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One reason you read iSteve is to get the jokes a year or two before they even occur to everybody else. For example, with transracialism suddenly a thing now, let’s recall this iSteve post of 22 months ago:

August 25, 2013

World War T funding becoming available

From the Forbes 400 list:

James Pritzker
Net Worth $1.5 B As of March 2013
CEO, Tawani Enterprises
Age: 62
Source of Wealth: hotels, investments
Residence: Chicago, IL
Country of Citizenship: United States
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Loyola University Illinois
Marital Status: Divorced
Children: 3

From the Chicago Sun-Times

Billionaire philanthropist Pritzker announces she is now a woman
BY TODD SHIELDS Sun-Times Media August 23, 2013 9:12PM

The billionaire retired U.S. Army colonel James Pritzker has announced he is a woman — Jennifer Natalya Pritzker.

If gender is instantly and unquestionably malleable, how about race? Can I announce I now belong to the race of Pritzkers and therefore, despite any racist quibbles about my DNA that my new fellow Pritzkers might offer in objection, collect my fair share of the Pritzker inheritance?

 
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  1. According to this, 42 percent of Homosexual men have a lisp.
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2014/05/14/ask_a_homo_the_gay_lisp_origins_and_meanings_considered_video.html

    I thought the percentage would be a lot higher than 42 percent. It definitely seems way higher than 42 percent among Homosexual men in The Bay Area. Maybe it is a regional thing. Maybe Texas Homosexual men for example on average are less likely to have a lisp than California Homosexual men.

    • Replies: @e
    @Jefferson

    Affectation?

    For some reason, gay men seems to feel that certain kinds of articulation make them refined.

    Replies: @Jefferson

    , @Nathan Wartooth
    @Jefferson

    Half a fag here.

    I've worked to get rid of my lisp, but my voice sounds "gay" but there is nothing I can do about that. When I get really tired it comes back. I try to pass as straight, but it doesn't usually work.

    I'm more attracted to women, but they think I'm gay right off the bat, so it is a little harder to pick them up. It sucks.

    , @Kyle McKenna
    @Jefferson

    I love genius remarks like this. Never occurs to him that he doesn't even recognize half of the gay men he encounters, because they don't fit his stereotype. Instead, opens his mouth and removes all doubt. Presumably named after George, not Thomas. Dare he look underneath his bed? There could be more.

  2. I already pointed out that MtF transsexuals are quite overrepresented in computer technology, which I hope will reduce the pressure on the industry from Cathedral-imposed gender-based quotas. Between this guy, Transjenner, and Steve’s old business school classmate, they’re probably overrepresented among the uber-rich too. It looks like this identity politics struggle has successfully shattered its glass ceiling before the war was even declared.

    • Replies: @Hapalong Cassidy
    @WowJustWow

    On a vaguely similar note, one transsexual who was way ahead of the times was electronic music composer Wendy Carlos, who is probably best remembered for the film scores to "A Clockwork Orange" and "Tron".

    "Wendy Carlos (born Walter Carlos; November 14, 1939) is an American composer and performer, known for her use of electronic instruments to play classical music, and for her film scores."

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendy_Carlos

    , @Anon
    @WowJustWow

    "I already pointed out that MtF transsexuals are quite overrepresented in computer technology"

    If you're a geek who has a hard time getting girls, might as well be one. Then, you can love yourself.

    Isn't it strange that some men become more tranny-like as they grow older and are less attractive to women?

  3. Oppression is not equal. Your just engaging in white-ciscum cultural appropriation.

  4. Once they work out the kinks with CRISPR, can I get my genes edited to become Native American and get in on some casino action?

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    @blah blah blah

    "Once they work out the kinks with CRISPR, can I get my genes edited to become Native American and get in on some casino action?"

    Reminds me of an episode of The Sopranos where the owner of an Indian casino looked as White as Tony Soprano and his crew. I don't know if he was Transracial or just had very miniscule Native American Amerindian ancestry. Either way it looked like another case of flight from White.

    Replies: @Clyde

    , @Anonymous
    @blah blah blah

    The nuclei of a huge number of cells would have to be successfully edited to make you appear convincingly Native American. Genetic editing will almost certainly be used on early embryos before it is ever used on adult humans, and that first step is perhaps no less than a decade away in light of the number of unwanted mutations induced by the first experimental attempt.

  5. Off-topic but I know Steve will get a kick out of this…someone has made an erotic novel out of the Rolling Stone-UVA hoax: http://www.amazon.com/Date-Campus-Emily-Roberts-ebook/dp/B00ZVE1UJA

  6. @blah blah blah
    Once they work out the kinks with CRISPR, can I get my genes edited to become Native American and get in on some casino action?

    Replies: @Jefferson, @Anonymous

    “Once they work out the kinks with CRISPR, can I get my genes edited to become Native American and get in on some casino action?”

    Reminds me of an episode of The Sopranos where the owner of an Indian casino looked as White as Tony Soprano and his crew. I don’t know if he was Transracial or just had very miniscule Native American Amerindian ancestry. Either way it looked like another case of flight from White.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    @Jefferson


    Reminds me of an episode of The Sopranos where the owner of an Indian casino looked as White as Tony Soprano and his crew.
     
    And he was after the mob to get Frankie Valli to play his casino. If they did he (the Sopranos called him Chief) was going to let things drop over a Columbus Day fracas between The Sopranos and some tribal Indians protesters.
  7. @WowJustWow
    I already pointed out that MtF transsexuals are quite overrepresented in computer technology, which I hope will reduce the pressure on the industry from Cathedral-imposed gender-based quotas. Between this guy, Transjenner, and Steve's old business school classmate, they're probably overrepresented among the uber-rich too. It looks like this identity politics struggle has successfully shattered its glass ceiling before the war was even declared.

