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“Transgenderism” or “gender identity disorder” is based on an actual, rare, psychological condition known as Gender Dysphoria. No one is sure how many individuals are actually afflicted with the condition. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) — the Bible for psychiatry — estimates that about 0.005% to 0.014% of people assigned male at birth and 0.002% to 0.003% of people assigned female at birth are diagnosable with gender dysphoria.

That’s an extraordinarily small number of people, but you wouldn’t know that judging from the way the trans movement has exploded in recent years. Not only that but the movement have their own stats: according to a 2014 survey, 1.4 million American adults identify as transgender. And that survey did not include the parents who are being railroaded into believing their child is transgender by incompetent or politically active teachers, therapists, and psychologists and then allowing the administration of drugs and hormones.

Although there have been recent signs that the Transgender movement is starting to encounter serious grassroots opposition, there’s also no doubt that it is very embedded within the US education system where – thanks to the overwhelming support of the Democrat Party by teachers unions – it’s now part of the political wars in the USA. But there are signs on that front that it may be getting the Democrats in trouble, starting with their loss of the Virginia governorship a few months ago.

You can see why the Washington Post was so keen on trying to destroy the Libs of TikTok account by doxxing the woman behind it, but that’s a story for another day.

This has caused a few – so far only a very few – Democrat activists to start warning about the election losses that may hit the party as a result of jumping on the trans bandwagon. The following Tweet (or rather a Tweet thread) is one such, although to be fair she sounds like she’s also genuinely concerned about what the trans movement is doing to vulnerable children.

Laura Wiley Haynes @haynes_wiley
Attn: Democrats!
We are not in reality about “trans kids.”I am a CASA (Leftie/ Dem/atheist). I am neck deep in the population who is declaring this ID. And I know too much!

1. It is important to know that as recently as 15 years ago, all kids claiming to be in wrong body were given therapeutic support and time, to address the more likely issues that often underlie a child feeling miserable/ out of place in their body.

2. 90% of kids given this approach outgrew their Gender Dysphoria with no meds. 2/3 of them were gay in adulthood. Rapid ‘affirmation’ tells youth they *need* hormones and surgery because they *are* trans. Given the above, ‘affirming’ is basically gay conversion therapy.

3. 80% of trans IDd also have **two or more** mental health disorders, on top of GD. Common: ASD, PTSD, Depression & Anxiety….& these conditions precede the idea of “being trans.” Kids who have these disorders are very unhappy, impulsive & seeking relief. Some are abused and abandoned. Foster youth ID as trans at fifteen times the % of kids at large. This demands we do not reify the presenting ‘gender’ problem but look at the whole child and their mental health needs prior to labeling them/medicalizing them.

4. “Affirmation” supposes that kids are never Wrong about their ‘gender identity.’ That’s opposite of reality! Kids make mistakes!

5. Affirmation = “You’re actually a boy! ok!” = Step 1 in cementing this as ‘reality.’ Step 2 is puberty blockers, and Step 3 is cross-sex hormones. 1+2+3 = a sterile child. One who may never orgasm! With ruined physical health! UNJUSTIFIABLE, when 90% **outgrow** this!

6. The suicide fears used to browbeat parents into unquestioning support are lies. When control group has as many MH disorders as the ‘trans ID ‘ group, the suicide risks are identical, e.g. the risk is from the depression/PTSD/Trauma history not the Trans ID. The moment Trans is affirmed, these other issues (which do cause suicidal thoughts) get ignored. They get attributed to ‘how hard it is to be trans.’ BS!! This is rank dereliction of duty of care to struggling kids. It is indefensible and negligent.

7. Puberty blockers + cross sex hormones not only sterilize child. They leave boys with micro penis. They often cause girls to need hysterectomies in 20’s. Bones do not get stronger, brain development is affected. Cancer and heart risks rise. They need hormones for life.

8. Long term effects are not well-known, but in the countries in Europe who have begun to track them, they have pulled back from medicalizing children due to significant issues, such as osteopenia in 11 year olds! This is experimental and unproved Tx! Not benign!

Democrats: We cannot defend confusing/ sterilizing/ maiming kids who would have outgrown TG if simply supported emotionally. It is indefensible!! We must course correct… Yes, respect and support all kids, without diagnosing or reifying transient claimed identities.

“Trans kids rights” must include:
– The right to be protected from impulsive and dumb permanent choices.
– The right to appropriate trauma care.
– The right to fertility and orgasm in adulthood.
– The right not to be wedged away from parents by well-meaning activists

A few added thoughts. I think most people, left and right, have thought about this issue *barely at all*. T was force-teamed with LBG. T has nothing to do with sexual orientation but by making it “LGBT” many people have assumed it is like sexual orientation and innate. Ppl think, “well, if kid was born that way, if the parents & doctors approve it…” not realizing “affirmation” is dogmatic/immediate/little scrutiny. They think “don’t attack kids for being different.” This describes virtually everyone who is not an activist on this issue.

JK Rowling – author of the Harry Potter wizarding books who has been a target of really nasty threats from trans – shared a video of this clinical psychiatrist talking about the perils of “affirming” kids’ momentary identification with a faddish identity.

That post immediately got the trans attack team, with all the standard bullet points, starting with the classic “Trans woman are women” claim. As well as more of attacks like the one shown here, although it’s nice to see Rowling taking it in stride and with a sense of humour.

Of course Rowling is so wealthy and accomplished that she cannot be intimidated successfully by these maniacs: I doubt the same could be said about an author just getting started in the industry.

BTW Twitter has taken no action against this toxically male psychotic, even as The Babylon Bee gets locked out of their accounts for their satirical take on Rachel Levine being Man of The Year.

If the video above of an Old, White Male clinical psychiatrist is too easily dismissed you might be interested in what Erica Anderson, a transgender doctor, who until recently led the US professional society at the forefront of transgender care, recently told the Los Angeles Times:

“I think it’s gone too far. For a while, we were all happy that society was becoming more accepting and more families than ever were embracing children that were gender variant. Now it’s got to the point where there are kids presenting at clinics whose parents say, ‘This just doesn’t make sense,‘”

It is not a coincidence that the number of young adults who identify as transgender has increased more than twentyfold over the past several years as transgenderism has become more mainstream, but that tells you that it’s a social phenomena rather than a psychological one.

