Archive for Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Stand out from crowd by quitting your job

February 11, 2009

I saw this morning that a fellow on the CNN Web site has a new suggestion for dealing with today’s economic uncertainties: quit your job.

David Seaton, who contributes to the CNN iReport, suggests that quitting a job you don’t like will differentiate you from the hordes of other applicants that human relations managers have parading through their offices these days.

“If you have quitting in your past, as opposed to being laid off, it just makes you different,” he says. “It shows that you’re better than everyone else, you’re not in a fear mentality. Instead you’re just looking for the best use of your talents. So don’t be afraid to quit a job that you don’t like anymore, or to quit a job that’s no longer paying you what you deserve.”

Dynamite. It’ll make you stand out, all right. Of course, it will also disqualify you for unemployment benefits, thereby reducing recessionary strains on the public pocketbook.

Sounds like a plan.

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Apparently the Kansas Senate may again take up a measure that would enact a statewide smoking ban in public places.

The measure passed a committee last week, but some opponents – majority leader Derek Schmidt among them – say it goes too far. According to an interview on Kansas Public Radio, Schmidt bases his objection on the bill’s attempt to define a private club as a public space. He seems to infer that the state cannot regulate behavior in private clubs.

Hogwash. The state has the same ability to regulate activities in private clubs as it does anywhere else. Does anyone really think otherwise?

Many communities already have acted to ban smoking in public spaces, and the state should take the same action. Banning smoking protects everyone – customers and employees alike – from the proven harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

Supporters of the bill say the Kansas Medicaid program spends $200 million a year in treating smoking-related illnesses. That doesn’t count the expenditures of private insurance programs.

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Shades of Gerald Ford. Video on the Web today shows President Obama bumping his head as he enters Marine One, his official helicopter. Next we’ll have alert Secret Service agents wrestling the helicopter to the ground.

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In England, where bizarre behavior seems almost the norm, they’re apparently going ape over the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.

Observances include a Darwin coin, courtesy of the Royal Mint, and a Darwin stamp set from the Royal Mail. A group of knitters also are paying tribute, and some quilters are doing a Bayeux tapestry of the voyage of HMS Beagle.

Obviously, Darwin is not the controversial figure in England that he is over here. According to a report on National Public Radio, that’s because even those who see the hand of a creator in the natural world have no problem with Darwin.

The Right Rev. Lord Harries of Pentregarth, member of the House of Lords and former bishop of Oxford for the Church of England, says this is because science and religion answer different questions. Simply put, science seeks to answer how things happen, while religion seeks answers to why things happen.

Put that way, it seems so simple.


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