January 31, 2011
This weekend’s Saturday Night Live.
*Trigger Warning For Male Supremacy*
January 30, 2011
January 27, 2011
What has Cher’s daughter Chastity (now Chaz), done with her life? Besides spend mommy’s money? Well she went to a couple colleges and dropped out. She was outed as lesbian in a tabloid which she publicly denied denied denied. “That was one of the most terrifying things to happen to me” she later stated. “ I was so scared and so spooked”.
With her parent’s music biz connections she got a record deal with a major label, and put out an atrocious album called “Hang Out Your Poetry”, which was so crappy no one bought it even though it featured the reunion of Sonny and Cher performing backup vocals. The label dumped her. Did she go the usual musician route, playing clubs and building up a following? No. She dropped the whole music thing.
She was offered employment by GLAAD and the HRC and offered a part time writing job at the Advocate, all cashing in on the minor celebrity of being the child of Sonny and Cher. Since other real celebrities like KD Lang, etc. had already come out publicly, she brokered her deals and finally admitted she’d been lying about being straight in an Advocate cover story. Her main stance as a professional lesbian activist was that things shouldn’t be “too gay”. She wrote two books which extensively featured interviews with Cher, who Chastity claimed had “gone ballistic” when she found out her daughter was gay. She wrote crappy articles (featuring her mother whenever possible). She got paid to spread her self- loathing gay activism. Did she perhaps at least speak at events about gay rights and lesbian visibility? Well, kind of. She brokered herself as an LGBT speaker for $10,000. – $20,000. per engagement.
Then a real celebrity, the talented Ellen Degeneres transformed her popular sitcom character into the first gay lead character in the history of television, much to the chagrin of the ABC executives who broadcast a big warning/disclaimer at the start of every G-rated Ellen show, moved her show to an unpopular date and time, and refused to allow her character’s girlfriend to say the phrase “I want to jump your bones” and a million other ridiculous censorships, such as threatening to fire her over a (gasp) lesbian kiss on the show. In the midst of Ellen’s battles to create a G-rated sitcom featuring a lesbian character, Good ‘ol Chastity Bono, in her capacity of a professional paid representative for HRC and GLAAD offered her little self-loathing anti-gay opinion agreeing with ABC executives that Ellen’s show was “Too Gay”. Chastity Bono in Variety: “['Ellen'] is so gay it’s excluding a large part of our society…. The show is not too gay for me, but we have to be realistic. This is network primetime.” Unfuckingbelievable. She said Ellen “went a little too fast” and “you have to take baby steps”, “just go a little slower”.
“I watched every single episode. I made it a policy at GLAAD that everybody had to watch Ellen. It wasn’t a personal thing. *It was a fear of how other people would take it*.”
She proudly noted “One of the executives at ABC said, “Finally, a rational, reasonable gay person.” And explains her half-assed advocacy thusly: “When I took the job with GLAAD, they’d been such a reactive watchdog organization. I remember saying, “If I’m in a meeting with somebody and I get some work done on some movie, something positive, and there’s still things in the movie that we might not like but I’ve gotten them to change 50% of it, we can’t go slam them when the film comes out.” Otherwise, my job would be impossible. So there might have been things that gay people looked at and thought, Why didn’t we go after them on that? But some really major changes had been made.”
Can you fucking imagine???? It’s true, all true. Her official GLAAD “Ellen is Too Gay” comments screamed from the front-page headline of Variety magazine, bolstering the anti-gay stance of ABC and driving the nails into the embattled Ellen show’s coffin.
Chastity has “the IQ of a sea sponge” lesbian comedian Lea DeLaria correctly observed.
She was dumped by HRC and GLAAD.
By this time Chastity was well into her ten year oxycontin addiction. Then she started trying to sell a reality show idea featuring her and her mother “helping people come out of the closet”. (Gee, isn’t that “too gay”? Oh wait, Ellen busted those doors down with no help from you). But no one in the industry would get near her brand of self-hating “activism” with a ten foot pole, even with an actual celebrity- her mother- attached.
