Open Forum: May 4, 2019

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  1. Zatara

    ‘The lie was crushing me’: First gov’t-recognized ‘non-binary person’ re-embraces his male sex

    The man who made international news for being the first legally non-binary person in the U.S. continues to put his life back together after wrestling with gender confusion, mental illness, cross-sex hormonal treatment, and being exploited by advocates of gender ideology.

    James Shupe, formerly Jamie Shupe, has embraced anew his male sex and is fighting to get his legal and medical records to reflect this, along with trying to get authentic treatment for his mental and physical health.

    From the beginning and throughout his confusion, Shupe has opposed gender “treatment” for children. “For 49 years I was grounded to reality by the knowledge that my male chromosomes and male reproductive system dictated that I was a male. Then gender ideology entered my life and unmoored me. If gender ideology messed me up that bad as an adult, just imagine what it does to kids.”

  2. Herodotus

    Two beers and you are destroyed. NSW is now officially controlled by the Temperance Movement.

    This sort of punitive regimen and the risk of hepatitis in some sections of the dining industry mean restaurants haven’t seen our dollars for some time.

  3. Geriatric Mayfly

    And another thing Plibbers probably found too distasteful to mention was blow fly strike on new blankets when put out on the line. Back in those hard, oppressive times of which she has such vivid memories, blow flies found something to their liking in new woollen blankets. As some lay live wrigglies as opposed to eggs, it would have given her quite a jolt to see them on the march up the Onkaparinga.

  4. Memoryvault

    Oh right, your comment to me at 11.30 am today was not a comment to me

    Of course it was.
    I just didn’t go back to check just who it was I replied to.
    To be honest I didn’t think it was important to the facts of the matter, just who it was I was replying to.
    And it isn’t.
    The fact that it was aimed at you in no way detracts from what I said.

  5. John Comnenus

    First Bill came for self funded retirees franking credits and got away with it. Now he is coming for the super of the “well off”, a measure that will be progressively marked down until it is anything above the pension. Why anyone would vote for this thief is beyond me. Shorten’s Labor are disgusting.

  6. max

    Listening to an FM station playing bouncy, happy tunes through the morning. Every advertising break is ALP and Get Up ( David Attenborough imitator talking about climate). It’s relentless. Going for the youth demographic: if Clive hears of this there’ll be no time left for music just wall-to-wall political ads.

  7. Mother Lode

    He joined the Labor Party at a young age and was also involved with the Victorian Socialist Party. He became state secretary of the Timberworkers’ Union in 1911 and federal president in 1914. Curtin was a leader of the “No” campaign during the 1916 referendum on overseas conscription

    I wonder what the attitude of socialist countries are when it comes to weighing up compulsory service against the right of an individual.

    Would I be correct in assuming that countries like the old Soviet Union and Cuba had and have entirely volunteer recruitment?

  8. Gilas

    Another example of what progressive means under socialism
    Worth reading in full

    Practising medicine amid chaos in Venezuela
    BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 03 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2040
    1. Mariana Zuñiga, journalist

    When the Venezuelan infectious disease specialist Oscar Noya started his career almost four decades ago, he treated about 20 patients with malaria a year. Last year the number was 3500. He expects the number to be higher this year. In the past five years economic policy has left his formerly upper middle income country beset by poverty, violence, corruption, hyperinflation, and chronic scarcity of basic goods, leading to a humanitarian disaster.
    “Before, it was one patient a month, or two at most,” Noya told The BMJ during a break. “Now it can be 50 a day.” Noya usually sees 15 to 30 patients or more a day in his small office in the Tropical Medicine Institute of Venezuela’s Central University in Caracas, most of them with malaria. A large painting of his mentor, former Venezuelan health minister Arnoldo Gabaldón, sees all.
    Before the crisis
    Noya arrived in Central University’s hospital, the largest public hospital in the city and known as El Clínico, in 1972. Working at the best hospital in the country was a source of pride that in recent years has faded away. “It’s shameful and sad,” he says.
    The building, mostly constructed in the 1940s, is decaying. The facilities are dirty, and taps have run dry. The hospital has spent months without regular water or even power. El Clínico relies on cisterns and generators to continue its operations. But this isn’t unique. According to Tierra Viva Foundation, a non-governmental organisation that specialises in sustainable development, 79% of public hospitals in Venezuela don’t have a regular water supply.
    “This is one of the most dangerous deficiencies,” says Noya. “The risk of infection when there’s no permanent running water is huge.”
    El Clínico was a long time leader in Latin American healthcare, but today it can barely manage the basics. It has only two functioning operating rooms. Most of the lifts are damaged, and many wards are abandoned.
    Once, life was good

