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It started off as a blog post about our walk yesterday morning and I wanted to write about where we walk but I came across some neat history of it.

Yesterday morning I went for a walk with a friend who is staying at the cottage and we walking on a trail called Hatches Harbor in the Cape Cod National Seashore located in Provincetown right at the tip of the Cape.

Here we are walking down through the pine barrens,



And glanced up and there was a flock of vultures circling overhead. Hmm… I didn’t think I was that bad to attract a bunch of vultures.



All of a sudden we were on the dike that was built in the in 1930 to control salt water mosquitoes and off to the left is Race Point Lighthouse.



As I said I found out something neat, they are opening up the area where the dike closed off. They are reintroducing salt water to kill off the invasion of Phragmites australis reeds and establish Spartina patens (salt hay grass) and S. alternifolia (smooth cord grass) to the marsh.
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Sam’s Secret Agent Man (1966)

On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…



Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.here

1) This is the theme of a TV show that ran on CBS from 1964-1967. The series was produced, and originally aired, in England. The BBC has shared many shows with American audiences over the years. Can you name another?
The Prisoner
The Prisoner Theme - YouTube


2) The show is about John Drake, a special agent dedicated to exposing plots that threaten world peace. A quick check of Netflix and Goodreads reveals that spy stories are just as popular today. Is espionage a genre you enjoy? Do you read books, or watch shows and movies, about spies?
Yes as long as there is no blood and gore.

3) The lyrics tell us Drake travels from the Riviera to Bombay. Where were you when you last spent the night away from home? Why were you there (vacation, business, international intrigue)?
Well right now I’m at the cottage does that count?

4) The refrain states, "They've given you a number and taken away your name." In today's digital world, that could now be said of all of us. Are you good at remembering your computer passwords?
Well I divide the categories into three groups.
Low security like newspaper where you have to provide a password and I use the same password for all them that I remember easily.
Medium security and the passwords get more complicated and some I can remember.
And high security like financial institution and medical portals all have complicated password that I need reminders for.

5) Patrick McGoohan, who played Agent Drake, went from being a good guy to appearing as a murderer on Columbo four times. Were you a fan of Columbo?
Yup, and it is playing on Cozi TV

6) Born John Ramistella, this week's featured artist, Johnny Rivers, grew up in Louisiana. He took "Rivers" as his stage name because he grew up along the Mighty Mississippi. If you were to change your last name based on the geography of the area where you grew up, how would you be known?
Diana Nutmeg

7) In 1966, when this song was popular, Jacqueline Kennedy was the woman most Americans admired. What famous woman do you admire most? (She doesn't have to be American.)
Michelle Obama

8) 1966 also found another Jacqueline was in the news. Jacqueline Susann's first novel, Valley of the Dolls, was atop the best seller lists, even though it was savaged by the critics. What's your guilty pleasure? What book, movie, TV show, or song do you enjoy, even though you know it has little artistic merit?
Paint Your Wagon
Lee Marvin I was born under a Wandering Star remastered - YouTube


9) Random question: Imagine you've been stranded alone in the woods for 10 days. No companionship, no internet or phone or TV. You have been sleeping in the dirt, living on berries and river water. Your rescuers drive you to a hotel. Upon check-in, what's the first thing you do?
Take a shower.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!
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We are multidimensional, we are so much more than our trans identity but sometimes they are overlooked by others.
"I'm proud of who I am, but I'm more than one identity": The fight for transgender voices in 2020
CBS News
By Emily Tillett
July 18, 2019


The first thing Sarah McBride did after launching her candidacy for the Delaware state senate was take a deep breath and press a button that launched her campaign website. The second thing she did: hug her mom.
[…]
Twenty-eight-year-old McBride, a transgender activist who was the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention in U.S. history at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, is running for the state legislature. If elected, she would become the first transgender state senator in U.S. history.
[...[
Her campaign has the support of some of Delaware's best known politicians, including former Vice President Joe Biden's family, Sen. Chris Coons and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, who called McBride a "tireless advocate and trailblazer" well-known throughout the state. 
Any trans candidate has a hard time shaking off the yoke of being trans and focusing on the issues. That is the trick, look at any of the successful trans candidates they ran on the issues and avoided be labeled by their opposition and the news media as a “trans candidate.
While the trans community has made significant progress over the last two election cycles at the state, local and administrative levels, progress has been slower at the federal level. In the 2018 midterms, none of the nine transgender candidates that ran for the U.S. House of Representatives won their races.

