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July 30, 2021

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pst314

Warning is necessary anywhere within 100 miles of Portland.

pst314

More woke madness from the American Medical Association:

Birth certificates should not designate sex.
People receiving welfare should not be required to work.
The AMA was taken over by the left a long time ago and no longer represents the personal and professional opinions of most physicians.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Clearly didn't consult us for a band name.

WTP

Good, unless you are under arms, only savages wear hats indoors.

Pictures or it never happened.

Richard Cranium
So anyway, as I give blood regularly [....]

As I used to do. However, inasmuch as I was some clot stationed in the Federal Republic of Germany in the early 1980s, I cannot donate blood in the US.

Prions; apparently there's no test to see if *my* blood is safe (as well as the many, many soldiers and airmen who were stationed there in those days) but if you were doing the dirty back in those days and became HIV positive, well, *your* blood's totes cool.

Now that I think about it, how safe is the British blood supply? I can't donate blood in the US because I might have eaten some of your beef.

Back when I was a young and foolish lad, I would have thought this was merely an abundance of caution from the US Red Cross. Now that I'm an old and foolish man, well, whatever.

(BTW, if HIV positive people can be safe blood donors, I have absolutely no problem with them donating blood. Hell, I wish they could give twice as much to make up what *I* am not allowed to do.)

Richard Cranium
People receiving welfare should not be required to work.

Doctors should paid at no more than welfare rates. (Yes, I see how that can be gamed.)

Mike D

But it’s almost funny how local councils will typically fall over themselves to praise the “cultural traditions” of the ‘travellers’, as if they were wandering minstrels, while actively minimising acts of trespass and antisocial behaviour

Lol. That.

David

Lol. That.

Our own local council has an entire month devoted to romanticising ‘travellers’ and is keen for residents to believe that the demographic in question – several hundred families on several designated sites, plus other “unauthorised” locations – are a put-upon and deeply precious addition to the city. We’re treated to lots of old black-and-white photos evoking noble downtroddenness, vibrancy and such. It’s all very charming.

Needless to say, the sentimental images bear little relation to the typical experience of living near ‘travellers’ and within earshot of their lively activities. Or, say, having an armada of ‘traveller’ caravans set up camp, illegally and with aggressive enthusiasm, in a supermarket car park, or, without permission, on the local playing fields, with the occupants merrily vandalising the toilets and changing facilities, and leaving behind enormous heaps of garbage, gas bottles and abandoned tyres for others to clear away. Oh, and leaving prodigious amounts of human excrement where children usually play.

That kind of thing.

WTP

but if you were doing the dirty back in those days and became HIV positive, well, *your* blood's totes cool.

I wouldn't say 'totes cool'. They do ask quite a few questions regarding HIV and make it clear that you shouldn't donate just to find out if you are HIV positive. At least OneBlood does. I presume the same set of questions would be used by the Red Cross but as I haven't given to them specifically in decades, I could be wrong. Both organizations used to ask the same questions IIRC. Though I have noticed the questions seem to be, shall I say...evolving? They used to re-ask a few questions verbally that I couldn't help having a bit of fun with. One was "Have you ever had sex with another man, even once, since 1977?" I would pause for a second and say, "1977?...No." They don't ask that no more. I like to think it's my fault but I'm guessing it's something else.

WTP

Googling...well DuckDuckGoing "irish travellers sc ga" produces a few interestingly worded takes. This one I found amusing...

Similar allegations have been raised against Travelers in the past. But for the most part, they are praised within their community in Aiken County. According to published reports, it’s common practice for travelers to not target residents in their own neighborhood.

Locals say most Travelers are honest, hard-working people whose reputations have been tainted by the actions of a few. Because they live together and keep to themselves, suspicion of them is rampant. They own lavish homes and mansions in Murphy Village that show few signs of life. The windows of most homes are covered from top to bottom with blinders or are tinted.

