Sunday, February 27, 2011

Baby & Bath Water

Shoot yourself in the foot.
Cut your nose off to spite your face.

You pick the metaphor. This is what breaking unions comes down to. Look, of course there are some issues with unions. I have friends and relatives who are managers and have their hands tied with union employees, unable to fire some people that need to be fired. I know there are corrupt union leaders just as there are corrupt CEOs. Perhaps it's time for some unions to step up and say, OK, we need to make some concessions in terms of how we operate. It is never time to break unions. I don't understand how we can agree to allow the existence of organizations such as WTO and simultaneously want to get rid of unions.

Unions are a sign of democracy. Thank you unions for the 40 hour work week, overtime pay, health care benefits, vacations (some of the shortest in the "developed" world by the way). Thank you unions for workplace safety. Thank you for so many things I don't even have to know about because they no longer exist because of union folks. I am not union, but thank you because I benefit from your work.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Too Long for FB

I tried to post this on my status, but I was denied because it's too long. FB limits the literary, academic, and verbose.... :  )

“The Justice Department and the president have taken the position on behalf of the United States government that discrimination against gay and lesbian people in all cases is presumptively unconstitutional,” he said. “It’s the first time the United States government has ever embraced that position, and if the courts agree, it will help to eradicate all of the various forms of discrimination that gay and lesbian people suffer around the country.” - New York Times quoting Tobias Wolff. 

Major victory!

Monday, February 21, 2011

The List

I just watched "Food Inc." and it's inspired me to write my own little list of things. We've been convinced to be afraid of many things lately - such as terrorists, Muslims, illegal immigrants etc. Here's the list I think we should really be worried about:

  • Copyrighted seed production/ownership
  • Monsanto
  • Deregulated and privatized water
  • Water rights being sold to multi-national corporations
  • Water/food security in general
  • Capitalism being considered synonymous with democracy
  • Laws that allow college students to carry weapons on campuses - hello, have you been to college or to a campus party? 
  • Textbook production - the fact that Texas influences it so much
  • DNA copyrighting
  • Fox News 
  • Bills proposed to remove funding of public television and radio
That's just a start. I'm sure I'll add more later, but now it's time for bed.

Saturday, February 5, 2011


Thinking about starting another blog called "Blah-g". Tee hee.

Really, I just have a lot to say. A LOT. I have an inner dialogue that yoga can quiet a bit. Silly meditative tapes at night before bed can give a bit of respite. Therapist listens and I just blab away - that helps a bit. I journal, OK I have a journal and I sometimes use it. I have three blogs. I post all the time on FB. I still have more to say... Could this be a specific kind of deficiency or condition?

I don't even care if anyone is listening! And, yes, I talk to myself.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Yeah, I Probably Can't Say That on FB

Ever see pictures on FB of folks that you used to know and think:
 - wow, do I look that old?
- I so dodged that bullet.
- I can't believe I had a crush on him/her.
- wow, she/he hasn't changed one bit and that's not a good thing.

OK, that's just mean and I won't say those things on FB...