How long has it been since I had the luxury of getting in my car to go try someplace out?



To be honest, with no car and no money and no job, I can’t remember.

I was thinking last night it is good to be within an hour and a half of Fry’s Electronics in Austin and it is bad because there is no way to get there or money to spend.

And just think, I have 39 years of the skills that our government and businesses tell you that they can’t find.

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Only the Bureau of Labor Statistics could think that not counting the long term unemployed would decrease jobless rate

Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

The latest Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment (Monthly) news release has been posted on the BLS website at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/metro.pdf and also archived at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/metro_06032015.pdf. Highlights are below.

April jobless rates down over the year in 344 of 387 metro areas; payroll jobs up in 330

06/03/2015
Jobless rates were lower in April than a year earlier in 344 of the 387 metropolitan areas, higher in 36, and unchanged in 7. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 330 metropolitan areas over the year, down in 46, and unchanged in 11.

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Can’t see Socrates with a column in The New York Times

Lots of fun today:

On November 14, 2010, I sent you a piece titled:

“The Pentagon vs. The Marx Brothers — Trust Your Sense”

  • [Scroll way down.  It will be interesting to see if we’ve learned anything since then.  Be sure to watch the “incredible” CBS video.]

“Good time for int’l capacity cooperation”

[China Economic Net link — June 1, 2015]

  • [Hey, I’ve got a question:]
  • [What if the USA and the PRC/CCP/PLA had FTAs with all the same countries?]
  • [“D’oh!” — Homer Simpson]

“Velvet Gentleman”

www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n11/nick-richardson/velvet-gentleman

In early 1893, Satie started a relationship with the painter and former trapeze artist Suzanne Valadon.  She kept two cats to whom she fed caviar on Fridays and described as “good Catholics”, as well as a goat, who ate any art she wasn’t pleased with.  Satie recognised a kindred spirit and the two fell in love.

“Battle Lines”

www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/06/08/battle-lines-jihad-creswell-and-haykel

  • Analysts have generally ignored these texts, as if poetry were a colorful but ultimately distracting by-product of jihad.  But this is a mistake.  [. . .]  For the jihadist, poetry is a mode of manifesto, or of bearing witness.  There are no prizes for subtlety.  The poet’s task is to make an open and lucid defense of his faith against all doubters, at home and abroad.  He must dare to name the truths that his parents and his elders try to hide.

“RICO Busters 13 – Government Gone Berserk”

www.youtube.com/watch?v=u84rCiOYZhM

  • [Living, breathing American citizens — some mad as hell, and not going to take this anymore.]

Scroll way down, please.
 

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E-mail: DollarToTheGiant@Gmail.com for We Avoid Risk By Sacrificing Children Chronicles & Comments June 2008 [#1] to Date [#1394]

 

 

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The Pentagon vs. The Marx Brothers—Trust Your Sense

November 14, 2010

 

There’s a scene in Duck Soup where Chico asks, “Who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?”

Here’s the original CBS video of last week’s “mystery missile”:

www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/11/09/national/main7037857.shtml

The Pentagon, at first pleading incompetence, eventually insisted the missile was not a missile, merely an airplane.

Well, who you gonna believe, the government or your own eyes?

Forced to choose between the Pentagon and the Marx brothers, I’d take the Marx brothers every time.  The Pentagon can be hilarious, it’s true, but the Marx brothers make me feel safer.

For one example: our national defense relies on equipment, much of it counterfeit and defective, manufactured by our adversaries in the People’s Republic of China:

www.manufacturingnews.com/news/08/1117/counterfeitelectronics.html

Now seriously, could the Marx brothers have done anything so stupid?

Funny how former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Ellsworth had no trouble calling a missile a missile.  Neither did retired Air Force General Thomas McInerney (“That is a missile.  It’s launched from a submarine.”) nor Doug Richardson, editor of the UK’s Jane’s Missiles and Rockets (“It’s a solid propellant missile.  You can tell from the efflux.”)

Notice, too, that the missile was launched, then China downgraded our credit, on the eve of the G20 economic summit.  The Chinese rating agency Dagong declared U.S. solvency to be “on the brink of collapse.”

