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Changing Meanings


I’m here to gripe, feel free to ignore me.

Or maybe I’m here in the hopes of saying something that makes you stop and think. Yeah, let’s go with that one.

Over the last year I started noticing that a lot of words are changing their meanings or are losing them altogether. It’s starting to bug me. It really is.

Just for the record here, for the benefit of those I generally assume are either under 30 or didn’t pay any attention in History Class, I would like to present a few words and their meanings according to Merriam-Webster.

de·moc·ra·cy
noun \di-ˈmä-krə-sē\

: a form of government in which people choose leaders by voting

: a country ruled by democracy

: an organization or situation in which everyone is treated equally and has equal rights

cap·i·tal·ism
noun \ˈka-pə-tə-ˌliz-əm, ˈkap-tə-, British also kə-ˈpi-tə-\

: a way of organizing an economy so that the things that are used to make and transport products (such as land, oil, factories, ships, etc.) are owned by individual people and companies rather than by the government

Kindly note that these two words are not interchangeable but rather are separate and apart from each other with each being capable of existing without the other.

so·cial·ism
noun \ˈsō-shə-ˌli-zəm\

: a way of organizing a society in which major industries are owned and controlled by the government rather than by individual people and companies

com·mu·nism
noun \ˈkäm-yə-ˌni-zəm, -yü-\

: a way of organizing a society in which the government owns the things that are used to make and transport products (such as land, oil, factories, ships, etc.) and there is no privately owned property

con·ser·va·tive
adjective \kən-ˈsər-və-tiv\

: believing in the value of established and traditional practices in politics and society : relating to or supporting political conservatism

Conservative : of or relating to the conservative party in countries like the United Kingdom and Canada

: not liking or accepting changes or new ideas

lib·er·al
adjective \ˈli-b(ə-)rəl\

: believing that government should be active in supporting social and political change : relating to or supporting political liberalism

Liberal : of or belonging to the liberal political party in countries like Canada and the United Kingdom

: not opposed to new ideas or ways of behaving that are not traditional or widely accepted

OK, now that we’re all on the same page and have our definitions straight, let’s continue.

A few months ago, right around Thanksgiving, a meme came through my Facebook feed. It was posted by a military-type page. It was a picture of a solider in battle gear with a caption akin to: Tell Me Again How It’s Wrong To Make Walmart Employees Work On Thanksgiving.

I’m not even going to discuss my initial reaction to the meme let’s just say I was happy to read many comments not in support and that pointed the differences between a soldier/cop/fireman and someone who was working solely to increase the corporate bottom line. Yet, a few comments caught my eye because they were so stupid. Most of them referring to the meme as “liberal propaganda”.

That’s when I realized the word ‘liberal’ in its political context had lost all meaning. All of it. Gone with the wind. At the same moment I realized the word ‘conservative’ in its political context, by osmosis, had also lost all meaning. All of it. Gone with the wind.

Honestly, from what I described above of this meme, if you really think some ‘liberal’ came up with that you need to go back to school. Some ‘conservative’ came up with that.

Idiots.

Next subject…The minimum wage is going up in the Great State of Connecticut. In fact, with any luck at all, it will go up on the federal level and those Walmart employees can get off my back, stop spending my tax money for their health insurance and ‘entitlement’ programs and start making their own damn way in this dog-eat-dog world.

People are screaming ‘socialism’ all over the place. They’re also, in the same breath, screaming how this socialist because it’s taking from one person to give to another. Then they cry that prices will go up because of it. (At this time you might like to revisit the definition of ‘socialism’ above.)

I ask who this is ‘taking’ from and no one can answer me without admitting the only thing it may slightly take away is the corporate bottom line and shareholders. I ask what these people think the value of a human being’s labor is. They either ignore me or simply don’t understand the question. The Minimum Wage is supposed to reflect the VALUE of YOUR WORK, YOUR TIME and YOUR LABOR…at its absolute minimum. No matter what the job is, your level of education, or your age. Personally, I think the minimum wage should always put one working 30+ hours a week OVER the poverty line…but that’s just me and I tend to value human beings. Your mileage may vary.

