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  "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." --- John Emerich Edward Dalberg Lord Acton 1887-04-05 letter to Bishop Creighton (cited in Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 1993 _The Evolving Self_ pg 311)  

 
 
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  "The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." --- Tacitus  

 
 

 

 


captain William Scott's flag for the Republic of Texas.

2012 July

1st month of the 3rd quarter of the 13th year of the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama economic depression


 
 

2012-07-01

2012-07-01
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
it is the sequicentennial of Malvern Hill... yes, but meanwhile, back in the Shenandoah Valley

2012-07-01
Douglas J. Keenan
UK Conference of Science Journalists: "institutions are unlikely to fairly investigate allegations of fraud made against their own researchers"

2012-07-01
Anthony Watts
derechoes since 1877

2012-07-01
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
a sesquicentennial reflection... the Charlottesville artillery at Malvern Hill

2012-07-01
"Federale" _V Dare_
Shera Bechard may be "hot", but she is not a genius and should not have an O visa
Sarah McBride: Reuters
alternate Reuters link
Dan Stein: FAIR
Joe Guzzardi: Californians for Population Stabilization

2012-07-01
Mark J. Perry
Field of nightmares: if you try to build anything government thugs will come to stop you

2012-07-01
Mark J. Perry
pres. Obummer does not care

2012-07-01
Mark J. Perry
no traffic lights? no problem (video)
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist." --- Edmund Burke  

 
 

2012-07-02

2012-07-02
Anthony Watts
reforestation happening in Africa

2012-07-02
Anthony Watts
insane carbon extortion imposed beginning yesterday, in Australia

2012-07-02
Victor Davis Hanson _PJ Media_
pres. Obummer's last minute push of his radical leftist agenda to destroy what's good about the USA

2012-07-02
Robert Spencer _PJ Media_
pres. Obummer continues to back USA's enemies, scorn USA's friends

2012-07-02
David Archibald
our changing sun

2012-07-02
Anthony Watts
Weather Channel is acquiring Weather Underground: on-air temperatures expected to rise, viewership to fall

2012-07-02
Anthony Watts
cities expanding by area equal to all of France, Germany and Spain in less than 20 years
"there were fewer than 20 cities of 1M or more a century ago, there are 450 today...   by 2030 humanity's urban foot-print will occupy an additional 1.5M square kilometres...   UN estimates show human population growing from 7G today to 9G by 2050...   Total forecast urban population in 2050: 6.3G (up from 3.5G today)."

20012-07-02
Terence P. Jeffrey _Cybercast News Service_
8.7M people on "disability" in June

2012-07-02
Gayle Kesselman _American Thinker_
Obummer is yet another illegal immigration president

2012-07-02
William L. Anderson
Krugman's continuing great illusion

2012-07-02
_Dice_
Dice Report: 84,940 job ads

Total84,940
UNIXNA
WindozeNA
JavaNA
C/C++/Objective-CNA
body shop36,157
full-time temp52,290
part-time temp1,677

 
graphs

2012-07-02 (5772 Tamuz 12)
Jonathan Tobim _Jewish World Review_
the lessons of Yitzhak Shamir
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "We are endeavoring, too, to reduce the government to the practice of a rigorous economy, to avoid burdening the people, & arming the magistrate with a patronage of money, which might be used to corrupt & undermine the principles of our government." --- Thomas Jefferson to Mr. Pictet 1803-02-05  

 
 

2012-07-03

2012-07-03
Lorna Thackeray _Billings MT Gazette_
"In a normal fire season, 80% of wild-fires in Montana are ignited by lightning. So far this year, 85% have been human-caused."
"As of Monday, the Northern Rockies Coordinating Center had tallied 300 wild-fires this year in Montana.   Humans were listed as the cause on 249 of them.   Those fires scorched 33,597 acres.   Lightning started 51 fires, but with a much higher toll -- 319,702 acres."

2012-07-03
Lynn Brezosky _Houston TX Chronicle_
ICE agent shot near Hargill, TX

2012-07-03
Doug Bandow _American Spectator_
Romney turning to the dark side follows Roberts turn to the dark side

2012-07-03
William L. Anderson
Krugman keeps on beating the "inflate and spend irresponsibly" drum

2012-07-03
Robert Zubrin _PJ Media_
government destroying America's western forests
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "If the principle were to prevail of a common law [i.e. a single government] being in force in the United States... it would become the most corrupt government on the earth." --- Thomas Jefferson 1800-08-13  

 
 

2012-07-04: Independence Day
U of IN school of law
US Constitution.net
library of congress-critters: Jefferson's "original draft"
Colonial Hall
Michelle Malkin

2012-07-04
Anthony Watts
Nobel physicist Ivar Giaever asks "is climate change pseudo-science?", and answered himself, "Absolutely"

2012-07-04 10:24PDT (13:24EDT) (17:24GMT) (19:24 Jerusalem)
Christopher A. Rugaber _Knoxville TN News Sentinel_/_AP_
high unemployment will probably continue for at least several more years

2012-07-04 11:02PDT (14:02EDT) (18:02GMT) (20:02 Jerusalem)
_Cumberland PA Sentinel_
American ingenuity at "Anything Floats" competition at Boiling Springs
more

2012-07-04
Mark J. Perry
AMA is the strongest trade union in the USA (with graphs)

2012-07-04
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
Independence Day in the Shenandoah valley... in 1862
"a firing of guns and ringing of the Warren County Court House bell"

2012-07-04
"Giavelli Report" _InfoWars_
the rape of the techie on H-1B will continue no matter how bad the recession

2012-07-04
_I'm 2Moro_ Voices without a Vote

2012-07-04 (5772 Tamuz 14)
John Stossel _Jewish World Review_
the educationist blob
"Politicians claim that education and health care are different -- too important to leave to market competition.   Patients and parents aren't real consumers because they don't have the expertise to know which hospital or school is best.   That's why they must be centrally planned by government 'experts'.   Those experts have been in charge for years.   School reformers call them the 'Blob'.   Jeanne Allen of the Center for Education Reform says that attempts to improve the government monopoly have run 'smack into federations, alliances, departments, councils, boards, commissions, panels, herds, flocks and convoys that make up the education industrial complex, or the Blob.   Taken individually, they were frustrating enough, each with its own bureaucracy, but taken as a whole they were (and are) maddening in their resistance to change.   Not really a wall -- they always talk about change -- but more like quicksand, or a tar pit where ideas slowly sink.'"

2012-07-04 (5772 Tamuz 14)
Alan Douglas _Jewish World Review_
Even the libraries have gone insane

2012-07-04 (5772 Tamuz 14)
Ron Hart _Jewish World Review_
Independence Day and family (humor)

2012-07-04 (5772 Tamuz 14)
Dale McFeatters _Jewish World Review_
a day to pursue happiness like good Americans
"Do not -- repeat, do not -- let any of this hair-splitting cloud your enjoyment of Independence Day, but the cold historical fact is: You missed it.   Independence Day was July 2, Tuesday.   No less an authority than John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail: 'The second day of July, 1776', will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America.   So he was off by 2 days.   Big deal.   On the 2nd, the Continental Congress voted, 12 colonies to one, in favor of a terse, 80-word Resolution of Independence written by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia that quickly got to the point: 'Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.'"

2012-07-04 (5772 Tamuz 14)
Roger Simon _Jewish World Review_
America's glorious failures

2012-07-04 (5772 Tamuz 14)
Paul Greenberg _Jewish World Review_
the American idea

2012-07-04 (5772 Tamuz 14)
Jonah Goldberg _Jewish World Review_
live Free... and uninsured

2012-07-04 (5772 Tamuz 14)
Michelle Malkin _Jewish World Review_
pres. Obummer's Swiss cheese campaign

2012-07-04 (5772 Tamuz 14)
Ann Coulter _Jewish World Review_
On Independence Day remember: We are not the French

2012-07-04 (5772 Tamuz 14)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
teaching economics

2012-07-04 (5772 Tamuz 14)
Walter E. Williams _Jewish World Review_
the under-class: duped by congressional lies
Town Hall
Lew Rockwell
Front Page Magazine
Shelby Star
"The education establishment aids and abets this state of gross ignorance.   Dalrymple tells of one case in which the head-master allows teachers to make only 5 corrections per piece of work, irrespective of the actual number of errors present.   This is done so as not to damage student self-esteem.   There are many other examples, but Dalrymple concludes that 'it is extremely difficult to over-turn these educational (or anti-educational) developments/ because 'teachers and the teachers of the teachers in the training colleges are deeply imbued with the kinds of educational ideas that have brought us to this pass'.   The reader may have been misled, with my help, into thinking that 'We Don't Want No Education' is about the black under-class, but it's about the white under-class in Britain.   We can't use white racism and the legacy of slavery so frequently used to explain the black under-class to explain Britain's under-class.   The welfare state and the hare-brained ideas of the public education establishment are a far better explanation for the counter-productive and self-destructive attitudes and life-styles of both under-classes.   A 'legacy of slavery' surely cannot explain problems among blacks, unless we assume it skips whole generations.   In my book _Race and Economics_ (Hoover Press, 2011), I cite studies showing that in New York City in 1925, 85% of black households were 2-parent households.   In 1880 in Philadelphia, three-quarters of black families were composed of 2 parents and children.   Nationally, in the late 1800s, percentages of 2-parent families were 75.2% for blacks, 82.2% for Irish-Americans, 84.5% for German-Americans and 73.1% for native whites.   Today just over 30% of black children enjoy 2-parent families.   Both during slavery and as late as 1920, a black teenage girl's raising a child without a man present was rare.   Dalrymple's evidence from Britain shows that the welfare state is an equal opportunity destroyer."
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "FDR... was a relative of William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, Benjamin Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Zachary Taylor, William Henry Harrison, Martin van Buren, John Quincy Adams, James Madison, John Adams, and George Washington." --- Leland Gregory 2009 _Stupid American History_ pg243  

 
 

2012-07-05

2012-07-05 04:30PDT (07:30EDT) (11:30GMT) (13:30 Jerusalem)
Steve Goldstein _MarketWatch_
CGC: 37,551 lay-offs announced in June

2012-07-05 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT) (14:30 Jerusalem)
Scott Gibbons & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
DoL OPA press releases
historical data
DoL regulations
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 367,331 in the week ending June 30, a decrease of 3,129 from the previous week.   There were 425,640 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5% during the week ending June 23, unchanged from the prior week's revised rate.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,134,347, an increase of 20,443 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 2.8% and the volume was 3,555,831.   The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending June 16 was 5,869,607, a decrease of 20,439 from the previous week.   Extended benefits were available in ID, NV, NJ, and RI during the week ending June 16.   States reported 2,628,712 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending June 16, a decrease of 16,805 from the prior week.   There were 3,256,523 claimants in the comparable week in 2011.   EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.   [Note that the population used for calculating the "insured unemployment rate" (the divisor) changes roughly quarterly:
to 132,623,886 beginning 2007-10-06;
to 133,010,953 beginning 2008-01-05;
to 133,382,559 beginning 2008-04-05;
to 133,690,617 beginning 2008-07-05;
to 133,902,387 beginning 2008-10-04;
to 133,886,830 beginning 2009-01-03;
to 133,683,433 beginning 2009-04-04;
to 133,078,480 beginning 2009-07-04;
to 133,823,421 beginning 2009-10-03;
to 131,823,421 beginning 2009-10-17;
to 130,128,328 beginning 2010-01-02;
to 128,298,468 beginning 2010-04-03;
to 126,763,245 beginning 2010-07-03;
to 125,845,577 beginning 2010-09-25;
to 125,560,066 beginning 2011-01-15;
to 125,572,661 beginning 2011-04-02;
to 125,807,389 beginning 2011-07-02;
to 126,188,733 beginning 2011-10-01;
to 126,579,970 beginning 2012-01-01;
to 127,048,587 beginning 2012-04-07, and seasonal adjustment factors were revised.]
EUC (Excel)
EB
graphs
more graphs

2012-07-05
Anthony Watts
Palmer drought severity index maps

2012-07-05
Anthony Watts
"seizing the opportunity" to tout cooling/warming

2012-07-05
Grant Gross _PC World_/_IDG_
Bright Future Jobs: hundreds of dice.com ads discriminate against US workers
InfoWorld
ComputerWorld/IDG
CIO/IDG
PR Web/Brigth Future Jobs
San Francisco CA Chronicle
"Bright Future Jobs' new report, No Americans Need Apply, listed 100 job listings, posted between January and March, focused on hiring H-1B visa workers or other foreign workers, but those 100 job listings were just a sample of the hundreds of ads on dice.com looking exclusively for foreign workers, said Donna Conroy, executive director of the group...   A search on Dice.com Thursday found more than 300 job listings for OPT jobs...   There were more than 160 job listings for H-1B visa holders, and more than 200 listings for CPT (Curricular Practical Training) visa holders."

2012-07-05
Mark J. Perry
inflation in academia: grades, tuition, fees, texts (and exec & coach compensation)
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "[I]t is politically corrupt for the gov't to endow some people with the legal power to make potentially unlimited demands from others & claim that the result is 'equal opportunity'." --- James Bovard 1994 _Lost Rights_  

 
 

2012-07-06

2012-07-06
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring News-Letter_
cartoons, the NIH and H-1B
 
Below I'll discuss a recent high-level conference at the National Institutes of Health [NIH], our nation's chief government funder of medical and biological research.   I regard it as epitomizing the corruption under-lying H-1B and other foreign worker programs.
 
Preliminaries -- the central role of money:
 
If you're of a certain age, you may recall the Hamilton cartoons.   Not quite editorials, usually not quite straight humor, but just plain biting social commentary.   The one that comes to mind here shows a senior medical professor with 2 young colleagues.   The mentor advises the junior faculty, "Yes, cancer and heart disease, that's where the money is, boys."   The message, presumably, is that medical researchers are driven by money and power, rather than a desire to alleviate human suffering.
 
As a mathematics student aiming for a university career at the time I saw this cartoon, I understood it.   But I didn't really experience it until I moved from the UCD Mathematics and Statistics Departments to the Computer Science Dept. in the College of Engineering.   What an awakening!   I had transferred from a community of scholars to a crass world of...well, I'll refrain from using the word "hustlers" and just settle for "merchants".
 
I shouldn't have been so naive, as it is well known that money is king in the life sciences and engineering.   (True to some degree in the physical sciences, but not the case in math.)   Just as politicians spend much of their waking hours each day scrounging for campaign funds, professors in the life sciences and engineering likewise devote huge portions of their time writing grant applications, seeking donations and so on.
 
There is a concomitant obsession to "get the most bang for your buck" -- i.e. for a given amount of research funding, maximizing the number of papers one publishes, the number of PhDs one graduates, etc.   And the way to do that is...H-1B.
 
No, typically foreign students don't get smaller stipends than their American class-mates, and foreign post docs don't get paid less than their U.S. peers.   Instead, the goal of the F-1 student visa and H-1B programs is to flood the market to keep prices down.   (The foreign students become H-1Bs upon taking post doc positions, so below I'll refer to them as H-1Bs for simplicity.)   This, as I've pointed out so often, is precisely what was advocated by the influential National Science Foundation position [papers and press releases from 1986 through 1989].
 
A Dickensian life:
 
The pernicious effects of H-1B in the computer field, bad as they are, pale in comparison with the impacts on the life sciences.   We are producing far more PhDs and post docs in those fields than we need, and much of that surplus is fueled by people from abroad.  
 
As a result, life as a post-doc is Dickensian.   They are at an age where they should have gotten a start on adult life, say with marriage or purchase of a house, and yet they are essentially still students -- for years and years after their PhD, in a series of temporary jobs.   Even worse, they are going through all this without any reasonable assurance that they'll eventually be able to enjoy a career in their field.  
 
Princeton university president Shirley Tilghman remarks (at about 12280 seconds into the video), "At the end of this very long training where you earn relatively little money, you have great uncertainty about what your career outcome is going to be."
 
It goes without saying that many of our own best and brightest young scientists avoid this like the plague, and choose some other profession -- the Internal Brain Drain [WASTE OF USA's BRAINS] I keep citing as the most worst consequence of H-1B.
 
The NIH study:
 
Clearly, the NIH knows about this horrendous problem.   So, NIH director Francis Collins -- famous for the Human Genome Project, a man of conscience, I believe -- instructed a committee to study the problem and recommend solutions.  
 
You can view the verbal presentation of the study's findings or read them.   (Note:   In the video, the presentation itself doesn't start until minute 134.)
 
You may also find some familiar names in the Biomedical Work-Force Modeling Sub-Committee Roster.
 
Major point #1 -- the NIH admits that H-1B is a large part of the problem:
 
Unlike the situation in the computer industry, in which the employers of H-1Bs insist they're using the foreign workers to remedy a labor shortage, the NIH committee states explicitly, several times, that not only is there a labor surplus but also that the H-1Bs are a major cause of the problem.
 
Major point #2 -- the NIH admits that this surplus is driving America's own best and brightest young people away from careers in STEM:
 
As one of the speakers puts it (at about 12260 seconds into the video), "The salaries are SO low, and the training paths are SO long, that they're choosing alternative careers."   This is a recurring theme in the video.
 
I've been making the point for years that H-1B is causing an Internal Brain Drain from STEM in the U.S.A., by suppressing wage growth and thus pushing our best and brightest young people into more lucrative careers in finance, law and so on.   I've contended that the tech industry is thus shooting itself in the foot, a loss for the nation as well.
 
Well, the NIH committee recognizes this, and considers it one of the most acute aspects of the scientist glut problem.   (Keep this in mind, as it will be important below.)
 
Major point #3 -- in spite of the grave problems, the NIH is NOT willing to make fundamental changes to the system.
 
This shouldn't be surprising, given the huge role of money in academia, and the fact that H-1B gives academics "more bang for their buck".   And yet...isn't academia supposed to be a purer world, one whose central goal is the noble pursuit of truth?   Isn't the very notion of a university symbolized by Harvard's motto, Veritas?   Academia's refusal to fix the real problem is disgraceful.
 
Major point #4 -- one of NIH's main "solutions" completely ignores what is arguably the most salient issue, namely the loss of our own best and brightest young people from careers in science:
 
The NIH committee mentions several times that one of the best "solutions" to the glut problem is the development of Professional Master's Degree programs.   This idea, which has become fashionable in recent years, is to train people to work in professions in which a STEM background is useful, but which are NON-SCIENCE jobs, mainly in business.   The graduate might, for instance, become of marketer of bio-pharmaceutical substances, or an analyst on Wall Street who specializes in the bio-pharmaceutical industry [or an intellectual property lawyer].   See for instance Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox director Judith U. Kim and wikipedia: Keck Graduate Institute.
 
That's fine in the sense that at least STEM students can find careers, but in terms of the big picture, it's absolutely appalling.   It completely side-steps what was supposedly the most acute problem, the loss of our best and brightest young people from careers as scientists.   When a young person who might have become a brilliant scientist instead is touting bio-pharma stocks on Wall Street, that's a huge loss in my book.   It's a huge loss in NIH's book too, but since they are unwilling to take the most direct solution, which is to vastly scale down the foreign influx, NIH has to come up with non-solutions such as professional master's degrees.
 
Final comments:
 
Please note once again that I fully support bringing in the best and the brightest talents from around the world, but again the vast majority of H-1Bs are merely competent, not brilliant.   I've contended that on the contrary, the H-1Bs are on average LESS innovative than the Americans they are displacing, a net loss for the nation.
 
I'll close with another Hamilton cartoon.
 
A retired CEO protests to a few friends, "Sure, I exploited, but I never out-sourced."   There degrees of culpability, to be sure.   I must say that I'd place the level of culpability of the NIH et al even higher than that of the computer industry, as the academics are producing even worse damage, all coming from an ostensibly nobler profession.
 
Norm
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2012-07-06
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
empowering words... more... through the "writing space"

2012-07-06
Anthony Watts
Red China is the big hockey-stick in the world

2012-07-06
Dave Gibson _Examiner_
Amid high US unemployment, illegal aliens sending more remittances to Mexico
"On Tuesday, the Hispanically Speaking News reported that wire transfers or remittances to Mexico increased by 7.8% in 2012 May over the same month in 2011.   In May, Mexican workers sent home 7,096 transfers, totaling $2.34G...   The average size of the remittances also increased over last year by 3.7% to $329.21...   The wire transfers [via US Snail] are only available to the following countries: Argentine, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru.   The plan allows a sender to transfer up to $2K a day to Latin America.   The fee to the sender begins at $10 on an amount of up to $750...   When this reporter called the USPS' toll free number to ask about the specifics of Dinero Seguro, I was mistakenly directed to the Spanish-speaking line.   No matter, I pretended to be the owner of a landscape service, with a 'large number of undocumented employees'.   Once the operator heard this...Her mood quickly became rosy, and helpful."

2012-07-06
Beryl Lieff Benderly _AAAS Science_
How to creat an American STEM talent shortage
"Back in the 19th century, American employers regularly posted signs warning that 'No Irish need apply'.   Now, according to a report issued by a group called Bright Future Jobs, similarly blatant discrimination is rampant among certain tech employers in the United States.   This time, however, the message is 'No Americans Need Apply', which also happens to be the title of the report.   Bright Future Jobs describes itself as 'Techies working on the real American Dream'."

2012-07-06
Beryl Lieff Benderly _AAAS Science_
Conference Board on-line job ad report vs. BLS

2012-07-06
_CommieBlaster: Exposing Communists in US Government_
just a few of pres. Obummer's extreme leftist advisers, assistants, cabinet members, and court and agency appointees

2012-07-06
William L. Anderson
Krugman and pres. Obummer seem to believe that Mitt Romney is a magician
"I see that Paul Krugman definitely is coordinating his column with the Obama re-election campaign, and he has a number of howlers in his latest concoction.   [He has the insane] notion that Mitt Romney and Bain Capital could purchase perfectly healthy company, run them into bankruptcy, and then sell them for a profit..."

2012-07-06
Mark J. Perry
proportion of electricity generated using coal and gas essentially equal

2012-07-06
Mark J. Perry
markets in entertainment: supply, demand, and scalpers

2012-07-06 (5772 Tamuz 16)
Janet Stobart _Jewish World Review_
British police arrested 6 jihadist suspects in London
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "The tax story of ancient Egypt shows what happens in a society burdened with a totalitarian revenue system.   The informer, the corrupt revenue official, & -- most significantly -- the tyranny of all-pervading surveillance are inherent in such a system...   Consequently, individuals have to submit every aspect of their life to tax inquisition." --- Charles Adams 1993 _For Good & Evil_  

 
 

2012-07-07

2012-07-07
Christopher C. Horner
the collusion of the climate hysterics
Washington Examiner

2012-07-07
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
"Did people call him a Union man?" "Yes, sir, and a great many called him a damn Yankee all the time."

2012-07-07
Thomas E. Brewton
ideology vs. practicality: would absence of the 17th amendment have prevented Obummercare?

2012-07-07
Scott Paulson _Examiner_
Obummer admin gave Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood $1.5G without congressional approval

2012-07-07
Mark J. Perry
US rail traffic

2012-07-07
Mark J. Perry
federal prisoners by most serious offense
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "When power leads man to arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations.   When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness & diversity of his existence.   When power corrupts, poetry cleanses." --- John F. Kennedy (quoted in Richard Lederer 1991 _The Miracle of Language_ pg 180)  

 
 

2012-07-08

2012-07-08
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring News-Letter_
"out-living their usefulness"
Today's Wall Street Journal has a quote carrying even more of a punch than former Intel CEO Craig Barrett's infamous line, 'The half life of an engineer, hardware or software, is only a few years.'   The WSJ article quotes 3G Studios CEO James Kosta as saying that before he tightened up his hiring policy, 'Engineers were out-living their usefulness from one project to another.   When projects end, it's better to re-evaluate your entire staff and almost just hire anew.' [i.e. 'I love bodyshopping!']   The [article by Ben Casselman is fittingly] titled, It's Good Work If You Can Get It -- and Especially If You Can Keep It."

2012-07-08
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
more unraveling of complexities in a family's story

2012-07-08
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring News-Letter_
followup to NIH posting
V Dare
 
An article in yesterday's Washington Post is related to my posting on the NIH report the other day.
 
The Post piece is excellent in one respect, showing the stark, even tragic, disconnect between DC's push to get more young people to get into STEM and the lack of STEM jobs.   However, it fails to connect the STEM labor glut to H-1B.
 
(For brevity, I'll refer to the foreign worker programs, including the F-1 student visa, as "H-1B", and refer to the politicians -- the article cites Obama but this issue is quite bi-partisan -- as "DC".)
 
Was this omission deliberate?   Many readers of this e-news-letter consider the press to be flagrantly biased on H-1B.   I'm less cynical, choosing to note instead that most journalists work on a new topic every day, and thus simply don't have time to go into any depth.   Once they obtain the requisite 1 or 2 quotes from each of 2 opposing sides, their job is done, and it's on to the next topic.   It's thus easy for them to fall victim to those who wish to manipulate public opinion.
 
But in this case I must say it's odd that H-1B isn't mentioned, given that the reporter seems to be well aware of the NIH report, and quotes 2 analysts who worked on it.   If the reporter had watched the video, even just the first 5 minutes of the report presentation, he would have seen explicit statements that H-1B is a major part of the problem.
 
I'm more concerned about censorship on H-1B by academics than by journalists.   As I've stated before, I'm proud that my university has supported my rabble-rousing on H-1B over the years, even honoring me with its Distinguished Public Service Award in part due to H-1B.   But being too critical can be hazardous to one's career.   I've observed a number of instances in which even academic researchers critical of immigration policy engage in self censorship of various kinds.
 
That's why I found the NIH video so remarkable; they admitted there is a pernicious labor glut, and they admitted that H-1B is one of its major causes.   I wonder if they now regret bringing up the H-1B issue.
 
In addition to overlooking H-1B, on a more subtle but even more important, level, the article fails to ask WHY this disconnect between DC and reality has developed.   The answer, of course, is the lobbyists.
 
