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(Slate)   Today's Slatesplanation: People don't take Monkeypox seriously enough because it has a terrible name that we're stuck with, so let's start calling it MPX instead. At least that way people will think we're talking about an airport   (slate.com) divider line
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2022-08-10 9:56:34 AM  
If enough people end up with permanent facial scars, people will start taking it seriously.  COVID mostly kills the infirm at this point and no one likes to think of themselves as infirm.
 
2022-08-10 11:53:37 AM  
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2022-08-10 11:55:05 AM  
It's just like a bad cold or the flu. But you people go ahead and keep living in fear like snowflakes.

/amIdoingitright?
 
2022-08-10 11:55:19 AM  
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SIG MPX. Maybe not the best abbreviation. 

Immediately thought that because this submachine gun was godlike in Battlefield games.
 
2022-08-10 11:55:28 AM  
For one thing, "there is a long history of Black people being referred to as monkeys," says Ifeanyi Nsofor, a public health physician and fellow at the Aspen Institute. The current name "stigmatizes Black people, but in particular stigmatizes Africans."

It stigmatizes black people among the type of people that would refer to them as monkeys. There's no added problem here, they don't really need any rationale or excuse to be stinking racists.
 
2022-08-10 11:57:05 AM  

Marcos P: R.i.p.
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Came here for MxPx

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2022-08-10 12:05:05 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: For one thing, "there is a long history of Black people being referred to as monkeys," says Ifeanyi Nsofor, a public health physician and fellow at the Aspen Institute. The current name "stigmatizes Black people, but in particular stigmatizes Africans."

It stigmatizes black people among the type of people that would refer to them as monkeys. There's no added problem here, they don't really need any rationale or excuse to be stinking racists.


And I've seen plenty of homophobic comments about the pox, not much in the way of racism.
 
2022-08-10 12:06:10 PM  
People don't take Monkeypox seriously enough because it has a terrible name that we're stuck with, so let's start calling it MPX instead...

Or, now hear me out:

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2022-08-10 12:12:31 PM  
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2022-08-10 12:13:31 PM  
MPX isn't such a bad airport. Call it JAX and that will scare people.
 
2022-08-10 12:13:58 PM  
I personally don't like people on the left when they attempt to constantly be the language police.  There's a line between not being offensive and being a PC caricature of a liberal, and too often people cross it.
 
2022-08-10 12:15:05 PM  

scruffythecat: MPX isn't such a bad airport. Call it JAX and that will scare people.


Or:

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2022-08-10 12:15:06 PM  

Zik-Zak: People don't take Monkeypox seriously enough because it has a terrible name that we're stuck with, so let's start calling it MPX instead...

Or, now hear me out:

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Came here yo talk about MXC.

/Right you are, Ken.
 
2022-08-10 12:15:21 PM  
MPX makes me think of racing motorbikes in the mud.
 
2022-08-10 12:15:45 PM  
Why MPX, when we can have MPX 9000?
 
2022-08-10 12:20:34 PM  

Geotpf: I personally don't like people on the left when they attempt to constantly be the language police.  There's a line between not being offensive and being a PC caricature of a liberal, and too often people cross it.


You're free to speak as you like. It's not like we're banning books or something.
 
2022-08-10 12:24:32 PM  
If biden had a full on hard core military enforced martial law lockdown, monkey pox and covid would be solved.  Including nuking the virus sanctuary cities that wont lock the fark down.

Problem solved.
 
2022-08-10 12:38:01 PM  
Sounds like a 90s post punk band.
 
2022-08-10 12:39:33 PM  

bingethinker: MPX makes me think of racing motorbikes in the mud.


Well, that's one way of phrasing it.
 
2022-08-10 12:44:27 PM  
People can only care about stuff so much. We are highly adaptable. 'Normal' changes quickly.

People are tired of caring about illnesses. They will live how they want and people will die. We used to die all the time. It was sad. People accepted it.
 
