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  1. In this instance I do agree with JK Rowling.

    I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.

    The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women - ie, to male violence - ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences - is a nonsense.

    If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.

    Rather than trying to force the concept of male or female on trans people, I feel like we should be acknowledging and accepting them for who they are. Statements such as "trans women are real women" are asinine because it links gender identity to femininity or masculinity. What defines a "real" woman then? What does it mean to be trans? As a trans-female are you only a "woman" if you display feminine traits? Or does it mean that you've had gender reassignment surgery? Neither is a condition by which a person needs to justify the gender pronoun they choose. I struggle to see what the problem is with JK Rowling's position?  I genuinely don't know so I would really like to hear from any trans members on the forum to share their views on the topic.

  2. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-24/brendan-murphy-on-donald-trump-coronavirus-inject-disinfectant/12182578

    Australia's top doctor advises against injecting disinfectant to treat coronavirus, as suggested by Donald Trump

    Usually straitlaced and solemn in his delivery of up-to-the-minute health advice, Australia's Chief Medical Officer stifled giggles when asked about US President Donald Trump's latest suggested treatments for coronavirus.

    Key points:

    • Donald Trump suggested injecting disinfectant to cure coronavirus
    • Brendan Murphy has warned against the method
    • The United States has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world

    Flanked by doctors in the White House's press briefing room, Mr Trump cited US Government research suggesting coronavirus could be killed off more quickly when exposed to sunlight, heat and humidity, and is destroyed altogether when hit by disinfectants.

    "So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it's ultraviolet or just very powerful light, and I think you said that has not been checked but you're going to test it," he said turning to some of the medical professionals present at the press conference.

    "And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way.

    "And I think you said you're going to test that, too, sounds interesting.

    "Right, and then I see the disinfectant, it knocks it out in a minute, one minute and is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning, cause you see it gets on the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs."

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    Across the other side of the Pacific, Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Brendan Murphy, was asked for his clinical advice on such a novel treatment.

    "I would caution against the injection of disinfection [sic]!" he said as he visibly stifled a laugh.

    "They could be quite toxic to people."

    Professor Murphy, somewhat diplomatically, placed some caveats around his response.

    "I wasn't privy to [Mr Trump's] comments, so I want to be very careful about commenting on something that I didn't hear myself.

    "And ultraviolet light — I don't know the context in which he said it, so I really would need to study it before I could comment, thank you."

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    Australia's infection rate is considerably lower than in many other countries, including the United States.

    Professor Murphy was asked whether Australian authorities believed the nation had seen the worst of the coronavirus outbreak, and whether they could ever foresee circumstances when the number of cases skyrocketed in a similar way to what has been seen in Europe and the US.

    "We have never been in that situation and we have no intention of being in that situation," he said.

    "I can't be 100 per cent sure, we don't know everything about this virus.

    "But I can tell you we're going to be as prepared as we can to prevent that happening."

  3. Australia on track for eliminating COVID-19 💆🏻‍♂️💆🏻‍♂️💆🏻‍♂️ . Only 12 new cases yesterday. 


    ‘Oh Well, At Least I’m Not In America Right Now’ Sighs Unemployed Local Woman

    In an effort to find some consolation amongst the current circumstances, local Job Seeker Alisha Wilson has found solace in the fact she doesn’t live in the United States of America right now. 

    Sitting at her dining table in her 4 person sharehouse in Betoota’s French Quarter, the young out of work hopso employee told The Advocate that she likes to remind herself that things could always be worse. 

    “I could be a resident of New York right now I guess,” she laughed over a cup of tea and a brekky Tim Tam. 

    “I mean, yeah I’m out of work, isolated, bored. But hey, at least I live in a country where social security will look after me, where people listen to authorities when it comes to protecting public health, and where our health care system will look after me if I fall ill.” 

    “So at least I’m finishing Netflix and Stan in a relatively safe environment you know.” 

    Wilson went onto explain that she is just so thankful she doesn’t live in the US, where the Death toll will tick over 50,000 in the next day or two, and people are talking to the streets to protest against the infringements on their rights to disobey social distancing measures.

    “I mean, at least Scott’s listening to the health authorities and not telling people with guns to ‘liberate themselves,'” she explained.

    “It’s really weird that the leader of their country blatantly ignored advice from health authorities, costing the country far more lives than they’ve lost to terrorism, and no one seems to bat an eyelid. Look at what we’ve achieved here by social distancing and a decent health care system.”

  4. On 4/19/2020 at 8:09 PM, XXL said:


    I'm appalled at people failing to look at the flaws of the democratic party. Oh it's the party of the people, the workers, the vulnerable. Yes dream on. Like most major left parties in the western world it has actually become the party of the banks and the financial elites. Anyone who denies this is really delusional. And yes people can criticise without being shouted at and accused of sympathising for the Rights of the world. The reality has been this for a number of years: the hand that rocks the cradle is the same. The rethoric and facade might be different but the aims corrupt politicians pursue on behalf of the "owners" of the world are the fucking same

    Trump is winning because he gives the non coastal people of the US with a different education and mindset etc a bit of what they want. Which is not me saying well done Mr Trump :electropop:

    People who have been hit hard by the 2008 crisis don't want to get preached by over privileged mega wealthy lefties who in the end only just work to fulfill a general globalist agenda who is destroying middle classes in rich countries and enslaving millions more in sensitive parts of the world like South America, Africa and parts of Asia.

