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Sven-SemiFascist
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Sven-SemiFascist
4 months ago

Good morning, GN. Cool and cloudy outside this morning -- nice weather. Still not sleeping well -- starting to see things that aren’t there and that’s never a good sign, right?

Two things strike me from the latest stories about the Uvalde killings. 1) The initial response from the police to 911 calls apparently took 10 minutes -- and that brings to mind “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away” and 2) Part of the slow entry into the school may have been caused by too many different agencies arriving on scene with no one clearly in command.

As evil as the killings were, we all wanted to believe that the police acted heroically and competently and did the best they could -- that may still be true to some extent, but with the exception of the border patrol officers, seems less likely.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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One of the endless excuses will distill down to “need moar training”.

Requiring a “grant” so the various agencies get learn to liaise better.

Sven-SemiFascist
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Sven-SemiFascist
4 months ago

For work, I’ve been tracking a new hire named “Prince.” Seemed unusual as a given name, but I saw that we also have three named “Princess.” Mentioned it to Mrs Sven who showed me a Linkedin entry for someone named “Prince Prince.”

Appears to be an Indian thing.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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My brother had a friend named Prince Floyd when he was in Jr. H.S.; he was neither from the Indian subcontinent nor a Natve American. 😉

Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
4 months ago

Happy Friday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Sven!

Sven -- I’m sorry your sleep troubles continue.

In re the Uvalde killings: we hear that cops deserve the high salary and great retirement that they get because they leave home not knowing whether they’ll see their families again; that they put their lives on the line for us, every day. At this point it should be clear to all that LEOs are no more apt to put their lives on the line than anyone else. While it’s not time to defund the police, it’s past time to reform them. Qualified immunity has to go, as does civil asset forfeiture. Citizens must be allowed the means of self-defense and not be prosecuted for using that means. Of course that means getting rid of the venal cvcks at all levels of government -- not an easy task.

Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
4 months ago

The story out of Uvalde just gets worse and worse. Will this be enough to force changes in law enforcement accountability? Unfortunately, I don’t think so.

Sven-SemiFascist
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Sven-SemiFascist
4 months ago

Yeah, it does, but if we just have universal background checks, killings like this will never happen again.

Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
4 months ago

I just found out my one direct report has been let go, effective the last day of school. They told her they would be replacing her with two schedulers at $17/hr and she was invited to apply for one of those positions. Who will do the other aspects of her job is still unknown. My boss hasn’t seen fit to tell me anything about this.

Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
4 months ago
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Possibly, Mac. I talked with our head of HR (who is also our Controller) and had this discussion. She did not know that my boss had stopped having weekly meetings with me and apologized that I was not included in these meetings.

I’ve requested a meeting with my boss to discuss job responsibilities for next year and stressed that there are tasks that need to be completed now, but the responsibility for them needs to be established first. We’ll see how soon she responds and how that goes.

Sven-SemiFascist
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Sven-SemiFascist
4 months ago

That seems odd. Are you working this summer as well?

Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
4 months ago

Yes, I work year ’round, although the work load is decidedly reduced.