The only solution I’ve come up with is to completely turn off the sound on my PC, turning on only when I need it for a video or a conference call.
Otherwise, I’m bombarded, as you are, with worthless and annoying ads. It’s the first thing I do with every PC and laptop I use – hit the mute button.
Although not directly working with in a Union shop, I have implemented enterprise resource planning systems in such environments. One of the hardest parts of the implementation was planning the training for the new skills these folks would need for reporting their work. Had to manage the training and system access in light of union rules. Made it a bit more cumbersome.
But those shops were interesting. Granted, my experience in this is anecdotal, but I was rolling out a system with manufacturing in Pennsylvania (union) and in Mexico (non-union). The PA plant had been place for decades with a poor historical relationship with management (major strike and penalties and it was just a big mess); the Mexican plant was relatively new, with a typical Mexican atmosphere (very diligent and harder work ethic). Management had moved a major product line from PA to Mexico. Over the life of the product line, product failure in PA had been in the 15 – 20% range. Once it moved to Mexico (same machines – they were relocated), the failure rate fell to less than 5% in the first year.
I don’t know how else to interpret it.
But the long story short is, the PA manufacturing plant is now closed – the union is out of all those jobs.
The problem is, there’s always one apple to spoil the bunch.
Philadelphia is the worst example of a union-run city. They have beautiful convention facilities there that mostly stand empty after businesses try to hold their events there. The costs are prohibitive, mostly due to rules that demand workers are paid for standing around (3 workers, for example, to watch one worker actually perform the task) and litigation if someone other than a union worker performs a task, like moving a power cord.
These examples are not anecdotal, but are part of the narrative as to why major events, like political conventions and business conventions, often choose another location than Philadelphia. The behavior has cost the city millions in revenue over the last few decades, but the union leadership is so powerful that no administration has been able to fix it.
We can accuse the President of putting forward a faulty health care plan.
However, this was the original recipe version of the ACA:
How much of the original program was de-railed in the name of bi-partisanship and trying to get something, anything, through an obstructionist Congress.
Look, Iran may not be the best example of a nation that wants the best for its people. At the same time, they seem to be doing a better job of this than we are. Constitutional prescription may have something to do with it.
But before we call for Obama’s head on this one, let’s make sure we put the blame where it belongs. He signed it, but he didn’t write it and SOMEthing needed to be done, for better or for worse.
Flame-throwing sure to come in 3..2..1
becca656 commented on the blog post Clay Aiken Running for U.S. Congress in North Carolina
And it’s not like in the private sector where, if you don’t like the job or the pay, you have the option of going elsewhere.
When you are in the military, you are there until your time is completed. It’s almost indentured servitude, along with (as noted above) not making enough money to support a family, so needing food stamps and assistance on top of the miserable pay.
I’ve had this argument recently (the one about it’s voluntary). What’s not voluntary is what the government does to you after they have you.
I wish James Gandolfini was still around.
Perfect casting, especially with a little dash of Tony Soprano thrown in.
Have been on a public sector (military) civilian project on and off for 10 years – read that as, not on military grounds. In their reception area, FauxNews is always, always on and has been for this entire time period.
So someone is buying into it.
It is unfortunate that there are few remaining victims of the Holocaust with their identification numbers permanently tattooed on their forearms to point out the folly of this comparison.
Wondering how these idiots would respond if they had to endure even 10% of what the true victims lived through…..
becca656 commented on the diary post Over Easy: Texas Republicans cannot reanimate the dead by Masoninblue.
Securing the border between the US and Texas could be a less expensive project than securing the border between the US and Mexico – less land to cover.
Considering that, at least here in the Philadelphia area, the Daily News is written at a fourth grade level, the speeech being rated at 10th grade may actually put it out of reach for many.
Otherwise, I think a great opportunity was missed with the presentation of the injured solder (G-d bless him). This was a great opportunity to demand that the VA process be completely reformed, so that injured soldiers like this one can get the help they need to get whole NOW, not in a year or two from now. The application and evaluation process is an embarrassment. While I appreciated the applause he got from the Reprehensibles and Senators, I would’ve appreciated more O calling these morons out in the face of the injured soldier for cutting benefits and not reforming the VA process.
What does it say about the GOP when the Arizona GOP censures John McCain, of all people, for being too liberal?
I think the entire party has lost its mind.
I honestly don’t think it’s possible for anyone to achieve the Presidency under any means in the current environment that doesn’t include a con.
Trouble is, we fall for it every time.
The system is set to manage cons effectively. To wit, no third party candidates are ever given any kind of media platform, but we have to have a dozen ‘debates’ among characters you couldn’t write in a book. Monetary influence rules. Everyone wants their piece of the action at whatever the market will bear.
I have a hard time blaming the chief executive for any of this, what with all the false equivalencies being spouted – ‘oh, but your side did it, too’. Just yesterday, a conservative went on record saying he was beyond impeachment for the president and was leaning more toward hanging him from a tree in a way that could only be construed as a lynching.
Someone please find where such a comment was ever said about any previous president, let alone the last one, and the speaker wasn’t carted away.
