Doctors say government failing on child health

Doctors groups have criticised the government for lacking a comprehensive child health policy over the past 20 years.

The Paediatric Society and the Paediatric Foundation polled over 1,300 parents of kindergarten and primary pupils on mental health issues.

More than 60 percent of the parents ranked the current education policy worse than before the handover. And almost 90 percent said they received inadequate support.

The chairman of the Hong Kong Paediatric Foundation, Dr Chan Chok-wan, said the government needs a holistic policy.

He said: “I think if you try to summarise the policy of the current government, I would say that in medical terms it is palliative, meaning you only treat what is in front of you. But you don’t have any idea that prevention is better than cure.”

Chan recommended the next administration to set up Children’s commission for a better policy in children’s health.

CGA drill features drug inspection, anti-terrorism action

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) conducted a drill off Keelung, northern Taiwan on Saturday, including a simulated anti-terrorism exercise at sea.

The CGA said the drill is conducted every two years and this year the focus was on inspecting for drugs, anti-terrorism, recovering hijacked vessels and sea rescue.

The highlight of the drill was special forces abseiling from helicopters onto a ship to rescue hostages.

The CGA drill was held in conjunction with the Navy, Air Force and National Airborne Service Corps, in a joint air and sea operation that involved 1,672 personnel, 16 ships and five helicopters.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) presided over the drill. Before boarding a CGA ship, she praised coast guard officials at a ceremony held at Keelung Harbor for their role in the recent seizure of 689kg of heroin, the largest drugs seizure in years.

Japan’s free education plan requires fiscal balancing act

Education is a process that needs both long-term commitment and investment. So, the government’s move toward making preschool education free in Japan must sound attractive to many.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe views stepped-up investment in the Japanese people as key to unlocking the country’s future economic potential. But there is a catch, with debt twice the size of its gross domestic product, an aging Japan needs to find ways to fund the proposed scheme amid ballooning social security costs.

Economists believe shifting the country’s focus from elderly people to children is the right course of action, but some critics say politicians tend to cater to the needs of the elderly who will vote for political parties that promise to maintain social welfare.

It is also hoped that improving support to parents will turn the tide of Japan’s declining birthrate and shrinking population.

“It’s often concern about the future financial burden (of children) that discourages those in their 20s and 30s from having them. So the government contributing to educational expenses would be a good step forward,” said Takuya Hoshino, an economist at the Dai-ichi Life Research Institute.

“That said, what is important is how the money is spent. Is it going to help boost the country’s economic growth over the longer-run?” Hoshino added.

The government approved policy guidelines on Friday, stating that a decision should be made by year-end on how to secure a source of sufficient funding to realize free preschool education.

It came after government officials and lawmakers stressed the need for Japan to address the country’s shrinking population, and the dampening effect the demographic change has on economic activity.

Recent health ministry data show in 2016 the number of babies born in Japan fell below 1 million for the first time.

The country’s fertility rate — the average number of children a woman will bear in her lifetime — stood at 1.44 in 2016 while Japan is said to need a 2.07 rate to maintain its population level.

In the face of a tight labor market, the government is encouraging more women into work, while the goal to bring the number of children on nursery waiting lists to zero, as pledged by Abe, has been delayed.

“We have a national crisis,” said Shinjiro Koizumi, one of the lawmakers from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party that has proposed the creation of a “child insurance” system.

“We have a system that supports the lives of elderly people as a society but what we have yet to build is one that supports children and child-rearing,” he said earlier this month.

Under the proposed scheme, employees and companies pay insurance fees along with their pension premiums, but critics say the plan is unfair as those without children are forced to contribute.

At an insurance rate of 0.1 percent, for instance, Japan could reduce the financial burden on parents for preschool education. The rate would need to be set at 0.5 percent to cover the cost of the education entirely “in principle,” according to calculations by the lawmakers.

Economists believe another option being floated — securing funds through a higher consumption tax rate — may be unrealistic after Japan postponed a planned hike to 10 percent to October 2019.

