Links tagged 'politics'

The business model for the creative industries is broken (

It is the perfect capitalist model: the owners of assets such as hotels and restaurants skim off large profits, while the people who make those profits possible – the performers sweating in the city’s aircon-dodging venues – walk away penniless.

The big sleep (

Scientists Pat and Peter Shaw died in a suicide pact in October. Here, their daughters reflect on their parents’ plan - and their remarkable lives.

They will seize their chance (

I have heard of the need to forcefully avert the dwindling of the white race. I have heard of the “one bullet cure” for homosexuality. I have heard of the need to rescue the office of the presidency and restore America to a Christian state. I have heard of the righteousness of being prepared to protect Christendom with armed resistance when the present secular government springs its fatal trap. I have heard of the eschatological obsession over Jerusalem and the ever-nearer apocalypse. I have heard, in short, of extremists preparing for war.

MRA Dilbert (

Taking the words of Scott Adams and combining them with the art of Scott Adams.

Once more unto the breach – of good taste (

David Mitchell at The Guardian:

It’s like they’re jostling to make soundbites worthy of the trailer for a Jack Ryan movie. It’s all serious and stirring, but also inappropriately slightly fun. Frankie Boyle summed up my misgivings when he tweeted about Wednesday’s Commons debate: “Kind of disturbed by the palpable excitement in parliament. The truth is our politicians like wars because they make them feel important.”

We can save atheism from the New Atheists like Richard Dawkins (

As early as 1842, Marx dismissed those who trumpeted their disbelief to children as “assuring everyone who is ready to listen to them that they are not afraid of the bogeyman”. For him, intellectual disproofs of God were trivial; what mattered was building a world that didn’t give rise to mystification of any kind.

Decoding Daesh (

If you’ve followed coverage of this attempted official linguistic sea change, you’ll have gathered that the new name, although it’s just an Arabic acronym equivalent to the English ‘ISIS’, apparently delegitimises the organisation, mocks them, and thus drives them to threaten taking violent retribution on anyone who uses it.

Amy Pascal Wins Zoe Quinn’s Gamergate Memoir ‘Crash Override’ (

Amy Pascal’s Pascal Pictures has won a bidding battle for Crash Override: How To Save The Internet From Itself, a memoir by game designer Zoe Quinn that sold to Touchstone/Simon & Schuster and will be published September, 2016. The property was bid on by several studios and TV outlets, and several actresses are circling, with interest from Scarlett Johansson said to be keenest.

SXSW’s GamerGate Debacle Shows It’s Clueless on Diversity (

Leigh Alexander:

Technology events continue to invite us to appear on panels and roundtables—to donate our time, effort and expertise, and sometimes even risk our own safety—but they have not listened to us on a basic level. Our experience doesn’t matter to them; what does is our presence. By relying on us for the optics of diversity without protecting us or respecting what we say, they’re making a bid for relevance on our backs.

How I’ve had to grit my teeth to be a female filmmaker (

An influential figure in the industry approached me – a person who’d already opened doors for me in my career – and naturally I was eager to begin pitching my next project. Drunkenly, he embraced me in his arms, looked me up and down, and slurred at me.

“You’ve expanded, Kate. Your tits look great. Come back to mine.”

Here we go again…

SXSW & The Gamergate Panel, and why their cop out is bullshit (

Anyways, here’s some information from Zoe Quinn about WHY maintaining the Golden Mean Fallacy of “two sides that needed to just work it out” bullshit is just that: utter bullshit, and why the community team at SXSW who made these decisions after being told repeatedly that this exact thing would happen SINCE AT LEAST MARCH, is horrendous.

Update: A few more details from Ashley Lynch here.

Airbnb post shitty ads because they’re shitty people (

Airbnb evidently want some kind of award for paying their taxes.

We emailed Airbnb spokesman Christopher Nulty to ask whether the library ad was “real.” He responded by email, “as opposed to a fake one :)”

A follow up email, explaining that we were in fact seeking confirmation as to whether the ads are actually from Airbnb received the following response: “Are you seriously writing on this?”

Nulty did not respond to another follow up email.

The New History Wars (

It’s a common argument from shitlords that “men built everything”. I feel like this point of view comes about largely because those are the stories we are told, that so much of history gets either actively suppressed or simply ignored.

The critics are unhappy, perhaps, that a once comforting story has become, in the hands of scholars, more complex, unsettling, provocative and compelling.

History is the story of billions upon billions of people. It is messy, and trying to pick it apart to uncover meaning and truth is an ongoing process. It only becomes more interesting and informative.

A Bitcoin FAQ by Christian Wagner (

There’s actually one thing that Bitcoin supporters claim about Bitcoin which is true: it has no chargebacks. Bitcoin transactions are irreversible. Whether this is actually an advantage or not probably depends on whether you’ve ever been ripped off before. If you haven’t, then getting involved in Bitcoin is probably a good way to fix that.

Mumbrella: Graphic burger buns ad banned for degrading women (

A “degrading” ad for Bondi burger shop Goodtime Burgers featuring a patty sandwiched between a woman’s buttocks with the strapline “The freshest fun between the buns” has been banned by the Advertising Standards Board.

Follow the link and take a look at the image - I didn’t want that nonsense cluttering up my front page, not when there are dragons and shit here!

  1. Who thought this was a good idea?

  2. Who thought making their burgers look like some kind of overgrown fungal infection would sell more burgers?

  3. Really, who thought this was a good idea?

I look forward to the next Gruen Expulsion telling me why it is the greatest idea. I’m talking about it after all.

Australia’s Great Shame (

JR Hennessy:

For the foreseeable future, we’re trapped in a grim back-and-forth between the major parties as they try to prove who can be more callous and unforgiving towards the most vulnerable people in the world.

This is Australia. We do xenophobia well. (

David Marr, former host of Media Watch, writing for the Guardian:

Bribing Papua New Guinea to take our refugees may seem an unimaginable course for a civilised country to take. But this is Australia. We do xenophobia well.