    But given that the Head of the WHO is giving attention to someone like lady Gaga, even thanking her, rather than talking with scientists, it gives me little hope that this is going to be anything dissimilar from what we have seen in 2016, with the usual suspects being wheeled out at a democratic convention. People want substance. Which is exactly everything the Democratic Party lacks and has been lacking for years

    #votetrump2020 #voterepublican 

  5. ‘Murica


    US protest for people 'sick and tired' of coronavirus lockdown

    Lansing: Hundreds of flag-waving, honking protesters have shown their displeasure with Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer's orders to keep people at home and businesses locked during the coronavirus outbreak.

    As snow fell, some got out of their vehicles and raised signs, one of which read, "Gov. Whitmer We Are Not Prisoners."

    The "Operation Gridlock" protest was organised by the Michigan Conservative Coalition.

    "This arbitrary blanket spread of shutting down businesses, about putting all of these workers out of business, is just a disaster. It's an economic disaster for Michigan," coalition member Meshawn Maddock said. "And people are sick and tired of it."

    Whitmer, a Democrat, extended a stay-home order until April 30 and has shut down schools and businesses deemed non-essential.

    The governor acknowledged the pain but said the restrictions were necessary to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 1900 Michigan residents and overwhelmed hospitals in the Detroit area.

    Whitmer said she was "really disappointed" to see protesters close together without masks.

    "We know that this rally endangered people. This kind of activity will put more people at risk and, sadly, it could prolong the amount of time we have to be in this posture."

    Four state sheriffs called Whitmer's orders a "vague framework of emergency laws" that are frustrating citizens.

    County Sheriff Mike Borkovich said people were frantic to get back to work.

    "We're trying to keep the peace with people. ... The economy is coming apart in northern Michigan. People are upset".


  6. On 3/10/2020 at 7:12 AM, GOD said:

    I dont have to prove anything buddy.

    I dont have to get you the worm and feed it to you.

    Some of us, can sit through a 4 hour of Hillary documentary and some of us cant even sit and her insufferable ass  for 5 min. 

    You deserve the shit show that is America. Hilary wasn't perfect. Neither is Bernie or Biden or any other democrat. But this mentality is why you ended up with Trump. You might even be a Trump voter. You might be happy with the way he has lead your country. The rest of the world sees what a joke it is.

  7. 8 minutes ago, Jazzy Jan said:

    Well, the UK can't mock America for Trump now. Voting Boris in a landslide win is appalling. The world is a fucked up scary place.  How can that stupid, racist, idiotic and heartless Buffoon be the overwhelming choice ? The United States, Brazil, Australia and now the UK. Beyond disgusted at how the hard right have taken over. 

    Honestly I'm speechless that this is where we are.

    It is a very clear mandate for Brexit though so I no longer have any sympathy for the UK. They clearly made their choice. Let them crash out with a no deal and they can deal with the consequences. I wonder how long until Ireland and Scotland seek independence.

  8. 1 minute ago, Jazzy Jan said:

    + 1 

    He basically can do what he wants. I even know some Australians who love him and either excuse everything he does or don't care how badly he behaves,  how he is caught out as a compulsive liar over and over or how stupid he is. I will never understand it as I am positive they would despise him in real life.

    Same @Jazzy Jan. He's "real" and "telling it like it is". Basically he gives them an excuse for their ignorance. "PC gone mad" "Need to go back to traditional values" that's what he represents to people. I never realised how many Australians think Fox News is a legitimate news source. Any time I discuss something negative about Trump I always get people quoting Fox News and how the democrats are lying and a bunch of conspiracy theories about them and Obama. They will choose whatever suits their beliefs and anything that goes against them is considered fake news. Blows my mind. They crazy thing is that in Australia they happily accept things like Medicare and minimum wages and workers rights and public holidays but at the same time support Trump who would strip all of those rights from them.

  9. The constant meltdowns about everything became tiring. It also felt like some people were constantly just looking to start arguments or pick a fight.  

    As others have mentioned, there hasn’t been much promo other than the videos either. Everything went so quick and now she’s in the middle of rehearsals for the tour. For some reason the theatre shows don’t excite me as much as her previous tours have. 

  10. 3 hours ago, articunocc said:

    neh, they ripped Miley's new record and Taylor's new song to shreds *on taylor's case for cringy SJW baiting admittedly, that song is atrocious* ... gaga is also read to filth on metacritic on the regular so there's no surprise there...  Ariana and queen B are the true critical darlings, but not everything they release gets 5 star reviews... just *almost* everything

    I said if they had released Madame X specifically. Not their usual crap which is rightly rated poorly. My point being that Madame X is a masterpiece and the bad reviews are because it’s Madonna and not because of the music itself. 


  11. Just now, Ai Papi Si. said:

    Uh, I hope not. That would be really stupid. She's already got it in a nightclub, I think that's all the reference the video needs. 

    No, that’s what I kind of mean. I think people will automatically link it to Pulse because of the disco sound and drag queens but I don’t think her intention is to be that specific about one incident.  

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