2009 June

3rd month of the 2nd quarter of the 20th year of the Bush-Clinton-Shrub-Obummer economic depression

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  "The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency." --- attributed to Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov Lenin by J.M. Keynes but unverified  

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  "God gave me my money   I believe the power to make money is a gift from God... to be developed & used to the best of our ability for the good of mankind   Having been endowed with the gift I possess, I believe it is my duty to make money & still more money & to use the money I make for the good of my fellow man according to the dictates of my conscience." --- John D. Rockefeller 1905  




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

2009 June

3rd month of the 2nd quarter of the 10th year of the Clinton-Bush-Obama economic depression



_Open Congress_
Status of S877

Stephen Zyskiewicz _CocoaHeads_
[MEET] June CocoaHeads Mac Developer Meetings
"CocoaHeads is an international Mac programmer's group. Meetings are free and open to the public. We specialize in Cocoa, but everything Mac programming related is welcome. Thursday, 2009 June 11, 18:00 
GermanyAachenThursday, 2009 June 18, 19:00
GermanyBerlinThursday, 2009 June 11, 19:00
GermanyMunichThursday, 2009 June 18, 20:00
JapanTokyoWednesday, 2009 June 14
Saudi ArabiaRiyadhTuesday, 2009 June 9, 20:00
South AfricaJohannesburgThursday, 2009 June 11, 18:30
SpainMadridFriday, 2009 June 26, 15:30
SwedenStockholmMonday, 2009 June 1, 19:00
United States of AmericaAtlanta, GAThursday, 2009 June 18, 19:00
United States of AmericaBoston, MAThursday, 2009 June 11, 19:00
United States of AmericaBoulder, COThursday, 2009 June 4, 19:00
United States of AmericaColorado Springs, COThursday, 2009 June 11, 19:00
United States of AmericaDes Monies, IAThursday, 2009 June 11, 19:00
United States of AmericaFayetteville, ARThursday, 2009 June 11, 18:00
United States of AmericaLake Forest, ILWednesday, 2009 June 10, 19:00
United States of AmericaNashville, TNThursday, 2009 June 11, 19:00
United States of AmericaNew York, NYThursday, 2009 June 11, 18:00
United States of AmericaPhiladelphia, PAThursday, 2009 June 18, 19:00
United States of AmericaSt. Louis, MOSaturday, 2009 June 27, 14:00
Some chapters may have yet to post their meeting for next month. CocoaHeads meeting times may change. Locations and more information here.   Also be sure to check for an NSCoder Night in your area.

David Marsh _MarketWatch_
How gold and GM give history lessons

_Daily Illini_
Abuses in admission process advance cycle of corruption
Jodi S. Cohen, Stacy St. Clair & Tara Malone: Chicago Tribune: Clout goes to college: Rezko relative is among those admitted to U. of I. in shadow system influenced by trustees and other insiders
"In one case, a relative of Antoin 'Tony' Rezko, the now-convicted influence peddler for former governor Rod Blagojevich, got admitted after U. of I. President B. Joseph White wrote an e-mail stating that the governor 'has expressed his support, and would like to see admitted' Rezko's relative and another applicant...   Since 2005, about 800 under-graduate students have landed on the clout list for the Urbana-Champaign campus.   It's unknown how many would qualify for entry on their own, but their acceptance rate is higher than average.   For the 2008-09 school year, for example, about 77% [of those on the list] were accepted, compared with 69% of all applicants...   In 2008 March, Board of Trustees Chairman Niranjan Shah pushed for a student to be admitted to the rigorous MBA program, even though Chancellor Herman warned that school officials 'had serious concerns about his ability to handle the academics' and the student's GPA was 'below what is admissible'.   'May be [sic] he can be on probation during first year.', Shah suggested.   E-mails show that when Shah pressed for a decision before he visited the student's family in India, the business school relented and offered the applicant a spot...   Andy Wethekam, a York Community High School student who thought he would follow in his father's footsteps and attend U. of I., was denied admission to its business school this year despite earning a 31 on the ACT and a 4.1 grade-point average."
Inside Higher Education
Christine Des Garennes: Urbana IL News-Gazette
Megan Twohey: Chicago Tribune: Battle for admission to University of Illinois means many applicants feel they need all the help they can get
"In 1984, nearly 14K students applied for roughly 6K freshman spots on the Urbana-Champaign campus, few students from outside Illinois enrolled and high school graduates with decent grades had a good shot of getting in.   Today, 26K students are bidding for 7,100 spots, non-residents make up a growing percentage of the freshman class and applicants across the board have more impressive academic credentials than ever before, said Stacey Kostell, director of admissions...   In 1989, non-residents made up 7% of the freshman class; in 2008, they made up 17%.   As a result of all the changes, the average ACT score of freshman applicants at the U. of I. increased from 25.4 to 28.2 out of a possible 36 from 1987 to 2009...   The bad economy makes the high value of admittance to the U. of I. even more pronounced."
Stacy St. Clair, Jodi S. Cohen & Robert Becker: Chicago Tribune: How politicians pressure U. of I. to admit students
"Documents show both Democrats and Republicans asked lobbyists to track the status of more than 500 applicants, accounting for well more than half of the names on a clout list maintained during the past 5 years.   The list of students -- referred to by school officials as 'Category I' applicants -- also includes requests and recommendations from Illinois congressmen, a U.S. senator, down-state mayors and ex-governor James Thompson...   Most names reach the clout list through the university's top 2 lobbyists, Richard Schoell and Terry McLennand, records show...   Representative James Brosnahan (D-Evergreen Park) inserted himself in the admissions process in February after a constituent was rejected despite having a 32 ACT score and a near-perfect grade-point average from Marist High School in Chicago.   After the student lost his appeal -- an unadvertised option for those on the clout list -- Brosnahan and senator Edward Maloney (D-Chicago) pushed for a reversal...   The assurances [of fairness] offer little solace to U. of I. alum Gary Gasbarra.   The Flossmoor man watched his son apply to the University of Illinois the first day the admissions office accepted applications two years ago, believing the teen's 32 ACT score and high class rank would gain him entry to the business school."
Chronicle of Higher Education: U. of Illinois Takes Heat for Newspaper's Report About Political Influence on Admissions
Jack Stripling: Gainesville FL Sun: Med student admitted without committee's backing
"In a move that breaks with the norms established by medical school accreditors, the dean of the University of Florida's College of Medicine has opted to admit a student from a politically connected family, even though the student didn't have the backing of the Medical Selection Committee...   Before Kone took over as dean in 2007 May, governor Crist sent a letter to UF in 2007 February on Mendelsohn's behalf.   The letter, addressed to UF's admissions officer and copied to UF President Bernie Machen, urged UF to admit Mendelsohn to the Junior Honors Medical Program, an accelerated 7-year program that combines bachelor's and medical degrees...   UF received 2,783 medical school applications this year, according to the university's admissions office.   The class is limited to 135 seats."
U of IL trustees
more on U of IL trustees

Aisha Labi _Chronicle of Higher Education_
Brit university executive Roy Anderson says the UK's top 5 universities should go private, charge unlimited tuition and fees and admit more foreign students
Tim Ross: London Evening Standard

Patrick Thibodeau _Computer World_/_IDG_
State and local government profligacy could boost off-shoring
IT World
"Take Aneesh Chopra, Obama's pick to be the nation's first-ever CTO, for example.   Chopra was Virginia's secretary of technology when the state signed a 2007 out-sourcing contract for content management development with HCL America Inc., a unit of Noida, India-based out-sourcing firm HCL Technologies Ltd.   At the time, the Virginia Information Technologies Agency said it would allow work under the contract to be performed at HCL facilities in India...   The other top technology officer appointed by Obama, federal CIO Vivek Kundra, signed a similar deal with Advanced Integrated Technologies Corp., a Washington-based company with operations in India, in his previous position as CTO of the District of Columbia."

Robert T. Miller _First Things_
Sotomayor the Subjectivist: a teaching moment about judicial philosophies and the role of judges
"liberals and conservatives tend to explain their respective positions using the same words with systematically different meanings...   impartiality entails excluding irrelevant factors that would divert one from the objectively correct answer, impartiality presupposes objectively correct answers; hence, in the absence of objectively correct answers, impartiality loses its meaning."

2009-06-01 Thomas E. Brewton _View from 1776_
Steepening yield curve on government bonds shows expectation of even more steeply increasing inflation

_Great Falls MT Tribune_/_Gannett_
New on-line vehicle registration system shut down

Rita Zeidner _Society for Human Resource Management_ vol54 #6
High U.S. unemployment rates—and employer abuses—are fueling debate about foreign workers

2009-06-01 (5769 Sivan 09)
Dave Barry _Jewish World Review_
Can't we all just get along? Are you a meshugena?

  "Had we at this time no standing army, we should not think of forcing money out of the pockets of 3M of our subjects   We should not think of punishing with military execution, unconvicted & unheard, our brave American children, our surest friends & best customers..   We should not -- but there is not an end to observations on the difference between the measures likely to be pursued by a minister backed by a standing army, & those of a court awed by the fear of an armed people." --- James Burgh 1775 _Political Disquisitions: An Enquiry into Public Errors, Defects & Abuses_ pg 390 (quoted in Les Adams 1996 _The Second Amendment Primer_ pp 62-63)  



1924-06-02: Indian Citizenship Act granted USA citizenship to Amerindians

_Wall Street Journal_
How Hillsdale Beats Harvard

2009-06-02 11:58PDT (14:58EDT) (18:58GMT)
Jason Scott _Cumberland county PA Sentinel_
Local unemployment rate unchanged at 7% in April
"Cumberland county's rate remained unchanged at 6.5%, which tied it with Allegheny county for the third lowest unemployment rate in the state.   A total of 8,100 people were out of work.   Dauphin county maintained its 7.3% unemployment rate, while Perry county saw a slight increase to 7.6% from 7.5%.   In total, the Harrisburg-Carlisle region lost 1K non-farm jobs in April -- down 9,800, or 2.9%, since peaking at 332,400 one year ago, the report said.   A total of 300 mining, logging and construction jobs were added in April, which was down from the average increase of 400 new jobs from March to April over the last 5 years.   Seasonal hiring in the leisure and hospitality areas grew by 1,600 jobs -- also below the average annual change of 1,800 jobs, Horner pointed out...   Franklin -- decreased from 8.4% in March to 8%.   Lancaster -- decreased from 7.1% in March to 7%.   Lebanon -- increased to 6.7% from 6.6% in March.   Adams -- decreased from 7.8% in March to 7.4%.   York -- decreased from 8% in March to 7.9%.   Like the region, the state also held steady from March to April, posting a 7.8% unemployment rate.   Total jobs statewide were down 2.8% over the year, with 500K unemployed workers.   The national rate jumped to 8.9% from 8.5% in April."

Thomas E. Brewton _View from 1776_
Judges actively perverting government since 1937... and before

Karl Puckett _Great Falls MT Tribune_
Montana hiring programmers to correct vehicle-records bugs
"Denver-based Archon Technologies designed the motor vehicle records system and successfully implemented it in Iowa.   BearingPoint acquired the core code of the system to implement MERLIN in Montana.   In 2006, 3M purchased Archon and the state is now working closely with 3M to fix the current problems, Fasbender said."

2009-06-02 (5769 Sivan 10)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
Out of Context part 1

  "No human gov't has a right to enquire into private opinions, to presume that it knows them, or to act on that presumption   Men are the best judges of the consequences of their own opinions, & how far they are likely to influence their actions; & it is most unnatural & tyrannical to say, 'As you think, so must you act.   I will collect the evidence of your future conduct from what I know to be your opinions.'." --- Charles James Fox 1789-05-08  



Scott Green _Daily Illini_
Admissions forecast: partly clouty

Robert J. Samuelson _Billings MT Gazette_/_Washington Post_
Media's Obama infatuation not healthy for U.S.A.

Tom Lutey _Billings MT Gazette_
National weather woes push up wheat prices

Moira Herbst _Business Week_
Indian bodyshoppers feel threatened by Durbin/Grassley token reform proposal

Burton Frierson _Post Chronicle_
US economic recovery in doubt as 111,182 lay-offs are planned
Francine Knowles: Chicago Sun-Times
USA Today/Reuters
Manchester Guardian
Rex Nutting: MarketWatch
Planned job cuts announced by U.S. employers totaled 111,182 in May, down 16% from the previous month and 7.4% higher than 2008 May, according to Challenger, Gray and Christmas Inc.
Employers have announced 822,282 job cuts nationally year-to-date, more than double the 394,193 announced through the same period last year.   But, since reaching a peak of 241,749 in January, job cuts have fallen by an average of 17.5% per month, according to the report.
Nationally, the biggest cuts were announced in the government and non-profit sector with 22,317, the computer sector with 15,384, the chemical sector with 10,656 and the automotive sector with 10,578.   Year-to-date, the automotive sector has been the hardest hit with 111,614 announced cuts.
Illinois-based employers announced 2,930 job cuts in May, down more than 40% from April and dropping 16.5% from 2008 May.   They have announced 55,045 job cuts so far this year.
BLS reported 2.1M workers were laid off in mass lay-offs, representing 1.6% of all workers.   Another 1.6M quit their jobs in March [because they were fed up with pay, hours and working conditions].

Cecilia Kang _San Jose CA Mercury News_/_Washington Post_
Google, Apple, Yahoo!, Genentech and other tech firm executives allegedly conspired to rig job markets
John Murrell: Silicon Valley
Seattle Times
"The Justice Department has launched an investigation into whether some of the nation's largest technology companies violated anti-trust laws by negotiating the recruiting and hiring of one another's employees...   The sources said the review includes other tech companies and is 'industrywide'.   By agreeing not to hire away top talent, the companies could be stifling competition and trying to maintain their market power unfairly, anti-trust experts said."

Thomas E. Brewton _View from 1776_
Brandeis and Douglas: White Male Judicial Activists Who Twisted and Squirmed Rather than Adhere to Plain Language of US Constitution

Evelyn Pyburn _Laurel MT Outlook_
MERLIN not so magic
Mike Dennison & Allison Maier: Missoulian/Lee
"Since 2003, the Legislature has appropriated $28M for project, which has gone through several changes in personnel and contractors.   In 2005, the state laid off at least a half-dozen people hired to work on the project and handed it over to BearingPoint, an international business consulting firm based in Virginia.   Those employees later sued the state and settled out of court.   BearingPoint teamed up with Archon Technologies of Denver on the project, and 3M bought Archon in 2006.   Then, last December, BearingPoint filed for bankruptcy.   Fasbender said the bankruptcy filing violates the contract with the state, which will decide whether to hire a new company to complete the job or use in-house personnel.   About $6M to $7M is left in the project budget, and the remaining phase would extend the system to driver's license records."

Heather Timmons _NY Times_
India is confident in face of global depression as off-shoring continues to ratchet up

2009-06-03 11:03PDT (14:03EDT) (18:03GMT)
Alistair Barr _MarketWatch_
Mega-grants of stock options to executives re-appear

"Seagate Technology, SunTrust Banks, Capital One Financial...   The resurgence is being driven by corporate boards, which are trying to make sure CEOs get a certain [hideously excessive] level of target compensation, Hodgson explained.   The two most important variables in valuing stock options are the number of options and the exercise or strike price.   So when share prices slump, companies have to give executives a lot more options to make sure the total value of the awards are maintained, Hodgson said.   The problem with this is that it doesn't align the interests of executives with those of share-holders, one of the cardinal sins of corporate governance."

Austin Cassidy _Jacksonville Observer_
FSCJ's First Annual Budget

Louie Gohmert
Job Fair Helps Match Hundreds of East Texas Job Seekers with Hiring Employers

Paul Craig Roberts _V Dare_
Economic Policy-Makers Have Created A Perfect Storm

Ron Paul _Ron Paul Library_
Mistakes: Just a Few!

2009-06-03 (5769 Sivan 11)
Walter E. Williams _Laurel MS Leader Call_
Dumbest Generation getting dumber?
DeSoto Times Tribune
Patriot Post
Town Hall
Lancaster Eagle Gazette/Gannett
Santa Rosa CA Press Gazette/Freedom Communications
Washington Times
Jewish World Review
WikiPedia SAT score by year

2009-06-03 (5769 Sivan 11)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
Out of Context part 2

2009-06-03 (5769 Sivan 11)
Rabbi Doctor Asher Meir _Jewish World Review_
Should terrible teacher be exposed?

