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The Lounge Three edicts Dec 19 2014
15:13 (UTC)
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Original Post by gotborked:

Original Post by kevinatthebrook:

Original Post by knowan:

 

1) An international currency pegged to food production.  Countries get money based on how much food they produce.  All international business transactions must be based on this new currency, and not any regional currency (such as the American Dollar), although national currencies may still be used internally.

Hey Africa: EFF YOU!

I hope you all like soy beans and corn because that's all you're going to get if it's based off of volume of food produced.

And without my listed #1, Monsanto will then rule the world.

....as if St. Louis didn't have a bad enough rep already....

The Lounge The Dysfunctional Family Christmas Sing-Along Dec 19 2014
15:08 (UTC)
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While this one is, indeed, totally dysfunctional (and NSFW), I laugh every time I hear it.

And "Christmas at Ground Zero" has that ironic happy thing about it I've always liked.

The Lounge Stupid Safety Dec 18 2014
15:14 (UTC)
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My company has a policy that if sick time is going to be more than two weeks for a single incident, we need to get with HR to apply for "medical leave of absence" status.  It's not that we have to justify the time off (although I do think you need a legitimate medical reason), it's just a way of re-categorizing our employment status for reporting reasons.

I've been using up quite a bit of sick and FMLA time to care for my mother this year, but I have not been penalized for it in any way. 

The Lounge Stupid Safety Dec 18 2014
14:29 (UTC)
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Original Post by catwalker:

Step by step instructions for assembly and production make sense. Those serve a real purpose.

I think there's a very good argument for checklists/instructions in other areas besides assembly and production.

It's easy to think "Hey, I'm a reasonably intelligent person, I can freakin' remember how to do my job."  But when checklists were implemented for the professional and skilled pilots in the air force, and later for commercial pilots, accidents still went down dramatically.

Granted, there are pitfalls with them - they're only good if people follow them, people can check off stuff they really haven't done, etc.  But they still have a good track record.

The Lounge so how do americans feel about the cuba development? Dec 18 2014
14:16 (UTC)
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I'm all for it for reasons stated above, but the most humorous reaction I've seen to it is Marco Rubio, who curiously ranted against the support of "business interests" shamelessly looking for profits. I had to double check to make sure he still had an R after his name.

The Lounge Stupid Safety Dec 17 2014
20:22 (UTC)
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Original Post by kevinatthebrook:

Injury prevention is a result of a safety conscious culture.

Agreed, and that's why my manager makes it a regular discussion in all staff meetings.

I just don't think the initial effort of calling attention to, say, hazards in a parking lot, is just an example of CYA.  Sometimes people actually do need to be reminded to look for ice.

The Lounge Stupid Safety Dec 17 2014
17:45 (UTC)
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Original Post by nebi-hime:

During the mating period and the raising of their goslings, the geese become very aggressive and will attack any person or animal that comes in close proximity to them.....

I can tell you from experience to take this warning seriously.

Mama geese can get crazy mean.

The Lounge Canada's not as progressive as I thought Dec 17 2014
17:37 (UTC)
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Original Post by floggingsully:

Original Post by santonacci:

F-K-M is for frat parties, Adult Swim, and the joke section of Maxim - not an interview of a national political leader.

DJs on rock stations would fit in a lot better with the former group than the later, no?

Well sure, but the guy wasn't at a frat party, on adult swim, or in the joke section of Maxim, was he?

Or are rock station DJs incapable of knowing the difference?

The Lounge Three edicts Dec 17 2014
17:34 (UTC)
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1.  Corporations are not people

2.  Free education for all

3.  Medical care is a human right

The Lounge Canada's not as progressive as I thought Dec 17 2014
17:10 (UTC)
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I didn't see anything in that article that indicated people thought it was "the worst thing in the world", but that it was inappropriate - and they're right.

F-K-M is for frat parties, Adult Swim, and the joke section of Maxim - not an interview of a national political leader.

The Lounge Starting a family when you're overworked Dec 17 2014
16:57 (UTC)
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Original Post by notsisyphus:

I guess that was the venting part. Here is the input part: does anyone have experience raising a family while working very long or difficult hours? Is it selfish to do so? Is it miserable? Did it ruin your marriage?

Not the exact same experience, but a little bit.  I was in automotive in the mid 90's, and the facility I was in at the time was cutting back really far in personnel.  The department I was in should have at least 8 engineers in it, but was only being run by 4.  Consequently, I was working 12 hour days with the pile on my desk just getting higher.  Top that with a 10 month old baby at home that I got to spend, at most,  a few hours with in the evening - and I was miserable.

I don't know anything about your maternal instincts - everyone is different - but it tore me apart too much, so I left, feeling that whatever monetary benefits we were seeing because of the job were not enough to compensate for the stress and anxiety of not being there for my family.  Fortunately I found a better job 6 months later that was more understanding and had a better family/personal time policy.

If you can't see any possibility of your work load easing up or ways to flex your time when family situations come up, then, as mentioned, something's got to give.  Asking your family to deal with that stress is unfair, and your employer has a business to run.

