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I’m a Pediatrician. How Transgender Ideology Has Infiltrated My Field and Produced Large-Scale Child Abuse.

Transgender Child Abuse

By Dr. Michelle Cretella – President American College of Pediatricians

Transgender politics have taken Americans by surprise, and caught some lawmakers off guard.

Just a few short years ago, not many could have imagined a high-profile showdown over transgender men and women’s access to single-sex bathrooms in North Carolina.

But transgender ideology is not just infecting our laws. It is intruding into the lives of the most innocent among us—children—and with the apparent growing support of the professional medical community.

As explained in my 2016 peer reviewed article, “Gender Dysphoria in Children and Suppression of Debate,” professionals who dare to question the unscientific party line of supporting gender transition therapy will find themselves maligned and out of a job.

I speak as someone intimately familiar with the pediatric and behavioral health communities and their practices. I am a mother of four who served 17 years as a board certified general pediatrician with a focus in child behavioral health prior to leaving clinical practice in 2012.

For the last 12 years, I have been a board member and researcher for the American College of Pediatricians, and for the last three years I have served as its president.

I also sat on the board of directors for the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity from 2010 to 2015. This organization of physicians and mental health professionals defends the right of patients to receive psychotherapy for sexual identity conflicts that is in line with their deeply held values based upon science and medical ethics.

I have witnessed an upending of the medical consensus on the nature of gender identity. What doctors once treated as a mental illness, the medical community now largely affirms and even promotes as normal.

Here’s a look at some of the changes.

The New Normal

Pediatric “gender clinics” are considered elite centers for affirming children who are distressed by their biological sex. This distressful condition, once dubbed gender identity disorder, was renamed “gender dysphoria” in 2013.

In 2014, there were 24 of these gender clinics, clustered chiefly along the east coast and in California. One year later, there were 40 across the nation.

With 215 pediatric residency programs now training future pediatricians in a transition-affirming protocol and treating gender-dysphoric children accordingly, gender clinics are bound to proliferate further.

Last summer, the federal government stated that it would not require Medicare and Medicaid to cover transition-affirming procedures for children or adults because medical experts at the Department of Health and Human Services found the risks were often too high, and the benefits too unclear.

Undeterred by these findings, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health has pressed ahead, claiming—without any evidence—that these procedures are “safe.”

Two leading pediatric associations—the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Endocrine Society—have followed in lockstep, endorsing the transition affirmation approach even as the latter organization concedes within its own guidelines that the transition-affirming protocol is based on low evidence.

They even admit that the only strong evidence regarding this approach is its potential health risks to children.

The transition-affirming view holds that children who “consistently and persistently insist” that they are not the gender associated with their biological sex are innately transgender.

(The fact that in normal life and in psychiatry, anyone who “consistently and persistently insists” on anything else contrary to physical reality is considered either confused or delusional is conveniently ignored.)

The transition-affirming protocol tells parents to treat their children as the gender they desire, and to place them on puberty blockers around age 11 or 12 if they are gender dysphoric.

If by age 16, the children still insist that they are trapped in the wrong body, they are placed on cross-sex hormones, and biological girls may obtain a double mastectomy.

So-called “bottom surgeries,” or genital reassignment surgeries, are not recommended before age 18, though some surgeons have recently argued against this restriction.

The transition-affirming approach has been embraced by public institutions in media, education, and our legal system, and is now recommended by most national medical organizations.

There are exceptions to this movement, however, in addition to the American College of Pediatricians and the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice. These include the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, the Catholic Medical Association, and the LGBT-affirming Youth Gender Professionals.

The transgender movement has gained legs in the medical community and in our culture by offering a deeply flawed narrative. The scientific research and facts tell a different story.

Here are some of those basic facts.

  1. Twin studies prove no one is born “trapped in the body of the wrong sex.”

Some brain studies have suggested that some are born with a transgendered brain. But these studies are seriously flawed and prove no such thing.

Virtually everything about human beings is influenced by our DNA, but very few traits are hardwired from birth. All human behavior is a composite of varying degrees for nature and nurture.

Researchers routinely conduct twin studies to discern which factors (biological or nonbiological) contribute more to the expression of a particular trait. The best designed twin studies are those with the greatest number of subjects.

Identical twins contain 100 percent of the same DNA from conception and are exposed to the same prenatal hormones. So if genes and/or prenatal hormones contributed significantly to transgenderism, we should expect both twins to identify as transgender close to 100 percent of the time.

Skin color, for example, is determined by genes alone. Therefore, identical twins have the same skin color 100 percent of the time.

But in the largest study of twin transgender adults, published by Dr. Milton Diamond in 2013, only 28 percent of the identical twins both identified as transgender. Seventy-two percent of the time, they differed. (Diamond’s study reported 20 percent identifying as transgender, but his actual data demonstrate a 28 percent figure, as I note here in footnote 19.)

