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Random Tankar: Being degraded by US politics| Att degraderas av USAs politik (Eng/Swed)

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Years ago I worked at a church with a pastor and a secretary who had been there for a LONG time. The pastor retired and the church was searching for the pastor’s replacement. During a staff meeting in these uncertain times, the secretary was angry about something and blurted out, “Hell’s Bells!” A big smile broke out on my face and I shared that her comment was evidence of her long, loyal service with the now-retired pastor we all missed. We then had a good, healthy laugh about this.

Last Sunday at the Social Justice Table in the church I now attend, I was angry about the current state of US politics. In my anger I used language that was not appropriate in a house of worship. A lady there admonished me for this. Later on, she was talking the same way! To both of us it was obvious what the never ending, daily Donald and Hillary Show was doing to us. God knows what it is doing to the rest of US society. This is nothing to laugh about. The only response to this is a curse that is the same in English and Swedish.

Two years ago when I returned to Oregon from Sweden, my cousin’s husband gave me a ride to the airport. Mats shared with me who would make a good US President. We were in agreement on this. National frontiers are fading away and we are more and more becoming a world community. The Presidential Candidate I will have the responsibility to cast my vote for, will have power far transcending US national borders and the ability to blow up the world countless times over.

Lord, may she win.

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År sedan arbetade jag på en kyrka med en pastor och en sekreterare som hade varit där länge. Pastorn pensionerade och kyrkan var letar pastorns ersättare. Under ett personalmöte i dessa osäkra tider, sekreterare var arg över något och framkastade ut, “Hells Bells!” Ett stort leende bröt ut på mitt ansikte och jag delade att hennes kommentar var bevis för hennes långa, lojala service med det nu-pensionärer pastorn missade vi alla. Vi hade sedan ett bra friska skratt om detta.

I söndag vid bordet social rättvisa i kyrkan detta jag nu, jag var arg över den nu varande staten i USAs politiken. I min ilska använt jag språk som inte var lämpligt i ett hus för tillbedjan. En dam där förmanade mig för detta. Senare talade hon på samma sätt! Båda av oss var det självklart med den dagliga Donald och Hillary Show gjorde till oss. Gud vet vad det gör att resten av amerikanska samhället. Det är inget att skratta åt. Det enda svaret på detta är en förbannelse som är samma i engelska och svenska.

Två år sedan när jag återvände till Oregon från Sverige, min kusins man gav mig skjuts till flygplatsen. Mats deras med mig som skulle göra en bra US president. Vi var överens om detta. Nationella gränser bleknar bort och vi blir mer och mer en världssamfundet. Den presidentkandidaten som jag kommer att ha ansvaret för att lägga min röst far kommer att ha makt långt överskrider USAs nationella gränser och förmåga att spränga världen otaliga gånger.

Herre, kan hon vinna.

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Random Tankar: Folk är inte “bedrövliga” |People Are Never “Deplorable” (Eng/Swed)

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Whether or not Mrs. Clinton garnered political points in labeling Mr. Trump’s supporters as “deplorable” will be determined in these final weeks before the 2016 Election. In my opinion Mrs. Clinton’s stereotypical comment was a step down into the dark psychological sewer that Mr. Trump has dredged for votes in his campaign. “He said” vs. “She said” is prepubescent childhood prater.

Human beings, in order to function in a democratic society, MUST put their dark sides on hold to work in concert with other citizens for the common good. In a sense we are all “deplorable” if certain buttons in our psyches are pressed. So we must act towards others with respect and decency in a law-abiding manner for the sake of the Republic.

A responsible campaign is one where the candidates appeal to the blossoming sides of our natures. Who should I vote for so that I can become the best person I can be: when I look into the mirror each morning, when I say goodbye to my family and friends to go to work and when I interact with the world at-large?

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Om Mrs. Clinton samlat politiska poäng i märkning Mr. Trumps anhängare som beklagliga kommer att fastställas i dessa sista veckorna innan valet 2016 oss. Enligt min mening var fru Clintons stereotypa kommentar ett steg ner i mörka, psykologiska avloppet som Mr. Trump har muddras för röster i sin kampanj. “Han sade” kontra “sade hon” är prepubertala barndom pratet.

Människor för att fungera i ett demokratiskt samhälle, måste parkeras sina mörker sidor arbeta i samförstånd med andra medborgare för vanliga bra. I en bemärkelse är oss alla bedrövliga vissa knappar i våra psyken trycks. Så vi måste agera mot andra med respekt och anständighet i ett laglydiga sätt skulle republiken.

En ansvarig kampanj är en där kandidaterna vädjar till blommande sidorna av vår natur. Vem ska jag rösta för så att jag kan bli de bäste person jag kan vara: när jag ser i spegeln varje morgon, när jag säger adjö till min familj och mina vänner när jag gå till jobbet och när jag interagera med världen i stort?

