An Ugly and Dangerous Speech

Some have called it a fact-less speech, that is not strictly true either: CLEVELAND — Donald J. Trump’s acceptance speech here was filled with Trump-like hyperbole and the kind of vague political rhetoric that is hard to pin down. But there were also facts. It was however authoritarian and xenophobic in the extreme. It reinforced…

How Hope and Change Became It's OK

Barack Obama won a Presidency on Hope and Change. The Republicans gave us 8 years of utterly outrageous obstruction. Many Democrats folded like a house of cards in a gale. The apparent winner of the Republican primaries gives us fear and loathing. The apparent winner of the Democratic primaries gives us business as usual. I…

It could be a really strange election

Two more polarizing candidates would be hard to find, Hillary should win a run off judging by the graphs above. However, it would also appear to be a turnout killer. Why turn out for someone you dislike less? It is also the case during a head to head run off between the two the disgust…

The Amazing Thing About Corporate Talks By Famous People

They are usually turgid, vacuous and extraordinarily boring. You get the odd one that keeps you awake, however they are by definition meant to be soothing. I have never been to one that shook the foundations of the industry I was working in at the time, think of it as auditory scented candles if you…

Meta: Why Many Of Us Hide Behind Walls

Most of us don’t want the rabid Internet in our private and business lives, some like Ellen Pao cant avoid that connection Ellen Pao was at the heart of two of 2015’s biggest feminist news stories: her discrimination lawsuit against former employer Kleiner Perkins; and her resignation from content-sharing site Reddit, after weathering what she…

Ethnic Cleansing. How it starts.

Ethnic Cleansing The mass expulsion or killing of members of one ethnic or religious group in an area by those of another. This is a phrase that is not often used in democracies. Immigrants: Target one subset, Latinos, disparage them as aliens, rapists and criminals Religious purging: Target one religion, declare them to be terrorists…

Oligarchical Militocracy

When we don’t vote for war, and our wars are both economic and militaristic what else fits? We still have a sort of democracy, where we get to vote for our representatives every now and then. Where it falls apart is that our representatives can’t even be bothered to vote whether we should still be…

Dear Republicans Words Do Effing Matter. I Do Blame You.

I am tired of this, you have a stage, you have air time, you have a certain air of respectability, then all you do with that is preach hate supported by lies. Hatred of the poor and homeless Hatred of LGBT Hatred of immigrants Hatred of people of color Hatred of women Hatred of Muslims…