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Rocklin charter school won’t allow parents to opt out of “transgender” teachings

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Rocklin Superintendent Robin Stout

Solution: Disenroll and/or homeschool.

I told you about this school in August when a kindergarten teacher led a “transgender” discussion in class, to introduce a child who was “transitioning,” without notifying parents of the discussion. Many parents were outraged.

Looks like the school is doubling down on denying biology and moving forward with the “transgender” agenda.

From KCRA: The school board for Rocklin Academy Charter School voted late Monday night in favor of a literary policy that allows controversial books like “I Am Jazz,” which is about a transgender girl, to be read in class and won’t allow parents the option of opting their children out of that lesson.

However, the school will “endeavor” to notify parents about such controversial topics.

Hundreds of parents packed the charter school board meeting for the Rocklin Academy Family of Schools Monday for a passionate debate about gender identity and its place in the classroom.

Some parents proposed a new policy requiring the charter school to let them know if controversial topics, like gender identity, would be discussed in class and allow their students to opt out.

“For them to say that they can teach my child about transgender without me even knowing about it is wrong,” said parent Chelsea McQuistan, who has two children who attend Rocklin Academy Gateway and a third who is about to enter kindergarten.

“Gender and sexuality are not the same thing, and I think we end up in a place where parents can opt out of anything they find offensive, which is subjective,” said Jen Hansen, another parent in the charter school.

The debate was sparked in June when a Rocklin Academy Gateway transgender student brought the book “I Am Jazz,” to her kindergarten class. She then asked the teacher to read the book, which is about a transgender girl’s transition, to the class so other students knew what she was going through.

Some parents said their children came home questioning their gender after school. “This book was outside the curriculum and I see it as a controversial subject to discuss with a kindergartner,” said Wendy Sickler, who is the parent of two kids at Rocklin Academy Gateway.

Ankur Dhawan’s daughter was in class when the teacher read “I Am Jazz” to students and was taken aback when she told him about it.

“I’ve struggled with the question of parental notification quite a bit. But when I put my need against the child who’s going through that transition, I realized it’s not the same thing,” Dhawan said. “This child needs us to come together as a community and respect their dignity and their character.”

California law allows parents to opt out of sex education, but gender identity doesn’t fall under that category.

“It’s like race or religion or ethnicity. It’s a protected class but it’s not sex ed so parents actually don’t have the opportunity to opt out and it would be illegal for the school to make it possible to opt out,” said Elizabeth Ashford, who works for Fiona Hutton and Associates, the public relations firm hired by Rocklin Academy to serve as spokesperson.

“It does not prohibit an opt-out provision for school districts, so for them to say that is just disingenuous,” California Family Council Director Greg Burt said in response to Ashford’s statement.

The school board heard more than three hours of comment before they voted late Monday to not to change their current literature policy, which allows the inclusion of transgender characters, and “endeavor” to notify parents about controversial topics.

“The school is going to endeavor to do that,” Ashford said. “If they can’t get to it ahead of it, they will try to inform the parents after the fact.”

The board also struck down a proposal to allow parents to opt out of gender identity topics in class.

Rocklin Academy said 14 families have chosen to disenroll from their charter schools as a result of this issue, and they expect more families to withdraw in the wake of the board meeting.

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Flu vaccine linked to significantly higher rate of miscarriages

In his speech on how to reduce global warming at the 2010 TED conference, billionaire Bill Gates touted vaccines as a means to reduce the world’s population by as much as 10-15%. He said:

“The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a REALLY great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health service, we could lower that by perhaps 10 to 15 percent.

Don’t think what Gates said was a Freudian slip. As the video below shows, Gates had said it at least four times:

And now, we have a study on exactly that — anti-fertility vaccine.

A team of 13 medical scientists conducted a study that found a significant association between flu vaccine and miscarriages (“spontaneous abortion”). The scientists are:

  • James G. Donahue, Ph.D. & MPH (the lead author), Burney A. Kiekea, Jennifer P. King, Maria A. Mascola and Edward A. Belongia, of Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, Marshfield, WI.
  • Frank DeStefano and Eric Weintraub of the Immunization Safety Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  •  Stephanie A. Irving, T. Craig Cheetham, Allison L. Naleway, Jason M. Glanz and Nicola P. Klein, of Kaiser Permanente (in Portland, OR; Pasadena, CA; Denver, CO; and Oakland, CA).
  • Lisa A. Jackson, of Group Health Research Institute, Seattle, WA.

