Welcome to 19th Century Oklahoma – judge denies name change because God decided DNA

No one told me we changed the American f;ag

An Oklahoma County judge is refusing to let men planning sex-change operations switch to feminine names.

District Judge Bill Graves has denied name changes in two such cases so far — last year and again in August. The judge ruled both times the requests were made for a fraudulent purpose.

“I wanted to give up and just die,” said James Dean Ingram, who asked to legally be known as Angela Renee Ingram but was turned down Aug. 30.

“It’s so important because it’s who I am. I can’t be who I am with a male name,” Ingram said.

The judge’s order in the first case is on appeal.

His position also has generated criticism of him at the courthouse.

Five other Oklahoma County judges who handle name change requests told The Oklahoman they routinely grant them in transgender cases…

…Graves wrote…“To grant a name change in this case would be to assist that which is fraudulent…It is notable that Genesis 1:27-28 states: ‘So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth …’ The DNA code shows God meant for them to stay male and female…”

The judge in his 2011 order gave three specific reasons against allowing name changes in transgender cases.

He wrote it could result in someone unwittingly marrying a person “who appeared to be of the opposite sex but was actually of the same sex.”

He wrote it also could hinder crime investigations — causing police officers searching for a male based on DNA evidence to ignore a potential suspect the officers believed was female.

He wrote it also could let someone circumvent the state’s prohibitions against same-sex marriage.

The man is an ignoranus. The average college graduate – at least from schools free of administration by fools like this one – has sufficient book-learning to comprehend the importance of gender identification.

I hope I haven’t offended the half-dozen educated, sensible human beings who prefer for whatever reason to continue to subject themselves to the vagaries of Christian Sharia by continuing to live in Oklahoma.

I doubt if even the bass-fishing is worth it.

Boat sinks – fisherman survives 26 hours floating in fish crate

Coast guard rescue swimmer, dropped from helicopter, readies Harris to be winched to safety

An Alaska fisherman survived for a day floating on frigid ocean waters in a plastic fish crate after his boat sank and said he kept up his spirits by singing.

Ryan Harris, 19, told the local newspaper in Sitka, Alaska, that he sang songs like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to keep himself awake through the night as the fishing crate bobbed on the waves.

Harris told the Sitka Sentinel that he gave himself a “pep talk,” saying for hours on end: “I’m Ryan Hunter Harris and I’m not going to die here.”

Harris and his fishing partner, boat skipper Stonie Huffman, went into the water late on Friday when their 28-foot vessel sank off Sitka, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Huffman found a survival suit in the debris, donned it and was able to swim to shore before flagging down rescuers, the Coast Guard said.

But Harris spent an estimated 26 hours in the plastic fish tote before he was found by another fishing crew, the Coast Guard said. The fishing crew called for help, and a Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted Harris to safety on Saturday.

He was in relatively good shape when spotted by the other fishing crew, despite his ordeal at sea, Coast Guard Petty Officer Grant DeVuyst told Reuters…

“He was active. He was waving his arms,” DeVuyst said. “He was conscious…”

He did exactly the right things, he kept his wits about him, he kept his mind and spirits pumped up, he worked at being optimistic about survival and rescue.

I just wish he knew a better range of songs.

Feeding frenzy for arable land in Africa sparks fears

Victims of the U.S. real estate slump may not feel it, but there’s a worldwide rush to buy land going on.

Nations from China to Saudi Arabia as well as corporations and private investors are buying up enormous tracts of land around the world at a rate 20 times faster than in previous years. They’re trying to hedge their bets against the next food crisis, or profit from growing crops that can be made into alternative fuels like ethanol. Elsewhere they are buying up water and subsurface rights.

A group of Cornell social scientists will be collaborating over the next three years to look at the financial, political and legal implications of this trend…

“Land deals are indicative of and also generating really important transformations in the four areas that we’ll concentrate on: property, governance, political economy and livelihood. We’re using land deals as a window onto broader transformations at this current moment,” said Wendy Wolford…co-leading the project with Charles Geisler, professor of development sociology.

…Geisler added. “We know that global climate change is altering sea levels and reducing the size of continental coastal zones — some of the most productive ecosystems on the planet. At the same time, a feeding frenzy is under way as nations vie for new places to source their food. These contexts are critical to understanding shrinking ‘global hectare’ trends as well as the precarious state of everyday people dependent on lands in the global South.”

The international community began to take notice of large-scale land deals in 2009, when Madagascar’s government arranged a deal to lease one-third of its arable land to Daewoo Logistics, a South Korean company, for raising food crops. The lease prompted panic, protests and eventually a coup in Madagascar…

Sub-Saharan Africa is the main site of large-scale land acquisitions because the apparently “underutilized” arable land and the potential for improved yields are substantial. “Some say this wave of land acquisition is exactly what we need to feed the world’s growing population and meet the demand for alternative energy,” Wolford said. “Others say it’s just the colonial scramble for Africa repeated, it’s 1884-85 all over again. And, in truth, it’s a little bit of both.”

A project I will try to stay in touch with.

