Category Archives: Outrage au jour

Insomnia, Outed

I think I might in trouble with this smart Edison setup. Note the energy cost of insomnia.


How The World Really Works

I don’t see that much has changed since these lyrics were penned by W.S. Gilbert in 1878:

[HMS Pinafore]
When I was a lad I served a term
As office boy to an attorney’s firm
I cleaned the windows and I swept the floor
And I polished up the handle of the big front door
I polished up that handle so carefully
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen’s Navy

As office boy I made such a mark
That they gave me the post of a junior clerk
I served the writs with a smile so bland
And I copied all the letters in a big round hand
I copied all the letters in a hand so free
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen’s Navy

In serving writs I made such a name
That an articled clerk I soon became
I wore clean collars and a brand-new suit
For the Pass Examination at the Institute
And that Pass Examination did so well for me
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen’s Navy

Of legal knowledge I acquired such a grip
That they took me into the partnership
And that junior partnership I ween
Was the only ship that I ever had seen
But that kind of ship so suited me
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen’s Navy

I grew so rich that I was sent
By a pocket borough into Parliament
I always voted at my Party’s call
And I never thought of thinking for myself at all
I thought so little, they rewarded me
By making me the Ruler of the Queen’s Navy

Now, landsmen all, whoever you may be
If you want to rise to the top of the tree
If your soul isn’t fettered to an office stool
Be careful to be guided by this golden rule
Stick close to your desks and never go to sea
And you all may be Rulers of the Queen’s Navy

Let Them Eat Cake, 2009 Version

This outrages me on so many levels. First of all, I’ve worked in the Child Nutrition field for 15 years, and if there is one thing clear to me, it’s counterproductive to hold the children responsible for the sins of their parents. There are parents, and not always the impoverished ones, who send their kids to school without money to buy meals. Hungry children cannot learn. Also, Child Nutrition programs are not ‘welfare’. They contribute to campus environments where many aspects of health are modeled and taught. They are worth every penny in preventative benefits.  As for Ms. Davis, I think she should be sentenced to chicken nuggets and water until she is rehabilitated.