Brianna Westbrook, Vice Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party, says that's due in part to two major obstacles: "Many of us ran in solidly Republican districts," for one, and and [sic] the second factor, she said, is funding.
I sometimes wonder if they let us run in districts where we don’t have a chance of winning. In one way that, well to put it bluntly… sucks. However in another way it is good, we get national press and we show that we are a lot more than just another trans candidate.
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Lets face it we are nothing but a bunch of guinea pigs to researchers, they want to find out what makes us tick. Is it in our genes? Is it something prenatal? Is it nurture?
Researcher explores links between transgender brain and gender identity
Understanding the brain structure of transgender people could help tailor care and support, says recent USC grad and neuroscientist Jonathan Vanhoecke.
USC News
By Eric Lindberg
July 15, 2019

What can looking at the brains of transgender people tell us about the physical and mental health resources they might need?

Not very much — yet.

But that is starting to change, said Jonathan Vanhoecke, a budding expert in neuroimaging and transgender identity who recently completed his master’s degree in neuroimaging and informatics at the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute. He’s on the leading edge of a new wave of research into the relationship between brain structure and function and gender identity, especially when that identity doesn’t match a person’s physical body.

“We aren’t able to use brain scans yet to help tailor hormonal and other treatments,” he said. “But perhaps in the future we will, and that’s one of the reasons I’m so attracted to this research field. The implications are enormous.”

Understanding how their brains develop and change as transgender people grow up could help doctors and other health professionals provide better treatment and support.
[…]
“For the first time, the field is really galvanized around studying this issue together,” said Paul Thompson, a USC professor, associate director of the USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute and leader of the ENIGMA [Enhancing Neuro Imagining Genetics through Meta Analysis] network*. “The better we are able to understand sources of stress and individual differences in transgender people, the better we are able to be sensitive and understand their different needs and experiences.”
I am always leery of research in what makes us tick but at the same time I am fascinated in what they find.
So far, results from the few existing studies are inconclusive, Vanhoecke said. Some evidence suggests differences in gender identity could be linked to ways the brain develops in childhood and adolescence, and that the observed patterns correspond to gender identity. Other studies have indicated that neural patterns generally match the sex a person is assigned at birth. Yet other studies found evidence that doesn’t seem to support either of these, but rather that there are unique neural patterns in transgender people.
There is one thing that I have learned in life, mother nature likes to experiment and if they find a cause or indicator of why we are trans, we have to realize that they found only one reason why we’re trans and that there maybe a whole host of other reasons.

My concern is that some insurance company or some politician will say you can’t be trans because you don’t have this indicator.

We are still the best judge of is we are trans. Ask us and not some test.

*ENIGMA Transgender Persons

The goal of the ENIGMA transgender research group is to explore, by virtue of imaging-based mega-analysis, the underlying neurobiology of transgenderism.

The transgender group was founded in October 2017 and is welcoming new members.

