The Power of Coming Together: Lisa Vigil Schattinger on Advocating for Death with Dignity in Ohio…


Date: July 29, 2017

01) The Power of Coming Together: Lisa Vigil Schattinger on Advocating for Death with Dignity in Ohio

“This is the first in a series of interviews with grassroots advocates who are participants in Death with Dignity National Center’s new State Leadership Incubator. Today, we’re speaking with Lisa Vigil Schattinger, MSN, RN, founder and executive director of Ohio End of Life Options.”


Trans Kids Update: Dating, PMS, And, Yeah, Bathrooms…

Date: July 28, 2017

01) Direct Download [MP3]

“Last year, North Carolina passed HB2, the so-called “bathroom bill,” banning anyone from using a public restroom that didn’t match up with his or her biological sex. After the law passed, we went to North Carolina to visit one of the few gender clinics for kids in the South, at Duke University’s Children’s Hospital. We spent a day-in-the-life there, learning how patients and doctors juggle big physical changes and political changes too. Since our story last August, things have not calmed down. President Trump has canceled some key protections for trans students. This year, sixteen more states including Texas have introduced their own bathroom bills. And in a controversial decision last week, North Carolina lawmakers revoked HB2 — though trans activists called their replacement bill a bad deal. So with all this happening, we decided to catch up with the three kids we met last summer — Drew, Martin, and Jaye — and see how their lives and their bodies have changed. We start by going back to our first episode, when each of them was just beginning hormone therapy prescribed by Dr. Deanna Adkins, the pediatric endocrinologist who started Duke’s transgender clinic two years ago. Then, we reconnect with Drew, Jaye, and Martin one more time. We talk about the joys (and pitfalls) of dating online, how their bodies are changing, and how they’re doing under President Trump. Jaye (at left) and some Instagram posts from Drew Adams, pictured with his partner, CJ. (Courtesy of Jaye and Drew Adams)”

The IQ Debate: “Skeptics” Are Moral Cowards…

Date: July 28, 2017

01) The IQ Debate: “Skeptics” Are Moral Cowards

“This video is about the responses I’ve had to my video ““Race & IQ Vs. “Skeptics”” and then I cover the way in which the “Skeptic” community are handling this conversation, which includes Kraut and Tea recently trying & succeeding to get Rage After Storm fired for holding “racist” and “offensive” views (I assume). I guess Skeptics don’t really believe in free speech anymore… if you talk about IQ and group differences.”

SnagFilms: Children Underground [2001]…


Date: July 27, 2017

01) Children Underground

“Edet Belzberg’s Academy Award-nominated directorial debut, CHILDREN UNDERGROUND follows a group of homeless children living in a train station in Bucharest, Romania. Raw and insightful, this acclaimed documentary personalizes the often dangerous and always chaotic and uncertain world of youngsters casually abandoned by their families and society at large. It also subtlety illustrates the legacy of former Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Winner of a Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize, the International Documentary Association’s Documentary Award, and the Gotham Awards’ Documentary Achievement Prize.”

Picture quality is bad…but it’s a good documentary.


Bret Easton Ellis condemns the “warped moral superiority of the American Left”…

Date: July 26, 2017

01) Bret Easton Ellis condemns the “warped moral superiority of the American Left”

“In his latest Podcast, Bret Easton Ellis (author of American Psycho) discusses the psychic breakdown of the American Left since the election of Donald Trump.”

This basically sums up my own feelings, in the aftermath of Trump’s win…We were having a disaster shoved down our throats, no matter what…and it happened…

Whatever the outcome…it is temporary, even if long enough to hurt us…

The focus should not be on “which choices they’re going to let win, next time”…The focus should be on eliminating the power, which made this painfully limited poison pill inevitable.

If our political system is valid at all…we cannot allow another election to play out like this.

I also agree…Many people are obsessed with this, at a very unhealthy degree…And they tend to blame [and be mad at] the wrong people.

Bernie Sanders 2020?…

Date: July 26, 2017

01) Bernie Sanders 2020?

“Bernie was recently asked about his plans for 2020. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

“Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who battled Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary and created a revolutionary movement among millennials, is having discussions about running for president again.

“Yes, is the answer,” said one Sanders associate who helped with the senator’s previous bid, in response to a question about whether the Independent senator from Vermont had begun to think about another run.

“He thinks he’s earned the right to run again, and he believes if he would have been the [Democratic] candidate he would have won against Trump.”
The source also suggested that Sanders is making his plans with other candidates in mind.

“The last thing he’s going to do is step aside and let Joe Biden take it,” the Sanders associate said.”

Jeff Sessions Revives Universally Hated Law: Civil Asset Forfeiture…

Date: July 26, 2017

01) Jeff Sessions Revives Universally Hated Law: Civil Asset Forfeiture

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions is slowly but surely taking a wrecking ball to the few areas where President Obama’s attorneys general made progress. This week he announced his decision to unilaterally undo progress made with respect to one of the most tyrannical policies in existence: civil asset forfeiture.


Waking Up with Sam Harris #89 – On Becoming a Better Person (with David Brooks)…

Date: July 26, 2017

01) Waking Up with Sam Harris #89 – On Becoming a Better Person (with David Brooks)

“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Brooks about his book The Road to Character, the importance of words like “sin” and “virtue,” self-esteem vs. self-overcoming, the significance of keeping promises, honesty, President Trump, and other topics.

David Brooks is one of the nation’s leading writers and commentators. He is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times and appears regularly on the PBS NewsHour and Meet the Press. He is the bestselling author of The Social Animal, Bobos in Paradise, and The Road to Character.”