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As Brandeis said, sunlight is the best disinfectant. I am nauseated that my own profession has seemingly lost every last vestige of intestinal fortitude, and the pantywaists who claim to be gatekeepers at important medical colleges and publishing houses cringe in fear of the Marxist "activists" whose ultimate purpose is to bring down Western civilization.

To my eye, the importance of this article on TheFP and the one it references cannot be overstated. This is PRECISELY why I subscribed to Common Sense and then TheFP. Well done, Ms. Weiss. Bloody well done.

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“As Brandeis said, sunlight is the best disinfectant”

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Wrong! The best disinfectant is the mRNA COVID vaccine. Sunlight is for horses.

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For a year or so, in its messages supporting programs on PBS, Johnson & Johnson praised nurses, and told the story of how a nurse cured life-threatening jaundice in newborn infants by taking them outside into the sunshine. As the benefit was studied, the treatment was administered using a UV lamp that addressed bilirubin, called "Billy Lights". Sunlight is literally good for people. The Freedom of Information Act and various state Sunshine Acts require that government not make decisions in secret, but in the full light of day.

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So well said. The imagery is superb.

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As usual, KD?, spot on!

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Sunlight is for humans too KD. My late mother always put us in the sun when we had a runny nose, it dried up after a few hours of sunlight no antibiotics were needed and we weren’t shlepp off for vaccinations either.

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Vitamin D Is a QAnon UltraMAGA conspiracy theory, sir.

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So is human trafficking according to Fact Checkers United

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FACT CHUCKERS ?who they be ?

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Can I assume that you are one of the vaccinated that did not have any harmful side effects to the vaccine?

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You can assume wicked sarcasm.

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Answer the questions, Kevin Durant.

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Jul 10, 2023·edited Jul 10, 2023

Me as well, Jim. It is nice to hear it from a doctor as I have lost faith in US medical institutions, just as I have with all of our other institutions.

But, this has happened before in an advanced society.

"Echoes of Eugenics: What the Doctors Trial at Nuremberg Means for Us in the US

On the 75th anniversary of the trial of Nazi doctors at Nuremberg we examine Nazi medicine and gender-affirming care AUG 30, 2022"

https://pitt.substack.com/p/echoes-of-eugenics-what-the-doctors

"German doctors were not hacks. German medicine was not backwards. The contrary, it was the most advanced on Earth. Pre-WW2, German doctors won more Nobel Prizes in Medicine (9) than British (7), American (4), or any other nationality. Their medical journals and education were world-leading: in the early 20C, "Germany was well to the forefront in medical progress. The scientific approach to medicine had been developed there long before it spread to other countries, and postgraduates flocked to German medical schools from all over the world." The medical professionals who were about to go insane were the best and brightest anywhere.

German medicine led the world in ethics, too. Modern notions of informed consent regulations originated in late 19C Germany: “Explicit directives concerned with the welfare of people subjected to medical experimentation in Germany were in place long before the Nuremberg code was devised in 1947.”"

And,

"The medical profession has wrestled with the significance of the Doctors Trial. For instance, to observe its 50th anniversary, the British Medical Journal printed a special issue (free downloads here). The lead article “War crimes and medical science” warned that the Nazi problems were “not unique to one place or time, and could happen here” and the trial “left us with a legacy we still shrink from confronting.” It pointed to contemporary problems in American medicine and warned “there will always be imperatives that threaten the professional values we profess to hold so dear” and “the profession of medicine carries within it the seeds of its own destruction.”

And, it is just way too profitable:

"U.S. Sex Reassignment Surgery Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Gender Transition (Male To Female, Female To Male), And Segment Forecasts, 2022 - 2030"

https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/us-sex-reassignment-surgery-market

Creating patients for life:

https://corinnacohn.substack.com/p/the-medical-leash-of-hormone-replacement

I don't know how they can call it hormone replacement therapy (something no longer given to all menopausal women) when it is injecting people with a hormone their body is not meant to have and cannot handle without harm. But, then, this Gender Madness is called "Care".

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"Gender-affirming care" is an ideologically loaded term, and a gaslighting misnomer of the first order. Let's speak truth: it's a euphemism for "sex-denying damage."

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Yes. Thank you, grateful1.

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Jul 10, 2023·edited Jul 10, 2023

Loving Mother - All great points- thank you for bringing them up in detail.

I tried explaining like facts of history to my Summa Cum Laude daughter a couple of years ago. Explaining the utter madness committed under the guise of science and medicine. Mentioning to her that we are very close to the precipice of insanity that the National Socialist Parties Health Science Ministries atrocities too. I was given a MAGA/QAnon label by her, despite having a relative who lived through the rise and fall of the Third Reich and it's persecution of her and others. A relative who shared granular details of not only what happened but how the National Socialist Fascist's grip felt, sounded like, and the way it oozed across a complacent public. Our daughters largesse was horrifying at the time. It was as if she was re-enacting what my great aunt had told me about. However, I was wrong.

The great news is that today little Miss Summan Cum Laude actually listens because of articles like this. Also, because of the psychotic peer pressure to stifle free speech with 'fact checkers' and political movements. She too was shouted down as a racist. Some of her peer group has begun being scarred by these people unfortunately. Or should I say fortunately.

Each time people stifle these zealots the movement to crush them grows exponentially. Each time we speak about the absurdity and inherent evilness of their tactics their movement is defeated. They will wear this sin for a long time. We will be able to point to how each of us stood up for the better parts of being a human being.

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Kudos to you for not giving up.

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very simple stuff... stand up to bullies and good things happen.

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I'm not sure it's Marxists pushing this. I think it's profit seeking quacks who are in charge.

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I see it as a little bit of everything - profit seeking quacks, politics, cultural Maxists...

The Democrats, teachers unions (Randi Weingarten), the likes of Rick Levine (first female admiral) are pushing Gender Ideology and "transitioning" kids - and the old school Republicans don't fight it. It's kindof like how both of them wanted illegal immigration for different reasons (votes or cheap labor). Medicine has definitely been taken over by quacks and pharma is profiting big time. Pedro Gonzalez calls out all sides in The Transgender Leviathan:

https://pitt.substack.com/p/lets-read-the-transgender-leviathan

Rafferty is the quack in charge of the American Academy of Pediatrics

"The American Academy of Pediatrics sidelines formal proposal to revise Pediatric Medical Transition policy for the 4th consecutive year

Unfortunately, it seems that U.S. medical organizations have allowed politics to overshadow their commitment to evidence-based medicine.

CHRISTINA BUTTONS JUL 9, 2023"

https://www.buttonslives.news/p/the-american-academy-of-pediatrics

And, there is this cultural trend where teens are somehow "adults" for the purposes of medicine and need to have "portals" directly to their pediatricians - where Gender Ideology is promoted just like in the schools.

So, yes it is way profitable and it is very handy for politicians on the left. No Democrats speak against it except for Tulsi Gabbard who became an Independent. The doctors were also out ahead of the politicians in 1930s Germany: https://pitt.substack.com/p/echoes-of-eugenics-what-the-doctors

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And a very sick administration!

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You said it, Skinny:

"Federal government embraces affirmative care: 4thWaveNow founder discusses in first public appearance FEATUREDPosted on April 15, 2022"

https://4thwavenow.com/

"Seven years on, 4thWaveNow founder Denise (also known as Marie) made her first public appearance in a conversation with YouTuber/podcaster Benjamin Boyce on April 9, 2022. The lively interview is available on YouTube (full video) as well as Spotify.