She eventually started a relationship with fellow addict and professional activist Jennifer Elia and together they embraced sobriety with mixed success and performed on the “Celebrity Fit Club” (the word celebrity obviously open to interpretation here) weight loss reality show competition which she lost. They dumped her and she gained back all the weight and then some. (She previously blamed all her weight gain on her narcotics addiction). She wrote a crappy sounding screenplay “It’s about two old friends, a gay woman and a straight woman, both very high-profile in their own fields, and the gay one ends up in a heterosexual relationship and the straight one ends up in a lesbian relationship.” But no one was buying what she was selling because of her long history of anti-gay self-hatred and hetero-philia.
Chaz on Gay Marriage quoted in September 2010: “I’ve always thought we should not call it marriage.” She prefers “domestic partnership” because “Marriage causes religious folks to freak out.”
Having lost her ability to make an income from the lesbian community she announced that she was pursuing a legal “sex” change and was undergoing hormone and cosmetic surgery to alter her appearance and appear male. Not only that, but with extensive participation of her celebrity mother she intended to make and sell a documentary of her transformation into a transgender individual and a transgender community spokesperson. Which seems like a pretty clever move for a former paid LGBT activist who’s never worked a real job a day in her life by the way. After all, now that DADT has been repealed and gay marriage (which she DISAPPROVES OF) will inevitably be accomplished, parasites like her that make a living feeding off the gay community will have no career left! Once equality is a reality, what will all the LGBT careerist activists DO for a living? Well they won’t change focus onto women’s rights or the rights of LGBT people worldwide, will they? There’s no profit in that. So it’s on to Transgender Rights for all the previously relevant Lesbian and Gay rights organizations. Chaz says “Trans people start off as gay and lesbian and are a big part of the family.”
Chaz’s documentary premiered at Sundance this week, and although it’s going straight to cable television she has successfully created a new market for her lesbian-hating and woman-hating “activism”. She was recently quoted about her formerly lesbian relationship in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, “Our relationship always modeled a heterosexual relationship, emotionally and intellectually.”
What the FUCK does THAT mean????? Seriously? So her future as an ex-lesbian Transgender “male” – who SHOULD be allowed to get married, UNLIKE lesbians and gays according to her – and as a lesbian-hating self-loathing anti-woman bad role-model activist is all but assured. Keep on selling that hetero-lovin’, anti-gay, man-lovin’ Kool-Aid “Chaz”. Drink up, America!
The Advocate Oct 13, 1998
The Advocate Jan 31, 2006
January 25, 2011
It all started back in 2006 when a male who self identifies as transgender was allegedly verbally harassed by a subway worker whom he had asked for help with a non-functioning metro-card. From the NY Daily News: “When she sought assistance, a female transit worker called her a “dyke” and ridiculed her”.
Now, for anyone not familiar with the predominant demeanor of New York Municipal Transit Authority workers, let’s sum it up in three little words: Unbelievably Fucking Rude. That’s right. To illustrate, note this comment left on the above quoted article:
“a friend of mines came to visit me from jersey last week. when it was time for her to go home i walked her to the train station. we went to the turnstile and she swiped her card it said swipe again it kept saying the same thing over and over. finaly we went to the pod that says u can check the amount on your card. and it said to see agent we went to the booth to see the agent. and she went off on us. mind you my friend brought that metro card that same day a 24>oo unlimited so that she could also use it to go to work since she works here in nyc. that clerk kept on being nasty until finally i said fugg that !! and began taking down her info. when she noticed what i was doing. she got really threatening to me. telling me how she was gonna whoop my ***. i told her. bring your a$$ from behind that booth n lets see who gets their a$$ whooped.she wouldnt do that. but continued to be threatening and talking ****. it took the clerk who worked with her to just give us the info on turning the card back into mta for a refund and allowing my friend to go thru the turnstile so that she could get home. some of these clerks act as if. its coming out their pay. wtf is up with that. its not our fault the dayum cards stop working.”
