commentary by Monomakh —

The mistaken belief that male and female brains are the same is a nice Utopian idea but the scientific facts and findings DO NOT support the notion. In fact, there have been numerous scientific studies done that prove how the prenatal testosterone affects the developing male brain in the womb. A recent study published their results in the scientific journal “Nature” and that study found testosterone in the womb alters the “programming” of neural stem cells responsible for growth of the brain and gender differences.

Gender feminists allege that a child is born as a “blank slat” at birth and that it’s perceptions are formed by society and parents as the child grows up. In psychology this is known as the “Blank Slate Theory” or “Tabula Rasa” developed by John Locke a philosopher who postulate that the human brain is empty at birth. It can be traced back to the Greek philosopher Aristotle. Supporters of this theory typically use results of a 2015 study which claimed that it is impossible to tell males and females apart in terms of the brain. However, when this study was reanalyzed they discovered male and female brains COULD be identified with a 77% accuracy rate in terms of differences! In yet another study last years researchers used a large sample population along with higher neuro-imaging and participants were able to identify the sex of the brain with 93% accuracy.

Other studies have repeatedly shown that there are differences between males and females in a wide range of cognitive domains including mental rotation, verbal fluency, etc.

Many advocates of transgender rights ignore these studies and claim there is no difference between males and females in terms of the brain but that claim has repeatedly NOT been supported by numerous scientific studies that has shown beyond doubt that differences do exist. No matter how much one wishes to believe there are no differences and that one is born with the mind being a “blank slate” the science does not support the notion and, in fact, proves that just the opposite is true.

In relation to this issue I wish to also address the issue of youth undergoing transgender therapy. How young are we talking here? Does anyone know? I asked this because a few days ago someone told me that children as young as 5 can undergo transgender therapy if the parents are agreeable. If this is so then I must ask the question….Does a 5 year old have the mental capacity to make the decision to alter their gender? Does a 10 year old? Does a 14 year old? I’m sorry but children DO NOT have the same mental capacity and ability to understand as adults! And what happens when that 5 year old enters their teens and resents being altered? What then? Whose fault is it?

Supporters of this like to say that we are each “assigned” a gender when we are born by a doctor upon delivery but it doesn’t mean that’s what we are. Say what? I’m pretty sure if you are born with a penis you are born a male and if with a vagina then a female! This hearkens back to the idea that some people of one sex are born in the wrong sex body. Frankly, I’m not so sure about that.

I can certainly see why some people on this planet view the West including America as nations of “infidels” because in their minds we are opening and proudly fighting against the natural. Somehow in our own minds we think it is all ok but is it? Really? One thing I know is that every time humans try to defy nature no matter how long it takes NATURE typically comes out as the WINNER and humans as the LOSERS. I have a strong suspicion that this will also be the case here.

If a young person is a young adult and have the ability to make an informed decision to change their gender then go for it. But children, especially small children, I think is just plain wrong. Changing one’s gender is not something to be taken lightly and it must be taken seriously. It must be an informed adult decision in my opinion.

Of course I know some of you out there are thinking I just don’t understand the surrounding issues over all this such as bullying. Yes, bullying can be a very cruel thing for youths and children and I have no doubt about that. However, when I went to school our parents solution to a bully was to teach us to KICK HIS ASS! And that is exactly what many of us did and guess what? The bully wasn’t so big and bad after that! Maybe we need to go back to that because bullies seem not to have any respect for rules and laws but only respect it when someone stands up to them and kicks their ass!! Then MOST bullies leave you alone.

We live in a lost society in America and I have no doubt that someday, somehow we are all going to pay the price in some very big ways. On a society level we have made some very poor choices. Life is about choices and with those choices come consequences good or bad. Contrary to what we might think we ALWAYS pay the consequences sooner or later.

There are some things that must be adult choices and decisions.  Some things that most children do not have the mental capacity to decide.  We should look closely at this difference in adult/child capacity and perhaps make other choices.



End of the Obama Era

Political Commentary by Viktor Sukov

The end of the Obama era is now drawing to a close and all I can say is Thank God for that. The past 8 years of his presidency have been a complete disaster for our country, for our people, and for the entire world. And Thank God Hillary Clinton didn’t win the election as we would have 4 more years of Obama’s “doctrines” which are a joke to say the least.

No!  No!  I won't go!  This is my public housing home and they'll have to drag me out!  Why am I being forced out of the WH???

In the past 8 years we’ve seen our country reduced to almost a third world nation economically. We’ve seen attempt after attempt by the Obama administration to reduce the most sophisticated and powerful military on the planet to rubble. We’ve been played like fools and we’ve been repeatedly lied to that make one’s head swim. Instead of being a great unifier Barack Obama has turned out to be the Great Divider and he and his administration have divided our nation in ways that were once unimaginable. When it comes to Black Americans, Barack Obama hasn’t done one damned thing for them over the past 8 years and the fact is Black Americans are no better than off than they were 8 years ago and possibly even worse off. That’s a really sad legacy for America’s first “black” POTUS (remember he’s half black and half white).

Obama’s signature piece accomplishment has been the Affordable Healthcare Act aka Obamacare. He touted it as something that would reduce the high costs of medical care and assured us that for the first time in American history healthcare would be affordable to all. Not long ago people got their notices from their health insurance providers and those notices sent most people into a state of SHOCK as they were informed their monthly premiums were going up over 100%! Affordable? It now appears there is NOTHING AFFORDABLE about Obamacare. Continue reading

Sad Times for Hillary Clinton

ClintonI’ve sat back simply listening and observing all of the hoopla around Hillary Clinton’s fall this past Sunday at the 9/11 ceremony in NYC. I’ve heard and read all sort of THEORIES and GUESSES (some educated and others outright ignorant) ranging from Parkinson’s Disease to how it was all faked. But it’s all speculation and will continue to be such unless Hillary admits to her suffering from some major medical issue OR until she has a medical emergency in front of thousands while on stage giving a campaign speech. IF she has a major medical issue I suspect the later will be the case and her campaign will not be able to hide it, dismiss it, or explain it away.

