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I'm minded that 4% is the approximate redemption rate of a typical newspaper coupon for a product such as breakfast cereal, shampoo, or cat litter. Why am I not surprised that the TSA has similar redemption rates with regards to the investment of our taxes and more to the point, our consternation? 

Perhaps those persons placing the TSA under test brought coupons on those days when they actually detected something?  What might such a coupon look like?  I wonder...

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I talked to one of those red team guys back in 2002 at a conference, and he told me their failure rate was 100% back then. The TSA has improved.


A little bit.

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Standard Prog Troll Tactics

1. Say something outrageously naive-sounding about a prog politician.
2. When people point out that what you said was naive, and give you citations and links explaining how your point of view is not substantiated by facts,
3. Start spouting utterly irrelevant things about Reagan, Bush, perhaps even Carter, that have NOTHING whatever to do with what was being discussed
4. If the Bible or other religious text is even mentioned in passing, become indignant and start hurling about dozens of verse references, demanding to know why THIS one is "ok", even if the conversation had NOTHING to do with the merits of the original text mentioned.
5. When in doubt, call the person who answered your naive-sounding post filthy names. Insult their weight if possible.
6. When they block you, do the victory dance and celebrate your 3-digit follower count.
7. Log into your main account or one of your many other sockpuppet accounts. Lather, rinse, repeat.

It's been one of those days.
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They're certainly getting hard to find.

When I say "progressive", I mean in the Fabian School sense. 

The concept of progressivism isn't so bad as a method. It's the inverse of revolutionism. I'd call the basic principle "incrementalism" more than anything else. It's the idea that social change can happen in two ways: fast and violent, or slow and peaceful. Fast, violent change systems are called "revolutions", and a lot of people tend to die as a result in violent upheavals. The backlash of sudden revolutionary change causes people to fight against the sudden change, and you get civil unrest, even civil war. Incrementalism makes tiny changes over a long period, on the premise that the Overton Window will slowly shift as the tiny changes build over time. The society gradually changes, never backlashing because it thinks the changes were its idea.

But progressivism is different. It engages in slow changes over time, but the goal is to reshape the world to their image, with them on top as the leaders. It's more a slow revolution than an Overton shift. 

Id go into more detail, but my hands are about to fall off. Need to rest from typing.

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I happened to check the website where I buy my cinnamon a few days ago, to see if they had any new products. 

The site, Druera.com, has a nice selection of items native to Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon. The variety of cinnamon they have on Sri Lanka is the sort normally thought of as "real" cinnamon. It's the kind is reputed to aid in the control of blood glucose levels. This is in contrast to regular supermarket cinnamon, which is not real cinnamon, but only a cousin plant, cassia. 

Cassia is found all over the region, including Vietnam and China. it has a slightly different flavor and the signature burn of the essential oil -- but it also has a substantially high coumarin content. This is particularly perilous, as coumarin is a powerful blood thinner. Ceylon cinnamon has only trace amounts of coumarin. This being the case, don't use supermarket cinnamon as a supplement -- it's safe to use in cooking, but the amounts you'd be taking if you used it as an herbal remedy would rapidly exceed safe doses. If you intend to use it to control blood sugar, use Ceylon cinnamon.  I bought a 1 pound jar of it years ago, and it's still very tasty, and quite safe as a supplement.

But I happened to check the site to see what has come available since I bought my cinnamon, and found something I simply had to try.

When I was young, I enjoyed cinnamon toothpicks, but they were cheap things, regular pinewood toothpicks, saturated with supermarket-grade cinnamon oil. But the cinnamon toothpicks sold by Dru Era are not simply wood splinters soaked in oil, they are made from cinnamon wood, the flavor and burn native to the material.  I had to have some!

They make an order worthwhile. The prices are reasonable for packages quite large. The toothpicks are sold in a lot of 1,000, separated into 10 vacuum-sealed plastic bags. The whole is stored in a nicely-made wooden box (NOT cinnamon wood...I think it's balsa) with a hinged lid. It's a very pretty thing, and the separate packages help keep them fresh.  I've got one between my teeth right now! Lovely!

http://druera.com/shopping/10-x-100-nos-cinnamon-toothpicks-p-84.html?cPath=62_71
The only 100% natural real Cinnamon toothpick that you can chew .The more you chew the hotter it tastes. The affinity between Cinnamon and Sri Lanka is so strong that the very botanical name of the...
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Now I've got to order some. I blame you of course!
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I got an Anova circulator a few weeks ago, and our diet has completely changed in response. I get groceries delivered every 3 weeks or so, and this delivery is more about the meat, veggies, and side dishes -- not so much about the snacks and prepared, processed convenience foods. We can tell that our health is improving...and that we're getting totally spoiled at the incredible quality of our meals of late.