OK did you get that? The MTA agent THREATENED TO BEAT A RANDOM CUSTOMER’S ASS. Rude, huh? Actual threats towards customers. It takes a special person to spend 8 hours a day locked in an airless underground bullet proofed cement coffin down in the subway alone with lord knows what kind of wackos pulling all sorts of fucked up shit 24/7. Some of the booth agents are half out of their mind, and who could blame them. There but for the grace of god and all that.
With that bit of background established, back to our story.
The male who was yelled at and called a “dyke” filed a formal complaint against the mouthy booth agent. Order thus being re-established, he trotted back to the subway the next day, taking a gander at the ticket booth to enjoy the downcast eyes of the now-chastened service worker.
AND SHE LAUGHED AT HIM. SHE LAUGHED. AND POINTED. AND HER CO-WORKERS SNICKERED ALONG WITH HER.
Thus began the male ego’s five year (and counting) legal battle, not only for revenge, but for lucrative monetary compensation for mental and emotional injury.
The NYTransit responded to his complaint by setting up a disciplinary hearing for the employee which the plaintif failed to show up for even though he was under supoena and even though it was rescheduled three times. Smith was then transferred to another department with no formal discipline proceedings since the complaintant failed to show. The transgender-identified male instead pursued legal action against the NYTA claiming that they were financially liable for alleged damages caused by a worker’s rude-ass mouth.
The worker, Lorna Smith already had #16 complaints on her personnel file for rude behavior towards commuters (none of which involved gender or orientation complaints). I was unable to determine the average # of complaints on MTA employee files but let’s just say I doubt it’s zero. The female-identified male, Tracy Bumpus alleges that MTA is financially responsible for the rude behavior and the epithet verbalized by Ms. Smith, and that Ms. Smith is also financially responsible for bruising his ego and embarrassing him- oh no wait- for the DAMAGE caused. What damage is that? From court records:
“Bumpus, a transgender woman, alleges that she was verbally harassed by a NYCTA employee Lorna Smith, when Bumpus was on a NYCTA subway platform.
During her deposition, Bumpus testified that as a result of the incident and the alleged discriminatory conduct of defendants, that her two-year relationship with her partner, Magic Wilder, has suffered. Bumpus testified as follows:
“Because I had felt inadequate. The relationship for the most part is functioning as a heterosexual relationship. This incident made me feel insecure about who I was. I didn’t want him to touch me. I didn’t want to be bothered because this whole thing that me being trans and this issue [sic], that had not been issue, became an issue for me and because of that, you know, I questioned myself.”
He was made to QUESTION himself. By being called “Dyke”. It made him question his “heterosexuality” and damaged the “heterosexuality” of his relationship. Wow. Tough times.
The case has gone on ever since and last week received it’s latest court ruling allowing it to continue, ruling that the NYTA can be sued for the verbal first amendment actions of it’s employees if those words are discriminatory against a protected transgender class under NYC law. If the worker had called the transgender male “fat and ugly” for example there would have been no case. Or if an actual lesbian had been called “Dyke”. Or if an actual woman had been called a “twat”. You get the picture.
Nobody should be treated like shit. And no one should have epithets spewed at them by surly transit workers. And it’s good that if you’re really pissed off the NYMTA will set up a disciplinary hearing at one’s behest. That sounds like good practice. But that’s just not enough for some guys.
January 23, 2011
23 Year old porn star and German “Big Brother” reality show celebrity “Sexy Cora”, real name Carolin Ebert died after complications during her sixth breast augmentation surgery. She was having her size F implants increased to size G. From the Toronto Sun:
“She died on Thursday, nine days after going under the knife.
Two of the surgeons who performed the breast enhancement are now facing charges of negligent manslaughter.
Ebert’s husband tells a local newspaper, “The brain damage was too great. Her blood pressure dropped steadily, physiological functions gave out… then she went to sleep quietly.”
The model/actress previously hit the headlines in 2009 when she was hospitalized after attempting to set a new world record for the number of fellatios performed in 24 hours. She was forced to give up her goal of 200 after giving 75 men oral sex.”
January 23, 2011
January 21, 2011
January 21, 2011
From the Grand Jury report issued 1/17/2011: “This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimesterof pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords withscissors. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud inwhich he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths. Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it.