    Replies: @Hapalong Cassidy, @Anon

    On a vaguely similar note, one transsexual who was way ahead of the times was electronic music composer Wendy Carlos, who is probably best remembered for the film scores to “A Clockwork Orange” and “Tron”.

    “Wendy Carlos (born Walter Carlos; November 14, 1939) is an American composer and performer, known for her use of electronic instruments to play classical music, and for her film scores.”

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendy_Carlos

  8. I have been paying taxes to the Feds and State of Illinois most of my life, yet they have lucrative pensions and I don’t…..if I become a trans-politician, shouldn’t I get a pension too!

  9. Mike Zwick [AKA "Dahinda"] says:

    Years from now the press will come up with some kind of condescending “look back” at 2015. There will be some kind of cliché type statement, something like “It was the year we as Americans had to examine our attitude toward race and transgenderism!” Anybody who has half a brain though, will look back at 2015 as the year that a couple of con artists that would make P.T. Barnum blush, had the press duped! BTW, has anybody called Caitlyn Jenner, Caitlyn “Jennder” yet? It seems like it would be a great typo!

  10. “If your mother’s an elephant and your father’s an elephant, you can’t be a lion” http://news.yahoo.com/rachel-dolezal-isn-t-only-white-person-claimed-205005905–abc-news-topstories.html

  11. @WowJustWow
    I already pointed out that MtF transsexuals are quite overrepresented in computer technology, which I hope will reduce the pressure on the industry from Cathedral-imposed gender-based quotas. Between this guy, Transjenner, and Steve's old business school classmate, they're probably overrepresented among the uber-rich too. It looks like this identity politics struggle has successfully shattered its glass ceiling before the war was even declared.

    Replies: @Hapalong Cassidy, @Anon

    “I already pointed out that MtF transsexuals are quite overrepresented in computer technology”

    If you’re a geek who has a hard time getting girls, might as well be one. Then, you can love yourself.

    Isn’t it strange that some men become more tranny-like as they grow older and are less attractive to women?

  12. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    What about nudists. Nudism is a very real thing and nudists are segregated to their own beaches and colonies. Why? If I want to show up to work as a nudist, attend team meetings and work with clients in the buff, then dammit it is my right to do so! If I want to walk down the streets and go shopping in the skin that nature gave me, well in the words of Lady Gaga, I was born this way! Clothes really are a “social construct.” Society imposes on us what to wear. If the normal attire at my job, as read in the employee manual, is “business casual,” well then that is a social construct! If Bruce Jenner can do something as radical as change his gender then I, and the others like me, should at least be able to wear what we want even if it is nothing at all!

  13. If he’d stayed in the army a couple more years, he would have been promoted to general!

    We may see a lot colonels desperate for promotion thinking about what they’d be willing to give up to get it…

    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...
    @Eric Rasmusen

    Judging from the limp-wristed response of today's career officers to this administration's PC-motivated initiatives, most of them have already lost their balls.

  14. @Eric Rasmusen
    If he'd stayed in the army a couple more years, he would have been promoted to general!

    We may see a lot colonels desperate for promotion thinking about what they'd be willing to give up to get it...

    Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...

    Judging from the limp-wristed response of today’s career officers to this administration’s PC-motivated initiatives, most of them have already lost their balls.

  15. Chopped — The new transgender TV quiz show.

  16. @Jefferson
    @blah blah blah

    "Once they work out the kinks with CRISPR, can I get my genes edited to become Native American and get in on some casino action?"

    Reminds me of an episode of The Sopranos where the owner of an Indian casino looked as White as Tony Soprano and his crew. I don't know if he was Transracial or just had very miniscule Native American Amerindian ancestry. Either way it looked like another case of flight from White.

    Replies: @Clyde

    Reminds me of an episode of The Sopranos where the owner of an Indian casino looked as White as Tony Soprano and his crew.

    And he was after the mob to get Frankie Valli to play his casino. If they did he (the Sopranos called him Chief) was going to let things drop over a Columbus Day fracas between The Sopranos and some tribal Indians protesters.

  17. Isn’t it racist of the Pritzkers to wanna leave all their money to people with DNA extremely similar to their own?

  18. My sister-in-blog came out yesterday as a wealthy male. I applaud her for her courage. #WrongTaxBracket

  19. How long before Cisco will have to change its name?

    Or San Frantransco?

    Oh, ignore me. I’m just being niggardly.

  20. @Jefferson
    According to this, 42 percent of Homosexual men have a lisp.
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2014/05/14/ask_a_homo_the_gay_lisp_origins_and_meanings_considered_video.html

    I thought the percentage would be a lot higher than 42 percent. It definitely seems way higher than 42 percent among Homosexual men in The Bay Area. Maybe it is a regional thing. Maybe Texas Homosexual men for example on average are less likely to have a lisp than California Homosexual men.

    Replies: @e, @Nathan Wartooth, @Kyle McKenna

    Affectation?

    For some reason, gay men seems to feel that certain kinds of articulation make them refined.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    @e

    "Affectation?

    For some reason, gay men seems to feel that certain kinds of articulation make them refined."