The central theme of the “calmversation” was the US federal government’s embrace of “affirmative” care for gender dysphoric minors–whether their parents are onboard or not.

Denise and Benjamin also talked at length about the organizations currently engaged in promoting gender-identity instruction in US schools, a practice that has been in place for many years. In addition, they touched on some rather controversial topics, including the choice of some “affirming” parents to purchase fake penises (“packers”) and tucking underwear for their small children.

The day after her chat with Boyce, Denise added some more detail and clarifications about the topics they discussed. You can find them in this Twitter thread, also compiled here."

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Thank you for info and links.

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Medical castration has been used as a PUNISHMENT of sex offenders, the infliction of suffering justified by the suffering they imposed on innocent victims. I suggest that adults who abuse children in this way be sentenced to medical castration and all its consequences.

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That sounds great to me! There is a long list of doctors...starting with "Marci" Bowers. He identifies as a woman but I dunno if he's been chopped down below. Those with autogynophelia (who say they are lesbians) tend not to do that. I believe he is the one who chopped Jaron Bloshinsky among others as a child and he signed the letter demanding that this J. Michael Baily, Suzanna Diaz article be retracted. The signatories on the Open Letter, https://asbopenletter.com/?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email, might be a good place to start looking. Another, the "Yeet the Teet" surgeon, Gallagher, is infamous.https://thepostmillennial.com/yeet-the-teet-doctor-poses-with-teen-patient-after-double-mastectomies If you ever read some of these surgeons talking about what they do - you have to wonder whether they are getting off on it sexually as well as making bank.

Of course, there are many child gender clinics in the US and Planned Parenthood gives out synthetic hormones - https://pitt.substack.com/p/why-is-this-happening-and-who-can

There should be a trial of course, perhaps of the Nuremberg variety as these young people cannot possibly give proper "consent".

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Interesting perspective, I hadn't really thought of the issue of German medicine like that. It seems true to me that any profession is subject to that type of slide into malignancy, when people stop, or are not allowed, to question assumptions and prevailing wisdom. With the type of information control and cancelling we see in this article and others situations in recent years, the real damage to health and well-being can be tremendous when that profession is medicine or other sciences or is used to develop regulations, "emergency" or otherwise.

Unfortunately, too many progressives will dismiss any analogy that criticizes their pov when Nazis are invoked, as much as they bandy it about when demonizing their opponents. "We care for (some) people, so we can't take that criticism seriously", even if the analogy is apt.

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I hear you. In my experience, there is nothing that changes the progressive point of view other than personally being harmed by progressive actions. So, avoiding pointing out the parallel to the 1930s German Medical and political situation/playing Mitt Romney - won't win anything. WWII was not won by convincing the Nazis. We are not going to convince anyone indoctrinated with Kool-aid with anything.

We do need to hold doctors accountable with lawsuits. And, we need those who are not exactly progressive to wake up and see this problem. Their kids and grandkids are not immune from contagion/indoctrination. Most average people think this stuff is fringe but it is promoted from on high. The Biden WH has doubled down.

For starters, children, teens, and young people cannot "consent" to any any of this. A case of someone harmed by Gender "Affirmation" when under age 18 (and there are so many now) needs to go to the Supreme Court, IMO. I think we will need something like the Nuremberg doctors trails before this is over. Of course, the news likely won't report any of it. The closing of the Tavistock in the UK was not really reported in the US.

And then, more and more progressives are getting hit by the GI bus personally:

"I’ve Got the Blues — Part 1 JUL 10, 2023"

https://pitt.substack.com/p/ive-got-the-blues-part-1

and

"I’ve Got the Blues — Part 2 JUL 11, 2023"

https://pitt.substack.com/p/ive-got-the-blues-part-2

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Thank you for the links to "I've Got the Blues." Maybe the loss of their children will wake up a sizable number of so-called progressives and help to bring us back to a place of sanity.

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You are very welcome, Jane. I think we have to first wake up your average person who isn't even progressive. Most people seem to think there is this very rare person, the "trans person" and do not see the widespread problem. So, they look the other way. The media sure doesn't help.

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Whoever can be awakened first will help. My opinion of the average person's intelligence and grasp of reality is quite low. I think they might begin to wake up if many PITTs would speak out publicly (and if that subject made an appearance on the MSM, a big "if"). I have one child, 46, happily married to a person of the opposite sex and happily childless, so you won't be seeing much of me on your posts or on PITT. (My daughter, a bright woman but not an independent thinker, is one of the average people who rely on the MSM, but who really doesn't want to think about all this. My husband and I don't understand how this happened.) I have a serious case of Weltschmerz and am trying to keep up on a number of fronts without depleting all of my energy. But I admire you for focusing yours, and I wish you success and peace. Really. :-)

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Well said. Do not disregard modern medical happenings in China and Russia either. China has produced a human chimera that survived 9 days.

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Indeed.

I'm almost relentless in attacking Weiss's liberalism on here, but it's not from lack of admiration for her ability. It's only because she's dead wrong!

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Still respecting someone you wholly disagree with -- yet another lost art in our rapidly declining society.

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Lol. Weiss is far from a liberal. The only thing keeping her from being on Fox, Newsmax, etc.is her sexual orientation.

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I truly don't understand why gatekeepers pay any attention to trans activists. Since transgenders are such a small part of the nation's population--0.5 percent the last I read--why do these activists have so much power to frighten, let alone censor, seasoned pros?

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I believe it is for the same reason the Nazis - who comprised only a few percent of Germans - were able to take over the entire government and ultimately cause the deaths of 55 million people. Most people in peacetime are quiet, polite, and easily intimidated by loud, angry, screaming "activists" who get in their faces, block traffic, threaten them with ball bats and frozen water bottles, and spray them with Mace. Add to that law enforcement that is itself afraid to keep the peace lest THEY be arrested and their lives ruined, a weaponized federal police force, and there you have it. Mob rule - all at the service of the Democrat Party.

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A good point, Jim. I take crap from no one, and many of the correspondents in this comment section take none either. We surely are a minority.

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This is a tough crowd - and a damn fine one.

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You've read this one, right? https://pitt.substack.com/p/echoes-of-eugenics-what-the-doctors It parallels 1930s Germany pretty well. The doctors and ideologues had something and it turned out to be useful for the politicians.

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That is an apt parallel, Jim. Euphemistically titled "affirmative care" has certainly taken over at the federal level, even though most people would likely not be on board if you explained it to them. And, Trans Activists/SPLC/ACLU go after any dissent. Just look at Moms for Liberty. On Feds:

"Federal government embraces affirmative care: 4thWaveNow founder discusses in first public appearance FEATUREDPosted on April 15, 2022"

https://4thwavenow.com/

"Seven years on, 4thWaveNow founder Denise (also known as Marie) made her first public appearance in a conversation with YouTuber/podcaster Benjamin Boyce on April 9, 2022. The lively interview is available on YouTube (full video) as well as Spotify.

The central theme of the “calmversation” was the US federal government’s embrace of “affirmative” care for gender dysphoric minors–whether their parents are onboard or not.

Denise and Benjamin also talked at length about the organizations currently engaged in promoting gender-identity instruction in US schools, a practice that has been in place for many years. In addition, they touched on some rather controversial topics, including the choice of some “affirming” parents to purchase fake penises (“packers”) and tucking underwear for their small children.

