Former Johns Hopkins chief of psychiatry: Being transgender is a ‘mental disorder . . . biologically impossible’

Such people, he wrote, suffer from a “disorder of assumption” in believing they can choose their sex
Former Johns Hopkins chief of psychiatry: Being transgender is a ‘mental disorder . . . biologically impossible’

by Bizpac Review | Carmine Sabia | June 4, 2015


The former psychiatrist in chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital is pouring rain on the Bruce Jenner “Call Me Caitlyn” parade that’s sure to have the former Olympic athlete’s cheerleaders steaming.

Not only does Dr. Paul R. McHugh consider changing sexes “biologically impossible,” he thinks being what is popularly called “transgender” these days is actually a “mental disorder.”

McHugh, who has authored six books and at least 125 peer-reviewed medical journal articles, made the statements in a piece he penned for the Wall Street Journal that argued surgery is not the solution for patients who want to live life as the opposite sex.

Such people, he wrote, suffer from a “disorder of assumption” in believing they can choose their sex.

He also cited a study that said transgendered people who have reassignment surgery are 20 times more likely to commit suicide than non-transgendered people, according to CNS News.

While the Obama administration, Hollywood and major media such as Time magazine promote transgenderism as “normal,” McHugh wrote, said Dr. McHugh, these “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”

“This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with physical reality,” McHugh wrote. “The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.”

The transgendered person’s disorder, said Dr. McHugh, is in the person’s “assumption” that they are different than the physical reality of their body, their maleness or femaleness, as assigned by nature. It is a disorder similar to a “dangerously thin” person suffering anorexia who looks in the mirror and thinks they are “overweight,” said McHugh.

This assumption, that one’s gender is only in the mind regardless of anatomical reality, has led some transgendered people to push for social acceptance and affirmation of their own subjective “personal truth,” said Dr. McHugh. As a result, some states – California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts – have passed laws barring psychiatrists, “even with parental permission, from striving to restore natural gender feelings to a transgender minor,” he said.

The pro-transgender advocates do not want to know, said McHugh, that studies show between 70% and 80% of children who express transgender feelings “spontaneously lose those feelings” over time. Also, for those who had sexual reassignment surgery, most said they were “satisfied” with the operation “but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have the surgery.”

“And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a ‘satisfied’ but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs,” said Dr. McHugh.

The former Johns Hopkins chief of psychiatry also warned against enabling or encouraging certain subgroups of the transgendered, such as young people “susceptible to suggestion from ‘everything is normal’ sex education,” and the schools’ “diversity counselors” who, like “cult leaders,” may “encourage these young people to distance themselves from their families and offer advice on rebutting arguments against having transgender surgery.”

Dr. McHugh also reported that there are “misguided doctors” who, working with very young children who seem to imitate the opposite sex, will administer “puberty-delaying hormones to render later sex-change surgeries less onerous – even though the drugs stunt the children’s growth and risk causing sterility.”

Such action comes “close to child abuse,” said Dr. McHugh, given that close to 80% of those kids will “abandon their confusion and grow naturally into adult life if untreated ….”

He went on to write that changing sexes is impossible and that what transgendered people actually do is “become feminized men or masculinized women.”

While there are scientists who disagree, it is important to question whether health professionals, politicians and the media are doing more harm than good by enabling people who believe they were born the wrong sex to go to such extremes.

For millennia, the first rule of Western medicine has been summed up as “do no harm.”

There’s a reason for that.

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Help EFF Defend the Right to Tinker With Your Car

Feds moving to totally control automobile industry
Help EFF Defend the Right to Tinker With Your Car

Image Credits: Greg Gjerdingen / Flickr.

by Kit Walsh | EFF.org | April 29, 2015


Vehicle manufacturers like General Motors and John Deere are citing a particularly strange and onerous provision in copyright law to claim that you need permission to tinker with, repair, and innovate around your own car. According to them, you may own the parts, but you don’t own your copies of the car software that makes them work. For months, we have been working to fix that by calling on the Librarian of Congress to issue an exemption to this provision.

