Mermaids on Parade
From the New Yorker photo blog
People Are Not Expendable!
The other day I was in Albert Heijn collecting picnic supplies when I see two Americans, at least they seem American. Youngish, mid to late twenty, smart-professional. Anyway, they’re walking towards me through the wine and spirits aisle. The attractive woman looks younger than the man. She asks in a clear, loudish, American voice, What kinda chocolate do they want? Dark, the man replies, The higher percentage, the better. I’ll get it! She sings, and heads off towards the chocolate aisle.
I see them again at the checkout counter. They’re talking about work, specifically an employee. The woman scoffs, Just fire her, people are expendable. They’re up close now, the man is putting items on the belt. He stops mid item and turns around to face his accomplice. People are not expendable! He shouts. I’m sick of hearing that shit. His voice grows more agitated. It’s a pain in the ass to hire and train people and then have them leave after a few months. People are not expendable! He shouts again.The woman is stone faced, shaken, but checking her emotions well. She stands there and takes it. The man continues to rant. I recognize it. We need to treat people like they’re an essential part of the process, instead of like shit. We should be trying to figure out why we can’t keep people, what the fuck is going on? This goes on until it’s time to pay for my groceries. The Dutch cashier and I make awkward eye contact. The man stops. He looks around, sheepishly. The young woman looks up, seemingly unfazed. So, is this going to be enough chocolate?
Hamsterdam Rush Hour
Late afternoon happy hour read: A US governor calls for a hostile take over of the federal government and it’s Snowden that we want to capture and lock up?
"I am tired of the left. They say they’re for tolerance, they say they respect diversity. The reality is this: They respect everybody unless you happen to disagree with them," he said. "The left is trying to silence us and I’m tired of it, I won’t take it anymore."
So Mr. Jindal, you gonna be leading the charge, on the front line, taking that first bullet in your hostile take over?