LGBTQ: Those letters are explained by something called epigenetics. Read on:

So I was on Facebook, and this came across my new feed from a group I belong to called “Have a Gay Day” (https://www.facebook.com/MyGayDay):

I watched it from the perspective of a parent, a science geek, a human interest story, and through the eyes of Josie.  Then I went to the comments, where a young woman had posted this:

I understand what you are saying too, you are saying not to make early and hasty decisions on whether a child is transgender not, however a transgender child knows. I knew when I was young, I was forced to live as someone I never was, and it nearly cost me my life. There is a great deal of ridicule on this subject, yet I can tell you without a second doubt that no matter how much you may try to change a transgenderd individuals mind, you just wont. It is a medical condition better treated young.

The effects of suffering a puberty that isn’t yours is not only humiliating, but downright degrading and self destructive. The chances of a person being transgendered are low, thankfully. I do not wish this pain on anyone. I can tell you especially due to intolerance in society, it is the worst pain you can endure.

The fact that I have survived is because of support by my parents, and I can tell you if not for their aid in receiving hormonal therapy, I would not be alive today with the chance of meeting the man of my dreams. Just to have a normal life, and have romance, make love, and have a family. That is all I ever want. I understand it is difficult for a person born in the correct body to understand, yet it does not make it any less real.

Then some asshole comes along with this shlock:

Oh brother. Do you even know what “real” means?

Do you understand what complete lack of discipline exists in psychiatry as compared to any other field of medicine? Do you understand that there is no empirical way to test if someone is schizophrenic or a psychopath or any of the other thousands of “personality disorders”? It’s all TALKING. That’s it. It is the modern day, and inexplicably accepted, version of phrenology.

Now, I think it should be clear, I believe in habeas corpus. You should do whatever you want with your body. Take whatever drugs you want, get whatever surgery you want. But don’t try to tell me you are born with the wrong body. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but no one is entitled to their own facts. Your DNA folds proteins that construct your body INCLUDING your brain. There is no mismatching here. Your DNA is your DNA. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

No one ever feels completely “normal”. NO ONE. No one is born into the body or life they want. Everyone wants to be kryptonian. I could say “I was born into the wrong race” or “I was born the wrong height” or “I was born with the wrong eye color” and people would say I should just deal with it and that would be the normal response, but when I say “i was born the wrong gender” suddenly everyone is supposed to take me seriously?”

I attempted to reply with this, but couldn’t because YouTube HATES links in their comments and won’t allow them:

Repeating something does not make you correct. You make claims without proof. Here is some proof you are incorrect:

Epigenetics, Evolution, Endocrine Disruption, Health,
and Disease (http://www.bio.utexas.edu/faculty/lizard/public/epievoendo.pdf)
Epigenetics Underpins Homosexuality (http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/epigenetics-underpins-homosexuality/81247763/)
On the Science of Changing Sex (http://sillyolme.wordpress.com/tag/epigenetics/)

http://bit.ly/11y49tZ

The point: if you’re going to shoot off your mouth like you know what you’re talking about, make sure you know what you’re talking about.  Trans* people have the hardest time in life, period.  Don’t go picking on my trans* cousins!  I’ll rip you a new one if you do!

 

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King: Suspected bombers’ parents ‘wrong,’ ‘offensive’

So he’s offended! So f’ing what? That is not a counter-argument of any kind. Too many people are assuming guilt when no trial has been held and no evidence presented in accusation nor defense. The U.S. owes it to we, the People to seek justice, not blind vengeance.

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(CNN) – Republican Rep. Peter King, former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Friday the Chechen community in the United States doesn’t have a history of radicalization but argued it’s time to question whether that’s changed.

In an interview on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” the longtime congressman from New York also said it was “offensive” for the parents of the two suspected bombers to argue their sons were being framed in the U.S.

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Blaming “the Godless” for Boston Marathon Bombing…

The recurring theme is “if the person who did it had God, he’d have been moral and not done it”, which is ridiculous given the number of bombings in the name of religion throughout history. It is extremely more likely the perpetrator is a “believer” in some god or another – whether YHWH or Allah – and did this in some delusional religious state. Because, frankly, atheists typically don’t do this, but the religious have a LONG and RECENT record of it.

Let’s stop the Christian whiney we’re-being-persecuted nonsense

There is this notion among some Christians that their world views are becoming marginalized and even under threat by a liberal / secular social movement.  It’s difficult to view a news cycle and not hear something about how some Christian group or another is all offended because it has been asked to take its religious props down from public areas.  Christmas and Easter are under attack!  Traditional Christian Marriage is under attack by those filthy homo-SEX-u-als!  What do you mean we can’t force kids to say “one nation under God”?  They’ve taken God out of our schools, legitimized gay families, and now I have to explain to my kids what it all means if we see them holding hands ini public!  

