July 23, 2019

Climate Change Democracy Deniers Strike Again

Dana Mathewson

There seem to be a number of good articles about Climate Change popping up lately. Power Line's Steven Hayward gives us this one, with some good comments by his colleague John Hinderaker.

This week Foreign Policy offers the straightforward headline: "Democracy Is the Planet’s Greatest Enemy.” Nice to have freedom and self-government so openly attacked. From the article:

If electoral democracy is inadequate to the task of addressing climate change, and the task is the most urgent one humanity faces, then other kinds of politics are urgently needed. The most radical alternative of all would be to consider moving beyond democracy altogether. The authoritarian Chinese system has some advantages when it comes to addressing climate change: One-party rule means freedom from electoral cycles and less need for public consultation. Technocratic solutions that put power in the hands of unelected experts could take key decisions out of the hands of voters.

I’d almost think this was a parody if I didn’t know better. Check Woodrow Wilson’s grave to see if his ghost has escaped.

The next paragraphs of the article try to draw back from this absurdity, in favor of changing democracy by lowering the voting age and allowing for more "participatory” forms of democracy, which is simply code for "change the rules until we win.” But I think we can see what the Climate Commissars really think.

JOHN adds: The idea that democracy and free enterprise are enemies of the environment is absurd. Experience shows that it is democracies that have cleaned up the environment, and socialist dictatorships that created by far the worst environmental conditions on Earth. And citing autocratic China in a positive way is puzzling. China is currently constructing hundreds of coal-fired power plants. China emits more CO2 than any other nation. While our CO2 emissions have declined significantly, China’s have only risen.

I never believe Western pundits who claim that they like autocratic rule for what it can accomplish. (History tells us such accomplishments will be scarce.) Rather, I think they like autocratic government because they imagine they will be the autocrats. Here again, history suggests that they are mistaken.

I think John has hit the nail squarely on the head, but then, he usually does. The entire article is here: https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/07/climate-change-democracy-deniers-strike-again.php

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Mongo at the California Fair

Timothy Birdnow

Who punches a horse? Well, Mongo from Blazing Saddles...

Horse punched, 4 deputies injured after drunken fight breaks out at California county fair, sheriff's office says

From the article:

A group of men who authorities said appeared to be intoxicated and who were wearing gang attire were told they needed to leave the fair, which reportedly sparked an altercation that drew a larger group.

As the brawl escalated, one man was knocked over by one of the sheriff's horses.

"This subject got back up and was upset his beer had spilled. He proceeded to punch Maximus, the horse, in the rear end," the sheriff's office said. "He was subsequently arrested."

Maximus, a horse with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, was punched Sunday during a brawl at the Stanislaus County Fair, according to officials.

I suppose the police  should have sent a candygram for this guy!

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Crypto Currency - a Bad Idea

Timothy Birdnow

Stephen Moore pens an enthusiastic piece on crypto-currency and why ehe believes we should support the rise of private money.

From the Washington Tlimes article:

Finally, we seem to have a bipartisan consensus in Washington. Both parties are terrified of new private money and they want to regulate it out of existence. The near universal fear and loathing by government officials to these so-called cryptocurrencies is all the more reason they should exist.

There has always been crypto-currencies; we call them counterfeits. It used to be illegal. In fact, the Federal government is granted the sole authority to mint money (although the individual states are allowed to coin it since they are - or were -using precious metals with intrinsic value.)

Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution g:ants Congress the powr to

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
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July 22, 2019

GOP Busts Bank - Again!

Timothy Birdnow

Looks like the Republicans in Congress plan to bust the bank again - and give Nancy Pelosi all the leverage. What is wrong with these people? Sadly, Trump appears ready to go for it too.

Ace of Spades observes:

This is one of the things that worried me about President Trump; his comfort with huge amounts of debt. That's the way real estate works, and he was better than most at playing the game. At first I entertained the naive hope that with a booming economy and even a cursory attempt at budget control we would be able to grow our way out of the spiraling deficits that have become the new normal.

[...]