Similarly the Swedish medical community, famous for their pioneering work on transgender surgery decades ago, are now having second thoughts about whether they’re actually helping:

An extensive study conducted in Sweden found that 10 to 15 years after sex-reassignment surgeries, the suicide rate of those who underwent the procedure rose to 20 times that of their peers. Another review  of more than 100 follow-up studies of transgender individuals who underwent sex changes, undertaken by Birmingham University’s Aggressive Research Intelligence Facility, found that none of the studies provided conclusive evidence that gender reassignment benefited the patients. And just a couple of years ago, U.S. researchers were forced  to issue a correction to a major 2019 study that claimed transgender individuals who underwent reassignment surgeries showed significantly improved mental health. The study now states, “The results demonstrated no advantage of surgery in relation to subsequent mood or anxiety disorder-related health care visits or prescriptions or hospitalizations following suicide attempts.”

Having worked with a couple of trannies back in the 90’s (both trans-woman and BTW that word is now a No No according to the trans community) I can say that they seemed happy with what they’d done. But they didn’t make the transition until they were in the twenties and forties respectively. I don’t accept that this crap is helping teenagers, let alone younger kids.

I’ll leave this with the following interview of a woman who got subjected to all this and is now de-transitioning back to being a woman. It’s a sad tale.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 30, 2022 at 11:44 am

Keeping up with the Joneses

Sir Robert Jones is leaving New Zealand, as he describes in his final blog post, Farewell, where he nails the key point:

And how many of our kids will follow? This question arises in the post of another prominent New Zealander, Don Brash, where he points out five major problems that I’ll summarise here:

  1. The crisis of housing affordability.
  2. The rapidly growing racial divide.
  3. The very slow growth in the average income of New Zealanders.
  4. Our education system is also failing far too many of our kids, as international surveys show: we have some of the worst results for maths and science of any developed country.
  5. The failure of successive governments to deal with the looming fiscal challenges of an aging population

Don’t think the kids haven’t noticed all this, and the failure to deal with these issues: mine certainly have, and their US citizenship is burning a hole in their pockets:

Some countries face serious challenges which they can do little about – rapid depletion of water resources for example, or extreme political tensions arising from religious differences, or hostile neighbours. We have none of those challenges, and have only ourselves to blame if we see more and more of our kids decide that they can have a better future somewhere else

I doubt that I’ll leave again, as I have in the past, but increasingly I feel that I’m merely holding a fort here that is irrelevant to those I love.

“That was really hard for me to wrap my brain around…”

Says a US university student undergoing a bit of a red pill experience.

She’d done all the right things to get into a prestige university in the USA, Bryn Mawr, but then Covid changed everything:

Bryn Mawr’s Covid safety precautions for Fall 2020 were announced in July. They included, but were not limited to, isolating for 10 days prior to returning to campus and quarantining for two weeks upon arrival, living alone in a single dorm room, canceling all sporting events, weekly PCR testing, eating cafeteria take-out in our dorms, and wearing masks at all times, indoors and out. The masks could only be taken off with the door closed in our dorm room, or “outside in an area where you will not encounter others.”

If you did test positive, you were even further isolated to a dorm at the edge of campus, and food would be left at a drop-off point. I wanted to be at school, but why would I spend my days 1,600 miles away from my family, with no clubs or activities, eating alone in my dorm room, avoiding all social interaction?

Sounds familiar. A miniature New Zealand. But I’ll bet Bryn Mawr has low, low Covid death rates.

Those two semesters at home hadn’t been kind to me. I didn’t really keep in touch with my Bryn Mawr friends; gazing at their mansions through a glitchy Zoom made me feel like an outsider. When we did talk, they obsessed over how scared they were of the virus and how many precautions they were taking, as though it was some kind of competition. Instead of sharing my thoughts and experiences, I stayed silent because I feared their criticism and eventually dropped off. I started sleeping a lot, but only during the day. I became scared of the dark. I lost my appetite, and 20 pounds along with it. There was nothing left to look forward to.

I stopped logging on to school, and my As and Bs turned to Fs. Ultimately, I decided to withdraw.

The stakes of leaving were high. I had to walk away from my $75,000 scholarship, my friends—everything. After a few weeks of being overcome with uncertainty, I started looking for schools that were more aligned with my values.

It doesn’t help when you’re a working class girl surrounded by mansion dwellers – or future leaders of our society as they probably think of themselves. To be fair this young woman writing the article desperately wanted to escape where she lived and you can understand why when you read this:

My family is liberal and not at all religious. Depending on where you grew up, that fact can either be a non-event or a defining part of who you are. In Queen Creek, Arizona, it meant everything.

I was regularly taunted by kids in my class who said that non-believers like me were going straight to hell. My mom took our Obama-Biden campaign sticker off our car after the second time it got keyed and I remember hearing the n-word in elementary school after Obama’s election. In sixth grade, I learned that a friend’s mom wouldn’t let her play with me if she knew I didn’t go to her church so I hid defining characteristics about myself

So religious and right-wing people can be assholes. Who knew? Unfortunately other people, like the ones she met at Bryn Mawr, people who she thought would be soul-mates, “liberal and not at all religious”, can be assholes too.

But then this happened:

I quickly discovered that almost every school that was operating even remotely normally was overtly religious. That was really hard for me to wrap my brain around given I had a somewhat fixed view of conservatives being rigid and intolerant. Yet, here I was, confronted with the fact that these religious institutions were, in practice, far more aligned with my values like individual liberty, critical inquiry, and diversity of thought than the place that explicitly claimed to be those things.

In my admissions interview for Hillsdale, a small school of less than 1,500 students, founded by Baptists in Michigan, I praised Christopher Hitchens—a staunch and unapologetic atheist—as one of my intellectual heroes. I disclosed that I was not religious. I debated with my interviewer about whether math was invented or discovered.

And they wanted me anyway.

