Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Irregardless, and More Importantly: Do You Know What Is Wrong Here?

So today I am listening to a talk radio show.  They are discussing whether college is important or not.  Many are arguing that it is not because you can’t get a job with a bachelor’s degree anyway.  Perhaps true.  I will keep my opinions about college and who should go and who should not, to myself.  But to the guy who called in to say college was unnecessary because he dropped out and still started up his own marketing firm irregardless of not having a degree, I would like to say to you that perhaps had you not dropped out, you might know that irregardless is not a word.

People who do not know the basics of our English language are not getting on my ark.

We spend so much more money on education now than we did when I was growing up.  I have to wonder where it all goes.  Ignoring the fact that I get a list of twenty-some-odd things I need to buy for my first grader to take to school with him that used to be provided to the students, things like crayons, glue, scissors, pencils, etc. Forgetting the fact that many classes such as art, gym and music that were part of the curriculum 30 years ago are no longer available to all the students.  Ignoring the fact that uniforms are no longer provided to our athletes and busing is only available to an elite few, what I have noticed most is that the quality of education has gone right down the toilet.
Why can’t the teenager at CVS make change?  Was it third grade where we learned how to do that?  We had worksheets and even play money and we’d have to come up with all the ways to make 37 cents.  You remember that right? 
Or what the heck is creative spelling?  No I’m not asking, I’ve had it explained to me by my son’s teacher when I explained to her that no I don’t want “skool” to be an acceptable spelling, at least not from my son.  I want him to be held to standards. I want him to know right from wrong and I don’t want him to think that almost right is good enough.  It isn’t.  Have you ever tried to unlearn something you were told was right?  I have and it is darn near impossible.  As a graduate of a prestigious MFA program, I still have to double-check my comma usage every time because once upon a time someone explained commas to a grade school class by telling us you put one where you take a breath.  Really?  I wish I could go back to that teacher and tell her if you don’t know how to do something, look it up, almost isn’t good enough!
            But for some reason, the one that gets me most is incorrect grammar usage.  I know the English language is difficult and complicated.  I know it is one of the more difficult languages to learn, but for now anyway, most of us here in America are learning it as a native language, by example and through immersion and it should not be deteriorating at such a rapid rate.  And it is doing so because so few people have been taught to speak and write correctly and even fewer have been held to that standard in school or in life.  Language is generally learned through imitation.  If children hear adults speaking correctly, they will learn to speak correctly.  But conversely, if children hear adults talking wrong they’re gonna talk wrong too.  (Hopefully you caught the intentional errors and sarcasm there).
There was a day when you could listen to the news and hear a well-educated knowledgeable voice telling you about the day’s events.  Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Ted Koppel would never have said more importantly.  Why?  Because something cannot be more importantly.  It can be more important than something else, but it cannot be more importantly.  Can you hear how ignorant that sounds that something is more importantly than another thing?  Yet everyone says more importantly today, including the so-called experts on television.  I went to a school where news broadcasting was a major, where people had to get a degree in how to speak on television.  So I have to wonder, why wasn’t being in command of the English language a prerequisite for that degree?
As a former college professor, I can tell you that it is not a prerequisite for college acceptance, at least not at the state school where I taught.  My very first semester teaching, I went to the head of my department and expressed that 90% of my class was in danger of failing because they could not write a complete sentence.  I am not exaggerating here.  I was teaching freshman composition and I found myself having to spend more time on basic English grammar like, and I quote, “a noun verbing” in order to teach them how to write before I could teach them how to write
So please, the next time you are about say more importantly, or irregardless, or gonna instead of going to, think twice.  The schools are not going to teach our children to sound intelligent; they are going to let their ignorance slide.  If you want your children, your broadcasters, and yes, even your politicians to sound intelligent, you have to lead by example because if public education isn’t going to provide pencils or proper spelling requirements, they certainly aren’t going to worry about modifiers and participles.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I'm Back....Or Am I?

Yes I am still middle-aged and yes I am still having my mid-life crisis.  And yes, I still bump into all those rude, stupid, self-important, entitled people.  Who doesn't?

