I, generally, want the government to leave people alone. If you think you are really a six-legged otter, and not a human, go ahead.
Be happy in your delusion.
Just don’t bother ME with it, or petition the government to mandate some kind of accommodation for all six-legged otter thinking people!
Just because you feel you are a woman inside a man’s body – or vice versa – doesn’t mean you are. I’m a big believer in scientific evidence. If you can show your chromosomal makeup is somehow skewed, then please, get help! Have surgery and counseling. Be who nature intended you to be.
BUT, if your opinion is just based on HOW YOU FEEL – also, seek help. Don’t force others to join you in your fantasy, however.
Although popular culture and many of the leading media organizations have bought wholeheartedly into the idea that gender identity is something distinct from one’s biological sex — that a man could be born in a woman’s body or vice versa — such beliefs have no grounding in any credible scientific evidence, according to a report published Monday in the journal The New Atlantis.
Arizona State University professor of statistics and biostatistics Lawrence S. Mayer and John Hopkins University Medical School professor of psychiatrics Paul McHugh co-authored the report, which examined top peer-reviewed studies in the biological, psychological, and social sciences.
“Examining research from the biological, psychological, and social sciences, this report shows that some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence,” they noted.
Sounds as if many of these folks have ‘issues’. Please seek help.
The ozone issue was an early misuse of science for a political agenda. It was a practice run for global warming with several of the same people involved.
Attempts to ratify the Kyoto Protocol included claims that the Montreal Protocol, designed to save the ozone layer, was a success. It wasn’t, because there was no problem in the first place.
Chlorofluorocarbons then, like CO2 today, were never a problem.
Environmentalists used a natural change of ozone and CO2 to blame human activity. With ozone, the “urgent problem” was a slight decline in atmospheric levels over Antarctica; with CO2, a slight increase at Mauna Loa.
Both times, they then found and funded scientists to produce the “scientific” evidence.
I explained the problem to the Canadian Parliamentary Committee Hearing on Ozone. I didn’t want to attend, but it was a legal order. It was the fiasco I expected.
I’ve written before in this venue that ‘Science’ with a pre-determined outcome ceases to be science.
There seems to be a group of individuals who hate humans, who wish to vilify them and their actions as being ‘bad’ for the planet. Of course, this doesn’t mean wholesale pollution by industries (corporations) should be allowed.
It DOES mean there is an agenda attached to this movement. And it has attached itself – parasitically – to the Green movement, not unlike the Progressives who have attached themselves to the Democratic (and Republican) Parties.
Once again, it is ALL about CONTROL!
is we all end up the same way.
How we get there is what matters!
Tom Lindsay of Fill Yer Hands tell us he is battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia, which is essentially bone marrow cancer. (his words)
You might stop by his blog (or his Facebook page) to show your support!
He’s another one of the good ones!
Please keep a good thought, and pray for him – if that’s what you do.
I had a conversation the other day with (you guessed his name) Bob! (of PI, gun store and recent amputation fame! – he’s doing fine btw…) (pictured below)
ANYWAY, he was bragging about a recent target shooting escapade, and his use of 9mm now as his self-defense ammunition!
I was taken aback. He’d always been an old-school, Cooper-educated type, like me. I asked him what changed his mind.
He said recent findings have shown 9mm (in modern self-defense designs) have performed better than 45 ACP!
Now, being old-school, I always relied on the findings of General Julian Hatcher, the Thompson LaGarde tests, Marshall/Sanow and Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper.
Almost concurrent with this conversation, I had THIS come across my desk (a Twilight Zone moment, to be sure!):
(in part) A military lawyer who made a presentation during the Industry Day noted that the United States is not a signatory to the Hague Conventions which outlawed the use of “dum-dum” and expanding bullets more than a century ago. It is the military’s position that the shift to jacketed hollowpoint (JHP) ammunition, which more efficiently transfers energy to the target and which presents much less of a risk of over-penetration, is more humane and less of a risk to innocent civilians downrange in modern combat where there are often no clear front lines. (…)
I strongly suspect that the Army has already taken a long and hard look at the data produced by the Federal Bureau of Investigation when they recently investigated switching handgun calibers, an investigation that led the agency to abandon the .40 S&W in favor of the 9mm. The FBI discovered that 9mm outperforms both .40 S&W and .45 ACP when using premium hollowpoints, while having less perceived recoil and much greater ammunition capacity.
We are no longer using 60 cal. musket balls. Have the new findings by the FBI and U.S. Military discounted the previous century’s research, now that the ammunition has been more scientifically designed? Or do the basic laws of physics still apply – frontal area, mass, velocity and center-mass hits?
So, what do WE think, dear readers?
h/t B. Hall, Doc, Midway, Wiki
Maddened Fowl links to an essay with regard to media skewing of reportage. (sorry Biff!)
