Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – Then and Now

This piece was last updated 31 January at 03:32 GMT. As such, this may not reflect up-to-date information. Please visit who.int for real-time information.

• On 31 December 2019, the WHO China Country Office was informed of cases of pneumonia unknown etiology (unknown cause) detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. From 31 December 2019 through 3 January 2020, a total of 44 case-patients with pneumonia of unknown etiology were reported to WHO by the national authorities in China. During this reported period, the causal agent was not identified.

• On 11 and 12 January 2020, WHO received further detailed information from the National Health Commission China that the outbreak is associated with exposures in one seafood market in Wuhan City.

• The Chinese authorities identified a new type of coronavirus, which was isolated on 7 January 2020.

• On 12 January 2020, China shared the genetic sequence of the novel coronavirus for countries to use in developing specific diagnostic kits.

• On 13 January 2020, the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand reported the first imported case of lab-confirmed novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

• On 15 January 2020, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan (MHLW) reported an imported case of laboratory-confirmed 2019-novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

• On 20 January 2020, National IHR Focal Point (NFP) for Republic of Korea reported the first case of novel coronavirus in the Republic of Korea.

From “https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200121-sitrep-1-2019-ncov.pdf?sfvrsn=20a99c10_4”

21 January: 282 Cases
22 January: 314 Cases
23 January: 581 Cases
24 January: 846 Cases
25 January: 1,320 Cases
26 January: 2,014 Cases
27 January: 2,798 Cases
28 January: 4,593 Cases
29 January: 6,065 Cases
30 January: 7,818 Cases
31 January: 9,826 Cases

The Story of Linicks

Since I made the dumb mistake to make a WikiFur article on myself, and a certain user won’t allow me to revert it, I might as well explain what happened just to set the record straight.

Before I go on any further, I really don’t know why I said the “despite a clear link” part. I am the original author of Faux-Pa, so using that tone to incriminate myself was a very dumb mistake. I’ve honestly moved on from this entire situation (if you can even call it that…), but seeing as how I have some alternative opinions about things happening in the furry fandom and world, I know people will try to use it against me. You may find that I use offensive language when speaking to friends, but I am not racist, homophobic, transphobic or otherwise. This is just me being edgy, so if this is the hill you want me to die on, then it better be a damn large hill to fit the entirety of Reddit/4chan/etc. I find that the more offended people get when others use certain words, the more the words become powerful.

Around 3 years ago, on 31 October of 2016, I was accused and banned from e621.net for going into the Furnet IRC channel #e621 and impersonating an admin (Ratte). The person who had done this had then spammed (and I quote) “FUCK NIGGERS” over and over (Paste from an admin used to incriminate).

Just like I said in the email that I sent to NotMeNotYou upon realizing that I was banned, I was not in the IRC channel when this happened. This IRC nonsense happened several hours before I made, in hindsight, a cringy “open letter” to admins because my shitty art was being denied. I wouldn’t have spammed racial slurs in their chat then proceeded to create an “open letter” where I expected people to take me seriously. I’m glad they didn’t. Still, it took a great deal of persuasion to let me back onto the website. I had to go behind NMNY’s back and get the other admins to side with me (which wasn’t easy), and I’m not proud of having to do this.

I still stand by the fact that I was not the one to spam racial slurs in their IRC channel. I don’t know if my account was compromised, considering the person who did this was using the built-in IRC client on e621 at the time, Mibbit. With this client, it was directly attached to my e621 username and password protected through FurNet as well, so I have no clue how they were able to impersonate me impersonating an admin to be a racist troll.

One of the main reasons I’m creating this post that seems like old drama is because WikiFur craves completeness. Despite blanking the article twice, it has been reverted several times to it’s original state. I figured it was a good chance to clear the air, so I said “Fuck it, might as well”.

I’m not asking anyone to believe me, considering the only people who will see my WikiFur page won’t care anyways as they have their own agenda. To quote one of my favourite games:

Just… remove the Dedsec part and replace it with “I have”. Feel free to cringe.

Plus-Sized Models in Adult Media: A Rant

In the furry fandom, we seem to have a lot of body type representation in adult media- specifically plus-sized. It’s not something that’s absolutely necessary, but it’s refreshing to see. However, when you step outside of the furry realm into adult media at large, that body type diversity seems to disappear.

A large portion of male/gay pornography, whether it’s professional or amateur, is of fit muscular hunks or skinny twinks. There’s nothing wrong with this, of course. I get that some people just aren’t into the body type. It just comes off as if the adult media industry is inherently rigged against plus-sized people. It feels like if you don’t have washboard abs and a cock with the power of Mjölnir to match that you’re no use to anyone outside of the fetish circles. Why does my body type have to be a fetish in the first place? In these circles, it’s not even me that they would be sexually attracted to- it’d be my excess body weight.

You can’t even escape from this stereotype within the bear community, a community that plus-sized men typically flock towards unknowingly.

Many claim discrimination has increased within the bear community, as some men who self-identify as “bears” or “musclebears” do not welcome higher-bodyfat men (see chub) at their events…Fat (or lack of it) is seen by some as a political issue, some of whom see their overweight condition as a form of self-acceptance.

Bear (gay culture) – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_(gay_culture)

Like, this is ridiculous. If I have facial hair, body hair, and overall exude the characteristics of a typical bear, then my body type shouldn’t matter. Regardless of what the meatheads in the bear community think, I’ll still consider myself a bear.

I would hope that this chaotic rant would resonate with other people of my body type, but nobody reads these, so I don’t have high hopes.

Kink vs. Fetish: What’s the difference?

