Transgender students and eating disorders

For the first time ever the American Health Association-National College Health Assessment survey allowed students to identify as transgender. Out of this effort emerged

Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, and Eating-Related Pathology in a National Sample of College Students, Diemer, Grant, Munn-Chernoff, Patterson and Duncan in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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This study examined associations of gender identity and sexual orientation with self-reported eating disorder (SR-ED) diagnosis and compensatory behaviors in transgender and cisgender college students.

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The Breakfast Club (banjo-harmonica-feet)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

 

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Transgender Health Care

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is the second largest group pf medical doctors in the nation, behind the AMA. This past week the ACP has issued its positions on how best to support and serve the nation's LGBT people.

The ACP recognizes that LGBT people have significant disparity in the health care we receive, ranging from coverage to culturally competent care to state and federal policies that systemically reify social stigma, marginalization and discrimination. That results in LGBT people being discouraged from seeking preventative health care, as well as increasing anxiety, suicidal ideation and substance and alcohol abuse.

So the ACP adopted nine positions:

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The Breakfast Club (What's Opera Doc?)

breakfast beers photo breakfastbeers.jpgI'm extremely happy that I've finally dismissed Wagner who was no more than a third rate hack with no talent except for
shameless self promotion (hey, it takes one to know one), but he
codified The 3 Rules of Opera in a way that led Chuck Jones to create the best cartoon of all time (I'd embed it, but it never stays up for long). 

Sung by Elmer J. Fudd, Millionaire, who owns a mansion and a yacht, and Bugs Bunny (from Flatbush Brooklyn by most accounts though some say the Bronx or even shudder Poughkeepsie New Joisey), there are Three Acts and as I recall it goes a
little something like this (Elmer in Italics, Bugs in Normal; Singing
Centered, Spoken Left Justified)-

 

Be vewy quiet I'm hunting wabbits
Wabbit tracks!!!
Kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit
Kill the rabbit?
Yo ho to oh! Yo ho to oh! Yo ho...
O mighty warrior of great fighting stock
Might I inquire to ask, eh, what's up doc??
I'm going to kill the wabbit!!
Oh mighty hunter t'will be quite a task
How will you do it, might I inquire to ask??
I will do it with my spear and magic helmet!
Your spear and magic helmet?
Spear & magic helmet!
Magic helmet?
Magic helmet!
(Dismissively) Magic helmet
Yes, magic helmet, and I'll give you a sample

Stage direction: General Devastation 

Bye

That was the wabbit!!!

Stage direction: Bugs Cross Dressed

 

Oh Brunhilda, you're so wuvely
Yes I know it I can't help it
Oh Brunhilda be my wuve
Return my wuve a longing burns deep inside me
Return my love I want you always beside me
Wuve like ours must be
Made for you and for me
(Harmony) Return won't you return my love for my love is yours
 

Stage direction: You tip your hat to this Teuton son and all them ears come out from underneath

 

I'll kill the wabbit!
Arise storms
North winds blow, south winds blow
Typhoons, hurricanes, earthquakes, SMOG!
Flash lightning strike the wabbit
What have I done?? I've killed the wabbit...
Poor little bunny, poor little wabbit...

Well what did you expect in an opera, a happy ending??? 

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Now you might suspect this is the introduction to some Wagnerian Opus and I've already said it will be a cold day in Muspelheim.  He represents everything bad and overblown about Romantic Art Music.  No, it's simply to remind you of The 3 Rules of Opera which are-

  1. It must be long, boring, and in an incomprehesible foreign language (even if that language is English).
  2. The characters, especially the main ones, must be thoroughly unsympathetic and their activities horrid and callous.
  3. Everyone must die, hopefully in an ironic and gruesome way.

Ballet is the same, but with more men in tights and without the superfluous singing.

Today's subject is Lucia di Lammermoor, also Romantic but from a time when Wagner was a struggling nobody and Gaetano Donizetti was the last remaining "genius" of the Italian School after the death of Vincenzo Bellini and the retirement of Gioachino Rossini.

While the plot bears some similarity to a mashup of Romeo and Juliet and MacBeth it is in fact lifted from Sir Walter Scott's The Bride of Lammermoor.

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PBS: The science of being our authentic selves

It is not unusual during the course of the day to discover someone who is totally invested in the idea that gender is totally determined by chromosomes and therefore accepting trans people for who we say we are is just an exercise in "political correctness."

