Usurpation and the corporation as crime

from Richard Grossman on Usurpation and the Corporation as Crime

"Richard Grossman says that Occupy Wall Street activists need to go beyond greed and corruption and focus on usurpation. As in – illegal seizure of power. As in – the corporation has usurped – illegally seized – power from the people. He quotes Thomas Hobbes as saying that a corporation is merely a “chip off the old block of sovereignty."


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Tried to mow the lawn

Well, I tried to mow the lawn, but the lawnmower wouldn’t start. I swear. 🙂 It’s probably all clogged up from sitting there unused all winter. It was a hand-me-down mower, anyway, probably in need of replacing, but that’s just not in the budget right now.

Actually, the yard looks better au natural at the moment because it’s full of purple flowers. Sage? Lavender? I don’t know, but most yards in the neighborhood have them. Their owners are probably thinking the same thing I am.

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Can’t companies at least send a denial letter/email? It’s rude to leave us twisting in the wind.


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Note to recruiters

I almost posted this to LinkedIn, but thought better of it since hiring managers and headhunters generally have absolutely no sense of humor regarding “the hiring process.” If they would admit (at least to themselves) that they have no idea what they’re doing, it might help. 🙂

Anyway, here it is: Note to recruiters with “application support” types of jobs to offer: Even if I have no recent experience on XYZ application, I would not expect to have much trouble getting up to speed on any given software application. How is that possible? I’ve been an IT professional for so many years now, touching everything from desktops to servers to the routers, switches to the Internet. After a while, you just know how computers/programmers think.


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The minimum wage, popular with the public, but not the donor class

from The Minimum Wage: Popular With the Public, But Not the Donor Class.

"One of the best proposals to come out of the State of the Union was the President’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour, phased in over three years, and tie it to the cost of living so it automatically adjusts. If anything, the proposed minimum wage is still too low. If the minimum wage had kept up with the rate of inflation, it would now be over $10. Still, Congress hasn’t raised the minimum wage in four years so $9 is an improvement over the current $7.25 and ensuring that it will adjust automatically will bring millions of workers out of poverty."

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