January 26, 2017

It's Time to Crank This Baby Back Up!

I've been very slack about posting to this blog, but I want you to know that is no more. This shit has gotten real, and I need to let my opinion be known. In five -- count 'em, 5 -- days, Trump has done more damage to this country than we ever thought possible. Let me know if I miss anything. These are not necessarily in chronological order.
  1. Started the process of repealing Obamacare, promising it would be replaced by "Insurance for everyone," which sounds like a big gimme to the insurance industry to me. I hear Congress is really upset about this promise, since they have no intention of keeping it.
     
  2. Cut off funding to Planned Parenthood International by reinstating the Mexico City Policy which says no international agency can receive federal funds if they promote or perform abortions. I'm sure he and his cronies think this will kill Planned Parenthood, but they underestimate women so much, they don't understand how far we will go to keep it open. Hang on, cowgirls. This rodeo has just started!
     
  3. Shut down the EPA, effectively, by freezing all funding to all projects and put a gag order on all employees that included their social media accounts. Isn't that a violation of their first amendment rights? It sure sounds like one. In addition, won't shutting down the EPA put a shitload of people out of work? Yeah, that's what I was thinking, but he doesn't seem to care about putting educated people out of work, just uneducated nimrods that refuse to work anywhere but factories.
  4. Imposed a hiring freeze on all federal employees. Anyone with half a brain knows this will not keep the government from hiring people. They will just hire them from contract and temporary agencies. Oh well, at least they won't have to pay benefits -- but wait -- weren't they doing that already? Isn't half the NSA run by contractors? I believe Edward Snowden was one of those, wasn't he?
  5. Withdrew us from the TPP. O.K., I agree with this. He has also said he will renegotiate NAFTA, which I agree with too. Now if he would only get rid of H1-B visas, send all of those people back to Asia, and give their jobs back to the Americans that were laid off so they could hire them, I'd be delerious. Do you realize how many jobs that would open up for Americans? Not only the jobs now held by the visa holders, but the jobs taken by all of their family members who came over with them.
  6. Restarted the two oil pipeline projects we all hate, and the EPA can't say or do anything about it, because they are effectively shut down and defunded. That was a huge gift to the oil companies, hey? I don't even know what to say about this, except that it creates a bunch of temporary jobs, and only about 40 permanent jobs. Like I said, just a big "thank you" to the oil companies. They say he sold all his stock in the oil companies, but what do you want to bet he sold it to a shell corporation that he actually owns?
  7. Shut down our borders temporarily to immigration until a "vetting" process is put in place. It seems he will be shutting it down permanently to people from most middle-eastern countries, oh of course, except the oil people and their families -- they can come in. I wonder what he's going to do about all the middle-easterners over here on work and student visas? Will they have to be RE-vetted? This will be interesting.
  8. Put forth an executive order to build the wall. Isn't that a budgetary item? I didn't think you could order funding for something until Congress approved it, but he doesn't seem to be aware of that or care. I foresee him cutting off all foreign aid to Mexico to pay for the wall. I wouldn't think Mexico would be a great country to piss off, since they have a lot of drug cartels that would gladly blow his ass away if he interferes with their business dealings.
Did I get everything?

Other than that, he is STILL obsessed over  losing the popular vote, which I'm thinking is making Hillary Clinton laugh with glee. He mentions it everywhere he goes, which is making him a laughing stock more than he already is. Now he has said he will start an investigation into proving he is right that there were 3-5 million illegal votes for Hillary. How is he going to fund that, because Paul Ryan and most of congress has already said it's bullshit.

So I think this is it so far. Let me know in the comments what I missed. I do have to work, so I can't stay online checking up on this maniac for too long during the day.
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The Government is Already Outsourcing, and Has Been for Years

Don't worry about a freeze on federal jobs, most of them are temps working on contract anyway. Some of them are working remotely.

I just got off the phone with Social Security -- OMFG! This woman would not stop talking. I asked her a very pointed question, and she just kept reading everything about my account, which was totally irrelevant, and I had to interrupt her to get her back on track. Then she went off track again, not answering my question, so I had to interrupt her like FOUR TIMES to get the question answered. I finally ended up being rather rude, I guess, but I have limited minutes on my phone, and she was running them out. I finally said "Do you have adult ADD, because I've asked you this question three times and you keep just rattling on and not answering me. It's a simple question. Can you please just listen to me and answer my question?" She actually said "What was your question?" after I had repeated it three times already.

I'm relatively cognizant for someone 64 years old. I can't imagine how frustrated some of the older people get when dealing with this. I was told that SS outsources some of its customer service to people who work from home. Maybe I should apply for one of those jobs, because this is ridiculous! I actually had one person curse at me and hang up on me, and when I got a supervisor, he said they had no way to know who I had talked to because it was outsourced, and they were allowed not to use their real names. WTF??? This is what my tax dollars are paying for???

To top it all off, I still have two other appointments to get this all straightened out in time to get my Medicare. Why do they make it so hard?
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November 09, 2016

There Is One Good Thing About the Outcome of This Election...

We don't have to worry about choosing the lesser of two evils from now on. The greater evil has won and anything in the future will be better than this.

I can't stop crying. I was a Berner who reluctantly came around to voting for Hillary, but actually against Trump. My only hope is that he lied to his supporters, the same way he lies to everyone; that he played them to get into office and now he's going to return to his Democratic roots.

But I doubt it. I think he's gone insane and I'm truly terrified for what the next four years will bring.

Some things are certain: 

Obamacare will be repealed, and it will likely not be replaced. It will be "business as usual" for the insurance industry. He's talked about putting in Rick Scott as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Think about that. People will die. 

