friends. Once during the spring semester, several activists set up a podium and microphone beneath his dorm window to protest the CIA's on-campus recruitment visits. The demonstration was open-mic so Tucker went up to the stage and told the crowd of about 15 people, "I think you're all a bunch of greasy chicken fuckers.""I think people laughed. He did," Cerveny said. "There was always a small collection of people any time there was an issue who tried to stir the pot in that way. Some people were dismissive and other people loved it, thinking 'Oh we're getting a fight here.'"As a sophomore, Tucker and his friends moved into a dingy three-story house on Crescent Street on the edge of the campus. He ditched his tailored jackets, khakis, and bowties for oversized Levi jeans, t-shirts, and untucked oxford shirts. Tucker commandeered a low-ceilinged room above the front porch with so many windows he had to hang up tapestries to keep out the sun. The tiny alcove had barely enough space for an eight-foot futon and several bookshelves Tucker built himself stacked with books he collected. Friends remember Tucker receiving an 8-by-10 manilla envelope that his father sent through the mail once or twice a month containing dozens of articles from newspapers and magazines.One of Tucker's friends, Cerveny, remembered stopping by Richard's home in Washington, D.C. and finding evidence of his hobbies, including the world's second largest collection of walking sticks."His house was filled with rare canes he collected from all over the world," Cerveny said. "The hallways had really amazing rows of canes hung on hooks that were specially made to mount these things on the house. One used to be a functional shotgun, another one was made out of a giraffe. His dad would pull out newspaper clippings of WWII Navy aircraft carriers. It changed the way I thought about a lot of things. I had never seen anything like that. Who collects canes?"During sophomore year, Tucker's friends decided to rush Delta Phi, a well-to-do fraternity also known as St. Elmo's. The Greek scene had a large presence on campus — about 20 percent of men joined them even though Trinity was a liberal arts school — and St. Elmo's had a reputation as freewheeling scamps. Once a year, a St. Elmo's brother would ride his motorcycle naked through the campus cafeteria. (Faculty voted in 1992 to abolish Greek life saying they were sexist and racist, and school administrators instead forced fraternities to become co-ed.)But Tucker refused to come aboard. Some classmates thought it was because he didn't want to be hazed."Tucker was not a joiner like that," Mahlon Stewart said. "He wouldn't have set himself up for whatever humiliation would have been involved. He would not have put up with that." But Cerveny, who pledged the fraternity, said it was a matter of faith."I remember explicitly him saying 'Look, I want to focus on what my faith is about and I thought this would be a big distraction,'" Cerveny said. "But he was very much in the mix with us. When we moved to a fraternity house [on Broad Street], we asked him to live with us."Tucker occasionally dropped in on his friends' fraternity events and occasionally brought Susie when she visited or Buckley when he drifted into town. Other times they hung out at Baker's Cafe on New Britain Avenue. Mostly Tucker stayed in his room."He was basically a hermit. It wasn't like he was going to a ton of parties" one Trinity St. Elmo's brother said. "He was not a part of the organizational effort of throwing big parties, or encouraging me to join the fraternity." Susie, who didn't drink or smoke, was a moderating influence. "Tucker and Susie had their moral compass pointing north even back then," Sterne said. "Tucker's faith was not something he was focused on in his early years but when he met Susie and he became close to her family, that started to blossom and grow in him. Now it's a huge part of his life."By the time his crew moved to another house on Broad Street, they each acquired vintage motorcycles and tinkered with them in their garage. Tucker owned a 1968 flathead Harley Davidson that barely ran and relied on a red Jeep 4X4 to transport friends around town (the Volkswagen van he had freshman year blew up). He smoked Camel unfiltered cigarettes, sipped bourbon, and occasionally brewed beer in the basement, including a batch he named "Coal Porter," according to GQ.When he wasn't reading outside of his courses or tinkering with his carburetor, Tucker took classes in the humanities and ultimately majored in history. Tucker dabbled in other fields including Russian history, Jewish history, Women's Studies, and Religious Studies, sitting in the back of lecture halls with his friends. Ron Kiener, who taught an introductory level course in Judaism, recalled Tucker performing "poorly" but earning a credit. "He did not get a stellar grade from me," Kiener said. "Based on what he says now he surely didn't get very much out of my courses."But Leslie Desmangles, who led courses in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Myth, Rite, and Sacrament, said Tucker was engaged and likely did just enough to pass his courses even if he wasn't very studious or vocal in class discussions."He was interested in understanding the nature of religious belief and studying different cultures and religions but I'm not sure if he had an interest in diversity," Desmangles said. "He was genuinely interested in ritual since a lot of the Episcopal church is highly ritualistic."Tucker's fascination with religion extended to his extracurricular activities too. He and several friends joined Christian Fellowship, a Bible study group that met weekly and helped the school chaplain lead Sunday services. Some members even volunteered with ConnPIRG, a student advocacy group on hunger and environmental issues, and traveled to Washington D.C. to protest the Gulf War. But Tucker steered clear of campus activism. He spent his free time reading and seeing Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic, and Sting perform when they came through Connecticut. Sometimes he skipped school to follow his favorite band, the Grateful Dead, on tour.He took an interest in Central American politics too. At the end of freshman year, Tucker and Patel traveled to Nicaragua. "We did not have a place to stay or any set plans," Tucker told the Trinity Tripod, his college paper, in March 1990. "It was very spontaneous. We are both extremely political and we felt that getting to know the country and some of its citizens would give us a better perspective on the situation." In February 1990, Tucker returned with three friends to Managua for 10 days to observe Nicaragua's elections. The National Opposition Union's Violetta Chamoro, which was backed by the U.S. government, defeated the leftist Sandinista National Liberation Front Daniel Ortega who had been in power since 1979. A month later Tucker and his classmate Jennifer Barr, who was separately in Nicaragua to observe elections and distribute medical supplies to the Sandinistas, shared their perspectives about their visits to a small crowd at the Faculty Club for the school's Latin America Week. Tucker thought press coverage of the election was too left-leaning and criticized the media for skewing a conservative victory, according to Barr."I don't think it was necessarily true," Barr said. "He was dismissive [about my views]. I did get a sense that he believed in what he was saying, and it was very different from my experience and my understanding of the race."Tucker's stance on U.S. politics at the time was less didactic. As the 1992 presidential election loomed his senior year, Tucker touted the independent candidacy of Ross Perot, a Texas business magnate, to his friends although it did not appear that Tucker was an ardent supporter."Tucker would go on and on about how Ross Perot was the answer to this or that, as a joke, and every one would participate" one St. Elmo's brother said. "He liked the way Ross Perot was basically throwing a wrench into the system. He wasn't a serious Ross Perot proponent. He was cheering on somebody who was screwing up the system."In Tucker's college yearbook, below his tousle-haired, bowtie wearing thumbnail photo, was a list of his extra-curricular activities: "History; Christian Fellowship 1 2 3 4, Jesse Helms Foundation, Dan White Society." Neither of the latter two – named, respectively, after the ultra-conservative North Carolina Senator, and a San Francisco supervisor who assassinated Harvey Milk in 1978 – ever existed. Tucker admired Helms for being a "bull in the china shop" of Congress, one classmate said. Some friends believed Tucker slipped in the off-color references as a lark."It's like a joke you and a friend would put in a series of anagrams that only you and two friends would remember and no one else would," the St. Elmo's friend said. "It's so niche that only someone like Tucker is thinking things like that or would even know the name of the person who killed Harvey Milk. He paid attention to things like that."Others claimed Tucker was the victim of a prank."It would not at all surprise me if one of the other guys in the [fraternity] house filled it in for him, and not just an inside joke, but pegging him with something that he got grief for," another close friend said. Protesters rally against Fox News outside the Fox News headquarters at the News Corporation building, March 13, 2019 in New York City.Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesAn outsider among insidersBy the spring of 1991, Tucker's academic performance had caught up with him. He had accumulated a 1.9 grade point average and may have finished with a 2.1 GPA, according to one faculty member who viewed a copy of his transcript. Tucker would eventually graduate from Trinity a year late. Falling behind was not uncommon. About 80 percent of Trinity students completed their degrees in four years, according to Trinity College records. (A Trinity spokeswoman would not comment on Tucker's transcript due to FERPA laws, which protect student privacy.Tucker's post-collegiate plans fell through too. Tucker applied to the CIA that spring. The spy agency passed."He mentioned that he had applied and they rejected him because of his drug use," another college friend said, while declining to be named. "He was too honest on his application. I also probably should say I don't know whether he was telling the truth or not." Once the school year was over, Tucker and Neil Patel hit the road on a cross-country motorcycle ride. After that: Washington DC.  Tucker's family left Southern California for Georgetown after President Reagan named his father head of Voice of America. In June 1991, President George H.W. Bush appointed Richard ambassador to the Seychelles and the Carlson family upgraded to a nicer house in Georgetown with a pool in the basement. That summer, with Tucker's father and stepmother often out of town, the Carlson household was the center of Tucker's social lives, the place they retired to after a night drinking at Georgetown college dive bars like Charing Cross and Third Edition, and pubs like Martin's Tavern and The Tombs, immortalized in St. Elmo's Fire. In August, Tucker and Susie got married in St. George's chapel and held a reception at the Clambake Club of Newport, overlooking the Narragansett Bay. Back in Washington, Tucker's prep school, college, and his father's Washington-based networks began to mesh. Tucker took a $14,000-a-year job as an assistant editor and fact checker of Policy Review, a quarterly journal published at the time by the Heritage Foundation, the nation's leading conservative think tank. For the next three decades, Tucker thrived in the Beltway: He joined The Weekly Standard and wrote for several magazines before appearing on cable news networks as a right-of-center analyst and host at CNN, PBS, and MSNBC. His father embarked on a third career as a television executive where he ran the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and his brother became a political operative and a pollster. By the time Tucker reached the core of the conservative media sphere, a slot on Fox News's primetime opinion lineup, he shed friends from his youth who couldn't grapple with the hard-right turn he veered once he became the face of the network.One friend was not surprised with Tucker's act. In the spring of 2016, during the heat of Donald Trump's presidential campaign against Hilary Clinton and a few months before "Tucker Carlson Tonight" premiered on Fox, Tucker had lunch with his old prep school classmate Richard Wayner who made the speech about Eleanor Bumpurs all those years ago. Wayner believed Tucker's gesture from his pew was never serious. "As a 9th or 10th grader in a chapel full of people in a conversation, he was trying to get attention," Wayner said.The two stayed in touch over the years and Tucker at one point suggested he write a handful of pieces for the Daily Caller, the conservative news and opinion site that Tucker co-founded and ran in the 2010s. As they settled into their table at a Midtown Manhattan steakhouse, the two chatted about Wayner's experience on the board of St. George's (which Susie was about to join) and their respective careers. Tucker was floating around at Fox, and Wayner, now an investor and former Goldman Sachs investment banker, said the conversation drifted toward salaries."He was asking, 'How much do you make on Wall Street' and was like, 'Wow, Wall Street guys make a lot.'" Wayner said. When they left the restaurant and headed back toward the Fox News headquarters, several people recognized Tucker on the street even though he had jettisoned his trademark bowtie years ago. Wayner saw Tucker making the pragmatic decision to follow a business model that has made his conservative media counterparts a lot of money."I don't think he has a mission. I don't think he has a plan," Wayner said. "Where he is right now is about as great as whatever he thought he could be.""Tucker knows better. He does. He can get some attention, money, or both." he added. "To me, that's a shame. Because he knows better." Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMay 5th, 2022

Grindr to Cover Gender Affirmation Surgery Costs for Employees

Grindr will work with healthcare providers to offer the surgery without needing several letters from a psychiatrist Grindr LLC, the dating app that specializes in connections for the LGBTQ+ community, is rolling out new benefits to support employees seeking gender affirmation surgery, joining other companies that are endeavoring to help employees receive care that is sometimes difficult to access. Under the new benefits, which have been in the works for about nine months and became available to employees in mid-April, Grindr will work with healthcare providers to offer the surgery without needing several letters from a psychiatrist that includes their mental health history and a recommendation for the surgery, which advocates say places a burden on patients. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Instead, employees will sign attestations that the surgery is required for them to live according to their gender identity, said Heidi Schriefer, Grindr’s vice president of people and places. Grindr will also cover the cost of flights and hotel stays if employees need to travel for care. Grindr’s expansion of benefits comes after Tinder owner Match Group Inc. and Bumble Inc. said last year that they would cover travel costs for employees seeking abortions in other states after Texas passed restrictive laws against the procedure. On Monday night, Politico reported that it obtained a draft majority opinion by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, which made the choice to seek most abortions a constitutional right for women nationwide. Read More: ‘Keep Listening to My Voice.’ What It’s Like to Be an Abortion Clinic Escort Amy Jie, director of product at Grindr, helped craft the new benefits after her experience transitioning under her former employer’s coverage plan. The lack of providers that are knowledgeable and compassionate toward queer patients leads to patients not seeking coverage, she said. Jie had to send letters to almost 30 psychiatrists to get the necessary letters for insurance coverage. A 2020 report from the Center for American Progress found that one-in-three transgender patients had to teach their doctor about transgender individuals in order to receive adequate healthcare, and three in 10 reported postponing or avoiding treatment as a result of discrimination. “It made me feel like my problems were not ones society cared about,” Jie said. “It’s that ritual humiliation and conditional care that causes such a high percentage of queer people to avoid seeking healthcare.” Read More: Families and Doctors Are Contesting Alabama’s Transgender Treatment Ban The costs for surgeries are expensive. The one-time cost for a female-to-male surgery is $180,000 to $200,000 and male-to-female surgery can cost $80,000 to $100,000, Schriefer said. Some of Grindr’s new benefits also cover name changes on legal documents, hormone therapy, new wardrobe attire and voice therapy. While Tinder and Bumble are both LGBTQ+ friendly, Grindr is more popular within the community but it’s facing issues with user privacy as the Wall Street Journal reported that a digital advertiser sold location data that could compromise users’ identities......»»

