January 10, 2013

Laziness With Pay — Ask Your Union Representative

Unions played an important part in establishing working conditions in America. Employers had a version of the Golden Rule: "Whoever has the gold makes the rules". They often treated employess in near slave-like conditions with no regard to fair wages, health or safety.

Eventually, things changed and other countries caught on. Today, employment is market-driven and employers match or compete with each other to attract reliable laborers. There are laws in place as well.

Modern unions are self-serving left-wing outposts, having grown into their own kind of tyranny. The union negotiates a raise so that the union member's dues can go up and pay more to the union. Often, the employee is worse off for the deal.

I haven't mentioned Neil for a long time. He goes to work, does his job, is a Bible-believing Christian and creationist, all-around good guy. Well, I'm still not going to mention him. This is about where his wife works.

Neil's wife works for a company that can be vaguely considered healthcare related. Their union is a B. Hussein Obama-kissing racket. Her place of employment negotiated a contract. Everyone gets a raise, but health insurance increases dramatically. Neil's wife and other long-term employees hated the proposal. But short-term employees loved it because (drum roll, please) they get more money.

Side point. I believe in two kinds of raises. One is a "thanks for being a reliable employee, this is a token of our appreciation, boy the taxes and cost of living sure are going up after the election, huh?" raise. The other is performance-based. Companies that want to attract and keep good people do this. Other companies think it is Optumal to find every possible excuse to deny even the smallest raise, and only reward the boss' pets or people who have sold their souls, denying family and friends for the sake of The Company.

The wife and I watch "Restaurant Impossible" on the Food Network. Chef Robert Irvine and his crew straighten things out for failing restaurants. In a recent episode (I think it was the "Whiskey Creek" steakhouse), he learned that the owners were relying on a night manager. He said something like, "You're trusting a thirteen-dollar-an-hour employee with a restaurant that you spent a million and a half dollars on?"

Cheapskates should learn that you get what you pay for, and if you want good help to remain good help, treat them right.

But I digress. I do that a lot, don't I?

Back to the subject. Mrs. Neil's company pays people for not doing much. Many of them are lazy slobs that just punch a clock. And they're getting fat raises. Long-term, hard-working employees get thrown a bone. They do not have incentive to work harder.

This is Obama's economy in action. The leftist union uses his "principles", and the idiots that voted for him because they figured he was going to give them free stuff and free money are the kinds of people that approved that laziness-rewarding contract. Honest, hard-working people get a rude gesture.

Wake me up from this American dream of selfishness and laziness.

January 6, 2013

I Trolled You So!

The word "troll" seems to have shifted meanings since the invention of Algore's Amazing Internet™. (I pick up some interesting phrases from Chris Plante.) Traditionally, it is someone who makes comments in forums and such to provoke a negative response. Since they are doing this for attention, it led to the phrase, "Do not feed the trolls".

By the way, someone who posts a comment in a thread that disagrees with others is often mistakenly called a troll. Perhaps it is true, but quite often, the label is incorrect.

The definition has broadened in recent years, probably because of the availability of social media. Trolls have become obsessive and vindictive. In my experience, many Internet atheists are not only trolls, but are bullies and narcissistic stalkers who seek to do harm to others. Many are unemployed, so they have time to wreak havoc. Most are dealt with by simply blocking them and reporting them to the appropriate authorities. Then they play the victim card.

Many atheopath trolls are indeed mentally unbalanced. Some have become a bit more sophisticated in their approach, wanting to "have a discussion" or "ask questions" in a manner that is meant to be destructive, disruptive and upsetting. One of the first indications of trollishness is of a provocative, off-topic comment or question. But they do not seek to have discussions or gain knowledge.

My wife likes to give what I call a "voice over" to Basement Cat when she seems to have an attitude; "leave me 'lone" became "LML". These reprobates do not respect other people, and will not "LML" unless they are forced to do so.

Here is an excellent article that covers troll stuff quite nicely:
While the hot topic of the moment is cyber bullying (after the Charlotte Dawson affair) I have to speak up and make it clear that I’ve been irritated by the ‘comment’ button for quite some time. It’s a great invention if you want to tell people how awesome they are and show appreciation but then there’s the other side – the darker side of the ability to comment.
While I haven’t yet made my way to Twitter I’ve seen enough hatred when I visit Christian philosophy videos on YouTube or some of my favourite blogs. It’s not just the comment button either. Some websites (such as creationist ones – creation.com and answersingenesis.org) don’t allow for commenting but they still get emails sent to them with all sorts of creative language and ill-founded assertions. And yet in an act of good sportsmanship they still bother responding to letters of people that can’t be bothered researching the facts first.
I’ve learned my own personal lesson with this, with my own Facebook ‘friend’-turned-bully who would attack every Christian post I made claiming that Christians (and especially creationists) were stupid and uneducated. The fact that we used to frequently spend time together should have told her that I was neither, but she clearly never thought of that as she was too busy trying to discredit me in front of others before I blocked her.
You can read the rest of "Welcome to Troll City", here.

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