Rapid Onset Conservative Dumbassery

Yaaay, SmartNews and National Review strike again – the NR’s article “Transgender Teen Study Results Unchanged After Activists Force Review” – and, as usual, it’s a festival of lies and disinformation.

The study in question is, mirable dictu, the very one that started the Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria bullshit. Done by Dr. Lisa Littman from Brown University, it was a poster abstract done in 2017:

Poster abstracts are often published when not only is the material too weak to be a journal article, but of insufficient quality to even be accepted for oral presentation at a conference. As such, the academic bar for a poster abstract getting accepted is very low. It was, however, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Partially what made it so weak was the fact that it relied entirely on active response to the questions – not drawing from a pool of randomly selected non-biased candidates, you know, like science does – but also was from only responses of parents reading anti-trans sites and didn’t involve the kids in question at all.

Plus, it pretends that any new increase in the number of trans kids “appearing” MUST be due to some nebulous “contagion”, instead of mayyybeee kids coming out as trans due to a more accepting climate in most of our culture towards LGBTQ issues.

As The Advocate put it:

“Rapid Onset Gender Dyshphoria” was first proposed as a diagnosis on anti-transgender websites in 2016, and this study appears to be a naked attempt to legitimize anti-transgender animus with a veneer of academic respectability. In the process, however, Littman’s work shreds all standards of academic integrity.

Viewed in this light, any “review” of this study has to be just as biased and dangerous as the original study itself. You can’t draw on flawed, biased data, draw a plot from the points, and then go back to the same flawed data to confirm the correctness of your plot no matter how many times you try it. The National Review is just attempting to flog trans hatred once again with this article, and I’m beginning to see a pattern here. Call it ROTB – Rapid Onset Transphobic Bullshit.

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“dangerous ideology”

Dammit, I swear I could do MONTHS just on the Stupid I get from SmartNews.

Today it’s The National Review, somehow showing up in “Recommended For You”, with an article and audio from three young women who supposedly had thought they were transgender and now I guess realize they aren’t? Or some such.  It’s a festival of Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria i.e. bullshit, and we’ve seen this all before with the kids supposedly driven into transgenderism or Communism or Green New Deal or whatever by their peers or by the neglect of their peers, works either way I guess, but the NR finishes up their commentary by calling transgenderism “a dangerous ideology”.

Yes, that’s right, “a dangerous ideology”. As if these kids had joined ISIL or something. As if they were out demanding murder. As if, I DON’T KNOW, MAYYBEEE they had shot forty or so people because of a real goddamn dangerous ideology.

Who knows whether these kids are real or not? It’s not like the Right has a particularly good track record of that kind of trolling. But I can’t help but wonder how many kids are going to be shown this by their parents who’ll fall for this “ideology” crap. Which will be more “dangerous” than a discussion of transgender on Twitter.

Sweet Jesus on toast.

I have a app for my Android phone called SmartNews, and I’m feeling it’s increasingly ill-named. The ads on the electric TV evidently tout its “voices from all sides”, but there’s an increasing number of right-wing articles in my feed and I have no idea how to get rid of them. They are from news sites with passive names like “The Bulwark”, “The Pluralist” and “The Daily Signal”, and the only way you can really winnow them out from other wingnuts like TheBlaze (which is all “HA HA DUMB LIBTARDS” all the time, even in headlines) is by clicking on them and reading the article – at which time it evidently becomes something “you’re interested in” and keeps showing up, even after you’ve realized they’re stealth conservatives.

This time it’s the Bulwark, with an article (no link, not gonna even) with a title something like “Green New Deal Reveals Dismal State of STEM Education” or some such. Click through, and it’s an article about how fuzzy-minded the stupid liberals who advocate for the GND are, not understanding The Real World and this must of course be due to the dismal state of STEM, for reasons.