Let us say right up front that we realize this case will be used by those on both sides of the abortion debate. We ourselves cover a spectrum of personal beliefs about the morality of abortion. For us as a criminal grand jury, however, the case is not about that controversy; it is about disregard of the law and disdain for the lives and health of mothers and infants. We find common ground in exposing what happened here, and in recommending measures to prevent anything like this from ever happening again.”
From the report:
“The clinic reeked of animal urine, courtesy of the cats that were allowed to roam
(and defecate) freely. Furniture and blankets were stained with blood. Instruments were
not properly sterilized. Disposable medical supplies were not disposed of; they were
reused, over and over again. Medical equipment – such as the defibrillator, the EKG, the
pulse oximeter, the blood pressure cuff – was generally broken; even when it worked, it
wasn’t used. The emergency exit was padlocked shut. And scattered throughout, in
cabinets, in the basement, in a freezer, in jars and bags and plastic jugs, were fetal
remains. It was a baby charnel house.
The people who ran this sham medical practice included no doctors other than
Gosnell himself, and not even a single nurse. Two of his employees had been to medical
school, but neither of them were licensed physicians. They just pretended to be.
Everyone called them “Doctor,” even though they, and Gosnell, knew they weren’t.
Among the rest of the staff, there was no one with any medical licensing or relevant
certification at all. But that didn’t stop them from making diagnoses, performing
procedures, administering drugs.”
Gosnell specialized in illegal late term abortions: “The bigger the baby the more he charged” – as late as seven and a half months, babies over six pounds that squirmed around on the counter for twenty minutes before their spinal cord was “snipped” with scissors and the body dumped into an old orange juice container, or cat food container- (such improvised disposal containers filled with fetal and infant parts were piled up around the blood splattered “clinic” and filled the employee lunch fridge). There were inexplicably rows of jars containing only the severed feet of fetuses.
From the Grand Jury Report: “Gosnell’s approach, whenever possible, was to force full labor and delivery of premature infants on ill-informed women. The women would check in during the day, make payment, and take labor-inducing drugs. The doctor wouldn’t appear until evening, often 8:00, 9:00, or 10:00 p.m., and only then deal with any of the women who were ready to deliver. Many of them gave birth before he even got there. By maximizing the pain and danger for his patients, he minimized the work, and cost, for himself and his staff.”
“Gosnell set up his practice to rely entirely on the untrained
actions of his unqualified employees. They administered drugs to induce labor, often
causing rapid and painful dilation and contractions. But Gosnell did not like it when
women screamed or moaned in his clinic, so the staff was under instruction to sedate
them into stupor. Of course his assistants had no idea how to manage the powerful
narcotics they were using. Gosnell prepared a list of preset dosage levels to be
administered in his absence. But no allowances were made for individual patient
variations, or for any monitoring of vital signs. All that mattered was the money. The
more you paid, the more pain relief you received. It was all completely illegal, and
Only in one class of cases did Gosnell exercise any real care with these dangerous
sedatives. On those rare occasions when the patient when the patient was a white woman from the
suburbs, Gosnell insisted that he be consulted at every step. When an employee asked him why, he said it
was “the way of the world.””
The clinic run by Kermit B. Gosnell, MD operated for forty years, killing women, perforating bowels, using unsanitized equipment, scarring women for life, and torturing live late term infants to death. You can read 281 pages of the most horrific awful tragic bloody murderous accounts by reading the Grand Jury report yourself. The absolute horror and bizarre goings-on are beyond what the most creative fiction writer could invent. The heinous pain, suffering, murder, torture and abuse of women who sought safe reproductive health care and safe abortions, that went on for forty years, even though people reported it and knew about it, is indescribable. The sadistic “Doctor” is facing the death penalty. But what about the agencies charged with oversight, such as the Department of Health?
From the report:
“Several different attorneys, representing women injured by Gosnell, contacted the department. A doctor from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hand-delivered a complaint, advising the
department that numerous patients he had referred for abortions came back from Gosnell
with the same venereal disease. The medical examiner of Delaware County informed the
department that Gosnell had performed an illegal abortion on a 14-year-old girl carrying
a 30-week-old baby. And the department received official notice that a woman named
Karnamaya Mongar had died at Gosnell’s hands.
