Hillary and Bill worked really hard. Worked really hard, I tells ya.

WE JUST HAD TO KEEP WORKING REALLY HARD: In an exclusive interview on “Good Morning America” today with ABC’s ROBIN ROBERTS, Hillary Clinton said the debt she and former President Bill Clinton faced after leaving the White House meant the couple had to “keep working really hard” in the years that followed.

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Gender Prison: Born this way

One of the main issues our detractors seem to have against us is the thought that because transition surgery involves genitalia, transgender people must be all about the act of sex.

While there are many reasons people might think transition is appropriate for them...and sex may be one, sex is undoubtedly not first and foremost. How do we know this?

All one has to do is look at the children. CBS news recently published an article about three of them: Born this way: Stories of young transgender children introduces us to Zoey, Venice, and Mati.

There is coding error in the video that appeared on CBS's Sunday Morning which I did not know how to repair, so it may be viewed at the above link.

 

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The Breakfast Club: 6-9-2014

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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Sunday Train: The Solar Fight, Is Going Right, Deep in the Heart of Texas ...

Well, what do you know? I look around, and see a story saying Solar power gains momentum after long struggle in Texas. And not in "Grist" or "Solar Energy News!" or any such ... but in the Dallas Morning News Business section from Wed, 4 June 2014.

According to the story,

Recurrent announced plans last month to build a 150-megawatt solar farm in West Texas after signing a 20-year power purchase deal with Austin Energy. That comes just months after First Solar, one of the world’s largest solar companies, began construction on a 22-megawatt farm near Fort Stockton with plans of eventually expanding to 150 megawatts.
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And an even more dramatic acceleration could be ahead. Solar developers have been flooding the state’s grid operators with applications for more solar farms, close to 2,000 megawatts worth, said Warren Lasher, director of system planning for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. “It’s hard to say how much will actually get built,” he said. “It’s been this way for more than a year. But it’s a significant increase from before.”

Join me for utility scale solar PV, utility scale solar thermal, onshore wind, offshore wind, and grid integration ... below the fold.

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The Breakfast Club :: Rat Pack Edition

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're an outspoken, whip-smart, glittering (especially psychodrew) group of rebel lefties who hang out and croon, sip on martinis, pat ourselves on the back, rub elbows with the connected and the disconnected, and generally enjoy being ourselves and being with one another. At times we may get ouselves into some trouble because we can be as pointed as we are insanely charismatic. That's why you love us, that's why you keep coming back.

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What It Takes for Crunchyroll to Satisfy Bootleg Consumers

Adventures in a New Media Economy

I've written before about streaming video and legal distribution in niche media market ... though not quite so repeatedly about trains & sustainable energy, to be sure ... most recently in New Media Economy, Supporting Lesbian Works & Crowdfunding Classic Yuri Anime, 29 October of last year.

And I should note with respect to that topic, the Dear Brother series was fully crowdfunded in three box sets, so while Anime Sols is focusing on finishing up the releases before starting new Crowdfunding projects, it did in fact prove to be a successful approach to getting a legit release of what would otherwise have been an economically unviable title.

But that's not the topic this time around. To find out what the topic this time around happens to be, join the adventurous souls who keep on reading below the fold.

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Colbert misses the mark: The Transgender Threat to Old People

Sometimes satire fails. Even if you are Stephen Colbert, satire can fail.

Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government or society itself, into improvement.

When Colbert decided to use his inimitable charm to take on the subject of transgender seniors gaining the possibility of Medicare coverage of gender confirmation surgery, he neglected the fact that the majority of his audience are opposed to that coverage.

The assumption that all liberals would support transgender-inclusive healthcare ignores reality. Prachi Gupta at Salon addresses the issue.

Even more disturbing than the idea of Nana and Pee-Pop playing Mr. Potatohead downtown is that it violates the tacit agreement we have reached with the transgender community, I agree to be totally cool with it — which I clearly am [footage of his interview with trans activist Janet Mock], which Time Magazine clearly is, and which all the people lobbying for this transgendered woman [Carmen Carrera] to be a Victoria’s Secret model clearly are — as long as you are hot. But now you want me to accept unattractive transgender people? Where does it end? Will I have to accept unattractive non-transgender people? What am I made of? Humanity?

--Stephen Colbert

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