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By Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health [Distinction] 1998; First Class Honors Social Ecology 1999; PhD studies in Sociology 2000 to 2012; University of Western Sydney [Monsanto-critical thesis rejected for examination by University a few months after forming a relationship with the ag giant…])
1. “Trans”, meaning: Across, beyond, or into another state or place. And so to “Transgender”…
In terms of the critical and expected assignment of gender in humans we are therefore looking at those who identify as transgender as claiming to have an internal psychological gender that is away from, or across from, or opposite to, their biologically assigned physical sex.
And what ARE we as animals, as humans? We are CHEMICALS (and we are also so much more of course…). And our bodily chemicals are influenced by “unnatural” chemicals: the pollutants that industry has forced upon us all (and which we have accepted, in large part, without a useful understanding of Toxicology).
This Essay, therefore, deals with a great many chemical notions, and how Transgender might be a chemical issue. But, being human and also being “so much more…”, our chemicals are enmeshed inside a great many sociological, political and religious machinations. And I must admit to being incensed at a presumptuous and ignorant society, and particularly religion, when it comes to being critical of Transgendered people, of jumping, almost automatically it seems, into a “anything-sexually-unusual-can-only-be-perverse-and-insane” state of that aforementioned presumption.
2. Note that the bulk of this Essay has been formatted around a number of essay websites and forums I contribute to. Some sites are religious. Here, exclusively it appears, the whole notion of Transgender is automatically deemed to be almost a heinous “sin” at worst, and the subject matter – almost its very conceptual basis, and most certainly those who claim to be Trans – are thereby seen as worthy of severe criticism by the religious many claiming to speak (and conceive, and prescribe, and proscribe, and BE) on the authority of God (such lofty expectations…).
While I have something of a religious background, I do not present as religious and I do not participate in any form of communal religious gathering (I am psychologically-sensitive to potential cult environments…). I do, though, most certainly and quietly, appreciate the much more flexible sensibility and inventive breadth of the metaphysical Source and background that I personally believe formats all things (including the Quantum realm, but that’s another story…). I do not have a fond regard for either Court or political interference in Trans issues, or that insubstantial, self righteous and combative religiosity that is so often on display when the discussion turns to the presumed “disgusting” and “perverted”: SEX and GENDER.
And don’t worry, we’ll soon be getting back to those all-important CHEMICALS…
For the religious only: This is the form of hyper-vigilant religious fascism that is enamored with blustering and whining against the presumed intrinsic GREAT SINS, those of sex, gender and all manner of normal vices for a confused, desperate and brutalized humanity. This religious fascism and its demand for an ignorant and permanent rant against, especially, Trans issues, is therefore – by virtue of its uneducated and irrational stance and the spectrums upon which our difficult human existence wavers – overtly at war with nearly everyone!
This self-aggrandizing hyper-vigilance constantly formulates cruel theoretical fixes for “deviants” that verge on the fascist and sub-genocidal in intent and portent. It anticipates and pontificates a certainty of judgement and wrath against all the perceived grossly imperfect, all the while shallowly boasting spiritual and moral high ground notions of “God’s wrath”, “Christ-likeness”, and other quite abysmally sickly religious concepts that tend to pretentiously glimmer off what is really only a weak and glossy appearance of superficial righteousness, a bleating and quite nasty foolishness that always fails to examine its own core excesses and gross, unseen deficiencies.
Therefore, my sociological, environmental and religious intellectual concerns today lie mainly with the current widespread compromise of scientific, spiritual and political character, thought and action.
Negative impacts against Environmental Health (industrial pollution of our air, food and water, pharmacological pollution from toxic medications, chemical pollution of our food via pesticides and processing additives, and psychological trauma) and human sexual development are linked very dynamically at the epigenetic level. These factors, in the form of hormonal insults, contribute to the formation of Transgender individuals.
I do not pretend to be an expert in LGBTIQ issues (see the following for definitions: http://www.bouldercounty.org/family/lgbtiq/pages/oasosdefinitions.aspx). Nevertheless, my expertise in Environmental Health, in which I have a Degree in Applied Science, has afforded me what I believe to be a reasonable way to approach aspects of causation: a fairly obvious, logical and scientific means by which to examine and understand, especially, the Transgender issue, and hopefully other potentially related issues. While this might sound relatively simple, and toxicologically and physiologically speaking it is amazingly straightforward from this perspective, nothing in this world of hidden and spiky (and too often, tragic) industrial and sociological mechanics is entirely THAT simple.
I have gradually come to see how Environmental Health, industrial pollution, food pollution (deficient nutrition/growth and food additives), pharmacological pollution (prescription and non-prescription medications, and hormonal and other contamination of meat products) and human development are linked very dynamically. However, my initial study of the Trans issue essentially started from a sociological perspective, an area in which I have done nearly 12 years of on/off PhD research. What I have noted, time and again, is that when you study totalitarianism, the subject leads into a vast arena of human behavior, both corporate and personal. And when one witnesses a personal kind of ignorance combined with heartlessness in which an individual generates heavy criticism of, say, a mother doing her best rearing her child, one will always see the seeds of potentially greater group fascism that could spring from many more people and governments taking on the same kind of criticism. Very disturbing. So criticism that appears to arise out of a complete lack of understanding of the science behind the issue needs to be addressed when individuals express it, and this in the hope that institutionalized fascism will not grow out of the smaller acts of combined ignorance and discrimination, and terrible historically repeated circumstances.
Good quality research that clearly delineates the nature of problems can assist in remedying ignorance. The great potential of enlightenment and compassion can then grow out of that understanding. I have included some brilliant and very recent sociological research findings, and also much older toxicological research findings in this essay to define aspects of the nature of Transgender.
1.0 MY RESPONSE TO A READER CRITICAL OF A WOMAN’S ACCEPTANCE OF HER CHILD’S GENDER ASYNCHRONICITY: THE IMPLICATIONS OF SIGNIFICANT ACCUSATION & CRITICISM
A woman and mother posted an article describing her battle with the Transgender issue in her own family. The reader in question who found the woman’s article offensive made a critical comment or reply to the article. Please read the following WordPress article and note the critical reply:
https://gendermom.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/my-penis-girl/ (gendermom 2013).
The comment reads as: “Quite disgusting. gendermom is a nutcase at best.” I posted a Reply, but that may not have been accepted by the WordPress website. Here, following, is an expanded and improved version of what I originally posted in May and then also in June 2016:
The level of insult and aggression in your response obviously means that you’re really unhappy with this particular parenting situation. If you are not happy, then what would be an improvement in your eyes? Would you like to see society somehow disinfected of nutcases since you imply that, at worst, gendermom could be a really bad person?
What would you recommend: incarceration of the mother in a psychiatric ward; or perhaps the child should be taken from its mother and placed elsewhere? Should the child be medicated? Where does your aggression lead to in terms of fixing such a ‘problem’? Would you put a mother through the technical fix horror of a child services type of nightmare in order to gain some notion of satisfaction that you carry with you? You really did imply she might not be worthy of having a child in her care! Your opinion leads horrendously in that direction. Is your demand for your kind of satisfaction or, by extension, for a larger sociologically and clinically desirable regime of only-normal-parenting-allowed, based on replicable clinical evidence and genuine understanding of proven truth? Or, should YOU be medicated for being so oddly angry over an issue you know little about? Or, again, are you actually OK with leaving the child with the mother, but you reserve the right to call her names?
Did you really need to post such a blunt and disparaging insult regarding a woman bravely addressing an extremely difficult parenting issue, and a family situation you don’t even know?
We all now certainly understand that you are righteously offended by those dealing with Transgender issues. You appear to consider this gender question as reflective of deep psychological aberration, because you called the mother a “nutcase”, and you called her addressing of her child’s gender asynchronicity “disgusting”. That is a very serious accusation and implication of solid guilt because you have left no room for argument. So, will that be the way you move forward from here: continuing hurtful insults that attack and diminish every aspect of this mother’s and other Trans peoples’ being? Would you ever try to force into being that presumption of clinical sanity (the opposite of the “disgusting” and the “nutcase”) you suppose exists and which must predominate regardless of the cost to human lives and minds? Beware, for that presumption is FASCISM.
Allow me to point out a few truths:
1. Parenting is never easy, and it is not easy to deal with either physical, sexual or psychological issues of either yourself or your kids, along with the dynamics the world throws at you constantly.
2. Trans issues’ genesis and orientation are somewhat hard to source and characterize (excepting where Endocrine Disruptor poisoning makes causation a relatively straightforward toxicological rationale), and monstrously difficult to remedy.
3. Invisible and largely untraceable toxic interferences in our childrens’ development (parents’ medications affecting sperm and ova, vaccine injury and autism, pesticide exposure and anti-social behavior, GMO “food” and digestive and immune dysfunction) add layers of incomprehension to family health and Trans sexual/psych issues.
4. The persistent spiritual pathology of the immortal shaming and defaming of sex that has plagued this most marvelous and tragic gift from God, a shame burned into the generational nature of humans, all-too-often causes spontaneous and irrational eruptions of shame, disgust and judgement. Politics, religion and many other arenas typically witness acute episodes of journalistic disclosure where what is automatically deemed to represent wholly inappropriate sexual activities usually sees a quick and deadly focus frame the enemy sex with repudiation and condemnation. In this instance of the above noted gendermom article, a person has easily rushed to vent their unknowing and inculcated angst – quite unbeknownst to them in terms of this deep sexual sociology (for most people do not perceive these ancient and powerful depths) – against the enemy “sex”, and against strangers without any understanding of their targets’ personal and differentiated existence, or worthwhile appreciation of beneficial and overlapping science disciplines (e.g. toxicology and sociology) and good quality understanding in general.
5. With the above understanding, we should be able to appreciate that poor old sex always has its odds stacked against it, and we should therefore be able to intelligently and compassionately ditch this common and stupid disgust of sex and its many and variant fractious evolvements and appearances, and leave that out of our evaluation of innocent people who have – as will shortly be shown – been viciously attacked by chemicals and/or other destructive agents. Their heartrending injury manifestations, and their more than awkward resulting sociological and gender issues, should therefore never be dumbly written off as “disgusting”, or less noble by comparison against anything by any who deem it their perverse responsibility to be gender and moral policemen and to stand in terrible judgement.
Even though faced with so many unknowns in terms of the awkward Trans issue, understanding can still be assertively discerned via quality and unbiased research.
The overwhelming evidence in favor of an internal gender identity that may be at odds with genetics or anatomy and that resists change has been abundantly spelled out elsewhere. However, for those who may be new to the study of gender, I will outline some of the highlights here:
 Differences in brain structure between cis- and transgender, where transgender brains have been found more closely to resemble brains corresponding to their identified gender [actual brain structure can intrinsically demonstrate what the true core (mind) gender identity of the person is, while the biological and physical presentation – the physical body – can be the total opposite].
 Decades of doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and counselors of all varieties trying and completely failing to change gender identity [presumptuous psychological manipulation working against deep reality].
 Experience with people whose bodies were altered in infancy unbeknownst to them but who clung to the gender identity associated with the body sex they were born with [presumptuous biological/physical manipulation working against deep reality].
 “Research showing that certain drugs taken during pregnancy appear to increase the chance of the offspring being transgender, even if the offspring is not aware that drug was used [powerful evidence that metabolic/physiological chemical/drug poisoning/contamination interferes catastrophically with human sexual development] (Chase 2016; my additional comments in ).
2.0 ANOTHER RESPONSE TO A CRITICAL READER
The reader’s critical comment in question relating to the Trans issue (which may have been regarding an article on “Biological Subjectivism”), was previously listed relating to an article on this web page:
https://share.naturalnews.com/stream. However, the trans article, the reader’s criticism and my response to that criticism all appear to have been deleted. My posted Reply, was (with identifying details omitted, and described as: xxx):
No [xxx], you are applying a religious type of intolerance to your notion that all human sexual issues are purely psychological, that these kinds of “trans” people are inherently and deeply wrong (or, worse, sinful or evil and deserving of some kind of spiritual punishment), and that anyone or any government or organisation that supports them is wrong. That is not true.
As I’ve stated, this world is under attack from toxic chemicals, and the Endocrine Disruptor type of chemicals attack a person’s sexuality and internal identity as the embryo develops (and potentially even before that). You cannot be dismissive of, or vindictive towards, people who have had their very core being attacked as an embryo by industrial pollution. A negative attitude toward such victims of industrialization could push a harassed trans individual a step closer to suicide, and would you then want to find out that your lack of support or compassion, or your open antagonism was responsible for the breaking of the last vestige of courageous persistence that person was personally capable of mustering?
Note that a transgender person’s life starts as a confused and innocent child living in the face of what will almost inevitably become a lifetime of snide and even intolerably vicious insults, beatings, death threats (in Brazil right now there is a genocide occurring against transgender individuals), and heartless rejections.
Don’t do this to your brothers and sisters. We ALL have problems and issues to deal with on this truth depleted Planet, and the last thing any of us need is to be attacked by the very people who are our fellow strugglers, but who choose to wind up attacks against that which they do not fully understand.
3.0 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: GENDER AND SEXUALITY CAN BE AFFECTED BY BROAD TOXICOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENTAL PRESSURES
3.1 TRANSGENDER DOES NOT EQUAL MENTALLY DISTURBED
An article at: http://www.naturalnews.com/054030_subjective_biology_self-identity_political_correctness.html addressed an issue called “Biological Subjectivism”. The article was titled: “Mental illness on parade: ‘Biological subjectivism’ self-identity lunacy encourages grown men to shower with high school girls as a ‘civil right'” (Monday, May 16, 2016 by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger). My Reply (plus additional material) was:
One should not make the mistake of lumping all Transgender into the “Biological Subjectivism” classification. That would be an error of corporate, perverse Judeo-Christian proportions where a religious bent irrationally, and all too often unconsciously, tends to presumptuously shame unorthodox sexuality on all levels. This is an extension of the more diffuse and abstract sexual shame that has generationally followed mankind, a persistently demonically maligned, shamed and defamed greatest gift ever given to humanity. Fall into this trap, and you are working on behalf of the enemy whose main job description is Maximum Conflict. Transgender(ism) is largely a result of the sins of Big Industry and its global polluting stranglehold on this beleaguered Planet. We are a Planet in extremis, literally poisoned out of our minds. It is ENDOCRINE DISRUPTOR CHEMICALS that are interfering with hormonal and biological development in animal and human populations:
“Pesticides cause gender change” (http://www.gendercentre.org.au/resources/polare-archive/archived-articles/pesticides-cause-gender-change.htm).