  "To the people, justice is an ideal, not an instrument of Power   To the people, justice is as Justinian defined it -- 'the firm & continuous desire to render to every one that which is his due'.   But the legal system is not predominantly attentive to notions of equality & the rights of the individual.   The legal system is concerned instead, with law, & law is pledged to Power.   As a consequence, law will most often stand against such human rights as threaten Power.   The virulence of Power is not the question.   By reason of Power's preoccupation with its own goals, all Power tends to function as if the system were designed to destroy the individual, for Power, by definition, can never permit itself to be subordinated to the individual.   As a consequence, justice will be delivered to the people only when it is in the best interests of Power to deliver it." --- Gerry Spence  



1783-06-04: Montgolfier brothers tested hot air balloon
1942-06-04: battle of Midway began

2009-06-04 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT)
Scott Gibbons & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 496,822 in the week ending May 30, a decrease of 41,577 from the previous week.   There were 300,989 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.5% during the week ending May 23, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 6,014,501, a decrease of 141,671 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 2.1% and the volume was 2,757,822.   Extended benefits were available in AK, AZ, AR, CA, CT, DC, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, ME, MA, MI, MN, MT, NV, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, VT, VA, WA, and WI during the week ending May 16.   [Note: The seasonal adjustment factors have been changed by DoL going back to at least the beginning of 2009.]"
more graphs

Tom Lutey _Billings MT Gazette_/_Lee_
Car paper-work/privacy violation becomes big wait: Signs of improvement in registration system turn out to be elusive
Evelyn Pyburn: Big Sky Business Journal
May 29, the day the Justice Department shut down its new computerized title system so private contractor 3M and state officials could work out some bugs in the $21M system, known as the Montana Enhanced Registration and Licensing System, or MERLIN. &nbp; MERLIN is a product of Archon Technologies, a 3M company.

_Billings MT Gazette_/_Lee_/_AP_
Some officials confident in car registration computer system
"BearingPoint, has filed for protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, [and] is not fulfilling its obligation to fix bugs under the contract price."

2009-06-04 06:51PDT (09:51EDT) (13:51GMT)
Ruth Mantell _MarketWatch_
US productivity rose 1.6% in 2009Q1

Ben Worthen _Wall Street Journal_
Tech Execs on Another Lobbying Spree

_Wall Street Journal_
Angela Merkel's rebuke to central bankers is welcome

2009-06-04 Patrick Thibodeau _Computer World_/_IDG_
Evidence that H-1B visa program drives down compensation is growing

Graham Taylor _Body Shopper UK: The IT Body Shopper Portal_
Visa rules are being abused to bring in off-shore IT staff
"A former contractor at BT Global Services claimed he was told by a BT manager that he was being displaced by an Indian contractor from an off-shore supplier for cost reasons.   According to the BBC, the contractor was told: 'We have to cut costs, you've got to go.'   He added that his rate had been £400 a day, while he was told by his line manager the off-shore contractors cost £220 a day...   the off-shore contractor, Tech Mahindra...   'We had been hearing for some time from contractors that BT may perhaps be one of the worst offenders for replacing contract staff with workers on Intra-Company Transfer visas...'"

Frosty Wooldridge _Border Fire_
Excessive mass immigration intentionally destabilizing USA's political system

Walter E. Williams _New Jersey News-Room_
Grade Inflation
WikiPedia SAT score by year

2009-06-04 (5769 Sivan 12)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
Out of Context part 3

  "To know that you do not know is the best   To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease." --- Lao-Tzu (c.604BCE-c.531BCE) _The Way of Lao-tzu_ verse 71 {translated by Wing-tsit Chan}  



1851-06-05: Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe was published
1916-06-05: Arabs revolt against Ottoman Empire
1933-06-05: US went off gold standard, public forbidden to own gold
1947-06-05: George C. Marshall revealed plan to aid European recovery
1967-06-05: Isreal responded to attack by Egyptian, Lebanese and Syrian forces, as 6-Day War began
1977-06-05: Apple II computer went on sale
1998-06-05: Mel Torme died
2004-06-05: Ronald Reagan died

Dale Heberlig _Cumberland county PA Sentinel_
Volvo to cut 135 more jobs from Shippensburg PA road machinery plant
"However, Cardon said, Volvo executives 'believe we're at the bottom' of the trend.   While the layoffs are considered permanent, laid-off employees will have the inside track if they apply for jobs as the work-force is rebuilt in the future.   'We'd be crazy to hire those who don't know the company before rehiring those with experience at Volvo.', Cardon said.   The latest lay-offs are considered permanent, Cardon said, because severance and separation packages based on service time will be offered to those who lose their jobs."

Andrea Ciccocioppo _Cumberland county PA Sentinel_
Experts praise this year's strawberry crop
"Berries at the Bricker's pick-your-own farm are selling for $1.30 per pound...   The going rate for strawberries at many farmer's markets in Cumberland County is $4.50 per quart."

_Billings MT Gazette_/_AP_
University of Wyoming to lay off 45, cut spending by $18M
"The community college reduction adds up to $13.8M, including $8.5M in direct state funding for the colleges and $1.6M for major maintenance work."

Frank Bass _Fort Wayne IN Journal Gazette_/_AP_
Body shopping/ temp/ contintent/ contract/ consulting masks unemployment level

2009-06-05 06:07PDT (09:07EDT0 (13:07GMT)
Ben Worthen _Wall Street Journal_
Tech Job Market Not Getting Any Better
"81% of [business executives] said that they are scaling back their hiring of information-technology pros, according to a survey of 1,900 HR execs and recruiters to be released Monday by job Web site Dice.com."

Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
Seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reached 9.4% in May
Christian Science Monitor
Jeannine Aversa: AP/Centre Daily

2009-06-05 12:15PDT (15:15EDT) (19:15GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
Consumer debt decreased $15.7G in April
"Consumer debt, which increased by $131G in 2007 and by $44.3G in 2009, has now decreased by $35G in the past 12 months.   In the past 3 months, outstanding debt has fallen by $43.1G."

2009-06-05 16:54PDT (19:54EDT) (23:54GMT)
Moira Herbst _Business Week_
Jobs: Even Less Is "Made in America"

_Manila Mail_
Obama/USCIS extend J-1 visas for foreign doctors
"In 2004, Congress amended the program to exempt J-1 doctors who received a Conrad 30 waiver from the annual H-1B [described in 8 USC 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b)] numerical limitation (otherwise known as the 'H-1B cap'), as these doctors must complete their required 3-year period of service as H-1B non-immigrants."

2009-06-05 (5769 Sivan 13)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
Obummer's Arabian dreams

2009-06-05 (5769 Sivan 13)
Charles Krauthammer _Jewish World Review_
The Settlements Myth
Town Hall

Slick _The Slick Show web-log_
ManPOWER bodyshop claims "10 hardest jobs to fill" similar to previous several years; ho-hum they are hardly trying

S&P 500940.09
10-year US T-Bond3.83%
crude oil$68.44/barrel

I usually get this info from MarketWatch and the "Commodities" and "Metals" and "Currencies" columns.

  "We never live, but we hope to live; and, as we are always preparing to be happy, it is inevitable we should never be so." --- Blaise Pascal 1670 _Pensees_ #172 (translated by W.F. Trotter)  


2009-06-06: D-Day

  "It is presumed that juries are the best judges of fact; it is... presumed that the courts are the best judges of the law.   But still both objects are within [the jurors'] decision.   You have a right to take it upon yourselves to judge both law as well as fact in controversy." --- John Jay 1794 GA v Brailsford 3 Dall 1  



1099-06-07: 1st Crusade reached Jerusalem
1494-06-07: Spain and Portugal, by treaty of Tordesillas, agreed to divide the New World between them
1546-06-07: Peace of Ardres officially ended war of England on France and Scotland
1557-06-07: England declared war on France and Spain, Scots invade England
1672-06-07: Dutch defeat combined British & French fleet in Southwold Bay, England
1712-06-07: importation of slaves to Philadelphia was banned
1862-06-07: Britain and USA sign treaty to suppress slave trade
1905-06-07: Norwegian Storting (parliament) votes to separate from Sweden
1921-06-07: Parliament of Northern Ireland opened
1942-06-07: Battle of Midway island ended
1970-06-07: Swiss voters decide not to deport about 300K illegal aliens
1975-06-07: USA abandons military support of Republic of China
1995-06-07: President Lee Teng-hui cheered on first visit to California

Tony Pugh _Bellevilel IL News-Democrat_
Desperate older workers muscling out teens for summer jobs
"Last year, only 32.7% of U.S. teens ages 16 through 19 held summer jobs, the lowest level since the government started tracking the data in 1948, said Andrew Sum, the director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University. With jobs still scarce, the teen employment rate probably will hit a new low of about 30% this summer, Sum said. That figure doesn't include some 400K to 500K low-income teens who are expected to get summer jobs thanks to $1.2G in stimulus funds for youth job programs. However, Sum said that these jobs -- some of which will go to adults ages 20 to 24 -- will boost teen summer-employment rates only by another 1% to 1.5%, which, if accurate, would still be a 61-year low."

  "Capitalism is the most efficient & most moral economic system known to man, & the one most suited to get the best out of human nature." --- Christopher Wood 1988 _Boom & Bust_  



632 Mohammed died in Medina
1783-06-08: Laki volcano in Iceland started eruption which lasted 8 months
1789-06-08: Bill of Rights proposed to congress by James Madison 1789

1809-06-08: Thomas Paine died
1854-06-08: Gadsden Purchase completed
1861-06-08: Tennessee seceded from the USA
1869-06-08: Frank Lloyd Wright born
1874-06-08: Cochise died

John Murrell _Silicon Valley_/_San Jose Mercury News_/_McClatchy_
Red Chinese censorship reaching out to US hardware makers? No problem -- we'll just label it as the Special Limited Edition

Ruffin Prevost _Billings MT Gazette_
Freeze warning issued Sunday night around Bighorn Basin: 3 inches of snow in Cody, WY, 6 inches of snow in Crandall
"over-night low temperatures around Cody of about 28 degrees, threatening young and vulnerable crops."

Erica Yuenger _Daily Illini_
Task force to re-examine rules regarding ban on home-baked goods at farmers' markets

James van de Berg _Daily Illini_
U of I students can rent Zipcars for $35 per year plus $8 per hour

Jeff Rowes _Wall Street Journal_
Left and right show too much deference to congress' unconstitutional legislation
"The practical result is that judges of both persuasions almost never enforce any constitutional limit on the power of government to regulate property and the economy.   Given that the vast majority of law concerns these two areas, the real crisis in constitutional law is not judicial 'activism' but judicial passivism.   It all began in the late 1930s, when the Supreme Court opened the floodgates for New Deal economic regulation.   In essence, conservatives have adopted the big-government agenda of that era.   The liberal-conservative consensus explains why nomination fights focus on a few 'culture war' issues such as gay marriage or guns.   Liberals and conservatives squabble over these esoteric questions because there is such harmonious accord on everything else.   The time-honored justification for judicial deference is that when courts refuse to enforce property rights and allow economic liberties to be trampled by legislatures they are showing respect for the democratic process...   The Constitution's framers understood that legislatures are as much nests of vice as of virtue.   That is why they went to such lengths to define the limits of government, set forth our rights broadly, and create an independent, co-equal branch of government to protect those rights...   Special interests love licensing because it restricts competition and thus drives up the prices they can charge."

Jason Scott _Cumberland county PA Sentinel_
Road projects have begun, but budget holds up education stimulus in PA

Sean Gabb _V Dare_
England: The Peasants are Revolting

2009-06-08 (5769 Sivan 16)
Mark Steyn _Jewish World Review_
A super-power that feeds on mediocrity cannot survive for long on left-overs from the past

2009-06-08 (5769 Sivan 16)
Rabbi Doctor Asher Meir _Jewish World Review_
Merchant must take responsibility for careless shopper?

  "As standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, & have often been the means of over-turning the best constitutions of government, no standing army, or troops of any description what so ever, shall be raised or kept up by the legislature, except so many as shall be necessary for guards to the arsenals of the US, or for garrisons to such posts on the frontiers, as it shall be deemed absolutely to hold, to secure the inhabitants, & facilitate the trade with the Indians: unless when the US are threatened with an attack or invasion from some foreign power, in which case the legislature shall be authorised to raise an army to be prepared to repel the attack; provided that no troops what so ever shall be raised in time of peace, without the consent of 2/3 of the members, composing both houses of the legislature." --- Brutus 1788-01-24  



1894-06-09: Oil found in Corsicana, TX

Michael Jamison _Missoulian_/_Billings MT Gazette_/_Lee_
State firms cry foul over stimulus procedures which favor multi-nationals
Susan Gallagher: Charleston WV Daily Mail/AP
"That's because the government is using a controversial contracting method that speeds bidding but also tilts the playing field in favor of mega-companies.   It's called IDIQ contracting, which is shorthand for 'indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity', and it's essentially an all-you-can-eat money buffet for big corporations...   only a handful of large firms can afford to engage on such undefined and unrestricted terms.   In Montana, where about $78M is ear-marked for border-station construction, that means Swank and CTA are out, while Parsons Corp., from Pasadena, CA, is in.   Parsons, with 12K employees worldwide and revenues pushing $3.5G last year, is no stranger to IDIQ contracting, or to the controversy that comes with it...   In fact, Parsons ranked third among the nation's construction-services firms in terms of federal campaign contributions during the 2008 election cycle, donating about $600K split almost evenly between Republicans and Democrats.   The company also spent more than $1.5M lobbying federal law-makers between 2004 and 2008, with $305K shelled out during the 2008 presidential election year...   The Department of Homeland Security refused interview requests regarding its contracting methods, but Sahar Wali, at the General Services Administration, said her agency is choosing big firms with IDIQ contracts already in place because recovery funds must move fast if they are to stimulate the economy."

Kevin Bogardus _The Hill_
Tech executives and their lobbyists ramp up battle against Obama proposal to tax profits from US capital sent over-seas
"While the business community has opposed the proposal, tech lobbyists believe their industry in particular would be most affected because of their global operations.   That has led to a lobbying blitz out of Silicon Valley...   The Information Technology Industry Council, TechAmerica and the Semiconductor Industry Association are coordinating the visits [with congress and white house aides]...   Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association...   Technology CEO Council...   PhRMA..."

David Gratzer _Wall Street Journal_
Canada backing away from socialized medicine

2009-06-09 (5769 Sivan 17)
Anne Bayefsky _Jewish World Review_
Obama's stunning offense to Israel and the Jewish people

2009-06-09 (5769 Sivan 17)
Frank J. Gaffney _Jewish World Review_
America's first Muslim president?

2009-06-09 (5769 Sivan 17)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
Variety of ways of doing nothing
Redding Record Searchlight
Abilene KS Reporter Times
Pasadena CA Star-News
San Gabrel Valley Tribune

NASSCOM calls for subsidies for Indian bodyshops

  "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.   The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is no effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.   So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." --- Theodore Roosevelt 1910-04-23  



1190-06-10: Frederick Barbarossa drowned during 3rd Crusade
1610-06-10: governor of VA, lord de la Warre (Delaware), arrived
1735-06-10: John Morgan born
1776-06-10: committee appointed to write Declaration of Independence
1768-06-10: John Hancock's sloop "Liberty" was seized for alleged customs violations
1801-06-10: Tripoli declared war on USA, demanding tribute
1854-06-10; first graduation from US Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD
1861-06-10: Dorothea Dix appointed superintendent of female nurses for US Army
1895-06-10: Hattie McDaniel born
1898-06-10: US Marines landed in Cuba
1901-06-10: Frederick Loewe born
1906-06-10: president Theodore Roosevelt gets Russia and Japan to agree to peace talks
1907-06-10: 11 drivers begin race from French embassy in Beijing to Paris.
1909-06-10: first SOS transmitted from SS Slavonia, wrecked in the Azores
1915-06-10: Saul Bellow born
1916-06-10: Mecca, under control of the Turkish Ottoman Empire, fell to Arabs during Great Arab Revolt
1922-06-10: Judy Garland born
1940-06-10: Italy declared war on France and Britain; Canada declares war on Italy
1943-06-10: Allies begin bombing Nazi Germany around the clock
1967-06-10: 6-Day War ended
2004-06-10: Ray Charles died in Beverly Hills, CA

2009-06-10 04:52:24PDT (07:52:24EDT) (11:52:24GMT)
_San Gabriel Valley Tribune_
Red China chills the web

Michael Riknick _Sharon PA Herald_
Union VP complains that Duferco Farrell over failure to buy American
"Duferco's Farrell plant buys slabs over-seas -- mainly in Russia -- and then rolls them into steel coils.   The company has said it does that because the slabs it needs are generally not available in the U.S.A.   The Buy American provision of the $787G stimulus package specifically calls for steel used in public works projects to be poured in the U.S.A.   For months Duferco has been trying to secure an exemption -- so far without success...   Conway noted the plant is a joint venture between Duferco Farrell and OJSC Novolipetsk Iron & Steel Works, better known as NLMK of Russia.   NLMK, Conway said, owns an electric furnace shop at the Port of Indiana operating as Beta Steel Corp. and melts steel into slabs which Duferco can use to meet the Buy American requirements.   However, Conway said Duferco contends that's not the best solution as it prefers 10-inch slabs rather than the 8-inch slabs produced by Beta Steel.   Another American steel producer, which he declined to identify, also is willing to sell Duferco 10-inch slabs, he added."