To say that she’s happier and alive again is an understatement, especially with incidents like this:

I went to office hours—in person—the other day for one of my new classes, a required course about classic literature and I got into an interesting debate with a professor. Upon sharing an idea that directly refuted his interpretation of a line from Genesis, which I had never read before, he said, “That’s a great point. Why didn’t you share that in class?” “I didn’t want to be argumentative,” I told him. “Be argumentative,” he said emphatically.

I also appreciated this little snippet, almost an aside:

Students and staff I’ve encountered disagree on the utility of masks and the danger of Covid, but it’s rarely the focus of conversation and certainly not the organizing principle of anyone’s life. It feels like someone finally turned off the fire alarm that had been blaring for nearly two years.

Oh to have the fire alarm finally turned off. There’s much more she has to relay about her Hillsdale experience and it’s worth reading, but being able to actually think and talk openly is a big deal.

I’m glad this all happened. I know what I really believe. And I’m not afraid anymore.

Written by Tom Hunter

February 2, 2022 at 9:41 am

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Sad Stats and a world of unending fear

Perhaps scary would be a better word. These being from the USA: Ten Statistics to Ruin Your Day.

Obviously there are pragmatic things like the $28 trillion debt of the USA and the increasing problems of getting military recruits because of obesity, other health problems and 10% of the pool (17-24 years old) having criminal records.

But these were the ones that I found sad:

1. The nuclear family fades in the USA:
According to a Pew Research study, the United States has the highest number of children living in single-parent households.  Almost one-fourth (23%) of children in the U.S. under the age of 18 live with one parent and no other adult, which is the highest in the world.

3. Tens of millions can’t read:
More than 30 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third-grade level.

5. We’re not having kids:
America’s total fertility rate fell in 2020 to just 1.67 births per female, the lowest in history, and well below the replacement level of 2.1.

Given the fading of the family that last is not surprising. But then there is perhaps the saddest of all – which feeds right back in the 1st.

8. But we’re lonely: A poll of 1,254 adults aged 18 and older found that 27 percent of Millennials have no close friends, 25 percent have no “acquaintances,” and 22 percent — or 1 in 5 — have no buddies at all.

Lindsay Mitchell addressed some aspect of this in her post, “Millennial Fetal Contentment”:

When enough Millennials reached young adulthood in the 2010s they cried out in pain. The real world wasn’t like the highly structured environments of their daycare centers or schools. Suicide, self-harm, depression, deviancy, drugs, self-mutilation (eg tatooing,) shock-hair colouring, and piercings became epidemic. When enough young Millennials had the chance to be an influence they promoted ‘Safe Spaces’ and Feminism and Gender Pronouns and Climate Change Catastrophisation and Racism to try to change their uncomfortable world into a place they felt at home.

When the world hurts you, and especially when you find you can’t control everything about even your small part of that world, you withdraw from it. The online world has the best safety since it is the most controllable by you. Lindsay finishes her piece with this:

The Millennial dream is everyone else’s nightmare.

She means in terms of control but what those stats above tell us is that another nightmare will be upon us before long where we don’t have enough young(ish) people, especially enough capable people, to power the world forward.

There are more than a few in the West who perhaps rather like that idea.

This slow destruction started decades ago:

In March of 1970, Anne Bernays penned a piece titled “What Are You Supposed to Do if You Like Children?”[1]  Her target was the Women’s Liberation Movement that was ushering in ideas that “men are sexual vampires, [and] marriage is stunting and exploitative.”

Those women who are “willing to acknowledge the remotest emotional obligation to husband and children, especially to children during their fragile first five or six years of life … can’t summon the time, physical energy, and psychic equipment to do two jobs simultaneously.  You can’t split a woman’s life down the middle and expect each half, like a severed worm, to go happily crawling off, to survive and function in perfect health.”

Yet that is exactly what has been demanded of most women as they valiantly try to raise a family and work outside their homes.  Or they simply decide that children are not worth their time or effort, or some other agency is left to the care and development of their children.

What I find incredible is that this feminism I grew up with in the 1980’s, that every one of my female friends supported, has not made women happier, as it was supposed to do.

And now women are being erased from many spaces by the transgender movement, to the horror of feminists, even though it was their ideas that started the ball rolling:

… it was Shulamith Firestone in the 1970s  who wrote that it has “become necessary to free humanity from the tyranny of its biology” and “eliminate the sex distinction itself [so that] genital differences between human beings would no longer matter culturally.”  Ultimately, Firestone asserted that the “blood tie of the mother to the child would eventually be severed,” and the “disappearance of motherhood” would follow.

Wish fulfilled, as the article points out by noting the steady legalisation of eliminating or marginalising oppressive words like father, mother, parents, son, daughter, and so forth: replaced by “gender-neutral language”. And the “legal” aspect is nasty, as this article noted:

Whereas the gay rights movement was about demanding more freedom from the state for people to determine their sex lives unconstrained by the law, the transgender movement demands the opposite: it calls for recognition and protection from the state in the form of intervention to regulate the behaviour of those outside of the identity group. Whereas in the past, to be radical was to demand greater freedom from the state and institutional authority, today to be radical is to demand restrictions on free expression in the name of preventing offence.

Exactly. With force of law.

Going back to the sad stats of the Millennials, many of whom are driving the Woke movement, the question must arise of how this has been affected by our two-year Pandemic Panic? There have been a couple of occasions where huge blackouts in New York City have led to baby booms nine months later, but I’ve yet to see the same from our lockdowns anywhere in the Western world. What’s different this time aside from a longer period of “nothing else to do”? Over at the NYT, David Brooks does not have an answer to any of this but points out that:

Not only is reckless driving on the rise, Yglesias pointed out, but the number of altercations on airplanes has exploded, the murder rate is surging in cities, drug overdoses are increasing, Americans are drinking more, nurses say patients are getting more abusive, and so on and so on. … Teachers are facing a rising tide of disruptive behavior. …

What the hell is going on? The short answer: I don’t know. I also don’t know what’s causing the high rates of depression, suicide and loneliness that dogged Americans even before the pandemic and that are the sad flip side of all the hostility and recklessness I’ve just described.