Only thing is, this is from the same people who have spent DECADES destroying STEM and education in general, going back AT LEAST to 1963 when Richard Hofstadter first wrote Anti-intellectualism in American Life. They’ve celebrated the dumb and gullible, shit all over education, denounced intellectuals as “eggheads”, and generally made America stupider. I mean, look at what we have now – a President* who pulls his fucking pants down and rolls in his ignorance, while calling himself a genius. (Dunning-Kruger to the White Courtesy Phone, calling Dunning-Kruger…) The GOP has made itself the Party of Not-Science from their willful stupidity on global climate change, economics, sexuality, physics, chemistry, biology, genetics, and that’s just the beginning. They’ve destroyed public education, demeaned teachers, and shit all over higher education as a breeding ground for Communism. And now. AND NOW they’re all pissed off about a supposed lack of education on the part of GND advocates.

This is the usual pissy patronizing you get from the conservatives – “oh, you’ll wake up when you find the real world doesn’t fit your dreams” – only, the Democrats have been more oriented to science and technology than the GOP ever has, and it was a Democrat that brought us the Apollo Project. The article dismisses comparisons with that as “being for a discrete goal”, i.e. landing on the Moon, ignoring the massive level of research on everything that had to be done to take humanity from simple orbital capsules to a Moon landing in a single decade. The GND has a discrete goal – solving global climate change and instituting a more sensible economy – but it’s not one the wingnuts want to hear, so they pretend it’s “aimless”, the way they always do when they’d rather not listen. (Occupy movement, anyone?) I’ve said for years that we need a new New Deal/National Recovery Act which could put people to work in everything from playwriting to rebuilding infrastructure to mass WiFi access to architecture, as the original did. Is that not “discrete” enough?

And what spinoffs might come from research and development into Green power generation and transportation? You get the feeling that these assholes mention the Mahanttan Project and Apollo not because of the intellectual challenge, but the fact that MANLY MEN supposedly were doing MANLY things in the pursuit. The Green New Deal isn’t evidently MANLY enough for them. No missiles. No bombs. Just benefit to the world. And that’s not enough for The Bulwark.

Planet of The Clocks

We’re all used to our bosses, The Clocks, the masters of our lives who determine when we do everything from sleeping to working to taking THEM PILS. But, now, in a great step forward for Western Civilization, your clock can now quote Bible verses at you!

According to the commercial I saw, this wonder of modern technology not only can wake you up with appropriate commands from JHVH-1, it can keep you from getting sad about news stories about war, and reconcile arguing spouses! IT KNOWS what to say, when! And, according to the commercial as well, minority individuals love it, because of course all Hispanics and African-Americans are Christians!

I assume if Drumpf, GOBBS FORBID, seizes power somehow these will be mandatory in all American homes.

Making a sort of lemonade

Coming into work after being off for a week due to an amazingly painful knee, I was confronted by this:

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A christian pamphlet.. and a marker pen right next to it.

It spoke to me, dear friends; it touched a deep place inside me, indeed it did. This was no mere coincidence – it meant something.

I had to review my priorities. Would I live in the material world the entire time, obsessed only with the vulgar pursuit of money and worldly goods, or — would I let the religious possibilities into my heart?

I’m very glad to say that the spiritual did indeed win out, dear friends, and I gave myself over to the Spirit and let it move me for its own purpose.

Behold!

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Can I get an AMEN?

MY NAME IS OZYMANDIUS

For a couple of books that I’m sure wingnuts thought were going to change to world, these two look adorable on the $1 remainder shelf at Dollar Tree where I photographed them a couple years back.

“Excuse me while I save the world”, indeed, you bloated dead toad.

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Does this sound familiar?

Being A Compilation of Quotes from Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here, Relevant To Our Present Situation

I:

“Well, what if they are?” protested R. C. Crowley. “It might not be so bad. I don’t like all these irresponsible attacks on us bankers all the time. Of course, Senator Windrip has to pretend publicly to bawl the banks out, but once he gets into power he’ll give the banks their proper influence in the administration and take our expert financial advice. Yes. Why are you so afraid of the word ‘Fascism,’ Doremus? Just a word–just a word! And might not be so bad, with all the lazy bums we got panhandling relief nowadays, and living on my income tax and yours–not so worse to have a real Strong Man, like Hitler or Mussolini–like Napoleon or Bismarck in the good old days–and have ’em really run the country and make it efficient and prosperous again. ‘Nother words, have a doctor who won’t take any back-chat, but really boss the patient and make him get well whether he likes it or not!”