Chucking Spears

Every so often, I’m reminded to ask our public intellectuals why they spend their hard-earned money on goods and services supplied by the people they whimper about.


“China’s Xi receives highest rating among world leaders”

[China Daily link — December 17, 2014]

  • According to a survey published by Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation . . . Xi was the highest rated leader with a nine out of 10 rating.  Russia’s Putin followed with an 8.7 with India’s Modi and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma rounding out the top.  When it came to how the 10 leaders are rated by people in other countries, Xi also fared the best. . . .

“‘Red’ culture remains source for societal cohesion”

[Global Times link — December 18, 2014]

  • Under the leadership of the Party, we have caught up with the tide of the world and become masters of our own fate.  There are some forces attempting to erase “red” from China.  By doing so, they aim at dealing a fatal blow to China.  Red in the past stood for revolution, but in present day, it’s more about an issue of continuity.  Red is the mainstream color of China, and any attempt to expunge the color will be in vain.

“China needs clear strategy to help Russia”

[Global Times link — December 17, 2014]

  • While it might play a key role, China has to keep a clear mind when giving a helping hand to Russia.  China-Russia cooperation is no longer ideology-based but driven by common interests.

“Canada’s new millionaire migration scheme will be tiny, costly and strict”

[SCMP link — December 17, 2014]

  • “While I know they will get their 50 cases a year, it is a totally ridiculous programme,” [a prominent Hong Kong immigration lawyer] said of the new scheme.  “The requirement of knowing one of the official languages is a not-so-subtle way to say ‘no’ to 95 per cent of the applicants from China,” he added.

“Zuckerberg’s pandering to China threatens Web’s values”

  • The goal of China’s cyberstrategy is multifaceted.  First and foremost, it is to protect the longevity of Chinese Communist Party rule.

“How the ‘Internet with Chinese Characteristics’ is Rupturing the Web”

  • Securing Internet activity would allow China to assert control over information dissemination, to sensor [sic] sensitive websites and social media, and to stem other potential sources of unrest that could challenge CCP legitimacy.

“Backward China keeps innovating”

  • China share of worldwide patent applications, 2013: 32.1%

The reader will remember that by the T’ang, the Chinese were central bankers and bureaucrats; and during the Sung, roughly around the time our Western forefathers were throwing sticks at velociraptors, the Chinese had water-powered textile manufacturing equipment.

When industrial revolutions are driven by a need to save human labor, the Chinese typically lose interest and temporarily fall behind their sparse competitors.

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Human Beings Have Wild Imaginations

If you think our country is racist, you don’t know anything about the Chinese.

If you think our economy has abolished slavery, you don’t know anything about China.

If you buy anything made in China, you don’t know anything about the Chinese.

If you don’t know anything about the Chinese —

— then why are you in such a big hurry to live in China?

You ain’t seen nothing yet, but you will.  Just keep looking the other way.

“China’s Slaves”

  • But there’s an element missing from the discussion.  An economy is bound to grow when it’s got one billion, three hundred and fifty-seven million people available for slave labor.

“Slavery and Capitalism”

  • A contributing factor in the death of slavery was the fact that it was a system not just of labor exploitation but of rule that drew in particular ways on state power.

This second article, by a professor at Harvard, likely a consumer/supporter of slave-produced goods, is not quite what I’d anticipated.  Still I’m including it as a bad example, a portent of distractions to come, with a “seduction of eloquence” warning.

Every wild animal has its survival tools.  Human beings have wild imaginations.

I expect we’re in for a lot of elaborate explanations in the days to come, as we lower the American flag and replace our imaginary difficulties with real ones.
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It is NOT that our employers can’t find people, they simply don’t want to find people…

Dear Virgil Bierschwale

Thank you for your interest in the position of LTL Stocker, Job ID# 769093BR at location 1560, Kerrville, TX. We sincerely appreciate your interest in career opportunities with Lowe’s. At this time, we have decided to proceed with other candidates. This notification is for this opening only. If you have applied to other positions further communication regarding your status will be provided for each application you submitted.

