There's nothing even remotely Christian about Trump's "Christians"

You can read this to get a sense: 'Evangelicals for Trump' was an awful display by supposed citizens of the Kingdom of God.

So-called Christian-neocons and Christian-Zionists are still pretending Jesus will carry out Moses-type genocide. These ignorant people, who think they are Christians, are in worse shape than atheists who are opposed to US imperialism: global, violent, plutocratic, corporate-capitalist takeover. Those atheists will enter Heaven before them.

PC Police: "A UK judge ruled that it is legal to fire workers for saying that transgender women are not real women"

It's very difficult to say where the line is drawn or lines are drawn both actually and legally.

There are intersexed people. There's no doubt about it.

However, there are people who are not intersexed at all who mentally only think of themselves as other than what their non-intersexed biology says about them. There also those who think of themselves as intersexed also when their biology says they are not.

Of course, the question arises concerning where biology and mental states start and end. Aren't mental states biological in nature?

Nevertheless, the judge claiming that a non-intersexed woman, a non-trans woman, can be fired for believing that mental states are not biological is ludicrous. The biological versus mental/mind philosophical debate is as old as philosophy itself and is not a settled debate.

If we don't allow people to debate things that are still up in the air or even re-debate things that appear settled, we're being very, very stupid and shortsighted. After all, toeing the line is not how modern science was even formed and we don't even know where physics and spirit begin and end either.

The judge appears to be claiming to be omniscient.

What's a real woman, a person who is clearly not at all intersexed or the opposite of the person's biological markers, all of them, and only has a feeling of being in the wrong body? If so, why do we even use the prefix "trans"?

What is a person with all, and only, the traditional biological markers who doesn't have any such feelings?

Is the first not different from the second? Yes, and it's why the prefix.

Some people say "real men don't eat quiche." Are we going to fire them for it? I'm not, even though I don't agree with them.

Anyway, here's the article that spurred this post: A UK judge ruled that it is legal to fire workers for saying that transgender women are not real women

"It would be interesting to see what their definition of transphobic is." University drops feminist artist’s talk after ‘transphobic claims’

"It would be interesting to see what their definition of transphobic is." That's exactly right.

University drops feminist artist’s talk after ‘transphobic claims’

“I don’t believe I’ve said anything transphobic,” says artist Rachel Ara after Oxford Brookes University dropped her scheduled talk.

No room for not being a gender-identity-authoritarian dictatorship by those loosely throwing around the label Nazi

Ms Harrison, who has lived as a transgender woman for two decades, said she shares Ms Forstater’s ‘gender critical’ beliefs and has been labelled a "Nazi facilitator" and "scum" for expressing them.

“The process of having surgery or hormone treatment cannot ultimately transform your sex,” Ms Harrison told the tribinal. “Every cell in my body has male chromosomes. I have a prostate. These things cannot be completely deconstructed. It is not possible to be biologically female. But that does not mean I can’t live a fulfilling life being treated as a woman.”

Why is this person not allowed to have that belief? Why is the person called a Nazi for apparently simply believing the obvious that one can't currently completely transform one's gender and that there is more to gender than what one simply thinks about oneself at any given moment in terms of "identity"?

Source: "Transgender people who agree with using terms 'men' and 'women' too afraid to speak out, tribunal hears"

Blatantly misleading statements in support of "American Medical Association announces support for U.S. ban on conversion therapy"

This awful article lumps all things that have ever been called "conversion therapy" together, as if licensed doctors still bleed patients.

It is important to keep in mind that there are therapies that require a patient's or client's completely noncoerced consent. In such practices, the individual wants the professional assistance. No "physical means" are used.

As with many psychological processes that have nothing to do with homosexuality, clients can experience mental discomfort when facing various issues, etc. There is no requirement for those other processes to be discomfort-free.

In addition, thousands and thousands of people have gone through the therapy and are glad they did.

To pass a law banning all such therapy would be telling people that they can't obtain professional assistance with their unwanted same-sex attraction, which attraction is often solely the result of homosexual molestation and subsequent confusion because of what's term sexual imprinting. Sexual stimulation against one's will is still exciting sexual nerves that are supposed to be pleasure only, not mixed with molestation. The confusion concerning attraction is perfectly understandable, and children and adults should not be told that the confusion is "normal" or "healthy" or anything of the sort.

Therefore, the American Medical Association is being extremely stupid on this matter. It is being politically driven, not science-based. I condemn their action.

We may never know for certain how the apartment bombings (and some strange as yet unexplained KGB activities in another building in Ryazan) came to pass, but I am convinced Putin was not the prime mover

Very interesting:

The Chechens, Sunni Muslims with a history of fiercely resisting the Russians in the 19th century, under their leader, the Imam Shamil (actually a Dagestani), as the Russian Empire subjugated the Caucasus, were a disturbing presence in European Russia in the 1990s. Chechens ran the Mercedes dealership in Petersburg, where lots of stolen vehicles changed hands, but very few if any new ones. During the first war, they targeted me personally, on account of the position taken by the U.S. Government in support of Russia’s territorial integrity. Right after the bombings of the two apartment buildings, our Defense Attache in Moscow reported that the inhabitants of at least one of the buildings were dependents of military personnel. It seemed to me then, as now, that Vladimir Putin would never had sanctioned the sacrifice of those innocent people in pursuit of political goals. But, in my view, there was one person who just might have, and happened to have a connection to the North Caucasus: Boris Berezovsky, who was then serving as National Security Advisor to Yeltsin, or “the Family,” as Yeltsin’s wife and daughter and son-in-law were then known.

