Our next Prime Minister is pushing the idea that work is the 'cure' for depression.
The fact that unemployment is harmful does not demonstrate that work is good for you; rather, it is a result of the subordination of health and wellbeing to work.
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6 hours ago
George Conway: Trump is a racist president - The Washington Post
No, I thought, President Trump was boorish, dim-witted, inarticulate, incoherent, narcissistic and insensitive. He’s a pathetic bully but an equal-opportunity bully — in his uniquely crass and crude manner, he’ll attack anyone he thinks is critical of him. No matter how much I found him ultimately unfit, I still gave him the benefit of the doubt about being a racist. No matter how much I came to dislike him, I didn’t want to think that the president of the United States is a racial bigot.

But Sunday left no doubt. Naivete, resentment and outright racism, roiled in a toxic mix, have given us a racist president. Trump could have used vile slurs, including the vilest of them all, and the intent and effect would have been no less clear. Telling four non-white members of Congress — American citizens all, three natural-born — to “go back” to the “countries” they “originally came from”? That’s racist to the core. It doesn’t matter what these representatives are for or against — and there’s plenty to criticize them for — it’s beyond the bounds of human decency. For anyone, not least a president.
USA  politica  TrumpDonald  racism  OmarIlhan  Ocasio-CortezAlexandria  TlaibRachida  PressleyAyanna  RepublicanParty  dctagged  dc:creator=ConwayGeorge 
7 hours ago
Trump’s ‘go back’ racism is crude, but may be dangerously effective | Afua Hirsch | Opinion | The Guardian
The difference between Britain and the US, however, is that while Americans are having an argument about their known problem of racism, in Britain we are still having an argument about whether an argument even needs to be had.

Theresa May, who brought in the “Go Home” immigration vans, felt able to condemn Trump’s remarks about the four congresswomen as if from a position of moral authority.

Media personalities such as Piers Morgan – who has questioned my right to criticise British “heroes” – or columnists who say that black British figures such as Stormzy should be “grateful” to be in their own country, vigorously deny racism is intended.

Americans are more likely to acknowledge the existence of the kind of racism about which British people remain in denial. The problem in the US is that racism still has its uses. The question for the next presidential election will increasingly be, how many are willing to be complicit in the cost of that racism in exchange for the benefit – in this case, the support of an electoral base fired up by the president’s reviling of migrants and people of colour.

In a press conference responding to Trump’s remarks, the congresswomen affected expressed a desire not to let Trump’s tweets achieve what is, in reality, always racism’s true intent: distraction. “We should not take the bait,” Pressley said. She is right. Trump is turning on these congresswomen quite deliberately, having calculated that, regardless of their policies – which are centred substantially on addressing class inequality – US voters aren’t ready for a Democratic party which looks like them.

Yet it would be wrong to be dismissive of rhetoric as racist as this. Its intended purpose is certainly to play on the fears our racialised pasts have deposited in the present. But that can be a very reliable political strategy.
USA  politics  TrumpDonald  racism  UK  nativism  nationalism  populism  immigration  dctagged  dc:creator=HirschAfua 
Democrats are right to condemn Trump’s racism, but they risk walking into his trap | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian
The result is that Democrats face a choice between doing what is morally right and what is politically smart. When you’re dealing with an amoral bigot in the White House, those two things are not always the same.
USA  politics  racism  TrumpDonald  HouseOfRepresentatives  DemocraticParty  TheLeft  misogyny  dctagged  dc:creator=FreedlandJonathan 
Kim Darroch has resigned. Now Britain risks becoming a vassal of the US | Martin Kettle | Opinion | The Guardian
This is a new world. There are no precedents. Britain’s postwar belief that it is a unique bridge between Europe and the US is more rickety now than ever. The Brexiters are set on destroying one end of the bridge. Trump is equally bent on blowing up the other. As the bridge begins to collapse, so does the transatlantic foreign policy that Darroch and others have battled so hard to sustain. As Simon McDonald put it today to the foreign affairs committee, there will be consequences. There certainly will. And none will be good ones.
DarrochKim  ambassador  UK  USA  politics  resignation  leaks  TrumpDonald  McDonaldSimon  ForeignOffice  diplomacy  JohnsonBoris  Trumpism  populism  nationalism  dctagged  dc:creator=KettleMartin 
4 days ago
Would like help choosing between the 61 key Arturia Keylab Mk2 and the Novation SL MkIII : ableton
I've just got confirmation from Arturia support that the MK2 Keylab does not automatically control Ableton devices. Devices have to be mapped manually.

To me, Ableton integration seems to have regressed in the MK 2. I wonder why they gave up such control to be use the MCU protocol. It's a shame as it's a really nice looking keyboard. I'll still pick up Analog Lab, though. I downloaded a demo and it is awesome.
MIDI  keyboard  controller  Ableton  Arturia  KeyLab-Mk2  Novation  SL-MkIII 
4 days ago
Why Jeremy Corbyn's 'rigged system' is a template for antisemitism
Capitalism is a specific historical form taken by human social relations. It compels everyone — rich and poor — to behave in certain ways in order to survive, even whilst one group benefits at the other’s expense. Companies have to compete to make a profit in order to avoid going bankrupt. This is a compulsion, not a choice. Workers have to go to work in order to earn a wage to buy the things they need. We have no other option. 

There is no doubt that the former enjoy a better time of it than the latter. Indeed, inequality — in Marxist terms, the result of the capitalist’s exploitation of the worker — is an unavoidable consequence of the way capitalist labour is organised. Exploitation is not a moral failing on behalf of a business owner, or a form of robbery. It is systemic. Even the nicest, fairest capitalist exploits their workers. 

But capitalism is more than mere exploitation. The compulsion to continually produce profit is beyond the control of any individual or institution, no matter how much money or power they have, and has a dynamic of its own which constantly forces both capitalists and workers to adapt to its changing demands at a given time in order to survive. As Marx put it, capital is an intangible yet mighty force that “works behind the backs” of those who live under its sway.
UK  politics  LabourParty  CorbynJeremy  Corbynism  populism  capitalism  anti-capitalism  elites  dctagged  dc:creator=BoltonMatt  dc:creator=PittsFH 
5 days ago
How online surveillance is killing private conversations | World news | The Guardian
“Our discourse around privacy needs to expand to address foundational questions about the role of automation: to what extent is living in a surveillance-saturated world compatible with pluralism and democracy? What are the consequences of raising a generation of children whose every action feeds into a corporate database? What does it mean to be manipulated from an early age by machine-learning algorithms that adaptively learn to shape our behaviour?”
communication  surveillance  leaks  hacking  DarrochKim  privacy  ambientPrivacy  honesty  frankness  control  JohnsonBoris  FarageNigel  reputation  identity  dctagged  dc:creator=HernAlex 
6 days ago
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