Dorothy Tucker _CBS 2 Chicago_
College Graduates Face Worst Job Market In Years
"only 1 out of every 5 is landing a job right out of school...   In 2007, 50% of grads had a full-time job when they graduated; in 2008, it was 25%. So far this year, it's only 19%."

Lee E. Ohanian _Forbes_
$787G Mistake

Jay Furst _Rochester MN Post-Bulletin_
Off-Shore Out-Sourcing at the Mayo Clinic

2009-06-10 (5769 Sivan 18)
Walter E. Williams _Patriot Post_
Americans Love Government
World Net Daily
Capitalism Magazine
Jewish World Review

2009-06-10 (5769 Sivan 18)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
The Character of Nations
Patriot Post
National Review
Capitalism Magazine

  "The actions of men are the best interpretation of their thoughts." --- John Locke  



1919-06-11: Sir Barton won triple crown

2009-06-11 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT)
Scott Gibbons & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 576,695 in the week ending June 6, an increase of 76,312 from the previous week.   There were 373,046 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.6% during the week ending May 30, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 6,127,413, an increase of 93,810 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 2.1% and the volume was 2,828,892.   Extended benefits were available in AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, ME, MA, MI, MN, MT, NV, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, VT, VA, WA, and WI during the week ending May 23.   [Note: The seasonal adjustment factors have been changed by DoL going back to at least the beginning of 2009.]"
more graphs

Ed Kemmick _Billings MT Gazette_
Restored B-17 lands in Billings

_Billings MT Gazette_/_AP_
Fort William/Fort Laramie commemorates 175th year
national park service on Ft. Laramie

Jeremy N. Smith _World Trade Magazine_
bodyshopping 50 years ago, off-shoring moving up the skills chain
"In January of 2006, judge Nicholas Tsoucalas told the government to rethink its position.   By April, the Department of Labor complied.   Henceforth, it said, full assistance would be available to the 4 CSC programmers and colleagues.   Just in time.   Almost simultaneously, CSC announced it would cut 5K jobs in the United States and Europe and replace them with Indian employees.   Rivals EDS and IBM, among others, immediately matched or exceeded CSC's move.   'Off-shoring is moving up the technological food chain with more sophisticated jobs and facilities going over-seas.', Representative Bart Gordon, a Tennessee Democrat, responded.   His estimate: since 2000, approximately 500K Americans a year have lost work to over-seas workers."

2009-06-11 09:59PDT (12:59EDT) (16:59GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
US household wealth dropped for 7th straight quarter for total drop of $14T: $1.3T drop to $50.4T in 2009Q1

Scott Ott _Washington Examiner_
US government occupies GM, establishes "secure Green Zone"

2009-06-11 (5769 Sivan 19)
Victor Davis Hanson _Jewish World Review_
Our Historically-Challenged President

  "The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas." --- Linus Pauling (quoted in Martin Edelston & Mary Buhagiar 1992 _I Power_)  



History Net: Today in History
c. 325-06-12: first Council of Nicaea at Isnuk, Turkey
1442-06-12: Alfonso V of Aragon crowned king of Naples
1458-06-12: college of St. Mary Magdalene founded at Oxford University
1665-06-12: New Amsterdam renamed New York
1744-06-12: David Brainerd was ordained by the Society of Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge in Newark, NJ
1765-06-12: MA organized commitees of correspondence in response to Sugar Act
1775-06-12: MA governor general Gage declared martial law
1776-06-12: Declaration of Rights adopted by Virginia
1778-06-12: Philip Livingston died
1786-06-12: Carl Magnus Wrangel died
1787-06-12: senators required to be at least 30 years old
1798-06-12: John Morisson died in Canisbay, Scotland
1806-06-12: John A. Roebling born in Muehlhausen, Prussia
1812-06-12: Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Russia
1829-06-12: Johanna Spyri born
1839-06-12: first baseball game
1840-06-12: world anti-slavery conference erupted into shouting because American women attended
1849-06-12: Lewis Haslett of Louisville, KY patented gas mask
1857-06-12: Ottomar Cloeter arrived in Crow Wing, MN
1867-06-12: Austro-Hungarian empire formed
1868-06-12: August F. Zich born near Stargard, Pomerania, Germany
1989-06-12:Emilio Aguinaldo declared Philippines independent
1901-06-12: Cuba accepted Platt Amendment and became USA protectorate
1915-06-12: David Rockefeller born
1917-06-12: Secret Service begins providing protection to families of the presidents
1918-06-12: first use of USA airplanes to drop bombs in France
1920-06-12: Farmer Labor party organized in Chicago, IL; Warren G. Harding nominated for president by Republicans
1921-06-12: president Warren G. Harding urges every young man to attend a military training camp
1924-06-12: George H.W. Bush born in Milton, MA
1926-06-12: Brazil leaves League of Nations in protest over plans to admit Germany
1929-06-12: Anne Frank born
1937-06-12: in purge, 8 of Stalin's generals were sentenced to death
1942-06-12: Hitler orders that Slavic people be enslaved; US dropped bombs on oil refineries in Ploesti, Rumania
1952-06-12: USSR set aside peace treaty with Japan
1963-06-12: civil rights lawyer Medgar Evers was killed outside his home in Jackson, MS
1967-06-12: in Loving v. Virginia US supreme court declared Virginia's "Racial Integrity Act of 1924" which banned inter-racial marriage to be unconstitutional

Steve Giegerich _St. Louis MO Post-Dispatch_
"Wonderfully skilled people" flocking to state career centers
"The primary objective is to start collecting a regular paycheck again, a goal Harrison shares with 14.5M other Americans currently out of work.   Forecasters say the job market is showing a few signs of recovering from what has been a brutal period -- 7M jobs lost since the recession began in 2007 December.   The Society for Human Resource Management estimated this week that 25% of the country's manufacturers are adding jobs this month; more than 40% of employers in the service sector are doing the same...   'Right now, we are really seeing wonderfully skilled people walk in.', said Jim Robbins, a career counselor at North Oaks, tucked behind a McDonald's at a busy Normandy intersection...   the jobs often come with lower pay and less prestige than what the jobless worker once had."

Sarah Feeley _Bristol Evening Post_
Government discourages honesty

_RTE Dublin Ireland_
400K people were signing on the Live Register (unemployment insurance rolls)
"the main area of growth was globally traded business services [i.e. cross-border bodyshopping]"

_Aberdeen Scotland Press & Journal_
students have hit a "wall of fear" as awareness of the harsh market dawns
"The UK Graduate Careers Survey of 16,357 graduates by High Fliers found a record 52% regarded prospects for new graduates as 'very limited' -- the highest since the survey started in 1995.   Debt exacerbates student concerns.   Having invested an average of 15K pounds sterling on their degrees, tens of thousands of finalists are now set to leave university with significant sums to repay."

_Times of Malta_
Dismal job market for graduating USA students
"Only 43% of employers in a survey by on-line job web site CareerBuilder.com intended to hire new college graduates this year, down from 56% last year and 79% in 2007.   The site surveyed about 2,500 hiring managers and human resource officials from February 20 to March 11...   Nationally, less than 20% of graduating college seniors who applied for a job this year have one, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.   That's down more than 30% from 2 years ago when more than half of those who applied for a job had one by the time of graduation."

Rickeena J. Richards _Bellevilel IL News-Democrat_/_McClatchy_
Will younger workers be able to land summer jobs?

2009-06-12 02:55PDT (05:55EDT) (09:55GMT)
Janice Revell, Carolyn Bigda & Donna Rosato _CNN_/_Money_
The down-sizing of the U.S. consumer
financial calculators

2009-06-12 02:56PDT (05:56EDT) (09:56GMT)
Janice Revell, Carolyn Bigda & Donna Rosato _CNN_/_Money_
The Demise of the Ownership Society

2009-06-12 02:58PDT (05:58EDT) (09:58GMT)
Janice Revell, Carolyn Bigda & Donna Rosato _CNN_/_Money_
The rise of body shopped nation
"the down-turn that began 17 months ago has certainly accelerated the transformation...   Today about 30% of the U.S. job market -- roughly 42M workers -- is made up of independent contractors, part-time or temporary staffers, and the self-employed.   By the end of the next decade, long after this recession is a distant memory, this contingent work-force will have grown to about 40% of the market, experts predict."

Dennis Cauchon _USA Today_
Even the employed are seeing tough times
iStock Analyst
"The employed worked fewer hours in May -- an average of just 33.1 hours a week -- than at any time since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began counting in 1964.   Part-time work is at a record high.   Over-time is at a record low...   Businesses cut total wages at a 6.2% annual rate in the first quarter.   Federal, state and local governments increased spending on wages by 6.1%, offsetting some of the decline...   Baby boomers -- 79M people born from 1946 to 1964 -- have been hit particularly hard.   Unemployment rates for workers 45 and older have soared to their highest level since at least 1948, when the government started tracking it.   Job losses for baby boomers come at a difficult time: during the traditional peak earning years, as retirement nears."

_Earth Times_
ILO warns of likely 4- or 5-year lag between economic recovery and employment
Monsters & Critics

Megan Dooley _Martha's Vineyard Gazette_
crippling recession and a staggering job market

_Gaithersburg MD Gazette_
Unilever closing ice cream plant in Hagerstown, MD; "green" jobs fell from 1998 to 2007 in MD
"Unilever Ice Cream...   Production at the Hagerstown plant -- which manufactures Klondike, Popsicle and Good Humor novelty ice cream, as well as Ben & Jerry's cones and Breyers Fruit Bars -- will be transferred to other company sites in several phases...   Other Unilever brands include Bertolli, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Hellmann's, Lipton, Popsicle, Promise, Q-Tips, Skippy, Slim-Fast and Vaseline.   Unilever employs nearly 12K people in the U.S.A., including Puerto Rico -- generating nearly $10G in sales in 2008, according to company information...   Aid Networks, APE-Bridgepath Scientific, Bacilligen, BioAssay Works, Biomedica Management, CynerGene IDMP, DS-Byte Solutions, HeMemics Biotechnologies, Imagilin Technology, Intelligent Substrates, Juxtopia and Theradigm [have received about $50K each from the Maryland Technology Development Corp.   through the Fort Detrick Technology Transfer Initiative].   The program is designed to help businesses 'harness the technologies being developed at Fort Detrick and apply them to the commercial sector', senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Baltimore) said in a statement."

2009-06-12 07:39PDT (10:39EDT) (14:39GMT)
Ruth Mantell _MarketWatch_
UMich consumer sentiment index rose from 68.7 in May to 69 in mid-June

2009-06-12 11:29PDT (14:29EDT) (18:29GMT)
Greg Morcroft _MarketWatch_
Stimulus fraud could reach $50G

2009-06-12 11:07PDT (14:07EDT) (18:07GMT)
What Madoff lost in 20 years, the Feds will lose in weeks: "Stimulus" package comes with a steep cost

Michael Cutler _News Blaze_
Thorough, Not Faster Immigration Policy Needed
"Foreign workers most significantly impact national security, the economy and education...   The high tech industries don't generally hire illegal aliens.   They hire temporary workers who have the education that makes them desirable as employees of many high tech industries.   These foreign workers also have another valuable trait: they will accept significantly lower salaries than their American counterparts.   Often, immigration law firms, not unlike salesmen who want to close a deal, do whatever they can to get employers to hire foreign workers.   For the law firms, their livelihood depends on this and so they are very motivated to make certain that foreign workers take priority over American workers...   You have members of Congress doing everything in their power to expand the number of Hi1B visas to facilitate the entry of foreign workers into the United States to under-cut Americans attempting to support their families!   It is clear that there is no shortage of Americans with the high-tech skills, only a shortage of political leaders who have integrity and who are actually willing to represent their constituents...   It was this opportunity to achieve greatness that created the 'Can do' spirit that became America's motto.   By under-cutting America's brightest, we are creating disincentives for our college students!"

Rob Sanchez _Job Destruction News-Letter_ #2025
In a new article by Frosty Wooldridge, an essay I authored was mentioned: "Displaced Americans" was published in a 2006 pamphlet titled: "The Ethics of Immigration Policy".
The essay was very short because it had to fit into a pocket sized pamphlet, so it lacked detail.   In this news-letter I will discuss in further detail a comparison of the situation that caused the riots in France with the powder keg that is just waiting to explode in the U.S.A.
In France, Muslims from Africa were imported for several generations by using a temporary guest worker program.   These cheap laborers were in theory temporary, but in practice many of them stayed either legally or illegally.   France gave most of the early guest-workers citizenship and welcomed their families also.   It was the French version of Comprehensive Immigration Reform.   BLECH!
The French government vowed to make sure that all of the immigrants that stayed permanently would go through assimilation programs, but for many of them that never happened.   Due to budget cuts and indifference the French government didn't follow through on their promises, and the truth is that many of the Muslims had no intention of changing their loyalty to France.   Instead of assimilating, the immigrant laborers were isolated into slums around major cities such as Paris.   The population of angry Muslims began to swell.
In addition to the guest-workers there was a growing flow of illegal immigrants from Arab countries into France.   Unemployment rose most dramatically among the youngest age groups who were typically second or third generation French citizens.   Muslim communities transformed into large populations of disenfranchised people who had no real stake in the success of the country and who grew desperately poor.   It was a perfect formula for social unrest [just as the Muslim countries set up in Palestine].
The result: riots broke out in 2005.   Sporadic violence has continued ever since.   One of the main factors driving the civil unrest is youth unemployment, which surpassed the 20% level in 2005.
Hopefully the U.S. doesn't follow France's example, but if unemployment was a major factor in the riots in France then we had better prepare for the same thing here.   That's because in the U.S.A. the unemployment rate of young American minorities is rising far above the levels that sparked violence in France.   The situation has deteriorated considerably since I wrote that essay in 2006.   To see just how dire the situation is, here are some quick stats from the BLS:
Non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates vs. age range and year
racial/ ethnic groupage range20062009
Hispanic: 20-2418%28%

blacks -- African American
Hispanic -- Hispanic or Latino
all -- all race groups combined
Folks, look at the numbers and you will begin to understand why the U.S.A. is sitting on a powder keg!   Our young people aren't getting jobs and that's a formula for unrest -- and violence.   In the years since 2006 the unemployment numbers have worsened.   The situation is especially bad for blacks and Hispanics because they compete directly with illegal aliens for jobs.   Comparing unemployment rates in France and the U.S.A. may be somewhat erroneous because the methodologies are probably quite different, but at some point the fuse to the bomb is going to ignite in the U.S.A.   Rates of unemployment over 20% are a disaster waiting to happen.   Even when whites are factored in the rates are hovering near 20%.
One thing you can count on is that when the riots break out the main-stream media will conclude that racism is the cause, not immigration. I'm using France to foretell our future of course, but consider this written by the Canadian TV in 2007:
Media accounts of the riots that spread across France in the fall of 2005 lay the blame squarely on a racist society that has marginalized the children and grandchildren of North African immigrants.
The entire article is worth reading and it gets quite amusing when the delusional author explains that riots won't happen in Canada because they are so much smarter than France.   LOL!
So, what is President Obama doing about this impending crisis?
This week the Obama administration has been working hard to roll back e-verify which is used to guarantee that employers hire those who are in the U.S.A. legally.   All indications so far are that Obama and the globalists in Congress are hell-bent on passing amnesty, which will encourage even more immigration into the U.S.A.   IOW, Obama is exacerbating a very dangerous situation!   Stimulus money isn't going to help the problem unless we start demanding that all unskilled labor and entry level jobs go to our young people instead of immigrants and illegal aliens.
As the Boston Globe said:
It is ironic that at the same time that the nation was electing its first African-American president, it was displacing record numbers of black men from the ranks of the employed.
That's quite a profound statement, but the authors avoid one of the most important reasons why so many young black men are unemployed. The Globe came up with the top 4 things to do in order to turn this worsening unemployment situation around and yet they never mention anything about immigration.   How stupid can they be to not see their own set of ironies?
The Ethics of Immigration Policy (pdf)
There is a companion pamphlet called "Common Sense on Mass Immigration"
You can purchase copies of these two publications at the Social Contract Press. They are pocket sized pamplets that are convenient to give to friends and acquaintices. Go here:
Buy pamphlets
Mark Krikorian: L'Intifada en Los Estados Unidos, The French riots and us
A job crisis for young black men
France riots -- Understanding the violence
Frosty Wooldridge: Questioning the Morality of Displacing US Workers

_Wolters Kluwer/CCN_
E-Verify federal contractor rule delayed yet again until 2009 September 8

doctor Tom Mack _Aiken SC Standard_
Local archaeological site shows human occupation as far back as 50K years
"In 2004, Goodyear and his team dug 4 meters below the surface and found artifacts in a layer of burnt plant remains that were subsequently tested via radiocarbon dating.   The finding that this charcoal deposit is as old as 50K years may lend credence to the theory that human habitation on this continent dates much, much earlier than anyone supposed.   Goodyear himself asserts that 'Topper is the oldest radiocarbon-dated site in North America.'   The verdict is still out, however, as to whether this evidence alone contradicts the long-held belief that early humans first arrived in America from Asia 13K years ago."