    Speaking of lisps, many on the political left like Jon Stewart have pointed out the lisp that Lindsey Graham has. Yet nobody on the political right has noticed this 800 pound gorilla in the room. Or maybe they have but the political right are afraid of being accused of being Homophobes if they point out Lindsey Graham's obvious lisp. Even though J. Edgar Hoover was also a closet Homosexual like Lindsey Graham, I don't think J. Edgar Hoover had the lisp.

  21. https://posttenuretourettes.wordpress.com/2015/06/18/two-birds-with-one-stone/
    With all this brouhaha about changing face on the $10 bill and also seemingly everybody changing their sex, I propose a much cheaper solution that will kill two birds with one stone: Let’s posthumously declare Alexander Hamilton to be a woman! (We’ve already declared Abe Lincoln to be gay, so there’s a precedent of sorts.) The two dead birds would be: (1) getting a woman on US currency and (2) yet another strategic advance in World War T.

  22. • Replies: @Alfa158
    @Rob McX

    That does seem strange, after all he accomplished in his life, Pritzker's ultimate ambition was to become a fat, ugly old woman? I mean, maybe you can't help it if you look like Ernest Borgnine, but squeezing yourself into cocktail party dress does not improve your looks.

    , @CJ
    @Rob McX

    Good God. Surely this is an autogynephile because that can't have much appeal for anyone else. Steve should put that photo up beside the military portrait - Before and After.

    OTOH ... okay, this guy has many millions of $ more than I do. Would I trade places? No chance.

    Replies: @Anonymous

  23. One reason you read iSteve is to get the jokes a year or two before they even occur to everybody else.

    Actually, it’s to get your jokes. You are hilarious and incredibly, you’ve gotten even funnier the last few years. That is the only thing, besides not having to worry about ammo, that has reconciled me to the insanity and inanity of present-day society.

  24. Screw that I always felt I was a Wirtz. I want my share of the booze franchise, the money and my name on the Stanley cup.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @flyingtiger

    I had a classmate that changed his name legally to _____ Hathaway Rockefeller. He just thought it sounded dignified: his real father skedaddled when he was a toddler and mom had had four or five husbands since, so he had no fidelity to his birth name. My guess is no judge would approve of that today.

    Last I heard he was night manager of an all-night restaurant chain location.

    Surnames are not legal property (contra "James Wesley, Rawles") and in general anyone can change their name to anything they want provided it is not indecent or especially indicative of fraudulent intent. Full names of current or recently deceased celebrities tend to fall into that category.

    However, I suspect that in practice some surnames are more equal than others. A man who wants to be a Buffett or a Gates is probably okay as long as Warren or William doesn't respectively precede them. I am curious as to whether Rockefeller, or Rothschild would be permissible. Would "Obama" go over today with judges? "Hitler" and "Manson" probably not, even though while Hitler is quite rare, Manson is fairly common (e.g., Shirley Manson).

    I do know that some names are trademarked and that courts have refused petitioners changes of name on that grounds (e.g., "James T. Kirk".) However, if someone named Kirk wants to give their son the name James Tiberius Kirk, apparently trademark law is powerless to stop them. Indeed there are Harley Davidsons, Mercedes Benzes and Howard Johnsons all over the place. I have met an Allen Organ and a Pratt A. Whitney, too.

    It would be interesting to find out what would and would not be approved in various jurisdictions, and why.

    Replies: @Jefferson, @Reg Cæsar

  25. @Jefferson
    According to this, 42 percent of Homosexual men have a lisp.
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2014/05/14/ask_a_homo_the_gay_lisp_origins_and_meanings_considered_video.html

    I thought the percentage would be a lot higher than 42 percent. It definitely seems way higher than 42 percent among Homosexual men in The Bay Area. Maybe it is a regional thing. Maybe Texas Homosexual men for example on average are less likely to have a lisp than California Homosexual men.

    Replies: @e, @Nathan Wartooth, @Kyle McKenna

    Half a fag here.

    I’ve worked to get rid of my lisp, but my voice sounds “gay” but there is nothing I can do about that. When I get really tired it comes back. I try to pass as straight, but it doesn’t usually work.

    I’m more attracted to women, but they think I’m gay right off the bat, so it is a little harder to pick them up. It sucks.

  26. @e
    @Jefferson

    Affectation?

    For some reason, gay men seems to feel that certain kinds of articulation make them refined.

    Replies: @Jefferson

    “Affectation?

    For some reason, gay men seems to feel that certain kinds of articulation make them refined.”

    Speaking of lisps, many on the political left like Jon Stewart have pointed out the lisp that Lindsey Graham has. Yet nobody on the political right has noticed this 800 pound gorilla in the room. Or maybe they have but the political right are afraid of being accused of being Homophobes if they point out Lindsey Graham’s obvious lisp. Even though J. Edgar Hoover was also a closet Homosexual like Lindsey Graham, I don’t think J. Edgar Hoover had the lisp.

  27. Not going to read the article, no more interest in this trans-mutilation. But, I see he is in uniform and that reminds me of my favorite cross dresser….Klinger from MASH. Seemed more realistic that Klinger tried to prove he was a head case by cross dressing, everyone ignored him. At least back then the Services had no room for mental cases.

  28. @Rob McX
    Wow, Caitlyn he ain't.

    Replies: @Alfa158, @CJ

    That does seem strange, after all he accomplished in his life, Pritzker’s ultimate ambition was to become a fat, ugly old woman? I mean, maybe you can’t help it if you look like Ernest Borgnine, but squeezing yourself into cocktail party dress does not improve your looks.