2022-08-10 12:52:00 PM  
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2022-08-10 12:59:24 PM  
Just change the name again and get another round of tax payer funding; you know like "Guilible  Flu No. VII,"  "It's Not from China, Really tm," or "Biden's CDC Farked Up Again!"
 
2022-08-10 1:06:32 PM  
Maybe if a bunch of rando gay guys could take it seriously, and keep it in their pants for a little while, we wouldn't have to take it so seriously.

Yes I said it.  Poor impulse control rules the farking world.

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/and it's not like AIDS, so don't even start.
 
2022-08-10 1:07:24 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: For one thing, "there is a long history of Black people being referred to as monkeys," says Ifeanyi Nsofor, a public health physician and fellow at the Aspen Institute. The current name "stigmatizes Black people, but in particular stigmatizes Africans."

It stigmatizes black people among the type of people that would refer to them as monkeys. There's no added problem here, they don't really need any rationale or excuse to be stinking racists.


Won't someone spare a thought for the monkeys who are tired of being likened to people?  The offensive name of this virus is just the icing on the cake...
 
2022-08-10 1:11:03 PM  
I don't take monkeypox seriously because a) There are vaccines for it; b) it has to date infected, worldwide, a group the size of Estero, Florida (approx 32,000); c) I don't fark on the first date.

I also don't lose sleep over the flu, tuberculosis, or malaria, all of which kill more people than monkeypox.
 
2022-08-10 1:14:23 PM  
Mmm Mumblepox. Got nothing
 
2022-08-10 1:24:16 PM  
Republicans are already calling it a "Gay" disease. Like they did with AIDS. We all know how well that worked out.
 
2022-08-10 1:32:56 PM  
Why should I be scared of smallpox? It's tiny.
 
2022-08-10 2:01:59 PM  

stuffy: Republicans are already calling it a "Gay" disease. Like they did with AIDS. We all know how well that worked out.


And this is the real reason. Several of my more conservative friends are utterly convinced that this is a sexually transmitted disease that is only contracted by men having sex with men. In fact, one person I know actually believes that every single child who has contracted monkey pox was abused by a gay man.

Meanwhile, back in reality, we know that it can be passed by droplets, contact, and residue. Just like every other pox virus in existence.
 
2022-08-10 2:07:16 PM  
It's already been reported in children who attend pre-schools and it apparently loves to hang onto surfaces so the anti-gay paranoia not only is a stupid look, it's also ineffective in containing this. The only upside of this disease is that maybe that hottie Dr. Wallensky will weep again on TV.
 
2022-08-10 2:08:56 PM  
 
2022-08-10 2:17:12 PM  

stuffy: Republicans are already calling it a "Gay" disease. Like they did with AIDS. We all know how well that worked out.


Hiv was prevalent mostly in the gay community for many decades until it spread beyond the San Francisco bath houses.
 
2022-08-10 2:20:49 PM  

autistat: stuffy: Republicans are already calling it a "Gay" disease. Like they did with AIDS. We all know how well that worked out.

Hiv was prevalent mostly in the gay community for many decades until it spread beyond the San Francisco bath houses.


Back when they called it GRID (gay related immune deficiency)
 
2022-08-10 2:22:39 PM  

Gooch: It's already been reported in children who attend pre-schools and it apparently loves to hang onto surfaces so the anti-gay paranoia not only is a stupid look, it's also ineffective in containing this. The only upside of this disease is that maybe that hottie Dr. Wallensky will weep again on TV.


What do you propose? Shut down all the preschools? What would "contain" this not-all-that-contagious illness other than shutting shiat down? Because there was barely any patience for that with Covid, and that killed and crippled millions.
 
2022-08-10 3:27:50 PM  
They've already explained it away as a gay disease. Millions don't give a fark about the 'rona, you think they care about something they think affects only LGBTQ people?

And if you say, "Well, that's stupid, it's a disease, it can affect anyone," well, yeah. And?

You think that matters to America's dumbest?
 
