culture, competition (-)
One thing I really hate about my culture is its fetishization of competition. We create needless competition in business, sports, politics, etc. Why? It is destructive, it creates more losers than winners, and it wastes resources that could be better used to solve our collective problems. Proponents claim it spurs innovation and achievement. Bullshit: it spurs cheating and gaming the system. Competition of *ideas* is better served by *cooperation* to study them.
I am presently engaged in the mass murder of dust5 mites. Die [email protected]#$ers, die.
If dust mites ever become sentient, I am in for interesting times at The Hague.
transphobia, meta, destruction
A system in which one bigot's whims can take food out of another person's mouth over the color of a backpack is a system that needs to be burned to the ground and the ashes peed on.
Oops, that was mean to read ‘newly-out trans woman.’ Wheee.
Friend of mine--a newly-trans woman--got her crew's construction work contract cancelled for "unprofessionalism" because having painted nails and a pink backpack turned the jobsite into a "fashion show."
They're not alleging that she didn't do her job, or was walking up and down showing off her backpack suggestively. The point is that black backpacks are fine but pink ones offend some supervisor's sensibilities so much he fired an entire crew.
My employer insists on sending around mass-emails inviting everyone to an "STI Town Hall" without explaining that, in our own little TLA hell, STI means "scientific and technical information."
There are also signs, in this state where plantation slavery is relatively recent history, informing users of our conference rooms that if they have a problem with the facilities they should contact the building's "POC." (By POC, they mean point of contact, not racial slave caretaker.)
I love this and I want it.
Now he's on about Venezuela being a "dictatorship". (This, from an American with our gerrymandered districts, voter suppression, and two-corporate-party system.) Almost like this guy is a christian capitalist scumball.
In my corner of my metro area, with a few hundred thousand people and a bit over 100 square miles of land, there are 19 auto parts stores. I’m talking about retail parts stores, not garages or WalMarts that also sell some parts. And several junkyards.
That’s interesting: it suggests a lot of people are (a) driving older cars and (b) maintaining those cars themselves.
We’re a car-dependent region. People are keeping anything they can afford on the road.
Gen-X, she/her, computer scientist. My 'sona's a snynx (snep/lynx) named Britt. Not from Iceland.
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