I’m not going to be a part of the circus of speculation that has developed over the past 2 days around Hillary’s fall at the 9/11 event as there could be a thousand things medically wrong with or it could all just be a bunch of hype. Personally, I think there IS something medically wrong with Hillary Clinton and whatever the problem is over the course of the past 4-5 months it has become worse.  And I’m sure that it will continue to become worse over the course of the coming few months.

That said I think it very sad that she is NOT getting the treatment she needs but instead is being pushed by those who surround her and these people are heartless predators IMO!  All these people care about is the fame and personal fortune and power associated with the first Woman POTUS being put into office should she indeed be elected in November.  Money and the thirst for power do strange things to people!  In fact, sometimes they make monsters out of seemingly ordinary people!  IF there is something seriously medically wrong with Hillary that is the LAST thing these people would care about.  I find that very sad.  I do not agree with Hillary’s political views BUT she is still a HUMAN BEING and if what I suspect is happening to her is indeed happening then that is beyond deplorable!  She is a HUMAN BEING but she is not being seen as one I suspect in the eyes of those who can only see their own personal ego appeasement.  And IF as I suspect this is the case then it tells us a great deal about American society and politics and just how far down the CESSPOOL this nation and its people have REALLY sunken!!

Politics is a GAME!  It is a game with HIGH STAKES!  It is a game in which people are used and sometimes even abused and then simply thrown away as if they were garbage being thrown out!  Not only is politics a game but it is typically a PREDATORY GAME.  Friends are not made in politics but, rather, only convenient alliances and once those alliances are broken or nor longer needed they are simply broken without even batting an eye and with no regard to the people such broken alliances harm.  I have long suspected that MOST politicians are nothing short of sociopaths and many more are outright psychopaths!  And we wonder what in the hell is wrong with our country?

Politicians running for office will tell the American voter ANYTHING they suspect the voter wants to hear BUT once in office politicians SELDOM if EVER make good on their promises.  Instead they go on about their “business” without any regard for the people who voted for them based on their promises and with NO remorse at all.  And this is nothing new.  It’s been the American political systems M.O. for decades now! Continue reading

Predatory Drug Makers USA

US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (Vt) recently commented on American drug makers and how they are gouging US consumers.  Comparing drug prices in the US to other countries Sanders pointed out that Americans pay the highest prices in the world for medications.  Sanders also noted that the top 3 drug makers in the US made a combined $45 billion dollar profit last year.  That’s astounding to say the least.  And Sanders also pointed out that these drug makers spent more on sales and marketing than they did on research and development.

Sanders made his comments on the US Senate floor saying that the US is the only major nation on earth that does not regulate prescription drug prices in one form or another and he described this as “an unmitigated disaster.”  As we noted in a post on this site a few days ago Americans consume over 80% of the world’s legal drugs proving once again that America is the primary market for drug consumption, legal AND illegal.

Senator Sanders said nationwide spending on legal drugs increased more than 12% last year and he noted that that increase was more than double the rise of overall medical costs.  Sanders also said that 35 million Americans did not fill a prescription last year because they could not afford it.  Presumably their insurance wouldn’t pay for it either.  For instance, one middle aged man we talked to did not fill a prescription for nail fungus a few months ago because his insurance wouldn’t pay for it and the out of pocket cost was….get this…..$800.00!  Another man we spoke with did not have an eye drop prescription filled for the same reason and his out of pocket cost would have been almost $80.00.

Sanders is advocating a new approach to RX drugs in the US and says America needs leadership that will stand up to the drug makers and “tell them loudly and clearly that they will no longer be able to rip off the American people.”  Sanders and colleague Rep Elijah Cummings (D-Md) have introduced the Prescription Drug Affordability Act of 2015 which would authorize the Secretary of DHS to negotiate drug prices for better prices under private Medicare drug plans.  It also includes tougher penalties for drug makers that commit fraud and bans the current practice of brand name drug makers paying competitors to keep lower cost generic drugs off the market.  The legislation would also allow the US to import drugs from Canada and require drug makers to report how much money they spent on research and development and how much they get in federal benefits.

The sad fact is that many medications cost the drug makers less than $1 to make yet they turn around and sell the same pill for an astounding $10 per pill.  The drug makers are making an average of a 300% profit on these medications and their greed is far past being simply out of control.  Last year drug makers in the US made bigger profits than the oil companies and that’s beyond shocking.

Somewhere along the line the unbridled GREED in this nation must be reigned in not only in the RX drug industry but all other economic sectors and industries.  For their part Americans can STOP buying the products they believe are outrageous price-wise.  In other words BOYCOTT the products and in short time the drug makers and others will get the point once they see their astounding profits sink dramatically.  And don’t buy the garbage put out by the drug makers that you “need” the drug.  Chances are YOU DON’T!  And please educate yourselves about the side effects as I really don’t think you want to exchange arthritis for heart failure do you?  The drug makers don’t give a damn about your health.  All they care about is PROFIT and, sadly, the same can be said for many LEGAL DRUG DEALERS in this nation, aka YOUR doctor!

Wake up America!  Enough is Enough!