Friday is here at last. Sadly, it will last one hour longer at work than normal as I make up the last of the time from my Wednesday medical appointment, but I realized this would be the case. It simply means that I will pace myself differently through the day. Hopefully, Hal (person) and I will do something after work, but there are no plans yet. If we decide to stay home I will simply catch up on writing and rest. I woke up this morning feeling refreshed and ready to start this long day. I saw the news about Britain leaving the EU and was especially interested since I have friends who are from Scotland. I don’t believe that they are very happy about this. From my perspective, the entire thing resonates with the stink of RWNJ politics just as we face here at home. The fact that a politician who favored remaining in the EU was killed in broad daylight on a street in an English town really emphasizes this. There are times when I fear that we will come to that point here, when people are murdered because they refuse to accept republiKKKan control over their daily lives and national policies. I certainly hope that I am wrong about this, but nothing is certain. On a personal note, I took the plunge this morning and signed up for Project Fi from Google. This is their cell service that relies on a combination of wifi and cellular coverage. I have not canceled my regular cell service, this will be a test of how things work so I can decide later on if I want to stay with my current carrier or drop them and go completely with Project Fi. I will try to keep everyone informed on how this works out for me. I don’t expect the new phone and SIM card to arrive until next week.
This is a picture of the Nexus 5x that I purchased. The fact that it is on sale for $150 less than normal is a big reason I took the plunge. Added to the fact that the service is less expensive than regular cell service by a huge margin is another reason I did this. I hope that the new service will euqual or surpass my current service, but the beauty is that I can leave Project Fi without penalty if I am not satisfied and the phone will work with my current carrier which wold provide me with a backup. I had been looking forward to remaining with iPhone for awhile, but the cost are getting out of control just to obtain the device. I have used Android extensively in the past, and it will not be a great shock to me if I leave Apple. When I looked at upgrading my iPhone and discovered that the amount for the downpayment was greater than the cost of the Nexus 5x, my mind was made up. It will be interesting to see how things work out. So far, today has been drama-free and I like it that way. Since it is Friday I don’t really expect anymore crises. There are several meetings that I have to attend today in order to bring people up to speed with my research projects, plus the normal meetings during the afternoon. It will still be a lonng time until 1830 rolls around and I will finally be done for the week. Even with the long hours tearing me down, things have gone well. Lunch was leftover pizza (only 1 slice) and now I am preparing for the cycle of meetings that will run for several hours. At least I get paid for this! I have the luxury of working from home and I can get up and walk around during these meetings in order to stay awake and keep my mind focused on the issues at hand. I would really suffer if I had to sit around the table and listen to these meetings every single day. Right now I can watch Hal The Cat as he relaxes
Hal The Cat certainly knows how to relax. He inspires me at the same time he is making me very jealous. Seeing him happy reminds me of how fortunate I am. Life with Hal (person) is excellent, and that is reflected with how well Hal The Cat and Stevie Nicks and Spartacus are doing as well. We all have a very good life here, and I am so happy about that. With all of the hatred and injustice and prejudice in the world, we all need a place to feel safe and loved. I cannot imagine life without each and every one of the Stooges and Hal (person). My meetings are completed for the week and I can try to get things ready for Monday morning before I call it a day here at work. Hal and I did go out to dinner this evening. It has been a while since we ate at London Curry House, so that was our destination. Hal had the butter chicken and I had the Madras chicken curry. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously and left the restaurant feeling very full and satisfied. I am looking forward to it.
I just heard that there has been another mass shooting. It happened in Germany at a cinema. Undoubtedly the media will once again lead the charge to hype the event without ever addressing the real problem, and that is the problem with the proliferation of guns around the world.
The republiKKKans will scream that the tragedy in Germany proves that gun control doesn’t work because that h is how they are progammed by their masters to respond. The fact that mass shootings occur in the US at an exponentially greater rate than the rest of the world convveniently escapes them every time. I am no expert on German gun laws and policy, but I suspect that they are more rigorous than here in the USA. Again, the main issue is being ignored and that is the problem of guns being available to people who want them in order to do these things, regardless of where they are.