I’ve seen intimations of this process in economic notes around the world. Of course, the dunderheads in Congress haven’t a clue. I doubt if Africa approaches anything near the top of the pile of economic and human rights issues in the White House [not a big vote-getter]. And the Party-formerly-known-as-Republican in general opposes any study of either climate change or equity and ethics in business.

17 bodies found along Mexican road – and your point is?

Seventeen mutilated bodies were found along a road in west-central Mexico’s Jalisco state, authorities said Sunday…No one had claimed responsibility for the slayings, the Organizacion Editorial Mexicana reported.

Witnesses said they saw men in two black trucks stop and unload boxes containing the bodies along the highway to Morelia. Police determined they were the bodies of 17 young men who had been shot to death and dismembered…

The newspaper El Universal reported the remains would be sent to the Jalisco Institute of Forensic Sciences for identification.

In other news from Mexico:

Mexicans celebrated their country’s 202 years of independence Sunday with President Felipe Calderon calling on them to join together to transform their nation…”Mexico needs all of us,” Calderon said in a post on his Twitter account.

The day also was an opportunity for Mexico’s military to parade.

“May the strength of feeling and the legacy of our founding fathers always inspire us to be better and give [our] all for Mexico,” the president said in another post on the social media service following an elaborate military, federal police and civilian parade outside the National Palace in Mexico City.

The Organizacion Editorial Mexicana news service said thousands of people attended the parade with no incidents reported.

Anyone see any contradictions here?

Yeah, yeah, I know. Decades of corrupt government allowed gangsters to achieve prominence, safety, sufficient participation in the day-to-day administration of governance that even a very public and deadly war has apparently changed nothing.

Which means the contradictions that brought this corruption to significant control of all life and livelihood in Mexico – still haven’t been addressed or changed.

NATO air strike kills eight women in Laghman Province

Bodies of some of the women killed in the air strike – on the way to hospital morgue

At least eight women have died in a NATO air strike in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Laghman, local officials say…NATO has conceded that between five and eight civilians died as it targeted insurgents, and offered condolences.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai “strongly condemned” the deaths and has sent officials to the area to investigate…

Major Adam Wojack, a spokesman for the Isaf international forces, said between five and eight civilians could have been killed, and said an investigation was under way…

He told the BBC that a group of some 45 insurgents had been targeted by an ISAF unit, and many had been killed…

At least seven women were also reported to have been injured. Provincial health director Latif Qayumi said some of them injured were girls aged as young as 10.

The Laghman governor’s office said a number of civilians had gone to the mountains to collect wood and nuts from a forest in the Noarlam Saib valley, a common practice in the area…

In August, UN figures suggested the number of civilians killed and injured in the first half of 2012 had fallen 15% on the same period of 2011…Analysts said increased sensitivity on both sides about the impact of civilian deaths had led to more carefully targeted attacks.

In his statement, President Hamid Karzai expressed his “sorrow” over the incident, saying he “strongly condemns the airstrike by Nato forces which resulted in the deaths of eight women”.

I’m a supporter of risking technology in battle instead of human beings. The context of war and the politics that obviously have failed – leading to war – are a separate group of questions.

Regardless, the use of airborne technology demands information on the ground surpassing whatever it was that was used to justify this air strike. This wasn’t a latency problem lasting a few seconds at the speed of radio communications. This was someone making a decision based on inadequate data about civilians and Taliban in the same wooded area.

Either the rules of engagement must be ratcheted down to a level allowing for humanity – or information gathering has to improve. Results like this are unacceptable by any standard.

Go Ask ALICE — scientists enter primeval plasma wonderland

Scientists at CERN have smashed together various particles for the first time, moving closer to learning what was in the super-hot plasma wonderland that formed right after the primeval Big Bang…

The announcement followed another boost for physicists at CERN near Geneva with the effective endorsement by independent experts in a key journal of their claimed discovery of a new particle, the Higgs Boson.

CERN’s ALICE experiment, one of six grouped around its underground Large Hadron Collider (LHC), has been analyzing particles that emerged from the overnight smashing together of tiny hydrogen-derived protons and much larger lead nuclei.

“It was really a pilot run to see if the LHC can produce these asymmetric collision systems. It showed that it can, and it worked like a charm,” Johannes Wessels, an ALICE scientist, told Reuters. “We are very excited about the results.”

The function of ALICE — acronym for A Large Ion Collider Experiment — is to probe what happens to matter when it is heated to 250,000 times the temperature at the centre of the sun — as in the “quark-gluon plasma” at the birth of the cosmos.

Until now, in the search for the Higgs and the “New Physics” that encompasses concepts like super-symmetry, dark matter, extra dimensions and parallel worlds, CERN has smashed only identical particles together at close to the speed of light…

“Whether we’ve been smashing hydrogen protons or lead protons together, it’s been like hitting oranges with oranges. But now it’s like colliding apples and oranges,” said another CERN scientist. “It’s a different ball game.”

The 2-year wait for the coming upgrade is going to rush by like the solar wind.