Gender Prison: FAA amends rules about transgender pilots

The Federal Aviation Administration has amended its Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners to change the medical certification process for transpeople. The psychological testing previously required transgender applicants to take a battery of tests, including personality, projective, and intelligence tests…believing, apparently, that being transgender intrinsically caused one to be a potential safety risk. This resulted in transgender pilots being grounded and even losing their jobs under previous criteria.

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Learning intelligent Language from Lady Gaga, Lakoff, Lincoln, Luntz, and others ...

Amid many 2004 frustrations, I could not understand why Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry (and the 'campaign') remained locked so hard into the Vietman War and failed to create a narrative of his life-long service to the nation from the SEAL operations in Vietnam, to principaled efforts to end the war on his return from overseas, to protecting citizens in the courts as a prosecutor, to his service i

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Syrian Rebels call for No-Fly Zone

The "No Fly Zone" over Syria, short for a massive bombing campaign to provide cover for advancing insurgents, mercenaries and special forces, appears to be getting greater play in the mainstream media.

Reuters is reporting that Syrian rebels are calling for a no-fly zone, i.e., U.S./NATO attack on Syria. .

"Abdelbasset Sida, head of the Syrian National Council, said the United States had realized that the absence of a no-fly zone to counter Assad's air superiority hindered rebel movements.

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CIA allegedly overseeing arms into Syria

In a special report carried by UPI titled "CIA allegedly overseeing arms into Syria",
Syrian opposition officials claim the CIA is controlling weapons flow to Syrian insurgents.

"Not one bullet enters Syria without U.S. approval," a Syrian opposition, speaking in Istanbul, told The Australian newspaper.

"The Americans want the (rebellion) to continue but they are not allowing enough supplies in to make the Damascus regime fall."

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What Do You Watch Open Thread

So I was just watching the series finale of The Closer, one of my favorite shows and I got to wondering if I'm the only TV junkie around here...

Aside from the obvious political shows, I watch probably more than my fair share of TV shows. It's my favorite brainless way of unwinding. I mean, I like to read, but I need some brain cells to read for the most part; television is my guilty no real thinking required pleasure.

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