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  1. #1
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Quite a month for long threads

    Global warming must be in full effect. People are getting uptight.
    Electric bills are skyrocketing. The earths crust is melting. Cooking
    makes people irritable.

    Goodbye Seafood - 403 responses.
    A Nostalgic Promo Item I found - 393 responses
    George Forman Grill question - 351 responses
    Ruby Tuesdays chicken quesadillas - 510 responses including subthreads

    And a bunch in the 100+ range. And these have all been started in the
    last month. Some only two weeks old.

    Very unusual to have that many threads of these lengths running
    parallel like this in RFC history.

    -sw

  2. #2
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Quite a month for long threads

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Global warming must be in full effect. People are getting uptight.
    > Electric bills are skyrocketing. The earths crust is melting. Cooking
    > makes people irritable.
    >
    > Goodbye Seafood - 403 responses.
    > A Nostalgic Promo Item I found - 393 responses
    > George Forman Grill question - 351 responses
    > Ruby Tuesdays chicken quesadillas - 510 responses including subthreads
    >
    > And a bunch in the 100+ range. And these have all been started in the
    > last month. Some only two weeks old.
    >
    > Very unusual to have that many threads of these lengths running
    > parallel like this in RFC history.
    >
    > -sw


    Well, unemployment, thanks to the new "improved hope and promise" regime
    has passed 15% for the first time in many years...

    I am one of the fortunate.
    --
    Peace! Om

    Web Albums: <http://picasaweb.google.com/OMPOmelet>
    Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat. --Alex Levine

  3. #3
    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Quite a month for long threads

    On Jun 25, 11:01*pm, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > In article <165dnnc19tcay....@sqwertz.com>,
    >
    >
    >
    > *Sqwertz <swe...@cluemail.compost> wrote:
    > > Global warming must be in full effect. *People are getting uptight.
    > > Electric bills are skyrocketing. *The earths crust is melting. *Cooking
    > > makes people irritable.

    >
    > > Goodbye Seafood - 403 responses.
    > > A Nostalgic Promo Item I found - 393 responses
    > > George Forman Grill question - 351 responses
    > > Ruby Tuesdays chicken quesadillas - 510 responses including subthreads

    >
    > > And a bunch in the 100+ range. *And these have all been started in the
    > > last month. *Some only two weeks old.

    >
    > > Very unusual to have that many threads of these lengths running
    > > parallel like this in RFC history.

    >
    > > -sw

    >
    > Well, unemployment, thanks to the new "improved hope and promise" regime
    > has passed 15% for the first time in many years...
    >


    And that's only the people receiving unemployment. If the person's
    unemployment expired, or they haven't work in ages; they don't count
    in those stats.

    And that doesn't even include people who are working, but receiving
    fewer hours.


  4. #4
    ChattyCathy Guest

    Default Re: Quite a month for long threads

    On Sat, 26 Jun 2010 01:01:18 -0500, Omelet wrote:

    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Global warming must be in full effect. People are getting uptight.
    >> Electric bills are skyrocketing. The earths crust is melting. Cooking
    >> makes people irritable.
    >>
    >> Goodbye Seafood - 403 responses.
    >> A Nostalgic Promo Item I found - 393 responses George Forman Grill
    >> question - 351 responses Ruby Tuesdays chicken quesadillas - 510
    >> responses including subthreads
    >>
    >> And a bunch in the 100+ range. And these have all been started in the
    >> last month. Some only two weeks old.
    >>
    >> Very unusual to have that many threads of these lengths running
    >> parallel like this in RFC history.
    >>
    >> -sw

    >
    > Well, unemployment, thanks to the new "improved hope and promise" regime
    > has passed 15% for the first time in many years...
    >
    > I am one of the fortunate.



    Oh, poppycock. I think you missed Steve's point - he was talking about the
    *length* of the threads going on at the same time this month - not how
    many posts were made to the group overall. If one takes a looksee at
    giggle's archive posting stats for the group - you will see that the
    *total* number of posts made this month (which is not quite over yet) is
    11.3k. And 11-12k worth of posts per month is nothing unusual for this
    group - so I sincerely doubt that "unemployment" has much to do with it.
    Besides, you say you're employed and yet you've still managed to add
    1166 posts to said total for the group this month - so far...

    IMNSHO, the flame war threads going on this month have just been a little
    more "entertaining" than usual, is all.

