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"Matter of fact, if you were born a woman, why are you talking hormones?" - #4 | Posted by boaz at 2019-03-21 03:58 PM

The Experts Do Agree About Hormone Therapy

[snip] The North American Menopause Society, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and The Endocrine Society take the position that most healthy, recently menopausal women can use hormone therapy for relief of their symptoms of hot flashes and ------- dryness if they so choose. These medical organizations also agree that women should know the facts about hormone therapy.

Period. End of story.

"Um, the reality is that if you are born with a penis, you are a boy, a vagina, you are a girl." - #4 | Posted by boaz at 2019-03-21 03:58 PM

Intersex: When a baby isn't quite boy or girl

Being intersex is almost as common as having red hair, yet no one ever talks about it. Here's one family's story of raising an intersex child.

[snip] Intersex, or differences of sexual development (DSD), is an umbrella term that refers to people born with variations in sex characteristics that don't fit into the typical binary definition of boy or girl. Stephani, who was studying nursing, and Eric, who was working on his PhD in media studies, had heard of intersex conditions, but many parents who find themselves in a similar situation are shocked to realize that babies can be born with anything other than a penis or vagina. Yet being intersex is almost as common as having red hair, affecting nearly two percent of the population.

Period. End of story.

"The Dems are losing ...." - #23 | Posted by Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf at 2019-03-21 11:23 AM

🌊 Democrats won control of the US House
🌊 Republicans Suffer Worst House Defeat in U.S. History Based on Popular Vote
🌊 Democrats national lead in raw House votes broke the record for largest vote total in the history of midterm elections
🌊 Democrats earned 53.1 percent of the overall vote in House races while the Republicans earned only 45.2 percent
🌊 Democrat's vote margin bigger than Tea Party's in 2010.
🌊 Democrats received over 61,000,000 votes (Republicans received 45,000,000 in 2010)
🌊 Biggest GOP loss since the Watergate mid-term election in 1974
🌊 Republicans lost 323 state legislative seats (367 since Trump took office)
🌊 Republicans lost 7 governorships, including key 2020 Midwest states in PA, WI and MI.
🌊 6 state legislatures flipped control from GOP to Democratic (7 since Trump took office)

In Orange County, California, what was once known as Reagan Country, there are 6 Congressional Districts:
Before November 6th, the GOP held 4 of the 6
🌊 Now, Democrats hold all 6 seats

In New England, the place where the expression "rock-ribbed Republican" was created:
🌊 Democrats hold all 21 Congressional seats
🌊 11 of 12 US Senate seats are held by Democrats (or independents who caucus with Democrats)

In the races for the US Senate:
Republicans defended 9 seats and lost 2 (a 22% loss rate)
🌊 Democrats defended 26 seats and lost 4 (a 15% loss rate)

Oops.

"The reason the EC makes sense is because we are the United States of America." - #87 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-03-21 10:24 AM

The Troubling Reason the Electoral College Exists

[snip] Some claim that the founding fathers chose the Electoral College over direct election in order to balance the interests of high-population and low-population states. But the deepest political divisions in America have always run not between big and small states, but between the north and the south, and between the coasts and the interior.

One Founding-era argument for the Electoral College stemmed from the fact that ordinary Americans across a vast continent would lack sufficient information to choose directly and intelligently among leading presidential candidates.

That last part is hardly relevant in the 20th and 21st centuries, with radio, television and the Internet available to ordinary Americans across this vast continent.

But what's the real reason (from the same source):

Enter the 12th Amendment, which allowed each party to designate one candidate for president and a separate candidate for vice president. The amendment's modifications of the electoral process transformed the Framers' framework, enabling future presidential elections to be openly populist and partisan affairs featuring two competing tickets. It is the 12th Amendment's Electoral College system, not the Philadelphia Framers', that remains in place today. If the general citizenry's lack of knowledge had been the real reason for the Electoral College, this problem was largely solved by 1800. So why wasn't the entire Electoral College contraption scrapped at that point?

Standard civics-class accounts of the Electoral College rarely mention the real demon dooming direct national election in 1787 and 1803: slavery.