Graham Summers _Gold Eagle_
The Coming Economic Collapse

Peter D. Schiff _Ludwig von Mises Institute_
Why the Melt-Down Should Have Surprised No One
"The government solution is high prices but low mortgage payments subsidized by the government.   The free-market solution is low prices.   Because if real-estate prices go down, you don't need to borrow that much money to buy a house.   So it doesn't matter that your mortgage payment is a little higher.   But the government still looks at the problem [as being] that home prices are falling.   That's the solution.   The problem is that they went up...   the one place that the government needed to regulate was Fannie and Freddie, and that's where they didn't regulate.   In fact, every attempt to regulate them was thwarted by congress.   Freddie and Fannie gave huge amounts of money to both Democrats and Republicans -- anybody that tried to regulate them...   If the government didn't guarantee bank accounts, then banks would not be doing foolish things with our deposits.   Because people would care, because people could know, gee, if you make loans and they don't get paid back, I'm going to lose my money.   So banks would not just compete on how much interest they'd pay, but they would compete on how safe their balance sheets are...   look what Bernie Madoff was able to pull off.   Do you think he could have done that without the SEC giving him a stamp of approval.   Or without FINRA?...   When you have President Obama talking about how everything is different than George Bush, how his administration is change -- we're doing it differently.   He hasn't changed anything.   He's doing exactly what Bush did.   He inherited the same situation, only worse, and he's doing the same thing, only worse...   And that the only way we're going to rebuild this economy is with a smaller government, not with a bigger government.   And we need sound money."

2009-06-12 (5769 Sivan 20)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
Obama's High Commissioner

_Commodity News Center_/_Moore Research_
historical commodity price graphs

S&P 500946.21
10-year US T-Bond3.78%
crude oil$72.04/barrel

I usually get this info from MarketWatch and the "Commodities" and "Metals" and "Currencies" columns.

  "The best preparation for politics is the study of history in order to avoid the disasters of others." --- Polybius _The Rise of the Roman Empire_ (paraphrased)  



40-06-13: Gaeus Julius Agricola born
1777-06-13: Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de la Fayette arrived in America to aid in American Revolution
1786-06-13: Winfield Scott born
1831-06-13: James Clerk Maxwell born
1863-06-13: second battle of Winchester, VA
1865-06-13: William Butler Yeats born
1884-06-13: first roller coaster in USA, designed by La Marcus Thompson, opened at Coney Island, NY
1893-06-13: Dorothy Leigh Sayers born
1894-06-13: Mark van Doren born
1920-06-13: US Post Office ends sending of children by parcel post
1927-06-13: Charles Lindbergh awarded Flying Cross for flight across Atlantic
1940-06-13: Paris evacuated as Nazi forces approach
1943-06-13: Nazi spies landed on Long Island, NY
1944-06-13: first V-1 buzz-bomb hit London
1978-06-13: in attempt to trade land for peace Israel forces withdrew from Lebanon
1979-06-13: Sioux awarded $105M for lands seized 1877-02-28 in Black Hills of SD

Matt O'Brien _Contra Costa Times_
In 2nd recession within Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama depression, demand for work visas drops
"45,800 applications have been filed since April 1, said Sharon Rummery, spokeswoman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [USCIS]...   Last week, this newspaper reported that East Bay employers shed 1,850 jobs in the technology or telecommunications sector this year, although in a few subsectors -- including software and computer systems design -- employment levels have grown slightly."
Development Design Group in Baltimore, MD, pays H-1b Architects $32K salary
"But according to the DoL's LCA data-base, the MEDIAN is about $42K, while over 25% earn less than $35K.   Now go to the BLS web site, where one finds that the mean wage for an architect in Baltimore is $69,210."

Michelle R. Meissner _Phoenix Examiner_
How much does out-sourcing affect our economy?

_Jacksonville FL Observer_
FSU budget calls for eliminating another 200 jobs
The university plans to cut $56.6M from the university's budget in addition to $82M cuts previously planned and lay off as many as 200 faculty and staff (including about 25 tenured professors), the merging and restructuring of many academic programs and a 15% tuition increase.   UF has proposed $30.6M in specific cuts and 58 lay-offs.   College of Business will cut $1,879,573; Social Sciences and Public Policy, $2,045,091; and Arts & Sciences will face a whopping $6,154,529 in cuts.
FSU budget

  "When making public policy decisions about new technologies for the Government, I think one should ask oneself which technologies would best strengthen the hand of a police state.   Then, do not allow the Government to deploy those technologies." --- Philip Zimmermann  



1777-06-14: Flag Day
Library of Congress
History Net
1775-06-14: US Army founded
1777-06-14: US flag adopted
1789-06-14: cast-away captain William Bligh landed in Timor
1811-06-14: Harriet Beecher born
1864-06-14: California republic declared
1864-06-14: battle at Pine Mountain, GA
1893-06-14: first Flag Day in Philadelphia, PA
1951-06-14: UNIVAC demonstrated
1954-06-14: "under God" added to US pledge of allegiance

Kimberly Miller _Palm Beach FL Post_
GI Bill could double enrollment at Palm Beach Community College
"Statewide, higher education officials have predicted up to 41K veterans will enroll in a Florida university or community college this Fall...   The benefits, which can be used up to 15 years after separation from the military, pay tuition to any public or private college or university but are capped at the cost of the most expensive public school in the state.   In Florida, the cap is $6,538 for a full year -- the cost of tuition and fees at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee...   Florida's 11 public universities have limited freshman enrollment because of crowding and budget cuts.   The state's 28 community colleges can't limit enrollment."

  "A society in which the citizens were compelled to obey even the best behaviors might be a tranquil, peaceable, & prosperous one.   But it would always seem to me a multitude of well-cared-for slaves, rather than a nation of free & independent men." --- Wilhelm von Humboldt 1792  



History Net
Library of Congress
Brainy History
1215-06-15: king John signed Magna Carta
1389-06-15: Ottoman Turks defeated Serbia
1607-06-15: Fort James completed at JamesTown, VA
1752-06-15: Benjamin Franklin and his son conduct lightning experiment using a kite
1767-06-15: Rachel Robards born
1779-06-15: general "Mad" Anthony Wayne captured British fort at Stony Point, NY
1843-06-15: Edvard Grieg born
1916-06-15: Boy Scouts of America incorporated
1928-06-15: Herbert Hoover nominated
1947-06-15: All-Indian congress accepts British plan to partition India

Joseph Cress _Cumberland county PA Sentinel_
Hope Station to host annual Juneteenth celebration Saturday

_Billings MT Gazette_/_AP_
Too many people, too little water discussed at Western Governors' Association meeting

_Rochester MN Post-Bulletin_
Pray for immigration reform

2009-06-15 04:40:02PDT (07:40:02EDT) (11:40:02GMT)
_Rochester MN Post-Bulletin_
Tuition can be a road-block on the way to an education

2009-06-15 10:27PDT (13:27EDT) (17:27GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
Home builders' expectations index faded slightly
"At 15, the index shows that about one in 6 home builders thinks the market is 'good'.   The index peaked at 72 four years ago and was at 18 a year ago."

AIG lawyer tells jury that Hank Greenberg plundered reitirement program after being forced out
American Law Daily
eCommerce Journal
News Assurances
Lilla Zuill: Reuters
Houston Chronicle

Chelsea Schiller _World Net Daily_
Tally of Independence Day Tea Parties Growing Rapidly

Ron Paul _Campaign for Liberty_
Statement on Global Warming Petition Signed by 31,478 US Scientists

2009-06-15 (5769 Sivan 23)
Binyomin Netanyahu _Jewish World Review_
How Judea and Samaria can become "Palestine"

2009-06-15 (5769 Sivan 23)
Daniel Pipes _Jewish World Review_
Where Netanyahu's speech failed

  "There can be no question in a mind truly American whether it is best to send our citizens & property into certain captivity, or keep them at home to turn seriously to that policy which plants the manufacturer & the husbandman side by side & establishes at every door that exchange of mutual labors & comforts which we have hitherto sought in distant regioins & under perpetual risk of broils." --- Thomas Jefferson to the Tammany Society 1808-02-29 (quoted in Saul Padover 1943 _The Complete Jefferson_ quoted in Stephen Skowronek 1993 _The Politics Presidents Make_ pg 462)  



Today in History
1775-06-16: US Army Corps of Engineers
Today in Soccer History
Today in Baseball History
History Today
Today in Legal History

_Cumberland county PA Sentinel_
War College celebrated 234th birthday of US Army

Thomas E. Brewton _View from 1776_
Ivy League "realism" lost connection with reality

George Will _Rochester MN Post-Bulletin_
Living within our means

_Daily Illini_/_AP_
Chicago Tribune sues University of Illinois over political influence in admissions, asking for personal private info about indvidual students

Rob Sanchez _Job Destruction News-Letter_ #2028
Cheap Post-Doc BioPhysicist Wanted at Arizona State
"Arizona State University posted a notice that they will be hiring a post-doctoral biophysicist on an H-1B visa [described in 8 USC 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b)].   The H-1B worker will be paid just over $39k/yr (before taxes) for 3 years and will receive full benefits such as health insurance.   Now you know what a PhD in biophysics is worth.   For a copy of the actual document click the link below.   A text version is supplied with this news-letter. &nbnsp; To find out more about public postings of Labor Condition Applications.
ASU LCA posting (pdf)

Michelle Malkin _V Dare_
Obama's AmeriCrooks and Cronies Scandal -- The Chicago Way Comes To Washington

2009-06-16 (5769 Sivan 24)
Rabbi Doctor Asher Meir _Jewish World Review_
Career vs. Careerism

2009-06-16 (5769 Sivan 24)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
Obama's losing streak and Israel: Netanyahu's speech suffered from two flaws that may come back to haunt the premier in the years to come

2009-06-16 (5769 Sivan 24)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
Equality or Pay-Back?

"Jon" _Constitutionalism_
What Does and Doesn't Work

  "Of course political life in a position such as this is one long strain on the temper, one long acceptance of the 2nd best, one long experiment in checking one's impulses with an iron hand & learning to subordinate one's own desires to what some hundreds of associates can be forced or cajoled or led into desiring." --- Theodore Roosevelt to Maria Longworth Storer 1902-12-08  



1775-06-17: Battle of Bunker Hill (and Breed's Hill)
1885-06-17: Statue of Liberty arrived in NY from France
1928-06-17: Amelia Earhart began her 1st trans-Atlantic flight
1944-06-17: Republic of Iceland founded

Linda Halstead-Acharya _Billings MT Gazette_/_Lee_
"Stimulus" funds reaching well project in Columbus, MT
"The 60-foot well was actually drilled last year, before stimulus funds were available.   With its water rights permit in place, the project lacked only funding."

_Billings MT Gazette_/_Lee_
2 girls in Great Falls MT get perfect ACT scores
"Dower said she wants to study engineering at Montana State University.   Carlson isn't sure where she'll go to college, but she wants to study some sort of science."

Karen Colbenson _Rochester MN Post-Bulletin_
Teachers learn to open GATEway for gifted students

_Rochester MN Post-Bulletin_
Minnesota teen is two-millionth Eagle Scout
"His first role will be to help break ground on a multi-million-dollar project to transform historic Fort Snelling into 'Base Camp' -- an urban Scouting camp featuring rope courses, rock-climbing walls and an environmental learning center."

George Will _Rochester MN Post-Bulletin_
Constitutionalists are not amused

Patrick Thibodeau _Computer World_/_IDG_
speaking before the U.S.-India Business Council, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urges stronger ties with India, but doesn't delve too deeply

2009-06-17 08:29PDT (11:29EDT) (15:29GMT)
Byron Harris _WFAA_
TN visa allows easy immigration for cheap foreign aircraft mechanics while over 100K US citizen aircraft mechanics remain unemployed
Rob Sanchez
NAFTA TN Lawyer says mechanics not covered by TN
NAFTA TN Visa -- Scientific Technician / Technologist <,br />OAS: NAFTA Chapter Sixteen: Temporary Entry for Business Persons
Customs and Border Protection
ORL&C Flight Engineer Job Description, Career as a Flight Engineer, Salary, Employment -- Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job
Pat Choate: Dangerous Business: The Risks of Globalization for America

Donald A. Collins _V Dare_
Those hateful mud-throwers of hatred

2009-06-17 (5769 Sivan 25)
Rabbi Yonason Goldson _Jewish World Review_
The Language of Confusion: 60 years later, Orwell's dystopian vision is more prophetic than ever
"incompetent use of language guarantees muddled thinking...   When illegal aliens become 'undocumented workers', we lose all sense of the danger posed by the porous condition of our borders.   When terrorists become 'insurgents', we more readily accommodate the moral equivalence that blurs the line between aggressors and defenders.   When abortion becomes 'reproductive freedom', the horror over the indiscriminate murder of innocents vanishes altogether.   Similarly, when marriage is bereft by judicial fiat of the definition that has served for thousands of years, the foundations of the family structure erode like sand castles before the approaching tide...   In truth, for advertisers, politicians, special interest groups, and the politically correct, the real purpose of language is no longer to convey meaning -- it is to obscure meaning, to appeal to emotions while bypassing the intellect.   Their motive is obvious: it is far easier to evoke a strong emotional response than it is to present a logically developed argument.   But by allowing meaning to be drained from our language and our words, we have not only denuded them of their clarity, but also of their depth."

2009-06-17 (5769 Sivan 25)
Walter E. Williams _Town Hall_
Live Free or Die
Cybercast News
Human Events
Deseret News
World Net Daily
Patriot Post
Jewish World Review

  "The hungry lion feeds best." --- William Shakespeare (quoted in James Dale Davidson & William Rees-Mogg 1994 _The Great Reckoning_ pg 119)  



1778-06-18: American forces re-entered Philadelphia
1812-06-18: USA declared war against Britain
1815-06-18: Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated near Waterloo, Belgium
1908-06-18: William Howard Taft was nominated for president
1940-06-18: Winston Churchill urged people to conduct themselves in a manner that would prompt future generations to say, "This was their finest hour."
1959-06-18: Ethel Barrymore died in Los Angeles, CA
2004-06-18: al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia beheaded American engineer Paul M. Johnson.

2009-06-18 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT)
Scott Gibbons & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 554,405 in the week ending June 13, a decrease of 26,791 from the previous week.   There were 349,255 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.5% during the week ending June 6, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 6,058,847, a decrease of 85,499 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 2.1% and the volume was 2,799,719. Extended benefits were available in AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, ME, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NV, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, VT, VA, WA, and WI during the week ending May 30.   [Note: The seasonal adjustment factors have been changed by DoL going back to at least the beginning of 2009.]"
more graphs

Mike Shedlock _Global Economic Analysis_
Unemployment insurance claims: Are they worth getting excited over this week?