The day after her chat with Boyce, Denise added some more detail and clarifications about the topics they discussed. You can find them in this Twitter thread, also compiled here."

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You have to absolutely not give an inch to these people. Not ONE INCH. It is not "gender-affirming care;" never let them get away with calling it that. It is genital mutilation, no different from forced clitoridectomies performed on little muslim girls, except it's done under anesthesia. Speaking of which, this lunacy brings out MY Inner Muslim; I am constantly fantasizing about amputating the surgeons' hands with an axe.

There are crossroads in history, almost never recognized except in retrospect, when intervention by Normal People would have made all the difference; Hitler, of course, probably the best example. If ever in your life you intend to be involved in politics, in my opinion this is that time. Burn out the wires to your representatives with phone calls, and in your mind decide exactly whom you want in office the next go-round. It probably shouldn't be very many of them who are in there now.

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I appreciate your words, Jim. I hope to vote for DeSantis at the national level.

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The greatest power the media has is to make us believe that a small minority of people is actually a great majority of people.

The progressive left—is a sector, Pew tells us, that is overwhelmingly white, privileged and accounts for just 6% of the U.S. population.

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The $$$ to be made by those who advertise with the gatekeepers.

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Totally agree, Jim! My sentiments exactly!

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> the Marxist "activists" whose ultimate purpose is to bring down Western civilization.

I must disagree with this characterization. It's an way way to dehumanize them, but it completely mischaracterizes their motivations. Their *goal* is not to destroy civilization, it's the *result*. They ARE bringing down civilization (and not just Western civilization, if the last 5 years in Japan is any indicator). But it's not what they're trying to do.

Activists - all kinds of activists, but especially within this space - are doing what THEY believe is right. Just as a counselor at a Christian "pray away the gay" camp believes they are saving a person's soul by telling them not to be gay, so is a school councilor who would take a girl away from her parents to receive medical procedures. That school councilor likely believes in their heart they saving the life and soul of a troubled "boy-in-a-girl's-body" with ROGD. So are the lawmakers in California, Minnesota and Maine who pushed through legislation allowing that. It's sickening, and sad, and it's evil by nature -- but it's not deliberately evil.

If we are to fight our enemy, we must come to know that enemy. Karl Marx's economic theories from 130 years ago are tangentially related to the actual manifestation of horror that's come to be in the last 5-10 years.

tl;dr: don't call them Marxists; call them groomers.

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Perhaps I wasn't clear: they intend to replace Western civilization with their concept of a Marxist utopia; whether all of them KNOW it by that name or not, that is still the goal. Certainly their puppet-masters, who are well-schooled in Marxist/socialist/communist/critical theory know precisely what it is, and while THEIR ultimate goal is world rule, their methods are straight out of Marx and Engels. And of course to bring about their imaginary Intellectuals' Utopia , they must first bring down the existing Western civilization, and believe me - that is their intent.

As for dehumanizing them, that is exactly what I intend to do. To successfully thwart an enemy who plans to destroy my world and that of everyone I love who comes after me, I need to first see them as not-human; as objects, and when it comes to blows - which I believe unfortunately it will - be mentally prepared for that fight.

So whether they believe in what they do, believe they are righteous, believe God is on their side does to me not matter. Whether they are "good people" who are simply misguided does not matter. They are fanatics; whatever is in their hearts is immaterial because the effect of their evil is the same, and they must be met with whatever it takes.

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You're absolutely correct. I can't dispute or disagree with any of your points here, other than to say it is important to know your enemy to fight your enemy.

Also, while it might be a good thing for the world for it to "come to blows," let's face it, it just won't happen. If it's not happening in places like Venezuela, it CERTAINLY won't happen in US/Canada/Europe. Mankind is dying with a whimper not a bang. Sometimes when I go for a walk, I like to imagine a small country of separatists, even just some large patch of land, where a few good people could band together, hit a social reset switch, set up homesteads, pull the plug on the internet, get rid of processed sugars, ban experimental medical procedures, raise families, build their own schools. Of course, if people did try that, it would be infiltrated by feds faster than you can say "glow". But that's the only path forward I can imagine for a positive future civilization to emerge. We can't save the one we have - not by voting, and certainly not by violence - it's too rotten, and too many people are complicit in spreading that rot. Technology has taken us to our greatest triumphs, and is driving us to our greatest downfalls.

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Not deliberately evil… I used to agree, but every day, there’s less and less evidence of that. These people know that what they are doing is grotesque; they know they are destroying lives. Which is why they tolerate ZERO questioning or dissent.

If they truly held the value of helping people above all others, they would at least listen to other views, to ensure that nothing potentially helpful for their patients would slip past.

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Sorry; what I meant wasn't that they're not evil -- they *are*. Simply that they rationalize that evil to themselves.

People in general are good at rationalizing their actions. They do harm, but think of themselves as doing good. See also: terrorism -- terrorists often come out with a manifesto of some sort. Some of them are crazy, others were lead down their paths via extreme interpretations of religious texts (and a textbook about gender-affirmative care or critical race theory can absolutely serve as a religious text; can fill that "God hole"; that desire for a higher calling and purpose in life that we all feel). Even a pedophile is going to find a way to justify their behavior to themselves and others (they'd say something like, "kids can consent too")

So, I disagree with the statement, "These people know that what they are doing is grotesque; they know they are destroying lives". They DON'T think it's grotesque. A few might see it as Utilitarianism ("greatest good for the greatest number"). Eg, they know some subset of kids of they force into transition will later detransition or commit suicide. But they think the number to whom that would happen is smaller than the number of actual trans kids who need their help, and they're willing to make some sacrifices. Others simply see it as their moral duty or moral imperative to transition kids ("trans rights are human rights"); consequences be damned.

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This is because you are not fighting back using their rules. Academics defend themselves but don’t sue and offend. Until they play the “game” of putting the activists on the defensive so their motives are uncovered they will continue to be oppressed and their work burned.

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Jul 11, 2023·edited Jul 11, 2023

Academics defend their work, which their attackers know is pristine and legit. The Jornalists are playing a totally different game with non-ethical rules to attack work they know is impeccable.

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Oh, God....hope you didn't have any direct contact/interactions with patients.

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My wife, who is a pediatric nurse, has been saying this for years...because she is witness to it. It is more social pressure than physiology.

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It reminds me of the girls who made the accusations in the Salem witch trials. Girls have a tendency to want to join in with other girls, particularly if the behavior gains attention.

As soon as the governor of Massachusetts decreed that spectral evidence (the supposed visions) was not admissible in court, the girls stopped having them. One of the girls apologized publicly many years later, seeming almost baffled that she was caught up in something so very wrong.

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The Salem witch trials of the 17th century, the nervous disorders of the 18th century, the neurasthenia epidemic of the 19th century, and anorexia nervosa, repressed memory, bulimia, and the cutting contagion of the 20th century all share the same protagonist, magnifying and spreading her own pain: the adolescent girl.

https://euphoricrecall.substack.com/p/gender-ideology-is-toxic-nonsense

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Puberty is a rough time. And modern life seems to have pushed puberty to a younger and younger age (some theorize this started with the widespread adoption of electric lighting). As a result, kids have fewer years of life experience before puberty scrambles their brains and bodies.

But it is sadly true that the adolescent female seems to be most susceptible to social contagion. Perhaps this is an unfortunate side effect of females having evolved to be instinctively skilled at forming social networks.