Roe V. Wade will be repealed by a Republican Supreme Court. Women will die in back alley abortions. There will be thousands of abandoned drug-addicted babies. Children victims of rape and incest will be forced to give birth. Women will be forced to carry diseased and deformed babies to full-term and watch them die in agony.

Millions of migrant workers will be unceremoniously shipped back to Mexico. Crops will rot in the fields and on the trees, because Americans think they're too good to go out and pick crops. Well, unless he makes doing it a condition of getting welfare, and that might actually be a good thing. I hope he goes after all the illegals from other countries too, while he's at it. There are tens of thousands of illegal Canadians here hiding in plain sight and also a ton of Eastern Europeans, Russians and Caribbean nationals. If he's going to throw them out, throw them ALL out.

The rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer. The tax cuts will just put more money into the 1%'s pockets, just like they admitted the Bush tax cuts did. It will also put a lot of money into Trump's pockets, stolen from ours. Don't fool yourself into thinking they are going to create jobs. The only jobs the Bush era tax cuts created were in China and India.

Racists will reign and minorities will not only be taunted but beaten, bullied and killed. We're already seeing this in schools and workplaces all over America. Southern employers will make a point of firing anyone who isn't white, but what they will be left with may be a surprise to them, as most of the south isn't college educated and will not be qualified for today's technical work.

Social Security is at risk. I personally have not had insurance for 8 years because I couldn't afford it, even through the marketplace. I get Medicare next year, if it's still here, or if the premiums haven't gone up so much that I can't afford it.

Gay marriage will be repealed. I don't even know what to say about that. It's just a travesty that we cannot let people love who they want to love.

I was not sure what to expect of Hillary, but I know what to expect of Trump -- hatred, bigotry, sexism, racism and chaos. I've said I was going to move to Mexico if he won, and I am. I'll be working extra hard for the next year to get out of this country and never come back. This is NOT the country of my birth, and he is NOT my president.
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September 07, 2016

Eating Frogs

"If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first." ~ Mark Twain

I think the entire problem with my life is that I feel like I'm eating frogs all day every day. I have no passion for doing what I do. When I was small, I didn't way "I want to grow up to write crappy articles for crappy websites." Yet here I am, day after day, doing just that. It's demeaning to me. I hate doing it, thus I put it off until I absolutely have no choice because the bills are due and I need money to pay them. I can't get ahead because doing this makes me so damned miserable that I just can't force myself to do it most days.

Everyone tells me "Find your passion!" That would be fine, except I have no passion. My passion is to do nothing - absolutely nothing. If I hadn't screwed up my whole life, I could retire with a nice pension and do nothing for the rest of my life, but that isn't the case. The hopelessness of having to work at something I hate so much because of all my past mistakes is just too much to take some days, so I lose myself in social media or watch t.v. or anything to escape the reality of a life gone completely wrong.

I guess I'm depressed, but I'm so sick of hearing people say "Go to the doctor and get pills." I don't want to take pills. I've done that, and it never works for long. I would be fine with just being depressed if I didn't have to make money.

Money absolutely is the root of all evil. Evil, greedy people create mediocre work for the desperate and rake in the profits from the products of their misery. This world is about to implode, and I honestly can't wait. It can't go on like this. Something will happen so that these oligarchs will lose everything, but then what? If all that they own is gone, if the shit actually does hit the fan, how will people survive? The truth is, we won't. People will die. Millions of people. The ones who will survive won't be the survivalists or the preppers. It will be people like me, who have lived with so little for so long that we have an innate ability to survive anything. In short, the most miserable people are the ones who will rebuild the world. Let's hope we build it better than it is now.

Well, another depressing post, but I don't give a royal damn anymore. The world is a shithole and I'm just another piece of shit waiting to be flushed.
If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first. Mark Twain
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February 22, 2016

Sometimes, You Just Have to Do Something Radical

 It's been a long time since I've posted here, but I was trying to make it a positive blog, and it's hard to be positive when so many negative things are happening in your life. So I saw this image today and since it is something I have just done with one of my clients, I decided it IS a postive thing sometimes to do just that. Just say "fuck it" and stop killing yourself trying to please people who cannot be pleased.

So this client is the one I make most of my money from right now, and I need them because I need to make enough money for my trip in June. It's not easy to make money with this place, for many reasons I won't go into here, but suffice to say that if I could make this money any other way -- like selling my soul -- I would.

Their editors are idiots, and I use that term lightly. They are a bunch of recent college grads working part-time trying to get some creds for a better job. That's it. They don't care about the work, actually, and there is no room for advancement with this company, so you get the picture. Young, inexperienced minds, low pay, less motivation -- not a formula for exceptional editorial performance.

However, once in awhile, one comes along who is really trying -- way too hard. Most of these have control-freakish types of personalities, and they are very identifiable by their editing style. There is one we call "Detail Girl." Now we don't know if this person is male or female, we just made that up. Detail Girl likes to ding you for not having enough details in an article that is on the broadest of topics. In order to get these details, she likes you to add more information, meaning more unpaid words, which is taboo in an industry where we are already underpaid and underappreciated.

So the other day I was writing an article and putting in as many details as possible. It turned out to be a lot longer than required word count, but I sometimes do that to get everything in. I put a lot of work into the article, and while I knew it wasn't perfect, I also knew it wasn't bad so I happily submitted it. Then Detail Girl got ahold of it. She seemed to skip past all the details and settle on one sentence that she said needed to be bolstered by more details, and proceeded to lay out what they should be. Then she gave me the lowest rating available, meaning less pay.

So I did exactly what they image above says, said "fuck it" and vowed never to write a quality article for this place again. I will do what everyone else does and pump out listicles and crap content, so if I get that low rating and pay, I can just accept it and move on.

And I will live with that decision happily ever after. THE END.
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