Why I Left the YouTube ‘Skeptic’ Community

I mentioned in my recent update post some of the reasons why I decided to switch to blogging for making commentaries & criticisms. Something I didn’t mention in my post was how dissatisfied I am with the YouTube “skeptic community.” The reason for this was because (besides the fact that I forgot) it was too long to explain. This was one of the leading reasons why I decided to switch to blogging on WordPress. So with that in mind, I’m here to explain why I left the YouTube skeptic/commentary ‘community.’

The so-called ‘skeptic’ community on YouTube seems to have gone the way of the SJWs, in that it seems to have taken on this tribalistic, reactionary, ‘us versus them’, mob mentality turn. It is becoming Atheism+ 2.0 (If you don’t know what Atheism+ is, its feminism & social justice/political correctness combined with Atheism). We might as well call the group of “skeptics” who engage in this type of behavior, “Skepticism+” and “pseudo-skeptics.” Additionally, they’re starting to become more like modern-day feminists. They’re now claiming to be fighting a non-existent cultural war, in the same way that feminists claim to be fighting a non-existent patriarchy. They’re acting like a bunch of whiny little bitches. They have become exactly what they’re claiming they’re fighting against.

The YouTube skeptic community seem to be more interested in “rekt-ing” SJWs, bashing the left, drinking “liberal tears”, and apologizing for Trump and the right than having an actual open dialogue and coming up with solutions to problems. It makes it seem like these people aren’t as skeptical and rational as we all originally thought and are only in it to make fun of SJWs and get a piece of that internet fame. There’s nothing wrong with making fun of SJWs, its just that in this case, with these types of people, they seem to only want to make cheap shots and their content is devoid of any real substance (plus, they seem to only be focused on SJWs and nothing else).

The election of Trump seems to have shown a lot of these so-called skeptics true colors. From my observations, it seemed to have become much more prevalent after President Trump’s inauguration. I witnessed a lot of Trump apologetics after we all found out just how much of a disaster Trump is. A lot of them seemed to have excused his bad policies (which, lets face it, is almost all of them), and are ignoring all the bad things the right is doing. They only seem to be focusing on the SJWs and the far-left and don’t seem to be willing to criticize Trump and the right, even though they have more influence now and are trying to pass a lot of regressive policies. This leads me to think (especially after you look at some of the comments on these videos) that the YouTube skeptic community seems to have been taken over by right-wingers (primarily the “alt-right”). Both radical right-wingers and the far-left aren’t capable of making good arguments, so they have to resort to cheap shots, strawman arguments, and scapegoating of “the other.”

Lastly, I seemed to have noticed a lack of originality and diversity in content from this group, and an oversaturation of this genre of content as a result of this. A lot of the content from people who claim to be skeptics are response videos to the same old videos that everyone else has made, repeating the same old points, facts, etc. Lets not forget that a lot of their content also consists of mocking SJWs, which seem to be repeating the same old jokes and punchlines to no end (sometimes, they even to the point were they’re downright bullying). It may be fun to do that stuff at the beginning, but after a while, its starts to get boring and repetitive. I’ve noticed that these kinds of videos are pretty easy to make and so after a while, they no longer become challenging or interesting (especially when you have the whole world doing the same old thing). Additionally, a lot of these skeptic channels seem to only be focused on SJWs.

The lack of consistency in criticism, substance, and nuance, the Trump/right-wing apologetics, the continued blind-bashing of the left, the lack of an actual intellectual discussion (where we also come up with solutions to problems), the lack of diversity and originality, and this tribalistic, ‘us versus them’ mentality have all driven me away from the YouTube skeptic/commentary community (along with all the other stuff I mentioned from that update post). Not to mention, this continued shift to the right that I’m seeing on the YouTube commentary/’skeptic’ community is making me feel unwelcomed. I’ve seen quite a lot of YouTube commentators, who have claimed in the past to be Liberal, sell out to the right (Dave Rubin would have to be a great example of this) as of late. They have thrown away their integrity and values in favor of shilling to the right just because of some regressive assholes on the left. There are now only a few Liberals and skeptics on YouTube who have actually stayed true to their Liberal and skeptical values and refused to sell out.

I really think that SJW-related content is going the way of religion-related content, in that it is becoming less and less relevant due to the fact that a lot of SJW talking points have been refuted. There’s only so much that you can refute and when something has reached its limit, its time to adapt and move on. The channels that only focus on responding to SJWs and nothing else will eventually fade into obscurity if they don’t adapt.

As for me, I’ll be focusing more on opinion/editorial pieces, refuting stupidity, and just talking about whatever I want – depending on whatever happens to capture my interest at a given time. Unlike a lot of these so-called “skeptics” I’m actually going to be nuanced, objective, call out all sides, and not engage in apologetics. I hold everyone’s feet to the fire – even if I like you and you’re my friend (or relative).

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I Freaking Love Bashing On This ThinkPad! (Responding to “I Freaking Love This ThinkPad”)

Hey everyone!

