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Which lens to use?

Looking differently, changes what people see

ShaunO

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I’m not a Stan Grant ‘fan’, but he shows an ability to interpret, synthesise, and communicate some complex ideas in this short piece.

It alludes well to the fact that interpreting ‘past and present’ depends entirely on who is holding the lens, and in which direction they are pointing it.

The most common mistake we all make (from simple individual opinions to politicians in geopolitics) it to assume that everyone is looking down the same telescope and have it pointed in the same direction as ‘we’ do..

Buggered if I know 😛

UK's chest wound

Time for Pragmatism?

ShaunO

1-Minute Read

It is surprising, given the obvious costs/impacts of Brexit on the UK, that UK politicians keep shooting themselves in the feet by defying the reality of the situation they have created.

Calling for pragmatism after you’ve ripped apart a ‘status-quo’ which had existed for 40 years is the absolute height of hypocrisy.

The time for pragmatism was when the Tories were infighting over their stance on Europe. It would have been pragmatic to resolve their issue internally then.

It’s way too late for pragmatism now.. It’s like you’ve been shot by ‘friendly fire’, and after the fact you’re going to argue about the most pragmatic way of dealing with a gaping, air-sucking, chest wound..

Buggered if I know 😛

Widgetisation

Childcare where your rugrat is a 'widget'

ShaunO

1-Minute Read

Well this is what you’ve been voting for over the past 25 years - the widgetisation of economy. An economy where everything is outsourced, quantified, and treated as a ‘profit center’.

And childcare is no different. Instead of risking being labelled a misogynist by suggesting families actually rear their own children, I think I’ll just stick with the economy of the thing..

Your some years old, two footed, screaming banshee is simply a ‘widget’ in the childcare system.

And a widget’s purpose is to, as a single unit, create as much profit margin as possible. The fact that your child is a human being is an unfortunate inconvenience. That inconvenience means that they require another human being to be involved in their care, and human beings are expensive things to pay wages to. This all means, basically, that it’s both expensive to provide childcare services, and lousy at making profits - a lose, lose situation.

Of course once we can get a single robot to herd up and keep a few hundred rugrats under control, it might all become both more affordable and profitable!! :-D

Buggered if I know 😛

Tenacious

Australia's abysmal climate change goals

ShaunO

1-Minute Read

Whilst I admire Greg’s tenaciousness in pushing the climate change wheelbarrow, it must be clear to even him “that it’s all uphill from here” because time, and time, and time again, the current government has made it abundantly clear they couldn’t give a flying fuck about the environment.

Whilst the current government prevails, the only things that interest them about the environment is polluting it, digging it up, or cutting it down..

One must presume that this is the electorate’s view as well, because the electorate keeps voting this government in..

#politicalreality

Buggered if I know 😛

Doublespeak?

S.A. premier taking the piss?

ShaunO

1-Minute Read

Oh FFS!! Are the electorate stupid, or are the politicians stupid?

Or are we all agreeing to something akin to Orwell’s “doublespeak” in that it’s just accepted that, politically, we lie to each other as a matter of course..

What the premier neatly avoids saying is that it’s planned (reference) for bills to rise $6-$22 per customer, per year, until 2028.. After 2028   you might get the modelled $100 savings per year..

Buggered if I know 😛

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