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Teen Vogue asks, “Is there something called biological sex?”

Yes, there is. The answer is rooted in real “science” and “biology.”

But according to Teen Vogue, “who you are is who you say you are.”

Who I say I am…trans species!

Who I say I am…genderless alien!

Who I say I am…trans abled!

I can’t even with these people and their feeeeeeeeeeeeelings.

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Elite vampirism: Young blood transfusions for $8k/1.5 liters

Vampirism is no longer the stuff of horror movies.

Vampires today don’t wear black cloaks, nor do they ingest blood via neck-bites. Today, perfectly healthy but wealthy people get their blood via transfusions, at $8,000 for 1.5 liters. The fictional Count Dracula ingests human blood to live; today’s vampires similarly get expensive blood transfusions for their alleged rejuvenating, life-extension effects.

In recent years, scientists studying mice found that giving old animals blood from young ones can reverse some signs of aging. Conversely, injecting old blood into young seemed to knobble the young rodents. As examples:

  • In 2014, a Harvard University team, led by stem cell researcher Amy Wagers, isolated a specific protein from mouse blood, growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11), which regulates stem cell activity. GDF11 is abundant in young mice but its level drops as the animals age. Injections of GDF11 not only reduce thickening of the heart in old mice, it also helps aging mice recover muscles and strength.
  • Another research team, led by neuroscientist Tony Wyss-Coray of Stanford University, found that simply injecting plasma from young mice into old mice can boost learning and memory by rejuvenating the brain’s hippocampal neurons. (Source: Science)

Blood plasma is the extracellular matrix of blood cells — a yellowish liquid component of blood that holds the blood cells in suspension. It is mostly water (up to 95% by volume), and contains dissolved proteins (6–8%) (i.e.—serum albumins, globulins, and fibrinogen), glucose, clotting factors, electrolytes, hormones, carbon dioxide (plasma being the main medium for excretory product transportation) and oxygen. Plasma also serves as the protein reserve of the human body. It plays a vital role in keeping electrolytes in balanced form and protects the body from infection and other blood disorders.

Beginning in 2017, under the guise of running a clinical trial, a startup called Ambrosia in Monterey, California, is offering transfusions of human plasma, allegedly harvested from young adults from local blood banks. It takes multiple donors to make one package. The transfusions cost $8,000 for 1.5 liters, pumped in across two days.

Ambrosia is run by Jesse Karmazin, 33, a medical school graduate without a license to practice medicine. Overseeing the so-called clinical trials is a licensed doctor, David Wright, who was disciplined in 2015 by the California Medical Board for giving his patients intravenous treatments of vitamins and antibiotics for “non traditional” purposes. A bioethicist from McGill maintains that Ambrosia calls its business a “clinical trial” because they would be unable to get FDA approval to sell the blood plasma transfusions otherwise.

As of August 2017, Ambrosia had 600 clients, with a median age of 60. While anti-ageing products usually hold more appeal with women, most of Ambrosia’s clients are men.

PayPal founder Peter Thiel has expressed interest in having transfusions. According to Gawker, Thiel spent $40,000 a quarter on regular transfusions from 18-year-olds. He and others in the death-evading “transhumanist” movement are fascinated by “heterochronic parabiosis” – the sewing together of two animals in order to create a living chimera. Studies going back decades show the regenerative effects of one organism being joined to another.

In 2018, an Ambrosia rival, the Young Blood Institute, also hawks “clinical trials” of young blood transfusion for $285,000 per person. The so-called “trials” of both Ambrosia and Young Blood Institute are unscientific because they have no controls and are not randomized or blinded. But Karmazin claims positive results — of improvements in sleep and declines in levels of carcino-embryonic antigens and amyloids — proteins involved in cancer and Alzheimer’s disease — of as much as 20% .

However, in the young-old mice experiments, researchers found that some of these mice died quickly (11 out of 69 in one experiment) for reasons the scientists could not explain, but described as possibly some form of rejection. Evidence from two large studies in 2017 showed that the transfusion of blood from younger donors to older people led to outcomes that were either no different from, or led to worse outcomes than, blood from older donors. Amy Wagers has said that her research does not provide a scientific basis for human trials.

Sources: The Guardian; Wikipedia

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Dublin brothel offers Dolly the sex robot for $102/hr.

Robots are replacing not just low-skilled fast-food workers, and predicted to replace high-skilled professionals like lawyers and doctors, robots are beginning to make inroads into prostitution as well.
Sex dolls have gone beyond inflatable dolls with open mouths, like these displayed, along with an Obama blow-up doll, the Asia Adult Expo on August 22, 2010 in Macau (see below).

Photo by Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images


Instead of the crude facsimiles at the Asia Adult Expo, sex dolls are becoming more and more lifelike — like “Passion Dolly,” a silicone robot sex doll that a brothel in Dublin, Ireland rents out for £80 (about $102) an hour or £40 (about $51) for half an hour.

