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As for the second thing - I think DEA or alike agencies elsewhere may actually have a role to play in our societies - there are chemicals that are outright killers and even weed is not something that I would like to see in a schools and alike. This said the grown people can do whatever they want with themselves and the state has (should have) as little authority over this as over sex life that is - as long as all are informed and consenting adults then there is no crime.
There is only one thing that I cannot stand and that is piss poor management. Maybe we should start investing in communication skills and philosophy? I mean when I look at average manager from the positions having budget decision authority upwards or a politician at above local level I see wankers, psychopaths and incompetent but arrogant asshats. Projects can take a bit longer if people of lesser statute will do the stuff so in principle there is no major lack of engineers but there is a major lack of intelligent well meaning people up in the regions where decisions are made. Nobody is talking about that so either it is deemed impossible to fix or they just urgently want everybody to look elsewhere for the reasons why things go wrong.
Most of us have some sort of media presence if not for social then for professional reasons. So be it. People that judge others (negatively?) on basis of not having FB account (or some other mildly useful shit) are just another proof that there is not much more parting humans from birds than feathers and nails.
We may scold FB users but we all are here on a social media site doing so. In any case a chieftain from HR tribe needing my FB account to judge if I am suitable for a cohding job? Really? Why not to axe his head off directly?
I recall there have been conditions to telecom service availability in continental northern Europe before - the providers had to provide a service in defined areas within certain time limits or face fines. It worked quite well actually. Sometimes regulation helps customers. In places where free market is worshiped the result of avoiding general regulations (communism!!! tyranny!!!) are a mess of less general regulations often conflicting and lacking in other places. I guess I am a commie or?
The funny thing is - I lived in a country that worships the American way and there I was waiting for a land line in my appartament 10y - when I left the country I still did not have one. I guess it is the same with ISPs today. Not sure if this is me or maybe there is indeed a pattern but judging on the constant flow of complaints from the land of the free there seems to be a problem there or?
This is not watered down stuff but basics on which if you want to you can build more. Assuming there are still cohding jobs in 20y from now there will be courses doing just that for a minority exactly as today.
As for cohding again - not sure what the fuss is all about - the companies I worked for so far had always a mix of workers from different backgrounds which more or less resembled the society in which they lived. It was similar in every country and company I worked for with exception of one sorry place in Germany where there was not a single local engineer. I also hear from my colleagues in US hat where they are there is indeed skewed racial balance among workers - almost no whites for instance: 3 whites in 100 of workers mostly of East Asia, Indian, Pakistani and Bangladesh origins. One may of course claim this means I have contact people with low pay companies in US. That may be but they still work in IT. So where is the racial problem Obama is addressing then?