Mark Thornton _Ludwig von Mises Institute_
Joseph D. Salerno comments on the main-stream

S.M. Oliva _Ludwig von Mises Instittue_
Obama is prolonging and deepening the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama depression

Tom Hamburger & Peter Wallsten _Chicago Tribune_
Senator questioning firing of 3 inspectors general
Barb Shelly: Kansas City Star
Ignatius Reilly: Right Pundits
Jake Tapper: abc
more details from abc
abc Grassley asks questions
abc Was law followed in firing?
Ed O'Keefe: Washington Post: McCaskill, other law-makers questioning dismisal of AmeriCorpse IG

Jill Richardson _La Vida Locavore_
Lobbying has been leading to perverse legislation and regulation

Linda Thom _V Dare_
The Strawberries of Wrath: Abel Maldonado Plants A New People -- At Tax-Victim Expense

Michelle Malkin _V Dare_
The ObummerDoesn'tCare Horror Story You Won't Hear

Daniel Henninger _Wall Street Journal_
"Public Option": Son of Medicaid: Lard atop lard that only a politician or bureaubum could love

Dana Gabriel _Border Fire Report_
US-Canada border security and military integration

Charles Breiterman _Numbers USA_
Frederick Douglass on Cheap Labor
Americans for Legal Immigration

_Daily Paul_
HR1207 to audit the Federal Reserve has 234 co-sponsors and counting 

  "In the 1930s, the object of regulation was almost invariably to curtail output & stifle innovation.   Price controls were largely designed to keep producer prices high.   Today, there may be a higher likelihood of regulation of output & product mix to guarantee profits to the politically best-connected firms, with differential prices to reward powerful industrial customers or favored consumers." --- James Dale Davidson & William Rees-Mogg 1994 _The Great Reckoning_ pg 470  



Juneteenth: Texas state library
Texas Juneteenth
HandBook of Texas
Jimbo Wales's WikiPedia on Juneteenth

Leroy Chapman _SC State_
Clemson increased tuition 4.5%
"Clemson tuition has increased by 47% since 2004...   Law-makers cut funding to state colleges by 25% this year, the largest cut of any state college system in the nation...   But even with a state scholarship, SC students pay more than students in neighboring states, according to data from the Southern Regional Education Board, which tracks tuition trends among 16 Southern states.   For example, a student who gets a $5K LIFE scholarship still must pay $6,576 in tuition to attend Clemson next year.   That's more than the $5,624 to attend the University of North Carolina, the $4,340 to attend the University of Florida or the $6,250 to attend the University of Tennessee."

UMich tuition increased 5.6%
"Annual tuition for a full-time, instate freshman at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will be $11,659 next academic year, up about $622, and $34,937 for most out-of-state students."
Robin Erb: Detroit MI Free Press

Ed Kemp _Hattiesburg MS Amercan_
In-state tuition will not change, for now, in MS: out-of-state tuition up 2.4%: and other charges/costs continue to climb
"The decision means that Southern Miss' in-state rate remains at $5,096 for 2009-2010.   Out-of-state rates increased 2.4% from $12,746 to just more than $13,000, according to College Board spokeswoman Jennifer Rogers...   Southern Miss... is currently looking at budget cuts of at least 4.5%...   The tuition freeze bucks a trend that has seen the board hike in-state tuition 11 of the past 12 years.   In the past 20 years, the average tuition at state universities has nearly tripled from about $1,672 a year to $4,742 a year.   Last year, Southern Miss saw a 3.7% in-state increase, pushing it over the $5K mark for the first time.   In-state students will see an increase in their costs of living this year.   On-campus housing will go up between 3% and 7% across the state, while meal plans will go up on average of 5%.   Currently student housing costs at Southern Miss start at $3,180 per year, while meal plans are $2,438 per year."

Nathan Crabbe _Gainesville FL Sun_
FL Board of Governors OKed 15% tuition increase
Angeline J. Taylor: Tallahassee Demagogue/Gannett
Angeline J. Taylor: Florida Today/Gannett
Christine Armario: Bradenton FL Herald/AP
Brandon Larrabee: Jacksonville FL Times-Union
"The Florida Board of Governors unanimously approved Thursday a tuition increase for UF and the other 10 state universities.   When combined with an increase approved by law-makers, students will pay up to 15% more for tuition in the next academic year along with new and increased fees...   State universities [expect to receive] $159M in [federal] stimulus money next year, including about $42M for UF...   State university officials have for years sought to boost tuition by greater amounts, arguing that rates have been kept artificially low by Bright Futures scholarships.   Under a new state law, universities are allowed to increase tuition up to 15% each year until it reaches the national average.   Law-makers also capped Bright Futures, meaning students will have to pay new costs out of pocket...   A UF under-graduate taking 30 credit hours in the next academic year will pay in-state tuition and fees as high as $4,372, an increase of about $600 from this year.   Tuition costs for students will be between $1,414.95-$1,534.95 for a 15-hour course load each semester.   That total does not include other student fees required by each university.   Tuition for Florida State and Florida International universities, the University of Florida and the University of South Florida will cost more per credit hour than at the other seven institutions.   Students will be charged $102.33 per credit hour at those schools due to last year's extra tuition charges approved by law-makers.   University of Central Florida students will be charged $97 per credit hour this Fall.   Each university is required to use 30% of its extra tuition dollars for need-based financial aid, creating an estimated revenue of nearly $6M.   The national average this year was $6,585 at public universities, according to the College Board."

Angeline J. Taylor _Tallahassee FL Demagogue_
Federal stimulus funds expected to cover costs of 2,700 jobs at Florida public universities
"Machen said as of July 1, [UF] will have cut about $72M in recurring general funds.   Jobs have gone unfilled and educational programs are cut.   Florida State University administrators approved a 3-year plan Wednesday where they will be cutting about $56M [for a net of 260 faculty positions cut over the last 2 years].   University of Central Florida's President John Hitt said his university lost about $38.3M this fiscal year...   FAMU administrators face the task of cutting about $16.2M for the coming school year, she said."

TN Board of Regents considering tuition increases of 6% to 9%
"Under the proposed recommendation, part-time under-graduate students taking 11 credit hours or less will see in-state tuition increases of 1.06% per credit hour at state universities, 2.8% at community colleges and 5.24% at the University of Memphis.   In-state under-graduate students taking 12 credit hours will see tuition increase to $2,292 at state universities, $1,332 at community colleges and $2,652 at the University of Memphis.   Out-of-state under-graduate students taking 12 credit hours will see tuition increase to $8,256 at state universities, $5,520 at community colleges and $9,012 at the University of Memphis."

Bill Rosenberger _Huntington VA Herald-Dispatch_
Marshall University Board of Governors approved 7% tuition increase
"In-state Marshall University students will pay $338 more during the 2009-2010 school year...   The increase is the same for metro students and $240 per semester for out-of-state students.   School of Medicine tuition will increase by $400 per semester for residents and $1,000 per semester for non-residents.   Full-time graduate resident and metro student tuition was increased by $178 per semester, with graduate non-resident tuition increased by $266...   According to the 2009-2010 fiscal year budget, Marshall will receive approximately the same amount from the state that it did last year -- around $49.3M, with $100K going to the Luke Lee Listening and Language Lab on campus...   Room and board also will see an increase of 4.6%, with a 3.5% for the first-year residence halls.   That equates to an additional $66 to $186 per semester, depending on the dorm hall and meal plan...   Anyone using a credit card on campus also will be charged a 2.75% convenience fee as a way to recoup credit card costs the university incurs annually.   Last year, it was approximately $325K."

2009-06-19 10:28PDT (13:28EDT) (17:28GMT)
Erica Alini _Wall Street Journal_
Worsening the economic cycle, extortion rates up in 23 states, expected in 13 more
"a recent survey of 37 states found that revenues from income taxes fell by more than most states' legislators expected in the first 4 months of 2009."

Erica Alini _Wall Street Journal_
New grads, and faculty, looking over-seas for jobs

2009-06-19 14:25PDT (17:25EDT) (21:25GMT)
Lauren Pollock _Wall Street Journal_
admiral Joseph Prueher and general Tommy R. Franks resign from board of Bank of India: 7 down, how many more to go?

Obama still peddling schemes for amnesty for illegal aliens
White House press release

Paul McDougall _Information Week_/_UBM_
The state's $2.3G contract with Northrop Grumman is under fire from legislators; Whistle-blower fired
"Virginia law-makers plan to launch a formal investigation into the state's troubled $2.3G technology out-sourcing deal with Northrop Grumman amid complaints about shoddy service and possible cost overruns.   State CIO Lemuel Stewart, who criticized Northrop in a recent presentation, has been relieved of his responsibilities.   His duties have been assumed by Virginia Secretary of Technology Len Pomata.   Virginia's Senate Budget Committee will launch its investigation on June 29.   Virginia handed the 10-year contract to Northrop Grumman in 2005.   The agreement calls for Northrop to take over operation and maintenance of Virginia's mainframe, server, desk-top, and network operations and roll out new applications designed to modernize the delivery of numerous services to Virginia residents...   Pomata was appointed secretary of technology earlier this month after former state tech chief Aneesh Chopra was named as the nation's first CTO by President Obama."

2009-06-19 (5769 Sivan 27)
R' Abraham J. Twerski _Jewish World Review_
Emotion vs. Intellect: How can we know factual reality when our emotions distort our perception?
"Rashi is teaching us that low self-esteem is progressive and self-reinforcing.   If you have a distorted, negative self-concept, it is apt to further deteriorate.   You may begin by feeling as small as grasshoppers, but your self-image will shrink and you will eventually think even less of yourself.   In addition, you will assume that others are making negative comments about you, even if you are not privy to what they are saying.   A distorted, negative self-concept can lead to paranoia.   The Midrash on this verse expounds another important psychological principle.   'G-d said, ''I forgive you for saying, We were like grasshoppers in our eyes.''   But why did you say, ''and so we were in their eyes?''   How do you know that I did not make you appear to them as mighty angels?   For that I do not forgive you.' (Tanchuma).   Why was the second statement a more grievous sin than the first?   Rabbi Henoch Lebovitz explains that a distorted negative self-image is an emotion.   I have noted in my books that there is a strange phenomenon.   People who are most gifted may have the most profound low self-esteem.   Their undeniable, factual achievements seem to make no impact on their self-concept.   Whatever the source of low self-esteem, it is an emotion that is not altered by factual reality...   But how can we know factual reality when our emotions distort our perception?   By getting an opinion of ourselves from a reliable objective observer.   If we are told that we are good, worthy and competent, we should act accordingly even if we do not feel that way.   Nachshon brought about a miracle by following his intellect rather than his emotion.   You can accomplish virtually miraculous things by acting according to intellect rather than emotion."

2009-06-19 (5769 Sivan 27)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
Israel's rare opportunity: Why the Jewish State must assert itself in Iran's affairs

2009-06-19 (5769 Sivan 27)
Milton Friedman _Alphabet_/_Google_/_YouTube_
causes and costs of socialized medicine

S&P 500921.23
10-year US T-Bond3.78%
crude oil$69.55/barrel

I usually get this info from MarketWatch.

  "All market systems are self-balancing in principle, although they can oscillate to a high degree.   When prices rise too far or too fast, sellers are brought into the market, & when prices fall we see new buyers.   These countervailing forces are often harder to identify than the main forces guiding the market, but they are always there.   Whether markets are going up or down, they are always marching into enemy territory; their lines of communication are becoming longer, & the resistance is becoming stronger.   Where markets are allowed to function, economic suffering, however savage, is only temporary.   It is laying a foundation for a stronger prosperity ahead.   In investment, it is when things look their best that false values are being created.   it is when things look their worst that the foundation for growth is being rebuilt." --- James Dale Davidson & William Rees-Mogg 1994 _The Great Reckoning_ pp 519-520  



1782-06-20: Great Seal of the United States was adopted
1837-06-20: Victoria became queen
1863-06-20: West Virginia became 35th state
1909-06-20: Errol Flynn born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
1943-06-20: race riot in Detroit, MI

2009-06-19 18:13PDT (2009-06-19 21:13EDT) (2009-06-20 01:13GMT)
_Go Daddy_
Japanese auto-maker Lexus blocked Go Daddy ad from US Open because it included a classic Ford Mustang
"As the exclusive sponsor of the NBC broadcast, Lexus declared no other auto-makers can be shown in commercials airing during the United States Open...   GoDaddy.com sells domain name registrations."

Thomas E. Brewton _View from 1776_
The Role of Paradigms of the Good Society

"IT Grunt"
Off-Shoring Classes

Michelle Malkin
Americrooks Watch

  "I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words, & brief sentences   That is the way to write English -- it is the modern way & the best way   Stick to it; & don't let fluff & flowers & verbosity creep in   When you catch an adjective, kill it   No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them -- then the rest will be valuable   They weaken when they are close together   They give strength when they are wide apart." --- Samuel Langhorne Clemens (quoted in Richard Lederer 1991 _The Miracle of Language_ pg 128)  


2009-06-21: US constitution ratified 1788-06-21

Linda Halstead-Acharya _Billings MT Gazette_
Dumped employees follow diverse career paths
"AT of McLeod was amazed at the research required to qualify for the TAA program...   AT, a salaried employee who worked nearly 5 years for Stillwater, had 20 years' experience in marketing software and high-tech publishing.   But this Fall, she'll be headed to culinary school in the San Francisco area."

Ruffin Prevost _Billings MT Gazette_
Dancers travel circuit of powwows in pursuit of prize money, see old friends along the way

2009-06-21 14:07PDT (17:07EDT) (21:07GMT)
Kevin Mooney _Washington Examiner_
ACORN drops tarnished name and moves to silence critics
Daily Mail
"Wade Rathke, who founded the organization, announced on his blog that ACORN International has officially changed its name to Community Organizations International.   Reid also said ACORN is in the process of dismantling Citizen's Consulting Inc. (CCI), a New-Orleans based non-profit, which has been used to maintain centralized financial control."

Phillip Inman _Manchester Guardian_/_Observer_
Goldman Sachs to make record bonus pay-out

Roger Hedgecock _World Net Daily_
Emancipation Proclamation, Juneteenth, and Jim Crow Democratics

  "The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read." --- Abraham Lincoln (quoted in Richard Lederer 1991 _The Miracle of Language_ pg 163)  



Brett French _Billings MT Gazette_
Mountain Man Rendezvous in Ryegate MT

Ads Highlight Different Aspects of Health Care/Insurance/ObummerDoesn'tCare Debate
"Health Care for America Now is backed by the AFL-CIO, ACORN, MoveOn.Org and the NAACP [i.e. George Soros] and has bought $1.1M worth of television in 10 states..."

Matthew Vadum _American Spectator_
Financial Affirmative Action Returns
"its sponsors should consider naming the bill the No Banking Bureaucrat Left Behind Act."

Tom Infield _Philadelphia PA Inquirer_
"Stimulus" money not showing up as job openings
"Christina Romer... chair of the president's Council of Economic Advisers and coauthor of the stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act...   So far, White House says, $45G of $499G in program funds -- less than one-tenth -- has been released.   An additional $100G in specific spending has been OKd. &nbp; Total spending will spread over 2 years...   Economists now say the recession began in 2007 December...   Obama has said the stimulus will generate an additional 600K jobs over the next 3 months.   Part of that will come from summer jobs for 125K youths.   Still, lay-offs will likely outpace hires for some time."

Joseph Farah _World Net Daily_
Obama late to party on Iran

Chuck Norris _World Net Daily_
David vs. Goliath of government agencies

Joe Barton _Roll Call_
"Planet-Saving" Ideas Hurt Incomes

Nancy Morgan _Enter Stage Right_
Scandals Silent and Loud
Right Bias

Paul Ryan _Roll Call_
Subsidies to "Renewable Energy" Already Too Much

Shivani Shinde _Business Standard_
IT firms shifting more work to India to cut costs
"India's largest IT firm, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), for instance, has called back over 1K employees as a part of its focus to increase off-shoring work.   Infosys Technologies and Wipro have called back a similar number."
class action against Tata
Tata median salaries by city
Wipro median salaries by city
Infosys median salaries by city

_Bellingham WA Herald_/_AP_
New Washington state law gives guest-workers an additional tuition break
WA Daily News
Peninsula Daily News
Nick Eaton: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Lornet Turnbull: Seattle Times
"It helps foreign professionals in the country on temporary work visas, such as the H-1B [described in 8 USC 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b)].   The sponsor of the legislation, representative Ross Hunter, D-Medina, said employers in his district east of Seattle sought the tuition break as a job recruiting tool...   Non-residents pay about 3 times as much as in-state tuition.   Representative Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle, opposed the measure, calling it unfair to resident students at a time when the state is making it more difficult for everyone to afford to go to school in the state.   'It's a diversion of limited resources.', Hasegawa said.   'We only allow X amount of slots for resident tuition rates and we are displacing those residents with H-1B visa holders, their families and dependents.   MSFT can well afford out-of-state tuition for its people.'"