I’m back with a special treat for you all. Today, we’re going to be responding to a review published on Gizmodo called “I Freaking Love This ThinkPad” – which you can read here, if you wanna put yourself through the torture of reading it. This is supposed to be a review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 5 (which I will be referring to as the X1C5), but there are times were this review becomes more of a smear piece towards the X1C5 rather than a review. So, how bad is this review? Lets dive in and find out!

The review started on a positive note but it didn’t take long for it to turn negative, when the author, Alex Cranz, called the X1C5 a “chunky black machine.” Alex, what exactly do you mean by “chunky”. Last time I checked, the X1 Carbon isn’t chunky. Its actually pretty damn thin, certainly much thinner than my ThinkPad T500. By today’s standards, even though its fairly thin for a laptop of its size, my T500 would be considered “chunky”.

So after beginning the review with a somewhat questionable (but overall positive) tone, she then went on talk about the pricing of the X1C5 – which, I would have to say, was also a bit mixed:

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has never been a cheap machine, and this year’s model is no different: It starts at $1329 with an i5 Kaby Lake processor, and I reviewed the $2200 i7 variation. That’s unusually high for a Windows-based laptop.

Well, what do you expect from a name like ThinkPad, and in particular, the X1 brand? May I remind you that this is a premium product – a product that has been built with some of the best materials out there and with plenty of R&D to back it up. So yeah, of course its going to be expensive. That’s what you would expect from a high-end product.

This next line is actually kinda funny, as Alex then went on to call Windows – not Windows PCs themselves – as an affordable alternative to Apple’s products:

These days, we largely see Windows as an affordable alternative to Apple’s pricey objects of beauty.

I think you mean “we largely see Windows PCs as an affordable alternative to Apple’s pricey objects of beauty”. You might wanna phrase things better next time. Also, are you implying that only Apple products can be “objects of beauty.” Ever heard of the Lenovo Yoga 910? (Just to give one example.) You know, I’m getting really sick and tired of people saying that only Apple products look great and there are no Windows PCs that look great as well. Especially now a days, this notion is completely false. The problem is, you’re just not looking in the right places.

Even though she thinks that the price point for the X1C5 is a bit excessive, Alex does go on to say that its actually warranted!:

But the ThinkPad X1 Carbon feels luxurious enough to warrant the price, and crucially, it’s luxurious in all the ways an Apple laptop is not.

Well Alex, I’ll give you huge props for saying that. At least we’re now on the right track.

This next line is also pretty okay. In fact, Alex goes on to say that doesn’t have to look like an Apple product and goes on to praise the X1C5 for forging its own path:

But the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is festooned in soft touch black plastic, the display is matte, and the device is not striving to be the thinnest laptop around, just the nicest. It’s a refreshing reminder that a premium device doesn’t have to look like it was designed in Cupertino.

I’ll give you more props for saying that last bit, Alex. As for the material the X1 Carbon is built on, its a combination of CFRP/GFRP material for the display cover and a magnesium alloy hybrid kind of material for the bottom cover (this is according to Lenovo’s own PSREF site). The reason I say this is because when you say plastic, you seem to be implying that its built out of regular, inexpensive, ABS plastic – which, of course, its not (just thought I’d mention this in case there’s any confusion around this). May I also remind you that ThinkPads are about functionality in an elegant design (function over form).

After she acknowledged that a premium device doesn’t have to look like an Apple clone, she then went back to calling the X1C5 “chunky”, while at the same time, acknowledging that that same thickness she dislikes so much is actually beneficial. This is about the point where it starts to get bad:

The chunkiness means it can fit in a nice speedy Kaby Lake processor and up to a 1TB solid state drive, without getting so scorching hot you need to pull it away from your legs.

Yes, that’s the whole point. I hope you now realize that having a very thin device can be very detrimental, as you risk overheating – particularly when you have more powerful CPU and/or GPU. Having a thicker design facilitates better cooling. In fact, ThinkPads are very well known for their excellent cooling, while MacBooks are notorious for overheating due to their poor cooling systems (or so I’ve heard). Thinner is not always better and how light something is really depends on the materials used to make it. Its not all about thinness.

But wait, it gets even better (and by better I mean worse – prepare to cringe):

There’s a big unsightly vent on the side to keep things cool, and normally I’d want to cry over that ugliness, but I have to admit that with summer on the horizon, a laptop that stays cool even when I’m running a game is an appealing proposition.

Seriously? You’re going to bitch and moan about a fucking cooling vent? I couldn’t help but laugh and cringe at this absurdity. I seriously don’t know what else to say about this except to laugh and cringe at the same time over this. Its not “ugly”, it just smart design – which is the reason you won’t have to deal with overheating in the summer.

The good news, however, is that she redeems herself a bit with this line:

The thickness also affords the laptop plenty of space for ports so you’re not a prisoner of dongles as you need to be with more minimal USB-C only laptops.

Great that you’re starting to see the light, Alex.

And she builds upon that momentum with this following line:

Part of that sturdiness is psychological. It’s got a really good balance to it, even when laid out flat like a frisbee, and soft touch plastic just naturally makes things feel more durable than they might be. Yet this thing is also constructed with durability in mind. There’s no glass to shatter or metal to chip. If this laptop accidentally fell on the floor my heart wouldn’t jump into my throat.