I'm disabled, and while I love to cook, I can't always exert myself as much as traditional cooking requires: I can't lift heavy pots, bend over as much, stand for long periods, or race from task to task to get the timing of traditional cooking methods just right. So I fell into the habit of "convenience" foods, and predictably, our health suffered.  But with sous vide, I can cook wonderfully healthy meals with almost no effort at all. It's usually the entree that takes the most work, the side dishes being 5-10 minutes leisurely effort just before serving. I can set up the entree HOURS ahead of time with almost no effort whatsoever, and by the time comes to serve, I'm rested up and can whip everything together without hurting myself.  

It has been a fantastic boon to our lives and our health!
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I'm sure they'd love to hear how it's serving you so well. 
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What is it about the word "pundit" that people simply can't pronounce correctly?  There is ONE, count it, ONE "N" in that word, and it's in the FIRST syllable. It is not pronounced "pundiNt".  There is no second "N". It's punDIT.  If you can't pronounce it correctly, use a different word, dammit!

https://youtu.be/BFpQhoTaGIw
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Saying "pundint" is ignant

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Today's winner of the "L. Bob Rife Award for Corporate Dickishness" is Intermex Wire Transfer, who makes use of a smartphone-based position tracking system that monitors the position of all employees 24/7 -- even when not on the job. One woman objected to this clear and obvious invasion of her privacy, and deleted the app from her phone, which she WAS required to have on at all times in order to take customer calls. She felt that the software was like a prisoner's ankle bracelet, and objected to being tracked outside of work hours.

She was fired.

She's suing them for half a million Simoleons. They deserve to lose.

(L. Bob Rife is a character from the Neal Stephenson book "Snow Crash", a complete nutball based loosely upon L. Ron Hubbard, who believed that a programmer who programs in his off time, or leaves the company, is stealing company materials because the company paid to improve his knowledge of programming. Rife creates the Snow Crash virus as a tool for controlling the knowledge in his employees' brains.)

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/05/12/woman-found-out-her-company-was-tracking-her-movements-247-with-an-app-so-she-deleted-it-now-she-says-shes-been-fired-for-it/?utm_source=TheBlaze.com&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=story&utm_content=woman-found-out-her-company-was-tracking-her-movements-247-with-an-app-so-she-deleted-it-now-she-says-shes-been-fired-for-it
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yeah, I agree that's way too creepy and stalkerish.
I think I agree with you, somewhat. But my "no harm, no foul" rule applies. I feel all employment MUST be mutually beneficial, and as long as you are honest about what you think it takes for it to be beneficial, its fair.
Labor law is a really bad way to manage situations like this.
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Got a new meat order in, courtesy of +Margaret Leber going over to the butcher shop and having it all cut and packaged. A bunch of lovely steaks and pork chops, and a gorgeous pork tenderloin that's in the cooker now for dinner.

Gonna eat good tonight! Yum yum!

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We need pictures of this greatness!
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This looks interesting. I hope they name Android M after "Marzipan", since you can make practically ANYTHING out of it.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2484794,00.asp?mailing_id=1265265&mailing=DailyNews
"We have gone back to the basics" with Android M, Sundar Pichai, SVP of Android, Chrome, and Apps at Google.
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Mars bar?

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Well, sure. Why not?

So long as your goal is to create cesspools of desperate, starving, drug-addled humanity, I guess this IS a "symbol of promise for the nation."

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-18/obama-just-called-rotting-decaying-hellhole-symbol-promise-nation
Speaking in Camden, New Jersey, President Obama just uttered the following Detroit-esque words of doom: *OBAMA SAYS CAMDEN IS SYMBOL OF PROMISE FOR NATION We discussed Camden in 2012, 2013, and 2014... and had a different opinion.
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Ah, Camden. Will he go visit on October 30th?

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Seems legit. 

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Cat Behaviors Explained

Uhh... okay :|

#Funny   #Humor   #Cat   #Caturday  
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That's about right.

~sigh~ I love cats. 😻

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Zappos, recently purchased by Amazon, is trying to implement a "holacratic", flat-management system, that has no hierarchy of workers and management. It sounds so wonderfully "egalitarian", but I worked for a company that ran that way, and it was sheer, unmitigated hell.

I worked as a programmer for a Chicago company that coordinated cleanup of Superfund pollution sites. I was hired to be a fulltime FoxPro programmer on accounting systems for the various projects. There was another woman, a part-time programmer, going on maternity leave soon, and she was supposed to train me on the current systems so I could take them over. The company ran on a "flat management system", that had no actual supervisors or managers. Ostensibly, the entire company was a gathering of equals.  It sounded nice, and the working conditions were almost sumptuous.  The offices were gorgeous, modern, and had amenities I had always wished I could work under. They bought my train pass for me at a deep discount, and ran their own buses between Union Station and the lakefront office building.

