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Deluded loons on the loose

According to Cathy Hastie, an HR expert and lecturer at the University of Derby, the documents are an acknowledgement by organisations that striving for diversity among its workforce isn’t enough; more important is the culture within it.

“People need to feel included – meaning valued, accepted and supported – once they’ve got the job,” she says. “Research shows language plays a critical part in that; in retaining people, in their productivity and in overall organisational effectiveness. There’s a moral argument, and also a business one.”

Neither morals nor business efficiency mean that “elderly people” doesn;t work while “older people” does – an actual real life example.

What this is is actually the power skirts gone mad. The cure to this is women having more children. No one who has raised 3 or 4 is going to worry about this sort of patheticness. Not having Lego in hte living room carpet is enough of a victory at that point….

This is only partially joking too. I am co0nvinced that there is a set amount of mithering in a society. And if we’ve solved the difficult problems – child death (well, pretty much), plague pandemics, starvation, then we’re going to get the same people worrying about something else.

14 thoughts on “Deluded loons on the loose”

  1. The new Staffordshire Police inclusive language guide discourages using the word “policeman”

    I, too, refer to them as “cunts”.

  2. Bloke in North Dorset

    No one who has raised 3 or 4 is going to worry about this sort of patheticness. Not having Lego in hte living room carpet is enough of a victory at that point….

    At one of my Army resettlement days we had a talk by a guy who would nowadays be called a successful entrepreneur. He reckoned the best office manager he’d come across was a woman who’d raised 3 boys, je said there wasn’t anything she couldn’t organise or recalcitrant worker who couldn’t be put in place.

    The feminisation of the workforce is must be becoming a serious drag on productivity. The idea that people should go to work is bollocks and too much time and effort is spent trying to prove it and making people believe it. Of course its popular because it means people can slack-off and blame some current fad rather than bone idleness.

  3. In the film Alien Nation, James Caan’s cop character is called Sykes, which causes much mirth amongst the Aliens .

    As his sidekick explains “… Your name for instance is a compound in our language of Seik meaning excrement and Kes meaning cranium… Shithead.”

  4. And if we’ve solved the difficult problems – child death (well, pretty much), plague pandemics, starvation, then we’re going to get the same people worrying about something else.
    There’s a theory I’ve long been convinced by. People have a fixed worrying quota. If you remove the reason for them worrying about one thing they’ll just change the subject to something else. Works the other way, as well. People who don’t give a fuck don’t give a fuck about anything. Even when it’s their interest to. And we’ve all know people like that.

  5. This fixed amount of botheration seems a sound theory.
    Climate activism only seemed to take off around 2018 when many other problems were reducing.

  6. The fixed worrying quota sounds similar to another of theory – risk homeostasis.
    There’s a certain amount of risk that both society and individuals not just tolerate but also seek.
    Some have high risk tolerance and do things like base jumping, others low and barely take any risk.
    But if you artificially make things safer, people change to compensate – introduce airbags and average speeds on roads go up.

  7. There was a hockey pundit who used to argue that all the modern safety gear meant players weren’t as concerned about the risk when hitting another player which was causing more unsafe play

  8. Yes, just look at any typical American “football” match where the players are dressed up like Armoured Mobile Infantry, and a proper rugger match where men are real men.

  9. The main delusion here is that it is sufficient to disguse hatred or contempt with polite words. What matters in a workplace is how your colleagues really feel about you. Their language may be evidence of it, but changing the language does not change the underlying reality.

    Thinking you can change the world by changing how you describe it is a form of magical thinking.

  10. Cherny Drakon, it’s not uncommon in Melbourne suburbs to have roads – not arterials but up to reasonably major access roads – that don’t have a white line painted down the centre. People drive more carefully when they don’t have a ‘guaranteed’ space. I’m assuming this is common in other places too.

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