The Watering Hole; Thursday August 22 2013; Brevity

It’s been a long day. Brevity appeals. Ergo, an old shred of poetry penned a decade or so ago, but a shred which still sort of (graphically) sums up a lot of today’s ever downward-pointing darts and arrows; a shred dedicated this day to today’s ever effervescent Tea Party’s obviously excrescent evanescence.

There. I assume the NSA snoopers to be appropriately baffled to the point where it’s safe to add the following poetic tidbit, with subliminal implicit message forever dedicated to each and all who cannot comprehend the . . . ummm . . . embedded and subliminal but nevertheless implicit message. Stated another way and for Wingnuttistanians everywhere, In Hoc Signo! aka:

Divinity’s Dart

First came The Sin,
Original, it’s said;
Apple, snake, woman . . .
Knowledge.

Knowledge thus The Sin of Man
Became;
Now and forever more, Amen.
Knowledge IS The Sin,
The Dart of Divinity
Which points toward

Sin’s
Fiery
Hell!
It’s simple, yes it truly is;
A talking snake, an
Apple gnawed;
Then twitch of
Knowledge
savored:
Adam,
Naked,
Eve &
Eden.
Uh oh.
Mmm!

Conclusion:

Succoring hint of Knowledge, once obtained
Too oft bequeaths, to sin, an opened  door
Which, much to God’s divine disdain,
Makes Sin too simple to explore,
And even harder to explain!
Thus:
Whilst wise men rest
Whilst others seek,
New knowledge
Quests begin
Once more
Afresh
With:

“Psst! Hey Eve, buy you a drink??!”

Thus  route to Hell now paved in Wisdom’s  grand design,
And bulk of Mankind’s earthly works at last explained!

Open Thread — aka the evernascent (??) route to Hell!

86 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Thursday August 22 2013; Brevity

  1. Huffington Post To End Anonymous Comments

    The Huffington Post which has logged more than 260 million comments in its history will end anonymity in those comments, founder Arianna Huffington said Wednesday morning.

    “Trolls are just getting more and more aggressive and uglier and I just came from London where there are rape and death threats,” Huffington said in comments to reporters after a speech at Hubspot’s Inbound 2013 conference in Boston. The changeover will come in mid-September, she said.

    Well. I won’t be commenting there ever again, anyway, so this is no big deal to me personally, but anonymity is a double edged sword. It allows the trolls, but it also protects us little guys from the local crazies.

  2. Dycker’s comment about the cost-savings of not having moderators prompts me to mention something (whine) about my job.

    I work in a large corporation. It’s evil. I won’t defend that I work for one, except to say that for my chosen line of work (formerly a programmer, now a data analyst) it’s really the only option I have.

    So they’ve adopted this new philosophy of agile development. One of the tenets of agile is better collaboration (aka talking to each other). So they like bringing down the cube walls (which costs money) and reconfigure the desks (which costs money) and move us around (which costs money), and this is all for us to be able to collaborate more easily.

    Curiously, on a floor that used to hold let’s say 150 people, but now is configured to hold more then 300, I notice this cuts the cost-per-square foot of said employees nearly in half. Funny how that works.

    So, being the cynic that I am, I couldn’t help but comment on this tremendous cost savings to the company, where management at least begrudgingly admitted that they do save a lot more in rent money with this configuration.

    I didn’t ask (as I already know they answer) if they would have been so eager to adopt this new methodology if it didn’t save them on the rent.

    • Sorry zxbe, but your comment just made me snort out my orange juice! For 15 years I was the lone programmer and did things my own way (self taught programmer from engineering schooling). 5 years ago the company was bought and for 5 years they left me alone. Alas the time came about 6 months ago that they are getting their fingers in my work. Really it’s all good because I can’t do all the things that need to be done. Job jar is quite large.

      Anyway, one of the things I liked about being the lone wolf was that if a new thing was needed or a bug found I could add it or debug it and have a new version up in no time – minutes if it was an easy add/fix. Now the new parent companies IT department is all over this agile management. New term to me but I looked it up. Communicate and collaborate between IT people, check, it does that, including meeting after meeting and email after email. BUT, it’s so agile that a small change can take a week or more to get released. Each change has to go through management of change meetings on Tuesday.

      So the bottom line is my client (I am a contractor) gets poorer service and more people giving them that poor service!!! Oh, and discussing this with them get me the “you can’t compromise on the procedures or it’s not agile management”. Pretty agile – NOT.

      • My husband suffered through this at his last firm as well. When he suggested that some fixes were so obvious that one should “just do it”, that thought morphed into the JDI review before the JDI board.

