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January 30, 2006

2 things...

first. some wiener son of a kitten poop eating testicle farmer managed to hack the makeyerowncards site last night...so I had to take it down. my apologies - no images were lost so your galleries are safe. I'll try to get it back online as soon as possible, which will include sending an angry email to: http://www.directxtras.com for selling me a vulnerable plug-in. shockwave safe my pasty white butt.

second. here in NYC the MTA and transit union are locked in a tense debate over transit workers' future contracts. its already resulted in a strike that lasted for 3 days. one complication in the negotiation is that the MTA posted nearly a billion dollar surplus this year, and the employees want a piece of the pie. Two things come to mind:

1) Nyers pay $2 a ride on the subway...if there is extra money floating around, reduce the fare... or put it back into the subway system; make repairs, or build that east side line that has been the stuff of legend for years.

2) Transit workers in NY are some of the most unfriendly people I have encountered. Of course there are exceptions, but for the most part they are surly, refuse to answer simple questions, and do a terrible job at informing the public about changes in the schedule. If there is any wage increase, it should go hand in hand with a mandatory course on costumer service, or just plain simple courtesy... Transit workers are the ambassadors to NY for countless tourists...they get paid well, they have good benefits...they should act the part.

I know this doesn't pertain to a lot of you, but I've been feeling mad about this and don't have any other outlet.


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The most ridiculous demand they're making is to not allow their jobs to be automated away. Nobody wants their job to be automated, but you can't just demand that you be paid to do something that a computer is better at, just because. It's not a sensible outlet for our collective charity, to hire someone to move around pieces of paper for no reason. (((I would like to put a paragraph break here but your comment software gobbles any <p>s or <br>s that I try to give it.)))
The underlying problem is that we have a society that doesn't know how to deal with unemployment, even though it is creating massive amounts of it by deeply restructuring the economy over & over. We can't solve that problem by maintaining people in the same government jobs regardless of whether those jobs continue to make sense. What we need is a welfare system, to protect the people unseated by each wave of change so they won't seem so threatening, and available public education to teach people the next way that they can help in society.


Posted by: Mungojelly [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 30, 2006 3:35 PM

wow, so much to be rightly irritated with! i don't understand the thought-process of those hack jerks. why? why? what fabulous thrill do they get out of it? gah.

while i'm not affected by the transit issues, i like your concepts. makes sense.

Posted by: Melissa Glenn [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 30, 2006 5:33 PM

Hi Ze...

I was wondering why you live in New Yowrk and if maybe you could explain/vent with a new piece... I mean you are my homepage and all, and I was just hoping... Boy! The worldwideweb is the best - I mean really!

Posted by: thereclusivebobbyfisher [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 31, 2006 9:33 AM


Oh well, answers would only lead to questions - how about a lost in subway new yourk themed online line-making plaything... with exploding aristocrats?....? make us all rejoice in how really distracted and placed the b.s. is...? (I live in wisconsin, used to live in minneapolis, dc, oregon (or-a-gun), and think that you may be pushing some folks limits with the whole subway bitching - so sorry). (really, I love you, I am so sorry, please take me back, I swear I can change)!

luv yer poo Ze,
onion critic,


Posted by: thereclusivebobbyfisher [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 31, 2006 9:58 AM

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