“Pollutants may also be causing gender ambiguity in humans” (http://www.theecologist.org/investigations/health/269536/chchchanges.html).
“Despite popular opinion and negative media portrayals which disparage transgendered people as being “mentally ill” or making “lifestyle choices,” an increasing amount of evidence is surfacing which is linking the proliferation of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC’s) to variations in gender identity and sexual orientation (http://wafreepress.org/56/EndocrineDisruptors.htm).
Let us put the blame largely where it belongs: TOXIC CHEMICAL POLLUTION, and the industries (like Big Tobacco and Monsanto) that have known for DECADES just how poisonous their wares are.
Therefore, toxicologically and developmentally speaking, INDUSTRY is to blame for many asynchronous and other departures from the norm. It is toxic industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals – perhaps more specifically the ENDOCRINE DISRUPTOR chemicals that we are currently aware of – that are largely at fault for disrupting the normal development of the embryo. Unless, of course, we actually know very little about these endocrine disruptors, meaning that vast unknown synergies of toxic chemical compounds are likely responsible for most gender and other issues, leaving us and our children with a great many more unpleasant discoveries yet to muddle through.
What we need now is worldwide education that recognizes the tragic nature and origins of asynchronous gender problems, and a parallel recognition that must reign in at least one out of the two main known causes: the abusive pollution that industry splatters all around in their perennial quest for more profits from the sale of chemically engineered trinkets. Having stockholders in businesses is something that has to GO. Their collective demand for profit motivates industry to pump out repeat purchase items that ensure a constant flow of toxic chemicals into the worldwide environment. Everything is connected. Stockholders that have transgender children might not see this connection though, this being the way this world – programmed for permanent conflict as it is – tends to HIDE how one issue melds into 50 other issues. It is a spider’s web of conundrums, fueled pervasively by the ongoing criminality of industry’s chemical treason against this entire Planet.
3.2 ANOTHER RESPONSE TO CRITICISMS THAT TRANSGENDERED INDIVIDUALS SUFFER PSYCHOLOGICAL DYSFUNCTION
Below, I list another Reply of mine to criticisms levelled at trans people (with editing for improvement) under the website article listed under 3.0 above:
Transgendered people aren’t mentally ill. Their mind/soul/spirit or the core of what makes them mentally male or female is perfectly normal, but it does not match their biological body because Endocrine Disruptor chemicals have created an asynchronicity. This is a matter of DEVELOPMENT. We’re all poisoned to one degree or another physically and have various fractures running through our systems, but we can all mostly still function quite well, mentally speaking. What ADDS to the instability of a Trans person is people accusing them of being “mentally unstable”. This helps to predispose Trans people toward suicidal ideation because they’re being told, over and over as they grow up (as well as being insulted, bashed up, and raped, and murdered [as in Brazil – especially – right now] that they’re “sick”.
If you are immersed in negativity it will affect your mind adversely. That’s one of the prominent reasons why lawyers who are involved in the childish and abusive adversarial system of so-called justice (where typically the Plaintiff or Complainant who might be a raped woman or poisoned individual is accused of always having been a whore, of being a liar or a faker/actor) are so prone to suicide. Lawyers are IMMERSED in negativity. And so, to diminish every aspect of a person’s being (especially in an adversarial setting where lying is the name of the filthy legal defend-the-corporate-poisoners-or-rapist-at-all-costs game) is a devastating and terrible thing to do. And, all too often, that is what people do to Trans people over extended time.
I should add here further that a negative intention is actually quite a powerful dynamic. To marginalize a group via constant criticism is to actually create a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy. At a purely psychological level, to hear that one is considered abnormal or corrupt is a poisonous reinforcement of their (assumed) lack of enlightenment and positive potential. Beyond the purely psychological is a radionic/intentional kind of regime that actually manifests quite toxic psych and even spiritual dynamics.
4.0 THE SOCIOLOGY OF IT ALL: TRANS CHILDREN ARE NOT DISTURBED; THEY ACT IN ACCORD WITH THEIR MENTAL CORE, WHAT THEY TRULY BELIEVE THEY ARE SEXUALLY, & WHAT TESTS PROVE THEY GENUINELY ARE
4.1 GENDER VARIANCE NOT A CHOICE
Below, I list yet another Reply of mine to criticisms levelled at trans people (with editing for improvement) under the website article listed under 3.0 above:
A new study shows that “gender variance in youth isn’t a phase OR A CHOICE” (Matt 2015a; my emphasis). It’s a matter of the child acting out their genuine identity, “an identity as valid and consistent… [as] those in cisgender [synchronous or typical mind/body synchrony] children” (ibid.). See also the following URL’s for information on this pivotal sociological study: http://www.ncgs.org/Pdfs/Resources/1.44.full.pdf and http://www.jwatch.org/na37578/2015/04/29/identity-gender-nonconforming-children and http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/trans.pdf.
The test tests “unconscious thinking” in children and, as such, and because children are brutally honest, gives very real results. Note:
In the recent study comparing gender variant youth with cisgender siblings and children of a similar age, the pattern of data showed that the results of the transgender children were indistinguishable from those of cisgender children, which shows that transgender youth identify with their gender in the same, consistent way as cisgender youth do. For years trans allies and advocates have been saying that being transgender is not a phase or a choice, that it is a consistent and very valid gender identity, but there is now scientific proof to show this to the rest of the world (ibid.).
Lead researcher, Kristina Olson, said:
While future studies are always needed, our results support the notion that transgender children are not confused, delayed, showing gender-atypical responding, pretending, or oppositional—they instead show responses entirely typical and expected for children with their gender identity, the data reported in this paper should serve as further evidence that transgender children do indeed exist and that this identity is a deeply held one (ibid.).
4.2 TRANSGENDER KIDS ALLOWED TO LIVE OPENLY ‘HAVE GOOD MENTAL HEALTH’
Note: https://www.susans.org/2016/02/29/transgender-kids-allowed-to-live-openly-have-good-mental-health/ (Hoogeweij 2016a); MARCH 9TH, 2016.
Note these new behavioral science research findings: “The findings challenge long-held assumptions that mental health problems in transgender children are inevitable, or even that being transgender is itself a type of mental disorder” (ibid.).
I think this demonstrates quite clearly that the ever-growing consistent theme being uncovered by research now is that transgender is a biological issue, NOT a psychological problem. You are BORN transgender, and there is nothing you can do about it. There is nothing to cure psychologically, and the only remediation appears to be total acceptance, and potentially Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and gender reassignment (surgery) in order to create a more comfortable fit between the industrial pollution, chemically-induced or Endocrine Disruptor-induced asynchronous body and the mind.
The mind is what is preeminent in this tragic equation of interference in human development. The body is secondary and can be hormonally and surgically manipulated to represent the real internal core person more closely and comfortably. It is unfortunate that hormone therapy can have some toxic side-effects, and that both HRT and surgery are so expensive.
5.0 THE SCIENCE: GENDER AND SEXUALITY CAN BE AFFECTED BY BROAD PSYCHOLOGICAL (STRESS), PSYCHOSOMATIC & ENVIRONMENTAL/TOXICOLOGICAL PRESSURES
The following essay developed out of an obvious need to address the actual science of the potentials for the generation of a trans condition, along with other related issues.
5.1 WHAT IS STRESS AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
What we first need to appreciate here are some very standard basics in terms of function and malfunction occurring in a human body under stress:
When a situation has been evaluated as “stressful,” the body’s biological systems kick in, and we experience a biological response that is called “fight or flight.” The fight or flight response is controlled by two branches of our nervous system, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system. When a threat or challenge is perceived, the body’s sympathetic nervous system is switched on, raising the level of two hormones, epinephrine and norepinephrine. These hormones cause a series of biological changes, such as increase heart rate, dilation of nostrils and bronchial tubes, raises blood pressure, increases blood flow to brain and muscles, which gear up the body to either flee from the perceived danger, or stay and fight. Once the perceived danger or challenge is no longer a threat, the body’s parasympathetic nervous system kicks in, and returns all body systems back to normal levels of functioning. However, when the body suffers a long period of chronic stress, many of the body’s functions are thrown out of whack, resulting in a depletion of the body’s resources, weakening and possible failure of the immune system, the pituitary gland can not produce enough stress hormones, and other negative health effects (Stevens 2008).
This means severe impacts via stress run very deep into the core of bodily function.
So, the damage to a human system can be very significant. What physiological dynamics could be elicited by such trauma?
5.2 DEEP EFFECTS
5.2.1 EPIGENETIC MUTABILITY
Now that we understand the above noted basic stress dynamic, we can see where this can lead in terms of potential mechanisms producing deep effects.
Psyche trauma of the mother before her child’s conception and that experienced while carrying the embryo feeds into this vast Environmental and Human Health equation. Here, both the mother and child experience physiological changes. In other words: “One theory that has been gaining attention in the field of sexual orientation research is that prenatal stress, stress suffered by the pregnant mother, is a possible cause of homosexuality in males” (Stevens 2008). What might be the mechanism for this?
Trauma and stress effects can be transmitted to offspring via epigenetic changes. These are gene activity alterations, rather than DNA sequence changes. This explains the phenomenon of “intergenerational transmission of trauma”, notably present in the children of Holocaust survivors (McKee 2016). So, the mutability of gene activity (called “methylation”) is critically important here:
Methylation turns off certain sections of genetic code. So even though we inherit two copies of every gene – one from our mother, one from our father – whether the gene is methylated often determines which of the two genes will be turned on. Methylation is inherited, just as DNA is. But unlike DNA, which has an enzyme that proofreads both the original and the copy to minimize errors, methylation has no built-in checks. It can change from one generation to the next and may be influenced by diet or environment (Abrams 2007).
5.2.2 PRENATAL ENDOCRINE INFLUENCES
The research article: “Prenatal endocrine influences on sexual orientation and on sexually differentiated childhood behavior” (Hines 2011) appears to be a literature review examining “the evidence regarding prenatal influences of gonadal steroids on human sexual orientation, as well as sex-typed childhood behaviors that predict subsequent sexual orientation.” (ibid.)
The evidence supports a role for prenatal testosterone exposure in the development of sex-typed interests in childhood, as well as in sexual orientation in later life… given that testosterone plays an important role in the development of most, perhaps all, behavioral sex differences in other species (ibid.).
It appears, however, that other factors, in addition to hormones, play an important role in determining sexual orientation. These factors have not been well-characterized, but possibilities include direct genetic effects, and effects of maternal factors during pregnancy. Although a role for hormones during early development has been established, it also appears that there may be multiple pathways to a given sexual orientation outcome and some of these pathways may not involve hormones (ibid.).
Recall: “many of the body’s functions are thrown out of whack, resulting in a depletion of the body’s resources, weakening and possible failure of the immune system, the pituitary gland can not produce enough stress hormones, and other negative health effects” (Stevens 2008). So DEFICITS in hormones will cause issues, and TIMING.
Several general principles of organizational influences are worth noting. One is that they typically occur during critical, or sensitive, periods of development, and these periods occur at times when testosterone is elevated in developing male animals. One implication of this general principle is that the hormone must be present at the appropriate time to have its effect. If it is present too early or too late, the impact will not be the same. In addition, although present only briefly, the impact of exposure to the hormone at the appropriate time can persist across the lifespan. These early, time-linked, persistent effects are thought to occur because hormones direct some aspects of neural development during early life , influencing cell survival, neuroanatomical connectivity and neurochemical specification  (Hines 2011).
Finally: “Maternal factors during pregnancy” (Hines 2011) introduce the potential for trauma as an influence on sexuality, and “some of these pathways may not involve hormones” (Hines 2011) is the point precisely where Endocrine Disruptor chemicals fit the prescription as a likely pronounced associative causative factor.
5.3 DOES RESEARCH IN STRESS DEMONSTRATE POTENTIAL CAUSE AND SIGNIFICANT EFFECT?
Now that we have established a possible mechanism by which epigenetic changes can occur, is there any real evidence of sexuality being influenced by stress, possibly via these changes?
G. Dörner, a researcher, used the general structure of WWII and focused on Germany. He attempted a study to see if there was a correlation between extreme stress in pregnant mothers and the rate of homosexuality in males born before, during and after the war:
Out of 865 homosexual males studied, significantly more were of them were born between the critical period of the war (“between 1941 and 1947- with a maximum in 1944-1945”) than in the years before or after the “critical period” (Dörner 1983). These findings spurred a second study by Dörner, which yielded similar results. In this second study, Dörner used a sample of 100 bi- or homosexual men and 100 heterosexual men. In turn, each was asked about possible stressful life events that took place in his mother’s life during her pregnancy with him. The findings were as follows:
1. Out of 100 heterosexual males only 6 heterosexuals reported on moderate stressful events that have occurred in their prenatal life, while none of them described severe stressful events in prenatal life, even after consulting their parents.
2. Out of 40 bisexual men 10 bisexuals (=25%) described moderate and 6 bisexuals (=15%) even severe stressful events that have occurred in prenatal life.
3. Out of 60 homosexual men 20 homosexuals (=33.3%) reported on moderate and 21 homosexuals (=35%) even on severe stressful events that have occurred during their prenatal life. (Dörner 1983) (Stevens 2008).
An interesting correlation was thus established, at least in terms of these studies with their inherent flaws.
It is clear that there are “multiple pathways to a given sexual orientation outcome” (Hines 2011), however most of the possible pathways appear to be actionable and dynamic within a pre-conception and embryonic/fetal level, rather than impacting after birth.
“NATURE” as it directly impacts on the embryo, rather than “NURTURE” should therefore be viewed as the prime culprit here propelling so many unfortunate children into a tragic and often brutal world that does not understand that YOU ARE BORN THAT WAY.
And, it may well be the case that transgender and other LGBTIQ dynamics and outcomes are structured around a combination of chemical pollution (industrial, agricultural, food additives and drug/medication) and psychological stressors, factors that “manufacture” innocents born that way.
6.0 LACK OF SUPPORT FOR REAL TRANS ISSUES: TRANSGENDER TEENS COMMIT SUICIDE
6.1 FALLBROOK CALIFORNIA TRANSGENDER TEEN DEAD IN APPARENT SUICIDE
Note: https://www.susans.org/2015/04/11/fallbrook-california-transgender-teen-dead-in-apparent-suicide/#comment-940 (Matt 2015b); 13 March 2016.