In closing on the socialist issue I would simply like to offer one more definition for two more words:

char·i·ty
noun \ˈcher-ə-tē, ˈcha-rə-\

: the act of giving money, food, or other kinds of help to people who are poor, sick, etc.; also : something (such as money or food) that is given to people who are poor, sick, etc.

: an organization that helps people who are poor, sick, etc.

com·pas·sion
noun \kəm-ˈpa-shən\

: a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc.

It’s my belief that these three words are getting confused, their definitions are mingling and becoming muddied into something deemed sinister. On the whole, I think we should do something about that.

Let’s try another word:

sex·ism
noun \ˈsek-ˌsi-zəm\

: unfair treatment of people because of their sex; especially : unfair treatment of women

George Takei posted a meme today on Facebook and asked for help with it because he didn’t understand it. It read something like; Women are deemed the weaker sex until you try to take the covers then they turn into Hercules. I thought it was funny…and true! If you try to steal my covers, buddy, you may find yourself rolling to the floor!

You got it, that meme was ‘sexist’ according to some. It showed women in a ‘stereotypical’ and/or ‘unfair’ manner.

Yeah. Right. Please revisit the definition of the word and then get back to me on that one.

Let’s keep along this line for another moment with:

SEXUAL HARASSMENT
: uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature especially by a person in authority toward a subordinate (as an employee or student)

A student giving a teacher a hug. An elementary school boy kissing a little girls hand. These are sexual harassment in 2014. Strange. I can remember when one actually had to do something sexual to be charged with sexual harassment. I guess today anything that involves the merest human touch is ‘sexual’ and therefore is harassment.

Come back and talk to me when your boss wants to bend you over the desk or he isn’t going to give you your paycheck. Or at least when you’ve finished reading the definition of the term and considered whether or not it truly applies.

Pussy.

I want to close out our list today with:

Social Network (I had to go to the Oxford Dictionary for this one, couldn’t find it in Merriam-Webster)
noun

1a network of social interactions and personal relationships.

2a dedicated website or other application that enables users to communicate with each other by posting information, comments, messages, images, etc..

I would appreciate it very much if those who are actually anti-social would consider deleting their Facebook/Twitter/MySpace et al accounts. I’m tired of watching people whine in my feed of how they’re going to start deleting friends for sending too many; game requests, event invites, page like/notification invites, and/or posting on their pages. Their reasoning for this is they ‘don’t have time for this spam’. They’re tired of their notifications going off all the time and they have to stop doing whatever they’re doing to answer it only to see it’s ‘spam’.

Unless someone has posted a blatant advertisement for themselves or their business ON your page…It’s not spam. It’s a social network and people are being sociable.

If that bothers you then you could turn off the notifications on your phone/tablet/computer. But if you’re so afraid you might miss something important then, at the very least, you don’t have to answer every time the damn thing goes off. After all, you’re not actually one of Pavlov’s Dogs…are you? If you are then can’t you find a way to recondition yourself in some manner? Start small. The thing goes ‘ding’ and you count to 30 before popping it to see what it is. Next time count to 60. If the world doesn’t end and you don’t miss something earth shatteringly important posted to Facebook in the space of a single minute….well then, problem solved, huh? Keep going try for two whole minutes the next time.

So, just to let you know, I won’t be deleting anyone from my Facebook page for any of the above reasons save repeated blatant advertising ON my page. If you want to me share a link and toss it out there in my feed for you, why I’d be happy to do that. Just ask. I may ignore most of your game requests, sorry about that. I do like to be notified of your events although I’m rarely able to make them, sorry again. I like it when you have a new page to share, please let me know so I can check it out.

That’s our Words for The Day! Thanks so much for coming.

Lawrence & Memorial Hospital-Don’t Believe Everything You Read


Especially not when it comes from L&M.

Things like this which was posted as the new header on Lawrence and Memorial Hospital Corporations’ Facebook page THIS MORNING

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WOW! They got some big brass balls, huh? Either that or they think the rest of us are completely gullible. Hummmm…guess which one it probably is…gee, I wonder.