Well Alex, all I can tell you is, that’s ThinkPad design for you – and smart, functional design for that matter. The very thing that made ThinkPad such an icon and so long-lasting.

She then goes on to praise the ThinkPad keyboard afterwards (which is not surprising, considering that ThinkPads are very well known and praised for their excellent, legendary keyboards), while also mentioning and praising its spill-resistant design. After talking about the keyboard, she then went on to talk about the battery life – which she was very impressed by, and then went on to talk about the display. But then she had this to say about the display:

It’s stunning at first glance, but after a while it’s frustrating that it’s 1080p only. If there’s a place Lenovo missed the premium ball, it’s on that display.

First of all, I believe Lenovo also has the option of a higher resolution WQHD screen, if that’s more of your thing (but this is something you’ll have to wait a while because, according to Lenovo, it won’t be available until June). Second of all, 1080p is actually a pretty decent screen size for a 14″ laptop, especially when you consider the fact that when you go to a higher resolution you will most likely run into scaling issues. I will say, however, that ThinkPad screens have typically been mediocre and that’s something that Lenovo can and should improve upon (it also happens to be something that ThinkPad users have demanded for years now), but that’s another topic for another day.

By this point, Alex had redeemed herself after initially making an ass out of herself by writing so stupidly about the X1 Carbon Gen 5. But unfortunately, the good times were about to come to an end with the next last few paragraphs, which are even cringier than the comment about the vents. Prepare yourselves because the level of retardation is about to be turned up to the red zone:

The only other real notable “issue” with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is its mouse solution. There’s a trackpad in the usual place and a dorky red trackball at the center of the keyboard. Lenovo insists it maintains the trackball because the ThinkPad’s fans love it. Good for those fans, but it’s a questionable decision all the same as presumably those fans are retirement age and can’t have that many laptop purchases in their future.

Excuse me? Dorky red trackball? Retirement age? First of all, that “trackball” is called the TrackPoint and its not dorky. Second of all, here’s a current pic of me. Does this look like I’m of retirement age? If you ever get the chance to see me in person, you’ll see that I barely look like I’m legal – even though I am! (I turn 27 at the end of May, believe it or not.) That’s one of the leading reasons why I want a full beard and a bodybuilder type of body. In fact, I started using ThinkPads not long after I entered adolescence. My first laptop was a ThinkPad, and the first laptop I ever used was a ThinkPad. I have a lot of friends who are ThinkPad fans and guess what? A lot of them are young and they love the TrackPoint – so much that they can’t see themselves using anything else because its far more superior to a trackpad. So what the fuck are you talking about when you say that ThinkPad fans who love the TrackPoint are of retirement age? What the fuck is up with this assumption that ThinkPad fans are primarily old people? As a young ThinkPad fan, I find it insulting. Its clear that you were too lazy to do your own research into what the ThinkPad fan base consists of.

But, it doesn’t end there. In fact, it gets worse:

Trackballs are a product of a bygone era.

No they’re not. They’re only a product of a bigone era to people who only care about trends, making a fashion statement with their tech products, and being “hip”, as opposed to having something utilitarian.

…And gets even worse from there:

They were, once upon a time, super common on laptops. Most trackpads were terrible, and the nubbin, while not especially nimble, was at least consistent.

I’ve got news for you: most trackpads to this day are STILL terrible. I’m typing this from a Lenovo Yoga 910 and even though it has the best trackpad I’ve ever used, its still a trackpad. Meaning, it still feels rigid, constraining, and inefficient. That’s why I use an external mouse with it (if I don’t have a TrackPoint, then I use the next best thing which is an external mouse). The TrackPoint, on the other hand, is far more convenient and usuable (and yes, its still consistent to this day). It means that I don’t have to move my hands away from the keyboard when I type and need to move my cursor. It also comes in handy whenever I’m using Photoshop or making music on my Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), since it means that I get to make quick, efficient adjustments.

Then she goes on to talk about some of the difficulties she had with her X1C5’s trackpad. Supposedly, she found out that the “Edge Tap Filtering” feature was enabled and that that’s what was causing her to have issues with her trackpad. But then, she had this to say about the feature:

The setting is built for people still stuck in a time when touchpads included buttons. It’s meant to make dead zones. I’m not sure why the elderly love this setting, but I can confirm that when it’s enabled you will want to murder your laptop by flinging it into the sun.

And there she goes to, once again, insult the intelligence of the ThinkPad userbase by yapping about how “the elderly” love this setting. Yeah, because it is only the elderly care about practicality and usability. Nevermind the fact that having physical buttons (particularly on the TrackPoint) is more efficient and practical (especially when we’re talking about certain tasks – usually professional-related tasks). If you prefer practicality, usability, and efficiency over flashiness, you must be an old geezer apparently. What a joke.

