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Musings from the shed.

Rob Elshire

Autodisintermediationalism

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This is the word that Jenny, Finlay and I coined in January 2019. It means taking yourself out of the middle or in between. Or just getting oneself out of the way.

I am an autodisintermediationalist!

Rob Elshire

Reaction to NZ Herald article regarding Tom Richardson's resignation

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As I read the headline about former AgResearch CEO Dr. Tom Richardson having been investigated by a Q.C. on allegations of bullying (NZ Herald 5 Dec 2019), I fretted deeply for AgResearch's reputation. Thankfully, those administrators interviewed made it clear that it was a "matter for the board", the board had it in hand, and there is no "workplace bullying problem". I am reassured that all is well for AgResearch employees because there are "modern internal policies and support mechanisms". Complementing his remarkable leadership "at a time of upheaval", it is truly inspiring that Dr. Richardson is keeping to his contract regarding confidentiality thereby proving (beyond any doubt) that he was worthy of a $650,000 annual salary. I am greatly relieved that there was no confirmation of bullying and therefore no need for anyone to feel the bitter sting of remorse. Clearly, this must also mean that there were no victims from whom to seek forgiveness. Most importantly, their reputation remains unsoiled.

Rob Elshire

'An anguished question from a Trump supporter: "Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?"

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The following is by Florida writer Adam-Troy Castro, shared by a friend on FB: 'An anguished question from a Trump supporter: "Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?" The serious answer: Here’s what we really think about Trump supporters - the rich, the poor, the malignant and the innocently well-meaning, the ones who think and the ones who don't...

That when you saw a man who had owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, you thought "Fine." That when you saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, "Okay." That when you heard him proudly brag about his own history of sexual abuse, you said, "No problem." That when he made up stories about seeing muslim-Americans in the thousands cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center, you said, "Not an issue." That when you saw him brag that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and you wouldn't care, you chirped, "He sure knows me."

That when you heard him illustrate his own character by telling that cute story about the elderly guest bleeding on the floor at his country club, the story about how he turned his back and how it was all an imposition on him, you said, "That's cool!" That when you saw him mock the disabled, you thought it was the funniest thing you ever saw. That when you heard him brag that he doesn't read books, you said, "Well, who has time?" That when the Central Park Five were compensated as innocent men convicted of a crime they didn't commit, and he angrily said that they should still be in prison, you said, "That makes sense." That when you heard him tell his supporters to beat up protesters and that he would hire attorneys, you thought, "Yes!"

That when you heard him tell one rally to confiscate a man's coat before throwing him out into the freezing cold, you said, "What a great guy!" That you have watched the parade of neo-Nazis and white supremacists with whom he curries favor, while refusing to condemn outright Nazis, and you have said, "Thumbs up!" That you hear him unable to talk to foreign dignitaries without insulting their countries and demanding that they praise his electoral win, you said, "That's the way I want my President to be." That you have watched him remove expertise from all layers of government in favor of people who make money off of eliminating protections in the industries they're supposed to be regulating and you have said, "What a genius!" That you have heard him continue to profit from his businesses, in part by leveraging his position as President, to the point of overcharging the Secret Service for space in the properties he owns, and you have said, "That's smart!"

That you have heard him say that it was difficult to help Puerto Rico because it was the middle of water and you have said, "That makes sense." That you have seen him start fights with every country from Canada to New Zealand while praising Russia and quote, "falling in love" with the dictator of North Korea, and you have said, "That's statesmanship!" That Trump separated children from their families and put them in cages, managed to lose track of 1500 kids. has opened a tent city incarceration camp in the desert in Texas - he explains that they’re just “animals” - and you say, “well, ok then.”

That you have witnessed all the thousand and one other manifestations of corruption and low moral character and outright animalistic rudeness and contempt for you, the working American voter, and you still show up grinning and wearing your MAGA hats and threatening to beat up anybody who says otherwise. What you don't get, Trump supporters in 2019, is that succumbing to frustration and thinking of you as stupid may be wrong and unhelpful, but it's also...hear me...charitable.

Because if you're NOT stupid, we must turn to other explanations, and most of them are less flattering.'

Rob Elshire

Rob Elshire

Virtual Office Hours?

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Would having announced times of availability be helpful to anyone? If so, whome and when?

Rob Elshire

Another test

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Rob Elshire

Checking Video Streaming from Archive.org

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.org

See this page for instructions:

https://archive.org/help/video.php

Would be really nice to have a known plugin to do this...

Rob Elshire

Rob Elshire

Rob Elshire