Episode 449 Scott Adams: PART2 College Admissions Scandal, “Fine People” Hoax, Baby Killing Hoax, Insurance Policy Hoax

Topics: 

  • The defining characteristic of the right, “rules based people”
  • Transgender athletes: The question of “fairness”
  • Is Alyssa Milano fighting for right to murder babies after birth?
  • “Modern abortion techniques do NOT result in live birth”
    • Any baby born is a citizen…you can’t murder a citizen
  • Nick Searcy and others say you need to read between the lines
    • Law clearly says you can’t kill a live born baby
    • Nick and others say read between the lines, read their minds
    • Laws that allow the murder of born babies…are a hoax

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Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott Delightfully Coons For Jerry Jones, Backs Anthem Policy

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones introduced a harsh rule that his players must stand for the National Anthem ahead of games despite new rules the NFL is set to introduce which may be more lenient. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott backed up his owner, saying protests for the anthem are out of place and take away from the game.

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The QB addressed reporters at Cowboys camp Friday and said he’s fine with Jerry’s new rule that forces players to stand … ’cause it’s something he’s always believed in himself.

“I never protest during the anthem and I don’t think that’s the time or venue to do so,” Dak said.

“The game of football has always brought me such at peace and I think it does the same for a lot of people playing the game, watching the game and a lot of people that have any impact of the game.”

“So, when you bring such a controversy to the stadium, to the field, to the game … it takes away. It takes away from the joy and to the love that football brings a lot of people.”

Contrasting Prescott’s shoe-shuffling and tap-dancing, extra-woke Philadelphia Eagles player Malcolm Jenkins said in a locker room chat that he thinks Jones is a “bully” for silencing the individual voices of his players in a report from ESPN.

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Caitlyn Jenner is public with and proud of her new name — but using it on Facebook could have gotten her reported under the site’s current naming rules.

Approximately 100 protesters — who, like Jenner, go by a name that’s not necessarily reflected on a Social Security card or tax return — gathered Monday outside Facebook’s Silicon Valley, California, headquarters as part of the MyNameIs campaign.

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Facebook members can only use what the company calls “authentic identity” — meaning names that “your friends call you in real life” that can also be backed up by certain documents, many of which must be government-issued. Users believed to be in violation of these rules can be reported to the company and their accounts can be deleted.

But, protesters say, this policy overlooks a wide-ranging group of people on Facebook, including transgender people, drag performers, domestic violence survivors and Native Americans.

“What Facebook has been incredibly slow to realize is that their name reporting system has been used as a tool of harassment and abuse, to frighten, endanger, and attempt to out thousands of people,” Cruel Valentine, a Chicago-based burlesque performer, told The Huffington Post in a message. “I understand that people on Facebook sometimes pose as others, or hide behind pseudonyms to conduct abusive behavior online, but it is so important that we distinguish between those users and folks who are just being their authentic selves.”

Trisha Fogleman, a co-organizer of the protest, agrees.

“The policy hurts identity,” she said. “It does not affect behavior.”

“As a survivor of domestic violence or [for] other people who have been bullied or harassed, it’s a safety issue,” she added. “People should should still be able to be connected to their community and be safe from their harassers.”

Valentine said her account was suspended for nearly two months because she refused to provide her legal name. Valentine, who uses her accounts for business reasons, said she received no responses from Facebook to her appeals.

“Some performers make the choice to go by their stage names and legal names interchangeably,” Valentine said. “For many of us, though, it is a matter of safety. Due to the adult nature of much of my work, it is very important that I keep my legal information separate from my public life. I’ve had experiences where fans have made attempts to gain access to my private life, and I’ve been threatened [and] stalked in the past.”

Many Native American users who incorporate animals and natural references into their name — like blogger Dana Lone Hill — are flagged on Facebook because their names sound fake to non-natives, the BBC reports.

For other vulnerable groups, like transgender youth or domestic violence survivors, obtaining official documentation of the name they wish to use for privacy reasons can be hard to come by. Unlike other social media sites like Instagram, Twitter, Ello and Google Plus, Facebook’s naming rules force some people to choose between staying connected to their community and potentially exposing themselves to their harassers and abusers.

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Little Miss Hot Mess, a San Francisco-based drag performer who helped organize the protest, said the MyNameIs protest and campaign has offered Facebook three ways it can improve its naming policy.

First, ditch the option to report people for their names.

“We think that it’s obsolete. It targets identity, not bad behavior,” Little Miss Hot Mess said. “The reality is there are more direct ways of reporting bad behavior, like impersonators or harassers.”