The Family was concerned by the prospect of parliamentary elections scheduled for December of 1999, and by the potent alliance recently forged between Yevgeniy Primakov and the mayor of Moscow, Yuriy Luzhkov. They were searching for a way of postponing the elections, and it had occurred to them that the Chechen war and attendant terrorism could provide justification for such a move. In the end, Putin’s campaign proved successful; the Chechens were brought to heel, and Yeltsin abdicated in favor of Putin on New Year’s Eve. We may never know for certain how the apartment bombings (and some strange as yet unexplained KGB activities in another building in Ryazan) came to pass, but I am convinced Putin was not the prime mover.

Page 2: The Key to Understanding Vladimir Putin

I have always doubted Putin ordered it. I think he knows all about it but hasn't done anything publicly that would weaken Russia. Suffice it to say, were anyone to do anything like it now, heads would roll with the public fully aware.

Let me also say that while he lives as well as any billionaire, I don't believe he has amassed a personal fortune at the expense of the people. He deserves his stated income (likely more), and the Russian people should always see to it that he never wants for anything but lives out his life in decent and comfortable surroundings. He saved their nation.

I don't agree with his every move and position, but he is the best leader Russia has ever had and he is no menace to the world.

I'm speaking here in the worldly sense. Spiritually, I still believe everyone should be pacifistic.

Contrary to rumors, Pontius Pilate did not preside over the trial and execution of Jesus Christ. Neither was he Jesus's executioner.

'Lost' Road Built by Christ's Executioner Unearthed

The Jewish Sanhedrin held the trial of Jesus (a fellow Jew), not the Romans. Caiaphas, not Pilate, presided over that trial.

Pontius Pilate interrogated Jesus directly and found no wrongdoing on Jesus's part. Nevertheless, the Sanhedrin demanded Jesus's execution. Pilate washed his hands of the whole affair, but to keep from having an open revolt because of the Sanhedrin's position, he allowed Jesus to be crucified. He was not Jesus's executioner, nor was he even present at the crucifixion.

Why do people always try to blame the Romans? The answer to that is obvious, and you know it.

Guy Standing: NHS Being Privatised by STEALTH, Profits Going to American Companies!

We speak to economist and adviser to the Labour Party, Guy Standing, on his new book ‘Plunder of the Commons: A Manifesto for Sharing Public Wealth’, how Britain’s public resources have been systematically privatised and how harmful this has been for our society, the privatization of water, the NHS and public spaces and why these must be reversed. Guy Standing also details how Boris Johnson as Mayor of London helped to privatise many of London's public spaces.

Dialogue in Venezuela Another Missed Opportunity for Democrats

The new pact with opposition groups includes five points: 1) the ruling socialist party (PSUV) and allied parties will return to the National Assembly (which they had abandoned when the Supreme Court declared it in contempt in 2017); 2) a new board of the National Electoral Council will be selected; 3) prisoners will be released per the recommendations of the Truth Commission; 4) an oil-for-food program will be established; and 5) parties reject unilateral coercive measures (sanctions) and call for their lifting. The accord has already resulted in the liberation of Edgar Zambrano, a leader in the opposition Democratic Action party who had been imprisoned for allegedly participating in the April 30th coup attempt. On September 18, news broke that Javier Bertucci, an opposition evangelical leader who surprised analysts by winning over 1 million votes in the 2018 presidential elections, had signed on to the agreement and joined the newly established National Roundtable Dialogue.

Between those who voted for President Maduro (6.2 million votes) and Javier Bertucci (over 1 million votes), and those who are sympathetic to the four opposition parties, millions of people are represented in this dialogue. A significant bloc of Venezuelans, one that includes people who dislike or even detest President Maduro, see negotiations as the only way forward, recognize the threat of war, know that the sanctions are destroying Venezuela’s economy and threatening its social fabric (as Venezuelan victims of an economic war become migrants). The Democratic party and most of its presidential candidates do a great disservice to these people by supporting sanctions and regime change efforts.

Instead of aiding and abetting President Trump’s disastrous policy, the Democrats need to challenge it, ....

Dialogue in Venezuela Another Missed Opportunity for Democrats

Familiar Faction Of Regime Change Advocates Lash Out At Journalists Reporting From Syria

Management of Savagery exposed how detached from reality these people are. They do not want to confront the reality that the U.S. relied on Islamic State militants in Syria to pressure the Syrian government. That eventually pushed Russia to back the Syrian military and its efforts to rid Syria of jihadist elements. They say nothing about how Turkey and Saudi Arabia has funneled millions and tons of weapons into Syria to aid any opposition group that will fight the Syrian regime, regardless of whether this means terrorists are effectively armed.

An array of Gulf countries, pro-Israel lobbyists, and individuals from the defense industry maintain a commitment to “rebels” in Syria, even as an uprising hijacked by Islamic fundamentalists dithers. They are disappointed the CIA backed away from sending advanced TOW missiles and communications equipment to militant groups to fight Assad’s regime. They care little about the costs of meddling in a country in a manner that elevates jihadists.

If they have to resort to exaggerating actual examples of human rights abuses in order to drum up support for war, they will, even if that makes it possible to discredit valiant efforts for justice. And that is why they do not like it when journalists, like Blumenthal and Khalek, travel to Syria.

Familiar Faction Of Regime Change Advocates Lash Out At Journalists Reporting From Syria