Posts by DeepRed

  • Envirologue: Swamp Monsters – the…, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Don’t know but can imagine.

    I hear there were also questions in parliament today. Slowly knowledge and then outrage is spreading.

    Doesn't it have the whiff of a company town atmosphere?

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  • Hard News: Potency and purity, in reply to Russell Brown,

    In the US, the story is even starker. Drug laws there were essentially born out of racism – against immigrant Chinese, blacks and Mexicans – and their impact still falls sharply along racial lines.

    Indeed, the War on Drugs has become a “new Jim Crow” of sorts. Especially when the arrest and sentencing stats are broken down by ethnicity and class.

    Whereas *everyone* in America drank, and Prohibition proved to be an unenforceable nightmare. In any case, it's glaringly hypocritical for people to shout down booze and tobacco regulations as 'nanny statism', while also shouting just as loudly for weed to stay illegal.

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  • Speaker: Gay marriage, weed, and death…,

    With the SCOTUS ruling on same sex marriage, it's only fitting to drag this back out.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Jack Harrison,

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    Who has the fucking time to listen to talkback, only well off ZB listeners apparently, if you base their demographic off their advertorial content.

    Advertorial content like this?

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  • Speaker: Government votes not to improve…,

    One change that needs to go ahead is to convert the existing FPP electorate system to PV or STV. That would eliminate vote cannibalising, especially the infamous Eden-Albert debacle in 2001.

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  • Hard News: Happy Days, in reply to Jack Harrison,

    The most painful read of all time, job ads. Patronising, unfocused drivel written by Robots to employ mythical superhuman people who never complain and show a real passion for whatever fucking task is awarded them in order to obtain cash to pay rent and food bills. Stepford employees wanted.

    And if they’re worthless to the average job applicant, they’re even more worthless to jobseekers with disabilities and mental illness who have difficulty building meaningful work connections. Especially those on the autistic spectrum, who find the job interview process inherently discriminatory towards them. The result is that people who often have Mensa-grade IQs waste their intellect on dead end jobs or no job at all.

    I’ve worked out that the best approach for such people is some kind of apprenticeship or on-the-job approach – perhaps like the Mainstream Programme – but such an approach is basically a social contract, and social contracts often need big investment to make them happen. As it stands, it’s far less hassle to hire someone already with the skills who’s just stepped off a jumbo jet, than to spare the expense of getting those on the bottom rung up to speed. Proposals like the ICT apprenticeship scheme would have addressed such an unmet need.

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  • Speaker: Bridges swims in troubled waters, in reply to Sacha,

    not McCarten’s role. Labour do have a political advisor and a comms advisor now, but seem to be deluded that they can stay quiet until a year before the election like in the old days.

    Indeed. Like it or hate it, politics is now a 24/7 cycle like news media.

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  • Speaker: Bridges swims in troubled waters, in reply to Sacha,

    The meme has been deliberately pushed on advice of CrosbyTextor and other backroom operators – and has not been resisted by the equivalent people on the left. Strategic comms seems to have eluded Labour in particular for many years and i have no idea why they have done nothing to rectify that.

    Maybe it’s a ‘nice guys finish last’ thing?

    Matt McCarten is the only name that comes to mind, but even then he’s not exactly a Lynton Crosby of the Left. If one even exists in the first place. And Godwinning aside, 'Red Ken' Livingstone had a point when be compared Crosby with Goebbels.

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  • Envirologue: Swamp Monsters – the…, in reply to Lilith __,

    I don’t know if cute publicity stunts work against flagrant corruption though. I’m freakin scared.

    Something Yes Men or Chasers-grade?

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  • Envirologue: Swamp Monsters – the…, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    Anarchist activism – it’s the only way when those supposed to uphold the law refuse to do so. There’s even a new academic journal devoted to it;

    Does that include monkeywrenching? There are times when pitchforks simply aren’t enough.

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