In the run-up to the passage of legislation establishing H-1B in 1990, the National Science Foundation (NIH's counterpart for general STEM), forecast a severe STEM shortage.   That shortage failed to materialize, leading to the Wolpe hearings in congress in 1992, in which the NSF was roundly chastised.
 
But the lobbyists know that people have short memories, and that pushing the Education Button always works.   Moreover, there was the spectacular success of the computer industry in the late 1990s, and the rise of [Red China].
 
So in recent years, the American public has been inundated with newspaper articles, statements by politicians and so on, that we have a STEM labor shortage, that "Johnnie can't do math", that we were going to lose the STEM race to [Red China], etc.
 
Needless to say, those with vested interests in STEM are delighted to join in this charade, leveraging it to press for more funding, more tax breaks and expansion of H-1B.   As I stated in my last posting, the universities like H-1B because it enables the labor glut and thus reduction in labor costs.   Industry benefits from the glut too; I was startled a year or so ago to see that MSFT had established post doc positions.
 
As a result, we have DC telling us we have a STEM shortage--and that we need to give automatic green cards to foreign STEM graduates of U.S. universities -- at the same time that H-1B is causing a glut.
 
And indeed, another result is that it would be impossible, unthinkable, to hold something like the Wolpe hearings today.
 
BTW, the STEM [talent] glut does include the computer area, in spite of the article's claim that the field is "booming".   It is indeed booming for new graduates, but not for the rest of the profession.
 
Speaking of the DC crowd, I've often referred here to my report on a work-shop held at Georgetown University last summer, whose participants included a number of key policy-makers on STEM in DC and elsewhere.
 
I've referred to that work-shop as quite an eye opener for me, as I saw so many highly influential people who knew of the problems but chose to rationalize them rather than solve them, the latter being a political non-starter.
 
One of the most eye-opening aspects of that work-shop was its discussion of "diversion", a DC euphemism for the highly-trained STEM people who ultimately cannot secure permanent employment in their fields.   One of the participants, who him/herself was "diverted" to government after a doctorate in engineering, insisted that The Diverted don't mind at all that they can't work in the field they spent years training for.   I don't doubt that this particular bureaucrat feels this way, but that many of The Diverted do in fact mind, a LOT.   Those PhDs profiled in the Post article who are now working as administrative assistants and the like are obvious examples.
 
Instead of recognizing that the problem is largely one of excess supply, the article paints a picture of insufficient demand.   And this is a question that one almost never sees addressed -- is the U.S. funding enough STEM research?
 
My answer to that question has always been that we are already OVERfunding research.   I really enjoy doing research, and it is a major attraction of the job from my point of view, but in my opinion most funded research is a highly questionable use of [tax-victim] money.
 
I have only limited experience with funding in the life sciences, but I can certainly say that in fields whose funding situation I know well -- computer science, electrical engineering, math and statistics -- most funded research is neither of fundamental importance nor of real practical value.
 
The funding should be much more targeted, with some of it going to fund "fundamental secrets of the universe" projects and the rest going to work that seems to have a good chance of short-term, tangible pay-off.   In addition, in order to counter the Internal Brain Drain [WASTE OF USA's BRAINS] I've often mentioned, government funding agencies should pay much higher salaries to many fewer people.
 
Finally, the "We're going to lose the STEM race to [Red China]" cry is nothing more than a calculated appeal to xenophobia.   The irony, of course, is that [Red China] doesn't have H-1B [to bring in talent from the USA or Europe or Japan] or post-doc programs.   So why do we need them?
 
Norm
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2012-07-08
Victor Davis Hanson _PJ Media_
tuning out tuned-out presidents

2012-07-08
Claudia Rosett _PJ Media_
UN extortionists
"American [tax-victims] shell out billions to the United Nations system every year...   [Now, on top of that, they want to] raise some $400G per year for 'poor countries'."

2012-07-08
Mark J. Perry
ND economy is doing so well it's like being in another country

2012-07-08
Edwin S. Rubenstein _V Dare_
immigration-spurred population growth swamped job markets in June
"In contrast, the 'other' employment survey, of households rather than businesses, reports that 128K jobs were added in June. To the puzzlement of economists, the household survey is often the stronger -- we have suggested this is because it captures illegal immigration. The household survey also reports national origin. Our analysis of household data for the month of June shows:   Total employment rose 128K, or by 0.30%;   Foreign-born employment fell by 108K, or by -0.47%;   Native-born employment rose by 236K, or by 0.20%."
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "In a contested district, literally a quarter of the member's time in Washington is spent fund-raising, organizing, thinking about it, making the calls...   I've been on 11 congressional pay-rolls & they're all doing that!   The tax payers are not getting their money's worth.   Even under the most rose-tinted construction on the thing, where I'm ruling out any issue corruption, it's a scandal.   And we all know that there's some influence on the issues." --- anonymous congressional aide quoted in Hedrick Smith 1988 _The Power Game_ pp 155-156  

 
 

2012-07-09

2012-07-09
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring News-Letter_
Bright Future Jobs report
 
A number of people have mentioned to me Bright Future Jobs' new report.   See InfoWorld/IDG article and Bright Future Jobs report.
 
It's an excellent piece of research, very nicely done.   I must warn, however, that many people are misinterpreting it, as I will explain shortly.
 
The BFJ report analyzes ads on Dice.com in the IT area, finding that many of them call for foreign workers to apply.   Technically that by itself doesn't necessarily mean that Americans (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) won't be hired, but the wording seems to convey that message, and in some cases the message is explicit.   At the very least, BFJ notes,
 
This signals to both foreign nationals and Americans the company will give preference to foreign nationals in the hiring process.
 
(Please note the phrasing above.   It is quite accurate, and I will return to it several times below.)
 
As the report points out, questionable ads like this have been running for years, and on occasion the Programmers Guild has filed formal complaints with the government.   The new wrinkle is that many ads now are directed not only to H-1Bs but also OPTs, i.e. newly [and soon to be] graduated foreign students.
 
In fact, I've seen this right in my own professional back yard.   In the hallway bulletin board outside my department's main office, there is a flyer calling for OPTs to apply for software development work.   It even features tear-off strips with the phone number to call.
 
So BFJ is right on point, and it's done quite a service by quantifying the phenomenon, presented in a cogent, informative report.
 
However, the misinterpretation that some readers of the report seem to be making is that this abuse of foreign worker programs occurs mainly with the "bodyshops", i.e. the mainly ethnic-Indian owned [and US-owned, domestic and cross-border] rent-a-programmer firms.   As I've noted before, the bodyshops have become convenient scape-goats for those who want to project some criticism of H-1B while still supporting the Intels, MSFTs, etc. on the H-1B issue [something which I don't recall ever seeing and so wonder why Dr. Matloff keeps beating the drum on it...jgo].   As my use of the word "scape-goat" would apply, this is unfair, absolutely inaccurate and disgraceful singling out of a certain group of people.
 
The fact is that it is not just the bodyshops who, in BFJ's words, "give preference to foreign nationals in the hiring process".   The big main-stream do exactly the same thing, though of course in a more subtle manner.   They too "give preference to foreign nationals in the hiring process".
 
Why would the employers give the foreign workers hiring preference?   The obvious answer is to save in labor costs, as is often discussed and has been shown statistically in various ways.   But the less obvious, but more important, answer in our context here involves the de facto indentured servitude of the H-1Bs, especially those whom the employer is sponsoring for a green card.
 
The de facto indentured servitude of the H-1Bs is of tremendous value to many employers, especially in places like Silicon Valley.   If a worker leaves his employer in the middle of a big, urgent project, the employer loses plenty.   It takes time to find a replacement, and then even more time for the replacement worker to learn the intricacies of the project.   In a project with a pressing deadline, these considerations can be crucial.   And of course, one always runs the risk that the former worker then either consciously or unconciously uses the ideas developed in former project in that of a competitor.
 
So, if you are an employer, you'd love to have a way to FORCE your worker to stay with you.   There's no good way to do that with American workers, but luckily for you, the U.S. government provides you with a excellent method to force a foreign worker to stay loyal: Green card sponsorship.
 
A foreign worker in the midst of the green card process is essentially trapped.   Technically he could leave his current employer, but that would mean starting the green card process all over again, from the beginning, with some other employer.   Since that process can take 6 years or more, jumping ship is unthinkable.
 
I discussed this problem in detail in my University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform article (pdf).   In it I quote many immigration lawyers who point out that the "trapped" nature of the H-1Bs is a major attraction to employers.   Here's one not in [my journal article], written by immigration lawyer David Swaim:
 
...the employee is almost always interested in getting the green card and needs a sponsoring employer to do so.   This typically is also an advantage to the employer since in addition to getting a desired skill set, the green card process takes so long that it plays a major role in employee retention.
 
Swaim and his firm expand on that point in their publication, An Employer's Guide to the Immigration Process (pdf):
 
Wouldn't it be nice to recruit and retain talented, dedicated recent graduates who have a vested interest in their continued employment by your company?   This is the reality of the employment based immigration system.   Many companies have utilized this fact for years to secure a stable and highly motivated work force...
 
[the disadvantage of OPT is that the] foreign student is allowed to use OPT with any employer without any prior approval.   Therefore, this student is free to change employers at will.
 
...[green card sponsorship] green card process).   This forces the recent graduate to commit to a company for at least 5 years in order to complete the green card process...   By far the most important advantage of this process is the fact that the employee is tied to a particular position with one company and must remain with the company in most cases for more than four years...

 
Note the repeated emphasis on putting handcuffs on the foreign worker.
 
I must strongly emphasize here that this includes MAJOR, MAIN-STREAM American employers.   For example, in my Michigan law article I quoted Robert Smith, a former manager at Sun Microsystems (then a high-flying firm and in the vanguard of lobbying Congress for expanding the H-1B program [now a part of Oracle, which has extensive bodyshopping operations]):
 
Sun used to cover costs, as well as the administration, of the conversion of H-1B visa holders to green card holders in exchange for an approximate 4-5 year commitment from the H-1B visa holder...   For that period of time, Sun has an employee who will not, and in some cases cannot, jump to another company...
 
FACEIntel, an organization of former Intel employees, has quoted Intel's HR manager making similar comments.   Ironically, Intel was afraid of losing workers to Sun:
 
Donna Hasbrouck, an Intel HR representative, claims that foreign born Intel employees obtain their green cards and then leave Intel because other companies pay more...
 
Ms. Hasbrouck recently discussed the topic of hiring foreign born candidates with the staff of the Microprocessor Technology (MT) group in Santa Clara, present were J.C. Cornet (VP of MT) and Joseph Krauskoph (Director of Test).   Ms. Hasbrouck told the MT group, "...after hiring the foreign student, delay the immigration paper-work process, because once they get their green cards we lose them to companies like Sun Microsystems and Silicon Graphics; they pay them about 30% more".   This ploy is nothing short of servitude.

 
Both of the above incident occurred back in the 1990s, but they are just as common today.   The David Swaim comment above is from 2009 (per web page source code).   His bio says,
 
He developed many of the most innovative techniques for H-1 and labor certification cases and created the immigration procedures at dozens of companies such as Texas Instruments, i2 Technologies, Microtune and PDX.   He is one of only 3 attorneys in Texas authorized to represent both the University of Texas System and the Texas A & M System, and represents many other colleges and universities such as Baylor University and Texas Christian University.
 
So, again, we're talking about main-stream firms [and academia], not [only] bodyshops.
 
Some of you will recall the Cisco fiasco of 2008, involving David Huber.   The job ad said "U.S. citizens and permanent residents only", which sounded legitimate -- until Huber found that the mailing address was for the Fragomen immigration law firm, not Cisco!   Fragomen was apparently just collecting American applicants in support of Cisco's sponsoring a foreign worker for a green card, to demonstrate that they had tried but "failed" to find a qualified U.S. applicant.   (See my articles on Fragomen et al.: (1999-02-10) Adverse Impacts of Immigration on Minorities, (2006-02-26) NAS, (2006-03-10) Arlen Specter bill, (2008-02-26) Fragomen 2, (2008-06-04) audit of Fragomen (2008-06-09) Dramatic Admission from Immigration Lawyers Association: US Recruiting Is a "Charade", (2008-07-04) Fragomen 3, (2008-07-06) Fragomen 4, and (2008-09-18) Fragomen to Jens).   Again, this is Cisco, not a bodyshop.   Indeed the PERM data show that the Fragomen firm (the largest in the U.S.A.) has represented IBM [which has an extensive bodyshop operation], Siebel [which has a bodyshop operation], National Semiconductor, 3Com, Price Waterhouse [which has a bodyshop operation], Credit Suisse, Sybase [which has a bodyshop operation], Texas Instruments and a ton of other famous main-stream companies.
 
The BFJ report briefly mentions the infamous Cohen & Grigsby immigration law firm videos, in which statemens are made like "Remember, our goal is NOT to find an American to fill the job."   As I've shown, C&G is a very prominent [award-winning] law firm with many prominent main-stream clients.
 
So, green card sponsorship enables employers to hire foreign workers and lock them into the job, something the employers can't do with American workers.   IOW, using BFJ's quite apt phrasing, these employers "will give preference to foreign nationals in the hiring process".   In choosing between 2 comparable workers, 1 American and 1 foreign, there is a tremendous incentive for Cisco, Intel etc. to hire the foreigner.   It's not just the Indian bodyshops, folks; it's basically all firms.
 
Norm
Grant Gross: PC World: hundreds of ads discriminate against US workers
TLNT: Americans Need Not Apply
Beryl Lieff Benderly: AAAS: How to create a talent shortage
Patrick Thibodeau: ComputerWorld/IDG
David North: Center for Immigration Studies
Steven Rosenbush: Wall Street Journal
Bright Future Jobs press

2012-07-09
Mark Krikorian _National Review_
No Americans Need Apply

2012-07-09
Anthony Watts
convection within the sun is only about 1% of what was expected

2012-07-09
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
testimony of former slave, on behalf of his Unionist "owner"

2012-07-09
Steve Baldwin _Western Center for Journalism_
pres. Obummer has surrounded himself with the most extreme leftist advisors, cabinet members, and other appointees in American history

2012-07-09
Anthony Watts
Aalto U researchers confirm Aurora Borealis induced sounds, formed about 70 meters above ground level

2012-07-09
Willis Eschenbach
Here we go again: row, row, row your boat... from NW Canada along Alaska to NE Russia

2012-07-09
Anthony Watts
new tree ring study shows 2000 years of cooling -- previous studies under-estimated temperatures of Roman and Medieval Warm Periods

2012-07-09
Mike McNally _PJ Media_
Libor rate-fixing scandal unfolding: History's largest market fraud?
"Barclays bank has been fined $453M by U.S. and UK regulators, and its American chief executive, Bob Diamond, has resigned after admitting its staff rigged the inter-bank 'Libor' rate -- a daily measure of the interest rates at which banks lend to one another -- over a period of several years.   The Libor rate affects interest rates paid to investors and by borrowers on mortgages and other loans.   According to the Wall Street Journal, more than $800T in securities and loans are linked to Libor.   This rigging was divided into two phases.   Starting in 2005, Barclays traders conspired to manipulate Libor up or down for personal gain.   This is bad enough, but it's the second phase of the scandal that's likely to have the greater ramifications.   Around 2008, with the financial crisis in full swing, senior figures at Barclays ordered staff to distort Libor downward to create the impression that the bank's finances were more sound than was the case."

2012-07-09
_Cumberland PA Sentinel_/_AP_
board of governors approved 3% increase in tuition and fees at PA universities
"Nearly 120K students are enrolled in the state universities..."

2012-07-09 10:28PDT (13:28EDT) (17:28GMT) (19:28 Jerusalem)
_Numbers USA_
report says USA has too many scientists, not enough jobs
"while many highly-trained individuals are employed, many are not working in their field.   This is consistent with research from the Center for Immigration Studies, which has found that 1.8M engineers are either unemployed or working in a field other than engineering...   'It's been a bloodbath, it's been awful.', Kim Haas, who spent 20 years designing pharmaceuticals for drug giants Wyeth and Sanofi-Aventis and is in her early 50s, told the Post.   'Scads and scads and scads of people [have been cut].   Very good chemists with PhDs from Stanford can’t find jobs.'   According to the American Chemical Society, the unemployment rate among chemists is at a 40-year high at 4.6% and only 38% of new PhD chemists were employed in 2011."

2012-07-09 10:49PDT (13:49EDT) (17:49GMT) (19:49 Jerusalem)
Gina Smith _Tech Republic_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
bring the 40-hour work-week to STEM fields
3 out of 4 workers in USA work more than 40 hours per week
1 out of 3 "professionals" work more than 50 hours per week
in 1960 8 out of 10 American children had just 1 working parent (rather than 2), but in 2012 it is only 3 out of 10
1970 average family income $59K (adjusted for inflation; $11,106 unadjusted, while unadjusted median household income was $8,730 and unadjusted median family income was $9,867, unadjusted median family income for families with 1 earner were $8,352, with 2 earners $11,196, with 3 earners $14,438, with 4 or more earners $16,686) for an average of 35 hours per week; 2012 average income $51K for an average of 46 hours per week
Denmark and Sweden has an average work-week of 31 hours; Germany, Norway & the Netherlands have a 27 hour work-week
3 out of 4 Americans report that they feel stressed at work, but only 1 out of 4 say it is the most stressful thing in their lives; and over 1M call in sick each day due to stress
work-place stress causes a loss of $200G in productivity each year (about as much as what 5M average US workers produce)
people who work 11 hours per day are 2.5 times as likely to be depressed as those working 8 hours per day
after 8 hours of work productivity drops by 50%; increasing hours worked from 40 hours per week to 60 hours per week increases net product by about 25%
OnLineMBA on 40-hour work-week
Geoffrey James: Inc.
Michael Janati: Washington Times
CNN
1971-05-20: census bureau: Current Population Survey: Consumer Income
scanned image pdfs of P60 and other series

2012-07-09 16:07:19PDT (19:07:18EDT) (23:07:18GMT) (2012-08-10 01:07:19 Jerusalem)
Josh Lederman _San Jose CA Mercury News_/_AP_
in 2011 police requested for 1.3M cellular phones to be tracked, records of calls, content of text messages

2012-07-09
_Money Control_
negotiated settlement must include confession of guilt by Infosys execs
"Jack Palmer, a US-based Infosys employee...accused the company of visa fraud and harassment last year...   Kenneth Mendelsohn, attorney for Jack Palmer, says, 'If Infosys can't see they did wrong, we probably won't settle.'...   Mendelsohn claims his client proved his accusations through Infosys' own employees and other documents...   'We have now proved through Infosys' own witnesses including their HR and corporate counsel, that Palmer did the right thing...   witnesses have confirmed that he should not have had to suffer retaliation as a result of it.', adds Kenneth Mendelsohn, attorney for Jack Palmer."

2012-07-09
Daniel Stein _FAIR US_
remittances to Mexico increased
"'In May, Mexican workers sent home 7,096 transfers, totaling $2.34G.   The average size of the remittances also increased over last year by 3.7% to $329.21.   Even more impressive, Mexico's central bank reported that the amount of cash received by such transfers increased by 15.32% between April and May and this year.', notes a post at the Examiner."

2012-07-09
Daniel Stein _FAIR US_
STEM talent glut
"'Michelle Amaral wanted to be a brain scientist to help cure diseases.   She planned a traditional academic science career: PhD, university professorship and, eventually, her own lab.   But 3 years after earning a doctorate in neuro-science, she gave up trying to find a permanent job in her field.'"

2012-07-09
Tom Blumer _PJ Media_
seasonally adjusted vs. unadjusted jobs report... and comparing economic recoveries
"What I am asserting is that the Bureau's continued over-emphasis on seasonally adjusted results in an erratic economy with little if any meaningful discussion of the underlying raw (i.e., not seasonally adjusted) data consistently gives the public an incomplete and often erroneous picture of the job market."

2012-07-09
Robert Spencer _PJ Media_
Muslims vs. archaeology

2012-07-09
Beryl Lieff Benderly _AAAS Science_
Science job shortage is front-page news
Brian Vastag: Washington DC Post
"Doing anything, of course, will require overcoming the blandishments of industries and universities with financial interests in keeping supply of labor up and costs down."

2012-07-09
William L. Anderson
Krugman now working full-time on Obummer campaign

2012-07-09
Mark J. Perry
facts about ND's Bakken oil field
"A typical 2011 Bakken well will cost $7.925M to drill and complete, and will produce oil for 29 years... Produce approximately 540K barrels of oil..."

2012-07-09
Mike Konczal _New Raw Deal_/_the Bozovelt Institute_
Why that great interview didn't land you a job: recruiting intensity index and mass unemployment
"Jason Faberman and Bhash Mazumder at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago put out a report last month asking 'Is There a Skills Mismatch in the Labor Market?'   Their answer: 'we find limited evidence of skills mismatch.'   IOW, not really."
"Establishment-Level Behavior of Vacancies and Hiring"
"Recruiting Intensity during and after the Great Recession: National and Industry Evidence"

2012-07-09 (5772 Tamuz 19)
Monte Morin _Jewish World Review_
entanglement study made a quantum leap
"In a report Friday in the journal Science, physicists at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich said they had demonstrated that two atoms separated by a distance of about 65 feet could become entangled and trigger an alert to announce that they had done so...   While other experiments have successfully entangled atoms, photons and diamond crystals, this was the first to do so at a long distance and include a signal, or herald, to let scientists know that entanglement had been achieved.   Such a signal -- in this case, a message on a computer screen -- is crucial to the further study of entanglement and its future practical application, researchers said.   The experiment involved the capture of two rubidium atoms in separate 'atom traps' located in different rooms.   The traps used lenses and lasers to position each atom and prompt it to emit a stream of photons, or packets of light.   The photons were inherently entangled with the atoms that emitted them.   Those photons sped through fiber-optic cables from the atom traps to a centralized measurement device at a rate of about 1K per minute.   When photons from the 2 traps arrived simultaneously -- an event that occurred roughly every 100 seconds -- the atoms that sent the photons became entangled as well."

2012-07-09 (5772 Tamuz 19)
John Stossel _Jewish World Review_
all-time all-stars part 1
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "Democracy is not a spectator sport... it's a hands-on sport to help those that help us." --- Tom Korologos (quoted in Hedrick Smith 1988 _The Power Game_ pg 215)  

 
 

2012-07-10

2012-07-09 19:40PDT (2012-07-09 22:40EDT) (2012-07-10 02:40GMT) (2012-07-10 04:40 Jerusalem)
Zachary A. Goldfarb, Carol D. Leonnig, Tom Hamburger & Alice Crites _Lakeland/Polk county FL Ledger_
pres. Obummer struggles to make US job markets worse by encouraging more off-shoring and cross-boder bodyshopping
"Many engineers criticize Obama, in particular, for not over-hauling the H-1B program that allows foreigners with technical skills to come to the United States for work.   The concern is that these foreigners get trained in the United States and then set up [go to work for, or facilitate contracts going to] competing enterprises once they go home.   'The H-1B program is obviously speeding up the off-shoring jobs.', said Ron Hira, a professor who studies out-sourcing at the Rochester Institute of Technology.   'Yet the Obama administration has failed to ask for legislative reforms or even make administrative changes clearly within its purview.'"

2012-07-10
Kathleen Gray _Detroit MI Free Press_
congress-critter Thaddeus McCotter has resigned, creating a thorny timing issue

2012-07-10
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
What manner of tolerance? Southern citizens vs. soldiers both blue and gray

2012-07-10 03:29PDT (06:20EDT) (10:20GMT) (12:20 Jerusalem)
David Weidner _MarketWatch_
Road trip across the US economy

2012-07-10 04:24PDT (07:24EDT) (11:24GMT) (13:24 Jerusalem)
Zack Whittaker _Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
Nielsen says 2012Q1 on-line ad purchases up 12%
"television advertising grew by 4% in North America...   Radio spending...2.6% increase in North America..."

2012-07-10 08:50PDT (11:50EDT) (15:50GMT) (17:50 Jerusalem)
Christopher S. Rugaber _Knoxville TN News Sentinel_
JOLTS: more job ads, more lay-offs
San Jose CA Mercury News
"gross hiring...rose in May to 4.36M, the second-highest level in 2 years.   But when lay-offs, quits and other separations are subtracted, the net gain is close to the 77K reported Friday for May.   Lay-offs increased in May to the highest level since 2010 July."

2012-07-10
Kristen Williamson _FAIR US_
more people, less prosperity
"Between 2000 and 2009, a 1% increase in population was associated with a $2,500 decline in per capita income.   Rapid population growth fuels the boom-and-bust phenomenon.   Slow growth cities in the U.S.A. saw per capita incomes increase during the recent recession, while rapidly growing cities experienced a 2.5% decline in per capita incomes.   Immigration-driven population growth fuels growth (and profits) for the housing and construction industry to accommodate the very population created by mass immigration, with many of the jobs going to the immigrants themselves.   Population growth has negated virtually all efforts to preserve the environment and conserve resources over the past 30 years."

2012-07-10
James Hirsen _News Max_
pres. Obummer's step-brother George in documentary "2016"
Billy Hallowell: The Blaze

2012-07-10
Jason Howerton _The Blaze_
Obummer admin closing 9 border patrol stations in TX, CA, MT & ID
Yellow Bullet
Carol Cratty: CNN
Fox
Todd Beamon: News Max
Vested Veteran
Sandra Ramirez: KTSM NBC
Aziza Musa: Lubbock TX Avalanche-Journal/Morris News Service
Free Republic
The Right Scoop: Mark Levin says we are more vulnerable to terrorist attack
2011-08-03: National Border Patrol Council recommends closing 9 Border Patrol stations
2012-02-21: Immigration Impact: 2013 b udget proposal shows immigration priorities
Jane Y. Lee: Global Thinkers: pres. Obummer's 2013 budget proposal

2012-07-10
"justthefactswuwt"
A big picture look at "earth's temperature" (well, lots of pictures)

2012-07-10 (5772 Tamuz 20)
Mark J. Perry
each new ND oil will is a $8M to $10M business

2012-07-10 (5772 Tamuz 20)
Katie Pavlich _Town Hall_
NAACP requires photo ID to see speech by the corrupt Eric Holder, who insists that photo IDs are racist

2012-07-10 (5772 Tamuz 20)
Ian Duncan _Jewish World Review_
corrupt congress-critters pushing for "cashless society"
"Despite its limitations, cash offers privacy and is likely to be accepted by anyone, even in the middle of a black-out."

