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+ - Sending jobs offshore contributing to recession?

Submitted by Ionized
Ionized (170001) writes "I am an IT contractor and work for a US bank that received TARP dollars in October — a LOT of TARP dollars. Some of this went to buy another US bank, which resulted in the layoff of 40% of that work force. During this same time, the bank opened a new data center in Mumbai and added several hundred to the IT work force there. Soon afterwards, all US based IT contractors were given a 15% pay cut.

In the past month, of the 100 or so people I work with, 15 full time jobs were cut and 10 US based contractor positions were cut — these were all folk who not only worked at the bank, they were customers of the bank with mortgages, 401Ks and bank accounts.

These workers were replaced with 20+ offshore contractors and an additional 10 visa-workers who were brought over to the US to work as US-based offshore team leaders. This fits with the strategy announced on the bank's intranet this week to "Increase our presence in India for technology development and support, while enhancing our already robust Operations functions in India." There was also an announcement the same day for a program set up to help foreign visa workers coming to the US make greater progress in their career.

All this from a bank that took bailout funds — great to see our tax dollars at work! The number of US technology jobs filled by foreign visa workers — displacing US citizens — is increasing. Over the past year over 100K technology jobs have been lost offshore or to visa holders. In fact, manufacturing is the only sector that is losing more jobs overseas than IT.

US laws were written specifically restricting the use of work visas to fill the need for skilled workers not available in the US workforce. Unfortunately, the corporations have consistently found back doors to this and use it to replace experienced, more expensive US IT talent with cheaper offshore and work-visa labor.

With our skyrocketing unemployment rate, it seems obvious that Congress should move to recover lost jobs immediately (at no taxpayer expense!) just by drastically cutting back on the amount of work visas, and providing incentives to keep jobs here instead of shipping them overseas. But how can we enact this change, in the face of the political clout the corporations hold? Is writing your congressman really going to be enough? How can we spread the word of the government's direct contribution to our unemployment rate?"
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+ - LittleBigPlanet delayed over quran references-> 1

Submitted by Ionized
Ionized (170001) writes "Joystiq.com has an article here describing the issue:

"SCEE confirms that the worldwide delay is indeed due to 'one of the background music tracks licensed from a record label for use in the game,' which references "two expressions that can be found in the Qur'an.'"

Is it just me, or is this idiotic beyond belief? Two quran snippets are so horribly offensive and/or dangerous that the entire product has to be delayed to remove it?"

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