25 August 2006

We are one, but we're not

17 August 2006


I knew it couldn't last. My positive day has now come to an end. For now, at least. Maybe if I write this I'll get this anger off of my chest.

God! I am furious.

I had heard a rumor the other day about Northwest telling some of their employees that they could "dumpster dive" as a means to cut costs during the wage cuts and layoffs at the airline. I thought, "surely not."

But, alas, I have been amazed again. A very good friend of ours sent me a link to an article on MSN that reports that Northwest apparently produced a booklet of 101 money saving tips for employees. You may wonder why I keep berating NWA on this page. My partner of 14 years (in less than a month) has dedicated his life to the airline run by greedy pigs for 17 years. He has been an exemplary flight attendant. He's earned hundreds of hours of sick time because he always goes to work unless he really is sick. He is always courteous to passengers and his coworkers. He works for a non-profit run by and for flight attendants to provide assistance to FAs who have financial problems due to medical problems. He has been dedicated to his profession and his airline.

Now he's getting screwed by Doug Steenland (the ugly freak) and the six other top brass there.

Do you think that for one second the seven-headed Hydra at the top of NWA, who took millions in bonuses before they filed bankruptcy (and later magically found an unaccounted for $300 million during the bankrupcy hearings) would consider dumpster diving or moving to a less expensive place to live to cut costs?

Here is the article:

"Try Dumpster-diving, airline tells workers

Baggage handlers facing layoffs get 101 money-savings tips from employer Northwest Airlines, like moving to a cheaper place or never grocery-shopping while hungry.

By MSN Money staff and wire reports

Northwest Airlines, which has slashed wages and jobs and is looking to lay off more workers as it exits bankruptcy, has apologized for distributing a booklet of money-savings tips for workers that includes advice that they go dumpster-diving.
The fifth-largest U.S. carrier put the tips in a booklet handed out to about 50 workers and posted for a time on its employee Web site. The booklet was part of a 150-page packet to ground workers, such as baggage handlers, whose jobs will likely be cut after their union agreed to allow the airline to outsource some of their work.

Prepared with the help of an outside company, the booklet encourages employees to manage their money better and prepare for financial emergencies. In one section, called "Preparing for a Financial Setback," Northwest suggests that workers can take "a date for a walk along the beach or in the woods." It also says they should not be "shy about pulling something you like out of the trash."

Also among the tips: No. 48: Move to a less expensive place to live; and No. 59: Never grocery shop hungry.

'A bit insensitive'

Northwest spokesman Roman Blahoski says some employees were offended by the suggestions. He tells Reuters, "We agree that some of these suggestions and tips ... were a bit insensitive."

The airline said the list was inadvertently published in the resource guide without being reviewed by Northwest management. The airline has removed the list from the booklet and its employee Web site, the Detroit Free Press said."

Let's backpaddle, shall we? Lying cheats.

Not Now

I was going to post commentary about an article from Sunday's St. Petersburg Times that discusses how Bush's policies are now allowing non-profits, like the Salvation Army, to discriminate even though they are largely funded by our tax dollars. It pissed me off. But, I am trying my best to have a positive outlook on today. So here is the link to the article:
  • Non-Christians Need Not Apply

  • Instead of wasting more energy on the religious zealot-buffoon, I have decided to post some of the results of analyzing my name and birthday on
  • Birthday Analysis
  • Name Analysis

  • My Name Analysis

    There are 19 letters in your name.
    Those 19 letters total to 91
    There are 6 vowels and 13 consonants in your name.

    Your number is: 1

    The characteristics of #1 are: Initiating action, pioneering, leading, independent, attaining, individual.

    The expression or destiny for #1:
    A number 1 Expression denotes the skilled executive with keen administrative capabilities. You must develop the capacity to be a fine leader, sales executive, or promoter. You have the tools to become an original person with a creative approach to problem solving, and a penchant for initiating action. Someone may have to follow behind you to handle the details, but you know how to get things going and make things happen. You have a good mind and the ability to use it for your advancement. Because of these factors, you have much potential for achievement and financial rewards. Frequently, this expression belongs to one running a business or striving to achieve a level of accomplishment on ones talents and efforts. You have little need for much supervision, preferring to act on your own with little restraint. You are both ambitious and determined. Self-confident and self-reliant must be yours, as you develop a strong unyielding will and the courage of your convictions.

