An old soul in the 21st century who love all things dark. I believe in quality for all people.
Earlier this year, I was laid off from a job I held for 15 years. In that time, I progressed from a Junior DBA for a startup company to a Senior DBA (likely on the verge to take over as management) of a company created out of a divestiture of the same product by a Fortune 500 company. At the time I was laid off, 132 of my very talented co-workers were also laid off. Most of us had been with the product since it's creation.
This past Saturday, the United States passed a grim milestone of more than 12 million cases, with some 200,000 reported in one day. To date, we have seen about 257,000 Americans die from COVID-19 complications.
During Barack Obama’s term as President, a chain email went out reporting about his appointment of “czars”. Now, Presidents before him had done the same thing. You see, “czar” is just a term: “a person appointed by government to advise on and coordinate policy in a particular area.” All US presidents make appointments of people to various positions in their administration. What caused controversy was the use of the word “czars” to describe these appointments.
Last month, I found myself jobless for the first time in my adult life. I was laid off for what my company called "financial restructuring". I later discovered while searching job boards that this was simply another way of the company saying they were sending my job overseas...where they could get someone to do my job for less than half of what they were paying me. But that is a whole other topic in itself!
The country is waking up this morning to the news that President Trump and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19. As the White House scrambles to determine who all has been exposed, and candidate VP Joe Biden gets tested after sharing the stage with Trump during the debate, what we may see in the coming weeks will likely be a spotlight on the disparity of healthcare between the classes in this country!
This week will be a very telling week. President Trump announced his Supreme Court nomination on Saturday, and the Senate has vowed to immediately take up her confirmation. Tuesday night sees the first debate between candidates Trump and Biden. Trump's tax returns appear to have been revealed, and many are in an uproar over the fact that he has paid fewer taxes than a restaurant server or grocery clerk. As colder weather is rolling for autumn, COVID-19 numbers have again begun to rise. The election is just over a month away. This next week could be a turning point in campaigns for the many Senate and House seats up for grabs. The hope is that the Democrats can keep control of the House, and turn control of the Senate.
I know many people are finding themselves concerned with reports the last couple of days of Trump indicating there will not be a peaceful transition of power. The very fact the administration is suggesting this is even more reason to get out and vote!
I will preface this by saying that I have been in IT my entire career. I love innovation and new technology. But where do we draw the line? When do we acknowledge that technology is stealing our humanity?