Solar Idea

Ever hear of “Solar Freakin’ Roadways”?  They’ve made several MILLION in funding.  And their idea sucks.

Here’s a better idea: using existing solar panels, build structures over freeways covered by solar panels.  This has major advantages:

  1. Freeways would be cooler, reducing air conditioning usage.
  2. Reduced temperature range decreases roadway damage.
  3. Longer structures will increase airflow through the structure, reducing air friction on cars
  4. Longer structures break up heavy winds, reducing weather-related trucking accidents.
  5. Lots of electricity production!
  6. In snowy areas the solar panels will greatly reduce snow on the road.
  7. Panel shape can be slightly modified to direct water (rain, snow) away from the road.
  • Use existing freeway signs as the start of a panel array.  This reduces structural costs.
  • Breaks in the structure allow light during the day.  Alternately, fiber optics can redirect sunlight into light tubes during the day and electrical lights can illuminate the tube at night.
  • Use AI techniques to design an infrastructure with the lightest and strongest shape.

 

More to come…

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Rebuttal to Ryan Anderson

The Sex-Change Revolution Is Based on Ideology, Not Science

By Ryan Anderson
Jan 22, 2018

A rebuttal

By Rachael Platt
May 05, 2019


Reference: https://www.heritage.org/gender/commentary/the-sex-change-revolution-based-ideology-not-science


KEY TAKEAWAYS

  1. America is in the midst of what has been called a “transgender moment.”
    Called that by whom?  Gender dysphoria was buried once and it came back.  This isn’t a moment.  It’s not a movement nor a revolution nor an ideology.  It’s a medical condition that hurts badly and has only 1 known cure.
  2. In the past 10 years, dozens of pediatric gender clinics have sprung up throughout the United States.
    Great.  Proof acceptance is gaining.  There are some 700,000 people in the USA alone who suffer from gender dysphoria.  For this we get dozens of clinics.
  3. Many psychologists and psychiatrists think of gender dysphoria as similar to other dysphorias, or forms of discomfort with one’s body, such as anorexia.
    “Similar” is a very vague comparison.  This could mean gender dysphoria is similar to other dysphorias because they all have “dysphoria” in their name.

Twenty-eight years ago, the release of “When Harry Met Sally” highlighted one big debate: whether men and women could really be just friends.

That question may still be up in the air, but now we are being forced to confront a more fundamental debate: whether men can really become women.

The fundamental debate has nothing to do with asking if we can do the impossible (modify DNA).

The fundamental questions are

  1. what do you do about the transgender people that don’t pass as the opposite sex?  Obviously someone that passes isn’t a problem.
  2. what do we do about children – especially those ready to commit suicide?

America is in the midst of what has been called a “transgender moment.” In the space of a year, transgender issues went from something that most Americans had never heard of to a cause claiming the mantle of civil rights.
Nobody ever heard of us.  And so nobody ever knew what to do with us.
Is the pursuit of civil rights ignoble?
We are the social lepers.  No matter what we do we are punished.  Is it too much to ask for society to cut it out and stop kicking us?

But can a boy truly be “trapped” in a girl’s body? Biologically, no.  Psychologically yes.
Can modern medicine really “reassign” sex? From a chromosomal perspective, no.  From a figurative perspective, plastic surgery can perform miracles.
Is sex something “assigned” in the first place? Yes.  The sperm that enters the egg assigns the child’s sex.  When the doctor calls out the sex of the baby at birth that is figuratively called “assigning sex.”
What’s the loving response to a friend or child experiencing a gender-identity conflict?
That’s really going to depend on the friend or child.  This is a very complex question since it will involve the person’s state of mind.
What should our law say on these issues?
Equal Opportunity.  No discrimination.  That’s it.

These shouldn’t be difficult questions.
If they were equal in complexity I would agree.

Just a few years before “When Harry Met Sally” hit theaters, Dr. Paul McHugh thought he had convinced the vast majority of medical professionals not to go along with bold claims about sex and gender being proffered by some of his colleagues. And as chair of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School and psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, McHugh put a stop to sex reassignment surgery at Hopkins.
A tragic moment in 1979. 

Once the elite Johns Hopkins did this, many medical centers across the nation followed suit.
Burying gender dysphoria for 36 years. 