'Indistinguishable from Democrats': Daniel Horowitz tells Mark Levin what's behind Republicans' debt-exploding budget deal

Horowitz explained that the current spending levels are the result of the budget deals that congressional Republicans cut during the last session of Congress, "and now they’re looking for a repeat performance” in the current spending debate. They appear ready to hand Speaker Nancy Pelosi a debt-exploding deal that suspends the debt limit, busts spending caps, and "give away the president’s leverage on the border.”

Ace goes on to make a shrewd observation - that pork barrel spending no longer has any impact on buying votes as no amount of money can even be noticed by the average voter any more since so much is spent. It's like trying to find a single strand of hair on the floor of a barber's shop.

Trump ought to remember that fiscal prudence was the genesis of the Tea Party. And that the Republicans lost their majority in mo small part because they spent, well, not like drunken sailors, as that would insult drunken sailors everywhere. No, they spent like Democrats.

Mitch McConnell is the architect of this scheme, btw.

I don't know why Republicans can't grasp the fact that excessive spending always helps the Democrats. In the end THEY benefit from it, not the GOP.

Question; why so much spending now? Could perhaps our political class sense in their guts that the end is coming soon to this country and they want to feather their nests as much as possible before the party ends?

Here is the Conservative Review article.

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"Storm Area 51" was intended as a joke

Timothy Birdnow

The guy who started Storm Area 51 says it was all a joke, only huge numbers of people didn't figure that out.

https://fox2now.com/2019/07/18/meet-the-guy-behind-the-area-51-page-hes-terrified-of-what-hes-created/?fbclid=IwAR37G77ZOLiPVpWDBmQ7pJpmSdNBMIIk2_bSytJoOTq-KKVMv3cGTbyFDVM

From the article:

On June 27, Matty Roberts, who lives in California, created the Facebook page as a joke, not realizing that millions would rally behind his battle cry to "see them aliens” at the Air Force facility in Nevada.

Most, but not all, knew the desert congregation scheduled for September 20 was in jest, as the page included instructions such as "If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.” (For the uninitiated, "naruto run” is a reference to a type of running in a popular anime show.)

This poor schlub has largely been in hiding in the basement (where most of his followers apparently reside), fearing an FBI raid ever since.

Americans can no longer tell the difference between satire and reality. Is it any wonder we are being overrun by people who, for all their faults, at least understand that reality is, uh, real...

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Aliens Foreign and Domestic

Timothy Birdnow

Found this on Facebook. By David courtesy of Alvin:

Image may contain: text that says 'Everyone wanna raid area 51 to find aliens, but mad at ICE for doing raids to find aliens'


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Global Warming _ not Fit for Man nor Beast

Dana Mathewson

This is in reference to the article about depressed gorillas.

My little eight-pound papillon Bijou, who wants to be the only dog in the world and who really freaks out when he encounters a significantly larger dog, had to coexist with Hunter, a golden retriever, from last Tuesday afternoon till Friday morning. Hunter is, I'm certain, part Shetland pony, and weighs more than I do, and could also do TV commercials for dog Valium; he's the most laid-back dog in the world, and is certainly Martha's and my next-favorite dog in the whole wide world. Bijou quickly realized that he was not going to get a rise out of Hunter, or even "ride" him, so he decided to calm down and accept the situation. He also did a good job of handling it when Charlie, a genial cocker spaniel from next door, stopped over to join the fun (as we were told he often does). This surprised me greatly. (Bear with me, folks, there's a reason for this narrative.)

However, upon awakening the next day and finding that Hunter was still there, he started to get a tad fussy, and by the third day he was starting to get positively snippy about the whole thing. "Why are you still here?" Hunter, ready as always to be friends, ignored the increasingly hostile attitude, but Bijou was glad to leave on Friday (we weren't -- we were enjoying sitting on our friends' deck for Happy Hour, having supper on the deck and letting the breeze from off the lake temper the 80-degree temperatures).
I can only ascribe my dog's behavior to Global Warming -- or maybe to unpleasant experiences with other dogs in his early life before we got him. Or maybe it's because he's an "only dog" and gets pampered? He's the same way if other animals come into our house -- he can be induced to play nicely for a bit, but pretty soon the growling starts.
Nope, must be Global Warming.

