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Things I would never do if I were a boss of some other person:
- Tell my employee to do something I could’ve done in less time than it took me to tell him to do it.
- Tell my employee to ask some other person a question I say I want the answer to, in situations where I could’ve just as easily asked the person directly (and I know the specifics of the question better).
- Tell my employee to do something I can’t, myself, articulate.
Believe it or not, I get these things all the time.
Now: if you’re a boss, and you do any of these things, I’m not saying you’re necessarily an a-hole. But you probably are. ;-)
Finally, here’s Andy Samberg’s take on boss-ness:
In any political debate, close your eyes and pretend that every person involved is motivated by only one thing when deciding which position to favor:
Setting up jobs, cashflows, sinecures, and/or high status for themselves – and for their friends & people they see as similar to them – using other peoples’ money.
Then open your eyes and look around and observe peoples’ actual positions. You’ll be surprised how seldom the result changes, how seldom there is any difference between peoples’ actual positions and what they would be if they were purely motivated by the above (i.e. by patronage).
Whether that’s what actually motivates people is open to dispute. What I am saying here is simply that most people behave as if that’s what motivates them. If it weren’t what motivated them, they wouldn’t be acting any different or adopt different opinions.
How you interpret that fact probably depends on how cynical you are.
I’m feeling damn cynical recently.
Remember how the Bush-Cheney cabal orchestrated 9/11 so that they could achieve their Neocon goals?
Howcome President Obama hasn’t ‘opened the files’ on all that and brought the conspiracy out into the light?
Why is he covering up for them?
Could he be… in on it?
“Young Livers” by Rocket From The Crypt.
P.S. For some reason when I ripped this album onto my PC to put on my iPod, iTunes decided that the song is called “Young Lovers“, so that’s the way it shows up now. Infuriating. “Lovers”? Almost ruins the whole experience. Not really though, because nothing could ruin this song. Isn’t it just perfect?
Reading this story on doctor being punished for having a doctor-patient relationship, a thought occurred. Isn’t it strange that we’ve become more prudish on such matters. Notice that as a society we’re supposedly getting more liberal on these things. Sexual freedom, right?
But speak about a doctor & his patient, or a college prof & his student, and suddenly the room gets cold. Even the most ‘liberal’ types often have problems with it. More so, perhaps. But why? It’s very strange because this represents a move in a less liberal direction. Watch an old movie from the ’50s. They are full of such relationships. How did you meet your husband? Oh, he was my college professor. Oh, he was my doctor. Really? My, my! So romantic?
So what’s going on? What’s changed?
My thought was this: Maybe such rules aren’t about ‘protecting’ the patient (or student, or…) at all. Maybe they’re about keeping the playing field level for sexual participators. Recall my theory of how politics plays out in the sexual dimension: in particular, that one of the motivating factors for lefties is a desire to make sure society supplies them with a steady stream of ready/willing sex partners.
Now imagine you’re a lefty who is motivated by that, and then you hear about this doctor-patient relationship. What’s your first thought going to be? Is it going to be “that woman was taken advantage of”? Heck no. It’s gonna be:
“Hey, that’s not fair!”
And the righty will go along with that (because righties are motivated by minimizing the amount of sex in the public sphere overall).
In short, maybe rules against these asymmetric relationships (doctor/patient, teacher/student, etc.) aren’t so much about protecting the ‘subordinate’ as about making sure people in the superior role don’t have an unfair advantage over the rest of us (in particular, over us horny progressives) – an unfair advantage in what? In the sex-getting game.
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Making the rounds.
I like imagining that this clip somehow gets transmitted into outer space, and long after humanity is dead and buried, it’s the only artifact a civilization of faraway aliens receive from our society. Let them try to decipher it!