That 28 percent of identical twins both identified as transgender suggests a minimal biological predisposition, which means transgenderism will not manifest itself without outside nonbiological factors also impacting the individual during his lifetime.

The fact that the identical twins differed 72 percent of the time is highly significant because it means that at least 72 percent of what contributes to transgenderism in one twin consists of nonshared experiences after birth—that is, factors not rooted in biology.

Studies like this one prove that the belief in “innate gender identity”—the idea that “feminized” or “masculinized” brains can be trapped in the wrong body from before birth—is a myth that has no basis in science.

  1. Gender identity is malleable, especially in young children.

Even the American Psychological Association’s Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology admits that prior to the widespread promotion of transition affirmation, 75 to 95 percent of pre-pubertal children who were distressed by their biological sex eventually outgrew that distress. The vast majority came to accept their biological sex by late adolescence after passing naturally through puberty.

But with transition affirmation now increasing in Western society, the number of children claiming distress over their gender—and their persistence over time—has dramatically increased. For example, the Gender Identity Development Service in the United Kingdom alone has seen a 2,000 percent increase in referrals since 2009.

  1. Puberty blockers for gender dysphoria have not been proven safe.

Puberty blockers have been studied and found safe for the treatment of a medical disorder in children called precocious puberty (caused by the abnormal and unhealthy early secretion of a child’s pubertal hormones).

However, as a groundbreaking paper in The New Atlantis points out, we cannot infer from these studies whether or not these blockers are safe in physiologically normal children with gender dysphoria.

The authors note that there is some evidence for decreased bone mineralization, meaning an increased risk of bone fractures as young adults, potential increased risk of obesity and testicular cancer in boys, and an unknown impact upon psychological and cognitive development.

With regard to the latter, while we currently don’t have any extensive, long-term studies of children placed on blockers for gender dysphoria, studies conducted on adults from the past decade give cause for concern.

For example, in 2006 and 2007, the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology reported brain abnormalities in the area of memory and executive functioning among adult women who received blockers for gynecologic reasons. Similarly, many studies of men treated for prostate cancer with blockers also suggest the possibility of significant cognitive decline.

  1. There are no cases in the scientific literature of gender-dysphoric children discontinuing blockers.

Most, if not all, children on puberty blockers go on to take cross-sex hormones (estrogen for biological boys, testosterone for biological girls). The only study to date to have followed pre-pubertal children who were socially affirmed and placed on blockers at a young age found that 100 percent of them claimed a transgender identity and chose cross-sex hormones.

This suggests that the medical protocol itself may lead children to identify as transgender.

There is an obvious self-fulfilling effect in helping children impersonate the opposite sex both biologically and socially. This is far from benign, since taking puberty blockers at age 12 or younger, followed by cross-sex hormones, sterilizes a child.

  1. Cross-sex hormones are associated with dangerous health risks.

From studies of adults we know that the risks of cross-sex hormones include, but are not limited to, cardiac disease, high blood pressure, blood clots, strokes, diabetes, and cancers.

  1. Neuroscience shows that adolescents lack the adult capacity needed for risk assessment.

Scientific data show that people under the age of 21 have less capacity to assess risks. There is a serious ethical problem in allowing irreversible, life-changing procedures to be performed on minors who are too young themselves to give valid consent.

  1. There is no proof that affirmation prevents suicide in children.

Advocates of the transition-affirming protocol allege that suicide is the direct and inevitable consequence of withholding social affirmation and biological alterations from a gender-dysphoric child. In other words, those who do not endorse the transition-affirming protocol are essentially condemning gender-dysphoric children to suicide.

Yet as noted earlier, prior to the widespread promotion of transition affirmation, 75 to 95 percent of gender-dysphoric youth ended up happy with their biological sex after simply passing through puberty.

In addition, contrary to the claim of activists, there is no evidence that harassment and discrimination, let alone lack of affirmation, are the primary cause of suicide among any minority group. In fact, at least one study from 2008 found perceived discrimination by LGBT-identified individuals not to be causative.

Over 90 percent of people who commit suicide have a diagnosed mental disorder, and there is no evidence that gender-dysphoric children who commit suicide are any different. Many gender dysphoric children simply need therapy to get to the root of their depression, which very well may be the same problem triggering the gender dysphoria.

  1. Transition-affirming protocol has not solved the problem of transgender suicide.

Adults who undergo sex reassignment—even in Sweden, which is among the most LGBT-affirming countries—have a suicide rate nearly 20 times greater than that of the general population. Clearly, sex reassignment is not the solution to gender dysphoria.