I won’t claim to know where this missile or its money trail came from, or where they landed.  I just didn’t want anyone to get away with sweeping such an important event under the ever-shrinking rug.  Somebody could trip.

 

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I will fight all ten of these proposed rulings on H-1B unless we create more jobs in America than we have Americans for…

(1) Increase the annual quota to import foreign workers to 110,000 from the previously set 65,000, additionally a separate 25,000 quota reserved for those with a US education degree and want to return back to work. In future years, this quota can increase up to 180,000.

(2) Prevent foreigners on work visas from under cutting the wages paid to American workers by requiring employers to pay significantly higher wages for foreign workers than under current law (and to first advertise the jobs to American workers at this higher wage before hiring a foreign worker–only if the employer has 15% of their workforce paid under $60,000.)

(3) Provide spouses of foreign guest workers with work authorization.

(4) Establish a 60-day transition period for foreign workers to change jobs.

(5) Provide dual intent visas for all international students on bachelor’s degree programs or above.

(6) Crack down on abusers of the work visa system by requiring employers dependant on foreign workers to pay significantly higher wages and fees than normal users of the program.

(7) Crack down on the use of the H-1B and L visas to outsource American jobs by prohibiting companies whose U.S. workforce largely consists of foreign guest workers from obtaining additional H-1B and L visas.

(8) Transparency of job openings filled by H-1B visa holders. The Secretary of Labour must establish a searchable website for posting H1B positions, including salary and contact info for American applicants 30 days prior to requesting an H1-B visa.

(9) Bar employers from recruiting or giving preference to H-1B or OPT workers over American workers.

(10) Establish significant new authorities and penalties to prevent, detect, and deter fraud and abuse of the H-1B and L-1 visa systems by fraudulent employers.

http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/green-carrot-americas-work-visa-crisis/solidarity-in-a-global-labour-market/

This is America.

We must take care of Americans first so that Americans are in a position to help the rest of the World.

India must stand for Indians in India and they need to develop businesses in India that will provide jobs for ALL Indians in India rather than this system of “caste” that is nothing but madness and racism.

 

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Jack Palmer and Infosys are only the tip of the iceberg and India has awakened a sleeping giant…

All across America, Americans who played by the rules are forced into suicide or poverty by a government that hides its head in the sands of denial when presented with evidence like this:

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The evidence is overwhelming, yet our government refuses to do what is right for the American people, so this happens:

Malik approached Mint with his story and shared some information with the paper. Over recent weeks, he has turned uncommunicative, and didn’t confirm his quotes when they were played back to him. Minthas a copy of his letter to Grassley.
Apart from TSYS and Infosys, Mint spoke to several employees (located in India as well as the US) from some of the top Indian and US IT companies. The employees, who did not want to be named, claim their firms do send people to “do work” on business visas in the US in a systematic and wide-scale manner.
One former American employee of a major Indian IT firm claimed that the company she worked for was rotating approximately 250 Indian B-1 visaholders to work full-time on their client’s site—and that the client, a major healthcare provider, was complicit. “I’d go outside for cigarette breaks with them and after a while they started talking,” she said. “I was told that they would be coached on what to say when they went to the American consulate for their interview—that they were coming over here for training; they were coming here to visit relatives; but not to say that they were coming to work.”
Herman admits that there are several cases where the misuse of visas is due to the “confusing” nature of the US immigration law “just like any other immigration law”. However, there are certain cases “where companies don’t like the limitations that they are placed under. Whether it’s an individual or a company, they will try to get around the visa policies. In those cases, fraud is not a victim-less crime, it affects how we look at everybody’s application”, he said.
Herman added that in many cases, chief executives officers (CEOs) and senior executives are often unaware that visa misuse is happening within their own companies; the violations are often due to gaps that exist within companies’ internal regulatory systems, or are based on decisions independently made by mid-level managers without direct approval from above. “There’s a difference between the CEOs saying ‘let’s do this to violate the law’, as opposed to a mid-level manager who’s trying to get work done and saying here’s the best way to get it done without knowing that it’s not appropriate to do that. But, clearly when managers do that, we hold the companies accountable because it’s the company’s system that’s to blame,” he said.
According to Malik, such practices are common. “Is it only large Indian companies? No. Is everyone doing it? Yes. Were small American companies doing it? Small Indian companies doing it? Most certainly and they continue to,” said Malik. “The senators in the US are of the opinion that it is only foreign companies (behind the fraud), it isn’t only foreign companies—everyone is doing it.”
Slowly but surely, Americans are waking up.
Not as fast as they did when Pearl Harbor was struck.
But you can rest assured that they are waking up.
And they are bound and determined to send those who practice caste in American corporations back to India forever.
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Nothing like forging tax returns and LCA Applications to bring in H-1B visa holders…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
New Jersey Man Sentenced to 30 Months for Role in Illegal Immigration Scheme

