The Employment Trap: Part II – The Skills Deficit

September 8, 2012


Arbeit Macht Frei

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


The beatings will continue until morale improves.

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 […]

Conspiracy, and the Disease of Reflexive Cynicism

September 3, 2012


Reflexive thinking seems to pervade the landscape.  The causes are unclear, but its existence is undeniable.  We jump to conclusions, we utilize stereotypes, and all other manner of mental shorthand in order to come to decisions about people, things, and potential courses of action.  With more information than what can be reasonably processed in the […]

Morello, Eastwood, & Asexuality: A Round Up

August 31, 2012


Why Does Anyone Care What Tom Morello Thinks? Rolling Stone reading beigeists were afflicted with vapors when it was reported that Paul Ryan counts Rage Against the Machine among his favorite bands.  It’s unclear whether he actually enjoys the music or if it was the work of some cynical public relations lackey’s profile modeling, but […]

The Difficulty of Being Cynical About Space Exploration

August 30, 2012


MSL Shadow - Mount Aeolis in Background

At first glance, from a purely fiscal standpoint, space exploration seems like it should be one of the lowest fiscal priorities for a nation under incredible financial strain.  And that’s exactly where it is in the budget.  It hasn’t been appropriated more than 1% of the federal budget since 1993.  Granted, we are still talking […]

The Shot (Un)Heard Around The World

August 28, 2012


Burr-Hamilton Duel

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 […]

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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 […]