2012-07-10 (5772 Tamuz 20)
Wesley Pruden _Jewish World Review_
the new terrorists -- they're all of us?!?
"The Department of Homeland Security, ever on the scout for opportunities to blow [tax-victim] money, commissioned one of those 'studies' so popular among college professors, to find clues that would identify prospective terrorists...   The 'new studies' show that just about everybody must be dreaming of terrorism, plotting mayhem and chaos and teaching others how to do it.   Something called the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (learned professors dream of being paid by the word) went to work at the University of Maryland and produced a $12M magnum opus called 'Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1970-2008'.   And not a moment too soon.   Islamic terrorism, the scourge of the civilized world, like bubonic plague in an earlier time, largely gets a pass; the study does not even mention the first attempt to bring down the World Trade Center in 1993 in the name of Allah...   You might never guess who the perps who populate professorial dreams might be.   These are some of the characteristics the feds at the DHS can use to identify terrorists: anyone who thinks his 'way of life' is under attack, anyone 'fiercely nationalistic', 'anti-global' or 'suspicious of centralized federal authority', or 'reverent of individual liberty'...   Robust speech frightens the Department of Homeland Security and its minions, who are not, after all, necessarily steeped in the history, traditions and habits of the republic.   Some of this has made it into the mainstream press, so called, but much of it hasn't, and the task of reporting it has often been left to Internet sites like prisonplanet.com and infowars.com that monitor the fine print of government regulations and handouts.   'The most flagrant example', reports prisonplanet.com, 'was the infamous 2009 report published by the Missouri Information Analysis Center and first revealed by Infowars, which framed Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who display bumper-stickers, people who own gold or even people who fly a U.S. flag, as potential terrorists.   The rush to denounce legitimate political beliefs as thought crimes, or even mundane behaviors, by insinuating they are shared by terrorists, has accelerated in recent months.   Under the FBI's Communities Against Terrorism program, the bulk purchase of food is labeled a potential indication of terrorist activity.'...   One program, under the aegis of the FBI, even calls using cash to pay for a cup of coffee suspicious..."

2012-07-10 (5772 Tamuz 20)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
all-time all-stars part 2
 
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  "Without training in the discipline of skepticism & reciprocal criticism that under-lies the scientific method, lay-persons who venture into the fields of knowledge with prejudiced goals can become more ruthless, more egregiously unconcerned with truth, than even the most corrupt scholar." --- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 1990 _Flow_ pg 141  

 
 

2012-07-11

2012-07-11
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
"... he... was not going to vote for a slave government"
Lancaster county PA at war

2012-07-11
David Skolnick _Youngstown OH Vindicator_
congress-critters from region criticize pres. Obummer over Delphi pension losses

2012-07-11
Susan Olp _Billings MT Gazette_
Russian and Ukrainian college students in Billings to abuse "cultural exchange" visas to work for the summer
"In the case of InterExchange and the Russian students, the students each paid $2K to be part of the program.   InterExchange bought them all plane tickets to New York City, but it was up to the students to get themselves to Billings, find places to live and arrange their own transportation.   The students arrived on a staggered schedule, in late May or early or mid-June.   Most of the male students are working at the Golden Corral restaurant, while the female students are mainly working at Econo Lodge and the Comfort Inn.   Although a number of them originally crammed in together at a local hotel, through a happy happenstance, they met a Billings woman, Kim Barnett.   Now 8 of them are living in Barnett's rental housing, and 5 more are staying with her son and daughter-in-law at their Billings home.   Barnett helped them get the essentials they needed to live in the apartment...   All agree that it's much easier to write English than it is to speak it.   They learn British English, said Dimitri Kuznetsov, 20, from West Siberia.   It's much different than American English.   Kuznetsov, who is working on an engineering degree at the Tyumen State Oil and Gas University..."

2012-06-11 00:08PDT (03:08EDT) (07:08GMT) (09:08 Jerusalem)
David Gewirtz _Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
building a 3-D milling robot with LEGO (with video)

2012-07-11 04:01PDT (07:01EDT) (11:01GMT) (13:01 Jerusalem)
Laura Shin _Stupid Propaganda Planet_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
too much sitting reduces life-span
"sitting for more than 3 hours a day [year after year] can actually take 2 years off your life...   Dr. Katzmarzyk said that the detrimental effects of sitting affect even people who follow the guide-line of getting 30 minutes of physical activity a day...   This past March, a study of 265K people showed that people who sit for 11 or more hours a day were 40% more likely to die from any cause than people who sat less than 4 hours a day."

2012-07-11
Thomas E. Brewton
superficiality of leftist-regressive economics

2012-07-11
Anthony Watts
dark matter being mapped

2012-07-11
_abc_
US olympic team to wear uniforms made in Red China

2012-07-11
James K. Glassman _Forbes_
federal government budget deficits: ranking presidents for congressional + presidential failures

2012-07-11
Jeff Selingo _Chronicle of Higher Education_
massive open on-line courses are not a panacea, but that doesn't blunt their promise
"The issues facing the University of Virginia are quite different from those facing, say, the 31 colleges that make up the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.   I picked that public system because I heard recently that it spends some 25% of its budget on remedial education.   My bet is that the University of Virginia spends nothing, or close to nothing, on getting its students ready for college work.   As more MOOC's are developed, institutions with high remedial costs could use them to replace -- or at least to supplement -- their non-credit-bearing courses...   at the University of Virginia, where some of the best scholars are teaching some of the best students.   But we know from a 2011 book, _Academically Adrift_, that American higher education is 'characterized by limited or no learning' for a large proportion of students.   'You can't assume that in sending off a student to a typical college that they're going to get a rigorous education.', one of the book's authors, Richard Arum, told me recently.   'You can't trust these institutions to police themselves.'...   The University of Virginia's 6-year graduation rate is 93% -- again, an outlier when the average rate of 4-year public universities in the United States is 56%...   Students who receive credits for prior learning are 2.5 times as likely to graduate as those who do not earn such credits, according to the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning."

2012-07-11
Zach Epstein _Boy Genius Report_
Verizon tells courts they want to edit/censor content that passes through its network servers/routers

2012-07-11
_London Daily Mail_
tree rings suggest it was warmer 2K years ago
Register

2012-07-11
Mark J. Perry
ND is #2 state in oil production

2012-07-11 (5772 Tamuz 21)
John Stossel _Jewish World Review_
budget insanity: it's the over-spending!

2012-07-11 (5772 Tamuz 21)
Marisa Taylor _Jewish World Review_
NRO accused of retaining and collecting personal private data
"The disclosures include a wide range of behavior and private thoughts such as drug use, child abuse, suicide attempts, depression and sexual deviancy.   The agency, which oversees the nation's spy satellites, records the sessions that were required for security clearances and stores them in a data-base...   it's acknowledged in internal documents that it's not supposed to directly ask more personal questions but says it legally collects the information when people spontaneously confess, often at the beginning of the polygraph test...   But McClatchy's review of hundreds of documents -- including internal policy documents, memos and agency e-mails -- indicates that the National Reconnaissance Office is pushing ethical and possibly legal limits by: Establishing a system that tracks the number of personal confessions, which then are used in polygraphers' annual performance reviews.   Summoning employees and job applicants for multiple polygraph tests to ask about a wide array of personal behavior.   Altering results of the tests in what some polygraphers say is an effort to justify more probing of employees' and applicants' private lives.   Various national security experts, including those who support the use of polygraph in general for security screening, said they were disturbed by what McClatchy found, especially considering that the number of polygraph screenings has spiked in the last decade...   In 2002, the National Academies, the nonprofit institute that includes the National Academy of Sciences, concluded that the federal government shouldn't use polygraph screening because it was too unreliable.   Yet since then, in the Defense Department alone, the number of national-security polygraph tests has increased 5-fold, to almost 46K annually...   The National Reconnaissance Office orders the second highest number of screening polygraphs in the Pentagon, conducting about 8K a year at its head-quarters in Chantilly, VA, and at locations in Los Angeles and the Silicon Valley area.   The agency's is among eight Pentagon polygraph programs that under Defense Department policy can directly ask only about national security issues in what's known as the counterintelligence scope polygraph.   The test was designed to catch spies and terrorists..."

2012-07-11 (5772 Tamuz 21)
Carol Rosenberg _Jewish World Review_
Those accused in the 2001/09/11 terrorist attacks do not want hearings during Ramadan

2012-07-11 (5772 Tamuz 21)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
the invincible lie part 1
Town Hall
"Let us begin with the word 'spend'.   Is the government 'spending' money on people whenever it does not tax [extort] them as much as it can? Such convoluted reasoning would never pass muster if the main-stream media were not so determined to see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil when it comes to Barack Obama.   Ironically, actual spending by the Obama administration for the benefit of its political allies, such as the teachers' unions, is not called spending but 'investment'.   You can say anything if you have your own private language...   Income is not wealth...   Wealth is what you have accumulated...   People over 65 years of age have far more wealth [on average] than people in their thirties and forties -- but lower incomes.   If Obama wants to talk about raising income taxes [income extortion], let him talk about it, but claiming that he wants to tax 'the wealthiest Americans' is a lie and an emotional distraction for propaganda purposes...   Once we have put aside the lies and the convoluted use of words, what are we left with? Not much...   A Democratic president -- John F. Kennedy -- stated the issue plainly.   Under the existing tax rates, he explained, investors' 'efforts to avoid tax liabilities' made them put their money in tax shelters, because existing tax laws made 'certain types of less productive activity more profitable than other more valuable undertakings' for the country.   Ironically, the Obama campaign's attacks on Mitt Romney for putting his money in the Cayman Islands substantiate the point that president Kennedy and others have made, that higher tax rates can drive money into tax shelters, whether tax-exempt municipal bonds or investments in other countries."

2012-07-11 (5772 Tamuz 21)
Walter E. Williams _Jewish World Review_
difficult economic lessons
 
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  "Some... resent people who have more money than they do.   This resentment usually stems from envy.   They want what others have, but since they don't have it, or think they can't have it, they become angry at those others...   The saddest part about this anger & complaint is that it condemns the under-earner to continued under-earning.   There is an inexorable & self-destructive logic involved in resenting or blaming people who have more money than you do: If they are all corrupt, greedy, & unprincipled, if they are all exploiters & thieves who ought to be taxed out of existence or shot, then how can you possibly ever allow yourself to have money?   Because then *you* would be corrupt, greedy, & unprincipled, & *you* ought to be taxed out of existence or shot.   You'd have to resent yourself as much as you now resent them." --- Jerrold Mundis 1995 _Earn What You Deserve_ pp 28-29  

 
 

2012-07-12

2012-07-12 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT) (14:30 Jerusalem)
Scott Gibbons & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
DoL OPA press releases
historical data
DoL regulations
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 439,743 in the week ending July 7, an increase of 69,971 from the previous week.   There were 473,963 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4% during the week ending June 30, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,102,691, a decrease of 42,328 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 2.8% and the volume was 3,534,925.   The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending June 23 was 5,874,035, an increase of 17,011 from the previous week.   Extended benefits were available in ID, NV, NJ, and RI during the week ending June 23.   States reported 2,606,287 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending June 23, a decrease of 9,842 from the prior week.   There were 3,234,115 claimants in the comparable week in 2011.   EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.   [Note that the population used for calculating the "insured unemployment rate" (the divisor) changes roughly quarterly:
to 132,623,886 beginning 2007-10-06;
to 133,010,953 beginning 2008-01-05;
to 133,382,559 beginning 2008-04-05;
to 133,690,617 beginning 2008-07-05;
to 133,902,387 beginning 2008-10-04;
to 133,886,830 beginning 2009-01-03;
to 133,683,433 beginning 2009-04-04;
to 133,078,480 beginning 2009-07-04;
to 133,823,421 beginning 2009-10-03;
to 131,823,421 beginning 2009-10-17;
to 130,128,328 beginning 2010-01-02;
to 128,298,468 beginning 2010-04-03;
to 126,763,245 beginning 2010-07-03;
to 125,845,577 beginning 2010-09-25;
to 125,560,066 beginning 2011-01-15;
to 125,572,661 beginning 2011-04-02;
to 125,807,389 beginning 2011-07-02;
to 126,188,733 beginning 2011-10-01;
to 126,579,970 beginning 2012-01-01;
to 127,048,587 beginning 2012-04-07, and seasonal adjustment factors were revised.]
EUC (Excel)
EB
graphs
more graphs

2012-07-12
Anthony Watts
viruses linked to coral bleaching

2012-07-12
Anthony Watts
important paper on nocturnal boundary layer, mixing, and radiative forcing WRT ground-level weather stations and global historical climate network

2012-07-12
Larry Elder _Town Hall_
the mind of your basic Hollywood leftist
"According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (a consortium of 34 economically developed countries): 'In OECD countries today, the average income of the richest 10% of the population is about 9 times that of the poorest 10%.'   In the United States, the gap between the top 10% and the bottom 10% is 14 to 1 -- about the same as the gap between the rich and the poor in Israel and Turkey.   For countries like Mexico and Chile, the gap is 27 to 1...   Add up the net worth of Forbes' top 10 richest Americans.   Their total net worth comes to $291G.   The current projected annual deficit is $1.5T -- 5 times the combined net worth of the 10 richest Americans.   More money in education?   Outside of Switzerland, the United States spends more money on K-12 than any other OECD country...   'What did spending billions more accomplish?   The schools got worse.   In 2000, 15 years and $2G later, the Kansas City school district failed 11 performance standards and lost its academic accreditation for the first time in the district's history.'   Kind is not a stupid man.   He graduated from Northwestern, where he studied pre-law.   He is, of course, entitled to an opinion.   But then so is actor Brad Pitt, who once refreshingly said: 'You shouldn't speak until you know what you're talking about.   Reporters ask me what I feel China should do about Tibet.   Who cares what I think China should do?   I'm a f--king actor!   They hand me a script.   I act.   I'm here for entertainment.   Basically, when you whittle everything away, I'm a grown man who puts on make-up.'"

2012-07-12
Christopher Monckton
response to Eos on warmist hysteria

2012-07-12
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
a Shenandoah Valley man for Lincoln

2012-07-12
Anthony Watts
X-class solar flare blasted CME directly at earth

2012-07-12
Joseph Farah _World Net Daily_
confessions of a former communist

2012-07-12
Roger Kimball _PJ Media_
Americans [and Italians and Britons and Scots...] revolt against corrupt governments billions of times every day
Jerry Bowyer
Jerry Bowyer: Forbes
"The amoeba does not get smarter but it does get hungrier and bigger.   On the other hand, we get smarter.   More and more of our life takes place outside of the amoeba’s reach: in the privacy of our own homes, or in capital accounts in other nations, or in the fastest growing amoeba avoidance zone ever created, cyberspace.   We revolt decision by decision, transaction by transaction, because we believe deep down that most of what government tells us to do is at bottom illegitimate."

2012-07-12
Shannon Smith _Stupid Propaganda Planet_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
Red China grabbing German as well as US tech

2012-07-12
Eric Ruark _Immigration Reform_
BFJ report shows discrimination taking place against Ameriican workers

2012-07-12
Jim Kouri _Examiner_
Obummer admin and ACLU conspire how to halt deportations of even illegal aliens who commit additional and severe crimes
"This move is part of a bigger plan to perhaps eliminate the federal program (Secure Communities) that identified the subject illegal aliens in the first place, according to Judicial Watch, an organization that investigates and prosecutes political and government corruption.   The influential open borders movement -- which includes the ACLU -- has aggressively pressured the administration to nix Secure Communities, which requires local authorities to check the fingerprints of arrestees against a federal data-base.   The idea is to deport dangerous criminals, many of whom have fallen through the cracks over the years, Judicial Watch alleges.   But immigrant rights advocates insist the program is racist..."

2012-07-12
Mark J. Perry
increased gas and oil production from shale formations are holding prices down

2012-07-12
Catherine Rampell _NYTimes_
BLS time use survey: on average, teen children of immigrants work less, study more, spend less time with non-sibling relatives than teen children of natives

2012-07-12
Kris Anne Hall _YouTube_
the genealogy of the US constitution

2012-07-12 (5772 Tamuz 22)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
the invincible lie part 2
"Nothing produces more of a sense of the futility of facts than seeing someone in the mass media repeating some notion that has been refuted innumerable times over the years.   First of all, nobody is talking about lowering the tax rates.   They are talking about whether or not to continue the existing tax rates, which are set to expire after a temporary extension.   And Obama is talking about raising the tax rate on higher income earners."
 
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  "Human beings are forced to 'contribute' under threat of a jail sentence.   This is the moral equivalent of robbery at gun point.   The [tax-victims] have no control over what is being done with their money & thereby receive none of the good feeling that is the reward of charitable persons so they see little of the benefits of their sacrifice.   It's a form of slavery.   Gov't officials owe promises & favors to people who help get them elected.   Politicians have decided to sell us out.   Why? Because... power corrupts." --- Michael Louis Minns 1989 _The UnderGround Lawyer_  

 
 

2012-07-13

2012-07-13 05:48PDT (08:48EDT) (12:48GMT) (14:48 Jerusalem)
Tuan C. Nguyen _Stupid Propaganda Planet_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
Dr. Yoshiro Nakamatsu may be the world's most prolific inventor

2012-07-13
Joeseph H. Born
of simple models, seasonal lags, and tautochrones

2012-07-13
Thomas E. Brewton
Bastille Day is a prototype for Leftist-Regressive revolution

2012-07-13
J. Thomas Dilberger _Asbury Park NJ Press_
states should take action against illegal immigration
"The only solution is deportation of the illegal [aliens].   We are a nation of laws and these people have broken our law and continue to break the law each day they inhabit this nation illegally.   Of course, their use of our infrastructure, such as schools, medical facilities and other social services constitutes theft of services as well.   At some point, a state governor and/or Legislature will be forced to act independently to nullify the disgraceful federal mandates and refusal to carry out the law of the land, and insane federal court rulings that force them to support illegal aliens and their illegal activities.   States will have to take the action of nullification of illegal federal directives to fiscally save themselves.   I only wish New Jersey would be the state that initiates this action."

2012-07-13
S. Rob Sobhani _Washington DC Times_
Crowding out the middle class: priority given to family re-unification needs scrutiny

2012-07-13
William L. Anderson
Krugman endorsing insane income extortion rates

2012-07-13
Mark J. Perry
food stamps and unemployment insurance benefits do not stimulate the economy

2012-07-13
Mark J. Perry
lessons from the US shale gas revolution: private, wild-cats developed it despite government attempts to interfere

2012-06-13
_Reuters_
UMich consumer sentiment index fell from 73.2 in late June to 7 in early July
EconoDay
Fox
Chicago IL Tribune
Bloomberg
MarketWatch
CNBC
St. Louis Fed

2012-07-13 (5772 Tamuz 23)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
pres. Obummer's spectacularly successful failure
"Two weeks ago, in an unofficial inauguration ceremony at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt's new Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi took off his mask of moderation.     Before a crowd of scores of thousands, Morsi pledge to work for the release from US federal prison of Sheikh Omar al Rahman...   Otherwise known as the blind sheikh, Rahman was the mastermind of the jihadist cell in New Jersey that perpetrated the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.   His cell also murdered Rabbi Meir Kahane in New York in 1990.   They plotted the assassination of then president Hosni Mubarak.   They intended to bomb New York landmarks including the Lincoln and Holland tunnels and the UN headquarters.   Rahman was the leader of Gama'at al-Islamia -- the Islamic Group, responsible, among other things for the assassination of Anwar Sadat in 1981.   A renowned Sunni Muslim religious authority, Rahman wrote the fatwa, or Islamic ruling permitting Sadat's murder in retribution for his signing the peace treaty with Israel.   The Islamic Group is listed by the State Department as a specially designated terrorist organization.   After his conviction in connection with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Rahman issued another fatwa calling for jihad against the US.   After the 2001 Sept. 11 attacks, Osama bin Laden cited Rahman's fatwa as the religious justification for the attacks."

2012-07-13 (5772 Tamuz 23)
Diana West _Jewish World Review_
Israel is on its own against terrorism
"It was quite an occasion; Hillary curled her hair.   Seated next to her Turkish co-chairman, ensconced amid ministers from Algeria, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and 18 other miscellaneous member-states plus the European Union, she then said the magic words: 'From London to Lahore, from Madrid to Mumbai, from Kabul to Kampala, it's innocent civilians who have been targeted...'   Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ashkelon? Poof, gone.   And that's the point: This new counter-terrorism organization, with its related counter-terrorism center coming soon to Abu Dhabi, is Judenfrei.   Not coincidentally, it is also heavily Islamic."

2012-07-13 (5772 Tamuz 23)
Charles Krauthammer _Jewish World Review_
The ascendancy of violent Islamics: What the Arab Spring has wrought
"Tunisia and Morocco, the most Westernized of all Arab countries, elected Islamist governments.   Moderate, to be sure, but Islamist still.   Egypt, the largest and most influential, has experienced an Islamist sweep.   The Muslim Brotherhood didn't just win the presidency.   It won nearly half the seats in parliament, while more openly radical Islamists won 25%.   Combined, they command more than 70% of parliament -- enough to control the writing of a constitution (which is why the generals hastily dissolved parliament).   As for Syria, if and when Bashar al-Assad falls, the Brotherhood will almost certainly inherit power.   Jordan could well be next.   And the Brotherhood's Palestinian wing (Hamas) already controls Gaza."

2012-07-13 (5772 Tamuz 23)
Victor Davis Hanson _Jewish World Review_
the world is changing minute by minute

2012-07-13 (5772 Tamuz 23)
Amanda Alvarez _Jewish World Review_
behavior and lies
"Not only did they not find a directional difference between the lie and truth conditions, there also was no difference in the amount of time it took for the subjects to lie or tell the truth...   Watt says there are still behaviors that can indicate lying.   'The way that people speak and answer, hesitating and taking a long time, holding themselves physically still because they are concentrating, all of these are giveaways.'"

2012-07-13 (5772 Tamuz 23)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
jobs versus net jobs
"Back during the 1980s, when there were huge losses of jobs in the steel industry, the government restricted the importation of foreign steel.   It has been estimated that this saved 5K jobs in the American steel industry.   But of course restriction of competition from lower-priced imported steel made steel more expensive to American producers of products containing steel.   Therefore the price of these products rose, making them less in demand at these higher prices, causing losses of sales at home and in the world market.   The bottom line is that, while 5K jobs were saved in the American steel industry, 26K jobs were lost in American industries that produced products made of steel.   On net balance, the country lost jobs by restricting the importation of steel.   None of this was peculiar to the steel industry.   Restrictions on the importation of sugar are estimated to have cost three times as many jobs in the confection industry as they saved in the sugar industry.   The artificially high price of sugar in the United States led some American producers of confections to relocate to Mexico and Canada, where the price of sugar is lower...   The government can create a million jobs tomorrow, just by hiring that many people.   But where does the government get the money to pay those people? From the private economy -- which loses the money that the government gains.   With less money in the private sector, the loss of jobs there can easily exceed the million jobs created in the government or in industries subsidized by the government...   In addition to reducing jobs in the private sector by taking money out of the private sector to pay for government-subsidized jobs, the Obama administration has made businesses reluctant to hire because of the huge uncertainties it has created for businesses as regards the cost of adding employees.   With thousands of regulations still being written to implement [ObummerDoesn'tCare], no one knows how much this will add to the cost of hiring new employees...   During this administration, the proportion of the working age population that has a job has fallen to the lowest level in decades."
 
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  "The notion that our gov't should be able to take wealth away from human beings who created it by means of their labor & then redistribute that income to whomever the gov't sees fit is not only ridiculous, it is un-American.   The jury system, if effectively brought back, would protect us against this pernicious practice which is sapping the vitality of our nation.   Prior to 1913, we took better care of the needy than we do in 1988.   We did it because we cared & we had control over our own personal money." --- Michael Louis Minns 1989 _The UnderGround Lawyer_  

 
 

2012-07-14

2012-07-14
Jim Ditmore _Information Week_/_UBM_
Why IT Out-Sourcing Often Fails
"'SouthRoad' shared these...thoughts: 'Out-sourcing has not worked for us.   It usually starts with some qualified people doing a dog an pony show just to get the deal and then the work is handed off to a bunch of freshers in India who are right out of school and handed a programming book with their first assignment.'"

2012-07-14
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
A virtual stroll through some newspapers from well before the "storm" of the Civil War
West Virginia Geo-Explorer (requires evil Javascript)

2012-07-14
Patrick Michaels
extreme weather of the 1930s

2012-07-14
Anthony Watts
California Air Resources Board cap and trade program circumvents state open meeting laws with a Moonbeam assist

2012-07-14
Toni McAllister & Maggie Avants _Murrietta CA Patch_
as California crumbles Moonbeam is encouraging local governments to go opaque, keep citizenry in the dark

2012-07-14
Sivania Shinde _Mumbai Business Standard_
Tata seeking even more H-1B visas
"Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) the country's largest information technology (IT) services provider [cross-border bodyshop and off-shorer], has applied for 5,900 H-1B visas for America this year, up 1,400 from last year's 4,500 applications.   The company also said it was going to hire 50K more employees this financial year.   'The challenge of visa rejection, especially in the L-1 category (a non-immigrant visa meant for US entry for work purposes [for individuals who are already employees of a multi-national firm] and legally [yet another] stepping stone to permanent residency application), continues.   It is still in the 50% range.   So, we have changed our focus and opted for H-1B visas.', said Ajoy Mukherjee, executive vice-president and head, global human resources...   Mukherjee also said the company is start visiting college campuses in America later this year for hiring.   'In the first quarter of FY2013, we hired about 550 people in the USA [but they're still not saying how may are US citizens].   We will also start visiting the campus.   Last year, we had visited over 30 universities.   Other than this, our business associates (temporary hires) number has also gone up.', he said.   With 243,545 employees (as of June 30), Mukherjee's job, along with S. Mahalingam, chief financial officer, has become much more challenging."

