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Open Thread: #BrexitDay and the impeachment fiasco oh and maybe also the coronavirus

There’s a lot going on, and most of it is terrible.

Discuss. No trolls.

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MissEB47 (Rainbow Lorikeet and Beak Typist)
MissEB47 (Rainbow Lorikeet and Beak Typist)
2 years ago

Naglfar-there have been reports of cases in Melbourne in my old neighbourhood. I worry for my friend and the family I lived with, because they are still living there. Also, my landlords’ daughter recently had a baby. Another problem is that people no longer seem to practice good hygiene and courtesy when it comes to covering their mouth and nose when sneezing/coughing. People also wipe their nose with their hand and touch stuff without washing their hands or using sanitiser. Just a couple of minutes ago a man sitting behind me at the cafe sneezed twice without covering, wiped his nose with his hand and immediately touched the news paper he was reading, a news paper provided by the cafe that other people will read shortly. Disgusting! I see stuff like this every day, multiple times a day. People know about the corona virus, yet they still do this stuff. I’m seriously worried it will spread throughout Melbourne.

Yutolia the Laissez-Fairy Pronoun Boner
Yutolia the Laissez-Fairy Pronoun Boner
2 years ago

@Universal Kami: yeah, that’s as seriously as they’re taking it! I also know that as soon as he gets bored with me (I’m seriously hoping he will! Now isn’t soon enough!) he will target someone else, and that scares me too, because this guy just escalates stuff.

@Naglfar: thanks! I’m looking forward to it, I’m hoping it’s indicative of the coming year.

Naglfar
Naglfar
2 years ago

Is it just me, or has there been an uptick in talk of forced sterilization this week? It’s making me a bit uncomfortable.

Random Q
Random Q
2 years ago

@Nagflar. It’s not just you; and it makes me uncomfortable as well. I don’t want children, like ever, and would be happy if I could be sterilized to prevent that. But some people do want children. Maybe they wouldn’t be the best parents, maybe they shouldn’t breed; but I feel like forced sterilization is a pro-choice issue. It’s YOUR body, you get to decide what happens with it. Whether it’s abortion, sterilization, or pregnancy, the only person who should have a say is the person who owns that body. Everyone else, butt out.

@everyone who gave links. Thanks, peeps! I like the snark in wonkette though it did throw me off a bit at first! The first article I clicked was actually the one Crip Dyke used as an example!

I had a more to say to those who gave me links, but the internet went buh-bye while I was typing and… there you be.

Naglfar
Naglfar
2 years ago

@Random Q

I feel like forced sterilization is a pro-choice issue. It’s YOUR body, you get to decide what happens with it. Whether it’s abortion, sterilization, or pregnancy, the only person who should have a say is the person who owns that body. Everyone else, butt out.

I agree 100%. Someone’s body is their own business, not someone else’s. There’s too much of a history of sterilizing people on the basis of race, mental health, or other characteristics.

Catalpa
Catalpa
2 years ago

I don’t really understand the racism about the coronavirus. Do people really think that Asian folks they see in their cities have freshly arrived there from China? No, they mostly live in the area they’re found in, same as everyone else. How someone looks has no correlation to where they have been recently (except for maybe obvious tans indicating having been to a hot location).

Suppose I’m asking too much for racists to apply even a modest amount of critical thought, though.

Masse_Mysteria
Masse_Mysteria
2 years ago

@Catalpa
I live pretty close to an airport and there are a lot of international hotels around, so I see Asian-looking people walking around with suitcases all the time, so in theory I guess I could be worried about them since they may have recently arrived from somewhere. Then again, I also see flight crew in uniforms sometimes, and who knows where they’ve been? And once they take their uniforms off, why, they could be anyone!

Not to mention that if someone was from Wuhan, they probably are worried for folks back at home and might not be able to return to them, what with the flights being cancelled, so telling them to go home would be bad form to say the least.

On forced sterilisation: As a trans* person living in the last Nordic country to force sterilisation on trans* people who medically transition, I kindly as no one to push it.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
2 years ago

There was a bit of fuss here because the drivers of the busses bringing back people from Wuhan didn’t wear protective clothing.

However it transpired that the health authorities here said they didn’t need to as there’s no risk.

Which does tally with the expert advice (as opposed to wild uninformed speculation on the internet).

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/why-coronavirus-mask-drivers-coaches-17671978

Katamount
Katamount
2 years ago

I remember the SARS outbreak of 2003. The halcyon days before social media. It was bad, but I trusted in the professionals to handle it and in Toronto, they did.

