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Rum Doings Episode 158: You’re A Poopy Pants, You’ve Got Big Poopy Pants On

by on Apr.10, 2014, under Rum Doings

In our 158th ever Rum Doings, our topic is, isn’t it about time we trusted MPs to manage their own business?

We begin with Nick criticising some videos he’s never seen, based on his own mad assumptions. This somewhat leads us to discussing internet abuse, then eventually John’s deserved privilege.

We discover that the holy spirit is a God fart, and have a few guesses at who’s going to die next. We then conclude that all people aged 73 are paedophiles unless proven otherwise.

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4 Comments for this entry

  • Alex

    Infighting among the marginalised is always going to be a thing. Check out this wonderful group: http://www.genderidentitywatch.com

  • Jambe

    Tangentially:

    Nick: what do you think of the Eich-expulsion?

    I dislike people losing work over political participation.

    Worryingly, the two people in my social circle most upset are gay Christians exhorting mercy from their side. It bothers me that the irreligious people I know best are largely of the opinion that he had it coming and there’s nothing wrong with it.

  • NM

    I disagree with the Eich explusion. I am of the very strong opinion that if you are competent at your job, and show no signs that your affiliations are affecting your responsibilities or actions within that job, then it is highly unethical to persecute you for thoughtcrimes.

  • SteveE

    Normally I would agree Nick but there is one huge caveat in this case. Mozilla has made quite a big deal of it’s inclusionary, non-discriminatory culture. The very first statement in it’s community participation guidelines makes clear that it welcomes all regardless of sexual orientation. I simply can’t see how Eich’s position on gay rights can be reconciled with the proclaimed values of the organisation he was supposed to lead.
    CEOs are free to be a dick in whatever way they so choose, I don’t really care for the most part. But if your particular prejudice is in direct conflict with your own company’s values, you really shouldn’t be surprised when people get upset. Trying to claim that an additional company policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell” somehow gets you off the hook is utterly disingenuous.
    To be perfectly honest, there’s a secondary lesson to be learnt about the often stupidity of brand values in large organisations. If Mozilla had been silent on gay rights as an organisation however, Eich would probably still be in a job. Whether or not that would be for the better I have no idea.