  29. CJ says:
    @Rob McX
    Wow, Caitlyn he ain't.

    Replies: @Alfa158, @CJ

    Good God. Surely this is an autogynephile because that can’t have much appeal for anyone else. Steve should put that photo up beside the military portrait – Before and After.

    OTOH … okay, this guy has many millions of $ more than I do. Would I trade places? No chance.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @CJ

    Even if somebody has these sort of inclinations, I can't understand why they wouldn't be content to simply dress up like a woman *at home*

    What's the big deal in just wearing normal clothes at work/in public... Be the princess when you are in your own castle.

    I think everybody needs to mute their personality to some degree in order to get along in the public sphere.

    Replies: @Rob McX

  30. Keep laughing, but guess who beat Uber to be recognized as an employee. That’s right –

    ——————————————
    The Many, Many Cases of the Woman Who Just Beat Uber

    Barbara Ann Berwick tells it, she came to San Francisco in 1969 “to be a hippie” — but ended up as an online funds trader, a defeated political candidate, and a repeat litigant, who has pressed legal claims against everyone from a hospital to a media company for leaving newspapers at her doorstep. (She lost.)

    Now, though, Berwick has won an important blow against one of the most powerful companies in today’s San Francisco. According to reports, the California Labor Commission determined her to be an employee of Uber — not just a contractor — and awarded her approximately $4,000 in expenses, according to court documents. The move follows a recent decision in Florida which said that an Uber driver was eligible for unemployment benefits, since he was a defacto employee.

    Picking up the phone on Wednesday morning as the news of the decision hit, Berwick says she drove for Uber for eight weeks last summer as a way of getting some social interaction — since all her trading work happens at home and online in the early mornings. She had “all these extra hours, and I was really bored,” she said, plus: “I’m a transsexual — so I have social problems because transsexuals do, and I don’t meet a lot of people.”

    https://medium.com/ondemand/the-many-many-cases-of-the-woman-who-just-beat-uber-72785d9e07a8

    • Replies: @27 year old
    @Mr. Blank

    isn't this kind of a huge deal? potentially blows uber's (and probably a lot of other companies) hiring or, uh, "non hiring" models out of the water

    , @Anonymous
    @Mr. Blank

    First, I changed my name, as I saw that there was already a Mr. Blank. My apologies to him. I kept my email the same on the back-end.

    There is an important update to this story.

    Poor Uber, a $50 billion dollar corporation that has pretty successfully insulated itself from existing rules/regs and walked right into a WWT buzzsaw.
    -------------------------------------
    UBER’S TRANS NEMESIS ACCUSED OF BREAKING EMPLOYMENT RULES HERSELF RUNNING KINKY PHONE SEX SERVICE IN THE 1990S

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/06/19/ubers-elderly-transsexual-nemesis-broke-employment-rules-herself-running-kinky-phone-sex-lines/

    Former Uber driver and male-to-female transsexual Barbara Ann Berwick is making headlines after winning a potentially game-changing employment case against the tech firm. But former employees of a phone-sex company run by Berwick in the 1990s claim she is guilty of the same violations of employment law of which she is now accusing Uber.

    Furthermore, Berwick’s phone sex business, by her own admission plagued by litigation, was a hostile working environment where employees were paid poor wages and where a small child was allowed to play among pornographic magazines, says a former telephone operator who claims to be “shaking with anger” at the “hypocrisy” of Berwick’s “stunt.”

  31. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @flyingtiger
    Screw that I always felt I was a Wirtz. I want my share of the booze franchise, the money and my name on the Stanley cup.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    I had a classmate that changed his name legally to _____ Hathaway Rockefeller. He just thought it sounded dignified: his real father skedaddled when he was a toddler and mom had had four or five husbands since, so he had no fidelity to his birth name. My guess is no judge would approve of that today.

    Last I heard he was night manager of an all-night restaurant chain location.

    Surnames are not legal property (contra “James Wesley, Rawles”) and in general anyone can change their name to anything they want provided it is not indecent or especially indicative of fraudulent intent. Full names of current or recently deceased celebrities tend to fall into that category.

    However, I suspect that in practice some surnames are more equal than others. A man who wants to be a Buffett or a Gates is probably okay as long as Warren or William doesn’t respectively precede them. I am curious as to whether Rockefeller, or Rothschild would be permissible. Would “Obama” go over today with judges? “Hitler” and “Manson” probably not, even though while Hitler is quite rare, Manson is fairly common (e.g., Shirley Manson).

    I do know that some names are trademarked and that courts have refused petitioners changes of name on that grounds (e.g., “James T. Kirk”.) However, if someone named Kirk wants to give their son the name James Tiberius Kirk, apparently trademark law is powerless to stop them. Indeed there are Harley Davidsons, Mercedes Benzes and Howard Johnsons all over the place. I have met an Allen Organ and a Pratt A. Whitney, too.

    It would be interesting to find out what would and would not be approved in various jurisdictions, and why.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    @Anonymous

    "I do know that some names are trademarked and that courts have refused petitioners changes of name on that grounds (e.g., “James T. Kirk”.) However, if someone named Kirk wants to give their son the name James Tiberius Kirk, apparently trademark law is powerless to stop them."

    Speaking of William Shatner, what if someone wanted to legally change their name to Price Line?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Anonymous


    It would be interesting to find out what would and would not be approved in various jurisdictions, and why.

     

    What business is it of a judge? Under common law, you have the right to change your name, simply by using the new one, unless your purpose is fraud.

    It's one of the few legal steps you can still take for free. Unless the legislatures have messed with that one, too.

