Weeping Sore

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  1. LGBTQ+ 5 -- Now With More Gender Outlaws

    To be fair, Obama recruited a lot from Goldman Sachs too. There's plenty of reasons to dislike the "Vampire Squid" as Matt Taibbi from Rolling Stone calls GS; not sure I'm buying a disingenuous diversity policy as one of them.
  2. LGBTQ+ 5 -- Now With More Gender Outlaws

    It seems my company has pretty robust support for transitioning on the job. The LGBT HR coordinator put me in touch with a woman who actually only transitioned at work. She role-plays as a man at home to maintain her family dynamics. Which...is not ideal, of course, but it's nice to know there's a lifeline at work if the rest of one's life blows up during a transition... ETA: But they do have optional designations for orientation and gender options, as well as the ability to tag your corporate profile as an "ally".
  3. Sugar's short and long-term effects are pretty well known. What I mean here is why start from the assumption that any effects from herbs are placebo when most pharmaceuticals are attempts to synthesize active ingredients originally found in plants? You're just starting from: "Obviously a plant can't cause a physiological response to the person ingesting it and it must be a placebo effect". Like the placebo effect Socrates got from drinking hemlock tea? The main animus against naturally occurring herbs is that they are unpatentable and thus not worth the millions of dollars needed to test them properly. Where's the business sense in proving that St. John's Wort is more effective than Prozac if literally any company can harvest and package it? And to be sure, a lot of traditional remedies probably are bunk and operate on the placebo effect. But starting from an assumption that all herbs are worthless just betrays a cultural or corporatist bias.
  4. I'm not sure why we would assume an effect from herbs to be a placebo effect- after all, the plants in question have chemical properties. India in particular has successfully fought off pharmaceutical companies' attempts to patent the active ingredients in traditional herbs like turmeric and ashwagandha. The big drawback of herbs it seems to me is uncertainty of dosage due to variation in potency. Also a lot of specific formulations have been shown to be contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins, so the source/brand is important.
  5. Overbooking, Flightcrew over paying passengers, the United incident

    Why isn't anyone talking about the real issue? That one day the Sun will go supernova and engulf the Earth? Talk about something that will brutalize Asian doctors...then they'll have something to complain about.
  6. Overbooking, Flightcrew over paying passengers, the United incident

    Claiming broken/missing teeth, broken nose and concussion. I don't think quantifying significant emotional distress is out of line, even if he's being hyperbolic with the statement. He's got a high-powered lawyer, and should clean up.
  7. LGBTQ+ 5 -- Now With More Gender Outlaws

    There are still states and municipalities that can draw on census info.
  8. LGBTQ+ 5 -- Now With More Gender Outlaws

    @Lily Valley- I'm picturing your "home problem" as termites, here's hoping they don't eat the whole place while you're gone. Enjoy your trip and lots of love. RE: census - It would really be nice to know more accurately how large of a group we are in the U.S. A poll from last year showed 1.4 million trans adults, double previous estimates, still just shy of 0.6%. And the 2011 poll showing the overall LGBT population at 3.8% is almost certainly due to underreporting, of bi people in particular (1.8%? come on). I just think it matters, apart from how governments services are allotted, in how we see ourselves. Taking it off the census is deliberate erasure.
  9. LBGTQ - 4 out of 5 cats prefer lesbians

    @WinterFox That's awesome! Glad to hear you're not facing it on your own.
  10. US Politics: Everyone's Manipulating Everyone

    I read Ayn Rand as a teen and found her very convincing, as it was my first exposure to any kind of strident, totalistic worldview. Eventually if you continue to read more political thought, you find people who look to real history and world events to support their ideas, rather than fictional worlds filled with straw men. Her only strength as a writer is her unwavering fidelity to her central political idea; I'd submit that apart from that there are scant literary merits to what she is doing. So if you find you disagree with her political idea (i.e., you think compassion and co-operation just might have something to do with human progress and well-being) there is little left to admire.
  11. Arrival was great, but like District 9 was a token sci-fi inclusion in the nominees list without a real chance at a win. I thought La La Land was too derivative of superior movies that the director alludes to, namely The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Splendor in the Grass.(wait, there's the Warren Beatty connection)
  12. LBGTQ - 4 out of 5 cats prefer lesbians

    There may be more than one way to understand your relationship to gender, whether you feel more akin to Native American Two-Spirit, or you are more than usually identified with your Anima (or female self), as it's referred to by Carl Jung. You may have other issues that you're rolling up into a ball with gender; maybe you can disentangle that without transitioning. Or maybe transitioning is your path and you're just waiting a bit. Nobody else knows better than you, not your family, or therapist, or anyone on this board.
  13. LBGTQ - 4 out of 5 cats prefer lesbians

    That's fantastic, Lily! Congratulations! Love you! I know you and Sapphic Spouse will be happy!
  14. LBGTQ - 4 out of 5 cats prefer lesbians

    @Robin Of House Hill- This article http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/04/myths-stealth-transexuals/ really helped me understand your perspective better. I think I'd been holding onto an "out-and-proud" prejudice (even against myself) that isn't always useful. @Xray the Enforcer- I was glad you shared thoughts on your identity but didn't know how to respond. I continue to vacillate between seeing femaleness as a strictly spiritual state (when I feel quite contented), and being wracked by body-level dysphoria, which mercifully passes.
  15. Ft Lauderdale airport shooting

    I didn't take you as an NRA advocate and assumed you were merely stating fact. My mistake was in airing my frustrations with the normalization of gun culture in the form of a response to your post.