    --
    Cheers
    Chatty Cathy


  5. #5
    Food Snob® Guest

    Default Re: Quite a month for long threads

    On Jun 26, 3:51*am, ChattyCathy <cathy1...@mailinator.com> wrote:
    > On Sat, 26 Jun 2010 01:01:18 -0500, Omelet wrote:
    > > In article <165dnnc19tcay....@sqwertz.com>,
    > > *Sqwertz <swe...@cluemail.compost> wrote:

    >
    > >> Global warming must be in full effect. *People are getting uptight.
    > >> Electric bills are skyrocketing. *The earths crust is melting. *Cooking
    > >> makes people irritable.

    >
    > >> Goodbye Seafood - 403 responses.
    > >> A Nostalgic Promo Item I found - 393 responses George Forman Grill
    > >> question - 351 responses Ruby Tuesdays chicken quesadillas - 510
    > >> responses including subthreads

    >
    > >> And a bunch in the 100+ range. *And these have all been started in the
    > >> last month. *Some only two weeks old.

    >
    > >> Very unusual to have that many threads of these lengths running
    > >> parallel like this in RFC history.

    >
    > >> -sw

    >
    > > Well, unemployment, thanks to the new "improved hope and promise" regime
    > > has passed 15% for the first time in many years...

    >
    > > I am one of the fortunate.

    >
    > Oh, poppycock. I think you missed Steve's point - he was talking about the
    > *length* of the threads going on at the same time this month - not how
    > many posts were made to the group overall. If one takes a looksee at
    > giggle's archive posting stats for the group - you will see that the
    > *total* number of posts made this month (which is not quite over yet) is
    > 11.3k. And 11-12k worth of posts per month is nothing unusual for this
    > group - so I sincerely doubt that "unemployment" has much to do with it.
    > Besides, you say you're employed and yet you've still managed to add
    > 1166 posts to said total for the group this month - so far...
    >
    > IMNSHO, the flame war threads going on this month have just been a little
    > more "entertaining" than usual, is all.


    And YOU've even been participating.
    >
    > --
    > Cheers
    > Chatty Cathy


    --Bryan

  6. #6
    ChattyCathy Guest

    Default Re: Quite a month for long threads

    On Sat, 26 Jun 2010 04:39:43 -0700, Food Snob® wrote:

    > On Jun 26, 3:51*am, ChattyCathy <cathy1...@mailinator.com> wrote:



    >> IMNSHO, the flame war threads going on this month have just been a
    >> little more "entertaining" than usual, is all.

    >
    > And YOU've even been participating.


    I have indeed. I've found the "Stu's Comedy Month Show" in particular to
    be utterly hilarious. And all it cost me was some popcorn - OBFood - made
    right here at home. Doesn't get much better than that, I reckon.
    --
    Cheers
    Chatty Cathy - still laughing


  7. #7
    Jinx Minx Guest

    Default Re: Quite a month for long threads


    "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]..
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Global warming must be in full effect. People are getting uptight.
    >> Electric bills are skyrocketing. The earths crust is melting. Cooking
    >> makes people irritable.
    >>
    >> Goodbye Seafood - 403 responses.
    >> A Nostalgic Promo Item I found - 393 responses
    >> George Forman Grill question - 351 responses
    >> Ruby Tuesdays chicken quesadillas - 510 responses including subthreads
    >>
    >> And a bunch in the 100+ range. And these have all been started in the
    >> last month. Some only two weeks old.
    >>
    >> Very unusual to have that many threads of these lengths running
    >> parallel like this in RFC history.
    >>
    >> -sw

    >
    > Well, unemployment, thanks to the new "improved hope and promise" regime
    > has passed 15% for the first time in many years...
    >
    > I am one of the fortunate.
    > --
    > Peace! Om



    No, the unemployment rate has not passed 15% for the first time in many
    years. The national unemployment rate is currently 9.7%. The highest
    national unemployment rate in recent years was 10.2% (October 2009).
    National unemployment rates have not been at or near 15% since the great
    depression. U-6 unemployment rates are around 15%, but that rate includes
    people that are not looking for any type of work at all and those working
    only part-time.

    So since you're employed, what's your excuse for your gazillion useless
    posts and commentaries to every single post in every single thread?