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Roberta A Westerberg, MA

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Federal Employee Would Rather Be Fired Than Watch LGBT Diversity Video | Huffington Post

Now and then stories like this make the news and I am tempted to just pass over them. As a PUBLIC EMPLOYEE you are trained and paid to serve the public. No one is making you do anything that will get you tossed into hell, Hades, Sheol or whatever awaits an unrepentant sinner.

As a member of the LGBTI minority community, the five protected classes* that the United States Customs and Immigration Services, as well as the US Veterans Administration and the United Nations recognize as needing specialized help in accessing services, I don’t see how Social Security personnel can do their jobs without LGBTI diversity training. Even if these people disgust you, they can be referred to other personnel IF YOU KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON.

Regular readers of this blog know I have an axe to grind about the practice in the United States to ignore Intersex persons as a protected class. Under international law, they are a protected class. Certain US governmental organizations recognize Intersex persons as a protected class and provide services for them. But still news and other organizations in the US keep Intersex persons invisible by persisting in the LGBT – only acronym.

*The Five Protected Classes
1. Lesbian – women who are sexually attracted to one another.
2. Gay – men who are sexually attracted to one another. The term is sometimes applied to Lesbians.
3. Bisexual – men or women who are both heterosexual and homosexual.
4. Transgender – persons who identify as a gender other than the one assigned at birth.
MTF – male transitioning or transitioned to female
FTM – female transitioning or transitioned to male
GNC – gender non-conforming. Rejection of the male or female gender binary.
5. Intersex – a person possessing both male and female biology at birth or made significant upon reaching puberty. Medically, since 2006, these persons are referred to as possessing Disorders of Sexual Development. (The historical term, hermaphrodite, is now considered pejorative and is no longer used.)

Children born intersex in the United States are routinely operated on after birth, without informed consent of the parents or, of course, the patient, to force them into either a male or female stereotypical biological appearance. The United Nations considers this cruel treatment akin to torture. Why Intersex is invisible in the United States has its roots in medical embarrassments at the highest level.

The links below are recommended reading for further education on Intersex

1. Alice Dreger on Intersex
https://youtu.be/ZGfRANkJJRQ

2. A classic well worth the investment
https://www.amazon.com/As-Nature-Made-Him-Raised-ebook/dp/B00AXXUB2G/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=#customerReviews

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/illinois-social-security-video_us_57d818f9e4b0aa4b722c7566?section=§ion=us_queer-voices&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Queer%20Voices%20091316&utm_content=Queer%20Voices%20091316+CID_856d1b7a3624459eb9bab5578be3298d&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=David%20Hall

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BBC News: Chelsea Manning ends hunger strike after US Army agrees to gender surgery

Her crime was aiding and abetting the publishing of state secrets. Her crime was NOT expressing her female gender. Who or what she is as a human being should play no part in her punishment for espionage.

Ms. Manning is very fortunate to have the legal representation that she has. It is unfortunate she didn’t come to terms with her female gender before handling classified information. Many MTF (male to female) persons join the armed services to “man up” or in other ways to come to terms with “homosexual tendencies”, female clothing fetishism, or other behavioral practices that are deeply loathed but cannot be stopped doing.

The general public will never learn to what extent Ms. Manning’s criminal behavior actually damaged the Nation’s security. As international relations between nation states ebb and flow, what may have been criminal activity in the past may seem like just poor judgment now. ( Mr. Trump being buddies with Russia’s political leader, ex Cold War spy Vladimir Putin would have gone over like a lead balloon before Sen. Joe McCarthy’s House UnAmerican Activities Committee back in the 1950s)

I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

Chelsea Manning ends hunger strike after US Army agrees to gender surgery_91187469_mediaitem91187468.jpgWikileaks leaker Chelsea Manning says she has ended a hunger strike because the US Army has agreed to provide her with gender surgery.
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BBC News: Life and death on the lost streets of Chicago

NPR tells me Obama was called a “son of a…he used the ‘b’ word”.

BBC tells me the way things are in a language I can understand.

Back in 2008 when Mr. Obama was elected President, the world rejoiced that a black man now held the most powerful political position in the USA. Now in 2016 we have eight years of bipartisan gridlock, a failed political party that allowed a tyrant to bully his way into being its candidate for President, and the explosive increase in guns, gangs, hate groups, and chronic fear in the nation’s ghettos.

Chicago is an enigma. That’s why the Chicago Police refused to be interviewed by a foreign news agency. Like other large cities in the US, what you see in Chi-town is what you get if you are poor, black, and not part of the upwardly mobile. Now and then an overzealous cop who shoots a black kid or adult makes the national news. But what the BBC has reported here is what goes on DAILY because the US continues to keep its racial problems hidden in the back bedroom of a dope house.

Personally, even though I live in the US, I do not trust the American news media. So much of it just churns the SOS over and over to fill up space before the next batch of commercials. BBC, France 24, Reuters, Al-Jazeera, SverigesRadio, and SVT.se are good alternates. If they broadcast in languages you don’t understand, LEARN THE LANGUAGES!

