Ashton Deroy Writes: It appears Covid19 is only intensifying talks of Socialism and what we do and don’t want for it. What are our new rules? What do they mean for us? How is Socialism taking the higher social grounds during this pandemic?
Socialism is a system of governance that happens either by necessity or by agitation. After all it is said that after World War 2 Socialism rebuilt the United Kingdom. While in another example in the case of Cuba the people got tired of Western democracy and capitalism. The people revolted and overthrew it!
Regardless Socialism is here right now. What are the the new rules & features? Well it seems like one feature society does not want to put down is Universal Basic income. It seems like that will have to find a place in whatever Social system is set up in place of our current system. There is just an overall agreement that Pandemic’s show a crucial time for the use of a Universal Basic Income. Especially in cases of turning people away from certain irresponsible employers still operating their infectious office places of work during this time. I am definitely talking about call centers.
What does Universal Basic Income mean for us? It means reconsidering what work we think is worth doing at this time. One might argue that to flatten the curve in relation to Covid19. We may want to consider buying out the participation of unskilled laborers in the economy so that we can ease the burden felt by healthcare later. I also believe after we could return to a labor economy that would be the ideal in the long run though.
We also need to look at improving the treatment of the elderly. This includes not unnecessarily avoiding elderly relatives who may be dependent on the help of others. Don’t get me wrong. This is an incredibly complex time where we have to consider whether a cold we have could possibly kill our grandparents. However according to people working in healthcare and finance a lot the elderly go abandoned in times of mass pandemic. Which in the long run is not going to help their overall well-being.
The Corona-virus is statistically devastating because it does have the potential to be the sickness to wipe out many of our older relatives. On the other hand sometimes you have to weigh infection versus how safe an elderly person can practically take care of themselves on their own. We need to come up with solutions so that the elderly don’t feel abandoned at this time. This may include the feature in looking at the cost of socialized home care for older people in the communities.
Why Socialism is on the higher moral ground? Socialism asks “What are our obligations to each other?” Where as Capitalism naturally asks, “what are our obligations to ourselves?” We have a responsibility to a collective at this point in time. If you have the chance put down your self interests and be strategic in your collectives.
We started our day by posting Diana’s preference in comparing: WWE vs UFC.
Which is a comparison article Diana Skye wrote back in July 2018 where she does a comparison of UFC & WWE. Now we are going to post another classic Diana Skye piece of content.
My Dad once said ASMR gives him a headache because Diana Skye sounds like a cat clawing at things & knocking them over. However this video is important because Diana Skye shows off all the environmentally friendly things she has. One of my favorite parts in the video is early on when she is literally petting a bag. I mean it is just beautiful! Just 100% Oh yes!
Also re-watching this video is a great reminder I need to pick up Bamboo straws at some point. Down with plastic! Down with the war on our environment! By the way Diana Skye is like Greta Thunberg. If Greta Thunberg was a secret Ninja warrior who bragged about buying things on Etsy.
Anyways we will be posting old Diana Skye content all day. I hope our readers enjoy this & if not. I don’t care! 😀
Originally written July 7 2018
Ashton Deroy writes: The world of combat sports has been a world that appeals more to men than women. Sure you would have a few odd female fans watch wrestling & MMA. However, it was mostly a boys club. That was until the mainstream change of gender roles & perception in society. Fast forward to 2018 and the world has changed drastically. UFC a company that said would never have women fighters now has 3 weight classes. WWE also has some of the most well recognized modern female performers ever, including award winning and recognized women athletes.
Still there is always this division despite the similarities of the people attracted to the WWE brand & to the UFC brand. If you did a venn diagram some would in fact interlap. For the purpose of this study, the interlap will be ignored for the sake of choosing a winner. In this study, Diana Skye a non-wrestling or UFC fan is going to be exposed to entirely new world for which she has very little reference to create a non-biased winner.
Using YouTube channels, their shops & their characters. Diana is going to lock the two companies in a 3 round battle. Each evaluation for the round amounts to one point in a best of 3 battle. Only she will determine what product is more appealing to her. I, Ashton Deroy, will include my initial prediction in this study after Diana has separately made her own conclusions.
I predict Diana Skye will choose WWE. I think she will be drawn to the character development, theatrics & glamour. This is because Diana Skye is in to fictional books & movies. I think she has a flare for the dramatics. Also because Mixed Martial Arts was once described as human cock fighting. So I think that will be too shocking to gain her interest.