Now the car companies have taken notice. They’ve come out in force to insist that you don’t really own your car, and that you can only tinker with or even look at the code if you have their permission. Manufacturers were remarkably transparent about their real fears: potential competition from “unauthorized” people making cars more useful through aftermarket add-ons, and more competition in the repair market.

As far as repairs go, the manufacturers have been pointing to a voluntary deal they struck with a group of Right to Repair advocates [pdf] as the cure-all for the harms we’ve demonstrated. But the reality on the ground is quite different from the rosy picture painted by manufacturers, something that can likely be explained by the loopholes and limitations in the deal. It only applies to about half of the vehicles on the road today (most notably excluding older cars, as well as all trucks, motorcycles, and RVs), it only applies to certain diagnostic information and tools, and the available information is expensive enough that repair shops can’t afford to support as many vehicle makes as they used to, before auto repair became a copyright issue. And to get this deal, those Right to Repair advocates had to agree not to support any new state Right to Repair legislation.

On top of that, of course, the deal regarding repair information doesn’t provide the freedom to do research or modification of vehicle software that’s needed for aftermarket businesses, hobbyist groups like OpenGarages, and researchers who study the safety and security of automobiles.

The public gets it. We’ve been flooded with questions from individuals, mechanics, innovators, researchers, and trade associations about how they can help. There are two ways to help right now.

First, if you have knowledge or experiences relating to the proposed exemptions, you can help debunk the manufacturers’ arguments by commenting to the Copyright Office. The deadline is this Friday, May 1. Your comments will be especially meaningful if you fall into one or more of these categories:

  • individuals who bought a car and were never given any license telling them they didn’t own their copies of the software in it;
  • individuals who have ever had to access their own vehicle software to do a repair or diagnose a problem, or had an independent mechanic send them to the dealer because they didn’t have the equipment to do it themselves;
  • mechanics who have to subcontract out computer work to dealers because of limited access to necessary information and tools;
  • mechanics and individuals who can’t afford to purchase access to diagnostic and repair hardware, or can’t afford to support as many brands as they used to because of these costs;
  • aftermarket companies and hobbyists who rely on access to ECU software for products, learning, and customization;
  • individuals who would explore vehicle computer technology for hands-on education of their children or students, if not for restrictions imposed by manufacturers;
  • individuals who are concerned about the degree to which their vehicle collects information about them and would care about the right to reconfigure it to respect their privacy;
  • researchers and consumer watchdogs who study vehicle security or safety and are alarmed that a legal cloud hangs over this conduct when it relates to vehicle software.

Second, you can sign up to add your name to the petition we will submit along with our comments on Friday, May 1. Together we can show the Copyright Office that it must not let manufacturers lock drivers out of their own cars.

Police Paychecks Depend on How Many Tickets They Write – Leaked Document

There is no money in solving murders and rape cases
Police Paychecks Depend on How Many Tickets They Write – Leaked Document

by Cassandra Fairbanks | The Free Thought Project | April 15, 2015


While police and their supporters continue to insist that police are out there keeping our streets safe, an internal document sent from the Edmundson Mayor John Gwaltney implies otherwise. The letter, which was included with the paychecks of the town’s police officers, spells out in very plain terms their actual role in the community – extorting money for the state.

In the document obtained by ThinkProgress, the mayor is careful to point out that the town does not have quotas. He states that he only wants “good tickets” written but adds that he is still very disappointed that the Department had been extorting fewer people. Gwaltney goes on to threaten the officers’ bank accounts, stating;

“The tickets that you write do add to the revenue on which the P.D. budget is established and will directly affect pay adjustments at budget time.”

He doesn’t stop with their pay, either, the mayor then goes on to imply that the officers benefits may be in danger, should they not get their ticket production up by budget time.