So I went to their Facebook page and told them they had it wrong. They’re not “celebrating their new century of service (cough choke) with a key component to their success; people” Their new key element is JACK BOOTS! (In a few moments I’ll find their Twitter page and start harassing them over there.) The least they could have done was replace ‘people’ with ‘out of towners’ or ‘scabs’ or…something closer to the truth anyway. Seriously, is this is their idea of good PR they need a new PR firm and swiftly. Post haste there Bruce Cummings and the mouthpiece Mike O’Farrell. Chop Chop, guys. Either that or you flaccid dweebs could always “get thee to a nunnery”…again post haste would be best.

I read many interesting things such as Lawrence & Memorial Hospital Corporation is paying its technician scabs $100.00/hour! The TECHS! I wonder what the scab nurses are getting, don’t you? That’s on top of being flown here, given housing, and daily food allowance. WOW! What a sweet deal…if you’re a scab. If you’re an honest worker you got the shaft like always. But if you’re willing to beg at the Master’s feet you can have anything you want, well, until the Master tires of you and puts you down or turns you into the nearest shelter for something newer and shinier. I keep wondering if L&M has a ‘secret’ deal with these individuals for say, I dunno, 3 weeks or a month? I mean even a scab might have a hard time coming up here to good old New London for just a day or two…even at $100.00/hour. So, there needs to be something in place that truly makes it worth their while.

Sad. Truly sad. Pathetic, let’s not forget pathetic. And gutless. And ball-less wonders of the world who are doing everything they possibly can to Save Money, Live Better. Didn’t I hear that one of those turds just had a massive addition put on their house? Gee, hummm, yes I believe I did. Corporate Greed it never ends. Want proof?

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No matter what the Corporate Fat Cats spew, trust and believe, this isn’t about ‘patient care’ unless you want to say ‘caring about the money in patient’s wallets’ then I’ll go along. It’s not about ‘security’, that was one of the most good-natured strikes I’ve ever seen. I believe with all my being that the nurses who work at L&M have nothing but the best of intentions and give nothing the highest possible quality of care to the patients. Ah, the nurses that actually belong there that is. Actually, the nurses have always been the best thing about L&M. I’ve never had a complaint against a nurse in my life. Doctors? Hell yes! Being grossly overcharged? Oh fuck yes! ($2,000 for 5 lousy stitches? I’ll do myself from now on.) The Nurses? Hell no!

I, for one, am very glad that I don’t have to depend on Lawrence & Memorial Hospital during this time. If I get sick…well I won’t go to the hospital anyway we all know that…but if I absolutely had to go to a hospital right now I’d be making the trip up to Backus in Norwich. I can see that may be true for a good long time to come. After all:

According to L&M Hospital Unions United last Facebook status update:
What we know for sure is that
6.2 oncology is closed
ICU is closed
4.2 Ortho was closed but has reopened in a limited capacity
3.6 floor is closed
The cardiac unit is running with only one monitor tech
The Emergency Department was on field triage all weekend which is basically diversion to Backus. The Backus ED is swamped right now so that may be why they have come off diversion.

The main thing is there are next to no patients in the hospital. Some of the units are actually overstaffed because they are sending people away.

Oh yeah, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital Corporation is concerned with YOU alright.

Gag-me-with-a-spoon.

But, of course, there’s no reason to believe me about anything. Google is your friend. Use it. You may find articles like these:

Defiant Locked Out L&M Hospital Nurses Vow to Fight Corporate Owners to Protect Nurses and Patients

Corporation Operating L&M Hospital Chooses Lock-Out Over Critical Care

Hospital Locks Out Workers

Hospital Locks Out Workers

What Caused Nurses Strike at Connecticut’s Lawrence Memorial Hospital

Nurses & Technicians Strike at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital

And oh so many more!

So to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital Corporations Board of Misdirection
Ulysses B. Hammond, Chairman
Granville Morris, Vice Chairman
Fred Conti, Treasurer
Marilynn Malerba, Secretary
Maureen Anderson, Assistant Secretary
Scott D. Bates
Timothy D. Bates
John E. Allen, DMD
L. James Carroll, CPA
R. Alan Hunter
Mary Ellen Jukoski, EdD
Robert Keltner, MD
Daniel P. O’Shea
Leon Olivier
Carol Ridgway
Kathy Steamer
Bruce D. Cummings, ex-officio, President/CEO
Donald Felitto, M.D. – ex-officio, President, Medical Staff
Henry Amdur, M.D., ex-officio, Past President, Medical Staff

Ya know, ladies and gentlemen (and I use those terms loosely) once upon a time I would have just called the entire lot of you scum but to tell the truth, in this case, that would be an insult to scum and one-celled organisms everywhere. Why? Because as Sigourney Weaver so aptly once put it; At least you don’t see them screwing each other for a percentage point.