My Reply to the above article:
No school support for Taylor means no understanding and no recognition of LGBTQ issues in an institution that is supposed to “educate”… So NO education was available, apparently, in-class in terms of sociology issues examined, gender issues, and Environmental Health issues, particularly those such as Endocrine Disruptor chemicals which affect gender. Taylor’s school is tragically representative of too many educational and sociological “black holes”, places of so-called learning where LGBTQ issues, both societal and personal, are neither studied effectively in class or supported via counselling. These are places where abuse reigns free, and the LGBTQ student is left to fend for themselves.
Don’t blame, shame or disparage Trans people, and thus brutally re-crucify your brothers and sisters time and time again, whenever you might make a snide remark or offer a negative look. Is it your responsibility or job description to police sexuality and add to the trauma Trans people have suffered all their lives, leaving them prone to suicidal ideation because of the relentless onslaught they’ve experienced from their peers since earliest childhood?
6.2 TEEN COMMITS SUICIDE DAYS AFTER COMING OUT AS TRANSGENDER
Note: https://www.susans.org/2015/05/08/teen-commits-suicide-days-coming-transgender/ (Matt 2015c); 8 May 2015.
As long as Transgender is erroneously viewed as a psychological problem, group/herd and individual ignorance and lack of education (in LGBTIQ issues, and in the rewarding decency of restraint, learning, understanding and compassion) will fuel the persistent human nature demand for conflict with each other via the dumb excitement and ignorant gratification of a blunt, knee-jerk general theory defense of the stereotypical safety zone of accepted sexual and behavioral normalcy.
In a world infected with massive industrial loads of toxic chemicals interfering with all environmental and human physiological processes, there is no such thing any more as normal/accepted “sexual and behavioral normalcy”. Intense psych trauma, even ancient GMO practices and, very likely, chemical pollution (which has been around since the Romans polluted the whole world with lead from their smelters), can explain a great deal of LGBTIQ presence. Then after that great vault of partial and complete unknowns that affect “Nature” (meaning you ARE absolutely born that way), you can add all the tortures that “Nurture” throws at us.
7.0 A POSITIVE TAKE
In looking at https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,193485.new.html#new, I penned the following:
You all look absolutely great! I stand in awe of the courage and perseverance you are all demonstrating. I am not Trans myself, but was drawn to the Trans issue:
1. From my background in Environmental Health and the perspective of what, toxicologically and endocrine disruptor chemical speaking, CAUSES Transgender (https://poisonedpeople1.wordpress.com/)…
2. From my PhD studies into Fascism and how ignorance can generate immense hostility toward anything considered sexual in nature…
3. From my further studies into the spiritual motivators of human history and attitudes toward sex; the persistent shaming and defaming of sex and the locked in, bigoted demand — in this heavily polluted world (remember, “endocrine disruptor” chemicals, above) — that all lifeforms be ONLY male or female, even though all animal and human sexuality AND reproductivity is under attack, essentially in an attempt at a global Extinction Level Event. So, WHILE all life is under attack, what symptoms would appear?
If the Trans issue is caused by interferences in the “CONTINUUM development” of the embryo when CONTINUUM-critical hormonal actions fail at certain, set-in-stone and irreversible points, then YOU ARE BORN THAT WAY. And you are born into and inside of, a spectrum that survives just outside the dual default of male and female. That spectrum or continuum is an expression of the survival hardiness of reproduction. In other words, if strictly mind-body male or strictly mind-body female is not possible (each of these hard dualities in a chemically and biologically perfect world tends toward being inflexibly coded for the purpose and imperative of reproduction), then something rather more challenging will be bravely created instead. And perhaps also, in looking at all things as a “positive”, bravely created for the character and education of all who are willing to learn about the spiritual backgrounds of the harsh realities of corporeal life. You need to be genuinely enlightened to see and value what’s inside a person rather than ignorantly and aggressively discriminate against the Trans phenomenon based on your unrealistic demands for strict physical perfection in a grossly contaminated world.
No, you are not psycho, and you do not have a psychiatric condition excepting by virtue of the (sometimes killer) stress imposed by others. They are the ones imposing their CRIPPLING IGNORANCE on you, the struggling HERO (or heroine). You are struggling in a world where toxic technology is largely worshiped in sheer ignorance, and the effects of chemical technologies on sexuality are unknown to most people.
8.0 INSULTS AGAINST TRANS & THE BROAD SWEEP OF TOXIC INFLUENCES ON HUMAN BIO-DEVELOPMENT
I mostly agree with this NaturalNews post, excepting for Point #1: “He’s a dude pretending to be a woman.” Not only is the quick and unexamined use of the term “dude” a heartless contradiction of another’s statements and presentation, and thereby a direct insult (implying that a biological male is up to mischief and is wilfully, inappropriately and stupidly generating a farce and controversy), but it also implies a pathological form of lying and encodes for a readership (and this is a heavy responsibility: writing for the consumption of many) the negative sensibility of witnessing a sick delusion bordering on a psychiatric condition. This use of an insulting term carelessly oversimplifies and mocks real transgender issues, which are genuine environmental and biological issues. Endocrine disruptor chemicals interfere with the hormonal integrity and development of the growing embryo, so A BIOLOGICAL MALE CHILD CAN BE BORN WITH A FEMALE MIND (http://wp.me/p2DVqC-87). A female body can host a male mind. The latest research proves this occurs. See: http://www.gendercentre.org.au/resources/polare-archive/archived-articles/pesticides-cause-gender-change.htm.
This is, therefore, a mark against a not-so-developed and advanced world where toxic technology is assertively promoted and casually accepted and worshiped. Where pollution tends to be ignored or thoroughly hidden via the pervasive and pestilent leveraged interests (corruption) of industry. INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION, food technologies (linings inside cans, plastic packaging, preservatives and other additives), fabric treatments, synthetic clothing, toxic (flouro) lighting, synthetic makeup, lotions, sunscreens, deodorants and perfumes, vaccines, illicit drugs and toxic medications, EMF/RF pollution, fracking leachate and air pollution – this great mass of interferences in human bio development – cause most trans problems (with severe psyche trauma for the pregnant mother contributing as well and overlapping into causations regarding homosexuality).
Now these developmental problems (for those tragically born into this most intense and inescapable trauma most of us cis-gender individuals cannot imagine) are THEN compounded by a largely hetero society that ignores the industrial reality of pervasive chemical habituation and contamination all too easily IN TERMS OF THIS GENDER ISSUE and glibly mocks the transgendered without studying the science behind the causes. Critical looks, name-calling, jokes, internet abuse, physical abuse, BLAME, and then even murder (such as the current genocide against trans in Brazil) result from the shallowest addressing of a biological tragedy brought on by industrial contaminants. Often, this kind of abuse can be filtered through a religious form of devastating presumption, which can be brutally demeaning and even imprudently fascist in its ultimate derivation and dispensation. Give that kind of totalitarian judgement broad political and military power and you will characteristically see pogroms and other sociological nightmares (Crusades and Inquisitions) rise up.
Don’t contribute to a broad and stupid blame game that puts trans teens under so much cumulative pressure that THEY COMMIT SUICIDE! See again: https://www.susans.org/2015/04/11/fallbrook-california-transgender-teen-dead-in-apparent-suicide/#comment-940 and https://www.susans.org/2015/05/08/teen-commits-suicide-days-coming-transgender/. How you LOOK at a trans person, your WORDS, INSULTING GENERALIZATIONS, JOKES, SLURS (“she’s a dude!”), NEGATIVE/ATTACKING INTERNET COMMENTS, BLAME RHETORIC, IMPLICATION OF SITUATED INTRINSIC EVIL (in a 6 year old trans child insisting they are mentally different to their assigned/biological sex??) and actual PHYSICAL ABUSE all add to the potential of these poor victims of toxic industry to choose SUICIDE to escape their tormenters. Adding venom to others’ discrimination adds to the potential for OPPORTUNISTIC ATTACKS or worse, an organized pogrom.
This particular (trans) gender issue just goes to show how well toxics manage to hide their actions and leverage maximum social friction and conflict (as if by design…). If you presume that a repeated social presentation is, and can only be, representative of a total lie (somehow independently taken on by thousands of people worldwide who do not know each other, and who may be, in fact, only children when they start consistently and persistently demanding a gender identity at odds with their biology) rather than A GENUINE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM DEMONSTRATING AN UNDERLYING TRUTH, then you will be contributing in a wholly destructive manner to the trauma experienced by those being called liars and delusional. You will have assisted, especially, in the suicide demise of fragile young people trying to make sense out of their tragic immersion in the asynchronous incomprehensibility of their gender plight.
Do not write off a trans person bravely struggling with a monstrously awkward issue that you – perhaps as a person luckily assigned a normal, integrated being at birth – would truly not wish on your worst enemy! Imagine: as a small and growing child, and then a confused teen, not understanding why your mentality never comfortably meshed into the body you were born with and the sexual framework you were then expected by parents and society to agree with and engage. Imagine: then discovering that you were, for example, actually a GIRL inside the body of a BOY. Imagine what an epiphany that would be! A lifetime’s childhood engulfment inside ABSOLUTE CONFUSION translated suddenly into SENSE.
Causations in this muddy world are WELL HIDDEN, so we – as a largely floundering society of ignorant mortals crying out for real sense – can barely ever agree across the board on any subject. We hardly ever manage to find, define and address real cause and effect, and this leaves our desperate attempts to highlight and codify truth as an unfortunate stage of maximum confusion, reactivity and conflict on a global scale.
9.0 TRANSGENDER: A DISTORTED SELF IMAGE?
The following note refers specifically to a statement in the article: NO, GOD ISN’T TRANSGENDER, TIMES OP-ED PIECE IS HISTORICAL REVISIONISM AT ITS WORST, by Robert A. J. Gagnon (https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/08/no-god-isnt-transgender).
The important foundational statement in the above article: ““transgender”—which refers to a person’s abandoning his or her birth sex for a self-constructed and distorted self-image”, is completely wrong.
Transgender is a genuine medical and biological problem caused by endocrine (hormone) disruptor chemicals from pesticides, food additives and the like interfering with the normally integrated (synchronous) assignment of brain and body gender in the developing embryo. As such, an “asynchronicity” develops where the biological body does not match the brain gender of the unfortunate individual. In more and more studies now, trans-gender children then clearly and consistently demonstrate (without coaching) the clarity and truth of their gender asynchronicity by demanding that they be accepted as identifying with a brain/mind core gender that does not match their biological gender. These kids are not lying. They tell the truth. See: https://poisonedpeople1.wordpress.com/2016/06/07/transgender-gender-asynchronicity-what-causes-it/
It is industrial pollution, or technological pollution that causes the bulk of transgender.
What the fight against trans reveals, however, just like the perennial fight of the hyped-up righteous religious against homosexuality (which, when caused by massive pre-birth psyche trauma in the mother is yet another example of an individual genuinely being “born that way”), is a very subtle and powerfully convincing obsession with deep conflict  (there must always be someone else they are identifying as going to hell). One could validly assert that lies , in terms of the truly dark and evil potential of this beleaguered world, the most important prime directive. And this corporate lying (based in insatiable greed for money and power) is especially relevant today with the nuclear expansion of the realization that everything we’ve been taught (by the world’s ruling families and, hence, their sponsored industries and governments) is wrong. The Bosnian pyramids and a host of other discoveries show us now that all our historical data are grossly in error. The Great Pathological Lie Of The Ages is that there is something intrinsically wrong with sex, and this broad avenue of thorns hooks many people into a permanent war against (always) “other” people with sexual issues.
The Great Pathological Lie Of The Ages
is that there is something intrinsically
wrong with sex, and this broad avenue
of thorns hooks many people into a
permanent war against (always)
“other” people with sexual issues
In this critical and perverse spiritual dynamic souped up to maximize conflict, the enemies of righteousness become your own people: your brother, your sister, uncle, and anyone that appears to confirm that we are in the disgustingly distorted End Times. Sexuality and gender  are typically used and abused by all who participate in the immortally persistent shaming and defaming of sex (the greatest gift of God to humanity) on all levels, to doggedly confirm the existence of a great well and prime signature of pre Return perversion. With this strategy duplicated each generation, you could characterise the demon realm as sitting back and laughing at all the “good” humans righteously rampaging on their behalf, gasping and suspecting all the “other” (again) filthy humans “over there” of being notoriously evil and recalcitrant sex perverts worthy of destruction, ad infinitum.
This is a sexualized, demonizing and conflictual negative spiritual orthodoxy that no-one with any reasonable depth of intelligence should believe from the perspectives of:
1. the above noted permanent conflict dynamic that challenges — by virtue of the obscene levels of religious venom generated — the very core teaching of God’s unassailable compassion and Love;
2. our now more advanced understanding of Environmental Health and the impact of pollution on embryos (I didn’t graduate top of my Degree in Environmental Health at the University of Western Sydney for no reason).
What I have noticed lately online is that the ingrained, conflictual, obsessive compulsive, let’s-burn-them-at-the-stake, negatively discriminatory opinions of the religious in terms of sexual subject matter (the droning historical defamation against sex) will not accept information and understanding. There you find the real recalcitrance of a blind form of presumption, a personally institutionalized WRONG “knowing” that is properly identified as, in fact, sheer ignorance, a raft of adversarial ideas blindly accepted, and a personal sexual belief system of unbridled BLAME never really questioned. This speaks of a lack of spiritual meta systemic self analyses: thinking about our thinking that is negatively spiritually influenced by the power of living (though deathly), unexamined orthodoxies of perception and interpretation. Outwardly, this self righteous discrimination is more visible as an automatic claiming of some kind of moral high ground via a “spiritual/moral” form of hyper vigilance: a puritanical form of religiosity and certainty of knowing/feeling/indignation; a personal expectation that sexy enemies are surely always just around the corner, and simmering in their own juices as they wantonly assist in attacking and eroding civilization. This overall problem of presumption describes a lack of awareness of the corporatization and mode of truly evil evil. It describes a choice made in favor of particular, distorted and delusional issues rather than a framing and core appreciation of the broad and powerful base of God’s Love and our altruistic potential.
