Much of the technology being transferred is not really Boeing’s to dispose of. Rather it belongs to the American nation. The fact is that its development was funded by the U.S. taxpayer.

Links, Intermission, Links:

“Chinese train manufacturer wins Massachusetts contract”

[China Daily link -- October 23, 2014]

  • A Chinese train manufacturer was awarded a $566.6 million contract on Wednesday to build 284 subway cars for Boston’s subway system.  The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MDOT) board of directors unanimously approved the contract with a unit of CNR MA Corp, according to MDOT spokesman Joe Pesaturo.  The [PRC/CCP/PLA state-owned] company was the lowest of six bidders on the contract.


“Top bid to build new MBTA subway cars is from China: Plan draws concerns on human rights”

www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/10/20/chinese-company-emerges-top-bidder-build-new-red-and-orange-line-cars/6qxKliPXG4ujxzHRrB80uI/story.html

  • [Massachusetts Governor Deval] Patrick said he had met with representatives of the contractor in Hong Kong.  Patrick noted that, under the terms of any contract, the new coaches would not be assembled in China.


“China’s overseas investment to rise 10%: official”

[Xinhua link -- October 23, 2014]

  • The country’s outbound investment was 2.7 billion U.S. dollars in 2002, but rose to 107.8 billion U.S. dollars in 2013, ranking the third in the world after the United States and Japan, according to the Ministry of Commerce.


“Blackstone Raises $4.4B For First Asian Real Estate Fund”

[China Money Network link -- October 23, 2014]

  • The limited partners (LPs) of the fund vehicle include the Teachers Retirement System of Texas, which committed US$100 million, and the New Jersey Division of Investment, which committed US$500 million to the vehicle.


“Death and Burial of Poor Cock Robin”


www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9cUoGvayVo

  • [Intermission]


“CPC sets new blueprint for rule of law”

[Xinhua link -- October 23, 2014]

  • China will work to build a law-abiding government, and will ensure the leadership of the CPC in “the socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics,” the communique read.  It also pledged to rule the country in accordance with the Constitution.  This is the first time a plenary session of the CPC Central Committee has taken rule of law as its central theme.

“Xinhua Insight: PLA vows rule of law”

[Xinhua link -- October 22, 2014]

  • The PLA has had a tradition of enforcing strict discipline during its 87 years of history, but it is far from achieving comprehensive rule of law, said Professor Wang Fa’an of the PLA Academy of Military Sciences.

“Like 1950s Detroit, Boeing Is Underestimating Emerging Japanese Competition”

www.forbes.com/sites/eamonnfingleton/2014/10/19/like-1950s-detroit-boeing-is-underestimating-emerging-japanese-competition

  • The industry is officially “targeted” by the Japanese government.  And U.S. corporations seem to be playing their allotted role to a T — as condescending, complacent buffoons.  Specifically Boeing has been transferring key technology to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Fingleton concludes: “Much of the technology being transferred is not really Boeing’s to dispose of.  Rather it belongs to the American nation.  The fact is that its development was funded by the U.S. taxpayer.”

How many plugs does it take to pull an American?

 

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“How Many Americans Does It Take To Pull a Plug?”

No matter who you blame—Washington, Wall Street, the Big Banks, Globalization—they all have at least one thing in common: they all get all their power from us.

Even a young child knows: when a machine goes haywire and the controls don’t work, you don’t form a committee, you don’t stockpile ammunition, you pull the plug.

 

When a contractor doesn’t perform as agreed—and this applies to social contracts, as well—you withhold payment until he does the job you hired him to do.

 

Beginning right now, I will do my part as an American citizen—and the guy you could have voted for—to enforce the American agreement of democracy and prosperity, and to prevent a possible genocide.

 

I’m glad you don’t like that word.  For decades now, this country has been in the business of transferring existing wealth instead of producing new wealth.  When the wealth has all been transferred, finally—what happens then?

 

Beginning right now, you can do more than just complain and feel helpless.  You can pull a plug.  Join me—follow me—in providing incentive by simply withholding payment:

 

  • Not another penny in income tax—personal or corporate.
  • Not another penny in payment of student loans.
  • Not another penny to any Big Bank—or to any corporation that has taken American money and betrayed American interests.

