Tuesday, 11 August 2009

The "Nuke"

It was pretty much like a 5-star full-scale nuclear explosion today. There was Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter who said he was willing to front this idea back at the senate....to have a national vote on health care. Shocking.....isn't it?

A national referendum....where only people could have the final say....not the house or the senate. A straight up and down vote...it passes or it gets dropped.

Arlen even hinted it was the old-fashioned American way....although to be honest.....we've never had such an election and will never want to have again after this episode.

Here's the thing....if you go strictly by a popular vote....and toss out the value of state-by-state representation....this would likely bring us closer to civil war than anything since 1860.

The next question....if this is such a great idea....how not have one of these each month and let us start deciding alot of things. Heck, this starts to sound so good....why not toss the Senate and all the 100 senators out and just let a monthly public vote occur.

The Republic was designed to represent real people and not to let everyone have a say or vote on every detail of government. This mass vote concept would start to confuse everyone and turn the media into a giant advertising agent for everything you wanted to pass.

By letting Arlen suggest this and letting people get serious about this....we are basically saying that 100 senators can't do their job and they can't possibly represent real people any longer.

So this is a "nuke" in the making.

Oh, and if you wondered over voting problems in the past....do you have any faith that we've worked out those issues? I'm pretty sure that 94,000 dead people are ready, willing, and able to help cast their vote in such an election. The funny thing is that they'd be the last group who cares about anything to do with universal health care.

My "Lost"

As most of you know….I’m a “Lost” fanatic. “Lost” is a five-star scripted effort that almost makes you weep each time it comes on and you realize you get barely 60 minutes of real entertainment.

I once sat down and analyzed “Lost” to the extent of comparing it to my job and the organization I work for. I’d like to share some of my observations with you.

1. One of the top three priorities of the team after getting out of the plane...would have been writing a point paper on improving the process of picking the right airline to fly on. We would have discussed this for six hours….until the sun went down….and then never brought the subject back up again.

2. A discussion would have been started by nightfall over whose fault it was that the plane had crashed and if we could possibly blame the base communications center.

3. After food & water, a collection of pens, paper, Windex, markers, paperclips, and slides would have been established.

4. By the second day....a friendly get-together buffet would have been discussed....at possibly an off-site location.

5. A tiger-team meeting would have occurred by the third day to discuss plans & processes over the operation of the island.

6. By the 8th day, an evacuation plan would have been put in place and a practice drill would have been practiced.

7. By the 9th day, a clean-up and clear-out operation would have been started over the remaining aircraft pieces on the beach. We would have mounted signs to identify the island, the trails, the polar bear threat area, and areas of danger.

8. By the 10th day, a PowerPoint presentation would have been given over safety tips with mandatory attendance by team members.

9. On the second day...contractors would have brought up the issue of charge time, and a discussion would have ensued over whether contractors would do unpaid work or work beyond their statement of work.

10. Discussions on the 12th day would have centered around a career enhancement program and the various ways to improve your skills while on the island.

11. Taskers would have gone out on the 4th day to develop a map of the island, where the geospatial team would have spent fourteen hours discussing the proper map to display and various features of substance to place on the map.

12. By the eight day...several junior officers formulated a method of developing 40-proof alcohol.

13. A "Lost" Officer, NCO, contractor and Airman of the Quarter program started by day

14. Grand prize for the “Lost” officer or NCO or Airman would have been a chunk of pineapple. The contractor award program was stalled because of accusations of improper hour charging during the first 11 days.

15. On the 16th day...a tasker list and a recall rooster would mysteriously and strangely appear on a tree near the encampment area.

16. On the 18th day...someone asked the maintenance folks if they know anything about repairing planes.

17. On the 19th day…a VTC schedule would have been started. No one remembers the reason to start it but the general feeling was that it felt unnatural without one.

18. Around the 5th day, the communications team would have moved their encampment 300 feet away from our team, and the next day started PT at 1430, and then skipped out of work for the rest of the day. This lasted 24 hours, until the first polar bear attack.

19. On the 8th day...our team convened and tasked the web shop to develop a "mystery" database. The web shop would have agreed to the tasker but prioritized it after the food database and the polar bear database.

20. On the 20th day...someone would come up to me….and kinda hinted that it might be nice to figure a way off the island. I would have paused and stood there for about 10 seconds and then responded that this was the first time I’d heard of any requirement to leave the island….but that I happen to know this guy named Ben….and that he knew the island…and maybe he might have answers….but we might have to exercise extreme measures with Ben.

Combat Information Cell?

So we learned from the Washington Post yesterday….that the Air Force monitors blogs and Twitters. Yep, blogs and Twitters have fallen to the importance of the Soviet Union, Libyan surface-to-air missiles and communist takeovers.

The Air Force apparently tracked Twitter and blogs to view the public anger over the recent Air Force One flyover of the Statue of Liberty in New York City….the low-flyover, if you remember.

This Air Force organization involved….even went to the extent of making PowerPoint slides, which is a 4-star work effort, which means someone got briefed somewhere.

Apparently, there is some organization down at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida….which monitors stuff like this. They refer to themselves as the Combat Information Cell. You end up being important in the Air Force….if you can work the word “combat” into your title.

So this team….the CIC…..which has less than a dozen guys….more or less sit around and just read blogs and Twitter….analyzing stuff from the internet. Their significance is to see if the Air Force's message is being heard.

There’s another site out in Utah….mostly guard guys at a AF base…where they do the same stuff. Their monitoring of the NY City overflight? I kinda liked their comment: "To say that this event is being beaten like a dead horse is an understatement."

Naturally, my curiosity is whether these combat guys in Florida ever read my blog….but I doubt it. You have to be a New York Times type blog to get any attention with these guys. They probably sit around and read stuff from the Huffington Report, Ozark Express, and ToyTown all day long.

It is nifty how you get paid to just read and analyze blogs. And if they are doing this….then the Russian guys are doing it….the North Korean guys…heck….maybe even the Cubans are doing it on their 14-year old CPUs which hasn’t been upgraded since 1995.

But if you measured up the creative writing here….it’s the guys out of Utah, with their “dead horse” comment that probably carries the most weight. Once you use a “dead horse” comment….you’ve brought out the fat lady and she’s singing a 5-star stanza at the end of the whole opera.