Well the massive increase in the murder rate is down to the sort of Democrat cities that Brooks loves, the hangovers from the Antifa/Burn Loot Murder riots of 2020, and idiot theories of law enforcement. But the rest of it probably has a lot to do with the response of TPTB to Chinese Xi Snot.

Sadly these effects may not go away anytime soon in our “post-Covid world”, at least judging by this argument from Commentary magazine, The Atlantic’s Nervous Breakdown:

The Atlantic reader who visits the website rather than simply journeying there through social-media links is turned into a doom-scroller, confronted time and again as she journeys down the homepage with headlines like this one: “America Is Running Out of Time.” Note how the title lacks specificity; it doesn’t need specificity, because this is what nearly every article in the Atlantic is about. (A recent feature in the January/February print issue of the magazine was titled, simply, “Are We Doomed?”)

“Bring Back the Nervous Breakdown,” urged a 2021 article. And so Goldberg’s Atlantic has. An astonishingly large number of stories in both the print and online versions of the magazine now focus on the irrational feelings of a very particular and privileged class of people—elite, left-of-center, educated people who ironically believe themselves too sophisticated to be emotionally manipulated like the unwashed Fox-viewing masses they abhor.

Pieces like Ian Bogost’s essay “I’m Starting to Give Up on Post-Pandemic Life” typify the Atlantic’s panic porn—the titillating personal account of a distorted negative emotional experience described lubriciously with no observable larger social purpose.

I read that last article. My advice is that you should not. A godawful piece of existentially painful navel gazing from a self-absorbed twat, who just happens to be “an American academic and video game designer.” He’s not alone: the article looks at another Atlantic writer, Alexis Madrigal, who caught Covid at a wedding despite being fully vaxxed, and promptly had a meltdown:

“The life disruption—the logistical pain you cause those around you—is now a major part of any bad scenario. As I write this, I’m now 10 days past my first symptoms, but I continue to test positive on antigen tests, and so I have not returned home. I haven’t hugged my kids for 10 days.”

He experienced only mild illness, his kids never got sick, and yet:

Madrigal’s conclusion isn’t that he might have overreacted in his risk assessment. He doesn’t even entertain that possibility. Rather, he doubles down on the idea of living in permanent emotional lockdown because of COVID: “Things aren’t likely to change that much for quite some time. Even after however many kids get vaccinated, there will still be breakthrough infections. Other variants could spread. Maybe we’re in this space for another year or two or three.”

Christ! What a hideous fate for a grand old American magazine that made its name during the US Civil War and was still an excellent read just twenty years ago.

FFS, we’re certainly never going to have a “post-pandemic world” if it’s heavily influenced by people like this, and while it’s tempting for me to make scathing observations about the modern writers of The Atlantic, the terrible truth is that there are apparently millions of people in Western nations that have been driven as insane as this – including New Zealand, judging by the frightened hordes lining up this week to get their little kids jabbed.

Despite this doom and gloom I will finish with this hopeful quote:

Human nature possesses an irreducible—or, if you will, an irremedial—capacity for resisting domination. We humans will not accept an harmonious arrangement of our lives that denies us all freedom to act as individuals. . . . We will not recognize as good any course of action that annihilates our sense of responsibility for the course of our lives. We cannot care for a world, however ostensibly good, in which we cannot recognize ourselves, or any whom we love.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 20, 2022 at 6:00 am

“They will be paying for our generation’s decisions the rest of their lives”

I already covered part of this story in the post Child Abuse, but I can’t help getting the feeling that in the USA at least there is the beginning of a Great Turning in dealing with the Chinese Xi Snot pandemic.

I base this on a few things that have landed on blogs from the MSM.

Let’s start with this rather extraordinary clip from one of the major MSM Sunday news-talk shows in the USA, Face The Nation, where a bunch of D.C. reporters did a wrap-up of the big stories of 2021. They got to asking about “under-reported” stories and that’s where we step in with the response from longtime CBS reporter and chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford:

Here’s part of what she said:

“My kids hear me rant about this every day. So I may as well tell you guys. It’s the crushing impact that our Covid policies have had on young kids and children, by far the least serious risk for serious illness.

Even teenagers, I mean, a healthy teenager has a one-in-a-million chance of getting … and dying from Covid, which is way lower than dying in a car wreck on a road trip. But they have suffered and sacrificed the most, especially kids in underrepresented and at-risk communities. And now we have the surgeon general saying there’s a mental health crisis among our kids. The risk of attempts among girls is now up 51 percent this year. Black kids nearly twice as likely as White kids to die by suicide.

I mean, school closures, lockdowns, cancellation of sports…You couldn’t even go on a playground in the D.C. area without cops scurrying… getting…shooing the kids off. Tremendous negative impact on kids, and it’s been an afterthought.”

That’s some truth bomb she’s dropping there as a parent. So much so that CBS edited it out of the broadcast, relegating it to the show’s Social Media pages. Well of course they did. The Narrative must be preserved, and in this case the Narrative is that the Public Health experts in the USA made the right call with lockdowns in 2020 and again in 2021, with remote learning (plus masks and social distancing) for kids who were, and remain, at almost zero risk of illness and death from the C-19 virus.

Come on. Even for those like me who opposed from the start the idea of locking down the healthy people in come crude copy of the CCP’s approach, I can accept that public health officials were scared of the risks of sticking with their traditional plans for dealing with such pandemics; tracking, tracing and quarantining sick people.

But things like lockdowns and masks certainly should have been deposed no later than May of 2020 when we knew the truth about COVID’s preferred victims: The elderly, the obese, and the sick. Our COVID response has been hard enough on healthy adults, but it’s been genuine abuse of our kids. That’s the truth, and CBS News would rather you didn’t know it. For once let’s be thankful that FaceTwit didn’t dump this for being “misinformation”, though that’s likely because they couldn’t block MSM journalists. Hell, here in NZ journalists who think like her don’t even exist.

“They will be paying for our generation’s decisions the rest of their lives”

But at least the main target of the C-19 virus, Baby Boomers, remained alive and healthy with their pensions and healthcare intact, with extra rounds of golf. They better hope they’re in the ground when this generation reaches middle-age and are making serious decisions about pensions and healthcare for the aged.

