Sunday, March 23, 2008
in a world of silence, in a world of sound
I got yer stupidity right here: It was revealed that all three major political candidates had their passport records viewed by unauthorized parties within the passport system. Condoleeza Rice held a press conference where she said "none of us wants to have a circumstance in which any American's passport file is looked at in an unauthorized way." Okay, here are the bits of meat I have picked off these bones of contention:
a) Ironic she'd say it was wrong to snoop in people's records when she's been a major part of this administration's domestic spying effort. Do as I say, not as I do; it's only bad if it's someone other than us doing it.
b) The three candidates not only have nothing to hide, but being such public people there's nothing to 'discover'. If your agenda is publicly posted and the media is at the airports of departure and arrival, the nightly news will tell you more than looking up where one's passport has been used. It's that shifty-looking guy you've never heard of over there who they need to have a better look at.
c) Strange that the three candidates would be told that they'd been snooped on, since no one else in the United States ever hears that their privacy has been intruded upon, or at the government level anyhow since your credit card company or Internet provider may eventually let you know that someone may have swiped your data.
So here's what's happening with my temp job (some could file this under stupidity -- I'd call it that if I found this out at the last moment)... At this moment 70% of the calls to my department are being routed to the Canadian outsource center, and for periods of a couple hours the rest of the calls get shipped up there too. We still get all the mail because there's no way to just share a part of it. Now, come the end of March, 100% of calls and all email will be going to the Canadian center, and we're going to be kept around for two weeks to take care of the existing queue of mail (the other center's using a different database system so can't see what we already ahve) and be an emergency backup in case there's trouble with the transition. The existing mail will take about one week to properly shuffle, so between April 7 and 15 we're all going to be spending our eight or ten hour shifts goofing off. (Not that we don't do that already but there won't be duties to fulfill as distraction.) I'll work on my résumé soon, ya rly! srsly! The way the system is supposed to work is PleaseGoAway tells OutsourceAgency what's up, and OutsourceAgency is supposed to tell OurAgency the deal, so OurAgency can make good on their pledge to find us new jobs. Just in case one party decided to just drop this info into another party's lap in three weeks, I told OurAgency what the schedule is so they have 3 weeks to find us new gigs, and coworkers thought OurAgent's response of "thanks for letting us know, we can't make any guarantees but..." reply was a wee bit canned but there are not going to be any surprises.
Happy Easter, and here's hoping some computer stores are open today so Chrome and I can go shopping!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
the times grew silent... corpora lente augescent cito extinguuntur
Stupidity of the moment, related to the rising price of gasoline: There was a guy from the Attorney General's office on the radio, talking to one of the chatterboxes about what is causing petroleum prices to be so high (and forgot "greed"), and what we can do about the price of fuel. He listed four or five things, and yet he completely left out "use less? drive something that uses less or doesn't use any gas at all?" We know which side he's on, since 54¢ on every gallon of gasoline sold is state taxes. I have absolutely no objection to paying taxes. It's that other $2.90 (up from half that a year ago) that I want some relief from and explanation of. According to the radio, the state is converting some of its ferries to biodiesel derived from vegetable oil and the City of Seattle is requesting taxi services move from 15mpg Crown Victorias to more efficient vehicles... where's a similar concept being suggested to the taxpayers?
Wayne visited last Saturday and my sis-in-law Patrice visited on Sunday (welcome to the world's newest camgirl!), there's a comedy show tomorrow and Chrome's coming over this weekend. Otherwise nobody wants to be around me unless they have to be.