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Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« on: June 23, 2016, 05:40:04 pm »
What's the time difference?  I hear first results will be coming in around midnight, London time.

Time as of posting this message is 18:37.

I've heard final results should be "around" breakfast time.

I voted without having to provide any i.d. Seems prone to voter fraud. Just "name, address?" *crosses out my name on a big list* "there you go."

That's usual.  The checks are done when you register.

Oh, and apparently half of London (and probably the rest of the country) is flooded so it's chaos.

Cain made a smart move voting earlier.

Not surprised.  It rained pretty hard last night.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« on: June 23, 2016, 04:05:12 pm »
Well, I discharged my democratic duties around 7am.

Normally this would call for a drink, but even though I had just finished work it was still only 7am, and given what the results may be tomorrow morning, I may need to drink then instead.

It's worth remembering this vote isn't, strictly speaking legally binding.  Of course, no government is going to go against it because that would be political suicide, but this does bring up the potential (if unlikely) scenario of there being a dead heat.  As the head of the Electoral Commission said, this is an "advisory referendum", so if it's a dead heat, she will declare that.  Then the politicians will have to decide.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: June 23, 2016, 03:52:23 pm »
Someone just tried shooting up a German cinema.

Not much info thus far, except that German police shot the guy dead.  Could be robbery, could be political.

Prude Ranch.  No.

That desert Prada.  :lulz:

I keep coming back to look at it, and I don't know why.

Same, it has some sort of magnetic attraction.

"Desert Prada".  Has a kind of knock-off feel to it, like it might not actually be real at all.

Pretty sure Corey got sacked because he assaulted a Breitbart "reporter" and criminal charges may be pending.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« on: June 20, 2016, 10:31:31 am »
3 days to go.

I'm actually working Wednesday night, so I suppose Thursday morning I'll go to a polling station, sleep the rest of the day off and see what the polls are saying while I'm on the night shift.

They reckon all the ballots will be counted by Friday, but I wouldn't hold my breath.  This is going to be very close.

No, which is something of a mixed blessing.  On the one hand, I don't have to hear it, but on the other hand, I can't make of her for it.

She hasn't even mentioned externalising our core competencies yet  :sad:

Jebus.  Is this what it's like to actually adult?  You have to babysit backstabbing assholes all the time?

Yes.  And then I'm responsible for the actually legal children as well.  Why do you think I'm constantly so angry?


Also, Cain, do I have to watch ads in their entirety for you to get credit on your Youtube videos, or can I use the "Skip to Video" button?

You can skip.  I stopped monetizing videos ages ago, since I actually have a job now.  Any ads you see are either me being forgetful, or Youtube being dicks.

The strongest possibility here is that one of your bosses has a big mouth and your co-worker is actually crazy.

That's what I figure too.  Said co-worker has also being reporting everyone's browsing history to the manager.

Doesn't affect me, because I use private browsing and have now set up all the office browsers to do the same, but I compared notes with the other department, who confirmed IT were not cracking down (because once 1am rolls around there, all they do is goof off and watch films online, and they've not had a meeting about it). 

I figure what at least part of it is is that she has an MBA from some podunk former technical college and she thinks it makes her some kind of efficiency bigshot, and she's going to creatively destroy our workplace and release the power of innovation and competition, or some such crap.  You know how these MBA types are.  She'll probably have a breakdown in a few months and have to be hospitalized.  Either that or the other night shift co-worker she's on with will bludgeon her to death.  Well, once her hand has healed up from the last person she beat the crap out of.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Looks like Jo Cox MP was assassinated
« on: June 18, 2016, 09:56:39 pm »
It's stuff like this that seriously makes me consider moving.

But then I think "where to?"  And, more importantly if Europe (or just the UK depending on what happens next week) is going down the shitter and rabid loonies are going to be running around the place, well running away seems like taking the easy option, you know?  Eventually you run out of places to run away to.  And I'm fairly sure it's an ethical obligation, to fight shit-head quasi-fascists.  I mean, it's probably not expressed quite so bluntly, but that's a fairly valid interpretation of the essence of being a good person, I like to think.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« on: June 18, 2016, 05:07:57 pm »
Yes, we know, you're a one-issue fanatic and it's terribly tiresome.

