An idle hour in the Covid era

Went to my usual café this morning to buy a coffee. While waiting on a stool outside, sans mask, not even knowing whether that’s allowed or not, I asked the owner whether he’d yet had the jab. Just making conversation.

He said he’s had the first one. AstraZeneca? I asked.  Yes, he said. How was it, I inquired? OK, he replied, before revealing to me that he hadn’t had it all. He knows my views but obviously took a moment to orient himself. He revealed that he had to say he’d had the jab. Some customers had reacted badly when he’d said he hadn’t and he was concerned that they wouldn’t return.

Sneaked into the local newsagent unmasked, with the right money, and scurried out with my newspaper, feeling I’d bucked authority.

Afterwards, I sipped my coffee on a bench talking with a friend; neither with mask in sight.  I keep my coffee in my hand long after I’ve drunk it lest the fuzz come by.  A masked man walks by looking intently at us. Looks like a scold but I pointedly say good morning and he responds. Could have been wrong.

Guest Post: Cassie of Sydney -Gay Wars & Biological Denial

Last weekend, at a Manchester UK “Pride Parade”, an ordinary gay man…yes a gay man…was heckled, abused and screamed at, called a bigot and transphobe and required police protection to escort him away from the parade. You might ask what his heinous crime was to elicit such outrage and hostility, well you see this ordinary gay man was wearing a t-shirt that triggered other Pride marchers and they very much objected to it. Those same outraged marchers didn’t have a problem with the men in the parade dressed in sexually explicit outfits that fully reveal their bottoms or the men dressed up as bears, dogs and cats (apparently dressing up as furry animals is a fetish) or the men dressed up in bondage simulating sex but they were outraged by an ordinary gay man wearing a t-shirt with the following on it….

LGB Alliance

Note the missing letters….no Q, no T and no I.  LGB Alliance was originally set up in the UK two years ago by a group of gay men and women concerned that organisations such as Stonewall had been hijacked by militant transgender ideology and activists. There are now LGB Alliance organisations in the US, Canada and Australia. The whole purpose of LGB Alliance is to separate itself from sinister queer, transgender and intersectional ideologies.

For the sin of creating this new organisation the founders of LGB Alliance have been smeared as far-right, transphobes, white supremacists, anti-Semites, Nazis and all the rest of the smears and slurs that many progressives love to throw at their ideological enemies. The Oz chapter of LGB Alliance has among its members the wonderful Professor Holly Lawford Smith, who lectures in political philosophy at Melbourne University and who is currently under vicious attack by the always tolerant (sarcasm alert) transgender activists and their militant allies. They want to silence her.  You might ask what was Lawford Smith’s crime to warrant such attacks? Well, she dared to assert that…yes wait for it…biological sex is real.  Lawford Smith believes, as I do, that men with penises who identify as women are not women and such men should not be given license to enter women’s safe spaces such as change rooms and toilets, such men should not be allowed to compete against biological females in sport and such men are engaging in sexual fetishes such as autogynephilia; fetishes that once upon a time were either rightly derided and laughed at or rightly regarded as something more sinister.  Now we might laugh at all of this but militant transgender ideology is making its way through our education system, government departments and corporations.  So we now have situations where male prisoners, such as rapists, are identifying as women and being transferred to women’s prisons….only to rape women there.

For further reading on this, please read Helen Joyce’s superb new book, Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality. Helen Joyce is also currently under attack by the oh-so tolerant transgender and queer activists, her book has been cancelled by the biggest bookseller in the UK, Waterstones, because of complaints made by a few noisy and very militant activists.

Here, also, is another discussion involving Abigail Shrier who has been similarly targeted for harassment for her own book, Irreversible Damage: Teenage Girls and the Transgender Craze, in the US:

Biological sex is a reality.  Sex is not assigned at birth, it is recorded at birth.  Transwomen aren’t women.

Everyone’s Got AIDS

– around 78 million [71 million–87 million] people have become infected with HIV and 39 million [35 million–43 million] people have died of AIDS-related illnesses.

Worldometer:

Coronavirus Cases:

218,160,308

Deaths:

4.57 million

Recovered:

195,029,458

Remember when it was wrong to stigmatise people who had contracted an infectious disease? Or make private medical information public?

Gee. I miss those days.

After the initial scare campaign, people got around to actually studying the disease, not frightening the hell out of everyone. Treatments were found. We had liberals warning about the dangers of creating two classes of people.

While the media at the time did what it is spectacularly good at: create a lot of fear and sensation around prevention, that didn’t stop the work on trialling treatments. Prevention v. treatment. It would eventually be treatments that saved lives. Because governments eventually realised that they couldn’t or shouldn’t do really heavy handed things around prevention, such as prosecuting a bunch of people.