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MTA Bans Gender-Specific Language

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About a week ago, a directive was given to all employees of New York City Transit directing them to no longer address riders as “ladies and gentlemen.”

“Please don’t use any other greetings other than these,” the bulletin ordered, including such gender-neutral terms as “everyone,” “passengers,” and “rider.” Operators of newer trains with pre-recorded messages that address riders as “ladies and gentleman” have been instructed to override those messages until more appropriate messages can be put into place.

MTA spokesman Jon Weinstein said, “We’re fundamentally changing the way we talk with riders to give them better and clearer information,” in a recent statement. According to the New York Post, another MTA spokesperson said that gender issues were a “consideration for the move.”

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Additionally, supervisors have been directed to monitor the speech of their subordinates for compliance.

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In May of 2016, The New York City Commission of Human Rights released an ordinance mandating the use of preferred pronouns in the context of employment, public accommodations, and housing, updating a local law passed in 2002 to counter gender discrimination. According to the ordinance, punishable gender discrimination can now be based on “one’s perceived or actual gender identity, which may or may not conform to one’s sex assigned at birth, or on the ways in which one expresses gender, such as through appearance or communication style.”

The ordinance provides examples of violations, including:

Intentional or repeated refusal to use an individual’s preferred name, pronoun or title.  For example, repeatedly calling a transgender woman “him” or “Mr.” after she has made clear which pronouns and title she uses.

Refusal to use an individual’s preferred name, pronoun, or title because they do not conform to gender stereotypes.  For example, calling a woman “Mr.” because her appearance is aligned with traditional gender-based stereotypes of masculinity.

Newsweek observed that the MTA’s shift to gender neutrality is a stark contrast to a campaign against “manspreading,” which they ran just three years ago, suggesting that only men are capable of spreading their legs wide enough to encroach upon the personal space of other riders.

An MTA employee told Big League Politics to submit questions regarding the policy through the organization’s email system. The email was not returned at the time of publication.

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Elitists Ready State-of-the-Art Doomsday Bunkers as Coronavirus Pandemic Worsens

It’s good to be a plutocrat!

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While ordinary Americans deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the many anxieties that accompany the unprecedented crisis, the super rich are retreating to state-of-the-art bunkers featuring bowling alleys, swimming pools, and other amenities.

The providers of these doomsday bunkers are reporting a drastic increase in business, with coronavirus hysteria causing at least one economic sector to boom.

“As unpopular as coronavirus is, it’s getting the publicity of a Backstreet Boys hit in the ‘90s,” said Gary Lynch, general manager of Texas-based Rising S Bunkers. “People have an infatuation with it.”

Business is good for Lynch and other bunker manufacturers, as the ultra rich scramble to use their remaining wealth to seclude themselves. There is no limit to the luxuries that can be provided in a modern bunker, with many of these bunker models resembling mansions.

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“Movie theaters are common,” Lynch said. “We built one in California that has a shooting range, swimming pool and bowling alley.”

Lynch offers 24 different options for individuals wishing to purchase a bunker. The smallest model costs $39,500 and includes a custom air filtration system, bunk beds, a functioning toilet, and a kitchen counter. A more decadent set-up is the Fortress, which costs $1.009 million, including 15 private bedrooms, 42 bunk beds, a panic room, and a room to house guns.

The most garish model of all is the Aristocrat, which features a sauna, hot tub, swimming pool, gym, greenhouse, billiards room and garage. It costs an incredible $8.35 million to construct and is off limits to all but the super rich. Coronavirus is causing a run on these types of shelters, Lynch explains, as high-class Americans realize the necessity of extreme preparedness.

“In 2008, I talked to a guy for four-five months who was thinking about purchasing a shelter. I think he probably used the coronavirus to convince his wife, because he finally just bought one,” Lynch said. “That’s how most buyers are; they’re not in it for one single reason.”

The providers of these bunkers feel they are supplying a much-needed service in the market to alleviate the authentic fears of families in an increasingly topsy-turvy world.

“We don’t create fear. We resolve it. The true elite all have backdoor plans. They’re jumping on planes and flying to islands,” said Robert Vicino, who is CEO of the shelter-building company Vivos. “We give people the peace of mind that they have their own backdoor solution for when it’s time to take shelter.”

Vicino noted that his clientele has moved from middle class to upper class in recent months, as the wealthy no longer feel insulated from the rest of society from their gated neighborhoods. He reports that interest in his bunkers are up 1,000 percent year-over-year, and sales are up 400 percent, as doomsday fever sweeps throughout America.

“As long as time permits, we will continue to build bunkers. This world won’t be safer tomorrow,” he added.

For the Americans without the wealth to retreat from society, they will have to deal with a tumultuous and dangerous reality for their loved ones as the coronavirus pandemic continues without any sign of slowing.

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