September 2016 Federal Employment Law Training Group Newsletter

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I have no idea what that means. My son, the Computer Guy, tells me that it is a take-off on a meme derived from a poorly translated video game from about ten years ago. He further defines a meme as a “unit of cultural transmission,” something of no inherent value that nonetheless is shared and appreciated by individuals within a community as an ethereal embodiment of a part of that community. And thus, it hit me; the FELTG Newsletter is a meme. Started on a whim, broadcast around the solar system for free with no inherent value, read monthly by tens of thousands of individuals within the federal employment law community. Yes, you can spend your agency’s bucks by subscribing to “official” publications of serious value and without typos. But you won’t get that same sense of camaraderie, that “we’re all in this boat together” feeling anywhere else but right here in the FELTG Newsletter. We write to help you feel good about yourself, to perhaps make you smile, and on occasion, pass along some bit of information that hopefully will help you run the government better. In some ways, we’re like one of the original huge memes, the Numa Numa guy. You’ve seen him singing to himself and to the world like nobody’s watching. One website describes that video clip as a movie of someone who is having the time of his life, wants to share his joy with everyone, and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks.” That’s not far from the FELTG Newsletter, “a publication written by people having the time of their lives, who want to share that joy with everyone, and who don’t really care what anyone else thinks.” We hope that when you read us, we help you to feel good. Now, if you want to have a moment of feeling good outside of our newsletter, go waste some government time and revisit this guy; if he doesn’t make you smile and do arm pumps, you don’t belong to us:

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