For the last fifteen years, I’ve worked as an SME (Subject Matter Expert) for a software company with a major government client. I utilize my education and my background experience to demonstrate to the client how our products can improve their own data management processes, written procedures, and their overall data quality.
The job sounds both exciting and boring, and yes, there seems to be equal measures of both most of the time. I am constantly learning new systems and how we can integrate them into the infrastructure we have already constructed. This proves challenging because I can’t control how any external system creates and maintains its own data. The external company is solely responsible for those processes unless we can negotiate a written agreement on how to share data in formats which each separate system can process correctly.
There are times when I wish that I could try to market our products to other data producers, but that job is not in my career path. I exist in that nebulous world between client and software developers. I normally receive high praise from the client who sees what I can show with their data, while at the same time, the software developers in the same company i work for seem to view my inputs less favorably. I attribute this to the software developers mindset that they think they know best what everyone wants. They also seem to have forgotten to approach any data management system from a client point of view.
So, my job is interesting and often full of surprises. I wouldn’t still be doing it after fifteen years if I hated it, but there are some days that are worse than others, as with any job.
I’ve seen all of this before. The same shitty plot line and the same shitty attack scenarios. The same anointing of the corporate candidate who simply cannot lose.
I’ve seen all of this before. The undying attacks to keep the candidate that the people care about and want. The constant attacks against those who support this candidate. The tragedy is that all of this is coming from the same side. The Orange Nazi and his Christi-Fascists don’t have to worry about destroying their opposition because the corporate democrats are all too happy to do it for them.
I’ve seen all of this before. The corporate media will follow the dictates of their corporate masters and participate in the attacks and attempts to destroy the candidate they cannot control. The voice of the people will be drowned out by the deafening noise to promote the lame ass corporate candidate. Interestingly, without that industrial corporate noise machine, their candidate is usually greeted with a wall of silence.
I’ve seen all of this before. The candidate of the people will be pushed away. The voice of the people will be ignored. And yet, the corporate masters will still flood us with requests for money. This business model is straight out of “Goodfellas“. When the corporate candidate cannot deliver the election, we all know that the people’s candidate and his supporters will be blamed. I’ve seen all of this before.
I want to preface this blog post by stating here and now that I am a proud Bernie Sanders supporter. I truly believe that he is the best candidate we have for POTUS.
The Democrats have been running scared of Bernie for over 4 years. It began during the 2016 election cycle, when the corporate democrats decided that somehow, in their opinion, that Hillary Clinton was more “electable” than Bernie Sanders. Obviously, this plan worked so well that the democrats are willing to try the same plan again with Joe Biden in 2020.
Let me explain what I mean. In 2016, the democrats pushed Hillary Clinton even though she was pure poison to a large segment of the electorate. There was no way that they would ever vote for her. The republiKKKans enforced this message with endless “investigations” into Hillary Clinton and her email server. Millions of taxpayer dollars were WASTED to do nothing more than keep dragging Hillary Clinton’s name through the mud and make certain that the RWNJ lunatics out there would vote for whomever the republiKKKans nominated.
The argument that Hillary won the popular vote is nice, but since the popular vote doesn’t matter (let that one sink in), the argument is futile.
The democrats think that trying the same tactic again will produce different results. They are pushing Joe Biden. The republiKKKans are already lining up “investigations” about Joe Biden and his son for no other reason than to keep dragging Biden’s name through the mud all through the campaign, but the democrats want him anyway. The democrats are pushing another candidate that the RWNJ base has been trained Pavlovian-style to vote against.
The democrats are winning elections for the republiKKKans! No wonder we have an Orange NAZI in the White House!
I was reading some of my favorite bloggers latest posts this morning when I came across one that disappointed me. Not surprised, but just really let me down. This blogger is a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat and hates trump as much as I do. Where we disagree, apparently, is with whom we would choose to have as the alternative candidate this November.
It turns out that while I am a Bernie Sanders supporter, this particular blogger I am talking about is most definitely not, and now has turned their support towards Joe Biden. Disagreement is an American tradition, but their manifesto about why Bernie was bad for the democratic party and for the country left little doubt that we have almost nothing other than hatred of trump in common.
The blogger posted almost every single article available that referred to Bernie as too extreme, too radical, not electable. All are valid points of view that I don’t agree with. Then they proceeded to smear all of Bernie’s supporters with the “BernieBro” label and started up with the ridiculous stories of how unreasonable Sanders supporters are.
Sanders has a passionate base of supporters, something that no other democratic candidate can claim. Throwing money and corporate media influence around does not equal passion. While there are some people in every political faction that cannot control themselves, the democrats seem to relish throwing all of Sanders’ supporters under the bus and then expecting blind obedience in November.
This trick failed in 2016 when the democrats anointed Shillary and she managed to lose to trump. Now they expect us to follow Biden over the same cliff? Oh, and of course, they will want me to send them MONEY for the privilege. FUCK NO!
I will not name the blogger because I don’t want a flame war or anything like that. I just decided to un-follow them in order to keep their hatred of what I hold dear from causing any further upset for me.
One of the most important things I have learned through my adult life is how to plan for, and attain, goals in my life. My company takes a great deal of interest in its employees as human beings. This is demonstrated by all of the workshops that we can attend throughout the year. Most of them are business-focused, but the lessons can easily apply to everyday life.
The first thing about creating a goal is to make certain it is what you really want, and not something that another person expects of you. Your own self-interest will either help you to achieve a goal, or sabotage that goal. If you can easily and honestly answer the “Who, What, Why, Where, When, and How” questions you are on the right track.
The next thing is to realize that a large goal doesn’t make it more difficult, but you have to manage a large goal differently. Large goals must be broken into smaller goals that are prioritized. Each of these smaller goals is more achievable and represents a stepping stone towards the overall goal. Working towards and accomplishing each small goal gets you closer to your overall objective.
Timelines are important to keep your focus on the goal. Failure to allocate time to work on your goal will lead to the abandonment of that goal altogether. One way to avoid this trap is to make a game of working towards the overall goal, or towards one of the smaller goals. This approach helps keep the motivational juices flowing.
Finally, don’t let not achieving a goal the first time keep you from pursuing it again. We all learn from failures more than from successes.
My journaling journey continues with the next in a series of probing questions. “What do my current beliefs mean to me? And do I practice any form of religion?”
My personal beliefs are extremely important to me. As with anyone else, those beliefs help to define me as a person and guide me through everyday life.
I got my beliefs from my parents just like almost everyone else. I was taught to follow my heart and my instincts rather than a set of rules and dogmatic instructions. This made me different from my friends growing up, and I am proud of it.
As far as religion, I tried it. My parents encouraged me to see what it was all about and I was not pressured to accept or reject it. I was taught to trust what I had been taught by them, to follow my heart and to judge what religion delivered against what religion promised. After a few years, I came to the conclusion that religion was nothing more than a MINDFUCK designed to stifle creative thinking and individuality. Religion is a con game run by charlatans only interested in making a quick buck. Religion is nothing more than a tool to control the masses, as Marx indicated, by promising people that suffering is noble while the rich get richer by exploiting the poor.
Religion is an excuse to allow the problems of the world to continue without being properly addressed because “It is God’s will”. This is a lame excuse to allow wars, famines, injustices, and other cruelties to go unpunished. Religion is designed to make people feel like they have done something when in reality they have done nothing at all.
Religion has no place in my beliefs these days. I have moved past it.