    Jinx



  8. #8
    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: Quite a month for long threads

    On Sat, 26 Jun 2010 09:26:09 -0500, Jinx Minx wrote:

    > "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news[email protected]..
    >>
    >> Well, unemployment, thanks to the new "improved hope and promise" regime
    >> has passed 15% for the first time in many years...
    >>
    >> I am one of the fortunate.
    >> --
    >> Peace! Om

    >
    > No, the unemployment rate has not passed 15% for the first time in many
    > years. The national unemployment rate is currently 9.7%. The highest
    > national unemployment rate in recent years was 10.2% (October 2009).
    > National unemployment rates have not been at or near 15% since the great
    > depression. U-6 unemployment rates are around 15%, but that rate includes
    > people that are not looking for any type of work at all and those working
    > only part-time.


    fifteen percent must be what rush or glenn beck or some other yo-yo is
    currently spouting.

    your pal,
    blake

  9. #9
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Quite a month for long threads

    On Sat, 26 Jun 2010 10:51:26 +0200, ChattyCathy wrote:

    > IMNSHO, the flame war threads going on this month have just been a little
    > more "entertaining" than usual, is all.


    Somebody must have spiked the Stew.

    -sw

  10. #10
    Jinx Minx Guest

    Default Re: Quite a month for long threads


    "blake murphy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Sat, 26 Jun 2010 09:26:09 -0500, Jinx Minx wrote:
    >
    >> "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news[email protected]..
    >>>
    >>> Well, unemployment, thanks to the new "improved hope and promise" regime
    >>> has passed 15% for the first time in many years...
    >>>
    >>> I am one of the fortunate.
    >>> --
    >>> Peace! Om

    >>
    >> No, the unemployment rate has not passed 15% for the first time in many
    >> years. The national unemployment rate is currently 9.7%. The highest
    >> national unemployment rate in recent years was 10.2% (October 2009).
    >> National unemployment rates have not been at or near 15% since the great
    >> depression. U-6 unemployment rates are around 15%, but that rate
    >> includes
    >> people that are not looking for any type of work at all and those working
    >> only part-time.

    >
    > fifteen percent must be what rush or glenn beck or some other yo-yo is
    > currently spouting.
    >
    > your pal,
    > blake


    I'm sure the explanation that we're at 15% is because of all the illegal
    aliens that have snuck across the border and stolen jobs from legitimate
    Americans is not far off.

    Jinx



  11. #11
    ChattyCathy Guest

    Default Re: Quite a month for long threads

    On Sat, 26 Jun 2010 11:58:10 -0500, Sqwertz wrote:

    > On Sat, 26 Jun 2010 10:51:26 +0200, ChattyCathy wrote:
    >
    >> IMNSHO, the flame war threads going on this month have just been a little
    >> more "entertaining" than usual, is all.

    >
    > Somebody must have spiked the Stew.


    <snork>

    --
    Cheers
    Chatty Cathy


  12. #12
    Ron Guest

    Default Re: Quite a month for long threads

    On Sat, 26 Jun 2010 09:26:09 -0500, "Jinx Minx" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >
    >"Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news[email protected]..
    >> In article <[email protected]>,
    >> Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Global warming must be in full effect. People are getting uptight.
    >>> Electric bills are skyrocketing. The earths crust is melting. Cooking
    >>> makes people irritable.
    >>>
    >>> Goodbye Seafood - 403 responses.
    >>> A Nostalgic Promo Item I found - 393 responses
    >>> George Forman Grill question - 351 responses
    >>> Ruby Tuesdays chicken quesadillas - 510 responses including subthreads
    >>>
    >>> And a bunch in the 100+ range. And these have all been started in the
    >>> last month. Some only two weeks old.
    >>>
    >>> Very unusual to have that many threads of these lengths running
    >>> parallel like this in RFC history.
    >>>
    >>> -sw

    >>
    >> Well, unemployment, thanks to the new "improved hope and promise" regime
    >> has passed 15% for the first time in many years...
    >>
    >> I am one of the fortunate.
    >> --
    >> Peace! Om

    >
    >
    >No, the unemployment rate has not passed 15% for the first time in many
    >years. The national unemployment rate is currently 9.7%. The highest
    >national unemployment rate in recent years was 10.2% (October 2009).
    >National unemployment rates have not been at or near 15% since the great
    >depression. U-6 unemployment rates are around 15%, but that rate includes
    >people that are not looking for any type of work at all and those working
    >only part-time.
    >
    >So since you're employed, what's your excuse for your gazillion useless
    >posts and commentaries to every single post in every single thread?
    >
    >Jinx
    >


    From: http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/02/05-1

    >>WASHINGTON - February 5 - Americans for Democratic Action’s National
    >>Director, Michael J. Wilson, made the following statement about today’s
    >>unemployment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
    >>
    >>“The real unemployment rate released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics
    >>is 16.7% -- a full 7 points higher than the officially reported rate.