Even Brandon’s Surgeon General is warning about the increase in suicides among teens, partly due to covid and social isolation due to lockdowns and school closures:

US Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy says he’s alarmed by the rise in suicides among young people and says COVID has caused a mental health crisis, as parents rail against school closures and continued mask mandates.

‘I’m so concerned about our children because there is an epidemic, if you will, of mental health challenges that they’ve been facing, and it’s partly because of the pandemic,’ Dr Murthy, a father of two, said on CNN’s State of the Nation on Sunday.

Partly? Well of course it’s “partly” because, God knows, if you made decisions that seriously fucked up a future generation the last thing you’d want to admit is responsibility for that.

Some parents have had enough of the bullshit in the USA, I’m leaving NYC — to protect my children:

I am leaving New York City, the place where my husband and I both grew up and where we had planned to raise our own kids. The response to COVID-19 in New York, in particular where children are concerned, has driven our family out.

The treatment of children in New York since the very beginning of the pandemic has been abysmal. In the spring of 2020, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo stuck schools dead last in the plan to reopen New York. He then delayed his decision on summer camps so late that many could not open once they were granted permission.

No one has it worse in New York than children. There is damage being done to the kids of this city, with masking and continued restrictions, and few in leadership seem to care at all. Masking is seen as a “low cost” safety option, but the idea that masking kids has no consequences is, of course, absurd. We’re already seeing studies about a decrease in cognitive abilities, in particular for “males and children in lower socioeconomic families.” I see it in my own children. My 6-year-old son, who has been masked for the entirety of his schooling, is shy and apt not to repeat himself when he is misunderstood. He also will not ask the teacher to repeat herself. It’s having predictable results in his education. 

The incredible thing is that with the recent emergence of the ZOMG Omicron variant the “leaders” in NY state and NYC have gone straight back to masking kids, even 2-year-olds in daycare settings, plus all the rest of the bullshit:

Until the recent cold weather, my kids had been eating on the ground outdoors in their respective schoolyards. When they finally moved the kids inside, my sixth-grader reported that the kids were forbidden from speaking to each other or sitting with their friends. Who else is living like this? Who else eats in silence? The best part was when the school vice principal visited the cafeteria and saw the kids chatting, she yelled at them — but not before pulling down her mask so she could be better understood, of course.

All pointless, along with lockdowns and the rest; case numbers are through the roof in NYC. Plus the usual hypocrisy we’ve seen:

In one picture, Hochul and some other adults were photographed maskless inside a school while the small children in the picture were forced to mask. It’s sick. But it also betrays what we all know: Many of these measures are just for show. Hochul goes maskless because she isn’t worried about getting COVID, no matter what she says.

Similarly in Chicago, where the Teacher’s Unions once again show that the kids are their No. 1 priority.

The following from the New Yorker’s story also sounds familiar to New Zealand:

Neighbors reported each other for gatherings. People screamed at each other in the street for not wearing masks. It became religious and any questioning of the doctrine was forbidden. It was impossible to discuss whether containment measures were useful (Did we need to wipe down our groceries with Clorox? What were the three-sided Plexiglas booths helping, exactly?) because any discussion of easing up on any of it meant you wanted PEOPLE TO DIE. If you wanted schools to open, you wanted TEACHERS TO DIE. People became afraid to speak up. I saw it all the time.

I’ve seen (and heard) it too, Fully encouraged by political leaders as well, but at least Cuomo and De Blasio didn’t walk around amidst this saying “Be Kind”. The following reactions are also the same – and just wait until vaccinating the kids swings into gear this year in NZ. The Karens will be at full pitch for their little darlings. I predict a big increase in home schooling, as has happened in the US.

When I announced our family was leaving New York and moving to Florida, a state with a governor who has led the way on sanely managing COVID-19, I received dozens of messages from New Yorkers considering the same move. When I asked several if I could quote them, they asked to use a fake name. They live in fear of being “canceled” for not being sufficiently terrified of COVID. Three vaccines and many new treatments do not seem to matter. We must live suspended in our fear indefinitely. 

At least she has somewhere else to go. The joys of a federated nation.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 6, 2022 at 9:21 am

Child Abuse

Two examples.

First up from good old Portland, Oregon. Why anybody would want to try and raise kids in that Woke shit hole is beyond me since the lessons about its rulers should have been learned in 2020 while they allowed Antifa to run wild in the streets.

Forty degrees Fahrenheit is about 4.5oC.

It seems that similar things are happening in schools across the USA. The Federal authorities in the White House are okay with this BTW: it’s for the children’s “safety”. Moreover, as the article notes, Oregon Governor Kate Brown went maskless in DC last weekend.

The teachers are probably glued to CNN, where the news just gets worse following the firing of Chris Cuomo:

Written by Tom Hunter

December 13, 2021 at 11:00 am

The Democrats are not learning

You would think that after the recent election losses in Virginia and the fright they got in New Jersey, not to mention the underwater polling of “President” Biden and the Democrat Party across the nation and across seemingly all issues, that they would be learning from their mistakes and trimming their sails as Bill Clinton did after the 1994 mid-terms elections booted his Democrats from power in both the Senate and, for the first time in forty years, from the House.

Admittedly he and his party didn’t trim until after that catastrophe so perhaps we’re looking at the same thing here.

But I suspect it’s worse than that. Back in those days representatives from Deep Blue districts were not extreme in their approach, despite having majorities the GOP couldn’t touch. Now we’ve got the likes of AOC, who feels she can push the edge of the envelope on policy and extremist verbiage, as well as applying heat to fellow New Yorkers like the previously sensible Jerry Nadler in the form of implied primary challenges that might replace him as she replaced a Democrat Old Guard rep.

It’s not like there’s a shortage of fellow Democrats trying to tell the rest of the party what’s going wrong. Former Clinton advisor, James Carville (the Rajun Cajun) has snarled about “Toxic Wokeness”. Lefty comedy icon Bill Maher has ripped the Democrats over wokeness with increasing passion in the last few months, directly attacking the likes of Chris Cuomo, AOC and others. His audience sometimes clap but you can tell they’re in shock. Senators Manchin of West Virginia and Sinema of Arizona have been more diplomatic but also clear in their opposition to many things their party is pushing. For their pains, all these people have been snarled at by their erstwhile comrades, including activists following Sinema into the lavatory to confront her.

