Category: Politics & economics

current state of the world, economic theory

Yet another danger for our armed forces

Christie O [Civil Air Patrol, see below]:

“The push for women to succeed and the subsequent lowering of the standards has ultimately resulted in the question – gender equality or combat effectiveness – which god do we serve?

And America has clearly made her choice.”

Mike Cunningham t’other day had a post on the demise of the RN. I don’t expect Mike or any reader to endorse this view below but I am going to say – night follows day. The url of this article below speaks of the navy steaming ahead to disaster:

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Tail wagging the dog

Not everyone reads Breitbart, so this might be news:

Some of Britain’s best-loved and most watched programmes, including EastEnders and Coronation Street, are to be monitored for their ethnic, gender and sexual orientation diversity as part of a new scheme to be rolled out eventually across the whole of British television.

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Sky are all taking part in Project Diamond, a scheme which will gather data on the gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity of all key staff working in television production, from the actors to the sound technicians.

All of the information will be fed into an encrypted computer system which will anonymise the data and allow trends to be monitored. The organisation behind Project Diamond, the Creative Diversity Network (CDN) has said that initial data will present a broad picture analysis, but it hopes to be able to monitor individual shows within time, The Guardian has reported.

Our undefended shores

What we’ve got here, in the light of this post:

https://mikecunningham.wordpress.com/2016/08/25/the-slow-but-inevitable-death-of-the-royal-navy/

… is head-shaking at the astoundingly bad decisions being made by those in charge – not just a few errors but contant error-making, characterised by a toxic mix of self-serving, plus inability to handle vital matters such as defence. Plus rank dishonesty and covering up.

I replied at the OoL version of the post:

The plain, simple truth is that we are badly served by both the political body, as well as the so-called Ministry of Defence. The insane idea that everything major in terms of defence spending must be British-built has landed us directly in the greedy hands of BAE Systems, because of take-overs, and buy-outs, and share swaps; they are the only game in town when it comes to Defence capability, it is either BAE, or nowt.

The Twitter model

So, Twitter is in trouble? Colleagues making remarks?

Twitter homepage

We already know this story: Internet company grows from nothing to become a ubiquitous presence in hundreds of millions of lives. But it becomes trapped in an ongoing identity crisis, never fully figuring out how to parlay its enormous user base into a sustainable business model. It’s eventually passed by newer, smarter competitors, and slowly fades into painful irrelevance.

The case for Great Britain

union flag smallGrande Bretagne, Großbritannien, Groot Brittanië, Gran Bretaña, Gran Bretagna, Великобритания [velikobritagna].

Other nations do not, in their description of this country, differentiate between Great Britain as she was and the United Kingdom [of GB & NI].

I would suggest that Great Britain is the happiest designation, as politically, we are far from a united kingdom. However, we’re showing signs of greatness again since Brexit.

All of our success worldwide has been as Britannia or as Great Britain, not as the United Kingdom, a political concept open to much abuse.

Though my loyalty is primarily to Northumbria but as that is a dormant concept, then to England, yet much of the ‘greatness’ if you like, in global terms, has come as Great Britain, plus the idea of ‘Great’ in the name is more than even the Donald can aspire to.

It’s redolent of all sorts of pride in our heritage.…

Theranos revisited

elizabeth holmesWere the PTB to start pushing the rights of, the promotion of and the hegemony of some group in society at the expense of all others in society – let’s say, hypothetically, mousy-grey-haired people – and the reason for that is that they [the PTB] had got it into their heads that that group could run things far better than anyone else, as if a group runs things on the basis of possessing some anatomical feature …

… and if that group was never out of the news, constantly promoted at symposia, conferences, workshops, if every schoolchild had it rammed down his or her throat that mousy-grey-haired people were superior, if only they could be given the chance …

… and if people in other groups, say light-grey-haired or dark-grey-haired, were also supporting their soul buddies …

… and if govt now weighed in, it having been infiltrated and permeated by mousy-grey-hairs, not based on performance but on the anatomical feature they possessed, to the point that anyone attempting to talk down or failing to promote this group could be had up under the rushed through Hair Relations Act ……

Eton

It’s actually night follows day:

One of Simon Henderson’s first decisions after taking over last summer as headmaster of Eton College was to move his office out of the labyrinthine, late-medieval centre of the school and into a corporate bunker that has been appended (“insensitively”, as an architectural historian might say) to a Victorian teaching block. Here, in classless, optimistic tones, Henderson lays out a vision of a formerly Olympian institution becoming a mirror of modern society, diversifying its intake so that anyone “from a poor boy at a primary school in the north of England to one from a great fee-paying prep school in the south” can aspire to be educated there (so long as he’s a he, of course), joyfully sharing expertise, teachers and facilities with the state sector – in short, striving “to be relevant and to contribute”.

The clue is in the byline:

The world’s most famous school aspires to become an agent of social change; but, as old boy Christopher de Bellaigue learns when he goes back, it is also an increasingly effective way for the global elite to give its offspring an expensive leg up in life.