The Snowflake Generation

There's a reason why you cannot use a phone while driving a car.
Because it is a distraction.
Operating a crane calls for concentration far above a daily tootle to the shops, one would have thought.
In fact, I'd rate it as a high "don't f%£ this up" occupation.
 

Clunker

Old-Salt
I'm just surprised that Black Labradors aren't racist yet, surely they should be Labradors of Colour
All Labradors are of colour.
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There's a reason why you cannot use a phone while driving a car.
Because it is a distraction.
Operating a crane calls for concentration far above a daily tootle to the shops, one would have thought.
In fact, I'd rate it as a high "don't f%£ this up" occupation.

I wholeheartedly agree with you, because you are right, and my comment isn’t meant to be the classic arrse style snap back or snidey comment.

I’ve been operating cranes for about 8 years now, offshore.

When I started out I was litterally on the edge of my seat and shitting my pants with a million thoughts going through my head about what could go wrong and how I could get sacked for killing people or
breaking stuff etc.

Now, I literally kick back in a reclined seat with a brew and play with my nads.

Although, I don’t make selfie videos dancing or any of that shit.

Knock out a w ank in the cab now and then when I’m on nightshift though sometimes. That’s pretty cool. Feel like I’m getting paid to smash one out.
 

Chef

LE
Oh dear. Yet another 'influencer' who appears to have failed to understand the influence of gravity.

'An influencer plunged 160ft to her death while videoing herself, with the phone still in her hand while she crashed to the ground.

'The tower crane operator, who went by the online handle Xiaoqiumei, had more than 100,000 followers, regularly shared videos of her daily life and occupation operating the huge crane.

'Eyewitnesses who saw her fall to the ground said she had her phone in her hand while the tragedy unfolded, at 5.40pm on Tuesday, when most of her co-workers had left the site.

'Video being shared widely online is reportedly the footage Xiaoqiumei was shooting as it bounced down the crane.'


Well, her being an ex influencer, this should give the definitive answer to the parental question:

'If she told you to jump off a cliff would you do that too?'
 
Tower crane operator does not sound like the sort of job that a snowflake would do. More like a well paid, respectable working class occupation. Seems like a tragic waste of life of someone who wasn't hurting anybody.
Condolences to her family and friends.
Are there no cameras available that can be fastened to a hard-hat?
You know if you are driving down the street and you come up to some roadworks taking up one side of the road, there will be traffic lights to control the cars. Down here they still employ people to do that job, two humans with big lollipops saying "Slow" on one side and "Stop" on the other.

I came up to a small set of roadworks last week, and as I slowed to pass it I noticed the human holding the lollipop was female, young, blonde, with shoulder length hair and very good looking. I got to the other end of the works and there was another young female with blonde shoulder length hair doing the same job. I thought for a minute this was some windup, I'd wandered into someones photo shoot by mistake but no they were digging up the pavement to put in new pipes.

According to the paper these young ladies are quite common, being a "traffic controller" is a well paid job...

Surprising lives of rich, glam lollipop ladies
 
Additionally, as anyone who is familiar with working at height, dropped objects can be fatal.

Fair enough if you kill yourself due to your own stupidity, but her falling body could easily have killed others.
I get the feeling that there’s not much of a safety culture in China. I suspect she’d have had her card marked long ago for fannying around at height over here.
 
It is not funny at all. It is an indictment on the cult of self celebrity, and the all consuming sense of self importance that seems to override even basic concepts of self awareness and safety.

Poor girl. How many others have died this way?
It is funny.
To quote James Thurber, @we may not know where we are going, but the Hell bound normally succeed.
 
Western civilisation is in its last days.

'Cambridge University’s archaeology museum is to display signs explaining the apparent ‘whiteness’ and lack of ‘diversity’ among its ancient sculpture plaster casts – all as part of an anti-racism campaign.

'This sounds like satire, but it’s not. Cambridge University’s Classics faculty really has chosen to focus on ‘the role of classical sculpture in the history of racism’. In effect, this ancient seat of learning is undertaking an act of cultural vandalism. It is seeking to recast Greek and Roman civilisation as the cradle of modern racism.

'The museum says the sculptures give a ‘misleading impression’ of the whiteness and ‘absence of diversity’ in the ancient world. Aside from the philistinism of this approach, the important question to ask is why it is being adopted now.

'It seems that all it took for the Classics faculty to decide ancient sculptures were a bit racist was an open letter to the faculty chair, written in 2020, from students, alumni and staff. This letter called for a ‘public acknowledgement of the problems of racism within Classics and… for active anti-racist work within our discipline’. And, just like that, this august institution gave in – it effectively said that the ancient world is something of which we should be ashamed.'


 

Yokel

LE
Western civilisation is in its last days.

