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No, I won’t shut up

I’ve been getting quite a bit of advice about my personal life and social presence from several important people in my life.  I would like to address their concerns and explain my reasoning behind my decisions to remain opinionated and active on Facebook, Twitter, my blog and in my life.

 

First, YES I do understand that the content you publish on Facebook, Twitter, and various blogs is public information and can affect hiring decisions in my future career.  However, the same is true for my political affiliation, money choices, gender, desire for fair pay and health care and various other tidbits of information.  I have made a deliberate choice in my life to not falsely represent myself on social media, in part by refusing to use the threat of “it could affect your job” to determine what I feel safe posting or not.  I consider Facebook and Twitter part of my personal life similar to the way I vote or the football games I watch on the weekend.  They are done on personal time, as a person, not as a representative of my school or workplace. More often than not they are just things I’d like to share with my friends and family without having to worry about their impact on some future job or promotion.

 

These things should not affect hiring decisions in my opinion, but I do recognize the reality that they can and do.  I personally believe that employment decisions should be based solely on job performance; not on your religion, political affiliation, opinions, or actions in your personal time.  That said, I do carefully consider everything I post on Facebook and Twitter and who has the ability to see my posts.  Sometimes I get rash and don’t think as hard, but that is part of who I am and both y’all and I will have to deal with that fact.

 

Secondarily, I’ve been advised occasionally to use a pseudonym or post my opinions anonymously.  And though I appreciate the thought and caring that I know are behind the sentiment I refuse to post opinions and comments that I am not willing to have associated with my name and me (and live with their consequences).  I live in a country that offers a much greater freedom to speech than many places in the world and I refuse to waste the opportunity that people have literally fought and died for to speak my opinion.

 

And just as I have the freedom to speak my opinion YOU have the freedom to refute it, ignore it, believe it, share it, or dismiss it.  If you don’t want to listen to what I have to say then stop reading my Facebook wall or my Twitter posts, unfriend me, block me, stop talking to me.  I really am okay with any of those options and I totally understand, and I won’t hold it against you.  I hope everyone understands though that if you want to keep in touch with me then you will be getting me, opinions and all.

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New Year’s Resolutions

Composed sometime between: January 1st 2012 and January 9th 2012; also a work in progress

My purpose in life is to be happy; with who I am, where I am and what I am doing.  I will do this by being honest with myself and the people around me, with what I want, what I need, and who I am.

Words that describe me (alphabetical, because I can’t decide on a priority listing):

Agnostic, Atheist, Democrat, Feminist, Humanist, Idealist

Resolutions (some are simple, complex, easy, difficult (for me), might seem silly to you):

  • Update this blog once a week
  • Drink a bottle of water per day
  • Cook at least once a week
  • Find a weekly dance event
  • Take calcium twice a day for bone health
  • No more than 3 alcoholic drinks per day
  • Find an atheist meetup group
  • Get involved with Occupy My City
  • Eat lunch with people and not by myself

Fuck Graduate School

Bleck. . .

Why I support Occupy Wall Street

I am sick of being apathetic. My government doesn’t listen to me, my opinions, or even my money (because it’s not enough).

So why do I support Occupy Wall Street?

  • Because a corporation can out-lobby me with dedicated lobbyists while I have to lobby my representatives in between school, work, and having a life (see above).
  • Because I believe that human beings are more important that corporations or even money.
  • Because I believe that a government should represent its PEOPLE not its CORPORATIONS.
  • Because I believe that corporations have altered our government and our  laws to make the most short term money without consideration for their clients or employees but only for the corporation’s bottom line and its CEOs.
  • Because I have two college degrees and have virtually no job opportunities in my field until I get a Ph.D. and and even those jobs are disappearing.

We are here beseeching our Government to listen to us. Please don’t continue to ignore and belittle the Occupy Movement, for we are the People of the United States of America and we will be the change we want to see in this world.  I have hope now, and that is why I am joining in support.

Introductions

Hello All!

I am MadMicro.  I am a graduate student with a penchant for procrastination, hence my new project: Blogging.

There are many things that interest me, but on my mind lately are things such as:  Occupy Wall Street, science, graduate school, atheism, feminism, books, depression and coffee.

Hopefully, I’ll address each of these topics and why I’m interested in them in the next week or so.