The Trans phenomenon, via the
agency of the Internet, represents
THE RELEASE OF A BURIED PROBLEM
The growing Transgender phenomenon should never be automatically and shallowly interpreted as confirming evidence of a prophetically expected, very naughty, gender dysphoric explosion of sexualized perversion in the End Times, a volcanic prophetic upwelling of filthy sexual lava that threatens our schools, restrooms, personal sexuality and crotches, or delicate religious sensibilities. The Trans phenomenon, via the agency of the Internet, represents THE RELEASE OF A BURIED PROBLEM, and should be heartily welcomed! Apart from the inevitable historical appearances of gender dysphoria in an always distorted world, there has been a massive time lag between the spread of endocrine disruptor chemical pollution in this modern chemicalized age and its gradual, insidious insertion into our (and the animal kingdom’s) metabolic frames of reference, or critical lines of developmental communication, TO THRESHOLD LEVELS OF EFFECT. This world has been too dumb and industry has kept toxicities too well concealed, for us to collectively understand the planetary environmental health implications of what we’ve assumed was solely a psychiatric problem. We have remained uneducated and reactively abusive, particularly in terms of this Trans issue, hence why so many Trans people have felt the need, in terms of family tolerance and personal safety, to remain hidden away for so long. For shame! All those who revel in their luxurious cis-gender normalcy (who have minds that match their biological designation) should wake up to the real world of chemical toxicities and appreciate the entire concept of Environmental & Human Health, and embryonic sexual development.
The dark, corporatized and militarized perversion of Science, overt and covert Government totalitarianism, Law Enforcement out of control, Medicine and Big Pharma bias and profits, Food Processing additives, Drugs, Mining, and especially Agricultural Practices (e.g. toxic pesticides and GMO) possess infinitely greater potential for sickness, disease and Extinction Level Event planetary destruction than any sex related subject of supposed End Times moral doom! The Transgender issue inside and outside of religion has been wholly inaccurately identified, co-opted and “zombie-fied”, and would be infinitely more accurately understood as a challenge to uneducated cis-gender people’s awareness of Environmental Health, and their personal genuine internalization of concepts of true, compassionate love.
Transgender is not a perverted
signature of degeneracy on a global
religious moral compass and End
Of The World timeline
Transgender is not a psychiatric issue, excepting where the uneducated, conflict-addicted, irrational, dumb and vicious abusers of everything sexual or gender oriented convince, for tragic example, a young Trans person that they are so distorted, worthless and evil that they should kill themselves (a typical Facebook rant). Transgender is not a perverted signature of degeneracy on a global religious moral compass and End Of The World timeline. Transgender is not a planet destroyer. It is, at its core roots, an Ascension Of Man (Evolutionary) superiority complex and presumption issue (a prime error – framed by industrial interests – in interpreting Homo Sapiens’ appearance and development that wrongly describes our trajectory as pre-ancient, brutish, simple and undeveloped, thence becoming superior, enlightened and industrial: the opposite is the truth), an industrial/toxicological issue (we are so dumb with our science we poison everything including gender assignment in the womb), a technological issue, a chemical pollution issue, a biological issue, an hormonal issue, a human/embryonic developmental issue. And, like everything else human, it is immersed inside difficult social issues that often lead people into incorrect interpretations. Transgender is ultimately, in the end analysis, a supreme test of Character and Love for everyone. We are all in school. Do our grades show we dumbly favor a permanent war against innocents brutalized by chemicals in utero?
I suggest , , and  as notions of critically important directives within the demonic realm and/or human nature, in terms of their pathological influence on humanity.
A contributor to this Essay and Comments section (https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/10/how-should-christians-respond-to-the-transgender-phenomenon) made the following comments: “My argument though for the church is that we do need to be loving, we do need to call sin,sin… God is going to judge the selfish man in the same way he will judge the gender dysmorphic…”. Also: “It is not our job to judge these people and tell them they are condemned…”
My response to the above was:
It’s “DYSPHORIC”, not “DYSMORPHIC”…
BTW, we are already in hell last time I checked…
Also, you said: “God is going to judge the selfish man in the same way he will judge the gender dysmorphic” Note you said (for emphasis): “he will judge the gender dysmorphic”. You sound pretty certain of that.
And THEN you said: “It is not our job to judge these people and tell them they are condemned”.
“…AND TELL THEM THEY ARE CONDEMNED”?? YOU’VE JUST TOLD THEM!! Way to go “NOT” judging Trans people! You are capable only of very thinly veiling your UTTER HATRED of Trans people and the sins you imagine they’re all getting up to…
My larger response was (with additional material):
What sin?!! Who is sinning when they are born with a mind that does not match their body? The true “sin” belongs with the industries that have generated the Endocrine Disruptor chemicals that have caused the in utero hormonal shift leading to gender dysphoria. Where Monsanto and the like have created Agent Orange, PCBs, Glyphosate (often called “Satan’s Molecule”), and GMO pollution: THAT is true, greedy, anti-environmental “sin”, indeed a kind of global treason against the entire Planet and all who live on it.
However, I think what you might be calling “sin” is the superficial appearance of homosexual attraction, and then the physical act of sexual intercourse that religious people typically get really, really obsessed with… Here, for example, a Trans MTF (Male To Female) person who has not had their penis surgically removed might engage in anal intercourse because their core (true, fixed permanent, actual, mental, spiritual) FEMALE mind is heterosexually attracted to a cis-gender (“normal” biological/mental) male. So, in reality, the core of this dirty dynamic (as you see it) is, in fact, a heterosexual relationship, even though both participants have biologically male bodies and therefore, due to no fault of their own, can only engage in actual ANAL intercourse if intercourse is part of what they wish to share with each other (not all Trans relationships have overt sex as a feature).
So, there’s the “rub” (pardon the pun). Will you focus on the DETAIL of anal intercourse to the exclusion of what is the actual central mental dynamic occurring between the two people? Will you play God and:
1. revile these people,
2. or demand they split up,
3. or demand psyche counselling for either or both,
4. or demand incarceration in a psyche ward and the forced administration of psychoactive medication?
How will you get the power yourself or support that power being given (to WHOM?, to what authority? and will that authority be benevolent or totalitarian?) so that all the Trans perversion can be cleaned up? If you are going to IGNORE what I have shown as the realities of a Trans situation – that their plight is not of their making, that they’re INNOCENT, and that they have an intrinsic RIGHT to be who they think they are and be in relationships – then you can only be, to one degree or another, and at worst, aggressive, even fascist, and at least monumentally insulting (like refusing to call the Trans person what they wish to be addressed as). You will then heartlessly be adding to the daily torments of repudiation and abuse Trans have to endure. Your comment, or look, or noticeable negative attitude “on that day” may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back in that poor tortured soul’s life. Suicide.
And you would call yourself good, and religious, when you have expressed such self confident, overweening levels of sheer, unbridled ignorance about this Trans issue? Do you not know that the Love of God comes BEFORE ALL ELSE? Even the most horrendously erroneous judgement that seeks to somehow technically “fix” or punish (preempting God) the naughty, perverse, sexy, Trans “problem”…
10.0 THE DEADLY SPECTRUM
10.1 FALSE PRIDE & CAMELS
On https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/11/understanding-gender-dysphoria-a-reply-to-gagnon#comment-2849886618, a reply was made (to a comment I had previously posted) thus:
“To prevent “suicidal ideation” we promote silly lies. Sounds like a great plan for humanity’s future. The Truth sets us free, not lies. “But the truth hurts too much! It makes me want to die!” Guess what? We all suffer from that.”
My reply (with additional material) to the above was:
xxx, the truth is that toxic hormone disrupting chemicals cause Transgender. You seem to be missing that critically important point. You seem to believe still that Transgender is a psychiatric issue, and that I am promoting the concealment of a vast psychiatric problem through “silly lies” that hide the truth, and which then cause reality problems with Trans.
First, if you are happy to not be, in the first order of things, mercifully compassionate toward their situation instead of demonstrating a blockish confrontation and recalcitrance that essentially tells the toxicological gender victim that you don’t care if they are suffering, then you must have some measure of personal confidence in your unassailable stance.
However, I would suggest that this level of humility would be advantageous: “I don’t know a lot about toxicology and embryonic development, so I will study this hormone disruptor side of the pro argument in favor of Trans before I unleash any further condemnation toward Trans.”
Secondly, you must also be confident in being thus recalcitrant, or obliquely dismissive, or even somewhat harsh and incompassionate toward Trans. In other words, you must know something of an authoritative nature or a determined Biblical source that supports a necessary “MY demand for my truth [despite sociological research and toxicological/drug evidence to the contrary; see below] – and if necessary an abrasive repudiation of patient compassion – above all else” position.
At church, or at work, would you greet a Trans person the way they wish to be greeted? No? Some say they would not use a gender changed name or the gender pronouns that a Trans person would wish to be addressed as. What a slap in the face that would be!
In that case you would be achieving less than a Walmart greeter.
Is your church entrance or workplace going to become a nasty place where Trans are weeded out and treated with contempt? Exclusion creates anathematized minority groups that can be singled out for “distinctive” or “special attention”…
Sexually, or gender-phobic, or religiously-framed and justified violence is on the same vicious human nature spectrum as religious presumption, religious disdain, religious intolerance, and incorporated/organized (even textually institutionalized) religious hatred, condemnation, and beheadings.
And all this represents a “straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel” dynamic. It involves the extreme end of that spectrum, the end that leads to the religiously attractive and convincing seeking of that vast and righteous, quickly sliding (like a sudden landslide) abomination: the technical, clinical “fix” (the supposed small “perfection” of the strained gnat through human effort), but which abruptly slides into a Final Solution for the supposed problem. There is not much distance (in terms of the speed at which inflammatory issues can evolve) between the repudiation of undesirable Trans persons and a genocidal pogrom. Politically and religiously, especially today in the face of fast-paced false flag events, BLAME can be easily applied to any minority group through intense and repetitive argument and edict.
One of the worst and least appreciated negatives of not compassionately addressing Trans, or banning Trans, or beating up Trans, or murdering Trans (as in Brazil), or burning, shooting or beheading ANY defined or suspected “guilty” category of people, is that these actions are slate wipers of both human diversity and opportunities for people to commune and learn and grow in understanding. While fear, revilement and separation reign supreme, connection, empathy, compassion and cooperation cannot ensue. If you separate away from a people, or if you kill off a people, you will then culture, as a function of that blind separation, the grey homogeneity of a vastly lesser experience of life (less people = less reproduction = less personalities = less creativity = less learning) in that arena being addressed by the disaffection, detachment, or slayings. The raw ground material (within this continuum of opportunity or deficit) for developing character in the living is in all those peoples (an infinitude of potential interactions, surprise and innovation) who are deemed difficult and undesirable. The genocide of difficult issues thus reinforces the habituation of blunt elimination responses as minds that should be ebulliently creative fall to the ease and trauma of the simplicity and brutality of the actions and the internally scouring effects of the silence and void of the deficits. “Greyness” characterizes this kind of world as it has done so under any form of totalitarianism.
On a very side – but actually related – note, the demonic realm of immortal sameness is said to be “grey”, hence why conversation between vampires in movies and TV series often intersects the observation that short-lived human passion is so appealing to them.
Note: the “sociological research and toxicological/drug evidence to the contrary” noted above was the material I put in SECTION 1.0, at the beginning of this Essay.
10.2 SEXUAL INDOCTRINATION IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS, EMOTIONAL BLOCKS, & BIAS IN SCIENCE AND LITERATURE
My following comment (with additional material added) immediately below this paragraph is in reply to a forum contributor’s notes on the subjects of: “Kevin Jennings, GLSEN and Fistgate”. This person’s comment was deleted (along with mine) apparently for being too long, though the highly personal nature of their comment may have contributed also. This person noted that he was a child prostitute in New York in the 60s. He felt that the research I have used in this Essay to support my case for Transgender being a biological and not a moral or psychiatric issue is as bankrupt as the research that appeared from the 60s onward, research that – according to him – supported aspects of a highly perverse “men “liberating” boys sexually”” mentality. He noted, with great concern, that boys can be brainwashed by repeated indoctrination, and that the “Kevin Jennings, GLSEN and Fistgate” issue was an horrific governmental and institutionalized extension of such doctrines that arose out of said bankrupt research. He was therefore not a fan of research and appeared to be very emotionally biased in that regard. My answer to his sad revelation is:
Yes, I agree that neuroplasticity can achieve amazing brain structure and function transformations (including spontaneous and slower forms of healing as many medicos will sometimes obliquely and reluctantly admit), even diabolically horrible permutations from distorted “education”. And I’m sure that what you say is happening in American schools (I’m Australian, so don’t have your local background knowledge) must be, to one degree or another, occurring. That’s because CONFLICT and confusion is a prime directive for genuinely real and resident dark forces on this miserable “possessed” world. So, anything that causes life-long confusion, trauma and conflict will be promoted and given great power by those forces. But the Transgender I’m aware of is not that which arises out of a brain that is “malleable and changeable not only by repetitive behavior, but by repetitive thoughts, which means that sexual behavior and sexual thoughts change the brain”. The Trans I refer to throughout my statements is the Trans and dysphoria that appears spontaneously and honestly in affected children, and that which cannot be resolved, then, BY coercion or manipulation of any variety (as so often occurs when parents try to force a preferred gender identity in their highly resistant and assertive child).
“…anal intercourse is ALWAYS a sadomasochistic act…” Your comment sounds a bit like a Universal law and I don’t believe many Trans (or cis-gender heteros for that matter) would necessarily agree with that given their passion and certainty for their gender asynchronicity (but I don’t have on-the-ground, intimate knowledge of this because I am neither a gay male, nor Trans). I do feel that many hetero couples would be upset if you somehow made anal sex illegal (I jest), because the female anus can have a great many nerve endings around and in it making it possible for some ladies to orgasm via anal penetration. Sex is what you make of it, and you do admit that anal sex can be very pleasurable. I note here that the whole of a woman’s body is an erogenous zone, so no body part is off-limits for sexual pleasure.
Yes, I’m sure the entire notion of “men “liberating” boys sexually”” is ESPECIALLY utterly reprehensible to you, given your sad background. Any kind of fraud against children and their innocence is abominable. You have obviously been heavily traumatized, and perhaps it has left you with block reservations, limitations and broad, automatic and explosive presumptions (congrats, though, if you have been able to function effectively in this world; quite an achievement). I sense a negative mental block is represented by your statement: “Now they are teaching boys in sex ed these ridiculous fairy tales that you are now telling me about transgendered when I haven’t yet recovered from the existential nausea that the phony scientists promoting gay sexual acts as a good impose on us, and are now being taught as a good to children in schools, violently putting those children at risk.”
