South Australia’s Craigburn Primary School organised a Do It In A Dress fundraising drive with the aim of raising $900 to help girls in Africa who did not have access to education.
- Senator Bernardi tweeted his frustration about the idea on Wednesday by writing, “This gender morphing is really getting absurd”.
That tweet prompted a backlash and a flood of donations and in less than 48 hours, the school had hit $200,000.
Here is the Chief Executive of the SA Education Department in a dress raising money for charity when he was in the Attorney General’s Department:
2. Tweets from angry old white men
For many it was the biggest story of the week. US rapper has been hired to perform four songs including “Same Love” about same-sex marriage.
Back in 2014 when Abbott was PM Tom Jones sang “Delilah” – about stabbing a woman who was unfaithful. He did not complain.
Now he reckons Macklemore is “bizarre”, and politicising the grand final. George Brandeis says what about free speech.
Macklemore says he is going to go harder in response to the tweets from “angry old white men”.
The real issue is that the Cowboys have been denied access to the ground for the captains run, bumped by a rehearsal.
For the record, I heard on our ABC that the fans had chosen the entertainment, and Macklemore himself is straight. Apparently the song topped the charts here in 2012, but nowhere else in the world. It’s top again now and Macklemore and the NRL have had publicity that money can’t buy.
Tony Abbott says ‘no’ voters are fighting for respect and understanding.
My view – understanding “yes” but respect “no”. Tony can express his view, but bigotry does not evoke respect.
3. Amazon is taking over the world
Here is the market capitalisation of the big four tech companies which have emerged since the GFC:
Combined they are worth more than the GDP of Italy or Mexico, and a bit less than that of France and the UK.
Scott Galloway, professor of marketing at the NYU Stern School of Business, says that Amazon will win, hands down.
- After spending most of the past decade researching these companies, I’ve come to the conclusion that our fears are misplaced in focusing on what I call the Four. We should instead be worrying about the One: one firm that will come to dominate search, hardware and cloud computing, that will control a vast network of far-flung businesses, that can ravage entire sectors of the economy simply by announcing its interest in them.
That firm is Amazon. Jeff Bezos has been disciplined and single-minded in his vision of investing in the most enduring consumer wants — price, convenience and selection. Coupled with deft execution, it has made Amazon the most impressive and feared firm in business.
As for the other three, don’t be misled by their current successes. They are falling behind as the One marches ahead.
After a recent quarterly report the worst that financial pundits could come up with was that growth in the company’s cloud business had slowed to 43 per cent. He says:
- Since 2008, Wal-Mart has paid $US64bn in federal income taxes, while Amazon has paid just $US1.4bn. Yet, while paying low taxes, Amazon has added $US220bn in value to the stock held by its shareholders over the past 24 months — equivalent to the market cap of Wal-Mart.
Galloway says that Amazon is now the top recruiter of his best students.
Jeff Bezos’s main intellectual contribution to the world is as a proponent of a universal guaranteed income. He wants the government to pay people so they can buy his products and services.
4. The bellicosity of Trump and Kim Jong-Un is no joke
On Trump watch, the most disturbing piece this week was an interview by Phillip Adams of Dr Peter Hayes, who is Honorary Professor at the Centre for International Security Studies at Sydney University, and Director of Nautilus Institute in Berkeley, California.
Hayes specialises in watching North Korea. He now says that the shouting match is in fact quite unprecedented, and he puts the chances of war as more likely than not.
He said such a war would be fairly short, perhaps three or four months, and the number of people killed would be roughly the same as in the Korean War of the 1950s. That had high military casualties and about 2.5 million civilian deaths according to Wikipedia. I think he said, one every two or three seconds on the average.
British think tank the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) thinks war is a “real possibility”.
- It “will not be surgical or short,” the think tank said, and there would be “scenes of carnage.”
Even without nuclear weapons, such a war could kill hundreds of thousands of people in a week, produce millions of refugees, and wreck the global economy.
Usually Twitter does not allow people to use its service to threaten murder and mayhem, but they made an exception for Trump because his stuff was “newsworthy”.