Thursday, July 21, 2016

Who Is Charles Kinsey? Miami Police Investigating Officer Shooting Of Unarmed Black Therapist

What possibly set this police officer off -- that Charles Kinsey didn't get on his stomach as told? When people are nervous, it makes it hard to listen, as possibly evidenced by both sides of this insane scenario. We are all only human. Just because someone can't always play Simon Says 100% accurately doesn't mean they're not doing everything they can to be 100% compliant with the law. "Caretaker Charles Kinsey said he was lying down with his hands up — attempting to calm down his autistic patient — when a member of the North Miami police shot him Tuesday..." Who Is Charles Kinsey? Miami Police Investigating Officer Shooting Of Unarmed Black Therapist by Tim Marcin 07/21/16 International Business Times

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Cops: Robbers Use Pokemon Go to Find Victims

Cops: Robbers Use Pokemon Go to Find Victims Posted July 11th, 2016 by John Johnson, Newser --

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Donald Trump mocks Asians with broken English in speech

To be fair, he was not lampooning Asian-Americans, but if I may, let me explain why mockery such as this is bad; it puts fear in the hearts of Asian-Americans and other immigrants about white Americans like Donald Trump. As a representive of the Republican party, he can do much better to be more inviting. Donald Trump mocks Asians with broken English in speech by Celeste Katz, New York Daily News, August 27, 2015

Let me just leave this here:

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Gender Identity and Autism Spectrum Disorders

"An increasing number of reports describe gender-related concerns in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Abelson [1] drew attention to the specific potential for gender issues in individuals with ASD, and subsequently, a number of case reports and at least one systematic study have appeared in the literature [2-9]. Perhaps the earliest case report [2] was of two male individuals with ASD who presented with “feminine gender-stereotyped preoccupations,” and subsequent work has cited this case report as an early example of comorbid gender identity disorder (GID) and ASD [9]. A subsequent case report appeared in 1997 [3] and drew attention to the hypothesis that impairment in social interaction could contribute to atypical gender identity formation.

"The report of two cases by Mukaddes [3] was notable for identifying patterns of transgender identity and behavior in two boys seen at the same clinic for several years, although even in this study the individuals were not followed-up beyond a young age (7 and 10 years) — a critical shortcoming given the low rate of persistent transgender identification following puberty [10]. It was not until 2005 that a case report described an adult with Asperger syndrome (AS) and “GID according to DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) criteria” [8]. The authors go on to introduce the hypothesis that GID developed as a “sequel to AS,” highlighting the extreme-male brain hypothesis and the patient adopting “male emotional and cognitive traits.” Perhaps most recent was the report of two cases of individuals with both ASD and GD according to DSM-5 criteria [11]. In this paper, the authors highlight specific aspects of ASD, including theory of mind deficits and cognitive style as being potential influences on the process of gender identity formation." READ: Gender Identity and Autism Spectrum Disorders -- Yale J Biol Med. 2015 Mar; 88(1): 81–83. Published online 2015 Mar 4. PMCID: PMC4345542 Focus: Autism Spectrum Disorders

Related article: "While this article is specifically about autism and gender identity, it cites multiple research studies that confirm, once again, that MOST children who question their gender in childhood end up as gay or bisexual if left alone. Also, socially immature/isolated kids, or kids with ASD, probably need even longer to figure out who they are, which makes a good argument that dysphoricadolescents and even young adults with social anxiety or other similar issues should not start medical transition, as they too often do." Read: President Obama, how is this not anti-gay conversion therapy? -- Posted on April 9, 2015 4thwavenow

LGBT themes in Hindu mythology

Shiva in the form of Sambashiva, his half-male, half-female, Ardhanaareeshwara form.

"LGBT themes in Hindu mythology involve Hindu deities or heroes whose attributes or behavior can be interpreted as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), or as having elements of gender variance and non-heterosexual sexuality. Traditional Hindu literary sources do not speak of homosexuality directly,[1] but changes of sex, homoerotic encounters, and intersex or third gender characters are often found both in traditional religious narratives such as the Vedas, Mahabharata, Ramayana and Puranas as well as in regional folklore." LGBT themes in Hindu mythology-- Wikipedia

Wired differently: Exploring brain connectivity in autism

Wired differently: Exploring brain connectivity in autism by neuropsychologist Aarti Nair, currently a postdoctoral scholar and clinical instructor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior of the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Nair was part of the 2012 class of Autism Speaks Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellows. Her fellowship project involved research into brain connectivity and function in adolescents with autism. Autism Speaks

Related article: Autism Speaks Collaborative Releases First Full Genome Sequencing For Autism -- July 11, 2013 Neuroscience News

Monday, June 27, 2016

What the Sleeping Hermaphrodite Tells Us About Art, Sex and Good Taste

Beautiful hermaphrodites exist in nature. Can we please be inclusive and accepting of intersex people without demolishing the differences between men and women, and erasing the issues specific to biological sex? To say biological sexes don't exist because of gender identity is binary thinking in and of itself. What the Sleeping Hermaphrodite Tells Us About Art, Sex and Good Taste -- Blurring the borders of identity feels modern, but ambiguity has ancient roots. By Daniel McDermon, June 24, 2016 The New York Times

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Senate approves women registering for the draft (and can override a veto)

Majority in Congress can override a veto? What kind of country do you want America to be? One that has no qualms about putting women in harm's way? Do we really think the people pushing for this sort of equality have actual people's best interest at heart?