If more people knew about it hundreds of children like me would have been saved years of isolation, depression and suicide ideation.  As a result of McHugh’s work the only thing we heard was “hide or be punished and humiliated.”  And you now see the results: 40% suicide rate.

But in recent years we have seen a resurgence of these drastic procedures—not in light of new scientific evidence, mind you, but as a result of a growing ideological movement. Such is our transgender moment.
Imagine that.  Bury a mental condition and it comes back anyway.

The evidence of results is in the number of successfully treated patients.  That is, people who report their dysphoria has significantly improved.

The people increasingly in the spotlight of this moment are children.

In the past 10 years, dozens of pediatric gender clinics have sprung up throughout the United States. In 2007, Boston Children’s Hospital “became the first major program in the United States to focus on transgender children and adolescents,” as their own website brags.
Again, given the size of the transgender population, why is this bad?

A decade later, over 45 gender clinics had opened their doors to our nation’s children—telling parents that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones may be the only way to prevent teen suicides.
With a 100% success rate over 10 years.  (Nobody can expect that to continue.)
Children are not coached into this.  They aren’t told who they are or what they must do.

Unfortunately there are many factors that affect suicide ideation.  Having a crushing mental condition lifted helps.  It doesn’t cure depression.

Never mind that according to the best studies—the ones that even transgender activists themselves cite—80 to 95 percent of children with gender dysphoria will come to identify with and embrace their bodily sex.
Do never mind it.  Those 80-95 percent of children lack characteristics of transgender children.  Through decades of observation professionals know what those characteristics are: persistent, insistent and consistent claim of being the opposite sex.

Never mind that 41 percent of people who identify as transgender will attempt suicide at some point in their lives, compared to 4.6 percent of the general population.
That has nothing to do with making a correct diagnosis.  Nor does it say anything about the effectiveness of treatment.  That number DOES change based on family responses.

Never mind that people who have had transition surgery are nineteen times more likely than average to die by suicide. Than the general population.
The study also says:

The authors concluded […] that the evidence base for sex reassignment “is of very low quality due to the serious methodological limitations of included studies.”

And…

This study design sheds new light on transsexual persons’ health after sex reassignment. It does not, however, address whether sex reassignment is an effective treatment or not.

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0016885

These statistics should stop us in our tracks. Clearly, we must work to find ways to effectively prevent these suicides and address the underlying causes. We certainly shouldn’t be encouraging children to “transition.”

This is called conflating facts.
Furthermore, encouraged or not, children are being correctly diagnosed and correctly treated.
As Walt Heyer shows, any child forced into transitioning will come to regret it.  Yet nearly all the regret to date is from self diagnosis.

Many psychologists and psychiatrists think of gender dysphoria as similar to other dysphorias, or forms of discomfort with one’s body, such as anorexia.
They all involve a discomfort with the body.  After that the comparison breaks down.
The feelings of discomfort can lead to mistaken beliefs about oneself or about reality, and then to actions in accordance with those false beliefs.
It can lead all sorts of things.  That doesn’t mean it’s likely.
A person’s awareness of self develops around the age of 3.  This awareness of self isn’t chosen. It isn’t a belief.  Nor is it a delusion.  How it emerges is unknown.  That it can emerge opposite to the sex of the body is unknown.
That the awareness of self does emerge as the opposite sex, though infrequent, is fact.

The most helpful therapies focus not on achieving the impossible—changing bodies to conform to thoughts and feelings—but on helping people accept and even embrace the truth about their bodies and reality.
The most helpful therapies 
accomplish enough change to make gender dysphoria manageable, if not cured.  The Swedish study that provided the “19x the suicide rate” statistic also states, “Our findings suggest that sex reassignment, [alleviates] gender dysphoria“.
Helping a mental condition through manipulation of hormones is not a unique treatment as a host of mental conditions (e.g. headaches, depression, etc) are handled though modification of hormones.  When the diagnosis is correct the treatment for gender dysphoria works 98% of the time.
Evidence of “conversion therapy” effectiveness doesn’t exist.  There are no standards or controls around this methodology, just a general, “we’ll talk you out of it.”
In many places conversion therapy centers were shutdown for extremely abusive practices.  This has resulted it’s being legally banned.
Ryan would call conversion therapy “helpful.”