“It has always been the desire of myself and the Board to provide a safe and pleasant work place with good compensation and benefits for everyone.  However, our ability to continue doing this is being compromised by your work slow down.  I realize that your work production records are directly effected by many extenuating circumstances and those factors are always accounted for as your work records are reviewed by myself and human resources,” the mayor warns.

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may john gwaltney letterOne fifth of Edmundson’s population is below poverty level, and the town collects 35% of its revenue from tickets and fines.

While departments will usually deny quotas exist, more and more police have been admitting to their existence, despite the careful wording to leave enough wiggle room for plausible deniability.

However, just last week we reported on “the world’s worst cop” who also admitted to the use of quotas and was captured on video.

“This is the last day of the month. I get every stat I need just off of you guys,” says the officer as he begins his rights violating confession.

“So you guys gotta make quota, huh?” asks the detained teen.

“We don’t have a quota. We have expectations. And what that means is, you will make so many arrests a month, you should write so many tickets a month, and you should haul so many dumbasses to jail a month. If we’re gonna pay you $100,000 a year, we should expect something back from you, shouldn’t we?” says the officer.

When the man replies, ‘yes’ that he understands what the officer just said, the cop then asks, “Would you like to be part of my quota tonight?”

The young man then asks the cop, “On what grounds [would you arrest me]?”

To which the cop replies, “‘On what grounds?’ Oh, I don’t know, I’ll think of something. How about aiding and abetting reckless driving?”

There is no money in solving murders and rape cases, but pursuing victimless crimes such a minor traffic violations and catching a kid with a joint provide a steady stream of revenue for the city.  Protect and serve, or stalk and extort?  Perhaps it is time to change that motto.

How Tom Cruise and John Travolta are Controlled by Scientology According to New Documentary

The documentary ‘Going Clear’ reveals to what extent Tom Cruise and John Travolta are controlled by Scientology. Most importantly, it provides a glimpse at the dark side of the occult elite’s “show business” system.

Before airing the two hour documentary Going Clear : Scientology and the Prison of Belief, HBO hired 160 lawyers to fight against the church’s vicious and litigious ways. Considering the contents of the documentary, it is understandable. Going Clear explores the world of Scientology which combines pseudo-religion, pseudo-esoterica, indecent amounts of cash and lots of Hollywood star-power to form one big, powerful, tax-exempt absurdity. The documentary explains how the church’s Hollywood stars are pawns to its grand scheme, how those who go against it are blackmailed and even how  “Scientology-approved” wives are groomed to be in a relationship with Scientology stars.

John Travolta and Tom Cruise are the two biggest stars associated with Scientology. Coincidentally enough, they both became extremely weird as the years went by.

John Travolta

The first superstar spokesman of Scientology was John Travolta. He was assigned a contact named Spanky Taylor with whom he became close. Things however got sour when she was sent to a Scientology “prison camp”.

The film asserts that Travolta was a “troubled young man looking for help” when he stumbled across Hubbard’s book “Dianetics.” After he discovered Scientology, he started booking everything: commercials, small acting gigs, his role on “Welcome Back Kotter.” A Scientology member named Spanky Taylor was assigned to be his contact, and the two became quite close. Taylor is interviewed at length for “Going Clear,” and she recalls the incredible confidence boost that Travolta got from the church — and he was afraid if he stopped going, his career success would stop as well. He was church’s first superstar spokesman.

“The beliefs and practices that I have studied in Scientology have been invaluable to me,” Travolta said in a previous interview.

But things took a dark turn when Taylor was sent to the “Rehabilitation Project Force,” she says, a “prison camp” for members who criticize the church. (It’s billed as a place to go when members get “stressed.”) Taylor says she was forced to do menial labor and only sleep a few hours a night, and was also separated from her baby daughter, since kids are seen as a “distraction” to their parents. Taylor details how she managed to escape with her daughter after being in horrifying living conditions. However, she was cut off from her friend Travolta, whom Wright alleges knew what was happening to Taylor, but did nothing.
– Washington Post, How Scientology controls John Travolta and Tom Cruise, according to ‘Going Clear’

The documentary highlights the main reason why Scientology stars never speak out against the church : They have to go through an ‘audit’.