Your trauma and your ongoing and difficult recovery (more power to you), though exceedingly regrettable, should not be permitted to cause – via the anvil of heavy emotional distress – a censure of future enlightening educational possibilities, such as good quality SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH THAT IS UNCOVERING A HIDDEN ISSUE DESPERATELY NEEDING COMPASSION. What is being reformatted here by these amazing new research findings is that dumb form of erroneous presumption that all-too-often backgrounds and perpetuates popular opinion.
It may be that your background makes it impossible to accept that gender asynchronicity can happen. You may be making a direct association between what you believe about homosexuality and what you presume regarding gender dysphoria issues, and such are the limitations of traumatized minds. These kind of blocks tend to hem in our thinking (or, better, reacting) and obstruct us from unfetted, independent and innovative thought. We are all very restricted in what we can endure, process, unlearn, and learn anew. And I still can’t fathom how you relate the traumas of the particular homosexual experiences that were forced upon you to Trans. To me, the two are entirely different issues, unless I have particular and heavy limitations in my thinking in this area.
And, yes, literary agents and industry sponsored science will both tend to do their utmost to present a wholly distorted image of reality, as is the case on this, the “Planet of the Lies”. That biased reality may generate sexual convenience for a powerful group. That reality, that popular and institutionalized indoctrination, may make a lot of money, hence why anyone else generating an actual contrary truth (or even just facts) will likely either be defamed and lose their job, or even be assassinated (as occurs globally regarding natural disease cures and free energy inventions). But not all scientists and literary agents are corrupt. And bad science in the 60s etc. does not of itself generate an immutable law making all sexual and gender sociological studies beyond that time automatically flawed and corrupt. When you have sociological studies allowing uncoerced children to assert their own honest minds, then you’re on to something very interesting.
I Googled “Kevin Jennings, GLSEN and Fistgate” as you suggested, and yes: disgusting. Corporatized evil. And I have found a copy of Jennie Livingston’s documentary, “Paris is Burning”, and look forward to watching it.
10.3 THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE SPECTRUM
Human Nature rides on a continuum, or sits on a spectrum of behavioral potential. The small things become much larger if the freedom and power to act on those small things are magnified. So, if we demonstrate fine character in small things, then we will likely demonstrate fine character if we are given greater responsibilities.
Conversely, if someone with an antagonistic attitude toward a group, only has the power to write (and perhaps unfortunately influence [OR, put another way, give opportunity for those possessing similar poor character to reveal themselves, and be tested more overtly in their further development, or decline]), and in that small matter they demonstrate a continuuing abusive attitude toward people, then you would NOT want to give that person any kind of absolute authority.
Character revealed in small matters (Luke 16:10 and 19:17; I Cor 6:2; Mat 25:23; Luke 12:48), if abusive, exposes an individual (and hopefully not a group) as the kind of person who inwardly wishes to possess (“possess” here being a very appropriate word, in terms of subtle and persuasive, yet inwardly raging, demonic influence), fashion and ventilate the vengeance reserved for God alone, now, in this age, which is not appropriate because none of us have the spiritual credentials for that level of judgement.
10.4 OUR VIABILITY AT THE WORST END OF THE SPECTRUM
We are witnessing brutal attacks on the viability of this Planet on all levels, especially via the monumentally vicious fascist dynamics of pollution through industrially imposed fracking on private lands (as an example of mining totalitarianism), via sickening (literally) GMO transgene and pesticide contamination of the global environment (as an example of agricultural mad “science” totalitarianism), via toxic chemical pollution which is threatening the intrinsic reproductive viability of mankind in toxicologically and metabolically distorting ways that cannot be remotely compared to the frequently raised point and observation of a general lack of reproduction via homosexuality, and via the global wireless pollution pandemic of EMF and RF contamination with the explosion of cell phone and satellite dish technologies (which cause the blood-brain barrier to leak), just to name a few threats. These are monsters of threats to the whole of Mankind and the entire Planet.
And Transgender is NOT one of them. Transgender is NOT and cannot ever be construed as a sexual perversion because a chemically distorted, catastrophic gender assignment accident from pollution or toxic medications resulting in a gender asynchronicity CAN ONLY CREATE INNOCENT VICTIMS. Victims, not sexual monsters that need to be identified, blamed (for something, maybe everything), harassed, and perhaps even put down.
However, when looking for blame, cumulative concerns over moral issues can be easily inflamed by the politico-religious desperation of times typically experienced inside collapsing civilizations, and is exactly what we see today (and have witnessed throughout history). When globally powerful industries see a clash of civilizations just ahead, expect religion and monolithic government to combine. Before these much greater nightmares appear, and within our current much smaller – but no less virulent – demand today for some form of totalitarian religious technical fix to insubstantial perceived “sexual threats”, are located the metaphysical seeds that threaten the lives and liberty of LGBTIQ minorities, but NOT on a basis of Love.
Religion can justify ANY variety and level of penalty for whatever kind of sin it believes is present. Inquisitions and pogroms without a doubt are a potential end game for an obsession with man-made sexual and gender “perfection” (strangely demanded in a grossly imperfect world, something that truly speaks of “clinical fix delusion”). But this kind of man-made and ungodly fantasy and wrangling can only be imagined and imposed (without any possibility of “success”) via the worst of brutalities. And here we often fail to recognize that smaller worries over the world’s favorite shame and defame subject, “sex”, are a signature of two critically important contributing dynamics:
1. A small but convincing attitude of “doing God’s work” in condemning an assumed sexual perversion is on a continuum or spectrum of fascist disorders that become all the more pathological and dangerous the more people share the alarm and desperation of the times.
Note also that some people vicariously experience feelings of sexual arousal and, all-too-often and infinitely worse, fleeting but eruptive notions of addictive superiority with the generation of a herd-approved form of “righteous” (guiltless, virtuous, worthy) condemnatory zeal. A powerful emotional “flush” or surge of delight and assumed power can signify this psychosomatic response. This addictive arousal and inflationary notion of moral high ground, elitism, superiority and zealousness is ultimately a distorted intellectual, emotional and physiological reaction that becomes, after the experience, insubstantial and hollow, hence why the “fix” of further condemnation opportunities will be persistently sought after. That kind of zeal is incorrectly attributed to the working of God and should serve as a warning to the flushed religious elites that they are being misled by empty feelings.
2. Being thus misled (as humanity as a whole has been misled for thousands of years as it has dumbly “ascended” into authoring – via the crucible of industry – a full on planet-destroying Extinction Level Event) resonates as a signature of an immortal form of persuasive evil that has stalked human nature from the beginning. What the most honest research shows is that we humans started off smart, and then gradually imploded. As Orsen Wells once said: “I started at the top, and worked my way down”. This kind of creeping spiritual degeneracy is apparent when logic, good sense, understanding corporate human nature, compassion and Love all go out the window, forcing – literally – spiritual reason and spiritual viability to have to defend themselves, WHICH THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO DO in a so-called enlightened “Christian” setting. “The greatest of these is love” (I Cor. 13:13). The fact that this Biblical logic of Love is rejected so easily and comprehensively via the vehicle of self-assured volcanic presumption and a concomitant complete lack of toxicological and developmental understanding, and an almost pathological, obstinate unwillingness to recognize this amazing new knowledge (a resistance to good research), shows clearly that something beyond basic, internal human weakness is prevailing over us all, a venom of cruel metaphysical intentions reaching levels, at the close of this industrially, politically and religiously degenerate global civilization, of profound ferocity.
11.0 SOCIOLOGY: WE’VE HAD POGROMS BEFORE…
Note: https://www.susans.org/2016/03/09/indonesian-lgbtq-community-living-fear/; 9 March 2016 (Hoogeweij 2016b).
There are invisible forces propelling nations that are culturally inclined towards internal pogroms. This intra-conflict deflects criticism and generates approval. The Holocaust generated its general theory “criminals”, and then Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals and the mentally and physically impaired suffered mightily from their label.
The LGBTIQ community are all-too-often made the scapegoats for perceived pressures. Would that the LGBTIQ-oriented children of all anti LGBTIQ government and religious officials combined their respective voices and called for compassion rather than irrational, inflationary angst, blame, shame, opposition and repression. Would that this kind of universal statement suddenly and comprehensively shocked the drama-fascists in government and religion into a state of reality and, at the very least, a fair and compassionate, realistic and RATIONAL recognition of gender identity and sexuality issues.
When we start assertively talking about God condemning this or that we are always thus situated on a slippery slope. I believe vengeance and condemnation are truly God’s (because we simply can not handle either competently), and I sincerely hope I will never knowingly participate in the hyper-vigilant rhetoric of the “gentle” slopes leading self-righteously down toward condoning spiritual life-threatening accusations of spiritual culpability, or worse, genocide. There’s not much difference between agreeing with others on the condemnation of what we perceive to be a sexual perversion (and Transgender is anything but) deserving of hell fire and demanding the beheading of a heretic. These fanatical herd mentalities are both on the same spectrum.
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* Full-time studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Chinese Medical Theory, Chinese Herbs & Acupuncture): Brisbane College of Traditional Acupuncture 1981.
* Professional Artist (Photo-realism & Impressionism: Landscapes & Animals, Oils & Acrylics).
* Website Construction; Website Graphics; Proof Reading.
* Private/Public Study: Dr. Brian Liu (Dip. Acupuncture – Sydney): Acupuncture Massage & Muscle Testing 1986-1988.
* Certificate of Completion, Health Care Worker, Professional Business Colleges of Australia (PBCA) – Blacktown, Sydney 1993.
* Advanced Certificate Farm Technology (Highest Pass for Plant Production Subjects) 1994, Richmond College of TAFE.
* BAppSci Environmental Health 1998 (Top of Degree; Award: Best Overall Graduating Student by Australian Institute of Environmental Health, NSW Division) / Hons I Social Ecology 1999
* Ex Sociology PhD Student (University of Western Sydney PhD Scholarship; PhD studies for 12 years; Thesis all but finished: University failure to enable Big Pharma/Ag-critical Thesis examination), University of Western Sydney).
* Current Research – 1. Environmental Health: Pesticide/Chemical Applications, Movement & Residues; Endocrine Disruptors, Trauma & Gender Dysphoria (e.g. Transgender); GMOs/Endotoxins; EMF/RF; Scalar/Radionics/Geopathic Dynamics (Energy [Plant/Human] Medicine); 2. Japanese/Asian Sociology: Trans or “Newhalf” Sexual Culture.
Pesticides’ Misappropriated Destinations (Our Chemicals Predestine Our Future Pandemics)
by Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health 1998; Honors I Social Ecology 1999; Ex Sociology PhD Student; University of Western Sydney)
WEBSITES: http://poisonedpeople.com; http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au; https://poisonedpeople1.wordpress.com/
Once released into the environment, only with extreme difficulty and great expense can these exotic and highly toxic herbicide chemicals and their often more toxic (and all-too-often, UNKNOWN) metabolites be monitored or tracked (lab tests are expensive, and will not necessarily identify all chemical culprits). And, further, most of the herbicide chemical ultimately wastefully and dangerously passes by its target plant:
“95% – 98% of applied pesticides miss their target, reaching nearby people and wildlife, waterways, soil
and air.” (Miller G.T., 2004)
Pesticides uniformly end up elsewhere (usually where we are and beyond…) via spray drift or “volatilization drift” (Source: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=pesticide-drift). For example:
“”Atrazine can be transported more than 1,000 km (621 miles) from the point of application via rainfall
and, as a result, contaminates otherwise pristine habitats, even in remote areas where it is not used,”
they [researchers and colleagues from the University of California Berkeley] added, citing other
“”In fact, more than a half million pounds (227 tonnes) of atrazine are precipitated in rainfall each year
in the United States”” (Fox 2010).
And, as an aside, and in terms of the invasion of habitats, it’s not just our chemicals (going on before us) spreading into pristine habitats and upsetting eco-dynamics (and this includes our pollution remotely funding pathogenic alterations: arm’s length drug/pesticide resistance waiting for a physical release, waiting for the bulldozers to come in), it’s US physically entering environments and becoming subject to CLOSETED PATHOGENS that introduce new diseases to the human race: “…this might be because we disrupt habitats and come into contact with animals we haven’t been in contact with before” (Smith quote: Jha 2013). Also: “We like to think we discover viruses, but it’s also the viruses discovering us” (Woolhouse quote: Jha 2013).
This Essay represents an extended quote from my new essay (out soon) titled: “INDUSTRIAL CORRUPTION/FASCISM, PESTICIDE/CHEMICAL POLLUTION, & HUMAN HEALTH/BEHAVIOR META-IMPLICATIONS: RESEARCH CONSENSUS ON PESTICIDE MOBILITY, EXPOSURES & TOXICITY, ENVIRONMENTAL INSULTS & PANDEMIC RAMIFICATIONS (EXTINCTION POTENTIAL), INNOVATIVE NON OR LOW-TOXIC HERBICIDE ALTERNATIVES FOR PLANTATIONS & CROPS, & OUR CHILDREN”
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Jha, A. 2013 [Online], “A deadly disease could travel at jet speed around the world. How do we stop it in time?”; The Guardian; Source: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/nov/12/deadly-disease-modern-global-epidemic; accessed: 16 Feb. 2014.
Miller, G.T. 2004, Sustaining the Earth, 6th edition. Thompson Learning, Inc. Pacific Grove, California. Chapter 9, Pages 211-216.
THE DIMINISHING RETURNS OF COMPLEXITY: THE DESTRUCTION OF PEACE, HEALTH & THE ENVIRONMENT
FOCUS: THE ADVERSARIAL JUSTICE SYSTEM – AN ABERRANT HEALTH,
HUMAN RIGHTS & WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT
Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health with Distinction 1998, Hons I Social Ecology 1999, Sociology PhD Postgraduate student: University of Western Sydney)
PO Box 605
New Norfolk TAS 7140
2 August, 2010
Web sites: http://poisonedpeople.com
How far along a path do we proceed as a species, culture and civilization before it is conceded that we are not advancing and are, rather, engaged in an embrace with degenerative and fatal processes? This Essay examines the adversarial justice system and its contribution to compounding world problems.
A previous letter/essay I authored was titled: ESSAY 2: EXHAUSTED PESTICIDE POISONING VICTIM FURTHER ABUSED BY LEGAL PROCESS. That essay has been developed further and can be found at: http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au/essays/essay2-legal-process-abuse.pdf. In this earlier essay I introduce myself and my then 8-year old son as duel victims of severe pesticide poisoning that occurred in 2000/2001 in my current NSW Dept. of Housing (DOH) unit. This arose when two highly toxic termite pesticide treatments that I had specifically prohibited were forced upon me. The termiticide is called Biflex, a synthetic pyrethroid termiticide containing Bifenthrin. I described my utter exhaustion through multiple negative health impacts that followed the pesticide applications.[i] As well, I emphasized the further insult of 6+ years (and still going) of litigation against a recalcitrant DOH utterly unwilling to admit to any level of negligence. I understand my case will likely be extended by 1-2 years through appeals if I win my 2 week trial set for 15th November 2010 in the Supreme Court in Sydney, Civil List.
