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Comment Current laws not enforced (Score 5, Insightful) 235

Our government doesn't even enforce our current laws on H1B, what good would new ones do? A few months ago I got a "form letter" denial for a support job I applied for, didn't even get an interview. I had worked with this team for about three years, I knew their applications, escalation lists, support teams, ticketing system; in some ways I probably was more qualified than some of their current staff members. I was told by their management that they had zero actual control over HR's initial acceptance / cut system as all of the HR people are in another state thousands of miles away; HR (by unofficial policy) wouldn't take any local suggestions for who would be interviewed...the "process" didn't work like that. "The process" had HR giving them a list of pre-approved candidates, then HR would allow the local staff to interview them, and then HR would take it from there. After I got my form letter of rejection, I found an LCA for my job had been filed within a few days of my application. Using various H1B "job sites" in conjunction with the Department of Labor's LCA system, I found dozens of jobs in my area that never had any advertising on any job board, nor had any recruiters been contacted. These jobs went straight to H1B, they didn't even bother looking for a US citizen.

Most frustratingly, there is no one to really complain to, no regulatory agency that will listen. Even when the law is broken...until it gets to the level of a Congressional hearing nothing is done. Even then, nothing happened to Disney, or SEC, or any of the other giant corps. A few donations to re-election campaigns via shadowy 501s and the issue is dropped every time. Sometimes I think the only solution is to destroy the staffing corps pushing this, and by that I mean literally set fire to the US locations of companies like Tata and Infosys.

Comment SABRE data center (Score 2) 80

It's got historical value, one of the first major computer installations. TPF (Transaction Processing Facility) was developed by IBM and this location at 4000 N Mingo was one of the first deployed installations of it. It's two stories underground, behind a huge blast door. Unfortunately, it's off-limits to the public (and most employees that work there too). There might be a couple of dozen people who have access to it. I had to beg for two years just to go down; even then I didn't get to see all of it. Conspiracy theory says it's connected to the "underground UFO transport system" lol. Some claim that there has been UFO sightings / storage there, but it IS on Tulsa International Airport grounds and there are many drunk Okies around hahaha.

It would make a great place to hole up in case of some apocalypse. If you shut down all the computers, you could have enough on-site generated electricity to last a few years. Plus your behind several tall fences with barbed-wire, and isn't located inside Tulsa proper. Even better, Lake Yahola and it's water processing systems is less than two miles away, and just north is Mohawk Park that has wild game running around.

Comment Re:Gingrich? (Score 1) 406

The Catholics have their Ecclesiastical laws, and many Catholics turn to their priests for advice that is "outside" of normal state courts. Judaism has Halakha, and almost all religions have their own "set". IMHO, the only real issue is if these religion laws directly conflict with secular law and the members of said religion enforce rulings that are otherwise illegal. Some of the worst offenders are LDS, they've done far worse with their polygamy and child marriage in the US than Sharia law has inside the US.

Comment Re:Another day, another idiot (Score 2) 406

They didn't "think of it first". The original Levitical law was just as harsh, just as tribal, and predates Islam by several thousand years. Luckily Judaism is no longer in an "expansion" phase (except for the territorial wars in Israel/Palestine), but even there very few Jews are advocating for putting themselves under pure Levitical law. None that I know of are advocating for non-believers to be under it...and Judaism doesn't seek out converts.

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