The latest policy blueprint does not refer to the consumption tax increase, which prompted speculation about another delay.

The issuance of “education bonds,” another option, could complicate Japan’s efforts to improve its tattered finances, with Finance Ministry officials holding reservations about the increased financial burden such a scheme would put on future generations.

Debate is expected to intensify in the coming months about the envisaged program, as the need for increased support for education will inevitably be weighed against the harsh reality of Japan’s cash-strapped financial position.

Japan has pledged to turn its deficit in the primary balance to a surplus by fiscal 2020, while it now aims to lower another barometer to gauge fiscal health — the debt to GDP ratio.

The ratio improves when the economy grows and interest rates are low. Japan’s economy is in the longest run of expansion since 2006, while the Bank of Japan aims to keep long-term interest rates near zero.

“The BOJ would have no choice but to maintain its accommodative policy,” said Toru Suehiro, senior market economist at Mizuho Securities Co., adding that the use of the ratio would make it easier for the government to increase spending.

“After years in office, Abe has a revision to the Constitution in his sights. My impression is that the government is pursuing policies such as free preschool education that can resonate (with voters),” Suehiro added.

Education is one of the topics that the LDP has decided to focus on in its debate about the first-ever constitutional amendment, as Abe envisions making higher education free.

The policy blueprint states that Japan’s nine-year free compulsory education system — from elementary to junior high school — has become a “major driving force” of its postwar economic growth. “We need to make various (forms of) education truly open to all citizens” as society has changed, it said.


Transgender Satanic Porn Performer @ZJemptv Offers SJW Dating Advice


Zachary Antolak, a/k/a “Zinnia Jones,” a/k/a “Satana Kennedy,” a/k/a “Lauren McNamara” is a transgender activist and Internet pornographer who has a verified “blue check” Twitter account, @ZJemptv. Rather than getting any further into the weird biography of Antolak/“Jones” now, I’ll just call attention to his/“her” unusual tattoo of a Satanic pentagram inside a transgender symbol.

To adorn yourself with the symbol used on the cover of Anton LaVey’s Satanic Bible is an anti-social gesture symptomatic of extreme alienation.

Speaking of extreme alienation, “pro sex” feminist Laci Green has become so disillusioned with the progressive social-justice movement that she is now dating anti-feminist YouTuber Chris “RayGun” Maldonado.


Laci Green’s apostasy touched off a huge online imbroglio, which Maldonado described on his YouTube channel: “A lot of social justice people and a lot of feminists are ostracizing her and putting her on blast, and a lot of anti-feminists and anti-social-justice type people are embracing her with open arms. Now, this is fascinating, because this is usually the exact opposite of how things normally go in this sphere of YouTube.” Maldonado’s fans believe love conquers all, but my reaction to the so-called #GreenRayGun romance was skeptical:

Does it seem plausible to you that Laci Green, hitherto an enthusiastic feminist proponent of masturbation, dildos and lesbianism, has for some reason now decided it’s OK to become a man’s “sex object”? Has she repudiated all her previous condemnations of male sexuality? And does it make sense that the person who has persuaded Ms. Green to embrace “unequal power in society” is a 24-year-old anti-SJW YouTuber?
Anything is possible, I suppose, but you’ll excuse my skepticism toward Ms. Green’s belated discovery of the pleasures of patriarchal domination. . . .
“Every feminist’s ideal boyfriend is a Hitachi Magic Wand.”
Expect this Laci Green “romance” to end badly.

You can read the whole thing at The Patriarch Tree.

Anti-SJW types are high-fiving each other in celebration of Maldonado’s evident triumph, but I’m withholding congratulations because I can’t believe Laci Green would abandon feminism for the sake of love.

Ask yourself this question: Why is transgender activist Zinnia Jones so obsessively concerned with Laci Green’s dating life? Could it be — and I’m just throwing this out there as a possible explanation — that the SJW community is against heterosexual relationships, per se?

