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By jimgon (Sat Mar 27, 2010 at 04:31:58 PM EST) (all tags)
Blah seldom write diaries blah, blah.  Four letter words are used within.

Not much to get caught up on here.  Found out the person who should be chairing the school committee next year isn't running for re-election which means that I should be chair next year.  Just wonderful.  This year our budget situation is dire, and next year we'll likely be pushing for a property tax limit override.  So I get to be chair over that.   Also, I plan to step into the officer line at the Fraternal Order of Water Buffalos which will mean buying a tuxedo which means finally getting around to losing my desk jockey belly (again) since I won't buy the extra-large tux.  

I've been hoping for layoff which would allow me to look for a new job full time which should improve my ability to actually find a new position.  I've been running low on things the last few weeks and most of the people on my group find little value in what we're doing.  Some have been worried that the senior management might realize we aren't adding value and cut the group.  I've been hoping for it.  Unfortunately it appears that senior management does think we add value, and I'm now getting an additional project which will keep me employed for another six months.  The IT department is horribly disfunctional and since my PM group sits outside of IT we're viewed as value aid for our ability to call the IT department on shenanigans.  Go figure.  My value isn't in doing work, but in determining that other people don't know what their doing and to call down the wrath of C-Level revenge on the IT department.  Doesn't change my desire to find a new job.

Couple weeks ago the screen on the mini-notebook I got for Christmas went dead.  I went through the standard stuff and plugged in a regular monitor.  Regular monitor worked, so it was obvious the backlight died.  I called the tech support number for warranty service from work.  "Do you have the unit there?"  "No."  "How can we de-bug it if you don't have it." "Don't need to since I already did everything in your script and used another monitor."  He had to consult someone to issue me warranty service.  Jeepers creepers.  He was polite and I was polite, but really, can't India do better than this? 

So last Sunday the health care reform law got passed.  I stayed up to watch the vote.  I've listened to the wingnuts this week incorrectly spew their nonsense about socialism.  I've remained quiet through the process since the dumb fucks just need to vent.  Let me just say, as an actual socialist leaning individual this shit isn't socialism and I can see why the actual leftists in Congress didn't want to vote for this shit.  Forcing people to buy insurance from for-profit corporations is not socialism.  Bunch of dumb fucks.  

Now with the government looking at using TARP money to allow some people to get FHA loans and reduce the principal on their homes the same dumb fucks are spouting their nonsense.  This isn't about people who got into mortgages they couldn't afford.  This is about people like me who bought mortgages they can afford, but are now underwater on their mortgage and know how to do a return on investment calculation.   Why in the name of Capitalist Jesus would anyone pay interest to make a negative return?  5% interest for a guaranteed negative 20% return?  Does that make sense?  Captalist Jesus says no. 
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Aye, socialism would be single payer, or at least by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Sat Mar 27, 2010 at 06:57:56 PM EST
a public option, instead if a rebranded 1993 Republican plan endorsed by Heritage Foundation scholars.

That said, it's better than nothing, and I don't think there were the votes for even the public option.

And we get to watch Conservatives froth at the mouth  because a Democrat implements a Republican plan.

Government insurance by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Mar 28, 2010 at 12:18:14 PM EST
Government insurance was never in the cards.  Regulation of the insurance industry was the best that could be hoped for.  Non-profit medical industry should be the end goal, but it will never happen.

Technician - "We can't even get decent physical health care. Mental health is like witchcraft here."
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Forcing people to buy insurance by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Mar 29, 2010 at 08:23:39 AM EST
from for-profit corporations is not socialism.

It's a variant of National Socialism. Or its cousin, fascism.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Akin to fascism by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Mar 29, 2010 at 08:59:54 PM EST
National socialism wasn't all that socialistic. 

Technician - "We can't even get decent physical health care. Mental health is like witchcraft here."
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