... Brad Dacus, founder of Pacific Justice Institute. Is conversion therapy effective? Dacus: “Countless numbers testified before the state Legislature—ex-gays, ex-lesbians, ex-transgenders—telling their story of how they received counseling, support, and were no longer bound by such feelings.” (See testimony in the June 16 Saturday Series article at wng.org.)
Dacus said they were ignored. He called AB 2943 “legislation that attempts to make it a scientific fact that such transformations are simply impossible and that these people don’t exist”—but since they do, the bill is “ugly and so inhumane.”
I'm not in full agreement with the article, as I find plenty of legislation put forth under the Democratic banner to be quite good relative to that of the Republicans'. Environmentalism is a strong case in point. I also don't care for the "conservative"/"liberal" spectrum usage in this case about banning all "conversion therapy" even for consenting/seeking adults.
I wholeheartedly agree, however, that sexual orientation and gender identity are fluid things for millions of people and that to deny that fact, once the evidence for it is put forth, is a sign of some degree of mental illness. To deny the existence of people who have changed is some huge mental blockage when such people are right there explaining the changes they experienced. I'll go so far as to say it is sinister, downright evil.
Also, I've known for decades now that the vast, vast, vast majority of so-called "conversion" therapists have not used torture or coercion of any kind in dealing with children or adults concerning sexuality and identity issues.
Lastly, the California law will not survive the US Supreme Court, if it even makes it beyond the district and appellate levels. The First Amendment of the Constitution would have to be amended itself to carve out an exception for the free exercise of religion in matters of personal, individual, sexual orientation and gender identity and also how clergy (though they aren't paid for it in some singled-out service fashion) interact with individuals during religious confession and counseling, etc.
... Mulvaney’s agenda has been to drastically reduce the size and scope of the CFPB. He told reporters last week that he wants to cut the bureau’s budget by at least 20%. He has also sought to restructure the agency and reduce enforcement actions against banks and other financial companies. Since Mulvaney took office in late November, the CFPB has issued just two enforcement actions ....
I often find the "legal standing" argument to be fundamentally misapplied. In this case for example, any US citizen should be deemed as having legal standing for the simple reason that a rigged district anywhere impacts all US citizens in very direct ways.
Who gets to vote in the US legislature is a matter of Constitutional concern and protection for every citizen.
Of course, most supposed Constitutional legal so-called experts would disagree, but that's because most of them are out to protect the plutocracy from the citizenry. Most such Constitutional legal-experts refuse to follow logical legal arguments. They don't seek to overturn things that are earthshakingly important.
I was instantly for RCV when I first heard of it many years ago. We should have had it all along. Why is it taking so long to get?
Under RCV, a victor who is reviled by more than half of the voters will be a thing of the past. And progressives can express their support for likeminded candidates without fear of vote-splitting.
“I’m very excited,” says Lisa Miller, an attendee from Somerville who has supported RCV in its long journey to the primary ballot. “I am no longer hedging my bets. I am voting for the person that my values really resonate with. And voting for a second person who’s pretty close.”
"How does a guy named “Mad Dog” get to be such a thin-skinned little snowflake?"
This would be the same James Mattis who’s been overseeing the war crimes committed by America’s armed forces during their illegal occupation of Syria. This would be the same United States of America that was born of the genocide of indigenous tribes and the labor of African slaves, which slaughtered millions in Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq, Libya and Syria for no legitimate reason, which is partnered with Ukrainian Nazis, jihadist factions in Syria and Iranian terror cultists, which supports 73 percent of the world’s dictators, which interferes constantly in the electoral processes of other countries as a matter of policy, which stages coups around the world, which has encircled the globe with military bases, whose FBI still targets black civil rights activists for persecution to this very day, which routinely enters into undeclared wars of aggression against noncompliant governments to advance plutocratic interests, which remains the only country ever to use nuclear weapons on human beings after doing so completely needlessly in Japan, and which is functionally a corporatist oligarchy with no meaningful “democratic model” in place at all.
A casual glance at facts and history makes it instantly clear that the United States has no “moral authority” of any kind whatsoever, and is arguably the hub of the most pernicious and dangerous force ever assembled in human history.
More than 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year. Half of that plastic becomes trash in less than a year.
The whole article is like reading a nightmare. Unfortunately, it's no dream.
"This decision aims to cover up crimes committed by Israeli soldiers against our people, and to free their hands to commit more crimes," Deputy Palestinian Information Minister Fayez Abu Aitta told Reuters.
Israel says it uses administrative detentions only in exceptional cases that threaten security, while critics say the policy is used too often [it should never be used] and violates the right to due process. Lawyers say it is impossible to defend their clients because they are not allowed to view evidence against them.
What's the difference between Sisi and Mubarak? Hardly a thing other than Sisi is worse.
The lawmakers' statement was rare public criticism of Sisi, who critics say has presided over the worst crackdown against political opponents in Egypt's history, with authorities arresting thousands of Islamists and hundreds of other activists since he came to power in 2014.
"... and hundreds of other activists ...."
He also inflicts idiotic economic austerity.