I have been on a bit of a hiatus. I first strayed due to the AdSense scam and my inability to find a more deserving venue.  I stood on my principals for a while, but eventually those principals got tired of holding me up, and let go.  It felt more like a bite off your nose to spite your face thing after a bit.  I mean really, Google doesn't care whether I am out here or not.  Then my absence was more about time, or I suppose if I am honest, priorities.  I stopped writing because I was focusing more on that job that I scorned in my last posting and yes, it is still all those things and less.  But, it pays the bills, well some of them anyway.  What it doesn't due is allow me an outlet for my frustration or validate that frustration like you all do.  So I am wondering, do you miss me?  Should I come back?  Will you forgive my extended absence and follow my rantings once again, or will you snub me like you might a misguided lover and leave me to wallow in my own inadequacies?  Let me know if you are out there and if I will be granted a second chance.  I have postings and will work for validation.  After all, I am not working for much more than that at my other job.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Are you &**#*(@ing me?

Once again, I have to subject ignorant employers to reality and to a long walk down a short plank on the ark.  I mean really people, get a clue!

So I have to post again about my wonderful job search, which is now going on 18 months...that is right 1 1/2 years since I was laid off.  If you've checked in before, you know I have been looking, and looking and looking, as has my husband also going on 18 months.  I have looked in my old industry, explored new ones and even been offered a job...yes, but don't get too excited.  Because after 6 years of college and working hard on my thesis to get a terminal degree (sounds dangerous doesn't it?), which I obtained over 15 years ago and thus I have plenty of experience, the job I was offered is part time and pays minimum wage.  A fact they concealed pretty well throughout the interview process.  But it has potential for full time, which still pays crap, but gives myself, my husband and our three little chickens the health insurance I need.  Only problem is, I need to work up to that and it could take 9 months to a year.  In the meantime, they want me to guarantee that I won't take a full time job and leave after they spend so much time training me; paid training they said to entice me.  When interviewed, and before being told how much this job actually paid, I agreed.  But really, are you %^#%#*ing me?!  You want me to commit to working maybe, MAYBE 8 hours a week at $8.00 and expect me to cease looking for something that would say actually cover the cost of the gas it takes to get me there.  I mean really, my babysitter costs more than I make so how can I commit to something so ludicrous.  I took the job. I need something flexible and if my husband gets hired anytime the near future, the job is rewarding if you look at it like slightly subsidized charity work.  But seriously people....

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Short List

Okay so all of you are no help. I thought maybe one of you might comment on a good blog host that doesn't rip you off, but apparently not.  And because life is so hectic with my constant search for some sort of employment, which includes numerous attempts at reinventing myself, I just can't find the time to find a new home on my own.  So before I explode from all the pent up rants, I decided to just continue on here until, well, until I don't. 

Anyway, today I decided to institute a dress code on the ark.  Now, as someone who at times dresses somewhat eclectically occasionally sporting a short skirt and cowboy boots, other times wearing leather pants, or an authentic witch's cape, but more often donning a pair of jeans and a sweater, I am the first to say you should wear what you want...within reason.  

Today, I am sitting in Starbucks (I know again) and in walks this 40 something woman in a very short black dress, and I mean VERY short.  Either she bought it in the junior's section or she is wearing it as a dress when it is meant to be more of a tunic with leggings.  She forgot the leggings.  Tights would have still been obscene, but better, but she seems to have forgotten those too.  Hell, she wasn't even wearing nylons.  Now I never wear nylons; they aren't my thing, but naked legs under this way too short dress?  She was just begging for attention.  Well she got it.  I was staring and so were many others, but not in the "look at that hot thing with the nice legs?" way, but in the "Whoa, what the hell were you thinking?" way.  And yes I am sure even the guys were thinking that because the man next to me who brought his son in had a horrified look on his face, and the older gentleman in the corner was shaking his head.  I just looked at her with a disgusted expression on my face and started this blog. So here is the dress code:  If at any time in any position in a public place on the ark, we can see something that God gave you that was only meant for private eyes, you’re off the ark, probably via the railing at the side.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

AdSense Scam Forces Move

My research has provided me with numerous examples of people in the same spot as I am.  AdSense uses our intellectual collateral to promote their customers ads and then trumps up phony charges against us to avoid having to pay us for hosting their advertisements.  That is not cool with me so I am moving my blog.  Where you ask?  I am not sure yet.  I am looking into wordpress as an option, but was hoping for some suggestions from all of my readers.  I haven't had any yet, so if you use a format other than blogger and have been pleased with it, please let me know.  I will keep you posted.  I am also trying to figure out how to erase this blog so it is not on blogger anymore, but that seems as difficult than getting paid by AdSense.  What a scam google is running all around huh?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

AdSense Scam Widespread

Ah ha, I was right.  If you google AdSense this site comes up in the top ten.  Check it out for more on their unethical business practices.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

GoogleAdsense Business Practices Are Unethical

For all of you out there who have been screwed by GoogleAdsense, I am on a mission.  Below is the ONLY information I received in my correspondence with them.  The first e-mail arrived a day or two after I inquired into a check they were overdue in sending me.  I hit a threshold in July and they did not mail my check.  I hit a second one in August and they did not mail my check.  I inquired in September and on September 15th they sent this first e-mail.