Current ENIGMA-Transgeneder Persons participating members include:
  • Amsterdam University Medical Center (Baudewijntje Kreukels, Sarah Burke, Mathilde Kennis), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • University of Vienna (Rupert Lanzenberger, Rene Seiger, Georg Kranz), Vienna, Austria
  • Madrid National Distance Education University (Antonio Guillamon), Madrid, Spain
  • University of Deusto (Leire Zubiaurre Elorza), Bilbao, Spain
  • Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre (Maiko Schneider), Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • University of Mashhad (Behzad Khorashad, Behnaz Khazee), Mashhad, Iran
  • University of California Los Angeles (Eric Vilain, Francisco Sánchez), LA, USA
  • University of Auckland (Eileen Luders), Auckland, New Zealand
  • University of Muenster (Dominik Grotegerd, Udo Dannlowski, Carsten Konrad), Muenster, Germany
  • University Clinic RWTH Aachen (Ute Habel, Mikhail Votinov), Aachen, Germany
  • University of Florence (Alessandra Fisher, Mario Mascalchi, Gioele Gavazzi, Stefano Orsolini, Mario Maggi, Jiska Ristori, Giovanni Castellini), Florence, Italy
  • University of Ghent (Sven Mueller, Guy T’Sjoen), Ghent, Belgium
  • University of Southern California (Arthur Toga), LA, USA
  • University of Barcelona (Carme Junque, Esther Gómez-Gil, Carme Uribe, Giusseppina Rametti, Beatriz Carrillo, Gloria Aranda, Mireia Porta, Angel Gómez, Eduardo Pásaro, Rosa Fernández), Barcelona, Spain
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The United Nations passed a resolution chastising homophobic nations…
Homophobic nations suffer a major loss at the United Nations
Countries overwhelmingly voted to hold nations to account on LGBTI issues
Gay Star News
By Joe Morgan
12 July 2019

Homophobic nations attempted to sabotage a LGBTI rights resolution at the United Nations today (12 July).

Nations like Egypt and Pakistan attempted to derail the vote on the Independent Expert for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

The role is intended to hold nations to account on LGBTI issues. Created in 2016, it will now continue for the next three years.

Distracting amendments included removing all mentions of sexual orientation and gender identity from the role.
[…]
‘Today’s vote ensures… countries will be held accountable to protect their LGBTQ citizens,’ Jean Freedberg, HRC Director of Global Partnerships, said.

‘Yet even as we celebrate this victory, there is so much more to be done to truly protect even the most vulnerable among us, including transgender and intersex people — and to advance our path towards full equality.’
I hope that they turn their focus on the U.S. and our “Fearless Leader.”


While we are on the subject of homophobia,
New Republic magazine pulls down homophobic op-ed about Pete Buttigieg by an openly gay literary critic
The author argued that because Buttigieg waited until his early 30s to come out as gay, he would be too preoccupied with sex and drugs to be an effective president.
NBC News
By Josh Lederman
July 13, 2019

The New Republic has retracted a vulgar and homophobic op-ed about Pete Buttigieg by openly gay literary critic Dale Peck.

The magazine had published the piece, titled “My Mayor Pete Problem,” on its website on Friday.

In the piece, Peck described Buttigieg as “the gay equivalent of Uncle Tom,” and he referred to the presidential candidate as “Mary Pete” throughout the column.

Peck argued that because Buttigieg waited until his early 30s to come out as gay, he would be too preoccupied with sex and drugs to be an effective president. The piece also crudely speculated about intimate details of Buttigieg’s personal life.

Almost immediately, social media erupted in widespread condemnation.
I do not understand how anyone who is LGBTQ+ could be Republican and vote against their human rights. There are only two things that I can think of; one they’re racist or greedy.

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I don’t know about you but having your car serviced is not my favorite pastime but this morning that is where I will be sitting with my ice coffee and a book.

When I first transitioned I dreaded going to places with a high testosterone levels like car dealers and building supple places. However once you transition you have no choice.

I have to admit that as usual my worries were for naught. I haven’t had any problems, the only problem that I have is mansplaining. I know what a Kellems® grip is “I don’t need no lecture.”

I personally know 4 trans people who works or used to work for Home Depot and one of them was a night store manager.

It is the little stores that I have problems with, a local hardware store I will not go back to ever. When I walked in to the store to have a propane tank filled a store employees noticed me and when I left the store there were a five employees lined up by the door giggling. But the same chain of local hardware stores up in New Hampshire (the only hardware store for 20 miles) was fine with me.

When I had to have my car repaired after an accident, I could tell the moment when the owner realized I was trans. His eyes got wider and he stepped back a step, but by the time we finished talking he was back to normal talking distance.

So when this is published I should be sitting in the waiting room with my book and coffee waiting for them to do the 30,000 mile checkup.

