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Re: What's Happening In the World?

Post: # 10773Post Garrett Gilchrist
Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:39 am

Alley V writes:

It's a personality cult. His base DOES NOT CARE.

Whether he's legitimately re-elected or not is irrelevant. He'll claim that the election is fraudulent if he loses. He has no intention of leaving. Folks need to stop thinking that the 'rules' still apply.

And I don't think Biden can win. I hope I'm wrong, but I think that once again they picked a losing candidate.

And the huge amount of people who are absolutely refusing to vote for Biden will cancel out the Trump defectors by a large margin.

He's assumed the role of a dictator and he has a brainwashed, heavily armed base. The vast majority of the GOP members of Congress refuse to speak out against him. What Joel Osteen or Pat Robertson thinks is irrelevant.

I also think the election will be completely irrelevant. Trump has no intention of leaving. Even if Biden does win by some miracle, Trump plans on declaring the election as fraudulent and he will refuse to leave. Which sets us up for a very ugly situation.

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Post: # 10775Post Garrett Gilchrist
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:19 pm

"Huge numbers of women are justifiably terrified by the trans activists," writes JK Rowling, going all in on her anti-trans bigotry. "I refuse to bow down to a movement that I believe is doing demonstrable harm in seeking to erode ‘woman’ as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it."

https://www.jkrowling.com/opinions/j-k- ... er-issues/

Annotations by Cassie Celeste.
https://imgur.com/a/y7GdlGc

Annotations by Andrew James Carter:
https://twitter.com/Carter_AndrewJ/stat ... 1275762689

By Katy Montgomerie:
https://medium.com/@completelykaty/addr ... 6f761e8f8f

Generally speaking, TERFs dedicate their lives online to harassing and hating trans people (especially trans women), and believe that there is an international gender conspiracy to forcibly transify kids and assault them in bathrooms.

This is a mainstream political position among writers in the UK for some fucking reason.

If you must ever refute TERF talking points, this is well covered ground.
Though it goes without saying that trans people are not a mob of rapists waiting in bathrooms to forcibly trans your kids, as Joanne Rowling says here.

Tyler Foster writes:
JK Rowling's post, summarized:

5 reasons she's not a TERF:

• standard boilerplate hysterical conservative fearmongering about laws and bathrooms

• (point 1 again)

• standard boilerplate conservative free speech concerns

• standard boilerplate bad, shitty transphobic cherry-picked "science" and "statistics" (think anti-vaxxers) but also standard boilerplate fear that feminism is "erasing women"

• I was assaulted by a cis man (???)

Also, she says she actively reached out to talk to notable transphobe Magdalen Berns, throws in the lie that 60% to 90% of teenagers detransition, and that supporting trans rights is virtue signaling

There, now you don't have to read it.

Garrett Gilchrist writes: You forgot "bigots lovebombed me privately, radicalizing me further," which is suspect since such a famous celebrity can't be easy to contact unless she wants to be.

Or where she supports Donald Trump ('s free speech)

Or the general Graham Linehan-ness of this word salad she's vomited out today.

"I am FULL of internalized misogyny and if things were like this when I was a kid, this mob of bathroom-dwelling predators would have descended to forcibly trans me!"

Or when she does "All Lives Matter" for trans lives saying she refuses to "scoop up the woke cookies and bask in a virtue-signalling afterglow."

Rowling's essay sounds like she's trying to convince herself that she's not the one in the wrong here ... that it's the world that's wrong ..

The first thing she does is turn the world upside-down to portray herself (a nigh-billionaire living in a castle) as the marginalized victim.

I think she's trying to make really blatant bigotry sound more palatable ... like when conservatives list several left-wing groups like Black Lives Matter and then throw "the KKK" in the list .... to completely confuse moderates who will then lump opposite things together when reading the rest of the propaganda.

The idea - that it's either trans people or women and the world cannot have both - is a seed that she plants, in order to let the reader come to the conclusion that trans people do not and cannot exist in this world. That the existence of these normal trans people is somehow an existential threat to all of humanity as we know it.

That's not something you write accidentally when you're just asking questions. That's something where you "just ask questions" so you can slip in the bigoted "answers" with plausible deniability.

Sara Benincasa writes:
If you read that J.K. Rowling piece, I suggest you learn the term DARVO first: 1.) Deny 2.) Attack 3.) Reverse Victim and Offender. I first learned about it from a psychologist re: abuse, but it's a common rhetorical strategy as well. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DARVO

Rachel Cargle taught on DARVO recently, and when you read this simple definition via Wikipedia, you may recognize times you've engaged in this or times people have engaged in it with you. It's a very effective manipulative strategy.

When somebody sincerely feels bad about having hurt your feelings, they won't deny, attack, and reverse victim and oppressor. OR if they start to do it, they'll catch themselves and go, "Look, I see myself trying to dodge the truth because I feel bad. I'm sorry."

Here's an example of DARVO that I can recall doing years ago.

Boyfriend: "You're really hard to deal with when you're depressed. I want you to get help."

Me: "I'm not depressed! I just like to sleep late and I like to drink to relax. Why are YOU so critical? YOU need help!"

Now I am fortunate that we broke up, I did get help, and we got to a good friendship place. But you can see how that "milder" DARVO example can be repeated in ways big and small in the workplace and in an essay about your deep fear of trans people.

If I really apologize, I say, "I'm so sorry I hurt you." I may add that I truly didn't mean to do so, and I'll work on doing better. But if I'm obsessively mean to a particular group, backing it up with bizarre pseudoscience and ramblings, well...I'm afraid of something in me.
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I know what it's like to fuck up in private and in public. The stress of it is real, and I don't have J.K. Rowling's huge platform, nor would I want it. Trust that I want the money! And maybe like a third of the size of the audience. Also a theme park. But...