Then she goes on to claim that because she had the issue with her X1C5’s trackpad resolved, that she didn’t “need” the “trackball” anymore – because fuck usability, comfort, and efficiency, am I right?:

Once that issue was resolved, I had zero use for the trackball.

Yeah, because its not “cool” or “trendy” in your eyes. Yeah, fuck usability! I’m just gonna go by whatever is “in style”, despite the fact that what’s in style right now is not very efficient.

If you thought that that was the end of that debacle, think again! Prepare yourselves because the level of cringe and retardation is about to go into the red zone:

Because trackballs are no longer a “thing.” Lenovo’s bright red one feels a little outdated. It makes an otherwise cool new laptop look like something out of 1998.

Arghhhhh! Stop! Just. Fucking. Stop. You know how you sound like right now, Alex? You sound just like the professional car reviewers who have reviewed recent models of the Ford Econoline (also known as the E-Series) and constantly bashed on it because of its simplicity and no-nonsense, classic design, not realizing the niche demographic it was targeted towards (sound familiar?). What they say does not reflect what real, everyday drivers of these vans have experienced. There’s a reason why the Econoline is was the best selling van in America (the Transit is now the best selling van in America – and the world), is one of the most sought-after used cars, and lasted for 50+ years until eventually getting replaced by the Transit (the more “hip” and, dare I say it, ‘modern’ version of the E-Series) in 2014 (at least when we’re talking about the cargo van and wagon models). But even with the E-Series getting replaced with the Transit, people still love them (there are even some people refusing to get Transits). In fact, when Ford decided to retire the cargo van and wagon versions (that’s the passenger van version of the E-Series, for those of you who aren’t aware), the Econoline was STILL the best-selling van in America with a loyal following (don’t believe me? Then go into the comments section of this video and this video and see for yourself – make sure to also read the description of the second video, its quite interesting). Its user base does not care about trends and being “cool” and “hip”, because that’s not what their needs are and that’s not the purpose of this van. What these users need is something functional to get the job done, not something flashy or extravagant (plus, the Econoline already looks elegant with its clean, minimalistic design). Kind of like, oh I don’t know, ThinkPad users! It seems like the author of this review doesn’t care much about functionality, but rather cares more about being “hip” and “trendy”, and having the latest technology just for the sake of it. If something is rarely used then its automatically obsolete, in her mind. Technology seems to be all about making a fashion statement these days – and ONLY a fashion statement.

…And it doesn’t stop there:

In a world of flimsy, shiny laptops the ThinkPad X1 Carbon sets itself apart with its 90s look. Retro isn’t necessarily in, but its also not the end of the world.

First of all, a lot of people seem to be into that retro look these days (its hard not to see why – its pretty cool and gives you that feeling of nostalgia). I mean, just look into some of the stuff coming out of the graphic design world. Second of all, what’s with this assumption from some people who think the ThinkPad is stuck in the 90s just because of the way it looks? Just because a manufacturer chooses not to give a product a radical design update doesn’t mean its outdated, it just means its classic (something that requires more of an evolutionary type of design). I’ve never really understood why some people choose to be such snobs about products like these and the people who use them. Are you really that superficial and blind? Do you really care that much about what others think about you?

The good news is that things start to calm down somewhat, although things are still cringey:

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is so well built that I don’t mind it’s fashion faux pas.

See what I mean when I say that these days technology is all about making a fashion statement? She’s basically saying that the X1C5 is very well built but that she wishes it were “flashier”. Also, may I remind you Alex (and anyone else out there that thinks like her), beauty and art are subjective. Not everyone is going to have the same taste in fashion, art, design, etc. as you. Some of us prefer something that’s a little more pleasant to look at – something that’s easier on the eyes. ThinkPad design isn’t “old” or “ugly” or whatever other derogatory name you dumb, mindless, hipster fucks want to call it. It is classic, functional, timeless, and elegant. If you’re going to say that about ThinkPads, then you might as well say that about Ford Econolines, Jeep Wranglers, military vehicles and trucks. What ThinkPad and all the vehicles that I just mentioned have in common is that they focus on functional design, while having an elegant, no-nonsense type of design at the same time. Their primary function isn’t to make a fashion statement, but rather, it is to help their userbase get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible. I personally absolutely love how the ThinkPad (and the vehicles that I mentioned) looks and is my preferred type of look.

As terrible as that last line was, at least she concludes the review with this:

If you’re a typist with cash to burn, or you need a big display and a lot of power in a package that’s super light, then the ThinkPad X1 Carbon should be one of your top choices for a laptop.

Great job, Alex! At least you (somewhat) get it.

And to wrap things up, Alex then provides a “readme” (or a review) of the things she said in the review – stuff she thought were the most important points. This list of things left me rather annoyed. Just read for yourself and you’ll see what I mean:

README

⦁        Crazy light and sturdy feeling
⦁        Retro aesthetics will either leave you annoyed or in love
⦁        Fantastic keyboard for such a thin and light laptop
⦁        Trackpad had some system breaking software enabled out of the box. That’s bad.
⦁        The trackball still works. Cool?
⦁        Soft touch plastic makes this thing feel great, but boy does it attract fingerprints.