Yet not one of these alarm bells – not even Mrs. Mongar’s death – prompted the
department to look at Gosnell or the Women’s Medical Society. Only after the raid
occurred, and the story hit the press, did the department choose to act. Suddenly there
were no administrative, legal, or policy barriers; within weeks an order was issued to
close the clinic. And as this grand jury investigation widened, department officials
“lawyered up,” hiring a high-priced law firm to represent them at taxpayer expense. Had
they spent as much effort on inspection as they did on attorneys, none of this would have happened to begin with.
But even this total abdication by the Department of Health might not have been
fatal. Another agency with authority in the health field, the Pennsylvania Department of
State, could have stopped Gosnell single-handedly. While the Department of Health
regulates facilities, the Department of State, through its Board of Medicine, licenses and
oversees individual physicians. Like their colleagues at Health, however, Department of
State officials were repeatedly confronted with evidence about Gosnell, and repeatedly
chose to do nothing.
Indeed, in many ways State had more damning information than anyone else.
Almost a decade ago, a former employee of Gosnell presented the Board of Medicine
with a complaint that laid out the whole scope of his operation: the unclean, unsterile
conditions; the unlicensed workers; the unsupervised sedation; the underage abortion
patients; even the over-prescribing of pain pills with high resale value on the street. The
department assigned an investigator, whose investigation consisted primarily of an offsite
interview with Gosnell. The investigator never inspected the facility, questioned other
employees, or reviewed any records. Department attorneys chose to accept this
incomplete investigation, and dismissed the complaint as unconfirmed.
Shortly thereafter the department received an even more disturbing report – about
a woman, years before Karnamaya Mongar, who died of sepsis after Gosnell perforated
her uterus. The woman was 22 years old. A civil suit against Gosnell was settled for
almost a million dollars, and the insurance company forwarded the information to the
department. That report should have been all the confirmation needed for the complaint
from the former employee that was already in the department’s possession. Instead, the
department attorneys dismissed this complaint too. They concluded that death was just
an “inherent” risk, not something that should jeopardize a doctor’s medical license.
The same thing happened at least twice more: the department received complaints
about lawsuits against Gosnell, but dismissed them as meaningless. A department
attorney said there was no “pattern of conduct.” He never bothered to check a national
litigation database, which would have shown that Gosnell had paid out damages to at
least five different women whose internal organs he had punctured during abortions.
Apparently, the missing piece in the “pattern” was press coverage. Once that began, after
the raid, the department attorney quickly managed to secure a license suspension against
Similar inaction occurred at the municipal level. The Philadelphia Department of
Public Health does not regulate doctors or medical facilities; but it is supposed to protect
the public’s health. Philadelphia health department employees regularly visited the
Women’s Medical Society to retrieve blood samples for testing purposes, but never
noticed, or more likely never bothered to report, that anything was amiss. Another
employee inspected the clinic in response to a complaint that dead fetuses were being
stored in paper bags in the employees’ lunch refrigerator. The inspection confirmed
numerous violations of protocols for storage and disposal of infectious waste. But no
follow-up was ever done, and the violations continued to the end.
A health department representative also came to the clinic as part of a citywide
vaccination program. She promptly discovered that Gosnell was scamming the program;
more importantly, she was the only employee, city or state, who actually tried to do
something about the appalling things she saw there. By asking questions and poking
around, she was able to file detailed reports identifying many of the most egregious
elements of Gosnell’s practice. It should have been enough to stop him. But instead her
reports went into a black hole, weeks before Karnamaya Mongar walked into the
Woman’s Medical Society.
