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NEWS PAPER OR MEDIA ARTICLES, ANYTHING INTERESTING
mullokintyre
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VALE Commodore.
Holden has killed off the commodore after 41 years.
had a good run, buts its time is up.
Never owned one meself,
Buts theres them that swears by em.
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mullokintyre
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Sometimes you need to be careful about what you wish for.


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The path to Hollywood glory has long been filled with straight stars playing gay characters. It is a casting trend that should stop, according to British actor ­Richard E. Grant.

The star aligns himself with the growing numbers of campaigners who argue that characters who are black, gay, disabled or from any other minority should be played by actors from those backgrounds.

“The transgender movement and the #MeToo movement means how can you justify heterosexual actors playing gay characters?” he says. “We are in a historic moment.”
Grant, 62, has played gay roles in the past and claims that as a straight man he has “always” had concerns about denying gay actors roles.

But that has not stopped him taking on the part of a drag queen in the upcoming film adapta­tion of the West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. He also received his first Oscar nomination this year for playing Jack Hock, a gay man living with AIDS, in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

In an interview in London’s Sunday Times Magazine, Grant also argues that “if you want someone to play a disabled role, that should be a disabled actor”. There are many famous examples of actors playing disabled roles, from John Hurt in The ­Elephant Man to Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot.


The problem with this is, that by logical extension, the minorities would only be allowed to play minority roles. A gay actor would not be allowed to play a straight role. An actor with Azbergers would not be allowed to play a non azbergers role, gender fluid actors would not be allowed to play Binary gender roles etc.

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mullokintyre
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FROM Politico

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Amazon is going to court to overturn the Pentagon’s decision to award Microsoft a cloud computing contract worth up to $10 billion, claiming the selection process for the so-called JEDI program was injected with "unmistakable bias" and "political influence."

The Pentagon last month named Microsoft the winner in the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program after President Donald Trump publicly questioned whether the competition unfairly favored Amazon.
Numerous aspects of the JEDI evaluation process contained clear deficiencies, errors, and unmistakable bias — and it’s important that these matters be examined and rectified," Amazon Web Services said in a statement today. Federal Times first reported the news.

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Its protest, which is being filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, marks the latest hurdle for the contentious program, which has drawn a series of lawsuits, protests and a Department of Defense inspector general investigation.

Oracle, which was previously cut from the competition, also filed an appeal today with the U.S. Court of Appeals after a judge previously ruled against its allegations that the winner-takes-all contract unfairly limited competition. Oracle is also seeking an injunction to stop Microsoft from beginning work on the program while the case is tried.

Amazon says it believes it "is uniquely experienced and qualified to provide the critical technology the U.S. military needs, and remains committed to supporting the DoD’s modernization efforts.


I find it ironic that any of the companies mentioned dare to mention unfairness, bias, lack of competition etc.
The behemoths not only think they should run the world, now they are actively trying to do so.

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nipper
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.... I wasn’t prepared for how exhausting working at Amazon would be. It took my body two weeks to adjust to the agony of walking 15 miles a day and doing hundreds of squats. But as the physical stress got more manageable, the mental stress of being held to the productivity standards of a robot became an even bigger problem.

Technology has enabled employers to enforce a work pace with no room for inefficiency, squeezing every ounce of downtime out of workers’ days. The scan gun I used to do my job was also my own personal digital manager. Every single thing I did was monitored and timed. After I completed a task, the scan gun not only immediately gave me a new one but also started counting down the seconds I had left to do it.

It also alerted a manager if I had too many minutes of “Time Off Task.” At my warehouse, you were expected to be off task for only 18 minutes per shift—mine was 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.—which included using the bathroom, getting a drink of water or just walking slower than the algorithm dictated, though we did have a 30-minute unpaid lunch. It created a constant buzz of low-grade panic, and the isolation and monotony of the work left me feeling as if I were losing my mind. Imagine experiencing that month after month....
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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K6H5235/ref=dp...UTF8&btkr=1

Irony. You can buy it on Amazon



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nipper
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In Reply To: mullokintyre's post @ Dec 2 2019, 08:58 AM

the scary thing about all this posturing - MMT and the like - is that it is being positioned as left v right, old v new, or old v young . And therefore it is fresh n better. Nothing is further from the truth.

and I think there is a difference between "Public Service" and public servants. Oxymoronic, almost.