Oh boy. Here come the keyboard warriors. Before you pollute my comment section, hear me out.

So in the furry fandom (more specifically the adult side of it), we’ve deemed this month “Kinktober” for whatever reason (a portmanteau of “kink” and “October”). While I’ve never been one to subscribe to most vanilla kinks, I’ve sort of brushed the idea off to the side.

That was until I started seeing some of the art being made for it. As soon as I did, I knew I had to make this.

So what got my jimmies all rustled? A piece of art popped up on FurAffinity’s homepage that claimed to be participating in Kinktober. It featured a bear plushie with a hole in in its bum with a dribble of cum seeping out. I thought nothing of it at first. “They’re into a harmless fetish that I’m not. Cool beans.”

As I continued down my feed, the realization hit me. That wasn’t a kink. That is the very nature of a fetish. “What does it matter, Nikolai?” I hear you ask. Bare with me now.

What’s the difference?

To understand why this irritates me, I need to explain to you what the difference between a kink and fetish is. A kink is something that enhances the sexual pleasure of your partner. For example, your sexual partner having thick thighs might be a kink. Another might be someone wearing a full leather suit while you spank them like the naughty boy/girl they are. You’re not attracted to the item itself, but rather the person you’re having sex with wearing or using said item.

On the other hand, a fetish completely replaces the sexual partner with an item. In the case of this bear plushy, people who enjoy this sort of art or item have a plushy fetish. People who enjoy having sex with inflatable pool toys have an inflatable pool toy fetish.

For the longest time, I thought I had a underwear fetish. I love bulges, tents and asses in underwear. 75% of the art that I’ve downloaded from e621 features it in one way or another. It gets my blood flowing and my engines revving. Since I thought that the main component of my kink was underwear, it had to be a fetish. I was sorely disappointed when I realized it was nothing more than a kink.

Why does it matter?

So why does this irritate me? Well, for obvious reasons- a kink is not a fetish, and a fetish is not a kink. I’ve been seeing the two being conflated, and it gets me knickers in a wad. Wikipedia even has the two mixed up:

“The term “kink” has been claimed by some who practice sexual fetishism as a term or synonym for their practices, indicating a range of sexual and sexualistic practices from playful to sexual objectification and certain paraphilias” From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kink_(sexuality)

A kink has nothing to do with paraphilia (the experience of intense sexual arousal to atypical objects). Now, I may be wrong, but until a psychiatrist tells me otherwise, I think I rest my case.

What do you think? Do you think this was a fair breakdown? Leave a comment below.

IPv6, and why you should use it

If you’re on any Windows operating system since Windows Vista, IPv6 is enabled by default. If you’ve ever called upon by your family or friends to fix their internet, you’ve more than likely came across a reference to the protocol at least once.

But what is it? According to the FCC:

” In order to connect devices over the Internet, each device must have an Internet protocol (IP) address. The current IP system is Version 4 (IPv4), which makes available over four billion IP addresses…

…IPv6, the next-generation protocol, provides approximately 340 undecillion IP addresses (see Figure 1), ensuring availability of new IP addresses far into the future, as well as promoting the continued expansion and innovation of Internet technology. “

Internet Protocol Version 6: IPv6 for Consumers

Okay, that’s all fine and well, but how does that translate to us, the consumer? Luckily, there is no set day when IPv4 (e.g. 192.168.xxx.xxx) addresses will up and stop working, but more and more Service Providers are implementing and prioritizing IPv6 infrastructure to take advantage of the new IP addresses. With only 4 billion IP addresses possible under IPv4, the ISPs of the world have been scrambling to scoop up as many of them as possible to reserve for their customers. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority says they ran out of IP addresses to dish out back in 2011. That’s a pretty big deal.

I don’t see all the major Service Providers dropping everything to address this issue, with Microsoft taking nearly 6 years after the IANA ran out to even start playing around with the idea of using IPv6 internally. WordPress still doesn’t support IPv6, which is easily seen when accessing this blog with IPv6-only. Text and images (like images from my ad server and my logo) hosted on Hostinger show up, but any images hosted on WP’s Content Delivery Network (CDN) don’t show up. This is because WP, as well as big names in the tech industry, does not offer IPv6.

dig -6 i0.wp.com

From my research into IPv6, the only benefits of using it that I could find are:

  • IPv6 does not utilize Network Address Translation (NAT), which is sort of a bandwidth hog. This means devices can use Stateless Address Autoconfiguration (SLAAC) to configure themselves automatically when connected to an IPv6 network. This also means that devices can see a marginal increase in bandwidth, which is everything on slower networks.
  • ICMPv6 (the ICMP implementation for IPv6) implements IPSec, which authenticates and encrypts the packets of data sent over an network. This means that IPv6 is arguably more secure than IPv4.
  • IPv6 causes less strain on the network devices delivering content to your face because IPv6 requires less packet processing than IPv4.

On a Service-provider-level, these are all things that would make their lives easier. The only thing that is supposedly holding them back is the monetary cost of upgrading their existing single-stack infrastructures to dual-stack. I find this incredibly difficult to believe. According to The Wall Street Journal, Automattic (the company behind WordPress) is valued at $1.16 billion. According to GovTech.com, a recent unofficial analysis discovered only nine of 1,761 federal Web domains were found to be IPv6 compliant. Our own government refuses to see how important IPv6 adoption is.

So please. If you care about the internet and the wonderful services that it provides, then do you and every other netizen a favour and keep pushing for the widespread adoption of IPv6. At the rate that it is, it’ll take ages before it becomes the de facto standard that we can all benefit from.

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~ Nikolai