Ironically, the doctor at CHOP who personally complained to the Pennsylvania
Department of Health about the spread of venereal disease from Gosnell’s clinic, the
doctor who used to refer teenage girls to Gosnell for abortions, became the head of the
city’s health department two years ago. But nothing changed in the time leading up to
Mrs. Mongar’s death. And it wasn’t just government agencies that did nothing. The
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and its subsidiary, Penn Presbyterian Medical
Center, are in the same neighborhood as Gosnell’s office. State law requires hospitals to
report complications from abortions. A decade ago, a Gosnell patient died at HUP after a
botched abortion, and the hospital apparently filed the necessary report. But the victims
kept coming in. At least three other Gosnell patients were brought to Penn facilities for
emergency surgery; emergency room personnel said they have treated many others as
well. And at least one additional woman was hospitalized there after Gosnell had begun
a flagrantly illegal abortion of a 29-week-old fetus. Yet, other than the one initial report,
Penn could find not a single case in which it complied with its legal duty to alert
authorities to the danger. Not even when a second woman turned up virtually dead.
So too with the National Abortion Federation. NAF is an association of abortion
providers that upholds the strictest health and legal standards for its members. Gosnell,
bizarrely, applied for admission shortly after Karnamaya Mongar’s death. Despite his
various efforts to fool her, the evaluator from NAF readily noted that records were not
properly kept, that risks were not explained, that patients were not monitored, that
equipment was not available, that anesthesia was misused. It was the worst abortion
clinic she had ever inspected. Of course, she rejected Gosnell’s application. She just
never told anyone in authority about all the horrible, dangerous things she had seen.
Bureaucratic inertia is not exactly news. We understand that. But we think this
was something more. We think the reason no one acted is because the women in
question were poor and of color, because the victims were infants without identities, and
because the subject was the political football of abortion.”
DO NOT READ OR LOOK AT THE GRAND JURY DOCUMENT IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE
January 20, 2011
Kraft Foods, Intel, Microsoft, Adidas, Best Buy and Proctor and Gamble will all be introducing in-store smart signs, interactive kiosks, vending machines and other technology that incorporates facial scanning technology to determine age and gender of customers in an attempt to better target the age and gender of shoppers. Kraft’s kiosk and Adidas’ displays will recommend products based on the customers gender and age. It really is like the goddamn Gendercator. The technology used is not facial recognition technology, rather it utilizes “facial scanning” via Intel’s anonymous video analytic technology.
From Whatis.techtarget.com/definitions: “Anonymous video analytics uses embedded camera sensors and a program for analyzing mathematical algorithms to detect a passing face that turns towards the sign. Unlike facial recognition software, AVA does not match a particular face to a face in a database. (This is what makes it anonymous.) Instead, AVA relies on a technique known as pattern detection. The AVA program consults a database of pixel patterns to determine when something in front of the sign is a human face looking in the right direction. In very simple terms, the program looks for patterns such as dark pixels where eyes should be and lighter pixels where cheeks should be.
Once the AVA program has determined that the pixel patterns are of a human face, the program can record how long the face looked at the sign. It may also categorize the face according to demographic groups, such as gender and age.”
From CEOWorld Magazine, AVA will: “enable advertisers to measure the effectiveness of their campaigns through built-in camera technology, which analyzes users’ physical attributes and then generates tailored ad displays” “Intel’s digital signage concept also brings a new opportunity for advertisers through the use of anonymous video analytics. As a viewer looks at the system screen, the built-in camera technology analyzes data such as gender and age, audience composition, time-of-day and other criteria, which enable the system to display tailored content and graphics based on estimated demographics. The system anonymously sends audience information to advertisers who can use that information to understand the type of content and messages that are most popular with viewers. This, in turn, helps advertisers target their advertising to maximize the impact on the audience.”
This is too sad for words.
I’m posting this as a follow-up to this previous post/discussion.
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In the US- National Suicide Prevention Hotline- 1-800-273-8255
January 19, 2011
From MSNBC Florida:
“ORMOND BEACH, Fla. — The human remains found in Ormond Beach in a trash bag over the weekend were that of a white female between the ages of 20 and 45, an autopsy determined on Tuesday.
A family found the remains near Airport Road.
Police said Tuesday the woman had light brown to dirty blond hair and was around 100 to 115 pounds.
The woman has not been identified, nor has the cause of death.
Authorities said the remains had been placed in the area in the last six months.
Police said no Ormond Beach missing persons cases matche [sic] the description of the woman.”