"The White House has threatened to veto the defense bill due to other provisions that the administration’s Office of Management and Budget called “attempts to micromanage” the Department of Defense. However the overwhelming number of Senators who approved the bill would be more than enough to override a veto." Senate approves women registering for the draft by CNN, June 15, 2016

"Override of a veto - The process by which each chamber of Congress votes on a bill vetoed by the President. To pass a bill over the president's objections requires a two-thirds vote in each Chamber. Historically, Congress has overridden fewer than ten percent of all presidential vetoes."

Rep. Charles Rangel Again Calls for Military Draft, War Tax

I have faith that President Obama will veto NDAA, but I will never trust the Democratic Party again, with lawmakers like Charlie Rangel, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, alongside Hillary Clinton and "RINOs" Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and John McCain himself, thinking drafting women is a great idea. Charles Rangel has been trying to reinstate a draft not just for women but everybody since 2003? Wake up, New York! Rep. Charles Rangel Again Calls for Military Draft, War Tax by Sandy Fitzgerald, 20 Mar 2015 Newsmax

The best countries for gender equality may also have a domestic violence problem

We all knew this from seeing the kinds of guys who are cheering for the women's draft and equality where we can not compete equally. Logic at the expense of rationality makes me sad and afraid for the future of American society. The best countries for gender equality may also have a domestic violence problem by Adam Taylor, June 10 Washington Post

Friday, June 24, 2016

Pentagon Expected To Repeal Ban On Transgender People Next Month

First drafting women, now this (though I am counting on President Obama's veto). Will a draft for LGBTI follow next? Pentagon Expected To Repeal Ban On Transgender People Next Month by Reuters 06/24/16

Brain sex does not exist

This reminds me of the old sexist notion that girls can't do math, which they can, and neuroscientists who use brain mapping to tell people what personality type they have. The only facts about differences in gender that I know of are that men are by and large physically stronger, some gender roles are shaped by social mores (chivalry) while some are based in biology (more men are capable of physical activities due to superior strength and endurance), and some people have different sexual orientations. I can "think like a man" (use logical reasoning (whether rational in a larger context or not)) and not actually be one.

"Neuroscience is methodologically flawed. Even when an effect is objectively measurable, small sample sizes and poor statistical significance plague brain imaging studies. Most results are not replicable and, often, the alleged “findings” are not even based on human research. Extrapolating functional or behavior qualities from these studies is logically tenuous at best." Read: Brain sex does not exist -- Sex matters.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cognitive Dissonance Theory

You know that thing where something dull is advertised as shiny, and your mind lies to you to deal with the irrationality? It can be used to sell us all kinds of things and ideas. Cognitive Dissonance by Richard Hall, Psychology World

The Theory

"Almost half a century ago social psychologist Leon Festinger developed the cognitive dissonance theory (Festinger, 1957). The theory has obviously stood the test of time in that it is mentioned in most general and social psychology textbooks today. The theory is somewhat counterintuitive and, in fact, fits into a category of counterintuitive social psychology theories sometimes referred to as action-opinion theories. The fundamental characteristic of action opinion theories is that they propose that actions can influence subsequent beliefs and attitudes. This is counterintuitive in that it would seem logical that our actions are the result of our beliefs/attitudes, not the cause of them. However, on further examination these types of theories have great intuitive appeal in that the theories, particularly cognitive dissonance, address the pervasive human tendency to rationalize."

Related links:

"Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), Van Veen and colleagues investigated the neural basis of cognitive dissonance in a modified version of the classic induced compliance paradigm. While in the scanner, participants "argued" that the uncomfortable MRI environment was nevertheless a pleasant experience." Cognitive Dissonance on Wikipedia

"False consciousness is theoretically linked with the concepts of the dominant ideology and cultural hegemony, and to a lesser extent with cognitive dissonance." False Consciousness on Wikipedia

"When it comes to resolving cognitive dissonance, only the most intellectually honest succeed." Cognitive Dissonance in Science and Medicine – An Anecdote About How to Detect Pseudoscience, and Why Smart People Fall For It January 4, 2016 by SAMSUPOWIT

The gender identity movement erases women

"The politics of the gender identity movement that is sweeping the country is bringing with it a multitude of problems for women and girls." READ: The gender identity movement erases women by Kathleen Sloan, July 22, 2016 Delaware Online

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Clinton Says Women Should be Included in Draft: Huffington Post

I'm going to be offline for awhile because this news is making me sick. I'm with Ted Cruz. I believe women and men are equal but not the same. Clinton Says Women Should be Included in Draft: Huffington Post -- by Holly Rosenkrantz, Bloomberg News

Senate Votes to Require Women to Register for the Draft By Jennifer Steinhauer, June 14, 2016 The New York Times

Pending Legislation: H.R.1509 - To amend the Military Selective Service Act to require the reinstatement of the draft

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Japanese Donald Trump Commercial

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Bath & Body Works Golden Pineapple Luau

Congratulations to all new graduates, and Happy almost Summer! Here's a fabulous scent to take with you on vacation, or spritz before a balmy night out: BBW Golden Pineapple Luau, a refreshing and sweet tropical melange of piña colada and a bit of papaya. The coconut note is more obvious upon dry down. It's on sale on the BBW web site; try it!

Top Notes: Luscious Papaya, Maui Pineapple, Goji Miracle Berry, Splash of Citrus
Mid Notes: Tropical Hibiscus, White Kadota Fig, Salted Sunrise Seashell, Kauai Water Lily
Dry Notes: Coconut Palm, Coral Musk.