Donahue & colleagues published their findings in an article titled “Association of spontaneous abortion with receipt of inactivated influenza vaccine containing H1N1pdm09 in 2010–11 and 2011–12,” in the peer-reviewed journal Vaccine, 35:40 (September 25, 2017), pp. 5314–5322.

Objective

Donahue et al. described their study’s objective:

“Inactivated influenza vaccine is recommended in any stage of pregnancy, but evidence of safety in early pregnancy is limited, including for vaccines containing A/H1N1pdm2009 (pH1N1) antigen. We sought to determine if receipt of vaccine containing pH1N1 was associated with spontaneous abortion (SAB).

Methodology

Using data from the Vaccine Safety Datalink, Donahue et al. identified 485 eligible women aged 18 to 44 years who had a miscarriage (cases) and 485 women who had live births or stillbirths (controls), and matched them on site, date of last menstrual period and age. Participants who were vaccinated with the inactivated influenza vaccine before the miscarriage date were considered exposed. Primary exposure was 1-28 days before miscarriage, called the “exposure window”.

Results

Donahue et al. had determined that the random probability or odds (“adjusted odds ratio” is “a measure of association between an exposure and an outcome) of a woman having a miscarriage 1-28 days after having had a flu vaccination was 3.7 (95% CI, 1.4-9.4) for the 2010 to 2011 flu season, and 1.4 (95% CI, 0.6-3.3) for the 2011-2012 flu season.

But Donahue et al. found that among the women in their study (Healio):

  • A “significantly” increased 7.7 (95% CI, 2.2-27.3) odds radio (aOR) for miscarriage in women who had received pH1N1-containing flu vaccine in the 1–28 days “exposure window” and who had also been vaccinated in the previous season.
    At the time of miscarriage, the median gestational age was 7 weeks. There were no statistically significant associations between miscarriage and receipt of inactivated influenza vaccine during any other exposure windows.
  • In contrast, regardless of current influenza vaccination status, women who did not receive the vaccine in the previous season were not at an increased risk for miscarriage. Their aOR was only 1.3 (95% CI, 0.7-2.7).
  • “This effect modification was observed in each [flu] season” in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.

Conclusion

Donahue et al. concluded that:

“SAB [spontaneous abortion or miscarriage] was associated with influenza vaccination in the preceding 28 days. The association was significant only among women vaccinated in the previous influenza season with pH1N1-containing vaccine. […]

It is important to note that this study does not and cannot confirm a causal association, but the validity of the major findings is supported by the effect modification across two influenza seasons and the observation of elevated odds ratios in the 1 to 28 day exposure window only. More research is needed regarding the immunologic effects of influenza vaccination during pregnancy. A follow-up study funded by CDC is currently underway to evaluate the risk of [miscarriage] after repeated influenza vaccination during the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 influenza seasons; results are expected by late 2018.”

“Significant association” means a statistically significant correlation, i.e., a correlation that is a result of more than random chance.

In other words, the study found that flu vaccination is associated with a higher incidence of miscarriages — an association that could not have occurred by pure chance alone — in pregnant women who:

  • had the flu vaccine 1-28 days before miscarriage;
  • were vaccinated in the previous influenza season with pH1N1-containing vaccine.

In fact, as J.B. Handley Jr. of GreenMedInfo points out, flu-vaccine manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur precisely had warned about the safety of their flu vaccine for pregnant women. This is the warning in the package insert of Sanofi Pasteur’s 2016 flu vaccine:

“Safety and effectiveness of Fluzone Quadrivalent have not been established in pregnant women or children less than 6 months of age.”

Given the importance of the Donahue et al.‘s findings, you can imagine that the CDC would be inundated with questions about the high correlation of flu vaccination and miscarriages.

Isn’t it interesting, then, that the CDC put a gag order on its employees. On August 31, 2017, the CDC’s public affairs officer Jeffrey Lancashire sent an internal email to its employees, instructing them not to speak to reporters. The email, obtained by Axios, says:

“Effective immediately and until further notice, any and all correspondence with any member of the news media, regardless of the nature of the inquiry, must be cleared through CDC’s Atlanta Communications Office. This correspondence includes everything from formal interview requests to the most basic of data requests.”

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV

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Hypocrites: Hollyweird libtards lecture us about climate change at telethon

ManBearPig approved.