“Research on the content of crime news has long shown that the news media misrepresent the social reality of crime. Although news organizations are obligated to inform the public, they are also compelled to generate revenue, for they are businesses whose primary purpose is to create a profit….In an effort to make crime news more entertaining, and thus more appealing to consumers, the news media over represent violent interpersonal crimes because they are dramatic, tragic, and rare in occurrence.”– Grant Duwe
I recently finished Grant Duwe’s book Mass Murder in the United States. The book is a decade-by-decade account of all of the mass murders occurring in America during the 20th century. It is a fine review of the topic and belongs in the library of anyone concerned with mass murderers, spree killers, and active shooters. As an account of the history of mass killing, the book has no equals.
One chapter, however, stood out above the others for me. It was a chapter that analyzed how the media reports mass murders. I’ve long known that the media is biased, but I had no idea how bad the problem really is. Some findings detailed in the book:
– The number of murder victims strongly correlates with how often and how long a news story is reported. While most murders in the USA have a single victim, those murders with a larger body count get a disproportionately high rate of news coverage.
– Most murders are NOT covered by the news media. Depending on the study cited 40%-83% of the total mass homicides didn’t get a single minute of news coverage, either local or national. What murders get reported? Those murders having white offenders, white victims, female victims, and elderly victims. Crimes committed by or against young black men weren’t as likely to be considered “newsworthy.”
– The New York Times reported on 59% of the 909 mass killings that occurred in the USA during the 20th century. The number of stories devoted to each killing has been dramatically increasing. In the early part of the century, each reported killing averaged 1.67 stories. In the period from 1965-1999, each reported killing garnered an average of 6.36 stories per killing. Coverage of mass murders is now 3x that of what was seen in the country before 1965.
– Mass murders are 3.38 times more likely to be reported if the offender used a gun as compared to other methods (fire, automobiles, knives, etc.)
– Murders where the killer knew his victims and murders during the commission of another felony crime make up the bulk of murders in the United States. The New York Times was less likely to report these incidents than murders that occurred in more “exciting” circumstances.
– “Assault weapon” use dramatically increased the chances that a particular story about mass murder would be picked up by news wires and distributed nationally even though those weapons constitute a very small percentage of murder weapon overall.
– The most widely quoted “expert” sources in the news media are anti-gun criminologists Fox and Levin. Interestingly, the research that they commonly cite does not include the use of fire as a method of mass killing. Fire is used as a weapon in a surprisingly high number of mass murders. Fox and Levin regularly state that firearms are used in a disproportionately high number of mass killings. Interestingly, when mass killings caused by fires are added to their pool of data, the author found that mass killers are no more likely to use firearms as a method of killing than killers who only murdered a single victim
There are far more details in the book, but the bottom line is that the news media seriously distorts the reporting of mass murders. If you were only to look at reported mass murders in the media, you would think that all of them were committed with firearms, in public places, by white offenders who were strangers to their victims. That is a very inaccurate representation of reality.
Of course, you should visit the link, and read the whole thing. Or the book – if you can stomach it.
I used to be ‘on’ Facebook a lot more. I located a number of long-lost friends there, and even connected with high school reunion (and junior high!) folks there.
But, as I became more of a blogger, my time there has been limited. I usually stop by daily, just to check-in though.
While there is occasionally conflict or a difference of opinion in the blogosphere, my experience in FB has not been the same. You see, persons of more diverse opinions tend to make theirs known on Facebook. I’ve no problem with people not being on the same page. That’s one of the things that makes life interesting. I’ve posted about such friends (Ralph). Life would be incredibly boring if we were all in lock-step.
My objection is people who aren’t even on the same planet or in the same universe. These folks concern me.
As an example, I’ve known a guy for about 20 years. We worked together @ TMCCC. We had some similar interests. I liked going all out for Halloween, so did he (for example). But, we never really got political. And he moved to Australia. And back here. And he visited me in the hospital after the accident – a good guy. We’ve reconnected on Facebook, and he’s made noises about getting together for a drink, or lunch, or something. A laudable idea. But…
He obviously not only has no idea where I stand (he doesn’t read this blog); he (re)posts stuff on FB, without any knowledge of the subject, or researching it to see if it makes any sense. One (of many) examples:
This adjacent to a bunch of comments from like-minded folk also piling on, and not understanding either The Constitution or the subject matter. Complete with ‘you don’t need a machine gun to deer hunt’ comments!
How can I possibly make nice with this guy?
I have friends who are liberal. I have friends who are independent. And we’ve had healthy, sometimes heated discussions. I’m just not certain I can do so with this guy. And that ticks me off, as he’s a friend.
When I first became a PI, I began to make note of certain reference materials I often used. For example, telephone numbers for the County Assessor. Of course, this was way before cellular telephones, personal computers and the Internet. Much information was gleaned by telephone and the judicious application of well-worn shoe leather.
So, I kept a list of telephone numbers, addresses, and other reference material.
