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Only Incompetents Strike



March 19, 2010 – Comments (10)

This is not one of my usual blogs. This is a collection of random thoughts.

British Airways votes to go on strike

Much like every other major strike I remember, the striking party is among the most overpaid, undertrained, incompetent workers of the most incompetent companies.  But it's not the workers' fault.  Yep, you read that.  I'm no friend of unions but I know leadership.  If your union is going on strike, it's your own damn fault.

My father broke his Union.  He broke them by running a sound business and dealing fairly with his employees.  His employees eventually voted to break up the union and negotiate on their own in good faith.  It took years of honest dealing on both sides.  They respected him and he treated them fairly and with honesty.  They responded in kind.  It was a great place to work.  I loved my summers there growing up.

British Airways management is a disgrace.  Strikes are usually a product of years of mismanagement. 

I pay any amount of money to avoid British Airways and their hub whenever I travel through Europe (at least three times a year.)  The company is garbage, the customer service is garbage, the price is garbage.  There is literally nothing redeeming about BA.  Strike away.  Here's to BA going bankrupt and all those whiners in labor and management ending up on the dole where they belong.

This is a simple fact of life.  As a worker, you get a better deal if you are not in a union, but to feel safe without union backing you have to trust management.  In the end, it's all on management's end.  If they deal in trust with their employees, they can beat unions.  In fact, it's the only way to beat them. 

And for those curious, my father didn't work for some rinky dink operation.  He was head of distribution for a Fortune 500 company when he took the union down.

On the Health Care Fiasco

Hilarious. Preposterous. I can't get enough of it.  Actually, I lie. I haven't watched a minute of it.  I could care less.  They caused the problem.  They'll do whatever they want to fix it, including making the problem worse.  That's government.

Climate Change

It really has been a great few months without the constant alarmism from the Watermelon crowd.  (Green on the outside, Red on the inside.)  Any chance that they'll go away forever?  Unfortunately, no.  With millions out of work, it's not likely that the labor market for incompetent environmental scientists is that deep.  Since they have nothing else to do but suck at the taxpayer teet for funding, I suspect we'll be hearing more from them very soon. 

General Motors vs. Toyota

So the whole Toyota thing was a scam?  That's funny.  What else is funny is the obvious conflict of interests.  The U.S. Government, owner of a car company, going after a rival car company.  Not exactly a level playing field is it?  Maybe Japan can take over Toyota.  That's how WWIII will start.

Speaking of WWIII

Democrats want to start a trade war with China (apparently they are completely unaware of the dozens, if not hundreds, of American protectionist policies in place that hurt China.)

The Neocons want to preemptively attack another country, Iran, that poses no threat. The Fake Prince of Peace just might listen to them.  The Iranians are good people.  If you support their slaughter, you will be a cheerleader for senseless murder.  I'm curious as to what motivates such hatred?

Senator Rand Paul

There will be a Libertarian in the Senate.  One down, 99 to go.  I'm pleasantly shocked. Dick Cheney is unhappy. So I'm happy.

March Madness

Did you guys have as much fun as I did?  That was a great start to the best tournament in sports.

Is Qatar in a Housing Bubble?

I just finished moving into my new home in Qatar.  It's a 3 bedroom condo in Doha.  Brand new building.  Way overpriced.  Way... overpriced.  Of course, so was the place I moved out of.  Inflation here is rampant.  Qatari ministers are complaining about the dollar.  It's been increasingly hard to keep the peg at 3.64 riyals to the dollar.  They need to devalue or print more money.  They choose the latter path.  Meanwhile, housing prices seem to be peaking again.  I smell a crash coming.  Dubai had theirs. Qatar had a small drop in 2008 but prices shot back up thanks to monetary expansion.  We'll see...

(Don't worry about me. Company paid for the new pad.)

David in Qatar

10 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On March 19, 2010 at 10:07 PM, robstuck (< 20) wrote:

I didn't read this post but the title is fucking awesome.

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#2) On March 19, 2010 at 10:26 PM, ajm101 (< 20) wrote:

Don't always agree with you, but often read you.  Insightful union analysis.

As far as Toyota goes... you and I both work with computers, right?  50M LOC in new cars, if I recall correctly.  'Bogon' and 'Heisenbugs' got their names for a reason.  I suspected hardware immediately (they cannot duplicate, but the brake pads were entirely worn down?), but who knows.

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#3) On March 19, 2010 at 11:51 PM, ChrisGraley (28.51) wrote:

Oh, that union stuff will not go over well with devoish!

