Congratulations to Susan Richardson on the publication of her story “Shake a Leg” via The Furious Gazelle
Miriam is a survivor, some students have created a blog in Miriam’s honor dedicated to her life and amazing story escaping the holocaust; it’s called the “Survivor Project”. Please check it out!
I will post links to her book when it comes out in October.
Have a great day!
Once again the job market is stagnant, and the powers at be are blaming the opposition for points in the upcoming election. In the last two years for those who look the corporate markets are doing really well. Profits are up and the big business execs are making record bonuses!
So why is the job number still the same? Well I think there are a couple of things that are going on. First is the job creators, as the GOP like to call them. They have been creating jobs in China and India so the job market has stayed the same in the good old USA. Any attempt to change the rules to try and bring back work to the states by using tax incentives is argued against by the GOP and their Corporate benefactors. The fact that work has stagnated is just the reason to change the tax on the corporations, as the job creators having not created the jobs they don’t deserve breaks from the US government; and should pay the taxes they owe!
Businesses having let staff go during the last few years have discovered they can get by with their current staffing levels and so have not hired any more. The current level of graduates looking for work has let employers hire overqualified persons for the jobs that would have gone to less qualified persons. So if you don’t have a degree the job market has virtually dried up! Since many companies have moved their manufacturing to China and India those jobs that used to be well paid are no longer available. And new manufacturing jobs in the States are more often done by robots, the only humans required are the programmers!
Truth be told it’s not the big corporations who will save the US economy, it’s the smaller businesses who will use local workers and supplies that may actually make a difference in the private sector. The other factor in the low job numbers is the state and government jobs that have been cut in the last few years. If they were all rehired the percentage would be down to about 7%, which would make people think a real upturn was in hand. With the private sector not hiring the only other option was for the government to stimulate the jobs market with public works projects. This has worked just about every time it has been done in history. In Germany in the 1930’s and in the US in 1939 with the New Deal.
So the reason it’s not been voted through Congress leads to only one conclusion, they don’t want to stimulate the job market! Why would the Republican led house not want to create jobs. Well with the employment numbers bad it’s a opportunity to blame the President for the lack of jobs. This president is liked personally, others that don’t like him for other personal reasons will never like him regardless of what the job market is. So if the job market grew to a point that it seemed the President was fixing it the majority voters (the independents) would vote Obama back in of course. Some don’t want that to happen so it’s not in their best interests to allow that to happen.
That’s why we still have lousy job numbers while corporate profit has been great for the last two years!
Best of luck to you if you are looking for work!
The United States is a country that is run by the corporations, they pay the politicians to make laws that work for them. The lobbying system ensures that this system will remain in place for the near future anyway! There are some positives to this, better distribution of resources and food stuffs. The competition can help reduce prices in some cases. And I have absolutely nothing against a business that provides a good service or product making money, that’s capitalism in it’s best sense. My problem is when politicians have been bought so much that the people of the nation no longer have a say in how they shall live their lives. Corporate profits even during this recession are good. The job providers (hate that term), aren’t providing the jobs because they don’t have to. And because the politicians are in their pocket they (the corporations) will never be taken to task. Corporations and banks speculate on the world markets driving up the price of oil, we get to pay $4 per gallon; why does the government allow this to continue; because the politicians are getting kick backs!
So who represents us? As soon as we ask the government to step, in the moment we think there might be a change; the powers that be cry socialism! So I pay my taxes and what do I actually get for it. I get state disability if I have to be off work, but what do I get for my federal taxes? I don’t know to be honest, we have a military! That’s fine and dandy and all that but as we aren’t actually being invaded and it’s unlikely we are going to be. There is the VA for the military who have returned and need attention. But I see allot of charities to help our servicemen. Why do they need charity? Doesn’t our government look after the vets when they return after duty. I would gladly have my federal taxes go to that! I know the corporations that run our nation don’t care about wounded vets, they don’t care about the american citizen; they care about profit. How do you think China has done so well these last ten fifteen years! So why did we the people put them in charge of our government.
Must say here I am for Obama, because the alternative drives the country into cooperate hands to the point there no longer will be we the people at all! There will be no freedom because everything will require a voucher or a picture ID or come other verification. Some say we don’t want the government in charge of healthcare, I would like the government to be responsible for something because if they get it wrong I can vote the bastards out. Try doing that with a insurance company, and politicians may actually fight to give we the people something that’s of value to us. Because we will be watching, at the moment we give them no responsibility so what do they do! Argue and just try to get reelected to keep their government health insurance and the kick backs from the corporations who are really running the country.
Sorry I may sound pessimistic, I want to believe it will get better; but people are not informed! They listen to a crazy biased media ( FOX propaganda network). My only answer is don’t look to the states for the truth, look outside the USA, we are not inventing the wheel. The United States is possibly the only modern country that can’t seem to figure out how better the citizen (non corporation citizen I mean), will and can be better off if you do put the government in charge of a few things and hold them accountable. If you remove the for profit from healthcare what you have left is just healthcare! It can be done and has been done in many countries!
Have a nice day!
Early on this in the Carrier IQ disclosure, being an iphone person I checked to see if I was being spied upon during my text & phone sessions. Apple says the only phone still using the software is the iphone 4 and it never recorded key strokes or personal messages link.
So this intrusion seems mostly with the Android market, being open in the software means control is given to the phone networks! When asked about Carrier IQ AT&T says it provides disclosure in the fine print, sprint says it’s not collecting the data any more.
Carrier IQ says it was just collecting network info, and the rest of it was a bug in the software. Sprint says that although it’s not collecting data from carrier IQ any more, about 26 million phones have the software installed. That’s some bug in the system??
So here is my read of this situation! I understand to use a network I must give information to the network for it to function. I understand the phone company will know where I am calling so I can be billed, along with my texting. The phone company doesn’t need to listen in on my calls or see the substance of my texting because it’s not necessary for billing purposes.
Network towers can chat to each other to say how they are and let the company know how the network is functioning. Also employees all around the country using company phones during work can have software on them to help diagnose the network status. I am not a privacy freak, if I was I wouldn’t be posting a blog! I am concerned when the disclosure is by accident and the reply is in fine print!
In future Network software disclosure, there should be an outline of the agreement in bullet points so the average person knows whats going on, then if you want to go to the section and read it in legal language you have the option. Also educate the public in the data that truly needs to be collected to run a network. We are in the mobile future, can people be shown what that means and not discover it on YouTube please!