Nov 14, 2018

Transgender Explanation

Hey everyone Rev. Chris here, previously I explained what LGBTQ was & hopefully you have  a better understanding of it. Now I’m going to expand on the more complex topic of transgender people. I’ll also touch on that controversial topic of going to the bathroom.

What is it to be transgender. Well, it's a complex issue with a pretty simple explanation. The development of a baby is a complex process & a lot of things can go awry. A baby can be born with a heart murmur, or missing an arm or a cleft palate. When this happens we feel bad & then someone fixes the problem with surgery or therapy. Imagine if you were born with the wrong brain? What if you had a male brain in a female's body. Doesn't sound so far fetched when you think about it like that does it. It's really no different that being born with any other issue. Yet we shun the transgender person for something that is completely not their fault.

Sexual preference is another confusing issue when dealing with trans people. You might think that if you are a trans woman that you should like men. But since your body is male would that make you gay? So are you a gay man woman trans lesbian? This is confusing. But it really isn't. No matter what sex you are, you can be attracted to any other sex. You might be a trans woman who likes women, or a man that likes men, or you might be attracted to the opposite sex. The fact is who you like has nothing to do with who you are, they are totally separate.

Fixing the problem of transgender is a fairly complex issue as well. First you have to go to counselling to make sure you are really trans & not just sexually confused. Then you start hormone therapy to help your body be the sex it is supposed to be. The huge problem with all of this is cost. Most insurance companies will NOT pay for any of these treatments, even though I believe it is a legitimate medical need. The high cost of surgery prohibits a lot of people from getting the reassignment surgery so they are left in a state of limbo & can't complete the final step. These people are referred to as pre-op transexuals. They are the people who need our support, not our ridicule. They need the insurance industry to recognise their needs & include them in their coverage.
Being transgender is not easy to deal with.

Imagine as a young child not feeling comfortable in your own skin. Imagine as a teen knowing that you are not in the correct body. Then imagine as an adult having to listen to the ignorant people telling you to pretend to be something you are not. So now with a better understanding of what transgender is & isn't hopefully you will know how to treat them, as regular people.

I’d like to touch on the bathroom issue as well. It was a huge deal for a while & thankfully it has died down a bit.

OK, first let me tell you what the lawmakers are afraid of. They are afraid that evil transgender people are just waiting around to sneak into a public restroom & rape our children. This notion is preposterous, just because you are trans doesn't mean you are a pervert. Secondly their logic is completely flawed. What they want to do is keep transgendered people out of the wrong bathroom. In reality trans people have been sharing the restrooms with you for decades & you didn't even know it.

Their law says that transgender people must use the restroom of the sex they were assigned at birth. Sounds good so far but it is totally backwards. Let's say you have a trans man, born in a woman's body but the brain of a man. He goes through the hormone replacement therapy, develops facial hair, starts to look & feel more like a man. Now when you see this person you see a man, the way he looks, acts & interacts with the world around him is all masculine. Then he tries to go to the restroom. According to your law he must use the restroom of his birth sex, which is... FEMALE!  Now you have a man in the women's bathroom. OOPS!

The same is true of a trans woman, you're going to get a woman in the men's room. Neither one of those sound very safe. So the laws you enacted to help prevent problems actually cause them. Best thing to do is just to forget about all of this & let people live their lives.The only thing people are doing in bathrooms is going to the bathroom.

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Xbox X The name of the next console?

I have figured out the name for the new Xbox will be named. It's simple really.

Xbox X (as in ten)

Think about it this way. When Microsoft released the first Xbox, they were competing with the Playstation 2 as Sony had a full generation jump on them. So, they simply titled their console "Xbox", named after their Direct X graphics drivers used in Windows gaming. Then the next generation of consoles came out & Microsoft had a problem. They couldn't call their new console Xbox 2 as it would be competing with the Play Station 3. That would be a big PR problem that Sony would take advantage of, so, they called it Xbox 360. Problem solved, right?


They were matched up Again with Sony's new console, the Play Station 4. Now Microsoft Couldn't call their new machine the Xbox 3, especially after the 360, it would sound too much alike and That simply wouldn't make sense. So, What to call it? Xbox 361? Xbox 360-2?

I know, Xbox One. Problem solved, right?
No, again.

You see the Xbox will always be at a naming disadvantage due to Sony's pesky Playstation one beating them to the punch. So Microsoft needs a permanent fix to this problem. A while back they changed the naming & updating on the Windows Operating System by going to Windows 10. They skipped right over 9 & went to 10, stating it would be the last Windows OS ever. Ten would still get updates & improvements, but it would never go to 11.

I feel there is a Spinal Tap joke in there somewhere, but I digress. 
Windows 10 is the last.