When I made the appointment the counter person asked what the mileage is on the car, I said that I don't know, the idiot light just for routine maintenance,

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Everywhere you looked the last couple of weeks Megan Rapinoe was in the news, this old article surfaced about her stand to trans rights.
Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Swin Cash and others speak out in support of transgender youth
ESPN W
By Katie Barnes
February 23, 2017

On Wednesday night the Trump administration rescinded Obama-era guidance directing schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity as part of Title IX policy.
[…]
Some have interpreted the move as an attack on transgender youth, and several athletes have spoken out in support of transgender students.
Megan Rapinoe
.@realDonaldTrump: no young person, no kid should wake up in the morning fearful of the school day ahead. We must #ProtectTransKids @HRC
Trans athletes has become a hot button issue, those who are trying to get us ban point out to trans athletes who win but totally ignore all those that lose which far outnumber those who are winning.

In a Guardian article they write,
Sports stars weigh in on row over transgender athletes
Campaigners divided over whether trans women have an unfair advantage in sport
By Sean Ingle
3 Mar 2019

First it was Martina Navratilova. Then Paula Radcliffe and Kelly Holmes. Now, almost with every passing day, there are more voices wading into the issue of whether transgender competitors should be allowed to take part in women’s sport.
[…]
As things stand, the International Olympic Committee allows trans women to compete as long as they have been reducing their testosterone levels for 12 months. However, Fair Play for Women believes there is little science behind the IOC’s policy and says there is a “legacy effect of testosterone” that gives an unfair strength advantage even after the current level of the hormone is reduced.

Governing bodies are clearly undecided about how best to deal with the questions of gender, biology and identity that arise from the issue. Last year Hannah Mouncey, a former member of the Australian men’s handball team, was blocked from playing in Aussie rules football’s professional women’s league on the grounds of strength and physique.
[…]
On Sunday, Navratilova, who had a trans coach, apologised for saying a fortnight ago that trans athletes were cheating. “I’m sorry for that because I certainly was not suggesting that transgender athletes in general are cheats,” she said. “I attached the label to a notional case in which someone cynically changes gender, perhaps temporarily, to gain a competitive advantage. We should not be blind to the possibility and some of these rules are making that possible and legal.”
It is always  these hypothetical  questions of “what if” cases the opposition always brings up… “What if a boy dresses as a girl so they can get on a girls team?” Which by the way has never happened, what boy is going to dress and live as girl just to get an athletic scholarship.

If they pass a rule that you have to play in the league of your birth gender they will be allowing trans men to play on women’s teams. It is just like when they try to force us to use the bathroom of our gender assigned at birth then you will be seeing men in the women’s bathroom because these conservatives totally ignore trans men.

So why don’t they just allow us to play on the team of our gender identity as long as we have been on Cross Gender Hormones or blocker for at least 2 years after Tanner Stage 2.

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What could be better than having lobster three times in one day?

  • Lobster Cake Benedict… homemade lobster cakes, roasted red pepper hollandaise at the Van Rensselaers
  • Lazy Man's Lobster Roll… 5 oz native lobster meat sautéed in butter and served on a toasted roll at Mac’s on the Pier
  • Lobster Newburg… fresh lobster meat in a sherry cream sauce at the Lobster Pot


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Sam's Saturday 9: Bonanza (1959)

On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…
I’m sorry about not commenting last, it’s a long story*



Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here or the more common one here.

1) Bonanza ran on NBC for 14 seasons. Today it's rerun on Me-TV and TVLand. Were/are you a fan?
Oh yes, I loved the show

2) The show centers on The Cartwrights, who lived on a massive ranch in Nevada. License plates in Nevada read, "The Silver State." What's on your license plate?
The Constitution State

3) Ben Cartwright made his fortune as a cattle rancher. What's the last beef dish you ate?
Last night a big thick medium rare steak, corn and potatoes.

4) Patriarch Ben had his eldest son, Adam, with his refined, bookish first wife, Elizabeth. Unfortunately, Elizabeth died in childbirth. Still Adam inherited her love of the written word. What's the last book you finished?
I am on an audio book craze right now so the last book I listen to was Two to Conquer by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It an excellent series written back from the mid-sixties. If you want to read the Darkover series I suggest starting with these books…
The Shattered Chain (1976)
Thendara House (1983)
City of Sorcery (1984)

5) Ben's second son, Hoss, was born to his second wife, Inger, who was killed as the family traveled West by wagon train. Hoss inherited her open, friendly manner and her way with animals. Are there pets in your home?
No, I like pets but they are too much of a responsibility, it is hard to go anyplace when you have pets.

