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Thursday, August 28, 2003

VARIOUS and SUNDRY 

Another day and another worker walks into his /soon to be/ or former place of employment and lets loose with enough firepower to stop a herd of meth cranked elephants. This time 6 people take bullets in a Chicago warehouse where the murderer was formerly employed stocking fuel injectors and oil pans.

If the FBI is to be believed, workplace violence comes in a variety of forms and frequency. Between 1993 and 1999 an average of more than 1.7 million violent incidents were reported in places of employment with simple assualt being the most popular and homicides- though on a downward trend-averaged 900 per year. The agency's ultra-secret Department of ESP reports that during the same period the number of times workers thought about punching out an obnoxious colleague or pea-brained boss was approximately 73.35 trillion. Thoughts of homicide averaged 235.65 billion per year over the same period. Knowing that full time employees spend more time together than they do with their families, these statistics don't necessarily shock.

What does itch the brain is that these episodes always involve co-workers and rarely do they have anything to do with the guiding force behind their workplace, management. Enron, MCI, Andersen, GLobal Crossing all screwed employees out of millions of dollars in stock, 401Ks and general pensions, not to mention the thousand so of jobs that were lost. So far, to the best of my knowledge, not a punch has has been reported thrown in anger at these companies former executives or board members who concocted the illusions of solvency.

Stock analysts at Merrill Lynch and Soloman Smith-Barney deceived investors in order to pump up stock prices favorable to their investment banking colleagues. Billions of dollars were lost, pensions depleted, jobs lost and yet no one has so much as thrown a ruined portfolio at these guys.

Labor Day Weekend is one of the view times of the year I make an effort to look at TV. So far, I've lived to regret the expererience but there is always next year. For the most part I'm tuned to the US Open but do take time to sample the rest of the channel spectrum and allow myself exposure to high levels of commerical toxicity.

Why would anyone with other options watch a movie on a commerical station? It's like watching advertisements frequently interrupted by a movie where the censors are given the chance to come up with as many different dubs for"fuck" as the dialogue will allow.

The best comedy is the Sunday Morning News programs featuring some politican who refuses to answer the host's question and a host who refuses to remind the politician that he just danced around the issue. It's a pleasant enough circle jerk between two industries that live in symbiotic harmony. What it is not, is news or journalism and it hardly serves the public interest.

It seemed that every station, with the exception of the Weather Channel and the Christian 'send us a buck and we'll put a good word in' programming had a clip of Maddona and Britney slipping each other a little tongue. We should run a continuous loop of that action for Arab TV. That would settle things down to a low roar.

Arnold is taking campaign contributions despite tellling Jay Leno he didn't need money and was not going to be beholden to special interests. For anyone who claims Arnold isn't experienced enough to be governor, breaking his first campaign promise should clear up that issue.

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