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Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 10:03 AM PDT

The Great Speech

by dangoch

The Great Speech
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I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That'€™s not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone - if possible - Jew, Gentile - black man - white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other'€™s happiness - not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.
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I was talking to my wife of 37 years last night.  We were commiserating how the workplace has changed over the years since we first were married in 1975.  We both worked for large corporations back then that had at least 25,000 employees worldwide.  Where my wife worked, there was a mixture of union and non-union employees; my wife was a salaried exempt employee.  My company may have had union workers in the factory, but I was a technical field rep so I too was a salaried except employee.  We both had full medical and dental benefits, education reimbursement, reasonably generous vacation plans and a pension for that long off prospect of retirement.  I remember that when I went to our HR person, s/he talked about my retirement in 2016.  Boy, I thought that was an eternity away.  Back then, it was.  Neither my wife nor I really thought about our employment package, because it was rather standard for professional jobs in the 70s.  Our employers even tried to keep us at least at parity during the big inflation period of the 70s and 80s.  We weren’t rich by any standard, but with two incomes and no children, we had enough to buy a house, buy cars, eat out frequently and extra time and money to work in the yard and enjoy life.  Then we started having kids.  

My wife decided after her maternity leave that having perpetual sick baby and sick mother because of germs spread at day care was not for us, so she quit her paying job and became a full-time mom.  She had no regrets.  It was entirely her decision and we did pretty well with just one salary.  By that time, I was working for a successful Silicon Valley start-up.  A few years later, we had a second child.  Both girls.

I won’t talk about the time my kids were growing up, it was a great experience and we have two great daughters.  What I will talk about is how the work environment changed during that time.

I was in senior management of a start-up.  We went public, I sold some stock, but as things go with some rising hopes, the harsh reality sinks in as the stock price drops.  My hopes of being a multi-millionaire were dashed in a short few days.  Our company went into a tail spin and my department went from 100 engineers to 15 before I was asked to leave.  Two weeks later, the company declared bankruptcy.  Two people went to jail, but I was lucky, I just lost millions of dollars just like the investors and a cool job.  I looked for work but it was not good.  Engineering teams in Silicon Valley were being sent to India, lock-stock and barrel.  I interviewed for a few positions that called on my traveling to China and India, but they never panned out.  People began wanting younger employees and I wasn’t getting any younger.  I hung up my shingle as a Consultant and found barely enough to keep me in Cheetos.  

My wife was a little better off.  She found a part time position as a librarian in the local elementary school.  It was a fun place, she really likes kids, but it provided no benefits and paid a little over minimum wage.  What an incredible let down from the world before NAFTA.  My wife decided to go back to school to get a teaching credential.  I found random professional jobs, some with benefits, some without.  Start-ups of the new millennium were very different unless you worked for Google or Intel.  

My daughters got older and got various minimum wage jobs as they went to college.  We ran up an incredible student loan debt, but both my daughters finished college with Bachelor of Arts degrees.  If I had my druthers, I would have had them get engineering degrees and work in the software business, but they had no interest.  My first daughter found absolutely nothing in her field, teaching music in high schools.  My second daughter is a little bit luckier, she is a teaching aide for San Francisco School District while she attends grad school.  My oldest daughter went back to technical school to become a pharmacy technician.  She did it all on her own nickel and interned at a major drug store for 2 months without any pay.  She got a job at that drug store, but within a year, she was fired for mistakenly giving the wrong prescription to a non-English speaker who didn’t understand when asked to verify her address or identity.  No doubt, it was my daughter’s fault, but they canned her on the spot.  Boom, no severance pay, no nothing.  Her husband came out no better for the same organization.  He was fired for calling a customer on his cell phone because the store phone was busy.  Both happened within 2 months.  I believe the corporation was looking to downsize and looked for any excuse to can people on any cause they could.  It wasn’t like that when I was young.  People are expected to make a few mistakes.  All this accomplishes is to instill fear in the co-workers left in the aftermath of the apocalypse.  

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Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 11:24 AM PDT

Marvin Hamlisch has died

by dangoch

Marvin Hamlisch, composer of such music soundtracks as "The Sting" and "A Chorus Line" has died at the age of 68.

