August 12, 2017 at 02:03AM


It’s screwed up what’s going on

A friend made a good point yesterday, and here’s what he said on Facebook:

Everyone is upset Trump blocked trans people from enlisting. I agree he did it as a political move to spite the LGBT and appease the right. Examples include:

  • Any history of depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts.
  • Any history of mood altering medication (including for ADHD)
  • Any dietary allergy
  • Any history of using a psychiatrist for more than six months
  • Diabetes
  • IBS
  • Color blindness
  • Pretty much any condition which requires regular medication.

The sad truth is that the psych requirements already ban most trans people, as well as a large portion of my feed who take any sort of medication. I agree Trump is doing this just to screw trans people, but in all honesty they were screwed before this anyway.” — Joe

And Joe isn’t wrong.. Being transgender is an alienating experience, and a dangerous one. The only statistic higher than our murder rate, is the number of trans people that enlist compared to cisgender individuals; we’re brave.

Stay brave friends, because this is only a speed bump, on a long road.

Rant: Social Welfare Programs & a Universal Income

Disclaimer: I neither condemn nor condone the use of drugs and marijuana. However advocate for the legalization, regulation, and medicalization of such substances.

It really grinds my gears, that our education system in New York State no longer educates most on money management and fiscally responsible financing, as well as how not only to attain employment but climb and cteate a career. I see far too many men and women receiving social services such as SNAP (food stamps), receiving Obamacare but not seeing doctors, and all able to now afford weed, and crack cocaine. It really ticks me off, since I know a portion of the money they spend comes from my paycheck, but that said, we need to start talking about universal incomes.

I’ve been working, back in my hometown that dreams of being a big city one day, having not found my way at school. There’s very little work, and fewer people that want to do it, meaning more labor is shifting around, and work is often retail. Now I recommend a couple of years of compulsory service — as I jokingly call customer service— but it isn’t enough to excel upon, and it usually is more difficult to make it a career.

None of that is the point. The point is, as a representative, clerk, cashier, order taker or whatever, people tend to divulge more information than is necessary. From cats and grandchildren, to gross things and gossip. #NoFilter

Someone asked me earlier today, if I would support drug tests for recipients of assistance program funds, and I of course support keeping a neighbor safe and healthy, especially when I pay for that anyway. They asked me if I supported the idea of a basic universal income. That was a resounding yes, and I went farther, but that’s for another opinion piece.

To be clear, universal income would fill in for social programs, and do the same for every citizen. This is not a two way street. Only those registered for assistance or similar future programs should be drug tested, and even still in the case of a Universal Income, drug use may not disqualify anyone in my conceptualization.

Transgender to no longer serve US Military

USA — Wednesday morning, “after consultation with [his] Generals and military experts”, President Donald J. Trump announced via Twitter that “transgender individuals” will no longer be accepted or allowed “to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” The ban comes after a discussion in the US Government about transgender medical costs and the inclusion of such costs in the Obama-era military budget.

Trump continues with the reasoning for the ban stating, “our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you”

However, a 2016 RAND study commissioned by the Pentagon itself contradicts the President’s reasoning, finding that the medical costs for transgender military members would be an “exceedingly small portion of active-component health care expenditures.”

By analyzing private health insurance data on gender transition-related expenditures, (such as hormone therapy or surgical treatment, for instance), researchers found that Military Health System costs could increase by $2.4 million and $8.4 million per year if it were extended to cover the costs of the estimated 1,320 to 6,630 transgender people in the military. This amount pales in comparison to the Department of Defense’s $49.3 billion health care expenditures in 2014, for example, and would represent between 0.005% to 0.017% of the department’s overall health care costs, according to the study.

Overall, the study estimated that only 29–129 service members would seek gender transition–related care per year, and 30 to 140 personnel would seek hormone therapy. Another 25 to 130 personnel would seek surgical treatment. — via