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Friday, July 22, 2016

Still no San Marino? Hmmm

Hell, Mauritius has been coming by like sailors at a whorehouse on payday, but still no San Marino. Maybe I should try to taunt Monaco, Lichtenstein, Vatican City, Montenegro or Kosovo into coming by. After all, they haven't been here, either. Come on, Monaco, what's your hang up?

I think Dante miscounted

He only got to nine, after all. Sure, I've bitched about projects before -- and they all sucked -- but I think I have finally reached the circle that Dante missed: Project 10th Circle.

The punishments range from the petty to the severe. Sure, we have no internet. But we've faced that before. On the other hand, this is the first no-internet project I've ever even heard of that provided no internet terminals away from your desk. Cell phone coverage in the review room is close to non-existent, so even people with smart phones (everybody but me) are having trouble checking their email.

Sure, we've been cramped before, but not like this. In a 20 by 40 foot room -- and that might be generous -- we have 100 people. Maybe more. Two long rows of tables, with a row at each end crossing the T. The tables have four work stations each, two on each side, even though they are neither long enough nor wide enough. There is no room for your document review binders in front of you -- all that fits is your keyboard and mouse pad. I guess they don't want us to refer to our review guidelines, because there sure as hell is nowhere to put them. Hell, there isn't room for anything besides the keyboard and mouse.

We live in fear of power outages. We were told in no uncertain terms to plug nothing into any of the available outlets in the room, or USB cables into the computers. No additional electrical load of any kind, as we are likely to blow a circuit breaker.

We have 100 people or more in a single room. We have no trashcans.

Then, of course, there is the casual disregard for common human dignity. Crammed in like sardines with the kind of respect usually reserved for galley slaves, we also are treated like 5-year-olds. The project supervisor, when preparing to make her first announcement of the project, apparently felt the need to say, "Faces. Faces." Apparently, anyone not looking at her could not hear her. I made a point of looking at the floor.

They weren't ready for us, in a technical sense. Documents aren't loaded, and the computers aren't set up properly, which is why we had to leave early today, the first day of the project. After training was over, we couldn't do anything because the technical difficulties prevented them from even teaching us how to log in. God knows what will happen tomorrow.

The law firm for whom we are working is well know for overstaffing, lying about overtime and then sending everybody home for the day or two because the documents aren't ready. When I say well-known, I mean it has happened on both the projects where I worked for this firm before. Can't wait to hit the trifecta.




Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Religion of Peace strikes again, fashion critic edition

Is this getting old yet? Good damn thing ISIS is on the run, or these madmen Episcopalians would be running amok:
A French woman and her three young daughters were seriously wounded in a frenzied knife attack at an Alpine resort on Tues by a man who reportedly complained that they were scantily dressed.
The man was arrested after the attack at the Alpine resort of Garde-Colombe, near Laragne, in southern France.
Emperor Barry immediately announced that the attacker's motives could never truly be known, as the Morroccan-born man obviously was not actually a true Muslim:

The attacker, named as Mohamed B, 37, "may have acted out of religious motives", French television channel TF1 reported.
I'm sure he was just cranky over the outcome of a soccer match.


Monday, July 18, 2016

The Religion of Peace strikes again, log-splitting edition

OK, he wasn't splitting logs:
An axe-man who stormed a passenger train and hacked at terrified passengers while shouting "Allahu Akbar" has been identified as a 17-year-old Afghan who entered Germany as a lone refugee.
The attacker was identified by stunned government officials after a huge investigation was launched just hours after the bloody attack exploded.
"Allahu Akbar," as everyone knows, means "I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK," which explains the ax, I guess.


Yeah, so an Episcopalian refugee from Afghanistan boards a German train and begins hacking at citizens of the country that foolishly welcomed him.
Early reports claim he has left at least three people fighting for their lives, and a fourth with minor injuries.
At least 14 other passengers were being treated for shock.
At least they killed the little sack of shit. Thank God he was an Episcopalian and not a Muslim, else we'd be seeing headlines like this: [German] Muslims Fear Repercussions Over Tomorrow's Train Bombing.

Oh, wait.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

I'm cutting San Marino no slack

It has been suggested in the comments that maybe San Marino hasn't come by because there are only 34,000 residents and they all speak Italian. Sure, I could have Googled that, but it still doesn't move me. Andorra came by despite fewer residents and a language barrier. Hell, these guys came by despite way fewer residents and a language barrier. Nope, San Marino has no excuses. Mongolia bowed to the pressure from Eff You Nation. Maybe some people think they're too good for Eff You. I'm looking at you, San Marino. You're on the clock.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

No San Marino. Suppifdat?