2012-07-14
J. Michael Kennedy _NYTimes_
illegal aliens continue to enter Europe through Greece

2012-07-14
_San Francisco CA Chroncicle_/_AP_
corrupt Obummer admin further scales back border security and efforts to catch illegal aliens, specifically in Arizona

2012-07-14
Russ Swatek _Baltimore Sun_
Don't weep for farms losing illegal alien labor
"these farmers have become so accustomed to breaking the law to get cheap labor that they think they have a right to it.   For decades they have been hiring illegal [aliens] to get an unfair advantage over those who choose to abide by the law or have such small operations that they do not hire non-family members.   They complain that they can not find American workers to do these jobs although we have high unemployment.   This stems from the fact they only want to pay illegal-[alien]-level wages and that those with access to our welfare programs find that easier than working low-wage hard farm jobs.   If employers were forced to hire legal workers they would have to pay higher wages, and the cost of our food and other products would go up.   On the other hand we would no longer be providing benefits to illegal [aliens], the cost of our welfare programs would go down, and those Americans who took those jobs would enjoy a sense of self-worth.   Hiring Americans would be a win-win-win situation."

2012-07-14
Mike Shedlock _Town Hall_
Can Bernanke force banks to lend or people to borrow, and will investments and spending be economically appropriate or not?
 
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  "To show the world that we are not influenced by any contracted or interested motives, but a general philanthropy for all mankind of whatever climate, language, or complexion, we hereby declare our disapprobation & abhorrence of the unnatural practice of slavery in America..., a practice founded in injustice & cruelty & highly dangerous to our liberties (as well as lives), debasing part of our fellow creatures below men, & corrupting the virtues & morals of the rest, & which is laying the basis of liberty we contend for... upon a very wrong foundation.   We, therefore, resolve at all times to use our utmost endeavors for the manumission of our slaves in this Colony, for the most safe & equitable footing for the masters & themselves." --- 1775 January 5th Resolution at Darien, GA _The Revolutionary Records of the State of Georgia_ 1906 (quoted in Harry V. Jaffa 1994 _Original Intent & the Framers of the Constitution_ pg 45)  

 
 

2012-07-15

2012-07-15
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
How do you assess the Southern Confederate soldier & Southern Unionist?
"Claims applications can be rich with content that you simply won't find in basic service records, and testimonies of various people, on behalf of one claimant, are great (of course, you have to treat each carefully, as there might actually be a need to read between the lines, and ample time spent in the records of various persons, I'd argue, you begin to develop an eye for this sort of thing)...   the story of these people… and that word is critical, 'people'...is really quite rich, and deserves more care.   At an early point, it becomes necessary to understand the civilian...and the person, down deep...who may or may not don a uniform...or may opt to no longer wear that uniform, at some point during the war..."

2012-07-15
Steve Bousquet & Alex Leary _Tampa Bay FL Times_
Florida will gain access to DHS data-base
"After repeatedly refusing, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security agreed to open its data-base to the Department of State, which over-sees Florida's voter registration system.   The state will now cross-check the names of Florida voters against a federal citizenship data-base known as SAVE, or Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements...   the reversal comes after a federal judge in Florida refused to halt [efforts to remove ineligible voters from registration rolls]...   Within days, Florida will resume the laborious process of purging non-citizens from the list of 11.2M registered voters.   A previous purge based on a flawed list of 2,700 drivers with voter cards who were suspected of being non-citizens [or convicted felons whose right to vote had not yet been restored] ended last month when county election supervisors decided the list was inaccurate and unreliable...   Cate said the purging of the rolls would begin as soon as possible.   Under state law, only county election supervisors can revoke a voter's eligibility, following two separate 30-day notification periods, through a certified letter and a legal notice in a newspaper."

2012-07-15
Cliff Mass
hype and bad science and media irresponsibility
"It is disappointing that the media distributed these results so widely...with head-lines...throughout the nation and world.   The faults noted above were easy to find...   it appears that media folks don't evaluate the materials they head-line when it comes to science.   Sometimes the media go wacky based on materials that are not even published in peer-review journals or are made available in press releases.   They need to act more responsibly and secure the resources (e.g., trained science journalists) that have the time to insure the rigor of the materials they spotlight."

2012-07-15
Robert Spencer _PJ Media_
the suicide of the Western media

2012-07-15
Patrick Reddy _PJ Media_
2012 elections in the rust belt

2012-07-15
Thomas E. Brewton
more thoughts about pres. Obummer's industrial pretensions

2012-07-15
Mark J. Perry
in 3rd decade of STEM talent glut, federal government worries there aren't enough women in STEM fields
"1.   Women earned more bachelor's (57.2%), master's (60.3%) and doctor's degrees (51.7%) than men in 2010 reflecting gender gaps in favor of women at all levels of higher education.   The gender imbalance favoring women was especially significant at the master's level, where 152 women earned master's degrees in 2010 for every 100 men.
2.   In 9 out of 17 major fields of study at the bachelor's and doctor's levels, and in 11 out of 17 fields at the master's level, women were over-represented.   Some of the fields of study with the biggest gender imbalances favoring women include:
    a.   Health Professions (85.1% female at the undergraduate level and 81.4% at the master's level),
    b.   Public Administration and Social Services (82% female at the undergraduate level and 75.2% at the master's level),
    c.   Psychology (more than 70% female at all 3 levels)
    d.   Biology (53% or higher at all three levels, 58.5% for bachelor's degrees -- isn't Biology a STEM field?)
    e.   Education (79.5% for bachelor's degrees and 77% for master's degrees).
3.   Although not displayed in the table, there are huge gender degree disparities in favor of women for certain health fields at the doctoral level like veterinary medicine (77.6% female), pharmacy (63.8% female) and optometry (66.0% female)."

2012-07-15
Mark J. Perry
average government extortion burdens by income quintiles and top 1 percentile: USA's highly regressive federal extortion system

2012-07-15
Mark J. Perry
shale gas giving big boost to USA's economy (map)

20012-07-15
Mark Steyn _National Review_
football and hockey
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "A few years ago, Congress actually investigated the 'alleged' moral misconduct of its members.   The results of a corrupt institution investigating itself for corruption were as one would expect.   It was like reading an autobiography of Adolf Hitler.   Both Congress & Adolf Hitler come off looking pretty good.   It should be unnecessary to say... that a corrupt institution cannot honestly investigate itself for corruption.   However, as we have learned, Congress will not allow itself to be investigated by anyone else." --- William B. Williams 1995 _Future Perfect_ pg 241  

 
 

2012-07-16

2012-07-16
Ben Bradford _WNYC_
cross-border bodyshops top list of firms sponsoring H-1B visas... again
"Of the top-10 businesses approved by the Labor Department in the first step of the H1-B process last year, [all of them] had out-sourcing operations...   For several of these firms, the vast majority of their U.S. employees are on H1-Bs and other temporary work visas—as many as 90%, according to an analysis by CLSA, a brokerage firm that tracks the Asian market."
Most of PriceWaterhouseCoopers's work is "consulting", a euphemism for bodysopping, and a big chunk of Oracle is its bodyshopping business, setting up, tweaking and maintaining massive privacy violating data-bases...jgo

2012-07-16
Chris Cotelesse _Youngstown OH Vindicator_
finding and cataloging memorials to area soldiers

2012-07-16
Trevor Quinn
disputes over New Zealand weather station readings in context of relocations may go to court

2012-07-16
Michael Kassner _Tech Republic_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
Silent Circle improves security of e-mail, mobile-phone calls, text messages, and VoIP conferences
"I'm not sure of the circumstances, but Michael Janke, a former Navy SEAL, now privacy advocate and author, met Phil.   During the ensuing conversation, Michael asked Phil if there was a way for deployed military personnel to have secure phone conversations with their families back home.   Well, that's all it took.   Phil and Michael were off and running.   Along the way, Vic Hyder, also a former Navy SEAL and Jon Callas, cryptographer and co-founder of PGP Corporation, joined the team...   We are running Silent Circle on approximately 100 iOS devices right now.   We also have a working Android app, but it isn't as far along.   If interested, people can sign up to beta-test Silent Circle on the web-site."

2012-07-16
Michael Walsh _PJ Media_
the true thuggish face of the Obummer Permanent Campaign
"Here it is only mid-July and already the true thuggish face of the Obama Permanent Campaign is emerging for all to see.   When the president of the United States feels utterly free to bash private enterprise and the now-deceased Protestant work ethic, and even tries to criminalize it, you know we have entered uncharted waters in American political history.   Not since the Copperhead Democrats tried to appease the South and derail the Lincoln presidency have the Democrats been such an explicitly anti-American party.   The relatively moderate party of JFK and Hubert Humphrey was hijacked in the streets of Saul Alinsky's Chicago in 1968 and at the Miami Beach convention of 1972, which nominated George McGovern, and was transformed into a radical group that can no longer contain its animus against our country, our history, and our Constitution.   All eminently predictable, of course.   I've often called the Democrats a 'criminal organization masquerading as a political party' -- please read my brief new book on the subject, _The People v. the Democratic Party_...   'the modern Democratic party is the unholy issue of thirties gangsters and sixties Marxists'...   Speaking of gangsters and Marxists, Alinsky himself credited some of his effectiveness to the tactics he learned as an accomplice of the Capone mob in Chicago...   the Obama administration pays off its political contributors in the form of government-guaranteed loans and rigged contracts.   Of course it does -- that's the very essence of gangsterism, rewarding your friends and punishing your enemies...   Thanks to changing demographics, the Left's relentless assault on the American educational system over the past half-century, and the Regressives' control of the media, it's an open question whether [good people] are still a majority...   Gang-busters like Dewey and Eliot Ness, as well as crusading newspaper editors like Frank Knox, exposed the moral rot at the heart of the Democratic Party and its gangland allies, temporarily restoring the balance between honesty and corruption (and yes, in Illinois in particular, the GOP was and remains equally complicit in state-sanctioned theft)."

2012-07-16
Victor Thorm _American Free Press_
Has the Obummer admin been cooking the books on illegal immigration?

2012-07-16
_UPI_
Keynesian twisted view of "entrepreneurship"
"His comments on the bailouts are especially instructive because the [Obummer] administration essentially wiped out the bondholders, gave the UAW [bosses] what they wanted, and then dunned taxpayers to make it all happen.   While Krugman might claim that the auto bailout was 'the single most successful policy initiative of recent years', what occurred was pretty much a simple wealth transfer."

2012-07-16
Mark J. Perry
blood for profit
2012-06-27: Erin Carlyle: Forbes
"1.3M pints spoil, he claims, and get tossed every year in the U.S.A...   it's not so easy to disrupt a $4.5G-a-year business, even a sclerotic one...   the American Red Cross, controls 44% of the blood supply...   A pint of blood might cost a hospital $210 in WI but $265 in NJ...   Certification from the feds, to buy and sell blood that meets FDA standards, proved a snap...   'Selling into hospitals is like storming a castle.', says Mitchell...   The first hurdle is the risk-averse hospital lab ­director.   Most have never heard of General Blood, and few are impressed with its blood-broker certification.   Even if you get past the lab guard at the gate, you still need an audience with the CFO or whoever is in charge of ordering.   Mitchell and Bowman showed up at one hospital in Boston last year expecting to sign a contract only to be grilled by 10 or more doctors and administrators—who had no intention of doing any business with General Blood.   The company has snagged only 2 sales contracts...   General Blood last year grossed 18% on revenue of $500K.   By this time in 2013, thanks in part to approval to sell blood in New York and New Jersey, Bowman expects positive cash flow...   red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days, platelets 5 days..."

2012-07-16
Mark J. Perry
demand for sand used in fracking creates jobs, prosperity

2012-07-16
Mark J. Perry
illegal aliens, coyotes, drug and arms smugglers taking advantages of South Texas trails used for gas drilling

2012-07-16 (5772 Tamuz 26)
Mark Steyn _Jewish World Review_
Today's children inherit a world reverting to barbarism
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "Just as a corrupt institution is incapable of honestly investigating itself for corruption, so a corrupt institution is incapable of reforming its own corruption.   Expecting a corrupt institution to correct its own corruption is like expecting a blind man to operate on himself...   Since we have 5500 years of recorded history that tell us Congress will not voluntarily take power away from itself & distribute it back whence it came, the Congress must be forced to relinquish its stolen powers.   As we have learned, neither dictators nor democratic institutions will ever voluntarily give up power no matter what cost the citizenry must pay...   There is only 1 group more powerful than the Congress of the US -- we, the people.   The US of A is our society, not Congress'.   This is a country of the people, by the people, & for the people.   We are the supreme authority in this our own country." --- William B. Williams 1995 _Future Perfect_ pp 317-320  

 
 

2012-07-17

2012-07-17
Bjorn Lomborg _Foreign Affairs_
history of environmental hysteria: wrong again and again

2012-07-17
Anthony Watts
data homogenization distorts temperature record

2012-07-17
Willis Eschenbach
It was the best of droughts; it was the worst of droughts
"The US drought situation was worse in the 1950s.   And before that, it was worse in the 1930s.   And before that? Among the first entries when I google 'megadrought' are these: Tree rings document ancient Western megadrought.   Sierra Nevada 200-year megadroughts confirmed.   Scientists find evidence of ancient megadrought in southwestern U.S.A.   I don't want to minimize the suffering of those in the drought-affected areas.   Droughts are bad news for the people affected.   But this is not the worst drought in 50 years—it's among the best [least bad] droughts in 5K years."

2012-07-17 04:22PDT (07:22EDT) (11:22GMT) (13:22 Jerusalem)
Ellyne Phneah _Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
most bidness execs aren't likely to implement active defense of their networks/systems against hackers

2012-07-17
Philip Klein _Washington DC Examiner_
Obummers have investments in off-shorers and out-sourcers
"Apple... GE... IBM..."
Vangaurd fund

2012-07-17
Dr. Peter Weiss _PJ Media_
ObamaDoesn'tCare is bad medicine, plain and simple. But what do I know? I'm just a doctor.
"We see 100 patients a week in our offices and spend hours fighting the insurance companies to approve your treatment.   We worry about meeting pay-roll and paying the rent.   No one on the 'front line' was involved in writing [ObummerDoesn'tCare].   Those doctors in the high ivory tower don't even know what a stethoscope looks like, let alone know where to put it!...   The difference is that we are on the front line.   We know what works and what doesn't.   [ObummerDoesn'tCare] doesn't.   [ObummerDoesn'tCare] is fiscally dishonest.   Not only will it not save any money, it will also cost at least $1T more than originally thought.   That's from the CBO...   why am I mad as hell?   Because I care.   This is just bad medicine for our country."

2012-07-17
Marc Levy _Cumberland PA Sentinel_/_AP_
PA has fewer registered voters now than in 2004 or 2008

2012-07-17
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
Southern Unionist? Liar, liar, pants on fire!

2012-07-17
Tiffany Gabbay _The Blaze_
Frank Marshall Davis _The Communist_: How Obummer discovered "hope", "change" and "forward"

2012-07-17
Sharona Schwartz _The Blaze_
Palestinian man, arrested by Palestinian Authority's Military Intelligence for selling land to Jewish people, "fell" through window to his death

2012-07-17
Jonathon M. Seidl _The Blaze_
rousing speech by Catholic priest

2012-07-17
Thomas E. Brewton
Mr. Bubbles

2012-07-17
Mark J. Perry
home builder confidence at 5-year high

2012-07-17
Mark J. Perry
industrial production and vehicle production recovering... to 2007-2008 levels

2012-07-17
Mark J. Perry
Keynesian economics (cartoon)

2012-07-17
Mark J. Perry
shale oil and gas driving increased demand for guar gum, and hence guar beans in India

2012-07-17
Mark J. Perry
honest businesses shut down by government thugs

2012-07-17
Tom Blumer _PJ Media_
pres. Obummer's swing-state strategy is to take advantage of GOP accomplishments
"A recent Examiner.com item by Robert Elliott noted that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has decreased since 2011 January in all 17 states which elected Republican governors in 2010 November, especially in the ten where Republicans succeeded Democrats, and in the vast majority of cases by more than the overall national decline of 0.9 points from 9.1% to 8.2%.   Just a few of the noteworthy declines since then through May 2012, the latest month available, include the following:   Ohio (from 9.0% to 7.3%) -- Buckeye State Governor John Kasich and the Republican-controlled legislature eliminated a projected $8G deficit without raising taxes.   Kasich also turned down 'free' federal funding for what would have been a disastrous 'high-speed rail' debacle.   Since then, the state has been able to add over $400M to a previously fully depleted rainy day fund.   Michigan (from 10.9% to 8.5%) -- Rick Snyder's first year showed resolve similar to that exhibited by Kasich.   The unemployment rate in the state outside of the basket case known as Metro Detroit is down to 7.7%.   Oklahoma (from 6.2% to 4.8%) -- Immigration reforms passed several years ago helped the Sooner State keep its unemployment rate relatively low through the recession.   Strong governance by Mary Fallin and a booming energy sector have brought its unemployment rate to within striking distance of full employment.   Wisconsin (from 7.7% to 6.8%) -- The 0.9-point drop doesn't seem impressive until you consider how many businesses have probably avoided locating or expanding in the Badger State until learning whether Governor Scott Walker would defeat the left's recall effort.   Until Walker prevailed, [regressives] actively worked to thwart not only his public-sector reforms, but his efforts at bringing in new private-sector jobs.   Florida, where the unemployment rate has dropped from 10.9% to 8.6% since Sunshine State Governor Rick Scott took office, deserves an honorable mention.   Though Scott technically didn’t succeed a Democrat, his predecessor Charlie Crist governed like one for 4 ugly years.   Scott also resisted Uncle Sam's 'high-speed rail' temptations.   These 5 states owe their success to governing directly against the tax-and-spend, regulation-gone-wild, crony-capitalist model President Obama has been using in Washington.   Meanwhile, Democratic governors who have largely embraced Obama’s agenda and have tried to apply it in their own states have seen results ranging from mediocre to disastrous.   The most obvious failure is California, home of the nation's third-highest unemployment rate of 10.8%.   Governor Jerry Brown's once-Golden State has seen its projected budget deficit grow to $16G.   A tax increase, accompanied by the usual 'the world will end' threats if voters don't acquiesce, will be on the November ballot.   Not content to waste 'high-speed rail' money earmarked for his state, Brown also gleefully gobbled up the funds Ohio and Florida forfeited, and is currently doing a victory lap over the state legislature's recent approval of the $69G (before the inevitable cost overruns begin piling up) folly.   Other Democrat-governed states with serious ongoing problems precipitated primarily by progressivism include:   Illinois -- The Associated Press reports that 'not paying billions of dollars in bills for months at a time' is 'the state's policy'.   New York -- The unemployment rate in the Empire State has increased from 8.2% to 8.6% since 2011 January.   Connecticut -- The Nutmeg State nuttily raised taxes by a record amount last year, yet still had to close a budget deficit back in May when (surprise!) tax revenues didn't roll in as expected."

2012-07-17
Mary Grabar _PJ Media_
pres. Obummer's Communist Mentor: Frank Marshall Davis

2012-07-17
Bridget Johnson _PJ Media_
leftists adamant about continuing to increase spending on unconstitutional activities

2012-07-17
Theodore Dalrymple _PJ Media_
people rarely die of dementia in poor countries
"A survey has been published recently in the Lancet, in which researchers interviewed and tested 12,887 people over the age of 65 in various locations in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Venezuela, Peru, Mexico, and China.   Rather strangely, they write that '11,718 were dementia-free', rather than that 1,169 showed signs of dementia.   This means that 9.1% of their initial sample showed such signs, and oddly enough the authors do not attempt to answer the rather obvious question of whether this percentage is higher or lower than you would have expected of a similar sample taken in richer countries.   They did, however, note that the death rate among those who initially showed signs of dementia during a 3-5 year period of follow-up was 1.56 to 5.69 times as high as among those with no such signs.   The relative risk of death for people with dementia in poor countries was higher than that in richer countries; not altogether surprisingly, since it is likely that the medical treatment for the intercurrent but curable illnesses to which the demented are prone would be less assiduously treated in poor countries.   The researchers followed up 69% of their initial cohort who showed no signs of dementia for between 3 and 5 years (31% were lost to follow-up), to establish a rate at which dementia developed, and also to try to identify what factors, if any, protected against it.   What they found was roughly similar to what has been found in richer countries.   Between 2% and 3% of people aged over 65 developed dementia each year, though of course the proportion was proportional to initial age.   In Europe, a comparable age-adjusted figure would be 1.84%.   As in richer countries, the chances of developing dementia were lower among the better-educated.   The particular protective factor was found to be literacy, not number of years at school...   If literacy protects against the development of dementia, ask the authors, why is there no epidemic of dementia in countries with aging populations but low literacy rates among the elderly? They answer that it is probably because those who are demented die disproportionately in such countries."

2012-07-17 (5772 Tamuz 27)
Jonathan Tobin _Jewish World Review_
Hillary's role in Obummer's Mideast disasters

2012-07-17 (5772 Tamuz 27)
Frank J. Gaffney ii _Jewish World Review_
the company they keep: Team Obummer has welcomed violent Islamics in their midst

2012-07-17 (5772 Tamuz 27)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
Are race riots news?
"What I was appalled to learn, in the course of my research, was that such race riots have occurred in other cities across the United States in recent years -- and that the national mainstream media usually ignore these riots.   Where the violence is too widespread and too widely known locally to be ignored, both the local media and public officials often describe what happened as unspecified 'young people' attacking unspecified victims for unspecified reasons.   But videos of the attacks often reveal both the racial nature of these attacks and the racial hostility expressed by the attackers...   Such mob attacks have become so frequent in Chicago that officials promoting conventions there have recently complained to the mayor that the city is going to lose business if such widespread violence is not brought under control."
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "In all these cases [where people disagree] the thing is as it appears to the good man.   If this is true, as it seems to be, & excellence & the good man, as good man, are the measure of each thing, then pleasures, too, will be the pleasures of the good man, & pleasant will apply to the things that please him.   We should not be surprised to find what is painful to him seeming pleasant to someone else, since there are many forms of perversity & corruption among men; so that they are not pleasant as such, but only to those people, to people in that state." --- Aristotle _Ethics_ Book 10 section 5 (translated in Aristotle, Renford Bambrough, J.L. Creed & A.E. Wardman _The Philosophy of Aristotle_ pg 367)  

 
 

2012-07-18

2012-07-18
Roger Pielke
water vapor puts climate modelers in a bind

2012-07-18
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
A sesquicentennal moment: some key ingredients of the Southern Claims process

2012-07-18 08:38PDT (11:38EDT) (15:38GMT) (17:38 Jerusalem)
Jonathan Mattise _Treasure Coast FL Palm_
Tom Rooney, Michele Bachmann, Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, and Lynn Westmoreland calling for investigation of Muslim Brotherhood influence in federal government
News Max
The Blaze
Right Side News
Fox
Metro Moncton News
Front Page Magazine
Minn Post
Family Security Matters
"Bachmann singles out Clinton's deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, as an example of a 'serious security concern' because Bachmann alleges Abedin has 3 family members tied to the Muslim Brotherhood -- a group bent on 'destroying Western civilization from within', the letter states...   U.S. representative Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat and a Muslim, pressed Bachmann to provide proof.   Bachmann followed up with a 16-page letter with 59 foot-notes [indicating] Abedin's family ties and other claims.   Abedin is married to former U.S. representative Anthony Weiner, D-NY...   Bachmann's letter decries federal involvement with groups like the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Islamic Society of North America, which she claims to have ties with the Brotherhood."

2012-07-18
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
To prove loyalty -- the post Civil War Claims Commission questions

2012-07-18
Anthony Watts
examining that 2009 warmist hysteria "consensus" survey from U of IL at Chicago
Barry Woods: Zimmermann thesis on which Doran EOS paper was based shows lack of consensus

2012-07-18
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
Who are the Civil War web loggers?

2012-07-18
Aaron Goldstein _American Spectator_
terrorist attack in Bulgaria against Israeli tourists
Jewish World Review/AFP
CNN
Ha Aretz
Der Spiegel
Toledo OH Blade
UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon refuses to call attack terrorism

2012-08-18
Michelle Malkin _American Spectator_
your guide to sleazy leftist-backed banks
Family Security Matters
"The New York Times admitted this week that their staff and other political journalists from every major media outlet submit their work to the White House for unprecedented review, editing and 'veto power'...   Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac.   Forget Switzerland.   The mother and father of all financial industry outrages are rooted in Washington, DC.   And Obama Democrats are among the biggest winners of lavish, out-of-control compensation packages from fraud-plagued Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.   [Obummer] confidante James Johnson raked in $21M.   Former [Obummer] chief of staff and current Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel 'earned' at least $320K for a brief 14-month gig at Freddie Mac.   And Clinton Fannie Mae head and [Obummer] economic confidante Franklin Raines bagged some $90M in pay and stock options earned during the government-sponsored institution's Enron-style accounting scandal on the public dime.   Self-appointed banking police-woman and DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has, uncharacteristically, kept her mouth shut about these wealthy barons.   Superior Bank.   One of the [Obummers'] oldest Chicago friends and wealthiest billionaire bundlers, former Obama national finance chairwoman Penny Pritzker, headed up this subprime lender.   Even after it went under in 2001 and left 1,400 customers destitute, Pritzker was pushing to expand its toxic sub-prime loan business.   Pritzker and her family escaped accountability by forking over $460M over 15 years.   Obama happily accepted the nearly $800M in campaign and inaugural funding Pritzker drummed up for him.   To protect her family's multi-billion dollar fortune, Pritzker's enterprises park their money in the very same kind of off-shore trusts...   Broadway Bank.   In 2010, president and Mrs. Obama personally raised money for their Chicago friend and fundraiser Alexi Giannoulias.   As I reported then, Giannoulias' Greek immigrant family founded Chicago-based Broadway Bank, a now-defunct financial institution that loaned tens of millions of dollars to convicted mafia felons and faced bankruptcy after decades of engaging in risky, high-flying behavior.   It's the place where Obama parked his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign funds.   And it's the same place where a mutual friend of Obama and Giannoulias -- convicted [Obummer] fund-raiser and slum-lord Tony Rezko -- used to bounce nearly $500K in bad checks written to Las Vegas casinos.   Chicago's former inspector general blasted Giannoulias and his family for tapping $70M worth of dividends in 2007 and 2008 as the real estate crash loomed.   Broadway Bank was sitting on an estimated $250M in bad loans.   The cost to [tax-victims] after the bank was shut down 2 years ago: an estimated $390M..."

