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The Call

This past Wednesday I went to lunch with two friends. One I used to work with at the Police Department and the other I met through the first. I have been severely depressed since I was laid off and all of the other aforementioned events. Try as I might, I could not hide this fact from anyone who really knows me. I went through the lunch date the best that I could, answering questions, smiling when appropriate and nodding when I was told that I would be called back to work.

These two ladies, being my friends were onto my act and called me shortly after this date to tell me to keep my head up. I “yea yea’d” them and went home. Once home, I had nothing important to do, so I decided to take a nap.

So there I was, napping to avoid my depression from being laid off when my big ol’ dog woke me up for no reason.

Naturally, I was pissed. Depression makes me pissed, being woken up makes me pissed, and someone (including a dog being in my face,) makes me pissed. I shooed him away (AKA shoved his 70 lb. ass off the bed only to have him jump back up, but leave me alone,) when my phone rang. It was 3:37pm.

I got up and got my phone off the TV stand/ dresser thing, looked at the number, didn’t recognize it and didn’t answer. I laid down and ignored the call, figuring that if it was important, there would be a voicemail. After a few minutes, there was no voicemail, so I drifted back to sleep.

After a few more minutes, there WAS a voicemail. Half conscious, I thought, this is a long ass voicemail and looked again at the number. The first six digits, (including area code,) made me think that perhaps this call came from my previous employer, the one who laid me off and I had a feeling, a good one.

I was excited as I dialed *86 and keyed in my PIN. Then I heard the voice of the woman from Human Resources telling me blah blah blah “come back to work” blah blah blah “I leave at 4pm.” Literally, that is all I heard. My first thought was: “Really lady, a 20 minute call back time frame?” Then I thought who the hell cares?!?!? I called her back immediately to hear her tell me that they hoped I could come to work the very next day, but that they understood if I could not. I told her that I would most definitely be there and I was.

My probation was extended 3 months, because of some baloney that happened on the day that I got laid off, where they told me that I was ordered to work 4 hours OT after my shift.  I told the Lieutenant that I wasn’t feeling well.  I never said that I was going to go home.  Nonetheless, when I returned to the station, he was visibly upset and had a sick time form for me to fill out.  The reason I was at the station on that day at that time, is because my friend/partner and co-worker spent a lot of her hard earned money to throw a little party for me on my last day.  I couldn’t enjoy that now.  Apparently I had to go home sick immediately, because I said “I’m not feeling well.”

I took the form and stormed down to the lunch room to “enjoy” pizza, where my coworkers were eating.  Many of them telling me “I can’t believe you’re ordered on your last day,” “that is total bullshit.”  None of them however, were stepping up to say: “I WILL WORK THESE FOUR HOURS FOR YOU.”  Needless to say, It was my party and I would “mother fuck” if I wanted to.  It was a disaster.

I went back to the command office and the Lt. wanted to talk to me.  Basically gave me a lecture about how bad it would look if I went home sick after being ordered, because NO ONE EVER DOES THAT and he KNOWS that I’m NOT SICK.  I’m SO SURE.  Nevermind the fact that the only reason this overtime was generated is because the guy (below me in seniority, also laid off) CALLED IN SICK ON HIS LAST DAY!

I wound up blowing up on my Lieutenant.  I mother fucked everything this side of California, said “FUCK IT, I’LL JUST STAY” crumpled the sick time form and threw it in his face.  I later apologized, sincerely and everything was nice nice.  A coworker (fiance’ of the party thrower) had no idea what had taken place and told me that he would take the time for me.  A kind gesture.  I laer also learned that my Lieutenant had called someone from the union to ask if he was allowed to work for me, but was denied.  Also, a kind gesture.

Meanwhile, the fuck who caused all the drama, because “I went to the lay off meeting and didn’t sleep afterward, so I had to call in” ( LIKE THAT IS ANYONE ELSE’S FUCKING PROBLEM.) Does not have his job back, while I have mine.  Extended probation or non.

Unrelated, the same week I got my job back I checked my mail and found a piece addressed to my cockhole of an ex that obviously had a credit card in it.  He for some reason cannot change his mailing address and has been waiting for a Capital One card for a few months.  I texted him to tell him that his card has arrived.  He told me that he was relieved to hear that, because of the amount of time that has passed and that he has been worried about it.  I texted back: “I will open it to make sure that is what it is.”