 

I am not saying we should all become irresponsible deadbeats.  I’m advocating a higher form of financial responsibility, one that considers the difference between virtue and vanity, virtue and cowardice.  When our democracy is acceptable, America’s real economy acceptable, when the game is no longer rigged against us, we should be delighted to once again extend our cooperation and financial support—under conditions acceptable to the common man.

 

Americans in a democracy are all common men.

 

Every day, somebody tells me our country is doomed, our children are doomed, there’s no future, not a thing we can do about it, and we shouldn’t even try.

 

They say America is in her final stages of disunity, that Americans couldn’t pull together now if their lives depended on it.

 

I say they’re wrong.

 

I can’t believe Representative Mike McCaul (R-TX) thinks this little of Texans, or Americans…

Representative Mike McCaul (R-TX) argued that “there’s not an interest” among Americans for high-tech jobs in a discussion on increased guest workers on Tuesday’s “Laura Ingraham Show.”

McCaul pledged he would “absolutely” oppose any executive order to grant amnesty through an executive order, and that his recently announced “pre-emptive strike”

When asked he thought of the Senate’s plan to increase guest workers and fast-track H-1B visas, he responded “We’re going to oppose amnesty in December and if these executive actions come out to basically allow work permits or grant citizenship or whatever he plans to do in circumvention of the law and Congress, then…this is going to be a fight we’re going to have.”

He then said, “well, I think we need to protect Americans first and American jobs first,” but added “we educate people and pay a lot of money for them, they’re skilled and high-tech and then they can’t stay here and they go back to our competitor in China.”

McCaul argued the US shouldn’t be educating foreign graduates at taxpayer expense, and that “I think Americans should have those slots first.” But then he argued, “the fact is that there’s not an interest.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/10/21/GOP-Rep-McCaul-Not-An-Interest-for-High-Tech-Jobs-Among-Americans

I’m going to give Representative Mike McCaul the benefit of the doubt that somebody has been feeding him a line of bull, and he was not knowledgeable enough to verify their claims.

After all, Texans are known for wearing boots because of some of the tall tales that are told by politicians, lawyers, and corporate executives that want to profit from their ignorance of the subject.

Rep. Mike McCaul, I would damn near give my left ??? to get back to work in the high tech industry.

But there are things that you are not aware of that are happening, and I will attempt to show you them here.

But first, a question.

If you children or grand children had watched you work your way up the ladder in the high tech industry and said to themselves that one day, I want to be a high tech guy like my dad.

If they had said that, and as they grew older, when you turned 45 and the industry gradually forced you out and you suddenly found yourself like most of us that worked in high tech all of lives.

Most people, even family, just don’t get it.  This is not like unemployment in the past.  In my early 20s, I tried every sort of job for around 4 years or so.  I could always get another job – maybe not a great one – but I was never out of work for any long stretches.  That’s what’s different now – you can’t get another job and get back control of your own life no matter what you do.  Some employed people may be sympathetic to a degree, but they really don’t see it (and maybe don’t want to see it) for what it really is – the end of working and making a decent living, and the end of financial independence.  And you’re NOT going to get a job at Mac Donald’s or Target or the local supermarket because the Latinos etc already have it.  You’re NOT going to join the young baristas at Starbuck’s or the waiters and waitresses at Chili’s because all the college kids and recent graduates who can’t get good jobs anywhere else are already working there.  The low-end, low-pay jobs are all taken and the professional jobs are being given to cheaper foreign workers.

Is high tech’s current treatment of American STEM professionals just a pilot project for some future nation-wide screwing of nearly all American professional men and women?  I don’t know, but should anyone really be surprised if it is?  There’s only way that most people will wake up – when it happens to them when they lose their jobs and their incomes and lifestyles.  Then they’ll be shocked and outraged and demand that something be done.  But as long as it’s just 20-25 million of their fellow Americans including hundreds of thousands of displaced STEM professionals, who cares?  What’s that old saying?  When they came for all the others, I didn’t care because I didn’t know any of them, but by the time they came for me – there was nobody left to care.

The comment above was made by a fellow computer type, and a fellow veteran.