This may seem like hyperbole, but when you consider (a) how feminist rhetoric demonizes heterosexual men and (b) how the only way any male can be accepted in the SJW community is to declare himself gay — or become a transgender “female” — the bias is obvious enough. Third Wave feminism is founded on the work of Judith Butler — the  social construction of the gender binary within the heterosexual matrix — and “queer theory” (e.g., Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick), so that the war against “patriarchy” requires an implacable opposition to heterosexuality:


Until I started studying radical feminism, I never thought of “normal” as an achievement, but Feminism Is Queer, as Professor Mimi Marinucci has explained. Feminist theory condemns heterosexuality as “the ideology of male supremacy,” and denies that behavioral differences between men and women are natural. . . . Feminism seeks to abolish gender in order to achieve “equality” by establishing an androgynous society in which the categories “male” and “female” cease to have any significance.

This is why I’m so skeptical of the Laci Green/Chris Maldonado romance. Given the fact that Ms. Green has spent her entire adult life promoting this anti-male/anti-heterosexual ideology — denouncing masculinity as “sexist,” a source of “exclusion and unequal power in society” that makes men “emotionally stunted,” teaching them “to see women as sex objects” — how could she ever possibly be attracted to a male? She has declared herself “pansexual” and produced numerous videos advocating lesbianism and masturbation, which would lead anyone to surmise that Ms. Green endorses the feminist consensus that males are sexually irrelevant, socially unnecessary and politically undesirable.


Why do you think 63 million people voted to elect Donald Trump, anyway? Wasn’t a major factor that the Hillary Clinton campaign so closely aligned itself with radical feminism? Do you think Americans are too stupid to figure out what feminist slogans actually mean?

So, is Chris Maldonado “alt-right,” a “white supremacist,” a “Nazi”? Or could it be that he is just a more-or-less normal guy who feels no need to apologize to SJW feminists for being a normal guy? And hasn’t Zinnia Jones constructed his/“her” worldview around hatred of normal guys?


There is no such thing as “gender confusion,” according to the transgender activist who began his/“her” YouTube career as a teenage atheist attacking Christianity in a weird robotic monotone voice. Less than two weeks into Zachary Antolak’s YouTube career, he replied to commenters who couldn’t figure out if he was male or female.


In fact, “gender confusion” appears to have been a lifelong personal issue for Antolak. According to a YouTube fandom site, Antolak’s parents divorced when he was young and his mother remarried to a man who “spoiled his biological daughter to no end,” but “would berate his stepson for not having an active interest in masculine activities like sports.” This mistreatment evidently inflicted a permanent sense of inadequacy on Antolak. Three months into his YouTube career, in February 2009, Antolak posted a video “coming out” as gay, but this proved somewhat problematic because a prerequisite to being a homosexual male, obviously, is that you must like men, which Antolak does not.

To skip ahead a bit in the story, Zinnia Jones wrote in the foreword of a recent book (You and Your Gender Identity by Dara Hoffman-Fox) that his sense of identity was “occluded by a dense fog of uncertainty, misconceptions, anxieties, and stereotypes,” which he/“she” blamed on “harmful cultural messages about what’s expected of different genders.” Because he could not “comfortably fit within a given gender assignment,” Antolak/Jones wrote, he found it “impossible to . . . mentally place myself anywhere,” and experienced “a blurry-edged separation from reality itself.” At the time of his 2009 “coming out,” Antolak used his YouTube channel to lecture the world about “sexuality” in a five-part Q & A series (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5).


“Notice the judgmental language — ‘genetically defective,’ ‘incomplete form of a species.’ That is the sound of prejudice. And I don’t mean that in the sense of, ‘Oh, someone doesn’t like me,’ I use it in the literal sense. This person has already made a judgment ahead of time, and now they’re looking to scrape together anything that sounds vaguely scientific to support this judgment. Basically, they’ve got it all backwards.”
Zinnia Jones, “Sexuality (part 1),” April 3, 2009

At age 19, then, Antolak was representing himself online as an expert on sexuality, dismissing critics as “prejudiced” and “backwards.”

