Anyone concerned about bathrooms is an idiot

I honestly cannot understand what all the fuss about transgender people and bathrooms is all about. It seems to me that common sense should prevail. Tonight on the Tucker Carlson show, Zac Petkanas, a democratic pundit, was interviewed and stated repeatedly that gender is determined by how people self-identify. This is absolutely absurd on it’s face. Tucker then asked him the entirely reasonable question whether race is determined in the same way, but Mr. Petkanas said no. This is clearly incongruous. If we are going to put aside biology and use self-identification to determine gender, then the same logic should be applied to race. And therefore logically any white man should be able to claim to be a black woman for the purposes of, say, getting into a University. This is insanity.

Biology is biology, despite people wanting to deny that. Men are men, and women are women, but I believe that gender biology as well as gender identity exist on a spectrum, and for a very small portion of the population in the middle of this spectrum gender is ambiguous. Still, other than a very tiny fraction of people who are hermaphrodites or have mixed gonads, the biology is clear. The majority of people in the world are men who identify as men or women who identify as women. There are a small number of people for whom this does not apply, but this still does not change biology. A man who identifies as a woman is not a woman, but a man who identifies as a woman, and vice versa. Anyone who says otherwise is a nitwit and a biology denier.

That being said, what any one person wants to call himself or herself makes no difference to me. If a man wants to go around saying he is a woman, or a woman wants to say that she is a man, that is fine with me. All I ask is that if I am going to be accepting of you and be sensitive towards you that you do the same for me. If you appear to be a man and I address you as a man, please do not take offense if you want to be addressed as a woman. I will try to be sensitive, but please do not go out of your way to take offense.

As far as bathrooms are concerned, what I want to know is where are the bathroom police who are checking? If you identify as a woman, use the women’s bathroom. If you identify as a man, use the men’s room. I certainly am not going to check whether you are what you say you are.

People who want to be divisive are ginning this entire issue up, and it serves no one any good. People who are ignorant or bigoted about transgender people may have irrational fears about these people being ‘dangerous’. I think this is a personal problem for the people who are afraid, and education and kindness can overcome this problem. But I believe that there are more people on the left who are just looking for ways to take offense in order to push their agenda.

If everyone would just mind their own business and stop trying to tell other people how to live the world would be a better place.

Climate Shame

Once again we have revelations of data manipulation and false information in the ‘settled’ science of the global climate. This reveals what I have long argued: ‘climate change’ is a scam.

Now before you dismiss me as a ‘climate denier’, please, hear me out. I am an environmentalist and hope that we continue to work to manage our pollution better. But this entire issue really has nothing to do with the environment.

I have a few points to share that may upset the sensibilities of people who are convinced of the coming climate catastrophe:

1) Climate changes, life goes on

The climate of this planet has changed over the eons and will continue to do so in the future. Wishful (magical) thinking on the part of activists will not cause the climate to suddenly stop changing to suit their tastes. Human activity likely is contributing to that change, but how much and what to do about it remain topics of hot debate.

I hate to break it to you bleeding-hearts, but the planet will continue to do just fine for the foreseeable future. One hundred, five hundred, one thousand, or one million years from now there will be life in abundance on this planet, whether human or not. Whether we blow ourselves up with nuclear bombs or trash the planet with poly-cyclo-benzo-whatevers, life will find a way.

2) Species go extinct

Look at the fossil record and you will see countless species that have developed and then gone extinct over the ages. But now all of a sudden because some econutballs have ‘awareness’ of the environment, everything is supposed to remain static. If I understand the green fringe elements, any species that roams the earth at this moment is sacred and it would be a tragedy if we let any of them die out. This not only goes for the large mammals, but also for the left-handed-green-spotted-wharf-snail in Kalamazoo. I am all for preserving areas where wildlife can live, but I think the way to go about it should be for the environmental groups to buy land and then keep it natural. Bringing government into the equation is only a power play by the weak – they can’t get their way through persuasion so they must hire (elect) people with guns to enforce their way of view. And expecting all living species today to continue on in perpetuity is a pipe dream.

3) Science is messy

Science is never ‘settled’. In fact, the majority of scientific advancement is achieved by disproving previously known ‘truths’. Trying to predict the future is a fool’s errand. Just look at your local weather: models have gotten quite good at predicting the next few hours or even days of weather, but is it going to rain where you are one month from now? Who knows? There are just too many variables for us to be able to comprehend this system entirely.

I know what science is like – I have published a number of papers myself – and anyone else who has published a peer-reviewed scientific paper will know the magic of statistics. You can take raw data and analyze it by many various methods, you can fill in gaps in the data in many different ways, and you can drive the outcome of a study towards a desired goal in the process, if one were so inclined. Every scientist makes personal justifications for these manipulations, and every one will find their position on the spectrum of what is and is not allowable. The more manipulation of the data that takes place, the further from ‘pure’ science we go. And this brings us directly to the next point:

4) Many climate scientists have an agenda clouding their judgment

What are these agendas? They are different for each individual, whether it is a desire for tenure, status, and respect among peers; righteous indignation towards polluters; disdain for American capitalism; or some combination of these, the agendas of the individual may drive them away from ‘pure’ science and allow them to justify data manipulation to the point of a reversal of the true findings of the study.

So deeply ingrained is the ‘global warming’…err ‘climate change’ paradigm that many scientists cannot see their data objectively. They resist change fiercely, and will go to great lengths to defend their theory. As Thomas Kuhn puts it:

The source of resistance is the assurance that the older paradigm will ultimately solve all its problems, that nature can be shoved into the box the paradigm provides. Inevitably, at times of revolution, that assurance seems stubborn and pigheaded as indeed it sometimes becomes.

Kuhn goes on to say that the ‘assurance’ of scientists allows science to proceed, but the resistance to change is often so strong that it takes the dying out of an entire generation for new ideas to take the place of the old way of thinking.

5) It is all about money and power

Most of the powerful players in this game couldn’t care less what the temperature of the planet will be in fifty or one hundred years. What they do care about is money and power and how to manipulate people, governments, and corporations. The only proof you need: were climate activists and government officials so concerned about carbon they would set up internet tele-conferences instead of flying on their private jets to conferences in Paris, Geneva, and Davos. Everyone wants clean air and clean water, so this serves as a useful front for their bait-and-switch game.

that, ladies and gentlemen, is the Inconvenient Truth.