Because you will not try to understand what we are dealing with, you too will find yourself unemployable as we did…

What follows is a comment from another fellow going through what I’m going through.

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.

All of us in the software industry that are unemployable have several things in common.

We are over 45, we chose a trade where we learned software rather than college, and many of us are veterans, AND NONE OF US EVER HAD ANY PROBLEM FINDING WORK, EVER!!!

Yet here we are.

For imagine the firestorm if the riffraff found out that Washington’s economic strategy is now — needlessly — “America Last.”

News links of interest:

“No Country is an Island — Or is It?”

www.alantonelson.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/whats-left-of-our-economy-no-country-is-an-island-or-is-it

  • Interdependence with all its benefits and costs, opportunities and risks, clearly is an inescapable fact of life for most countries.  That’s because they’re either too small or too poor or some combination of the two to prosper through their own devices.
  • The United States, however, isn’t like most countries.  It’s big enough to be sufficiently diverse to create needed specialization within its own borders.  And it’s wealthy enough to fund its own continuing innovation and to provide all the demand its producers need.
  • Today, it looks like U.S. leaders are just as determinedly prioritizing the preservation of their globalist ideologies — and indeed, worldviews — over hardheaded calculations of American national interest.  Fortunately for them, the Mainstream Media as always will help them disguise their agenda or cloak it in innocuous-sounding language.
  • For imagine the firestorm if the riffraff found out that Washington’s economic strategy is now — needlessly — “America Last.”

“Israel’s occupation is more complex than a genocide”

www.thenational.ae/opinion/israels-occupation-is-more-complex-than-a-genocide

  • Raphael Lemkin [was] a Polish Jew and lawyer who after fleeing Nazi Europe succeeded in introducing the term “genocide” into international law.  Lemkin and the UN convention’s drafters understood that genocide did not require death camps; it could also be achieved gradually through intentional and systematic abuse and neglect.

“China should be bold in acquisitions”

[Global Times via People's Daily -- October 11, 2014]

  • As China rises, new acquisitions tend to create a worry that the West might be setting a trap for China.
  • Although Japan’s interest in acquisitions shrank at the end of the 1990s, its competitive capability remained strong.  Continuing to do business with the U.S. was essential for Japan.  The economic recession ruined Japan’s domestic economy but not its international competitive strength.

“China an important driving force for world economic recovery: Li”

[Xinhua link -- October 12, 2014]

  • The government loosens it control on market regulation and strengthens supervision, in order to create an environment for fair competition in the market, which encourages a new boom of grassroots entrepreneurship and mass innovation, Li said.
  • Furthermore, Li said China will make its market more accessible to foreign companies, promising to enforce fair business rules and make earnest efforts to protect intellectual property rights.

“Alibaba Invests $50M In App Maker Peel”

[China Money Network link -- October 10, 2014]

  • Alibaba, which just completed the world’s largest IPO last month raising $25 billion on the New York Stock Exchange, previously invested US$5 million last year in one of the start-up’s four previous venture funding rounds.
  • Peel, based in Mountain View, California, is a smart pone [sic] mobile app that allows users to remotely control their home video and TV contents.

I need some fresh air.

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Obama holds down IT workers while corporations sing “deliverance” is here…

President Barack Obama plans to make the H-1B system “more efficient” through executive action, a move that’s drawing negative reaction from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2825254/obama-h-1b-reform-plan-draws-grassleys-ire.html

Folks, as goes the IT workers, so will your jobs.

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After all, this is my country, and it is painful for me to see it, day after day, struggling with chains of its own devising and suffering from self-inflicted wounds.

I love the poetry of Ralph Gomory’s:

“After all, this is my country, and it is painful for me to see it, day after day, struggling with chains of its own devising and suffering from self-inflicted wounds.”

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No news today, just a very long walk around the barn:

“Café: Berlin”

The café in a strange city bore a French writer’s

name. I sat reading Under the Volcano,

with less enthusiasm now. Time to be healed,

I thought. I’d probably become a philistine.

Mexico was remote and its enormous stars

did not shine for me. The day of the dead dragged on.

Holiday of metaphors and light. Death played the lead.

A few people at neighboring tables, various fates.

Prudence, Sorrow, Common Sense. The Consul, Yvonne.

