The discussion we are having here. @LemonKemon@lemmygrad.ml was banned for explaining that there are biological differences between women, and men who change gender to become women. How can we have a useful discussion of the topic if mentioning actual facts is forbidden under the rule?
The main difference between men and women isnt in the amount of some hormones, but in the changes that occur during puberty. At that time, major changes occur in the body of women, to allow them to give birth. Compared to men, they store more fat, build up less muscle, have softer bones and wider hips. All of those are disadvantages in sports, and an adult man will retain them even after hormone therapy.
Here is an article which explains this in more detail than I could
Your argument seems to be based mainly on anecdotal evidence, and ignorance of biology. Lets look at some facts instead, like world records in athletics. You can clearly see that women’s records are significantly lower than men’s records. Sure we can argue what the reasons for that are, but the fact remains. And so its no surprise that some third rate male athlete can compete at much higher levels against women, which is exactly the problem that this thread is discussing.
I think it is really wrong to ban someone for a difference in opinion, especially as that opinion was well explained and based on facts.
Do ypu really think that pointing out the biological differences between men and women is transphobic? As Marxists we need to base our thinking on materialist facts, and it is undeniable that there are differences between men and women which no amount of hormone therapy or surgery can remove (as @LemonKemon@lemmygrad.ml explained very well).
Ignoring those facts and calling them transphobic is basically denying reality.
I think this mainly depends on how you define leftism, because that term is only used by Europeans and Anglos as far as I know. But we can talk about anti-imperialism, which makes things much clearer.
The resistance movement against US imperialism in west Asia is fighting at the frontlines of anti-imperialism, and is strongly muslim (just like the general population). This includes Iran, Syria, Houthis (Yemen), Hamas (Palestine), Hezbollah (Iraq), Hezbollah (Lebanon).
Venezuela is also anti-imperialist, and is strongly Christian, just like all of Latin America.
Vaccine development was funded by tax money, and then countries also paid for buying vaccines with tax money. And surprise, pharma companies are making billions in profits.
And why are you equating Sinovac for example with Johnson & Johnson.
I didnt even mention Sinovac, I was talking about vaccines which are available in western countries. Do you think its a coincidence that we cant get any Chinese or Russian vaccines? Or could it be because that would result in less profits for Biontec etc?
Sounds like you stopped reading before it got really interesting. Are you really suggesting that being against covid vaccination is an “invalid stance” somehow? I always thought that communists should fight against corporations and against the bourgeosie, not defend their money making schemes. I’m not saying vaccines are all bad, but its more than legitimate to criticise them.
According to the US government, which is not a trustworthy source. And why should only Russian views be marked, but not those by regimes like the United States?
By the way, for views of the Russian state I recommend this analysis.
I think its pretty telling that western politicians and media are already supporting the protestors, and painting the government (and Russia of course) as the bad guys. In that way it is very similar to the color revolutions in Hong Kong, Belarus, Ukraine etc.
When there are actual protests (like yellow vets in France, or protests in Chile), the media is either quiet about it, or describes the protests as unjustified.
But its definitely early to talk about this, things will get clearer over time.
What kind of question is this? In every country there has been some level of violence against the government at some time. Its just a fact of life, and calling it “unjustified” wont make it go away.
There is also the Right of revolution.
The murder of General Soleimani triggered as response an Iranian missile attack on a US military base in Iraq. The US military was warned of this attack in advance, but failed to intercept the missiles. There was major damage and injuries, yet no retaliation at all. It clearly showed how weak the empire is, and arguably accelerated its deline.
So if that clown wants to repeat the mistake, but against a much more powerful country, it would be catastrophic for the US. After all it would be a declaration of war, and any US military base near China (eg in Korea, Japan, Indonesia etc) would suddenly be a legitimate target for retaliation. Same goes for aircraft carriers, which have no defense at all against Chinese hypersonic missiles.
All in all this is a good example of how clueless “experts” in US media are.
Think for a moment about the hundreds of millions of people who were murdered, tortured and starved by the United States throughout its history. No amount of reform is going to stop these crimes. The only way it will end is when the country finally collapses. Luckily that is already happening at an incredible pace.
It was always expected that Covid would get more infectious and less deadly over time. Eventually it will be similar to a flu, and almost everyone will catch it. You can see very clearly in the case of Spain how deaths per day are lowering with each wave, while infections per day increase with each wave.
You can collect a lot of information by crawling the activitypub endpoints. Its all nicely formatted as json, so you can parse it easily. However, the lack of advertising or other commercial aspects means that companies wont waste any thought on it. And for governments its likely still too small to care.
The article claims that there was a financial crisis in 2020, but thats simply not true. If you look at the stock markets, they all went steadily up, in large part thanks to newly printed money which was injected by governments and central banks. The effect is that the financial crisis was postponed, but it cant be postponed forever. So the real question is, when will the next financial crisis hit? I think it could likely be in the next few months already.
Yes thats what they call it. But the question is, who gets to decide what is pseudoscience/misinformation, and what is legitimate disagreement with the mainstream opinion? I believe that this should be decided by the courts, based on existing laws. Instead we have the same governments and corporate (social) media who lie to us every day, deciding what is right and wrong. I really dont think we should blindly trust them to do whats in the best interest of society.
By “misinformation”, you mean “criticism of government measures”, right? I dont know about India, but here in Europe the governments acted pretty terribly during the pandemic, and deserve to be criticized and held accountable. Suppressing such criticism through propaganda should not be possible in a democracy.
This is clearly a propaganda piece intended to paint people who are unvaccinated as evil, and equate them with fascists. Note how the (scarce) facutal evidence is clearly cherry-picked, and there is no attempt to explain why people might be against vaccination (people generally have a reason for their decision, even if you dont agree with it). Instead we get this marvellously framed piece of writing:
In a frightening show of force, marauding fascist mobs have taken over the streets of Melbourne for three days running. They have smashed up union offices and occupied major arterials for hours. This is a disastrous development.
I watched videos of that demonstration, and it was just that, a demonstration. It looked mostly peaceful, but of course any large demonstration has some vandals. The confrontation at the union office was because most grass-root members opposed covid measures, while the leadership fully agreed with state mandates. And no, people demonstrating for their cause is not a disastrous development, its a basic human right.
I think the real danger here is that the ruling class manages to divide people based on this narrative of “pro vaccination” or “anti vaccination”. But the real problem is the terrible leadership of politicians during this health crisis. They will surely not be held accountable for their mistakes and their corruption if we get distracted by the relatively minor topic of vaccination
Those are apartments. I hope that satisfies you, because I gave exactly the same amount of evidence as that “article”.
Plus the BBC and other western media have a history of spreading lies about “enemy states”, like the incubator lie, or presenting washing powder as chemical weapons. They really shouldnt be trusted in their baseless claims.
Your rant is really confusing, no idea what you are trying to say. Anyway the topic isnt really about transgender people. The linked article states: “Police Scotland said that they would log rapes as being carried out by a woman if the accused person insists, even if they have not legally changed gender”. So according to that, a man can rape someone, and when caught, tell police that he’s actually a woman (probably hoping to get a lower sentence). How is that beneficial for anyone but rapists?
They are right, mandatory vaccination is a terrible idea.