At the heart of the French issue is the unilateral imposition, without a vote, by the apparently socialist (but in reality just as no-liberal as the rest of the West) French government. This imposes a relaxing of the 35 hour weekly work-time rule.
This is said to be good for employers.
Foxconn, one of the world’s largest computer & electronic equipment makers is ditching 60, 000 people, for robots!
This is said to be good for…. erm….
Not Only That, But Also
Well, Big Mcdonald’s in the USA may be ditching workers for robots
We all have to eat and in The West we use money to pay for it all. We also pay for our dwellings and all the knick-knacks that make our lives what they are (studies thumb while blundering down high street with little box in hand).
The role of money in our lives and how we get it is paramount.
Now let’s consider those workers striking to keep their hours down, their money up and the role of robots in all of this, because it affects us all.
Sooner or later, most of us will have to consider our place in this robotic world. Really. What will you do?
Final Thoughts & Conclusion
Workers Going Nowhere in France
Work is NOT the be-all and end-all of everything.
Happiness is the be-all and end-all of everything. (n.b. not the pursuit of happiness, just your average, every day happiness. Goddit?)
McDonald’s and other fast food outlets ditch real human workers for robots (maybe just a food window like on the Star Trek Enterprise?),
waiters are replaced by robots,
computer makers ditch real people for robots,
doctors and even surgeons are replaced by robots,
trains, planes, buses and cars are all driven by robots…
…then we will all have much more free time.
BUT, and it is a big but,
How will we pay for our free time?
And for all those tut-tutting about the French workers on strike and jealous of a fully paid 35-hour working week…
Where will your job be?
Where will you get your money?
Where’s your protestant work ethic now?
How will universal happiness be attained?
Not everyone is blessed with the muses.
Not everyone can be a politician.
Not everyone can run quaint tea shops and sell tat to tourists.
Not everyone can be a plumber.
Don’t start the argument that people will be needed to fix the machines, the phones, the computers. Electronic devices are consumables now and do not need fixing. They just get replaced. The people that currently devise new machines have been redundant for many years.
In fact, most new computer circuitry is designed…by computer!
…and with robots creating robots that do all the work, what place for people? With decision-making robots, maybe the Terminator series are closer than we think?
It now includes my attitudes to people making false claims and/or pretending they’re something they’re not. I don’t mind nom-de-plumes, pseudonyms or even people who want to be anonymous – after all Strangely Perfect is but one of my alter-egos! Making false claims, deception and stuff like that are the absolute pits. These people (and other bad-uns), all are described and wrapped up under a variety of four letter epithets.
If I’m using bad language either about or at you, then that’s your fault. Behave. Treat people and the world around you properly and you’d be amazed at how the world changes for you.
UKIP Hydra [credit: Jon Worth, please click image ]
For months I have endured a deluge of facts and lies, all leading up to yesterday’s election. (I voted Green – there were only European elections in my area, so no local stuff). Mostly, it’s all been around UKIP. They really have stoked the fires, first lit by this government that wasn’t elected and that has done a raft of nasty things never included in their 2010 manifestos. But the fires against the disadvantaged are really aflame now.
UKIP’s backers are some of the sharpest, wealthiest people in the land.
UKIP’s tactics however, have been to take on all crackpots of all kinds, then, when the fuckwit says something beyond the pale, they evict them.
This has the effect of being news-worthy, and as we in entertainment know, all news is good news. The normal triumvirate of red, blue and orange have had a few gobshite moments, but UKIP beats them hands down.
The litany of UKIP’s tactics is strewn across the web, but a fairly recent summary and discourse on them can be found on Another Angry Voice (AAV).
Fact Checks #1
As Tom at AAV noted in the link above, UKIP-ers are not fond of reading anything beyond the first few lines of anything and have a raft of weird ideas all the stuff headed up and analysed with examples, summarised neatly here:
Denial of reality
Just making stuff up
Talking in absolutes
This is a “Hate group”
The Censorship fallacy
You called us racist
Right, I’m definitely voting UKIP now!
It’s all very “lowest common denominator” (LCD) stuff. Confirmation Bias rules, okay!
Fact Checks #2
Though I despise UKIP and parties like them, I do try to check facts, from all over and presented by anyone. Even those that I support get it wrong sometimes. Question everything!