Well, would you blame your children when they watched all of this happening over several decades if they suddenly decided that there is no future being in the high tech industry in America, if you are an American?

if you have any questions on how this has been prepared, you can reach me at vbiersch@gmail.com as my phone has been turned off even though I have 30 years experience, knowledge, and wisdom in the high tech industry simply because I can’t buy an interview in the industry anymore, nor anywhere else because I’ve made too much money in the past, and I won’t stay when times get better.

OCC_CODE Category Quantity of jobs in America less Qty of LCA Applications for this job Percentage of Americans displaced by this Qty of LCA Applications less Qty of Total Workers requested for this job Percentage of Americans displaced by this Qty of Total Workers
11-0000 Management Occupations 6542950 39097 0.6 891528 13.63
13-0000 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 6658090 116528 1.75 309606 4.65
15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 3696180 731514 19.79 1806839 48.88
17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2380840 92895 3.9 142820 6
19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1135030 50216 4.42 53267 4.69
21-0000 Community and Social Service Occupations 1901730 9993 0.53 47416 2.49
23-0000 Legal Occupations 1041700 4803 0.46 5568 0.53
25-0000 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 8400640 36725 0.44 57849 0.69
27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1758310 25054 1.42 2120516 120.6
29-0000 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 7755810 55389 0.71 81526 1.05
31-0000 Healthcare Support Occupations 3924390 210 0.01 228 0.01
33-0000 Protective Service Occupations 3257690 29 0 29 0
35-0000 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 11914590 465 0 483 0
37-0000 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 4291410 27 0 27 0
39-0000 Personal Care and Service Occupations 3986740 461 0.01 494 0.01
41-0000 Sales and Related Occupations 14068190 6907 0.05 9363 0.07
43-0000 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 21442800 1586 0.01 1695 0.01
45-0000 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 435250 366 0.08 380 0.09
47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations 5088030 111 0 136 0
49-0000 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 5138130 224 0 287 0.01
51-0000 Production Occupations 8765180 354 0 468 0.01
53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 9005120 217 0 424 0

 

While it’s socially acceptable to protect our property, or young children, or for U.S presidents to protect the Constitution, it’s just not cool for anyone to protect the U.S. economy

While it’s socially acceptable to protect our property, or young children, or for U.S presidents to protect the Constitution, it’s just not cool for anyone to protect the U.S. economy.  This is strange, especially when you remember that, first and foremost, the U.S. Constitution was written to protect the U.S. economy.  Without an economy, there could be no property, no children, and no Constitution.  But just watch how our American elites go into a panic whenever they hear the word “protectionist” or “protectionism.”  How does an essential virtue become a dirty word?  I have to wonder: if our global competitors were capable of realizing how wrong they are, would they change their protectionist ways?

“Euro area international trade in goods surplus €9.2bn: €8.9 bn deficit for EU28″

www.epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_PUBLIC/6-16102014-BP/EN/6-16102014-BP-EN.PDF

  • Concerning the total trade of Member States, the largest surplus was observed in Germany (+€124.5 bn in January-July 2014), followed by the Netherlands (+€34.6 bin). . . .

According to The World Factbook, Germany has the world’s largest current account surplus, with the Netherlands ranked seventh.  Both are protected economies with weak currencies.  The U.S. ranks #193 — dead last — with the world’s deepest current account deficit and, obviously, a very strong currency.

Weak?  Strong?

What’s with this language?
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Looks like the Department of Labor is responsible for the H-1B SCAM

Found this interesting article today.

When the USCIS is not be convinced that the position qualifies as a ‘specialty occupation’, it will issue an RFE asking the petitioner to establish that the position meets any of the following criteria: (1) a Bachelor’s Degree or higher degree or its equivalent is normally the minimum requirement for the position; (2) the degree requirement is common for this position in the industry, or the job is so complex or unique that it can only be performed by someone with at least a Bachelor’s Degree in a field related to the position; (3) the employer normally requires a degree or its equivalent for the position; or (4) the nature of the specific duties is so specialized and complex that the knowledge required to perform the duties is usually associated with the attainment of a Bachelor’s Degree or higher.

