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This heat.

I haven't slept for more than 2-3 hours uninterrupted all week. I'm starting to feel like a frog in boiling water, only the sadist is fucking incompetent so they've had to jam a lid on the top which I keep slamming my skull into.

This is how supervillains are made.

Keep it up, sun, and I will find a way to END YOU  :argh!:

Could be worse.

My flat makes it so that it's 10-20 degrees hotter inside than outside, day or night.  It's clearly some kind of building error (possibly the boiler) but whatever it is, it means I've slept 10 hours over the past 4 nights.  I'm sweating just sitting down and typing this, and I have a fan on full power behind me.

Consider Gin

i have seen the argument that minimum wage does not provide enough income to afford to rent an apartment.  i get that - i've been there.  but - what is to stop landlords from raising the rent once minimum wage is increased?

also - i think raising minimum wage would be devastating to many small business.  many small businesses can barely keep the lights on as it is - raising the minimum wage could be the straw that breaks many camels' backs. 

However, I was wondering - would making employees salaried be a "work around?" to this.  is there a minimum legal annual salary? 

Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists?

his workshops are only $1,000,000,000 (that's 100,000 easy payments of $10,000)

i'm just trying to digest all this.

it makes sense to separate gender and sex.  that is, a male can choose to identify as man or woman (or, perhaps - certain degrees of man-ness or woman-ness) and a female can also choose to identify as woman or man (again, to certain degrees).

a male (or female) choosing to identify as anything other than man (or woman) is considered to be transgendered.

(i now realize that it might not be appropriate to use the word "choose" as the individual may not really have a choice).

since gender is a social construct, identifying as the "non-socially acceptable" gender should not be considered a medical disorder (although I think you could argue it may be a psychological disorder??  is there such a thing as a sociological disorder??)

also, a male can identify as a female and a female can identify as a male.  this would be considered to be transexual.

again, the individual may or may not have a choice.

given that the mind is an emergent property of the body (a notion i'm not sure I fully agree with  . . .) I would think there is a connection between the body's natural hormone production and the mind's (brain's?) reaction and development.

i guess what i'm having a hard time with is how, in this context, transexualism is still not a disorder.

as Nigel stated, and others agreed with -

2. No, I don't think it's a disorder, outside of the social sense. In other words, it is not a pathology.
3. Yes, I think it is probably biological.

how can it be biological without a pathology?


i haven't read any Jenner interviews, but I imagine the following hypothetical:

Suppose Jenner, being an athlete under tremendous pressure to perform well, began to take large amounts of steroids.
The steroid abuse then caused his body to simultaneously stop producing testosterone and increase it's estrogen production (I believe this is a side effect of steroid abuse).
Olympics are over and steroid abuse stops, however the body never fully resumes "normal" hormone production.
Jenner begins to feel more and more female... transexual.

is this not a disorder?

it would be interesting if the girlfriend in question were also involved in this discussion

Literate Chaotic / Re: Army Time
« on: May 30, 2015, 09:41:18 am »
i stand corrected.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Army Time
« on: May 30, 2015, 03:55:42 am »
when i was a kid, a friend of mine had this cool green army sleeping bag that he always took camping.

he was catholic and liked that it had a cross on it.

it was a body bag

Literate Chaotic / Re: Excerpts from the Next Great American Novel
« on: May 27, 2015, 08:26:51 pm »
I imagine some interesting counterfeiting scenarios

turns out my buddy's property was where this shit went down

so far he found an old still and part of what we think is an old coal stove

Although, cremation is becoming a more popular alternative

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