Bottom Line: Transition-Affirming Protocol Is Child Abuse

The crux of the matter is that while the transition-affirming movement purports to help children, it is inflicting a grave injustice on them and their nondysphoric peers.

These professionals are using the myth that people are born transgender to justify engaging in massive, uncontrolled, and unconsented experimentation on children who have a psychological condition that would otherwise resolve after puberty in the vast majority of cases.

Today’s institutions that promote transition affirmation are pushing children to impersonate the opposite sex, sending many of them down the path of puberty blockers, sterilization, the removal of healthy body parts, and untold psychological damage.

These harms constitute nothing less than institutionalized child abuse. Sound ethics demand an immediate end to the use of pubertal suppression, cross-sex hormones, and sex reassignment surgeries in children and adolescents, as well as an end to promoting gender ideology via school curricula and legislative policies.

It is time for our nation’s leaders and the silent majority of health professionals to learn exactly what is happening to our children, and unite to take action.

 

ALERT Radical Leftist – Redneck Revolt Says It Aims To Protect Minorities, Promote Social Justice — With Guns

Redneck Revolt

A far-left militant group calling itself the Redneck Revolt says it aims to put “the red back in redneck” – “red” as in communist red – and use aggressive tactics to promote social justice and protects minorities. Armed members of Redneck Revolt can often be seen providing protection to minority groups such as Black Lives Matter and to other left-leaning groups conducting marches and demonstrations. Redneck Revolt insists that the group should not be compared to another leftist militant group — the Anti-fa group. Members of Redneck Revolt explain the difference as mainly one of tactics: Anti-fa are willing to engage in property destruction, cover their faces in “black bloc,” and occasionally punch Nazis on the street. “We don’t do that,” a member of Redneck Revolt said firmly. “We do everything within the law.”

The Independent reports that armed members of Redneck Revolt can often be seen providing protection to minority groups such as Black Lives Matter and to other left-leaning groups conducting marches and demonstrations.

Redneck Revolt was founded in 2016 in Kansas and Colorado, and now claims to have forty-five regional branches in thirty states.

The group distinguishes itself from more run-of-the-mill liberal groups by advocating the right to bear arms.

“Charity is the lowest rung of what we do,” one member of the group told the Independent. “What we want to do is help people organize themselves – reorganize the conditions of their lives, so they don’t have to depend on someone else for a meal.”

This is why the group encourages its members to own gun, and go to firing ranges to learn how to use the arms effectively.

The groups says that it was established in order to counter the rise in extremist rhetoric, violence, and confrontational tactics used by white supremacist groups.

“The current political environment has seen armed militias intimidating people as they go into their mosques to pray, violent white nationalists attacking people in the street, Nazis openly calling for genocide all across the country, and political wavering around whether white nationalism is a defensible political ideology,” the group said in a press release sent to Newsweek.

“Redneck Revolt members recognize how real the threats of violence have become because of the friends and loved ones they’ve already lost, and they organize in community defense as both an obligation and a commitment to defend each other.”

Newsweeknotes that the group also aims to bring members of the working class together across racial divides. The group offers various social services such as clothing drives, potlucks, farming and gardening, and providing training in safety and survival.

“[Redneck Revolt] is a pro-worker, anti-racist organization that focuses on working class liberation from the oppressive systems which dominate our lives,” the group said.

The group also says that its members come from a variety of political ideologies, including libertarians, anarchists, communists, and independents — but that all members agree on the goal: countering the growth of white supremacist movements and building solidarity among diverse members of the working class and the poor.

In a membership recruitment letter the group sends to potential members, it urges working-class white people to consider the minorities who work beside them and reflect on their shared interests.

The letter urges working-class white people to “look around” and wonder: “Who lives in the houses or trailers in the same neighborhoods as us? Who works next to us in the factories, or cooks alongside us at the restaurants?”

“It sure as hell isn’t rich white people,” the letter continues. “It’s Brown people, Black people, and other working-class white people. They are the ones that are in similar situations to us, living paycheck to paycheck, stretching to feed their families like we do. So why then would we view them as so different from us that we literally view them as our enemies?”

“Redneck Revolt believes that real working-class solidarity will come from working alongside each other in person and in our everyday lives, not in the sterile conversations of privilege in college classrooms, or in the phony hand-wringing of politicians,” the recruitment letter says.

Recruiters who work for Redneck Revolt show up at events and venues which may attract white working-class people, but which are typically associated with populist, white nationalist movements and causes: gun shows, firing ranges, state fairs, Nascar races, and cattle shows.

“We focus on counter-recruitment of other working-class people against white supremacist and white nationalist organizations, through direct outreach in places where working-class folks are already being targeted,” the group told Newsweek.