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It likely doesn't help that we often infantilize our children for far longer. The experience many have before puberty is basically just playtime with some school breaking it up. Through most of history, and still in many parts of the world, children begin doing various forms or work as soon as they are able. Thus helping give them purpose and experience about what life will be like.

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Childhood, as the modern world has conceived of it, is a fairly new invention, historically speaking. And devoting a tremendous amount of investment, as a society, toward entertaining children is even newer. The Greatest Generation fell prey easily to the impulse of giving their children the pleasant childhood that, thanks to the Depression, they themselves did not have.

Now we idolize childhood. We have attempted to extend it as long as possible by giving adolescents privileges that used to have to be earned, while permitting them to continue to revel in the lack of responsibility that comes with modern childhood.

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Yes. For most of history we understood that life is hard. Bad things can and will happen. Cultures are full of myths, fairy tales, traditions, etc to teach these lessons. But now we are trying to prevent ANY difficulty in our lives and moreso the lives of our children, without realizing we are only making them even more susceptible to bad things because these children are not gaining the defenses to deal with them.

What is really sad is that doing a difficulty thing well or overcoming adversity is likely one of the most rewarding things humans do. When stripped of it we become weak and whiney (I am including myself in there).

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Idolize is almost too soft a word it’s deified. Youth is beauty. Beauty is youth. Anthropologist David Lancy refers to it as the newly minted “neontocracy” where now children are now the most celebrated people in society. This is problematic for many reasons. The irrationality intrinsic to childhood is a major one.

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Very well said Celia! How do we reverse this?

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And social media makes it so much worse.

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You might be explaining Beatlemania as well.

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LOL! Oh, the innocence of it!

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"some theorize this started with the widespread adoption of electric lighting)"

Hmmmm. I certainly do not know for sure, but I have assumed it has something to do with large-scale changes in diet to processed foods with high sugar content, coupled with way more sedentary lifestyles (sitting in front of TV or computer or phone screen).

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Bovine growth hormones in hamburger have been implicated in rising numbers of children with "precocious puberty" (literally starting to get periods, for example, at age 6 or 7).

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very plausible, considering bovine growth hormones have also been implicated in increasing the risk of premenopausal breast cancer

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Hmmmmm. Maybe?

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Remember the daycare scandals of the ‘80s - the satanic and ritual abuse of children in daycares across North America. People were actually arrested and imprisoned. Scary stuff.

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Arrested, imprisoned, and harassed falsely as well

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It was a blatant lie

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Pretty sure that was entirely bullshit. Like repressed memories of dad the molester

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Whatever happened to poltergeists? You don't hear about them any more.

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Yup, it is very much like that but where teachers and administrators at school will go along with the idea that your girl is a witch and get her a broom - keeping the magic secret from parents. Total gaslighting and creating psych damage via triangulation with parents. The girls go little step by step down a garden path to a bad place. At first they might think they are just being sweet "allies" to the Gay-Straight Alliance Rainbow club. Then, they try out a trendy name or pronoun or style.... just keep them away from the doctors and therapists and hormone pushers at Planned Parenthood!

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A perfect analogy.

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Exactly. Social contagion.

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It’s true wonder why young girls are so vulnerable.

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Mostly due to how women evolved. Children are more likely to survive if they have a father who is a good provider and defender. Also more likely to survive if they have a mother/grandmother/aunt who is able to hold the family peacefully together and negotiate beneficial connections with other families without the need for bloodshed. Women are social because it benefits children for women to form social networks.

But just as men's innate impulses have a dark side, so do women's. Social cooperation can manifest as a willingness to go along with anything, just to remain part of the in-group. Indeed, a lot of bad things that feminists attribute to "the Patriarchy" are actually a result of women policing other women's behavior. Feminism itself seems to have no qualms about policing women's behavior.

So it is hard-wired in girls to want to cooperate socially. Not all of us conform with that wiring, but on the whole, women want to be approved of by other women. And that makes girls more vulnerable to being caught up in social contagions.

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This reminds me of something that happened to me in a feminism course when I was studying for a masters in social work about 30 years ago. We had to write a paper on an example of how women are abused. I wanted to write a paper about the abusive nature of the large increase in Cesarean section rates. The professor told me that it would be an automatic F if I wrote this paper. When I asked her why, she said because we have already won this war- women are getting into medical school and there are many more female Ob Gyns. I said but women are still being harmed by unnecessary C-sections. She repeated, you will get an F if you write this paper.

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I'm not at all surprised at your experience. If you resist the official narrative, you will be punished for it in whatever way they can punish you.

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Excellent reply Celia thank you.

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When we eliminate all of the various academies and associations and organizations that went along with this people will say

“But we need medical professionals and institutions we can’t just expel all of these people from the practice of science and medicine.”

Yeah well Germany still needed aviation experts after WWII but that doesn’t mean you keep the Luftwaffe.

Starting from scratch will be a dramatic improvement over whatever this is.

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They say that in Nazi Germany the doctors were the most easily convinced and adamant adherents to the Cause. I can think of several reasons that's true. I hate to say that my experience with my colleagues is that if one pisses on a fire hydrant, they all piss on the fire hydrant - and thy will be the first to go after you if you don't. One doesn't get through medical school without being able to at least fake being a follower. There are some true leaders, yes, but they're rare, rare, rare.

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There was a time when your average person held "Experts" in high regard, or at least defered to them. Today, Not So Much. (For Me) It started with Michael Crichton's State Of Fear, and the reaction to it. IF "They" (the Experts) are feeding me a line of Bull on The Climate, what else are they feeding me a line of Bull on? Sad to say as time has gone on, it appears, A Lot. When someone like Alex Jones is seen as just as credible as the CDC...Houston We Have A Problem.

Question: Is there a major national institution, that when they say This or That is True, your knee jerk reaction is to believe them? Because I'm having trouble coming up with one. We are seeing The Boy Who Cried Wolf syndrome being played out in Real Time/Life.

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"State of Fear" was great, especially if you dig into the footnotes to see how well Crichton documented all the statements about climate in the book. The propaganda techniques used on global warming worked so well the Left has adapted them to everything now. Climate scientists have been getting cancelled for telling the truth for decades.

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Youtube

Michael Crichton | States of Fear: Science or Politics?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDCCvOv3qZY&t=545s

Also

"Global Warming" Michael Crichton on Charlie Rose

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vh4dIkEyfd0

9:30 mark

Something I hear the other day. Our prehistoric ancestors needed to know 2 things. 1. Where The Lions are, 2 where the bushes with the good berry's are. If you don't know whee the bushes with the Good Berry's are, you don't eat today, But you might eat tomorrow. If you don't know where The Lions are, You Die. We're had wired to look for and expect the worst.

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State of Fear was one of his better novels.

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IMO the politicization of science started with climate change. It was born in ‘89 with James Hanson and has been a relentless wrecking ball ever since. Like most politicized science, there was a grain of truth in Hanson’s initial warning, but it has been warped and disfigured beyond recognition. Climate change alarmism should serve as a warning. After 35 years of failed prediction after failed prediction, the political movement is seemingly as strong as ever. No mountain of counter factual data discourages the enlightened class.

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It Is Frustrating. I just call it The Narrative.

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Show me the $$$$, I will show you the bullshit, it’s as simple as that!

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As my wife used to say about life in Big Corporate, "The answer to every question is 'money.' "

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Well, the climate is changing and the Earth is getting warmer. There's no getting around that fact. The question is whether the pollution we create is responsible for that warming, or if Nature is doing it all on her own.

