Monthly Archives: September 2007

Government shuts down online bank NetBank —One of MY banks!

 

DANG!!

I didn’t even know it happened until I just looked at my RSS feeds.  I go online and an ING page comes up.  Everything works, money is still there (phew!)

I have direct deposit…maybe i should send to different place or …you know what?  I’ll call the "help line".  hee hee…. 

Government shuts down online bank NetBank – U.S. Business – MSNBC.com

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Tasers

There seems to be a lot of "controversy" over the use (or abuse) of Taser weapons.  Before we get into if they are safer or whether the police overreated to the situations we see on the news, let’s take a history step back about 15 years ago…..Rodney King.
 
I maintain that Rodney had it coming.  Was the beating he received over the top?  It appeared so, at least to me.  There is an underlying current, however.  What was Mr. King doing that caused the police to even pursue him?  Why did he not submit to police when told to do so?  Why did he resist arrest?
 
Now here we are a teenage college student gets electronically beat up by police because he would not submit to police.  We can apparently see what is causing the ruckus and the question comes up again:  Why did he not just do as he was told?
 
We have free choice to do as we may.  What we don’t have the option of doing is choosing the consequences of our choices.  If I stick my hand in fire, I don’t have the option of choosing whether or not I get burned.  If you piss me off, (your choice), you don’t have the option of choosing MY response.  If you don’t like the possible consequences, logic dictates that you shouldn’t make that choice.  Had the student simply chosen to obey (the first time) he might not have been tasered.  It would have been at THAT point (in my mind) he would have a case against the police. 
 
You can’t say "I didn’t ask for….." when your actions brought the worst on.  You should have thought about that before.  If you want to be "your own person" so be it.  But don’t come bitching about how the consequences were unsavory because you acted on your own.  Please. 

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My first Company Meeting

Interesting.  That’s about the best word for it.

The meeting was held at Safeco Field (Where the Seattle Mariners play).  I estimate about 10,000 people were there; some dressed in matching outfits for their specific group.  My group had black T-shirt.  One of the System Center groups had orange hats, scarfs, and mittens.  Other groups had foam noodles, plastic hand clappers, yada yada yada.  What really impressed me was that some of the people in my section were constructing paper airplanes and since we were in the "nosebleed" section, they could toss their creations and evaluate how good their design was.  Some of those airplanes were REALLY good!! 

 

I think that the meeting should be mandatory for all new hires and that they should have a competition that involves the employees more.  The "pump you up" is great, but they could engage the people more.  If I had to give it a grade, I’d give it a C+–but bumped to B- since Ballmer got emotional for Bill Gates’ last meeting.

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