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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Tlaib and Omar Compare Israel to 1972 Apartheid South Africa as They Double Down on Israel Attacks

It’s one of the oldest leftist myths out there.
And one of the most viciously unfair.
So naturally, it came easily to Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan to compare the Israeli government’s action in banning her from a planned visit to the evils of the apartheid regime in South Africa.
At a joint news conference on Monday, Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota doubled down on their attacks on the Israeli government with the kind of disdain that was almost palpable through the television screen.
Tlaib noted during the conference that she had just learned this week that in 1972, the then-congressman from Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, Charles Diggs, had been denied a visa to South Africa, then under the racist regime known as apartheid.

Diggs, who served in the House from 1955 to 1980, was the first chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. He sought aid from the State Department in getting entry into South Africa, according to a New York Times report, but it was apparently unavailing.
He did not return to the country until 1976, after the election of Jimmy Carter, a separate Times report stated.
“History does have a habit of repeating itself,” Tlaib told reporters.
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Well, first of all, Tlaib, who represents Michigan’s 13th District herself, better hope history doesn’t repeat too closely.
The former Rep. Diggs whom Tlaib spoke so glowingly of was convicted of mail fraud in 1978 and was censured by Congress and forced to resign in 1980, according to his obituary in the Amsterdam News, the respected New York newspaper geared toward black readers.
And second of all, the comparison is almost criminally inept.
Pretending Israel’s unique circumstances are anything like South Africa’s requires a moral blindness that has to be deliberate. (Judaism is not a race, it is a religion. The clash between Israelis and Arabs is not at its root racial — and someone with Tlaib’s background ought to know that.)
What Israel did in barring Tlaib and Omar from their planned visit this weekend was exercise the right of any sovereign nation to control its borders (something Democrats aren’t all that big on, obviously.)

Israel also enforced one of its own laws that allows it to keep out any potential visitor who espouses the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement, which aims to attack Israel culturally and economically — a movement Tlaib and Omar support openly.
Just like today’s gay and transgender movements love to cloak themselves in the moral authority of the American civil rights movement, anti-Israel activists love to cloak themselves in the moral authority of the anti-apartheid groups.
But moral authority can’t be borrowed, and Tlaib’s pitch was off the mark.
Equating Israel with the South African apartheid regime is one of the oldest canards in modern leftist politics. It’s cheap. It’s easy.
And as anyone familiar with the histories of both knows, there isn’t a bit of truth in it.

People Make Fools Of Themselves For Bullying A 16-Year-Old Activist Who Chose To Travel For 13 Days Instead Of Flying 10 Hours

Legendary teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg is causing waves again. This time, literally. She is currently sailing from Plymouth in England to the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on a carbon-neutral, zero-emissions racing yacht. The trip should take about two weeks, so the schoolgirl hopes to make it in time for the climate change conference which starts on September 23.
The reason the 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl is traveling by sea is that she loves the environment so much, she refuses to fly on airplanes. This is just plain awesome. Unfortunately, some people don’t think so and lambasted her because they don’t agree with the message she’s sending. Some made fun of her because they think she just wants attention, while others think there’s nothing wrong with flying and rubbed their opinions in her face. Be sure to scroll down to the very end of this post to read Bored Panda’s interview with Marc Moran, who defended Thunberg on Twitter. 

Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg is ‘making a splash’ by sailing to New York from Plymouth, England

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“There’s always going to be people who don’t understand or accept the united science, and I will just ignore them as I’m only acting and communicating on the science,” Thunberg called out global warming deniers right before setting sail. 4 days after leaving Plymouth, she tweeted that she wasn’t feeling seasick yet and joked that being on the boat was like “camping on a roller coaster.”

Some people started making fun of the 16-year-old girl

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16-year-old Thunberg is sailing across the Atlantic Ocean on a 60-foot long (that’s 18 meters) yacht with three other people, among whom are her father Svante, and experienced captain Boris Herrmann. The yacht, called the Malizia II, is powered by sunlight and has underwater turbines. Ironically, this marvel of modern engineering lacks a toilet.
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Thunberg’s journey by boat was well-received by many environmentally-conscious individuals, However, there were some who called the teenager out. One Twitter user explained how she had “0%” guilt for booking “long haul flights” for her family. Another made fun of her getting on the cover of GQ magazine for telling people to “recycle jam jars.” Others still criticized Thunberg for pulling a stunt for media attention because, allegedly, a crew will have to fly to New York to sail the yacht back to England.
The teenager has drawn a lot of praise for her work from politicians. But she’s drawn a lot of ire as well. Especially recently. In July, she gave a speech at the French parliament, which was boycotted by some lawmakers who called her a “guru of the apocalypse”, a “prophetess in shorts” and the “Justin Bieber of ecology.” However, the teenager is used to ignoring criticism from climate change skeptics.
According to the UN, “the last four years were the four hottest on record, and winter temperatures in the Arctic have risen by 3°C since 1990.” Furthermore, the UN warns that “sea levels are rising, coral reefs are dying, and we are starting to see the life-threatening impact of climate change on health, through air pollution, heatwaves and risks to food security.”
That makes me want to do more in the fight against climate change. If I could, I’d sail everywhere on a yacht. But for now, I’ll keep on recycling jam jars, walking instead of driving, hugging trees when nobody’s looking, and growing vegetables and herbs in my tiny garden. What about you? What are you doing to help the environment? Share your thoughts about Thunberg and climate change in the comments below.