Me, I think Nature is doing what Nature has done for a billion years: Hot then Cold then Hot then Colt then Hot. Currently we're in a hot stage. Eventually we'll switch to cool, and then the next Ice Age. I don't see how the pollution we generate affects that very much,.

But reducing that pollution is a good idea even if doesn't touch the "warming" problem. Clear air and water is better for us than dirty, so why not reduce pollution on health grounds alone? Sure, if reducing pollution helps stem the heating, that's a bonus. But it's not necessary; getting rid of acid rain, forever chemicals, smog, and Cancer Alleys are worth it by itself.

Note that I said reduce, not eliminate. We can't eliminate pollution, not in the advanced society people want. But we can reduce pollution considerably, and should do as much as we can of that without melting down our economies.

Going whole-hog with modern nuclear will rid of us much fossil-fuel pollution. Rebuilding the national power grid will allow electric appliances and tools to replace many (though not all) gas-powered ones, cleaning the air even more. Capturing the methane generating by thousands of landfills and piping it into boilers can generate power locally. Planting billions of trees around the planet will clean the air, cool the land, and trap carbon, as well as provide homes for animals. Etc.

None of that hurts the economy, only enhances it; takes millions of tons of pollution out of land, sea, and skies; and may even slow the heating of the planet.

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Carbon dioxide is not a "pollutant" in any normal sense. We humans generate a lot of CO2 with every breath. That CO2 is the most essential chemical for life on earth, after H2O. Every carbon atom in a corn plant or a Redwood Tree comes from the CO2 in the air. Co2 is not biologically harmful at 420 parts per million in the air. Increased CO2 has made the earth GREENER by an area the size of the 48 states. It is GOOD for plants, and ultimately good for all animal life, which depend on plants. There is a simple, straightforward way to address global warming if it ever actually becomes excessive. Solar Radiation Mitigation (SRM) is what happens naturally when a major volcano erupts and puts sulfate particles into the stratosphere. After Mount Pinatubo erupted in the 1990s, the earth's temperature dropped a full degree for a year. Humanity can cause that same effect intentionally by spraying sulfur oxides from the many commercial planes that fly across the northern hemisphere every day. Scientists have worked out that it is so cheap that any medium size nation could END GLOBAL WARMING FOR THE ENTIRE EARTH. Global warming alarmists are panicking because China might just do that, and take away their excuse for controlling our use of energy.

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What is the "failure"? The earth is observably getting warmer. It's unrealistic to think that you can have 8 billion people, at least half of whom are burning coal, driving cars, etc. and have no effect at all on the atmosphere. We never had wildfire smoke days when I was growing up, rarely read about people dying of heatstroke, etc. Is some of it alarmist, sure, but even insurance companies and the military are factoring climate change into their decisions. They wouldn't be doing that if it was false.

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And poverty has declined by 90% in the last one hundred years. The scares of the 70s never happened. I read the books and was alarmed but huh, NONE of them actually materialized. Regarding insurance companies and the military, you can't be serious. You have noticed that the military has been lying the US into wars for a VERY, VERY long time and their observations about climate are not be trusted or believed. Insurance companies have no special knowledge beyond mortality and risk tables that price the insurance you buy. They do not know if climate will change in either direction as it has numerous times in history. The 70s and 80s were full of alarmism about global cooling and by the way, cold temps kill many more than hot temps and that is observable based on actual facts, not projections by Al Gore, one of the great hucksters of the last 40 yrs and those like him. These people make Fauci look positively honest and well intended, when we know in fact he was and is not.

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If you want to take an objective look at climate change, the first thing that strikes you is that for at least two decades this has been turned into a purely religious issue, with excommunication of heretics (“deniers”) and immense pressure on climate scientists to provide only “correct” answers in their study. As this immense pressure is brought on the scientific community and the public at large, all the legacy media would never say a word on the cultist aspect of the phenomenon. A dead giveaway is that the whole thing is sold strictly as a bundle: man-made climate change, “attribution science” (all negative weather events are due to climate change), what the priorities should be (prioritize disease elimination which can save millions of lives at relatively little expense or spend many trillions on forward models). Now if you’re just questioning the forced transition to EVs (which is clearly shown to have minimum results) you are a “denier”, just as much as if you would say there’s no man-made climate change. You have to be completely brainwashed not to notice these clear signs of a major con job.

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History has shown "experts" to be spectacularly wrong time after time, particularly when they all benefit from having the same government-approved and funded point of view. No, show me the numbers. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.

CO2 represents four parts in ten-thousand of the atmosphere, equivalent to the first four seconds of a 2-1/2 hour walk, to put it in perspective. And it's not even the most common after nitrogen, oxygen, and water vapor. It is 1/30th as common as argon (0.93%). So why don't the global warming people target argon? Because it's not man-made and can't be used as a cudgel to further their Marxist world-government agenda.

So a trace gas, constantly being removed from the atmosphere and used by plants to make the oxygen that keeps all animals alive, including humans, in an atmosphere that is a mere sliver compared to the size of the planet, is swamping the effects of radionuclide decay in the earth and radiant energy from a nearby star?

I don't think so.

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As this author is maintaining......it's about the cancellation of the discussion as much as the results of a certain kind -- not getting published. They limit the discussion to their view only. Dangerous.

For you to say Climate Change is real....because the military and Insurance companies say so!! My God......let's never stop hearing alternative viewpoints.

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The actual number of people dying from heat has been dropping drastically throughout the 20th Century since the invention of air conditioning. As for smoke, I am 73 and there was a lot of wildfire smoke over the years. The number of actual forest fire acres has dropped over the past century as we have gotten smarter. As Smoky Bear says, 90% of wildfires are caused by careless humans. Brush and trees do not spontaneously combust at 120 degrees. They need a careless cigarette or an unextinguished campfire to get going.

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Exactly. Abigail Shrier called out the over reliance on "experts" in her book "Irreversible Damage". I was already jaded about government, banking/economists, media... Gender Ideology and the complicity of medicine, pharma , and the Education Complex added a few more to the list. We are in the lobotomy era only much worse.

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Here is The Problem. Sometime They (The Experts) Are Going To Be Right. And no one will believe them. What if the CDC issues a warning about a new pandemic, and its a Black Death level pandemic and (say) 40% of the population doesn't believe them? By playing politics with Covid they have destroyed their credibility. I wish I had an answer.

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When the next Black Death level pandemic hits, people will notice that 30-60% of the people they know are dying - they won't need experts to tell them to be careful.

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Yes, I agree. They played politics with Covid and our children... maybe it was useful to have a "Civil Rights Movement of Our Time" as Biden said when he celebrated the "transition" of 8 year old girls on his campaign trail?

I liked this comment on a recent PITT substack article so much I want to reprint it here:

""Mama Ain't Playin'

Jul 7

See Bob Ostertag's book, Sex Science Self. Artificial hormones have always been a solution in search of a problem. They've been used to try to turn gay men straight; they've been used to chemically castrate sex offenders; and now they're being used to turn our daughters into cosmetic simulacrums of tiny men, and to turn our sons into false women.

I wouldn't trust an endocrinologist at this point any farther than I could spit a rat. (Dr. Will Malone of Idaho is the lone exception. He's been pursuing a quixotic challenge against his professional organization because of their creepy experimentation on kids.)"