      • Meeting, after meeting, after meeting etc… . I once worked for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies which converted to the more ‘agile’ environment. There were always meetings. Did you ever come back from a meeting without more work to do and less time to do it because you had to run off to another meeting? We also had to have ‘face-to-face’ meetings which last several days. The purpose was team building. Within two weeks post team building, everyone returned to their previous behaviors. Thousands of dollars were spent and nothing changed.

        zxbe – I feel your pain.

        • “Did you ever come back from a meeting without more work to do and less time to do it because you had to run off to another meeting?”

          LOL A very common occurrence. I’m special though, I mostly work at home and the ‘new’ IT department is in a different city so my meetings are generally one and go home.

      • Sorry about your orange juice. 🙂

        I love is the phrase “that’s not how it’s done in agile” when the entire precept of agile is you get to define how it’s done.

    • I’m sure someone somewhere makes an enormous amount of money coming up with new buzzwords and methodologies to enhance quality and productivity in system development every few years. In my experience, none of them work as well as clearly defining requirements and having a clear testing strategy that can determine if the requirements are met. Collaboration occurs naturally when it’s rewarded by management and when all members of the team are qualified professionals. It becomes impossible when some team members work harder to cover their incompetence than they do on the task, or when individuals feel they are competing against each other for a declining number of positions. Management looks for panaceas to correct problems that they have likely created and latch on to the latest tool being promoted by whomever comes up with that stuff. There was a time in my former career where I was certain that if I heard the words “paradigm shift” one more time that I would run screaming out into the street.

      • Amen to that. Our team building activities have included every new methodology. We even had to do the ‘Seattle Fish Market’ method in which we were handed stuffed fish (toys) to toss at each other during our working hours. Yeah, stupid and crazy.

      • Indeed. When the team says we need management to break down the walls, we really do mean the figurative barriers to us getting our job done, not the cube walls.

        Totally agree about the every few years methodology shift. I’ve been doing this a long time, and I’ve lost track of the number of ways we come up to do the same thing.

  3. Bradley Manning and the Gangster State

    By Chris Hedges

    Wednesday’s sentencing marks one of the most important watersheds in U.S. history. It marks the day when the state formally declared that all who name and expose its crimes will become political prisoners or be forced, like Edward Snowden, and perhaps Glenn Greenwald, to spend the rest of their lives in exile. It marks the day when the country dropped all pretense of democracy, obliterated checks and balances under the separation of powers and rejected the rule of law. It marks the removal of the mask of democracy, already a fiction, and its replacement with the ugly, naked visage of corporate totalitarianism. State power is to be, from now on, unchecked, unfettered and unregulated. And those who do not accept unlimited state power, always the road to tyranny, will be ruthlessly persecuted. On Wednesday we became vassals. As I watched the burly guards hustle Manning out of a military courtroom at Fort Meade after the two-minute sentencing, as I listened to half a dozen of his supporters shout to him, “We’ll keep fighting for you, Bradley! You’re our hero!” I realized that our nation has become a vast penal colony.

    Hedges doesn’t even recount the way Manning was treated before the trial, which was tantamount to torture in itself. I don’t think his incarceration was even considered in his sentencing. It was likely excluded by the judge as irrelevant.

    • “I don’t think his incarceration was even considered in his sentencing. It was likely excluded by the judge as irrelevant.”

      You don’t think being sentenced to 35 years instead of life (90 years), or 60 years like the government wanted was considered by the judge in sentencing? Or that Manning had already served 3 years time and can be eligible for parole in less than 9 years?

      With the political and security climate of today, ‘Chelsea’ was fortunate with the sentence.

      • My question is: Why would you join a homophobic warfaring institution when you know very well how they treat anyone that doesn’t drink the camo colored Kool-Aid

      • No, because he didn’t act as a deliberate traitor, nor did he act with personal gain as a motive. If he had been selling the information or outed as a spy, then I think those sentences might have been appropriate.
        I think he got too much time, and it may be further reduced on appeal.

        • I think the POTUS should fully pardon him, then appoint him director of the CIA.

          In any case, his behavior was not at all bad; it was, in fact and when compared to, say, the behaviors of Bitch BcConnell and John Boner (among many others) fiercely loyal to what once were called American Principles . . . long ago vanquished.

  4. Walmart’s Latest Strategy to Replace the Middle Class With an Underclass Forced to Buy its Shortlived, Shoddy Goods

    The only way out of this is to curtail Walmart’s continued expansion, particularly its planned takeover of urban markets, which threatens to cut off other viable economic development options.