The burden rests with the petitioner to establish that the position does qualify as a ‘specialty occupation.’  The Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook sets out what positions in what fields normally require a degree and what degree is normally required.  If the Occupational Outlook Handbook does not state that a bachelor’s degree is normally required, the employer must justify the need for a bachelor’s degree by other means.  She will have to submit additional evidence to demonstrate that the position normally requires such a degree.  This type of evidence varies but could potentially include the petitioner’s prior advertisements for the same job or job advertisements from other employers reflecting that the minimum requirements for the position include a bachelor degree thus showing that the degree requirement is common to the industry for similar positions in similar organizations.  The evidence may also include a description of the position’s duties, establishing that the position is so specialized and complex that it can only be performed by someone with a degree.

http://reevesandassociates.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/receiving-the-dreaded-request-for-evidence-after-filing-for-an-h-1b/

Funny thing about software development.

Most of us that have decades of experience in the field learned our skills in the military before colleges even taught computer science.

And up until around 2000 we had the skills that were in demand by the employers, so we never pursued a degree simply because we’ve seen too many people that have a degree, or a certification, that were not qualified to do the work that they were hired for.

But something changed around 2000

Suddenly the employers had found a way to hire only visa holders even though a huge majority of the visa holders are known as “freshers” which means they just graduated, and had a degree, but no experience other than what they were taught in school.

And the flood gates were opened, and newly minted billionaires like zuckerberg were funding organizations like FWD.us and the government officials that have an obligation to protect the citizens of America were suddenly bending over backwards because our corporations had to have the best and brightest, and this was the way to get them.

But none of them, ever took the time to think, or they would have seen zuckerberg himself stating that you don’t have to have a degree to program.



Interesting isn’t it.

Folks, as somebody that has worked around software all my life, programming is no different than building a house.

You need to plan your work and work your plan.

A degree is NOT necessary, and you heard some of the richest people in our industry just tell you this in the above video.

Yet, Americans like myself, and many others can no longer buy an interview at any level.

We have an EEOC department in the government, but they are asleep at the wheel in respect to age discrimination in the software, and hardware industries.

And our Department of Labor seems to be making it easier for the industry to demand visa holders only which is pitting citizen against immigrant and eventually the immigrant’s will lose as will the corporations when enough Americans can no longer work in our best paying jobs in America.

If we really want to use software to help humanity, shouldn’t we start by helping citizens and immigrants to both find better than average jobs everywhere in the World?

 

I do know that if we manufactured and consumed our own goods, we could create enough new wealth to pay for everything our people need — including a future of our own.

A two-step solution to economic inequality:

  1. We have to really want to do this — or it won’t get done.
  2. With our sincere national commitment, it will be feasible — a simple matter, really — to implement the policy changes our country needs to guarantee a fair distribution of income so that every American has the same amount of money to spend on imports until our country goes out of business.

Our self-absorption is easily exploited.

People like Janet Yellen and Elizabeth Warren, people like The Washington Post and the Federal Reserve — these are not your friends.  If you ask me, they have no business even discussing money when they’re so gallingly, appallingly clueless

On the other hand, if they really do understand where money comes from — then why do they pretend that they don’t?

“Chair Janet L. Yellen: Perspectives on Inequality and Opportunity from the Survey of Consumer Finances”

www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/speech/yellen20141017a.htm

  • “The extent of and continuing increase in inequality in the United States greatly concern me.”

“Elizabeth Warren makes a powerful case”

www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/eugene-robinson-elizabeth-warren-makes-the-case-on-income-inequality/2014/10/20/ba54c68e-588a-11e4-8264-deed989ae9a2_story.html

  • “The game is rigged, and the Republicans rigged it,” she said Saturday at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.  The line drew a huge ovation — as did mention of legislation she has sponsored to allow students to refinance their student loans.

Senator Warren should ask her K Street and Wall Street backers for a trip to Germany, a manufacturing and exporting nation with the world’s largest current account surplus and “free” college tuition.

I don’t know if the Germans lose any sleep over inequality.  I doubt it.  I do know that if we manufactured and consumed our own goods, we could create enough new wealth to pay for everything our people need — including a future of our own.
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Here is my vote to impeach President Obama for not representing the interests of Americans in America

I’ve been hearing too much lately about how President Obama is going to use his executive powers to open the flood gates of immigration.

