Outrage abounds on Twitter, Facebook and everywhere else on the interwebs. While I understand the frustration, and feel it myself, I think it’s important to understand why this verdict was returned and not attribute it solely to a combination of racism, guns and Florida “rednecks.”
There is continued coverage on Adria Richards, an employee of SendGrid who was recently fired after her posts on Twitter and her blog caused other tech employees at another company to be fired. Here is the timeline: Continue reading How not to take a stand
A friend recently asked me in response to a previous post: “what do ovaries have to do with orders”? This, right around International Women’s Day, made me think of the gender wage gap, an issue brought up often and passionately, and one that does not have a single simple cause or solution.
When my ex and I had the “going on a break” talk, he told me that he felt that all we talked about any more was cats. He said it rather matter-of-factly, almost sadly, without any sort of malicious tone. It was possibly the most hurtful thing anyone had ever said to me.
I have worked at a few finance shops since I graduated in a down market in 2002. I started out as a receptionist at an insurance underwriting firm and after a year or so was given the option of becoming the office manager or an underwriter. I chose the latter, which was certainly of more interest to me than ordering supplies and overseeing admins, though the versatility and earning power of underwriters is debatable when compared to that of office managers. A few years later, when I gave notice at my third job, my highest ranking boss was upset not because I was leaving but because he was planning on leaving soon as well and wanted to take me with him to be his office manager.
A wee taste of reactions from both sides to two men who are not all that different:
“I can not tell you how deeply saddened I am by Obama’s re-election it’s just as bad as finding out you have cancer and I know you can relate to that. We are going to be in so much debt by 2016 this country will not be able to be restored”
“50.3% of the voting public showing some sensibility – huzzah”
I will miss you”
“Hooray! Things went the right way!”
“I am watching FOX purely out of schadenfraude.”
“Champagne toasts and celebratory screaming, even more than usual”
“I’ve never cried over an election.”
“I’m crying because we’re stupid enough to re-elect this small pathetic man.”
“Voting took me about 10 minutes, because I don’t live in a swing state with a republican governor.”
“Tomorrow I leave for Europe. It’s up to American voters to decide if they want me to come back.”
“Some Democrats would move out of the US if Romney is elected. What’s the GOP version if Obama is elected? Threaten to shoot an immigrant?”
“i am very glad that a majority of america thinks i’m a person. thanks everyone. I apologize to all my GOP-leaning friends but thank fucking God I and my sister are realized as people.”
“Romney headquarters full of aryan nation looking types and a couple of fair skinned brunettes”
Last Thursday morning, I took a bus from Jay Street in Brooklyn to 55th and Lexington in Manhattan. We drove through desolate lower Manhattan. Power has still not been restored there. The shelter where I volunteer on 1st Ave and 9th hasn’t had power for over a week.
When the power went out around 9pm on 10/29/12, I had several hours for reflection ahead of me, particularly on Tuesday, 10/30/12. I spent many of them asleep after a bit over a pint of Ommegang Three Philosophers (9.8% ABV!), but here is what I came up with:
Between Romney’s 47% comment and the Occupy Wall Street anniversary, there has been a lot of commentary on income inequality, tax policy and American class structure recently. Continue reading On class conflict
This post raised a question I have thought about myself: how do non-interventionists/isolationists propose to institute such policy? The United States is, at least currently, in the unenviable position of being the world’s sole financial and military superpower. The rest of the world looks to the US to lead while simultaneously awaiting overreach so it can be seen as a bully and a meddler. Should it never intervene in any situation? Continue reading On US foreign policy