It was raining. I felt a little happiness. Someone entering,

someone leaving, someone had finally discovered the

perpetuum mobile.

l was in a free country. A lonely country.

Nothing was happening. The cannons slept.

The music favored no one, pop seeped

from the speakers, lazily repeating: many events coming

soon.

No one knew what to do, where to go, why.

I thought about you, our closeness, the scent

of your hair when autumn starts.

A plane rose from the airport

like a zealous pupil who believes

what the old masters told him.

The Soviet cosmonauts claimed they didn’t find

God in outer space, but did they look?

— “Café: Berlin” from Unseen Hand by Adam Zagajewski (translated by Clare Cavanagh, Evanston, Illinois)

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“The Grey Lady and The Fool” — A Tale of Treachery

You have to know your pocket is being picked when the public-opinion polls tell stories like:

“Public Faith in Congress Falls Again, Hits Historic Low: Of major U.S. institutions, Americans most confident in the military”

www.gallup.com/poll/171710/public-faith-congress-falls-again-hits-historic-low.aspx

Yesterday, The New York Times published an op-ed by General Wesley K. Clark.  You might remember the Supreme Commander from:

“There’s No Fool Like a . . . Fool” — August 14, 2013

www.facebook.com/notes/bob-hall-2016/theres-no-fool-like-a-fool/613367995360793

and the very next day:

“No Fool Like a [continued] Fool” — August 15, 2013

www.facebook.com/notes/bob-hall-2016/no-fool-like-a-continued-fool/613860681978191

Both can be found in my compendium — FFC #774 and FFC #775 — and are included, for your renewed vigilance, and disgust, near the bottom of this page.

Rarely do I come across anything so characterless, with such palpable contempt for its readers.  Enjoy.  The New York Times and The Supreme Commander have grown too confident, perhaps, about their paragraphs in Chinese history.

“Getting Real About China”

www.nytimes.com/2014/10/11/opinion/sunday/getting-real-about-china.html

  • If we are to retain our global leadership, and be a constructive, countervailing force as China rises, America needs a long-term strategic vision of our own: a strong, growing economy built on a foundation of energy independence; a vibrant, effective democracy; assertive, patient diplomacy backed by supportive allies; and a military capable of standing toe to toe with China in a crisis.

As I’ve said so many times:

“The purpose of education is happiness, which is largely determined by our ability to know when we’re being lied to.”

Scroll down, please.

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774.

There’s No Fool Like a . . . Fool

August 14, 2013

 

Google/Search:

“Wesley Clark Shauna Mei”

It would appear the four-star-rhodes-scholar-supreme-commander has this time shifted positions on his country and his spouse of 46 years.

Wesley Clark:

  • Is 68.
  • Joined Blackstone (yes, Peter G. Peterson’s Blackstone, the one with all the Chinese funding) in June as “senior advisor.”
  • Has lots of information and contacts.

Shauna Mei, the young girlfriend:

  • Is 30.
  • Is from China.
  • Has an engineering degree from MIT.
  • Worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.
  • Is currently a fashion entrepreneur.

Am I being too suspicious?

You might appreciate this reminder:
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Robert Rubin, Alan Greenspan, and Larry Summers have all done very well for themselves—in terms of loot—since February 15, 1999.

Time magazine is still keeping us informed, still shaping public opinion.

OK, I’m a little suspicious. . . .

 

 

No Fool Like a [continued] Fool

August 15, 2013

More on Gen. Wesley Clark, 68, reportedly dating a 30-year-old Chinese woman suspected—not by the media—of being a “Chinese spy.”

“China Fraud Accusations: Wesley Clark’s Ex-Firm Faces Questions”

www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/china-fraud-accusations-wesley-clarks-firm-faces-questions/story?id=18292965

  • One of the firms that pushed most aggressively for investment in Chinese companies was Rodman & Renshaw.
  • Retired four-star general Wesley Clark became Chairman of the Board and Head of the Advisory Board just as the New York investment bank was emerging as a central player in the China investment wave.
  • Now the China deals Clark helped promote at lavish parties are among those . . . which some officials believe represent collectively one of the largest financial scams since Bernie Madoff.
  • In the case of one small investor interviewed by ABC News, truck stop manager Al Smith of Boise Idaho, $60,000 of his retirement evaporated overnight.
  • Gen. Clark: “Our firm was a leader in bringing small and medium-size Chinese companies to the U.S. capital markets.  No one is more disappointed than the bankers at the firm that some of these companies—despite receiving consistently clean bills of health from well-respected lawyers and auditors—apparently concealed improper business practices.”