From Daily Mail: The A-list celebrities who starred in the telethon for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have clocked up hundreds of thousands of air miles which have fuelled rising temperatures and helped create devastating storms (the Daily Mail article will continue with this global warming theme; ignore they hypberbole).

Tuesday night’s Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief included performances and messages from Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, George Clooney, Cher and Leonardo DiCaprio. They appealed to viewers to donate to help fund relief efforts after the disastrous storms hit the southern US.

But a MailOnline investigation has revealed the extent to which stars have contributed to the catastrophic weather phenomenons with their jet-setting lifestyles.

Justin Bieber is calculated to have travelled at least 136,000 miles in a plane over the last year, environmentalist DiCaprio is believed to have done more than 87,000 miles while fellow actor Clooney did 61,000 miles.

Carbon emissions from plane journeys such as the celebrities’ cause the earth’s temperature to heat and the resulting higher ocean temperatures lead to more powerful hurricanes. The higher temperatures over land and sea mean the storms generate more energy.

Bieber was the biggest culprit, having flown on approximately 45 flights in the past 52 weeks. His longest flight was from Australia to the UK at the beginning of July having been down under on his Purpose World Tour. The 10,638-mile flight burned through a massive 1.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide alone in a year that stacked up against him in terms of his carbon footprint.

Trips to Germany, Dublin, Paris, Cape Town, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro and to his homeland Canada meant he clocked up a staggering 136,947 air miles burning through 22.45 tonnes of CO2 since September 2016.

The average annual carbon dioxide emissions per person in America is 20 metric tons, compared to a world average of four tons.  This means without even considering the miles he chugs in his cars or the emissions caused by heating and cooling his many homes, Bieber is above the average consumption.

Staunch environmentalist hypocrite Leonardo DiCaprio has been jetting across the globe around twice a month in the past year. The actor flew around 87,609 miles on various business trips and jaunts around the world which burned up 14.8 tons of carbon dioxide. His longest trip was his return journey from California to the south of France where he enjoyed the iconic Cannes film festival.

In April, DiCaprio joined thousands of climate change protesters in Washington DC to mark President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office. Large crowds gathered on Pennsylvania Avenue for the People’s Climate March, an event that saw about 300 coinciding protests around the country, according to organizers.

The mercury rose to around 90F in DC, and protesters brought their own water bottles and sunscreen as they warned about the dangers of global warming.

Holding signs that read ‘There is no planet B’, and ‘Make Earth Great Again’, the protesters say they’re objecting to the president’s rollback of restrictions on mining, oil drilling and greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants, among other things.

George Clooney spent around 61,448 in the air since September last year which included a long trip to Italy this summer. He is thought to have flown 4,265 miles from Toronto to Los Angeles to attend Tuesday night’s Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief telethon at a cost of 720kg of CO2. His total air time meant his carbon emissions from flying alone was 10.31 tonnes of CO2.

Meanwhile, despite being pregnant with twins, Beyonce still managed to clock up 28,040 miles in 12 months burning through 4.55 tons of CO2. 

And at 71, Cher has been a relative homebird compared to the rest of her celebrity compatriots, only appearing to fly within the US in a total of 6,546.

The total emissions only takes into account the flights the celebrities have taken and is likely to be astronomic when driving, pollution from their concerts or films and the electric in their homes are considered. 

Read the rest of the story here.

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Women’s “health” group is funding abortions for Harvey victims

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Amy Hagstrom’s Twitter bio: “In the stigma eradication, self-esteem boosting & identity examination business. Actively building a great company.”

Speaking of victims…

I would hope that those who survived a natural disaster might pause and give thanks for being alive as well as their baby. Alas, abortion providers continue their demented goals.

Too bad that for those aborted, their “situation changes.”

From NY Post: A women’s health organization that is battling the state of Texas over proposed abortion legislation is offering fully paid procedures for Hurricane Harvey victims — and 15 women have signed up, according to a report.

Whole Woman’s Health Clinic, which is currently suing the Lone Start State for trying to ban second-trimester abortions, plans to pay for six abortions in the clinic’s San Antonio location and nine in Austin, a spokeswoman for the organization told 12 News Now.

“There’s not really a safety net, especially when it comes to health care abortion — we really felt like it was important to step up and do our part,” Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health, told the outlet.