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"Every long-term security is nothing more than a claim on some expected future stream of cash that will be delivered into the hands of investors over time. For a given stream of expected future cash payments, the higher the price investors pay today for that stream of cash, the lower the long-term return they will achieve on their investment over time." - Dr John Hussman

"If I had even the slightest grasp upon my own faculties, I would not make essays, I would make decisions." ― Michel de Montaigne
 
mullokintyre
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From ABC NEWS
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After more than four decades of dominance, free market capitalism is facing a challenge.

Its rival, the blandly named modern monetary theory (MMT), has entered the ring promising to return economic planning to a less ideological footing.

It's also keen to strike a blow against the "surplus fetish" that many economists now blame for declining public services and growing inequality.

The rise of MMT has received little attention in Australia, but it's increasingly gaining exposure in the United States ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

In its corner are Australian-based economist Bill Mitchell and Stephanie Kelton, the senior economic advisor to Democratic contender Bernie Sanders.

But free market capitalism is unlikely to go down without a fight; former US Treasury secretary Larry Summers has dismissed MMT as "voodoo economics".

Listen to the episode

RN's Future Tense takes a look at Modern Monetary Theory, and whether it can really challenge free-market capitalism.
Here's how the contenders shape up.

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Whether we like to acknowledge it or not, free market capitalism — often disparagingly referred to as "Neoliberalism" — dominates current thinking on both the centre-right of politics and the centre-left.

Once considered radical, it was legitimised in the late 1970s and early 1980s by political heavyweights Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.

Reagan gave it an emblematic war cry: "Government is not the solution to our problem," he famously intoned, "government IS the problem".

And Thatcher set fast its legitimacy with her uncompromising declaration: "There is no alternative!"


Margaret thatcher is also credited with the statement about Socialism " the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples money.".

The real issue is that no government has ever run a free market capitalist economy.
Even the home of free market capitalism ,mighty US has been highly interventionist.
Under pure free market capiltalism, orgs like the FED have intervened in markets to save banks that should have been let die.
They have minimum wages rather than letting market forces dictate.
They set up rules and regs that intervene in their market for political reasons rather than economic ones.
Finally, which economies have a surplus fettish???
There are no major economies other than the Russians running a surplus.
Every other major player is running a low interest deficit policy.
And now we see more countries opting for the QE route.
You only need to look at the economic consequences of these polcies.
As for blaming capitalism for the decline in public service, what proof is there of this view?
We have more public servants paid at a greater proportion of GDP than ever before.
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henrietta
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Oh well, we just pi....d away $85m for an aircraft that didn't get off the ground in the USA. Now we'll have 11 instead of 12, and the Defence people " weren't aware" of the conditions of sale. Unbelievable!

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The head of Defence’s aerospace division, Air Vice Marshal Greg Hoffman, said it was “very unfortunate” that no compensation was available for the loss of the aircraft, which was provided under a contract with the US government.

“When we lost the Growler, we were not aware of the detailed commercial arrangements,” Air Marshal Hoffman said.


Isn't it wonderful how careless and carefree you can be when it's just taxpayer money ( read "limitless" apparently.)

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nipper
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In Reply To: mullokintyre's post @ Nov 29 2019, 04:22 PM

Happy to counterclaim for IP and the like .... thinking infrastructure, cars, mobile phones; why there's a lot of material things.



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mullokintyre
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I guess this would be classed as an ambit claim.
From ABC NEWS
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Indigenous leaders have filed an unprecedented compensation claim against the West Australian Government that could become one of the world's biggest legal payouts.

The Noongar People are pursuing more than $290 billion from the WA Government
The compensation is for "spiritual damage" caused by loss of traditional land
The group was previously granted native title over an area almost as big as Victoria
The Noongar people of south-west WA are pursuing more than $290 billion for "spiritual damage" caused by loss of their traditional land.

The figure would be almost a quarter of Australia's gross domestic product of $1.4 trillion and more than West Australia's gross state product of $259 billion.

If the action is successful, it would put it in the range of a landmark $US206 billion ($304 billion) payout made by the tobacco industry to governments across the United States in 1998.


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mullokintyre
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Am I the only person who thinks the Castle lady in charge of Rugby Australia is really Dawn French?
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