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  1. The causation relevance of the firing plan in Panel 1 to the insurance cut-off in Panel 2 doesn’t make sense here in UK Land, or indeed many other Lands.

  2. @ narmitaj – You are speaking of countries that have civilized health insurance systems.
    P.S. I have an aunt who was forced to hang on to a job she disliked only because of the coverage it provided. She fended off retirement until some other coverage kicked in, and then she quit.

  3. There’s some variation of the level of hostility between Duane and Ms. Foxx. They sometimes evince a (grudging) mutual appreciation; but sometimes it’s knives-out! I guess that’s realistic for some office atmospheres.

  4. Was there ever any doubt? I just posted a comment online that if you are doing a great job working from home and you’re being really efficient and getting a great deal done while working remotely, management has noticed and is already planning how to move your job overseas once things are “back to normal.”

  5. I suppose you can if it’s absolutely foolproof and there’s nothing he can do about it

  6. If you think something is foolproof, it’s because there are fools you haven’t met yet.

  7. “You don’t spell out the full plan to your fall guy.”

    You do if you’re arrogant and the fall guy can’t do anything about it.

  8. More accurately, if you think the fall guy can’t do anything about it.Often that thought is incorrect. There’s very little advantage to disclosing those details.

  9. Brian, disclosing these details to an underling who can’t do anything about it is a show of power.

    I could quote many historical examples, but Harry Wormwood from the film version of Roald Dahl’s Matilda said it best: “I’m big, you’re little, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

  10. Kurt Weill in MAHAGONNY:
    For as you make your bed, so you must lie on it,
    no one will tuck you in
    If anyone does the kicking it will be me,
    and if anyone gets kicked, it will be you.

  11. For whatever reason, I’m sure that song came up on CIDU like a month ago! Back when I had music via iTunes and thematic playlists, it was a centerpiece of my “spite and malice” playlist.

    I don’t think I ever heard the whole opera, but knew this from the “Lenya Sings the Berlin and New York Theatre Songs of Kurt Weill” albums. (Though “Alabama Song” from The Doors of course.)

    I think the translation I’ve seen went with ‘tread’ and ‘trod upon’ rather than your ‘kick’. But it wasn’t a performing translation. (Since you’re giving the words and not the music here, I guess Brecht could be mentioned.)

    P. S. For some reason I was looking up “Lady in the Dark” earlier this week. Why was that?

  12. “You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.”

  13. Robert had been burned out for several years at work – but we needed the medical insurance so he kept working. He would come home at night and sit at the kitchen table with his arms on it in front of him and stare at the TV not really watching it. We talked about him quitting – but as he would say – we were medical insurance slaves. (Movie – “Slaves of New York” – about people who cannot end romances as they cannot get apartments – we were medical insurance slaves – he could not leave his job as we needed insurance.)

    Finally it was so bad that I ran the numbers one and another and another and told him to quit – we planned to work on our handcrafts business and build it up. We figured on staying on COBRA (which was 18 mo MINIMUM and no one who left his agency had ever been put off of it – including an ex-wife of an employee). That ended with less than a month’s notice.

    We were lucky that the local business association had a special low rate dues to join just for medical insurance and as a self-employed person I qualified for it with my accounting practice. We were lucky as to continue off of COBRA was $2000/mo (in the mid 2000s) – we paid around $600/month.

    Premiums were over $1500 a month and were to be over $2000 the next year for the first year that ACA existed. It saved us and we stayed on same until old enough for Medicare.

    We were just lucky to be intelligent enough to figure out how to deal with each change and that we could find solutions to keep us on decent medical insurance.

    (By the way – this post took over an hour to write and send – our Internet went down/just came back and when I called I was told to go online to resolve my problem,)

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