Teh Squeaky Wheel
Our gentle Harper claimed cats are socialists.
Cats as socialists? I respectfully disagree as there is nothing “social” about cats.
But they do believe the person who earns the money should lavish it on them. Sounds like a Democrat if not a Socialist.
Happy Goonyun Glorification Day, Wheelizens!
Noice iconic Kommie Kitteh images, Mac!
Already deeply resentful of the need to respond to the CA Contractors State Licensing Board’s Potemkin investigation on the morrow. Not to mention the dozens of hours I’ve already put in to deal with this carp (for which I’m unlikely to evar receive compensation).
Hope all o’ ya’ll have a lurvely day.
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Happy Well, at least we get a day off Monday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Mac, and Fatwa!
Been trying to get some things done outside, before it gets too hot.
Fatwa -- I’m sorry you’re still having to deal with that nonsense. I hope it all comes out right in the end.
Mac -- excellent job!
Good morning, Fatwa, Mac, and Paddy -- a day off is a blessing.
An interesting look back at the labor unions and early 20th century America courtesy of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America -- the union that my grandfather helped organize. Trigger warning: rampant white privilege presented.
Thank you, Sven. I recorded it and watched part of it, to be finished later. I see these arguments about the legacy of Unions, but it seems in many industries the legacy is the death of the industries and their jobs in America. The products are still made by kids or poor adults but in other Countries, not here. I also have to wonder about claims we would still have child labor and such. Unions have been almost eliminated in the private sector, less than 5% isn’t it? Yet we have not seen the return of the child labor or other abuses, and in government, where the Unions have grown and dominate, we see the bankruptcy and unfairness that killed the Union’s hosts in the private sector. When the government economies put in such unsustainable condition collapse, as they must, it will be uglier than the loss of our steel, auto, and textile industries.
I always thought a Trade Guild approach, where employers would benefit from skilled and trained workers, held to high standards by the guilds, would make higher costs worth while, but the union one sided approach, penalizing good workers and preventing the cream from rising, lowers the quality and standards, making them parasites on the industries and offering nothing to justify the higher costs of their members. Not been a fan, but I have never been a member. I did often suffer from not being able to make my own arrangement with my employer. I was a hard worker and most would give me the extra hours I needed if legal, but could not pay the overtime. I had to work for two employers to get the hours I needed and that was much harder and more stressful for me.I had to spend more time and money on travel to work the same hours.All I wanted government to do is make my employer abide by our agreement, not limit what I thought best for me. Of course with me working two jobs they took more money from me, so that worked well for them.
My grandfather died when I was five years old and I only have a few memories of him. I often wonder what he would think of unions today and the changes to organized labor, becoming as corrupt if not more so -- in my opinion -- as the corporations that they were fighting against.
You are exactly right, Mac, about us outsourcing our child labor and terrible working conditions to other companies so that we can turn a blind eye to it when we buy cheap products and pretend it doesn’t exist. Out of sight, out of mind.
The holes in recall election ballot envelopes explained: http://californiacountynews.org/news/2021/08/counties-address-concerns-over-holes-mail-ballots
The hole or holes would allow a blind person to sign the envelope in the proper location, but the claim that this allows them to “vote on their own” is patently false. The ballot is not in braille so there is no way a blind person could vote without assistance. Adding in the Utah tale of binding lots of ballots together through the holes with zip ties also makes no sense. The holes would have to go through the ballots and both sides of the envelopes, not just one side.
Good points.I should have said the “official” explanation.
I started ripping my vinyl to digital again -- 240 albums to go and then I can start on the cassettes. Amazing how well they’ve held up. The ones I went through today were all from the 70’s -- bought new. So more than 40 years old and not sounding too bad.
Does vinyl sound better? I can’t tell after the abuse my ears have gone through over 60 years,but there is something about holding an actual album and reading the liner notes.
There is just something special about holding that album, admiring the artwork, reading the liner notes, etc. that just can’t be replicated by other formats.
Most of my records were worn out, but I did digitize a few that were not available any other way. I had a collection of operettas that were better than any version I could find, an old Readers Digest collection. I had worn them out so I found a used set on Amazon and bought it. It was in better shape. There are a few others as well. I have also transferred a lot of cassettes. I did a bunch of tapes of Miss Emily singing and playing for Backhoe. I was glad I got it to him before he passed. It is tedious but it is nice to have your favorites preserved in digital form.