 

I just want to know: do these people have any idea how ridiculous they sound?  There is no liberal / secular conspiracy; just a lot of us – your neighbors and fellow citizens – aren’t amused at the constant chest-beating and yelling and carrying on about your God.  It’s supposed to be a “personal relationship” – please respect your neighbors and fellow man and keep it that way.  Talk about it with others who share your beliefs.  Celebrate your holidays all you like.  But please stop expecting the rest of us – those neighbors who are of different religions and sometimes no religion – to celebrate those holidays with you.  Please stop using space we fund as taxpayers to display your religious props, as yes, some of us taxpaying neighbors do get offended by your displays.  Some of us find them unsightly and barbaric.  If you want to display your religious props on your property, mazel-tov!  

 

No one is “attacking” your holidays.  We’re objecting to being bombarded with them all the time.  Enough already.  I don’t see any big Rosh Hashannah sales or Winter Solstice sales going on.  The public privilege your groups have enjoyed for too long is crumbling because your neighbors are tired of nonsense.  Keep your holy days, to and amongst yourselves.  Stop insisting that the general public owes your holiday special recognition over any other religion’s various holidays.

 

Traditional Christian Marriage isn’t what so many people seem to think it is.  A scriptural marriage is one man and several wives; and a rapist automatically has to marry his victim; and all kinds of other nonsense that we no longer follow in the civilized world.  Further, marriage existed long before Christianity, and within many major religions past and present, same-sex couples are allowed marriage.  Christianity does not decide the laws of the land, nor should it, as civil equality does not require the consent of any religious body.  However, I should point out that the Catholic Church has a pair of gay saints who are buried together: Saints Baccus and Sergius.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergius_and_Bacchus)  Despite historians disliking the facts, these two were lovers, and joined in Holy Rite – in other words, married.  But allowing those of the same gender to marry has no impact on your personal relationship with neither your spouse nor your God.  Nor do you have the right to club people over the head with your religious views; your religion is personal, and abusing a person with your religion is unacceptable and a form of assault.  You may think something is “a sin”, but that does not give you any kind of moral high ground.  If you cannot reason out a proper answer outside your religious beliefs, you can save yourself embarrassment and your neighbors constipation by keeping your personal relationship with your god personal.

Further, if you’re a person who is bothered by two guys holding hands or kissing in public, deal with it or walk away.  It’s their personal relationship and therefore none of your business.  You probably don’t think twice about holding your boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s hand or kissing in public, and neither should a gay couple.  So what if your kid sees?  What if that IS your kid in fifteen years or less?  So mind your own life.  You don’t have the right to tell others that they can’t do something solely because your understanding of “God” says so.  That’s not a reason, that’s a claim.

 

It’s really not “one nation under God”, either.  It wasn’t until June 14, 1954 that those words were added to the Pledge of Allegiance.  Christianity inserted itself into public affairs when many of us do not believe in god.  So no, children are not required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, especially with that offensively presumptuous phrase.

 

And finally, God has not been taken out of the schools.  God does not belong in schools.  God belongs in churches, not schools.  It is your personal God, your personal relationship with God.  You do not have the right to force your religious nonsense upon the minds of others.  

 

Oh, yeah.  One after-thought:  Science is your friend, by the way, so can we please stop this whole creationism nonsense?  It’s really hurting our nation’s ability to compete globally.

Marriage is NOT about your religion.

People are tired of having others shove their religious crap around and expecting those who disagree with them to tolerate hate speech. Look, marriage equality is NOT about religion. It is about civil law and constitutional equality. If religion is one of your reasons – or your only reason – for disliking gay people or opposing same-sex marriage, you automatically lose the argument. You don’t have the right to force others to follow your religion in any respect. Marriage existed in various cultures in various forms – including same-sex marriages – for well before and after the “advent of Jesus”. Deal with it.

Can someone please explain to me why churches are tax exempt at the expense of even the non-believing taxpayers?

If there is an actual internal threat to America and her Democratic Republic, it is the influence of tax-exempt organized religion. The GOP and FOX News, Breitbert, Newsmax, etc. are all distracting from this whilst using the religious political representatives’ networks to advance organized religion’s agenda. Let’s keep something in mind: It has been organized religion in the United States which saw the bible used to justify AND abolish slavery; used to argue against women’s suffrage; used to argue against “the mixing of the races”; and now used to argue against genderless marital equality. If we were to tax organized religion as a business = because believe me, churches are businesses these days! – we would see some major changes in our economy, and by far for the better to the tune of $71B (That’s BILLION dollars!) every year in tax revenue.

I’m open to airing comments! Please leave them, like this post, and share it! I want to get an actual discussion going!

This came from the Facebook Group’s Admin on
Anti-Theists. Pro Active Atheists. Opposing Religious Harm.

‎”You can’t tax religion, they would demand more representation.”

How is lobbying by any religion constitutional, especially if the success is measured by the number of sympathizers in government and/or the depth of the religious pocket?

