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Gender Prison: Transgender, Schlumpy and Human

 photo BOYLAN-WEB1_zpsf7b7d934.jpgJennifer Finney Boylan had a review of the new Amazon series Transparent in Sunday's New York Times. Boylan is a professor at Colby College and author of Stuck in the Middle With You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders and other works.

You can view the pilot for free here.

Created by Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under, United States of Tara). A Los Angeles family with serious boundary issues have their past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone's secrets to spill out.

Starring: Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffman

The show is sponsored by Geico.

Tambor portrays a transgender woman struggling to come out to her dysfunctional family.

They are so selfish. I don't know how it is I raised three people who cannot see beyond themselves.

--Tambor, talking about his children in group therapy

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Marcy Wheeler joins Greenwald and Co. in the new First Look Media venture

Billionaire money or not, it's hard to believe that ALL these talented and principled people could be made to sell out! I'm feeling more and more like this will succeed, and not be fucked up by Omidyar. Fingers crossed!

emptywheel and First Look Media: Beginnings and Continuity

 

 

 

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Behaving Badly

Caleb Hannan writes for the ESPN-owned digital magazine Grantland. While watching an infomercial about a new putter last year he decided to do a story on the club's inventor, Essay Anne Vanderbilt, also known as Dr. V.

In doing his research for the article, he encountered difficulty verifying some of the "facts" about Dr. V's past. Vanderbilt was purportedly one of "the" Vanderbilt's, an associate of the Hiltons, a physicist specializing in aeronautics who was educated at MIT and had worked on the stealth bomber, and a graduate of Wharton School of Business. Hannan could find no evidence to corroborate any of that. So he kept digging and eventually published a 7700 word article on the invention of the Yar putter and its inventor. He couldn't even find a photo of Vanderbilt on the web. The infomercial apparently was done instead by CBS golf analyst Gary McCord and Steve Elkington.

But he refused to be deterred. McCord told the story of how an unknown woman approached an executive at TaylorMade who explained to him how everything involved in their design was wrong.

She just hammered them on their designs. Hammered them.

--McCord

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Couric Sticks Her Foot in It

Someone on Katie Couric's daytime talk show made a decision that they needed to do a show on transgender women. But nobody bothered to bring Couric up to speed on appropriate topics of conversation.

 photo carmen-carrera_zps6fbc0338.jpgChosen to be the targets of Couric's rudeness were model Carmen Carrera and actress Laverne Cox from Orange Is the New Black.

In fact Couric introduced Carrera by stating that "she was born a man and that's why she is on our show."

Unfortunately, Couric seemed unable to get beyond a schoolyard fascination with the women's "private parts.

Carrera told her the question was invasive and "after transition there's still life to live, I still have career goals, I still have family goals."

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Q and A: Priceman

I have Joslyn Stevens's permission to repost this interview.

 

This week I conducted an interview with a progressive populist I follow on twitter, Priceman, whose annoying habit of using facts and common sense with a dose of in-your-face realness to prove his points tends to piss off democrats over at the “progressive” DailyKos. I feel it’s necessary to showcase often ignored voices representative of the people who speak truth to power and will continue to do so on a weekly basis.

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Kasich gets likely deciding 'yes' vote on Medicaid expansion, amid GOP drama

Chrissie Thompson, reporting for the Bucyrus DailyTelegraph: "So Batchelder has made permanent replacements for both Amstutz and Rosenberger, according to GOP caucus spokesman Mike Dittoe. The state representatives both were expected to vote against Kasich’s request. In their place are Rep. Ross McGregor, R-Springfield, who says he plans to vote in favor of the governor’s plan, and Rep. Jeff McClain, R-Upper Sandusky, who is the required replacement for Amstutz as vice chairman of the House Finance Committee. McClain told The Enquirer he plans to vote against the proposal.

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While Transwomen > 0, Transwomen = Transwomen - 1; If dead_transwoman == true, misgender();

The scenario is so well known, almost anyone could write a computer program for it. You know the routine. You've seen it before and you will see it again.

Just in the past two months, I've written these: The anti-transgender violence goes on and on, The Cheapness of our Lives, Coming to Rest, Again and Again.

This time it is in my own backyard. That hasn't been the case since all the way back in 2010, when Victoria Carmen White was shot to death in Maplewood.

Eyricka Morgan was murdered in New Brunswick, NJ on Tuesday. She was stabbed to death by a man name Devonte Scott, who lived in the same boarding house. Scott was arrested on Tuesday shortly after Morgan was declared dead at 9pm at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Scott is being held on $1 million bond.

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Again and Again

 photo melony_zps5844d578.jpgOn the afternoon of September 9 Leticia Alvarado, cashier at a motel in the 13900 block of Francisquito Avenue in Baldwin Park CA, discovered the body of her friend Melony Smith in her motel room.

Alvarado says that Smith had been staying in the motel on and off for three years.

We became very close. She called me sister. I was her sister.

Before I go to work, I always stop by her room and we have breakfast. That day she wouldn’t answer her phone.

--Alvarado

So Alvarado went to the room and had the maid open the door and found Smith's body lying on the floor.

She was all bruised up. She had blood on her head. She was lifeless. I could tell she was dead.

--Alvarado

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Greg Palast: THE CONFIDENTIAL MEMO AT THE HEART OF THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS

http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/larry-summers-and-the-secret-end-game-memo

"When a little birdie dropped the End Game memo through my window, its content was so explosive, so sick and plain evil, I just couldn't believe it.

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