On Saturday, June 27th, our friend, Leo Stratton, grabbed his video camera and recorded this yearly Portland, OR event – The Naked Bike Ride. Approximately 10 to 20,000 bicyclists take to the streets to protest the use of fossil fuels, women’s rights, minority justice, and maybe just irritation and chafing, to ride around the city naked without fear of punishment. This is the first of several videos (oh yeah, he has more of this lunacy on video) and this is an hour before the race hits the streets of S.E. Portland. Watch at your own risk as you will not be able to unsee these people and their assorted bums, wobbly bits, body hair and body paint.
April 24 marks the 100th anniversary of a genocide of which few people are aware, and President Obama would rather be overlooked.
It is the anniversary of the Armenian genocide where about 1.5 million Armenians, along with some Greeks and Assyrians, were annihilated by the Turks. If their story is unfamiliar to you, it was unfamiliar to me as well until a few years ago, when a dear friend — Armenian on her mother’s side — introduced me to it. Her grandparents had emigrated to the United States after fleeing the holocaust in Armenia. She commemorates Armenian Remembrance Day on April 24, and, like many other Armenian-Americans, the wounds of that horrendous time run deep, just as with Jews who remember their Holocaust of decades later.
by Carlos D. Flores || The Public Discourse
By now we are all undoubtedly familiar with the tragic suicide of Joshua Alcorn, the transgender teenage boy who, in late December, walked onto a freeway with the intention of ending his life. In an apparent suicide note, Joshua cites a host of reasons for why he was led to end his life, most prominent of which were his parents’ attempts to discourage his identifying as a girl and his being sent to therapists in an attempt to relieve these feelings. All of the problems that ultimately culminated in his suicide, writes Joshua, stem from the fact that, from the time he was a small child, he felt like a “girl trapped in a boy’s body.”
No sooner had Joshua’s heart stopped beating than the story of his suicide was seized by LGBT activists and pruned to advance a familiar narrative of a sexual minority fighting cultural oppression. Joshua’s parents immediately began to be chided as “repressive” and “bigoted” and even began to receive various threatsfrom LGBT internet crusader-activists.
Transgenderism and Gender Identity
I have not referred to Joshua by using female pronouns or by using his self-invented female name of “Leelah.” The reason I am not doing this is simple: Joshua was not a girl—he was a boy—and to address males with female pronouns or females with male pronouns is to contribute to our culture’s confusion about sexuality and the nature of the human person, which is literally leaving casualties in its wake. No amount of surgical mutilation of body parts, effeminate behaviors, or artificial female appearances can make a man a woman.
LGBT activists will respond in various ways to this. They might first respond by saying: “Okay, true enough: Joshua was biologically a male. But you have misunderstood our claim: we contend that his sex was male, yes, but his genderwas female because he ‘identified’ as female.” The idea here is that people have a sex, which is either female or male and which one cannot choose. In addition to this, however, there is “gender,” or what sex one is more comfortable “identifying” as. The response to this is simple: Why think that what one “identifies as” is significant at all, especially to the extent that others should actively recognize or cater to such an identity, and especially when the identity one adopts is contrary to reality?
I spotted this headline while roaming around the WeberNetz today and immediately clicked to the story. Once you reach a certain age, undoubtedly you’ve had your share of IVs and given blood by way of donation or for lab tests. Regardless, we’re all familiar with the needle and sometimes, with the accompanying treasure hunt for a good vein. This device looks like a brilliant way to mitigate all of the poking and prodding that I, for one, dread when faced with prospect of the needle.
If you are scared of the needle because you have difficult-to-locate veins, there is some good news for you.
To keep the guesswork out of injections, a Memphis-based company Christie Medical Holdings, has designed a device that can locate veins inside a person’s arm using harmless near-infrared light.
VeinViewer is a vein finder that uses infrared light to look under the skin and projects an HD image of the veins onto the surface of the skin. There won’t be any miss when the doctors and nurses poke you with a needle next time.
This highly portable device helps hospital staff to immediately locate a vein inside a person’s arm. It can find veins up to 0.4 inches or 10mm deep. The light detects hemoglobin in the blood and then instantly illuminates the intricate network of veins.
The light is totally painless but highly accurate, increasing both first-stick success and patient satisfaction.