So now you see my reasoning that Xbox X, or Xbox Ten, could be the final name. They have already stated that they are not wanting to re design a new game system every 5 years or so & the power of the latest consoles (One X & PS4 pro) are just amazing. They are more than capable of doing almost anything. The real future of gaming is not so much the hardware, but the content, connectivity, community & creativity of the gaming ecosystem itself.

So, what is the future for gaming naming? Well Sony will have the PS5, duh. But Microsoft is a bit of a mystery. I like the "X" moniker, but only the folks in Redmond truly know.

video is here

Nov 9, 2018

Guns Guns Guns

We are a nation obsessed with guns. Heck I own 5 of them, although 3 are non functional display guns. For the most part people are pretty responsible with them, although the are some idiots in the mix. But when you her terms like "assault rifle", "semi automatic" or "long gun" in the media it's hard to figure out what it all means. I'm going to help.

The news is constantly screaming about someone being shot by an "assault rifle", but what exactly is an assault rifle? basically an assault rifle is based on the way a weapon looks. Typically the AR 15 is referenced because it is one of the most popular styles & with good reason. The AR platform is a very well designed & comfortable rifle to shoot. But at it's core it is no different than a standard rifle.

Another term the media like to scare us with is "semi-automatic". There are 3 basic firing styles of weapons: manual, meaning after you fire you need to perform an action to load another round like pumping a shotgun or moving a bolt on a rife. The next (and most common type) is semi-automatic. This means when you fire the weapon it automatically loads another round for you. You then need to pull the trigger again to fire. Almost every pistol & rifle made is a semi-automatic type. Even revolvers are technically semi-automatic. The final type is full-auto. Full auto means that when you pull the trigger the weapon will keep firing until you release the trigger or run out of ammo. Except in special cases you can not own a fully automatic weapon. They are illegal. So when the news people say "semi automatic" trying to scare you, you'll know they are talking about almost every firearm that is made.

So if you are a crazy person & want to kill a lot of people you could do it just as easy with a standard rifle, which is also called a long gun, a pistol or shotgun just like you could with an "assault rifle". So I say to the media, stop trying to scare us with sensationalism & scary words & just tell the news. And everyone else, quit focusing on the type of guns used in these killings & start looking at the people. They are the ones doing the damage, after all.

Video is here.

Nov 8, 2018

Shiraz Wine Tasting

LGBTQ Explanation

Today I'm going to reveal the mystery of the LGBTQ acronym. This seems to be confusing for some people, so I’ll try to help.  I would like to start off by saying that I am not an expert in human sexuality, I am just giving you my interpretation of these terms. Also, if I say anything that is incorrect or offensive it was unintentional. I have a lot of respect for the problems that the LGBTQ community faces. So here we go.

So let's start with the easiest part, the "L" & "G".
"L" stands for lesbian, simply put women who are attracted to women. "G" stands for gay, the male version of lesbian, or men who like men. That was pretty easy, so let's go on to the "B". "B" means bi-sexual, or women who like both women & men, also men who like women & men as well.

Now let's get to the trickier part, the "T". The first three letters "LGB" are describing a sexual preference, who am I attracted to. But the "T" describes a sexual identity, who am I as a person. If, for instance, I am a transgender female, then I was born physically as a male, but I am actually a female inside. A transgender male is just the opposite, born with a female body but inside a man. It seems confusing, but think of it like this; you have the brain of one sex, but the body of another. I'll go into more detail in my next video.

That brings us to the "Q", that stands for queer. Not queer in the derogatory sense, but queer as in odd. I'll be honest this term even confuses me a bit. It refers to people who don't identify with the other types, or refuse to identify as a form of protest.

Wow, you made it but there is one more thing to discuss. There is a letter that is not in the "LGBTQ" acronym, & it is "P"

Pansexual is similar to bi-sexual, but also includes the attraction to all people regardless of their sexual identity. Pansexuals just love everybody. I identify as pansexual myself & I like to say I like someone because of who they are, not what they are. I have a friend named Jamie that says Pansexual means you love men, women & kitchen utensils.

Whatever you identify with just remember that we are all people & it shouldn't matter what our preferences are, we all just want love.

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Nov 2, 2018

I have left this world

I watch a lot of news. Not from the mainstream media, but real news. I say real because the mainstream media is no longer a valid source for accurate news. They spin too much propaganda for whatever rich person owns the network they broadcast out of. Their is a similar bias from both the right wing as well as the left. Corporate interests are the word of the day when it comes to e everything that we as regular Americans deal with. With the blatant amount of corruption that is forced upon us there seems to be no hope in sight.

That is why I have given up on this world. I have given up of trying to understand why Americans put up with the tired OLD politicians who do not give a shit about anyone but themselves & their rich assholes. We need a new Robin Hood, a new revolution, a new "new deal" & a bunch of new Eliot Ness's