Posts by DeepRed

  • Up Front: Walk This Way, in reply to mark taslov,

    It’s more than that Tristan. It’s misogyny: “Be attracted to X or I invalidate you” – Rape culture. There are bigots in every minority who do this shit – and risk turning subjugated groups into political footballs – for their own gratification. Humanity is expert at vilifying whole movements based on the actions of a subgroup.

    You know those moments when rabid Trumpoids and other alt-Reich fellas get vocal about "rapefugees" and gay-bashers darker than a brown paper bag? It's certainly not because they give a toss about womens' & LGBT rights. I theorise it's because they hate foreign competition, just as with trade protectionism.

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  • Up Front: Walk This Way, in reply to andin,

    Its all been in the pipeline of human consciousness for a long time IMO.
    When business' were able to ship manufacturing offshore, unions were demonised, and self centred philosophies gained a glittering stage on which to peddle selfishness/ its your attitude bullshit( otherwise known as emotional blackmail or guilt tripping) to humanity.
    The dumbing down large swathes of the global population got itself in motion.
    And meaning what you say, was traded for polishing the language to make oneself look like one had all the answers. It got its own name too, spin. How appropriate.

    Just to me it looks like an end of empire period. And there's going to be a lot of salvaging of one's own arse and flogging off of the family jewels. Its already started where it all heads is anyone's guess, 'cause those who think they can direct it haven't got a clue no matter what nonsense they spout.

    Some related must-reads below. I work in the kind of job that's in danger of being "rust-belted".

    * Davos: IMF’s Christine Lagarde says 'I told you so' on populist backlash to rising global inequality

    * LSE: The US’ failure to provide vocational training is a massive policy failure which supports Donald Trump

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Jason Kemp,

    Automation is changing the landscape everywhere and the paradox is that the same reasons businesses automate ( to increase profitability) is the very reason that jobs disappear. Ok I’m over simplifying but that is an issue that has not been addressed at all. The proverbial elephant in the room.

    I can agree that automation and globalisation are here to stay. The real problems are rent-seeking and under-investment in training and repurposing the technologically under-employed. If the Future of Work is No Future (as Johnny Rotten sang it), then there are interesting times ahead indeed.

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Jason Kemp,

    Just this week I came across a a marketing strategy article which analysed Trumps election campaign along the lines of his strategy was to be politically incorrect.

    In other words, the Southern Strategy v2.0?

    And not yet mentioned is the Mexican border wall that Trump has threatened to bill Mexico for. What if in response, Mexico got cosy with China and agreed to host its missiles?

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  • Hard News: Is the Ministry of Health…, in reply to Sacha,

    I'd like to see whoever authorised that action named and shamed, after the case is through.

    We might be able to start here:
    https://fyi.org.nz/select_authority

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  • Access: Help needed! Deciphering the…, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    And also, Lawyer Tony Ellis gets a mention in this Stuff article written by the more than competent John Weeks….who also penned this update on the case that Ellis took to the courts last year.

    Were mental institutions really abolished years ago?

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  • Hard News: Taxpayers' Union: still…,

    I tweeted to the TPU a year & a bit ago about their stance on 'holiday highways' and they promised a report on it in a month. We're still waiting.

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  • Hard News: Taxpayers' Union: still…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I think it’s pretty clear that these people don’t give a shit what they say.

    And they're still no less selective about their targets. Wonder how they'll react when Trump gets a tad too crony capitalistic and statist for their liking?

    That said, the media deserves brickbats for even giving them oxygen to start with.

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  • Hard News: The fake news problem, in reply to Neil,

    The smearing of Obama and Clinton along with the minimising of the brutality of Assad and Putin must be one of the most effect propaganda campaigns in recent years.

    Nothing's changed much since the Soviet-era Active Measures programme. You can take Putin out of the KGB, but not the KGB out of Putin.

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  • Hard News: The fake news problem, in reply to mark taslov,

    This leads to that ending up here

    Do the owners of the models' photos have a case for copyright violation against the producers of the fake Twitter accounts?

    And soon to be ex-President Obama should have invoked the Sherman Anti-Trust Act on Big Oil when he had the chance.

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