    It's because of the way the government counts unemployed. They don't
    count those who unemployment has run out, or who are not eligible for
    unemployment.

    Ron




  13. #13
    Jinx Minx Guest

    Default Re: Quite a month for long threads


    "Ron" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]..
    > On Sat, 26 Jun 2010 09:26:09 -0500, "Jinx Minx" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>"Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>news[email protected]..
    >>> In article <[email protected]>,
    >>> Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Global warming must be in full effect. People are getting uptight.
    >>>> Electric bills are skyrocketing. The earths crust is melting. Cooking
    >>>> makes people irritable.
    >>>>
    >>>> Goodbye Seafood - 403 responses.
    >>>> A Nostalgic Promo Item I found - 393 responses
    >>>> George Forman Grill question - 351 responses
    >>>> Ruby Tuesdays chicken quesadillas - 510 responses including subthreads
    >>>>
    >>>> And a bunch in the 100+ range. And these have all been started in the
    >>>> last month. Some only two weeks old.
    >>>>
    >>>> Very unusual to have that many threads of these lengths running
    >>>> parallel like this in RFC history.
    >>>>
    >>>> -sw
    >>>
    >>> Well, unemployment, thanks to the new "improved hope and promise" regime
    >>> has passed 15% for the first time in many years...
    >>>
    >>> I am one of the fortunate.
    >>> --
    >>> Peace! Om

    >>
    >>
    >>No, the unemployment rate has not passed 15% for the first time in many
    >>years. The national unemployment rate is currently 9.7%. The highest
    >>national unemployment rate in recent years was 10.2% (October 2009).
    >>National unemployment rates have not been at or near 15% since the great
    >>depression. U-6 unemployment rates are around 15%, but that rate includes
    >>people that are not looking for any type of work at all and those working
    >>only part-time.
    >>
    >>So since you're employed, what's your excuse for your gazillion useless
    >>posts and commentaries to every single post in every single thread?
    >>
    >>Jinx
    >>

    >
    > From: http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/02/05-1
    >
    >>>WASHINGTON - February 5 - Americans for Democratic Action's National
    >>>Director, Michael J. Wilson, made the following statement about today's
    >>>unemployment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
    >>>
    >>>"The real unemployment rate released today by the Bureau of Labor
    >>>Statistics
    >>>is 16.7% -- a full 7 points higher than the officially reported rate.

    >
    > It's because of the way the government counts unemployed. They don't
    > count those who unemployment has run out, or who are not eligible for
    > unemployment.
    >
    > Ron


    Paying special attention to the last sentence: according the the Bureau of
    Labor Statistics, "Persons are classified as unemployed if they do not have
    a job, have actively looked for work in the prior 4 weeks, and are currently
    available for work. Persons who were not working and were waiting to be
    recalled to a job from which they had been temporarily laid off are also
    included as unemployed. Receiving benefits from the Unemployment Insurance
    (UI) program has no bearing on whether a person is classified as
    unemployed."

    I don't particularly give much credence to statistics put out by politically
    motivated lobbyist groups (liberal or conservative). And like I said in my
    previous post, U-6 unemployment rates are indeed around 15%. However, this
    rate includes people that simply don't want to look for work at all (even if
    they are perfectly capable of working).

    Jinx



  14. #14
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Quite a month for long threads

    On Sat, 26 Jun 2010 21:48:48 -0500, Jinx Minx wrote:

    > Paying special attention to the last sentence: according the the Bureau of
    > Labor Statistics, "Persons are classified as unemployed if they do not have
    > a job, have actively looked for work in the prior 4 weeks, and are currently
    > available for work. Persons who were not working and were waiting to be
    > recalled to a job from which they had been temporarily laid off are also
    > included as unemployed. Receiving benefits from the Unemployment Insurance
    > (UI) program has no bearing on whether a person is classified as
    > unemployed."


    Those are the same questions they ask on the unemployment benefits
    claim form. How else would they be getting that information
    except from people who are eligible for unemployment benefits?