Diana Skye writes: To say that I didn’t know much about wrestling would be a massive understatement. The only time I recall seeing famous wrestlers on TV is briefly in the news, commercials featuring the legendary John Cena, and an episode of The Weakest Link featuring WWE members. The idea of a sport that involved aggressive physical fighting just did not seem entertaining to me. When Ashton asked me to do this project, I decided it was about time to see what the wrestling hype was about.
I kept an open mind while doing my research. While I still wouldn’t call myself a wrestling fan, I definitely have a better understanding of this very interesting world. There is more to it than just people beating each other up. Both WWE and UFC have very profitable merch shops and YouTube channels with millions of subscribers. The wrestlers also have distinctive personalities and characters, with creative storylines. I gave both wrestling groups rankings in all of these categories. I can see why they both have many fans, but one has an edge in my opinion.
Ratings out of 5
4 for design
5 for character portrayal
5 for attractive items
Ratings out of 5
3 for design
4 for character portrayal
3 for attractive items
Merch has become an important part of branding, whether it’s for sports teams, small businesses, or YouTube entertainers. Even from just seeing the home pages, I immediately preferred the WWE Merch site. They had a large selection of items, including Funko Pops. Those were advertised right on the home page along with a variety of clothing items. Many of the designs were eye catching and represented the characters well.
The UFC Merch site did have some interesting items, however it was harder to navigate. They also seemed to have less variety. I immediately noticed a category called “blanket, beds, and bath.” I clicked expecting interesting items like bath products and several sleepwear options. Instead there was only one simple nightgown. While WWE didn’t have any sleepwear, there were many casual items like hoodies, t-shirts, and sweatpants. Variety in merch items is always a win for me, so I’m giving this round to WWE.
Ratings out of 5 (advertising)
Shop products: 4
Entertainment and additional services: 5
Ratings out of 5 (advertising)
Advertising shop products: 4
Advertising Pay-Per-View: 3
Entertainment and additional services: 4
Both the WWE and UFC YouTube channels have a large following. (28 and 4.6 million respectively) While WWE has a much larger YouTube following, I much prefer UFC’s channel. WWE tends to post many short videos every day. Personally, I don’t like to have my subscription feed cluttered by one channel. Some of these shorter videos don’t provide much content since they are less than two minutes long. In spite of their fantastic merch shop, there wasn’t much mention of it.
By contrast, UFC does not post every day. However most of their videos are longer. (A length of at least 5 minutes) Even the shorter ones are more entertaining. You learn a lot about their wrestlers and upcoming fights. They also do a good job of advertising other services without shoving it down your throat. Even as a non-wrestling fan, I feel like I got a lot from their channel. Therefore, UFC is definitely the clear winner for this round.
Ratings out of 5
Shock value 4
Ratings out of 5
Shock value 4
Despite my lack of wrestling knowledge, I recognized many names while doing my research. For example, UFC wrestler Conor McGregor lost to Floyd Mayweather in a famous boxing match last year. There were also many interesting characters I was unaware of. Paul Felder is an Irish American who started martial arts training at age twelve. Alexis Davis and Sarah Kaufman are two badass Canadian women who have had huge success in recent years. It taught me that big personalities are just as important (if not more) as skill in wrestling.
WWE also has strong women like Ronda Rousey and Nikki Bella. However, the WWE characters and plots just didn’t intrigue me as much. The fights were intense, but not very memorable. I did enjoy the John Cena tribute, but many other Raw and Smackdown episodes were either not very exciting or downright outlandish. If I wanted to watch a wrestling event, I would much rather check out a UFC Championship. Therefore, they win this final round and the overall battle.
UFC has many fascinating characters and interesting storylines. They also post excellent videos on their YouTube channel. One thing they need to work on is the variety and items in the merch shop. They have many exciting characters so there is potential for awesome shirts, mugs, posters etc. Other than that, I preferred them in all categories. I would like to learn more about some of their personalities, such as the Canadian females I mentioned earlier.
WWE has their merch shop going for it, with a variety of attractive items. However, they need to work on the entertaining aspect. More interesting characters and plots would make them even more successful. They should also tweak a few things when it comes to their YouTube presence, like video length and amount of posts. Even though they didn’t win my battle, I think they have a lot of potential.
This was a very different experience for me since I usually write about makeup, social activism, or YouTube. I was skeptical when Ashton gave me this assignment, but I am glad he did. While I will never be a massive wrestling fangirl, I plan on continuing to learn more about it. I may check out a match the next time it’s on Sportsnet or TSN. The world of wrestling has a lot going for it and I can see why it has many fans.
