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Open thread 5/8/24

The problem some of you had yesterday accessing the blog and the comments has been fixed – hopefully, for good.

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  • ghostsniper May 8, 2024, 1:54 PM

    Joseph Biden’s America is a crime and disease ridden catastrophe, imported by him and his democrats at the expense of law-abiding, hard-working American citizens.

    It is a landscape of unvetted, unvaccinated filthy beggars imported from the most fetid shit holes on earth.

    It is miles of urban streets littered with tents and needles and human waste, a landscape of violence and mayhem and sex trafficking.

    How a single rational American could vote for more of this madness is inconceivable.

    Signed, James Woods


  • ghostsniper May 8, 2024, 3:18 PM

    It’s never ending for these assholes….
    …until someone ends it for them.

    Why are LGBTQ+ people more at risk from climate change?

    LONDON – A new study has highlighted the extent to which LGBTQ+ people can be uniquely affected by climate change, underlining the particular and underreported vulnerabilities of a community that also often suffers from poverty and discrimination.

    The report by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law found that same-sex couples in the United States run a greater risk of being negatively affected by climate change than their heterosexual peers.

    Same-sex couples are more likely to live in areas with poor infrastructure and less access to resources, the study said, noting that same-sex couples were also disproportionately located in coastal areas and cities.

    The research builds on previous limited data and comes as LGBTQ+ activists around the world urge authorities to include the community in discussions around environmental policies.

    Around 3.6 billion people live in areas susceptible to climate change, according to the World Health Organization.

    Here’s what you need to know about the specific vulnerabilities of the LGBTQ+ community.

    Why are LGBTQ+ people more at risk from climate change?
    Multiple studies have shown that climate change exacerbates existing societal inequalities and disproportionately affects marginalised communities, although specific research into the impact on LGBTQ+ lives is limited.

    Globally, LGBTQ+ people, who already face legal and societal discrimination in some countries, are at greater risk of being homeless or in poverty, which can make them particularly vulnerable during natural disasters.

    In the United States, former discriminatory housing and loan policies pushed LGBTQ+ communities into more under-resourced areas, which lack the infrastructure to deal with high temperatures or flooding, the Williams Institute report said.

    It’s a pattern repeated elsewhere.

    In Jamaica, LGBTQ+ people face significant discrimination in the housing sector, and homeless LGBTQ+ youths have been known to make their homes in gullies, a report by Equality for All Foundation (EFAF) found in 2021.

    LGBTQ+ people have also faced barriers in accessing disaster relief. Activists in the Pacific island of Tonga, which is facing more frequent cyclones, told how emergency shelters are mostly run by religious organisations, whose members might be hostile towards sexual and gender minorities.

    In Haiti, after the 2010 earthquake, gay and bisexual men tried to adopt “a more masculine demeanour” to avoid harassment in displacement camps and were turned away from emergency housing and food programmes, said a report by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and Foundation and SEROvie, an HIV NGO.

    When Hurricane Katrina hit southeastern United States in 2005 – before marriage equality was introduced in all states in 2015 – there were reports of LGBTQ+ couples being separated and struggling to apply for aid as relief efforts did not recognise same-sex households as families.

    In some countries, trans communities also struggle to access aid relief as they often don’t have legal documentation, due to leaving home at a young age.


  • ghostsniper May 8, 2024, 6:38 PM

    “Sometimes I wonder if the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”

    Mark Twain

    • Richard G. May 8, 2024, 11:06 PM

      “In friendship false, implacable in hate
      Resolved to ruin or to rule the state.”
      John Dryden, ‘Absalom and Achitophel’ -1681

      I recommend a complete read.
      The same old shit as ever has been.
      Another sample:

      “Some Truth there was, but dashed and brew’d with Lies;
      To please the Fools, and puzzle all the Wise.
      Succeeding Times did equal Folly call
      Believing nothing or believing all
      The Egyptian Rites the Jebusites embrac’d,
      Where Gods were recommended by their taste.”

      • Richard G. May 8, 2024, 11:28 PM

        More Dryden:
        “Let those find fault whose wit’s so very small,
        They’ve need to show that they can think at all;
        Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow;
        He who would search for pearls, must dive below.”- All For Love

  • Joe Krill May 8, 2024, 7:16 PM

    Last time I looked it was obvious that “They really mean it”.

  • ghostsniper May 9, 2024, 10:36 AM

    You Don’t Say?
    Much more at the link at the bottom.

    Men and women are radically different. This is what makes for the specially potent attraction but also what makes communication and successful pairing very difficult.

    Paradoxically, in other words, the Sexual Revolution left behind at least two (are we at three now?) generations of women who have experienced long bouts of sexual loneliness. Teenaged girls grew up knowing nothing about normal female sexual response and felt shame when they did not feel compelled to act like their male cohorts, when they found, for instance, hook up culture so deeply unsatisfying.

    Ask the experts (if you can’t just ask your grandmother) solid female arousal depends on time. It’s actually hard-wired. An investment of time is a sign that a man might invest time when it’s needed most, during the years of pregnancy and child-raising. So women get turned on by someone who has gone to the trouble of trying to seduce them, but the elements of seduction, which starts with glances, casual, but usually complimentary, comments, and casual touches, have been driven out of the public sphere by sexual harassment regulations. In the modern workplace, at a college, even glances can be dangerous.


  • ghostsniper May 9, 2024, 5:26 PM

    Reagan on the Carson Show – 1975

    Money shot @ 4:40.

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