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Warning: some readers may find descriptions of the experiences and alleged therapeutic practices disturbing.On Nov. 20, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down bans on juvenile gay conversion therapy in South Florida. The majority votes in the 2-1 decision came from two Trump-appointed judges, who argued that the therapists’ practicing this mode of therapy—resoundingly condemned by every professional body in the field—were having their freedom of speech violated by being banned from practicing.LGBTQ campaigners do not know if the ruling will have a practical effect. It is presently an outlier and for activists an alarming example of Trump’s efficient packing of lower and higher courts with conservative judges, including the Supreme Court with its current 6-3 conservative majority (where a decision in a religious freedom/LGBTQ fostering case is already pending).Gay Conversion Therapy Survivors Speak Out: ‘It’s Torture’The 11th Circuit decision also unnerves activists who thought that a wide consensus had long been reached that conversion therapy—the idea that therapy can be used to turn LGBTQ people straight—was dangerous and wrong.Mathew Shurka, co-founder of Born Perfect, a group for survivors of conversion therapy (like himself), told The Daily Beast that the ruling ran contrary to the 107 laws have been passed against the practice in 20 states, 84 cities, and with the support of over 2,000 elected officials, Republican and Democrat. It seemed until now that conversion therapy was an issue on which there was legal, medical, and political agreement.Dissenting 11th Circuit judge Beverly Martin, quoting the American Psychological Association, said that this was a therapy that caused patients “anger, anxiety, confusion, depression, grief, guilt, hopelessness, deteriorated relationships with family, loss of social support, loss of faith, poor self-image, social isolation, intimacy difficulties, intrusive imagery, suicidal ideation, self-hatred, and sexual dysfunction.”Conversion therapists themselves run from that descriptor, and yet still offer the therapy under new guises, Shurka said. Now re-labeled under phrases like “sexual orientation change efforts” (SOCE), it remains prevalent: An estimated 700,000 people living in America today have been through conversion therapy, according to the Trevor Project. According to its 2020 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, 10 percent of LGBTQ youth reported undergoing conversion therapy, with 78 percent of that group saying they had it when they were aged under 18.In this, the second of two special articles, The Daily Beast speaks to conversion therapy survivors about their experiences.* * *Randy Thomas, 52, is former vice president of the now-defunct Exodus International, which was the world's largest “ex-gay” ministry before it shut down. He lives in Longwood, Florida.It took Randy Thomas 22 years to “come back out of the closet,” as he puts it, “and realize how damaging conversion therapy is. There are people who thought I would never come out of that cult. I was such a true believer. If I can have my eyes opened to the damage and hurt conversion therapy does, our political leaders can too.” While conversion therapy is the accepted description of the practice in the media and legal cases, Thomas said, “it is more accurate to call it child abuse and psychological torture.”Thomas grew up in ‘80s Nashville. “There was a lot of homophobia when I was growing up,” he said. “I was definitely one of those sensitive young kids, given to being very conscientious and emotional. I was timid in a lot of ways. The other kids picked up on that pretty quickly. While the other boys were on the football field, I was over there organizing the fall leaves by color. But I thought what I was doing was fun, and what they were doing was ridiculous.”Thomas was beaten up and picked on. His parents were Christian but not particularly religious, “but the religious influence was there in stigmatizing anything to do with being gay. It permeated everything. I knew from a young age that ‘God hated fags.’”He had crushes on other boys, aged 10. “When The Dukes of Hazzard rolled around, I wanted to marry both Bo and Luke Duke. I thought they were so cute.” Thomas came out to himself at 13, and it didn’t bother him. He had “a really active gaydar,” and fooled around with “the Goth kid” at a neighboring school. As soon as he could, he got a fake ID and started sneaking out to Nashville’s gay bars.Thomas was forced out of the closet, aged 19 in 1987, when his mother found a Valentine’s Day party invite in one of his pockets. When he was a boy, she had told him that when the rest of the world hated him, she and God loved him, “but that night she told me that God was going to curse me with AIDS and a lot of horrible things.” Then she threw her son out of the house.“It was a devastating time on many levels,” Thomas recalled. “Since then I have had real counseling—not conversion therapy—and I honestly think a lot of her anger and malice was about the literal fear she had that I was going to die of AIDS. Later I was able to forgive her, even though it was wrong how she handled it.”Thomas moved to Dallas and carried on partying and taking drugs. Hitting rock bottom one night, he looked in the mirror—literally—“and thought I looked as if I had already died. I was convinced that if I didn’t get sober and change my ways, I would die.”Thomas entered a 12-step program and stayed in it for 10 years. Many of his fellow group members converted to Christianity. “As irritating as that first seemed,” said Thomas, “I watched them become more stable and less wild, that was something I was desperately yearning for at that time. Unfortunately, I got involved in a very toxic strain of theology.”Thomas joined a group called Living Hope, which was about to become a member of the Exodus ministry. Thomas was 24 and expected the group to be “hellfire and brimstone, I went for the spectacle of it all.” He imagined it would provide gossipy grist for his next 12-step meeting. But instead, the seminary student running the group was not overtly hateful. “I was very hostile. He said, ‘Randy, if you don’t want to come to this group you don’t have to.’ I was like, ‘Wait a minute, you’re supposed to threaten me with hell and make me play football.’ He said, ‘I have no interest in wasting either of our times.’ That made me think, ‘Damn it, I’m going to go.’”At the first meeting, there was no talk of homosexuality, but rather about emotional dependency. “That nailed me between the eyes,” said Thomas. “It’s what hooks vulnerable people into these groups. They will address legitimate issues, like emotional dependency, and blame them on being gay. They were not helping a gay man deal with emotional dependency, they used my sexuality as a scapegoat and said, ‘The reason you’re emotionally dependent is because you’re gay.’”At Exodus, Thomas found the constant, unasked-for “free therapy” supplied by conversion therapy counselors “irritating.” He was good friends with Dr. Joseph Nicolosi Sr., the so-called father of modern conversion/reparative therapy, until Nicolosi “started hounding me about my unfinished issues. He considered me too effeminate. I’m just soft-spoken and emotional and very animated. To him, that meant I somehow hadn’t dealt with my aversion to masculinity. I said, ‘I don’t have an aversion to masculinity. That’s what I'm trying to deal with here! I’m very interested in masculinity!’”Nicolosi was not convinced that Thomas had “recovered enough. He thought I hadn’t done enough work to uncover my heterosexual potential. I was just fine with who I was.”Thomas describes what he was subjected to as psychological manipulation, gaslighting, and spiritual abuse. He knows of other conversion therapy survivors who went through more physical torture, such as therapist Chris Austin, who made his clients wear rubber bands, which they then had to snap if they had sexual or romantic thoughts about members of the same sex. (Austin was also convicted of sexually assaulting a male client.) Thomas also heard of conversion therapists using ammonia sticks. If the client felt attracted to a member of the same sex, they were instructed to put the stick up their nose.Thomas tried it. “It was like a COVID test 200 times over. It was like lightning through my cranium. It was terrible.”Thomas said he was “one of the few” who did not lead a secretly gay life within Exodus. “I had learned to numb the pain and live in the pain. I had a falsely constructed sense of self to preserve. Even though it was a false sense of self, it was the only thing I knew.” He said he convinced himself he was called to celibacy. If he saw an attractive guy—on TV, in the gym, on the street—“I immediately prayed against Satan and temptation, and removed myself from the situation. If I masturbated, I would confess it to my mentor. I felt such guilt if I did. We would then process what my attraction to men meant, and ways to cope with it. It was pretty terrible.”Thomas believes that his being out on the LGBTQ scene before joining Exodus had been beneficial. “My whole sense of self had not been built within this cultish belief system. I had lived in the gay community. I had not been in the church closet my whole life.” At Exodus, he had wanted to root out “all of the crazy people” in the Exodus network, such as those using ammonia sticks. “But over time we realized what we were doing was just as dangerous and deadly. We were just putting a smile on it. We weren’t forcing people to come into the groups, but the way we reinforced the false beliefs that conversion therapy puts across kept people within the system.”Thomas met now-senior figures in the Trump administration like Mike Pence, when they attended the Arlington Group, which was composed of leaders of the conservative Christian movement. “I am convinced the only way Trump got the evangelicals’ support is that he had to take Pence as his VP. They sold their soul to him: ‘If you pick Pence, we’ve got your back.’”An internal battle began at Exodus, with Thomas and others like him against the “old guard.” Thomas said he was determined that Exodus should become an organization open to questioning and change. Then a close friend, Michael, committed suicide in 2013. They had met at 12-step, then both gone into “the church closet.” Michael had had a relationship with another man before his death. A mutual friend said that she thought part of the reason Michael had killed himself “was because he thought God was punishing him for ‘going back’ to being gay.”Thomas’ voice cracked. “When Michael committed suicide I couldn’t hyper-spiritualize it away anymore. It broke me. It’s hard not to cry talking about it all over again. I literally fell to my knees crying because I knew the beliefs that had been reinforced in the group we had been part of. I knew that. I had bought into it, and now it had killed one of the best people I had ever met in my life. When Michael killed himself, the blinders were completely ripped off. I couldn’t blame it on Satan or a lack of spiritual maturity because Michael was one of the smartest, most brilliant people in my life. It was a belief we had both bought into, that God was punishing us just for being gay.”Thomas was determined to quit Exodus and recommend its closure. “Not only had it failed in its mission, it was deadly. I knew it was deadly. It was impossible to weed out the craziness because it was all crazy. It made you feel a false sense of self and gave a false world view. It could not weather any true questioning. It would not stand for any real honesty or authenticity. It was a cult in self-preservation mode. After Michael did what he did, there was no denying it any longer. It completely tore my world apart.”Thomas' time since conversion therapy has been “very difficult.” He has learned lessons in dating he feels he should have learned in his twenties. But he and fiancé Dan Scobey have been together for four years (and parent a 13-year-old daughter) and plan to marry next year—the size of the ceremony depending on the scope of the pandemic.