The Lounge Stupid Safety Dec 17 2014
16:25 (UTC)
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Original Post by catwalker:

And, if they had been ready for ice in November and plowed/salted/sanded, the person would probably not have fallen. Making us all read this "training" is nothing more than the company covering their ass so they can deny a future claim.

That may be part of it, but injury prevention does does have financial benefits beyond liability.  For example, we go through the "how to lift something heavy" scenario at least twice a year. 

On the one hand, they seem to be saying "yeah, we don't think you remember this from 6 months ago", but on the other, they can also cite verifiable data showing that in the previous six months they shelled out $1 million and lost over 100 man hours (impacting project deadlines) because of lifting related back injuries.

And don't get me started on the snow thing - just a forecast of 1/2" of snow will cause school to be called off the next day.

The Lounge Stupid Safety Dec 17 2014
16:03 (UTC)
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It sounds stupid on the surface, but businesses lose millions of dollars a year in disability and sick time because of easily preventable injuries.  It sounds like they're teaching people how to walk, but in my experience it's common for someone to overlook simple safety when walking, especially when they're in a hurry.

I've lost count of the number of people I've encountered who don't see the problem with texting while walking - even though they can all cite at least one person they know that have walked into a door or tripped over something because of it - they just laugh it off until the someone actually falls and breaks something.

Besides that, a lot of businesses, especially  large ones with medical and disability coverage, are getting directives from insurance companies to put safety programs in place to reduce cost and liability.

The Lounge Cleveland Police Department Dec 16 2014
14:14 (UTC)
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Original Post by amwick:

The UK has laws that prohibit selling any kind of imitation weapon, toy or otherwise to children.  At least I read that, maybe that would be a good rule in the US.

While I personally have no problem with toy guns being off the market, that proposal will never fly in the current US anti-regulation-down-with-the-nanny-state-gun -worship culture.

The Lounge Ferguson grand jury has reached a decision *Update* No indictment, rampant looting Dec 13 2014
16:10 (UTC)
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Original Post by theviewfromhere:

it's a form of protest. pretty inventive, actually. we'll see how effective it is.

Is there anything that legally compels Wilson, Nixon, or the others to even show up?

I can see Nixon making an appearance, if for no other reason than PR, but I fail to see the incentive for Wilson and McCulloch.  It's not like they're going to help a protest against themselves.

I'm all for inventive protests, but I don't think this is going to make the statement they  think it will.

The Lounge Ferguson grand jury has reached a decision *Update* No indictment, rampant looting Dec 13 2014
15:52 (UTC)
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Not only am I wondering why Gov. Nixon changed his name, but why in the world he's considered a person of interest in the incident.  It's not like he was there.

And I'm also curious as to what a second grand jury, which will have no bearing on the legal case, can accomplish.  If there's no legal authority, how in the world does that put "justice back in the hands of black people"?

The Lounge I'm all about that bass! Dec 12 2014
15:30 (UTC)
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Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

Original Post by lysistrata:

So I don't even like this song.  But this cover is amazing!

Nice!

:)

Just discovered this NSFW parody of it.  It's kind of funny, but a little too much on the the boys just being toys thing (IMO). 

The Lounge Cleveland Police Department Dec 12 2014
14:06 (UTC)
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Original Post by amwick:

Original Post by santonacci:

Original Post by amwick:

Original Post by lysistrata:

For whatever it's worth, white guys get shot by the police with some frequency also, and also over enormously petty stuff like drugs that don't actually exist.

This sounds pretty awful.  It didn't make the national news?  

Yes, the failure of the war on drugs is still in the national news.

I was thinking about the specific incident that Lys linked.  Sorry I was so vague.

I don't know if you consider it "national" news, but I saw stories about it in Huffpo and the Washington Times.

The Lounge Cleveland Police Department Dec 12 2014
13:45 (UTC)
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Original Post by lysistrata:

Original Post by santonacci:

Original Post by lysistrata:

... why the failure of the war on drugs and the particular impact it has on minority communities hasn't been more at the forefront of the recent conversations about reforming law enforcement and/or the justice system is quite beyond me.

Seriously, Lys?

Yes, seriously.  Huffpo, Rand Paul coverage, small government blogs and TNR are great and all, but that's a pretty nominal chunk of the fourth estate.  Hell, not to mention the political class.  Why is Rand Paul the only one making noise about the issue?

Well, that was just a quick google search.  I've had no problems finding stories on MSNBC or CNN about it, although they're not as frequent as the local news outlets in St. Louis.

Agree about the politicians.  As to the why:  I'm guessing that the amount of $$ that flow into the Prison Industrial Complex courtesy of the War on Drugs plays no small part, not to mention the amount of money police departments make off of civil forfeiture.  Quite frankly, I'm impressed that Rand Paul is making any noise about it.

The Lounge Cleveland Police Department Dec 11 2014
23:05 (UTC)
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Original Post by lysistrata:

... why the failure of the war on drugs and the particular impact it has on minority communities hasn't been more at the forefront of the recent conversations about reforming law enforcement and/or the justice system is quite beyond me.

Seriously, Lys?

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