Clearly, there were some positives, as well as a legitimate concern, but they seemed to be overshadowed by the negatives. In fact, there seemed to be more negatives than positives. This leads me to believe that she doesn’t really like this ThinkPad (hence the title of this post).

Unsurprisingly, she gets absolutely destroyed in the comments section, and rightfully so. She made a complete fool out of herself. If you take a peek into the comments of this video, you’ll see a lot of people defending the ThinkPad and calling the author out on her nonsense. (If you want more, you can take a look into this Reddit discussion.)

Overall, this review seemed to be all over the place and poorly written. It was going from praising the X1C5 to downright smearing it. I don’t even know if the reviewer actually liked the X1C5, or if she hated it. To be honest with you all, the title feels a little clickbait-y when you take all of this into consideration. You could also sense the laziness that went into making this review – with all the ThinkPad and TrackPoint bashing, as well as the downright degradation of the ThinkPad user/fanbase. It was poorly researched and poorly crafted. If Alex Cranz really liked this ThinkPad, then she would’ve had worked on giving this article a better tone. If I had to give this review a rating of 1 out of 5 stars, I think I would have to give it 2.5 stars.

My advice to you, Alex? Do a better job researching the product(s) you’re reviewing, next time. Actually take the time to look into its user/fanbase and see why they use/love a particular product and go from there. Don’t just make assumptions about what they must be like or why they like a particular product. Actually take the time to know them. My second suggestion is to take the time to look into the design philosophy of whatever product you’re reviewing, and why that manufacturer choose to stick with that philosophy. Not every product is built to make a fashion statement (which, may I remind you, come and go). Some of them are built with the purpose of being useful, and that means not making a grand fashion statement but instead being more stealthy with their appearance – which means it can come across as ‘unattractive’ to outsiders who only care about being hip. Sure, products like the MacBook Pro look very nice but the problem with products like these is that they often sacrifice function for form, making the product not very useful or long-lasting (just look at the current lineup of MacBooks if you wanna see this in action). Products like ThinkPad, on the other hand, focus a little more on function, therefore increasing their longevity and usefulness significantly (as a testament to this, my ThinkPad T60 has been running for 10 straight years now). Not everything that isn’t trendy is “obsolete”. Also, work on the tone of your articles and titles.

Thank you all for bearing along with me going over this, at times, terrible steaming pile of shit. Feel free to share this post if you enjoyed it, comment, etc. I’ll see you all again soon!

No, Intersex People Don’t Prove That Gender Isn’t Binary

I recently saw a video by Blaire White (who’s a Transgender Woman who speaks out against SJWs on YouTube), where she read some comments by Social Justice Warriors (SJWs). One of the comments she read was about intersex people, and it read: “Don’t intersex people prove that gender isn’t binary?” Of course, Blaire and I agree that intersex people don’t prove that gender isn’t binary and this inspired me to make a comment about that on her video’s comment section. I initially was going to write a shorter comment but I ended up writing something longer that looked more like a blog post, so I posted a shorter version of it. I decided to turn the long post into blog post since I thought it would make for some great material for my blog, so that’s what I bring you today! So here are my thoughts on people saying that intersex people somewhat ‘prove’ that gender isn’t a binary:

“I find the fact that these dumb SWJs are using people with intersex conditions like myself to further their gender identity politics agenda appalling. All of this just feels pretty derogatory to me. What’s even more distressing is the fact that these crazy SJWs (and feminists) have brainwashed other intersex people into thinking that having an intersex condition is somehow ‘normal’, as well as fooling them into thinking that intersex is a ‘third sex’ and this whole ‘intersex people prove that gender isn’t binary’ nonsense. Some even take offense when someone says that intersex is a birth defect.

As a person with an intersex condition, I can very much say that this is indeed a birth defect. This birth defect is the reason why I had a gender error at birth – in which I was assumed to be biologically female when I was in actuality biologically male, something that I didn’t find out until I got older due to the nature of my condition – and had to go through the tedious legal process of gender reassignment (fortunately for me, I was born in and still live in California so the process was less of a pain in the ass to do) and was forced to live as someone I wasn’t for the first 21 years of my life and missed out on a lot as a result. Its the reason why I have to take Testosterone Replacement Therapy for as long as I live in order to keep me healthy since my body has a hard time producing its own (I have primary male hypogonadism – which means I have ‘broken balls’, lol). And its the reason why I have to use a prosthetic penis for sex (since I was born with a micropenis), as well as for “packing” in order to look (and feel) more like a normal man.

For these SJWs to say that its “normal” is just dishonest and further from the truth – its really no different than telling kids that Santa Claus is real. Being intersex can be a bit of a handicap and its why we often have to resort to these treatments. Its not because of the so-called “gender binary” or the patriarchy, but rather, its so we can live normal, regular lives, and its fine just as long as we have full autonomy and full, informed consent over it. And, oh yeah, most of us identify as either male or female (I, of course, identify as male), and we’re either male of female despite the size of our genitals or the presence – or lack thereof – certain reproductive organs or hormone levels. People with my condition are biologically male and strongly identify as such. We’re often forced to live as girls growing up and so gender reassignment isn’t uncommon among my kind. The only reason I even mention that is because these SJWs and feminists say that gender is a social construct and that we’re ‘proof’ that gender isn’t binary. Well here’s proof that gender isn’t a social construct and that there is a gender binary.

