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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.

Locked Out at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital Corporation


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Here’s a few articles for you if you’re interested. Here’s one from The New London Patch Hospital Workers End Strike Tonight but L&M Still Plans to Lock Them Out

And, if you get to this post within two weeks of its posting, here’s an article from The Day for you Unions Says Strike Over; L&M Says No Contract No Return To Work

Here’s the way WTNH reported it

I told you about those Gestapo Boots…didn’t I?

I think I did. Don’t be fooled by L&M’s cry of ‘patient care’ and ‘loss of funds’. If you’re buy that you’re too naive to read here. This is L&M Corpration’s slightly underhanded way of trying to get rid of the unions. Plain and simple. I’ve told you for months that they’ve been ‘moving services off the main campus’ and gobbling up land/buildings around the community like a fat man at Thanksgiving Dinner. These are not the actions of your Friendly Community Hospital that’s oh so concerned with you, your care, and well, the community in which it is situated. These are the actions of any comparable Big Business in 2013. Any piggish business at all that’s more concerned with its CEOs Saving Money and Living Better than it is with doing business in an upright and fair manner with the town in which is situated and with the people in its employ.

Let’s not forget they’re Not-for-Profit status. That little annoying thing which shields the Corporation and keeps it from paying its fair share of taxes which would, in turn, truly benefit the CITY upon which it is feasting.

But, we’re not here to talk about the actions of that lip-sticked pig today. No, if you go over and you read the articles I posted then read the comment sections you may find yourself wondering if all of you have actually READ the same article. As always, it’s my neighbors, my community that both enlighten my heart and fill it with saddened confusion. It’s a strange mix, I grant you that.

I live RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET from the “old” Emergency Room entrance…at the freakin’ light…that’s MY street. Yep, I heard some whooping. I heard some hollering. I heard some cheering. I heard cars honking in support of the workers. I sure did. Each honk and rousing cheer made my heart swell with pride. I wouldn’t say it was overbearing at all I would say it was more filled with good-cheer even in the pouring rain and the bitter cold. I didn’t see or hear anyone fighting or getting each other’s faces. I certainly didn’t see any rock throwing.

I wonder if some of my ‘neighbors’ and I actually witnessed the same event. Yes, I realize there are buildings on Montauk Avenue where most of the picketing went on but the overwhelming majority of them are doctor’s offices. There’s a school. More doctors offices. Maybe a residence or two then a little grinder shop and a liquor store. Going the other way there are doctor’s offices and more doctor’s offices and more doctor’s offices and then maybe a residence or two until you get past, oh, I dunno, Bellevue or something where it turns into all residences before hitting a church, Cumberland Farms, Liquor store, restaurant, dollar store, church….blah blah blah. In short, if one lives ’4 or 5 blocks from the hospital’ I’m doubting they heard much of anything at all except car horns and maybe a voice through a bullhorn here and there.

I wonder where these ‘neighbors’ were when AmTrak was pounding away down there at ALL HOURS of the night? Where were they when L&M put in that parking lot? They made all that noise which resulted in a complete and utter destruction of a graceful woodland area enjoyed by the generations of families.

I wonder why some of my ‘neighbors’ decry the striking workers as being ‘all about themselves’ when their very posts are simply about how inconvenienced they’ve supposedly been over 4 days.

I wonder why some of my ‘neighbors’ are so narrow-minded their their definition of the word ‘community’ seems limited to New London. Yes, I agree, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital Corporation should go out of its way to HIRE PEOPLE WHO RESIDE IN NEW LONDON. It doesn’t, of course. Its unconcerned with that. However, given that statistics show me the commute of the average American joe is somewhere between a half hour and forty-five minutes ONE WAY I’m willing to say that those who may reside in Westerly, RI or Hope Valley, RI and surrounding areas are indeed part of our ‘community’. Let’s face it, if Westerly Hospital (now owned by L&M Hospital Corp.) was hiring or paid well or anything like that they’d try to get jobs there which is a tad-bit closer to home.

I wonder why it’s perfectly okay with so many people that the worker, the common man, the average joe, gets the boots put him again and again while corporation profits soar. I don’t understand why in 2013 Selling Your Soul to the Company Store seems to coming back en vogue. Let’s not forget that these are NURSES. They’re not WalMart workers where closed-mind people say something idiotic like; You start there and work your way to a better job, WalMart and McDonald’s are for teenagers to start out with not to make a career out of. (When I come across them I always find myself praying that one day such people will climb into the DeLorean, get it up to 88 miles per hour, find that 1 gigawatt strike, and be able to join the rest of us in the 21st century.)