“Investors in Chinese firms left in the lurch”

www.triblive.com/usworld/1128122-74/rodman-million-chinese-2010-former-china-company-investors-2009-york

  • The late-night entertainment shone: Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, En Vogue.
  • During the day, the New York City investment bank’s conference speakers included such VIPs as former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Colin Powell, former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan (interviewed by former CBS News anchor Dan Rather), former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and former Sen. Chris Dodd.
  • Presiding over it all was board Chairman Wesley K. Clark, a retired four-star Army general who joined Rodman & Renshaw in 2006.  Later, the company began its mission to take fledgling Chinese firms and infuse them with Western cash.

“The United States and China need to overcome mutual misunderstandings”

www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-united-states-and-china-need-to-overcome-mutual-misunderstandings/2013/06/06/9e91e274-ceb6-11e2-8845-d970ccb04497_story.html

  • Washington Post op-ed by retired 4-star general, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, West Point valedictorian, and Rhodes Scholar Wesley Clark.
  • Ugh.

Now I’m wondering if the young-enough-to-be-his-granddaughter girlfriend is the only Chinese spy in this war hero’s story.

Oh well, I’m sure that if it’s important, I’ll hear about it in the news.

I keep thinking there must be something terribly wrong with adults who criticize and hate everything that [Walmart or Wall Street or Washington or China] stands for, yet continue to support [Walmart or Wall Street or Washington or China] with their own human life.

I keep thinking there must be something terribly wrong with adults who criticize and hate everything that [Walmart or Wall Street or Washington or China] stands for, yet continue to support [Walmart or Wall Street or Washington or China] with their own human life.

But I guess not.  I’m told otherwise.  But I’m hopeful — and will probably remain hopeful until the adults who tell me otherwise start telling their children otherwise, too.

“U.S. Opposing China’s Answer to World Bank”

www.nytimes.com/2014/10/10/world/asia/chinas-plan-for-regional-development-bank-runs-into-us-opposition.html

  • The United States Treasury Department has criticized the bank as a deliberate effort to undercut the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, international financial institutions established after World War II that are dominated by the United States and Japan, senior South Korean and Australian officials said.  Washington also sees the bank as a political tool for China to pull countries in Southeast Asia closer to its orbit, a soft-power play that promises economic benefits while polishing its image among neighbors anxious about its territorial claims.
  • But Washington’s arguments run up against undisputed needs on the ground in Asia — needs that existing institutions have been unable to meet, some development experts said.  The Asian Development Bank estimated in 2009 that the region would need as much as $8 trillion in investments in physical infrastructure by 2020 — an amount that exceeds what it or the World Bank can muster, experts at the two banks said.

“Forgetting Lessons of Terrorism”

www.consortiumnews.com/2014/10/09/forgetting-lessons-of-terrorism

  • Brian Jenkins, one of America’s earliest genuine experts on terrorism, summed up this principle with the observation, “Terrorists want a lot of people watching, not a lot of people dead.”

“Hong Kong protests are about more than democracy”

www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/9/30/china/hong-kong-protests-are-about-more-democracy

  • Hong Kong citizens seemed quite happy to accept London-appointed British colonial governors without resistance.
  • “Always sexy for headlines in the US/West to talk about people protesting for democracy, but it’s also about the economy.” — Melissa Chang
  • While we support and cheer Hong Kong citizens’ fight . . . many grievances are related to wider economic and social ills that have little to do with democracy and elections.
  • Hong Kong’s middle class and university graduates are facing ever greater competition for the island’s limited education and healthcare resources as well as real estate from mainland migrants, investors and students.
  • The Apple Daily recently ran a controversial full-page advertisement, paid for by public donations, featuring a giant locust [an imaginary representation of mainlanders] looming large over Hong Kong’s skyline.
  • Long-simmering social and economic tensions have now erupted, sparking a large scale protest against Beijing.
  • To tackle Hong Kong’s political crisis, it will take more than a freely elected chief executive.  It will require taking on Hong Kong’s powerful establishment that is allied with both Chinese Communists and foreign multi-nationals.