2012-07-18
_Fox_/_AP_
only 516,992 immigration-related arrests in 2010 -- lowest since 1972 -- according to DJS

2012-07-18
John Cook _Geek Wire_
47% of H-1B visa applications are in computer fields: MSFT is sponsoring the most

2012-07-18
Rick Seltzer _Central NY Business Journal_
25.5% of Syracuse H-1B applications are cap exempt

2012-07-18
Cornelius Frolik _Dayton OH Daily News_
arrests of illegal aliens grow: Ohio-region official says law enforcement targets worst offenders

2012-07-18
Mark J. Perry
Coursera has expanded to 16 universities

2012-07-18
Mark J. Perry
top 20% in income paid 94.1% of income extortion

2012-07-18 (5772 Tamuz 28)
Walter E. Williams _Jewish World Review_
tyrants and human nature
Town Hall
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "It is not, however, simply in criminal matters, it is almost everywhere that you find examples of official arrogance, cruelty, & incapacity, not arising, as I hold, from bad intention, but from the corrupting effect of power which is uncontrolled..." --- Auberon Herbert 1894 May _Contemporary Review_ (reprinted in Auberon Herbert _The Right & Wrong of Compulsion by the State & Other Essays_ pp 218-219)  

 
 

2012-07-19

2012-07-19 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT) (14:30 Jerusalem)
Scott Gibbons & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
DoL OPA press releases
historical data
DoL regulations
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 452,960 in the week ending July 14, an increase of 10,768 from the previous week.   There were 470,086 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6% during the week ending July 7, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,356,765, an increase of 246,164 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 3.0% and the volume was 3,783,316.   The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending June 30 was 5,752,116 a decrease of 121,985 from the previous week.   Extended benefits were available in ID, NV, NJ, and RI during the week ending June 30 [note that this list is way shorter than it was just a few weeks ago as eligibilities have been expiring...jgo].   States reported 2,524,363 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending June 30, a decrease of 81,924 from the prior week.   There were 3,154,001 claimants in the comparable week in 2011.   EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.   [Note that the population used for calculating the "insured unemployment rate" (the divisor) changes roughly quarterly:
to 132,623,886 beginning 2007-10-06;
to 133,010,953 beginning 2008-01-05;
to 133,382,559 beginning 2008-04-05;
to 133,690,617 beginning 2008-07-05;
to 133,902,387 beginning 2008-10-04;
to 133,886,830 beginning 2009-01-03;
to 133,683,433 beginning 2009-04-04;
to 133,078,480 beginning 2009-07-04;
to 133,823,421 beginning 2009-10-03;
to 131,823,421 beginning 2009-10-17;
to 130,128,328 beginning 2010-01-02;
to 128,298,468 beginning 2010-04-03;
to 126,763,245 beginning 2010-07-03;
to 125,845,577 beginning 2010-09-25;
to 125,560,066 beginning 2011-01-15;
to 125,572,661 beginning 2011-04-02;
to 125,807,389 beginning 2011-07-02;
to 126,188,733 beginning 2011-10-01;
to 126,579,970 beginning 2012-01-01;
to 127,048,587 beginning 2012-04-07, and seasonal adjustment factors were revised.]
EUC (Excel)
EB
graphs
more graphs

2012-07-19
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring News-Letter_
[yet another sizable] step backward As some of you have heard, Senator Grassley has now lifted the hold he had placed on HR3012, a bill to eliminate the per-country caps on EB-series (i.e. employer-sponsored) green cards.   While I have been neutral on that bill, I view this latest development as a step backward in terms of addressing the main abuses in H-1B and EB. .   In short, here is what happened: When HR3012 reached the Senate, Grassley put a hold on the legislation, a senate parliamentary procedure that froze the bill.   He subsequently offered an amendment, which in essence consisted of the [ineffectual] provisions in the H-1B reform bill he has introduced several times with senator Durbin.   Grassley said he'd release his hold if the amendment were approved, which it was not. Last week Grassley offered a different amendment, consisting of some tougher H-1B enforcement provisions.   This one was accepted, and he released his hold.   (There are apparently other holds still pending.) I've always strongly supported the Durbin/Grassley bill, and greatly appreciate their efforts.   (Though Grassley appears to be the much more interested of the two.)   However, from the beginning, e.g. [this column on their proposal.   I've also stated that what I like about Durbin/Grassley is 2 specific provisions, which would (a) [do little to reduce] the gaping loop-holes in the definition of prevailing wage, and (b) apply the laws currently imposed on "H-1B dependent" employers to all employers of H-1Bs.   I've said that I do not regard the enforcement provisions of the bill to be of any major value, since non-compliance with the law is not the primary problem with H-1B. Indeed, I have viewed the enforcement provisions as dangerous, worse than doing nothing.   Here's what I said at the time (see above URL):
 
...if Congress says, "Well, let's fold those anti-fraud measures in this bill in with our H-1B expansion bill.   After all, Durbin's bill was mainly about fraud, so we would be using the essence of his bill.", a terrible hoax will have been played on the American people.   H-1B is NOT about fraud, for the most part; it's about employers, large and small, taking advantage of huge loop-holes, that they wrote [or had written into the legislation], in order to hire cheap foreign labor.   Durbin's bill, by having so many anti-fraud measures, and by having its very title focus on fraud, invites a scenario in which its valuable portions are jettisoned.
 
[and here's what I, jgo, continue to write about it:
 
The F and H-1B and L and E and EB and LPR and even O visa programs are about FRAUD.   From start to finish, top to bottom, they're based on and thoroughly marbled with fraud.   The statues and regulations are full of frauds and deceptions.   It's about executives in business and academia, about immigration lawyers and lobbyists, about visa applicants, and, yes, it's about corrupt politicians and bureaubums in the related departments and agencies, and the incentives under which they work.   The executives want cheap, young, pliant foreign labor with flexible ethics; but, behind it all is money and power in various admixtures.   The immigration lawyers and lobbyists are almostly totally in it for the money, and in that sense their motives are more "pure" -- purely corrupt, but still "pure".
 
Among the lobbyists and corrupt bureaubums must be included the folks at NSF who made fraudulent claims of impending shortfalls without bothering to research actual supply and demand and price of talent; the managers at DHS (and predecessors) who fail/refuse to do actual background investigations of visa applicants and refuse to allow conscientious examination of the merits of each application, but, instead, provide incentives for unthinkingly rubber stamping applications (of course, some of the responsibility for that resides with the members of congress), thus rendering the vetting process fraudulent.   Among the executives and lobbyists and many of the visa applicants, the fraud includes the claims of "talent shortage", the claims that every foreign student and guest-worker is "best" or "bright" or "brightest" or "highly skilled".   There never has been an objective standard which actually requires the visa applicants to be good or bright or skilled or knowledgeable, and even the loose subjective standards that exist are mostly observed in the breach.   And this is on top of the several kinds of fraud which Dr. Matloff acknowledges occur in a very small fraction of cases: e.g. faked academic credentials, credentials from degree mills, exaggerated work experience, assertions by the sponsor that the work will be done in a low-cost/low-pay location when it is actually done in a high-cost/high-pay location like DC or NY.]

 
The reason this is dangerous is that it would give congress an excuse to wash their hands of the H-1B issue.   They could declare "mission accomplished", claiming H-1B has been fixed.
 
Sadly, that's exactly what seems to have occurred with HR3012.   In fact, the first "mission accomplished" statement has already appeared in print.   Neil Ruiz of the Brooking Institution (yes, the one in the pro-H-1B conference yesterday) wrote in an op-ed in the National Journal also published yesterday,
 
Grassley just announced last week his removal of his hold on the "Fairness" of "High-Skilled" Immigrants Act that would remove per-country visa quotas for green cards, in exchange for reforming the H-1B visa program.   Maybe Grassley, together with other Washington leaders, can now apply a more nuanced understanding of demand for [low-skilled and] high-skilled labor in their own regional economies so that the program can be reformed to work for their own regions and the entire nation in the long run.
 
Grassley, in his statement, specifically stated that his new amendment does NOT fix the general H-1B problem.   But that comment will be lost among all the Ruizes who spin Grassley's hold release as meaning that Grassley is now OK with H-1B [which, I, jgo, believe, he has always more or less been; hence the nibbling around the edges of the abuses with micro-tweezers when the magnitude of the problem calls for high explosives].   As such, I must view the recent action as a step backward, sadly.
 
The primary problem with H-1B is not enforcement of the law; instead, the trouble is with the law itself, riddled with loop-holes.   The most harmful loopholes are those dealing with the definition of prevailing wage, allowing the legally required wage to be well below the market wage.   And as I've shown statistically with the green card data, most tech employers of foreign workers pay ONLY the legally required wage, so most are paying below-market wages.   Yes, yes, there are some well-publicized cases of violation of the law, but the law was written so liberally that it's not necessary to cheat; employers can make out like bandits while still complying with the law.
 
I must emphasize yet again that the problem is across the board, including with main-stream U.S. firms [those which are or have bodyshopping operations -- like IBM, Oracle, Convergys -- as well as those who merely make use of bodyshops].   It is NOT limited to the Indian bodyshops, which essentially were excluded from my green card analyses.   (As shown by professor Ron Hira, the bodyshops seldom sponsor their foreign workers for green cards.)
 
If HR3012 does pass, it will be interesting to watch the consequences.   Though it will speed up green card processing for those born in India or [Red China], those from most other countries will find their waits substantially lengthened.   They won't be happy, and they may force the green card issue back in Congress.   Unfortunately, that will renew pressure for a "staple a green card to their diplomas" bill.
 
As to the Brookings conference [video].   I'll review it when I get a chance.
 
Norm
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2012-07-19
Steve Chapman _Town Hall_
out-sourcing, off-shoring, re-shoring (and domestic and cross-border bodyshopping)

2012-07-19
Mike Shedlock _Town Hall_
high earners flee as France raises top extortion rate to 75%

2012-07-19
judge Andrew Napolitano _Town Hall_
the rule of law

2012-07-19
Ann Coulter _Town Hall_
Obummer's ideal voter: illegal alien, single mother, convicted felon
"Teddy Kennedy's 1965 Immigration Act was expressly designed to change the ethnic composition of America to make it more like Nigeria, considered more susceptible to liberal demagogues...   57% of all immigrant households in the U.S.   get cash, Medicaid, housing or food benefits from the government -- compared with 39% of native households.   The highest rates are for immigrants from the Dominican Republic (82%), Mexico and Guatemala (tied at 75%)."

2012-07-19
Neal Boortz _Town Hall_
Hey, Obummer; We built that stuff too!

2012-07-19
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
post-war & post-re-construction feelings among former Confederates & Southern Unionists

2012-07-19
Mark J. Perry
"dry holes are a rarity for drillers in the Bakken"

2012-07-19
Mark J. Perry
more failed "green" energy companies

2012-07-19 (5772 Tamuz 29)
Clifford D. May _Jewish World Review_
Why are we still tolerating terrorists?

2012-07-19 (5772 Tamuz 29)
Victor Davis Hanson _Jewish World Review_
blowing up history... and rival cultures
Town Hall
"In the Arabic media, there are reports that Muslim clerics -- energized by the sudden emergence of Egypt's new president, Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood -- are now agitating to demolish the Egyptian pyramids.   According to agitated imams, the Pharaohs' monuments represent 'symbols of paganism' from Egypt's pre-Islamic past and therefore must vanish.   Don't dismiss such insanity so easily.   Mali Islamists are currently destroying the centuries-old mausoleums of Sufi-Muslim saints in the city of Timbuktu, the historic site of early Islamic scholarship and jurisprudence.   But perhaps the most recent regrettable Islamist attack on the past was the Taliban's 2001 dynamiting and shelling of the huge twin 6th-century CE statues of Buddha carved into a cliff at Bamiyan in Afghanistan.   'We are destroying the statues', Taliban spokesmen at the time bragged, 'in accordance with Islamic law, and it is purely a religious issue.'   Ideologically driven and historically ignorant violence is not just an Islamist monopoly.   Sometimes postmodern, politically correct Westerners can be every bit as zealous -- and as potentially destructive of the past -- as premodern Islamists.   One of the joys of visiting California's Yosemite Valley is a series of historic arched bridges that span the Merced River on the valley floor.   One, the 80-year-old Stoneman Bridge, is an architectural masterpiece and a tribute to Depression-era ingenuity and artistic elegance, while the sister Ahwahnee Bridge and the Sugar Pine Bridge were likewise designed to combine functionalism and beauty.   All are used daily, appreciated by thousands of visitors each summer, and now are listed as endangered treasures by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.   Environmental zealots in the National Park Service are now proposing to demolish all three bridges, motivated by their pie-in-the-sky dreams of allowing the flood-prone Merced River to be freed to find its original course, without human contamination...   The zealot's version of purity, and only his version, matters.   Modern affluence and leisure also explain both the ability and desire to destroy monuments of the past.   Twenty-first-century technology allows premodern Islamists to have the weaponry, and the leisure time, for such destruction.   If the statutes at Bamiyan are pagan, then so are the explosives that the Taliban used to obliterate them.   And it is only because water so easily flows from San Francisco faucets, and power is a matter of flicking a switch -- both impossible in 1913 when a growing San Francisco was short on clean water and newfound electricity -- that today's green imams have the latitude to dream of their own version of a pure and uncontaminated paradise."

2012-07-19
Thomas Sowell _American Spectator_
pres. Obummer's rhetoric
Town Hall
Mark J. Perry

2012-07-19
Nicole Bremer Nash _Tech Republic_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
San Diego Comic Con
costume gallery

2012-07-19
Patrick Thibodeau _PC Advisor_/_IDG_
Brookings H-1b report draws criticism at conference
"criticism focused on absence of test to determine if U.S. workers available before hiring foreign worker...   what Bernstein said he has not seen in research studies, including in the Brookings paper 'is a rigorous labor shortage analysis -- real identification of a [labor] demand shortfall'.   The Brookings research shows H-1B visa holders are used in 106 metropolitan areas, with New York at the top of the list...   'Do not confuse H-1B demand with labor demand -- they're not the same thing.', Bernstein said.   There may be 'lots of employers' seeking visas 'in a climate with very high unemployment even among skilled workers', he said.   'Below-market wages is a real concern here.', said Bernstein, who added there is evidence of H-1B visa use applying downward pressure on wages...   The employer[/sponsor] applies for the visa and has a lot of control over the employee, something that is ripe for exploitation, he argued...   Bernstein said he was comfortable with off-shoring...   Ron Hira, a public policy professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology and researcher on H-1B issues, said the use of the LCAs 'creates a significant and systematic bias that under-reports the off-shore out-sourcing firms' use of the H-1B program'...   John Miano, the founder of the Programmers Guild, has also looked at the locations in LCA data and said the problem with them is that employers can file them without getting the visas, and an LCA can apply to multiple employees.   Miano, using data about H-1B use and LCA on data.gov that disclosed usage by state, found that California led the list at 16%, followed by New York at 15%, in a post published by the Center for Immigration Studies."
National Journal

2012-07-19
Kyle Bonnell _Town Hall_
TSA allowing 25 illegal aliens to attend flight school

2012-07-19
Patrick J. Buchanan _V Dare_
the chickens of globalization come home to roost for both Dems and Reps
"if one is a believing globalist.   Then, whatever the result of globalization, whoever the winners and losers, that is what is best, for a globalized world is the best of all worlds.   This, of course, is not patriotism talking, or the voice of wisdom born of experience.   It is a recitation from the globalist catechism...   Free trade, the Kennedy Round of trade negotiations, the Uruguay Round, the Doha Round, NAFTA, GATT, the WTO—what they all produced is a Magna Carta of the transnational corporation, which looks longingly to the end of nation-states and the arrival of world government."

2012-07-19
William L. Anderson
pathos of Krugman, collectivist political operative

2012-07-19 (5772 Tamuz 29)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
trashing achievements
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "To abandon self-ownership is to become corrupt & servile in spirit, & for the servile & corrupt there are no great things possible.   You cannot carve in rotten wood; you cannot lead to greatness those who have renounced the essence of their own manhood or womanhood." --- Auberon Herbert 1908 (reprinted in Auberon Herbert _The Right & Wrong of Compulsion by the State & Other Essays_ pg 387)  

 
 

2012-07-20

2012-07-20
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring News-Letter_
the Brookings conference
 
As I mentioned yesterday, the Brookings Insitution, a major DC think tank, held a conference on H-1B on July 18.   The ostensible topic was the geographic distribution of H-1Bs across the U.S.A., but it of course turned out to be a wide-ranging discussion of all aspects of H-1B.
 
The planned theme on geography stemmed from a report by Brookings' Neil Ruiz, Jill Wilson and Shyamali Choudhury.   So far, I've only read parts of that report, and I have an e-mail query pending to Mr. Ruiz.   So I will postpone my analysis of the report, and concentrate instead on the 2 panel discussions.
 
It's unfortunate that there was very little balance in the composition of the panels.   As pointed out during the first Q&A period by David North of the Center for Immigration Studies, among 11 panelists, only one, Jared Bernstein, expressed even a semi-critical view of foreign tech worker programs.   (Bernstein was negative on H-1B, positive on green cards.)   Another panelist was neutral, and the rest were solidly in the pro-foreign-worker camp.   I would add that there were no panelists who were working programmers or engineers.
 
Accordingly, most panelists had a "the employers tell us they can't find 'qualified' workers, so we can see that H-1Bs are needed" point of view.
 
Bernstein, the one hold-out, is clearly a very thoughtful and insightful analyst who presents his views in a remarkably cogent manner.   His patience in dealing with Vivek Wadhwa (see below) was remarkable.   Some readers of this e-newsletter know him personally, and respect him, I'm sure quite justifiably so.   But...
 
Unfortunately, Bernstein was handicapped by lack of key knowledge of the workings of the H-1B program.   He stated, for instance, that H-1B law requires employers to give hiring preference to Americans (U.S. citizens and permanent residents).   This is false, other than for a minuscule part of H-1B law pertaining to "H-1B dependent employers".
 
More importantly, Bernstein bought into the false notion, common inside the Beltway these days, that use of H-1Bs as cheap labor occurs mainly through violations of the law.   Wilson, also on the panel, said that American workers are protected from being under-cut by cheap foreign labor by the fact that employers must pay H-1Bs the legally defined prevailing wage.   Bernstein agreed, saying most employers are law-abiding.   The problem is that the legal prevailing wage is well below market wage.   The industry wrote the law to benefit itself, giving the appearance of "protection" when actually giving anything but.
 
Thus employers can and do pay H-1Bs less than comparable Americans.   Such behavior is the rule, not the exception.   This loop-hole has been noted by the GAO, and indeed noted by another panelist, Vivek Wadhwa, who has written in the past that he used the loop-hole to under-pay H-1Bs when he was a tech CEO.   Of course, Wadhwa, now more combative and partisan than ever (see below), kept quiet when Wilson made her "protections" remark.
 
My statistical analysis of employer-sponsored green card data has shown that most main-stream U.S. employers pay at or near the prevailing wage.   Since the latter is below market wage, one then sees that most main-stream employers are paying their foreign workers less than they pay comparable Americans.   (As I've explained before, the word "comparable" is central.)   Note carefully that this data essentially excludes the Indian bodyshops, since professor Ron Hira's research has shown they rarely sponsor their workers for green cards.   IOW, the problem is much more widespread than Bernstein realizes.
 
This is a key point.   The main controversy on H-1B, after all, is whether H-1Bs are used for cheap labor.   Given that the panelists were working on the basis of a fundamentally incorrect assumption to begin with (that paying below-market wages is illegal), that made meaningful discussion of H-1B nearly impossible.
 
Various panelists denied that H-1B was harming American tech workers.   Wilson, for instance, noted that the unemployment rate in STEM is 4%.   Bernstein countered that that is double the usual rate of 2%.   But this still misses the point, which is that people are forced out of the field.   Once they become insurance agents, say, they count in government data as employed insurance agents, not unemployed programmers.   There is also the issue of software contractors who find it harder to get work (and get paid less for it).   So the 4% figure is highly misleading.
 
Bernstein did briefly refer to the recent Washington Post article that showed most people in life science research fields eventually get squeezed out of an eventual career.   The article did not mention the H-1B connection (the next article will do so, I'm told), but the NIH report certainly did.   Data on post docs is poor, but the usual figure cited is that 60% of the post docs are foreign nationals.   So if you want an example of a direct, large impact of H-1B on an American profession, there it is.   The same is true for programming and engineering, though more complicated.
 
As most readers of this e-newsletter know, a major point I make is that H-1B is largely about age, meaning people under age 35.   Young workers cost less than older workers, both in salary and benefits, so employers save a bundle by hiring the young.   When they run out of young Americans to hire, they turn to hiring young H-1Bs.   (Many, of course, go directly to the young H-1Bs.)
 
Wadhwa brought up the age issue, but in a new way for him.   He stated that in the past he had been critical of foreign worker programs for precisely the reason I gave in the last paragraph, their effect in forcing Americans out of the field at age 35 or so, but now he has changed his mind.   The older programmers are having trouble finding work, he said, not because of the presence of the younger H-1Bs but because the programmers lack up-to-date skills.   This is the standard industry lobbyist line, but unfortunately for Vivek, he is on record as saying that even if an older programmer has all the modern tech skills, employers will still hire the young.
 
A journalist in the audience indirectly brought up the age issue as well.   She noted the revolving-door aspect of the industry lobbyists' claims to need H-1Bs because the technology evolves rapidly, so that only the young qualify for jobs.   She pointed out that this is a self-sustaining process, guaranteeing that we will ALWAYS "need" more H-1Bs.   Unfortunately, the panel did not really understand her question, but she was right on point.   I've written extensively on the skills issue before, so will just insert my sound-bite comment here: If only new graduates know new programming languages and the like, how can it be that they learned those languages from old guys like me?   The journalist also correctly pointed out that today's H-1B becomes tomorrow's victim in this process.
 
Much has been made in the last few days about the fireworks between Wadhwa and Bernstein at Brookings.   I'm sure the audience was entertained, but Vivek's behavior once again was far beyond what is acceptable in an academic/research setting.   Sure, banter is fine, but Vivek once again chose to trash professor Ron Hira, calling Ron (his fellow Indian-American, by the way) "an academic nut case" and so on.   Vivek repeatedly characterized all critics of H-1B as "anti-immigrant", "xenophobic" and "fringe".   Bernstein objected, as did that same journalist in the audience.
 
But Bernstein said that "everyone", except for the people in the affected professions, supports promoting the immigration of more tech workers.   Unfortunately, as a recent White House economist, his definition of "everyone" means "everyone inside the Beltway".   My own experience, e.g. when I'm interviewed on radio talk shows, is that most Americans are solidly opposed to importing tech workers on a large scale.   That was borne out by a 1998 Harris Poll (though I've heard the industry recently commissioned a poll with the opposite results).
 
See this account of my own run-in with Vivek, which in turn has links to cases in which he bullied Ron on 2 different national TV shows.   I have also praised Vivek for some of the research he's done, and wish he would stick to the facts, rather than ranting and raving.   One such out-burst might be excusable, but with Vivek it is pattern and practice, and I cannot understand why he keeps getting invited to serious forums such as this one.
 
Rude as Vivek's behavior was, I must say that MSFT's Bill Kamela was a lot worse.   He repeated the claim Bill Gates has made that the software developer jobs at MSFT "start at $104K per year".   Actually, the green card data show that only 6% of MSFT's software engineers being sponsored are making over $100K.
 
Kamela then made the bizarre claim that "MSFT knows every computer science professor in the country", and recruits through them.   Needless to say, this is nowhere near true.   Moreover, that claim was a non-response to the question asked of Kamela by congressional staffer in the audience.   The latter, pointing out the difficulty many Americans have of moving across the country when saddled with a high-interest mortgage, asked Kamela whether Microsoft might help refinance.   This was clearly aimed at older workers, not new graduates, but Kamela ignored that and gave a spiel on recruiting new grads.
 
In 2008 Vivek quoted David Vaskevitch, then the chief technology officer at MSFT, saying Vaskevitch "acknowledged that the vast majority of new MSFT employees are young, but said that this is so because older workers tend to go into more senior jobs and there are fewer of those positions to begin with".
 
I've often written that most people don't realize the "indentured servitude" attraction that foreign work programs have for employers.   Losing a worker to another firm in the midst of an urgent project can be a big blow.   Green card sponsorship in effect locks the foreign worker in, something even more valuable to many employers than wage savings.   Wadha briefly mentioned this too.
 
Along those lines, North asked Kamela if MSFT would support a law that grants the foreign worker a green card WITHOUT employer sponsorship, thus eliminating the "indentured" status.   Kamela said MSFT supports portability, but that it also insists that the employer sponsor the worker.   Kind of contradictory, but I think Kamela's comments do make it clear MSFT wants the "indentured" status, at least for a few years.   As I've said, look for more bills coming that make it appear that foreign STEM students are getting "instant" green cards but that actually ensure that the process is strung out over several years.
 
I was quite impressed by the moderator of the first panel, Edward Schumacher-Matos.   He clearly had done his homework.   He knew, for example, that the training funds that come from the H-1B employer fees go to training technicians, jobs that H-1Bs don't take.   Thus the whole rationale for the user fees, to end dependence on the H-1B program, is wrong from the git go.   Indeed, Sun Microsystems, in its heyday, said the same thing, as did the Dept. of Commerce.   Again, go back to Vivek's comment I cited above -- employers don't want the older worker even if she has all the right skills.
 
