What are the odds of two people in the same small town class in school pursuing a career in software development with one committing suicide and one thinking about it?

I grew up in a small town.

I was the wild one.

The other one led a very studious life and ended up at the top of our class.

We both joined the service, he in the air force and myself in the navy.

After the service we both ended up working in the software industry.

He pursued the traditional career path of working his way up the ladder at places like gateway and paypal.

I chose the road warrior contractor life as it suited my lifestyle and allowed me to go into various corporations and help them with skills they didn’t have, or buy time for them by taking over their maintenance and support needs so they could focus on new products.

For both of us, it was one hell of a ride, or at least I thought so.

But suddenly we both became disposable commodities to the software industry when they pursued sending jobs to other countries or importing non-immigrant guest workers to take the remaining jobs.

This destroyed both of our futures and the future of those depending on us.

My friend took his life and I’ve thought about it many times as I can’t buy a damn interview, let alone a job, at any level that will allow me to make a measly $600.00 per week so that I can pay for my land and the shed that I live in.

Myself, I have chosen to find a way to defeat those that have destroyed the lives of millions of Damn Fine American citizens by forcing them from the middle class to extreme poverty.

I could use your financial help to continue this fight.

If you don’t understand what is happening, you will when it happens to you

Until recently, Hank Nguyen’s daughter wanted to follow in his footsteps and work in tech. Last spring, she was accepted into the University of California system.

“She was inclined to take computer science and engineering,” Nguyen says.

But then the letters started arriving.

The first was a hefty tuition bill. At about the same time, Nguyen got a layoff notice.

His employer, the University of California San Francisco, or UCSF, was outsourcing his job. Nguyen was stunned.

How would he pay for his daughter’s education? Would there be tech jobs for her when she graduates?

“I’m unsure about everything now,” Nguyen says. “And she’s unsure as well.”

Nguyen came to the U.S. from Vietnam. He thought tech would provide a stable, middle class life. So he learned how to do backend IT work, to handle servers and keep networks running.

Now, Nguyen and several dozen others at UCSF are training their replacements.

“I’m speechless,” Nguyen says. “How can they do this to us?”




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