Wouldn’t it be something if the Hong Kong protesters were, in fact, even less interested in democracy than we are?

If we’re going to make money our top priority — at least let’s do it right.
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Silicon Valley seems to be nothing but a scam

Silicon Valley Care Givers Received as Little as $3.25 per Hour

A U.S District Court judge has ordered Ageway Senior Care Inc. and its owner Ana Dayeh to pay $134,682 in back wages and damages to 13 Filipino care givers who worked at the company’s residential care facilities for the elderly in and around Silicon Valley, Calif. Wage and Hour Division investigators found that the workers received as little as $3.25 per hour worked, with no overtime pay for hours that exceeded a 40-hour workweek. On average, these employees worked as many as 53 hours per week. “Care givers in residential care home facilities work extremely hard taking care of our nation’s elderly, sick and disabled,” said Susana Blanco, the division’s district director in San Francisco. “Taking advantage of these vulnerable workers is just as unacceptable as it is illegal.” Under the terms of a consent judgment, the employer also was ordered to take specific steps to remain in compliance and to inform its workers of their rights under the law.

You can find it in the latest issue of the DOL newsletter.

I always thought Americans were better than this.

Sadly I was wrong.

How do you determine your self worth?

For me, it is the ability to put a roof over my head and pay my bills.

Sadly, no matter what I try, and no matter how low I go on my wages, I can’t buy an interview, let alone a job.

And the sad thing is I love my life right now.

I’m living in a 12 x 28 shed with no running water, no heat right now as I can’t afford the propane, etc. and I’m doing my best to fight the most formidable opponent which is the lobbyists of the STEM industry that are destroying jobs in America for Americans.

Can you imagine some of the things I’m working on?

Things like a timeline showing when companies like InfoSys are plotting their dastardly deeds!

All of this and more is possible, but somehow, someway I need to make at least $600 per week on a regular basis.

Surely if you are an American and you run a business and you want to build a prosperous future for all Americans, you can find a tidbit or two of software development work for $600 per week on a regular basis?

Because if you can, I can guarantee you I’m going to do everything possible to open up the data that the people of America need to comprehend so that they will realize that it might be their job that is next!

In the process, anything that allows us to blame something other than our destructive and gullible selves is greeted as welcome news.

Like I said yesterday: we’re being set up.  In the process, anything that allows us to blame something other than our destructive and gullible selves is greeted as welcome news.  But have you noticed how rarely those evil Muslim terrorists interfere with our supply of cheap Chinese goods?

If the U.S. economy hadn’t been hijacked by bankers in 1945, we would have created even more real wealth by goods exports in the post-war years.  We did OK, but we could have done a lot better — for a lot more of our own citizens.  Our competitors’ factories were in ruins.  All we had to do was produce.  Instead, we played multinational bankers’ games and supported multinational bankers’ priorities — including their self-serving nonsense about a “strong” dollar.  With this, we created our own industrial competition.  We gave our power — hard-won by American manufacturing output — back to our enemies, who systematically targeted and destroyed our country’s industrial economic base.

The world’s largest current account surpluses are enjoyed by the likes of Germany, China, Japan — manufacturers all, with artificially “weak” currencies.  A “stronger” U.S. dollar means deeper U.S. trade deficits, greater U.S. job losses, and the inevitable U.S. tragedy to follow.

Why would multinational bankers worry about this?

Like I said yesterday. . . .

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American Citizen of the Day…

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As a Microsoft Product Support Engineer for four years, I supported professional programmers using Microsoft Visual Foxpro who couldn’t program without my help, then became a consultant with clients including Bank of America, The Hartford, The Bank of Marin, The Bank of New York, the Kentucky Revenue Cabinet, and Michelin (the tire company). Other languages and technologies include: SQL language, C language, Intel and Motorola Assembly language. I served honorably in the military in a highly-skilled occupation requiring a security clearance.

Editors Note:

If your job has been sent offshore, or visa holders have been imported to replace you, we want to let you tell your story here at Keep America At Work simply because Americans have always had America’s back, and we still do.

Send your submission to me at vbiersch@gmail.com

Tell as much or as little as you want.

Tell us if you have found similar or better paying work.

Tell us if you are still unemployed

It doesn’t matter if you are a software developer, a PHD, MBA, or a country boy like me.

Tell your story.