A more apparent example of this kind of doubt can be found in a new post at The Federalist called, It’s Not Hateful To Point Out Bruce Jenner Isn’t A Woman. Whereas Robberson offered confused hesitation, Daniel Payne owned his rejection of transgender identities, as many other Federalist writers have done. He argued that journalists “are doing a grave disservice to a segment of the population desperately in need of psychological counseling,” causing them harm by “accommodating their illness.” This is despite the fact that gender dysphoria was declassified as a mental disorder several years ago.

Payne’s attack on transgender equality relied on myths about transition regret, and he distorted data about the high suicide attempt rates in the transgender community. Instead of recognizing that the same study also found rampant discrimination in employment, housing, health care, public safety, and public accommodations — basically every facet of a trans person’s life — Payne simply assumed “the presence of tremendous pain, confusion, and despair” must stem from their “misconceptions.” After asserting that Bruce Jenner “is not a man,” he concluded, “People who believe they are transgender need help, and they need the truth. We should deny them neither.”

--Zack Ford, ThinkProgress

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The Breakfast Club (TGIF)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.

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This Day in History

 

 

 

 

  

labama Gov. George Wallace shot on presidential
campaign trail; Newly-founded Israel attacked by Arab neighbors; The
U.S. Supreme Court breaks up Standard Oil.; Country singer June Carter
Cash dies.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

 

  

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

Contrary to what people say, there's no upper limit to stupidity.

Stephen Colbert

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The Breakfast Club (Buzz)

breakfast beers photo breakfastbeers.jpgLots
of bad environmental news this week.  I don't really know much about
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) so I'll let the pieces speak for
themselves. 

Bees Are Dying and We'll All Pay for It
Kiona Smith-Strickland, Gizmodo

5/13/15 3:55pm

Bee colonies are still dying, and food may get more expensive as a result.

Beekeepers in the U.S. lost 42.1 percent of their bee colonies between April 2014 and April 2015, according to a recent annual survey. Those losses continue a trend of die offs among bee colonies, which beekeepers say could drastically affect our food supply.

Without bees to pollinate crops, we stand to lose many staple
foods that we eat every day, from apples and tomatoes, to onions and
berries.

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Winter losses tell only part of the story. In fact, U.S. beekeepers
lost enough colonies during the last two summers to make up for the
improvements in winter losses. Last summer, about 27.4 percent of
colonies died out. Large-scale commercial beekeepers, those with more
than 50 colonies, seem to be especially prone to losing bee colonies
during the summer.

Why are bee colonies dying? Several reasons: sometimes they
succumb to winter cold, and sometimes a colony falls prey to mites,
viruses, or fungi. Colony collapse disorder, or CCD,
is one of the biggest problems, and it's actually pretty creepy.
Colonies that have succumbed to CCD are eerily deserted. The adult bees
are gone, but there aren't any bodies. It's likely that the workers died
elsewhere, but they left with unhatched young in the brood chamber,
ample supplies of food in the hive, and the queen all alone in the hive.

Researchers think CCD is the product of an unfortunate combination of pesticides,
parasites, pathogens, and nutritional problems caused by less diversity
and availability of sources of pollen and nectar. Any of those causes
could also contribute to more ordinary kinds of colony loss.

A Sharp Spike in Honeybee Deaths Deepens a Worrisome Trend
By MICHAEL WINES, The New York Times

MAY 13, 2015

In an annual survey released on Wednesday by the Bee Informed Partnership,
a consortium of universities and research laboratories, about 5,000
beekeepers reported losing 42.1 percent of their colonies in the
12-month period that ended in April. That is well above the 34.2 percent
loss reported for the same period in 2013 and 2014, and it is the
second-highest loss recorded since year-round surveys began in 2010.

Most striking, however, was that honeybee deaths spiked last summer, exceeding winter deaths for the first time.
Commercial beekeepers, some of whom rent their hives to farmers during
pollination seasons, were hit especially hard, the survey's authors
stated.

"We expect the colonies to die during the winter, because that's a
stressful season," said Dennis vanEngelsdorp, an assistant entomology
professor at the University of Maryland who directs the survey for the
bee partnership. "What's totally shocking to me is that the losses in
summer, which should be paradise for bees, exceeded the winter losses."

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Dr. vanEngelsdorp said increasingly poor nutrition could be a factor
in the rising summer death rate. Rising crop prices have led farmers to
plow and plant millions of acres of land that was once home to
wildflowers; since 2007, an Agriculture Department program that pays
farmers to put sensitive and erosion-prone lands in a conservation
reserve has lost an area roughly equal to half of Indiana, and budget
cuts promise to shrink the program further. Dr. vanEngelsdrop and other
scientists cite two other factors at work in the rising death rate: a
deadly parasite, the varroa mite, and pesticides.