How is religious bias in law, in extreme cases costing children’s lives, constitutional?

How can donations to religion be treated as tax deductible at great cost to the tax payer, and there be no requirement to account for how this money is spent?

How can openly blatant religious opposition to government bills already passed or in the process of being passed be constitutional?

How come the IRS fails to act when freedom from the pulpit pastors blatantly breach the Johnson amendment, forbidding the endorsement of political candidates? They even provide the IRS with evidence of them doing this, in the hope the case will be heard and the Johnson amendment struck off as unconstitutional.

When such large amounts are spent lobbying government and increasing religion’s membership, how can this money be deemed charitable? Does the average contributor have any idea it doesn’t all go to help the poor and needy, or anything like it?

With the USA uniquely identifying as a Judeo-Christian nation and with the enormous influence groups like AIPAC (Israel lobby) exert on government, how can this be constitutional?

The separation of church and state does a fantastic job of protecting religion being interfered with by government, but not religion interfering in politics.

I fail to see how they could be represented more than they are. If anything, taxation would curb the huge amounts available for lobbying and curb the illegitimate power they wield.

With religious people in prominent positions of government and in legislatures, constitutional challenges will become increasingly difficult to achieve as the constitution is read more and more with a biblically focused lens.

What is an acceptable solution to stemming the problems brought to light in the Sandy Hook incident and others like it? Remember Columbine? What do we, as a society, need to do to put an end to these possibly preventable catastrophes?

Anderson Cooper 360

Aimee Seaver’s daughter survived the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. She talks to Anderson Cooper about explaining the incident to kids with gentle honesty.

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American Exceptionalism: Myth vs. Reality

We talk as though America is the greatest nation to ever exist.  Isn’t it time for a reality check?

 

  • We’re #23 in math, #17 in reading, and in 16th place for college graduate numbers.  
  • Thirty-six countries have better and more affordable health care than we do.  
  • Justin Denney of Rice University said the average life U.S. expectancy for a person born today is 78.49 — significantly lower than for people born in Monaco, Macau and Japan, which have the three highest life expectancies at 89.7 84.4 and 83.9 years, respectively.  
  • Research by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that child poverty increased in 38 states from 2000 to 2009. 
    • As a result, 14.7 million children, 20 percent, were poor in 2009. 
    • That represents a 2.5 million increase from 2000, when 17% of the nation’s youth lived in low-income homes.  
  • According to Census data, by 2011, poverty rates grew to include 1 out of every 6 Americans.  
  • We’re 50th in the world in infant mortality rates, which means 49 countries have lower rates than we do.  
  • Our overall tax rate is 27.3% of GDP (latest stats available that I could find are 2008), making us the 4th lowest among member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) — but everyone shits bricks at the idea of raising taxes, which we should to dig out of our economic mess.  
  • When it comes to social justice — defined here as the ability each individual has to participate in the market society, regardless of their social status — the United States ranks 26 out of 36 in the OECD, and #27 in job security.  
  • We rank #7 out of 36 OEDC member countries in housing expenditure ratio.  
  • Out of the top 30 nations, we rank last in social equality.  
  • In terms of Social Spending (entitlement programs), the U.S. spends 11% of the federal budget on such programs, ranking 25th out of the 34 wealthiest nations; and we spend 24% of the federal budget on our military — more than any other nation, and 42.8% of total global military expenditures.  
  • We spend 14% of our total governmental budget (federal, state, and local all together) on education, placing us #55 out of 194 countries.  
  • Which brings us back to the beginning: we’re #23 in math, #17 in reading, and in 16th place for college graduate numbers.

 

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m a proud American.  I’m also too well aware of the reality: American exceptionalism is a myth, and we need to be real about it.

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Scientists Find Black Hole ‘Missing Link’ — with reflective comentary

Fascinating stuff!  To think we humans are a product of a star formed in a galaxy swirling around a black hole!  

So let’s consider in that grand scheme how completely insignificant we are.  Let’s get some perspective.  If people of faith could see how much more awesome our existence is considering earth itself is but an atom in the scope of the single galaxy we inhabit, and we just happened to come to be here on it.  

Just look at all these OTHER galaxies!  

Maybe then we could stop hurting each other in the name of gods we should be mature enough to let go of by now.  It’s time for the human race to grow up, face the realities of our existence, and in sheer humility of that alone wish to do nothing but good for its own sake.  It is amazing enough that any of us are here; there is no need of a deity to remind us of that anymore.  

If the human race doesn’t annihilate itself, the sun will.  This is what makes our ability as a race to work together crucial.  Before the sun gets us, the environment will.  Look at the recent storms, and look at the trends over the past 20 years in carbon emissions in Megatons having direct correlations to severe weather, and people are dying and made homeless by them.  

We need to be scientists, people, and we need to work out our differences with our neighbors so we can save ourselves.  It’s amazing we’re here, we just need to get it right for a change.