I went from Thin Man & Associates to Eric K****ac to P**M** to Tom Ezell. And eventually formed my own firm, Camelback Investigations.
And the list grew. I converted it to a Rolodex. Remember those?
Eventually, my reference directory turned into a three-ring binder with pages in plastic sleeves. And the directory saved me much time.
I still have it. Paging through it is interesting.
First we have the Motor Vehicle statutes by code, as reflected in Driver License records. Also on this page is an extract of the information available from the Assessor and the Superior Court.
The next page has the internal Motor Vehicle codes – if a driver has had a license suspended, for example.
And how many points are assessed per violation.
Then is the
Ma Bell CNA telephone numbers list. (I don’t remember where I acquired this! In fact, I don’t have it, anymore. You didn’t see this here! :-P) These are the telephone numbers used by telco employees to determine a name and address that goes with a specific telephone number. Even if the number is non-published. One just has to know how to ask. And now there are a bunch of Baby Bells. Of course, this information is 27 years old, now. I suspect it’s all done via smartphone or laptop, now. Damn monopoly break-up and technology! It’s probably all phony, anyway. It’s gone. I never even saw it!
But wait, there’s more!
- California DMV account info – for CA DMV records by mail
- Traffic accident tables – determining speed from skidmarks
- A list of stores addresses and telephone number of Valley stores dealing in maps. All kinds of maps.
- Consumer credit laws, CBO by telephone info
- Time Zones and Area Codes (obviously has changed)
- a list of which city directories are in the public library, and the reference desk telephone number
- Arizona license plate configurations (also has changed)
- a table of uniformed services comparative ranks
- aircraft title search and private pilot license information
- State PI regs
- State process service regs
- Az. Revised Statutes lists of offenses by seriousness
- list of police agencies with terminal capabilities (NCIC/ACIC)
- DMV public record access rules (certainly had tightened up)
- exemplars of sample reports for locations and asset searches, surveillance reports, crime reports, accident reports, witness statements
- lists of attorneys, clients, potential clients
- telephone numbers for all State and County Offices in Arizona
- listing of SS number by State issued
- confidential contact numbers
- police radio codes.
Of course 99% of this information is now available over the Internet, or has been severely restricted by law since I was using the book. AND, I never was able to get my cash deposit back from California DMV when I quit being a PI! Bastards!
P.I. – pre-Internet.
We’ve touched before on some of the things TV/movie PI’s rarely address. Obviously, modern technology: cellular telephones, GPS units, and the Internet have revolutionized investigation.
But, back in the day, none of these things existed. And, much PI work consisted in tedious research, in government records offices, and public libraries. Legwork. Shoe leather.
The library with which I was most familiar was on the N.E. corner of McDowell Road and Central Avenue.
(the new library is a multi-story facility a block South of this location, on Central Avenue).
They had a large collection of city directories (still do), published by Polk and Cole’s.
The Polk City Directory and Cole’s Directory were readily available. If one didn’t monopolize their time, one could call the reference librarian and perhaps pose a question regarding information in these volumes.
My understanding is it’s much more difficult today by telephone to do this, fear of stalkers, perverts and such. Liability.
A personal visit is time consuming, but always informative.
If you’ve never seen city directories, they can be revealing.
The Polk’s Directory lists addresses, telephone numbers and names, both of businesses and individuals. In the olden days, they actually had surveyors do a house-to-house-to-business survey, asking questions, names, telephone numbers-sometimes getting confidential information like non-published telephone numbers.
And the business listings had names of company corporate officers, sometimes linked to their residence information, as well. The older volumes even had maps showing the Rural Route addresses. I imagine today, it’s all compiled from data mining. The Internet suggests they focus now more on business and automotive data.
Cole’s Directory was/is a volume, much like a telephone directory. Except printed out in reverse. Of course, back then, people just had land-lines. And didn’t move as often. And no cellular telephones!
But one could utilize both directories to find out who lived at what address, and when. They were generally published yearly. And if you purchased a Cole’s. you could call them for updated information, post-publication. They seem now to sell both the bound volumes, and provide Internet access to their directories.
The public library also had telephone directories for the city and the State. As the telephone company is now many telephone companies, I suspect they no longer do this. But, usually issued yearly, these too, can be revelatory.
Many folks became tired of certain kinds of harassing telephone calls, and paid extra for ‘unlisted’ or ‘non-published’ service. The difference being one simply didn’t get published in the telephone directory, the other wasn’t even available through directory assistance.
But many times, they’d just keep the same number, more anonymously. That’s why old telephone directories have value. Five years earlier, they might have been published!
When there was just one telephone company, I had a standing order for all the city and town telephone directories in the State, as published, for my PI business. And had City of Phoenix proper back eleven years on my shelves. You never knew what information treasure lurked therein.
As an investigator, I suspect now much of this data is available on line, or DVD, for a fee.
As a private citizen in a world with no privacy, I hope not.