2022-08-10 3:46:39 PM  

indylaw: Gooch: It's already been reported in children who attend pre-schools and it apparently loves to hang onto surfaces so the anti-gay paranoia not only is a stupid look, it's also ineffective in containing this. The only upside of this disease is that maybe that hottie Dr. Wallensky will weep again on TV.

What do you propose? Shut down all the preschools? What would "contain" this not-all-that-contagious illness other than shutting shiat down? Because there was barely any patience for that with Covid, and that killed and crippled millions.


Make testing easily available to anyone with relevant symptoms, even if they don't fit the 'MSM' profile.

Isolate anyone who tests positive. Trace their contacts before and after they were likely infected. Offer vaccination if possible (it's not approved for children) and monitor closely for symptoms. Ideally those contacts would be quarantined but that's not likely to happen.

Break out those stockpiles of leftover bleach and hand sanitizer, because surface transmission is likely to play a much larger role with this disease than it did for COVID.

Do more of the masking and indoor air filtration which you should be doing anyway for COVID.
 
2022-08-10 3:53:42 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: They've already explained it away as a gay disease. Millions don't give a fark about the 'rona, you think they care about something they think affects only LGBTQ people?

And if you say, "Well, that's stupid, it's a disease, it can affect anyone," well, yeah. And?

You think that matters to America's dumbest?


But if it's a "gay disease", like AIDS, we're back to the line from the eighties, that lesbians are God's Chosen People.
 
2022-08-10 3:54:47 PM  
MPX is a real airport near Milan

https://www.airportmalpensa.com/
 
2022-08-10 4:08:22 PM  
I'm not worried about it because I am old enough that I got the smallpox vaccination when I was a kid, as well as again when I was in the military (along with a full battery of the usual suspects, and quite a few "experimental" ones) back in the 80s. The Smallpox vaccine conveys the same protection as the monkeypox vaccine (possibly the same, actually?)

It would have been nice if our response had been better, though. There is a large portion of our population who have never been vaccinated for smallpox, as the WHO put an end to the efforts to vaccinate against in 1980 - but the military continued doing it, particularly as the Soviets (and probably the Russians after the fall of the USSR) continued to vaccinate, as well as both super powers working with weaponized smallpox. Every time it looked like the military might ramp down the vaccine use, terrorist threats made it more prudent to keep it going for military personnel.
 
2022-08-10 4:50:47 PM  
I'm ignoring it because, much like AIDS in the early 80s, it's dudes doing 1 nite hookups with other dudes.  Not that there's anything wrong with that.

But I don't do hookups with dudes, so I'm good.

Granted, following AIDS, in a few years it will be chix in bars doing 1 nite stands with heterosexual dudes.  Which, granted, in the 80s I'd hook up with any drunk skank that would have me.

But

I'm 64.  Haven't been to a bar in probably 20 years, and that was to play pinball and decompress after work.  I'm now divorced and retired.  Odds are I'll get the vaccine before I get another hookup (20 y/o me would say that is a sad thing, 64 y/o states it as A Good Thing (tm)).
 
2022-08-10 5:32:19 PM  

stuffy: Republicans are already calling it a "Gay" disease. Like they did with AIDS. We all know how well that worked out.


Pretty well for them. Tens of thousands of gay men died.
 
2022-08-10 5:33:58 PM  

autistat: stuffy: Republicans are already calling it a "Gay" disease. Like they did with AIDS. We all know how well that worked out.

Hiv was prevalent mostly in the gay community for many decades until it spread beyond the San Francisco bath houses.


... what are you even talking about? None of this is accurate. Also, HIV has only been recognized for 4 decades now. Straight people were getting HIV in the 80s.

This is some serious homophobic nonsense. Mods?
 
2022-08-10 5:34:55 PM  

Snotnose: I'm ignoring it because, much like AIDS in the early 80s, it's dudes doing 1 nite hookups with other dudes.  Not that there's anything wrong with that.


This is inaccurate and homophobic.
 