Former Scientology officials, including former spokesman Marty Rathbun, say that every “audit” (where a Scientology member is forced to reveal their deepest, most intimate secrets and fears on the way to attain spiritual and mental clarity) is recorded and filmed. Not to mention the “auditors” take pages of notes. So, when word had it that Travolta was threatening to leave, all the officials had do was go through all the notes from the auditing sessions to find secrets that Travolta had spilled and may not want getting out into the public.

“I know this because I used to do it when I was the head of the office of special affairs,” said former official Mike Rinder. “By exposing [these secrets]or threatening to expose them, they will cower the person into silence.”
– Ibid.

It should be noted that several powerful secret societies use the same techniques to keep their members silent. During the initiation process of the notorious Skull and Bones, candidates are asked to yell out their deepest secrets (especially sexual) as they lye in coffin. This information is then used for blackmail threats.

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise is the biggest star associated with the church. His entire life, his career and even his relationships are shaped by it.

Cruise and Scientology leader David Miscavige, who took over when Hubbard died, were close friends, the film says. But their relationship hit a snag when Cruise fell for Nicole Kidman, and the pair got married. Because Kidman’s father was a psychologist (and the church does not like psychologists), she was identified as a “PTS”: Potential Trouble Source. They were married for a little more than 10 years, and after Cruise was seen as drifting too far away from Miscavige, Rathbun says he was tasked to break up the marriage and get Cruise back into the church.

How did he do that? Audits. Rathbun says that not only did he have to deliver reports from his audit sessions with Cruise, but that Miscavige hired private investigators to look into Kidman for any other damaging information. They also tapped her phone when Cruise mentioned he was curious about her phone conversations (Cruise’s lawyer denies this). The film also alleges that Miscavige helped drive a wedge between Kidman and her and Cruise’s two adopted children, turning them against their mother.
– Ibid.

After Cruise separated from Kidman, he got “set up” with Nazanin Boniadi, who was pretty much a mind control slave manipulated by the church.

After Miscavige heard Cruise was complaining that he wanted a new girlfriend, young Scientologist Nazanin Boniadi (now an actress known for “How I Met Your Mother” and “Homeland”) suddenly got a new assignment, Wright said. While Boniadi signed a non-disclosure agreement with the church, “Going Clear” director Alex Gibney said he found details in FBI testimony. Boniadi was moved into the celebrity center, the film says, where she was given audio of her boyfriend confessing an affair. After she dumped her boyfriend, she got a sleek new makeover, which the organization told her was because she was going on a humanitarian mission and had to look her best for world leaders.

Instead, she was given the role of Cruise’s new girlfriend. Gibney tells the story that shortly after Boniadi moved in with Cruise, they got a visit from Miscavige. Boniadi had a headache and wasn’t too responsive, and later, Cruise screamed at her for not being more respectful to the Scientology leader. She was soon told that she was no longer Cruise’s girlfriend, and was shipped back to another Scientology center. Former Scientology member and filmmaker Paul Haggis, also interviewed for the film, said Boniadi faced punishment (cleaning out the public bathrooms with a toothbrush) for telling a friend about her heartbreak over the break-up.
– Ibid.

Watch this video of Tom Cruise receiving a “Medal of Valor” from Scientology and witness the church’s brainwashing powers.

While Scientology’s methods are indeed insane, the church is not the only entity using them. In fact, the entire Hollywood system works this way, and goes even further. Scientology is simply another arm of the occult elite’s system.

The church was founded by L. Ron Hubbard, who was a protégé of Aleister Crowley and a member of the O.T.O., the most powerful secret society in Hollywood. The O.T.O. is behind most of the black magick and mind control aspects of Hollywood. Therefore, unsurprisingly, Scientology behaves the same way.

 

The movie can be viewed here: http://viooz.ac/movies/26568-going-clear-scientology-and-the-prison-of-belief-2015.html