Please keep in mind that new opportunities are constantly arising. We strongly encourage you to continue reviewing our current job opportunities. As a reminder, you must apply for each position you are interested in pursuing. We appreciate your interest in Lowe’s and wish you success in your future endeavors.


Lowe’s Human Resources

You know, I’ve built teams.

I’ve led teams.

I’ve even paid their salaries when I was self employed.

And I can guarantee you one thing.

You cannot tell what skills a employee has or doesn’t have, simply by looking at a application.

Not going to lie to you.

My situation is bad, and I’m tired of looking over my shoulder wondering when child support, student loans or the IRS is going to hang me up by my toes and make my situation even worse.

But, this is a low blow.

Up yours Lowes!


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Sure could use @Harvard students help, and funding too…

For those following my work, I just about have a spreadsheet put together showing every year since 2001 and ALL STEM JOBS.

Slowly but surely I’m zeroing in on those jobs.

But I want to fill in those blank spaces in the spreadsheet.

So I looked at 2001 Computer jobs to see what was different from 2013

Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment(1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual(2) Mean RSE(3)
15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 2,825,870 $27.72 $29.02 $60,350 0.3 %
  15-1011 Computer and Information Scientists, Research 25,620 $36.12 $37.01 $76,970 1.2 %
  15-1021 Computer Programmers 501,550 $28.90 $30.23 $62,890 0.7 %
  15-1031 Computer Software Engineers, Applications 361,690 $33.76 $34.79 $72,370 0.6 %
  15-1032 Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software 261,520 $35.23 $35.81 $74,490 0.7 %
  15-1041 Computer Support Specialists 493,240 $18.54 $20.16 $41,920 0.7 %
  15-1051 Computer Systems Analysts 448,270 $29.80 $30.63 $63,710 0.7 %
  15-1061 Database Administrators 104,250 $26.37 $28.08 $58,420 0.6 %
  15-1071 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 227,840 $25.85 $27.14 $56,440 0.5 %
  15-1081 Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts 126,060 $27.63 $28.99 $60,300 0.8 %
  15-2011 Actuaries 13,210 $32.75 $35.92 $74,720 1.1 %
  15-2021 Mathematicians 3,080 $35.96 $35.21 $73,230 2.4 %
  15-2031 Operations Research Analysts 57,520 $26.67 $28.49 $59,270 1.0 %
  15-2041 Statisticians 17,040 $25.98 $27.44 $57,080 2.1 %
  15-2091 Mathematical Technicians 1,720 $17.58 $21.35 $44,410 3.4 %