I won't comment here on Vivek's claims about immigrant entrepreneurship in the tech industry, as I've explained in detail before why those claims are misleading.   Ditto for his claim, and Kamela's, that most H-1Bs are "the best and the brightest".   (I think Bernstein did counter that one briefly.)
 
Wilson brought up the issue of "diversion" in which STEM grads choose non-STEM careers, such as finance and the law, which are much more lucrative.   She seemed mystified by this, but it's not mysterious at all.   H-1B and similar programs have flooded the STEM job market, suppressing wage growth and thus making STEM careers unattractive.   As I've mentioned many times, an 1989 NSF analysis predicted that this would occur as a result of the foreign influx, even predicting that the "diversion" would be in the direction of finance and the law.
 
To me, one of the most interesting statements was Bernstein's recounting his experience at the Dept. of Labor in the 1990s, when the industry was ramping up its campaign to expand the H-1B program.   He said the industry was telling Labor, "Wages in our industry are going up, so the government has got to help us!"   So there it is quite explicitly -- the industry admitting that H-1Bs is about saving labor costs.   Some of you may recall that a memo unearthed coincidentally during the [senate confirmation hearings on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the supreme court] showed that the Clinton administration had real suspicions about the industry regarding H-1B.
 
The Brookings conference consisted of lots of heat but not much light, as the saying goes.
 
Norm
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2012-07-20
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
Today's sesquicentennial moment: Civil War gets more difficult in VA... with a parallel in MS
"'...No privileges and immunities of warfare apply to lawless bands of individuals not forming part of the organized forces of the enemy nor wearing the garb of soldiers, who, seeking and obtaining safety on pretext of being peaceful citizens, steal out in rear of the army, attack and murder straggling soldiers, molest trains of supplies, destroy railroads, telegraph lines, and bridges, and commit outrages disgraceful to civilized people and revolting to humanity...'...   '...Persons denying that they are citizens of the United States, repudiating the duties of citizens, by words or actions, are entitled no rights, save those which the laws of war and humanity accord to their characters.   If they claim to belong to a hostile government, they have the rights of belligerents, and can neither justify claim, nor have anything more from the army.   If they are found making war, without lawful organization or commission, they are enemies of mankind, and have the rights due to pirates and robbers, which it will be a duty to accord them.'"

2012-07-20
Anthony Watts
on citing sources, Demetris Koutsoyiannis and the homogenization of temperature data, plus some comments on web log review

2012-07-20
Ben Stein _American Spectator_
Wall Street owes America for misconduct -- but we owe it big time too

2012-07-20
Dana Beyerle _Gadsden AL Times_
civil rights commission to hold hearings on efforts to reduce illegal immigration: August 17 at Sheraton Birmingham hotel
Over a dozen speakers are scheduled to address the commission.

2012-07-20
Greg Johnson _Knoxville TN News Sentinel_
pres. Obummer's personally insults millions of Americans in his attempt to shovel out leftist propaganda

2012-07-20 09:42PDT (12:42EDT) (16:42GMT) (18:42 Jerusalem)
Patrick Thibodeau _ComputerWorld_/_IDG_
neither Romney, Obummer nor Brookings want to discuss out-sourcing
"No one wants a real discussion on [out-sourcing -- on- or off-shore].   Not President Barack Obama, not Mitt Romney and not the Brookings Institution...   Except in a few small circles, there is no interest in a thoughtful examination of the question posed by Bernstein [or any of the others]."

2012-07-20
Joe Guzzardi _Jersey Journal_
Obummer and Romney should both read the news; they're apparently not aware of devastating job destruction

2012-07-20
David Stockman & Alex Daley _Lew Rockwell_
"austerity" is not discretionary

2012-07-20
Mark J. Perry
employment in "natural" resources and mining in ND

2012-07-20
Mark J. Perry
15-year-old Amerian made break-through in testing for pancreatic cancer
Fast Company
"he's just pioneered a new, improved test for diagnosing pancreatic cancer that is 90% more accurate, 400 times more sensitive, and one-26-thousandth as expensive as existing methods."

2012-07-20
Mark J. Perry
ND vs. USA unmployment rates

2012-07-20
Mark J. Perry
individual achievement: Milton Friedman vs. pres. Obummer

2012-07-20
Mark J. Perry
Think of all the businesses that don't happen due to government regulations

2012-07-20 (5772 Menachem-Ab 01)
Joshua Mitnick _Jewish World Review_
Will Israel retaliate against people behind Bulgaria bus bombing?
"Speaking to reporters, Mr. Netanyahu said it was Hezbollah, acting as the 'long arm' of Iran, which actually carried out the attack...   Gerald Steinberg, a political science professor at Bar Ilan University, says that Netanyahu has been very cautious about using force in general.   The Israeli leader is likely to order a man-hunt as the government did after the assassination of Israel's delegation to the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.   'The history of Israeli responses to terror attacks like this are a very slow and carefully measured response where the perpetrators are identified, and one by one they are found.', he says."

2012-07-20 (5772 Menachem-Ab 01)
Fred Weir _Jewish World Review_
in Russia's Tatarstan republic moderate Muslims are being assassinated... by extremist Muslims
"A leading Muslim cleric was shot dead and another seriously injured by a car bomb in the mainly Muslim Volga republic of Tatarstan Thursday, in attacks that police and most experts believe were almost certainly carried out by radical Islamists.   The violence threatens to shatter more than just the peace in the oil-rich central Russian region, whose majority population constitutes one of the biggest single concentrations of Sunni Muslims in Europe.   The 2 victims are leading proponents of the officially sponsored brand of Euro-Islam, which preaches tolerance, democracy and acceptance of modern secular life.   The republic's chief mufti, Ildus Faizov, who was hurled from his car by a powerful blast, had been leading efforts to expunge Saudi-trained clerics and extreme Salafist textbooks from local mosques and religious schools.   Deputy mufti Valiulla Yakupov, gunned down on the porch of his home, was an Islamic scholar who was widely regarded as the main strategist in the fight against religious extremism."
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "The question before the court & you, gentlemen of the jury, is of no small or private concern; it is not the cause of a poor printer, nor of NY alone, which you are trying.   No!   It may, in its consequence, affect every free man that lives on the main of America.   It is the best cause; it is the cause of liberty, & I make no doubt but your upright conduct this day will not only entitle you to the love & esteem of your fellow citizens, but every man who prefers freedom to a life of slavery will bless & honor you as men who have baffled the attempt of tyranny, & who, by an impartial & incorrupt verdict, have made a noble foundation for securing to ourselves, our posterity & our neighbors that to which nature & the laws of our country have given us a right -- the liberty of exposing arbitrary power, in these parts of the world at least, by speaking & writing truth." --- Andrew Hamilton 1735-08-04 on behalf of John Peter Zenger (quoted in Alfred H. Knight 1996 _The Life of the Law_ pg 105)  

 
 

2012-07-21

2012-07-21
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring News-Letter_
Jared Bernstein responds to my news-letter article about the Brookings conference
 
Jared Bernstein, whose clash at the Brookings conference with Vivek Wadhwa I reported here the other day, wrote to me later, stating that my account was inaccurate and incomplete.   He graciously offered to allow me to post his message here, which I am doing below.   Following it, I am enclosing my reply to him, minus a bit of personal material.
 
I apologize for offending Jared, which certainly wasn't my intention.   I was simply giving an honest report.   I still stand by that report, but I agree I could have elaborated in some places and perhaps inserted some softening disclaimers in others.   I also thank a reader who sent a detailed, articulate defense of Jared along similar lines.
 
Jared closes his message to me by saying that he and I "are fighting a similar fight".   I was pleased to see him say this, but the central point in my report on the Brookings conference was that actually there is only a small degree of commonality in Jared's and my views.
 
The theme that arose repeatedly in Jared's remarks at Brookings was "the Intels are the Good Guys and the Infosyses are the Bad Guys".   This came up explicitly, e.g. when he cited Tata, Infosys and "Indian companies", and implicitly, in statements like "most [employers of H-1Bs] are ethical, law-abiding people" and in his support for issuing green cards instead of temporary work visas.
 
My central point was that the problem is industry-wide, including BOTH the Intels AND the Infosyses.   Under-payment of wages of course must be gauged according to the skills of the worker, but the result is that the Intels under-pay their H-1Bs on the high end, and the Infosyses do so on the low end.
 
I've shown this in many ways: via my statistical analysis of the PERM data; by citing economic principles, e.g. the negative impact limits on mobility can have on H-1B wages; and anecdotally, such as the David Huber incident with Cisco.
 
The abuse occurs perfectly legally, due to gaping loop-holes in the legal definition of prevailing wage, in the recruitment requirements of the green card process and so on -- all in laws that the Intels wrote [or at least that the executives and their lobbyists wrote].
 
It is also one of the topics covered in my slide presentation (pdf).
 
In my posting on the Brookings conference, I noted blatant misrepresentation by the MSFT panelist regarding wages, not the first time they've done this.   How can anyone regard Microsoft as among the Good Guys?
 
Much is made of the fact that the Infosyses are prominent near the top of the H-1B league tables, but that doesn't show the big picture.   Actually, only 12% of H-1Bs are sponsored by Indian firms.   (This is from a Washington Post article, and jibes with rough data analyses I've done.)
 
Jared is not the only one with this Intels Si!, Infosyses No! viewpoint. On the contrary, it has become the Conventional Wisdom in DC and among some academics.   (Ron Hira, by the way, does NOT have this viewpoint.) It is the convenient stance to take.   I could write a detailed analysis of the sequence of events that led to this stance, interesting dynamics.   (I've in fact been planning such an article, actually, but haven't had time to approach any news outlets yet.)
 
But this Conventional Wisdom is greatly at odds with the facts, and is unconscionable scape-goating.   Indian and Indian-American groups have objected to that scape-goating, as has Vivek, whom I solidly supported.   Again, if the Infosyses were indeed the main abusers of the system, I'd have no problem with pointing that out, but they are in the small minority.
 
No question about it, the Intels project a better IMAGE than do the Infosyses.   They have savvier lawyers who wear nicer suits.   They are less overt in restricting American hires.   As noted earlier, they hire a higher class of H-1Bs (e.g. better educated).
 
But the Intels are still abusing the H-1B program and green card programs, still paying below-market wages, still reducing wages and job opportunities for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, still using the programs to hand-cuff their foreign workers from moving to other firms.
 
Here is the bottom line: In pure numbers, far more American programmers and engineers are being hurt by the Intels than by the Infosyses.   One should not conflate the sleazy image (partly real) of the Infosyses with the fact that 12% is just that -- only 12%.   To ignore the 88% that are also harming American workers is just wrong.
 
Norm
 
Jared Bernstein 2012-07-20 11:52:40 +0000 to Norm Matloff
 
With respect, this is a very unfair and unrepresentative review of my position in the Brookings debate.   The whole thrust of my argument was that the current system is quite deeply flawed.   In fact, I began be describing H1-B as "an inelegant solutions to something that I'm not even sure is a problem".
 
It's true that at one point I misspoke and conflated the weak attestation rule of H1-B Dependency cases with the whole program.   But I must have said "there's no labor market test" 20 times!   In fact, on my list of flaws in my opening statement, that was #1!   And fixing that was #1 on my list of fixes.
 
Same thing about the impact of the program on depressing wages -- that was #2 on my list!
 
And you completely ignored my key point which I hammered on to the point of being obnoxious -- it was my main critique of the Brookings paper: the H1-B (and L1, etc. program blocks the organic market adjustments that should occur, most importantly rising earnings!   How many times did I say something to the effect of: "we don't even know if there are labor shortages here, but if we did, why would we want to jam the market signal by tweaking up labor supply through raising the H1-B cap!!??"...
 
[As a matter of fact, we do know that there have been STEM skills surpluses for years, and possibly through the last several decades.   Ending the fraud surrounding the surplus is #1 on my list.   #2 is the fraudulent claims WRT the quality of the guest-workers.   #3 is the undermining of professional ethics...jgo]
 
It's true that I took a "mend it, don't end it" position.   As I stressed—again, from my opening statement and throughout the hour -- I don't like guest worker programs in general, but I wouldn't end H1-B without fixing the broken immigration system first.   We may disagree on this point, but I think there needs to be a mechanism where some workers of various skill levels can get temporary visas to work here.   (For the record, I've spoken extensively with leading H1-B critic Ron Hira about this and he agrees with mend-it-don't-end-it.)
 
Finally, I thought I was consistently explicit when I was talking about the White House and DC politics favorable views on high-skill immigration.   I wasn't at all saying that's how the public views this...
 
I thought I fought very hard to defend a sensible and quite critical position re temporary guest worker visas in general, and the H1-B programs in particular.   Your note doesn't honestly reflect the positions I took nor the arguments I made.
 
Feel free to share this with your list.   I know we're fighting a similar fight here and I continue to support and respect your work.
 
Best,
Jared

 
Norm Matloff 2012-07-20 09:51:03 -0700 to Jared Bernstein
 
Thanks for the reply, Jared, and the offer for me to share it with my list, which I'll do.
 
For the record, I've never advocated "ending" H-1B.   I too would "mend" it.   More on this below.
 
You did indeed say, several times, that H-1B suppresses wages.   I debated whether to mention this, though, because it didn't make sense.   You were perfectly OK with granting more green cards to tech workers.   Obviously that would suppress wages too.
 
As to the labor market test, this depends on one's definitions.   In the eyes of some critics, Durbin/Grassley does not do a labor market test either.   To me it's not an interesting issue (again, see below), so I didn't bring it up.   I agree that I should have, given that I pointed out your stating that H-1B employers must hire Americans first.
 
Now, here is what IS important, in my view: I think you missed my point (my fault, I think): You are in the "the Intels are the Good Guys, the Infosyses are the Bad Guys" camp.   This is inaccurate scape-goating. H-1B is abused across the board, with the Intels under-paying at the high end and the Infosyses underpaying at the low end.   I'd have no problem with singling out the Infosyses if they were the only abusers, but that is absolutely false, as my analysis of the DoL PERM data shows.
 
It's unfortunate that you regard me as extreme, Vivek's counterpart.   I know some others have this view of me too, but either we are going to address the foreign tech worker issue or we won't.   Pretending that the problem is limited to a politically weaker group -- the Infosyses are not without clout, but their clout is minuscule compared to that of the Intels -- is just wrong, doubly so when a minority racial/ethnic group is involved.
 
As a life-long liberal Democrat, I'm quite disappointed with people like Schumer and Lofgren who take that "Intels good, Infosyses bad" stance.   Zoe at least knows better.
 
I was glad to see that you support the Durbin/Grassley bill.   I have publicly endorsed it on numerous occasions.   So you can see that I am with you in terms of "mend it, don't end it".   (I made my own mending proposal back in 2003 in my University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform article.)
 
As I said in my e-newsletter posting last night, the absolutely central issue is the definition of prevailing wage, which currently enables the rampant abuse of H-1B.   Durbin/Grassley would change that definition to the 50th percentile of the given occupation, with NO splitting into various experience levels.   This is key, as it would go a long way to address the age issue.   The AFL-CIO (DPE) proposal would be even better, setting the legally required wage to the 75th percentile.
 
I should also note that I have always strongly supported the notion of bringing in the best and the brightest from around the world.   I've personally acted on that conviction.
 
But the vast majority of the foreign tech workers are NOT the best and the brightest.   They're good, competent people, but not brilliant.   My proposal has been that we should give an automatic green card to any foreign STEM student who gets a job offer in the 90th percentile of their occupation.
 
But I am strongly opposed to the "staple a green card to their diplomas", which have the same problems as H-1B: They would suppress wages (by swelling the job market) and have the same negative impact on the over-35 programmers and engineers (since most of those getting diplomas would be young).
 
The real value of the Post story on the life science post docs is that young Americans would have to be crazy to go into that bio research today.   With 60% of the post docs being foreign, it is clear that foreign worker programs are a major cause of this.   Do you really think it's OK that young Americans interested in science see it as untenable as a career?   And most importantly, would things be any better if we gave those foreign post docs automatic green cards?   I assume your answer is no to both these questions.   If so, I hope you re-evaluate your stance on "Intels and Infosyses".
 
Norm
 
P.S.
 
[Here is] the transcript of the Brookings conference.
 
This is useful for those lacking the time to watch the videos, and for researchers who wish to do text searches.
 
I've fixed a couple of grammatical/usage issues and added a bit of clarification, but it's basically what I posted earlier today.
 
Norm
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2012-07-21
_ACS_
plants clean city air more than we'd thought... so sprawl is a good thing, right?

2012-07-21
Patrick Poole _PJ Media_
Keith Ellison is trying to rewrite history on his Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR ties
Obummer is the nexus of problems

2012-07-21
Dave Gibson _Examiner_
illegal alien charged in murder-for-hire scheme in Florida

2012-07-21
_Economist_
Scientific peer review and publishing taking a turn for the better... maybe
canonical link
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "In 1993, for example, according to the data from the sample week, federal prosecutors brought criminal charges in 61% of all the drug matters brought to them by the DEA, the FBI & a handful of other agencies... We already know that 46% of all the 2,191 criminal matters disposed of during the 1st week of 1993 May were by findings of guilt.   But the data show that the likelihood of such a finding was highly varied, ranging from a low of 2% for those charged with violating civil rights laws to a high of 86% for individuals charged under the immigration statutes.   Finally, we also know that federal prison was the outcome in 32% of all the matters dealt with in the sample week...   A prison sentence resulted from 62% of the immigration cases that were disposed of that week.   At the other end of the prison scale was official corruption, 10%; organized crime, 6%; & civil rights, 2%." --- David Burnham 1996 _Above the Law_ pg 37  

 
 

2012-07-22

2012-07-22
Mary Pickett _Billings MT Gazette_
MSU Billings class of 2010 graduated with an average of $24K in student loan debt
"Students graduating from Rocky Mountain College in Billings had an average debt of about $20,100.   76% of graduates carried debt.   Across the state, students receiving bachelor's degrees from public campuses in the 2009-2010 school year carried an average of $22,811 in debt.   63% had some kind of a loan.   That's higher than the $19,800 national average."

2012-07-22
Nicholas Stix _V Dare_
corrupt Obummer regime's suit against sheriff Arpaio seeks to break will of patriotic immigration reform movement

2012-07-22
Paul Craig Roberts _V Dare_
the cost of the left's on-going vendetta against pres. Ronald Reagan
"the record is clear that Reagan did not cut back government or abolish the welfare state."
and it is a sad thing with terrible consequences that he did not...jgo

2012-07-22
Ed Marcum _Knoxville TN News Sentinel_
turrrrible shortage of... truck drivers
"TruckGauge, an on-line provider of analysis and information on the trucking industry, predicts there will be a shortage of about 150K drivers nationally by the end of the year, and believes that new government hours-of-service rules will push the shortage to 240K by the end of 2013...   Some in the industry, particularly drivers, say pay is the real cause of the driver shortage.   Jim Park, a driver who blogs for Truckinginfo.com, said pay is too low and cited a study by Transport Capital Partners that concluded annual pay needs to be above $60K to attract sufficient drivers to the industry.   Aubrey Allen Smith, a truck-driver advocate and blogger, maintained the driver shortage is artificial because trucking companies do not want to pay the higher wages needed to attract and retain drivers.   According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the median annual wage for a tractor-trailer driver in Tennessee during 2012 was $43,330...   The 3-week program at Tennessee Truck Driving School costs $4,225.   On the other hand, many companies agree to repay the tuition expenses for students they hire."

2012-07-22
Victor Davis Hanson _PJ Media_
the demons of the modern rampage killer
"His dark counterparts exist in contemporary Norway, Uganda, Russia, and Latin America.   I am sure there is a typology of the multifarious conditions that might prompt such demonic killers -- workplace anger, spousal revenge, school-related grudges, religious fanaticism, race or ethnic hatred, political extremism, and abject insanity that offers no exegesis at all...   rampage killing is not necessarily a modern phenomenon...   Killers in the 19th century often shot down innocent bystanders...   The first is modern global communications.   In 1957, if a disgruntled Ugandan policeman slaughtered 57, to the degree anyone in Selma, my hometown of 5K at that time, knew about it, it was at best perhaps a day or two later and in a small column in the Fresno Bee.   The same was true when a deranged German shot and killed 14 in 1913.   Before the telegraph and telephone, did anyone, more than 100 miles distant from the scene of a crime, know that a Romanian or Japanese or Virginian carved up a dozen in the 17th century?   Today every rampage, everywhere, worldwide hits the Internet and cable news, without wider thoughtful context, and yet with great detail of the crime.   The graphic story is without valuable analyses...   Tonight, I wish to know nothing about him other than the information necessary to try, convict, and punish him -- and any data that might provide some sort of deterrence in preventing another such rampage."

2012-07-22
William L. Anderson
Krugman: "Turn back the clock" to an even more draconian era

2012-07-22
Mark J. Perry
Fremont CA vs. Williston ND

2012-07-2
James Ritchie _Cincinnati Business Courier_
Tata falling behind promises to hire US citizens
"TCS agreed to hire 1K people by 2012 Dec. 31, as part of a $15.5M Ohio job-creation tax-incentive package awarded in 2007.   So far the headcount at the 223-acre campus is just 450.   Amar Naga, director of operations for TCS in Milford, said he had hoped to hire 250 people, primarily computer experts, by next month.   So far he's only found 50.   'Qualified' candidates, he said, are scarce...   Bethany McCorkle, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Development, wouldn't comment on TCS, but said: 'If for some reason a company doesn't hit its target, then it would get a portion of its credit based on how many jobs it has created.'"
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "As governments grow arithmetically, corruption grows exponentially." --- Ray's Law of official corruption  

 
 

2012-07-23

2012-07-23
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring News-Letter_
illustration of the age issue
 
Here's a Dice.com article that illustrates the age issue well.
 
A quote:
 
Asked for experience preference, corporate hiring managers most frequently say IT pros with two to five years in the work-force, followed by those with 6 to 10 years' experience.   Competition is fierce when companies are all chasing the same talent, making positions hard-to-fill.
 
6 to 10 years' experience.   What age are we talking about?   Typically this would be an age range of 28-34.   This is even younger than the age 35 cut-off I use.
 
Nothing new, of course.   I've been pointing out for years that job ads typically ask for 3-7 years of experience or whatever.   But it's interesting to see some survey data, not just individual job ads.
 
At any rate, when you hear claims, such as above, that
 
Competition is fierce when companies are all chasing the same talent, making positions hard-to-fill
 
the way to read them is
 
Competition is fierce when companies are all chasing the same [cheap, young] talent [with flexible ethics], making positions hard-to-fill
 
The other issue brought up is training.   I know that issue is popular in certain circles in DC, but as I've said many times, it is a NON-issue.
 
Any competent programmer can learn a new programming language or OS etc., ON HIS/HER OWN, ON THE JOB, without formal training.   This used to be standard operating procedure, expected of everybody, before the advent of H-1B [as was employer investment in 2-12 weeks of training fof new-hires and 2 weeks per year for retained employees].   One wants to have a go-to person to consult with on the occasional "gotchas", but self-learning is fine.
 
And of course, self-learning is still standard procedure for those of us who teach software development and use it in our research.   Look at the new graduates, supposed hired because "only they" know the new languages.   (Dice.com is for experienced people, but the industry lobbyists frequently say only new grads have the skills they need.)   As I've pointed out before, how can it be that only new grads can learn these new languages, when they are learning them from old professors like me?   No one "trains" me.
 
Note by the way that I used the word "competent" above.   It's been a while since I've made this disclaimer, so it's about time to state here that I have never advocated hiring the weak.   A poor programmer not only is less productive but also actually slows down the rest of the team.   As I often tell my students, I would not want to ride on an airplane whose control software was written by weak engineers.
 
Norm
 
Anonymous subscriber wrote:
Your highlighting of the age issue is right on target and I wanted to share with you a surprising admission of the age issue that came out in an interview with the corporate staffing manager at Cubic corporation (one of the largest employers in San Diego).
 
Here is his quote,
 
"But it's tough to find workers to fill high-skilled slots, said Bob Stamp, the company's corporate staffing manager.   ''Most companies would ideally like to have the 'A' players, with 4 to 7 years of experience, but those are very hard to find and if you do find them, they're very difficult to pry out of their current jobs.'', he said."
 
This quote came out in [a San Diego Union-Tribune] article claiming that San Diego area companies can't fill thousands of positions.   Interestingly enough I had applied several times for a job that I was well qualified for at Cubic and never heard a word from them.
 
So if I follow the logic it means that workers with more than seven years of experience are 'B' players.   It's no wonder I never heard back from Cubic, because with my ~30 years of experience I must be considered (by Cubic anyway) to be an 'F' player...

The article also mentions that San Diego's costs of living are very high... but local employers don't want to pay commensurately...jgo
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2012-07-23
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
...and a little more on General Order #11 on 1862-07-23

2012-07-23
Robert Spencer _PJ Media_
investigating DHS's Mohamed Elibiary... or not

2012-07-23
Anthony Watts
Krugman's corny caper
"'[D]roughts have, for the most part, become shorter, less frequent, less severe, and cover a smaller portion of the country over the last century.'"
2011-05-19: Mark J. Perry/USDA: US corn yield per acre 1866 to 2010

2012-07-23
Anthony Watts
Fool's gold (iron pyrite, iron disulfide) and carbon help maintain atmospheric oxygen levels

2012-07-23
Anthony Watts
New research in Antarctica shows CO2 follows temperature "by a few hundred years at most"

2012-07-23
Andrew C. McCarthy _PJ Media_
the goal of all Islamic supremacists is to coerce the acceptance of sharia, and they must be stopped

2012-07-23
Joe Guzzardi _Santa Barbara CA NoozHawk_
Brookings Institution confab praises guest-work visas, critics not invited
"A week before Brookings convened, the Washington DC Post wrote a lengthy feature detailing how tough it is for STEM graduates to find a career path job: Ph.D., university professorship and, eventually, their own lab.   The Post summed up its findings in one quote from Jim Austin, the editor of [AAAS] Science Careers, an on-line web-zine that specializes in [science job market issues].   'It seems awfully hard for people to find a job.', he said.   'Anyone who goes into science expecting employers to clamor for their services will be deeply disappointed.'...   'Scads and scads' of qualified people with Ph.D.s from elite institutions cannot, according to the Post, find work...   First CNET, the premier tech review source, reported that during the first half of 2012, more than 50K planned job cuts were announced across the IT sector, which represented a 260% increase over the 14,308 lay-offs during the first half of 2011.   The 2012 figure, a 3-year high, is 39% greater than the aggregate job cuts recorded in the 12 months of 2011.   Second, the non-partisan Center for Immigration Studies and a Washington, DC, neighbor of Brookings found in its report 'Is president Obama Right about Engineers?' that there are 101K unemployed U.S.-born individuals with engineering degrees.   On top of that, CIS research director Dr. Steven Camarota discovered another 68K U.S.-born individuals with advanced degrees not in the labor force as well as 489K with graduate degrees who work but not as engineers."

