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Thursday, July 22, 2004

Wednesday July 21, 2004. Seen on a political-news website: An ad for PoliTemps. From http://www.PoliTemps.com: "PoliTemp is a Legislative, Government, and Political staffing service for the Washington, DC area.

"PoliTemps provides quality personnel who, in addition to administrative and computer skills, possess an understanding of the political, legislative, and public relations processes in this city. We have the targeting and focus of a public relations firm, the goals and mission of a staffing service, and the enthusiasm of a political campaign."

Which led me to wonder just how much a government could rely on temps (and temp-to-work people). Perhaps a government with no (or almost no) permanent employees; using non-military mercenaries.

Use of military mercenaries has sometimes led to the bright idea: "Now that the war's over, let's save money by not paying the mercenaries. What are they going to do about it?" This has not always worked as expected.

***To Pillsbury House, where I did data entry for the Community Barter Network and Pillsbury House's volunteer program.

Then the #5 bus down Chicago Avenue to Lake Street, and a stop at Uncle Hugo's sf bookstore.

It was a hot day, and the Hiawatha Line would be cooler than my place. So I took a #21 bus to Lake and Hiawatha, and rode the LRT all the way downtown. I hadn't been to the last couple of stations before.

Most of the people on the train got off at the Metrodome stop.

At the end of the line, I headed back to 38th Street. Or tried to; the train I was on stopped at Cedar-Riverside, and I had to wait for another.
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