    Although you fear loneliness, you want to be left alone. You fear routine and being in a rut. You often jump the gun because you are afraid of being left behind.

    The negative attributes of the 1 Expression are egotism and a self-centered approach to life. This is an aggressive number and if it is over-emphasized it is very hard to live with. You do not have to be overly aggressive to fulfill your destiny. The 1 has a natural instinct to dominate and to be the boss; adhering to the concept of being number One. Again, you do not have to dominate and destroy in order to lead and manage.

    Your Soul Urge number is: 5

    A Soul Urge number of 5 means:
    The 5 soul urge or motivation would like to follow a life of freedom, excitement, adventure and unexpected happening. The idea of travel and freedom to roam intrigues you. You are very much the adventurer at heart. Not particularly concerned about your future or about getting ahead, you can seem superficial and unmotivated.

    In a positive sense, the energies of the number 5 make you very adaptable and versatile. You have a natural resourcefulness and enthusiasm that may mark you as a progressive with a good mind and active imagination. You seem to have a natural inclination to be a pace-setter. You are attracted to the unusual and the fast paced.

    You may be overly restless and impatient at times. You may dislike the routine work that you are engaged in, and tend to jump from activity to activity, without ever finishing anything. You may have difficulty with responsibility. You don't want to be tied down to a relationship, and it may be hard to commit to one person.

    Your Inner Dream number is: 5

    An Inner Dream number of 5 means:
    You dream of being totally free and unrestrained by responsibility. You see yourself conversing and mingling with the natives in many nations, living for adventure and life experiences. You imagine what you might accomplished.

    My Birthday Analysis
    (I have eliminated how many days until Christmas and birth year statistics that isn't pertinent to my analysis)

    25 April 1961

    Your date of conception was on or about 2 August 1960 which was a Tuesday.

    You were born on a Tuesday
    under the astrological sign Taurus.
    Your Life path number is 1.

    Life Path Compatibility:
    You are most compatible with numbers 1, 5 & 7.
    You should get along well with numbers 3 & 9.
    You may or may not get along number 8.
    You are least compatible with numbers 2, 4, 6, 11 & 22.

    The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2437414.5.
    The golden number for 1961 is 5.
    The epact number for 1961 is 13.
    The year 1961 was not a leap year.

    Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 2/15/1961 and ending 2/4/1962.
    You were born in the Chinese year of the Ox.

    Your Native American Zodiac sign is Beaver; your plant is Wild Clover.

    You were born in the Egyptian month of Epipy, the third month of the season of Shomu (Harvest).

    Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 9 Iyyar 5721.

    As of 8/17/2006 1:34:12 PM EDT
    You are 45 years old.
    You are 544 months old.
    You are 2,364 weeks old.
    You are 16,550 days old.
    You are 397,213 hours old.
    You are 23,832,814 minutes old.
    You are 1,429,968,852 seconds old.

    Celebrities who share your birthday:
    Jacob Underwood (1980)
    Jason Lee (1970)
    Renee Zellweger (1969)
    Hank Azaria (1964)
    Talia Shire (1946)
    Stu Cook (1945)
    Björn Ulvaeus (1945)
    Al Pacino (1940)
    Meadowlark Lemon (1932)
    Paul Mazursky (1930)
    Ella Fitzgerald (1918)
    Edward R. Murrow (1908)

    Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 6.47749510763209 years old. (You're still chasing cats!)

    Your birthstone is Diamond

    The Mystical properties of Diamond
    Diamonds are said to increase personal clarity to help one see things clearly as well as be straight-forward and honest. Supposedly, the higher quality the diamond, the better it is supports these qualities.
    Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)
    Opal, Quartz, White Sapphire

    Your birth tree is: Walnut Tree, the Passion
    Unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egoistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromises.

    The moon's phase on the day you were
    born was waxing gibbous.

    All of the analysis results are copyrighted. Copyright © 2006 Paul R. Sadowski (