The millennial work ethic – Baltimore Sun

Some of my older friend scoffed at this column, but any mocking comes at one’s own peril, because this is how it will soon be.

The bar has been raised. If you as an employer want to attract the best and the brightest of the millennial generation, you will have to treat your employees a bit better than you once did.

Once upon a time, employment was for life. Joining a company meant you were looked after until retirement and even beyond. Then companies found that having massive layoffs and gutting these generous employee benefits appealed to Wall Street. Generations of workers became expendable to employers and learned wisely. The game had changed and job security was redefined as “how quickly one can get another job.”

Now the pendulum swings in favor of the worker, particularly the knowledege workers building our digital economy. This generation is building our new economy and the opportunities ahead of them and the awe-inspiring imagination they bring are like no other. This generation is responsible for the dizzying, accelerating pace of change in our world. They will hold you to your promises. They won’t play by the old rules. They demand a better way and they have the hustle and moxie to get it.

Laugh now if you choose, but soon you’ll be living in their world. Employers who understand this will help build this world.

Dear Previous Employer,

You may think that you have gotten the best of me, but you have not. I am a millennial. You may think that you have put me in a bad spot, but you have not. I am a millennial. You may think that you can threaten me, but I am not afraid. I am a millennial.

I didn’t write this letter on a program that I installed with a disc on my computer, I wrote it on the cloud. I didn’t grow up hungry during the Great Depression, I grew up safe and comfortable. I didn’t walk to school uphill both ways, I took a bus.

Source: The millennial work ethic – Baltimore Sun

Raleigh woman, part owner of Tir Na Nog, still shaken by mugging | WNCN

I feel sad for Ms. Nice and want these thugs serving some time for this. That said, some commenters on this story have said “well, if she was armed this wouldn’t have happened.”

The woman was hit over the head. I don’t think she was expecting to be hit on the head. I doubt she had much time to do anything at all other than collapse in a heap. In fact, if she had a weapon on her it’s quite possible that these dirtbags would’ve stolen it with her other stuff, too.

I hate crime as much as anyone but guns are not some magic cure-all. They just aren’t.

I hope they catch these punks.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A Raleigh woman was hit over the head, thrown to the ground and mugged – all just feet from where she lives.

“All you’ve taken away is my little bit of security,” said the victim, Annie Nice.

Nice is still shaken up talking about the mugging that sent her to the hospital. It happened at 8 p.m. Tuesday on East Davie Street in downtown Raleigh. Nice said she was just walking from her car at the time.

“It felt like a piano has fallen out of the sky and hit me over the head. You know it’s unbelievable,” Nice said.

Source: Raleigh woman, part owner of Tir Na Nog, still shaken by mugging | WNCN

Principal Asks Parents To ‘Take The Time To Get Dressed’ For Drop Off – Scary Mommy

This blog post generated some lively discussion on a friend’s Facebook page, both pro and con. There were lots of defenders of the UK principal’s position but I’m not one of them.

School starts way too early in the United States. Ungodly early. I don’t think it’s fair to expect anyone to put two thoughts together before the sun even comes up, much less to be looking their best.

If you’re dropping kids off at school and never leave your vehicle, no one should care what you look like. I agree with the author here: the principal needs to relax.

A UK principal wrote a note to parents to ask them to please “take the time to get dressed” in the morning and stop doing drop off in their pajamas. She insists the letter has been well received. Mkay. I’m an adult and I do what I want. And that includes wearing whatever the hell I can get on my body before I get the kids packed up for school.

Kate Chisholm, headteacher at Skerne Park Academy, Darlington, wrote to all parents imploring them to “dress appropriately” in day wear. “I have noticed there has been an increasing tendency for parents to escort children to and from school while still wearing their pajamas and, on occasion, even slippers,” reads the note The Telegraph managed to get a copy of. “Could I please ask that when you are escorting your children, you take the time to dress appropriately in day wear that is suitable for the weather conditions?”

No. No you cannot.

Source: Principal Asks Parents To ‘Take The Time To Get Dressed’ For Drop Off Scary Mommy

Iran’s return of American sailors

Riverine Command Boat (RCB)

Riverine Command Boat (RCB)

Let me start off by saying that last week wasn’t my Navy’s finest hour. When news came in Thursday night that ten U.S. Navy sailors had “drifted into Iran territorial waters” and had been detained, there was a sense of deja-vu. I thought about the collision in 2001 between a reckless Chinese fighter pilot and a Navy EP-3 surveillance plane. Known as the Hainan Island Incident, 24 sailors were detained for eleven days, interrogated at all times of day and night. The incident was George W. Bush’s first international crisis and it wasn’t clear things would be resolved amicably.

The Navy tends to avoid entering unfriendly waters (well … most of the time!). The Persian Gulf (or Arabian Gulf as the USN refers to it) is tiny as far as bodies of water go. Our sailors are well aware of who occupies the eastern shore of the Gulf and know to steer clear of it. That doesn’t mean that encounters between Iranians and Americans don’t still take place. I vividly recall how surreal it was to lock eyes with curious Iranian ferry passengers as they motored slowly by my ship once in the Gulf. It was clear at that moment how ridiculous the bluster of our respective governments was.
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What does spanking teach kids?

A friend posted this graphic on his Facebook feed recently:


It reads:

I have to laugh at people who are against spanking. My parents whipped my butt like there was no tomorrow. I didn’t hate them. I didn’t have trust issues with them because of it. I didn’t fear them… But I darn sure respected them! I learned what my boundaries were and knew what would happen if I broke them. I wasn’t abused, I was disciplined… Repost if you got your butt smacked and survived… This is why kids nowadays have no respect for anyone!

This kind of thinking makes me sad. I am reminded of what Sheriff Andy Taylor said on The Andy Griffith Show. Though Sheriff Taylor is fictional, the quote rings true:

When a man carries a gun all the time, the respect he thinks he’s gettin’ might really be fear. So I don’t carry a gun because I don’t want the people of Mayberry to fear a gun. I’d rather they would respect me.

Yeah, yeah. It’s true that we don’t live in Mayberry but respect is still worth more than the threat of violence.
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Bowie bonds: Ziggy Stardust’s adventures on Wall Street

Sure, David Bowie was the most inventive rock star of his era. And yes, he matured gracefully (more or less) into an elder statesman of pop, working with younger independent acts and capping his late career with a pair of moving, reflective LPs.But did you know he also left his mark on the world of asset-backed securities? OK, so the achievement doesn’t quite rank up there with albums like Low and Ziggy Stardust. But in 1997, Bowie, who passed away from cancer Sunday at 69, did manage to kick off a brief financial craze after becoming the first musician to sell bonds backed by the royalties on his catalog.

Source: Bowie bonds: Ziggy Stardust’s adventures on Wall Street

Phone-crazed audiences and fed-up musicians? Yondr is on the case – CNET

A startup called Yondr is trying to sell concert venues on the idea of taking away their customers’ smartphones during shows. The company’s product is a bag that locks over the audience member’s phone, blocking it from being used unless taken to an “unlocking station.”

This idea is all kinds of wrong. As the reporter below describes, putting your phone into a bag will now make you obsess over the phone. Did it vibrate? If so, what was it? Guess what? Now I’m the distracted one, not the person who might have seen my phone’s display. And this happens to everyone else whose smartphone has been held hostage.

What if a desperate phone call comes in from the babysitter at home, but because my phone is kidnapped inside a Guantanamo-worthy hood I don’t hear/feel the call come in? Or what if I do but I can’t push the stoner metalheads out of the way to get to the “unlock station” in time to take the call? What if it’s a call to tell me my house is burning down? Can you say “lawsuit?”
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