Do you, as an American in America know what that means to you?

It means that if you work in any of our highest paying jobs, you are going to be forced out of the industry and into poverty.

As an example, here is a report that I put together this morning.

You can view it at any time by clicking here.

I also am going to copy the results and display them here so that it will make it easier for you to read in one place.

OCC_CODE Category Quantity of jobs in America less Qty of LCA Applications for this job Percentage of Americans displaced by this Qty of LCA Applications less Qty of Total Workers requested for this job Percentage of Americans displaced by this Qty of Total Workers
11-0000 Management Occupations 6542950 39097 0.6 891528 13.63
13-0000 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 6658090 116528 1.75 309606 4.65
15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 3696180 731514 19.79 1806839 48.88
17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2380840 92895 3.9 142820 6
19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1135030 50216 4.42 53267 4.69
21-0000 Community and Social Service Occupations 1901730 9993 0.53 47416 2.49
23-0000 Legal Occupations 1041700 4803 0.46 5568 0.53
25-0000 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 8400640 36725 0.44 57849 0.69
27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1758310 25054 1.42 2120516 120.6
29-0000 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 7755810 55389 0.71 81526 1.05
31-0000 Healthcare Support Occupations 3924390 210 0.01 228 0.01
33-0000 Protective Service Occupations 3257690 29 0 29 0
35-0000 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 11914590 465 0 483 0
37-0000 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 4291410 27 0 27 0
39-0000 Personal Care and Service Occupations 3986740 461 0.01 494 0.01
41-0000 Sales and Related Occupations 14068190 6907 0.05 9363 0.07
43-0000 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 21442800 1586 0.01 1695 0.01
45-0000 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 435250 366 0.08 380 0.09
47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations 5088030 111 0 136 0
49-0000 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 5138130 224 0 287 0.01
51-0000 Production Occupations 8765180 354 0 468 0.01
53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 9005120 217 0 424 0

Pay attention to the two “Americans Displaced” columns as one is calculated by the total number of LCA applications and the other is calculated by the total number of workers that are being requested to replace Americans in America.

I am one of those that has been displaced in the Computer and Mathematical Occupations.

I now find all doors shut to me at all levels with the exception of a minimum wage convenience store.

Most people, even family, just don’t get it.  This is not like unemployment in the past.  In my early 20s, I tried every sort of job for around 4 years or so.  I could always get another job – maybe not a great one – but I was never out of work for any long stretches.  That’s what’s different now – you can’t get another job and get back control of your own life no matter what you do.  Some employed people may be sympathetic to a degree, but they really don’t see it (and maybe don’t want to see it) for what it really is – the end of working and making a decent living, and the end of financial independence.  And you’re NOT going to get a job at Mac Donald’s or Target or the local supermarket because the Latinos etc already have it.  You’re NOT going to join the young baristas at Starbuck’s or the waiters and waitresses at Chili’s because all the college kids and recent graduates who can’t get good jobs anywhere else are already working there.  The low-end, low-pay jobs are all taken and the professional jobs are being given to cheaper foreign workers.

Is high tech’s current treatment of American STEM professionals just a pilot project for some future nation-wide screwing of nearly all American professional men and women?  I don’t know, but should anyone really be surprised if it is?  There’s only way that most people will wake up – when it happens to them when they lose their jobs and their incomes and lifestyles.  Then they’ll be shocked and outraged and demand that something be done.  But as long as it’s just 20-25 million of their fellow Americans including hundreds of thousands of displaced STEM professionals, who cares?  What’s that old saying?  When they came for all the others, I didn’t care because I didn’t know any of them, but by the time they came for me – there was nobody left to care.

The comment above was made by a fellow computer type, and a fellow veteran.

My experiences are the same, as will be your experiences if we keep on this path, and trust me, it is bad out here so please pray that it does not happen to you.

I have cut everything to the bone and I can’t make enough to live.

But I’m going to show it to you here as it is important that you understand what will happen if we open the flood gates of immigration and you are forced out of one of those high paying jobs.

