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    Sunday, February 12th, 2012
    12:11 pm
    Binge and...
    Our Soviet masters are purging journals if they're not being used? Simple enough...
    Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
    12:29 am
    Okay, no, not really
     Live in Texas? Glad you have a job? Thank a drug dealer!

    (Governor Good-Hair's pusher not eligible for thanks.)
    Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
    5:11 pm
    "Good news everyone."

    Georgia's anti-immigration bill worked. Because of this, crops are now going unharvested. So who wants to tell farmers that they won't be able to make ends meet because either they won't have product to sell or, if the do, they'll sell at a loss for having to pay a minimum wage to the laborers?
    Friday, June 10th, 2011
    9:40 am
    And after all my fun with my last job shorting my checks, my new job wants to do the same thing.
    Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
    5:17 pm
    Homelessness & Security
    For a time I worked in downtown Dallas at Urban Market, a little grocery store designed to cater to those that were expected to move downtown for all the advantages of an urban lifestyle. The housing market dropped out before construction had finished retrofitting the buildings for residences. As such, a sizable percentage of our customer base was transient, both downtown employees (mainly AT&T and the Public Library) and the homeless. One man I met started in one category and ended in another.

    I'm not sure how he knew I read science fiction. One day he passed through my checkout line and said, "I know of a book of fiction that defies categorization." I responded with, "Beyond post-singularity steampunk space opera, bildungsroman revenge fantasy, set inside a Big Dumb Object?*"

    He blinked twice before saying, "Oh. I see you've read it."

    Afterwards, he and I would chat, mainly about science fiction and occasionally banter over politics. I learned he was working part time doing some kind of semi-physical labor, after having spent a the last twenty years or so working in the financial sector. I wasn't surprised to learn that he counted himself politically as conservative and, before his recent employment and financial misadventures, distrusted the assorted safety nets backed by progressives and attacked by conservatives. He was beginning to analyze those programs closer, this time as someone on the inside, and said he now understood why we had them. He now believed that the cost to modern society would be greater, both financial and esthetically, if we didn't have something in place.

    He only came through UM for a year, and up until recently I wondered what had happened to him. Back in March I ceased wondering. He was riding the same DART bus passing through old East Dallas. his appearance was dishevelled and seemed to have some form of OCD, maybe. His hand shot up in the air as if in a wave every other street the bus passed by. I began talking to him, just to determine that it was the same man. He seemed startled to see me, or maybe embarrassed or surprised that I recognized him, but, yeah, it was the same man. And we talked, both then and the next couple of times I saw him on that bus, and I will share with you the knowledge I craved after seeing him after a year or so and seeing the changes with him. What caused his fall, I wondered. Not, how he became poor and homeless, after living a nice upper middleclass life, but, how he fell to looking as if he couldn't take care of himself. The answer falls thus...

    He believed the definition and the truisms. He believed that becoming poor was a punishment, not by God, but by the Invisible Hand of the Market, and that he made the mistake that led to his fall and he couldn't be redeemed. He also believed that there would always be work, a job, something he could do to keep a roof over his head, to keep body and soul together, and since he couldn't find the job, that he fell into homeless and poverty, either the system failed or he failed, and he believed in the US, capitalism, and free enterprise. All of these equaled SECURITY!

    "There is no security in this world, and only damned fools and mice think so."

    Most people I know at least give lip service to those ideas. They are a modern Texas cultural shibboleth and taboo. It's how we tell members of our tribe from those who aren't, how we know who we can trust. But "poor", "rich", "USA", "capitalism", "security" all depend on the definitions given to them. Whoever controls the definitions that everyone agrees to controls how we think about them. If you invest too much of your self worth, your value, in modern day game society rules and definitions, you as well could easily fall victim to them.

    There is no security, no guarantee of the value of the US dollar (or, indeed, any nation's currency), none of that. no guarantee of a "job" by the modern definition of same. Sometimes to make a little money (object of value used in trade for goods, services, or other objects of value), you have to make your own, you have to have the wit to see the opportunity, or the gift of gab to create the opportunity. But our schools do not teach any of this, instead focusing on the party line of creating cogs for the machine and that machine will not last forever.

    All too often I feel like a lone voice in the wilderness for saying this, and concerned that I appear to be Loughner style insane to most of you.


    *Karl Schoeder's Sun of Suns. Good book. Read it.
    Saturday, May 7th, 2011
    7:31 pm
    War on Persian Rugs
    In Dallas, the War on (some) Terrorism is also a war on Middle Eastern weavings.

    Okay, to explain, the public transit system in Dallas was reduced to a clusterfuck after someone panicked over a homeless man trying to get help to carry his bags and his Persian rug. I saw the man and I saw the rug. there is no way any sane person could confuse it for a terrorist and his bomb.
    Sunday, May 1st, 2011
    5:51 pm
    Thursday, April 14th, 2011
    2:30 pm
    Is it kosher?

    In the Arizona birther bill, if a birth certificate isn't provided, a circumcision certificate will do instead?


    But...but..what if mommy and daddy decided to give a tip instead of letting the doctor take one of his own?
    Monday, April 11th, 2011
    10:08 pm
    9:35 pm
    9:29 pm
    Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
    8:59 pm
    6:50 pm
    Trying to puzzle something out
    Up at Dallas' two goth clubs we have a guy I call Phuquehead. He has raped women who have been dosed, dateraped one woman that I know of, and groped multiple women. If I could prove he's the one dosing women, I wouldn't have a problem. He would be taken care of, if not by the police, then by the manager of one of the clubs. (One has banned him.)

    He has yelled at one woman because of the one's that are trying to make sure eveyone knows what he's up to. That woman is an ex of mine. She went out with Phuquehead twice and all she's ever said is that he's a dick. Actually, no, she also said that he claims to be on probation and on the sex offender registry because he had sexually explicit photos of a young teen girl on his computer. The only one she mentioned this to was me, when she was unemployed and homeless, crashing at my place. We couldn't figure out why anyone would say this about themselves, true or not. It doesn't make sense.

    Phuquehead has since gone whining to people in a local steampunk group that people at one club (Panoptikon) hate him (I wonder why) and have asked the steampunk people to run interference for him. I choose to believe they don't know as with one exception that I know of, he hasn't done the sexual predator thing with people in that group.

    Which leaves me wondering what I need to do. The management of Pan knows about him. They're attempting to watch him but Pan has no real security outside of the manager and his right hand man Nate. Telling them won't do any good.

    I'm tempted to work Phuquehead over. This will open me up for legal issues and might plant me in jail where I can't watch over my friends.

    I can simply stop going entirely. This seems to be the best option but it's the one I like least.
    Monday, March 28th, 2011
    4:39 pm
    Thursday, March 24th, 2011
    2:02 pm
    Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
    2:39 am
    Monday, March 21st, 2011
    5:10 pm
    Friday, March 18th, 2011
    1:03 pm
    Thursday, March 17th, 2011
    3:42 pm
    3:02 pm
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