The Scary Curriculum

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BoogieMonster (January 21, 2020, 09:48:19 AM):
I can see now why the pass rate has gone up so magnificently: simply pass everybody.

Honestly, this is the cultural divide that I see always. I don't know why it exists, I can't explain it's mechanism, or source, or whatever. But, much like gravity (in days of old), I still observe it even though I can't explain it: The rule of the day is more to appear to have done something than to have actually done something.

It's not important to achieve the thing, it's important to be seen to have achieved the thing.

Many years ago, when we were at peak car-makeover-show, I noticed something: the team would be a mixed bag of races but for some reason there was almost a "trope" in all these american shows that seemed to be emergent and constant: White guys under the car working on the engine and/or mechanical parts. Mexicans doing the interior textile work. Black guys doing the flash (iow: paint, chrome detailing, "mags", TV screens, etc).

The more I realised it, the more apparent it was. I didn't want this to be true, it was just true. They were all about the appearance and couldn't care less about the mechanical parts, other guys would take care of it. Of course, since then it's kinda like a punch-buggy hook in my mind, and I see the pattern re-appear everywhere. Confirmation bias? Maybe.
brianvds (January 21, 2020, 10:29:18 AM):
I can see now why the pass rate has gone up so magnificently: simply pass everybody.

Honestly, this is the cultural divide that I see always. I don't know why it exists, I can't explain it's mechanism, or source, or whatever. But, much like gravity (in days of old), I still observe it even though I can't explain it: The rule of the day is more to appear to have done something than to have actually done something.

It's not important to achieve the thing, it's important to be seen to have achieved the thing.

Many years ago, when we were at peak car-makeover-show, I noticed something: the team would be a mixed bag of races but for some reason there was almost a "trope" in all these american shows that seemed to be emergent and constant: White guys under the car working on the engine and/or mechanical parts. Mexicans doing the interior textile work. Black guys doing the flash (iow: paint, chrome detailing, "mags", TV screens, etc).

The more I realised it, the more apparent it was. I didn't want this to be true, it was just true. They were all about the appearance and couldn't care less about the mechanical parts, other guys would take care of it. Of course, since then it's kinda like a punch-buggy hook in my mind, and I see the pattern re-appear everywhere. Confirmation bias? Maybe.

In the last edition of Vrye Weekblad there was an article about our current crop of politicians, and particularly their wives, nowadays blatantly showing off their lavish lifestyles on Instagram. I see some of the article's links to the Instagram pics have since gone broken; perhaps the photos have been removed. But there are still plenty, e.g. Mrs. Gigaba:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1T7VbZpN37

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5NEvYaJA6v/

And Buhle Mkhize, Gigaba's mistress:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B32ZUinpn1E/

https://www.instagram.com/p/B52qhwdpZFd/

Not to mention the extended Zuma family:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwLPDnMHXS5/

(Apparently being too ill to attend your day in court doesn't mean too ill to party).

And, of course, Comrade Malema:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B6jUcDvgzRy/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BelBlcigZ_N/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BXp0fa8g5lb/

Check out the humble lifestyle of the proletariat...

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTHOODSBEG5/
BoogieMonster (January 21, 2020, 11:12:34 AM):
Yeah, being a revolutionary is honest work...
Rigil Kent (January 21, 2020, 13:05:57 PM):
Well if that doesn't say freck the poor, nothing does.
brianvds (January 21, 2020, 15:24:31 PM):
Well if that doesn't say freck the poor, nothing does.

Seeing as the poor will keep right on voting them back into power, I am tempted to say "freck the poor" myself. Except, er, I am kind of poor... :-)

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