The table above shows 2001

The following table shows 2013

15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations major 3,696,180 0.5% 27.877 $37.43 $39.43 $82,010 0.5%
15-1100 Computer Occupations minor 3,573,120 0.5% 26.949 $37.42 $39.36 $81,860 0.5%
15-1111 Computer and Information Research Scientists detail 24,380 4.4% 0.184 $51.10 $52.53 $109,260 1.4%
15-1120 Computer and Information Analysts broad 585,120 1.0% 4.413 $39.46 $41.40 $86,100 0.4%
15-1121 Computer Systems Analysts detail 507,100 1.0% 3.825 $39.03 $41.02 $85,320 0.4%
15-1122 Information Security Analysts detail 78,020 2.7% 0.588 $42.59 $43.85 $91,210 0.6%
15-1130 Software Developers and Programmers broad 1,442,500 1.0% 10.879 $42.88 $44.63 $92,820 0.8%
15-1131 Computer Programmers detail 312,340 1.4% 2.356 $36.60 $38.91 $80,930 1.3%
15-1132 Software Developers, Applications detail 643,830 1.6% 4.856 $44.55 $46.28 $96,260 1.0%
15-1133 Software Developers, Systems Software detail 373,510 2.0% 2.817 $48.75 $50.23 $104,480 0.5%
15-1134 Web Developers detail 112,820 1.4% 0.851 $30.37 $32.47 $67,540 0.7%
15-1140 Database and Systems Administrators and Network Architects broad 618,480 0.7% 4.665 $37.93 $39.88 $82,960 0.3%
15-1141 Database Administrators detail 114,910 1.0% 0.867 $37.75 $38.82 $80,740 0.3%
15-1142 Network and Computer Systems Administrators detail 362,310 0.8% 2.733 $35.58 $37.46 $77,910 0.3%
15-1143 Computer Network Architects detail 141,270 1.7% 1.065 $45.85 $46.97 $97,700 0.5%
15-1150 Computer Support Specialists broad 706,360 0.7% 5.327 $23.64 $25.80 $53,660 0.3%
15-1151 Computer User Support Specialists detail 541,250 0.8% 4.082 $22.41 $24.26 $50,450 0.3%
15-1152 Computer Network Support Specialists detail 165,100 1.3% 1.245 $28.93 $30.85 $64,160 0.5%
15-1199 Computer Occupations, All Other detail 196,280 1.1% 1.480 $39.59 $40.02 $83,240 0.4%
15-2000 Mathematical Science Occupations minor 123,070 1.5% 0.928 $37.72 $41.57 $86,470 0.7%
15-2011 Actuaries detail 20,080 3.8% 0.151 $45.35 $51.80 $107,740 1.3%
15-2021 Mathematicians detail 3,030 6.2% 0.023 $49.25 $49.67 $103,310 2.1%
15-2031 Operations Research Analysts detail 72,680 2.1% 0.548 $35.88 $39.26 $81,660 1.0%
15-2041 Statisticians detail 24,950 2.1% 0.188 $38.12 $40.05 $83,310 1.2%
15-2090 Miscellaneous Mathematical Science Occupations broad 2,330 7.6% 0.018 $27.70 $31.22 $64,930 3.2%
15-2091 Mathematical Technicians detail 1,080 8.0% 0.008 $26.07 $28.97 $60,260 5.4%
15-2099 Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other detail 1,240 12.3% 0.009 $29.24 $33.18 $69,000 3.6%

We will need to modify the code I used in this article to match those columns so that we can plug in the appropriate quantity of jobs, and then we will need to repeat the process for each additional year that has missing pieces.

To put it into perspective, there are 53 groups, per year, and each of them will need a conversion routine developed.

Not rocket science.

Surely something our college level kids can handle?

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Why do we waste talent in America?

As I look around at the many software types that have been benched by temporary workers brought in as “scabs” to break our non-union back, I shake my head in shame at our leaders in our corporations, and our representatives that seem bound and determined to shine the shoes of these leaders all the while asking “How high do you want me to jump?”.

But I thought it was only the top 10% of wage earners like myself that it was happening too.

Until I read this story this morning.

In an October 9, 2008 phone interview with National Public Radio (NPR) and October 14, 2008 TV interview with Inside Edition, Prasher reported that he was unable to find a job in science, his life savings had run out and that he was working as a courtesy shuttle bus driver for a Toyota dealership in Huntsville, Alabama at $8.50 an hour.[6][11][13][14][15] In the NPR broadcast, one of his former colleagues called Prasher’s current situation a “staggering waste of talent.”[6] Prasher has stated his wish to resume a career in science, but not particularly with jellyfish.[10] He has publicly expressed his pleasure at learning of the awarding of the Nobel Prize to Shimomura, Chalfie and Tsien:

“I’m really happy for them. I was really surprised that particular topic carried that much weight.”[10]

Chalfie and Tsien invited Prasher and his wife, Virginia Eckenrode, to attend the Nobel Prize ceremony, as their guests and at their expense.[16] All three of the 2008 Chemistry laureates thanked Prasher in their speeches.[17]

In June 2010, Prasher was finally able to return to science, working for Streamline Automation in Huntsville until December 2011, then from 2012 on, in Roger Tsien‘s lab at the University of California in San Diego[18]


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Profound New Title. Easy New Formats. Please Scroll Down.

My compendium has a new title:

We Avoid Risk By Sacrificing Children

— and new PDF formats:

  • Complete, June 2008 to Date: 8.1 MB
  • 2014 to Date: 2.7 MB
  • 2013: 3.4 MB
  • 2012: 2.1 MB
  • 2008-2011: 916 KB

— any or all of which are available upon request at no charge.

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— Dr. Greg Autry, co-author/producer, Death by China


“I read Bob Hall’s pieces daily and love them for their clarity and wisdom.”