Yet everyone and their dog on Twitter is talking about this thing like it’s Captain Trips. It’s clearly a potentially lethal illness, but so is influenza. I just wish social media and regular media could keep a little perspective.

Naglfar
Naglfar
2 years ago

@Katamount

I just wish social media and regular media could keep a little perspective.

Sadly, that’s rather unlikely. Sensationalism sells, so the media makes mountains into molehills to get views.

Moggie
Moggie
2 years ago

Relevant:

Steven I Dutch
Steven I Dutch
2 years ago

Love the cat! My wife curls her upper lip like that in mock annoyance (trust me, I know the difference!). That snarl is about a 6, but most impressive for a cat.

Chris O
2 years ago

Off-topic, but our old pal Andrew Anglin at the Daily Stormer has just fired his entire writing staff due to lack of money.

Naglfar
Naglfar
2 years ago

@Chris O
Although it appears he kept Pomidor Quixote on board in some capacity, so he will keep providing material for this blog to mock in the form of his takes on emojis, fat people, female orgasms, old TV shows, and trans* people.

Moggie
Moggie
2 years ago

Jon Brodkin screenshotted Anglin’s rant, here:

https://twitter.com/jbrodkin/status/1224386580573499395

If Anglin is to believed, the Nazi grift just doesn’t pay any more, at least for him. I wish I thought that was a hopeful sign, but with white supremacism going mainstream, maybe his site’s just not needed now?

Naglfar
Naglfar
2 years ago
Snowberry
Snowberry
2 years ago

Re: Limbaugh – Comments on left-wing political sites tend to be split between “You smoked cigars, long claimed smoking was harmless, and now you have lung cancer, reap what you sowed” and “Nobody deserves cancer, not even people like Rush Limbaugh” with the occasional “Hahaha fuck you fat pig”. Or maybe not so occasional, since the mods on a few sites I checked note that they had to delete some inappropriate comments.

The dark cloud is “cancer is still a thing, still bad”, the silver lining is “Rush Limbaugh is off the air, for awhile at least”. Not that it’s much of a silver lining; in today’s political climate, if he doesn’t come back then he’s easily replaced, it’ll just take a little time for his replacement to gain popularity.

Allandrel
Allandrel
2 years ago

@Moggie

I need to find out that comic’s hair-care regime for when I grow mine back out after getting off hemodialysis.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Wait, Limbaugh argued that smoking wasn’t dangerous? How did I miss that?

Anyway, I’m not going to shed tears over him being ill, but I’m not for gloating about the idea of someone being sick because of their lifestyle or appearance because of the splash damage.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants
Buttercup Q. Skullpants
2 years ago

Cancer is a terrible disease, and I wouldn’t wish illness or death on anyone. It’s not something to gloat over.

What I do wish on Rush Limbaugh is perfect clarity and self-awareness about how he chose to spend his life.

Schnookums Von Fancypants, Naughty Basic Horse
Schnookums Von Fancypants, Naughty Basic Horse
2 years ago

Ugh, just reported a twofer, a woman on tumblr that was a TERF and a SWERF. It just makes me so angry to see that stuff, knowing that someone who devoted themselves to feminism but decided “Not all women deserve it”.

Snowberry
Snowberry
2 years ago

@Schnookums Von Fancypants:

There’s a lot of overlap between the two. Both come from a place of privilege and exclusion. Virtually all which are both are middle class, cis, and white, and don’t approve of the choices of people who aren’t like them, because those choices are seen as upholding a system which caters largely to men… even when anti-feminists see those same choices as being disruptive to that same system. And that’s if they’re actually feminist; some of the people who’ve taken up the “gender critical” label don’t appear to be meaningfully feminist at all.

Universal Kami
Universal Kami
2 years ago

O/T:

I’ve looked into my towns Jewish community and there are so few of them that there isn’t even a Synagogue!

Yet there is a Christian/Catholic Church on nearly every few street corners.

I knew my town was racist, but this is something else.

I don’t think we have any Mosque’s, either.

I’m very disappointed, but not surprised.

I think I’ll check any public events to show my support for any of the non-Christian groups.

No, I do not hate Christians nor Catholics, but I feel my support should be put elsewhere in this current state.

Also, I appreciate everyone here.

I like seeing your posts and thoughts.

Naglfar
Naglfar
2 years ago

@Schnookums
AFAICT the Venn diagram of TERFs and SWERFs is a circle. It seems like all the TERFs are SWERFs and vice versa.

Moggie
Moggie
2 years ago

@Universal Kami:

No, I do not hate Christians nor Catholics

You do know that Catholics are Christians, right?

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