Re: the DeBlasio snow removal discrimination story:
I have a former classmate who is among those affected. She said they were absolutely sure it was because the Upper East Side didn’t vote for him.
She then said she missed Mayor Mike (Bloomburg), though the guy has only been out of office for, what, about two weeks?
I wanted to respond to her, but didn’t, saying that maybe it was because all the Upper East Side maids and servants wouldn’t have been able to get to work, if the plows had been focused on the UES. Or maybe the nurses and nurses aids for the hospitals. You know, all the little people you so readily accuse of being takers, who can’t take a day off from work to watch the snow fall because they won’t otherwise be paid.
Sanctimoneous idiots, those 1%-ers.
becca656 commented on the blog post Hoboken Mayor Meets With US Attorney As Christie Deals With Upset Donors Over Bridgegate
Listening to the NYC news last night on my way to my project in south Jersey, the Christie administration was discrediting the mayor by suggesting that she waited a conveniently long time in revealing this issue, in light of Bridgegate.
They also said, since it was initially reported by MSNBC, the story was definitely politically motivated, since MSNBC is nothing but partisan and has had it in for Christie since forever.
becca656 commented on the blog post Bruce Springsteen Goes After Bridgegate, Chris Christie Probably Having The Worst Day Ever
The damage is being done.
Doesn’t matter too much what the voters think if you have financiers asking questions:
That said, a couple of things:
First, the family of the 91 year old woman who died enroute to the hospital has already come forward and said the woman was pretty much dead before she was put into the ambulance. They are already on record as indicating they have no plans to sue. So all of that discussion should be over.
Second, Kelly and Wildstein should have received some kind of documentable payoff to keep their mouths shut with their firings. Neither of them seem to be the kind that would take the money and shoot off anyway, so the real story may be suppressed for a while, except……
Third, there are some 5,000 pages of paper documents that will be released during the day today. Unless Chris is one of those folks that never writes ANYthing down, which is the safest bet anymore – no chats, no e-mails, no memos, no written directives -, there should be something there that would undeniably attach Chris to the directive. Should that happen, he won’t be able to deny it and the story explodes in a 21st century example of malfeasance.
Have to say, for myself, I don’t think this will last another few news cycles, frankly. I mean, seriously, Anne Hathaway got caught up in a rip current in Hawaii. That’s real news [sarcasm].
I just don’t see it.
I can’t see how he knew nothing about it. I can’t see how, if he did know something about it, he allowed it to go on.
But what I really don’t see is how Boehner can go on record, even as the news conference was on-going, saying how this probably won’t affect Christie’s candidacy in 2016. No doubt Chris has revealed himself as the wolf in sheep’s clothing. I honestly don’t think the GOP cares. They would mostly prefer someone like this in office against the Great Satan currently in residence in the White House.
I agree that, if even half of this is true and known to Chris, it can’t get much worse. But I really think the American people have enough of long-term memory loss that this will be a non-issue. And we’ll have repeated calls of ‘but, but, but BENGHAZI!!!!!! WHITEWATER!!!!!!’ if Hillary runs.
We Americans are so screwed for the next presidential election. Nothing of substance.
There was a period of two years during which Congress could’ve taken steps to make the program better. They could have amended it under normal legislative process. They could have improved the offerings and maybe even re-thought single payer.
Instead, no actions, other than 42 ill-fated attempts to repeal the legislation, were taken.
We can blame anyone we choose to blame. The legislation was an idea proposed by the President, written by the lobbyists (e.g., the insurance industry and the AMA), hacked to death by the House of Reprehensibles, and passed with much fanfare and little thought.
The plans that were cancelled were expensive and provided no legitimate coverage – that’s a fact.
The kids who are now able to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26 will not be a drain on the health care industry by showing up at over-priced and over-utilized emergency care facilities without any coverage.
The folks with pre-existing conditions that couldn’t get coverage because of a private insurance industry mandate that says if you get sick, too bad for the rest of your life, now can get coverage.
Could the plan have been better? Absolutely. But no one stood up and demanded that the bull#### in the House be stopped. We kept voting people in who had nothing but a grudge and no ambition to repair the broken parts.
Yes, I am self-insured. I pay $ 435 a month for a catastrophic care policy that won’t cover me outside of my home State. Otherwise, I’m paying $ 600 – 700 a month. I’m hurt by this program too. But the total percentage of people that are hurt by this program is balanced out by the number of people who are helped.
If we want to fix the problem, we need to elect people who actually want to resolve the issues instead of standing on ideology. Ideology doesn’t contribute to good health. Ideology doesn’t contribute to helping people. It stands in the way with its nose in the air and says “I got mine; you figure out yours yourself.”
Gallup: Former Soviet countries cite the breakup of the Soviet Union as harmful, rather than helpful
On personal experience, a two-week trip to Budapest in 2012 bore this out for me. There’s an entire generation of Hungarians who remain unemployed because their only skill-set revolved around manufacturing buses for the entire of the former Soviet Union. Upon the break up, there was no more demand for their product. Struggled for years to become a reasonable economy again. They still haven’t gotten there.
Many of the 50 and 60 year old generation wish for a return to those years, even now.
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