People, like myself, who are afflicted by these conditions are trying to raise awareness that these conditions exist so we can educate people more about these these conditions, get more research done into our conditions so we can better understand our bodies, get more legal protections, and get doctors to stop mutilating babies that are born with intersex conditions (most of the time, operations on intersex babies are unnecessary – there is no medical need for them unless there is something, like a blocked urethra, that actually requires it – and actually do more harm than good) and instead give both the patients and their parents psychotherapy and access to support groups, as well as get doctors to be more honest and transparent towards intersex patients and their parents. SJWs are derailing this and doing more harm than good by infusing their identity politics into our cause, which might make people think that we’re a bunch of crazy SJWs. I fear that people aren’t going to take us seriously if the SJWs keep doing this shit and having their way.”

Bottom line is, SJWs need to stop speaking for us. They’re only doing more harm than good. These people don’t understand how its like to live with an intersex condition and are only using us to further promote their ideology – an ideology which has no scientific basis whatsoever and is only based on feelings and emotion. They especially need to stop exploiting young intersex people who have gone through the trauma of genital mutilation, and are trying to come to terms over what happened to them when they were younger. What they’re doing sounds a lot like creationism and is really no different than telling a kid that god, Santa Claus, and the easter bunny are real. It is dishonest and exploitative, and only does more harm than good. The reality is that there is no valid scientific evidence that there are more than two genders (or sexes, for that matter). Even if you’re “genderfluid”, you’re still either male or female (both in terms of gender and sex). Why else do you think that trans people exist? Not only does this kind of stuff harm the intersex community, but it also harms the trans community. I’m sorry to say this but you’re not “non-binary”, you’re just a “gender trender”, or a “trans trender” if you claim to be a “non-binary transgender” person.

Blaire’s video is called This Is Your Brain On Social Justice and you can watch it here. If you like seeing SJWs be taken down and are looking for a place to interact with other like-minded people – especially if you’re transgender and want see a trans person speaking out against the SJW machine that seems to have taken over the transgender community, then I highly recommend you subscribe to Blaire’s channel!

I’ll be posting more of my thoughts on the current state of the intersex rights movement and the current-day intersex community soon (and the LGBTI rights movement and community as a whole). I’ll see you all next time!

Regarding David Pakman & the issue of ethics in journalism

If anyone reading this is following me on Twitter, then you would know that I got into a bit of a scuffle with David Pakman (host of “The David Pakman Show“) on Monday. It all started when I tried to point out to David that the video he did about Lenovo installing spyware is incorrect and is just more sensationalism by the sensationalist media (you can find out more about the story and why the accusations against Lenovo installing spyware/malware on their systems are false by going over to ThinkScopes.com and reading the article that my friend Jonas wrote here. You can also watch the video he did on it here). How did he respond? Take a look for yourself:

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Really David? Is this the best you could do? Sounds to me like a lame-ass excuse to chicken out of taking any responsibility. You could at least inform your writer that this story was a hoax. And what’s up with that snarky-ass attitude?

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And so what, David? It sounds like you’re trying to accuse me of doing something shady. It seems to me as if you’re trying to say that I (as well as my friend Jonas) can’t be trusted just because I love Lenovo, I love to share their posts and spread the word about their products, and I’m a Lenovo Insider, as well as defend them from idiots like Michael Horowitz (the author of the article on Computer World falsely accusing Lenovo of spying – who seems to have some kind of beef against Lenovo and wrote this abhorrent article just to revenge on them and make them look bad) who don’t give a fuck about ethics. Newsflash: I’ve been doing this ever since before I became an insider (since 2005 when they first acquired IBM’s PC Division. I came to Lenovo from IBM. I became an Insider in late 2011). Lenovo (and especially ThinkPad) means a lot to me. It played a huge role for me growing up (I was 15 in 2005). It’s special. It has a lot of sentimental value to me. Not only that, but I really believe in them. They make a lot of great stuff and they’re the most innovative computer maker out there right now (they’re even outdoing Apple). Overall, they’re a great company and their employees are great too (they actually get treated like people, unlike in some other places. I know this because I come into contact with them on a daily basis). Lenovo is more than just a company to me – it is a lifestyle and a best friend.
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Doesn’t matter. The point is you’re still not getting the memo.

Pakman, to me, sounds a lot more like an SJW (Social Justice Warrior) more than anything else. The way that he reacted to my tweet(s), and the fact that he still hasn’t retracted his story and apologized for reporting on misinformation, I think tells it all. This makes me question his character and honesty. Does he even care about journalistic intergrity and ethics? Or he is just yet another journalist who’s pandering to the SJW/PC crowd?