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The AMA lost its bearings years ago when it decided to become trendy. The AAPS--American Assoc of Physicians and Surgeons is pretty diametrically opposite to AMA: logic, not dogma. Reason, not populism. I tend to buy what they’re selling--subject to verification, of course. Ronnie was right.

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American Assoc of Physicians and Surgeons. Never heard of them. Thanks, learn something new every day.

Wikipedia explains it ALL

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a politically conservative non-profit association that promotes conspiracy theories and medical misinformation, such as HIV/AIDS denialism, the abortion-breast cancer hypothesis, and vaccine and autism connections. The association was founded in 1943 to oppose a government attempt to nationalize health care. The group has included notable members, including American Republican politicians Ron Paul, Rand Paul and Tom Price.

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Sounds like they are not buying The Narrative. This is a + for me.

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AAPS. They are Good Dudes.

I lasted in the AMA for six months of a 40-year career, 'cos I needed the health insurance. Nincompoops, counterfeits, and psychopaths in the main.

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Except there is no connection between vaccines and autism. If they are promoting that nonsense, then count me out.

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They’re pretty up front about opposing it. One recent article was entitled “Covid-19: a weapon to fundamentally transform America.”

Should give you an idea how the group swings.

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I can't think of one either. The last 5-6 years erased the ones I trusted.

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This may have been The Goal. How does a society function if Large parts of that society don't really trust its institutions?

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I would say by looking at our society that it doesn't.

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For me, the last one to fall was the FBI. I had full belief in the FBI until 2016.

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AT A revent meeting of the Death Club, one of our members said that he loved the group because there were no "experts". just a bunch of us talking about what the heck happens to us when we take our last breath.

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As a 75 yea old Christian I am REALLY LOOKING FORWARD to it. I get to go Home. The Bible doesn't really say much about it, except its Really Cool. I fully expect my mind to be Blown, and to say things like Of Course! Why Didn't See This Before, Its All So Plain Now.

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I still own the homeplace where my cousin-the-widower doctor grew up, and several years ago I brought him from his nursing home to stay in the Old Place for a night. He was in his early nineties and suffered horribly from joint pain but was SO glad to re-live older and better times.

He'd lost his wife about twenty years before. We were having a nice discussion about her over breakfast and he told me, "I'm looking forward to dying soon. I miss my wife so very much and I am looking forward to the day I can see her again." I hope he got his wish.

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If you have never read it before, check out Mitch Album's The Five People You Meet in Heaven. It is delightful.

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Thank you, thank you. I have been participating on this BBS for over a year. I consider myself to be a moderate conservative. I know to many moderate is a dirty word. I try to keep an open mind. On some things I am hard core conservative on others, not so much.

The point of this preamble is, I hope, to prove I am not some sort of right wing fanatic who sees a communist behind every bush. With trepidation I have been saying the Democrats are now socialists and some hard core communists. There is very little difference between a socialist and a communist if any difference at all.

In the past anyone who said that called anyone or an organization a communist was lumped in with Joe McCarthy as a glassy eyed nut case. You calling out the Marxists gives me some validation that I am not a glassy eyed right wing fanatic. I am not a fanatic. I am a realist.

Thanks again.

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Ah Ha! So in other words you are a Globalist, GOPe, RINO, Secret Socialist, who voted for Hillary Clinton. As we suspected All Along! :-)

"I need some new conspiracies, all the old one came true." Elon Musk

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I think the difference between socialists and communists is that socialists win elections and communists have revolutions to gain power. Once in power, there isn't much difference. Whether the riots of 2020 were the beginning of the American communist revolution remains to be seen.

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JUST A THOUGHT TEX.

I don't believe there are capitalist's and communist's anymore. For instance, both Hitler and Mao were ultimately monster's capable of rationalizing any human atrocity for the sake of power and control. No ideology describe's the horror they represented. Even if captured no human punishment would have atoned for the human damage they inflicted. Label's like socialist/communist or capitalist, even corporate fascism serve as smokescreen's. None of those word's appear in our Constitution and we accept defeat when we allow what are actually avaricious thug's to control the American national dialogue by forcing the conversation into those term's. The brave judge in Louisiana that called out the D.C. surveillance state and placed an injunction against their collusion with tech billionaires to subvert American free elections and speech wasn't fighting an ideology, he is in combat with the DNC/EU/CCP/Davos perp's hoping to turn the world into an open air prison. (Subscription journalism helped make the ruling possible.) The perp's believe in power, throw away labor and the exploitation of resources without consequence. That's it. The Constitution is in their way.

The economic capture and compromise of elected political system's throughout Western "democracy" by billionaire financier's is allowing their obvious attempt's to re-engineer the political/social/financial narrative across the world and implement CCP style (15 minute cities/travel by permit/citizen mass surveillance, etc.) repression of individual freedoms like speech and movement. European's are fighting back. The so called "globalist" DNC/Davos crowd has wrecked every life and society it touched. The French riot's, the Dutch farmers, the collapsed economy in Sri Lanka, the hidden citizen rendition prison's in China (where they make their money), the American 2008 crash, arrest's for thought crimes in Great Britain, all.

Who, in the name of Bud Light, is funding and organizing the opposition to free speech and idea's in America? The tactic is certainly recognizable. False moral indignation, the mob pile-on, cancellation, career and character criminalization/assassination, the poseur expert and the corporate/federal grant given to well paid class war elitist grifter's who have no actual moral argument but somehow find support from MSM/surveillance state operatives. Who does chaos serve? Could it be the international looter's who gutted American industry and walked away with pension funds, homes and savings in 2008?

America is living inside a manufactured lie. Throw the rascals out (and prosecute).

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I think of "socialist" sort of like I think of "agnostic," who's really an atheist without the strength of conviction. Maybe "commie-light" would be a better term, but no matter; in the end the effect is the same.

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Or, Lonesome, labeled a “MAGA, White Supremest, Racist, ... blah, blah, blah ... fill in the derogatory blank”

I totally agree (identify) with your statement!

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I want to start an anonymous site called “how I became MAGA” and share stories from moderate conservatives and liberals on how the came to notice and disassociate from the extremes on their side and when and how they were labeled MAGA for breaking from the “woke” narrative!

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"There is very little difference between a socialist and a communist if any difference at all."

I dunno, one can hold that the government should be run for the benefit of ordinary people, not the globalist plutocracy. I don't think that quite equates to Stalinism. Denmark seems like a nice place.

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None of the Scandinavian countries are socialist countries. The left would like you to think they are but they are not.

They are capitalist countries with large social programs and they tax the living daylights out of their citizens to maintain these programs.

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The U.S. taxes the living daylights out of me already so what's the difference. Everyone acts like Federal Income Tax is the only tax, and it's low compared to other countries, but add in 15% FICA tax and the 28% suddenly becomes 43%. Then state and local taxes and you're well past the 50% range. Then add health care costs on top of that which you wouldn't pay in most other countries and Denmark doesn't look so bad.

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... which makes them 'socialist' as most people use the term. One can define socialist and equivalent to communist but that's not what most people do, they define socialism as a more humane mixed economy. I know no self described socialist who advocates the downfall of capitalism, they rather want to tame it and redirect some of the benefits to working people.

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The Scandinavian countries are different in that their socialism grew much more organically. They have long been societies focused on charitable giving (partly, I suspect, due to Lutheranism) and ensuring the common good (a necessity in their harsh climate). The idea of turning those efforts over to the government to administer more centrally (and theoretically, more effectively)--while appalling to us Americans--seemed perfectly logical to them.