'Cambridge University’s archaeology museum is to display signs explaining the apparent ‘whiteness’ and lack of ‘diversity’ among its ancient sculpture plaster casts – all as part of an anti-racism campaign.

'This sounds like satire, but it’s not. Cambridge University’s Classics faculty really has chosen to focus on ‘the role of classical sculpture in the history of racism’. In effect, this ancient seat of learning is undertaking an act of cultural vandalism. It is seeking to recast Greek and Roman civilisation as the cradle of modern racism.

'The museum says the sculptures give a ‘misleading impression’ of the whiteness and ‘absence of diversity’ in the ancient world. Aside from the philistinism of this approach, the important question to ask is why it is being adopted now.

'It seems that all it took for the Classics faculty to decide ancient sculptures were a bit racist was an open letter to the faculty chair, written in 2020, from students, alumni and staff. This letter called for a ‘public acknowledgement of the problems of racism within Classics and… for active anti-racist work within our discipline’. And, just like that, this august institution gave in – it effectively said that the ancient world is something of which we should be ashamed.'



What do the Classics really contribute to the wellbeing of society? I have long thought that academic disciplines can be judged on that basis - certainly that would be me critique of Grievance Studies that seem to offer nothing by the atomistion of society and dividing society into competing groups who view the World as nothing except a race to the bottom as they compete for most oppressed status.
 
Do you think that if universities were only allowed to produce scientists, engineers, lawyers, and accountants the world would somehow be a better place?
 
Western civilisation is in its last days.

'Cambridge University’s archaeology museum is to display signs explaining the apparent ‘whiteness’ and lack of ‘diversity’ among its ancient sculpture plaster casts – all as part of an anti-racism campaign.

'This sounds like satire, but it’s not. Cambridge University’s Classics faculty really has chosen to focus on ‘the role of classical sculpture in the history of racism’. In effect, this ancient seat of learning is undertaking an act of cultural vandalism. It is seeking to recast Greek and Roman civilisation as the cradle of modern racism.

'The museum says the sculptures give a ‘misleading impression’ of the whiteness and ‘absence of diversity’ in the ancient world. Aside from the philistinism of this approach, the important question to ask is why it is being adopted now.

'It seems that all it took for the Classics faculty to decide ancient sculptures were a bit racist was an open letter to the faculty chair, written in 2020, from students, alumni and staff. This letter called for a ‘public acknowledgement of the problems of racism within Classics and… for active anti-racist work within our discipline’. And, just like that, this august institution gave in – it effectively said that the ancient world is something of which we should be ashamed.'


I haven’t read the article which might be a mistake, but when they talk about the ‘white’ statues are they deliberately ignoring the fact that they were often painted and may have been any colour under the sun?
 
Do you think that if universities were only allowed to produce scientists, engineers, lawyers, and accountants the world would somehow be a better place?

How would you spot the illegal immigrants if everyone was a scientist, engineer, lawyer or accountant?
 

endure

GCM
Do you think that if universities were only allowed to produce scientists, engineers, lawyers, and accountants the world would somehow be a better place?
As long as you were willing to forego all books, music, theatre, movies etc. then yes.

There's no way I'd rather spend the rest of my life than reading double entry balance sheets, high court judgements and abstruse papers published in Nature.
 
As long as you were willing to forego all books, music, theatre, movies etc. then yes.

There's no way I'd rather spend the rest of my life than reading double entry balance sheets, high court judgements and abstruse papers published in Nature.

Do all books, music, theatre, movies etc not exist unless people involved in them went to university?
 
Western civilisation is in its last days.
Or it would be if the actions were in any way related to the editorial comment.

The Ancient World was made up of more than just European civilisation. That our traditional approach has treated it in isolation rather than a global context doesn't mean re-evaluating the wider impact and influences is any kind of attack.

It just means there are some folk out there who can't tolerate change.
 

ancienturion

LE
Book Reviewer
I do wonder if Cambridge University has room for displaying Stonehenge, the Pyramids, Easter Island statues, etc.
 
FFS! Perhaps they should all get to vote too, from say, age 8?

'Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said children will get the final say on Covid vaccinations if a disagreement arises between them and their parents.

'Mr Javid said a child “will prevail” if they are believed to be competent enough to make the decision regarding the coronavirus jab.

'The Health Secretary told Sky News consent will be sought from parents of 12 to 15-year-olds as it has been “for decades”, but if a child is believed to be competent enough to make the decision they “will prevail”.

'He said: “If there is a difference of opinion between the child and the parent then we have specialists that work in this area, the schools vaccination service. They would usually literally sit down with the parent and the child, and try to reach some kind of consensus.

“If ultimately that doesn’t work, as along as we believe that the child is competent enough to make this decision then the child will prevail.”


 
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