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July 21, 2019

Bern-nomics: cut hours to pay staffers $15 minimum wage

Dana Mathewson

Communist candidate for President Bernie Sanders first negotiates a union contract to pay his campaign staffers, then screws them. Does that say anything about the way things would be in his "socialist paradise?"

Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced this weekend he will cut staffers' hours so that they can effectively be paid a $15-an-hour minimum wage, prompting mockery from critics who say the move is more evidence that Sanders' plan to raise the national minimum wage is hypocritical and would only lead to less work and more unemployment.

The Washington Post first reported last Thursday that Sanders' field staffers were upset that Sanders championed a $15 minimum wage on the campaign trail, and made headlines for railing against major corporations who pay "starvation wages" -- even as his own employees made "poverty wages."

In response, Sanders told The Des Moines Register he was "very proud" to lead the first major presidential campaign with unionized workers, but also "bothered" that news of the internal strife had spilled into the media.

The self-described socialist candidate said junior field organizers earn roughly $36,000 per year in salary, with employer-paid health care and sick leave. But he acknowledged that their salary can effectively dip below $15 per hour if staffers work much more than 40 hours per week, which is common on presidential campaigns.

The solution is to "limit the number of hours staffers work to 42 or 43 each week to ensure they’re making the equivalent of $15 an hour," he told the Register's Brianne Pfannenstiel.

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"It does bother me that people are going outside of the process and going to the media," Sanders added. "That is really not acceptable. It is really not what labor negotiations are about, and it's improper."

He went on to say that the union contract "not only provides pay of at least $15 an hour, it also provides, I think, the best health care benefits that any employer can provide for our field organizers."

Reaction from commentators and lawmakers was unsparing.

"For the first time in his life, socialist Bernie Sanders practices economics and, buddy, the results are hilarious," wrote columnist and humorist Stephen Miller. He added: "Why won’t millionaire Bernie Sanders, who owns 3 homes, instead of cutting hours, pay his staff a living wage? People are starving."

Bernie screws his staff out of union-contracted pay, they go to the press to complain, and he's upset. One wonders why. Gee, it's an unjust world! Bernie, why don't you just drop this presidential campaign, climb up into the balcony with Statler and Waldorf and just heckel Fozzy Bear?

It's a great article, and although I couldn't do a good job of embedding the Tweet, you can go here https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bernie-sanders-campaign-announces-it-will-cut-hours-to-pay-staffers-15-minimum-wage-prompting-mockery  to the article and see it, and the rest of the article too. Please do!

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Gorillas getting Depressed from Global Warming

Timothy Birdnow

Yes, they are actually saying this:

Anxious gorillas, thirsty koalas and lame cows - how climate change is making animals miserable

I suppose the gorillas need some valium.

You know how they did the study? They went looking for Gorilla poop. Does it ever occur to them that poking around their poop might make these animals anxious\\?

It's official; they've blamed everything on global warming now.

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Purple Paper Beaters

Selwyn Duke's latest; a dirty little tale of stench:

Wipeout: Now Leftists are Coming for Your Toilet Paper


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Keep Calm, Honor an Imam!

Timothy Birdnow

We elected Trump to end this kind of stupidity. Now he's gone and given a radical Imam a medal!

President Trump Awards InternationalReligious Freedom medal to Muslim Imam

I thought we were going to stop kowtowing the Sharia and Muslims. Trump is starting to become a huge disappointment; he stopped fighting and learned to love surrender!

Hat tip; Tim McNabb

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Facebook Patents Shadow-banning tech

Timothy Birdnow

Take a look here.

Yes, Facebook just patented a sysstem to allow automatic shadow banning. Look ma; no hands!

From the article:

What just happened? In 2015, Facebook filed a patent for "Moderating content in an online forum.” The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted the social media giant its request on Tuesday.