The Suffolk County branch
The Independent has just published a lengthy story on the Suffolk County, New York, branch of Redneck Revolt.

The Suffolk County branch was founded this April, as an offshoot of a leftist reading group at Stony Brook University. Many of the reading group members were Bernie Sanders supporters.

The first act of the branch was to start the community food garden, the yields of which they donated to a local school and the anti-violence organization Food Not Bombs. In an early-December meeting, the group planned how they would give back during the holiday season. They had already started organizing a drive to collect winter coats for the homeless. At this meeting, they decided to hand out the coats themselves, rather than giving them to a charity to distribute.

“Take the charity party out and put the solidarity in!” one member declared.

Members of Redneck Revolt also came to Charlottesville – and they came armed. Their presence at the rally made national news, including a Fox News headline warning: “The Left has gun-toting militias of its own.”

But Redneck Revolt claims it did not come to Charlottesville seeking confrontation. According to a blog post on the group’s website, Redneck Revolt members came to offer protection for the community and show opposition to white supremacy.

Redneck Revolt insists that the group should not be compared to another leftist militant group — the Anti-fa group. Members of Redneck Revolt explain the difference as mainly one of tactics: Anti-fa are willing to engage in property destruction, cover their faces in “black bloc,” and occasionally punch Nazis on the street.

“We don’t do that,” a member of Redneck Revolt said firmly. “We do everything within the law.”

‘TransKids’ Website Sells ‘Gender Affirming Supplies’ (Like Fake Penises) For ‘Transgender’ Children

Not content to simply allow children to be, well, children, a hardcore sex toy manufacturer has introduced “TransKids,” a website and shop designed to provide burgeoning transgender children with the “supplies” they need to experiment with the opposite gender.

As Mindy Robinson reports, TransKids is designed to serve parents of children as young as two or three years of age, and sells everything from prosthetic penises — circumcised and uncircumcised — to special “tucking trunks” to help kids who don’t identify with their birth gender more accurately portray themselves as the opposite.

Of course, at age two or three, you probably don’t identify with any gender, but “progressive” parents must be appeased.

The products themselves are actually smaller versions of items made for older transitioning individuals who want to look “authentic” to their chosen gender. But TransKids says they’re looking to solve the “problem” of finding fake penises for kids who aren’t looking to go “full size.” The anatomically correct models run around $50.

Since these fake members won’t hold themselves in place, the site also offers a variety of “packing” options, including pouches and special underwear that will hold your child’s false genitalia in place. If your child is worried their new physique doesn’t operate quite like the other boys’, the site also offers a special funnel she can use to pee in a urinal.

If your child is anatomically male but wants to transition to female, the site also has you covered, quite literally. TransKids offers several underwear options, based on designs used by drag queens, to help your young transgender son “tuck” his penis between his legs. It’s much cheaper to transition from male to female, apparently; those “trunks” will only run you around $15.

If these “supplies” look suspiciously like sex toys, you’re not far off the mark. TransKids is run by a gender non-binary individual named Searah (who also has a “gender non-binary” child!), who also runs a site that provides “high quality gender expression” gear to adults. In her spare time, Searah also runs a hardcore sex toy shop that sells more “functional” items, and “erotic delights” for individuals across the gender “spectrum.”

Both TransKids and Searah’s other websites use the same hand models.

By EMILY ZANOTTI

Nikki Haley Calls Out The UN For Their Hatred of Jews

I hate Israel

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley delivered the following remarks on Thursday before a UN General Assembly vote to condemn President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

To its shame, the United Nations has long been a hostile place for the state of Israel. Both the current and the previous secretary-generals have objected to the UN’s disproportionate focus on Israel. It’s a wrong that undermines the credibility of this institution, and that in turn is harmful for the entire world.

I’ve often wondered why, in the face of such hostility, Israel has chosen to remain a member of this body. And then I remember that Israel has chosen to remain in this institution because it’s important to stand up for yourself. Israel must stand up for its own survival as a nation; but it also stands up for the ideals of freedom and human dignity that the United Nations is supposed to be about.

Standing here today, being forced to defend sovereignty and the integrity of my country — the United States of America — many of the same thoughts have come to mind. The United States is by far the single largest contributor to the United Nations and its agencies.

We do this, in part, in order to advance our values and our interests. When that happens, our participation in the UN produces great good for the world. Together we feed, clothe and educate desperate people. We nurture and sustain fragile peace in conflict areas throughout the world. And we hold outlaw regimes accountable.

We do this because it represents who we are. It is our American way.

But we’ll be honest with you. When we make generous contributions to the UN, we also have a legitimate expectation that our good will is recognized and respected.

When a nation is singled out for attack in this organization, that nation is disrespected. What’s more, that nation is asked to pay for the “privilege” of being disrespected.