  32. @Anonymous
    @flyingtiger

    I had a classmate that changed his name legally to _____ Hathaway Rockefeller. He just thought it sounded dignified: his real father skedaddled when he was a toddler and mom had had four or five husbands since, so he had no fidelity to his birth name. My guess is no judge would approve of that today.

    Last I heard he was night manager of an all-night restaurant chain location.

    Surnames are not legal property (contra "James Wesley, Rawles") and in general anyone can change their name to anything they want provided it is not indecent or especially indicative of fraudulent intent. Full names of current or recently deceased celebrities tend to fall into that category.

    However, I suspect that in practice some surnames are more equal than others. A man who wants to be a Buffett or a Gates is probably okay as long as Warren or William doesn't respectively precede them. I am curious as to whether Rockefeller, or Rothschild would be permissible. Would "Obama" go over today with judges? "Hitler" and "Manson" probably not, even though while Hitler is quite rare, Manson is fairly common (e.g., Shirley Manson).

    I do know that some names are trademarked and that courts have refused petitioners changes of name on that grounds (e.g., "James T. Kirk".) However, if someone named Kirk wants to give their son the name James Tiberius Kirk, apparently trademark law is powerless to stop them. Indeed there are Harley Davidsons, Mercedes Benzes and Howard Johnsons all over the place. I have met an Allen Organ and a Pratt A. Whitney, too.

    It would be interesting to find out what would and would not be approved in various jurisdictions, and why.

    Replies: @Jefferson, @Reg Cæsar

    “I do know that some names are trademarked and that courts have refused petitioners changes of name on that grounds (e.g., “James T. Kirk”.) However, if someone named Kirk wants to give their son the name James Tiberius Kirk, apparently trademark law is powerless to stop them.”

    Speaking of William Shatner, what if someone wanted to legally change their name to Price Line?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Jefferson


    Speaking of William Shatner, what if someone wanted to legally change their name to Price Line?

     

    The NBA has (or had) a strict rule against players wearing advertising. I guess they didn't want to look like NASCAR or the Premiere League.

    When Jon Spoelstra ran the New Jersey Nets, he had the devious idea to have their home city, the borough of East Rutherford (pop. ca. 9,000), change its name to that of a potential Nets sponsor, e.g., Nike. They'd be the Nike Nets, Nike would pay bigtime, and the league could do nothing about it.

  33. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @CJ
    @Rob McX

    Good God. Surely this is an autogynephile because that can't have much appeal for anyone else. Steve should put that photo up beside the military portrait - Before and After.

    OTOH ... okay, this guy has many millions of $ more than I do. Would I trade places? No chance.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Even if somebody has these sort of inclinations, I can’t understand why they wouldn’t be content to simply dress up like a woman *at home*

    What’s the big deal in just wearing normal clothes at work/in public… Be the princess when you are in your own castle.

    I think everybody needs to mute their personality to some degree in order to get along in the public sphere.

    • Replies: @Rob McX
    @Anonymous

    A lot of people get up to weird stuff in their own homes, and it used to be accepted that their eccentricity wasn't too bad if confined within those four walls. Take the Tory MP Stephen Milligan, who was found dead in his flat dressed in women's underwear with an electrical cord tied around his neck, and holding a segment of orange between his teeth. His party was embarrassed at this exposure of his private proclivities. Nowadays, they'd be expected to respond by celebrating auto-erotic asphyxiation and honouring its other victims.

    Replies: @unpc downunder

  34. @Anonymous
    @flyingtiger

    I had a classmate that changed his name legally to _____ Hathaway Rockefeller. He just thought it sounded dignified: his real father skedaddled when he was a toddler and mom had had four or five husbands since, so he had no fidelity to his birth name. My guess is no judge would approve of that today.

    Last I heard he was night manager of an all-night restaurant chain location.

    Surnames are not legal property (contra "James Wesley, Rawles") and in general anyone can change their name to anything they want provided it is not indecent or especially indicative of fraudulent intent. Full names of current or recently deceased celebrities tend to fall into that category.

    However, I suspect that in practice some surnames are more equal than others. A man who wants to be a Buffett or a Gates is probably okay as long as Warren or William doesn't respectively precede them. I am curious as to whether Rockefeller, or Rothschild would be permissible. Would "Obama" go over today with judges? "Hitler" and "Manson" probably not, even though while Hitler is quite rare, Manson is fairly common (e.g., Shirley Manson).

    I do know that some names are trademarked and that courts have refused petitioners changes of name on that grounds (e.g., "James T. Kirk".) However, if someone named Kirk wants to give their son the name James Tiberius Kirk, apparently trademark law is powerless to stop them. Indeed there are Harley Davidsons, Mercedes Benzes and Howard Johnsons all over the place. I have met an Allen Organ and a Pratt A. Whitney, too.

    It would be interesting to find out what would and would not be approved in various jurisdictions, and why.

    Replies: @Jefferson, @Reg Cæsar

    It would be interesting to find out what would and would not be approved in various jurisdictions, and why.

    What business is it of a judge? Under common law, you have the right to change your name, simply by using the new one, unless your purpose is fraud.

    It’s one of the few legal steps you can still take for free. Unless the legislatures have messed with that one, too.

  35. @Jefferson
    @Anonymous

    "I do know that some names are trademarked and that courts have refused petitioners changes of name on that grounds (e.g., “James T. Kirk”.) However, if someone named Kirk wants to give their son the name James Tiberius Kirk, apparently trademark law is powerless to stop them."