Category: topSource: timeMay 3rd, 2022

Massachusetts Parents Sue School District For Hiding Child’s "Alternate Gender Identity" From Them

Massachusetts Parents Sue School District For Hiding Child’s 'Alternate Gender Identity' From Them Authored by Bill Pan via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), A public school district in Massachusetts is facing a lawsuit over its efforts to encourage children to “experiment with alternate gender identities” at school and hide that information from their parents. Stock image of a classroom. (Wokandapix/Pixabay) In a complaint filed last week in a U.S. district court, two families alleged that administrators and several employees at Ludlow Public Schools have “exceeded the bounds of legitimate pedagogical concerns” and violated the parents’ right to make medical and mental health decisions for their children, as well as their right to “preserve family privacy and integrity.” The suing parents specifically target Ludlow’s de facto protocol that parents are not to be notified when their child “raise(s) issues of gender non-conformity or transgender status,” including when the child asks to be called by preferred opposite sex names and pronouns or to use restrooms designated for the opposite sex, unless the child consents. Parents Stephen Foote and Marissa Silvestri alleged that this protocol has kept them out of the loop on the mental health issues of B.F., their then-11-year-daughter at Baird Middle School in Ludlow. According to the complaint (pdf), B.F. in December 2020 disclosed to a teacher, Bonnie Manchester, that she had told a friend that she might be attracted to the same sex, that she was depressed, and that she was unsure about how to ask her parents for help. Manchester notified Silvestri, who then contacted Baird officials to let them know that she was retaining professional help for her daughter, and requested that they should “not have any private conversations with B.F. in regards to this matter.” Baird counselor Marie-Clair Foley, however, allegedly ignored the mother’s message and engaged in “regular communications” with B.F., directing the girl to affirm her new gender identity. She also allegedly allowed B.F. to change her name and referred to her in email exchanges as R.F., her preferred male name, all without her parents’ knowledge. On Feb. 28, 2021, B.F. wrote an email to Foley, then-Ludlow superintendent Todd Gazda, and all Baird teachers, declaring herself “a genderqueer” who would use the R name and “any pronouns other than it/its.” In a reply-all email to the girl and the other recipients, Foley appeared to ask that school staff follow the protocol and keep secrets from the girl’s parents about the changes. “R is still in the process of telling his parents and is requesting that school staff refer to him as B and use she/her pronouns with her parents and in written emails/letters home,” the counselor wrote, according to court filings. In addition, Foley allegedly referred B.F. to Baird librarian Jordan Funke, who regularly met with students one-on-one to discuss gender identity issues and provide resources promoting exploration of alternate gender identities. Funke had also instructed students to make a video in which they state their “gender identity and preferred pronouns.” B.F. was among the students given that assignment in 2019 when she ascended to sixth grade. Silvestri was not aware of the changes until March 1, 2021, when she received a copy of B.F.’s email from Manchester. On March 18, Baird principal Stacy Monette told Manchester that she was placed on leave because of “inappropriate contact with the parents of a student.” Monette officially fired Manchester about a month later, saying that she shared “sensitive confidential information about a student’s expressed gender identity against the wishes of the student.” “I did what any teacher would and should do: I told the parents,” Manchester told The Epoch Times earlier this year. Meanwhile, Silvestri’s and Foote’s son S.F. is also a student at Baird. According to the complaint, teachers and counselors “similarly disregarded the parents’ intent” by engaging in “regular conversations” with the boy, who had identified as transgender and requested to be called by a female name. “Baird Middle School staff did not notify Foote and Silvestri of these conversations, but instead followed the Protocol to conceal the information from them as they have for B.F.,” the court filings read. Parents Jonathan Feliciano and Sandra Salmeron are also listed as plaintiff. Although their children don’t attend Baird, they claimed that Ludlow violated their constitution-guaranteed religious rights because the protocol is being enforced at all schools across the district. Specifically, the couple argued that the school district’s conduct infringes their “sincerely held religious beliefs which include respect for parental authority, truthfulness, and adherence to a Biblical understanding of male and female and standards of behavior.” “We want to support our students the best we can,” Ludlow School Committee Chair James Harrington told state news station MassLive. “But we should bring parents to the table and hope they respond in a loving and supportive way as well.” The suing parents are represented by conservative Christian legal group Massachusetts Family Institute. The Epoch Times has reached out to the organization for comments and will update this story accordingly. Tyler Durden Thu, 04/21/2022 - 19:00.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytApr 21st, 2022

Arizona Senate Approves Bill To Ban Males From Female School Sports

Arizona Senate Approves Bill To Ban Males From Female School Sports Authored by Allan Stein via The Epoch Times, A Republican-sponsored bill prohibiting males from playing on Arizona female school sports teams passed by a majority vote of the state’s Senate on Feb. 2 and now goes to the state House for review and vote. The Senate voted 16-13 to pass the bill, with all Democrats voting against it. Trinity junior Mack Beggs, a transgender athlete, wrestles Katy Morton Ranch junior Chelsea Sanchez in the final round of the 6A Girls 110 Weight Class match during the Texas Wrestling State Tournament at Berry Center in Cypress, Texas, on Feb. 25, 2017. (Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Sen. Juan Mendez (D) was not present for the vote as he is currently away on paternity leave, a staffer said Feb. 4. The bill, SB1165, acknowledges gender athletic performance differences exist between males and females, and “athletic teams or sports designated for females, women or girls may not be open to students of the male sex.” It states violation of the law by any school, institution, or government authority, would be cause for civil action. “Each interscholastic or intramural athletic team or sport that is sponsored by a public school, or a private school whose students or teams compete against a public school, shall be expressly designated as one of the following bases on the biological sex of the students who participate on the team or in the sport”—males, men or boys, females, women or girls, co-ed or mixed, the bill states. “Any student who is deprived of an athletic opportunity or suffers any direct or indirect harm as a result of a school knowingly violating this section has a private cause of action or injunctive relief, damages, or any other relief available under law against the school,” the bill adds. Civil action would have to be filed within two years of the alleged offense. The legislation is based on findings that assert the reality of biological sex, that a person’s physiological gender is determined before birth, and acknowledges physical sex differences in prenatal and early childhood through puberty. “Having separate sex-specific teams furthers efforts to promote sex equality by providing opportunities for female athletes to demonstrate their skill, strength, and athletic abilities; while also providing them with opportunities to obtain recognition, accolades, college scholarships, and the numerous other long-term benefits that flow from success in athletic endeavors,” according to the bill’s findings. Among the bill’s 24 Republican sponsors were Sen. Sonny Borrelli, Rep. Shawnna Bolick, Sen. Warren Petersen, Rep. Judy Burges, and Sen. Vince Leach. Leach, representing Arizona’s District 11, said he supported the bill based on his long-time position that acknowledges performance differences between males and females. For 18 years he was a high school sports and club coach in Wisconsin. “I can tell you from firsthand observation it’s different” between male and female athletes, Leach told The Epoch Times. “The game is played differently. Men are much more aggressive, much more using their body strength. If you introduce men’s strength into the [female sports] equation, it just magnifies that.” Leach said it’s becoming more common to see males wanting to participate in female athletics programs. “We’re making sure that girls get to play and get to play sports without fear of getting hurt,” he said. Leach said that males who participate on female athletics teams “doesn’t make the sport any better.” “It dilutes the sport. It’s presented as an issue of fairness, but who’s fairness is it? We’re taking away from a beautiful experience” in sports. The legislation will go before the Arizona House where it will be handed over to a committee for review and recommendation to the full House. Absent any amendments the approved legislation will be presented to Gov. Dough Ducey for signing. On Feb. 3, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed a bill into law prohibiting transgender girls and women from playing on female sports teams, making South Dakota the 10th state to pass such legislation. Tyler Durden Mon, 02/07/2022 - 23:20.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeFeb 8th, 2022

Entire Gender Industry Is Based On A Failed Study That Disproved Scientist’s Theory: Psychiatrist

Entire Gender Industry Is Based On A Failed Study That Disproved Scientist’s Theory: Psychiatrist Authored by Jan Jekielek and Masooma Haq via The Epoch Times, With schools teaching sex and gender ideology beginning in kindergarten, the Biden administration encouraging early medical treatments for gender dysphoria, and social media influencers discussing the topic, a record number of adolescent girls believe they are transgender and are transitioning to live as males. Miriam Grossman, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, in New York on Sep. 23, 2022. (Blake Wu/The Epoch Times) Concerned adults are sounding the alarm on the lack of scientific studies to support transgender medical treatments that permanently alter a young person’s physiology and leave their mental health issues unresolved. Child and adolescent psychiatrist Miriam Grossman, who has been a mental health professional for 40 years, said the gender industry is built on the lies of one troubled psychologist. “The person who came up with the theory was Dr. John Money, and he came up with this idea that a person’s biology—their body, their chromosomes—is completely separate from their feeling of whether they are male or female,” Grossman said during a Sept. 23 interview for EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders” program. Grossman said the industry surrounding gender ideology—from gender clinics and hospitals to transgender pride flags and the emergence of a transgender civil rights movement—is based on a concept that was never proven to be true. “In fact, the opposite was proven,” she said. “This whole concept of having an identity as male or female being completely separate from your biology has actually been proven incorrect by John Money’s experiment.” Money was instrumental in establishing the first clinic to perform gender reassignment surgeries on children and adults at the Johns Hopkins Gender Identity Clinic. In the 1960s, Money set out to prove his theory of gender identity to the world, and the perfect case study showed up in his office, Grossman said. But instead, his theory was disproven, and it was later revealed that his gender theory came from a study that was seriously corrupted. The Canadian Twins Grossman told the story of Janet and Ron Reimer, a Canadian couple with twin boys who consulted Money in the mid-1960s after one of the twins, Bruce, suffered a botched circumcision as an 8-month-old that permanently disfigured his genitals. After seeing Money speak on a TV program about his research, the parents thought their grievously injured son could—like Money was promoting—change the sex he was born with and live a happy life as a girl. Money’s hypothesis was that humans are born with a blank slate in terms of gender. “He told the parents that they must immediately change Bruce’s name to a girl’s name, put him in girl’s clothing, tell everybody that he’s a girl, and never, ever tell him the truth about his birth and what happened to him,” Grossman explained. Money advised the parents to have Bruce castrated and for doctors to construct an elementary female genitalia for the boy, Grossman said. Bruce was renamed Brenda and raised as a girl. However, after many years of being treated by Money, at about the age of 10 the twins refused to see him again. It was later revealed that Money sexually abused the twins during their appointments. Bruce was reportedly never happy as a girl and had masculine inclinations that disturbed him throughout his life. When the parents finally revealed the truth to the twins as they were entering puberty, Bruce (who was living as Brenda at that time) chose to revert to living as a male and took the name David. “We have to acknowledge the unbelievable arrogance of a professional high-standing academic—widely respected, accomplished—the arrogance that he had to exploit this family in order to hold them up as proof of his theory,” said Grossman. Money received a slew of awards during his treatment of the twins, including 25 years of continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health, Grossman said. “His ideas about gender were institutionalized, were immediately adopted within an entire field of medicine—within mental health, psychiatry—and outside of medicine as well,” she said. Indoctrination Children have been indoctrinated with Money’s gender ideology, and now most young people do not believe there is a fundamental connection between biology and gender, which Grossman said is troubling. She cited a poll published in September by The New York Times which found that over 60 percent of respondents aged 30 and older said they believe gender is determined by a person’s biological sex at birth, but 61 percent of respondents aged 18 to 29 said they believed that gender identity is distinct from biological sex. The different between the younger and older group is directly due to the spread of gender ideology, Grossman said. This is because children as young as 5 years old have been indoctrinated with Money’s gender ideology in schools. A transgender children’s book in Irvine, Calif., on Aug. 30, 2022. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times) Kids are repeatedly being told that gender identity is separate from biology and that one can choose one’s gender identity, and it’s being presented as fact in the same way children are taught that the capital of California is Sacramento, she said. Children are being told that a person can choose their own gender and that “gender-affirming care” is available for them if they want to become a different sex. The “care” starts with puberty blockers and later progresses to opposite sex hormones and finally sex reassignment surgeries, at which point there is no room for the children to change their minds, Grossman said. Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, published a study in JAMA Pediatrics (from the Journal of the American Medical Association) and reported that the number of gender-affirming chest surgeries performed in the United States on adolescents aged 13 to 17 years—the majority of which were elective mastectomies on girls—increased from 100 surgeries in 2016 to 489 surgeries in 2019, a difference of 389 percent. Adolescents are constantly changing and trying to discover who they are, so allowing them to make a drastic change to their bodies during or before puberty is having a devastating impact on many young people and families, said Grossman. A person holds a transgender pride flag in New York on June 28, 2019. (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) Dutch Protocol Run Amok Prior to the 1990s, the majority of those seeking medical treatment for gender dysphoria were men in their 30s and 40s, Grossman said. Doctors were finding that opposite-sex hormones and surgeries were less effective after puberty, so they thought if they started these treatments before puberty, the patient might have better outcomes in the sex change. Researchers in Holland came up with a study that’s now referred to as the Dutch protocol. Children were only chosen to participate in the study if they had discomfort with their biological sex from an early age and their discomfort became worse when they reached puberty. They also could not have any other mental health issues. “They took those kids and they put them on puberty blockers at age 12. And those puberty blockers had never been used before for that purpose, and to this day, puberty blockers are not licensed or FDA approved in any country to be used with gender dysphoria,” said Grossman. They are only approved for disorders or medical conditions like precocious puberty, she said. The researchers then gave opposite-sex hormones to the 55 children in the study, and later the children could have surgeries if they wanted them. There were problems with this study, including the fact that there was no control group alongside the transitioning kids, said Grossman. Grossman said there is a lot of evidence to suggest that if the kids who were uncomfortable with their sex at adolescence had been left alone, the majority of the cases of gender dysphoria would have resolved on their own after puberty. “This Dutch protocol was immediately adopted in other countries, including in the U.S., as ‘this is the solution for these kids,’” said Grossman. Dr. Rachel Levine, the first transgender state secretary of health, meets with the media at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa., on May 29, 2020. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP) ‘Gender Affirming Care’ The phrase “gender-affirming care” is a euphemism for radical medical experiments that are leaving patients with long-term physical health problems, and they don’t address the more important mental health issues these young people have, Grossman said. “You’ll have to note, again, the manipulation of language and the Orwellian use of language, when the term ‘gender affirming’ is used. They’re experimenting on the body, and people are paying a massively high price for these medical experimentations,” she said. “Gender-affirming care means that whatever the child comes up with in terms of their identity, no matter how old they are or what other conditions they may suffer from, that is their identity and we accept it. We affirm it. And we give them the treatment that they would like to get,” said Grossman. President Joe Biden and Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine are promoting these treatments, and the majority of U.S. professional organizations are backing it, leaving parents to fight an uphill battle should they oppose their child’s wishes to change their gender, said Grossman. Further, there are not enough long-term studies regarding the impact of “gender-affirming care” on children, but there is evidence about the dangerous outcomes, including being left sterile and developing blood clots, heart attacks, cancers, kidney failure, and early menopause, said Grossman. Even with all the adverse effects of “gender-affirming care,” the Biden administration is trying to mandate that all medical professionals participate and support children to get these types of treatments, Grossman said. Chloe Cole, an 18-year-old woman who regrets surgically removing her breasts, holds testosterone medication used for transgender patients in Calif. on Aug. 26, 2022. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times) Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria The Tavistock gender clinic in London has seen an exponential increase in kids seeking sex changes, most with rapid onset gender dysphoria. Read more here... Tyler Durden Sun, 11/20/2022 - 18:30.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytNov 20th, 2022

