Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011

Office Space

The Daily Diatribe
Joshua Herdt 3/7/2011

"A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

How do you treat your fellow co-workers?

Anyone who has ever worked in an office environment can tell you that it’s certainly a conglomeration of personalities.  Even on a daily basis you can’t be sure exactly what you’re going to get.  What’s more, entire TV sitcoms have been based upon the stereotypical people that dominate the office scene. Who hasn’t seen The Office?

In my own opinion office environments are indicative of the lack of social etiquette that has begun to defile out culture.  Whether it’s forgetting your manners or taking the time to say ‘hello’, it’s no secret that we often forgo the yip-yap in a rush to get things done.


I often ask myself why office neighbors treat each other with such blatant disrespect.  It seems that at every turn some one is lambasting someone else.  What causes this remorseless attitude?  Is it because we work together every day?  Or, are we so disillusioned by our paper shuffling that we’ve forgotten what truly matters: How we treat one another.

What further amuses me is that I often hear the older folks in my office complaining about the lack of manners in American Youth.  They look down their noses at their younger co-workers when they are just as guilty.  I couldn’t tell you the number of times I have some one correct my speech, slap me with sarcasm, or go out of their way to make me feel inferior or less intelligent in comparison to them.  In fact, I would say that offices today are bloated with over inflated ego’s all looking to make themselve’s look better.

If anything, I’ve found that offices are a zoo of insecurities.  I would like to think it’s these insecurities and NOT human indecency that plague so many of us.  That of course, would be a teaspoon of wishful thinking mixed with a tablespoon of theory.

What is it that makes us go out of our way to give someone else a hard time?

What has happened to the idea of team cooperation?

I believe if we all offered a bit more patience and a little more sincerity we could go a long way in improving our work place. 

I'm sure there will be more of this diatribe to come.

Tonights Blog

Should Obama tap into our own oil reserves to lower gas prices?
Gas has gone up an astronomical amount in the last month. Just last week it went up over 12 cents locally. Not to mention that in the next few weeks food and drinks will go up 10% nationally.  These are just some of the many angles and issues regarding our way of living and how it may just become unsustainable.

Friday, March 4, 2011

What is wrong with people?

The Daily Diatribe
By Joshua Herdt 3/4/2011

Today’s post deals exclusively with an article that was brought to my attention yesterday at work.  The article itself was posted in the Richmond Times Dispatch.  You can find that article here.

The article discusses a married couple Christopher and Rebecca Carroll from Manteca California.  Stop me if you’ve heard this one.

What an incredible story of absolute insanity! What the hell is wrong with people?  This guy drove for 45 minutes at speeds of 100 miles per hour with his wife clinging for dear life to the windshield wipers of their van.

Crazy, right?

Well if that weren’t enough to peak your curiosity, Christopher had an encounter with police a day before (last Thursday I believe).  According to the Turlock Journal:

“Carroll is the same person who police talked out of a Dumpster where he was allegedly trying to drown himself in two inches of rain water on Mission Ridge Drive Thursday afternoon after a 45-minute period of officers negotiating with him. He was then charged with being under the influence of an unknown substance in public.”

At this point you almost find yourself wishing the Police had let him drown.

If this story doesn’t make you question the nature of our own society I don’t know what will.  I mean really, why do we allow people such as this to breed? 

Do you think there were ever signs prior to this that the husband was a tad unhinged?  I can’t imagine something like that pops up out of the blue.  And, come to think of it, how the hell did she end up on the hood of that van anyway? 

As I mentioned in an email to a friend, I can’t imagine (even in my most loony and enraged moments) ever attempting to drown myself in a dumpster or hanging my wife from the hood ornament of our family sedan as I race down the highway.

You read things like this and you realize why evolution is just a theory.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Where have all the good shows gone?

The Daily Diatribe:
Joshua Herdt 3/2/2011

“History is now strictly organized, powerfully disciplined, but it possesses only a modest educational value and even less conscious social purpose.” -J. H. Plumb

I take off my shoes and slip in to my pajamas before turning down the bed and sliding in between the sheets.  There is something unquestionably appetizing about cool crisp sheets.  They’re like the longed for embrace of a distant lover and just as fulfilling.  As I fluff and stack my pillows I turn on my Sony LCD Television and the room falls into a false twilight.

Let’s see what’s on TV.

Instinctively I go to History HD.  What I find there is the equivalent of towels or socks for Christmas.  Swamp People, the bane of History TV.  Oh how I loath you.  This seems like a re-occurring phenomenon these days.  Where are the archaeologists excavating long forgotten pyramids? Where are the Roman ruins? Why aren’t we delving into the lost archives of underground Edenborough? Shouldn’t we be exploring the ruins of the Oracle of Delphi or hearing about Mauselous?

“Christ,” I murmur to myself as I turn off the TV and go to bed.

It’s rare these days to pick anything decent out of the interminable dross mucking up that channel.  I mean really, what does axe-men, ice road truckers, and swamp people have to do with history?  I’ve nearly given up on the History Channel.  To think, it had such a sparkling and unblemished reputation of reliability.  At one point they had the money and name to get behind the scenes in some of the most sought after locations.  If there would have been a discovery pertaining to Tutankhamen or cannibalism amongst the Anastazi, the History Channel would have be there.

Then, somewhere along the lines it turned into the Nazi Channel, then the WWII channel, and when they exhausted their film footage of WWII we fell head first into The Reality TV.

“Welp, times are tough and money is tight, so if we expect to keep greasing our pockets with cheddar we’re going to have to 86 our shows on Stonehenge and put on cheap low budget crap.”

Congratulations, you’ve lost all your credibility. Bring back my shows you scheisters!

Why do they even call it the History Channel?

What are your opinions of Reality TV and present day Television?  In my opinion their inept inefficient mind numbing drivel that lacks any artistic or educational value.  Keep in mind, this is coming from a writer who enjoys his burp and fart humor.

*As always, I’m curious for your thoughts or insight.  If you feel inclined, notify me by email or visit me on facebook.

To be clear

I just want to be as clear as possible, I'm neither Republican nor Democrat.  My alliance is to the politician not the party.  Democrats have had the majority of power for the last 6 years and failed to do anything with it.  Under their majority rule, banks failed the American people. Big Wallstreet business were bailed out of debt, and kept in operation to continue screwing over the middle class worker.
It happened on the Democratic watch and it burns me up when I hear that Republics are largely to blame for it.  Dems had 6 solid years to make significant changes and didn't.

Republicans as a majority scare me.  With party leaders like Bachman, Gingrich, and Palin we probably should be.  I could care less if religion is the carrot at the end of your purpose of life stick.  However, its not a guarantee that your decision making is correct nor a guarantee on character.  How many times do we have to see big religious or faith keeping politicians fall from grace before we learn that its a money or vote making gimmick?

The poster I posted earlier is meant more or less to show the sheer number of dollars being spent.  What the Koch brothers are doing, IS completely legal.  If we really buy into the idea that Gov. Walker is doing this to better your life and mine, think again. As is always true, follow the money trail and you'll find the truth.

An interesting poster I ran by today