The EU Neverendum continued… and the 50 shades of grey of soft or hard Brexit have been substituted by the shades of …passport! Yes, UK can now go back to its old Dark Blue coloured passport, a ‘true’ symbol that they are out! Because THAT will apparently resolve everything… Olive Oil (Popeye’s wife, AKA Theresa May) fights for a “Strong Britain” in the midst of her coughing fit … and a stage where the letters behind her were falling apart… Everything that could go wrong actually did in her speech that was designed to … unite!
Meanwhile just across the pond, we have the inauguration of the 45th President of the USA who seemed to be confused and caught between two games…. “The Apprentice”, firing some of his earliest supporters that surrounded him and some sort of Nintendo game with Rocket Man, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.
Some of us were still hoping to wake up and discover that the election results were wrong…, something like the Oscars sham… “the winner is La La Land…oh no wait, it’s Moonlight…”!
On August 25 the military in Buddhist-majority Myanmar launches a crackdown on Rohingyas after militants from the stateless Muslim minority ambush security forces. Nearly 655,000 Rohingyas find refuge in Bangladesh. While in the West…a totally different planet, apparently we DO Mind the Gap… US-based Mondelez International changed the spacing between the triangles of the infamous Toblerone chocolate bar and has … upset its fans… Seriously?! And this is not “Fake News”…
On October 5 the New York Times published a report accusing Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment over decades. Similar allegations have since been levelled at a long list of personalities in film, television, journalism and politics around the world. Here is the thing people… sexual harassment is not about sex, it’s about power (expressed through sex). Interestingly, in one of his lengthy defence statements Weinstein said: “I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behaviour and workplaces were different. That was the culture then.” Hmm… so, it was OK back then, huh?
Everyday artificial intelligence in the form of virtual assistants entered our lives more than ever before. Even though it’s in its infancy, Google, Amazon and other tech giants have flooded the market with smart home devices, which apparently allow you to turn your home into an automated, voice-activated and app-controlled hub. Despite the very many failures of these devices NOT getting the commands by …their Masters, they ARE becoming a reality. “Alexa, (name of Amazon’s Voice Service device) can you turn the porch lights on please?”. Alexa replies “you don’t have a Porsche, so I’ve turned on the Dacia Duster lights instead“, is one of the thousand examples of how these may not work exactly the way we want them to.