    With Gabaldón’s help, Venezuela was one of the first countries in the world to eradicate malaria in heavily populated areas, even before some richer countries. For the country, getting rid of malaria by 1961 symbolised success and development. The Venezuelan health system was a role model across South America.
    In the early 1940s malaria killed 300 of every 100 000 inhabitants each year in Venezuela. By 1949 there were just nine malaria deaths a year, Noya told The BMJ. Gabaldón gets the credit for an all-out effort that included distributing insecticides to every home.
    Venezuela is now in the midst of financial collapse, a product of a five year depression caused, in part, by failed socialist policies, government mismanagement, and corruption. In 2010, malaria was a problem in three of Venezuela’s 23 states. Last year 13 states had epidemic levels, and there were more than two million cases across the country, says Noya. Diphtheria and tuberculosis are also spreading.
    In the midst of the western hemisphere’s worst economic crisis in recent history, the health system that used to provide Noya’s patients with affordable care and access to drugs has crumbled. Around 22 000 physicians left between 2012 and 2017, leaving many hospitals with vacancies that were never filled. There are not enough medicines, and those that can be found are unaffordable.
    “Malaria is just one indicator,” Noya laments. “We have epidemics of a large number of diseases, which means the entire health system has collapsed.”
    Noya’s working day lasts from 7 am to 5 pm. He doesn’t accept money from his patients, who have little or none. He himself is living off savings. His own hospital salary of $20 (£15; €18) a month—when he gets it—couldn’t support him.

    Drought of drugs
    The cost of a full round of treatment, when available, is just a couple of US dollars. Most of the drugs Noya prescribes today are provided by international organisations, not the state. “We had to resort to donations to continue working,” Noya explains. Even so, they’re running out of the chloroquine they prescribe to pregnant women with malaria.
    Drug shortages began in 2014. Last year his institute spent five months without any drugs at all. On days when Noya has no antimalarials for his patients he can only tell them to go home and rest. “This is what angers me most,” he says.
    The Federation of Venezuelan Pharmacies, a trade group, estimates that only 15-20% of the necessary drugs are available in the country. Daily medicines to treat diabetes or hypertension are almost impossible to find. Antibiotics are practically non-existent. And the drugs that are available are prohibitively costly. Some treatments can surpass the monthly minimum wage of 18 000 bolivars, the equivalent of $4.50.
    For more than three years President Nicolás Maduro has denied the existence of a humanitarian crisis and blocked foreign aid. In early April the Red Cross was able to deliver its first shipment of humanitarian medical aid: power generators, 5000 L of distilled water, and three surgery equipment kits.
    Noya’s ability to do research has changed dramatically. His laboratory lacks supplies ranging from diagnostic tests to ordinary paper. The rooms are full of empty chairs, as colleagues and students have joined three million other Venezuelan emigrants fleeing hunger, disease, and crime. The laboratory is a graveyard of damaged equipment: the people who could repair them have left. The postgraduate programme Noya led has closed for lack of funding.
    More than half of the university’s staff have gone.
    Noya’s hospital is typical. Syringes, needles, gloves, and sewing thread are not available across the country. The National Hospital Survey found that all public hospitals experience shortages. Half have damaged x-ray equipment. In 95% the tomographs don’t work. And operating rooms are closed in 53% of hospitals.
    Patients at risk
    It’s not just the physical environment that’s changed. Noya’s patients have problems he used to see only rarely. On “Maduro’s diet” many weigh half what they once did. The Maduro diet is how many Venezuelans refer to the food shortages and nutritional deficiencies they now experience. With a tiny wage, he can barely afford food, Noya says.
    Noya openly opposes Maduro’s politics, despite having supported Hugo Chávez, his late predecessor, during his first campaign. The disenchantment came quickly in Chávez’s first term.
    “Before, being a doctor meant prestige,” he explained. “But Chávez managed to get doctors to be seen as a social class enemy, seeking to exploit patients.”
    Several outspoken doctors have been threatened and fired for raising alarms about the failing healthcare system. Noya’s laboratory has been looted 74 times in less than two years. Thieves have taken routers, computers, and hard drives containing important data.
    We live in constant intimidation for [publicising the malaria] figures and the lack of medicines,” he says. He believes pro-government groups are behind the attacks.
    For Noya, the son of Spanish immigrants, it’s unacceptable to turn his back on the country that opened its doors to his family. “I’m still here, because I love this country. We’ll get out of this nightmare,” he says. “It will eventually happen.”