I wrote about 10 paragraphs below that last statement and decided to delete it.

I'll just shut up and give this post 50 recs.


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#4) On March 20, 2010 at 1:02 PM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:


We find your input valuable. Don't rob us of it!

David in Qatar

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#5) On March 20, 2010 at 1:11 PM, uclayoda87 (28.54) wrote:

Agree, but not always that easy to do.  I help manage a 15 member physician group with 90 total employees.  Some are salaried and some are paid by the hour with variable year-end bonuses based on the profitability of the group.  When things are growing and profits are rising this is easy to do, but in the last few years with serial large reimbursement cuts and lay offs it hasn't been that easy.  Managing expectations is important and the employees need to know that if the physician owners take a 20% cut in income for the same amount of work done, that this is not an environment that will produce the serial pay raises for the staff that had been seen in the past.

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#6) On March 20, 2010 at 2:34 PM, alexxlea (63.13) wrote:


Wow I must not have woken up yet, it seems to be an entire post I can agree with on the surface.

Of course if labor and management agree things will go smoothly. Of course labor strikes when management is unwilling to budge. Of course companies are just garbage sometimes and need to die. Cough cough. Anything touched by the gov. Cough cough. But it's strange because considering the fact that most people are laborers first and shareholders second, people often argue for shareholder's rights before their own. It's part of buying in to the American Dream, I guess, to be outright fooled by such simple things and believe we'll all be billionaires.

Health care is a joke. You know what? Shut down all the hospitals. Bar politicians from ER rooms or seeing a doctor. Whatever.

You're one of those ones that goes on at lengths about global warming. I'd agree that it's a joke. But I can't argue with the fact that existing industrial centers are still turning their host countries in to giant steaming trash and dung heaps. Chinaaaaaa.

Toyota. Don't even get me started on that. The amount of deaths listed as a result of the "incidents" is low. Even lower considering the fact how many cars of those models they've sold. I mean seriously, come on. When I read about people not applying brakes or trying to or doing anything but put it into neutral I became very suspicious. I then thought to myself, hey, if I get paid some amount, or figure I'll get a fat lawsuit  if I jump in my camry, go on the freeway, accelerate, make frantic calls, and come to a safe stop after there's a chopper on me, then why not just do it? There's not much to lose. Lol. Toyota stops selling all of those cars. Wow. I mean seriously.

Everyone knows wars are terrible. I have some Iranian friends I love dearly, and of course it's unnecessary slaughter, but then again I have friends from South America, and well, they barely managed to escape being disappeared thanks to US government-backed dictatorships.

We need to, like I said, stop medical care for all elected officials, and see how long it takes them to figure out how messed up the system is.

Don't really follow it.

Is Qatar in a region likely to be nuked bubble?

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#7) On March 20, 2010 at 8:29 PM, ttboydxb (28.52) wrote:

Good post, here in Dubai prices keep coming down, I love it!  Rents have dropped by about 50%, same for Buying. Congrats on the new pad, some nice stuff coming up along that Corniche!


Here's to Companies paying us "non unionized workers" housing!!!

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#8) On March 20, 2010 at 8:58 PM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:


I'm super jealous.  I've visited Dubai about a dozen times and I never get tired of it.  The greatest Millionaire's Playground in the world.  I love it.  I should start looking for a job there :)

David in Qatar 

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#9) On March 23, 2010 at 12:19 PM, jdlech (< 20) wrote:

The relationship between labor and management is symbiotic.  Few actually recognize this fact.  But without one, the other dies.  It's in the best interests of both to exchange information freely and to work together fairly.  The moment one begins to lie to the other or initiate hostility, the organizations death begins.  It's just a matter of time.  It's really amazing how often both sides forget that.

Similarly, the whole purpose of having an economy is to serve the people who participate.   When it fails to serve the individual, he should rationally end participation.  Alternatives such as private currency and bartering do exist.  Thus, the poorest among us should rationally refuse to do business with the rest of us and start their own economy.

But the authoritarian state would never tolerate such behavior.  Whose the immoral one for forcing the 'free market' upon those it does not serve?  The state!

There is no free market for those forced to participate.  It's slavery.

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#10) On March 25, 2010 at 6:33 PM, DaretothREdux (49.54) wrote:

Rand Paul 2010!

But don't tell people that the Libertarians are really the ones running his show...people might get skeered. Let em think he's just a conservative republican until he's elected...nah screw that!

RAND PAUL (Libertarian Republican) will soon be my Senator!!!!!


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