That’s a big difference from the mid-1990’s. The party has changed and shifted dramatically left, especially on social issues, and when these have backfired the response has been a pyschotic mix of denial and attack about the polices: “there’s no Critical Race Theory in schools, that’s just GOP Culture War shit, but we need to teach little kids about oppressors (White) and oppressed (POC), and if you stop us you’re a racist”.

Seriously, that’s the argument, and even Maher – no social conservative he – has called them on this bullshit, as have other lefties like Matt Taibbi (writing on Substack as most good reporters now are):

McAuliffe’s collapse, and the corresponding underdog win by private equity titan Glenn Youngkin, is already being caricatured nationally using the language of 1980s politics. We’re meant to understand that the Loudoun County story – which is too complex to summarize easily but involves furious disputes between local parents and the school board over a variety of issues, including a pair of sexual assaults – was cooked up by Republicans as a cynical dog-whistle campaign.

The GOP ran a master class on race-based identity politics,” wrote CNN’s Bakari Sellers. “The return of the Lee Atwater playbook. Pretty grim,” is how former Harry Reid chief of staff Adam Jentleson put it. “Hats off to the depraved cynicism and villainy and race baiting. It worked in Virginia,” seethed Wajahat Ali of The Daily Beast. Van Jones last night called Youngkin the “Delta variant of Trumpism.”

Just as McAuliffe had no message apart from trying to tie Youngkin to Trump, these commentators seem helpless to do anything but fall back on a cookie-cutter formula for responding to Republican electoral victories in the Trump era.

I already wrote about this gaslighting of CRT, but since then, on the ground, parents, have found out exactly what’s going on in their schools:

It’s that simple. The left keeps pretending that Critical Race Theory is only this “high-level academic concept” that only very educated people could possibly fathom. That’s bullshit; it’s simple-minded pile of stupid nonsense and gobbledy gook terms that idiots can master in days, which is why it’s so fantastically popular among the stupid and academically ungifted.

That same teacher turned up on a Fox News interview and pointed out that there are two elements of teaching: curricula (what is taught) and pedagogy (how it is taught).

The game teachers are playing is saying “there is no CRT in the curricula,” which is true(ish) – but what they’re not telling you is that they are explicitly embracing CRT in the pedagogy – that is how they teach everything. Critical race theory is the lens through which they teach everything, even math.

Tony Kinnett “Oh yes, definitely math — ‘ethnomathematics,’ a mathematics based on a student’s individual cultural beliefs and traditions, is all the rage among CRT acolytes.”

One irony here is that teachers unions have made it so difficult to fire teachers that these guys can step out and say these things in public with little to fear, aside from being removed from classes and made to sit in a room alone all day on full pay.

But parents began to see all this for themselves over the last eighteen months because schools wanted to do Zoom classes with the kids at home, but weren’t smart enough to switch off the indoctrination. Hence the reaction as they turned up to School Board meetings (normally dullsville) reading out the stuff their kids were being taught, demanding it stop, and also demanding to know how the hell it got started. For their pains they got booted out and sometimes arrested as in Loudon County, Virginia (Rape, Racism, Terrorists and Elections), and/or “cancelled” out of participating in the whole process (The Culture War Against the Little Man, by Wenyuan Wu ). Wu describes a smear job from the LA Times that resulted from an effort to replace CRT proponents on the Orange County Board of Education (OCBE):

Let me set the record straight, as the expert “detractor” who volunteered to replace a vocal proponent of CRT at the OCBE meeting. Volunteer board members and their community supporters spent two months assembling a diverse expert panel… Each panelist holds an advanced degree in a social science discipline, and four are life-long educators. All panelists supported the teaching of history and ethnic studies in a constructive, unbiased, and unabridged manner. None gave even a slight indication that we should refrain from discussing racism.

One of the emotive arguments used by CRT proponents is that if you oppose the teaching of these derivations of CRT (lets call the praxis or Applied CRT) it means you don’t want to teach young minds about America’s evil past of racism and slavery, which has not been true in decades.

My daughters began attending public school in Montgomery County, Maryland in the early 1990s. Every February, from Kindergarten on, they received an accounting of racism in America via Black History Month. Nor was this accounting confined to February. It informed the selection of literature my daughters were assigned. And the U.S. History textbooks used in my daughters’ classes in Middle School and High School did not soft-pedal racism in America.

As the Orange County guy describes the LA Times attack (another perfect example of the Cathedral in action):

It is ironic that a top regional media corporation felt it necessary or fashionable to lambast a small local educational board consisting of five elected trustees and two staff members. More disturbingly, the L.A. Times editorial board even went as far as to disparage the parents and community members present for failing to toe the line of political correctness and support its favored narratives of CRT, systemic racism, and a particular brand of ethnic studies.

Even Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferer and uber-Leftie, Andrew Sullivan (Mr Gay Marriage himself, with a little detour supporting the War on Terror twenty years ago), can see though the Left Democrat smoke and mirrors of this fight:

[W]hen the Democrats and the mainstream media insist that CRT is not being taught in high schools, they’re being way too cute. Of course K-12 kids in Virginia’s public schools are not explicitly reading the collected works of Derrick Bell or Richard Delgado — no more than Catholic school kids in third grade are studying critiques of Aquinas. But they are being taught in a school system now thoroughly committed to the ideology and worldview of CRT, by teachers who have been marinated in it, and whose unions have championed it.

In 2019, the [Virginia DOE] sent out a memo that explicitly endorsed critical race and queer theory as essential tools for teaching high school. Check out the VA DOE’s “Road Map to Equity,” where it argues that “courageous conversation” on “social justice, systemic inequity, disparate student outcomes and racism in our school communities is our responsibility and professional obligation. Now is the time to double down on equity strategies.”