— Pat Choate, author and economist

“Few commentators have been more pessimistic in recent years about the course of the American economy than Bob Hall—and few have been closer to the truth.”


— Eamonn Fingleton, author of In Praise of Hard Industries: Why Manufacturing, Not the Information Economy, Is the Key to Future Prosperity
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— Ralph Gomory, research professor, New York University

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— Zachary Hubbard, United States Army (Ret), former department head of the Information Warfare Division, Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University


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— Richard McCormack, editor, Manufacturing & Technology News

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What do you mean we have only created 107,128 STEM jobs per year since 2001?

The department of Labor has an excellent article that shows you how many STEM jobs there were in 2013.

You can view it by clicking here.

If you look down at the bottom of that page, you will see a link to a much more detailed report that breaks all of the STEM jobs down by Occupational Code.

You can view it by clicking here.

Now that we have those occupational codes, it is a simple matter to download the May Excel Spreadsheet data for each year that you can find by clicking here and convert it to a DBF table using Open Office CALC.

Once we have that, we take the most recent year (so that it includes ALL Occupational Code Groups) and we write a little program using Visual FoxPro (Love using that against Microsoft since they tried to kill it off) and we grab the total employment column from each years DBF and plug it into the appropriate table column so that we can create the following spreadsheet.


Once we have that spreadsheet that you can open by clicking on the link above, ANY aspiring journalist, student at Harvard, etc., can open the spreadsheet and do all kinds of what-if’s.

Even displaced programmers such as myself.

For those wanting to validate my foxpro program, you can view it by clicking on the following link to check out the logic.

stem_jobs – Copy

Now let’s look at some facts that the lobbyist’s from Microsoft, Facebook, etc. cannot dispute.

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What we are looking at is the portion down at the bottom that has the yellow shading in it.

Total STEM Jobs created is 8,978,820 since 2001

Total H-1B visas issued since 2001 is 5,372,366

This is 59.83% of ALL jobs created in the STEM industry since 2001.

Now as an American living, and born and raised in America, who has served in our Armed Forces (go NAVY), I happen to believe that this is wrong for my future, for the future of others going through what I am going through, and for the future of our children in America who will inherit the mess we are leaving them.




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Once again the Veterans Administration Discriminates Against Veterans

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Above, you will see a job I could do in my sleep, and one I have done for nearly 3 decades.

If you look carefully, you will see that they are only letting internal candidates apply.

To that I say BS.

If it means the difference between me being able to pay my bills and not go to jail versus ticking somebody off because I applied anyway, so be it.

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Receipt for:          VIRGIL  J BIERSCHWALE

Job Series/Title:                  2210/IT Specialist (Customer Support)

Vacancy Identification Number:                  YJ 1204841

Job Announcement Number:       VHA- 671-14-SL-1204841-BU

USAJOBS Control Number:            380627000

Open – Close Dates:          12/15/2014 – 12/31/2014

This is to acknowledge the receipt of the Occupational Questionnaire you submitted for

the job vacancy announcement shown above.  We will assess your qualifications based

upon the responses you provided in the questionnaire, as well as all other materials

requested in the vacancy announcement.  When this evaluation is completed, you will be

notified of the results with another e-mail message.

It is important to note that submitting the Occupational Questionnaire does NOT

complete your application.  You must also submit a written application or resume, as

well as supporting materials such as transcripts and Veterans Preference documentation.



Thank you for your interest in Federal employment.  We look forward to reviewing your



Assessment Questionnaire
1. I am a Permanent status STVHCS VA or CANTEEN employee.

B. No

If you wish to be considered under additional appointment authorities list them here. NOTE: You must provide documentation to support additional authorities selected.

Unemployed Veteran that desperately needs a job. And I have the skills to hit the ground running in this position or any other IT position from the bottom to the top if I am given the opportunity to prove it. I look at things very simply. You guys and gals say you hire veterans. There are many veterans out there that could use this job, and because you say “For internal employees only”, they don’t apply. I’m not better than any of them, and I think any veteran on disability should go to the head of the line, but I also think that if it is the difference between me being homeless and being employed, you can bet that I am going to apply even if you say I can’t apply. And based on my work at Keep America At Work, many of them are in my shoes and it is time for the government to step up to the plate and hire veterans when private industry refuses to do so.
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Where were the losses in STEM jobs between 2012 and 2013?

