Economic News 1993

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"Implicit in the term 'national defense' is the notion of defending those values and ideals which set this Nation apart...   It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defense, we would sanction the subversion of one of those liberties... which makes the defense of the Nation worthwhile." --- Earl Warren supremes in US v Robel

1993 February
Michael G. Finn & Joe G. Baker _Monthly Labor Review_
Future jobs in natural science and engineering: shortage or surplus?

1993 January/February
Sheldon Richman _Cato Policy Report_ vol15 #1
Dissolving the Ink-Blot: Privacy as Property Right

1993 February
Michael G. Finn & Joe G. Baker _Monthly Labor Review_ pp 54-61
Future jobs in natural science and engineering
"For a long time now, there has been a continuing need for occupational demand and supply projections for purposes of educational planning.   In recent years, however, concerns over shortages of technical labor, international competitiveness, changes in the demographics of the work force, and other issues have come to the fore, especially regarding scientists and engineers.   In a 1990 study, the National Science Foundation [NSF] projected a cumulative short-fall of 675K bachelor's degrees in the natural science and engineering fields by the year 2006.   The finding was based largely on demographics: the college-age population was projected to decline throughout the 1990-2006 period...   The study assumed that future demand for these workers would remain constant at historical levels."

G. Pascal Zachary _Wall Street Journal_/_New America Media_
Black-Hole Opens in Scientist Job Rolls

1993-02-28 to 1993-04-19
Battle erupted near Waco, Texas, when Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (which later became BATFE) and FBI Hostage Rescue Team attacked the Branch Davidians at their church home; 4 agents and 6 Davidians were killed on 1993-02-28 as a 51-day siege began, and ended with over 80 dead. Some testimony and examination of the remains suggested that incendiary rounds were fired through at least one of the buildings, observed as a traveling ball of fire. Always a step or two admitting evidence, Reno eventually confessed to abuse of chemical weapons banned by international agreements from military use.
1999-08-27/2017-08-28: WND: Reno planned assault with Army's Delta Force
1999-09-08: David B. Kopel & Paul H. Blackman: Cato: fanning the flames of Waco
1999-09-08: Robert McCurry: Island One: Waco, TX: where a part of USA's heart and soul were murdered
2013-02-28: Jesse Greenspan: History: Waco 20 years later
2016-10-23: David T. Hardy: USA Thinker: HitleryRottenClinton and the chain-of-command at Waco
1993-04-19: Janet Reno: abc: her spin on the attacks on the Branch Davidians
2014-08-27: James Bovard: Eric Holder on the attacks on the Branch Davidians and subsequent cover-up
American Patriot Friends Network: report says Clinton & Reno tried to deceive the public about the siege and attacks on the Branch Davidians near Waco
Robert W. Lee: Reformed Theology: Waco whitewash
Paul Wilcher: For People Like Me: Waco: the un-told story
2017-04-19: anthropologist James Tabor, PhD: Waco Branch Davidian tragedy going on 25 years

Gene A. Nelson _Young Scientists' Network_
DoL to essentially eliminate alien labor certification
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"Additional references, available in your library are: 'Black Hole Opens in Scientist Job Rolls' The Wall Street Journal, 1993 April 14, p. B-1,'Chemical Job Surplus Alleged - Finding Riles Scientists and Congress', Chemical & Engineering News, 1993 April 26, p. 6, and 'Labor Dept. List Sparks Tech Job Fears' and 'Fed Plan to Ease Aliens' Hiring Slammed' Electronic Engineering Times 1993 April 26, p. 1 and 1993 May 10, pp. 68-70 and 'Open: Jobs for Specialists, Wanted: Foreign Workers' The Washington Post, 1993 May 7, page A-21. See also 'Scientific Ph.D. Problems' by David Goodstein in The American Scholar, 1993 Spring, pp. 215-220."

Gene A. Nelson _Young Scientists' Network_
Letter to Department of Labor

"The mushrooming of surveillance has been explained by the sense of panic and crisis felt throughout the government during this period of extremely vocal dissent, large demonstrations, political and campus violence, and what at the time seemed the inauguration of a period of wide-spread anarchy.   While officials... suggested that these crises justified the surveillance, they failed to recognize that the rights guaranteed by the constitution are constant and unbending to the temper of the times..." --- Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights 1973

Pete Carey _San Jose Mercury News_ pg A9
High-Tech Workers Bitter Over Shortages Myth: Soft Labor Market, Immigration Growth Collide in Work-Place
"Gene Nelson, a physicist who devotes much of his time to combatting the myth of skills shortages in the sciences, still remembers the shock he experienced when he first read about the Immigration Act of 1990.   'We already had a very soft labor market for science and engineering, and here are these people boosting potential science and technology immigration.', said Nelson, a 41-year-old with a Ph.D. who teaches part time for $120 a week at Cuyahoga Community College..."