“In any kind of natural disaster, women’s health care abortion becomes a critical issue.”

The clinic is a national abortion provider with four locations in Texas, a state with some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. The organization also plans to pay transportation costs for patients far from their clinic locations.

They’re paying for the procedures with donations raised through their Stigma Relief Fund, which has brought in $6,000 since announcing their Harvey relief efforts. The 15 procedures will total just over $8,000.

Miller said many women affected by Harvey likely missed previously scheduled abortion-related appointments and for those who lost everything in the storm, their “situation… changes.”

The clinic is fighting Texas’ Senate Bill 8, which would ban the most common procedure for second-trimester abortions. The ban would have gone into effect in September but a judge ruled last month to temporarily halt the bill.

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Feminism promotes obesity: Extremely overweight actress Chrissy Metz is “inspiring”

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This is “inspiring”

Chrissy Metz is an actress who is 5’4” and weighs 400 pounds according to bodymeasurement.org. The CDC has a body mass index (BMI) calculator that measures Chrissy’s BMI as 30.0 and above – she is obese. Her normal weight range should be 108 to 145 pounds.

People who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. According to Stanford Health Care, because of Chrissy’s obesity she is also subject to bone and joint disease, heart disease, sleep apnea, cancer, and metabolic syndrome (a clustering of medical conditions).

Yet in today’s society, “body shaming” is taboo. Thanks to feminism, we are told to be inclusive, body accepting, body positive, loving, and blah, blah, blah.

The “fat acceptance movement” and “fat feminism” do nothing to promote healthy women. To accept an obese body is to imply that one has no control over their behaviors. Our bodies are changeable and an obese person should be able to accept that truth. By resigning themselves to the impression that their bodies can’t be changed, they just perpetuate victimhood.

How about telling the truth for once? Chrissy is obese and there is nothing inspiring or empowering about that.

From Yahoo: The fashion industry is becoming more inclusive — at a snail’s pace, perhaps, but with palpable momentum behind the march of progress. It’s largely thanks not to the industry itself but to everyday people, whose beauty and bodies have long been overlooked and who have now stepped forward, demanding to be seen.

Chastity Garner and CeCe Olisa are two of those people, and they’ve stepped into view first as plus-size lifestyle influencers and bloggers and presently as founders of the popular annual event known as theCURVYcon. Now in its third year, the body-positive, curve-embracing event will take place in New York City on Sept. 8 and 9, bringing designers, fitness experiences, influencers, and speakers to town — including none other than Chrissy Metz, who stars on This Is Us, to deliver the keynote address (you heard it hear first, folks). Another first? TheCURVYcon will be live-streamed on Yahoo Style, bringing insightful conversation to millions of people who can’t make the IRL event.

Olisa and Garner are dedicated to promoting visibility of different body types within the plus-size world. That, in addition to Metz’s Emmy nomination, made the beloved actress the ideal woman to represent theCURVYcon this year. “A lot of times, in our space, the women who are celebrated are hourglass women — they’re a size 10 to 14, like the perfect version of a ‘plus-size’ woman,” Garner tells Yahoo Style. “I feel like [for] having size diversity and getting out of that hourglass shape, Chrissy Metz is a great representative for that. We love Ashley Graham, but she’s definitely the poster child of what a plus-size model ‘should’ look like. Someone like Chrissy Metz, her body type is a little bit different — we’re so happy to celebrate that.”

Olisa adds: “Representation is so important, and just seeing people who look like you anywhere is great. So when the hottest show on television has a very visibly plus-size girl who is cute, and falling in love, and doing her thing on the show, it’s inspiring.

While current conversations might make it easy to believe that such a space for plus-size women has always existed in the fashion community (during New York Fashion Week, no less), the reality is that it’s a recent phenomenon, spurred on by Garner and Olisa’s insistence that the industry make room.

“If inclusion isn’t happening by invitation, then we’re just going to move in ourselves,” Olisa tells Yahoo Style.

Read the rest of the story here.

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12-year-old “transgender” boy changes his mind two years after “transitioning”

Yes, it was a mistake. Hope this young man gets the real medical/mental treatment he obviously needs.

From news.com.au: Patrick Mitchell just wanted to change everything about himself. Uncomfortable in his own skin, the young schoolboy felt like he didn’t quite fit. He was just seven years old when he felt like he first heard the phrase “trans”.