Hate in America is on the rise. It"s making it more dangerous for everyone from politicians to librarians to do their jobs.

Poll workers, politicians, librarians, and other professionals are facing harassment, aggression, and even assault. The FBI and other federal agencies recently warned other security agencies of the potential of violence on or following America's midterm elections, according to documents obtained by NPR.Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Hate-motivated incidents in 37 US cities increased in 2021 and appear to be trending upward. Politicians, poll workers, and even librarians report growing harassment, threats, and attacks. The midterm elections and the 2024 presidential race could make the situation worse. For Richard Ringer, a Democrat running for a seat in the Pennsylvania Statehouse, the rising tide of hate in America made it to his doorstep.On Monday morning, Ringer said, he heard someone enter his garage. He said he sneaked up on the man, whom he didn't know, and lunged at him. During the scuffle, the intruder punched Ringer in the head about 10 times, knocking him out, Ringer said. After regaining consciousness, Ringer called the police, according to news reports.It was the third time in two weeks Ringer had to call the police, he said. Once was after someone vandalized his garage door; the other time was after someone threw a brick through the window of his door, Ringer said. The incidents, which Ringer said he believed were related to his political work, have left him unsettled about the state of America. "I'm scared for this country," Ringer told Insider. "I'm worried as hell."Richard Ringer, a Democratic candidate seeking as seat in the Pennsylvania Statehouse, told Insider he was attacked by a male intruder.Images via Richard RingerThe ordeals Ringer described, while shocking, aren't a total surprise. From abortion clinics to polling places to libraries, threats of violence appear to be growing. And it's likely to get worse as the US heads toward what's sure to be a divisive race for the White House in 2024.Animus among Americans seems to be everywhere: A man attacked Nancy Pelosi's husband, and the suspect is accused of attempting to kidnap of the Democratic House leader. Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, posted a series of antisemitic tweets in October and wore a "White Lives Matter" T-shirt. The Brooklyn Nets suspended point guard Kyrie Irving for at least five games for his "failure to disavow antisemitism." An analysis from the Network Contagion Research Institute showed use of the N-word on Twitter spiking in a single day after Elon Musk took over the platform as some users appeared to respond to his free-speech stance.Hate-motivated incidents in 37 major US cities increased by nearly 39% in 2021 and appear to be trending upward for 2022, according to an analysis of national police data compiled by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at the California State University, San Bernardino. "It's bad right now. B-A-D," George Rattay, the chair of the Democratic Party in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, told Insider. "People are reluctant to work at the polls today. And I understand it. People take their anger out on these workers, many of whom are elderly."Rattay, who's been in politics for more than four decades, said canvassers, volunteers, and candidates were facing threats and becoming involved in altercations."When I first got into politics, I could reach across the aisle on issues and have some civility," he said. "It's not that way today." Poll workers and even librarians face violenceThere have been multiple reports of increasing threats and violence targeting poll workers.Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesThe danger isn't limited to politicians. In August, federal prosecutors charged five people with making death threats against election workers. In October, an Iowa man was arrested in connection with threats to kill election officials in Arizona's Maricopa County."The rhetoric that's coming out of these leaders, particularly from Republicans, is dangerous," Ringer said, adding that President Donald Trump's rhetoric was to blame. "I'm worried about poll workers."The Republican National Committee didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. The National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI, and other agencies issued a bulletin last month warning security agencies of the potential for attacks on political candidates, election officials, and polling workers, according to documents obtained by NPR. The FBI has since warned about "broad threats" to synagogues in New Jersey.Abortion-clinic workers also worry about growing threats, which could include violence, harassment, and even arson, in a post-Roe v. Wade America, NPR reported.Less-controversial pillars of society are at risk as well. Libraries, which not long ago wouldn't have been considered targets of political attacks, are facing threats — along with their workers. Anger from some about the books some libraries stock is dragging librarians into the nation's culture wars. Libraries in Denver were shut down for a day after receiving an "unspecified threat" in late September. A similar situation unfolded in Fort Worth, Texas, about the same time. In Nashville, Tennessee, various libraries were closed in October for a day after a bomb threat was emailed to staff. "Unfortunately there have been a rising number of threats of violence toward libraries and librarians," the American Library Association's executive board told Insider via email. The association issued a statement in June condemning the threats, adding that many "aim to erase the stories and identities of gay, queer, transgender, Black, Indigenous, persons of color, those with disabilities and religious minorities."The breadth of the threats to politicians, poll workers, and other civic employees like librarians indicates hate in America has become prolific. And with early voting underway in some states ahead of the Tuesday midterm elections, divisive rhetoric is likely to grow louder."I'm worried about next week," Ringer said, referring to the midterms. "I don't know what's going to happen. I hope nothing happens."  Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytNov 6th, 2022

Pennsylvania Taxpayers Have Paid $16 Million For Childhood Sex Reassignment Treatments

Pennsylvania Taxpayers Have Paid $16 Million For Childhood Sex Reassignment Treatments Authored by Beth Brelje via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), Switching genders is expensive. But low-income children in Pennsylvania are covered under medical assistance through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). A children's book on gender in Irvine, Calif., on Sept. 7, 2022. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times) Pennsylvania taxpayers have unknowingly paid more than $16 million under Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to fund sex reassignment and gender transition services for children. Each year since 2015, when Wolf took office, state spending on childhood sex change treatments has increased, data obtained by the Pennsylvania Family Institute shows. In 2015, Pennsylvania paid $78,000 for services related to sex reassignment for children under 18. In 2021, the state spent $3.9 million. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PA DHS) provided data to the Pennsylvania Family Institute through a Right to Know request seeking records reflecting the amount of money Pennsylvania has spent for minors through CHIP to receive “services related to sex reassignment and transition related services and drugs, from 2015 to present.” “This level of state-endorsed harm upon children is reprehensible,” Alexis Sneller of the Pennsylvania Family Institute said in a statement. “While we knew the Wolf administration was funding services related to these irreversible procedures on minors, now seeing the exact numbers–millions spent towards these detrimental acts—is still shocking.” Taxpayer Funded Treatments The data includes basic codes and descriptions for each treatment, but it’s unclear how many treatments were used for each patient, so the total number of minors who received the medications and procedures is unknown. Treatments listed in the data include androgenic agents, which are used in the transition from female to male; and estrogenic agents, which are feminizing hormones powerful enough to cause a male to develop breasts. Some girls were given Yuvafem, a vaginal insert tablet used to reduce symptoms of menopause, and Estring, another menopause insert in the form of a flexible ring that continuously releases estrogen. The Estring safety indications include a warning that using the product may increase the chance of developing dementia, and that estrogens should be used at the lowest dose possible and only for as long as needed. Many treatments are hormones in the form of gels, creams, patches, and pills normally used for women in menopause and post-menopause. Others are testosterone replacements, normally used in men who don’t make enough on their own. All are being prescribed for off-label use. “Since no drugs are specifically for sex reassignment or transition related services, pharmacy claims were only included where the recipient had a previous gender identity disorder diagnosis or personal history of sex reassignment diagnosis within the specified service dates,” the PA DHS said in a note included in the answer to the Right to Know request. “Data is limited to recipients aged 18 and younger.” The data is from Jan. 1, 2015, to Oct. 21, 2022. Homeless Kids Get Gender Treatment During a Pennsylvania House Health Committee hearing, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) gender clinic co-founder Nadia Dowshen testified that her clinic receives referrals from foster care and homeless shelters. “We’re really getting referrals from a variety of resources,” Dowshen testified. “We’re getting a lot more referrals from institutions and other youth serving professionals working with youth in other capacities, sometimes from within the foster care system, or the mental health system, or through homeless shelters for youth who are in need of support.” In another presentation, Dowshen praised Dr. Rachel Levine, calling the former Pennsylvania secretary of health “a wonderful advocate … doing amazing work to make sure young people have coverage of these medications.” Levine is a transgender individual who served in Pennsylvania until President Joe Biden appointed Levine as assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Levine is a former professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine and a longtime advocate of “gender affirming care,” which includes puberty blockers, hormone treatments, and surgeries with life-altering consequences for children and adolescents who want to change their bodies and live as the opposite sex. Read more here... Tyler Durden Fri, 11/04/2022 - 19:00.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeNov 4th, 2022

Beauty Pageant"s Rejection Of Transgender Women Is Legal, Appeals Court Rules

Beauty Pageant's Rejection Of Transgender Women Is Legal, Appeals Court Rules Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times, Miss United States of America is legally able to reject men who claim that they’re women, an appeals court has ruled. The beauty pageant’s “natural born female” requirement conveys a message and the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment gives the pageant the ability to voice that message and enforce the rule, Circuit Judge Lawrence VanDyke, a Trump appointee, wrote in a Nov. 2 ruling. “Forcing the Pageant to accept Green as a participant would fundamentally alter the Pageant’s expressive message in direct violation of the First Amendment,” VanDyke wrote for the majority of a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The ruling was against Anita Noelle Green, a biological male who identifies as transgender and sued Miss United States of America in 2019, alleging the pageant violated an Oregon law called the Oregon Public Accommodations Act (OPAA) by rejecting Green’s application to participate in the pageant. The appeals court upheld a 2021 ruling from U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman, a George W. Bush appointee. VanDyke was joined by Circuit Judge Carlos Bea, a George W. Bush appointee. Circuit Judge Susan Graber, a Clinton appointee, dissented. Graber said it wasn’t clear whether the Oregon law applies to the pageant because the law only applies to businesses that have membership policies “so unselective that the organization can fairly be said to offer its services to the public.” The lack of clarity means the district court should have allowed discovery or briefing on the matter, she said. “In sum, by assuming that the statute applies to Defendant—an assumption that is not definitively supported by the extant record—the majority risks issuing an unconstitutional advisory opinion and flouts a longstanding tradition of judicial restraint in the federal courts,” Graber argued. “Applying our ordinary rule of constitutional avoidance, I would vacate the judgment and remand this case to the district court to determine whether the OPAA applies to Defendant before we address any constitutional concerns regarding the application of the statute.” Graber also said the Oregon law “neither improperly compels speech nor violates the owner’s freedom of association.” VanDyke authored a concurring opinion to address the dissent, finding that the pageant is protected by the First Amendment from both compelled speech and forced association. He referenced a previous Supreme Court ruling that enabled the Boy Scouts to exclude a gay leader because including him would “interfere with the Boy Scouts’ choice not to propound a point of view contrary to its beliefs.” “The case before us is not meaningfully distinguishable,” he said. Green identifies as a transgender woman and an activist who has talked about using pageant platforms to deliver a message that runs against Miss United States of America’s beliefs. “The Pageant expresses its message through its contestants—both by those who compete and those who ultimately succeed,” VanDyke said. “And the Pageant has actively and consistently enforced its eligibility requirements precisely over a concern about protecting its message. The forced inclusion of a male would therefore directly impact the Pageant’s message in a way fundamentally at odds with the Pageant’s views on womanhood.” Tyler Durden Thu, 11/03/2022 - 20:20.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytNov 3rd, 2022

I"m a leg-lengthening surgeon. Most of my clients are men with confidence issues — here"s what the procedure"s like and why I do it.

