Bigoted Laptop Ban Will Lead to Laptop Radicalisation

22 03 2017

ABC News reports that US and UK have announced a ban on electronics and specifically laptops in carry-on luggage from Middle East airports due to fear that terrorists are making bombs  that can be concealed in electronic devices:

On Monday it emerged the US government had been considering the move since it learned of a threat several weeks ago.

US authorities believe there is a threat from plots similar to an incident a year ago in Somalia, where a bomb hidden in a laptop blew a hole in the side of a plane although failed to down it, another source said.

Airlines in other countries such as Australian carrier Qantas are likely to follow suit.

We believe this laptop ban is deeply bigoted and laptopist. Just because some  laptops could conceal explosives and be used to commit terror we shouldn’t ban all laptops.

Tarnishing all laptops with the same brush would just offend peaceful moderate laptops and lead to their radicalisation.


Melbourne’s Offensive Traffic Lights

8 03 2017

It is wonderful to see the City of Melbourne finally tackling the really big issues. You may not know it but our traffic lights are turning us into sexist Nazi bigots through unconscious bias.

You see, because the silhouettes of little green and red people on Melbourne’s traffic lights are men, our society is drowning in misogyny and allows wicked patriarchy to flourish.

But fear not…

Pedestrian traffic lights depicting female figures will be installed in Melbourne’s CBD today as a part of a lobby group’s push for gender equality.

Ten female pedestrian figures will be installed on traffic lights at the intersection of Swanston and Flinders streets as part of a VicRoads-approved 12-month trial.

“The aim is to move towards one-to-one male and female representation across the state of Victoria.”

“Some people [read Nazi bigots] have expressed a little scepticism wondering whether it’s gesture politics rather than having any real substance”…

Minister for Women Fiona Richardson said the use of a woman’s figure on pedestrian crossings would make public space more inclusive of women.

“There are many small — but symbolically significant — ways that women are excluded from public space,” she said in a statement.

But they didn’t think it through because this proposal is incredibly racist towards people who are neither green or red.

It is also ageist. Where is the figure with a Zimmer Frame, I ask?

Not to mention it is rampantly Islamophobic because the traffic lights woman is not wearing a hijab or a burka. And what about gender fluid, neutrois or non-binary traffic lights?

According to Victorian Governor Linda Dessau:

“Some people […read Nazi bigots…] have expressed a little scepticism wondering whether it’s gesture politics rather than having any real substance,”

“But these symbols are a practical and meaningful way to demonstrate that in fact 50 per cent of our population is female and should therefore also be represented at traffic lights.”

No shit, Sherlock? But why are you forgetting the fact that 0.6% of Victorians speak Tagalog at home. Where are their traffic lights?

I also expect to see 35% of Victorian traffic light figures who are overweight or obese. We don’t want to exclude fat people from public places now, do we?

All of this is incredibly funny if it wasn’t so sad. Identity politics poisons everything and no matter how much is done it is never enough as new victim classes are created daily while the list of our imaginary crimes grows forever longer…

Unconscious Bias Keeping Women Down

8 03 2017

ABC News Australia is reporting that even though Australia has a whole host of legislation to make it illegal to discriminate against women in a workplace, the evil patriarchy still finds the way to keep the sisters down.

They claim that phenomenon of affinity bias wickedly robs men of their functional faculties and make them make irrational hiring decisions such as appointing a less competent male over a more competent female:

Affinity or similarity bias is where people seek out those who share their backgrounds, group membership, or experiences.

If hiring managers and boards of directors are made up of mostly men who unconsciously engage in such bias, it stands to reason more men than women will continue to be hired and promoted — particularly men who share the same background with current managers.

This only serves to perpetuate the cycle of men outnumbering women in leadership positions.

As usual a suspiciously selective example of such bias is produced:

Men hold the majority of chief executive and chair positions of Australia’s top-200 publicly listed companies.

Boom!! See, the sexism it’s everywhere!!

As if every man who desires to be a CEO can just waltz in become one. Newsflash, ABC! 99.99999% of men are not CEOs either!

Besides, why don’t we ever talk about less glamorous occupations such as plumbing or mining?

What about jobs like nursing or teaching where women are over-represented? Affinity bias? Wicked females keeping the men down? Or is it maybe, just maybe a natural gender-based preference at work?

And why should we focus on just women? How many Australian CEOs are disabled or transsexual or Aboriginal or Somali? A lot less than women I bet, so why should women get all the attention?

Identity politics is poison.