Thunberg’s fans rushed to defend her

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Twitter user Marc Moran, who goes by the handle moranmarc13 and who rushed to Thunberg’s defense online, told Bored Panda in an interview his thoughts about the situation, the activist’s views, and climate change.
“I 100% percent agree with Greta’s message and her views. I feel that as the human race, we have spent hundreds of years, particularly in the last century, making incredible technological breakthroughs. There is no doubt that the very concept of a plane is a mechanical marvel — we have no business being up in the sky traveling at that speed, humans weren’t born being able to do that. Plastic was only properly commercialized and mass-produced around 100 years ago, and it’s easy to see why we used it so much; it is cheap to produce, long-lasting and has a massive range of use cases.
However, when things like plastic and air travel were created, we were naive as a human race and did not realize the impact it has on the environment and our world. Our issue now is that we are allowing our naivety to turn into ignorance, which is what Greta tries so hard to highlight. Of course, not everyone has the time or money to travel by sea as Greta has — and that isn’t what she’s asking for either. However, by doing this she has contributed to the conversation. My own tweet on the subject has been seen 25 million times — if only 5% of those people cut a little bit of plastic from their next weekly shop, that’s 1.25 million shoppers helping to contribute to a less plastic future.”
In Moran’s opinion, people make fun of Thunberg “for two main reasons — shame and intimidation.” Moran also added that “for a 16-year-old girl to tell people older than her that they are ruining the planet and need to change their ways will most definitely hit a bum note with them, as she is helping to contribute to change that they themselves have caused and refused to help undo. I think, unfortunately, although this should never be the case, the fact that Greta has Asperger’s will mean that some scumbags will always disagree with her.”
Moran also had some advice for all the climate change skeptics out there: “Open a window, turn on the news and look at what is happening to the planet through deforestation and the constant use of irresponsible materials. Have a look at the ice caps and polar bears and realize it is all of us causing it. There is no such thing as selective climate meltdown — if we don’t stop it, we will all be affected! So please, don’t buy as much plastic, try to buy used instead of new if you can, get reusable water bottles and containers instead of buying a new bottle of water each day, eat a little less meat and use sustainable travel where you can!
Greta has recently collaborated on a new song with British band ‘The 1975’, which will be the opening song to their new album ‘Notes on a Conditional Form’. I would urge any climate skeptics, or anyone who hasn’t yet heard it, check it out now.”

Tired Of Patients Not Wanting To Reveal Their Biological Sex This Person Went On A Rant To Explain Why It Can End Tragically

Your life is more important than your feelings getting hurt — that’s the message one healthcare professional is trying to send everyone. According to Imgur user oldfishnewfish, it’s very important to tell medical staff your biological sex even if the question ‘triggers’ you. Your life depends on giving the right answer.
Oldfishnewfish posted a long and winding rant online that explains exactly how much correct treatment and diagnosis can depend on whether you’re a man or a woman due to biological differences. The detailed scientific explanation went viral. It was viewed over 120,000 times and got more than 4,200 upvotes.
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“If a medical professional asks your sex/gender (however you perceive it being asked is irrelevant) TELL THEM”

The inspiration for oldfishnewfish’s rant struck after they had an aggressive patient who was ‘triggered’ by questions about their biological sex. These questions were necessary to do a thorough health check-up.
According to the healthcare professional, knowing whether a person was born male or female is absolutely necessary: people who get overly defensive or openly aggressive are hurting not only themselves but also those trying to help them.
Most Imgur users supported oldfishnewfish’s viewpoint. Among those commenting were transgender people who highlighted that they too believe it’s important to immediately tell doctors your biological sex. Others reacted to oldfishnewfish’s post with good humor, satirizing how some people can be “hypersensitive” and overreact to the smallest things. One Imgur user joked: “Did you just assume I was born?”
Oldfishnewfish stated that it’s important to respect patients if their gender doesn’t match their sex. However, biological sex doesn’t stop affecting you the moment you stop identifying with it. “I need to know if you’re a male or female. I need to know if you’re susceptible to certain diseases or ailments, how your symptoms may be derived from those diseases or ailments, and most importantly, how to treat those diseases or ailments,” oldfishnewfish explained.

Internet users had this to say about oldfishnewfish’s rant

The Journal of the American Medical Association writes that the term ‘sex’ is considered biological and physiological, while ‘gender’ “comprises the social, environmental, cultural, and behavioral factors and choices that influence a person’s self-identity and health.”
Meanwhile, the National Center for Biotechnology Information notes that “men and women are alike in many ways. However, there are important biological and behavioural differences between the two genders. They affect manifestation, epidemiology and pathophysiology of many widespread diseases and the approach to health care.”
Psychology Today argues that “denying men’s and women’s different psychologies is not merely a denial of reality; it has serious health consequences for significant segments of the population.” Here are a few differences between men and women, according to Psychology Today: women are more empathic; men feel sexual jealousy more acutely; men are more aggressive and more adventurous; men are taller; women are better at remembering objects on a map, while men are better at rotating objects in their minds.
Whatever your views on this topic are, just remember the Golden Rule: treat others as you would want to be treated. And keep in mind that medical professionals especially deserve to be treated with respect. They’re trying to save your life, after all.