UKIP’s Suzanne Evans on Radio 4
I heard that Evans had been quoted as saying that UKIP ” had difficulty appealing to the educated, cultured and young” with regard to the voting in London. It was on the BBC Radio 4 “Today” programme. You can listen to the whole thing here for the next few days. If you do a Google search for the phrase, “difficulty appealing to the “educated, cultured and young”” a whole raft of websites, news organisations, social media and news agregation websites are all reporting this very same thing. The search produced >1000 – here are 3.
This Reddit chat is a notable exception to the broadcast-info-with-impunity-or-checks brigade and also has a link to the interview. They say she never said it and provide a textual view of the interview.
The trouble is, she never actually said it! This is my recording of the show, editted down to Suzanne Evans’ interview and compressed for audio clarity before MP3-ing it.
It’s True – She Never Said It!
Ukip members wait for results of local election in Croydon
So why are all the news sites and almost every Google search result saying that she did? ( Well almost all – a Reddit chat also says that she never said it. ) The Independent report even has a nicely forlorn UKIP blokey.
In the interview, then interviewer actually says that it was a colleague in London (not known, not named) who, she said, UKIP “had difficulty appealing to the educated, cultured and young”
The truth of the matter is that people hardly ever check anything nowadays.
The deluge of information is too great.
Everyone expects reputable news providers to do properly journalistic background checks.
The BBC interviewer never checked.
The truth of the matter is that all news providers are in collusion with the establishment to maintain the neoliberal status quo.
The UKIP freaks who commented on AAV are correct in that it is a conspiracy.
UKIP freaks are right in that the BBC shows anti-UKIP left-wing bias.
The trouble with #2 is that UKIP contains part of the powerful establishment elite.
Farage is a former banker and apart from a host of wealthy backers, the normal tory paper (Daily Telegraph – torygraph in common parlance) is now swapping sides since the tories are not right-wing enough for it’s wealthy owners, the reclusive, island-owning, tax-avoiding, feudalistic, Sark-criticising (because it won’t allow them to set up a tax haven), Barclay Brothers.
Many other establishment papers likewise share a divisive, right wing, xenophobic stance.
The BBC has had rafts of governement enforced right wing management changes (government plants is the phrase).
The BBC has given more airtime to Farage than any other panellist on “Question Time” except for Dimbleby.
In an astonishing move, HM Government has now enacted a law that allows any government (because it’s now part of case law) to sentence someone for breaking a law that didn’t exist at the time they “committed” an “offence“.
Worst of all, our dear labour Party let HM Gov do it!
So what was “allowed” (as they thinly described it) is now “not allowed”. Legality curiously disappears in this “allowing” farrago, yet some things were and are illegal yet hardly anyone was sent to the clink. Just a few token stooges.
So much for our privileged elite.
Not so good if you’re struggling in this artificially enforced time of economic restraint, wholly created by a roulette-based banking and investment class that shares the revolving door world with our politicians.
Now set in case law, the precedent has now been set for any law to be so applied. You can now be penalised for something that was legal when you did it, but isn’t legal now. That’s what it means. Forget (for the moment) the injustice done to thousands of poor folks, fooled and misled into being stripped of their benefits.
The bigger picture is far worse and will have far reaching consequences.
This is really the ghastliest abomination from a whole series of actions where the freedom of the individual has been sequentially stripped over the past decade or so. No wonder they’re all smiling. On top of this they’ve now gagged the press with whom they previously had such a nice cosy relationship. They’ve made it so that if someone wins a libel case, they still have to pay all legal expenses!
Of course, terrorism (or the perception of terrorism through the western filter screen) is at the route of it. The silent majority have let leaders do and say anything for so long that they’ve become accustomed to being scared and placid for so long that they can’t tell right from wrong anymore. But consider this:
It’s always been illegal to trade with certain proscribed countries, organisations or individuals, (call them COI) at a given moment. But it wasn’t always so. At another moment, the list is different.
The precedent now makes it illegal for anyone to have traded with certain proscribed COI in the past even though they weren’t on the proscribed list years ago! This is the bonkers conclusion to this daft legislation. You can dream up any amount of scenarios. All bonkers but now, apparently, all legal.
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