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Post Hiatus Thoughts

Things I've been thinking of during the week or so I didn't post anything.

After I read that Wisconsin has slithered into that half of the U.S. that is afflicted with so-called "Right to Work" anti-union laws, I couldn't help but wonder; with union membership nationwide at a paltry 11.1 percent — a number that drops to 6.7 percent when public sector union members are excluded — why are the anti-union crowd so frightened of the union movement? It's pretty clear union members are not the menacing hordes they're made out to be by corporate apologists and their sleazy fellows. I mean, you'd think they'd be satisfied, knowing that union membership is down almost 10 percent from 1983, when it was 20.1 percent. That they'd be able to sit around their comfortable dens, and finally feel safe, knowing that they can command 89 percent of the workforce at will, that they can promise, renege, coerce, frighten, shaft, fire, layoff at will, etc. nearly all the working men and women in this nation.  But nope, apparently the idea that 11.1 percent of the workforce still not only believes it has a right to fight back, but the means to fight back, terrifies them. And then I think about all the people who fall for the Big, Bad, Powerful Unions That Just Want Your Money And Won't Let You Do What You Want line, and I simultaneously want to slap sense into people and weep.

I am now officially a Brainiac on vocabulary.com. I finally and forever understand the meaning of recondite and heuristic. Go, me. I'm still weak on asyndeton and chiasmus, though.

Oh, Absalom my son, my son Absalom ....

It is possible for me to make a curry that is actually too hot for me to eat comfortably.

I'm still writing fic, a half sentence or so a day.

It's finally spring; the last of the ice dam in the alley behind our place has melted away. It may be a telling sign of my age that each winter I become more afraid that it will not end before I do.

I am so very glad that I know BB. I love him so very much.


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a_phoenixdragon
Mar. 17th, 2015 12:26 am (UTC)
Bless you, bb...we shall overcome. It will just...take a while.

*HUGS*
kaffyr
Mar. 17th, 2015 10:34 pm (UTC)
It will just...take a while.

Indeed; I knkow it, and most of the time I try to be patient, but sometimes I really do need to climb a figurative clock tower and do some figurative damage. (Wait, does anyone younger than me even know what's meant when I say 'climb a clock tower'?)

Hugs and kisses to you and your hubby as you fight the good fight in your new positions!
a_phoenixdragon
Mar. 18th, 2015 01:29 am (UTC)
I remember vaguely, but then, I have so many older phrases running around in my skull...refresh me if you would, lol!!

Awww, thank you, honey!! I'm having a blast...he's...making it work, poor man. All he wants to do is WORK. When did that become a Bad Thing? *sigh*

All the love, sweetie!
kaffyr
Mar. 19th, 2015 01:56 am (UTC)
this is where the saying "I'm gonna climb a clock tower" comes from, sadly. It was this country's first glimpse of mass gun madness.

And your hubby is doing what he needs to do; more power to him - and tell him I said so!
a_phoenixdragon
Mar. 19th, 2015 02:36 am (UTC)
Arrrghhh...now I know what you mean.

I will, sweetie. He's a champ, my husband is!

*HUGS*
eaweek
Mar. 17th, 2015 03:32 pm (UTC)
I simultaneously want to slap sense into people and weep.

I want to do this to a lot of people about a lot of issues besides unions. There are so many people (from my experience: angry, white, male, though I suspect there are others) who fall for the right-wing/ corporate drivel and ultimately end up voting against their own best interests, it really does make one want to weep.

I honestly don't think Corporate America will be happy until 99.99% of all workers are making $10/ hour with no benefits and no ability to fight for better working conditions, better salaries, better benefits. And so many people will just go right along with this. All you have to say is (fill in the blank): lazy/ mooching/ non-white/ illegal, and too many people in the country will happily line up to vote away all their legal, human, and civil rights. It's nothing short of tragic.
kaffyr
Mar. 17th, 2015 11:50 pm (UTC)
There are so many people (from my experience: angry, white, male, though I suspect there are others) who fall for the right-wing/ corporate drivel and ultimately end up voting against their own best interests, it really does make one want to weep.

Yes. Their anger makes them so easy to manipulate, and demagogues know it.

I honestly don't think Corporate America will be happy until 99.99% of all workers are making $10/ hour with no benefits and no ability to fight for better working conditions, better salaries, better benefits.

*starts weeping again*

apostle_of_eris
Mar. 18th, 2015 08:14 pm (UTC)
Neil’s Political Litmus Test has had some small success:
When you are frightened enough, you can't think straight. (Not name-calling; all humans.)
When you are angry enough, you can't think straight.
So when someone is trying to scare me, or make me mad, I ask why they don't want me thinking straight.

There is zero political jargon, and everyone can relate. Sometimes it helps people clear their thinking.

Of course, about unions, there's a direct answer: if you know the boss lies about everything, the better to screw you as totally as physically possible, why do you believe him about this all of a sudden?
kaffyr
Mar. 19th, 2015 01:57 am (UTC)
Testify, brother.
flowsoffire
Mar. 24th, 2015 08:31 pm (UTC)
Vocabulary and curry, writing and spring and love! All lovely things ♥ Making up for the disheartening first thoughts…

*hugs*
kaffyr
Mar. 25th, 2015 05:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for all the hugs, my dear.
flowsoffire
Mar. 31st, 2015 08:27 pm (UTC)
Anytime! *more hugs*
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