I opened it and then texted again: “This is not a Capital One card.  This is a Helzberg Diamonds card.  Anything you need to tell me?”  He responds: “lol, It’s not a ring if that’s what you think.”  Then he texts again: ” I bought Terra a bracelet for a wedding we went to.”  To which I responded: “Oh, that was nice.  I remember all of the jewelry you bought me never.  Especially after a month of dating.  I’m sure that’s normal though.”  To which he responded: “Totally normal :)

So….. He PURPOSELY sent that card to my address, because he had to have put MY address on the application.  Obviously, he wanted me to know and care, which I do not.  I mean, I do in the fact that it amuses me, but the sociopath in me could give a fuck less who he is buying tacky jewelry for.  And I only assume this jewelry is tacky, because I have seen this “Terra’s” facebook.  What a dickbag.  I’m so glad to be free and have no idea wtf I was thinking, because he truly contributed nothing to my life.

End of story.  About a week later the ex and I had a text convo.  I don’t really recall much of what was in it, but I know it ended by my saying: “So, you want to come to MY house, with the girl that you cheated on me with, in the car that I gave you to pick up MY dog?”  He never answered, but I’ll be damned if that mother fucker didn’t show up at my door to take the dog to the dog park.  I hope he enjoyed it, because that is that last time.

Kudos if you made it this far.  Peace out.

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Boise State is BS

I’m still reeling from a day of college football (the drinking has nothing to do with it…). Alabama tried to give me a heart attack, but yet again showed the ability to win. This game was quite unsettling because yes, Alabama was playing the #10 team at Arkansas (about as tough a scenario as you can get), but it just represents one of many tests. After Arkansas, Alabama has to play top ten team Florida, then follow it up with a ranked South Carolina team on the road. Then, the “easy” part of the schedule which features traditional rivals Tennessee, LSU, and Auburn. Two of those teams are ranked, two of those games will be on the road, and all three of those teams will be coming off bye weeks. This schedule might end up being tougher than last year’s schedule for Alabama, which ended up being one of the greatest seasons of all time and the second most difficult schedule in the country (only topped by Miss. State who had to play Alabama). There is a certain frustration to this, the type of test that for many would be season defining, is one of several for Alabama.

This frustration grows when we contrasted to a team like Boise State. Boise State is undefeated as well, highly ranked as well and favored by some to play for a championship as well. The difference? Boise State is considered to have passed all their tests. Let’s forget that the three teams that BS played are 4-7, let’s set aside the fact that Boise State’s toughest test was a team that lost to James Madison at home. This has been Boise State’s season and now they face cupcakes, the land of homecoming teams. Their championship resume will end up being the equivalent of making straight As in middle school then trying to use that to get into college. However, through clever misinformation, tricky scheduling, and the help of an ESPN with a financial stake in the matter, BS has managed to become the darling of some.
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Vegetables are good for you!

And here’s the proof:

Woman fends off bear attack with veggie

It bopped the bruin on the top of its head

HELENA, Mont. (AP) – A Montana woman fended off a bear trying to muscle its way into her home Thursday by pelting the animal with a large piece of zucchini from her garden.

The woman suffered minor scratches and one of her dogs was wounded after tussling with the 200-pound bear.

The attack happened just after midnight when the woman let her three dogs into the backyard for their nighttime ritual before she headed to bed, Missoula County Sheriff’s Lt. Rich Maricelli said. Authorities believe the black bear was just 25 yards away, eating apples from a tree.

Two of the dogs sensed the bear, began barking and ran away, Maricelli said. The third dog, a 12-year-old collie that wasn’t very mobile, remained close to the woman as she stood in the doorway of the home near Frenchtown in western Montana.

Before she knew what was happening, the bear was on top of the dog and batting the collie back and forth, Maricelli said.

“She kicked the bear with her left leg as hard as she could, and she said she felt like she caught it pretty solidly under the chin,” Maricelli said.

But as she kicked, the bruin swiped at her leg with its paw and ripped her jeans.

The bear then turned its full attention to the woman in the doorway. She retreated into the house and tried to close the door, but the bear stuck its head and part of a shoulder through the doorway.

The woman held onto the door with her right hand. With her left, she reached behind and grabbed a 14-inch zucchini that she had picked from her garden earlier and was sitting on the kitchen counter, Maricelli said.

She threw the vegetable. It bopped the bruin on the top of its head and the animal fled, Maricelli said.

The woman called for help from a relative staying with her. They found the collie outside, unable to move, and took it to a veterinarian.