2022-08-10 5:37:50 PM  
One thing all these "It's all from gay men banging" hot takes miss is that the queer community is simply more physically intimate. And I don't mean sex. I mean that queer people, men especially, spend a lot of time physically close to people they know. We kiss and cuddle and sleep together even when it's not sexual. We go to parties where people are close together and we touch each other a lot. Because physical intimacy is good for humans. Something straight people should learn something about.

Can we not start sliding backwards on queer legitimacy, Fark? The gay-marriage threads were garbage. The anti-trans threads are a f*cking sewer. And any DOMA/DADT or blood donation threads are still chock full of homophobes insisting they're not homophobic. Come on. Be better.
 
2022-08-10 5:48:38 PM  

austerity101: One thing all these "It's all from gay men banging" hot takes miss is that the queer community is simply more physically intimate. And I don't mean sex. I mean that queer people, men especially, spend a lot of time physically close to people they know. We kiss and cuddle and sleep together even when it's not sexual. We go to parties where people are close together and we touch each other a lot. Because physical intimacy is good for humans. Something straight people should learn something about.


That's fine in non-pandemic times. Not so much at the moment. Stick to a single partner or a small social bubble for a while. Physical intimacy is better for viruses than it is for humans.
 
2022-08-10 6:52:17 PM  

austerity101: One thing all these "It's all from gay men banging" hot takes miss is that the queer community is simply more physically intimate. And I don't mean sex. I mean that queer people, men especially, spend a lot of time physically close to people they know. We kiss and cuddle and sleep together even when it's not sexual. We go to parties where people are close together and we touch each other a lot. Because physical intimacy is good for humans. Something straight people should learn something about.

Can we not start sliding backwards on queer legitimacy, Fark? The gay-marriage threads were garbage. The anti-trans threads are a f*cking sewer. And any DOMA/DADT or blood donation threads are still chock full of homophobes insisting they're not homophobic. Come on. Be better.


In the new world of viruses spreading and mutating, queer culture needs to change.  Needs to learn to distance themselves.  For their own sake and for the sake of Our Democracy.  Putin wants you to spread disease.  Defy putin.  Join the resistance by isolating.

What is the compulsion to be in constant contact?  To spread disease?  I aint saying queer culture creates plague rats, but russian viral bioreactor skinjobs like to be in constant contact also.  So they can spread their bio weapons.

All cultures need to evolve.  To become more willing to be alone.  More resiliant to the russian bio terror factories walking our streets.  More like me.  I havent had covid yet.  But I dont go out.  I jack it to online porn and stay home.  Drinking.  In the dark.  Like god intended.
 
2022-08-10 6:53:03 PM  

austerity101: One thing all these "It's all from gay men banging" hot takes miss is that the queer community is simply more physically intimate. And I don't mean sex. I mean that queer people, men especially, spend a lot of time physically close to people they know. We kiss and cuddle and sleep together even when it's not sexual. We go to parties where people are close together and we touch each other a lot. Because physical intimacy is good for humans. Something straight people should learn something about.

Can we not start sliding backwards on queer legitimacy, Fark? The gay-marriage threads were garbage. The anti-trans threads are a f*cking sewer. And any DOMA/DADT or blood donation threads are still chock full of homophobes insisting they're not homophobic. Come on. Be better.


Diagnosis of HIV Infection among Adults and Adolescents, by Transmission Category (2010)
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The reason people called AIDS a 'gay disease' isn't just about hating the ghey or whether. It's also because it disproportionately impacts gay men by a staggering amount. That was true in the 80s and it's still true now.

Depending on the source, something like 3% to 10% of men bang other men. But they are ~70% of the infected.

We can acknowledge different correlations/risk factors based on factual information with needing to fear or hate anything. If men want to bang other men, I support that. If they want to get married, I support that too. But it's, factually speaking, largely all from gay men banging.
 
2022-08-10 9:38:43 PM  
Let's rename it Harambe's Revenge
 
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