Justice Mark Weinberg: “Whatever else can be said, no case, no matter how complex it may seem, should be allowed to run for months and sometimes years”
(Justice Weinberg 2008:17).
I received a response to that essay from the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner. The Commissioner’s sympathetic reply noted my concerns regarding litigation being used as a weapon, and the need for legal cases to be independently monitored. The Commissioner’s letter included an eye-opening and blunt FACT SHEET #18 titled: OPPOSING LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES (Office of the Legal Services Commissioner, 2005). Thus began my education in the adversarial system of justice. I have evaluated this FACT SHEET, added my personal observations, and arrived at a constellation of ‘weird science’ concepts expressed by the civil and criminal adversarial justice systems.
According to the Hon Wayne Martin, Chief Justice of Western Australia, “the Australian legal system is generally perceived to be out of touch, expensive, slow, technical, complex, and in many respects incomprehensible”
(Justice Martin 2008:3).
I see the FACT SHEET as briefly and clearly outlining major dysfunctions in our adversarial system of justice, with the implications of these problems deepening further into a hodgepodge of extremes and contradictions. It says (my emphasis):
- your legal representative can be expected to say or do things which go against the interests of other parties, and
- other parties’ legal representatives can be expected to say or do things which go against your interests.
You cannot interfere in the professional relationship between another party and their legal representative…
You can only complain about an opposing legal representative’s course of action if you have evidence that they are not acting on instructions, or are acting on instructions that they know are untrue or unethical (Office of the Legal Services Commissioner, 2005).
Firstly, I wish to assert that the two bulleted points above represent a massive, in situ and accepted dysfunction. That is, the framing of a monumental waste of time and resources via sets of Plaintiff-Defendant dichotomies at war. This institutionalized combat should not exist in a truly enlightened society. They represent a ridiculously complex and immature striving for supremacy inside a commercial system carrying the taint of vested interests. They also signify stitched-up and prejudiced rules coddling precious corporate egos and greedy attitudes obsessed with an endless summer harvesting of legal fees: the expanding legal task and elastic accounting (Justice Allsop, 2008:2) of the legal system. How did the legal system configure for itself so much benefit? This formalized schoolyard scrap and grab mentality generates a long-winded and exhausting process that conveniently maintains a profitable rage while dancing away from the genuine responsibilities that are demanded by the succinct elucidation of simple truth.
“…truth should be the objective of the system”
(Justice McClellan 2008:4).
Secondly, my legal case has been purposely extended leaving me exhausted, sicker and poorer. If a moneyed opponent plays with you using unethical and abusive tactics, then where does that ‘legal’ system stand in terms of truth and error, good and evil?
“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”
(Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, 3rd American President).
“It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.”
(Thomas Paine, 1737-1809, Anglo-American political theorist, writer)
My personal WW2 of litigation against the DOH leaves me with the distinct impression of “a failure of the system” (Justice Allsop 2008:3) and leads me now to question competence and ethics in both government and the legal system.[ii] I do not see any evidence of the mythical “THERAPEUTIC JURISPRUDENCE” inside an adversarial legal workplace that continues to abuse me to a point where I have considered suicide!
The FACT SHEET hints at a compound series of flawed premises upon which the legal process appears to be based. I offer below simple points of contention drawing out the defective nature of these premises, along with disturbing additional material:
- 1. Generally: while theoretically harnessing “the power of self-interest on each side to unearth the best evidence” (Law Reform Commission of WA, no date:25), legal teams, in seeking to establish protection for their clients, may ultimately generate an unavoidable and powerful investment in skewed bias in terms of the essential nature of the argument put forth. For example, we may be left with “perceptions of bias in experts who give evidence” (Justice McClellan 2008:18). This manipulation of knowledge and interpretation can occur to a point where the argument structures a fabricated story, a picture of events and analyses that may not even manage to resemble the somewhat disappointing “approximate truth” (Law Reform Commission of Western Australia, no date:25) that seems to be the rather mediocre goal of the adversarial system. But there is no need for protection and bias if we view the unencumbered truth as being most important. In my case, there exists an abject denial that one can be poisoned from a termiticide application, even though the generation of my symptoms was almost immediate upon exposure to the pesticide vapours entering my unit. You have to wonder at what level intellect is operating when so-called scientific professionals don’t even seem to recognize the easy mobility and toxicity of solvents as a component of some pesticides. Points 3. c. and d. provide ideas here.
- 2. Put another way, and looking toward a more ideal concept of resolving the issue of lying conflict[iii], legal teams should not be bound to protect their clients vigorously. This is because protection at all costs automatically invests in an institutionalized form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This disorder ultimately frames the compulsion to protect the client-investment from the unpalatable or difficult historical truth of a matter, while enhancing the reputation of the legal firm via a status-enhancing win. However, if we were to imagine a more efficient and less deceitful legal workplace environment in which to settle disputes, there would be no investment on any level to protect and no corporate profile to defend, advance and polish. There would be no compulsion to win because there would be no schizophrenic and antagonistic legal dichotomy creating opposing realities. The very existence of separate law firms “seeing themselves predominantly as part of big business” (Justice Weinberg 2008:23; quote taken slightly out of context), and exposed to the temptations of “volume litigation” (Justice Allsop 2008:2) is, in the very first instance, a formative insult to what should be the comparatively neutral and incorruptible process of uncovering the unencumbered truth within a simple composite (non-dualistic) format.
- 3. Further toward addressing this profound error, the OCD and income imperatives to protect clients, generate fees, and win the legal brawl ensures that ethical abuses will be accepted and perpetuated inside the legal process:
- a. The Defendant wastes time and resources attacking the injury victim’s character, minimizing or denying documented and measurable injury, and serving, sometimes, pointless subpoenas that do not even remotely relate to the litigation issue.
- b. Experts’ current and beneficial evidence can be destroyed inside a trial in an infantile attack by the opposing side. Lies can win if the attack is dexterously waged (see Justice McClellan’s take on this[iv]). Today, this is especially apparent in terms of “a system that requires us to treat others as adversaries and to battle each other in ineffective dehumanizing formalized forums… [where] we all become casualties of the system and each other” (Redgwell 2009). The degenerative trend of today’s (legal) “declining standards” (Justice Weinberg, 2008:1) is obvious here, along with an inevitable and almost universal ““erosion of faith” in the adversarial system” (Justice McClellan 2008:6)[v].
- c. Further, the Defendant in a chemical injury case might hire bias: medical/science professionals who suspiciously declare that chemicals or chemical applications cannot poison people.[vi] More smoke, mirrors and bad science wasting time and failing to address the horrible truth of major issues (such as the growing worldwide tsunami pandemic of pesticide-induced diseases[vii]).
- d. More specifically in terms of the dumbing down of knowledge in my legal case, medical/science experts can lazily appeal to strange forms of amazingly inclusive ‘scientific’ logic that interprets unmonitored chemical/pesticide behaviour as magically acting precisely according to inflexible chemical doctrines of remarkable immobility in soil and impossibility in terms of human poisoning. This magic excludes current research showing clearly that chemicals or their extended vapours move[viii] and that termite chemical barrier applications kill termites beyond the physical placement of the pesticide.[ix] These ‘experts’ fail to recognize what a Google search can uncover: that pesticides penetrated my unit’s highly porous concrete slab underlying two joined units[x] (this being why my elderly neighbour almost died in 2001 with numerous bouts of bronchitis and double pneumonia requiring hospitalization). “The possibility of gaps or cracks in the slab that may have allowed penetration of the product or its vapours into the interior of your unit cannot be discounted…” (APVMA Adverse Experience Reporting Program Letter/Report, 28 July 2004). My legal team and associated science/medical professionals are steadfastly attempting to elucidate this INCONVENIENT TRUTH, not repudiate it with magical fantasies based in unscientific bias.
- 4. Ever noticed? Within any adversarial system or framework institutionalized OCD engineers a massive and wasteful paper shuffling exercise on two ridiculously opposing and combative fronts. In politics two main parties shuffle advertising and waste precious dollars. In the legal system we first notice uncooperative “discovery and preliminary matters” (Chief Magistrate Judge Grimm [USA], 2008:2)[xi] resulting in years where arguments and positions are advertised. Interestingly, very deep sociological aspects of this fanaticism may be viewed subliminally and ontologically as a neurotic and inadequate ‘purification’ device: a religious-like obsession with scrupulosity framed inside detailed and burdensome activity ultimately generated as a function of almost primal guilt. This unavoidable and unresolvable guilt springs from an uncomfortable awareness of a cascade of formative, developmental and normalized inadequacies within a toxic legal framework. This type of phenomenon is a widespread occurrence within human society.
- 5. My injured health status (pesticide poisoning) was not immediately and intelligently factored into the genesis and functionality of the legal inquiry process in my case when it started. Nor does the legal system appear to be capable of therapeutically doing so. As a result, the original problem of the Defendant’s indifference, negligence and failure of Duty of Care (not acting appropriately on the basis of repeated health alerts), the subsequent negligent deployment of pesticide on two occasions, my mounting shock as a result of these ‘invasions’, and the consequent generation of a raft of compounding physical and psychological injuries all became synergized and absorbed by a further insult, this being MY DEATHLY ENSHROUDING AS A POISONING AND BRAIN DAMAGED VICTIM INSIDE A PROCESS THAT NOW FAILS TO RECOGNISE AND COMPENSATE FOR AN AGGRAVATED AND LAYERED HEALTH EVENT: LEGAL STRESS AMPLIFYING POISONING SYMPTOMS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SHOCK LAYERED OVER THE STRESS OF POISONING AND SHOCK AMPLIFYING POISONING SYMPTOMS. When bureaucracy attacks! Error overlays error, insult binds to insult, incomprehension follows incomprehension, and scrambled complexity builds on scrambled complexity. A dynamically flawed legal system takes an injury, and then magnifies it further via stupidly mandated argument and ‘protection’ inside an exhausting and insanely expensive fee-harvesting process x 2. Shades of Bleak House and justice delayed and denied[xii], while I have also suffered a ‘minor’ stroke on top of all my poisoning symptoms and outcomes (and been prescribed Aspro Protect)! But, who cares if the litigant is that compromised? Certainly not a legal system that blunders monstrously and monolithically toward its light at the end of the black tunnel imposed upon me. At least I still have half a brain to think with and help rationalize the unending trauma.
- 6. Almost anything can be justified within a precious legal framework because the “professional relationship” between each client and their legal representatives has in real terms been placed above ethics and health. What the legal process accepts as normal, and what the combatants can potentially do, has established as a format superior to basic ethics, human rights and a form of Duty of Care that appears all but invisible to the process. What is apparent here is an in-built dispensation for the ‘holy’ professional relationship and elongated litigation process. This is not dissimilar to stating that God is on your side… Therefore, if a legal system is dependent upon justifying itself, then that system will tend to disregard most other concerns. It wants what it wants because it sees itself as being more important than anything else. Elevated. Worse still, pathological justification within authority structures leads ultimately to forms of fascism.[xiii]
- 7. Further, the formative design flaws in the adversarial legal process have ultimately made possible and legal: PROTECTED (even required) psychological abuse or bullying of the opponent across the inflamed legal divide. This dangerously verges on PROTECTED assault and a repudiation of essential human rights. SUICIDES ARISE OUT OF THIS ADVERSARIAL PERVERSITY![xiv] What if a legal team actually hoped for a suicide in order to make their opposition go away? That these gross dysfunctions exist as realities or potentials and are, at least in part, encouraged and used by the adversarial justice system, should be a source of absolute outrage amongst all thinking persons. This demonstrates the dysfunctional realities and pathological potential of a negative and destructive system reliant upon the establishment and preservation of conflict.
- 8. If you know that a chemical or other injury makes a person suicidal, and if you hide behind a legal process that allows you to call a Plaintiff a liar, a miscreant or worse; and if you prolong legal action (thus making the extended process into an abusive prison sentence) because a government department’s bottom line is more important than human physical or mental health, or life; then how can this not be called fascism? ‘Professional’ fascism? This is just one way in which complexity falls over itself.
- 9. More generally, the adversarial legal system enables too many to participate in bad character: legal dummy spitting over minor or inappropriately amplified issues, comments and insults resulting in too many suing too many.[xv] Add to this the prominent catastrophe of the well funded stifling of opinion and activism through suing opponents. Then arises the consequent exhausting, bankrupting and destruction of those sued.[xvi] What we are witnessing in the above and other general examples of litigant immaturity and fascism is the wrecking of the ‘democratic’ fabric of society and a disturbing contribution to a growing environmental holocaust. This pathological burden of fractious and totalitarian corporate litigation ultimately establishes the repudiation of truth[xvii] by suppressing information, education, freedom of speech, and environmental recovery (especially when truth is cocooned inside a settlement). In other words, “legal gamesmanship in tricks of discovery and trial tactics that weaken the prospects of getting to the truth” (Justice Rudolph J. Gerber, no date). The legal process, then, has become so warped and loaded that it has misrepresented denial and repudiation as discovery, and turned inquiry and true justice into a TV power-play money game. It has made the defamation of medical professionals, corporate sponsorship and bias in science and medicine, the failure of legal process Duty of Care, litigation fascism and human rights abuses, the suppression of PEACE, and prevention from education… legal. “The abnormal has become normal” (McGraw, P. 2010).
What a monumental internal contradiction for a society that espouses, today, so much aversion for racism, totalitarianism, environmental damage, bad sports behaviour, vandalism, inordinate bank profits, golden handshakes, and paedophilia! Hiding contextual truth from an argument is fraud. Repudiating truth is book burning. Promoting arguments and conflict for the sake of making money… is industrial and political[xviii]. How did the legal system manage to abrogate Duty of Care on all levels? This obscene encumbrance that denies medical context and essential human rights means that:
THE LEGAL SYSTEM HAS ASSUMED AUTHORITY OVER NATURE AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN BECOMING A VAST WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT THAT CHOREOGRAPHS THE ABUSE OF HUMAN DEMOCRATIC, EDUCATIONAL, ETHICAL, FINANCIAL, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH!