The dog appeared to be fine on Thursday, but the vet was keeping it for observation, Maricelli said.

The woman did not need medical attention for the scratches on her leg, though she got a tetanus shot as a precaution, Maricelli said.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials set up a trap in an attempt to capture the bear, the agency said in a statement.

Besides the nearby fruit trees, there wasn’t anything on the woman’s property that would attract a bear into the backyard, like garbage or livestock feed, wildlife officials said.

Maricelli interviewed the woman, but said the sheriff’s office was complying with her wish not to identify her.

“She was very, very shaken, and it kind of took the humor portion out of it for me,” Maricelli said. “She said it had this horrific growl and was snarling.

“(But) she can see the humor in it, and she wanted the story put out so the local residents can take precautionary measures,” he added.

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Stuxnet!

Sabotage!

In the world of cyber d’guerre, a magically delish – one of a kind virally virus thingy first met when a Belarus-based security company discovered it on computers belonging to an Iranian client back in July.

Since then – it’s appeared and spread through Iran, India and Indonesia.

It’s Stuxnet - built by a very sophisticated and capable attacker – possibly a nation state – and Stuxnet was designed to destroy something big.

.“…Stuxnet is going to be the best studied piece of malware in history. We will even be able to do process forensics in the lab. Again, the attacker must know this.

“…Therefore, the whole attack only makes sense within a very limited timeframe. After Stuxnet is analzyed, the attack won’t work any more. It’s a one-shot weapon. So we can conclude that the planned time of attack isn’t somewhen next year. We must assume that the attack did already take place.We are also assuming that it was successful. So let’s check where something blew up recently.

Iran’s Bushehr new clear site!

“…It is hard to ignore the fact that the highest number of infections seems to be in Iran. Can we think of any reasonable target that would match the scenario? Yes, we can.

“…Look at the Iranian nuclear program. Strange — they are presently having some technical difficulties down there in Bushehr. There also seem to be indications that the people in Bushehr don’t seem to be overly concerned about cyber security.


Pic “Stuxnet attacks critical Siemans Code Organizational Block 35 and could easily cause a refinery’s centrifuge to malfunction”

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TTT – Tiny Thumb Thursday – Fennec Fox

The fennec fox is the smallest species of fox. The nocturnal fox is found in the Sahara in Africa, and in zoos all around the world. Some people even keep them as pets. The species is classified a “Small wild/exotic canid” by the United States Department of Agriculture, along with the Coyote, Dingo, Jackal, and Arctic Fox, and is considered the only species of fox, other than the domesticated silver fox, which can properly be kept as a pet. Although it cannot be considered domesticated, it can be kept in a domestic setting similar to dogs or cats.  Though they don’t seem to make great pets, because they are really hyperactive.

It’s hearing is great of course, why else would they have big ears like that?

Fennec Fox

There are also other foxes with small thumbs, known as megan foxes. They usually have careers as actresses and models. Some people consider them as sex symbols, and they would like to keep them as a pet!

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The Pope has been and gone

The U.K was recently gripped with Pope fever… the holy one blessed us with his prescence and the whole country seemingly fawned and bowed to his greatness. The trip was a farce IMO and I’m not sure when the last time was that I was so frickin wound up. As he’s a head of state (The Vatican) – we (me included) paid 7 million quid for his visit; that’s well over 10 million US bux. Mostly for security, it would seem. Why would this blessed old man need security? you may ask. Well, truth be told – and when dealing with religion; ‘truth’ is often something buried so deep that you may as well quit trying to uncover it – Pope Benedict XVI is a criminal and an ex-nazi (whether it was through choice or not, not being the point: a nazi is a nazi is a nazi). He instructed the cover-up of years and years of child abuse directly and so, harboured paedophiles. He came onto national TV here in Britain and ‘apologised’ for the child abuse and the cover-up… almost like a kid who apologises once caught but who never had any intention of coming clean should word never have gotten out. It is said that stories leaked of the horrors, through Catholics lower down the ranks who could not believe the sheer scale of abuse and lack of justice.

There was even talk, from some more bold than I, of arresting him upon his arrival. If this had occured then I’d have been more proud than ever, to be British… something that’s increasingly hard to do! Down with the criminal Pope, organised religion and every single person who came out and clapped for him while he trundled through our streets in his bullet-proof ‘pope-mobile’. Spread the word.

