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Manholes in Berkeley will now
be called 'maintenance holes'

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 7/18/2019 9:33:51 AM

At a Tuesday night city council meeting, Berkeley became the first city in America to ban the use of natural gas piping in new construction. But that was not the only utility-related issue they saw fit to attend to. No, there was another matter on deck: Eliminating the gendered connotations of words like "manhole" in the city municipal code. (Snip) "Manpower" will be referred to as "human effort," and "man-made" objects will be described with terms like "human-made," "artificial," "manufactured," "machine made" or "synthetic." Gendered professional terms like "fireman," "firewoman" and "craftsman" will be swapped out for gender-neutral substitutes like "firefighter"

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Beserkly is on a tear. They now have a long list of 'forbidden' words that have any reference to gender. Will they force Spanish speakers to drop all the gender-specific words throughout their language?

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Reply 1 - Posted by: synchronicity 7/18/2019 9:40:43 AM (No. 127233)
Everyone knows in Berkeley they are all Access Sewer System holes.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Varjo 7/18/2019 9:40:45 AM (No. 127234)
Berkeley is full of idiots. I believe the term "idiot" is gender-neutral. Wouldn't want to upset anyone.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 7/18/2019 9:45:16 AM (No. 127241)
That officially has solved all of the world's problems. Everyone can now go home and relax. Urinate and defecate in the gutter or on the sidewalk while you inject yourself using free needles. Don't worry about the rats, they're harmless.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: javaboy 7/18/2019 9:49:37 AM (No. 127245)
Hmmm... Wouldn't that be "hu-person" ? Really.... the insensitivity of those Berkley people. You would think they would know better....
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Reply 5 - Posted by: offrope 7/18/2019 9:53:57 AM (No. 127249)
I'm old enough to remember when Berkeley was the home of the Free Speech Movement. How times have changed.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: seamusm 7/18/2019 9:54:01 AM (No. 127250)
I now pronounce you 'person and person'. It is not idiocy that drives these efforts. It is an evil and satanic denial of God and his creation - man and woman he created them. Perverts and sinners always try to recruit others to their cause. Sin is above all else a lonely existence - even when surrounded by like feathered fools. Because God's laws don't need to be heard from the pulpit - they are written in our hearts.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Socaworld 7/18/2019 9:59:11 AM (No. 127257)
Orwell wept.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: pixelero 7/18/2019 10:09:29 AM (No. 127270)
Hard to believe a deliberative body wastes time like this.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: hershey 7/18/2019 10:12:37 AM (No. 127275)
They need to re-name their 'manholes'...could I suggest 'woman holes' and 'black holes'???
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Moritz55 7/18/2019 10:15:13 AM (No. 127276)
Most of these terms are not new, and they’ve probably already been used there for 40 years. What’s weird is that they spent time on it now.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly 7/18/2019 10:19:51 AM (No. 127287)
Gender neutral person holes.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Ming 7/18/2019 10:20:15 AM (No. 127289)
Here's a thought, why don't you mutton-heads just fix the damn holes.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: montwoodcliff 7/18/2019 10:28:10 AM (No. 127298)
Oh Lord, please give me strength. It looks like this city council doesn't have enough to do, so they sit around thinking this stuff up. Please, somebody, tell me what this accomplishes.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: padiva 7/18/2019 10:32:57 AM (No. 127303)
What about 'man hours'?
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Reply 15 - Posted by: PChristopher 7/18/2019 10:49:34 AM (No. 127317)
Y'all keep it up, earthquake-bait....see what happens.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Historybuff 7/18/2019 10:55:44 AM (No. 127321)
Wait until the manikins hear about this!
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Reply 17 - Posted by: lakerman1 7/18/2019 10:55:46 AM (No. 127322)
#7, I respectfully disagree with you. Orwell would not weep - he would nod and say, "I told you so!" As an aside, there was an organization at my university called 'womyn for change.' When I asked about the spelling of women, a member told me that they did not want a man in women. And that was 40 years ago.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: fayebeck 7/18/2019 11:03:15 AM (No. 127332)
#5 I think you misunderstand the purpose of the "free speech" movement. It is the beginning of what we have today. It has never been about "free speech".
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Reply 19 - Posted by: snakeoil 7/18/2019 11:04:41 AM (No. 127334)
Referring to the power of engines in terms of horsepower has got to go. And one of fav tunes from Broadway is Ol Man River from Showboat. Ol mean old which is ageism. And Man means the river is a man. Indeed, gender bias permeates our society. The term Mother Nature is used imply that a kindly woman is in charge. But terms such as Old Man Winter tells us that rotten weather is associated with men. I envy squirrels. All they care about is finding nuts, finding a place to put their nuts, and finding a bushy tailed creature to share its nuts with. And they don't spend any time worrying about pronouns.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: mc squared 7/18/2019 11:18:34 AM (No. 127356)
I remember a move in the 70s to rename manholes as personholes but forgot about it until is became a national issue. The real story here is forbidding nat gas in new construction. I assume heating oil is outlawed also. That leaves only electricity for heating, cooking and hot water.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: zoidberg 7/18/2019 11:42:40 AM (No. 127392)
Makes sense. There are no men left in Berkeley.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: bad-hair 7/18/2019 11:53:41 AM (No. 127398)
Take a really big one and place it over Berk and call it a RAT hole.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: GOPinTN 7/18/2019 12:05:32 PM (No. 127410)
I know a compound adjective describing the Berkeley council members that ends in 'holes'.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: Fitzroy 7/18/2019 12:13:48 PM (No. 127415)
I can think of a different kind of hole that seems to be everywhere in Berkeley.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: RenoVet68 7/18/2019 12:21:48 PM (No. 127416)
With all the bull-dykes in BESERKLEY, I'm surprised it took them this long to oust the male gender. What's next, random circumcisions?
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Reply 26 - Posted by: farmwife 7/18/2019 12:34:07 PM (No. 127424)
Because they have nothing bigger to worry about, I suppose.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: Chuzzles 7/18/2019 1:29:23 PM (No. 127474)
I always kind of figured that is what the Man meant, just short for maintenance. How truly stupid Leftists are.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: Rumblehog 7/18/2019 4:18:53 PM (No. 127611)
Why not "Personholes?"
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Reply 29 - Posted by: anniebc 7/18/2019 4:28:13 PM (No. 127620)
Just call them what the President said about other poorly run countries.
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