"I see my height-lengthening patients as my kids, and I get to watch them grow," says Dr. Shahab Mahboubian, who performs up to 40 of the surgeries a year. Dr. Shahab Mahboubian at his facility.Courtesy of Shahab Mahboubian Shahab Mahboubian performs 30 to 40 cosmetic limb-lengthening surgeries a year. He says the majority of his patients are men who feel passed over in relationships and careers. He can add up to 6 inches to a patient's height and says patients usually leave more confident. This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Shahab Mahboubian, an orthopedic surgeon in his 40s who specializes in limb-lengthening surgeries at his private practice in Burbank, California, Height Lengthening. It has been edited for length and clarity. I love what I do. I see my height-lengthening patients as my kids, and I get to watch them grow. After surgery, some of them are actually taller than me (I'm 5-foot-9), which puts them above the national average.I was raised in LA and got my medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. Then I spent six years in New York doing my residency at Long Island's Peninsula Hospital and completing my limb-lengthening fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery. I've been practicing for 13 years, including two years at my current office in Burbank, California.As a child, I loved working with my hands and was always taking things apart and putting them back togetherI especially enjoyed working with tools like screwdrivers, hammers, and drills, but I was also  fascinated by the human body. The only field in medicine that uses all of these tools is orthopedic surgery, so it seemed like the right fit. I specialized in limb-lengthening surgery specifically because I wanted to do something that was different from everybody else. I also wanted to help a portion of the population that didn't have access to services that correct deformities and limb-length discrepancies. It's a difficult field to get into because orthopedic-surgery programs are very competitive, and there aren't many fellowships or training facilities for limb lengthening, but I found the challenge very gratifying.In the beginning of my career, I mostly focused on surgeries that correct deformities from prior traumas or birthKids sometimes get hurt and end up with leg-length discrepancies. Others are born with leg-length discrepancies or bow-legged and knock-kneed deformities. I had a young lady who came to me with a knock-kneed deformity when she was 16 years old. Seven or eight years later, she came back with her own child who was having orthopedic problems after a car accident. It was very memorable to treat her as a child then have her come back to make sure her own child was OK — fortunately, she was. Surgery helps patients with these deformities or injuries walk better and participate more fully in activities like sports, but my practice has since evolved. Now the people who reach out to me seem more interested in cosmetic limb-lengthening — or leg surgery to increase height — so that's the direction that my practice has taken, although I still see a small percentage of patients to correct deformities.The idea of being taller fascinates peopleI get about 20 emails a day asking about limb-lengthening procedures and up to 40 when one of our posts goes viral on TikTok or Instagram. The general population believes that whatever height you grow to is your final height, but that's not the case — a lengthening procedure provides an opportunity to become taller.People mostly ask the price of the surgery, how soon they can return to work or get back to playing sports, and how long they'll be in a wheelchair or using a walker. They want to know how the procedure will affect their lives. We also get some international patients who ask us how to get a visa if they come from elsewhere. We can't do that for them, but we try to guide them where to go. The surgery is quite expensive — it can cost anywhere from $75,000 to $90,000, depending on exactly what you want to do — and it's not covered by insurance if it's cosmetic. People that undergo limb-lengthening surgery are from all walks of life, and many used COVID lockdowns to recover post-surgery.Mahboubian with a patient before and after surgery.Courtesy of Shahab MahboubianFor the most part, it's men who want the procedure Most men who come to me complain that they're not taken seriously or they're made fun of. Plenty of patients say that they don't get attention from women, while others say they've been passed over for career opportunities because of their height.When I talk to these same patients after height-lengthening surgery, they feel like they're on the same playing field with everyone else. They're happier, they have a lot more confidence, and they feel like they're able to conquer a lot more than before. I would say 80% to 85% of my cosmetic limb-lengthening patients are men and 15% to 20% are women. A lot of our patients are entrepreneurs, in the military, or work in tech.  I've performed height-lengthening surgery on individuals from 16 to 65 years old. I've had twins, siblings, and even a father and son who've undergone the procedure.All of them are unique in their own ways. Some have gained as little as 4 centimeters, while others have gained up to 16 centimeters (or about 6 inches). I've had a few transgender men as patientsAs they transition from female to male, some patients want to have more masculine features, including being taller.One of my patients was very hesitant to tell me about their transition — I guess because of bad experiences they'd had with other physicians for things they wanted to do, including gender-reassignment surgery. I figured it out, based on anatomy and X-rays, and told them the best thing to do is be honest. Once I gained their trust and let them know that their experience is nothing abnormal, they felt a lot more comfortable with me.Like most other cosmetic surgeries, I don't think an additional psychiatric evaluation is necessary before getting the procedure, unless the patient is seeing a psychiatrist or feels they need one.I turn away some people, either because they don't have enough muscle flexibility or they have unrealistic goalsAs we lengthen the bone, the surrounding soft tissue, such as the muscles, tendons, veins, arteries, and nerves, will also lengthen. Hence, the more flexibility a person has, the easier it will be to lengthen the bone against the surrounding soft tissues. As long as a person is healthy and active, and doesn't have any bone disease, they should be fit for the surgery.There are some people who want to be a foot taller and I'm like, "That's not going to happen." The maximum amount I can add to someone's height for cosmetic reasons is about 6 inches in two separate surgeries at least three or four weeks apart. For most patients undergoing one surgery, the max we can add is just over 3 inches. Surgery is done through a minimally invasive process We make small incisions, and then we put in guidewires and use X-rays to make sure everything is being placed accurately on the bone. Then we surgically cut the bone and put a rod — also known as a Precice nail — that's about 10 to 13 inches long and one-third to half-an-inch wide into the middle of the bone, where the marrow is. Then we put in screws to stabilize the nail. After surgery, we start the lengthening process using a magnetic machine that communicates with the nail, or rod, that's now inside the bone. The machine turns tiny gears that are inside the nail to lengthen the space between the segments of the bone, 1 millimeter at a time. When we lengthen really slowly over time, the patient's body creates new bone and it fills in the gaps. It's amazing, right? Mahboubian standing with a patient before and after two surgeries.Courtesy of Shahab MahboubianAll my patients leave 1 millimeter taller because we test the nail during surgery to make sure it's functioning properly. A patient will typically spend two to three days in the hospital to recover, then lengthen their legs at home by about 1 millimeter a day. It's actually fairly painless because it's such a small amount at a time. If a patient's job requires them to sit for long periods of time, they can get back to work as soon as two weeks. It takes from six to eight months to a year to do activities that require being on your feet, such as labor-intensive work and competitive sports.My caseload was on the higher end during 2020. Now, it's been about the same as 2019. In a year, I do anywhere from 30 to 40 cases. When everyone was dealing with COVID-19 at home and not doing things, it was a good time to have the surgery and recover.An orthopedic surgeon can make $250,000 to $2 million a year. Some make more than that, but it really depends on how business-minded you are and what other things —  like investments or getting involved with orthopedic products — you're doing outside of seeing patients. Doctors in all specialties are not making what they used to 20 years ago. Insurance reimbursements keep getting lower every year as expenses get higher. It's a challenge for everybody. You've got to be smart and have some business sense to make a good living. Every day that I wake up and go to work, I feel like it's a new opportunity for me to do good and help people.When a patient comes in for a limb-lengthening consultation, I talk to them about why they want to get it doneWe discuss whether or not their goals are achievable and which surgery would be best for them — either working on the femur bones in the high parts of the legs or the tibias and fibulas in the lower part of the legs. Then I make the proper measurements for the implants and make sure the patient's fully ready for their surgery. Before surgery, I meet the patient at the hospital, say hello, then get them pumped up and ready to go for the procedures. Before surgery, one of my favorite traditions is to play the song "Ten Feet Tall" by Afrojack on my phone as we're walking to the OR suite. It always gets them pumped up for their surgery. Even though I've done limb-lengthening surgeries hundreds of times, I still get a little nervous. But when I actually start the surgery, all of that goes away.Every job has its stresses, and mine is no different There are times when we run into some difficulty, such as blood clots or compartment syndrome, which is when you bleed a lot into the muscle. This problem can damage muscles and nearby nerves. I've also had a couple of patients who didn't grow good bone during their lengthening, but after making several adjustments to the lengthening rate — and even using stem cells— we were able to help the bone grow nice and strong. As an orthopedic surgeon, I'm constantly dealing with patients who come into the office upset and in pain, and my job is to make them feel better. I'm like their coach or cheerleader when they're down on themselves. People talk about this surgery so much — it's all over social media and forums. After I do these surgeries, I want my patients to be happy and encourage others to trust me and get good results. Mahboubian with a patient before and after surgery.Courtesy of Shahab MahboubianWhen plastic surgery started to gain popularity, people criticized it. The same is true for the height-lengthening procedure.There will always be people who will have their opinions about changing what God has given us. But as more people realize that this surgery exists and it becomes more popular, the level of criticism will decrease. There are colleagues who may bad-mouth you, but as long as you do good work, doctors, for the most part, have respect for one another.In general, people see you for how you treat them, but you can't make everybody happy. There will always be people who have complications or continue to have pain despite a perfect surgery. So you have to be able to relate to patients as well as peers.It's definitely not easy to do what I do. I have my own practice with my own staff, and sometimes it's very difficult to balance patient care and the business aspects. But as I get older and become more experienced, I think I'm able to handle those stresses better. In the end, you have to treat people with respect and always maintain open lines of communication. Are you a surgeon or healthcare worker with a story to tell? Email mlogan@insider.com.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytNov 2nd, 2022

We read the Gab founder"s how-to guide to Christian nationalism. The book is part of a new trend of conservatives openly embracing the ideology.