    Speaking of William Shatner, what if someone wanted to legally change their name to Price Line?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Speaking of William Shatner, what if someone wanted to legally change their name to Price Line?

    The NBA has (or had) a strict rule against players wearing advertising. I guess they didn’t want to look like NASCAR or the Premiere League.

    When Jon Spoelstra ran the New Jersey Nets, he had the devious idea to have their home city, the borough of East Rutherford (pop. ca. 9,000), change its name to that of a potential Nets sponsor, e.g., Nike. They’d be the Nike Nets, Nike would pay bigtime, and the league could do nothing about it.

  36. @Anonymous
    @CJ

    Even if somebody has these sort of inclinations, I can't understand why they wouldn't be content to simply dress up like a woman *at home*

    What's the big deal in just wearing normal clothes at work/in public... Be the princess when you are in your own castle.

    I think everybody needs to mute their personality to some degree in order to get along in the public sphere.

    Replies: @Rob McX

    A lot of people get up to weird stuff in their own homes, and it used to be accepted that their eccentricity wasn’t too bad if confined within those four walls. Take the Tory MP Stephen Milligan, who was found dead in his flat dressed in women’s underwear with an electrical cord tied around his neck, and holding a segment of orange between his teeth. His party was embarrassed at this exposure of his private proclivities. Nowadays, they’d be expected to respond by celebrating auto-erotic asphyxiation and honouring its other victims.

    • Replies: @unpc downunder
    @Rob McX

    Getting a sexual high from doing weird/humiliating stuff is known as ego-dsytonic sexual arousal, and can be curable, if the person suffering from it is willing to takes steps to deal with it. Basically it's about getting an adrenaline/dopamine hit from the intense feelings of shame/anxiety associated with getting turned on by certain weird thoughts or weird acts. Once they uncouple the anxiety/shame thoughts and feelings from the sexual feelings then doing weird stuff stops being a big turn on.

    Unfortunately autogynephilia is more like an unusual sexual orientation that develops in childhood or puberty, hence it probably can't be cured by therapy or currently available drugs. However, as you point out, media celebrations of transsexual autogynephilacs are only likely to encourage them and make things worse for those trying to moderate their activities.

    Thanks to Bruce Jenner, three percent of teenage American males are now terrified they will eventually end up turning into an ugly transsexual on the cover of a women's fashion magazine.

  37. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @blah blah blah
    Once they work out the kinks with CRISPR, can I get my genes edited to become Native American and get in on some casino action?

    Replies: @Jefferson, @Anonymous

    The nuclei of a huge number of cells would have to be successfully edited to make you appear convincingly Native American. Genetic editing will almost certainly be used on early embryos before it is ever used on adult humans, and that first step is perhaps no less than a decade away in light of the number of unwanted mutations induced by the first experimental attempt.

  38. Movies where a character tries to transcend but fails:

    All American kid attempts to become an Italian bicycle racer, but is not accepted by actual Italian bicycle racers.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Breaking_Away

    Based on the life of NewYoRican hoodlum and poet Miguel Pinero. In one scene Pinero travels to Puerto Rico and discovers he is not Puerto Rican.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi%C3%B1ero

    The Wizard of Oz is in some way about Dorothy’s inability to transcend Kansas.

    Groundhog Day also might be a movie about failing to transcend, but eventually succeeding by helping another person.

    So failed transcendence might be a movie genre.

    As a minor quibble about the news coverage of Jenner, why don’t they ask him about if his crazy transformation and any drugs he is taking to accomplish it might have contributed to the fatal accident he provoked

    • Replies: @e
    @George

    "Breaking Away"...a gem of a movie. Bellissima!

  39. @Mr. Blank
    Keep laughing, but guess who beat Uber to be recognized as an employee. That's right -

    ------------------------------------------
    The Many, Many Cases of the Woman Who Just Beat Uber


    Barbara Ann Berwick tells it, she came to San Francisco in 1969 “to be a hippie” — but ended up as an online funds trader, a defeated political candidate, and a repeat litigant, who has pressed legal claims against everyone from a hospital to a media company for leaving newspapers at her doorstep. (She lost.)

    Now, though, Berwick has won an important blow against one of the most powerful companies in today’s San Francisco. According to reports, the California Labor Commission determined her to be an employee of Uber — not just a contractor — and awarded her approximately $4,000 in expenses, according to court documents. The move follows a recent decision in Florida which said that an Uber driver was eligible for unemployment benefits, since he was a defacto employee.

    Picking up the phone on Wednesday morning as the news of the decision hit, Berwick says she drove for Uber for eight weeks last summer as a way of getting some social interaction — since all her trading work happens at home and online in the early mornings. She had “all these extra hours, and I was really bored,” she said, plus: “I’m a transsexual — so I have social problems because transsexuals do, and I don’t meet a lot of people.”


    https://medium.com/ondemand/the-many-many-cases-of-the-woman-who-just-beat-uber-72785d9e07a8

    Replies: @27 year old, @Anonymous

    isn’t this kind of a huge deal? potentially blows uber’s (and probably a lot of other companies) hiring or, uh, “non hiring” models out of the water

  40. I claimed it first.

    I’m trans-matter.

    I am a rock.

  41. I am trans-fiction

  42. USA is the new Transylvania-with tax benefits. With a dead economy and empty treasury, we can send everybody a bad check and have the postal services lose money delivering for you. With government healthcare we can deliver more dead babies and export fast food concepts. A modest proposal. Eat your young to support your old.

