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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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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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Kitteh can haz sunset.
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mine is hazing fludz

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Tonight's short ribs dinner. 

Seasoned with salt, pepper, Emeril's Southwest Essence, and +Deschutes Brewery Black Butte Porter.  Cooked at 136F for about 48 hours, it was firm but tender. I will try at a higher temp next time, perhaps 140-143F, to break down more of the collagen.  The seasoning needs a bit more, too. Some more salt, a bit of garlic powder, and a dash of liquid smoke would have improved it immensely.

That's not to say it wasn't delicious the way it was!
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I thought it was just fine, but looking forward to your future explorations.
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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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This has to be probably the most nauseating food concept I've seen since Bujold's "A Civil Campaign" presented us with Bug Butter...but this one's REAL.

Nopenopenopenopenopenopenope...

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/crowbarprotein/jungle-bar-the-insect-powered-protein-bar?ref=HappeningNewsletterMay0615
Jungle Bar is a delicious protein bar made with dates, sunflower, sesame & pumpkin seeds, chocolate and cricket flour!
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I don't care for honey either. :P  Not because it comes from a bug, but because I just don't like the flavor.

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Our diet is much improved of late because of sous vide cooking.

Here, there are the remains of the pork tenderloin I cooked last night, juicy and tender, with li hing mui sweet/sour plum seasoning in the crust. I know it's pink, but that's ok -- it is cooked completely!  It was the sweetest, juiciest, tenderest pork I've ever had. We had one tenderloin last night, with potatoes and green beans, and today we had the other sliced thin for sandwiches.

The item still in the water bath is tonight's dinner, short ribs seasoned with Emeril's Southwest Essence and a heavy splash of Deschutes Black Butte Porter. They've been cooking since Friday...we'll see how tender and succulent they are this evening!

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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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My webcomic is now a year old, and the first 28 weeks are out in print. Was International Media Spokesperson for the Pink Pistols for most of a decade.
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