Crazy Hiring in Quebec

Universit√© Laval in Quebec City is being criticized for a questionnaire that required job candidates to reveal whether they’ve been tested for HIV, the date they last menstruated and whether they’ve been treated for cancer.

The weird thing is that they are being criticized about it now and not decades ago. What kind of medieval hiring is this?

It actually gets worse. Read the whole thing.

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Letting the People Know

N Is reading my book, and now he’s all, “You need to tell this to the world. People should know!” And I’m like, “Hey, blogger here. I’ve only been going on about this for years at the blog. People are having nervous spasms when they hear me mention fluidity or the nation-state. Everybody is sick to death of hearing me go on and on about it. So yeah, I’ve told people.”

The good news is that I have a new favorite philosopher who works along the lines of Zygmunt Bauman. His name is Byung-Chul Han, and he’s from Germany. Just one little quote from him to give you a taste:

Information is simply available. Knowledge in an emphatic sense, however, is a long and slow process. It displays an entirely different temporality. It matures. Maturation. . .is not compatible with today’s politics of time, which fragments time and eliminates temporally stable structures in order to increase efficiency and productivity.

Lazy Reporting

So yesterday at the ER, after I exhausted the phone’s battery with batches of text messages telling people who much I dig being on morphine, I decided to watch some TV. I wanted news, so I skipped between MSNBC and Fox, weirding out the nurses and orderlies because usually people are one or the other.

Both channels showed nothing but ridiculous conspiracies. Fox was stuck on some stupid FBI text messages while MSNBC was equally obsessed with the story about how the President wanted to fire Mueller in June but didn’t. It was hours of an obsessive rehashing of these two utterly idiotic non-stories. I tried the CNN but it was identical to MSNBC.

I was eager to hear about Davos, the recent school shootings, something of actual interest to actual lives of actual people. But no, it was conspiracies and nothing else.

Of course, it’s easier and cheaper to go on about these invented dramas than to investigate and report but what a bloody shame. This is reminding me of the news in Russia where the whole country is literally burning down while the newscasters report on nothing but some outlandish conspiracy fantasy.