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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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The Breakfast Club: 6-6-2014

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Gender Prison: Washington starts process for equal health coverage for transgender people

Laura Harrington is an employee of the University of Washington. Her twelve-year-old son is transgender. In 2008 she attended a conference to learn how to better raise her son, who first expressed his maleness at the age of 5. While there, she met the man who is now her husband, who is a transman.

Because of exclusions in both her health care policy and that of her employer, many of her husband's treatments are not covered.

There have been times when we've had to decide between paying the electric bill or paying for his hormone therapy. The electric bill has necessarily won out. As a result, he suffers bouts of depression, anger, frustration, stagnation, all of the logical outcomes for someone who isn't living the life they need to live.

--Laura Harrington, to state officials this past spring

Harrington and other advocates contacted the state Public Employees Benefits Board in April about the challenges transgender Washingtonians face.

Last week the benefits board began the process of discovering just how fast such coverage can be included in private and state-run insurance plans serving government employees and retirees. The goal is to require such plans to cover transgender services by January 2016...and to remove specific exclusions to hormone treatments and other care before that date.

This will require careful, thoughtful work on our part and due diligence to develop a comprehensive, evidence-based benefit ... that assures the highest quality of care to people with gender dysphoria.

--Dan Lessler, chief medical officer for the state Health Care Authority

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The Breakfast Club: 6-3-2014

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The Breakfast Club: 6-2-2014

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. I'm jetlagged, so today it's posted when I wake up. Deal with it.

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Sunday Train: A "Bipartisan" Transport Bill You Can Support

For me, when I hear the word "bipartisan", my first reaction is to brace myself to confront a piece of corporate mischief making being peddled under the excuse that there is some other piece of corporate mischief making that is even worse and this bad policy will stop ... or sometimes just delay ... that even worse policy from being implemented.

However, since the appeal came from Transportation for America, I was willing to keep reading and see what was in it:

Most taxpayers would agree that the level of government closest to the people should have more control over how transportation dollars get spent in their local communities. Yet local cities, towns and counties control less than 15 percent of all federal transportation dollars.

If you think that needs to change, then stop what you’re doing and ask your representatives to cosponsor this critical, bipartisan bill. It would give local communities more access to federal transportation funds that they can invest in homegrown transportation plans and projects that they control.

Join me below the fold to have a look and a think about this proposal.

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