In the case of the United States, we are asked to pay more than anyone else for that dubious privilege. Unlike in some UN member countries, the United States government is answerable to its people. As such, we have an obligation to acknowledge when our political and financial capital is being poorly spent.

We have an obligation to demand more for our investment. And if our investment fails, we have an obligation to spend our resources in more productive ways. Those are the thoughts that come to mind when we consider the resolution before us today.

The arguments about the president’s decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem have already been made. They are by now well known.

The decision was in accordance to US law dating back to 1995, and its position has been repeatedly endorsed by the American people ever since. The decision does not prejudge any final-status issues, including Jerusalem’s boundaries. The decision does not preclude a two-state solution, if the parties agree to that. The decision does nothing to harm peace efforts.

Rather, the president’s decision reflects the will of the American people and our right as a nation to choose the location of our embassy. There is no need to describe it further.

Instead, there is a larger point to make. The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation. We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations. And we will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.

America will put our embassy in Jerusalem. That is what the American people want us to do, and it is the right thing to do. No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that.

But this vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the UN and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN. And this vote will be remembered.

No, Christmas Classic ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ Is Not about Rape

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Some publications are now creating a new Christmas-related controversy — a song that has worked its way into the canon of holiday music which is being called offensive by many.

The song, as you might know, is called “Baby it’s Cold Outside.” It was originally written for the film Neptune’s Daughter, and has since been appropriated into the gallery of secular songs played at Christmas time. The controversy behind the song originates from the notion that its lyrics promote sexual coercion, since the male host in the song attempts to convince his female guest to stay with him for a romantic evening because of the inconvenience that the cold weather presents for travel.

The mention of alcohol is presented by the song’s opponents as somehow evidence of criminal intent. When I read that the lyrics supposedly indicate that the guest “may not even be old enough to legally drink (or legally give sexual consent!)”, I was horrified, because giving alcohol to a minor and statuary rape are both very real and serious offenses in the United States.

I remember seeing a performance of the song in ninth grade by some thespian schoolmates. I tried to remember precisely what the lyrics were about, because I strangely don’t remember being offended by it at the time, nor did anyone else in the auditorium. I don’t think the female character in the dramatization was supposed to be underage, and the character in the movie where the song made its debut is definitely not, so I looked it up to what all the fuss was about.

To my great relief, a simple reading of the lyrics reveals a much different story than the narrative and brouhaha coming from places like Salon and Huffington Post. As it turns out, it is the female guest who initially suggests drinking. She says, “maybe just a half a drink more” with no prior mention of drinking by her host. While he does offer to pour, it’s a stretch to claim he was trying to force her into an inebriated state. It’s also the only mention of alcohol in the entire song, with other excuses for staying — made by the guest, and not the host, by the way — including (Gasp!) a cigarette.

Meanwhile the reasons that she gives for leaving are nothing to do with any desire to get away from the man. She cites her mother’s worrying, her father’s pacing and, most notably, what “the neighbors might think.” None of that represents a crime or abuse by the host.

Make no mistake, the host is not being deceptive about his intentions, and the guest is not “getting to know him,” as Huffington Post claims. Rather, her reluctance comes from the embarrassment at what other people will say and think, not any distrust or lack of familiarity with the host.

There is no treachery or deception present in the conversation, either. The affection and flirtation suggest the two are already romantically involved. This is not a scene between two people who are just barely getting acquainted. Neither is the possibility of sexual violence ever implied. In fact, it’s the woman who brings up sex, saying not that she is uninterested, but that she is embarrassed that people might gossip about them.

Subsequently, the host convinces her to stay not using deception but with the simple reassurance that the cold weather would be understood by everyone else as the reason for them spending more time together. Frankly, I don’t think that any young couple owes their relatives or society at large an explanation for how much time they spend together, or what they do with that time.

As it turns out, there is nothing sinister about singing a flirtatious song with your boyfriend, no matter how cold it is outside.

Merry Christmas, everybody, and stay warm.

By Ben Jackson

SERAPH Announces New Background Check Investigation Program KRYPTOS

SERAPH Kryptos

SERAPH Kryptos (Greek “hidden or secret)

People have secrets. Go beyond typical Background Checks, SERAPH Kryptos is a Hyper – Due Diligence process.

SERAPH Kryptos is the most comprehensive Due Diligence / Background Check available in the United States and Canada. A comprehensive investigation of a person:

  • Bank and Brokerage accounts.

[With a court judgment or civil action]

  • Known Associates, Relatives, Business Associates etc.

[Who are they connected to? And are those connections involved in nefarious or criminal behavior? Along with a Relationship Diagram showing how and with whom are they connected.]

[What don’t you know?]

  • Nefarious / Fraudulent actions.

