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Warning, I fav and maybe boost every. single. cat. I see.

Woke up from a dream that I had had a fight with a good friend and I was upset, so I skritched Mason to feel better and I did it wrong apparently because he bit me so that's how my morning is going.

When asked about fears of automation in 1969, Arthur C. Clarke famously said that we shouldn't worry about automation: "the goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play." I have never seen his answer quoted in full.

This popped up when I was checking something in our security portal.

How about "the only reason I come here is I have to and I have much better things to do with my day than figure out what the fuck you've changed since the last time I was here"?

Coffee person, presenting to a bunch of IT people: I don't know if you know this but you can eat coffee beans, it's a tasty snack

most of us (probably): they are not 'snacks' they are absolutely essential to life because they are a source of caffeine that does not make you have to pee every half hour and pull you out of your flow give me those now

@georgieboy @SeanAloysiusOBrien Palpatine will scold you if you try to wash the cast iron skillet and will insist on showing you how to clean it "properly" with salt

Copaganda it may be, but Brooklyn 9-9 taught me to put little sprinkles of uncooked noodles on top of my Mr Noodles after they've cooked and I will forever owe Beef Baby a debt for this.

I mean, of course, yes it's legal for my employer to tell its human resources that they cannot carry over more than X days, but don't fucking tell me it's for my mental health "even during a pandemic" when the chips fall and you tell me welp, nothing we can do when other employees are actively contributing to a poisoned work environment.

Just tell me "I can make you take these days because I say so, and that's what I'm doing."

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I kind of took a tangent there, I guess in summary my employer cares about employee mental health in a very performative manner.

Kind Reader will be shocked, shocked I say, to hear that Bell Let's Talk is super heavily pushed and wearing t-shirts for various causes is promoted.

At least we stopped bragging about how much Peter Fucking Thiel loved us.

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"Fuck that," I told him, "this wouldn't even be a decision if somebody hadn't 'felt weird' about paying you for a few extra days, and if we hadn't treated you like garbage on your renewal you wouldn't even have been looking. Get paid!" So he got paid.

Someone else on a similar contract did not find out if their 4 Jan - 4 Jan would be renewed, until the 5th of January the next year. We lost her too, two months later. All she wanted was a fucking dental plan but contractors don't get those.

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He started looking for jobs, I told him I'd give him a great reference if he needed one. He got a great offer elsewhere at a massive raise and a signing bonus with stock options, but they wanted him to start second week of December and he wanted to finish some things up with me.

But he felt bad, he still had a week of accrued vacation and we'd have to pay him out for it.

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I had a contractor working for me on a 1y contract, our exec officer said she'd like for him to start on 15 Jan instead of 1 Jan cos if he started 1 Jan we'd be paying him for xmas "and it feels weird to pay somebody for work they didn't do."

September, he asked me if there was a chance his contract would be renewed. I asked because I said I would and the answer, as expected, was lol we can't tell him that either way.

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My employer: provides very little mental health support; health plan has a yearly maximum of approximately epsilon. Drops the ball like it's hot when it comes to dealing with workplace conflict.

Also my employer: sends memo to all managers saying make your staff take all their vacation days before year-end, it's for their MeNTaL heALth

(real reason: liability and don't want to carry forward unpaid balances in the case of separation)

Stop showing needles with every fucking story about vaccines challenge 2021

Even when you change the laws of nature, people *still* figure out ways to commit murder.

"Forever Falls," a free #scifi #mystery #ebook. It's everywhere, but here's Kobo: kobo.com/us/en/ebook/forever-f

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GMOs : Monsanto :: Vaccines : Pfizer

I really suck at media analysis so me noticing that must mean it was more of a dog megaphone blasting into a few million watts of FM radio.

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re last boost but also pedo mention (shitty authors being shitty) 

I read SM Stirling's Island in the Sea of Time and felt pretty uncomfortable about the whole thing.

Then I found out he was a garbage human being and it clicked: he was faking being progressive (lesbian relationship) to cover up his "pedophilia is fine, actually, if it's in a novel set in the past when teenagers were regularly married off, in fact I'm an fucking hero for making a lead character Black."

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