As Joni Mitchell so well observed...
Some get the gravy
And some get the gristle
Some get the marrow bone
And some get nothing
Though there's plenty to spare
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@AC, there's a reason we have featherweight, heavyweight, etc in boxing: because you can't put a small short fit fighter with a hugely tall, slab of muscle fit fighter. Small differences are fair. Enormous differences ae not fair. There's a photo of a girl's team onlinem with the girls all teenagers and about 5ft6in, and one bloke over 6ft. He identifies as female, and there he is on the team. First, as it were, amongst equals.
Nont-IT, but same problem: I was working in marketing and had a chat with an art college student who had bravely decided to approach my company directly with her portfolio. We couldn't use her (we didn't hire freelancers), but she was smart and talented and had great ideas. She also mentioned that she had been interviewed by several big design agencies. Shortly thereafter, we interviewed some design agencies and I was surprised and amazed to see one of the art student's designs displayed as the work of one of the agencies. The design was so distinctive that it couldn't be a zeigeist thing. So, she had shown them her portfolio and they had promptly ripped her off, and she never knew. I didn't want to hire the agency, but my boss was untroubled by my disclosure and we took them on. Still makes my blood boil, 20 years later.
I am a consultant. I regularly walk into the situation Mr Dabbs describes: everything in melt-down and a fix demanded within five minutes.
As a grey-haired web professional, I can usually spot two or three easy small fixes at once, can identify the wetware that is going to be useful (often anothe grey head in the IT dept) and the ones that are the main problem, and grasp a good-ish bit of the organisational culture. It's called 'experience'.
Once I prove my credentials with those quick fix suggestions, which always seem to be received as if Holy Writ, with looks of stunned and relieved amazement, I start talking to employees (as another commentard suggests) and finding out what the deep problems are. I write up my thoughts and offer to stay to project-manage the solutions, that is, I own what I think and am willing to prove it.
So far, I seem to be valued at my daily rate. It's embarrassing that it's usually common sense, knowing how to handle big egos, and 'have seen this before' that is the secret magic, and this magic commands the big bucks.
Yep, I got paid an extra month's salary and various accounts were still available to me after I resigned. I wemailed, then wrote, asking to whom I should pay back the salary, etc., but heard nothing. The money sits in my account earning whole pennies of interest until they finally get a clue.
@phuzz, there's some interesting stuff on the 'black market' in the UK in the last years of WWII and especially in the years following (to about 1952) when spivs and buying thins on the black market became the norm. Your local butcher would keep back a choice bit of pork of beef for you on a 'consideration', your other high street merchants did similar, and you got to know your local chap for other goodies. Some people refused to break the law, but many admitted that it was during this time of austerity and rationing that finally broke them of their honesty habit, and some historians date a general decline in respect for the law from this time. I am not 100% convinced, but it's interesting. Would we all enjoy St Trinian's so much without that admiration for the scofflaw?
Dr Syntax, as much as I respect you and always enjoy your comments, it's really not a game. What does a white straight male win if he 'games' someone is is not and who has had a lifetime of being made to feel second-class? Why can't straight white guys just be civil and realise not everyone got handed a golden ticket at birth? I speak as someone with a visible disability.
I am all for Trump staying on, as I think the world could do without a super-power forcing its economic and political will ont he world. We are already seeing countries looking at ways to have treaties or invest or do business without the USA in the equation. The USA has had about 60 years of world domination, and 'world domination' is always a phrase that means bad things (the baddies always want it), so if the USA wants to step back from being the dominant party in treaties ans trade deals, and wants to put up tariffs to encourage its own walled garden to grow, then I say great. It is time for the EU etc to stop looking to anyone but themselves to captin their own ships.
I suspect it was more than a few postage stamps. I've been at companies where the mail room person shook his head over people clearly doing some sort of side business, using free postage, parcel delivery etc. More than merely having your online shopping delivered. He didn't report if because the guy was senior. I know companies tend to shrug when employees get birthday cards etc sent for free, but that's just secretaries and middle managers. Above that, senior managers should set an example of integrity. Auditors most definitely have to show personal and well as professional integrity. If I had to censure an internal auditor over what was theft, I would be seeking to encourage him to move elsewhere. I would also be keeping a beady eye on him. Keystroke stuff, for instance.
