[rescue] Spam (was: Perverse Question)

Charles Shannon Hendrix shannon at widomaker.com
Mon Jun 9 14:27:58 CDT 2003

On Sun, Jun 08, 2003 at 03:11:08AM -0400, Phil Stracchino wrote:

> On Sun, Jun 08, 2003 at 02:11:22AM -0400, Charles Shannon Hendrix wrote:
> > The problem with our leadership in the house and senate is they have
> > insulated themselves from the pain of bad decisions and public bitching.
> And from most other things, for that matter.

Like paying the balance on checks they write maybe?

> > Fix that, and I bet things change.
> Unfortunately, he who has the gold makes the rules.

Well, that's why the ones without gold are supposed to be armed.

> Having seen a former employer's marketing department's monthly budget
> for color copying and printing ALONE, ....   yeah.  I could have funded
> all the IT recurring expenses very handily out of Marketing's monthly
> color copying budget, and had a sizeable chunk left over to wine and
> dine the compt....  Er, that is, to improve the morale of IT department
> management.

I used to be amazed at how much stuff some people printed.  Two guys
came into our shop from a government contractor, and we used to joke
with them: "You know guys, you aren't being paid by the ream..."

But really, I like to read program code on paper, preferrably fan-fold,
but only for long debugging sessions.

Some people print after each test.

At Bank of America, I saw a suit who would print his email, all of it.

Tons of stuff at the printing stations went unclaimed all the time,
hundreds to thousands of pages per month on each printer.

> (...Was that my out-loud voice?)

Yep, 'fraid so.

I had a bad habit of using mine while in the building.

> Oh gods, don't get me started on executive compensation.  The salaries
> people like Carly Fiorina pull down are obscene, especially in a society
> where teachers, nurses and firefighters often have to work two jobs to
> make ends meet.

I know people who are two-job families and still can barely make it.

The taxes and the cost of things is killing those of us who live in this
thing called reality.

Then you have the job market so depressed, and many of us aren't

In this climate, Congress gave itself a garanteed raise, and executive
salaries went up for saving money by destroying our jobs.

> And frankly, *at least* one Sturgeon of the commercials Madison Avenue
> churns out would insult the intelligence of a retarded wombat.

Yep.  I love the built-in assumptions and how they are worded.  I never
will agree with the idea that its OK to be deceptive in marketing.

> At least, very occasionally, some companies come out with ads that are
> actually intelligent, entertaining and non-insulting (like the Honda ad
> you just mentioned).

Yeah, but it was way too expensive.

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