Software Developers, Systems Software detailed            391,700            373,510         (18,190)
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses detailed            718,800            705,200         (13,600)
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products detailed            364,830            352,830         (12,000)
Aerospace Engineers detailed              80,420              71,500           (8,920)
Computer Programmers detailed            316,790            312,340           (4,450)
Architectural and Engineering Managers detailed            187,640            183,430           (4,210)
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other detailed              48,130              44,560           (3,570)
Nuclear Engineers detailed              19,930              16,400           (3,530)
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians detailed            144,460            141,150           (3,310)
Computer Network Support Specialists detailed            167,980            165,100           (2,880)
Forest and Conservation Technicians detailed              31,720              29,740           (1,980)
Physical Scientists, All Other detailed              25,230              23,290           (1,940)
Computer Hardware Engineers detailed              79,580              77,670           (1,910)
Urban and Regional Planners detailed              37,620              35,940           (1,680)
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians detailed            182,370            180,760           (1,610)
Engineers, All Other detailed            122,410            120,810           (1,600)
Petroleum Engineers detailed              36,410              34,910           (1,500)
Electro-Mechanical Technicians detailed              16,990              15,540           (1,450)
Respiratory Therapy Technicians detailed              13,460              12,070           (1,390)
Surgeons detailed              42,410              41,030           (1,380)
Radiation Therapists detailed              18,230              16,950           (1,280)
Actuaries detailed              21,340              20,080           (1,260)
Therapists, All Other detailed              12,480              11,280           (1,200)
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other detailed            308,410            307,220           (1,190)
Biological Technicians detailed              72,740              71,590           (1,150)
Nuclear Technicians detailed                 8,040                 6,930           (1,110)
Psychiatric Technicians detailed              67,760              66,760           (1,000)
Civil Engineering Technicians detailed              70,790              69,830               (960)
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians detailed            157,920            157,080               (840)
Radiologic Technologists detailed            194,790            194,000               (790)
Statisticians detailed              25,570              24,950               (620)
Environmental Engineering Technicians detailed              18,590              18,020               (570)
Materials Scientists detailed                 7,970                 7,400               (570)
Mechanical Engineering Technicians detailed              46,630              46,090               (540)
Recreational Therapists detailed              19,180              18,640               (540)
Computer and Information Research Scientists detailed              24,880              24,380               (500)
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers detailed              35,180              34,690               (490)
Physicists detailed              17,820              17,340               (480)
Nuclear Medicine Technologists detailed              20,480              20,020               (460)
Astronomers detailed                 2,150                 1,750               (400)
Life Scientists, All Other detailed                 8,940                 8,550               (390)
Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary detailed              10,500              10,120               (380)
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary detailed                 2,490                 2,140               (350)
Hydrologists detailed                 6,880                 6,540               (340)
Foresters detailed                 9,470                 9,220               (250)
Nurse Midwives detailed                 5,710                 5,460               (250)
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects detailed                 6,880                 6,640               (240)
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary detailed              10,930              10,690               (240)
Podiatrists detailed                 9,090                 8,850               (240)
Mathematicians detailed                 3,250                 3,030               (220)
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists detailed              11,490              11,290               (200)
Political Scientists detailed                 5,750                 5,570               (180)
Geological and Petroleum Technicians detailed              15,360              15,190               (170)
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists detailed              18,650              18,530               (120)
Mathematical Technicians detailed                 1,150                 1,080                 (70)
Geography Teachers, Postsecondary detailed                 4,460                 4,400                 (60)
Mechanical Drafters detailed              63,220              63,180                 (40)
Geographers detailed                 1,510                 1,480                 (30)
Prosthodontists detailed                    310                    290                 (20)
Genetic Counselors detailed                 2,000                 1,980                 (20)
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary detailed                 9,710                 9,700                 (10)
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