Jessica Yaniv, a self-described “trans/LGBT activist” from Vancouver, Canada has made a name for herself. There are actually many claims to fame to pick from in examining this person. Yaniv promoted a topless pool party for teenagers where she discouraged parents and guardians to attend. She sent young girls repulsive and fetishistic material. Yaniv also crammed herself, pre-social and physical transition, in women’s restrooms. Once in them, she photographed herself with young girls in the background. On top of that, she also has a habit of calling salon artists to Canadian human rights tribunals in an attempt to shut down their salons. All because they refuse to wax her testicles. As a result, the internet and the media went ablaze with panic, and rightfully so. But, there was one type of panic that is absolutely not warranted in this situation. Trans panic.
Ever since the Ottoman Empire dissolved and the various world powers got their hands on it, the Middle East has been ensconced in conflict. For much of that time, the United States has been heavily involved in Middle Eastern politics. Specifically, it has recently battled the terrorist groups Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the Taliban. As a result of President Bush’s occupation of Iraq, Obama’s “War on Terror”, and Trump’s continued refusal to eject troops from the region, America still ravages an entire subcontinent. Despite this damage and death, America remains ineffective at quelling terrorism. Though ISIS has a greatly reduced presence, they and the other groups remain a significant problem for many Middle Easterners. But amidst America’s “well-intentioned” but damaging military action, local armies are also rising up to defend their own homes. The most notable of these is the Kurdish-based army, Rojava.
From local officials to members of Congress to the President of the United States, plans are in motion to make Emergency Risk Protection Orders (ERPO’s), commonly called Red Flag Laws, the national norm.
An ERPO order allows for the confiscation by force of all firearms an individual owns. An individual served with an ERPO would lose their firearms for a period between three months and one year.
In Pennsylvania, Red Flag Laws are under serious consideration: even the state’s Republican Senator, Pat Toomey, supports them. In a recent article for the Pennsylvania Post, reporter Ed Mahon listed the eight factors a “judge or hearing officer would be required to weigh” when issuing an ERPO. Each has problems, but taken together they amount to one fact: without committing any crime, ERPO’s allow a judge or hearing officer to strip American citizens of a fundamental and constitutional right.
Following the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump made a statement condemning violent video games.
“We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace.”
Even more criticisms of gaming come from the older generation. The common argument goes that playing violent games causes violence amongst gamers, possibly leading to mass shootings. However, while their claims may sound reasonable, there is no evidence to suggest this.
I’m not much of a conspiracy theorist. As it turns out, many people aren’t. But in the wake of Epstein’s absurd death, all of America has donned the tinfoil hat. The official story of Epstein’s suicide is riddled with holes; it’s a conspiracy theorists dream. The mere fact that a billionaire such as Epstein is engaged in human trafficking in the first place is already a big deal when it comes to conspiracy theories. The problem, though, is that the FBI is now going after conspiracy theories just in time for Epstein’s demise.