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Because I’ll Blog if I Want To…

Yesterday I talked to a recruiter that I was working with for a job I had interviewed extensively for.  To start, let me say that I thoroughly enjoy this man’s candor.  Sugar coating does nothing for anyone in the adult world.

Without further ado, I give you Reason 4,562 not to hire Anne: Not enough zero tolerance experience.
I actually laughed out loud when he told me they said this. Apparently planning HAZMAT/CBRN preparedness, working with 10ppm IDLH chemicals, and making decisions that could get people killed or destroy resources if I’m wrong is tolerant.

Here’s a sleeping pill for you from my tolerant life well before that: http://www.ucmj.us/ -Start in Chapter 10 and keep reading through the obvious articles because the fun is buried throughout.

What is sad is that I could have done great things for that company and actually illustrated this for them through a well thought out plan.  They’ll be singing a sad song soon if they hired a zero tolerance whip-cracker that enjoys his boot on employees’ necks.

Now that I got that off my chest…  Have a great rest of your day!

Happy 50th Birthday, NHTSA!

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In 1965, Ralph Nader published Unsafe at Any Speed:  The Designed-in Dangers of the American Automobile discussing lack of safety and environmental controlsIn the final chapter, Nader called government to action to pay greater attention to vehicle safety related to preventable injury and death.  Nader was called before a Senate Committee to discuss his findings.  Over that same period of time, a car company (later publicly admitted they) reacted to this by applying pressure to Nader to get him to not testify and in an attempt find information to discredit him.  All of this hoopla launched his book to the best seller list in the Spring of 1966.

 

Ralph Nader in the new American Museum of Tort Law, next to a Chevrolet Corvair. Courtesy A/P

Ralph Nader in Museum of Tort Law and the car that started it all. Courtesy A/P

Nader’s exposure to Congress allowed him to continue pushing for increased safety standards and President Johnson urged congress to pass the laws as well referring to both as landmark legislation.  The two new auto safety laws passed the Senate vote 76-0 that June.  On this day, 9 September 1966, the President signed them into law.  The first was the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act Highway Safety Act to enable the government to lead for safe cars and roads (respectively).  These two laws gave way to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This was a brief overview.  For more information look to History.com1, History.com2, and Pop History.