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August 13, 2022

Yes, woke institutions really are that bad

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From Dr_No

We have seen a lot of stories lately about how our institutions are being taken over by radical ideologies. Today, a few updates, mostly concerning medicine and education. Nurture your personal relationships with people you trust, because as Russell Brand has said, the big institutions (in particular) are not your friends.

Outrages in Medicine

American Academy of Pediatrics

Last week, we reprised Muldoon's piece on the AAP, reviewed criticisms of a bogus paper in their flagship journal and discussed their refusal to allow pediatricians to comment on their position statement concerning care of children and adolescents with gender dysphoria, etc. in What is happening to the The American Academy of Pediatrics?


There are more comments on the bogus study above, which tried to discredit Abigail Shrier's work and the prior findings of other researchers. The lead author of the bogus paper is also a leading advocate of the idea that if kids who say they are transgender are not affirmed in their belief, they will commit suicide.

And via J.J. Sefton's Morning Report yesterday, physicians are getting around the AAP's refusal to allow commentary on their position statement on this issue during the designated comment period. Physicians are adding their commentary to the position statement on another issue. Heh.

And pediatricians are also "privately slamming" the Academy. Rumble, rumble, rumble.

A little revolt!

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Hospitals and Clinics, Government

Yesterday, Ace posted this piece: Boston Children's Hospital Now Advertising "Gender-Affirming Hysterectomies" to Young Girls With a Cheerful-Looking Pitchwoman Who Looks Like She Could be a Mouseketeer

And it is shocking, indeed:

This is the worst thing I've seen in this madness, and I've seen a lot of terrible things.

Pass a federal law allowing people to sue their doctors and the hospitals at which they were performed for "gender affirming surgeries" through age 40:

Example of outrages are included, along with a mention of Brett Kavanaugh's would-be assassin.

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Now let's check in with Pittsburgh:

Do these people know that the FDA just admitted that these drugs can make kids' brains swell and lead to permanent vision loss? Among all their other side effects???? Kids haven't decided on a gender yet? Maybe that's a clue that they really don't need the lifelong problems of a medical transition.

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Update 2:

Ace's piece also made a brief mention of the decision by NHS England to shut down Tavistock, their only children's gender clinic. Ace may be interested in the details of the first impending class-action suit against the clinic. Ironic that this clinic was involved in anti-gay "conversion therapy".

Back in the USA:

Think the prospect of lawsuits will deter the California Refuge Law for kids seeking transgender treatment (even without parental permission)?

Wonder if the California legislature is aware of the anti-gay "conversion therapy" issue at Tavistock? There was a big crisis over "conversion therapy" in the California legislature not long ago. In a different context. There were questions like "Should bookstores be allowed to sell Bibles?"

Well, then, should schools be allowed to carry books that tell gay kids and tomboys that they are transgender? Should counselors and physicians be encouraged to continue in the current "if you are uncomfortable about anything related to your body or self-image you are transgender" approach?

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Outrages in Academia


This morning in the EMT, Vic provided a link to this piece in his great news update: California Department of Education advocates books promoting gender transitions to kindergartners.

I have lost my reference, but I read today that all the books on the California reading list are from 2016 and later, while the Florida list contains many classics. Contrast!

Throwing out the classics in California schools also seems to me to qualify as a form of "book burning".

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And individual districts can get in on the act, too: Los Angeles Unified School District adopts radical 'trans-affirming' programming and instructs teachers to work toward 'the breakdown of the gender binary.' By Chris Rufo.

Los Angeles Unified School District has adopted a radical gender-theory curriculum encouraging teachers to work toward the "breakdown of the gender binary," to experiment with gender pronouns such as "they," "ze," and "tree," and to adopt "trans-affirming" programming to make their classrooms "queer all school year."

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Some deep academic thinking via the UK (may have originated in the USA):

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Post-modernism and its associated "academic" (quote) variants as idea pathogens.

An example of "auto-ethnography" suitable for a "qualitative journal". A clear and low-key presentation, but may not be safe for work:

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Ours may become the first civilization destroyed, not by the power of our enemies, but by the ignorance of our teachers and the dangerous nonsense they are teaching our children. In an age of artificial intelligence, they are creating artificial stupidity. -- Thomas Sowell

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Equity is very important in schools now. You can see a few results of this emphasis already:

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The consequence of a political ideology that denies the obvious reality of human variation is either perpetual discontent or well-intentioned but ineffectual attempts to create equality of outcome whose failures inspire more and more coercion and more and more bitterness.

Does anybody *really* believe that humans have equal capacity? Does anybody really believe that I'm not Barry Sanders because of my environment? Or that Joe Biden is not a quantum physicist because he didn't read enough as a child? I doubt it, but I am not longer sure.

Bo Winegard

But if you don't say you believe it, you may be banned from teaching . . . .

Check the link. The Kamala quote above is real.

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Once again,

Ours may become the first civilization destroyed, not by the power of our enemies, but by the ignorance of our teachers and the dangerous nonsense they are teaching our children. In an age of artificial intelligence, they are creating artificial stupidity. -- Thomas Sowell

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