2012-07-23
Mark J. Perry
Three-quarters of near retirees (ages 50 to 64) have average total retirement account balances of only $26,395

2012-07-23
Mark J. Perry
many teens are too busy texting and web-surfing to drive
"The percentage of 19-year-olds in the U.S.A. who have driver's licenses dropped from 87.3% in 1983 to 69.5% in 2010...   Meanwhile, the percentage of people with a driver's license who are 70 or older has increased from 55% in 1983 to 80% in 2010."

2012-07-23 (5772 Menachem-Ab 04)
Maeve Reston _Jewish World Review_
Romney international tour to emphasize unity with Israel and European allies

2012-07-23 (5772 Menachem-Ab 04)
Mark Steyn _Jewish World Review_
Obummer-sized government funds stasis and sclerosis
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "I know television sit-com writers who have a hard time living with the outright idea-theft that sometimes comes with their territory, & I know idealists who joined organizations so they could fight for good causes -- only to find the organizations riddled with politics or corruption." --- Barbara Sher & Barbara Smith 1994 _I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was_ pp 135-136  

 
 

2012-07-24

2012-07-24
Paul Driessen
Western wild-fires -- horrific, devastating... and stoppable

2012-07-24
Burton Speakman _Youngstown OH Vindicator_
banks in region see surge of deposits because of shale oil and gas

2012-07-24
Paul McDougall _InformationWeek_/_UBM_
MSFT is top H-1B visa employer
"[MSFT] filed paper-work for about 4,100 H-1B workers over 2010 and 2011, according to the study, published this week by the Brookings Institution.   That's about 1.26% of all applications filed during the period.   IBM was second, with about 3,300 applications filed, while India-based TCS was third, with about 3,200 applications.   Deloitte Consulting, with 3K applications, was fourth, and India's Wipro rounded out the top five, at 2,900.   Brookings data shows that, while 70K employers applied to hire H-1B workers in 2010-11, the top 25 companies, mostly tech firms, accounted for more than 12% of the applications...   the top 25 included retailer CVS and financial services giants Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase.   [Over 110K H-1B visas are issued each year, according to State Department reports.]"

2012-07-24
"Philippa Martyr"
adding the words "climate change" to your grant application has become popular

2012-07-24
Paul Hsieh _PJ Media_
media under-plays defensive gun use

2012-07-24
Duane Marsteller _Knoxville TN News Sentinel_/_Tennessean_
numbers of bodies shopped increasing in shaky economy
Tennessean
"accounting for 15% of U.S. job growth in the first half of 2012, said IQNavigator Inc...   In June, companies added 25K temp workers...   In Tennessee, jobs in the professional/services [bodyshopping] industry -- which include temporary workers -- grew by 2,700 last month and by more than 10K in the past year.   In all, some 2.5M Americans were on the pay-rolls of temp-staffing businesses [bodyshops] in June, up 10.7% from a year earlier...   'Corporate America downsized its HR capability so much that internal HR departments aren’t as capable in managing new hiring needs.', [Tobey Sommer] said...   ManPOWER CEO Jeff Joerres says about 30% of the temporary employees his staffing firm has placed this year have been converted to permanent versus 45% last year."

2012-07-24
J. Christian Adams _PJ Media_
Eric Holder continues partisan efforts to block voter ID... this time in PA

2012-07-24
Andrew C. McCarthy _PJ Media_
the close connections between Huma Abedin and the Muslim Brotherhood

2012-07-24
Michael Walsh _PJ Media_
Mike Bloomberg's suicide cult

2012-07-24
Mark J. Perry
raising minimum wage would be "economic mal-practice"

2012-07-24
Mark J. Perry
some execs refuse to hire people who use poor grammar and spelling

2012-07-24 (5772 Menachem-Ab 05)
Frank J. Gaffney ii _Jewish World Review_
"reporters" have crossed the line from investigative journalism to persecution

2012-07-24 (5772 Menachem-Ab 05)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
news versus propaganda
Town Hall
Human Events
Real Clear Politics
"Too many people in the media cannot seem to tell the difference between reporting the news and creating [and passing along] propaganda...   corrections never catch up with irresponsible news broadcasts...   Similar things have happened repeatedly, going all the way back to the assassination of president John F. Kennedy, which was blamed on a hostile right-wing atmosphere in Dallas, even though the assassin had a long history of being on the far left fringe...   the Unabomber had a much marked-up copy of an environmentalist book by Al Gore -- the media heard no evil, saw no evil and spoke no evil.   If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.   As for gun control advocates, I have no hope whatever that any facts whatever will make the slightest dent in their thinking -- or lack of thinking...   Britain is a country with stronger gun control laws than the United States, and lower murder rates.   But Mexico, Russia and Brazil are also countries with stronger gun control laws than the United States -- and their murder rates are much higher than ours.   Israel and Switzerland have even higher rates of gun ownership than the United States, and much lower murder rates than ours.   Even the British example does not stand up very well under scrutiny.   The murder rate in New York has been several times that in London for more than 2 centuries -- and, for most of that time, neither place had strong gun control laws.   New York had strong gun control laws years before London did, but New York still had several times the murder rate of London.   It was in the later decades of the 20th century that the British government clamped down with severe gun control laws, disarming virtually the entire law-abiding citizenry.   Gun crimes, including murder, rose as the public was disarmed.   Meanwhile, murder rates in the United States declined during the same years when murder rates in Britain were rising, which were also years when Americans were buying millions more guns per year...   too many people are too committed to a vision to allow mere facts to interfere with their beliefs, and the sense of superiority that those beliefs give them."
 
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  "Connected to the tendency of power to corrupt are yet other tendencies that emerge from the pages of the historians:   the tendency of power to drive intelligence under-ground;   the tendency of power to become a theology, admitting no other gods before it;   the tendency of power to distort & damage the traditions & institutions it was designed to protect;   the tendency of power to create a language of its own, making other forms of communication incoherent & irrelevant;   the tendency of power to spawn imitators, leading to volatile competition;   the tendency of power to set the stage for its own use." --- Norman Cousins 1987 _The Pathology of Power_ pp 23-24  

 
 

Wednesday

Mittwoch

Yom R'vi'i

Mercoledi

2012-07-25

2012-07-25
_EU Times_
EU turns down Israel's call to put Hezbollah on terrorist black-list after connection with bombing in Bulgaria
Dawn/Agence Presse-France
News Max
Military Photos
World News Network
"'There is no consensus for putting Hezbollah on the list of terrorist organizations.', Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency, said on Tuesday.   Israel's hawkish Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman made the request for black-listing the Lebanese resistance movement while sitting alongside the Cypriot minister at a news conference held after annual EU-Israel talks.   'The time has come to put Hezbollah on the terrorist list of Europe.', Lieberman urged.   'It would give the right signal to the international community and the Israeli people.'   But Kozakou-Marcoullis highlighted Hezbollah's active role as a political party, stating that the EU would consider the move if there were tangible evidence of Hezbollah engaging in acts of terror."
"Israel blames Iran and the Lebanese group Hezbollah for Wednesday's suicide attack at the Black Sea airport of Burgas in which [6] Israelis and their Bulgarian driver died... But Kozakou-Marcoullis said Hezbollah was an organisation comprising a party as well as an armed wing and was 'active in Lebanese politics'... But in Israel, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP that 'for years we have been providing Europe with information on Hezbollah's direct involvement in terror attacks'."

2012-07-25
John Stossel _Town Hall_
America, the law-crazed
"The rules that bind us now total more than 160K pages.   The Congressional Research Service said it was unable to count the number of crimes on the books.   Yet last week the feds added or proposed another thousand pages."

2012-07-25
Jamison Cocklin _Youngstown OH Vindicator_
trade pact with Asia produces hope, fear among Ohio manufacturers
"Trans-Pacific Partnership [Agreement] aims to create a free-trade group with countries such as VietNam, New Zealand and Malaysia, among others.   An early outline for the agreement calls for retaining high-quality American jobs by increasing U.S. exports to a region of expanded growth that accounts for more than 40% of global trade...   Ohio, where in 2010, 27% of manufacturing jobs depended on exports to trans-Pacific markets...   Heavy machinery, agricultural products and chemical equipment were a few of the products exported to Asia and the South Pacific by Ohio manufacturers, who employed 371K people to meet demand in 2010...   something around $28G worth of product...   Growing economies have made trans-Pacific countries the fourth largest export market for the U.S.A., with $775G worth of goods delivered in 2010, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.   Total exports increased by 25.5% from 2009 and account for 61% of all U.S. exports...   senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, joined 3 other senators...'Groups essential to the success and legitimacy of any agreements are not being provided the opportunity to provide meaningful input on negotiations that have broad policy ramifications.', wrote the senators.   'The lack of transparency and input makes passage of trade agreements more contentious and controversial.'"
USTR
EFF
TechDirt
TPP Watch
America and the Global Economy
wiki pedia

2012-07-25
Clayton E. Cramer _PJ Media_
de-institutionalization, untreated madness, and mass murder
"It has been noticed for a long time that schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are genetic.   Your mother doesn't drive you crazy; you inherit genes that increase your risk of developing these 2 mental illnesses.   It also appears that creativity and intelligence are associated with these genes.   We have many examples of very smart people whose descent into madness led to violence.   Think of the Unabomber, a Ph.D. in mathematics who taught at Berkeley.   Or professor Amy Bishop at the University of Alabama, accused of not only mass murder in her department, but also of the murder of her brother many years before.   Or professor Ernesto Bustamante at the University of Idaho, whose mental illness led him to murder and suicide.   Or Cynthia Clinkingbeard, an endocrinologist who lost her medical license because of bipolar disorder problems, and pretty well blew her chance of winning the Democratic nomination for Congress in my district because of a crazy incident involving a pistol and Staples.   I can supply dozens more examples."

2012-07-25
Anthony Watts
Richard Lindzen of MIT says "climate models are flawed" at Sandia conference

2012-07-25 07:00PDT (10:00EDT) (14:00GMT) (16:00 Jerusalem)
_BLS_
longitudinal study
"Individuals born from 1957 to 1964 held an average of 11.3 jobs from ages 18 to 46.   These baby boomers held an average of 5.5 jobs while ages 18 to 24.   The average fell to 3 jobs from ages 25 to 29, to 2.4 jobs from ages 30 to 34, and to 2.1 jobs from ages 35 to 39 and also from ages 40 to 46...   Among jobs started by 40 to 46 year olds, 33% ended in less than a year, and 69% ended in less than 5 years.   The average person was employed during 78% of the weeks from age 18 to age 46.   Generally, men spent a larger percentage of weeks employed than did women (84% versus 71%).   Women spent much more time out of the labor force (25% of weeks) than did men (10% of weeks).   The average annual percentage growth in inflation-adjusted hourly earnings was fastest when workers were in their late teens and early twenties.   Of the jobs that workers began when they were 18 to 24 years of age, 69% ended in less than a year and 93% ended in less than 5 years.   Among jobs started by 40 to 46 year olds, 33% ended in less than a year and 69% ended in less than 5 years...   Hourly earnings grew by an average of 6.3% per year from ages 18 to 24 and 4.1% per year from ages 25 to 29.   The earnings growth rate slowed to 3.2% annually from age 30 to age 34 and 3.1% annually from age 35 to age 39.   From ages 40 to 46, hourly earnings grew an average of 0.9% per year."
The longitudinal study did not include any individuals born before 1957, and so says nothing about life-time employment, durations of unemployment, percentage of life-time employed in weeks or years, etc...jgo

2012-07-25
_Billings MT Gazette_/_AP_
ND oil production expected to triple by 2025

2012-07-25
Michael Ledeen _PJ Media_
CAIR strikes out in attempt to muzzle critic

2012-07-25
Jennifer Howard _Chronicle of Higher Education_
But is it a book?
"'When you take the text of Moby-Dick and pour it into a Kindle, you strip out the bibliographic codes and you strip out the social codes.', he says.   'You lose that hermeneutic surplus of meaning that the book is.'   Mr. Suarez was on a lunchtime break from his 'Teaching the History of the Book' course at the Rare Book School...   When he talks about bibliographic codes, Mr. Suarez means the elements that together make up the book as object.   That includes paper stock, bindings, typeface, and illustrations.   Just as important, he says, are the social codes embedded in a book.   A Harlequin romance has cues built in that alert a reader to what it is.   (Picture a bare-chested Fabio against a Scottish highlands back-drop.)   A scholarly monograph announces itself through a different set of cues...   Those codes [are often removed], though, when a text escapes paper and becomes electronic...   what remains is the text itself -- what Mr. Suarez calls the linguistic codes of a book...   Much of the Rare Book School curriculum focuses on paper and printed materials, with courses on the history of book illustration, book binding, paleography, and descriptive bibliography...   'I'm a person who believes that born-digital materials are digital incunables.', Mr. Suarez says.   ('Incunabula' is the term commonly applied to material printed in Europe before 1501.)"

2012-07-25
William L. Anderson
How far will Krugman go to suppress speech with which he disagrees?

2012-07-25
Mark J. Perry
price of natural gas at 9-year low

2012-07-25 (5772 Menachem-Ab 06)
Walter E. Williams _Jewish World Review_
stubborn ignorance
Town Hall
"Academic intelligentsia, their media, government and corporate enthusiasts worship at the altar of diversity.   Despite budget squeezes, universities have created diversity positions, such as director of diversity and inclusion, manager of diversity recruitment, associate dean for diversity, vice president of diversity and perhaps minister of diversity.   This is all part of a quest to get college campuses, corporate offices and government agencies to 'look like America'.   For them, part of looking like America means race proportionality.   For example, if blacks are 13% of the population, they should be 13% of college students and professors, corporate managers and government employees.   Law professors, courts and social scientists have long held that gross statistical disparities are evidence of a pattern and practice of discrimination.   Behind this vision is the stupid notion that but for the fact of discrimination, we'd be distributed proportionately by race across incomes, education, occupations and other outcomes.   There's no evidence from anywhere on earth or any time in human history that shows that but for discrimination, there would be proportional representation and an absence of gross statistical disparities, by race, sex, height or any other human characteristic.   Nonetheless, much of our thinking, legislation and public policy is based upon proportionality being the norm...   Jews are not even 1% of the world's population and only 3% of the U.S. population, but they are 20% of the world's Nobel Prize winners and 39% of U.S. Nobel laureates.   That's a gross statistical disparity, but are the Nobel committees discriminating against the rest of us?   By the way, in the Weimar Republic, Jews were only 1% of the German population, but they were 10% of the country's doctors and dentists, 17% of its lawyers and a large percentage of its scientific community.   Jews won 27% of Nobel Prizes won by Germans.   Nearly 80% of the players in the National Basketball Association in 2011 were black, and 17% were white, but if that disparity is disconcerting, Asians were only 1 percent.   Compounding the racial disparity, the highest-paid NBA players are black.   That gross disparity works the other way in the National Hockey League, in which less than 3% of the players are black.   Blacks are 66% of NFL and AFL professional football players, but among the 34% of other players, there's not a single Japanese player.   Though the percentage of black professional baseball players has fallen to 9%, there are gross disparities in achievement.   4 out of the 5 highest career home run hitters were black, and of the 8 times more than 100 bases were stolen in a season, all were by blacks...   Asians routinely get the highest scores on the math portion of the SAT, whereas blacks get the lowest.   Men are about 50% of the population, and so are women, but there's the gross injustice that men are struck by lightning 6 times as often as women.   24 out of the 43 U.S. presidents have been 5 feet 11 inches or taller, above our population's average height.   That is not an outcome that would be expected if there were not voter discrimination based upon height.   Mitt Romney is 6 feet 2 inches tall, and Barack Obama is 6 feet 1 inch."

2012-07-25 (5772 Menachem-Ab 06)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
random thoughts
"Even squirrels know enough to store nuts, so that they will have something to eat when food gets scarce.   But the welfare state has spawned a whole class of people who spend everything they get when times are good, and look to others to provide for their food and other basic needs when times turn bad.   The 14th Amendment to the Constitution prescribes 'equal protection of the laws' to all Americans.   But what does that mean, if the President of the United States can arbitrarily grant waivers, so that A, B and C have to obey the laws but X, Y and Z do not -- as with both [ObummerDoesn'tCare] and the immigration laws?   Two reports came out in the same week.   One was from the Pentagon, saying that, in just a few years, Iran will be able to produce not only a nuclear bomb but a missile capable of carrying it to the United States.   The other report said that the American Olympic team has uniforms made in [Red China].   This latter report received far more attention, both in Congress and in the media.   People who lament grid-lock in Washington, and express the pious hope that Democrats and Republicans would put aside their partisan conflicts, and co-operate to help the economy recover, implicitly assume that what the economy needs is more meddling by politicians, which is what brought on economic disaster in the first place.   (Skeptics can read The Housing Boom and Bust.)   Racism is not dead, but it is on life support -- kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as 'racists'."
 
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  "When any essential part of a governing system becomes corrupt, it endangers all parts because it tempts officials to engage in parallel wrong actions..." --- James A. Michener 1983 _Poland_ pg 132  

 
 

Thursday

Donnerstag

Yom Chamishi

Giovedi

2012-07-26

2012-07-26 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT) (14:30 Jerusalem)
Scott Gibbons & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
DoL OPA press releases
historical data
DoL regulations
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 337,059 in the week ending July 21, a decrease of 118,201 from the previous week.   There were 369,207 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6% during the week ending July 14, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,333,287, a decrease of 26,780 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 3.0% and the volume was 3,752,532.   The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending July 7 was 6,034,225, an increase of 280,405 from the previous week.   Extended benefits were available in ID, NV, NJ, and RI during the week ending July 7 [note that this list is way shorter than it was just a few weeks ago as eligibilities have been expiring...jgo].   States reported 2,556,456 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending July 7, an increase of 32,093 from the prior week.   There were 3,172,428 claimants in the comparable week in 2011.   EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.   [Note that the population used for calculating the "insured unemployment rate" (the divisor) changes roughly quarterly:
to 132,623,886 beginning 2007-10-06;
to 133,010,953 beginning 2008-01-05;
to 133,382,559 beginning 2008-04-05;
to 133,690,617 beginning 2008-07-05;
to 133,902,387 beginning 2008-10-04;
to 133,886,830 beginning 2009-01-03;
to 133,683,433 beginning 2009-04-04;
to 133,078,480 beginning 2009-07-04;
to 133,823,421 beginning 2009-10-03;
to 131,823,421 beginning 2009-10-17;
to 130,128,328 beginning 2010-01-02;
to 128,298,468 beginning 2010-04-03;
to 126,763,245 beginning 2010-07-03;
to 125,845,577 beginning 2010-09-25;
to 125,560,066 beginning 2011-01-15;
to 125,572,661 beginning 2011-04-02;
to 125,807,389 beginning 2011-07-02;
to 126,188,733 beginning 2011-10-01;
to 126,579,970 beginning 2012-01-01;
to 127,048,587 beginning 2012-04-07;
to 127,495,952 beginning 2012-07-14, and seasonal adjustment factors were revised.]
EUC (Excel)
EB
graphs
more graphs

2012-07-26
Anthony Watts
reality check on 2012 drought and corn production in relation to droughts of the past
Wheat prices are good... for those with a crop

2012-07-26
_WUWT_
FOIA request for Mann e-mail messages at U of VA finally reaches filing of arguments

2012-07-26
Jeffrey Lord _American Spectator_
PA's capitalist revolt -- cleaning up government corruption

2012-07-26
David Bier _American Spectator_
Co-operation is what markets are for

2012-07-26
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
Adolph von Steinwehr comes to Luray

2012-07-26
David Middleton
How green was my bankruptcy?

2012-07-26
Angela Chen _Chronicle of Higher Education_
New policy lets anyone post materials on iTunesU

2012-07-26
Jill Langlois _Global Post_
pop music decreasing in sound and lyric variety over time

2012-07-26
David P. Goldman _PJ Media_
What would Egypt's Mursi have to do to get criticized and dis-invited by Obummer -- eat babies?
"So far, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Mursi has called for the release of the 'Blind Sheikh' Abdul Rahman -- the convicted mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 -- released 25 convicted terrorists from Egyptian prisons, and met with the leaders of the Gaza-based terror organization Hamas.   President Obama invited Mursi to the White House in September.   What would Morsi have to do to get disinvited? Eat babies?   America may have to deal with unsavory governments as a matter of national interest, but an ostentatious welcome to the leader of a terrorist organization -- the Muslim Brotherhood -- who embraces as a comrade the most notorious jihadi terrorist in an American prison is an utterly reprehensible betrayal of American national security interests...   It's no surprise that Mursi would embrace Hamas, which 'was founded in 1987 (during the First Intifada) as an off-shoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood'...   [Hamas's Ismael Haniyeh's] objective is to eliminate border controls for people and goods between Egypt and Gaza.   Egypt and Israel controlled the Gaza border to limit the supplies of weapons to terrorists...   America should employ its covert resources to eradicate the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Jama'a al-Islamiya, [Hizbullah] and other violent jihadist organizations."

2012-07-26
Ed Driscoll _PJ Media_
Reality in academia? What a concept!

2012-07-26
John Drew _PJ Media_
Barack Obummer's leftist ghosts of Christmas past

2012-07-26 (5772 Menachem-Ab 07)
Brian Bennett _Jewish World Review_
Congress warned that al-Qaida in Iraq is coming to USA
"The terrorist organization that was once the scourge of the U.S. occupation in Iraq and likely is responsible for more than 100 deaths in the country over the past few days has set its sights on launching attacks inside the United States, intelligence officials said.   Al-Qaida in Iraq released a message earlier this week that threatened to strike at the 'heart' of the United States, and several associates of al-Qaida in Iraq have been arrested in the United States and Canada over the past two years, said U.S. officials, a sign that the terrorist affiliate has tried to establish a network inside North America... 'there are networks and recruiting efforts in the U.S. and Canada.', said Seth Jones, an expert on al-Qaida at the RAND Corp. and author of _Hunting in the Shadows: the Pursuit of al-Qaida since 2001/09/11_."
 
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  "Whom does the grail serve?   It serves those who quest despite the odds -- for they are the champions of enlightenment." --- Laurence Gardner 2000 _BloodLine of the Holy Grail_ pg 3  

 
 

Friday

Freitag

Yom Shishi

Venerdi

2012-07-27

2012-07-27
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring News-Letter_
Brookings and the "prevailing wage"
 
Yesterday the New York Times Economix web log featured a Q&A on H-1B with the authors of the recent Brookings Institution report.   Brookings held a conference on the report about a week ago (my review of the conference in this e-news-letter).
 
The web log.
 
(BTW, if you read the blog yesterday, the Brookings people have now updated one of their answers, correcting an earlier statement that generally H-1B has a U.S. recruitment requirement [whereas this only applies to those firms classified as "H-1B dependent", either because they have a high percentage of "employees" on H-1B or because they have violated the rules and are in a probationary/penalty period].)
 
In my posting here, I will comment on the answer by the Brookings people (whom I'll just refer to below as "Brookings", for brevity) to a question as to whether "H-1B workers work at below-market rates and depress wages in the industry over all".   The Brookings answer is that (a) it's against the law to pay below-market wages, but (b) some violation of the law does occur.
 
Of course, claim (b) is valid, though I do have to point out that the SIZES of the violations are usually very small, something like $1K per year per worker.
 
But claim (a) is quite incorrect.   As Brookings says, correctly,
 
...employers hiring H-1B workers are required to pay the average wage (or higher) for the occupation and geographical area for which they are hiring.   In addition, employers are forbidden to pay H-1B workers less than they pay other workers with similar skills and qualifications.
 
That first remark refers to what the H-1B (and green card) statute refers to as the "prevailing wage", while the statute's term for the second wage level referred to above is the "actual wage".   I'll focus on the "prevailing wage" first, and then come back to the "actual wage".
 
The big issue is that the legal "prevailing wage" does not account for skill sets, especially high talent and so on -- exactly the reasons employers cite for hiring H-1Bs instead of U.S. citizens and permanent residents.   This has been the consistent claim by employers in the press over the years, e.g. "Yes, there are plenty of American software engineers, but we need to hire a Python software engineers [with between x and y years of experience on version 9.8.7 using this and that development tool version 8.7.6], and we can't find one."
 
Employers would need to pay a premium for these special skills on the open market, typically 15% - 25% (more if the worker has several such skills in combination).   Yet the legal "prevailing wage" does not account for this.   As Brookings pointed out, the legal "prevailing wage" accounts only for occupation, geography, and (Brookings missed this one) years of experience.
 
Therefore: The legal "prevailing wage" is typically much less than the market wage.
 
You can verify for yourself that skill sets aren't accounted for in the legal "prevailing wage".   Take for instance our hypothetical Python software engineer above.   The "safe harbor" way (DoL term) to determine legal prevailing wage is to use the government OES data, (click on the wage search wizard).   Go through the steps yourself, as if you are an employer who wants to hire an H-1B software engineer who knows Python.   You'll find that while there is a category for Computer Software Engineer, there is no way for you to specify Python skills.   Bottom line: You get a Python programmer for the bargain price of a generic programmer, avoiding a Python wage premium.   (You can get even more of a bargain by using other ways that are allowed for determining "prevailing wage".)
 