My house payment which consists of some land and two small sheds for living in with no utilities except electric costs me $871.38 per month.

My utilities consisting of internet, cell phone and electric averages $312.29 per month.

This means before I figure food, gasoline, propane for heat, or beer, I have to make $1,183.67 per month.

And on top of that, I owe nearly $120,000 to the federal government for IRS, Child Support and Student Loans

So you tell me.

How can I pay for any of that when a convenience store job won’t even pay the bare minimum of $1,183.67 per month?

Is this the future you want for your children?

Your grandchildren?

Then join with me and request that President Obama be impeached.

Let us send a clear message to our government, our corporations, our media, and our academia that we demand that Americans in America come first.

30 years teaching myself STEM skills and serving my country and I can’t buy an interview while H-1B Freshers are given jobs with zero experience

Something is wrong with that I tell myself as I watch one more piece of my dream homestead being hauled off today and wondering if I will even be able to keep my sheds and land that I live out of.

Click to zoom in

Click to zoom in

Yep, there was a shed there a few minutes ago.

And I’m thinking what a load of crap as I listen to the same Navy that taught me my technology skills as they are playing a commercial urging our kids to learn STEM skills.

Why do I think it is a load of crap?

I know three veterans, and I’ve heard from a bunch more that have decades of knowledge, wisdom, and experience in the software and hardware industry and all of us have one thing in common.

We can’t buy a damn interview.

Meanwhile, wet behind the ears freshers are imported and doing what we spent decades doing as they learn on the jobs while we vets cry in our empty beer cans.

Yep, something is wrong with that picture.

Huge industrial parks that 24/7 used to support an American way of life now can’t even support the local Greek joint.

I’ll bet there’s more perspective, more spirituality hidden in one good October than in all the other things combined.  I went to a graveyard today, to visit my maternal ancestors.  I didn’t tell them anything about the ride over, but I can tell you that I got a real close look at our economy.  Huge industrial parks that 24/7 used to support an American way of life now can’t even support the local Greek joint.  Our goods deficits have been averaging around $2 billion per day this year — this is what it felt like, and looked like.  I tried to find a store, among the board-ups and bankruptcies, where I could buy some flowers, but all of the flowers had come from other countries.  I don’t make a habit of this, but I do like to buy American-made goods from Walmart’s competitors.  Today it was a jug of water and some paper towels — “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” — from a Kmart.  Pretty much everything else I looked at came from Communist China, with the exception of a plastic watermelon target that oozes red juice when you hit it square with your Red Ryder.  The BB guns were U.S.-made, too, and I was halfway tempted to get one just to put some of those race-to-the-bottom shoppers out of their misery, until I realized that the news reporters would ask me what I was doing inside of a Kmart.  Still we’ve got this habit of despising the future and the children who live there.  Hating our country accomplishes nothing.  Hating our government — the government that we the adult people elect, enable, and endure — now this can really get things done.  My ancestors would have no problem understanding Dante’s Inferno and condemning economic traitors to the ninth and lowest circle of Hell.  Who more deserving?  Anyway, I left the graveyard and drove by a pumpkin patch that’s long been a local tradition for autumn leaves and apple cider.  This year, they’ve put up several large signs advertising “Camel Rides.”  I didn’t stop.  I kept driving until I got to one of those insulated suburbs with no life-serving economy.  I found a coffee shop with a good wi-fi and incredible, incredible coconut macaroons — which is where I am right now.  You can’t support a nation with coconut macaroons.  You can’t even insulate a suburb with macaroons.  Come to think of it, I’ll need to find some real food in a few hours.  Maybe Chinese.  I like Chinese.  I would never agree to eat it every day, or every month, but like I said: October is a magical place — at least it is here in America.

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Americans helping out Americans is what it is all about, so please help this Veteran out.

Like most people, I was always to busy chasing that golden ring to get involved in other activities.

When I suddenly found myself unable to find work in the software industry anymore, it damn nearly destroyed me.

A couple of years ago I was sitting in a beer joint here in town and I heard they were holding a Wounded Warriors benefit and it intrigued me, so even though I’m not much on crowds, I went to the benefit, and I enjoyed myself immensely and began to realize that there is more to life than chasing that damn dangling carrot that is always just out of reach.

