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Cat Attack!   Leave a comment


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And no, I don’t mean this:

 

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I mean this kind of Cat:

 

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The construction company has a fancy for Cats.

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Major construction site in downtown Winnipeg.

Amazing that a ugly looking work site like this,

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Can transform into something like this,

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Two brand new buildings a block away from the construction site (previous pic) in Winnipeg.

Posted February 2, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Union Membership of Workforce by Selected Countries   Leave a comment


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If it wasn’t for unions, we would all be working for minimum wage.  If it wasn’t for minimum wage, we would all be starving and the business capitalists would be splurging on all kinds of expensive toys.

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Percentage of workforce that is unionized by country.

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What is surprising is France is at only 7.7 percent. The United States is higher at 10.8 percent.

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Kickin’ ass for the drinking class…

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Posted January 31, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Jobs that can drive a person to drink   Leave a comment


Mid-Town Plaza Journalism Academy

The 17 Jobs Where You’re Most Likely To Become An Alcoholic

 

There’s a legend out there that bartenders know how to handle their liquor better than the rest of us because they’re around it every day.

They don’t. Bartenders are 2.33 times more likely to die from alcoholism than average.

We sorted through a database of 11 million death certificates sorted by cause of death and occupation compiled by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Other occupations that people associate with alcohol, like sailors and musicians, really do have elevated mortality rates. Plenty of jobs involving manual labor also make this list.

The numbers listed in this article refer to white men in occupations with a sample size greater than 2,300 deaths. Based on the same data last week we published a list of the most suicidal jobs (you don’t want to be a physician). See the last slide for a discussion of deaths linked to alcoholism for other races and genders.

17) Garbage collectors are 1.45 times more likely to die from alcoholism than average

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16) Advertisers are 1.47 times more likely to die from alcoholism than average

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15) Carpet installers are 1.50 times more likely to die from alcoholism than average

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14) Gardeners are 1.50 times more likely to die from alcoholism than average

 

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13) Surveyors are 1.51 times more likely to die from alcoholism than average

 

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Surveyors? Why?  Telephone surveyors maybe!

12) Farmers are 1.59 times more likely to die from alcoholism than average

 

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No offense to farmers. I grew up and worked on a farm in my late teens and early twenties.  Between the dirt, dust, horrible stench, shoveling manure, flies and fist fighting with 400 pound hogs, I tended to head to the local watering hole after a hard days work. 

11) Amusement park attendants are 1.61 times more likely to die from alcoholism than average

 

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10) Concrete finishers are 1.65 times more likely to die from alcoholism than average

 

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Why these guys? The job looks pretty straight forward.

9) Musicians are 1.65 times more likely to die from alcoholism than average

 

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10) Drywall installers are 1.71 times more likely to die from alcoholism than average

 

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This is a tough job for tough people. This way of making a living could lead to hard drinking.

7) Construction laborers are 1.72 times more likely to die from alcoholism than average

 

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6) Sailors are 1.75 times more likely to die from alcoholism than average

 

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5) Cooks are 1.77 times more likely to die from alcoholism than average

 

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4) Painters are 1.85 times more likely to die from alcoholism than average

 

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3) Roofers are 1.87 times more likely to die from alcoholism than average

 

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2) Shoe machine operators are 2.00 times more likely to die from alcoholism than average

 

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WTF!  Shoe machine operators? Never knew there was such a job.

2) Shoe machine operators are 2.00 times more likely to die from alcoholism than average

 

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Too close to the sauce.

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Compiled by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the United States.

Posted August 13, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Some jobs require the Right Stuff   Leave a comment


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In electrical engineering, live-line working is the maintenance of electrical equipment, often operating at high voltage, while the equipment is energised. In the 1960s, methods were developed in the laboratory to enable field workers to come into direct contact with high voltage lines. Such methods can be applied to enable safe work at the highest transmission voltages.

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A lineman wearing a Faraday suit can work on live, high-power lines by being transported to the lines in a helicopter. Wearing the suit, they can crawl down the wires. The strong electric field surrounding charged equipment is enough to drive a current of approximately 15 μA for each kV·m−1 through a human body. To prevent this, hot-hand workers are usually required to wear a Faraday suit. This is a set of overalls made from or woven throughout with conducting fibers. The suit is in effect a wearable Faraday cage, which equalizes the potential over the body, and ensures there is no through-tissue current. Conducting gloves, even conducting socks, are also necessary, leaving only the face uncovered.

 

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Posted July 22, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Government Worker Crossing   Leave a comment


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The powers that be are trying to make life safer for government workers.  A new sign has been placed in a back alley in downtown Winnipeg off Donald St. warning drivers to look out for pedestrian government workers. Many government workers are located in the area. This particular back lane is a major thoroughfare for cars, government workers walking to their cars and street level garbage bin inspectors. Therefore a sign was needed to make all three groups aware of one another.

Government workers waddling to their vehicles after a hard day surfing the internet are particularly susceptible to not looking where they are going. Their minds are filled with focused thoughts of, what is for supper? Are the kids going to do their homework tonight?  When was the last time the dog was taken out for a poop?  Will I get my hour of Facebook time tonight or should we watch the Academy Awards show we saved on PVR to beat the commercials? So many deep thoughts.

It has been rumoured that the Ministry of Work Creation hired a local artist named Nym to make the sign. It is a very well done sign. Hopefully it will save lives.

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You work for the government if:

Your name plate is attached with Velcro.

Your resume is on a diskette in your pocket.

When someone asks about what you do for a living, you lie.

You get really excited about a 2% pay raise.

Your biggest loss from a system crash is that you loose your best jokes.

Your supervisor doesn’t have the ability to do your job.

You sit in a cubicle smaller than your bedroom closet.

Your boss’ favorite lines are “when you get a few minutes,” “in your spare time,” “when you’re freed up,” and “I have an opportunity for you.”

Your relatives and family describe your job as “works with computers.”

Nepotism is encouraged.

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Whispers have been going around that The Ministry of Work Creation may hire Nym to make a sign discouraging street level garbage bin inspectors from smoking while rummaging in the bins. This is a very genuine fire hazard.  

A prototype

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Sign and art courtesy of http://www.nymprod.com/

Check out the site, more cutting edge art.

Posted February 15, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Think Your Office Sucks? Here Are the Saddest Desks We Could Find   Leave a comment


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Just about everyone has something to complain about when it comes to their workspace, but this collection of disheartening desks should help most of us put things in perspective.

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“10 hour days doing cold calls trying to sell magazines. Do you believe this?”

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Improvising in a hotel room in Madrid.

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“Infected with giardia, staff infection and sadness, meds on my desk.”

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Older co-worker.

Posted November 8, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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