Ashton Deroy writes: If you think you can love me while voting Progressive Conservative you are wrong. For a long time me & my brother have viewed this as a personal attack on us and I think it is time I become transparent. I don’t care if you hate Trudeau and think this is the best way out! If we don’t change the treatment of workers in our own country I will die.
Why will I die? I am entirely income dependent. If I go without a job I am going to sink faster than I will ever swim. If I take a job that doesn’t allow me to take care of myself properly I could have a heart attack! Do I have your attention yet?
As I have said prior. It is too late to join the army for me. I have been in the wrong shape for it, for years! I have too much debt to suddenly do a trade & I tried starting a business and a lack of understanding for my product (website administration and setup) was a huge barrier.
So this is it! I need to work, I need job security and I need schedule stability. Or I will die. Now is a time more than ever where you need to vote for parties that support the progression of workers’ rights. Now is the time where we must alienate the destructive ideals of the Conservative party and their needless attacks on Canadian workers. Conservatives took away from us and you have to pay for that!
As a comparative look at the parties. Here is my comparative analysis of parties that will help with my quality of living. This is important if you believe you are 100% supportive of me, you have to consider your vote. Please take a look at these parties to determine the best spot to support me and people like me.
We also need to focus more on living wage. It is not going to be a $14 an hour job to do the trick. After I finish school in order to get ahead I now need to earn a minimum of $20 an hour to be able to be comfortable and pay my debts. The other option is I die. I can’t defer OSAP payments and I can’t go without food.
This is exhausting, 10 years of the Conservatives federally. Now a Provincial government that attacks the lowest class of people is killing me! I do not want to double down on Doug Ford, I do not want to face peril in a government that does not create solutions. They only create tax breaks. When the country is facing crisis? The retraction plan of the Conservatives have never made sense. Their expansionary plans are actually somehow worse. Especially in how they focus on useless things such as tourism, gambling & outside investments. We don’t need a government that is absent at the wheel. We need a government with control. Let me remind you to conclude that Conservative right wing ideologies are destroying the effective governance of U.K. & the USA. Time to put the Conservative playbook to bed people!
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Ashton Deroy Writes: I used to be one of the most Libertarian pro-tech people you would ever meet. I thought kids needed to learn computer proficiency fast as possible, schools needed to bend the curriculum to be more computer & mobile oriented and lastly we need to make sure all kids have access to a computer. I don’t think think that anymore… My views have changed with the exposure of people legally recognized as minors exposure to sex apps, drug culture & child predators.
The first reason my views began changing was because of something that happened on GrindR in 2015. I had realized someone I was talking to was 16 years of age and they were on an app whose primary purpose was trolling for sex. Well I suppose I was on Plenty Of Fish doing the exact same thing at 17. It still worries me because Plenty Of Fish was like a casual dating site & GrindR was more like a “f*** me in a bathroom stall kind of place.” I encouraged the kid to leave the site as it wasn’t safe for them to use. This was when my opinion first began changing and it only gets worse. Someone really should be looking at their teenager’s phone and saying, “What is Grindr?” Or they should know, because it clearly isn’t educational.
The second part that began shifting my brain on children needing monitoring on technology happened in 2015 as well. My younger cousin used a phrase for smoking weed everyday (SWED) . To my knowledge this kid has never even seen me & my brother smoke weed. However he had exposure to YouTube and it was enough for him to use the expression. Frig I’d rather kids imitate Sponge Bob than Imitate stoners! Which made me only further change my opinion on kids and tech. If you don’t smoke weed around your kids. Why do you expose them to the adult culture of it?
The last part that really bugs me is the mix of child predators & even under aged nudity you are seeing online. FYI Instagram moderators could really use to clean things up! I am pretty sure kids are being exploited on Instagram and some of them getting paid for it via apps such as Only Fans. This kind of stuff just really grosses me out… Parents should really be catching & preventing these things from happening.
Just in my opinion I am getting to a point now where I am pro-monitoring minors on the internet. What we are seeing now? Is getting a bit gross. Kids are being exposed to an over sexualized culture, with drugs & predators. Unfortunately it hard to monitor these things with mobile media & computers. However I think it is necessary.
About the writer
Ashton Deroy is a Business student at Loyalist College & a modest donor to the Liberal Party of Canada. In the past he has been criticized as an arm chair activist & applauded as a pro-marijuana advocate. They are a graduate of Loyalist’s Advertising program & have a graduate certificate from St. Lawrence college in Digital Marketing.
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