I hate to oversimplify things, but one proposal that can be made is for guns to include a safety feature that is designed to protect innocent lives. If the person holding a gun were required to perform the simple exercise shown below, for example
If anyone holding a gun had to hold a loaded gun in this manner and then pull the trigger before it could fire a second shot, it would certainly eliminate the mass shooting epidemic.
I made it through a rough night. Fasting is never fun when you’re diabetic, and last night was no exception. I ended up having to take several glucose tablets in order to keep functioning when I woke up early. Thankfully, that is all behind me now, at least for another 6 months.
I’m glad to report that my doctor was very hall with my condition and my progress. All the daily walking has really helped me out and I do feel better. I had my blood drawn and pissed in the cup, so I will go back to review the test results next Wednesday afternoon.
I came back home and had a life lunch because I didn’t want to swing my BG from one extreme to another. I am now sitting in on another of the endless series of meetings that I have to attend. My morning appointment prevented me from going to the client’s office this morning so I emailed my report to them yesterday afternoon. Luckily, today is my early day and I am off at 1530 and I am insisting that Hal (person) and I get out of here for awhile.
The afternoon is slowly passing by and I will be very happy to finish here. Hal (person) just got home and we will be going out after I am finished here in just under an hour. I want to go and look at tech goodies today and feel that wonderful sense of temptation as things catch my eye. We will also get something for dinner as well as go to Harris Teeter to stock up on groceries.
Like so many others who follow social media, I am keeping an eye on the proceedings in the US House of Representatives as Democrats are staging a sit-in to protest the lack of action on gun control legislation. This is something that i long overdue. There is no reason that a person can walk into a gun store, or a gun show, and buy a weapon without having a background check performed first. This is especially true of the high-capacity magazine type of weapons that are the favorite of so many of our domestic terrorists. I personally no longer care about the “right” of some lunatic to have more guns than most police departments when we have people being slaughtered because those weapons are too easily available.
I have written about my distrust of the media and their attempts to push the story into pre-contained little narratives that support their corporate masters. Each time we have a mass shooting it turns out to be an American who got their guns legally here in America that is responsible for the shooting. The NRA has blood on their hands because they want to stop any attempts to implement gun control. The republiKKKans have blood on their hands because they willingly vote for the NRA position regardless of what the American people want.
This morning has brought us some relief from the heat. It is cloudy and looks like it might rain or storm at any minute here. It makes a difference here where I work because I normally don’t have any lights on in order to enjoy the sunlight through the window next to my desk. Today I am using the lights in the room because it is so dark outside.
There is nothing metaphorical about the gloomy morning. I didn’t sleep well, but that isn’t related as far as I know. I will have a normal day here at work but then I will have to fast overnight before I go to the doctor in the morning for my semi-annual blood work. This is never a fun time as one can imagine, but it has to be done. I expect good results since my BG has remained within the good range approximately 90%+ of the last 6 months.
I do have a rather important meeting that I am hosting this morning, and I am already prepared for that. With any luck, we will make some real progress on the data quality problems that have plagued the client ever since this project started. Unfortunately, it takes the presentation of real data to show them how their established system often fails when it is incorporated into a real-time system-driven environment. Traditions die hard, and that is always one of the major uphill battles we face. Try as one might, computers and humans will never interpret data in exactly the same way.
The day has gotten darker outside. We just received the first of what will probably be multiple severe thunderstorm watches, and perhaps, warnings before the day is over with. It does limit what we might do after the workday is done, but nothing major was planned anyway since I have to fast beginning late tonight in order to go to my doctor appointment in the morning.
My meeting went very well earlier today, and we are making some great progress, at least until we present our findings to the customer and encounter the usual indecisiveness about moving ahead with the proposed plan. Sadly, we have to abide by whatever the customer decides and make the best of it. We try to educate the customer as best we can, but it would be nice if there were more open communications.