Second, stop asking for identification. “We’re asking Facebook to get more creative,” Little Miss Hot Mess said, and suggested Facebook leverage its “trusted contacts” feature that’s already in place to help verify that a person is real.

Third, make a more clear and transparent appeals process if an account does get shut down.

“As it is now, there’s no way for a user to reach out to Facebook customer service,” Little Miss Hot Mess said. “The only option they give is if your account has been fully deactivated.”

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In response to Huffington Post’s request for comment, Facebook Spokesman Andrew Souvall pointed to a post released Monday in which Executives Justin Osofsky and Monika Bickert addressed some concerns with the authentic name policy and outlined changes the company had made to its verification policy over the last year. Among other alterations, Facebook said it had updated its language to note that authentic names don’t necessarily have to be legal names — though certain proof is still required if an account is flagged.

“For various reasons, people had difficulty with the process of verification and we are sorry to anyone who has been affected by this,” they wrote. “So, in consultation with local and national LGBTQ community members and others who provided valuable suggestions and feedback, we’ve made significant improvements in response to some of their concerns.”

Attendees of the protest said the company did not meet with them during Monday’s demonstration. However, Fogleman said the Facebook Pride group did have a few tables of snacks and water set out for the protesters.

“Facebook has made great strides lately with expanding their gender identity and pronoun options, but so many of the people who would benefit most from those awesome improvements are being locked out of their accounts because some random person on the Internet thought their name didn’t sound real, or that the way they looked didn’t match up with their profile name,” Valentine said. “It’s crazy to me how progressive this company can be in one area, while remaining so ignorant in another.”

Little Miss Hot Mess said it’s crucial to remember that for many users, Facebook isn’t just a fun way to procrastinate.

“For a lot of people, it really is a lifeline to their communities and their resources — especially if they’re isolated geographically or socially. It really is the public utility of our time,” she said.

“In some ways, it’s about much more than Facebook,” she added. “It’s about setting precedence for how we identify ourselves online, how we express ourselves.”

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Barnard College Works Toward New Policy On Transgender Admissions

NEW YORK (AP) — On a recent bright spring morning, students admitted to the Barnard College Class of 2019 gathered on campus. As blue-and-white balloons fluttered in the breeze, the prospective freshmen attended panels and lunched on the lawn, chatting animatedly with current students.

There were, of course, young women from a variety of backgrounds, but at least one category wasn’t included: transgender women. Barnard, like other women’s colleges, has traditionally admitted only students born female. But that might be changing.

Next week, Barnard’s trustees are expected to vote on an issue that has arrived loudly and emphatically on the front burner for women’s colleges across the nation: transgender admissions. One by one, schools have announced policies in the past year that address, as never before, the fluidity of gender.

Why the sudden action? “I think certain issues just hit the zeitgeist at a certain point in time,” says Debora Spar, Barnard’s president, who’s led a monthslong effort to explore the issue with her community, including five town halls and a survey that yielded some 900 responses – all of which she says she’s personally read. “History is moving very quickly on this issue.”

Popular culture, too. “Transgender issues have been accelerating in the culture,” says Jennifer Finney Boylan, an English professor at Barnard and herself a trans woman. She points to several recent influential events: Actress Laverne Cox appearing on a Time magazine cover touting “The Transgender Tipping Point.” The Golden Globe-winning TV show “Transparent,” about a trans woman. And, more recently, Bruce Jenner’s transition. “These issues are changing the game,” says Boylan. “It might seem like it’s all happening at once, but why didn’t it happen sooner? I’m delighted that all of these colleges are trying to figure it out.”

But figuring it out is a complex process, and colleges have arrived at differing (and often lengthy) policies. The most recent: Smith College, which decided in early May to admit transgender women but not transgender men (assigned female at birth but identifying as male). Mount Holyoke, on the other hand, has decided to admit both. “We acknowledge that gender identity is not reducible to the body,” said the school’s president, Lynn Pasquerella, in September.

Barnard, now, will have to determine where to draw the line.

“There’s no one right answer,” says Dru Levasseur, director of Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project. “It’s a complex issue, and it reflects the complexity of gender.” To those who might argue that the issue affects only a tiny group of people, Levasseur replies that it’s hugely symbolic.

“It really gets to the heart of who qualifies as a woman, and who qualifies as a man,” Levasseur says. “Which makes it so relevant right now.”

Ahead of the decision, The Associated Press sampled some views across the community.