    -sw

  15. #15
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Quite a month for long threads

    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    "[email protected]" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Jun 25, 11:01*pm, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > > In article <165dnnc19tcay....@sqwertz.com>,
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > *Sqwertz <swe...@cluemail.compost> wrote:
    > > > Global warming must be in full effect. *People are getting uptight.
    > > > Electric bills are skyrocketing. *The earths crust is melting. *Cooking
    > > > makes people irritable.

    > >
    > > > Goodbye Seafood - 403 responses.
    > > > A Nostalgic Promo Item I found - 393 responses
    > > > George Forman Grill question - 351 responses
    > > > Ruby Tuesdays chicken quesadillas - 510 responses including subthreads

    > >
    > > > And a bunch in the 100+ range. *And these have all been started in the
    > > > last month. *Some only two weeks old.

    > >
    > > > Very unusual to have that many threads of these lengths running
    > > > parallel like this in RFC history.

    > >
    > > > -sw

    > >
    > > Well, unemployment, thanks to the new "improved hope and promise" regime
    > > has passed 15% for the first time in many years...
    > >

    >
    > And that's only the people receiving unemployment. If the person's
    > unemployment expired, or they haven't work in ages; they don't count
    > in those stats.
    >
    > And that doesn't even include people who are working, but receiving
    > fewer hours.


    Cutting hours is better than cutting people, (my old job was doing that
    very thing after I left), but it still really hurts people.
    --
    Peace! Om

    Web Albums: <http://picasaweb.google.com/OMPOmelet>
    *Only Irish *coffee provides in a single glass all four *essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar *and fat. --Alex Levine

  16. #16
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Quite a month for long threads

    In article <pcjVn.50358$_F1.48622@hurricane>,
    ChattyCathy <[email protected]> wrote:

    > >>
    > >> Very unusual to have that many threads of these lengths running
    > >> parallel like this in RFC history.
    > >>
    > >> -sw

    > >
    > > Well, unemployment, thanks to the new "improved hope and promise" regime
    > > has passed 15% for the first time in many years...
    > >
    > > I am one of the fortunate.

    >
    >
    > Oh, poppycock. I think you missed Steve's point - he was talking about the
    > *length* of the threads going on at the same time this month - not how
    > many posts were made to the group overall. If one takes a looksee at
    > giggle's archive posting stats for the group - you will see that the
    > *total* number of posts made this month (which is not quite over yet) is
    > 11.3k. And 11-12k worth of posts per month is nothing unusual for this
    > group - so I sincerely doubt that "unemployment" has much to do with it.
    > Besides, you say you're employed and yet you've still managed to add
    > 1166 posts to said total for the group this month - so far...
    >
    > IMNSHO, the flame war threads going on this month have just been a little
    > more "entertaining" than usual, is all.
    >
    > --
    > Cheers
    > Chatty Cathy


    Bored people with nothing to do post a lot more. ;-)
    I have been e-mailed privately by two list members who are in that very
    situation....
    --
    Peace! Om

    Web Albums: <http://picasaweb.google.com/OMPOmelet>
    *Only Irish *coffee provides in a single glass all four *essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar *and fat. --Alex Levine

  17. #17
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Quite a month for long threads

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Ron <[email protected]> wrote:

    > >So since you're employed, what's your excuse for your gazillion useless
    > >posts and commentaries to every single post in every single thread?
    > >
    > >Jinx
    > >


    Deliberately annoying jerks like you. ;-)

    I work days for now until I get back to nights. I come home, clean
    house, cook, take care of the pets, cook dinner and have about 3 hours
    to kill... and I don't watch TV.

    I get other chores done on the days I actually don't post. <g>

    And you are an unobservant idiot for claiming I post in every thread.
    There are many I ignore.
    --
    Peace! Om

    Web Albums: <http://picasaweb.google.com/OMPOmelet>
    *Only Irish *coffee provides in a single glass all four *essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar *and fat. --Alex Levine

  18. #18
    Jinx Minx Guest

    Default Re: Quite a month for long threads


    "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]..
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > Ron <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> >So since you're employed, what's your excuse for your gazillion useless
    >> >posts and commentaries to every single post in every single thread?
    >> >
    >> >Jinx
    >> >

    >
    > Deliberately annoying jerks like you. ;-)
    >
    > I work days for now until I get back to nights. I come home, clean
    > house, cook, take care of the pets, cook dinner and have about 3 hours
    > to kill... and I don't watch TV.
    >
    > I get other chores done on the days I actually don't post. <g>
    >
    > And you are an unobservant idiot for claiming I post in every thread.
    > There are many I ignore.
    > --
    > Peace! Om
    >
    > Web Albums: <http://picasaweb.google.com/OMPOmelet>
    > Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food
    > groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat. --Alex Levine


    You don't annoy me. You're too damn funny to leave alone.