As someone who used to be transphobic (I loved church and believed everything they said), & who took years to unlearn a lot - and I continue to do so! - I look at this woman & I see somebody troubled who has deep internal work to do. Because something inside her terrifies her.

Refuting her arguments one by one won't help. Because she's not trying to explain it to you. Not really. She's trying to explain to herself, to make it okay to say the things she says. She's spent a long time building up a shield around something inside her that is frightened.

In my case, I held onto transphobic views for years after I left the church. The reason is that I was angry that I was queer (bisexual) and annoyed by the inconvenience of it. I had been taught a binary worldview as a child at church and desperately wanted to adhere to it.

So you take somebody who desperately wishes to be the version of "normal" they were taught was okay when they were very small, and you put people in front of them who are perfectly fine not being that version of "normal" - blessed and unbothered, even! - and watch the jealousy.

J.K. says she has trans friends. I consider myself blessed that I made trans friends who didn't have the burden of educating me. I looked up to them and was jealous of them. I was a "good progressive" who voted for LGBTQIA inclusion issues. My unlearning happened in other ways.

TERFs aren't operating on logic. They are angry because they feel they deserve more than what they were given - which is wild, because some of them have been given a LOT. They'll dress it up, but they are DARVO incarnate.

I was never a TERF, thank goodness, but I did hang onto some transphobia I learned in church well into my twenties. Based on that experience, and the unlearning of it, I can tell you Rowling will change when/if she wants to change, and that day may never come. I hope it does.

And just because I was taught something as a child does not excuse me if I hang on when I know it's nasty, mean, and could hurt somebody. Even if I never say it out loud! It's uncomfortable to deal with it, and some people won't ever believe you've changed. But you can change.

I was thinking the other day that there are likely things I say & believe now that I'll make amends for in future. I don't know what they are but I know it's okay to keep growing. We can't make up for the damage we do but we can help co-create healing for others.

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Re: What's Happening In the World?

Post: # 10777Post Garrett Gilchrist
Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:24 pm

Dan Rather writes:..
President Trump has chosen as the venue for his first rally in months, Tulsa, Oklahoma, site of a horrific massacre of African Americans. And he has set the date for June 19th, Juneteenth, a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.

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Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:35 am

Jessica Aiwuyor writes:
Police have murdered black people in America with few repercussions since the beginning. Meet Walter Francis White. He was a Black man with blond hair and blue eyes, parents born into slavery. In 1920, he used his lightskin to infiltrate KKK meetings. Guess who was there?

THE POLICE WERE THERE! They were so convinced he was a white man that they swore him in as a sheriff’s deputy in Oklahoma. But secretly, he was investigating lynchings for the NAACP.

When he was sworn in as sheriff’s deputy, Walter Francis White was told, “Now you can go kill any Negro you see and the law will be behind you.” Even with 10 yrs worth of evidence with photos, covering 41 lynchings and 8 race riots - there were no convictions.

https://twitter.com/TweetingJam/status/ ... 6720575490

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Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:04 am

They called the police on Black people trying to vote.

https://twitter.com/RBraceySherman/stat ... 8359287808

Thread about historically black towns.

https://twitter.com/theerkj/status/1269235449748389888

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Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:08 am

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/12/opin ... olice.html

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8xvz ... eals-vgtrn

Chinchillazllla writes:
imagining a world where everyone had a union that acted like a police union. where, like, a librarian could choke you to death for being too loud and then get a million dollars. and then their union rep went on TV and was like "and if you don't like it we'll fucking kill you too"

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Post: # 10789Post Garrett Gilchrist
Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:07 am

Mike Nelson (MST3K/Rifftrax) is now part of a gross, reactionary conservative podcast with the infamous Doug TenNapel (Earthworm Jim / Catscratch) and Ethan Nicolle (Axe Cop/Bearmageddon).


https://twitter.com/LostTurntable/statu ... 9902413829


Bill Corbett:

"Hi, lots of people sent me this thread today. FYI I knew the podcast existed but never listened to it. My fault.

We have more stuff to work through, clearly. But it’s gotta be private for now.

Sorry for the hurt. I get it. My son is gay and this casual hate infuriates me."


Mike Nelson's apology:
https://twitter.com/RiffTrax/status/1273303744793411585

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Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:29 pm

"When you actually go back and study all of the things that the Nazis are praised for today, you find not only maliciousness but also stupidity.

The Nazis were morons. And this is something people just don't talk about today. Their ideology of genetic supremacy caused them to be pious, and that led to headstrong tactics that failed them time and time again ...

[The Allies] were using Looney Tunes tactics, and it worked, because the Third Reich was made up of a bunch of big-headed buffoons obsessed with believing in their own worth.

If the Nazis really were geniuses of conflict, if they had technology beyond our wildest understanding, if their skulls swelled constantly to maintain their massively expanding brains, they would have won the fucking war."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maeO6Isb_So

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Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:57 pm

Covid-19
https://twitter.com/DrDeeKnight/status/ ... 6605041664
https://twitter.com/sheriantoinette/sta ... 1250933760



They dismiss anything that makes Trump look bad as "fake news" and believe absolute lies about anyone opposing him. Some believe that Trump's opponents are a Satanic cult of p)dophiles. But they're the cult.

Trump is a bigoted bully, and they'll accept any reduction in the quality of their own lives, as long as people they hate are getting it worse.

But also the Democratic Party isn't fighting very hard for 99% of voters either.

Reviewing bad Q conspiracy nonsense videos.
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