The storms are still approaching. It probably kills us doing anything after work, so we might order a pizza this evening if nothing else. Hopefully, things will not get too bad around here and everyone will stay safe.
It looks like the biggest storms have passed us by with only heavy rain. I didn’t notice any hail or severe lightning, at least not right here. In order to keep things simple, we are ordering dinner to be delivered this evening so I can watch the USA v Argentina game and hope that the USA manages to pull off a monumental upset.
I have been holding back on this blog post for over a week. I wanted to make certain that I was not going to write this strictly out of emotional response. The tragedy in Orlando at the Pulse Nightclub is something that should never have happened, but we don’t live in a perfect world. As we all know, we live in this world.
What would it take to make the world a better place? That is a question that has puzzled humanity throughout history. It should be painfully obvious to everyone by now that religion is NOT the answer. Religion serves the purpose of dividing people. I know that there are those from each particular religion that always say that if everyone just agreed with their interpretation, the problem would be solved. The sheer idiocy in that position doesn’t require any further discussion.
Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, and any other items on a long list of things are all designed to make us find others who do not fit in with a particular view of the world. This has led to the eternal conflicts and hatred that we witness every single day. Economic Inequality adds to this mix.
People who have been successful, mostly through the benefit of having been born in a particular place at a particular time, insist that they are not completely responsible for the welfare of their fellow humans. I once read an article written by a philosopher who said that there was a very fine line between pity and contempt. I hear that in practice every single day, and it saddens me. These are the people who will respond with compassion and caring when a crisis is brought to their attention, but their attention span can be measured in nanoseconds before they forget all about the issue. When it is brought up again, their response is that they have heard this before and if only people took better care of their own business that things like this wouldn’t happen to them. The level of insensitivity is stunning.
Back to the Orlando tragedy. Within minutes of the story breaking on the news, the media began constructing their storyline of international terrorism. The media does this because the media answers to the corporations and the wealthy portion of the 1% that controls them. Accuracy is not the most important thing that the media is after, it is ratings.
Once the media had shoved their narrative down our throats, most people just swallow and move on like the sheep that they have been programmed to be. It took a day or two for other items to come to our attention that didn’t quite fit the official narrative. Terrorism looks more and more like the proverbial red flag. The tragedy in Orlando is the story of a human being who suffered from a dysfunctional upbringing and his own confusion about his sexual identity. This is bad, but the impact that religion and society had on him makes the story so much worse.
Religion taught this man that LGBTQ people were evil and deserved nothing more than persecution and even death. Society provided plenty of fuel for that fire from multiple religions who proclaim the same thing. While only a handful of religious leaders would openly call for the violence that this man committed, there are certainly more than enough pardon the pun, closeted sympathizers out there who approved.
On top of this mess, let’s add how easy it was for this person to get possession of guns on our society here in America. America has a unique problem in that we have a portion of the population who believe that their right to unfettered access to guns essentially outweighs the safety of everyone in society. Not surprisingly, most of these people validate their belief through weird interpretation of their religion. As I reviewed social media over the past week, I was not surprised at all to find that most people who wanted to twist the story already had items such as “2A”, “Patriot”, “Christian”, and of course “Conservative” splattered all over their timelines. These same people were already screaming about “others”, whether that referred to President Obama, Democrats, Gays, or the ever elusive “Liberals” who were taking away their freedoms. The insanity of them not realizing that they are the ones actively trying to take freedom away from others indicates a true lack of thinking on their part. The pure hatred that these people spew out on a daily basis convinces me that they are not worth listening to.
My years of life have taught me that people who simply parrot talking points and respond to carefully selected external stimuli are worth less than the cost of the condom that would have prevented them in the first place.
And now we are faced with the sad prospect of once again failing to act as a society after another tragedy. Apparently, there are those with too much influence who profit from these things to prevent the will of the majority from being acknowledged. I am not really hopeful that anything major will be accomplished, just some cosmetic changes that are supposed to placate us until the next tragedy. Then we will have this same discussion all over again.