PRODUCTIVITY: When asking for help, be specific


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>Seeking Strong Webinar Presenter for “Linkedin For Beginners”
>The webinar should be on the order of 10-45 minutes in length
>If interested, please contact me ASAP.


Ahh, as with most “opportunities”, this interesting gem piqued my interest. I’ve never “done” a webinar. Don’t know the first thing about them, so that would make it a perfect opportunity to learn. (How’s that for the supreme egotistical over-confidence. You want qualifications? We don’t need no stinking qualifications!) If I can challenge a fellow turkey and he starts learning Japanese. I can be challenged too. At least webinar is spelled in English.

You didn’t give the key piece of info. Like most people who want help, job interviews, or other given “opportunities” to jump in quicksand, I find you never get the real scoop until you’re in up to your neck, or if you happen to ask before jumping (i.e., Is that quicksand deep?).

So, when is this “due”?

If you say December 2007, I’ll take a swing at it. If you say June 30th, I’ll politely decline. In between is negotiable, say with three “get out of moderation” cards. Or, coffee with Des Walsh. Or, round trip first class airfare to Chicago to visit my adoring Turkeys. Or, just the right to brag “I bailed VW out of jail”.

Quid pro quo!

So when does this “gem” have to shine?

the big fat old turkey hisself
who learned in the USAF NEVER volunteer or admit you went to college

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He didn’t need my help. Thankfully. I still have “learning about webinars” on my 2do list.

The productivity tip is that when you do ask for help, be specific.

I think you need to let the person know what is the deadline, budget, entrance / exit criteria (how does it start, and how will someone know it’s done). And, of course, the WIIFM. All up front. Pack it in to the request. Leave people with only one decision “y/n”. Don’t make them ask for more information. The natural reaction would be to skip it or do a Nancy Regan (i.e., just say no).

You know put the WIIFM (What’s in it for me?) first; the thing that makes them spring into “Action, Jackson”. It might get you to “yessir” much quicker!

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INTERESTING: No LEGISLATION without representation

Help us pass the “Read the Bills Act” (RTBA)

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There’s a basic principle at stake here. America was founded on the slogan, “No taxation without representation.” A similar slogan applies to this situation:

“No LEGISLATION without representation.”

We hold this truth to be self-evident, that those in Congress who vote on legislation they have not read, have not represented their constituents. They have misrepresented them.

And since Congress has repeatedly committed “legislation without representation,” strong measures to prohibit these Congressional misrepresentations are both justified and required.

To this end we have created the “Read the Bills Act (RTBA).” RTBA requires that . . .

* Each bill, and every amendment, must be read in its entirety before a quorum in both the House and Senate.

* Every member of the House and Senate must sign a sworn affidavit, under penalty of perjury, that he or she has attentively either personally read, or heard read, the complete bill to be voted on.

* Every old law coming up for renewal under the sunset provisions must also be read according to the same rules that apply to new bills.

* Every bill to be voted on must be published on the Internet at least 7 days before a vote, and Congress must give public notice of the date when a vote will be held on that bill.

* Passage of a bill that does not abide by these provisions will render the measure null and void, and establish grounds for the law to be challenged in court.

* Congress cannot waive these requirements.

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Hey, if we have to “obey” them, then they should have to read them.

If they read them, maybe, just maybe, they’d realize how stupid some of these are?

In the immigration bill, where does an immigrant get 5k$?

H.R. 634 requires the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of veterans who became disabled for life while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. Why?

H.R. 1495 Water Resources Development Act provides for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States. Isn’t the Army for killing people and breaking things?

Make them read this trash!

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LIBERTY: Social order … through … regulatory systems. Not!

Whither the Remnant?
by Butler Shaffer

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Our modern world is grounded in the illusion that social order can only be maintained through institutionally-structured, vertically-imposed regulatory systems. But the pyramidal hierarchies to which we have been trained to look for such management are in a state of decline. The vertical is collapsing into the horizontal, and the political establishment is fighting for its very existence by intensifying the use of the methodology that defines its nature: the use of violence.

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I think this is a very astute observation.

Command and control always loses to peer to peer. The internet is a great model for the future of America. It’s why the USA “Third Generation Army” is getting its collective butt kicked by a “Fifth Generation” militia in Iraq. (Actually, it’s gobs of little militias in Iraq. They don’t have a unified leadership, just unity of purpose, which is their strength.) If we, the foreign invader weren’t there, they could go back to fighting with each other.

America was a grand experiment in Liberty until derailed by Lincoln with the Civil War. Our way out of the current muck is to recognize that Big Government causes Big Problems. Everyone wants something for nothing and the politicians are willing to pander to get power.