[Negative personal behaviors, complete Social Media assessment]

[What don’t you know?]

  • All available personal data.

[Work history, etc.]

Also a complete U.S. and International investigation of known Criminal / Financial Fraud databases:

Terrorist Exclusion List
Politically Exposed Persons
Bank of England Consolidated List
Bureau of Industry and Security
OSFI Consolidated List – Canada
DTC Debarred parties
OFAC Sanctions Programs and Country Summaries
OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals & Blocked Persons
European Union Terrorism List
United Nations Consolidated List
Unauthorized Banks
World Bank Debarred Parties
Australian Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Non-cooperative Countries and Territories
Interpol Most Wanted
5 – FBI Lists

NY Times Praises Antifa

NY Times antifa

The NY Times just apologized last week for what some considered a fawning interview with a Nazi-sympathizer. In their mea culpa, the Times wrote that they weren’t trying to “normalize” Nazi-sympathizers and that they had “agonized” over the tone of the piece. Wednesday, the Times published a piece in the style section on Antifa’s fashion sense which suggests the paper is still struggling with finding the right tone. Titled “What to wear to smash the state” the piece is one part style guide, one part history lesson and no part agonizing over Antifa’s illegal, often violent behavior. After describing the black bloc uniform, the NY Times quotes an author from an anarchist news service:

“Everyone quickly figured out,” Mr. Young wrote, that “having a massive group of people all dressed the same with their faces covered not only helps in defending against the police, but also makes it easier for saboteurs to take the offensive against storefronts, banks and any other material symbols and power centers of capitalism and the state.”

Yeah for saboteurs! But that’s just the equivalent of local color, right? It’s not the NY times advocating this just some anarchist. But a few paragraphs later that line becomes blurrier. 

The creation of mass anonymity protects practitioners from the threat of post-action doxxing by white supremacist groups, a process by which their identities and contact information, including addresses and places of employment, are publicized. People at home can use this information to harass and threaten. Similarly, police and other agencies have staff devoted to documenting demonstrations, and they work to identify people on film and video. These are among the reasons that some anarchists and anti-fascists advocate smashing cameras at demonstrations.

This mostly sounds descriptive, i.e. here’s why anarchists do what they do. But by the time we get to anarchists smashing cameras, you begin to feel that maybe someone should be saying ‘Hold on a minute here.’ In fact, if you follow that link it’s to an article about Antifa beating up photographers, but none of that concern makes it back into the piece itself. In fact, it seems to gradually become a how-to guide for successful rioting:

There is more practical advice on how to dress for a riot. One should decide on organic or synthetic gloves before participating in an action: Wool and cotton may allow chemical contaminants, like pepper spray, to absorb, while nylon can melt if you grab something hot, which historically has included some kinds of tear-gas canisters but can include various things on fire.

One Antifa “fashion don’t” is carrying cellphones. The American Civil Liberties Union reports that 72 agencies in 24 states and Washington, D.C., have “simulators” that mimic cellphone towers in order to track people.

These defensive methods work only if there are enough black-clad others nearby. A single person in all black and multiple face masks is an eye grabber. This effect of anonymity-by-mass has allowed for the offensive side of bloc tactics to flourish. The uniformity camouflages those who participate in illegal acts like property damage, refusing police orders or physical assault against white supremacists or Nazis.This willful protection of the group is embedded in the style’s aesthetic.

Again, there’s really no pushback at all to the idea of people using this disguise specifically to break the law, evade the police, and beat up people. The Times just sort of goes along with all of it as if there’s no possibility any of these things could become problematic.

Instead of a word of caution at the close of the piece, we get an artist named Min who raves about the feeling of solidarity she has when joining the black bloc. “It was like a goth party,” she tells the NY Times. She adds, “There’s a difference between me helping you because I know you and care about you, and me helping you because I want you to be helped.” No doubt there are many violent, anonymous groups who could say the same but usually, the paper quoting them would try to offer some sense of perspective. We don’t get that here.

by JOHN SEXTON

NYPD Honoring 18 ‘Forgotten’ Cops Who Died Serving The City

NYPD History

Among other heroes, one was killed by a load of timber, another was thrown from his horse and struck by car, and still another died trying to save a drowning girl’s life.

At a Police Headquarters ceremony Wednesday, the NYPD is finally honoring 18 previously ­unheralded officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Most of the officers being saluted died before 1922 and the deaths date as far back as 1869.

The most recent is William Martin, who in April 2011 succumbed to injuries suffered 30 years earlier when he was assaulted in a Lower East Side subway station.

“The family went through 30 years of living hell,” Martin’s son, Richard, 60, told The Post. “I think he deserves the honor. I think he was kind of very overlooked.”