Andrew Torba writes Christian nationalists aim to "build a parallel Christian society" that "will fill the vacuum of the secular state when it falls." This Sept. 7, 2020 file photo shows the "Oregon for Trump 2020 Labor Day Cruise Rally" at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Ore.Michael Arellano/Associated Press Gab founder Andrew Torba's book was a best seller on Amazon a week after it was released. The book outlines the authors' vision for a Christian nationalist society and how to get there. Christian nationalism has been increasingly embraced by conservative figures and GOP lawmakers. Gab founder Andrew Torba's new book serves as a guide to Christian nationalism, signaling a recent shift in which it's becoming more common for public figures to openly embrace the concept."Christian Nationalism: A Biblical Guide For Taking Dominion And Discipling Nations" was written by Torba and Andrew Isker, a pastor from Minnesota. The brief book, which was independently published, was listed as the number 12 best seller in the non-fiction category on Amazon the week after it was released last month. At the time of this writing, it had a 4.7-star rating with 745 reviews.Christian nationalism can generally be boiled down to the belief that Christianity should have a privileged position in American society.Though it is not a new concept, prominent conservative figures have increasingly embraced it in recent years. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has openly identified as a Christian nationalist, even selling merch with the descriptor, while Rep. Lauren Boebert has embraced its tenets, saying "the church is supposed to direct the government.""Simply put, Christian nationalism is a cultural framework — a collection of myths, traditions, symbols, narratives, and value systems — that idealizes and advocates a fusion of Christianity with American civic life," sociologists Andrew Whitehead and Samuel Perry write in their 2020 book, "Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States." The book examines how Christian nationalism shapes Americans' views on society and politics.However, embrace of the ideology is not black and white but rather a spectrum, with some Americans believing aspects of the concept while rejecting others. Torba's book demonstrates this, as his description of Christian nationalism differs in some ways from academic understandings of it.But his central theme is consistent: American society and government should be guided by Christian principles and led by Christians.Building a parallel Christian societyTorba's platform, Gab, was founded in 2016 and touts itself as a free-speech social network that does not moderate content like more mainstream sites. It's also been associated with the far-right, gaining notoriety in 2018 when the shooter at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh posted antisemitic rhetoric on the site prior to carrying out the attack. Many conservatives also flocked to the site in 2021 when former President Donald Trump was banned from Twitter."Christian nationalism is a spiritual, political, and cultural movement comprised of Christians who are working to build a Christian society grounded in a Biblical worldview," Torba and Isker write, adding that Christian nationalists today "seek to reestablish states that recognize Jesus Christ as King, the general Christian faith as the foundation of state government, and state laws that reflect (in every way possible and reasonable) Christian morality and charity."Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican of Georgia, has said all Republicans should be Christian nationalists.Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesSuch ideas are in step with common understandings of Christian nationalism. However, the book also states that Christian nationalists do not think the US has a special relationship with God, and instead emphasizes the Christian mandate to disciple, or convert, people of all nations to the religion.The book describes modern American society as one of moral decay, where God has been rejected and agents of Satan have invaded "every facet of our country and culture." The book says ours is a society in which there has been "half a century of legal infanticide" and a yearly "celebration of sodomy for an entire month," rejecting abortion rights and gay pride. The authors also defend traditional gender roles and reject transgender people in extreme terms.These themes resurface repeatedly throughout the book, which also instructs American Christians on how they should live, discuss their faith, and convert others. But rather than seek to transform society into a Christian one, the book advocates for forming a parallel Christian society that can take over when our current society fails, which the authors say is inevitable."Our primary goal is to build a parallel Christian society, economy, and infrastructure which will fill the vacuum of the secular state when it falls," the authors write. The concept is not new for Torba, who often discusses his plans for a parallel Christian economy.Non-Christians are free to stay — but not serve in leadership rolesThe ideal Christian nation described in the book may include some non-Christians, the authors write. But at another point they say "we are Christians and our worldview is in direct conflict and a threat to all other false worldviews. It's time to start acting like it."They also write that leaders and influential figures must be Christian, just as Christian principles must guide every aspect of society, government, and domestic life.Torba — who has been accused of antisemitism, including by the Anti-Defamation League — and his co-author devote an entire chapter to rejecting the idea of shared "Judeo-Christian" values, calling the term itself a problem. The chapter begins with a message to journalists who they anticipate will "CTRL+F" for "Jews" in order to find quotes to "take out of context," and is dedicated to ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt and conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, who are both Jewish.Torba has previously said that Shapiro — just like anyone who is not Christian, including Jewish people, atheists, or agnostics — is not welcome in the Christian movement.The authors go on to describe Christianity and Judaism as "incompatible" and "irreconcilable" religions, but write that Jewish people must and will be converted to Christianity along with the rest of the world."Far from being 'antisemitic,' a proper understanding of this shows heartfelt concern for their souls!" they write, adding Christians "should pray often for the Jewish people to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior."Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Republican of Colorado, has not openly identified with Christian nationalism but has advocated for some of its key tenets.Phelan M. Ebenhack, File/Associated PressThe public embrace of a somewhat taboo conceptScholars of Christian nationalism, and Christian nationalists themselves, are quick to point out these ideas are not new. However, the separation of church and state has long been a widely accepted and mainstream viewpoint in the US.Many ideals currently being espoused proudly by Christian nationalists were less common in mainstream politics than they have been in recent years, according to Amanda Tyler, the executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty."It was always present but the fact that they're openly embracing the label is different and troubling," Tyler, the lead organizer of the Christians Against Christian Nationalism campaign, previously told Insider, adding: "Unfortunately I'm seeing this almost one-up game in some circles, who can be the bigger Christian nationalist."Perry, one of the authors of "Taking America Back for God," also noted that shift in a tweet that featured Torba's book, as well as another recently released pro-Christian nationalism title."We're now definitely well past the 'Christian nationalism doesn't exist' and the 'Christian nationalism is fringe' arguments to full-on 'Christian nationalism is the only way forward.'"Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytOct 23rd, 2022

In A World Of Capital Controls, Bitcoin Reigns Supreme

In A World Of Capital Controls, Bitcoin Reigns Supreme Authored by Craig Deutsch via BitcoinMagazine.com, Countries around the world are tightening restrictions on their citizens’ bank accounts. Bitcoin is the best way for people to protect their money... You may have seen or heard about people in Lebanon robbing banks for their own money. They’re no Butch Cassidy, but are just trying to get their own money out of the bank. Lebanon is facing an economic crisis and banks responded by locking depositors out of their own accounts. As a result, multiple banks have been held up by their customers, who are only looking to withdraw their own money. A woman staged a bank robbery in Beirut, Lebanon to access her own money. She said she needed the money to pay for her sister’s cancer treatment. Lebanon is facing a financial crisis that has left many citizens locked out of their own bank accounts. pic.twitter.com/exJYJwoRxi — AJ+ (@ajplus) September 24, 2022 In late June 2022, G7 countries famously froze around $300 billion of Russian central bank funds, including $30 billion of Russian oligarchs’ assets. Ethiopia’s central bank is banning foreign currency from being used in local commerce and is lowering the threshold for the amount of time that residents who are returning to the country can hold foreign currency. Taiwan is facing significant capital outflows and is floating the idea of foreign-exchange controls if the trend continues to worsen. Mongolia’s local banks are restricting the amount of dollars their customers can buy to $300 per day due to their foreign currency reserves being down 40%. Russian citizens are flocking to banks to withdraw their funds and the waiting time is two to three days. the hellscape of financial censorship and surveillance we live in gets progressively worse every single day pic.twitter.com/EsXL223a15 — Zack Voell (@zackvoell) October 9, 2022 Similarly, financial surveillance and censorship continue to advance. Even transferring money within the United States has its risks. PayPal has expanded its “Acceptable Use Policy” to threaten users with fines of $2,500 per violation. The company is no stranger to freezing client funds. In January 2022, three users filed a federal lawsuit for locking them out of their accounts without cause. More recently, the payments company shut down accounts of the U.K.-based Free Speech Union. (Authors’ note PayPal quickly reversed course when it became clear that many users were shutting down their accounts in response to this new policy.) I think you can see the trend. CAPITAL CONTROLS AND CAPITAL FLIGHT People will always find ways to protect their wealth. It is well known that there are certain countries that have more favorable privacy and tax customs when it comes to banking. With the release of the Panama Papers and the Pandora Papers, finances of current and former world leaders and more than 100 other politicians were released to the public, proving that the wealthy elite have ways to store their money in offshore accounts and shell corporations, while everyday people are locked out of their bank accounts. The reality of capital controls is becoming more and more apparent as global tensions heat up. When Russia first invaded Ukraine, there was a story about the wife of a wealthy politician getting caught fleeing the country with suitcases full of dollars and euros. I already listed plenty of examples of countries tightening their citizens’ monetary leashes. It is only a matter of time before people recognize that bitcoin is the solution to monetary restrictions and outright control. BITCOIN KNOWS NO BORDERS According to Western Union, it can take anywhere from 24 hours to five days to send money internationally. From SWIFT’s website: “There are a number of reasons why cross-border payments may be delayed or held up. Firstly, not all account balances can be updated outside the operating hours of local settlement systems. Delays can also arise if compliance checks need to be carried out, especially when a payment passes through different countries and jurisdictions.” Let’s unpack SWIFT’s statement and compare it to Bitcoin: “Firstly, not all account balances can be updated outside the operating hours of local settlement systems.” Bitcoin runs 24/7, 365 days per year. It has been running almost nonstop for over 5,000 days. It is possible and common for users to send money outside of typical business hours, on weekends and holidays. Bitcoin settles transactions with finality in blocks nearly every 10 minutes. “Delays can also arise if compliance checks need to be carried out, especially when a payment passes through different countries and jurisdictions.” Bitcoin needs no compliance checks. Nodes verify whether the transaction follows the rules of bitcoin, by ensuring the bitcoin is coming from a valid unspent transaction output, and that it is not being double-spent. There are no governments, authorities, people with guns, banks or central third parties that are required to complete the payment. Just miners, who are rewarded in bitcoin by expending energy and for including valid transactions in blocks. There is nothing stopping me from sending bitcoin to anyone else anywhere in the world, regardless of their country, nationality, race, religion, age or whether or not they are on a sanctions list. Bitcoin knows nothing about its users and it knows no borders. Bitcoin lives everywhere and nowhere; the ledger of all transactions is stored in a distributed manner on computers called nodes that are running the bitcoin software. If someone is trying to escape capital controls or oppression of any kind, they can leave the country with the clothes on their back and still access all of their bitcoin by remembering their seed phrase and recovering their funds when they get to a safe place. Leaving one’s country due to capital controls, oppression or war is an extreme example and a majorly useful albeit drastic use-case, but even the ability to travel with a significant amount of funds is an impressive use-case. One anonymous Reddit user claims to have exited a country with $1 million of bitcoin by keeping their seed phrase with them on the flight. Without getting further into the implications of being able to escape from a country with one’s entire net worth in their pocket (or mind), there are other major problems that bitcoin has solved, namely, the ability to pay someone quickly in another part of the world. Just sent a wire to India. It won’t settle until October 7th… Bitcoin is a 1000X improvement. Literally. — ck (@ck_SNARKs) September 30, 2022 It is not yet possible to fully understand the impact of Bitcoin having solved cross-border payments. You could buy some saffron from Afghanistan with a weeklong wire transfer or you could just order some from the merchant and pay them directly with bitcoin. Looking for Fresh #Afghan #Saffron to make its Tea or add it to your meals? You can buy our Saffron with #Bitcoin straight from Afghanistan and ship it to wherever you want. #Bitcoin enables you to do this trade in P2P without any intermediary. pic.twitter.com/edroLfdMSk — Ovis Haraiva⚡via Bitcoin (@OvisHaraiva) September 27, 2022 Need some design work done for your business? You can hire a graphic designer from halfway around the world and they can receive the money for their work in approximately 10 minutes. The #Bitcoin community is so amazing. I was fortunate enough to be put in touch with graphic designer and Bitcoiner @Bitcoineca to do the graphic translations# for the Spanish version of Bitcoin Evangelism! How did I pay her when she’s hallway across the world? #BTC of course! — Brian De Mint (@BrianTheMint) October 4, 2022 I was able to send a tiny amount of bitcoin to a stranger in Africa and they got the money in their wallet almost instantly. Bitcoin is so cool. I just sent a stranger in Africa 1,000 sats (~$0.23) using a screenshot that I took over a week ago and they received the funds instantly with zero fees. pic.twitter.com/dL8Vdxapqg — Craig Deutsch (@Bitcoin_phan) August 18, 2022 These types of peer-to-peer transactions are exactly what Bitcon was designed to facilitate. The fact that anyone can opt into direct trade with anyone else, anywhere in the world is a major breakthrough that will have far-reaching ramifications that we are nowhere close to comprehending. As Lyn Alden stated in “A Look At The Lightning Network,”: “Back when the iPhone was introduced in 2007, few people thought, ‘Wow this could really disrupt the taxi industry a decade from now.’” Bitcoin’s ability for its users to send value easily, quickly and trustlessly while retaining property rights in the face of tyranny will have implications few people can grasp. People will always find a way to protect their wealth. It is inevitable that people will come to the conclusion that bitcoin is the best option for them to do so. Tyler Durden Sat, 10/22/2022 - 08:10.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeOct 22nd, 2022

