Company from Hell

Circuit City Cuts 3,400 ‘Overpaid’ Workers

“Circuit City fired 3,400 employees in stores across the country yesterday, saying they were making too much money and would be replaced by new hires willing to work for less.”

“…Steven Rash, 24, said he was one of 11 workers fired at a Circuit City in Asheville, N.C. The store manager broke the news during a meeting at 8:15 a.m. and escorted them out of the store. Rash said he has worked for the retailer for seven years and was one of the most junior members of the affected group.
He said he earned $11.59 an hour …”

They have lost my business.

That is just sick. This is why there are unions, and it’s too bad they didn’t have one.

“Circuit City chief executive Philip J. Schoonover received a salary of $716,346, along with a $704,700 bonus last year. He also has long-term compensation of $3 million in stock awards and $340,000 in underlying options, according to company filings.”

Whoever’s idea this was is evil.

But wait…

“Shares closed yesterday at $19.23, up 31 cents, or 2 percent.”

Disgusting. Shareholds think this is a good thing. Heartless evil monsters if you ask me.

Don’t feed the monsters – don’t shop at Circuit City until they change.

Stupid Headlines – The price of tea in China?

So there is only one today, but it’s a good one.

Eating Beef in Pregnancy Linked to Reduced Sperm in Adult Sons

Eat a lot of beef? It may affect your son’s sperm

“Consumption of beef by women during pregnancy may alter a male’s in utero testicular development and compromise his future reproductive capacity, researchers here reported. …”

“… They believe pesticides, hormones or contaminants in cattle feed may be to blame. Chemicals can build up in the fat of animals that eat contaminated feed or grass, and cattle were and are routinely given hormones to boost their growth. …”

And the zinger:

“… The team at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York studied data on the partners of 387 pregnant women in five U.S. cities between 2000 and 2005, and on the mothers of the fathers-to-be.
Of the 51 men whose mothers remembered eating the most beef, 18 percent had sperm counts classified by the World Health Organization as sub-fertile. …”

So based on what the mother was able to remember / willing to admit regarding her subjective, non-quantifiable consumption of beef, these scientist think they have demonstrated a causal relationship between the beef eating of the mother to the sperm count of the adult son.

If this is the future of science, we are all doomed.

Who do they think they are?

I was really looking forward to sitting down and watching a nice High Definition movie on my freshly upgraded PC using the XBOX HD-DVD drive.

But alas, this is impossible using my current hardware.

The movie industry, has forced a set of disturbing requirement to be able to play back HD content. Your recently acquired, perfectly capable widescreen LCD monitor will not work. Neither will your laptop screen.

The movie industry is requiring end-to-end encryption on all digital signals, using something called HDCP. So if you are using an analog VGA connector, theoretically you should be fine. But that DVI connector? Nope! YOU COULD BE A PIRATE TRYING TO STEAL THE DIGITAL BITS!!

So even though you have hardware that is perfectly capable of displaying high definition resolution, you are going to be required to purchase new and painfully expensive hardware – for no reason other than greed and paranoia.

I’ll tell you what is going to happen. Somebody will figure out how to crack the encryption on the disc – just like they always do – and nobody will care to grab the digital stream.

They wonder why people steal movies… People steal movies because the industry has forgotten that not everybody is a millionaire.

It used to be that people stole movies because they couldn’t afford the movie. Now people are going to steal them because they cannot afford to replace an HDTV with another HDTV that the movie industry “trusts”.

In other words, this technology intended to reduce piracy is only going to make it worse, I guarantee.

Don't these people watch the History Channel?

Dying Woman Loses Appeal on Marijuana as Medication

Woman Denied Right To Use Marijuana As Life-saving Medication

I find it utterly disturbing that America’s decision makers think they know better than the American people. They think they know better than doctors and scientists. They are enforcing laws for no other reason than that they are laws.

This decision is wrong on so many levels. It’s a violation of basic human rights. It’s a blatant disregard for state’s rights.
* There is a substance that makes this woman’s life livable, and the courts would deny her of this.
* There is no other substance that works as effectively – she has no alternative.

In the court’s decision, they acknowledged the scientific evidence, but they ignored it anyway. Cannabis remains a schedule I narcotic – no medical use whatsoever. Would you believe that cocaine and methamphetamines are schedule II – less restrictive because there is an acknowledged medical use.

I can think of no redeeming value in the court’s decision.
Is she harming herself? No – not using the drug will cause additional pain, and shorten her life (research. THC is the most effective anti-emetic known to man.)
Is she harming others? No. She is obtaining the Marijuana from (state) legal sources, with no violence or illicit activity attached.
Is she harming society? No. Once again, the drug is obtained through legitemate channels that can be taxed and accounted for appropriately.
Is she doing something the general population considers wrong? No. Legalization at the State level was directly voted on by real people – not by congressmen with political agendas.
Is she a danger to herself or others? No. I don’t need to explain this one.
Is she sinning? Good question. Only if she is breaking the law.

I believe the federal courts are dead wrong. I also believe that the vast majority of the American population agrees with me.

I have never touched the stuff, and have no desire to. I used to be opposed to the concept of medical Marijuana, and believed that it was evil by nature. Of all things, a couple documentaries on the History channel changed my mind about its black and white nature.

Nucleus Sucks

I need a better software package. it’s hard to post. The skins are ugly. Customization required web design skills.

Or how about that once messages expire off the main page, they can only be accessed by month. THAT is stupid.

Stupid Headlines – Imagine that…

Every now and again I come across a headline that makes me wonder: what the crap??!??

Here are two choice selections from today.

Headline # 1 – Imagine that… Hormones.
Scientists Find Hormone Activity Explains Adolescent Mood Swings
Hormone turns cute kids into horror teens

The human race has known this for years. Congratulation scientist on just now figuring it out.

Headline # 2 Imagine that… Flash drives.
Intel unveils first solid-state drives
Intel unveils Flash-based hard drives
“…The Z-U130 is currently shipping in 1GB and 2GB models, and the company is scheduled to add 4GB and 8GB versions in the coming months. … The units are attached to computers through USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 connectors which in most cases will be integrated on the motherboard. …”