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Buddhists are dickholes.
Well, we have two cover staff. One refuses to do nights, because she's sensible, and the other works the other night shift because they're not hiring anyone to replace the member of staff who left that position, and she has visa restrictions besides (I also strongly suspect they intend to downsize the staffing levels post Christmas).
Quite frankly, I think night shift does deserve extra pay, at least for unsociable hours. But this company....they don't just ignore basic human decency, they literally will not do something unless you bring solicitors into the picture. So yeah. My best bet is to finish my dissertation, then get the hell out of dodge.
And they can't hire a contractor for a couple of days while you're out?
Christ. Here's hoping some hobo shits in the hall while you're away.
11:50 - K9 officer walks into Sheriff's private entrance holding a cage, a live piglet within.
11:58 - K9 officer exits Sheriff's door, sans pig.
PD is waking back up. You have to expect this.
MY SON IS COMING HOME ON FRIDAY NIGHT!
I have him for 14 days, then I don't see him again for a year.
I am a hideous & vile old man. I am in fact so old that the Earth's population doubled in my lifetime. Get that around your noodle...An extra 3.7 billion people in less than half a century. I remember the world as not being so crowded, and I remember correctly. When I was a boy there were fish in the ocean and turnip trees on the land, as far as the eye could see.Outrage is the new normal.
But having seven and a half billion people is the New Normal.
Humans are really good at compartmentalizing stuff. Nigel could probably give you biological reasons for this, using words that sound made up but sadly aren't, but let's break it down in layman's terms. When stress gets too awful, when the boogieman is coming out from under the bed with your tax records in his teeth, when your nation is eating itself and howling through mouthfuls of its own skin that it is still strong...The angel of apathy comes along and whacks you upside the head. All these things are now Normal. They are part of the routine, and are less stressful. Or at least you can ignore the stress, at least until it's time to buy an AR15 and join the folks jabbering about Jade Helm.
Manufactured Normalcy. It's not really a new concept. How many times have you heard some horrible new band that makes you want to smash your car into a wall? Everyone hates those guys. But the radio plays them and plays them, MTV gets some brain-damaged kids to scream on TRL, and suddenly the horrible band is just another part of the scene. This is how Fallout Boy happens. Neuroscience is a strange and frightening thing, and not for the likes of you and I. Unless you're the kind of person that gets off on slicing up thousands of snake brains.
Manufactured Normalcy is also how people like Rick Santorum and Donald Trump can run for president and have 47% of the country keep a straight face. After all, once you've voted for Palin, you're pretty much at rock bottom, may as well go for broke. It is how the TSA can now grab your junk for no reason and you just gotta stand there and smile. It's how police can just start murdering people for any reason or no reason at all, and the outraged masses will...Well, they'll LIKE and they'll SHARE and they'll TWEET, but as mad as they get, it's now NORMAL, so that's all they're gonna do. Get mad. Not the clean, white-hot anger of the superior mutant, but the sickening, ulcer-inducing anger of a person who HAS gotten mad as hell, but IS gonna take it some more. Not because they're cowards, but because that's the way it is.
This is The Machine™. It turns out there never were clattering treads and grindy choppy horrible spiky bits. Well, actually there were. But that's to be expected.
Or Kill Me.
So, a member of my gym killed herself 2 days ago, leaving behind a husband and 5 kids. She had suffered acute depression for years.Woof. That's fucking awful.
I just heard about this a couple of minutes ago. My gym session starts in 50 minutes. I'm going to have to listen to a bunch of people who don't understand depression carping about this shit, and I am not allowed to punch them.
What people do not understand about mental illness is the part of you that makes the decisions on how to act on that illness is the part of you that is being affected by the illness. It's no different than dying of cancer or heart failure, it's just a different organ that turned on you.