As much as humans claim to be all for equality and egalitarianism, they don't work very well in such an environment. Where there is no hierarchy, people will create one. In the absence of official people in charge, people will form their own unofficial hierarchies. The most common of these is the clique. This company was not immune to such things, and the cliquism there was rampant and rabid. The most powerful cliques grabbed the plum projects, and those with no status, or had incurred the wrath of those in more powerful cliques, were relegated to the dirty jobs nobody else wanted.

More importantly, if you didn't "fit in" with the important cliques, you were denied basic services, and found yourself floundering badly in very short order. The place ran on the principle that you had to have a charge code for everything, and you had to account for your entire 8-hour workday with charge codes, or you didn't get your full pay. It was a strange system where salaried employees found themselves effectively hourly wage-slaves, but with a timesheet instead of a time clock.  The salaried status was always used in favor of the company, denying anyone overtime, but you rapidly became effectively "hourly" if you had too much overhead time.  Strictly speaking, there was supposed to be NO overhead, but that's impossible. No one can maintain a daily routine with no overhead, unless they extend their workday by as much as 30 percent, working a 9 or 10 hour day just to cover 8 with honest work. But nobody did that, as the shuttle buses only ran on a typical 8 1/2-hour day, allowing for a half hour lunch.  Not wanting to be stranded halfway across Chicago, trying to catch a train on time, people basically LIED like rugs on their timesheets.

If you were in the good cliques, nobody ever questioned the time codes on your timesheet. If you were in the crap cliques, on crap jobs, there was far more scrutiny, so you wound up working longer hours and taking public transportation, or walking to the train station.

Then, of course, there was the unofficial withholding of services.  Remember the part-time woman I was supposed to be trained by? Well, her idea of training was to wave at the computer and say "read the code".  She wouldn't explain anything, saying she was too busy. NOTHING is worse than having to blindly trace Someone Else's Code, and to learn a new job that way. It was essentially relegating me to the cornfield.  After weeks of stumbling through stuff, and having her suggest false trails and the wrong projects to use as models for current work, I had enough, and went to my "mentor", the closest I had to a supervisor in this "holacratic" office.  I stated my case baldly -- I felt I was being sabotaged by someone who didn't want me to succeed. If I did well, it threatened this woman's own part-time position, so she didn't want me to learn anything. She deliberately told me the wrong project to use as a model for a new project, and I wound up not including reports and data the new project required. If the project had actually BEEN one that was suited by the example project, I would have been fine, as I managed to cobble it into shape that would work -- except for the missing information. I pointed out that she should have suggested this OTHER project as a model, which HAD the necessary data. I found it by accident...and she SHOULD have known, she wrote it.

The mentor nodded sagely, and said she'd look into it and get me the help I needed.  Instead, as she was a friend of this other programmer, she put me on PROBATION and basically told me that this woman, who was trying to sabotage me, was the one in charge of my probation! And even though told to train me AGAIN, she still refused, once again falling back on "read the code"...which amounts to unsnarling a bowl of spaghetti. Undocumented spaghetti, written largely by a tyro.

Since there WAS no head to go over, and no one to go TO, since there was no "management" per se, I simply decided to cut my losses and leave.  As soon as I had a place to go to, I gave my notice and left.

I will never willingly work for a so-called "holacratic" or "flat management" company ever again. They do no one any favors with that nonsense, and only cause backbiting, dishonesty, and rampant cliquism. There's no corporate-level loyalty.  

Some complain that capitalists are only out for themselves, out of a sense of greed. Well, these people were the epitome of "fairness" and "equality" -- and were about as trustworthy as the kids from The Lord of the Flies.  Hierarchy supports fairness, as without someone to maintain and enforce policy, there's no way to redress grievances except with further grievance. 
Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh wasn't satisfied with how quickly his company was transitioning to an "unconventional" boss-less corporate culture, so he sent a memo to his 1,500 employees reminding them that Zappos will pay unsatisfied workers to quit. The result: some folks quit...
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I used to work at a company that did phone support for software, and did SF and fantasy writing on the side. Then I had a quiet argument with my trunk lid in a 40mph wind, and the trunk lid won.  I can't work anymore because I can't predict when I'm going to be in too much pain to do anything, and typing a lot is too painful.  So now I do a webcomic, Jenny Everywhere's Infinite: Quark Time, as my creative outlet.

I have also been an advocate for responsible self-defense and a firearms instructor.  My favorite martial art is Aikido, and I play Go.
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