    Almost 30 years ago, as the U.S. was bleeding jobs, Walmart launched a “Buy America” program and started hanging “Made in America” signs in its 750 stores. It was a marketing success, cementing the retailer’s popularity in the country’s struggling, blue-collar heartland. A few years later, NBC’s Dateline revealed the program to be a sham . Sure, Walmart was willing to buy U.S.-made goods — so long as they were as cheap as imports, which, of course, they weren’t. Dateline found that Walmart’s sourcing was in fact rapidly shifting to Asia.

    http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/walmarts-latest-strategy-replace-middle-class-underclass-forced-buy-its-shortlived

    • some of our species will survive. but unless things change, we will experience a near-extinction event of our own causing. Nature always seeks a balance.

  5. How to Save the Earth

    The Summerheat campaign ended in Richmond, California, where Chevron runs a refinery with casual disregard for the local residents. When a section of it exploded last year, authorities sent a text message essentially requesting that people not breathe. As a result, a coalition of local environmental justice activists has waged an increasingly spirited fight against the plant.

    http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175737/

    • Bowing in his general direction; Debussy has long been one of my favorite classical composers, one who, via his musical genius, will live as long as does the human species*.

      *At least a few more decades, i.o.w., a span of time inversely proportional to the number of idiot wingnuts that manage to ascend to any seat of influence or power.

  6. Rapahel Edward Cruz renounces his Canadaism. From Wonkette:

    Dear Prime Minister Stephen Harper:

    I hereby renounce my citizenship in the nation of Canada. While I do not recognize the authority of Canada’s government, I understand you require me to explain my reasons for wanting to sever ties to your so-called country. Frankly, it is Canadians who ought to explain why they want to continue being citizens. But I will humor you, if only for your own edification.

    I do not believe that God makes mistakes. He may, however, be guilty of the occasional oversight, and surely my birth in a frozen northern wasteland was one of them. I was meant to be born where all decent men are born and raised: the great state of Texas. It is currently August in Texas, and the average noontime temperature is approximately one hundred fifty-seven degrees, which strengthens a man’s moral fiber and resolve. I do not know the current temperature in Canada, but I assume it is below freezing, and that everyone is huddled inside igloos, because your country is backwards and terrible.

    I am told that you love maple syrup and offer your citizens free health care. Maple syrup is nothing more than nature’s failed attempt to make its own barbecue sauce, a task assigned by God to man, not trees. Free health care is an attack on a person’s fundamental right to live free from the oppression of a government that would interfere with your choice to be driven deep into poverty by accident or illness. It is un-American, which is the worst thing a country can be.

    You are ruled by a queen. Please continue to deceive yourself that her power is ceremonial. One day Elizabeth, who is apparently immortal in defiance of all that is natural and holy, will decide she wants dominion over her empire again. I hope you like Corgis, because you are two decrees away from mandatory ownership.

    Your flag is a leaf. A leaf. A large portion of your population speaks French.

    I understand that many of you own guns; however, you do not talk about them nearly enough. Hockey seems like a reasonably masculine endeavor, which is why America has taken most of your teams. Perhaps you can start some kind of lesser hockey league, equivalent to the CFL, once we have imported the remainder.

    Your so-called entertainment, on the other hand, is something no God-fearing decent person would want to be associated with. I shall not call Lorne Michaels or Carly Rae Jepsen my countrymen. (I’m 50-50 on the Trailer Park Boys. They show a lot of gumption and entrepreneurial spirit.)

    Canadians often appear normal, like Americans, at first glance. But they are pale and wan, and can usually not speak more than a short phrase or two before their accents reveal them as foreigners. They are squirrely and inherently deceptive.

    America is the greatest nation on earth, thanks to Ronald Reagan, and like him our people are robust and full of health. Any person who has even a remote chance at American citizenship would leave his family and spit on his native flag for the opportunity to be cradled in the warm comfort of our liberties. I sir, am an American, and have been since the day I was born. Not a fiber of my being nor an iota of my character carries the dark stain of Canada, the accidental place of my birth.

    I renounce thee, and heap curses upon your lands.

    Warmly,
    Ted Cruz

    • Hmm the ‘shining city on the hill’ is looking like a pile of dung to this disillusioned man and presumably millions of his countrymen and the Egyptians down the road a bit…

  7. Fundies Say The Darndest Things:

    We have more evidence that Jesus Christ exists than we do than George Washington existed. And yet some do not believe in the Word of God.

  8. This popped up in the videos on the side of the page when I was playing Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel by Tavares, so I’ll take that as a sign I’m supposed to post it for Zooey. These aren’t all from the same show.

    • Excellent piece.

      The author so aptly points out the hypocrisy of the conservatives wanting smaller government, yet:

      Nothing says “big government” like controlling the free movement of individuals through massive federal programs, electrified fences, biometric ID cards, and mandating government permission slips before businesses can hire willing workers.

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