The Exciting, Vibrant, Vagina Stadium By Mrs Vera West

Look, this is relevant to the cultural decline thesis, nobody else here would write on it, since it is a bit embarrassing, but the message is clear; we really do live in the tragicomedy of the theatre of the absurd; clown world:

“A football ground in Qatar dubbed the “Vagina stadium” has finally been unveiled ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Fans ridiculed the Al Wakrah stadium, which will host matches up to the quarter-finals and contains innovative cooling technology, The Sun reports. It was designed by the late British-Iraqi architect, Dame Zaha Hadid, who reacted furiously when supporters suggested it looked like a lady’s private parts. Back in 2013, she fumed: “It’s really embarrassing they come up with nonsense stuff like this. What are they saying? Everything with a hole in it is a vagina? That’s ridiculous.” Dame Hadid’s plans were first released in 2013 and were said to have been inspired by the flowing shape of a dhow boat, a traditional Arabian pearl diving and fishing vessel. The drawings were topped with a structure resembling the sails of a dhow. Iraqi-born Hadid — whose other works included the Aquatics Centre at the 2012 London Olympics, the MAXXI Museum in Italy and the Guangzhou Opera House in China, previously said of the stadium’s criticism: “If a guy had done this project there wouldn’t have been the same level of criticism.”

As well as the shape of the stadium, which is located 20km south of the capital Doha, being designed to keep out the desert heat, Al Wakrah will also use a revolutionary new air-conditioning technology to bring temperatures down to around 22C for fans and players. This is done by piping cold air through 100 ventilation units into the stadium, which has a 92m retractable roof to provide shade to the pitch. The tournament has already been moved to the winter months to avoid the searing summer temperatures in the Gulf. In its promotional material, Aecom, the firm that won the Al-Wakrah contract with Zaha Hadid Architects, said of the designs: “Inspired by the dhow boat that carried generations of local fishermen and pearl divers, the stadium weaves together Qatar’s past with its progressive vision for the future. “Sustainable materials and practices will be used throughout the stadium and the pitch and spectator stands will be cooled to a perfect temperature for football.” Qatar is producing eight stadiums for a 32-team World Cup, although FIFA boss Gianni Infantino has said he would like to expand the tournament to 48 teams, which would involve Doha co-hosting with an Arab neighbour. He has admitted the chance of this is small because of a Saudi-led blockade of Qatar, but “worth trying”. The Khalifa International Stadium, which was built in 1976, has already been unveiled for the tournament following redevelopment.”

     I am not sure what to make of all of this, but today, anything is possible. Just like in the wild and wonderful world of cakes:

     Why, it is even possible to get gonorrhoea from kissing, when most of us thought that was only got from toilet seats!

“Turns out the ancient Australian art of pashing randoms in a club after downing a whole goon sack is not safe. Researchers in Melbourne have found it may be possible to spread gonorrhoea through deep kissing (“French kissing”, or kissing with tongues) rather than just through sexual contact as previously assumed. The findings were published overnight in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, with researchers saying it’s extra important as gonorrhoea continues to spread and becomes more resistant to treatment. Gonorrhoea is caused by a bacteria and is spread through vaginal, oral and anal sex. Symptoms usually develop within two weeks of a person becoming infected, and are characterised by a coloured discharge from the genitalia, pain or a burning sensation when urinating and inflammation. But roughly one in 10 men and more than three-quarters of women with the infection will show no recognisable symptoms. Typically public health campaigners have advised people to use condoms to reduce the risk of catching gonorrhoea, but the latest findings suggest this may not be enough. The study included more than 3000 men, six per cent of whom had tested positive for oral gonorrhoea. The volunteers reported that they had four kissing-only partners on average, five kissing-with-sex partners and one sex-only partner in the last three months.

“We found that the more people an individual kissed also placed them at an increased risk of having throat gonorrhoea, irrespective of whether sex occurred with the kissing. This data challenges the accepted traditional transmission routes of gonorrhoea held for the past 100 years, where a partner’s penis was thought to be the source of throat infection,” Eric Chow, the lead author of the study, told the Washington Post. “We found after we controlled statistically for the number of men kissed, that ‘the number of men someone had sex with but did not kiss was not associated with throat gonorrhoea. “Through our research, we have shown that gonorrhoea can be passed on through kissing. This will help people understand how the infection was introduced — particularly if they have not have been sexually active. “We know it’s unlikely that people will stop kissing, and our team is already doing a clinical trial examining whether daily use of mouthwash could prevent gonorrhoea. If it works, it could be a simple and cheap intervention for everyone.” UN’s health agency, the World Health Organisation (WHO), has estimated that 78 million people are infected.”

     Better yet, don’t kiss random people. Or koalas:

“They are in danger of going the way of the dodo. Koala bears have been declared “functionally extinct,” the Australian Koala Foundation reports. The fluffy marsupial is down to just 80,000 wild species members, meaning there aren’t enough breeding adults left to support another generation of the pouched mammals. The tree-dwelling species has been ravaged by the effects of rising temperatures and heatwaves, which have caused widespread deforestation and fatal dehydration in koalas, according to the AKF. Only 41 of the koala’s 128 known habitats in federal environments have any of the animals left. If a new disease or genetic pathogen of any kind is introduced, surviving koalas will die off rapidly. Activists are begging local pols to step in. “I know the Australian public are concerned for the safety of koalas and are tired of seeing dead koalas on our roads,” says AKF chairman Deborah Tabart. “I am calling on the new prime minister after the May election to enact the Koala Protection Act (KPA) which has been written and ready to go since 2016.”

     We will learn what it is like for the northern European ethnic group to go extinct from observing extinction events in nature.



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