If you’d like to make your opinion known you can write to the above at
Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
365 Montauk Ave
New London, CT 06320

Call the Main Switchboard (yes, they still have a switchboard!): 860-442-0711
Public Relations: 860-235-3399
Visit http://www.lmhospital.org/contact-l-and-m.aspx to drop them an email.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lmhorg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LandMHospital

Great Dicks in the Morning


So it’s Monday. That sucks. But know what brightened my rainy Monday? I woke up to six…yes 6…pictures of someone’s dick in my Facebook in box.

Some people would be offended but not me. See, I used to be a chambermaid and I can’t tell you how many men tried to pick me up, invite me, offered to show me a good time, and, yes, opened their doors stark naked trying to tempt me. I had no problem looking them right in the dick and telling them that it was physically impossible for them to ever show me a good time. :) After thoroughly trouncing their egos…believe it or not…those guys left me big tips and apology notes! :)

Getting a picture of some strangers dick is no biggie…especially not in this particular case. As with those hotel guests I didn’t hesitate to tell the sender that they would never qualify to ride this ride. Too small. Too bad. So sad. Better luck next lifetime, pee wee. Honestly, in this case, I have seen better tools in the Produce Department. :)

After firmly dissing this jerk…who had a Michael Jackson icon no less…he/she/it decided to post a pic of their dick (I assume it’s theirs but one never knows) ON my personal FB page IN the thread where said no-load was being discussed. I let it stay up for a bit, ranked on it a bit, then got ANOTHER FB mail with…more dick! By this time I was nearly in tears from laughing so hard and I would have been of a mind to keep it up (so to speak) if they hadn’t posted it ON the page. So I had no other choice to report and block them and then delete the photo. Bummer. It kinda ruined my Monday Morning Fun. Sigh.

Things like that always leave me wondering what kind of person the sender is. Is it male? Is it female? Is it somewhere in between? Is that THEIR dick? Is that someone else’s dick? Who knows. But most of all I wonder why they’re NEVER SEXY. Never. Ever. This guy was so skinny you could have picked your teeth with him. If his waist was 24 inches around I’d be shocked. He had like NO chest. Legs thinner than a chicken. He was just skin and bones. I guess all that’s supposed to help make his dick look bigger but…nah. Not really.The most he was really showing off was a massive untamed patch of pubic hair. Not sexy. Really. Not sexy. I can’t deal with a man who has little meat on his body as he does his bone.

So look here, take some tips from Aunty Moon: If you’re so bored with your life and in such dire need of someone anyone to pay attention to you in any manner whatsoever AT LEAST find pictures of someone HOT to pass off as yourself. They’re not hard to come across Google is wonderful for that. Then at least you won’t be getting smacked down, you might even solicit some honest interest from someone long enough for you to type with one hand and conclude the business no one wants to help you with in the RW.

Other than that, you could always try developing a personality better than a goat’s. That might help too. Then you could get off the computer so you can get off in the RW with a partner rather than your own hand…or whatever device it is you’re using for your self-pleasuring purposes. Then again, limp dicks have little to no personality so maybe it’s better if you just stick to Porn Hub or something like that and dream away about staring in your own little flick. The flick will last all of 5 seconds and have no production quality whatsoever but that’s ok no one expects much from someone like you anyway.

Above ALL…go to the nearest grocery store! If YOUR DICK isn’t at least as big as the first carrot you pick up..just give it up. If it is bigger than most cucumbers you might have a shot at attracting something other than groans.

It’s moans…not groans..MOANS you’re going for here. If you can’t tell the difference kindly never take it out of your pants for anything other than peeing again.

This has been a Public Service Announcement from Aunty Moon.

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