Sunday, January 29, 2017

What the ... interpretation?!?!?

The Nova Scotia Provincial Government and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) came to an  agreement on a contract  to be presented to the union membership for ratification or rejection.

The NSTU had been doing a work to rule campaign since before Christmas and halted it pending the vote on February 8th. Under work to rule the teachers refuse to do any work that they are not specifically contracted to do. his means after school activities, trips, helping students who are having trouble. Basically, they work 8-3 and only teach, mark, and do paperwork in that time. Anything else is not allowed. This meant they would not do reference letters for students applying to University. Sports tournaments had to be cancelled because the teachers would not volunteer to be there for them. In a move of great hypocrisy some Union Members DID go on a trip to Hawaii for "development" training. Their reasoning was that the trip was already paid for. WHich was cold comfort for parents and students who had trips that were already paid for cancelled because the teachers wouldn't go. But I digress. The work to rule campaign was put on hold.

Then, out of the blue, the NSTU announced the work to rule campaign would be back on this coming Monday. Why? According to Union President Liette Doucette, they didn't know if they still had a contract because the Premier in a comment about the contract reneged on the agreement. According to Doucette the Premier reinterpreted the meaning of part of the contract that gave 2 more days off to teachers.

The Premier told reporters on January 26th that the 2 days are for marking and preparation time. They aren't just days that a teacher can take anywhere at anytime. Which means they aren't free vacation days.

Here is what the contract says (this is from a copy of the agreement that someone made available to the media even though it is supposed to be confidential)

Article 31.10 (i) (a) Effective August 1, 2017, permanent, probationary, and teachers with a term contract of a minimum 175 days will be provided 2 days of leave with pay per school year for self-directed preparation/development of the teacher.  

That pretty much sounds like what the Premier said to me.  It further states:

iv) Leave under (i): 
(a) shall be requested in advance; 
(b) can be taken in half day or full day increments; 
(c) is subject to the availability of a substitute teacher; 
(d) is subject to the requirement to appropriately staff the school; 
(e) cannot be contiguous with other time off (e.g., holidays, March Break, long weekends, other approved time off). The foregoing may be waived in special circumstances; and 
(f) shall not be unreasonably denied. 
;
So, where is the Premier reneging on the agreement? Exactly how did he misinterpret it?

If  someone told the union membership the clause meant a free day a la vacation time they lied. Doucette is the President of NSTU. Did she, or someone from the bargaining unit, lie to the membership?

Now some teachers are complaining that they didn't want extra days off. Well this isn't exactly extra days off, it is 2 days they can use for preparation and marking, something they have complained they need. Plus, the NSTU bargaining unit was part of putting it into the contract, It isn't like the government legislated it in.

As things stand now NSTU is going back to work to rule because the Premier stated what the tentative contract says about the 2 days off. They claim he reneged on the deal, Something smells wrong about the way NSTU is acting. Methinks the NSTU President felt that the membership would reject this contract and is just trying to save face.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

I can be a dick.

It is easy to be a dick. I can be one. You can be one. Sometimes all it takes is the right mixture of bullshit.

I am at a new job now. When I was a Relief Supervisor at my old one I had the opportunity to not be a dick or to be one. I chose to be a dick. And I say that with no compunction. I CHOSE to be a dick.

We had a fucking skewed chain of command at my old job. 4 managers, including the overall head of Security, 2 supervisors, and 1 relief supervisor, me. I have NEVER worked at a place that had managers out numbering supervisors until that job. Hell, I want to say ,not to toot my own horn but fuck I am tooting it, when I quit they had to hire TWO RELIEF SUPERVISORS to do the job that I did.  Yet the 2nd in charge couldn't understand when I told him the job was burning me out. But I digress.

So, I was waiting for the call for my new job when, let's call him Richard, said something really strange.

Richard "Do you and Glenn (The fictitious name I give to the then head of our department.) have some kind of arrangement?"

Me "What?!?!?!?"

Dick: "Well you haven't talked about your new job or starting it so I was wondering if you and Glenn came to some sort of arrangement and he promised you a full supervisor job when I get let go."

This was SO fucking out of left field that I didn't know how to respond at first. So I went with the truth, which is usually the best option.

"No, DICK, I just haven't heard anything about when I start the new job. I have the new job I just don't know when training starts. Which is why I had nothing to say about it. There is nothing to say."

Richard "Oh. I see."

He had been acting like a real wanker lately and annoyed  everyone. So I took the opportunity to be a dick: "So, why bring this up? Worried about being let go?"

Richard "Ummm."

Me "You should be. When is your 20th anniversary with the company?"

Richard "May 15th."

Me "You will be let go before then. So stop worrying about it. You want the package that comes with being let go any way."

I was right. He was let go a few days before his 20th anniversary of starting work with the company. I hadn't planned on being a dick but he was just so fucking annoying that I couldn't help myself.

The company we worked for had a long line of people they fired/let go right after their 20th anniversary with them. One poor schlub had his 20th anniversary party on a Wednesday night and on the Thursday he showed up for work to be told he had no job any more.

So, I was a dick but god damn I was also right.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What the ... right wingnut?!?!?!?

A friend left a comment on this so it showed up on my Facebook feed. I endorse and support my friends comment of "Hate and will not share." while these twats are looking for likes and shares.



"Concealed Carry Canada. Please like and share to show your support for Canadians to be able to defends themselves." Seriously? This is the battle you choose to fight with this meme?

The comparative stats just do NOT add up to making this something to fight for. If anything it could make an argument for stricter gun laws in the USA. And by stricter they would only be considered strict by the NRA and right wingnuts. You know strange ideas like if someone ha mental issues they can't get a gun. Oh so strict.

