Dress-Up and Being Transracial

 

I remember one day when my daughter was very young and she dressed herself up as a pirate. For the rest of the day, we had to call her “Yellowbeard” (she was blonde), and say “Arrrrr!” a lot. She identified as a pirate, so she wanted us to address her as a pirate, use pirate language around her, and otherwise consider her a pirate all day. Everyone who saw her played along.

Of course, the next day she could be a very different character. That was who she was. And it was cute.

In her mid-twenties now, she no longer identifies as a pirate. She did go through other identities during her very early years, but that is not a part of her now.

Oddly enough, there are adults in our society who want us to consider them to be something other than what they are. We have all heard about Rachel Dolezal and her attempts to recast herself as a black woman, even though she is white. She actually attempted to hide her past as a white female, but it eventually was revealed that she had been presenting herself as black, probably in order to get significant jobs within NAACP. I can see how that transformation could benefit her job-wise.

Now, however, there is a white man who is claiming to be Filipino, even though he has no such ancestry. He says that he’s “transracial” and now identifies as a Filipino. This appears harmless, although it is possible that he could try to use this for gain, such as jobs or immigration to the Philippines.

On a side note, he also says he identifies as a woman now. This may have played into his decision to be transracial. When someone can change their gender simply by declaring it so, what is to prevent them from changing anything else about their life simply by declaration? What about:

“I’m a pirate now! Arrrrrr!”

                “I’m a policeman now! Pull over!”

                “I’m a doctor now! I can perform surgery!”

And many other ridiculous declarations. This is all so silly, but we are asked to consider these incidents as worthy of consideration.

According to the article, the Florida man says that he loves experiencing Filipino music and food, so he believes he’s really Filipino. Well, I like a lot of things, but that doesn’t make me a member of the Carolina Panthers, a highly-trained sniper, or a millionaire.

It’s all quite exasperating.

Arrrrr!

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Scientists Criticize Stephen Hawking’s ‘Bizarre’ Claim Trump Will Push Earth ‘Over the Brink’ | The Stream

Stephen Hawkins extreme prediction of the earth becoming like Venus is interesting. Scientists have already indicated that this is not what is expected to happen if CO2 continues to climb. First, there is the scientism worldview that believes that anything that someone of science says must be true. That is a naïve worldview because science is sometimes wrong, and scientists sometimes have nonscientific bones to chew. For instance, scientist sometimes just want money for their pet projects. And they may exaggerate just to get funding. Not to say that all of them do, but it is a motivation for some. 

 Second, here’s the question of Hawkins reason for making such an extreme prediction. Most of us hold him in high regard simply because of his credentials. Recently, Hawkins changed his prediction that we have thousand years before the extinction of mankind to a new prediction that we only have 100 years. He gave no scientific basis for that, he simply made a prediction. Why 1000 years? Why 100 years? That is incredible rounding . Why not 1236? Why not 73? It makes you wonder if he’s just simply shooting from the hip based on a feeling he has. That’s not science. 

https://stream.org/scientists-criticize-stephen-hawkings-bizarre-claim-trump-will-push-earth-brink/

New Christopher Nolan WWII Movie ‘Dunkirk’ Portrays White People as White, Runs Afoul of Diversity Police | Heat Street

Because only black people do anything interesting…

https://heatst.com/culture-wars/dunkirk-so-white-new-christopher-nolan-wwii-blockbuster-falls-foul-of-social-media-diversity-police/

Robot ‘priest’ can beam light from its hands and give automated blessings to worshippers – Mirror Online

Getting past the silliness of this headline, it makes you wonder about the beliefs of people who created this. Do they believe that a Christian minister is nothing more than flesh and blood? If so, then it would make sense that they could make a robot to do exactly what a Christian minister to others. Since people with that mindset would see no spiritual side to what ministers do , then creating an automated priest would do the exact same thing.

A priest is someone who comes between God and man and represents man for his best interests. The Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Episcopalian denominations have priests. How could a robot actually an intermediary between God and man?

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/robot-priest-can-beam-light-10523678

Mark Zuckerberg calls for universal basic income at Harvard speech

The concept of a guaranteed income has been around for a while. The Swiss  considered it. The Finns tried it in small measure. The Communists abandoned it. It never worked, but apparently there are people who want to see it working a capitalist context. What evidence is there that it will work this time?

Soderbergh seems to believe that people have a guaranteed income, they would be willing to take risks to try new business ideas. Some may do so. Some may simply game the system. And others might simply continue to seek after losing ventures. After all, there would be little risk in failure.

Now that we are establishing healthcare as a universal right, as wrong is that may be, here are now ideas of how to establish other lights , such as guaranteed income.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/25/mark-zuckerberg-calls-for-universal-basic-income-at-harvard-speech.html

Katy Perry SEAL Smackdown: A turning point on celebrity blather?

Katy Perry said some stupid things this week about how loving everyone will stop Islamic terrorists in their tracks. This Navy Seal has a great comeback for that.

But beyond that it makes you wonder Why such things are even said in the first place. After all, we know that the Navy SEALs comment is more true than Katy Perry’s comment.

I believe it is because, in some questions, there is great peer pressure to conform. It seems to be very prominent in Hollywood. The fanbase seems to be extremely liberal, so the actors and actresses want to appease their fans. They know that if they speak differently on this topic , they will be ostracized. That doesn’t make it right, but it does make me wonder if they believe the kinds of things that they say to the public.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/05/does_the_katy_perry_seal_smackdown_mark_a_turning_point_on_celebrity_blather_.html