Megan Hill reports for the UK tabloid The Sun, July 9, 2017, that “Passion Dolly” is lifesize android with blonde hair, massive 32E boobs, an hourglass figure and eerily lifelike facial features of blue eyes and pouty lips. Described as “Ireland’s most realistic sex doll”, Passion Dolly arrived at the Dublin brothel, operated by two East European sex workers, less than a month ago and dozens of men “have already had their way with her.”
An import from the U.S., Dolly weighs 112 lbs., has a metal skeleton covered in silicone which enables it to be bent and twisted, and responds to “vibrations” moving like a human. The brothel’s ad on an adult website reads:

“Are you wasting money paying for sex… or watching porn? Why not have the full pleasure of having sex with the most beautiful girl whenever you want and as many times as you want? Passion Dolly is an ultra-realistic sex doll for your pleasure. She is made of either TPE or medical silicone and has a metal skeleton as internal structure to allow you to bend and twist the doll’s torso, head, arms and legs to pose in any sexual position you please.”

When customers arrive they will find Dolly lying on a bed in a dimly lit room. Condoms and tissues are also provided.
The brothel’s owners said they’ve had “Dolly” for about a month and “have had dozens of visitors, mostly Irish men and ranging in all ages. Some of them are a bit lonely, a few have social problems interacting with women, while others have a fascination with dolls.”
There are currently five makers of sex robots worldwide, with prices ranging from £4,000 ($5,138) to more than £12,000 ($15,415) for a “deluxe” model.
In a recent report, the Foundation for Responsible Robotics said that android sex dolls will become increasingly common over the next 10 years, and that in 50 years, sex dolls will move, talk spontaneously and have facial expressions that look truly human.
Some scientists warn that although “pleasure-bots” could provide help for people who find it hard to have intimate relationships – like those in care homes, and people with dementia or disabilities — there is a danger that the sex robots could lead to a decrease in real human relationships and, by objectifying children and women, encourage abuse, rape and pedophilia. They also urge politicians and the public to consider and resolve the ethical issues that sex robots will pose to society and relationships.
Dr. Noel Sharkey, a professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield in England, and Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe, assistant professor in ethics and technology at a Dutch university, said governments need to introduce legislation to stop abuses of this technology. In particular, Professor Sharkey urges government to take preëmptive action against pedophile sex robots by banning their import into the UK.
A recent U.S. survey of 100 people found that two-thirds of males and a third of women aged 20-61 said they would have sex with a robot.
I wonder if, after they’re done, the men and women who had sex with a robot gaze down at the inanimate object they’d used and feel any shame that they have degraded and dehumanized themselves?
Readers’ comments on The Sun‘s Dolly article certainly confirm the survey’s findings, like the cynical comments by Hyon Kim and Gary Ferraro, which both received 4 “likes”:

“The doll cleans up better than the average girl you meet at the Pub.”
“At least it’s a cheaper date compared to dating a real woman at least 3-5 times before she gives up the honey pot. No mind games, no problems. You’re still not guaranteed any snatch after spending a fortune on an air headed real girl.”

Reader Dave Rankine has the best and wisest comment:

This is why future robots will kill us.


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Would you want a tattoo embedded with all your medical & financial information?

So many candidates for the Mark of the Beast!
Here’s the latest.
Some of us may soon willingly carry a tattoo embedded with a person’s financial and medical information.
tech tattoo
CBS New York reports, Jan. 29, 2016, that a software company called Chaotic Moon has developed a “tech tattoo” that gets embedded into a person’s arm and can track a person’s financial and medical information.
Eric Schneider, the company’s hardware creative technologist, explains the tattoo can monitor if a person is about to get sick, and transmits this information wirelessly to a mobile app or computer being monitored by one’s health professionals. He enthuses, “Rather than going to the doctor once a year for your physical, this tech tattoo can be something you put on your body once a year and it monitors everything that they would do in a physical and it sends that to your doctor, and if there’s an issue they can call you. So the tech tattoos can really tie in everything into one package. It can look at early signs of fever, your vital signs, heart rate, everything it needs to look at to notify you that you’re getting sick or your child is getting sick.”
The tattoo would also carry one’s financial information. Schneider says: “We carry wallets around and they are so vulnerable. With the tech tattoo you can carry all your information on your skin and when you want your credit card information or your ID, you can pull that up automatically through the system.” he said.
The tattoos are made with “electro conductive ink” that contain various sensors, and in some cases tiny microchips. The makers say they will last for up to a year.
Tim Moynihan of Wired magazine thinks there could be a future with these tech tattoos because 20% of Americans already have tattoos, though not “tech” tattoos.
Lance Ulanoff of Mashable also lauds the “tech tats” because of their potential use to track missing children or check up on soldiers in combat.
Cosmetic company L’Oreal also offers a temporary tattoo that can track UV exposure and alert people if they’re in danger of burning.
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