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    • I get the frustration in this piece, but I don’t get the assertion that “they” means not cis. I think of it as not committing to he or she, which is a courtesy for a stranger to do until they have more information. It’s garbage that only some people like this author and myself get they’d, but the argument shouldn’t be that people should guess our gender better! It should be that all people are they’d until more information is given. They is neutral in my mind and is not a third gender box one can be put into (more like self-selecting to opt out of the binary), and I appreciate when I’m they’d because that’s the type of person who will respect that I go by she when I give them that info. I don’t think you can be said to misgender someone with they unless they’ve already told you a different pronoun.

  1. The pre-Hurricane run to the grocery store piece was frustrating to read as someone who grew with hurricanes because it was clearly written by someone with zero hurricane experience and as quick click piece.

    Generators, camp stoves, charcoal grills and ice chests are things they never thought of or considered when they did take comfort food buys into consideration.

    But the thing that really stick in my craw is acting like lower income people don’t know when things are dangerous which is some bullshit. Consider maybe the reason higher income people spend before landfall is because they have the money to do that AND have the money to evacuate but noooo poor people are dumb conspiracy theorists.

  2. I find it very strange that the American system involves stopping people from voting at all. All this stuff about closing down the polling in certain regions, and roll purging, and banning people from voting if they have a criminal history, is so strange to me. No Australian citizen over 18 is prevented from voting, and in fact failure to vote will get you a fine. There are still people who abstain or who send in donkey votes, but the system itself is set up to maximise the number of voters. Which is just how it should be. As a nation we may copy America in an awful lot of things, but at least not with this…

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