“I learned through trials of fire how selfish and relationally immature I am,” Thomas said. He has also rebuilt his career and is now a tech support officer for a cable TV company. His supervisor saw video of him when he was high up in Exodus, and noted how “hoity-toity” he had seemed. “Yeah, I used to get upgraded to First Class and eat out every night, but today I’d much rather help people with tech support, have a much stricter budget, and be fully and authentically in love. I lived a lie to get all these free upgrades, and I’m not willing to do that anymore.”Thomas also notes that twice it has been the LGBTQ community that has embraced him at difficult moments. First, legendary Nashville drag queen Carmella Marcella Garcia, who died last year, took him in when his mother threw him out of the house at 19. “She told me to get my ass over to her condo and welcomed me into her home. She didn’t want rent or anything from me. She fed me, gave me a place to shower and sleep, and really helped me out.”Thomas said that despite things he said while a member of Exodus, he never truly believed LGBTQ people and the LGBTQ community to be bad.The second act of grace was being embraced and listened to by the community once he renounced not just conversion therapy but all the damage Exodus had done to LGBTQ people in its name. He had never experienced being loved and embraced like that while involved in “cultural Christianity.” Today, he calls himself a universalist Christian. “I have had too many spiritualist experiences in my life to deny there is the Divine in the world.”Thomas is “very discouraged” by the 11th Circuit decision. “It just seemed like they didn’t understand the ramifications of a decision like that, and they couldn’t have possibly understood what they were deciding on. If they knew the true harm, there’s no way they would have overturned the bans. This being a federal appeals court gives it more weight. I’m very concerned this tactic will be picked up by those trying to overturn bans all across the country.” Thomas wants people to educate themselves on what conversion therapy is, and how it is practiced. The bans focused on professional counselors licensed by the state, he said, but religious stigma was the most corrosive element for society to confront. “People are shocked that conversion therapy still happens, yet the Trump-led courts are trying to amplify it and spread the idea that you can change who you innately are.”Thomas does not discount the seriousness of the 11th Circuit decision, but while “Trump appointees may have successful battles here and there, we are never going back to where we were. The younger generation isn’t buying into conversion therapy at all. But that doesn’t mean stigma against LGBTQ people won’t take on a different form. It will just be more obvious, and less tolerated.”Thomas is concerned by the Supreme Court’s 6-3 majority, “but that should not stop us in our tracks. We will fight until we get the justice due to LGBTQ+ youth. When it comes to conversion therapy, we must not give up on our youth and children. They need our tenacity, intellect, wisdom, and experience. These are young people. This is child abuse. No community allows child abuse to happen to its young people. There’s never a wrong time to speak up for young people. Whatever happens with this case, or the next bill or policy, we must speak up for our kids regardless of what our leaders do. Conversion therapy is still illegal. It’s still fraud and our kids still need us. Don’t sit there and be silent.”* * *Jason Lindow is a 29-year-old math teacher, living in Salt Lake City, Utah.When Jason Lindow signed up for therapy, he didn’t know he was getting into conversion therapy. He was 21 and—then identifying as a lesbian—had been dating girls for three years. A trans man, he began his transition at 27 (and uses he/him and they/them as pronouns).Lindow told The Daily Beast, “As part of the LGBTQ community, we live our lives in the closet for so long, it makes no sense to me that if I figure out who I am and come out, then I would then somehow shove my past in a closet. I feel like most of my story makes no sense if no one knows that I was in conversion therapy because, pre-transition, I was attracted to women.”Lindow’s family is “extremely active” in the Mormon church. His dad is a bishop and his older brother teaches seminary. He grew up in a small community where exposure to the LGBTQ community was “minimal, and the word trans did not exist in my vocabulary.” His parents were supportive. It was a “mellow,” drama-free childhood. The family was not well-off, “but I definitely never felt like I went without.”Growing up, Lindow felt “uncomfortable,” battling to dress as “masculinely” as possible in T-shirts and button-down shirts. He grew up in oversized clothing and wore his brother’s hand-me-downs. His parents didn’t push him, they just treated Lindow as a tomboy, he said. He never wore make-up, tied his hair back, and never wore anything to accentuate his curves or breasts.Lindow was attracted to girls, at 13 falling for a teammate on the school basketball team, but assumed “feelings for guys would come later.” Lindow stayed focused on school and athletics, then got into college and found the attraction to women still there. “I thought, ‘Oh, there is something here. I’m different from everyone I know,’ and that’s where the self-discovery portion of my life took off.”When Lindow first heard the word “lesbian” at 18 years old, he thought, “Oh, that describes me, that’s who I am.” (Nine years later, teaching a trans student—Lindow is a high school math teacher—became the recognition-key to Lindow discovering his trans self.)At college, Lindow dated a girlfriend for three years. “There was a huge battle for years between my identity and religion internally,” Lindow said. He decided to serve on a Mormon mission. Lindow had already told his bishop that they were in a lesbian relationship: “I said, ‘This is where I am, this is who I am, and what I want to do.’” The bishop said Lindow would have to have six months of therapy before signing off on Lindow going on a mission with a female companion. “The Bishop was a pretty loving guy,” Lindow recalled. “But he said I couldn’t have a relationship with a woman. Abstinence was the church’s view. I didn’t feel his language was judgmental.”The therapist, from the church’s Family Services arm, gave Lindow sentences to repetitively write on pieces of paper. These included: “I can make my own choices, and I can choose not to be with women,” and “God loves me as one his daughters, and can help make me whole.” Lindow had to write the sentences 25 to 30 times a session.“I’m one of those types of people who, when I make a decision, go 110 percent for it. So, at the time, I was like, ‘This is what I have to do to show I am capable of serving a mission.’ I didn’t realize the effects it was having on me until I was out of it. I knew I was getting depressed and my emotions and feelings were getting turned off. But I wasn’t aware of that until I was around people who were very accepting of me being a lesbian. Looking back, I definitely call it a form of brainwashing.”Lindow felt the therapist was saying, “You’re in control of your choices. We’re going to teach you what to appropriately choose. So, in their eyes: I can choose to be or not to be with women, and can choose to be with men. The thing is, they’re making the choice for you.”Lindow began to feel “like a robot going through the motions.” Life came to feel “colorless and grey. I found myself taking sleeping pills. I was very depressed. My body was there, but I wasn’t there mentally and emotionally.”Lindow didn’t keep relationships and friendships intact, spending time mostly alone. “My brain went into a defense mechanism if I saw a girl, automatically shutting down. As the therapist had said, ‘This is a choice I’m making.’ People don’t realize how much love and attraction, and having ability to express that, adds to your life.” The intention may have been to close down same-gender attraction, said Lindow, but the result was a closing down of so many more feelings and relationships as Lindow’s feelings of depression increased. Lindow said that at least as an adult he could walk away at any time; a younger person, placed into conversion therapy by a parent—like Mathew Shurka in part one of this series—would not have that option.Near the end of the six months of therapy, Lindow took more and more sleeping pills, “in my head thinking I would rather be asleep than awake. I never necessarily wanted to kill myself, but I definitely felt this sense of ‘What is the point of living if this is how I feel being alive?’ I think if I had kept doing conversion therapy I’m not sure I would still be here. It’s a hopeless feeling—growing up with a sense of what life should look like for you to be a good person. You get told by a bishop to do this, and hit a point of not being able to go through with it. It makes you internalize, ‘I’m not a good person, I don’t know where I fit in.’”That summer, Lindow stopped doing the therapy and worked for the Forest Service, with a kind and affirming boss who was “an angel and someone I consider a second mom.” Being around nature was also restorative. Lindow stopped going to therapy and church, while remaining a member of it for another year. At one point, he was rushed to the hospital, having suffered a mild heart attack. “When it happened, I didn’t think about not being the best Mormon I could be, but more that I hadn’t been in a committed relationship. That was the moment I knew I had to walk away from the church.” Multiple tests could not find a physical cause for the heart attack. It had occurred around the time of realizing he was trans, and once Lindow began transitioning, the symptoms—and anxiety—receded.Now, almost three years since beginning his transition, Lindow feels “very much at home in my body, and interacting with other people.” High school friends tell him how much more outgoing, talkative, and happy he is. “My posture is different. I sit up straighter,” said Lindow. “It’s a journey for my family. Fortunately, they haven’t disowned me in any way. They don’t necessarily agree with my decision, but I don’t feel unwelcome.”Lindow is very much in love with his partner Megan. They have been together for three years; she is “very open-minded and accepting,” and they met three months into Lindow’s transition. Her love has been “very validating. I knew who I was and I could love myself, and then it was great to find I could have a healthy, loving relationship with another person—and to realize I didn’t have to necessarily change to have that love and acceptance and share it with another person.”Lindow’s family do not know he once went to conversion therapy. “I definitely think they believe to be truly happy, only one mold fits. I don’t think they’d want me to have gone to conversion therapy, but I definitely do think they wish I had never transitioned and been celibate.” There is not much of a hangover from the therapy, Lindow said. “When I started transitioning was when I kind of left that behind, and part of transition—for me, anyway—meant a mental disconnect from my past self. That pre-transition person feels like a different person. Luckily, I was able to walk away from the conversion therapy.”Lindow sometimes looks back and wishes “I had figured out I was trans at 18. Sometimes I feel late to the party. I went through puberty at 27 years old, and started to figure out small pieces of myself at 28 and 29. At the same time, based on my religious upbringing, if it had happened sooner I don’t know if I’d have been ready to hear it.”Today, Lindow considers himself spiritual, while not identifying with any specific religion. “I do believe in a higher power or empathy, but I don’t necessarily call it God. I typically go out and hike every Sunday. For me, being in nature and surrounded by other creations is where I feel most connected and most spiritual.” The “temperature and climate” of the Mormon church is slowly changing, Lindow thinks. “I don’t know if it will get to the point of accepting and honoring LGBTQ marriages. I do think it honestly and openly values people who consider themselves LGBTQ, but it still teaches abstinence and celibacy. At their core is ‘family,’ and their version of family is where a lot of their doctrine and beliefs come from.”Lindow has seen more and more Mormons embrace LGBTQ family members and people they know. “Give it 10 or 20 years of that happening. The church has to follow suit, or it will lose a lot of people.”Lindow is also incredibly proud of the kids he teaches, who—as well as being energized by the 2020 election—also set up the first Gay-Straight Alliance in the heavily Mormon area where their school is located.Lindow is concerned by the implications of the 11th Circuit decision, and generally by the conservative packing of courts and what that means for LGBTQ civil rights. “A lot of conservative people have a closed-off mindset, a one-size-fits-everyone attitude, and any kid who doesn’t follow that is told, ‘Let me show you what’s true.’ Or, ‘Let me fix you.’ I would hope that future judges be open-minded enough to actually listen to public comments, pro and against. “It’s very rare that you will hear someone who has gone through conversion therapy to be for it. It is definitely manipulation, and brainwashing is the best term for it. As a culture, we need to come from a place of celebrating and accepting a person’s differences, instead of chaining the person to an ideal of what you want them to be. Instead, step back and say, ‘You’re beautiful as you are. Nothing needs to be changed in you for you to gain self-love and self-acceptance.’ You should know that, no matter where you are in your life.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Adam Laxalt, the co-chair of the Trump campaign in Nevada, is fighting ferociously against his state’s decision to reward its six electoral votes to President-elect Joe Biden, alleging widespread voter fraud and hyping litigation to overturn Biden’s victory.But a nonprofit ethics and transparency group affiliated with Laxalt, Nevada’s former attorney general, has already conceded Biden’s victory and is looking ahead to the new administration.“It’s become clear that we’re going to be having a Biden team and a Biden administration in 2021,” said Caitlin Sutherland, the executive director of Americans for Public Trust, in an interview on Tuesday. The new administration is “what we will remain focused on going into next year.”Sutherland stressed that Laxalt’s work with the Trump re-election campaign, and his efforts to invalidate Biden’s win in Nevada, were entirely separate from his work with APT, a tax-exempt nonprofit that’s barred by law from engaging in political or partisan activity. “That is something he does in a personal capacity outside his role in APT,” Sutherland said. “As a 501c3, we, and Adam when he works with us, do not engage in anything with a partisan or political bent.”Nevada Gov. Calls Trump’s Conspiracy Theory Retweet ‘Unconscionable’ But Laxalt maintains his position as APT’s outside counsel and frequent spokesman even as he works with the Trump team in a personal capacity. And the fact that the group he works with is planning for a reality he refuses to concede underscores just how great a divergence has developed within the broader conservative movement. One faction appears unable to acknowledge the reality of Joe Biden’s win—perhaps for fear of offending Trump. Another doesn’t want to get caught flat-footed for when that reality comes about.Illustrating the political complications that these two pulls can create for the president’s political allies, Sutherland followed up on her initial interview with The Daily Beast to clarify her statement—and hedge her view on the outcome of the election. “As Biden is working to build out his team, APT will provide transparency and scrutiny, even as litigation on the election results are ongoing,” she wrote.As a leading Trump campaign official in Nevada, Laxalt has been a face of the campaign’s efforts to overturn the state’s presidential contest. Last month, he appeared at a news conference in North Las Vegas—alongside former Trump intelligence chief Ric Grenell and GOP lobbyist Matt Schlapp—to level allegations of widespread voter fraud and preview a lawsuit demanding that a state court declare Trump the winner, despite trailing by more than 33,000 votes.The Shady Ex-Cop Behind Trump’s Nevada Voter-Fraud FarceAs part of that lawsuit, the campaign submitted a list of thousands of voters who it said had cast ballots in Nevada despite living out of state. Many of those voters turned out to be military servicemen and their families stationed outside of Nevada, but who are permitted by law to cast ballots in the state.Like nearly all of the Trump campaign’s election-related lawsuits over the past month, the Nevada effort has so far fallen short. Last week, Nevada’s Supreme Court certified Biden’s win in the state. The campaign’s efforts persist nonetheless, and the president and his attorneys continue to gripe about a nonexistent conspiracy against him perpetrated by high-level government officials—including Republicans—and voting machine companies with nebulous ties to foreign dictators.On Tuesday, the president hailed a Nevada court ruling allowing both presidential campaigns to inspect voting machines used in the state’s largest county. In a tweet on the ruling, Trump tagged Grennell, Schlapp, and Laxalt.Founded this year, APT uses open records requests and other transparency tools to root out apparent conflicts of interest and ethical breaches among government officials and interest groups. APT is a conservative-leaning group, though Sutherland, a former research director at the National Republican Congressional Committee, said it has and will continue to investigate Republicans and Democrats alike.“We have demanded accountability and transparency from a variety of groups and politicians from both sides of the aisle. That momentum will not change as we head into a Biden administration,” she said.APT has already begun to file open records requests for documents related to incoming Biden administration officials, Sutherland said. “We are taking a look at each individual that will be nominated to the cabinet, and who President-elect Biden is surrounding himself with, what that network has done in the past, and what they would mean in a Biden administration.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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Netflix is brimming with outlandish out-of-this-world genre fare, but the streaming giant’s latest docuseries, Alien Worlds, puts the science back in science fiction. Imagining what life might be like on distant planets, producer Nigel Paterson’s four-episode endeavor utilizes what we know about biology and civilization on Earth to speculate about extraterrestrial existence—a mix of knowledge and conjecture that’s echoed by its form, which marries nature documentary footage from around the globe with inventive CGI panoramas of bizarre landscapes and creatures. The result is a fantastical—and fascinating—intergalactic version of Planet Earth.In light of that structure, it’s only natural that Alien Worlds (premiering Dec. 2) boasts its own David Attenborough-like narrator: acclaimed English actress Sophie Okonedo, who imparts surprising and enlightening facts about Earth’s varied ecosystems—and surmises about what that could mean for life elsewhere—with sonorous, import-laden gravity. Okonedo’s commentary not only guides the proceedings but lends them a measure of weight as well, making clear that, though much of what’s depicted about the four non-existent planets envisioned here is, in the strictest sense, make-believe, it’s make-believe rooted in quantifiable reality.The Pop Culture That Made This Horrible Year WorthwhileAlien Worlds establishes its premise by first explaining that mankind has already discovered more than 4,000 exoplanets (i.e. those beyond our solar system), and that there may in fact be as many as one million billion trillion exoplanets scattered throughout the universe. Faced with such mind-boggling numbers, it’s hard to imagine that not a single one of them has developed some form of life. The series’ first installment thus conceives of one such possible exoplanet: Atlas, which is double the size of Earth, and consequently blessed with twice as much gravity. As is the program’s wont, Atlas is introduced from afar, with statistical read-outs about its various qualities, be it the length of its days, its diameter, its mass, and its atmospheric density.As witnessed in grand CG vistas of its environment, Atlas’ enhanced gravity has led to vegetation on its surface as well as a thick buoyant atmosphere (thanks to densely packed air molecules) that allow seeds to fly through the air in clusters, and animals—such as six-winged avian beasts dubbed skygrazers—to perpetually soar. The skygrazers’ biology is explained with a thoroughness that also goes for passages about their feeding, mating, and reproduction processes, all of which are based on things we know about flight, hunting, and procreation from, respectively, paragliders, falcons, and beetles. With their long tails, multiple wings, and long dragon-like bodies, skygrazers resemble something out of Avatar, but the show shrewdly links their characteristics and habits to identifiable traits found on Earth.The same holds true for Janus, a fictional exoplanet that, because it’s in such close orbit to its star, is actually locked in a fixed gravitational pull—meaning it always displays the same face to its sun, leaving half the planet a bright, scorching-hot desert and the other a dark, frozen wasteland. Such a yin-yang world seems fit for a stand-alone Star Trek adventure. Yet bolstered by discussions with astrophysicists and biologists from around the globe, Alien Worlds makes the implausible sound reasonably plausible. Detailing how Janus’ five-legged pentapods might adapt to their diametrically opposed environments through a discussion of leafcutter ants—which come from the same larva, but develop according to their particular circumstances—it conjures a believable vision of a thriving bifurcated ecosystem.In all four of its concise episodes, Alien Worlds crafts intriguing ideas about the theoretical mechanisms of alien life, be it with regards to sex, survival, or the myriad connections that bind everything in a symbiotic web—a fact underscored by its portrait of the two-starred, energy-rich Eden, where an ecosystem is founded upon the links between fungi, grazers, and hunters. Though the series has a habit of replaying some of its more elaborate CGI sequences—in this case, a centerpiece slow-motion chase between a four-armed alien monkey and its rabbit-like grazer prey—its rigid focus on the intertwined nature of nature remains diligent, and lends credence to its more eccentric ideas.Alien Worlds is rife with what-if notions. Ultimately, however, it’s most enlightening about the building blocks of Earthly life. There’s a bait-and-switch effect to Paterson’s series, which arouses interstellar flights of fantasy while educating viewers about the genuinely complex interactions of plants, animals, environments, and humans. From insects’ use of excessively protruding horns to attract mates, to the mayfly nymphs’ brief river-air-river life cycle, to the fungal mycelium—a vast, invisible bio-network that allows fungi to sustain an entire forest—the action’s grander hypotheses are consistently modeled after perceptible and unique phenomena found in our rain forests, deserts, oceans, and backyards.If Alien Worlds veers a bit off-course, it’s with its final chapter, which leans more heavily into actual sci-fi territory. Envisioning a highly advanced species of body-less neural matter blobs that rely on their sentient robot workers, the show concocts a scenario in which a dying star compels this race of beings to relocate from their beloved Terra to a new, safer home—an undertaking that necessitates terraforming carried out by artificially intelligent machines. While this mission’s particulars are described in the same scientifically meticulous manner as the other scenarios, the futurism-laced suppositions here tend to be slightly more far-fetched, thereby unbalancing the carefully calibrated action.Even so, the closing Terra episode conveys a sense of awe and wonder that’s directly in tune with its preceding tales. Moreover, in a conversation with astrobiologist Douglas Vakoch, it exudes curiosity and excitement about the vast unknown. Determined to broadcast regular messages into the cosmos in order to potentially make first contact, Vakoch contends that the prime thing limiting our chances for extraterrestrial communion is our anxiety about who, or what, we might find responding to us. Vakoch blames Hollywood movies for instilling in humanity an instinctive fear of aliens as invading, annihilating conquerors, and his desire to quell those concerns—and to promote outer-space exploration as a means of understanding ourselves, and fostering our own evolution—is one that, in the end, is shared by Alien Worlds.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
The automobile industry is being transformed by the adoption of technologies, applications, and services ranging from sensors to artificial intelligence to big data analysis; thus, the ecosystem is witnessing a steady influx of new players, resulting in the continuous evolution of the future car.New York, Dec. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report "Big Data Market in the Automotive Industry - Growth, Trends, Forecasts (2020 - 2025)" - https://www.reportlinker.com/p05993772/?utm_source=GNW Increasing efforts from various stakeholders in utilizing the vehicle generated data coupled with a growing installed base of connected cars drive the growth of the market.- Big data analytics allows the automobile manufacturing industry to collect data from ERP systems to combine information from multiple functional units of the business and the supply chain members. With the emergence of industry IoT, a networked system, M2M communication, the automotive industry is positioning itself towards industry 4.0 ready. Sensors, RFIDs, barcode readers, robots are now standard on the industry’s manufacturing floor. These devices have increased data generation points exponentially.