Jane H. Ingraham _New American_

"[T]he time has come to recognize the UN for the anti-American, anti-freedom organization that it has become.   The time has come for us to cut off all financial help, withdraw as a member, & ask the UN to find a HQ location outside the US that is more in keeping with the philosophy of the majority of voting members, some place like Moscow or Peking." --- Barry Goldwater 1971-10-26 _Congressional Record_ pg S16764

Shawn Tully & Roslind Klein _CNN_/_Fortune_
Supply of and Demand for Doctors

Thom Geier _US News & World Report_
Down-Sizing Toll Keeps Going Up
"the number of permanent job reductions announced by big companies this year to nearly 400K.   That's enough to offset almost 2 months' worth of new-job creation, which so far in 1993 is puffing along at a lack-luster rate of about 160K positions per month.   For many, the job market looks no better than it did during the recession, which technically ended in 1991 March.   The out-placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas is advising more laid-off employees now than during the recession.   And 41% of consumers today say jobs are hard to get; only 36% said that during the recession's deepest point.   'Job security is a thing of the past.', concludes David Wyss, research director at the economic-consulting firm DRI/McGraw-Hill."

"The Privacy Act, if enforced would be a pretty good thing.   But the government doesn't like it.   Government has an insatiable appetite for power, and it will not stop usurping power unless it is restrained by laws they cannot repeal or nullify.   There are mighty few laws they cannot nullify." --- Sam Ervin (author of the Privacy Act of 1974)

CPSR review of Ed Yourdon _Decline and Fall of the American Programmer_
"'I have not been impressed with the energy level of the average programmer in the vast majority of DP [Data Processing] shops I've visited in the United States.   Most of them have a difficult time remaining in an upright position all day.   I'm convinced that many organizations play muzak to hide the sound of snoring.' [pg 6] -- and this just after citing his consulting comrade, Capers Jones, claiming the average American programmer puts in 50-hour work weeks...
  He [Ed Yourdon] describes a test given by Sackman, Erickson, and Grant back in 1968 to 12 experienced programmers.   They found wide variance with the best person in the group finishing coding 28 times faster than the worst person, and the best program was approximately 10 times more efficient (in terms of memory and CPU cycles).   There was no correlation with years of programming experience or scores on standard programming aptitude tests.
  By contrast, for programming teams, Capers Jones reports that development and maintenance costs of projects using experienced people were half that of projects using inexperienced people...
  Companies are opting NOT to invest in their 'peopleware'.   Lay-offs, out-sourcing and the tendency toward contracting programming labor are what we are getting instead.   CASE tools are a large capital investment and you can hire multiple cheap Indian, Irish, FOC's (Fresh Out of College) or whatever programmers for the same price -- and not be stuck with an obsolete shelf-full of dated manuals and software 6 months later.   (The relative high-cost of CASE is why little is done with this technology in India, Yourdon writes).   Have labor make the capital investment themselves either by self-financing education and then getting hired or have some foreign government subsidize a programmer acquiring current skills.   That Yourdon discusses little these tendencies is a major omission."
CPSR == Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility

"Q: What is the difference between Jurassic Park and IBM?
A: One is a high-tech theme park for dinosaurs and the other is a movie by Steven Spielberg. Ba-bing!
Q: What is the difference between Jurassic Park and MSFT?
A: One is a high-tech theme park dominated by expensive, nasty, hungry, predatory monsters that will destroy anything they can get their teeth into... and the other is a movie by Stephen Spielberg." --- CPSR humor
CPSR == Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility

Rob Sanchez _Job Destruction News-Letter_/_60 Minutes_/_CBS_
HP cutting staff, contracting, sub-contracting with foreign bodyshops
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Lynne Duke & Pierre Thomas _Washington DC Post_ pg A22
HP cutting staff, contracting, sub-contracting with foreign bodyshops
(cited in Michelle Malkin 2002 _Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, And Other Foreign Menaces To Our Shores_)

"The caveman had the same natural resources at their disposal as we have today, & the difference between their standard of living and ours is a difference between the knowledge they could bring to bear on those resources & the knowledge used today." --- Thomas Sowell

Leslie Helm _Los Angeles Times_ pg A1
Creating High-Tech Sweat-Shops

1993 November
top 500 fastest super computers LinPack bench-mark

H. Rosemary Jeronomides _Georgetown Immigration Law Journal_ vol7 pp 367 et seq.
The H-1B Visa Category: A Tug of War

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