@Warm Braw, I agree. My partner is alive today only because an A&E admitting nurse thought something wasn't quite right with someone who was coming in with an inflamed knee and flu. It turned out the knee was a mass of sepsis and 24 days and expensive drugs later she came home with her life and both legs, but it was a near-run thing. But it looked like someone with flu and a bad knee.
Ignorance of the law is not 'mens rea'. Those who have a sub-normal mental ability can steal without understanding that this is wrong. It is the intent to do wrong that is the mental awareness. Much wrong is also against the law, but some isn't, and yet most people can draw a line where right shades into a very narrow band of questionable before we're in the territory or wrong. Cleaners who mistook the house clearly had no idea of doing wrong. Those who claim they didn't know it was wrong to steal a co-worker's packed luck clearly have a mens rea that they crossed the line, because nobody who knows the 'rules' of the workplace (and decent behaviour) can pretend they didn't know stealing was wrong.
I've now started leaving everything but my Kobo e-reader* at home when on hols, and suddenly I have my holidays back. And it turns out that nothing that's happened while I was off-grid was essential for me to know. And now I look at things, rather than taking photos. And, spookily, I reflect, I muse, I take time to enjoy the here and now. It began when I was once on hols far from any signal at all and it was a light-bulb moment. I actually come back from my breaks refreshed!
*for the plane
I was sruck by Chris Hadfield's TED talk about what he had to do. It wasn't the physical training alone that impressed me, but the learning Russian and the years and years of commitment.
I want a jack because i have several sets of very expensive headphones that I am very happy with and don't want to replace.
I also have tinnitus, which means i need to have a volume control that is very sensitive, not a bar scale of volume but a rolling wheel that I can chnage very fact. These I hve and can put between my headphone cord and the final device's jack.
I am in a minority, or course, but not going to Bluetooth is not the moron's choice. And it's nice to have a choice.
Many people feel it's improper to speak ill of the dead, but I consider that an illogical and sentimental feeling that has no effect on my own ctions. I won't deliberately say something to hurt someone, but if I diss Jobs and someone feels distressed by it, then they have to accept the consequences of their beliefs. There's nothing sacred about an anniversary. Indeed, an anniversary, which puts the person back into our heads for a day, is a great time to comment on him. Sanctimonious po-faced 'respect' serves no truth.
Mr or Ms Carter, so that's a staggering 0.7% of the Gross National Income? About maybe £14m p.a.? Not all of which goes to Africa?
However, I agree that foreign aid is shockingly mis-used in many cases. Or could it be that this is exactly the point, to buy the loyalty of the despots?
MsKnight, I agree with you and your further comments. Amazon max the legitimate tax breaks they can, then use the global financial system to max the rest. Good books and reportage are coming out about the vast ocean of off-the-books or dark money that all global companies, zillionaires and oligarchs use (these categories sometime overlap) to pay the monomum tax everywhere. Governments such at that int he UK don't penalise them because the power structures are run by the beneficiaries of those who like to do favour for the very rich. But it is almost impossible to be a citizen and consumer without supporting this structure where they pay less so you pay more.
But you can exercise some narrow choice over where you buy, and I haven't bought anything from Amazon in years. I go to independent and smaller companies for books and DVDs and goods, if they seem to me to be better employers. Amazon gets exposed over and over again for its terrible employment practices. I can't support that sor tof employer. It's the same reason I never shop in Walmart. It's mini-ethics, but it's about all that's left to us.
Mr or Ms F.A. Nutcase,
They've been prusuing this for a while, but the American Trans-Pacific trade agreemnt was offering the southeast Asian countries an escape route. Now, unfortunately, that choice is gone, and they have very little wiggle-room in negotiations.
The logical consequences, as I see it, is that all the goods and services the USA (and Europe) enjoys from the Pacific East will be offered on very different terms. I dont' think it willb e good for the USA. As with the Roman Empire, if you don't keep your troops, forts and walls in tip-top condition on the frontiers, it doesn't matter if your troops are superior, because the Goths, Alans etc will just keep on coming and a breached permeter is well-nigh impossible to repair.
I think the troll mentality is one you are born with. Sociopathic, if you will, or just plain nasty. Then they seek a belief system that will allow them to wreak their choice of havoc, be it Westboro of white supremacist or whatever.
This makes it difficult for groups campaigning for positive change (e.g. end to disability discrimination) to act in any way but Gandhian passivity, lest they be tarred with the same brush.
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