An Interesting Google Benefit

An interesting snippet about Google employee benefits.

Source: Did You Know That When A Google Employee Dies… | Things You Didn’t Know

So let’s think about this for a minute.  If you have an employee that is making 120K, and you have to pay out on this benefit.  That is 60K a year for 10 years, or 600K.  A nice benefit.

What does it cost Google.  In the greater scheme of the company finances…. pretty much nothing.  If Google has to pay this benefit 20 times per year I would be surprised.  So let’s for a moment assume that Google pays this benefit 50 times a year.  By extension they could have 500 concurrent payments taking place.  Continuing with the 60K per year example as an average, the annual cost to Google is 30 Million dollars.  Google’s Q1CY15 gross revenue was 17.2 BILLION.

The cost to Google of this benefit is negligible.  The value of the benefit to employee loyalty, that is where it makes a lot of sense.  For a company with 55,000 employees in a very competitive technology sector, attrition can be a killer.  If this benefit helps to stem the turnover of employees the company benefits more than the cost of administering the program.

It is a great strategy from Google, and it is very beneficial for their employees.  While no one wants to have to collect or payout on the benefit, the fact that it is there…. (to use a cliche) priceless.

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Blackhawks Win!

And so the 2014-2015 season comes to an end.  It ends with the Hawks shutting out the Lightning for a game six win.

There are a lot of good stories out there about the game, and the individual stories surrounding the series, the season, and the game.  Short version, the Blackhawks came to win last night, and it showed.  Every playoff series is a battle and the Lightning played to win, they just didn’t get the right bounce of the puck and just weren’t able to capitalize on their opportunities.

There are a lot of important things to point out about the game but, I think ESPN has done a good job documenting those stories.  But the thing that stands out in my mind (aside from the hockey) is that no one decided to host a Stanley Cup Riot in the city last night.  How long has it been since we had a Championship win in major sports that was not used as an excuse to burn a few cars, and loot a few buildings?

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No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish | Creative Staffing Agency

Awesome rant.  It all boils down to manners, and selfishness.  Love the dentist story.

No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish | Creative Staffing Agency.

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Changing ITAR Regulations

Hmmm….  It seems the State Department is changing the way information is classified under current.  There is a great deal of hoopla from various entities around these “clarifications” and “definitions”.  Some of it maybe very well placed.

Looking at some of the broader changes, this looks like a significant overreach into the definition of public domain.

Gravest Threat to First and Second Amendments Yet Seen | Shall Not Be Questioned.

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Goodbye Sweden | THE SWEDEN REPORT

Interesting opinions from someone with boots on the ground.  Do you see any similarities to North America?

Goodbye Sweden | THE SWEDEN REPORT.

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How many mistakes can a campaign make and still have the candidate considered as a front runner 2016 elections?  I would enjoy the comedy of it all if it weren’t for the fact that she is still being considered as a viable candidate to win.  Craziness

Hillary Clinton’s big rally manages to boot long planned children’s event out of park « Hot Air.

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Don’t Let The Wookiee Kill An Open Society

Excellent piece by Varad Mehta over at The Federalist.

Don’t Let The Wookiee Kill An Open Society.

Prepare to spend more than a couple of minutes on this one, and put on your critical thinking hats.  He makes some great points, and does a good job using popular cultural examples to illustrate and drive home his point.

Go read it!

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Happy Birthday – 239 Years

Happy Birthday to our Corps.  From the yardarms of the Revolutionary War through to current operations around the globe our Corps has served this country.  Today we mark our 239 birthday.  From humble beginnings in a small tavern in Philadelphia, to today’s active duty force of almost 200,000 our Corps has been the leading expeditionary edge for this nation’s interests.

As is customary, a couple of video celebrations for your viewing pleasure:


And the Commandant’s message


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Sometimes We All Need A Little Reminder

The boys and girls at Ranger Up, have come up with a new video that points to something that we have all struggled with in our lives.  I think it is worth the time to watch, and a good reminder to not rest on your laurels.

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Beirut – 31 Years

31 years ago today, we woke up to the fact that over 200 of my fellow Marines were killed by a truck bomb.  A truck bomb…now we have the “fancy” term Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED).  In accordance with their rules of engagement, the Marines on the gate had their weapons but they were not loaded.  The concept of dragon’s teeth, and serpentine roadblocks had not been developed (we learned from that lesson).  The Marine compound was at the Beirut airport, and was the same facility and location used by the French peacekeepers before we took over the role.  You would have thought that we would have learned from Dien Bien Phu / Khe San that following in the tactical footsteps of the French is not the best approach.

That morning, I awoke to the news along with every other Marine world wide, AND WE WERE PISSED.  Thirty one years later, and I still am.

We look at the middle east and cities like Tehran, Beirut, Baghdad, Tel-Aviv, Riyadh, Amman, Damascus, and so forth and we see an active modern city.  Then we try to apply our “Western” culture and values to what we see, and this is where we fail.  We camouflage and obscure the truth as we apply labels like extremist, or terrorist to individuals or even groups but that is really not accurate.  Since at least the 8th Century, Islamic forces have been in conflict with Christian cultures.  Honestly, you could probably trace this back even further but, in many ways we are in conflict culturally not religiously.  There nature of our conflict, is the willingness and ability of our enemies to violently attack anything.  In recent history the attacks have moved to more symbolic cultural targets.  The “things” that they feel are so wrong with our culture of freedom and forgiveness.  Couple that willingness to do harm, with the tribal organization of the region, the global nature of communications and commerce, and we are left with the situation that we have today of continued violence and conflict not only with the culture of “the west” but also between the tribes themselves.

There is no easy solution.  There is no clean solution.  Our conflict is not one based (primarily) on religion but, is one of culture.  Yes, our conflict may have started as a result of religious differences.  Yes, there are still underpinnings of those differences particularly in the religious symbolism and historic places in Jerusalem.  By and large though we are in conflict culturally, and that conflict continues to expand and be asymmetrical (another complex word for a simple concept) and unconventional.

31 years ago I was a young 22 year old Marine who woke up to a very different world than the one from the day before.  So was Cpl. Kirkpatrick, go read his story from last year 30th Anniversary of Beirut Bombing: Survivor Shares his Story | Marines Blog.

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