This is the same mentality which rejects ordinary expectations of male/female behavioral patterns as “harmful cultural messages.” In other words, if parents expect their sons to be typically masculine, or their daughters to be feminine, and especially if they expect their children to be heterosexual, this is “harmful.” Why? Because some children will fail to live up to such expectations and, therefore, everybody must adopt the perspective of the misfit children and condemn these “harmful cultural messages,” which hurt their precious feelings.

Where did Zachary Antolak get these ideas? From the Cult of Self-Esteem. For decades, our education system has been controlled by liberals who believe all childhood problems are a result of low self-esteem. Nothing is more important than teaching kids to feel good about themselves, according to the advocates of self-esteem. This dubious educational theory gets mixed in with a “progressive” egalitarian ideology which rejects ordinary social standards and value systems as invalid, because these values and standards damage the self-esteem of those who fail to succeed within such a hierarchical system. The Cult of Self-Esteem requires us to believe that it is a social injustice for the all-state linebacker to be more popular in high school than the boy who plays clarinet in the marching band. This is analogous to the feminist belief that it is wrong to admire women for their beauty. Just as there is no reason we should admire men who are tall and athletic, according to the egalitarian proponents of self-esteem theory, there is no reason why anyone should prefer supermodel Kate Upton to feminist Jaclyn Friedman.

Jaclyn Friedman, feminist (left); Kate Upton, supermodel (right).

Where does this egalitarian worldview lead? To the regime of Thought Police, who are constantly lecturing us that our opinions are wrong. The Thought Police act as cultural commissars, monitoring our words and deeds for evidence of beliefs that are sexist, racist or homophobic. Suppressing prohibited opinions results in a one-sided public discourse, where dissenters are demonized and silenced, where disagreement is labeled “hate speech” and criticism is forbidden as “harassment.” No one can be permitted to mention any fact that might be cited in contradiction of the Thought Police regime, nor is anyone allowed to question the authority of the Thought Police. No one is supposed to ask how certain people, simply by calling themselves “feminists,” acquire the authority to speak on behalf of all women. Who chose the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement to represent the African-American community? Merely to ask such a question exposes the fundamental issue of authority claimed by the Thought Police. On what grounds do they claim the right to suppress opposing opinions? Who put them in charge and granted them the power to act as self-appointed prosecutors against those whom they accuse of prejudice? How is it that any 19-year-old with a YouTube channel can arrogate to himself the authority of the Thought Police?

If you want to know why our university campuses seem to be constantly erupting in lunacy (e.g., “Evergreen State College Students Reportedly Roaming Campus With Baseball Bats”) it is because our education system has promoted this Thought Police regime to enforce an egalitarian ideology by suppressing dissent. This incentivizes claims of victimhood because, in the social-justice calculus of “progressive” ideology, being a member of an oppressed victim group entails the right to attack whatever forces of “society” and “culture” you blame for your oppression.


“Believe it or not, there are plenty of gay men who have had sex with women, although I am not one of them. . . . Essentially, society tells men to find a nice woman to love and have a family with. That is what’s expected of them and there’s a lot of pressure for men to participate in this heterosexual lifestyle.”
Zinnia Jones, “Sexuality (part 1),” April 3, 2009

You see? The only reason any man wants “to find a nice woman to love and have a family with” is because “society” tells him to do so. Because there is no objective reason why a man might wish “to participate in this heterosexual lifestyle,” Zachary Antolak lectured the world via YouTube in 2009, therefore men only have sex with women because they are under “a lot of pressure” from society to do so. This is simply a colloquial restatement of feminist “social construction” theory. There is no such thing as human nature, according to feminist theory. No pattern of behavior can be described as “natural” or “normal,” the feminist believes, because to do so would imply that other patterns are unnatural or abnormal and, as Zachary/Zinnia elsewhere says, such “misconceptions” and “stereotypes” produce “harmful cultural messages.”

Let’s ask a simple question: Who is responsible for the “pressure” Zachary/Zinnia describes? Who is it that “tells men” to marry women, form families and otherwise “participate in this heterosexual lifestyle”?