- The broad adoption of big data analytics across numerous manufacturing sectors is expected to impact the market’s growth significantly over the forecast period. Many key vendors in the automotive industry are collaborating with the technology provider, which would help them be straight ahead of the competition. For instance, in 2020, Otonomo signed a commercial agreement with Mitsubishi Motors on an initiative to provide Mitsubishi Motors’ connected car customers with exciting new services while adhering to international data privacy regulations.- Furthermore, big data analytics have helped automobile manufacturers boost their efficiency in terms of sales and marketing. It has also improved its operations by aiding in the incorporation of utilities like predictive maintenance and service schedule. It has also aided automotive vendors in streamlining the procurement process, making it more cost-efficient by analyzing the data for demand prediction.- With global sales of cars embedded with telematics reaching 28.5 million units in 2019 (according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance; MarkLines), it is no surprise that auto manufacturers are rapidly adopting connected car technology and embedding it within their vehicles. For instance, GM recently announced that it would be selling 4G data packages for connected vehicles that are powered by the AT&T network, including monthly subscriptions, one-time top-ups, daily passes, and even the ability to connect the car to a shared data plan with other devices. With the advent of ADAS systems, the vehicle’s data is expected to increase exponentially over the forecast period.- Big data is increasingly playing a vital role in handling the effects of pandemic across industries. Various enterprises are increasingly investing in enhancing their decision-making process more data-driven. The uncertainties induced by COVID-19 have created great havoc across different industries.- Some of the companies are using big data solutions to understand the current requirements of the customer. For instance, AutoHome, an online car marketplace for Chinese automotive consumers, has utilized big data solutions to analyze changing customer behavior during the COVID-19 to understand their requirements in a better way. Also, it created smart showrooms and virtual stores to offer major functions of online car purchasing. This type of significant use case will drive market growth in the coming years.Key Market TrendsProduct Development, Supply Chain and Manufacturing Segment Holds for a Major Share Throughout the Forecast period- In the current technology-driven business environment, Big Data stands as one of the primary drivers of productivity and efficiency for manufacturers. With the high rate of adoption of sensors and connected devices and the enabling of M2M communication, there has been a massive increase in the automotive industry’s data points.- Data analytics is at a nascent stage in the automotive business. While data analytics has been a component of the mainstream in the manufacturing, marketing, and supply chain sectors of the automotive industry, data generation, and analysis from the product have seen the smallest effort. Nevertheless, with the Internet of Things and computing becoming successful, less costly avenues for gathering data are beginning to appear in the industry.- Connected vehicles have the potential to bring about a massive change in user experience. According to The Associated Press, the global automotive industry is projected to deliver some 76.3 million connected cars by 2023. Being provided with hardware and software allows them to connect to the cloud, creating data to obtain actionable insight. Data from sensors on the vehicle can change how automotive firms monitor performance and maintain product quality and safety. Access to real-time, on-road data assists in accelerated product development.- General Motors, the largest American automobile manufacturing company, has been the pioneer of Big Data and analytics in the automotive industry. Cars with sensors and processors are commonplace these days. General Motors has sensors and telematics within the car as its center of interest, as it saves them a lot of revenue and makes their cars more secure and reliable. For instance, according to DataFlair, telematics is like a goldmine as it provides them massive savings of up to USD 800 per car.Asia-pacific Segment is Expected to Grow at a Significant Rate Over the Forecast Period- Asia-Pacific has the largest population of all the regions. With an increase in the urban population and increased purchasing power, Asia-Pacific is one of the largest automotive industry markets.- China has been dominating the market in terms of the highest number of car users across the world. According to the Chinese Association of Automotive Manufacturers, Chinese automotive companies sold over 25.76 million vehicles in 2019.- The demand for connected cars is propelling the market for big data in the automotive industry in Asia-Pacific. Despite an overall slowdown in China, where auto sales fell for 14 straight months to the end of August 2019, Audi managed an 11% sales increase last year to 660,000 cars, led by the demand for its popular sport utility vehicles. The German carmaker also managed a 2% gain in the first eight months of 2019.- Increasing adoption, accuracy, and the reducing prices of sensors, cameras, and software are certain factors driving the increase in the adoption of big data in the automotive industry in the region. For instance, in March 2020, the Chinese automaker, Changan, launched its UNI-T with facial recognition for driver monitoring and human-computer interaction. The UNI-T also features an L3 self-driving system, which the company plans to introduce once autonomous driving is fully established in China.Competitive LandscapeThe big data market in the automotive industry is moderately competitive and consists of a significant number of global and regional players. These players account for a considerable share in the market and focus on expanding their customer base. These vendors focus on the research and development activities, strategic partnerships, and other organic & inorganic growth strategies to earn a competitive edge over the forecast period.