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Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 02:00 PM PST

KosAbility - Incontinence, Part 2

by dangoch

In Part 1 of my incontinence diary http://www.dailykos.com/... I talked about my early experiences with incontinence.  It is no easy topic to discuss because most people are embarrassed to talk about something like accidentally wetting your pants.  Some may say that wetting your pants isn't really a disability, most of the time, there is no pain, no inability to perform a task, it's just "inconvenience".  That may be true, but in most situations, it isn't the act, it is the state.  Wetting your pants is no big deal, but walking around with wet pants is significantly embarrassing.  People who are incontinent don't look different, at least not until the problem occurs.  Then the fear of ridicule and harassment is paramount in one's mind.  Where to hide.

KosAbility is a community diary series posted at 5 PM ET every Sunday and Wednesday by volunteer diarists. This is a gathering place for people who are living with disabilities, who love someone with a disability, or who want to know more about the issues surrounding this topic.  There are two parts to each diary.  First, a volunteer diarist will offer their specific knowledge and insight about a topic they know intimately. Then, readers are invited to comment on what they've read and/or ask general questions about disabilities, share something they've learned, tell bad jokes, post photos, or rage about the unfairness of their situation. Our only rule is to be kind; trolls will be splayed or neutered or sent to Limbo.
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I have been reading many of the KosAbility diaries here recently that have a great deal of familiarity to me.  Diabetes: A Love Story, Bedwetting, Bursitis, Peripheral Neuropathy and even Menstruation Misery .  All have aspects that have entered my life over the many years.  But there is one diary that I have not seen, one that most people don’t want to talk about, the Final Taboo, incontinence.  I say the Final taboo because it affects millions of people daily, it affects 1 in 3 women in their lifetime, 1 in 5 men, but nobody wants to talk about it, not even to their doctors, friends or spouses.  

KosAbility is a community diary series posted at 5 PM ET every Sunday and Wednesday by volunteer diarists. This is a gathering place for people who are living with disabilities, who love someone with a disability, or who want to know more about the issues surrounding this topic.  There are two parts to each diary.  First, a volunteer diarist will offer their specific knowledge and insight about a topic they know intimately. Then, readers are invited to comment on what they've read and/or ask general questions about disabilities, share something they've learned, tell bad jokes, post photos, or rage about the unfairness of their situation. Our only rule is to be kind; trolls will be spayed or neutered.
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Devastating news.  Douglas Elmendorf, director at CBO, told congress yesterday that the health care legislation would significantly increase deficit rather than save money.  

This is getting reported on MSNBC now, but I see nothing here discussing this.  

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Sun Jun 28, 2009 at 09:10 AM PDT

TV Spokesman Billy Mays Dead

by dangoch

Nationally known TV ad pitchman Billy Mays, 50, was found dead this morning in his Tampa home, the Tampa Police Department reported. Billy Mays is best known as the TV spokesman for Oxy-Clean, Orange-Glo and most recently Discovery Channel show "Pitchmen"

Mays was found unresponsive by his wife and the Tampa Fire Rescue pronounced him dead at 7:45 a.m., the report said.

Billy Mays is the third young star in the last week to die an early and unfortante death: he follows Farrah Fawcett and pop star Michael Jackson.

Apparently, Mays was on a US Airways plane that made a rough landing yesterday and might have hit his head.

Billy Mays

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The disparity between labor and executive pay has gotten way "out-of-whack".  In addition to repealing the Bush tax cuts for the rich, put a new tax on corporations that allow total compensation of key employees to get above $2 million.  Currently, corporations can deduct the cost of payroll.  Take that deduction away for high compensated employees and add a tax equal to the compensation.  In addition to that, make it mandatory for annual stockholder meetings to vote executive pay by allowing only non-executive stock to vote for their pay.    

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Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 12:06 PM PST

3.1 Magnitude Earthquake in Bay Area

by dangoch

According to USGS, a 3.1 Magnitude earthquake happened at 11:56 PST in the Alum Rock area near San Jose, CA

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Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 09:42 AM PDT

The Paulson Plan is all WRONG

by dangoch

We need to look at more than just the deregulation.  We need to look at NAFTA and the other "AFTAs".  With manufacturing mostly gone from the US, many good blue collar jobs have gone.  Join me over the fold

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Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 12:26 PM PDT

Maybe it wasn't a CHOICE

by dangoch

Has anyone considered that McCain didn't have much of a choice.  Maybe Mitten and Pawlenty didn't want to be his running mate.  
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Fri Jul 11, 2008 at 09:13 PM PDT

Obama Rescue Diary [Updated] **X

by dangoch

Tonight has been an incredible night for diaries.  So I thought I'd try to summarize them for you in case you missed any.
Obama!
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