Why America Needs More Men Working in Health Care and Education

The gender desegregation of the labor market has so far been almost entirely one-way. That needs to change “I didn’t know that men could be doctors,” my son said to me when he was about six. We were driving home from a visit to the pediatrician. I was perplexed. But then I realized that the doctor we’d just seen was the first male physician he’d encountered. I reassured him that men could indeed be doctors. But I was careful to add, “and nurses, of course.” His observation was a powerful reminder of the feminist mantra: “you have to see it to be it.” If any particular activity, including a job, is seen as being for people of the opposite sex, it is unlikely to feature in your own aspirations. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] My son’s elementary school had an all-female staff, so it took a while to convince him that men could be teachers, too. Role models matter. As Gloria Steinem said in 1995, “The way we get divided into our false notions of masculine and feminine is what we see as children.” In recent decades, huge progress has been made in smashing the gender stereotypes associated with many traditionally male jobs, including science, medicine, engineering, law, and even the military. When the original Perry Mason series aired in 1966, just 4 percent of law students were female. By the time of HBO’s new version in summer 2020, there were as many women in law school as men. Terms like “female lawyer” and “female doctor” already sound antiquated. Similar trends can be seen in other formerly male-dominated fields. In 1980, women accounted for just 13% of jobs in the STEM field (science, technology, engineering and math); the share has now more than doubled, to 27%. There’s more work to do here for sure. Progress has been especially slow in the tech world. But in general, what Harvard’s Claudia Goldin calls the “auras of gender” around most male-dominated professions have declined. But the same is not true in the other direction. Traditionally female occupations, especially in what I call the HEAL fields—in health, education, administration and literacy—have, if anything, become even more “pink collar.” Just 26% of HEAL jobs are held by men, down from 35% in 1980. The gender desegregation of the labor market has so far been almost entirely one-way. Women are doing “men’s jobs.” Men are not doing “women’s jobs.” In some occupations, the decline in the male share has been dramatic. The proportion of men in psychology, for example, has dropped from 39% to 29% in the last decade. And the trend is set to continue. Among psychologists aged 30 or less, the male share is just 5%. Fewer than one in five social workers are men (18%), half the proportion in 1980. The only occupation where the share of nurses has risen, albeit painfully slowly, is nursing, which is now 13% male. Men account for just 24% of K-12 teachers, down from 33% in the early 1980s. Only one in ten elementary school teachers are male. In early education, men are virtually invisible. It ought to be a source of national shame that only 3% of pre-K and kindergarten teachers are men. There are twice as many women flying U.S. military planes as there are men teaching kindergarten (as a share of the occupation). There are three pressing reasons to get more men into HEAL. First, given the decline in traditional male occupations, men need to look to these sectors for jobs. Blue collar jobs are disappearing. There will be more STEM jobs, too—but these are much smaller occupations. STEM accounts for only about 7% of all jobs, compared to 23% in HEAL. For every STEM job created between now and 2030, there will be three new jobs in HEAL. The labor market is feminizing faster than men. It is true that some HEAL jobs do not pay that well, while most STEM jobs do. Medical assistants, for example, make around $38,000 a year. But many traditional male jobs are not highly paid either: construction workers and bus and taxi drivers both make around the same as medical assistants. And there are also plenty of HEAL jobs that offer good pay and benefits, including nurse practitioners ($100,000), medical and health services managers ($71,000), education and childcare administrators ($70,000), and occupational therapists ($72,000). The second reason to get more men into HEAL is to help meet labor shortages in critical occupations. Almost half of all registered nurses are now over the age of 50. This means many are likely to retire over the next 15 years, especially if they are under greater stress at work. And the number of nurses and nurse practitioners needed is expected to increase by about 400,000 by 2030. In September 2021, the American Nursing Association urged the federal government to declare a “national nurse staffing crisis.” Teaching faces similar challenges, especially in particular cities and states. Enrollment rates in teacher training programs declined by more than a third between 2000 and 2018, and the fall was larger for men than for women. The pandemic made matters worse. Drastic action is being taken in some places. New Mexico has drafted National Guard soldiers as substitute teachers; a Minneapolis school district asked for parent volunteers to get a substitute teacher license; and Polk County, Florida, flew in sixty teachers from eight foreign countries, all with J-1 visas. Gov Ron DeSantis is allowing veterans without a college degree, to teach. But these are short-term solutions at best. A massive teacher recruitment drive is needed, including among men. We face labor shortages in two of the largest and most important sectors of our economy—health care and education. But we are trying to solve them with only half the workforce. The third argument for men in HEAL is to provide a better service to boys and men. Many would prefer to be cared for by a man, especially in certain circumstances. Consider the case of a man in need of help using the bathroom in a hospital or care home, or the middle-aged man needing a therapist to help with his addiction to pornography, or the fatherless teenage boy needing help from a psychologist with their substance abuse. In each case, they may prefer a male provider. At the very least, it should be an option. It is not ideal if most substance abuse counselors are women (76%) when most substance abusers are men (67%), or that most special education teachers are women (84%) when most students being referred to special education are male (64%). I’m not saying we need to aim for perfect gender parity in these occupations. But it is reasonable to aim for a closer match between users and providers. Getting more men into HEAL occupations would be good for men, good for the professions, and good for clients—a win-win-win. But how? By learning the lessons from the successful movement to get more women into STEM professions. As a society, we recognized the need to get more women into STEM jobs, and invested accordingly. Now the same is true of men and HEAL. I propose at least a $1 billion national investment, over the next decade, in service of this goal. We need new scholarships for young men choosing to study HEAL subjects at college, like the existing ones for women pursuing STEM. This should include getting more men into vocational training courses, too, such as in health administration. We need an aggressive recruitment program to get more male educators in HEAL subjects: right now, only 6% of nursing professors are male. We need subsidies for HEAL employers to diversify their workforce by hiring more men. Higher pay would help, too. K-12 teachers have not seen a pay rise this century. Above all, we need a culture shift so that certain jobs stop being seen as no-go zones for men. This means tackling the stigma faced by many men who do choose these roles as effeminate, or as professional failures. Women have had to break down gender stereotypes to enter male professions; men will have to do the same for female-dominated HEAL jobs. We need, in short, a national effort. As I have argued here, getting more men into HEAL jobs is important for their own economic prospects, given the decline of many traditional male jobs. But it would be good for society too. Men can HEAL......»»

Category: topSource: timeOct 19th, 2022

Home Secretary Warns UK Police Force Over Confusing "Hate Crime" Messaging

Home Secretary Warns UK Police Force Over Confusing 'Hate Crime' Messaging Authored by Owen Evans via The Epoch Times, Leicestershire Police have removed a social media post that suggested calling a transgender person by their previous name was a crime after the British home secretary intervened. To raise awareness for National Hate Crime Week, Leicestershire Police put out a post on Saturday on its Twitter account about a fictional transgender person called “Jane.” “I get called by my previous male name on purpose, but that’s not who I am. It can be really hurtful especially when it’s just seen as a joke,” the post said. The post urged the public to report similar hate crimes via a site called Stamp it Out. Members of the public, including Fair Cop, an organisation that was set up by former policeman Harry Miller in response to what it calls the “Big Brother” overreach of various police forces, asked the force what “hate crime” had been committed by “deadnaming” someone, which means referring to someone’s previous name before they transitioned. “What was the ‘hate crime’ supposedly committed against ‘Jane?’ There wasn’t one, was there?” wrote family law barrister and Fair Cop co-founder Sarah Phillimore. Hate crimes are “any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic,” though in England, there is no such thing legislatively as a “hate crime.” “Hate” can attach to a preexisting crime and there are several pieces of relevant legislation under which people can be prosecuted for offences towards protected characteristics. The exchange prompted Home Secretary Suella Braverman to intervene via Twitter on Sunday. “This week I have seen confusion amongst police forces about what constitutes a ‘hate crime.’ The police need to enforce actual laws and fight actual crimes. Freedom of speech must be protected and a proportionate approach must be taken,” said Braverman. “The public need to have confidence in their police forces. This sort of thing undermines it. Senior police officers who allow this to happen can expect to have to explain to me why they’re spending vital resources on politically correct campaigns,” she added. The rainbow flag on a police officer during Pride in London on July 6, 2019. (Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images for Pride in London) Equality Act Leicestershire Police subsequently deleted the “Jane” post. In a follow-up statement, temporary Chief Constable Rob Nixon said that hate crime law in England and Wales has “developed in various phases over the past two decades and the law recognises five protected characteristics; race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity.” According to the Equality Act, the law recognises nine protected characteristics, not five. Furthermore “gender reassignment” is a protected characteristic, not “transgender identity.” Nixon focused mainly on complaints that Leicestershire Police used a stock image in its post, which the home secretary did not mention. “The source of those images had been considered to be reliable and the words on the posts were provided by an experienced police staff member who has significant knowledge of the different types of hate crime people can be and have been subjected to,” said Nixon. “Having examined the posts I believe we as a force should have made clear that the images were stock images and that the names given were fictitious for illustration purposes. For completeness, I am also having a scenario presented checked against current national hate crime recording policy,” he added. Nixon encouraged the public to report hate crime. A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman told The Epoch Times by email: “We acknowledge the post issued should have provided further context and explanation around what a hate crime is and apologise for any offence or upset caused. “For clarity, current authorised professional practice (APP) guidance states that a hate crime is defined as any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s actual or perceived difference,” she said. “A non-crime hate incident is defined as any incident where a crime has not been committed but where it is perceived by the reporting person or any other person that the incident was motivated by hostility or prejudice. Our post should have made this clear,” she added. Instead of saying law the recognises “five protected characteristics,” she clarified that the law “recognises five types of hate crime on the basis of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity as defined by the Crown Prosecution Service.” This is the second time that Braverman has intervened in such a way. On Sept. 28, Sussex Police apologised for telling people not to make “hateful comments” about a convicted paedophile’s gender identity after the home secretary told them to “focus on catching criminals not policing pronouns.” New government figures showed that the number of hate crimes recorded by police in England and Wales has risen by 26 percent this year. But critics say that the rise is down to the police’s hyper-focus on collating hate crimes. Tyler Durden Wed, 10/19/2022 - 05:00.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytOct 19th, 2022

Virginia Democrat Wants To Criminalize Parents Who "Misgender" Their Children

Virginia Democrat Wants To Criminalize Parents Who "Misgender" Their Children Making laws surrounding transgender “rights” is disturbingly a lot like the concept of spectral evidence taken from the days of the Salem witch trials.  Trans identity is a purely subjective concept with zero concrete proof to support it – All a person has to do is simply say they are now whatever made-up gender they announce at the moment and the rest of the world is supposed to revolve around them. During witch trials witnesses could say that ghosts or spirits were telling them that a defendant was guilty of devilry, and the court was supposed to take these unfounded accusations as evidence.  Similarly, under gender identity laws a person could say that they are trans and accuse other people of violating their “right” to be referred to in the pronouns they prefer.     But it goes beyond the issue of personal feelings.  Maybe a biological man suddenly decides he is a woman that wants to use a public woman's bathroom because there is an underage girl in there he has targeted, but he's not required to provide proof of being a woman and we are not allowed to stop him.  We are required to accept his identity at face value based on his subjective claims.  Otherwise, we are “assuming that person's gender.”  We become the bad guys for applying common sense. Subjective law is the beginning of the end of a free society because it places the preponderance of evidence into the hands of lunatics and dictators that can fabricate their own proof at will.   Virginia Democrat and delegate Elizabeth Guzman believes the opposite, though.  She plans to introduce a bill in Virginia's upcoming fall session that would expand the definition of child abuse to include parents who refuse to use gender identify in the manner their children demand.  In other words, if you are a parent in Virginia, your kids have the power in the household.  All they have to do is say they are trans and if you do not obey then Child Protective Services can get involved. The bill would make misgendering of children a misdemeanor or possible felony.  Guzman clarifies:   “If the child shares with those mandated reporters, what they are going through, we are talking about not only physical abuse or mental abuse, what the job of that mandated reporter is to inform Child Protective Services (CPS)...That’s how everybody gets involved. There’s also an investigation in place that is not only from a social worker but there’s also a police investigation before we make the decision that there is going to be a CPS charge.”   When asked by the local reporters whether she isn’t “criminalizing parents” as many Republicans argue, Guzman answered: “No, it’s not. It’s educating parents because the law tells you the do’s and don’ts...So this law is telling you do not abuse your children because they are LGBTQ.” When countered with arguments from people who call for religious freedom, Guzman makes the typical leftist response: “The Bible says to accept everyone for who they are. So that’s what I tell them when they asked me that question, and that’s what I will continue to tell people.” First, in terms of legal definitions, there is no scientific indicators of what makes a child or anyone else “trans.”  Thus, there is no way to prove in a court of law that a parent “abused” a “trans child” because there is no way to prove a child is trans.  Beyond the extremely tiny percentage of people that have the mental illness known as Gender Dysphoria, which requires years of psychological therapy to designate, objective proof of trans identity does not exist. Second, a child's hurt feelings are not grounds for CPS to intervene in parental rights.   Third, the trans identity movement is not a civil liberties movement, it's a political movement.  LGBT people have the same exact legal rights as everyone else.  What the trans movement wants is extraordinary powers and special treatment.  They want the ability to dictate other people's speech and behavior according to their whims.  This is unacceptable. Fourth, it is not the purpose of the law to “educate parents.” It's not the job of the government to educate parents.  The government and the bureaucrats that infest it are not qualified to give parenting advice.  It is the job of government only to protect the rights of citizens as outlined in the Constitution.  Gender pronouns and personal feelings are not constitutionally protected.   Free speech is protected, though.   Fourth, Guzman appears to be unfamiliar with the Bible, because there is a list of behaviors in that book that are prohibited.  We might not all agree with every item on that list, but “accepting everyone” is absolutely not a religious requirement.  Some people and behaviors should not be accepted, because they lead to the decline and downfall of civilization.  Thousands of years of observation have taught us this, but leftists believe they know better. Children dictating to their parents is on that list, along with enabling the mentally ill and putting them in positions of authority.   One would hope that Elizabeth Guzman and ideological zealots like her will be swiftly removed from office as soon as possible, but it is likely that America will have to suffer through more of their insanity before people are finally fully fed up. Tyler Durden Mon, 10/17/2022 - 20:40.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytOct 17th, 2022

Why Is Leftist Entertainment So Divisive And Devoid Of Imagination?

