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idunnosomename

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« on: July 15, 2021, 05:13:26 PM »
this is very sad, but good friend of the shitpost left, and rare principled British journalist Dawn Foster has died at age 33.

https://mobile.twitter.com/piercepenniless/status/1415702759253450755

You may remember she immediately lost her Guardian gig after saying Tom "massive cunt" Watson should leave labour in a column in July 2019. She had epilepsy and a rare genetic neural disorder, but this is still quite a shock.

thought this deserved more than a mention in the Labour thread.
« Last Edit: July 15, 2021, 07:56:58 PM by idunnosomename »

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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2021, 05:20:48 PM »
That's dreadful. Such a young age.

Loved her writing in Jacobian: https://jacobinmag.com/author/dawn-foster

We need all the principled journalists we can get.

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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2021, 05:21:23 PM »
God this is just shit isn't it. Truly one of the few good ones.

Hitting particularly hard that she's the same age as me and also had epilepsy. 

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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2021, 05:26:41 PM »
I wonder if the guardian will run an obit.
The way she left was very odd indeed. She had a few months left on a fixed-term contract (which presumably she thought would be renewed), but after the Watson hit piece they just paid all her future column fees with a single lump sum and immediately got rid of her from the paper. Incredible. I mean at least she got the money, but that's not what matters to these newspapers is it

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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2021, 05:29:50 PM »
That's terrible, she was great.

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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2021, 05:30:50 PM »
Oh god that's awful.

I still find it so bizarre that life can have such a quick turnaround; especially when they post, literally here one day and gone the next with no slowing down.
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2021, 05:31:34 PM »
This is so very sad. She was a proper campaigning journalist who stuck to her principles even when that meant not getting work from the mainstream press.

I only 'knew' her via following her on Twitter, but she was piss funny and seemed like a top person to know.

RIP.

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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2021, 05:33:37 PM »
I knew her back in my Skeptics In The Pub Days. I knew about her medical condition and I know she had a seizure recently but she had been discharged from hospital and seemed to be doing better. She was still doing good work too, this is such a shock. Rest in peace Dawn.

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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2021, 05:36:08 PM »
I knew her back in my Skeptics In The Pub Days. I knew about her medical condition and I know she had a seizure recently but she had been discharged from hospital and seemed to be doing better. She was still doing good work too, this is such a shock. Rest in peace Dawn.

She was recently in where they put her under observation/ecg's for days and let seizures happen to see if they could figure out what was going on, but she also mentioned a tumor in her spine was much bigger than expected recently as well.

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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2021, 05:39:55 PM »
This is so awful, feel genuinely upset by this in a way I've never felt from a public figure.
She was so incredibly talented and principled. Such a loss

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Re: Dusk Foster
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2021, 05:41:18 PM »
I saw this on Twitter and was really shocked. Bloody shame. May she rest in peace.

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« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2021, 05:46:40 PM »
that's shit.

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« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2021, 05:53:34 PM »
I lost touch with her a few years back, I think she stepped back from social media a bit because of all the abuse she got from MRA types, and she was less involved in Skeptic stuff, possibly because of the whole New Atheism thing (which put me off too tbf). She also got back into Catholicism in a major way and I was surprised by that but I think I understand why now, I hope her faith brought her some comfort.

Fuck, it's horrible to see the Wikipedia page of someone I knew personally with "was" on it. The last time I saw her was when she was doing a little tour to promote her book Lean Out, she did a great Q&A and we had a nice chat in the pub afterwards, properly upset over this.

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« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2021, 05:56:36 PM »
I'm so sorry, BlueJam.

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« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2021, 05:57:43 PM »
Yes, sorry to hear that.

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« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2021, 06:00:26 PM »
Ffs! I had no idea she was ill this is rubbish she was really great and had a brilliant tone and commentary on things.  Bit shocked by this.

Sorry for your loss BJ.

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« Reply #16 on: July 15, 2021, 06:03:52 PM »
Thanks. We weren't close or anything but I'd see her at events pretty often and she was always outspoken and entertaining. I remember when she was doing her "101 Wankers" project exposing the harassment of female cyclists. It was always good to chat with a fellow militant feminist/militant cyclist. It was also really sad when she had to give up the cycling for health reasons, she was doing good work there too.

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« Reply #17 on: July 15, 2021, 06:08:53 PM »
The good ones always die young. May her memory be a blessing.