The names of the cops — chosen by an NYPD committee of department chiefs — will be added to a memorial wall at One Police Plaza.

“These were officers who were killed in unusual circumstances: off duty, shot by another officer accidentally or killed by accidents,” a high-ranking police source explained. “They would have been added by today’s standards, but not back then.”

William Martin
Died April 9, 2011
Manhattan

Modal TriggerIt was April 20, 1981, when Martin, a transit cop working the night shift, was attacked by a homeless man in a Lower East Side subway station.

The assailant, who was sleeping when Martin tried to wake him up, grabbed the officer’s nightstick and beat him on the head.

“We got the call in the middle of the night. We had to drive in to Manhattan and just knew he was injured,” Richard Martin, of upstate Port Jervis, told The Post.

“The vagrant later said he thought my dad was dead and that’s why he didn’t take his gun and shoot him.”

What followed were three decades of medical treatment, including brain and stomach surgeries. William died in 2011 as a direct result of his injuries.

“He was in a coma for a couple months. He was brain-injured. It took many years before he could even walk,” said Richard, who will attend Wednesday’s ceremony with his brother and sister.

“He got hurt in 1981 and he spent seven years in Bellevue and 10 years in a nursing home and the rest of his life with 24-hour-a-day nursing,” Richard said.

George Caccavale
Died June 26, 1976
Queens

Modal TriggerTransit Detective Caccavale, 33, was working an off-duty security job at a check-cashing business in Long Island City when three armed robbers stormed in.

He tried to fire at them with his service weapons but was gunned down.

Caccavale left behind a wife and two children, including Carla Caccavale Reynolds, just 20 days old when her dad died.

“I’m emotional just thinking about it,” Carla told The Post of the ceremony, which she will attend with her four children.

“It was something that would mean a lot to my mom, and it’s ­really special to me as well. He deserves this. He died a hero and he deserves to be memorialized.”

She added that her dad was “truly a friend to all.”

Carla said her father’s slaying wasn’t initially recorded as an on-duty death, but that changed when it was determined that he had taken police action during the robbery.

“This is huge,” she said of her dad’s plaque at One Police Plaza.

Gustave August Boettger Jr.
Died July 13, 1922
Brooklyn

Modal TriggerThis traffic cop wouldn’t give up.

In 1910, Boettger Jr. was on mounted patrol when a horse pulling a wagon lost control and tried to gallop away.

Boettger followed the horse and wagon, still carrying a rider, down Fulton Street, at one point taking hold of the beast by the bridle.

Just then, a vehicle drove directly into the runaway horse’s path, and Boettger fell off his own horse and was dragged for half a block. He was then struck by another vehicle and suffered a skull fracture.

But despite his wounds, Boettger didn’t give up.

He got up and mounted his horse again, this time joining forces with another cop who managed to capture the beast.

Boettger immediately fell to the ground and was taken to the Hospital, where he made only a partial recovery. Twelve years later, he died from the fracture.

John Branagan
Died Aug. 10, 1869
Brooklyn

It was a freak ferry-yard accident.

Branagan, 42, was helping a horse-drawn lumber truck back out of the old Hamilton Ferry yard when one of the horses suddenly swerved in another direction, according to the Officer Down ­Memorial Page, which provides information on nearly ­every slain US police ­officer.

A load of lumber fell from the truck and hit Branagan, who was severely injured. The 12-year NYPD veteran died soon after.

John Hoey
Died Oct. 4, 1901
Manhattan

Modal TriggerHoey, 37, was walking in Central Park on East Drive near 87th Street with his horse when a car horn spooked the animal.

The horse bolted, throwing Hoey, who had earlier earned a medal for bravery, in front of the vehicle, which hit the officer.

Hoey died the next day at Presbyterian Hospital.

William H. Galbraith
Died Nov. 8, 1911
The Bronx

Galbraith was on routine patrol when he was thrown from his horse at Walton Avenue and Mt. Hope Place.

He suffered a skull fracture and died nine days later at Fordham Hospital, leaving behind a wife and two children.

Dennis Shea
Died Nov. 4, 1902
Manhattan

A massive election-night fireworks explosion left a dozen people dead and scores more injured — including Shea, who was on patrol in Madison Square Park when he was struck by a large chunk of metal. He suffered a skull fracture and died at age 34.

Lt. Daniel C. O’Connor
Died March 14, 1974
Manhattan

Modal TriggerO’Connor, a 19-year veteran, was in a patrol car sitting on the FDR Drive near the Brooklyn Bridge tending to an emergency when ­another vehicle crashed into his.

The lieutenant hit his head on the door and was thrown from squad car. Despite shoulder and stomach pain, O’Connor returned to work a week later — but doctors soon confirmed he had suffered internal injuries.