But their Leftists have largely taken over, importing thousands of "refugees" who will not assimilate, and who are wreaking havoc on their societies.

Denmark seems to be the only one of those nations that has attempted to fight back. But with the collapse of the anti-immigration government, I have my doubts as to whether they will be able to hold the line.

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I don't know if the Danish Gov runs any businesses. They through taxes pay for everything.

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"But their Leftists have largely taken over"

It goestoshowya how nearly useless terms like 'Leftist' have become. By *definition* socialists are leftists, no? Yet, as you allude, the 'left' is now equated with the progressives. But IMHO that's a hostile takeover and as a paleo-socialist I can assure one and all that I loathe woke Progressivism as much as any Rightie. Meanwhile the Progressives, tho considering themselves lefties, have been seduced by the globalist plutocrats (are they lefties or righties? ) to do the work of dividing and weakening the working class. Good work comrades!

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I refer to myself as a truth seeker. Much in common with you.

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I didn't think that anything was scarier than "equity" based science; I was wrong. Simply reinforces my bias against any doctor much younger than I am.

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I’ve already decided to never go to a doctor who graduated from med school after 2020 (might also be my cutoff for finishing their internship and residency, we’ll see). The absolute nonsense they’re being force fed these days is appalling. Wait until people start dying from the future malpractice. One can only hope that the majority of the victims are those that DEI medicine was supposed to protect. Poetic Justice.

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The more exclusive the institution, the more the people inside it will do anything they are told, in order to retain their position.

I think most of them don't realize their own behavior - it simply becomes the default to follow what the rest of the group does.

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Lemmings.

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"Physicians were one of the strongest demographics behind the Nazi vote. Lawyers were generally favorable to Nazi policies as well. Intellectuals are not a single group, but the ones with an economic interest in politics often favored National Socialism.

Doctors were interested in eugenics ideology, at the time a key Progressive platform. Lawyers saw growth in various racial law areas and expanding scope of criminal activity as new areas for work. Their economic interests were more or less aligned with Fascism.

Other intellectuals, such as Marxists were opressed, but it was very common for KPD members to join the Nazis and there was no particular problem with them doing so. Only active Communists were prosecuted.

In conclusion it depends on the type of intellectuals, but the white collar professions were generally Fascist. If you were to express it as a percentage it would be high among professional degrees. Finding unveristy data would be harder because there was no centralized state University system at the time.

Also, if it helps, Technical University Munchen was a major Fascist organizing ground."

Abortion and Eugenics in Nazi Germany Henry P. David, Jochen Fleischhacker and Charlotte Hohn Population and Development Review Vol. 14, No. 1 (Mar., 1988), pp. 81-112

German Lawyers and the State in the Weimar Republic Kenneth F. Ledford Law and History Review Vol. 13, No. 2 (Autumn, 1995), pp. 317-349

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The Germans were inspired by the eugenics movement in America of the early 1900s. Woodrow Wilson was a fan.

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The enlightened wonderful Swedes didn't stop eugenics until the 70s.

https://www.nature.com/articles/37848

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European fascists were inspired by Woodrow Wilson. Another guy with a PhD.

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Thank you. Great and very pertinent information. Hitler may not have been particularly well educated, but the Nazi hierarchy was chock full of people with doctorates.

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Fifty years ago I was listening to a CBS radio commentator say 90% of all SS officers had their PHD. If true, it proves you don't have to be a semiliterate red neck to be a violent fanatic.

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And the intellectual elites are quick to attack the intellectual capability/education of conservatives.

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I've heard that too. They weren't just thugs, they were well-educated thugs.

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Bari, thank you for another article showing the politicization of almost everything, medicine, law, biology, high school debate, et al. When science is beyond debate, it's propaganda. By the way, historically, there were far more transgender males than females, and their gender dysphoria began around age two. Now we have many more transgender girls who began feeling like boys in their teenage years with no such antecedent feelings. This is strong evidence that ROGD should be studied as a possible social contagion.

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The recent COVID situation is a testament - when doctors en masses turned away from therapeutic means to help sick and instead followed the treatment formula the party required.

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I truly believe that bias is a certainty when the money comes from a politicized and corrupt source. The NIH frequently wants “popular” and/or “sexy” results.

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I appreciate this insight. I tend to think intelligent people think for themselves. I will adjust my thought on that.

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When the war in Ukraine started, our Mexican gardener said: “yeah, sure, go ahead, load them with weapons, that area will be in fire for a decade now…”

It will. It will be nothing short of Afganistán.

While our Silicon Valley highly educated elite is cheering.

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It is galling. Ang your fardener was spot on.

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Uh, huh. In 1930s Germany the doctors were actually out ahead of the politicians. So, it was mostly the other way around with the medical community convincing the politicians who found it useful. Sound familiar?

"Still, doctors embraced eugenics with shocking enthusiasm and radicalism. They didn’t simply “go along” with Hitler, they were already so steeped in this quasi-scientific ideology that they were out ahead of Nazi politicians. “The German medical community set its own course in 1933. In some respects this course even outpaced the new [Nazi] government, which had to rein in the profession's eager pursuit of enforced eugenic sterilisations.”

"Echoes of Eugenics: What the Doctors Trial at Nuremberg Means for Us in the US

On the 75th anniversary of the trial of Nazi doctors at Nuremberg we examine Nazi medicine and gender-affirming care AUG 30, 2022"

https://pitt.substack.com/p/echoes-of-eugenics-what-the-doctors

I recommend reading the whole thing.

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"Sound familiar?"

Brandon went to town halls during his campaign and celebrated the "transition" of 8 year old girls, talking about "The Civil Rights Movement of our Time". In the same way, the politicians in Germany found the Ideology coming out of medicine very useful in the 1930s. Medicine was out in front of politics then as now.

BTW, Rick Levine really needs to be removed from his position as first female admiral health secretary - where he promotes harm to children and calls it "care".

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Rare indeed. And generally vilified. Especially if they have the temerity to be correct.

As you know.

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Never held YOU back, by God.

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Well, I do have kinda thick skin.

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And that's why I call you Moshe.

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Me too, middle school teacher. And they switch “genders” as often as peer groups. If only we felt bold enough to express and discover our masculinity, femininity without making chemical/surgical alterations. Without labels. Just be a good person. Spend some time thinking about something other than yourself.

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From my friends with kids in middle school....it is now considered cool to question your gender. What an easy way for a lonely kid to gain acceptance. So very sad that the institutions of education are supporting this very harmful nonsense.

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Of course social contagion is the source of this "epidemic" of young people suddenly developing severe gender dysphoria. It is blindingly obvious to anyone not invested in the trans activist ideology, and I'd say it probably is to them as well and that they have to perform some mental gymnastics to keep the cognitive dissonance at bay.

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I took my 1 year old son to Boston Children's Hospital's ("BCH") Weymouth location on June 29th for some bloodwork. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that the waiting room was BEDECKED with the Pride flag. There were at least 9 flags draped on every conceivable surface of the not-too-large waiting room/reception area, one of which was probably at least 3 x 5 feet.

For additional context, the BCH Weymouth location is co-located with a Brigham & Women's ("BWH") satellite location. I mistakenly took my son to the BWH phlebotomy lab at first, not realizing that there was an entirely separate space for BCH. There was not a Pride flag to be seen anywhere. Neither was there anything in the main entryway of the hospitals' shared space. ONLY the waiting room of one of the preeminent CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS in the COUNTRY was festooned with the flag. It was absolutely ridiculous, deeply offensive, and a WT ACTUAL F moment for me.

