Situation at day thing is tense. Trying to figure out why they insist that "using people" is the same as "respect." This week I have a stronger feeling that in corporate communications I live at the Ministry of Truth. Plus lots of clinical stuff. Too much to mention (also, some of it covered by HIPAA, so no cookies for you).
Reader retention rates. Numbers! Okay, I have to admit I haven't read this, yet. This is mostly so I don't forget to. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)
Some more thoughts on the letter from Tom Doherty which does a better job of outlining some of the issues I saw with it. (Grokked from someone, sorry)
Eric Flint goes once more to the well in a response to the Sad Puppies "woe is me" attitude. Shorter version of the post, "suck it up, buttercup." (Grokked from John Scalzi)
"'He came into the call out of control, and as the video shows, was out of control during the incident. I had 12 officers on the scene, and 11 of them performed according to their training,' Police Chief Greg Conley said…" And that's why he resigned. With a resignation there's a chance of him being able to work in law enforcement or security again. Being fired, not so much.
The new math. Or how to fake the numbers to get a higher graduation rate without doing very much education at all.
Sex, God, and rock and roll. A little local (to me) history. Trigger warnings. Just in case someone is trying to tell you how safe and simple life in the country is. Also note, these people are the only local cultists. We had some bad ones in Kirkland and Jefferson. Also, as a part of the Census, yea, there's a number of other "compounds" in the area.
"'It’s just jibber-jabber. You just get out there, you say things, you talk, and no one’s listening.' He pauses and looks at Gethard. 'Except for you.'" On meeting the internet troll. "Travis repeatedly noted that he and other trolls are just having a good time and that his online comments don’t reflect any real emotion. He also said that he’s less likely to troll people online if he knows them personally, even if they’re only acquaintances — because he doesn’t want to hurt someone he knows." I believe that's the definition of psychopathy. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)
You know how Science Fiction isn't so much about the future, but vehicle to deal with the issues we face today by pushing the issue out to where people have no personal stake and can think about these things rationally? Okay, same thing works we we talk about foreign countries and foreigners. So, can we can a discussion on the idiocy of this Aussie couple who vow to divorce if same-sex marriage is legalized in Australia? Can we look at this and say, "Wow, are they fucking brain dead?" Or will the world-wide social conservatives have finally found one heterosexual marriage that has been ruined because of gay marriage? (Grokked from BoingBoing)
Since this will be coming to a head in many states in the coming years, New Jersey shows exactly why public pensions are going to be a big battleground. See, NJ (like many municipalities and states) continually underfunded their pensions both not living up to legal agreements they signed, or keeping faith with their employees and the taxpayers of the state (yes, the government failed EVERYBODY here, because by underfunding they explicitly decided to screw both the employees who benefited from the fund AND the taxpayers who will have to make up the difference later on). So, NJ and the unions came to an agreement wherein the employees took cuts and older retirement ages while the state would make up some of the shortfall. Only then, NJ got into a budget crisis and again stiffed the pension funds (this is the first and easiest way to "balance" a budget). So when you hear your local and state politicians talk about "unsustainable pension liabilities" know that the unions upheld their part of the legal arrangement, and the states and municipalities played loose with your tax dollars by consistently cutting payments and underfunding their liabilities. This isn't the union or workers' fault. They're requests were not unreasonable. It's that the politicians didn't care and thought they could skate fast enough no one would notice. Well, the bill is coming due.
Well, it's really early, but this doesn't bode well for my prediction of Ricky being the GOP nominee. Then again, there's a whole baseball team of candidates roaming Iowa… and it's still early.
Because that's what Jon Ritzheimer needs, moar guns. When will the nice, young men in their clean, white coats come to take him away? Oh, wait. I'm sure he'll announce someone hacked his Craig's List account in a few days.
How do you admit you've lost the political argument? "Kanas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation that would eliminate funding for the state’s courts if they overturn a contentious law passed last year…" That's one way. (Grokked from John Scalzi)
"If he's elected president, Republican 2016 presidential Ben Carson said he might set up a 'covert division' of government employees to monitor coworkers in order to make government more efficient." Well, at least he'd expand the work force. Doubt he understands he'll need more revenue to pay for them. Also, what a dick move.