Equity! That new magical word that sounds like “equality” but really isn’t. When you encounter somebody using that word you know you’re talking to a person trying to gaslight you about what they really want, which is the old Marxist notion of everybody ending up in the same place:

The other big teachers’ union, the National Education Association, has explicitly called for teaching children CRT, pledging to publicize “an already-created, in-depth study that critiques white supremacy, anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, racism, patriarchy… capitalism… and other forms of power and oppression.” They back The 1619 Project as a teaching tool. So all the unions, the governor, the Virginia education department, the paper of record, and the federal government think CRT is obligatory for teaching children. But absolutely none of that ever, ever reaches into the classroom. Please.

Of course it does. To use a term the woke might understand, it is, in fact, structural.

And exactly as those teachers above describe, it’s the “lens” through which all else must be taught:

In Virginia, the goal is not to make obscure CRT texts mandatory in a course curriculum; it is to filter all education first and foremost through the CRT lens of race and identity; to “interrogate” mathematics, literature, philosophy, and science not as fields of study, but as suspect products of “white supremacy”; to remember “positionality” before you even speak; to grade and discipline so as to remove any group differences; to abolish standardized tests, because there are different group outcomes; to end gifted education, because it’s allegedly racist; to hire and fire on identity grounds; to teach children that sex is not binary and can be chosen; to open restrooms and locker rooms to both sexes; and, most of all, to keep parents at bay and in the dark about all of it.

But the progressive left is clearly going to double down on all-racism-all-the-time. The Overton Window has shifted and they intend to keep on pushing Left:

What has happened this past week, I suspect, is that the woke revolution has finally met its match: educated parents. People can tolerate sitting through compulsory “social justice” seminars, struggle sessions, pronoun rituals, and the rest as adults, if they have to as a condition of employment. But when they see this ideology being foisted on their children as young as six, they draw a line.

And when the public authorities try to disguise this, when a governor says that parents should not decide what is taught in public schools, when the parents are scorned as “white supremacists” for wanting their children to be taught math that doesn’t take a position on racism, and when the media reflexively calls them liars, they are going to get mad enough to vote Republican again. I don’t blame them.

Having said that, even if the GOP takes power over the House and Senate in 2022, and even if they add the Presidency in 2024, what exactly can the Federal government do about this? It’s going to have to be handled at the lower levels of States, cities and counties, so far and deep has it spread.

Disempowering these toxic people is the key. At the Federal level they could start by demolishing the Federal Department of Education, which was only invented in 1979 anyway. That’s right, a huge amount of the USA’s fabulous history of invention and innovation occurred in the 200 years before the Federal DOE came about.

At state levels they could start by firing most of the staff of the “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) offices in the public universities, and then really empowering like-minded parents, mayors and others to get into those boards. Ripping apart the specialist Education universities and Education Departments of universities would also be a good thing, since they’re the factories churning out teachers armed with these theories.

BTW, all this is coming to New Zealand soon, if not here already, as shown by the latest Royal Society of New Zealand nonsense.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 21, 2021 at 4:36 pm

Rape, Racism, Terrorists and Elections

How’s that for a click-bait headline?

Perhaps I should have gone for

White Supremacist, Trump loving Insurrectionist Wins Virginia Governorship.

But the one I’ve chosen is not actually click-bait. It just so happens that all of these things are connected, and in ways the Democrat party and its MSM stenographers and activists have denied or downplayed for months now.

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Rape

As in rape-rape, as Whoopi Goldberg would say.

The man on the ground with his pants pulled down and a bloodied mouth in this photo is one Scott Smith, a plumber who turned up at a school board meeting in Loudoun County, Virginia, to ask why the board had not done anything about his daughter being raped by a 15-year old “gender-fluid” boy wearing a dress in the girls locker room. That first got the superior dismissive treatment:

.. [superintendent Scott Ziegler] claimed bafflingly at the meeting that there had been no assault in a school restroom anywhere in Loudoun County and airily dismissed parents’ concerns about the risks of transgender bathrooms. Then he gave a little woke homily to show those powerless parents in the room who really was in charge. 

“Time magazine in 2016 called that a red herring … we’ve heard it several times tonight from our public speakers but the predator transgender student or person simply does not exist,” he said.

One after the other, activists spoke in favor of the unpopular policy and traduced the majority of parents in the room as bigots. One said “hate … seems to be dripping off the followers of Jesus in this room.” 

Then it got worse. Mr Smith unfortunately ran into a trans-activist, who knew exactly how to play him: she told him to his face that his daughter was lying about being raped. He called her a “bitch” and that’s when the cops moved in.

[local] left-wing prosecutor, Buta Biberaj, reportedly a decarceration proponent, tried to get Smith jailed for his disruptive behavior. She’s against jailing criminals but all for locking up an apolitical dad looking for accountability from a school that failed to protect his daughter.

Jeering progressives demonized and dehumanized him. They fat-shamed him on social media and toasted their success at getting him banned from the next school board meeting at which they passed their policy to turn all Loudoun County school bathrooms transgender. 

The sexually assaulted daughter never entered their heads because #MeToo and #BelieveAllWoman is so 2020 Trump era even before the selection of Gropey Joe by Democrat voters finished it off.

And worse…

Superintendent Ziegler then declared in the meeting that the parents trying object to the activists constituted an unlawful assembly, which enabled another arrest. He has since admitted he was wrong about that: no word from him on this however:

Earlier this week, emails revealed that the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in August refused Ziegler’s request to weaponize law enforcement against parents at school board meetings. “[Y]our request is extraordinary and would likely constitute LCSO’s commitment of a minimum of approximately 65 sworn deputies. Despite this, you fail to provide any justification for such a manpower intensive request,” Sheriff Mike Chapman responded after Ziegler sent Chapman an over-the-top list of requests for additional law enforcement at meetings.

And worse…

It turns out that Ziegler was lying; emails revealed that he had known about the then alleged sexual assault the day it happened, as had the rest of the school board, and they kept quiet when he lied about in the meeting.