To heighten the surrealism of my BCH Weymouth experience, I had a hair appointment at my salon in the South End of Boston (Boston's gay neighborhood) later the same day. The salon is owned by a gay man, and many of the employees are gay. I counted one [very reasonably sized] Pride flag on the salon's front window. Frankly, I wouldn't have cared if my salon had 100 flags; it would have been appropriate if the salon's owner had made that choice. Not so much for a BCH waiting room.

I am working on a complaint to BCH that won't see the light of day, but I sure as hell hope that The FP et al. bring pressure to bear on these institutions, because they've completely lost the plot.

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Agreed. I almost hate to use the term but its definitely a social contagion fueled by peer pressure and put into hyperdrive via social media. Parents who go all in and let their kids do the drugs/surgeries also need to have their heads examined.

I'm surprised more Parents aren't opting for homeschooling due to this bizarre phenomenon.

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I think they are the number of kids being home schooled is way up

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My wife taught high school math for years at a public school in our community. She saw the same thing. What 9th grade girl who isn't "popular" wouldn't love to be celebrated for "coming out" as L or T or Q? Hard to believe this isn't obvious to anyone with an open mind.

Oh, wait, that's the problem.

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That’s the shocking part about this whole story. If we want it to go away I suggest we stop the federal $$$$ it will disappear as if by magic.

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I think this situation is largely due to the huge push to get women into medicine and STEM. Women, even the sciency ones, in general are far more controlled by desire to conform, to force others to conform, and to reach consensus - even when the consensus is dead wrong - than men are. Simple as that. Women are far more susceptible to fads and crazes.

(Disclaimer: plenty of fine freethinking women etc but I’m talking the middle of the bell curve and generalities.)

Where we go from here: I don’t know. I guess we watch as science drives off a cliff. Wheee!!!!

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First of all, this should be called ‘conversion therapy’ not ‘gender affirming care’.

But aside from that, one thing I haven’t heard mentioned is how the Democrats doing this to children are actually *worse* than child molesters. Someone who is sexually molested as a child at least has a chance to reverse the impacts of that trauma with psychotherapy.

Finally, I would like to see an article that outlines how the specific type of psychological and emotional manipulation represented by the whole

“You can have a dead child or a trans child.”

ploy, is a tactic used almost exclusively by literal psychopaths, and almost all Democrats are willing to engage in this……….

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The manipulative hysterics involved in convincing parents that their children’s lives are on the line if they don’t sign on to all of this are deeply disturbing.

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It’s coercion, plain and simple. This is not allowed in the practice of medicine (respect for autonomy) or in scientific discovery (informed consent). Ironically, it is the gender practitioners who have coerced and provided care without scientific evidence and therefore, without informed consent. Thank you to these brave researchers! Our children and patients are worth it!

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Children/teens/young people cannot "consent". They are too young to truly understand.

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I want to see the statistics on adolescents killing themselves because they were unable to transition.

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I doubt there are many. Suicide and becoming "trans" are two extreme escape routes for kids who feel awkward and uncomfortable in their own skin, but you are still alive if you "transition." It seems more likely that suicidal kids become "trans" than the other way around.

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I suspect that the results will be so confounded by co-morbidities (autism, depression, et al) that it will be impossible to show a link between lack of "gender affirming care" (Dear Lord I so hate this term!) and self-harm.

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That would probably be true, that a causation link is difficult to establish. That is always true with respect to mental health conditions. But, we can turn that argument around. It is the responsibility of the medical team to develop a body of evidence that the adolescents' distress has been caused by gender dysphoria of a persistent type BEFORE using invasive medical strategies developed for treating gender dysphoria. In fact, there is poor or nonexistent evidence that medically transitioning adults is a necessary, safe, or effective treatment for any case of gender dysphoria.

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Well stated. I concur wholeheartedly.

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I’d like to end the career of everyone who forced anyone to ask for that evidence in the first place.

Because if they’re willing to lie to coerce someone they’ve got zero business being anywhere in healthcare. Ever.

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Particularly when you consider the rare instance of teen female suicide relative to boys.

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The use and abuse of children as ideological tools by adults has become more widespread and disturbing in recent years. My neighbour was thrilled when she could give her five year old the Covid vaccine - a healthy girl who was never, ever at risk from the disease. We have an entire generation of children and young adults who think they are doomed because of climate change. And now we have a new generation of young girls getting irreversible medical interventions for the cause.

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God we are really sick in America, and what’s worse there is no cure.

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Agreed. This was used, in the case of the Harvard Women’s Swimming coach, to hold tongues regarding Lia Thomas who swims in their conference.

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There is also no data to support the truth of the statement used in the coercion.

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It is "conversion therapy" in its original sense as well. Many of the young people being subjected to it are actually homosexual; their attraction to the same sex is being used as "proof" that they are the "wrong" gender. And this exactly how Iran "treats" homosexuals--a homosexual person can either transition or be executed.

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The emphasis is no longer about making sure gay kids know they’re no less a boy or girl for being attracted to the same sex and supporting them in their current bodies, allowing them to fully experience puberty and grow up gay.

The Left is teaching young people that the rejection of traditional notions of feminity and masculinity is a medical condition (gender dysphoria) that requires treatment in the form of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgeries.

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As a girl who grew up in a time when the stereotypes of "feminine" and "masculine" were being actively crushed, I am deeply disturbed to see those old stereotypes being trotted out again as a means of convincing children that they should be eager to be mutilated.

This is particularly scary for me because I was a tomboy. If I had been subjected to this rhetoric in my early youth....

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That has been one of my major "WTF" issues with all of this. I have a niece that transitioned far enough to be on testosterone for a time (early 20's). She is back to being a woman now. But she now says that some of the prime motivations were that she wasn't very girly, so she felt that maybe she wasn't a girl. Yet when growing up in the 80's I thought we were constantly working to teach people that gender roles were not static. That you could be a girl who likes sports or short hair or whatever way you define not being girly.

It is like we have jumped back 50 years with all of this. Now more than any time in my life we are putting these walls around various labels and saying "If you don't fit into these walls, then you must be something else".

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Boxes. The Tumblr generation delighted in finding new boxes to put themselves in. And those boxes have become cages.

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yup...once enough people became Gay or Lesbian, it was not longer something that made you interesting or unique (thus got you no attention on social media) so we keep adding more. More ways to label just so someone can get validation for doing nothing. Eventually they will get to the same place many of us already are...they are individuals. Their label will just be their name.

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"She is back to being a woman now." Of course, she's always been a woman/girl. It is sad how regressive this all is.

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Agreed, Celia. How many little girls growing up in the 1970s who loved Legos and Tinkertoys would have been manipulated into a regimen of puberty blockers if they were born a half century later?

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Is this a new form of eugenics? Once surgeries are performed on either sex the ability to have children is basically lost. Except, we see pregnant “men” on the cover of Vanity Fair. I am glad that this is finally going to be fully researched. Families suffering need answers and the correct treatment.

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Pretty much, if you ask me.

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Yes, and if you are uncomfortable in any way as a girl at puberty, socially or physically, but you like boys - no problem - you are a gay boy in a girl body!

Cultural Marxism means breaking down everything.

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It is absolutely unreasonable! I cannot fathom the damage being done to a generation.

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Not only the SOGD kids but everyone watching how they are embraced and celebrated.

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