After reviewing our records, we've determined that your AdSense account
poses a risk of generating invalid activity. Because we have a
responsibility to protect our AdWords advertisers from inflated costs due
to invalid activity, we've found it necessary to disable your AdSense
account. Your outstanding balance and Google's share of the revenue will
both be fully refunded back to the affected advertisers.

Please understand that we need to take such steps to maintain the
effectiveness of Google's advertising system, particularly the
advertiser-publisher relationship. We understand the inconvenience that
this may cause you, and we thank you in advance for your understanding and

If you have any questions or concerns about the actions we've taken, how
you can appeal this decision, or invalid activity in general, you can find
more information by visiting


The Google AdSense Team 

This is wrong on so many levels.  First of all, WHAT is it they think I did wrong?  Define invalid activity?  They give you no specifics just point you toward the generic agreement telling you what you can't do, not what they accuse you of doing.  Then there is this appeal form:

12_DisablingMonth: Sep
13_DisablingDay: 14
14_DisablingYear: 2010
15_AlreadyAppealed: no
16_OtherAccount: no
18_WebAudience: Moms and the General public
19_UserGeography: I assume the US
20_UserAccessMode: how would I know?
21_ScrapedContent: no
22_ContentSources: me own writings
23_NumAdmins: 1
24_UpdateFrequency: about twice a week
25_BoughtTraffic: no
26_UsePayTo: no
27_TrafficSources: I visit other sites and comment and also word of mouth
28_AdvertiserValue: Because it targets their market and people often click

on ads and rememebr seeing products they see on a regular basis
29_UserIncentive: I have a few friends that check me out regularly but  
other than that not that I know of
30_ViolatedTerms: No
31_InvalidActivity: I have no idea what invalid click activity you are  
talking about.  No specifics were given in the e-mail.  It also seems  
coincidental that I JUST sent an e-mail asking why I hadn't received my  
check from August then I got this e-mail in return.
32_SuspiciousData: I don't usually check them so I don't know how to tell.

I am fairly new at this blog thing.

If you can read it you'll see that they ask you to defend yourself without ever telling you what you are accused of.  How can anyone do that?

"No officer, I didn't shoot that man."

"We know that mam, we brought you in because you forgot to sign your taxes."

I mean really?  Can they do that?  Is anyone out there a lawyer who knows whether someone can use your services for two full months, place their ads and get them seen for two full months, have people patronize the advertising companies for two full months and then choose not to pay you without so much as a specific explanation?  There has to be a law against that.  There have to be a number of people to whom they have done this.  It has to be illegal.  It is certainly unethical.  It is stealing and I bet there will be a class action suit sooner or later.  If they don't give me an explanation soon, I bet it will be sooner. (Do you think they read any of this material?)

So I do my best to defend myself against my non-charges.  I tell them that to my knowledge I have done nothing wrong. I have a friend who checks my site regularly. (Who doesn't?) But I even checked with her and she told me she only clicks on ads relevant to her and has even "patronized" a site or two.  So if she is doing more than just looking, isn't that what advertising is about?

And so I fill out that stupid generic form which asks you to address specifics they never give you and submit it and THIS is their response:


Thank you for your appeal. We appreciate the additional information you've
provided, as well as your continued interest in the AdSense program.
However, after thoroughly re-reviewing your account data and taking your
feedback into consideration, our specialists have confirmed that we're
unable to reinstate your AdSense account.

As a reminder, if you have any questions or concerns about your account,
the actions we've taken, or invalid activity in general, you can find more
information by visiting


The Google AdSense Team

Really?  WHY NOT?  What did you investigate?  What did you find? Did you even read my response?  Why didn't you answer my questions? Address MY concerns? Doesn't the accused have a right to know what she is being accused of before being convicted? Did a person even look into this or is it a computer generated e-mail?

By the way, while I am jumping ship and taking my ark into more legitimate waters, does anyone else have a suggestion as to where I should go?  Thanks for all your help readers, I wouldn't be here without you.