At the Philadelphia convention, the visionary Pennsylvanian James Wilson proposed direct national election of the president. But the savvy Virginian James Madison responded that such a system would prove unacceptable to the South: "The right of suffrage was much more diffusive [i.e., extensive] in the Northern than the Southern States; and the latter could have no influence in the election on the score of Negroes." In other words, in a direct election system, the North would outnumber the South, whose many slaves (more than half a million in all) of course could not vote. But the Electoral College -- a prototype of which Madison proposed in this same speech -- instead let each southern state count its slaves, albeit with a two-fifths discount, in computing its share of the overall count.

Virginia emerged as the big winner -- the California of the Founding era -- with 12 out of a total of 91 electoral votes allocated by the Philadelphia Constitution, more than a quarter of the 46 needed to win an election in the first round. After the 1800 census, Wilson's free state of Pennsylvania had 10% more free persons than Virginia, but got 20% fewer electoral votes. Perversely, the more slaves Virginia (or any other slave state) bought or bred, the more electoral votes it would receive. Were a slave state to free any blacks who then moved North, the state could actually lose electoral votes.

If the system's pro-slavery tilt was not overwhelmingly obvious when the Constitution was ratified, it quickly became so. For 32 of the Constitution's first 36 years, a white slaveholding Virginian occupied the presidency.

"Because of the 2018 midterms, Trump now has a new role, Kingmaker... - #11 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-03-20 10:21 PM

Trump is Kingmaker...

...of Democrats:

🌊 Democrats won control of the US House
🌊 Republicans Suffer Worst House Defeat in U.S. History Based on Popular Vote
🌊 Democrats national lead in raw House votes broke the record for largest vote total in the history of midterm elections
🌊 Democrats earned 53.1 percent of the overall vote in House races while the Republicans earned only 45.2 percent
🌊 Democrat's vote margin bigger than Tea Party's in 2010.
🌊 Democrats received over 61,000,000 votes (Republicans received 45,000,000 in 2010)
🌊 Biggest GOP loss since the Watergate mid-term election in 1974
🌊 Republicans lost 323 state legislative seats (367 since Trump took office)
🌊 Republicans lost 7 governorships, including key 2020 Midwest states in PA, WI and MI.
🌊 6 state legislatures flipped control from GOP to Democratic (7 since Trump took office)

In Orange County, California, what was once known as Reagan Country, there are 6 Congressional Districts:
Before November 6th, the GOP held 4 of the 6
🌊 Now, Democrats hold all 6 seats

In New England, the place where the expression "rock-ribbed Republican" was created:
🌊 Democrats hold all 21 Congressional seats
🌊 11 of 12 US Senate seats are held by Democrats (or independents who caucus with Democrats)

In the races for the US Senate:
Republicans defended 9 seats and lost 2 (a 22% loss rate)
🌊 Democrats defended 26 seats and lost 4 (a 15% loss rate)

Thanks, "Kingmaker" Trump.

"Only 2 of those are not military projects." - #11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-03-20 09:59 AM

So?

The Interstate System is, by definition, a military project. Yet millions of American civilians are utilizing it as I type this.

Rebuilding Europe after WWII served as a buffer to the (then) Soviet Union and opened up import/export markets for American businesses (amounting to over a trillion dollars - imports and exports - as recently as 2016).

As for the space program ("Landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth"),

"We see the transformative effects of the Space Economy all around us through numerous technologies and life-saving capabilities. We see the Space Economy in the lives saved when advanced breast cancer screening catches tumors in time for treatment, or when a heart defibrillator restores the proper rhythm of a patient's heart ... .We see it when weather satellites warn us of coming hurricanes, or when satellites provide information critical to understanding our environment and the effects of climate change. We see it when we use an ATM or pay for gas at the pump with an immediate electronic response via satellite. Technologies developed for exploring space are being used to increase crop yields and to search for good fishing regions at sea."

source

You asked how much more do I want to spend with the Pentagon. While most can agree that the US spends way too much on its defense budget, there's no denying that there are still some government successes from such expenditures, which was the basis for my retort in #10.

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