    “For The Name of the Rose, since I was already interested in the Middle Ages, I had hundreds of files at hand, and it took me only two years to write it. Foucault’s Pendulum took me eight years to research and write! And since I don’t tell anybody what I’m doing, it occurs to me now that I lived in my own world for nearly a decade. I went out on the street, I saw this car and that tree and I said to myself, Ah, this could be connected to my story.” Eco

    Middle ages America: Kill the trees to support the cars. Streets and bridges are falling apart. Trust in walking and save funds on fuel. Ration water and no wine except on Sundays by order of state bureaucrats.

  43. USA is the new Transylvania-with tax benefits. With a dead economy and empty treasury, we can send everybody a bad check and have the postal services lose money delivering for you. With government healthcare we can deliver more dead babies and export fast food concepts. A modest proposal. Eat your young to support your old.

    “For The Name of the Rose, since I was already interested in the Middle Ages, I had hundreds of files at hand, and it took me only two years to write it. Foucault’s Pendulum took me eight years to research and write! And since I don’t tell anybody what I’m doing, it occurs to me now that I lived in my own world for nearly a decade. I went out on the street, I saw this car and that tree and I said to myself, Ah, this could be connected to my story.” Eco

    Middle ages America: Kill the trees to support the cars. Streets and bridges are falling apart. Trust in walking and save funds on fuel. Ration water and no wine except on Sundays by order of state bureaucrats. Millions of Snowden files at hand. It took two weeks to steal. Phones tapped to keep you safe from killers!

    • Replies: @syonredux
    @rustbeltreader

    I've always been vaguely annoyed that Dan Brown has made a fortune by, in effect, ripping off what Umberto Eco did in "Foucault’s Pendulum." Of course, since Eco is a serious scholar, he also did it one hell of a lot better....

  44. @George
    Movies where a character tries to transcend but fails:

    All American kid attempts to become an Italian bicycle racer, but is not accepted by actual Italian bicycle racers.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Breaking_Away

    Based on the life of NewYoRican hoodlum and poet Miguel Pinero. In one scene Pinero travels to Puerto Rico and discovers he is not Puerto Rican.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi%C3%B1ero

    The Wizard of Oz is in some way about Dorothy's inability to transcend Kansas.

    Groundhog Day also might be a movie about failing to transcend, but eventually succeeding by helping another person.

    So failed transcendence might be a movie genre.

    As a minor quibble about the news coverage of Jenner, why don't they ask him about if his crazy transformation and any drugs he is taking to accomplish it might have contributed to the fatal accident he provoked

    Replies: @e

    “Breaking Away”…a gem of a movie. Bellissima!

  45. @Jefferson
    According to this, 42 percent of Homosexual men have a lisp.
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2014/05/14/ask_a_homo_the_gay_lisp_origins_and_meanings_considered_video.html

    I thought the percentage would be a lot higher than 42 percent. It definitely seems way higher than 42 percent among Homosexual men in The Bay Area. Maybe it is a regional thing. Maybe Texas Homosexual men for example on average are less likely to have a lisp than California Homosexual men.

    Replies: @e, @Nathan Wartooth, @Kyle McKenna

    I love genius remarks like this. Never occurs to him that he doesn’t even recognize half of the gay men he encounters, because they don’t fit his stereotype. Instead, opens his mouth and removes all doubt. Presumably named after George, not Thomas. Dare he look underneath his bed? There could be more.

  46. @Rob McX
    @Anonymous

    A lot of people get up to weird stuff in their own homes, and it used to be accepted that their eccentricity wasn't too bad if confined within those four walls. Take the Tory MP Stephen Milligan, who was found dead in his flat dressed in women's underwear with an electrical cord tied around his neck, and holding a segment of orange between his teeth. His party was embarrassed at this exposure of his private proclivities. Nowadays, they'd be expected to respond by celebrating auto-erotic asphyxiation and honouring its other victims.

    Replies: @unpc downunder

    Getting a sexual high from doing weird/humiliating stuff is known as ego-dsytonic sexual arousal, and can be curable, if the person suffering from it is willing to takes steps to deal with it. Basically it’s about getting an adrenaline/dopamine hit from the intense feelings of shame/anxiety associated with getting turned on by certain weird thoughts or weird acts. Once they uncouple the anxiety/shame thoughts and feelings from the sexual feelings then doing weird stuff stops being a big turn on.

    Unfortunately autogynephilia is more like an unusual sexual orientation that develops in childhood or puberty, hence it probably can’t be cured by therapy or currently available drugs. However, as you point out, media celebrations of transsexual autogynephilacs are only likely to encourage them and make things worse for those trying to moderate their activities.

    Thanks to Bruce Jenner, three percent of teenage American males are now terrified they will eventually end up turning into an ugly transsexual on the cover of a women’s fashion magazine.

  47. “All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.” – Oscar Wilde

    Watching mothers turn into grandmothers is like a daily trainwreck. The bodies are piling up and there’s twisted metal. Here is America and here is tragedy and the military strategy to avoid it is the Klinger Strategy.
    http://www.mash4077tv.com/2013/10/07/episode-spotlight-where-theres-a-will-theres-a-war/

    Somebody tried to clip me, so I worked out a clipboard strategy. The others (youths) have glowing screen (Manning-Snowden) strategy and if you tap on it enough, you will end up tapped out. We’ll play taps for you. You’ll inherit the wind in Russia or prison. There’s not any difference. We’re all black.