The nurse STARTS OUT in the neighborhood of $50,000.00 IN DEBT with student loans and such because s/he went for the ‘higher eduction’ line we’ve all been forced to buy into by those who think working at WalMart is a worthless job. (OK, I’ll give the the nurse hopefully also had a higher desire; a passion for healing and helping as well.) If you START OUT with that much debt you NEED to make around $30.00/hour just to keep your head above water; to pay back the loan, pay rent, pay insurance, pay car loan, get gas, utilities, food, clothing and all of that happy stuff. With that in mind, I really don’t want to hear about the nurse is ‘over paid’. I certainly don’t want to hear they’re ‘overpaid because they’re union’.

What bullshit.

They’re PROPERLY PAID BECAUSE THEY’RE UNION.

Since the hospital does/did have a contract with said unions, yes, they should have been moving union employees to these satellite locations the entire time…if they were playing fair. If they were acting in the best interest of the community, that’s what they would have done. But they didn’t because the hospital has been taken over by Big Business which acts solely in its own best interest of Saving Money Living Better.

If you want WalMart in charge of your healthcare where you can get the shoddiest made crap at the most rock bottom prices…continue your support of Lawrence & Memorial Hospital Corporation.

If you’d like something a bit better than that; stand up! Say something! Say it anywhere! Just make your voice heard.

Lost My Cuppa Jo’


WTF?

Seriously?

Dunkin’ Brands Lobbying Against Key Obamacare Provision

I’m getting sick of this. I really am. I don’t know about you but I’m about ready to puke.

Here goes another company added to my List of Places That Do NOT Get MY Money. Again, it’s a company I happen to love and now must sacrifice and do without in order to maintain my personal dignity and principles. (Yes, those things still matter to me. Your mileage may vary.) On that personal note, Dunkin’ Donuts started going downhill a long time ago. I should know, I used to work there…some 30 years ago! When the “It’s Time To Make the Donuts Guy” wasn’t lying! When the donuts were actually made at the store where you bought them. Now, here in CT, they’re shipped in twice daily from some place in Rhode Island and…it shows. I’ve done my best not to buy donuts there for some years, but once in a while, I can’t help it. The sandwiches are still good. The coffee at the Dunkin’ Donuts at the top of my street is the WORST. I never get a cup of coffee up there. I do, however, frequently buy a BAG of coffee from that particular Dunkin’ Donuts.

Not anymore.

No more bags of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. I’ll have to trek my ass out to Stop & Shop to get a can of coffee whenever necessary. That happens to be quite often in my house. I buy AT LEAST a bag a week at the Dunkin’ Donuts at the top of my street.

Do you know the really sad/pathetic thing? This could ALL be AVOIDED if companies such as Dunkin’ Donuts and WalMart and Applebee’s and Olive Garden and Domino’s and Papa Johns would just STOP hiring ONLY part-time employees. I will never understand the reasoning of hiring 40 part-time employees when 20 full-time employees would do the job just as well…other than to get out of having to provide benefits such as healthcare to begin with. I mean…WTF? Can anyone out there say these companies would truly SUFFER if they were to act correctly on their own? In places such as the above, part-time employees were used to cover ‘swing time’, you know the time between say noon and six. When first shift would be leaving, business might be picking up due to the lunch hour, and as second shift comes in. That way there were employees on the floor who knew what had gone on and what needed doing when the shift change occurred. Things ran smoother for employees and customers.

Not anymore. Now if you go into any of those outlets you’re going to get a person who either just came on and ‘doesn’t know anything’ or who is just going off and doesn’t give a shit. Who can blame them? Their job pays crap and they don’t get any benefits. Customer Service suffers under such conditions and so does Quality Control.

If they just went back to the customary way of doing business…you know, those small things that used to simply be considered ‘Good Business Practices’…we’d all win. Employees would have bigger paychecks and be better able to spend them. Employees wouldn’t have to worry so much about their medical care or taking a day off if they get a cold. Employers get happier more productive employees and, since they’re in better health, less sick days! It really IS a Win-Win for ALL concerned.

Oh, scratch that, it’s *so much* of a Win-Win for shareholders. You know, those people who truly DO NOTHING AND WANT TO GET PAID FOR IT! Their dividend checks might be slightly lowered. Bummer. In the end, I’m fairly certain the Big Picture will bear out the benefit to Society as a whole.

In the meantime, it seems no one will be happy until I sell my house. I’ll have to wait until mid-spring to summer to do it, of course, that way most potential buyers won’t notice the horrid new parking lot! I’ll schuck it off on some unsuspecting schulb, move out of the City of New London and deep into ‘the country’. There I will raise my own livestock (six chickens just won’t do under these circumstances, I’m afraid), milk my own cows, collect my own eggs, sheer my own sheep, spin my own yard, slaughter my chickens and a cow or two a year, learn to tan leather, grow my own organic vegetables and fruits, and drill a well for drinking water.

Wow. I KNEW ‘they’ were trying to create a Caste of Drones but I didn’t realize they really wanted ‘us’ to step backward some 200-300 years so they can keep their yachts.

Doesn’t seem quite fair.

Does it?

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