Now these folks have helped me when I needed help, and even though I do not have any money to my name, I’m going to do what I can to help this guy make that bike ride.

I would appreciate it if you could help him reach his goal, and for every $100 donated, I’m willing to donate 4 hours worth of software skills to help you with a project of your own, and hey, if you like my work, I’m more than willing to discuss helping you full time as I desperately need work myself.

And thank you for helping this guy out.



We gave up our future, families and friends.

In Dante’s Inferno, the final circle of Hell was reserved for sinners guilty of treachery.*

(I’m not making this up.)

ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE

These mysteries I read cut into stone
above a gate.  And turning I said: “Master,
what is the meaning of this harsh inscription?”
And he then as initiate to novice:
“Here you must put by all division of spirit
and gather your soul against all cowardice.
This is the place I told you to expect.
Here you shall pass among the fallen people,
souls who have lost the good of intellect.”

— Ciardi translation

ABANDON EVERY HOPE, WHO ENTER HERE

These words their aspect was obscure I read
inscribed above a gateway, and I said:
Master, their meaning is difficult for me.
And he to me, as one who comprehends:
Here one must leave behind all hesitation;
here every cowardice must meet its death.
For we have reached the place of which I spoke,
where you will see the miserable people,
those who have lost the good of the intellect.

— Mandelbaum translation

“I understand from your words and the look in your eyes,”
that shadow of magnificence answered me,
“your soul is sunken in that cowardice
that bears down many men, turning their course
and resolution by imagined perils,
as his own shadow turns the frightened horse.
To free you of this dread I will tell you all
of why I came to you and what I heard
when first I pitied you.”

— Ciardi translation

If I have understood what you have
said, replied the shade of that great-hearted
one, your soul has been assailed by cowardice,
which often weighs so heavily on a man
distracting him from honorable trials as
phantoms frighten beasts when shadows fall.
That you may be delivered from this fear,
I’ll tell you why I came and what I heard
when I first felt compassion for your pain.

— Mandelbaum translation

*Treachery, for example, to kin and country.

(I’m still not making this up.)

“We gave up our future, families and friends. / Dollar to the giant, dollar never seen again.”**

(Now this I did make up.)

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“Dollar to the Giant”

Echoing rust. Factory line.
Dead-child memory of another time.
The sign said this spot was USA—
Too young to know it didn’t have to be this way.

Sweat-stain genius, practical hands,
Built factories, built the goods, built the land.
First steps forgotten. History blind,
We’re connected to our roots by a credit line.

Wakening giant. Hunger and rice.
Caught the scent of our money, knew we wouldn’t fight.
Slippery giant. History wise.
Put down his guns, put on a friendly disguise.

We closed our eyes

And the Giant from the East woke up from a sleep, hunger for the heads of our young.
No suspicion of war, through the open door, manifest of Mao Tse-Tung.
Ulterior plans in the giant’s hands, steel cages hit our shores in a flood.
And all we received for a moment of greed was paid for with our children’s blood.

We gave up our future, families and friends.
Dollar to the giant, dollar never seen again.

Agreeable climate: pickpockets and noise.
The bankers jumped to the giant like little boys.
Economy experts selling their time,
But nothing made nothing. Can you spare a dime?

Productivity’s children sleeping in chains.
Giant kept our credit up, kept us entertained.
Fear-fallen children couldn’t say no.
Wouldn’t read label made in Chinese. Where did the money go?

Detoured discussion about manufacturing trade.
Instead we’re led to every trap the giant made.
The future decided at the giant’s store—
Took every dollar we had and loaned us money for more.

Who are we doing this for?

The Giant from the East, a billion-head beast, feeding on the hopes of our young.
No resemblance of war, through the open door, mannequins of Mao Tse-Tung.
Invisible plans in the giant’s hands, temptation hit our stores in a flood.
And all we received for bargains we believed was paid for with our children’s blood.

We traded in our future, families and friends.
Dollar to the giant, dollar never seen again.

Reckoning rust. Factory line.
Lost-dream memory of a better time.
All the signs say this choice was Made in USA—
Too numb to know it didn’t have to be this way.

 

 

 

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