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« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2021, 06:11:56 PM »
Shit news. She seemed to be a genuinely good egg.

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« Reply #19 on: July 15, 2021, 06:23:13 PM »
This is so awful, feel genuinely upset by this in a way I've never felt from a public figure.
yeah me too. Jeremy Hardy maybe (funnily enough also one of those rare principled lefties) but he was 57, still no age, but still, when you don't get to make it to 34, man

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« Reply #20 on: July 15, 2021, 06:24:11 PM »
Thanks. We weren't close or anything but I'd see her at events pretty often and she was always outspoken and entertaining. I remember when she was doing her "101 Wankers" project exposing the harassment of female cyclists. It was always good to chat with a fellow militant feminist/militant cyclist. It was also really sad when she had to give up the cycling for health reasons, she was doing good work there too.

I really didn't know she had her conditions; I've read her so many times and must have never come across her mention anything about it.  Feel a right plum for not knowing.  One of the few people I would look out for to read of recent times.  Testament to her character that she didn't let her illnesses get in the way of life; such a shame.
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Re: Dusk Foster
« Reply #21 on: July 15, 2021, 06:30:07 PM »
Grew up unemployed in Newport and turned out to be a pretty decent person by the seem of things, that in itself is an outstanding achievement.

34 is scarily young though.

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« Reply #22 on: July 15, 2021, 06:31:25 PM »
On Twitter she was often posting about how she'd done herself a serious injury during a seizure, like smashing her head on a coffee table or something. clearly they were very violent, which I only realise now is because of her nervous system tumours (which I've only just found out about)

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« Reply #23 on: July 15, 2021, 07:13:57 PM »
On Twitter she was often posting about how she'd done herself a serious injury during a seizure, like smashing her head on a coffee table or something. clearly they were very violent, which I only realise now is because of her nervous system tumours (which I've only just found out about)

It could be the sudden loss of senses and a sudden fall that can be the issue. Where and how you land could have varying consequences.
Very sad to hear. A great humane journalist and principled. Why a piece on Watson should have caused the higher ups in The Guardian get so concerned is worrying. And he basically followed her advice before but not before doing the damage he wanted.

One of her listed charities is also one my wife and I are close to in their Irish base.

Rest in Peace

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« Reply #24 on: July 15, 2021, 07:18:15 PM »

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« Reply #25 on: July 15, 2021, 07:52:08 PM »
Absolutely terrible and totally shocking news. She was always very interesting whenever she was on Novara and so on and came across as one of the few good voices who still occasionally could be seen in the MSM.

34, fuck. Same age as me.

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Re: Dusk Foster
« Reply #26 on: July 15, 2021, 07:55:54 PM »
David Graeber, Michael Brooks, Dawn Foster...[1]

What is with the recent trend of luminaries of the left dying way too young?

 1. I have a feeling there's someone else I'm forgetting

idunnosomename

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Re: Dusk Foster
« Reply #27 on: July 15, 2021, 07:57:30 PM »
sorry 33 actually. she would've been 34 in September

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« Reply #28 on: July 15, 2021, 08:10:07 PM »
Horrible news, someone so young, principled and talented.

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« Reply #29 on: July 15, 2021, 08:26:20 PM »
her last garun column

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/09/tom-watson-weaken-labour-party-centrists-jeremy-corbyn

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Centrist thinking is focused on two false premises. The first is that the 2012 London Olympic ceremony represented an idyllic high-point of culture and unity in the UK, rather than occurring amid the brutal onslaught of austerity, with food bank use growing and the bedroom tax ruining lives. The second is that the UK became divided by Brexit and the 2016 vote, rather than it being a symptom of long-term problems: the decline of industry and the public sector begun by Margaret Thatcher and continued by Tony Blair and David Cameron; vast inequality of opportunity, wealth and health; and the number of people being routinely ignored in a system with a huge democratic and electoral deficit.

The 2017 manifesto helped Labour to increase its vote share because it addressed so many of the problems faced by people and communities across the country. Labour won more seats, in spite of people like Tom Watson and his ideological bedfellows. Many centrist Labour MPs desperately wanted the party to lose heavily so they could depose Jeremy Corbyn. They still do. A Labour government with Corbyn in charge is less preferable to them than an indefinite Tory government.

well. quite. the guardian got what it fucking wanted. rest in power dawn

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