We thought DickNH was trying to set a record for a state employee posting comments at the Concord Monitor on taxpayer time. He was posting comments and promoting his Democrat union agenda during office hours. But since our discovery and the ongoing effort to pursue a 91-A Right to Know Request to determine just how deep and wide this rabbit hole goes, at least three things have become clear.
1) Prior to March 7th 2012 Dick de Seve (DickNH) was misappropriating significant amounts of taxpayer time and services on State equipment to advance his own personal political agenda, if not more than that.
2) The Department of Environmental Services seems to be in bureaucratic duck and cover mode because the abuse went on almost daily on a public platform for more than three years without notice.
3) Mr. de Seve is not the only state employee whiling away their taxpayer funded days commenting at the NH Democrat Party paper of record, the Concord Monitor. (We’ll get around to the other papers, be patient.)
We’d like you to meet Gaia, the handle of another state employee whose internet abuse may just put Dick de Seve to shame.
Gaia’s own words reveal them to be a New Hampshire state employee, who is in the public employee union, and posts almost exclusively during weekdays and office hours, just like our good friend DickNH. Follow that link and read. You won’t need to look far. There is almost no effort whatsoever to hide the fact and over 100 comments pages worth. Make sure you look at the dates and times, we did.
Gaia’s reign of remarkable free time (on your time) began at the Monitor in March of 2009 and as of 10:38am yesterday morning, had found the opportunity to not just read articles and other comments online at the Concord Newspaper, but to respond almost 1200 times.
And I have to bet that the handle ‘Gaia’ is starting a few fresh migraines over at the NH Department of Environmental Services, a division that attracts the very sort of people who might use the word Gaia as a handle.
We’re not prepared to reveal who this is yet nor are we saying they work at DES. We are still exploring where else they may be spending our valuable tax dollars during office hours. But given the grotesque abuse represented by the time spent at the Concord Monitor, we felt compelled to give you something fresh to chew on.
We also wanted to remind all “parties concerned” about this.
637:8 Theft of Services. –
I. A person commits theft if he obtains services which he knows are available only for compensation by deception, threat, force, or any other means designed to avoid the due payment therefore. “Deception” has the same meaning as in RSA 637:4, II, and “threat” the same meaning as in RSA 637:5, II.
II. A person commits theft if, having control over the disposition of services of another, to which he knows he is not entitled, he diverts such services to his own benefit or to the benefit of another who he knows is not entitled thereto.
III. As used in this section, “services” includes, but is not necessarily limited to, labor, professional service, public utility and transportation services, restaurant, hotel, motel, tourist cabin, rooming house and like accommodations, the supplying of equipment, tools, vehicles, or trailers for temporary use, telephone or telegraph service, gas, electricity, water or steam, admission to entertainment, exhibitions, sporting events or other events for which a charge is made.
IV. This section shall not apply to the attachment of private equipment to residential telephone lines unless the telephone company can prove that the attached equipment will cause direct harm to the telephone system. Attached equipment which is registered with the public utilities commission shall not require a protective interconnecting device. If the telephone company cites this section in its directories or other customer informational material, said company shall duplicate the entire section verbatim therein.
Source. 1971, 518:1. 1977, 175:1, eff. Aug. 7, 1977
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