Zachary/Zinnia attributes this to “society,” but who is “society”? There are 7 billion people on this planet, 320 million of whom reside in the United States, so who among us is exercising this “pressure” that Zachary/Zinnia attributes “society”? Speaking for myself personally, I would not give a damn what Zachary/Zinnia does, were it not for his/“her” habit of telling other people what we are allowed to think. The only reason I’m taking time to write about Zachary/Zinnia today is because he/“she” has arrogated to himself/“herself” the authority to tell Laci Green who she is permitted to date. How did Zachary/Zinnia obtain such power? Who is in charge of hiring the Thought Police, and where do I go to apply for that job? Perhaps you see my point. But if not . . .

Zinnia Jones is in a polyamorous relationship with lesbian feminist Heather McNamara and transgender pornographer “Miss Robo.” This came to public attention in 2015, when Ms. McNamara forced her son “to write an essay on misogyny and its effects on society.” Yes, you read that correctly — Ms. McNamara is raising her son from a previous (heterosexual) marriage with the assistance of two transgender “partners.” Collectively, they are the “team” at Gender Analysis.

“For me and my partner of five years, Zinnia Jones, a transgender woman whom I love devotedly, things have recently become even more unpleasant. . . . Making it illegal for her to use the women’s room puts her in a unique situation. Anyone who looks at her would see a woman, but she’s also sometimes recognizable as an openly transgender activist. Does she use the women’s room and risk getting recognized, fined or imprisoned? Or does she use the men’s room and effectively out herself in a political environment that is suspicious, if not outright violent, toward transgender women?”
Heather McNamara, “What ‘Trans Panic’ Means for My Family and Me,” Ms. Magazine, May 10, 2016

One supposes that Ms. McNamara, a self-declared Marxist feminist lesbian, could never “love devotedly” a heterosexual man, but the “transgender woman” formerly known as Zachary Antolak has by some strange magic qualified for inclusion in the McNamara “family.”

After first “coming out” as gay at age 19 in 2009, Zachary Antolak subsequently declared in April 2011 that he was a “she” in a decidedly weird way: “She’s my girlfriend and I’m her girlfriend. and I’m her girlfriend. The answer was right there: I’m a lesbian!

Sure. Whatever you say, pal. Far be it from me to damage your self-esteem with any “harmful cultural messages.” To be honest, I never would have known Zachary/Zinnia existed, if Ms. McNamara had not assigned that essay about “misogyny” to her son in October 2015. That was four years after Zachary/Zinnia’s September 2011 announcement that he/“she” was moving to Florida. Why the relocation?


“In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been a little busy recently. That’s because I’ve now assumed the role of stay-at-home mom. The reason I came to Florida was to help take care of my girlfriend’s children, and that’s what I’ve been doing for the past month. The younger one is not yet out of diapers, and the older one is in second grade. This has been an intense, hands-on learning experience, and probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done. . . . Surprisingly, raising children is not easy!”
Zinnia Jones, “Zinnia’s Parenting Adventure,” Oct. 26, 2011

Heather McNamara divorced her husband, then got 22-year-old transgender “lesbian” Antolak to move in as “stay-at-home mom” to her two young children. Nothing to see here. Move along. Meanwhile . . .

In September 2012, Antolak began transgender “hormone replacement therapy” (HRT). How did that go? Zinnia explained in a 2015 video:


“The physical changes include breast growth,
fat redistribution, muscle loss, genital shrinkage, and
an overall feminized appearance.”

And again, in an August 2016 video:


“I’ve experienced extensive genital shrinkage and
testicular atrophy, along with a lack of spontaneous erections
and a very reduced volume of ejaculate.”

Well, congratulations on the success of your “therapy”! Considering that Zach Antolak wasn’t exactly an impressive specimen of masculine vigor to begin with, I’m sure these . . . uh, therapeutic effects of long-term hormone treatment have been quite remarkable. But undergoing hormone treatment and being a “stay-at-home mom” hasn’t been the only excitement in the life ofZachary Antolak, a/k/a “Zinnia Jones.” Using his/“her” married name of Lauren McNamara, he/“she” was a witness in the 2013 trial of his/“her” friend Bradley “Chelsea” Manning.


