discarded lies: wednesday, april 23, 2014 5:06 pm zst
We can always panic tomorrow.
daily archive: 02/23/2006
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Outplaced, Cashiered, Decruited
I've been fired once and it was a bit of a traumatic experience because it was my first job in the States. Okay, so bussing tables isn't much of a job, but I didn't expect to be called to the manager's office and get fired and when I asked "why?" the answer was "well, it just isn't working out." So I went in the kitchen and cried a little and the chef made me an omelette to make me feel better and a sympathetic waiter said not to worry, I could now "get unemployment". Since I didn't know what exactly that meant and since I had (and still have) a sincere antipathy for bureaucracy based on past experience (like, my whole life), I knew for sure "getting unemployment" wasn't something I wanted to try. So I just got another job. Fired!
Ever since actress Annabelle Gurwitch was fired by Woody Allen from an Off Broadway play in 2003, she has been compiling tales of similar woe from her show-biz pals. Readers of "Fired!" may be forgiven for thinking that she has been compiling a thesaurus, too. Ms. Gurwitch introduces this collection by listing 21 synonyms for "fired," including "outplaced," "cashiered" and "decruited." It's a pity that Roget's has yet to come up with a synonym for "fired because others didn't recognize my creative genius," because that's the one that would apply to most of the stories here.
If you've been fired from a job and feel like sharing your story, this is the thread for it :-)
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Canadian warships to train alongside US peers
This is a nice change from the Jean-Paul Chmertien regime's reflexive anti-militarism and anti-Americanism. Let's hope it's one step closer to Canada fulfilling a responsible and proportionate security role on the world stage.
(CBC) - Five Canadian warships are leaving Halifax on Monday to join the U.S. navy in training exercises that will pit them against a simulated terrorist attack.

HMCS Montreal, Ville de Québec, Summerside, Moncton and Preserver will be joined on the three-week mission by Canadian fighter jets and the country's only operational submarine, HMCS Windsor. They will work alongside three U.S. destroyers.

The Canadian military said the exercise will give the countries an opportunity to train together and take part in a scenario involving a terrorist organization.

"They will be asked to react to that scenario, and they'll put in place the combat tactics that they have been practising during this intense three-week exercise," said Lieut. Sonia Connock, a navy spokesperson. The training exercises will be in waters near Halifax, Boston and Norfolk, Va.

It will be Preserver's first mission since undergoing a $40-million retrofit in 2005. The vessel had been plagued with electrical problems. The vessels are scheduled to return on March 10.
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Entire meal contaminated by orange juice!
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Muslims again more incensed by those speaking the plain truth than by their brethren's murderousness
Once again, Western politicians speaking their minds (and telling the truth) are a lot more offensive to Muslims than other actual Muslims who are killing innocents left and right. They can stuff it.
SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister John Howard has criticised the minority of Muslims who "rave on about jihad" and have "extreme attitudes" towards women, saying they do not fit into Australian society. Islamic leaders immediately condemned the remarks as "offensive and ignorant", saying they would fan the flames of prejudice against Islam. Howard’s comments were made in interviews in December for a book by journalists from The Australian newspaper to mark his 10th anniversary in power next month, the paper reported Monday. The prime minister later defended his comments as his “right and duty" to express his thoughts. The book quotes him as saying that Muslim immigration to Australia had presented problems not seen in previous waves of migration from Europe and Asia. “I do think there is this particular complication because there is a fragment which is utterly antagonistic to our kind of society, and that is a difficulty," Howard said. “You can’t find any equivalent in Italian, or Greek or Lebanese or Chinese or Baltic immigration to Australia. There is no equivalent of raving on about jihad (holy war), but that is the major problem," he said. afp
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DS Kids
The Forced Abortion thread yesterday had me thinking about handicapped children. I've read that prenatal testing for Down's Syndrome can now be done in the first trimester, and I've seen figures as high as 90% for the detected Down's Syndrome pregnancies that are aborted.

All the kids I went to school with were pre-Roe vs Wade, and it was a pretty solid Catholic area at the time. We had of course a "special class". I probably was aquainted with approximately 2 dozen kids with Down's or similar disabilities.

No one was politically correct in those days so the epithet "retard" was probably only second in popularity to "faggot". And there were the "short bus" jokes as well. But the special class kids were the brothers and sisters of our friends and classmates, and as such were part of a community of schoolkids who were for the most part only a little less "different".

And it's not that it was so hard to like the kids with Down's. Affable Kevin had eventually gone on to charm even the high school football jocks and was ensconced as coach's assistant. The vivacious Suzette was an outrageous flirt who prefered older men. And patient Owen, my frequent seatmate on the bus who also sat quietly in sunday school and came to resemble in character the Man of Sorrows the nuns taught us about. I've forgotten the names of the others, but I can't remember a single DS kid who wasn't somehow engaged socially and emotionally with the rest of us.

If the figures on abortions of Down's pregnancies are accurate, there are far fewer members of the special class these day. It seems that ADD and autism are now the focus of special needs programs. As we come in contact with fewer DS kids, this situation becomes worst as Down's Syndrome becomes even more of a spectre to pregnant women. DS kids will become increasing rare, like elves departing Middle Earth until they are finally just a legend.

This is an incalculable loss. Not only can DS kids approach "normal" development levels with aggressive occupational therapy, but more importantly, even if they lack intellectual prowess they retain a sweetness of character most of us can't hold onto into adult life. Emotionally they are archives of affection and ambassadors of innocence.

And maybe this is reason enough for our world's eagerness to be rid of them.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Nascent Taliban Renaissance
The Taliban. We beat them to a pulp in Afghanistan, but they're only down, not out. They have established a new Islamic state in Waziristan, Pakistan-one that Musharraf's incompetent army dare not tread in. This chilling Asia Times piece goes into the gruesome, gory characteristics of the Taliban's new foothold in Pakistan. In short, it's yesterday's Afghanistan, today-and nearly untouchable now that their host nation is a nuclear power that takes umbrage at American strikes on its interior, but dare not touch its homegrown Taliban.

To make the Pakistani picture even rosier, David Warren says the restive Baluchistanis enjoy unlimited weapons and funding from Gulf states.

To the east in Bangladesh, once part of Pakistan, Islamist terrorists are rapidly gaining political power and popular legitimacy as well. The ruling party is using the largest local terrorist group as a proxy murder gang against their political opponents. In a quid-pro-quo, the top echelons on Bangladesh's ruling elite order the police to stand down while the Islamists impose Shariah and execute leftists and dissidents. The motto of one group? "All of us will become Taliban/Bangladesh is Afghanistan"

We're fucked if we have to fight a war simultaneously in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Syria, and who knows where else. We need more friends...like India.
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Banning gays and lesbians from adopting
In Mississippi, gay couples can't adopt children but gay people can - as long as they're single; in Florida, gays cannot adopt children but they can be foster parents; Ohio is introducing a bill which will ban gays and lesbians from adopting or raising foster children. Conservative and religious groups are stepping up their efforts to ban gay adoption in 16 states.
"Now that we've defined what marriage is, we need to take that further and say children deserve to be in that relationship," says Greg Quinlan of Ohio's Pro-Family Network, a conservative Christian group.
So what about children who are growing up in single-parent homes because their mom or dad is widowed or divorced or never got married? Are those children better adjusted or less vulnerable because their one parent is straight than children growing up in gay families? With all the horror stories we hear about child abuse and violence against children, why are we worried about such stupid things, I don't know.

Looking at the Ohio Adoption Photolisting, I counted at least 300 children who are waiting for someone to give them a home.
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