In recent years, some experts have focused on neonicotinoids, a
class of pesticides used almost universally on some major crops in the
United States. The European Commission has banned the use of three
variants of the pesticide on flowering plants, citing risks to bees, and
questioned whether they should be used at all.

Honeybees dying, situation 'unheard of'
By Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post

May 14 at 3:11 AM

Just last year, it seemed there was something to
celebrate despite planet Earth's ongoing honeybee apocalypse: Bee colony
losses were down. Not by enough, but they were down.

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"One year does not make a trend," Jeff Pettis, a co-author of the
survey who heads the federal government's bee research laboratory in
Beltsville, Md., told the New York Times.

Turns out Pettis was right. VanEngelsdorp and other researchers at the Bee Informed Partnership, affiliated with the Department of Agriculture, just announced more than 40 percent of honeybee hives died this past year, as the Associated Press reported. The number is preliminary, but is the second-highest annual loss recorded to date.

"What we're seeing with this bee problem is just a loud signal
that there's some bad things happening with our agro-ecosystems," study
co-author Keith Delaplane of the University of Georgia told the AP. "We just happen to notice it with the honeybee because they are so easy to count."

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The state worst affected was Oklahoma, which lost more than 60 percent of its hives. Hawaii escaped relatively unscathed, losing less than 14 percent.

"Most of the major commercial beekeepers get a dark panicked look
in their eyes when they discuss these losses and what it means to their
businesses," Pennsylvania State University entomology professor Diana
Cox-Foster, who didn't participate in the survey, said. Her state lost more than 60 percent of its colonies.

The USDA estimated that honeybees add more than $15 billion to the value of the country's crops per year.

"If losses continue at the 33 percent level, it could threaten the economic viability of the bee pollination industry," the department said.
"Honey bees would not disappear entirely, but the cost of honey bee
pollination services would rise, and those increased costs would
ultimately be passed on to consumers through higher food costs. Now is
the time for research into the cause and treatment of CCD before CCD
becomes an agricultural crisis."

Science Oriented Video

 

 

The law that entropy always increases holds, I think,
the supreme position among the laws of Nature. If someone points out to
you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with
Maxwell's equations - then so much the worse for Maxwell's equations. If
it is found to be contradicted by observation - well, these
experimentalists do bungle things sometimes. But if your theory is found
to be against the second law of thermodynamics I can give you no hope;
there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation.

-Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, The Nature of the Physical World (1927)

Science News and Blogs

Obligatories, News and Blogs below.

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Transgender women sue to donate Plasma

Jasmine Kaiser has filed suit in King County, WA, Superior Court against CSL Plasma, Inc., a for profit company that pays donors for plasma as much as $200 a month because the company refused to let her donate last June because she is transgender.

Company representatives told Ms. Kaiser that she was banned for life because of her status.

They told her that they would inform other blood centers that she was on a lifetime deferral list.

--David Ward, attorney with Legal Voice

Ward, Gender Justice, and Isaac Ruiz of the law firm Keller Rohrback filed the complaint, arguing that denying Ms. Kaiser the right to donate violates the 2006 Washington state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression.

Ward noted that transgender people face almost daily discrimination in everything from housing to health care.

Washington law specifically prohibits discrimination based on a person’s gender identity or expression, and it has since 2006. We feel the company’s treatment of Ms. Kaiser is a clear violation of the law. It is based on nothing more than bias against transgender people.

And it is time that this kind of discrimination be taken seriously and not say, 'Well, why would somebody sue about that?

--Ward

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The Breakfast Club (Hump Day)

The Breakfast Club (Hump Day)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
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boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.

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This Day in History

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

Pope John Paul II shot; English colonists arrive at
what becomes Jamestown; Winston Churchill gives his first speech as
British prime minister; The U.S. declares war on Mexico; Singer Stevie
Wonder born.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

Winston Churchill

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Miley Cyrus? Really?

 photo prism_zpsdmci5cay.jpgPerhaps I should start off with a personal note. When I was living in Arkansas after my transition, I used to run a LGBT group out of my home: Conway Prism. Although the group was mainly advertised as a gay-friendly atmosphere, we were open to anyone who wanted to attend and respect everyone else who was there. Someone once ask me what the point of it was. My response was that I wanted everyone to become a member.

 photo Cyrus_zpskxfojncb.jpgIt appears that philosophy may undergo some testing.

A week ago, Cyrus announced the beginning of her Happy Hippie Foundation, which is designed to help homeless and other at risk LGBT youth.

At the event, Cyrus also announced that not all of her past relationships have been heterosexual...and that she sees herself as being "gender fluid."

Cyrus says she was resentful that she was a girl.

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