It was the start of an emotional journey which, five years later, would see him diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and beg his mother to let him transition into a girl.

“You wish you could just change everything about you, you just see any girl and you say ‘I’d kill to be like that’,” Patrick tells reporter Ross Coulthart in an interview to air on 60 Minutes on Sunday night.

But two years after taking estrogen hormones and growing his hair long in an effort to address the condition which put him at odds between his biological gender and his own identity, Patrick has changed his mind.

He’s stopped taking the oestrogen hormones which transformed his body and is preparing for surgery to remove the excess breast tissue to transition back into a boy, Woman’s Day reports.

Patrick was just 12 when he first voiced his mental torture to his family. It had been five years since he’d first heard the word ‘trans’, he says “and because I’d always identified with girls thought, well, this makes sense, I probably am a girl”.

As his conflict grew — both internally, and externally thanks to hitting puberty and being bullied at school — he’d stay up late at night researching trans people and what could be done to look more like a female.

“It was so hard to wake up every morning and see something new on my body, or that I’d grown. It was so depressing — I hated looking in the mirror. I didn’t know who the person staring back at me was.”

His mother, Alison, tells 60 Minutes she could see her son struggling. Finally, having seen a television story about transgender people, she gently broached the subject with her son. “I hadn’t even finished the sentence and he had the biggest smile on his face. I hadn’t seen him smile for months,” she said.

With a doctor’s diagnosis, she gave the go-ahead for Patrick to begin his transformation. “When he was young he would dress up in girls’ clothes and at one stage he did say to me could he be taken to the doctor to be made into a girl,” she said.

But at the start of this year, when teachers started referring to him as a girl, Patrick started feeling different. “I began to realise I was actually comfortable in my body. Every day I just felt better,” he says.

He again turned to his supportive mum. “He looked me in the eye and said ‘I’m just not sure that I am a girl’,” Alison says.

It was a massive twist in an emotional journey, and Alison has only admiration for her son.

“That moment … when you know it’s taken every drop of courage for that child to speak up … I didn’t know what the coming days would bring, but I knew his thoughts had caught up with his body,” she says.

h/t Weasel Zippers

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Guess who is to blame: Nobel Prize winners predict the end of the world

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Any wonder why we believe that liberalism is a mental disorder?

From NY Post: A group of 50 Nobel Prize winners has spoken out to reveal the 10 greatest threats to mankind. In a survey, the brainiacs revealed fears that nuclear war, environmental disaster and even Facebook pose a risk to the future of our species.

Times Higher Education asked the eggheads about the “biggest threat to mankind.”

The experts who responded are known as laureates and represent one-quarter of the living Nobel Prize winners in chemistry, physics, physiology, medicine and economics — making them arguably some of the smartest people in the world.

Just over a third (34 percent) said population rise or environmental degradation represented the gravest apocalyptic risk. In second place was nuclear war, followed by infectious disease and drug-resistant bugs.

Artificial intelligence was also highlighted as a risk, as well as selfishness, inequality, terrorism and even Donald Trump.

Facebook and drugs were also named as threats, coming in at joint 10th place after both being identified by one respondent.

“Humans are very busy with the greatest climate change experiment since the ice ages,” John Mather, a senior scientist in cosmology at NASA, told Times Higher Education, which carried out the survey.

Another responder who was not named said there were “several low probability but quite existential threats to humanity, including pandemics, nuclear war, and artificial intelligence.”

With tensions between nuclear-armed North Korea and the United States reaching a boiling point, it’s little wonder that 23 percent said nuclear war could bring about doomsday.

One Israeli laureate was particularly concerned about “warmonger dictators,” while a German participant was nervous about “populist regimes in possession of nuclear weapons.”

Two people specifically mentioned Trump as a threat to humanity. “I don’t think science can do much about him,” one said.

However, some of the scientists feel we could survive and even thrive after the apocalypse. One of the laureates said: “The human species is so successful in making the world a better place.”

Even if we do destroy the world or cause a mass extinction that makes it uninhabitable, humans could survive by jetting off into space.

“The ultimate insurance policy is to make humanity a multiplanet species,” one laureate said. “And science obviously has a big role to play in that.”

Elon Musk is one of many people who are already thinking about this idea. Musk has previously claimed Mars is “a fixer-upper of a planet” and even suggested dropping nuclear bombs on its surface to heat up the atmosphere and make it suitable for human colonization.

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