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Author Topic: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O  (Read 5979774 times)

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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #132705 on: April 20, 2018, 04:14:19 pm »

Still, a fascist/totalitarian state enforcing true equality with an iron fist would certainly be an interesting twist to the idea of a fascist/totalitarian state being founded on universial equality.
The Soviets pretty much were this.  Lenin banned progroms* and involved jews in his government, a policy which was reversed by Stalin.  Lenin also gave equal rights to women early on.  Much like the US the USSR used women as a source of industrial labor during the war.  After Lenin the country sort of see-sawed back and forth on women's rights.  I think a good summary would be that the USSR was an early adopter of gender equality but as a result of their earliness remained stuck in the homemaker/child-raiser stereotype.

Then of course there's the enforced class equality.  They were remarkably successful at eliminating the existing class structure.  Of course with that went some of their most educated people which wasn't great for the economy.  And in the end they created their own class structure which went something like party leadership > soldiers and other officials > everyone else.  The party leadership almost exclusively consisting of Russian men, giving the lie to the above points about equality.  They also had a kind of geographic class structure of Russia > non-Russia members of the USSR.  See: the plundering of east Berlin's industrial equipment, the starving out of Ukraine.  Those two class structures shaped most of Russia's modern political situation.

But yeah, good guy progressive Soviet Union.  Its not talked about very much because its not nearly the most remarkable thing about the USSR.  In the end I don't think equality and totalitarianism are ideas that can coexist forever.  Eventually someone is going to take power that doesn't like a particular minority and then goodbye equality.  Stalin being a paranoid thug accelerated the process but I don't think the Soviet Union was ever going to maintain equality in the long term.

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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #132706 on: April 20, 2018, 04:20:05 pm »

So, some dumbass was circulating a petition at work to throw out our perfectly good unions to join the one he's created himself. Due to a combination of people believing his extravagant (and ludicrous- he's promising wages higher than any casino pays anywhere, and the flaws he's calling out in the contract aren't actually flaws) promises, and some dissatisfaction with some of the stewards in one department, he managed to get enough signatures to take it to the NLRB.

So he decided to send out a mass email to everyone who he somehow managed to get an address for - with plain cc. Now almost 200 employees know each other's personal email. That's obnoxious enough, but a union handles a lot of much more important personal information - why would anybody trust this guy (who, I reiterate, constitutes the entirety of his "union" right now) with any information after proving he's not competent to protect it?

Because blindcc is like magnets; nobody knows how they work.

Also people are just generally ignorant and don't know that personal data: 1) Is handled that way, or even at all, 2) Can be used against them, 3) Would be at all related to how someone sent an email.

You should recommend a career in politics to this fellow, he seems uniquely qualified.

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« Reply #132707 on: April 20, 2018, 04:24:00 pm »

I think most people are going to look at their email listed along with more than a hundred others (many of which use first, last, or both names) and say "hey - that's not right". Particularly compared to the communications from our existing union, which just have one address on them.



Point is that this guys a complete tool, and if he somehow manages to convince people to vote his union in, I'm planning a coup.
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #132708 on: April 20, 2018, 04:24:31 pm »

I think everyone on that list made a company watchlist . . .

inb4 this guy was a hired shill to find out who would leave the union.
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« Reply #132709 on: April 20, 2018, 04:31:37 pm »

Possible, but unlikely. He is no longer employed by the company, although accounts vary as to the circumstances.


All signs point to him being a shithead who thinks he is smarter than everyone else because he's now a lawyer. A patent lawyer, not a labor lawyer, but that still puts him (in his own mind) as superior to the ignorant masses.
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #132710 on: April 20, 2018, 06:18:51 pm »

Huh. Turns out my suspicion that it's a bad idea to try to mow grass with a lawnmower belching smoke from the front was correct!

Thing's back where it's supposed to be now, but I kinda' wish mild confusion hadn't stopped me from preventing the person trying to use it from leaving the yard to begin with.

... also wish trying to learn stuff didn't hurt these days so I could have a better idea whether said person acting with casual confidence actually knew what the hell they were doing or was doing the senility thing again :-\
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« Reply #132711 on: April 20, 2018, 06:31:35 pm »

Forgot today was 4/20 until the cute cashier at the supermarket wished me a happy one.

I told her I didn't know anything about it, but wished her a good night.
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« Reply #132712 on: April 20, 2018, 06:39:07 pm »

Why do all the cute cashiers celebrate Hitler's birthday?  Sigh.
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« Reply #132713 on: April 20, 2018, 07:05:59 pm »

No no no, they're celebrating the anniversary of Columbine, silly
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« Reply #132714 on: April 20, 2018, 07:08:10 pm »

Why do all the cute cashiers celebrate Hitler's birthday?  Sigh.
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« Reply #132716 on: April 20, 2018, 07:20:13 pm »

Look far back enough in history and you'll find a terrible persons birthday for just about every day of the year.
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« Reply #132717 on: April 20, 2018, 07:28:50 pm »

Hitler Apologist says what?
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #132718 on: April 20, 2018, 07:32:35 pm »

Yeah smj, how dare you suggest itís alright for Hitler to have a birthday just because other dictators and genocidal fuckheads have birthdays.
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« Reply #132719 on: April 20, 2018, 07:33:51 pm »

... Megaman X8, why do your robots scream as they die...?

Watching the first bit of a TAS to see if I cared to watch more and. Not sure if I was hearing right. But I was. Some of the robot enemies were, in fact, emitting death cries as they exploded.

Like. It makes some sense since a lot of the stuff you murder in the X series games actually are by and large as intelligent et al as any human, but. Still.

E: Though that does make me have the thought. If I ever design killbots in the future, make them emit the screams of dying children when attacked (alongside whatever other sonic based dickery can be included).

Bonus points for including on the fly data sifting to personalize the wailing based on whoever's attacking. I don't think anyone's actually tried to leverage metadata and whatnot to make a battlefield more of a hell, yet, and it strikes me that could be a thing in the future.
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