A New Jersey man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for orchestrating an eight-year scheme to falsify employment certifications to facilitate the illegal entry of Indian nationals into the United States and for filing a false tax return.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman of the District of New Jersey, Chief Richard Weber of the Internal Revenue Service–Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) and Director Bill A. Miller of the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) made the announcement.

Sandipkumar Patel, 42, of Edison, New Jersey, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William H. Walls of the District of New Jersey.  The court also ordered Patel to pay a fine of $50,000, and restitution in the amount of $423,452 to the IRS.

On Sept. 4, 2014, Patel pleaded guilty to a two-count information charging him with conspiring to defraud the United States and subscribing to a false federal income tax return.

According to court documents filed in connection with his plea, from 2001 until 2009, Patel sponsored the visa applications of Indian nationals by falsely claiming that he would provide employment for them in the United States.  Patel falsely certified on the visa applications that he would employ the migrants in various technical fields at several New Jersey companies, thereby facilitating their illegal entry into the United States.  Over the course of the scheme, migrants paid Patel tens of thousands of dollars for the false certifications.  To disguise the scheme, Patel issued payroll checks and other payroll forms.  Patel required the migrants to return the proceeds of the payroll checks to him and to further reimburse him for the payroll tax expenses he incurred.  Patel used the fraudulent pay stubs and payroll checks to support false applications to extend the visas, and charged the migrants fees for the visa extensions.

As a result of falsely carrying the migrant employees on his payrolls, Patel overstated his payroll expenses on his federal income tax returns by more than $1.4 million over four years, and thereby underreported his tax obligation by over $400,000 for those years.

This case was investigated by the IRS-CI and DSS.  The case is being prosecuted by Senior Trial Attorney Hope S. Olds of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Robertson of the District of New Jersey, with assistance from the Criminal Division’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section.

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/new-jersey-man-sentenced-30-months-role-illegal-immigration-scheme

Having researched this since 2007 I can guarantee you that this is but the tip of the iceberg…!

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I lost all respect for NumbersUSA today…

Do they come here because they believe in what America stands for and opportunities? Do they want to be part of this great country and accept the responsibility for helping to make it great? Then goodness, let’s get as many people here as want to come.

https://www.numbersusa.com/news/gov-mike-huckabee-lets-get-many-people-here-want-come

We need people that will work to be a part of our great country and accept the responsibility for helping to make it great.

What we don’t need is those that take and destroy everything we have built or use caste to prevent us from working in our own country.

The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.[1]

The American Dream is rooted in the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims that “all men are created equal” with the right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”[2]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Dream

If they are wanting to make this better for all regardless of social class or circumstances of birth, they are welcome.

If not, they can pack their bag and go home.

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Why should I attend this Lamar Smith?

I’ve written you numerous times showing you how our lives are being destroyed in the STEM industry, yet you never bothered to even investigate.

I’ve written you to try and end this red tape so that I could get back to work and put a roof over my head with no luck:

Hello Mr. Bierschwale,

Thank you for providing this letter however, this letter is from a Taxpayer Advocate Service that reports to Congress. You will need to make payment arrangements with the IRS for your federal debt and provide a payment plan in order for this office to continue the hiring process.

And I’ve provided you with a copy of a letter from the IRS, yet nothing from you, and I’m still unemployable.

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So why should I think this is any different?

Dear friend,

Have you or a loved one served our great nation in the armed forces? Are you interested in ensuring that all our servicemen and servicewomen receive the benefits they have earned?

