Yesterday's big-deal problem turned out to be in large part an "upstream" or GIGO issue: if you're sent bad or (worse) inconsistently-wrong content, often you can't fix it in real time. Oopsie.
More clue-by-fourage: yesterday's big news was a Presidential policy-change-by-tweet, barring "transgender" persons from military service once again. Except that:
A) It's actually "still," the Pentagon having already put off until January 2018 implementation of the Obama Administration policy change that let 'em serve.
B) The best (i.e., the Pentagon paid for 'em) estimates are that we're talking about maybe as many as 2500 full-time troops and 1500 reservists; this would be a lot if they all showed up at the mall but with over two million people in the armed forces, it's literally a rounding error, 0.19%* So be outraged pro or outraged con, either way you're snuffling after trifles.
Sure, it's a big deal, cultural-signalling-wise. But you could watch a regiment march past with that percentage and never notice. So I'm calling the whole issue as beneath notice except by those directly affected. Hate it? Love it? Wait three and a half to seven and a half years.
My best guess is that people in battle don't spend a lot of effort wondering if they still like being called "Gladys" or if the person next to them does. YMMV.
And for those worried about a possible draft, the old standby of showing up at the draft board in a dress -- or, in this modern equal-opportunity age, with a mustache -- is once again good.
C) The monetary angle is nonsense, another rounding error. This bothers the hell out of me -- because the price of policing the world is so insanely expensive that we can lose eight and a half million of our nice clean tax money in the sofa cushions. Mote in one eye, log in the other, which you gonna go after first?
But they wave the ol' freak flag and everyone is supposed to pick a side. Heck with that; I don't run the .mil. I'm going to treat people as well as they treat me, and not speculate on their pasts. Ex-commie? Former girl? Married to six people? Tattooed head to toe? Voted for the wrong horse, last race? I don't care, as long as you're clean, polite and not unfriendly.
* Using numbers from several different articles, the
highest percentage I get is 0.51%, which just barely gets out of
rounding error territory. Frank Sinatra songs about rams and dams aside, that's no leverage at all.
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