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Night Shrift

exhausted-kittyTom’s Law #42
Want to know who’s really in charge? Wait for the shit to go down and just watch.

Every year or so the stories briefly get featured on the evening news like a blip on a gloomy green radar screen then are as quickly forgotten. Until the next study is released or, worse, some human bodies are asploded. Now that’s news.

Think of a list of professions where you’d really like people to be fully rested and alert. Airline pilots? Air traffic control? Doctors? Truck drivers?

Nice list. Congratulations. You just came up with a list of people that we fuck the most. Logical, right?

This week, again, the issue of employee fatigue was in the news. The FAA commissioned a study on air traffic controller fatigue. The results are none too surprising. Then the government fought for four years to keep the findings secret.

“Psst. Hey dude. I’m going to make you an offer you can’t refuse. You pay top dollar for me to conduct a study about how I’m fucking you over. Then I keep the results secret from you. Sounds like fun, right?”

What could possibly be going on here? Luckily I got a good night’s sleep.

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The Quest for Truthiness: Study Conclusions

For this study I used PolitiFact.com as an existing data source. For Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, I looked at the 20 most recent ratings, as issued by PolitiFact, on statements each person had made.

Possible ratings are: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False, and Pants on Fire.

To simplify things a bit I grouped the ratings as follows:

True: True, Mostly True
Half True: Half True
False: Mostly False, False, Pants On Fire

On now to the study results and conclusions.
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That Really Gets My Vote

This post is directed at Romney voters. Obama voters may leave the room. Go form up into a control group if that floats your boat. I don’t really care what you do. You just can’t be here.

We’re about embark on some science.

Today I have a series of questions for you in the name of political science. I appreciate your participation and sincere responses to this test battery. Don’t worry. The questions will be brief, are multiple choice, and you don’t have to explain your answers. Also, the battery is grounded so there is no risk of electrocution. This isn’t one of those science experiments.

Q. Imagine it is November 2012 and the following are your choices on the ballot for President of the United States. Using a ballpoint pen or pencil, indicate which of the choices would get your vote.
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Ploductivity Studies

crap, crape, crepe, crept, creepThe Wall Street Journal is beamingly proud to scream out the news: 86% of workers are obese or have other health issues. Yeah, baby! Eat that, workers!

It turns out the 99% has too much fat content.

Yeah, when you want to hear bitching and whining about that which grinds the wheels of capitalism to a halt, be sure to turn to the Wall Street Journal. (It helps to pretend that they aren’t owned by one of the biggest pieces of shit God ever pushed out of his ass.)

The WSJ laments that this army of “obese” workers could be costing the economy $153 billion a year in lost “productivity” from increased sick days. (They call this the low estimate and claim the actual amount could be closer to $1.1 trillion.)

They also lament that only 1 in 7 U.S. workers has “normal” weight and is also without a chronic health problem.

Can you see what they are doing here? It’s a bit subtle so I’ll give you a moment. Make the jump to see my interpretation.
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