I've wondered here several times where an organised "no" campaign in next year's cannabis referendum might come from. Outside of Family First, it's still hard to tell where the opposition emerges. But I think what we are starting to hear is the sound of two hands wringing.
Latent racism and booze/tobacco monopolies have had a lot to do with it. Right back to William Randolph Hearst's "marijuana panic" to sell newspapers, to the modern prison-industrial complex.
I also took The Press to task on their ‘columnist*’ Mike Yardley’s diatribe yesterday pro-Trump and his Wall:
Mike Yardley sadly represents many of the worst stereotypes of the "one-eyed Cantab" that I encountered at private school during my later teen years.
Ooh, what software do you use?
Mostly DAZ Studio, with some Sketchup and Blender on the side.
Not every ASD person is suited to coding - this becomes more true all the time, where coding has become well integrated with a noisy, business case driven world and the lonesome pursuit of uncommon solutions is a lesser part of the job than it once was. Most ASD people love to just ‘get on with it’ without having to deal with the unpredictability of human interaction, but coding is also mathematical and logic driven and this is not to the taste of every ASD person, even if they are very mentally capable. Art and craft are definitely another good outlet for those who like a good proportion of their day to be solitary. We have to face the fact, though, that dealing with people effectively is still one of the most valued skills in the job market.
I find creating 3D art and uploading it to sites like DeviantArt can be therapeutic. Even so, it'll be a hobby for me for the foreseeable future. I'll be starting dev boot camp in a matter of weeks, as demand for such skills remains in hot demand, and I have some informal web dev know-how. That said, Specialisterne NZ is still in the early stages, last time I checked, but they've been making approaches to the job market.
Australian politics suffers from a disproportionate numbers of loony idiots, and while most come from the right the occassional one - such as Latham - comes from the left. He's been a total fringe character for years, reknown for saying increasinly dumb things in a futile effort for relevancy & some media attention.
I'm only surprised it took him this long to throw in his lot with Pauline Hanson. Maybe he gave up on pulling the ALP even further Right?
On a lighter note, SNL pokes the beeswax out of Theresa May and David Cameron.
I've published a revised edition for a global Internet audience of "The Driverless Road Ahead" on Medium. In the meantime we're still waiting for the Future of Work manifesto to properly go from theory to practice.
And in the new year I'm taking the plunge with Dev Academy - which has finally been NZQA approved and hence eligible for student loans.
we should rip it up and start again
Seriously though, old "soft on crime" habits die hard.
I think the question is, does the US qualify as a democracy at all?
The Dems taking the Congress is just the first step back towards political sanity. Yet there are systemic issues that still need fixing, as the voter suppression-driven margins of error in Georgia & Florida go to show.
The Economist demoted the USA to a "flawed democracy" for the 2nd year in a row, thanks to the malaises that have been brewing for a generation, and coming together and materialising in the form of the Trump Regime. More infographics here.
It’s not my job to give advice to a party I don’t for, but here it is anyway: remember what Labour got wrong after they lost in 2008 and then don’t do it. The sense of deja-vu is striking: the opposition underestimating the political skills of the PM, getting excited about scalps that nobody remembers, listening to the online echo chamber, chasing a series of disconnected headlines, not grasping that the A team has gone (Clark, Cullen, Simpson vs Key, English, Joyce) and the B team over-rate themselves, etc.
They really are remarkably inept.
Also, a wildcard has been thrown into the mix by world politics. Namely the implosion of the trickle-down status quo, and the resulting vacuum that the Populist International has only been too happy to fill. So far the red-green-black coalition has made the right noises about fixing the conditions that have given rise to populism to begin with, though there’s still a long way to go, and I’m keeping a close eye that they keep their word. By contrast, the blue-yellow team is still like pre-Brexit David Cameron taking the status quo for granted.
There is so much wrong with this tweet. Business owners are not the only taxpayers – far from it – and not the only New Zealanders with a claim on policy. Some of them also have children who do need more than the education system has been able to provide. I’m one of them.
Michael Woodhouse's tweet is bordering on Trump-like. And the JLR debacle has flared up again.