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Morning Seditionists

Thursday

Posted by pjsauter on November 29, 2012
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I don’t know if you have occasion to be up early in the morning and looking at the sky, but if you were this morning, then you were treated to a very nice sight (at least from my vantage point on the face of the Earth). In the west at about 6AM EST was a full moon right between the horns of Taurus with Jupiter big and bright just below and slightly to the north. Directly below the moon was Aldebaran, and a bit to the west of the moon was red giant Betelgeuse over in the Orion constellation. Over in the southeast sky was Venus, which, at about 88% full was very bright in the sky. Just above Venus was Saturn (which would have looked a lot brighter had Venus no been right next to it, and just above the horizon to the east was Mercury. One of the things I like best about living out in the sticks is actually being able to see the night sky. I wish we’d have another Hale-Bopp come by.

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Wednesday

Posted by pjsauter on November 28, 2012
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Today was stupid meeting day, and for the first time in a long time, we actually had two in a row without being cancelled. It was, of course, as pointless as ever. The budget sucks, but they aren’t talking about layoffs (like they’d talk about layoffs before they laid you off). They’re trying to get more “autonomy” from the State on benefits and purchasing. Things are bad, but not as bad as they are for our “sister” institution in Brooklyn (SUNY Downstate Medical Center), because the hospital that we bought up here isn’t in as bad a shape as they one they bought down there (King’s County). Oh, and there’s an electronic suggestion box for money-saving ideas (how about not having useless biweekly meetings?).

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Cyber Monday

Posted by pjsauter on November 26, 2012
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Did you know it’s Cyber Monday? I do, because it’s not even 6 AM yet, and I have 14 e-mails with “Cyber Monday” in the subject (all from close personal friends, of course). So today’s the day you’re supposed to go to work and use the corporate bandwidth to buy shit on the Internet (not sure how that makes this different from any other day). Personally, I won’t be participating in the great American event, because I don’t have to go to work today. I can’t really enjoy it, though, as I have to go to the vet. One of our puppies – Peggy – has been limping. It’s been going on for a while now, but was kind of intermittent, and she seemed to be running around and playing OK. But in the last week or so it’s gotten more frequent and more pronounced, so it’s time to go see what it is. This of course has me all kinds of worried (it’s been less than ten months since we lost Siggy, and I really don’t need any more tragedy in my life – at least for a while), and I haven’t actually been able to sleep more than a couple of hours the past few nights.

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Friday

Posted by pjsauter on November 23, 2012
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I can’t decide if today feels more like Saturday or Sunday. Although yesterday felt like Sunday, so maybe this should feel like Monday. But that would really suck. I hope you had a good holiday and didn’t eat too much. Now, be a good American and get out there and buy some crap. It’s almost 5:30 – you’re late.

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T-Day

Posted by pjsauter on November 22, 2012
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Ah, yes, Thanksgiving Day once again. The day when celebrate the kindness and hospitality of the native people in helping the Pilgrims survive in a strange, cold land. Just a few years before our forebears attempted to wipe the natives off the face of the continent. I wonder what North and South America would be like today if the Europeans had never shown up (or had shown up as trading partners instead of people who felt it was their manifest destiny to exploit the land and eradicate its people). Somebody should write a book about that.

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Wednesday

Posted by pjsauter on November 21, 2012
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I heard a story on NPR on the way in this morning about a problem that is simply becoming epidemic: swallowing powerful magnets. Yes, apparently this is a big deal. It seems like a no-brainer that you should keep “powerful” magnets away from your kids (or your dogs, for that matter). But apparently swallowing magnets isn’t just for kids these days. It appears that grownups (or at least post-pubescents) are swallowing magnets at alarming rates as well. Why? Apparently, the shove a magnet in their cheeks, and then use them to “simulate piercings” by, one would presume, sticking studs and pins and other metal objects to the side of their face (I assume you could shove a magnet up your nose as well, if you were so inclined). As I think we can all attest to, if you keep something in your mouth long enough, sooner or later you’re gonna swallow it. So remember the first rule of oral hygiene, never stick anything in your mouth smaller than your elbow (unless it’s firmly attached to a loved one, of course).

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Tuesday

Posted by pjsauter on November 20, 2012
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Much like Marco Rubio, I’m not a scientist. Unlike Marco Rubio, though, I didn’t sit on the House Spaceport & Technology Committee from 2005-2009. Nor have I ever sat on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (nor the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, and the Subcommittee on Science and Space). I do, however, know (roughly) how old the Earth is. I not only know, but I’m willing to say so publicly: it’s about 4.5 billion years old.

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Monday

Posted by pjsauter on November 19, 2012
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I have a request for all members of the media out there. I know Myanmar is also known as Burma, so you can stop telling me every time you do a story about Myanmar. I don’t really know why they decided to change it, but it’s been like 30 years now, so you can knock it off. Anybody that actually gives a shit about Burma already knows it’s Myanmar, and everybody else will just figure it’s another country in Africa or or South America or something, so why bother? I mean, you don’t feel obliged to tell me that Zimbabwe is also known as Rhodesia, do you? Anyhow, call it whatever the hell you want, but pick one or the other and go with it.

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Sunday

Posted by pjsauter on November 18, 2012
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As I was driving back from my sojourn to Pixley to pick up my weekly vittles (only three days worth required, due to the short week ahead), I heard a familiar voice on the radio. NPR was doing the obligatory “there’s a lot of pressure on the cook at Thanksgiving” report (by the way, is there really? I’ve always thought that if people are getting a free meal, then said people should be grateful, shut the fuck up, and eat whatever it is you get), and they interviewed none other than Dan Pashman for a story on how to deal with the pain-in-the-ass vegetarians that show up for your meal (the answer seems to be to just let them eat the side dishes if they don’t want turkey; “Vegetarian? Here, have some mashed potatoes, and I’ll dig out that ancient can of cranberry sauce from the back of the cupboard”). Dan wasn’t as funny as I remembered him.

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Wednesday

Posted by pjsauter on November 14, 2012
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Well, today was stupid meeting day, and for the first time in a long time it didn’t get cancelled. Though it should have been. All there really is to talk about these days is that we have no money, and things are getting worse. But then there’s a lot of that going on these days, so we don’t complain. I keep reading how Obama and the Democrats have the Republicans right where they want them with this fiscal cliff thingie, and that Obama’s gonna stand firm about letting the Bush tax cuts for rich people expire. Yeah, right. I’ve heard that one before.

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