  19. #19
    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Quite a month for long threads

    On Jun 26, 8:58*pm, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > In article
    > <a049445b-b3be-4b51-9953-bff9fb09e...@m35g2000prn.googlegroups.com>,
    >
    >
    >
    > *"fries...@zoocrewphoto.com" <fries...@zoocrewphoto.com> wrote:
    > > On Jun 25, 11:01 pm, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > > > In article <165dnnc19tcay....@sqwertz.com>,

    >
    > > > Sqwertz <swe...@cluemail.compost> wrote:
    > > > > Global warming must be in full effect. People are getting uptight.
    > > > > Electric bills are skyrocketing. The earths crust is melting. Cooking
    > > > > makes people irritable.

    >
    > > > > Goodbye Seafood - 403 responses.
    > > > > A Nostalgic Promo Item I found - 393 responses
    > > > > George Forman Grill question - 351 responses
    > > > > Ruby Tuesdays chicken quesadillas - 510 responses including subthreads

    >
    > > > > And a bunch in the 100+ range. And these have all been started in the
    > > > > last month. Some only two weeks old.

    >
    > > > > Very unusual to have that many threads of these lengths running
    > > > > parallel like this in RFC history.

    >
    > > > > -sw

    >
    > > > Well, unemployment, thanks to the new "improved hope and promise" regime
    > > > has passed 15% for the first time in many years...

    >
    > > And that's only the people receiving unemployment. If the person's
    > > unemployment expired, or they haven't work in ages; they don't count
    > > in those stats.

    >
    > > And that doesn't even include people who are working, but receiving
    > > fewer hours.

    >
    > Cutting hours is better than cutting people, (my old job was doing that
    > very thing after I left), but it still really hurts people.
    >


    Very true.

    I was just pointing out that there are other people with more time
    (and less money) on their hands than normal. They just aren't included
    in the stats.

    Back when my seniority was low, my hours would go up and down
    depending on how busy we were. If I wanted, I could get 35-38 hours
    which is normal for the top people in my department. I am second only
    to my boss, and only because she is my boss. I've been there longer.
    But I do not want full time hours since I have my business on the
    side. So, I normally work 28-32 hours. The people on the bottom of the
    list go up and down each week. Fortunately, we all get insurance
    benefits with a minimum 60 hours per month, family benefits with 80
    hours per month. So, my boss makes sure that everybody gets at least
    20 hours were week. If it gets really tight, she will shave a few off
    each of us at the top to make sure that the lower people keep their
    insurance. If it is extremely bad, then she will ask for a volunteer
    to take vacation. The earned vacation may be higher than the hours the
    person would have gotten, and that spreads out the hours for everybody
    else. This usually only happens in January and February when sales
    drop a lot anyway, regardless of the economy.




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    ChattyCathy Guest

    Default Re: Quite a month for long threads

    On Sat, 26 Jun 2010 22:59:18 -0500, Omelet wrote:

    > In article <pcjVn.50358$_F1.48622@hurricane>,
    > ChattyCathy <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> > Well, unemployment, thanks to the new "improved hope and promise"
    >> > regime has passed 15% for the first time in many years...
    >> >
    >> > I am one of the fortunate.

    >>
    >> Oh, poppycock. I think you missed Steve's point - he was talking about
    >> the *length* of the threads going on at the same time this month - not
    >> how many posts were made to the group overall. If one takes a looksee
    >> at giggle's archive posting stats for the group - you will see that the
    >> *total* number of posts made this month (which is not quite over yet)
    >> is 11.3k. And 11-12k worth of posts per month is nothing unusual for
    >> this group - so I sincerely doubt that "unemployment" has much to do
    >> with it. Besides, you say you're employed and yet you've still managed
    >> to add 1166 posts to said total for the group this month - so far...
    >>
    >> IMNSHO, the flame war threads going on this month have just been a
    >> little more "entertaining" than usual, is all.


    > Bored people with nothing to do post a lot more. ;-) I have been
    > e-mailed privately by two list members who are in that very
    > situation....


    I give up trying to get Steve's point across to you, Om. As another poster
    on this group once said - it would be easier trying to explain quantum
    mechanics to a puppy.

    --
    Cheers
    Chatty Cathy


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