Tomorrow I will be hosting a tele-town hall with constituents in the 21st Congressional District to talk about veterans issues. Joining me will be the Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Jeff Miller (FL-01).

We will discuss ongoing concerns regarding wait times at VA hospitals as well as the implementation of reforms to the VA. I’ll also talk about the work I’m doing at the federal level to ensure that veterans receive the benefits they are entitled to.

I hope you’ll join us for this important conversation. If you would like to participate, please use the link below to provide your contact information including your home phone number. Please feel free to pass this along to your family and friends who are also interested in veterans issues.

               Sincerely,

Lamar Smith
Member of Congress

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A tip of the Hat to the Shoe Shine Folks at the Bureau of Labor Statistics

I especially liked Alan Tonelson’s tweet, in which he placed the paper in his “fakeonomics” category. But when one reader, Statistical Observer, wrote that he “will send a strongly worded comment to the academic department head and president of the second author,” my first reaction was that this was unfair and far too drastic. So I started to write a reply to Mr. Observer, saying, “Hey, come on, it’s not as if Fwd.us is behind all this” — and then I thought, “Well, wait a minute, let’s check that out.”

It turns out that Palantir cofounder Joe Lonsdale is actually one of the major contributors to Fwd.us, and is listed prominently on that organization’s Web site. That certainly puts Xue’s current job at Palantir, and possibly her failure to disclose that fact, in an interesting light.

And a further search turned up an even more interesting connection: Palantir, as mentioned a Big Data company, is using Big Data to help Fwd.us pressure Congress on immigration issues. Palantir has developed software tools for that, and uploaded them to GitHub, a popular Web site at which software developers share code. In other words, Palantir has developed software resources that H-1Bs and other stakeholders can use to push Congress on H-1B, green cards, amnesty for unauthorized immigrants and so on!

Further inspection revealed that Fwd.us has lots of software for this purpose on GitHub, such as here, here and here.

A more paranoid person than I might suspect that all this explains how that BLS journal accepted such a sloppy paper — the journal may have come under pressure from certain parties. Well, these days, anything is possible.

The result of this exquisitely well-organized campaign will be that Congress will receive all these messages from H-1Bs and their allies, and mistakenly think there is a groundswell of support for expanding foreign tech worker programs.

https://normsaysno.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/wait-wait-the-situation-with-that-stem-paper-is-actually-much-worse/

For those at the Dept. of Labor and especially the VRAP section.

No amount of re-training of veterans is going to get them back in the door in software when you are stacking the deck against them.

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Unemployed now since 24 Aug 2010.

Begging for a Food Service Worker position to get my foot in the door so I can work my way back up the ladder only to be told this:

Hello Mr. Bierschwale,

Thank you for providing this letter however, this letter is from a Taxpayer Advocate Service that reports to Congress. You will need to make payment arrangements with the IRS for your federal debt and provide a payment plan in order for this office to continue the hiring process.

When I have this:

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As the corruption that the big money behind FWD.us is exposed, I understand more and more why I can’t buy an interview.

And here I thought the Government was the balancing force between capital and labor?

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But it appears they are only the:

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Sometimes I think I should just pull the trigger and get it over with

I’ve applied for tens of thousands of jobs to no avail.

So I switched tactics and started applying for civil service jobs because surely they hire vets with 39 years technology experience who have completed their VRAP re-training course where they guarantee employment assistance.

To no avail.

Hello Mr. Bierschwale,

Thank you for providing this letter however, this letter is from a Taxpayer Advocate Service that reports to Congress. You will need to make payment arrangements with the IRS for your federal debt and provide a payment plan in order for this office to continue the hiring process.

So I’ve written what seems to be thousands of emails to the powers that be in our Senate and White House and Senior Administration.

To no avail.

So this continues to get worse:

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While I attempt to jump through their hoops:

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Yep, the IRS says ok, it is the Veterans Administration that says NOT OK if we reread that paragraph above.

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Yep, their re-training program that I completed.

What part do they not understand?

Without a job, we are nothing as you can tell by somebody that I used to call family

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College educated at A&M and she can’t comprehend that I can’t do anything without a job.

Imagine that.

On days like this, I wonder why I even try to get back to work and how much longer can I hold on when the Calvary is NOT coming!

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