Brendan I. Koerner _Wired_
Is my US citizen daughter suffering discrimination on the basis of race or nationality via the H-1B visa program?

Brett Zongker & Michael J. Sniffen _Yahoo!_/_AP_
DC commuter trains collided killing 6, injuring scores

2009-06-22 15:39PDT (18:39EDT) (22:39GMT)
Ruth Mantell _MarketWatch_
Know when to say no to a job offer: 5 red flags

Michael Barone _Town Hall_
Dodge facts, skip details, govern Chicago-style

2009-06-22 (5769 Sivan 30)
N. Richard Greenfield _Jewish World Review_
Where are American Jews?

2009-06-22 (5769 Sivan 30)
Rabbi Doctor Asher Meir _Jewish World Review_
Working for a corrupt firm
"'Given the words of the master [G-d] and the words of the disciple [your boss], whose words should you heed?!' [Babylonian Talmud, Kiddushin 42b]...   suffering monetary loss can not justify transgressing a prohibition...   [If they] must hire someone with your qualifications in order to qualify for the payments they receive, then without you they couldn't run their scam -- even if you personally don't lie...   Enabling wrong-doing is less severe than carrying it out, but it is still a serious ethical breach...   Anyone who has the ability to protest [against the transgressions of] the members of his household but doesn't protest, is held liable for the members of his household.   For the residents of his city -- he is held liable for the residents of his city.   For the entire world -- he is liable for the entire world.   [Babylonian Talmud, Shabbas 54b]...   Even if you manage to arrange your work in such a way that you avoid all these different levels of complicity, I would recommend trying to find a new position.   Working in a corrupt workplace has a depressing and demoralizing effect on a person and is likely to ultimately affect his own moral sensitivity as well."

Anabelle Garay _Yahoo!_/_AP_
FBI says they have nearly eliminated back-log of background checks for visas, but no word on when they'll start proper background investigations
USCIS, FBI Eliminate National Name Check Back-Log
2008-02-14: Michael Cutler: Family Security Matters; Background Checks vs. Background Investigations

Christina Hoff Sommers _Weekly Standard_
How feminist groups skewed the Obama stimulus plan towards women's jobs
"Of the 5.7M jobs Americans lost between 2007 December and 2009 May, nearly 80% had been held by men."

_PR News Wire_
Even the leftists realize some of the harm caused by excessive immigration
"67% of [leftists] felt the level of population growth caused by immigration negatively impacts the quality of life in the United States.   58% felt that the current levels of immigration are harmful to the environment.   63% said that current levels of immigration hurts job prospects for American workers.   With regard to [illegal alien] workers already here, the poll revealed that self-identified [leftists] are split over whether illegal immigrants should be offered an amnesty.   53% were in support of [an additional] pathway to citizenship and 45% were opposed."

Angeline J. Taylor _Tallahassee Demagogue_
TCC trustees to increase tuition, again
"Trustees at Tallahassee Community College Monday increased tuition for the second time in 3 months.   Now students enrolling in the spring will have to pay about $920 per semester for a 15-hour course load.   The sum pales in comparison to Florida State and Florida A&M universities' tuition of $1,534.95 and $1,414.95 respectfully...   FSU and FAMU increased their tuitions by 15%...   TCC trustees originally increased tuition in April when they raised costs about 5% or $2.75 per credit hour.   Monday's increase adds another $1.75 per credit hour to tuition costs..."

"Lilburne_ _Ludwig von Mises Institute_
Paul Krugman's Intellectual Waterloo
"What is damning about these quotes is not that he necessarily caused anything.   What is devastating about them is that they expose the intellectual bankruptcy of his economic principles."

Steve Sailer _V Dare_
Countrywide's Angelo Mozilo: He Warned Us -- But Those in Washington DC Didn't Want To Know, and Neither Did He

Patrick J. Buchanan _V Dare_
Ten Days That Shook Tehran: in the long run, the ayatollahs have to see the hand-writing on the wall

Wes Vernon _Renew America_
Socialized medicine - Part 5: There is hope yet, Americans not enthralled with ObummerDoesn'tCare
index to more articles by Wes Vernon
Milton Friedman: socialized medicine

National Council of The Racists: socialized health-care should cover illegal aliens: ObummerDoesn'tCare

  "Sir Joshua Reynolds once asked Dr. Johnson by what means he had attained his extraordinary accuracy & flow of language   He told him that he had early laid it down as a fixed rule to do his best on every occasion, & in every company; to impart what ever he knew in the most forcible language he could put it in; & that my constant practice & never suffering any careless expressions to escape him or attempting to deliver his thoughts without arranging them in the clearest manner, it became habitual to him." --- James Boswell (quoted in Richard Lederer 1991 _The Miracle of Language_ pg 209)  



930-06-23: Althing established in Iceland
1527-06-23: Djakarta founded
1683-06-23: William Penn signed treaty of friendship with Lenni Lenape Amerindians
1700-06-23: Russia gave up fleet on the Black Sea in truce with Ottoman Empire (and they've hardly ever bothered them since then)
1757-06-23: East India Company, led by Robert Clive, defeated Siraj-ud-daula, the Nawab of Bengal, in the Battle of Plasey, and demanded payment of $140M from Moghul leader Mir Jafar, a Moghul title of nobility, and rights to land around Calcutta (Kolkata), beginning British colonial rule of India
1758-06-23: British and Hanoverian armies defeated French at Krefeld, Germany
1760-06-23: Austrians defeated Prussians at Landshut, Germany
1763-06-23: Josephine Martinique, empress of France, born
1776-06-23: final draft of Declaration of Independence was submitted by the committee to congress
1784-06-23: 1st US balloon flight made by Edward Warren
1794-06-23: empress Catherine II granted Jews permission to settle in Kiev
1810-06-23: John Jacob Astor organized the Pacific Fur Company in Astoria, OR
1836-06-23: congress approved Deposit act to turn over surplus federal revenues to the states
1845-06-23: Republic of Texas approved resolution to join the USA
1860-06-23: US Secret Service created
1868-06-23: Christopher Lagham Sholes patented Type-Writer
1888-06-23: Frederick Douglass received one vote in nomination for president from the KY delegation at the Republican convention in Chicago, IL (Benjamin Harrison won the nomination)
1894-06-23: Edward VIII, king of England, born (he later abdicated his throne to marry American, Wallis Simpson)
1912-06-23: Alan M. Turing born
1929-06-23: Valerie June Carter (daughter of Maybelle Carter) born
1931-06-23: Wiley Post & Harold Gatty took off from NY on round-the-world flight that took 8 days and 15 hours
1938-06-23: Civil Aeronautic Authority hatched
1940-06-23: Wilma Rudolph born (won 3 olympic gold medals in 1960)
1947-06-23: congress over-rose Truman's veto of Taft-Hartley Act designed to rein in labor union excesses, and prohibit use of dues for explcitly political purposes, required 60 day notice before strikes and lock-outs
1949-06-23: Clarence Thomas born
1956-06-23: Gamal Abdel Nasser elected president of Egypt; Klaus Fuchs, released after only 9 year in British prison for spying at Los Alamos, NM, which helped the USSR develop their nuclear weapons
1964-06-23: Henry Cabot Lodge resigned as envoy to VietNam
1969-06-23: Warren E. Burger sworn as chief justice to succeed Earl Warren
1972-06-23: Richard M. Nxon signed Title 9 of the Education Amendment against discrimination and for "affirmative action" for women
1977-06-23: Brazil legalized divorce
1978-06-23: Joseph Freeman became 1st black priest in church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
1980-06-23: Sanjay Gandhi and captain Subhas Saxena died in plane crash shortly after his mother's return to power
1985-06-23: Air-India Boeing 747 flight 182 destroyed by bomb explosion and crash in the Atlantic Ocean near Ireland
1989-06-23: "Batman" directed by Tim Burton, premiered across the USA
1993-06-23: Canada ratified NAFTA
1995-06-23: doctor Jonas Salk died in La Jolla, CA, at age 80
1997-06-23: strikes in VietNamese shoe factories for Adidas, Fila, Nike, and All-Star shoes; pay was about 20 cents per hour
1998-06-23: Maureen O'Sullivan died in Scottsdale, AZ at age 87
2003-06-23: Apple announced G5 Macintosh
2003-06-23: GM offered $13G in bonds to shore up pension funds, but sold $17G a demand was strong; Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee visited Red Chinese thug Wen Jiabao: Zahra Kazemi, a Montreal-based journalist was arrested for taking pictures of Tehran's Evin prison; she died 2003-07-11 from being beaten in the head
2005-06-23: Claudia Schiffer won rights to privacy and control of publicity; an insane Supreme court majority ruled in Kelo vs. New london that it was OK to abuse eminent domain to benefit private firms

_Jewish Journal_
Large quarry/artifical cave dating 1400 to 2K years old found by archaeologists about 4Km north of Jericho
Duniya Live
Science Daily
Post Chronicle
Ha Aretz

Sarah Karush & Brian Westley _Yahoo!_/_AP_
Computer system failure may have caused DC train crash: Was new federal CTO involved in design?

Michelle Malkin _V Dare_
Who's Funding the Obamacare Campaign?

Paul Craig Roberts _V Dare_
Orwellian elements in current events and academia

Michael Mandel _Business Week_
2 Lost Decades for Jobs

2009-06-23 (5769 Tamuz 01)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
GOPers in the wilderness

  "Seek always the best words & the happiest expression you can find." --- Chesterfield (quoted in Richard Lederer 1991 _The Miracle of Language_ pg 213)  



843-06-24: Vikings destroyed Nantes
1128-06-24: Alfonso I of Portugal defeated the army of his mother, Theresa
1298-06-24: in "Rindfleish Persecutions", Jews were massacred at Ifhauben, Austria
1314-06-24: Robert the Bruce defeated Edward II at Bannockburn
1322-06-24: Jews were expelled from France
1340-06-24: English defeated French at Sluys, off the Flemish coast
1497-06-24: Giovanni Caboto landed at Newfoundland or Cape Breton Island and claimed the land for king Henry VII
1509-06-24: Henry VIII crowned king of England and Catherine of Aragon crowned queen consort
1527-06-24: Gustaaf I of Sweden seized Catholic church property
1535-06-24: Francis of Waldeck defeated Anabaptists of Muenster
1540-06-24: Henry VIII divorced Anne of Cleves
1647-06-24: Margaret Brent, niece of lord Baltimore, was ejected from the Maryland Assembly after demanding a place and vote in the legislature
1648-06-24: Cossacks killed 2K Jews and 600 Polish Catholics in Ukraine
1664-06-24: New Jersey founded
1675-06-24: king Philip's War began
1690-06-24: king William III's army landed at Carrickfergus, Ireland
1692-06-24: Kingston, Jamaica founded
1771-06-24: E.I. du Pont, chemist, was born
1807-06-24: Aaron Burr indicted by grand jury in Richmond, VA
1812-06-24: Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Russia
1813-06-24: Henry Ward Beecher born
1821-06-24: Bolivar defeated royalists outside Caracas in battle of Carabobo
1842-06-24: Ambrose Bierce was born in Meigs county OH
1895-06-24: Jack Dempsey born
1896-06-24: Booker T. Washington received honorary MA from Howard university
1898-06-24: US troops drove Spanish forces from La Guasimas, Cuba
1908-06-24: Grover Cleveland died in Princeton, NJ
1910-06-24: Japanese invaded Korea
1915-06-24: Fred Hoyle born
1932-06-24: coup overthrew monarchy in Thailand
1938-06-24: 500 ton meteorite landed near Pittsburgh, PA
1941-06-24: FDR pledged all possible support to the USSR: the Jewish male population of Gorzhdy, Lithuania was exerminated
1948-06-24: 30 USSR divisions cut off West Berlin, general Lucius Clay ordered air-lift
1949-06-24: "Hopalong Cassidy" played by William Boyd, began the 1st network western series
1951-06-24: Persian army nationalized all petroleum facilities
1953-06-24: John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier announced their negagement
1966-06-24: Mumbai to NY Air India flight crashed into Mont Blanc in Switzerland
1983-06-24: Sally Ride landed after mission aboard Challenger
1987-06-24: Jackie Gleason died in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1997-06-24: Brian Keith died
2008-06-24: Leonid Hurwicz died

_Economic Times of India_
Air India in multi-million dollar suit
"In his capacity as a senior instructor pilot, Keyter was posted in India for two and a half months in 2005 as part of the Boeing team's programme to train Air India pilots after it placed a business deal of more than $11G.   The law suit charges that...Keyter 'observed habitual violations of the aviation laws by Air India', having an adverse impact upon flight safety, endangering the lives of passengers.   'These violations occurred at the behest of Air India's operational management and many of them with the full knowledge and sanction of V. Thulasidas, Chairman and Managing Director of Air India at that time.', it said.   Keyter alleges that he was subject to harassment, and the Boeing company instituted unwarranted disciplinary action against him for submitting the safety report to Air India which brought to light such violations."

Jason Scott _Cumberland PA Sentinel_
Pat Toomey: Arlen Specter may still be eliminated in primary

Jason Scott _Cumberland PA Sentinel_
First resume boot camp by Cumberland County Economic Development held Tuesday: but tweaked resumes will do little good in this job market

Charles S. Johnson _Billings MT Gazette_
"Employee Free Choice Act" to eliminate secret ballot on unionizing fires up debate
"One ad features [leftist] icon George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, criticizing a key provision...   In Montana, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has hired 15 'organizers', and the national AFL-CIO has sent 2 staffers to the state to work the issue...   A study in the Monthly Labor Review shows that only 12.4% of Montana's nonagricultural workers, both in the public and private sectors, carried union cards in 2008.   That's one-third of the 1964 rate.   McGarvey said 90% to 95% of Montana public employees -- state and local government workers, teachers and school employees -- are union members.   Only 10% to 12% of private sector workers belong to unions, he said.   The current law, the National Labor Relations Act, was passed during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's first term.   If more than 30% of workers sign cards seeking union representation, the union can ask a federal agency to conduct a secret-ballot election at the workplace.   If more than 50% of workers sign the cards, an employer must either accept the union or seek an election.   Under the proposed law, if 30% of the workers sign the cards, they could request a secret ballot.   The crucial change is that if more than 50% of workers sign cards, the union would automatically win the election without a secret ballot."
Baucus and Tester not talking

Becky Shay _Billings MT Gazette_
Crowd protests cap-and-trade proposal
Refineries pay air quality fines levied by MT Dept. of Environmental Quality
"The CHS refinery at Laurel paid a $165K administrative penalty, and Conoco paid a $351,500 penalty to the DEQ as part of the settlements."

Tom Lutey _Billings MT Gazette_
big push for national socialist health care is on: ObummerDoesn'tCare

_Billings MT Gazette_/_AP_
Bozeman stops searchign "social networking" sites to get the goods on job applicants
"KBZK-TV reported last week that applicants for city jobs were asked for usernames and passwords for Web sites and social-networking sites, sparking an outcry from those who thought the policy went too far...   'I'm sorry we couldn't get in front of this quicker.', Commissioner Jeff Krauss said.   'We apologize for wandering down a road that violated basic rights of our citizens, and we will do all we can to restore that public trust.'   Commissioner Jeff Rupp called the policy an 'egregious violation of privacy', and asked why it wasn't vetted by the legal and information technology departments before being added to city hiring manuals...   Kukulski said, 'Human resources, our police and fire departments were doing something they believed was consistent with our core values.'"

_Daily Illini_
Iranian citizens show courage by speaking out and reporting on protests of rigged election

_Wall Street Journal_
Ben Bernanke vs. WSJ on Inflation: What Bernanke said when the credit bubble first became apparent, and the lesson for today
"Recall that by the end of 2003 the economy was well into recovery [aside from fragile dysfunctional job markets]."
Speed Demons at the Fed
Fed Thought Slack Labor Markets Could Hold Down Prices While They Inflated the Money Supply

Kiera McCaffrey _The Hill_
100 House Dems want new trade rules

Jim Hightower
Why support executives who don't support us?

