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From Kansas. Reads slow. Types slower.

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keifermiller  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 25, 2018

- My popcorn popper just let a cruncha buncha smoke and is ded. RIP. The previous owner died in '82, so I guess it had a good run.

- My boss tried to guilt me today for not working as hard as I could. I was having none of it.

- Windows 10 review: ok for playing games. The rest of it, though? Just finished writing an OpenBSD install image to my thumb drive, because I can't get a virtual machine to work in Windows 10 Pro.

- Finished reading Zinn's A People's History of the United States. Would recommend, but it is deffos a survey.

- Starting The War on Leakers: National Security and American Democracy, from Eugene V. Debs to Edward Snowden by Lloyd C. Gardner. Impulse checkout from the Library.

- Also starting Understanding Power which is an anthology of Chomsky edited by Peter R. Mitchell and John Schoeffel.

keifermiller  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: PSA: Get thoughtful or GTFO

thank you.

And the spaces between the letters are a lazy knockoff of full width text as popularized by a e s t h e t i c vaporwave.

keifermiller  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 18, 2018

    Well, for myself, I never had much faith in leaders. I am willing to be charged with almost anything, rather than to be charged with being a leader. I am suspicious of leaders, and especially of the intellectual variety. Give me the rank and file every day in the week. If you go to the city of Washington, and you examine the pages of the Congressional Directory, you will find that almost all of those corporation lawyers and cowardly politicians, members of Congress, and misrepresentatives of the masses—you will find that almost all of them claim, in glowing terms, that they have risen from the ranks to places of eminence and distinction. I am very glad I cannot make that claim for myself. I would be ashamed to admit that I had risen from the ranks. When I rise it will be with the ranks, and not from the ranks.

    Eugene V Debs, Canton Ohio

Another fun recent encounter with my union:

I tried to update my address with the hall. Got voicemail, despite having tracked down the right office/extension (it isn't obvious), and despite having called during business hours.

Decided to be the squeaky wheel, and suggested that maybe we should be able to update our address online. It's 2018. Said it might be nice for all the part-timers who don't make shit and have to move every year chasing low rents.

Pointed out how shitty our participation rates were in the last election, might be nice to get more ballots into the correct mail boxes.

Got told to call the union hall during business hours to update my address.


keifermiller  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 11, 2018

I spent a week thinking about this.

2) A giant squid. We'd drift around the tropics.

keifermiller  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 18, 2018

Local Politics

We've got a ballot proposition coming up. It's a combo tax raise to fund mental health resources AND build a new jail. You'd think that those would be on separate propositions, but nope.

Part of the county's argument has been that they'll be forced to expand the jail anyways if the prop fails. Surprise, surprise, turns out that was bullshit When pressed to cite why they'd have to expand, they came up blank.


Socialist Clubbe

Also on local politics, I've offered twice now to help the local fledgling DSA chapter research upcoming local elections. They asked for help, I offered. Thus far, no reply. This could absolutely just be on a community wiki, but no, I've got to get ahold of chairpeoples X,Y, or Z so I can get access to the google docs.

I'm really starting to dislike leadership structures.

Boneheaded Shit My Union Local Has Done

As a part of automating, a bunch of bid position workers got shifted around. Company plopped 'em down where ever management felt like, instead of going by seniority preference. One of the affected people put in a grievance about it. Union waited two months, and then dropped the grievance at panel. The person who put in the grievance was told the union thought they would lose, and didn't want to set a bad precedent.

Practice is precedent, ya dumbfucks.

I'm really starting to dislike leadership structures.

    That's the thing about the gig economy - if you're in it, that means you're willing to take the job for shitty pay with no benefits and no security. You are, by definition, cheaper and worse than the people who won't work gig-to-gig.

Sounds a lot like the I.W.W.'s hayday to me.

Industrial unionism does have some merits in the gig economy.

Sorry! That wasn't supposed to be there. :(

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