Chumbawamba were a British band that formed in 1982 and had major success until their final performances in 2012. The band constantly shifted in musical style, drawing on genres such as punk rock, pop, folk, and experimental. The band’s anarchist or libertarian socialist political stance exhibited an irreverent attitude toward authority, and the band have been forthright in their stances on issues including animal rights, pacifism (early in their career) and later regarding class struggle, feminism, gay liberation, pop culture and anti-fascism. [wikipedia] A playlist suited to this past week, with no Tubthumping in sight.
And now for some music …
* Charlottesville: Race and Terror – VICE News Tonight on HBO
* We won’t be giving equal time to spurious arguments against marriage equality (2017-Aug-12) [The Guardian]
This is not about “political correctness”, that wonderfully nebulous term subverted by the right to become a catch-all cri de coeur against elites refusing to listen to the common sense views of ordinary people. Former prime minister Tony Abbott and the Australian Christian Lobby were both employing this handy it’s-really-about-something-else-entirely tactic from day one. “Voting no will help to stop political correctness in its tracks,” Abbott claimed, champing to lead the march into another war on something or other.
But quite obviously “political correctness” does not apply – even if we were clear about what it meant – because we already know (from actual, properly weighted, surveys) that the overwhelming majority of Australians want marriage equality and that it is the elites, in this case some churches and a determined group of politicians like Abbott, who are resisting.
My opinion: If you can’t explain how #marriageequality ruined Canada/US/UK/NZ etc, then you maybe don’t have an argument against it.
* Explainer: How data adjustments affect global temperature records (2017-Jul-19) [Carbon Brief]
Over the past two centuries, the times of day, locations and methods of measuring temperature have all changed dramatically. For example, where once researchers lowered buckets over the side of ships to collect water for measuring, we now have a global network of automated buoys floating around the oceans measuring the water directly.
This complicates matters for scientists putting together a long-term, consistent estimate of how global temperatures are changing. Scientists must adjust the raw data to take into account all the differences in how, when and where measurements were taken. …
* Social Atrophy: Know the Signs (2017-Aug-10) [The Simple Shift]
* Why we fell for clean eating The Long Read (2017-Aug-11) [The Guardian]
… As the conversation I overheard in the gym illustrates, this way of thinking is especially dangerous because it obscures the message that, in fact, small changes in diet can have a large beneficial impact. If you think you can’t be healthy unless you eat nothing but vegetables, you might miss the fact that (as a recent overview of the evidence by epidemiologists showed) there are substantial benefits from raising your fruit-and-veg intake from zero portions a day to just two.
Among its many other offences, “clean eating” was a series of claims about food that were all or nothing – which only serves to underline the fact that most people, as usual, are stuck with nothing.
❝In most jobs, refusing to undertake a core function for which you were employed – even as conscientious objection – would dissolve the contract. The honourable path is resignation.❞
— Mark Kenny, Delay, delay, delay: Coalition tying itself in knots to avoid equality question (2017-Aug-7) [The Age]
A message to members of the Federal Parliament of Australia.
The only reason to hold a referendum, is to change the Australian Constitution. In making a change to the Marriage Act, you are not changing the Australian Constitution you are changing existing legislation. The scope of Section 51 of Australian Constitution with respect to legislation regarding marriage by Federal Parliament has already been determined via the High Court. John Howard used this mechanism for his changes to the Marriage Act in 2004.
“We’ve decided to insert this into the Marriage Act to make it very plain that that is our view of a marriage and to also make it very plain that the definition of a marriage is something that should rest in the hands ultimately of the parliament of the nation, (It should) not over time be subject to redefinition or change by courts, it is something that ought to be expressed through the elected representatives of the country.”
— John Howard (2014)
Note the ‘expressed through the elected representatives of the country’, you have been elected to legislate. You didn’t need a plebiscite first time around, you don’t need one now. To use a non-binding postal poll (let us not honour it with the title plebiscite) is a cynical stalling tactic with no relevance to legislative process.
If you cannot legislate on the will of the people (as determined via election) – you need to resign.
* So, about this Googler’s manifesto. (2017-Aug-05) [@yonatanzunger|Medium]
I’m writing this here, in this message, because I’m no longer at the company and can say this sort of thing openly. But I want to make it very clear: if you were in my reporting chain, all of part (3) would have been replaced with a short “this is not acceptable” and maybe that last paragraph above. You would have heard part (3) in a much smaller meeting, including you, me, your manager, your HRBP, and someone from legal. And it would have ended with you being escorted from the building by security and told that your personal items will be mailed to you. And the fact that you think this was “all in the name of open discussion,” and don’t realize any of these deeper consequences, makes this worse, not better.
* Google Fires Engineer Who Wrote Memo Questioning Women in Tech (2017-Aug-07) [NYT]
* Using a fitness app taught me the scary truth about why privacy settings are a feminist issue (2017-Aug-01) [Quartz]
* GPS Tracking: Sean Conway’s Cycling World Record Attempt
* 100% Vittorio Brumotti – Grand Canyon USA
Event: 2017-08-06 Trail Running Series – Race #3
Distance: 2.2km / 7.2km / 15.5km / 21km
Date: Sunday 6th August 2017
Organised by: Rapid Ascent
Race #3 heads to the familiar venue of Silvan in the Dandenong Ranges for more magnificent running on Melbourne’s doorstep this Sunday 6th August. Silvan is often regarded as the toughest of all the races, but is also the most popular with some spectacular running through some breathtaking wilderness.
Add in the NEW 2.2km Kids’ Run and there are no excuses not to join us for some more fresh air and freedom on the trails this weekend.
It may be a 3 in 143,473 chance, but I still don’t trust that play equipment 😉
* Of Choss and Lions
* Northern Elements: An Arc’teryx Film
* The Crown Traverse
( This one was in the Trails in Motion Film Festival @ UTA2017 )
* Iran: A Skier’s Journey
( This one was in the Banff Mountain Film Festival 2017 )
Posted in 2017, Wednesday WIN