Therefore, our adversarial system is ultimately a functionally illegal, incomprehensible, unethical, inhumane, inefficient and destructive way of conducting an investigation. The imperatives to advance and extend conflict, and create and substantiate stories, makes justice a game[xix] resulting in the stripping of real context from real situations and issues. Games delude and destroy. We are paying the burdensome price of “a highly regulated and complex society [that] cannot function without a capacity to obtain quality legal advice” (Justice Weinberg 2008:9; footnote 2). HOWEVER, if our society is complex and degenerate (typical features of most empires before they implode[xx]), and if the legal process is likewise overly “complex” (as Justice Martin noted previously) and corrupted from the obsessive and unmanaged “diminishing returns to complexity [that] have made societies vulnerable to collapse” (Tainter 2006:94, citing Tainter, 1988, 1999), then WHERE IS THIS “QUALITY” EXPECTED TO BE FOUND?
“We can’t avoid the fact that the adversary system of jury trial does make justice a game, in which sometimes the worst team wins, because it has a dream team of lawyers, or because there’s something gone wrong in the jury room, or because the judge is biased”
(Geoffrey Robertson QC, 1998).
Danger to all is perpetuated because we are internally culturally embattled and conflicted via legal, political and economic adversarialism.[xxi] We are unable to learn from error because adversarial conflict ‘protects’, repudiates and hides truth. This general political child of the human condition has typically established as cycles of historical degeneracy leading to collapses of whole civilizations. Because we can’t incontrovertibly learn across generations, we are now immersed inside a miasma of critical and compounding civilisation-scale problems.
“…we are increasingly confronted with complex, interconnected social and environmental problems that span disciplines, knowledge bases and value systems” (Emeritus Professor Valerie Brown AO, BSc MEd PhD 2010).
We are under siege by a plague of modern physical and psychiatric disorders arising out of displaced and shattered natural environments. Public health on a planetary scale is threatened. We are now toxicologically and psychiatrically handicapped through destructive human activities, including worldwide chemical poisoning[xxii] and insane adversarial systems attacking employment, freedom of thought, knowledge and generational learning. We are “monitoring our own extinction” (Professor Stuart Hill, 1999, pers. comm.) because locking up knowledge about chemical toxicity inside legal settlements (or by way of threats) is advancing generational amnesia. KNOWLEDGE THAT COULD SAVE LIVES AND REPAIR AND ADVANCE CIVILIZATION IS BEING LOCKED AND LOST INSIDE COMBATIVE LITIGATION. THIS REPRESENTS A SOCIOLOGICAL EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT AND MORE…
“History shows that degeneration of the criminal justice system contributes greatly to the downfall of states, and is a sign of rot within a political system” (Aulich 2006).
“…in the absence of the truth, all of us stand helpless to defend ourselves, our families and our health”
There is more at stake inside this legal issue than we can possibly imagine. We need a better way to discover fuller, context-dependent truth.[xxiii] TRUTH is what matters, not protecting clients, winning arguments, establishing careers, or multiplying fees on the crucible of an injured litigant’s misery. We need to be thinking INTEGRATIVELY on deep ontological levels. We should be aiming for a global society with more peaceful systems of politics, economics and justice, and a better prospect of truth, understanding, health and sustainability: “mutualism replac[ing] adversarialism.” (Karlberg & Ronald 2004)
We cannot continue to fight – legally and in any other domain – the way we do now, and somehow expect to prosper and survive as a species.
Please write or email me should you wish to offer any advice or comments regarding my manifold concerns.
Murray Thompson, BAppSc Environmental Health with Distinction 1998 (Australian Institute of Environmental Health [NSW] Division Award for Best Overall Graduating Student), Hons I Social Ecology 1999, Current Sociology PhD Postgraduate Student: University of Western Sydney
NOTE: This essay or a notification of the online location of this essay has been sent to numerous other recipients (see: http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au/letters/essay3complexity-letter-recipients.htm).
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[i] Body-wide joint pains (polyarthralgia); incoordination; massive fatigue; dizziness; muscle spasms/pain; markedly diminished eyesight; hearing loss; immune dysfunction; lung congestion; considerable heat sensitivity and intolerance; EMF sensitivity (Electromagnetic Frequency radiation from TVs, mobile phones, machinery); SPERM (motility & morphology) IMPACTS; chronic: headaches, tinnitus, fatigue, kidney stones, gastric reflux, nosebleed, skin irritation, bone density loss, eye discharge; and actual brain damage (defined in brain MRI and Ceretec/SPECT scans) and memory/organization/sequencing dysfunctions that destroyed my University of Western Sydney Sociology PhD thesis’ progress, and which have made me largely incompetent, work-wise. I am slow, inefficient, and prone to considerable errors in all manner of judgements. The effect of these exposures on my emotions (especially fear and anger) has been catastrophic. Finally, I am left with a permanent condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), a profound sensitivity and negative reaction to chemical odours and medications (including vaccinations).
[ii] “The first key to wisdom is constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth”. Peter Abelard, French philosopher, priest; 1079-1142).
[iii] “In an adversarial system creating business is best done by creating + maintaining conflict and unfortunately in our society this appears to be supporting the liar” (The Richard Hillman Foundation, 2008 [online]. Article: Only VICTIMS Cry Out! Source: http://www.rhfinc.org.au/article/familylaw.html. Accessed: 18th March, 2010).
[iv] “I have previously written of the reluctance and, for many, the complete refusal of experts to give evidence in an adversarial trial where as they perceive it, probably correctly, the objective of the parties, or perhaps one of them, is not to identify the true position but to reward a winner in a contest. They refuse to subject themselves to a process where a skilful advocate is briefed to destroy the expert’s opinion, who is confined to answering the advocate’s questions which have been carefully crafted to expose the client’s case and obfuscate or deny the opponent’s position. Whatever be the benefits of the adversary process, we ignore the response of contemporary experts at the risk of the loss of public confidence in the civil justice process.” (Justice McClellan 2008:19)
[v] Citing himself in an earlier article: “ADR – An Introduction”, Speech delivered to the Chinese National Judges’ Conference, China, in April 2008, wherein he cited Sir Anthony Mason (the former Chief Justice of the Australian High Court), “The Future of Adversarial Justice”, a paper given at the 17th AIJA Annual Conference on 6-8 August 1999.
[vi] Of interest here: “Helen Seabrook, of Unisearch, an offshoot of the University of NSW, says it is part of her job to negotiate with lawyers who pressure an expert to “modify a choice of phrase and emphasis in the report”. She does not find lawyers’ manoeuvres unethical. “It is very rare that you can’t find a solution that the expert will find ethically acceptable.”” (Bacon 2003)
Also see: 1. http://www.secretariat.unsw.edu.au/acboardcom/minutes/cor/CORm8_04.pdf [p. 3];
3. http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/Committee/EET_CTTE/completed_inquiries/2002-04/research_agencies/report/d01.htm (do word search on: “conflict of interest”; and
4. http://www.auqa.edu.au/qualityaudit/reports/auditreport_unsw_2006.doc [p. 16]. This document is no longer available online. My downloaded copy of this document states on page 16: “The Audit Panel notes the introduction of a University Conflict of Interest Policy, a revised Protected Disclosures Policy and revised grievance procedures as evidence of organisational follow-up from issues raised by the investigation of allegations of research misconduct, including a recommendation for the appointment of a University Grievance Manager. While the matter in relation to research misconduct has been finalised, the University is awaiting a report from the NSW Ombudsman on its management of complaints prompted by the particular case.” All accessed: August 2009.
[vii] “Hundreds of thousands of people are dying around the world each year from the effects of the use, or misuse, of pesticides” (Konradsen, van der Hoek, Cole, Hutchinson, Daisley, Singh & Eddleston 2003:249-261).
“Another 200 chemicals are known to cause clinical neurotoxic effects in adults [p.2167]… Solvent neurotoxicity in adults is well known from acute poisoning cases and from occupational studies [p.2172]… The five substances recognised as causes of developmental neurotoxicity show similar patterns in the development of scientific documentation of their risks. This pattern of discovery started in each instance with recognition of adult neurotoxicity, typically in people with occupational exposure, and of episodes of acute, high-dose poisoning in children.
The combined evidence suggests that neuro developmental disorders caused by industrial chemicals has created a silent pandemic in modern society. Although these chemicals might have caused impaired brain development in millions of children worldwide, the profound effects of such a pandemic are not apparent from available health statistics. Additionally, as shown by this Review, only a few chemical causes have been recognised so the full effects of our industrial activities could be substantially greater than recognised at present.
The consequences of a pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity extend beyond descriptive data for incidence and prevalence of clinically diagnosed disorders.1,3 Increased risk of Parkinson’s disease97 or other neurodegenerative diseases98 is a further potential consequence of the pandemic” [p.2174] (Grandjean & Landrigan 2006).
[viii] “…it is only recently that it has been generally recognized that there is a second contaminant transport process which will occur even through a very low hydraulic conductivity clay liner: that process is chemical diffusion… diffusion may be the dominant contaminant transport mechanism in a well-constructed clay liner. Furthermore, contaminants can escape from a waste disposal site, by diffusion through a liner, even if water flow in the liner is into the landfill” (Rowe, R.K. 1994).
[ix] “Termites were killed in bifenthrin treatments, and this suggested the movement of the chemical from treated into untreated sections. Su & Scheffrahn (1990) reported the movement of a pyrethroid (tralomethrin) from treated sand to the agar layer in their experiment against R. flavipes, causing high mortalities even though the termites did not reach the treated area. Many other researchers also reported the role of vapour phase in their experiments. Ebeling & Pence (1958) noticed that the vapour phase of chlorinated hydrocarbons had penetrated into areas beyond the treated soil and was killing the termites… Although bifenthrin has low volatility when applied on dry soil, it possesses a higher migration potential in wetter conditions (Fecko 1999). The movement of the termiticide (and emulsifier) was probably facilitated by water solubility (Smith & Rust 1990; 1991) and vapor pressure (Su et al. 1982; Smith & Rust 1990; 1991). When the vapor pressure is high enough, some of the termites might have satisfactory amounts of toxicant deposited on the cuticle. Penetration of the toxicant through the cuticle will slowly affect the termites without direct termiticide contact (Su et al. 1982; Smith & Rust 1991). This may explain the death of the termites in the untreated section.” (Yeoh & Lee 2007)
[x] “Though fairly impervious to water movement, concrete is easily penetrated by vapors and solvents. It is also prone to cracking. For these reasons, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes that concrete alone may not provide an effective barrier to pesticide movement and has proposed that concrete in pesticide secondary containment structures be sealed or coated to reduce its permeability.” (Broder & Nguyen 1995)
[xi] Note also: “It has recently been estimated that in one case currently being brought in the Federal Court, the cost of discovery alone will exceed $20 million. That is both outrageous and intolerable. It matters not in the least that the parties to that litigation are large corporate entities, presumably able and willing to ensure that they leave no stone unturned in pursuing their interests.” (Justice Weinberg, 2008:10).
[xii] “The phrase ‘justice delayed is justice denied’ applies to all aspects of the legal system…” (P. Dodd [solicitor] 2009.
[xiii] “In very broad terms, there can be said to be two main concerns that have been debated in this journal: the “what” and the “how” of lawyers’ ethics. The first of these focuses on the content of lawyers’ ethics, both empirically and normatively, examining issues such as whether lawyers should act for any client irrespective of the morality of their objectives, …how far lawyers should go in pursuing client interests, …how to reconcile conflicts of interest, …whether there should be limits to the lawyer’s duty of confidentiality, …how to safeguard clients’ money …and how best to ensure access to justice… The second concern of legal ethics raises the question of how to ensure that lawyers actually uphold whatever norms are regarded as appropriate; or, for those who recognise that there are no categorically correct answers to ethical dilemmas, with the question of how to ensure that lawyers at least care about and are committed to acting morally.” (Nicolson, D. & Webb, J. 2004)
[xiv] For example, the Canadian “government has already been presented with studies linking the adversarial system of justice to suicides by parents going through it” (Eckert, T., 2003). Also: “The Equal Parenting Network estimates that as many as 100 people (mostly dads) suicide each year as a direct result, and another 200 people (mostly dads) suicide each year as an indirect result, of the injustice and prejudice against fathers, and against non-custodial parents due to the Family Court system and the Child Support Agency regime… These factors together with the lies and distortions of truth generated in an adversarial system, not to mention the huge legal fees and the extended period of stress and uncertainty, constitute a powerful driver of suicide and murder-suicide” (Equal Parenting Network, 2007).
[xv] See: http://www.dallasfortworthinjurylawyer.com/2009/01/california_to_rescue_good_sama.html#more in terms of rescuers being sued (Malik, S. 2009).
Also: “On 14 December 2004, Gunns filed a 216-page, $6.3-million claim against a group of conservationists and organisations who became known as the Gunns 20. The writ was an extraordinary document that sought to sue a penniless grandmother who had opposed logging in her district; a national political leader, Senator Bob Brown; a doctor who had raised public-health concerns about woodchip piles; prominent conservationists; Australia’s leading wilderness-conservation organisation, the Wilderness Society; a film-maker; and several day protesters.” (Flanagan, R. 2007).
Is this not an example of disguising motives “by the formalities of justice” (Gibbon, E. 1776); ‘justice’ used as a litigation weapon in favour of corporate fascism?
[xvi] How do we arrive at “a fair process between parties who may have unequal resources”? (Justice McClellan 2008:14). Also: “despite strenuous efforts currently being undertaken, there will be little, if any, improvement in access to justice” (Justice Weinberg 2008:4). “Questions of access to justice and fairness may be mentioned and inadequacies lamented but the identified problems are accepted as incapable of an effective response” (McClellan 2008:6).
[xvii] “The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide. In this sense, truth, even if it does not prevail in public, possesses an ineradicable primacy over all falsehoods” (Arendt, H. 1969).
[xviii] See: Keen, no date: “trade may also fuel war by providing incentives for violence and the means of carrying out violence.”
[xix] “This highly paid, upstanding member of the community said “if I am defending a bloke I want to make life difficult for their witnesses”. He went on to argue “I’m not there to find the truth … no one’s there to find the truth”. An adversarial legal system is never going to force people to behave well” (Biggs, 2009).
[xx] Like “the Western Roman Empire [that] could no longer afford the problem of its own Existence” (Tainter, 2006:97). Also see: An Eruption Of Reality: Has our society become too complex to sustain? (Monbiot, 2010).