I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

Life and death on the lost streets of Chicagop0473prg.jpgWARNING: CONTAINS VERY STRONG LANGUAGE Killings in Chicago have hit a 20-year high as the grim toll for homicides passes 500. The BBC’s Ian Pannell and Darren Conway explore a world where gangs and guns rule.
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BBC News: Bolivia’s transgender citizens celebrate new documents

Submerged in this news is the determination by the UN that there are 15 million transgender persons in the world. I need to unpack this statistic because estimates like this, published by friends and foes alike, are practically impossible to substantiate.

Having documents that tell the world who you are as a human being means a lot to those of us born into the wrong biological bodies. More and more national governments are accommodating those of us who don’t fit in to the binary M/F stereotype.

The joy on the faces of transgender Bolivians finally being recognized and accepted as the human beings they really are says so much, even if you have to be transgender to deeply and truly understand the psychological impact of this event.

May the rest of the world follow in Bolivia’s footsteps.

I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

Bolivia’s transgender citizens celebrate new documents_91058853_trans_reu.jpgTransgender Bolivians, who requested their documents reflect the gender they identify with, receive their new identity cards after a new law comes into effect.
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Random Tankar: 6 september 2016| Free speech and skitsnack harassment. (English/Swedish)

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Activists say a lot of things people don’t like. They also say things people like. The ones you piss off don’t need to know where you live. The ones who trip out on your rap need to support your cause. Many bloggers are fly-on-the-wall riff raff using free internet services to spread their messages of love, hate, and in-between.

Yours truly is one of those. Retired, living on a government check, and surfing news feeds to find something to write about. Transgender, Intersex, and International Human Rights issues I like to republish, adding original commentary about the topic being explored.

(If I was a practicing alcoholic I could spend my “golden years” hustling wine money on the streets for something to do. My blog, however, keeps me clean, sober and gives me purpose in life. It is also an educational endeavor that helps lift up humanity. At least I hope so.) *
It was two years ago, this month, that I flew to Sweden and met family for the first time. While there my cousin showed me her Ipad and we talked about staying in touch after I returned to the States. Upon returning I bought an Ipad and set it up in Swedish, because this would force me to learn the family tongue.

A couple days later my internet provider started flooding my inbox with “Notices of Copyright Infringement” from third parties that claimed I was uploading their porn movies to Sweden in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Agreement. This scared the crap out of me to the point I contacted an attorney. He told me to ignore the emails because I was “judgement proof”. (He also knew I was one of those folks who “travels light” in life.)

There is security in traveling light. Mr. Trump likes to threaten people who say what he doesn’t like to hear with lawsuits. I have been threatened with lawsuits in my life. Driving a junk car, getting a welfare check, and going to university on a student loan is like shaving a pig, as Mr. Putin said once of Mr. Snowden. There is a lot of squealing, but little fur.

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Aktivister säger en massa saker som folk inte gillar. De säger också saker folk gillar. De du pissa behöver inte veta var du bor. De som resa på dina “rap” måsta stödja dig. Många bloggare är “fly-on-the-wall riff-raff” med gratis Internet-tjänster för att sprida sina budskap on kärlek, hat och däremellan.

Högaktningsfullt är verkligen en av dessa. Pensionär, lever på enregering kontrollera och surfing nyhetsflöden för att hitta något att skriva om. Transpersoner, intersexuella och internationella mänskliga rättigheter problem jag vilja publicera, lägga till ursprungliga kommenterar om annat utforskas.

(Om jag var en praktiserande alkohist kunde jag spendera min “gyllene år” stressade vin pengar på gatan för något att göra. Min blogg, men håller mig ren, nyktra och ger mig syfte i livet. Det är också en pedagogisk strävan som hjälper liv upp mänskligheten. Minst det hoppas jag.) *
Det var två år sedan denna månad som jag flög till Sverige och träffade familjen för första gången. Medan det min kusin visade mig hennes IPad och vi pratade om hålla kontakten när jag återvände till US. Vid hemkomsten jag köpte en IPad och ställa upp i svenska, eftersom detta skulle tvinga mig att lära sig familjen tungan.

Ett par Dagar senare började min Internetleverantör översvämningar min inkorg med meddelanden om Copyright intrång från tredje part som hävdade jag lägga upp sina porr filmen Sverige i strid med Digital Millenium Copyright avtalet. Detta skrämde skiten ur mig till den punkt som jag kontaktade en advokat. Han berättade för mig att ignorera meddelandena, eftersom jag var “dom brevis”. (Han visste också att jag var en av de folk som “reser lite” i livet.)

Det finns trygghet i reser lite. Mr. Trump gillar att hota människor som säger vad han inte vill hora med stämningar. Köra ett skräp bil, på en välfärd kontrollera och gå till universitetet på studielån är som rakning en gris som Mr. Putin sade en gång av Mr. Snowden. Det finns en massa skrikans, med lite päls.

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Roberta A Westerberg, MA

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