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Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2014 on Weird at Stumbling and Mumbling
Chris, I don't understand why it's paradoxical that lesbians have a wage premium but live in a household with lower earnings? Let's say two lesbians live together and, due to their lesbian-ness, they earm a bit more than the average woman - both perfectly average income for lesbians. Compare with a house that has a heterosexual couple, both perfectly average earners. As long as the differential between men and women is more than double the differential between lesbians and heterosexual women (and I suspect this is the case) you'd expect this not to be a paradox. (Am I over labouring the point here?)
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2014 on On intersectionality at Stumbling and Mumbling
Maybe I'm imagining it but I'm seeing more articles saying things like.... "I'm a graduate, I work for a minimum wage, I don't moan about it and I'm sick of the snobs who think they're to good to copy me" (a new version of scabbery) or "aren't the indigenous paroles awful - they won't throw themselves heart-and-soul into working for me in the way these highly educated Lithuanians do." So I think you're right on both counts here.
If you will forgive me for posting something that I wrote elsewhere on this, I think you may agree with my line even though its slightly different from yours? What's more annoying: a) ZaNuLieBore nanny staters want to totally BAN frosties and throw people in prison for eating them and stuff - Orwellian huh? or... b) Politicians feel the need to spit out a stream of gestures and signals, be seen to be saying something to please a clueless, oversimplified opinion-on-everything-knowledge-about-nothing commentariat every now and then even going so far as to enact some legislation that is so impractical and badly drafted that it ends up being repealed or quietly removed or modified a bit like the huge, ever-growing perma-updating junk of code that makes up a Microsoft PC? Me? The second one really bothers me. It mildly irritates me that people keep saying the first thing.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2013 on Obesity & ideology at Stumbling and Mumbling
While I agree with this post, you seem to be disagreeing with one of your own general themes here Chris. Are you saying that any of the people who could be doing things about this aren't doing so because they're moaning about Murdoch?
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2011 on Remember the economy? at Stumbling and Mumbling
Unless the 'nearby neighbourhood' was mine, it could be that someone else shares my views on parenting? ;-)
Toggle Commented May 22, 2011 on Ain't misbehaivin at Neighbourhoods
Really good post - as ever. Two quick observations: 1. Freemium v Affinity Traditionally, we've been able to join clubs (unions, Building Societies the pre-demutualisation AA, the RSPB etc) and been able to qualify for discounts of one kind or another - preferential insurance rates, holiday offers etc. These have been, at least ostensibly, cheaper than the ones on the High St and / or ones where the kickback for our purchase goes to a mutual organisation thereby cross-subsidising the core service. Freemium - the O2 deal on tickets is as good an example as any - is about exploiting this shift in the perceived need for more efficient use of time. And you won't see emerging acts like the Manic Street Preachers were in '94. Instead, it's about getting tickets for what you could call the cultural version of the 'Schelling Point' - acts that people don't absolutely adore, but more the sort of artists that you can easily round up a party for in the office (Tom Jones, Elton John, Duran Duran etc). In so many insidious ways it's part of a general tendency towards monopoly in all things. 2. The 'purchasing window'. On your time / place table, I've spent a lot of my life working in sales - using contact management and CRM software. Trying to match preference to customers and then contact them in the optimum way, ensuring that the salesperson schedules calls in an efficient way - not fannying about wasting time between calls but just banging them out at an hourly rate to ensure a maximum 'effective calls' (actual conversations with a 'qualified prospect' - someone with a budget and a brief to buy what you're selling). And for high-ticket telesales items (say, a 'distressed' page of advertising that costs £10k near to a press-deadline) you want to make sure that you don't forget to make that call at exactly the right time. With voicemail, caller-display, and purchasing policies that are designed to minimise any kind of impulse-buying, this has become more a game of cat-and-mouse than ever. I understand that 'distressed' space isn't as common a feature as it used to be. How will people monetise a commitment by a buyer to take a call, and a tool that will allow sales people to qualify a prospect in terms of if/when they will make the purchase?
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2009 on digital exuberance in space at potlatch