    Sow and thou shall reap…

  9. stackja

    Gilas – According to opinion polls Australians want a socialist regime.
    How long before the wheels fall this time?

  10. Mark A

    Thought I mention it,

    If your ‘solution’ contains the word ‘government’ your mates can tell that you have not understood the question.

  11. BoN;

    Poor blighters. They’re about to be saved by the ALP like how the ALP saved them last time.

    Don’t be a dill, BoN.
    The Apology solved all the problems!

  12. Frank Walker:

    There is no benefit to society in doing this, other than the government collecting more revenue…

    In reference to the DD punishments in NSW:
    Despite what we all think, politicians are quite capable of realising what they are doing in relation to punitive reactions like this.
    I advanced the theory that our masters were able to read and understand the Laffer Curve.
    I believe Parliament knows it could collect more revenue, generate more economic activity, reduce unemployment, and generally ‘grow the pie’ by reducing taxation levels.
    So why don’t they?
    The answer is ‘punishment’.
    Any one want to debate this?

  13. Boambee John

    Frank Walker from National Tiles
    #3005699, posted on May 6, 2019 at 11:55 am
    This from the man who dodged service in WW1, even though he was a an officer in the Melbourne University Rifles (a part-time militia unit) from 1915 to 1919.

    This is literal nonsense. The government could have deployed his regiment whenever it liked.

    The MUR was a conscript based militia regiment. Under the then Defence Act, it could not be deployed outside Australian territory.

  14. Rockdoctor


    #3005632, posted on May 6, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Hear hear. In 2 day the tanks will roll down Red Square, like they did when I was a child with the hammer & sickle prominant. My father used to iron greens almost daily as one of the vanguard against when he wore a uniform. Got me how society accept a holiday that shares significance with an evil & oppressive ideaeology. I can buy grog today but not food, what gives? We don’t even pay this homage to ANZAC Day with not opening anything…

  15. Seco

    family of 5

    That’s 5 kids!!

  16. min

    The only oerson I knew of who was alled Archie , changed it to Carey.

  17. Drink-Up Socrates

    Public holiday here. Labour Day. Left wingers and union scum and/or both will be marching.
    Get with the Program. In baby killing QLD it is reverentially referred to as ‘Stalin’s Birthday’.
    Be careful of knocks on the door – the Deputy Premier has a degree in Public Policy (Dortmund 1998) and is incredibly sensitive to any revisionist wrecker philosophy.
    The poor old AWU and CMFEU knew that they had to march, but became confused when the skinny arsed commo taking the salute told them they should be overjoyed that she was going to destroy their familys’ future because they don’t live in South Brisbane and drink their wheat grass at ‘Portuguese Sunrise’.
    Fuck-em. These scum sneered at us when they were earning squillions digging holes. Now that their commo whores have turned on them, they will join honest retirees in penury.
    History is a bitch, but the contemporary Commos fail to understand that the history of autocracy has always been short-term and has provided adequate employment to the ‘hang person’.
    The ABC will become a footnote of history. Won’t it?

  18. RA are fucked, and I think they know it.
    Leproconian faggots have never been a safe bet.
    How could the netballer have possibly believed that sacking a hero in the bloke game at the demand of a ‘little man’ faggot would go down well with the constituency. The ‘couldn’t get a job’ ex-players who are supporting the netballer will be stunned when funders like me move to establish a new entirely sport orientated rugby movement that bans any relationship with the universities.

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