Rob Sanchez _Job Destruction News-Letter_ #2031
Are there Indian and out-sourcing connections to the DC Metro train crash?
As most of you have probably heard by now, the DC Metro crash was possibly caused by a computer failure.   That news got me and a few others interested if the DC Metro has been outsourcing work to India or bodyshops, and employing H-1Bs.   The reasoning behind the research is that when employers are looking for the cheapest labor they often get what they pay for.
In the rest of this news-letter allow me to share with you a surprising number of connections.   They could be all coincidence at this point, and therefore have nothing to do with the crash.
Several previous news-letters have been published concerning President Obama's appointment of Aneesh Chopra for Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Vivek Kundra for Chief Information Officer (CIO).   Besides their obvious ethnic similarities, keep in mind that Aneesh Chopra led a large junket to India in 2006 to promote the outsourcing of Virginia state jobs.   Read the previous news-letters on these two appointments to see how both of them have a long record of promoting the outsourcing of American jobs to India.   Chopra and Kundra are definitely friends of India.
Please forgive the links below, which can be tedious to piece together.   It's just too late and I'm too tired to provide shortlinks, so you will have to copy and paste them together if you want to go to the web pages.
The following information isn't in any particular order, and I think we should all be careful about what conclusions are drawn. Too little is known about the cause of the crash yet to blame any particular contractor so until more is known all of this should be considered circumstantial evidence.   That said as a disclaimer, here is the stuff:
Primary contractor for the DC Metro is Optimal Solutions & Technologies (OST).
OK, I lied! Here is one short link to the contract.
OST web page
Vivek Kundra has many connections to OST.   He was even on their board.
But that wasn't the only reason Kundra put Optimal Solutions and Technologies in charge of nearly 100 sub-contractors eager for a piece of as much as $75M a year in technology contracts.
And what about the role of Optimal Solutions and Technologies, a DC-based company founded in 1999 by Vijay Narula?
Though allegedly Acar and Bansal violated city rules by regularly meeting and talking, Narula said his company, which has about 8 employees assigned full time to the contract, was powerless to detect such behavior.
Remember Sushil Bansal?   He was the one that was arrested and jailed, and was the reason the FBI raided Kundra's office.   Acar has been charged with bribery.
OST is heavily involved in our transportation infrastucture. They even have an FAA Software Design and Development Services Contract.   Vijay Narula is their CEO.   OST's contracts are some of the most important in the nation because they involve public safety, and yet it's very difficult to find out where Narula was born -- he is very much an enigma.   Try finding his biography with Google, and get back to me when you find out something.

FAA contract

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Awards an Information Technology Contract to Optimal Solutions and Technologies (OST, Inc.)
GRPA is another out-sourcer that does business with the WMATA. They have offices in India, and perhaps they send some work there.
GRPA is a registered IT services provider to the state of Maryland, various counties, and other organizations like Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), the World Bank, and several Credit Unions, etc.
GRPA is considered a minority owned business, which gives them a large advantage over other companies that want to win state contracts.   The company name explains their minority status: G.R. Patel & Associates, Inc.
CATS Master Contract, Master Contractor Details, GRPA; Master Contractor Name: G.R. Patel & Associates, Inc. (GRPA); Minority Business Enterprise: Yes; Name: G.R. Patel; Title: President
Contracts to G.R. PATEL & ASSOCIATES, INC. (FY 2000-2008)
If you want even more connections go here -- it's too complicated to describe:
FBI raids office of DC CTO, Obama appointee
Some of the high tech workers on the WMATA engineering and computer/IT system have similar ethnic backgrounds.   It is not known at this time what their visa status is:
Anurag Mehta; Enterprise GIS Architect at WMATA (DC Metro); Washington DC Metro Area
thesis help!!!; Anurag Mehta mehtaag at ucunix.san.uc.EDU
Anurag Mehta (pdf)
Pradip (Roy); Sr Electrical Engineer at WMATA; Washington DC Metro Area
Naheed Monower; Deputy Chief, Operations and Maintenance at Washington Metropolitan Area; Transit Authority; Washington DC Metro Area
VENKAT SUBRAMANIAN; Founder, President & CEO, ANGARAI Location; Washington DC Metro Area; Founder, President & CEO at Angarai Past; Managing Trustee at Angarai Foundation; Program Manager at WMATA; President & CEO at Angarai Technology Group, Inc.

Nicholas Stix _V Dare_
Sotomayor Supporter Robert Morgenthau and His Regime of Racialized "Justice" in Manhattan

George Washington
How to Increase Your Intelligence

Ron Paul _InfoWars_
Inter-National Bail-Out Brings Us Closer to Economic Collapse

2009-06-24 (5769 Tamuz 02)
Rabbi Yonason Goldson _Jewish World Review_
Advancement of technology is a wake-up call for humanity

2009-06-24 (5769 Tamuz 02)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
Another "Good Thing"
"Nothing is easier in politics than setting some arbitrary goal -- preferably based on numbers -- and go after it, in utter disregard of the costs or the repercussions...   A certain amount of education is undoubtedly very beneficial for some people but, at some point, enough is enough, even for geniuses.   For each individual, depending on that individual's interests and dedication as well as ability, the time comes to leave the class-room and go out into the real world."

2009-06-24 (5769 Tamuz 02)
Walter E. Williams _Jewish World Review_
Vicious academic leftists
"When there are policies that emphasize and reward academic achievement, Asians excel.   College officials and others who are proponents of 'diversity' and 'equal representation' find that outcome offensive...   the American people, who fund universities either as parents, donors or [tax-victims], should not accept this evilness and there's a good way to stop it -- cut off the funding to racially discriminating colleges and universities."

  "[W]hen Men are employ'd they are best contented.   For on the Days they work'd they were good-natur'd & cheerful; & with the consciousness of having done a good Day's work they spent the Evenings jollily; but on the idle Days they were mutinous & quarrelsome, finding fault... & in continual ill-humor..." --- Benjamin Franklin 1788-08 _Autobiography_  



253-06-25: St. Lucius I became pope
741-06-25: feast day of Adalbert of Egmond
1080-06-25: Wibbert of Ravenna chosen as anti-pope Clemens III
1096-06-25: crusaders slaughtered Jews in Werelinghofen, Germany
1115-06-25: Bernard of Clairvaux founded the 4th house of the Cistercians in Clairvaux, France, and became its firt abbot
1139-06-25: Alfonso I defeated Moors at battle of Ourique
1178-06-25: 5 Canterbury reported seeing an explosion on the moon
1212-06-25: Simon de Montfort, earl of Leicester, born
1524-06-25: Peasant's Revolt started at Stuehlingen
1667-06-25: doctor Jean-Baptiste Denys performed first blood transfusion
1788-06-25: VA ratified USA constitution
1798-06-25: Alien Act allows president to deport dangerous aliens
1807-06-25: Napoleon Bonaparte met Alexander I near Tilsit
1867-06-25: first patent for barbed wire was granted to Lucien B. Smith, an Ohio inventor
1868-06-25: Andrew Johnson signed law establishing 8 hour work-day for government employees
1876-06-25: George Armstrong Custer's last stand
1900-06-25: lord Louis Mountbatten (great-grand-son of queen Victoria, last viceroy of India) born
1903-06-25: George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair) born; Boston Beaneater Wiley Piatt became the only 20th-century pitcher to lose two complete games in one day, falling to Pittsburgh 1-0 and 5-3.
1938-06-25: Fair Labor Standards Act
1942-06-25: about 1K British Royal Air Force bombed Bremen, Germany; general Dwight David Eisenhower arrived in London
1947-06-25: tennis shoe debuted
1950-06-25: North Korea invaded the South
1951-06-25: CBS sends firt color show featuring Arthur Godfrey
1957-06-25: United Church of Christ formed through merger of General Council of Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church
1995-06-25: Warren Burger died
1996-06-25: truck bomb killed 19 Americans and injured hundreds in Saudi Arabia
1997-06-25: Jacques Cousteau died

2009-06-24 18:00PDT (2009-06-24 21:00EDT) (2009-06-25 00:00GMT) Janet Novack & Brian Wingfield _Forbes_
How congres will suppress economic recovery

2009-06-25 05:00PDT (08:00EDT) (12:00GMT)
Robert Powell _MarketWatch_
Dead is the new retirement

2009-06-25 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT)
Scott Gibbons & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 566,586 in the week ending June 20, an increase of 8,548 from the previous week.   There were 358,159 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.6% during the week ending June 13, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 6,098,083, an increase of 19,737 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 2.1% and the volume was 2,852,599.   Extended benefits were available in AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, ME, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NV, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, VT, VA, WA, and WI during the week ending June 6.   [Note: The seasonal adjustment factors have been changed by DoL going back to at least the beginning of 2009.]"
more graphs

Matt Hagengruber _Billings MT Gazette_
Knowledge transfer

2009-06-25 06:56PDT (09:56EDT) (13:56GMT)
David Callaway _MarketWatch_
It's past time for the tech executives to man up, clean up their acts on professional ethics
"Personal computer makers such as Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Apple Inc. and Lenovo have said nothing public of any substance about [Red China's] requirement for them to install Web-censoring software on all new PCs sold in the country, despite the fact that the dead-line is July 1.   And Google Inc. has completely rolled over on [Red China's] recent demands for it to reduce the level of pornography that is searchable on its engines.   It's an admirable request, until you realize that home-grown [Red Chinese] search engine Baidu.com is getting a free pass on porn in the meantime, and that the rule may simply be designed to punish Google.   It seems that once again, when it's about money -- and [Red China] -- ideals take a back seat...   For it's apparently against their business principles to disparage any potential partner or business opportunity.   No matter how bleak those opportunities probably are in reality, no matter how much it might help them in the eyes of the rest of the world looking for leadership in the area of Internet freedom, and no matter what other principles might be over-run in the process."

_Billings MT Gazette_
Government, GM executives demand suffender of rights and prerogatives of dealers and customers
"Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock last week joined 36 other state attorneys general to file objections in U.S. bankruptcy court in New York.   Bullock and the other AGs contend that GM is claiming it can flout state laws designed to protect dealers from unfair business practices by GM and to protect consumers from defective GM products.   Another concern raised is the possibility of GM selling customer data to other companies."

Jason Scott _Cumberland PA Sentinel_
Carlisle area continues to fare better than some regions of the country during this recession, banking professional says: "Moving in the right direction"

_Ulitzer_/_PR News Wire_
The Road To America's Economic Meltdown

Internal MSFT Document on In-State Tuition for Guest-Workers (HB1487) Leaked
Lornet Turnbull: Seattle Times

Michael Shedlock _Global Economic Analysis_
Decade of Lost Jobs

Thomas Claburn _Information Week_
NSF: Graduate Science Enrollments Rising, as is "Diversity"
"'Even more than the trend toward gender parity, increasing racial and ethnic diversity has represented the largest change in the demographic composition of S&E graduate students in the United States: white, non-Hispanic students accounted for 71% of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled in 2000, as compared with 66% in 2007', a new National Science Foundation report says...   The number of post-doctoral appointments at academic institutions also reached a new high of about 36K, up from about 30K in 2001...   Enrollment in S&E graduate programs in the U.S. reached 516,199 in 2007.   72% of the students were enrolled full time.   Men accounted for 56% of the student total and 67% were classified as white, non-Hispanic students."

Giuseppe Valiante _National Post_
Mexicans seek refuge in Canada: Asylum back-log; drug violence, promise of easy entry blamed for increase

Paul Craig Roberts _V Dare_
Gun Control: What is the agenda?

Tony Pugh _McClatchy_
Most recent college grads are working low-skill jobs (with graphs)
"New monthly survey data from the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston finds that during the first four months of 2009, less than half of the nation's 4M college graduates age 25 and under were working in jobs that required a college degree.   That's down from 54% for same period last year."

Steven Milloy _Human Events_
Waxman's Economy Killer: HR2454
"Green Hell Web Log"
Junk Science

Michelle Malkin _V Dare_
EPA's Game of Global Warming Hide-and-Seek: Truth in science took a back seat to protecting eco-bureaucrats

Robert P. Murphy _Ludwig von Mises Institute_
CBO's Phony Cost Estimate of Waxman-Markey Cap & Trade (HR2454) Pulls Out All the Gimmicks

_Ludwig von Mises Institute_
Tilting at Green WindMills
George F. Will: Washington Post

2009-06-25 (5769 Tamuz 03)
Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf _Jewish World Review_
The Absurd Power of Truth

  "The best vote is a vote avoided   If you can win & avoid a confrontation, every one is better off   In a political community, you have to live for another day, so it doesn't pay to rub any body's nose in defeat." --- Doug Bloomfield of AIPAC 1985-10-28 (quoted in Hedrick Smith 1988 _The Power Game_ pg 221)  



1963-06-26: John F. Kennedy declared that he was a jelly doughnut.

Tom Lutey _Billings MT Gazette_
Cheyenne riders mark 133rd anniversary of battle of Little Bighorn/Greasy Grass
Susan Olp: Spectators marvel at re-enactment of Little Bighorn with narration written by Crow historian Joe Medicine Crow

Mary Pickett _Billings MT Gazette_
Montana State U at Billings got $1M to ease them through frozen tuition

USA employees appear stoical in the face of pay cuts and compulsory unpaid leave

2009-06-26 07:10PDT (10:10EDT) (14:10GMT)
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
"Stimulus" checks make some incomes surge

2009-06-26 07:45PdT (10:45EDT) (14:45GMT)
Ruth Mantell _MarketWatch_
UMich consumer sentiment index rose slightly from 68.7 in May to 70.8 in June

Joe Guzzardi _V Dare_
Beverly Hills High School Revisited -- How It Was Then Versus How It Is Now

S.M. Oliva _Ludwig von Mises Institute_
Government Self-Parody Is Alive & Well

Stephen Kinsella _Ludwig von Mises Institute_
Hoppe's Phoenix Is Coming

Wilhelm Roepke _Ludwig von Mises Institute_
"Repressed Inflation": The Ailment of the Modern Economy

2009-06-26 (5769 Tamuz 04)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
Barack Obama vs. International Law

2009-06-26 (5769 Tamuz 04)
Rabbi Yoni Posnick _Jewish World Review_
Learn the secret to a healthy marriage from a scriptural villain

2009-06-26 (5769 Tamuz 04)
R' Pinchas Winston
Ups and Downs
"There is seder -- order -- to this world.   Secure people know that, respect that, and work with it.   They undertand and appreciate that true success can only be achieved this way.   All Failure is the result of those who ignore the Divine seder of Creation, and try to make reality something it is not, just to make it work out better for them.   They do no one any favors, and least of all, themselves."

S&P 500918.90
10-year US T-Bond3.53%
crude oil$69.16/barrel
reformulatedgasoline $1.8741/gal

I usually get this info from MarketWatch.

  "The best lobbyists' work is basically just socializing..   They want that little bit of access   That's what does it   You can hear it   It clicks home   They'll call their chief executive officer, & they've delivered   That's how it works   It's not illegal   They work on a personal basis." --- Christopher Matthews 1985-08-07 (quoted in Hedrick Smith 1988 _The Power Game_ pg 231)  



Mary Vail _Billings MT Gazette_
government-run health care is not the answer

Michael Mandel _Business Week_
Immelt Speech: U.S. Companies Begin to Realize Off-Shoring Was a Mistake

_Los Angeles Examiner_
Josephine Owaissa Cottle a.k.a. Gale Storm b: 1922-04-05 d: 2009-06-27
Los Angeles Times

George Washington
What Red China's Push for an Alternative World Reserve Currency Means

White House immigration meeting of amnesty all-stars

  "CBO's capabilities enabled Congress largely to ignore Reagan budgets after 1981 & to develop its own budgets..." --- Hedrick Smith 1988 _The Power Game_ pg 288  



Steve Miller _Missoulian_
"Dark Knight" buoys family's dark days

_Billings MT Gazette_/_Montana State University_
Architects up-grade to masters

2009-06-27 21:01PDT (2009-06-28 00:01EDT) (2009-06-28 04:01GMT)
Greg Robb & NVBob _MarketWatch_
Damp conditions to limit fire-works from ISM & pay-rolls: The rate at which we are going in the ditch is slowing, but we are still going in the ditch!

2009-06-28 05:08PDT (08:08EDT) (12:08GMT)
Paul B. Farrell _MarketWatch_
Public enemies run our banks today: Pretty Boy Paulson, Helicopter Machine Gunner Bernanke, Bonny Dodd, Clyde Geithner and the Goldman Gang: Don't give the recovery to the same idiots who created the mess

_Tri-City Herald_/_AP_
Over 40 Washington public school districts hire cheap foreign teachers

Ramon Renteria _El Paso TX Times_
Crime drives residents of Juarez to seek refuge
"De la Vega is convinced that widespread drug addiction, drug lords, the notorious Azteca gang and smaller narcotics pushers all contribute to daily criminal activity in Juárez...   He suggests that smaller criminal elements have grown in stature.   He has also heard estimates indicating 30 percent of the 3K to 4K Azteca gang members operating in Juárez live in El Paso and routinely cross the border to engage in drug smuggling and other crimes.   De la Vega praised the 5K to 6,500 Mexican soldiers and their commanders in Juárez for trying to restore law and order.   Calderón sent them there as part of the national crackdown on drug smugglers...   He emphasized that many of the high-caliber entrepreneurs and professionals responsible for Juárez's growth and prosperity in the past 40 years are among the families resettling in El Paso.   He also estimates 30K Mexicans from Juárez and other major cities in Mexico have fled the violence and moved to the U.S.A. in the past 3 years."