Why Is Leftist Entertainment So Divisive And Devoid Of Imagination? Authored by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market.us, When was the last time you saw an original story out of Hollywood that was worth watching (not counting Top Gun: Maverick)? When was the last time you experienced creative storytelling that did not involve the co-option and retelling of a previous work? When was the last time you saw a protagonist that was relatable, interesting and endearing? Hell, when was the last time you were actually excited to go to the movies or relax in front of the television to watch something new? Reboots, soft reboots, remakes, live action remakes, re-imagining, gender swapping, race swapping, “rainbow washing” (making classic straight characters gay for virtue signal points): This is a list of new media tropes that have invaded entertainment in the past six years and all of them have been used so frequently that productions can now be quickly identified as woke propaganda by a mere two minute trailer. The fascinating thing is, almost all of these productions fail miserably. In recent weeks alone we have seen the attempted woke re-writing of history with The Woman King, which fell flat at the box office after opening week, not even making enough money to cover production and advertising costs. Then there was the gay romantic comedy “Bros” which imploded, causing the lead actor, Billy Eichner, to flip out on social media and blame “homophobia” (somehow he actually believed a movie filled with gay orgies was going to appeal to mainstream audiences). Eichner went on to argue that people MUST go see his movie in order to make a “political statement.” This was the same argument made by Woman King actress Viola Davis – Don’t see the movie because it’s well made, see the movie so you can stick it to conservatives. Why not just tell a good story instead? We have seen the biggest budget TV series in history, Amazon’s The Rings Of Power, crumble in the ratings with its intersectional messaging. We have seen the cancellation of the gay Superman comic book title Son of Kal-El, likely due to low sales. Marvel shows and films are consistently bringing in weak audience numbers and the SJW disaster that is Disney Star Wars can’t write a hit production to save their lives. The bottom line? Consumers have near-zero interest in leftist media. As I have said in the past, “Get Woke, Go Broke” is not just a mantra, it’s a rule these days. But why are leftists in entertainment so incapable of producing anything resembling exciting content? Why do they suck so bad? Well, they follow a losing formula, and that formula works something like this: 1) Co-opt a classic franchise or character that has preexisting audience appeal. Never try to create anything original if you can help it. 2) Market the new film, TV series, comic, etc. as a return to nostalgia to get audiences excited. 3) Get rid of as many straight, white, or male characters as possible and replace them with token diversity. (Also for some reason they like to get rid of all the redheads). 4) Portray men as weak and incompetent. Portray white people as stupid or racist. Portray black people as constant victims. Portray women with overtly masculine character traits, but also as victims at the same time. Make everyone in charge a woman, or gay, or both. If a man is in charge, make sure he is being controlled by a woman. Make sure your main character is constantly lecturing everyone else and the audience about leftist virtues. 5) Make sure there is a perfect pie chart of ethnicity in every single scene despite the statistics and demographics of a place or time. It doesn’t matter if a story is set in an ancient viking village in the north of Europe or in the elitist estates of Victorian England, minorities must be represented as main characters despite all historical fact. 6) If a classic male character cannot be changed without alienating potential customers away from spending their money, pretend he is a major part of the story to trick people into theaters, then make him weak and pathetic, the opposite of a hero. Or, just kill him. 7) Steal plot points, story beats and even dialogue directly from other more creative films and productions. Pretend you came up with all that stuff on your own. Or, do a reboot, and copy an older production directly while adding your own woke changes wherever possible. 8) Now, market the product as a “re-imagined version” updated for “modern audiences” as a justification for abandoning all canon. 9) Immediately start attacking anyone who MIGHT criticize the product before they ever do so. Make the customers and the fans into villains if they refuse to give you their money. Accuse them of bigotry and blame your inevitable failure on racism, sexism, misogyny, etc. It wasn’t your fault that your story bombed, it is the fault of “incels” and “boomers” and all the uncultured swine out there filled with hate. They sabotaged you. They are the problem. 10) Rinse. Repeat. Yes, it sounds pathetic but this is the state of entertainment today and it has been a pervasive problem for several years now. The industry has always had a bit of a progressive problem, but in the past this was balanced out by more conservative business interests. Today, the business interests are the same zealots as the production interests. But beyond that, liberals used to be more creative in general, now they are devoid of all imagination. Why? My theory is that as progressives turned increasingly to the social justice cult, a wave of narcissism has suffocated any and all potential for creative freedom. Even if they had it once, it’s all gone now. Narcissists tend to have no imagination, and the woke ideology is essentially a religion for narcissists. Social Justice is a system of belief that uses victim status as a currency. It tells its adherents that each one of them is so special and unique that the world revolves around them and their identity, that their “personal truth” is more important than objective truth. It tells them that they are entitled to respect and admiration from everyone regardless of their lack of accomplishment, lack of knowledge, lack of talent, lack of beauty, lack of intelligence, lack of experience, lack of propriety, lack of restraint, lack of kindness, etc. These people have no class and no shame and they think this is a virtue, a strength. You are supposed to idolize them for it and if you don’t then you must be a fascist. How are leftists supposed to compose stories that hold our attention and touch our souls when they are so self absorbed? Storytelling requires several things in order to be successful, and they are all things that leftists have no concept of. They include: 1) The ability to self reflect, but also the ability to write characters outside of yourself. If you have to see yourself in every single character in a story and if every story has to amplify your personal ideology, then you are a narcissist and you should abandon your dreams of writing NOW. 2) You need an inherent sense of story flow. Some people are naturally good at playing music. Good storytelling is a lot like music in the way plot points and emotions ebb and flow. Either you have the knack, or you don’t. It’s not something that can be learned. 3) You cannot tell a story with the intent to lie and propagandize. It is selfish and disrupts narrative flow. Even if the basic premise is good, the content will feel false and sometimes dated to audiences. People can sense when they are being lied to, or preached at. They might not know it at the time, but they will not return to your stories in the future. Their intuition will tell them not to. 4) Stories are usually built on basic archetypes – Archetypes are inherent psychological constructs that help human beings relate to each other and also help us relate to foundational morals and principles. Archetypes exist across cultures and across geopolitical boundaries. If we didn’t have these constructs in our heads from birth, we would have destroyed ourselves thousands of years ago. You cannot change archetypes. They are eternal. Try to change them or deconstruct them and you will fail. 5) Subverting expectations is lazy and cowardly. Truly talented storytellers can meet audience expectations while still surprising them along the way. 6) You are not entitled to an audience. The audience owes you nothing. Either your story is good and they relate to it on an emotional level, or your story is garbage and they don’t relate to it. It’s as simple as that. People are not required to consume your product to make a “political statement.” And they are not evil for refusing to spend their money on propaganda. If you enter into storytelling with the intent to create conflict with your audience, then you are probably a bad storyteller. Media and entertainment are the modern method of passing on ideas and exploring debates within our culture, and when only one extreme viewpoint is represented within our story lexicon this creates chaos and imbalance in society. The woke movement has utterly poisoned our cultural well and it is incapable of addressing the basic functions of reflection. We cannot look at ourselves honestly through stories when liars and narcissists are in change of the storytelling apparatus. I am working in my own small way to bring back the tradition of popular American storytelling with my graphic novel campaign ‘Mountain Hollow.’ I don’t have a multi-billion dollar company behind me, but I guarantee I can write circles around any leftist in entertainment today. And this is what we need more of right now – Clearly, woke media does not sell and does not represent the vast majority of the public, so, we must make media that DOES. It’s not enough to complain about the problem, we have to actually do something about it in order for things to change. Nothing pisses off leftists more than when you offer the public an alternative to their narrative. *  *  * If you would like to support the work that Alt-Market does while also receiving content on advanced tactics for defeating the globalist agenda, subscribe to our exclusive newsletter The Wild Bunch Dispatch.  Learn more about it HERE. Tyler Durden Thu, 10/13/2022 - 23:40.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeOct 14th, 2022

Has The USA Reached Another Historical Inflection Point?