Mind you, as I said in the title of this post, right wingnuts are involved. The twats that run this Facebook page are Trump boosters. So the fact they are around the twist comes as no surprise.

The Unified Conservative Movement of Canada? Real Conservatives in Canada would simply consider you a bowel movement and nothing more. A more bitter version of the Reform Party that turned the Conservatives into the CRAP (Conservative Reform Alliance Party). Keep your bat shit south of the border fucktards. It isn't wanted here.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Return of the Telefucktards.

Just got a call from 1-613-521-0415 a new number for the old fucktards who annoy with calls to help with your credit card debt. Their number gets blocked as they call which usually gives a few months respite until they start using another one.

It is the same old BS. "We have tried reaching you several times. This is the final time this will be offered. We can help you with your credit card debt. Dial 1 to take advantage of this offer. Dial 2 to be removed from our list and lose out on this offer."

Knowing that hitting 2 is useless and just lets them know they have a live number I usually hang up and block the number. Today I hit 1 and when the guy started his spiel interrupted and said "It doesn't matter how many times you switch your number it gets blocked asshole." He hung up. I blocked the number. I give it 3 months before I get another call.

It makes me wonder just how many times these twats find a sucker to fleece. Enough to make it profitable I guess.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Inception

Tonight I am watching Inception based on the reccomendation of a co-worker. We were talking about waking dreams and things like that and he said I should watch this. So I am.

Damn. Strike one. Leonardo DiCaprio is in the movie. Not a big fan of his.

Interesting concept/premise. Good execution. so far.

I like how they got him out of the dream. :)

A dream within a dream? They should be playing The Alan Parsons Project. :)

Heh ... snitches get stitches!

Ok, the concept of inception is interesting.

Can't ... walk ... away. Even with no guarantee.

Ariadne? Interesting name if you know anything about Greek mythology.

26 minutes in I am wondering if he is still in a dream state or not. It affects how you see the movie.

And she is dreaming. Cool.

I am liking it so far. Even if Leo DeCraprio is in it.

Damn this really is interesting. She can mess with my physics any day. :)

So, inception is possible just bloody difficult.

Ok, this is a bizarre chase sequence. He must be dreaming.

Once again. A dream within a dream. Three levels this time.

Still interesting.

"They come to be woken up. The dream has become their reality."

I am liking it so far at the 53 minute mark.

"I bought the airline." Hahahahaha!!!!!

I am still thinking that this might be the 4th or 5th level of a dream. Damn. I like this. :)

The dream was hijacked? Sweet!

This movie is both suspending my disbelief and holding my interest. Watch it!

Holy shit!

Limbo. Damn.

I still think he is working Saito.

A dream within a dream.

"It is like trying to remember a dream after you have woken up."

0k fight! Boo Yah!!!!!!!

"An idea is like a virus."

Damn!

WTF?!?!?

Oh yeah. Worth watching. :)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Big Trouble in Little China

Tonigh I am re-watching Big Trouble in Little China. Without any other rambling WATCH IT! It is worth watching! Did you watch it? Why not?

It starts off great, with Egg and his lawyer, and just gets better from there.

What would Jack Burton do? He would watch this movie!!!! Besides that it's all in the reflexes. :)

"Have you paid your dies Jack? Yes sir. The cheque is in the mail." 

Damn I am only 3 minutes 45 seconds in and already this movie is entertaining me to the point that I may just stop typing and enjoy it.

And I did.

"It's all in the reflexes." :)

I could be 5 minutes in or 30 it wouldn't matter. This is a great movie for so many reasons. Comedy. Drama. Action. You need to watch it. I am watching it for the umpteenth time and I know I will end up watching it again. And again. And again. :)

"Son of a bitch must pay!"

Oops. Watch it! :)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Seventh Son

Tonight I am watching Seventh Son. I have no idea why I picked it because I know nothing about it. Ok, that isn't completely true, I know the mythos around the 7th son of the 7th Son, and the Iron Maiden album about it. :) Hopefully it doesn't let me down.

It starts out ... meh ... he leaves her there. Not an auspicious beginning. And then .... ummm yeah. Not making me want to watch it much further. It better get ... better.

"This won't be an execution merely an education." heh ... who just got schooled? :) Ok. This peeks my interest a little. Just a little.

"The trick is not to spill." And long have I laboured to learn that trick. :)

Meh it is looking like the TV show Grimm, which I love, on the silver screen. So far I would rather be watching Grimm.

God damn I would love to boogie the night away with Julianne Moore. Or maybe not after she transforms. ;)

So why didn't Gregory just cover her cage in silver? Or her? Damn. Didn't think the squire would die so soon.

Still, Meh.

And now, 12 min in, we see the 7th son. Still meh so far.

Damn. Sir Gregory is such an ass I am hoping the witch wins.

Listen to your mother. Mother's know.

"Keep him safe!"
"Alas good lady, that is a vow I cannot make."
True dat!

"So what are you going to do with me apprentice?" Heh ... starting to like the movie. ;)

"When you address me address me as ..." Oh fuck off you old sot!

I am kind of enjoying the movie.

"Could be useful. Not the passing out part but the visions." heh ... good line.

Damn. Only 27 minutes have passed?

"Show me what you are!"

I am 33 minutes in and am still having a hard time giving a fuck about this movie.

"Missed." Ok better.

So, he doesn't have a lot of time to teach him. I get it now.

"That is disgusting. What does that kill?"
"Cowardice."
Heh.

Ok. Alice makes it more interesting.

So it is only 42 minutes in and it is still meh.

"If it is anything less than O'Bama we are on our way." Really? Did I hear that right?

Meh!

So he turns her. Meh. Not a horrible movie. Not a good one. Watch it if you want to.