Sure, since my call for San Marino to visit Eff You, I've had visits from a number of countries that don't come by much -- Mauritius, Croatia, Saudi Arabia -- but still no San Marino. What's wrong with those people. No computers? Frankly, I'm getting a little irked. If they don't come by soon, I'm going to go and find out where the hell San Marino is. You know that's the first step to finding San Marino and opening up a can of whoop-ass, right? Of course, San Marino is only a micro-state, so maybe I only need a half-can of whoop-ass. (For those of you not from the American South, "whoop" is pronounced "whup" in this instance.) Anyway, I will apply all the whoop-ass necessary if San Marino doesn't get its ass over here. Did I say San Marino enough to hit somebody's search engine in San Marino? Should I say porn, or fuck, or something like that?

Friday, July 15, 2016

I just got a Clean Energy Option selection form from my power company. Guess what?

No surprises here. Of course I am not going to tell Potomac Edison to get my electricity from "Clean Energy Option, a supplier of 100% wind and solar power." Unlike most of the idiots in Maryland -- we call them "Democrats" -- I realize that the sun shines only about half the day, and less than half of that time provides useful energy generation, which means you can't rely on it. And the wind doesn't blow all the time, which means you can't rely on it. And that the power from those two sources gets massive federal subsidies, which means you can't rely on it. The feds giveth and the feds taketh away. So I have no intention of going down that path, no matter how much the state and feds want me to.

Besides, the mailer made two things pretty clear. First, not much would change with respect to energy generation in the state, and choosing the "green" option was stupid. Even with the subsidies, the "Clean Energy Option" mailer was forced to admit in the "Frequently Asked Questions" section what I already knew. Out of six Q&A's in this section, four of them assured me that Potomac Edison would be providing my electricity no matter what. How will it do that? By maintaining fossil fuel sources of electricity to supply most of the state's power, including enough such sources to replace the so-called "green" sources of power for when those "green sources" aren't actually providing any power, which is most of the time.

And one of the Q&A's assured me that I "can switch back at any time at no cost and with no interruption of service." Why did they feel the need to inform me of that? Because of what the sixth Q&A revealed:
Q. What will happen to my electricity bills?
A. In short, supporting new renewable energy development costs a little more than delivering polluting energy. That's because the energy you are choosing is better for you and the planet. When you add more renewable energy to the electric grid, you are reducing toxic waste and air pollution, making the world a healthier place with cleaner air. 
What's that? My power bill will be higher? Electricity is already expensive in Maryland. I'm sure it has nothing to do with our nanny state government always trying to control market forces. Of course, the mailer didn't mention how much "a little more" is, which is wise considering that we already pay about 20 percent more than the national average. Perhaps First Energy was worried that truth-telling might lead them to acknowledging that the road they are urging people to take could lead here:
The South Australian Government been forced to beg fossil fuel operators to bring mothballed plants back online, to contain wild swings in electricity spot price caused by unstable renewable production, prices which last month peaked at $14,000 / MWh – up from more normal prices of $100 / MWh which prevailed before political favouritism towards renewables messed up the market.
But hey, who doesn't want "sustainable" energy?

The mailer also declined to acknowledge several other salient facts that kind of undermine the myth of "clean renewable energy." First, in Maryland, there are no wide open deserts of the sort ideally suited for solar power farms. Perhaps this is why First Energy, the parent company of Potomac Edison, which provides my electricity, according to a Q&A section on its website, owns no solar power generation capacity and has no plans to develop any:
Q. I have the very best property for a wind or solar farm. Who can I talk to about leasing my property or partnering with the Company?
A. The FE operating companies do not own generation and are not looking for locations to site any generation.
So they buy it from elsewhere. Except they don't, because availability is limited. But they pretend to, and they charge you more for your power even though it probably comes from coal or natural gas. It's not like you can direct energy to the user based on its source.

They also don't mention that solar power farms fry birds by the thousands ever year. Might dampen your green-energy enthusiasm.

As for wind power, the turbines kill birds prodigiously. Also, the best wind power sites are hard to get to, making maintenance a problem. And, or course, wind turbine failures tend to be kind of spectacular, as anyone who has had a ceiling fan get out of balance can attest:


No, really:


So, yeah, I opted to stop the madness. Now if only Maryland would allow First Energy to build another nuclear power plant.