Sunday, August 19, 2018

Conversion therapy is a toxic dead end for LGBT people

Every mainstream medical and counseling professional peer association agrees that conversion therapy is ineffective and potentially harmful.
Conversion therapy
Liberty Counsel, an anti-LGBT hate group, is spreading misinformation throughout the religious right echo chamber about the supposed effectiveness of conversion therapy.

The existence of conversion therapy is — and always has been — a way for the religious right to claim that sexuality is a choice and is not immutable. They perpetuate the myth that sexuality they disapprove of is a mental disorder that can be cured.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Liberty Counsel links to a wacky conversion therapy study

Hate group leader Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel
According to “Liberty Counsel Staff”— Study Lends Credence to This About Same-Sex Attraction Counseling. Uh, no it does not. Liberty Counsel is an anti-LGBT hate group. Before I go any further, this “study” is published by Linacre Quarterly which is the “journal” of the Catholic Medical Association. Peer review consists of conformity with Catholic Church teachings.

Now about the authors of this piece of work. The lead investigator is Paul L. Santero, PhD. The bio link says Southern California Seminary in El Cajon, CA. He is not on the faculty; not even an adjunct or staff member. In 2011 Santero wrote a 346 page book with a similar title: The Effects of Therapy on U.S. Men with Unwanted Same-sex Attraction. I cannot find what Santero's supposed doctorate is in or where it was obtained. The book was probably vanity published. Perhaps Santero was with the seminary when this study was actually done in 2011.

Warning: WNDR4700 and OpenWRT 18.06

The available upgrade bricked my beloved router. The WNDR4700 is unique because it can house an internal hard drive.

In the way of background my ISP provides a router with WiFi. I was using a WNDR4700 (with a 2 TB ext4 internal hard drive) as a NAS. I exposed the hard drive to Kodi with a Linux NFS share.

David Barton is shilling for David Lane

David Barton
David BartonPseudo-historian, Christian nationalist
and Republican operative
Friday, David Barton has written an invite to David Lane's next event in California. We will get to Barton's text but first:

David Barton is a GOP operative, pseudo-historian (Christian revisionist) and Christian nationalist. He has no credentials to support his claims of being an historian, Warren Throckmorton takes particular delight in unraveling some of Barton's BS. Barton is an anti-LGBT bigot.

California bill banning conversion therapy clears state Senate

On Thursday AB-2943, the California bill that would designate conversion therapy as consumer fraud, passed the Senate on a party line vote. Not one Republican voted in favor of the bill which should tell you something. GOPers seem to have two employers — the NRA and the Christian right. They stopped representing citizens a very long time ago.

The bill goes back to the state Assembly for a vote on procedural amendments. That chamber had approved the measure by a vote of 50 to 18.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

California Chapter of MassResistance welcomes a white nationalist

Kenny Strawn
White nationalist and crash test dummy, Kenny Strawn, has hooked up with hate group MassResistance
MassResistance is an anti-LGBT hate group. That designation applies to its chapters which might be independent of Brian Camenker's original hate group in Massachusetts.

The California Chapter of MassResistance (sometimes Mass Resistance) was started by Arthur Christopher Schaper, an unemployed resident of Torrance. Schaper is so abrasive that the Republican Party revoked the charter of Beach Cities Republican Club, of which he is president. He has a reputation in California for disrupting public meetings. Schaper is reportedly associated with a number of right wing anti-immigrant groups.

Look at what else the VSG is up to

His Majesty Donald J. Trump, VSG (very stable genius)
In this photo a (now former) adviser told Trump that Jeff Bezos' shares are worth over $75 billion
At the Heritage Foundation blog, Nicolas Loris writes: Trump’s Rollback of CAFE Mandates Is a Big Win for Car Buyers, Consumer Choice. Loris has a pretentious academic title at Heritage and presumes to be an economist. He has a master's degree in economics from George Mason University. That does not make him an economist. Nevertheless, the title of his essay is correct, to a fault.