- October 2020 - DRVR launched a new BI Analytics dashboard for Fuel. The dashboard helps fleet owners get information about the suitable vehicle, least economical fleet, and others. There is a need for a GPS provider to use the dashboard, which offers fuel data ideally via CanBus, but this can also be analog data or through a fuel sensor. GPS providers supported include Navixy, Ruptela, and Geotab.- October 2020 - Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) collaborated with Microsoft Research India to develop smartphone-based HAMS technology for testing applicants seeking a driving license. The HAMS technology has already been deployed at the Automated Driving Test Centre (ADTC), Dehradun, in association with Uttarakhand State Transport Department.Reasons to Purchase this report:- The market estimate (ME) sheet in Excel format- 3 months of analyst supportRead the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05993772/?utm_source=GNWAbout ReportlinkerReportLinker is an award-winning market research solution. Reportlinker finds and organizes the latest industry data so you get all the market research you need - instantly, in one place.__________________________ CONTACT: Clare: firstname.lastname@example.org US: (339)-368-6001 Intl: +1 339-368-6001
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Dublin, Dec. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Infection Control Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2020-2025" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. The global infection control market grew at a CAGR of around 7% during 2014-2019. Looking forward, the global infection control market to exhibit strong growth during the next five years.Infection control refers to the process of eliminating or preventing the spread of contaminants in healthcare settings. It aims to ensure the safety of healthcare workers and patients by minimizing the exposure to pathogens, such as viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi that can cause respiratory, ear, eye, skin and urinary tract infections. It involves several practices, such as standard immunizations, practicing care while sneezing and coughing and using protective clothing, such as gloves, masks and surgical drapes and gowns. Apart from this, cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing objects and surfaces are other crucial infection control activities conducted in hospitals, clinics, laboratories and pharmaceutical and food manufacturing units.The increasing prevalence of hospital-acquired infections (HAI) and chronic medical ailments is one of the key factors driving the growth of the market. Furthermore, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread across the globe, there is an acute shortage of masks, personal protection equipment (PPE) and sanitization solutions. As a result, there has been a significant increase in the demand for infection control solutions in healthcare centers. In line with this, increasing health consciousness among the masses is also providing a boost to the market growth. Moreover, food manufacturers are increasingly emphasizing on sterilization and disinfection to minimize the risks of contamination and spoilage of food and beverages. Additionally, various product innovations, such as the development of single-use medical nonwoven devices and sanitizers with high-intensity infection prevention capabilities, are contributing to the growth of the market. Other factors, including the rising geriatric population that is more susceptible to infections, along with improvements in the healthcare infrastructure, are anticipated to drive the market further. Key Questions Answered in This Report: How has the global infection control market performed so far and how will it perform in the coming years?What has been the impact of COVID-19 on the global infection control market?What are the key regional markets?What is the breakup of the market based on the type?What is the breakup of the market based on the end user?What are the various stages in the value chain of the industry?What are the key driving factors and challenges in the industry?What is the structure of the global infection control market and who are the key players?What is the degree of competition in the industry? Key Topics Covered: 1 Preface2 Scope and Methodology 2.1 Objectives of the Study2.2 Stakeholders2.3 Data Sources2.4 Market Estimation2.5 Forecasting Methodology3 Executive Summary4 Introduction4.1 Overview4.2 Key Industry Trends5 Global Infection Control Market5.1 Market Overview5.2 Market Performance5.3 Impact of COVID-195.4 Market Forecast6 Market Breakup by Type6.1 Equipment6.1.1 Market Trends6.1.2 Major Types22.214.171.124 Disinfectors126.96.36.199.1 Washers188.8.131.52.2 Flushers184.108.40.206.3 Ultrasonic Cleaners220.127.116.11 Sterilization Equipment18.104.22.168.1 Heat Sterilization22.214.171.124.2 Low Temperature Sterilization126.96.36.199.3 Radiation Sterilization188.8.131.52.4 Filtration-Based Sterilization184.108.40.206.5 Others220.127.116.11 Others6.1.3 Market Forecast6.2 Services6.2.1 Market Trends6.2.2 Major Types18.104.22.168 Contract Sterilization22.214.171.124.1 ETO Sterilization126.96.36.199.2 Gamma Sterilization188.8.131.52.3 E-Beam Sterilization184.108.40.206.4 Steam Sterilization220.127.116.11 Infectious Waste Disposal6.2.3 Market Forecast6.3 Consumables6.3.1 Market Trends6.3.2 Major Types18.104.22.168 Disinfectants22.214.171.124 Sterilization Consumables126.96.36.199 Personal Protective Equipment188.8.131.52 Others6.3.3 Market Forecast7 Market Breakup by End User7.1 Hospitals and Clinics7.2 Medical Device Companies7.3 Clinical Laboratories7.4 Pharmaceutical Companies7.5 Others8 Market Breakup by Region9 SWOT Analysis10 Value Chain Analysis11 Porters Five Forces Analysis12 Price Analysis13 Competitive Landscape13.1 Market Structure13.2 Key Players13.3 Profiles of Key Players 3M CompanyAdvanced Sterlization Products Services Inc. (Fortive Corporation)Belimed AG (Metall Zug)Cantel Medical Corp.Getinge ABMatachanaMetrex Research LLC (Envista Holdings and Sybron Dental Specialities Inc.)MMM Munchener Medizin Mechanik GmbHPal InternationalSterigenics U.S. LLC (Sotera Health Holdings LLC)Steris CorporationTSO3 Inc. (Stryker Corporation). For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/tafvp4 Research and Markets also offers Custom Research services providing focused, comprehensive and tailored research. CONTACT: CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager email@example.com For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900
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