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Comment Message already received loud and clear (Score 1) 268

"There's a surprising prediction for the next 15 years"

Wow! That's a shocker! Let's see now . . . Bank of America just built three new branches, full automated, no humans need apply --- Café X in San Fran is fully automated, no human barristas wanted --- Goldman Sachs used to employ 600 cash equity traders, but due to automation today only employs 2 --- Rolls Royce recently came out with an operating system for super container ships which requires no crew!

Comment Re:Locals preferred ? (Score 3, Interesting) 239

The federal regulation is that there can be NO oversight on the visa program --- that's right, it is illegal for the federal gov't to monitor the work visa program (see either the federal regs, or read Michelle Malkin's book, Sold Out --- and yes, I realize she is or was a conservative, but this book is definitely not in that realm).

Comment Well, maybe, it's dangerous? (Score 1) 391

Just read an excellent book titled, Campus Rape Frenzy --- detailing all the false allegations brought against college dudes by college women, and how their lives were really screwed up or destroyed as a result. While we've been reading about it in the news, to see the actual stories and numbers is really shocking.

Comment Only the best . . . (Score 1) 338

Hands down, the ultimate book to read this year regarding the economic meltdown and fraudclosure scam is David Dayen's brilliant book, Chain of Title --- also great, Jane Mayer's book, Dark Money, and for further elucidation on the JFK assassination, David Talbot's book, The Devil's Chessboard.

Would also recommend Evicted, by Matthew Desmond and Someone Is Hiding Something, by Richard Belzer.

Comment So WTF is the non-fake news, Einstein????? (Score 3, Insightful) 403

What is all this sudden bullcrap about "fake news" in a country where it is LEGAL to fictional ALL news (thanks to Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation's multiple lawsuits in federal court) and where the Koch brothers are responsible for most of the "content" on NPR, and everything on PBS and Frontline?

I mean, WTF is all this Prof. Elizabeth Sindars/Merrimack College (WTF that is????) bullcrap about???? This is the Land of Fake News, and has been during my lifetime.

And now . . . for some Non-Fake News . . . .

Comment I'd like to take this opportunity . . . (Score 1) 204

. . . to mention something appropriate to this topic, namely Google, and other tech companies, and their hiring procedures.

We've been reading for years on, on this site and others, about the stringent interview/tests required for Google applicants (and I used to hear the same thing about Micro$oft, etc.), yet nothing brilliant has come out of that company beyond their search engine --- yes, they've purchased the occasional company and added its innovations to their arsenal, but nothing particularly creative has originated in-house.

We saw the same thing at Micro$oft, although having been a contractor off and on there, I can attest to very unmeritocratic and nespotistic hiring going on there, contrary to the publicized bullcrap ---- and no, I've never gotten an interview with them, regardless of the number of work-related bonuses they gave me, and I'm not unique in that regard, yet people of no account have received interviews based upon playing tennis or paddle ball with certain employees, or being related to others.

I see this article/posting as yet another example of what I'm stating.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 1) 647

Back in the 1980s, there was a PSA-type show, where the Sunday morning interviewer was a fairly intelligent woman, interviewing a young lady who was explaining women's programs in the construction industry. She explained her parents paid for her liberal arts college degree, but she thought she was technically inclined, so she enrolled in a special government-paid-for electronics tech course --- which she flunked out of. Next she enrolled in a special government-paid-for appliance tech course --- which she flunked out of, and she was currently in a special government-paid-for construction course - - - which she either hadn't yet completed or flunked out of. The lady interviewer started becoming irritated with her and kept inquiring how many other courses she was planning on taking?

Comment I keep seeing this bullcrap . . . (Score 1) 647

Like every four to six months in the Seattle area, either the Sleaze-attle Times, or the Sleaze-attle Weekly, runs some such story about Only white males being in local IT, but there's a major problem: one looks at those companies they reference, and you see mostly brown-skinned doods from India. (Perhaps they consider themselves white, but they certainly aren't Americans yet, still foreign visa workers from abroad!

When I was in IT, before they stopped hiring me, I worked around plenty of women and minorities, but they were by and large American, while I look around at those companies now, all I see are foreign visa workers, and since around 50% or more of all new IT hires are foreign visa workers, I believe the real data bears me out.

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