Surgery failed and he died two months later.

Detective Charles Cameron
Died July 17, 1904
Corona, Queens

It was a case of friendly fire.

Cameron was in plainclothes patrolling a picnic area at a park when a brawl broke out between unruly revelers and musicians on a break.

The detective was attacked by several people in the crowd, at which point he fired two rounds, hitting one of the assailants.

Cameron, 49, then escaped from a mob by crawling under a stage. When a uniformed officer showed up, he was told a gunman was lurking under the stage, so he crawled under the platform and ordered Cameron to get out.

Cameron didn’t respond, so the officer fired a round into the dark, fatally striking the 16-year veteran of the force.

Martin Maloney
Died Sept. 18, 1921
Rockaway Beach, Queens

Modal TriggerHe was trying to save a young swimmer’s life.

Maloney was off duty and taking a dip in the ocean when a young girl swimming nearby screamed for help.

The 27-year-old officer rushed into action, swimming some 200 yards as he desperately tried to reach the drowning girl.

But the officer, who had been wounded as a soldier in World War I, disappeared during the rescue attempt, and his body later washed ashore. The girl was rescued by other beachgoers.

George M. Yeager
Died July 3, 1905
Manhattan

A misstep cost a patrolman his life.

Yeager, 49, was on routine foot patrol downtown when he went to check a report of a fire in a building on Washington Street.

While searching with a watchman to make sure no one was trapped, heavy smoke forced the would-be rescuers back out.

They broke a window and climbed out onto the building’s wooden awning. But then Yeager stepped on a skylight, tumbling down to the street below.

The patrolman was taken to the Hudson Street Hospital — and died from a skull fracture 10 days later.

Tom Gallagher
Died Feb. 7, 1907
Brooklyn

He died saving others’ lives.

Gallagher, a member of the Brooklyn Traffic Squad, was working at Myrtle and Fulton Avenues when a horse-drawn fire engine came barreling toward the intersection.

At the same time, several commuters were transferring street from one streetcar to another — and didn’t see the fire engine — and the intrepid cop rushed to push them out of its path.

But the horses then swerved in his direction, knocking him down.

His legs were crushed by the wagon’s wheels — and doctors at Brooklyn Hospital were forced to amputate a limb.

Gallager, 46, became seriously ill and died six months later.

Gerard Apuzzi Jr.
Died May 4, 1968
Flushing, Queens

Apuzzi, a member of the 107th Precinct, died from carbon-monoxide poisoning in his patrol car.

The 15-year veteran of the force was 42.

Charles Berberich
Died Nov. 15, 1908
Brooklyn

Berberich was standing watch by a downed electrical wire on East Seventh Street when he helped a woman and her two kids walk around the danger.

But tragically the 11-year NYPD veteran came in contact with the live wire and was electrocuted. He died at age 40.

John W. McCormick
Died July 9, 1910
Tarrytown, Westchester

He was on a suburban assignment.

McCormick, a member of what was then the NYC Comptroller’s Squad, had just helped deliver money to city workers toiling away on a water-supply aqueduct in the Catskill Mountains when he got into a car accident on his way back to the city.

His vehicle flipped over near Tarrytown, and he was thrown from the vehicle. McCormick, an officer for 34 years, died from critical injuries.

George Dapping
Died Sept. 24, 1915
Manhattan

Modal TriggerHe was killed in the midst of a politically charged scuffle.

Dapping, 26, was off duty at a picnic hosted by some local politicos at the old Manhattan Casino on 155th Street when a brawl broke out late at night between rowdy members of rival political groups.

Someone in the crowd fired multiple shots, prompting Dapping and another officer to rush in and try to arrest the gunman.

Dapping took a bullet and was killed, while the other off-duty cop was wounded. The gunman was later convicted of murder and put to death on Oct. 7, 1916.

Bryan L. O’Donnell
Died June 11, 1916
Brooklyn

Modal TriggerO’Donnell ditched his post at a police booth at 74th Street in Bay Ridge when a janitor at the nearby Bay Ridge HS informed him several young men had tried to crash a dance party.

He went over to the school and found the troublemakers, who immediately fled.

In hot pursuit of the suspects, O’Donnell climbed a fence — but lost his footing about 12 feet above the ground and fell.

O’Donnell, who was assigned to the 71st Precinct, died from a skull fracture.

Sgt. Thomas F.X. O’Grady
Died Aug. 24, 1916
Woodhaven, Queens

Modal TriggerO’Grady was responding to a report of a stabbing in Dexter Park when his horse, Bismarck, slipped and took a tumble on some cobblestones.

The sergeant fell from the horse — and his steed landed on top of him, fracturing his skull. Four days later, O’Grady died at St. Mary’s Hospital.