  "In the best of circumstances, it is difficult for a powerful executive to escape the 'yes-men hazard'.   The clear-eyed executive will understand that he should be concerned about the possibility that he may, with the best of intentions, misuse his power -- through some lack of sophistication, mistaken judgment, or shading of the truth to protect his personal reputation." --- Henry M. Jackson (quoted in James Reston 1987-07-23 _NYTimes_ pg A27, quoted in Hedrick Smith 1988 _The Power Game_ pg 613)  



2009-06-28 17:25PDT (2009-06-28 20:25) (2009-06-29 00:25GMT)
Moira Herbst _Business Week_
Norm Matloff -- a computer science professor with a wife born in China -- says the H-1B visa system abuses workers everywhere
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring News-Letter_
Re: BusinessWeek profile

BusinessWeek was originally going to do a piece on the various players in the H-1B reform movement, but decided to focus on me instead...   Of course, I do have some comments.
As are most advocates on immigration issues, Matloff is a controversial figure.   He's admired by supporters -- including activists on H-1B visa issues -- but criticized by other academics who don't share his views and who chafe at his often-abrasive rhetorical style.   Critics also suggest there could be a xenophobic undertone implicit in his critique of the H-1B visa program.   Matloff posts opinionated blog entries on the web site of Numbers USA, a group calling for lower levels of immigration.   His writing prompted one tech worker, Arthur Hu of Bothell, WA, to create a web page criticizing Matloff, whom he calls the "Hatchet Man of Asian Immigration".
Some of the reader comments on this article take BusinessWeek to task for giving a voice to "Kevin, the IT Grunt", who is obviously some fringe guy on the H-1B issue.   I might say the same for Arthur Hu.   With hundreds of millions of web users, there is likely to be one that rants against any topic under the sun, and it happens that one of Arthur's topics is me. :-)   That's fine, but some readers of the article may mistakenly take this to mean that Asian-Americans agree with him on the H-1B issue, which they don't.   Every time I'm invited to speak to an Asian-American conference, such as the Asian Pacific American Conference on Law and Public Policy at Harvard and the Asian-American Out of the Silence Conference at Stanford, I get solid support from the audiences.   This should be no surprise -- with so many Asian-Americans in engineering, H-1B puts their jobs at risk.   My support from my own students, two-thirds of whom are Asian-American (not Asian foreign students), is also quite strong.   I'm proud to say that they've nominated me for various teaching awards, some of which I've been fortunate to win.
Matloff has influence on the H-1B visa debate beyond his web page and e-mail news-letter.   He has worked with Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) on a bill introduced in April that would add restrictions to the H-1B visa program.
Small correction: Though I've worked with Grassley's office, I've never talked to the senator himself. (itgrunt.com).   "THAT IS ONE ARTICULATE [expletive]", wrote Kevin in a post in April referring to Matloff.   (Matloff distances himself from "Kevin" and his web site and says his views are "unrepresentative".)
Maybe this is a small correction too, but I want to clarify that what I told Moira Herbst, the reporter, was that I had never even heard of Kevin/IT Grunt until she herself brought him to my attention.
Matloff has his share of supporters and critics in the academic world, too.   "Matloff routinely attacks the work of other academics by citing statistics and data which have no basis.", says Vivek Wadhwa, a Duke University engineering professor and fellow with the Labor & Worklife Program at Harvard Law School.   (Wadhwa is also a columnist for BusinessWeek.com.)   "He claims to have performed his own research, but this research doesn't seem to have been published by credible authorities or have received any form of peer review."
I wish Ms. Herbst had given me a chance to comment.   Vivek's statements here are unfair and I believe close to being legally actionable.   They are not quite as bad as what he told a San Francisco radio station recently, which I reported on here at the time.   To suggest that an academic is dishonest in his research is to endanger his ability to make a living, and I wish BusinessWeek had not given its colleague such lattitude.  
I'll leave the reader to peruse the details but I will comment on a couple of points here.
First, my University of Michigan article that Herbst mentions was indeed peer-reviewed, and obviously was in a very prestigious venue.   To my knowledge, it is the most extensive paper ever published on H-1B, 99 pages in length with over 300 foot-notes.   My other article cited by Herbst was in a publication of the California State Bar Association, and was written at their invitation.   I've also written articles at the invitation of publications of the Association for Computing Machinery [ACM] (the main computer science professional organization), IEEE (the main electrical engineering association), and so on.
Second, the vast majority of my analyses use publicly available data, from the U.S. Census PUMS database, the U.S. Dept. of Labor PERM data, NSF's NSCG survey and so on.   Thus anyone can confirm my analyses.
Putting Vivek's remarks aside, the much more important point is that he and I agree on the main issues:
(a) H-1B is widely used by employers as a source of cheap labor.
(b) The employers under-pay the H-1Bs in full compliance with the law, exploiting loop-holes.
(c) There is no tech labor shortage.
Vivek wrote the following in The American last year:
Moreover, I know from my experience as a tech CEO that H-1Bs are cheaper than domestic hires.   Technically, these workers are supposed to be paid a "prevailing wage", but this mechanism is riddled with loop-holes.
We also agree on point (c); see for example this.
Finally, there is a quote from Lindsay Lowell:
But other academics say they respect his work. "Matloff understands the guts of the issue in a way many academics don't.", says B. Lindsay Lowell, director of policy studies at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of International Migration.   "He brings a lot of passion to the subject, which has its up-sides and down-sides.   At times it can detract from his message."   Lowell adds that "as a professor, I believe he may take the career options of his students seriously and believes, to some extent, that an over-supply of highly skilled immigrants -- H-1Bs in particular -- is not in the interest of the domestic supply line."   But Lowell says that like many researchers in this area, Matloff lacks definitive data on, for example, the proportion of older workers who are laid off and replaced by younger workers or H-1B visa holders.
In turn I have had high praise for Lindsay.   Readers will recall my praise of his Urban Institute study with Hal Salzman that contradicted the dooms-day reports we see so often in the press (often fed to the press by organizations with their own agendas) on America's educational system.   See my postings on this here and there.
Concerning Lindsay's "lacks definitive data" comment, though, I must point out the following.   The data showing the under-payment of the H-1Bs and the problems of older (age 35+) workers in the field is overwhelming.   What Lindsay is referring to, though, is a connection between the two.   Has the negative impact of H-1B on older tech workers been "definitively" established?   I believe it has, though not in the way in which Lindsay has posed the question, in terms of lay-offs.
Yes, it does sometimes happen that older Americans are laid off and replaced by younger workers or H-1Bs.   (Statistically, most H-1Bs are young.)   But typically it's not so direct.   Instead, a job opens, and the young Americans and H-1Bs are hired instead of the older Americans.   There is excellent, yes "definitive", data on this, such as those by American University and the National Research Council [NRC], the latter commissioned by Congress.
The industry lobbyists try to spin this as lack of modern skills on the part of the older Americans.   This is a red herring, as I show extensively in my University of Michigan and California State Bar articles.   Even Vivek, a former tech CEO [cross-border bodyshopper], has said this many times:
...even if the [older] $120K programmer gets the right skills, companies would rather hire the younger workers.   That's really what's behind this.
As a professional statistician and former statistics professor, I would like to make one more point about data: It must be coupled with qualitative knowledge of the matter being studied.   Otherwise, the analyst is like the ancient astronomer Ptolemy, constructing ever more intricate mathematical theories based on totally false premises (sun revolving around the Earth).   In the H-1B salary area, for instance, there are lots of pitfalls for the unwary.   I have a detailed discussion of this in my University of Michigan paper.
The article follows below.   Sorry for my absence these last few weeks.   I've been busy with family matters.   But I've got a lot to write about in the next couple of weeks, including my long-awaited analysis of the Kerr/Lincoln paper on immigrant patenting.

_Billings MT Gazette_/_AP_
Wyoming plans to keep coal in energy mix

"the area's coal industry, which includes 2 of North America's largest producing mines...   'We have enough coal to last us 500 years'...   It's taken the lead in crafting laws regulating carbon capture and storage projects, and contributed $50M in a venture with General Electric Co. [backers of cap and trade legislation] to build a $100M plant to research turning Wyoming coal into cleaner burning natural gas..."

Michele Johnson _Billlings MT Gazette_
Todd Buchanan alone on the Board of Regents had the wisdom and the fortitude to vote against new fees and increasing college tuition

Bridget Mulcahy _Daily Illini_
University of Illinois released last of "clout list" related e-mail messages
"In an e-mail message from Paul Pless, associate dean for the College of Law, to Dean Hurd in March of 2007, Pless wrote, 'We currently have admitted 6 SI (special interest) applicants for the Class of 2010.   These all came from high profile donors of the College.   While all 6 have LSATs below the median and 4 have GPAs below the median, overall they would have fit the profile of the College's entering class 3 years ago with an average LSAT of 162 and GPA of 3.6.'"

Stephen Z. _CocoaHeads_
July CocoaHeads Mac Developer Meetings
CocoaHeads is an international Mac programmer's group.   Meetings are free and open to the public.   We specialize in Cocoa, but everything Mac programming related is welcome.
AustraliaBrisbaneWednesday, 2009 July 15, 19:00
CanadaTorontoTuesday, 2009 July 14, 18:30
GermanyBerlinThursday, 2009 July 9, 19:00
PolandWarsawFriday, 2009 July 10, 19:00
South AfricaJohannesburgThursday, 2009 July 9, 18:30
United StatesAnn Arbor, MIThursday, 2009 July 9, 19:00
United StatesAtlanta, GAThursday, 2009 July 9, 19:00
United StatesBoston, MAThursday, 2009 July 9
United StatesBoulder, COTuesday, 2009 July 14, 19:00
United StatesChicago, ILTuesday, 2009 July 14, 19:00
United StatesColorado Springs, COThursday, 2009 July 9, 19:00
United StatesDallas, TXThursday, 2009 July 9, 19:00
United StatesDenver, COTuesday, 2009 July 14, 19:00
United StatesDes Monies, IAThursday, 2009 July 9, 19:00
United StatesLake Forest, ILWednesday, 2009 July 8, 19:00
United StatesNashville, TNThursday, 2009 July 9, 19:00
United StatesPhiladelphia, PAThursday, 2009 July 9, 19:00
United StatesSt. Louis, MOSaturday, 2009 July 25, 14:00
United StatesUpper Connecticut River ValleyThursday, 2009 July 9, 19:00
United KingdomSwindonMonday, 2009 July 6, 20:00
Some chapters may have yet to post their meeting for next month. Meeting times may change. Locations and more information here.   Also be sure to check for an NSCoder Night in your area.

Andrea Ciccocioppo _Cumberland PA Sentinel_
Area students honored for achievements
42 students from 7 area high schools, along with 4 Girl Scouts and 29 Eagle Scouts, were presented awards by senator Patricia H. Vance (R-31)."

Allan Wall _V Dare_
Angelo M. Codevilla seems to cheer Mexican take-over of USA

Martin Hutchinson _Prudent Bear_
Lessons from the Industrial Revolution
Asia Times

William Anderson _Ludwig von Mises Institute_
Krugman Tries to ReDefine Treason
Heritage Foundation
Donald J. Boudreaux: Business & Media Institute: Krugman's Treason

George Washington
Debasing the Currency is Leading to Financial Collapse... Just as It Has for Thousands of Years

Susan Ainsworth _Chemical & Engineering News_
Flexible Work Schedules
"According to a 2008 survey of 90 U.S. employers that Hewitt staff conducted, 66% of companies said that flexible work programs increased employee engagement, 64% said they improved employee retention, and 49% linked them to enhanced recruitment results."

Ron Paul
audio regarding Waxman-Markey Cap & Trade (HR2454) vote in US House

Mount Fuji

2009-06-29 (5769 Tamuz 07)
Rabbi Doctor Asher Meir _Jewish World Review_
Beware of "Caveat Emptor"

2009-06-29 (5769 Tamuz 07)
Steven Emerson _Jewish World Review_
ACLU pushing for more money for Hamas terrorists

  "Remember: Consensus is reached when every one in the group can buy into (or live with) the decision without feeling compromised in any way..   it does not mean that every one believes the solution is the best, but that every one is satisfied   Encourage people to surface & keep voicing their concerns until their fears have been dealt with   They are doing the group a valuable service by pointing out short-comings of the solution; in the end the quality of the final solution will be higher." --- Michael Doyle & David Straus 1982 _How To Make Meetings Work_ pp 66, 244  



Jason Scott _Cumberland PA Sentinel_
Regional unemployment again on the rise

Murat Halstead, Chauncey Mitchell Depew & Augustus J. Munson
Life and Distinguished Services of William McKinley

Susie Madrak _Crooks and Liars_
It's Not Your Imagination. It Really IS Much Harder to Get Hired During a Recession

Mike Shedlock _Global Economic Analysis_
Home Loan Delinquencies Double on Prime Loans; Foreclosure Filings Top 300K for 3rd Straight Month

Karl Denninger _Market Ticker_
Starve the Beast
George Washington's web log: Financial Writer Calls for Boycott of Discretionary Consumer Spending Until Honest Free Market Capitalism is Restored

Juan Diego Zelaya _Washington Times_
Constitutional over-throw in Honduras opposed by Chavez, Obama, Clinton, Zoellick
"Last week, Mr. Zelaya issued executive orders to the armed forces to carry out the first phase of the constitutional reform project.   The head of the armed forces, knowing that this order was illegal and unconstitutional, said 'No.'   Mr. Zelaya went on national TV and fired general Romeo Vasquez for refusing to carry out the order, but [Honduras's] Supreme Court reinstated him...   This morning, the armed forces restored peace and democracy to our country, backed by all institutions: legislative branch; judicial branch; political parties, including the former president's own party; business bureaus; and most other groups representing society. Their stance sends a clear message: No one, not even the president, is above the law...   Juan Diego Zelaya is general counsel to the mayor of Tegucigalpa..."

Bob Ellis _Dakota Voice_
Waxman-Markey (HR2454) Cap and Trade Bill: Attack of the Showe Nazis
Junk Science

_Conference Board_
Consumer Confidence Index Retreated
"Those stating jobs are 'hard to get' increased to 44.8% from 43.9%.   Those saying jobs are 'plentiful' decreased to 4.5% from 5.8%...   Those anticipating more jobs in the months ahead decreased to 17.4% from 19.3%, while those anticipating fewer jobs increased to 27.3% from 25.6%.   The proportion of consumers expecting an increase in their incomes declined to 9.8% from 10.8%."

Thorsten Polleit _Ludwig von Mises Institute_
Inflation: What You See and What You Don't See

_Heritage Foundation_
What About Legal Immigration Reform?

Donald J. Boudreaux _Pittsburgh PA Tribune-Review_
Supply, Demand, Price Are Distorted When It Comes to Medical Care

2009-06-30 (5769 Tamuz 08)
R' Binyomin Ginsberg _Jewish World Review_
What makes a great parent?

2009-06-30 (5769 Tamuz 08)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
Ideologue in chief

2009-06-30 (5769 Tamuz 08)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
Alice in Medical Care (ObummerDoesn'tCare)
Detroit MI News
Detroit MI News
Contra Costa CA Times

  "The best moments usually occur when a person's body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult & worthwhile.   Optimal experience is thus something that we make happen." --- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 1990 _Flow_ pg 3  


2009 June
_Top 500_
top 500 fastest super computers LinPack bench-mark

  "I don't know whether the word 'honesty' is the best word   It's the search for truth in your work   You must criticize yourself, you must consider everything that may contradict what you think, & you must never hide an error   And the whole atmosphere should be so that everybody is like that." --- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 1996 _Creativity_ pg 168  


Proposed Bills 2009

Congressional candidate fund-raising, expenditures, and debt

USA Over-Population Clock
World + USA Over-Population Clocks
Jimbo Wales's WikiPedia on World Over-Population

  "In fact the Greek term for leisure, 'scholea', is the root from which our word 'school' comes, since the idea was that the best use for leisure was to study." --- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 1997 _Finding Flow_ pg 12 (citing J.R. Kelly 1982 _Leisure_)  

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