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Semi caught fire in Indiana

A crash caused traffic problems on Interstate 70 in Vigo County. Both westbound lanes were closed near Exit 7 Friday morning after a semi-trailer caught fire. There were no injuries with the fire and traffic was blocked completely until crews could clear one lane. It took about eight hours to open all the lanes.

What’s so special about it? The semi-trailer was a Wal-Mart truck carrying fire-extinguishers.

Click here to watch the video!

And it doesn’t seem to be the first time something like this happened:

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STFU Mr. President

I don’t know if his teleprompter was broken, or his inner jackass was on full display but Obama managed to make a complete ass of himself. He starts off by saying:

“Long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples. The British and French, the Dutch and Spanish, to Mexicans, to countless Indian tribes. We all shared the same land.”

Mexico declared independence in 1810. This land sure as hell wasn’t Mexico’s before America was even an idea. He then followed it up by misquoting the Constitution:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

He left out “that they”, “are”, “by their Creator”, and “that among these are”. Now, I get leaving out parts like “that they” but the omission of “Creator” by a Constitutional law professor is a highly suspect omission.

Including Mexicans in the “this was their land first” argument, is typical of far leftist ideology which basically says America is a big ol’ meany and we should be sorry about all the things we’ve done and give everything back. Look, America has done some shameful things, but there’s a reason Mexicans keep sneaking in. It’s because America is better than that poorly run piece of crap country below us. It’s not because America is mean, it’s because they suck at what they’re doing. Any mentality that says they deserve our land, as though the land on our side was just the good side and that’s why we’re doing better is just asinine. I’m not saying Obama plays fully into this, but he certainly does pander to it.

As far as the “Creator” omission, to be clear I’m agnostic. However, the Constitution says what it says. Someone like Obama should damn well know it considering that’s what he’s supposed to be educated in, so when he makes omissions like that it shows a desire to be revisionist. I can’t respect that. The Constitution is one of the greatest documents ever written and quite frankly, Obama doesn’t seem worthy to speak on it much less go so far as to reword it according to his views.

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Looks like a bad neighborhood

Sometimes I hear people discuss the “neighborhood” a site is in. This is relevant to shared servers because the sites show up under the same IP and search engines can associate them with each other. I stumbled across a list of sites in my neighborhood and considering there are only eight, I find my neighbors to be a bit amusing.

Notable, we have Ruby Entertainment. Ruby Entertainment features pixelated women and offers burlesque, exotic dancers and so on. That’s kind of cool, I guess… Tarot Miriam offers tarot readings and takes Visa! You just need to understand Spanish. Last, but not least you have Poop Stream. Poop Stream is a rather well put together site that streams people’s tweets about bathroom related matters. Yup!

I think we found a neighborhood in which we belong.

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Bats have regional accents!

Aussie Bat

Australian scientists find bats have regional accents

(Reuters) – It’s not just people who have different accents but bats as well develop dialects depending on where they live which can help identify and protect different species, according to Australian scientists.

Researcher Brad Law of the Forest Science Center found that bats living in the forests along the east coast of the state of New South Wales had different calls. He said scientists had long suspected bats had distinctive regional calls — as studies have shown with some other animals — but this was the first time it had been proven in the field. Law said the different calls of about 30 bat species were used to develop a system so that scientists could identify the various bats along the coast, assess their numbers, and protect them. “We need to improve our ability to reliably distinguish between species that have commonly shared call features and we must increase the speed of call identification,” Law said in the latest edition of Forest NSW’s Bush Telegraph Magazine. “The automation of bat call identification is seen as an essential development in the efficiency of this survey method and should ultimately fulfill both of these criteria.” The project was conducted by Law and other scientists from the Forest Science Center, a unit of the state government body Industry & Investment NSW, and researchers from the University of Wollongong and the University of Ballarat. Researchers took 4,000 bat calls and used a custom-made software program to develop identification keys for bat calls in different parts of New South Wales. Bats use their calls to navigate and hunt using a process called echolocation in which high frequency ultrasounds, inaudible to humans, hit objects and echo back. Although the identification was time-consuming, Law said it would lead to time and money savings in field surveys and possibly increase the accuracy rate and make long-term monitoring of bats cost-effective. But the researchers said the development of automated identification keys for bat calls was in its infancy.

“The identification keys we have produced should undergo further testing and refinement using locally collected calls, before they are used to identify complete assemblages of bat species in future studies,” said Law.

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