As it turned out the father had it right. The boy has been convicted for sexual assault, technically “two counts of forcible sodomy, one count of anal sodomy, and one count of forcible fellatio,” The two counts arise from the fact that he got shipped off to another school where he raped another girl in the same manner., skirt and all. Incidentally this caused a genuine school protest, as in “why didn’t anybody tell us?“:

Today, hundreds of Loudoun County students walked out of their classrooms, protesting the treatment of the victims, the victims’ families, and the student bodies of every high school, who were kept in the dark about the danger looming in their schools.

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Terrorism

The National School Boards Association (NSBA), used this incident as one of several examples to buttress their claim of a “growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation occurring across the nation” against school boards in a letter to the Federal Justice Department where they demanded that the DOJ and FBI apply the “Domestic Terrorism” part of the Patriot Act to such parents. What’s more they wrote this letter with help from the Biden Administration. The White House specifically asked them to include “incidents” which would justify DOJ and FBI involvement in what was supposed to look like an outside plea for help.

Yes, the likes of the Loudoun school board and the NSBA wanted to call these parents domestic terrorists, and they got what they wanted.

Unlike the usual glacial pace with which government responds to requests, this time, within days Attorney General Merrick Garland parroted the NSBA’s language in instructing the FBI/DOJ to prosecute people who threaten, harass, and intimidate school board members – which presumably includes fathers angry about their daughter’s in-school rapes. The other examples were even more pathetic, including “angry” phone calls and emails.

The NSBA has since apologised for the letter and withdrawn it. Too little. Too late. The same has not been done for the DOJ/FBI memo. But what else is to be expected when you have solid gold-plated morons like Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, who used Google to investigate these claims because he’s smart:

“I typed in school board violence on a search engine this morning. Page after page is coming up … I don’t believe we should infringe on free speech but free speech does not involve threats and violence, period”

But he’s actually no dumber than Merrick Garland, the Attorney General in charge of the DOJ and FBI, who admitted under Senate questioning that he and his senior staff had also not done any checking up on the NSBA claims before they issued the memo. I suggest you watch these three videos of Garland being torn apart by GOP Senators Ted Cruz (Harvard Law), Tom Cotton (Harvard Law) and Josh Hawley (Yale Law).

I’ve seen AG’s from Janet Reno (Clinton) to Ashcroft (Bush) to Holder (Obama) get ripped in Congress, but I don’t recall anything as brutal as this – and deservedly so. I’ll put up Hawley’s to be visible.

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Racism and Elections

Into this hornet’s nest stepped the Democrat running for the Virginian Governorship, Terry McAuliffe, who had been the Governor before (it’s limited to one term). During a debate against his GOP opponent on September 28 he said:

“I don’t think that parents should be telling schools what they should teach”

For an old, tough and experienced politician like McAuliffe it was an incredible mistake. He’s long been one of the great rogues of American politics: an old school Democratic politician and a long-time Clinton fund-raiser and enforcer,. Moreover, in a state where Biden beat Trump by 10 points and in a situation where McAuliffe had looked like he was cruising to victory it was an issue he could have just glossed over.

Youngkin promptly hit him with powerful attack ads. Incredibly McAuliffe proceeded to double down on that statement and other things educational as well, Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe suggests parents concerned about Critical Race Theory are racist, then refuses to define CRT. The polls began to shift – especially on education.

The economy and crime actually ranked ahead of education, but there was no good news on those fronts either. McAuliffe grew desperate and yet learned nothing. Apparently trapped in a Progressive bubble he called on President Obama, who promptly told Virginia parents that all this stuff about transgender locker rooms and Critical Race Theory was just culture war shit dreamed up by the Republicans.

He called on President Biden, who mentioned the magic word “Trump” twenty four times in his usual rambling, low energy speech. McAuliffe was no better on that, mentioning Trump so many times in a TV interview that even the host dragged him as to how pathetic it was – on CNN.

On the last day he hauled in one Randi Weingarten, the head honcho of the teachers unions via the American Federation of Teachers, who had fought for eighteen months to keep schools across the US closed because Covid-19 is especially dangerous to little kids and teachers.

Where education had become the key killer point, how could this guy be so tin-eared!

That last day also brought the final irony/death blow, as McAuliffe said that:

“In the final week of this race, Glenn Youngkin has doubled down on the same divisive culture wars that have fueled his campaign from the very beginning,”

And then closed his campaign with the message that there are too many white teachers in Virginia schools and that he wanted to reduce their numbers in to “make everybody feel comfortable.”

He deserved to lose in a landslide and it was only the usual Democrat Party City machines in places like Fairfax County (also dominated by high income Washington D.C. bureaucrats who are natural Democrat Party allies), that enabled him to get within a couple of points.

While education was the killer factor in this race there was also the economy and crime as big factors, and the interesting aspect is that, unlike Bill Clinton after 1994, there is no indication that the Democrats can change course, or that they even want to. At a minimum it may be that we won’t be hearing “Trump” mentioned much by the Democrats from here on.

For me, the real question aside from the Democrats current insanity will be whether Youngkin can actually do anything much to change all this in ways the Democrats cannot reverse when they re-take power. The GOP did win the Virginia State House so there’s some power there, and the Democrats will be on the back foot for a while.

But it seems they truly do believe in things like Critical Race Theory, Transgender bathrooms and the inveterate White Racism of Americans, so it’s going to take some heavy election losses, especially in Blue States, to change that. Virginia might be the start but we’ll have to wait and see what happens across the rest of America in the next year.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 6, 2021 at 5:00 am

Where is “Vapourising small islands”?

It should be under the box labeled “physics”, even if it’s not really the done thing anymore.

I guess we’ll have to wait until we’re mining the planet Mercury or something like that.

Of course, who needs nuclear weapons to screw up the world when you’ve got lab-produced viruses: the diagram therefore also needs something like “genetically altering bat viruses” under Biology.

You can read about the island of Elugelab, and the Ivy Mike device that destroyed it in the world’s first thermonuclear test in 1952.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 2, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Posted in Education, Humour, Science

Quote of the Week

John Hinderacker – Powerline

The war on standards mostly comes down to the fact that so many teachers and educational bureaucrats cannot themselves meet any meaningful standard, let alone teach our children how to do so.

Written by adolffinkensen

September 5, 2021 at 4:58 pm

Posted in Education