Operating in the background is a sound understanding of physical and mental health—proper function of one’s body and mind—and a sound understanding of medicine as a practice aimed at restoring health, not simply satisfying the desires of patients.
If patients aren’t satisfied with the results, what exactly are you doing?

For human beings to flourish, they need to feel comfortable in their own bodies, readily identify with their sex, and believe that they are who they actually are.
How is this achieved?
WHO you are is not defined by your body.  Someone born without arms doesn’t have a lesser identity than a body-builder.

In my new book, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment,” I argue that McHugh got it right. The best biology, psychology, and philosophy all support an understanding of sex as a bodily reality, and of gender as a social manifestation of bodily sex. Biology isn’t bigotry.
You’re assuming the nature of identity is socially driven and thus can easily be changed through social interaction.  That’s a HUGE claim with no evidence to support it.
That’s not bigotry, but neither is it honesty!

In my book I offer a balanced approach to the policy issues, a nuanced vision of human embodiment, and a sober and honest survey of the human costs of getting human nature wrong.
Debating regret is grand.  It’s important to remember that medicine is run by people and people make mistakes.  Thus those that regret will always exist in every treatment.  That doesn’t change the reality for MILLIONS of transgender people.
Your type shutdown gender dysphoria in 1979.  All the statistics since show the terrible consequences – suicide rate at 40%, abuse and murder rates at insane levels, discrimination leaving 15% unemployed and 40% underemployed, poverty… And you think this is the proper way to handle things?

Despite activists’ best efforts to put up a unified front, Harry cannot become Sally. Activists’ desperate insistence to the contrary suggests that the transgender moment is fleeting.
First, treating gender dysphoria isn’t about becoming someone else.  That someone else has always existed.  It’s about being authentic and showing people the real person inside, not the mask called “the body.”
Second, nobody is attempting to resequence DNA.  Modifying the 23rd chromosome will only help at conception – years before a diagnosis can be made.  After birth hormones direct body shape, not DNA.  Thus modifying hormone levels achieves the desired goal of correcting the body shape.

 

Unintended Consequences

Isn’t that a law?  Be careful of the rock you pull.  A rock slide may lurk behind it.

Being Bob all the time is already taking a toll on me.  This morning I wanted to check something – I keep some business materials on my laptop.  The first page to be displayed was Bank of America.  On it was a picture.  I was mesmerized.  Why, oh Lord, why can’t I look like either of these ladies?  Just look – smooth crotch, thin arms and legs, long hair, big breasts, wider hips leading to thinner waists…

2018-11-13 Girls on BofA website

Gender Dysphoria sucks big time.

Being forced to go back and “just live with it” is painful and disheartening.

But if I do something about it I can’t make a living.  Well, maybe I can find a job working at McDonald’s… maybe.

So here I sit at my dream job feeling sad and trapped.  I’m almost desperate to tell someone here – but that could lead to the same mysterious “down-sizing” I just experienced with Clever Devices.

At lunch I turned on “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg.  It really can be empowering.  Then there are sections that address women considering career or children and how too often it’s thought to be an either-or condition.  She may have a career or a family, not both.  Damn.  Okay, I have a family.  But I can never be a stay-at-home mom.  Neither can I be a professional mom…

I’m a walking paradox: as a man I get the “power” many women desire.  As a transgender woman I have to look far above me just to see the lowest woman.  As a man I am distracted and conflicted all the time.  As a trans woman I am judged unworthy to try.

Is there a solution to all this?

I cannot be Bob for long.

I cannot be Rachael for long.

I cannot leave my family without support.

Stop the world.  I want off.

Sunday Service 9.9.18

Personal Thought…

Faith makes all things possible.

Love makes the possible into all things.

Hope builds faith and love.

Joy is the acceptance of grace.

 

Pastor Dan

Romans 8:6-7

(NLT) Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

We’re free, free forever, amen.

Children’s ministry

  1. We need young families
  2. Invite friends
  3. a

Produce truck was phenomenal

God gives us all different visions, different gifts.

(My gifts are rejected because my life is called sin.  How do you stop the unstoppable when failure to stop leads to destruction of all things holy?)

Thirst for more than water.  Like a fire, it starts small.

John 4

  • Meaninglessness
  • Competition
  • Boredom
  • Fatigue
  • Envy
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Fear of public opinions

So long as we’re thirsty, the more we will take God’s gifts and complain they are not enough.

