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Well, that changes things...

I was going to post something fairly cranky about work, but the universe just gave a real hard poke to my RESET PERSPECTIVE button.

I had one of those stop-you-in-your-tracks conversations with our HR analyst this morning. The position I have been trying to fill for neigh unto two years looks no closer to being filled than it did a year ago. The HR man says that he has only two applicants -- one internal candidate I don't want, and one external candidate who obviously applied based on the job title (Sr. Systems Analyst) and not what the job content says (network tech). That's probably half of the problem right there -- the utterly broken position titles we have to deal with on the City side of the organization. The other half of the problem is that due to the City's contract with the union with which this job is affiliated: no one with less than an Associates Degree can even apply. This would lock out four of the five sharpest networking people I know. I'm not sure what I can do with this trainwreck of a position.

At eleven this morning it all seemed terribly important. In fact, it left me so frustrated that I spent the afternoon slinging equipment in the store room -- getting asset information for the switches we just pulled out of Hartford High, testing them, cleaning them, shelving them, and sending a handful off to the recycling pile. It was a good way to spend the afternoon. And, presently I am (selfishly) happy that the worst thing my day dealt me was bureaucratic heartburn.

The present generation of terrorists -- men and women who think that a proper target is a crowd of civilians -- make the 1970s and '80s IRA campaign of London car-bombings look civilized. (The IRA would plant their bombs at night, call in a bomb threat, and blow up a vacant office building in the wee hours of the morning.) But, yanno, no matter the cause, people who blow up civilians are fuckers -- the lot of them.

Here's a little advice for you Kashmiri separatist fuckers. You want to make the people who have the power to change things in India sit up and take notice? Start blowing up members of the Tata family. Or members of any of the other Indian industrial baronies. And the poor schmucks riding on a commuter train, who are just trying to make a living? Leave them alone. They can't change anything and killing them doesn't make you any friends. Stupid fuckers.

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half_elf_lost
Jul. 11th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
It's just been a year since the London bombings, and it's days like this that make my heart just tear in pieces over the victims.
netcurmudgeon
Jul. 11th, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
There was a Kashmir-driven shooting spree in Bangalore last year (some twit on a motorcycle with an AK-47 shot up a group of academics leaving a conference at the Indian Institute of Science). And the attack on the Indian parliament in Dec. of '01, and more bombings in between. ...It's simply awful.

On a very selfish note, I must suppose that I should feel better that my wife is going to Bagalore for six months in October rather than, say, Jerusalem or Tel Aviv... but I don't.
half_elf_lost
Jul. 12th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
It can happen any place and you have to keep living your life. Who would have thought London, or Madrid would have been dangerous 1-2 years ago?

My family travels often enough to Israel, and everyone's become a bit fatalistic about it.
netcurmudgeon
Jul. 12th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
It can happen any place and you have to keep living your life.

Indeed. I realized that in working in Hartford you create this field of denial about the bad things that happen in the city (and that they could happen to you), and from time to time the city gives that field a poke to remind you that you are, in fact, deceiving yourself. But, after the initial shock, you examine the 'poke' and your denial comes up with some reason why it shouldn't apply to you and you go on, because you can't hide in your office when you really need to get your ass out Albany Ave to a school that needs you.
britgeekgrrl
Jul. 11th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
(The IRA would plant their bombs at night, call in a bomb threat, and blow up a vacant office building in the wee hours of the morning.)

*ahem*

Not always.

Grand Hotel, Brighton, 1984.

And I forget the name of it, but a pal of mine (who I won't name, it ain't polite) was in the middle of a big computer show the IRA bombed which, I might add, was chock full of attendees. He mentioned that you know you're in shock when you see someone's leg fly by you and feel only mild surprise "Goodness, a leg" :-P

but yeah, in general, the "more responsible" terrorists would call it in with the proper code words. Except when they didn't.
netcurmudgeon
Jul. 11th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
You are, of course, correct. Giving the IRA a nod for calling in many of their bombings glosses over the fact that ITS A BLOODY BOMBING!, the fact that sometimes they didn't, and all of the shootings...

The more I think about it, the flimsier that comment appears. There were terrorists who targeted civilians long before the modern age. The bombing of the King David hotel in Jerusalem in '48 comes to mind, as do Anarchist bomb-throwings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
thecoughlin
Jul. 12th, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)
Stupid F*ckers, Smart F*ckers and Royal Oil F*ckers
And the poor schmucks riding on a commuter train, who are just trying to make a living? Leave them alone. They can't change anything and killing them doesn't make you any friends. Stupid fuckers.

Soft Targets are anything that can't/doesn't shoot back. Soft targets make the terrorists feel good the same way a serial killer is just **DYING** for a reporter to pick up their story. Killing,taking life from something or someone, is a representation to us as a species of ultimate power.

Our mythology puts the power of life and death with a deity or deities.

Terrorists, like serial murderers, the Spanish Inquisition, and various cult leaders all are based in the concept of "if I can kill, if I have the power of death, then I am G-d"

If I am a deity, then I have power. If I have power, reality will mold to my vision.

It is just proof positive that we are, as a species, stark & raving mad.






netcurmudgeon
Jul. 12th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
Re: Stupid F*ckers, Smart F*ckers and Royal Oil F*ckers
You know, I'm glad that I don't think of killing in those terms. To me, killing = a tool to effect a change, not goal of its own. Your analysis is, is, is making me want to have more milk and brownies and not think about bombed-out rail cars any more.
thecoughlin
Jul. 12th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
Re: Stupid F*ckers, Smart F*ckers and Royal Oil F*ckers
Sorry, didn't mean to disturb anyone's evening.

Blame it on having tried to play humpty dumpty after a contract driver in Egypt either decided he was a better driver than he really was, or decided he wanted to meet Allah and take the 4 Brit Soldiers in the van with him as an escort to paradise.

No one ever really figured it out for sure, but he crashed into one of our trucks in Egypt in 97 when I was there with the engineers.

For a place with so many beautiful things the world is also a very ugly place sometimes. Usually when people get involved.

Its one of the reasons I appreciate the dogs so much. At least if they try to kill one another, it is personal.

There is not more frightening a phrase to me than "nothing personal".
netcurmudgeon
Jul. 12th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
Re: Stupid F*ckers, Smart F*ckers and Royal Oil F*ckers
Sorry, didn't mean to disturb anyone's evening.

Don't sweat it ... I'm the one who opened this can of worms. :-)


There is not more frightening a phrase to me than "nothing personal".

Yeah, or it's just business ... either can serve as excuses for everything from layoffs to genocide. There's a Johnny Clegg tune called "Inevitable Consequence of Progress" ... I'll play it for you sometime.

panzerschrek
Jul. 13th, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
I am honest to whatgod speechless.

The utter lack of rhyme or reason to it all.
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