Has The USA Reached Another Historical Inflection Point? Authored by Kevin Duffy via The Mises Institute, “At the rate things are going, we are all going to end up working for the Japanese.” - Lester Thurow, MIT economist, 1989 “The United States is rapidly becoming a colony of Japan.” - Congresswoman Helen Bentley, 1990 “The Japanese can buy our buildings, our Wall Street firms, and there’s virtually nothing to stop them. In fact, bidding on a building in New York is an act of futility, because the Japanese will pay more than it’s worth just to screw us. They want to own Manhattan.” - Donald Trump, March 1990 During the late 1980s, Japan had the Midas touch. In the eyes of the mainstream media, Wall Street strategists, economists and politicians, the Japanese could do no wrong. America’s brand of capitalism—self-centered, greedy, chaotic, and unplanned—was no match for Japan’s unique brand of state capitalism, with the long-term-oriented government bureaucrat, aggressive businessman and diligent, loyal employees all working in perfect harmony for the common good. Newspaper headlines routinely lamented America’s decline as much as they feared Japan’s rise. While a whole slew of Keynesians and mercantilists confused a liquidity bubble for an economic miracle, a handful of contrarians, including Jim Grant, John Templeton and Marc Faber, parted ways with the crowd. At the end of 1988, I wrote, in a letter to the editor that was published in the Wall Street Journal, By the end of this century, the question may not be “Will the U.S. be No. 1?” but “Will Japan still be No. 2?” That was a pretty bold prediction at the time. (I was young, naïve and didn’t know better.) There was some luck, no doubt. My study of financial bubbles, including Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, implanted the idea that a frenzied crowd is almost guaranteed to be wrong. And my discovery of Austrian economics, especially Murray Rothbard’s America’s Great Depression, provided the economic rationale for why government intervention would not only fail in Japan, but likely intensify with the downturn and usher in a decade or more of stagnation. My sense was that the world’s financial markets were at a major inflection point and that sticking my neck out and flaunting the consensus would lead to significant returns. A 239-Year History of Inflection Points in America Does the everything bubble suggest a similar inflection point today? To try to answer this question, I’ve constructed a table of major financial turning points in the US, with coinciding political and foreign policy events, to see if a pattern emerges (see below). Major US Inflection Points   At first glance, our table reveals some obvious patterns:   Timing—The best time to buy stocks is at the point of maximum pessimism about the economy. The onset of wars tends to build the wall of worry further and ensure key bottoms: Spanish-American War (1898), World War II (1941) and the first Iraq War (1990). The start of the second Iraq War (2003) pinpointed a four-year bull run. One notable exception was US involvement in the Vietnam War, which began covertly right after World War II and escalated from 1965 (first combat units introduced) to 1969 (five hundred thousand US military personnel stationed in Vietnam). Adjusted for inflation, the Dow Jones Industrials Average peaked in 1966 and didn’t bottom until 1982. Meanwhile, peace and prosperity generally coincide with stock market tops. E.g., the roaring ’20s (1929) and dot-com bubble (2000) witnessed an absence of external enemies. Duration—Inflection points alter the course of stocks, bonds and gold for long periods of time, often decades. E.g., the 1946–81 bear market in bonds (thirty-five years) was replaced by a thirty-nine-year bull market. Conflict vs. cooperation—The 1946 inflection point ended a long period of conflict between nations: centuries of imperial rivalry culminating in two world wars separated by a massive trade war. The end of World War II ushered in a seventy-year period of decolonization, globalization, expanding division of labor and relative peace. (While President Trump’s trade war with China arguably arrested this trend, at least in the short run, I believe the long-term trend will reassert itself.) Megatrend: Big Government The overarching trend in the US since 1789 has been an ever-expanding and centralized government. That year marked the scrapping of the Articles of Confederation for a more centralized federation of sovereign states with George Washington its first president. The new government was the outcome of a heated debate between competing visions for the United States, with the federalists (led by Alexander Hamilton, Washington’s first treasury secretary,) prevailing over the Anti-Federalists who were thrown a bone with the Bill of Rights to try to keep the central state in check. (The federalists were clustered in commercial centers; their message was amplified by the press. The more agrarian anti-federalists included such luminaries as Patrick Henry, Melancton Smith, William Grayson, George Clinton, and Richard Henry Lee; most have since faded into oblivion.) Importantly, the new government’s Constitution opened the door to direct taxation and enforcement at the national level, roles confined to the states under the Articles. This was a boon to speculators in government bonds which had become practically worthless after the war with Britain. Where the founders did agree (including Franklin, Washington, and Jefferson) was on national greatness and expansionism. According to Sheldon Richman in America’s Counter-revolution, Even the government’s schools teach … that America’s founders had—let us say—an expansive vision for the country they were establishing…. Clearly, these men had empire on their minds. Indeed, in the eyes of the founders, the American Revolution was largely a war between a mature, exhausted empire and a nascent one. Many—but assuredly not all—Americans of the time would have cheerfully agreed. In other words, the dramatic shift from the Declaration of Independence to the Constitution was the ultimate inflection point. As historian Vernon L. Parrington (1871–1929) wrote: [It] marked the turning point in American development; the checking of the long movement of decentralization and the beginning of a counter movement … The history of the rise of the coercive state in America, with the ultimate arrest of all centrifugal tendencies, was implicit in that momentous counter movement.1 A key step on the path to centralization occurred in 1861 as state sovereignty became a casualty of the misnamed “Civil War.” The bloodiest conflict in US history, which took the lives of roughly 2 percent of the population—seven times the death rate of World War II—was over the South’s right to secede (taken for granted seventy years earlier), not a struggle between factions over who would run the government. As Tom DiLorenzo, author of The Real Lincoln and Lincoln Unmasked, wrote shortly after the 9/11 attacks: Lincoln’s war established myriad precedents that have shaped the course of American government and society ever since: the centralization of governmental power, central banking, income taxation, protectionism, military conscription, the suspension of constitutional liberties, the “rewriting” of the Constitution by federal judges, “total war,” the quest for a worldwide empire, and the notion that government is one big “problem solver.” The next giant leap took place in 1898. According to Stephen Kinzer in Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq: Historic shifts in world politics often happen slowly and are hardly even noticeable until years later. That was not the case with the emergence of the United States as a world power. It happened quite suddenly in the spring and summer of 1898. The seeds, however, were planted five years earlier with the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy: In the months after the 1893 revolution in Hawaii, that country’s new leaders sought annexation to the United States, but [anti-imperialist] President Grover Cleveland … would not hear of it. He was quite right when he declared that most Americans rejected the seizure of faraway lands “as not only opposed to our national policy, but as a perversion of our national mission.” Five years later, this consensus evaporated. Almost overnight, it was replaced by a national clamor for overseas expansion. This was the quickest and most profound reversal of public opinion in the history of American foreign policy. The April 21, 1898, invasion of Cuba began with a false flag incident (the Maine explosion) providing fodder for prowar yellow journalists (notably William Randolph Hearst), was sold to Congress and the American people as a mission to liberate the Cuban people from Spanish rule (Teller Amendment) and ended with broken promises and betrayal of the original cause: In the United States, enthusiasm for Cuban independence faded quickly. Whitelaw Reid, the publisher of the New York Tribune and the journalist closest to President McKinley, proclaimed the “absolute necessity of controlling Cuba for our own defense,” and rejected the Teller Amendment as “a self-denying ordinance possible only in a moment of national hysteria.” Senator Beveridge said it was not binding because Congress had approved it “in a moment of impulsive but mistaken generosity.” The New York Times asserted that Americans had a “higher obligation” than strict fidelity to ill-advised promises, and must become “permanent possessors of Cuba if the Cubans prove to be altogether incapable of self-government.” The long-term consequences of America’s interventions in Cuba would prove to be as profound as they were tragic. The 1898 inflection point put the rest of the world on notice: Outsiders watched the emergence of this new America with a combination of awe and fear … The Manchester Guardian reported that nearly every American had come to embrace the expansionist idea, while the few critics “are simply laughed at for their pains.” Some of these journalists were unsettled by what they saw … The Frankfurter Zeitung warned Americans against “the disastrous consequences of their exuberance” but realized that they would not listen. Endgame Is the megatrend towards big government in the US nearing an end? For starters, history has not been kind to empires. The British empire had its day, peaking with the first world war. By the time of the 1947 partition of India it was in full retreat, ushering in a bipolar world with the United States pitted against the Soviet Union. The collapse of the Soviet empire in 1989–91 created a vacuum with the US assuming the mantle of global hegemon. The American empire appears to have peaked somewhere between 1988 with the absurdity of presidential candidate Michael Dukakis’s failed photo-op in a tank and 2003 with the hubris of President George W. Bush’s staged declaration of “mission accomplished” aboard an aircraft carrier just weeks into the second Iraq War. Public debt–to-GDP was 58 percent when Bush declared victory; today it stands at 123 percent. To keep the game going, the political class has increasingly relied on borrowing, inflation and diversions like victimology, covid and climate change. “War is the health of the state” needs updating. The modern state has evolved, learning the lesson that any conflict feeds the Leviathan. Conflict is not limited to “us versus them” and “good versus evil,” but left vs. right, black vs. white, male vs. female, straight vs. LGBTQ, rich vs. poor, entrepreneurs vs. employees, young vs. old and even man vs. the planet. Wars have morphed into abstractions—e.g., war on poverty, war on drugs, war on terrorism, and now a war on a virus. The justifications for protecting party A against the predations of party B are endless. This presents a problem for the state, however: the web of lies becomes infinitely more complex and impossible to keep stitched together. The truth is an ever-present nuisance, as Lew Rockwell, founder of the Mises Institute, so passionately argues: The truth, no matter how seemingly battered and bruised, still shines through. It can never be wiped out, no matter how rotten the regime. In the end, the truth will triumph over deceit. One sign that Americans are beginning to see through the lies: a record number are rejecting both major political parties. Interventionists Jump the Shark Perhaps the most convincing argument that a major change is at hand is the nature of bubbles and their ability to reverse long-running trends. If the everything bubble is unraveling, the game has changed. In classic form, a timeline of the past two and a half years reveals a burst of euphoria accompanied by peak absurdities, followed by increasingly visible warning cracks and general denial by the interventionists: March 2020—As covid-19 arrives and panicked investors dump stocks for safe haven assets, US thirty-year T-bond yield hits all-time low of 0.84 percent (now 3.52 percent); President Trump signs $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill (CARES Act); April 2020—Fed Chairman Jerome Powell urges Congress to unleash “great fiscal power” to defeat covid, claims “we won’t run out of money”; May 2020—President Trump unleashes Operation Warp Speed to fast track a vaccine for covid; the death of George Floyd, a forty-six-year-old black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police, ignites months of “fiery but mostly peaceful protests”; June 2020—Quaker Oats cancels “Aunt Jemima” image from syrup brand to fight “racial stereotypes”; November 2020—Joe Biden narrowly defeats Donald Trump in disputed election; December 2020—President Trump signs $2.3 trillion stimulus bill (Consolidated Appropriations Act); January 2021—First wave of meme stock craze ends with GameStop topping out at split-adjusted 81.25 (now 28.64, down 65 percent); February 2021—Growth-at-any-price manager Cathie Wood’s ARK ETFs rake in $8.3 billion in new money, third behind fund giants Vanguard and BlackRock; ARK Innovation ETF peaks at 158.82 (now 42.58, down 73 percent); assets hit $23.3 billion as inflows total $8.8 billion over previous three months; March 2021—President Biden signs $1.9 trillion stimulus bill (American Rescue Plan Act); nonfungible token by a digital artist known as Beeple sells for $69 million; April 2021—Sri Lanka government bans all chemical fertilizers to make farming 100 percent organic, reverses course seven months later after mass protests by farmers and a surge in food price inflation; May 2021—Price inflation hits thirty-year high, with the year-over-year Consumer Price Index (CPI) +5.0 percent; June 2021—Italian artist sells “invisible” sculpture for more than £12,000; tiny activist investor Engine No. 1 wages successful battle to install three directors on Exxon Mobil’s board with goal of reducing company’s carbon footprint; August 2021—US ends twenty-year war in Afghanistan; Federal Reserve assets total $8.3 trillion, double prepandemic levels; September 2021—El Salvador adopts bitcoin as legal tender; November 2021—Bitcoin hits all-time high of $68,790 (now $20,040, down 71 percent); December 2021—University of Pennsylvania swimmer Will Thomas (identifying as “Lia”) qualifies to compete as a woman after taking a year of hormone treatments, records fastest national times in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle, and wins 1,650-yard freestyle by forty seconds; January 2022—S&P 500 hits all-time high of 4,819 (now 3,873, down 20 percent); New York City mayor Eric Adams takes his first paycheck in cryptocurrency; February 2022—Canadian truckers protest Trudeau government’s vaccine mandate; price inflation hits forty-year high, with year-over-year CPI +7.9 percent; Engine No. 1 launches climate change ETF; Russia invades Ukraine; March 2022—Federal public debt tops $30 trillion, up $7.2 trillion from prepandemic levels, and Lia Thomas becomes first transgender athlete to win NCAA Division I championship in any sport; April 2022—President Biden’s approval rating sinks to new low, Nasdaq Composite enters bear market territory; Federal Reserve assets peak at $8.9 trillion (now 1.5 percent lower); May 2022—Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen admits she didn’t see inflation coming, Sri Lanka defaults on its national debt; Solomon Islands signs new security agreement with China; June 2022—Two-thirds of economists anticipate a recession while Jerome Powell sees “no sign of a broader slowdown;” the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci tests positive for covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated and twice boosted; Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, returns power to the states; Sri Lanka government collapses; and August 2022—Anthony Fauci announces his resignation, effective in December; California plans to ban sales of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035, two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo helps launch ESG fund. Investment Implications “It has been 241 years since Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. Being short America has been a loser’s game. I predict to you it will continue to be a loser’s game.” - Warren Buffett, CNBC interview, September 21, 2017 “In the beginning of the QE period, I became convinced that the system was going to destroy the nature of money itself. I became convinced that the rules of the game had changed completely. When the rules change, the basic framework with which you make decisions need to change.” - Tony Deden, Q&A with Grant Williams, July 5, 2018 With all due respect to Warren Buffett, if we are at a major inflection point reversing a 239-year megatrend in government growth, the last thing you want to do as an investor, entrepreneur, or young person launching a career is to play by the old rules and blindly emulate past winners. Government bonds should be avoided; likewise, the stocks of companies sucking up to government, looking for favors, and peddling official narratives. Under the new rules, investors will likely pay a premium for independence—i.e., companies that can stand on their own. While Warren Buffett and John Bogle have had great runs (fifty-seven and forty-eight years, respectively), their playbooks are widely copied. Imitation is the sincerest path to subpar returns. Admittedly, much of their wisdom is likely to stand the test of time—e.g., the circle of competence, patience over activity, and keeping fees and turnover low. However, I suspect paying attention to macroeconomic issues will pay dividends because this is largely dismissed by the Buffett faithful as an exercise in futility. Likewise, active investing will be rewarded because Bogle’s brainchild, the index fund, is far too popular. At the end of 1988 I suggested looking forward, not backward: The world is still in the early stages of a third economic wave—the transition from an industrial to an information-based economy. Innovators tend to lead, whereas imitators tend to lag such waves. As the world’s best imitators, the Japanese capitalized on the ending of the industrial age. As the world’s best innovators, Americans should be the main beneficiaries of the beginning of the information age. That advice still holds today. The information age is thirty-four years older, but shows no signs of slowing down (although it has become far more global and not nearly as concentrated in Silicon Valley). Likewise, the “hockey stick of human prosperity” is still early, having begun just 250 or so years ago, up against five thousand years of recorded history. “You can’t afford not to be invested in the relentless ascent of man,” advises Dan Ferris in so many wise words. All bubbles are destructive in nature and based on a false belief that must be exposed and repudiated. In this case, the bad seed is government as universal problem solver. Bear markets have their place, to impart lessons, change behavior, restore health, and introduce the deluded to reality. Major tops are a process, not an event. The trend in centralized power was a long time in the making. Its reversal could play out over a century or more (with plenty of heart-wrenching rallies along the way). The transition will be messy and painful for those who are unprepared or live in the past, but wildly bullish long-term as the government parasite withers and dies. If I am right, the everything bubble helped seal the fate of big government. The state will increasingly be seen as an impediment to human progress and vestige of the past. Tyler Durden Tue, 10/11/2022 - 20:20.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeOct 11th, 2022

An Army major"s wife had them read up on how to be a Soviet spy so they could leak sensitive US military medical info to Russia, prosecutors say

In a federal indictment, prosecutors allege that Dr. Anna Gabriellian told her partner to read "Inside the Aquarium," a book on Soviet espionage. Russian flagPaul Zinken/picture alliance via Getty Images In a new federal indictment, prosecutors allege a Maryland couple tried to spy for Russia. The indictment says one of the accused told her partner to read the book, "Inside the Aquarium." The book is by a former Soviet spy, Viktor Suvorov, who defected in the late 1970s. The wife of an Army major encouraged her partner to read a book by a former Soviet spy in order to prepare them for leaking sensitive US military medical information to the Russian government, federal prosecutors alleged Thursday. According to a newly unsealed indictment filed with the US District Court in Maryland, the Department of Justice is charging Maj. Jamie Lee Henry and wife Dr. Anna Gabrielian with conspiring to hand over medical information to a person they believed was working for the Russian government but who was actually an undercover FBI agent. Court documents reviewed by Insider said that the couple gave the personal medical records of US Army patients and their family members to the undercover agent last month under the impression that the information would then be passed on to the Russian government. Henry, a doctor who worked at North Carolina's Fort Bragg, had secret level security clearance, which allows access to content that, if disclosed, could harm the country's national security. Gabrielian in an anesthesiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The indictment alleges that at an initial meeting with the undercover agent at a hotel on August 17, Gabrielian said she was motivated to help Russia in any way she could because she felt patriotism for the country, court documents showed. According to a listing on Johns Hopkins' website, Gabrielian speaks English and Russian.Prosecutors allege that Henry denounced the US to the undercover agent and even said he considered joining the Russian army after it invaded Ukraine in late February.Wife urged partner to study Soviet espionageDuring that meeting, Henry allegedly told the undercover agent that Gabrielian had them read ''Inside the Aquarium," a book on becoming a spy for the Soviet Union.  The book is by a former Soviet spy, Viktor Suvorov, who defected in the late 1970s. According to Publishers Weekly, the book provides a "brisk, readable account" of the author's "recruitment and training as an agent of Russia's ultra-secret GRU intelligence group."Henry told the undercover agent, per the indictment, that Gabrielian recommended the book because it details "the mentality of sacrificing everything... and loyalty from day one. That's not something you walked away from."The indictment suggests Henry had some potential qualms about spying for Russia, however."My point of view is until the United States actually declares war against Russia, I'm able to help as much as I want. At that point, I'll have some ethical issues I have to work through," Henry said during the meeting, prosecutors allege. Henry's wife then responded: "you'll work through those ethical issues."At a meeting a week later, Gabrielian told the undercover agent that Henry was a "coward" because the Army officer had expressed concern about violating HIPAA, the law that protects patient privacy. She, by contrast, allegedly told the agent that she engaged in such violations "all the time."Later that month, prosecutors claim the couple provided the undercover agent medical information related to an Air Force veteran, a retired Army officer, a Defense Department employee, the spouse of someone employed by the Office of Naval Intelligence, and the spouses of multiple deceased Army veterans. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytSep 29th, 2022