Monday, June 14, 2010

Nixing the 1099 Nightmare; Stuck in Oppressive June

The Forest Glen Metro in Silver Spring, Md., 3:22PM, June 12, 2010. The Metro station is so deep it only has elevators -- no giant 20+ story escalators.

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So I've decided to bail on the horse-shitty 1099 contracting job that sustained me through 16 dreadful months, and that was my full time unhappy regular job for 11 months prior to that. I'm not doing one of the biweekly climate change news compendiums that has a drop-dead due date of tomorrow at 9AM (as if I'm going to stay up all night when I have a full time real job now just to do it).

This shit will be hitting the fan tomorrow when the dreadful boss woman I had sees I haven't done the 15-page assignment. She is going to flip out with weird email bullying and threats delivered in her "professional" manner. I just can't do it anymore -- and I don't need that extra $440 at this time.

I will have a lot more to say about this but not right now.

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Quill's parents' house on Rogart Road, Silver Spring, Md., 3:54PM, June 12, 2010. I helped with some gardening and yard work on Saturday -- and avoided the b.s. "Capital Pride" stuff.

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The weather has been disgustingly, oppressively humid and warm for days now. Thunderstorms keep trying to form but wussing out. There is a small cluster of showery downpours with a bit of lightning and thunder nearing the immediate D.C. area as I write this at about 8PM. Apparently, a cold front is approaching and will cool us off from the 92F air temp. / 72F dew point shit of the past few days.

I hate summer in D.C., always have, always will. And it is technically not even astronomical summer yet. You feel like you're moving through the surface-level atmosphere of frickin' Venus.

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A lovely sunset as seen while riding in Quill's dad's car along University Blvd., Silver Spring, Md., 8:30PM, June 12, 2010.

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OK, two political comments ...

This New York Times opinionator column by Prof. J.M. Bernstein is excellent.

It's about why the teabaggers are such crazy, irrational, and paranoid nihilists -- they just whacked in the head by reality and discovered that their libertarian - individual myth of America in the 21st Century is just that, a bunch of bullshit with no bearing in actual world, and they aren't Ayn Rand / ruggedly individualistic free agents, and never were or will be, and so they've lost their mind like a jilted lover who can't get over the rejection (yikes).

However, it is written in a highly philosophical way that I think some of my friends (Kristof in particular) would love.

You wouldn't see an article like that in the worthless WaHoPo. Instead, it would be a bunch of poll-driven bullshit RNC talking points blather about the "convergence of the Tea Party and Republican Party into an unstoppable force..."

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Pearls Before Swine for June 14, 2010

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Oh, and here is a classic bullshit article ... and were it real the outcome would be utterly catastrophic.

It's a story about the trillion dollar wealth in minerals such as lithium, cobalt, and gold that supposedly exists in the mountainous wastes of Afghanistan and how it would transform the failed country.

It would transform it, alright -- right into a "resource cursed" nation that would make Nigeria, the quintessentially resourced cursed country, look like Switzerland.

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A secluded passageway off the 2300 block of 18th St., NW, in the Kalorama section of Washington, D.C., 4:38PM, June 13, 2010

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Sigh. Time to go to bed. It took me 4-1/2 hours to finish this entry.

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Blanche: "I wonder if you can collect Social Security at 49, 50 ..."

Dorothy: "49, 50 ... What is that, Blanche? The address of the Social Security building?"

Speaking of The Golden Girls, here is a nice tribute to the 88-year old very active and very wonderful Betty White, the last survivor of the four Golden Girls.

--Regulus

4 comments:

krzysztof said...

I like Bernstein's analysis. I don't know enough about the movement to have an intelligent discussion but I really like what he said about the notions of freedom and individuality as being essentially manufactured by the network of social institutions and their interactions.

It's interesting that, according to him, the Tea Party movement doesn't really have a consistent agenda. It's just an impotent outburst of rage caused by disillusionment. Very interesting

Regulus said...

I knew you'd like it. I was fascinated by what he wrote.

krzysztof said...

So did shit hit the fan?
Like that?

Regulus said...

Kristof -- See my email.