Obviously, “stay-at-home mom” Lauren McNamara a/k/a Zinnia Jones a/k/a Zachary Antolak is an upstanding citizen with a respect for law and order. Anyone who suspects otherwise is probably some kind of transphobic right-wing bigot, because Lauren McNamara a/k/a Zinnia Jones a/k/a Zachary Antolak comes from a very respectable background:

My mother considered herself a feminist. (She’s not dead, I just don’t talk to her any more and she might as well be.) She was also bipolar and had a difficult time communicating things in a way that made sense, even though she was intelligent and thoughtful about a lot of things.
Looking back on my childhood, I realize that there were messages she sort of tried to teach me, but didn’t effectively teach me at all. To me, it just looked like more things fitting into her patterns of erratic behavior, but now I understand why she behaved the way she did about me wanting to shave my legs and wear makeup, and why she didn’t mind walking around the house naked after a shower. . . .
It always really bothered me that she would be naked in the house, in front of me and/or my brother. That, combined with her serial monogamy, led me to label her a Slut and grew the hatred I felt toward her. Didn’t she understand boundaries? Didn’t she understand that I didn’t want to see my mom naked? . . .
I think she might have exchanged sexual favors for drugs a few times, and I looked down on her for that, too. . . .
One time, I took a shower in her bathroom and freaked the hell out when I saw her vibrator in there. I thought it was dirty, I thought she was dirty, because of the number of her sexual partners. . . .
At the time, I just labelled her “crazy” and called her Satan behind her back. I knew that she was often noncompliant with her prescription medication and that she self-medicated with marijuana. I was a child being abused and I couldn’t understand why she was the way she was.

Someone with that excellent family background certainly could never be suspected of any kind of wrongdoing. However, Zachary/Zinnia says it is “creepy” for Laci Green to be dating Chris Maldonado, and also . . .


Well, well, well. Advocating the destruction of Laci Green for her alleged “sin” of dating someone of whom Zachary/Zinnia disapproves? Pushing her to the “breaking point”? As many people have pointed out, it is absurd to describe Chris Maldonado as “alt-right.” He supported the socialist Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democrat primaries. To call him a “white supremacist” or a “Nazi” is rather odd, considering his Puerto Rican ancestry (and Laci Green’s half-Iranian heritage). Is he an “MRA” (men’s rights activist)? No, as I say, he strikes me as just a normal guy who doesn’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with being a normal guy, but this is 2017. Feminists will not permit anyone to say a word in defense of normal guys, which makes Chris Maldonado so “controversial” that Laci Green has been excommunicated from feminism for dating him (see also, “Social Justice Warriors Dox, Publish Lengthy Dossier on Feminist YouTuber Laci Green”). As the biography of Zinnia Jones demonstrates, one doesn’t find many sane people in the feminist movement. In fact, it seems that mental illness is now required as a qualification for membership in the feminist movement.


What? Horse dildos?

How do horse dildos figure into the “feminist work” to which Zinnia Jones expresses such a zealous devotion? Why do Zinna Jones’s critics refer to him/“her” as “Queen of the Horse Dildos”? And why, in 2014, did Zinnia Jones write an article entitled, “Animal dildos: An ethical analysis”?

Do you really want the answers to these questions? Because when I tell you that Zinnia Jones produces pornography under the alias “Satana Kennedy,” you might be tempted to do a Google search, and discover the answers to these questions in a most unforgettable manner. You probably don’t want to do this, but if you succumb to foolish curiosity, keep in mind this fact: Zinnia a/k/a “Satana Kennedy” produces his/“her” pornography while functioning as “stay-at-home mom” for Heather McNamara’s two young sons. This is Zinnia’s “feminist work.”


There’s that tattoo again. “Satana Kennedy” — Zinnia Jones a/k/a Zachary Antolak, who tells feminists who they are allowed to date.