"How fortunate for governments
that the people they administer don't think."
"Only two things are
infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the
tough to keep up these
days. lots of work going on.
gave ethan a raise the
other day and talked about safety being very important because worker's
comp. insurance is costing me $10k/year. 3 days later he cut his hand and
needed 15 stitches. i always have a first aid kid on site and i had a packet
of quick clot in the truck so the bleeding stopped real fast. drove him
to the er and was there for 4 hours. he was changing the blade on the circular
saw and, while holding the allen wrench, managed to hit the safety and
trigger thus causing the saw to turn on and turn the allen wrench in his
hand - which tore it up pretty good. he went into shock as i was getting
him into the truck, but we talked about stuff on the way there and i managed
to keep him awake. i think he passed out a couple times while i was parking
the truck though. he'll be okay, but i'm a man down now with 3 projects
in full swing and several little jobs that i can't manage to get out of.
overall i'm happy that
it wasn't worse. i was fully prepared and the er was close enough that
i could drive him there quick. he feels real bad about it. i think it'll
be a good learning experience going forward and hopefully remind him to
take everything very seriously. worst injury i ever had was working for
someone else. cut my finger pretty good with the reciprocating saw. probably
could have used a couple stitches, but i managed to avoid it. other than
that i've been pretty lucky so far. little injuries are kind of inevitable,
so you just have to minimize the risk as much as possible. in the meantime
i'm paying him (trying to avoid a worker's comp claim) and keeping him
busy reading safety manuals and the like.
after spending half the
day at the er i drove him back to his truck (which we keep at home depot
during the day - convenient location, need to stop there anyway, lots of
cameras, lots of traffic) only to find that it had been broken into. i
paid for him to get his windows tinted and he always covers all the tools
with a blanket. and yet someone still broke into the truck in broad daylight
and made off with probably $2500 worth of my tools. it was a great day.
biggest money losing day of my life. he's out of money-making commission
for a couple weeks, i lose a bunch of tools, and my insurance will definitely
be going up. good times.
there are times in life
when something isn't your fault, but it's your problem. i think this is
a concept that seems to fading in society. first of all, not many people
take responsibility of their own lives so, to them, virtually nothing is
their fault. secondly, the idea that something that isn't your fault could
be your problem to deal with just doesn't seem fair. people seem almost
obsessed with the idea of fairness lately and this plays out a lot in identity
politics, but that's another story. the concept of fairness is nice, but
can really only be very narrowly applied. say, zoe get to play with a toy,
then it's only fair that merritt also gets a toy. beyond that i'm not sure
how much we should really spend time worrying about fairness. things aren't
fair. if you're in a position to make them fair for good reason, then do
it. if not, then you need to move on with life. there are plenty of times
when shit on the jobsite isn't my fault, but becomes my problem. that's
the job. that's life, too. i've spent energy worrying about it and it never
does any good.
there should be a website
for uncomfortable facts, just to trigger people a little and rile them
up. not really sure why some facts upset people. so long as the facts are
real, i don't see a problem. i'm a truth fundamentalist, though. the truth,
as much as we can know it, is a good unto itself. there's important context
and all that, but a simple fact shouldn't be upsetting. most serial killers
are white men. most kkk members would rather vote for trump than hillary.
women have a lower workforce participation rate than men. blacks as a group
have a lower iq than asians as a group.
"The most common way people
give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." - alice walker
"No one can make you feel
inferior without your consent." - eleanor roosevelt
these are two quotes from
two feminists who i think most people probably look up to in some way.
it's interesting to see where they place the emphasis in these two well-known
quotes - on the individual. it's not outward facing - about society or
oppressors. it's about the agency you have within to make yourself feel
equal. or the power that you have, but may be foolishly discarding. these
aren't quotes about victimhood. they're quotes about personal agency.
on bill maher's show the
other day he had salman rushdie and rushdie responded to a question about
mass shootings. maher asked something like why are these shootings happening
so much now? rushdie said "one word - guns." he went onto say that we have
too many guns in this country. it's a really simple answer and it sounds
like it makes sense and it's easy to pin things on guns, but anytime someone
says the answer is as simple as one word i think you have to be highly
skeptical (especially if you happen to agree with them). in reality, gun
ownership has declined over the past 40 years. there are more guns
than ever, but there are more people than ever. and the people who own
guns now tend to own more guns than they did in the past. it's really not
as simple as more guns = more mass shootings. bowling for columbine addressed
this almost 20 years ago and people still seem to think it's just a gun
so, that's one part of
my frustration over this issue. i wish people on the left could be more
honest and open to information about guns, but that's probably not happening
any time soon. the other part of the frustration is that we really need
to have common sense about the topic. normal people should be able to have
guns (as many as they want), but they should have to pass some basic tests
to make sure they're not nuts. private sellers should have to leave some
paper trail and check to make sure that the buyer isn't a nut job. these
are basic reforms that i think most people agree on, but of course haven't
happened yet. part of that is because of the NRA. it's also because of
a conservative fear of the slippery slope. "who determines mental fitness?"
"if you go after ar-15s today, why won't you go after hand guns tomorrow?"
these are valid concerns (though liberals probably wouldn't concede this).
as i've said before, ar-15s aren't he problem when it comes to annual gun
deaths - hand guns are. if you're outlawing ar-15s, then it seems like
you'd be morally justified in outlawing hand guns. legally, not so much,
but morally it would follow that ar-15s kill a handful each year and hand
guns kill thousands, so... as you can see, it doesn't take much for a conservative
gun enthusiast to think that his hand gun might be the next thing to be
outlawed 5, 10, 25 years from now. tough topic (despite the chatter to
the contrary from both sides, which seem to think it's pretty fucking obvious
that guns are evil or that gun rights shouldn't be infringed).
god made man and samuel
colt made them equal.
something i've been talking
to the girls about a lot lately is the relationship between freedom and
responsibility. with more freedom comes more responsibility. when you're
free to go to the bathroom on your own it means you're responsible for
wiping your own ass and washing your own hands. when you get to drive it
means you are responsible for operating the vehicle in a safe way. the
same goes for guns or a variety of other things in life. the trouble is
that humans want freedom, but they eschew responsibility. it will be a
life long lesson, so i figured i'd start with them early. with every new
freedom comes a new responsibility. with great power comes great responsibility.
are people still thinking
about oprah as president? god, this shit kills me. the answer to one unqualified
celebrity president is another? she's given dr. phil, jenny mccarthy, and
dr. oz a platform. i think that's disqualifying enough. jesus, people.
5% of the population owns
almost 75% of the stocks.
people (including me) talk
a lot about big corporate power. the funny thing is, though, that a lot
of these big companies aren't as durable as we might think. i think about
microsoft being the unquestioned 800lb gorilla in tech when i was growing
up. they still have a decent market cap, but it's google, amazon, and facebook
that rule now. the government did part of that by cracking down on them.
but if you look at the fortune 500 from 1955 to 2016, only 12% of firms
stayed on the list in that 61 year period. new firms are constantly rising
and falling and absorbing others.
“If the bee disappeared
off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.”
- einstein (supposedly). this always struck me as a bit of an exaggeration.
i mean, there are other pollinators on earth. maybe not in the same numbers
(?) or maybe not quite as good (?), but surely honey bees can't be that
important. then as you age and learn more about the world you find out
that honey bees didn't even exist in the u.s. until the evil europeans
brought them here. yup, honey bees are a non-native species. i guess north
america was a barren wasteland until that moment. thanks for all the edible
plants in north america european settlers. thank you very much.