Free Market Win! City Sells Dormant Prison, Which Will Soon be Converted into a Medical Cannabis Farm!

The following correspondence originally took place upon the Facebook wall of my friend, Jordan K…

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Jordan K.Coalinga Prison to Become Medical Marijuana Farm & Manufacturing Facility:
http://sprout.news/coalinga-prison-medical-marijuana/

Rayn: Free market, FTW! 🙂

Tattoo Artist Restores Pigment to Faces of Severe Burn Victims

The following correspondence originally took place upon the Facebook wall of my friend, Stacie T...

Medical tattoo artist, Basma Hameed

Stacie T.: She Tattooed Half Her Face, and You’d Never Know It, Because Her Skills Are Just That Good.:
http://www.upworthy.com/she-tattooed-half-her-face-youd-never-know-it-her-skills-are-just-that-good

Rayn: Skillz!

Stacie T.: From the title I thought it was going to be about covering face tattoos with make up. Lol

Discussion on Medically Tyranny Behind Gender Reassignment of Intersex Infants

The following correspondence originally took place upon onto my Facebook wall…

Female (XX, or XXX), Male (XY), and Intersex (XXY)

Female (XX, or XXX), Male (XY), and Intersex (XXY)

Rayn: Check it out, Karl! Just now, while scrolling my timeline, I noticed a FB friend of mine sharing this article, and Rosalind Franklin is the very first researcher mentioned – just like we were talking about the other day! Synchronicity! 🙂

6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/13/130519-women-scientists-overlooked-dna-history-science/

Siobhán L.: Nice article!

Siobhán L.: Also – as you might know – Nettie Stevens has probably played a large role in my own life, in which if they never figured out chromosomal sex – I might be in a very different situation, (I am XXY)

Rayn: Wow! More synchronicity! I was literally JUST talking about the topic of intersex with my husband only a little while after making this post. The reason why is because I had also talked about it with a friend yesterday afternoon, during an interview that she asked to conduct on me regarding the topic of “Diversity and Oppression” for a master’s level course she is currently taking at Rutger’s. At that time, before the interview started, while we we warming up with a discussion on unrealized forms of bias and discrimination, I eventually brought up intersex individuals, and, at one point, even mentioned how this group makes up at least 1% of the population – a figure she found to be surprising. So, right after making the post above, I remembered that portion of my pre-interview discussion, and finally decided to look up the figures again, to know for sure. After I was done, I showed my husband, who was also present during my interview, and then, I once again began railing against the common and accepted practice of surgical intervention shortly after birth for those individuals who express any significant form of having both male and genitalia (just as I had done the first time I looked into intersex about a year ago). I cannot help but see it as nothing more than an arrogant and misguided attempt to “medically” force the false dichotomy of a two-gender society.

Siobhán L.: Agreed – speaking about specifically XXY individuals – about 1/3rd of us are fine with being ID’d as male, about 1/3rd as female (I fall into this group) – but about 1/3rd ID as both, a 3rd gender, or genderqueer. I think this is fairly standard across other types of IS too – but I don’t know as much about them from experience.

Siobhán L.: I also fall into a weird other category of being an XXY individual who’s mother took a synthetic estrogen while pregnant with me – causing more teratogenic effects of having only partially formed male parts, and partially formed female parts (I think it’s probably about 80% male, 20% female – roughly)

Rayn: No doubt, Siobhán. Thank you for your valuable input! I really appreciate it! 🙂

Discussing the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Washington, DC

The following correspondence originally took place upon the Facebook note of my friend Cecily M, entitled, “Guest Writer: HIV/AIDS”…

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Cecily M.: Hey folk. I’d like to believe that I know a bunch of articulate, intellectual, informed, individuals. Yesterday, my cousin/homie posted a note about HIV/AIDS. She wanted some dialogue about the topic. Unfortunately, the people didn’t really respond. Those that did created quite an interesting dialogue. But for this thing to be such an epidemic, it was interesting to see the lack of interest. To me, it almost explains the epidemic. Could it be our indifference?

Today, I’ve copied and pasted her note here. I want you to read and I want you to comment. Cuz I know that you are at work right now, doing nothing. That’s why 12 of my friends are already on facebook with green dots. The rest of you are here too, probably in invisible mode. Read and respond folk. Let’s get it!

Cecily

Coleen writes:

GM all! I have something on my mind. I was talking to my doctor last week Thursday and we were in the room chatting about African American people having the highest HIV/AIDS percentage in the nation. Please read the facts below.

She then told me a story, “I recently went to a medical conference and an African man was speaking to other doctors and he stated “Why are American women so desperate?” At first I was offended, but I thought to myself, he’s right”

My question to my facebook reader’s men and women: Is American women desperate? And are we really the cause of spreading STD’s and HIV/AIDS so rapidly?

Let’s talk about it!!!

Fact: At least 3 percent of District residents have HIV or AIDS, a total that far surpasses the 1 percent threshold that constitutes a “generalized and severe” epidemic, according to a report scheduled to be released by health officials tomorrow.

That translates into 2,984 residents per every 100,000 over the age of 12 — or 15,120 — according to the 2008 epidemiology report by the District’s HIV/AIDS office.

“Our rates are higher than West Africa,” said Shannon L. Hader, director of the District’s HIV/AIDS Administration, who once led the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s work in Zimbabwe. “They’re on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya.” (Click Here to Continue Reading This Post)