Notice the multiple dishonesties on display in this little routine.
1. Engineers “are one of the fastest growing jobs.” Balderdash. Not only is the single kind of engineering work on this list hardly a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-build-stuff variety, but it will employ a mere 25,400 individuals by 2020. That will be something like 1/700th of one percent of the projected labor force then. Yes, what a promising field!
2. If Ms. Engineer became an engineer — let’s not quibble over actual facts here — then how did that happen, given that she was into typical gendered toys and didn’t know what engineering even was until she was a senior in high school?
3. Does every GoldiBlox toy come with an admission and scholarship to Stanford University?
4. Look again at the kid playing with the actual toy. How long do you think that will last?
When I hear the word “engineer,” I reach for my revolver. Comrade MS has discovered this astounding piece of faux feminist detritus. Who in the world finds the idea of females being engineers controversial at this point in time? Nobody. That, of course, doesn’t stop the corporate media from lapping up this junk.
One wonders which is worse: the insipid, still-sexist, entirely unserious pandering about very serious social issues, the bogus claims about national shortages of scientists, or the raw chutzpah of the creep behind it all. I supposed I’d say the latter, on the grounds that Debbie Sterling’s claim to being an engineer is her training in product design! She’s a god-damned marketing consultant — a perception engineer!
For the past 7 years, she has also served as a brand strategy consultant for a wide variety of organizations including Microsoft, T-Mobile, Organic Valley and the New York Knicks.
Last but not least, clap eyes on the pathetic objects being peddled in this scam on moronic yuppies:
“It’s the car you want when you win the lottery.” Um, no and no. But that was the teaser for this latest belch from the craptastic faux-thoughtful faux-news beast known as 60 Minutes:
It almost belongs over on Death by Car, but, in the end, what this chunk of naked ideology, thoughtless worship of the main product killing the planet, and blatant “market segment” pandering says about TCT topics is more newsworthy than the actions of the Italian and German creeps who manufacture these automotive monstrosities. This schlock is what happens when news gets eaten by marketing.
If you saw CounterPunch today, you might have noticed this piece about anti-GMO [note that, as usual, they dutifully restrain from calling themselves "anti-corporate food"] activists’ efforts in Washington State to strike a small blow against capitalist Frankenfood. Residing in Portland, Oregon, the urban core to which Washington’s fourth largest town is a [tax-dodging, Republican-leaning] suburb, I have had the displeasure of watching corporate capital’s 3-month-long response to W.S. Initiative 522, a meager little ballot measure that would, in accord with almost unanimous public desire, require grocery-store foods containing GMOs to be labeled as such.
Here’s a sample from the compendium of utter shamelessness that is the appalling and revealing “No on 522″ effort:
Good ole Dan looks like a humble organic farmer, don’t he, what with the blue work shirt and the vaguely ex-hippie haircut and beard?
Dan’s ad is titled “Claims v. Facts.” That carries the usual amount of overclass chutzpah — total, all-out, complete.
Dan’s friends’ claim is that I 522 would raise food prices, and that the proposed rule is unfair, since it carries some exemptions! Of course, the threatened price hike is what? A penny? And the irony of opposing a labeling law from the right because it is too weak would slay Big Brother himself.
As to facts, turns out Dan is actually a corporate farm “operator” (think Dan does much of “his” farm labor?) in Eastern Washington, and also a scion of long-time farm-operator politics.
As for the hilarious pack of right-wing businesses Dan cites as scholars who’ve allegedly thought deeply and dispassionately about I 522, take a special look at the “science” organization Dan cites in his ad. Any group started in 1932 (in what was then known as the Soviet of Washington) that is dedicated to disseminating “credible economic research and policy analysis supporting economic vitality and private sector job creation” simply has to have a rather interesting little closetful of juicy, forgotten secrets. And how about that science? “Credible research.” ROFLMFAO.
As always, the corporate TV assault is working. 66-21 a month ago (and a month ago was already well into the corporate “No on 522″ onslaught) is now 46-42.
TCT, of course, predicts defeat of I 522, while holding out some hope for a small miracle. The election ends November 5.