My advice to you David (and anyone else who does this type of shit) is: if you’re not going to check your facts straight and you’re just going to be lazy and report on anything regardless of whether its true or not, then stop calling yourself a journalist and start calling yourself for what you truly are: a pundit (or a paparazzo, for that matter).

I don’t care who writes your content, you still have a responsibility to uphold. You have a responsibility as a journalist to get your facts straight. It is your responsibility to correct yourself and learn from your mistakes People watch you to get informed about current events and issues – they’re counting on you. There’s a reason people are turning into alternative news outlets like yours: because the old school, establishment, corporate media has let them down. By doing this type of thing, you’re really no better than them – in fact, you are stooping down to their level. (And yeah, you certainly let me down.) In fact, you sound a lot like Fox News. You failed as journalist.

I’ll keep watching you (at least for a little bit) just so I can get other perspectives besides my own, but I don’t know if I can ever trust you again (for the record, I’ve always taken everyone’s comments with a grain of salt but this time around, things are different since David seemed to be so trustworthy). You seem to be pandering to the SJW narrative/crowd. You don’t seem to care about journalism at all – you only care about political correctness (PC) and you seem to be part of this SJW/PC media conglomerate. Folks like Kyle Kulinski, Dave Rubin, and Mundane Matt are FAR more superior to you. They actually care about journalistic integrity and could care less about the SJW/PC narrative. They actually care about getting the facts straight and correct themselves when they get something wrong and actually learn from their mistakes. I don’t see you doing that, so either fuck off, or get it together and actually own up to your shit. I’ve certainly lost my respect for you quite a bit, and this ordeal I think exposes your true character.

Please don’t believe any stories out there that accuse Lenovo of spying on its customers. They’re false, WAY overblown, and I can assure you that they would never do something like this. Lenovo is not spying on us and this is just more sensationalist bullshit. Once again, we’ve all been fooled by the media’s hunger for clicks, views, and profits. This is more than just about Lenovo, its is about journalistic integrity and ethics.

P.S. Sorry this post is a couple days late. I had to take care of some other things around here.

9/30/2015 Update

Hey everyone! I just wanted to give you all a little update on what’s been happening with me as of recently and the direction I’m going to be heading with this blog, my personal YouTube channel, and my career.

Monday was a pretty rough day for me. As some of you might know, I had a dispute with David Pakman on Twitter when I tried to tell him that his story about Lenovo spying on its customers was false and that he needed to backtrack it. I seemed to have failed at it and it really took a toll on me. I seem to be recovering from all that nicely, but I definitely felt very burned out earlier in the week. I just felt this sense of defeat and it was unbearable.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and I came to the realization that maybe being a YouTube commentator full-time is not for me (at least right now). I made the decision to do this full time during the summer but things have changed now. My ordeal with Pakman made me realize this as well as a video that Mr. Repzion made earlier in the week callled “Time is Valuable“. I realized that there are simply too many stupid people on the internet these days (but particularly on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook) for me and its difficult to educate them properly on stuff, debate them, ignore/dismiss them, etc. (something that Mr. Repzion mentioned in his video). Not only that but, it made me realize that music is where truly belong at (full time, of course). I see myself working in music for life (its always been that way), and I feel like I haven’t been paying enough attention to that lately (despite my new schedule). Plus, even though there are stupid people who comment on your music, its much easier to debate, ignore & dismiss them. Overall, the culture in music is more laid-back & more positive and I like that (especially when we’re talking about EDM).

My little ordeal is similar to the one that pro motocrosser Chad Reed went through recently: after realizing that he couldn’t handle being both a team owner full time and a rider full time, he made the hard decision to close down his team and is returning to being only a full time rider for another team (at this time, he is either still searching for a team, or he has found one but can’t reveal the details just yet). I, on the other hand, came to the realization that I couldn’t be a music producer/audio engineer/DJ/songwriter/recording artist full time and be a YouTube commentator full time. PROJEKT61 is still in its infancy, I have huge plans for it, and it needs all the attention it can get (especially since I’m either at a place or almost at a place where I can finally keep up with the heavyweights – something that I’ve been working on for 5 years). If I want to become a highly respected, highly sought-after artist, then I need to focus more on that as I still have a long way to go (just like Chad Reed wants to try to win another championship and therefore has to focus on that as much as possible).

I love commenting on stuff – I’m highly opinionated – but I just can’t do it as a full time job (at least not at this time) because I have other things to tend to. People seem to expect a channel to be focused on one type of thing – they don’t want it to be scattered. The expectations that come from being that type of YouTuber are just too much for me to handle (long time YouTubers like Mr. Repzion and Dave from Boyinaband.com seem to be feeling burnt out from that). Sorry to burst your bubble but that’s not my thing (and it doesn’t seem to be Mr. Repzion’s thing either). I originally created this channel to be experimental (just like this blog) and therefore its going to be scattered, and its going to stay that way (it is my personal channel, after all). If you want more focus and consistency, then go over to the PROJEKT61 channel since that’s only focused one thing and that is music. So if you love music, EDM, and bass music go over to that channel (I haven’t uploaded much over there but expect more from there soon).