  48. “Writing all those books never seemed to be such a trick, though I certainly don’t think I could do it today with the law firms’ enormous emphasis on hours and clocked time. I did have an estate practice, where the clients were usually dead, which is a help, for they couldn’t always be pushing you. ” http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/1759/the-art-of-fiction-no-138-louis-auchincloss

    The way to operate is with clients that are dead and pay well. You won’t spend all day fielding questions and selling hours and clock watching. Maybe you can start an underground with clients. Sell plots.

  49. @rustbeltreader
    USA is the new Transylvania-with tax benefits. With a dead economy and empty treasury, we can send everybody a bad check and have the postal services lose money delivering for you. With government healthcare we can deliver more dead babies and export fast food concepts. A modest proposal. Eat your young to support your old.

    "For The Name of the Rose, since I was already interested in the Middle Ages, I had hundreds of files at hand, and it took me only two years to write it. Foucault’s Pendulum took me eight years to research and write! And since I don’t tell anybody what I’m doing, it occurs to me now that I lived in my own world for nearly a decade. I went out on the street, I saw this car and that tree and I said to myself, Ah, this could be connected to my story." Eco

    Middle ages America: Kill the trees to support the cars. Streets and bridges are falling apart. Trust in walking and save funds on fuel. Ration water and no wine except on Sundays by order of state bureaucrats. Millions of Snowden files at hand. It took two weeks to steal. Phones tapped to keep you safe from killers!

    Replies: @syonredux

    I’ve always been vaguely annoyed that Dan Brown has made a fortune by, in effect, ripping off what Umberto Eco did in “Foucault’s Pendulum.” Of course, since Eco is a serious scholar, he also did it one hell of a lot better….

  50. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Mr. Blank
    Keep laughing, but guess who beat Uber to be recognized as an employee. That's right -

    ------------------------------------------
    The Many, Many Cases of the Woman Who Just Beat Uber


    Barbara Ann Berwick tells it, she came to San Francisco in 1969 “to be a hippie” — but ended up as an online funds trader, a defeated political candidate, and a repeat litigant, who has pressed legal claims against everyone from a hospital to a media company for leaving newspapers at her doorstep. (She lost.)

    Now, though, Berwick has won an important blow against one of the most powerful companies in today’s San Francisco. According to reports, the California Labor Commission determined her to be an employee of Uber — not just a contractor — and awarded her approximately $4,000 in expenses, according to court documents. The move follows a recent decision in Florida which said that an Uber driver was eligible for unemployment benefits, since he was a defacto employee.

    Picking up the phone on Wednesday morning as the news of the decision hit, Berwick says she drove for Uber for eight weeks last summer as a way of getting some social interaction — since all her trading work happens at home and online in the early mornings. She had “all these extra hours, and I was really bored,” she said, plus: “I’m a transsexual — so I have social problems because transsexuals do, and I don’t meet a lot of people.”


    https://medium.com/ondemand/the-many-many-cases-of-the-woman-who-just-beat-uber-72785d9e07a8

    Replies: @27 year old, @Anonymous

    First, I changed my name, as I saw that there was already a Mr. Blank. My apologies to him. I kept my email the same on the back-end.

    There is an important update to this story.

    Poor Uber, a $50 billion dollar corporation that has pretty successfully insulated itself from existing rules/regs and walked right into a WWT buzzsaw.
    ————————————-
    UBER’S TRANS NEMESIS ACCUSED OF BREAKING EMPLOYMENT RULES HERSELF RUNNING KINKY PHONE SEX SERVICE IN THE 1990S

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/06/19/ubers-elderly-transsexual-nemesis-broke-employment-rules-herself-running-kinky-phone-sex-lines/

    Former Uber driver and male-to-female transsexual Barbara Ann Berwick is making headlines after winning a potentially game-changing employment case against the tech firm. But former employees of a phone-sex company run by Berwick in the 1990s claim she is guilty of the same violations of employment law of which she is now accusing Uber.

    Furthermore, Berwick’s phone sex business, by her own admission plagued by litigation, was a hostile working environment where employees were paid poor wages and where a small child was allowed to play among pornographic magazines, says a former telephone operator who claims to be “shaking with anger” at the “hypocrisy” of Berwick’s “stunt.”

  51. Hi Steve,

    I’ve been admiring your output. In terms of quantity as well as quality. Having gotten to know your patterns of thought a little bit, I daresay that you’ll get a kick out of this photo in Germany’s biggest daily newspaper:

    http://www.bild.de/sport/fussball/fussball-wm-frauen/schwedens-nilla-fischer-hatte-hochzeits-klausel-41416538.bild.html

    Dolph Lundgren has joined WWT! Alas, not. The Dolphtelganger on the left is some kind of star in ‘women’s’ soccer and doing all kinds of wondrous things in the lady’s world cup which is (apparently) now in full swing.

    Speaking of wondrous things: I would not be surprised if that organism is the… Well, I don’t want to descend into vulgarities, but it might just be possible that either Dolph Lundgren or Bo Svenson were ladies all along and that their lovechild is now on the way to soccer immortality.

    Best wishes to you!

  52. With all this brouhaha about changing face on the $10 bill and also seemingly everybody changing their sex, I propose a much cheaper solution that will kill two birds with one stone: Let’s posthumously declare Alexander Hamilton to be a woman! (We’ve already declared Abe Lincoln to be gay, so there’s a precedent of sorts.) The two dead birds would be: (1) getting a woman on US currency and (2) yet another strategic advance in World War T.M

    Brilliant. George and Ben have the hair already, so we can just airbrush in the decolletage. Kudos.

    Even better, we could just paint MLK onto the $5 bill, standing “too” close to Abe.

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