Sunday, July 19, 2015

Gender dysphoria linked to environmental contaminants

I am not convinced that a person's sexual preference is determined at conception or at birth. I have lived with or near more LGBTQ people than many have and every story is different: from hatred of a parent to exposure to hormone-producing environmental contaminants and lack of circumcision. Women bullied or abused by men for most of their lives or men growing up with a cold or absent father have been reasons given for personal choices.

I began life left-handed but my father switched me because of his experience the military is geared for the right-handed and although I've never had sexual contact with another man in 61 years and a day there was a time when androgyny seemed right for me.

No serious discussion of issues associated with gender identity can be undertaken without the studying the effects of phthalates and other plasticizers on human genetics.
And there are a great many chemicals to which such women may be exposed environmentally with the potential to affect thyroid hormones, among them PBDEs, PCBs, BPA, various pesticides, perfluorinated compounds and certain phthalates. [What are we doing to our children's brains?]
Packaging, packaging, packaging! Phthalate-laden bottled water alone makes up 1.5 million tons of plastic each year.

This blog has been chronicling gender bending chemicals in the environment from its beginning.

Here are twenty ways to just say no to plastic.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Iran deal will bring back $2 gas if Bibi doesn't bomb Tehran

No Middle East leader is more unstable than Benjamin Netanyahu and there is no greater state sponsor of terrorism than Israel.
"Once we get past Labor Day, we should see gas falling by 10 to 15 cents a month," said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst with the Oil Price Information Service. "By December a lot of places are going to see gasoline at $2 or less." Iran could add as much as 500,000 barrels of oil per day to worldwide markets by the end of this year, according to experts at a recent Credit Suisse conference on Iranian sanctions and oil.
Read that here.

It's no secret that this interested party would like to see Israel rolled back to 1947 borders then moved to Utah.
Netanyahu is now waging a losing battle. The Americans will not walk away from the agreement, because then the partnership of the six great powers will disintegrate, and there can be no agreement in the UN Security Council to reimpose sanctions against Iran. [Haaretz]
Before this historic achievement President Obama took his case to enter a pact with Iran directly to an American Jewish audience.
The president's remarks come during a period of deep tension in an already prickly relationship with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, particularly over Obama's bid to strike a nuclear deal with Iran. Obama's appearance coincided with Solidarity Shabbat, devoted to showing unity by political leaders in Europe and North America against anti-Semitism. [Associated Press]
How We Know AIPAC Wrote The GOP's "Treason" Letter To Iran

According to CBS on whether there are enough votes to override an Israel a Republican bill to block President Obama's Iran initiative U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he intends to go through the agreement “with a fine-tooth comb."

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz is the Benjamin Franklin of our time.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Mexico Rail Runner could go into Denver, El Paso

Railroads are struggling to meet the Dec. 31 deadline to install Positive Train Control.
Amtrak and the Kansas City Terminal Railway say they have reached a tentative agreement about which party is responsible for paying for more than $30 million in safety upgrades, cooling the latest dispute that threatened the Southwest Chief passenger service in New Mexico. The route also includes stops in New Mexico at Raton, Las Vegas, Lamy, Albuquerque and Gallup. The Kansas City Terminal Railway had said that, because the Southwest Chief’s passenger service along its route triggered the federal requirement for safety upgrades, Amtrak should pay for the technology’s installation. Amtrak disagreed because it doesn’t own the tracks. [Santa Fe New Mexican]
A TIGER VII grant application requests $15,210,143 to rebuild track in New Mexico and Colorado.

At a meeting in La Junta on 2 July ColoRail provided an overview of its long range priorities for rail transportation in Colorado.
First is the maintenance of the present route of the Southwest Chief, vital to the transportation needs of Southeast Colorado. Next is the establishment of north-south connectivity along the route of I-25, which is dangerously overcrowded, and the connection by rail to Pueblo and Walsenburg, which will increase ridership exponentially. The vision for ColoRail: fast, frequent and safe passenger rail services. Connect Front Range communities, enabling single day round trips for business and pleasure. [La Junta Tribune-Democrat]
About 126,000 boardings and departures by Southwest Chief riders are made each year in New Mexico. Amtrak says it employs 57 New Mexicans and total wages were about $5.2 million in 2014.

New Mexico's GOP representative voted with the state's Democrats for final passage of the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015.

The Santa Fe Southern Railroad owns the Lamy depot and the 22-mile spur between the historic community and Santa Fe. Calling itself Train X and after moving the company's rail assets to Santa Fe, Las Vegas Railway Express got some experience operating a 'party train' over the line. The company quit operations of 3½-hour round trips that began in July and abruptly ended at the end of September announcing sale of the rights to an undisclosed company.

The Rail Runner between south of ABQ and Santa Fe goes through several pueblos and is well-supported with stops in each community: it has brought at least access to prosperity in an historically poor state.

A bi-annual survey has found 86 percent of regular riders of the New Mexico Rail Runner rate the service very high. 77 percent of the passengers believe price structure is good or excellent.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation said it can’t afford PTC which could cost taxpayers more than $50 million noting the Rail Runner can’t go any faster than 78 mph by regulation.

Denver International Airport is Hell to fly into and then finding a way back into the city complicated and expensive. If the political will existed the Rail Runner could access the Lamy spur from Santa Fe and go directly into Denver serving Colorado communities along the way.

Amtrak has shown zero interest in connecting El Paso with Shelby, Montana so why not reroute the Southwest Chief through Amarillo and pass the savings to a group like the Rocky Mountain Rail Authority.

Equip the Rail Runner to connect with Amtrak farther south in New Mexico then on to El Paso and put the Rail Runner into downtown Denver to connect with the California Zephyr, maybe into Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Anyone with me?

Monday, July 6, 2015

Musical not your father's Oklahoma!

Today's intersection: four groups in Oklahoma seeking federal recognition meet a musical.
The United Band of the Western Cherokee Nation, the Cheyenne Nation, the United Chickamauga Band and the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band have filed letters of intent, according to a 2013 list from the Office of Federal Acknowledgment. None appear to have advanced to a stage where they are close to a decision based on a summary of active cases. [Indianz]
Producer Gideon Lester explains: "There is no history of colonization or expansion or the building of nationhood that doesn't contain violence in it, and Oklahoma! dramatizes that. Now, it does it in a way that is sunny and funny and full of beautiful music. And that juxtaposition makes that violence even more disquieting." [NPR]