Live your life with the desciples.  Jesus walked with them.
Followers of Jesus are called to love foolishly.

24. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.

God in Work

I’ve started a Bible devotional with Becca called “Practicing The Presence Of God”.  We’re on day 1.  Immediately several items struck me.

  1. I need to pray more while working on the computer, especially when working on my personal projects.
  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:11: Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.

I try to speak honestly and openly about God and how my experiences affect the common interpretation of the Bible.  Of course most of this work is carried out in YouTube comments.  One-on-one conversations that hopefully make the other person think and discover a new path to love.

Am I speaking for myself or for God?

 

A Fair Response to Gender Critics

I know my 23rd chromosome is XY.  I cannot change that.  But that’s not my problem.  My problem exists between the abstract and the physical.  How much more esoteric can it get, right?

You’re looking at a crevasse from a thousand kilometers away and telling me it’s just a tiny scratch. I’m traversing it and can tell you it’s a massive chasm.

You’re perspective is not wrong, just incomplete and lacking the tools to measure. If you want to know more I can offer my experience. Otherwise your statement is noted and I bid you well.


Okay.  We get the physical.  What is abstract in this comparison?

Simple: The mind.

There is no physical existence to the mind except as the firing of neurons.  But there’s an enormous gap between interconnected neurons firing in patterns to those patterns imagining a warm sunny day in a grass field or contemplating a future event.

Thus the mind is an abstract thing that rides within patterns of firing neurons.

Identity is an organisms’ sense of self.  Just like the mind this sense doesn’t exist physically.  It’s an abstract concept that is unique to every organism.

Now being abstract we cannot say how identity emerges.  We can say it’s influenced by the body and the environment but that’s not creation.

Identity rarely fits perfectly with biology.  A majority of people look at some part of themselves and say “I should not be this way.”  What is wrong and how much is wrong varies from person to person.  Sometimes it’s being overweight.  Sometimes it’s a destructive habit.  Rarely it happens to an entire limb – BDD.  And then there are cases where sex is the problem.

When sex is the problem we call it gender dysphoria – a sense of unease about our biological sex that causes distress.  In this case the problem that emerges is not that the mind is faulty or the body is faulty.  Both work correctly.

The problem is identity developed the wrong sense of self.  This setting of identity cannot be undone without causing severe trauma, damaging the person in the process.  Changing the body on the other hand is not traumatic in and of itself.

Either way, aligning body and mind fixes the problem.

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(Work-in-progress)

Name: Samantha Angel Talpin

A.K.A.: Super Nerd Woman

Age: 35

Race: Human, Caucasian

Occupation: Professional Driver

Chapter 1

Faster and faster the car raced.  Sam was pushing the limits of her car and her body.  The dashed lines of the road moving so fast as to be a blur now.  She could feel the inertia dampeners trying to compensate then become overwhelmed, slamming her body against the sides of the car by the shifting forces as the car reeled though the maze of weekend traffic.

Over and over one thought consumed her.  “Get away.  Gotta get away.”

Behind her a dozen vehicles were losing ground.

The car lurched as an explosion knocked her car into a parked sedan.  She corrected, narrowly avoiding the remainder of the line of parked vehicles.

A warning alarm sounded distracting Sam momentarily.  “Heat seekers.  Damn!” She mumbled to herself.  Even if she shut down the car and coasted the remaining mile her red-hot exhaust would draw them right up her tail pipe.  Chaff would confuse the rockets but if they were as smart as she expected, chaff wouldn’t be enough.  She needed to hide and quickly.  That’s when she spotted the garage and instantly made her decision.  She turned sharply setting the car skidding in a wide arc right into the parking garage, though the cheesy wooden gate and up the incline.  Even at speed she could navigate this structure without trouble.  This was no ordinary car.  Sam was no ordinary driver.

Sam felt more than heard the boom from the rockets impact.  No time to waste, she sped around a corner and flew out the other side of the building onto 9th street.  An angry driver honked but she was gone before he could attempt anything more.  The car was increasing speed quickly.

A quick left and a right and Sam was back on the road out of the city.  All her instruments read clear.  She lost them.  A single blip appeared near the edge of her screen.  It was trying to follow her.  Then it was gone, out of range.

Sam took a deep breath.  She made it.  She let up on the acceleration, holding her current speed of 350 kph.