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  1. about 4 hours ago on Candorville

    Is that really when the colour caste system was introduced? I’ve tried looking that up and it seems to be much more recent than 1619.

    As for it being installed by the English, the Virginia Company seemed to be responsible for making the rules in the colony, in conjunction with the few living there who could vote – being male land owners.

    The British experience with the Hindu caste system was not very extensive by 1619 and one of the complaints of the Hindus was the British attempts to eliminate the caste system.

    That the colonists chose to take advantage of the slaves that had been ‘rescued’ from the Portuguese and landed at the colony, says more about the colonists than the English. Slavery was not recognised as a thing in English law.

    I will concede, however, that when the Virginia Company and the colonists saw how valuable slaves would be, the government in Britain cheerfully allowed it to go ahead because of the money to be made.

    But blaming the English outright is a little far-fetched.

  2. about 5 hours ago on Dilbert Classics

    You forgot to grovel nicely, Asok.

    “Carol, I’m sorry to interrupt, but could you help me please? The PHB has said I need to arrange a conference and he said you would be able to help me. Apparently you are the person I need to speak to to make this happen. What do I need to do for you to reserve it for me, or can you show me how to do it myself, please? Obviously, I don’t expect you to set the room up for me, nor to send out the invitations, I can do all that. But I do need you to ensure it is booked for the PHB’s conference.”

    And when she agrees: “And can you tell me what I need to do to book the projector, flipcharts, pens,and so on?”

    It is demeaning and humiliating, but in all my years of project management for a variety of clients, I can tell you it works. Junior grade admin people are so abused (“I’m senior to you so I can treat you like dirt”), overworked, assumed to know everything (they have to) and expected to treat everything as urgent (that’s not their fault) that the only way they can express their troubles is by being difficult.

    Grovel nicely.

    And arrive early, set the room up yourself (if you want it done and done right) and afterwards put it back how you found it. Then next time, Carol will be helpful.

    The sooner you learn that the most junior grades are the most powerful in an organisation, the easier everything gets.

  3. about 13 hours ago on Candorville

    “US comes in last in health care rankings of high-income countries”


    “The U.S. ranks last in a measure of health care access and quality”


    “How Bad Is U.S. Health Care? Among High-Income Nations, It’s the Worst, Study says”


  4. about 13 hours ago on Candorville

    Not even close.

    Dresden sustained fire-bombing: 25,000 deaths.

    Hiroshima atomic bomb: 140,000

    Nagasaki atomic bomb: 74,000

  5. about 13 hours ago on Candorville

    That probably makes it alright then.

  6. about 14 hours ago on Candorville

    Actually, it was stolen from the indigenous people and in reality is owned by the rich and powerful in perpetuity. As long as they can tax you for living on it, it is actually their land.

  7. about 14 hours ago on Candorville

    “I guess everyone looks out for their own self interest”

    If that is what you believe, that is very sad indeed.

  8. about 14 hours ago on Candorville

    Actually, the police were social workers, after a fashion.

    The police as formed by Robert Peel were all about ethical policing, with policing by consent, not fear. “The police are the public and the public are the police”, where the police are full-time members of the public with the specific interest of community welfare.

    But they have become more like soldiers of oppression, to be feared and obeyed under threat of summary execution.

  9. about 14 hours ago on Candorville

    If you can say “These are the guns the NYPD are using to take down perps”, it makes them much easier to sell to other nations. Every fatal shooting by a cop is good marketing, regardless of the circumstances.

  10. about 14 hours ago on Candorville

    If you can show you are using that weaponry against your own citizens, you can charge higher prices for it.

    I fear it really is as simple as that.