6) Ben's youngest, Joe, arrived after Ben married a third time to the passionate Marie, who died in a riding accident when her son was only five years old. Little Joe inherited her impetuosity. Do you consider yourself more spontaneous or predictable?
More predictable… I hate spontaneity.

7) Samuel Clemons was a reporter in Virginia City at the time when the Cartwrights would have been there, and a fictionalized version of Mr. Clemons appeared in an episode of Bonanza. Without looking it up, do you know Samuel Clemons' famous pen name?
Oh yes it is 24 feet.
Did you know that he lived in Hartford? I have visited his house a couple of times. His next-door neighbor was Harriet Beecher Stowe.

8) Hair was a big deal in the Bonanza dressing room. Three of the original four stars -- Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts and Dan Blocker -- all wore hairpieces. (The fourth, Michael Landon, began dying his hair while still in his 20s because he was going prematurely gray.) Have you ever worn a wig or a hairpiece?
I wear a wig all times when I go out.

9) Random question -- Tell us the story behind one of your scars.
Well you see I have this scar over my right eye, it is in the shape of a “C.”

That’s a funny shape for a scare… Well you see I was fencing with my brother with curtain rods, he lunged and I got stabbed just about the eye. We couldn’t sit for a week.


Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend.

*Last week I strained my back on Monday the 1st and it was very hard to move around without pain. Since I could rest my back at home just as much as at the cottage and at home I have A/C while at the cottage it was 80 and the humidity was 90% I decided to come home on Saturday… Big mistake!

I knew I was going to hit a lot of traffic and I did. It was backed up all the way until around the Orleans rotary to the Sagamore Bridge. A normal 30 – 45 minute drive turned in to two hour drive moving along at around 15 mph but at times it was stop and go for about 40 miles!

So I left the cottage at 11 and expected to get home around 3 but instead I got home around 5, completely beat, as the song say “Strung out from the road.”

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[RANT]
Two things that I don’t see being discussed in Jeffrey Epstein plea deal.

First because of the secret plea deal other girls got raped! Epstein is pedophile! If he had to register as a sex offender and served more prison time maybe we would not be talking about this because he would have been behind bars.

Second, as a federal prosecutor Alex Acosta was bound by federal law to keep the victim notified about any plea deal before it is heard by a judge and the victim has a right to comment on the deal.

This from Wikipedia (yeah I know Wikipedia is a lousy source but I looked up other sites and it was all legal jargon)
The Crime Victims' Rights Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3771, is part of the United States Justice for All Act of 2004, Pub. L. No. 108-405, 118 Stat. 2260 (effective Oct. 30, 2004). The CVRA enumerates the rights afforded to victims in federal criminal cases.

The Act grants victims the following eight rights:

  1. The right to be reasonably protected from the accused.
  2. The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court proceeding, or any parole proceeding, involving the crime or of any release or escape of the accused.,
  3. The right not to be excluded from any such public court proceeding, unless the court, after receiving clear and convincing evidence, determines that testimony by the victim would be materially altered if the victim heard other testimony at that proceeding.
  4. The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding in the district court involving release, plea, sentencing, or any parole proceeding.
  5. The reasonable right to confer with the attorney for the Government in the case.
  6. The right to full and timely restitution as provided in law.
  7. The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay.
  8. The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim’s dignity and privacy.

The Crime Victims' Rights Act was named for Scott Campbell, Stephanie Roper, Wendy Preston, Louarna Gillis, and Nila Lynn, murder victims whose families were denied some or all of the rights granted by the Act in the course of their cases.
The case in question was from 2008 so the Crime Victims' Rights Act was in effect at the time of the case.

So let’s start focusing also on the victims and the fact that laws were broken on the case along with the sleaze bag backroom deals of the politicians.
[/RANT]

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