“WE WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING”

Spar, the Barnard president, says the issue is hardly brand new; she’s been thinking about transgender admissions since she took her position in 2008. After listening to various views, she feels it boils down to “a split in how people defined what a women’s college is.”

“For part of the community, that mission is defined as educating women,” Spar says. “For another part, it’s about providing a space for gender-oppressed minorities. And when you come down to it, that divide affects how you see the issue of transgender admissions.”

“We really want to do the right thing,” Spar says. “We just have to figure out what the right thing is.”

“WE DON’T WANT TO BE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY”

Caleb LoSchiavo, 22, a graduating senior, was born female but, upon arrival at Barnard, began a gradual transition. An Italian and psychology major, LoSchiavo changed names legally last year.

“I arrived here and realized that I wasn’t female,” LoSchiavo says. “I didn’t fit into this idea of womanhood.”

LoSchiavo, who identifies as neither male nor female but “gender fluid,” has been active in transgender issues on campus, and senses that Barnard is ready to admit transgender students: “It would look really regressive and behind the times to say `no.’ We don’t want to be on the wrong side of history.”

But how to define the policy? LoSchiavo thinks Barnard should admit anyone except those who identify as male. That would exclude trans men.

“If you KNOW you’re a man, then a women’s college is not your place,” LoSchiavo says. “Men have male privilege, that’s a fact. If people see you as a man, you’re going to be treated with more respect. Men don’t need to be at a women’s college to see themselves reflected in leadership. They can look at the entire history of our nation.”

“THIS IS PART OF BARNARD’S MISSION”

If Barnard’s decision goes that way, it would effectively exclude someone like Mark King, a music major who’s just completed junior year and is a trans man.

King, 21, began identifying as a male at 16 or 17. But he didn’t come out publicly until he’d arrived at Barnard. “In high school, there are just so many people who know you, so many people to get past,” he says. “It was excellent to come to Barnard and introduce myself as I am.”

King always gets the same question: “Why would a trans man want to come to Barnard?” His answer is that Barnard is not MORE rigid because it’s a women’s college; it’s less.

“Barnard appealed to me as a trans person because I knew that the environment here was much more accepting, and that people were completely open and happy to learn about other people’s experiences,” he says.

King, who among other initiatives has worked with the college to establish gender-inclusive bathrooms in every Barnard building, agrees with many that the first priority is to get trans women accepted.

“But,” he says, “I think Barnard should admit all students for whom womanhood is or HAS BEEN part of their identity.”

To bolster his case, King points to Barnard’s very mission statement, which says that the school “embraces its responsibility to address issues of gender in all of their complexity and urgency, and to help students achieve the personal strength that will enable them to meet the challenges they will encounter throughout their lives.”

“BARNARD’S UNIQUE IDENTITY”

Ava Kingsley, a rising junior and economics major, attended a town hall and suddenly found herself becoming a spokesman for “the other side.”

“The first two people spoke and they were very pro-opening up admissions. It was very unilateral, one-dimensional, and so I raised my hand,” she says.

Kingsley notes that Barnard is unique; it’s a women’s college but also part of Columbia. Any Columbia student can take class, eat in dining halls or hang out at Barnard; they just can’t be officially a Barnard student.

“The co-ed aspect is important to me,” says Kingsley, who adds that she understands all sides, and also welcomes transgender students in any aspect of campus life. “Yet also, I feel strongly about having the all-women’s environment in the sense of the principle of the school and its mission. For me, as soon as you have students who have a penis apply to an all-women’s college, that takes away our unique identity as one. With three of four Columbia colleges able to enroll transgender students, I feel Barnard doesn’t have any obligation to take our exclusivity away, something we fought so hard to maintain.”

“THE MORE YOU THINK, THE MORE SENSE IT MAKES”

Boylan, the professor and transgender activist, favors the most inclusive policy possible. But she understands why views differ. The “least vexing” question for most people, she says, is whether transgender women have a place at Barnard.

As for those who question why a person identifying as male should be at Barnard, she answers: “You come to a place like this because gender is at the center of your life. Because the questions you need to answer to become yourself are questions that are best going to be answered at a college in which gender is at the center of the academic enterprise. The more you think about it, the more sense it makes.”

And why is the issue important, despite the small numbers involved? (It’s hard to know how many college applicants will be affected; the entire transgender population in the US has been estimated at about 700,000.)

“Our humanity is measured by the way we treat the most vulnerable in our society,” Boylan says. “Even if – I would say especially if – their numbers are small.”

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