Archive for September, 2014

Please Be More Specific

Posted in Humor, Musings, Politics on September 30th, 2014

It strikes me as more than a little odd that the US Secret Service has provided such seemingly piss-poor protection to Obama, especially since he’s supposedly the most threatened POTUS is recorded history.

Secret Service questions whether or not Obama should be in the White House
Could You Be More Specific

It sometimes makes me wonder if the Secret Service doesn’t actually believe that protecting Obama from assassination is actually in the best interests of America.

Related Reading:

The Politics Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)
Humor: A Reader for Writers
America: A Narrative History (Brief Tenth Edition)  (Vol. 2)
Secret Service: Hidden Systems That Deliver Unforgettable Customer Service
America: A Narrative History (Brief Tenth Edition)  (Vol. One-Volume)

In Praise Of Rainy Days

Posted in Society on September 30th, 2014

It’s quite common for people to bemoan rainy days, to think of them as days in which one’s plans are damaged or ruined and to feel depressed and out of sorts when they occur.

In Praise Of Rainy Days - Curves In The Rain
In Praise Of Rainy Days

Perhaps – no, probably – I’m a bit weird, but I like rainy days. In fact, there’s a great deal that can be said in praise of rainy days – a very great and curvy deal. 😛

Related Reading:

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms (National Audubon Society Field Guides)
The Big, Not-So-Small, Curvy Girls Dating Agency (Plush Daisies: BBW Romance Book 1)
Weather For Dummies
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things
Exercitia Latina I: Exercises for Familia Romana (Lingua Latina) (Pt. 1, No. 1)

How They Misthink

Posted in Society on September 27th, 2014

In the Civilized World, especially Britain and America, the “poor,” most especially the “working poor” misthink a lot. They truly mistake their place in the scheme of society and economics and, because of this, have replaced pride with hubris.

I wonder about people who think that those who are poor shouldn’t demand reciprocity from their employers. We should devote ourselves to something that doesn’t benefit us more than it absolutely has to? We’re meant to care about their best interests, but they don’t have to care about ours? If you’re going to put as little as possible into my training and wages, if you’re going to make sure that I can’t get enough hours to survive in order to avoid giving me healthcare, and generally make sure that I’m as uncomfortable as possible at any given time just to make sure I know my place, then how can you expect me to care about your profit margin?

— Linda Tirado
Hand to Mouth

This is an all too common failing though more detrimental to both individuals and nations when coming from the “poor.” They conflate their worth as people with their worth to their employer and almost always over-inflate and overstate that importance.

Jobs Strategy
Hubris Is A Self-Punishing Sin

What these people fail to realize or, at least, fail to accept and internalize is that the only reason that they have one or more jobs is that, at the current time, it’s more feasible and/or cost effective for employers to employ them than it is to either outsource the work or replace the bulk of the labor process with automation. They can’t or won’t grasp the simple concept that they’re by and large disposable and interchangeable parts insofar as the context of their work is concerned and that this is the basic, incontrovertible nature of very low-level, largely unskilled labor.

Related Reading:

Wages of Rebellion
Cases and Materials on Employment Discrimination (Aspen Casebook)
Automation, Production Systems, and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (4th Edition)
California Employment Law: An Employer’s Guide, Revised and Updated: An Employer's Guide
Basic Economics