Monday, February 28, 2011

Viva La Revolucion! TL;DR Current Events Rant

WARNING: For any of you that might not be pro-labor or pro-worker's rights, please stop reading. For any of you that are anti-union, please also stop reading.



So by now those of you that spend any time perusing the news have heard about what Governor Walker is trying to do to public sector worker's rights in Wisconsin. You may also have heard that this cancerous way of thinking is spreading out to Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan, and this sort of legislation has already been introduced here in California.

Let me tell you something about all this that you might not know. Unions brought you child labor laws, and the 5 day work week. Unions have helped spread democracy in their own way as well has given a lot of downtrodden workers a voice and a vote in their future. That's what collective bargaining rights are, the right to vote on whether or not you'll accept certain terms from your employer on wages and benefits, among other things. Many of you probably work in the private sector, where you're given a salary for the work you do, and benefits as dictated by your employer. I'm also sure many of you (manz, for one) bust your asses and get paid less than some people in your office do who fuck off every day. Being unionized means that you get paid what has been previously voted on, and you and your co-workers negotiate the benefits you get. Everyone gets what's fair. And wouldn't it be awesome to be able to vote on whether or not you're okay with the rate of pay you're given? Or how much your employer contributes to your healthcare?

Let's move onto pensions. First of all, a defined benefit where you 100% for sure get money for the rest of your life until you die after you retire is fucking awesome. Most of us in my generation know that social security isn't going to be around for us to take advantage of when we get old enough. But being able to work for years in your chosen career and then know that you're getting a defined amount of money every month...well, I'd say that would take a load of everyone's shoulders when planning for the future. A 401k is some bullshit. It's basically you giving your employer money to gamble on Wall Street. They can decide to make risky decisions or not, but either way it's a gamble. When the stock market crashed, manz lost his almost his entire 401k, and he had several thousand dollars in there. GTFOHWTBS. I'll take a pension any day. And keep in mind people, pensions are paid into by the employee as well, not just the employer. Public employee pensions are not money that they get for free. They contribute as well.

So. Where does that leave us? Well, down here in San Diego, it's pretty damned conservative, and all the local government wants to do is say they've achieved "pension reform" in the county and so now there's this attack on public employees and their benefits. It's some crazy shit, hearing these extreme right wing conservatives talk shit about the very programs they'll be getting a piece of. It's also crazy to hear them talk shit about their employees. I mean, really? Everyone has this idea that government employees are lazy and stupid and sit on their asses all day. Well let me tell you, people do that in every fucking office, no matter where you work. Right now I bet there's some dumbass in your department that doesn't do shit, and you have to pull his/her weight. That's not something that strictly happens in the public sector.

What I do know about public employees is that they're people. Most work hard, some don't. Some get treated well, some don't. They're not all sitting around collecting exorbitant salaries and pensions, though. Most of the ones I know bust their asses. I represented a crew of Public Works guys that got called out 12 times on Christmas Day because of the rain that was happening here. I know social workers who are so overwhelmed and overworked and understaffed that they're working several hours a week overtime without logging that time or getting paid for it. THOSE are the public employees I know about, and I respect them immensely, as well as all the good work they do, because it is them that makes this county a nice one to live in.

Throughout all this, it's nice to know that 4chan/anonymous has been aware and active. They've released  a couple of open letters over the last few days that I believe are worth a serious read. The first is an open letter to the Citizens of the United States of America, talking about the Koch brothers and their funding of the Tea Party as well as the union busting activities in Wisconsin. Today, they've released another awesome open letter to the World, which got me super fired up and made my little activist heart happy. Check that letter out here. To the Koch brothers, FUCK YO' PRODUCTS! Pass the word on and Kochblock the following:

Vanity Fair
Quilted Northern
Angel Soft
Sparkle
Brawny
Mardi Gras
Dixie

Figures they'd make shit to wipe your ass on, amirite?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Finally...!

...The Diora has come BACK!

Having upper respiratory infection + 60 hour work weeks = no blog posting.

However, just a quick one today while I do my laundry on shit I seen this week. Pago posted something on this over at his blog, and I saw this in its entirety a few nights ago. Shit was awesome.


I swear watching this made me mark the fuck out, even after The Rock doing Disney movies.



Can ALL bus stops around the world be like this?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Nerdgasm.

All the following shit is stuff that will give you guys nerdgasms guaranteed. Well, they SHOULD. If you're a reader of this blog and anything like me then this is the nerdy artfag shit for you.

I believe you have my stapler. Office Space is a classic, and putting Milton in 8 bit is fucking awesome.


Dude...seriously? How the fuck did they get this picture taken? It's fucking awesome! I mean...who woulda thunk of photo idea like this one? Someone who's awesome, that's who.


This shit had be dying. Yes, it's blasphemy, but it's still goddamn hilarious.


Oh em gee, mixing Star Wars and Mario? Genius. Fucking genius.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

^5s: The Last 5 WTF Movies I Watched

So this is a list movies that I have seen in recent history that made me say WTF for one reason or another, which I will explain. Except for one of these movies, I am still not sure how I feel about them. I don't think I hate them but I'm not sure I like them, either. This may require a second viewing.

Following
So I think it might have been iamnotstrange that recommended this to me after I talked about Inception. Maybe? Or maybe it was Pago. Anyway, one of you recommended this since I love Christoper Nolan. After watching this, I think I might like this movie, but I'm not sure. The plot twists were some crazy shit. And while I like to think I'm kind of a smartypants, I did not expect the shit that happened in this movie. No spoiler alerts here, but like I said, the twists that this plot goes through will turn your brain inside out. Maybe I'm not smart enough to appreciate it?

Delicatessen
So, since I liked Amelie, my roommate who is a known hardcore movie nerd and pretentious artfag, suggested we watch this movie. All I have to say is WHAT THE FUCK. Seriously, what the fuck. I thought I knew what was going on, and then when the movie was over, I realized I didn't know what the fuck was going on. At least not at the end. I'm not even sure if it had a happy ending or not. And that's not to say that I like happy endings, because I don't appreciate the Hollywood/Disney ending usually, but I am just saying that I have no idea if this movie was trying to go with the happy ending or not.

500 Days of Summer
Okay, so Pago told me that this movie was not some corny ass romantic movie, which  it wasn't. However, I'm not sure what it was otherwise. The tagline for the movie says it's a movie about love, which just sounds bad. I kind of think it was more about relationships. I also kind of think that it was the kind of movie that dudes and chicks can watch together without one of them feeling like they got gypped. Other than that, I am not sure if I liked it or not. I do love Zooey Deschanel, I think she's super hot as I've mentioned in this blog before. I also love love love Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Manz calls him my other manz aka my movie boyfriend.  Maybe what it is, is that I actually secretly liked the movie but am mad that I did and so I'm trying to hate on it? I don't know.

Alice in Wonderland
Okay, I was all mad at first for like the first 2/3 of the movie because this was NOT any of the Alice stories. It was not Alice in Wonderland. It was not Through the Looking Glass. So what the fuck was it? I had a hard time dealing with this issue until I realized "Okay, it's just Tim Burton's version of an Alice story" and then I felt better about it after that. I will say that I did kind of like how he ended up making Alice sort of a strong female character who handled her own business.

The Game
Now this movie is one of those movies that WILL have you saying WTF, because seriously, you're like "What the fuck is going ON up in here?" It's another one of those twisty sort of mindfuck kind of movies, but the way the story was told and the way the movie ended make the movie probably one of the best movies I've seen. This one is a definite must see.