The Dead Old White Guys were really on to something when they wanted an army to exist for only two years. (Check your Constitution!) Armies begged to be used. We need to get back to Original Intent.

The Communists tried and failed. The Socialists, here and abroad, are form the same ilk. So we have to: end the dole, go back to honest money, stop gooferment education, and pull all our troops home. Be more like Switzerland and less like the Roman Empire.

Take the plastic bag off the Statue of Liberty. It’s the immigrants that made this country great. Besides (border) walls are what characterizes a prison; not a free country.

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GUNS: To prevent confiscating firearms

Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons Signs NRA-Backed “Emergency Powers Protection Act”

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This week, Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons (R) signed into law NRA-backed Assembly Bill 95 (AB95)–the “Emergency Powers Firearms Protection Act.” This new law will prevent a governmental entity or law enforcement agency from confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens during a declared state of emergency.

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Laws prevent nothing. They mere indicate what the legislators hope will happen. Only law abiding people obey laws.

Wonder if the BATF is reading Nevada laws?

Silly state, the USA doesn’t have to obey your laws. Look at the medical Marijuana stores in California. States’ Rights … what rights. We’ll give you your rites. Last rites!

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

What part of “… shall not be infringed.” does the gooferment NOT understand?

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YAHOO ANSWER: I got fired from my last job


Job Interview question!!!?

Ok I got fired from my last job for being late to work alot…..I been working for a temp agentcy now and im still employed with them. When I got fired I was 19 years old, that was my first real job, Now Im much older and I learned from my mistake…..Now when they ask me why did I leave my first job, what should I tell them so they would still considered me for the job??? I really really want this job, I dont want to mess things up for my future. please help!!!


Juan: You’ve collected a lot of good answers. Honesty is the best policy. But how would they know you got fired from a job when you were 19 (which must be so last year)? Did you steal the cash AND the cash register in addition to being tardy? Most folks won’t want to know that you were “fired”. That’s a giant red flag. Especially if you proudly admit it. So as I understand it, your resume has “XYZ temp” and “ZYX Stores”. Didn’t you have lots of other “jobs”. Mowing lawns. Don’t pad what you don’t have. Also the temp jobs, did you just work at one place? You could list the ones that kept asking you back as a bullet point under XYZTEMP. If you kept being used by DEFG Enterprises, even if its a few weeks here and there, you can use that as evidence of your value.

Hope this helps, let us know how you make out,
Visit my “turkey farm” for other ideas:
My blog has jobsearch “stuff” I learned the hard way.
Good luck,
Ferdinand J. Reinke
Kendall Park, NJ 08824

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TECH BLOG: Try a little something different

This is a test. It is only a test.

Update: Interesting question. Some one said they got more hits with “timeless content”. Of course, I immediately jumped to try it. I went to the “Options” tab and took out the format of the date stamp. After doing it, I did wonder if I could go back. ?:-) But too late to worry about that. The interesting thing was that the change it had no effect. Do I assume that the template hard codes something to put the date in there. Is it a bug? An undocumented feature? Or, something else? Like a wet ware error on this side of the glass?

Update: Mark@WrdPress says “There is no formula for this. Some themes do hard code the time/date, others do not.”



METHODOLOGY all things smart

Dear fellow turkey,

A SMART goal is Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Time-bound.

You do have goals. Don’t you?

I was taught eons ago SPIRO Specific, Personal, Intrinsically rewarding, Realizable, and Objective.

Whatever mnemonic you use, (and I’d like to hear them), use one!

You need to have things like this, lest you go off spinning your wheels on activities that are exemplars of the The Peter Principle’s activity trap. You know, when you’re doing lots of STUFF but making no progress. I would assert that for seekers the activity trap is deadly. Unless you can be like Edison (“I haven’t failed. I now know 1500 ways not to make a light bulb.”), “no progress” is worse than it sounds. You’re losing time. All the while your burn rate is depleting your store of cash reserves. If you’re not earnin, you’re burnin.

In the IT world, where I grew up, projects and activities and processes and all sorts of stuff take on a life of their own. Searching internet job sites is wonderful BUT only as it pertains to your overall METHODOLODY, STRATEGIES, TACTICS, and TOOLS. Otherwise I’d rather you just played FREECELL (I have gone 292 games without a loss), at least you wouldn’t be fooling yourself about what you are accomplishing.

FWIW, your mileage may vary, all free advice is just that,
yet another fellow turkey
just bigger and dumber