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Holding a mirror up to society…

April 16, 2013


Did cocaine use by bankers cause the global financial crisis? Herd mentality, which thrives during times of uncertainty, is certainly much more explicable when you factor in the trembling insecurity and depleted discernment that go hand in hand with a coke habit. I think it’s a little ludicrous to blame cocaine, but at least now […]

Gene Genie

September 21, 2012


There’s a new fad in psychology and psychotherapy to discount the role of genes in many psychological disorders because they’ve been unable to link any specific gene with predisposition to disorders like schizophrenia and depression, and the resulting lack of a perfect cure for these debilitating disorders.  To my somewhat jaded eye, this bears a […]

The Employment Trap: Part II – The Skills Deficit

September 8, 2012


Part 2 of a 2-Part Special Denunciation of Workplace Indignity Part 2 – The Skills Deficit There is an unfortunate and frankly evil lack of willingness today to train employees to do jobs.  This short-sightedness has consequences not only for the employer, but for job seekers.  These effects are poisonous and systemic, and it only […]

The Employment Trap: Part I – An Introduction

September 6, 2012


Part 1 of a 2-Part Special Denunciation of Workplace Indignity This is an introduction to get readers up to speed with my thinking on the subject of workplace control and dignity.  Part 2 discusses the important ramifications of skills for entry-level employment and how learning to answer phones, upsell customers, or wash dishes for low […]

The Shot (Un)Heard Around The World

August 28, 2012


Mark Ames (of the great, daily reading required eXiled Online) recently wrote an interesting article about the shooting by and of Jeffrey Johnson at the Empire State Building last Friday which touched on the struggle of the American “twerp,” and the options in life they have after a lifetime of bullying.  He brings together the […]

The Excluded Middle

August 27, 2012


If you’ve looked for employment in the last week, year, or pretty much ever, you know what companies are looking for: Someone who is “excellent” at pretty much anything the company might ask you to do.  Someone who is willing and able, with no stress or hesitation, to conform to whatever demands are made by […]