So with that said, my personal YouTube channel will become my side-project again – it will become my hobby and part-time gig again, where I will post whenever I have time or whenever I feel like it – while the PROJEKT61 channel will become my main channel. I will be working on growing that channel more, and growing the brand as a whole (again, I have big plans for it). Obviously, I’m still a YouTuber, but with different priorities now. I’m still planing to go to VidCon but mostly for PROJEKT61 (I want to meet up with other musicians on YouTube & get some more networking and business tips). Overall, its full-steam ahead for PROJEKT61. I can change my plans/mind at anytime but that’s my plan for now. I need to do what feels right for me and I need to do what makes me really happy. In fact, ever since I made this decision, I’ve seen a big improvement in my happiness.

I’ve learned a lot from being a YouTube commentator (including learning more about myself) and I have really improved my skills in regards to commentating on stuff. Obviously, I’m still going to do commentaries on YouTube but its not going to be a full time thing. I know I haven’t been putting out a lot of fully written content on this blog and that’s because I felt quite a bit of writer’s block and I just didn’t know what was I going to do with this blog next (I have an easier time saying things as they come as opposed to just sitting down and writing them). But I think that making videos has helped me re-ignite that fire. I seem to feel motivated to write again. So with that said, expect me to publish more blogs in here again very soon! (Which is great because I have so much to say at time but don’t always have room around here to record.) Its obviously going to be a part-time/hobby sort of thing (like with my personal YT), which means that I’m only going to post when I have time and/or whenever I feel like it, but I’m going to do it. I might even be turning select posts in here into vlogs/podcasts so you can listen to them on-the-go, or while doing something else in general. They’re going to be sort of like audiobooks except that they’ll sound more ‘natural’.

I’ll catch you all tomorrow with a post about my Twitter scuffle with David Pakman, and ethics in journalism!

Lenovo wants to make a Retro ThinkPad!

Lenovo (but more specifically, David Hill) wants to make a retro ThinkPad! This ThinkPad will have classic features in a modern design along with all the latest technolgy, which will make this a very unique ThinkPad!

In this video, In addition to announcing it, I give my opinion on the idea. I discuss what I think and how I feel about this – from my point of view. Its not going to reflect everyone’s views, so keep that in mind. This is more of a commentary than an announcement video.

David Hill’s Lenovo Blogs article (make sure to let him know your opinion on this and if you want to buy such a ThinkPad).

Article on ThinkScopes about the survey phase.

I’m 25!

Well, its my birthday today. Supposedly, I’m 25 now. But the thing is that I don’t feel 25. I feel more like I’m 18. I don’t exactly look 25, I look more 18 or so. I find it hard to believe I’m 25 now.

I’ve had to get started on life much later than everyone else due to me not really knowing what to do even though I thought I did (I had the “too many gifts” dilemma, so common with people with a lot of passions. Its where you don’t really know what to do with all your passions). Plus, I’ve had to deal with a gender transition (legal & social) due to me not knowing I was born biologically male but intersex and being misassigned female at birth as a consequence (a gender which I’ve never identified with in the first place). I had to deal with confusion surrounding my sexuality for the first 21 years of my life. Additionally, I’ve had to deal with hypogonadism (Low Testosterone, Testoterone Deficiency, etc.), which lead to a reduced puberty (hence why I look very young). So I’m definitely a late-bloomer.

I just wish more people understood this – especially those closest to me. Its not easy being born intersex, going through a gender transition, dealing with a hormone deficiency, not knowing what to do with all your gifts (especially when everyone around you treats starting a life as a competition, and are under constant pressure to do what they want you to do at the expense of your own happiness and well-being), and its especially not easy taking an unconventional career and life path. Everyones experiences are different and everyone deals with them differently. There’s no one “ideal” or “right” way to deal with these things. So to anyone who has an issue on how I’ve dealt with this: that’s your problem, not mine. Deal with it.

But I’ve figured everything out. I’m on TRT and no longer are hypogonadal, I’ve (almost) made the legal transition to male, I’m now living as my true self, I now know what and who I really am, I’m advocating for my favorite computer/technology brand (Lenovo) and I’m being backed by them, I’ve met a lot of great people and made great new friends just by doing this, and I’m finally pursuing the career and life path I’ve always wanted (something I’ve been doing since 2012 – and not without drawbacks). I feel like I’ve really grown up these last few to several years. Life is good and its only going to get better.

I look forward to the future and everything it has to offer. I look forward to growing the PROJEKT61 and Eli Turner brands, showcasing my music, designs, art, and ideas to the world, and engaging in additional business ventures (among other things) and being an entrepreneur, as well as meeting new people and making new friends. There are so many things I want to do and I’m very much looking forward to that. These are not short-term, get-rich-quick type of goals, but rather they are long-term, get-rich-slowly goals, so don’t expect me to accomplish these goals overnight.

Thanks to everyone who has been so patient with me and who have been with me through all of this. I feel so lucky to have such great, supportive people around me.

P.S. I originally posted this on my personal Facebook and thought I would share this with you guys. I have also shared this on my personal Tumblr.