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cat November 24, 2021

This list makes me realise how stingy my parents were, despite being quite well off. Getting a magnum used to be such a big deal, you'd really have to work for the extra 60c vs a calippo 😂

cat November 24, 2021

Think how many pieces of legislation they could have put this effort into- domestic violence, coercive control, stopping white supremacy, countering misinformation etc etc... things we actually need. 

Instead we're creating laws to allow religious people to discriminate and to halt the absolutely zero discrimination white, christian people are facing in Australia. 

cat November 24, 2021

@katp yes, people make a lot of money off it. 

You can go ahead and try to find the clinical study that proves how weight affects health. In fact there should be hundreds that show how your weight creates every type of health issue. I think you'll struggle to find even one though. 

cat November 23, 2021

@guest2 the issue is that he was given bail at all. He had already attempted murder once and was clearly a risk to the public, and had already skipped bail in several other cases. 

cat November 23, 2021

@rush actually theres no real evidence that weight does play a part in overall health. Being severely overweight or severely underweight can cause health issues (worse to be underweight), but everything between is much of a muchness. In fact, slightly overweight people have better health and live longer than people at their "ideal" weight. Physical activity, nutrition and genetics are way better indicators of health. 

cat November 23, 2021

@poodletime You're not her therapist. Nothing about this article implies the author thinks everyone is against her, she's calling out a subset of people who make rude comments. 

You're essentially doing the same thing as the people who tell ethnic minorities "not to take it personally" when people ask where they are from. Don't be that person, listen to her instead of trying to invalidate her experiences. 

cat November 22, 2021

@mb1111 you seem to be arguing against allegations no one has made. The comment was


"Protests are fine. I saw many singing and marching peacefully, but there were also links to Trump era politics which is wrong"

You'll notice it doesn't say everyone is pro-Trump and even makes it clear that a lot of the protestors aren't.

There is undeniably link to Trump for some protestors though, based on the fact that many are waving pro-trump signs and directly quoting right wing QANON conspiracy theorists. 

And no one said anything about "deplorables", thats a massive jump you've taken yourself. 

cat November 22, 2021

@grumpier monster except if you're a single parent, who looks after your kid for those 18 hours? Childcare is going to take your entire unemployment payment. And what use is unpacking boxes if you are looking for jobs that involve your masters degree? A universal income is a much better system that significantly decreases unemployment & allows people to get into jobs that actually suit their skills and experience. 

cat November 22, 2021

It seems like every single terrorist attack or mass homicide could have been prevented if our society took domestic violence seriously & treated it as 'violence', not 'domestic'. Every time we see headlines a day or two later saying the perpetrator had a history of domestic violence but nothing was done about it. 

cat November 21, 2021

@mb1111 yes but the trump era did exist and it influenced these protestors. 

cat November 21, 2021

@poodletime She was the one in the situations, I think we should accept that she understood the words and body language of the people around her rather than trying to explain away their comments. It's not "thinking the worst" to acknowledge that fatphobia exists, it's a fact. While it might be uncomfortable to hear about people being rude its not helpful to try to pretend it didn't happen, we all know people who are more than capable of making comments like this. I

cat November 21, 2021

@mamamia-user-482898552 even if you want to call it "coming on a bit strong" its still a red flag. Thats why we have a negative term for it. 

cat November 20, 2021

It's atrocious that they cant access the money donated to them, clearly the conservatorship laws in the US need serious revision or to be struck down completely. How gut wrenching that they are still being abused and controlled. 

cat November 20, 2021

@poodletime  Its a bit absurd to suggest the author is misunderstanding her own experiences.  Women are very capable of being fatphobic and cruel. 

cat November 20, 2021

@mb1111  "trump era politics" i.e. Qanon. No one said trump himself was behind the protests. 

cat November 20, 2021

@talezassian her lack of control over the edit doesn't excuse her from doing the basic fact checking about Pamela's consent for the story to be told. In fact it makes it more crucial. 

cat November 20, 2021

@snorks As Rittenhouse didn't know anything about the victims, their background is entirely irrelevant to this case. 


Since he claimed self defence, Rittenhouse's mind set & eagerness to engage in violence had everything to do with the case. 

I think you meant "plenty of footage of them trying to disarm an active shooter, and him gunning them down". 

cat November 20, 2021

@guest2 it's not a matter of opinion, they are white supremacists. They promote white supremacist ideas and concepts, and Im honestly a bit surprised you're buying into their "chauvanist" branding. The situation was Rittenhouse posing with members of the Proud Boys and making the white supremacist hand symbol. You don't actually have to be part of a white supremacist group to be a white supremacist, you just have to espouse those beliefs, like by making white supremacist hand gestures and walking around a BLM protest with an assault rifle. 

There was one non-white jury member, and the jury weren't shown all the evidence. However a white supremacist verdict doesn't have to come from the jury itself, it comes from the judge who was clearly biased, laws that are designed to favour white men, a police system that was created to oppress non-whites and an entire culture of white supremacy. 

cat November 20, 2021

@guest2 it was predictable when the judge showed that the entire thing was a farce by treating Rittenhouse like a family friend not a defendant. Like when he let him choose his own jurors out of a hat. And because he prevented the prosecution from showing key footage that indicated Rittenhouse was looking for a fight, or anything else unfavourable to the defence. It was also predicable when they had an almost white jury. And it was predicable because theres a long history of failing to hold white men to account in the US. It was predictable when the defence literally used the fact that Jacob Blake's murderer was acquitted to argue that Rittenhouse shouldn't be convicted. 


And no, it's not glib. They are both acts of domestic terrorism enabled by atrocious gun laws. This clearly sets a precedent for shooters to claim self defence in other public shootings where they were armed and others weren't. 

cat November 19, 2021

Horrifying but sadly a very predictable outcome. Cant wait until the next school shooter makes the argument that they had to shoot 20 kids because they were worried one of them might take his gun.