As I said, you can verify this yourself, on the web.   Or, if you prefer, call any immigration attorney.
 
This has also been noted by the GAO, and even by representative Zoe Lofgren, the most strident supporter of the H-1B program in either house of congress.
 
This gap between "prevailing wage" and market wage is the absolutely central issue in H-1B.   It allows employers -- and again, I must emphasize, including the big main-stream U.S. firms [including and in addition to US bodyshops], not just the Indian bodyshops -- to LEGALLY under-pay H-1Bs.
 
BTW, this "premium skills" issue is also the heart of a number of flawed H-1B studies, such as the ones by PPIC, Zavodny, etc.
 
Now, what about the "actual wage"?   Remember, this is defined to be the average wage the employer pays to other similar workers.   And the law requires paying either the "prevailing wage" or the "actual wage", whichever is higher.   So in theory, this should account for the premium skills issue.   But unsurprisingly, there are lots of loop-holes here too.   If you have only one Python programmer -- the H-1B himself -- then the actual wage is the H-1B's wage.   Or say you have 5 Python programmers, only 2 of which are Americans; then the average can still be low.
 
In any case, the "actual wage" is irrelevant to the discussion, because most employers pay ONLY the "prevailing wage".   See my analysis of the DoL PERM green card data.
 
In short: The legal "prevailing wage" is less than the market wage, and most employers pay ONLY the "prevailing wage".   Therefore, most employers are under-paying their H-1Bs.
 
In addition, as many readers will recall, there is what I call Type II wage savings accruing from hiring H-1Bs.   The above discussion concerns Type I, paying an H-1B less than a comparable American (where that qualifier does account for skill sets such as Python).   Type II savings comes from hiring young H-1Bs instead of older (35+) Americans.   As I've shown before, Type II brings even more savings than Type I.
 
Finally, Brookings never answered the second half of the reader's question:   Do H-1Bs depress overall wages?   This question was one of those addressed by the NRC report, commissioned by Congress in 1998.   Their answer was Yes, the large H-1B population (large in the computer field) does depress wages.   Given the very strong pro-employer make-up of the commission (representations from Intel and MSFT for starters), this is a very strong statement.
 
Norm
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2012-07-27
David Chernicoff _Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
Apple to open $1G data & shipping center in Sparks, NV... with $90M in tax abatement incentives
"The abatements will reduce Apple's tax burden for these new facilities by almost 80% over the next 10 years.   Studies have shown that local and state governments would collect about $16M in revenue from the Apple projects over the life of the abatements.   The billion dollar investment over the next 10 years comes as welcome news to an area that has been mired in the economic doldrums.   Estimates indicate as many as 41 full time jobs and 200 contract positions will become available via the Apple facilities and have over $300M in economic impact to the local community.   Construction of the facility over the next 6 months (the data-center has a target date of 'end of the year') would increase the short-term impact by over $100M with more than 500 construction jobs."

2012-07-27
Thomas E. Brewton
Doing the pundit pounce

2012-07-27 03:00PDT (06:00EDT) (10:00GMT) (12:00 Jerusalem)
Emily Behlmann _Wichita KS Business Journal_
engineering project aimed at weaning execs off of H-1B visa program

2012-07-27
Steven Hansen & Doug Short _Economic Intersect_
UMich consumer sentiment index down from 73.2 in late June to 72 in early July to 72.3 in late July (with graph)
Econoday
Bloomberg
Wall Street Examiner
Los Angeles CA Times
NASDAQ
Toledo OH Blade
St. Louis Fed

2012-07-27
Mark J. Perry
US crude petroleum production at 23-year high

2012-07-27 (5772 Menachem-Ab 08)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
Muslim Brotherhood's defenders in the USA
"Wednesday John Brennan, US president Barack Obama's assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism made a quick trip to Israel to discuss Hezbollah's massacre of Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria... Brennan's amazing characterization of Hezbollah's hostile take-over of the Lebanese government as proof that the terrorist group was moderating was of a piece with the Obama administration's view of Islamic jihadists generally... from the perspective of the Obama administration, Hezbollah's Sunni jihadist counterpart the Muslim Brotherhood is downright friendly... The slogan of the Muslim Brotherhood is 'Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our leader; the Quran is our law; Jihad is our way; dying in the path of Allah is our highest hope.'... Every day Muslim Brotherhood leaders call for the violent annihilation of Israel. And those calls are often combined with calls for jihad against the USA. For instance, in a sermon from 2010 October, Muslim Brotherhood head Mohammed Badie called for jihad against the USA."
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "for where the mind is, there is the treasure." --- Laurence Gardner 2000 _BloodLine of the Holy Grail_ pg 75 (see also Chp 4 "Who Were the Apostles" under Thaddeus, James & Matthew)  

 
 

Saturday

Samstag

Yom Shabbat

Sabato

2012-07-28

2012-07-25
William L. Anderson
Krugman and regressive tenets of faith
 
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  "And therefore they are called the 'hosts (TzBAVTh [tzebauth])'; & they are called victory (NTzCh) & glory (HVD).   The beauty (ThPARTh [tefereth]) of the Lord (IDVD).   Victory & glory are the hosts, & therefore 'Lord of Hosts'.   The word 'hosts' refers to a collecting together for the purpose of warfare, but in this sense it is used simply to mean collection vessels.   The 2 'hosts' or testicles are called victory & glory; oddly, the word victory also means 'juice'; & Aramaic can mean 'to spatter'.   In Hebrew, it is used to mean grape juice (KJV has 'blood') in Isaiah 63:3.   The word ThPARTh, beauty, is from the root PAR; however, its original meaning could have been corrupted from ThPR, to sew or join together, which is interesting since the stated function of beauty in the "Greater Holy Assembly" is to hold the male & female parts together.   In the Zohar, the holy name is usually abbreviated to II' or H'; although the Bible will write it in full as IHVH, the Zohar takes holiness one step further, & only writes it in full deliberately mis-spelt as IDVD, or even IQVQ, the D being changed to Q via the 'ATh BSh' substitution code.   The title 'Lord of Hosts' must originally have applied to the Ancient of Days only, but has since been transferred to God himself." --- Moshe de Leon, George T. Sassoon & Rodney A.M. Dale 1978 "The Lesser Holy Assembly" _The Kabbalah Decoded_ pg 186 folio #742  

 
 

Sunday

Sonntag

Yom Rishon

Domenica

2012-07-29

2012-07-29
Anthony Watts
new study shows half of global warming based on earth station data is artificial
"U.S. Temperature trends show a spurious doubling due to NOAA station siting problems and post measurement adjustments...   A reanalysis of U.S. surface station temperatures has been performed using the recently WMO-approved Siting Classification System devised by METEO-France's Michel Leroy.   The new siting classification more accurately characterizes the quality of the location in terms of monitoring long-term spatially representative surface temperature trends.   The new analysis demonstrates that reported 1979-2008 U.S. temperature trends are spuriously doubled, with 92% of that over-estimation resulting from erroneous NOAA adjustments of well-sited stations upward."

2012-07-29
Ross McKitrick
Why the "Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature" papers failed to pass peer review
Ross R. McKitrick site

2012-07-29
Victor Davis Hanson _PJ Media_
the Road Warrior setting has arrived in California: Where's te Mel Gibson character when you need him?
"an impoverished world of the future.   Tribal groups fought over what remaind of a destroyed Western world...   a sort of Procopius's description of Gothic Italy circa 540CE...   I am writing tonight in Palo Alto after walking among nondescript 1,500 square-foot cottages of seventy-year vintage that sell for about $1.5M-$2M and would go in a similar tree-shaded district in Fresno or Merced for about $100K...   No one in the Central Valley believes that they can stop the epidemic of looting copper wire.   I know the local Masonic Hall is not the Parthenon, but you get the picture of our modern Turks prying off the lead seals of the building clamps of classical temples...   My own avenue was in far better shape in 1965 than it is now.   Mosquito abatement districts regularly sprayed stagnant water ponds to ensure infectious disease remained a thing of our early-20th-century past.   Now they merely warn us with West Nile Virus alerts.   Ubiquitous 'dumps' dotted the landscape...   The students I taught at CSU Fresno were far better prepared in 1984 than those in 2004 are; the more money, administrators, 'learning centers', and counselors, the worse became the class work.   I finally threw out my old syllabi last month: the 1985 Greek Literature in Translation course at CSU Fresno seemed to read like a Harvard class in comparison to my 2003 version with half the reading, half the writing, and all sorts of directions on how to make up missed work and flunked exams.   It wasn't just that I lost my standards, but that I lost my students who could read...   I quit not just riding a bike on the rural avenues where I grew up, but walking upon them as well.   Why? There is a good chance (twice now) of being bitten not just by a loose dog without vaccination, but by one whose owner is either unable to communicate or vanishes when hunted down.   And then there are the official agencies whose de facto policy is that our ancestors did such a good job eradicating rabies that we can more or less coast on their fumes.   40 years ago I assumed rightly that cars parked along the side of the road were out of gas or needed repair.   Now? I expect that the cars are much more reliable, but the owner of any car parked outside my house is either stealing fruit, casing the joint, using drugs, or inebriated.   Last week I explained to a passer-by why he could not steal the peaches from my trees; he honestly thought not only that he could, but that he almost was obligated to...   hyper-environmentalists assume that they have so much readily available power and water from prior generations at their finger-tips that they have the luxury of dreaming of returning to a pre-industrial California."

2012-07-29
Mark Curnutte _Cincinnati Enquirer_
H-1B visas bring cheap young pliant labor with flexible ethics here

2012-07-29
_Paramus Port_/_World Net Daily_
Obummer plans massive amnesty... if he gets re-elected

2012-07-29
Mark J. Perry
fracking boom drives silica sand boom in western WI

2012-07-29
Mark J. Perry
Harold Hamm on ND, where employment is increasing while USA employment continues to fall
 
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  "A mind always employed is always happy.   This is the true secret, the grand recipe for felicity...   In a world which furnishes so many emploiments which are useful, & so many which are amusing, it is our own fault if we ever know what ennui is, or if we are ever driven to the miserable resource of gaming, which corrupts our dispositions, & teaches us a habit of hostility against all mankind." --- Thomas Jefferson 1787-05-21 to Martha Jefferson (quoted in William J. Bennett 1997 _The Spirit of America_ pg 295)  

 
 
 

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Monday

Montag

Yom Sheini

Lunedi

2012-07-30

2012-07-30
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring News-Letter_
more unilateral actions by DHS
 
A few years ago, the Bush administration extended the "statutory" period for the Optional Practical Training [internship] provision in the F-1 student visa.   It had been 12 months, but was extended to 29 months for foreign students in certain fields.   I emphasize the word "statutory" here; Bush flagrantly usurped Congress' role here.   The Obama administration later defended the move when it was challenged in court by the Programmers Guild.
 
Now the government is at it again, more extralegal policy changes.
 
Granted, I believe the OPT change was wrong on economic grounds, but the constitutional issues are much bigger here.   Indeed, while I'll explain below that I actually agree with one of the new proposals in terms of immigration policy, I value our constitutional system even more.   And for such shenanigans to come from a former constitutional law [lecturer], well, for shame.
 
For the record, I've been saying for years that the definition of "outstanding talent" in various aspects of U.S. immigration policy might be broadened a bit.   Note carefully that I've also emphasized that the vast majority of foreign tech workers are NOT in the "best and brightest" league, but the definition probably ought to be tweaked.
 
As always, the devil is in the details, which are not provided in the press release.   I suspect, actually, that the new definition of "outstanding researcher" they have in mind could be something truly outrageous, say "publication in an international journal or research conference".   It would be a rare researcher who didn't qualify under those terms.
 
And no, even further expansion of OPT, indirect expansion of H-1B by giving spouses the right to work, and so on, do not make sense.   Sorry to be so blunt, but this is just pandering to the special interests.
 
Speaking of pandering, it is disconcerting to see an official government invoke the language of those interests, notably the mantras "our broken immigration system" and "highly skilled immigrants".   Sadly, the same phrases are beginning to appear in the writings of some researchers.
 
Finally, concerning the claims of immigrant tech entrepreneurship:   Most of the "studies" on this subject have been unscientific and egregiously misleading.   A common example is counting any business with at least 1 immigrant founder as an "immigrant" business.   One doesn't have to be a rocket economist to see the fallacy, does one?   Nor does one need a PhD in the field to see that any analysis must take into account the businesses that might have been founded by Americans who were displaced from STEM, or worse, discouraged from entering it in the first place.
 
Moreover, even very professional, careful analyses, such as those by professor Jennifer Hunt, have typically not taken into account the TYPE of business founded.   According to work by professor AnnaLee Saxenian, a third of businesses started by Chinese-immigrant engineers are "PC wholesalers", i.e. assemblers of commodity PCs.   A large number of the firms founded by Indian-immigrant engineers are in the [domestic bodyshopping, cross-bodyshopping and] off-shoring business.   Neither of these types of companies should be counted.   And as I've stated before, with the possible exception of IBM [no, certainly not them], no firm, domestic or foreign, has been pivotal in the technological advance of the tech industry.
 
Most of our immigration policy -- family, refuge and asylum, what to do about unauthorized immigrants [illegal aliens] -- is motivated by [personal financial gain and] humanitarian considerations.   Different people would draw the line on such policy at different places, of course, but I believe there is a shared belief in the humanitarian principle [but vast differences over the definition of "humanitarian" in this context].
 
The ostensible goal of the remaining aspect of immigration policy -- employment based immigration -- is the national economic interest.   Thus central issue that should be addressed is the Internal Brain Drain [US Brain Waste] caused by the large foreign influx.   This Internal Brain Drain [US Brain Waste] is demonstrable, certainly clear for example in the recent Washington Post article on life science post-docs, and of course was predicted by the infamous [1986 through] 1989 NSF position paper[s].
 
But such a central issue won't be addressed as long as our presidential administrations (note the plural) do nothing more than pander.
 
Norm
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2012-07-30 08:11PDT (11:11EDT) (15:11GMT) (17:11 Jerusalem)
Sam Narisi _Tech Republic_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
Why HR gets in the way of hiring
"HR and IT aren't on the same page during the recruiting process.   That could mean the most ideal applicants aren't being forwarded to the IT manager, or the best candidates aren't even applying to the jobs in the first place."

2012-07-30
Willis Eschenbach
new data, old claims about volcanoes
"...first it appears he has included and excluded volcanoes depending on whether they show up in his temperature record.   If we look at big eruptions, eruptions with a 'volcanic explosively index' (VEI) of 6 or above, since 1750...   here's the BEST [Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature] data including all relevant volcanoes, without the style of overlay that they have used that obscures the actual timing:...   LAKI, 1783: Occurred near the end of the fall in temperature that it is supposed to have caused.   TAMBORA, 1815: Occurred at the end of the fall in temperature that it is supposed to have caused.   COSIGUINA, 1835: Occurred near the middle of the fall in temperature that it is supposed to have caused.   KRAKATOA, 1883: Occurred at the end of the fall in temperature that it is supposed to have caused.   SANTA MARIA, 1902: Occurred in the middle of the fall in temperature that it is supposed to have caused.   NOVARUPTA, 1912: I can see why Muller omitted this eruption, which occurred just before a rise in temperature...   EL CHICHON, 1982: Occurred during the fall in temperature that it is supposed to have caused.   PINATUBO, 1991: This is arguably the only 1 of the 8 volcanoes that could legitimately be claimed to cause a detectable fall in temperature...a whopping fall of 0.15 degrees C or so."

2012-07-30
Anthony Watts
Muller on MSFTNBC: What he did NOT say was interesting
"he didn't list station quality as one of the things he ruled out."

2012-07-30
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
victims/beneficiaries of hard war
"First, I'm a Southerner and every last one of my direct/lineal Civil War era ancestors were Southern... but... not all were Confederate.   Some were; some weren't; and some didn't really appear to give a hoot one way or the other...   they just wanted to be left alone and let the warring parties keep to their own business.   While I'm fortunate not to have lost a single direct ancestor (wounded, yes; killed, no) because of the war (at least from an immediate cause of the war, during the war years), I had plenty of distant uncles and cousins who lay a moulderin' in the ground as a result of the war.   Many wore gray...some wore blue...and some were civilians (and one may have been a woman who died because of a drunk Confederate).   War even devastated certain areas in which they lived… the majority being in the central Shenandoah Valley, with some just across the Blue Ridge, in Madison county...and some in western Maryland and western Kentucky.   Yet, I don't see myself a victim of any of the depredations laid upon my ancestors because of some general in the Civil War.   Even if I were at rock-bottom in my luck, to me, suggesting such a thing as even remotely related to my condition, almost 150 years later, is ridiculous."

2012-07-30
Paul McDougall _Information Week_/_UBM_
Cemex has signed $1G out-sourcing/bodyshopping deal with Ill-Begotten Monstrosities
"Building supplies giant Cemex, which specializes in concrete and ready-mix cement, on Monday said it will transfer a number of IT and back office functions to IBM under a 10-year deal that's worth up to $1G for Big Blue.   That's also the total amount Cemex said it expects to save by out-sourcing to IBM...   Under the deal, IBM will manage Cemex's IT operations at the company's head-quarters in Monterrey, Mexico, and around the globe.   Covered areas include infrastructure management, and application maintenance and development.   A business process out-sourcing (BPO) component of the deal calls for IBM to take over and run Cemex's finance, accounting, and human resources systems...   Reuters reported that the deal would impact between 1K and 2K Cemex employees, from a total work-force of about 42K in 50 countries."

2012-07-30
David North _Center for Immigration Studies_
obscure appeals board for "educational institutions" wanting to admit foreign students
"The SEVP Appeals Team...not to be confused with the three appeals units that are part of the Justice Department's Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), or the Labor Department's similar set of administrative tribunals, or USCIS' Administrative Appeals Office (AAO)...   After watching the Senate immigration subcommittee's lashing of ICE over its lax supervision of marginal educational institutions, as noted in a recent blog, I decided to see what happens when SEVP actually decides against a school's request...   most DHS agencies say 'yes' to aliens and/or their employers about 95% of the time...Decisions from the Board of Immigration Appeals and AAO are printed routinely, but these [SEVP Appeals Team] decisions had to be pried out of the government via a FOIA request...   There were about 36 appeals a year, against filings for new and renewed certifications of about 2K a year and a total universe of 10K licensed schools; IOW, denials appeared to be rare, which is par for the course with DHS.   The review body, not unexpectedly, tended to support staff decisions, overturning only three of the 24 staff decisions in the set I read.   I would have read more decisions, but either my computer or the web-site collapsed after I had finished the 24 cases which had been arrayed in alphabetical order, thus I had a more or less random sampling.   This reviewing system largely followed the ultra-privacy rules of another DHS appeals body, the Administrative Appeals Office, which I have discussed previously.   Happily, however, [the SEVP Appeals Team] does not hide the names of the agencies bringing the cases, as does AAO.   Since this is the case, we can get a feel for what kinds of organizations are being denied licensing rights.   Some of the petitioners had what might be called reminiscent names: Columbia College in Salt Lake City had no relation to the university of that name in New York, nor did Yale Academy relate to Yale University.   Then there were some plain vanilla names, like International Graduate University and Kingston University.   And some more interesting ones, like Big Sioux Aviation, the Illinois School of Massage Therapy, the James Albert School of Cosmetology, and the Fire School of Ministry.   Most of the schools appealing the negative SEVP decisions did so without lawyers.   Many of them were seeking permission to teach M-1 visa holders (i.e., vocational students) rather than F-1 academic students, and many of them had filed what must have been rather shaky applications.   There were, for instance, several that simply had failed to answer questions raised by the [SEVP] staff and at least one applicant, despite prodding, would not give the government the name of the school's president."

2012-07-30
Nancy Folbre _NYTimes_
executives can cut their costs by importing cheap young pliant workers with flexible ethics or by off-shoring

2012-07-30
Mark J. Perry
US manufacturing grew 5.6% in last year, 11% in mid-west

2012-07-30
Mark J. Perry
Obummer opposed to minimum wage increase in Samoa where his political friends own businesses, due to harmful effects. Will he do the same for the USA?

2012-07-30
Mark J. Perry
prices of electricity moderated by prices of natural gas

2012-07-30 (5772 Menachem-Ab 11)
Maeve Reston _Jewish World Review_
Romney neither scared nor embarrassed to pick side in Middle East conflict
speech

2012-07-30 (5772 Menachem-Ab 11)
Warren Richey _Jewish World Review_
federal judge issued injunction against contraception mandate of ObummerDoesn'tCare

2012-07-31
Dave Gibson _Examiner_
Riverside county dispatcher killed in wreck with illegal alien repeat offender
 
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  "The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty, & place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; & the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded." --- Noah Webster 1834 (quoted in William J. Bennett 1997 _The Spirit of America_ pg 397)  

 
 

Tuesday

Dienstag

Yom Shlishi

Martedi

2012-07-31

2012-07-31
William K. Alcorn _Youngstown OH Vindicator_
American Legion post 472 membership out-growing its facilities

2012-07-31 Robert Moore _Cenantua_
Rhetorical approaches to Civil War web logging?

2012-07-31
Amanda Morrow _Global Post_
half of India hit by another electricity grid failure
Zero Hedge: pictures
Stupid Propaganda Planet/Ziff Davis/CBS
"An estimated 600M people were affected when both the northern and eastern grids collapsed after 13:00 local time.   A spokesman for the Delhi Metro Rail Corp said all metro trains in the capital had come to a standstill...   many traffic lights in New Delhi were out for the second day in a row...   Other affected areas included the northern Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan states, and West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand in the east...   Tuesday's blackout comes a day after cities and villages across 8 states were left without power for 15 hours when the northern grid collapsed in one of the world's most widespread electricity failures."
Politics hamper infrastructure development and maintenance

2012-07-31
Matthew Vadum _PJ Media_
congressman Allen West scares crazy flaming radical leftists: It is a beautiful thing

2012-07-31
Robert Spencer _PJ Media_
Why are people in the Pentagon taking advice from CAIR terrorists, and dumping anti-terrorist advisers?

2012-07-31
_Knoxville TN News Sentinel_
TN has worst retail sales extortion rates
Roger Harris
"Tennessee has the highest combined state and local sales tax rate with an average of 9.43%, according to the study.   Arizona is the next highest at 9.12%.   Rounding out the five highest states are Louisiana (8.86%), Washington (8.83%) and Oklahoma (8.68%)...   States with the lowest combined sales tax rates are Alaska (1.79%), Hawaii (4.35%), Maine (5%), Virginia (5%) and Wyoming (5.18%).   California and Indiana have the highest state sales tax rates -- 7.25% and 7%, respectively -- but rank 12th and 20th in combined state and local rates. Only 4 states -- Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon -- levy no state or local sales tax [since they rely on state income extortion and property extortions and other extortions and fees]."
contact Roger Harris
State and Local Sales Extortions, mid-year 2012

2012-07-31
_CNBC_/_Reuters_
US consumer confidence up slightly in July
Economic Intersect
Today On-Line
News Daily
"Consumers' labor market assessment was mixed as the 'jobs plentiful' index slipped to 7.8% from 8.3%, while the 'jobs hard to get' index also fell to 40.8% from 41.2%."

2012-07-31
Allison M. Vaillancourt _Chronicle of Higher Education_
What does "likeble" look like?

2012-07-31
Bryan Preston _PJ Media_
Ted Cruze rose to victory in US senate run-off in TX

2012-07-31
Stephen Dinan _Washington Times_
House judiciary committee reports 2K DUI, over 1,400 drug violations, 19 murders, 3 attempted murders, 142 sex crimes connected with failure to prosecute illegal aliens
Kyle Bonnell: Town Hall
The Hill
Robert Moon: Examiner

2012-07-31
John Miano _Center for Immigration Studies_
Brookings claims regarding demand for H-1B visas are not supported by their data

2012-07-31
Mark J. Perry
inflation-adjusted natural gas price for commercial & industrial purchasers

2012-07-31
Mark J. Perry
Olympics: crony socialism in sports

2012-07-31 (5772 Menachem-Ab 12)
Wesley Pruden _Jewish World Review_
Barack Obummer's Jewish problem
"The Democrats have a Jewish problem, and his name is Barack Obama.   Reluctantly, many Jews, loyal Democrats by birth and tradition, have concluded that he's not The One they thought he was.   With even greater reluctance, the White House has concluded that their Jewish problem is real, growing, and they better do something about it.   Mitt Romney's dramatic declaration Sunday in Jerusalem that preventing Iran from building a nuclear weapon is America's "highest national security priority" and military force should not be excluded, and that he regards Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel, puts in stark relief the difference between what the two candidates think about America's only real ally in the Middle East."

2012-07-31 (5772 Menachem-Ab 12)
Paul Greenberg _Jewish World Review_
amidst the ruins

2012-07-31 (5772 Menachem-Ab 12)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
bit lies in politics
"The CBO report shows that, while the average household income fell 12% between 2007 and 2009, the average for the lower four-fifths fell by 5% or less, while the average income for households in the top fifth fell 18%. For households in the 'top 1%' that seems to fascinate so many people, income fell by 36% in those same years."
 
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  "Small wonder that after the VOC's [Vereenigde Oost-indische Compagnie's] demise, its logo came to be read as Vergaan onder Corruptie (Perished by corruption)." --- David S. Landes 1999 _The Wealth & Poverty of Nations_ pg 146 (J.S. Furnivall 1939 _Netherlands Indies_ pg 49)  

 
 



 
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  "[The gov't] assisted new industries & technologies -- by subsidy & stipend, fiscal exemption & privilege, or so-called loans that remained unpaid.   Because of these helps, ambitious businessmen had reason to court people of influence, & the court, like an over-ripe cheese, invited corruption.   The only real constraint was the increasing penury of the French treasury; by the 1780s, the money had run out." --- David S. Landes 1999 _The Wealth & Poverty of Nations_ pg 266  

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