On its face, the patent claim seems banal — an automated system to weed through user content, so humans don’t have to. However, what makes it interesting is Facebook’s description of the system’s methods of moderation in the abstract.

"The social networking system may receive a list of proscribed content and block comments containing the proscribed content by reducing the distribution of those comments to other viewing users. However, the social networking system may display the blocked content to the commenting user such that the commenting user is not made aware that his or her comment was blocked, thereby providing fewer incentives to the commenting user to spam the page or attempt to circumvent the social networking system filters.”

As specifically portrayed by the patent document, what Facebook has been working on is a system to automatically shadow ban specific (proscribed) content. Proscribed is a legal term that means prohibited, usually by law. In this case, since speech cannot be prohibited by law, it means content banned by Facebook.

Not content with doing things manually, Zuckerberg and his radical cohorts have found a way to shut the mouths of people with whom they disagree.

Here is the abstract from the patents


Users of social networking system are provided with user interface elements permitting the user to post comments on pages within the social networking system. Pages may be provided for any non-user entity, including for example, pages for businesses, products, concepts, etc. Embodiments provided herein permit page moderators to ban certain content from being displayed on a page. For example, the social networking system may receive a list of proscribed content and block comments containing the proscribed content by reducing the distribution of those comments to other viewing users. However, the social networking system may display the blocked content to the commenting user such that the commenting user is not made aware that his or her comment was blocked, thereby providing fewer incentives to the commenting user to spam the page or attempt to circumvent the social networking system filters.:

Hat tip; Warner Todd Houston.

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Discretion and Kamala Harris

Rachel Alexander posted this on Facebook yesterday:

Image may contain: text that says 'Kamala Harris finds it bizarre that Pence won't meet with women without his wife present. Oddly, if other men followed his example, Kamala Harris wouldn't be in Congress.'

Hat tip: Selwyn Duke

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Victory at P (lanned Parenthood)

This from Concerned Women for America courtesy of Bev:

D\ear Friend,

In February, the Trump Administration finalized the Protect Life Rule to ensure the taxpayer-funded Title X family planning program is not used to support abortion – a key point of the law from its inception. We asked for your help in submitting public comments telling President Trump you supported the Protect Life Rule.

Predictably, Planned Parenthood sued, and a court injunction blocked the Protect Life Rule from going into effect. The good news is the Ninth Circuit just overruled the injunction allowing the Trump Administration to proceed with requiring compliance while the courts continue to determine its ultimate fate. Family planning clinics who get Title X grant money will no longer provide abortion referrals and must be financially separate from any abortion procedures.

This is a day to celebrate life-affirming policies and the rule of law. For way too long, abortion advocates have relied on activist judges to carry out their bidding, despite the many situations when the letter of the law clearly expressed the American people’s desire to promote the intrinsic value and respect of every human life. They tried that in this case again and delayed the implementation of these common-sense rules through misplaced and overreaching nationwide injunctions that prevented HHS from doing its job. But they have failed. And failed even in one of the most liberal courts in the land, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

We know this rule is aligned with the letter of the law, and so does Planned Parenthood; that’s why they are panicking. Just yesterday, the board of Planned Parenthood fired their CEO Leana Wen after only eight months on the job.

Title X has been Planned Parenthood’s second largest government funding stream, after Medicaid reimbursement. If they refuse to comply with President Trump’s new rules that align with the intent of the Title X program, Planned Parenthood will no longer receive $40-$60 million in taxpayer funding. HHS is now finally free to carry out the will of the people who overwhelmingly support a clear separation between taxpayer dollars and abortion advocacy.

President Donald J. Trump’s unwavering commitment to the protection of human life and his focus on confirming constitutional judges who follow the law, instead of promoting personal policy preferences through judicial opinions, shines brightly as we contemplate this victory.

As you can see, both the confirmation of judges and the rulemaking process yields real results! We will have more opportunities for you to have a say in the rulemaking process soon. Make sure to check out our weekly update this Saturday to learn about a new rule that President Trump has issued that needs your help.

Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America

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The Mind of a Liberal

Tlimothy Birdnow

I had an interesting and a bit contentious argument on Facebook between myself and a friend an a big liberal. I thought I'd reproduce the thread here; it's interesting.

First, my friend John says:

It’s not all sunshine & rainbows for AOC in Queens. She will have challengers in the next election...

Jim (the liberal)  says the following

She’s 1 of 5 republicans running in that race in a district where democrats traditionally win by 30%. I don’t think AOC will get much heat,

This from John

Jim Yes it is a Dem district but she will also get a challenge from the Dems. She got the district because the incumbent thought it was a slam dunk and no one got out & voted for him.

Jim says:

That’s a theory. Another is she organized a massive volunteer canvas that outworked the 10 time incumbent. But I’ll bet you a Woofie’s Hot Dog lunch she wins again and continues to trigger conservatives! Speaking of lunch, it’s been too long. Next time you’re in the area and have time, ring me up and I’ll treat you to a Village Bar burger. We need to catch up!

John says:

Trust me, she’s triggering Dems worse because behind the scenes, Reps in the House would love to strangle her. The further left she goes, the more people are going to vote for Trump!
Yes, we need to catch up

I ansswered:

She also received a lot of outside the district money  from Progressives. But she's a burr under Nancy Pelosi's saddle, and it may wind up the House Leadership pulls the rug out from under her come the Primaries. Trump has been playing it smart, severing AOC and the other Horsewomen from the Dem leadership.

John said:


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July 20, 2019

Moon Landing Couldn’t Happen in Today’s Deindustrialized America

Dana Mathewson

According to Ret. Gen. Robert Spalding, "We've lost it all to China."

In a compelling article on Breitbart, quoting a lengthy interview,

Lessons learned from the Apollo 11 moon landing — particularly the need for nationalized industrial policy involving investments in research and development and protective policies for vital industries — are being lost, said Retired Gen. Robert Spalding, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, in a Friday interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with host Rebecca Mansour and special guest host Rick Manning.

Spalding began by noting China’s usurpation of America’s prior dominance in the realm of telecommunication technology manufacturing and development since the Space Race era.

"Let’s just look at the state of our telecommunications,” Spalding said. "There was such a large industrial effort for the Space Race. Back then, we were spending two percent of GDP on research and development. We had the industrial base that was the envy of the world. AT&T, at the time, was a monopoly, and with Bell Labs, was the standard for telecommunications.”

Spalding continued, "When you look at America today, we have no telecommunication equipment manufacturers left that are American companies. When China entered the WTO in 2001, from that time period to 2017, we lost 78,000 factories. We unemployed 3.4 million manufacturing jobs. In the same time, we spent trillions in the Middle East.”

Opportunities for nation-building at home are being squandered by misappropriation of funds abroad, assessed Spalding. He said American investment in education, particularly in STEM fields, is falling behind Chinese competitors.

"We have, today, 152,000 Chinese kids in STEM education,” said Spalding, "where in one year [of spending] in Afghanistan, we could afford to put 200,000 kids through four years of STEM education here in the United States. Back then, for that Space Race, we educated the scientists that built the technologies that grew this economy to be the number one economy in the world.”

 

It's a long article, and a must-read! https://www.breitbart.com/radio/2019/07/20/ret-general-robert-spalding-moon-landing-couldnt-happen-todays-deindustrialized-america-weve-lost-all-china/

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Fertilizer, Pollution hurting Florida Coral Reefs, not Global Warming

Timothy Birdnow

Turns out the coral reef in Florida isn't being killed by Global Warming - it's regular old pollution.

According to Science Alerts:

Thirty years of research in the Looe Key Sanctuary Preservation Area (LKSPA) on the southern tip of the Florida Keys has now revealed the cost of a devastating threat to coral that rivals even climate change: direct human pollution.

For years, agricultural run-off and improperly treated sewage have flowed into Florida's ocean waters from the northern Everglades, elevating the sanctuary's nitrogen levels and lowering the reef's temperature threshold for bleaching, researchers say.