[xxi] “Robert Kagan has described the American approach to regulation as “adversarial legalism” to reflect a legal style that is more complex, formal, adversarial and costly than that of other countries. He attributes adversarial legalism to a “vicious cycle.” While “Americans want government to do more,” government is also “mistrusted.” Thus, “Americans seek to achieve their goals by demanding more of government while controlling it still further.” Bureaucracies, as a result, are “constrained by formal requirements and buffered by threats of litigation and judicial review.”2” (Shapiro, 2002)
[xxii] “Pollution causes some people to commit violent crimes: In our myopia, we’ve neglected this obvious possibility. Yet a rapidly expanding body of research shows that heavy metals such as lead and pesticides decrease mental ability and increase aggressiveness“ (Hatherill, 1999).
[xxiii] “Rosenbaum calls for a “morally inspired transformation of the legal system,” a “massive attitude adjustment” that would replace the sterile formality of the law with conscience and spirituality.” (Reed Business Information, no date).
EXHAUSTED PESTICIDE POISONING VICTIM FURTHER ABUSED BY THE LEGAL PROCESS
Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health with Distinction 1998, Hons I Social Ecology 1999, Sociology PhD Postgraduate student: University of Western Sydney)
PO Box 605, New Norfolk, TAS 7140 Australia
8 July, 2010
Web sites: http://poisonedpeople.com
The legal system can be viewed as a negligent regime when it fails to recognize and accommodate injury victims. Further, when that system adds extra layers of abuse and magnifies the injuries already suffered by the victim, the system can be viewed as fascist. This Essay examines my loss of innocence within the adversarial justice system.
My name is Murray Thompson. I am a 54-year old professional artist and Sociology PhD student at the University of Western Sydney. My Degree is in Applied Science, Environmental Health. Unfortunately, I am also a 12-year Dept. of Housing (DOH) tenant. I would like to bring to your attention an extensive public health, ethics, human rights and environmental issue regarding pesticide toxicity. I wish to specifically address the issue of the severe pesticide poisoning of myself and my then 8 year-old son in 2000/2001 in my current Bligh Park DOH unit, and my utter exhaustion via the further insult of 6+ years (and still going) of litigation against a recalcitrant DOH.
When I moved into my DOH ground floor unit in 1998 I noticed that the wooden fences throughout this block of 16 DOH units were infested with termites. A number of tenants (including myself) brought this to the DOH’s attention. However:
1. Despite having advised the DOH in writing for at least 3 years prior to accepting this unit that I suffered from chemical-sensitive asthma;
2. Despite having written to the DOH declaring that I did not want my DOH property treated with orthodox chemical treatments for termites (and that safer, alternative treatments were available);
3. Despite having phoned the DOH declaring the same as the above;
4. And despite having informed the very first pest technician contractor (who only inspected and reported on my DOH property) that I did not want a chemicalized treatment of my unit…
despite all the above, on Dec. 7th 2000, just one year into my now almost destroyed PhD studies, an external chemical barrier pyrethroid pesticide treatment was forced on me by a second pest contractor, at the behest of the DOH. My profound decline into never-ending health problems started just 10 minutes after the pesticide was applied.
With the impact of the pesticide’s strong odour forcing its way indoors, I became very ill with headache, incoordination (dizziness/stumbling) and massive fatigue. Within around 2 weeks after this acute episode I began an intimate relationship with a developing kaleidoscope of symptoms: body-wide joint pains (polyarthralgia); muscle spasms/pain; markedly diminished eyesight; hearing loss; immune dysfunction; lung congestion; heat sensitivity; EMF sensitivity (Electromagnetic Frequency radiation from TVs, mobile phones, machinery); SPERM (motility & morphology) IMPACTS; chronic: headaches, tinnitus, fatigue, kidney stones, gastric reflux, nosebleed, skin irritation, bone density loss, eye discharge; and actual brain damage and memory dysfunction that destroyed my PhD thesis’ progress, and which has made me largely incompetent, work-wise. Then, a second pest treatment! The effect of these exposures on my emotions (especially fear) has been catastrophic. Finally, I am left with a permanent condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), a profound sensitivity and negative reaction to chemical odours. And yet, I look normal. But, normal and pesticide-poisoned can produce children with birth-defects and lymphoma (Montague, 2001), so where does that leave my potential future offspring?
I have medical reports substantiating my most prominent symptoms: x-rays showing joint impacts and kidney stones; blood tests: pesticide impact on my liver; ultrasound: echogenic liver; sperm test (Sydney Andrology): unusual sperm problems (Perry, et. al., 2006:114; Bian, et. al., 2004:999); psychiatric reports: depression/suicidal ideation (Parron, et. al., 1995:54); MRI and RPAH SPECT/Ceretec scans: physical brain impact (Heuser, G. et. al., 2003); neuropsych tests: cognitive abnormalities (memory, adaptive ability & info processing speed) leading to the abandonment of my studies; and an industrial hygienist report: MCS. Literature links psychiatric/memory/intellectual/suicidal problems to pesticides and their solvents (Müller-Mohnssen, 1999:161; Wood & Liossi, 2005:663; Parron, et. al., 1995:60-62). This is a PUBLIC HEALTH issue.
It took a great deal of time and expense to professionally validate both poisoning events (the poor can’t afford to prove their injuries). While I slowly gathered this information, my then 8 year-old son became wracked with abdominal pains every morning after sleep. This was confirmed by a pharmacologist as a classic symptom of pesticide poisoning in children (Dr. B. Grabau, 2005, pers. comm.). The kerosene-like odour of the pesticide was inside my unit 24/7 for 15 months after the unit’s slab was saturated by the chemical barrier application, just long enough for the DOH to finally answer 20 months of complaints with an absolute refusal of culpability. The odour was now gone, but the damage was done. My son then later became extremely withdrawn and aggressive after a further exposure to herbicide from a neighbouring golf club.
About 3 years after the pest treatments (after I gave up on study because my brain didn’t work properly anymore), I began work on a poisoning web site and started legal action. And despite knowing from my medical reports that:
1. Pesticide exposure “is a significant causative and contributing factor to Mr. Thompson’s current condition” (Dr. B. Grabau 2005, Medical Report);
2. Stress amplifies all symptoms, which then generate depression (Dr. M. Donohoe 2004, Medical Report)…
my solicitor said the DOH’s legal team was told to promote the length of my legal case… until the economy improves.
Why must an injury victim suffer 9+ years of illness and misery (6+ years inside legal action) to still not see a legal matter resolved? Why would the DOH’s legal team serve an abusive and irrelevant subpoena, one described by my solicitor’s senior assistant as stupid? Why would the DOH leave an argument with their former insurer (in terms of who covers a compensation payout) to the sixth year of legal action? This has added many more months and a separate court hearing to my issue, further delaying an outcome! If repeated actions amplify injury to a person, does that create an ETHICS and a VICTIMS OF CRIME issue? Do I have a basic human right to not be treated this way? Do any of us? This now becomes an extended HUMAN RIGHTS issue because my GP has also just confirmed the possibility that I have had a stroke! How much time and ‘health’ and life must I be forced to surrender to an unending and abusive legal process in love with itself?
Is litigation used as a weapon of psychological assault to generate a desired ‘failure’ of the legal process through the exhausted capitulation of the injury victim and complainant? If so, what if the injured complainant’s reaction manifests as a stroke, or heart attack, or suicide? If bullying in schools is an issue, then why not this ‘legal’ cause and effect? These dynamics embody vast ethical deficiencies within the legal system. It is imperative that an entirely independent body monitor the course of legal action in the context of the kind of injury suffered by a plaintiff. This form of management or oversight is also needed to see if the extraction of extra legal fees is being indulged via excessive paper shuffling. The legal system obviously enjoys far too much freedom. How did the legal profession and process become so abusive, unethical, perverse and sacrosanct? What is untouchable and unaccountable automatically becomes fascist.
I have never been offered within the legal system ongoing support from an independent legal advocate or an independent medical professional informing the legal process with the power to force changes. What an innovative concept! And yet, various trauma victims in other circumstances will get needed support. I have never been specifically instructed in how to mentally address the dog-eat-dog nature of the legal process. My injuries have severely affected my personality and emotions, leaving me with a stress load I cannot sustain. All this from two pesticide treatments I specifically didn’t ask for! And, I get regular emails from DOH tenants who complain of similar problems.
The pesticide poisoning issue is so universal that I originally sent out a 12-page letter to 250 recipients worldwide. The vast potential for poisoning symptoms to be misdiagnosed as having other causes (Reeves, et. al., 1999:17-18, citing Solomon & Mott, 1998 and Zweinerd & Ginsburg, 1988; Reeves, et. al., 2002:14, citing Goldman, 1998) means this is a GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE. Below are details of professional responses to that letter.
1. Professor Wai-on Phoon, A.M., M.B., B.S., F.R.C.P.,(London, Edin. & Glasgow), F.F.P.H., F.R.A.C.P., F.F.O.M., Hon.F.A.C.O.M., Hon.F.A.F.O.M., D.I.H., D.C.H., D.I.H.S.A., F.R.F.P.S., F.A.F.R.M., F.A.M.S., Occupational & Rehabilitation Consultant, Emeritus Professor of Occupational Health, described my letter as “well-researched and interesting”, and the problem addressed by my letter as one of “an appalling nonchalance about the possible ill effects on human health from toxic exposures in the general and work environments” (Prof. Wai-on Phoon, Letter, 12 December 2008).
2. Dr. Chris M. Reading, B.Sc., Dip.Agr.Sc., M.B., B.S., F.R.A.N.Z.C.P., F.A.C.N.E.M., Environmental & Orthomolecular Psychiatrist, described my letter as an “excellent article” (Dr. Chris Reading, Letter, 31 December 2008).
3. The SOMA Health Association of Australia Newsletter stated in response to my letter: “We have received a most impressive set of papers describing the predicament a family find themselves in as a result of environmental contamination… As Murray Thompson’s research wisely points out – chemical contamination targets the brain… If the brain is not centred or balanced correctly, then behaviour is out of kilter” (SOMA Newsletter: Nutritional & Environmental Medicine, SOMA Health Association of Australia, Vol. 30, Number 3, April 2009).
Feel free to write or email me should you wish to follow up on this issue.
Murray Thompson, BAppSc Environmental Health with Distinction 1998 (Australian Institute of Environmental Health [NSW] Division Award for Best Overall Graduating Student), Hons I Social Ecology 1999, UWS Hawkesbury
NEW SOUTH WALES CO-COORDINATOR, MCS-GLOBAL WEBSITE: www.mcs-global.org
This letter has been sent to:
David Bradbury M.P., Federal Member for Lindsay, PO Box 712 Penrith, NSW 2751
The Hon Nicola Roxon MP – Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT, 2601
NSW Department of Health, LOCKED BAG 961, North Sydney NSW 2059
Ian Cohen MLC (NSW Legislative Council), Parliament House Macquarie St. Sydney, NSW 2000
Ms. Sylvia Hale (Greens MP), NSW Parliament, Macquarie St. Sydney, 2000
Ms. Lee Rhiannon MLC, (NSW Legislative Council) Parliament House Macquarie St. Sydney, NSW 2000
Senator Bob Brown, GPO Box 404, Hobart, TASMANIA 7001
AHEC – Australian Health Ethics Committee, NHMRC, GPO Box 1421 Canberra ACT 2601
NSW Department of Health – Justice Health, PO Box 150, Matraville NSW 2036
Environmental Defender’s Office New South Wales (Ltd), Level 1, 89 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000
The Executive Director, Australian Law Reform Commission, GPO Box 3708, Sydney NSW 2001
New South Wales Bar Association, Selborne Chambers, 174 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000
The Law Society of New South Wales, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission, 133 Castlereagh St., Sydney NSW 2000
ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society of NSW Inc., Suite 204, 10 Help Street Chatswood NSW 2067
The Australian Chemical Trauma Alliance Inc., 309 East Bonville Road, Bonville NSW 2441
Legal Aid NSW (Civil & Family), 91 Philip St., Parramatta NSW 2150
NSW Ombudsman, Level 24, 580 George St., Sydney NSW 2000
Rural Press Limited, Bells Line of Road, Nth. Richmond NSW 2754
60 Minutes, PO Box 27, Willoughby NSW 2068
Hawkesbury Gazette, 291 Windsor Street, Richmond, NSW 2753
Penrith Press, 407 High Street Penrith NSW 2750
The Sydney Morning Herald, GPO Box 506 SYDNEY NSW 2001
The Daily Telegraph, 2 Holt Street Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
702 ABC RADIO NATIONAL SYDNEY, GPO Box 9994, Sydney NSW 2001
2UE 954 NEWSTALK, PO Box 954, St. Leonards NSW 1590
Mr. Ray Hadley, The Ray Hadley Morning Show, 2GB, GPO Box 4290, Sydney NSW 2001
Mr. Alan Jones, The Alan Jones Breakfast Show, 2GB, GPO Box 4290, Sydney NSW 2001
Hawkesbury Radio, 11 Fitzgerald Street, Windsor, NSW, 2756
Attorney General’s Department of NSW, Victims Services NSW, Victims of Crime Bureau, LOCKED BAG 5118, Parramatta NSW 2124
Attorney General’s Department of NSW, Office of the Legal Services Commissioner, GPO Box 4460, Sydney NSW 2001
The Hon. John Della Bosca, BA MLC, Minister for Health, Level 30 Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000
Civil Liberties Australia, PO Box 7438 Fisher ACT 2611
Prof. Wai-on Phoon, Pymble Medical Consultants P/L, PO Box 818, Pymble NSW 2073
Dr Chris Reading, PO Box 587, Dee Why NSW 2099
Dr. Brendan J. Grabau, Centre Manager and Course Leader for Biotechnology and Animal Sciences, Box Hill Institute of Technical and Further Education, Private Bag 2014, Box Hill VIC 3128
Dr. Mark Donohoe, PO Box 328, Mosman NSW 2088
The Human Rights Council of Australia, PO Box 1071 North Sydney NSW 2059
SOMA Health Association of Australia, PO 915, Leichhardt NSW 2040
Diana Buckland, Founder & Global Coordinator, Global Campaign for Recognition of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, 4 Mia St. Kallangur QLD 4503
Mr Sam Albassit, Psychologist, Yagoona Medical Centre, 552 Hume Hwy, YagoonaNSW 2199
Dr. Nagwa Morris, South Windsor Medical Practice, 508a George St, South Windsor NSW 2756
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