Science Says What’s Really Compassionate Is Encouraging People With Gender Dysphoria To Love Their Real Bodies

At the center of the transgenderism fight is the debate about how best to help those who suffer from gender dysphoria or guide those merely caught up in the craze, especially children. The loudest narrative from the left says acceptance equals kindness, but new research on so-called “detransition” reveals that the conservative stance against social playacting and medical intervention is actually the compassionate one.
In debates about trans treatment, the left invariably plays the “suicide” and “discrimination” cards.

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Science Says What’s Really Compassionate Is Encouraging People With Gender Dysphoria To Love Their Real Bodies

At the center of the transgenderism fight is the debate about how best to help those who suffer from gender dysphoria or guide those merely caught up in the craze, especially children. The loudest narrative from the left says acceptance equals kindness, but new research on so-called “detransition” reveals that the conservative stance against social playacting and medical intervention is actually the compassionate one.
In debates about trans treatment, the left invariably plays the “suicide” and “discrimination” cards.

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Our Strategists Today Invoke Kennan, When They Should Be Turning to Burnham

The Financial Times reports that China has successfully launched a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile that U.S. officials worry we cannot defend against. China’s warplane incursions into Taiwan’s air defense space have continued and intensified. China’s President has publicly called for the annexation of Taiwan. Some in the United States have called for an unambiguous statement from the Biden administration that we will defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion. We may be at one of those moments in history where U.S.

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New study boosts movements to decriminalize drugs and sex work

Rally & Concert to End the War on Drugs – MacArthur Park, Los Angeles. November 3, 2011, Nikki David / Neon Tommy https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Replication is of paramount importance, in the sciences, in determining whether earlier research was a fluke or says something generally true about the world. As a textbook from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine puts it, “When the result from one study is found to be consistent by another study, it is more likely to represent a reliable claim to new knowledge.

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Brazilian senator’s report recommends criminal charges against Jair Bolsonaro for deadly COVID-19 blunders

Not unlike former President Donald Trump in the United States, far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro seriously downplayed the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic — and Brazil is second only to the U.S. when it comes to pandemic fatalities. Now, a Bolsonaro adversary in the Brazilian Senate, Sen. Renan Calheiros, is recommending criminal charges for the far-right president in an in-depth report. But some legal experts in South American’s largest country, Reuters reports, believe that Calheiros’s proposals are unlikely to get very far.

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Far-right website claims that Christians should see dying from COVID as ‘a good thing’

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the MAGA movement and far-right Christian fundamentalists have downplayed its severity — inspiring critics to slam MAGA as a suicidal “death cult.” Christian fundamentalist Joy Pullmann, in a shocking op-ed published by the far-right website The Federalist on the day of Gen. Colin Powell’s death, argues that Christians should welcome death from COVID-19, like any other cause of death, as “a good thing.” And she attacks the “pagan assumptions” of those who argue in favor of widespread vaccination.

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Hidden college admission factors that hurt students’ chances of acceptance

Across the country, millions of high school seniors are already preparing college applications for next fall. Those who apply to highly selective universities will be engaged in a struggle for very few spots. Last year, my university, Johns Hopkins, admitted 2,477 students from a pool of 38,513 applications. 
An offer of admission can be transformational, especially for students from low- and middle-income families.

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Startups are betting on a psychedelic gold rush

For a long time, Chase Chewning had wanted to try a new type of psychotherapy that uses ketamine, a dissociative anesthetic that’s shown promise as a mental health treatment. Chewning, a veteran who has had several recreational experiences with MDMA and psilocybin, hoped the drug could help him with his PTSD, so he made an appointment at a Los Angeles ketamine therapy clinic operated by Field Trip Health. Having now completed two ketamine sessions, Chewning says his experience at Field Trip has indeed helped him make progress.

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How Innovative Is Crypto?

A Bitcoin machine in a bodega in New York City, February 9, 2021. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
The case for crypto as a driver of innovation is thin.
Like those in other emerging industries touting cutting-edge technologies, cryptocurrency boosters never tire of telling the public just how innovative, disruptive, and beneficial the crypto ecosystem is. The sales pitch goes something like this: “The new private, digital money made possible by blockchain technology will decentralize the world’s financial system and become an incorruptible basis that ushers in a new era of economic life.

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How Innovative Is Crypto?

A Bitcoin machine in a bodega in New York City, February 9, 2021. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
The case for crypto as a driver of innovation is thin.
Like those in other emerging industries touting cutting-edge technologies, cryptocurrency boosters never tire of telling the public just how innovative, disruptive, and beneficial the crypto ecosystem is. The sales pitch goes something like this: “The new private, digital money made possible by blockchain technology will decentralize the world’s financial system and become an incorruptible basis that ushers in a new era of economic life.

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