As a result of this deadly combination, coral cover in the region has declined from nearly 33 percent in 1984 to less than 6 percent in 2008.

In their analysis, the authors found that three mass bleaching events that occurred during these years only happened after heavy rainfall and increased land-based runoffs. In other words, if we can reduce the amount of local pollution that makes its way into our oceans, we might be able to reduce the worst of the damage.

Naturally the researchers - and the writers of the article - try to blame Global Warming as a prime cause of reef failure, but we can take that with a grain of salt. These articles ALWAYS kowtow to AGW alarmism, and researchers know what side their bread is buttered on.

Also from the article:

"Citing climate change as the exclusive cause of coral reef demise worldwide misses the critical point that water quality plays a role, too," saysecologistJames Porter from the University of Georgia

But that doesn't change the fact that these researchers found a powerful new influence. Oh, and the planet isn't warming, nor or the oceans. Argo probes show that.

Just another nail in the coffin of hysterical warmist rhetoric.


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The Guy Stuck Watching the Car

Timothy Birdnow

This is interesting. Michael Collins - the guy who drew the short straw and had to babysit the car while his siblings got to walk on the Moon - was not lonely at all, despite being the only person orbiting a planet a quarter of a million miles from home.

In fact, he rather enjoyed the solitude when the Columbia spacecraft went behind the Moon and out of contact with NASA; they were always bugging him about something.

At any rate, it's a pretty interesting read. Michael Collins Remembers the Apollo Moon Landing.

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Prenatal Pot Use on Rise

Timothy Birdnow

Gee; whoda seen THIS coming?

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-07-pot-early-pregnancy.html

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New Research Proves "Gender" is Indeed "Binary"

Timothy Birdnow

While we all understand (at least all Aviary readers) that there are differences between men and women and that this is related to our genetic makeup, we have been forced to argue with radicals who want to say that "gender is fluid" and that we're just a hodge-podge of sexual traits. There has been no real science done to either affirm or deny the assertion. Until now.

According to an article in Physorg:

A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. has discovered genome-wide variations in gene expression between male and female mammals. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their RNA sequencing studies in several types of mammals and what they found.

Physiological differences between mammalian genders are quite often easy to spot—in addition to organs involved in reproduction, there are skeletal and facial hair differences, as well as height differences. Prior research and anecdotal evidence has also suggested there may be some differences in the way the brain works. But what about variations in gene expression? The researchers in this new effort report that very little research has been done in this area, which is a problem—recent studies have shown that there are many gender-based health issues. Women are more likely to suffer from autoimmune diseases, for example. And men are more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases.

Get that? There are clear cut differences in the expression of genes between men and women. This puts the lie to the claim that the differences are primarily cultural and educational.

There's more:

To learn more about gender-based gene expression, the researchers sequenced the RNA of both genders of four non-human mammals: rats, mice, macaques and dogs. As part of their efforts, they tested different tissues in each of the animals to ensure that each germ layer was represented. They also sequenced tissue from all of the most prominent organs. They then compared what they found to similar data collected from human subjects stored in the Genotype Tissue Expression Consortium database.

The researchers found examples of hundreds of conserved gender-biased gene expressions in each tissue. As just one example, they found that 12 percent of the gender differences related to average height in humans could be attributed to conserved gender-biased gene expression. They note that such findings are significant because they prove that gender biases in gene expression can lead directly to differences in traits.

So, what have we learned? Sex - or as the Left likes to mislabel it, gender - is a fundamental genetic characteristic. In short you ARE BORN EITHER MALE OR FEMALE. It is clearly a "binary" choice. There is no "spectrum" of sexuality.

The researchers admitted there has been virtually no research done in this direction. Does anyone wonder why? Science is paid for almost entirely by the government these days, and there has been a move afoot for a while to fundamentally redefine the nature of being male or female. Any researcher crazy enough to go here will be in for a world of hurt. I feel sorry for these people; they are going to find their careers just went over a cliff.

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