Never mind the hundreds of other issues that the British exit from the EU might have.  All the foreign workers in the UK, all the UK citizens overseas who will lose their residency rights.  Never mind pretty much all the predictions showing the economy will go into a sharp recession.  Never mind the shock to the already fragile looking global economy.  Never mind all of that...your pet issue will be addressed, and that is all that matters.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Looks like Jo Cox MP was assassinated
« on: June 18, 2016, 04:01:22 pm »
True.  This is exposing a lot of nastiness.

I quoted this segment from my dissertation the other day on Facebook, which seems somewhat appropriate to the situation:

For Kundnani, a critical problem with handling counter-jihadist thinking is how elements of it are reflected in official statements and counter-terrorism policy of western nations, that “multiculturalism” and a conflict of values lie at the heart of the source of Islamic terrorism and counter-terrorism must reflect that. As such, the “central plank of a terrorist's narrative is shared by the heads of western governments”, which has severe implications and repercussions for dealing with the ideological appeal of the counter-jihad. This strong emphasis on values, identity, culture and multiculturalism, as security concerns, clearly and directly parallels the arguments put forward by counter-jihadist writers – albeit in a generally less paranoid and more nuanced way by government agencies. Nevertheless, this focus, much like the mainstream media “supporting articles” mentioned by Lee, help lend credence to these views. These are then amplified by the media and thus lead to a situation in which the government's own position is being repeated back to them and appropriated by the far-right, creating “discursive opportunities for new far-right actors who ideologies significantly overlap with government discourse, and which are therefore harder to counter.” Indeed, that they so closely hew to government policy means that these groups may be able to win a level of public support and acceptance that the Neo-Nazi far right would never be able to obtain. This could lead not only to the acceptance and growth of such groups, but also opens the possibility of “former” Neo-Nazis strategically moderating their message in order to gain more widespread appeal.

And crucially, as Kundnani makes very clear, these narratives and their focus on Muslim radicalisation also contribute to obscuring the sources of far-right terrorism, radicalisation and counter-radicalisation precisely because it roots terrorism discourse in a clash of identities and values, and where these problems are absent or significantly downplayed, the far-right as not seen as a concern, as was the case with the EDL and with the spectrum of groups in Rotterdam

Not that I'm aware of, though at least one person has voiced the suspicion they're some kind of plant in the office.  Her CV is bullshit though, I do know that much.

And yeah, photographic evidence was taken.  And as it turns out, she is keeping daily logs on everyone she is handing over to (foolishly, she is keeping that notebook in the office, which IMO tends to suggest she's not - unless this place is hiring bargain bin corporate spies, which is entirely possible).  Not just logs of information, assessments and appraisals of staff members, including myself. 

I also know, from that log, that a minor complaint I put in, confidentially with my own manager, was revealed to her (information about student rooms on handovers was incorrect, meaning I had to double check everything with our more extensive paperwork before actually doing it, which defeats the point of a handover.  It's not super-serious, but I asked her in an email just to take more care with the numbers, she never responded and kept making the same mistakes, so I bumped it up the chain like you do).

So maybe that's the point of her craziness.  She doesn't like the fact that she's trying to be all "I'm super efficient and look at me create useless reams of paperwork every single day because fuck the rainforest" and I'm all like "there isn't actually a 36F room in this building" and "stop losing master keys plz".

I think G4S, like any major crime organisation, usually want proof of your shitbaggery before letting you in.  Kinda like how you have to cap a guy before working for the mafia, they want 2 years with some dodgy third world private military force or whatever.

Also, I have confirmed my co-worker is attempting to gaslight me, after yet another incident.  I checked room keys against the fire register, found some missing keys.  Today, she tells me one of the rooms is occupied, that I must've made a mistake.  After she's gone, I check the fire list that was handed over to me yesterday.  She changed the room from empty to occupied (which it is, and should have initially been marked as) without telling me, trying to make me think I made some kind of error in judgement.

I must really be doing the meek houseparent/postgrad routine too well, if she thinks tricks like this are going to work.  On the other hand, it clearly isn't working, and I'd rather she waste time with failing strategies than switch to potentially successful ones.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Looks like Jo Cox MP was assassinated
« on: June 17, 2016, 04:34:48 pm »
I don't think we can exactly tie this to the Leave campaign, except in the most general way, that their bullshit scare tactics give minor credence to the far-right's bullshit scare tactics which may have fed into this guy's thinking.

As Lenin McCarthy's link shows, the guy was subscribed to Neo-Nazi and South African white supremacist publications since the 1990s, both of which have highly negative views of the EU.  Even if Leave were running a completely sensible campaign, this probably would've happened.

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