They also speak a secret and protective dialect called “Cant” that meshes English and Gaelic when they feel uncomfortable around outsiders. Travelers believe their reclusiveness has allowed them to keep their traditional lifestyle, according to news reports.

Irish have moved to America since before the country’s founding. But they emigrated to the United States in large numbers in the 1840s, after potato crop failures left them with a period of mass starvation. Most stayed in large Northeastern cities. But a small group, the Travelers, broke off and moved to South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.

Most of the men work on the road traveling to different states during favorable weather to work in construction-related jobs, such as repairing roofs, resurfacing driveways and painting barns.

Travelers often take their families with them, pulling children from school around the eighth grade. Remaining in school can endanger their lifestyle if teens start to date outside of the community, according to reports. A handful of students have chosen to remain in school but are often ostracized from their families.

The best glimpse outsiders had into South Carolina’s Murphy Village was in 2012, when an episode of TLC’s “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” chronicled a North Augusta couple’s wedding preparations.

The episode centered on Tamara and Bill McKown, a couple who married in December 2011. What was special about the episode was that Tamara McKown was a non-Traveler from Tennessee, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Before that, Irish Travelers gained the nation’s attention when one of their own, Madelyne Toogood, was caught on camera beating her 4-year-old daughter at an Indiana shopping center. Toogood was identified as being part of a Texas-based branch of the clan.

They also received unwanted attention after they were featured in an award-winning investigation by NBC’s “Dateline” in the mid-1990s that focused on how children as young as 10 were being forced to wed.

https://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article96051242.html

"Unwanted attention"...heh. In this age of Twitter and Tic-toc no less. Odd how that is. They must be a very humble group.

pst314

Most of the men work on the road traveling to different states during favorable weather to work in construction-related jobs, such as repairing roofs, resurfacing driveways and painting barns.

CBS News' 60 Minutes did an report long ago about that: Lots of fraud.

ComputerLabRat

Clearly didn't consult us for a band name.

That one pic with the scrawny soyboy with flowing locks and a goatee next to the mountainous musician in purple gown reminds me of that species of deep-sea fish where the female is gigantic in comparison to the male. Once the male anglerfish finds a female he attaches himself to her body and spends the rest of his life that way. Fertilization happens on the outside, so he's tapped in to her for nourishment, and to be available to fertilize her eggs when she releases them.

pst314

Our own local council has an entire month devoted to romanticising ‘travellers’ and is keen for residents to believe that the demographic in question...are a put-upon and deeply precious addition to the city.

Here's a crazy idea: Let's start treating criminals like criminals.

Steve E

CBS News' 60 Minutes did an report long ago about that: Lots of fraud.

In the story intself, or in the reporting of the story? It's so difficult to tell the difference.

pst314

In the story itself: Detailed reporting on fraudulent construction-related services, such as driveway resurfacing, roof repair, etc. Related experiences of actual victims. Visited the luxurious Carolina homes of the fraudster travelers. Of course, that report was done in the 80's or early 90's. Today CBS would never report on the criminal behavior of a Designated Minority.

WTP

Here's a crazy idea: Let's start treating criminals like criminals.

Will never work. The lawyers and judges won't stand for it. What they lack in quality they make up for in volume.

pst314

Will never work. The lawyers and judges won't stand for it.

Start treating them as members of the criminal classes. :-|

pst314

Did everybody have a glass of warm milk and go to bed?

Alex DeWynter
So anyway, as I give blood regularly ...

I donate platelets every other Sunday at a nearby Red Cross office. Appointments are required, but I've never had any scheduling issues. In fact, one fortnight when I forgot to book my regular visit they called earlier in the week to ask if I wanted one and help me set it up at a different office, since no slots were left at my usual place. A couple of times last winter they even called the day of to ask if I wanted to come in earlier, since they'd had last minute cancellations (though once the email/call/text confirmation blitz policy was initiated that stopped happening). Haven't been to one of those pop-up blood drives in ages.

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