Sunday Reads: Tokyo Fucktastrophy

It’s cartoons from AAEC…

Tokyo Olympics
Republican Confessions
9742 Delta Blues
Is Fox News Evil?
Garbage In and Out animation

And from Cagle:

Now for some Twits:

What a fucking bunch of assholes…

Sad to see this former Rabbi turned comedian is no longer with us:

Top ten states with new cases as of yesterday evening…see Florida’s increase in one day.

Try and be safe with the rising COVID-19 cases…

This is an open thread.

18 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Tokyo Fucktastrophy”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Wow, that guy calmly telling of Tuckums is a joy to watch over and over and over and over …

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    Here is a perfect essay on my feelings about the Olympic Games:

    And, let’s not forget that they are docking Simone some points to make the games more “fair” because otherwise she would be winning all the gold medals:

    “ The judges scoring her, however, were not so impressed. Despite the move’s difficulty, they gave it a provisional scoring value of 6.6, close to what Biles’s other vaults have received. That limited the points available for performing it successfully, a point that a frustrated Biles suggested was unfair to her.

    “I feel like now we just have to get what we get because there’s no point in putting up a fight because they’re not going to reward it,” she said of judges and, ultimately, the International Gymnastics Federation, which has the final word on starting values for new vaults done in competition. “So we just have to take it and be quiet.”

    Part of the reason for that might be a concern for the safety of gymnasts not nearly as skilled as Biles — by assigning a dangerous move a low start value, the federation quietly discourages others from risking it. But there also may be a fear that Biles is so good that she might run away with any competition she enters simply by doing a handful of moves that her rivals cannot, or dare not, attempt.“

    “Am I in a league of my own? Yes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t credit me for what I’m doing,” Biles told NBC Sports at the time. “They keep asking us to do more difficulty and to give more artistry, give more harder skills. So we do, and then they don’t credit it, and I don’t think that’s fair.”

    The International Gymnastics Federation controls the scoring system at the Olympic Games…

    • Enheduanna says:

      I’m old enough to remember when they didn’t care too much that professional (male) basketball players had undo advantage…

    • NW Luna says:

      Simone Biles is amazing.

      However, Mona Eltahawy is uninformed about the high natural T “females.”

      Many people have heard of Caster Semenya. As the two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time world champion in the 800m – not to mention the most vocal opponent of restrictions on intersex athletes – Semenya gets the most media attention. But it’s less widely known that the 2016 silver medalist, Francine Niyonsaba, as well as the bronze medalist, Margaret Wambui, also have so-called “intersex” conditions.

      Contrary to popular misconception, these particular intersex conditions do not make for “women with naturally high testosterone.” These people have XY chromosomes and [undescended] testes, which makes them of the sex that produces small gametes – i.e., male. These are male athletes with testosterone levels that are within expectations for their sex.

      • quixote says:

        Another problem with ignoring biological reality is that it’s going to dump us back into the days when the East Germans were doping their female athletes with steroids.

        – most current Big Deal sports are a big deal because males excel at them

        – so no surprise that male biology gives athletes an advantage

        – females can acquire some male-type advantage by doping with testosterone

        – or women’s teams can acquire male-type advantage by having biological males on the team.

        Doping has been illegal for a while. But how long before coaches are looking for biological males to put on their female teams? At this rate all they’d need to do is encourage them to ID as women, at least for a while. Cheating to gain an advantage in competitive sports is not exactly unknown.

        (Even when coaches are unaware of the genetics, male-type advantage is a thing. Women with 46XY DSD are 7% of elite athletes in women’s competitions, and even higher proportion in those who win medals. But in the general population that DSD is about 0.014%. Hundreds of times rarer.)

        • NW Luna says:

          DSDs (Differences/Disorders of Sex Development — more accurate than ‘intersex’) are highly unlikely to be unrecognized in developed countries with modern healthcare and use of ultrasound and genetic analysis tools. In a very few cases a DSD in girls may not be noticed until menses haven’t occurred by the usual age, but then triggers a medical workup. DSDs are most likely to go unrecognized in countries without advanced medical care, and may also be more commonly inherited in some ethnicities than in others.

          • quixote says:

            Yes. Plus there seems to be a pattern of coaches scouting in poorer countries where DSDs are unlikely to be noticed.

            Doubly nasty because the athlete has no idea. Then when she rises to the top and authorities look closely, suddenly she gets it all yanked away from her because of the genetic anomaly. Which, when you’ve been poor all your life, and when you’ve worked hard as hell to rise to the top, is horrible.

            46XY DSD women shouldn’t be competing in women’s categories, because it’s too big an advantage. The problem is recruiting them at early stages and carefully not checking the genetic situation.

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